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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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