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Re-Post: “The Time Shall Come” by Jack Kinsella – Omega Letter Editor

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:5-6)
The verses quoted above were part of Jesus’ response to the question, “What will be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3)
The Lord’s reply to the question is known to Bible scholars as the “Olivet Discourse” because, 1) Jesus was standing ‘upon the Mount of Olives’ at the time, and; 2) His answer, which is contained in the three Synoptic Gospels, fills the entire chapter. It is one of the most lengthy teaching discourses in the New Testament.
The Olivet Discourse focuses its attention on events that take place DURING THE TRIBULATION, but begins by describing the events that conspire together to bring it about.
The period of wars and rumors of wars has been ongoing now since 1914 with the first truly global war in human history. It was followed by a second global war in 1939, whose conclusion brought about the ultimate ‘rumor of war’ between the West and the Soviet Empire.
There are two different entities under discussion, ‘nations’ and ‘kingdoms’. The word ‘nation’ is translated from the Greek word ‘ethnos’ and describes an ethnic state, like Israel or one of the ethnic states of the Arab world. Or North Korea.
The world translated ‘kingdom’ ‘basileia’ means “royal power, kingship, dominion, rule” and it describes a national entity bound together by economic/social interests, rather than ethnic relationships.
America would fit the Biblical understanding of a ‘kingdom’ in the sense Americans are not bound together by blood or ethnicity, but rather by common social and economic benefits. The same could be applied to the member/states of the EU. Individually, some European countries might be ethnic in origin, but the Common Market exists for economic reasons.
The collapse of the Soviet Union uncorked a new round of ethnic unrest and international conflict, but, as Jesus was careful to note, “the end is not yet.”
Ethnic or economic strife have been responsible for all the wars of modern times. The world wars were wars aimed at conquest for economic reasons. Hitler’s Nazis sought both ethnic purity and “liebensraum”(living space) for Germany.
Japan’s Imperial government set out to conquer Asia to ensure a steady supply of raw materials and to establish ethnic Japanese rule over Greater Asia.
Skeptics might argue that wars, ethnic unrest, even famines, earthquakes and pestilences, all have been part of the human condition since the Fall of Man at the Garden of Eden. (Or since the first amoeba turned into a person . . . for the skeptic who can’t bring himself to believe in God, but finds no conflict of faith in a frog turning into a prince).
Note that Jesus said “all these are the beginning of sorrows.” The word ‘sorrow’ first appears in Scripture in Genesis 3:16 when God tells Eve, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” “Sorrow” is translated from the Hebrew “itstsabown” and refers to labor pains.
The Greek word ‘odin’ translated as ‘sorrows’ in Matthew 24:8 also refers to labor pains.
Every parent who has ever lived could instantly grasp the meaning of this metaphor — that is why Jesus chose it. As the birth of a child approaches, the mother begins to experience labor pains, which, having once begun, continue to increase in both frequency and intensity as the moment of birth approaches.
Prospective parents in Jesus’ day did exactly what I did with each of my kids — timed the interval between the contractions. It was a carefully chosen metaphor designed to resonate with all people, of all cultures, in all generations. But, to the generation to whom those signs were addressed, the meaning would be unmistakable.
When one compares the accuracy of the Bible’s account of the unknowable future to the ever-changing scientific ‘explanations’ for the distant past, doubts melt away. The skeptic has multiple explanations for static events that have already happened.
The Bible gives a single explanation for a fluid, changeable series of events predicted to happen thousands of years in the future — the events that define our present day. Which is more convincing?
Bible prophecy proves Jesus was the Son of God, regardless of the latest scientific, archeological or historical discovery. No matter what else might be offered as ‘evidence’ to the contrary, there is no other explanation for Bible prophecy. It is our generation’s unique miracle.
It proves that He remains in charge of the affairs of men. Scripture records His Promise in all three Gospel accounts, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35. Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33)
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19)
Bible prophecy is proof positive that God remains on the Throne, that His Word will NOT return to Him void, and that all the chaos and terror of the world notwithstanding, all continues to go according to His plan.
Given the unbeliever’s explanation of uncontrolled chaos, Bible prophecy isn’t all that depressing, after all. What WOULD be depressing would be to be among the lost, not knowing what this world is coming to, and believing the world is in a state of uncontrolled chaos.
For the believer, Bible prophecy can be pretty encouraging, which is what the Lord intended for the last days’ Church all along:
“But these things have I told you, that WHEN THE TIME SHALL COME, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:4)

Excerpted from the Omega Letter Daily Intelligence Digest, Volume 58, Issue 5

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U.S. Muslim leader blames Bush for war

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

OK, for those of you who might have forgotten already, it was Hezbollah who kidnapped the Israeli soldiers (using a U.N. vehicle while the U.N. soldiers video taped the theft of the vehicle and the kidnapping), and then started shooting rockets into Israeli civilian population centers, not Israel that attacked them.
Of course those ever tolerant (NOT) U.S. muslims leaders are so quick to blame the actual people responsible.
I must admit though, that I’ve been somewhat pleasantly surprised at the response from the islamic countries, since many of them have officially condemned Hezbollah for their actions.

The chief of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation blamed the United States and President Bush for the war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Mahdi Bray, executive director of the foundation, told WorldNetDaily that while there are “no clean hands” in the escalating violence, the United States has failed completely.
“We have the … capability of doing something,” he said. “Our position is not defensible that we have not used our leverage to obtain a cease-fire.”
The Israeli military’s attacks on terrorist locations in Lebanon in recent days were prompted by a Hezbollah attack on Israeli soldiers that left a number dead and two more apparently as hostages.
“Abduction is always a provocative act,” Bray said. “Basically our position has always been when it comes to civilian populations, we’ve always opposed any attack on civilians, whether it’s done by Israel or Hezbollah. Certainly the abduction of over 2,000 people who are in Israeli jails, who have been picked up, including members of the Palestinian parliament who were abducted without trial or any form of legal redress, it’s bad all the way around for the region.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, Bray’s group held a rally Friday during which a Jewish activist was physically assaulted and threatened.
The event at Boston’s City Hall Plaza was the group’s “Justice for Palestine and Lebanon Protest.” Signs brought by participants included some including some calling for “victory” for the terrorist group Hezbollah and the “Palestinian Resistance.”
Bray said even though he understands the Israelis were “provoked” by the attack that killed soldiers and left two of them as hostages, “I am still taxed for some understanding for the level of response that the Israelis have taken in reference to dealing with this issue,” he said. “I can understand any group wanting to get their soldiers back.”
But he said there’s no reason to destroy electric system infrastructures in Lebanon.
A spokesman for the American Jewish Committee in Boston, Lawrence Lowenthal, said Hezbollah has moved into homes and apartments in civilian areas in Lebanon in order to launch rockets at Israel and contends the nation really has no choice.
“I don’t understand what alternative Israel has,” he told a local newspaper. “Hezbollah is holding Israel hostage.”

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Threat: Cancer teen to be taken by force

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

This is just going too far. Sounds like the judge and social services are out of control again, or still, as the case my be.

The father of a Virginia teen seeking an alternative treatment for his cancer says a social worker has threatened to use force to take the boy away from the family for court-ordered chemotherapy.
Jay Cherrix of Chincoteague, Va., is concerned there could be an Elian Gonzalez-style showdown over his 16-year-old son, Abraham, who has already undergone chemotherapy for his Hodgkin’s disease to no avail.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s national radio program yesterday, Jay Cherrix said, “When the social-service worker came and interviewed me, I told him how Abraham felt and about how we had met a person who had been cured by this [alternative treatment] and how we were supporting Abraham’s decision. I said, ‘What will you do with my little boy? Will you take him somewhere and strap him down and put duct tape on his mouth and pump full of this stuff if he doesn’t want it?’
“He said, ‘No, I will come to your house with a uniformed officer, and I will take your son by force if he resists. And I will take him to somebody who will do that.’
“And I said, ‘I don’t think I can let you do that.'”
He added there have also been other threats to take Abraham away from the family.
“They told Abraham that if he did not go and have an X-ray, they would put him in a juvenile detention center with drug dealers. They told him that if he did not do that they would put him in a foster home. … We never thought that people could actually say that to a young fellow like that. We’ve been surprised by lots of stuff but we have a strong faith and we believe that we’ll prevail. We think there will be a judge that will use common sense and compassion and grant a stay on that [mandated chemotherapy] order.”
“I can’t believe we’re gonna live in a society where the government now, through a court order, is gonna send some bureaucrat into your house, take you out in handcuffs, slap you on a gurney and stick some medicine in you because they deem that you’ve made the wrong decision in life. I can’t believe we’re actually on the verge of that happening here,” said an outraged Hannity. “It’s almost like Elian Gonzalez for crying out loud.”

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“I’m not going to receive chemotherapy no matter what,” Abraham said on “Hannity & Colmes” last night. “This is my body, the body that God gave to me, and in the Bible it says for me to take care of this body. It’s my temple. … If you are not able to do with your body what you want to, then you have no rights whatsoever.”
When asked to describe his previous chemotherapy treatment, the teen said, “It was worse than dying itself. It was more like torture.”

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Hizballah Targeting Civilians With Rockets Meant to Kill and Maim

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Could we expect anything less from slimy terrorist? I don’t think so.

Haifa, Israel (CNSNews.com ) – Hizballah rockets are not accurate but they are deadly – designed to inflict maximum damage on civilians. And had Israel not been so prepared, those rockets would be exacting a higher civilian death toll in Israel than they have so far, experts here are saying.
Warning sirens sounded in Haifa again on Tuesday as more rockets hit the city. Over the last two weeks, Hizballah has fired more than 1,200 rockets at Israel, killing 17 civilians and wounding hundreds of others.
Michael Cardash, deputy head of the Israeli Police bomb disposal unit, said Hizballah is launching a variety of rockets at Israel, including an enhanced 122-millimeter Grad rocket made in China and a 220-millimeter rocket made in Syria.
The rockets are packed with 30,000 to 40,000 ball bearings designed to inflict maximum casualties when they explode.
“Anti-personnel” rockets packed with ball bearings are the most lethal kind, experts said. And it is these rockets that have been landing in Haifa.
Even from a distance of 100 meters (300 feet), the balls can go through cars, said one bomb disposal expert. In fact, it happened on Sunday: an Israeli motorist in Haifa was killed when his car was struck by the ball bearings, police sources said.
Human Rights Watch, a group that usually criticizes Israel, earlier suggested that Hizballah’s firing of rockets packed with ball bearings into civilian populations was a “serious violation of international humanitarian law and can constitute war crimes.”
Sarah Leah Whitson, director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch, also said, “Hizballah’s use of warheads that have limited military use and cause grievous suffering to the victims only makes the crime worse.”

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The Blog Looked Funky and Nobody Told Me…

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Y’all need to tell me when the blog looks funky so that I can fix it. I use Netscape Navigator so I had no idea that the blog looked wrong in Internet Exploiter…I mean Internet Explorer.
Anyway, I’ve fixed it for now. The Google search box was causing the problem. I’ll work on it and try to get it to look better.
Thanks and sorry for the problem.
-Steve