Wednesday, August 31, 2005

KATRINA- THE FIST OF GOD?

Katrina - The fist of God? - By Stan Goodenough - Jerusalem News Wire

Today is going to be a terrible day for millions of people in the United States as Hurricane Katrina comes roaring ashore on the northern Gulf Coast of the country.

Hopefully, prayerfully, despite the worst-case scenarios being predicted by many weather experts and others in the media, there will not be an enormous loss of life.

But even if no one dies, the thought of hundreds of thousands of people having to leave their homes in the last 48 hours to stream out of the hurricane's path, not knowing what they will come back to – what will happen to their neighborhoods, their houses, their possessions, almost everything they hold dear – is a terrifying thought indeed.

Untold numbers of people are about to be made refugees. Life, as many in the south-eastern USA have known it for generations, is about to change, painfully and dramatically.

For millions more citizens in the "greatest nation on earth" – those who are not physically near the advancing storm – their existence is also about to take a turn for the worse.

Katrina has forced oil workers to evacuate rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, stopping the production of 600,000 barrels of oil a day. Seven oil refineries and a major oil import terminal have been closed.

Oil prices have already gone through the roof, soaring to a record high of $70.80 a barrel of crude since last Friday. Things could get much worse.

The US is particularly sensitive to oil price hikes. While comprising just five percent of the world population, Americans daily consume 20 million barrels of oil – 25 percent of the world's total.

Two weeks ago, the monster Katrina was not on any radar screen, although the 2005 hurricane season, which began in July and will not peak until September, had already seen a record number of hurricanes.

On August 14, citizens in the United States, like people around the world, heard about the issuing of an order for the forced evacuation of Jews from parts of Israel's biblical land.

For six days they watched as thousands of weeping people were pulled and carried from their homes, forced to leave their gardens, parks, communities, schools, towns and synagogues, everything they had spent decades building; banned from ever returning again. Those scenes were soon followed by pictures of bulldozers and other earth-moving machinery pulverizing the just-vacated homes into heaps of dust.

While this was taking place, a small tropical depression was forming near the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. Slowly, as the air began to revolve, the nonthreatening weather system began moving in the direction of Florida.

Yesterday, we in Israel watched as American officials, including President George W. Bush, ordered the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans and its surrounds. That small depression had turned into a frightening fiend. Now we are seeing on our television screens up to a million people being forced to leave their homes. People are weeping on camera, mourning that they are going to lose "everything we own; everything we have worked for."

As today unfolds we are bracing to see wind and water pounding homes, whole communities, into the ground.

Is this some sort of bizarre coincidence? Not for those who believe in the God of the Bible and the immutability of His Word.

What America is about to experience is the lifting of God's hand of protection; the implementation of His judgment on the nation most responsible for endangering the land and people of Israel.

The Bible talks about Him shaking His fist over bodies of water, and striking them.

While the "disengagement" plan was purportedly the brainchild of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the United States of America has for more than a decade been the chief sponsor and propeller of a diplomatic process that has dangerously weakened Israel in the face of an overwhelming, growing threat to annihilate her.

In the context of the last 12 years of peace-process history, and not withstanding the desire of many on Israel's left to go ahead with this process, the Sharon disengagement plan was something that was forced on Israel, primarily by the United States.

"It is a fact that Israel's very existence is in grave danger, because of our nation's sponsorship of 'land for peace' plans, which have led her to the brink of war," writes US author William R. Koenig, in his 2004 book Eye to Eye– Facing the consequences of dividing Israel. (21st Century Press, Springfield MO, ISBN 0-9728899-9-X).

On the cover, a grim-faced President Bush is shown looking warily at a massive hurricane threatening his country.

Koenig writes, in a book listing major natural and man-made disasters experienced by the USA during its peace-process efforts in the Middle East:

"America is now experiencing the consequences (curses) of Middle East policies, which have been opposed to God's Word and to the preservation of His covenant land."

As this "storm of a lifetime" wreaks its rage on the southern United States today, non-believers may be tempted to shake their fists at God. Others will cry out for mercy. Will God hear them?

Our prayer is that He will.

"Pray for us. Pray for all of New Orleans," a weeping woman resident of the city pleaded on an international television network Sunday evening as Katrina barreled its way towards her.

Many in America couldn't have cared less about Jews being forced out of their homes and losing everything they have built. Here in Israel, many Jews will be feeling for the Americans who are now facing similar tragedies, tragedies brought about by the forces of heaven rather than through the political power of men.

Can't you see the link, America? Won't you see the link?
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A DEVASTATING TWO WEEKS

Gaza to Katrina – A Devastating Two Weeks - Bill Koenig - www.watch.org

Note from Bill:

I will continue to connect the disengagement activities in Israel to the other very serious events and headlines up to the devastating Hurricane Katrina and then beyond. (You can review the news headlines below and see them for yourself.)

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Joel 3:2 (KJV)

To say the least, much has happened since the disengagement eviction began in Israel on August 17 (with preliminary work actually taken place during the 9th of Av — sundown on Saturday, August 13, to sundown on Sunday, August 14. The government of Israel didn't want the disengagement eviction to begin until August 17 due to the curse of the 9th of Av for the Jewish people.)

On Monday, August 22, the last Jewish settlement in Gaza was evacuated — wrapping up Israel's historic pullout from the coastal strip after settlers held a farewell march behind Torah scrolls and a massive menorah, then boarded armored buses and left.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas spoke by telephone and expressed their commitment to peace -- the first conversation between the two since the pullout started, a senior Palestinian negotiator said.

The leaders spoke for about five minutes, with Mr. Abbas telling Mr. Sharon, "We are your partners for peace," according to negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The next day, August 23, the day after the completion of the Gaza evacuation, the government of the Bahamas issued a tropical warning storm warning for central and northwestern Bahamas.

Putting this storm into perspective, many of the major tropical storms start off the coast of Africa and typically take ten days to two weeks before affecting the Bahamas, the Caribbean and/or the U.S. coastline.

But by Wednesday August 24, the tropical depression became Tropical Storm Katrina; and by Thursday afternoon, August 25, Katrina developed into a hurricane. And in a period of only 72 hours, tropical depression 12 developed and hit southeast Florida (the only area untouched by the past six hurricanes) as a hurricane.

Hurricane Katrina is projected to be the first or second costliest hurricane in U.S. history. It was devastating in intensity and size. If it hadn't been for a last minute break in the eye-wall it would have very likely destroyed the city of New Orleans and cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Government agencies and private relief organizations flew into action yesterday in what some are describing as the largest mobilization ever for a natural disaster.

Following is the main news from the past two weeks:

*Israel begins preparation for Gaza evacuation — August 13-16 *US warns of new attacks on London and U.S. Cities — August 14 *The United States issue tender for up to 80 million doses of a smallpox vaccine, worth more than $1 billion, to guard against terrorist attack – August 18 *Israel Begins the Evacuation of Gaza and Northern Samaria Settlements — August 17 *IDF Storms Gaza Synagogue - August 17 *"Everyone empathizes with what the Israelis are facing. [But] it cannot be Gaza only," says U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — August 17 *Russia reminds United States that attacking Iran militarily will cause major problems for the world — August 17 *The first-ever joint Chinese and Russian military exercise begins, meant to send political signal to the United States — August 18 *The United States plan to send assessment teams to Israel to decide on U.S. economic aid for the Galilee and Negev regions — August 18 *Bad Iraq war news worries dome in G.O.P. on '06 vote — August 18 *Katyusha rocket attacks on U.S. ships in Eilat and Aqaba — August 19 *Israel completes Gaza evacuation — August 22 *Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speak by telephone and express commitment to peace — August 22 *Gaza home demolitions continue *A tropical depression forms near the Bahamas — August 23 *Tropical Storm Katrina forms — August 24 *Katrina becomes a hurricane — August 25 *Hurricane Katrina hits southeast Florida — August 26 *Hurricane Katrina increases in intensity in the Gulf of Mexico *Russia and China complete their first eight-day military maneuvers — August 26 *Suicide bomber targets Israeli bus station: Two guards critically wounded in first suicide attack since Gaza withdrawal - August 28 *U.S. War on Terror: More costly than 'the war to end all wars' — August 29 *Sharon: More West Bank settlements would go for peace *Katrina kills 55 in Miss.; governor calls storm a 'grievous blow' — August 29 *Katrina floods downtown Mobile, beaches, bayous — August 29 *Hurricane Katrina could slow U.S. economic expansion — August 29 *New Orleans facing environmental disaster — August 29 *Gov. Bush warns residents of gas shortages — August 29 *Tens of thousands to be homeless for months due to Katrina — August 29 *American Red Cross launching its largest relief operation — August 29 *Risk modeling firm says Hurricane Katrina may top Andrew with insured damage of up to $16 billion *Massive relief mobilized: Largest mobilization ever for a natural disaster - August 30 *Bush Returning to White House to Monitor Hurricane Effort *Oil hits new record near $71 after Katrina
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE MIDDLE EAST

A Special Focus on the Middle East - Koenig's Eye View - www.watch.org

This week, I am beginning a two-part series on relations between Russia, China, Iran, Israel, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, the Palestinians and the U.S. The tension between these nations (although it should be noted that the Palestinians are not a nation) and the U.S. is becoming an extremely serious issue which could very likely to lead to the fulfillment of some key prophetic scriptures from Psalm 83, Isaiah 13, Isaiah 17-19, Ezekiel 38-39, the book of Obadiah and other relevant scriptures.

The U.S. and Israel are going to have to do something soon with Iran's nuclear weapons program. The U.S. and Britain have 135,000 troops at risk in Iraq. Israel has six million residents at risk. But Russia says any attack on Iran would have enormous implications.

China signed a $70 billion oil exploration deal with Iran in late 2004.

China's top defense minister has an ongoing relationship with Syria's top defense minister.

North Korean Scuds are deployed in Syria. Russia is erasing $12.5 billion dollars of Syrian debt.

Russia is in talks with Saudi Arabia and Egypt on providing them military equipment.

China is Aramco Oil's (Saudi Arabia's national oil company) largest customer. China is exploring for oil in Sudan.

Russia and China put pressure on Uzbekistan to evict the U.S. from a key air base in their country.

Putin has also offered military equipment to Syria and the Palestinians.

The Bush Administration is infuriating Putin with their effort to open relationships with former Soviet Union countries and their efforts with Iran.

China is not happy with President Bush's position in Southeast Asia — specifically, their interest in protecting Taiwan.

In Stratfor Intelligence's recent article, "Beyond the War on Terrorism," Peter Zeihan reports that the U.S. is going to deemphasize their involvement in the Middle East and focus more on democratizing former Soviet Union countries and a more strategic position in China.

The question is: Will the situation in the Middle East allow the U.S. to deemphasize their involvement or be added to their Russia and China plans? Zeihan wrote that before Sept. 11, Washington's China policy was designed to gradually confront and contain China until Beijing was forced to buckle under the pressure and sue for peace.

Three years later, now that the administration has some free bandwidth, that policy has been resurrected and the American ambassador to Beijing, Clark Randt (now serving his fourth year in that position), is actually beginning to do the work that he was originally hired to do. Though we maintain that China's recent decision to repeg the yuan was a purely cosmetic act, it was a cosmetic act that would have never occurred without a U.S. policy much more aggressive toward China than that immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Unfinished Business in Russia According to Peter Zeihan

It should come as no surprise that the most dynamic part of U.S. foreign policy relates to Russia. Condoleeza Rice, appointed as secretary of state at the beginning of the year, began her government work during the end of the Cold War, when she served as former President George H. W. Bush's Soviet expert at the National Security Council.

Now that she is in the big chair at Foggy Bottom, Rice has surrounded herself with members of the same team from her previous stint in government service. Of particular note are former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, former U.S. ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns, and Robert Joseph, former special assistant to the president and senior director for proliferation strategy, counterproliferation and homeland defense with the National Security Council (NSC) — a wordy way of saying that he was really important. The three now serve essentially as Rice's No. 2, 3 and 4 at State.

As we stated when Rice was appointed in January, the State Department is now "staffed by a team that helped knock the Soviet Union off its superpower perch. Russia can look forward to four years of a State Department with the resources and the will to ratchet back Moscow's influence throughout the Baltics, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia and even its western Slavic flank. The confrontation over Ukraine was just the beginning."

Personnel changes have not been limited to the top tier. William Burns as ambassador fits the mold set by Rice and her top team. He served at the U.S. embassy in Moscow as minister-counselor for political affairs during the 1980s, a position and time that would tend to shape one's political views. He is now coming back to Moscow after several years of knocking Israeli and Palestinian heads together. (Burns is also the man who blamed Christian fundamentalists for the reason there isn't a peace deal in Israel.)

In the case of Russia, however, the transformation is much deeper than just a fresh ambassador, secretary of state and top management team. The rank-and-file of the entire Russia desk at the State Department is being overhauled. Considering that most State Department personnel swap out positions every two to three years to avoid the dangers of going native, a certain amount of turnover is expected, but the top-to-bottom housecleaning in the case of the Russia team appears to be far more thorough than any scheduled rotation.

The big shift began, and the direction of U.S. policy was set, at the V-E Day celebrations in Moscow in May. During that trip, the Bush team bracketed a whirlwind tour past a parade stand in Moscow between deep, long and extremely friendly visits to Latvia and Georgia. The message was clear: The United States was now more concerned with the comings, goings and concerns of Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Mikhail Saakashvilli — the Latvian and Georgian presidents — than it was with the Russians, and this message was sent on the Russians' national day.

In the Russian mind, it is all snapping into place: color "revolutions" in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine; NATO and EU expansion right up to the Russian border; the commencement of pumping on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline; and now a thorough personnel shift in the State Department that is stocking the top ranks with people who were present at — and played a role in — the Soviet defeat. The Kremlin's belief is that the West, led by the United States, is committing to a full-court press into Russia's geopolitical space in an attempt to permanently remove Russia as a threat.
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Thursday, August 25, 2005

OUR PAYDAY IS COMING

2 Corinthians 5:9-5:11

Introduction: The Bible teaches us that one-day Jesus Christ is going to return. Actually, His return takes place in two parts or stages. The first is called the rapture of the Body of Christ, the second the revelation of Christ. These two events will be separated by a period of seven years. During this seven-year period, those on earth will experience a time of great tribulation such as it has never known (Matthew 24:21). While this tribulation confronts those on the earth, the “raptured” or “caught up” saints will have the joy of celebrating the marriage feast of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ. However, before the joys of the marriage feast, every believer must face a day of accountability as he or she stands before the Bema or Judgment Seat of Christ. There will be a “Payday Someday”. Revelation 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

I. THE BELIEVERS APPEARANCE BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST WILL BE A TIME OF REVELATION.
A. II Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad.”
B. I Corinthians 3:13 “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
C. This will not be a judgment of our salvation but of our conduct and service as stewards of Jesus Christ. This will be a judgment for the commending of the saints not the condemnation of sinners.
D. God is a just Paymaster and will balance all of His accounts with His saints on that day.
E. 2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive what is due him, for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." (NIV)
F. Grantland Rice wrote:
WHEN THE ONE GREAT SCORER COMES
TO WRITE AGAINST YOUR NAME--
HE MARKS--NOT THAT YOU WON OR LOST--
BUT HOW YOU PLAYED THE GAME.
Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997)
G. I Corinthians 4:2 "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."
H. "We are judged," said Channing, "not by the degree of our light but by fidelity to the light we have." (Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997)
I. While here, every believer is called and gifted for a special task. As such he or she will be judged based on how well he or she has been faithful to perform that task and the lasting value of their service for Christ
J. I Corinthians 3:11-12 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;"
K. Every work will be tested and the truth and quality of their work exposed.
II. THE BELIEVERS APPEARANCE BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST WILL BE A TIME OF REWARD OR REMOVAL.
A. Some Works shall be Rewarded
1. I Corinthians 3:8b, 14 “every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor... If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”
2. Proverbs 11:8 “The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.”
3. These works are described as "gold, silver, and precious stones." They are works of lasting or eternal quality - the selfless results of works of faith and committed utilization of one’s spiritual gifts.
4. It is neither the grandeur nor the enormity of the works that will be measured. It will be what have you done with what Christ has given you.
B. Some Works shall be Removed or Destroyed
1. I Corinthians 3:15 “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss…”
2. Not all the works that we think are lasting will make it through the Jesus Christ’s refining fiery judgment. Some of the performance we are most proud of will go up in smoke under the scrutiny of the Judge of all ages.
3. MATTHEW 6:1-2, 5-6, 16 " Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore, when you do your alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. And when you pray, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. [6] But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father, which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. [16] Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward."
4. There is a story of a careless Scot who tossed a crown into the collection plate thinking it was a penny. When he saw his mistake, he asked to have it back. The deacon refused, and then the Scot grunted, "Aweel, aweel, I’ll get credit for it in heaven." The deacon responded "Na, na, ye’ll get credit for the penny.
C. This is NOT a determination of salvation.
1. I Corinthians 3: 15b “…but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”
2. Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
III. THE BELIEVERS APPEARANCE BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST WILL BE A TIME OF REJOICING OR REMORSE.
A. Rejoicing
1. I Thessalonians 2:19 “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”
2. Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;"
3. Revelation 4:10-11 "The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, [11] Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
B. Remorse and Regret
1. I John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”
2. II John 1:8 "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward."
3. FOR ALL SAD WORDS OF TONGUE OR PEN,
THE SADDEST ARE THESE: "IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!"
- John Greenleaf Whittier
4. Regrets for
- Failing to witness to friends and family
- Failing to live as an example of the believer
- Failing to love the Body of Christ and the House of God
- Failing to stand up and be counted for Christ
- Failing to recognize and utilize one’s spiritual gifts
5, WHEN I STAND AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
AND HE SHOWS ME HIS PLAN FOR ME;
THE PLAN OF MY LIFE AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
HAD HE HAD HIS WAY, AND I SEE
HOW I BLOCKED HIM HERE AND I CHECKED HIM THERE
AND I WOULD NOT YIELD MY WILL,
SHALL I SEE GRIEF IN MY SAVIOR’S EYES;
GRIEF THOUGH HE LOVES ME STILL?
OH, HE’D HAVE ME RICH, AND I STAND THERE POOR,
STRIPPED OF ALL BUT HIS GRACE,
WHILE MY MEMORY RUNS LIKE A HUNTED THING
DOWN THE PATHS I CAN’T RETRACE.
THEN MY DESOLATE HEART WILL WELL-NIGH BREAK
WITH TEARS THAT I CANNOT SHED.
I’LL COVER MY FACE WITH MY EMPTY HANDS
AND BOW MY UNCROWNED HEAD.
NO. LORD OF THE YEARS THAT ARE LEFT TO ME
I YIELD THEM TO THY HAND.
TAKE ME, MAKE ME, MOLD ME
TO THE PATTERN THOU HAST PLANNED.

Conclusion: Are you ready for the trumpet’s sound and Christ’s call to the Bema Judgment? Will you be ashamed as you kneel before His presence? Will you cry out the words of THOMAS Heywood (C. 1574-1641):
O GOD! O GOD! THAT IT WERE POSSIBLE
TO UNDO THINGS DONE; TO CALL BACK YESTERDAY!
THAT TIME COULD TURN UP HIS SWIFT SANDY GLASS,
TO UNTELL THE DAYS, AND TO REDEEM THESE HOURS.
You cannot undo things done nor retract our yesterdays. Nevertheless, you can commit yourself and your life to ardently live faithful and true, seeking to fully utilize your spiritual gifts to His glory and praise. Will you be ready when He comes?

If you do not know Christ as your Lord, you will not hear the trumpet but will be left behind to face incredible tribulation and ultimately face the condemnation of the Great White Throne judgment. You do not have to, however. Come to Jesus Christ. Accept Him as Savior and Lord and discover the truth of John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

A NEW TOWER OF BABEL

A New Tower of Babel -

A NEW TOWER OF BABEL - SUSTAINABLE EARTH AND UN DELUSIONS

By: Dorothy Anne Seese - www.etherzone.com

The bureaucratic international boondoggle hilariously misnamed the United Nations came together in 1992, without a great deal of fanfare that I recollect, to build a new Tower of Babel called "sustainable earth." Very simply, all they want to do is to manage the world ... not a very new or very creative idea. At least these folks did send expensive delegations to Rio de Janiero for playtime and to put together ambiguous documents to disguise their evil plans to control the planet. Someone had a good time while a few furthered their dark ambitions and documented them in so much verbiage that their plans are well hidden beneath seemingly harmless aims.

A cursory review of the history of man will reveal that each and every attempt by a ruler, a nation, an empire, or simply a megalomaniac to rule the world has ended in dismal failure. The Tower of Babel is perhaps the first recorded stunning failure. The people could no longer communicate (a problem that still exists in perhaps a more extreme form today) so they dispersed among the lands of the planet. Since the features of earth change naturally, in cycles that don't require millions of years but more like hundreds or even a half-dozen in event of some cataclysmic event, it is possible that areas now submerged were at one time land bridges over which people crossed to other lands. The sea has always been a liquid highway for the adventurous, and it is possible that many peoples seeking to flee enemies or simply find food took to the oceans in search of other lands.

Land was available for the taking in those times. During the 20th century, land has become scarce, and a few years ago there was much chatter on talk radio about the earth's population reaching six billion.

What one doesn't hear much about is that if all the self-anointed high and mighty rulers just shut up and take care of their own people, a majority of the world's problems would resolve themselves. The more humans do to get something done, the more complicated life becomes. That being too simple a formula for megalomaniacs to accept, and ambition blinding their foresight, these leaders of non-governmental organizations, of special interest groups, of extra-governmental entities created under the auspices of the Un-tied Nations, go about the business of interfering in the legitimate business of national governments, conducted by legitimately elected officials, to get their agenda fulfilled.

A great deal of these plans are already in effect and a number of them are backfiring already, but that never stopped evil people from continuing to madly race forward.

A review of the United Nations' attempts to really produce anything lasting (other than conflicts) shows that it has a fairly dismal record. As to "sustainable development" there are a number of problems.

Who are the people who will be eliminated so that the "sustainable" population figure can be reduced from six billion to half a billion? Will half a billion be able to dispose (sanitarily of course) of five and a half billion cadavers? Well, they might, but they'd have to make certain that the fumes of the fires didn't pollute the air. Also, how many animals have to be eliminated? Who will plant all the new trees to restore the dwindling (supposedly) forests? Actually, there are said to be more trees now than when this nation was founded. It is just good capitalism to renew our resources, our productivity depends on it.

Since those who are aware of, and oppose, Agenda 21 rant a lot about it, perhaps just looking at the current state of affairs in the US will place some perspective on things.

NASA has lost two space shuttles (Challenger and Columbia) and on Discovery's last flight, had to land the shuttle in California rather than in Florida, then spend time (and a lot of money) waiting for the weather to shift to complete the return on the back of an airplane. That's an oops.

Weather has always changed, it goes through cycles, something that a bit of history can validate rather easily. Man is trying to manage the weather, but if there is any "weather management" under way at this time, it is in pre-school stage because the weather isn't really very manageable. The earth seems to have a mind of its own or rather, a Mind directing its course toward a prerecorded destiny. Some parts of the world just get deluged, others are indescribably arid, and a good old sandstorm can gum up the works for everyone. A volcano's plume can disrupt communications and bring down aircraft, as well as damaging automobiles that come into contact with the fallout.

For those who fear the outcome of Agenda 21, and there are reasonable fears about how individuals will be affected at the local level of private property ownership and reliance on some "global law" that operates outside the Constitution of the United States (or the law of other sovereign nations), there is still the confidence that nowhere in history has any empire that sought to rule the world succeeded more than in a very limited fashion before it was destroyed, sometimes cataclysmically.

It is true that Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans and various other uncivilized imperialists have made life a living Hell for the subjects, perverting justice and robbing the people. These are the individual consequences of living under bad government that most Americans fear when they learn of the forces at work to subvert our nation. It's really a personal thing when we get down to it. But look outside the US and Europe to the tribal nations and empires, particularly the Islamic nations under Sharia law, and one finds that things for many people haven't improved one whit over the past fifteen centuries.

Beyond all these things, there's a universal end to man's rule and that is death. While ideologies may continue, all men meet their predetermined cessation of life on earth. The Egyptians and others attempted to build monuments to their existence and have their slaves provide "food for the journey" as well as their favorite jewels. All they succeeded in doing was to provide relics for the archeologists to discover centuries later -- what a testimony to the universal power of death!

World famine and world plague not engineered under any human agenda is able to put Agenda 21 out of sight and out of mind in a desperate struggle for survival by the slave and the master, since there is no caste system in a catastrophe where life hangs by a thread. Or perhaps there's a large asteroid in space that we haven't found just yet. It's possible. Could it hit the earth? Of course. That's why the US has a program in progress to attempt to intercept and blow up such a boulder in the sky.

All things out of line with God's predetermined course for earth and its inhabitants will meet with failure. Those who do succeed in establishing some part of the plans to discomfit the poor and the helpless have a judgment to face, one they will not enjoy and for which there is no attorney to defend them, or jury to bribe.

It is a good exercise in perspective to stand back from the fears and apprehensions of this present age, take a look at the history of man, and then read the Book that tells it all in advance.

Romans 14:11-12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Sunday, August 21, 2005

THE DISAPPEARANCE

THE DISAPPEARANCE



By: John R. Funk



Millions Disappear! Governments in Chaos!



Dateline (soon): In an unprecedented happening of incredible magnitude, millions of people disappeared yesterday from their homes, schools and everyday activities. These disappearances were not limited to any single geographic location, ethnic group or socio-economic class. In America, the losses were staggering as every type of transportation and industry was affected. Undisclosed officials stated that the losses would have been much worse if the disappearances had not happened during late evening hours. As it was, there was still substantial loss of life as automobiles and buses careened out of control when their drivers were found to no longer be at the wheel. Similarly, a number of “red-eye” airplane flights dropped from the sky when flight crews disappeared from their posts.



At the approximate time of the disappearances (estimated to be at 2:00 a.m. EST), most daily activities had come to a halt and loss of services was not crucial except for those industries that commence and maintain operations during early morning hours such as newspapers, transportation loading, trucking, all night diners and round-the-clock stores.



The same could not be said for Europe, Asia and Australia where disappearances occurred during daylight hours. However, for some unexplained reason, the number of disappearances, while still numerous, were not so large as to cripple ongoing daily activities. A number of automobile and other transportation accidents were reported but the loss of life was deemed to be manageable. Reports issued by key officials in the European Union indicated that governmental services should resume shortly; the public at large was asked to remain calm.



Several unnamed governmental sources stated that contrary to assertions being made by so-called “right-wing religious fanatics”, these disappearances had a rational explanation that would be released very shortly. Certain well-placed individuals at the United Nations asserted that these disappearances could be tied to recent military arms development that had been taking place not only in the United States but also Russia, China and the European Union. These same individuals believed that a world-wide outcry would soon take place demanding that any and all armaments of every kind and nature whatsoever, including everything from personal weaponry to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), be placed under the auspices of the United Nations. One senior U. N. official stated that:



“We have known for a long time that certain imperialistic countries such as the United States have been working on weapons that could basically incinerate human flesh leaving no trace of a person’s existence. These weapons can essentially use a person’s DNA against them by ripping each cell apart and dissipating it into the atmosphere. The primary purpose of these weapons is to remove any trace of the human element while leaving infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings and industrial assets intact. With the United States leading the way in the development of these monstrous weapons, it is only fitting that America pay the greatest price and suffer the greatest loss of life.



It has been common conjecture amongst other nations that the invasion of Afghanistan and then Iraq by the United States was merely a right-wing political ploy to seize oil reserves in the Middle East and to position America militarily so that it could dominate world-wide energy markets. The United States has recognized the threat of the growing Chinese economic base and rather than compete fairly in open markets, the United States chose to assert its military influence while it still could. With the disappearance of senior political officials, including the President and Vice President, it now appears that this policy has been short-circuited and justice has finally been served.”



In light of these disappearances, it was suggested by these same officials that the time had come for all of mankind to come together and resolve global differences. “We no longer have the luxury of thinking of ourselves as belonging to a particular country or ethnic group. Nationalism no longer has a place in our civilized world. We must pool our resources and work together for the common good,” said a senior political consultant for the United Nations. He believed that an official statement would be issued by the appropriate authorities within the Security Council shortly. He also believed that this official statement would call upon all nations to surrender their sovereignty to the United Nations where each nation state would be represented and could therefore, work together in averting further calamity, administering aid and enforcing martial law until global stability could be realized.



In another surprising development, a mid-level official designated by the European Union will address the full membership of the United Nations next week. Some believe that this address will now be modified to deal with the global disappearances that took place yesterday and the outlook for a new global community and the increased role of the United Nations.



Section A, Page 2: Congressional Response Swift to Disappearances



Remaining Congressional leaders spoke early this morning to representatives of the major news outlets in a hastily called news conference. One prominent Senator stated:



“From what we can tell, we have lost about fifty percent of our membership to these disappearances. Additionally, several members of the President’s Cabinet and his Joint Chiefs of Staff cannot be found. While we believe that these disappearances have a perfectly reasonable explanation, we still want to take every precaution. We also want to assure the American people that the government will transition through these times and will continue to function. Everyone should remain calm and let us do our jobs. We anticipate that the Congress will meet in emergency session until such time as we have drafted a plan for dealing with this crisis. In the meantime, we welcome the input and possible intervention of the United Nations in helping us through this difficulty.”



Another Representative from the State of New York commented on speculation that these disappearances were somehow related to divine intervention. In an early morning meeting, he said, “Speculation of this kind is not just counterproductive but actually harmful. I really do not put much credence into these types of comments. If this were true, I daresay ninety percent of Americans would not be here today. Everyone knows that most Americans are basically good people. We are the ones who have always stepped in to help others in times of trouble. If God was going to take the good people, then many of us who remain would not be here. I therefore reject this explanation for these disappearances.”



Another Senator who did not wish to be identified and spoke under condition of anonymity stated, “I am actually quite concerned about these developments. I have not been able to reach certain members of my own family and these family members were always considered to be a little different because of their religious beliefs.”



One high-ranking public official observed, “Most of those who have disappeared were people who stood in the way of a more progressive political agenda. It looks like these are the same people who wanted to set women’s rights back by banning abortion, who thought that we should support so-called “faith based initiatives” with tax dollars, who did not believe in tolerance and diversity and who led us into a war that we did not need. It is clear that we should have pursued diplomatic efforts in dealing with our Muslim neighbors; we offended them by influencing their nation’s policies and effectively occupied them to our own advantage. If there is a God, not that I believe there is, then he would certainly be justified in removing these people from our planet.” This viewpoint was echoed by many other staffers on Capitol Hill. One, in fact, stated, “We should look on this as an opportunity and not a tragedy. We can now move forward with a progressive, moderate agenda without interference from right-wing fringe groups and religious fanatics.”



Section C, Page 9: Fanatics Claim Disappearances to be Supernatural



Reaction to yesterday’s disappearances came swiftly from individuals claiming that the disappearances were caused by supernatural or “other worldly” encounters. One individual who declined to be named stated, “I heard that this might happen sometime but I never put much stock in it. My sister claimed that Jesus was going to come again and take his people home with him. I haven’t been able to get a hold of my sister since yesterday but I just know that can’t be the case. I’ve been a church-goer for the last year and I’m still here. I mean, wouldn’t I be gone too if that were the case?”



Another claimed that the disappearances were tied to direct intervention by extra-terrestrial life forms. He stated, “With the rise in UFO sightings lately, it only makes sense that they might come and take a bunch of people. We’ve been seeing it for years but the government’s been covering it up ever since that Roswell incident. No sir, this doesn’t surprise me at all.”



Local officials declined comment stating only that the people claiming that the disappearances were tied to UFO sightings or the appearance of Jesus were at best, misinformed, and at worst, mentally unbalanced. These officials indicated that they would await word from Federal authorities before making any official statement on the disappearances.



Fairy Tale or Prophecy?



At first blush it certainly seems like a fairy tale, doesn’t it? Millions of people disappear in an instant leaving a very large segment of the earth’s population intact. Many people think that it makes for a fanciful tale but it could never happen. There is no historical record of anything like this happening before. We have absolutely no demonstrable evidence that such a thing could occur. Am I right?



It is true that we have no record of such a happening but that doesn’t mean that it will never happen. Quite to the contrary, it is predicted and everyone is staking not just their lives, but their eternal existence on the answer to this question. In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus stated:



36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Matt 24:36-41 (NIV)



From a historical perspective, it is interesting to note what Jesus had to say just before He predicted the rapture or “snatching away.” He foresaw the destruction of the Temple by the Roman Empire in AD 70. What He predicted literally came to pass; the Temple was destroyed and not one stone was left upon another. The reason this happened was that the Temple was sacked and burned and gold melted and ran into the spaces between the blocks of stone. Those stones were dissembled in order to remove the gold.



24:1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down." Matt. 24:1-2 (NIV)



The bottom line is that this prophecy came to pass just as did all the other prophecies contained within the Bible including numerous predictions about the birth, life and death of Jesus. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that this prediction will also be fulfilled in the future.



The disciples next posed the question concerning the end of the age. Jesus had been clear saying that no one, except the Father, knew when the exact time would be but there would be signs of His coming.



3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" 4 Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. 9 "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matt. 24:3-14 (NIV)



We know that the earth, throughout its history, has experienced false messiahs, war, famine, earthquakes and wickedness. However, it seems that these events intensified over the last century. For the first time in recorded history, we had world wars. Earthquakes swarm resulting in widespread destruction and loss of life; false messiahs abound; famine persists despite our technological advances; wickedness runs rampant; and apathy thrives.



Jesus also said that the love of most would grow cold and that the gospel would be preached to the whole world. With these things, the end of the (church) age would come.



Following his prediction, Jesus admonished his disciples to be vigilant. It is important to remain ready because Jesus is going to come again when it is least expected.



42 "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matt. 24:42-44 (NIV)



I suspect that if you asked most Christians if they thought Jesus was coming today, the answer you would get would be “no.” Everybody seems to have their own plan or agenda but God has His timeline. It is important to live with anticipation, with the expectation that Jesus is going to come again. We do not know the time but we do know the season.



32 "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Matt. 24:32-34 (NIV)



I know a number of people who would not think of gambling on anything for any amount of money. Yet, they are willing to stake their eternal existence on a bet. The bet is that God will think that they are good enough to be let into His kingdom or better yet, that God is a fiction. These people would not even consider a speculative investment but they refuse to invest in the only endeavor that will pay an eternal reward. They have heard the truth and they even know the price, but they refuse to respond.



I awake with the anticipation each day that it may be my last. I want to experience the Rapture of the saints. I want to leave this world behind. I want to go home with my wife and children, my other family members and my friends. I want to see those who have gone on before me.



I also know that many people will not respond to God’s call unless something truly startling and miraculous happens. That is why I pray each day for the Rapture. My prayer each day is, “Lord Jesus, please come.” Thist is the only way that many will finally come to Christ. They will suffer through the Tribulation and most of them will die, but it will be worth it. I will take the eternal over the temporal any time. Wouldn’t you?

Saturday, August 20, 2005

ISRAEL IS REPLAYING AN OLD STORY

Israel is replaying an old, old, story - Hal Lindsey - www.hallindsey.com

It is an old, old story – almost as old as the Bible itself. Jews emigrate to what they believe is a permanent homeland. They settle in, build houses, plant crops and build families and communities. As usual, they find themselves reviled as hated interlopers, and, after a generation or so, they are expelled, and relocated, until the next whim of fate uproots their lives again.

That story is being replayed for the umpteenth time, only this time, the Jews are being expelled to relocation camps by other Jews. As Israeli settlers – some of whom had spent a lifetime building their settlements – were carried away kicking and screaming by Israeli troops, jeering groups of Arab bystanders mocked them and Hamas terrorists fired mortars at Israeli installations.

An Israeli woman at a roadblock in southern Israel set herself on fire to protest the evacuations. Five years of unrelenting terror – coupled with political betrayal and absentee alliances – has forced an Israeli surrender to terror. It doesn't matter what anybody else calls it.

Hamas calls it "surrender." Islamic Jihad calls it "victory." The Palestinian Authority calls it the "first victory in the ongoing struggle for Jerusalem." Whether the West wants to see it or not, to the Islamic world it is proof positive that terrorism works.

The Gaza withdrawal had barely begun when media headlines blared, "Abbas says Israel must give up more than Gaza." The Wafa News Agency quoted Abbas on Monday:

The Israeli withdrawal that has begun today is an important and historic step that shouldn't only happen in Gaza, but also the West Bank and the rest of the land reaching to the 1949 borders.

In 1967, Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Both were used as staging areas in a war designed to annihilate Israel. Israel captured these areas in a defensive war in which they were fighting for their lives. They annexed them as a buffer zone against future attempts to annihilate them. All this was in accordance with established international law. The United States annexed California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with less justification.

Forgetting why Israel took the land in the first place, the media announced the West Bank was "occupied territory." All historical precedence of other nations was denied to Israel.

The cry of "occupied land" was repeated so often that even the next generation of Israelis began to believe it. In 1993, Israel agreed to a "land for peace" formula with Yasser Arafat. Israel offered limited autonomy over Jericho. But the moment it did, Arafat declared himself president of the "occupied" West Bank. The old proverb of "Give them an inch and they will take a mile" perfectly applies here. Before the ink was dry on the Oslo agreement, the media was speculating about a Palestinian state. Sharon's intention in withdrawing from Gaza was two-fold – the first was to demonstrate that it has been the Palestinians who have been the obstacle to peace all along. The second was to use the Gaza withdrawal as a "line in the sand" – putting Israel in a position to refuse further land concessions, thereby permanently establishing Israel's borders.

The Quartet squashed Sharon's first objective, by insisting Israel's "unilateral" withdrawal be coordinated and negotiated with the Palestinians. In so doing, Sharon's unilateral withdrawal became, in practice, a negotiated surrender under fire.

The Bush administration ripped the foundation from under Sharon's secondary plan of refusing future land concessions, creating a de facto Israeli border that included all of Jerusalem.

Out of the blue, it seemed, Bush announced his intention to impose a peace plan based on the 1948 borders, insisting that any deviation be by mutual agreement.

In effect, Bush neutralized Israel's advantage of being in possession of the city. The 1948 borders would put East Jerusalem in Arab hands. Any deviation, according to Bush, would have to meet with Palestinian agreement.

That means that the Arabs would have to agree to give up Jerusalem. If not, it is theirs automatically. Israel is left nothing with which to bargain.

Here is what the world will not learn or believe ... and it is going to bring about its destruction. Jehovah God says that the Land of Israel belongs to Him. God warns the nations surrounding Israel about what He is going to do to them for stealing His land:

Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which became plunder and mockery to the rest of the nations all around – therefore thus says the Lord God: "Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave MY LAND to themselves as a possession, with whole-hearted joy and spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country ..." Therefore thus says the Lord God: "I have raised my hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame."

– Ezekiel 36:4, 5, 7 NKJ

Note that God declares that Israel is His land. In this same chapter in Ezekiel, God declares that He will bring the Israelites back to the land in the days just before Messiah comes. God testifies that even though the Israelites do not deserve it, He will return them to the land because of His oaths made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Ezekiel and Zechariah warn of the global war that will come because of a dispute with the Muslim nations and the re-born state of Israel over Jerusalem and the land.

It is interesting that the current Israeli leadership is doing exactly the same thing that early generations did. The Lord warned Israel:

And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars. But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this? Therefore I also said, "I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you."

– Judges 2:2-3

When God gave Israel the great victory of 1967, they failed to kick them off the Temple Mount. Moshe Dayan allowed pagan temples to remain on Israel's sacred Temple Mount. That set up the seeds of rebellion in the resident Muslim population. Then the ultimate compromise was made by Rabin and Perez at the 1993 Oslo agreement. It was at its root a recognition that Palestinian terror had worked. They agreed to give land for peace. As a result, Israel is losing the hard won land that God gave them. They are retreating to the indefensible borders of 1948-49.

Now Israel is capitulating to the very area that hundreds of years ago they failed to cast out – Gaza. Today's enemies are even named after their ancient enemies of this area – the Philistines. Palestinian is the Arab pronunciation for Philistine.

As God promised Israel long ago, this withdrawal from Gaza will be thorns in their side. And the foreign god, Allah, will be a snare to them.

As Bible prophecy declares, they will have to make a covenant with the antichrist for their protection.

And that will bring a catastrophe that only the Messiah can and will deliver them from.
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Friday, August 19, 2005

THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS

Tom Cooper: "The Beginning of Sorrows" - The Israel Report, by Tom Cooper.

There are no words to properly express the deep and tragic sorrow that has gripped my heart today, and is spreading like a dark cloud over the nation of Israel tonight. I live in a village that is literally on the green line, and I drive through Arab controlled areas to get in and out of Jerusalem every day. The body language of the Arabs is more brazen today, and the faces of the Israelis are mostly a blank stare of hopelessness. How can this have ever happened in a country that has fought so hard to survive, and has received the blessings of the Living God?

All day I listened to broadcasts from inside Neve Dekelim and received phone calls from a friend inside and the desperation, and heartbreak was almost more than one could bare. Listening to a woman scream at the top of her lungs in hysterics the Shma, calling on the Lord, and wondering why God is letting this proceed, left me wondering the same thing. But our God is faithful, and no matter what devastation we may suffer now, I know that it is going to end one day soon, and that all Israel will be saved.

Yesterday I watched CNN air a report in which the reporter was riding along in a bus of Palestinian soldiers and the mood on the bus was one of elation. One soldier bragged "This is a victory for Allah. This is a victory over Israel. From Gaza to Lebanon all Palestine is ours." The CNN reporter said absolutely nothing but continued to smile and join in the celebration.

But wait a minute… didn't George Bush say his vision was two states living side by side in peace and security? Isn't the Blair position the same mantra? Isn't the Road Map based on this concept? But this soldier just announced to the world, in English, on CNN that the PA goal is all of Palestine (read Israel). PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) have both promised the world to stop terror (just as Arafat before them) and yet have been pronouncing non-stop since their accession to power that they will liberate all of Palestine. They are doing it again today as the Israelis retreat in the face of terrorism.

The world is gloating. The BBC announces that Israel is finally getting out of illegally occupied Palestinian land after 38 years of occupation, clearly happy with this end result of the combined efforts of Government pressures, media lies, and Arab terrorism.

But they shouldn't plan on gloating for too long.

For many years God has been warning the world to stop this full court press for the dismantling of Israel, but just as Pharaoh refused the mercy message of God, so does the world today.

Today the floodgates for worldwide terrorism were thrown wide open. Not just Israel went through a permanent change today, the world doesn't yet realize it, but they have begun the process of Divine judgment.

There are two unique events about to occur simultaneously, first Israel is going to go under the judgment of God to cleanse iniquity from its midst. This is not a judgment for destruction but for restoration and redemption. The nations however are about to fall under the judgment of God for their ultimate destruction and punishment. The world is about to quake.

I fully expect a full-scale war to be the result of today's destruction, not just regional, but global. Israel is right now at a point of strategic vulnerability and like the previous Arab wars against her in the past, a surprise attack could be launched at any moment. During this process of disengagement which is supposed to continue with Samaria and Judea in the days ahead, Israel will have its troops and resources focused inward, and mobilized to restricted territory, it would be the prime time for a resolute and united Arab front to attack in the hopes that this time they would finally win.

What the world doesn't count on is the defense of God for His land and His people and His Holy Name. How long everything will take to unfold is unclear, and all the details of the days ahead are somewhat speculative. We know certain things are determined to happen from scripture, but exactly how they will be manifest may not be so easy to really determine. All the prophecy books are about to become relics of the past rather than foretellers of the future.

All I can say is what I have said before only with perhaps more urgency, and that is repent, draw near to your God, pray continuously, and do not stray from your bible. We will need to hear from the Lord clearly, all the time. We may need to know from Him when to go out the front door and when to stay in and lock it. I am not saying this for the sake of frightening anyone, but rather to tell people to prepare. We should be a people of constant praise and worship, full of the glory of God in order to be a light to those who will come to the Lord in these last days.

Rejoice and lift your head up for your redemption draweth neigh. The Lord is about to come and establish His kingdom on earth. Praise the Lord.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005


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WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?

Withdrawal Pains: Where is the Outrage? - Jan MArkell - www.olivetreeviews.org

Delusion has never run so rampant. In spite of months of prayer and protest by Jews and Christians, more than 1,700 Israeli families are going to be forced off of 300 square miles of their God-given land (Gen. 17:8). So "judenrein" (free of Jews) does it have to be that even buried Jewish bodies will be exhumed from this area and buried elsewhere in Israel.

This is grievous for biblical reasons, but it also flies against the Bush policy on terror, and actually is but a giant reward for the terrorists. As the final hours tick away, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and other terror factions even with the PA/PLO have promised to continue to terrorize Israelis even after the pull-out. And all of this thanks to the U.S., Great Britain, the U.N., the E.U., and Russia.

Great irony abounds here as well. Prime Minister Tony Blair has now cracked down on Islamic terror in the U.K. due to recent bombings, yet he is the chief cheerleader for establishing a terror nation in the heartland of Israel. What Blair calls "evil ideology" for the rest of the world, he is allowing to be the rule of the evacuated areas in Israel. While he rails against Islamofascism at home, he continues to insist that a new safe-haven be afforded them in parts of Israel. What should be obvious to all is as mysterious as Alice's Wonderland.

Strong delusion has taken over many including President George W. Bush, for he believes the answer to peace in the region (Israel/Middle East) and possibly the world rests on resolution of the conflict between Israeli and the mythical Palestinian. You can bet the terror thugs of the world are high-fiving one another for pulling off one of the biggest con jobs in modern history because they have never denied that they intend to drive Israel into the sea and take over the entire land. This is but a phase in their plan. It has never been taken out of the PA/PLO Charter. Mahmoud Abbas and others have been declaring "Jerusalem is next" for months.

In the Gaza Strip, 21 Israeli settlements are being dismantled by 45,000 armed Israeli soldiers and policemen coming against their own people. And while 1.3 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and areas of Judea and Samaria may rejoice now, they will find their deplorable living conditions no better once the transition is completed. The root of the problem has not been removed: Corrupt, greedy leaders who care less about the plight of their people and only care about their own climb to power and wealth.

America will be directly affected as U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are attacked by Palestinian terrorists. We will be scoffed at by our enemies because America appeased terror and caved in which is in sharp contrast to the U.S. war on terrorism. What is that? No negotiations, no concessions, just the destruction of terrorist regimes--except in Israel. The terror scenario around the world will get much more complicated because we have gone against our vow to hunt down the terrorists until all come to justice.

America, Tony Blair, the U.N., E.U., and others can take credit in the near future when all out war breaks out in the region due to the instability the disengagement has created. Since the hate-education will not change, more homicide attacks will take place, and not just in the Middle East. The world's terrorists will be emboldened, savoring their victory, laughing uproariously at the fools who allowed all of this to take place.

Either there is a total disconnect from reality or this is a set up for Zechariah 12 where all nations turn on Israel. We see in the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39), she doesn't have a friend in the world to come to her aid.

It doesn't get any stranger. If you don't think we're in the last days, you need a reality check yourself. And where is the outrage? Why are only a few conservative writers on the Internet talking about the entire travesty? The media has descended on Israel by the thousands, but how many story angles will be accurate and how many will be sympathetic to Israel? She cleared malarial swamp lands and died by the tens of thousands in her short period of modern history to be a revived nation, not a carved up nation involved in a phased plan for her entire destruction. This was not God's plan for the Promised Land. It will likely prove to be the worst disaster ever made by a democracy.

Delusion characterizes the last days. Delusion is out of control, run amok, begging for people like you and me to set the record straight. See my Web site, olivetreeviews.org for additional news' items related to this.

"When these things BEGIN to happen, look up and know your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28).

Awaiting His return,
Jan Markell
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Saturday, August 13, 2005

WOULD THE US GOVT MURDER ITS OWN CITIZENS

Would the US GOVT murder its own citizens to achieve its own twisted goals.Some people in the US think so.Check out this site and judge for yourself.www.reopen911.org

Friday, August 12, 2005

IF AL-QAIDA HAS NUKES,WHY NOT USE THEM?

If al-Qaida has nukes, why wait to use them? - WorldNetDaily.com

Analysts see major investment in complex, coordinated, devastating terror attack plan

WASHINGTON – Recent al-Qaida attacks using primitive bombs and inflicting relatively small numbers of casualties have persuaded some that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network has been unable to secure weapons of mass destruction or has been unable to smuggle them into the U.S. and other key target countries.

In the wake of a series of reports from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin about the nuclear terrorism threat, some skeptics of al-Qaida's ability to detonate nuclear weapons inside the U.S. most often suggest the problems with maintenance and technical attention.

Others suggest Osama bin Laden may have purchased duds on the black market. Others point out that the triggers on suitcase nukes decay rapidly and have short half lives. The nuclear cores, after a time, fall below the critical mass threshold, say the optimists. Even the shells are subject to contamination over time if not properly maintained, they say.

Unfortunately, finds Paul Williams, author of the upcoming book, "The Al Qaeda Connection: International Terrorism, Organized Crime and the Coming Apocalypse," there's little point in assessing the possibilities with rose-colored glasses.

"The belief that bin Laden simply purchased these weapons for millions of dollars and stored them within his cave without concern for maintenance has its basis in the erroneous and prejudicial notion that he is a backward Bedouin warrior without knowledge of sophisticated weaponry, rather than a highly trained engineer and one of the most gifted military tacticians in the annals of modern history," he writes.

Williams dismisses suggestions that bin Laden hasn't taken into account some obvious problems with nuclear weapons.

"Bin Laden has been extremely mindful of proper maintenance," he writes. "As soon as he obtained the weapons, he paid an amount estimated from $60 to $100 million for the assistance of nuclear scientists from Russia, China and Pakistan. From 1996 to 2001, bin Laden also kept a score of Spetznaz technicians from the former Soviet Union on his payroll. These technicians had been trained to open and operate the weapons in order to prevent any unauthorized use. To simplify the process of activation, the scientists and technicians came up with a way of hot-wiring the small nukes to the bodies of Muslim agents who long for immediate martyrdom and immediate elevation to the seventh heaven."

Other skeptics ask: "If bin Laden has nukes, why hasn't he used them? Why would he wait? If he has successfully smuggled them into the U.S., why haven't any gone off yet?"

Williams and other G2 Bulletin intelligence sources explain that one of bin Laden's defining characteristics is patience.

"He started plotting the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania when he was in Sudan in 1993," points out Williams. "The attack on the USS Cole was more than two years in the making; and 10 years passed between the first attack on the World Trade Center and the second."

Williams said recruits at al-Qaida training camps are instructed to repeat this throughout the day: "I will be patient until Patience is outworn by patience."

Intelligence analysts and sources disagree on the details of the way bin Laden's "American Hiroshima" plan unfolds. Some G2 Bulletin sources emphasize bin Laden's commitment to re-enacting the 1945 attack on Japan with one nuclear detonation, followed by another days later.

Williams, however, sees a much more devastating, coordinated, all-out, surprise attack coming.

"The next attack, according to al-Qaida defectors and informants, will take place simultaneously at various sites throughout the country," he writes. "Designated targets include New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, Las Vegas, and Valdez, Alaska, where the tankers are filled with oil from the Trans-Alaska pipeline. To orchestrate such an incredible event requires not only the shipment of the nukes into the United States but also the establishment of cells, the training of sleeper agents, the selection of sites, and the preparation of the weapons without detection from federal, state or local law enforcement officials. Unlike 9-11, that cost less than $350,000, this event already has cost a king's ransom, and bin Laden will not waste the billions in expenditures, the years of planning and his coveted 'crown jewels' on an attack that is ill-planned, poorly timed and carelessly coordinated."

Other sources interpret some of the same information, based on captured al-Qaida operatives and documents as well as defectors, differently. They project an escalating series of attacks, each followed by blackmail demands upon the U.S. government and the American people.

In any event, both kinds of spectacular nuclear terror attacks require pinpoint coordination and secure communication.

Williams also speculates that the delay in launching attacks with weapons already smuggled inside the U.S. could be due to reports al-Qaida is determined to locate tactical nuclear weapons that were forward-deployed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. These weapons were reportedly buried at remote sites throughout the country for recovery by Soviet agents.

"There is no doubt that the Soviets stored material in this country," says Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Research. "The question is what and where."

Bin Laden may have a considerable head-start in the search given his predilection toward hiring former Soviet special forces officers whose job it was to know something about these plans.

U.S. officials have reportedly ordered the excavation of several sites believed to be possible depots.

Russian defector Stanislav Lunev told congressional investigators nuclear suitcases had been buried throughout the U.S., and that he could not pinpoint the locations because Russian military leaders continue to believe a nuclear conflict with the U.S. is still "inevitable." He said the only hope of finding them would be if the Russian government disclosed the locations.

During the same hearings, Belgian officials testified they found three secret depots containing tactical nukes buried by the Soviets in the 1960s.

WND and G2 Bulletin previously reported, based on captured al-Qaida leaders and documents, that the terrorist group has a plan called "American Hiroshima" involving the multiple detonation of nuclear weapons already smuggled into the U.S. over the Mexican border with the help of the MS-13 street gang and other organized crime groups.

According to the reports, al-Qaida has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union – including suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells and even some missile warheads. In addition, documents captured in Afghanistan show al-Qaida had plans to assemble its own nuclear weapons with fissile material it purchased on the black market.

The plans for the devastating nuclear attack on the U.S. have been under development for more than a decade. It is designed as a final deadly blow of defeat to the U.S., which is seen by al-Qaida and its allies as "the Great Satan."

At least half the nuclear weapons in the al-Qaida arsenal were obtained for cash from the Chechen terrorist allies.

At least nine major U.S. cities, including New York and Washington, are prime targets for the al-Qaida nuclear terrorists. Osama bin Laden's preferred dates for attacks include Aug. 6, the anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing in 1945, Sept. 11 and May 14, the anniversary of the re-creation of the state of Israel in 1948.
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Thursday, August 04, 2005

DEATH OF A ONCE GREAT NATION

THE LAST DAYS IN AMERICA


Like so many believers in these days, I have found myself thinking a great deal about the end times. There seems to be a general acceptance among Christians that everything in the Scriptures seems to point to the fact that we are seeing the "beginning of birth pains", as Jesus promised. World events, and the prophecies of the Word of God, are coming together before our eyes in an amazing way. Christian bookstores have shelves of books dealing with the hows and whys, and even the whens, of the matter. There certainly seems to be a consensus that there will soon be a new political structure in Europe, from which will come a Leader who will make peace in the Middle East. In later years, there will be a massing of the world's armies in that part of the world, which will precipitate the return of Jesus. In all my reading on this subject, however, I had a growing sense of uneasiness. There was something nagging at the back of my mind, and it wouldn't go away. I often think that Christians are discouraged from addressing many of these nagging issues that afflict us. We seem afraid of facing our questions, preferring to simply ignore anything that seems unsure to us. However, I decided to face up to this particular issue because it seemed to be crucial to an understanding of the days in which we live.

My problem was this: I could accept that the Antichrist was going to rise from the nations of Europe. I could accept a Russian attack on Israel, and the involvement of China, with its enormous military capability. But what I could not understand was that apparent absence of the United States in the entire affair. After all, the US is now the only world empire, the most powerful economic and military force in the world today. As long as the Americans continued to lead the western nations, how could any European leader hope to eclipse the power and authority of the President of the United States? Furthermore, the State of Israel could not exist for long without the financial and military support of the United States, so I could not see how Israel could face an attack from any nation, much less Russia, without the US coming to its defence.

Some people might think that the absence of the US from the Bible accounts raised doubts about the accuracy of the Bible accounts; but that is not so. The Bible is God-breathed and is completely accurate and reliable in every respect. Of the 2,500 prophecies to be found in the pages of Scripture, 2,000 have been fulfilled literally and completely. All the rest have to do with the end times. The Bible is reliable. The only conclusion I could come to was that, either the United States was no longer interested in involving itself in world affairs by that stage in history, or else it was no longer in a position to be involved. In either case, it would require a major calamity to bring about such a state of affairs. The implications were obvious: between now and the return of Jesus, something profound is going to come upon the United States of America. But what might that be? And does Scripture give any help in understanding this?

I have looked at the writings of many of the end-time experts over the past few years. Ironically, most of these are Americans, and there is nowhere in the world where this issue is more popular than in the States. But, aside from Jack Van Impe, I have not found among the leading writers, anyone who tackles the issue of the role the US will play in the last days. That surprised me greatly, until I began to see what Scripture was saying. What I have found may be highly unacceptable to many, especially American Christians. Believers from the US have a very strong attachment to their country, as do all Americans. But if I am right, then American believers desperately need to know, and to respond to what I believe the Lord is saying in Scripture: the United States is the Babylon of the Book of Revelation.

Let's examine the verses which deal with the fall of Babylon the Great in Revelation and see how these words apply to the US in our day. The first mention is in Rev. 14.8, where an angel cries out that Babylon the Great has fallen, "which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries". But it is not until chapters 17 and 18 that the full details of the fall are given. Beginning in Chapter 17, then, we find in verse 1 a reference to a woman, a prostitute who sits on many waters. She is found in a desert, sitting on a scarlet beast which was covered with blasphemies and with seven heads and ten horns. [v. 3] The woman is dressed in purple and scarlet, the symbolic colours of empire and rulership, and is glittering with gold and jewels. She holds a golden cup full of abominable things and the filth of her adulteries [v. 4]. The title written on her forehead was:

Mystery
Babylon the Great
The Mother of Prostitutes
And of the Abominations of the Earth

In verse 15 we are told that the waters on which the woman sits "are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages". This implies that Babylon incorporates in herself a multi-ethnic and multicultural diversity of peoples. Verse 18 tells us that the woman "is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth", a political entity with superpower status.

In the past, some Bible commentators have held that the woman stands for the old Rome, centre of the greatest empire the world had known in the days Revelation was written. This view was supported by the fact that Peter refers to Rome as Babylon in his first letter [1 Peter 5.13]. However, the context in Revelation is the end times, and the Roman Empire has long since fallen and disappeared. Others agreed that the woman was Rome, but stood for the Roman Catholic Church. That, they said, is the great prostitute which has filled the earth with the maddening wine of her adulteries. More recently, modern commentators have held that Babylon the Great is the coming world religion that is described elsewhere in Revelation. However, both of these interpretations fail to account for other aspects of Babylon described in chapter 18.

This chapter opens with the declaration that Babylon the Great has fallen. One would think that the fall of Babylon would lead to great rejoicing; but the rest of the chapter describes the universal grieving that follows her fall. Why does the world mourn the fall of the great prostitute? Because their economies depended entirely on her. Verses 11 to 20 describe how the merchants of the earth, the traders, haulers and carriers, will mourn over the lost markets, the centre of economic life on the planet. It was because of her strong economy that the rest of the world profited: "all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth" [18.19] Babylon is not simply a religious power, it is the dominant economic power on the planet. Does this description fit the Catholic Church, or any church? "Your merchants were the world's great men" [18.23]

The power of Babylon extended far beyond the normal parameters of business, however. The list of things traded there included, not only material goods, minerals, livestock and vehicles, but also the "bodies and souls of men" [18.12- 13]. Not only were her merchants the great men of the world, but "By your magic spell all the nations were led astray" [18.23] What could this magic spell be? What influence could one nation have that would so affect the rest of the nations of the world? Since the end of World War Two, the United States has managed to dominate the world's cultural and social life. People of all nations watch American movies, American TV shows. They go to Macdonald's, drink Coke and Pepsi, wear Levi's and eat burgers and pizza. In Europe and Asia, anything that is labelled "American-style" has added attraction for people, especially young people. It is called "Cocacolonization", and "McCulture". This process is destroying national and regional identities and cultures, appealing to the lowest common denominator. Hollywood and teh TV networks are influencing the minds of millions of people throughout the world, impressing on them the values and attitudes of the US. Commercialism, capitalism, a gun culture, arrogance. The really great values America has held to in the past, and less so today, are not praised in these media. Fairness, equality, toleration and honesty are not the values which America respresents to the world any longer.

Is there another nation on earth that fits the description of Babylon? Is there another political, cultural world power, consisting of people from a diversity of linguistic and ethnic backgrounds, that dictates the world's economic and cultural destiny? If the US is not Babylon, where is? If Babylon stands for another nation, which rises to such universal dominance in economic and cultural areas, what will happen to the US? If we are in the Last Days, and if we expect to see the Lord's return in the next years, or decades, then we must accept that only the United States of America can fulfill the role assigned to Babylon the Great in the Scriptures.

The most obvious objection to this theory is that the US has traditionally identified itself with God's people. Doesn't the Constitution of the United States specifically refer to it as "one nation under God"? Do not the words "In God we trust" appear on coins and currency? Has not the US been known through its history as a "God-fearing" country. What of the Bible-belt? What of the myriad television and radio ministries, the churches and Bible colleges? What of the very high percentage of Americans who claim to be born again, church-going Christians? How can this nation be Babylon? Ironically, these arguments only argue in favour of Babylon being the US! Because, in Revelation 17 and 18, Babylon is condemned for adultery. In other words, Babylon is a nation that by rights belongs to God. In 17.2-3, the full story is told:

Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!
She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
For all the nations of the earth have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.

The woman was called a prostitute, because she sold what rightly belonged to another for profit. Babylon has become a home for demons, meaning it wasn't a home for demons before. The United States of America was founded by God-fearing men and women. For decades, the main ethos of the nation was based on the Bible. A great civil war was fought, in part, for principles of human equality and value. Honour was paid to biblical values and principles, and God was honoured in schools, homes and government.

But that changed. As the nation grew in wealth and power, so it began to move away from its own ideals. It went from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to All the President's Men. It became the centre for pornography, the focus of the world's drug trade. It became a place of murder, where millions of unborn children were butchered in ways that would not be used against animals. A place where animals were treated better than the poor, billions of dollars spent on feeding and grooming dogs and cats, while millions of people went hungry and sick. Millions of dollars to make movies and TV shows, but not enough to provide health care for the poor and elderly. Fear came to dictate life: fear of outsiders expressed in wars and McCarthyism. Fear of neighbours, expressed in high murder rates and a gun culture unknown anywhere else in the 'civilised' world. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness contained the seeds of selfcentredness, greed, lust, materialism and every kind of religious heresy. Out of the US came the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science and the New Age movement. Americans have become known around the world as arrogant, ignorant of other cultures and traditions, and dangerous, imposing their values and culture for the sake of a dollar. It has become a nation where children murder other children, where parents kill their children. Most importantly, it is a nation that does not realise its danger: it remains convinced of its own righteousness, that its way is the best way. This is not the nation of the Pilgrims. It is not a nation under God. But its sin is that it claims to be under God, and acts in God's name. It uses God as an excuse for its own arrogance and violence, claiming that only the righteous US has the right to impose order and values on the rest of the world.

I had found one accusation made against Babylon hard to understand in the context of the United States. Babylon, according to Revelation 17.6, was "drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus". That did not seem to apply to the US. After all, when had America ever persecuted Christians, much less got "drunk with the blood of the saints"? Then I looked again at the Christians in the US, and I realised that they were, in fact, bleeding. An attack was being made on the gospel of Jesus Christ in the US. Not in the way you might think: by left-wing liberals outlawing prayer in the schools; not by scientists teaching evolution instead of creation. All of this was happening, and would add to the list of sins which made Babylon what it was. But the real attack on the gospel was coming from the Christians themselves!

Remember the accusation made against Babylon: adultery. God's people were at the root of Babylon's sin. Other nations shared the sins of unbelievers, but in the US it was the Christians who turned their nation into Babylon. The situation is similar to that of Israel at the time of Jesus. Israel, too, was accused of adultery, again and again. They mixed God's ways with the ways of the surrounding nations, allowing into their lives things which were not right. By the time Messiah arrived, they had become so blind to their own adultery, they could no longer see the truth, and they crucified the one for whom they had been waiting.

The United States is guilty of adultery also. The church has mixed the ways of the world with the ways of God, and no longer see it. Material wealth, arrogance, a belief that they are the natural leaders in the world, has led the Christians to adopt much of the idolatry that lies at the heart of the United States. Christians have adopted secular America's religion: patriotism. They take the symbols of the world, and bring them into the church. They swear allegiance to flags and nations, to worldly ideologies and worldly principles. They make allegiance to the US of more importance than allegiance to the gospel. No longer are they the salt and the light, they are an essential part of Babylon. The most extreme supporters of Babylon ally themselves with the Christian churches, waving the flag and preaching the superiority of the American way of life. But America is a nation of the world - not the kingdom of God. The Ameican flag, and even the American Constitution, are products and symbols of the World. Look again at what the Scriptures say:

Do not love the world, or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. [1 John 2.15-16]

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. [James 4.4]

American patriotism is probably the clearest example of this love for the world today. It is triumphalist, believing in the superiority of "the American way". Boasting about what a man has and does is at the centre of American life. "My country - right or wrong" is a belief that puts love of the world above the ways of God and has led to killing, wars, hatred and all kinds of evil. Ironically, it has also led to a serious internal threat to the security of the US. The men convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing represented a fast-growing right-wing movement which identifies itself with traditional Christianity. Although it is far from the gospel of Jesus, this movement seeks a return to the "good old days" when biblical standards were more accepted in America. These people fear and hate foreigners, ethnic groups other than their own, and even the American Government. When these people kill and spread their hatred and paranoia, they degrade the gospel, they bring Christianity into disrepute throughout the world.

Even more damaging to the honour of God in the world has been the preaching of evangelists on TV. They make the gospel a laughing-stock by being so blatantly greedy, money-hungry and false. They come across like the old con-men who sold snake oil in the past. No matter how sincere they may be, no matter how much they may honestly believe they are serving God, they preach materialism and American patriotism, claiming that their nation is God-fearing and true to the gospel. But at the same time, they identify themselves with one particular political party, one particular ideology. Yet these parties and ideologies are not Christianity, they are of the world. Babylon has become a haunt for every evil spirit. And this is why: because the Christians have not held themselves apart from the idolatry of America, but have embraced it, and brought it into their places of worship.

Babylon will fall in an hour! There is a judgment coming on Babylon that will suddenly and utterly destroy her. The evil spiritual powers which have raised her up for their own purposes, will turn on her and destroy her:

The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose...[Rev. 17.16- 17]

What could possibly destroy the US in a single hour? Sudden and complete destruction by fire, eating her flesh and leaving her naked, will come upon Babylon as God's judgment on her adulteries.

Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power! In one hour your doom has come! [Rev. 18.10]

Heaven will rejoice over the fall of Babylon, for it will come as a punishment for the way it has treated the saints and apostles and prophets [Rev. 18.20]. On that day, the words of men of God like A.W. Tozer will stand as a witness against the worldly idolaters who chose comfort and luxuries instead of allegiance to the their Lord. Look again at what God's command is to his people in Babylon:

Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues. [Rev. 18.4]

What does all this mean, and what are the believers to do? Should they literally leave the US so as to avoid the nuclear [?] catastrophe that is coming? I think American Christians need to look closely at what they have been giving their allegiance to. The United States is responsible for producing much of the pornography, materialism, occult teaching and deception in the world today. As a nation, it is paranoid, blind, worldly and self-absorbed. This is not how Christians should be, and it is not the kind of nation Christians should feel comfortable swearing allegiance to. No matter what country in which we Christians happen to be living, we are citizens of heaven, owing allegiance only to our King and his Kingdom. No earthly power should come between us and obedience to our God's commands. We should not be using heathen symbols, much less swearing loyalty to them. Come out and be separate. Imagine what a witness it would be to your fellow-countrymen, and to the world, were the true Christians of the United States to stand up for God and deliberately have nothing to do with the evil and worldliness around them. No-one had more reason to be proud of his worldly connections than Paul. He was a Hebrew of the Hebrews. He was also a citizen of the most powerful and civilised empire ever known to that time. Yet he separated himself from both allegiances for the sake of the gospel. He called them "dung", not worth thinking about compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ as his Lord.

Compromise on this issue is deadly. You cannot serve two masters, and when one master is the Lord, the other has to go. You are dead to this world and its ways, and you belong to another. Don't commit adultery with the world, even with the United States of America.

If you disagree with my thinking, please satisfy yourself from Scripture that there is another candidate in the world today for the role of Babylon. If there is, please let me know, I would be very grateful indeed to be put right, if I am in error. But is there is no other candidate, then the US is on the road to complete destruction. It is the duty of all Christians to pray for the people of the US, that they would turn to God before it is too late, and be ready for what is coming. Because it is coming: the Scripture cannot be broken. If you are an American Christian, then nothing is more important right now than finding out the truth of this for yourself. If you are convinced, then you need to spend yourself, and everything you have, to preach the Word, in season and out, to sound a warning cry in the church. Wake up, O sleeper. Rise from the dead, and your God will shine on you.