Archive for August 3rd, 2007

US moves closer to Arabs, further from Israel by: Stan Goodenough

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Zechariah 12:3
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

The United States of America Tuesday put its official stamp on the Saudi Arabian plan that calls for Israel’s surrender for all time of the land returned to Jewish rule in 1967.

According to a report in Haaretz, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote her signature alongside those of Egypt, Jordan and six Persian Gulf states endorsing the 2002 plan as a foundation for Middle East peace.

With the move, the Bush administration gave Israel yet another shove down the road towards completing its severance from its biblical heartland and the cradle of Jewish nationhood.

The Saudi Plan offers full normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world in exchange for Israel’s withdrawal from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

(Gaza was included in the original draft, but Israel in 2005 already abandoned that strip of land to the Palestinian Arabs who, instead of starting to build themselves a state there, turned it into a haven for terrorists and a launching pad for increased terrorism.)

Rice’s signature moved her country a few steps nearer to Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, and a few steps further away from Israel.

On Monday evening, upon her arrival in Jeddah at the start of a regional tour, she spoke warmly about the Arab states who have so long hated and worked to destroy Israel.

“These are our longstanding and close friends and allies. These are strategic relationships that go back decades. And we are really determined to signal our commitment and to provide for the security of our allies. It goes to the stability and prosperity of the Gulf region, which is of great interest to the United States and great interest to our friends.”

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Florida Woman ‘Wins’ Right to Distribute Tracts in County Park

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Since when is it illegal to distribute literature in a public place? Even the KKK is allowed to pass out their hate-filled pamphlets on public streets without being harassed. Ironic, huh? Wait, make that moronic.

A lawsuit that was filed against Orange County, Florida, by a woman seeking the right to freely distribute literature in a county park has yielded results.

On Tuesday the county dropped a prohibition against litigant Shirley Snyder that barred her from distributing religious tracts and flyers at Cypress Grove Park. As a result, the county has moved to change its Parks and Recreation policy.

While at the Cypress Grove Park on April 1, Snyder was attempting to pass out flyers inviting attendance at her church’s Easter service. She was informed by a county employee, and later by the park supervisor, that non-approved distribution of literature was prohibited — prompting the lawsuit.

Snyder’s legal firm, Liberty Counsel, says a park official filed an affidavit in federal court this week that indicated Snyder would not be prevented from passing out literature during normal park hours regardless whether she had park officials’ permission.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver says Snyder’s lawsuit alleges that the original policy was unconstitutional. “You don’t have to get permission from the government or any government committee before distributing literature in a public park. History and the courts have for a long time protected literature distribution and free speech in the public park,” says Staver.

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Bridge Tragedy No Surprise

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Apparently the infrastructure of America is failing. I find it completely ridiculous that we can spend billions to save the spotted owl, but we can’t afford to reinforce the bridges that Americans travel every day. Only in America.

Americans breathed a sigh a relief when they learned the disastrous bridge collapse in Minneapolis was not an act of terror.

But the fatal failure of the 40-year-old structure may be worse news in the long run for the nation than had it fallen victim to an attack, says Thomas Rooney, president of Insituform Technologies of St. Louis, Mo.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation says 100,000 bridges in this country are structurally deficient,” he says. “If 1 percent of 1 percent of these dangerous structures collapse, that is not accidental. That is predictable.”

As bad as they are, bridges are in better shape than the rest of our infrastructure, says Rooney.

The EPA reports 3.5 million people got sick last year from 73,000 sewer pipe breaks around the country.

“Maybe some were accidents,” he says. “But when something happens 73,000 times, that is no longer accidental. That is negligence.”

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“The Words of Daniel Finally Unsealed” by Hal Lindsey

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

It’s hard to imagine how much America – and the world – has changed in just my lifetime. I was born at the beginning of the Depression. The United States was only a second-rate power until I was a young teenager. It emerged from World War II as a world power. By the time I was in my 20s, America was an undisputed superpower.

During the Cold War years, the world was essentially divided between two superpowers – The Soviet Union and the USA. I witnessed America rise from secondary power to become the greatest superpower on earth when the Soviet Union crumbled under the weight of its failed economic system.

Concurrently, I watched America’s power decline from within. I witnessed the growing influence of socialist, liberal, secular humanist professors in our major universities during the 12 years I worked with college students. This influence spread as their students carried these ideas into careers in the media and politics.

As America drifted further and further from God, it embraced this godless ideology. The impact of this change soon became evident. Though we led the world in military technology and power, we’ve come to the point where the last war in which we won a decisive victory was the invasion of Grenada in 1983.

Today, we are debating whether or not to desert Iraq and let terrorists take it over as a major power base. It’s stunning to contemplate that anyone could witness America travel from the peak of power to the precipice of destruction in a single lifetime.

Alvin Toffler saw this phenomenon developing. This was the basis of his 1970 best-seller “Future Shock.” Toffler defines future shock as “the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.” Toffler predicted, “Millions of ordinary, psychologically normal people will face an abrupt collision with the future.”

We live in much greater stress and anxiety because of the “exponential rate of change” that is accelerating in our world. The world into which I was born ceased to exist a long time ago. But the change was gradual enough to allow me time to adjust. The world into which people were born in the year 2000 is already disappearing. It will not exist by 2012.

Just try to figure what the impact of the following facts will be. There are 3,000 new books published every single day. We’ve gone from information overload to information explosion. More new information will be generated this year than in the previous five thousand years.

The technical knowledge explosion is governed by Moore’s Law, which says computers will get twice as smart every 18 to 24 months. It takes four years to get a technical degree. By the time a student graduates, his education is virtually obsolete.

The prophet Daniel was given visions of the world as it would exist in the days leading to the Second Coming of Christ. The Apostle John was time-traveled forward to be an actual eyewitness of the final days of this age. Unfortunately, both men also suffered from the same communication difficulties. There were no words in their vocabularies to describe what they witnessed.

How could a man of the first century A.D. who has never seen a machine describe the technical marvels of the 21st century? John was told to write about what he saw. I think he did an inspired job.

Today, Daniel and Revelation are among the most discussed and debated books within the whole canon of Scripture. More expositions have been written in the past 10 years focusing on Daniel and Revelation than probably any other books in the Bible. It’s as if the words of these books were sealed up until the time appointed.

Even 60 years ago, most of what Daniel predicted here didn’t make sense. These things certainly did not make sense to the generations prior to the 20th century. Daniel, directly taught by Heaven’s highest angel, Michael, said as much. Daniel asked the archangel, “As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, ‘My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?'”

Note very carefully the archangel Michael’s reply, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”

This was the second time Michael told Daniel that the words were to be sealed until the time of the last days generation to whom they were addressed. The archangel concludes with special instructions to Daniel: “But as for you, Daniel, conceal – or encrypt – these words and seal up the book until the time of the end; many will go [travel] back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

Knowledge has greatly increased. And as we’ve seen will increase even more. Also, just as predicted in this verse, the limitations of time and space to travel have been exponentially decreased.

This has unlocked the encrypted prophetic messages that were intended for this generation. Current events have unlocked them further. All of these things point to the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming very soon.

Don’t put off your decision any longer. Time is rapidly running out for you to get ready to meet Him when He comes. Just recognize you are a sinner, and accept the gift of pardon He purchased for you in His own blood. He is coming, and soon.

Whether you are ready or not.

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51% of Syrians Favor Peace with Israel

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Don’t expect the leadership of Syria to listen to their people. They are Iran’s leash dog and do what they are told.

Fifty-one percent of Syrians would favor a peace treaty with Israel if it withdraws from the Golan and recognizes Syrian sovereignty there, according to a rare poll of Syrians released Wednesday.

In addition, 63% of Syrians said they favored their country working with the US to resolve the war in Iraq. By a slight 44% to 39% margin, most said they oppose fighters crossing from Syria into Iraq.

Yet three-fourths said they support financial assistance for Iraqi fighters, the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah.

The survey also found that an overwhelming number of Syrians consider trade and political relations with Western countries important, but they narrowly oppose closer ties to the US.

The poll was sponsored by Terror Free Tomorrow, a bipartisan organization that seeks to erode support for international terrorism. Its advisory board includes Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, and the former leader of the House of Representatives, Speaker Thomas Foley, a Democrat.

Earlier this month, the group released a survey of Iranians that found most favored their country developing nuclear weapons.

Objective public opinion surveys are unusual in Syria, whose regime – led by President Bashar Assad – has imprisoned pro-democracy supporters.
The United States has largely sought to isolate Syria, which it considers a major destabilizing influence in the Middle East.

In addition, seven in 10 said Syria should refuse US investments and trade “to create more jobs in Syria,” with similar numbers opposing US investments in energy refineries and US humanitarian aid.

“Even though they don’t support the US – in fact that’s an understatement, they’re very negative about the US – they still want to work with the US,” said Ken Ballen, president of Terror Free Tomorrow. “They still want the war resolved, and they’re willing for their government to work with the US to resolve it.”

Meanwhile, 88% said they favored Lebanon ruling itself without outside interference, including from Syria. Syria controlled Lebanon for years until its military was pressured to leave in 2005 following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The US has accused Syria of seeking to weaken Lebanon’s Western-backed leaders.

The telephone survey of 1,004 Syrian adults was conducted in Arabic for Terror Free Tomorrow by D3 Systems from July 11 to 14. An estimated 75% to 80% of Syrian households have landline telephones.

The calls were made from a country near Syria that Terror Free Tomorrow did not identify, saying it wanted to protect the interviewers’ confidentiality. Telephone interviews were used to speed the research process and because in-person questioners in Syria may face harassment, the group said.

The survey has a sampling error margin of approximately 3.5 percentage points. The results were weighted, or adjusted, to ensure that responses reflected the actual number of Syrians living in rural areas, and those over age 55.

Also Wednesday, as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and US Defense Secretary Robert met regional leaders to promote the planned Middle East peace conference, Syrian President Bashar Assad reiterated that peace with Israel would only come with the return of “all occupied Syrian lands.”

“Our desire for peace does not mean at all abandoning our rights,” Assad said in a televised speech to mark the Syrian national army day.

“Syria’s leadership, people and military will only accept the full return of the Golan Heights,” he stated.

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