Archive for November, 2006

Pope To Bow To Allah

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Does anyone else see the irony in this story? I am not Catholic and to be quite honest, I have never understood the fascination with the Pope. It just seems to me that the leader of the Catholic church should not be ‘bowing’ to a false god.

Vatican officials announced Sunday that Pope Benedict plans to become just the second pope to enter a mosque when he visits Turkey Tuesday.

In order to be permitted into an Islamic place of worship the pontiff – who has been trying to placate Muslim rage he triggered last September – will have to remove his shoes in deference to the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish religion and its Allah.

Analysts in the Vatican said the purpose of the mosque visit would be to try and build bridges between “Christians” and Muslims.

But the announcement did nothing to placate the fury or encourage tolerance from tens of thousands of Muslims who rallied in Istanbul Sunday to protest against the pope’s arrival.

The mob’s message to the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics was vividly spelled out on a large banner above the crowd.

It was an attack on the very heart of the Christian faith and read:

“Jesus is not the son of God. He is a prophet of Mohammed.”

In Islamic parlance “God” means “Allah” so the protestors were half right. However, the orthodox Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth Muslims repeatedly delight in defaming lived long before Mohammed and, in fact, warned His followers to be on the alert against false prophets like one who founded Islam.

Instead of shunning this religion, Pope Benedict appears poised to embrace its followers in order to “build bridges” between the Vatican and the Muslim world.

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“UPDATE: GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE RISE” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

While the attention of the world is now focused on the latest “cease fire” agreement between Hamas terrorists and the State of Israel and the escalating hostilities in Iraq, it would appear that lurking in the periphery of the news is the dramatic rise of global Jew hatred.

According to an Arutz Sheva report of 11/27/06, French rioters attacked Jews following a soccer match in Paris. The report states, “The incident took place at 11 PM at a McDonald’s restaurant near the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, following Tel Aviv’s 4-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in a UEFA Cup match. Paris fans attacked four French Jewish Tel Aviv team followers after members of the mob identified them as Jews.” The Jews fled in different directions, and at least one of them, Yaniv Hazout, found himself being chased by a mob.
Initial reports indicated that the attacked fans were Israelis who came to France to support the Israeli team. It turned out, though, that the attacked fans were local French Jews who came out in support of the Israeli team. Israeli fans were actually kept in the stadium for more than an hour after the game to prevent them from becoming targets of the angry mob, after they insisted on coming onto the field to celebrate the victory.

The spokesman for Hapoel Tel Aviv, Amir Lubin, told Army Radio that French fans were extremely hostile toward the Israelis who came to support their team. “We could hear the chants of the French crowd, which were in no way connected to soccer,” he said. “It was obvious that the Paris supporters were enraged by the result of the game, but we didn’t imagine it would come to this.” Witnesses told police that the Paris fans were shouting “filthy Jews” and other anti-Semitic slogans at the Jewish fans and would have truly killed them had Granomort, an immigrant from the Caribbean, not fired into the crowd. The policeman himself said he fired in self-defense. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said many of the Paris fans were chanting “Death to the Jews” during the attack. Five fans are in police custody and may face charges of racism and anti-Semitism.”

So much for the old adage that sporting events unites people and nations. If the truth be told, we are not surprised. France is a virulently anti-Semitic country. Within the past year Paris was the scene of the sadistic and heinous murder of French Jew, Ilan Halimi. Yeshiva students and other Jews have been attacked and beaten there as well. In February of 2006,

A local rabbi’s 17 year old son was attacked by two men near a synagogue in a Parisian suburb and suffered a broken nose. An 18 year old man was attacked by a group of five men, who insulted him and stole his cell phone. A 28 year old man wearing a Kippah was verbally and physically abused by four men and suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to police sources. France has also been the staging ground for hate filled demonstrations against Israel, as was evidenced during the War between Israel and Hezbollah terrorists during the summer of 2006.

And to those who believe that such shocking stories of Jew hatred can only emanate from countries such as France where Jew hatred has risen to epidemic proportions, we must think again. In a report published in The New York Post on 11/26/06, Jewish public school teachers are again being singled out for persecution simply because they are Jews. The report states, “A Jewish art teacher claims her principal’s Christian prayer groups and the staff’s anti-Semitic slurs turned her job at a Brooklyn public school into a living hell” – and now she’s fighting back with a lawsuit. Melissa Eder, 43, thought she’d finally found her dream job when she was hired by the 219-student East New York Family Academy on Linden Boulevard in October 2003.

What she didn’t realize was that in this hard-bitten corner of the education system, the edict about separation of church and state was routinely ignored, she said. Eder also had no idea she would eventually have to face off with staff who compared Adolf Hitler to Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Eder said the problems began about six months into her new job. She said she was approached by one of the teachers and asked whether she wanted to join the “prayer circle” of six faculty members who huddled every morning with Principal Sheila Richards. She declined.

Then, during a staff meeting at the beginning of her second year, the principal invited the teachers out into the hallway to join in a group prayer. “She asked Jesus Christ for guidance in the upcoming school year,” Eder said. “I was the only one that didn’t participate. I do fundamentally believe in the separation of church and state so you can have religious freedom.” The other teachers, however, were shocked that Eder bowed out of the prayer, she said. Another prayer session detailed by Eder occurred in 2003, when, she said, English department staff asked students to bow their heads as they waited to start their Regents exams.

The Department of Education refused to comment on the allegations, but a 1964 Supreme Court decision prohibits faculty-led prayer in school. Eder said her alienation from her Christian peers reached a peak during a staff-development seminar in 2004, when faculty members were instructed to divide into groups and discuss why Gandhi, King and Hitler were considered “revolutionary figures.” “Somebody said, ‘Let the students draw their own conclusions about the Holocaust,’ ” she said. “I didn’t realize the Holocaust was a revolution that made a positive change. I couldn’t make them understand.” Eder also claimed that a picture card of Rebbe Moshiach, the Jewish prophet, was placed on her seat in the teacher’s lounge to identify it as hers.”

There was a time when the New York City public school system boasted a large percentage of Jewish teachers. This is no longer the case. For those old enough to remember the New York City teachers’ strike of 1968, we recall that those times marked the beginning of the end for Jewish teachers in New York City. The Jew hating vituperative had begun and the strike was riddled with vicious anti-Semitism.

On the international front, the burgeoning rise of anti-Semitic statements by world leader continues unabated. According to a Bloomberg news report of 11/26/06 it states, “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the collapse of Israel, the US and Britain, attacking what he called their “oppressive behavior.” “The Zionist regime is on a steep downhill towards collapse and disgrace,” Ahmandinejad told supporters at a rally of Basiji militia forces near Tehran today. In a reference to the U.S. and U.K., he said “the collapse and crumbling of your devilish rule has started.” The speech was carried live on state television. Iran doesn’t recognize Israel, and Ahmadinejad drew international condemnation after saying in October 2005 that Israel should be “wiped off the map.” The U.S. and Iran have had no diplomatic ties since 1980 following the seizure of diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.”

As Ahmadinejad prepares to unleash his nuclear arsenal in the not so distant future, he has made his intentions to destroy Israel as his first priority. He continues to denigrate Jews as he questions of the veracity of the Holocaust and encourages the world to mock and ridicule the memory of the six million. Ahmadinejad is not alone as he spews forth his incendiary rhetoric against the Jews and Israel. He is joined by friend and close ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In a recent investigative report published by the Anti-Defamation League in New York, anti-Semitism in Venezuela is on the rise and has been buttressed and endorsed by Chavez himself.

The report states, “Under the leadership of firebrand President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has experienced a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism, fostered in large part by Chavez’s own rhetoric and that of his government institutions.” The Chavez Regime: Fostering Anti-Semitism and Supporting Radical Islam” examines recent statements by Chavez, articles in the government-sponsored media and the remarks of academics and government leaders, creating a portrait of a regime that promotes virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes as it seeks to position itself as a regional and world player.

The Chavez regime’s frequent anti-Israel statements, open support for terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and collusion with radical Islamic leaders like President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran are having a “spillover effect” in Venezuelan society, with anti-Israel demonstrations, anti-Jewish graffiti and other displays of anti-Semitism becoming dangerously commonplace, according to ADL. The Jewish population of Venezuela is reportedly about 25,000 people.

“President Hugo Chavez and his government institutions have elevated their anti-Israel rhetoric to dangerous levels, and it often crosses the line into anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman. “It is troubling that the leadership of a Latin American country, that once served as a safe-haven for Holocaust survivors and that still boasts a sizeable Jewish community, has taken a wrong turn into fostering hatred, prejudice and bigotry while supporting countries and groups who call for Israel’s total destruction.”

Chavez and his government have resorted to implicit and explicit anti-Semitic displays, including rehashing the ancient canard of Jewish control, blaming Israel and the Jews for the world’s problems, and adopting anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish financial influence.
Recently, in a series of public statements on Israel’s war with Hezbollah, Chavez repeatedly compared Israel to the Nazis and Hitler, and in speaking to his own people he has on at least one occasion dabbled in classical anti-Semitic canards:

* Israel was committing genocide in Lebanon and its leaders should be held responsible and should be judged by an international tribunal. The Israelis criticize Hitler but have done something worse.” August 25, 2006.

* This fascism is something similar to what Hitler did: bombard cities, kill innocent children, women and men, and destroy the infrastructure of people.” July 26, 2006

* The world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendents of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants of the same ones that kicked Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way over there in Santa Marta, in Colombia.

* A minority has taken possession of all the wealth in the world — December, 24, 2005.

Chavez has strengthened and formed new alliances with extreme leaders in the Middle East, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Chavez also has fostered relationships with convicted guerrilla terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez (a.k.a. “Carlos the Jackal”) and Holocaust denier Norberto Ceresole of Argentina.

Anti-Semitism is routinely found in Venezuela’s government-sponsored press, with stereotypical descriptions and caricatures of Jews and anti-Israel invective appearing in opinion pieces and editorial cartoons.

And so the modern day Hitlers speak. They speak with confidence and zeal and their words and ideas are being willing embraced by their followers. They are not afraid of international recriminations, nor are they afraid of global isolation. We hear of no leaders of the free world taking the podium to condemn the statements of tyrants and despots, nor do we hear an international outcry against anti-Semitic incidents be they in Paris, New York, Teheran or Caracas.

The world remains silent as anti-Semitic diatribes and actions reach hitherto unknown proportions. The Jewish people and the State of Israel are alone. Our only ally has been and will always be the Almighty G-d of Israel. During these critical times for the Jewish people, it would behoove us all to resolve to become closer to G-d. It is time to understand that with each passing moment our very survival as a people and as a nation is in dire jeopardy. It is time to reach out in sincere prayer and supplication before G-d. It is time to return to Torah. It is time to sanctify G-d’s name through Jewish strength, power and pride. It is time to place our fear only in G-d and not in the nations of the world. Let us remember and utter the words of King David (Psalms 5), “Hashem, guide me in your righteousness because of my watchful enemies; make straight before me Your way.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Psalm 128 and 129, A Song of Ascents.

Monday, November 27th, 2006

1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways.

2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.

4 Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.

5 May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,

6 and may you live to see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel.

1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth — let Israel say-

2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.

3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.

4 But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.

6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;

7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands, nor the one who gathers fill his arms.

8 May those who pass by not say, “The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.”

Psalm 128 and 129.

Slimy Pali Terrorist Violate Cease Fire Again

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Reuters (called Al-Reuters on this blog, due to their complete “glossing” over of terrorist acts against Israel) calls this article “Olmert, in peace move, says ready to free prisoners”, which, much to my horror, is exactly what he wants to do. How can Israel follow this man? But I digress…
The article should be called “Slimy Pali Terrorist Violate Cease Fire Again”.
Check this out:
Within hours of Olmert’s address, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets into the Israeli border town of Sderot, despite a ceasefire declared on Sunday.
Same song and dance as usual from the Slimy Pali Terrorist, from Abbas on down.

SDE BOKER, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is ready to release many jailed Palestinians in return for a soldier seized by militants in June, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced on Monday, saying he was reaching out for peace.

In a major policy speech, Olmert offered to ease travel restrictions on Palestinians and free up frozen funds if violence against Israel ended. He repeated his readiness to give up some occupied land for an eventual peace agreement.

“We are ready and willing to pursue this path, and persevere until we reach the sought-after solution,” Olmert said.

Within hours of Olmert’s address, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets into the Israeli border town of Sderot, despite a ceasefire declared on Sunday. Nobody was hurt.

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, part of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, claimed responsibility for the attack, which followed the killing of two Palestinians in an Israeli raid in the West Bank, where a truce is not in effect.

“In response to the prime minister extending his hand in peace, we see what some Palestinian factions are giving in return,” Olmert spokeswoman Miri Eisin said.

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Letting Suicide Bombers Speak for Themselves

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Here is a very interesting article about what a French film maker discovered when he interviewed thwarted homicide bombers.

Sixteen-year old Hassan is deeply frustrated because he was caught by Israeli police before he could blow himself up among a crowd of Israeli civilians.

“If I had been killed, my mother would call it a blessing,” he says. “My family and 70 relatives would have gone to paradise, and that would be a great honor for me.”

Hassan is one of more than a dozen Palestinian suicide bombers captured before they could carry out their missions and interviewed in the documentary Suicide Killers by French-Jewish filmmaker Pierre Rehov.

The movie’s subtitle, “Paradise is Hell,” is a deliberate allusion and counterpoint to last year’s Oscarnominated Palestinian drama Paradise Now, which some critics charged “humanized” and even glorified its two suicide bombers.

The prison interviews of Suicide Killerswill leave most viewers shaken, not because of the ferocity of the would-be terrorists, but because of their calmness and the certitude of their convictions.

No regrets or second thoughts are apparent, except for the failure of their missions, with the female terrorists in particular displaying a truly frightening serenity.

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It is Rehov’s thesis that although the Israeli occupation, poverty, frustration at checkpoints and a desire to avenge Palestinian deaths may all contribute to convincing young men and women to
strap on explosive belts, the real causes behind such acts lie much deeper.

He identifies two psychological factors he says are key to the formation of the terrorist mindset, both of which he argues are inherent in Islamic belief and practice: a high degree of sexual frustration and a deep sense of humiliation and wounded pride.

Rehov’s conclusions, which he says are rejected out of hand as “politically incorrect” in Europe, are borne out to a considerable extent by the prisoners’ own words and the commentaries of Arab, Israeli and other experts interviewed in the film.

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A sense of shame is another major motivating factor for aspiring terrorists, according to Rehov. “It is bad enough that the infidel West is superior in technology and wealth, but to have been defeated by Jews, whom Muslims have held in contempt for centuries, is the utmost humiliation,” he said.

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Another Player in the End Times Moves into Position

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Iraq has requested a restoration of diplomatic ties with Syria, and has been invited to a summit in Iran. The nations of the Middle East continue to align themselves exactly as predicted in the Bible, as a predecessor to the return of Jesus and the end times. Christians, repent of your sins, rededicate yourself to the Lord and keep looking up. Time is short.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – After nearly a quarter-century of severed ties, Iraq said Monday it will resume diplomatic relations with neighboring Syria — a move seen as a possible step toward stemming some of the unrelenting violence, which claimed another 100 lives.

The Iraqi and Syrian presidents also received invitations from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a weekend summit in Tehran to tackle the chaos in Iraq, Iraqi lawmakers said. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s spokesman said his boss would attend but that Syrian President Bashar Assad would not. The invitation was thought to be an attempt by Iran to counter U.S. influence in the region.

The announcement of restored Iraqi-Syrian ties came during a groundbreaking visit to Baghdad by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, who was challenged over Damascus’ role in supporting the Sunni insurgency.

“We object to any neighboring country that allows itself to be a base or a transit point for the terrorist groups that harm Iraq,” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said after meeting with the Syrian envoy.

Al-Maliki told Moallem that Damascus should not let its disputes with the United States be played out in Iraq, where the chaos and bloodshed has become “a danger that threatens all, not Iraq only.”

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Pali Terrorist Break Four Hour Old Truce, Israel Shows Restraint

Monday, November 27th, 2006

As usual, the slimy pali terrorist agree to a truce with one hand while continuing attacks on innocent Israeli civilians with the other. As usual, Israel gives them the benefit of the doubt and shows restraint. Same story, same song, second verse, same as the first, blah, blah blah.
In case anyone has missed it, here is the real story.
Pali terrorist want the ultimate destruction of Israel and the genocide of all Jews, no matter what. All actions of the pali terrorist, and the Arab/Muslim word as a whole, are aimed at achieving this end. Period. End of Story. Do you get it now?
Of course the pali loving AP titles the story “Gaza cease-fire raises hopes for peace”, instead of what it should have been titled; “Pali Terrorist Break Cease-fire, Again”.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Rocket fire from Gaza died down Sunday after a daybreak cease-fire, raising hopes for an end to five months of bloody destruction and a new opening toward peace talks.

The surprise truce was supposed to take effect at 6 a.m., but in the four hours that followed, 11 rockets were fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and villages and some Palestinian militants threatened to keep up the attacks. (of course. -ed.)

Israel did not retaliate, saying it wanted to give the truce a chance. (as usual. -ed)

“Even though there are still violations of the cease-fire by the Palestinian side, I have instructed our defense officials not to respond, to show restraint, and to give this cease-fire a chance to take full effect,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said during a ceremony at a high school in southern Israel.

Rivals Hamas and Fatah, the two main factions in the Palestinian government, also publicly backed the truce and by nightfall, it appeared to take hold. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the ruling Hamas movement said he had contacted the leaders of all Palestinian factions Sunday and they reassured him they were committed to the cease-fire.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, who has been pressing for a reopening of peace talks with Israel, ordered his security forces to patrol the Gaza border on Sunday to stop rocket attacks. Security officers fanned out across northern Gaza, taking up positions at major intersections with orders to stop anyone suspicious and the salvos stopped by the afternoon.

“The instructions are clear. Anyone violating the national agreement will be considered to be breaking the law,” said Lt. Gen. Abdel Razek Mejaidie, Abbas’ security adviser. (yeah right. -ed.)

Battle-hardened Israelis and Palestinians were wary, having seen similar truces and peace efforts disintegrate and slip back into violence.

In the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, the source of most of the rocket fire and target of punishing Israeli reprisals, Rafik Gaish was bitter because the Israelis tore up his fields.

“My potatoes were apparently launching rockets,” the farmer scoffed. “We are for this agreement, we want peace — but what will stop the Jews?” (keep the slimy pali terrorist from firing rockets from your potato patch and I bet the Israelis won’t tear it up. -ed)

Many residents of Beit Hanoun returning to their damaged homes after the Israeli withdrawal lashed out in anger.

“The Israelis need no pretext to cause destruction, for killing and bloodshed,” said Ayoub Kafarna, 65. “Nothing can compensate us for our losses.” (nothing can compensate Israel for hers either. -ed)

Just 1 1/2 miles away and across the border fence, many of the 22,000 residents of the working-class Israeli town of Sderot, targeted by hundreds of rockets from Gaza, were pessimistic.

“I was optimistic, but that optimism lasted only a few minutes until another rocket landed,” 20-year-old Neta Ammar said Sunday after two homes near hers were struck.

“It’s a joke,” said Dudu Cohen, a 37-year-old convenience store owner in Sderot. “There is no one to talk to on the other side, there is no one to have a cease-fire with.”

If the truce holds, it would be a coup for Abbas who has been trying for months to end the violence in Gaza that has killed 300 Palestinians, scores of them civilians, and five Israelis.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni stressed the need to follow the truce with diplomatic steps.

“History teaches us that if this kind of cease-fire with the Palestinians isn’t accompanied by something else, it will deteriorate,” she said.

The cease-fire was worked out late Saturday night when Abbas called Olmert with an agreement from Palestinian militant groups to halt rocket fire and other violence from Gaza.

Olmert pledged in turn to end the military offensive Israel launched in June after Hamas-linked militants from Gaza captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid. The soldier has not been seen since, but Hamas’ leader said Saturday he is still alive. (as usual, Olmert is giving away the farm, again. -ed.)

Word of the cease-fire came shortly after Hamas’ Damascus-based supreme leader Khaled Mashaal held several days of talks in Cairo with Egyptian mediators. Palestinian officials said those talks played a role in speeding up the agreement.

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“AND THE INSANITY RAGES ON” by Fern Sidman

Monday, November 27th, 2006

As Israelis continues to mourn those who have been killed by Kassam rocket attacks in Sderot and the western Negev region, the government of Israel has once again acquiesced to the voice of Hamas terrorism. Apparently, Israel learned few lessons during the summer of 2006 in its war with Hezbollah terrorists.

According to a report by Arutz Sheva on 11/26/06, “Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Saturday night agreed to withdraw all troops from the Gaza area and cease anti-terrorist actions in return for a halt to terrorist attacks from the region.” The report goes on to say that, “Two days ago, the government rejected a proposal by terrorist organizations that they halt rocket fire, but not other terrorist attacks, in return for a total halt to counter-terrorist actions by Israel throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The latest Palestinian Authority (PA) offer includes a ban on suicide bombings and other attacks but only from the Gaza area, and it does not mention the smuggling of arms and terrorists. Israel’s promise to stop retaliating against terrorists in the Gaza area also does not refer to similar activity in Judea and Samaria.”

It has also been reported that, “Between Friday and midnight Israeli time Saturday night, Arab terrorists had fired 12 rockets at the western Negev, one of which scored a direct hit on a Sderot house whose residents had gone elsewhere for the Jewish Sabbath. Saturday night’s cease fire agreement came hours after Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader based in Damascus, threatened a new and more violent Intifada if Israel does not give up in six months all parts of the country that were re-gained in the Six-Day War in 1967.”

So much for Hamas promises of a cease fire and so much for the promises made by the government of Israel to protect its citizens. The Kassam rockets will keep reigning down on Sderot and more Jews will be killed. Everyday life for the citizens of Sderot will eventually come to a complete halt. Hamas does not want “peace”. What they want is a break in the hostilities in order to re-arm, to give themselves more than ample time to continue their arms smuggling operations and to re-group for the next round of fighting. They need a break from Israel’s counter terrorist actions.

If all of this sounds familiar, we need only hearken back to the summer of 2006 when the hostilities emanated from Hezbollah in Lebanon. The deeply dug in and well fortified Hezbollah terrorists claimed a major victory over Israeli forces, yet southern Lebanon was devastated. Hezbollah also needed some breathing room to re-arm and re-build southern Lebanon. They needed a grace period to continue to shore up support from the Shiite population in Lebanon. And who, of course, was right there, waiting with bated breath to accommodate them? Under pressure from the United Nations and the world, it was Israel who readily acceded to Hezbollah’s demands. There is no question that all UN resolutions pertaining to peace in that region will be broken when Hezbollah is ready for a second round of fighting.

While Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, still remain captive by Hamas and Hezbollah, the Israeli government under the leadership of Ehud Olmert, has now seen fit to repeat the same mistakes with Hamas as it did with Hezbollah. According to an Arutz Sheva report of 11/26/06, “Hezbollah has re-armed to pre-war levels, according to TIME Magazine, fulfilling intelligence forecasts and negating government claims of a victory that severely weakened the terrorist group. The magazine confirmed numerous media reports since the United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution last August that Iran and Syria have been re-rearming Hezbollah. A recent British newspaper report quoted United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) troops that the terrorist group can operate freely at night, when the UNIFIL troops do not operate because of the danger. Smuggling of Iranian weapons from Syria to Hezbollah terrorists has been rampant since shortly after the ceasefire. The magazine cited western diplomats as disclosing that Hezbollah now has 20,000 missiles, twice the number acknowledged by the IDF admits.”

And so the insanity rages on. The same Israeli leadership that was responsible for Israel’s defeat by Hezbollah is now masterminding a similar plan for defeat of IDF forces in Gaza. How eager the government of Israel is to meet the demands of those who openly seek our destruction. In the days and weeks ahead, Hamas will also continue to double and triple their amount of Kassam rockets and the attacks will be evenly deadlier. Threats by Hamas leadership to escalate hostilities must be taken seriously. The leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah know that time is on their side.

While the abysmally ignorant and self hating Israeli government continues to concoct plans that will hasten the destruction of the State of Israel and its inhabitants, we as a people must recognize these actions as “wake up calls” from the Almighty G-d of Israel. We must know that the times that we are living in are indeed the times of ‘Chevlei Moshiach’, the birth pangs of our righteous Messiah. We must know that prophecy tells us that the star of Ishmael will rise before it falls and that these birth pangs can be long and excruciatingly painful or they can be short and abbreviated, yet it depends on us. Only through a sincere return to G-d, only through adherence to the commandments of the Torah can we emerge victorious. It is a time for us on both a personal and collective level to demonstrate Jewish pride. It is time to speak out against a government of Israel that has carefully crafted the demise of the Jewish State. It is time to vocalize our opposition to those in the international community who would pressure us to acquiesce to terrorism.

In the Torah portion that we read this past Shabbat, “Parshas Toldos”, we learn that while still in the womb; Jacob and Esau struggled mightily with each other. We learn that Jacob wanted to get out of the womb as soon as possible, not only to ensure that he had the birthright that rightfully belonged to him because he was formed first, but more urgently, he needed to separate himself from the evil that Esau represented. He needed to remove himself from being in close quarters with someone who personified rebellion and hatred towards Hashem and His Torah. So too, do we, the Jewish people need to recognize that we are surrounded by those who seek our destruction, those who are contemptuous of the ways of G-d, and those who embody foreign concepts that are in direct opposition to the concepts of our Torah. We, too, must separate ourselves from those insidious forces and forge a path of self preservation, a path of Jewish strength and power combined with the willingness to do the will of G-d.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Forgiveness of Sins

Friday, November 24th, 2006

17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins….” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

Luke 5:17-26 (New International Version)

Through Jesus we can find forgiveness for all of our sins. Only through a relationship with Jesus can this happen.
Accept Jesus and receive the salvation He has promised to all of us.

Miss Brussels Take on World Peace: “Israel must be wiped off the map”

Friday, November 24th, 2006

I thought beauty queens were supposed to be for helping the environment and poor people. I guess this one feels like genocide of the Jews is the best way to accomplish this.

Last September Halima Chehaïma, the 18-year old daughter of a Moroccan father and a Flemish mother, was elected Miss Brussels. Until next week Ms Chehaïma was also the absolute favorite of the bookmakers for the election of Miss Belgium next month. She was thought to be an excellent candidate to symbolize the multicultural paradise that Belgium has become. However, a girl’s dream was shattered.
Halima Chehaïma was a controversial candidate. Last October she stood for the Marxist-Leninist Labour Party in the local elections in Molenbeek, the predominantly Muslim Brussels borough where she lives. The party is so marginal that she did not get elected, but her declaration that Israel must be wiped off the map raised the eyebrows of the organizers of the Miss Belgium pageant. What really seems to have ruined her chances, however, is her connection with Bilal Ould Haj, a Belgian criminal of Moroccan origin.

Ould Haj, who has been convicted three times so far for armed robberies, is soon to stand trial for torturing the 84-year old Maria Reyntjes. When he broke into the latter’s home in November 2003 and found only 500 euros (650 dollars) he flew into a rage, broke the old lady’s legs with a hammer and set her hair on fire. At the time he was Chehaïma’s sweetheart, though she claims they were just friends.

Last July Ould Haj was able to escape from jail (easy in Belgium: he said he was someone else and was allowed to walk out). Meanwhile, however, Halima Chehaïma had fallen in love with an Albanian criminal. When Ould Haj encountered the Albanian last week the two men started quarrelling, whereupon the latter knifed the former twice in the neck. Ould Haj survived the assault, was taken to hospital and arrested. The police are currently investigating whether Miss Brussels had been visiting Ould Haj in his Brussels hide-out and whether she helped to keep him out of their hands.

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Christian converts on trial in Turkey

Friday, November 24th, 2006

More intolerance from the so-called Religion of Peace and Tolerance (aka Islam).

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Two men who converted to Christianity went on trial Thursday for allegedly insulting “Turkishness” and inciting religious hatred against Islam, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The trial opened just days before a visit to Turkey by Pope Benedict XVI. During his visit, the pontiff is expected to discuss improved religious rights for the country’s tiny Christian minority who complain of discrimination.

Hakan Tastan, 37, and Turan Topal, 46, are accused of making the insults and of inciting hate while allegedly trying to convert other Turks to Christianity. If convicted, the two Turkish men could face up to nine years in prison.

The men were charged under Turkey’s Article 301, which has been used to bring charges against dozens of intellectuals — including Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk.

The law has widely been condemned for severely limiting free expression and European officials have demanded Turkey change it as part of reforms to join the EU.

They also are charged under a law against inciting hatred based on religion.

Prosecutors accuse the two of allegedly telling possible converts that Islam was “a primitive and fabricated” religion and that Turks would remain “barbarians” as long they continued practicing Islam, Anatolia reported.

The prosecutors also accused them of speaking out against the country’s compulsory military service, and compiling databases on possible converts.

Tastan and Topal denied the accusations in court.

“I am a Turk, I am a Turkish citizen. I don’t accept the accusations of insulting ‘Turkishness,'” Anatolia quoted Tastan as telling the court. “I am a Christian, that’s true. I explain the Bible … to people who want to learn. I am innocent.”

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog!

Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:3-5 (New International Version)

On the eve of Thanksgiving, let’s continue to offer praises to the Lord for all the wonderful things He has done for us. We, particularly those of us in the United States, have so much to be thankful for.
In the Days of the Kings of Israel, the Psalmist would go to the temple to offer praise to God. He would enter into the gates of the inner court to offer his praises to God.
Jesus tells us that wherever two of join together, He is there.
Tonorrow when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, give a thought to what the Lord has done for you and the ones you love.

“The Last of The Last Days” by Michael G. Mickey

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

According to an Agape Press article, more than 3.3 million consumers now use biometric technology to pay for their purchases, prompting Pastor Chuck Smith to state recently that “this development clearly illustrates that we are one step closer to what is described in the Book of Revelation.” Smith additionally stated that “this should be yet another wake-up call from God that we are in the last of the last days. We already know of eye-identification scanning devices and other technology [identification chips for pets, GPS technology] that clearly shows us this.”

The last of the last days? Amen, Pastor Smith! As I write this commentary, I am so bogged down with information of end times significance that I can honestly state that I don’t believe it’s possible for me to accurately reflect the volume of events taking place in the world today that are SCREAMING that Jesus Christ is coming soon! In fact, I ask all my readers to remember me in prayer in that regard as I am often very troubled in my soul that there are things going on I can’t get out on the site due to the finite properties of my life! Between work, family, the everyday issues of life, and RaptureAlert.com, I’m often busier than I want to be but joyfully busy as our Lord is coming soon!

So, what can I tell you about today that I have been slow to get out but badly wanted to? A few things so please bear with me as I take you on a whirlwind of an end times commentary – a bit of this, that and the other thing!

Homosexuality isn’t a matter of choice? Jesus isn’t the only way?

Recently, the Episcopal Church USA appointed its first female presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts-Schori. Just when you thought the Episcopal Church USA couldn’t possibly do any worse than it had done recently in upholding the Word of God, this was the icing on the cake! Why do I make that statement? Because Jefferts has said that she doesn’t consider Jesus Christ to be the only way to God and that she believes God makes some people “gay.”

Jefferts on Jesus being the only way to heaven: “It’s this sense that one person can have the fullness of truth in him or herself, rather than understanding that truth is — like God — more than any one person can encompass.”

Jesus, in Jefferts’ view, couldn’t have the fullness of truth in Himself because its just more than any one person can encompass! That would, of course, be true if Jesus was merely a person, but He isn’t! Jesus Christ was God when He walked on this earth in the flesh and He is God today! Does Jefferts not know this? If so, maybe I have hope to become the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys! I don’t actually know anything about coaching an NFL team, but I know you can score touchdowns. That should be good enough to get the job for me if Bill Parcells doesn’t work out, right? Maybe if the Episcopal Church USA owned them instead of Jerry Jones!

On homosexuality, Jefferts believes God makes some people gay and believes “the Church should offer what she calls “a sacramental container” to help homosexuals find “holy ways of living in relationship.””

I’ve got just the answer for her! Homosexuals can find a holy way of living in relationship without the Episcopals offering that sacramental container for them.

Here’s my plan: Those who are practicing homosexual lifestyles outside of the will of God could, in what apparently has become a radical way of thinking in these end times, simply leave their sinful practices behind in obedience of God. Amazing, huh? They could repent of their sinful lifestyle which is 100% forbidden in the Word of God, accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and go out and find a member of the opposite sex to be involved with romantically. Yes, that can be done, as plenty of people involved with Exodus International can and do testify to having done!

In fairness, Jefferts and the Episcopals aren’t the only ones who have maverick Christian leaders willing to condone what God has forbidden. As a Baptist, it was all I could do to force myself through an editorial by a so-called Baptist minister recently. Oliver “Buzz” Thomas, the “minister” in question, wrote an editorial entitled “When religion loses its credibility”.

Based on what I read, I hope good ole “Buzz” will buzz right out of the Baptist church if he’s unwilling to repent of his apostasy and head on over to the Jefferts camp where he will find his ramblings more acceptable! Either that or he could do the whole Christian world a favor and hush his mouth altogether – an even better alternative!

The Oliver “Buzz” Thomas commentary opens with the following introductory comments and goes downhill from there:

What if Christian leaders are wrong about homosexuality? I suppose, much as a newspaper maintains its credibility by setting the record straight, church leaders would need to do the same:

Correction: Despite what you might have read, heard or been taught throughout your churchgoing life, homosexuality is, in fact, determined at birth and is not to be condemned by God’s followers.

God’s followers are not to condemn what God himself has called abomination? I’m thinking “Buzz” needs to ease up on whatever it is he’s smoking! Who knows? Maybe that’s why they call him “Buzz.”

“Buzz” writes, in a later part of his apostasy-laden diatribe:

For many of gay America’s loudest critics, the results are unthinkable. First, no more football. At least not without gloves. Handling a pig skin is an abomination. Second, no more Saturday games even if you can get a new ball. Violating the Sabbath is a capital offense according to Leviticus. For the over-40 crowd, approaching the altar of God with a defect in your sight is taboo, but you’ll have plenty of company because those menstruating or with disabilities are also barred.

The truth is that mainstream religion has moved beyond animal sacrifice, slavery and the host of primitive rituals described in Leviticus centuries ago. Selectively hanging onto these ancient proscriptions for gays and lesbians exclusively is unfair according to anybody’s standard of ethics. We lawyers call it “selective enforcement,” and in civil affairs it’s illegal.

In the above, “Buzz” uses the tired tactic of trying to place those of us living under the New Covenant back under levitical law. This is the usual tactic utilized by apostates like him to make adherence to the teachings of the Word of God illogical and, particularly, to make it seem that God is “evolving” with man into a more modern set of moral and sexual standards for judging us. Well, “Buzz” couldn’t be more wrong because it is written, as seen in Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

We no longer live under levitical law nor are we judged by it since Jesus Christ died on the cross to make atonement for our sins. While the matter of pig handling has been dealt with, homosexuality remains forbidden, as seen in the New Testament. As seen below, Sodom and Gomorrah, not once but TWICE is referred to as an example unto those who would choose to live their lives in the manner the Sodomites did in the future!

2nd Peter 2:6: And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

Jude 1: 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.

When religion, particularly Christianity, loses its credibility, it’s when wolves in sheep’s clothing like Oliver “Buzz” Thomas turn their backs on the clear teachings of Scripture, enabling those who are already deceived and desperately lost in sin to continue to practice their sin without condemnation or conviction, endangering their eternal souls!

Elton John believes all organized religion should be banned, but why?

Did you hear that Elton John, a “married” homosexual, believes “organized religion should be banned because it promotes homophobia and turns some people into “hateful lemmings?” That’s true, according to a Reuters report wherein he explains his position by stating, “Religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it is not really compassionate.”

First of all, as a Christian, I am neither afraid of homosexuals nor filled with hatred toward them. Many of them, quite frankly, are kinder than some people I’ve sat next to in church on Sunday mornings in various periods of my life so why would I be afraid of them or hate them?

When Elton John pretends he is treated hastily by participants in “organized religion”, likely an indirect reference to Christianity, he forgets that most people, in every society globally, do not believe that homosexuality is moral, regardless of their religious background. Even so, millions upon millions of people, of many varied faiths no less, buy his records in droves.

Why does Elton John really want “religion” banned? Because he knows, somewhere deep within his darkened heart, that God Himself, not any religion of any sort, has forbidden his lifestyle and he is accountable to Him! If tomorrow all organized religion was banned as he would like, Elton John would still have his conscience seared and feel as though he is an outcast because of his God-given conscience!

Again, as stated earlier, homosexuality is a forbidden sin, as seen in the New Testament, 1st Corinthians 6:9-10, which states:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

At this point I want to interject that it may seem I’m really tearing into homosexuality today. I admit it must seem that way, but I want any practicing homosexual who reads this to know one important thing, which is revealed in 1st Corinthians 6:11, the very verse after the two previous ones used in this commentary: There are many on their way to heaven today who were once on their way to hell, having lived lives that were, in many cases, just like those described above!

1st Corinthians 6:11: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

It is the absolute duty of every Christian to affirm the Word of God and that can be hurtful to the one who is caught up in a lifestyle of sin. In spite of this, no Christian who loves you, TRULY loves you, will tickle your ears with what you want to hear. Rather, the Christian who loves you will tell you what sin is, why you need to come out of it, and how you can get on the road to heaven by being saved! Again, the truth can hurt, but only truth can free you from the bonds of sin and set you on the path to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Why ban organized religion when you can just edit/desecrate the Word of God?

1st Timothy 4:1-2: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

A recent WorldNetDaily article tells us there’s a new version of the Word of God in town and it ain’t pretty! The article opens as follows:

A new publication of the Bible by a Dutch organization could take a lot of the stress out of reading the Holy Book’s instructions for contemporary Christians, according to its publisher.

That’s because those troublesome verses about justice for the poor, responsibility for the rich to address their neighbors’ needs, and all that talk about money, are gone. Not just edited out, cut out.

That’s right, Christians! Why allow yourself to be “stressed out” by the unedited Word of God when you can get a stress-free Bible? God help us!

There is even a bible coming out that Elton John may endorse, as seen in a Catholic World News article.

Released by a group of 52 biblical “specialists”, the bible this article refers to includes “inclusive language” and “political correctness.” The “specialists” AKA apostates who devised it have replaced some of the more “divisive” teachings of Christianity in order to present a “more just language” for feminists and homosexuals. What’s next? I wouldn’t be surprised, if the Lord delays His coming much longer, to see the day come when we’ll be able to head down to the nearest bookstore and get a custom-designed bible. I can see how it would go now…

“Excuse me, sir. Can I help you find anything?”

“Well, I’m looking for a Bible.”

“What kind of Bible?”

“I’m looking for the version that lets me go to heaven as long as I go to church for weddings, funerals, on Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day.”

“We’re selling a lot of those, sir. I’ll have to check in the back to see if we have any more LSCVs left.

“LSCVs? What does that stand for?”

“The Lip Service Christian Version.”

The Pope’s thirsty for a big glass of Islam?

According to a Reuters report, a Muslim philosopher recently stated that “Pope Benedict is no expert on Islam but has a real thirst for understanding the religion and conducting a sincere dialogue with its followers.”

I’m not going to say a great deal about this other than to suggest that the Pope doesn’t even understand the Bible enough to be moving on to the Koran! If he did, he’d tell his followers to stop praying to Mary and church-designated saints instead of Christ as not one of the Roman Catholic Church’s saints nor Mary has the slightest authority to answer prayers! Likewise, the Catholic priesthood needs to get out of their confessionals and point their followers to an altar of prayer where they can get in contact with the only mediator between God and man who can forgive them of their sins, Christ Jesus! (1st Timothy 2:5)

I don’t know why I should even be surprised that the Pope is thirsty for some Islamification. After all, the Vatican is all for Israel giving up its covenant lands to its enemies in mockery of the Word of God, as seen in a Zenit article.

The Vatican delegation “remains convinced of the two-state solution as the basis for the resolution of the crisis, which would permit Israelis to live in security in their own land and Palestinians to live safely in a viable state of their own,” Archbishop Migliore said.

The Vatican may as well ask for the advent of the Antichrist to occur! Surely, these must be the last of the last days!

The environment? Less than good!

Romans 8:22-23: For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

There are many who believe global warming is a myth, cooked up in part to bring about the new world order to come. I do have some evidence to support the latter, but the fact remains that if all the environmental woes present in the news of our world today are smaller parts of a larger new world order conspiracy, there are are many, many scientists involved in the plot.

Consider the following tidbits from the news demonstrative of an environment potentially on the verge of collapse:

*Fox News: Earth’s recent warming trend might in part be due to a lack of starlight reaching our planet.

*Fox News: All Commercial Seafood Species May Collapse by 2048.

*BBC: The world is the warmest it has been in the last 12,000 years.

*AP: Many species of shark are facing a serious threat to their existence.

*Reuters: Immediate steps are needed to avert a potential catastrophe as climate change dries up water resources in drought affected areas.

*USA TODAY: The world’s oceans are becoming more acidic, which poses a threat to sea life and Earth’s fragile food chain.

*Reuters: Unchecked climate change could drive up to 72 per cent of the world’s bird species into extinction.

*Fox News: NOAA Report Indicates No Let-Up in Warming of Arctic.

*Fox News: Far More Polar Bear Cubs Dying in Alaska.

*AP: Animal and plant species have begun dying off or changing sooner than predicted because of global warming.

Call me crazy if you will (and some do), but it’s looking more and more like we’re living in the last of the last days. That’s why I’m happy to be working at a sometimes feverish pace, trying to get as much evidence out to a lost and dying world as I possibly can, and sounding the alert that Jesus Christ is coming soon as loudly as I can!

Care to join me? I could use the help!

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“Does God Exist?” by Jack Kinsella

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

While almost ninety-percent of Americans, according to the CIA World Fact Book, identify themselves as Christians, a new Harris Poll found that almost half of Americans aren’t sure that God even exists, according to a British newspaper.

Asked whether or not they are absolutely certain of the existence of God, 42 percent of US adults said they were not.

Less than one-third of all adults believe that God “controls what happens on Earth” – a figure which includes just over half of ‘Born Again’ Christians.

Women (62%) are more likely than men (54%) to express certainty as are African Americans (71%) compared to Hispanics (61%) and Whites (57%).

But the public is almost equally divided between those who think of God as male (36%) and “neither male nor female” (37%), with 10 percent saying “both male and female.” Only one percent thinks of God as female.

Broken down by groups, 76 percent of Protestants, 64 percent of Catholics and 30 percent of Jews said they are “absolutely certain” there is a God while 93 percent of Christians who describe themselves as “Born Again” feel certain God exists.

But the conclusions one reaches depends in how you read the poll. That 42% overall figure ‘who aren’t sure’ includes 15 percent who are “somewhat certain,” 11 percent who think there is probably no God and 16 percent who are not sure. Remove the words ‘absolutely certain’ and one ends up with the same 89% listed in the CIA World Fact Book.

Moreover, turn the poll around and it reveals that some 58% of Americans ARE ‘absolutely certain’ that God exists.

Bible prophecy provides almost daily proof to this generation of the existence of God. No human being, or group of human beings, could possibly outline the future, starting at the end, and working back to the beginning, and maintain an accuracy rate of 100%.

About a quarter of the Bible deals with future events, many of which were fulfilled in the life and times of Jesus Christ and providing us with an historical track record.

In this generation, ancient Bible prophecies for the last days, starting with the restoration of the Jews to the Land of Israel, have taken form and substance as part of the daily news.

There exists today a revived form of the old Roman Empire prophesied by Daniel. The Gog-Magog Alliance was foretold by Ezekiel. His prophecy foresaw and alliance between Iran, Russia, the Mediterranean Islamic world in a war against Israel and even included the probable use of nuclear weapons.

The Bible foretold the existence of a global economy, including a reference to a cashless, electronic society in which everyone’s economic transactions and individual movements would be tracked and controlled.

The Bible foretold the existence of a vast, eastern military power of 200 million men, (in John’s day, the population of the known world) that would arise in the last days.

The Bible predicted that the most intractable political problem facing world leaders would revolve around the ownership of the city of Jerusalem.

The Bible also outlined the last days of the Church Age, describing them as ‘perilous times’ to be a Christian. It follows with a description of the social conditions as they would exist in the last generation before the return of Christ for His Church.

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” (2 Timothy 3:3-5)

The proof of God’s existence is all around us. The earth’s perfect distance from the sun, the unique chemical properties of water, the human brain, DNA, the number of people who attest to knowing God, the gnawing in our hearts and minds to determine if God is there, the willingness for God to be known through Jesus Christ.

But to my thinking, the most powerful evidence of the existence of God is the effort to deny Him. Reading the Harris Poll accurately, one finds that 58% of Americans are “absolutely certain” of God’s existence and that only eleven percent are “absolutely certain” that He does not.

But that eleven percent have been able to banish God from the public arena, remove His influence from politics and the judiciary, turn Creationism into a myth and elevate the theory of evolution to the status of ‘fact’, and paint all American Christians as hate-mongers.

Think about it. The Bible says that Satan is the ‘prince and power of the air’ — and the airwaves are more or less completely under his control. Consider the way this poll was itself presented.

Ekklesia UK headlined its story “In God We Trust?” The focus wasn’t on the 58% who are absolutely certain that God exists, but rather on those who were ‘somewhat certain’ and those who ‘weren’t sure’ lumping them together with the 11% who said there is ‘probably’ no God to make it appear that America is 42% atheist.

“Polls have often reported that Americans are much more likely to believe in God than people in most other developed countries, particularly in Europe. However, the new Harris Poll finds that 42 percent of all U.S. adults say they are not “absolutely certain” there is a God.”

I couldn’t find any news reports about this poll that presented it from the more positive perspective that 6 in 10 Americans are ‘absolutely sure’ God exists. That’s because the ‘prince and power of the air’ remains in control.

If God really doesn’t exist, then why so much effort to prove the negative? Why should unbelievers care about a ‘mythical’ God so much that they would go to such lengths to banish Him from our public discourse?

Nobody is running polls among adults to ask them if they believe in the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus.

(And if they did, the headline wouldn’t focus on the minority who said that they did and then present it as evidence the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are real.)

So, I ask again; why so much effort to prove a negative? The only logical reason is because God is real. If He wasn’t, then the battle wouldn’t be so fierce. The debate wouldn’t be so divisive. There are no headline-making polls about the existence of Buddha. And nobody would dare question the existence of Allah. (They are not a threat to the prince and power of the air.)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The prince and power of the air knows that Name. That’s why he works so hard to keep anybody else from learning it.

Nobody fights that hard against a myth.

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Israel to Probe Cluster Bomb Use

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

And latest “hate Israel” piece from the BBC (Biased Broadcasting Corporation).

The Israeli army is to investigate the way cluster bombs were used during the recent conflict with Hezbollah.

The chief of the defence staff has said he prohibited the wide use of the munitions during the conflict.

But human rights observers in southern Lebanon say up to a million “bomblets” were left in the country after the war.

Israel’s decision came as a new Amnesty International report called for a UN-led probe into the conduct of Israel and Hezbollah during the conflict.

Amnesty’s report said Israeli attacks into Lebanon were “indiscriminate and disproportionate”.

It also criticised Israel for its apparent use of cluster bombs during the final days of fighting.

A separate report by UN investigators – the Human Rights Council – accused Israel of flagrant human rights violations during the conflict, saying the using of cluster munitions was a deliberate tactic.

Israel has already dismissed the report’s findings as one-sided.

More than 20 Lebanese people have been killed by the bomblets since the end of the conflict.

Israel has previously insisted that it uses munitions only in accordance with international law.

Now check this out:

Civilian cover

The pressure groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both criticised Israel for firing cluster bombs into southern Lebanon during the 34-day conflict.

In its latest report, Amnesty asserts that civilians on both sides bore the brunt of the fighting.

As well as highlighting the issue of cluster bombs, Amnesty found that Hezbollah hid Katyusha rockets among civilians and often fired them into Israel from the cover of civilian villages.

But researchers found no evidence that Hezbollah actually used civilians as human shields during the fighting.

Do what??? What exactly does Amnesty call hiding rockets among civilians?
I believe that most rational people will call hiding rockets among civilians as using them as human shields.
It’s amazing the lengths people will go to in order to demonize Israel. Not surprising for this Christian, because the Bible warns us this will happen, but still amazing that they can’t see how stupid comments like these make them look.

Wal-Mart Relents, Boycott Called Off

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

The American Family Association is dropping its planned boycott of Wal-Mart for Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, after the corporation said it would clean up its corporate relationships.

“Respect for the individual is one of the core values that have made us into the company we are today. We take pride in the fact that we treat every customer, every supplier and every member of our individual communities fairly and equally,” the company said in a statement on its Wal-Mart Facts website late today.

“Wal-Mart will not make corporate contributions to support or oppose highly controversial issues unless they directly relate to our ability to serve our customers,” the company said.

The AFA immediately suggested to its constituents, who had been asked to boycott the retailer on what often is the single-most important day for retailers in their fiscal year, that they send the company a ‘Thank you.’

“You have made a difference!” the AFA said. “(We) are pleased with this announcement.”

The family-friendly association, along with other groups, had launched the protest campaign because of Wal-Mart’s new affiliation with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and several other actions families viewed as less-than-friendly.

“Wal-Mart does not have a position on same sex marriage and we do not give preference to gay or lesbian suppliers. Wal-Mart does have a strong commitment to diversity among our associates and against discrimination everywhere,” the company said.

“We are working hard to make our corporate contributions reflect the values of our customers, communities, and associates. As Sam Walton said, ‘Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community,” the company statement said.

AFA officials said because of the company’s announcement, they would no longer encourage people to not shop at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club Friday and Saturday. Those days immediately after Thanksgiving often mean the difference between a good year or bad for a retailer.

“We believe that Wal-Mart will remain neutral in cultural battles,” the AFA statement said.

The association, as WND reported, was among the first of several to issue calls intended to get the attention of the retail chain.

Just in the past few days, another group decided to launching an “information explosion” intended to tell the tens of millions of customers at Wal-Mart Friday that some of their dollars will be going to support a group that works to discriminate against Christians with “hate crimes” legislation and wants marriage expanded to involve same-sex couples.

“We’re out to help an old friend. Wal-Mart has been a friend of ours for a long, long time,” said Flip Benham, the director of Operation Save America who is working to help coordinate the new efforts by the www.SaveWalMart.com outreach.

The AFA had said its boycott effort was to wake Wal-Mart up.

“Wal-Mart should remember that the majority of people in this country do not support things like same-sex marriage, and don’t want the company giving money to groups that do support it,” American Family Association Chairman Donald E. Wildmon said earlier. “Shopping at retailers other than Wal-Mart might remind the company of that fact.”

The SaveWalMart.com plan was launched with a different agenda. It is to approach customers directly, to let them know about the company’s moral agenda, and to bring people together in a series of events that will convince the company to return to the values of founder Sam Walton.

Those were described in a recent WND column by Pat Boone, who knew Walton personally.

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‘God’ erased: Names of U.S. cities forced to be changed?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

As nut ball Michael Newdow continues to try to make a name for him by challenging the national motto and the Pledge of Allegiance, I’m still amazed that courts will give this man the time of day, let alone bring a lawsuit. Of course, let’s look at the venue…liberal California.
That says it all.

If a man who describes himself as an atheist but says the national motto “In God We Trust” violates his religious rights under his own “First Amendmist Church of True Science” wins his court case, the changes in the United States could be radical, according to a lawyer who filed briefs in support of the motto.

For example, a conclusion that anything referring to God or Christianity must be banned would mean a new name for Los Angeles, because that name can be interpreted as “The Angels,” according to Kevin Snider, chief counsel of the Pacific Justice Institute.

Sacramento, too, would disappear, because one couldn’t have a city called “The Sacraments,” he told WND in an interview.

The motto would have to disappear from U.S. coins, where it first was installed in the 1800s, and the precedent would just ripple from there, he said.

“We better take this one seriously,” constitutional attorney Herbert W. Titus told D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge ministry. “Otherwise, we’re going to see a very strong erosion of the references to God at the federal level.”

The radical elimination of those references already has been under way for some years, as WND reported in a story about the U.S. Supreme Court changing its official description of stone tablets in the artwork within the very chamber where decisions are delivered. As recently has 20 years ago they were officially the Ten Commandments. Now they are the Ten Amendments.

The lawsuit at issue was brought by Michael Newdow, who earlier challenged the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his claim in that situation, but it was on a technicality and Newdow has refiled the action, and Christian lawyers consider that still is at risk.

Newdow then also sued over the national motto, alleging it infringed on his rights, but the claims were turned back at the district court level, where Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. cited a 36-year-old appellate ruling and concluded that the national motto “has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion.”

That previous ruling said the motto’s “use is of a patriotic or ceremonial character and bears no true resemblance to a government sponsorship of a religious exercise.”

But the decision was appealed to the 9th Circuit, which had granted Newdow a favorable ruling in his earlier complaint over the Pledge of Allegiance. Now briefs have been filed supporting the district judge’s conclusion.

The U.S. Justice Department has submitted arguments because it was named as defendant in Newdow’s lawsuit and subsequent appeal, and the Pacific Justice Institute also asked to be added to the case on behalf of the defendants, and has submitted its arguments.

Snider told WND the Institute has argued that the earlier court rulings in such situations are worth considering, in that just because something is religious, that does not necessarily mean it violates the Establishment Clause.

“If it has a historical basis, and it’s purpose is for ceremony or for solemnizing events,” it is allowed, he noted.

The U.S. Constitution and other founding documents also reference rights being divinely endowed, and contain other acknowledgments of God, “so our position is the government can have a motto that is reflective of that,” he said.

Newdow has admitted that such situations do not require him to believe in God, but he told WND that he still wants to eradicate the historic motto in public places and instead install his own belief system that does not acknowledge God.

He said his goal is to have “the government treat everybody’s religious views equally,” even though when there are opposite views, such a goal is a technical impossibility.

Coins cannot, after all, be minted both with the motto and without the motto, a circumstance that might be considered treating belief systems “equally.”

Newdow told WND that the issue of the motto is an attempt for the government to do “exactly what the Establishment Clause is supposed to prevent.”

But Snider said the ripple effect would be massive, should the ultimate decision, which may be made by the U.S. Supreme Court, throw out the motto: Every cross in every national cemetery might have to be removed or changed into some other symbol, the Washington Monument’s reference to God could have to go, those Ten Commandment representations inside the U.S. Supreme Court Chamber could have to be removed.

Even the Constitution’s own reference that it was done “in convention … in the year of our Lord” 1787, apparently could be considered “unconstitutional” under that reasoning, observers said.

Newdow previously dismissed that reference as a “term of art.”

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Sing to the Lord with Praise and Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD :
“He is good; his love to Israel endures forever.”
And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Ezra 3:11 (New International Version)

Remember, as we draw closer to Thanksgiving, that we must not get so caught up in the holiday activities, that we forget to give thanks to the Lord for all that He has done for us this previous year.
Go to the Lord, just as the Israelites did in Ezra’s time, with a shout of praise and your heart filled with Thanksgiving!
Sing your praises to the Lord and glorify Him in every way!

Human Shields Pose Dilemma for Israel

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

As much as I hate to say this, human shields become legitimate targets if they are attempting to protect terrorist. If the terrorist were the least bit concerned for their women and children, they wouldn’t put them in harm’s way. That is Western thinking.
A Muslim woman is property. She is not worth consideration when compared to a man. That is Muslim thinking. Are y’all getting the picture here yet?

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – The Israeli army is facing the “difficult dilemma” of having to defend its own citizens while ensuring the safety of Palestinians civilians, an Israeli army officer said on Monday. Rockets continued to fall on southern Israel as she spoke.

Hundreds of Palestinian civilians gathered at the homes of two terrorists over the weekend, forming a human shield to prevent an Israeli attack on the men.

Israel follows a policy of telephoning the occupants of targeted houses in the Gaza Strip to warn them of impending air strikes so civilians will have time to get out. These are houses where weapons may be stored or where terror plots may be hatched.

Mohammed Baroud, a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, and another Hamas militant were warned on Saturday night that they had 30 minutes to leave their homes before an air strike.

But instead of leaving, they men called for crowds of civilians to stand outside as human shields to protect them. Hundreds of supporters, including women and armed men, gathered at the homes, shouting, “Death to Israel, Death to America.”

Israel was forced to call off its air strike.

Wait a minute. I thought the world said that Israel were evil killers who didn’t care who they hurt or killed. Yet they spared the lives of all these innocent women and children.
Hummm…this is confusing. I know I’ve heard about numerous times when slimy pali terrorist have specifically targeted civilian targets in Israel, such as malls, coffee shops, hospitals and such.
Could it be that the evil killers, who don’t care about who they hurt and kill, are the slimy pali terrorist, not the Israelis?

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