Archive for March 5th, 2007

Syria Ready With Bio-Terrorism if US Attacks Iran

Monday, March 5th, 2007

An American biodefense analyst living in Europe says if the U.S. invades Iran to halt its nuclear ambitions, Syria is ready to respond with weapons of mass destruction – specifically biological weapons.

Syria is positioned to launch a biological attack on Israel or Europe should the U.S. attack Iran,” Jill Bellamy-Dekker told WND. “The Syrians are embedding their biological weapons program into their commercial pharmaceuticals business and their veterinary vaccine-research facilities. The intelligence service oversees Syria’s ‘bio-farm’ program and the Ministry of Defense is well interfaced into the effort.”

Bellamy-Decker currently directs the Public Health Preparedness program for the European Homeland Security Association under the French High Committee for Civil Defense.

She anticipates a variation of smallpox is the biological agent Syria would utilize.

The Syrians are also working on orthopox viruses that are related to smallpox,” Bellamy-Decker said, “and it’s a good way to get around international treaties against offensive biological weapons development. They work on camelpox as a cover for smallpox.”

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Michael Moore Exposed by Some of His Own

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Leftist documentary film-maker, Michael Moore, is apparently not all he is cracked up to be. Don’t take it from me – you all probably know my feelings on Moore anyway. Take it from some of his former supporters.

Filmmaker Michael Moore, director and star of successful films such as “Roger & Me,” “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” has become the unwilling subject of a new documentary that raises questions about the credibility of his work and describes a “disturbing pattern of fact-fudging and misrepresentation,” reports the London Sunday Times.

While Moore has long been a favorite target of those on the political right, this new documentary – “Manufacturing Dissent” – comes from two left-leaning Canadian filmmakers who were once fans and who began their project expecting to tell a positive story.

“When we started this project we hoped to have done a documentary that celebrated Michael Moore. We were admirers and fans,” said Debbie Melnyk, who, with husband Rick Caine, made the film. “Then we found out certain facts about his documentaries that we hadn’t known before. We ended up very disappointed and disillusioned.”

Caine and Melnyk discovered, early on, that the public persona they knew was not the Moore they encountered when they began to examine his work.

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Hillary Calls Marriage Amendment ‘Mean Spirited’

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Hillary, the Marriage Amendment is not mean spirited. Subjecting the American people to the possiblity of another four- eight years of Clintons in the White House? Now, THAT is mean spirited.

If you will notice at the top of the article, it says that her campaign staff kept this stop off her schedule. If you are going to support gay rights, then support gay rights openly and publicly.

Of the Federal Marriage Amendment she said, “This amendment was wedge politics at it’s worst. It was mean-spirited, it was against the entire forward movement of American history. It was the first time anyone was proposing we amend the Constitution to deny citizens rights rather than widen the circle of rights and opportunities.”

In the end, we stopped the Federal Marriage Amendment and we sent a strong message that we will not stand idly by when anyone tries to write discrimination into our Constitution.

She assured the pro-gay group, “I want you to know this is exactly the kind of partnership we will have when I am President.”

She promised, “We’re going to reach out and work with our allies in Congress both to change laws and change hearts. We want to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits from health insurance and life insurance and Social Security and property rights and more.”

“These are fundamental rights,” she said.

Then, Hillary vowed to promoted the most radical component of the gay agenda.

“I have long supported civil unions,” she said. “We’re going to make sure that nothing stands in the way of loving couples, gay or straight, to adopt children.”

Hillary also said as President she would end the military’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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Conservatives Blast Federal Response to Illegal Immigration

Monday, March 5th, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – As Congress considers how to deal with the illegal immigration issue, conservatives on Saturday discussed how they are handling the debate within their own movement.

“Powerful business interest want cheap labor and they found a loophole — not in the law, but in the federal government’s lack of enforcement,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said during a forum on immigration at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Cheap labor is a commodity. If you flood the market with any commodity, it will drive wages down. For unskilled American workers, their purchasing power is down.”

The problem extends far beyond economics, according to Georgia State Sen. Nancy Schaeffer, a Republican, who said the violent crimes in her state, including murders and sex crimes, were committed disproportionately by illegal immigrants.

The Georgia Legislature has passed laws denying government benefits to illegal immigrants over the age of 18, cracking down on employers that hire them, and clamping down on human trafficking.

“When there is no enforcement federally, the states are left with the crisis,” Schaeffer said.

In Arizona, drug dealers cross from Mexico into the United States with little problem, said Chris Simcox, president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a border-watch organization that is pressing for federal curbs on illegal immigration.

Simcox said the federal government does little, even when problems are called to its attention. He mentioned numerous calls that Minuteman members have made to the U.S. Border Patrol with no response — including an incident involving two men seen carrying drugs and an AK-47 across the border.

Simcox also said the recent conviction of ex-border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean — sentenced to more than a decade each in prison for shooting a Mexican suspected drug smuggler — sends the wrong message to agents in the field.

“Agents feel paralyzed after [the jailing of] Ramos and Compean,” Simcox told the forum. “They fear doing their own jobs.”

In a separate CPAC forum related to immigration, Randall Johnson, the vice president of labor and immigration at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said most immigrants want to assimilate into American life.

“The majority of immigrants want nothing more than to learn English as a second language,” he said. “The key to assimilation is learning English. It’s not a lack of desire, it’s a lack of access.”

However, John Fonte, director of the Center for American Common Culture, believes truly comprehensive immigration reform would require greater assimilation from immigrants who want to be Americans first.

That would mean ending bilingual education, stopping multi-lingual printing of government documents, and dropping bilingual ballots, he said.

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Back to Basics – The Roman Road to Salvation

Monday, March 5th, 2007

The Roman Road to Salvation

The ROMANS ROAD….is a pathway you can walk.
It is a group of Bible verses from the book of Romans in the New Testament. If you walk down this road you will end up understanding how to be saved.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin. We were born under the power of sin’s control.
– Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 6:23a “…The wages of sin is death…”
Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity. The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever. It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.
– Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

Romans 6:23b “…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Salvation is a free gift from God to you! You can’t earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it.
-Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
-Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you — not religion, or church membership. God loves you!

Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
-Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10 “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
-If you know that God is knocking on your heart’s door,ask Him to come into your heart.

Jesus said, Revelation 3:20a “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”
-Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door?

Believe in Him. Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again.

God will help you. He loves you.

You need to look for a local church where God’s word is preached. The Bible says that we are to desire God’s word like a newborn baby desires mother’s milk. Aren’t you hungry to know the truth?

Water baptism is one of the ways you first show that you have been joined to Jesus. This is an action, and actions will not save you. However, it is an act of obedience and a symbol of commitment. The symbolism is this: When you go down in the water you show that You have been crucified and buried with Him,

And when you come up out of the water you show that you have been raised to walk with Him in newness of life. (See Romans chapter 6)

You have been born again. (See John chapter 3)

Your body has become God’s temple. Your heart is where He lives.

Forgiveness is yours in Jesus. And you belong to Him.

You were sin’s slave. But now…

You are a child of GOD!

John 1:12 “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name!”

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The Global Warming Lie

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Al Gore better cash in while he can from his “Inconvenient Truth” because many scientists have now decided that global warming is a lie. There are so many news articles exposing the lie that is global warming, we could never list them all. Here is just one from todays headlines.
By the way, what credentials does Gore have when it comes to science and climate study anyway?

Accepted theories about man causing global warming are “lies” claims a controversial new TV documentary.

‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ – backed by eminent scientists – is set to rock the accepted consensus that climate change is being driven by humans.

The programme, to be screened on Channel 4 on Thursday March 8, will see a series of respected scientists attack the “propaganda” that they claim is killing the world’s poor.

Even the co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is shown, claiming African countries should be encouraged to burn more CO2.

Nobody in the documentary defends the greenhouse effect theory, as it claims that climate change is natural, has been occurring for years, and ice falling from glaciers is just the spring break-up and as normal as leaves falling in autumn.

A source at Channel 4 said: “It is essentially a polemic and we are expecting it to cause trouble, but this is the controversial programming that Channel 4 is renowned for.”

Controversial director Martin Durkin said: “You can see the problems with the science of global warming, but people just don’t believe you – it’s taken ten years to get this commissioned.

“I think it will go down in history as the first chapter in a new era of the relationship between scientists and society. Legitimate scientists – people with qualifications – are the bad guys.

“It is a big story that is going to cause controversy.

“It’s very rare that a film changes history, but I think this is a turning point and in five years the idea that the greenhouse effect is the main reason behind global warming will be seen as total bollocks.

“Al Gore might have won an Oscar for ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, but the film is very misleading and he has got the relationship between CO2 and climate change the wrong way round.”

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“Show Me What You’ve Got” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, March 5th, 2007

The main purpose of “Nearing Midnight” has always been to warn people about how close we are to the last days. If you go back and look at previous updates, you will notice a pattern: Terry and I reflect on the news events of the day, then we show how those headlines relate to Bible prophecy.

From time to time, I find it necessary to stop and comment on the Christians’ reaction to the end-time message. Simply put, there is no reaction. Idleness is such a pervasive problem, there is no justification for being tactful.

The vast majority of Christians are spiritually comatose. I’m just talking about the small percentage of people who still believe the Bible is true. Of these believers, most seem to have prophecy on “weather watch.” They’re waiting for something major to happen, yet they have no plan of action if the world does go crazy.

Everyone who claims to follow Jesus Christ needs to realize that we are accountable for our actions. Someday, we will have to stand before the Lord and tell Him what we’ve done in His name. When God looks at us individually in the eye and says, “Show me what you’ve got,” many Christians will have to have to admit they have nothing to report.

I’ve become aware of this profound state of laziness from operating this website. When I ask people to contribute to various projects, the response rate is normally one-tenth of a percent. Somehow, people have managed to disconnect themselves from the core values that once defined us as believers – particularly the support of evangelism. It’s even becoming hard to find other prophecy sites that are well-maintained. I’ve noticed a growing list of domains that have not been updated in several years.

The lack of dedication is not the result of a drought in talent and resources. The average viewer of RR would be best described as smart, highly educated, and tech-savvy, with an above-average income. We probably have a couple hundred millionaires who frequent the site, and our regular visitors include people who are leaders in every shade of business, media, sports, and politics.

All these blessings from God do not result in action because most people are more worried about the cares of this life than they are about the issues that matter for all eternity. The world is going to hell in a hand basket because Christians don’t feel it’s their problem.

Just like it is with the general population, believers have become totally fixated on selfish interests. One day I was doing a search for pages that offered Christians advice on what they should be doing with their lives. The first link that came up was a book entitled, “101 Things You Should Do Before Going to Heaven,” by David Bordon & Tom Winters. I could not believe the nonsense they list as priorities for Christians. Here are a few:

Bake Bread from Scratch
Know Thyself
Eat Cheesecake for Breakfast
Build a Sandcastle
Bite a Hot Pepper
Get Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Just in case there is any doubt that the book is a parody of sound advice, they do list, “Read the Bible from cover to cover.” The vast majority of the items on this to-do list are self-centered nonsense that fits snuggly with all the other feel-good books being published today.

Like most cities, Omaha has a public access channel that allows local people to share their views on various subjects. Many of these people produce programs of a religious nature. Last week as I was flipping through the channels, I encountered a gentleman named Scott McPhillips who was trying to give his personal salvation story. I say “trying,” because he appeared to be profoundly retarded, which made it very difficult for the audience to understand what he was saying. After carefully listening to him, I learned that his mental state was the result of an auto accident.

Here is someone with a huge disadvantage, and yet he is using what little abilities he has to share with people the faith that resulted from his accident. He doesn’t leave much room for people who say they don’t have the skills to witness.

My challenge to you folks is to do one single act that is productive to the Kingdom of God. Because there is such a world of difference between Christians who are actively in supporting their faith and those who are just observers, my only request is that you take one small step towards involvement.

After 20 years of service, I can testify that being a workman for Christ has been extremely beneficial to my spiritual life. Instead of being someone who is bored and anxiously waiting for major events to happen, I now realize there is only some much I can do, and time is rapidly running out.

What has made Rapture Ready the largest prophecy site on the internet has been the fact that it is a group effort. We will accept any witness that brings people to the truth.

If you want to add something to the site, my advice is to focus on answering questions that people might be searching for. I never did find a good page that answered my query on, “What should Christians be doing?”. Perhaps someone might want to tackle this one.

Last week I talked about the Iran conflict. If I were to wake tomorrow to the news that Israeli jets had bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities and the world was in major uproar, I would probably be struck with a panic attack: “Oh no, am I ready to go?” What keeps me working in the prophetically inactive times is the realization that the end will come suddenly, and there are no second chances.

“For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Mt. 24:44).

— Todd

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Islam: “Time to Bomb Your Barber”

Monday, March 5th, 2007

That’s right folks, more lunacy from those ever so-called “tolerant” Muslims in the “Land of the Muslim Pure” (Pakistan).

Khar: Two bombs targeting barber shops and a music store exploded in northwestern Pakistan, where militants have issued threats against shaving beards and selling music, a security official said yesterday.

One bomb exploded late on Saturday while the other went off before dawn on yesterday in Inayat Kalay, a market town in Bajaur tribal region, said Muwaz Khan, a government security official in the region.

A shop selling music cassettes and CDs and two barber shops were damaged in the explosions but there were no casualties because the shops were closed and no one was inside, Khan said.

Offence

Last month, pamphlets were found in Inayat Kalay bearing threats of harm against barbers if they shave their customers’ beards, an act extremists consider an offence against Islam.

The Taliban-style warnings by suspected militants believed to operate in the region prompted Inayat Kalay barbers to put up signs urging their customers not to insist on getting a shave. Similar threats have been issued against music shops demanding they close down, Khan said.

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“Let’s Pretend” by Cox and Forkum and World Terror Map

Monday, March 5th, 2007

These guys have a lot of talent. I had to laugh at this jab at the peacnik’s symbol from the 60’s.

Let's Pretned

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I ran across this interactive map this morning (hat tip: Little Green Footballs) and thought it might make a good resource. I’ve added a link to it under the “resources” heading on the sidebar.

Global Incident Map.