Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Angel, thanks for nothing"

I've been stuck in one thought pattern for a while. I keep thinking about God creating the Universe. It took six days and He spoke it and it was so. More than just so, it was good. (Genesis 1:1-31). Now that's enough to ponder right there, looking at the complexity of the world and the creativity of our God who spoke it all into existence within a few days!

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Then we disobeyed. Sin and shame and rebellion entered the world. It was all ruined, poisoned by our sin. God had to withdraw because His holiness cannot be near to sin (Habakkuk 1:13; Is 59:2)

Now the question I have been pondering, is really two part. The first part, I wonder why did God not erase us all and start over? He could have! He was grieved later that He had made us (Gen 6:6) and regretted it. It would have been so much easier for Him to do an etch-a-sketch and shake it all up and begin again. After all, it only would have taken a few days.

He didn't wipe us out. I can't get over that. Instead, in His love He chose a 6000 year travail that included more patience on His part that I can ever understand, more love, deaths of His apostles, and His own Son's sacrifice in a grueling and horrific death!

The second thing I wonder is that even through all this, He still gives us as many gifts as He does. He gives us His son. He gives us salvation. He gives us the Holy Spirit. He gives us armor to resist satan, our enemy. He gives us the bible. And He gives us angels.

"For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways." (Psalm 91:11)

"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14)

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10)

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2)

There are entire web pages devoted to the ministry of angels, why God created them, and what they do for God in their ministrations to us. There are way more verses about angels than I posted here. Suffice to say that I am continually slain by the outpouring of love from our Father in His gifts to us. Angels! Imagine! To guide and protect us. Minister to us. Serve us. I think of their their faces turned toward God as in the verse in Matthew, like racehorses at the gate, itching to get going and minister to us in His name, waiting for Him to say "GO!"

When I go through a day when nothing uneventful occurs, I thank the angels and the Father Who sent them. I drive an old car, I live in an old house, I dwell where tornadoes come, there are many things that could happen to me each day...that don't. Don't take that nothing for granted. It might be interesting if He allows when we get there, to see a rewind of our life's movie to view the efforts to which our angels went in keeping us safe from harm.

The car accident you didn't have. The tears you didn't have to shed. The slip on the ice that didn't happen.

If you have an uneventful day think of the angels the Lord sends to us in service to our needs. Nothing happened? Thank an angel!

Iran: "The Coming Is Near" video and transcript

This is a partial transcript of the end time video produced by Iran and the abbreviated version of which was obtained by Reza Kahlili, a spy who had infiltrated the top levels of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. You can read a full transcript here. In a previous post I'd published an analysis of the video and its summary by World Threats analyst Ryan Mauro who also contributes to FrontPage Magazine. You can  read that post here.

Partial transcript begins:
Narrator: "If the signs of his reappearance were not provided by the Prophet and his descendants, it would have been difficult to analyze the timing of his coming." He goes on to list those signs of the Mahdi's imminent reappearance:

"The Messiah will not rise until fear, great earthquakes, and sedition takes place."
"The worse kind of humans will become leaders." [Here, the video shows President Bush, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Germany's Angela Merkel...and Obama.]
"Women will rid themselves of the Hejab." [traditional female head covering]
Adultery will be common, Men will dress like women. Men will content themselves to men and women to women."

"A nation from the east will rise and prepare the way for the Mahdi." [Iran sees itself divinely fulfilling that role.]

The narrator says that the Mahdi's reappearance requires a condition of having strong beliefs and pious leaders with a strong will. In the Hadith, they have been named as 'Preparers of the Coming', and will emerge from Yemen, Lebanon, and Iran. In Islam, there are two notable books, the Quran, their version of a holy book, and the Hadith, the book of traditions.

Ayatollah Khameni: "I can tell you with utmost confidence: The promise of Allah for the Coming and the establishment of a new Islamic civilization is on its way."
When the leader of an enemy nation whose entire purpose on earth is to usher in a new Islamic civilization through any means necessary tells you with 'utmost confidence that it is on its way, we should be listening!

The next segment examines current events in the Middle East as they are related to their version of end time events. The transformation of certain ME countries is key in the Hadith for the imminent appearance of their messiah, and that transformation is now taking place.

The narrators says that after 9/11, Islam was the only culture or civilization that threatened the West. As a result, the West launched an official program of Islamic fear-mongering and at the same time began dropping hundreds of bombs on innocent Arabs. [Though the video mentions American and its allies, America is shown exclusively as the bomb-droppers]. The narrator claims that America occupied mosques and religious centers. All this, the narrator claims, is the progression of the end times events in preparation for the Mahdi as the land that will be in the center of the conflicts in advance of his coming. But that after the coming, that land will be the capital of his world governance. "At that time the swift will attack, anxiety will be plenty and the world will turn away. Iraq will be conquered and through bloodshed cause divisions in tribes. At that time be ready for the reappearance of the Mahdi messiah!" Here, the video shows a rider on a white horse.

So that was the Muslim doctrine regarding Iraq and its part at the time of the near-arrival of Mahdi. Now to Yemen.

Narrator: "At the threshold of his coming, a holy revolution will take place in that nation." Hadith. Some even believe that after his coming, the first soldiers of the Mahdi's army who reach Mecca will be from Yemen."

The video's narrator goes on to explain that recently the Shia adherents in Yemen have been oppressed and persecuted but in a display of courage, they pushed back the armies persecuting them. Remember, the two sects in Islam are Shia and Sunni and Shia is the more militant sect. He says that recent events show that Saudi Arabia is part of that Yemeni oppression and that soon Jordan- with the help of US and Israel- sent more troops to aid in the oppression and persecution of Yemeni Shites.

The third nation the Hadith is said to occupy Muslim end time events will be Egypt. The narrator explains that the Hadith says the people in Egypt will rise up against an oppressive leader and create a chaotic atmosphere. The Hadith "predicts" that the leader of Egypt will be killed and the people descend into conflict. The rise of Islamic sects like the Muslim Brotherhood is in accordance with the Hadith "prophesies." [Note: I enclose predicts and prophecies in quotes to make clear that these are not real prophesies and to distinguish them from real prophesies, which can ONLY be found in the bible.]

He says that all that the Hadith claims that Palestine will be the center of conflict due to sedition of Israel. Imam Ali clearly describes the fate of the Jews during this time: Jews will have come from the west to establish a government in Palestine. [This occurred in 1948.] This will happen because Arabs are not united against them, but are divided. "They asked Imam Ali, will this calamity and mayhem last long?" and Ali answered "No, not until the time that they rid themselves of the influence of others, take back control of their affairs, and once again have strong determination." [here, they show Arabs carrying shoulder launch missiles in great numbers]. "At that time they will conquer the land of Palestine and be victorious and united." (The Caliphate) "Then extra forces will arrive from Iraq with flags written on it 'Alghovah' written on it..

The video next shows a quote: "With the start of a new war the destruction of Israel is certain.-- Nassrollah, Iranian newspaper Kayhan." and "The annihilation of the Zionist regime and the conquering of Beitol Moghadas (Jerusalem) is one of the most important events in the age of The Coming." Psalm 83 war, perhaps??

"The Islamic republic of Iran has scores of modernized warships. Hundreds of modernized bombers. Thousand of modernized missiles and millions of willing martyrs forces have turned into one the most powerful forces in the Middle East. After a meeting with the leaders of the Zionist regime, the Joint Chiefs’ of Staff in America announced that in a confrontation with Iran. The option of a military confrontation is no longer possible." I included this paragraph from the transcript in the post to show how they see us.

"Another key individual in the age of The Coming is called “Yamani” His presence is another sign that the reappearance is close. Some scholars believe that this individual named in the Hadith is “Seyed Hassan Nassrollah. “Seyed Hassan Nassrollah” is from the Shiites of Yemen whose ancestors lived in Yemen and immigrated to Lebanon decades ago.”. [This man currently leads the terrorist militant group, Hezbollah.] And so it is clear: The forces of “Seyed Khorasani” and “Yemani” will coordinate the revolt against evil."

So I guess they see Yemen playing a huge role.

One of the important signs prior to The Coming is the rise of the impostor, Islamic Antichrist. The impostor has been described in the Hadith as a wicked being who will confront God’s faith. ... and the movie goes on to rail against the Freemasons and others who in combination make up a composite being called the Impostor or the Islamic Antichrist. It ends with "Come forth in praising God and with jihad of faith to be part of the governance of the pious on earth. Great joyous news is on its way. I can tell you with utmost confidence; the promise of Allah for The Coming and the establishment of a new Islamic civilization is on its way. Blessing from Allah Victory is near, Good tidings to the believers."

Make no mistake: there is NOTHING in the book of Koran nor the Hadith that is truth. It is spoken from the devil who is a liar and the father of lies. In viewing the video and reading the transcript, it is important to see how they see us, and what their indicators are for their end time doctrines. Through that, the most important thing I hope you take away from this is how cunning Satan is. He has exactly mirrored the true Revelation of Jesus Christ to His children by perverting it with seeds of evil that closely - but not perfectly - match the seeds of truth from Jesus lips. All satan needed to do is listen to Jesus telling John, or to read it afterward and create a false religion based on it.

All people on this earth are loved by Jesus and that includes Muslims. We need to pray for those who are deceived by satan's doctrines of the end time. We need to pray for those who are actively pushing satan's agenda. We need to help those who have converted from a dark religion to the Light, with continued prayer, missions, donations, and love. But do not mistake the religious structure of Islam as friendly. It is an enemy religion to God and its implementation is an abomination to Him.

Do we work as vigorously for Jesus as the Muslims work for satan? Think about it.

Here is the video:


Iranian video of the end time "bone-chilling" says global analyst

Thanks to the courageous work of Reza Kahlili, a spy who had infiltrated the top levels of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, we now have the Iranian-produced end time video "The Coming Is Near". This video clearly outlines the Islamic agenda in terms of their end time eschatology. Analyst for World Threats Ryan Mauro said that the video is "bone-chilling." In the next post I'll publish the 30-minute publicly available abbreviated version of the video if you care to watch it yourself, along with a transcript. The video and its transcript outline the Muslim version of end time signs as well as chilling mirror image but satanically perverted version of what the bible prophesies.

The Iranians view the current events in the Middle East as confirmation that their end time eschatology is correct. This confirmation is fueling their fervor and inciting them to further the final events to prepare for the arrival of their 'Mahdi'. As we know from the bible, the true events will include terrible wars, including Psalm 83 war and Gog-Magog- the latter of which the bible says Iran plays the major role. That Iran sees itself in the midst of confirmed end times events means they will increase their efforts under the command of the Quran to engender the final events in advance of their (false) messiah. As the analysis below states, the Iranians plan to use nuclear devices.

Below is Ryan Mauro of Frontpage Magazine's analysis of the new documentary produced by the Iranian regime. It was re-published in the Assyrian International News Agency. Here is his synopsis:

"The Iranian government has produced a bone-chilling documentary that claims that Ayatollah Khamenei, President Ahmadinejad, and Hassan Nasrallah are talked about in Islamic prophecy as leaders who will wage war to bring about the arrival of the Hidden Imam, which the film says is "very close" to happening." [ed. note: Nasrallah is the man currently leading the militant terrorist group Hezbollah.]

"Reza Kahlili, a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who spied for the CIA and authored A Time to Betray last year, procured the entire film and says it was created by close associates of Ahmadinejad and was shown to top clerics two weeks ago. His chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, is said to have played a role in its creation. Kahlili allowed FrontPage to view a shortened version of the film over the weekend, which he says the Iranian regime intends to distribute to mosques and Islamic centers throughout the region with an Arabic translation and is currently being shown to members of the Revolutionary Guards and Basiji."

"The purpose of the film is to make the case that Iran is prophetically destined to lead the war against Islam's enemies, which is as a prelude to the appearance of the Hidden Imam, also called the Mahdi, who brings the final victory for Islam and reigns over the whole world. It uses current events to argue that "the final chapter has begun" and the Mahdi's arrival is imminent. Most disturbingly, it teaches that Khamenei, Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah are the individuals prophesied to make this happen."

"The documentary claims that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is the Seyed Khorasani talked about in the Hadith that leads a nation in the East (Iran) as "the preparer" for the Mahdi's intervention. In July 2010, a senior Iranian cleric revealed that Khamenei had told close associates that he had privately met with the Mahdi and was told that he'd arrive before his time as Supreme Leader ends. Khamenei is 71 years old and widely understood to be in poor health, so the grand jihad that Khamenei believes he must command must come soon."

"President Ahmadinejad is an End Times character named Shoeib-Ebne Saleh, the film states. He is appointed as the commander-in-chief by Seyed Khorasani (Ayatollah Khamenei). The speaker in the film says that this individual will "move" 72 months [6 years] prior to the arrival of the Mahdi and will lead the recapturing of Jerusalem on "the threshold of the Coming." It is unclear if "move" means a physical action by Ahmadinejad or if it means his coming to power in 2005. If it is the latter, then the regime believes the Mahdi is to appear by the end of this year."

"Also mentioned is military commander called Yamani, who is to form the army of the Mahdi that will march to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The film teaches that this is the leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. These three prophesied Islamic leaders are to wage a war against the "Antichrist" and "the imposters," which are said to be the United States, Israel and their allies, including Arab leaders. The current uprisings in the Arab world are viewed as the fulfillment of prophecy and confirmation that they are to wage this final war against the enemies of Islam."

"The film states that the invasion of Iraq was foretold, as Imam Ali said that "they [the enemies of Islam] will conquer Iraq and through bloodshed create divisions in tribes" and "at that time, be ready for the reappearance of the last messiah, Imam Mahdi." The Iranian-backed Houthi rebellion in Yemen is referred to as a "holy revolution" and the removal of Egyptian President Mubarak are also End Times events."

"It also preaches that the death of Saudi King Abdullah will be a major sign that the destruction of Israel and arrival of the Mahdi are imminent. The film almost immediately states, "Whoever guarantees the death of King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia, I will guarantee the imminent reappearance of the Mahdi," a not-so-subtle call for his assassination. The film later refers to his "uncertain condition," as he is ill and 86 years old and his demise is not far off. Once it happens, it will be seen as a green light by the Iranian regime." [ed. note: Jordan is one of only two Arab nations to have a peace treaty with Israel, Egypt being the other.]

"The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood is addressed as being "in accordance with the Hadith." The Brotherhood may be Sunni, but this film states that Iran is theologically-required to ally with it. The ties between Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are not the result of converging interests but of religious commandment. The film says that according to Islamic prophecy, revolutions will happen in the Arab world that rid it of foreign influence and result in a united front to "reconquer Palestine." As stated, it is taught that Ahmadinejad will accomplish this. If the film reflects the private views of the Iranian leadership, then it is clear the regime believes it is now on the precipice of leading a coalition to destroy Israel." [ed. note: the Bible's Psalm 83 war!?!?]

"Iran's support of terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons must be viewed in this context. Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, widely believed to be a close spiritual guide to Ahmadinejad, has written of the need to make "special weapons" of the kind only a few countries possess, a likely reference to nuclear weapons. In February 2006, a follower of Mesbah-Yazdi that is a cleric in Qom said that "for the first time…the use of nuclear weapons may not constitute a problem, according to Sharia" and it is "only natural" for Iran to acquire them. In October 2010, the website belonging to the Ministry of Intelligence and Security published an article by an advisor to the Defense Minister that said Iran must be prepared for nuclear war. "[I]f the United States launches an unconventional attack, Iran needs to respond with a nuclear strategy," it said." [ed. note: Will the clerics see that 'conventionalize attack' as the intrusion of US troops into Libya?]

"Luckily, a top seminary in Qom rejected the comparison of Ahmadinejad to Shoeib-Ebne Saleh after a clip of the documentary was aired on Islamic Republic of Iran Voice and Vision. However, the religious beliefs of the Iranian regime are not contingent upon popular approval, and Reza Kahlili told FrontPage that a portion of the complete video is devoted to showing clerical support for its message."

"For about 10 minutes, the video lists the names of clerics, including very influential ones like Ayatollah Haeri Shirazi and former Revolutionary Guards chief commander Seyed Yahya Safavi, who affirm their belief that Khamenei is Seyed Khorasani. This isn't propaganda, the regime really believes it," Kahlili said."

"The documentary produced by the Iranian government confirms that it believes a final grand war against Islam's enemies, which will culminate in the destruction of Israel, is not something to be avoided, but something to be sought. Recent events are being interpreted by the Iranian regime as prophetic fulfillments confirming that this war is near and its duty is to lead it. This is not a belief system that the West can accommodate."


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quadrocopters juggling a ball...together

Two robots juggle a ball in the air, cooperatively. We live in A Brave New World, for sure. Remember pong? This is how for we've come in one generation... more here.



What do Muslims believe about the end of the age?

Did you know that Islam has an eschatology (doctrine of the end of days)? It does. And though many religions have nothing to do with Christianity, there are religions that intersect Christianity. Islam is one of those.

Jesus actually plays a critical role in Muslim end time theologies. The following is a synopsis from John MacArthur. He is preaching through the book of Mark and he is up to Mark's version of the Olivet Discourse, the end of days answer that Jesus gave to the disciples. The title of the sermon is "The Grim Reality of the Last Days" and MacArthur is preaching on Mark 13:1-13. You can listen, read, or download for free the entire sermon, here.

The information MacArthur uses in the sermon is taken from the Quran, which to a Muslim are the holy words from Allah (Satan), and the Sunnah, the Muslim tradition as expressed by Muhammad. Sunnah is also known as Hadith. These are the two sources of authoritative truth for the Muslim.

To the Muslims, Jesus was a man, and a prophet. He did not die. He was taken to heaven, alive, like Elijah, where He stands beside Allah. If he did not die, He did not rise, and therefore never provided an atonement for anyone. He is waiting for Allah to send Him back to earth. When He returns from heaven according to the Muslims, Jesus' main role in the end times is to correct all the Christians who have misunderstood who He is and what His role is. He will correct them, saying that He never paid for their sins. Then Jesus will get married, have children, and die, to be buried next to Muhammad. That is the Muslim Jesus. So you can see for yourself that we have NO COMMON GROUND with Muslims.

There are three great signs for the Muslims that signal the end of time. Each of these signs will be a man. The first is the arrival of the Final Mahdi (12th Imam). The Mahdi is coming to slaughter all who will not worship Allah and will not covert to Islam. The Quran calls these people who refuse to worship Allah "pigs and dogs." Mahdi's final task is to establish the world dominating Kingdom of Islam.

The Mahdi is their long-awaited savior. Their Messiah. He will establish the final Caliphate. He will destroy all enemies of Islam, in a bloody global holy war. He will have an army, a massive one, going from nation to nation, to punish unbelievers. This army will carry black flags. This flag has on it one word, "Punishment." They go to Israel, and establish his rule on the Temple Mount. All will then prosper, and all worship the Mahdi and they speak of no one else but him. He will make a peace agreement with the Jews and the West for 7 years. The reign of Mahdi lasts 7 years, in which he establishes Islam. He will come riding a white horse and their own writings quote Revelation 6:1-2 as the rider on the white horse carrying a bow. They say that the Jews and the Christians' writings were all wrong and secret scriptures will be revealed to the Mahdi after he gets here that will validate this point of view.

So to sum up, the 12th Imam, or Final Mahdi, will be a great leader, coming on a white horse, a messianic figure, unparalleled leader, out of a crisis of turmoil, establish a new world order, invade many nations, make a peace treaty with the Jews, establish a false religion at Jerusalem, kill non-worshipers, and rule for 7 years.

It is a precise description of the biblical antichrist. The bible's antichrist is Islam's savior.

The second Muslim sign is in the person of Jesus. They believe Jesus will return. Jesus, (not the true Jesus, their version of Jesus) returns as a prophet, assisting the Mahdi. He establishes Islam worldwide and corrects all misinterpretations. "He will shatter crosses," their writings state, which is a metaphor for destroying Christians and churches. That is a quote from Quran. He will be the Mahdi's executioner. This sign in the form of a person matches up with what the False Prophet does as an aider and abettor of the antichrist.

The third sign in the form of a person is someone known as Daijahl who is a great deceiver. This person is an infidel who is blind in one eye, returns to earth on a mule. He is a false miracle worker claiming to be Jesus Son of God, deity, who attempts to stop the Mahdi and Islam's Jesus. He is really our Jesus, and the one eyed deceiver on a mule is their view of Him!

"Every Messenger of God did warn  his nation about the trials of Dajjal. God, however, delayed Dajjal’s birth and did not let him appear until now. Be aware! he will claim to be God and try to create doubts in your minds. Have a firm belief, the one-eyed creature cannot be your Lord. He will come out riding on a 'donkey', which will have a distance of one mile between its two ears. He will claim to have come with the gifts of paradise and arsenal of hell." [Essence of Life, A translation of Ain al-Hayat by Allama Mohammad Baqir Majlisi. Qum: Ansarian Publications. p. 103.]

We know the TRUE end of the story, Jesus the Savior who died on the Cross will banish sin and establish a holy kingdom! You see how carefully and scrupulously satan has copied the truth.

Many Muslims would like to re-establish the Caliphate. According to Hadith the Caliphate will be followed by the arrival of the Imam Mahdi. I was accused in the earlier posting on the Caliphate of fear-mongering. I hope this information illustrates that for the lost, there is much to fear. Christians never have anything to fear if we are covered under the blood of the Spotless One who died for us. So where is the fear, if you are a Christian? Absent. Where is the fear if you are not a Christian? Legitimate.

Islam is something to fear because it was written by the greatest deceiver the universe has ever known, and it will be carried out by the deepest evil the world will ever see. It is important to know the facts. But know this, the end shall come, and the words of the martyrs will be a testimony for the Lord's name and He will establish His righteous kingdom and will reign FOREVER!

"It's all a big plot, I tell ya": Syria accuses world

Today Syria's President Assad accused the external world of a conspiracy to disrupt his government. The report states, "Syrian President Bashar Assad blamed a wave of protests on "conspirators" who are trying to destroy the country, giving his first address to the nation Wednesday since the demonstrations erupted nearly two weeks ago."

This is not rhetoric nor is it a ploy. I had presented a case yesterday that explored what the Islamic states are really saying when they accuse external forces of meddling in their affairs. I'd written:

"Sudan stated, “The message came as part of the joint consultations between Khartoum and Tehran on global and regional issues of common concern…Hashemi highlighted the importance for the two countries to pay attention to external plots targeting their common interests”. [emphasis mine]. You've seen that phrase "external plot" come up in the news the last two weeks: "Bahrain Monarch Says ‘Foreign Plot’ Failed". The Sudanese President's statement about external plots was from Dec 2010, and the Bahraini King's statement about external plots was from this week. Muslims around the global 'belt' are tightening ties, drawing together as inexorably as iron shavings to a magnet. And it has happened before our very eyes! Ahmadinejad has done a good job of fomenting perspective that when the nations see us they see us through enemy eyes, and when they see each other they see like-minded allies suffering from external plots. They are internal, we are external."

To get the full context read here and here.

Today Syrian News agency Sana reports "President al-Assad receives calls from King of Bahrain, Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, Iraqi President, supporting Syria in face of conspiracy"
"President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday received phone calls from King of Bahrain Hamad bin Issa al- Khalifa, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, President Jalal al-Talabani of Iraq , Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. King of Bahrain, Emirs of Kuwait and Qatar, Iraq's President expressed their countries' standing by Syria in the face of conspiracy to which it is exposed, targeting its security and stability. They underlined confidence in Syria's capability, as leadership and people, to foil that conspiracy."

I want to emphasize that they really believe this. The current unrest in the middle east that began in January with Lebanon's government falling (Whatever happened to Lebanon, anyway?) and continues in Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and now Syria is something that is prophesied. The entire focus in the last days of the Tribulation (which is NOT YET upon us) will be on Israel and all her neighbors.

"A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares:“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves." (Zechariah 12:1-3).

You see that at the end ALL nations will be gathered against Israel. The inexorable slide toward that moment has begun. A series of battles and wars will occur, (Mt 24:6-7; Rev 6:3). By the time the tribulation begins, the whole world will be in war. Prior to that or immediately after the rapture, Psalm 83 battle will ignite the conflagration in the Middle East like at no other time in the world nor shall ever be. Israel's neighbors conspire to attack. A confederation including Palestinians, Jordanians, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria attack the apple of God's eye (Zech 2:8;) Israel. Israel is successful in wiping them out, even to the point where Israel reclaims land that was originally given to her by God (Genesis 15:18, Obadiah 1:17-18). For the rest of the tribulation we don't hear much from any of these nations again. Israel is seen to have an exceedingly great army (Ezekiel 37:10).

In Isaiah 5:30, the analogy of the restless and wicked multitudes as the sea is used: "And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof."  Barnes notes explains, "The prophet speaks of the vast multitude that was coming up and roaring like the tumultuous "ocean." And again, the analogy is used in Isaiah 17:12 "Oh, the raging of many nations--they rage like the raging sea!"

One of the prophesies Jesus told us of in the Olivet Discourse, was that, "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25.) In my opinion, this is what we are seeing a precursor of now, with the continual revolutions rolling over from nation to nation the Middle East.

In the practical, what we're seeing today is the coalescing of these nations from individual states battling here and there, into a lock-step united front of a massive Muslim coalition with eyes looking upon a common enemy: Israel. The old Arabic proverb applies here, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Finally they will come together on an issue: and it's not peace at the diplomacy table, it will be in attacking Israel. They all hate Israel but until now they have been preoccupied with their own business to adhere to a united front.

If Sudan and Bahrain and Syria and Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran are all saying that outside plots are upsetting the peace of the Middle East and causing these revolutions, how long do think it will be until they decide that those outside plots are from Israel (little satan) and US (Big Satan)? It looks like not long.

Rush says Obama may be Caliphate building

UPDATE: See new post "What do Muslims believe about the end of the age" FMI on caliphate, Imam, and Islamic end time eschatology.

On September 4, 2010, 6 months ago, I posted a piece exploring Obama as Caliph. Seemingly out of the blue, a Pakistani Ayatollah had made a curious call for Obama to be named as Islam's Caliph. As a side note, isn't it amazing that now just 6 months later, we are all now very familiar with terms such as Caliph, Shia, Imam and Mullah?

I post this 6-month-old piece again because today Rush Limbaugh made a curious statement. Limbaugh said "Out of the clear it would seem that Obama is into Caliphate-building. It is almost as though Obama might believe he is the Twelfth Imam." The clip is short and though it goes on for a few more seconds I don't have a context as to why Rush would say this. But if you read the article below, you will see undeniably that it is not "out of the clear", that the Muslims have long regarded Obama as a brother. Obama himself has demonstrated this by his actions. He went to a place specifically to hear a Pro-Palestinian message. The Muslims recognize Obama as a brother, as we see below. Obama gave a speech at Georgetown on condition that the crucifix behind him be blacked out or removed. A myriad of clues big and little tell us that Obama is an enemy of the US and an enemy of God.

Please read the post below in light of even more information that has come out. This week it was revealed that the Clerics and Ayatollahs of Iran have produced a video in preparing their people for the arrival of the 12th Imam, the Final Mahdi, in celebration because his near arrival is imminent, they say. They are convinced he is near, just as convinced as we are that the antichrist is near (I believe the 12th Imam IS the antichrist). And you will not forget who works with the antichrist: the False Prophet. Please re-read the essay below with these things in mind, and my assessment of just who Barack Hussein Obama is comes at the bottom.


Re-post begins:
Ayatollah Durrani's call for Obama to be Caliph has enormous end time implications in Christianity AND Islam

Yesterday I published a piece that was pretty curious. Out of the blue, an Ayatollah from Pakistan called for Barack Hussein Obama, our President, to be installed as Caliph, leader of Muslims. Further, he called for Obama to lead Muslim Eid holiday prayers from Ground Zero on Sept. 11. The Ayatollah had called the Pakistani newspaper "The Nation" and made this claim, and it was published in both their print version and online. I thought the call for Obama to become caliph was odd, and anything odd these days bears intense research, because as we draw so close to the end, nothing is to be taken for granted. Thus, I began really looking at the language in the Pakistani news article. This is what I found, thanks to the Holy Spirit's guidance in research.

First, a republishing of the short, odd article:

Minister wants Obama to become Ameer-ul-Momineen
ISLAMABAD – In a development that could be duly termed as one and only of its kind, an incumbent Government’s Minister has urged US President Barrack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero Mosque and become “Ameer-ul-Momineen” of Muslim Ummah [the collective Muslim world]. Minister of State for Industries and former member Pakistan Ideological Council Ayatullah Durrani called TheNation on Wednesday to register his demand made to President Obama. “The coming Eid would expectedly be observed on 9/11, this a golden opportunity for President Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero and become Amir-ul-Momineen or Caliph of Muslims. In this way, all the problems of Muslim World would be solved,” he thought. Durrani argued that Muslim World was in “dire need” of a Caliph and the distinguished slot of Caliphate would earn President Obama the exemplary titles of what he termed, “Mullah Barrack Hussain Obama” or “Allama Obama.” “The time is approaching fast. Barrack Hussain Obama must act now. This is a golden opportunity, Muslims badly need it,” he added, saying that the elevation of President Obama to Muslim’s Caliphate would be the “key to success.” This news was published in print paper.

The term caliph came into use as a title of the civil and religious head of the Muslim state. But because the Muslim state is so fractured, having one head as Caliph became untenable and fell out of use by 1924.

Let's take a close look at two of the sentences. First, Durrani said: "all the problems of Muslim World would be solved."

I can't speak for the Pakistani Ayatollah on exactly how this may solve the Muslim world's problems, but I do know that the Muslim world is not a united world. Sunni and Shia diverge greatly, and once the office of Caliph was abandoned in 1924, the division became seemingly permanent. "Disagreement over the status and legitimate line of caliphs lies at the root of the division between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. The caliphate has throughout history been an important symbolic focus of unity for Muslims, and since its abolition several pan-Islamic congresses have attempted to establish a rightful caliph. (Cambridge Encyclopedia).

Instituting the office of Caliph with an acceptable candidate would indeed go a long way to solving the Muslim world's problems. 

In Shia end time doctrines, the final Mahdi (12th Mahdi, and they have already had 11) will be a world leader, emerging out of the chaos and violence to institute a one world religion and economic system. The world will worship this Mahdi, (Muslim Messiah)in advance of the coming of Jesus prior to Jesus instituting HIS kingdom. Sound familiar? The final Mahdi is central to their doctrines, CENTRAL. The entire focus of much of Islam (with exception of certain Sunni sects) focuses on this final Imam.

With that in mind, on the Jihadica blog, a conversation took place in 2008 that bears on today's conversation about Obama as Caliph. The title of the entry is "Mahdi Will Appear After Return and Death of Caliph" and the excerpt is "Discussion of the appearance of the Mahdi, a messianic figure who will appear to restore justice to the world, is not a hot topic on Sunni Jihadi forums (in contrast with Shia miliants, who talk about it a lot). So a post today on Eklaas by al-Fata al-Jurani caught my eye. In it, he argues that the Mahdi will not appear until a caliph once again rules Muslims. After the caliph dies, the black banners will be unfurled and the Mahdi will appear. So if the caliphate were to be declared and acknowledged, would hitherto non-messianic Jihadi groups like al-Qaeda become messianic?"

Are you starting to get the import of this little-reported, curious call for Obama to be a Caliph?

In a second curious sentence from the article, I thought that the Ayatollah's specificity in delivering the titles for Obama in this yet-to-be-named Caliphate were odd. But they are not odd, in fact, these titles have great meaning for Muslims.

From the article: "Durrani, a former member of the Pakistan Ideological Council, contended that the Muslim world is in "dire need" of a Caliph and occupying this distinguished slot would provide Obama "exemplary titles" like "Mullah Barack Hussain Obama" or "Allama Obama".

Mullah is generally used to refer to a Muslim man, educated in Islamic theology and sacred law. The title, given to some Islamic clergy, is derived from the Arabic word mawlà , meaning "vicar", "master" and "guardian". In large parts of the Muslim world, particularly Iran, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, it is the name commonly given to local Islamic clerics or mosque leaders.”

Allamah also spelled Allameh and Allama, is an honorary title carried by only the very highest scholars of Islamic thought, jurisprudence, and philosophy. It is used as an honorific in Sunni Islam as well as in Twelver Shia Islam. The caliphate has throughout history been an important symbolic focus of unity for Muslims, and since its abolition several pan-Islamic congresses have attempted to establish a rightful caliph.

Obama is seen as a uniter, a bridge from the past to the future, a scholar, and a person of diverse origins, able to understand all peoples. From what I have read of Obama's life, he seems to be able to fulfill the titles the Pakistani Ayatollah has readily prepared for him. Qualifications aside, that Obama has been deemed acceptable by a respected former member of the Muslim Ideological Council is tremendously significant theologically.

And now, the point, if you haven't figured it out already: from Watchmanbiblestudy.com
"Throughout the Islamic world today there is a call for the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate.  The Caliph (Khalifa) in Islam may be viewed somewhat as the Pope of the Muslims. The Caliph is viewed as the Vice-regent for Allah on the earth."

We know that the False Prophet paves the way for the Antichrist to be worshiped, and the vehicle for that worship is the Mark. (Rev 13:11-17). Is the call by Ayatollah Durrani for Obama to become Caliph really the first call from satan to his false prophet?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Facts and prophetic implications of Fukushima meltdown

The situation in Japan is truly critical. Here is some context and some news, with my interpretation of the end time implications at the end. Believe it or not, I have edited this down from a longer length. But it is a good roundup of the latest and most pertinent facts I could find. I apologize if it is too long.

ABOUT THE REACTOR FACILITIES:

The Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, also known as Fukushima Dai-ichi (dai-ichi means "number one"), is a nuclear power plant located on a 860-acre site in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. There are six nuclear reactors on site, known as Fukushima-1, Fukushima-2, etc. The plant reactors came online from 1970 through 1979.

Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant, Fukushima Dai-Ni (dai-ni means "number two"), is a nuclear power plant located on a 370-acre site located 7 miles to the south of Fukushima Dai-chi. There are four reactors at the second Fukushima, which all came online between 1981-1986. After the 2011 Tokyo earthquake and tsunami, the four reactors at Fukushima II automatically shut down without incident.

The situation has been difficult for media to get a handle on because it is a major disaster after all, and things are very fluid. At one point, readings were published that indicated radiation was 10 million times normal but there were extra zeroes in the report that went uncorrected for hours. The radiation was actually 100,000 times normal, which of course, is bad enough. No mother with a baby is going to care how many zeroes are on the report when her child comes down with cancer. But the situation has been hard to get a handle on also because of government's hiding information and disinformation.

COMPARISON TO THREE MILE ISLAND

Four days ago, we heard from the Japanese Prime Minister that there was a breach at Fukushima-3 and that the situation is in his words, "grave and serious." An American nuclear scientist, Michio Kaku, was asked for comment /reaction to the news. He said:

"This is huge. For the first time they are using that dreaded word 'breach', meaning uncontrolled release of radiation in the environment. This reactor contains plutonium, the most toxic chemical known to science. A millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer if ingested." 

Dr. Kaku explained that the accident at Three Mile Island rated a five in the nuclear accident scale, because one reactor sustained 90% core damage, but very little radiation escaped into the environment. To compare Fukushima, the officials have rated as a level five on the nuclear accident scale. Dr Kaku said there are three raging meltdowns in progress, one spent fuel pond open to the air, hydrogen as explosions, any ONE of which exceeds Three Mile Island. "At the very least, Fukushima should by now be rated a six," Dr Kaku said. Chernobyl was rated the highest, a seven on the nuclear accident scale.

But we are really parsing here when talking 'partial meltdown' and 'full-scale meltdown' when it comes to the Japanese people and the toxicity released into the global environment. There are reports on the ground from lay-people posting to Youtube that the situation is out of control, that plutonium has already been released in the air. What is the latest mainstream, credible news?

LATEST NEWS ON RADIATION SPREAD

China rejects ship from California with “abnormal” radiation — Had only been in Tokyo for a few hours
"Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has not yet decided what it will do with its container ship when it returns to Japan this week, a company official said on Tuesday, after China rejected the vessel for “abnormal” radiation levels. …  Chinese authorities detected a maximum of 3.5 microsieverts per hour on MOL’s ship when it arrived at the port of Xiamen in eastern Fujian province last week, the company spokeswoman said. …  The MOL Presence originated in California, stopping in Tokyo for only a few hours on March 17 before arriving in China four days later, port authorities said."

Japan on 'Maximum Alert' as Workers Try to Stem Leaks of Toxic Water
Trace amounts of plutonium found in the soil

Whether the writer was deliberately attempting to diminish anxiety by using the word "trace amounts" or was accurately using it, it doesn't matter. Remember what the nuclear scientist said above, a millionth of a gram of plutonium will cause cancer. And the situation is worsening, not getting better. Radiation contamination has already leaked out into Japan, the ocean, and in the world.

Left, a gram. Middle, a milligram. Right, a microgram, or a millionth of a gram, the size of which Kaku said if ingested would cause cancer. Click picture to enlarge

Singapore finds radioactivity in imported Japan vegetables
"Singapore said on Thursday its authorities had found low levels of radioactive contaminants in four samples of vegetables imported from Japan. It said samples of wild parsley, rapeseed plant, mustard and perilla leaf were found to have elevated levels of radiation, although an adult would have to consume 3.5 kg (7.7 lb) of these vegetables to receive a similar amount of radiation as one X-ray.  The contaminated samples were imported from the affected prefectures of Tochigi and Ibaraki, as well as Chiba and Ehime which are outside the affected areas."

Radiation in seawater may be spreading in Japan
"Workers at Japan's damaged nuclear plant raced to pump out contaminated water suspected of sending radioactivity levels soaring as officials warned Monday that radiation seeping from the complex was spreading to seawater and soil."

Dr Tom Burnett is a Ph.D, retired nuclear physicist. He says : When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater
"Fukushima is going to dwarf Chernobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won’t admit it.  The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will probably get some of it.  If reactor 3 is in meltdown,  the concrete under the containment looks like lava. But Fukushima is not far off the water table. When that molten mass of self-sustaining nuclear material gets to the water table it won’t simply cool down. It will explode – not a nuclear explosion, but probably enough to involve the rest of the reactors and fuel rods at the facility."

According to USA Today, published this morning,
Trace amounts of radiation have already been detected in 15 United States.

So we see the issues. The Japanese PM admitted the situation is grave and serious, and today the Embassies ready iodide tablets
"Various embassies in Japan are passing out potassium iodide tablets as a "precautionary measure" to protect their citizens from radiation exposure in case the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant goes haywire.  The central government, on the other hand, is only dispensing iodide tablets to people in the 20-km evacuation zone near the plant but is ready to distribute more to local residents outside the area."

The radiation is in the plants. It is in the air. It is in the seawater. It is almost in and likely going to be in the groundwater. So what are the prophetic implications?

PROPHETIC IMPLICATIONS

In 1993 John MacArthur preached about "Divine Destruction of Earth's Ecology," as depicted in Revelation. He said:

"Man worships Mother Nature, the earth. Man has failed to honor God, failed to recognize God, gives God no thanks, gives God no place, rejects His manifest glory in the creation and worships the creature and the creation, rather than the Creator. That preoccupation with Mother Nature, that environmental atheism, that evolutionist that says God is in everything and everything is God, that kind of atheism that says man is no more valuable than a frog, or a rat or a rock. Three quarters of a million people were in the last New York Central Park Earth Day worshiping the earth, the creation instead of the Creator."

In Revelation 6:8 we read: "I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."

In Revelation 8:11 we read: "And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter."

Wormwood is a poison.

"MacArthur again, "The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was allowed to see as God gave him a vision of future judgment. Jeremiah chapter 9, "The Lord said, `Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them and not obeyed My voice or walked according to it, but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals as their father taught them, therefore thus says the Lord of host, the God of Israel, Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink." And here he's talking about judgment on Israel but it's a preview of what's going to happen in the end. All of this just to point out that wormwood refers to something bitter, some poison that is actually deadly. Whatever this poison is, it is lethal. A third of the waters become wormwood, it says in verse 11. And as a result, many men died from the waters because they were made poisonous. The rivers still run but they run with deadly poison. The wells are full but they're full of death. The lakes are rippling with lethal quenches."

Is that Wormwood/poison actually radiation? It is not beyond the realm of possibility. One can see by the rapid spread of the radiation already in the last two weeks how much poison may permeate the waters by the time Rev 6 and 8 rolls around.

I don't know, I really don't know what will happen at Fukushima or if it is related to prophecy. All I know is what the bible tells us what will happen. If the radiation situation gets under control that would be a mighty miracle and a relief, and I do hope that is what happens. If it does, it still doesn't alter the fact that the world will become poison fairly soon, that Divine Judgment will render on the ecology and environment, and the scare we are seeing today will pale in comparison to the actual judgment.

Please imagine the agony Japanese mothers are undergoing at this moment. They hear their thirsty baby cry for water and looking at the tap, which may or may not be an enemy by now. What does she do? She needs to cook dinner and the stores are out of bottled water, and she knows that she only has three choices: pack up and leave her home for good, wait to feed her hungry kids for no one knows how long, or feed them and hope that what you are giving them isn't deadly. How terrible! Pray for these people!

Jesus will give us strength to endure through these times of overwhelming misery. The way to do that is to-

1. Know what you believe and why you believe it
2. Have a thankful heart. We receive many blessings daily, count them!
3. Walk closely with Him by staying in the Word, praying, and assembling with the Saints. If you are not in a good, bible believing church where the Word is preached unadulterated, then find one, or start one by meeting with a few fellow believers. Paul and Priscilla and Aquila met in their home with a few believers, so did all the first church believers and most churches around the world still meet that way today. We need each other and the people of Japan need our prayers!

Follow up to Netanhyahu's Middle East speech: Justice, Muslim style, cometh?

This is an update to the previous post. Please read the previous post to understand the full impact of this post, and then you will understand better exactly where we are on the prophetic timeline...

In the last post, I read the headline about how Iran has been going around strengthening ties on the basis of common interests "and justice." Initially it seemed like a throwaway part of the quote ("Tehran is ready to increase ties with African countries and particularly Islamic ones in all fields and on the basis of justice.”) but the world justice kept nagging at me for these last few minutes so I looked it up. And here is the root as to the driving force behind Iran's world tour of strengthening ties. Justice is a key word for all Muslims. Any Muslim reading that will understand what Iran has in mind. According to the "Religion of Islam" website,

"Justice is an obligation of Islam and injustice is forbidden. The centrality of justice to the Quranic value system is displayed by the following verse: “We sent Our Messengers with clear signs and sent down with them the Book and the Measure in order to establish justice among the people…” (Quran 57:25)

"Islam’s approach to justice is comprehensive and all-embracing. Any path that leads to justice is deemed to be in harmony with Islamic Law. God has demanded justice and, although He has not prescribed a specific route, has provided general guidelines, on how to achieve it. He has neither prescribed a fixed means by which it can be obtained, nor has He declared invalid any particular means or methods that can lead to justice. Therefore, all means, procedures, and methods that facilitate, refine, and advance the cause of justice, and do not violate the Islamic Law are valid." Quote from Qaradawi, Yusuf, ‘Madkhal li-Darasah al-Sharia al-Islamiyya,’)"

"‘To render justice’, in the words of Sarkhasi, a noted classical Islamic jurist, ‘ranks as the most noble of acts of devotion next to belief in God. It is the greatest of all the duties entrusted to the prophets…and it is the strongest justification for man’s stewardship of earth..."

We can see the prophetic indicators on overdrive, as the Muslim nations ready themselves for bringing about justice in the world. This comes as no surprise after the revealing of the video produced by the Clerics at top levels of Iraninan government stating explicitly that the 12th Imam is so near

Iranian Video Says Mahdi is 'Near'

"New evidence has emerged that the Iranian government sees the current unrest in the Middle East as a signal that the Mahdi--or Islamic messiah--is about to appear. CBN News has obtained a never-before-seen video produced by the Iranian regime that says all the signs are moving into place -- and that Iran will soon help usher in the end times. While the revolutionary movements gripping the Middle East have created uncertainty throughout the region, the video shows that the Iranian regime believes the chaos is divine proof that their ultimate victory is at hand."

Joel C. Rosenberg responded to the news of the video with this comment: "It’s a grave development for Israel and the US because it reinforces the notion that the Iranian regime believes chaos and carnage in the epicenter are essential to the Mahdi’s coming."

Meahwhile, since I began this post, Syria's Cabinet has resigned and the nation teeters...

Reaction to Netanyahu's speech today: Ben, that horse has left the barn

Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a major speech today, titled, "The Things That Must Follow Present MidEast Turmoil." In the speech, Netanyahu outlined three things the world must do to quell the Middle East violence and right the runaway train toward peace. I'll give a summary and offer my reasoning why pursuing these three is akin to spitting in the wind.

Netanyahu said: "what is required is a Marshall Plan by the concerned international powers, and also the public sector, to assist in the concrete development of these two economies. "If you remember, the Marshall Plan was the large-scale economic program of the United States for rebuilding and creating a stronger economic foundation for the countries of Europe. Netanyahu wants to apply that kind of large-scale economic plan to the Middle east nations.

I believe this approach ultimately will fail because it has been obvious for years that the powerhouse in the region, Iran, has deliberately abandoned the economic route and thus abandoned the west, in favor of a philosophical strengthening among like-allies: thru Islam. If you google 'Iran', "Ahmadinejad" and "strengthen" you will find hundreds of headlines like these over the last three years:
  • Iran, Afghanistan vow to strengthen ties
  • Venezuela and Iran Strengthen Ties 
  • Iran, Africa vow to strengthen ties
  • Syria and Iran strengthen ties with car and cement plants
  • Russia, Iran strengthen gas ties
  • Offshore Kenya-Iran to Strengthen Ties
  • Iran and Turkey determined to strengthen ties Iran,
  • Comoros to strengthen ties with Iran.
Those are just a few of the headlines. Ahmadinejad's 'strengthening ties' tour has been going on over the last three and a half years. He has been busy. While we have been watching Obama and Europe has been watching the euro, Iran has reached out to the world.

In the news piece above about Sudan, it states, “The message came as part of the joint consultations between Khartoum and Tehran on global and regional issues of common concern…Hashemi highlighted the importance for the two countries to pay attention to external plots targeting their common interests”. Those common interests are religious, not economic. After all, what can Sudan offer Iran? Comoros?? Ahmadinejad visited Comoros. It is stated: “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met Comorian counterpart Ahmad Abdullah Sambi and asserted Tehran is ready to increase ties with African countries and particularly Islamic ones in all fields and on the basis of justice.”

You've seen that phrase "external plot" come up in the news the last two weeks: "Bahrain Monarch Says ‘Foreign Plot’ Failed". The Sudanese President's statement about external plots was from Dec 2010, and the Bahraini King's statement about external plots was from this week. Muslims around the global 'belt' are tightening ties, drawing together as inexorably as iron shavings to a magnet. And it has happened before our very eyes! Ahmadinejad has done a good job of fomenting perspective that when the nations see us they see us through enemy eyes, and when they see each other they see like-minded allies suffering from external plots. They are internal, we are external.

Netanyahu's strategy of Economic enticements from the west will fail because 1) the Middle east nations are moving forward toward coalescing around Islam, and 2) they have enough money. Witness this next surprising headline:

Headline from today: China, Iran, Turkey emerge as scientific giants
A report from the UK's Royal Society has found that a diverse range of countries, including Brazil, India and Iran, are rivalling the traditional science superpowers of the United States, Western Europe and Japan.

Other headline from this week: "Released on Monday, the report states that Iran has had the fastest rate of increase in scientific publication in the world and its scientific output rose 18-fold between 1996 and 2008, from 736 published papers to 13,238." The West likes to perpetrate Iran as a backward, fumbling nation needing our help. Sure, the people are poor, but the nation isn't.

Does the West know HOW FAR the new world order has gone? Old paradigms like economic ties/sanctions no longer apply. Why? They don't need us.

Secondly, Netanyahu said "could be done more effectively by still stronger sanctions, and especially those measures that prevent the worst outcome of all – a turbulent, unstable Middle East, an Iran that exports revolutions and subversion, seeking to form militant Islamic regimes in all these countries, or in as many as they can. ... the second thing that has to be done is to put maximum pressure on the main engine that drives Islamic militancy in this region, and that is pressure on Iran, and above all, to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons."

Fail. Firstly, sanctions have done no good over the last 8 years. Secondly, Iran has hurtled ahead in cementing ties in Muslim nations and Latin America, cutting out the West, thereby rendering itself nearly immune to external pressure ("plots"). Third, Iran's covert plan of Middle East destabilization is practically no longer covert. And they are succeeding. Iran is leaping ahead in science, and that means likely that successful invention of nuclear weaponry is at the door. That horse has left the barn, and Netanyahu opines that closing the door will fix it.

Netanyahu's third proposed solution is to pursue peace, first by strengthening existing peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt, and secondly by advancing peace with the Palestinians.

I believe that no matter how fervently we all want peace, pray for peace, hope for peace, peace will not come until and unless the Psalm 83 battle occurs. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome. Pursuing peace through peaceful means has always failed. Israel's strength, demonstrated in a successful military campaign, will cause a false peace to permeate the region, but be the final push to coalesce what Ahmadinejad has been working toward all along: a military campaign of retaliation. Gog-Magog.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Finishing the race

Watch, it's 2 minutes. Then read, it's encouraging!


Heather Dorniden of Minnesota University raced the 600m at the Big 10 Indoor Track Championships. Her example can be used to remind us what a race really is about. What life in Jesus is really about, in truth. We will fall. We can get up. We finish. But what is your reaction to the fall? To rising up again? Therein lay the difference.

When you fell, did you stay down? Did you lay there? Did you give up?

Did you say "woe is me, I fell, I'm not worthy of Jesus"? There are many people who and engage in continued public self-flagellation in false humility, like the Pharisees.

When you got up, did you then trudge? Paul says do not trudge but spring up and finish the race! Have joy. The race is a "good" race! It is a "good" fight!

Jesus knows we are faulty, that we will stumble, that we fail. But He is there to lift us up, the Spirit is there to encourage us. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," (Ephesians 3:20). What awaits you when you arise is the Holy Spirit, there with hand extended, to help you immeasurably!.

We all fall, the joy is in the getting up and finishing.

Keep looking ahead to the finish line. A crown awaits. Our home in New Jerusalem awaits. Eternal joy awaits. Our Lord awaits. Get up, get up! Pilgrims, the time is short, whether through death or rapture, our time here is shortening daily. Spring up and with all joy and energy, run to the finish line!

"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." (Acts 20:24)

Will you be able to say "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;" (2 Timothy 4:7)


Sunday, March 27, 2011

UFO shuts down Norway Airport

This is a weird story. It really happened, but the response was off.

Google-translated from Norwegian:
"Any-UFO" frames weekend traffic
Paralyzed air traffic in a half hour - police in disarray
"No one knows yet for sure what it was that disrupted air traffic over the Oslo yesterday. But the consequences were great, and can be spread out over the weekend. Much of the air traffic in Norway was paralyzed between 16.00 and 17.30 yesterday afternoon, after an SAS pilot notified of an unidentified object in the skies that make the approach route to Oslo Airport Gardermoen. SAS plane was on its way up the west side of Oslo Fjord on board when the captain made visual contact with another vehicle that reflected sunlight back into the cockpit of the SAS plane. The distance should have only been a few hundred meters, in a slightly lower altitude. "The Master interpreted it as a glider that had been higher than they normally get to," said information chief Knut Morten Johansen of SAS to VG Nett. Information Manager Jo Kobro at Oslo Airport Gardermoen projected to VG Nett that "between 60 and 90 aircraft movements (departures and arrivals) were affected as a result of the incident."

"So far, however, no one really has been able to determine what was actually observed over the Oslo Fjord on Thursday afternoon. Police are connected into the matter, but so far without result. We have created an investigation and make right now a witness questioning. Most likely it was a glider that because of strong winds have come into the approach zone, "said guard manager Morten Undlien at Heathrow police station to the AP." The second option is a hang glider, but the height is almost impossible to control, and the same goes for so-called ultralight, claims those who have heard of this." The weather conditions were such that other objects from the ground may have come loose and been transported into the air by an upward air flow."

More at link

So an object was observed at the exact altitude that planes begin their final approach, but no one took a photo of it. No one videotaped it. That's weird. People sneeze these days and someone with a cell phone youtubes it within seconds. No one could say exactly what it looked like. But it was observed by enough trained observers so a decision was made to close the airport and to divert hundreds of planes. That is a drastic action. There must be no doubt that an object was seen.

Further, the theories being posed as to exactly what the object is, are ridiculous. Gliders glide, they do not hover. In other news articles I'd read, the officials said that the object hovered for a full thirty minutes in the same spot. So gliders glide. Sail planes glide, whirl, and drift. And the last theory, that it as a piece of light trash was light enough to be lifted up romf the ground but then remained in the same spot for 30 minutes stretches credibility enough to actually be insulting. In one of the articles, the official said he regretted not sending a helicopter to investigate and then shoo it away. Yeah...duh.

Anyway, like I said, an interesting story. Just about as interesting as this one from the Daily Mail:

UFO frenzy goes into overdrive as three red lights hover over Colorado town...


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pets and the rapture

I'm asked more often lately about what will happen to our pets when we're raptured. Some ask about the animals we keep, being a farm community. This place abounds with cows, bulls, buffalo, mules, goats, chickens, pigs and more. An ancillary question is often asked about pets and/or animals in the New Earth. I find the question fascinating, and also encouraging. The question about pets during the rapture has two answers: the literal one and the abstract one

The literal answer would have to refer to the bible. The book of Genesis tells us that we are unique in God's creation, being made in His image and likeness. Also, though we and the animals have the breath of life in us, we were made to have dominion over the animals. It is reasonable to assume that our futures will be different, being of different flesh and having had different roles on earth.

We read in Isaiah 11:6-9 that there will be animals walking the earth during the Millennial Kingdom.

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."

Those verses do not give us any indication one way or another specifically whether any of those animals will be our resurrected pets or whether they will be all newly created animals, or whether they will be animals completely different from any we could conceive of. After all, our normal picture of angels never prepared us for the passages in Ezekiel 10:10-12 with the cherubim of four faces and wheel within wheels. And a word of caution. Remember, a redeemed earth is not a resurrected earth.

After the thousand year reign of Christ on earth concludes and He makes a New Heaven and a New Earth (Rev 21, 22, 2 Peter 3:13, Isaiah 66:22) there is no indication that animals will be present with us. I take comfort in the Genesis flood accounts that He took care to provide for animals of the earth. He didn't make new animals after the flood, and He didn't give Noah only the animals he would eat and sacrifice, but He provided for all the kinds of animals. But the truth is, we simply don't know.

We do know for a fact that we will feel all joy in the new heaven, and the former things will not be remembered nor come to mind. (Revelation 7:16-17). I take that to mean that if our pets are not accompanying us in the eternal state, not only the crushing guilt of our sin will no longer be remembered and not only also our lost family members and friends will not come to mind, but also we will not remember our pets. Everything necessary to our happiness will be in heaven, and that will mean they will either be present or their memory will be absent.

The abstract answer to the question as to what happens to our pets indicates a growing awareness of the real impacts of imminent rapture. Many Christians who ask me this have been Christians for a lifetime, or at least many years. We always hear about the rapture and know it as truth and adhere to it as a doctrine, but peeking into the nuts and bolts of the mechanics of it has largely been absent from our thoughts. This is because until now it has not been obvious that we are the generation spoken of that will experience it. Though the rapture has been imminent for thousands of years, the conditions that immediately follow our departure haven't been.

But those conditions are present now and growing more glaring by the minute. We are the generation, (Mt 24:34) and the veil slips further from our eyes as knowledge increases (Daniel 12:4). Christians are waking up to the fact that the rapture could indeed occur in our lifetime, or next year, or tomorrow. As we gaze around at our world and see the absence of the church, we start picturing what it will exactly look like.

I have two indoor cats. When I'm raptured, whether it occurs when I'm home or at work, it means they will starve. They will be thirsty and alone and lonely and confused. Maybe a tree will fall on the house in one of the terrible storms and disasters prophesied to come upon the earth, and maybe they will be injured or escape defenseless into the world, only to be eaten by a larger predator. Maybe they will not escape the house but in their confusion and grief, turn on each other. I don't know. But it will be bad. The future does not look good for them.

Nor does it look good for the chickens in the pens and the cows needing to be milked and the dogs tied to the pole or inside the car while the master is inside getting coffee. I try not to think about it. It is just one of the many tragedies that will occur during this time. After all, Jesus Himself said "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (Matt. 24: 21-22). It will be a very bad time, for not only the people but for the animals who suffer under the same corrupted earth that we do. I simply try not to dwell on it.

I take encouragement from something Texas Baptist Pastor Don Fawcett said, "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, , in hope, that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” Romans 8:20-21. It seems abundantly clear from this verse that 1) the entire creation was subjected to decay and corruption due to sin, 2) animals and pets are created beings, 3) animals and pets are subject to corruption as part of the fallen world, 4) Christ, in his atonement, undid the sin/death principle for all corrupted creation, 5) at the eschaton, all things that have been effected by sin and corruption unwillingly will be restored. So, my conclusion- animals or pets in heaven? Animals? No doubt. Personal pets? I don’t know but it is certainly within the scope of biblical theology." I would like to agree with this.

I know God is good. His thoughts are above our thoughts and His plans are always working together for the good and His glory. It comes down to trust. I trust His thoughts and I trust His ways. After all, He sent Jesus to us. He sent the Holy Spirit to us. He sent the bible to us. He knows whither a sparrow falls and He knows our emotions and needs. Maybe He will send Fluffy and Scrappy to us! Heaven is perfection, and so, it will be perfect. I trust that with all my soul.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring break!

Photo: Redbud farms
I'm so glad we get a week off. The kids are gone, many are traveling to Disney, Myrtle Beach, or the mountains. I'm headed over to the couch. Taking the night off, with a book and the sunset.

I'll be back tomorrow! If there is one! :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Need a pick-me-up? Watch this! Kimyal tribe gets their first bibles

Twitter buddies VV Denman and Speli tweeted this today, and it rocked me to the core. Every Christian should watch this video of a tribe first receiving the New Testament in their native language. The Kimyal tribe of Papua Indonesia rejoice...you will too!



Why I love prophecy

I love prophecy. People who are on the outside of Jesus’ love often wonder why us fundamentalists love the prophecies so much, in addition to wondering why we love the bible so much. “Why all that doom and gloom?” they wonder. We are often thought of as crazy and soundly derided because it looks to the unsaved like we’re gleeful over the demise of all the lost.

But nothing could be further from the truth. We do mourn the effects of sin on a fallen and dying world. We do mourn the lost, who, incidentally are our fathers, and sisters, and mothers, and friends. We do ache at the mocking against God, and chafe at what the scoffers say.

But fulfilled prophecy means to me so much more than doom and gloom. It is actually light and promise. Literally: promise. Prophecy is God’s utterances of what will happen. He doesn’t have to tell us, but He does. The Ancient of Days, the Great I Am, tells us what He will do. We have opportunity then, to decide if we want to be with Him, or against Him. He is all glory.

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8

Knowing Jesus like I do, I know without a doubt that what He says will come to pass, will come to pass. Is it not so?

“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips." Psalm 89:34

That is one of the reasons I love prophecy. In a crazy world when nothing is certain, the words of Jesus and His promises are not only certain, they are set in stone. The Capstone!

I love prophecy because it illustrates His past and His future justice. Sinning is a crime against Him. Crimes have punishments. The main crime is against Himself. He will not be mocked. God never fails to see even the smallest injustice borne by a long-suffering saint. He will rectify it all, upholding His holiness by bringing justice onto those who have chosen to be criminals in God’s court. In this way, He brings glory unto Himself, by magnifying His holy name, and the believers will sing praises because finally justice is no longer perverted in the world, but is perfect.

“How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind. Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right? When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin." Job 8:2-4

"The LORD is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands." Psalm 9:16

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations." Matthew 12:17-19

The feelings of wanting righteous men to rule, to want justice rendered in the world, of wanting promises to mean something, are feelings of passion for the Lord to express Himself through fulfillment of those long-uttered promises. And that’s a good thing.