Archive for April 5th, 2010

“Pravda: American Style” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, April 5th, 2010

In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, the mainstream media is a little biased these days, so much so that I’m beginning to wonder if the driving spirit behind the Soviet Union’s official voice of communistic government for many years, Pravda, is alive and well in American journalism.

Anyone who has been following the news at all in recent weeks knows that anyone and everyone who has dared to voice so much as a whimper of protest in the aftermath of Congress and President Obama shoving healthcare reform down our throats has been cast in the most wicked of lights – to the point of absurdity no less. Why? To direct our attention away from the source of our irritation, a divisiveness born of their works carried out against the overwhelming will of the people, and toward an evil that exists in the realm of fantasy alone.

Despite having next to nothing to point to as evidence supportive of their allegations, the mainstream media is feeding the public a steady stream of misinformation -one that is portraying the majority of Americans as racist, hate-filled homophobic extremists.

Some would argue that the media’s rhetoric is directed purely at the Tea Party movement and its rallying forces, but it’s not and most of us know it.

I, for example, have never attended a Tea Party rally but do I believe in the causes they’re standing for like reducing government spending, maintaining a strong national defense, ensuring the Constitution is upheld by our elected officials, the preservation of our liberties, our freedom? Of course I do so what does that make me? A hater, of course.

In a politically correct world like ours, do I want to be labeled a hater?

The media and its friends in the Left are counting on me asking myself that question and, subsequently, modifying my behavior accordingly, the desired end result being me shutting up and toeing the line.

What we all need to do in a divisive atmosphere like the one we’re living in under the current leadership in Washington is simply go along with what we are told we need to believe as opposed to what we believe as individuals. We all know this is all for the greater good, don’t we? Would you like some more Kool Aid, Mr. American Conservative? The more you drink, the less you think! Just trust your government – and rest in peace.

Forget that there hasn’t been so much as a peep of evidence to suggest that the vile accusations being made by the mainstream media against common, every day Americans opposed to Obamacare are true!

Forget that representative government has vetoed the will of the American people! Forget that we have Congressmen openly saying they’re not worried about the Constitution where healthcare reform is concerned, not to mention that Democratic mouthpiece Al Sharpton said on national television that America overwhelmingly voted for socialism when it elected President Obama!

Forget that we have members of Congress so out of touch with reality they are afraid the island of Guam may tip over and capsize!

Forget all of the above! The sooner the better where that is concerned, but remember this, not because it’s factual but because your friends on the network news shows want you to remember it: If you’re not pro-Obama, you’re just plain evil!

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“Christians Taking on the Antichrist” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, April 5th, 2010

The members of a Christian militia were arrested after a series of raids in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. A court document says the raid capped an undercover FBI investigation that involved dozens of agents and a cooperating witness.

The group went by the name “Hutaree militia,” and was led by 44-year-old David Brian Stone. Prosecutors claimed the nine members were plotting to kill police officers and kick-start a violent revolution. The name Huttaree means “Christian warrior,” and they were making ready to defend themselves against the arrival of the Antichrist and the New World Order he will head.

According to their website, “We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Antichrist. All Christians must know this and prepare.” It also claims, “Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment.”

I don’t see how anyone who plots to assassinate law enforcement officers can be a follower of Christ. The federal indictment says their plans “included killing a member of law enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement and his or her family at home, ambushing a member of law enforcement in rural communities, luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call and then killing him or her, and killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession motorcade.”

The Hutaree militia was not the only anti-government group that made headlines last week. An organization called the Guardians of the Free Republics wants to “restore America ” by peacefully dismantling parts of the government. It sent letters to all fifty state governors demanding they leave office or face being removed. The Restore America Plan can be found at: http://www.guardiansofthefreerepublics.com/front-page.html.

Over the past year, we’ve had a sharp increase in the number of violent protests against the government. Here are three examples:

1. Joe Stack: In February, the 53-year-old software engineer rammed a plane into the IRS building in Austin, Texas, killing himself and one IRS employee. Stack left a long, rambling suicide note, saying the government “left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY!”

2. Richard Poplawski: He shot and killed three police officers and seriously injured another two last spring. Poplawski feared that President Obama planned to confiscate weapons. He also believed reports that FEMA planned to herd protesters into concentration camps.

3. John Patrick Bedell: Just last month, he tried to shoot his way into the Pentagon. He fired on two police officers before being mortally wounded himself. In an on-line video manifesto, Bedell had railed against the government’s ability to “confiscate the resources of their citizens to fund schemes that need only be justified by lies and deception.”

There has been a huge upsurge in the number of militia groups that believe that the US government is conspiring against them. The Southern Poverty Law Center claims to have documented a 244-percent increase in the number of what it called “Patriot” groups in 2009. The number of militias–ones who actively train as military units–has increased from 42 in 2008 to 127 in 2009.

The apocalyptic nature of the Hutaree group caused Rapture Ready to receive some inquires from the media. We’ve been frequently asked if we think President Obama is the Antichrist.

My response so far is to tell people to keep your powder dry. I believe the government’s encroachment on our civil liberties will only get worse in the coming months. By the time President Obama leaves office–if he chooses to do so–it will be far easier to compare him to the Antichrist.

It concerns me that some Christians may be helping to fulfill prophecy by taking up arms. The Hutaree would have handed the Obama administration a free gift if they had been able to carry out their alleged plans.

With any drastic action, you need to consider the consequences. I’m sure there must have been some Germans who said to each other, “Hey, let’s burn down the Reichstag to trigger an uprising against Hitler.” History now tells us the Nazis already had taken the idea.

Trust me, to get on the government’s most-wanted list, you don’t need to make a pipe bomb or threaten to kill political leaders. The day is coming when the simple act of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is reason enough for you to be declared an enemy of the state.

I think the most dastardly thing you can do to the power-hungry leaders of the world is to win souls for the Kingdom of God . Every time a person gets saved, the Beast is deprived of one more follower. I hope when the rapture takes place, so many people will be missing that another census will be necessary to figure out who is still here.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44).

— Todd

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“Missing Link” Found…Again

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Here we go again…

A fossil skeleton of a child discovered in a cave system known as the Cradle of Humankind may represent a previously unknown stage in the evolution of man, The (London) Sunday Times reported.

The skeleton, which is almost complete despite being two million years old, is believed to belong to one of the hominid groups that includes humans.

Hominid fossil finds are usually little more than small bone fragments. Scientists hope such a complete find will help them to work out what our ancestors looked like and to determine key dates in their evolution from ape-man to man-ape. Experts who have seen the skeleton says it resembles Homo habilis, the first species of advanced human.

The skeleton was found by Professor Lee Berger, reader in human evolution and the public understanding of science at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, as he explored cave systems in Sterkfontein, a Unesco world heritage site.

The caves are the site of one of the world’s longest-running archeological excavations and are regarded as paleontological treasure troves. Jacob Zuma, the South African president, visited the university to view the find, which is to be announced this week.

The new fossil skeleton was found with a number of other partially complete fossils, encased within breccia sedimentary rock inside a limestone cave known as Malapa cave.

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“Is America becoming Israel’s enemy?” by Nathan Jones

Monday, April 5th, 2010

American-Israeli relations are at a 35 year all-time low, according to the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren.

The relationship between the United States and Israel has not been this battered since Gerald Ford was president, sparring with Israel after their refusal to withdraw from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which Israel eventually did.

There were some rocky moments since then between President Ronald Reagan and Israel over Israel invading Lebanon and bombing Iraq’s nuclear reactor, as well as American actions over the U.S. selling air defenses to Saudi Arabia. Again in 1991, President George Bush, Sr.’s government denied loan guarantees to Israel over disagreements on West Bank settlements. Those past disputes were merely disagreements among committed friends, though. Today the tone has become far, far worse.

The United States and Israel began to see rapid deterioration in their relationship as soon as President Barack Obama took the reigns in January 2009.

President Obama began his term of office by reaching out to Muslims in a speech in Cairo, and since then has repeatedly given his ear to Israel’s enemies while publicly berating Israel at every opportunity. With world public opinion set hostilely against Israel over the fallacious Goldstone Report which accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, Israel needs a real friend that doesn’t talk like an enemy.
Obama vs. Netanyahu

Mr. Obama next began calling for something no previous administration has insisted on. He demanded that Israel completely halt all “settlement” activity in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

For Israel supposedly being one of America’s closest ally, Mr. Obama has yet to visit Jerusalem as president. Politically such a disregard is considered a snub.

How has the United States responded to Israel’s threat to their very existence?

Israel now faces a crisis of epic proportions as Iranian Muslim clerics and their President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are hell-bent on developing a nuclear weapon and arming terrorist regimes like Hamas and Hezbollah to follow through on their threat to “wipe Israel off the map.” The world has tried every diplomatic means possible to curtail Iran’s development, but every effort has been met with a slap in the face by Ahmadinejad. All attempts at placing serious sanctions on Iran have been vetoed due to the gas interests Russia and China have in Iran.

American support of Israel in their dealings with Iran has ironically only been friendly to Iran. The World Tribune reports: “Since taking office, Obama has refused to approve any major Israeli requests for U.S. weapons platforms or advanced systems. Officials said this included proposed Israeli procurement of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, refueling systems, advanced munitions and data on a stealth variant of the F-15E.”

And the latest, President Obama has blocked a 2008 deal to deliver to Israel bunker-buster bombs capable of destroying underground facilities such as the Iranian nuclear weapons sites. The bunker-buster bomb is a “2,000-pound bomb, produced by Boeing and coupled with a laser guidance kit” that “was designed to penetrate concrete bunkers and other underground hardened sites.” While en route, the U.S. military was ordered to divert the shipment of 387 bunker-buster bombs from Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia.

What the Obama administration is effectively doing, according to the World Tribune’s congressional source, is to place an embargo on Israel. This makes good on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s threat to reduce military aid to Israel because of its construction policy.

With Iran just a year away from having two atomic bombs and already proving they have the delivery missile system capable of delivering a warhead to anywhere in Israel, Washington’s timing couldn’t have been worse.

The Obama administration believes that once the Palestinians have their own country Iran will back down, naiveté at its best considering Iran is willing to irradiate the very land they say belongs to the Palestinians. The Palestinians are a pawn to Iran and nothing more; a pawn that Washington is too focused on, missing Iran’s larger and often announced ambitions to bring Shiite Islam to the whole world.

What is the source of the breakdown in relations between America and Israel?

On the surface, the degradation of relations is over the Israeli right to build homes in Jerusalem.

Having proven historic ownership of Jerusalem since King David 3,000 years ago, only since the Six Day War of 1967 has Israel again regained control over Jerusalem, having lost it when the Babylonians conquered it in the sixth century B.C. Though contested by some Muslim nations, by all legal rights Israel owns Jerusalem and has the right to build on their own land. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed in a March speech to the pro-Israel lobby group, Aipac, “Jerusalem is not a settlement, it’s our capital” and Israel has a “right to build.”

The Obama administration sides with Israel’s enemies, declaring the left-over Syrian invaders now called Palestinians have the right to the eastern portion of Jerusalem and all the West Bank lands in the very heart of Israel. President Obama has made the freezing of all Jewish construction the paramount factor in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. His eventual goal is to forcibly make Israel cede East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as their capital, rather than Ramallah, and set up an independent Palestinian nation.
Construction in Jerusalem

Below the surface of the souring American-Israeli relations is President Obama’s well known ego. The continuation of Israel building apartment complexes and businesses on their own land against President Obama’s wishes has been taken by the President as a personal insult — ultimately as an act of disobedience.

BBC News reports that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed Mr. Obama’s anger by calling Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s continued defiance of Obama’s will by continuing construction “insulting.” David Axelrod, an aide to President Obama, has dubbed Netanyahu’s persistence “an affront” and a “calculated attempt to undermine the expected launch of indirect talks.” Vice President Joe Biden in his March visit to Jerusalem displayed Mr. Obama’s contempt by showing up hours late to all of his meetings and publicly berating Israeli officials on their own soil.

The bedrock reason for Americas’ continued distancing from Israel is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

Israel is in the processes of regathering from the four corners of the world back into their own land, which is a fulfillment of Isaiah 11:11-12. Israel becoming a nation again as it did on May 14, 1948, was a fulfillment of Isaiah 66:7-8 and Ezekiel 37:21-22. The Jews reoccupying the city of Jerusalem found its fulfillment on June 7, 1967, as Zechariah 8:4-8 said they would. The Jews restored the barren land making it fertile again, just as Ezekiel 36:34-35 said would happen. And finally, the reason for America’s increasing hostility towards Israel, the fulfillment this very day that all the nations of the world will come together against Israel over the issue of the control of Jerusalem, as written in Zechariah 12:1-3.

The United States is unwittingly playing its role in Bible prophecy, coming against Israel over its ownership of Jerusalem. It will ultimately fulfill its role along with every other nation by invading Israel and having its armies destroyed by Jesus Himself in the final battle of the upcoming 7-year Tribulation — Armageddon (Rev. 19:11-21).

The United States has been soured by Satan’s hatred of the Jews. Satan hates the Jews with a passion because through them God brought the world the Messiah and His salvation, the Bible, and the promises of future restoration. Israel fulfilling Bible prophecy today proves that God’s destiny for Satan — the Lake of Fire — is unalterable and conclusive (Rev. 20:7-10).

Is God today warning us ahead of judgment?

God never brings about judgment without forewarning, for He is a just and loving God. The Bible says that God will bless those who bless Israel, and He will curse those who curse Israel (Gen. 12:3). The Bible also says that he who touches Israel touches “the apple of God’s eye” (Zech. 2:8).

The current administration has been poking God in the eye tremendously as of late. When Vice President Biden was in Israel, God responded with a freak storm in the Northeast that flooded New Jersey and left half a million without power. God then held His restraining hand back, and now Americans have been straight-jacketed into socialized healthcare, suffocating under even more governmental control and losing hard won freedoms.

In the Bible, whenever a leader disobeyed God (such as King David did when making the census), the people also paid the penalty. God’s method of operation has not changed, and the American people have paid the price for our elected leaders’ sins against God. We have injured ourselves by trying to divide Israel, just as Zechariah 12:3 warned. We will continue to pay the price for our leadership’s stand against Israel and God Himself, ultimately being destroyed as a nation when we side with the Antichrist against Israel in the last days.

Christians should prepare for God’s warnings through natural disasters and economic chaos by humbly calling out to God to forgive us, holding back His anger against the United States, at least until after the Rapture. During hardship we should continue doing as we’ve always done — pulling close to God in prayer and Bible reading, living holy lives, and using the time we have to share the Gospel with others.

In these tumultuous and terrifying times, as our leaders rocket us to our own nation’s destruction, we should heed what Psalm 56:3 teaches us concerning God, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”

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