Archive for November 10th, 2008

Blog Turns 3 Years Old

Monday, November 10th, 2008

It doesn’t seem like it, but yes, the blog turned 3 years old last Saturday (November 8th).
Thanks to all of you for making it a success.
A special thank you to our co-moderator/author, Beth, for all of your help. We couldn’t have done it without you!
God Bless.
-Steve

“Fasten Your Seatbelts” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, November 10th, 2008

The election of Barack Obama as the United States’ 44th President has generated a great deal of interest in what possible connections he may have to Bible prophecy. I can only recall 9/11/01 as the only other time when there was such a sudden rush of traffic to our site.

The number one question being asked: Is Barack Obama the antichrist? I’ve received dozens of emails pointing out the odd fact that the day after the election, the daily pick-three lottery number in Obama’s home state of Illinois was “6-6-6.”

At this point, I think it’s unlikely that Obama will be the antichrist. The beast of Revelation will come out Europe, and he will be a man of profound political skills.

What makes Obama potentially important to the end time is not the fact that he will be the most socially liberal president in our nation’s history; I think his prophetic significance will center on how he handles our relationship with the state of Israel.

The stability of our nation in part depends on our friendship with Israel. God said to Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee” (Gen. 12:3). I believe much of our current economic troubles can be traced to the pressure the Bush administration has placed on Israel. The coming Obama administration doesn’t look very promising.

The Bible warns us that the day will come when Israel is standing by itself against its enemies. For decades, prophecy scholars have wondered what will cause America to become isolated from Israel. Some have wondered if it will be a Russian nuclear attack, while others have thought it might be the impact of the rapture. We can now add the possibility of political change to the list.

With the election of Obama, we have reached a point where so many key players are active on the world stage, we could now see prophecy come together at an exponential rate. Because Obama will be taking the role of the leader of the free world, one should expect the prophetic time clock to tick away at a faster rate.

It’s also important to realize that prophecy is now moving on a multi-front. While the world was fixated on the U.S. elections, I was keeping an eye on events in Russia. Vladimir Putin is said to be working on a plan that would soon put him back in the Kremlin. Putin has already formed an alliance with Arab nations that is amazingly similar to what is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

The global financial crisis is rapidly pushing the world towards the one-world economic system the Bible predicts. Later this month, several key nations are going to come together for another strategy summit.

I don’t mean to pick on Obama before he has even taken office. I believe we are so close to the tribulation hour, there is a good reason to be apprehensive about policies he will seek to implement. During the campaign, I thought it was strange that one man could be friends with so many people with radical political views.

Prophetic events have progressed along so far, the only real choice we had between John McCain and Barack Obama in the election was the speed at which we would choose to move towards the end. Now that America has selected the more rapid option, it’s time for prophecy-minded Christians to fasten their seat belts.

I don’t see anything shocking in last week’s election. I do believe strongly that a dark demonic cloud has swept over the land, but this is how we should expect the end times to play out. And, I foresee more negative events to come. The only thing that worries me is the Christians who fail to see the danger that comes from prophecy being fulfilled in our day.

I believe we are entering a time when Christians really need to set their priorities. Your last chance to do something for the kingdom of God may be sooner than you realize.

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev. 22:12).

“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Mat. 24:33-34).

— Todd

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“Jonah’s Warning” by Ron Graham

Monday, November 10th, 2008

“Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Jonah 3:4. God sent Jonah to Nineveh to tell the inhabitants there He had had enough. Jonah refused God, but after some persuasion on God’s part Jonah relented, cleaned the fish slobber off his clothes, and headed to Nineveh . Once Jonah arrived in that great city his message was simple. Basically, Jonah’s communication to the Ninevites went like this, “Forty days and you’re toast”.

At this point in the history of Nineveh, God had every intention of destroying the whole city and all its inhabitants, and was prepared to do so in just forty more days. He had given them many years to repent, to turn away from their evil ways. He always gives opportunities to repent. God is longsuffering and wishes that none would perish but all come to repentance. “Who can tell [if] God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?” Jonah 3:9.

All through the Bible we read about warnings God sent to His people when they got off course; even to those who were enemies of His people He sent warnings. Nineveh was one such city. Ninevites were sworn enemies of God’s chosen people. That is why Jonah tried to hide from God instead of going immediately to Nineveh . God sends warnings to people so they can make course changes, lifestyle changes, as well as motivational changes, and these warnings can come in many forms. In the case of Nineveh , the warning came from one of their enemies, a Jew.

Have you ever wondered how God is sending His warnings today, even to those who are called by His name? Could God be using the enemies of His Church to be messengers bearing warnings of impending doom? I believe He can and does, and I believe, at this juncture, we’ve just received a doozy. God has sent America a warning and it’s been delivered to us by His enemy.

We seem to be in freefall mode today in this country. We’ve grown quite soft in our luxurious lifestyles which are heavily laden with debt, and abound with non-necessities. I was speaking with a lady who runs a retirement home recently, and our conversation was a real eye opener for me. We were talking about the age of some of the residents at the home, some of whom are in their nineties. I found that remarkable because many of them attend my weekly Bible study there. She told me one man went through quadruple bypass surgery just over a year ago, and he still drives. This man has attended my Bible studies since they began a year ago. He turns ninety-seven this month, but doesn’t look a day over seventy-five.

Her estimation of these individuals and their longevity of life were summed up thusly; they lived a much tougher lifestyle when they were younger than those of us today. Sure they ate a lot of what we today would consider unhealthy food, but they worked hard everyday and thus kept their bodies healthy. She went on to complain a bit that she wasn’t looking forward to the time when the baby boomers would start arriving because she was sure they would be continually pushing the call buttons in their rooms as though they were some kind of room service devices instead of a “for emergency device”. I got a chuckle out of that remark because I’m a baby boomer.

Americans have grown soft; hard work is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Many Americans are overweight and thus they are living an unhealthy lifestyle. We’ve become more prone to heart disease among many other ailments that crop up as we add inches to our waist lines. This softness leads to a lifestyle of mediocrity in motivations and lethargy in actions.

What does all this talk of softness have to do with our current warning from God? Americans voted to replace our current President with a man who has promised us pie in the sky economics, wealth redistribution, healthcare for every person, and on and on it goes. Everything he has promised will add to the wonderful lifestyle of plenty and non-activity Americans have grown accustomed to, and at no additional charge to us. No extra physical exertion needed, just stay there in your easy chair and keep your eyes glued on Oprah.

As a nation we don’t care that this man promotes wholesale murder of babies in the womb, same-sex marriages, immorality of our children, re-distribution of the land of Israel to the Palestinians, appeasement of our enemies, socialism, the systematic elimination of our Constitution, and most important of all, the complete elimination of the Holy Bible from our lives. All this is just the beginning of the list. I’m sure there are many other things he promotes that didn’t come out in the election and will only come out after he’s sworn in as our next President and Commander-in-Chief. Keep watching through all the pomp and circumstance to see if he places his hand on the Holy Bible or the Koran at his swearing-in ceremonies.

A thoroughly evil man to the core could be just the thing that brings this country down and in ways we would never expect. As a nation of softies we want to continue in the bliss of easy living. So we elect a man who will give us everything we want, while all the time his evil mind is conjuring up ways to thoroughly disrupt this easy life and bring Americans under such bondage that we will never see the light of freedom again. Socialism is only one step away from communism. And communism never works out so well for the regular working stiff.

Warnings abound, they are all around us. The Bible points out many but, since most people aren’t much into reading the Bible anymore, God had to resort to a more extreme method to get His warning across. Sure, in the past He has used natural disasters, weather anomalies, wars and rumors of wars. Today God used Satan to bring to America what might just be our final warning.
What’s coming to the shores of America won’t be pretty and it won’t be anything softies will want to deal with, or even be able to deal with in their current state. Americans voted to take the easy way out of the problems confronting this nation. Little do they understand, that the problems facing this nation aren’t going away; they’ve just begun. Progression is the name of the game today, a progression of intensifying calamities befalling a once Christian nation that’s turned into followers of Satan. God can’t be happy with us and He’s no doubt going to express His lack of joy in ways we’ve yet to experience. “Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers…, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.” 2 Chronicles 7:22.

I know all this sounds like I’m some kind of a Chicken Little “the sky is falling” alarmist, but the signs are concurrent to what we read in our Bibles. Nothing I’ve said is beyond the realm of possibilities for God Almighty. Even though He loves us, and died for us, He chastises those who belong to Him as He feels He must to bring them back into a right relationship with Him. He is speaking to us daily. Here is a Bible verse that is continually use in commentaries such as this; “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14. How many really understand that God is speaking to those of us who have taken on His name? As believers we are in Christ and therefore we are those who are called by His name (Christians) and are the ones He’s admonishing to pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.

The warning Jonah delivered to Nineveh was received and heeded by the Ninevites. That huge city repented from the King down, and God spared them all. The United States of America has received her Jonah warning, we now need to humble ourselves before God and repent from the top down if we are to survive as a country. No repentance, no reprieve, we’re toast.

God bless you all,
Ron Graham

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The Neverending Story of Government Bailouts

Monday, November 10th, 2008

I caught this article over the weekend and thought is was worthy to note that on top of the 700 billion dollar bailout for the financial institutions, now the auto makers have their hands out.
I have mentioned several times that once the government begins to bail companies out, that the cycle is never going to end.

DETROIT — At Ford Motor Co. they called it “Blue,” a team set up around the year 2000 to design an array of small, fuel-efficient cars to compete with the Japanese. It didn’t get far because no one could figure out how to make money on low-priced compacts with Ford’s high labor costs.

Besides, the automaker was racking up billions in profits by selling pickups and sport utility vehicles. Times were good and gas was cheap.

“Blue” is only a small blip in automotive history, but it tells a big part of the story about why Detroit automakers are in a mess so critical they could be only months away from bankruptcy.

Democratic leaders in Congress asked the Bush administration on Saturday to provide more aid to the struggling auto industry, which is bleeding cash and jobs as sales have dropped to their lowest level in a quarter-century.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that the administration should consider expanding the $700 billion bailout to include car companies.

Critics say leaders over the years at Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and what is now Chrysler LLC were slow to take on unions, failed to invest enough in new products, ceded the car market to the Japanese and were ill-prepared for the inevitable rise in gas prices that would make their trucks and SUVs obsolete.

“There’s been 30 years of denial,” said Noel Tichy, a University of Michigan business professor and author who ran General Electric Co.’s leadership program from 1985-87 and once worked as a consultant for Ford. “They did not make themselves competitive. They didn’t deal with the union issues, the cost structures long ago, everything that makes a successful company.”

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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps

Monday, November 10th, 2008

United States Marine Corps Seal

The Marine Corp is 233 years old today. Happy Birthday and thank you to all the men and women have have served faithfully over the years.

See our “Honoring the United States Marie Corp” here.
See our “Honoring the Military” here.

Planning Under Way for Obama Holiday

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Obamessiah

More misplaced worship of the quasi-deity, the so-called “The One”, the self proclaimed “Obamessiah”, this time on a grassroots level.
Of course starting in Kansas at McDonald’s may not be the best way to be taken seriously, but I’ve seen stranger things start in stranger ways…

Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation’s 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

“Yes We Can” planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald’s restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama’s honor, to organize celebrations around his inauguration and to celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on Feb. 12 1809.

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