Wednesday, November 29, 2006

US SETBACKS SEE DOLLAR PLUNGE TO NEAR 15-YEAR LOW

US setbacks see dollar plunge to near 15-year low

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Last Updated: 12:41pm GMT 29/11/2006

# US woes hit Wolseley
# Your view: Will the dollar hit $2 against sterling?

The dollar tumbled to a near 15-year low against sterling yesterday on fresh signs of economic trouble in the United States.

An 8.3pc crash in US industrial orders and an admission by the Federal Reserve chairman that Washington does not know how bad housing really is set off another day of wild gyrations on the currency markets.

Ben Bernanke
The Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said Washington did not know how bad a state the American housing market was in

US house prices fell 3.5pc to an average $221,000, the third month of declines. Stocks of unsold homes rose to 7.4 months' supply, the highest since 1993. The US consumer confidence index fell sharply to 102.9.

The "truckers index" of tonnage shipped by US haulage companies was down 1.8pc in October, a leading indicator of contraction. Merrill Lynch called the fall "borderline recessionary".

The dollar continued its slide against the euro, dropping to $1.3194 after the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, said the housing slump "would be a drag on economic growth into next year". Mr Bernanke said official figures did not pick up the "sharp increase" in cancellations on house deals and might understate the inventory glut.

"Any significant effect on consumer spending arising from further weakness in housing would have important implications for the economy," he said.


The pound briefly touched $1.95 and surged to eight-year highs against the yen.

The Japanese currency has been in freefall for months on repeated weak data. It suffered a fresh blow yesterday after retail sales fell for a second month, increasing fears that Japan's export-dependent economy may slow in lock step with America.

The OECD club of rich nations gave warning yesterday in its bi-annual economic outlook that the world's second-biggest economy was still too fragile after years of debt deflation to risk a rapid rise in rates from 0.25pc.

"The return to price stability is proving longer and less assured than expected. Further monetary tightening should wait until a fully-fledged exit from deflation finally materialises," it said.

The OECD downgraded its global growth forecast for the 30 leading economies from 2.9pc to 2.5pc in 2007, and said the US might need to start cutting interest rates next year.

Chief economist Jean-Philippe Cotis said there was no cause for alarm, arguing that the US would achieve the "soft-landing" it eluded after the dotcom bubble in 2000. "What the world may be facing is a rebalancing of growth," he said. "In the euro area, recent hard data suggest that a solid upswing may be under way. Growth should remain buoyant in China, India, Russia and other emerging economies."

In a rare piece of good news that helped calm Wall Street after the equity rout on Monday, Mr Bernanke said inflation had been "somewhat better behaved of late".

David Lereah, chief economist for the US National Association of Realtors, said there might be light at the end of tunnel for the housing market, citing a slight rise in transactions.

Friday, November 24, 2006

AMERICA -STILL BLESSED BY GOD

America – still blessed by God - Hal Lindsey - www.hallindsey.com

Thanksgiving tradition says that the first day of Thanksgiving was when the Pilgrims came together to give thanks to God for the bountiful harvest of 1621. The colonists, according to tradition, celebrated with a Thanksgiving feast, also attended by 91 Indians who helped them through their first year.

Two years later, the colonists gathered during a severe drought to pray for rain. When it rained the very next day, Gov. William Bradford called for another day of Thanksgiving. Thereafter, there were numerous calls for national days of Thanksgiving. Following our miraculous victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington proclaimed the first national day of Thanksgiving in 1789.

It wasn't until 1863 that President Lincoln officially designated the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. It took almost a hundred more years before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday by an Act of Congress in 1941.

Sixty-five years later, the holiday remains a reminder of America's rich and undeniable Christian heritage, even though the One to Whom the holiday is dedicated is now legally persona non grata at the celebration.

To most Americans, Thanksgiving Day is "Turkey Day" and Thanksgiving celebrations are more about football, parades and huge family feasts than they are about reflecting on the blessings extended America by the protective Hand of a sovereign God.

Sadly, one can almost chart the gradual withdrawal of that protective Hand as America's Thanksgiving celebration revolves more around the turkey dinner than the Creator that spoke it into existence. This year, as I reflect on our remaining blessings, I mourn those blessings that are systematically being withdrawn by a God-hating few in this country.

Writing of the declining social morality of the last days, the Apostle Paul wrote what could have been a critique on the United Nations, saying:

"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless." (Romans 1:28-31 NIV)

And Paul could just as easily have been describing the U.S. Congress when he wrote the following warning to Timothy:

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. (The KJV renders it 'perilous times') People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

America's domestic tranquility is being severely tested. America's international standing has never been lower. Enemies beset us on all sides. Our continued survival as a nation is in greater doubt than at any time in our country's history. We are facing nuclear threats on several fronts, and our government is divided over whether or not we are truly at war. Even more perilous, we don't even know with whom we are at war.

Jesus may not set Foot in the White House, but Allah has an open-door policy.

The present false separation of church and state issues keep the only true God at arm's length, even as we ignorantly celebrate the day our forefathers drew aside to give him thanks. It is an outrage that these same "issues" don't present any barriers to Ramadan being celebrated at the White House while the president proclaims Islam a "legitimate global religion based on peace and love."

As for me, I give thanks that God has not yet completely closed the window of blessing on America and unleashed His Judgment on it. We remain the most prosperous and healthy nation on earth. We still enjoy greater freedoms than any other nation, and, despite the concerted efforts of the leftists in the media and government, America still has a Christian majority – even though the majority are timidly silent.

More than anything else this Thanksgiving, I am thankful that America still has time to claim the promise of God: "If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)

And I give thanks for all those that will join me in claiming the above promise while there is still time.

Last but not least, I am thankful that God has allowed me to live to give Him thanks on this Thanksgiving Day, which is my 77th birthday.

May you and your family's Thanksgiving be filled with praise to the only true God, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ – and not just filled with turkey.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

COMING ATTRACTIONS IN WORLD AFFAIRS

Coming Attractions In World Affairs - Jack Kelley - www.gracethrufaith.com

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." (Psalm 2:1-3)

At the prophetic level, the results of the recent US election make perfect sense. Think about it. The Bush Administration's vision for the Middle East was a string of robust democracies from Lebanon to Iraq with leaders chosen in free elections enjoying the popular support of newly prosperous citizens who after generations of oppression feel like they're finally in control of their own destinies, and who desire nothing more than to live at peace with their neighbors. You can almost taste the sense of freedom and dignity they'd all enjoy. Kind of like the US was sixty or so years ago.

If President bush had been able to maintain the loyalty of his allies abroad and the members of his government at home, we'd be well on our way to making such a beautiful dream come true.

But where would that have left us in the prophetic scenario? No leader, no matter how charismatic, could gain the traction necessary to take over the world in those conditions. God's plan for the End of the Age, already in motion, would have been set back a generation or more.

No, the President's vision, no matter how attractive, failed to take one major factor into consideration. It's not what the Lord had in mind. So once again, a leader who professes a relationship with God has forgotten the chain of command. God is not on our team. If we're careful and humble enough, we sometimes get the chance to be on His, but as soon as we start calling the plays ourselves instead of taking His direction, He'll bench us just like that.

It's been said that on several occasions the White House has hosted well known prophecy scholars to get a sense of what the Bible says about the End Times. It's also said that the President and his closest advisors are so steeped in Replacement Theology that they treat Israel's situation as a mere political problem, not a Spiritual one, and therefore have totally missed the message of prophecy. I don't know how true those statements are, but it sure looks like they could be.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8)

I can understand them charging ahead over the objections of Islamic leaders, who would pay any price to prevent another free democratic society in their midst. That's a classic battle between good and evil. But to fly in the face of clear prophecy that calls for increasingly frequent wars in the Middle East that will soon blossom into a nuclear exchange before finally involving the whole world is another story. How does one reconcile a string of thriving western style Moslem democracies with that reality?

So the Lord had to throw a monkey wrench into the works to get their attention. It wasn't hard, not with the amount of pride and arrogance on display in the halls of government today. I'll bet that Satan didn't even need a personal conversation with the Lord like He did with Job. A quick text message is probably all it took to get permission to step in and mess things up.

The cut and run scenario already fashioned by our newly elected Congressional leaders is just what he needs. According to the intelligence and news services I read, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and others have begun implementing their plans for life after America's now certain departure from the Middle East. These services also report that the US and Iraq both know that Iraq's government will fall and the country will be split up into several autonomous regions, probably along Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish lines. That King Abdullah of Jordan has spent the past several months in seclusion with his troops preparing them to guard their border with Iraq against the attempt he knows is coming to topple his government next. That the Saudis know their days may be numbered, too. That Israel is planning for another war with Hizbollah within six months and knows that Syria will line up against them too. That the Lebanese government will likely fall and be replaced by one loyal to Hizbollah. That Israel's Asst. Defense Minister has promised to prevent Iran going nuclear "at all costs." That Russia's intention to become the dominant player in the region is made clear by recent actions in Syria and Lebanon that we've already covered. (See Isaiah 17 Countdown.)

So, with the dismantling of the Bush Middle East Strategy things will soon be back on track. I know that I sound like the worst kind of negative thinker according to world standards, but we have to realize that God is well into the process of bringing His own peace plan to fruition in the Middle East, and His plan is by far the best. The Bush plan, like all the other plans before it, was actually a hindrance to God and would have the effect of delaying the very thing it was designed to produce. A lasting World Peace. The reality that all of man's plans have tried unsuccessfully to avoid is that it's going to take one more really horrific war to get it. God harbors no such delusions.

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." (1 Cor. 1:19)

Those who disagree with students of End Times Prophecy call us defeatists, but we're actually on the side of victory. They want man to solve the world's problems because that way they don't have to depend on God. Depending on Him makes them responsible to Him, and in their view that's something to be avoided at all costs.

They don't realize that man is not equal to the task. History shows us that the 20th century can be characterized as a century of war interrupted by brief periods of peace. Each new war has been made necessary by man's failure to address the problems created in the previous one. Now, in the 21st Century, only God can solve the world's problems and until we realize that, things will only get worse.

Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)

With the recapture of Jerusalem, the Times of the Gentiles are over. God has promised to step back into the picture now to resolve His issues with both Israel and her enemies so that peace can follow, and although it sounds counter-intuitive, sidelining America removes a major obstacle to that goal. America has been too powerful an ally of Israel's to leave any room for God to work.

America's decline must continue until Israel's enemies no longer fear any US opposition to their efforts to destroy the Jews. As soon as that happens, they can attack and God can insert Himself into the equation on Israel's behalf.

As Christians we need to remember that the only Earthly nation promised a place in God's Kingdom is Israel. Obviously there will be others around, but Israel will occupy center stage. America has been blessed only because as a people we've been on God's side, not because He's been on ours. But those days are over. There is simply no Biblical reason to believe that God has favored America with a role in End Times prophecy. For if God's own nation Israel could be cast adrift for disobedience, how much more so a nation that is not his.

In the absence of Israel, the church has been God's kingdom here, not the USA. American believers get confused about that. And even the Church has been characterized as aliens in a foreign land. Our homeland is in the New Jerusalem, not Earth, and soon we'll go there while God completes the restoration of both His nation Israel and the planet we've nearly destroyed.

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Psalm 110:1)

Meanwhile, as believers, we're neither Republicans nor Democrats, but Monarchists awaiting the return of our King. While we wait we need to fight for the values we uphold in a climate that's becoming more hostile to these values by the day. That means supporting anyone we can find who espouses them, and just as importantly, not supporting those who don't. And when those we've depended upon betray us, as they will, we have to hold them accountable. It's a losing battle, fraught with disappointment, but it's only for a while.

And don't forget. We're part of the problem too, because we've become way too comfortable with the ways of this world. Remember, we're supposed to be in the world but not of the world. For those with one foot in the world and one in the Kingdom, the next little while might be pretty frustrating since it will require increasing levels of compromise to get along.

It's long past time for us to stop depending on our paychecks, our government, even our constitution for our security, and start looking to the author and perfecter of our faith again. He's the only one you can neither leave nor lose. He's the only one who is faithful and true. And He's the only one who has promised to see to our needs. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
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Monday, November 13, 2006

COMING ATTRACTIONS IN WORLD AFFAIRS

Coming Attractions In World Affairs - Jack Kelley - www.gracethrufaith.com

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." (Psalm 2:1-3)

At the prophetic level, the results of the recent US election make perfect sense. Think about it. The Bush Administration's vision for the Middle East was a string of robust democracies from Lebanon to Iraq with leaders chosen in free elections enjoying the popular support of newly prosperous citizens who after generations of oppression feel like they're finally in control of their own destinies, and who desire nothing more than to live at peace with their neighbors. You can almost taste the sense of freedom and dignity they'd all enjoy. Kind of like the US was sixty or so years ago.

If President bush had been able to maintain the loyalty of his allies abroad and the members of his government at home, we'd be well on our way to making such a beautiful dream come true.

But where would that have left us in the prophetic scenario? No leader, no matter how charismatic, could gain the traction necessary to take over the world in those conditions. God's plan for the End of the Age, already in motion, would have been set back a generation or more.

No, the President's vision, no matter how attractive, failed to take one major factor into consideration. It's not what the Lord had in mind. So once again, a leader who professes a relationship with God has forgotten the chain of command. God is not on our team. If we're careful and humble enough, we sometimes get the chance to be on His, but as soon as we start calling the plays ourselves instead of taking His direction, He'll bench us just like that.

It's been said that on several occasions the White House has hosted well known prophecy scholars to get a sense of what the Bible says about the End Times. It's also said that the President and his closest advisors are so steeped in Replacement Theology that they treat Israel's situation as a mere political problem, not a Spiritual one, and therefore have totally missed the message of prophecy. I don't know how true those statements are, but it sure looks like they could be.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8)

I can understand them charging ahead over the objections of Islamic leaders, who would pay any price to prevent another free democratic society in their midst. That's a classic battle between good and evil. But to fly in the face of clear prophecy that calls for increasingly frequent wars in the Middle East that will soon blossom into a nuclear exchange before finally involving the whole world is another story. How does one reconcile a string of thriving western style Moslem democracies with that reality?

So the Lord had to throw a monkey wrench into the works to get their attention. It wasn't hard, not with the amount of pride and arrogance on display in the halls of government today. I'll bet that Satan didn't even need a personal conversation with the Lord like He did with Job. A quick text message is probably all it took to get permission to step in and mess things up.

The cut and run scenario already fashioned by our newly elected Congressional leaders is just what he needs. According to the intelligence and news services I read, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and others have begun implementing their plans for life after America's now certain departure from the Middle East. These services also report that the US and Iraq both know that Iraq's government will fall and the country will be split up into several autonomous regions, probably along Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish lines. That King Abdullah of Jordan has spent the past several months in seclusion with his troops preparing them to guard their border with Iraq against the attempt he knows is coming to topple his government next. That the Saudis know their days may be numbered, too. That Israel is planning for another war with Hizbollah within six months and knows that Syria will line up against them too. That the Lebanese government will likely fall and be replaced by one loyal to Hizbollah. That Israel's Asst. Defense Minister has promised to prevent Iran going nuclear "at all costs." That Russia's intention to become the dominant player in the region is made clear by recent actions in Syria and Lebanon that we've already covered. (See Isaiah 17 Countdown.)

So, with the dismantling of the Bush Middle East Strategy things will soon be back on track. I know that I sound like the worst kind of negative thinker according to world standards, but we have to realize that God is well into the process of bringing His own peace plan to fruition in the Middle East, and His plan is by far the best. The Bush plan, like all the other plans before it, was actually a hindrance to God and would have the effect of delaying the very thing it was designed to produce. A lasting World Peace. The reality that all of man's plans have tried unsuccessfully to avoid is that it's going to take one more really horrific war to get it. God harbors no such delusions.

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." (1 Cor. 1:19)

Those who disagree with students of End Times Prophecy call us defeatists, but we're actually on the side of victory. They want man to solve the world's problems because that way they don't have to depend on God. Depending on Him makes them responsible to Him, and in their view that's something to be avoided at all costs.

They don't realize that man is not equal to the task. History shows us that the 20th century can be characterized as a century of war interrupted by brief periods of peace. Each new war has been made necessary by man's failure to address the problems created in the previous one. Now, in the 21st Century, only God can solve the world's problems and until we realize that, things will only get worse.

Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)

With the recapture of Jerusalem, the Times of the Gentiles are over. God has promised to step back into the picture now to resolve His issues with both Israel and her enemies so that peace can follow, and although it sounds counter-intuitive, sidelining America removes a major obstacle to that goal. America has been too powerful an ally of Israel's to leave any room for God to work.

America's decline must continue until Israel's enemies no longer fear any US opposition to their efforts to destroy the Jews. As soon as that happens, they can attack and God can insert Himself into the equation on Israel's behalf.

As Christians we need to remember that the only Earthly nation promised a place in God's Kingdom is Israel. Obviously there will be others around, but Israel will occupy center stage. America has been blessed only because as a people we've been on God's side, not because He's been on ours. But those days are over. There is simply no Biblical reason to believe that God has favored America with a role in End Times prophecy. For if God's own nation Israel could be cast adrift for disobedience, how much more so a nation that is not his.

In the absence of Israel, the church has been God's kingdom here, not the USA. American believers get confused about that. And even the Church has been characterized as aliens in a foreign land. Our homeland is in the New Jerusalem, not Earth, and soon we'll go there while God completes the restoration of both His nation Israel and the planet we've nearly destroyed.

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Psalm 110:1)

Meanwhile, as believers, we're neither Republicans nor Democrats, but Monarchists awaiting the return of our King. While we wait we need to fight for the values we uphold in a climate that's becoming more hostile to these values by the day. That means supporting anyone we can find who espouses them, and just as importantly, not supporting those who don't. And when those we've depended upon betray us, as they will, we have to hold them accountable. It's a losing battle, fraught with disappointment, but it's only for a while.

And don't forget. We're part of the problem too, because we've become way too comfortable with the ways of this world. Remember, we're supposed to be in the world but not of the world. For those with one foot in the world and one in the Kingdom, the next little while might be pretty frustrating since it will require increasing levels of compromise to get along.

It's long past time for us to stop depending on our paychecks, our government, even our constitution for our security, and start looking to the author and perfecter of our faith again. He's the only one you can neither leave nor lose. He's the only one who is faithful and true. And He's the only one who has promised to see to our needs. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
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Saturday, November 11, 2006

THE DAYS OF BABYLON ARE NOW NUMBERED

The Days of Babylon are now numbered - Jerry Golden - www.thegoldenreport.com

With the election results the days of fighting against the murder of millions of unborn babies are over or the right for homosexuals to marry and call themselves families. We can now expect many Federal Liberal Judges to be appointed to further corrupt the system. Like Abraham a handful of God's called men and women have been begging America to wake up and see what has been happening to her. But like Sodom and Gomorrah America has been so consumed in its sins to hear the cry from God to repent before it was too late. With the perversion and pure filth that comes into your homes by way of TV that has polluted the minds and hearts of your children as well as the parents.

Could anyone reading this tell me of one member of the ACLU who isn't a Democrat? Or is it safe to state that nearly all if not all of those in favor of Gay Marriages and abortions are Democrats. We now see that those in power in the US are people like Ted Kennedy who is a known murderer or John Kerry a known Traitor and many more who are in favor of abortion on demand for teens without parental consent.

Something else I've been thinking about, it seems that here in Israel and the US we have something in common. Everything is blamed on the Right Wing, they say the reason the Republicans lost was they had become to right wing, to far to the right. They are saying the same thing here in Israel about the Likud Party. Well what is too far to the right these days; does it mean less Government or fewer taxes. Does it mean the right to own and bear arms, anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriages to protect the traditional family values. Or is it that too far to the right means to want to protect our borders and possibly even stop Terrorists from killing us.

But maybe I should make myself clear on this subject, I am not a great supporter of George Bush or the Republican Party either you see I don't think it is necessary to be a Republican to be a Conservative, and what I am talking about are Conservative Values opposed to Liberal Left Wing non-values. In fact, I believe it was good that the Republican Party lost this election, it will give them time (if we have it) to sit in the corner and lick their wounds and realize that they have gotten away from the Christian Conservative Values that America was built on.

I heard Fox, CNN, and BBC saying that the Republicans lost because of Iraq, and there is a lot of truth to that. For those who have been reading my articles over the past 5 years or so know I have said from the first day of that war the US and Britain will leave Iraq with their tails between their legs and there will never be any democracy in Iraq. Saudi Arabia, Iran and all the other Islamic countries in that region simply cannot allow that to happen.

I've also said that George Bush made a terrible mistake starting this war, when he knew it was Iran that was the real Terrorist threat to the US and others and not Iraq. But none of the others tried to kill his Dad like Saddam did. And the school yard bully never picks on someone who can fight back, like Iran, North Korea and certainly not Russia who supplies all the above all their weapons to kill us with. What is now easy to see is what Bush has accomplished is establishing al-Qaida's greatest Arab stronghold in the Middle East, a place that was void of al-Qaida before the war. I don't like to keep saying I told you so, but I told you something else as well from the beginning, Bush had to appease the entire Arab and Islamic World with a promise before attacking Iraq and he promised to deliver to them their great prize, Israel. What Bush did he took the Saudi Peace Plan and simply re-named it the Road Map delivering on his promise to the Arabs knowing that it spells the end to the Jewish State.

Folks I could go on and on, but you either agree at this point or you disagree, but one thing we should all keep in mind, the truth has little to nothing to do with what you believe just because you believe something does not make it the truth. The truth is the truth if it hair lips the Devil and half the world. But one thing we can always count on, you can tell a tree by the fruit it bears, and just take a moment and look at the fruit that falls from the present administration, but in order to do that you have to get past your list of things you want to believe and do some research on your own. There will be many who will come to the Messiah and say Lord, Lord but He will say to them I never knew you. And when you belong to a Denomination that preaches Replacement Theology it is an affront to God and if you don't love and support Israel simply because God told you to then you are simply against God and what He has in mind for the end days.

The election in the US is just another sign of the end days, where those who are evil are being considered good, and right is wrong. When sin is no longer considered sin but good. Like Sodom and Gomorrah we are seeing the most evil among us becoming our leaders and they will lead the US deeper into despair and sin and many will fall away from the truth of God.

Here in Israel we see that when the so-called "Palestinians" attack our civilian populations with rockets on a daily basis it is hardly reported and never called a war crime. But when Israel goes after the Terrorists who hide behind their women and children trying not to kill the innocent but a few do get killed it is called a war crime. It is easy to see that the world has decided that it is ok for the Arabs to kill us but we are not allowed to defend ourselves and when we do it is called disproportion or a war crime.

One thing we can be absolutely certain of, God loves the Jewish people and this land that He set aside for an ever lasting covenant. He will not allow the Arabs to destroy us we will be here to see the Messiah return and He will plant His feet on the Mount of Olives. That is not to say all will be rosy between now and then because this Messenger believes that God will shake all that can be shaken and many will perish, for God has to bring His people back to Him, worshipping Him with all their heart and soul, it is "God" Israel has to depend on not the USA.
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Prophetically Speaking — Hillary Clinton Promotes Internationalism Before Council on Foreign Relations - by Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst - www.watch.org

"Internationalist foreign policy" is the phrase used by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) as she addressed the Council on Foreign Relations, the nation's leading promoter of globalism and the one-world order.

"Internationalist foreign policy," according to Clinton, is a broad-sweeping change in United States foreign policy that would include better cooperation with other nations and direct talks with America's enemies. As Clinton put it, "First, and most obviously, we must by word and deed renew internationalism for a new century."

Mrs. Clinton, who is considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, told the CFR that the Bush administration's refusal to negotiate with its enemies is the wrong approach. Clinton criticized what she called the Bush administration's "simplistic division of the world into good and evil. They refuse to talk to anyone on the evil side, as some have called that idealistic. I call it dangerously unrealistic."

Clinton emphasized diplomacy over military action. She said, "We must value diplomacy as well as a strong military. We should not hesitate to engage in the world's most difficult conflicts on a diplomatic front. Direct negotiations are not a sign of weakness; they're a sign of leadership."

The fallacy of Mrs. Clinton's foreign policy approach lies in the very point she makes about the Bush administration. She said that the Bush administration refuses to negotiate with those regimes considered evil. The question of whether one can trust those nations considered evil apparently does not register with Clinton.

She need only look so far as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who gave nuclear technology to North Korea in exchange for an agreement that the country would abandon its nuclear weapons program and use nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

Diplomacy without threat of reprisal is only cheap talk to those nations intent on doing evil. Iran's nuclear program has been diplomatically debated over three years.

Perspective: Those wanting to establish a one-world order do not see events or people in terms of good and evil; otherwise they would never be able to accomplish their goals of having everyone find common ground for the common good.

The trend these days is to ignore what you do not agree with and embrace your common ground, no matter how evil the opposition. We see this in foreign policy, we see it in the Church and we see it in everyday life.

But the Bible's teaching contradicts this trend. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:1 (NKJV), "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." We should be exposing the darkness to light, not dimming the light with darkness.

American Impact — Trading Moral Failure for Immorality

Republican Party corruption and the handling of the Iraq war appeared to motivate Americans to vote for a nationwide change in leadership of Congress, governors and even state houses.

The national sweep, however, may very well have been trading one type of moral failing for another, even stronger, one of advancing embryonic stem cell research, accelerating the forced acceptance of homosexuality and solidifying the killing of the unborn … these are the basic tenets of the Democratic Party platform.

Moreover, Democrats ran on an anti-Iraq war message, which means a pullout from Iraq will be accelerated and the war on terror may well be coming to American soil.

Americans rightly refuse to allow corrupt leaders to govern for any length of time after they are exposed. Yet, those waiting in the wings to govern support (as a political party) incredibly immoral positions (as defined by the Bible). Early analysis of exit polls indicated that the Christian evangelicals responsible for 2004 Republican victories voted to punish those who were perceived to betray the very ideals that got them elected.

If Americans agreed with the positions of those who were just voted into office, then statewide constitutional amendments to ban homosexual marriage also would have been voted down. However, seven out of eight states voted to ban same-sex marriage. The crossover vote from those who wanted to ban homosexual marriage to those politicians who also support banning same-sex marriage did not occur. This means Americans made a distinct choice to swap one type of immorality for another.

Perspective: The consequences of such a nationwide action could be very severe. Judgments in the Bible are generally self-imposed when a stiff-necked people reject outright the commandments of God.

The Lord said in Ezekiel 22:29-31, "The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yes, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore, have I poured out my indignation upon them."

For the first time, a Muslim was voted into Congress — a Democrat from Minnesota. And Sen. Hillary Clinton won reelection by a landslide.
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Saturday, November 04, 2006

AL-QAIDA ABLE TO BUILD NUKE WEAPON INSIDE U.S.

Al-Qaida able to build nuke weapon inside U.S. - WorldNetDaily.com

Determined terrorists with less than $10 million could murder 100,000 Americans within months

WASHINGTON – Terrorists could assemble a small group of fewer than 20 to construct a Hiroshima-size nuclear bomb, purchase the fissionable uranium needed and transport it to the U.S. city of their choice for less than $10 million, says a new report published in the November-December issue of Foreign Policy.

"The Bomb in the Backyard" was the result of the investigative work of Peter D. Zimmerman and Jeffrey G. Lewis. Zimmerman is professor of science and security in the Department of War Studies at King's College in London and previously served as chief scientist of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chief scientist of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Lewis is executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

"To put it in strictly commercial terms, terrorists would likely find a nuclear attack cost effective," they write in the article. "The simple appeal of nuclear terrorism can be illustrated with a hypothetical situation. A failed nuclear detonation, one that produced only a few tens of tons in yield, could kill 10,000 people in just a few hours if the device exploded in a crowded financial center. Not only would 10,000 persons represent the upward limit of a conventional terrorist attack, but that figure would exceed the combined casualties in all of al-Qaida's attacks over the entire history of the organization."

And that's the "worst-case" scenario for the terrorists, the authors point out. If "successful," the nuclear detonation would kill 10 times more people – 100,000.

Without giving away any information about the assembling of such a device that cannot already be found easily on the Internet, Zimmerman and Lewis construct a scenario for building a nuclear bomb within the U.S. for a budget of less than $10 million – finding it can done with a small team of about 19, the same number of people involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.

"It is certainly possible that a terrorist group might not want to risk detection within U.S. borders and would prefer to make the bomb overseas," they write. "But, for purposes of this hypothetical situation, we chose a scenario that would be far less uncertain for the terrorists by eliminating the risks of moving the bomb across a border."

In fact, the backyard bomb project came in under budget – at $5.433 million. The authors said the project – from start to finish – would take no more than a few months.

"Once complete, the nuclear device itself is likely to be less than 9 feet long," said the report. "Although it would not fit easily in a sedan, it could be transported in a van or small panel truck with, say, a couple drivers and a couple more people to keep an eye on the device. The plotters could target any number of metropolitan areas and would be free to choose based entirely on their desire to travel unobtrusively and undetected, presumably across a large fraction of the United States."

The authors warn that nuclear terrorism is still very much on the minds of al-Qaida, which began plans more than a decade ago for what it dubbed "American Hiroshima," a nuclear attack on the U.S. As recently as September, they say, al-Qaida put out a call urging nuclear scientists to join its war against the West.

Also in September, the new al-Qaida field commander in Afghanistan called for Muslims to leave the U.S. – particularly Washington and New York – in anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11, according to an interview by another Pakistani journalist.

Abu Dawood told Hamid Mir, a reporter who has covered al-Qaida and met with Osama bin Laden, the attack is being coordinated by Adnan el-Shukrijumah and suggests it may involve some form of weapon of mass destruction smuggled across the Mexican border.

"Our brothers are ready to attack inside America. We will breach their security again," he is quoted as saying. "There is no timeframe for our attack inside America; we can do it any time."

As WND has previously reported, el-Shukrijumah is a trained nuclear technician and accomplished pilot who has been singled out by bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to serve as the field commander for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

The terrorist was last seen in Mexico, where, on Nov. 1, 2004, he allegedly hijacked a Piper PA Pawnee cropduster from Ejido Queretaro near Mexicali to transport a nuclear weapon and nuclear equipment into the U.S., according to Paul Williams, a former FBI consultant and author of "The Dunces of Doomsday."

"He is an American and a friend of Muhammad Atta, who led 9/11 attacks five years ago," said Dawood. "We call him 'Jaffer al Tayyar' (Jafer the Pilot); he is very brave and intelligent. (President) Bush is aware that brother Adnan has smuggled deadly materials inside America from the Mexican border. Bush is silent about him, because he doesn't want to panic his people. Sheikh Osama bin Laden has completed his cycle of warnings. You know, he is man of his words, he is not a politician; he always does what he says. If he said it many times that Americans will see new attacks, they will definitely see new attacks. He is a real mujahid. Americans will not win this war, which they have started against Muslims. Americans are the biggest supporters of the biggest terrorist in the world, which is Israel."

Mir reportedly interviewed Dawood Sept. 12 at the tomb of Sultan Mehmud Ghaznawi on the outskirts of Kabul. Dawood and the al-Qaida leaders who accompanied him were clean-shaven and dressed as Western reporters. The al-Qaida commander had contacted Mir by cell phone to arrange the meeting.

El-Shukrijumah was born in Guyana Aug. 4, 1975 – the firstborn of Gulshair el-Shukrijumah, a 44-year-old radical Muslim cleric, and his 16-year-old wife. In 1985, Gulshair migrated to the United States, where he assumed duties as the imam of the Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn.

The mosque, located at 554 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, has served as a hive for terrorist activities. It has raised millions for the jihad and has served as a recruiting station for al-Qaida. Many of the planners of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, including blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, were prominent members of this notorious "house of worship."

In 1995, the Shukrijumah family relocated to Miramar, Fla., where Gulshair became the spiritual leader of the radical Masjid al-Hijah Mosque, and where Adnan became friends with Jose Padilla, who planned to detonate a radiological bomb in midtown Manhattan; Mandhai Jokhan, who was convicted of attempting to blow up nuclear power plants in southern Florida; and a group of other homegrown terrorists.

Adnan Shukrijumah attended flight schools in Florida and Norman, Oklahoma, along with Mohammad Atta and the other 9/11 operatives, and he became a highly skilled commercial jet pilot, although he, like Atta and the other terrorists, never applied for a license with the Federal Aviation Commission.

In April 2001, Shukrijumah spent 10 days in Panama, where he reportedly met with al-Qaida officials to assist in the planning of 9/11. He also traveled to Trinidad and Guyana, where virulent al-Qaida cells have been established. The following month, he obtained an associate's degree in computer engineering from Broward Community College.

During this time, he managed to get passports from Guyana, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Canada and the United States, according to Williams. He also began to adopt a number of aliases, including Abu Arifi, Jafar al-Tayyar, Jaafar At Yayyar, Ja'far al-Tayar, and Mohammed Sher Mohammed Khan (the name that appeared on his official FBI file). He traveled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where he met with Ramzi Binalshibh, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and other members of the al-Qaida high command. He also spent considerable time within al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, where he received training in explosives and special operations.

Following 9/11, el-Shukrijumah was reportedly singled out by bin Laden and al-Zawahiri to spearhead the next great attack on America. One plan was for a nuclear attack that would take place simultaneously in seven U.S. cities, leaving millions dead and the richest and most powerful nation on earth in ashes.

"Muslims should leave America," said Dawood. "We cannot stop our attack just because of the American Muslims; they must realize that American forces are killing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq; we have the right to respond back, in the same manner, in the enemy's homeland. The American Muslims are like a human shield for our enemy; they must leave New York and Washington."

Mir, the journalist, has reported previously that al-Qaida has smuggled nuclear weapons and uranium into the U.S.

"I am saying that Muslims must leave America, but we can attack America anytime," he said. "Our cycle of warnings has been completed, now we have fresh edicts from some prominent Muslim scholars to destroy our enemy, this is our defending of Jihad; the enemy has entered in our homes and we have the right to enter in their homes, they are killing us, we will kill them."
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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

PROPHECIES AND POLITICS

Prophecies and politics - By Chrissie Thompson - www.washingtontimes.com

Joel Rosenberg attracted world attention when the events described in three of his fiction books began to occur in real life.

Mr. Rosenberg has now drawn on his Christian faith, Orthodox Jewish heritage and experience as an aide to former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his newest book, "Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future." The following are excerpts from telephone interview with the author:


Q. Three of your fiction books have seemed almost prophetic. For instance, "The Last Jihad" contained a story of hijackers using a jet in a kamikaze attack on an American city, which leads to a war with Saddam Hussein over weapons of mass destruction -- and you wrote it before September 11. Did you mean for these stories to be predictions?

A. I didn't particularly think that these novels were going to predict the future, per se. I had based the series on events I thought might happen. ... I was basing them on a series of Bible prophecies, but when [the novels] started to come true ... that has been striking for all of us, myself included.

Q. Which Bible prophecies are you referring to?

A. Ezekiel Chapter 38 and 39 describes what Bible scholars call the war of Gog and Magog. Russia and Iran form a military alliance with Lebanon, Syria and a group of other Middle East countries to destroy Israel in what Ezekiel described as the last days. ... This list of countries that's going to destroy Israel doesn't include ... Iraq. ...

I thought, "Well, if this were to happen in my lifetime, and Saddam Hussein were still in power, I can't imagine a scenario in which Iraq would not be involved." ...

I thought the most likely scenario for Saddam leaving is either a coup, an assassination, natural causes of him dying or an invasion of some kind. ... The only country that would be likely to invade Iraq would be the United States, but why would we? ... What if there was a kamikaze terrorist attack against the United States that caused an American president to think that he needs to wage a war against radical Islam and, ultimately, against Saddam Hussein?

Q. Do you think the rest of this is going to come true -- that this alliance with Russia and Iran is going to be the manifestation of these biblical prophecies?

A. Russia is clearly building a military alliance with Iran today. In December of last year, Russia signed a $1 billion arms deal with Iran. Russia is building Iran's nuclear facilities. Russia has trained over a thousand Iranian nuclear scientists, and Russia is running political interference for Iran at the United Nations to prevent the U.S. and Europe from slapping sanctions on Iran. ...

Q. Exactly how do we know that this prophecy in Ezekiel is referring to Russia and Iran?

A. Identifying Iran in Ezekiel 38 is the easiest. ... The country mentioned is Persia, and until 1935, the official name of Iran was Persia.

Where we get Russian from is that a dictator emerges in a land called Magog, according to Ezekiel 38:2. ... When you do the detective work ... you find out this is the people group that settled north of the Black Sea in what we now call Russia. ...

Q. What makes you believe the predictions or warnings in your current book -- that Iran is really trying to destroy Israel and the U.S. to bring about the end of days?

A. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said, "We're going to wipe Israel off the map." ... I based that element of this Russian-Iranian desire to destroy Israel on the prophecy. ...

Now this new book, "Epicenter," is the nonfiction version of these prophecies, explaining what do the prophecies mean and what's really going on in the world that suggests that we may be closer to the fulfillment of those prophecies than most people realize. ... A lot of people are starting to wonder, given this Russian-Iranian alliance that is forming. ...

Ahmadinejad sees Israel as the little Satan. He sees the United States as the great Satan. We're his ultimate objective.

Q. Why is that?

A. In his radical Islamic, Shi'ite theology, Jews and Christians are the infidels and need to either be forced to convert to Islam or killed. ... Israel obviously represents the Jewish people. ... We are perceived as the epicenter of Christendom to the Muslim world.

Q. You've said the Iranian president believes the way to hasten the coming of the Islamic messiah is to launch a global jihad to destroy Israel and the U.S. Does he still think that? Would he admit that to an international audience, do you think, today?

A. I completely believe that that is his objective. I don't think he intends to have that conversation with the American people. ... That's why my book "Epicenter" quotes him from sources in Iran. ...

Ahmadinejad wrote an 18-page letter to President Bush laying out a lot of his theology and questioning President Bush's commitment to following the words of Jesus Christ. I never thought I would see the day when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would ask the president of the United States, "What would Jesus do?" but that's what happened, and he essentially asked President Bush to convert to Islam or face judgment in hell. ...

Q. Why aren't we hearing about this in the United States?

A. I don't know why, but the media seemed mesmerized by Ahmadinejad, rather than asking some important questions about his beliefs.

At the U.N. speech, Ahmadinejad closed with a prayer that Allah would send this Islamic messiah soon. Imagine if President Bush had closed his speech at the United Nations by praying, "Dear Lord, I pray that Jesus Christ would return to earth soon." ...

I think that's a general bias in the media against Christians on the one level and just a lack of understanding of what a central role theology plays in the foreign policy of Ahmadinejad, and that's why I wrote "Epicenter." ...

Q. You have asked, "Will we stop [Iran] in time?" If this is possibly according to biblical prophecy, can we stop them, and should we?

A. The key is we don't know at this moment whether the alliance that's emerging between Russia and Iran and these other Middle Eastern countries is in fact a fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and 39. Therefore, we can't base American foreign policy on the supernatural intervention by the God of Israel to protect Israel. We need to take action to protect ourselves. ...

I believe that 2007 is going to be the year of decision for President Bush. Either he's going to take some form of action to stop Iran from going nuclear, or the moment may be lost. 2008 is a presidential election year. [The year] 2009 is the beginning of a new administration, and by then it may be too late. Iran could have nuclear weapons by then. ...
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f Iran goes nuclear on President Bush's watch, it will erase all of the gains that we've made thus far in the war against radical Islam. ... I believe an apocalyptic war is coming in the Middle East in the next few years. Either Iran is going to launch it at us and Israel, or we're going to take action to stop them.
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