Archive for September 22nd, 2009

Many Will be Made Righteous

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:19 (New International Version)

Obama Promises Jewish Homes to Palestinians

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

JERUSALEM – President Obama is “fed up” with Israel while his administration has given the Palestinians guarantees they will eventually take over Jewish homes and buildings throughout most of the West Bank, a top Palestinian Authority official claimed to WND.

“We heard from the U.S. that no matter what Israel is building in the West Bank, it will not affect a final status agreement to create a Palestinian state,” said the PA official, who spoke on condition his name be withheld.

“The Americans told us (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu might construct in the West Bank for now but we (Palestinians) can enjoy these houses later. The evacuated homes will not be destroyed like some were when Israel pulled out of Gaza,” the official said.

The official said Obama has adopted the position of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who presented a plan to create a Palestinian state within two years based largely on the 1967 borders, meaning Israel would retreat from the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem.

The official said the U.S. would back Israel retaining what are known as main settlement blocs, a reference to certain large Jewish West Bank communities such as Gush Etzion.

The official, however, said the U.S. does not support Israel retaining the E1 area in Jerusalem, referring to Maale Adumim, a Jewish community in eastern Jerusalem.

The issue of Jewish construction is contentious. Obama has demanded Israel halt all settlement activity, or Jewish building projects in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

Obama’s Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, is in the region attempting to negotiate a settlement freeze. Talks between Netanyahu and Mitchell, which continued today, failed to reach an agreement. A deal could allow for a tripartite meeting between Obama, Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week.

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Iranians Turn to Christ After Prayer Initiative

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Continue to pray for these people.

The executive director of Mission Network News says the gospel is making inroads into Iran.

Mission Network News (MNN) recently concluded a prayer initiative for Muslims that coincided with Ramadan. Greg Yoder, executive director of MNN, says many Muslims in countries such as Iran are turning to Christianity after they have realized that religious leaders have dictated and crafted governmental policies.

“So they’re thinking to themselves, ‘We don’t really like the government in Iran. We don’t really like what’s happening; there must be some other truth’ — and that’s why they’re turning to Christian television, satellite radio, and many are turning to Christ,” he notes. “We’re seeing a new generation in Iran coming to Christ, and they’re even developing churches around radio and TV today so they can grow in their faith.”

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Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

We are continuing to follow the story of a girl, Rifqa Bary, 17, who ran away from her Muslim family after converting to Christianity, out of fear for her life. Here are the latest developments:
Her family is pressing for the custody case to be transferred to Ohio, where, in my opinion, they would have a better chance of swaying a judge to rule in their favor.
Also, W.L. Cati, the founder of White Horse Ministry, Inc., is concerned that since Bary is not a U.S. citizen, her parents might decide to send her back to Sri Lanka, where she would be in grave danger for converting to Christianity. She would most likely be killed and U.S. authorities would be powerless to stop it.
Cati, is suggesting that Bary’s lawyer should begin the asylum process.

Fathima Bary

The head of a Christian ministry dedicated to exposing the truth about Islam believes that the attorney for a 17-year-old Christian convert from Islam should begin the process of seeking political asylum for his client who is not a U.S. citizen and is fearful of being returned to her native Sri Lanka by her parents.

September 29 had been the next scheduled hearing in the case of Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teen who ran away to Florida out of fear that she would be killed for converting from Islam to Christianity. But yesterday her parents filed a motion for a hearing seeking jurisdiction of the case to be moved from Orlando to Columbus. An Ohio judge has set a hearing for October 27. The Florida judge currently supervising the case said at a hearing in Orlando on Monday afternoon that he will consult with his Ohio counterpart to settle jurisdictional issues.

“We’re talking about getting asylum for her. That’s a long process,” [W.L. Cati, the founder of White Horse Ministry, Inc.] notes. “But maybe even if her attorney would start that process, that might block some of this because there is definite cause for fear for her to go back to her country or to her parents.”

See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.

In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings

“A Core Europe and Bible Prophecy” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Daniel 7:7-8:

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Before I go any further, let me explain what I believe this passage of Scripture is telling us to watch for.

The future kingdom of Antichrist, which I believe to be the ever-growing European Union, the revived Roman empire if you will, is, at some point, going to have ten “horns” or primary seats of authority.

Many people believe these ten horns already exist in the form of the Western European Union (WEU), which has ten permanent member nations.

Encyclopedia Britannica describes the WEU as an “association of 10 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom) that operates as a forum for the coordination of matters of European security and defense. It contributed to the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and works in cooperation with that organization. The WEU became the primary defense institution of the European Union in the 1990s, though it gave up that role in 2001.”

Presently, although anything could happen and turn things around on a dime, it seems that the WEU’s role as the teeth of the rising Beast government of Antichrist has been greatly diminished since 2001. Because of this, it seems unlikely that the WEU is going to be the ten horns referred to by the prophet Daniel.

Assuming the WEU isn’t going to be the ten horns among which the Antichrist will ascend to prominence, are there any other possibilities in view? Absolutely and it’s a topic that has been brought up on a number of occasions in recent years – the creation of a “core Europe” being formed within the boundaries of the larger European Union.

A “Core Europe”

The EU Observer is reporting the following concerning a “core Europe” being formed, in part:

“Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has suggested that if the Irish people vote against the Lisbon Treaty a second time, a group of European Union member states should move to create a “core Europe” in order to implement the treaty.”

And…

“Various politicians and academics have advocated the idea that an inner core of EU member states drive forward with deeper integration via the development of a new organisation, often described as a European Federation, alongside the existing European Union.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the Lisbon Treaty, it is essentially a repackaged version of the European Union’s Constitution. In 2004, leaders from all the member nations of the European Union signed the European Union’s Constitution amid great pomp and circumstance, but it ran into stumbling blocks afterward, all of the European Union’s member nations having had to ratify it through referendum for it to be official. Ireland, as the linked news story above implies, didn’t do so. Thus, the process was derailed.

After it seemed clear the EU Constitution couldn’t be passed by all EU member nations ratifying it, the Constitution was repackaged as the Lisbon Treaty and talk of a “core Europe” being formed began to make rounds on the internet, many in the European Union seeing the failure of a few nations to ratify the Constitution being a stumbling block to the EU achieving its global ambitions which brings us to where we are today.

Considering the news story linked above, could the creation of a “core Europe” or European Federation within the larger European Union be on its way to becoming a reality? Theoretically speaking, it seems a distinct possibility.

If a “core Europe” comes into existence, my suspicion is it will end up being a federation comprised of 10 members, allowing for the fulfillment of bible prophecy to occur at the appointed time. I’m not being dogmatic that this is what’s going to happen, but it is something for us to bear in mind as we await the return of Jesus Christ for His Church. Why? Because a “core Europe” being formed that would operate as the Lisbon Treaty provides for would replace the EU’s current system of rotating six-month presidencies with the creation of an actual position for an EU President to be seated, as well as an EU foreign minister with a wide swath of diplomatic powers. The foreign minister’s position, as set forth in the Lisbon Treaty, would hold such tremendous power that he could not only set EU foreign policy but implement it as well, an issue of such concern to a large number of leaders in the Union that they have vocally stated that no one person should hold such tremendous power, one prominent reason why both the EU Constitution and Lisbon Treaty have met some opposition.

Sooner or later, ten horns

Concerning the advent of the prophesied Antichrist to come, we’re told, in Daniel 7:7-8, that a group of ten “horns” (horns being symbolic of seats of authority or positions of power) will arise in the last days.

Whether these ten horns come to exist as a result of a “core Europe” being formed, the WEU being reasserted as the primary defense institution of the EU, or another ten-member association of powerful leaders yet to be revealed coming into view, we have a clear picture of what is going to transpire in the aftermath.

A “little horn” – symbolic of the prophesied Antichrist – will come up among the “ten horns”. Daniel 7:8 tells us that, before this “little horn”, three of the first horns will be “plucked up by the roots.”

The original Hebrew text for being “plucked up by the roots” is `aqar and it means just what it seems to as we read it English.

The Antichrist, most likely because these three nations (or leaders) aren’t going to go along with whatever he has in mind as he makes his ascent among them, is going to uproot them, rendering them silent.

The little horn (Antichrist) will be speaking “great things” at this time in his political ascent, his tongue being like a razor I dare say, both in its sharpness of tone and its ability to create injury to any adversaries standing in his path.

Conclusion

The idea of a “core Europe” being formed within the revived Roman empire of bible prophecy could open a doorway to the advent of the Antichrist occurring. While it is nothing more than an occasionally brought up possibility, what it demonstrates to me is how dedicated many influential leaders inside the European Union are to ensuring that the Union’s ever-growing economic power and diplomatic influence isn’t slowed by a few detracting voices. In that sense, the EU Beast is itself already much like the leader who will someday come to be its supreme leader, the Antichrist. Doesn’t this fit perfectly with how bible prophecy uses the term “Beast” interchangeably, at times describing the Antichrist himself while at other times describing his empire?

What fascinating and intellectually stimulating times we’re living in! Stay tuned, Church! There’s no telling what we’re going to see next!

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Quote of the Day – Obama’s Talk Show Circuit

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

“To be solipsistic (to bring back perhaps my favorite word to describe Barack Obama) is to believe that little if anything else exists or is relevant beyond what is in a person’s own mind. In Barack Obama’s mind, delivering a 45-minute partisan lecture filled with half-truths and wholesome rhetoric is as important as anything else in his presidency. Obama has gone through his entire life able to talk his way into and out of anything, including the Oval Office, and that his rhetoric fails to resonate with a growing number of Americans is impossible for him to understand. His solution: talk more. Hence the speech to the joint session of Congress. Hence the speech to our schoolchildren on education. Hence the speech to the hated capitalists on Wall Street. Hence the 60 Minutes interview. And hence the appearance on not one, not two, but five Sunday morning talk shows yesterday.”

-Jeff Schreiber

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