The Error

The Error
Vol: 128 Issue: 23 Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I am always surprised when I meet bona-fide dyed-in-the-wool born-again Christians to whom Bible prophecy is either irrelevant or is something they have written off as sensationalism.  Many mainstream teachers and preachers write off the study of Bible prophecy as fodder for crackpots.

Students of Bible prophecy are routinely presented as unbalanced, suicidal, genocidal lunatics yearning for the judgments of a vengeful Lord culminating in the near-extermination of the human race. 

I recall once when I managed to score an on-camera interview with former CIA Director William Colby. (Colby was known as a “media-friendly CIA director.”)

Colby was an ordinary-looking little man with thinning hair and big glasses who at first glance looked like an accountant. 

It was only his eyes that betrayed the fact he was a trained and experienced assassin who once led the CIA’s Vietnam war as Saigon station chief.  About halfway through the interview, Colby recognized where the line of questioning was headed and asked me, “who are you guys, anyway?” 

Our producer answered, “TWIBP”. 

“What does that stand for?” he demanded. “This Week in Bible Prophecy,” I replied.

“I’m outta here,” Colby said as he jerked the microphone from his lapel. 

As he stormed away, I heard him say to an aide; “Bible prophecy!  You ever do that to me again, you’re fired!”

It isn’t like Colby had a reputation for being a Christian — he didn’t.  But his reaction was typical of how the subject of Bible prophecy is viewed by skeptics, whether inside or outside the Church.

Rick Warren is the pastor of one of America’s biggest churches, the “Saddleback Church” in Lake Forest, California. His book, “The Purpose-Driven Church”, published in 1995, has become something of an unofficial Bible for pastors and ministers eager to emulate Warren’s success.

Over 400,000 pastors and church leaders from around the world have attended a seminar or conference led by Warren and other pastors and based on the five “purposes” which Warren enumerates as worship, fellowship discipleship, ministry and evangelism.

Warren advocates a softer tone by evangelicals on issues like abortion and same sex marriage, signed a statement endorsing the global warming hoax and is an elected member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

The man sometimes called “America’s Pastor” is also author of “The Purpose-Driven Life” and a darling of both the media and the Christian  ‘mainstream’.  Warren argues in his book that an interest in Bible prophecy is a distraction from both living a Christian life and fulfilling the Great Commission.

“It is easy to get distracted and sidetracked from your mission because Satan would rather have you do anything besides sharing your faith. He will let you do all kinds of good things as long as you don’t take anyone to heaven with you. But the moment you become serious about your mission, expect the Devil to throw all kinds of diversions at you. When that happens, remember the words of Jesus: “Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

And then, Warren makes this astonishing statement:

“When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. He said in essence, “The details of My return are none of your business”

The New Testament is literally filled with details about His return.  Indeed, as He ascended into heaven, the Book of Acts tells us that two angels were standing nearby as they watched Him ascend into the clouds and out of sight.

“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.”

If the details of His return are none of our business, we need to scrap Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13, part of the books of Acts, parts of both epistles to Timothy, parts of Hebrews, James, and all of the Book of the Revelation, just for starters.

What Bible does he use?

Assessment:

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:” (2 Peter 3:3-6)

The Apostle Peter’s second epistle was written as he was awaiting his martyrdom.  Generally speaking, when a man knows he is about to die, there are two things that are universally accepted.  The first is that he will share what is most important to him.   The second is that he is telling the truth.

Even secular courts give great weight to a deathbed confession, on the grounds that a person who is about to die has no motive or reason to lie.

What was most important to Peter?  Warning of what he called a “willing ignorance” about the approach of the last days, the return of Christ and the reclamation of the world.

There is no question that Bible prophecy can become a playground for liars and lunatics.  Just look how many times Harold Camping has predicted the date of the Rapture.  Then look how many times he was wrong and yet he STILL had people believing him.

Look how many false prophets claim to have direct revelation from God that either changes or adds to the Biblical record.  

And yet they have no shortage of followers.  It requires a “willing ignorance.”

Bill Koenig makes the point in his excellent “World Watch Daily” that roughly 100 million American church members have no understanding of Bible prophecy before pinpointing what I believe is one of the two main reasons why. 

Koenig notes that of the twenty-five largest American church denominations, at least fourteen of them are supersessionist, meaning they adhere to the doctrine of replacement theology

They believe that God abandoned the Jews after they rejected the Messiah and the covenant promises to the Jews were then transferred to the Church.

By this view, Israel is just another country in the Middle East.  The Jews of Israel are not the Jews of the Old Testament, and even if they were, they are rejected by God and therefore worthy of rejection by the Church.  

If the restoration of Israel is not a fulfillment of Bible prophecy (and it cannot be, according to supersessionism) then the entire prophetic timetable collapses, since all Bible prophecy for the last days centers around a restored Jewish state called “Israel.”

Since Israel is Jewish, is restored where God said it would be and follows the prophetic script to the letter (right down to being “born in a day”) arguing it is irrelevant to Bible prophecy is willing ignorance of the highest order.

The second reason that so many Christians deny Bible prophecy is fear.  If Bible prophecy is true, then it means that the Lord will come back sometime within the lifetime of those who witnessed Israel’s restoration sixty-four years ago.  

That would mean that time is rapidly running out.  Unless it is all in the imagination of a bunch of Jew-loving crackpots who take some kind of demented joy out of believing in doomsday, which is evidently their preferred scenario.

This baffles me.  The world is clearly on the brink of chaos and collapse.  The probability of a global, total war is high and getting higher every day.  Unless something happens to prevent total war, the result will be the annihilation of the human race.

Bible prophecy, by its very existence, establishes beyond question that the Bible is true, that the Lord remains on His Throne, that what appears to be chaos is really part of the Divine Plan and that everything is under control.

If Bible prophecy is true, then the Middle East crisis is explained.  The resurgence of Russia and its alliance with the Muslim world is explained.  The economic and political chaos gripping the EU is explained. 

The growing economic and military might of Asia is explained as are the two hundred million Chinese bachelors seeking a home in the Chinese military.  

Bible prophecy explains the income gap between rich and poor, the global warming hoax, sunspots, Iran’s nuclear drive, the “Palestinian problem” and the rapidly collapsing moral codes that underpin Western civilization.

Remove Bible prophecy and there is no pattern, no explanation, no blessed assurance and no hope.

Israel is the centerpiece of Bible prophecy.  Its existence and history are proof positive of the accuracy of Bible prophecy.  To this point in the historical record, Bible prophecy — where it can be proved at all — has proved to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time.

The same God that predicted what has already occurred with such unerring accuracy will continue to perform His Will until His Purpose is accomplished.  Bible prophecy proves God is still on His Throne and is intimately concerned with the affairs of men.

“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

That promise has no expiration date.  God’s blueprint for the future will continue to unfold with the same accuracy in the days ahead as it has in millennia past.

It is why what terrifies the world is what gives us hope.  It’s why the world thinks we’re a more than a little bit nuts.

The Lord doesn’t work in ‘mysterious’ ways; He works according to His will.  He has a purpose for everything that He does.  Whether we understand that purpose is irrelevant — it is enough to know that HE does.

“So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My Mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

And we are His eyewitnesses.  Maranatha!

Never Again — Until Next Time

Never Again — Until Next Time
Vol: 128 Issue: 22 Tuesday, May 22, 2012

History records the main reason that the Jews decided, after almost two millennia after being exiled, that the continued survival of the Jewish race required their return to their ancestral homeland.

Israel’s Founding Fathers summed the reason up in two words: “Never again!”

“Never again!” is so indelibly linked to the Holocaust and the attempted destruction of the Jewish people that the phrase has become a synonym for unimpeded genocide.

It was the slogan of Kofi Annan’s observance of the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, during which the ruling Rwanda Hutu tribe set out to exterminate their traditional enemies, the Tutsi tribe.

When the bloodletting was finally exhausted, almost a million Tutsis had been slaughtered, in full view of the United Nations.

At the time, Kofi Annan was the head of UN peacekeeping operations, including the one in Rwanda that he ordered out of the country — after ten Belgian peacekeepers were killed in an attack.

According to a 1998 article in the New Yorker magazine, Kofi Annan was told by the commander of peacekeeping forces in Rwanda of a plan by the then-government of Rwanda to exterminate the Tutsis, some three months BEFORE the slaughter began.

After the deaths of the Belgian peacekeepers, the magazine reported that Annan gave orders not to intervene.  Full details of the commander’s cable were reportedly forwarded to the American, French and Belgian ambassadors in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the day after the report was sent to New York.

On the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan slaughter, Kofi Annan, then-UN Secretary-General, designated April 7 as the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.” Kofi urged the world to set aside a ‘moment of silence’ so that “such a tragedy can never happen again.”

At the time of Kofi’s ‘never again speech’ in 2004, at least THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND people had already been butchered at the hands of the Islamic Republic of Sudan’s Janjaweed Militia while the world did nothing.

In 2005, after almost a half-millon deaths, the UN finally brokered a deal that separated the Islamic north from the mainly Christian south.  More than two MILLION people have been slaughtered since. And the slaughter continues.

That is what ‘never again’ means to the world community.  It means ‘never again’ — until next time, after which the UN will dedicate an ‘annual’ moment of silence and reflection that will be observed exactly once.

Assessment:

Israel was founded also on the ‘never again’ principle, which means something different to Israelis than it does to the rest of the world.

For two millennia, Jews were systematically rounded up and slaughtered in regional pogroms — but it wasn’t until the rise of Adolf Hitler that the wholesale slaughter of Jews threatened to wipe them from the face of the earth.

The Jews who survived the world’s acquiescence to their slaughter declared that ‘never again’ would they trust the world community to ensure their survival.

Adolf Hitler had clearly and unambiguously outlined his planned extermination of the Jewish people some twenty years before in his political manifesto, “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”).  And, while part of the world sat idly by (and the rest helped) Hitler imposed his ‘Final Solution to the Question of the Jewish People’ on almost six million of them.

THAT is what ‘never again’ means.  Israel’s foundational principle is that it would never again entrust its survival to global good will.

Israel’s establishment as a Jewish State was an indictment to the world community that let the Holocaust happen, despite Hitler’s having made his intentions perfectly clear — and that it would never happen again because Israel wouldn’t let it.

The establishment of Israel prevented the wholesale slaughter of Jews under the principle of collective security, but ‘collective’ has become a two-edged sword.

Jews were slaughtered indiscriminately throughout history, but the Jewish people survived, mainly because they were scattered throughout the world.

The Diaspora that ended the existence of the Jewish state in AD 70 also prevented the concentration of Jews in one place where they could be annihilated.

Israel’s re-establishment in 1948 brought them all back into one place at precisely the moment in history when it is possible to annihilate the tiny Jewish state in a single, blinding, nuclear flash.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir famously observed during the Yom Kippur War that, “the Arabs can fight, and lose, and return to fight another day. Israel can only lose once.”

In 1973, it was a rallying cry. Hitler’s successors see it as a battle strategy.

Former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani outlined it recently, telling the world that, “the use of a nuclear bomb in Israel will leave nothing on the ground, whereas it will only damage the world of Islam.”

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made it clear that his goal is the annihilation of Israel, an event that he described as Israel ‘being eliminated by one storm’.

Revolutionary Guards commander General Mohammad Ebrahim Dehghani made global headlines with his declaration:

“We have announced that wherever [in Iran] America does make any mischief, the first place we target will be Israel.”

Noted Charles Krauthammer,

“The logic is impeccable, the intention clear: A nuclear attack would effectively destroy tiny Israel, while any retaliation launched by a dying Israel would have no major effect on an Islamic civilization of a billion people stretching from Mauritania to Indonesia.”

When viewed through the prism of Bible prophecy, things continue to develop precisely as outlined some twenty-five hundred years ago — without deviating one iota from the original script.

We find Russia, Iran and the Islamic world on one side; Israel (and the ‘Christian Crusaders’) on the other.  The United Nations has already established a precedent for sitting on its hands in the face of slow, systematic, genocide. Iran is talking about genocide in ‘one storm’.  Iran’s goal is the destruction of Israel.

“Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal . . . Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them . . . Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. . . ” (Ezekiel 38:2,3,5)

“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?” (38:13)

“And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.” (Ezekiel 38:22)

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

Note: Today’s OL is an update of a column first published in 2004.  I’ve managed to damage my shoulder somehow and found it exceptionally difficult this morning to type with my arm in a sling.  About the best I could manage was an update. 

But what I find interesting about the situation is that if I hadn’t mentioned that this column was seven years old, I don’t think you’d be able to tell.

I believe the reason for that is found in 2 Peter 3:9 where Peter reminds us that the Lord hasn’t forgotten His Promise, but is instead waiting until the very last person has a chance to accept or reject the Gospel before coming for His Church.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

I believe that we are in something of a “holding pattern” until the Lord has given everybody their chance — and the fact this column is still relevant seven years after the fact supports that contention.  We’re still holding now.

The Lord is not “slack” — He isn’t late.  We Christians often ask, “How long, Lord?” — but the answer (and the solution) is right before us. 

Q.  How long, Lord?  A. Until everybody has heard the Gospel.

Whose job is that?

The Day Reality Came In Second

The Day Reality Came In Second
Vol: 128 Issue: 21 Monday, May 21, 2012

There are about seventy countries holding national elections in 2012, in addition to the United States.  According to the think-tank, Freedom House, only about forty of them qualify as actual electoral democracies.  One wonders if after November 6, there will only be thirty-nine.

A study by Duke University examined about 1,000 US electoral contests between 1980 and 2004 and found that there was electoral cheating in about forty percent of them. 

It is therefore small wonder that the Bush administration shocked the Republican establishment when it agreed with a Democrat-led initiative to  invite the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to monitor the 2004 presidential elections.

It freaked everybody out at the time, but it prevented a repeat effort at the election-stealing that had poisoned the Bush administration’s first term. The popular myth among Democrats was that it was George Bush that stole the election in 2000.

In 2000, when Al Gore realized how close it actually was, he withdrew his concession speech and tried  to disenfranchise military voters by having their ballots disqualified, all the while reciting the mantra, “Every vote should count” — as if he really meant it.

To my mind, that was the day that something snapped in the American electorate.  Fully half of the public made a conscious decision to ignore reality and pretend so hard that it popped something in the body politic. 

From that day to this, there remain millions that are convinced that George Bush stole the election from Al Gore in spite of the fact that not one single post-election recount, (including those conducted by pro-Gore newspapers like the New York Times) was able to find enough “hanging chads” to put Gore over the top.

Election 2000 gave rise to what Charles Krauthammer called the “Bush Derangement Syndrome”.  By 2008 it had become such an entrenched part of the American body politic that it spawned derivatives such as the “Palin Derangement Syndrome”.

Krauthammer defined “Bush Derangement Syndrome” as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush”.

When Barack Obama was elected, the Democrats attempted to co-opt the term “Obama Derangement Syndrome” but it never really took off, primarily because in Obama’s case, there was good reason for the paranoia.  

Indeed, one pejorative is insufficient to demonize all Obama’s foes, primarily because opposition to Obama is not partisan — supporting him is.  There are lots of Democrats that oppose what Obama is doing because it is bad for the country.

Obama’s supporters demonize Americans who question why Obama pays for a team of lawyers whose only job is to hide his background as “birthers”. 

When Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent a team of 20 professional investigators to do a background check of the President, Obama supporters attacked the sheriff and the investigators as if it was none of their business. 

Is it not their country too? 

The Holder Justice Department, (which refused to prosecute the Black Panthers who were intimidating white voters outside a polling station) is going all-out to prevent the various states that have passed voter ID laws from implementing them. 

Defending this practice are various and sundry partisan Democrats who repeat the mindless argument that requiring voter ID would disenfranchise voters that have no ID. 

How many people do YOU know that have no form of ID?  Think about it.  How many people do YOU know, personally, that would be disenfranchised by having to provide ID in order to vote? 

Who would they be?

People that don’t have a bank account?  Drive a car?  Belong to a library?  Don’t have a Social Security number?  Never had a job?  Don’t have a birth certificate? 

Is that even possible in twenty-first century America?  Of course not.  You need photo ID to buy certain kinds of drain cleaners!

In April, Project Veritas sent a young man to a Washington, DC polling place at 3401 Nebraska Avenue. The man gave the poll worker Eric Holder’s name and address.  The poll worker promptly handed the fake Eric Holder the real Eric Holder’s ballot.

In a recent speech, Holder argued that voter ID laws will return America to the bad old days of segregation.  The racist Republicans want to stifle the black vote and that’s why they favor voter ID.

Mr. Holder argues that voter ID laws disproportionately discriminate against poor blacks and Hispanics – citizens who cannot afford to acquire a driver’s license, passport or other form of photo identification. The latest victim is South Carolina; its voter ID law has been blocked by the Justice Department. Liberal Democrats – taking their cue from the White House – are portraying the national movement for election reform as an authoritarian assault upon civil liberties. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has even petitioned the United Nations, asking it to declare states’ voter ID laws human rights abuses. For the radical left, America has become Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

It is not POSSIBLE for any honest person to fall for such baloney.

Assessment:

“And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” (Matthew 10:36)

If one is looking for racism, look no further than those who argue that blacks are less capable of obtaining ID than whites are and therefore must be protected by the benevolent Justice Department. 

The administration is trying to whip up minority frenzy, propagating the myth of widespread ballot suppression. The goal is to foster a sense of racial persecution of blacks, intending to maximize voter turnout in November. The results, however, will be to poison race relations further.

Racism has nothing to do with states implementing voter ID laws. Rather, it is about protecting the integrity of our electoral system. Voter fraud is rampant; abuses regularly take place. In Chicago, local elections are often marred by ballot stuffing and multiple voting – including by false voters who use the names of deceased individuals. Indiana election officials have found that, during the 2008 Democratic primary, countless pro-Barack Obama and pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton signatures were falsified. In Minnesota, voter fraud enabled Democrat Al Franken to steal the election from incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. It is precisely to preserve the fundamental basis of our democracy – one person, one vote – that voter ID laws are necessary.

The ONLY reason for attempting to overturn the Voter ID law is because a Voter ID law would make stealing the election more difficult, if not impossible. 

Pajamas Media is reporting that the State of Florida discovered it had more than fifty-three THOUSAND dead voters on the state’s roster of registered voters.  (This is a good place to mention that Election 2000 was decided by a 407 vote margin in Florida.)

At the same time that Eric Holder is accusing supporters of Voter ID of racism, an NAACP executive was being sentenced to five years in prison on ten counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots in Mississippi. 

Lessadolla Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.

In the trial, forensic scientist Bo Scales testified that Sowers’s DNA was found on the inner seals of five envelopes containing absentee ballots.

(I’ll leave it up to you to guess which candidate Sowers voted ten times for.)

ACORN was convicted of voter fraud in Nevada.  It was kicked out of Ohio for voter irregularities.  Nobody talks much about the election of Al Franken to the Senate, but it was Franken’s victory over Norm Coleman that gave Obama his filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Franken won by 205 votes.  But John Fund of the Wall Street Journal noted that 341 convicted felons illegally voted — meaning that there were more illegal votes cast than Franken’s margin of victory.  Franken STOLE the election, but there isn’t much anybody can do about it now.

The Miami Herald won a Pulitzer Prize deconstructing the 1997 Miami election after Joe Carollo won a majority at the polls but lost to Xavier Suarez with his very suspicious 2-to-1 advantage in absentee votes. That’s how it’s really done. How elections are pilfered. With absentee ballots.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has prosecuted some sixty-two cases of voter fraud since 2005.  One woman voted for her dead mother; another was convicted to stealing the votes of elderly people; a city council member was convicted of registering foreigners to vote.

What does it all mean?  It means that there is no guarantee that the will of the people will be expressed on November 6th.  It is an established fact that the Left puts party ahead of country —  the Left believes, as Obama does, that the rest of America consists of morons, of whom they believe;

“. . . it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Again, this is more about trends than it is about specifics.  The Bible identifies four spheres of power in the last days; the Kings of the East, the King of the South, the Revived Roman Empire and the Gog-Magog Alliance.  But there is no reference to any entity resembling America playing a significant role in the last days. 

And that certainly seems to be the direction that things are trending.  

There’s No Escaping America, Comrade!

There’s No Escaping America, Comrade!
Vol: 128 Issue: 19 Saturday, May 19, 2012

One of the founders of Facebook, whose IPO made all its founders billionaires and about 1000 employees into millionaires, renounced his US citizenship so he wouldn’t have to pay the United States roughly $67 million dollars in taxes.

The move should not have been all that surprising.  Saverin was neither born in the U.S. nor is he a resident.  Saverin’s involvement in Facebook was actually fairly minimal — except without his financing, Facebook would probably be the Omega Letter. 

(We were already a social networking site four years before Zuckerberg had his ‘brilliant’ idea — and the financing to exploit it). Without Saverin, Zuckerberg would not have been able to keep his servers going.

When the rest of Facebook’s team moved west, Saverin stayed put.  Zuckerberg tried to edge Saverin out of the company but Saverin sued and the resulting settlement gave him a stake in the company.

As of this year, Saverin owns less than 5% of Facebook, yet his five percent stake is worth about two billion dollars.  Eduardo Saverin was born in Brazil.  In 1993, his wealthy father moved the family to Miami after learning Eduardo had been placed on a list of potential kidnapping targets.

Saverin became a US citizen in 1998, and helped found Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 and moved to Singapore in 2009.  In early 2012, Saverin renounced his US citizenship to become a citizen of Singapore.

Saverin’s notice of renunciation was published in the April 30, 2012, edition of the Federal Register along with more than 400 other people who are no longer U.S. citizens.

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, signed into law in 1996 under President Clinton, each year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is required to publish the names of persons who are no longer U.S. citizens.

Why would it be the responsibility of the IRS, instead of the Immigration and Naturalization Service?  The answer is obvious.  Taxes. 

The majority of US citizens that renounce their citizenship, like Princess Grace of Monaco, Queen Noor, Jet Li, Terry Gilliam and Andreas Papandreou (now the Prime Minister of Greece) do so to avoid crippling US income taxes.

But Americans that renounced their citizenship after 2008 are still subject to reporting and tax requirements under our tax laws.  Those laws apply if any of certain criteria are met.  In Saverin’s case, he would be subject to the expatriation tax because his net worth is $2 million or more on the date he expatriated.

Under the law, any assets that leave the country with you after you have renounced are treated as if they were sold the day you left and are subject to taxes.  But the government can only tax what his stake was worth BEFORE the IPO made Saverin a billionaire.

Democrat Senator Chuck Shumer teamed up with Democrat Bob Casey to offer an amendment to the tax code to add a stiff penalty to punish wealthy expatriates that renounce their citizenship to avoid paying taxes.

The bill would require Saverin, who was not born in the US, does not live in the US and is not a US citizen, to pay whatever the US decides is its “fair share” of Saverin’s income, or be permanently barred from ever entering the United States again.

Schumer and Casey’s bill would levy an additional 30 percent capital gains tax on all future earnings made in the United States on all expatriates with either a net worth of more than $2 million or who had an average tax liability of $148,000 over the previous five years.

The bill would allow the Internal Revenue Service to determine whether or not an expatriate had renounced their citizenship for tax purposes, placing the burden of proof on the expatriate themselves to show they were not moving abroad to avoid taxation.

“We simply cannot allow the ultra-wealthy to write their own rules,” said Senator Casey in a statement. “Mr. Saverin has benefited greatly from being a citizen of the United States but he has chosen to cast it aside and leave U.S. taxpayers with the bill. Renouncing citizenship to simply avoid paying your fair share is an insult to middle class Americans and we will not accept it.”

There’s that phrase, “fair share” again.  To the socialist mind, Saverin is taking their money away from before the liberals have a chance to confiscate it.

Assessment:

It is the position of the liberals in government that Saverin owes his success to the US government because he could have only made it in capitalist America. That means he has an obligation to give it back. 

One wonders; Russia has billionaires.  Do they owe their success to the Kremlin?  Do wealthy Chinese owe their success to the uniqueness of the Chinese system?

For his own part, Saverin says he has no intention of avoiding US taxes due.

“My decision to expatriate was based solely on my interest in working and living in Singapore, where I have been since 2009,” Saverin said. “I am obligated to and will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to the United States government. I have paid and will continue to pay any taxes due on everything I earned while a U.S. citizen.”

Saverin also expressed that he’s thankful to his formerly adopted country:

”As a native of Brazil who immigrated to the United States, I am very grateful to the U.S. for everything it has given me. In 2004, I invested my life’s savings into a start-up company that initially was run out of a college dorm room.  Since then the company has expanded dramatically, has created thousands of jobs in the United States and elsewhere, and spawned countless new companies across the United States and other countries.”

Saverin loaned money to Mark Zuckerberg.  Saverin made the money he loaned Zuckerberg in 2004 with money he made trading stocks — in Brazil!  Saverin paid his way to Harvard with money he made abroad.

Had Saverin come to the US illegally, what would be different?  Saverin could still have attended Harvard — he would not be the first illegal alien to do so.   

(An illegal alien, a black guy, a Communist and a Muslim walk into a bar.  The bartender looks up and says, “What can I get you, Mr. President?”)

But I digress. . . . since Saverin made his money in Brazil, the money he paid for his tuition was of foreign origin.  What benefit did US citizenship convey on Saverin?  

As an illegal alien he can still get a driver’s licence, even after a drunk driving conviction.   As an illegal alien, he could evidently still participate in the US political process.  Saverin could still work in the US illegally, by getting an “unlawful presence waiver” from the Obama administration.

If Saverin had won the lottery, rather than earning his billions via the capitalist system, as an illegal alien, then the US government would be his advocate, rather than his enemy.  If Saverin remained an illegal alien instead of becoming a citizen, he would be entitled to free health care at the expense of someone else.

If Saverin had been an illegal alien instead of a citizen, he might not even have had to pay for his Harvard education. Under California’s Dream Act, he could have access to private funds, or even a government grant.   Heck, as an illegal alien, he could even become President, according to Senator Dick Durbin.

Saverin didn’t do any of these things.  Instead, he played by the rules, worked hard, and made it without government assistance.  And when the government demanded that he pay for all these things for illegal aliens, he voted with his feet.

What Saverin did is no less loyal than any of the thousands of California businesses that made their money in California and then packed up and moved to Texas when California claimed their property really belonged to California and not Texas, when in fact, it didn’t belong to either one of them.

Redistributing Saverin’s money to those that didn’t earn it is harder to do from Singapore.

If one is going to tax Peter to pay Paul, why wouldn’t Peter want to pack up and leave?  The US government didn’t give Saverin the money to fund Zuckerberg’s idea in 2004.  Neither did the government pony up the seed money for him. 

What is the solution to preventing people from leaving the United States to avoid paying taxes for which they receive no benefit?  One way is to confiscate their assets when they leave, the way the Nazis confiscated the assets of fleeing Jews.

Another way might be the one the Democrats continue to pay lip service to while doing exactly the opposite — fairness.  If taxes were fair, then there would be no reason to try and escape from America.

They blame the wealthy for not paying their fair share, confiscate it to give away to those who are lawbreakers by virtue of their presence — call that “fairness” and demonize anyone that questions their definition of “fair”.

Isn’t it interesting?  Liberals go ballistic at the suggestion that America build a wall to keep illegal aliens out, while at the same time, they advocate building another wall to keep wealthy Americans in.  

The bottom line? America is a lot easier to get into than it is to get out of — if you are rich.  It’s like jail, only backwards.

Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” was a nightmare “what-if” published in 1957.  But she can be forgiven for not foreseeing what kind of world the liberals really had in mind.

If this were Ayn Rand’s novel, nobody would be asking the question, “Where’s John Galt?”  They’d already know.

He’d be in some federal prison for attempting to escape from America’s “Worker’s Paradise.” 

The Stones Cry Out

The Stones Cry Out
Vol: 128 Issue: 18 Friday, May 18, 2012

The last sixty-four years have witnessed an explosion of archeological finds in the Holy Land, from the discovery of Beit Shean to the Dead Sea Scrolls to the ossuary of Caiaphas, the Chief Priest of the Sandhedrin who presided over the trial of Jesus Christ.

What makes them so important is that each new discovery made confirms the Biblical accounts. Those accounts that remain in dispute are not disputed because of archeological finds, but rather, by the lack of evidence confiming them.  But wherever the Bible can be confirmed, it has been!

For example, according to the Books of Kings, Queen Jezebel was the daughter of a pagan king who led Israel into idolatry. Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab, who was the first to be corrupted into practicing witchcraft and Baal worship.  As Queen, she persecuted God’s prophets to the degree that they were forced to hide in caves.

An ancient seal that surfaced in Israel more than four decades ago belonged to the biblical Queen Jezebel, according to a new study released last year by a Dutch university.  The seal, which some scholars date to the ninth century BC, was first discovered in 1964 by the Israeli archeologist Nahman Avigad, with the name “Yzbl” inscribed in ancient Hebrew, Utrecht University said.

The seal, which was donated to the Israel Department of Antiquities in the early 1960s by the private Voss-Hahn collection, not only bears symbols that indicate a female owner but also “well-worked” symbols that designate that owner as royalty.

Bible skeptics claim that many of the Old Testament’s historical accounts of the ancient Hebrew kingdoms contained in Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, are largely fiction.

Those skeptics that don’t deny outright that there was ever a King David or a King Solomon claim that, at best, they were just minor players.  But the archeological record says otherwise.

Gath is described in the Bible as the hometown of a giant soldier named Goliath.  Goliath’s battle with the young sling-shot-toting David, the future king of Israel, is the Bible’s best-known underdog story.  Skeptics say that those accounts can’t be accurate because the Hebrews had no written language in the time of David and Solomon.  

But recent digs at Khirbet Qeiyafa, near the ancient city of Gath, have turned up artifacts that corroborate the story.

The new artifacts include an inscribed stone embedded into the wall of an extensive collection of buildings in Tel Zayit, about 35 miles southwest of Jerusalem.  The 40-pound stone consisted of two lines of incised letters, representing the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

The stone, dating to the 10th century BC, establishes beyond doubt that a written Hebrew language was already well established at the time the Hebrews were recording the written histories of that time.  The new finds establish the existence of the Edomite kingdom at the time King David and his son Solomon ruled over Israel.

Another team of archeologists from Netherlands and Israel examined the ancient site of Tel Rehov near the excavated city of Beit Shean.  Radiocarbon dating connected Rehov to the conquest of the city by Shishak, (Pharoah Shoshenq I) between 940-900 BC.

The Bible says that King Shishak invaded Israel in the fifth year of the reign of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam.  The Biblical timeframe would place Solomon’s death at 930 B.C., putting Shishak’s invasion at 925 B.C., exactly within the range of radiocarbon dates (940-900 B.C.) for the destruction of Tel Rehov.

Previous studies had set the destruction of Rehov much later, which would have suggested the Bible’s timeline was wrong.

Turns out the Bible was right, after all.

The Exodus from Egypt has long been the skeptic’s favorite Bible story.  The skeptics claim the Exodus story is impossible and the Bible dating of the destruction of Jericho was off by two hundred years or more.  But a study published in the British journal, Nature confirmed the early date of Jericho’s destruction.

Another study, using carbon dating and tree rings found evidence of a volcanic eruption on the Agean island of Thera, dating to 1628 BC, coinciding with the plagues inflicted on Egypt.  Exodus 10:21-22 says,

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt. So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.”

In another find, a family seal dating from the fifth century BC confirms the existence of an obscure Jewish family mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah.

A black stone seal with the inscription of the name, “Temech” was found outside the walls of the old city of Jerusalem near the Dung Gate, during a dig headed by archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar.

The discovery of the Temech family seal confirms the existence of an obscure family mentioned in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.  Most previous archeological digs had only confirmed biblical figures who were well-known kings.

And the discovery of a cuneform tablet dating to 595 BC acknowledges the receipt of about 1.5 lbs of gold from one Nebo-sarsekim in payment to Nebuchadnezzar.

The tablet confirms Nebo-sarsekim as one of the Babylonian officials mentioned in Jeremiah 39:3.

The Bible wins again.

Until 1965, it was presumed by “scholars” that Pontius Pilate was a fictional character because no evidence had been uncovered identifying him as Roman procurator in Judea at the time of Christ.

Until a plaque from King Herod dedicating the amphitheater at Ceasarea Phillip to Pontius Pilate was discovered there.

Skeptics keep finding new objections, but they are based in the absence of evidence, rather than evidence that conflicts with the Bible’s account.

Skeptics argue that King David was a Bible myth because nobody has yet uncovered an autographed picture of King David wearing a crown and sitting on his throne.

However, there is no evidence that anybody else occupied David’s throne in Davids’ time.  The same applies to King Solomon (despite the existence of the Western Wall of Solomon’s First Temple in Jerusalem).

Whenever archeology DOES find evidence from the Old Testament period, it confirms the Old Testament accounts.

The very stones of Israel cry out from antiquity;  “The Bible is true!”

Assessment:

Archeology has long been the skeptic’s ace-in-the-hole when making the claim that the Bible is filled with historical inaccuracies.  Of course, even a single, conclusively proved inaccuracy would completely destroy the central tenet of Judeo-Christianity — the infallibility of Scripture.

A lot of times, when we ask God for something, we tend to ‘hedge our bets’ so to speak, by giving God some kind of ‘out’ by appending their prayer with something like, “if it is Your will.”

God doesn’t need an ‘out’.  If we make a request that is within God’s will, we can be certain of an answer.

“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1st John 5:14-15)

The Bible says it isn’t necessary to give God an ‘out’. Jesus told His disciples,

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

If the Bible is proved fallible historically, then how could we know the promises of these verses aren’t equally faulty?  Worse, what about I verse?

“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My Hand.” ? (John 10:28)

If Jezebel didn’t persecute God’s prophets, if Jericho’s walls didn’t come ‘a-tumblin’ down’, if Moses didn’t call down plagues on Pharoah, if David wasn’t Israel’s greatest king, if Solomon is an historical invention, then the Bible isn’t true, God isn’t real, we came from nothing and we are going nowhere.

That’s why the skeptics are so eager to reach into the distant, unknowable past to find their arguments that the Bible is not relevant today.  Jezebel did sit as Queen of Israel, the Egyptian plague of darkness took place as described, Nebuchadnezzar did conquer Israel, Jericho’s walls did come ‘a tumblin’ down.’

And little details about minor historical personages establish the events to which they were a party.

The same Bible that contains such tiny details as the existence of Nebo-sarsekim and Temach also promises believers:

“If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)

You can be certain that your Bible is true in every area where its accuracy can be measured.  The only ‘unproved’ parts of the Bible are those for which there is no evidence either way.  There are NO disproved parts of the Bible.  That means you can count on its promises.

You can be certain of the promise of eternal life.  You can trust Jesus, and you can trust the Word of God.

Note: Grant Jeffrey’s funeral is today — it will undoubtedly be a difficult time for Kaye. Please pray the Lord will continue to pour His strength into her as she faces this last major trial of their life together on this earth. 

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Maranatha!

Unbelievable!

Unbelievable!
Vol: 128 Issue: 17 Thursday, May 17, 2012

When I first began to study the Scriptural prophecies of social, economic and political conditions that would exist in the last days, it was a little like reading a science fiction novel describing an alternate universe.

There were certain developing trends that clearly established that a prophetic threshold had been crossed; the restoration of Israel, the revival of the old Roman Empire, the developing of a global economy, and so on.

But for decades, that was about the extent of what could be easily discerned.  Prophetically speaking, there seemed to be very little movement insofar as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy from the time Hal Lindsey penned “The Late, Great Planet Earth” in 1969 until we began to countdown to Millennium Midnight.

In the early 1990’s, it took a team of prophecy experts and researchers a week to come up with a half-hour’s worth of material for the television program, This Week in Bible Prophecy.   

The events prophesied by Scripture for the last days began coming to pass at such a rate that by 2001, The Omega Letter was founded as a daily journal.

Today’s is journal entry number three thousand, four hundred and fifty-one.  

When the Omega Letter published Volume One, Issue One on October 14, 2001 the unemployment rate was 5.4%.  A gallon of gas cost $1.23. 

President Bush had just created the Department of Homeland Security.  The Afghanistan War was one week old.  The first victim of the anthrax-laced letter bomber had just died.

The US was running a budget SURPLUS of $127 billion.  The government took in $1.99 trillion and spent $1.86 trillion while paying off about $90 billion in debt, the second-largest debt reduction in history.

Three thousand, four hundred and fifty-one journal entries later, we’re not issuing ultimatums to the Taliban, we’re trying to negotiate our way out of a losing proposition. 

The US budget deficit, at $1.33 trillion is almost equal to the entire 2001 budget

(We think.  We can’t be sure because the US hasn’t had a budget since Obama took office in 2009 and it won’t have one this year, either.) 

But the Congress has made great strides in bipartisanship since October, 2001.

When Obama submitted his proposed budget to the Congress, it was voted down by a margin of 414-0 in the House of Representatives before going on to the Senate where it received similar bipartisan treatment, failing by a unanimous margin of 99-0.

There is a fight brewing in Congress because the White House wants to raise the debt ceiling again while the Congress (including many Democrats) want him to cut spending.

I am baffled by presidential approval polls that say that a majority believe that Obama is leading the country in the wrong direction.  By definition, that means there must be somebody that thinks he is leading the country in the right direction?  

That is what baffles me.  Who could approve of the administration’s cynical use of racial politics without regard for the ramifications?  

There was another unexplained, random murder of a white jogger gunned down in broad daylight outside Kansas City, Kansas.  Witnesses said the killers were two black men.  That information was withheld by the local Channel 5 news.

Police say it was probably “a gang initiation” or “a dare.”   Sure.  Race was probably just a coincidence.  But that’s the thing.  Back in October, 2001 a racial motive wouldn’t have even entered my mind — 3451 journal entries later, it was my FIRST suspicion. 

Who could look at his track record and approve of it?  (Apart from the Muslim Brotherhood — or the mullahs that survived the Iranian students unsupported attempt to overthrow them.)

Who could approve of state-sponsored class warfare?  Or the rape of the economy?  Who in their right minds could approve of taxing corporations right out of the country as a tactic for creating jobs?

There is a newspaper headline on today’s Drudge Report that reads, “Florida Students Test Scores Drop, So State Lowers Passing Grade.”

That  doesn’t explain who — but it goes a long way toward explaining how.

Assessment:

While Obama is steering Good Ship America straight towards the falls, the European Union is making all the same mistakes as did its ancient predecessor, whose collapse was caused, says the Roman Poet Juvenal, by “bread and circuses.”

“In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.”

Greece is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, which threatens to bring the whole Eurozone with it.  Money is fleeing from Greece as quickly as people can withdraw it.  The Greek banking system is on the brink of collapse.

In Spain, more than one billion euros have been withdrawn from Spanish banks in less than a week.  The Bank of Spain announced its fourth round of banking sector reforms this week as the euros continued to plunge and capital continues to seek safer havens. 

The French, having considered the costs associated with living within their means, decided they preferred to stick with bread and circuses and elected a Socialist to lead them.  He immediately promised them more bread and more circuses.  To pay for it, he took France deeper into debt.

The entire Eurozone is panicking as bank runs spill across Belgium, France and Italy.  Where are they putting their money?  Outside the Eurozone — in Great Britain.

In the Middle East, arms and military hardware continue to flow into Syria from Iran and Russia in defiance of UN sanctions according to Reuters News Service.  

The new report, submitted by a panel of sanctions-monitoring experts to the Security Council’s Iran sanctions committee, said the panel investigated three large illegal shipments of Iranian weapons over the past year.

“Iran has continued to defy the international community through illegal arms shipments,” it stated. “Two of these cases involved (Syria), as were the majority of cases inspected by the Panel during its previous mandate, underscoring that Syria continues to be the central party to illicit Iranian arms transfers.”

“The third shipment involved rockets that Britain said last year were headed for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.”

An Iranian official marked Israel’s rebirth at a Palestinian Nakba Day (The Day of Castrophe) conference by calling for an “Islamic Awakening” among Palestinian Arabs to “demolish the Zionist regime.”  The Arabs observe May 15 — the date of Israel’s rebirth, according to the Christian calendar, as “The Catastrophe.”

This year, Palestinian Chairman and alleged moderate peace partner Mahmoud Abbas used the occasion of the Catastrophe to accuse Israel of “ethnic cleansing” for building settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians. 

“Abbas also claimed that Israel intentionally harms the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, saying, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque is being targeted by the occupation and together with the extremists has become the main target. They are trying to make Muslims and Christians flee the city by imposing heavy taxes, a policy which can only be called ethnic cleansing.”

This is the same land that the Palestinians demand be ethnically cleansed of Jews.  Evidently, they don’t see the irony.  And neither, apparently, does anybody else.

According to the Book of Daniel, the final form of the revived Roman Empire will be partly strong and partly weak, and will either consist of ten nations or it will broken up into ten administrative zones. 

Thirty four hundred and fifty-one journals back, Europe seemed destined to spread to the borders of Russia, with at least 27 and as many as 35 nations.  Today, it is on the brink of collapse, and its only hope of survival is to lose the dead weight and trim itself down to manageable size. 

So it is trending BACK in the direction the Bible prophesied.

According to the Book of Revelation, the first four judgments of the Tribulation are the revealing of the charismatic world leader that will seem to have all the answers for an increasingly desperate world.  He is the rider on the white horse.

The right guy will come along with his winning smile and his promise of Hope and Change and a gullible world will eat it up like candy as they hand him the keys to the kingdom.  The bigger the lies are and the more expansive the promises get, the dumber the voting public becomes.

He isn’t here yet, but that is the direction in which things are trending.

The second judgment is that of War.  Interestingly, Russia and Iran are bucking the West to resupply Syria. 

The Bible forecasts that Russia and Iran will form an alliance that will make war on Israel during the Tribulation.  The Bible also forecasts a war between Israel and Edom, which consists of the modern Arab world. 

Both those alliances are in development right now — and both are poised for war with a Jewish State that did not exist until 2500 years after those prophecies and has only now existed for sixty-four years.

Jesus forecast a rise in ethnic unrest (ethnos=nations) as well as unrest between political subdivisions. (basilea =“kingdoms”). 

The third judgment of the Tribulation is economic collapse and famine. 

“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.” (Revelation 6:6)

The symbols of a measure of wheat and three measures of barley represent a day’s food.  A penny is representative of a day’s work.  Oil and wine represent wealth.  

The 99 percent and the 1 percent — sound familiar?

“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.”

Every single legitimate reading shows that global warming stopped early in the last decade and that the earth has been cooling ever since.  But it takes a global threat in order to sell a global solution.  And if melting polar bears doesn’t do it for you, well maybe a little class warfare might help.

(Why not? It works for all the other dictators.)

In a webcast news conference Monday, U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres noted that the cuts in greenhouse gas emissions pledged so far fall short of what scientists say is needed to avoid serious effects of global warming.  But she said “bridging the gap is both technically attainable and economically feasible” if rich countries, in particular, raise their ambitions on emissions cuts.

There will be a “Ring of Fire” eclipse on May 20 that will be visible from China to Texas.  The next ring eclipse won’t be visible in the U.S. for more than a decade — October 2023.

And NASA is warning of increasing solar activity through 2013 with some solar flares having catastrophic potential for Earth’s power grid.

As I was researching today’s OL, this thought just kept coming back to me.  You couldn’t make this stuff up.  It would be too unbelievable. 

But there it is, nevertheless.

“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

A Reverse Lynch Mob is Still a Lynch Mob

A Reverse Lynch Mob is Still a Lynch Mob
Vol: 128 Issue: 16 Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The US Department of Justice, headed by Eric Holder, is considering charging George Zimmerman with a hate crime for shooting Trayvon Martin.  The DoJ claims Zimmerman profiled Martin, stalked him and then killed him.  If convicted, Zimmerman could face the death penalty.

The DoJ announcement came after Florida prosecutors released their evidence list, which court-watchers say doesn’t contain any new revelations, meaning that we pretty much already know everything the prosecutors do.

Sanford police initially refused to arrest Zimmerman, saying that there was no evidence to contradict his claim of self-defense.  Race hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson made a beeline to Sanford, Florida to stir up “days of rage” until Florida Governor Rick Scott finally gave in to the mobs and appointed a special prosecutor.

The state filed a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman.   Part of the reason can be found in this snippet from a Cleveland, Ohio local news report.  Fox 8 in Cleveland offered the synopsis:

“Zimmerman, 28, is accused of killing Martin on February 26 as the African-American teenager walked back to the Sanford, Florida, house where he was staying, after visiting a convenience store. Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, who is a white Hispanic, killed Martin unjustly after profiling him.”

Did you see it?  “Zimmerman, who is a white Hispanic. . .”  What if Zimmerman had been black?   What if, say, his maternal great-grandfather was black?   Would Zimmerman still be a “white Hispanic”? 

Or would he then be as “black” as President Obama? (Would that mean that if Obama had a son, he would probably look more like George Zimmerman than Trayvon Martin?)

But since George Zimmerman does not look black and Trayvon Martin does, the mainstream media has created the new racial designation of “white Hispanic”.

Zimmerman has already been convicted in the court of public opinion.  His entire family has been forced into hiding.  Robert Zimmerman, his father, is a retired judge.

“Rattled by death threats and shaken by personal information posted on the Web, Zimmerman, his wife and his mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s are now on the run, waiting for the trial they are convinced will exonerate their son.”

The Department of Justice announcement that it will seek a hate crime conviction came after the DoJ looked over the evidence and concluded that there is no way Zimmerman can be convicted of second-degree murder under Florida law.

Assessment:

“And because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many will wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)

Under Florida law, a person has a right to use deadly force to defend oneself if one reasonably believes his life is in danger.  Zimmerman’s story, if true, is a textbook example of what the law was intended for.

If the story is NOT true, then one must conclude that Zimmerman shot Martin because he didn’t like blacks.  How credible is that?

Autopsy results from Trayvon Martin  showed that Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died. 

The injury to Martin’s knuckles fits Zimmerman’s defense, which is that before he shot and killed Martin, Martin had broken his nose and knocked him to the ground, slamming his head on the sidewalk.

A medical report compiled by Zimmerman’s family doctor said that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after the shooting.

“The record shows that Zimmerman also suffered bruising in the upper lip and cheek and lower back pain. The two lacerations on the back of his head, one of them nearly an inch long, the other about a quarter-inch long, were first revealed in photos obtained exclusively by ABC News last month.”

So here is what the physical evidence shows.  It shows that Trayvon Martin had injuries consistent with punching Zimmerman in the nose and that Zimmerman’s nose had injuries consistent with being punched.   Zimmerman had injuries to the back of his head, which is consistent with his head being banged against a sidewalk.

“Moments after the shooting Zimmerman told eyewitnesses he shot Martin in self defense. He later told officers his head was being pounded into the pavement and that he feared for his life, but that it was only when Martin seemed to reach for the gun wedges in his waistband that Zimmerman drew his weapon and fired directly into Martin’s chest — killing him.”

Zimmerman is from a mixed-race family, his mother is Hispanic, his great-grandfather is black, he has many black friends, some prominent, that have stood up to the race-baiters to defend Zimmerman based on his record.

Governor Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor to appease the lynch mob.  The prosecutor over-charged Zimmerman, calculating that under the law, he would be acquitted.  It was all a carefully choreographed dance in which race politics trumped the law.

Once Eric Holder realized that there was no evidence to convict him of second degree murder, he went after him on the federal hate crimes charges.

Why isn’t the Department of Justice investigating the mob beating of two white reporters in Norfolk, Va. by a black mob who said it was “justice for Trayvon”?   Did the mob mistake the white reporters, one male and one female, for George Zimmerman?

Matthew Owens was beaten so badly by a black mob in Alabama that he ended up in the hospital in critical condition.   

“Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”

What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”

Did the mob mistake Matthew Owens of Mobile, Alabama, for George Zimmerman?  There have been a string of black mobs attacking white people solely because of their race and then linking it to “Justice for Trayvon”.

“In just two months, there were at least 14 known assaults — some clearly attempted murder — perpetrated by black mobs against 15 white victims that have been tied to a widely shared desire to avenge the death of Trayvon Martin.”

Noted black conservative Thomas Sowell calls it “A Censored Race War” in which law enforcement is turning a blind eye to black racially-motivated crimes while;

“. . . people in the mainstream media who go ballistic if some kid says something unkind on the Internet about a homosexual classmate nevertheless hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil when Asian-American youngsters are victims of violence.”

The lynching of George Zimmerman and the beatification of Trayvon Martin, (based on race and nothing more), brings us to the intersection of two more signs given by Jesus in reply to the question, “what will be the sign of Thy coming?”

The first, of course, is the rampant lawlessness that runs in a straight line from guys like Trayvon Martin straight through the Department of Justice and into the White House.  If the administration doesn’t agree with a law, it unapologetically breaks it.  

The DoJ refuses to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act because the administration disagrees with it.  That is itself a crime.  The DoJ does not have the authority to refuse to obey the will of Congress.  The DoJ refuses to enforce hate crimes laws unless the victims are black. 

There are fourteen clear examples of racially-motivated gang beatings of whites that the DoJ is ignoring, while seeking a hate-crimes charge against Zimmerman because the evidence won’t support a murder conviction.  

One of the other signs Jesus gave was the rise of hate crimes.  “Nation will rise against nation” the Lord said.  But the word translated as “nation” is translated from the Greek word “ethnos” which means, “race” or “tribe”.

Of course there has always been lawlessness and there has been ethnic strife for as long as there have been racial differences among humans.  But what the Lord was addressing was a specific set of conditions under unique circumstances — what will be the sign of Thy coming?

Jesus said that these quite ordinary conditions of lawlessness and racial prejudice will accelerate in the last days exponentially, the way that labor pains start slow and then increase in frequency and intensity until the moment of birth arrives.

In fact, that is the exact illustration He used.  “All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”  “Sorrows” is the word used to describe childbirth, going all the way back to the Garden of Eden.

So here we are, a century and a half after the Civil War, Constitutional amendments and executive orders and hundreds of laws aimed at combating racial inequality later, watching the United States government bringing down all its might on George Zimmerman — because the administration doesn’t agree with Florida law.

And because George Zimmerman looks like a “white” Hispanic.

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming. . . ” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8)

If they can’t lynch him for murder, they’ll lynch him for looking white.  And nobody dares to speak up for fear of being called a ‘racist’.