Archive for March, 2010

The Last Supper

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Last Supper

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”
“Nothing,” they answered.

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
“That is enough,” he replied.

Luke 22:1-38 (New International Version)

Muslim Mob Burns Christian Man

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The persecution of Christians at the hands of the Muslims continues to increase.

A Muslim mob in the Rawalpindi, Pakistan, burned alive a Christian man, the second burning death in the past three weeks and the 10th anti-Christian attack in Pakistan within just a month.

The explosion of anti-Christian attacks in an increasingly militant Pakistan is raising concern among human rights activists because of Pakistan’s higher international profile.

A human rights activist who asked not to be named said the increased anti-Christian violence should make western Christians take notice.

“Pakistan is continuing to try to get its blasphemy law included in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. If their blasphemy law is included, that will have a profound impact on how the U.N. views human rights,” the activist said.

“And Pakistan’s increasingly militant Islam will not only embolden Muslims against Christians across the Middle East; it will cause this kind of violence to spread to other parts of the world,” the activist said.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws include criminal penalties for anyone “mistreating” a copy of the Qur’an or saying anything deemed offensive against Muhammad.

Section 295-C says, “Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Section 298-A includes penalties for anyone who says or writes anything against Muhammad’s family members, associates or successors.

In this recent attack, a Rawalpindi Muslim mob, including some Pakistani police officers, tried to force Arshed Masih to renounce his Christian faith and convert to Islam. Masih refused their demand and was burned to death.

Reports also show that one of three Muslim policemen watching the incident raped Masih’s wife while Masih’s body burned. The policeman sexually assaulted Masih’s wife Martha after she refused to convert to Islam.

International Christian Concern’s South Asia analyst Jonathan Racho says the attack is the result of bad feelings over the Christian couple’s leaving their place of employment.

“Arshed and his wife used to work for a powerful local businessman, Sheik Mohammad Sultan. Sheik Sultan asked them convert to Islam and both of them refused,” Racho said.

“The Muslims tried to convert him to Islam by force and he refused. He said strongly that he was going to remain a Christian. It was at that point that they decided to burn him alive,” Racho said.

“Because both Masih and his wife refused to recant their Christian faith, Sheik Sultain decided to burn Masih to death. It’s a very sad story,” Racho said.

Masih was taken to Holy Family Hospital and treated for severe burns, but he died three days later, on March 24.

International Christian Concern staffers report that Masih’s three children have suffered severe mental trauma as a result of the murder.

Racho said this incident proves that the Pakistani legal system clearly favors Muslims.

“Pakistani Christians are openly treated as second-class citizens in Pakistan. These brutal attacks prove that Pakistani police don’t care about the safety of Christians and don’t accept the rights of Christians,” Racho said.

In an earlier case, 37-year-old Asia Bibi still is being held and charged under Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

WND Worked earlier Bibi had already been held for four months.

After waiting behind bars, 37-year-old Asia Bibi of Pakistan stood recently before a judge in Sheikhupura, where she is accused of blaspheming Muhammad for allegedly saying, “Jesus is alive. Muhammad is dead.”

She is charged under section 295-C of the Pakistani Criminal Code, which says, “Use of derogatory remarks, etc; in respect of the Holy Prophet. Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Hole Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.”

Racho adds that Bibi is feeling the strain of her confinement.

“Her activities are extremely restricted and she feels the pressure from the officials there,” Racho said, adding her family is also feeling the pressure of Bibi’s arrest and confinement.

“Her mother is now judged to be insane. She is mentally incapacitated now because of the toll that the situation is having on her health,” Racho said.

“Her brother has left the place where he was living because of the pressure from Muslims who are harassing her family,” Racho said. “He was forced to leave the area.”

Bibi does have legal representation.

“She has a Muslim lawyer. The lawyer is someone she trusts and he has volunteered to help her because he knows her. Not all Muslims in Pakistan are against Christians. He is one of those examples,” Racho said.

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Obama to Unveil Offshore Oil Drilling Plans

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This is a pleasant surprise if it actually turns out to be true.

WASHINGTON — In a reversal of a long-standing ban on most offshore drilling, President Barack Obama is allowing oil drilling 50 miles off Virginia’s shorelines. At the same time, he is rejecting some new drilling sites that had been planned in Alaska.

Obama’s plan offers few concessions to environmentalists, who have been strident in their opposition to more oil platforms off the nation’s shores. Hinted at for months, the plan modifies a ban that for more than 20 years has limited drilling along coastal areas other than the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama was set to announce the new drilling policy Wednesday at Andrews air base in Maryland. White House officials pitched the changes as ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and create jobs — both politically popular ideas — but the president’s decisions also could help secure support for a climate change bill languishing in Congress.

The president, joined by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, also was set to announce that proposed leases in Alaska’s Bristol Bay would be canceled. The Interior Department also planned to reverse last year’s decision to open up parts of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Instead, scientists would study the sites to see if they’re suitable to future leases.

Obama is allowing an expansion in Alaska’s Cook Inlet to go forward. The plan also would leave in place the moratorium on drilling off the West Coast.

In addition, the Interior Department has prepared a plan to add drilling platforms in the eastern Gulf of Mexico if Congress allows that moratorium to expire. Lawmakers in 2008 allowed a similar moratorium to expire; at the time President George W. Bush lifted the ban, which opened the door to Obama’s change in policy.

Under Obama’s plan, drilling could take place 125 miles from Florida’s Gulf coastline if lawmakers allow the moratorium to expire. Drilling already takes place in western and central areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Posters: Build Third Jewish Temple Now

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

If Jerusalem is so important to the Muslims, why is it never mentioned in the Koran. It’s importance is only in keeping the Jews away.

Jewish activists in Jerusalem are using buses to deliver an in-your-face message to Muslims by calling for the immediate destruction of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock on the city’s disputed Temple Mount.

The bulldozing of the Muslim holy sites, say leaders of Our Land of Israel, will pave the way for construction of the Third (Jewish) Temple.

“The Arabs and President Obama know that the Temple will be built on the Temple Mount,” said Rabbi Shalom Dov Volpo, the group’s founder, “instead of the temporary buildings that are there today.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, 200 buses now carry posters picturing the Third Temple sitting atop the mount alone – with no Muslim buildings in sight – along with the words, “May the Bais Hamikdosh [Holy Temple] be rebuilt speedily and within our days.”

Adding fuel to the fire, the campaign’s organizers told the Post they’ve targeted buses with routes through predominately Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

“We’re representing the truth, in front of everyone, and saying out loud what every Jew believes,” said Our Land of Israel activist Baruch Marzel, “that the Third Temple needs to be built immediately on the Temple Mount and that the mosque should not be there.”

When asked about sparking Muslim furor over the posters, Marzel told the Post, “It upsets them that we’re alive, and that we’re living here.”

He continued, “If such a basic point is going to p— them off, then we might as well say what we truly believe and what we pray for three times a day – that is to rebuild the holy temple on top of the Temple Mount, and tomorrow, not to wait any longer.”

The First Temple refers to the structure built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was then rebuilt in 515 B.C. after Jerusalem was freed from Babylonian captivity. That temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70. Each temple stood for a period of about four centuries.

The Temple was the center of religious worship for ancient Israelites. It housed the Holy of Holies, which contained the Ark of the Covenant and was said to be the area upon which God’s presence dwelt. All biblical holidays centered on worship at the Temple. The Temples served as the primary location for the offering of sacrifices and were the main gathering place for Israelites.

According to the Talmud, the world was created from the foundation stone of the Temple Mount. It’s believed to be the biblical Mount Moriah, the location where Abraham fulfilled God’s test to see if he would be willing to sacrifice his son Isaac.

The Temple Mount has remained a focal point for Jewish services for thousands of years. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed, according to Jewish tradition.

The Al Aqsa Mosque, however, was constructed in about A.D. 709 to serve as a shrine near another shrine, the Dome of the Rock, which was built by an Islamic caliph. Al Aqsa was meant to mark what Muslims came to believe was the place at which Muhammad, the founder of Islam, ascended to heaven to receive revelations from Allah.

Our Land of Israel states its goal is “to oppose and fight the political accords with the Arabs that include land or security concessions.”

“Eretz Yisroel is our G-d given land and belongs to the Jews exclusively,” the group’s website states. “Any accord or agreement that includes land concessions endangers the Jewish nation and world peace.”

Marzel explained to the Post the traditions and prayers that have long called for construction of the Third Temple:

“When we reach the end of the Pessah Seder tomorrow night,” he said, “we’ll say, ‘Next year in a rebuilt Jerusalem.’ What does ‘rebuilt’ mean? It means with the Third Temple intact.”

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“Devil’s Dementia Goes Viral” by Terry James

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Do you ever read, watch, or hear news reports and say to yourself: “The world has gone crazy!” or something to that effect? Certainly, this seems to be a world going–or already gone–mad. The observation is worthy of in-depth investigation.

Looking in any direction across the landscape of human interaction produces undeniable evidence. This is a planet of people whose sanity is under assault by an unseen force. It is the same sin-sickness that infected the first recorded rebel, Lucifer the fallen one, who is so delusional that he thinks he can still defeat the God of heaven. Thus, I give the malady the designation the “Devil’s dementia.” Indeed, it has gone viral upon planet earth.

The supernaturally inflicted dementia has brought much of humanity to the point that mankind’s thinking has become reprobate. The word reprobate is defined as: morally depraved; unprincipled; bad. Reprobate thinking is rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation (apart from redemption found only in Jesus Christ). It is the kind of thinking with which Satan, the devil, now incessantly assaults God’s creation called man. Mankind is thus fatally infected, his mind only on evil continually, just as prophesied.

Jesus said it would be like in the days of Noah at the time of His Second Coming (Lk. 17:26-27). When we check those days, we find the following: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5).

Let us consider the spreading dementia that afflicts our nation and the world at this late hour in history. Analyzing the arenas of human endeavor and the upside-down thinking that pervades will quite possibly further give us a sense of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline.

Religious Dementia

Religion, rather than acting as a comforting abode for the spirit as it is purported to do, more often inflames passions and ignites wars than soothes the savage beast within man. The most volatile religion of our time has at its very heart the demand that genocide be perpetrated upon God’s chosen people. Jihad is the term for “holy war” that inspires much of Islam. It is sheer insanity that demands that parents strap bombs to their sons and daughters to blow up others–this in the name of bringing into being peace on earth!

Christianity today more and more spotlights the madness of the hour. Many who say they are Christians have turned from the very reason for Christianity’s name–Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection as sacrifice so men, women, and children can be redeemed from sin. False teachers and preachers divert the minds and hearts of people to fables. It is an inward turning toward self-centeredness and away from reaching out to the lost of the world as Christ commissioned His followers to do.

In the name of Christ, Catholicism harbors a seemingly endless number of priests who are pedophiles, who prey on the innocent children who are supposed to be under their watch care. This is reprobate thinking and an assault on God–perversion of the worst sort.

The devil’s dementia is working within the Church today, through the wolves in sheep’s clothing, as condemned by Scripture:

“Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith” (2 Tim 3:8).

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).

Socio-economic Dementia

All one has to do to understand what is going on in bringing down the United States is to cogitate on the thoughts recently uttered by one of America’s avowed enemies. “Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president, wrote in an essay that passage of the American healthcare overhaul is ‘a miracle’ and a major victory for Barack Obama’s presidency, but called it ‘really incredible’ that the U.S. took more than two centuries from its founding to approve health benefits for all” (“In the News,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/26/10, p. 1).

The American government and the present administration demonstrate beyond any doubt the dementia that affects U.S. leadership. These “leaders” demand that Americans learn to live within their means, yet the politicians run up tabs of trillions of dollars in the drive to convert the nation to European-style socialism at best–to a Marxist state at worst. The big tax-and-spenders have strapped and continue to strap future generations with debt that can never be repaid. Only God’s staying hand has prevented the complete implosion of the U.S. and world economies to this point.

It is madness, but if viewed through spiritually attuned senses, it’s madness that can be understood as defiantly following the reprobate thinking that opposes the God of heaven. With a considerable majority of U.S. citizenry opposing the massive spending spree, the majority party ignores the people’s wishes. Instead they tie to their insane fiscal scheme taxpayer-funded abortions and other anti-God legislation, which enables atrocities such as public schools outlawing Bibles in classrooms while distributing condoms and birth control pills to students.

The madness spreads and metastasizes. FOX News reported Thursday, March 25, 2010, that a mother was devastated that her fifteen-year-old daughter was transported to an abortion facility by a public school in Seattle, Washington, for an abortion. This was done because the mother had signed a consent form she thought was for the child’s medical safety, in case there was a medical emergency while she was at school. The school powers-that-be interpreted the consent form as meaning they had the right to abort the child’s baby. That the girl was pregnant is troubling enough, but the government-funded school taking such godless action demonstrates a reprobate mindset that would have in earlier generations been unfathomable.

FOX News reported the same day that a phenomenon known as the “flash mob” has come into being, whereby young people assemble on an Internet gathering site, organize, then physically take to the streets to vandalize and destroy merchandise within stores and damage other places. The report disclosed that an activity known as “catch and wretch” is the recreational activity of a growing number of children as young as nine years old. They pick out a victim (sometimes the elderly), as would a pack of wolves, then they beat them and do other dastardly things. Lawlessness is the result of the devil’s dementia, of which Antichrist will one day be the chief proponent.

Geopolitical Dementia Nowhere is the upside-down thinking that is the devil’s dementia more evident, from the biblically prophetic perspective, than in the arena of geopolitics. Again, on FOX–“FOX and Friends,” Friday, March 26, 2010–I heard contributor Geraldo Rivera accuse Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of being the cause of Middle East tensions. He implied that they were the roadblock to peace in the region because they consistently perpetrated acts against the impoverished Palestinian people.

Rivera had just returned from the region, and, in my view, painted Netanyahu as a tyrant, whose Likkud party wanted only to stir the boiling pot that is the Middle East, and was an obstacle to peace. He praised the Obama administration as the sane influence, and said the Israeli government should be pressured to give in to the two-state solution and the division of Jerusalem.

The devil’s dementia–the reprobate, woolly-mindedness–couldn’t be more exposed than through Rivera’s diatribe. Despite the fact that Israel’s enemies, since its reestablishment as a nation in 1948, have been blood-vowed to wipe the Jewish state from off the earth, Rivera and his ilk still spew with a straight face that Israel is the troublemaker.

The history is plain for anyone with a sound mind to understand. Gamel Abdul Nasser, the Egyptian tyrant, attacked Israel with a huge coalition of Arab states in 1956, and again in 1967. Anwar Sadat, Egypt’s leader, accompanied by another huge contingent of Arab states, assaulted Israel on Yom Kippur in 1973. The objective in all the wars initiated by the anti-Israel forces was to wipe the nation off the map. The Arab enemies of Israel still hold to the eradication of Israel as their focus of hatred. Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has at every opportunity declared that he wants to scour the Jewish State from the earth; he even wants to bring on Armageddon so the 12th Imam can emerge from the ashes to institute Allah’s glorious reign upon earth.

And the world’s diplomats and media call Israel the culprit! The devil’s dementia has gone viral, and Jesus Christ is the only cure.

–Terry

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The Passover

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Passover

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire—head, legs and inner parts. Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.

“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD -a lasting ordinance. For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat—that is all you may do.

“Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”

Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.

At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

The Exodus
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the LORD as you have requested. Take your flocks and herds, as you have said, and go. And also bless me.”

The Egyptians urged the people to hurry and leave the country. “For otherwise,” they said, “we will all die!” So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs wrapped in clothing. The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. Many other people went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.

Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt. Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come.

Exodus 12 (New International Version)

Sex Infection Gonorrhea Risks Becoming “Superbug”

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Hummm…let me see. I know I’ve blogged before about this really good method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. What was it called again??
Oh yeah, abstinence, that was it. Yeah, you remember abstinence, don’t you?
What? You say that you’ve never been taught anything about abstinence?
Well, let me fill you in on it. It is the only 100% proven affective method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, like the gonorrhea superbug.
The liberals take a different approach. You see, they don’t believe you are any better than an animal, with no self control. They believe you are “going to do it anyway”, so they prefer to encourage you to get sick with gonorrhea and herpes; things you will carry with you (and spread) for the rest of your life.
We Christian conservatives have a much better idea. Why not just do what God says to do and wait to have sex until you get married. That way neither one of you will have any sexually transmitted diseases and you can live a happy, healthy life and not have to fear the gonorrhea superbug at all.
Novel concept, huh? Give it try.

Catherine Ison, a specialist on gonorrhea from Britain’s Health Protection Agency said a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Manila next week would be vital to efforts to try to stop the bug repeatedly adapting to and overcoming drugs.

“This is a very clever bacteria. If this problem isn’t addressed, there is a real possibility that gonorrhea will become a very difficult infection to treat,” she said in a telephone interview.

Gonorrhea is a common bacterial sexually-transmitted infection and if left untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women.

Globally, the WHO estimates that there are at least 340 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections — including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis — every year among people aged 15 to 49.

Ison said the highest incidences of gonorrhea were in south and southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but as yet the WHO has no breakdown by individual infection type.

Current treatment for gonorrhea in most countries consists of a single antibiotic dose of either cefixime or ceftriaxone.

But Ison, who is due to speak on the issue at a Society for General Microbiology conference in Edinburgh on Tuesday, said strains of the Neisseria gonorrhea bacteria were starting to become resistant and could soon become impervious to all current antibiotic treatment options.

“Ceftriaxone and cefixime are still very effective but there are signs that resistance, particularly to cefixime is emerging and soon these drugs may not be a good choice,” she said.

Instances of gonorrhea being resistant to multiple drugs — the definition of a “superbug” — have started to appear in Japan, where health authorities had decided to up the dose to treat the disease, but stick with the same antibiotic, she said.

Other reports of rising gonorrhea drug resistance had also come from Hong Kong, China, Australia and parts of Asia.

Ison said the best way to try to reduce the risk now — beyond encouraging the use of condoms which halt the spread of sexually transmitted diseases — would be to treat gonorrhea with two different antibiotics at the same time.

This is a technique used in the treatment of some other diseases like tuberculosis and one that makes it more difficult for the bacteria to learn how to conquer the drugs.

“There are few new drugs available. So using more than one at the same time is probably what should happen in the first instance,” said Ison. “We also need to set up good lines of communication between countries so that we can all talk to each other about what’s happening in gonorrhea and make sure we change treatment strategies when we need to.”

A WHO spokeswoman said its experts would discuss drug-resistant gonorrhea at a meeting in the Philippine capital Manila next week.

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Judge: Same-Gender ‘Marriage’ Not a ‘Fundamental Right’

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This is an interesting situation. Apparently two lesbians decided to get married in June of 2009. Since their state, Pennsylvania, does not offer marriage to gay people, they traveled to Massachusetts, where homosexual “marriage” is legal and got “married”.
Less than a year later, they decided it wasn’t working out for them (big surprise there) and wanted to get a divorce. Unfortunately, divorce is a much bigger deal than getting married. Since their state, Pennsylvania, does not recognize homosexual “marriage”, they tried to get their divorce in Massachusetts, but Massachusetts requires people seeking to get a divorce to be legal residents of that state, which these two lesbians are not; they live in Pennsylvania.
In order to get the divorce, they decided to try to get a court to rule that marriage is a fundamental right which would then allow them to get a divorce in Pennsylvania.
The court said “No”. Better luck next time, homosexual activist.

Carole Ann Kern and Robin Lynn Taney were married in June 2009 in Massachusetts, where homosexual “marriage” is legal. When they did not meet the residency requirements to file for divorce in that state, they returned to their home state and filed there. But Berks County Judge Scott Lash ruled as “unsupportable” the couple’s argument that same-sex marriage passes the test for being a “fundamental right.”

“This is a plea for social change,” the judge wrote. “If homosexuals had a fundamental right to be married to each other, this plea would be unnecessary.”

Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania reacts to the judge’s ruling. “Well, I think we have at least one good judge in Pennsylvania,” she comments. “It was encouraging that he ruled that this lesbian couple could not get a divorce in Pennsylvania, because Pennsylvania does not recognize their marriage to begin with.”

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“What Would Jesus Do about Healthcare Reform?” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Now that the Democrats in Congress have passed a healthcare overhaul by a vote of 219 to 212, the big question is what will happen next. A majority of the American people are not happy with this bill being rammed down their throats. The Republicans are vowing to fight it in the courts.

I have noticed a large amount of prophecy lingo tied to the healthcare bill. On the heels of the vote, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about President Obama: 24 percent say he may be the Antichrist. Obama didn’t help his AC numbers by mocking Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to Armageddon. “After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth,” Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and “birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall.”

One of the most irritating events of last week was the liberal media coming to the Democrats’ aid. The press wasted no time capitalizing on claims that House Democrats have faced violent threats after the healthcare vote. Immediately, the blame was placed on Tea Party members and Republicans.

The liberal media turns a blind eye whenever Republicans are threatened. Alaska’s former governor, Sarah Palin, has recently received death threats against herself and her family. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor was allegedly shot at while he was at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia–an act that far surpasses telephone threats. The coverage of this event has been minimal.

People have been sending letters to the White House to vent their anger, but it’s almost a worthless effort. Each week, our beloved leader typically gets 15,000-25,000 letters, 20,000-25,000 faxes, 120,000-150,000 e-mails, and 10,000-12,000 phone calls. His staff says that he only reads ten items each day. Since we have to naturally assume that 60 to 100 percent of the letters are of a supportive tone, the chance of getting the president’s ear is extremely remote.

It is very aggravating to watch our nation being guided down a path towards financial destruction. I’ve already said in several NM updates that America is headed for bankruptcy. Even before the vote, Social Security had $15.1 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The tab for Medicare is an even more staggering $36.4 trillion. Why would a couple more trillion dollars matter?

GOP strategists are looking to the upcoming November 2 as their best chance repeal the healthcare bill. Even if they get a majority, it’s unlikely they will gain enough seats to override an Obama veto. They could forward their hopes to the 2012 presidential election, but it’s questionable whether there will be something worth saving by the time the next president would take office in January 2013.

With all this gloom, it is important to ask ourselves what Jesus would do about this mess. I don’t see the Lord becoming politically involved in the debate. I just can’t envision Him outside Capitol Hill, waving a “Don’t tread on me” flag.

Jesus never once said what the Roman Empire should be doing for its citizens. When Jesus walked the earth, He personally fed the hungry and healed the sick. He didn’t ask anybody for his or her health insurance card, and he didn’t lobby Romans to establish affordable healthcare. If mankind had trusted God for good health, the average life span might still reach the upper hundreds.

The last time I checked, old age still had a 100 percent fatality rate. The healthcare crisis will never be solved because there is no remedy for the corrupt nature of our bodies. We shouldn’t spend all our time worrying about Blue Cross. Our focus should be on the true cross.

“He healed all that were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying: Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17).

— Todd

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Global Warming Advocates Threaten Blizzard of Lawsuits

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Having lost out to common sense in the legislative arena, the environmental whackos are going to their liberal, activist judges for help. More frivolous lawsuits to tie up our judicial systems and millions of dollars to line the pockets of blood sucking lawyers.

Environmentalists, unable to squeeze “cap and trade” rules through the U.S. Senate, have a new strategy for combating what they believe is man-made global warming:

They’re going to sue.

They’re revving up their briefs and getting ready to shop for judges who will be sympathetic to their novel claim that the companies they believe contribute to global warming are a “public nuisance.”

The environmentalists allege that individual companies are responsible for climate change because they have emitted greenhouse gases during the course of their operations. Those gases, they say, have “harmed” them by fostering Hurricane Katrina, eroding the shorelines of America’s coasts and causing global warming.

“People have a right to sue for redress of grievances,” said Lee A. DeHihns III, a partner with law firm Alston & Bird’s environmental and land development group and a former associate general counsel with the EPA. He said global warming is a “public nuisance,” just like a neighbor with a loud stereo. “You can sue for an intentional infliction of harm, a nuisance,” said DeHihns, whose firm is consulting with plaintiffs pursuing these cases.

The lawyers seek a “consent decree,” an agreement from the defendants to stop causing global warming — even though the theory that mankind causes global warming is hardly settled science.

“There is some dispute whether greenhouse gas is a source of global warming at all,” said John Heintz, chairman of the Washington D.C. law firm Kelly Drye Warren. “Even if these defendants were to stop emitting greenhouse gases altogether, it is exceedingly unlikely that the severity or frequency of hurricanes will be affected. Or that the sea coasts of Alaska will change.”

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Militia Accused of Plotting War on U.S. Gov’t

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Make no mistake about it; these people may believe themselves to be true “Christians”, but they have most certainly lost sight of the teachings of Jesus. There is very little to no difference between these groups and the Muslim terrorist groups.

WHEATLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich.– A ninth alleged member of a Christian militia group that prepared to battle the Antichrist and the U.S. government was arrested after the FBI played recorded messages from family and friends, who urged the man to give himself up, over loudspeakers outside a home in rural Michigan.

Joshua Matthew Stone peacefully surrendered to heavily armed authorities Monday night. His father and seven others believed to be part of the Michigan-based Hutaree appeared in court earlier on charges they plotted to kill a police officer and slaughter scores more by bombing the funeral — all in hopes of touching off an uprising against the government.

Most of the arrests came during weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. FBI agents moved quickly against Hutaree because members planned an attack sometime in April, prosecutors said. Authorities seized guns but would not say whether they found explosives.

The arrests dealt “a severe blow to a dangerous organization that today stands accused of conspiring to levy war against the United States,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

In an indictment, prosecutors said the group began military-style training in the Michigan woods in 2008, learning how to shoot guns and make and set off bombs.

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Happy Passover 2010

Monday, March 29th, 2010

We would like to wish a very Happy and Joyous Passover Holiday to our many Jewish friends!!

Moses and the Burning Bush

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Burning Bush

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.

“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’

“The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’ But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.

“And I will make the Egyptians favorably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed. Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians.”

Exodus 3 (New International Version)

“Scientists: Biblical Plagues Really Happened” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Scientists are saying the ten plagues that fell upon Egypt, which led to Moses freeing the children of Israel from slavery as recorded in the Book of Exodus, really happened. Well, sort of – or not so much.

The Telegraph is reporting the following, in part (emphasis added mine):

Researchers believe they have found evidence of real natural disasters on which the ten plagues of Egypt, which led to Moses freeing the Israelites from slavery in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, were based.

But rather than explaining them as the wrathful act of a vengeful God, the scientists claim the plagues can be attributed to a chain of natural phenomena triggered by changes in the climate and environmental disasters that happened hundreds of miles away.

They have compiled compelling evidence that offers new explanations for the Biblical plagues, which will be outlined in a new series to be broadcast on the National Geographical Channel on Easter Sunday.

Typical ‘scientific proof’ of what the bible records, isn’t it? Sure, the ten plagues may have happened, but it wasn’t the wrath of God! No way! It was just climate change of all things! How convenient of science to conclude that at a time like this when climate change is under such tremendous scrutiny, huh? And look at the date the National Geographic Channel has chosen to air this doubt-inducing propaganda on the spiritually immature and blind – Easter Sunday! What better time to cast a shadow on the accuracy of God’s Word than on a day when the vast majority of the Christian world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord? If you listen closely, you can almost hear Satan giggling, can’t you?

Who knows? Based on this, given enough time, scientists may someday find ‘compelling evidence’ Christ actually rose from the grave as depicted in the scriptures. If they do, their discovery will probably link the Roman empire passing an unpopular healthcare reform package into law, one so great it led to doctors in Jerusalem being able to do amazing things like miraculously heal people who appeared to be dead. (The surrounding storyline of a scientific discovery like that could suggest that the disciples may have rushed a doctor to Jesus’ tomb shortly after his crucifixion – just in case. The rest, as they say? Well, it would be history. Sort of.)

Assuming for a moment that the scientists’ “compelling evidence” of natural phenomena being the explanation for the ten plagues of Egypt occurring is factual, why would evidence to that effect preclude Almighty God from having brought about same to achieve His purposes? Of course not! Their scientific case would still have a few gaping holes to fill.

How did Moses, for example, hundreds of miles away from where the ‘natural phenomena’ took place that led to the biblical plagues, know about them all in advance? Was he a climatologist? Did Al Gore, the creator of the Internet, also secretly create a time machine and utilize it to show Moses an advanced screening of “An Inconvenient Truth” or what? We’re left to wonder.

How was Moses so accurate in seeing what was taking place around him that he was literally able to raise his hands toward heaven, at precisely the right moment no less, after which a “thick darkness” fell over Egypt for three days as recorded in Exodus 10:22 – a darkness that oddly weaved its way to and fro throughout the land, managing to fall everywhere but upon the dwellings of the children of Israel? (Exodus 10:23) We’re left to wonder.

One of the examples of science explaining the ten plagues deals with the following plague, recorded in Exodus 11:4-7:

And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.

But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Moses forewarned Pharaoh of what was to come, but Pharaoh hardened his heart. In doing so, he brought terrible pain upon his household and all his people’s as well as recorded in Exodus 12:29-30:

And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

How are scientists explaining the plague that befell Egypt’s firstborn? From the article:

The cause of the final plague, the death of the first borns of Egypt, has been suggested as being caused by a fungus that may have poisoned the grain supplies, of which male first born would have had first pickings and so been first to fall victim.

Almighty God, the master of heaven and earth, couldn’t have used something as simple as a fungus or as massively powerful as a volcanic eruption to bring about the ten plagues of Egypt as recorded in scripture? No. Not according to science which brings us to a teaching moment.

Is that sulfur I’m smelling?

What we are expected to believe when science finds an explanation, whether factual or merely theoretical in content, is that those who wrote the bible, Moses himself among them, took artistic license of real events and turned them into what we today believe to be the divinely inspired Word of God. (Don’t buy the hype, skeptics!)

Science is forever looking to explain away the teachings of scripture, plain and simple. In doing so, however, science completely misses the point of same, as Dr Robert Miller, associate professor of the Old Testament, from the Catholic University of America concludes at the end of the article whom I’m going to paraphrase in conclusion.

The point of the scriptures in question is that the children of Israel didn’t come out of Egypt by natural causes, but by the hand of God! Whether God used a fungus to kill the firstborn of Egypt or a volcano to bring darkness upon the land of Egypt doesn’t change a thing! He is God after all! All things were possible through Him in the days of Moses and all things remain possible with Him today.

Each and every time an unfulfilled bible prophecy is fulfilled from this point forward, which we know is going to occur? Skeptics and scientists alike are going to line up to dismiss it all as coincidence or merely natural phenomena. Regardless, God’s Word will still be relevant and perfectly accurate, fulfillment of same being His signature as the driving force behind its authorship.

‘Chilling’ New Video: How to Slit Throats

Monday, March 29th, 2010

A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

Now the organization has posted on YouTube a “chilling” training video provided to CAN by an unnamed law enforcement source about the Muslims of America headquarters in Hancock, New York.

Muslims of America reportedly is the name Jamaat ul-Fuqra, believed to have been involved in the beheading of reporter Daniel Pearl, uses in the U.S.

The video includes segments of training exercises in which one person appears to practice a maneuver that would slit the throat of a victim. There are episodes of what appears to be automatic weapons fire at a target and incidents in which a handgun is held point-blank at a “victim’s” head:

The video shows women marching in military formation, scaling walls, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and also reveals a Muslim confirming that the organization’s own census revealed that Muslims are a majority in the United States and they are claiming it as their own.

The speaker states, “We are 100 percent sure that Muslims are the majority in America.”

He continues, “Our Islamic political party has based its manifesto on this fact. We want to declare once and for all that America is our country.”

According to CAN, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2005 warned about Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani-based organization that “had the capacity to attack” America.

The U.S. State Department’s 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security.

To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

Mawyer told WND the political correctness America has adopted ultimately will be costly.

The hands of law enforcement and investigators are tied at this point, he said, because members of the organization are part of “a minority religion,” “they are African-American” “and in this particular case, are women.”

“Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he’s set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said. “He’s being true to his word.

“If the evidence is right in front of our face and we have the words from the leader,” Mawyer said. “I don’t know how we continue to close our eyes and be blinded by such obvious affront to American values, the Constitution and our way of life.”

The organization’s “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra’s leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you’re his friend. Then kill him.”

According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.

The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.

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Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address ‘Mal-Distribution of Income’

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Ah yes, the socialist’ show their true colors, again.

As Democrats tout the moral underpinnings of the federal health care system overhaul — ensuring health care coverage for nearly all Americans — one senator appeared to go off message when he said the legislation would address the “mal-distribution of income in America.”

After the Senate passed a “fix-it” bill Thursday to make changes to the new health care law, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the influential Finance Committee, said the overhaul was an “income shift” to help the poor.

“Too often, much of late, the last couple three years, the mal-distribution of income in American is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy and the middle income class is left behind,” he said. “Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America.”

That contrasted with the arguments Democrats have been making in the past year for reinventing the health care system: to expand health care coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans and tighten regulations on insurance companies while reducing the federal deficit.

But some Republican critics have suggested the overhaul is taking the country down the path to socialism. The nearly $1 trillion legislation pays for itself in large part through new taxes on the wealthy — Americans who make $250,000 and more.

A spokeswoman for Baucus did not respond to an e-mail seeking more information on the statement.

Baucus’ statement could give Republicans ammunition as they seek to repeal the law and regain control of Congress in the November elections.

Democrats have rejected Republican charges that they are trying to take over the health care system.

In Iowa this week to trumpet the benefits of the legislation, President Obama said, “We made a promise. That promise has been kept.”

“From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers — they’re going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn’t,” the president said. “They’ll have to finally acknowledge this isn’t a government takeover of our health care system.”

GOP strategist Matt Schlapp, the White House director to former President George. W. Bush, told FoxNews.com that Baucus’ statement reflected the “duality” of a responsible Democrat who understands the ramifications of tax policy on Americans but has a “foot in the camp of the most radical and rabid big government activists that are advocating for some breathtaking policies.”

“It’s interesting,” he said. “He’s not the senator I would use as the poster boy for radical and misunderstanding of market dynamics.”

But Schlapp said he’s not surprised by anything said by a member of a political party that, he said, seeks “to take money away from people who are achieving and give it those who aren’t.”

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“Netanyahu and Obama Meet Twice, Disagreements Remain” by Chris Schang

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I wonder how long we (the United States) are going to be allowed to thumb our noses at the Apple of God’s Eye, Israel, before He moves against us again. We really just don’t get it.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the U.S. early this week to address the AIPAC conference as well as to hold very high profile talks with U.S. President Obama and several other members of the U.S. political echelon. Netanyahu addressed the AIPAC conference and declared that Jewish building in the city was no different than building in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu basically told the AIPAC that Jerusalem wasn’t a settlement and that it was the capital of the Jewish state and would remain as such. The YNetNews website reported:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to say that Jerusalem is not a settlement in the annual AIPAC conference in Washington on Monday. Netanyahu will address negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the relations with the US during his speech. The prime minister is also expected to comment on the Iranian nuclear threat, and say that a nuclear Iran may bring about the end of the nuclear peace age the world has enjoyed these past 65 years.

Netanyahu was also said to declare that Jewish building in the city would not stop as the building in the city had been the policy of Israel’s previous 42 governments and would continue to be so through his administration. This is undoubtedly going to be a cause for concern with the U.S. administration as they had hoped to pressure Netanyahu into further compromises in order to appease the Palestinians and jump start the Middle East “piece” process. So far, Netanyahu seems to be resisting the pressure placed on him by the current U.S. administration.

In what was seen a possible source of further tension between the U.S. and Israel, it was announced shortly before the Netanyahu and Obama meeting that Israel had approved another 20 housing permits in the east Jerusalem area. The Israel government countered by saying that the PM Netanyahu did not know anything about the announcement. It was also further reported that the building permits were further approved in 2009. The Haaretz news agency reported:

Israel will continue building in all of its Jerusalem municipality and a construction plan that raised questions during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s current trip to Washington is nothing new, Netanyahu’s spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday. “There is no limitation on the right of property in Jerusalem. Jews and Arabs can buy and sell freely private property and homes in all the city, and that is the reality,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The statement was issued shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, at odds with Israel over settlement building in East Jerusalem, said U.S. officials were seeking clarification of Israel’s plan for a further expansion of Jewish housing in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. “Regarding this specific case, the decision for building permits was made several months ago in 2009,” the Israeli statement said. “The report that a new decision was made on this at the time of the prime minister’s visit to Washington is not true.”

Exactly why the announcement came just hours or minutes before the Netanyahu and Obama meeting are not known, however, some sources have speculated that this may have been a left-wing attempt to torpedo the talks between Netanyahu and Obama. The left-wing party in Israel would like nothing more than to further inflame the political spat between Netanyahu’s right-wing political coalition and the U.S. administration in light of the crisis over the past two weeks.

The Haaretz news agency is reporting that despite two meetings between Netanyahu and Obama disagreements remain between both sides. It appears at this time that Netanyahu is holding firm despite the pressure being exerted on him by the U.S. administration that wants to see further Israeli concessions and “good will gestures” towards the Palestinians. The U.S. administration believes these Israeli concessions will lead to a revival of talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. However, the current situation is rather muddy in that very little is being released to the public about the meetings and there seems to be a cloud of secrecy around them. It was noted that Netanyahu and Obama met without the standard photo ops and other political gestures shown to strong allies. It was suggested that Obama was purposefully dressing down Netanyahu ahead of their meetings. To me this was rude and very disrespectful to a strong and reliable ally. I think the Obama administration should be ashamed of themselves for acting the way they have over the past several weeks. The Haaretz news article reports:

The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday did not resolve the differences of opinion on the future of the peace process with the Palestinians or Israeli construction in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu canceled a series of interviews and briefings with the American media, scheduled for Wednesday morning, in order to focus on the serious disagreements with the Obama administration.

Netanyahu arrived at the White House at 5:30 P.M. local time Tuesday, and held one on one talks with Obama for an hour and a half. The meeting ended in serious disagreement; after the talks – in an unprecedented move – Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and their advisers retired to a side room in the White House for consultations, while Obama left for his residential quarters. Some 90 minutes later, Netanyahu requested a second meeting with the president, who returned to the Oval Office for a further half-hour conversation with the prime minister.

Further:

But the second meeting between the two also ended in disagreement, and they could not even reach a consensus on a joint statement. Netanyahu and Ehud Barak then left the White House for the Israeli embassy in Washington, leaving the prime minister’s aides, Yitzhak Molcho, Ron Dermer and Nir Chefetz, as well as Ambassador Michael Oren, to hold talks with Obama’s people. Only at 2 A.M. did these consultations end, and Netanyahu and his entourage return to their hotel.

To me, the above description of the talks do not sound good. I would imagine that Obama may have given Netanyahu and Israel an ultimatum which resulted in the immediate consultations. It sounds very odd that Netanyahu would request a second meeting very shortly after Obama had retired to his residence. However, with the way things are going these days, nothing seems to surprise me anymore.

I’d like to ask all the readers of the Rapture Report to pray for the Israeli leaders, especially PM Netanyahu, as they face a very ungodly U.S. administration that is clearly turning its back on Israel. Let us pray that Netanyahu and his entourage be given supernatural wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to confront and repel the evil attacks on them from the anti-semitic Obama administration. The U.S. has long supported Israel and for that we have been blessed beyond measure, but I am afraid that this all will be coming to an end soon as Obama repositions his focus from the healthcare issue to the Middle East stage. I would not be surprised to see heavy and forceful pressure exerted on Israel in the future. May we all pray for the peace of Jerusalem during these difficult and critical times.

As always we will continue to watch the situation on the ground between the U.S. and Israel and provide you with thoughtful and insightful commentary to the current events as they relate to Bible prophecy.

God bless.

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“Obama And Israel” by Randy Wills

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Well, it’s Amateur Hour at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue again. Take a look at this report, released today by the British press:

For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of.

Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman who spoke to the Prime Minister said today.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House phone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.

To say that I am angry and embarrassed by the treatment that Barack Obama gave the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, would be understatement of the year. Can you imagine any other president of the United States telling a visiting Head of State–any State–to “let me know if there is anything new” while leaving him and his aides to find their own way out the door, so to speak. I mean, was there a basketball game on or something?

Whatever the reason, such rude treatment can only come from someone who is actively determined to humiliate his guests. And this is something we’ve seen before, whether it was the lackluster gifts–a $15 model of Marine One from the White House gift shop and stack of American DVD movies which would not play in European players–given to British PM Gordon Brown and his wife during their first official visit, or whether it was shuffling the Dalai Lama out the back door next to snow-covered trash piles in order to appease the Chinese. We’ve seen it before, and it’s troubling.

From my perspective, this is just as much a concern as the passage of the healthcare reform bill. You might say that I am livid at the arrogance shown by President Obama and his representatives because Israel is the only friend that we have in the Middle East and because, without the support of the U.S., Israel faces an existential threat that few other than the Jews have had to deal with on a daily basis.

Of course, explaining the conundrum of the number of Jewish members of Obama’s administration while all this takes place would require someone much more knowledgeable than I in the diverse ways of the Jews, but from the perspective of this evangelical gentile, Israel and the Jews will always be “the apple” of God’s eyes. In my opinion, Israel is truly the “epicenter” of world affairs, as Joel Rosenberg so clearly and eloquently represents in his writings. Without joining the conspiracy theories that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, the obvious disrespect that the Obama administration has shown for the rights of the Israelis to merely exist in peace is a clear indication that all of his claims of being a follower of Jesus Christ are merely an attempt to obfuscate his true religious commitment.

Important changes are taking place here in America, but don’t take your eyes off the relationship between the Obama administration and Israel. As Obama maneuvers to gain support of the U.N., Russia and China for “acceptable” sanctions against Iran, Israel must know that support from the U.S. is becoming more tentative every day. That being the case, I am convinced that it will drive Israel towards the inevitability of an armed response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. If that should happen, the U.S.–along with the U.N. Security Council members–will blame Israel for being aggressive just when they were on the verge of implementing sanctions against Iran and a “two-state” agreement with the Palestinians. Israel will be left to “twist slowly in the wind.”

Jimmy Carter, in recent years, has demonstrated a propensity toward hugging Hamas members. Bill Clinton’s most frequent foreign guest to the White House was Yasser Arafat. This, it seems, is Barack Obama’s thumb in the eye of Israel, and it may be the worst of all of them.

Regardless, don’t be fooled. It will eventually come down to Israel against the rest of the world if we don’t demand that our elected officials guarantee protection of Israel against all aggression. I urge everyone to contact their representatives and insist that we remain steadfast in our commitment to Israel. Of all of the failures that the U.S. will be held accountable for in the sight of God, the failure to protect Israel will be right at the top of the list. At least that’s how I see it.

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“Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves” by Michael G. Mickey

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I agree with this commentary 100% We expect this type of behavior from the liberal left, but we on the conservative right must be above this type of behavior.

Headline: FBI Probes Threats Directed at House Democrats

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Federal law enforcement officials are looking into at least two possible threats directed at members of Congress and their families that Democrats suggest are related to their vote for health care reform.

More than 10 lawmakers have complained they’ve received threats since the run-up to Sunday’s House vote on a health insurance overhaul, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday, and law enforcement officials are taking the allegations seriously.

Headline: Republican Eric Cantor’s Campaign Office Shot At

Excerpt:

Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he’s received “threatening e-mails” — but at the same time the House minority whip accused top Democrats of trying to exploit the threats they’ve been receiving for “political gain.”

Cantor said “a bullet was shot through the window” of his campaign office. The incident happened Monday, Fox News has learned, the latest in a rash of apparent threats and acts of intimidation against members of Congress. Most of the threats so far have been reported by Democrats, but Cantor — the No. 2 Republican in the House — is one of about 10 lawmakers who has asked for increased security protection, Fox News has learned.

Readers, there is nothing worse that could happen in the tense political climate we’re presently witnessing in the United States of America than for violence to erupt.

If (KEYWORD: IF) there actually is a Leftist revolution in opposition to the will of the American people underway, as many from the Right suspect is the case, the very last thing conservatives, particularly conservative Christians who’ve already been labeled as so-called ‘right-wing extremists’, need is the Left in possession of anything remotely close to a legitimate reason to demonize or lash out against us.

As I’ve been documenting here, the Left has been masterfully deceiving large portions of the American populace through their allies, the mainstream media, for some time now concerning the character and motives of anyone and everyone they feel poses any sort of threat to the Obama administration’s agenda for changing America. Therefore, exercising extreme restraint in the face of what appears a grave threat to our Republic is advisable. Acting otherwise, in any sort of revolutionary environment, real or perceived, would serve the Left. Who in their Right mind would want to do THAT? Not me. No way!

Please, Christians. Encourage everyone in your circle of influence to be patient and longsuffering in keeping with the teachings of scripture. This is a time for us to turn to God in prayer, not to Smith & Wesson.

If our nation falling into some sort of revolution, bankruptcy or profound disarray is part of God’s end times prophetic plan, there is nothing anyone can do to stop it through violence. If there remains hope for our nation, petitioning God to help us is our very best course of action. We can ill afford to forget that at a time like this.

2nd Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Christians, we have been sent forth “as sheep in the midst of wolves”, according to Matthew 10:16.

This is a time for us to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”.

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“What Does it All Mean?” by Jan Markell

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I believe I have studied under the best of the best teachers when it comes to what the Bible lays out for us in the last days. Many are dazed at the rapid decline of America. The passage of health care wasn’t about health care; rather, the socialization of America. America just came under the power of Saul Alinsky. But some of us, while grieved, look at the broader picture. So, this is how I see it.

Revelation, chapters 13 and 17, lays out a coming one-world political system, one-world leader, one-world religion, and a one-world financial system (cashless). We don’t know when this will all be implemented, but we do know the biggest factor holding up the one-world order has been America, the superpower like no other.

In the coming system, all nations will likely be “equal.” That is, there will be no superpower other than, perhaps, the European Union — a consortium of powerful European nations. Even some individual nations in Europe are crumbling as I write this so some of those nations will band together and become the end-time power. Economic chaos is likely to level the playing field of all the world’s players on this strange chessboard.

Economic chaos will also bring down China and Russia, although both seem to have major roles in the last days as they invade Israel, one in the Gog/Magog war and one in the Battle of Armageddon. Their empires and land mass are enormous. But the number one superpower has been America and now we see her imploding due to corrupt politics, greed, love of self, love of power, and the personification of the Bible verse that says, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and desperately wicked; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

So the bottom line is that America has been the primary obstacle to the one-world system. We see the decline of the dollar which has been one of the major currencies for decades, yet it stands in the way of a one-world economic/financial system.

Barack Obama and others say we are not a Christian nation, but that is nonsense because the church in America, in spite of its weaknesses today, stands in the way of the coming one-world religion. On the other hand, we have the apostate church in the U.S. which will go along with a one-world religion. As this is being written, there is an assault on everything Christian in America. It is to strip us of our godly heritage and rid the U.S. of as much Christianity as possible.

This scenario is scripted in the Bible by the inference that as America didn’t exist in Bible times: America has to diminish and Europe must rise. The man who could best bring this about promised America and the world “hope and change” and the uninformed bought it hook, line, and sinker. But Barack Obama is just one player in this global chess game. Nonetheless, he gave the world an image that he was the new “world leader” during the 2008 campaign. This is what the world longs for: A “man with a plan.” There needs to be a one-world leader but it is not him.

Capitalism must go and must be replaced by a socialized world. You say this will take decades. Look at what has happened in just over a year! So not only are we threatened from without by radical Islam, we are threatened from without and within by a group of intelligent globalists who are convincing America and the nations of the world that the only way to lasting world peace is the establishment of global government. And all nations will have to be equal for this to work efficiently.

Globalists have no respect for the people who elected them; no respect for their office; no respect for the American Constitution; no respect for what it means to be entrusted by the people of any nation to serve in a high capacity. Their only maniacal goal is the consolidation of more money and power into the hands of the few in order to control and manipulate the entire world.

This coming system is not some prophetically speculative or futuristic fairy tale, but a real world reality outlined in the Bible. It is not some whacko conspiracy theory being advanced by the fringe society. It’s an orchestrated agenda which God had planned for before the foundations of the earth.

But America has not made it possible for the globalists to get their agenda through until now. We see that through the corrupt-to-the-core Obama administration, they are pressing forward to the prize — a one-world system with America subservient to the European Union. We just don’t know the timing, nor the timing of the return of our “blessed hope” Who remains our only hope.

Because so many feel a foolish one-world system is the answer for global unity, I feel the words of Isaiah 66:4 have been in play for several years: “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear, but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.”

God sent delusion and this is the result. He sent the delusion to fulfill His Word. It is strong delusion that is causing some Americans to stand behind globalists who will bring about a system outlined in the book of Revelation.

Where one gets in trouble with this kind of theology and opinion is when it leads to an “I give up” mentality. Good people stop fighting evil. Some just roll over. Some go into complete apathy and escapism. Remember the profound statement by Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Just keep expectations realistic and Bible-focused.

Now, what is the good news? We can only change the world by changing the spirituality of a culture. In the meantime, we can contend for the faith, preach the gospel, and be salt and light to a frightened world. And since all of the above are scripted, the final act is as well. We can know with certainty that the King of kings is coming back very soon. Right now some are wailing and calling this “escapist theology.” Go ahead and wail.

God is in control. See a moving portrayal of that here.

I close with a statement by Randy Alcorn whose book we now carry, “In Wall Street terms, Christ is bearish when it comes to investing on earth. His financial forecast for the world is ultimately bleak. But He’s unreservedly bullish about investing in Heaven where every market indicator is eternally positive!”

What is happening is in the “all these things must come to pass” (Matthew 24:6) category. We cannot stop such events. We cannot alter the way it is outlined in the Bible. If you have the proper eschatology, all that is happening makes perfect sense. If you follow the Pied Pipers of Amillennialism, Preterism, Replacement Theology, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, and more, you will be lost in the maze of bizarre current events.

To see a moving video on this topic, visit this link.

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