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Psalm 119 – Qoph

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Psalm 119:145-152 (New International Version)

ק Qoph

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, O LORD,
and I will obey your decrees.

146 I call out to you; save me
and I will keep your statutes.

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.

148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.

149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, O LORD, according to your laws.

150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
but they are far from your law.

151 Yet you are near, O LORD,
and all your commands are true.

152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever.

“Lessons From History” by Jack Kinsella

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I’ve always been a keen student of history, as far back as I can remember. Even before I understood the logic of the question, “how can you know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been?”, the history of man has fascinated me.

I would learn some new historical fact that would explain the reason for some contemporary situation and, bingo! The lights would come on and it would all make sense.

I was always fascinated with the way all the tiny details had to fit together exactly, and what a difference a single change could make to the Big Picture as it exists today.

What if Gavrilo Princip had not shot Franz and Sophie Ferdinand to death on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo?

(Who? I’m glad you asked.)

Gavrilo Princip was a member of a Serbian nationalist terrorist squad. Franz Ferdinand was the Archduke of Austria, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia and heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

His assassination precipitated the Austria declaration of war that triggered the First World War.

What if Princip was captured or killed before he could do the deed that ultimately killed more than thirty-eight million people? That single event forever changed the course of history, brought down empires, and freed the Holy Land from centuries of Islamic rule.

So, what if Gavrilo Princip missed? What if his weapon misfired? Jerusalem would have remained a minor city in minor province of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. The modern map of the Middle East would not exist. Germany would have no need of a Jew-hating rabble rouser demanding vengeance for its defeat in a war that didn’t take place.

A single act by a single person on a single day that essentially created modern history. Who could have predicted such a thing? Yet had this one thing not happened, the world as we know it would not exist.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ was asked by His disciples to outline the signs of His Second Coming in the last days. In His reply, He said, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)

Jesus outlined the signs that would signal His return chronologically.

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The outline that Jesus gave on the Mount of Olives 2000 years ago is a perfect fit for the outline of world history as this current generation has experienced it.

We grew up amidst the wars and rumors of wars, watched world events literally shape our history before our eyes, from Yasser Arafat’s invention of aircraft hijacking as a terrorist weapon of the Middle East in 1968 to the attacks on the US homeland in 2001.

Now, to return to the question: What if Gavrilo Princip had not shot Franz and Sophie Ferdinand to death on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo?

For 1900 years, the prophecies of the signs of the Second Coming just sat there, unfulfilled and largely ignored by students of Scripture. Although the great Reformers like Calvin and Luther wrote commentaries on the entire Bible, neither attempted to expound on either Daniel or Revelation.

Neither made any sense at the time and were written off as “symbolic” or “allegorical”.

When the Prophet Daniel, who didn’t understand the visions himself, asked the revealing angel what they meant, he was told,

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

The Olivet Discourse was similarly written off as ‘allegory’ by centuries of Bible scholarship, until after Gavrilo Princip shot Franz Ferdinand.

Then the pieces began to fall into place, one by one, detail by detail, from the ‘beginning of sorrows’ through the Holocaust, to the restoration of Israel, to the 9/11 attacks, right up to the impending Persian/Islamic war just over the horizon.

For Jesus Christ to get it right, Gavrilo Princip had to shoot Ferdinand. The first World War precipitated the rise of a discontented Prussian corporal to Fuehrer of the Third Reich and architect of the Holocaust. The Holocaust precipitated the sudden influx of Jews to Jerusalem and its environs.

All these were the beginnings of sorrows. But they HAD to happen EXACTLY in order for the Words of Jesus, spoken some 1900 years before, to find their fulfillment in this generation.

Bible prophecy is the Signature of its Author. Only God can predict the future.

Logic dictates that in every generation of history from AD 33 to this present day, there has been a Gavrilo Princip, some unknown actor whose actions shaped the events of the next generation.

And EVERY SINGLE ONE of them had to do EXACTLY as they did for Jesus to get it right on the Mount of Olives 2000 years ago.

Had Gavrilo Princip not killed Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June, 1914, there would be no Israel to be threatened by its Islamic neighbor states in 2007.

Having outlined events as they would happen, 1900 years in advance, Jesus paused to remind His audience, “Behold, I have told you before.” (Matthew 24:25)

Bible prophecy is undeniable evidence that the God we worship is no ‘cunningly devised fable’ to this generation, anymore than it was to Peter when he wrote:

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2nd Peter 1:16)

We have that same assurance, because, (now think about this!) Bible prophecy provides us with that same EYEWITNESS to His majesty! Nobody else but God could know in advance about all the Gavrilo Princips scattered throughout history.

We are eyewitnesses to history, and that history confirms His Word to the tiniest detail.

The same God Who outlined history in advance also assured us:

“In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

He IS coming soon! Are you ready?

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“Inventors of Evil Things” by Todd Strandberg

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

In the first chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul lists one of the best insights into why mankind has given itself over to unrighteousness. Probably the most famous quote from that chapter is, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22). In verse 30, Paul mentions “inventors of evil things,” and I really think it is a perfect fit for the 21st century.

In the past few years, the Islamic faith has been very busy inventing new forms of evil. If hell were awarded patents for new forms of iniquity, the followers of Allah would probably hold more of them than any other group on the planet. Every time I turn on the TV, I see new examples of some of their research work. Here are some of their more infamous accomplishments:

The 9/11 attack included a series of new innovations. The highjackers used box cutters as weapons, they targeted four aircraft at once, they selected planes that were full of jet fuel, and the aircraft were targeted against buildings.

No religion has a monopoly on the mistreatment of women, but Islam is still one of the worst in this category. What sets Islam apart is how it brainwashes women into thinking they are better off than non-Muslim women. Over the years, I’ve received several emails from Islamic followers who try to promote this twisted lie.

Islamic militants have pioneered the field of videotaping murder. Historically, most acts of butchery have been conducted in secret. For example, millions of people were systematically murdered during World War II, yet there are only a few photos or films of the perpetrators’ handiwork. Today, there are many people who are proud to document their evil deeds. Several of their gruesome videos have been posted on the internet.

Last year, we had the scare regarding liquids on planes when Britain’s intelligence service uncovered a plot to hide liquid explosives in shampoo bottles that would be hand-carried onto the aircraft. Terrorists were planning on bringing down a dozen or more planes by mixing and detonating the bombs in mid-flight.

Muslim terrorist groups have been highly innovative in the area of suicide bombings. They were not the first to use this method of killing people, but they are credited for taking it to a new level. The average Islamic suicide bomb is designed to kill the maximum number of people. Most of these devices are packed with projectiles that are dispersed over a wide area.

Much imaginative thought has been applied to truck bombings. Islamic cells in Iraq have found all sorts of new ways to deliver explosives to their intended targets. One time a cement truck was used to carry the deadly load. They continue to this day to experiment with the size of the bombs. Just last week, a truck bomb carrying two tons of explosives killed more than 150 people. It was the deadliest single bombing of the four-year-old war.

We have now seen terrorists use chemical weapons. I had previously stated that we would see chemical terrorist attacks because of the progressive nature of sin. I now realize the inventive nature of Islamic terrorists will be the driving force behind the use of chemical agents to kill large numbers of innocent people.

The ongoing crisis with the 15 British sailors and marines is another example of Islam’s drive for innovation. Most newspapers are calling them either hostages or captives. If it is true that these people were taken by ambush in Iraqi waters, they should be called prisoners of war. Iran captured them to use as a ploy to distract the West from its nuclear program. Showing the captives on television and forcing them to make confessions is a major step backwards for the Geneva Conventions.

I find it very frustrating to see Islam playing the role of “Teflon religion.” The evil deeds of its followers never come back to taint the mother faith. It’s like Adolf Hitler walking away scot free from any blame after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Because a unified global religion is part of Satan’s master plan, we are not going to see Muslims portrayed as inventors of evil things.

Judgment will eventually come to the Islamic world. Someday, it will side with Israel’s enemies and suffer a series of defeats.
–Todd

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Congressional Democrats: “No More ‘Global War on Terror'”

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I like the way Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs characterized this:
“House Democrats, in a move remarkably reminiscent of the European Union, have finally done away with terrorism.
No, not the act, silly. The word. No more GWOT, House committee decrees.”

The House Armed Services Committee is banishing the global war on terror from the 2008 defense budget.

This is not because the war has been won, lost or even called off, but because the committee’s Democratic leadership doesn’t like the phrase.

A memo for the committee staff, circulated March 27, says the 2008 bill and its accompanying explanatory report that will set defense policy should be specific about military operations and “avoid using colloquialisms.”

The “global war on terror,” a phrase first used by President Bush shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., should not be used, according to the memo. Also banned is the phrase the “long war,” which military officials began using last year as a way of acknowledging that military operations against terrorist states and organizations would not be wrapped up in a few years.

Committee staff members are told in the memo to use specific references to specific operations instead of the Bush administration’s catch phrases. The memo, written by Staff Director Erin Conaton, provides examples of acceptable phrases, such as “the war in Iraq,” the “war in Afghanistan, “operations in the Horn of Africa” or “ongoing military operations throughout the world.”

“There was no political intent in doing this,” said a Democratic aide who asked not to be identified. “We were just trying to avoid catch phrases.”

Josh Holly, a spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, the committee’s former chairman and now its senior Republican, said Republicans “were not consulted” about the change.

Committee aides, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said dropping or reducing references to the global war on terror could have many purposes, including an effort to be more precise about military operations, but also has a political element involving a disagreement over whether the war in Iraq is part of the effort to combat terrorism or is actually a distraction from fighting terrorists.

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Pelosi Ignorance Reverses Years of Muslim Female Reforms

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I was wondering yesterday,why Pelosi even needed to go to the Middle East, let alone visit Syria. The conclusion I came to was that the purpose of her visit was to embarrass and undermine the President.
Now she has even gone one step further, by not only legitimizing a terrorist supporting government, but by reversing Muslim Female reforms in that country.
Let me explain:
Pelosi wore a hijab (head covering required for Muslim women) inside a mosque. After she left the mosque, she became so attached to the hijab, that she wore it for the rest of her visit to Syria.
Read below what the result of her ignorance has done to Syrian Muslim women.

As a Muslim, I fully understand respect of our religion by visiting US officials and I applaud that respect. Had Speaker Pelosi worn the Hijab inside a Mosque, this would have indicated respect but for Pelosi to wear it on the streets of Damascus all the while she is sitting with the self-imposed Baschar al-Assad who has come to symbolize oppression and one of the reasons why women are forced to wear the Hijab as they turn to religion to express their freedom is a statement of submittal not only to oppression but also to lack of women’s rights in the Middle East. Pelosi just reversed the work of the Syrian civil society and those who aspire for women’s freedom in the Muslim countries many years back with her visual statement. Her lack of experience of the Middle East is showing.

Assad could not have been happier because Syrian women, seeing a US official confirming what their husbands, the Imams in the Mosques tell them, and the society at large imposes on them through peer pressure will see in her wearing a Hijab as a confirmation of the societal pressures they are constantly under. No one will ever know how many women took the Hijab on after seeing Pelosi wearing it. The damage Speaker Pelosi is causing with her visit to Syria will be felt for many years to come.

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