Archive for November 6th, 2007

Quote of the Day (The Temple Mount)

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

“It is forbidden to deny that the Jews had our Holy Temple at that site. It is forbidden to forget that King David purchased the Temple Mount, King Solomon built the Holy Temple and Ezra the Scribe rebuilt it as well. All who come afterward must recognize the rights of those who came first. Although I do not propose the demolition of the mosques, the Muslims must remember that they are there due to us.”

-Chief Rabbi of Haifa and Chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Communications Committee Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen

Rabbi Cohen also recalled the historical fact that the Muslim Caliph Omar Suleiman built a synagogue on the Temple Mount where Jews prayed, and that it was later destroyed by another Caliph.

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Link to First Temple found

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The Jewish Temple deniers (aka Islam), are finding it harder to push this lie as more archeology evidence to the contrary emerges.

Archeologists overseeing contested Islamic infrastructure work on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount have stumbled upon a sealed archeological level dating back to the First Temple period, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Sunday.

Fragments of First Temple era tableware

The find marks the first time that archeological remains dating back to the First Temple period have been found on the contested holy site, the state-run archeological body said.

No archeological excavations have ever been carried out on the Temple Mount, which is Judaism’s holiest and Islam’s third-holiest site, due to opposition from religious leaders.

The sealed archeological level, dated from the eighth to the sixth centuries BCE, was exposed at the end of August in the area close to the southeastern corner of the raised platform surrounding the Dome of the Rock, and includes fragments of ceramic tableware and animal bone.

“The layer is a closed, sealed archeological layer that has been untouched since as early as the eighth century BCE,” said Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem District archeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority.

But independent Israeli archeologists from the nonpartisan Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount, who have repeatedly lambasted the Antiquities Authority for allowing Islamic officials to carry out the infrastructure work this summer, downplayed the findings.

The archeologists said the maintenance work, which was carried out with a tractor, had left a 100-meter-long and roughly 1-1.5-meter-deep trench and had badly damaged antiquities at the site.

“The Antiquities Authority is standing behind the barbaric Islamic destruction of antiquities on the Temple Mount, and then presents the results of the destruction to show just how important the finds are,” said Hebrew University archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, a leading Temple Mount expert. “This is a smoke screen for the destruction of antiquities.”

According to decades-old regulations in place at the Temple Mount, Israel maintains overall security control at the site, while the Wakf, or Islamic Trust, is charged with day-to-day administration of the ancient compound, which is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over control of Jerusalem.

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“Britain’s Anti-Semitic Turn” by Melanie Phillips

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Anti-Semitism is rife within Britain’s Muslim community. Islamic bookshops sell copies of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the notorious czarist forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion; as an undercover TV documentary revealed in January, imams routinely preach anti-Jewish sermons. Opinion polls show that nearly two-fifths of Britain’s Muslims believe that the Jewish community in Britain is a legitimate target “as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in the Middle East”; that more than half believe that British Jews have “too much influence over the direction of UK foreign policy”; and that no fewer than 46 percent think that the Jewish community is “in league with Freemasons to control the media and politics.”

But anti-Semitism has also become respectable in mainstream British society. “Anti-Jewish themes and remarks are gaining acceptability in some quarters in public and private discourse in Britain and there is a danger that this trend will become more and more mainstream,” reported a Parliamentary inquiry last year. “It is this phenomenon that has contributed to an atmosphere where Jews have become more anxious and more vulnerable to abuse and attack than at any other time for a generation or longer.”

At the heart of this ugly development is a new variety of anti-Semitism, aimed primarily not at the Jewish religion, and not at a purported Jewish race, but at the Jewish state. Zionism is now a dirty word in Britain, and opposition to Israel has become a fig leaf for a resurgence of the oldest hatred.

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“Do All Religions Pray to the Same God?” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The social rules that govern secular society have been rewritten to make it a political requirement for public figures to view all religions on the same level. Anyone who says the God of the Bible is superior to some other god is branded as a bigot.

Pope Benedict XVI learned this lesson well when he quoted Emperor Manual II Paleologos of the Byzantine Empire, who said: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

The media raked Pope Benedict over the coals for making such an inflammatory remark. The press deliberately failed to mention that the Byzantine Empire was later sacked and crushed by Islamic Sultan Meh Meh, Islam was spread by the sword to Byzantium, and the great church of Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque.

It only took a few days before the Pope was singing a new tune. Since his little public relations mishap, he has met with several Islamic leaders to patch things up.

The past three presidents have all been chummy with the world’s key faiths. President George Bush has gone the farthest, saying, “Whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, [They all] pray to the same God.”

Bush’s prayer comment has been the final straw for many evangelical conservatives. This article is the result of a flood of email I received after he made the remark I just quoted. Gary Bauer, president of American Values, said Bush’s comment was “not helpful to the president. Since everybody agrees he’s not a theologian, he would be much better advised to punt when he gets that kind of question.”

You probably think you already know how I’m going to answer the question in the title of this article. But instead of answering that question with “no,” I thought of another way to arrive at the same point by saying, “Yes, all religions do pray to the same God.” This a true statement because there is no other God to hear our prayers, save the God of the Bible.

Someone who prays to Allah has our Lord as the only listener. Muslims who ask Mr. Allah to kill all the Jews and Christians might want to know why their prayers are never answered.

The real problem is that the god of Islam and the God of the Bible are incompatible. The Christian God encourages freedom, love, forgiveness, prosperity and health. The Muslim god appears to value the opposite. The Koran says that on Judgment Day Jesus will refute the idea that He is the Son of God. The Bible says that every knee will some day bow to Him.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Many people claim that all roads lead to God. That is as silly as saying that all roads lead to Omaha, Nebraska. Jesus taught that there was only one highway that leads to God. Without the road map of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to find one’s way to redemption.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matt 7:13-14).

One of the most irritating things about this effort to make all religions equal is the fact that Christianity always end up with the short end of the stick. Believers in Christ are constantly asked to make room for other faiths, but I don’t recall any Islamic nations offering to do the same thing.

In Britain, a think tank for the Labor party suggested that Christmas be downgraded in favor of festivals from other religions in order to improve race relations. There is zero chance that the Muslim world will ever choose to downgrade Ramadan to oblige their minor faiths.

Since most faiths are so fundamentally opposed to each other, one might wonder why there is this effort to have a love fest between all religions. After 9/11 and a host of other terrorist attacks by Islamists, you would think that Mohammedism would be viewed as a pariah faith in western eyes. The answer to this quandary is Bible prophecy.

In the last days, the Antichrist will be the ultimate peacemaker who will unify all religions into a single organization that he will control. The only people who will not fit into the Antichrist’s “harlot” church will be the true believers.

You can pray to any god you want, but there is only one emissary between man and the Holy Father. The flaw of every other religion is that not one can promise you eternal life. Jesus died for every person on this planet, and all we need to do to receive the gift of eternal life is place our trust in Him.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son (John 3:16-18).

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CBS Partnering With Gay/Lesbian Network

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I understand why the gay community would want their own television network. I do not agree with that lifestyle in any way, but I see why they would want their own channel. After all, I love to watch good Christian programming. I get that. But, what I don’t understand is, why is the news for gay people different than the news for the rest of us? Moreover, why does CBS need to associate themselves with the gay network? Answer: Money. The gay/lesbian community is backed by lobbyists and big industry so it is in the best interest of CBS to cater to them. And so the main stream media slides even further down the slippery slope of liberal bias.

Gay-lesbian network Logo is moving into the network news business, planning to televise a half-hour weekly newscast produced by CBS News.

“CBS News on Logo” will premiere next Monday at 7 p.m. EST. The newscast stems from a two-year partnership between the MTV Networks channel and CBS News. A dedicated CBS News crew working out of its West 57th Street broadcast center had been producing three-minute interstitials that aired daily on Logo.

Those interstitials will be replaced by the half-hour newscast.

Brian Graden, Logo president and president of MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment, said Monday that Logo had gotten to the point where it had the distribution and roster of advertisers to take things to another level.

“It seemed like there was enough news to sustain that (half-hour) format and then some, and that the audience had a concentrated interest” a year out from the 2008 general elections, Graden said. He didn’t rule out further news programming based on how things go.

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Rosie In Talks With MSNBC

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I have never been a fan of MSNBC (except that ‘To Catch a Predator’ show – I have watched that several times). If MSNBC signs a deal with Rosie O’Donnell, even my limited viewing of that channel will be cut. I am sure that O’Donnell’s ULTRA-liberal views will be a huge draw for the station, but considering her recent un-American speeches and her stand against our country, I believe conservatives (not just me) will shun MSNBC.

Rosie O’Donnell, who abruptly left “The View” on ABC last spring after drawing attention and ratings for her opinions on everything from the Iraq war to her co-hosts, is in serious discussions to return to television atop a new soapbox: a prime-time show on the cable news channel MSNBC, according to executives on both sides of the negotiations who have been briefed directly.
Under one scenario, Ms. O’Donnell would be given the 9 p.m. slot each weeknight on MSNBC, where she would go head-to-head with two heavyweights of cable talk: “Larry King Live” on CNN and “Hannity & Colmes” on Fox News. Her show would replace “Live with Dan Abrams,” a relatively low-rated program that only recently replaced “Scarborough Country,” which was also little-watched.

But NBC executives, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conversations are continuing, cautioned that there were many elements of a potential deal yet to be resolved. These include when such a show would appear, what Ms. O’Donnell would be paid, and whether she would also be seen on the NBC broadcast network.

Ms. O’Donnell alluded somewhat cryptically to a possible new job in a speech she gave at a book-signing on Sunday night in Miami, according to a report that appeared on a website, lyingonthebeach.com. A podcast on that site described Ms. O’Donnell as saying that she would soon begin competing against “the guy with the suspenders and the long, long face,” an obvious reference to Mr. King.

NBC has been courting Ms. O’Donnell in recent months for any number of jobs, including host of a possible new game show.

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“Fearful Sights and Great Signs Shall There be From Heaven”

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Mike Mickey at Rapture Alert has these two interesting post:

Comet Explodes!

by Michael G. Mickey
(11-5-07)

Luke 21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

The Associated Press is reporting the following, in part:

A comet that has unexpectedly brightened in the past couple of weeks and now is visible to the naked eye is attracting professional and amateur interest.

Paul Lewis, director of astronomy outreach at the University of Tennessee, is drawing students to the roof of Nielsen Physics Building for special viewings of Comet 17P/Holmes.

The comet is exploding and its coma, a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the sun, has grown to be bigger than the planet Jupiter. The comet lacks the tail usually associated with such celestial bodies but can be seen in the northern sky, in the constellation Perseus, as a fuzzy spot of light about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper.

“This is truly a celestial surprise,” Lewis said. “Absolutely amazing.”

Not only is it absolutely amazing, according to Lewis it is “a once-in-a-lifetime event to witness.”

When we read these words and consider a variety of various other prophetic indicators present in the news of our world today pointing toward the return of Jesus Christ as well, a picture should form in our minds if we’re Christians – one of us going home.

One final thought about this comet’s explosion, the aftermath of which is visible to the naked eye: When we examine the prophecy above, the word ‘heaven’ is ouranos (ü-rä-no’s) in the original Greek, one definition of which is “the vaulted expanse of the sky with all things visible in it.”

Soon we are going home!

And also

More on Comet Holmes

by Michael G. Mickey
(11-6-07)

Building on what is already a big story in terms of its potential prophetic implications, the brightening of Comet Holmes is defying what is normal as seen in a Science.com report that provides us with the following, in part (emphasis added mine):

The comet is actually moving away from the Sun now, almost midway between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Not exactly a recipe for an outburst, since solar heating is typically what triggers comets to brighten.

But sometime on Oct. 23, this comet underwent an explosive outburst and within just 24 hours increased its brightness almost a million-fold.

So, a comet that shouldn’t be getting brighter due to its course is acting outside normal behaviors – and not slightly either! In one calendar day, its brightness increased almost a million-fold !

The potential prophetic tie-in?

Luke 21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Keep your eyes on the skies, Christians!

Pro-Lifers Condemn Thompson’s Stance on Abortion

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I agree with Fred Thompson on many issues and I like the fact that he is from my home state, but the abortion issue is where he and I must part ways. He says he believes life begins at conception, but is unwilling to support a constitutional ban on abortion. I believe someone who is running for office should not just talk the talk, but they must walk the walk as well. If you believe life begins at conception, then abortion is murder plain and simple. I cannot vote for someone who will not do everything in his power to stop the killing of innocent babies. I understand that this means I may not be able to cast a vote for a presidential candidate. I am a person who believes that everyone who is eligible should vote, but if the candidates are all in favor of murdering babies, then I have no other choice.

A pro-life activist says Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson’s recent comments regarding abortion indicate that he is a “pro-life pretender.”
Fred Thompson said Sunday he believes that life begins at conception, but he would not support a federal constitutional amendment banning abortions. The former Tennessee senator told Tim Russert on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I think people ought to be free at state and local levels to make decisions that even Fred Thompson disagrees with.”

Mark Crutcher, the founder and president of Life Dynamics, calls Thompson’s statement “unbelievable.” “How can you say that life begins at conception, and then not say that the constitutional right to life expressed in the Constitution does not apply to those people?” he asks.

Crutcher says Thompson’s stance is not one of a true pro-lifer. “It’s the same thing as saying that I believe that African-American people are morally equivalent in the same in every other way other than skin color to white people, but I wouldn’t support a constitutional ban to stop slavery. I mean, it’s totally inconsistent,” he argues.

According to Crutcher, Americans will know who is truly pro-life and who is not by the end of the 2008 election cycle. The Thompson campaign has turned down requests by OneNewsNow for an interview.

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California School District Approves ‘In God We Trust’ Classroom Displays

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Wow, what a turn of events. The most liberal state in the country is actually going to display our county’s motto, “In God We Trust” in a classroom. Go figure. Maybe not all is lost in that state after all…

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Trustees of the largest high school district in the country voted 4-1 Monday night to mandate displays bearing the nation’s motto — “In God We Trust” — and other historical documents in over 2,300 district classrooms and offices.

The display of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights will be included in the posters approved by district trustees in Bakersfield, Calif. Monday night.

Kern County High School District trustee Chad Vegas initially proposed the measure as a way of promoting patriotism. But the idea sparked a contentious debate.

“I’m exteremely pleased the measure passed and was in fact expanded beyond what I had originally proposed,” said Vegas.

In addition to placing the displays in over 2,300 classrooms, the posters will also be hung in district boardrooms, libraries, administrative offices and other rooms.

Board President Bob Hampton, a former teacher in the district, told The L.A. Times he would vote against the posters because they reflect a “spiritual agenda.”

“The spiritual side of students belongs at home and at church, not in the educational system,” Hampton said.

The classroom displays were first suggested by the non-profit group In God We Trust — America Inc., whose president, Jacquie Sullivan, is a Bakersfield councilwoman.

“I encouraged the trustees to put this on the agenda,” she said. “It’s very important. We need to promote patriotism and promote it in our schools. We can’t just assume that the younger generations are going to have that strong love for God and their country the way the older generations do.”

Sullivan’s organization has offered to provide funding for the project at Kern.

The councilwoman, who said she is a registered Republican and a Christian who attends a local Baptist church, told FOXNews.com that she has neither a religious nor political agenda in pushing for the measure.

“It’s not political. It’s not religious. It’s patriotism,” Sullivan said. “American patriotism is love of God and love of country. It’s pride in our country.”

She believes schools are becoming more casual about teaching children to appreciate the ideals and values the United States was founded on, and she thinks it’s important to “get back to the basics.”

“Some schools have gotten so lax as to not be pledging allegiance to the flag everyday,” Sullivan said. “We can easily get out of the habit of doing good things. (Patriotism) is something that continually needs to be taught.”

And she believes that most Americans have faith in God, so having the national motto posted in school shouldn’t offend anyone.

“We are faith-based people for the most part,” Sullivan said. “Sometimes you have to go with the majority.”

Other Bakersfield residents said there’s nothing wrong with posting the nation’s motto on classroom walls — even if it does mention God.

“Most kids in Bakersfield already have that seed planted, but for the others, it couldn’t hurt,” Malia Casarez told the Times. “My daughter is just 9 months old and I’m already scared of sending her to school, with all the things you hear about.”

Trustee Bryan Batey said he could support displaying the posters in some classrooms, but not all. Two other members on the five-person board have said they do not support the proposal, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

The Kern district superintendent’s office and the office of trustees did not immediately return calls from FOXNews.com seeking comment.

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