Archive for August 20th, 2008

Barack Obama Admits He Supported Infanticide

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

If elected, Obama promises to be the most liberal president we have had in a long time. Look for increases in abortion on demand, higher taxes and more entitlements.

Anyone who really wants to get a coherent view of Obama’s support for abortion and infanticide should flip open David Freddoso’s new book “The Case Against Barack Obama” to page 198 and begin reading.

If that is too much for you, I will boil it down succinctly. Obama’s support of infanticide has been covered exhaustively on the front page of RedState lately.

In 2001, the Illinois Attorney General determined doctors were under “no ethical or legal obligation” to give life sustaining treatment to prematurely born infants who were intended to be aborted. The Illinois General Assembly then took up the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, modeled on a federal law of the same name.

Barack Obama voted against the law. The Chicago Tribune reported on October 4, 2004, “Obama said that had he been in the U.S. Senate two years ago, he would have voted for the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, even though he voted against a state version of the proposal. The federal version was approved; the state version was not. . . . The difference between the state and federal versions, Obama explained, was that the state measure lacked the federal language clarifying that the act would not be used to undermine Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion.”

What the Chicago Tribune did not report was that Obama’s statement was a bold-faced lie. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) discovered the federal and state legislative texts and proved conclusively that the state version tracked the federal version’s protection of Roe vs. Wade.

After Barack Obama’s dismal failure at Saddleback Community Church this past Saturday, CBN’s David Brody interviewed Obama. Brody asked about the NRLC’s findings. Obama’s response was, “Well and because they have not been telling the truth. And I hate to say that people are lying, but here’s a situation where folks are lying. I have said repeatedly that I would have been completely in, fully in support of the federal bill that everybody supported — which was to say –that you should provide assistance to any infant that was born – even if it was as a consequence of an induced abortion. That was not the bill that was presented at the state level. What that bill also was doing was trying to undermine Roe vs. Wade. By the way, we also had a bill, a law already in place in Illinois that insured life saving treatment was given to infants.”

First, as stated above, the Illinois Attorney General noted that Illinois’s law that, in Obama’s words, “insured life saving treatment was given to infants” did not apply when the infant was intended to be aborted.

Second, twenty-four hours after accusing the NRLC of lying about his record, Obama now admits the NRLC told the truth. According to the New York Sun, “His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law.”

Obama told the Chicago Tribune the law did not have language tracking the federal version that would have guaranteed protections for Roe v. Wade. The NRLC proves conclusively that the legislation did have those protections. Obama declares the NRLC is lying. Yesterday, the Obama campaign changed its story. The NRLC was not lying, it’s just that “even as worded the legislation could have undermined Illinois abortion law.”

Barack Obama would rather see infants thrown, quite literally, into trash cans than dare encroach on the right to an abortion. At least his campaign is now willing to admit it.

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“Our Itching Ears” Opinion by Jack Kelley

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Tim. 4:3)

Usually this verse is quoted in connection with some New Age or Emerging Church teaching. But I think it can apply to students of prophecy as well. We’re so anxious for the Rapture that we periodically go off half cocked and wind up embarrassing ourselves in front of the nay sayers and scoffers.

This is not a new thing. There was a great Messianic fervor in the time leading up to the Lord’s first coming as well. And even after Israel rejected Him, the expectation of a coming Messiah was still a strong part of Jewish life when Simon bar Kochba led a revolt against the Romans in 135AD. He had been confirmed as the Messiah by a leading rabbi, and actually defeated the notorious Roman 10th Legion before being captured and killed, putting an end to both the revolt and the Nation of Israel.

Another Messianic expectation led to the Crusades and the belief that Jerusalem had to be conquered in the name of the Church so the Lord could return. This was the earliest form of dominion theology and was birthed out of an interpretation of prophecy that was originally meant to placate the Romans. In the Church’s earliest days the Romans had rejected Christianity because the Bible taught that Jesus would return to be King of the World. This was a position that the Roman Emperors occupied, and they were understandably reluctant to step aside. Church theologians convinced them that the Millennium was taking place in Heaven so the Lord wouldn’t be returning for 1000 years. It cleared the way for Roman acceptance of Christianity but led to the belief 700 years later that Jerusalem had to be made a Christian city to facilitate the Lord’s return. Untold thousands, many of them Jews, died because of this incorrect interpretation of Scripture. Many still hold this post-millennial view.

In the time leading up to WW2 many scholars believed Hitler to be the anti-Christ and saw WW2 as the final Battle between good and evil. A small minority of scholars pointed out that since Israel was not in the Land it couldn’t be the End of the Age, but lots of believers thought it was upon us.

In the 1970’s the Jesus movement brought thousands of young people into the Church, and the Messianic fever broke out again. One of the movement’s well known teachers began hinting that the Rapture would take place in 1981, based on the incorrect belief that the 2nd Coming would happen in 1988, and the excitement level rose even higher. When it didn’t happen those who were just along for the ride fell away, and even among true believers the pre-trib Rapture view took a real beating as disillusioned believers looked for a way to justify their now dashed hopes. Many resorted to an allegorical view and stopped taking prophecy literally.

Again in the late 80’s an incorrect view of Matt. 24:34 led to a book outlining 88 reasons why the Rapture had to happen in 1988. It was a best seller but it was wrong, and the 100 thousand plus who had bought the book had their faith needlessly shaken.

Both these last examples were based on the incorrect belief that the Lord had promised to return within the span of one generation after Israel was re-born as a nation. What He really said in effect was that the generation being born when the first of the End Times signs materialized would still be alive at the 2nd Coming. Although most agree that the re-birth of Israel was the starting point, it’s the lifetime of those being born then that determines the time span, not the length of a generation. But when the rapture didn’t come in 1988, some of these teachers simply switched their starting point to June, 1967, the reunification of Jerusalem, and added 40 years to that, never realizing that it wasn’t the starting point that was wrong, it was the interpretation of the verse. June 2007 also came and went with out a Rapture.

Today there’s yet another case of Messianic fever upon us, and it has to do with what I call the Blood Moon Scenario. In the year 2015 there will be back to back full lunar eclipses on Passover and Tabernacles. Each will be preceded by a Solar Eclipse, the only such heavenly display in the 21st Century. These tandem eclipses also occurred as Israel was being born in 1948 and as Jerusalem was being captured in 1967.

Some are teaching that this points to a return of the Lord in September of 2015, based again on an incorrect interpretation of Scripture. They’re claiming that Ezekiel 40:1 says that the Lord will return on the 10th day of the first month, and are using Israel’s civil calendar to call that day September 23, 2015, 5 days before the day of the final lunar eclipse, as the day to which Ezekiel was pointing.

I think these teachers are disregarding several facts. To start with, Ezekiel was trained as a priest and always used the religious calendar which begins in the spiring. God Himself ordained this change from a fall New Year to a Spring one in Exodus 12. The first month is March, not September.

The biggest problem might be that although Matt. 24:29 says that a darkened sun and moon will mark the end of the Great Tribulation, the Lord clearly said that believers on Earth at the time will not know the day or hour of the 2nd Coming. (Matt. 24:42, 44, 25:13) Once in a century back to back solar and lunar eclipses would seem to dispute those statements. More likely the sun and moon will appear to be darkened because of the smoke and particulates in the air from all the destruction.

And in order for the Lord to return in 2015, Daniel’s 70th Week will have to commence in September of 2008. That means Israel will have to experience a national conversion and place themselves back into the Old Covenant relationship they enjoyed in the Old Testament. (Today only about one in four Israelis admits to being a religious Jew.) Then they’ll have to make an official decision to build a Temple in Israel, knowing that it will most assuredly spark an unprecedented level of outrage among their Moslem neighbors in the Middle East, and in much of the world in general. Then a leader with sufficient clout in the world community will have to come to their rescue and enforce a 7 year contract that permits this.

I think the Temple can actually be built anytime in the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week. But in order for the 2015 Blood Moon Prophecy to come true we’ll need to see a major shift in Israel’s attitude toward God immediately for the 70th Week to begin. At this writing, that leaves less than two months for 5 million Israeli Jews to suddenly become religious and agree to put themselves under the Law.

What would it take for that to happen? Something truly miraculous, for sure. I believe Ezekiel 39:22 tells us that God’s victory over Israel’s enemies will accomplish just that. But forget about the false peace and unwalled villages. Can Ezekiel’s battle be mobilized, fought and won in less than 30 days?

In conclusion, I don’t believe these teachers have done their home work, and are causing more harm than good. “Scholarship” like this would never be tolerated in the secular community and those who proposed it would be laughed to scorn. But Christians are so anxious for the Messiah that we’ll accept anything that helps us believe he’s coming soon. And most of us don’t know enough about the Bible to exercise discernment.

Please believe me when I say I believe He’s coming soon too and I hope with all my heart that I’m right. But I’m not going to let that hope cloud my judgment or cause me to ignore what the Bible teaches. Advocates of this hypothesis are very popular right now and they’ve got a lot of people excited. But it’s only because they’re saying what our itching ears want to hear, not because they’re right. Who knows how many will have their faith in the accuracy of God’s word shaken this time?. 08-18-2008

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“Russia Practices Its Southern Attack” by Todd Strandberg

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Russia’s invasion of the nation of Georgia caused a big stir in the end-time community. Whenever Russian tanks move in the general direction of Israel, you can be sure the ears of prophecy watcher will perk up.

Last week, thousands of new people poured into the site looking for information on the Georgia conflict. Our message board set two new records for traffic. One thread on the subject has been read more than 110,000 times.

This event is obviously a false alarm, and is not the Gog/Magog invasion spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39. I do believe we are one giant step closer to seeing this prophecy being fulfilled.

We learned two things from the Russian invasion: 1) Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is still in charge of the country; and 2) he has a desire to bolster Russia ’s international dominance through military force.

After Georgia opened fire on the Russian-backed separatist region of South Ossetia, Putin was the first to speak to the nation on television. He also was the first to confer with world leaders and visit the Russian troops in the field. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the guy who supposedly replaced Putin, was left to handle the smaller details.

I’m still trying to find a valid justification for Russia ’s blitzkrieg through Georgia. Its military was incredibly prepared for what it called a defensive move. If the goal was to just protect South Ossetia, there is no racial reason for Russia to invade nearly half of Georgia. There obviously is no justification to be found here. Russia’s bullying of its southern neighbor is meant to test the West’s resolve.

It’s not just Georgia that has come under threat. A top Russian general said that Poland’s agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported. “Poland, by deploying (the system), is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent,” said Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff.

One of the most disturbing factors at work here is the realization that America has limited options in dealing with Russia. With U.S. forces heavily committed to peace-keeping actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the European theater is left open to threats from Moscow.

This situation is no surprise to me. After Putin rigged last year’s elections, making a sham out of the term “Russian democracy,” it seemed obvious that we were headed for trouble with this man. I made the following prediction in my December 3 update:

“In the near future, I expect Bush to greatly regret not being more forceful with Putin. Whenever someone heads down the path towards dictatorship, it always ends badly for that person and for the nation seized. Like the old saying goes, ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’

Autocratic leaders don’t like to be static. Once they achieve victory, they are always looking for new conquests. History would warn that Eastern Europe is in danger, but I think this time around, Israel is the one that needs to be watchful.”

I personally find Vladimir Putin to be a very spooky character. You never see this man smiling in any news footage. It is like a dark, demonic cloud of gloom constantly hovers over him. The Russian people and the western liberal media may see this as an indication of assertiveness, but I see it as a manifestation of evil.

It is becoming hard to ignore the possibility that Putin may be the person who leads the Gog attack against Israel. Russia has strong ties to several of Israel’s Arab foes. Of course, we are all waiting for Israel to launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The recent chain of events makes it all the more easier to envision Putin’s reaction if the reactor his nation is building for Iran were suddenly destroyed by an Israeli air raid.

“And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel , as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes” (Ezek. 38:15-16).

— Todd

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Floridians to Vote on Bathroom Issue

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

This whole misguided situation is sad.
In their attempt to appease the homosexuals, a Florida community has opened the door, literally, for any person of any sex to use any public restroom or locker room, just because they claim to be “confused” about their gender identity.
The possibilities open to sexual predators now are endless.

Gainesville, Florida, residents will have a say over a recently enacted transgender ordinance. The ordinance would permit a man to use the women’s restroom if he feels like a woman.

Cane Davis of Citizens for Good Public Policy believes permitting such an option puts women and children at risk. The organization recently conducted a successful petition drive, and the issue will be on the ballot next spring. But that might not be the only thing on the ballot.

“We do have two city commissioners who should be up for election when this issue will be on the ballot,” Davis contends. “Now, the city of Gainesville commissioners have the right to say, ‘We don’t want them on that ballot. We want to do a special election.’ And they may choose to do that.”

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