Archive for January 24th, 2006

Tragic: U.S. passed 47 million mark for abortions in 2005

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

I still haven’t found where it says in the Constitution of the United States that it’s legal to get an abortion. Maybe I need to read it again. I keep hearing about this Roe vs. Wade thing, but I can’t find it in the Constitution either. Maybe I’m just not reading close enough.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–In what can only be described as tragic, the United States likely experienced its 47 millionth legal abortion at some point in 2005, more than three decades after the Supreme Court issued its infamous 1973 Roe. v. Wade decision legalizing the killing of the unborn.
The statistic is based on data since 1973 gathered by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute and on estimates by the National Right to Life Committee. In the first full year of abortion legalization nationwide (1974), Guttmacher counted 898,600 abortions. That number reached a peak of 1,608,600 in 1990, before falling to 1,293,000 in 2002.
Since 1975, the United States has witnessed more than 1 million abortions each year. Unless the nation’s laws are changed, the number of abortions post-Roe will pass 50 million in 2008.
“It’s an unspeakable tragedy,” Randall K. O’Bannon, director of education and research at National Right to Life, told Baptist Press. “That [47 million] is higher than the population of some countries. That would be wiping out a number of whole states. The world was appropriately horrified and shocked when we lost about a couple thousand people on Sept. 11…. What we’re talking about here is that sort of loss multiplied dramatically.
“Guttmacher compiles data on abortions by contacting abortion clinics, and its latest data is from 2002 (1,293,000). The 47 million figure is based on Guttmacher data from 1973 though 2002, and on the 2002 count remaining relatively steady through 2005. By including a 3 percent underreport that Guttmacher estimates it misses, the figure of 47 million is derived.
“Our society needs to put in context the enormous amount of loss that we’ve suffered — the enormous amount of intelligence, the enormous amount of creativity, the enormous amount of productivity,” O’Bannon said, referring to the millions of lives lost since Roe.
Polls show that Americans have mixed views about abortion. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll from January showed that 53 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-choice, 42 percent pro-life. In addition, a 2005 CBS News poll showed that 60 percent of Americans believe Roe v. Wade was a “good thing.
“But when Americans are asked about specific details of abortion, poll results change dramatically.
In a January CBS News poll, 55 percent of U.S. adults said abortion should either never be legal or be legal only in instances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. (Seventeen percent said it should be legal only to save the mother’s life, 33 percent said it should be legal only in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother’s life and 5 percent said it should never be legal.) Fifteen percent said there should be “greater restrictions,” and 27 percent said it should be legal in all cases.

Read the rest here.

Tribute to Caesar

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said.
And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any.
“Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?”
But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites?
“Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a denarius.
And He said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”
They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”
Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”
And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away.

Matthew 22:15-22 (New American Standard Bible)

Jesus Stills the Sea

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Mark 4:35-41 (New American Standard Bible)

Court rules home worship OK

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Orange County, Florida needed to be slapped down on this one. What a blatant attempt to take religion out of the home!!

A federal court ruled a Florida county cannot prohibit a rabbi from holding prayer and worship services in his own home.
Rabbi Joseph Konikov of Orlando was faced with two land-use ordinance violations filed by Orange County.
“Americans have the right to meet in their homes for prayer or to study religious materials without government interference,” said Rick Nelson, head of the American Liberties Institute, a group allied with the
Alliance Defense Fund.
In 2001, Konikov and his family were ordered by code enforcement officers to stop holding prayer meetings in their home, near Disney World, alleging he was in violation of local laws that forbade “operating a synagogue or any function related to a synagogue and/or church services. …”
The county issued Konikov another code violation in February 2002, and at a hearing the following month, he was given 60 days to stop the prayer gatherings or be fined $50 per day.
The fines now have added up to nearly $56,000.
In March 2002, Konikov filed his lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida after the county refused to negotiate a settlement.
The district court initially dismissed the case, ruling the county’s ordinance was permissible, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta later ruled the ordinance violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
The appeals court said ordinance was so “vague” that even the county’s code enforcement officers were confused about how to properly apply it.
In its
unanimous opinion, the 11th Circuit wrote, “If the assembly’s purpose was to celebrate birthdays, holidays, or a simple family dinner, that would not constitute a violation. In other words, a group meeting with the same frequency as Konikov’s would not violate the Code, so long as religion is not discussed. This is the heart of our discomfort with the enforcement of this provision.”
The 11th Circuit’s remanded the case back to the district court, which reviewed the questions for resolution Friday and found the ordinance to be in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and unconstitutionally vague.

Iranian President Sees End of World Order

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

This guy is truly nuts. No “if’s”, “and’s” or “but’s” about it. So what I wonder is this: Will the world sit on it’s hands and let him get to the point where he is capable of killing millions of people in order to “usher in the ‘end of the world'”? I sure hope not.

In a country of religious zealots, the extremism of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has even his own countrymen sounding alarms
Dissidents within Iran say their country’s president is such a crazed fanatic that he will try to usher in the end of the world as we know it.
On Dec. 16, gunmen opened fire on the motorcade of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he toured the southeastern province of Sistan, along Iran’s border with Pakistan.
According to news reports, Ahmadinejad’s personal bodyguard and driver were killed in the ambush, although the president was unhurt. The government-controlled media in Tehran attributed the attack to “bandits,” a term used to denote a wide range of armed groups, from drug dealers to opposition guerrillas.
But in this case, the attack may have been part of a plot to remove the Iranian president by a faction within the ruling clergy. At least, so believes a Western source who has just returned from talks with top officials in Tehran.
The faction seeking to remove Ahmadinejad does not object to the substance of the Iranian president’s repeated vows to “wipe Israel from the map” and destroy America. Nor do they believe Iran should abandon its secret nuclear weapons program, top Iranian government officials said, according to the source.
Rather, they object to the fact that he has made such comments openly and without ambiguity. They believe that his frankness dangerously exposes them to attack from the United States, Israel or both.
“This guy is not a politician,” the source quoted one top Iranian official as saying. “He is certifiably insane. And he is obsessed with the Imam Zaman,” the legendary 12th imam, or Imam Mahdi, whom many Shiite Muslims believe will return in the “end times” after a period of horrific battles, famine and pestilence.
Americans may find it curious that government officials in Tehran, who have actively supported the Islamic republic for years, object to Ahmadinejad’s religious zealotry. After all, this comes in a regime whose constitution declares that the supreme leader is God’s representative on earth whose edicts can not be challenged by elected representatives.
But for more than two decades, Iranian leaders such as former President Hashemi Rafsanjani have walked a fine line between openly defying the United States and conducting covert aggression through terrorists and sophisticated intelligence operations. Under Ahmadinejad, these officials believe, that fine line has been crossed.
Ahmadinejad’s messianic beliefs and his obsession with the 12th imam have become an open subject of debate in Tehran. Meeting with his cabinet shortly after taking office last August, the new president reportedly had Cabinet members sign a loyalty oath to the 12th imam, which they dropped into a well near where the Shiite messiah is believed to be hiding.
In September, when Ahmadinejad took the podium to address the United Nations in New York City, he felt surrounded by light. It wasn’t the stage lighting, he said. It was a light from heaven.
He related his otherworldly experience in a videotaped meeting with a prominent ayatollah in Tehran. A transcript of his comments and sections of the videotape wound up on a hard-line, pro-regime Web site, baztab.com
Ahmadinejad’s “vision” at the United Nations could be dismissed as pure political posturing if it weren’t for a string of similar statements and actions that clearly suggest he believes he is destined to bring about the return of the Shiite messiah.
The mystical 12th imam, who is venerated by many in Iran, disappeared as a child in the year 941. Shiite Muslims believe he will return and rule for seven years in perfect justice.

Read the rest from NewsMax here.

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for January 23rd (Part 2)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Tri-Lateral Tribulation Tremors

Geopolitics again seem to place planet earth in the crosshairs of the coming tribulation –that last seven years of human history before Christ’s second advent. The most recent arrangement of apocalyptic-type signals are three-fold. The first to consider is Israel in transition, so far as leadership is concerned, and the ongoing “Roadmap to Peace” process that continues to influence all that is going on in that land so prominent in end-time Bible prophecy.
Israel’s acting prime minister is determined that the deadly process continues.
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reiterated Israel’s support for the U.S.-backed Road Map initiative for the Arab-Israeli dispute at a meeting Tuesday with President Moshe Katzav.
Olmert said that while he was prime minister, his government would “stick to the Road Map.” “It would be a mistake to release somebody from a responsibility whose framework he is obligated to,” he said.
Olmert said he hoped Israel will start negotiating a permanent status agreement with Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, after elections are held both in Israel and the PA (Arutz Sheva – Israel National News, by Scott Shiloh, Jan. 17, 2006).
You might have noticed I called it a “deadly process.” This is quite accurate, when describing any peace plan for Israel that leaves God out of the equation. The tribulation will produce just such a deadly peace. The covenant of Dan 9: 27, which Antichrist will confirm (because that peace plan will apparently already be in place) is described further by the Lord, through His prophet, Isaiah:
“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves…And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it” (Isa. 28:15,18).
The second of the tri-lateral tribulation tremors currently causing the prophecy meter to quake involves Iran, the nation that presently occupies the ancient Middle Eastern land called Persia. Persia, as most prophecy students are aware, will be one of the nations that God’s Word, through Ezekiel the prophet, foretells will storm southward over the “mountains of Israel” to take “spoil.” An evil leader from the land of “Rosh” (Russia, most scholars say) will lead the charge. This will most likely take place during the tribulation era, though many believe it could happen even before the Rapture occurs. The full account of this attack is found in Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39.
Events are stirring in Iran that smack of biblically prophesied things to come, with Russia –the nation that provides much of Iran’s nuclear technology and fuel– not far in the background of the volatile situation.
“Iran’s nuclear programme began in 1974 with plans to build a nuclear power station at Bushehr with German assistance.The project was abandoned due to the Islamic revolution five years later, but revived in 1992 when Tehran signed an agreement with Russia to resume work at the site.
There are two Pressurised Water Reactors at the site – one reportedly near completion… According to some estimates, when complete Natanz [another nuclear facility] could house some 50,000 advanced gas centrifuges, which would produce enough weapons-grade uranium for more than 20 weapons per year.
Other estimates suggest the plant will have a total of 5,000 centrifuges when initial stages of the project are completed. With that number, Iran will be able to produce sufficient enriched uranium to make a small number of nuclear weapons each year…” (BBC NEWS, Middle East, Jan 17, 2006).
The third of the geopolitical dynamics seemingly setting up for the tribulation era is the European Union (EU) consistently, and increasingly asserting its influence in the Middle East.
“European powers have begun circulating a draft resolution that asks the UN nuclear watchdog to report Iran to the Security Council, drawing a scornful response from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hold an emergency meeting on Iran’s nuclear work on February 2 at the request of European Union powers, an IAEA spokesman said…” (EU trio’s nuclear resolution stepped up, Iran defiant. 19/01/2006. ABC News Online).
As always, we confirm that the EU will be a chief player in endtime things –especially in the Middle East. The nucleus of the EU occupies the very geographical region that was the heart of the old Roman Empire. That empire, according to Bible prophecy, will revive in the end of days, and will serve as the central power base for the world’s last and most terrifying dictator, Antichrist –or, as is put here, “the prince that shall come.”
“And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined” (Dan. 9:26).
Things involving Bible prophecy continue to manifest themselves as we get deeper into 2006. All Christians should be good watchmen, as directed by the Lord Jesus in Mark 13: 37. While watching, we should also be praying, and doing all within our power –individually, and collectively—to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the world, as we go about life on this soon-to-be-judged planet.

–Terry

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for January 23rd (Part 1)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

The Partnership Between Birth Pangs and Apathy

The year 2006 is only three weeks old, and we’ve already seen a number of unusual events that should spark the interest of any end-time watchdog. So far, we have seen record tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean; a 500-year drought in Arizona; record periods of rainfall in the Northwest; Australia setting new records for heat; record snow fall in Japan, and record cold in Europe and southern Asia. In all these events, the key word is “record.”
The previous 12-month period was already of such a historic nature, it would seem like the law of averages would grant us some type of protection from calamity. The 2005 hurricane season set so many milestones, I’m sure most meteorologists would regard it as one they will never witness a repeat of in their lifetime.
I have no idea what type of activity we will see with the 2006 hurricane season, I but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more storms like Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.
The unending avalanche of catastrophes has convinced me that they are part of the end-time warning signs called the birth pangs. The Bible predicts they will increase in frequency as we get closer to the tribulation hour. I expect the world media will soon be covering new calamities in the coming months.
The birth pang factor is not the only end-time indicator at work today. Jesus told His disciples that apathy would also be the calling card of His return. In the Book of Mathew, the Lord repeated himself four times in the space of a few verses. He obviously was trying to make a point of how slothfulness will relate to the last days.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Mat. 24:36).
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Mat. 24:42).
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Mat. 24:44).
“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Mat. 25:13).
When I recently checked the traffic flow of some of the larger prophecy sites, I was amazed to find that their average hits had been in a prolonged slide. The drop has occurred despite massive earthquakes, record hurricanes, and global terrorism. The two-year hit count for Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe, and Left Behind looks like the price chart of internet stocks once the tech bubble burst. Oddly enough, Rapture Ready is the only major site I could find with higher traffic numbers.
One of the best ways I’ve found to measure apathy is to compare the reactions that certain types of events get to today with what they typically would receive 20 years ago. The Iranian nuclear issue is one good example. Back in 1986, the news of President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s desire to build a nuclear bomb would have been huge news. To have him also calling for the destruction of Israel would have generated a frenzy among prophecy students.
Back then, I would have expected to receive dozens of emails and letters from people who figured Ahmedinejad was the Antichrist. Today, I don’t recall receiving a single email from anyone. Several folks have speculated about his connection to the Gog invasion, but none has tagged him as Mr. 666.
Christians have not become more prudent in their approach to prophecy. I believe a spirit of apathy is at work. As God reveals prophetic truth, He allows the devil to distract people from knowing the how close they are to the end. Nothing is accidental about the “think not” hour.
The disparity between the frequency of birth pangs and the general sense of apathy is the granddaddy of end-time indicators – for those who are still awake to notice this flashing warning sign. Because they are both at levels never before seen in modern times, I can only conclude that we are near the tail end of the Church age.
If we are drawing very near to the rapture, it’s vital that I focus on doing that which will be the most productive for the Kingdom of God. We stay productive at Rapture Ready because we know now would be the worst time for a servant of the Lord to manifest laziness.
“Just so, when you see the events I’ve described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door” (NLT Mat. 24:33).

— Todd

U.S., Israel to attack Iran nukes ‘before April’

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

A pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is nearly inevitable, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has made a pre-emptive attack on Iran more likely in the next nine weeks, Israeli sources tell the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by the founder of WND.
It was Sharon who vetoed the nearly unanimous recommendations of Israel’s generals that a quick strike was the Jewish state’s only chance at preventing Iran from building a significant nuclear arsenal.
Meanwhile, in Washington, there is growing concern that Iran’s ultimate target is the U.S.
Earlier this month, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards conducted a conference on the use of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, chemical and biological. Included in those briefings were presentations on electromagnetic pulse weapons and other military technologies deemed to be under development for use against the U.S., rather than Israel or other enemies of the Islamic republic. Even one nuclear weapon, used in an EMP-style attack on the U.S., would prove catastrophic to the nation, a congressional panel studying the vulnerability of America to electro-magnetic pulse weapons concluded last year.
Such an attack would not require Iran to use long-range or intercontinental ballistic missiles, which it does not possess. But a simple Scud missile, with a nuclear warhead, could be fired from offshore and detonated above the U.S. wreaking near total devastation on the country’s technological, electrical and transportation infrastructure. It would also have the advantage of offering Iran a degree of plausible deniability, given that “terrorists” armed with one nuclear weapon could achieve the same results.

Read the rest here.

NBC pulls the plug on ‘Book of Daniel’

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Your protest were heard and our prayers are answered!! NBC drops “The Book of Daniel”!! Good Job People! See what we can do with prayer and taking the time to voice our opinions?

NBC’s “The Book of Daniel” may have launched to great controversy and hoopla.
But, today, the show ended with a whimper – pulled unceremoniously from
NBC’s Friday night schedule, effective immediately, with no more of an announcement than an entry on an NBC blog by creator Jack Kenny.
“Unfortunately, due to many reasons, ‘The Book of Daniel’ will no longer be aired on NBC on Friday nights,” he wrote to fans. “I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of you who supported the show. There were many wonderful, talented people who contributed to its success – and I do mean success. Whatever the outcome, I feel that I accomplished what I set out to do: A solid family drama, with lots of humor, that honestly explored the lives of the Webster family. Good, flawed people, who loved each other no matter what … and there was always a lot of ‘what’! I remain proud of our product, proud of my association with Sony, NBC Universal, and NBC, who all took a chance on a project that spoke to them, and proud to have made an impact on so many of your lives.”
Aidan Quinn as Episcopal priest with Garret Dillahunt as ‘Jesus’ in NBC’s ‘Book of Daniel’
As
WorldNetDaily first reported, “The Book of Daniel,” written by a homosexual, was promoted as the only show on television in which Jesus appeared as a recurring character and the only network prime-time drama series with a regular male “gay” character, a 23-year-old Republican son. The main character, Daniel Webster, was a troubled, pill-popping Episcopal priest.
Touted as the riskiest show of the year, it included a wife who relied on midday martinis, a 16-year-old daughter who was a drug dealer and a 16-year-old adopted son who was having sex with the bishop’s daughter. At the office, the priest’s lesbian secretary was sleeping with his sister-in-law.
One NBC affiliate after another dropped the show. Advertisers ran from it. And, apparently, despite all the controversy it generated, so did viewers.
Nashville’s WSMV-TV General Manager Elden Hale, Jr. said: “Based on a review of the first three episodes and the clearly voiced concerns from our viewers, we have determined that the program ‘The Book of Daniel’ is not appropriate for broadcast television in this community.”
After the first three episodes, only Burlington Coat Factory was left as a national sponsor.
The heat began to generate for the show following
WND’s first story. Shortly afterward, the American Family Association launched a national boycott, citing WND’s story.
Besides Nashville, other NBC affiliates across the nation either never aired the show or stopped broadcasting it. They included Hattiesburg, Miss.; Meridian, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; Amarillo, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Beaumont, Texas; and Terre Haute, Ind.
Only six episodes of the “Book of Daniel” were shot. Kevin Reilly, NBC Entertainment president, said the network’s reluctance to order more episodes had more to do with the series’ sluggish ratings performance than controversy.
“We’re going to continue to put on creative programming, regardless of any possible controversy,” Reilly said last week. Earlier, he announced the cancellation of “West Wing.”
The network has slated an episode of “Law and Order” in place of “Daniel” for this Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern.