Archive for February 16th, 2010

Iran Installing Weapons Grade Enrichment Centrifuges as World Sits on Its Hands – Again

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The world is going to allow this mad man to get nuclear weapons. I can almost see them privately encouraging him, while publicly wringing their hands and agonizing over how he won’t behave. Privately, they see him as a solution to a problem. What problem might that be, you ask? Israel.
Everyone but a few of us hates Israel. They would love nothing better than to see Iran carry out it’s threat of annihilation against Israel.
But God has other plans for Israel. Just wait and see.

Iran’s president announced Tuesday that his country is installing more advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment facility, even as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of an arms race if Iran acquires a nuclear bomb.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a news conference the new centrifuges are not yet operational but are five times more efficient than an earlier model at its Natanz enrichment plant — news of major concern to the U.S. and its allies because at higher levels the enriched uranium they produce can be used in nuclear warheads.

Iran says its nuclear work is only for peaceful purposes in a medical reactor, but Clinton said Tuesday that if Iran acquires a nuclear device it could trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which would create “dangerous” problems in the region.

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Bennie Begin: ‘We will never relinquish Temple Mount’

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The Israelis and Jews should not have to relinquish Temple Mount. Further to that, they should be running and making the Muslims allow anyone to pray anywhere on the Mount whenever they want to. The Muslim intolerance is beyond belief.
Now with that said, the Jews shouldn’t have a problem with the Muslims or Christians being allowed to pray at the Mount either. But some do.

Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin, speaking Monday at a gathering in Jerusalem, said that the city’s status as the capital of Israel has been undermined over the last few years.

“Far ranging plans have been put on the negotiating table, not only in east Jerusalem, but proposals have been made for Israel to relinquish Jewish sovereignty over Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, and the City of David,” said Begin.

Begin went on to say that “in the name of the Israeli government, such proposals and ones like them will not be considered under any condition.”

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“Anti-Israel Christians” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Show me a Christian whose loyalties lie with appeasing the desire of Palestinians above the nation of Israel and I’ll show you a Christian I don’t trust as far as I can throw a refrigerator! As I’m about to highlight, this would be the position Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church has elected to take.

In a recent article, it was reported that McLaren “recently led a delegation through Israel and the West Bank decrying alleged pro-Israel partiality.”

Having read the bible and studied end times bible prophecy extensively in my lifetime, I am at a loss to see how any bible-believing Christian could, as Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) put it in the article, view Israel as a “western imperialist power that is oppressing the Palestinians — who are, in contrast, an impoverished Third World victim…suffering because of American economic and military support for Israel.” Ditto when it comes to drawing a “moral equivalency between Israel defending itself and Palestinians launching terrorist attacks” which McLaren and the Emergents are somehow unashamedly capable of bring themselves to do.

That the Emergent Church and its leadership is spiritual poison with its New Age mysticism and blending of eastern religious practices with Christianity is nothing new, but the latest? It should be “the straw that broke the camel’s back” with those in the evangelical community who have yet to discern the sinister underpinnings of the movement.

The Bible tells me so

End times bible prophecy couldn’t be more clear in its presentation of the nation of Israel being first regathered to their covenant lands, which occurred in 1948, then ultimately becoming the target of a world that has forgotten its God’s scorn, that very trend eventually leading to the ultimate form of evil ever to inhabit human flesh in the person of the Antichrist to come against the Jewish people in a genocidal effort to remove them from the face of the earth once and for all! Many of the Jewish people, the “western imperialists” McLaren referred to, are going to die in the prophetic future during what is referred to as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” in Jeremiah 30:7. They will have done nothing to deserve it other than be born.

Zechariah 13:8: And it shall come to pass, [that] in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off [and] die; but the third shall be left therein.

Most perceive the Scripture above to indicate that only a third of the Jewish people are going to survive the Great Tribulation to come. But there is a silver lining to all that lies ahead, regardless of what McLaren and his fellow wolves in sheep’s clothing think or say in opposition to Israel. The trials that lie ahead, which the Emergents along with all of Israel’s enemies in the world are encouraging through their actions, is going to lead to the children of Israel doing what they should’ve done long ago, namely calling on the name of the Lord and being redeemed!

Zechariah 13:9: And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It [is] my people: and they shall say, The LORD [is] my God.

Jesus said, in the time leading up to His subsitutionary death of atonement on the cross for us all, that Israel would never again see Him, their Messiah, until the day comes when they will receive Him as such.

Matthew 23:39: For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Sadly, as is true of many individuals too puffed up in their pride to bow their knee to Christ, it is going to take trial to bring Israel to the point of calling out to Christ which is precisely why they find themselves in the mess they presently are in as well as headed for the struggles that yet lie ahead, but nothing the children of Israel have done excuses the conduct of McLaren and the Emergents. Christians, of all people, should understand this as the Word is quite clear on the issue.

Israel, not Palestinians aligned against the Jewish nation along with their terrorist allies, is the apple of God’s eye. Anti-Israel Christians, if we dare call them Christians at all, would do well to note that the person or nation which takes aim against Israel “toucheth the apple of the Lord’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8) and that places McLaren and his ilk squarely in the camp of God’s enemies. Is there anything, anything at all, Christian about that? Not in my Bible!

Keep looking up, faithful servants of the Lord! Our redemption draweth nigh, but while we are waiting here patiently? May we all boldly stand in the trenches with Israel in keeping with God’s Word, remembering that our Lord is someday going to sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem, potentially in the not-too-distant future.

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Christians and Patriots – Hollywood’s Villains

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Hollywood has no problems vilifying Christians.

Andrew Klavan has worked with well-known actors such as Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas. The screenwriter is also a bestselling author who is often called on by major media outlets to comment on pop culture and entertainment, and he notices that many of the most popular shows and movies have a negative portrayal of Christians and patriots.

“….anytime a Christian walks on Law and Order, you know he’s the murderer. That happens a lot in films. Anytime somebody expresses any kind of religious view point, he’s going to turn out to be hypocritical, especially if he’s a Christian,” the screenwriter comments. “He’s going to turn out to be a hypocrite, or a hater or something like that. When you watch movies, watch who turns out to be the villain – how often he’s the patriot [or] the Christian.”

Klavan encourages Christians to pay close attention to popular books, movies and television shows for their messages.

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“Privacy Concerns or Prophecy Concerns?” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

A bill in the Virginia House of Delegates designed to “protect Virginians from attempts by employers or insurance companies to implant microchips in their bodies against their will” came to a vote earlier this week but not without controversy.

The Washington Post, prior to the vote, acknowledged that the sponsor of the bill, Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), said his chief concern was to protect the privacy of Virginians, but devoted a good portion of its story to the issue of Cole mentioning bible prophecy when speaking of the bill, which the headline of the story implies was what the bill was really all about. What else is one to think of a headline that reads “Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of antichrist”?

Cole was quoted as saying of the bill presently being mocked by the press, “My understanding — I’m not a theologian — but there’s a prophecy in the Bible that says you’ll have to receive a mark, or you can neither buy nor sell things in end times. Some people think these computer chips might be that mark.”

Cole’s bill passed but not without his political opponents saying the only beneficiaries of the bill would be “late-night television comedians who could lampoon Virginia for loopy lawmaking”, according to Associated Press writer Bob Lewis.

Is the above a snapshot of the world we’re living in today or what? God’s prophetic word, when taken under even moderate consideration by an elected official, particularly if they happen to be a Republican, a bible-believing Christian or both, is considered a joke by many – a duplicate photo of the days of Noah as described by Christ if you will.

Luke 17:27: They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

What was Christ telling us the last days would be like? Business as usual, of course. Christ foretold a world filled with people not unlike a deer standing in the headlights of an oncoming car traveling at a high rate of speed, completely oblivious to God’s righteous judgment en route to a world they’re smack in the middle of, at least until it’s too late for them to avoid facing it head-on.

Eat, drink and be merry, heathens! We have nothing to fear! God will never hold us accountable for our behavior let alone permit us to be tagged like cattle by a so-called Antichrist!

Yes, I think it’s gotten that bad. People are so ignorant of bible prophecy, some of them willfully, I’m near certain a company could develop a product meeting the criteria to become the prophesied mark of the beast and call it the mark of the beast without getting a great deal of serious attention from the majority of our world today. And why is that? The answer isn’t one a lot of Christians want to hear.

The Church, as a whole, has shoved bible prophecy aside, many having labeled it too controversial to be discussed from the pulpits, the consequences of which time is going to reveal has been nothing short of devastating to humanity. Think about it for a moment. If the Church, the very body of believers in Jesus Christ, doesn’t take end times bible prophecy seriously – and it doesn’t by and large – how is the non-believing world going to view it? Far less seriously by its very nature which should concern every Christian. Brothers and sisters, to our collective shame, we haven’t acted responsibly in sharing the totality of God’s Word in these last days and it shows.

While I have no idea if the implantable RFID microchip is the prophesied mark of the beast the Antichrist will someday use as a symbol of allegiance to him with economic consequences being imposed upon those who don’t support him, the tiny device has the potential to fulfill Revelation 13:16-17 as Delegate Cole alluded to. Shouldn’t we be waving more than a few cautionary red flags in relation to that?

16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

That the mark of the beast is going to come upon a world that has forgotten its God and turned His Word into the stuff of late night show monologues is a certainty. What yet hangs in the balance with many lost souls in dire need of hearing the truth is whether the Church will return the teaching of bible prophecy to its list of priorities to the extent it will no longer be a laughing matter for anyone to be mindful of it, from a man or woman elected to public office to a journalist to a late night comedian. Every Christian who reads these words has a stake in this important issue. We have a responsibility here! Yes, I said a responsibility.

Church, we can do better than we have in recent decades and we badly need to as the hour is late, every bit as late in this age of grace as the late night television shows opponents of Cole’s bill referred to, most of those shows hitting the airwaves shortly before midnight if you catch my drift.

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“Another Watchman Falls Off the Wall” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Some funny business is going on at Focus on the Family. James Dobson is stepping down, ceding his microphone to new leadership. Mr. Dobson, a 73-year-old child psychologist, announced that he is going to launch a new radio show with his son in March. He said, “I cannot watch the world continue in a moral decline without offering guidance.”

Founded in 1977 by Dobson, Focus on the Family has built an audience estimated at 1.5 million daily listeners in the U.S. and more than 200 million worldwide. Its mission is “nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.”

Jim Daly will be the guy taking the reins of the ministry. He is said to have a markedly different style and set of priorities. “I don’t see evil behind everything,” Mr. Daly said. He prefers to build bridges with others. While Mr. Dobson blasted President Barack Obama for “fruitcake” ideas, Daly praised the president for his devotion to family, and last summer attended a White House event celebrating fatherhood.

Focus leaders say they intend to join a growing movement in the evangelical community to broaden their agenda beyond abortion and gay marriage. Daly wants to adopt the bridge-building style of such evangelical leaders as pastors Rick Warren and Joel Hunter.

It’s quite obvious to me that Dobson was forced out of his own ministry. He has been tight-lipped about his departure from Focus on the Family.

I see a repeat of the fiasco that NBC created when it replaced Jay Leno with Conan O’Brien. Only in this case, there isn’t a multi-billion dollar parent company to cushion the financial blow. Focus on the Family’s donor support has already been falling. Its budget for the current fiscal year is about $132 million, down from $151 million in the 2008 fiscal year. Now that Dobson is starting a new venture, he will likely drain away a large chunk of the ministry’s supporter base.

Several years ago, I wrote an article that pointed out that apologetics is dead. “In order to defend true Christianity against the encroachment of error, people must be active in finding the wolves who dwell amongst the flock,” I said. “Sadly, ‘apologetics’ has become a dirty word. Few Christian leaders want to be the bad guys. They would rather make friends with the enemies so they won’t lose out on financial opportunities that come with these alliances” (“Nearing Midnight,” 9/27/04).

We are now at the point where it is time to declare that our nation has no moral watchmen. We still have some, but they are so small in number that they don’t matter to the general population. Rapture Ready is proclaiming the true gospel message, but our effort only reaches the hundreds of thousands.

Most of the moral leaders of my youth are now dead or are too old to be of any service. We’re left with preachers who write books that appeal to people’s carnal nature.

I can’t think of a better example than Joel Osteen. He has the largest church in North America, he is the top-rated pastor on TV, and was named “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by The Church Report. The Houston-based pastor refuses to mention the word “sin,” and every one of his books has the word “you” or “your” in the title. A couple of years ago, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace brought up criticism of Osteen’s lack of Scripture reference in his sermons, as well as his hesitancy to discuss sin as a common part of life. Osteen responded: “And I am ultimately trying to do that, but I’m trying to teach people how to live their everyday lives, and so do I focus on it? Probably not as much as some people would like.”

It doesn’t surprise me that Houston elected a gay mayor and Joel Osteen was the one giving the inauguration ceremony prayer. What shocked me is the silence in the church. I almost wish Osteen had said, “I’m here because God approves of homosexuality.” Maybe that would have triggered a reaction that would let us know we haven’t hit rock bottom yet.

One of the reasons I believe the tribulation hour is very near is that most people think there is room for a final warning. The lack of a moral watchman has given the false impression that everything is fine.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some (not all) shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Tim. 4:1-2).

— Todd

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