A tribute to a true ministry pioneer
In 1992-93, I began a journey with William Agbeti of Ghana. We accomplished a lot of things together for the people of Ghana, and still are going strong. Our goal is to show Christ through our example and work to the impoverished, the neglected, the endangered. And we do. Along the way, there are many people who come beside us and make an impact. The Butlers, Enoch and LaGretta, are such people. We have separate ministries, but we work so very closely together. I can’t begin to tell you how generous the Butlers have been, providing housing, transportation, food, love and prayer during the past 25 years. William and I are truly grateful for our relationship. Last week, LaGretta went home to the Lord.
From Busuafise, a very rural area constantly under Islamic threat, where the Butlers planted a church and William and our ministry watered and helped grow it, William writes: “Last Sunday was a long-planned day for free feeding of some 100 needy children, giving out donations of used clothing to their parents, and cutting sod to signify the gradual commencement of construction works on the Redeemer MINISTRIES grounds for active rural ministry. It didn't happen as planned. Word reached us of the passing on of our much-beloved Madam LaGretta Butler, wife of Bishop Enoch Butler, founder of Christ Fellowship Church, the local church we always fall on and cooperate with to organize the poorest of the poor children and parents for our feeding programs. She died in the US and was the buried day before our planned program.
“Naturally, in respect for LaGretta, we suspended every activity and gathered with the local church for a service, prayer for the departed soul of LaGretta, her husband and family. LaGretta, together with her husband, have travelled so many times to Africa to do ministry. The couple has planted various churches, established a school, given out lots of scholarships, and adopted a few children in the country. LaGretta's life was total dedication to the service of God and mankind. She and her husband left behind all the good things in the US to embrace a life of uncertainties, medical risks and various challenges to do ministry in Ghana. The Butlers avoided the city centers and launched deep into rural Ghana where the gospel of salvation was most needed and where needs were most felt.
“Their brand of ministry was beautiful to behold, and an encouragement to many. Today, the legacy LaGretta has left behind is there for all to see--a small thriving local church, good education for many, some of whom are still in college, with some employed in places like the Ghana Police Service, whilst others are serving as ministers of the gospel. Above all, hundreds of souls have been won through their efforts for Christ. As we mourn the passing on of LaGretta, our own Bill Wilson, The Daily Jot, has beautifully captured our feelings and the feeling in heaven right now, powerfully saying, "Sadly for us, but glory for her!" Yes. It's so sad for us, but glorious in heaven right now for LaGretta.”
Enoch and LaGretta are true examples of those of who, like us, are the little guys. We don’t have big ministry staffs or flashy television shows or corporate jets. We quietly obey the Lord’s instructions to work in unity with Brothers and Sisters in the Lord to make a difference for the forgotten. When you support The Daily Jot, that’s what you get. When I mourn LaGretta’s passing, I’m honored to know that she was a woman who fed the hungry, took in the stranger, and clothed the naked. It is both inspiring and comforting that LaGretta has now heard in heaven the words spoken by our Savior in Matthew 25:20, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”
The power of truth and lies
Propagandizing truth makes a better lie. We’ve seen it in the past with Turkey’s genocide of over a million Armenians between 1915-17, a model Adolph Hitler used in an alliance with Islam in the Holocaust. Blame the Armenians for the troubles faced by the Islamic Caliphate—the Ottoman Empire—and the masses will rally around the cause. Hitler did the same thing with Jews. Now, in attempting to revive the Caliphate, Turkey’s “president” Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the Jews to enrage the Muslim world against Israel. Erdogan claims Israel is no different than the Nazis because it killed Hamas terrorists trying to invade Israel’s border with Gaza. The deaths, however, were not without legitimate cause.
Erdogan stirred the masses at a Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit to issue a final communiqué condemning Israel and the US for the massacre caused by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. The OIC is basing its arguments with lies. The first point in the communiqué states: “Condemn in the strongest terms the criminal actions of Israeli forces against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the Gaza Strip, where unarmed Palestinian civilians are exercising their legitimate right of peaceful protest against this inhumane and absolutely illegal occupation.” Gaza is not occupied, but governed by the duly elected terrorist group Hamas. Also, the protest was extremely violent.
The communiqué said, “these crimes have been committed against the backdrop of the illegal decision by the U.S. Administration to officially move its embassy from Israel to the occupied City of Jerusalem, which has further emboldened the Israeli government in its reckless behavior towards civilian Palestinian population.” The decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is not illegal and Israel was only defending its border. Hamas admitted that of the 60 people killed, 50 were members of Hamas, who were instigating and leading the riots aimed at storming the Israeli border. Warning after warning was given that deadly force would be used if the invasion persisted.
Erdogan succeeded in getting the OIC to call for dispatching an international protection force to protect the “Palestinian” people. The communiqué also urged the UN to recognize ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people. Herein evil is accusing others with lies of what it is doing. This all could be prophetic. Turkey, the capital of the last Islamic Caliphate, is attempting a revival under Erdogan’s leadership by vilifying the Jews and Israel. The alignment of the empires in Daniel 2, 7 and Revelation 17 indicate this is perhaps Revelation 17:11 in the making, “And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into destruction”--Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, Roman, Islamic. The Islamic Ottoman Empire (the 7th head) was dealt a death blow in 1922. We may be seeing it come back to life.
Time to defund Planned Parenthood
At a time when Americans heatedly debate whether to allow children of illegal aliens to remain here, this country’s government has allowed the extermination of over 50 million infants who never had the chance to be citizens. This is largely due to the so-called “health counseling” of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world. Even though not a penny of government funding is supposed to go to the Planned Parenthood abortion mill, all the $700 million-plus per year taxpayer money that goes to Planned Parenthood helps this evil institution keep its lights on and doors open. Sadly, the charade of Planned Parenthood will continue even with President Donald Trump’s funding cuts.
Planned Parenthood separates out its “health services” from its “abortion services” even though often both are performed in the same building. This shell game of intermingling services is a planned action by the organization to make the best use of taxpayer money. As a Washington Correspondent for a major Christian network in 2005, I snuck into a Planned Parenthood lobby training session. Not knowing any news media was in the room, the leaders told the trainees that they were to tell Congressmen that the abortion services and health services were separate, but not to say funding from the government was necessary to keep the abortion side of the business going. They trained people to lie to Congress.
The Weekly Standard reports that the Trump Administration seeks to “require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X (sic government funded health related) programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning.” The funding is subject to a 1970 law that none of the money is to be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” But the courts and others interpreted the law to allow abortion referrals, co-location with abortion clinics, and to lobby for pro-abortion policies. President Reagan issued a regulation to prevent this, but the courts tied it up and it was never enforced, even though the Supreme Court eventually upheld it. When Bill Clinton took office, he did away with the Reagan regulation and it was not reinstated.
In Jeremiah 2:34, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Also on your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but plainly upon all these things.” This was in response to Israelite women openly sacrificing children to pagan gods. It is very much the same with abortion—open sacrifice of children to the convenience of the world. It is wrong. It is murder. Those of us who believe in life are forced to fund death with our hard earned tax money. President Trump’s proposal is a good first step, but more is needed. No taxpayer money should ever be used for anything remotely concerned with abortion.
The prophetic wheels of Turkey turning
Turkey is using the terrorist group Hamas-inspired riots, ostensibly in response to the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to unite the Islamic world against Israel. Press TV reports “Ankara has reacted with fury to the killing Monday of 60 Palestinians in clashes and protests, on the same day as the United States formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem al-Quds from Tel Aviv in defiance of international outrage. Ankara said it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel for consultations in the wake of the events. On Tuesday, Israel expelled the Turkish consul in Jerusalem al-Quds.” That this narrative is Turkish-led means the wheels of prophecy are turning.
Turkey is leading the media charge that Israel is a terrorist state because it massacred some 60 “Palestinians” on the day the US Embassy was dedicated. And the generally anti-Israel media and the United Nations are buying the propaganda as if Israel just decided to go out and kill scores of innocents. It matters not that even Hamas’ official Salah Bardawil admitted that at least 50 of the 62 people killed were members of his terrorist group. In short, the violent riots referred to as the “March of Return,” are inspired, agitated and organized by Hamas and supported by other terror groups. As White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Monday, “The responsibility for these tragic deaths rest squarely with Hamas…Israel has the right to defend itself.” Now Turkey wants to lead the Islamic world against Israel.
In Daniel 8:19, Gabriel says, “Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia.” Strong’s Concordance interprets the word “Grecia” in Hebrew as “Yavan, a son of Japheth (the third son of Noah),” his descendants and their land. The Genesis 10 table of nations indicates this area was not only Greece (as Bible interpretations imply), but also the Eastern Mediterranean, including key parts of today’s Turkey. Other sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras—many settled in ancient areas of Turkey, which are mentioned in Ezekiel 38. This is why we need to keep an eye on Turkey when considering end time prophecy.
Gog of Magog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal leads the Islamic world against Israel in the end time battle prophesied in Ezekiel 38. Participants from modern Turkey include Magog, Tubal, Meshech, Gomor, and Togarmah. Others named are Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya, Sheba and Dedan (also Noah’s grandsons from Ham—thought to be South Arabia), and Tarshish (unknown but possibly Tunisia or Lebanon). These are all Islamic nations today. The Koran has over 100 verses instructing to fight and kill those who do not follow Islam, specifically Jews and Christians. As the lens of prophecy comes more clearly into focus, it could be the Beast of Revelation, that rages against God’s people, hails from a revived Ottoman Empire, with Turkey, where the seat of satan resides, leading the way. And we may be seeing it starting to form.
Replaced or Grafted
The historic US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has drawn praise and excitement from many corners of Christianity, but criticism from other sectors. At the core of the debate is what is called Replacement Theology. Replacement Theology, also called Supersessionism, is the doctrine that the Christian Church has succeeded or replaced the Israelites as the definitive people of God and that the New Covenant supersedes the Mosaic Covenant. It gets into a lot of commentary about who are the Jews, how they were divorced by God, that Israel is not Israel and Jerusalem is not the same Jerusalem that is in the Bible. This is misguided. At the risk of drawing ire, let me explain my position.
The four main covenants that God made with Israel were The Abrahamic Covenant, The Mosaic Covenant, The Davidic Covenant, and, yes, the New Covenant. The Abrahamic Covenant is an unconditional pledge by God that he would make Abraham a great nation and by his descendants all the nations of the earth would be blessed. It is the foundation of God’s plan of salvation. The Mosaic Covenant is a conditional two-sided legal agreement between God and Israel similar to a marriage contract where God’s people must keep certain requirements to continue to inhabit the land. Exile from the land was punishment for not keeping the covenant, but a temporary one. According to the prophets, the people will repent at the end of days and be re-gathered to the land (Deuteronomy 4:29-31, Jeremiah 32:37-42, Ezekiel 36:24).
The Davidic Covenant is an unconditional promise (2 Samuel 7:8-17) built upon the Abrahamic covenant and provides a King from David’s line to restore and rule over Israel in that land as long as the heavens and earth remain (Jeremiah 33:14-26). The New Covenant is also unconditional where God places his Word on the hearts of the Israelites; He is their God, and they are His people; God restores His people to their land; He brings justice to the earth through Messiah, and provides salvation to the Gentiles, which is the mystery of the Gospel found in Ephesians 3:1-7. The New Covenant is actually first announced in Isaiah 59:16-21, with verse 20 saying, “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, says the Lord.”
Jeremiah 31:31-37 is the most detailed of all references to the New Covenant, “Behold the days come, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in that day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt: which my covenant they broke…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jesus spoke of the New Covenant at the last supper as ratified by his blood. The New Covenant fulfills, but in no way replaces, the other covenants.
The New Covenant with Israel was through the mystery of the gospel, and would include the Gentiles into the full manifestation of God's plan of redemption, as fellow heirs, and of the same body and partakers of God’s promise in Christ (Ephesians 3:1-10). In Romans 11, Paul warns the Gentiles to not cast away the Jews or “boast against the branches,” “For if the root be holy, so are the branches (v. 16).” Paul says that Gentiles are grafted in and of the Jews in verse 23, “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” Replacement Theology is built on the premise that God will not keep his covenants to restore His people to the land of Israel which is found throughout the prophets. Either you believe God keeps his word or you don't. Either you are grafted or you are not.
The Peace of Jerusalem
What presidents since 1995 said they were going to do, but exercised a Congressional waiver instead, President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US Embassy there. Trump said, “Presidents issued these waivers under the belief that delaying the recognition of Jerusalem would advance the cause of peace…It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result. Therefore, I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel… Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital. Acknowledging this as a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace.”
Pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress were on hand to bless the Embassy and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as did Rabbi Zalman Wolowik. They cited Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” But there was everything but peace in the reporting of this “religious” role in the dedication of the Embassy. Of course, the mainstream media—including AP, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NY Times and more—severely criticized Hagee and Jeffress for their conservative stances on Christianity and Israel, referring to them as bigots, Islamophobes, and a host of other “isms” and “phobes.” The media seemed to align with the religion of peace (Islam), whose representatives were rioting and committing acts of terror due to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Turkey’s dictator Recep Tayipp Erdogan said, “Israel is a terrorist state.” Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the move allows “Israel to spill more blood of innocent Palestinians and increases the intensity of extremism that threatens the world community.” Iran’s Foreign Minister called it “a day of great shame” and referred to Israel as “the world’s largest open air prison.” The Arab League issued a statement saying that the Embassy move is a “blatant attack on the feelings of Arabs and Muslims,” and it called on the international community to oppose this “unjust decision.” All of these people claimed that Israel was massacring Palestinians, ignoring that they were violently storming Israel’s border.
It should be obvious to anyone with discernment that those who dedicated the US Embassy in Jerusalem want peace, are called to peace, and are willing to work toward peace, though they may know that there will be no real peace until the return of the Messiah. Those who are so worked up over the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are the ones supporting violence for anything that remotely gives the appearance of recognizing Israel’s right to exist. Sadly, the godless news media continuously shows its ignorance of Holy Scripture and its bias against those who speak truth. At the same time, the media perpetuates the agenda of those who are driven by such hate that they want all Jews driven into the sea. Indeed, we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
The prophetic peril of Gaza
On August 15, 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began forcibly removing Jewish settlers from their homes in Gaza under what was known as Israeli Disengagement. By September 12, Sharon had unilaterally given up Gaza as a peace offering to the “Palestinians,” who had adopted the slogan “Gaza today, Jerusalem tomorrow.” On August 15, 2005, The Daily Jot reported: “It is almost chilling to watch the events leading up to Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon’s so-called “disengagement” plan as the world pressures Israel to unilaterally give up covenant land for the mere hope upon hope that there might be a semblance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
The 8/15/2005 Jot continued: “Former Sharon cabinet member and once Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu plead with Israeli leadership last week to end the disengagement plan and to come to its senses. Like many, Netanyahu believes giving up land without concessions is a demonstration that terrorism pays and that Israel’s national security will be forever threatened. Certainly Israel’s military understands the significance of Netanyahu’s concerns. Middle East News Line reports that Israel's military has revised its withdrawal plan to account for a scenario under which the eviction of Jewish residents from the Gaza Strip would be completed amid massive Palestinian fire and heavy Israeli casualties.
“Netanyahu called disengagement an “evil” and urged Members of the Knesset to stop it. He said he has warned the Sharon government that the Palestinians will only use the Gaza land to establish a terrorist base of operations and that the nation of Israel’s defense and security may be undermined by disengagement. He said, “I am calling on all those who grasp the danger: Gather strength and do the right thing. I don't know if the entire move can be stopped, but it still might be stopped in its initial stages." And he warned, “The government is advancing in total blindness. They have eyes but don't see. They have ears but don't hear."” By June 2006, “Palestinians” were launching missiles from Gaza at civilian targets in Israel.
Fast forward over a decade later and the headlines read “Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US Embassy inauguration” and “100,000 Palestinians gather for March of Return from Gaza.” Reports are saying the Hamas-led “Palestinians” want to take Jerusalem and prevent the US from moving its embassy there. The 2005 Disengagement is a reflection of Jeremiah 6:14, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” Netanyahu and others who opposed “Disengagement” 13 years ago look like prophets. Sadly, those who warned of the peril of Gaza at the time are experiencing the consequences of such foolish leadership today.
The crucible of prophecy in Damascus
Israel is currently defending the Golan Heights from Iran’s hostile bases in Syria by launching very precise missile strikes. The presence of Turkey, Iran, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, Hezbollah, Hamas and other enemies of God and of Israel in the Syrian theatre has many wondering about the Isaiah 17 prophecy about the destruction of Damascus. There is much speculation about whether we are now entering into the end time scenario written so much about by the prophets in the Bible. Certainly, the crucible of prophecy is being stirred and heated, but we must pay close attention to the actual words and context of the prophets to discern current events.
According to the prophet Isaiah, 17:1, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Many point to this verse to speculate when and how Damascus will be destroyed. If we study the context of the prophecy, Chapter 10 begins with prophesying judgment on Assyria and Ephraim (one of the tribes of Israel) for attacking Israel. Damascus is named as one of the Assyrian’s vassals. Damascus also is included in end time judgment accounts of Egypt, Babylon, Moab, Assyria, Ethiopia, Tyre, Philistia and others. This demonstrates the near and the far of prophesy. Some of this was fulfilled historically; other parts of it are yet to be fulfilled.
There has been a lot of talk that this is the time that perhaps Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled. Damascus, after all, is hardly a city nowadays. It is maintaining a heartbeat after years of civil war and fighting that includes various al Qaeda terrorist groups, Hezbollah from Iran, Russian interests, American interests, Turkey, the Islamic State, and, of course the Assad government. The ingredients are there for the total destruction of Damascus. Damascus may be devastated by this massive gathering of many forces, but it is not the total destruction prophesied by Isaiah. As with most prophecy, it often appears to be fulfilled, but in types and shadows, layers, and signs before it is ultimately fulfilled.
The context of Isaiah 17 is judgment on nations that come against Israel, beginning in Chapter 9 and continuing through Chapter 24. The phrase “In/At that day” is mentioned no less than four times in Isaiah 17, a short chapter of 14 verses. This phrase is an indicator for the Day of the Lord, meaning when the Lord returns to judge the nations that came against Israel. Verse 7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Verse 11 speaks that the harvest shall be a day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Context is key. It’s irresponsible to take just one verse and develop a scenario or doctrine around it. In Syria, we are seeing prophetic movement, but we will know when God fulfills the prophecy. It will be clear.
Because it just has to be said
The immediate past US “president” reentered the public foray criticizing the current Administration with a statement decrying President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. In a lengthy defense of his foreign policy gemstone, the ex “president” said without the Iran agreement “the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East.” When it comes to war in the Middle East, the ex “president” is the expert. He and his administration supported the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group’s Arab Spring revolts throughout the Middle East and Africa, bringing complete instability to the region. This is his foreign policy legacy.
Let us remember the war that the ex “president” supported, supplied, and funded that created the Syrian situation today and expanded the power base of the terrorist state of Iran. In March 2012, Arab Muslim journalist Khaled Abu Toameh wrote that the Arab Spring was supposed to promote women’s rights, encourage the abandonment of terrorism, moderation and pragmatism. He writes, “But judging from the outcome of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, it is evident that the “Arab Spring" has failed to achieve any of these goals. As far as many Arabs are concerned, their "spring" has thus far proven to be a total disaster.”
He concluded: “In these four Arab countries, women, Christians, journalists, human rights activists and political opponents are being targeted, and in some instances slaughtered, on a daily basis either by the new rulers or militiamen and Muslim fundamentalists.” Does anyone remember how the ex “president” supported the overthrow of Libya by backing al Qaeda fighters there—many of which had returned from Iraq where they killed American soldiers? Or how about the mess he created in Egypt by supporting a so-called “democratic” Muslim Brotherhood overthrow of Egypt’s government; Or the civil war in Syria by supporting not only the Muslim Brotherhood, but also the Islamic State, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups? Then came the Iran deal with $100 billion in cash delivered on pallets with no restrictions on how it was spent.
To defend his foreign policy with a statement that pulling out of this horrible Iran nuclear deal will result in a nuclear Iran or another war in the Middle East is no less than delusional. It is because of this agreement and his other actions that we have more war now and will have a nuclear Iran. The Iran nuclear deal actually funded Iran’s nuclear program, fomented terror, and helped destabilize Syria and Lebanon. How can someone be so blind? It is the thinking of man over the wisdom of God. It is the worry of how other nations will view America, rather than how God will judge her. It is the refusal to receive the love of truth, as 2 Thessalonians 2:11 says, “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”
Fallout from Trump ditching Iran nuke deal
The Iranian-backed Houthi movement fired missiles over Saudi Arabia from Yemen. Israel’s military says it identified irregular activity by Iranian forces in Syria, causing bomb shelters in the Golan Heights to be opened to citizens. Iranian lawmakers did the same thing in response to President Donald Trump pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal as they did when the previous “president” entered the deal—burn the American flag and shout “Death to America.” Sounds like a pretty normal day in the Middle East—Islamic led violence against Israel and Islamists trying to kill Islamists with which they don't agree. What’s not normal is that the United States is no longer part of empowering the foremost sponsor of terrorism—Iran.
AP reports, “Israel’s prime minister is praising President Donald Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s decision Tuesday a “historic move.” He says leaving the Iran deal unchanged would be “a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.” Netanyahu is a leading critic of the deal, saying it did not contain sufficient safeguards to prevent Iran from reaching nuclear-weapons capability or address Iran’s other activities across the region. He says Iran’s aggression has grown since the deal, especially in Syria, where he says it is “trying to establish military bases to attack Israel.””
Siding with Russia’s response, AP reports that the previous US “president” who signed the infamous Iran deal, “is calling President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal a “serious mistake” that will erode America’s global credibility. ... He said Tuesday that Trump’s decision to withdraw is “misguided,” especially because Iran has been complying…“The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.”” AP reported the ex “president” claiming that without the deal, the U.S. “could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East.””
Let’s look at the obvious. Iran has used the $100 billion the ex US “president” shipped it on pallets to foment war and terrorism, and according to Netanyahu’s documentation, continue its nuclear and missile development program. The ex “president,” who started all this current unrest with his support of the Arab Spring revolutions across the Middle East, says without the Iranian deal the US would be faced with a choice of a nuclear Iran or another Middle East war. Wow. Isn’t that the same choice as with his Iran agreement intact? While the world is worried over the fallout of America abandoning the Iran nuclear deal, we should be more concerned that America is aligned with God’s position in the Middle East. Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love you.”—a good place to start.
Reversal of a disastrous prophetic move
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the previous US “president’s” nuclear deal with Iran would enable the terrorist-sponsoring nation to finish building nuclear weapons. Last week, he continued to urge the current US President to scrap the deal by showing proof that Iran was continuing to develop its nuclear weapons program. President Donald Trump is now expected to pull out, while the so-called experts are playing their usual foreign policy scare card warning that breaking the Iran deal could cause a war. Let’s remember that this terrible deal unleashed some $100 billion in sanction money to the terrorist state that arrived in cash on pallets AND will allow Iran to develop nukes in 10 years.
In 2015, the previous US “president” effectively cleared the way for billions of dollars to be pumped into Iran in reward for agreeing to delay its nuclear program for at least ten years. Also, The Times of Israel reported US officials confirmed that Iran was not forbidden to test ballistic missiles under the nuclear deal. Many analysts believed at the time that Iran would use the time and money to accelerate nuclear development. It was widely reported that Iran tested ballistic missiles in March 2016, including two with the words “Israel must be wiped off the earth” emblazoned on them. The missile tests were evidence that the White House narrative was deathly wrong.
The Lord says in Zechariah 12:3, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” At the time, many found it hard to imagine how, for example, the United States would be gathered prophetically against Israel. The US had supported Israel since it became a nation. The previous “president” reversed this backing across the board by supporting the traditional enemies of God through the Arab Spring rebellions, the Iran nuclear deal, and much more. Left intact, his foreign policy may have had catastrophic consequences for America and its citizens.
This is why leadership is so important. The current White House is bringing America back into alignment with Israel. By ending the Iran nuclear deal, Trump may reverse the disastrous prophetic implications of his predecessor. It is important that America do the right thing in the eyes of God. Jesus says in Matthew 25 that when the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will separate the nations like a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats—the goats on the left and sheep on the right. Verse 34 says, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you form the foundation of the world.” While our personal salvation is most important, so also are the leaders we choose.
Your journey as a witness
Remember when we were younger, we would play doctor, or cowboy or house or some such thing. In this time frame, much of the “Church” is playing church. It's all about the numbers, paying the pastor, increasing the worship team, the new building fund, whatever. This keeps everybody thinking they are busy and doing something for the Lord. And they are, it's just not necessarily the Lord’s best plan for them. Many have been asking me how to witness; are the “little people” able to do this, or do they have to have a big time ministry. We talk about this very subject quite a bit among our small church group. I encourage everyone to minister where they are. We are all called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do our part.
Too many people are just playing church. They are going to services; worship like everyone else beside them; often get encouraged (with probably scripture twisted into making the preacher’s point, translated: bad doctrine or eisegesis) and they come home and return to their lives. During the week, they might go to their Wednesday service, a prayer meeting or some group they belong to. It’s inside the walls of the church back to inside the walls of their homes, and not much mixing with the real world. Like a good marriage, you can’t just play house, you have to work at it. Same principles apply. First, be an example. Second, communicate, not in a preachy way, but in a common sense, biblical-based way. Make sense.
Creating disciples is not always knocking on doors and handling out tracts (I’m guilty—have done that a lot), but rather it’s relationship building and relationship management. To me, it’s heart to heart—treating others as you would like to be treated, and in doing so, making the case for Christ with words, actions, and by example. In our church, we have a man who because he was in academia, has a lot of liberal, unbelieving friends. His ministry is very difficult because he gets put down, ridiculed and ostracized. But he keeps trying—some sow, some water, some harvest. Another lady in our church works in a very diverse dental office. She gets to witness, in her way, to Jews, Muslims, and, yes, Christians. Another ministers through her contacts in the horse industry as well as to members of her family.
Yet another does hair. The people who sit in her chair get to talk about things that lead to Christ and his ways—either subtly or more direct. One man in our church witnesses quietly in his place of work. He is widely respected and asked to say the prayer now at workplace gatherings. All these outreaches count. They change peoples’ lives. You can do it, too. We have to remember that God’s word does not return void and that each of us is a joint that supplies according to our measure to make increase in the body. Every journey starts with the first step. We can take a step of faith, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in pursuing God’s plan for us. If you want to witness, seek the Lord and have Him show you the way that we join together in what James 1:22 says to “be doers of the word and not hearers only.”
National identity and personal salvation
There was a story last week that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders was going to introduce a bill to provide guaranteed government jobs for everyone in America. Rasmussen Reports conducted a poll of 1,000 likely voters and found that 46% supported the idea. This is true socialism—you and I would be forced to pay enough taxes to support guaranteed jobs for everyone. Someone might say this is biblical because in Acts 4:32 the early church “were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that any of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” This was voluntary, not compelled by the government. It, therefore, was not socialism, but rather Christian care for one another.
That even Christians would think it OK for the government to give everyone jobs and those who don't have government jobs would be forced to pay for it is an indication that there is no longer much national identity as an American. What made America great in the past is that as a free people, we had the courage to stand against such tyranny not promote it. It came from within the heart and soul of being an American. This rugged individualism and independence characterized Americans. Where has it gone? Our national identity was that of a Christian nation. Even if not all the people were Christian, they recognized that Christian morals were an acceptable and preferred qualification for leadership. The vacuum of leadership politically and spiritually in this nation has left much of it a dry, amoral place of apathy.
The Apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:17-19, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Jesus said in Matthew 24:23, “Then if any man shall say unto you Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.” Our national identity and, more importantly, our personal salvation is diluted tremendously if we, as Peter put it, “scarcely be saved.” If America’s preachers are so intent on preaching/teaching a self indulgent, extra Biblical and emotional version of the Christ, then what Christ are we following--the real Son of God, crucified and risen, for our sins, or some humanist version of Christ that fits a social or political extra-biblical gospel? It is here, not on the national policy front, that we as a people have lost our identity. This should be a serious personal consideration that gives weight to the working out of salvation with fear and trembling.
Yes being Yes and No being No
While President Donald Trump’s job approval ratings hoover around 49-50%, the media attacks keep coming. Attempt after attempt to erode any support for the president is made everyday by a very biased news media. I remember last year at this time they were talking Korea. Everything that Trump was doing with North Korea was going to get us into a nuclear war. At family gatherings, the talk was about how Trump was going to awaken the nuclear power of the East to attack America. Of course, the crazy little guy in North Korea wasn’t helping matters by threatening America with both his words and his underground tests. But Trump held the course amidst the criticism from all the experts.
Now even the news media is having to scratch their heads and begrudgingly admit that Trump’s nontraditional approach at foreign policy has paid dividends with North Korea. Trump taunted the North Korean leader over the twitter-sphere about the size of our nuclear weapons compared to the size of theirs. He said things that made everyone uncomfortable given the high stakes of nuclear devastation. US territories, such a Guam were on high alert. Hawaii was even nervous about North Korea’s ability to strike the island state. But Trump continued with his brash tweets in what appeared to be very uncharacteristic of a US president handling a diplomatic crisis.
Then came the Olympics, where the two Koreas made a showing together on opening night. This followed by a thaw in relations, a possible meeting between the two leaders of North and South Korea—which actually occurred last week. Overtures were that there would be peace in the region; that North Korea would end its aggression and nuclear program. All the while, the Trump team was working in the background to pull together details of a summit between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. This week, there are signals of diplomatic breakthrough as North Korea reportedly has relocated three detained Americans from a labor camp to a hotel—a sign that they may be soon be released.
There has been a sea change in progress with this rogue nation. Headlines over the last nine months have gone from North Korea demanding the US surrender to them to missile testing to the US sending warships and warning against anymore tests to the Olympics to peace between North and South to signs of releasing Americans detained in North Korea. All the while, Trump has continued to turn up his unconventional pressure. Trump has a long way to go toward maturing his public persona, but he is very direct with what he says. We in America have grown so accustomed to leaders who sugarcoat all that they do, that we bristle at the first sign of direct-speak. Jesus said in Matthew 5:37, “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ ‘no.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” This is a good example for all to follow.
The whirling winds of prophecy
The prophets of the Bible speak of a day when the traditional enemies of Israel will come against the country “like a cloud to cover the land (Ezekiel 38:9, 16)” and God will rebuke the nations that rush against Israel “like a rolling thing before the whirlwind (Isaiah 17:13, 41:16).” Revelation 13:7 speaks of the beast, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.” These are end time prophecies that indicate there will be nations led by the beast (Gog, the Assyrian, King of the North, the prince that shall come, little horn, etc.), against Israel. The world political stage elevating Islam in the recent decade has emboldened these players as the whirling winds of prophecy are forming up.
Gog of Magog (Turkey), chief prince of Meshech (Turkey) and Tubal (Turkey) leads Persia (Iran), Libya, Ethiopia (Sudan), Gomer (Turkey), Togarmah (Turkey), Sheba (Saudi Arabia) and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) against Israel to “take a spoil and to take a prey (Ezekiel 38:12).” This coalition originates and is led from areas which are currently in Turkey. Turkey is becoming increasingly radical. The Gatestone Institute reports that at an April 11 event to unveil the 2017 European Islamophobia Report, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on European governments to criminalize criticism of Islam as “a hate crime and a form of racism.” In essence, If adopted in Europe, Jews and Christians could be killed or incarcerated for their belief in the Bible, as they are in many Islamic nations today.
The leader of the terrorist-backed Palestinian Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority singled out Jews as the cause of growing anti-Semitism in Europe. AP reports “In rambling remarks that were part of a lengthy speech to the PLO parliament on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was the Jews' "social function," including money-lending, that caused animosity toward them in Europe, citing what he said were books by Jewish authors. He also portrayed the creation of Israel as a European colonial project, saying "history tells us there is no basis for the Jewish homeland." His remarks prompted an immediate response from the US Ambassador to Israel, “To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don’t have peace, think again.”
These are just two examples of what is happening around the Middle East to influence Europe (the West) against Jews and Christians. They are stirring up trouble and trying to establish a narrative that is friendly to the end time beast system and diabolically against Jews, Christians, and Israel. Interestingly enough, the very countries that are listed as coming against Israel are part and parcel to this stirring. Turkey’s leaders are very vocal about those who resist Islam. Also remember that Turkey and Iran both are ardent supporters of the “Palestinian” movement to divide the land of Israel and to drive the Jews into the sea. These two events, while seemingly unrelated, are part of the whirling winds of prophecy.
The prophetic drumbeats of a nuclear Iran
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday revealed that Israel had obtained over 55,000 pages and 183 CDs proving that Iran has lied about its nuclear program. Netanyahu further stated that the documents prove that Iran expanded its nuclear program even after the highly controversial deal with the previous US “president’ that paid Iran billions of US dollars in cash on pallets to stop its weapons program. Haaretz reports that a diplomatic source said that if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had prior knowledge of the Iran program, it would not have issued a report clearing Iran of developing nuclear weapons, and the Iran nuclear deal would have never reached agreement.
The IAEA is a toothless, incompetent UN agency where several nations developed nuclear weapons under its watch. In June 2005, Mohamed ElBaradei, an Egyptian-born Islamist, was unopposed for a third term as head of the IAEA. During his time at the helm, North Korea, Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran and, quite possibly, terrorists were suspected or proven to have active nuclear ambitions. ElBaradei, who stepped down in November 2009 and rose to power in Egypt as a result of the Muslim Brotherhood coup in 2011, was ineffectual in stopping any of it. ElBaradei, by his own admission, refused to declare a nuclear program in effect until he verified both the nuclear bomb plans and a way to deliver the weapon.
In November 2004, ElBaradei said of Iran, “I am not ready to jump to the conclusion and say this is a weapons program unless I see a diversion of nuclear material to such a program or I see clear cut proof that this is a weapons program. And we are not there yet.” On February 22, 2008, ElBaradei said, “I should, however, add that in connection with the weaponization studies, we have not seen any indication that these studies were linked to nuclear material.” Because of ElBaradei’s Iranian apologetics and delay tactics, Iran steamed forward with its nuclear program on one side, and its nuclear missile development program, aided by Russia, China and North Korea, on another side.
Nearly 20 years have passed after first suspecting that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon. There has been proof aplenty that this foremost sponsor of international terrorism is secretly building the most dangerous weapon known to mankind. A US “president” empowered Iran to quicken its nuclear development in July 2015. At that time, Netanyahu said, “The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday…what a stunning historic mistake.” The current US President said he intends to end the agreement and Netanyahu has provided good reason. Zechariah 12:4 says, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces...” These are the prophetic drumbeats of a nuclear Iran, an end time enemy of Israel, and those who empower it.
Disgraceful White House Correspondents' Dinner
The White House Correspondent’s Dinner is usually where the media gets together once a year and roasts the President. In years past, maybe because the “president” has been one of their own (translated: Leftist), the jokes have been tempered with a bit of respect for the office. But then again, the immediate ex-“president” told the attendees in 2016 that the media and his Administration were partners and worked together with the same goals to bring truth to America and to preserve democracy. The current president has refused to even attend the gala, saying that he would rather not be stuck in a room with a “bunch of fake news liberals who hate me.” He is right. The dinner was full of left-wing, vulgar disrespect.
Headlining the evening was comedian Michelle Wolf, who left no doubt of the evening’s agenda. She attacked Trump and his White House relentlessly with vulgar, inappropriate, disrespectful “jokes” that most Americans would not dare repeat at the dinner table. Sexual innuendo was checked at the door as Wolf openly described sexual body parts, used the slang name of the female sex organ to describe the President; attributed perverted sex acts to members of the Administration, and said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was an “Uncle Tom” to women—with Sanders sitting at the same table from which Wolf was speaking. She called Sanders and Kellyanne Conway liars and the President a racist.
While not a “White House Correspondent,” I often covered the White House when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were in office. I also covered the 1980 Presidential campaign between Carter and Reagan. As a reporter, I believed in conducting myself above board, respectfully, yet firmly, showing respect for the Office of the President, while at the same time, a toughness to hold accountability to the truth. One can be friendly, but not friends. Also, as a correspondent or reporter, one must seek to report the news without bias, without a political agenda. If it is your opinion, that must be stated up front. It seems all those rules that good journalists once lived by are gone with this generation.
Allowing an agenda-driven leftist disguised as a comedian to address the premier gathering of America’s White House reporters with such blatant disrespect and vulgarity speaks volumes about the character and agenda of those bringing so-called news to the world. The New York Times motto is “All the news that’s fit to print.” When those reporting the news are unfit, the news is also suspect. A free press should not have a political agenda. Today’s press is not free because of its agenda. As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Michelle Wolf’s vile, inappropriate monologue, as embraced by the White House correspondents, is evidence of their reprobate minds—a disgrace to free speech and to the title “Correspondent.”
Media as enemy of the state
There is an interesting article by Philip Bump of the Washington Post posted by the Standard-Examiner about how President Donald Trump sees the media as an enemy of the American people. Bump uses the opportunity to run down the President by saying that his rants are just added to the “lengthy column” of “Things Trump did that most other presidents would never do.” Then Bump gets to the point. He cites a Quinnipiac University poll that asked if certain news outlets were enemies of the American people. The results were nearly 40% said “yes” and more than 80% of Republicans surveyed said the media was an enemy of the American people.
Another poll Bump cites is Pew Research Center’s survey on what it means to be a good citizen. Bump writes: “Only 8 percent of respondents said they had a great deal of confidence in the news media to act in the best interests of the public—with Democrats expressing a great deal or a fair amount of confidence more than three times the rate of Republicans.” Of course, Bump blames Trump for turning the people against the media. And this is part of the problem—the media itself is so biased that it cannot even fathom it is biased. The Media Research Center documents that the overwhelming majority of the media (some 80% -plus) votes Democratic--a direct correlation to the 90% negative news media against Trump and Republicans.
On April 24th, Trump wrote in an email to supporters: “My staff asked, “Mr. President, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is coming up. Will you go?” I said, “Why would I want to be stuck in a room with a bunch of fake news liberals who hate me?” I came up with something much better. I’m going to hold a rally in Michigan to spend the evening with my favorite deplorables who love our movement and love America!” This is a far cry from the last Correspondents’ Dinner attended by the immediate past “president.” He told them, “But we've always shared the same goal –- to root our public discourse in the truth; to open the doors of this democracy; to do whatever we can to make our country and our world more free and more just. And I've always appreciated the role that you have all played as equal partners in reaching these goals.”
The ex “president” described a free press as one that partners with and has the same goals as the White House, his administration, in particular. This is not a free press. Trouble is, the news media, through years of communistic and socialistic brainwashing, largely has become the lapdog of leftists, Marxists, Islamists, and anarchists. The press, rather than doing its job of reporting the facts, has become a massive opinion machine disguised as news. When the media abrogates its responsibility and aligns itself with a political ideal, Isaiah 59:14 comes to mind: “And justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” And the media wonders why they are considered enemies of the American people. Strong delusion is upon them.
Americans redefining family morality
Americans of all ages and demographics are drifting farther away from the basic moral foundation of the Bible. A recent survey conducted by George Barna’s American Culture and Faith Institute asked a 1,000 adults nationwide about the morality of eight family-related behaviors—birth control, divorce, sex outside of marriage, having a baby out of wedlock, watching pornography, having an abortion, polygamy and intimidating or aggressively dominating someone. Barna says that the vast majority claimed that five of those eight behaviors were either morally acceptable or were not a moral issue—birth control, divorce, sex outside of marriage, having kids out of wedlock, and watching pornography.
Almost half of those surveyed (48%) said that having an abortion was acceptable. Barna reports that “at least 15% and as much as 40% of adults do not consider behaviors such as divorce, abortion, and unmarried sexual intercourse to be moral issues. In other words, there are no cultural or religious boundaries that dictate whether such behaviors are appropriate or inappropriate; those behaviors are simply a reflection of individual preferences. For the eight measures examined in the research, an average of one-quarter of all adults (25%) said those behaviors are not moral issues. One-third or more of the public considers divorce, birth control, and having a baby outside of marriage to be amoral decisions.”
Born again Christians were different, according to the survey, except on the use of pills or a medical device for birth control where they were roughly the same (86% said it was morally acceptable). Barna says, “born again Christians were much more likely to embrace a more traditional, biblical moral perspective. Even so, a majority of the born again adults deemed half of the eight behaviors to be acceptable: using birth control (87%), getting a divorce (66%), having a baby without being married (54%), and sexual relations between unmarried adults (51%). In addition, about four out of ten born again adults believe that viewing pornography is acceptable (38%).” Surprisingly, 27% of born again Christians said abortion was not a moral issue.
The most disturbing news in the Barna survey is that of religious skeptics—those who are agnostic, atheist, or indifferent to religion. Barna says skeptics, 29% of which are Millennials and 14% of adults 65 and older, constitute the fastest-growing faith segment in America. Skeptics believe that six out of the eight behaviors are acceptable, saying only polygamy and domination are unacceptable. While born again Christians are closer to believing in Biblical definitions of morality than is the general public, Christianity in America is trending with the world and is losing its children to the world. Christ prayed to God the Father in John 17:15-16, “not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” For many, free will is dangerously overriding God’s perfect will.
Beware of communists in political party clothing
The Democratic Party is housing communists and passing them off as progressives—a word used to gain general public approval of communistic ideals. Failed presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is one such individual. He is introducing a federal jobs proposal that would guarantee every adult American a $15-an-hour job with health benefits. The Hill reports that two additional Democratic Party presidential hopefuls, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have expressed support for similar proposals. Our economy, religion, speech--pretty much the entire Bill of Rights--are threatened by sweet sounding proposals laid as snares to liberty, baited by emotional self-righteousness.
With guaranteed government jobs and mandatory healthcare the government would have control over the financial and physical lives of every individual in the nation. This is where the guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion come into play. Jesus said in Luke 4:18,19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” He commissioned us to make disciples and to carry on his mission. The fundamental mission of government is far different than that of church.
From a Christian worldview, it is Christ’s people, not a centralized government, that must minister to the poor, and provide healing, restoration, comfort and vigilance over Liberty. The earliest account of American history provided by Mayflower leader William Bradford indicates that the ability to worship freely was the central theme of the Pilgrims. And in that, he writes, “We are knit together as a body in a most strict and sacred bond and covenant of the Lord, of the violation whereof we make great conscience, and by virtue whereof we hold ourselves straightly tied to all care of each other’s good.” And they proved this when they were dying sometimes two or three per day in their care for one another’s health.
When the Pilgrims were starving while trying to grow food communally, Bradford gave them their own land to till, which turned the colony around. He says, “The failure of this experiment of communal service, which was tried for several years, and by good and honest men proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times--that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God....community property was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort.” Beware of communists in political party clothing lest we repeat this disastrous example.
Germany’s anti-Semitism and prophecy
Germany, its leadership in particular, is infamous for its persecution of Jews to the extent of attempting the unthinkable under Adolf Hitler’s reign—the final solution. Islam’s alliance with Hitler is much debated and discussed among historians, but seemed to come naturally given Hitler’s actions resulting in the Holocaust. Steve Coll, author of “Hitler and the Muslims” writes: “Germany’s use of Islam during the Nazi period owed less to Hitler’s strategizing than to the legacy of imperial Germany’s use of armed jihadists to undermine its European enemies.” The Hitler-Islam alliance shared a collateral benefit if they conquered the world and Jews were eliminated from it at the same time. Is Germany repeating this history today?
NBC News reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open border policy allowed over a million Muslim “refugees” into the country in 2015—up to 10,000 a day—to a country with a population of some 81 million. According to a Berlin-based non-profit, The Department for Research and Information on Anti-Semitism, the number of anti-Semitic crimes increased 55 percent in 2017, with 2 to 3 incidents a day in Berlin, alone. Violent crimes against Jews in Germany continue to increase. It is no coincidence that the open border policy flooded Germany with Muslims from staunch anti-Jewish strongholds and crime rates against Jews in Germany have skyrocketed. Muslims are committing the crimes.
Merkel commented during an interview with Israel’s Channel 10 about Germany’s rising anti-Semitism. Merkel admitted that anti-Semitism existed in Germany before the Muslim’s immigrated to the country, but her comments underscored her ignorance, intentional or unintentional, about those whose religion instructs them to kill Jews and Christians (for example, the Koran’s Sura 2:190-193, speaking of Christians and Jews, says, “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.”). Merkel said, “We have refugees now, for example, or people of Arab origin, who bring a different type of anti-Semitism into the country.” What?
She continued to say, “The fact that no kindergarten, no school, no synagogue can be left without police protection dismays us.” Merkel is dismayed that she allowed 10,000 people a day into her country who likely believe that Jews are less than pigs (also in the Koran) into a country known for its anti-Semitism, and crimes against Jews increases? She is dismayed that the police have to protect Jewish children at their schools? The Lord promises to make Abram and his descendants a great nation. in Genesis 12:3, the Lord says, “And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you.” Germany and Islam are a modern example of the impact of leadership in relation to prophecy. Think about it.
Accusing others of the evils you do
The day after the final Presidential Debate on October 18,2016, the news media was abuzz with stories, analysis, speculation and, quite frankly, aghast at candidate Donald Trump’s assertion that he may not accept the results of the election if he lost. Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton stoked the firestorm on October 21 in Cleveland, Ohio saying, “We know in our country, the difference between leadership and dictatorship. And the peaceful transition of power is something that sets us apart.” On October 24, she added more gasoline, tweeting, “Donald Trump refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. That’s a direct threat to our democracy.” The firestorm continued until she lost.
Into the wee hours of the morning after the election, Clinton refused to address her campaign supporters. Then finally, around 2:30 am, she called Trump and conceded. But she didn’t accept the results of the election. Then Jill Stein of the Green Party (communist front) and the Clinton campaign, through Clinton’s George Soros-financed attorney, challenged the election results beginning on October 26. By mid-February the Clinton-Stein coup attempt, which by the way, included a Russian voter machine hacking narrative, was put down by Pennsylvania District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond. Diamond said that Stein-Clinton presented “absolutely no evidence of any voting irregularities.”
By January, the lame duck “president,” the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee were baking the Russian narrative, accusing the Russians of hacking Clinton and DNC emails. The emails were damning evidence of the unethical, immoral, illegal chicanery practiced by Clinton and the Democratic Party. The lame duck “president” and Clinton claimed that the Russians hacked the computers and released the information on them to influence the election. Whoever hacked the computers (as it is still unproven), did America a great favor. First, they showed that Clinton and the Democratic Party were poor stewards of sensitive information and, therefore, too incompetent to hold the office of the Presidency. Second, they revealed the extent of the institutional graft and corruption of Clinton and the DNC.
Clinton went on a speaking tour blaming Russians, women, men--everyone but herself--for her election loss. Now the DNC, representing Clinton, Friday filed a civil suit against the Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia, claiming the hacked (and very damaging) emails represented a far-reaching conspiracy to elect Trump. The people voted, Clinton lost, she tried to overturn the election on a recount, now the Democratic Party is trying to delegitimize the election with another lawsuit. Clinton and the DNC are refusing to accept the results of the election, and in Clinton’s own words, “That's a direct threat to our democracy.” 2 Timothy 3:13 says, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Evil always accuses others of what evil does itself.
Socialism looms as ungodly as it is
The New York Times (NYT) is reporting that there are an increasing number of candidates running for various offices as socialists. Of course, they are running under the Democratic Party ticket, and there have been many of them over the years. It’s just that nowadays they are admitting that they are socialists. That they would be so bold as to not hide their true affiliation is a testimony to the condition of our nation. Millennials, the NYT says, are far more receptive of socialism because of issues like pay equality, high student debt, an uncertain job market, and high rent. Interesting how this generation blames capitalism for what socialism actually created, but the trend toward socialism is here.
The NYT reports that the election of Donald Trump convinced tens of thousands that both parties were broken and that the country was in need of a radical fix. Young people, NYT says, are turning to socialism. A 2016 survey of 18-29 year olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics “found that 16 percent identified as socialists, while 33 percent supported socialism.” Some 51% said they did not support capitalism. These young people do not understand that Socialism takes away freedom, especially economic freedom. It was the Marxist ideals of the former “president” who inflated student loans by government taking them over. Healthcare costs skyrocketed under socialist healthcare while services declined. We all could retire millionaires if the money we contributed to Social Security was properly invested, not pillaged by the government.
William Bradford described the Pilgrim’s failed socialist experiment of The Virginia Company Charter in “Of Plymouth Plantation”: “The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato’s and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing, as if they were wiser than God.” Bradford was familiar with Plato’s “Republic” espousing a utopian society under socialism. In ending this experiment that nearly cost the colony their lives, Bradford wrote: “...God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.” This was the first capitalist system and the Plymouth colony then prospered.
Even many Christians believe in socialism, citing Acts 2:44, “And all that believed were together and had (shared) all things in common.” There is a tremendous difference between voluntarily sharing and being forced to share the fruits of your labor by the government. Socialism has its roots in communism. The Communist Manifesto requires that all religion and morals be abolished; that government replaces God. All wealth is redistributed so that everyone has the same—everyone would be forced to pay for the student loans, healthcare, rent and wages of others. This is a far cry from the blessing of voluntarily sharing with others. The first commandment, Exodus 20:1 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” That includes government. Moreover, Bradford is still right. Man is not wiser than God. Young people would be wise to heed his advice.
Presidential Polls—more fake news
Rasmussen has been polling presidential job approval ratings since 2003. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that “50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove…[sic the immediate past-president] earned 47% approval, 52% disapproval on this date eight years ago--in the second year of his presidency.” Rasmussen also says that it is the only opinion firm that “still tracks President Trump’s job approval each day.” Notwithstanding, it is the mainstream media discrediting Rasmussen’s numbers by saying that among the 88 polls released this year, Rasmussen has the highest approval ratings for Trump.
This is reported by Real Clear Politics, who is touting its own polling numbers of 42.1% job approval for Trump. Let’s remember that organizations like Real Clear Politics also predicted Hillary Clinton to win in a landslide. This has not gone unnoticed by Rasmussen, who posts on its website: “The same critics who called Rasmussen Reports “outliers” during the 2016 presidential campaign for showing a neck-and-neck race are at it again because our daily Presidential Tracking Poll has Trump performing better than many other pollsters do. But Trump defeated Clinton in 2016 in perhaps the greatest electoral upset in US history, and our polling nailed the exact margin between the two candidates.”
Unfortunately, many polls are run by media companies like Washington Post, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, New York Times, etc., who are biased toward a political agenda—even though they try to pass themselves off as “unbiased” news organizations. They slant or weight their polling samples to get the results they want, then they release the results, analyzing them until the cows come home, in an effort to sway public opinion toward their agenda. When the people, for example, don’t vote their way, they are incredulous. They turn on the people by saying they are ignorant, white racists, bigamists, misogynists, Islamophobes, homophobes, etc., etc. It’s a leftist propaganda machine out of control.
Trump’s approval ratings are higher than the previous “president,” which irritates the leftist media to no end. They can’t fathom that people think a pragmatist, non-conformist would ever do a better job than their anointed successor to Marx. Even with all the baggage Trump has, and with media, deep state, Democrat and Republican forces against him, people perceive he is doing a better job than his predecessor at this stage in his term. Why is that? Maybe it’s because all the people who are against Trump are seen as people who do not represent the values of mainstream America, i.e., If those who are against me are against Trump, maybe it’s not Trump who is the entire problem. We are warned against these types in Ephesians 5:6, “Let no man deceive you with vain words.” Moreover, we are told to have nothing to do with them.
End time prophecy—man made or God?
There is some debate among Bible scholars and prophecy students about the end of days and how they will take place. We know, for example, that there is an antichrist-led battle against Israel that results in the mountains being leveled, a great earthquake, the sky rolling back like a scroll, hailstones, fire and brimstone, darkness, and flesh, eyes and tongues rotting while people are standing. These all appear like descriptions of a nuclear holocaust. We also know Isaiah 55:8 that God said “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways.” Certainly, there will be battles raging here on earth in the day of the Lord, but according to scripture, these times are God’s times, not man’s.
Chapter 8 of Revelation opens, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour, and I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” The ensuing chapters describe the judgment on earth at the hands of these angels. These judgments correspond with accounts found in Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah, Joel and other prophets speaking of the end of days. These are not manmade devastations. They are done by the hand of God. So while there will be wars and rumors of wars leading into and occurring during the seven years of Jacob’s Troubles (the tribulation), and there may be nuclear conflict, the end is at God’s hands.
This is why I do not agree that Ezekiel 39 or Isaiah 17 or other such accounts on the nations under judgment are describing nuclear war or nuclear-induced devastation. Isaiah 17:1, for example, is often cited by scholars as a nuclear attack that levels Damascus, “Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Verse 7, says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Another example: Ezekiel 38 describes what will happen to Gog “in that day (verse 14).” It sounds like a nuclear event. But God says in verse 16, “I will bring you against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
The Lord then speaks of pestilence with blood, raining upon the people with great hailstones, fire and brimstone and in verse 23 says, “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know that I am the Lord.” This is the theme in that day when the nations are judged—earthly battles, but supernatural destruction. The Lord will leave no doubt in that day that He is Lord. If this were manmade destruction, doubters could use that to discredit God. Just as it is known without a doubt that God led his people out of Egypt, His word is consistent in end of days prophecies that people will know, even the enemies of Israel, that God is God and there is no other.
Your face your privacy
When we see the government and the court system collaborate to obtain search and spy warrants under false pretense for political purposes, we have witnessed a government and court system that is out of control and needs to be reeled in. If it can happen to President Donald Trump’s lawyer, but not Hillary Clinton, it can happen selectively to any one of us. If a secret court can be coerced to allow spying on a presidential candidate by a sitting president, it can happen, and quite possibly has happened, to you. A very disturbing story by Forbes details how a company with contracts to US spy agencies has been harvesting pictures on Facebook, Linked In, YouTube and others for a facial recognition database.
Terrogence is one of those companies marketing its product Face-Int. The Terrogence website boasts: “Face-Int™ is an intelligence based facial recognition technology. Terrogence actively monitors and collects online profiles and facial images of terrorists, criminals and other individuals believed to pose a threat to aviation security, immigration and national security. The Face-IntTM database houses the profiles of thousands of suspects harvested from such online sources as YouTube, Facebook and open and closed forums all over the globe. It represents facial extractions from over 35,000 videos and photos retrieved online portraying such activities as terrorist training camps, motivational videos and actual terror attacks.”
So what happens when you are neither a terrorist nor a criminal, but perhaps one of those “other individuals believed to pose a threat”? Maybe somebody on the inside has marked you because you support a certain political position, attend a certain type of church, or have stated your sentiments online about current events. Then you are put through the costly bureaucratic gauntlet trying to prove your innocence because the “authorities” think you are guilty. As ACLU spokesman Jay Stanley told Forbes, “A lot of those problems could intensify if you have a bunch of private quasi-vigilantes making their own blacklists of all kinds." This is precisely what happened with the previous Administration’s abuse of the FISA secret court.
Abuse of power takes many forms. Your privacy as an individual is threatened every time you use social media, or even drive on a “public” road (translated: speed cameras, license identification technology, face recognition, etc.). Many government agencies are able to wield the power where the burden of proof of your innocence is on you rather than being innocent until proven guilty. Many people are worried about accidentally taking the “Mark of the Beast,” but in reality, anyone using social media already has given the “beast” enough information to, as Revelation 13:7 says, “make war with the saints, and to overcome them.” Cat’s out of the bag; horse’s out of the barn. Be wise about what you post online. Not only is God watching, but his enemies as well.
Syria Bombings and Prophecy
President Donald Trump did what he said he would do: Bomb Syria for its participation in gassing its own civilians. In doing so, the president also made it very clear what he thought of Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeting: “President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing animal Assad. Big price to pay.” In announcing the missile response, Trump said, “Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with the civilized nations as a force for stability and peace.” Interesting that many of the prophetic players on the world stage are gathered in Syria where the prophet Isaiah wrote, “Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”
Turkey and Iran are there in Syria. Turkey has been, at least publicly, supporting the removal of dictator-president Bashar Assad. Iran is supporting Assad because Syria is essentially a vassal state of Iran. They have a mutual defense pact. Russia, Turkey and Iran recently met to develop a peace plan, not only for Syria, but for all of the Middle East. Russia supports Assad and Iran in this conflict. But Turkey, Russia and Iran appear to be working together more than just in the public relations/propaganda world. The entire conflict arose out of the immediate past US “president’s” support for Arab Spring uprisings where the US supported various terrorist groups connected with al Qaeda to overthrow Assad.
There has been a lot of talk that this is the time that perhaps Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled. Damascus, after all, is hardly a city nowadays. It is maintaining a heartbeat after years of civil war and fighting that includes various al Qaeda terrorist groups, Hezbollah from Iran, Russian interests, American interests, Turkey, the Islamic State, and, of course the Assad government. The ingredients are there for the total destruction of Damascus. Damascus may be devastated by this massive gathering of many forces, but it is not the total destruction prophesied by Isaiah. As with most prophecy, it often appears to be fulfilled, but in types and shadows, layers, and signs before it is ultimately fulfilled.
The context of Isaiah 17 is judgment on nations that come against Israel, beginning with Assyria in Chapter 9 and continuing with Palestina, Moab, Ethiopia, Egypt, Shebna, and Tyre through Chapter 24. The phrase “In/At that day” is mentioned no less than four times in this short chapter of 14 verses. This phrase is an indicator for the Day of the Lord, meaning when the Lord returns to judge the nations that came against Israel. Verse 7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Verse 11 speaks that the harvest shall be a day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Context is key. It’s dangerous to take just one verse and develop a scenario or doctrine around it. In Syria, we are seeing prophetic movement, but we will know when God fulfills the prophecy. It will be clear.
April 23 forecast for end of the world
There are several professed Christians who keep making predictions about when the earth will end. Some try to use prophecy and scripture to make the predictions. Some take a circuitous and convoluted route of meticulous explanations involving page upon page of “evidence” that is so difficult to understand that one begins to think the writer is under the influence. Others try to look at the sky and make their predictions. David Meade, a so-called Christian conspiracy theorist, predicted the world would end in March. That didn’t happen so he is revising his prediction to April. This time, he is using the round-peg alignment of certain constellations to pound into a Biblical prophecy square-hole.
The UK Daily Express reports that Meade is now predicting the end of the world and the rapture to occur on April 23. According to the Express, Meade is using Revelation 12:1-2 as the basis for his forecast, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” Meade says, “During this time frame, on April 23, 2018 the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo… Jupiter is birthed on April 08, 2018.”
Meade continues, “The 12 stars at that date include the nine stars of Leo, and the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars – which combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo. Thus the constellations Virgo, Leo and Serpens-Ophiuchus represent a unique once-in-a-century sign exactly as depicted in the 12th chapter of Revelation. This is our time marker.” Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” He then went on to chronologically explain what would happen at the end of the world, warning that there shall arise false prophets that, if possible, shall deceive the very elect.
The Apostle Paul paints a similar picture in 2 Thessalonians 2, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition...so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” This is very clear: 1) don’t be deceived, 2) falling away, 3) antichrist (beast) revealed, 4) sits in the temple as God. Daniel 9, of which Christ speaks, is similar: 1) Antichrist appears, 2) covenant confirmed, 3) temple sacrifice ceases, 4) overspreading of abominations, 5) temple made desolate by antichrist. The world will not end on April 23rd. There is much prophecy to occur before that happens. Read and study the scriptures for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding. Don’t be deceived by the ear-ticklers.
Media hypocrisy and deception
In watching the drama of the current White House play out before the American public, there are a whole lot of hypocrisies in the narrative presented by the mainstream media. This is truly a biased media. Their bias is demonstrated by the surveys of stories that indicate over 95% were negative when reporting on the current president. The 24/7 news cycle has analyst after analyst parading before the cameras spewing their wonderful knowledge in a very news-like fashion, but if you listen to them, it is opinion after opinion often based in someone else’s opinion rather than any fact. It’s enough to stir people up and it’s very agenda-driven. We all have to do double duty to not be deceived by this ongoing mantra.
Let’s take a media hypocrisy inventory. It’s OK for a president to have sex in the Oval Office with an intern because what he does in his private life is his business. It’s not OK for a president to have had sex with a porn star in private a decade or more before he became president. It’s OK for a Democratic president to send the National Guard to the border to beef up border security. It’s not OK for a Republican president to do so. It’s OK for a former president to receive $500,000 from Russia about the time his wife made a deal to sell Russia uranium. It’s not OK for a Russian to donate $150,000 to Donald Trump’s charity for a video speech two years before Trump becomes president.
It’s OK for Facebook to allow the previous president’s campaign to harvest data on its users (translated spy on users) because Facebook was “on his side.” It’s not OK for an independent firm contracted by the Trump campaign to acquire Facebook user data for political purposes. It OK for a Democratic “president” to prevent people from predominantly Muslim countries from immigrating to America. It’s not OK for a Republican president to temporarily prevent people from predominantly Muslim countries to enter America. It’s OK for a Democratic president to have multiple sexual affairs while governor of Arkansas and as president. It’s not OK for a Republican president to have multiple affairs before he holds public office.
These are just some of the stories that pummel the public day in and day out. It is sordid, unfair, biased, agenda-driven opinion by leftists presented as news. It is the type of hype found in daily soap operas, but is played out in real life. These biases are a grave threat to free speech because they are weaponized half-truths and propaganda aimed at a gullible public. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” Verse 14 says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We must be a discerning people otherwise deception lays in wait.
Mueller Investigation smokescreen of darkness
The trouble with Special Counsels, like Robert Mueller, is that there is no telling how far their authority will go. They may or may not get to the bottom of the real issue, in this case Russian influence over the US election, but they may turn up other evidence that warrants legal action. They head up the wild west of legal investigations. It is absurd to even think that the Russians changed the outcome of the US elections. That part is clear. Now were there bribes paid, information exchanged and used, laws violated? Perhaps so. There are enough smoking guns surrounding the previous Administration and the Hillary Clinton campaign to keep a special counsel going for years, but they are not the target.
No other president since Richard Nixon has been under fire as has Donald Trump. It’s coming from the media, from the Democrats, from the Republicans, from the CIA, the FBI, and from any “institution.” Every word Trump says is scrutinized and turned inside out. Every action he takes is criticized. His wife is under a microscope. His youngest son is openly joked about. Trump’s moral mistakes of decades ago are being relived as if they had occurred last week. From porn stars to criminals to political hacks, everyone’s words are taken as gospel truth if they are words against Trump. It’s as if every sin America has committed is put on Trump’s shoulders along with his own.
This is getting to the point that it will, if it hasn’t already, impacted our very national security. Enemies of America, and there are a lot of them, have to be looking at the morass and chaos depicted in the news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and think “there may be a chance for us to take advantage of this.” The communist gun-grabbers, certainly are trying to make hay while the sun shines. The no-borders people are out en masse with drivers license sign-up drives, and no doubt, voter registration in tandem. Once they are on the voter rolls, they can vote. Nobody is challenging this, and the Democratic Party stubbornly resists updating and purging voter rolls. A takeover of this country looms against this visceral background.
The Mueller investigation has become the smokescreen for the enemies of America to accelerate their efforts. Maybe the investigation will confirm other deeds, like Clinton enriching herself with a pay to play deal selling US uranium to Russia. Or some of the other shenanigans, but it doesn’t seem likely at this point. Meantime, the godless communist agenda advances. When that agenda advances, so does the devil’s agenda. As Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Don’t let the smoke get in your eyes. See clearly and act accordingly. Having done all, stand.
I was helping a friend of mine yesterday with a project at his house. He had Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Mark Levine on the internet radio (yes, it was a long project). I hadn’t listened to these commentators for a long time. While all three were talking about different topics in their respective programs, it occurred to me that our American republic is in extreme danger by the very people who we elect, those who are major contributors to the campaigns of the people we elect, and the apathy among the public who elect these people. While most would say this an obvious observation, and it may be, there is no safe harbor in either political party, and humankind is drifting farther from the Creator every second.
Think about the endless wars our country has been in. Has there been a time of peace in your lifetime? The blood of our sons and daughters is spilled overseas everyday, and has been for decades. Is war so profitable that it is worth investing the lives of our children year after year, decade after decade? It appears so. These profiteers wrap their marketing in the cloak of patriotism and our youth are inspired by the call to duty, but where is the real threat? From Vietnam to Grenada to Kosovo to the Middle East’s various hotspots, is there ever a victory? Do we ever reap the dividends of peace from the seeds of violence? Who is profiting so much on the bodies of our children that this never-ending cycle cannot be broken?
Here at home, we have allowed the progression of apathy to determine our future. We have been lied to, manipulated, deceived and shook down by politicians who line their pockets with our hard-earned money and clothe themselves in power. This has reached such a critical mass that draining the swamp of such cunning dwellers is nearly impossible. We have before us a media that is communist, a political party that is communist, another political party that is no less than socialist, a legal system that is corrupt to the point that people are not equal as the scale of justice is watched from beneath the blind. We are spied on. We are no longer free to speak what’s on our minds because we are judged harshly.
This can be overwhelming. We as a people need to make a choice. To me, the choice is Christ. If we choose him and walk in his ways and truly make disciples, we have participated in allowing the Lord to use us to change things for good. Yes, there is a conspiracy. The conspirator is the devil. His plan is to steal, kill and destroy, and he uses those who open themselves to him. The answer is Christ. The Messiah is the only choice to overcome evil. We are the good warriors. We have the holy calling. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We can choose to stand in power the Lord has given us and turn things around a heart at a time.
I can only imagine
I could count on one hand the number of movies I’ve paid to see over the last five years. I don't like what Hollywood produces and what the actors stand for. To me, many are un-American and their craft portrays a world of bad things on steroids. My movie watching is by extreme selection usually in the privacy of my home. I like the older works—like pre-1970. My favorite, though, is “Remember the Titans.” Maybe “Gone with the Wind” is a close second. It’s difficult for me to remember movies and I have a hard time recognizing actors. I guess it just doesn't matter enough to me. There was, however, a movie that we went to see over the weekend, and I actually paid to see it, that I can strongly recommend.
Many of you may remember the song “I Can Only Imagine.” The lyrics are: “I can only imagine What it would be like When I walk by your side I can only imagine What my eyes would see When your face is before me I can only imagine I can only imagine Surrounded by your glory What will my heart feel Will I dance for you Jesus Or in awe of You be still Will I stand in your presence To my knees will I fall Will I sing hallelujah Will I be able to speak at all I can only imagine I can only imagine I can only imagine When that day comes When I find myself Standing in the Son I can only imagine When all I will do Is forever, forever worship you I can only imagine I can only imagine.”
It’s a MercyMe song written by Bart Millard. The Movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” takes viewers on the journey of Bart Millard’s life, of which the ingredients were mixed to bring him to a moment when he penned the words to the three time platinum song. Amy Grant played by Nicole DuPort was going to record the song and she was talking to Millard about how long it took to write it. Millard, played by J. Michael Finley, told her it only took about ten minutes and the music took about the same amount of time. She said that she believed a song like that took a lifetime to write. From there, we learn the story behind the song and Millard’s life of abuse, abandonment, soul-searching, and reconciliation.
This is a compelling story. The acting is very good. The filmography is very good. It was produced on a $7 million budget and Variety.com reports that the movie grossed over $15 million the first weekend it was released. It has already grossed over $59 million, according to moviedguide.org. This means that a lot of people are seeing it. This is a story of how the relationship of a son and a father is restored through the redemptive powers of Jesus Christ. We can all relate to it in one way or another. It doesn’t twist the gospel. It stays true to its intent. It’s not preachy, it’s real. Jesus said in Matthew 6:14, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” “I Can Only Imagine” addresses forgiveness in a way that can be an example to us all. You’ll be blessed if you see it.
The prophetic events of the week
There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation about the Ezekiel 38-39 end time battle in which the Lord finishes the attackers of Israel, “Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know that I am the Lord (38:23),” and speaking of his people, “Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God (39:29).” These chapters reference the Day of the Lord where the Lord God crushes the enemies of Israel after they attack “like a cloud to cover the land.” There is no mention of Russia or of the United States in this attack. And now for the “Yeah, buts…”
The “Yeah buts” are those who say that most Bible commentators and prophecy experts they listen to, say that it is Russia that leads the attack against Israel. This is clearly not the case. Ezekiel 38:2 says, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.” Verse 4 says, “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I willbring thee forth, and all thine army…” Verses 5 and 6 name who joins Gog--Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya (Libya), Gomer and Togarmah. Magog, Mesech, Tubal, Gomer, and Togarmah are all located in modern Turkey.
Bible scholars are divided over the use of the word “Rosh” in the Hebrew translation, which always is the Hebrew word for “Chief.” Some “Scholars” insist Rosh is a people group. In attempting to connect Russia to this particular prophecy, some suggest that the Scythians, a nomadic people, settled in parts of what are now Russia, thus becoming the “Russian” connection. In the context of the scriptures, there is yet another clue. In Revelation 2:13, Jesus tells us that Pergamos is "where Satan's seat is." Pergamos is in Turkey, not Russia. The “Beast” of the end times is referred to in several places in the Bible as the Assyrian, an empire that once controlled many of these prophetic locations in Turkey, but not Russia.
This controversy is further flamed by interpretations of the Bible. The King James Version translates the word “Rosh” as “Chief.” As does the King James 2000, American King James, New International Version, New Living Translation, English Standard Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, International Standard Version, NET Bible, God’s Word Translation, JPS Tanakh 1917, Jubilee Bible 2000, and Webster’s Bible Translation. Those who changed the translation to “prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal” include: Young’s Literal Translation, World English Bible, English Revised Version, Darby Bible Translation, and the American and New American Standard Versions.
There is no doubt that Russia plays a role. Just this week, Russia’s leader met with the leaders of Turkey and Iran to take a unified approach toward Syria. Russia is a traditional supplier of weapons to Israel's enemies; it blocks most UN actions against Israel's enemies. But as far as Biblical proof that Russia is leading the Ezekiel 38 attack, it is mere speculation. Turkey, however, is extremely significant and once was the home of the most antichrist political and religious system on earth, the Islamic Caliphate--the Ottoman Empire. The more important prophetic signal this week was that Turkey and Iran are at the same table working together. Jesus warns in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Study the word for yourself that you may discern these times. It is important.
The prophetic harvest of Arab Spring
Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is trying to lead a new al Qaeda movement to overthrow Saudi Arabia’s monarchy and establish what he calls true Sharia Law. PJ Media reports that Hamza wants to revive jihad, and redistribute the riches of the country to the poor. It is reported that he is inspired by Arab Spring. There are riots on the border of the terrorist state Gaza and Israel, as the terrorist-inspired masses are trying to invade Israel demanding a “right of return.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslim countries to force Israel to “retreat toward the point of demise.” The seeds sown by the previous White House-supported Arab Spring in 2010 continue to reap a deadly prophetic harvest.
The immediate past “president” created a game changing prophetic leap in the Middle East by not only supporting, but engineering Arab Spring. Christian and Jewish eschatology speak of the Day of the Lord where the Bible plainly prophesies that Arab/Islamic nations attack Israel and Israel is saved by the Messiah, the Christ, in an end time battle that ushers in the Millennial Reign of Christ. There are many current events that point to this eschatology being set up by the actions of leaders of many nations. The support by the previous White House of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 is a major prophetic and eschatological milestone that has had tremendous consequences as current events play out.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s advance to establish a worldwide Sharia-based caliphate was catalyzed by the previous White House. The previous “president” threw support behind the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab Spring resulting in Islamists using a false democracy to take over Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen. Additionally, there was strife in Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia that resulted from either a direct or a collateral affect of advancing the Muslim Brotherhood plan. This destabilization of the Middle East created an even more hostile environment for Israel by energizing Islamic terror groups in Israel--Hamas, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and others. The Islamic State was birthed as well. And the effects continue.
Islamic eschatology has its Mahdi returning to earth to establish a seven-year worldwide rule of Islamic peace. Islam’s version of Jesus (Isa) is to be the Mahdi’s prophet in leading Jews and Christians to Islam. Islam’s eschatology is strikingly similar to the Biblical antichrist. Indeed, Islam denies the deity of Christ. 2 John 7 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” And Zechariah 12:9 speaks of the day of the Lord, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” America has played the eschatological catalyst with its Middle East policy. Its final place in prophecy is yet to be determined, but thankfully, the current President is trying to reverse that disastrous course.
Prophetic storm on the horizon
There are a series of stories in the news recently that show how the Ezekiel 38 prophecy of a coalition headed by a leader from modern Turkey brings a host of enemies against Israel in a colossal end time battle in which God saves Israel and declares in Ezekiel 38:23, “Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself: and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” Currently, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the “Palestinians” in Israel, Israel, and Iran are all locked into a curious mix of politics, military effort and intrigue that is whirling around the Middle East and gathering the end time players together like the building of a prophetic storm on the horizon.
Turkey’s dictator Racep Tayyip Erdogan is making a move in Syria to destroy the Kurd fighters who are a mainstay against the Islamic State. Many believe that Erdogan wants to eliminate the Kurds in general and do a land grab along the Syrian border. At the same time, Turkey and Russia are collaborating on the building of a Russian-made nuclear power plant on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. In addition, Turkey has agreed to purchase Russia’s long-range S-400 missile system and the two countries are building a pipeline to transport Russian gas to Turkey. AP reports that Russian “president” Vladimir Putin, Erdogan and Iranian “president” Hassan Rouhani are expected to hold a summit in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stirred the prophetic pot by speaking out of both sides of his mouth. The Atlantic reports that bin Salman said that Israel has a right to exist as a nation. What bin Salman really said, however, was, “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.” This is a dualist statement in that the Palestinians claim all the land in Israel. He also said that Islam was a religion of peace and that the “triangle of evil”: Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sunni terrorist groups (ISIS and al-Qaeda) were seeking world conquest. He didn't mention that Saudi Arabia was the birthplace of al-Qaeda, and supports the Muslim Brotherhood. He also denied that Wahhabism exists.
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel as a nation. The Saudi Crown Prince does not recognize Wahhabism, a radical evangelical sect of Islam originating from Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince recognizes the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda as an evil triangle with Iran, but fails to mention that Saudi Arabia is known to support these terrorist groups. Iran and Turkey are working together with Russia as a unifier. We can see how eventually the diverse forces of Ezekiel 38 can be brought together to fight against Israel, which includes modern day Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya and even parts of Saudi Arabia. What appears to be isn’t and what is secret is brewing a prophetic storm on the horizon.
Prophetic Turkey arising
Turkey’s dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has characterized Israel as a terrorist state and its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, a terrorist. Erdogan used as an illustration Israel’s response to the terrorist group Hamas’ organized march against the Israeli border. Netanyahu then pointed out that it is Turkey under Erdogan’s leadership that is murdering its own Kurdish people, as confirmed by many human rights organizations. Netanyahu said, “The most moral army in the world (referring to the Israeli Defense Force) will not be lectured by someone who for years has indiscriminately bombed civilian populations.” Turkey’s influence in the Arab world was accelerated by the former US “president’s” support of Arab Spring.
In April 2012, The Jerusalem Post reported, “Turkey has been one of the biggest winners of the Arab revolts, as people around the Muslim world look to its ruling Justice and Development Party as a model for combining Islamic values with economic growth (the number of Egyptians expressing approval for the Ankara government grew 22% since April 2011 to 37%).” The New York Times wrote in January 2012, “Supporters credit Erdogan with elevating Turkey’s profile in the Middle East, turning the country into an increasingly assertive regional player at a time when several of its neighbors are locked in sometimes violent struggles for democracy.”
Case in point: After a two-day visit to Iran 8 years ago, Erdogan told reporters that an Israeli attack on Iran would devastate the entire Middle East. Erdogan made the point of saying he shares concerns with the American “president” at the time that an Israeli attack on Iran could trigger a regional war. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Erdogan also sided with Iran by saying the International community is turning a blind eye to Israel’s “250-300 nuclear warheads” while trying to stop Iran’s peaceful nuclear program. Erdogan was acting as a bridge between Shiite Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which promotes a return of the Islamic Caliphate.
The Islamic Caliphate/Ottoman Empire, headquartered in Turkey, was one of the longest lasting empires in history spanning 624 years from 1299 to 1923. It ruled over much of southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. Its control over the Middle East was far greater than the Roman Empire. Some scholars now believe that a revived Ottoman Empire is the one prophesied by Daniel as the end-time antichrist system. Also the antichrist army of Ezekiel 38 is led from specific locations in Turkey--Magog, Meshech, Tubal. Also Christ is quoted in Revelation 2:13 that Pergamos is “even where Satan’s seat is...where Satan dwells.” Pergamon is in Turkey. Turkey arising--a sign of these prophetic times in which we live.
Prophetic exhortation to never give up
As we look at the current events in our country and around the world, there is so much in the news that is discouraging--that indicates America continues on its vector away from the Lord. Some say they are just waiting for the rapture. They want to go home. Others are discouraged that what they are doing has no impact. In any case, you must understand that we as Christians have a mission and a purpose. I have been writing The Daily Jot for going on 17 years. The state of the world has steadily declined and will continue to do so. Followers of Christ, take heart. We are to overcome evil with good and not grow weary in doing it.
Every phone call you make. Every letter you write. Every email you send. Every word you speak. Be encouraged. The Lord said in Isaiah 55:10-12, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Neither be offended. The Lord says in Ezekiel 3:17-19, ”When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” No matter how long, no matter how difficult things become, do what the Lord tells you to do. As you do these things unto the Lord, you have made a transfer, so to speak, from yourself to others. It is now on them to act responsibly with the information. You have done your part.
God sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins that we might have life everlasting. It’s up to us to share the many facets of living out our salvation. 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 exhorts: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” Keep going. Keep doing. You never know when your action may be that last full measure needed to advance God’s plan. Never give up.
Deadly march against Israel
The ancient prophet Zechariah wrote a prophecy from the Lord: “I will make Jerusalem a cup that will stagger the surrounding peoples...When that day comes, I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who try to lift it will hurt themselves, and all the earth’s nations will be massed against her.” This prophecy taken directly from the Hebrew translation speaks of the Day of the Lord, but a type and shadow of this prophecy is playing out before our very eyes in Israel as “Palestinian” forces amass on Israel’s borders with Gaza. Interestingly enough, the headlines were very similar exactly six years ago today when the Arab world began a Global March on Jerusalem.
March 30, 2012: The organizers of the Global March on Jerusalem said it would be peaceful. They knew full well, however, that Israel would not let them cross the borders from the nations surrounding Israel. It is reported that tens of thousands of Islamists were flown in from Iran and Indonesia and were trained by Hezbollah and other terrorist groups for this “peaceful” March. Already, the Facebook page for the march shows images of anti-Israel and anti-American protesters throwing and burning things to protest what Islam believes is an occupation of Arab land. One caption on Facebook read “Within the events of the World March towards Jerusalem. Thousands of Indians participated in the walk and burn the Zionist flag.”
In 2012, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, India, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, and more were participating in the event that coincides with the annual protest of what the terrorists believe to be Israeli “occupation.” Today, the Great March of Return was organized by the terrorist group Hamas and is using Gaza as a staging ground to move against Israel. This violent act in the name of peace coincides with “Land Day,” which Arabs believe is the right of return of “Palestinians” to Israel. Of course, these Arabs schedule these land grab protests during the Jewish holy celebration of Passover when God led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and eventually settled them in the land promised to Abraham and his decedents, where today’s Israel is located.
In 2012, Debkafile reported Israel forces opened fire to halt “Palestinian” demonstrators marching on the Gaza-Israeli border and crossings. Today, YNET News reports that Israeli forces opened fire to halt “Palestinian” demonstrators marching on the Gaza-Israel border and crossings. Six years ago around 20,000 Palestinians were reportedly marching toward the Israeli border. Today, it was reported that 17,000 “Palestinians” were marching toward the Israeli border. We can see that each year about the same things happen on the same days. The traditional enemies of Israel simulating an end time attack. While this is not the fulfillment of the Zechariah prophecy, it is a very real demonstration of how it can quickly play out.
The Passover Lamb
As we enter the most holy of celebrations, Passover, let us prepare our hearts, repent from uncleanliness and seek true understanding of our relationship with God the Father and the Messiah. In a day and age where being Christian or Jew is looked down upon, even by some Christians and Jews, we need to have introspect on our mission in life, how that relates to the Lord, and our position in the world as we come closer to the end of days. This is the week of Nisan 10 on the Hebrew calendar. During the week, the sacrificial lambs were to be examined and only the ones found without blemish would be sacrificed on Nisan 14 (Friday this year) before the beginning of Pesach, or Passover.
The Passover coincides with the final days of Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. It is the picture of Christ being the true Passover Lamb, the sacrifice that liberates mankind from sin, as did God free the Israelites from the bondage in Egypt. The crucifixion of Christ took place as the Passover lambs were being sacrificed in the temple in Jerusalem. The Hebrew calendar starts its days from sundown to sundown, making its timing far different than the Gregorian calendar that we follow. The Pesach sacrifice (sacrifice of the Passover lambs) needed to be completed before sundown on Nisan 14 (which is Friday on our calendar). The Messiah was nailed to the cross, suffered, and died before sundown on Nisan 14.
Christ entered Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan, which is the day that the devoted Jews were choosing their Passover lambs. This is referenced in Matthew 21 where the great multitude spread their garments and branches on the way saying in verse 9, “Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” Jesus went to the temple and overturned the money changers, his authority was questioned by the religious leaders, and he gave the great commandments, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...and the second one is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” He also sat with his disciples and taught the chronology of what would happen in the end of days. This is called the Olivet Discourse.
Christ stated to his disciples in Matthew 26:2, “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” He then held an early Seder in which he spoke of the wine as his blood and the bread as his body. The events of the evening followed where Christ was taken in the garden, brought before the priests who sought a false witness to put him to death, but as Matthew 26:60 says, “But found none.” He was taken before Pilate who also could find no fault in him, but allowed the people to decide if he should be crucified. These events follow the examination of the Passover Lamb who had no blemish. Christ is the true Passover Lamb as stated in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us,” and John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”
The false security of social networks
Facebook is under federal investigation for its involvement in providing information on its users to Cambridge Analytics, a firm hired by the Trump Presidential campaign. Cambridge used the information to target specific voters with information about the campaign. The brouhaha, however, didn’t start there. In 2012, Facebook allowed the previous “president’s” campaign to have this private information and use it to target voters. The campaign’s director of media analytics Carol Davidson tweeted that Facebook expressed surprise that the campaign was “able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized what we were doing…because they were on our side.”
Cambridge Analytics actually purchased the data, according to CNBC, from “Global Science Research, which obtained the data through an app and a psychological test taken by the users.” This purchase does not violate campaign finance laws (laws that the Democrats pushed for) that disallow contributions by corporations either monetarily or in-kind. The ex “president’s” campaign and Facebook, however, may well have violated campaign laws by their collaboration in data mining (spying) for political use. The overall debate, however, is about whether a private person owns his/her private information on a social network and what are the boundaries of the use of that information by outsiders.
Activist Journalism and deceit
When I was in journalism school in the 1970s there was a new style of journalism that was creeping into the American culture. It started in happy talk news casts and morphed into do-gooder pieces disguised as investigative reporting. You would see newscasters talking about something good that happened in the community because channel whatever’s investigative team took the establishment to task for violating someone’s rights. This was called advocacy because it used the power of journalism to take a side—something true journalists were not supposed to do. Over the years, this has morphed into activism journalism where journalists take a political position while still posing as journalists.
Various pollsters have surveyed the media and have found that well over 90% of them vote Democratic and support Democratic issues, which in today’s terms means they are progressive, a polite term for communistic. When you marry the communist with the activist journalist, you get a hybrid that promotes communist propaganda and supports the most communist political position available. This a true danger, among many, to the Constitutional Republic that the communists want to deconstruct and pillage. Today’s journalism is an excellent case study in activism. So-called journalists disguise their activism by passing it off as unbiased reporting. It has the look and feel of news, but it’s propaganda.
Let me pose an example. The progressives want to take down President Donald Trump. There is no greater goal they have. They know that traditional Americans have a distaste for politicians cheating on their wives, so they have filled the airwaves, internet, and print sources with stories about the President sleeping with porn stars and Playboy models. One would think that’s all this President has done, although it’s reporting on events years ago. Let’s rewind. President Bill Clinton is having an affair with an intern in the Oval Office. The media, who wants to protect Clinton because he is a fellow progressive, says that what he does in his private life is his own business. The media castigated Clinton’s many victims.
No doubt, the media also used a different standard with the immediate ex-“president,” who allegedly had many exploits at an all-male Chicago bathhouse, and homosexual affairs with Donald Young, Larry Sinclair and others. The media refused to report on these past encounters because what a person does in his private life is his own business. But when it’s someone who opposes their progressive agenda, as does Trump, the private life suddenly becomes public interest. Proverbs 6:16-19 says the Lord hates these six things: “A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”--Pretty much a description of modern activist journalism and their brand of politics.
March for tyranny
On one hand, it’s great to see so many young people getting involved in the political process. On the other hand, it’s disappointing that they are so deceived and misled. The public school system in this country has allowed the National Education Association as influenced by communist John Dewey’s “progressive education” movement to undermine our country and brainwash our children against the fundamental principles of the Constitution. The kids that marched across the nation to protest guns were mostly unknowing dupes of communist front groups who wish to tear down the nation and make it into a socialist society beholden to tyranny. They do so in the name of safety and liberty.
March for our Lives allegedly has been funded in part by billionaire leftist George Soros. The organization’s website mentions no leadership or sponsors. No board of directors. No contact person. Yet it has voter registration packets, anti-gun propaganda, anti-National Rifle Association materials, and how and where to protest. In other words, kids who signed up for this protest have no documented idea of who they are in league with. And of course, because their NEA teachers and school administrators are supporting this new “revolution,” it seems ok to them. Notwithstanding, if they were told that the people organizing this movement were those who wanted to oppress all their rights, they wouldn’t believe it.
Those speaking on behalf of gun control are foul mouthed, angry and emotional. They do not understand that there is no gun legislation that will stop an immoral, evil, or mentally ill person from getting a gun and using it. This is a moral problem, not a weapon problem. The very same people who have taken moral training out of school—the separation of church and state crowd—are the same who are trying to ban guns. They want no part of God or country, especially the way that country is defined with America. As 2 John 1:7 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.” To communists, God is government.
These people have attempted, and for the most part succeeded, to take away free speech and freedom of religion in our schools. They have brainwashed kids into believing that religion has no place in their daily lives, and that the only free speech is speech that supports communistic and revolutionary ideals. Thus we have kids who believe that the Bill of Rights is outdated and must be deconstructed. Ephesians 5:6 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things come the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” In being instruments of deceivers, disobedient, and rebellious, these kids will suffer consequences in due time. They think they are marching for their lives, when in reality they are marching for tyranny. Sad.
Spend, spend, spend
Congress averted another shutdown of the government by passing a $1.3 TRILLION resolution that funds the government until the mid-term elections, according to Associated Press. This whole idea of having to fund the government to avoid a shutdown to avoid backlash from taxpayers who don't want the government shut down is fiscally irresponsible and a Biblical example of a lack of good stewardship. If the government wasn’t the largest employer in America, maybe there would be more sanity to the process, more accountability. The government is too big, too overreaching and too irresponsible, but Congress is at fault—it doesn’t operate as the Constitution prescribes by establishing a yearly budget.
It’s the Continuing Resolution trap. These smart people we voted into office have figured out a way to operate lawfully while at the same time get all the tax-funded projects they want by passing Continuing Resolutions. Continuing Resolutions are based off of an original budget bill and modify that bill often based on a formula. They are passed when the President and Congress cannot agree to a fiscal budget. According to the Congressional Research Service between fiscal year 1977 and fiscal year 2015, Congress only passed all twelve regular appropriations bills on time in four years - fiscal years 1977, 1989, 1995, and 1997. So you can see Congress has operated without a budget a lot.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” The Constitution also requires the House of Representatives to originate the budget. Usually, the President sends his budget to the House, which then crafts an appropriations bill for consideration and voting. The Statement of Accounts clause has been interpreted that there must be an annual budget. In recent years, neither the President nor the House has originated a budget so we have had these candy stores of pet projects loading up Continuing Resolutions that perpetuate the reelection of Congressmen with favors using your hard-earned tax dollars.
The stick in this bait and switch game is that if Congress doesn't pass a Continuing Resolution, the government shuts down and we can’t have that because the largest voting block in America would be upset. So it is better to be fiscally irresponsible with everybody’s money, secure reelection with endless projects and favors, and kick the can down the road. This has resulted in a Federal debt of $21 TRILLION. Your share as a taxpayer is $173,549. Yet we keep reelecting these bums who keep spending your money on their projects. There were 90 House and 24 Senate Republicans who voted against this last bill. All others should be booted. It’s bad business. Psalm 37:21 says, “The wicked borrow and pay not again: but the righteous show mercy and give.” And that is where this is all headed unless We The People do something about it.
The definition of moral equivalence is, according to Wikipedia, “a term used in political debate, usually to deny that a moral comparison can be made of two sides in a conflict, or in the actions or tactics of two sides.” For example, the despotism of communism is not morally equivalent to the freedom of a Constitutional republic or democracy. Comparing apples and oranges might be a way my grandfather would have described it, except that one is evil and the other is not. So now, Christians are challenged everyday by the argument over moral equivalence, especially when it comes to our current President, Donald Trump. My purpose here is not to offend you, but to prepare and equip you.
Hillary Clinton is a most vile person. She, as my son said, enriched herself off the backs of the taxpayers like a third-world dictator. She established what many consider an organized crime network in a pay to play scheme of extracting money for influence, laundering it through the Clinton Foundation. She and her husband enriched themselves off of a strategic uranium deal with Russia. She lied about Benghazi where Americans were killed, and infamously asked “what difference does it make” when questioned about the narrative surrounding their deaths. She is a proponent of abortion. She allowed classified information to fall into the hands of America’s enemies—the line by line list is as long as a roll of toilet paper.
Enter Donald Trump. Trump made billions as a real estate mogul. He has been married three times. He allegedly has had affairs with porn stars while being married. He tweets some of the most nasty words and behaves very un-presidential. He has further alienated cultural and racial demographics in our country through his crass words and insults. The words he used in the past describing women are demeaning. The news media dislikes Trump so much that they look for ways to undermine him, publishing and broadcasting blatant lies as told by the opposition party’s leaders. The media believes they are doing the right thing by exposing Trump to the people, although they did little to nothing about Clinton’s shenanigans.
The dilemma for Christians is how do we support a man like Trump when he obviously goes against the teachings of the Holy Scriptures? Many justify giving Trump a pass, saying that since he has become a Christian, he is a work in progress. Grace should be granted. Others say neither Clinton nor Trump were good choices. But is there moral equivalence? Can we excuse Trump’s behavior because Clinton was far worse? As Christ said in Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” The judgment is reserved for God. We have heard and will continue to hear bad things about Trump. Some of it is true. We cannot excuse it. We can only pray for repentance and transformation, but there is no moral equivalence to the alternative.
The Facebook spy issue
Breezing through the news cycle pretty quickly is Facebook. Facebook was part and parcel to a data mining (sic spying) application developed and used by the immediate past “president.” The working model collected information on Facebook users that would be valuable to the “president’s” election campaign. In 2012, Facebook even expressed surprise that the “president’s” campaign was “able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized what we were doing…because they were on our side,” the campaign’s director of media analytics, Carol Davidson, tweeted with a link to a talk she gave on how Facebook allowed the campaign to harvest data across friends networks.
The App took information given in response to how users set up their Facebook account and whether they allowed Facebook to share individual friends. The App recorded, analyzed and utilized the information in messaging, categorizing voters, and reaching specific demographics. Prior to vehicles such as Facebook, campaigns did this by calling people on the phone and asking them questions. That method of polling, however, wasn’t sneaky or spy-like because the voter gave permission up front to take the survey. Facebook allowed itself to be used by the Democratic “president” because it was a business that supported the policies of his administration. So rather than keep the public trust, Facebook sold out to its collective political beliefs.
And, in the meantime, Russian operatives were also using Facebook to propagate false stories about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Facebook was suppressing the bad stuff about Clinton, and allowing the negatives on Trump. The New York Times reported that Facebook’s Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos was actually tracking down the Russian trolls and trying to uncover them. The Times reported that Facebook Chief Operations Officer Sheryl Sandberg opposed Stamos’s work and tried to cover up his exposure of the Russian’s election shenanigans. According to Law&crime.com, Facebook pressured the Times to remove the cover up language in its online stories. Stamos also has been reassigned to another job. Antitrust and collusion questions are now being raised between the Times and Facebook.
Also, the Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytics to collect information from Facebook users through surveys, unlike the previous “president” who developed an App for this data mining. But since it's a Trump-hired organization, Facebook is now feigning that the Trump campaign spied on Americans using Facebook. Democratic lawmakers are saying the Trump campaign used Facebook data wrongly, despite the clear fact that the Democratic Party, the New York Times, and Facebook colluded in a dark web data-mining scheme and cover up. This is just another example of people accusing others of exactly what the accuser has done. As Ephesians 5:12 says of these unfruitful works of darkness, “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” May they all be exposed to the light.
Reflections in the mirror of life
Is our home, our community, our state, our nation a reflection of ourselves? It makes sense that in a nation where we have a choice of how we are governed, that the political, social and moral elements of society reflect the people. We read the headlines and are appalled. We watch television programs and we are repulsed. We see the condition of those around us and it often looks like the bar room scene in Star Wars. It is foreign to how many of us were raised. It is very different than most of our values. We try to make sense of it, but the problem is that we just cannot relate. There is a disconnect. Many just throw in the towel and say all is lost. Can we afford to do that? What would the Lord have us do?
At the time of Christ, the Romans ruled over the Jews and Gentiles alike. There was no choice of government. Nevertheless, disciples of Christ were encouraged to overcome evil with good. Jesus told the masses gathered at the Sermon on the Mount, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-16).”
The Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” He goes on to say that we each have different gifts—some teach, some exhort, some rule—and we are to exercise our gifts with simplicity, diligence, mercy and cheerfulness. These are focused on showing Christ, glorifying the Father in heaven, through our acts, by using our gifts to “Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 tells us, “For by grace are you saved thought faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” So when we see the darkness around us, is it a reflection of our faith, of our work? In some ways it may be, especially considering how the “church” has disengaged and withdrawn into its four walls with all sorts of crazy ideas about not engaging with government, the world, etc. It is not your fault that the world is dark and dying—the word promises that it’s going to get worse before the Lord returns. But we as disciples of Christ are to be salt and light to a dark and dying world. Does our reflection in that mirror of life look like Christ or the world?
Corruption, strife and contention
The book of Habakkuk opens with the prophet saying, “O Lord, how long shall I cry and you will not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and you will not save! Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are strife and contention that rise up. Therefore the law is ignored, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverted judgment proceeds.” This plea to the Lord is on the lips of many countrymen as they view the corruption around the nation. It is deep and wide among those who seek to destroy our freedom, our rights, our ability to speak and worship freely.
Everywhere we turn, we hear, see and experience the negativity and lies. The corruption surrounds us and strife and contention have arisen because of it. The law has been ignored. There are many who are above the law. There are those who are twisting the law. There are those who are institutionalizing organized crime within our federal and state governments to enrich themselves with money and power. These were the very things that the Founding Fathers sought to avoid by establishing a nation governed by the rule of law. Here we are 242 years later and we have become a nation of contention and strife. The people have forgotten their common interests and have been divided by lies.
Many have defeatist attitudes and discourage others by saying that we have no country, that it is doomed. They take a cynical glee in degrading what we have become rather than encouraging others to stand for what is right. There are those who say that Christians should not be concerned with the country or the government because ours is a higher calling to the kingdom of God. To that I say, God is consistent in his word that it is not an either/or situation. He chooses to work through his people and we are instructed to overcome evil with good, to let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. We are called to be the light of Christ to those around us.
2 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” Verse 12 exhorts: “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas, they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” With some 75% of the people in this nation claiming to be Christian, our nation would not be so corrupt, strife-filled, and contentious if we were doing what we are called to do. The nation is a reflection of our faith because we are still the vast majority. Notwithstanding, 12 men turned the world upside-down. If they could do it, so can we by walking in faith, trusting in the Lord, and being doers of the word.
The disengaged political force
George Barna of the American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) has conducted a recent study that shows there are three types of people impacting the social landscape in America—the liberals, the conservatives, and the disengaged. Barna believes the disengaged sector are the greatest threat to America because they just don’t care about whether the country is headed in the right or wrong direction. Barna writes, “But another crucial component of our national stalemate is the large share of the voting-age population that is disengaged from the multifaceted battle of worldviews. These people are the tiebreakers. But they refuse to show up.”
Barna says there are two key segments of the disengaged. He says, “The first is those who have moderate views–i.e., obstinate ambivalence–on both politics and theology (31% of the adult population). They will not take stands on the important issues of the day, from immigration to abortion, from the veracity of the Bible to the role of Jesus Christ in modern life. The second segment is people who are not registered to vote and pay little attention to political news and information (21%). There are times when all of us get frustrated with the political system and its players, and harbor ill-will toward the biased media. But rather than work through the garbage and distortions in the pipeline, the disengaged retire from the game altogether.”
ACFI studies reveal that irrespective of whether people are conservative or liberal, Christian or non-Christian, Millennial or Boomer, or whether a person of color, Americans are eager to improve America because they have a healthy distrust of government. Barna says, “Six out of ten Americans are angry about the state of the nation. Two out of three contend that the government cannot be trusted to do what is in the best interests of the country. Seventy percent say that government has too much control over our lives. Huge majorities of the people argue that the United States is moving in the wrong direction on at least three important fronts: politically, morally, and culturally.”
Barna wrote that when asked to make a choice between capitalism and socialism, a majority of the disengaged (56%) said they had no preference. He says, “Part of the challenge may be their lack of information. Whereas two-thirds of the engaged population follows news about politics and governance “a lot” or “quite a bit”, few of those who are Disengaged pay attention to such information. These are the people who don’t know and don’t care. Their failure to participate in the battle for the nation’s future is paralyzing us all.” This is why The Daily Jot informs readers with an eye toward equipping and encouraging action. Christ said in Matthew 28:19, “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Don’t feel comfortable in the four walls of your church. Get engaged. Be salt and light.
A testimony of our government schools
Wednesday, March 14 was a testimony to the nation’s government school system in so many ways. We had kids across the nation participating in some sort of protest about guns. In New York City, the mayor, a gun control advocate, encouraged kids to leave school for the protest. Teachers and administrators also encouraged the kids to protest. They want to ban guns. So they are using their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly to call for the government to take away their 2nd Amendment rights that were put in place to guarantee that the government wouldn't take away their First Amendment rights. Sounds pretty stupid, right? Well, that’s a testimony to our government schools.
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo participated with students in a “Die In” protest against guns. But testifying even further than his political statement were the presence of his armed security guards not far in the background. In fact, there are many pointing fingers at the leftist Democrat Party apparatus for organizing the protests and manipulating students. When you have celebrities, teachers, school administrators and even governors of states who are all part of the Democratic Party encouraging students to walk out of school to protest gun ownership, it begs the question who is behind this and what the real reason is. Is it to protect students in schools, or deconstruct the Constitution?
Moreover, the House of Representatives passed window-dressing legislation 407-10. FOX News reports, “The STOP School Violence Act will offer $50 million annually to states to help train students, teachers and law enforcement to prevent violence and suicides in schools. The program would train students, school personnel and local police on how to identify warning signs and intervene to stop violence and suicide. It would also help develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence.” President Donald Trump’s White House announced plans to train teachers for carrying handguns, add more armed officers to the schools, and seizing guns from “potentially dangerous individuals.”
Here is what you have: Socialists, anarchists and communists manipulating students into using their First Amendment rights to demand their Second Amendment rights be taken away; Politicians, thinking they need to do something to appease voters ahead of mid-term elections, passing bills that only expand federal authority over government schools, spend more tax money, but do little to fix the problem; and a true testimony to the lack of historic context in our schools. Did anyone ever think about practical solutions? No, it’s all about manipulation and political gamesmanship. These are matters of the heart and Proverb 22:6 stands: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” If America had not departed from the ways of training up moral, just, and honest citizens, we may not be having this debate.
Federal authority over education
The framers of the US Constitution had a healthy distaste for federal government in the sense that they placed many checks and balances in the Constitution to prevent government from trampling the rights of citizens. They also didn't want government to become tyrannical due to brainwashing generations of Americans toward a certain “governmental” philosophy. Hence, the 10th Amendment, which says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Education was most certainly one of those powers that were reserved to the state and to the people. So what changed?
The federal government began issuing policy requirements during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. During the Carter Administration, the Department of Education was created in 1979. According to the Department of Education’s website, its mission is to establish policies related to federal education funding, administer distribution of funds and monitor their use; collect data and oversee research on America’s schools; identify major issues in education and focus national attention on them; and enforce federal laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funds. Herein, is where the federal government weaseled it’s philosophies on liberalism, teaching things outside of reading, writing and arithmetic, and ruining generations of young American’s worldview on the country, its history, and their role as citizens.
All education was intended by the Founding Fathers to be administered, funded and taught locally in partnership with the respective state government to ensure uniformity across rural and urban areas in the state. But the federal government under the direction of liberals began pushing its programs onto the states and localities using the carrot of money. If states and school districts wanted funding from the federal government, they needed to comply with what the federal government wanted taught. State curricula began to be influenced heavily by federal government. The Department of Education publishes recommended teaching strategies and materials. This is something that should have never happened.
So let’s fast forward to today where we have a society of dumbed-down youth who are more politically influenced and historically ignorant than any generation before it. They have little or no understanding of the Bill of Rights, except where it pertains to deconstructing what they consider a white supremacy society that trolls every minority on purpose. They will be protesting the 2nd Amendment right of gun possession and the school personnel support that protest. They can’t be led in Christian prayer in school, but they must study Islam. They can’t balance a checkbook, but they know how to use a condom. It’s messed up. And we need to take back local control instead of using schools as a glorified tax-supported baby sitter. As Proverb 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Hmmm.
The Democrat’s Farrakhan problem
The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is calling for seven Democratic Members of Congress to resign. They include radical Islamist Congressman and Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Hakim Mohammed (aka Keith Ellison), Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, and Al Green. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, “(Nation of Islam leader Louis) Farrakhan is the moral equivalent of a leader of the KKK. If it was discovered that members of Congress had met with the leader of the KKK, they would need to resign. In this case, for meeting with, and embracing, Louis Farrakhan, nothing short of resignation is acceptable from these seven Democrats.”
In response, the Nation of Islam’s Executive Council wrote an open letter proving the RJC’s point, saying that the RJC represented “White supremacy and the continuing effort to destroy our community… Remember, it was the same Satanic Jews of yesterday that conspired against Jesus and had him killed by the ruling authority of the Roman Empire.” The Nation of Islam’s website says, “We believe we are people of God’s choice.” It also declares: “We believe in the truth of the Bible, but we believe that it has been tampered with and must be reinterpreted so that mankind will not be snared by the falsehoods that have been added to it.” Yet, the Nation of Islam believes in only one God, allah, who has no son.
The Nation of Islam website also calls for: The United States to be divided between Blacks and Whites; all black Believers of Islam to be freed from all prisons; a new nation free from “white courts”; an exemption of black Believers of Islam from all taxation; Free education, including the freedom of Muslim teachers to teach and train their people in their ways; a prohibition on intermarriage or race mixing; Black Believers of Islam not fighting in any American war; and that Master W. Fard Muhammad is “the long-awaited “Messiah” of the Christians and the “Mahdi” of the Muslims.” Fard is considered a co-founder of the Nation of Islam and its messiah. Farrakhan also once referred to the immediate ex-“president” as God.
The support of Farrakhan by these Members of Congress is the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan and they should resign. Much of the Democratic Party leadership is fine with Farrakhan otherwise Keith Ellison would not have been elected as the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee. It’s also fair to note that history documents incredible ties between the KKK and the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party’s resistance to ending slavery and efforts to resist to the civil rights movement. When people call for the deconstruction of anti-Semitism and racism, a good place to start is the stronghold of political parties. How often are the accusers doing exactly what they accuse others of doing? As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Anti-Semitism and racism have no place in our society.
The wicked heart and encouragement
There is consistency in what is written in the Bible about the heart of man. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” In Mark 7:21-23, Christ says, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Christ also said in Matthew 12:35, “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” The hearts of America’s citizens define much of our society.
If wickedness prevails in the heart, what then can good men do to legislate good? There is no end to the evil men do to one another. School shootings, nursing home killings, abortions, murders, racism, bigotry, sexual crimes and domestic violence are commonplace in our society. Politicians try to solve the problems with symbolic window dressing, but no matter their intentions, the problems remain. All we have to do to see where things stand is turn on the big three television networks in prime time. Sexual innuendo, violence, crime, gunplay is about all you see unless you are watching reality programs that also promote deceit, sexual immorality, coarse humor and human turmoil.
You see, we live in a society that has become very dark. But what did Christ say about our responsibility as his disciples? He said in Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children.” Verses 8-10 say, “For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” In quoting these scriptures, I want you to see that though the heart is wicked and the world is a dark and evil place, light overcomes darkness. You heart, words and actions are examples for others to have a change of heart, to accept the gift of salvation. In a sense, we are the warriors of heart to heart combat that others might have eternal life and also become a light unto the world.
Trump to open talks with N Korea
While not specifically mentioned in the Bible, Russia, China and N Korea have a long history of arming Islamic regimes hostile to Israel. It appears that the tough negotiating posture taken by President Donald Trump has brought the N Korean dictatorship to agree to talks with the US, a temporary freeze on nuclear and missile tests, and the hope that this drawn out drama on the world stage will end. The South Korean government served as the intermediary to broker the talks. Trump has done what other presidents failed to do. History documents that President Bill Clinton originally gave N Korea nuclear technology, a reckless action that may have accelerated prophecy by aiding the principalities of darkness.
President Clinton’s long-held belief on nuclear weapons was that if everyone had them, nobody would use them and the world would be a safer place. On June 11, 1993, the US agreed to not use force or nuclear weapons against North Korea if it remained in the nonproliferation treaty. North Korea continued to develop its nuclear weapons program. On October 18, 1994, after 17 months of negotiations, Clinton signed a deal to give North Korea light water reactor nuclear technology if it stopped building nuclear weapons, saying, “Today all Americans should know that as a result of this achievement on Korea, our Nation will be safer and the future of our people more secure.”
In his commitment to communist North Korea, Clinton is quoted as saying, “This US-North Korean agreement will help to achieve a long-standing and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula." Heritage Foundation archives document in an October 20 letter to North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, (father of current dictator Kim Jong Un) Clinton vastly expanded America's commitments under the formal agreement to finance fuel shipments and reactors, ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with North Korea. North Korea went on to develop nuclear weapons and to assist Iran in its nuclear weapons program.
Instead of having a safer future, the world is far more dangerous because of Clinton’s reckless shenanigans. Thanks to Clinton, North Korea has lethal power, presenting a future that threatens many lives. Romans 12:18 says, “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” Peace is a two-way street, especially when millions of lives are at stake. While no American president has ever met with a N Korean leader, Trump is taking a shot at ending what Clinton foolishly began. Sadly, the immediate past “president” also opened the door for a traditional enemy of Israel to attain nuclear weapons—Iran. Trump may also have to deal with that threat to mankind as well.
The public narrative of deception
The 24/7/365 news cycle has resulted in a constant harangue of in-your-face weaponized propaganda hitting the American public with impunity. There is what appears to be a conspiratorial effort between the news media, the entertainment industry and the radical left, which is representative of the Democratic Party, to establish a political narrative as undeniable fact. Those who dare challenge it are then labeled as racist, homophobe, Islamaphobe, bigots, white supremacists, misogynists, extreme radical right-wingers, and so on. The trend is: make an outlandish statement and then shame anybody who questions it by labeling them something bad.
There was a story about how the ex-“president” said that it breaks his heart that there were 18 school shootings so far this year. He apparently was repeating a “fact” presented by Everytown for Gun Safety, funded by former New York mayor and anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg. Trouble is, the narrative is completely false. Not to allow a good lie to go to waste, the former “president” and the media repeated these false “facts” at will, trying to make people believe that school shootings are rampant. This segues to claims that the National Rifle Association is a terrorist organizations (Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy), and that Republicans and NRA supporters are complicit in mass murders (I’m not making this up).
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being ostracized because he seeks to enforce US immigration law by cracking down on California’s illegal sanctuary cities and suing the state for housing illegals. The news media, the entertainment industry and the communist politicians holding office from California are attacking Sessions for unfairly singling out Latinas. Governor Jerry Brown says the Trump Administration is going to war against California. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says it’s “brazen aggression.” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, another socialist Democrat, called Sessions and President Trump racists for claiming “undocumented immigrants” were criminals. I guess she hasn’t considered that if you come to America illegally, you have broken the law—a definition of a criminal is “one who has committed a crime.”
Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) calls President Trump’s “dangerous rhetoric” a “crisis” in American government. Who is supplying the rhetoric? And who is amplifying it?--The radical left and its lapdog media. It is a created crisis by those who seek to establish socialism and humanism as America’s government. These outrageous claims made about gun control and illegal immigration are just examples of how emotional, inflammatory, and hateful remarks are being made and the news media is complicit in amplifying them without a whimper of a challenge. As Paul wrote about the end times in 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” The prophetic lives we live in prophetic times. As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”