Archive for May 19th, 2010

A Message of Hope and Salvation

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Luke 7:36-50 (New International Version)

We don’t know what sins this woman was known for. Some Bible scholars speculate that she may have been a prostitute. Having such an expensive item in her possession, an alabaster jar of perfume, backs up this idea. She may have been a “kept” woman; her “services” being very well paid for.
Under Jewish law, touching someone like her would bring defilement. The Pharisees, who worked hard to obey every aspect of the law, were very much aware of this, and as such, found their sensibilities assailed that day.
Yet despite their strict adherence to the Jewish law concerning the woman, and even though they had acknowledged Jesus as “Rabbi”; “teacher”, they had not even shown Him the basic courtesies offered to a guest. Most certainly, Jesus was not treated as an equal. Jesus pointed out their duplicity and hypocrisy.
With the “brood of vipers” put in their place, let’s change our attention to the woman, and Jesus’ boundless mercy.
Somehow this woman, who most certainly is shunned by the “decent” people of the town, shut out and alone, gains entrance to the house where Jesus is eating.
She has heard that this Nazareth Rabbi can do many wonderful miracles. He has healed the sick, restored the broken, fed many and brought hope to souls. She latches to this hope that He will be able to heal her soul as well.
She knows what she is, there is no denying this. Broken, dying in her heart, she doesn’t even try to approach Jesus standing, but on hands and knees, crying her heart out, she tends to his feet, washing them with her tears.
Now let’s put this in perspective. Tending to ones feet was literately the lowest job in the house. It was dirty, smelly and required the person washing the feet to prostrate themselves in order to do it properly. In a Jewish house, most certainly in the house of a Pharisee, this job would have been relegated to the lowest servant, most likely the same person responsible for disposing of the trash.
The Pharisee himself would never have even considered doing this.
Here is the woman, laying prostrate at Jesus’ feet, not willing to even look into His face, pouring, what most certainly was a very expensive item, if not her most valuable item, on the feet of Jesus.
Facing the disapproval and outright hatred of those in the room, completely broken, her soul cried out, “Save Me, Lord!!” She braved all those fears, that with the faith that Jesus could heal her soul.
And He Did!!
Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” and “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Amen!!

Voters Back Anti-DC, Anti-Establishment Candidates

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I really wish Obama would catch on to this, but it’s highly unlikely the Ego-in-Chief will.

WASHINGTON – With the electorate’s intense anger reverberating across the country, this is all but certain: It’s an anti-Washington, anti-establishment year. And candidates with ties to either better beware.

Any doubt about just how toxic the political environment is for congressional incumbents and candidates hand-picked by national Republican and Democratic leaders disappeared late Tuesday, when voters fired Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a run-off in Arkansas and chose tea party darling Rand Paul to be the GOP nominee in Kentucky’s Senate race.

“People just aren’t very happy,” Ira Robbins, 61, said in Allentown, Pa.

With anyone linked to power, it seems.

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‘Olmert gave us the Temple Mount,’ say Palestinians

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I pray this is not true.

A senior Palestinian negotiator says Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert lied last week when he said Israel’s control of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is not up for negotiation.

Speaking to WorldNetDaily, the Palestinian official revealed that Olmert has already all but signed away the holy site.

“What Olmert said (regarding the Mount) is absolutely false. I think he’s not yet ready to tell the Israeli public and is waiting for the right time,” said the negotiator. “We had intense debates on many topics, which remain open and unsettled, but the Harem Al-Sharif (Temple Mount) is not a sticking point. The Israelis didn’t argue with us.”

According to the deal Olmert reportedly agreed to on the Temple Mount, the site would be surrendered to joint control by Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

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“The 666 Crisis” by Terry James

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Troubling issues and events churn within our hourly news. Powerful monetary exigencies, in particular, command the headlines. Total world financial collapse continues to be perhaps the most serious danger just ahead. Yet, each building economic crisis seems to be absorbed by the previous while the world financial markets adjust to avoid what many fiscal experts believe to be the inevitable.

It’s as if there is a supernatural roadblock keeping the world from collapse–an otherworldly bubble insulating against implosion. The international economic end should have come, according to all reasoning, months–even years–ago.

Greece is now the head of the European Union’s (EU) festering economic sore that many fear could be terminal. With the euro sliding precipitously against the dollar and other currencies, the problems within the EU and, by extension, the rest of the Western economies, are exacerbated for that developing colossus that many who study Bible prophecy believe is the heart out of which will come Antichrist and his regime of absolute control.

The EU wizards of finance are on the case, trying to stop the descent into disaster.

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – The euro fell on Tuesday as the relief effects of an emergency aid package to prevent the spread of a European debt crisis dissipated and focus switched back to structural problems plaguing the euro zone. European Union finance ministers, central bankers and the International Monetary Fund hammered out an emergency package of loan guarantees to euro zone members over the weekend to try and sure up sentiment in its bond markets and the euro. … The “shock and awe” plan initially boosted sentiment, allowing the euro to surge to near $1.31 on Monday, rebounding from a 14-month trough of $1.2510 hit on trading platform EBS last week when investors had feared a sovereign credit crisis could spread from Greece to other euro zone countries… Investors doubt whether the Greek government will be able to carry out the austerity measures required to restructure its public finances. Other states such as Portugal and Spain also have budgetary concerns. (Neal Armstrong, “Unconventional ECB measures to weigh on currency.” [My thanks to John Stettin and John Rolls.])

It is not too much of a stretch to consider that because the desired unity of European nations is built around a once ballyhooed but now failing currency, we might be witnessing the construction of the feet and toes of the metallic man-image Daniel the prophet interpreted for Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar concerning the king’s dream-vision. The euro isn’t working; the EU nations, put in simplistic terms, don’t trust each other. Here’s what Daniel was given to prophesy about the very end of the history of world kingdoms:

And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Dan 2: 41-43)

The United States is still the center of world power so far as concerns the Western world. America’s president, whose mercurial efforts to change U.S. economic structure in every possible way–catastrophically, in my opinion–is directly intervening in Europe’s monetary manipulations. Mr. Obama’s extensive talks by phone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are believed to be perhaps the primary catalysts behind the €750 billion bailout agreed over the weekend by the eurozone leaders.

The gigantic multi-trillion dollar Band-Aids that the American administration, aided and abetted by a strangely acquiescent Congress, has pasted over the gaping economic wound from which the U.S. is suffering hasn’t worked. Yet, the Europeans seem to be anxious to follow Obama’s failed regiment of treatment. This could be because it will be the already bankrupt American taxpayers who will be expected to contribute mightily to the EU bailout.

The American president recently said in his “New Foundations” speech that he wants prosperity–not fueled by reckless debt, but by skilled, productive workers. He wants sustained growth, not economic stagnation. Yet the policies he now twists the arms of European leaders to adopt continue to demonstratively prove destructive to prosperity. His calamitous policies continue to be fueled by, in effect, reckless debt–nonexistent money that takes America ever deeper into an abyss of deficits.

The American and EU economies are in such a state of chaos and decline that they must find a way to bring about controls that will prevent complete, total collapse. Collapse is nonetheless inevitable unless Draconian measures are taken.

President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, once told a Wall Street Journal conference of top corporate chief executives, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” It will take such a crisis–one of unprecedented magnitude–to cause all leaders to institute those Draconian measures necessary to control all buying and selling under one system of economy.

That crisis is coming. It will be the dagger that pierces the bubble provided by God’s staying hand of judgment upon this fallen world. The Rapture will, I’m convinced, produce the crisis that will clear the path for 666 (Rev. 13:16-18).

–Terry

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Supreme Court Cites Unadopted International Treaty in Support of Ruling

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

More judicial activism, this time at the hands of the Supreme Court, as they cite an unadopted international treaty, instead of the U.S. Constitution, in support of one of their rulings.

The fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution possibly have been shoved one step closer to irrelevance by the U.S. Supreme Court, which yesterday cited an international treaty that has not been adopted in the U.S. as support for its opinion.

The issue is raising alarms for those who have been fighting the trend toward adopting “international” standards for American jurisprudence rather than relying on a strict application of the Constitution.

“It is bad enough for the Supreme Court to engage in judicial activism,” said Michael Farris, of the Home School Legal Defense Association. “It is far worse when the justices employ international law in support of their far-reaching edicts.

“We have not ratified the U.N. child’s rights treaty – its provisions should not be finding their way into Supreme Court decisions,” he said.

Roger Kiska, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund who is based in Europe, said the Supreme Court’s use of an unadopted precedent “completely overlooks the checks and balances system that is established by the U.S. Constitution.”

It’s not the first time the court has done it, and “It’s never amounted to any good,” he said in a telephone interview from his base of operations in Europe. “It leans toward social radicalism.”

He said there are reasons why the U.S. never adopted the U.N. convention, citing a recent case in Sweden in which a child was taken away from his home because his parents were homeschooling him, and other issues.

The child, Domenic Johanssen, has been in the custody of social services agents for almost a year now as his parents have fought – unsuccessfully so far – for his return home.

“That is a prime example of what can happen when the Convention on the Rights of the Child is used as a sword rather than as a shield,” Kiska said.

The Graham v. Florida decision dealt with whether young people can be sentenced to life prison terms if they haven’t killed the victims of their crimes. It arose in the case of Terrance Graham, implicated in armed robberies when he was 16 and 17. He now is 23 and is in a Florida prison – for life.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who frequently swings to the liberal side of the court, said such life sentences are not allowed.

“The state has denied him any chance to later demonstrate that he is fit to rejoin society based solely on a non-homicide crime that he committed while he was a child in the eyes of the law,” Kennedy’s majority opinion said. “This the Eighth Amendment does not permit.”

Wrote Kennedy:

We also note, as petitioner and his amici emphasize, that Article 37(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Nov. 20, 1989, 1577 U. N. T. S. 3 (entered into force Sept. 2, 1990), ratified by every nation except the United States and Somalia, prohibits the imposition of ‘life imprisonment without possibility of release . . . for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age.’

Kennedy’s opinion continued:

The court has treated the laws and practices of other nations and international agreements as relevant to the Eighth Amendment not because those norms are binding or controlling but because the judgment of the world’s nations that a particular sentencing practice is inconsistent with basic principles of decency demonstrates that the court’s rationale has respected reasoning to support it.

Jordan Sekulow, director of international operations for the American Center for Law and Justice, told WND the first danger is citing United Nations precedents at all.

Then comes the citation of international concepts that have not been adopted in the U.S.

“When they’re citing laws that have not been adopted, they are creating new legal ground,” he warned.

“It’s great that all these other countries have adopted the laws, but until we’ve actually implemented it, it should have no impact whatsoever on our Supreme Court,” he said.

He warned that such activism will lead the U.S. into trouble.

Other nations’ courts already have been busy creating “new human rights” such as the “right” to “health care,” he said.

“You can see that line of reasoning in cases,” he said.

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