Archive for January 12th, 2010

The Roman Road to Salvation

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Jesus the Road to Salvation

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:23

“…The wages of sin is death…”
Romans 6:23a

“…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6:23b

“God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
Romans 5:8

“Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
Romans 10:13

“…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Romans 10:9,10

“Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”
Revelation 3:20a

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Body Scanners Can Store, Send Images, Group Says

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This is a complete and total violation of our privacy to an unheard of level. I don’t know about you, but I am not comfortable with showing off my “naked” body to total strangers, just for the “honor” of being allowed to fly.
We continue to overlook all of the methods that would catch would be terrorist, all the while giving up more and more rights and privacy.

Washington (CNN) — A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images.

The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said.

In the documents, obtained by the privacy group and provided to CNN, the TSA specifies that the body scanners it purchases must have the ability to store and send images when in “test mode.”

That requirement leaves open the possibility the machines — which can see beneath people’s clothing — can be abused by TSA insiders and hacked by outsiders, said EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.

EPIC, a public-interest group focused on privacy and civil rights, obtained the technical specifications and vendor contracts through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The written requirements also appear to contradict numerous assurances the TSA has given the public about the machines’ privacy protections.

“The machines have zero storage capability,” the TSA Web site says.

A TSA video assures passengers “the system has no way to save, transmit or print the image.”

And the TSA has distributed numerous news releases with similar language as it lobbies for public acceptance of the machines as a less intrusive alternative to pat-downs.

A TSA official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official is not authorized to speak on the record said all full-body scanners have “strong privacy protections in place” and are delivered to airports “without the capability to store, print or transmit images.”

“There is no way for someone in the airport environment to put the machine into the test mode,” the official said, adding that test mode can be enabled only in TSA test facilities. But the official declined to say whether activating test mode requires additional hardware, software or simply additional knowledge of how the machines operate.

The controversy arises as the TSA is promoting the machines as a possible way to prevent assaults on U.S. airliners, such as the Christmas attempt on Northwest Flight 253.

About 40 machines are already in use at 19 airports, and the TSA says it will deploy 150 more nationwide this year, while appropriating money for an additional 300 machines for 2011.

“I don’t think the TSA has been forthcoming with the American public about the true capability of these devices,” EPIC’s Rotenberg said. “They’ve done a bunch of very slick promotions where they show people — including journalists — going through the devices. And then they reassure people, based on the images that have been produced, that there’s not any privacy concerns.

“But if you look at the actual technical specifications and you read the vendor contracts, you come to understand that these machines are capable of doing far more than the TSA has let on,” he said.

The TSA should suspend further deployment of the machines until privacy and security questions are resolved, Rotenberg said.

TSA officials say they have taken sufficient measures to protect privacy.

The TSA officer viewing the image cannot see the actual passenger. No cameras, cell phones or other devices capable of capturing an image are allowed in the room where the image is displayed, according to the TSA. The agency adds that images are deleted from the system after the operator reviews them. And employees who misuse the machines are subject to serious discipline or removal.

Further, the TSA says, the machines are not networked and cannot be hacked.

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Prophetic Events Moving Faster

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

OK folks, we need to discuss some developments in prophetic events for a moment. Take a few minutes and read these excerpts.

2010: What’s Likely, What’s Not

This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley

The following is not intended as prophecy. The only thing I can safely say I got from the Lord is the idea to write it. But with things happening so quickly these days I think it’s good to get some perspective on Biblical events that may affect our lives in the coming 12 months. It’ll be a good follow-up to our recap of 2009.

The Battle of Psalm 83: Likely.

Something big seems to be brewing on both Israel’s northern and southern borders…

If this happens it will explain why none of these entities was named in Ezekiel’s roster of enemy combatants.

The Battle of Ezekiel 38: Not Likely

Three factors argue against Ezekiel’s Battle coming this year. First, Turkey hasn’t yet completed its change of allegiance from Europe to the camp of Islam, although this could be completed very soon.

Second, Israel hasn’t acquired the wealth necessary to make it a tempting target to Russia, as required by Ezekiel 38:13.

But third and most importantly, Israel is not living carelessly in a state of perceived peace, and has neither dismantled the security wall that divides it from the Palestinians, nor relaxed its guard in any other way.

The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse: Not Likely

For several years people have been asking if we’re in the Seal Judgments of Rev. 6. They ask these questions because some teachers say the first seals are already open. But the opening of the seal judgments requires the 70th Week of Daniel to have begun, and that can’t happen until Israel is officially back in a covenant relationship with God. That means God will have revealed Himself to them by defeating their attackers in the Battle of Ezekiel 38 (Ezek. 39:21-22) It’s helpful to remember that from chapter 6 thru chapter 19, the Book of Revelation is a commentary on Daniel’s 70th Week, a period of time during which the Church is not present on Earth.

Further Decline Of The US: Likely

Since the US is not mentioned in End Times prophecy, although it’s been a dominant world power for nearly all of our life times, its further decline in 2010 is likely. Here’s why I think the US will be increasingly irrelevant as the End Times approach.

More and more “experts” are saying that the recession is not only not over but in 2010 will take an even larger bite out of our economy. Continuing to create money out of thin air to cover our soaring deficit will eventually catch up with us and when it does prices will begin to increase rapidly as the dollar loses what little value it still has. Some say we’ll begin to see the effects of this in 2010. Massive irregularities in the distribution of “bail-out” money are coming to the surface and are likely to further erode our confidence in what our government is telling us.

Experts are beginning to admit that neither political party has the will to do what’s required to save the US from economic ruin. The only question is how long it will take for us to self destruct. Some are saying that by the end of 2010 our situation may well be far worse than it is today.

The Rapture Of The Church: Likely

These days, any talk of coming events has to include the Rapture of the Church. To say that it’s unlikely to happen in 2010 would be misleading, because with each passing day it becomes more and more likely. Even though the timing of the rapture is based upon the number of Church members (Romans 11:25) and not a date, there are other dates that offer clues as to how close we’re coming.

In Matt. 24:34 Jesus said in effect that the generation being born at the time of the first End Times signs would still be alive at the 2nd Coming. The first sign is almost universally recognized as the re-birth of Israel in 1948. “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24). From Psalm 90:10 we learn that although some may live longer, an average life span is about 70 years. 70 years from 1948 would be 2018. Both Romans 11:25 and Acts 15:13-18 indicate that the 70 Weeks of Daniel, interrupted 7 years short of its promised 490 year duration, would resume after the Lord has taken His Church from among the gentiles. Subtracting 7 years from 2018 puts the latest time for the rapture sometime in 2011. Since it could happen at any time, and will happen before Daniel’s 70th week begins, we can realistically look for the rapture any time now.

Every Jewish person dreams of one day celebrating Passover in Jerusalem and so at the end of the Passover Seder, a final toast is traditionally offered. Everyone raises their glass and drinks to the fulfillment of that dream, saying, “Next year in Jerusalem!” Maybe in Church gatherings during 2010 Christians will begin raising their glasses to the toast, “Next year in the New Jerusalem!” It could happen. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. 01-09-10

Note from Mike: If the Lord is using 70 years as a firm benchmark for a generation and 1948 as the starting point of the generation referred to in Matthew 24, I would concur with Jack’s sentence stating that the latest time for the rapture would be 2011, but it’s important for us to bear in mind that the promise made in scripture is that the generation alive to see these things will not pass until all is fulfilled. I believe Jack has put some flexibility in his commentary’s definition of a generation accurately by inserting Psalm 90:10 into it, but I want to make sure no one walks away from this commentary 100% certain that the Rapture must occur before 2012. To draw any accurate date-based conclusions concerning the Rapture of the Church, we need to have a clear picture of what a generation is. Once we grasp what a generation is, I don’t believe we can set dates and this by God’s design.

The Greek for the word generation is genea (ge-ne-ä’) and it can be defined as meaning: “The whole multitude of men living at the same time.” I believe, in keeping with this site’s policy of not doing anything close to date-setting, that we should take this scripture to mean what it does using the definition provided here. Simply put, that definition would indicate that there will be some people from the generation that saw the rebirth of Israel who will not die until all the bible’s left-to be-fulfilled prophecies, up to and including the Second Coming, are fulfilled.

One final point I would bring to discussion of this issue is I’ve heard the argument made that the countdown to Christ’s return, the putting forth of leaves referred to in Matthew 24: 32, started when Israel captured Jerusalem in 1967. Personally, I believe we know all we need to, whether 1948 marked the beginning of the countdown to Christ’s return or 1967 did.

Whether the generation referred to in Matthew 24 is the one that saw Israel reborn in 1948 or the one that saw Jerusalem return to Israeli control in 1967, what is most important for us to remember is this, which I believe is universally agreed upon: Jesus Christ’s return is near! How exciting is it to consider that there are people alive today, some of whom will read this very commentary, who will not feel the sting of death before His return? Hallelujah!

Secular Turkish PM wins Saudi “Prize for Service to Islam”

The Saudis clearly realize what the Western world is determined to ignore: that Erdogan has put Turkey on the path to discarding Kemalist secularism and becoming an Islamic state. “Turkey’s PM awarded by Arab world for ‘services to Islam,” from World Bulletin, January 12 (thanks to James):

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is announced the winner of “King Faisal International Prize” which is considered the “Nobel prize” of the Arab world.

The award, which is given every year by Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Foundation, is presented to scientists and people who create positive differences in the world and make contributions to Islam.

This year’s winners were announced at a ceremony held in Riyadh.

Erdogan was selected by the foundation for “his services to Islam”.

Commenting on Erdogan’s success, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said that the foundation decided to award Erdogan as his remarkable contributions and extraordinary successes were highly appreciated.

Pointing to Erdogan’s virtuous leadership, Ihsanoglu said the Turkish prime minister contributed to the righteous causes of the Islam world and to the formation of “Alliance of Civilizations” initiative.

And further news in regards to Turkey…

Turkey Boosts Ties to its Gog-Magog Future

Just yesterday I wrote the following in a commentary on Turkey and its prophetic destiny:

Everything – and I do mean everything – foretold in bible prophecy is lining up for fulfillment, but watching what has taken place in relation to Turkey swinging from being a West-aligned, mostly Israel-friendly nation to the nation we see in Ezekiel 38-39? It has been dramatic thus far and is continuing to play itself out before our very eyes!

Don’t blink. You might just miss something.

Well, today is a new day and there are new developments.

The headline of an Arutz Sheva article almost tells the latest tale by itself: Turkey Boosts Ties with Lebanon, Syria and Iran. A few excerpts of interest from the article:

Turkey’s continuing warming of relations with Iran, Syria and Lebanon comes as leading Israeli media have criticized Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon for disparaging the Turkish ambassador to Israel. Ayalon voiced anger at the envoy on Monday over a Turkish soap opera that spread a blood libel against Israel by depicting Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) agents as kidnappers of babies.

And…

Ankara used to be considered a close friend of Israel, an image that officials of the Labor party, headed by Barak, are trying to maintain. Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a veteran Labor politician, said last month that there is no diplomatic crisis between the two countries despite harsh statements against Israel by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ministers.

And…

Turkey’s closer military ties with Lebanon follow by two months defense pacts signed with Syria and Iran. Erdogan last October stated that cooperation with the Syria and Iran is important for peace in the Middle East.

During a visit by Erdogan to Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised the Turkish Prime Minister for his “clear stance against the Zionist regime.” Turkey also has signed military pacts with Syria and held a joint military drill with its army shortly after canceling the annual military exercise in which Israel participated.

While taking a far more hostile position against Israel than it has in recent history, Turkey – a nation that will be aligned with Russia, Iran and others in an attack foretold in Ezekiel 38-39 we commonly refer to as the battle of Gog-Magog – is boosting its ties with many of Israel’s most hated enemies, taking a position one could easily see as a “clear stance against the Zionist regime” as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wickedly put it recently.

Day by day, minute by minute, we draw closer to the return of Jesus Christ, an event which is becoming more and more visible on the prophetic horizon. How can this not be the case when there is a multitude of developments that seemingly connect the dots, almost to completion no less, between current events and the last days events foretold in bible prophecy which are awaiting fulfillment? This is a question every skeptic needs to ask themselves, one every Christian awaiting Christ’s return needs to know the answer to.

What next?

Turkey has been the missing piece of the prophetic puzzle for many years. As long as they were more “Westernized” than Islamic, end time events could not proceed. But once they become either an open or covert enemy of Israel, the door to prophetic fulfillment just swung open a bit further.

Like Mike at Rapture Alerts says, “Keep Looking Up”.

Behold the world in slumber lies,
And then thunder fills the skies,
An angel shouts, a trumpet sounds,
The saints of God are glory bound.

-Ray Boltz, in his song “Break the Yoke”, 1986

30 Years of Global Cooling Are Coming, Leading Scientist Says

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

One scientist, in this article, claims that the earth is warming and it’s man’s fault, but for the next 30 years or so, we are going to have to endure a “mini ice age”. You’ve got to be kidding me.

From Miami to Maine, Savannah to Seattle, America is caught in an icy grip that one of the U.N.’s top global warming proponents says could mark the beginning of a mini ice age.

Oranges are freezing and millions of tropical fish are dying in Florida, and it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze, says Professor Mojib Latif, one of the world’s leading climate modelers.

Latif thinks the cold snap Americans have been suffering through is only the beginning. He says we’re in for 30 years of cooler temperatures — a mini ice age, he calls it, basing his theory on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the world’s oceans.

Latif, a professor at the Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University and an author of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, believes the lengthy cold weather is merely a pause — a 30-years-long blip — in the larger cycle of global warming, which postulates that temperatures will rise rapidly over the coming years.

At a U.N. conference in September, Latif said that changes in ocean currents known as the North Atlantic Oscillation could dominate over manmade global warming for the next few decades. Latif said the fluctuations in these currents could also be responsible for much of the rise in global temperatures seen over the past 30 years.

Latif is a key member of the UN’s climate research arm, which has long promoted the concept of global warming. He told the Daily Mail that “a significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles — perhaps as much as 50 percent.”

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSICD) agrees that the cold temperatures are unusual, and that the world’s oceans may play a part in temperatures on land.

“Has ocean variability contributed to variations in surface temperature? Absolutely, no one’s denying that,” said Mark Serreze, senior research scientist with NSIDC. But the Center disagrees with Latif’s conclusions, instead arguing that the cold snap is still another sign of global warming.

“We are indeed starting to see the effects of the rise in greenhouse gases,” he said.

Many parts of the world have been suffering through record-setting snowfalls and arctic temperatures. The Midwest saw wind chills as low as 49 degrees below zero last week, while Europe saw snows so heavy that Eurostar train service and air travel were canceled across much of the continent. In Asia, Beijing was hit by its heaviest snowfall in 60 years.

And as for the cold weather?

“This is just the roll of the dice, the natural variability inherent to the system,” explained Serreze.

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“Racism Double-Standards 101” by Ashley Herzog

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

These days, it’s difficult for normal people to determine what counts as a racist remark and what doesn’t. (For instance, the preferred PC term for a non-white individual is “person of color,” but if you accidentally transpose the words and say “colored person,” you’re racist.) Therefore, in the wake of the Harry Reid flap, I’ve decided to provide my readers with a handy racist vs. not-racist chart.

Not racist: Reid saying Barack Obama was an appealing black candidate because of his “light skin” and his lack of a “negro dialect.” Fellow Democrats have rallied around him, and Obama accepted Reid’s apology, citing his commitment to “social justice.”

Racist: Hillary Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro saying Obama was a more appealing candidate because he is black. In the face of relentless hectoring from liberals and black activists, Ferraro resigned from the Clinton campaign. (And she didn’t even use the word “negro.”)

Not racist: Chris Dodd praising fellow Democrat and former Klansmen Robert Byrd, saying he “would have been a great senator at any moment”–including, presumably, when he was running around West Virginia in a white hood. Dodd apologized for his “poor choice of words,” and with that, the subject was dropped.

Racist: Trent Lott praising fellow Republican and former segregationist Strom Thurmond, saying if Thurmond had been President, America wouldn’t have had “all these problems.” Lott was forced to resign as Senate majority leader despite his repeated apologies.

Not racist: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee obtaining a copy of black Republican Michael Steele’s credit report. (Because all black people have bad credit, didn’t you know?) Although the Democrats denied race had anything to do with it, Steele was the only candidate targeted.

Read the rest of the article here.