Absolute Corruption

Absolute Corruption
Vol: 108 Issue: 22 Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It’s been rightly said that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  As Good Ship America continues to steam directly for the edge of the waterfall, that power has become so corrupting that it even reveals itself during the quest for power.

A typical example of just how totally corrupted the system is comes from the Florida race between Democrat incumbent Ron Klein and challenger Allen West.   Ron Klein was elected to Congress in 2006 and is currently running for his third term.

Evidently, Klein really likes being a Congressman.  He likes it so much that there is seemingly nothing he won’t do to keep it.  

Ron Klein is a lawyer.  He graduated from high school in 1975, got his law degree in 1982 and moved to Florida in 1985.

In 1992 he won a seat in the Florida House which he held until 2004.  He was elected to Congress in 2006, riding in on a wave of voter discontent and the backlash from the Republican Tom Foley scandal.

So that’s Ron Klein.  He’s a professional politician and a lawyer who has spent his entire adult life kissing babies and parsing words.   Lt. Col. Allen West retired from the US Army in 2004 after admitting wrongdoing and paying a $5000 fine for misconduct and assault.  Here’s the Col.  Allen West backstory: 

While serving as a battalion commander in Iraq in 2003, Col. West was informed that a prisoner who had critical information about a plot to assassinate a US officer,  was being uncooperative.  Col. West took over, pulling his pistol, putting it in his lap and telling the prisoner he was there to either get the information or kill him.

After some 20 minutes of useless questioning, Col. West grabbed the man, held him down near a box full of sand used to discharge jammed weapons, and said something like, “This is it. I’m going to count to five again, and if you don’t give me what I want, I’m going to kill you.”

West held the man down, counted to five, and then fired his pistol into the discharging box about a foot from the Iraqi’s head.

He began talking. And talking.  And talking. Over the next few minutes, the prisoner gave very specific information about the plot.

He named the conspirators, gave times and dates of the assassination plan, and even described how attacks would be made.  There was no doubt he was involved.

Lt. Col West then reported the interrogation (and himself) to his commanding officer.   Eventually, the story made its way into the liberal media, which began calling for Lt. Col. West’s head.  General Odierno ordered West court-martialed and West was drummed out of the military.

So that’s Lt. Col Allen West.  He’s a professional soldier who did what he had to do to get necessary battlefield information, injuring no one in the process, and then promptly reported himself to his superiors, knowing in advance that it would not go well for him.

Col. West spent his entire adult life serving his country the hard way, as a military officer.  When faced with a decision that might cost him his career, but one that would save the lives of his fellow soldiers, he made it.   And then he stood by it.

Lt. Col West’s awards and decorations include:

The Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and one Valor device, Valorous Unit Award, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star device, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon (Multiple awards) Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal w/Palm Tree and Kuwait Liberation Medal.

Col. West, a conservative libertarian running on the Republican ticket is challenging Democrat incumbent Ron Klein.   

Klein, a lawyer and professional politician, doesn’t have a lot to run on by comparison.   His awards and decorations include membership in the Alpha Epislon Pi Fraternity and some pictures on the walls of his office.

But he likes his cushy Congressional office.He likes it so much that he would ruin Lt. Col West’s life, if necessary, to keep it.   

The Florida DNC sent out a campaign mailer for the Klein campaign blasting Col. West for a 2005 tax lien that was paid off four months later.

The tax lien notice, pulled from public records in Indiana is reproduced in the mailer with West’s wife’s name and address redacted but included Col. West’s complete social security number!

“I understand politics is a tough business. I expect to be challenged about my ideas, my beliefs,” West said in a fund-raising e-mail to supporters. “But Ron Klein has clearly crossed a line. I’m not yet sure the potential damage that might come to my wife and me, and it makes me sick to think of what could happen to my daughters. My entire family is at risk of identity theft.”

In typical fashion, the Klein campaign kicked responsibility upstairs to the Florida DNC, which called the inclusion of Col. West’s Social Security number an “oversight.”   The Florida DNC responded with the following statement about Lt. Col West, US Army (ret):

“After making every effort to remove all of Allen West’s private information, unlike West who refuses to apologize to Florida’s taxpayers for not paying his taxes and his bills, we apologize for the oversight of not redacting this information from the public record included in the mailer. “

“To end, while this mail piece does not explicitly identify any Social Security number, in order to stop the crazy West accusations, we will pay for identify theft monitoring for the next two years.”

That was the DNC apology to Col. West.  His 20 year military career notwithstanding, the DNC says that Col West owes Florida an apology. 

As to West’s being upset about the DNC publishing his social security number . . . . well, that’s just crazy.

Assessment:

If this story doesn’t make you weep, it is only because this kind of corruption is so prevalent that it’s become a kind of white background noise that you don’t notice it unless somebody calls it to your attention.

Which is by itself an indicator of just how jaded we’ve become as a country. 

What is the most sickening to me isn’t that slimy professional propagandists with the scruples of a Nazi pamphleteer are so hungry for power that they see nothing wrong with their tactics.

What is even more sickening is that they believe, based on polls and focus groups and past history, that  tactics like that are effective in winning votes. And it isn’t just the politicians or the partisans or the propandists.

Think about what it says about the voters they are targeting.  It certainly reveals what the Florida DNC thinks about the voters that they are targeting.    

The DNC thinks that smearing a decorated war hero who sacrificed his career to ensure the safety of his men will win votes for their guy, a lawyer who spent his adult life as a professional politician.

There is a reason that they think that.   They believe it will work because it would be effective against them.  That is where the major divide is between Left and Right as we understand the terms today.   

To the Left, the ends justify the means. Any means, if it ends with them in power.

That’s why they can run an ad like this and expect it to be effective. And that spells perilous times.

The same tactics would backfire if the Right were to try it.   It would so disgust conservatives and patriots that if anything, it would swing them around the other way.

That is the thing about politics.  It is a mirror of the populace.    The DNC’s smear of Col West based on four months of financial trouble five years ago will resonate with the kind of voter attracted to the platform of the Left.     

It never ceases to amaze me (and fill me with awe) when I consider how precisely the Apostle Paul’s description of the social mores of the last days — a period he calls, ‘perilous times’ —  mirrors the social agenda of the 21st century American Left.

“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: from such turn away.”

It is a ponderous package to take in all at once.  But read through each charge carefully — and the picture that emerges is stunningly accurate.  The remainder of Paul’s word picture is equally accurate.

“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”

But even at this late hour, Paul holds out at least a little hope come November.

“But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.”  (2nd Timothy 3:1-9)

Nonetheless, Paul warns that “all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”   

Having warned of the perilous times to come, Paul then looks forward to the generation that will see those times with this admonition:

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of Whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. “   (2nd Timothy 3:11-17)

It looks bad.   But that’s how we can tell that Christianity is real.  If you know Christ, then when it looks so bad it can’t get any worse, that’s a good sign. 

Because the Lord said that when these things begin to come to pass, we are to look up and lift up our heads for our redemption draws near.  So even while it looks bad, that’s good, if you are a Christian.  

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

I am not ashamed either. And I am equally persuaded.  He IS able, so ‘that day’ is the day I’ve been waiting for.

Bring it on.

Cults and Cops and More Tinfoil Hats

Cults and Cops and More Tinfoil Hats
Vol: 108 Issue: 21 Tuesday, September 21, 2010

About four years ago, I wrote a column about the United Nations called “Prozac and Extra-Thick Tin Foil Hats.”  In it, I noted that “vague sense of unease one gets when one realizes he has just struck up a conversation with a stranger whose elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.”

At first, everything seems ok, but then, as it dawns on you the person you are talking to isn’t completely in touch with reality, the hairs stand up on the back of your neck a little.

You wonder just how nuts the person is . . . will they suddenly start shouting in your face, maybe even turn violent? It’s usually just a fleeting feeling, but it is disconcerting, to say the least.

I’ve been getting that same feeling of late as I analyze current events . . . a vague, discomfiting sense that everybody is on Prozac but me, and I am bumping into them just as their meds are starting to wear off.

The majority of the emails received were from people on Prozac claiming the piece was offensive to people on Prozac.  Several others emailed me to chew me out for being insensitive to mental illness.  

I guess I am guilty as charged — I honestly didn’t consider the feelings of the mentally ill when I was writing the piece about the UN. . . but I was writing about the UN!  And forgive me for stating the obvious, but mental illness is not something one wants to see reflected in international diplomacy. 

Nonetheless, the reaction really did surprise me.   I wouldn’t necessarily do anything differently today, but I never would have expected anybody to take offense at the image of UN diplomats wearing tinfoil hats as a metaphor.

Today, I would be less surprised.  The art of taking offense has been honed and shaped and sharpened into a devastatingly effective weapon able to cut through the 1st Amendment’s defensive shield like a hot knife through butter.   

The list of things one cannot say without giving offense is growing by the day, and as people begin to retreat from the truth in order to ‘get along’, more protected groups start to emerge and the retreat becomes a rout and eventually, a surrender.

If one says something offensive about Christians, they are bravely exercising their Constitutional right to free speech.  And they can expect it to be fully honored.  Christians won’t riot in the streets in response to seeing images of Christ immersed in urine being honored by the federal government as ‘art’.

Last year, a church in the US had Bibles printed in Afghanistan’s two most common languages and sent them to Afghanistan.  The Bibles were confiscated by the US government ‘amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans’ (of course) and the Bibles were thrown away like trash and ultimately burned. 

Yes. Burned.  By the United States federal government.  The US government burned the Bibles to prevent them from falling into the hands of ordinary Afghanis.

Not only were there no riots, it wasn’t even much of a news story.   There was instead a brief story detailing how the military is working to prevent Christians from proselytizing.

“A soldier received unsolicited Bibles in Pashto and Dari that were donated by a church in the U.S.,” Col. Gregory Julian, spokesman for U.S. Forces, Afghanistan, told CNN.

“The soldier was unaware that he was not allowed to distribute them, but the chaplain leading the Bible study later corrected the service member, although this does not appear on the footage we’ve seen.”

Then, this equally stunning disclaimer from the US military.

“The Bibles were never distributed. They were removed by the chaplains.”

When the Florida pastor threatened to burn the Koran in response to the decision to build the Ground Zero Mosque, the worldwide rioting killed dozens – eleven men died in Pakistani rioting alone.  The riots and deaths happened BEFORE the scheduled Koran-burning, which was eventually called off anyway.  

A Crucifix immersed in urine is federally protected art — but the mere threat to burn a Koran prompted objections from the White House, the Pentagon and General David Petraeus, spawned deadly riots abroad, and death threats here at home.

While the Florida pastor backed down on his threat, a New Jersey Transit worker decided to mark the September 11th remembrance by tearing a few pages from a Koran which he tried to burn in front of the Ground Zero Mosque.

The transit worker, a man named Derek Fenton, was escorted away by New York City police.  When Fenton reported for work on Monday, he was fired.  For a legal, albeit controversial, protest that took place on his own time and in another state!   

What do you suppose the reaction would be if a government employee was fired for disrespecting the Bible during a protest on his own time – and in another state?

Assessment:

Thirteen members of what California authorities called “a cult-like” group of Christian immigrants from El Salvador were tracked down by sheriff’s deputies who feared the group was planning to commit mass suicide.  

The husbands of two of the women reported to authorities that they though their wives had been ‘brainwashed’ by the leader of the group, a lady named Marisol Chicas.  They told investigators that they feared they might harm themselves.

The sheriff’s department immediately and unquestioningly put out an all points bulletin.

Acting on ‘a tip’ deputies found the group in a public park.  The children were playing on swings and the adults were praying in Spanish.  When the deputy made contact, he was told they were praying against violence in schools and sexual immorality.

According to a sheriff’s captain, Chicas had been a member of a Christian church in Palmdale where she formed a home Bible study.   She later stopped going to church, forming a home church of some 12 to 15 people.

According to Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker, what convinced them the group was a dangerous cult was letters saying the group was awaiting the return of Christ and would “soon see Jesus and their dead relatives.”

To the deputies, that meant they were some kind of dangerous apocalyptic cult.   

“We’ve got a group here that’s practicing some orthodox and some unorthodox Christianity,” Parker said. “Obviously this falls under the unorthodox.”

“Essentially, the letters say they are all going to heaven to meet Jesus and their deceased relatives,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “Some of the letters were saying goodbye.”

The women were returned to their husbands by sheriff’s deputies.  Marisol Chicas was initially arrested and questioned by sheriff’s deputies and then committed to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

As it turns out, the letters were referring to the Rapture and not mass suicide.  

Chicas was one of many that calculate the Rapture will take place sometime around the end of the Feast of Trumpets. Every year somebody comes up with a new calculation.    

It’s been going on since The Great Disappointment of 1844.  Jesus said no man could calculate the day or the hour of the Rapture.  Every year, somebody concludes that really means ‘no man but him’. 

All of them have been disappointed. But they aren’t usually arrested and involuntarily committed for mental evaluation.    

Where these stories intersect is at the 1st Amendment.  It guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In these stories all five guaranteed freedoms are shredded, but only for Christians.

A government employee cannot be fired for burning a Bible.  The government burns Bibles.  But a New Jersey Transit worker can be fired for burning a Koran on his own time in another state.  

Rioting is to be expected.  So when it happens, it isn’t the fault of the rioters.  The blame falls on the person expressing unpopular speech.  

Recall when a group of Muslim imams in traditional Islamic dress were prohibited from boarding an aircraft after they exhibited bizarre behavior at the airport, including loud group prayers at the jetway. 

They were later given an apology and awarded monetary damages.

Chicas calculated the Rapture would take place at the conclusion of the Feast of Trumpets and went out with her group to meet the Lord in the air. 

She calculated wrong – and got involuntarily committed by authorities for a mental evaluation.

What doesn’t seem to faze anybody is how overt the discrimination is. 

A California sheriff’s captain can make a decisive determination of what constitutes ‘orthodox’ Christianity and take official action against what he deems to be ‘unorthodox.’  Nobody mentions the 1st Amendment, which absolutely FORBIDS any police officer from breaking up a public prayer group to ask what they are praying about.   

But nobody would DARE to similarly approach a group of praying Muslims.  

We spoke about the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly in a recent Omegaletter.  She was forced into “disappearing” herself and re-emerging in a new place with a new life and a new identity after she offended Islam in a cartoon she drew.

As we get close to the end of this present age, one can see the spiritual madness coming upon the whole world.  It is as real as that moment when you start to see  somebody’s medication is starting to wear off.

When it comes to Islam, out comes the Prozac to take the edge off,  until we figure out why it’s our fault they are offended this time and who best to sacrifice to appease their anger.   (Sorry,  Derek Fenton)

But bring up Jesus and suddenly, everybody is wearing the extra-thick tinfoil hats to prevent the kind of brainwashing that leads to praying for peace and morality in a public park.

It beats being forced to check in to a mental hospital to be fitted for yours.

Not The Author of Confusion

Not The Author of Confusion
Vol: 108 Issue: 20 Monday, September 20, 2010

Israel’s Foreign Minister made headlines over the weekend when he called for the redrawing of Israel’s borders to exclude some Arab-Israeli citizens now living inside Israel.  

Avigdor Liebermann’s proposal was to trade Jewish settlements in the West Bank for Arab neighborhoods inside Israel.

Given that the Palestinians  (and the UN and the US and everybody else on earth) are unanimous in their assessment that any future Palestinian state must be ethnically cleansed of Jews, Liebermann’s proposal seems just as reasonable.

But he was forced to backtrack, saying later that he was only expressing his personal opinion and not the government’s after the Palestinians objected.  The objection wasn’t to the ethnic cleansing of Jews.  All parties are evidently in tacit agreement on that score (with the exception of those Jews yet to be cleansed).

It is the Arab citizens of Israel that are objecting.  They don’t want to live in a Palestinian state.  And if they don’t want to, then they shouldn’t have to.  Ethnic cleansing is only acceptable when the ones being cleansed are Jews.

It’s crazy.  I know.  It is even crazier still when it is collectively endorsed by world opinion.  But not any crazier than allowing Iran to go nuclear amid much clamor and feigned opposition, knowing that Ahmadinejad has every intention of keeping his promise to erase Israel from the map.

There are few that expect the current round of peace talks to accomplish anything –the headlines are all about why they will fail, not if they will fail.   They will fail because nobody wants peace except the Israelis.  It doesn’t matter.  Nobody cares. 

One almost gets the sense that the peace talks are being used to stall Israel and distract attention away from Iran until Iran can finish building its bomb and let Ahmadinejad solve the Israel problem and leave their consciences clear. 

But can that possibly be true?  After all, it is Washington that is pushing the peace talks.  

And stalling over Iran.

Assessment:

It is amazing how many emails I get either making a case for, or asking if we are already in the Tribulation Period now.  The craziness disguised as diplomacy in the peace process is by itself a good reason to ask that question. 

Coupled with all the other craziness the question gets even more reasonable.   One need look no further than a typical morning’s headlines on Drudge to get a sense of a world on the brink . . . of something.   War, catastrophe, upheaval, unrest . . .

This morning there is a story about an ‘apocalyptic cult’; one about a senatorial candidate who ‘dabbled in witchcraft’; one about an EU-sponsored ‘global internet treaty’; and finally,  Chinese plans to build ‘a big nuclear plant’ in Pakistan!

But it isn’t the Tribulation.   Which should give some sense of how scary the real Tribulation will be.  Jesus said it would be the worst time in human history, from the beginning of the world until then. Keeping in mind that would include the Flood, one gets a sense of it being bad.

At least the Flood left eight persons alive.

Jesus said that left to its logical conclusion, the Tribulation would end without any flesh being saved.  I am aware that there are many different views of the Tribulation Period, particularly insofar as it impacts the Church.  

But it is a simple question.  And I’m a simple man.  The Scriptures say that God is not the author of confusion.   It is from the simplicity of Bible chronology that I can confidently say that we are not now in the Tribulation Period.  

I know of no one that can say with any degree of credibility that they are confident we ARE in the Tribulation Period.  But I hear from lots of folks that say we might be or ask if we could be.  We aren’t.  

God is not the author of confusion. But God is the author of Bible prophecy. And the simplest understanding of the chronology of Bible prophecy is this. 

During the Age of Grace, believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  At the conclusion of the Age of Grace, the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit is withdrawn to allow for the unrestricted reign of evil under the antichrist.

The Promise to the Church is that the Holy Spirit will indwell each believer until the Lord comes.

If the indwelling Holy Spirit is to be withdrawn, and the Promise is that He will not leave me comfortless, then the only logical resolution to this apparent conflict is the one outlined by the Apostle Paul in 1st  Thessalonians 4:16-18 and 1st Corinthians 15:51-57  in which when the Holy Spirit’s ministry is withdrawn, the Lord Himself returns for His Church at the Rapture.

So chronologically speaking, the next prophesied event on Bible prophecy’s timeline after the restoration of Israel is the Rapture of the Church.  All that we are witnessing around us today are not actually fulfillments of Bible prophecy so much as they are shadows of what is coming.

The earthquakes, famines, wars, pestilences, signs in outer space, climactic upheaval, persecutions and so forth are in process – where they are now is NOTHING compared to their Tribulation counterparts.

Today we talk about sunspots – during the Tribulation, the sun will scorch flesh and the moon will be ‘as blood.’  Today we talk about earthquakes, during the Tribulation, the great earthquake will be the most powerful ever felt. 

We talk about wars, but by the time the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse has finished with the fourth of twenty-one Tribulation judgments, a quarter of the earth’s population will already have been killed.

The philosopher Sir William of Occam coined the philosophical rule that dictates that “the simplest and most logical explanation is usually the correct one”.   Occam’s Razor lines up comfortably with Paul’s admonition that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

The purpose for Bible prophecy is primarily to answer the skeptics.   Bible prophecy is the Signature of God.   If God said it, then it will come to pass.  When it comes to pass, then we will know that God said it.  Thus God reveals Himself through prophecy.

When He outlined the signs of His coming to His disciples on the Mount of Olives, He paused midway to remind them, “Behold, I have told you before.”

Later, when Jesus prophesied of His ascension and of the coming of the Comforter, saying, “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” (John 14:29)

Bible prophecy isn’t complicated unless one makes it complicated. 

It makes no sense to assume that God made it so complicated that only those that carefully recompared the original languages and came up with new translations of Scripture could understand the real message.

The real message is no different in the last generation than it was when it was given to the first.  “Occupy until I come.” 

So we are not now in the Tribulation.  It isn’t confusing.  Nobody will have to wonder if we are in the Tribulation.   Jesus said that when these things begin to come to pass, our redemption draws near. 

Before, not after.  The chronology couldn’t be simpler.  And adjusting the chronology complicates all of it until all that remains are questions.  (Like, “could we be in the tribulation now?”)

First comes the Rapture.  Then comes the peace treaty, which then reveals the antichrist and begins the Tribulation.   

The Bible doesn’t raise the question, it answers it.  Israel is not living in peace and safety.  There is no treaty.  The antichrist has not been revealed.

And the Church is still here, occupying until He comes.

Why Obama Isn’t Worried About November

Why Obama Isn’t Worried About November
Vol: 108 Issue: 18 Saturday, September 18, 2010

This past week has been one of the most confusing in recent political history.   I know that to be true because every single political commentator I’ve heard this week has demonstrated it to be true.

Nobody knows what to make of the Tea Party – particularly in light of the Tea Party’s success in the GOP primaries last week.    For months, the pundits have been predicting one of two narratives, neither of which seems particularly likely.

The first narrative, offered up by the pundits on the Left, is that the Tea Party, which one year ago was dismissed as ‘Astro-turf’ is now a formidable force – for the Democrats.   In that narrative, Tea Party candidates will split the vote, handing victory to the Democrats.

Following Christine O’Donnell’s victory over Mike Castle in the GOP primary for the Senate, that narrative has gained some strength.   Mike Castle was a former Delaware Representative who resigned his Congressional seat to run for Joe Biden’s seat in the Senate.

Castle has been in politics for more than forty years and until last week, he had never lost an election.  Castle was leading his Democrat opponent by double digits until his defeat in the primary.  

Christine O’Donnell is a nobody who has run for public office twice and was defeated both times.

Republican Mike Castle was so stunned at losing a seat he thought he was guaranteed to win in November that he refused to endorse her candidacy.    Castle, a former lieutenant governor and governor from 1981 to 1992, went on to become the longest serving member of the lower House of Congress in Delaware’s history.

He resigned his Congressional seat to campaign for the Senate seat.

(Please don’t email me to remind me that the Senate is also part of the Congress.  I know that.  It’s just simpler to call one the House and the other the Senate.  It makes it easier to follow along.)

Mike Castle is a direct descendent of Benjamin Franklin.  His father was a patent lawyer for Dupont, a company so important to his home town of Wilmington, Delaware that it was referred to as simply, “the Company.”

Indeed, Castle was the hand-picked choice to succeed Governor Pete Dupont in 1992. Castle’s career was such that Delaware political commentator Celica Cohen called it “the Age of Incumbency.” 

In 1992, Castle was ineligible to run for governor due to term limits. That led to what is known in Delaware politics as “the Swap.”  Castle run for the Congressional seat held by Thomas Carper and Carper ran for Governor. 

Castle felt that he was entitled to Biden’s seat.  But since Castle was ranked the least conservative Republican in the House, the GOP primary voters didn’t think so.    

The Tea Party primaries was quite a shock for America’s ruling class.  Until then, they didn’t know America isn’t supposed to have a ‘ruling class.’

Assessment:

The other narrative concerns the GOP Establishment.  It is utterly furious as Castle’s defeat by O’Donnell.  Such GOP luminaries as Karl Rove called her “nutty” and “unelectable” and lamented that Castle’s defeat means the GOP won’t be able to recapture a Senate majority this year.

Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  But I’m thinking that a complete GOP sweep of both Houses would be just about the worst thing that could happen to the country right now.   

I’ve been trying to figure out why Team Obama has been behaving as if they don’t care that there is an election in the fall.  The Obama White House is almost taunting the electorate, particularly on the Right, daring them to vote Republican in November.  

I think I’ve got it figured out.   Obama has it wired so that he wins — no matter who takes majority control in November.

There is no doubt that America would be far better off if the crazy leftist agenda of the Obama White House could be stopped by a GOP majority.   But a massive GOP takeover in 2010 will probably give Barack Obama a second term in 2012.

Barack Obama has a good portion of the electorate convinced that the nation’s problems are the Republican’s fault, despite the GOP’s inability to either pass or stop any legislative effort.  So if the GOP actually was able to interfere with Obama’s agenda it would give that claim some credibility.

Obama is easily the most incompetent president of my lifetime (I was born during the Truman administration) but, like Bill Clinton before him, he is an expert campaigner.    CBS News noted in a recent article that, “to listen to President Obama, you’d think we were in the grip of a never-ending hostage crisis.”

The piece was all the more remarkable when one considers that CBS is one of Obama’s most reliable cheerleaders.  CBS noted that Obama has invoked hostage-taking in sixteen different speeches ranging from extending the tax cuts to immigration reform to energy policy.  

The hostage-takers are always the Republicans.  Again (for it bears repeating) the Republicans are utterly powerless (at the moment) to do anything meaningful.   But if they sweep the elections in November, Obama will have two full years to campaign against the Republicans.

Obama has spent the past two years campaigning against George Bush, but that isn’t working anymore and blaming a powerless GOP only fools Obama’s base anyway.

If the GOP is actually able to pass legislation, or to repeal some of Obama’s more egregious programs, like Obamacare, then come 2012, Obama will have his boogeyman.  

In a perfect world, both Houses would be tied. Personally, I’d like to see a one vote GOP majority in the House of Representatives and a one-vote Democrat majority in the Senate.   That would get rid of Nancy Pelosi but would pretty much leave both Houses of Congress powerless to do anything.

Harry Reid is unlikely to retain his seat anyway, and even if he is re-elected, he’s unlikely to keep his seat as Senate Majority leader.  But even if he does, he would be powerless without his supermajority.

The Founders set up the government as a series of checks and balances for a reason – to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with the full awareness that nobody’s life, liberty or pursuit of happiness is secure while Congress is in session.

America has had enough change for the moment.  What we really need is congressional gridlock.  Any other outcome, especially a complete GOP takeover, will be a victory for Obama.   

And I believe that is exactly how Team Obama has it planned.  Nothing else seems to make sense.Weird, isn’t it?  I’m looking forward to getting your take on the situation in our forums.  

I could use the reality check.

The Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly. . .

The Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly. . .
Vol: 108 Issue: 17 Friday, September 17, 2010

One of the most terrifying stories of the millennium has been playing out in Seattle over the past few weeks with almost no media attention.  Which seems weird, since this story affects the media more than any other segment of American society.

Molly Norris was a cartoonist for the Seattle Weekly.  Last April, Comedy Central decided to ban drawings of Mohammed for its South Park TV show — although it promised to continue to draw blasphemous pictures of God and Jesus. 

This evidently incensed Molly Norris, who published a cartoon that declared May 20th “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”   Her cartoon spawned an “Everybody Draw Mohammed” page on Facebook that became wildly popular.

In fact, the “Everybody Draw Mohammed” page led a Pakistani court to block the social networking site altogether.   (After all, even the religion of peace, love and tolerance has to draw the line somewhere!)

After the cartoon went viral, Norris issued a statement on her (now-abandoned) website to the effect that her suggestion wasn’t intended as a criticism of Islam, but a platform for expressing the right of freedom of expression.

She wrote on her website, “I apologize to people of Muslim faith and ask that this ‘day’ be called off.”

So in the true spirit of Islamic peace, love and tolerance, a fatwa was issued calling for her assassination for offending Islam.   At first, Norris simply ‘laid low’ while continuing to draw cartoons. But eventually, at the urging of the FBI, Molly Norris decided it was time for her to cease to exist. 

“Going ghost” the FBI calls it.  With a little assistance from the feds, she left town, changed her name and created a new identity.  

Noted her former employer at the Seattle Weekly:

She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program — except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. …

Norris views the situation with her customary sense of the world’s complexity, and absurdity. When FBI agents, on a recent visit, instructed her to always keep watch for anyone following her, she responded, “Well, at least it’ll keep me from being so self-involved!”

It was, she says, the first time the agents managed a smile. She likens the situation to cancer — it might basically be nothing, it might be urgent and serious, it might go away and never return, or it might pop up again when she least expects it.

So Molly Norris was forced into something similar to the federal Witness Protection Program.   Except that since she isn’t a government witness, she is on her own.   The government helped her ‘disapppear’ to the degree it didn’t interfere while she reinvented herself under a new identity.  

But somehow, she’ll have to figure out how to pay for it herself.  She will have to find a new job – she can’t go back to being a cartoonist.   And she’ll have to find that new job without furnishing references or having a verifiable background.

What can she say to a prospective employer? 

“I’m on the run with a target on my head for offending Islam. If they find me, they will kill me on the spot.  Can I work here?”

Assessment:

The Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly was wise not to take the fatwa as an idle threat. In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight on a city street by an Islamist attacker following the release of his movie critical of Islam.

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard has been under police protection since February 2008.  (Unlike the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly, however, the Danish government is paying for Westergaard’s protection.)  Westergaard was also put on an Islamic hit list after publishing a cartoon depicting Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban.

 Since nobody knows what Mohammed looked like, how does one draw a picture of him?  What if somebody drew a picture of Moe Howard – or Arnold Schwartzeneggar, or Dennis Miller or Barack Obama and simply called it a picture of Mohammed? Would that count?  

That’s what the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly wondered in the cartoon that destroyed her life.

In any case, Westergaard, a non-Muslim with absolutely no idea of what Mohammed looked like, has survived at least three separate attempts on his life since making the hit list.  

In the most recent, he was attacked by an axe-wielding Muslim terrorist who was – luckily for Westergaard – shot by his police protection detail.

So, an American cartoonist living in Seattle who is not a Muslim and owes no allegiance to the Muslim faith was forced to change her name and go into hiding because she offended Islam. 

How big a deal is that?  Big, right?

Well, when I Googled “Molly Norris” at Google News, I got 226 returns.   Almost all of them were repeats of somebody else’s report.  I found none that went so far as to express an opinion, including from sources ordinarily all too willing to disguise opinion as news.

If satire can get you killed, then merely expressing an opinion is too dangerous for most mainstream media.   It’s been more than a month and according to one website following the case, neither US Senator from Washington State has dared to get involved.

When contacted, Senator Maria Cantwell’s press secretary, John Diamond, said tersely, “We have nothing to say about that.”    Not a single government official has dared to go so far as to even express disapproval at one of their constituents being put on an Islamic hit list.

Neither the governor nor her District’s Congressmen, Rep. Jim McDermott, has contacted the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly.   Neither have they tried.   

Senator Cantwell’s press secretary didn’t say it, but he might as well have acted as spokesman for all the elected officials studiously looking the other way.  “We have nothing to say because we’re scared, too.”

TIME Magazine was typical of the mainstream media’s effort to tip-toe around the subject by hinting that the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly  was herself an extremist, lumping her story in as part of a piece called “The Top Ten Gratuitously Provocative Acts.”

Everybody is careful not to make the same mistake as the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly by testing the famously tolerant religion of peace and love – and all for the same reason that we have always made an effort to disguise our own location.

We have no telephone listing.   Our official address on all our IDs and mail is a Mailboxes R Us location.    We have never posted the actual towns we’ve lived in since the first day the OL went live in October, 2001.

If you’ve been an OL subscriber for any length of time, you know that we’ve moved around a lot.  Since 2001, we’ve posted our location as North Carolina, Texas, California, New York and elsewhere.

Now you know why.

While we aren’t really hiding in the sense that the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly is, we have gone out of our way to be as hard to find as possible.  

As we discussed in an earlier briefing, a ‘dhimmi’ is a person not of the Islamic faith who lives under subjection to Islamic religious rules.  (We could see dhimmitude coming to America the first time the White House held a Ramadan dinner and nobody complained about government involvement in religion.)

A ‘dhimmi’ can practice his own faith and exercise his own religious conscience provided it does not blaspheme Allah, Mohammed or the Koran and does not conflict with Islamic teachings.

The story of the Cartoonist Formerly Known as Molly would be impossible in a free country.   But it is possible here.  I’d say ‘just ask Molly Norris’—but Molly Norris had to disappear. She broke the rules of dhimmitude.

She should have taken her cue from her Congressional representatives, and had nothing to say.   Or did what we did — and ‘disappeared’ first.

“Mene, Mene tekel, upharsin. . .”  – Daniel 5:25-28

What We Know . . . And What We Don’t

What We Know . . . And What We Don’t
Vol: 108 Issue: 16 Thursday, September 16, 2010

In June, the National Press Club hosted what was called the Space Weather Enterprise Forum 2010. The stated purpose of the group is to, quoting the group’s website directly, is to:

 “. . .  improve the nation’s ability to prepare, avoid, mitigate, respond to and recover from potentially devastating impacts of space weather events on our health, economy, and national security.”

Before going on, let me restate the obvious. I am not an astrophysicist, so I am not prepared to debate astrophysics or defend NASA’s forecast or to state with any degree of certainty how moderate or how severe any damage might be.

That said, I take pains to ensure that the sources I quote have the credentials that I lack.  My position and the central point of this discussion isn’t the science itself.  The point I want you to see — and be able to share — is that point where science and prophecy intersect.

While I don’t know astrophysics, I know the Creator of astrophysics and I know what He promised in that regard.    Let’s start there.  It’s review for most of you, but humor me for the sake of those for whom this is not so familiar.

“And they asked Him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?” (Luke 21:7)

That was the question to which the Lord was replying in what scholars call “The Olivet Discourse.”  Among the signs that would accompany His Second Coming were the following:

“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)

The Lord made little mention of specific events themselves, speaking instead from the perspective of the witnesses.   “There will be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars. . . ”  

What signs?  “Eat at Joe’s?” “Keep Off The Grass”? “Wet Paint?”  “Geico Insurance Can Save You 30%?”

Notice that the Lord doesn’t say.  The prophecy isn’t about the signs themselves, it is about the reaction of the witnesses. All we are told is that they are astrophysical signs that upon the earth, cause distress (fear) and perplexity (confusion).

The Lord ties these cosmic signs together with Al Gore’s signature lie about global warming and prophesies planetary fear and confusion as a clue recognizable only to the generation to whom the prophecy was intended.

The generation that caught the clue would also see the fear and confusion engendered by the fear of what may be coming upon the earth at the ‘shaking of the powers of heaven’.  

At this point, I’m trying to mentally construct a believable scenario that would fit this prophecy better than, say,  the fear of a coming solar-generated geomagnetic storm wiping out the planetary power grid while we sit helplessly by waiting to see if our civilization can survive — and it’s just not happening for me.

I can’t make one up that is a better fit, even if I get to make the rules.    

From the perspective of Bible prophecy and the signs of the times, whether there is a solar storm that wipes out the planetary power grid or not is irrelevant.  The Lord said that in the time leading up to His return, what would be relevant was the fear.

Wars, pestilences, earthquakes, famines, ethnic unrest, international upheaval, increasing in both frequency and intensity and coupled with cosmic signs engendering fear and confusion . . . all in a single generation?  

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”  (Luke 21:28)

I don’t want anybody to fall into a trap of their own making by reaching beyond the Scripture’s grasp and predicting a solar storm will fulfill the prophecy.  

The discussion fulfills the prophecy.

Assessment:

Having said all that, there were a few questions that came up via email and in the forums regarding the high-tech prophecies of the last days that would seem to preclude NASA’s solar storm predictions.

The first objection offered is Revelation 11:3 regarding the Two Witnesses that will lay in the streets of the ‘great city’ that will be seen by all the earth.  Obviously, if everybody on earth can see their dead bodies laying in the street for three and a half days, then the satellite grid must be operational.

There are two problems with that objection.  The first is that Revelation 11:3 doesn’t actually say that everybody on earth sees them.  It says that they of the people, etc – and ‘they’ could just as easily be representatives of everybody.   

The second objection deals with the antichrist’s control of the global economy.  It MUST be electronic (I agree) and so the satellites and computers will have to be still functioning.  Here, I kinda agree, but take exception to the word, ‘still’. 

Even assuming the storm fries the satellites and most earth-bound electronics and electronic data, it won’t fry all of it in even the worst case scenario.  Some of them will have been hardened, so most data will survive.  

The grid and satellites will be repaired – estimates range anywhere from a couple of years to a decade, but nobody is forecasting a permanent return to 1890.   It will just be a long, long, blackout. 

Indeed, when you think about it, a catastrophic global grid failure would appear to be a perfect scenario for the A/C’s takeover. 

Consider how that would play out. The whole world is plunged into a blackout with the attending chaos and rioting and misery until Some Guy figures out how to restore the Grid and bring civilization back into the 21st century. 

Let’s explore that a little further. 

Suppose the storm does hit in NASA’s time frame, say, October 2012 and it takes, say, five years to restore it.   So we’re all in the dark for five years.  When the lights DO come back on, who are you expecting to find in charge? 

Now to the next question.  In charge of what?  We’ve been in the dark, learning how to grow vegetables and butcher meat and live as independent communities unconnected by any kind of mass communication for five years.  

When the lights come back on, what will it look like?  

What if instead of the country you had when the lights went out, there was a new, provisional global authority headed by the Guy Who Turned the Lights Back On? 

How long would all that take? Not nearly as long as you might think.

First, the Great Solar Storm in 2012.  Then assuming we have a five year blackout, restored by some global authority, it means we could all wake up in a global dictatorship centrally controlled through a single database when the lights come back on.  And it’s still only 2017.

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalms 90:10)

In 2017, Israel is still not threescore, or seventy, years old.   The fig tree generation hasn’t yet passed.  In theory, the Tribulation could still be four years away by then —  and still, fourscore years would have not yet have passed by the time of the Second Coming.

I am not trying to argue here that the Cosmic Blackout is a sure thing, or that it is a probable thing, or that it is prophesied by Scripture.  Instead, I’m addressing some specific objections arguing why it can’t happen from the perspective of Scripture. 

Because I think it can.

I don’t know what the future holds in detail. But I do know what the Bible says about the future in general.   It says that the last days before the return of Christ will be unlike any generation in human history. 

That generation will witness the restoration of Israel, the explosion of knowledge, the upheaval of the planet, the sudden fear of cosmic storms, killer asteroids and global warming, and the expectation of the Rapture. 

And upon the earth, the distress of nations. With perplexity.   

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” 

I don’t know how.  But He does.  And I don’t know when. But He does.  Here is what I do know. He says it is going to be soon.  Very soon.

Maranatha!

Like Y2K All Over Again. . .?

Like Y2K All Over Again. . .?
Vol: 108 Issue: 15 Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Like any other forecast, the predictions about a major solar storm sometime between now and 2012 knocking out Earth’s electrical grid has its share of both proponents and naysayers.  

One of the criticisms that keeps popping up is that this is just another ‘Y2K scenario’.

You’ll recall that in the 1990’s somebody noticed a ‘bug’ in computer operating systems and software that wouldn’t allow them to recognize dates after December 31st 1999.  

The predictions ranged from a complete meltdown of Western civilization to something only slightly less terrifying. 

The IT industry mobilized legions of IT technicians and programmers who spent the years leading up to the turn of the century feverishly rewriting billions of lines of code to recognize the new date when it flipped over. 

But nobody was sure it would work until the calendar flipped over to January 1, 2000 and the lights didn’t even flicker. 

“Y2K was a big hoax!” the newspapers complained.  “Much ado about nothing,” said the same folks that only a few years earlier were warning of The End Of The World As We Know It.

Those who warned of catastrophic consequences if the Y2K Bug was not fixed were labeled, “Doom Merchants.”   The fact that the Y2K Bug was fixed became somehow irrelevant, and even inconvenient to the “Doom Merchant” narrative. So that part was ignored.

Reputations were damaged – in some cases permanently – but the “Doom Merchants of Y2K” are probably the only reason that Y2K didn’t bring about the predicted catastrophe. Absent the warning and the dire predictions, nobody would have ponied up the billions necessary to fix it.

Now comes the new Y2K scenario.

Since 2006, NASA has been predicting the arrival of the most intense period of solar activity in at least 100 years that will peak sometime around the year 2012.

 In 2008, the National Research Council released a report funded by NASA and issued by the National Academy of Sciences outlining a similar future.

It forecast the intensification of solar storm activity in 2012 along the same magnitude to that of the 1859 and 1921 storms that neutralized the nation’s telegraph lines and other electrical circuits and started fires worldwide.

A report in the New American dated August 30, 2010 says NASA is now predicting a geomagnetic storm sometime in 2012 so powerful it will likely “result in a complete planetary outage for months.”

Dave Reneke, an Australian astronomy lecturer and columnist warned that the storm has the potential to trip circuit breakers, and knock out satellites orbiting the earth.  

Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of Theoretical Physics and author of the book Physics of the Impossible, in a 2009 appearance on FOX News explained that “we have to think about reinforcing our satellites; building redundant systems because it means that GPS, the power grids, weather satellites, communication satellites, satellite television, all of that could get disrupted — peaking around 2012.” Neither Kaku nor Reneke expects the world to end on 2012, as predicted by many who have noted that the Mayan calendar’s current cycle ends on December 21, 2012. However, some scientists are warning that even more will happen beyond a positional planetary blackout.

Scientific researcher and author Lawrence Joseph and Patrick Geryl, Belgium astronomer and author of the book How to Survive 2012, both of whom have appeared on “Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory,” have made the case for the end of civilization, based on a NASA report of December 16, 2008 which stated that the “Earth’s magnetic field, which shields our planet from particles streaming outward from the Sun, often develops two holes that allow the largest leaks.”

Y2K didn’t happen because there was time to develop and apply a ‘fix’, not because the threat was overblown. 

Ironically, it was the warnings from the “Doom Merchants” that spurred efforts to apply the fix and it was the successful application of the fix that discredited the “Doom Merchants.”

But if NASA’s scenario plays out as expected, there won’t be a fix. 

I found this line contained in one NASA report dated May, 2009 and thought the way it was worded had a familiar ring to it:

The sun is currently near the minimum of its 11-year activity cycle. It is expected that solar storms will increase in frequency and intensity toward the next solar maximum, expected to occur around 2012.  

Increasing frequency and intensity.  Hmmm.  Like birth pangs?

Assessment:

Shielding electronics against a solar EMP blast is expensive; very few privately-owned electronic equipment would survive a direct hit.

Hard drives would be wiped.  The internet would go down.   So would television and most radios.  Not that it would matter without electricity. 

The cascading effect would shut down the global power grid completely anyway.   Mass communications would cease.    Any car manufactured in the last 20 years would be useless.  So would most trucks and trains. 

Food distribution would shut down. There would be riots in the streets.  Government would collapse.  It is as horrifying as any man-made EMP attack — except this would be world-wide.

While it’s possible to harden at least some of the Earth’s electronics, an 1859-type geomagnetic storm would fry every satellite in orbit.     It would blind every nation.   GPS guidance systems would be useless.  So would communications and surveillance equipment. 

Even hardened government command and communications networks would be limited to earthbound transmissions.  While most of the world would find itself living in the functional equivalent of 1890, the military would be trapped in a technological time warp somewhere around 1918.  

“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” (Ezekiel 38:4-6)

As a student of Bible prophecy, I always had a bit of trouble with these passages.  My remedy has been the understanding of the difficulty associated with describing a 21st century battlefield using a 6th century BC vocabulary.  

In this view, the horses and bucklers and shields and so forth are symbolic of a great army.  But that still presents problems, not the least of which is that Ezekiel already calls them ‘a great army’ making the symbolic superfluous.

But the biggest problem to overcome in Ezekiel’s outline is the part where the assembled armies of Russia, Iran, Turkey, the regional Islamic ‘stans’ of the former Soviet Union  and so on launch a sneak attack on Israel, as suggested in Ezekiel 38: 11-13.

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”

Ezekiel makes it clear that the attack takes both Israel and the West by surprise.  Israel is a land of unwalled villages.  How does one symbolize away the fact that 21st century Moscow cannot move a single tank across a city street without alerting CIA headquarters in Langley?

I also used to wonder how it could ever be that Europe would ever move into a position of global leadership when the Soviets and Americans were locked in a forty-year nuclear standoff.   What could cause the Soviet Empire and Exceptional America to take a back seat to a revived Rome?

But then the Soviet Union collapsed under its own weight in 1991.  The EU began its full unification and integration with the Maastricht Treaty.  America’s collapse is ongoing.  And the solutions to the problems just happened to fit perfectly with the outline of Bible prophecy.

The same with the problems concerning global surprise at the invasion of Israel as forecast by the Prophet Ezekiel.

When the time comes, God handles the details.    

I don’t know if a geometric storm in 2012 will wipe out the planetary electrical grid and fry all our electronic gizmos, plunging us back 100 years.  

What I know is that, if one is to take Bible prophecy literally,  something has to happen to neutralize our satellite grid, mass communications and explain why the Gog-Magog War is fought on horseback, using swords, shields and what sounds like tactical nuclear weapons.

So, what is the point?   

It isn’t sunspots that threaten to eat our power grid.  It isn’t that I’m predicting the Gog-Magog invasion will take place in late 2012.  I’m not an astrophysicist.  I don’t know if any of this will happen the way that NASA is predicting.

It isn’t even essential to my point that a solar storm even occurs.   What is essential to my point is that it is NASA, not prophecy guys, that are predicting it – and at exactly this point in history.  And they might as well have been quoting Scripture — they practically were.

Jesus warned of signs in the sun, moon and stars that would engender mass fear and confusion on a planetary basis, fear so intense it will cause men’s hearts to fail them, merely from the signs of what may come.

The fulfillment of the Lord’s prophecy isn’t actual solar storms, fried grids, a collapse of technology or the collapse of nations.   The fulfillment of this prophecy is the fear of all these things.   

That isn’t to say that the fear won’t be justified and that the solar storm won’t happen, either.   But if it does, it won’t be in fulfillment of Luke 21:25-26.   That prophecy is being fulfilled right now.   

It’s what comes next that ties it all together into one package.

“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) 

But be sure to wear UV resistant glasses when you do.