Archive for June 13th, 2006

Million Dollar Bill Tracts Cause Unnecessary Ruckus

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Satan is alive and well and working in Dallas (as well as the rest of the world). A Christian group that has made gospel tracts that look like a one million dollar bill is under scrutiny by the US Secret Service. Apparently the Secret Service feels that these tracts, which mimic standard currency, are in violation of some federal law. I am no rocket scientist, but I would like to point out that there is no such thing as a one million dollar bill. Also, it should be noted that our American dollars do not contain gospel messages. So, I suppose the big question is “Does our Federal Government have nothing better to do than stop the spread of the Gospel message”?

A federal judge in Dallas yesterday said he will issue a ruling within one week on a complaint by a Christian group that had its “million-dollar” gospel tracts seized by the U.S. Secret Service.
The judge put the case on a fast track, said attorney Brian Fahling of the American Family Association Center for Law and Policy, indicating an order will be issued Friday, or at the latest Monday.
Fahling, representing the Denton, Texas-based Great News Network, asked the judge to order return of 8,300 tracts that mimic U.S. currency and to prevent the government agency’s local field office from arresting anyone who distributes them

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Welcome to Guest Author Beth

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

One of our commentators we met over at The Scriptorium and who has helped Missi out with ideas for the Home Comforts web page has also agreed to be an author for the blog.
Welcome to the Blogshere, Beth!!
-Steve and Missi
Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian Family

Minister: Iran, Syria security intertwined

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

In the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, the nations that will participate in the final battle (Battle of Armageddon) are named. It is a very evident that Syria and Iran will be two of the nations, standing in concert, against Israel. So really no surprise here. Also, what better way to get Sadam’s nuke parts?

TEHRAN, June 12 (UPI) — Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mustafa Najjar stressed that Syria’s security is part of Iran’s security and that his country has a duty to defend Syria.
Najjar’s remarks were quoted by the Iranian News Agency, IRNA, following his talks Monday with visiting Syrian counterpart Gen. Hassan Torkmani.
Najjar said Iran will extend full support to Syria under present conditions “because Iran considers that Syria’s security is part of its own security and national interests.”
“Relations between Iran and Syria are solid and fall within the framework of consolidating peace, stability and security in the region,” he added.
Torkmani, for his part, hailed Iran’s stance on Syria, noting that he is carrying a letter of mutual solidarity and support.
He stressed the need to reinforce the armed forces of the two countries to confront the common enemy which seeks to destabilize security and provoke tensions in the region.
He also reaffirmed Syria’s support to Iran’s right to profit from nuclear energy, stressing that “the only way to settle the crisis over Iran’s (nuclear program) is to recognize officially this right.”
Both Torkmani and Najjar described the military and defense relations between the two countries as “strategic” and constitute “an example of regional cooperation.”

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Poison In Our Libraries

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

I’m not into conspiracy theories, but where Satan is involved; it’s very easy to see a conspiracy in everything he lays his hands to. I believe that the sexual obsession this nation, and for the most part, the world has, is the human race playing right into Satan’s hands.
One cannot randomly turn on the television, pick up a magazine or listen to the radio without seeing or hearing some kind of sexually suggestive article, advertisement or commentary.
We are inundated with sex 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From the way the teen “stars” dress on Disney to the lowering of the movie and Television rating system, sex is prevalent in almost all aspects of life. Even in most churches, parents no longer require their young people to dress conservatively. The word “cute” now means clothes that are virtually “painted” on with bare midriff and peek-a-boo belly button. Add to that some suggestive verbiage printed on the bottom of the pants.
This “sex crazed” society of ours is even getting to the point where adult books are not only available in the public library, but are being made into required reading for school. These books are separated from pornography only by the fact that they are written by someone professing to have a PhD.
Many of these “learned” people have decided that our teens and youth are going to have sex anyway, so why don’t we teach them how to do it “right”. Forget the fact that teens and youth are totally unprepared emotionally to deal with sex, let’s just run right out and graphically teach them how to do something they shouldn’t be doing anyway.

(AgapePress) – Laurie Taylor is the mother of two school age children. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Like most parents, she cares about her kids’ education. So, when she discovered the school library had a sexually explicit book, It’s Perfectly Normal, aimed at elementary age students, she did what any concerned parent would do: she went to the administration and asked that it be removed, along with two other books with similar themes.
At first, school system leaders seemed to agree with Taylor, and placed the books in a “parent library” section with other books geared more to parents than to children. But when Taylor found dozens more books with sexually explicit content, and asked that they not be made available to students without parental approval, the school reneged. It overturned its earlier decision and voted to leave all of the books on the shelves with unrestricted access by the students. (See earlier story)
Some of the books include graphic descriptions of incest, homosexuality, masturbation, bestiality, and child molestation. For instance, Push is the story of a young girl who is pregnant with her father’s child. The local newspaper, the Northwest Arkansas Times, which opposed the effort to limit access to the book, admitted that it contained “materials that are patently offensive.”
Another book is advertised as being “the most controversial young adult novel ever,” and describes an adolescent boy’s love affair with a teacher, and two teens who become addicted to heroin. Oh, and by the way, the book won an award as “an outstanding book for children.”
Yet another book proudly displayed on the Fayetteville library shelves was once featured in Playboy magazine. Its vile and sexually explicit content is interspersed with dialogue such as this: “Just keep asking yourself: ‘What would Jesus not do?'”
Once other parents learned what these books contained, many joined with Taylor in asking the school to take action. The public outcry was great. A parents’ rights group was formed, “Parents Protecting the Minds of Children,” with dozens of parents joining the cause. The local paper wrote that this issue generated more letters to the editor than any issue in recent history. The story of the battle of the books became the paper’s story of the year for 2005.
But Fayetteville is a college town, and liberals turned out in droves to cry “censorship” and shout down Laurie Taylor’s courageous efforts to protect the children.
In truth, of course, Taylor never asked that the books be banned altogether, even though that might have been appropriate under the circumstances. All Taylor and the other parents asked for was that the books be placed in a restricted access section, thereby allowing parents to exercise their God-given (and constitutionally protected) rights to oversee the moral upbringing of their children.

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Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for June 12th (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Last-Days Invasion

We just observed D-Day in honor of the Allied forces who invaded parts of Europe, the action that began in earnest the drive toward victory over Hitler’s Nazi military in 1944. Last week, I wrote about how June 6, 2006 was honored by much of media to hype a movie, “The Omen,” which was released that day. The “D” seemed to stand for Devil-Day in that 6/6/06 instance, rather than for the D-Day celebration in remembrance of sacrifices made by Allied troops invading Normandy and the other beaches June 6, 1944.
I would like to continue dealing with thoughts about the present invasion taking place. This contemporary assault is infinitely more deadly than the dangers faced in that long-ago invasion of France. It is infinitely more dangerous because it is –in truth— supernatural, i.e., involves eternal matters. It involves the spiritual world rather than the physical. I should say it involves the spiritual MORE than the physical world, because both worlds are intricately intertwined.
Again, I see two primary areas of Holy Scripture involved in this warfare. Both emphasize the supernatural dangers and the spiritual nature of the warfare. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). So, Satan is the general leading this endtime assault. He leads some quite terrifying forces in this stalking back and forth upon Planet Earth. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
With but a modicum of effort in searching through the Word of God about endtime things, we can make the linkage of how the contemporary assault by Satan and his forces of evil links to the devil’s past efforts. And, we can see where it is all leading in this wind-up of human history.
These last-days things are fresh in my mind, while I promote through interviews my novel, The Rapture Dialogues. The subtitle: “Dark Dimension” says it all. The endtime warfare is with extradimensional beings, not extraterrestrial beings. We can identify these supposedly unidentified flying objects if we open our minds and hearts through spiritual discernment written about in 1Corinthians 2:14.
The linkage between the human, fleshly elements of this conflict and the supernatural or spiritual elements is undeniable if we properly analyze and dissect the matters involved.
Jesus –the greatest of all prophets (because He is God) said the following: “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Lk. 17:26-30).
Jesus foretold that history would repeat itself. Things will happen almost precisely like they happened in Noah’s day before the Flood, and in the days of Lot and the destruction of Lot’s hometown, Sodom, and its neighbor town, Gomorrah.What happened that was so grievous to the Lord that He determined to completely erase these societies from the earth’s surface?
I believe it was sin, of course, speaking in general terms. Sin always ultimately brings God’s wrath and judgment. The wages of sin is death, the Scripture tells us. But I see a much more specific sin that lies at the heart of the civilizations mentioned in those judgments of the antideluvian world, and the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The linkage is strong between the fleshly or physical realm, and the spiritual or supernatural realm in these cases. The linkage is made clear in the following verse –at least to me.
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities” (Jude 1:6-8).
Do you see that linkage? It is the phrase “going after strange flesh” that links the human to the supernatural, in considering the matter of this endtime invasion which Jesus prophesied will be a recurrence of soul/flesh-corrupting things that happened in antidelluvian and ancient times.
In the matter of the supernatural realm, we see in Genesis 6:1-3 that the “sons of god” went after”strange flesh,” i.e., a number of angels who fell with Lucifer in the great rebellion, and were cast out of Heaven, saw the “daughters of men” (human women) and came down to them, and cohabitated with them –producing hybrid offspring of the natural and the supernatural. Going after “strange flesh,” then, means doing something that is against the order God established.
These offspring were “men of reknown,” the Scriptures tell us. These were doubtless the creatures from which Greek, Norse, and Roman mythologies derive to some extent.
Genesis, chapter 19, tells the full story of the “strange flesh” Jude alludes to in verses 6-8. This is expounded upon by Paul the apostle in Romans chapter 1. The “strange flesh” is men going after men, and women after women in the sexual sense –burning in their lusts one toward the other, and receiving in themselves the payment for their sin, which, God’s Word says, is a fitting punishment.
The endtime invasion Jesus prophesied is, I’m convinced, well underway. Key among the elements of Satan’s assault is a return of the dark, spiritual beings in high places –the extra-dimensional, not extraterrestrial, beings, again trying to corrupt the “seed” of mankind through the sightings, encounters, abductions, ghostly appearances, visitations, stigmata phenomena, and all of the rest of these strange things reported even by documentaries like those on Discovery and the History Channel every week. The prime-time invasion will, I’m equally convinced, take place in the tribulation era (Daniel’s seventieth week) as outlined in the “strong delusion” of 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2.
On the human level, the corruption is taking place through “going after strange flesh,” i.e., doing a thing totally against God’s established order. Men again are lusting after men, and women again lusting after women on a scale like in those ancient times, while Hollywood and many in government and media promote this lifestyle deadly to the continuation of the human race.
All of this indicates just how near this generation must be to the time Christ will step out on the clouds of glory and shout, “Come up here!” The final war called Armageddon that will result from this satanic invasion approaches rapidly. Rapture of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior cannot be far distant.

–Terry

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Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for June 12th (Part 1)

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

06/06/06; A Good Rehearsal for the Rapture

It was about two months ago when I first became aware that June 6th had a numerical connection to the 666 antichrist number. Over the years, I’ve had people send me an unknown number of these date speculations; 06/06/06 just seemed one more to add to the pile. If you know the truth, why worry about something that will come and go without any lasting importance, which is now the case.
As the date drew closer, I realized the press was going to turn 06/06/06 into a big media event. Terry and I decided that we weren’t going to be swept up in any hype. When reporters contacted us, we told them that the date had absolutely no link to the mark of the beast. The only relevant connection to prophecy I can think of us was, ” An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign” (Mark 12:39).
All the resulting press attention did wonders for Rapture Ready’s traffic flow. The site received more hits than any time in its history. Last Tuesday was the first time the site had logged over a million hits in a single day – this board measure of traffic includes all html pages and graphic components. We estimated that the media coverage exposed over 100,000 new people to the site.
It’s a good thing we had decided to move the main site to a large server. In a two-day period we ran through 30 gigs of bandwidth.
It is very rewarding to see RR get all this media attention, but I have a higher goal in mind. Any traffic spike leading up to the rapture is simple a dress rehearsal for the main show. As I said with the coverage we received with the 2002 Time Magazine cover story article, “This is not the big one.” Up until now, the traffic is measured in the thousands. When the rapture takes place, the visitor rate will be in the millions.
The quality of the visitor is another big consideration. This past week, a large part of traffic surge came from people who had no real interest in prophecy. According to our site tracker, 60 percent of these people spent less than minute on the site. When the rapture takes place, RR will swamped by people desperate for information.
Most of the media outlet that mentioned the site, did so with tepid interest. A few reporters were outright hostle to end-time message. There is one example from a San Francico paper:
“I am sitting here not at all on fire, not at all reeling in unrelenting pain, not at all staring into the hot face of vile eternal doom without a single oscillating fan to cool my aching bones. Yet another portentous day has passed and the Rapture Index is almost off the charts with seething Armageddon certainty, and yet I’m still getting perfectly good cell reception. What gives? After all, the time is now. The pump of doom is perfectly primed. The elements are all in place: massive Bush Co abuse and vicious war and increasingly violent storms and armies of the ignorant and the righteous broadcasting their hate and their abominable fashion sense across the land. Do you not feel it? Man, we are so ready.”
Our search connection to 666 is actually rather low. One of the reasons RR was mentioned in all these 666 articles is that the site has built up a reputation for being a good end-time information resource. Some of the reporters who contacted us remembered the site from previous times when interest in prophecy has spiked.
At the conclusion of one interview, a reporter said he would get in touch with me the next time some current event becomes noteworthy in the light of prophecy. As he made that remark, I had to wonder if I would be around the next time the end times pop up on the news radar.
I have a long list of things that I plan to add to the site. My top goal will always be to make Rapture Ready rapture ready. At some point, the rapture is going to occur and the site will likely play a key role in explaining to people the reality they will then face. The main reason the site has become the leading source for end-time information is because we trusted God at His Word.

— Todd

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