Archive for December 19th, 2006

“A Little Polonium 210 Goes a Long Way” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

The murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian spy, with a lethal dosage of polonium 210, has brought to mind the terrorist terror possessed by radioactive, biological, or chemical substances. Even though Litvinenko appears to be the single target of most likely Russian agents, British authorities have found traces of radioactive contamination in a dozen sites around London and in commercial jets carrying more than 33,000 people.

It only takes a very small amount of radioactive material to kill a person. The amount of Polonium that killed Litvinenko weighed less than a gram.

In order for Polonium 210 to be deadly, you need to inhale or ingest it. When Polonium is outside of the body, the skin and clothes serve as barriers to block the particles. Once Polonium gets into the body, the alpha particle emitted during nuclear decay causes destruction by tearing apart the cells’ molecular structure. It’s like having microscopic cowboys constantly firing their revolvers in all directions in your body.

Terrorists don’t need to have access to a reactor facility to obtain radioactive substances. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission tracks over 21,000 organizations that are licensed to use such materials.

In November 1995, rebels from Chechnya planted, but did not detonate, the first so-called dirty bomb in Moscow’s Izmailovo Park. The bomb consisted of dynamite and caesium-137 removed from cancer treatment equipment. Authorities were tipped off about its location and it was defused.

A radiological bomb is unlikely to cause many deaths. Its use would be more likely for psychological reasons. A bomb made from radioactive material would generate fear and mass panic. The threat of cancer and other radiation-related illnesses would have the most lasting effect. Additionally, the affected area would be very expensive to clean up. An attack in a city like New York would contaminate several city blocks, create fear, and require a cleanup with a price tag that would reach into the tens of billions of dollars.

Many terrorist experts believe a biological attack on the nation’s food supply is the most likely option for terrorists. It is said that about an 8-ounce vial of botulism toxin has enough poison to kill everyone on earth.

The E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce sold at Taco Bell restaurants demonstrates how easy it would be to introduce a pathogen into the food supply. While we now have armed guards at every airport, no security detail is watching every farm in America.

I truly believe we are reaching the point where we will see a terrorist attack of a spectacular nature. If man continues to ignore God’s warning, the Lord will eventually remove His hand of protection, and the dispensation of judgment will advance to the next level.

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy wit the brightness of his coming” (2 Thes. 2:6-8).

–Todd

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“The Yellowstone Supervolcano Is Bubbling!” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Middle East peace…blah blah blah! Land for peace…..blah blah blah! Same-sex marriage….blah blah blah! No Christmas trees allowed….blah blah blah! ACLU sues because of nativity scene…blah blah blah!

Meanwhile, as those who no longer fear the God of heaven and earth commit one sin against Him and His Word after another as though He is irrelevant in the affairs of mankind, especially inside the borders of the most blessed nation on the planet, the Yellowstone supervolcano, which could erupt and destroy the United States as a world power in one day LITERALLY, is bubbling up what could be trouble —- and possibly God’s hand of judgment against the mighty U.S.A.

The Billings Gazette is reporting the following in part (emphasis added mine):

Parts of the collapsed, restless volcano in Yellowstone National Park are swelling faster than has ever been recorded.

Geologists from the University of Utah say two domes inside the Yellowstone caldera have steadily inflated at two to three times the rate as some of the most rapid movements recorded between 1923 and 1984.

“We’ve gone to this really pronounced, and I would say unprecedented, uplift of the caldera,” said Bob Smith, a Utah geologist and one of the leading researchers into Yellowstone’s busy volcanic life.

Hello, America? Hellooooooo?

Anyone other than me thinking it’s time for this nation to hit its knees in repentance for joining in with the international community in calling for Israel to hand over its God-given covenant lands in the interest of a “peace” that those who would benefit from such a swap have no interest in in the first place as we just saw in Gaza and apparently learned nothing from?

Anyone other than me thinking it’s time for the Christian army in the United States of America to engage the ACLU in every fight it even mentions starting in relation to silencing the mention and respect of our God’s name in public?

Anyone thinking about the Holocaust of the unborn going on unimpeded in America every day with few people even caring that the most innocent of all human blood is being shed as a result of it?

Anyone other than me finding themselves wondering why God shouldn’t judge the most blessed nation on earth for embracing (more and more all the time) a sexual practice that the Father has forbidden and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and their residents for allowing to be practiced openly?

While I don’t believe the Yellowstone supervolcano is going to erupt on this side of the Rapture of the Church, it has been my thinking for some time, based on all I’ve read and seen on television, that the events resulting from a cataclysmic eruption of Yellowstone would be very similar to what we see recorded in Revelation 6:12-17 – a future event which will literally shake the world in the early Tribulation Period, getting the attention, albeit briefly, of all mankind, even the global elite:

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Did you think Mt. St. Helens was a big boom?

Am I being overly dramatic about Yellowstone and its potential involvement in end times prophecy? Here’s a portion of what the Discovery Channel has to say about Yellowstone’s destructive potential compared to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens:

The crater atop Mount St. Helens is about 2 square miles. The Yellowstone “caldera” — a depression in the Earth equivalent to a crater top — is some 1,500 square miles.

The 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption blew 1,300 vertical feet off the mountain, sent an eruption column 80,000 feet high in 15 minutes, ejected 1.4 billion cubic yards of ash detectable over 22,000 square miles, and killed 57 people.

But the last major eruption at Yellowstone, some 640,000 years ago, ejected 8,000 times the ash and lava of Mount St. Helens.

Mankind has elected to go his own way instead of God’s. That is a problem and a big one at that, especially if the Yellowstone supervolcano’s caldera is swelling at an alarming pace all of a sudden in preparation for the Tribulation Period to come, an event I am convinced is closer than most suspect, many of whom are Christians no less.

Yellowstone is bubbling and the King is coming! Keep looking up, Church!

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“Are Pastors to Blame for the Divorce Epidemic?” By Matt Friedeman

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

(AgapePress) – We have a divorce epidemic in America today. And I am wondering how much pastors are to blame.

I am of the school that thinks we usually put way too little expectation on the Church and its pastors for societal woes. When it comes to the institution of marriage, the vast majority of ministers have dropped the proverbial ball and by so doing have led the nation to the brink of disaster.

Too few of us (pastors, and I am one of them) take seriously the words “holy matrimony.” By failing to recognize the importance of this expression, we assume that anybody who wants to should be able to enter into it and with our blessing. After all, not to perform such ceremonies could cause congregational discord; so as people who make a living by the offerings of that congregation, we allow almost anything.

But is it possible for “holy matrimony” to exist when one or both potential spouses have no love relationship with the Lord? Do pastors query their young lovers about such matters? Or have we assumed that the pastoral office has no business barging into people’s lives on these all-important issues?

I recently heard a program on American Family Radio in which a number of family counselors were asked, “Would you marry a young couple that was determined not to have kids?” Having never considered that question, I listened intently on my side of the radio. To my astonishment, every counselor interviewed said they would not marry such a couple. After all, biblically, procreation is a God-ordained purpose of marriage.

Interestingly, I have never known a pastor to broach the subject, much less take such a stance.

Do church leaders require intense marital counseling? Not a couple of sessions and a blessing, but serious examination of a range of relational issues? I know that most do not, and by not training people for marriage we leave them vulnerable to a secular worldview that is less than successful when it comes to matrimony. Candid and pointed discussion about finances, family, conflict resolution, personality match, friends and interests, communication, religion and values, parenting issues, etc., should be considered an essential precursor to every church-sanctioned wedding ceremony.

Research suggests when such matters are responsibly addressed and the church demands significant commitments of those seeking marriage, the divorce rate substantially decreases. Where such matters are not taken seriously, Christian marriages mirror the culture at large: the breakdown of the family unit that threatens our very survival as a nation and a serious Christian community.

We pastors, and the churches we represent, are not to be “blessing machines” — throwing out words and sacraments willy-nilly to anyone who asks. For in the end, by adopting a low view of the Church, of the institution of marriage and of the pastoral office, we haven’t really blessed but most assuredly have cursed the people we intended to help.

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Teacher: NEA Uses School Safety Rhetoric to Push Homosexual Agenda

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

(AgapePress) – A former chairman of the National Education Association’s Ex-Gay Educators Caucus says the NEA is engaging in a “big misinformation campaign” with the goal of changing public opinion on homosexuality, starting with the youngest generation.

The NEA has unveiled a new web page [Caution: This page contains pro-homosexual material] on “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students,” stating that the educators’ union is “committed” to fighting harassment, bullying, and discrimination aimed at those students. The page cites statistics from a study published by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, and even provides a link to an interview with that group’s founder, homosexual activist Kevin Jennings.

Conservative critics of Jennings have blasted him for promoting what they see as radical pro-homosexual policies and ideas. Culture and media critic Bob Knight of the Media Research Center calls the GLSEN founder a “very controversial” figure, one “who has covered up an incident of molestation [of a 15-year-old boy by a homosexual man], who presided over a session in Massachusetts in which kids as young as 14 were exposed to graphic descriptions of homosexual sex acts,” and who has said he wants children, even kindergartners, to be acquainted with homosexuality.

The NEA’s web page on GLBT students provides a link to an NEA Today article and interview with Jennings called “Safe Schools for Everyone.” In it, the homosexual activist advocates teachers helping to combat the problem of harassment faced by GLBT students — by working “to create a classroom culture of respect and acceptance from day one.”

California teacher Jeralee Smith, who founded the NEA’s Conservative Educator Caucus and formerly chaired the union’s Ex-Gay Educators Caucus, says the new web page on GLBT students is all part of the union’s ongoing agenda to legitimize homosexuality. However, she says she hopes this latest move by the national organization will finally open the eyes of some of its members.

“Maybe, finally,” Smith comments, “some of the conservative and Christian teachers and other faiths who take issue with children being urged to adopt a gay identity” will recognize the NEA’s pro-homosexual agenda for what it is. “Maybe, finally, some of these people will really believe that this is what their dues money is going for,” she says.

Is the NEA Helping to Spread GLSEN Misinformation?
In July, at the NEA’s annual convention, the educators union voted overwhelmingly to endorse legal same-sex civil unions and same-sex “marriages.” And now, with its new web page on GLBT students, Smith feels the NEA is using misinformation in an effort to change public attitudes toward homosexuality, and she suspects the union’s embrace of GLSEN’s “safe schools” rhetoric is little more than a smokescreen for its support for and collaboration with the activist organization’s agenda.

According to GLSEN’s 2005 National School Climate Survey, homosexual students were five times more likely than the general population of students to report having skipped school in the last month because of safety concerns and were twice as likely as the general population of students to report having no plans to pursue any post-secondary education. The survey also found homosexual students who reported experiencing harassment had an average grade point average a half point lower than that of homosexual students who were not harassed.

Jennings, as quoted in NEA Today, says the “safe schools” initiative is “not about how you feel about gay people, it’s about making sure all of our students achieve.” However, Smith believes the NEA’s and GLSEN’s special emphasis on GLBT youth is telling. She says the NEA has no business encouraging students to adopt a homosexual identity, and the organization needs to recognize that all students are equally deserving of a safe learning environment.

“Children — by children, I mean anyone younger than 18 — need to all be protected from any kind of harassment at school,” the California teacher insists. “I teach physically handicapped children,” she notes; “my kids look different from everyone else in very obvious ways, and kids like mine are much more likely to get bullied and harassed at school.”

Also telling, Smith suggests, is which data the National Education Association chooses to report about GLBT students, and what it chooses to omit. She notes, for instance, that the NEA’s new web page does not provide statistics about the many young people who have had same-sex sexual encounters in the past but have since abandoned such behavior.

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