Saturday, January 31, 2009

Israeli Ambassador slips: war with Iran?

We know from scripture that in the end time or in the Tribulation (scholars are divided on the timing but not the fact of it happening) there will be a war called Gog-Magog, or Ezekiel's War. An alliance of countries headed by Russia, Iran, and Turkey will assemble to invade Israel with intent to plunder "a great spoil." God will supernaturally protect Israel.

Recently, Israel announced that they have discovered a massive and "historical" field of natural gas off Haifa. Recently, despite traditionally aligning with the West, Turkey stormed out of the Davos summit in extreme anger against Israel and her allies, to the applause of Iran. Recently, Russia has become belligerent, and Iran claims to nearly have the bomb and will wipe Israel from the map.

The stage is set for Ezekiel's War.

Remember when Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, and candidate for VP at that time Joe Biden stated flatly and factually that 'something', some 'event' is going to occur that will test Obama in the early days and months of his Presidency?

Colin Powell: "There’s going to be a crisis come along on the 21st or 22nd of January that we don’t even know about right now.”
Joe Biden: "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy."
Madeleine Albright agrees with Biden's statement of fact: "I think it is a — it's just a statement of fact, frankly, and in my book I talk about the fact that there are a lot of big issues out there, but that also something unexpected, you always have to be prepared for that."

Now, we have the Israeli Ambassador to Australia saying the exact same thing. However, the statement the Ambassador made seemed to be a slip. After he said it, he looked at the cameras for a pregnant pause, realizing his mistake, asked for the cameras to be turned off. I post the video below, and also include a transcription because his heavy accent is hard to understand:


News Anchor:
Israel’s Ambassador to Australia has delivered a belligerent warning to Iran that it could face a backlash from moderate Middle Eastern countries in the next month. In an unguarded speech to Sydney’s Jews, Yuval Rotem has said that the conflict in Gaza has opened up new fault lines between radicals and moderates. The Ambassador suggested that the time to address the challenge of a nuclear Iran is approaching…before he ordered the media to stop recording.

Ambassador
There is room to put together some more forces of moderates around a realignment of forces that can handle and can address the means of reaching the challenge we are all going to face of the upcoming month. And there is going to be one. [emphasis mine]

[Deer in headlight look.]

If you can switch off please, the camera…
I do not claim to know anything about timing of the prophesied Gog-Magog war described in Ezekiel. I do like to connect dots, though. Regarding 'Obama's Test', it seemed to me to be an unusual set of successive statements by people in positions to know, and even more unusual that they did not equivocate as politicians normally do. Additionally, we have seen the rapid re-alignment of the Middle Eastern countries, and now the flat statement by the Israeli Ambassador that 'there is going to be' a military challenge within the next month.

Israel will elect a new Prime Minister on Feb. 10. Meanwhile, keep watching the Middle East, Jerusalem is our heartbeat to prophecy!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tribulation Chronology

There are two main parts to time immediately before Christ comes: the End Times and the Tribulation.

The end times are characterized by signs that are spoken of by Peter, Timothy, Jesus, Daniel, Isaiah, and in other books of the bible in both the New and Old Testaments. Links to many of those signs are on the right hand sidebar

The Tribulation begins when the Antichrist confirms a seven year covenant (treaty) with Israel. Dan 9:27, Dan 12:11. Then, a series of seven seals are opened.

The first four seals release a horseman as each are opened in turn:

White: the Antichrist, Rev 6:2
Red: War, Rev 6:3-4
Black: Famine, Rev 6:5-6
Pale/Chloros: Death, Rev 6:8

Fifth Seal: Death of Martyrs, Rev 6:9
Sixth Seal: Great earthquake/moon as blood/sun darkened, Rev 6:12
Seventh Seal: ushers in the next series of judgments. The Trumpets. These will be so harrowing there is silence in heaven for half an hour.

Trumpet 1: Hail and Fire burn up grass and 1/3 trees, Rev 8:7
Trumpet 2: Blazing mountain thrown into sea, 1/3 sea creatures die, Rev 8:8
Trumpet 3: Wormwood falls from heaven, poisoning 1/3 rivers, Rev 8:10
Trumpet 4: Removal of 1/3 light on earth, Rev 8:12
These judgments remove 1/3 of everything we need to live: water, vegetation, light. Thus ends the ‘easy’ part. Now God gets tough.

Trumpet 5: Scorpion-Locusts from the Abyss, five months torture from their stings, Revelation 9:1-12.
Trumpet 6: Four angels bound in Euphrates loosed and kill 1/3 mankind, Rev 9:14
Trumpet 7: Initiates Bowl judgments. “Great” Tribulation begins. This is when satan is cast out of heaven (Revelation 12) and he becomes so angry that he tries to kill the Jews, (Rev 12:12-13) but they flee to the wilderness (understood to be Petra in Jordan) (Rev 12:14) and so satan turns his hate and anger and frustration to the Christians. (Rev. 12:17)

Bowl 1: Painful sores upon those with the Mark, Rev. 16:2
Bowl 2: Sea into blood, all seas & creatures die, Rev. 16:3.
Bowl 3: All fresh water turns to blood, Rev. 16:4.
Bowl 4: Sun scorches people with fire, people curse God, Rev 16:5
Bowl 5: Antichrist’s throne & kingdom thrown into total darkness, Rev. 16:10
Bowl 6: Euphrates dried up, enabling Kings of East to assemble armies at Armageddon, Rev. 16:12.
Bowl 7: “It is done!” Earthquake so great every island and mountain passes away, 100lb hailstones fall upon men. Rev. 17:21.
The Harlot of the One World Religion is destroyed and the battle of Armageddon takes place when Jesus returns with his church in victory. He reigns for 1000 years! Revelation 17,18 and 19. Praise God!

Good links to more about the chronology with commentary and explanations:

The First Half of the Tribulation
The Tribulation Judgments
Tribulation Judgments: Are they sequential, natural, or supernatural?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

North Korea rumor of war

N.Korea committee says to scrap accords with South

North Korea said on Friday it was scrapping all agreements signed with South Korea to end confrontation between the two sides, blaming Seoul's government for pursuing a hostile policy towards it.

"All the agreed points concerning the issue of putting an end to the political and military confrontation between the north and the south will be nullified," Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement. (Reuters)

Oh-oh. This "rumor of wars" isn't good.

1. North Korea has nuclear weapons and a crazy dictator
2. There are 36,000 US troops in South Korea
3. North Korea sits on the border of Russia and China, more crazy dictators
4. Japan would certainly become involved, enlarging the conflict
5. Millions would die as a result from any war involving nuclear weapons.
6. It has the potential to become the worst global conflict since World War Two.
7. Our new President has a penchant for 'talking' to crazy dictators instead of tough and realistic policies.

Uh-oh. However, the bright side is "so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gay now, pay later

Gay Soda




Gay advertising
Gay Ad Network, the category leading gay media network, today announced that its group of gay and lesbian web sites set new traffic records in December.

Gay Government Leaders
The first government collapse of the global crisis is about to yield the world's first openly gay prime minister. Johanna Sigurdardottir, a former air hostess, is expected to be sworn in as Iceland's prime minister by the end of the week.

Gay Military
A movie trailer is making the rounds promoting a new documentary film about the lives of gay and lesbian Naval Academy midshipmen and graduates.

Gay Bishop
The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, who was elected the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop in 2003, will deliver the invocation for Sunday’s kickoff inaugural event.

Gay Tourism

Philadelphia
officials are lauding the city's newest accolade: A top gay destination. The 13th annual LGBT Tourism Study of 4,500 gay and lesbian travelers ranked Philadelphia the 13th most visited U.S. destination for gay and lesbian travelers. Philadelphia's ascent as a gay destination began in 2003 when the city launched the Philadelphia- Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay campaign.
Palm Springs
Basking in the heat of the California desert lies one of America's most magical gay and lesbian vacation destinations.

Well, Palm Springs ain't nowhere as hot as hell, and hell is where gay people end up. What does the bible say about being gay? Homosexual activity is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13; Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9). God does not create a person with homosexual desires. Ultimately, a person chooses homosexuality and therefore is choosing sin.

Homosexuality, along with every other sin, is forgivable for the asking. Jesus died on the cross for all sinners; the angry, the murderers, the hypocrites, the slanderers, the sexual sinners ... all of us, and no one sin is 'better' or 'worse' than any other. God loves all His children and He wants none to perish. He made a way for us to reach Him: Jesus. But one has to ask, and after the asking, allow the Holy Spirit to help a person overcome persistent sin.

The bible tells us that in the end time, there will be rampant homosexuality. "As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man" Luke 17:28-30 ""It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. "It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed."

Jesus gave signs to watch for to determine if His coming again was near. One of those signs was that the culture would be acting as they were in the days of Lot, who lived at Sodom near Gomorrah. Rampant homosexuality was the rule of the day then and it is clear it is the rule now. The people were either unaware or did not care, that their lifestyle was abhorrent in the eyes of God. They went about as if perversity was normal and normalcy was perverse. Soon fire and brimstone rained down and smote them all, and so shall it be when Jesus comes again.

In our culture today we have gay lifestyles everywhere. It is promoted as an advertising segment and touted as tourism spots. It is in the highest places in government and church, and the lowest, such as alleys and bathroom stalls. Christians, resist the gay pervasive creep of normalcy into our culture. Pray for these sinners (as well as all sinners) to come to full and forgiving relationship with Jesus.

Before it is too late.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Poisonous blowfish and the End Time?

Timothy tells us that in the end of days, men will be reckless. Why is recklessness such an end times symptom? Haven't men always been reckless? Why does recklessness cause 'perilous times'?

Blowfish poison scare returns to Japan

Seven Japanese have fallen ill with one in a critical condition after eating the testes of blowfish, police said Tuesday, renewing public fears over the dangerous delicacy.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 "Perilous Times Will Come"

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these."

Recklessness means that people will be pursuing self-centered pleasure without thought to consequence. They will put themselves in danger, risking personal safety and risking the safety of others. These men who ate poisonous fish in the news article above are likely the bread winners of their family, and now their absence from the workforce puts their family in hardship.

Self-centeredness causes crisis when it is the culture's moral character on a grande scale. When everyone pursues their own, increasingly dangerous, activities, things spiral out of control. This is the "perilous times" Timothy is warning against. Just think about the televisions shows like Fear Factor and I Survived A Japanese Game Show, dangerous cuisine such as the poisonous blowfish, or any sport with the word 'Extreme' in front of it. These kind of reckless pursuits indicate a lack of respect for the value of life that God gave us.

There were two other times when self-gratification through reckless pursuits existed, the time before the judgment at the flood, and the time of the judgment at Sodom and Gomorrah. The reckless pursuit of self-gratification at all costs resulted in judgment. Timothy is telling us that this time again, such activities that center on the self rather than God will also result in judgment.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sigh. Yet another UFO sighting

I wrote about the increase in UFO "sightings" earlier today. Here is another one just posted, this time: Russia. In an interesting twist, the "UFO" is seen to emit a huge light beam.

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Cor 11:14

Russia: UFO emitting beam seen by many villagers.
"A mysterious UFO was witnessed by dozens of residents of a number of villages in Western Russia on the night of the January 6 2009. The UFO was orb shaped and changed colour from glowing white to electric blue. It periodically emitted a white laser beam in the direction of the ground. The UFO travelled in a manner unlike any man made craft. The incident was widely reported in the Russian media...A theory currently being espoused by Dr Valery Uvarov, who heads department of UFO research at the National Security Academy of Russia, is that many UFOs are 3D holograms sent out by alien civilizations: basically their version of SETI. Was this such a hologram? Descriptions seem to suggest the object had a non-solid quality to it. Was the Orb a representation of a home planet of another species and the laser that shot out from it, hitting the ground, a symbol of their attempt to make contact with us? Are fellow inhabitants of this universe trying to reach out to us: bypassing our ‘elected’ leaders?"

No! Again, NO!

UFOs exist, but they are not aliens

There has been an incredible spate of UFO sightings lately. In Stephenville TX last January, there were so many sightings, the mainstream news covered it. This was because of the frequency of people reporting, the number of people seeing them at once, and the kind of people reporting: policemen, firemen, and others in authority trained to observe objectively. A few more examples of recent UFO sightings and talk are below. So what is going on?

The Empire Strikes Barack
UFO at Inauguration?

Hundreds Attend UFO Conference In Bucks County
"We had 3 times as many UFO reports as we normally get"
The Pennsylvania Mutual UFO Network says 2008 was the year of the UFO, especially in Bucks County. WFMZ's Jaccii Farris has more on the network's investigation into a rash of summer sightings.

UK: UFO hits wind turbine?
"It was huge," John Harrison, a farmer from Saltfleetby, said yesterday of the light display he saw in the Lincolnshire sky on Saturday night. "At first I thought it must have been a hole where the moon was shining through, but then I saw the tentacles. It looked just like an octopus."

President Obama has signed an executive order opening previously sealed UFO files, thus lending a legitimacy to the subject.

UFO files to be released under Obama Open Government Memoranda
President Obama has decided to act quickly and decisively in instructing all administration officials to take action to implement principles of Open Government and Transparency. In the case of classified X-Files dealing with evidence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life, Obama’s Memoranda will make it easier for the release of such files in cases where national security is not compromised.

There is a reason that UFOs have dominated mainstream news. There is a reason that unidentified flying objects have been manifesting in plain sight lately.

The good folks at RaptureAlert wrote: "Satan badly wants you to believe in ET’s, he is the ‘prince of the power of the air’ after all. Eph 2:2. The allure? Salvation by benevolent ETs comes with no strings attached. No accountability? No such salvation exists. This is a lie from satan. (John 8:44)"

Now for some facts: Of those people who claim they have been abducted, their stories are remarkably similar.
Sometimes the information [given by 'aliens' to abductees'] is blatantly religious, claiming that we humans were created by the aliens, that the aliens are trying to promote us along the road of evolution by their hybrid breeding program, and that mankind must unite, through alien supervision, into a one-world government and a one-world religion in order to survive.
Does this sound familiar? We know from scripture that in the end, the antichrist will initiate a one-world government and a on-world religion headed by the false prophet.
"Abductee surveys have revealed that the overwhelming majority of abductees have shown an interest in paranormal activities, Eastern religions, and [the] New Age world-view." The fact that very few born-again Christians show up among abductees is instructive.
That paranormal interest is a wide-open invitation to demons. It will get you every time. I repeat: EVERY TIME. Even more interesting, Stephen Yulish, PhD, said that abductions are stopped by uttering the name of Jesus Christ. James 2:19 tells us that demons “tremble at His name.” Why would benevolent aliens cease an abduction at the name of Jesus? A name, if they were from another galaxy, they likely would never have heard nor care about? Because they are not aliens, they are demons, and demons tremble at His name.

Why would demons go to all this trouble? We are in a war. Demons of the invisible world are fighting against Jesus and all His children. Warfare tactics are warfare tactics, whether carried out by American solders on Iraqi soil or by the invisible demonic world.
In warfare soldiers often "soften up" an area with artillery ahead of the invasion forces. Or, they may send in covert teams to clear obstacles, stash equipment, or plant various pre-set devices. These measures are designed to lower the cost of the invasion and make it go smoothly. According to the authors of the books referenced in this paper, (Missler and Eastman) the initial purpose of the last forty to fifty years of UFO sightings, abductions, and "messages," has been to prepare earthlings for the arrival of the aliens, to make their arrival and deceitful plans less frightening and more palatable to the people of earth. These efforts have been largely successful.
Remember the quote earlier from the folks at RaptureAlert, Demons (aliens) want you to believe that salvation exists from these benevolent higher 'evolved' beings, with no strings attached. They are preparing the way for the time of the Antichrist.
The ultimate goal of the aliens is to deceive and mislead as many people as possible in order to keep people from coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Step one in this process is creating a favorable climate for their ideas and presence. This is done through abductions and their messages to humanity. And, for a variety of reasons, the media and popular entertainment, have helped popularize the idea of extraterrestrials coming to earth to help mankind avoid disasters, nuclear war, environmental calamity, etc.

Another step in their plan is counterfeiting biblical events. The aliens apparently have a plan to counterfeit both the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming of Christ.
Read much more at Christian Information about the demonic plan to counterfeit the Rapture, and to distract humans from the will and joy of Jesus Christ. They are attempting to prepare us now. But there are no aliens. They are demons, adept at lying. God created His angels and His children, no others exist in the Universe. There is a reason that we are seeing increased UFO reports and reading more and more about these supernatural events in the newspapers. They are supernatural, but they are of demonic origin. Do not be fooled!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sage advice from devils

Ceremony purges White House of evil spirits

On Monday, January 19th at 6:00 pm, hundreds gathered at Dupont Circle in Washington DC for a ceremony performed by a "shaman." The ceremony was intended to 'clean the White House of 'evil spirits.' Organizer Kate Clinton used the method called by pagans and witches, "saging" or "smudging." Two thousand participants stood outside the nations' First Home and waved lit bundles of sage around and hugged and chanted. Participants said they were "into the moment" and the crowd was "radiating the love."

I can hear the demons laughing now... Anyway, "Saging is a process by which bundles of Sage herb are ignited and left to smolder. This creates a thick, pleasant-smelling, blue smoke which, according to Wiccan tradition, has a cleansing effect, thus removing the area of unwanted energy."

Many people do not notice how pervasive occultism in our society is. We are so used to charms, amulets, spells, rituals, ceremonies, wiccans, wizards (Harry Potter) that we forget the bible says No! No! No! to it all. The bible speaks to the practice of the occult, which includes astrology, sorcery, magic, paganism...God condemns not only the whole practice of the occult, but also the specific methods, rituals, and mumbo-jumbo words used. !

In the very famous and wonderful book by CS Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters," Wormwood the demon is instructing his nephew, and acolyte demon. The issue is their target's Christianity. Screwtape says, "For a long time it will be impossible to remove spirituality from his life. Very well then, we must corrupt it."

In this case, job well done, Screwtape. What we saw is a twisted spirituality that makes the black hearts of the demons lift in glee.

Our President was sworn in to the Presidency again and in this second round, he chose to dispense with the bible as the standard upon which to lay his hand. "for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." (Rev. 18:23) As I said the other day when we dispense with the holiest standard we lose all direction and the compass point spins wildly. It is highly ironic that pagans smudging evil spirits out of the White House are actually inviting them in, and are aided by the absence of the use of the bible inside it.

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils 1 Timothy 4:1

I think we're there.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Some were called to be prophets from the womb

Did you know that the group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals has decided that fish should not be called fish any more? They are sea kittens. Sea kittens feel things and they love. And who would want to put a hook through a sea kitten? [I would.] Sigh.

Economist George Ure has been tracking the use of the word “bailout” as compared to “rescue package,” and sure enough, his prediction came true. It was only two months before the media’s use of rescue caught up to and then exceeded that of bailout.

What do bailouts and sea kittens have to do with Sanctity of Life? Because “All social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering.” This is a profound saying from Catholic moral theologian William Smith.

Changing the name of something helps to diminish attachment to it. Devalue it. Making a euphemism for it helps to conceal an unpleasant truth behind a nicer sounding phrase. Example: The Euthanasia Society became Society for the Right to Die. The Euthanasia Council became Concern for Dying. Death penalty has become capital punishment. A pre-born baby has become a fetus. An abortion has become terminating a pregnancy. A person is not pro-abortion, they are pro-choice.

These softening terms are purposely slipped into our vernacular. Many people don’t even notice our language is being manipulated. The phrase “all social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering,” recognizes that the mind is the first battlefield. This is Satan’s territory, the mind. As the late Rev. Adrian Rogers said so well, “Ephesians 6:12 tells us that there is a war going on, and it’s of a spiritual nature. Satan’s desire is to conquer and control your thought life and then make it a citadel from which he can war against God.” The battle first begins in the mind, and its weapons are words.

In Matthew 5:22, Jesus said, “But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire.”

Here, Jesus is emphasizing that murder begins before the act, it begins when people view others as less than human. Euphemistic language helps this transition of devaluation of the sanctity of life. When we begin seeing a baby as tissue, a comatose person as a vegetable, as a death row convict as an inmate undergoing capital punishment, thus begins the devaluing. Murder begins when people view others as less than human.

Today’s point is that I urge us all to be on guard mentally when we read or hear of terms that try to diminish the sanctity of life. The act of murder is actually a lengthy process, and it begins in the mind, with the words you choose to use to describe human life that God gave us.

We need to pray for that more than ever before. Obama Officials Confirm He Will Fund Foreign Abortions Starting Wednesday. This act overturns a pro-life policy of President Bush, and on Obama's first day in office, no less. Despite campaigning on the rhetoric of wanting to reduce abortions, Obama will make one of his first actions promoting them globally. President Bush's proclamation for Sanctity of Human Life day which coincides with National Sanctity of Human life week. was published on the White House website on January 18, disappeared on January 20 when President Obama took the reins.

The biblical position on abortion is here. Samson, Jeremiah, John The Baptist, Jesus, Paul were called to service from the womb. The very first post on WhiteHouse.gov says "Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov". It sure has. Pray for the babies, Christians. Pray.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We can't recognize low ethics anymore


Reuters published a good article about ethics recently. The article opened with a question, asking if America is undergoing a crisis of ethics. "The swirl of corruption, fraud and greed stretching from Wall Street to Main Street has many U.S. church leaders saying the answer is a resounding yes -- America is facing not only an economic meltdown, but also a moral one."

"The list of examples of dishonest dealings ranges from disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, who has been accused of fleecing investors out of $50 billion in what may be the largest Ponzi scheme ever, to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama, to the more than 400 people charged last summer in a $1 billion U.S. mortgage fraud investigation."

Example after example of unethical behavior parade across our news screens, showing liars and cheats who in many cases are unrepentant and even gleeful. Brazen too. Just think of the Wall Street Executives, exhausted from having to carry so much bailout money from the Federal Reserve to their pockets, ran off to pricey spas to recover.

As it is, today Congress is extolling the virtues of an appointee for Secretary of the Treasury who failed to pay his taxes. Does it seem like a good idea to you to promote a person to a government position who cheated the government, and who would be in charge of the money no less? Yet the debate rages, that that is the heart of this essay.

We have lost our moral compass when we debate a wrong into a right. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Just today a fifth grader stared me in the eyes and lied straight to me, without blinking and without remorse. I said, a fifth grader, a boy who is only 11 years old looked at an adult in authority and lied through his teeth without thinking twice. I was sad to see that and yet his actions are the same ones that we have been accepting for years in our nation's leaders, our community adults, and in our homes.

God is not surprised about all this. He knows the end from the beginning. He said: "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power." 2 Tim 3:1-5

We cannot recognize low ethics anymore because society has set aside the standard. Once you throw out a universal standard, you get gradual creep but it's devastating. My favorite movie is Broadcast News, a movie about a lot of things but mostly about ethics. At one point, Holly Hunter, the ethical reporter, accuses William Hurt, the new guy, of low ethics. He had manufactured tears and directed the cameraman to capture them on his face in order to elicit sympathy for his interview subject.

Hunter says, "You totally crossed the line," and Hurt replies, "They keep moving the little sucker, don't they?"

Yes, they do keep moving the little sucker. Once you remove the benchmark it means you can put the starting place any place you want. High, low, here, there, up down, or move it today and then move it tomorrow. Ethics means anything you want it to mean because you have nothing to balance it against.

God will judge us by the things written in the "books," that is, His Word. The Bible contains God's laws, the standard of righteousness by which everyone is judged. He says so in John 12:48: "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day." The bible is the one true standard for morals, ethics, and behavior. Pray that the current ethical crises will bring people back to the pews and back to the bible. People are confused and lost, searching for something to cling to as the world judges everything as appropriate. This is a great time to pray for people to find that surety, those standards, that wisdom, back in the bible and in churches with good bible preachers to speak it.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Israel Discovers Gas!

Israel Discovers Gas!

(IsraelNN.com) The Houston-based Noble Energy company, drilling for Israel’s Delek fuel company, announced that it has discovered a huge deposit of natural gas under the Mediterranean Sea near Haifa. Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) said that the find was of “historic proportions,” and that it could change the face of Israel’s economy. Eighty-seven billion cubic meters, or nearly 3.1 trillion cubic feet, of high-quality gas are estimated to be in three deposits in the Tamar Drilling site, which is named for Delek owner Yitzchak Teshuva’s granddaughter. Teshuva said that the find marks a “historic milestone and a great holiday for Israel,” and that he has no doubt it will “supply Israel’s energy needs for many decades to come.”

Why is this important prophetic news?

Ezekiel chap. 37 & 38 describe a war, commonly named the Gog/Magog War, in which Russia becomes jealous of Israel's new discovery of riches ("spoils"), not named in the bible but widely interpreted as either oil or gas. Russia forms a coalition to come against Israel and grab those riches, but God supernaturally intervenes to protect Israel, thus showing His works in the world and to the world. A revival ensues. That is the short of it.

Ray Gano wrote: "So Why Attack Israel? We read in Ezekiel 38:12 that it is the “spoils” or the “goodies gained” are the driving force behind the attack on Israel.

Eze 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. As I pointed out above Israel is sitting pretty, but they are not sitting pretty enough to call an all out invasion. So what would be the one “spoil” that would drive this attack? Simple…. OIL."

Joel C Rosenberg's scrutiny of the Gog-Magog war as related to Scriptures is click here and worth reading. A short synopsis is below.

FIRST THINGS FIRST
In a moment, I will walk you through the prophecies step-by-step. But first thing, let me note that the predictions found in Ezekiel chapters 36 & 37 have already come true. These are the famous chapters that foretell:

*The rebirth of the State of Israel in the end times (both chapters)
* The return of the Jews to the Holy Land after centuries in exile (36:10-11, 36:24, 36:37-38, 37:12, 37:21)>
* The rebuilding of the ancient ruins in Israel (36:36)
* The re-blossoming of desolate, desert lands to produce abundant food, fruit and foliage (36:8-9 and 36:30-35)
* The creation of an “exceedingly great army” (37:11)

"Such prophecies began to be fulfilled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, accelerated in 1948 and 1967, and continue to come to pass to this day. This, of course, raises an intriguing question: If Ezekiel 36 and 37 have largely come true in our lifetime, isn’t it possible that Ezekiel 38 and 39 will soon come true as well?"

Is this it? Are the mechanisms for the Gog War underway? Is the rapture imminent, either by day or a few short years? The scriptures are not clear as to whether the Gog-Magog war occurs before or after the Rapture. The scriptures do not say exactly what the 'spoil' of Israel is, so the gas deposit discovery may not be the precipitating event that sparks Russia's jealousy.

But it sure raises my antenna! I am eagerly watching this news. Even if the discovery does not relate to immediate prophecy, it is good news for beloved Israel. As Christians, it is exciting to see so much of God's work come alive in these end of days. We watch, we wait, we work, and we pray. A great menu of submission to Him who is above all things!

Praise the Lord His word is true,
Elizabeth

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Asking for forgiveness in all the wrong places

Canadian Broadcasting Company's show 'the current' featuring host Anna Maria Tremonti outlined the synopsis for her January 16th show:

"Today's guest host was Sheila Coles in Regina. It's Friday January 16th."

"For the first time ever the Vatican will allow the public a peek into its supersecret tribunal of conscience, a sanctuary where the gravest sins are confessed to...and where only the pope can give absolution."

"Currently, Vatican officials say most of the requests for confessions are coming from Washington DC, and are post-dated for January 21st. This is the Current."

Evocative. Two things here. It is poignant that our country's leaders must make decisions and choices so difficult that they feel they need to request a papal audience. I feel great compassion for the leaders who will be kneeling in front of the self-proclaimed representative on earth, seeking absolution for what they feel are heinous sins. One can only imagine what their mind and heart are burdened with: torture? covert killings? Legal defiance? It is a heartbreaking time.

Secondly, it is especially poignant that they seek this absolution, forgiveness, audience with the wrong person. They need Jesus, not the Pope. Why? Catholicism is a false religion. It is an untruth that "only the pope can give absolution."

As Got Questions explains: "The most crucial problem with the Roman Catholic Church is its belief that faith alone in Christ is not sufficient for salvation. The Bible clearly and consistently states that receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith, grants salvation (John 1:12; 3:16,18,36; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10,13; Ephesians 2:8-9). The Roman Catholic Church rejects this. The official position of the Roman Catholic Church is that a person must believe in Jesus Christ AND be baptized AND receive the Eucharist along with the other sacraments AND obey the decrees of the Roman Catholic Church AND perform meritorious works AND not die with any mortal sins AND etc., etc., etc. Catholic divergence from the Bible on this most crucial of issues, salvation, means that yes, Catholicism is a false religion."

These unnamed people have their heart in the right place. Unfortunately their soul is in peril. Pray for all those who seek forgiveness from the wrong place, that their heart would be turned toward the Bright Morning Star: the ONLY person who can forgive sins: Jesus Messiah.

Look at these two pictures. When it comes right down to it, whom would you rather trust? An earthly man, chosen by men, through a man-made process? Or a heavenly man, chosen by God and whose life will never end? How would you rather seek forgiveness? By expensive and difficult travel to Vatican City, and beg for a difficult to obtain audience at a certain time and place, and hope it goes well? Or kneel by your bed at any moment, and simply fold your hands and ask the Messiah of everlasting Hope to forgive?

Your very soul depends on the answer.

1 Timothy 6:20-21

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Days of Lot are here

Matt Barber, Director of Cultural Affairs with both Liberty Alliance Action and Liberty Counsel, released the following statement today in response to news that Barack Obama has invited openly homosexual Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at an inaugural event on Sunday:

“It’s a shame that President-elect Obama apparently has so little regard for his Christian constituents that he would give such a high place of honor to a self-styled man of God whose only claim to fame is that he abandoned his wife and children to enter, ‘loudly and proudly,’ a sexually deviant lifestyle expressly condemned by the very Bible he’s ironically called ‘holy and sacred.’

“None of us are without sin; and certainly none are less valuable in God’s eyes than any other. But Christ did command us to repent of our sins and to ‘go and sin no more.’ Not only has Robinson refused to repent of his homosexual behavior, which is unequivocally condemned throughout both the Old and New Testaments as sexual sin, he has further rebelled against God by leading astray countless of his flock who suffer from similar temptation."

When Jesus said in Luke 17:29-30, 'As it was in the days of Lot, even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed', He was inviting us to cast our thoughts back to Genesis 18, when this civilization is in a Sodom condition. Jesus said the moral and spiritual condition of those two cities would repeat in the end time, and that the Genesis account of God's warning was a pattern and type of the warning He would send to the Gentile believers of this last day. We are in the Days of Lot now.

Jude 7 ”In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

Let us remember to pray for our President, that his heart would be changed. And pray for the bishop that he repents of his sins. The truth is the truth. Homosexuality (along with the other sexual sins) are abhorrent to God. But as Micah wrote 'He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.'

He has shown us what is good. Let it be so.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Puppets are better than parents

Sex ed too costly? Let puppets (or parents) teach it

When all else fails, let the parents educate their children. What’s even better than parents? Puppets.

That’s the attitude evident in the headline of an article that appeared yesterday in the Portland Press Herald. It is also the attitude of our society today, that the parents are the last straw to be trusted in training, educating, teaching, or in any way nurturing the humans they have produced from their loins. Society is much more capable of teaching kids, the headline seems to day. Much more.

When did society appropriate parental duties? When did parents abdicate them? Any older person attending a public elementary school for one day would be shocked at how much has changed. Children are checked for lice, fed breakfast, nursed, fed lunch, taught social mores, sex education, manners, squeezing in the three R’s because we must also teach Drug Awareness and Resistance, Peer Pressure, Alcohol, have reward parties for good behavior. They are transported to and from school, and cared for after school.

Timothy reminds us that in the end, children will be disobedient to their parents. Is that occurring today? The breakdown of the family has contributed to this drastic abdication of parental responsibility and increasing child disobedience.

The article states: “Unlike those of us who had the pleasure of learning from a gym or homeroom teacher about how the birds and bees explain unwanted hair growth, herpes and babymaking, students in Portland have three health instructors dedicated to teaching sex education for elementary, middle and high school.” [Ah, a health instructor is better than a gym teacher who is better than a puppet who is better than a parent. I see.]

“While it may seem like a minor change on the surface, some worry it's the beginning of the end for the sex ed program and the beginning of a new and uncomfortable dawn as regular classroom teachers take on the job.”

It’s ‘the beginning of the end…’ when cutting a program not directly associated with the three R’s? It’s ‘an uncomfortable dawn’ when teachers have to …teach? It’s 'worrisome' when we hand the parental duty back to the parents? Guess so. But this should not come as a surprise. Timothy told us:

2Tim 3: Godlessness in the Last Days
1 "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…"

We are told in no uncertain terms what brings on judgment. It has been the same for every nation without exception since the beginning, and it will happen in the end. Society’s degeneration is one. Leaving intimate familial and important education to a puppet can’t make God all that happy.

Read Romans 1:18- for more on God’s wrath upon mankind

Monday, January 12, 2009

A precious daughter of God...demeans herself

Student auctions off virginity

"A student who is auctioning her virginity to pay for a masters degree in Family and Marriage therapy has seen bidding hit £2.5million ($3.7m). Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand has persuaded 10,000 men to bid for sex with her. Last September, when her auction came to light, she had received bids up to £162,000 ($243,000) but since then interest in her has rocketed. The student who has a degree in Women's Studies insisted she was not demeaning herself."

To demean means to "debase, as in dignity or social standing." Dignity means "The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect." Or "Inherent nobility and worth."

We all have inherent worth. God made us in His image. Our bodies are members of Christ Himself! (1 Cor 6:15-20) He loves us as His precious children, so much so that He gave His OWN Son for our sins.

2 Timothy 3: 1-2: "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy" ... Have we fallen to such a state that we think not that selling one's self is not prostitution? And that prostitution is an offense against God and against the self?

In the article: "Miss Dylan said she did not think it was particularly significant to be willing to sell your virginity." The bible says-- in 1st Corinthians, "Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!"

When a woman loses her virginity the token of her virginity would be blood from the broken hymen. This blood should represent the blood covenant between her and her husband. Ms Dylan said: "I get some men who are obviously looking for a girlfriend but I try and make it clear that this is a one-night-only offer."

Ohh, this girl is so sad! So deluded! My heart aches for her, for the society which condones this!

Reasons to remain a virgin before marriage:

  1. It is God's will, to please God, to avoid sin and consequent judgment.
  2. To provide a unique gift for one's marriage partner.
  3. To be pure.
  4. To avoid STD's and AIDs and the resulting complications such as infertility.
  5. To avoid emotional ties through the bonding of sex.
  6. To avoid unwanted pregnancy.
  7. To avoid comparison with one's eventual marriage partner.
Paul writes in I Corinthians 6:9-11, "Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God." You say, "What am I to do then? For I am guilty." Read the next verse, "But such were some of you". According to Acts 18:8, "And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized." The guilty Corinthians were forgiven, redeemed.

Oh, how sad a woman, this daughter of a loving father and a daughter of the High Heavenly Father, should love money so much that she should sully her own body that Christ made her, gave her, and united with her. Please pray for this girl, for her family, and for any person reading these news articles and is emulating her. She can ask forgiveness and our God is so Holy and Loving ...He will.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

And the gospel shall be preached to the entire world

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. " Matthew 24:14

Gideons mark 100th year giving Bibles

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Long before cable television, spa treatments and eco-friendly soaps and shampoos became staples in hotel rooms, there was the Bible -- the Gideon Bible.And the book with the familiar two-handled pitcher and torch on its cover that most guests find inside hotel nightstands doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon."

"Gideons International is celebrating its 100th anniversary distributing Bibles and has begun efforts to hand out more Scriptures in the U.S. to boost a distribution rate that's remained relatively flat in recent years. Nearly 76.9 million Gideon Scriptures were given out in nearly 85 languages in 187 countries last year. Close to 1.5 billion Scriptures have been distributed since 1908, when the Gideons began to place Bibles in hotel rooms."

"Since then, the nondenominational evangelical group run by businessmen has spread its tremendous reach, also giving out free Scriptures at hospitals, schools and prisons and in the military. "This is not a church-sponsored, clergy-led effort," said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an umbrella group for evangelical churches and organizations. "It's individuals that go around and distribute Bibles. It's an astonishing accomplishment."

Gospel preached...Around the World . . .

* There are 260,000 Gideons and Auxiliary members in more than 9,000 local groups worldwide.
* Approximately 1.3 billion Scriptures have been distributed worldwide since 1908, and more than 500 million Scriptures were distributed in just the last 10 years.
* 70.7 million Scriptures were distributed last year.
* On average, more than two copies of God's Word are distributed per second.
* Distributed in 183 countries. [How many countries are there in the world? The generally accepted answer is: 195.]

There is nothing more important than connecting people with the Word of God. Thank the Lord for the work of the Gideons. Do you have a spare bible? Most Americans have several. Is there someone you know who doesn't have one? How about carrying a spare bible in the car, just in case you meet someone on the spot who is willing to receive the gospel? That did happen to me once. It was and still is a gratifying moment to hand the willing receiver his own bible. It just might make an eternal difference.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Are We More Racist Than We Think? YES

Earlier this week, ABC Health aired a segment on their "What Would You Do?" that examined whether people react to overt racism. The segment concluded that we usually don't speak up when confronted with racism.

Today, a new study in the journal "Science" shows our tolerance for racism may be even greater than we believed. The authors say that people don't respond, or even get upset, when they see racism directed at someone else. The abstract states: "Contemporary race relations are marked by an apparent paradox: Overt prejudice is strongly condemned, yet acts of blatant racism still frequently occur. We propose that one reason for this inconsistency is that people misunderstand how they would feel and behave after witnessing racism. The present research demonstrates that although people predicted that they would be very upset by a racist act, when people actually experienced this event they showed relatively little emotional distress..."

Mark Steyn wrote in his essay, "The Oldest Hatred" In Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators yell “You are the brothers of pigs!”, and a protester complains to his interviewer that “Hitler didn’t do a good job.” And: "In Fort Lauderdale, Palestinian supporters sneer at Jews, “You need a big oven, that’s what you need!” And "In Amsterdam, the crowd shouts, “Hamas, Hamas! Jews to the gas!” Roseanne slams Israel, the 'Nazi' state'.

Here, a Protester Calls for Jews to 'Go Back to the Oven' at Anti-Israel Demonstration.



Yet we know from the Holy Bible that the Israelites "are a holy people unto the LORD your God: the LORD your God hath chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers…” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).

Question: the protests are real. They were not an experiment in "Science" magazine. People are really shouting racist remarks, spewing hatred and engaging in violence in some cases. Israel has always been surrounded by and persecuted by its neighbors, hated by most. Why is this? According to the Bible, it is because God has a special plan for the nation of Israel, and Satan wants to defeat that plan.

But the fact remains, if you were standing in that crowd or any other where people are engaged in 'overt racism', what would you do? It is the end time. We know that Jeremiah 30 tells us of Israel in the end,

7 How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it."

So I ask you now...in that day, will you be able to stand before God and truthfully say you loved whom He loved most specially? Or "did you show relatively little emotional distress"?

Friday, January 9, 2009

What would you do?

"Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name." [Matthew 24:9]

Children starved to coerce mom to renounce Christ

Authorities in Egypt are starving two children, ages 2 and 4, to force their mother to abandon Christianity and return to Islam, according to reports from several ministry organizations. The Egypt for Christ Ministry is reporting the woman, who converted to Christianity about five years ago and was arrested as she tried to leave her home country just days ago, [December 13, 2008] also has been sexually assaulted by police officers. The woman, identified by the ministry as Martha Samuel, also has been beaten and tortured in effort to force her to return to Islam, with police promises for her release if she accepts, according to the reports. Other reports here.

Apparently, Mrs. Samuel converted five years ago, and she and her family have suffered repeated attempts to kill them ever since. She was apprehended as she, her husband, and her children tried to flee to Russia.

She has also been subjected to sexual assault, beatings, and torture. Now the 'authorities' are starving her children in front of her. I have been unable to discover news of Mrs Samuel and her family in the new year. Has she succumbed to the worst torture of seeing her children harmed and renounced her faith? Or has she stayed fast to the Truth, knowing that life everlasting is glory with your children in the presence of God. Please pray for this family... and pray that Romans 8:38 comes to their mind,

"For I am convinced that neither (death, nor life, nor (angels, nor principalities, nor (things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

And also remember, Jesus said we all will be pressed someday to choose, state, or act for Christ in dangerous or uncomfortable circumstances. Perhaps not as severe as Mrs. Samuel, but the day will come when a Christian will be faced with a choice. What will you do? Prepare your heart now...the End Time is just beginning, "But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake." Luke 21:12

Thursday, January 8, 2009

UPDATED: Are people getting thin skinned, or what?

Matthew 24:12: "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold." Does it seem to you that people are becoming more thin-skinned? I seems that way to me. These articles occurred in the last day or two. I did not have to search far and wide. As a matter of fact, there were many more I did not cite. Waiting rage, road rage, snow rage, parking rage, and irony of ironies, the laid back Jimmy Buffett song "Margaritaville" sparked music rage. Iniquity is abounding...

UPDATED: Enraged Neighbour Convicted Of Cutting Down Man's Front Door With A Chainsaw
Robert Kane became incensed because a friend of his neighbour, Jamie Zaleski, parked in front of his house across the street. He stomped over to Zaleski's apartment and began angrily pounding on the door. When the occupant asked who was there, Kane responded that it was his "worst nightmare." He then ordered him to "open the door or I'll cut it down!" As the frightened neighbour and his friend listened in stunned disbelief, they heard the sound of a chainsaw starting up and then watched as the blade began cutting into the apartment door.
Angry Customer Drives Car Into Metro Atlanta Restaurant
ATLANTA -- Police said an unidentified man became so angry when told in a Chili's restaurant he had to wait for a table that he left and drove his car into the side of the building...

Head trauma killed soldier in Buffett-song fight
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A decorated Army Special Forces solider who was fatally injured in a New Year's Day fight after playing one of his favorite Jimmy Buffett songs on a bar jukebox, died of severe head trauma... Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez died Monday at Denver Health Medical Center. Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said Lopez was beaten by two patrons of the Steamboat Springs' Tap House Sports Grill after he selected one of his favorite Jimmy Buffett songs, identified by Lopez's family as "Margaritaville."

Man shoots plow driver
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - More than 6 feet of snow in the past three weeks has left Spokane residents frustrated. Tempers are so frayed that a man was arrested for shooting at a snow plow operator. Snow rage is getting to some. One man was arrested by Spokane police after gunshots were fired Monday morning at a private snow plow operator who was clearing a parking lot. Police said the motorist apparently got upset when the plow operator honked his horn...

Police seek driver in fatal road rage case
Police say Kathy Slater, 38, died after crashing into a tree around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of North Keystone. Officers believe another car ran her off the road.
Witnesses say Slater had a brief verbal argument with a man driving a white car, possibly a Nissan, with tinted windows. He reportedly ran her and her two passengers off the road.

Woman survives 'parking rage' incident
A Heartland woman called Omaha Police to report a parking rage incident that happened outside her place of business. The 35-year old woman was shaken by her experience, and lucky to have gotten away...The woman tells officers she had parked with the rear of her pickup next to an alley. When she came out there was a white station wagon behind her, parking her truck in and blocking the alley...With no other option she says, she began the process of backing up and pulling forward trying to get out of the parking place. The victim tells investigators during the process a man came running toward her pickup, screaming obscenities and tried to pull her from her vehicle...

'Waiting room rage': patient assaults doctor
A MAN accused of punching a doctor in a medical centre after he became irritated at being kept waiting was refused bail yesterday.

And this...a California policeman with a hair trigger, shot and killed a suspect who was in custody, lying unarmed on the ground, on his chest. His action caused riots in Oakland CA last night:

Oakland Riots
Bay Area stations have been showing video of, and the SF Chronicle is reporting about angry protests and riot in Oakland over the horrific BART police shooting of unarmed man Oscar Grant on New Year's Day.

Should believers worry? Of course not! All things are possible in Jesus, for does not Romans 12:21 say "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Our 'skin' should be as thick as possible, for we have on the inside the Holy Spirit and on the outside the full armor of God. Share Him with as many as possible, so they also can know the peace of the Heavenly Spirit.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's war out there

Spiritual war is real and it manifests as either good or evil fruit in today's society. The war is on two fronts, invisible (UFOs, aliens, ghosts), and visible (atheists versus Christians). Lately we see more societal interest toward the occult, particularly with 'beings' from the other side. I believe this is a direct deception from the fallen angels and demons who influence our thinking into areas the bible expressly forbids. There are no 'helpful' ghosts wandering about trying to bring "messages" to the living. And there are no UFOs, or aliens. These are my opinions, based on the following:

From Gotquestions.org:
"In Luke 16: 19-31 Jesus tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus. In this story we learn that there are two compartments for the dead until the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11f). Also in the story, the rich man asks for Lazarus to be sent back to warn the living. Abraham says it would do no good because if they will not believe God's written Word, they will not believe though one should rise from the dead."

"From the above passages of Scripture, we can conclude that there are compartments in which the spirits of the dead dwell for now and that while there are a few instances in which God allowed interaction between the living and the dead, those situations were very rare and not nearly as common as contact between people and angelic beings. Also Luke 16:27-31 would indicate that no human spirits are allowed to return to visit the living without permission, and if permission is not granted for the purpose of warning people to flee from the wrath to come, it would not be given for trifling reasons", like where grandmas's brooch ended up or Uncle Howard is sorry he broke your train set!

Great scriptural answer on UFOs here: Are there such things as aliens or UFOs? and I urge all to read it, because it is my belief we will see more of these 'UFO' stories as the months wear on. Be not deceived! Let us be armed with scriptural arrows in our quiver so we can be ready to help others who fall prey to this evil thinking. Forewarned is forearmed!

Stories like the following are demonic salvoes lobbed into consciousness:
Deception
Close Encounters Of The Jersey Kind?
Cops, Residents Puzzled By Bizarre Lights Over Morris Co.; Flares? Balloons? Pilot Tells CBS 2 HD He's Baffled

Strange, red, blinking lights could be seen across Morris County on Monday night, and officials thought they had figured out what caused them. Now, they're not so sure. Eleven-year-old Kristin was the first to spot them, a group of three lights together, and two lights together, seen in the horizon through the trees. "I looked up outside. I was really scared and saw five red lights," she said. The family all went out onto their deck to look at the strange sight. Paul Hurley, a pilot who works at Morristown Airport, said they weren't planes. "I've been in aviation for 20 years and never seen anything like it," he told CBS 2

A&E reality show has cops chasing ghosts

A&E is seeking to one-up Sci Fi's "Ghost Hunters" with a new series that blends paranormal investigation with law enforcement. The network has greenlit a new unscripted series called "Paranormal Cops," about a group of Chicago police officers who moonlight as ghost chasers in their spare time. Given the team's law enforcement credentials, the format seeks to add a new layer of credibility to an increasingly popular reality TV genre which has featured ghost hunting teams founded by professional plumbers,actors, and students.
Spiritual War
It's war out there, wherever Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to do a great work, the invisible world has countered strongly (more strongly than we like to admit)

YAY!

Finding Jesus in London
"An unexpected spiritual awakening among London's high society has gone unnoticed in recent years. Long considered an aggressively secular city, London has quietly become one of Britain's most Christian areas, going from the least observant region in Britain's most Christian areas, going from the least observant region in Britain in 1979 to the second most observant today.

BOO!

Atheist bus campaign launches across UK

The UK’s first ever atheist advertising campaign launches this week, with 800 buses featuring the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” running in cities across England, Scotland and Wales, along with 1000 adverts on the London underground and two large LCD screens on Oxford Street. The campaign, which is supported by Professor Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association and in Scotland by the Humanist Society of Scotland, is a response to a series of evangelical Christian adverts running on buses in June 2008, which featured the URL of a website saying all non-Christians were going to hell.

not only did they counter the London revival, but the atheist campaign is spreading to other nations...

Since its donation phase began in October, the Atheist Bus Campaign has inspired atheist organisations across the world to launch their own bus campaigns. Spain’s Union of Atheists and Freethinkers is launching buses across Barcelona today with the UK slogan translated into Spanish, Italy’s Union of Atheists, Agnostics and Rationalists is also planning a bus campaign, while the American Humanist Association has brought out atheist bus adverts in Washington DC.

YAY!

Homeschooling goes boom in America
A homeschooling movement is sweeping the nation – with 1.5 million children now learning at home, an increase of 75 percent since 1999. The Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics reported homeschooling has risen by 36 percent in just the last five years.

BOO!

Top 10 list of 2008's Christian bashers

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, or CADC, has released a Top 10 list of the most extreme cases of Christian bashing in the year 2008.

No. 10 – Jack Black musical video
No. 9 – Bill Maher gratuitously attacks pope
No. 8 – ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson's "F--- Jesus" remark
No. 7 – Minnesota University professor desecrates communion
No. 6 – "Religulous" the movie
No. 5 – Chaplains fired for praying in Jesus' name
No. 4 – Colorado law criminalizes the Bible
No. 3 – Barack Obama defames Christianity
No. 2 – Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is attacked
No. 1 – Radical homosexuals assault Prop 8 marriage supporters in California

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ukraine gas, Oprah the Wolf, and those earthquakes

Hello Dear Friends!

We know that Ezekiel prophesies a coalition of invading armies come against Israel. One of those is Gog-Magog/Meschach, usually described as Russia. If anyone a year ago would have said the sleeping bear would awaken, they would have been put in a loony bin. But in 2008 Russia came alive again, brandishing swords as they sailed their warships all around the Caribbean and South America, chatting with China, supplying arms to Iran, Lebanon...and now using natural gas as a political weapon against Ukraine (who has just happened to want to join NATO and allow the US to install missile shields on their territory along with Poland and the Czech Republic.

The US feared retaliation by Russia and lo, here it is: in a dispute over the Ukrainian debt for gas, Russia has turned off the flow. The following news article is not directly related to Gog/Magog but is a precursor illustrating Russia's rising.

Gog-Magog
first the scripture, then the news:
Ezekiel 38:1-5 A Prophecy Against Gog

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets,

Wall Street Journal: Stakes in Ukraine-Russia Natural Gas Crisis Far Higher for Western Europe and the U.S. Than is Generally Understood
The fallout from a dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the price of natural gas spread to other Eastern European nations on Saturday, as Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria reported dwindling pressure in their gas pipeline systems

also this from NY Times--
NY Times: Effects of Ukraine Energy Dispute Will Reach Far Beyond Russia
The fallout from a dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the price of natural gas spread to other Eastern European nations on Saturday, as Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria reported dwindling pressure in their gas pipeline systems

EU ambassadors meet on Ukraine gas row
Deputy ambassadors from the 27 EU countries are to hold an extraordinary meeting on Monday (5 January) in Brussels, after gas disruptions were registered in several EU states amid the Russia-Ukraine gas row.


Natural Disasters

Matthew 24:7, one of the end-time signs Jesus Christ mentions is, "there shall be . . . earthquakes, in divers places."

Earthquake rattles Afghanistan, Pakistan (6.2 mag)

Strong earthquakes hit Indonesia (7.8 and 7.6 with many aftershocks in the 5.0+ range)
Note: these earthquakes occurred on the same day almost at the same time.

A Spurt of Quake Activity Raises Fears in Yellowstone
Billings – Mon Jan 5, 2009

We who live along Montana's Yellowstone River are downstream from a simmering caldera, a geologic hot spot that has become especially active recently. Indeed, Yellowstone National Park contains the floor of a gigantic volcanic cauldron, one that rises and sinks with the forces that lie beneath - hence the picturesque geysers and steam holes. But a wave of recent earthquake activity is raising fears that have their origins 642,000 years ago, when a Yellowstone "supervolcano" exploded so violently that it created the caldera itself. Today, such an explosion - 1,000 times more powerful than the explosion of Mount St. Helens in 1980 - would not only cover most of the U.S. with ash but also throw so much dust into the atmosphere that the world's climate could change.


Apostasy
Timothy tells us, as well as Jesus and Matthew, that the End Times' main characteristic will be deception. Deception will run as an evil black line through all the other signs...including Apostasy.

1Tim 4:1: But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

Mt 24:10-11, At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Oprah Winfrey: Preparing The Way For The One World Religion?
Imagine a religion where Jesus did not come to die on the cross, where there is no heaven, no hell, no sin, no salvation, no doctrine, where all spiritual paths in the world are equally valid and where "god" is in you and in everything else you see. That is the religion of Oprah Winfrey. The truth is that there is a huge movement towards a one world religion where all spiritual paths are equally valid (except if you believe in Jesus Christ), and Oprah is right in the forefront of that movement.

Over the past few years Oprah Winfrey has gone from being just a talk show host to being one of the world's most influential spiritual leaders. According to Forbes, Oprah is worth 1.4 billion dollars, but these days she seems much more interested in spiritual matters than in building her empire. In fact, Oprah has become such a spiritual icon in America that USAToday has called her "a spiritual leader for the new millennium, a moral voice of authority for the nation." In an unscientific poll conducted on Beliefnet.com, 33% of the 6,600 respondents said that Oprah has had "a more profound impact" on their spiritual lives than their pastors or priests.

[if you click on the headline and read the full article it's really good]
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Obama
Meanwhile, though not related to prophecy but of interest, more lawsuits have been lodged demanding proof Mr Obama is qualified to be President. The latest are by former military servicemen, one, a retired Air Force Colonel. The Supreme Court has scheduled two more conferences, Jan 9 and Jan 16, to discuss the issue.

From World Net Daily:

An unscientific poll by America Online suggests more and more people are having second thoughts about Barack Obama's eligibility to occupy the Oval Office.
Those who raised questions about his vague history before the election largely drew scorn from the mainstream media, which cited an online image from Obama's campaign that purportedly proved his U.S. citizenship with a Hawaiian "Certification of Live Birth."
But the latest results from the America Online poll say only 41 percent of the participants now believe there is no issue to be investigated.
Fifty-three percent nationwide, and majorities in 45 states individually, say "yes" when asked if there is "any merit" to the controversy surrounding his citizenship. Even in Obama's own state, Illinois, the opinion is split 47-47 percent on the issue.
In other words, the issue is not going away, In fact, it has grown.

I read an interesting editorial today. Food for thought: the author thinks a period of sunshine is needed for the rapture. Jesus said the removal of the Bride would occur during a time of calm. "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh" (Matt. 24:44). It wouldn't seem to fit the "think not" hour if the world descended into economic and political chaos." Something to think about anyway. All we do know is that it will be unexpected. In His time!

Oh, what interesting times we live in! To see and experience God's work so visibly and directly! Let us all ring the bell that He is coming soon, and pray for the Holy Spirit to convict the hearts of those whom we know who are still in bondage to their sin.

Till Next time,
Elizabeth