NBC's Kings

Posted by JRed

Did anyone else catch the 30 second promo during yesterday's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC for the network's new show to air in 2009 called "Kings" and get an uncomfortable feeling?



Here's the only good description I could find online:

"From executive producer Michael Green (NBC’s Heroes) comes a new drama about a modern day monarchy, Kings, scheduled to debut on NBC in early 2009, though an exact date hasn’t been announced. Kings is an epic story of greed and power, war and romance, forbidden loves and secret alliances – a classic David and Goliath tale. King Silas Benjamin (Ian McShane, Deadwood) is the king of Gilboa. Silas must deal with tensions rising between Gilboa and neighboring nation Gath. When several prisoners of war are taken, a young soldier named David Shepard (Christopher Egan, Eragon) defies orders and crosses enemy lines to save them. Unknown to David, the soldier he saves is Jack Benjamin (Sebastian Stan, The Covenant), the son of the king. From this day forth, David’s life will never be the same. Susanna Thompson (Once & Again) plays Queen Rose Benjamin; Allison Miller (Lucy’s Piano) stars as King Silas’ outspoken daughter Michelle. From Universal Media Studios, Kings is executive-produced by Green, Erwin Stoff (I Am Legend) and Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), who also directed the pilot."

Simply put, they've decided to take the epic story of David and Goliath from the Bible and modernize it for the 21st century. Seriously. And they're being blatantly obvious about it given the names of the characters, places, and events they're using that are a dead on match with the Biblical version (surprising given Hollywood's typical avoidance of anything Christian when it comes to mainstream entertainment).

Just spend a few minutes on the show's promotional website and you're left with many, many questions. They've even created a faux news website to help promote the show as well.

In fact, there's so much going on here symbolically (and prophetically?) that I'm not quite sure where to start. Perhaps that's another post for another day.

Haggai Helps Us Refocus

Posted by JRed

The Book of Haggai is a remarkable text and one that is applicable to us today. Haggai was a prophet and his writings consists of two simple, comprehensive chapters.

His name means "festive" or "festival." Many believe the name was given because Haggai was born on or near a festival day. Some suggest that his name is related to the celebration of the prophetic hope concerning the temple and the glory of God.

While the first suggestion is more probable, it is interesting to note that Haggai's ministry began on a new moon festival day and the book records the festivities, which will be enjoyed when Yahweh rules in the Day of the Lord.

Haggai is also the most precisely dated book of the Bible, with the dates of each sermon given to the exact day. The accuracy with which he records these dates suggests that he might have kept a journal.


HAGGAI'S PANELED HOUSE


One particular verse stood out for me today when reading Haggai.

"Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?" Haggai 1:4

There is a crisis of grand proportions in the spiritual house of God today. The moral fiber of our world has eroded. Greed, idolatry, and pleasure are the gods of our day, and it is no different in the Body of Christ.

The prophet Haggai wrote about a people who had lost concern for the need to build God's house because they were so focused on their own worldly needs. It is a dangerous place to get with God. When our world begins to focus around increasing our pleasure, building bigger and better homes, and failing to make what is important to God important in our own lives, this should be a warning to us.

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written," He said to them, " 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers'" (Matthew 21:12-13).

I'm sorry, but this is what I think of when I see the mega-churches (the "style over substance" form of "Churchianity" that exists today) that have sprung up across our country. These mini-cities often include coffee shops and bookstores amongst other things on the premises. Why? Do we really need those things to draw people to church each Sunday? And if they're only there to make things more convenient for regular church-goers I have to ask, when did going to hear God's Word each week become "inconvenient" to Christians?

I often wonder if the millions of dollars spent on constructing such a complex and the businesses within could have been better spent on the local and surrounding communities, which I'm sure has many needy families who could put that money to better use on things like food, clothing, and shelter.

Jesus came into Jerusalem and found the businesspeople buying and selling in the temple. As far as they knew, this was an acceptable practice in their day. Their fathers did it, and now they were doing it. It was business as usual.

Jesus got angry, turned over the tables, and said that His house was a house of prayer. He found the businesspeople of the day seeing His house as a place for profit, not prayer. They had stepped into a place of complacency that was not acceptable to the Lord. When we begin to blend in with the moral condition of an ungodly world, we begin losing God's perspective on life.

It is easy to begin blending in with our culture and to accept what is being modeled by the ungodly. God called us to be salt in a world that needs much salt. "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men" (Matthew 5:13).

Each of us must ask ourselves if we have lost our salt. Are we having an impact on our world? Or is our world having an impact on us? Ask God to give you a vision for how you can be salt to your world, your sphere of influence, today.


A GREATER PURPOSE FOR THE BOOK OF HAGGAI


While the above analysis is an important one for us to consider, I believe there is so much more we can glean from a study of this very short, but very important book.

The overriding message seems to be this:
We can do it the easy way or the hard way, but either way, God will get His way. That's why it is important for me to have my priorities right and put obedience to God first.

How do you know if you have your priorities straight? And if you don't, What do you do about it? I think Haggai can give us some help in determining the answers to these questions.

If I was going to create a Mission Statement for the Book of Haggai I would probably write something like this: "Misplaced priorities in our lives can be diagnosed and treated."

Haggai preached 4 sermons to the people which we could outline as follows...



In a sense, you could say that Haggai is our spiritual doctor and that he gives us an understanding of our spiritual temperature or our spiritual state as it exists today. He does this by identifying our "symptoms" and then goes about "prescribing" the antidote.


WILL WE TAKE OUR MEDICINE LIKE BIG BOYS AND GIRLS?


In Haggai 1:5 he says, "Consider your ways!" What is Haggai trying to convict them of? Misplaced priorities! That was the problem. They were not putting God first. They were only concerned with their own comforts much like the world is today.

What was the result of the misplaced priorities? What were the symptoms?



Well,
the first symptom was dissatisfaction (verse 6). They were experiencing very unsatisfying lives. Consider what he wrote...

You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but don't become drunk - Maybe this refers to people who try to deal with life's problems by eating too much. It doesn't work. All you do is gain too much weight. I think this is an illustration of seeking life and happiness through pleasure.

You put on clothing, but no one is warm enough - Perhaps we could change this for our culture to say, “You buy new clothes, but the styles change.” Perhaps this is indicative of seeking life through praise.

You earn money and put it in a purse with holes - I think most of us can identify with this. Do you run out of money before you run out of month? To compensate for this do you work so much that you don't have time for God or family? Seeking life through possessions.

Haggai condemned them for living in their paneled houses. We can see that they had become consumed with earthly things. The question we need to ask is - have we?

Even though this book was written 2,500 years ago, it is very applicable for today. Haggai says, "Consider your ways." We need to consider our ways. We need to evaluate our lives and see if we are guilty of these things. We need to ask ourselves, Am I dissatisfied with my life? Do I buy lotto tickets thinking that winning the lotto would solve all my problems? Do I wish for a better paying job? Do I wish I lived in a bigger and nicer house? Do I wish I had a new car? Something like a new car or house appeals to all three categories we mentioned earlier - possessions, pleasure and praise (or more specifically - prestige). It is amazing how much effort we put into these areas thinking that they will satisfy us, but they never do.

The
second symptom was discipline (1:9-11). Haggai 1:9 says, "You bring it home and God blows it away." This is God’s active role in blocking our attempts to find life without Him. How might God do this to us? Cause us to have car problems or medical bills that take away our money? Why is He doing this to them? Because His temple is lying desolate. The old rules about blessing and cursing are still in effect, and since they had their priorities all wrong, God was beginning to bring down curses on them. They were trying to find happiness in things and God was not going to let them. You might compare Hosea 2:5-7.



I can identify with this. The Lord has provided for me and my family in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and He still does to this day! However, there was a time not so long ago when I had my most successful year in the Recruiting Industry. I made sure that we were very responsible with that money He gave us (tithed regularly, paid off a lot of debt, etc.), but soon I became a little complacent, lost focus, and drifted into a mode of thinking as if I was the one creating all my success and fortune - I took my eyes and reliance off of God.

He's kept me in Recruiting (which is a form of Sales) related jobs where the income is very uncertain because He wants me to learn to depend on Him. I'm sure of that. He has met all our needs and I have learned to trust Him more and more. I'm sure I'm not totally cured, but I can say that I have much more peace about finances than I did even one or two years ago.

Haggai 1:11 tells us who is the source of the national disaster. God is. Some people have a difficult time believing that God causes earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and such. This doesn't say He merely lets it happen. It says He called for it!

I think this raises an important question for us. Sometimes people are in disaster and someone may say, "This is terrible, lets bail them out." Mortgage Companies and Auto Industry anyone? Another might be a "Job's friend" type of Christian and say, "Let them suffer, they must deserve it." First we need to be aware that all disaster is not discipline from God, but sometimes it might be.

I think we need to be aware that this might be true, but we must be careful not to let that become an excuse for not helping people. We also need to ask the question of whether or not a nation's poverty and starvation is the result of being caught up in some pagan idolatry. Take Somalia for example. What is our role supposed to be? Is our role to just feed them so they can continue in their perversion? The answer is to minister to their physical needs and try to lead them back to God. This is one reason we shouldn't just contribute to organizations that just send food to starving people. Send your money to organizations which use food as a means to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who desperately need it. No, it's not a situation where you tell them they must convert or they won't eat. It's just to say that as food is being given they will also receive the Gospel message.

Again, we need to examine our lives and see if we might be experiencing God's discipline. It is sometimes difficult to tell, because not all sickness or calamity is the result of sin in our lives. It may just be the result of living in a fallen world and making poor choices, but it sometimes it is directed at us.

So far we have seen two symptoms or results of misplaced priorities: Dissatisfaction and Discipline. The things of this world do not satisfy. If we try to find happiness in them and not in God , we won't. And not only will we be dissatisfied, we will also get the discipline of God.


WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?


We saw that Haggai rebuked them for having misplaced priorities and he pointed out the results which were dissatisfaction with the things of this world and discipline from God.

Their response was to obey God's message and resume the work on the temple. Their obedience (repentance/confession) cleared their conscience (we might say) so that they could worship God and brought the Spirit's enablement on them so they could do the work of God.

Their courage and motivation was to come from the promise of God's presence and His peace. This is the peace of mind that comes from knowing that God is in control.

Haggai also dealt with the issues of living clean and godly lives so they would not defile their work and sacrifices. He also urged them to depend on God for life.

And finally, Haggai gave them hope for the future by revealing that God was going to destroy their enemies and establish His kingdom with them, His chosen people.


Thus, the lessons we can take from Haggai and apply to our own lives today includes...

1. The work of the Lord should never be procrastinated (1:3)

2. Misplaced priorities hinder the work of God (1:4,9)

3. The goal of God’s work is His glory and pleasure. (1:8)

4. God sometimes uses natural disasters for spiritual discipline (1:6,10,11)

5. Obedience and reverence are prerequisites for spiritual blessing (1:12-14)

6. It is never too late to start obeying God (1:12-15)

7. Courage comes from knowing that God is present (2:1-4)

8. The remedy for a discouraged heart is to see the divine perspective (2:6-7)

9. Everything belongs to and is under the control of the Lord (2:7-8)

10. Holiness is not transferable (2:11-12)

11. Sin contaminates everything one does (2:13-14)

12. Disobedience brings discipline, while obedience guarantees blessing (2:15-19)

13. God is sovereign over the nations and kingdoms of this world. (2:20-22)

14. The covenants of the Lord are guaranteed to be fulfilled (2:23)

We would be wise to prayerfully consider what God is trying to say to us through the Book of Haggai because it's about our own attention to our spiritual well-being.

Don't ignore what matters most - your relationship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

RECOMMENDED READING:
A Comprehensive Study On Haggai
Haggai: Minor Prophet With A Major Message

Lifting The Veil

Posted by JRed

On the heels of her "Black Awakening" series, I thought I would point readers to another excellent series written by Sue Bradley during this past year for what will be obvious reasons.

Take some time to read through all six parts carefully, and then prayerfully consider what it is she is telling us.

What Else Is Behind The Veil In Washington DC? Part 1

What Else Is Behind The Veil In Washington DC? Part 2

What Else Is Behind The Veil In Washington DC? Part 3

What Else Is Behind The Veil In Washington DC? Part 4

What Else Is Behind The Veil In Washington DC? Part 5

What Else Is Behind The Veil In Washington DC? Part 6

The title of her series strikes a chord with me because earlier this week I wrote,
"Does anyone else feel like the veil is being lifted? Well, if that's the case it would certainly make much sense since the Body of Christ is the bride to the bridegroom known as Jesus Christ."

Jim Elvidge wrote it best:
"Have you ever thought that there was something 'odd' about the world we live in? Like there is something about reality that isn’t quite random, as it should be?Something a little too organized, a little too planned, a little too programmed?”

Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by JRed

A few of my favorite Thanksgiving Day thoughts...

"For the Glory of God and the Advancement of the Christian faith, and the honour of our King and Country." The Mayflower Compact

"To All Ye Pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now, I...do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and little ones, do gather...to listen to ye pastor, and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings." William Bradford, the Governor of Plymouth Colony

"Blessed be the Lord who daily loadeth us with blessings." Psalms 68:19

Yes, times are tough, but this Thanksgiving Day let's all be thankful for our blessings that are both material and spiritual.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving Day!

RECOMMENDED READING:
Miracle Of Thanksgiving
Make The First Thanksgiving Real To Your Children

Shattered Union, Shattered Universe

Posted by JRed

I've reached a conclusion (at least one that works for me) about the nature of how Synchronicity works as well as its relationship to Christianity and Biblical prophecy.

It seems to manifest itself in the creative arts (movies, television, music, radio, magazines, comics, video games, news etc.) more than anywhere else, and each time it does it leaves a pattern behind, which at first appears unrelated unless you're actually looking for it.

It's sort of like a small "head's up" (if it's really the "Hand of God" as Carl Jung proposed, is it like a warning of some sort from God? could this be one way that God communicates with the world today?) that tells us what to expect.

So, even if we're not consciously looking for such things the general theme and constant thread of similarity through it all actually conditions our conscience and soul to such a reality (to the point we subconsciously absorb and internalize it) as a means of perhaps preparing us for the future. I'm getting ahead of myself, but hopefully that gives you some idea about my thoughts on the subject.

I'll admit to you from the start that this piece is just bizarre with a capital "B" (big shocker there, huh?). Even I'm not entirely sure what to make of all of this - and I'm the type of person who believes in some pretty non-traditional and underground ideas and concepts!

However, I want to report on this to further illustrate that we may be on to something when it comes to the "Synchronicity-Bible Prophecy" connection I've been shouting about throughout the blogosphere lately.

I'm not sure how it is for those of you who are also writers and bloggers, but for me it's always intrigued me how these ideas seem to "find me" instead of the other way around. I've always attributed it to a crude form of "divine inspiration" (please don't confuse that statement with me claiming to be a prophet of any kind though) and listened to that voice within.

This week has been no exception to that rule, and sure enough we have yet another case of this strange phenomenon in action since this follows the "Where-Is-America-In-Bible-Prophecy" meme that's been presented in this space these last few days.


MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE...


It's an unusual story about a game called "Shattered Union" and how the specifics of that game eerily parallel real-world happenings today even though the game is a fictional depiction of a future America, and despite the fact that it was imagined and created many years ago.

In 2005, 2K Games released a turn-based tactics computer game called Shattered Union. Instead of me giving you a brief description of what the storyline consists of I'll simply let you review the trailer for this game that's included below for your viewing pleasure. Then we can come back here and revisit things in greater detail.

If this is your first time visiting Look Up Fellowship the first thing I want to do is thank you for taking the time to stop by, and the second thing I want to do is ask you to please go back to the Archives about 1 week and begin reading all entries from then until now since it will provide you with some very important context, which is needed to really help this column have the impact I intend for it to have.



Well, as a red-blooded, born and raised, patriotic American that was fun to watch, eh? Let's get right to it - did anything about that 2 minute trailer strike you as being rather peculiar? How about prescient?

Let's stop for a moment and consider that this game was released in 2005, which means the storyline had to have been created and developed and finalized at least a year earlier in 2004. Given the political climate that existed following President George Bush winning a second term (after it was charged he "stole the election" in 2000) I can understand how a game like this could be made soon after.

However, what I do have a hard time believing is how something that was created as mere fantasy and child's play - a game - can be so very accurate that it clearly echoes EXACTLY what is occurring in this country and the world today. How do we account for and explain that?


ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON!



Perhaps we should take another look at the story and the eerie parallels with real-world 2008. Keep in mind that the sections written in bold are taken DIRECTLY from the game manufacturer's description of the game's storyline.

"In 2009, following George W. Bush's eight year term in office, David Jefferson Adams is elected the 44th President of the United States of America following a disputed election and a tie vote in the Electoral College (and subsequent tie-breaker by the United States House of Representatives), becoming the most unpopular president in U.S. history."

Forget the names that are being used as that's immaterial. Simply look at the scenario that's being presented here and it's absolutely mind-boggling! This story called "Shattered Union" BEGINS with a "disputed election" involving the "44th President of the United States" in such a manner that involves the Electoral College and U.S. House of Representatives. Are you kidding me!?! Anyone who's followed this blog in the past two months let alone just the past few days knows all about the potential constitutional crisis that is brewing over Barack Obama's citizenship and subsequent eligibility to run for office to become the 44th President.

It's amazing that the game's creators nailed this one so many years in advance, but one coincidence and "lucky guess" hardly makes a "conspiracy" so let's continue to look at how the facts stack up.

"A dramatic amount of civil unrest and rioting springs up all throughout the United States, resulting in domestic terrorism. In response, President Adams uses the
Homeland Security Act and declares Martial Law on many areas of the country."

Hmmm, that's interesting too because this is EXACTLY the legal apparatus that would be used to institute Martial Law in this country.
Additionally, it was back in early October when concerned citizens in various parts of the country begin to question whether or not the government had inside information about a coming crisis and that they were preparing for this possibility when the news reported that for the first time in U.S. history the federal government was going to be using the military on the streets as a police force despite being in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. Personally, it's not too far-fetched to think that if Martial Law was imposed on society and people had reason to believe their federal government was a complete sham (and that the Constitution was being trampled on) that perhaps they would rise up and try to fight for their protected rights so at least the game's creators invented a plausible scenario there.

Still, it's very odd that the game's creators were spot on regarding the first scenario, and now we can add another one to the mix. I wonder what the odds are for both to occur by chance?

"During the election of 2012, the Supreme Court disqualifies all the presidential candidates from holding office, effectively awarding Adams with a second term. The public reacts violently when incumbent Adams accepts his next term. During the Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2013, a low-yield nuclear weapon is detonated, destroying the city, killing Adams, his cabinet, and most of the U.S. Congress. The United States plunges into chaos."

Again, forget the name of this fictional President. What I find striking is how the game's makers now go a step further by surmising that the U.S. Supreme Court could have a significant role in determining who wins the Presidency. No surprise there, since we've already established a loose precedent in the previous two elections (2008 results pending SCOTUS review as I write this). Plus, we've been told that a President Obama could have the opportunity to appoint a few new judges to the Court during his administration. Given his actions to date (i.e.
using the law to removing his opponents from the ballot in his very first election campaign and now using the law to shield himself from having to provide an authentic legal document in the form of a Birth Certificate) a President Obama could very well be the type of political figure (due to the precedent he's already established) who could fit this mold. It's crazy how much of this "fictional" story seems to correlate with the potential near future that's before us today, isn't it?

Also, the entire "nuclear explosion" aspect is chilling given the constant nuclear threat we're told is very real. I know that up until this point I've asked you to consider the strange relationship between the dates and time frame being used, but if we ignore them for just a moment and
remember that Joe Biden and Colin Powell (both within days of one another) publicly spoke about a major "international crisis" that would happen either "within the next 6 months" or around "Inauguration Day" that forces one to question the odds of now 3-4 aspects of this "fictional" story, created 4-5 years ago, being so in sync with real-world geopolitics as they exist in late November 2008.

"The European Union parliament meets in an emergency session and votes to send peacekeepers to the greater D.C. area to secure international interests. Separatist sentiment begins to rise in America. On national television, the governor of California declares home rule and secedes from the Union on April 15, 2013. Texas follows a few days later, taking neighboring states with them and re-forming the Republic of Texas. By 2014, all hopes for a peaceful resolution are gone, and the Second American Civil War begins."



Let's just take that last statement about a Second American Civil War.
Strange since it was only days before Election Day when we read in the news about how some felt an Obama loss would result in the next American Civil War. What a shocking statement. Can you remember the last time someone uttered something like that or said they felt like it was a very real scenario? I can't, which makes the media attention on such an absurd comment seem ridiculous. Maybe you can if you're one of those people who has a "crazy uncle" type in your family who believes "crazy things," but even then it's rare that a person's comments would be elevated to the level of importance that the media gave it back then. I saw that story in several places from several different sources. Why is it even news at all? Why not just ignore it as "crazy talk" and stick to reporting on other things more important and relevant just days before the Election?

Ah, but this seems to be the nature of how Synchronicity works!

Let's quickly look at another section of this part of the story. It talks about "separatist sentiment" and in the game you can choose to play as one of 6 United States "factions" - "California Commonwealth," "The Confederacy," "Great Plains Federation," "New England Alliance," "Pacifica," or "The Republic of Texas." Why is that interesting?
Yesterday, Russian Professor Igor Panarin made international headlines when he said he envisions the decline and breakup of the United States. So what, right? Well, would it interest you to know that he now predicts the split-up of the United States into 6 parts!?! He even named the territories as though he was sitting there playing this very game at the time of his interview! If I'm lyin', I'm dyin'! See the link for yourself for the full story, but from the article...

"He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong."


It gets even crazier though! He even boldly suggested that Russia could claim Alaska saying, "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all." Why does that just send this whole analysis over the top?

From the game's description of the story:
"Early in the war, the Russian Federation militarily annexes Alaska, using the expanded operations of the European Union as an excuse. The invasion is personally led by President Nicholai Vladekov, an ex-general and former Soviet hardliner, claiming that Alaska was never really part of the United States and that Russia was merely reclaiming its former territory."

One word: UNBELIEVABLE! One coincidence is just that - a coincidence. Yet, what do you make of two, three, four, five coincidences like this that are all in one place, included in the same storyline, all "predicted" as a plausible scenario 4-5 years ago, and all having a legitimate and tangible connection to world news headlines that exist in THE ACTUAL TIME PERIOD THEY WANTED THE GAME TO DEPICT?

I'm not sure what the answers to those questions are so for now I'll stick with Synchronicity to explain it all. Even the most militant skeptic would have to concede some ground on this one.


SHATTERED UNION, SHATTERED UNIVERSE, VEIL BEING LIFTED?


Students of prophecy know that "knowledge will increase" in the end times and that things will be "unsealed" and "revealed" at the appropriate time - God's perfect timing according to His perfect will.

Is this a clear example of a fulfillment of this prophecy? It could very well be the case. I mean, what else could it be except an insane series of coincidences? I find that highly unlikely given the probability of that occurring by chance or even by an educated guess a few years back.

Please understand that I'm not suggesting that the developers of this game have any foresight into the future or that they're part of a sinister group behind the scenes pulling the geo-political strings to all that happens in the world. Besides, God is the One who allows the plans of man to fail or succeed according to His perfect plan for mankind and whether or not they will fulfill His purposes in their perfect timing.

That doesn't seem to be how Synchronicity works for the most part anyway. Sure, there may be some groups who do consciously try to control the flow of information in a very specific way to send a very specific and symbolic message to their constituents and the masses, but typically it seems as though cases of Synchronicity usually just show up in the most unexpected and unanticipated places, and it's up to us to find the connections and relationships.

Oh yeah, just in case there is something to all of this, it's also worth noting how the game reveals that the story ends when,
"Later, INTERPOL reveals the results of its investigation regarding the Inauguration Day bombing. Russian President Vladekov had been dealing weapons on the black market for several years and masterminded the D.C. bombing so Russia could regain its military dominance and more easily control Europe. Protests throughout Russia force Vladekov to declare Martial Law in Moscow. After the former continental United States is unified under one faction, the Independent Commonwealth of Hawaii agrees to join the new government. Vladekov refuses to cede control of Alaska, so the faction's forces marshal to invade the state and drive the Russians out of the New World."

Now, in an effort to tie this all together and prove that there's something very real and disconcerting about the phenomenon known as Synchronicity, I give you another important piece to this prophetic puzzle that also resonates with this same line of thinking - minus the "disputed election" part.

The show was known as "Jericho" and it was a very popular CBS drama (perhaps because it hit a nerve with others) put out by CBS in 2006 - just 1 year after Shattered Union was released worldwide.



Like I said before, I'm still not quite sure what to make of any of this, but even the most hardened skeptic has to admit that there's something strange - something supernatural - going on here.

If today's commentary blew your mind just wait until you read about how a man by the name of John Titor and Einstein's Theory of Relativity might play a role in all of this.

Looks like the good Lord just gave me another conversation starter!

Truth From Tulsa

Posted by JRed

Steadily, the nation is beginning to realize that there is actual, credible evidence that suggests there's something to the story about President-elect Barack Obama's citizenship and eligibility to run for and hold the office of President of the United States of America.

In this latest update we have
Joan Swirsky from Tulsa Today who absolutely nails it in just the first three paragraphs of her column today:

"Last week, newscasters reported that al Qaeda’s #2 terrorist disparaged the election of Barack Obama, and hurled racial slurs at Obama himself. 'The report has not been confirmed by the State Department,' they all said, but they reported it anyway.

Fox News reporter Carl Cameron told viewers that three 'anonymous' insiders of Sen. McCain’s campaign said that Sarah Palin was, in essence, a diva and a dunce. He – and dozens of others who picked up the story on other channels – never identified, or even verified, the sources of the quotes, but they reported them anyway.

Contrast these shabby examples of 'journalism' with the legions of identifiable, verifiable and credible sources who for months have been investigating the disturbing allegation that Barack Obama is ineligible for the presidency because he has failed to meet one of the three requirements that the U.S. Constitution mandates, specifically that he provide proof of his 'natural born' U.S. citizenship."

Yet, both left and right media thought it appropriate to comment at length about Obama’s seven-page
Questionnaire for those seeking work in his administration – a probing that makes a Pap Test, mammogram, colonoscopy, and endoscopy in one visit seem mild by comparison – not one of these cowardly journalists has asked the simple question: Mr. Obama, where is your birth certificate?

I especially like her unique twist on the "American Hiroshima" al-Qaeda plot and how that could be connected.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Petition To Protect The Constitution
Constitutional Crisis Already Here
Supreme Court: Obama Presidency Challenged
Kenyan Ambassador Weighs In
How To Prevent A Constitutional Crisis

Notable Quotable

Posted by JRed

This has to be the quote of the day from Ehud Olmert who said during his visit to Washington that he wants a quick peace deal:

"In principle there is nothing to prevent us from reaching an agreement on the core issues in the near future. We're in a situation where it's possible to do so, and I hope we do. It would be good for the state of Israel. I am ready to make that decision, and I hope the other side will make it as well. You don't need months to make a decision."

He also said he expects a "painful sacrifice," which is truly prophetic for all of us who know what is coming.

How To Prevent A Constitutional Crisis

Posted by JRed

It seems as if every day there's a new development in the story about whether or not President-elect Barack Obama is even qualified by the U.S. Constitution to hold let alone run for the office of President.

Today,
a Constitutional Lawyer weighs in and says that it's the Electors that have a duty to investigate the matter before they cast their votes on December 15, 2008.

Herb Titus, the Constitution Party's running mate to Howard Phillips in 1996 (and considered an expert on the U.S. Constitution), told WorldNetDaily today,

"If they do their duty, they would make sure that if they cast a vote for Mr. Obama, that Mr. Obama is a natural-born citizen. I think it should be resolved. The duty is in the Electoral College. Every Obama Elector that is committed to casting a vote on the 15th of December, they have a constitutional duty to make certain whether Mr. Obama is a natural-born citizen."

Titus holds a law degree cum laude from Harvard, is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and a long list of federal court districts, and helped found a law school. He told WND the framers of the Constitution specifically wanted the electors, citizen voters from all the states, to determine the presidency to avoid chief executives who are indebted to political parties or court decisions.

In 1788, Titus noted, Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers on the issue of the presidential election that "nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption."

This story also coincides with the publication of another titled, "Rathergate II: Certification of Live Birth A Clear Forgery" by Janet Porter, which proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that there's something sinister going on here.

Another sign of the times I guess.

Will the Electors perform their duty and show the nation how to prevent a constitutional crisis?

RECOMMENDED READING:
Petition To Protect The Constitution
Constitutional Crisis Already Here
Supreme Court: Obama Presidency Challenged
Kenyan Ambassador Weighs In

U.S. Security Threatened

Posted by JRed

Well, this news today isn't too reassuring. Glad we've spent billions of dollars on something that doesn't work.

In fairness, the technology does in fact work quite well, but it failed to work properly in this particular test.


Given the current economic climate, perhaps that money could've been better spent on other things. At the very least, let's try to do things better and make this technology work for us the way it's supposed to.

Plus, I'm wondering how the rest of the nation feels about this news
in light of what's going on in our own backyard today. Seems Russia wants to not only renew Cold War rhetoric, but they're flexing their military muscle with Venezuela as their host.

Now, add all of this information to that from previous posts about possible divine judgment coming upon this nation very soon. Interesting, is it not?

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:6

I'm so glad I've put my faith, trust, and security in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and not the government to protect and save me.

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Washington To Watch Maneuvers "Very Closely"

A Preview Of Things To Come?

Posted by JRed

Protesters in Iceland have clashed with police during a demonstration over the handling of the financial crisis there.



Is this a preview of things to come for the United States? Don't think it can't happen here.

Let's continue to pray that it doesn't.

***UPDATE 1/23/2009: We're now a full 2 months after this story was originally reported and it appears as though things have only gotten worse. In fact, despite the complete blackout by the U.S. mainstream media on this subject, things are VERY rough in many parts of Europe today as the global financial crisis is hitting them the hardest. Some have even suggested this is a preview of what's a virtual certainty for us Americans. One headline from just a few days ago shouted "Riots In Iceland, Latvia, And Bulgaria Are A Sign Of Things To Come" as the article reported that "ordinary Icelanders were determined to vent their fury at the way that the political class had allowed the country to slip towards bankruptcy. The Parliament building was splattered with paint and yoghurt, the crowd yelled and banged pans, fired rockets at the windows and lit a bonfire in front of the main door. Riot police moved in. Now in the grand sweep of the current crisis, a riot on a piece of volcanic rock in the north Atlantic may not seem to add up to much. But it is a sign of things to come: a new age of rebellion. The financial meltdown has become part of the real economy and is now beginning to shape real politics. More and more citizens on the edge of the global crisis are taking to the streets. Bulgaria has been gripped this month by its worst riots since 1997 when street power helped to topple a Socialist government. Now Socialists are at the helm again and are having to fend off popular protests about government incompetence and corruption.
In Latvia – where growth has been in double-digit figures for years – anger is bubbling over at official mismanagement. GDP is expected to contract by 5 per cent this year; salaries will be cut; unemployment will rise. Last week, in a country where demonstrators usually just sing and then go home, 10,000 people besieged Parliament. Iceland, Bulgaria, Latvia: these are not natural protest cultures. Something is going amiss." Indeed. Even the
JPMorgan Chief says worst of the crisis is still to come. Oh yeah, by the way, I forgot to mention that special forces had to rescue the Icelandic Prime Minister from furious credit crunch rioters that's how bad things have gotten. In addition, European leaders have called emergency talks to discuss a groundswell of social unrest and violent street protests that have spread across Europe amid the economic downturn. Friends, be glad we have put our complete faith and trust in our Lord Yahweh and His one and only Son Jesus Christ instead of some politician or government. Now make sure you tells others of His saving grace before it's too late for them.***

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A Time For Choosing

Posted by JRed

Ok, so the theme of this weeks writings definitely seems to be the United States and our role in the end times prophecies since this is all sort of taking on a life of its own now.

I'm not sure if there's something significant about the Sixties that the Lord is trying to get across to me or if I'm just imagining there is, but I seem to keep coming back to this decade for some reason in these pieces.

For instance, for whatever reason, I've had a note here for the past three weeks to look at
Ronald Reagan's famous "A Time For Choosing" speech that he gave way back in 1964.

Obviously, the title of that speech alone is fascinating given what we've been looking at recently, but I'm willing to bet you'll be even more amazed when you listen to it yourself because his message is chillingly applicable to those of us here in the 21st century.



If you prefer a 5 minute excerpt of the 30 minute speech above simply click here. For those who don't know, this is the speech Reagan gave supporting the Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Reagan speaks many things that are issues today - big government, high taxation, and the "war on poverty." He even addresses foreign policy issues including the risk of appeasement, "peace through strength," and war (the Vietnam War).

The speech establishes Reagan as an important figure in the conservative wing of the Republican party. To a significant degree, Ronald Reagan's election to the presidency stems from this speech, given on national television on behalf of, and sponsored by, Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign.

Again, what I find rather fascinating is that I keep being pulled toward an examination of the state of America as well as the Sixties this week, and now after listening to Reagan's speech it's mind-boggling how it remains amazingly fresh as a statement of modern American conservative philosophy over four decades (44 years!) after it was delivered!

Want to really make your head spin? Strange coincidence that a previous entry on the subject of the United States in Bible prophecy was given by Dr. David Reagan and now we have this relevant commentary on the state of the nation delivered by another Reagan.

Now, compare Ronald Reagan's comments to those from David Reagan in Part 1 of his radio interview the other day and what emerges is a body of evidence to suggest that things are about to get bad - very bad - in this country very soon.

What is the good Lord trying to say to me - to us - with all of this? Why now? Why this message? Why is it all coming out of nowhere (at least on my end anyway)?

Is this truly a time for choosing?

Stay tuned.

Prophetic Voices From The Wilderness

Posted by JRed

Is God about to judge America?

Prophecy expert Dr. David Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries pours his prophetic heart out in this two part radio series, which is hosted by best-selling author of the recently released book Isralestine, The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East, Bill Salus.

Bill interviews his friend Dr. Reagan in what promises to bring the listeners down to their knees in prayer, and up to date on the prophetic calendar.

They discuss the possible timing of the Rapture of the Christian Church, the rapidly approaching Psalm 83 Arab-Israeli War, the Russian-Iranian led nuclear equipped Ezekiel 38 and 39 invasion of Israel, and what Reagan's sincere concerns are for America and its new President-elect, Barack Obama.

Dr. Reagan is a one of those prophetic voices from the wilderness. The Lord is trying to get our attention. The question is whether or not any of us are listening to Him.


As we approach Thanksgiving in a few days I encourage EVERYONE to turn off the TV and use that time to listen to this series instead. Then, on Thanksgiving Day be sure to thank our Lord and Savior for all the blessings in our lives (and not just the material ones), and then be sure to ask Him for his mercy and forgiveness.

IS GOD ABOUT TO JUDGE AMERICA? (PART 1)

IS GOD ABOUT TO JUDGE AMERICA? (PART 2)

As a brief side note, within the first few minutes of the broadcast you'll hear Dr. Reagan talk about his book that he wrote about the United States and Bible prophecy ("America The Beautiful?"), and I wanted to highlight his comments for a very specific reason.

We've spent some time over the past few weeks looking at the very real phenomenon known as Synchronicity. We've tried our best to understand it from a Christian perspective and what we have found (at least at this point in our analysis) is that Carl Jung was correct to classify Synchronicity as "the hand of God" because I don't believe there's a better description.

Of course, the jury's still out as to whether or not it is something that Christians should even be wary of, but there does seem to be a growing sentiment that these types of experiences are becoming more and more common and for a very specific purpose that is yet to be determined. It's not so much about "predicting" the future (a clear sign that perhaps Christians have no business studying the phenomenon) as it is about seeing the "patterns" and "connections" in such an intricate way after the fact.

That being said, it's interesting to me that out of all the prophecy related books on my bookshelf (about 20-25 from over the years since I was saved) Dr. Reagan's is the one that I decided to grab late last week in the hopes of sitting down to read it again! Not sure why, but I just thought that it might be a timely and appropriate read. Why that book? Why now? And it's the only book by Dr. Reagan that's in my personal collection too!

What are the odds then that Dr. Reagan gives an interview that is quickly gaining in popularity ON THE SAME DAY that I decide to grab this book off the shelf in which he talks about the very subject of this book that was published back in 2003!?! Plus, he chose to talk about that book out of all the others (he's written a total of 8 over the years)! I just stumbled across this audio today, but from the source article where I found out about it, it was put up on that website last Thursday! Again, the same day I grabbed his book off of my bookshelf to read for the first time since purchasing it back in 2003.

Remarkable. I'm truly speechless, and this is exactly what I mean by Synchronicity - when the personal world merges with the impersonal in such a way that eliminates pure chance and coincidence. It can certainly make your head spin sometimes.

Does anyone else feel like the veil is being lifted? Well, if that's the case it would certainly make much sense since the Body of Christ is the bride to the bridegroom known as Jesus Christ.

Also, one final note, be sure to listen closely to what he has to say about "apostasy" as well because that is what I think is a MAJOR SIGN of where we are on God's prophetic timeline that is often overlooked. For additional context on what is meant by "apostasy" please visit the Christian Apostasy blog.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

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The U.S. In Bible Prophecy

Posted by JRed

Another area of constant debate in eschatology is whether or not the Bible mentions the United States in prophecy.

Some argue that it doesn't, and they say this make sense because America is traditionally thought of as a Christian nation, and so if the Rapture were to happen it is assumed that this would reduce the nation to third-world status overnight, and that's why the world's most powerful nation isn't mentioned as a key player in the end times.

Some see the U.S. as Mystery Babylon. Still, there are others who see clear parallels between the U.S. and Judah as given to us in Isaiah 5 or Jeremiah 5 and Jeremiah 6. They suggest that this nation will face a similar demise.

This morning, I came across another section of Scripture that caught my eye and made me stop and do a double take.

"How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." Revelation 18:7

First, she glorifies herself. This implies pride, even to the point of arrogance. Jeremiah 51:41 is used in relation to ancient Babylon, but it applies to modern Babylon as God uses it here in Revelation 18. Jeremiah writes...

"How is Sheshach [a biblical code name for Babylon?] taken! And how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!"

This refers to the fall of Babylon. When Jeremiah wrote this, they were so powerful as a nation that nobody wanted to deal with Babylon as an enemy. He calls her "the praise of the nations." This means, essentially, "the greatest of the nations." Everybody praises Babylon as the greatest of the nations on earth. God applies this to Babylon in Revelation 18. It is something implied, not directly stated. However, even Babylon "has glorified herself."

Second, "she has lived deliciously" or "she has lived luxuriously, extravagantly, lustfully, unrestrainedly." The woman is the very apex of luxury on earth. This phrase indicates satiety, that is, over-indulgence, super-abundance, the state of having too much.

Third, she says, to magnify these, "I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." "Nobody's going to bother with me. I'll never know any sorrow." Taken together, there is in her an avoidance of suffering, an unwillingness to sacrifice, and it indicates a rather "in your face," cocky superiority. Interestingly, an avoidance of suffering, the unwillingness to sacrifice, inevitably produces compromise with law and conscience.

In this one verse, a nation is portrayed as proud to the point of arrogance, self-confident in its security, thinking that it has produced its power by its own means, and living extravagantly relative to the rest of the world, as it seeks immediate gratification while failing to discipline itself to conform to a set standard.

Hmmm, does that sound like an accurate description of any nation that exists today that you know of? Could this be where we find the U.S. in Bible prophecy? Could America have a similar fate as Judah? If so, Lord have mercy on us all.

Ray Charles created a stirring rendition of "America The Beautiful" that brings tears to my eyes. It's a powerful song made even more powerful with lyrics like "
America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw. Confirm thy soul in self-control. Thy liberty in law."



This man was blind and yet he was able to see this country for what it was - a nation built on the foundation of God - and he sang his heart out to tell the world about it.

I'm curious if we'll be able to see our need for repentance following our nation's illicit affair with sin or if we'll choose to remain blind to the truth.

Nostalgia

Posted by JRed

Interesting. On the heels of my previous two entries (focused solely on the state of our nation), my dad sends me this link in an email:

Take Me Back To The Sixties

His only message included with the email was, "This was definitely a better time. Enjoy."

I obviously wasn't alive in the sixties, but there are quite a few nuggets of truth scattered throughout this presentation that resonate with me today.

"Like father, like son..." I guess. Sometimes the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree after all.


I'm afraid I won't look back on any decade with fondness like that except for the decade when I was a child - the eighties perhaps.

Then again, with the way things are going, I may look back on this decade in a similar way as being the one that saw the return of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

MARANATHA!!!

Censorship Sets Sail

Posted by JRed

Another example of Synchronicity ("The Hand of God" according to Carl Jung) today in the news.

Yesterday, I wrote a little piece on my frustration with Hollywood and the mainstream media regarding their political bias. A few days before that, I wrote about a tragic case involving a young man in Florida who committed suicide live online while others watched and did nothing to try and get him the help he needed. Today, I came across an interesting story about Obama's pick for Attorney General that seems to tie everything together and possibly hint at what's to come.

Get ready for a push for “reasonable” restrictions on the Internet. It appears Obama’s presumptive choice for AG will be Eric Holder, a former Clinton Justice Department official. As the corporate media throws confetti and heralds the possibility of America’s first black AG, it ignores something more sinister lurking beneath the surface.

In 1999, Holder advocated Internet regulation. On May 28, 1999, Holder told NPR:

"The court has really struck down every government effort to try to regulate it. We tried with regard to pornography. It is gonna be a difficult thing, but it seems to me that if we can come up with reasonable restrictions, reasonable regulations in how people interact on the Internet, that is something that the Supreme Court and the courts ought to favorably look at."





Interestingly enough, even a casual observer can see the Synchronistic thread in all of this. I mean, first there's talk from the Dems - on Election Day no less! - of reinstating the Fairness Doctrine, then there's this tragic story from Florida a few days back (now the family is being very vocal, and rightfully so, about the need to do something to prevent the sort of thing that happened to their beloved son from happening again), and now this news about Eric Holder's political aspirations in this very same area.

It's weird how these echoes seem to present themselves. Plus, when you consider them within the context of Biblical prophecy (i.e. how that type of control over information flow and exchange in a nation could give rise to a totalitarian government led by a totalitarian personality) it all becomes eerie if not for the knowledge that those of us in Christ have nothing to fear.

Still, this is all very fascinating to me how these seemingly unrelated events are now coming together like pieces of a much larger puzzle to perhaps warn us of the potential realities that could be coming upon us all a lot sooner than we think.

Friends, I think that censhorship has already set sail and that it is scheduled to arrive late January 2009 or soon thereafter.

The Twilight Zone

Posted by JRed

Did you read the news about the emergent church leader who says "gay" can be a "biblical lifestyle" that's acceptable?

It's called "cutting-edge Christianity" and they're debating whether or not Christians should accept homosexuality?

The world wants to change God's words and meanings into something more suitable to its sinful desires. Nevertheless, the truth stands - The Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin.

Let's look at what it says...

Leviticus 18:22, "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

Leviticus 20:13, "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them"

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

Romans 1:26-28, "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper."

Homosexuality is clearly condemned by the Bible. It goes against the created order of God. He created Adam and then made a woman. This is what God has ordained and it is what is right.

There's no "debating" the truth of God's Word!

A few years ago, I wouldn't think that it was possible for Christians could turn a blind eye to the truth and accept such things as 7-days of sex, divorce, abortion, homosexuality instead of the Gospel.

Welcome to the end times. Welcome to the twilight zone.

Double Standard For Dems?

Posted by JRed

Ok, again, my apologies to anyone who's here looking for prophecy and prophecy only, but I need to devote another entry to politics because I believe it's indicative of the type of censorship and double standard that exists in Hollywood and the mainstream media when it comes to Democrats.

Let's take a look at Saturday Night Live. During this past election cycle, you would have to have been out of the country or someone who doesn't own a TV to not know that SNL became a little obsessed with Sarah Palin.

I tried to find the exact number of times they performed a skit about Palin, but couldn't. Suffice it to say that it was a lot, and all for the Republican Party's Number Two on the ticket.

How many skits did they perform about Barack Obama? One. Yep, that's right! Just one. Then again, I guess it makes sense seeing as though he is "The One" and with the way EVERYTHING else about his campaign had been so symbolically orchestrated perhaps this was a personal request from the DNC.

So, why am I bringing all of this up today? Well, because I have just found Exhibit A in the case of "How-Hollywood-And-The-Media-Are-Biased-And-If-You-Think-I'm-Wrong-You're-Severly-Fooling-Yourself" for you to feast your eyes on.

The following is an unaired SNL sketch that depicts President-elect Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in much the same light as Sarah Palin was presented to the public on their show.

(WARNING: Although the vulgarity is "bleeped out" there's still enough going in on this skit to make you think twice about playing this at work.)



Did you catch the key word in the previous sentence? This is an UNAIRED sketch! Why? Because it paints the Dems and Obama's administration in a negative light? Give me a break.

What's fair game for one party should be fair game for another, should it not? It's not like they're dealing with "controversial" subject matter either. This is how Emanuel has been described throughout his political career. This is how he made a name for himself and climbed the political ladder.

In fact, there's more of a body of evidence to support these characterizations of the man than there was to support the characterizations of Palin.

I'm sorry, but this is the sort of thing that gets under my skin because I still have several family members and friends who don't believe there's such a thing as bias in Hollywood or with the news media.

I would love to know how it is decided whether or not a sketch will air. I can almost envision the phone in Lorne Michael's office ringing and someone on the other line simply saying, "Do not run that skit Lorne..." when he answers it.

Given what we know about the Democrats and their support of the Fairness Doctrine, is this a preview of things to come? There must be equal and balanced time given to both sides of the story - unless of course it's anything that might damage the Liberal Left's agenda.

More deception.

Help Divide, Then Be Conquered

Posted by JRed

When will we ever learn to take God and His warnings seriously?

One quote from the news report is of special interest:

"Last week,
informed Israeli and Palestinian sources told WND that despite media reports painting a dismal picture of negotiation prospects, Israel and the PA are still quietly working to conclude a major agreement before President Bush leaves office at the end of the year."

So much for a "Christian" President and administration in the White House these past 8 years, huh? I guess we'll just continue to help the world divide Israel and Jerusalem even though it means the United States will be conquered (or destroyed) as divine punishment.

Lord have mercy on us.

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UPDATE: Bradley's Black Awakening Series

Posted by JRed

Sue Bradley published the final part of her 4-part series today titled "The Black Awakening: The Green Man" for those who read the first three parts last week.

Here's something she wrote that caught my attention:

"The concept of multiple global cataclysms, most recently the planetary flood of Genesis 7, is recorded Biblically to have destroyed all that was 'on the face of the ground,' but little is said about the enormous world beneath the surface. Four books of the canonical text describe life, 'under the earth,' as being subject to judgment. Why is it then that we have such difficulty accepting an underworld, and an abyss?"

It's an excellent question. She continues with:

"Folklore, nursery rhymes and legends will allow our minds to picture what, 'man in his heart' desires, but in Ezekiel we learn of 'terror in the land of the living,' and also the Divine mercy with which we have been sheltered: 'I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou not be inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living.' Ezekiel 26, 32"

As her series so eloquently states through a demonstration of the facts and hard evidence, there comes a time when even the most rigid pragmatist, the most resistant of skeptics, and the most impartial observer must entertain the prospect of so many themes converging in such an unusual manner.

Without giving too much away, I think her conclusions are spot on. People like her, Tom Horn, Steve Quayle, Michael Heiser, David Flynn and others are courageously sounding the alarm where other in these prophetic circles have fallen asleep - by reminding us that what's coming, once was.

Alan Redpath in his Victorious Christian Living wrote that what the book of Ephesians provides in concept, the book of Joshua provides in practice.

Thus, the same weapons used against the giants in the land by Joshua are available for our use, and given the spiritual climate in which we live, a refresher study might be wise.

***UPDATE 1/31/09: Rise of the Ancients - Part 5 : Fortunately, Bradley decided another chapter to this series was necessary.***

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Kenyan Ambassador Weighs In

Posted by JRed

We've been following this political story for quite some time because of what it may represent let alone what it might mean for our nation and the world. The prophetic implications are certainly profound.

The latest update on the whole "Where Was Obama Born? Is He Constitutionally Qualified To Run For President?" meme from the Northeast Intelligence Network (NEIN) is that the
Kenyan Ambassador to the United States - his excellency Peter Ogengo - admits that Obama was born in Kenya.

During a recent program aired on Detroit's WRIF 101 FM "Mike in the Morning" radio program a decision was made to make a phone call to the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C. for the obvious purpose of having a little fun and in order to congratulate Kenyan's on the occassion of Barack Obama's election.

During the course of the call Mike and his co-host Trudy were connected to the Ambassador's office and after a short conversation with a secretary the Ambassador picked up the call.

You can read the full story, see this man's political record, and listen to the audio file from that radio program here and judge for yourself what to make of all of this.


This story gets weirder and weirder as the evidence begins to pile up in advance of that December 5, 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Stay tuned.

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Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Posted by JRed



That says it all doesn't it?

No one said people were just going to sit around and nod politely while you challenge long-standing paradigms, so putting up with a little "abuse" is the price you pay when you want to get people's attention.

I appreciate those who are like-minded on the subjects presented here as well as those who tell me I'm nuts - thank you all for visiting and engaging in some serious discussions!

The Struggle Within

Posted by JRed

Hardly a "crisis of faith," but boy have I been experiencing the struggle within lately! It's strange and I'm just trying to make sense of everything.

A few months ago, I started this online ministry as a way of alerting others to what I was seeing in the news headlines as proof that we are living in the prophesied end times. Plus, I figured that the interaction with others interested in prophecy would help me to grow and learn new things as well.

Then, a few weeks ago, I did something I've never done before - I sat down and read the entire Book of Revelation in one sitting. Who knows if I'm imagining things and simply trying to look for a connection, but it was soon after that I began exploring all sorts of things I never considered before in an effort to better understand God's Word and prophecies for the end times.

During this process, I've had to question my current understanding of things on more than one occasion. Yet, in those instances my faith has been strangely strengthened when you'd think that such things would only help to weaken it!

In fact, this struggle within has been a good thing for me. It's helped me really focus on God and His Word more than I have in a long time, and I have a true passion for finding wisdom and truth. I finally felt like I was getting somewhere and truly growing in my faith.

So, imagine my surprise today when I get up and come across the following daily devotional titled "Discerning God's Voice" in my inbox:

"Just think of the many cults around today. No doubt, you've seen news reports or televised specials dissecting the odd-sounding belief systems of different faith-based groups. Many of them profess to be based on Scripture, yet they often have certain doctrines that are radically foreign to us; the God of the Bible is completely unrecognizable in their creeds. Obviously, this can pose a problem for those of us in the church who are eager to hear from our Father.

When confronted by different voices that claim to be 'true' and clamor for our attention, we remember two absolute truths:

First, we know that the Lord will never say anything that contradicts Scripture. For example, suppose a religious group claimed that extra-marital affairs were somehow acceptable in the Lord's sight. We would know immediately that this wasn't from God, as it directly contradicts Exodus 20:14.

Second, we know that God won't add to or take away from the Bible. It is His complete and reliable Word.
Therefore, anyone claiming to have "more" scriptures or another Testament is a fraud.

Two of the Enemy's best weapons are distraction and deception. Don't fall for his lies. Test every voice against Scripture, and ask God for the wisdom to discern His voice among the impostors."


Those two highlighted sections really hit home for me. While I know that we are children of the light and lovers of truth who need to constantly seek God for the wisdom and truth of a matter, I still help but wonder about these two comments.

For now, I will continue to seek the truth and consider that man's interpretation of things may be flawed or slightly off the mark (because it is fallen man we're talking about here and even with the best intentions we are flawed sinners), but I will CONSTANTLY take all things to God in prayer.

In the meantime, the struggle within continues.

Pray For Christians In India

Posted by JRed

We need to pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who live in India.

Hindu extremist groups are offering money, food and alcohol to anyone who murders Christians and destroys their homes.

The violence is nothing new in Orissa, India, where India's Communist Party estimates that more than 500 Christians have been killed by Hindu mobs in Orissa since late August, 12 times more than official government claims of only 40 homicides. However, now the stakes are even higher – and pastors have a bounty on their heads!


Rewards are being offered for murdering Christians, destroying homes, and churches. Oh yeah, and if you kill a Pastor you'll receive $250.

This is sick and twisted! Since it's unlikely that the U.N. or any other government body will step in to help, we need to use the most powerful tool at our disposal - prayer.

Let's also pray that those protesting the outcome of the Prop 8 ballot measure in California (and 26 other states) don't catch wind of this because we've already seen the true face of intolerance from them in response to this issue.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Rampant Religious Persecution

Petition To Protect The Constitution

Posted by JRed

In case you missed it, WorldNetDaily today has begun an online petition designed to enlist the public's help in demanding evidence of Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility for the office of presidency.

The electronic petition calls on all controlling legal authorities to take seriously the matter of where and when and to whom Obama was born and whether he qualifies as a "natural-born American citizen," according to Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.

"This is a very unusual step for us to take," said Joseph Farah, founder, editor and chief executive officer of the leading independent online news source. "I have long resisted the temptation toward corporate activism – even avoiding the tradition of corporate editorial positions and political endorsements. We do those things individually as columnists and pundits, but WND has rarely engaged in taking editorial stands as most newspapers do."

But Farah says he was inspired to cross the divide on this issue because the clear and simple meaning of the Constitution is at stake.
He writes more about this in his daily column today.

"No news organization or anyone else has investigated this matter more thoroughly, devoted more manpower to it, committed the financial resources to it or taken it more seriously," Farah said. "Yet, despite the obvious lingering questions out there haunting the American conscience, Barack Obama appears ready to waltz to the inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies without so much as proving he was born in America as he claims. That is simply unacceptable. I decided that if no one else was going to take this matter seriously, we would."

"The American people are responding to our work on the eligibility question," said Farah. "Other news organizations might take note of that. Our stories and columns on this subject are getting huge readership, yet are being ignored by most other media."

To participate,
sign the petition here.

MySpace And In Your Facebook

Posted by JRed

WorldNetDaily reports on the latest disturbing trend within our nation's public school system.

Perhaps this is to be expected when an entire generation is raised on sex, sex, and more sex.

From magazines to television, radio, film, and the Internet, pop culture since roughly the sixties (growing in frequency and seeing an increase in lower moral standards) has been saturated with the concept that sex sells.

Still, what in the world are people - young adult professionals - thinking when they decide to post these kinds of things on the Internet for the world to see?

RECOMMENDED READING:
Sex, Lies, And The Media

The Fountain Of Truth

Posted by JRed

Scientists may think they are getting closer to the fountain of youth, but they still have a lot to learn about the "Fountain of Truth" - our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In man's eternal quest to become immortal (in essence, to become a god himself)
scientists announced that they have taken a step closer to creating an elixir of youth.


A naturally occuring substance that can create "immortal cells" could be the key to finding a real elixir of youth, they claim.

Researchers believe boosting the amount of a naturally forming enzyme in the body could prevent cells dying and so lead to extended, healthier, lifespans.

Someone should just hand them a Holy Bible and save them all the time, money, and energy.

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews 9:27

Life Reduced To Entertainment

Posted by JRed

This is a truly sad and disturbing story today.

A 19-year-old man has committed suicide live on the Internet encouraged by others who were watching, according to reports.

The teenager, named as Abraham K Biggs, from Broward County, Florida, took an overdose of pills while broadcasting himself on Justin.tv, a live video streaming website.

On a chat forum he told others he was going to commit suicide and posted a suicide note on another forum before taking the pills and turning on his webcam.


The 19-year-old lay on his bed and only after several hours of no movement did others begin to take him seriously. With the video still running, forum members managed to contact the local police who eventually broke down the door, found the body and switched off the camera. Up to 1,500 people were viewing the feed, according to one report.

Mr Biggs was a member of the bodybuilding.com forum under the name CandyJunkie and was known as Feels Like Ecstasy on justin.tv. He apparently had threatened before to commit suicide.

On Wednesday he went to the bodybuilding.com forum and detailed the amount of drugs he was going to take. The moderators of the forum reportedly did not take him seriously because of his past threats and other forum members encouraged him to carry out his threat.

Mr Biggs then posted his suicide note, where he said he had hurt other people and hated himself for being a failure. "I am an [email protected]#hole. I have let everyone down and I feel as though I will never change or never improve. I am in love with a girl and I know that I am not good enough for her."

This reminds me of a film that just came out in the past year or so ("Untraceable") that provided a horrific commentary on the state of society these days.

How anyone can sit there and watch this troubled young man do this to himself and only think to call the police AFTER he lay motionless for a long time is beyond me! How sad and sick. For these people, it's a life reduced to entertainment.

Then again, it's not like we weren't warned that this is how it would be...

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." Matthew 24:12

Transhumanism Takes Center Stage

Posted by JRed

For over a decade, Tom Horn has predicted this moment. People - especially other Christians - laughed him and his dire warnings off and discarded him and his insights to the lunatic fringe of Christianity.

I'm sure that if it were anyone else they would feel vindicated by today's news, but not Horn. He knows what this means for humanity, and what dark forces soon to be released lie ahead. In addition, this news has some serious prophetic connotations to it as well.

Today, scientists propose using animal genes to enhance humans. They argue, Why stop here on our evolution from the ape? We share our genetic makeup with animals so why be squeamish about using animal genes to enhance our species? Thus, Transhumanism takes center stage.

Science fiction is quickly becoming science fact. Still not familiar with Transhumanism or what its proponents are in favor of? Here's a quick 5-minute video to enlighten you...





Now, consider that the Transhumanist movement is looking to create a "Posthuman Utopia," or the ultimate scientific dictatorship. Listen to what Aldous Huxley had to say at Berkeley University in this chilling audio.

The question we all need to ask is, Just because we can do these things, does that mean we should? I mean, we're talking about tinkering with the DNA of living creatures created by God and making the natural unnatural. That can't be good any way you look at it.

Eugenics, Zbigniew Brzezinski (a key Obama advisor and major supporter of one-word, global initiatives), new world order, technocracy - these are the buzz words to remember and to research while there's still time.

An excellent resource to keep yourself up to date on the latest Transhumanist developments and their relationship to Biblical prophecy includes Raiders News Network as well as
Britt Gillette's website.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

RECOMMENDED VIEWING:
Scholarly Presentation Of Posthumanism
Biotech And Posthumanism - Tom And Nita Horn (Part 1)
Biotech And Posthumanism - Tom And Nita Horn (Part 2)

Scouting The Girl Scouts

Posted by JRed

I remember that when I was about 6 or 7-years-old my best friend and I decided we were going to join the Boy Scouts (or was it Cub Scouts?) together. The idea of joining a group where we got to do cool things and meet new friends wasn't lost on us at that young age.

I'll never forget the night of the sign-up and first group meeting. We arrived to a room full of chaos as what felt to me at the time like 1,000 other boys running around and screaming (in reality, there were probably only 30-50 total).

The "Den Leader" arrived and began shouting over the noise to get everyone's attention. Everything was great until he singled me out as being the only red-head in the room. In hindsight, I think back to what he said and I think he was merely pointing out that the Boy Scouts are great for meeting new people. He was talking about how people are different and how the room held tall people, short people, white people, and black people.

Apparently, at the time I couldn't fully grasp what he was getting at. All I heard was him singling me out and then after the embarrassment of everyone looking at me passed I had to put up with some young punks who wanted to make fun of me because of my hair color. That's when my best friend stood up for me and that's when we both decided the Boy Scouts wasn't for me.

Looking back, I kind of wish our parents would've talked us out of that. In any event, today's commentary on the 21st century's version of the Girl Scouts brought back these memories.


It seems that these organizations are NOTHING like the ones that were around when I was a young boy! Specifically, with the Girl Scouts these days "change" is the buzzword as it was in full effect at the 51st Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Indiana.

It stands as further proof that change is not always for the better. From the opening ceremony to the exhibitors in the convention hall, it is clear that the direction the Girl Scouts have chosen is a hard left, downhill.

If you have a daughter in Girl Scouts or, one who is seriously thinking about joining soon, please take the time to
read Jane Chastain's article "Girl Scouts Go Hard Left - And Downhill" before you decide that that's a good idea.

Consider that today these programs are egocentric and devoid of any mention of family. There is a strong anti-boy tone. Instead of mother and father, the books refer to "trusted adults." Gone is the Judeo-Christian tradition on which the Girl Scouts was founded. The emphasis is on moral relativism and "self." The books are salt and peppered with Eastern religious practices. Girls are encouraged to make a Zen garden, use yoga and martial arts as a form of relaxation and use a Japanese tea ceremony to "clear the mind."

Are these the things you want to fill your daughter's head with at her impressionable age? Make sure you're scouting the Girl Scouts organization in your area before signing up your child.

Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Posted by JRed

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:6

Chinese troops line up against North Korea. The military escalation is attributed to worries over Kim Jong-Il's failing health.


Analysts on the Asian Desk at MI6 say China's People's Liberation Army has moved as many as 100,000 troops to its border with North Korea, ostensibly to block refugees from fleeing into China in the event of the death of Kim Jong-II, the president of the pariah state.

North Korea also has announced it will reinforce its border with South Korea after accusing its neighbor of "provocation beyond the danger level."

The result, according to one analyst, is "the most explosive situation since the Korean War."

Constitutional Crisis Already Here

Posted by JRed

Regular readers and blogosphere addicts will be familiar with the proceedings taking place at the United States Supreme Court that asks Justices to consider whether or not President-elect Barack Obama is qualified to run for President of the United States.

Sadly, the radio and online media are the only places you can find this news since the "mainstream" media have a complete blackout on the topic, which raises even more questions and seems to give all of this some additional credibility.

Last week,
I wrote an exclusive report on how my research turned up information regarding a curious Senate Resolution that was passed in April 2008 and how that Resolution could very well play a role in this case. I called it "The Senate Resolution That Will Help Obama Become President" because a casual reading of that bill clearly shows that this is EXACTLY the type of tool that will be used should this legal case become a full-blown controversy.

On second, thought I no longer believe that we need to avert a potential constitutional crisis because I believe we already have a constitutional crisis on our hands.

First, please allow me to present a few updates to this story because things are happening so fast these days. The most important developments recently are those that show a growing number of reputable voices lending their support to this issue:


Supremes To Review Obama's Citizenship

Update On Phillip Berg's Motion

Alan Keyes Lawsuit Warns America May See "Usurper" In Oval Office

Joseph Farah Dares Readers To Try Barack's Birth-Certificate Trick At DMV


The good news is that slowly but surely this story is picking up some steam and getting traction beyond the "underground" and "grass-roots" forms of media. It's no longer just pure speculation and "conspiracy theory" either because all of this information is a matter of public record.

So, to quickly recap, "conferences" at the Supreme Court level are private meetings of the Justices at which they review cases and decide which ones to accept for formal review. This case is set for a conference 12/5, just 10 days before the Electoral College is scheduled to meet to make formal the election of Obama as the nation's next president.

The Supreme Court's website listed the date for the case brought by Leo C. Donofrio against Nina Wells, the secretary of state in New Jersey, over not only Obama's name on the 2008 election ballot but those of two others - Senator John McCain and Roger Calero. This is a VERY IMPORTANT distinction.

This is PRECISELY why I think that Senate Resolution 511 will be in the news very soon. Read it for yourself because it's short and to the point - it directly speaks to John McCain's candidacy (since he was born in the Panama Canal Military Zone) and says he is eligible to run for and hold the office of President. Some of the clauses, however, I'm sure could also be used to justify Obama's candidacy even though the Resolution itself was not specifically written for and about him.

Either way, this is a SERIOUS issue since here we have lawmakers amending our Constitution behind closed doors without the American public even knowing about it!

If 4 of the 9 Justices vote to hear the case in full, oral argument may be scheduled. The action questions whether any of the 3 candidates is qualified under the U.S. Constitution's requirement that a president be a "natural-born citizen."

Again, this is why I think that Senate Resolution 511, which was created and passed back in April, could come into play. It will "qualify" McCain because the bill is about him, but I can see Obama trying to use some of the language and clauses in there to justify his candidacy too.

Any way you look at it, this is gross misconduct by our elected officials and the media is complicit since they failed be serve as "watchdog press" reporting on this when it happened. In hindsight, this is quickly becoming the election that destroyed the U.S. Constitution and thus the foundation that our great nation is built upon.

God help us.

When Illusion Becomes Reality

Posted by JRed

Bill Blagg III is "changing reality one city at a time" and he may be coming to a city near you.

I learned about this "illusionist" today when I read a news story about how on September 29, 2008 he turned on his tape recorder and recorded what he predicts will be the headlines for this Saturday’s Journal Times and Kenosha News.

The magician and illusionist then packed up the cassette tape containing his predictions and immediately shipped it, via Federal Express, to the Special Events office at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The box has remained sealed - with original labeling and tracking information intact - since its arrival at the university, according to Dwight Vaught, special events coordinator at UW-Parkside.

The sealed box has been displayed publicly on campus, Vaught said, but its contents are known to no one but Blagg. That will all change on Saturday night when the magician’s tape will be played as part of his full-scale, touring illusion show. A member of the audience will remove the tamper tape, open the box and play the cassette, and that moment will be the first time anyone other than Blagg will know his predictions, Vaught said.

If he is wrong, Blagg promises to give $100 cash to all those who were present at Saturday night’s show before the opening of the box. The magician seemed confident, during a recent phone interview from the road, that he won’t have to pay up.

He has a good track record for making such predictions, he said, having accurately predicted headlines for other newspapers including the Oshkosh Northwestern, the Daily Herald in Elgin, Ill., and the Sentinel Press in eastern Iowa. And even though he made the predictions for The Journal Times before the national election took place and the economic crisis was fully realized, he stands by his thoughts of late September.

My own research turned up some interesting facts. Did you know he's from Zion? Zion, Illinois that is. Also, check out this eerie description from his own website...

"Critics call him 'magic’s best kept secret' due to his charming, hilarious, off-the-cuff personality and original mind-blowing illusions. It’s David Copperfield meets Second City! His two hour action-packed, touring show titled; 'A Night of Magic' shatters the barrier between the audience and the stage by infusing an unmatched level of volunteers levitating over 4’ high in the middle of the stage while other volunteers vanish at a moments notice never to be seen again! Bill will even summon the spirit of his great-uncle Manny Rivera live on stage to discover the reason for his disappearance in England! For his latest show, the acclaimed illusionist will levitate a random volunteer from the audience, cut a woman in half vertically, and materialize a snowstorm in his bare hands. The best part is this is just beginning!"

Sounds like fun. Where can I sign up? Obviously, I'm not being serious although I am being serious when I say that, once again, you can see how people and this world are being conditioned to accept what's to come in the very near future.

I wonder if the Antichrist and his minions will even meet any resistance at all. People are just so open to this kind of thing and accepting of it. It's almost as if they crave it.

Here's a promo video I found. Pay close attention to the words - the lyrics - that are being repeated over and over again in the first minute of the song that accompanies the clip. An interesting choice is it not?



Oh yeah, and did you notice that he's backed by Eclipse Entertainment? Well, would you be surprised to know that they bill themselves as providers of "family entertainment since 1985" yet a quick look at their website and some of their enterprises seems to make that claim questionable at best.

For instance, take their "Adam & Eve Models" who look like pornstars in fancy makeup and costumes. In fact, simply click on their "Specialty Acts" button for pictures from various acts and tell me whether or not you think there's anything "wholesome" or "fun-for-the-whole-family" about the types of shows they put on. I wonder how their "Kit Kat Dolls" and "Miss Lillie's Red Garter Review" fits into the whole "family-friendly" environment they're so committed to?

The whole thing smells like
Hedonism (the philosophy that pleasure is of ultimate importance, the most important pursuit) if you ask me.

Bradley's Black Awakening Series

Posted by JRed

I'd be irresponsible if I didn't encourage you to take some time to read some of Sue Bradley's groundbreaking work.

Sue Bradley is a "symbologist and researcher into all that 'lies beneath'" and she recently penned a 5-part series entitled "The Black Awakening," which will literally make the hairs on your arms stand up on end and send chills down your spine.

She looks at the world and the chaos all around us recognizes the spiritual side to it all. She succeeds by painting a portrait of a frightening future for us, using Biblical prophecies as her guide.

The reality is that spiritual warfare is here, and it's only going to get worse so we better prepare ourselves for what's to come.

History is not the past; it is merely our best interpretation of the archaeological and textual evidence handed down by our ancestors. The past is what actually happened - and by definition we can never hope to know exactly what happened.

I highly recommend you take the time to read this series today. Here are a few quotes she uses that will give you an idea of what her series is all about...

"We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all the people andlift us up out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and whether he be God or devil, we will receive him.” Paul-Henri Spaak, former President of the United Nations General Assembly

"Since the Scriptures speak more on the Abyss than they do on the rapture or the millennium, don’t you think we should look into it?"

"But God has unveiled massive communication about why we sense evil in the air. Believe it or not, it doesn’t change. What God has spoken will come to pass. It has been revealed that a devastating impact, a Black Awakening so massive, so striking, that some, even those who are searching through all the minute tributaries of spiritual streams, those grabbing hold of every eclectic spiritual experience, looking under every spiritual rock and seeking to break through the dimensions and get to the other side, will be slaughtered as ritual."

RECOMMENDED READING:
Secrets of the Black Awakening – Part One
Secrets of the Black Awakening – Part Two
Secrets of the Black Awakening – Part Three
Secrets of the Black Awakening - Part Four
Secrets of the Black Awakening - Part Five

Prophecy Paint-By-Numbers

Posted by JRed

One telling quote from the bit of news used for this entry is, "This room will become part of the collective heritage of the international community. The Spanish government calls it one of the U.N.’s most significant artworks – some are even calling it 'the Sistine Chapel for the 21st century.'"

A new ceiling artwork meant to inspire dialogue, human rights and global solidarity was unveiled Tuesday at the United Nation's Geneva offices.

The work, created by Spanish abstract painter Miquel Barcelo over the course of two years, cost nearly 20 million euros (or $25 million dollars) and was unveiled before a gathering of high-level dignitaries. Sixty percent of the cost was covered by Spanish donors and the rest by the government.

In his inauguration speech, the U.N. Secretary General called on diplomats to bring to future human rights debates "the same sense of creativity" as the Spanish artist.

"Let's not accept the status quo, but instead be visionary, creative and audacious," he told the 700 invitees on Tuesday.

The artist himself was equally poetic.

"On a day of immense heat in the middle of the Sahel desert, I recall with vivacity the mirage of an image of the world dripping toward the sky," Barcelo says. "Trees, dunes, donkeys, multicolored beings flowing drop by drop."


"The time has come to take multilateralism to a new, stronger and inclusive level," said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, before officially launching the room alongside King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Barcelo was also present, as was Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey and Spain co-chair the High Level Group of the Alliance for Civilizations, which researches polarization of cultures and societies in the modern world. The alliance was formed in 2005 by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who was also present at the ceremony.

From the article:

"The artwork drips off the ceiling like stalactites in a cave and is surrounded by patterns meant to symbolize the sea. Barcelo was praised for using innovative techniques and original mixes of materials to create the cave and sea-like feel of the new ceiling."

What is up with the Europe (specifically the European Union) and the blatant use of symbols in political architecture and artwork that evokes Christian prophetic end times themes and imagery?

What does the symbolism of the United Nation's new ceiling painting tell us that could have prophetic implications?

Well, considering that the 16,000-square-foot elliptical dome full of bright colors and torn aluminum will grace the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Eurpoean Headquarters it might tell us quite a bit!

Remember, that it appears as though the Alliance of Civilizations is the apparatus that will be used to help establish and usher in a one-world religion.

Using this likelihood as context, I found it absolutely fascinating that this design was chosen for this particular room. What was it the Bible has to say about the beast rising from the sea in Revelation 13? Yes, I know how this prophecy is interpreted. I just wanted to point out the strange connection between the artwork, the words being used to describe it, the room it's located in, and the potential link to prophecy.

What to make about that symbolism again?

"The cave is a metaphor for the agora, the first meeting place of humans, the big African tree under which to sit to talk, and the only possible future: dialogue, human rights. The sea is the past, the origin of the species, and the promise of a new future: emigration, travel," Barcelo explained.

Fascinated by processes of transformation on land and in the sea, Barceló sees his art as an "organized chaos" and as an "act of resistance."

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of the Geneva-based non-governmental organization U.N. Watch, added his own take on the symbolism of the day, "Instead of meeting for self-congratulatory ceremonies, the council should do its job and stop ignoring human rights violations around the world. Never in the history of international human rights has one of its own institutions inflicted so much damage. As you gather today with world leaders to celebrate the new chamber of the U.N. Human Rights Council, we urge you to take advantage of this moment to turn the international spotlight toward the human rights catastrophe in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mass displacement, killings and sexual violence – involving hundreds of thousands of victims, if not more – require an urgent response by the U.N. Human Rights Council."

On second thought, who needs to use symbolism when actions speak louder than words (or in this case, louder than art)?

RECOMMENDED READING:
U.N. Human Rights Council Gets A New Ceiling – And More Controversy
Barceló Unveils UN "Sistine Chapel" In Geneva

Prophetic Significance Of Piracy?

Posted by JRed

(NOTE: For those unfamiliar with Masonic symbolism and history, you can find Mackey's Encyclopedia as well as Morals and Dogma and some other excellent resources in searchable format here on Sacred-Texts.com. It will greatly help if you don't know anything about the Masonic traditions and symbolism we're looking at in today's column.)

All jokes about pirates still being in existence in the 21st century aside, there's seems to be a strange and disturbing situation developing in the news over the past two days. It's one that we would be wise to watch closely after recent and similar events. More importantly, I've asked myself if there's any prophetic significance of piracy in these days.

In addition, it's simply another piece of the puzzle in a growing body of evidence that's forcing me to reexamine and reconsider my long-held interpretations of Bible prophecy. Again, to reiterate, Christians are supposed to be lovers of truth so I'm beginning to think that perhaps our current interpretations of prophecy may be slightly incorrect since we know that 1 Corinthians 13 tells us we see "through a glass, darkly" and that God told Daniel in Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

Let's start at the beginning. A few weeks ago, the international community ended a standoff with Somali pirates that began back in August. As news leaked out regarding that event, the world began to see that something bigger than what we were being told was going on.

On August 21st after a group of pirates hijacked an Iranian ship which “carried sealed containers of a powdery substance believed to be nuclear or chemical weapons agents.” The immediate international response should have been telling, but it wasn't until this news was leaked that we began to understand just how serious this was (again, thanks in large part to the mainstream media's complete blackout on the subject).


The ship belonged to the “state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran shipping lines” so Iran’s ruling officials had to know what was on that ship. News reports said that “at least 16 pirates died” after being exposed to “nuclear or chemical weapons agents,” and adds that cargo manifests on such Iranian ships are often falsified “to hide the identity of end users.” The Iranian ship was loaded at a Chinese port, and was scheduled to pass through the Suez Canal and arrive in Amsterdam. Since this sensitive cargo was loaded in China, the Chinese authorities also had to know what was being loaded on that Iranian ship.

Long story short,
as this analysis suggests, there is strong reason to believe that that ship carried a "dirty bomb" on its way to the shores of Israel as a possible "first strike" scenario. You can form your own independent conclusions after reading the articles at the end of this entry, but one thing is certain: China and Iran were caught red-handed in whatever was being planned with that toxic (radioactive?) Chinese cargo on that mysterious Iranian ship.

Clearly, that has some serious prophetic implications if only due to the nations that were involved and in collusion with one another. Fast forward to yesterday and today, November 18th-19th, and we have not one, but four new cases of vessels being hijacked:

Pirates Capture Supertanker With $100 Million Cargo

Hong Kong Cargo Ship Hijacked By Pirates

Danish Oil Ship Briefly Seized Off Nigeria

Iranian Operated Cargo Ship Hijacked Off Somalia

Indian Navy Sinks Pirate Ship

Why the sudden spike in these attacks let alone the sudden spike in the media's attention given to such? Following the last international crisis on the open seas, does anyone else wonder if there's more going on here than we know about right now?

Consider that in response to these recent developments
we now have the Saudis branding these pirates as "terrorists" and calling for immediate international action, as the furious Saudi Foreign Minister said the banditry was akin to terrorism and demanded an international crackdown on the pirates.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal said, “Piracy, like terrorism, is a disease which is against everybody, and everybody must address it together. This outrageous act by the pirates, I think, will only reinforce the resolve of the countries of the Red Sea and internationally to fight piracy.”

The prince suggested that several nations in the Red Sea region were willing to form a coalition to combat the ascendency of pirates in the Gulf of Aden and surrounding waters. Last month, the UN Security Council unanimously approved resolutions calling on nations to send naval ships and military aircraft to Somalia’s coastline, and allowing foreign powers to enter Somali waters to fight piracy. A NATO flotilla of seven ships including a British frigate are already fighting piracy around Somalia.

Plus, yesterday a U.S. Admiral chimed in when he said he was "stunned" by the reach of the Somali pirates who seized a Saudi supertanker off the east coast of Africa, calling piracy a growing problem that needs to be addressed. Yet, Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there were limits to what the world's navies could do once a ship has been captured because national governments often preferred to pay pirates ransom.

Add to that this report that President-elect Barack Obama, European and Russian heads of state who in Washington for the G20 conference over the weekend were briefed about a probable early al Qaeda attack. Obama and his team have been advised that a new al Qaeda strike is highly probable in the United States
or against a key U.S. target in Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.

So, suddenly, the world wants to band together to fight a band of pirates off the Horn of Africa following the hijacking of a Saudi ship called the Sirius Star.

Have the bells and whistles gone off yet especially considering that we are now looking at things through the prism that perhaps our prophetic interpretations may be slightly off a bit?


ADDING SOME CONTEXT TO ALL OF THIS


Regular visitors to this site will recall an expose on Synchronicity, which is a modern phenomenon that seems to be becoming more and more common these days. It's the art of attributing dynamic context to phenomena, allowing patterns, themes, and insight to arise out of a web of connections. In other words, Synchronicity is the art of finding meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with religious, mystical, or esoteric significance. Put another way, it's any event that resonates to any other event.

Contrary to popular belief, the average person would be simply amazed to find the symbolism that exists behind the news headlines and current events.
Here's a quick, excellent example from back in 2003 by David Flynn.

Symbolism is used in every aspect of life. From complex architecture to casual body language, everything is symbolic, everything conveys a message, and everything has an inherent meaning. The thinking is that there is often a subversive, hidden meaning to things and that's actually what's most important. The challenge is deciphering meaning within a particular context. Yet, it goes much deeper than that. Synchronicity asks, "What if there was a connection and meaning between the film you saw last Friday night and today's leading news headline?" or, in a Biblical sense, "What if there's a connection between names of people, places, and things and their impact on the world and especially the prophetic timeline?"

The emphasis, however, is that this discovered "connection" is beyond any mere "conspiracy theory" and that it's not a case where everyone and everything around you is orchestrated by some secret society (i.e. Illuminati and Free Masons) who would have you believe that they are the puppet-masters to all of life's happenings on this planet.

Surely, it's a proven fact that these groups do exist and that their influence can be clearly seen upon the world in many ways. The Free Masons come to mind with their symbolism used in the architecture throughout Washington D.C. as well as on the dollar bill. A statue of a Confederate general, Albert Pike (1809-1891), stands on a pedestal at the foot of Capitol Hill, near the Department of Labor building, the only statue of a Confederate general on federal property in Washington, D.C. Pike was honored, not as a commander, but as a major leader of Freemasonry. He was one of the most predominant figures in the history of world Freemasonry.


However, Synchronicity suggests that they only give the illusion of being enlightened and all-powerful because they have long ago recognized the existence of Synchronicity and are only acting with this system in mind. In other words, they're using the rules of the game to their advantage to communicate to each other.

Many people today honestly believe there's this huge "conspiratorial thing" happening - or at least that's how so many people (who, by acknowledging this feeling, are actually recognizing the many signs during these end times and just don't know it!) will mislabel biblical prophecy. Those who study Synchronicity do not believe for a second that human forces are, in the end, that powerful no matter how impressive and how well-orchestrated their deeds seem to be on the surface. We have some control and influence, but not that much as God is always in complete control despite our free will.

At this point, I should state that I think that these things we are going to look at, these signs, are telling us that the once unbelievable will become believable or house-hold knowledge.

The implications of things like this boggle the mind, which I believe, is EXACTLY what it is designed to do. With the realization that the unthinkable is now "true" the stage will be set for Antichrist.

"[Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,they shall deceive the very elect." Matthew 24:24

Let this understanding of my position be the basis for where we will go together in this next section.


THE HORN OF AFRICA


The Horn of Africa (alternatively Northeast Africa, and sometimes Somali Peninsula; shortened to HOA) is where most of these attacks are taking place, and it is a peninsula in East Africa that juts for hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea, and lies along the southern side of the Gulf of Aden.


It is the easternmost projection of the African continent. The term also refers to the greater region containing the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia. As such, it covers approximately 2,000,000 kilometers (772,200 square miles) and is inhabited by about 90.2 million people (Ethiopia: 75 million, Somalia: 10 million, Eritrea: 4.5 million, and Djibouti: 0.7 million).

Aside from piracy, the Horn of Africa has been in the news lately with
"Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa (OEF-HOA)," which is the name of the military operation defined by the United States for combating terrorism in the Horn of Africa. It is one component of the overall mission of "Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)" and is not the exclusive OEF operation on the continent of Africa. The other OEF mission in Africa is known as "Operation Enduring Freedom - Trans Sahara (OEF-TS)," which has, until the creation of the new Africa Command, been run out of European Command.

The "Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA)" is the primary (not sole) military component assigned to accomplish the objectives of the mission. The naval component is the multinational "Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150)," which operates under the direction of the United States Fifth Fleet. Both of these organizations have been historically part of United States Central Command. In February 2007, United States President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the "United States Africa Command," which took over all of the area of operations of CJTF-HOA in October 2008 or, just last month (interesting?). The majority of combat actions fought in the campaign have been attacks against pirates rather than Islamic militants. Indeed, the only confirmed attack against U.S. forces in the region was when pirates attacked a pair of American naval vessels.

The Horn of Africa also has some interesting roots to ancient history. The
Kingdom of Aksum (also known as "Axum") was an ancient state located in the north of modern-day Ethiopia and parts of Eritrea that thrived between the 1st and 7th centuries. Due to the Horn's strategic location, it has been used to restrict access to the Red Sea in the past.

The region was also a source of biological resources during the
Antiquity: the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans sent expeditions to the region for frankincense, myrrh, "dragon's blood" or cinnabar and took these commodities back along the Incense Route. Therefore, the Romans called this region Regio Aromatica. It is believed to also contain the fabled Egyptian Land of Punt. The Land of Punt, also called "Pwenet" by the ancient Egyptians, at times synonymous with Ta netjer, the "land of the god." The Horn was also part of a network of ports that extended down the coast of Africa, from the Persian Gulf as part of a larger and ancient commerce route along the greater Indian Ocean rim.


THE SIRIUS STAR


It could quite possibly be the most famous star in the entire galaxy. At the very least, it's significance and impact upon various cultures from the beginning of time up and to including today cannot be overstated.


Hijackings by pirates in the Horn of Africa happen all the time, but it wasn't until the Saudi ship named the "Sirius Star" was hijacked that the world seemed to sit up and finally give this the attention it's now receiving. I found that to be rather odd and perhaps quite telling given what I know about Sirius and the role it has played historically in world events and politics. A closer look at the star that the vessel was named after reveals some interesting things.

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Sirius is also known colloquially as the "Dog Star," reflecting its prominence in its constellation,
Canis Major (English: Big Dog). It is the subject of more myth and folklore than any other star apart from the sun. The heliacal rising of Sirius marked the flooding of the Nile in Ancient Egypt and the "Dog Days" of summer for the Ancient Greeks, while to the Polynesians it marked winter and was an important star for navigation around the Pacific Ocean.

Egyptians based their calendar on the heliacal rising of Sirius, namely the day it becomes visible just before sunrise after moving far enough away from the glare of the sun. Many cultures have historically attached special significance to Sirius, particularly in relation to dogs or wolves. Some also believe the "Christmas Star" was in fact the Dog Star Sirius. We also see a direct connection to this "five-pointed-star" in the prominent architecture of our federal government as found in the Pentagon.

Most famously,
Robert Temple wrote a book The Sirius Mystery and the Dogon Tribe of Mali. According to anthropological studies, the Dogon Tribe of Africa developed a religion based on the Sirius star system and were aware of Sirius B (a companion star that can't be seen with the naked eye) as well as a third star in that system which wasn't confirmed by astronomers until 1995 - nearly 20 years after Temple wrote about it in his book! Truly amazing when you consider that all of this dates all the way back to the very beginning of recorded time and civilization itself! How could they have such an accurate insight without the technology that we have today? The answer is where I'm sure I will lose some people, but I'm merely reporting FACTS that have been documented by anthropologists who have studied the Dogon as their life's work.

Ready for this? The Dogons believed that beings from a planet in the Sirius system came to Earth in the distant past, landing in a place where their ancestors came from (Temple suggested that this was probably Egypt). These ETs were slimy, air-breathing aquatic creatures that had fish-like tails and arms without elbows, and he noted that similar beings have also been described in ancient Uyghur, Greece, and Sumeria. The Dogons said that when the ETs were here, a new star appeared in the sky that disappeared after they left. Temple surmised that this was likely their orbiting mothership. They believed that they would return again one day in the future. Keep this in mind as we try to tie this all together later.

As you can see, there's quite a bit of history attached to both the area known as the Horn of Africa and to the Sirius Star, and we also see it being used more and more frequently as a subject in science fiction and related pop culture.


SO WHAT? WHO CARES?


It seems as though Synchronicity is speaking to us quite loudly these days. What one finds when you examine these events with the phenomenon of Sychronicity in mind you find some VERY REMARKABLE things that cannot be explained away as just coincidence.

In the category of pure speculation (although derived from an educated guess using the facts we are given), I get the feeling like these recent events involving pirates, the Horn of Africa, a ship named the Sirius Star, where we are on the prophetic timeline, and the international response to such is going to be very significant prophetically very soon.

Raiders News Network's own Editor and Publisher Tom Horn is no stranger to such thinking as he's even commented extensively on his belief that there could very well be what he labels a "Sirius Cult" in the government. You can listen to
Part 1 and Part 2 of his interview with P.I.D. Radio on the topic. Be ready to have your preconceived notions about prophecy and the end times challenged significantly and not merely by the use of conjecture, but by the use of cold hard facts that anyone listening can research for themselves before reaching their own conclusions.

Simply put, he presents hard evidence that proves that there's an element of the intelligence community (i.e. military, CIA, NASA, etc.) who are approaching and conducting world affairs from an overt satanic perspective. Their belief? Like the Dogons, they believe in the literal return of "Sumerian Gods" from another planet! Now, here's where it get's even more interesting. These interviews were given in 2005 and here we are in 2008 (almost 2009) talking about such things during a time when we'd all agree that we're all that much closer to seeing the fulfillment of prophecy. Fascinating! I mean, what are the odds of that?

In addition, the seizing of the Sirius Star oil tanker (which is 330 meters long) by Somali pirates (don't forget that Somalia is also next to Kenya, where the family of our "serious man for
serious times" Barack Obama hails from; wordplay? "serious" = "sirius" as an interesting choice of words that's being used in all of these international headlines that are a carbon copy of each other).

We've mentioned the historical connection between Sirius and dogs/wolves throughout time. Interesting that Obama (a "serious man for serious times") is connected to what's somehow become a "major" story (as evidenced by the almost 8 million results on Google involving this story!). Of course, I'm talking about the world's obsession with what kind of dog the Obamas will choose as their own. Another bizarre "coincidence," is it not?

Here's what one of the above news links had to say about one of the hijackings: "Pirates have anchored a hijacked Saudi oil tanker off the Somali coast, as the spate of hijackings gathered pace with two more ships seized on Tuesday. Vela International said all 25 crew on the Sirius Star - the biggest tanker ever hijacked - were said to be safe. The vessel is carrying a cargo of 2m barrels - a quarter of Saudi Arabia's daily output - worth more than $100m."

Curiously, Vela International's logo is suspicious in relation to this study. Does the following image look like anything to you?


What are the odds that a company would have for its logo something that is a very close match for the Sirius Star? I mean, it's not like the ship called the Sirius Star is the only ship in their fleet or even their flagship vessel, which would make that understandable.

Another recent and related news item offers even more amazing discoveries! Here's an excerpt from that report: "The South Korean foreign ministry says pirates seized the Chemstar Venus and its crew of five South Koreans and 18 Filipinos off the coast of Somalia late Saturday. The ship is owned by a Japanese company. There has been no word on the condition of the crew......International Maritime officials say at least 83 (=11) have been attacked off Somalia this year, with 33 of them hijacked. The pirates are currently holding about 11 ships, including a Ukrainian cargo vessel carrying 33 tanks."

I won't risk losing you (if I haven't already! HA!) by going into the importance of numerology, but suffice it to say that these numbers are also major red flags to those who understand the mathmatics contained throughout the Bible and given to us by God.

Quite interesting to note the possiblities with the name "Vela," and the Vela constellation especially given the extraterrestrial aspects of this entire study.

In astronomy, an asterism is a pattern of stars seen in Earth's sky which is not an official constellation. Like constellations, they are composed of stars which, while they are in the same general direction, are not physically related, often being at significantly different distances from Earth. An asterism may be composed of stars from one or more constellations. Their mostly simple shapes and few stars make these patterns easy to identify, and thus particularly useful to those just learning to orient themselves when viewing the night sky.

Even before the dawn of civilization, it became common to clump various stars together in connect-the-dots stick-figure patterns. The grouping of stars into constellations is essentially arbitrary, and different cultures have had different constellations, although a few of the more obvious ones tend to recur frequently, e.g., Orion and Scorpius. Historically, without an "official" list, there was really no difference between a constellation and an asterism. Anyone could arrange and name a grouping which might or might not be generally accepted. Still, some of our own constellations go back at least as far as the Sumerians.

Undoubtedly, the best-known asterism in the Northern Hemisphere is the Big Dipper. Well, shockingly, the Vela constellation is also known as "The False Cross" or an asterism! It is sometimes mistaken for the Southern Cross, causing errors in astronavigation.

As if that weren't enough to make your head spin, here's a prime example of Synchronicity in action to build upon these established connections. Today, the international headlines read "Indian Navy Sinks Mothership" and I have to ask you if you find that terminology at all strange. I mean, when was the last time the "credible, mainstream news media" used the word mothership in a serious way? Now, consider this very strange word in relation to this whole discussion about the Sirius Star and the Dogons belief in extraterrestrial life! Again, what are the odds of all of this!?!

News reports from today also seem to be repeating a lot of the same types of numbers despite the fact that they're in reference to completely different cases. We're seeing a lot of twin numbers in this whole saga. Remember that Sirius is a binary star!

Now that we've addressed the possible connection of these recent events to the Sirius Star let's turn our attention for a moment to the Horn of Africa.

We're all aware of the ungoing legal proceedings that President-elect Barack Obama may not be eligible to hold the office of the President of the United States. The allegations are that he was born in Kenya. Odd, then, that this news is coming from that part of the world. Yet, Synchronicity won't let us stop there! Did you know that the "Cape of Good Hope" is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa? Is it a stretch then to say that the world's newly elected savior - a superman - who is possibly of Kenyan descent is the man who wears a "cape of good hope" following a campaign where he sold "hope and change" to the masses?

Add to all of this the recent worries of many in the Christian community who are wondering whether or not Obama himself could be the prophesied Antichrist, toss in the aforementioned "False Cross" asterism, and consider that perhaps Daniel's prophecy about the "little horn" may need closer examination, and what we're left with is nothing short of the unbelievable!

To be fair, let's look at the Republican side that was also showing a resemblance to this Sirius Star symbolism. The connection between Sirius and a dog may reflect the stars association with the destructive power of the goddess Isis, universally symbolised by various predators of feline or canine origin (lions, tigers, panthers, wolves and hunting dogs in particular). In Greek culture this became the she-dog of Orion, the sublimated form perhaps.

Interesting then that we had the "star-making" joke equating herself with a dog (Pit Bull Terrier, in this case) that Sarah Palin recited at the Republican Convention! Given this identification with Isis, the incorporation of Sirius iconography in the two campaigns makes much more sense. As does this rising sun and wheel image that Palin finished her speech in front of as well! Palin here is presented as Isis, giving birth to the Sun!

Even the official logos of both campaigns use obvious references to Sirius...













Don't get me wrong, I doubt that McCain or Obama or Palin or Biden are even remotely conscious of any of this, and I understand that all of this sounds like madness if you are unfamiliar with the long history of this symbology. However, it appears as though someone (or some group) has been going through an awful lot of trouble to tie this election to the ancient mythological symbolism of Sirius.

Christopher Knowles wrote it best when he penned, "But the question remains, Why? Why go to all of this trouble, over a period of thousands of years, to try to get the attention of these unseen space gods? From Heliopolis to Hollywood and every stop in between, there is an elaborate, secret language at work that is consistent, coherent and predictive. Why? What is so compelling about all of this symbolism which always seems to point somewhere out in the cosmos, even in the ostensibly exoteric religions? What is the ultimate goal to this symbolic conversation, to which you and I seem to be passive observers?"

This is not just a bunch of crusty old men in having a laugh as they pull the puppet strings. No, this is extremely serious (pun intended). If you remember my "October 14th: When Darkness Masquerades As Light" series a few weeks back then you know what I believe is going on here in relation to end times prophecy and where this is all heading in the relatively near future.


CONCLUSIONS


So, ask yourself - Why are we bombarded with all of this ancient symbolism all of the time in films, on TV, in advertising, in politics? Why is there this vast network of secret societies that pick and groom the best and the brightest among us to get us all to dance to their tune? What is the New World Order really all about? What's the point of any of it?

What if the "Alien/UFO-as-demons-and-fallen-angels-set-to-return-to-this-world-once-again" theme (as in the days of Noah and as prophesied) has some teeth and these "enlightened" secularists are merely accepting of and anticipating that eventual reality in a non-religious way?

What if all this symbolism we're seeing is all part of some ceremony, some strange ritual, meant to summon these beings back to Earth? Or even freakier, what if it's a kind of "Welcome Home" party?

Those with open eyes don't see symbolism in the same way as do the masses - they see all of the icons and symbols as tools for considering the truths of life on a different, but more complete level of understanding - exactly as Christians were once supposed to.

By the same token, today's Evangelicals don't see the Bible as believers once did or as we believers should; a text to be read and understood. The Bible is mainly seen today as a book of magic that can do all your thinking for you as well as heal all your ailments, make you rich, get you a promotion and a bigger SUV, etc. Whatever.

Look, I recognize how all of this sounds and all I ask is that you take the time to listen to the 30-minute interviews and check out the links for yourself before writing me off as some kind of a nut since there's not only hard evidence of a secular nature, but also of a religious/spiritual nature (Christian no less!) that tells us that there's something else going on here behind the scenes that we just don't fully understand yet.

Plus, I always say that we can't simply pick and choose the parts of Biblical history and prophecy we want to accept and ignore the ones that make us feel uncomfortable or the ones that will force us to reconsider the positions we hold so dear.

As mentioned earlier, I think that these things we've discussed and are now considering are telling us that the once unbelievable will become believable or household knowledge very soon.

The implications of things like this boggle the mind, which I believe, is EXACTLY what it is designed to do. With the realization that the unthinkable is now "true" the stage will be set for Antichrist.

"[Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

What's truly fascinating to me is how the more you open your eyes to this phenomenon and really look at things with this new perspective you begin to see it almost everywhere! The more you look, the more you see, all the while those who have put these things there (to communicate with one another?) will claim it's nothing more than pure conicidence and chance, and that those who claim otherwise are crazy lunatics trying to attach meaning to the mundane.

I wholeheartedly disagree. The truth of the matter is that they're hoping nobody notices these things or else they risk drawing too much attention to themselves. Fortunately, there's a lot of information out there about Masonic symbolism and its uses in the world let alone politics, but a lot of it is written by con$piracy huck$ters and paranoia pimps so I guess their secret is still safe for now.

Still, this entire study evokes Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" and I can't help but to wonder if God is allowing for the fulfillment of this specific prophecy given where we are on His prophetic timeline today.

What do you think about all of this?

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Is There A Sirius Cult In The Government? (Interview-Part 1)
Is There A Sirius Cult In The Government? (Interview-Part 2)

David Flynn Interview - Sirius Rising (Part 1)
David Flynn Interview - Sirius Rising (Part 2)
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A Very Sirius Election: Brining It All Back Home

Moving Forward

Posted by JRed

What classifies as "Christian Conspiracy" in your book? Does such a thing even exist or is it a concept that Satan successfully created and added to our lexicon to keep those who work for him in this world behind the scenes and in the shadows while positioning those of us who seek to expose him on the lunatic fringe?

I believe it's the latter, and if that's the case we need to start asking ourselves why Satan would want to deceive us to the point where we are willing to voluntarily ignore the parts of the Bible that make us feel uncomfortable. Is it because we don't want to try to understand them or, because we fear what that might actually mean especially when it comes to understanding our long-held and cherished beliefs?

I'm not saying that such mis-labelled "conspiracies" are the types of things that would cause a person to question their faith, their salvation or, who their Lord and Savior really is. Quite the contrary! In fact, these are actually the types of things that can reinforce and envigorate our faith because they add a layer of contextual truth that has been missing since the day we were saved. They just help us to look at things a little differently - to look at things the right way perhaps - as they force us to consider that our current interpreations and understandings may be slightly off a bit because we've relied too often on others to do the thinking and analyzing for us instead of doing what God always intended, and that's for us to read our Bibles, search the Scriptures, search for Him, and pray for wisdom all on our own.

I mean, just try to show other Christians the cold, hard evidence from the Bible that clearly tells us that things like Giants walking the earth (no, the story of David and Goliath isn't just some nice kind of fairy tale that was thrown in there to teach us a lesson!), that things like the importance of understanding astronomy (not astrology - there's a big difference between the two!), and that things like the Nephilim/Fallen Angels (they are prophesied to come again in the end times!) are truths from the Bible that are important to God and thus important for us to fully grasp, and they look at you like you have four eyes and three horns on your head.

It's unfortunate when Christians who all profess to be lovers of the truth can be so close-minded when it comes to certain topics that are mentioned and even presented here on this website. I can assure you that while I will sometimes offer my own personal speculation and make educated guesses I am always clear whenever I'm about to do just that. However, when it comes to reporting on the things that have pushed me to those conclusions I'm equally clear that what I'm presenting is not conjecture, but hard evidence, and I always back my conclusions up with facts rooted in the Bible and antiquity that we have for some reason allowed ourselves to forget.

Since creating this online ministry a few months ago, I have strived to report on all things that I felt were somehow prophetically significant to believers studying the end times and seeking our Lord and Savior's return. I've been careful not to discrimanate because I firmly believe that there are MANY THINGS that we still have no real understanding of when it comes to Christianity, the Holy Bible, prophecy, and the invisible spiritual war going on all around us each and every day.

My approach is to present the information that's out there that I feel is relevant to the discussions we're having here, and to let you take that same information, research it for yourself, and reach your own final analysis.

Again, if we're truly serious about finding the truth then we owe it to ourselves to study the Scriptures diligently rather than simply taking a cursory and casual approach to a topic of interest.

I wanted to take a moment to offer the above statements because I get the sense that the Lord is moving me in a direction where I may have been reluctant to go in the past. In understand that there are some who will reject the things I will be publishing here because it doesn't fit within the nice little box they've placed God in. That's ok. I understand that there are some who will ridicule me for "believing such nonsense" or for "even suggesting that there's any truth to these sorts of things" and that's ok too.

"For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake." Acts 9:16

"If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you...If they persecuted Me they will persecute you...for they do not know the One who sent Me." John 15:19-21

"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:10

I believe it is a common, but very serious MISTAKE, for us to think that just because we may disagree on some points when it comes to interpreting the Bible and its prophecies, that another Brother of Sister in Christ Jesus, in the Body of Christ (in their perceived "error"), cannot ADD MANY OTHER IMPORTANT NUGGETS OF TRUTH that will ultimately help us in growing in grace and knowledge of God and His big picture regarding what is happening all around us, and what will happen in the very near future.

Besides, we know from Proverbs 25:2 that "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter..." Christians are supposed to be lovers of truth, and I'm hoping we can all consider that our current interpretations of prophecy may be slightly incorrect since we know that 1 Corinthians 13 tells us we see "through a glass, darkly" and that God told Daniel in Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

I put these news items, commentaries, interviews, research, theories, and information here as a public service, and to bring glory to God. It is up to you to seek the Lord and pray, while using the Holy Bible as your guideline. I do not, and I never will, suggest that anyone should seek man for the answers. We must take all things to, and seek and rely on the Lord because we are warned to watch, pray, and not be deceived in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, 2 Thessalonians 2, and elsewhere.

Let me end my soliloquy by reminding everyone that I am definitely not a prophet of any kind, and I do not hear the voice of God or am arrogant enough to somehow think I am speaking for Him. Typically, that's the first thing that people assume - "If he's crazy enough to think these things might be true then maybe he's crazy enough to think that he's a prophet or somehow speaking for God!" Hardly.

I merely wanted to issue a public statement that in my effort to show people that prophecy is being fulfilled all around us, and that if prophecy is true then God is real and the Bible can be trusted, I may sometimes report on things that I feel are vitally important even though they may not fall into what we would call the "mainstream" categories of eschatology.

So, moving forward, I hope that you will join me in the pursuit of truth that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ still lives and reigns on His throne in Heaven, and that He is in complete control despite the chaos all around us (including the chaos that's to come)!

Mark Of The Beast

Posted by JRed

Let's take a quick look at what the Bible has to say about the Mark of the Beast technology...

Revelation 13:16-17 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

Revelation 14:9, 11 "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."

Revelation 15:2 "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."

Revelation 16:2 "And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image."

Revelation 19:20 "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."

Revelation 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
Excellent! Now that we have a firm foundation based in truth let's take a look at a disturbing video that comes to us today courtesy of D Day For America Prophecy Blog that will clearly demomstrate just how close we are to seeing the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

Freemasons “CHIP” Children In Flint, Michigan:




And here's how we're being conditioned to accept the future Mark of the Beast technology that will one day be forced upon us all:





Sure, on the surface, who would be against using a technology that can keep our loved ones - our own precious children - safe from harm? It's exactly this kind of predatory attack on our emotions that will help the Antichrist in his rise to power and allow him to utilize this type of technology on a mass scale.

Now, throw in a growing global economic crisis that could explode and get worse overnight and the conditions are ripe for a world government body to introduce the mark of the beast technology to help eliminate a cash society based on multiple currencies. They'll make the case that it will successfully prevent further economic woes.

I can almost hear the Antichrist now as he tries to sell the skeptical public, "Look, it's really a simple, painless procedure that will give you peace of mind. Besides, do you really want your family to go hungry and starve or to be living on the streets just because you had some hang-ups about taking the mark that would allow you and them to buy and sell? Do you really want to put yourself in that position to have to explain to your family why you thought it was better for them to suffer?"

It cannot be overstated: the mere fact that we are at a place in time where the technology finally exists to make these prophecies a reality should cause everyone to take notice and recognize that we are the first generation in all of human history to exist at a time when all of this could actually happen exactly the way that it says it will.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

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Hollywood Joins The Chorus

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A few weeks back I presented a study on the phenomenon known as Synchronicity. We not only examined what it is, but we also formed some theories about how it might play a role in the coming Great Deception. A quick review of that piece may be somewhat beneficial before reading this column today. We also need to set the stage by asking some key questions.

Why does God allow atheists? Why does He allow the immoral? Why does God allow false teachers and teachings? Why are there heresies and cults? Why are there charlatans and frauds in the Church?

The biblical reply to those questions is that God allows false ministry for several reasons.

First, He allows it to test the hearts of His people as we have already established in Deuteronomy 13. Such divine tests demonstrate whether God's people will follow Him or chase after some miracle worker who draws them away from His commandments and will.

Second, God allows the false to appear because the contrast between the true and the false provides an opportunity to discern the differences clearly, and to highlight what is true: "There must needs be heresies among you, that those which are approved might be made manifest" (1 Corinthians 11:19).

Third, God allows the false to arise as a source of delusion and deception for those who are dishonest: "Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done" (Romans1:28).

Fourth, God uses the false to bring judgment on the disobedient. Jeremiah tells us that in his day false prophets had multiplied among God's people, causing them to err and leading them into immorality. However, they became a tool in God's hand for judging the wickedness of His people, because they falsely predicted peace when in fact God was planning to overthrow the nation (Jeremiah 23:9-40).

Finally, God allows the false to appear among His people so that He can separate those who are committed to His purposes from those who are merely curious about what is taking place. You can be sure that when the religious leaders of Jesus' day rose against Him, speaking falsely and causing controversy, many who had followed Him up to that point simply to see the miracles consequently fell away instead of pressing in to know for certain what was true.

In a similar way, I believe that the controversy now swirling around prophetic ministry will sharply increase in the days to come, because God never makes it easy to come into present truth. As with Gideon's army, the group of 22,000 who are faint-hearted and easily discouraged over imbalance, extremes and error will have ample opportunity to "go home" and give up on the whole movement because of the problems of a few.


DOES HOLLYWOOD HEAR HIS VOICE?


"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 21:26

God created each and every one of us so it's safe to say that He left His fingerprint on each unique individual, and also wrote His law upon our hearts and consciences. So, being in the end times it would make sense how the un-saved, non-Christians of the world also sense some kind of foreboding or impending doom.

I find it amazing that the global consciousness (or sub-consciousness) seems to be preparing for some kind of cataclysmic event or series of events in the very near future much like those of us who are students of prophecy are. For evidence, we simply need to look to Hollywood in the form of television and film.

No, I do not believe that this is all mere coincidence given where we are on God's prophetic timeline today. In fact, I think it's just more proof that He exists and that what He says will happen is true especially when you consider that perhaps the Lord can and does use "false prophets" and "false christs" to some extent to get the attention of those who are unsaved.

For proof that Hollywood is joining the chorus and signaling a warning (whether consciously or unconsciously) please take a look at a series of films coming to a theater near you soon:

2012
Roland Emmerich is working on a new movie titled 2012, based on a Mayan belief that the world will end in 2012. The movie 2012 has an ensemble cast, including John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Woody Harrelson. It should be released in July 2009. Director Roland Emmerich tells more about his source of inpiration for the movie 2012: “This whole movie I’m doing next was inspired by just the phenomenon of the Internet when you type in Google, ‘2012′, you get 240 million hits! That’s a lot! And it’s just, so many people write about it, believe it, that our world comes to an end in 2012. I said wow. I kind of said before I will never do a disaster movie again. I said, for this idea I have to do it again.”





The Day The Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still is 20th Century Fox's contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor's appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described "friend to the Earth."









Terminator 4: Salvation

In the highly anticipated new installment of "The Terminator" film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.





Knowing
A teacher (Nicolas Cage) opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions - some that have already occurred and others that are about to - that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are due to unfold.





The International

What could be more timely than a drama about the international banking system? Clearly, the producers didn’t appreciate the serendipity because it was delayed while additional, more action-packed, scenes were added. Will the world be tired of hearing about bankers by February 2009? Naomi Watts and the thinking woman’s action man Clive Owen rather hope not.





Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen
The battle for Earth has ended but the battle for the universe has just begun. After returning to Cybertron, Starscream assumes command of the Decepticons, and has decided to return to Earth with force. The Autobots believing that peace was possible finds out that Megatron's dead body has been stolen from the US Military by Skorpinox and revives him using his own spark. Now Megatron is back seeking revenge and with Starscream and more Decepticon reinforcements on the way, the Autobots with reinforcements of their own, may have more to deal with then meets the eye.

Avatar
James Cameron’s long-awaited high-technology blockbuster shares some basic ideas with The Surrogates (Humans use humanoid remote drones, in this case to explore an alien planet) and some with Planet 51 (we are the invaders). In terms of technological ambition and cinematic reach though, this movie should be without equal. Sigourney Weaver, who combined so well for Cameron in the past reunites with her Aliens director As long as Cameron doesn’t allow the story to become too cerebral for mainstream audiences Avatar stands a fair chance of being the biggest movie of the year.





Planet 51
The inhabitants of Planet 51 live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when an astronaut arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, he has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and try to return home. (NOTE: Interesting that James Cameron's new film Avatar also has a key location called Planet 51 nd that these two works are in no way related!)

The Box

Set, apparently, in the Seventies, The Box is the story of a young married couple who are given a mysterious box that has uncanny, deadly powers. Somehow connecting time travel, the 1976 Viking Mars Lander, teleportation and kipper ties. With former X-Man James Marsden, the always watchable Cameron Diaz and the sinister presence of Frank Langella it’s an intriguing prospect indeed.

Escape To Witch Mountain
Escape to Witch Mountain is a science fiction novel written by Alexander Key in 1968. It was adapted into a film of the same name by Walt Disney Productions in 1975, directed by John Hough. A remake directed by Peter Rader was released in 1995. Another remake began pre-production in July 2007, set to be directed by Andy Fickman. The movie began filming in March 2008 and is set to release March 13, 2009.The novel written by Alexander H. Key is about two orphans, Tony and Tia, who have moderate paranormal abilities. Tony possesses the ability of telekinesis, though he can access it most readily through playing music, where as Tia can unlock any door by touch as well as communicate with animals. Whilst Tony can talk normally, Tia communicates via ultrasonic speech audible only to her brother Tony (and others of their kind). After their foster guardian, Mrs. Malone, dies, they are placed by social services in a juvenile detention home under grim, unwholesome conditions where Tia befriends a black cat, Winkie. Both have suppressed memories of their past, but discover a clue — an old road map hidden in Tia's "star box", a leather purse-like box with a double-star design on it. When a man claiming to be the brother of their deceased father shows up at the detention center to take custody of them, they instinctively know he is not their uncle and has ulterior motives. With the assistance of an inner-city Irish priest, Father O'Day, the pair run away, following the map's route leading towards the Blue Ridge Mountains. As their memories begin to return, they realize that they are actually of extraterrestrial origin; their people having come to Earth because their own planet was dying. In the end, Tony and Tia find their way to their own people. When their would-be captor, Lucas Deranian, attempts to interrogate Father O'Day, the priest speaks to the effect that God is capable of creating many worlds and many peoples; that there are mysteries beyond Deranian's "narrow dreaming."

Afterwards
Nathan, a brilliant New York lawyer who leads a life of professional success, but his private life is pretty dismal since he divorced Claire, his only love. Until he meets Doctor Kay, a mysterious doctor who introduces himself as a "Messenger." He claims that he can sense when certain people are about to die, and that he is sent to help them put their life in order before it's too late. Nathan doesn't believe a word of this, but soon afterwards he witnesses some disconcerting scenes which seem to confirm the doctor's claims.




Angels And Demons
Teaser trailer for the prequel to The Davinci Code.




Outlander
During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan (Caviezel), a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry. The story evokes many similarities to the myths involving an alien race from the Sirius Star interacting with the ancient Egyptian tribe known as the Dogons.



Doomsday (2008)



The common thread tying each and every one of these films together is the fact that its creators all envision a future ruled by chaos, death, and destruction on a global level. There's also some interesting wordplay at work here in both the titles, names of characters and places depicted in the movies, and in the descriptions offered as well. Sure, these aren't the first films of their kind so why should this even raise any eyebrows?

What could make this situation unique is when you consider the eerie phenomenon of Synchronicity and consider that it takes years to make a feature length film, and so the fact that they are all coming out at relatively the same time (when these sorts of topics are now on our minds as very real scenarios) is fascinating since they weren't (at least not to the extent they are today) just a few short years ago.

As we've no doubt been able to see, world news headlines are shouting to us each and every day that our time is short.

Again, I find it amazing that the global consciousness (or sub-consciousness) seems to be preparing for some kind of cataclysmic event or series of events in the very near future much like those of us who are students of prophecy are.

"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 21:26

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Seeing Red Over China's Actions

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This latest news report from Family Research Council (FRC) illustrates the ongoing struggle that people living in China have when it comes to their basic human rights.

It's enough to make anyone angry and I'm seeing red over China's actions after reading about this case this morning.

The one question on everyone's mind is how President-elect Barack Obama will respond to this blatant display of disrespect for human life.

If his own record on abortion is any indication I'm afraid we won't see him stand up to protect basic human rights.

Here's the FRC piece...

Newspapers from cities as far away as Melbourne, Australia are anxiously awaiting word on a Uyghur woman in China, six months pregnant with her third child. According to local reports, government officials tracked Arzigul Tursun down in her village and escorted her to a hospital where authorities ordered her to abort the baby against her will. Although guards had been stationed at the hospital, Arzigul managed to escape.

After the police interrogated her family, the mother-to-be was recaptured yesterday in the home of some relatives. Her plight has sparked outrage in the international community, which is demanding her release.

In the past, the U.S. government - at President Bush's insistence - has withheld funding from groups like the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) for its supporting role in these coercive abortion policies. President-elect Obama has said he will restore U.S. funding to UNFPA. America will no longer be an innocent bystander of tragedies like this one. Instead, the U.S. will be knowingly funding forced abortions like Arzigul's with millions of taxpayer dollars.

In an interview with the Obama campaign before the election, RH Reality check asked, 'If elected President, would Sen. Obama, overturn the Global Gag Rule or reinstate funding for UNFPA?' A spokesman for the campaign responded, 'Yes, Senator Obama would overturn the global gag rule and reinstate funding for UNFPA.' The new administration plans to funnel millions of dollars to UNFPA despite its support of China's savage one-child policy.

Contact your leaders and tell them that terrorizing pregnant women is not the 'change' America voted for. Urge them to oppose Obama's anti-woman agenda.

Locust Swarm Plagues Australia

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"And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power." Revelation 9:3



This news story and video about a swarm of locusts 3 miles wide plaguing Australia today brought the above verse to mind.

Peace At Any Price?

Posted by JRed

Should the Israelis continue to pursue peace at any price? Why is it that the Palestinians always come off as the victims in the peace process whenever the world discusses the issue? Have we forgotten recent history already?

I wanted to post a follow-up to
a column I wrote last week about Obama's appointment of Robert Malley as his top Middle East advisor. I received some interesting responses to that piece.

In response, I know that some secularists reading this will balk at going any further because the discussion on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East comes from a religious website that often talks about such things within the context of Bible Prophecy, and it describes itself as a "Christian Intelligence" website, which seems like a misnomer to secularists. That's ok.

Contrary to popular belief, however, us Christians can think and form our own opinions on a subject like U.S. Foreign Policy without mentioning God, Jesus, or the Bible in our entire argument, and this news item is proof of that.

I'd like us to recall a column that Jack Kinsella from The Omega Letter wrote back in May of 2002 titled
"Camp David And Arafat's Phased Plan" because we seem to have a short-term memory when it comes to the Middle East Peace Process and the actual facts to date.

So, what are you waiting for? Jump in and read this short piece, and discover why the Middle East Peace Process as we've come to know it is a sham (at least in regards to the way it's been presented to us these past few years).

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The Truth Will Set You Free

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Notable Quotables

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I'd be remiss if I didn't alert my readers to some, shall we say, "interesting" quotes from over the past few days. Pay close attention to the kinds of words that are being used in each quote. Thanks to sources like Christian Apostasy for things like this:

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has dubbed the current global financial crisis "the birth pangs of this new global order."

Cardinal Stafford At CUA: Obama is "Aggressive, Disruptive and Apocalyptic"

And perhaps the biggest of them all:

"Obama To Endorse Arab Peace Plan"

Now consider Daniel 9:27, "And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama is planning to base his peacemaking efforts in the Middle East on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday, quoting sources close to Obama.

Based on the Saudi peace plan of February 2002, the Arab Peace Plan calls for a full Israeli withdrawal from all territories taken in the Six Day War, including east Jerusalem, in exchange for normalizing ties with the Arab world.

Quoting an adviser to Obama, the report states that during his visit to the Middle East in July, the President-elect said Israel would be "crazy" to refuse a deal that could "give them peace with the Muslim world."

Friends, now I ask you to look at this latest news item in relation to this commentary from Jack Kelley that was published just yesterday.

So, let's be clear: Obama wants to confirm a peace plan that's already in existence (Arab Peace Plan from 2002).

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

Week In Review

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Prophet, False Prophet, Or Something Else?

Posted by JRed

You've no doubt by now seen, heard, and read about Gerald Celente from other prophecy sources.

However, you'd probably be shocked to learn that this man and his dire predictions for this nation appeared on Fox Business in a 5-minute segment recently.

Here's the entire video clip:



Do you believe him? Can he be trusted? Is he right? Well, for those of us who study Biblical Prophecy this kind of prediction makes sense and would fit with our own understanding of what could transpire here in America in the very near future.

Still, is the fact that it's plausible any cause for concern?

To answer that question, we need to take a quick look at who this man is as well as what it is he's predicted over the years that has come true.

He's billed as "The World's #1 Trends Forecaster," which is 21st century's way of calling him a prophet. Remember, when you remove any and all traces to God in the public square you can no longer give the impression that you still believe in any of Christianity's tenets let alone use the religion's terminology when describing people, places, or things. So, the use of "Trends Forecaster" is appropriate because it doesn't raise any suspicion.

Celente runs The Trends Research Institute, which describes itself as "a network of 25 experts, independent thinkers, unencumbered by rigid ideology, political persuasions, fixed agendas or conventional wisdom - that observes and analyzes the current events forming future trends for what they are - and not for the way they want them to be."

Founded in 1980, the purpose of trends research is to see where we are, understand how we got here, and forecast where we're going, and to provide insights and directions to help better prepare for what the future may bring.

Sounds like a secular definition of eschatology to me!

Ok, but who is Gerald Celente? Well, he calls himself a "political atheist" and seems to be a media darling as evidenced by this next clip.



From his own website,

"Unencumbered by political dogma, rigid ideology or conventional wisdom, Celente, whose motto is "think for yourself," observes and analyzes the current events forming future trends for what they are – not for the way he wants them to be. Like a doctor giving a diagnosis after gathering the facts, whether or not you like the prognosis doesn’t alter the outcome, make him an optimist or pessimist – it’s simply what is. And while Celente holds a US passport, he considers himself a citizen of the world."

Years before Starbucks was a household name, apparently it was Celente who forecast the popularity of gourmet coffee and decades before Pepsi and Coke got into the water business he predicted the "Big Boom in Bottled Water."

On the geopolitical and economic fronts, Celente and The Trends Research Institute are credited with forecasting many major trends, including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the last two recessions, the dot-com meltdown, the 1997 Asian currency crisis, the 1987 world stock market crash, increased terrorism against America, and the war in Iraq - before war began.

Celente has also accurately forecast many real estate trends, including the big move to vacation spots and small towns, the growth in the second home market, a real estate "fizz" in 2005 ... plus hundreds of other social, business, fashion, consumer and entertainment trends.

Admittedly, I haven't spent a lot of time researching all of the predictions he's made over the years although I should because we all know what the Bible tells us about how we can tell whether or not a prophet is from God.

The Bible never says to test a prophet by prayer, but by his message. Deuteronomy 13 warns that a prophet must teach correctly about God. Chapter 18 tells us the prophet's prophecies must come to pass. Paul tells us in Galatians 1:8-9 that even angels can appear with a wrong message. We are to compare the message with the teachings of the apostles. In Acts 17:10-12, when Paul went to Berea to proclaim Jesus as the Messiah to the Jews, we read "these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed..." Note, Paul did not tell them to go home and pray about it. They were praised for searching the scriptures, in other words, testing the message to see if it agreed with the prophecies of the Messiah.

I will say one thing though...As I did my own research and got past the first few pages of glowing reviews and endorsements on his website a different picture emerges of this man. What I found was someone who seems to have some pent up frustration and anger; feelings that seem to be specifically reserved for the United States as one New Zealand interview he gave demonstrates. You can find it on his website in the Biography section.


For weeks, there's been much talk of political figures as "saviors" and "messiahs" who can solve the world's problems. Then, just earlier this week, we read about the "Buddha Boy" who many believe is a god himself. Finally, the past few days have seen people like me discussing the possibility of being able to know the day of the Rapture of the Church.

This begs the question, Does it seem odd to you that suddenly - all at once - people are emerging on the world scene en masse that could easily accelerate our place on God's prophetic timeline just by being who they are and doing what they do? Let me rephrase that by saying that I don't mean that people can alter God's plan for humanity as if they are somehow in control, but that by they actions and what happens in this world we all might realize that we're suddenly A LOT CLOSER to the fulfillment of end times prophecy than even we think we are.

Are they just people, prophets, false prophets, or some something else?

Let's just take that in relation to the topic of this piece, and consider that Gerald Celeste could be a real, flesh-and-blood prophet of "doom-and-gloom" (someone God is using to get our attention so that we will repent now), a false prophet (just another in a long line of believable frauds) or, THE False Prophet (just a casual theory and nothing more).

Let me be clear: I don't particularly think he is either of those, and especially not one of the the False Prophet who will accompany the Antichrist's rule on earth, but was only trying to make a point by being dramatic. I do think that Celente is a definite precursor to what's coming.

Just like a President Barack Obama would help to lay the foundation for the future Antichrist to rise to power, Gerald Celente is laying the foundation for the future False Prophet and/or Two Witnesses to take their rightful place.

I mean, just look at all the attention this guy receives especially within the last few weeks and months following the global financial crisis! What's unique about all the attention is not that he's getting it, but that a vast majority of it is coming from the secular, mainstream media.

One can only imagine that this is EXACTLY how it will be in response to the False Prophet as the world gushes over anything and everything he says (and does in the form of "miracles" used to deceive many) because they will want someone - anyone - to give them answers to all the chaos that surrounds them.

The host of one of the above clips asks, "What do we have to do today to prevent chaos tomorrow?"

Chaos. Exactly. That's what's coming. We have a book that tells us EXACTLY how this story ends. It's called the Holy Bible. We know what's coming, and the question has always been, How close are we to this end time script "going live" so to speak?

A look around at the scenery tells me that we have to be close. These days are unlike any others in history!

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

***UPDATE 12/19/08: IMF Warns Of Economic Riots, Police Ready For Civil Unrest Paulson discussed worst-case scenario at bailout meeting – declare Martial Law***

***UPDATE 1/23/2009: CODE RED - Economy in Collapse - Drastic Actions Will Be Taken : Celeste is back in the news again and now he says President Barack Obama will use his poll shattering popularity to swiftly enact policies that will prove to be among the most costly and potentially destructive in America's history. "We are forecasting dramatic measures will soon be taken by the Obama Administration that will worsen the credit crisis and severely damage the nation's economic system," says Celente. According to The Trends Research Institute Director, the new President who swept into the White House on a tidal wave of unprecedented enthusiasm and the blessings of a strong majority, will have free reign to take whatever actions he deems necessary. "Whatever Obama wants, Obama gets. Desperate, scared and not knowing what to do to survive the economic storm, people are seeking a messiah to save them, and Obama is their man," said Celente. "When fear rules, reason and logic are ruled out."For example, Timothy Geithner, President Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary, has pledged to expand and prolong government intervention in the financial markets. He said his economic team would take "forceful" and "substantial action" on a "very dramatic scale" to "forge an integrated strategy on how best to achieve currency realignment." Celente advises to closely read the signals that have been clearly telegraphed by Mr. Geithner. "From proclaiming a bank holiday, confiscating gold to backstop devaluing currencies, mega-bailouts for the too-big-to-fails...to nationalizing public firms and dollar devaluation...whichever of these or other actions are taken, the financial burden will fall on the American people," Celente forecasts. ***

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One World, One Religion

Posted by JRed

The one world, one religion proponents are asking the world to help craft an online charter for religious harmony.

A website launched Friday with the backing of Technology Industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions.

The Charter for Compassion project on the Internet at www.charterforcompassion.org springs from a "wish" granted this year to religious scholar Karen Armstrong at a premier Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference in California.

Wishes granted at TED envision ways to better the world and come with a promise that Tedizens will lend their clout and capabilities to making them come true.

Armstrong's wish is to combine universal principles of respect and compassion into a charter based on a "golden rule" she believes is at the core of every major religion.

The Golden Rule essentially calls on people to do unto others as they would have done unto them.

"The chief task of our time is to build a global society where people of all persuasions can live together in peace and harmony," Armstrong said.

"If we do not achieve this, it seems unlikely that we will have a viable world to hand on to the next generation."

Charter for Compassion invites people from "all faiths, nationalities, languages and backgrounds" to help draft statements of principles and actions that should be taken.

As with all things in these last days, it sounds great on the surface even though we know what will come of this type of movement in the end.

What does this remind me of again? Oh yes!

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12

Wars And Rumors Of Wars

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"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:6

Barack Obama is being given ominous advice from leaders on both sides of the Atlantic to brace himself for an early assault from terrorists.


In essence,
Obama is being warned to beware of a "huge threat" from al-Qaeda according to this report. Specifically, security officials fear a "spectacular" during the transition period.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

Blasphemy Laws On The Way?

Posted by JRed

President Bush traveled to the United Nations this past Wednesday to join Gordon Brown of the U.K. and Shimon Peres of Israel at a two-day conference presided over by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The conference was a continuation of last July's summit of world religions held in Spain and also organized by King Abdullah and the Muslim World League. Later that day, the U.N. endorsed a statement issued at the conclusion of the Spain conference on the importance of religion and humanity's common values.

Among them is "respect for religions, their places of worship, and their symbols ... therefore preventing the derision of what people consider sacred."

All religions deserve respect, but the devil is in the details.

As Leonard Leo and Donald Argue, members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, point out, this language is "a cleverly coded way of granting religious leaders the right to criminalize speech and activities that they deem to insult religion." In other words, this may be giving U.N. approval to Islamic "blasphemy laws," which are used to stifle dissent.

If King Abdullah and other supporters of the Madrid statement truly care about the value of religion, they must allow people to freely practice the faith of their choosing, as prescribed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rather than give cover to blasphemy laws.

Rethinking The Rapture (UPDATE)

Posted by JRed

Well, November 15, 2008 (Cheshvan 17) came and went and, unless I'm one of those who was not amongst the fortunate few mentioned throughout the Bible who make it (and specifically in Matthew 7:22-23), nothing happened.

So, what now? As previously mentioned, while there was compelling evidence to suggest that yesterday was the most likely day for the Rapture to occur (trust me, this past week has turned my world upside down and forced me to reconsider my position on these issues and it involved a lot of prayer and soul-searching with God!) the actual "window of opportunity" if you will is November 15, 2008 to November 22, 2008 (next Saturday). There are also some who - using this same info, but with a slight variation - say the window is more likely November 15, 2008 to January 11, 2009.

At this point, I have to say that I finally understand the danger of dabbling with date-setting. On one hand, you don't want to lose credibility when witnessing for the Lord to other non-believers or the un-saved. I get that.

One visitor to this site highlighted this for me when they commented that Marilyn Agee (referenced in the original 3-Part series) has been involved in many past instances of date-setting (unsuccessful of course). I haven't had the time yet to look into this claim, but if that's the case then we know we should take anything that comes from her in the future with a grain of salt.

At the same time, and in fairness to her and others like her, what is her crime? Seeking the Lord's return? Aren't we commanded by Jesus Himself to “watch and pray” for the His return? Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day, and He wants us to know the signs of His return today. I don't think there's anything wrong with Christians trying to study His Word to figure out such things. And there's the point I think.

I contend that this is precisely the type of study that those who are already Christians can and should be having. It's not something that the lost would understand or be open to anyway so, if that's the case, where's the harm in the Body of Christ searching for such things and discussing their findings in an intelligent manner?

The common bond we share is our belief in and faith in Jesus Christ and these types of conversations are never going to change that so what's the harm?

I woke up this morning disappointed at first that I didn't get to see my Lord and Savior, but soon that same disappointment quickly turned to anticipation like a child on Christmas Eve! I know we are close and I can't wait! What an exciting time to be alive!

There's simply too much going on around us today that indicates that we are definitely in the last days. Whether the Rapture happens today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year I will live my life seeking His return and continuing to warn others that our time is short.

In the meantime, I'll also continue to prayerfully consider those passages that I've neglected in my study of prophecy over the years. I'm sorry to say that I've done that only because I was afraid of the implications and so I ignored a portion of relevant prophetic Scripture just because it didn't "jive" with my current understanding of things, and because it made me uncomfortable.

Why does Jesus warn us over and over again to keep watch and be ready so that the day and the hour doesn't sneak up on us? This is the question I've been wrestling with lately and I think it has everything to do with a serious study of the Rapture.

I'm also wondering if this is in any way, shape, or form related to why only a few will be saved as mentioned in Matthew 7:14. That's the question people should be asking today, Why will only a FEW make it through the narrow gate? Why?

I mean, Luke 21:36 also warns us, "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Then we find in 2 peter 3:17, "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position." I hope that 2 Peter 3:17 doesn't mean that you can fall from your secure position ("once saved always saved" doctrine?), but could this be what it means?

We also find in Timothy 1:4, "And the Spirit expressly speaketh, that in latter times shall certain fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons."

Fall away from the faith? Yep, that's what it says. How can you fall away from a faith you never had? You can't! You are saved by grace, through faith. If you have no faith, nothing to be saved through, you have no salvation. It's that simple. If faith is necessary for salvation (it is), and you fall away from it, you aren't "in Christ" any longer, and if you are not "in Christ" your sins have not been covered, which would mean you do not have salvation. "In Christ" all sins are forgiven. Not "in Christ," no sins forgiven.

While I would hardly call my current state a "crisis in faith" I will admit that this is what I seem to be spending more and more time thinking about these days, and you all know that as a Christian I don't believe in coincidences.

So, what to make of all of this? If I firmly believe that we are living in the prophesied end times then how does all of this fit in with the current prophetic timeline? What does that mean for me personally as well as all of you God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Bible-believing Christians who are reading this?

After all, we cannot ignore the one aspect of prophecy that makes us feel uncomfortable; the one that says that in the last days many so-called Christians will be turned away from Jesus as He tells them that He never knew them:

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:22-23

How do we reconcile all of this with what we currently "know" and believe about prophecy and the end times? It's a VERY SERIOUS question that we all need to consider and take to God in fervent prayer TODAY!

Again, we are commanded to watch and pray that we are worthy to escape what's to come. We're also told that very few Christians will make it. It's important to ask ourselves and God why that is. Perhaps this 3-Part series gives us a glimpse into some of the reasons why - because we were unwilling to consider an alternative interpretation from the one we've grown so accustomed to.

I hope you will join me in this on-going discussion and that you will continue to seek my Lord and Savior with all of your heart and soul.

Rethinking The Rapture (PART 3)

Posted by JRed

WARNING: This is only a theory. You will have to read this with an open mind. Hopefully, since Christians are supposed to be lovers of truth I'm hoping we can all consider that our current interpretations of prophecy may be slightly incorrect since we know that 1 Corinthians 13 tells us we see "through a glass, darkly" and that God told Daniel in Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

In the first two parts of this series I tried to make the case as to why we might be wise to reconsider our long-held and cherished (not to mention aggressively protected) views on prophecy especially when it comes to the Rapture.

Not only is there biblical, scriptural evidence suggesting such, but we're also seeing a unique trend emerge: other scholars of world reknown on this subject are also beginning to rethink their stated positions. It's almost as if we're seeing the "unsealing" mentioned in Daniel 12:4 starting to take place at this key moment in human history.

That being said, in this final part of our study and analysis I simply want to try to pull together all the various interpretations/predictions that have come out recently involving the Rapture because some of them are imminent (no pun intended!).


CHESHVAN 2008: A NEW LOOK AT THE RAPTURE AND FEAST OF TRUMPETS?


As previously mentioned above, we've documented the importance for all students of prophecy to consider the Jewish Holidays, Festivals, and Feasts in relation to key events occuring along God's prophetic timeline.

Recorded history (including recent history during the last century) clearly shows that there is something to be said for the importance of understanding not only what these Jewish holidays have traditionally represented, but also what that knowledge means in relation to end times prophecy as we use it to attempt to understand what they could tell us will happen as far as the "when" is concerned when it comes to the major unfulfilled prophetic events.

The four Spring Feasts corresponded - to the exact day - to a precise event in the life of the Lord and of the Church. Historically, it's been reasonable to think that the three Autumn Feasts will also correspond to capital events in the life of the Lord and of His Church.

What if we've been wrong in that assumption?

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is the first of the three great Autumn Feasts, in the Jewish religious calendar. These two series of Feasts are separated by a long period of four to five months, a period that corresponds to the time of the Church. It is a time of harvest ripening and it is also a time a great dryness in Israel.

The Feast of Trumpets is the only one to be celebrated on a day of the new moon. It must be celebrated for two days, which form one “long day”. It is known as the feast “that we know neither the day nor the hour.”

For our purposes here, that will suffice although you can find more information on the significance of the Feast of Trumpets to the Jewish here.

Needless to say, this is a lot of convincing evidence to suggest that previous scholars - men and women much smarter than me - are right about the Rapture occuring during the Feast of Trumpets. The most compelling of which is when you take into account the fact that this feast lasts for two days so the correlation with Jesus' words in Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” we seem to reach a convincing conclusion.

Even so, we must ask, What if we've been wrong in that assumption? Please hear me out on this one. I can assure you that I'll use the Bible and our established knowledge of these feats to make my case rather than rely solely on pure speculation.

Case in point, it just so happens that Cheshvan is the second month on the civil calendar following the month of Tishri. We know Nisan is the first month on the religious calendar, but I want to focus on the civil calendar right now.

Noah’s flood took place 1,000 years before Moses and the times given are based on the civil calendar used at that time. In Genesis 7:11 it says, "In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened."

Thus, the month of Cheshvan is the time when Noah and his family entered the Ark. Well, the anniversary of that very day is the coming Sabbath of November 15, 2008!

That's right! That's tomorrow! I think it's EXTREMELY interesting that not only is it the very day the floods came (a day of judgment for the world), but the Torah reading for that day is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah!

That Sabbath is also the same day the leaders from the nations of the world are gathering together to discuss the global financial problems in Washington D.C.! It is truly judgment day in a sense!

At this point, I would like to provide you with a 6-part interview with the man who discovered this. His name is Mark Biltz and he has some REMARKABLE EVIDENCE that we all need to prayerfully consider! Each clip is about 5-10 minutes in length and is very captivating (particularly Parts 4-6 if you want the abridged version). Watch for yourself before continuing with our analysis.

Rapture - Fall 2008? (Part 1)




Rapture - Fall 2008? (Part 2)




Rapture - Fall 2008? (Part 3)




Rapture - Fall 2008? (Part 4)




Rapture - Fall 2008? (Part 5)




Rapture - Fall 2008? (Part 6)





Clearly, any serious student of Bible prophecy MUST AT LEAST CONSIDER THIS POSSIBILITY that Biltz presents rather than simply denying it outright, correct?

I just keep coming back to the idea of whether it makes sense that something as important as prophecy - involving His ultimate plan for mankind as well as His return - would only be granted to a select few. Surely, a God who loves us so much would do eveything He could to help us reach the proper conclusions, right?

When you consider that an amazing 27% of the Bible is prophecy and 20% of the books of the Bible are prophetic we begin to see that it's clearly extremely important to the Lord. Now, include the fact that the prophecies of His Second Coming are mentioned almost twice as much as His First and we must ask ourselves, Wouldn't He want as many people as possible to be able to understand the truth of His Second Coming in a manner that was free from confusion and debate?

Yes, I would think so and certainly hope so, right? But, again, I'm not about to question the Lord or His methods, which are perfect and above anything I could ever hope to understand in this lifetime. Still, I wondered what the Bible might have to say about all of this.

Revelation 19:10 says, "The essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus." Prophecy is all about Christ. We are told to “watch and pray” for the Lord’s return. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So, He wants to us know the signs today at this present time, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.


WE CAN KNOW THE TIMING OF THE RAPTURE!


Rather than only being able to know the season of the Rapture, I'm beginning to believe that we can also know the timing of the Rapture - in a sense.

Of course, there are several common criticisms and objections to all of this. The most notable is is when people point to Matthew 24:36 that reads,
"But of that DAY AND HOUR knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

Are you sitting down? Look at Marilyn Agee of
Bible Prophecy Corner recently discovered that dovetails nicely with the Biltz position because it will take your breath away! She writes on her website:

"I'm no prophet, but it now seems that Jesus himself gave us the last clue we need a long time ago. It's so plain in Matthew 24, I don't know why I didn't get it before this. I knew it was in Scripture, but I looked everywhere but the right place, in plain view. I should have known that in plain view was the best place to hide something. What threw me off was Matthew 24:36, where Jesus said, 'But of that DAY AND HOUR knoweth no man.' After so many reminded me of that so many times, I skimmed over what followed it. Look what he said in verse 42: 'Watch therefore: for ye know not what HOUR your Lord doth come.' HE LEFT OUT THE DAY!!! In case we missed it, He even repeated it in verse 44, He said, 'Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an HOUR as ye think not the Son of man cometh." HE LEFT OUT THE DAY AGAIN!!!"

That means that in between verses 36 and 44, Jesus revealed the DAY to us, which is Cheshvan 17, "THE DAY THAT NOE ENTERED INTO THE ARK." The wise virgins are not in the dark as to the DAY, just the hour! The foolish virgins don't know the day or the hour. Jesus put the day in plain view for our sake!

Let's take another look at Matthew 24 and what Jesus Himself said during the Olivet Discourse. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that DAY AND HOUR knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But AS THE DAYS OF NOE WERE, SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until THE DAY THAT NOE ENTERED INTO THE ARK (Cheshvan 17), And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE. Then (at the same time, i.e., on Cheshvan 17, 5769; November 15, 2008) shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what HOUR your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an HOUR as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in DUE SEASON (kairos, set time)?"

Plus, Revelation 3:3 says, "Remember therefore what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. But if you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you have no idea at what HOUR I will come against you."

Friends, this has the potential to be a HUGE discovery for us! I guess we'll know soon enough since tomorrow is still November 15, 2008 last I checked.


FIRST FRUITS VS. THE ELECT


All kidding aside, what if she's right? Still not convinced? There's more AMAZING INFORMATION for us to consider.

Leviticus 26:2-4 says,
"Ye shall keep my SABBATHS, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I WILL GIVE YOU RAIN IN DUE SEASON, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees (i.e., nations?) of the field (i.e., world?) shall yield their FRUIT."

We are called a kind of firstfruits. James 1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS of his creatures." Cheshvan 17, 5769 (November 15, 2008) is on Saturday - the Sabbath!

Luke 21:36 says, "But be alert at all times, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." Here, we have a passage in Luke that tells us to pray "to escape all these things that are going to take place" AND "be counted worthy."

The things that are going to take place must be the disastrous and terrifying events of the Tribulation, which as stated above, the Philadelphia Church in Revelation 3:10 is told it will be spared from, correct?

If you're taking notes, Luke 21:36 and Revelation 3:10 appear to state the same thing – that at least some believers will be counted worthy to escape "these things that are going to take place" (Luke 21:36) and be spared from the "hour of trial" (Revelation 3:10).

Then in Matthew 24:22 we find,
"For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn't taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again! Unless those days were limited, no one would survive. But those days will be limited because of the elect."

In this passage in Matthew, we see that there are a group of believers (the "elect") who obviously have to go through the time of Tribulation. In fact, people who believe that the Rapture does not occur until after the Tribulation, cite this verse above as evidence.

However, a few verses down in Matthew, it reads:

"As the DAYS OF NOAH were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage, UNTIL THE DAY NOAH BOARDED THE ARK. They didn't know until the flood came and swept them all away. So this is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be: Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and one left. Therefore be alert, since you don't know what HOUR your Lord is coming."

What is described above, "the days of Noah," does not sound at all like a time of Tribulation. For all we know, it could be talking about today or tomorrow! Here we are told specifically that people (referred to as "first fruits" elsewhere in the Bible) will be taken from the Earth before sudden destruction hits, which can only mean pre-tribulation.

There's more evidence to support this view in Mark. The Porter doesn't know the hour, but he knows the day! Mark 13:33-37 says,
"Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time (kairos, set time, due time) is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. WATCH YE THEREFORE: FOR YE KNOW NOT WHEN THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE COMETH, AT EVEN, OR AT MIDNIGHT, OR AT THE COCKCROWING, OR IN THE MORNING: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."

At even, midnight, cockcrowing, or morning is describing the hour. The porter already knows the day!

Now, let's try to tie this all together. Proponents of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture believe that it's the Rapture that kicks off the final 7 years, and that immediately following the Rapture is the signing of the peace treaty with Israel because that's what the Bible tells us needs to be in place to launch the Tribulation.

Fascinating then, to read about Arab Foreign Ministers to hold an emergency meeting on the Middle East peace process on November 26, 2008!

Adding more credibility that we could be VERY CLOSE to an enormous prophetic event is what respected scholar and author Grant Jeffery (akin to a Hal Lindsey or Terry James amongst others) had to say in his newest book. He feels that the Gog-Magog War (Ezekiel 38 and 39) will occur on the 24th of Cheshvan! The 24th of Cheshvan, 5769 is Saturday, November 22, 2008! Just a single week after the Rapture (assuming the above is correct)! I should also note that this is AN ENTIRELY NEW POSITION HELD BY JEFFERY AS WELL evoking Daniel 12:4 once again!

Plus, in the Autumn of 2008 (where we are on the calendar today at this very moment), the Feast of Trumpets will mark the beginning of another cycle of seven years for the Jewish people. The covenant between Israel and the surrounding nations is also strengthened by the Antichrist for a period of seven years (Daniel 9:27), so the thought is that this agreement could fall into one of these seven-year cycles on the Jewish calendar.

The fact that the international community is aiming for a peace agreement by the end of 2008 is therefore quite significant. The book of Daniel states that the actual time of Jacob's trouble will begin after the agreement is broken by the Antichrist, and will run for a period of three and a half years (Daniel 12:7), or 42 months (Revelation 11:2), or 1260 days. Daniel also mentions another figure, 1335 days (Daniel 12:12). In fact, we may have already seen this happen with very little fanfare.

As if that weren't enough, we also read about same-sex marriage advocates have marked November 15, 2008 as a "National Day of Protest" and are planning marches around the country to rally against California's Proposition 8, a voter initiative that passed on Election Day, defining marriage in the state as strictly between one man and one woman. More proof that we are "as in the doays of Noah" is it not? Or maybe as in the days of Lot is more appropriate (Luke 17:28).

Unbelievable coincidences if that's how you choose to view this!


CONCLUSIONS


Some will undoubtedly ask, Ok, if this is true and such an earth-shattering discovery that turns current prophecy teaching and thinking on its head then why isn't the media all over this? That's a great question, but I have a better answer!

Proverbs 25:2 says,
"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter..."

I think it's remarkable that within the past 3 months (since roughly August 2008 beginning with Russia's invasion of Georgia setting the stage for the coming Gog-Magog War) the world has been inundated with one thing after another all of which have some sort of major prophetic significance.


This isn't just a new Bible interpretation, but a simple idea people have looked into. God put this search on their minds at the appointed time. Many brilliant men have spent their lives searching the Bible for this kind of thing. Yet, this was left buried until the year it may come to pass. If 2008 as it is linked to 2015 is truly a significant year in God's unfolding plan for the end times or last days then God withheld it up to the last minute for His purposes.

This is about eclipses on the Jewish feast days or holidays as God set them up in the Bible. More so something I found even more amazing to do with 49 years (Jubilee), June 7, 1967 (the day Jerusalem first came under Jewish control in the Six Day War), Daniel 9:25 and Isaac Newton. Most of this has to do with easily obtainable facts and statistics that no one put together before now. Again, Daniel 12:4 comes to mind here.

The one story that sent Mark Biltz on this path of discovery was the story published by WorldNetDaily about NASA and the Blood Red Moons. Simply put, sets of lunar eclipses falling on Jewish holidays spanning 600 years from 1493 to past 2100 happened only three times! They are in 1948 (the year of the birth of Israel as a nation again), in 1967 (when Jerusalem was captured), and they will be in 2015 (???)!

Hmmm, definitely seems to be the "signs in the stars" Daniel prophesied about. So, you can see that's there's also a scientific and proven spiritual basis for all of this. There's so much more, but I've already gone on long enough.

What if all of this is accurate and spot on? What if the Rapture were to happen tomorrow? What's your initial reaction right now? What will you do with these last few, precious hours on earth before we are caught up with our Lord and Savior?

Like I said, there have been several people who have made claims to have known the timing of the Rapture and they were proven false so I recognize that this could be just another in a long line of well-meaning, but completely wrong Christians.

I also recognize the risk of damaging one's witness and testimony for appearing as though one is a "date-setter" only to have that day come and go like any other.

Even so, we are commanded to watch and pray that we are worthy to escape what's to come. We're also told that very few Christians will make it. It's important to ask ourselves and God why that is. Perhaps this three-part series gives us a glimpse into some of the reasons why - because we were unwilling to consider an alternative interpretation from the one we've grown so accustomed to.

I will admit that there's compelling evidence that tomorrow could be a truly historic day. Lord, I sincerely hope so! If it's not, I will continue to seek my Lord and Savior with all of my heart and soul.

Hope to see you in Heaven soon!

Rethinking The Rapture (PART 2)

Posted by JRed

WARNING: This is only a theory. You will have to read this with an open mind. Hopefully, since Christians are supposed to be lovers of truth I'm hoping we can all consider that our current interpretations of prophecy may be slightly incorrect since we know that 1 Corinthians 13 tells us we see "through a glass, darkly" and that God told Daniel in Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

There is a possible advantage for the un-churched, un-taught or even un-saved in reading the information that will be presented here in this three-part series for the first time. The advantage is that for that type of person, he or she doesn’t have to "un-learn" anything. For most Christians, however, surfing over to this website and analysis may bring forth revelations concerning the end times and Rapture of the Church that will be miles away from any previous understanding.

The first effect of reading this material should be to run prayerfully back to the Bible (if you're born again) to search the Scriptures to see if these things are so. Too many of us rely on other people to study the Scriptures for us - particularly when it relates to the study of Bible prophecy.

If we want to have real understanding of any Bible subject, we must "study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diving the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15). It comes no other way.

In a previous entry titled "Rethinking The Rapture (PART 1)" I attempted to make the case for why I believe we should re-examine our understanding of and our position on this amazing event - the Rapture of the Church.

I also called into question our reluctance to discuss and better understand the part of prophecy (Matthew 7:22-23) that talks about how Jesus Himself will turn many Christians away from Him by telling them He never knew them.

Now, I present my own random thoughts, findings, and observations obtained during my own personal study on the subject recently. Let me be clear from the beginning that I don't think I'm any kind of prophet. If it happens this way then Amen! If not, I will still continue to seek my Lord and Savior with all of my heart and soul. Again, what is presented is a theory and an analysis of what some other similar thinkers are talking about as it pertains to these critical questions.

What I present to you here today may or may not happen. There's a startling revelation for you, huh? I'm merely suggesting that this is something that all Christians should be open-minded about and at least consider especially given the urgency as you'll soon see. I wanted to call attention to what others are saying about the timing of the Rapture because it could be a whole lot sooner than we think it is!

After all, as mentioned in Part 1, we know for certain that we see "through a glass, darkly" at the moment. 1 Corinthians 13:12 reminds us, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."


THE IMPORTANCE OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS


It may surprise you that a key component to this discussion could very well be our understanding of the different Jewish holidays. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe that in order to fully grasp a sound understanding of biblical prophecy about these end times we need to also seek a sound understanding of the numerous Jewish holidays.

Chapter 23 of the book of Leviticus presents all of the 7 holy solemn feasts the people of Israel were to observe according to the ordinance given by God to Moses. Each feast represents a prophetic sign concerning the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. These signs apply, consequently, also to the Church, the Body of Christ.

The entire plan of God for humanity is, seems to be in an extraordinary manner, revealed by the nature and the exact dates of the seven feasts of the Lord that the Israelites were to observe. The entire destiny of the human race unfolds between the first and the last feast.

Also, it's important to note that God’s calendar is based on the phases of the moon. Every Jewish month begins immediately after a new moon.

Here are the feasts and their dates along with a brief description:

Spring Feast - Pesach - The Passover Feast
The 14th day of the month of Nisan. The first full moon of spring. The Jewish religious calendar begins the day of this feast. This day commemorates the sacrifice of the lamb in the land of Egypt, which marked the people of Israel’s final deliverance. The blood of the lamb was applied to the doorposts and lintel of the every house, so that the Lord seeing the blood passed over the house and did not let the destroyer enter to strike its inhabitants. Spiritual significance for the Church? This feast represents the death of the Lord Jesus, which occurred the same day as the Passover. The Lamb of God redeemed us from the slavery of sin, the flesh, the world and the devil. Our “house” (our body) is marked by the blood of the Lamb, that precious blood that redeemed us. The year in which our Lord died, the day of the Passover (the 14th day of the month of Nisan) would have had to have been a Wednesday, in order for the Lord to have been in the tomb for three days and three nights. The “Good Friday” is then a tradition without biblical or historical foundation. The Passover also represents our death in Jesus-Christ.

Spring Feast - Chag HaMotzi - The Feast of Unleavened Bread
The 15th to the 22nd of the month of Nisan. This feast is observed the morning just after the Passover, the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan, and lasts for seven days from the 15th to the 21st of the month of Nisan. The 15th day of Nisan, in other words, the first day of the feast, was a day of rest. During this feast, the Israelites were to eat bread without yeast. Yeast represents sin. Eating bread without yeast for seven days represents walking in holiness. The entire house also had to be rid of any trace of yeast. The Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land during the Feast of unleavened bread. Each lump of unleavened bread was marked with stripes (like wounds) and pierced. The Jewish custom was to bury, to hide and to “resurrect” the second of the three lumps of unleavened bread (the middle one, which represents Jesus being put in the tomb). This represents the burial of Jesus-Christ. His body, pure and without sin was beaten and pierced on the cross. He died because of his love for us. Jesus was the “Bread of Life” which came down from Heaven. He was born in Bethlehem, which in Hebrew means “the house of bread.” Jesus was buried in the evening of his death, in other words, the beginning of the next day the day of the Passover. If the day of the Passover was a Wednesday (the day would have begun the Tuesday evening), the 15th day of the month of Nisan began the Wednesday evening. It was a day of rest like a Sabbath. This feast also represents our burial in Jesus-Christ.

Spring Feast - Yom HaBikkurim - The Feast of Firstfruits
The first day of the week following the Sabbath of the Passover in the month of Nissan. It could be 16th of the month, if the 15th was the Sabbath day. Otherwise, it would have to wait until the first day of the week following the first Sabbath day of the Passover. This feast was observed the first day of the week following the Sabbath of the Passover, in other words the first Sabbath following the Passover. On this day the first of the produce of the land were presented to the Lord, to thank him for the fertility he gave to His people. Jesus rose the first day of the week. He was the “first” of the resurrection and of those who will rise. The Feast of Unleavened bread, having begun Wednesday evening, Thursday was a day of rest (the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread), and Friday was a normal working day. This is probably when the women would have prepared the spices to embalm the body of Jesus. But the next day was an ordinary Sabbath (the first Sabbath after the Passover); they rested, and went to the tomb the morning of the first day of the week. But the first day of the week, (Sunday) had already begun the evening before, on Saturday evening. Jesus was already risen “early the first day of the week,” the Sunday morning, when the women came to the tomb. To respect the “three days and three nights” in the tomb, the Lord would have had to have risen the end of the day Saturday, before the night. The gospels say: “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week” (Mark 16: 9). This does not necessarily mean he rose the morning of the first day of the week, but that could mean he was already raised the first day of the week, when the women came to the tomb. The feast of first fruits also represents our resurrection in Jesus-Christ. These first three springtime feasts represent the three steps of our salvation in Jesus-Christ: our death, our burial and our resurrection in Christ. These three steps are also represented in water baptism by immersion: we “dive” into the death of Christ, “are buried” under the water, and “are resurrected” into a new life by coming out of the water. The real baptism of the Christian can only be practiced by a complete immersion, the only way to correctly represent our complete death, burial and resurrection in Jesus-Christ.

Spring Feast - Shavuot - The Feast of Weeks (or Pentecost)
The sixth day of the month of Sivan. This feast was observed “the day after the seventh Sabbath following the Sabbath of the Feast of Firstfruits”, or fifty days later. It was also when the Jews commemorated the day when the Lord gave the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. Notice that when Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the Tablets of the Testimony, “about three thousand men” died because of the people’s idolatry (Exodus 32: 28). In contrast, after Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, “about three thousand souls” converted to Christ! (Acts 2: 41)
It is on this day of Pentecost (Feast of Weeks) that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church, marking the beginning of the time of grace that will continue until the return of the Lord. Two braided breads, baked with yeast, were to be offered during this feast. They represent the Church, composed of Jews and gentiles united in the same Body. The first four Springtime Feasts are already accomplished in the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. The three autumn feasts are still to come, in their prophetic accomplishment of Christ and of the Church.
We are therefore, still in the time of the Shavuot, feast of weeks, of Pentecost or of the Holy Spirit.

Autumn Feast - Yom Teru’ah - The Feast of Trumpets
The first day of the month of Tishrei. This feast was to be held the first day of the month of Tishrei, in September. It lasts one day in Israel, and two outside of Israel. The interval of about four months between the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Trumpets represents the time of the Church. It is a dry period in Israel, but also a time when the harvest ripens. The last month of the summer is the month of Elul. During this month, the shofar (ram’s horn) sounds once every day to prepare the people for the next three autumn feasts. Finally, on the first day of the month of Tishrei, which marks the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, the shofar blasts 100 times, to assemble the faithful and call them to the Temple. Everyone must leave the work of the harvest and come to the feast. This day also marks the first day of the civil Jewish year, or Rosh Hashanah. In Corinthians 15: 51-53, Paul speaks of the trumpet of God which will waken the dead and mark the day of the Rapture of the Church. The Christians will stop the harvest to leave and meet the Lord in the air. Thus, it has always been a believed and accepted truth that this day symbolizes the resurrection of all who are “dead in Christ,” and the “changing in a wink of an eye” of all who are living, the day of the Rapture. According to Jewish tradition, this day will be the Day of Judgement, when the Creator judges all the inhabitants of the earth. This day was also considered as the first day of creation. Again, since the first four prophetic steps of the ministry of Jesus correspond to the first four springtime feasts, it has been assumed that the last three steps of his prophetic ministry will also be introduced on the very days of the last three autumn feasts. It makes sense that the Rapture of the Church, which is also the day of the resurrections of the dead in Christ, could very well correspond to this particular feast and happen during one of the next Feast of Trumpets.

In case you're curious, here are the dates of the next 4 Feasts of Trumpets since we've already passed one of them on September 30, 2008 (1 Tishrei 5769) and note that Jewish days begin the day before, in the evening:

2009: Saturday, September 19 (Sabbath day) (1 Tishrei 5770)
2010: Thursday, September 9 (1 Tishrei 5771)
2011: Thursday, September 29 (1 Tishrei 5772)
2012: Monday, September 17 (1 Tishrei 5773)


Autumn Feast - Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement
The 10th day of the month of Tishrei. This feast was celebrated the 10th day of the month of Tishrei. It is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. This day was preceded by the “terrible days” just after the Feast of Trumpets. These were the days of preparation for the upcoming Yom Kippur, days of self-examination, of repentance, of reconciliation and of getting in order before the Lord. The Jews were to “afflict their souls” the day of Yom Kippur. They were not to eat or drink for 24 hours. It was on the day of Yom Kippur, only once a year, that the High Priest was allowed to enter into the Most Holy place, with the blood of lambs and goats, to make atonement offerings for himself and for the people. It was at this unique annual occasion that the High Priest could also pronounce, in the Holy of Holies, the unpronounceable name of the Lord. The High Priest began by sacrificing a bull for himself. Afterwards, he sacrificed a goat “for the Lord,” then entered into the Most Holy Place to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat. He would then place the sins of the people on another goat, the “scapegoat”, which was then let go into the wilderness (Leviticus 16). The scapegoat represents Satan, who will be bound for a thousand years during the Millennium. Thus, this feast symbolizes the reconciliation of the Israelites with God. It is believed that this Feast will be prophetically accomplished when the Lord Jesus returns to the earth, at the time of the battle of Armageddon. It will be on the day of Yom Kippur, seven years after the Feast of Trumpets in the year of the Rapture. This will be the day when all the Jewish survivors will recognize Jesus Christ as their Messiah. There will also be a general conversion of Israel to Jesus Christ on this day.

Autumn Feast - Sukkoth - The Feast of Tabernacles
The 15th day of the month of Tishrei. This feast began the fifteenth day of the month of Tishrei, and lasted seven days. The 22nd day of the month, or the eighth day of the feast, was a holy day set apart as the “last great day of the feast.” In the same way that the Passover inaugurated the springtime feasts, and was followed by the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread, the last of the feasts of the Lord included seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, followed by an eighth distinct day, “the last big day of the feast.” This great final day marked the final consummation of the feast of the Lord and of religious cycles. The feast of Tabernacles celebrates the fact that God provided for his people while they crossed the Red Sea after leaving Egypt. This feast will have its full prophetic accomplishment when the Lord comes with His Church to “tabernacle” or live in the middle of his people, after His return to the earth, to begin His one thousand-year reign. His great tabernacle will be situated in Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14: 16 -17). This Feast of Tabernacles, seven years after the beginning of the Tribulation, will mark the official inauguration of the Millennium. The “last great day of the feast” the eighth day, represents what will happen at the end of the Millennium, at the time of the last Judgement, the “Great White Throne” which will precede the new creation, the new heavens and the new earth on which the New Jerusalem will come down. Death will be no more. This earth’s history will end and eternity with the Lord will begin.

TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL


We can see that the cycle of the 7 Feasts of the Lord given to the Jewish people has a great prophetic significance for the Church of the Lord Jesus, and for the whole world. This does not mean that the Church of the new covenant is obligated to return to observing these feasts. Christians who desire to celebrate them may do so freely, as a remembrance, but it does not mean that they are legally bound to do so as under the Law of Moses.

It does, however, have to do with the church understanding the spiritual sense and to observe them in a spiritual manner. Each feast reveals one of the essential aspects of the character of God, and foreshadows a capital aspect in the life and ministry of the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.

The main lesson to learn from these feasts is that we must always be ready, constantly, to serve and celebrate the Lord and to love Him with all of our heart, all of our mind, all of our soul and all of our strength.

It doesn’t mean that we should watch from afar the arrival of the next Feast of Trumpets in order to prepare ourselves at the last minute! We will certainly not have the time. It means to lead our lives in a manner that gives glory to the Lord at all times, as if every day of our lives would be the day of the Rapture.

Every day must be a great day of celebration for the Lord! So, when the last trumpet sounds, we will fully benefit from the grace of God to go meet Him.

In the third and final part of this series I'll simply present what some are saying about the timing of the Rapture in light of this information as well as all the other signs occuring around us simultaneously these days.

Rethinking The Rapture (PART 1)

Posted by JRed

WARNING: This is only a theory. You will have to read this with an open mind. Hopefully, since Christians are supposed to be lovers of truth I'm hoping we can all consider that our current interpretations of prophecy may be slightly incorrect since we know that 1 Corinthians 13 tells us we see "through a glass, darkly" and that God told Daniel in Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

What is the Rapture of the Church? How do we know that we're close to the fulfillment of this prophecy? What might it be like when it happens?

Here are some short videos to help set the stage for the following study:




There's perhaps no bigger issue in eschatology that is debated as much and as controversial as the subject of the Rapture of the Church. Typically, while a majority of Christians agree that the Rapture is a certainty (at least the ones I've met in my life) there is much confusion and uncertainty regarding the actual timing of the event on the prophetic timeline.

Some argue that it will happen before the Tribulation, some say it will occur in the middle, and then there are those who believe it won't happen until the very end of it before Armageddon. In addition, there are other groups that hold different views on the subject and claim a wide range of beliefs concerning the Rapture.

For the most part, however, many Christians fall into one of two camps - either you believe it will occur pre-Tribulation or you believe it will occur mid-Tribulation. Either way, why is there so much debate and confusion surrounding something that will have such an enormous impact on the Church let alone the world itself?


STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF OTHERS


Lately, I've been thinking about prophecy in general and wondering if everything that's been presented to us from various scholars over the years can be accepted as truth. What I mean to say is that we seem to have arrived at a point where we've stopped seriously studying the Bible for ourselves or, stopped praying for the wisdom to interpret and understand what we were reading, and instead have relied on other scholars for our own understanding.

Obviously, I don't want to paint everyone with the same brush, but I think it's safe to say that we've placed our trust in men instead of God when it comes to the subject of prophecy (which evokes Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.").

Please don't misunderstand me either. I'm not saying that we haven't been blessed by the various works of Hal Lindsey, Grant Jeffery, and Terry James to name a select few because all of them have certainly had a profound influence and impact on my life and have helped shaped my understanding of some tough portions of Scripture as they're related to prophecy.

Yet, that's precisely what's been on my mind lately for some reason. Strangely enough, I've also begun to see this same sentiment expressed from other prophetic sources and message boards completely unbeknownst to me when I began writing this! That makes me wonder if a new movement, an "unveiling" of sorts is upon us for this specific purpose at this specific point in time.


SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT: ONLY FOR A SELECT FEW?


Is spiritual discernment a gift reserved only for a select few? Surely, we each have a spiritual gift that God wants us to use to bring glory to Him, but I wonder about the spiritual gift of prophecy. On second thought, perhaps a better way to phrase that is to say that I wonder whether it makes sense that something as important as prophecy - involving His ultimate plan for mankind as well as His return - would only be granted to a select few.

When you consider that an amazing 27% of the Bible is prophecy and 20% of the books of the Bible are prophetic we begin to see that it's clearly extremely important to the Lord. Now, include the fact that the prophecies of His Second Coming are mentioned almost twice as much as His First and we must ask ourselves, Wouldn't He want as many people as possible to be able to understand the truth of His Second Coming in a manner that was free from confusion and debate?

Yes, I would think so and certainly hope so, right? But I'm not about to question the Lord or His methods, which are perfect and above anything I could ever hope to understand in this lifetime. Still, I wondered what the Bible might have to say about all of this.

Revelation 19:10 says, "The essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus." Prophecy is all about Christ. We are told to “watch and pray” for the Lord’s return. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So, He wants to us know the signs today at this present time, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.

That's why part of me is beginning to believe that somewhere along the way our understanding of these unfulfilled prophetic events were tarnished somewhat especially when you consider the melting pot that is a host of authors, religious leaders, and so-called modern-day prophets who have thrown their hat into the prophetic ring so to speak.

Add to the mix the different translations and versions of the Bible put out into the world by man and you can almost see a subtle, albeit inadvertent, form of spiritual deception right under our noses.

Again, this isn't to say that this was done intentionally or that the motives of the aforementioned biblical scholars is anything to be cautious about. It's merely to suggest that as knowledge increases in these end times and prophetic events continue to occur at a quickening pace all around us we should at least be open to the fact that what we thought was the "correct interpretation" all these years could very well be only a part of a much bigger truth.

For a recent development in eschatological circles that proves my point, consider the fact that only within the past few months (since roughly the time of the Russian invasion of the Republic of Georgia in August 2008) have we begun reading and hearing about a "new twist" to our understanding of the prophetic timeline.

This twist is materialized in the current belief held by many astute individuals that two other Old Testament prophecies are likely preludes to the much bigger Ezekiel 38 Gog-Magog scenario. They now point to how in Psalm 83 it appears that all of Israel’s next door neighbors will rise up in an attack intended to destroy the Jewish nation, and Isaiah 17 specifically mentions Israel’s destruction of Damascus.

They surmise that this defeat of Israel’s neighbors fills in two more blanks in the end times sequence. First, they say it could explain why none of them are mentioned in Ezekiel 38, when logic dictates that they should be right in the thick of things. Second, they offer that it reveals how the Jews can be caught with their guard down as the prophecy notes must be the case.

If Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah, Lebanon, and the others are defeated, Israel will finally have some breathing room. Since Russia and Iran have traditionally used these neighbors as proxies rather than having a face-to-face confrontation, Israel may feel there’s no longer any threat from them either they conclude.

So, you can now see that we have just set a precedent for how long-held beliefs can suddenly become altered and/or changed slightly to accommodate a new understanding based on hard evidence or spiritual discernment that is finally given by God to those who seek after it.

Thus, returning to my original assertion, with so many variations, who's to say that one suggested perspective is any more accurate and truthful than another unless we take the time to verify the perspective for ourselves through prayer and the reading of our Bible?

In that spirit, I can only speak for myself when I tell you that the more time I spend praying, studying Scripture, and soul-searching I'm beginning to wonder if we're a lot closer to the Rapture than even we think we are.


WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?


For some reason, the one thought I can't get out of my head right now is how I need to examine God's Word for myself to get the wisdom and truth from Him because due to the multitude of scholars each with their competing perspectives it becomes too easy to "take their word for it" and accept their interpretations at face value.

Lately, something is telling me that this could be why Jesus warns us over and over again to keep watch and be ready so that the day and the hour doesn't sneak up on us.

I'm also wondering if this is in any way, shape, or form related to why only a few will be saved as mentioned in Matthew 7:14. That's the question people should be asking today, Why will only a FEW make it through the narrow gate? Why?

I mean, Luke 21:36 also warns us, "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

Then we find in 2 peter 3:17, "Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position." I hope that 2 Peter 3:17 doesn't mean that you can fall from your secure position ("once saved always saved" doctrine?), but could this be what it means?

We also find in Timothy 1:4, "And the Spirit expressly speaketh, that in latter times shall certain fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons."

Fall away from the faith? Yep, that's what it says. How can you fall away from a faith you never had? You can't! You are saved by grace, through faith. If you have no faith, nothing to be saved through, you have no salvation. It's that simple. If faith is necessary for salvation (it is), and you fall away from it, you aren't "in Christ" any longer, and if you are not "in Christ" your sins have not been covered, which would mean you do not have salvation. "In Christ" all sins are forgiven. Not "in Christ," no sins forgiven.

While I would hardly call my current state a "crisis in faith" I will admit that these are the two main areas that I seem to be spending more and more time thinking about these days, and you all know that as a Christian I don't believe in coincidences.

So, what to make of all of this? If I firmly believe that we are living in the prophesied end times then how does this all of this fit in with the current prophetic timeline? What does that mean for me personally as well as all of you God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Bible-believing Christians who are reading this? After all, we cannot ignore the one aspect of prophecy that makes us feel uncomfortable; the one that says that in the last days many so-called Christians will be turned away from Jesus as He tells them that He never knew them:

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:22-23

How do we reconcile all of this with what we currently "know" and believe about prophecy and the end times? It's a VERY SERIOUS question that we all need to consider and take to God in fervent prayer TODAY!

For more of my thoughts on the subject, stay tuned.

Supreme Court: Obama Presidency Challenged

Posted by JRed

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Preamble of the United States Constitution does not grant any particular authority to the federal government and it does not prohibit any particular authority. It establishes the fact that the federal government has no authority outside of what follows the Preamble, as amended.

"We the people" is one of the most-quoted sections of the Constitution. It was thought by the
Federalists during this time that there was no need for a Bill of Rights as they thought that the Preamble spelled out the people's rights.

The people of this nation have a right to the truth. We have a right to ask our elected officials to prove to us beyond a shadow of a doubt their candidacy before we elevate them to one of the most powerful positions in the world let alone the most powerful position in our federal government.



A brief aside before continuing. Some people have quietly expressed their concern that Look Up Fellowship is becoming a Political Website instead of remaining a Religious/Christian Prophecy Website.

I can see how anyone who's visited this site over the past few weeks might think that. However, I can also assure you that politics - both domestic and international - is extremely important to our discussions and studies here.

We all know that a particular type of one-world government, economy, and religion needs to emerge before the Antichrist can rise to power and use that global structure to control the masses. I believe that a President Barack Obama is exactly the type of political figure to help pave the way for this to happen. In addition, we also know from Daniel 2:21 that God "He changes times and seasons, desposes kings and sets up kings" so we would be wise to view governments and their plans and actions with a Christian worldview as well.


AN OBAMA PRESIDENCY CHALLENGED


With that in mind, I want to quickly revisit a topic that I've reported on here that has somehow become associated with pure "conspiracy theory" despite the evidence and the facts. Perhaps it's because the mainstream media hasn't reported on the subject, and many people still hold to the notion that in order for a story to have any merit it needs to be presented by the talking heads on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and Fox News.

What if the Supreme Court thought the topic had merit? Would that be enough for you to finally accept this as a potentially HUGE story? In fact, that's exactly what we have in the case of whether or not President-elect Barack Obama is eligible to hold the office of President according to the clear rules outlined by
the U.S. Constitution.

In my never-ending quest to prove "media bias" (which is probably better described as a "media blackout") here are the facts to what has the potential to become one of the biggest stories in recent memory. I sincerely hope that nothing comes of this because I'd hate to think what that could mean for our nation, but apparently the Supreme Court - not the state Supreme Court, but the national Supreme Court - thinks there is merit to all of this since they've decided to try and resolve this case before the Electors meet to officially cast their votes for Barack Obama on December 15, 2008.


In an ironic and dramatic twist of fate,
Justice Clarence Thomas - the second black man appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and a strict Constitutionalist - could determine the fate of the first black man elected to the office of U.S. President. Adding more subtext to this story is the fact that back in August it was Obama who ignited a firestorm with conservatives when he said that had he been President at the time he would not have nominated Thomas.

Read these news articles (in the order that this story has unfolded) to get yourself acquainted with the potential Constitutional crisis we could be facing in just a few short weeks:

Judge Dismisses Obama Birth Certificate Lawsuit

October Surprise?

Supremes Asked To Halt Tuesday's Vote

State Declares Barack Obama's Hawaii Birth Certificate Is Genuine

Obama's Gamble: Possession Nine Tenths Of The Law

Obama REFUSES To Show His ORIGINAL Birth Certificate. Why?

U. S. Supreme Court Awaits Response To Philip Berg's Writ of Certiorari From Obama, DNC And Co-Defendants

Obama Presidency Challenged By New Jersey Voter

Time will tell whether or not anything substantial and historic comes from this. Regardless of what the Supreme Court eventually rules on the issue, there is also a grass-roots movement underway by concerned Americans across the country to try and get the Electors to do what's right.

Many of these "underground" groups say they're only trying to see that we uphold the Constitution. They have no problem with Obama becoming President after the Electors vote for him. However, they do want the Electors to take a stand and request that Obama and the DNC come clean on this issue because of the seriousness of the charge in relation to the Constitution.

If there's nothing to hide then why not simply produce the evidence - like every other presidential candidate before him - and finally put this issue to rest (not to mention make people like me look like lunatics for even suggesting something like this)? Each day that passes that this is ignored simply adds more fuel to the fire, and it give pundits like me a reason to question his eligibility. I mean, in my particular line of work, people I help get hired have to provide more documentation than he has!

Plus, it's also important to note that contrary to popular belief, until those Electors meet on December 15, 2008, cast their vote, and those votes are counted on January 6, 2009, Obama is not the next President. Furthermore, Electors are not bound to cast their vote for the candidate presented as a result of "Election Day." Electors who stand up for what is right are called "faithless." Does it ever happen? In 1976, a Republican Elector in Washington voted for Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford.

What's right and for the good of our republic must trump worrying about staying in the good graces of some political party. Let's hope the nation - and the Electors - are listening.

So, to quickly summarize, at this point, Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s Clerk informed Philip J. Berg, the lawyer who brought the case against Obama, that his petition for an injunction to stay the November 4th election was denied (obviously), but the Clerk also required the defendants to respond to the Writ of Certiorari (which requires the concurrence of 4 Justices) by December 1, 2008. At that time, Obama must present to the Court an authentic birth certificate, after which Mr. Berg will respond.

If Obama fails to do that, it is sure to inspire the skepticism of the Justices, who are unaccustomed to being defied. They will have to decide what to do about a president-elect who refuses to prove his natural-born citizenship.

“I can see a unanimous Court (en banc) decertifying the election if Obama refuses to produce his birth certificate,” says Raymond S. Kraft, an attorney and writer. “They cannot do otherwise without abandoning all credibility as guardians of the Constitution. Even the most liberal justices, however loathe they may to do this, still consider themselves guardians of the Constitution. The Court is very jealous of its power - even over presidents, even over presidents-elect.”

If it is determined that Obama is ineligible to become President of the United States, the Electors will be duty-bound to honor the Constitution.

If Obama is found ineligible, maybe the election would not be voided. The Electoral College delegates would then have only one candidate to cast their vote for - John McCain. There would be no "do-overs," "Mulligans," or re-votes. At least, that's the way I see it.


WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT?


There is no precedent for preventing a President-elect who has been discovered to be “Constitutionally ineligible” to be President from taking office, or for what happens next.

Does Biden become President - permanently or temporarily? Is Bush held over and a new election called? Do leaders of the Democratic Party get to put together a new slate of candidates or propose someone else other than Biden to be a placeholder until a new election can be held? Does whoever Obama beat out for the nomination - Hillary Clinton - now become the nominee in a new election?

The DNC’s rules need to be carefully read. A thorough reading of the Federalist Papers, the various writings of the principal Founding Fathers, and the Debates of the Continental Congress may turn up some idea of what the Founders might have envisioned would happen in such a case or something similar.


If this last scenario were to happen, you can be sure of riots all over this country (Martial Law too?) - generated and whipped up by the reporting from the Left, the mainstream media, and the Democrats (or, realistically, the Left - since these three are no longer separate entities, but, rather, one in the same) saying that “the Republicans are trying to steal the election, just like they did in 2004" - with the prospect, perhaps, of a new Civil War down the road, no matter which way things finally settle out.


A SHOCKING DISCOVERY!


Surprisingly, the Democrats in Congress have already set up a way out, by the Senate’s passage, just a few months ago, of the sense of the Senate resolution, S. Res. 511 - which Obama, very uncharacteristically, helped craft - and containing brief concurring legal opinions from eminent legal scholars (both conservative and liberal) regarding McCain’s situation, Presidential candidates being born overseas, and the issue of being a “natural born citizen.”

In such a desperate Constitutional and political crisis, it will not matter that this sense of the Senate resolution is not binding law, you can count on the fact that it will be used.

S. Res. 511, introduced on April 10, 2008 by Senator Claire McCaskill and co-sponsored by Senators Leahy, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Tom Coburn and Jim Webb, reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, without amendment and by unanimous vote of the Committee, S. Res. 511 expressed the “sense of the Senate,” confirming that Senator McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone to parents who were both U.S. citizens, McCain’s father in the U.S. military and the McCain family living and on a U.S. military base, was, indeed, a “natural born” U.S. citizen and, thus, eligible to run for President and, if elected, to be President (https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/200804/041008c.html). The resolution was adopted in the Senate by unanimous consent on April 30, 2008 (https://www.tinyurl.com/49xaxe).

You should be able to smell a rat when you consider how nice the irascible Leahy was, and the smell of that rat got a lot stronger when I ran across commentary (see https://www.tinyurl.com/3uz4ex) that Obama, usually a no show and out campaigning, was in attendance and had a hand in crafting the specific language in this resolution, in particular, McCaskill and Obama added what some Senators thought was the unnecessary phrase,

“Whereas previous presidential candidates were born outside of the United States of America and were understood to be eligible to be President;” (see https://www.tinyurl.com/3uz4ex)

If it is ruled that Obama is ineligible and there are riots, contentious debates, and never-ending anger and confusion - national turmoil like you would not believe - look for the “just let it slide” option, relying heavily on this sense of the Senate resolution as a rationale, and allowing Obama to take office, to be proposed and to win out, only postponing, though, an eventual day of reckoning.

Personally, I look at this Senate resolution coupled with the mainstream media aggressively ignoring the issue, and see a good reason to strongly suspect Obama is, in fact, Constitutionally prohibited from the office of the Presidency. They’ve known it all along, and are maneuvering the issue so that it seems to explode on the national consciousness, should the SCOTUS rule as such.
Perhaps they are counting on a Nixonian response, a “good of the country” willingness to turn from the truth. If we are in fact too afraid to enforce our most basic, sacrosanct laws, we deserve what is to come, from an illegitimate President unfettered by any sense he is held in any way in check.

Deception rules the day.

Lord come quickly!

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Obama Of Galilee?

Posted by JRed

When will it end? When will the mass hysteria and worldwide adulation of one man who served a mere 174 days in the U.S. Senate as the bulk of his political experience cease let alone do away with the messianic connotations?

By now, we've all read and heard stories about how the world seems content to label President-elect Barack Obama as "The Messiah" or a Christ-like figure who will solve all of their problems. Those reports were downright blasphemous, but today things have been taken to a whole new level.

8,000 Beduin stake their claim as the lost tribe of Barack Obama after sheikh in Galilee says he has evidence that he and his family are linked by blood to the new U.S. President-elect.


All hail Obama of Galilee, king of kings! Yeah right!

He has a host of relatives in exotic locations from Hawaii to Kenya, and during his run for the American presidency he suddenly "discovered" that he had an aunt living illegally and in poverty in Boston. Now, Barack Obama is being claimed by not one but as many as 8,000 Beduin tribesmen in northern Israel.

Although the spokesman for the "lost tribe of Obama" has yet to reveal the documentary evidence that he says he possesses to support his claim, people are flocking from across the region to pay their respects to the “Beduin Obama,” whose social standing has gone through the roof.

Sheikh Abdullah swears that he has papers and pictures to back up his claim but has promised his mother not to divulge them until he has presented them to Mr Obama, something he hopes will happen once his “relative” is in the White House.

“We want to send a delegation to congratulate him, and we know we’ll get an answer soon,” he grinned.

I wonder what will come first - proof of his heritage to Galilee or proof of his U.S. citizenship qualifying him to hold the office of president?

Of course, we all know that Jesus Christ spent most of his ministry around the Sea of Galilee. Jesus' first disciples also were from Galilee. Many of Jesus' miracles take place in Galilee as well.

Lord come quickly!

Lord Have Mercy

Posted by JRed

Lord have mercy on this nation.

In a shocking display of arrogance, ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will begin to appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.


Fred Edwords, a spokesman for the group, said the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."

The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."

Last month, the British Humanist Association caused a ruckus announcing a similar campaign on London buses with the message: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
Tom Wildmon of the American Family Association nails it:

"It's a stupid ad. How do we define 'good' if we don't believe in God? God in His word, the Bible, tells us what's 'good' and 'bad' and 'right' and 'wrong.' If we are each ourselves defining what's good, it's going to be a crazy world."

Exactly. There's nothing rational about "moral relativism" as there are two sides to everything in life as part of the natural order of things. I'd like the humanists to comment on that for me.

In the meantime, let's pray that God opens their eyes to the real truth.

The World Is Shaking

Posted by JRed

Luke 21:10-11 reminds us of what Jesus said, "Then said he unto them, 'Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.'"

Want proof that we're living in those times He spoke of? The
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program has this handy little graph on their website that documents worldwide earthquakes between Magnitudes 6 and 8 since 1900. Not surprising. It seems pretty clear to me.

Guess what? The world is shaking! Things don't look so good as this is more compelling proof that we are living in the end times especially when you consider this evidence along with everything else that's going on in the world today.

Unfortunately, we haven't seen bad yet, but it's coming. We haven't seen financial problems yet, but they're coming. We haven't seen war like the one that's coming. Fear, death, and destruction are what's on the horizon - not sugar coated fairy tales that the people on TV spin for us daily.

The good news? Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Lord and Savior, is our answer to all of these problems. He always has been, and always will be. He is the only One who can save us from what's to come.

I strongly encourage you to look in the mirror and get yourself right with God. Cling to Him now before it's too late!

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

In Rememberance Of Veteran's Day

Posted by JRed

As the grandson of two great men who served during World War II, I just want to take a moment to thank EVERYONE who served and sacrificed (including their families and loved ones) to preserve my freedoms.


And So It Begins...

Posted by JRed

And so it begins...The prophesied persecution of Christians will no longer be something reserved for our dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ overseas, but an act of intolerance that will soon spread to engulf this nation.

We've already seen some examples of this out in California following the protests and riots by those who were frustrated that a ballot measure known as Proposition 8 was upheld (even though it was the result of a fair and democratic process).

Today, I came across the story about a Michigan church service disrupted by Leftists with an agenda. No doubt feeling frisky fresh from their election day victories, members of "Bash Back Lansing" erupted from various locations throughout the congregation to rush the stage, shout obscenities, engage in inappropriate behavior and generally try to terrorize Lansing’s
Mount Hope Church.

Right Michigan reports,

"On Sunday morning, amidst worshiping congregants and following unifying prayers that our President-elect be granted wisdom as he prepares to lead our nation through difficult global, social and economic challenges, the Michigan Left declared open war on peaceful church goers.
They did it with banners, chants, blasphemy, by storming the pulpit, by vandalizing the church facility, by potentially defiling the building with lewd, public, sex acts and by intentionally forcing physical confrontations with worshipers."

I expect this sort of thing to be more common until people learn that yelling obscenities in a crowded congregation and defiling objects of worship are no more protected speech under the 1st Amendment than the proverbial cry of “Fire” in a crowded theater.

How long will it be before my repeating “It’s going to be a long 4 years!” gets old?

Lord have mercy! Lord come quickly!

The Godless Media

Posted by JRed

Perhaps the title of this entry is a little harsh, but then again how else do you describe a body of people who are so baffled and befuddled when it comes to understanding why Christians act the way that they do let alone believe what they believe?

Case in point,
I want to share an excellent commentary on the subject from Red State regarding the media's reaction to Sarah Palin's response to their question about whether or not she'll run for president in 2012.

Here's what she had to say about that:

"I don't know what the future holds for me, so we'll have to see what doors God opens and shuts in my path."

Get a load of how the media interprets this eminently common sentiment from a person of faith:

AFP: Palin Wants God To Show Her Way To White House.

Friends, this is yet more evidence that the average member of the mainstream media has never actually been to church (apart from maybe Christmas or the odd Easter) in their lives.

It is not that they are merely irreligious, but that they have no understanding whatsoever of how religious people think and believe. This same kind of "those religious people might be aliens" thinking led the media to wildly misreport the significance of Palin's prayer for the troops at her church in Wasilla as some sort of bizarre belief that the troops were on a modern day version of the Crusades.

Clearly, America is no longer a Christian nation. We know the mainstream media doesn't classify itself as such spiritually. Thus, in hindsight, perhaps calling them the "godless media" was appropriate.

I encourage you to read the entire commentary.

Totalitarian Technology

Posted by JRed

Revelation 13:15-18 says, "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name...and his number is Six hundred & sixty-six."

Everyone has heard something about this prophecy that says that in the last days no one will be able to buy or sell anything unless they get the "Devil's Mark" more commonly referred to as the "Mark of the Beast."

Today, we are the first generation with the technology available to fulfil such a prophecy of a "cashless" society. Infact, we've been gradually moving in this direction for years. For instance, think about how every item in your shopping cart is barcoded with its own personal identification number. Even credit and debit cards have played a role in preparing us all for this very scenario. And it's all thanks to the wonderful world of RFID technology.

So, you can see we are on the fast track to eliminating cash - and there are many compelling reasons why. Cash is the very mother's milk of drug smugglers who often deal in cash a suitcase full at a time. It's thought that if you eliminate cash you would virtually eliminate almost every kind of criminal activity from theft to terrorism, and it would be an instant cure for many of the World's most desperate social and economic ills. No wonder governments are pushing towards the cashless society with unrestrained enthusiasm.

However, before cash, checks, and credit cards can be phased out completely, they have to develop an identification system that is absolutely foolproof and one that will ensure that a person engaged in a financial transaction is actually the owner of the monetary funds they wish to access to use to purchase things.


That's where biometrics and the latest cutting edge RFID technology comes in. It's also where
this report from the UK today becomes relevant.

Forget fingerprinting. Companies in Europe have begun to roll out an advanced biometric system from Japan that identifies people from the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers. Finger vein authentication, introduced widely by Japanese banks in the last two years, is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method. Developed by Hitachi, it verifies a person's identity based on the lattice work of minute blood vessels under the skin.

Easydentic Group, a European leader in the biometric industry based in France, has announced that it will be using Hitachi's finger vein security in a range of door access systems for the UK and European markets.

In Japan, thousands of cash machines are operated by finger vein technology. Hitachi announced today that it will introduce 20,000 finger vein authentication systems at shops and kiosks belonging to two Japanese companies, which will use the devices to protect the privacy of customer information by requiring storeworkers to authenticate themselves before accessing the customer database.

So, there you have it. This science fiction is already science fact as other parts of the world have been using this type of technology for quite some time and with quite some success. One most wonder how much longer before the technology finds its way to North America. Perhaps this weekend's meeting between 20 world leaders in Washington D.C. to discuss implementing a new global financial system will have something to say about that.

For those of you who are new to this aspect of Biblical Prophecy it's important to understand that it's not the technology itself that's inherently evil, but that it's EXACTLY the type of technology that the coming Antichrist will use to usher in his one-world totalitarion government to extend his control over the world's population. Oh yeah, it was only this past Monday when Britain's Prime Minister publicly called for the establishment of a one-world government as the ultimate solution to solving the planet's problems.

This is merely another sign of the times for all you skeptics out there. Ask yourself whether or not it's more than a little strange that all the things that were prophesied thousands of years ago in the Holy Bible (with such specific detail too) are now happening all around us - at the same time.

Surely, that removes the element of "pure chance" and "coincidence," and instead elevates it to the status of full-blown fulfillment of prophecy, correct? I mean, isn't that what logic would dictate?

Then again, Jesus spoke of the skeptics of the day too when he said in 2 Peter 3:3-5,
"First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, 'Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.' But they deliberately forget..."

Don't be one of those people who "deliberately forgets" what He had to say about these days we are living in.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

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False Christs Emerge

Posted by JRed

In Matthew 24:5 Jesus gives us a clear warning about the end times saying, "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

Luke 21:8 repeats the warning, "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them."

Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the true and only Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah, and our Lord and Savior. Jesus is The Way, the Truth and Life. There never has been, and never will be, any other Christ, Teacher, Lord, or Savior whereby our eternal souls might be saved.

However, just as the Bible prophesied, there have been - and will continue to be - an ever increasing number of powerful and alluring false christs as we draw closer to the appearance of the ultimate false Christ, the Antichrist.

More deceiving spirits will arrive on the scene as we near the Rapture of the Church, and the 7-year Tribulation that will precede the return of Jesus to set up his Millennial Kingdom.

Taking this into account,
it's quite amazing then to read this story today especially since it is suddenly occurring to coincide with the election of President Barack Obama who has been described as "The Messiah" by others throughout the world.

A teenage boy who many believe is the reincarnation of Buddha has re-emerged from the jungle in southern Nepal, attracting thousands of devotees, officials said today. After retreating into the jungle for more than a year, Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 18, re-emerged Monday near Nijgadh town, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu.


The people refer to him as "Buddha Boy" and upon hearing the news, thousands of Bamjan's followers - some from as far away as India - traveled to the site Tuesday to see him, police official Abhaya Joshi said over the telephone. Joshi said Bamjan plans to talk to his followers for a few hours every day for a week before returning to the jungle to meditate.

The long-haired Bamjan, dressed in a white cloth, appeared to be in good health as he spoke to his followers about peace and ending discrimination, according to the Rajdhani newspaper.

"It was an amazing experience to hear and see him. I have no doubt now he is the reincarnation of Buddha," said Sangeeta Lama, a woman who met Bamjan for the first time.

Buddhist priests have been divided on whether the boy is truly the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in southwestern Nepal around 500 B.C. and later became revered as the Buddha, which means Enlightened One.

Buddhism is practiced by about 325 million followers, mostly in Asia. Buddhists strongly believe in reincarnation, the doctrine that every soul reappears after death in another bodily form.

There has been no formal declaration by Buddhist authorities that Bamjan is the reincarnation of the Buddha. But people have worshipped the teenager since he was first seen in 2005 meditating in the jungle, where he sat for months, motionless with his eyes closed among the roots of a tree.

Min Bahadur Shakya of the Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods in Katmandu said Buddhist priests have not reached a conclusion about Bamjan because they have not been able to fully investigate the boy.

"Meditating without food does not prove that he is reincarnation of Buddha. There is much study needed to be done," Shakya said.

As mentioned, this is all very interesting in and of itself, but even more so given that this "Buddha Boy" suddenly emerges from the jungle unannounced a mere 1-week after the United States (and the world) welcome the ascension of their savior to the political stage.

I hate to sound like a broken record here friends, but how many more specific signs do you need to see before you start to believe and accept the fact that Jesus Christ was who He said He was, that He is the only way to Heaven, that the Bible and prophecy is 100% accurate, and that our time here is short?

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

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Is This What He Meant By Change?

Posted by JRed

This item comes courtesy of As In The Days Of Noah regarding Obama's top Middle East advisor. What began as a casual study of this man and what his appointment might mean for our foreign policy regarding the Middle East over the next 4 years, quickly escalated into a disturbing look at how our only true ally in that region (and the apple of God's eye) - Israel - will most likely be treated by the "changed" U.S.

Robert Malley, a top Middle East advisor that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama promised months ago would play no role in his administration due to his ties to Hamas, has reportedly been sent out on the next administration's first diplomatic mission.

According to a report in Middle East Newsline, Obama dispatched Malley to Egypt and Syria late last week with a message that the he intends to mend and bolster relations with both nations, and to give greater weight to their concerns regarding regional conflicts than did President George W. Bush.


WHY SHOULD THAT CONCERN US?


During the Democratic Party primaries, Obama was lashed by critics for having Malley on his team after the latter admitted to being in regular contact with Hamas as part of his work with the International Crisis Group.

In fact, Ed Lasky wrote an absolutely compelling piece for the American Thinker back in January that had uncovered and brought to light some shocking truths:

"One of his advisors in particular, Robert Malley, clearly warrants attention, as does the reasoning that led him to being chosen by Barack Obama. A little family history may be in order to understand the genesis of Robert Malley's views. Normally, one should be reluctant in exploring a person's family background - after all, who would want to be held responsible for the sins of one's father? However, when close relatives share a strong current of ideological affinity, and when a father has a commanding persona, it behooves a researcher to inquire a bit into the role of family in forming views. That said, Robert Malley has a very interesting father.

His father Simon Malley was born to a Syrian family in Cairo and at an early age found his métier in political journalism. He participated in the wave of anti-imperialist and nationalist ideology that was sweeping the Third World. He wrote thousands of words in support of struggle against Western nations. In Paris, he founded the journal Afrique Asie; he and his magazine became advocates for 'liberation' struggles throughout the world, particularly for the Palestinians.

Simon Malley loathed Israel and anti-Israel activism became a crusade for him-as an internet search would easily show. He spent countless hours with Yasser Arafat and became a close
friend of Arafat. He was, according to Daniel Pipes, a sympathizer of the Palestinian Liberation Organization - and this was when it was at the height of its terrorism wave against the West. His efforts were so damaging to France that President Valerie d'Estaing expelled him from the country.

Malley has seemingly followed in his father's footsteps: he represents the next generation of anti-Israel activism. Through his writings he has served as a willing propagandist, bending the truth (and more) to serve an agenda that is marked by anti-Israel bias; he heads a group of Middle East policy advisers for a think-tank funded (in part) by anti-Israel billionaire activist George Soros; and now is on the foreign policy staff of a leading Presidential contender. Each step up the ladder seems to be a step closer towards his goal of empowering radicals and weakening the ties between American and our ally Israel.

Robert Malley's writings strike me as being akin to propaganda. One notable example is an op-ed that was published in the New York Times (
Fictions About the Failure at Camp David). The column indicted Israel for not being generous enough at Camp David and blamed the failure of the talks on the Israelis.

Malley has repeated this line of attack in numerous op-eds over the years, often co-writing with Hussein Agha, a former adviser to Yasser Arafat (see, for example,
Camp David: The Tragedy of Errors). He was also believed to be the chief source for an article by Deborah Sontag that whitewashed Arafat's role in the collapse of the peace process, an article that has been widely criticized as riddled with errors and bias.

Malley is a revisionist and his views are sharply at odds with the views of others who participated at Camp David, including Ambassador Dennis Ross and President Bill Clinton. Malley's myth-making has been
peddled in the notably anti-Israel magazine, Counterpunch and by Norman Finkelstein, the failed academic recently denied tenure at DePaul University. Malley's Camp David propaganda has also become fodder for Palestinians, Arab rejectionists, and anti-Israel activists across the world."

What in the world is going on here? More importantly, why isn't our mainstream media looking into these things and asking these types of questions to fulfill their duty was watchdog? It's not as if this information is hidden. This is all a matter of public record. You just have to be willing to take the time to research the facts for yourself.

Lasky summarizes his thoughts with the following statements:

"Was Malley so central to the peace process that he knew something that escaped the attention of our Middle East Envoy and our President? When one reads Dennis Ross's account of his years of trying to bring peace to the region, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace, one can question just how central Malley was to the Camp David negotiations.

Malley has written a range of pieces over the years that reveal an agenda at work that should give pause to those Obama supporters who truly care about peace in the Middle Peace and the fate of our ally Israel.

Robert Malley also
testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February, 2004. In that appearance he called for the Road Map to be cast aside because incremental measures intended to build trust were unworkable. He advocated that a comprehensive settlement plan be imposed on the parties with the backing of the international community, including Arab and Moslem states. He anticipated that Israel would object with "cries of unfair treatment" but counseled the plan be put in place regardless of such objections; he also suggested that waiting for a 'reliable Palestinian partner' was unnecessary.

His ideology is radically at odds with American foreign policy as it has been practiced by two generations of Presidents - both Democrats and Republicans - over the years. This is the type of advocacy Robert Malley has been pursuing in the years since the end of the Clinton Administration and from his perch at the International Crisis Group - an organization that may share his agenda."


QUESTIONS REMAIN


As with many other subjects that are apparently "off limits" when it comes to Barack Obama this is one issue that demands further analysis because several critical questions remain.

When Obama first took heat over this during the primaries it was spokesman Ben LaBolt who quickly responded at the time that Malley had provided "informal advice to the campaign in the past," but insisted that he had "no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future."

Here are some things that the American people (and the rest of the world) need answers to:

Why would Barack Obama have on his foreign policy staff a man who has been widely criticized for a revisionist history of the Middle East peace process sharply at odds with all other accounts of the proceedings?

Why would Barack Obama give credibility to a man who seems to have an agenda that includes empowering our enemies and weakening our friends and allies?


How did Robert Malley, with a record of writing that reveals a willingness to twist facts to serve a political agenda, come to be appointed by Obama to his foreign staff? Was it a recommendation of Zbigniew Brzezinski to bring on board another anti-Israel foreign policy expert?

What does it say about Senator Obama's judgment that he appointed a man like Malley to be a top foreign policy advisor? Or does it speak more to his true beliefs?

I'm curious if one of the 74% of American Jews who voted for this man can comment on this. Do you feel any differently in light of these revelations? Is this what he meant by change?

Seems like politics as usual to me. Then again, I guess when you're hailed as the world's messiah you can pretty much do whatever you want whenever you want an renege on past promises.

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Coups, Genocide, And Terrorism

Posted by JRed

Thanks to RNN for alerting me to this story, which is another piece to the Joseph Biden - Colin Powell "international crisis" talking point that they guarantee will occur very soon to test President-elect Barack Obama.

This time the speaker is Richard Haass or, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Bilderberger:

"The one thing I'm sure of is, events will test him. There will be coups. There will be genocide. There will be terrorism."

Soon, President-elect Barack Obama will assume responsibility for guiding the nation out of two wars and through a daunting array of real and potential global crises.

Obama is likely to benefit from initial goodwill across much of the planet, where there's profound relief that the Bush years are ending.

Still, the new president — untested in foreign affairs — faces what may be the most unsettled global scene since the 1930s and '40s.

Strangely enough, we have a story today about Al-Qaida preparing to "change the face of world politics and economics" along with this story from the UK to juxtapose quite nicely with all of this.

I can't remember the last time Al-Qaida or Bin Laden were relevant in the news or made an announcement like this, but here we are in the midst of the chaos considering what might be coming.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

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Satan Is Smiling

Posted by JRed

Satan is smiling these days because the push for a one-world everything is heating up.

Renewed with a fresh sense of confidence after what the world perceives to be a broad mandate following the election of the messiah - errr, I mean Barack Obama - we find this interesting news headline today about how other world leaders wish to implement sweeping and unprecedented changes:

UK's Prime Minister: Now Is The Time To Build Global Society

This headline should send shockwaves down the spine of anyone's back, both Christians and non-Christians alike. An excerpt from the article itself demonstrates the seriousness of this international push for a one-world government:

"The international financial crisis has given world leaders a unique opportunity to create a truly global society, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown will say in a keynote foreign policy speech on Monday. Brown will say Britain, the United States and Europe are key to forging a new world order. 'The alliance between Britain and the U.S. -- and more broadly between Europe and the U.S. - can and must provide leadership, not in order to make the rules ourselves, but to lead the global effort to build a stronger and more just international order,' an excerpt from the speech says."


Interestingly enough, this announcement comes less than one week before world leaders are scheduled to meet in Washington D.C. to discuss (finalize?) plans to create a new global financial system.

Friends, there is absolutely no excuse for ignoring Jesus Christ, your faith, and where you'll spend eternity any longer. The signs are everywhere! Besides, these two news items alone should be more than enough to get anyone's attention - even the most hardened skeptic.

This is the first time in human history that the world has called for the establishment of a global-everything let alone the first time that they were all willing to actually sit down together to collectively and seriously discuss how to create and implement such systems on a worldwide scale.

Think about that reality for the moment especially in light of biblical prophecy that was written with such accuracy and specific details thousands of years ago. The Antichrist cannot rise to power and fulfill his destiny until he has the power structure in place to use for his nefarious purposes. Over the past few weeks I've documented how there's suddenly a quickening pace to get these things done, to get them up and running. Did you ever stop to think why that is?

Surely, there have been generations before us who thought they were living in the end times due to the state of the world around them - World War I and World War II are prime examples. However, why didn't those catastrophic periods generate a mood, a consensus for the world to consider the very things they are considering at the moment? It didn't happen then because it wasn't when it was supposed to happen! Other things needed to take place (i.e. the state of Israel needed to be born in 1948 amongst other things) so that these events could only be fulfilled according to God's perfect will and in His perfect timing. But again, the simple fact that this is the FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY that the world is seriously discussing plans for a one-world economy, a one-world religion, and now a one-world government is stunning!

The final pieces to the prophetic puzzle are quickly falling into place. If you haven't made a decision for Chirst NOW IS THE TIME before it's too late. If you haven't shared the Gospel with others in your life NOW IS THE TIME before it's too late.

With that in mind, Satan may be laughing at the thought of his evil machinations finally coming to fruition, but those of us in Christ know that we will have the final laugh along with our Lord and Savior.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

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Move Towards One-World Religion

Lake Of Fire

Posted by JRed

People don't like to hear about Hell, but I'm here to tell you that if Jesus is not your Lord and Savior then you are on your way to Hell. For those of you who know that Hell exists (trust me, the Bible says it's a real place and the greatest deception that Satan ever achieved was convincing the world that he and Hell didn't exist), you will be upset at this bad news.

You may think that I'm all "gloom-and-doom." Tell me this...If your house were on fire, would you want me to let you know? Of course you would! You'd probably thank me for telling you. Well, if you go to Hell, you will be the one on fire. I'm just trying to help.

So, today I want to spend a little time examing the Lake of Fire. What does God and the Bible say about it? Specifically what is it exactly? What is its purpose? Who is it for? And how does all of this relate to prophecy?

First, here's a brief video I found to quickly summarize this awful place that we all want to avoid at all costs...



Let's take a look at what the Bible says. Here are a few scriptures that deal with Hell and the Lake of Fire (at the final judgment, Hell, death and those not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire):

Matthew 25:41 (Jesus speaking to people at final judgment) - "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."

Revelation 14:11 - "And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night..."

Revelation 20:12,15 - "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life...And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

Matthew 10:28 - "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Luke 12:5 - "But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which AFTER he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him."

Matthew 18:8,9 - "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire."

Matthew 25:46 - "And these shall go away into EVERLASTING punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."

2 Thessalonians 1:9 - "Who shall be punished with EVERLASTING destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power."

Isaiah 66:24 - "And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be abhorring unto all flesh."

Mark 9:44 (speaking of Hell) - "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."

Jude 7 - "Sodom and Gomorrha...are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Matthew 22:13 - "Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 13:41-42 - "The Son of man (Jesus) shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

Revelation 21:8 - "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Psalm 9:17 - "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."

Isaiah 14:99-11,15 (referring to Lucifer) - "Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee...all they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee...thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

Daniel 12:2 - "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

The ultimate fate of the wicked will be total annihilation. Body, mind, and spirit will be utterly destroyed by fire. They will cease to exist.

Psalm 37:20 also shows the ultimate fate of the wicked will be destruction by fire. The "hell fire" that the Bible speaks of will be thousands of degrees hotter than the imaginary "hell fire" of most preachers - which is only hot enough to torment. The biblical "hell fire" will totally consume the disobedient! Never will they exist again. Notice also that it is God who will burn the wicked up - not Satan or his demons like most think thanks to cartoons, television and film.

The Bible plainly shows that those who have known God's truth and still refuse to obey it, or willfully disobey, will reap the wages of sin - eternal death (Romans 6:23)! This scripture means what it says. The attempts of many theologians to "explain away" death and to "interpret" it as mere "separation from God" cannot be reconciled with Scripture. Death clearly does not mean "eternal life" in the horrifying torments of an eternal "hell." The author of this pagan deception is none other than the father of lies - Satan the Devil (John 8:44)!

Therefore, it is not unreasonable that we should fear God. Jesus Christ Himself says that we are to fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in Hell. Why? He is the only One who can revoke the judgment by fire. The wages of sin is death by fire. If we want to escape this punishment, we can see that it is closely connected to whether or not we actually fear God.


Surely, this is a frightening place we don't even want to visit - even for a single moment. So why would we want to risk spending eternity in a place like this is we can do something about it? I'm sure that there are some people reading this who probably agree that this is a place they definitely want to avoid, but they'll say something about putting off a decision like that until a later date and time. Friends, you could die tomorrow and if you did before you made a decision for Christ you're lost for good! Don't take that chance!

Speaking of "chance" did you know that us Christians don't believe in mere "chance" or "luck" and instead know that EVERYTHING happens for a reason according to God's own perfect will as well as His own perfect timing? Now, I ask you to consider if knowing that makes you feel like you're here reading this now by "chance" or, do you think that perhaps God led you here and He's hoping to FINALLY get your attention so that He can call you His once and for all and save you from eternal punishment? Just think about that for a moment.

When people ask me why they should even study prophecy let alone care about any of it if it means the entire world is going to come to a catastrophic end, I try to tell them that they need to look at things at a personal level. To take an attitude of "there's no hope!" and simply throw your hands up in the air and shrug your shoulders is not only irresponsible, but it will be the biggest mistake of your life. I cannot stress that enough.

Think of it this way...Would you jump out of an airplane without a parachute? Of course not! Then why in the world would you treat your eternal future with such carelessness when the "parachute" you need is Jesus Christ - a free gift that you simply need to reach out and cling to?

Prophecy was given to us by God so that we would know that what He says is true and that He can ALWAYS be trusted 100% of the time. It's also given to us as a warning so that we may know when our time here is short. It's God's attempt to not only save us, but to save others since the logical conclusion is that once you've recognized your need for forgiveness and a Savior you will want to tell others who are in dire need about their need for Him.

As previously mentioned, there are natural laws to everything in existence. So, just as the law of gravity states that what goes up must come down, God's law says that without seeking forgiveness from our sins, and accepting the free gift of salvation that's available to us, we will be sent to Hell and the Lake of Fire for eternity as that's the result and how this law will be fulfilled UNLESS WE PLACE OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST as the One who took our place by sacrificing Himself to atone for our sins. It's as simple (and frightening) as that.

What will you do with this information now that you've been given the knowledge of everlasting life? If you think that it's mere coincidence that you are here reading this right now you're wrong. Christians don't believe in coincidence, chance, or luck. Everything happens for a reason. Everything. Whether we want to acknowledge that fact is immaterial. It is what it is.

Perhaps God is trying to get your attention - again - because all the other times He's reached out to you on a personal and intimate level you didn't have the eyes to see or the ears to hear Him. Open your eyes today! Open you ears today! Don't put off until tomorrow what you can easily take care of today. Why wait? If you died tomorrow are you certain of where you would spend eternity? If you hesitated for even a moment in answering that question than you need Jesus Christ. The good news is that you can know with absolute certainty what would happen if you were to die today, but you need to first acknowledge your sins and recognize your need for forgiveness and salvation.

God loves you so much that He doesn't want to see you end up in that fiery pit and this is His way of trying to get you to see that you have a "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free-Card" that He's offering to you free of charge.

Will you accept His free gift or go about your own business like so many times before? The choice is yours. Not sure what the next step is or where you should even start? Then please click here and find the answer to life everlasting.

Welcome to the family of Jesus Christ! I look forward to meeting you one day in Heaven!

Election Post Mortem

Posted by JRed

I'm sure many of you are still sorting through your feelings and the range of emotions from Tuesday's outcome. For me, I've sat here this morning thinking back to the early stages of the political process like the primary season.


MY ELECTION POST MORTEM


I wondered aloud, Where do I go from here politically? Yes, I'm registered as a Republican, but as I've told family and friends numerous times before, I don't simply vote along party lines and I would definitely vote for a Democrat. The only problem with that is that I don't see a day any time soon when a Democrat will come along whose voting record and principles will be in accordance with my own.

More importantly, I'm a Christian first and while I recognize the need to avoid what is commonly referred to as Dominionism I still must vote according to the Constitution, which I know is based on basic Christian principles to begin with despite what others try to tell us about the myth of "separation of church and state." Thus, I will continue to vote my values, my conscience.


TAKING IT ALL IN


This election cycle was interesting to say the least. It began with my excitement for and support of Mike Huckabee who is an authentic Christian conservative. Looking back, I can certainly identify (to an extent) with other people my age who found themselves euphoric over a candidate except that they found themselves in the Obama camp instead. Still, I never looked at a guy like Huckabee as a clut-like leader (because I know that politician, political party, government will save me; only Jesus Christ can do that). It was refreshing to see someone in the political arena who wasn't ashamed of his "unpopular" beliefs let alone his Christianity. I marveled at his confidence and boldness in Christ with those who attempted to attack his Lord and Savior. More on that later.

After a long process, we were given our choices, and I shared with you the reasons why I was in support of Chuck Baldwin mainly because I believed the Republican Party got it wrong. Now that it's all over, how did the third party candidates fare on Election Day? Well, not as good as their supporters like me had hoped. That's not to say that I expected one of them to win the presidency, but I did expect more support from voters. And so the more things change, the more they stay the same.


A LOOK BACK: HINDSIGHT IS DEFINITELY 20/20


During the presidential campaign, as well as on election night, the major media generally ignored the third-party candidates who threw their hats into the presidential ring. These largely ignored candidates, none of whom attained 1% of the vote, included:

Independent Ralph Nader (667,000 votes; 0.5%)
Libertarian Party's Bob Barr (494,000 votes; 0.4%)
Constitution Party's Chuck Baldwin (178,000 votes; 0.1%)
Green Party's Cynthia McKinney (144,000 votes; 0.1%)

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul got 2.2% of the vote in Montana, despite the fact that he did not run for president in the general election and asked that his name be removed from the ballot. He also got 0.5% of the vote in Louisiana.


So, what to make of these results and where do we go from here? Sadly, it wasn't just the third-party candidates that got ignored or who received the short end of the stick.

Since Election Day there's been a lot of talk about the Republican Party returning to their roots or, about how the American people should attempt to form another viable third party that could truly compete with the Big Two. Cal Thomas also discussed how this is the end of the Religious Right as it's known in politics.

Personally, I just think Republicans need to return to their core principles and they need to remember their base as well. Let's face it, Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee - both Republicans - would've been a much better choice to run against Obama than McCain was. Ok, maybe not Ron Paul, but certainly Mike Hukabee.

In the end, they received a raw deal by the media and the party's powers-that-be, since both of these men generated a ton of interest early in the primary season (Huckabee actually maintained it and finished second to John McCain despite the media and a purse that was significantly less than Mitt Romney's or even Rudy Giuliani's millions! What does that tell you?), and yet both were treated as outcasts and radicals.

That got me thinking back to the primary season. Specifically, I went back and revisited the Huckabee campaign and his surge in popularity when all the major conservative talking heads were pushing anyone but him. That's when I recalled the day that changed everything and finally put John McCain on the fast track to the party's nomination. I give you the following video:








Looking back it all became quite clear! Mike Huckabee was the only choice for true conservative voters especially when Mitt Romney dropped out of the running just before this controversial event. He would've made a strong case to the American people by having a plan to take us from the brink of financial ruin with the implementation of the Fair Tax, by having a plan to take us from the brink of foreign crisis by making sure we won the war on terror and defeated our enemies, and by having a plan to take us from the brink of moral collapse by returning traditional family values to our nation's leadership.

What did we get? A minor conspiracy fostered by our own party leaders when it came to Washington State as evidenced by the video clip above. Despite the Huckabee campaign's charges and legal attempts to rectify the situation, the result remained intact - McCain wins Washington State by the slimmest of margins after only 87% of the precincts were counted. Had Huckabee won Washington State that would've given him 3 highly unlikely and unexpected victories in a row, and probably more publicity, more funding, more momentum, and perhaps even clear sailing the rest of the way.

As mentioned, Washington State Party Chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87% of the vote was counted with McCain holding a razor thin margin. In fact, the lead was a mere 242 votes with about 1,500 left uncounted. Esser single-handedly ended the hopes of the man from Hope, Arkansas by stealing his momentum and placing McCain on a path to receive the party's nomination.


THE REPUBLICANS HAD THEIR CHANCE (AND THEIR MAN)


On the surface, these claims might seem absurd to a casual observer. However, a closer look at Huckabee's principles, voting record, policy positions and unique ideas for this country clearly show that this man would've been more in line with what the Republican Party's base wanted their candidate to stand for.

Don't believe me? Here's a quick test. We'll isolate and take a look at Mike Huckabee. As a Christian, wouldn't you have preferred that Huckabee go head-to-head with Obama?

Abortion & Death Penalty


















Homosexuality









Gay Marriage









Economy









The Best of Mike Huckabee









Plus, there's another interesting element to consider in hindsight. Obama won this election in part to the excitement and voter turnout provided by young voters aged primarily 18-29. During the primaries, polling indicated that both Paul and Huckabee had the attention of a large portion of this demographic as well. In addition, anyone who has seen Mike Huckabee on his new Fox TV show knows that the man is an excellent speaker - he personifies everything that is populist, but he speaks clearly and to the heart of an issue with complete confidence and no bull.

For these reasons, wouldn't it have made more sense to trot out on the national stage one of these two individuals as the Republican Party's future instead of McCain? For all the talk about Obama's communication prowess and rock-star status, I firmly believe that a man like Huckabee - especially with his political experience and accomplishments - would've made Obama look like an amateur.

But, I digress. Please don't misunderstand this entry today as "whining" on my part. I'm merely trying to take a survey of the political landscape around me in an effort to create a winning strategy for 2010 and beyond. In the process, I took a stroll down memory lane and was reminded that the Republican Party still has some shining stars left. We just need to give them a voice.

Once again, I fully recognize that no single politician or government body is ever going to save me, and that's not where I place my faith. Furthermore, if the world continues on it's current path we may not be around to debate during another election cycle anyway.

MARANATHA!!!

RECOMMENDED READING:
What Happened To The Third-Party Presidential Candidates?
Religious Right, R.I.P.

Another Perspective

Posted by JRed

I thought it would be appropriate to share with you another perspective on the events from this past week from a secular source rather than simply provide you with another religious one.

"Birds of a feather flock together..." is a favorite saying of mine because it's so true (unless of course you're Barack Hussein Obama and questions his associates), and I'll admit that I'm guilty of looking to other prophecy websites for confirmation and support of my own interpretation and analysis. Obviously, the risk there is that you're not seeing things for what they really are or, at the very least, missing out on finding another way of looking at things.

All that being said, I would like to share a recent column from Douglas J. Hagmann the Director of the Northeast Intelligence Network. He's also the CEO of a multi-state licensed private investigative agency serving many Fortune 500 clients. A 21-year veteran of conducting investigations in the private sector, he has logged over 35,000 hours of covert surveillance in his career and is the author of Tactical Surveillance. He is a member of the International Counter- Terrorism Officers Association and possesses many law enforcement related training certifications. He has also been used as an operational asset by federal law enforcement and various police departments, and has performed over 4,000 civil and criminal investigations throughout the United States. Needless to say, an intelligent and well-respected man within his profession.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Hagmann began using his investigative skills and training to fight terrorism and increase public awareness by establishing the Northeast Intelligence Network. The group is comprised of a network of veteran, licensed professional investigators, analysts, military affairs specialists and researchers who have combined their resources in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by Islamic terrorists. Team members volunteer their time and combine their expertise to fill a specific niche in the private sector to research, investigate, and analyze potential terrorist threats that continue to face the United States.

Hagmann recently wrote a column titled "Another Potential Hostage Crisis For America" on Election Day. It's worth reading entirely because it is a short and to the point analysis of our current geo-political climate.

However, it really caught my attention because it's an honest assessment of things coming from a secular source, and one that risks being ridiculed by his peers given the fact that he asserts this has an obvious prophetic thread to it all.

As mentioned, it's worth reading another perspective like this entirely, but here's an excerpt that stood out to me:

"That said, any person of reasonable sensibilities must ask how, in the short span of less than a decade, a man can arise from virtual obscurity to hold the highest office in the U.S. and become of of the most powerful people in the world. He is a man with a checkered background of associates, who refused to simply provide his own birth certificate to quell rumors of his eligibility to run for the highest office in our country, has undoubtedly been groomed, counseled, and heavily financed by countless questionable associates and backers whose motives, I believe, are not in the best interests of the United States. A significant amount of his funding has been traced to Middle East sources or sources with close Middle East ties. Accordingly, his position as President certainly spells bad news for our only true allies in the Middle East: Israel."

Sobering. Still, Hagmann gives us another astute observation here:

"I don't believe that it is a coincidence that 29 years ago today, Islamic terrorists stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 66 American hostages, later releasing 14. The remaining 52 (two of whom I have spoken to over the last few years) were held hostage, as America was, for 444 days. Most Americans have long since forgotten about the 1979 hostage crisis. One of the Muslim terrorist thugs who was instrumental in the planning and handling of that situation is the current President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a man who Barack Hussein Obama plans to lunch with should he prevail in this election. Another hostage crisis for America is in the making - this time from within."

Continue to pray that God will have mercy on us. More importantly, now is the time to spread the Gospel to anyone and everyone who is willing to receive it.

Week In Review

Posted by JRed

All Talk, No Action

Posted by JRed

The word "deceive" shows up in the Bible (King James Version) 27 times. Of those 27 instances, 13 were in the New Testament and 6 times it was Jesus Himself uttering the word as a warning to us about what to expect and be prepared for in this world we live in - at this very moment.

Simply put, we know that the end times will be saturated with deception. I suggest that we continue to receive clear signs all around us of just how much of a prominent role deception plays in our day-to-day lives in this day and age.

Case in point, let's take another look at the results from Election Day. Forget about the presidency, let's take a closer look at the other important races, which sadly proves that the American public is all talk, no action not to mention the fact that we have short-term memory issues.

Remember this news item from early October on the heels of the start of the financial crisis and the government's bailout plan?
"3 in 5 Voters: Boot every Congressman" the headline read. Thus, 59% said they'd kick out all members of the House and Senate. In this October 5th story we found:

"If given the choice, a new poll reveals, 59 percent of Americans would sweep Capitol Hill clean of the current batch of senators and representatives to elect an entirely new Congress. Only 17 percent of voters polled said they would be willing to keep the current legislature."


If that's true, then perhaps someone can try to explain the following to me:

With the exception of 17 seats in the House and 5 in the U.S. Senate, voters put them all back into office on Tuesday! With the lowest approval rating in the history of the U.S. Congress, the American people once again rewarded these crooks by rehiring them! Quite a difference from what polls indicated.

In what kind of a Twilight Zone world where up-is-down, right-is-left, and black-is-white does this sort of thing happen with causing anyone to think twice about the outcome?

How do you explain these results unless a mass and widespread form of spiritual deception (just as Jesus had warned) was running rampant throughout this nation and going unchecked by many of us?

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

First Amendment The First To Go?

Posted by JRed

What will be Obama's first major decision that will leave a long-lasting impression upon this nation? What will be the very first change he'll make to our way of life as we know it today?

I have it feeling that it will be our First Amendment that will be the first to go.

I've documented the Left's desire to reinstate the so-called Fairness Doctrine on more than one occasion, but then it was just talk. Well, today it seems that talk is quickly gaining support as we have an inside look into one of Obama's potential appointees.

Today, on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel the discussion focused on radical leftist Henry Rivera, President-elect Barack Obama's appointee to oversee the Administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transition process, and its implications for the future of free speech in America.

Here's a frightening scenario that I wasn't aware of until today - no Congressional action is required to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. All the Obama Administration has to do is make one appointment to the FCC, turning a 3-2 Republican FCC majority into a 3-2 Democratic one, and it can again be reinstated. Republican Robert McDowell's term ends in June 2009.



Friends, this has serious implications for us. Imagine a world where debate and discussion on a particular issue is regulated by the federal government; a world where Christians are forbidden from talking about things that are presented in the Holy Bible because it "offends" someone. At the very least, we'll have to give "equal time" to the competing viewpoint. It's a world where I cannot write about my opposition to homosexuality or abortion on this website unless I agree to give the GLBT and Planned Parenthood space to express their position as well.

I've said it once and I'll say it again, I truly believe that one of the most common phrases we'll hear from Obama supporters during the next 4 years will be along the lines of, "Oh my! I didn't think he would actually consider doing something like that!"

The sands of the hourglass have almost run out. Now, more than ever, we need to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ before it's too late.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Is The Fairness Doctrine Fair?
First Amendment = Pornography

The Obama Effect

Posted by JRed

This interesting news item from Raiders News Network (RNN) today:

"According to Google Trends, and a first hand account by having access to the log files for a site on page one in Google for the term, a disturbing massive surge in traffic for the keyword 'antichrist' is being reported. When we mean massive, we are saying in order of 10’s of thousands of individuals in the past 24 hours have been coming in under that term, and a fair percentage of it has been hitting the parody site Anti-Christ.Com…to the tune of a wordpress record of 1,500 real comments on a single wordpress post. Take it for what it’s worth but this is a problem that we have never seen in politics to this extent before."

Whether out of genuine fear and concern or simple good humor, the Obama effect is causing people to search for answers to biblical themes. Now, more than ever, as a Christian you need to be vocal about your faith and let people know that they can approach you for the answers they seek.

Pray that God will open their eyes to the truth before it's too late.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Massive Surge In Traffic For Keyword “Antichrist” Since Obama Victory

Deceived Despite The Evidence

Posted by JRed

The apple of God's eye seems to be rotted to the core. The are deceived despite the evidence.

How else do you explain
the frightening statistic that a whopping 78% of Jews voted for Barack Obama except to say that this is simply more rampant spiritual deception that proves we are living in the prophesied end times?

In fact, it was the first time a campaign had Jewish vote coordinators in all of the key battleground states, with Florida particularly notable for the size of the outreach, surrogate events and third-party efforts.

Jews voted for Barack Obama in overwhelming numbers, refuting speculation that Republican John McCain would peel away Jewish support due to concerns about the Democrat's stance on the Middle East and other issues.


Does any of this make any sense? I mean, consider that
on Election Day the Obama campaign was feverishly trying to get Palestinian officials to deny a report that he confided to Palestinian leadership that he supports their right to a capital in eastern Jerusalem. To those Jews who voted for Obama I ask you to please let me know why you feel he is worthy of your vote especially in light of today's news that Hamas praises Obama win as "historic victory for world" and these terrorists are drafting letter of congrats to be sent directly to president-elect Obama.

It's also interesting to point out that there's also a record number of Jewish reps in Congress that make up the Jewish congressional caucus.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Obama Tells Abbas: I Support Dividing Jerusalem
Jerusalem: Israel Not Obama’s First Priority

The Face Of Intolerance

Posted by JRed

This is the kind of news that makes my head spin. I've seen the face of intolerance, and it's disturbing.

Christians are always attacked for being a bunch of knuckle-dragging, neanderthal, bigots who display their "insensitivity" and "intolerance" whenever we speak our minds on controversial issues.

In fact, the past year has seen several serious legal attempts in this country to criminalize Christianity (including preaching on the topic of homosexuality from the Bible) by classifying our "unpopular" beliefs as hate crimes punishable by the law.

However,
as this story proves, it's rarely the Christians who live up to those labels, and instead often those who commit the accusation that fit that description.

Decisions by voters in Florida, Arizona, and California to join residents of 27 other states with constitutional protections for traditional marriage have prompted threats of violence against Christians and their churches.


"Burn their f---ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers," wrote "World O Jeff" on the JoeMyGod blogspot today within hours of California officials declaring Proposition 8 had been approved by a margin of 52% to 48%. Confirmation on voter approval of amendments in Florida and Arizona came earlier.

"Tread" wrote, "I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives." Another contributor to the JoeMyGod website said, "While financially I supported the Vote No, and was vocal to everyone and anyone who would listen, I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our equal rights. But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one. Perhaps that is the only thing that will affect the change we so desperately need and deserve." A contributor identifying himself as "Joe" said,
"I swear, I'd murder people with my bare hands this morning."

"I'm going to give them something to be f---ing scared of. … I'm a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they've done," wrote "Jonathan."

Where's the tolerance? The homosexual lobby is always calling for "tolerance" and "diversity" and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and "hate." Yet, here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians.

Imagine if Christian websites were advocating such violence against homosexuals. There'd be outrage, and rightfully so. It'd be national front-page news.

This story is a bit personal for me tonight because I had my own "incident" earlier this week involving this very same subject.

An acquaintance whom I went to high school with is connected to me as part of my network on Facebook. Truth be told, outside of a few classes here and there and attending a few house parties at her home we weren't close at all. Still, that was enough to include each other on our list of "Friends" on the social networking site.

The day before the election, she had posted in a public forum on Facebook a link to an article that was pro-homosexuality and pro-gay marriage. She added a comment stating that she was sharing the link with everyone "in the hopes that it will open our eyes" because she "can't understand how anyone can fight against such a basic truth of life" - in this case that "basic truth" is the right of two people to engage in gay marriage.

I felt that if I didn't respond (especially when so many people would see her message go unchallenged) I would be nothing more than a hypocrite. If I can't take a stand for my Lord and Savior and stand up for truth and what I believe in publicly - no matter how unpopular a position it might be for me to take - then my faith is a complete sham, and I'm nothing more than a fraud. Most importantly, her acceptance of this sin told me that she wasn't walking through life with Jesus Christ and that was enough to motivate me to at least get her thinking about things differently.


So, that being said, I carefully proceeded to respond. I cannot overstate this point. Knowing full well how comments from a Christian like me on the subject of homosexuality and gay marriage was going to be perceived, I made sure that I opened my reply with a couple of "disclaimers," which in hindsight is ridiculous, but that's where we are when it comes to any kind of debate in this country especially when you hold the religious conservative view on a position like I often do.

The long and short of it is that I gently tried to point out that this is not a civil rights issue. Homosexuality/Gay Marriage is not a "civil rights" issue. I wrote that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has to be spinning in his grave about the issue of homosexuality being described as a civil rights issue.

I also pointed out that it's a choice of behavior, not something you have no control over like race or, like me being born with red-hair. There's no such thing as being born gay because there's absolutely no proof despite all the advances in science and all the discoveries in genetics.

She then tried to make it an issue of "love" instead. Therein lies the deception with the Left. They are masters at trying to frame a debate. I'm not quite sure when it was universally agreed upon to give them intellectual superiority on the issues and the freedom to do that, but it can be frustrating to say the least.

I mentioned to her that I didn't know how it got framed as a "civil rights" issue in the first place over the years, and that it bothered me that now it's being framed as a "love" issue. The topic is homosexuality and gay marriage - not love. Of course, no one in their right mind would ever be against civil rights or love.

I ended my rebuttal by asking her what she thought about the countless real-life stories from others who tell of once living a life as a homosexual except now they are exclusively heterosexual.

I learned soon after that she is bi-sexual. I also learned that she didn't appreciate my response despite the fact that she agrees with me that sexuality is a choice. Sadly, she sees nothing wrong with making a decision that will have eternal consequences. She promptly removed me from her list of connections.

The absolutely worst part about these types of situations is how Satan will try to use them to his advantage. He knows that if he can use it to discourage you from sharing the truth with others in the future he wins.

The most common strategy is that he will try to make you feel guilty as if you somehow destroyed your witness and testimony by "being a bad example" of a Christian in the handling of things.

I went back and look at that initial email I wrote. I am completely confident that's not the case here. I was careful to think of all the disclaimers beforehand, and I even made my argument without even mentioning God, the Bible, and sin until the very end where I lovingly shared my own link to a ministry called Exodus International where she could read real-life stories from people who had once lived the homosexual lifestyle before finding forgiveness and salvation in Jesus Christ to serve as proof to back up my position.

All in all, it saddens me to know that we are quickly approaching a time when Chrisitians will be persecuted in this country. I'm afraid it's closer than even we think it is.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Still, I can rest knowing that He said it would be this way. It is simply another sign that Jesus Christ is on His way to meet us!

In the meantime, I will pray for this acquaintance and others like her. Would someone who's truly intolerant and full of hate - a bigot - do something he knew was going to help you?

Precisely my point.

All Hail The King!

Posted by JRed

Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries wrote a prophetically relevant column today - one of epic proportions and sobering conclusions - following the results of yesterday's election. Please take some time to read this article if you want to know where we are on God's prophetic timeline.

Afterwards, as a quick follow-up, check out this link for additional insight regarding how the world is simply euphoric over the idea of Barack Obama serving as their world leader for the next 4 years.

Here are a few teasers that should also give any true Christian serious pause if you know your Bible and the end times prophecies contained within it:

QUOTES (thanks to Jubilee On Earth)

"He walks into a room and you want to follow him somewhere, anywhere." George Clooney

"I'll do whatever he says to do. I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear." Halle Berry

"Many even see in Obama a messiah-like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama." Dinesh Sharma, a doctor of psychology from Harvard

"What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance." Jesse Jackson, Jr.

"He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century." Gary Hart

"He won’t just heal our city-states and souls. He won’t just bring the Heavenly Kingdom — dreamt of in both Platonism and Christianity — to earth. He will heal the earth itself." Micah Tillman, a lecturer in philosophy at The Catholic University of America

NEWS HEADLINES AND PHOTOS









This last photo was published with the caption "First Truly Global U.S. President" on Yahoo!. Amazing. For all their cries and protests that we need "separation of church and state" show me one Liberal Democrat who has the courage to stand up and call out his or her party over this blatant hypocrisy. That reminds me, one blogger astutely asked, If Obama really is a true Christian who believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior then certainly he should know the severity of allowing anyone to attempt to attach a messiah-label to him and his presidency. With such descriptions rising to a fever pitch after the election, where is Obama to publicly denounce such characterizations or, at the very least, tell people to tone it down a bit?

Friends, I'm not about to sit here and tell you that I believe that Obama is the prophesied Antichrist because I don't believe that. However, I will sit here and tell you that I firmly believe with all my faith that this is VERY significant prophetically speaking, and his election puts us that much closer to the complete fulfillment of the end times scenario.

I urge you with all of my heart to share Jesus Christ and His Gospel with anyone and everyone that you can. Time is running out. For us believers, we can take comfort knowing what that means for us in the very near future, but it should sadden us greatly to think of the millions who will never listen to what we have to say or take it to heart. They are truly deceived. Pray for them.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

First Amendment = Pornography

Posted by JRed

I couldn't possibly make this stuff up. It would seem that the theme for the day is "moral decline" and "spiritual deception" of the ridiculous kind.

For those who missed it (because the story was published during all the hype of Election Day),
New York Senator Charles Schumer - a Democrat - not only called for the return of the Fairness Doctrine, but he went one step further comparing the law to the regulation of pornography.


Since when was freedom of speech (the First Amendment) classified as something as harmful, destructive, and immoral as pornography? How did I miss that?

I guess when you're a Liberal Democrat you can say such absurd things and get away with it because you're allowed to frame the debate just like you do when it comes to other hot button topics like homosexuality and gay marriage (incorrectly defined as a "civil rights" and/or "love" issue).

"The very same people who don’t want the Fairness Doctrine want the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] to limit pornography on the air. I am for that… But you can’t say government hands off in one area to a commercial enterprise but you are allowed to intervene in another. That’s not consistent."

Does he truly believe this rhetoric and will he hold this position long-term? Mr. Schumer apparently would rather stick up for the rights of the pornographers who he believes are getting a raw deal when it comes to issues of freedom of speech, than the rights of American citizens granted by the U.S. Constitution.

These are the people who this country has just given free reign to. We deserve everything we get.

Move Towards One-World Religion

Posted by JRed

Last week, I shared the report that proved how close we actually are to a one-world economy.

Today, I bring you this news on how close we are to a one-world religion as well since Catholics and Muslims open landmark talks at the Vatican.

It was good to hear that the closed meeting started with a Catholic official spelling out the Christian teaching that humans can only approach God through Jesus Christ. As expected, Muslim theologian Seyyed Hossein Nasr responded that such a view excluded non-Christians from salvation and suggested ways to see Islamic parallels to Christian views of God's love.

Therein lies the spiritual deception.

Delegates said the discussion that followed was friendly and respectful, not a clash of opinions. "We need to speak openly so we get to know each other," said one Muslim delegate.


Interestingly, the article also talked about what it described as a "new urgency" regarding this issue. That was very telling too. In fact, Saudi King Abdullah visits the United Nations next week to promote a parallel interfaith dialogue he launched last summer.

This push towards interfaith relations between Christianity and the other major religions of the world was prophesied long ago. It's not surprising that we're seeing this happen in this day and age.

What is exciting is the fact that it's happening AT THE SAME TIME as other "one-world" global initiatives.

Again, for those of you who refuse to accept the fact that we are living in the end times that Jesus talked about and that the Bible described for us this is just more proof that we're a heck of a lot closer to the fulfillment of last days prophecies than even many of us who believe thought.

Consider it all for a moment. When was the last time that world political and religious leaders all got together concurrently to discuss such things? Exactly. It's never happened, and at least not at this level.

Time is short, which means we need to be more active in sharing our faith and the Gospel with others before it's too late. Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines and let others take up the task.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

RECOMMENDED READING:
Building A One-World Everything
More One World News - Mediterranean Union to meet Monday and Tuesday

Teen Pregnancies Tied To TV

Posted by JRed

See, millions of parents (many who just happen to be practicing Christians also) can't be crazy! For years, the debate has raged over the influence of mass media on people whether they are children or adults.

It seems quite silly that anyone could argue that such things as the sex and violence saturating our culture do not have any kind of "negative" effect on us. Yet, that's exactly what we get these days.

These days it seems you can find an "expert" on both sides of the issue who will tell you want you want to hear in support of your position and argument. However, rarely does the mainstream media ever portray those on the moral and right side of the issue in a positive light.

That's why it was surprising and equally satisfying to come across this news item earlier this week.

The results from a nationwide study on television media consumption and its effecy on teenage sexual behavior were published on Monday, but because of all the election hype I'm just getting to it now.

The groundbreaking research suggests that pregnancy rates are much higher among teens who watch a lot of TV with sexual dialogue and behavior than among those who have tamer viewing tastes.


The new study is the first to link those viewing habits with teen pregnancy, said lead author Anita Chandra, a Rand Corp. Behavioral Scientist. Teens who watched the raciest shows were twice as likely to become pregnant over the next 3 years as those who watched few such programs.

Previous research by some of the same scientists had already found that watching lots of sex on TV can influence teens to have sex at earlier ages.

Shows that highlight only the positive aspects of sexual behavior without the risks can lead teens to have unprotected sex "before they're ready to make responsible and informed decisions," Chandra said.

Chandra said TV-watching was strongly connected with teen pregnancy even when other factors were considered, including grades, family structure and parents' education level.

The study was released Monday in the November issue of Pediatrics. It involved 2,003 12- to 17-year-old girls and boys nationwide questioned by telephone about their TV viewing habits in 2001. Teens were re-interviewed twice, the last time in 2004, and asked about pregnancy. Among girls, 58 became pregnant during the follow-up, and among boys, 33 said they had gotten a girl pregnant.

Bill Albert, Chief Program Officer at the nonprofit National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, praised the study and said it "catches up with common sense."

"Media helps shape the social script for teenagers. Most parents know that. This is just good research to confirm that," Albert said.

The message to parents is to talk to their kids about sex long before children are teens. Parents also should be watching what their kids watch and helping filter messages sex-filled shows are sending.


Ironically, this news was published on the same day that another international study found that playing violent video games often results in delayed, but expected and very aggressive behavior.

Funny how the mainstream media reports on these things as if we're just coming to this "remarkable revelation" for the first time in human history, isn't it?

If anything, these two studies simply confirm what many of us have known all along. We are right and must continue to work hard to keep our children on the right path in life.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Study Shows Teens Exposed To Sexual Content On TV Have Greater Risk Of Pregnancy
Teen Pregnancy, Hollywood Style: What's Missing From Teen Pregnancy On TV/Film

After The One-Night Stand

Posted by JRed

Television and film often portrays those that have a one-night stand as waking up the next morning and instantly looking at the person beside them, coupled with the memory of what they've done the night before, and viewing it all as a huge mistake.

Today, I wonder if that's how this country will come to view their decision to elect Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States. Only time will tell.

I don't have much to offer this morning so instead I'll simply offer my thoughts and observations after a LONG DAY of taking in a healthy serving of Election Day coverage:

RANDOM THOUGHTS & OBSERVATIONS

  • Having to watch CNN all day was maddening. I must add that I simply cannot stand the "projected winner" approach that TV, Radio, and the Internet uses BEFORE even 1% of the state has reported their results.
  • Maybe it was just me, but why did it seem like Obama wasn't happy that he had just won and accomplished an historic and monumental feat? I didn't see the exurberance, excitement, or passion from a man who had just become THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT in the history of this nation. Why is that? Was it a case of "I-finally-reached-the-end-of-the-road-and-the-journey-is-over-so-now-I-can-take-a-moment-to-rest" syndrome? Was it a subdued and stoic response as the weight of this moment was upon him? We'll never now for sure, but that was just something I noticed when watching his victory speech.
  • Speaking of his victory speech, for a man who is known for his oratory skills I expected much more for a speech of that magnitude on such an historic night. When you consider that he also wants to set the tone for the country moving forward it seemed mundane and unimpressive. Again, perhaps it was a subdued and historic response given the weight of the situation. Even so, that begs the question - For someone who ran a campaign and won a presidential election on "change" and "hope" and "high expectations" he was rather somber and reserved and he almost tried to play done the very tone that got him into office. Strange. On second thought, perhaps it's very calculating.
  • It's a subtle point, and I'm sure that every TV station was different, but as a student of film (I actually took several Film Studies classes in college due to a passion of mine) it was interesting to note the extreme closeup shot of of Obama during his speech (typically, these kinds of shots are used by directors to get the viewer to connect with the object/character on a very personal level). In contrast, during McCain's speech the shot was much further away. Again, subtle stuff, but it would seem that even after helping him to win the election the media will continue to serve him as best they can.
  • CNN's Wolf Blitzer just announced that there are an estimated 25,000 people at that park in Chicago. Nevermind the fact that 99% of them seem to be first-time voters all 18-24 years of age, but this statement made me chuckle because earlier in the night (after they showed footage of some of these attendees running to the park for a chance to see "The One") Blitzer guessed that there were "thousands...perhaps hundreds of thousands" waiting to see Obama.
  • Sticking with the "national/international euphoria" theme for a moment, did anyone else get a strange feeling in the pit of their stomach to hear the talking heads go on-and-on about how happy the world was to see us elect Obama? My favorite part was when CNN's Campbell Brown talked of "numerous anecdotes" from people around the country who told of instances of people celebrating in the streets, dancing, screaming, laughing crying, honking horns, and just simply wallowing in a feeling of complete euphoria over this moment.
  • There were also a lot of religious talk by CNN's panel of analysts. From discussing one Pastor's assertion that Obama is a "Moses" figure to another equating him with Nehemiah. Remember the hysteria when Bush said he felt as though God had chosen him to serve to American people in a political capacity? Apparently, the media doesn't exhibit the same brand of intolerance toward their preferred candidate.
  • I'm curious to see what may or may not happen over the next few months before Obama officially becomes president. For instance, will Bush keep America neutral when it comes to potential military conflicts overseas or will nations like Syria and Iran attempt to stir the pot and see what happens? In addition, while U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has rejected an emergency appeal for the court to halt the tabulation of the 2008 presidential election results until Barack Obama documents his eligibility to run for the office, the issue isn't going away, at least for now, since Souter set a schedule for a response from Obama to the challenge from attorney Philip J. Berg by December 1, 2008.
  • 66% of voters 30-years-old and younger voted for Obama. Count me as one of the 34% who did not vote for him.
  • I'm VERY surprised that Pennsylvania did not turn in McCain's favor this year. While it's true that categorizing this as a "toss-up state" when it's traditionally gone Democratic, I thought for sure that Obama's recent comments about bankrupting the Coal Industry would've been enough to strike genuine fear through PA voters who now risk losing their jobs in an already depressed economy. Not so. As if that weren't puzzling enough, how the heck does Jack Murtha win re-election after calling his constituents "rednecks" and "racists" during his campaign?
  • Six months from now will put us into May 2009. I'm now taking bets as to whether or not you think Biden's "international crisis" will occur before or slightly after that date.
  • Now that it's official, does this mean the U.S. Presidential Seal will be formally changed to the one Obama was showing off on the campaign trail?
  • Watching the Republicans lose so much today I sincerely hope that this will serve as a wake-up call to the party that we need fresh new voices who can lead us back to our roots, and restore relations with the base. Personally, I'm considering switching my affiliation to the Constitution Party. Say what you will about Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, but they made sense and had some serious things to say. I contend that either of them would've been a better Republican candidate and formidable opponent for Obama than John McCain was. It wasn't long after those two exited the primaries when I began to find something appealing about a candidate like Chuck Baldwin who strangely sounded more like a traditional conservative Republican than those on the R-ticket.
  • All was not lost for Christians today. At the time of this writing California's ballot measure known as Proposition 8 was still in contention even thought a "Yes" vote was leading the way. In addition, 28 states installed in its constitution a definition of marriage limited to one man and one woman. It may be viewed as a "small" victory in the political sense, but it's a "major" victory in the spiritual realm.
  • I guess we're no longer a racist nation since we finally elected a black man, right? Bye, bye affirmative action and civil rights lawsuits, right? Man, I hope so.
  • Here's a frightening thought: Not only is Obama in power, but he has a Democratic Senate (perhaps House as well), a friendly press, and the backing of the world. Things could change quite quickly around here - not the kind we want to see either!
  • Is this what Obama meant when he refered to a Civilian National Security Force?
  • I thought it was interesting that we seem to have a new message and talking point and his ascension to the presidency in merely a couple of hours old. The new theme is "I need your help..." as this was his main response to McCain during their phone conversation and his message to Americans during his victory speech.
  • In retrospect, I'm not surprised that Obama won tonight. He had to win. He's the perfect political leader for this country during a time like this. Please let me clarify. Take a look this online ministry. It's devoted to recognizing, discussing, and sounding the alarm about things that prove that we are living in the end times. Surely, God can accomplish His will no matter who He puts in a position of power, but if I truly believe that we are living in the last days then it makes perfect sense to be that a man like Barack Obama would come along, quickly rise to power, and become president of our nation. On the surface he seems to fit this entire end times scenario much better than McCain.

All things being said, tomorrow we will wake up in an entirely new nation. I pray that God has mercy on us and that He helps to guide Obama and his administration according to His will.

Ultimately, a son or daughter of God need not be concerned if the government of his homeland is legal or illegal, or if it governs appropriately or inappropriately. What matters is that the Christian recognizes God's sovereignty, confident that in His oversight God NEVER sleeps or looks the other way. He is fully aware of whatever happens.

Because of the purpose He is working out, this One who knows every sparrow that falls has either passed on what occurs or directly caused it. That is all that matters. With this understanding, we can truly live by faith, knowing God is ruling His creation. That is what we are here to learn and trust.

Please prayerfully consider this hard truth. Tonight He gave us EXACTLY the kind of leader we deserve, and that He intends for a time such as this.

Let's remember to trust in Him, not in political leaders and government to save us.

I'm still proud to be an American.

Bribing For Votes

Posted by JRed

You gotta love Liberal Democrats. They are so quick to point the finger at Republicans with accusations of voter fraud, but have absolutely no qualms about attempting to steal the election themselves.

The exploits of ACORN have been well-documented by now, but today they're pulling out all the stops! It seems bribing for votes is an acceptable form of democracy.

Seattle based Starbucks is making fast changes - after being accused of breaking the law with an offer to voters.

Prior to Monday afternoon, Starbucks was promoting an ad that said anyone who enters any Starbucks location on Election Day and says that they voted, they would get a free cup of tall coffee.

Not to be outdone, both Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream are also joining the party. There are also rumors that Chick-fil-A will also be giving away free food. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is giving away star-shaped doughnuts and Ben & Jerry's is offering a free scoop of ice cream.

There's only one small problem. There is a federal statute that prohibits any reward for voting.

These "good deeds" can be perceived as paying someone to vote, and that’s illegal, since the way the law is written, it expressly prohibits giving any kind of gift. The intent of the statute is aimed at special interest groups or, companies like these, who try to influence who and how people vote.

It barely comes as a shock then to learn that the Founders of Ben & Jerry's endorse Barack Obama, and lent his Vermont campaign two "ObamaMobiles" that toured the state and gave away scoops of "Cherries for Change" ice cream. Likewise, Starbucks clearly has a history of promoting a liberal, progressive, pro-Democrat agenda.

So, this is hardly a neutral, bi-partisan offer and instead a blatant attempt by corporate America to mobilize their base on Election Day using tactics that are illegal and prohibited by federal law.

As always, if it hurts the Democrats it must be illegal. However, if it helps the Democrats then surely we can look the other way and make an exception.

Election Day Advice

Posted by JRed

A quote from Dr. David R. Reagan that we all need to read and prayerfully consider before we head to the polls today to elect our next President:

"As we approach the national election next Tuesday, I urge you to pray earnestly for our nation and the outcome of the election. Pray as you have never prayed before. Use the prayer of Daniel in
Daniel 9:4-19 as your model. Pray that we will not receive the kind of political leadership that we deserve because of our nation's rebellion against God and His Word. Pray that God, in his grace and mercy, will provide us with leaders who are committed to the principles that made this country great. Pray, pray, and pray some more — and then vote!"

Every Vote Counts

Posted by JRed

See, I've been telling all of you for weeks that I wasn't going to vote for John McCain today, and instead I will cast my vote for Chuck Baldwin.

Now do you believe me?

Remember that every vote counts, no matter who it is you vote for today. Please don't sit on the sidelines and simply watch.

On a side note, please ignore the message at the very end of this video because yours truly "does not approve of this message" and would never, ever endorse or suggest you vote for that man.

Vote Your Christian Principles

Posted by JRed

Wherever you currently reside in the continental U.S. please vote your Christian principles tomorrow especially if you live in one of the following states that have pro-family and pro-life issues on the ballot.

California's Prop 8 ballot initiative may be receiving the most attention, but there are plenty of important values issues to go around. Tomorrow, voters will be considering measures in 33 states on everything from prostitution to casinos.

Arkansas
Initiative 3 would amend the state Constitution to allow lotteries. 

Voters also have the chance to ban unmarried couples (heterosexual and homosexual) from adopting and providing foster care. Act 1 would amend the state's constitution to protect these vulnerable kids from being placed with same-sex or cohabiting parents, which studies show have more incidents of violence, substance abuse, and mental disorders.

California
Proposition 4 would create a limited statewide parental notification law. If it passes, doctors would be required to call home before performing an abortion on a minor girl.

Colorado
Also known as the Personhood Amendment, Question 48 would define a "person" as "any human being from the moment of fertilization." If successful, this initiative could have a significant impact on future abortion laws.

Amendment 50 may be called the "Limited Gaming Initiative," but the measure actually increases gambling in the state with provisions that would allow 24/7 casino hours.

Maine
Question 2 would authorize Olympia Gaming of Las Vegas to operate a gaming facility at a single site in Oxford County. This proposal would also lower the legal age for gambling from 21 to 19 and lower the legal age to work in a casino from 21 to 18. The same proposal would also allow the casino to extend credit to gamblers, which is currently prohibited under Maine law.

Maryland
Question 2 asks voters to approve the placement of 15,000 slot machines at five locations throughout the state.

Massachusetts
Question 3, the only anti-gambling measure on U.S. ballots this year, would shut down the state's two dog racing tracks by January 1, 2010.

Michigan
Proposal 2 would allow human embryos created for fertility purposes to be used for research, leading to the destruction of these embryos and undoing a 1978 law banning the killing of human embryos.

Missouri
Proposition A would repeal a state law that limits gambling losses to $500 in a two-hour period.

Ohio
Issue 6 would authorize the building of a $600,000,000 gambling "resort" near Wilmington. If passed, it would be Ohio's first casino.

South Dakota
Except in the cases of rape, incest, or threats to the mother's health, Measure 11 would amend the state's constitution to protect the unborn in South Dakota.

Washington
I-1000 would legalize assisted suicide, allowing doctors to order lethal drug overdoses for patients with six months or less to live. Family members would not have to be informed.

Obama Video Montage

Posted by JRed

One of the common complaints I hear from people whenever I try to tell them the facts about Barack Obama is, "Yeah, well where are you getting your information?" and "How do you know what you're reading is accurate, unbiased reporting with no spin?"

It's amazing to me that people can doubt actual voting records that are a matter of public record. It's also funny how family and friends question my integrity - someone they've known for years - yet they just can't bring themselves to question the integrity of Senator Obama - someone they've never actually met.

Well, in an effort to prove to those of you who doubt my claims about this man, perhaps this video will shed some light on the truth of what I've been saying.

It's a 10-minute video montage of some of the things Obama's said - in his own words - and many of these clips show the actual video of him saying the types of things I've told you he actually said over the past several months.

Take this info with you when you head to the polls tomorrow. A hat tip to Maria from Jubilee On Earth for bringing this to my attention. By the way, it should be noted that this remarkable woman who has been touched by God was recently a Muslim Atheist who recently found salvation in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A Glimpse Of Obama's Future America

Posted by JRed

Late last week, we were all treated to a front-row seat that gave us a glimpse of Obama's future America.

Still think the press haven’t dropped the ball in investigating Obama’s positions, history, and background?

I’m sure if another candidate had mentioned that he wanted to create a “Civilian National Security” force as powerful as the U.S. military the press would have followed up on it.

Apparently not so with Obama. Think he didn’t say it? Look at this video, and see the 16 minute mark:



What was that again?

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Sure. Great idea. It worked for Germany back in the day, right? I mean, after all, Hitler wanted to change the world too.

What a strange claim. If you read it again, there is only one way to parse that sentence. He is saying that he wants a National Security Force, comprised of civilians, with the same amount of power and budget as the U.S. military.

This is not only unconstitutional - it’s terrifying!

Please be sure to take this knowledge with you to the polls on Tuesday along with everything else I've been trying to bring to light for you.

Thanks to The 2012 Apocalypse for this report.

Sadly, however, the story doesn't end there. As Joseph Farah's column indicates (see the Recommended Reading section below for the link), "It seems Obama was a founding member of a group called Public Allies in 1992. In 1993, he resigned before his wife, Michelle, took over as executive director of the Chicago chapter. This little-known, but well-funded, band of taxpayer-supported social misfits will, according to IBD, serve as the centerpiece of his 'Universal Voluntary Public Service' program. 'Universal voluntary?' Isn't that an oxymoron? Yes, but just consider the moron who is advocating it."

Farah continues with a shocking revelation,

"Big Brother had nothing on the Obamas. They plan to herd American youth into government-funded re-education camps where they'll be brainwashed into thinking America is a racist, oppressive place in need of 'social change.' The 'Obama Youth' will get a monthly stipend of $1,800, plus paid health and child care, plus a $4,725 grant after their 'service' for future education or school loan payoffs. But this isn't just a make-work program. The real mission is to radicalize American youth and use them to bring about 'social change' through threats, pressure, tension and confrontation – the tactics used by the father of community organizing, Saul 'The Red' Alinsky.' The group boasts that graduates of the program are more than twice as likely as other young people to 'engage in protest activities.' Isn't that wonderful? That's the real purpose – using your tax dollars to foment extremist political clashes, furthering the reach of Big Government into the lives of all of us. The government already pays about half the bill for Public Allies through Bill Clinton's AmeriCorps program. Obama seeks to fund it at levels equal to the U.S. Defense Department – close to $500 billion annually."

Fortunately, we have respected news organizations like WorldNetDaily that are willing to perform a little investigative journalism and report the facts while the mainstream media sits on Obama's lap fulfilling their role as his obedient lap dog.

The more I learn about the man, the more I distrust him and fear for the future of my nation. Then again, I wholeheartedly believe that we are living in the prophesied end times due to the signs that are all around us so I guess you could say that I always knew this time was coming.

I just figured it was still on the horizon and not on my doorstep. I guess time is shorter than even I think it is. Pray, pray, pray!

Remember, those who forget the past are destined to repeat it. At the same time, we do have a destiny to fulfill upon the stage of history and it's about time we took our rightful place.

Farah concludes his piece with, "Remember what programs like this are about. They are about empowering government to take more control over your life. They are about limiting your freedom. They are about picking your pocket. They are about changing the way you think by coercion. They are about making you uncomfortable being an American. They are about total power – and never letting go. We've seen programs like this before – in Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Stalin's Soviet Union and Mao's China. Never again."

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28

Keep looking up!

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Week In Review

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The Rapture

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I recently came across a good devotional regarding the Rapture as published by David Jeremiah's Turning Point.

Here it is:

"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet." 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

When it's time to take a long car trip with small children, the question they ask over and over is, "How much longer?" Children are not mature enough to realize that patience is the prerequisite for pleasure.

In fact, given the choice, they might prefer not to "go to Grandma's house" if it means sitting in the car all day, but once they get there, they realize the wait was worth it.

Some Christians have a childlike attitude when it comes to traveling to Heaven: "How much longer? I'm tired of waiting for Jesus' return."

Time is a problem for us, not for God. For Him, a thousand years is no different from a day (2 Peter 3:8). Rather, God will send Christ to call His church home at the perfect time. And just as parents do on car trips, God the Father has given us activities to accomplish while we are traveling to our destination.

Staying focused on those responsibilities makes the time pass more "understandably" - we understand the delay in Christ's return.

Which would you prefer? Waiting, but still getting to Heaven, or not waiting and remaining here?

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Triangle? Pyramid? Prophetic?

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Many of you will be familiar with David Flynn's new book Temple At The Center Of Time and that we could very well be sitting on the single greatest discovery of mankind since the book asserts it has "deciphered Isaac Newton’s greatest paradox: None other than 'the unified field theory' of Bible prophecy."

Furthermore, you'll also agree that the concept and existence of the pyramid structure seems to have a resonance or, some sort of connection to biblical prophecy and the end times that we just haven't been able to entirely decipher yet.

with that in mind, and thanks to some people "in-the-know" in Europe, I came across
this news today about Le Projet Triangle.

Here's a description of this "project" with some potential areas of interest highlighted by me.

From the article:
"A 50-storey glass pyramid is to transform the Paris skyline after officials eager to rejuvenate the city voted to drop a ban on high-rise buildings. The first scheme will be Le Projet Triangle at Porte de Versailles in southern Paris, a privately funded, pyramid-shaped edifice created by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the Swiss architects who designed Tate Modern and the Olympic stadium in Beijing. Described variously as a modern Cheops, a giant blade or a witch's hat, the tower is due to be completed in 2012 and will contain offices, a conference centre and a 400-bedroom hotel as well as restaurants and cafes. Around it will be parks, gardens, shops and a bridge touted as a symbolic link between Paris and its downtrodden and often violent suburbs."

Click here to see a few pictures of this structure.

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The Chronophage

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This next item left me speechless.

Every now and then, I'll come across a headline or story and react in utter amazement because the resonance with biblical prophecy and especially end times themes, ideas, and terminology is so obvious that it devies logic except to give us yet another reminder that He still sits on His throne and is in complete control.

Have you heard about the Chronophage? On second thought, have you seen it? An extraordinary new type of clock was unveiled at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge by Professor Stephen Hawking.

Hawking, celebrated as the author of A Brief History of Time, returned from the launch of the particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland to unveil John Taylor's sinister vision of his subject.

Actually, this news is about 1 month old, but I only learned about it today by pure chance. "They call it the time eater. With every snap of its fearsome jaws, sting of the tail and release of the claws, it devours another second. This gold-encrusted monster - part grasshopper and part locust - advancing around the golden disc to measure the passage of time cost over $1 million to make and 7 years to build. Inventor John Taylor calls the new version of the escapement a 'Chronophage' which means 'time eater.'"


The work has involved 200 people, including engineers, sculptors, scientists, jewellers and calligraphers. Taylor regularly flew over in his own plane from his home on the Isle of Man to keep an eye as beady as his creature's on the work.

The article continues, "For all its apparent eccentricity, the clock is based on solidly traditional clockwork - unusual in these days of digital electronic clocks. It has taken 7 years' research and construction, incorporates 6 patented inventions, and is predicted to run for at least 250 years assuming the world lasts that long."

Engineer Stewart Huxley refuses to reveal the secret of its tricks, which include the pendulum occasionally apparently catching and stopping for a heartbeat, and then swinging faster to catch up.

The rippling gold-plated dial was made by exploding a thin sheet of stainless steel onto a mould underwater: none of the team actually saw it happen because the only place in the world which could make it was a secret military research institute in Holland.

To say that this invention is bizarre is a vast understatement. To say that it eerily (and blatantly?) uses prophetic themes and terminology (as highlighted above) is completely accurate.

I mean, seriously, what is the purpose of creating a machine like this let alone one that uses such strange imagery not to mention one that gives it's viewer a strong sense of impending doom? What's the point?

Surely, such brilliant minds and educated personalities could be spending their precious time on more important things and pressing issues of the day, no? And the price tag attached to this thing! What's up with that too!?!


The inventor added,
"Instead of being hidden away inside the clock, the mechanism becomes external and enlarged, and is transformed into a Chronophage - a fearsome beast which drives the clock, literally eating away time. Conventional clocks with hands are boring. I wanted to make timekeeping interesting. I also wanted to depict that time is a destroyer- once a minute is gone you can't get it back. That's why my grasshopper is not a Disney character. He is a ferocious beast that over the seconds has his tongue lolling out, his jaws opening then on the 59th second he gulps down time."

Another quirky feature is the eerie sound of a chain dropping into a wooden coffin hidden behind the clock on the hour, which is intended to be a reminder of human mortality.

The clock does not use hands or digital numerals. By a complex feat of engineering, its movement triggers blue flashing lights that dart across the clockface. What appears to be lights flashing in sequence are actually controlled mechanically, using the same principle as a zoetrope, the old fashioned way to view a moving image through slits. The total wattage used by the clock is less than that of three 60 watt bulbs.

The timepiece is completely accurate only every 5 minutes. The rest of the time, the pendulum pauses then corrects itself as if by magic. The blue lights play optical illusions on the eye, whirring around the disc one second, then appearing to freeze the next. The effect is hypnotic.

The clock, which has been described by the college's librarian Dr Christopher de Hamel as "both hypnotically beautiful and deeply disturbing," has now been donated to the college where it will hang outside the new Taylor library named after the inventor.

Dr de Hamel:
"I wanted it to be a monster, because time itself is a monster... It is horrendous, and horrible, and beautiful. It reminds me of the locusts from the Book of Revelation. It lashes its tongue, and flicks its eyes at you. It’s bonkers."

Well, that says it all doesn't it? Interesting to say the least.

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