Archive for March 21st, 2006

Man faces death penalty for becoming Christian

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

More love and generosity from the RoT (religion of tolerance, aka islam). Apparently they want to put this man to death because (gasp) he converted to Christianity. Oh yeah, in case you didn’t realize it, that is a crime in the islamic world. A crime punishable by death. Remember, this is taught to all muslims (Hadith vol. 4, no. 260).

Despite the fact the hardline Taliban regime is no longer in power, an Afghan man faces possible execution for allegedly abandoning his Islamic roots and becoming a Christian.
“Yes that’s true, a man has converted to Christianity. He’s being tried in one of our courts,” Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada told the Middle East Times.
The case centers on Abdul Rahman, believed to be 41, who converted from Islam to Christianity some 16 years ago. His relatives reportedly notified authorities about the conversion.
The constitution in Afghanistan is based on Shariah law, which states any Muslim who rejects his or her religion should be sentenced to death.
“We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law,” the judge told the Associated Press. “It is an attack on Islam. … The prosecutor is asking for the death penalty.”
If he indeed is sentenced, Rahman would be the first person punished for leaving Islam since the Taliban was ousted by American-led forces in late 2001, in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the U.S.
Prosecutor Abdul Wasi says he offered to drop the charges if Rahman made the switch back to Islam, but the defendant is maintaining his Christian beliefs. The judge is expected to rule within two months.
About 99 percent of Afghanistan’s 28 million people are Muslims, with the rest mostly Hindus.

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for March 20th (Part 2)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

UFOs, and the Real War of the Worlds – Part 2

The war of the worlds has never come to armistice since Satan first rebelled. It won’t stop until Christ ends it at Armageddon (Rev. 19: 11). The war is heating up, as anyone with spiritual discernment from the Bible’s perspective can understand. Our hourly, even minute-by-minute, news reports tell us that earth’s great volcano is building to an explosive eruption.
Todd and I get calls from the world’s news media, whose reporters want to know what’s up. While they are likely just looking for some answers from us that might “entertain” their viewers, listeners, or readers, I detect trepidation in their tone and questioning when we have gone over things of prophecy and news of the world for a few minutes. They walk away thinking, I can instinctively tell, their eyes turned downward in deeper thought than when they came to us. “Is this old guy crazy like we thought coming in, or does he have the truth, and we are the ones in trouble?”
I get the distinct sense that the journalists who interview us go away wondering if there is the world of spiritual battle, unseen by those who have had pounded into their heads that if you can’t see, hear, touch, or smell it, it doesn’t exist.
The answer is –my journalist friends—YES! There is a supernatural world. It is not the supernatural world as perceived existing by Hollywood producers, or those who believe in ghosts of departed human beings inhabiting the plane just outside physical existence. This is the endtime topic I’ve attempted to address to some extent in my just-released novel, The Rapture Dialogues: Dark Dimension.
Without turning this into an ad, or commercial, the story involves the UFOs –the shiny disks that people over the millennia have reported, and have reported, particularly in these closing days of human history. The subtitle is, in my perhaps not so humble view—perfect as a descriptive. “Dark Dimension.” We’ve seen –if you did your Bible reading where suggested—that we struggle against this dark dimension. This is the world with which all of creation is in conflict. The collision of the worlds isn’t coming. It’s already here!
While the media of news and entertainment sorts look to extraterrestrial sources for these “visitors” many people claim to have been abducted by, probed by, or impregnated by, the general of these forces –which are absolutely real, according to Ephesians, Chapter 6, grins his evil grin and seethes his loathing through clinched teeth of supernatural hatred that rages within him.
The physical plane is beginning to reflect that loathing for all of God’s creation, while the devil turns up the heat. We are seeing this begin to manifest itself, I believe, in the great increase in sightings of the UFOs, and strange goings-on in matters assigned by those who don’t know the truth, to stigmata, ghostly hauntings, or other phenomena intruding into our dimension of existence. At the same time, the astrophysical elements surrounding our small planet –including our own sun—seem to be increasingly affected. One story of late presents interesting fodder for speculation of where it might fit within Jesus’ forewarnings of “signs in the sun, stars, and moon.”
“Sun-spawned cosmic storms that can play havoc with earthly power grids and orbiting satellites could be 50 percent stronger in the next 11-year solar cycle than in the last one, scientists said on Monday…‘This prediction of an active solar cycle suggests we’re potentially looking at more communications disruptions, more satellite failures, possible disruptions of electrical grids and blackouts, more dangerous conditions for astronauts,’ said Richard Behnke of the Upper Atmosphere Research Section at the National Science Foundation” (“Sun’s next 11-year cycle could be 50 pct stronger,” Mon., Mar 6, by Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters).
Another indicator that things are changing from stellar business as usual is reflected in a fascinating story about the planet that absorbed the tremendous impact by the Shoemaker-Levy comet a couple of decades ago:
“The Great Red Spot that has dominated the planet Jupiter’s cloudtops for hundreds of years now has a companion. The gas giant is growing another red spot, which US space agency (Nasa) astronomers have nicknamed ‘Red Jr.’ Both red spots are actually raging storms in Jupiter’s cloud layer, but scientists don’t yet know how they get their characteristic brick colour…Dr Glenn Orton, an astronomer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who studies storms on Jupiter and other giant planets, said: ‘This is convincing. We’ve been monitoring Jupiter for years to see if Oval BA would turn red – and it finally seems to be happening’” (BBC News, 7 March, 2006).
To be sure, these “signs in the heavens” are likely not the signs Jesus prophesied for the great tribulation. The very atmosphere of the planet, and space, itself, will be ablaze with incendiary activity at that time. The sun will go dark, but the heat will intensify, indicating it will likely be a partial nova. The war of the spiritual worlds will begin to turn one-sided, while god’s Great wrath pours upon a planet full of rebels against Him.
Coming back to this side of the tribulation, we see the battle strategies in action by the other side of the spiritual warfare. The dark side, as the Star Wars creator would have it. But, it isn’t fiction we are dealing with. It is real warfare –more real and more horrific in scope than any warfare the people of earth have ever endured. Jesus 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).
Satan is observably ratcheting up his invasion plans. It looks to me that it is a three-pronged war-blueprint instrument he will use, much like the trident the devil is erroneously said in some quarters to have as part of his red union suit. First, he is stirring the ethnic and religious strife among peoples of most every part of the planet; second, he is manipulating the Babylonian system of government and economy, moving it –as the Lord allows—toward one world; third–and this is the assault that is about to begin in earnest, I believe—he is beginning to set up for the “strong delusion” of 2 Thessalonians 2:8-13. I believe that the planet is seeing and will soon experience much greater manifestations of supernatural interventions into the affairs of mortal men. This, based upon Genesis 6: 1-3, and Jesus’ words of Luke 17: 26-29. Though the outcome is already known to all who read and truly study Bible prophecy, getting to the end of that conflict will be a painful and deadly journey for those left behind. The two spiritual worlds are about to collide in a mighty explosion of end-of-days decimation.
That’s why it’s so important that we, as God’s royal ambassadors, do all we can to bring peace to individual souls, before we are recalled to our heavenly home, which Jesus –the Prince of Peace– has prepared for us (John 14:1-3).


Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for March 20th (Part 1)

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

God Will Now Be Milosevic’s Judge

One of history’s most tiresome trials came to a screeching halt with the death of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic. After four years, hundreds of witnesses, tens of thousands of documents and $200 million down the drain, he can never be pronounced guilty or innocent.
Milosevic was one of the key figures in the Yugoslav wars during the 1990s and Kosovo War in 1999. He was accused at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for crimes against humanity in Kosovo, and the charges of genocide in Bosnia and many other war crimes including ethnic cleansing and mass rapes in Bosnia and Croatia were added a year and a half after that.
The tribunal judges are most responsible for this legal fiasco. They made key decisions that led to an exhausting, expensive five-year process.
Sensing his spotlight in history and the chance to grandstand for his home audience in Serbia, Milosevic did a lot to help draw out the trial. He complicated matters by refusing even to speak to the his court-appointed attorneys. Ultimately, they withdrew from the case.
As I read the news reports of Milosevic’s trial, I couldn’t find an indication of how long the trial was expected to continue. I hope the trial wasn’t only at the halfway point. At the rate things were going, they might as well have put him in cryonic suspension, and unfreeze him when some future generation finally reaches a verdict.
I can only wonder how long the Saddam Hussein trial will drag out. The former Iraqi dictators trail didn’t begin until 19 October of last year. If the Milosevic proceedings are any guide, it will be many years before Saddam gets a date with the hangman.
The Nuremberg trials didn’t take this long. Despite the task of trying thousands of defendants for crimes related to World War II, the process for each case only took a few months. Here are two prime examples and one individual example of how easy a trial of despots should go:
The Doctors Trial – The trial considered the fate of 23 German physicians who either participated in the Nazi program to euthanize persons deemed “unworthy of life” (the mentally ill, mentally retarded, or physically disabled) or who conducted experiments on concentration camp prisoners without their consent. The Doctors Trial lasted 140 days. Eighty-five witnesses testified and almost 1,500 documents were introduced. Sixteen of the doctors charged were found guilty. Seven were executed.
Einsatzgruppen Trial – Twenty-four defendants, all members of German mobile killing units, the Einsatzgruppen, charged with the murder and ill-treatment of POWs and civilians in occupied countries, and with wanton destruction not justified by military necessity. Trial dates: Sept. 29, 1947 to April 9, 1948
Hans Frank – As a senior Nazi official, Hans Frank was the governor of occupied Poland during World War II. Frank oversaw the segregation of the Jews into ghettos, and the use of Polish civilians in various labor camps. Frank was captured by American troops on May 4, 1945, and was one of the defendants at Nuremberg. His trial ran from 20 November 1945 to 1 October 1946, when he received a death sentence. Frank was executed on 16 October.
I chose Frank from among dozens of other Nazi leaders because he famously expressed regret about war crimes. On the witness stand he uttered: “A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will still not be erased.”
One of the key reasons it has become so difficult to convict war criminals has to do with the fallen nature of men’s hearts. In this end-time hour, our society has become so evil that we find it difficult to see the wickedness in history’s most villainous individuals. Genocide should come under what one judge called the “pornography rule” – you simply know it when you see it.
Someday Jesus will have no problem separating the sheep from the goats. Because the Lord is perfect and all-knowing, it’s not going require a 5-year process to figure man’s guilt or innocence.

— Todd