Testament (By Dawn's Early Light)

Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in , , , , , , , , , , , , | Posted on Monday, November 08, 2010


On the first day of his trip to India, President Barack Obama said the following...

"We visit here to send a very clear message that in our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity, the United States and India stand united," Obama said from an outdoor plaza, the soaring Gateway of India behind him. "We’ll never forget."

Of course, his comments made me think of this...

1 Thessalonians 5:3 (NIV) While people are saying, 'Peace and safety,' destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Then, yesterday I read about Netanyahu's planned comments for Vice President Joe Biden during his scheduled meeting in New Orleans...

"The only way to ensure that Iran will not go nuclear is to create a credible threat of military action against it if it doesn't cease its race for a nuclear weapon," the source said Netanyahu would tell Biden.

How can a student of end times Bible prophecy read that and not think of this...

Matthew 24:6 (NIV) You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

They can't.

Let's not also forget that Obama will be naming a new Defense Secretary as well as several top Generals and Admirals in the next several months. One can only speculate how his decisions will be influenced should a "terrorist attack" and/or "False Flag" occur any day now like many of us suspect could very well happen.

If it does, then I'm sure the nation -- and the world -- will be geared up to "fight the terror threat" even despite Obama's words today in India that "Islam distorted by a few extremists", which is incredibly naive although fully expected from someone who knows precisely what the Koran teaches its followers.

Anyone else find this morning's news about how White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs threatened to pull Obama out of a meeting over a press dispute a little odd?

Gibbs Threatens To Pull Obama Out Of Meeting Over Press Dispute

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs threatened to pull President Obama from a meeting with India’s prime minister on Monday when security attempted to restrict the number of U.S. reporters allowed into the event.

The meeting between Obama and Prime Minister Manmoham Singh proceeded as planned after Indian officials relented.

It was arranged beforehand that eight reporters from the White House press pool would be admitted to the meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, but Indian officials tried to cut the number from eight to five just before the photo-op.

Several U.S. officials pushed to have all eight pool members let in, but it wasn’t until Gibbs said that he was serious about pulling Obama from the event that the whole group was admitted.

“That whole group is going in because they’re going in with me,” Gibbs insisted.

A member of the pool said at one point that Gibbs had his foot lodged in the door of Hyderabad House, the venue where the meeting was taking place, asking security officials if they intended to break his foot.

Obama’s stop in New Delhi is part of a 10-day trip to Asia focused on expanding U.S. exports and deepening diplomatic ties.

Gee, you know, I have no basis at all for even suggesting this, but for whatever reason (I'm sure due to our heightened state of awareness this week) my mind instantly recalled what happened in Afghanistan just days before the attacks on 9/11.

Remember Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance Commander in Afghanistan? He was mortally wounded in a kamikaze assassination that occurred the Sunday before Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Massoud was assassinated by two Arab men posing as Journalists. Both of the assassins died -- one in the attack itself, blown up with his own bomb along with Massoud, and the other, it seems, was shot while trying to escape shortly afterwards. Anyway, that's what I thought of for some strange reason.

By the way, that pool of US Reporters? Apparently, they're called "The White House 8", which is intriguing too. Quick questions though: How does Gibbs have the authority to cancel a diplomatic meeting like that? What news organizations are represented by these 8 individuals?

Growing up, long before I knew anything about anything in this life let alone who Jesus Christ was, I still knew enough to know that this was bad...

To this day, even though as Christians we are not ruled by a spirit of fear, I have to tell you that whenever I see and hear that Emergency Broadcast System alert message I still get goosebumps since it takes me right back to my childhood.

That seems strange too because it's not like I was living during the Cuban Missile Crisis or something! I mean, I was born in 1979 and grew up in the 1980s. Sure, there was the Soviet threat (Red Dawn anyone?), but I still can't figure out where this unsubstantiated feeling of "impending doom" comes from that's associated with that image and sound. Again, it's not like my parents ever commented on it whenever it came on our TV screens either.

In any event, I'm not quite sure how I found out about it (or remember who it was that told me to rent it), but the other day I picked up the 1983 movie Testament and just finished watching it. Long before The Road and The Book Of Eli there was Testament.

The story is described as follows...

Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San Francisco. After the nuclear attack, contact with the outside world is pretty much cut off.

What is it with San Francisco coming up so much lately?

Anyway, that's the story. It's hardly original too. In fact, coincidentally, ABC TV produced and aired their own nuclear destruction "Made-For-TV-Movie" that was much more popular and still well known today called The Day After -- in the very same year!

But I still can't get over how relevant the film is to what's going on today even though it's 27 years old. Personally, I thought they succeeded in capturing the pure horror associated with the aftermath of a nuclear attack -- minus the traditional Hollywood special effects. In that sense, it kinda reminded me of the popular and short-lived TV series Jericho from a few years ago.

The filmmakers give us a glimpse of all the intricacies and the constantly changing family dynamics that survivors are likely to experience in such an environment. Everything from missing parents, establishing communication with the outside world, getting food together, grieving properly, protecting yourself and your loved ones, and trying to go on like everything is "normal" when it's anything but.

I was moved several times throughout this one as the filmmakers knew exactly how to pull on the heart strings. They even interspersed those poignant moments with film clips from one family's home movies. I'm not ashamed to admit that those were the times when I imagined the Director shouting "Cue the waterworks!"

Seriously, for a movie I never heard of about a subject that seems like it's been played out already, I was extremely moved by the acting and the storytelling and that's why I highly recommend taking the time to watch this one if you can.

1983: Testament (PART 1)

1983: Testament (PART 2)

1983: Testament (PART 3)

1983: Testament (PART 4)

1983: Testament (PART 5)

1983: Testament (PART 6)

1983: Testament (PART 7)

I can't recommend this film enough. It was so subtle (after all, they never even name a villain or really show us what's going on in the world outside of this local community in California), but so inspiring.

Regardless of your eschatological views on the Rapture, suggesting you watch this is not about "fear-mongering" either. It's about re-discovering that compassionate human side to us that may have "grown cold" some (Matthew 24:12) as we continue to spiritually prepare -- just in case.

Yes, even though we're Christians we might need to re-discover such ourselves to some extent. I've encountered and talked to far too many Christians recently who have become so bitter and cynical about what's coming that I know that this kind of thought applies directly to them.

I mean, the truth is that we're probably all a little guilty of that to a point, aren't we? Perhaps it's because we constantly study end times prophecy and so we see the world for what it really is. We worry about loved ones (and strangers even) who aren't prepared for what's coming. We know what's coming and maybe we've become so frustrated by those who won't listen or heed our desperate warnings.

Whatever the case may be, do yourself a favor and watch some or all of this powerful film. Better yet, send it to someone who you know needs to see it and attach a note that says, "Boy, I'm glad I have Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in the event that I ever find myself in a situation like this!" and pray that the Lord uses it to open the door to an opportunity to preach the Gospel to someone who needs to hear it.

You know, shortly after watching that one I recalled another nuclear war type movie I saw growing up that I'm not sure many people know about. It was an HBO production called By Dawn's Early Light and I can't believe I just remembered this now after all these years. Have a look if you're interested...

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 1)
(NOTE: Sexual innuendo and graphic language in some parts...)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 2)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 3)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 4)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 5)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 6)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 7)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 8)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 9)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 10)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 11)

By Dawn's Early Light (Part 12)

Strange how these posts come together sometimes.

I think I've tried to explain it before, but somehow I just can't explain it unless you've experienced what I'm talking about for yourself. There are times when I'll be working on a single column for weeks on end. Other times they'll sit in this blog's queue for months before I finally feel led to hit the Publish Button. Then there are moments like today when everything comes together, the Lord grants me the time and the strength, and I'm able to not only watch several video clips, but also write about them for all of you to prayerfully consider in this late and urgent hour.

Why am I telling you all of this? That's easy. We're all on a heightened state-of-alert these days and this coming week promises to be the most intense it's been in that regard for us in quite some time. While we should approach each and every day we're given with that kind of watchful readiness, I think it's safe to say that world events leading up to this week have prompted us to view things differently this time mainly because the secular, non-believing world seems to sense something's in the air too.

Well, you can imagine the thoughts that raced through my head then when I visited a fellow Christian blogger's website that I haven't been able to visit in quite some time and read her latest entry titled "November, November, A Month To Remember" because it is the fitting addendum to this piece.

For whatever reason, I keep thinking about "destruction" and the "morning" as if that's supposed to mean something. Subjective? Sure. A sign? Maybe. So, I took a few minutes to see if there were any verses in Scripture that include both words. Despite the subtleties in the translation, I was shocked to discover that the following verses and content came up in that word search...

Genesis 19:15 (KJV) And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

Exodus 14:27 (KJV) And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

(NOTE: I thought about yesterday's post on Jonathan Kleck's work given the similarities between the US and Ancient Egypt as well as this nation's leader and the Ancient Pharaoh Kings! I thought of Kleck's assertion that there will be a future "False Flag" involving water/coastline too!)

Ezekiel 7:7 (KJV) The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble [is] near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

Ezekiel 7:10 (KJV) Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

Jonah 4:7 (KJV) But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.

Luke 17:29 (KJV) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all.

Destruction. Morning. Mourning. That's the bottom line. What are the odds of this kind of apparent "spiritual convergence" here!?!

Folks, regardless of what does or doesn't happen in the days and weeks ahead, let's always try to rest on truths like this...

Matthew 10:28 (KJV) 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.

All the more reason for us to ask ourselves "Am I A Good Person?" and "Am I Saved?" before it's too late because none of us knows when we'll take our last dying breath.

Repent! Judgment is coming!

Rest in Him! Rest in His Word! Keep looking up!


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Please make the time to find a quiet place and read this EXCELLENT commentary by Art/"Ultraguy" from New Wineskins...


I pray that the gravity of what he highlighted and reminded us of sinks in for all of us.

Keep Looking Up,
Jeff ("JRed")

Now there's been a "Fire In The Sky" over Manhattan (that place again!) at sunset last night:


San Fran in the news this morning:


Thank God there was no tragedy.

Interesting developments...