Saturday, May 22, 2010

One Step Closer

The Israeli-Iranian crisis has moved one step closer to igniting.

Even though Iran is supposed to be under "crushing" sanctions laid out the the U.N., Russia will still be allowed to ship the S-300 anti aircraft system to Iran. Iran will use this to defend it's nuclear facilities.

If you were an Israeli general faced with the task of attacking Iranian nuclear facilities....would you want to go BEFORE the system was put in place or AFTER that system was put in place?

A draft U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran, including limits on global arms transfers, will not block the controversial transfer of Russian S-300 missiles to the Iranian military, according to U.S. and Russian officials.

The Obama administration had opposed the S-300 sale because the system is highly effective against aircraft and some missiles. The CIA has said the S-300 missiles, which have been contracted by Tehran but not delivered, will be used to defend Iranian nuclear facilities.

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The clock is ticking....and all eyes are on Israel.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Scientists Create Synthetic Organism

Yes friends, the headline posted above is on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today.

Heralding a potential new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday.

"We call it the first synthetic cell," said genomics pioneer Craig Venter, who oversaw the project. "These are very much real cells."

Created at a cost of $40 million, this experimental one-cell organism, which can reproduce, opens the way to the manipulation of life on a previously unattainable scale, several researchers and ethics experts said. Scientists have been altering DNA piecemeal for a generation, producing a menagerie of genetically engineered plants and animals. But the ability to craft an entire organism offers a new power over life, they said.

See it here;

How long do you believe God is going to remain merciful and stay His hand of wrath as we attempt to produce a "menagerie of genetically engineered plants and animals".....and humans?

North and South Korea Fling War Talk

This one falls into the category of, "wars and rumors of war"...that Christ told us to watch for as a sign we are close to the Tribulation. Yeah!!!.....That means the rapture is all that much closer!!

Most by now have heard that South Korea had a navy ship sunk a few months ago and after reviewing all the evidence they know it was North Korea that sunk it.

South Korea is talking tough a day after it revealed what it views as irrefutable evidence North Korea sank one of its navy ships. North Korea has threatened war over any retaliation, and says it wants to send a team to inspect the evidence.

The ship, the Cheonan, was ripped in half and sunk by a mysterious explosion in late March, killing 46 South Korean sailors. An international investigative team presented extensive forensic evidence Thursday supporting accusations a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo at the vessel.

On Friday, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young warned North Korea will now face consequences.

"Even in a boxing match," said Kim, "the fighters agree to wear gloves. North Korea has stepped over that limit and for that we will make it pay."

A military reprisal is next to impossible for the South, because it could escalate almost overnight into a much deadlier war. South Korea is taking its case to the United Nations Security Council, which Seoul hopes will agree on a way to punish the North with sanctions or other coordinated action.

See it here;

Let's see...the last time North and South Korea got into a war.... America had 54,000 soldiers killed, South Korea lost 228,000, China and North Korea lost hundreds of thousands. What do you think the body count may be the next time they go at it now that we have bigger guns, and bigger bombs than we did in the 1950's?

Shifting gears a bit....Isn't it amazing how the U.S. tolerance for war deaths has collapsed in the past few decades? In WWII we lost hundreds of thousands of men. A decade later we lost another 54,000. Now when we lose a few soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan we think we have to surrender...why?

The answer may be rather simple. In WWII the entire nation knew we were fighting for our very survival as German subs were spotted in off the coast of New York so we knew we had to crush Hitler in Germany. In Korea we knew that Soviet, Chinese Communism was going to spread and take over the world if the USA didn't stand up and fight it.

Today we have radical Islam threatening the stability of planet earth, but the USA has been too busy shopping and entertaining itself to pay much notice. Also as we have begun to worship longevity, having anyone die for any cause seems to be much too large of sacrifice. The average citizen in the USA seems almost obsessive in figuring out the secret for long life...which disciples of Christ shouldn't truly care too much about.

"The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life." Jesus spoke those words. John 12:25

How many of us are looking forward to dying so we can go be with our Savior in heaven? How many of us are ignoring Christ's clear directive and clinging to life on earth with every penny, breath and strength that we have. May it be because deep down we aren't truly sure that there is anything better coming than what we have in this life?

The soldiers fighting in WWII would have been ecstatic to receive orders to leave Germany and come back home.

Wouldn't it be awesome if we could be that ecstatic when Christ calls us home with terminal disease, accidents or old age?

Maybe the reason we aren't ecstatic is because so few of us are actually fighting in the spiritual battle that Christ and the apostles so clearly called us to fight. Since we have refused to fight in the war...we find ourselves content and rather happy to sit with the enemy sipping tea and buying crap to entertain and comfort us.

So when the order comes in to come back to our REAL home with our Creator....we aren't so sure we want to leave this place.

Hebrews reminds us that we are just temporary visitors to this earth...and it's truly not our home. "All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth."

Do we truly believe we are aliens here doing a mission for Christ behind enemy lines on this Satanic earth? If we don't...maybe we should keep reading our Bibles until we do.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Abortion Advertisement

This guy nails it in his discussion about some abortion ads that are soon going to air in Britain.

How appropriate that Britain’s first televised abortion advert, as reported in the Telegraph today, will be broadcast during a game show hosted by Davina McCall which carries the strapline: “Do you want to be given a MILLION pounds live on TV?” How wonderfully dystopian, like something from a 1980s satire on jungle capitalism, such as Robocop or The Running Man. Win a fortune! Have an abortion!

And how odd someone awaking from a 30-year coma might find the values of our country, as reflected in television. You can’t advertise cigarettes at any time or fatty foods during children’s shows, because it might harm the health of children, but you can advertise the killing of unborn children in the middle of a game show. (Likewise you can’t smack your kids, according to the European Court, but you can kill them up to birth if they have a hairlip.)

See it here;

Isn't that amazing?? You can't spank your kid or the government will take your child from you in the UK...but you can kill the baby if it has a hairlip!!

The whole abortion thing is so illogical. On the one hand let's assume a woman had a premature baby and it was in an incubator. A few days later she decides the baby is not going to work into her busy schedule and walks over to the incubator and dismembers and kills the little baby. Of course Matt Lauer and all the anchormen of the world would be going ballistic over how this mother could be so heartless.

On the other hand if the baby is still in the incubator of his mother's stomach....she could have the baby dismembered and killed and Matt Lauer and all the anchormen of the world would have NOTHING to say. In fact they would congratulate America for being such and open and tolerant country that values women and their "reproductive rights".

The right will become wrong and the wrong will become right.

Give Peace a Chance

Below I will post a 9 minute video that features the director of The Temple Institute in Jerusalem.

Remember, there have only been 2 temples in Jerusalem, but the Bible is clear there will be a 3rd...and this will be the one that the Antichrist sits in and proclaims himself as God and demands to be worshiped.

As Christians we know that the 3rd temple will be destroyed and Jesus Christ himself will build the 4th temple....also called the Millennial Temple since it will exist during the Millennium. BUT the Jews don't know the New Testament so they don't know the REST OF THE STORY.

As you watch this video listen to the Rabbi saying that the 3rd temple will be a amazing sign that world peace is about to break out and it will be an unprecedented, amazing period of peace and will usher in the messiah. THEY HAVE IT TOTALLY WRONG AS THEY ARE STILL LIVING IN SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS!

We Christians know that the Antichrist will promise peace and allow the temple to be built....but will then turn on the Jews 3 1/2 years into the peace agreement and will ultimately kill 2/3 of them world wide.

Watching this video is like watching a slow motion train wreck. You just want to yell at the Rabbi and say, "Don't believe the peacemaker who is coming!! He is a liar and a thief and he is only coming to kill and destroy!! Choose Jesus now before it's too late!!!"

Watch it here;

Notice about 2 minutes in the Rabbi says, A lot of people are willing to try anything for peace. As John Lennon said, let's give peace a chance."

No doubt the Jews are being set up for a colossal massacre....just as the Bible says.

Let's pray for the Jews that we know that they will accept Jesus Christ before it's too late.

Hat tip to Kim H.

Gotta Have Faith

We have talked many times about the fact that the U.S. money system is backed on the "full faith and confidence in the U.S. government." When that faith will the value of the little printed pieces of paper that we like to call, "dollars".

Here is some confirmation that we aren't the only ones who are seeing this glaring reality.

In order for a financial system to be able to function properly, it is absolutely essential that the general population has faith in it. After all, who is going to want to invest in the stock market or entrust their money to big financial institutions if there is not at least the perception of honesty and fairness in the financial marketplace? For decades, the American people did have faith in Wall Street. But now that faith is being shattered by a string of recent revelations. It seems as though the rampant corruption on Wall Street is seeping up almost everywhere now. In fact, some of the things that have come out recently have been absolutely jaw-dropping. The truth is that the corruption on Wall Street is much deeper and much more systemic than most of us ever dared to imagine. As the general public digests these recent scandals, it is going to result in a tremendous loss of faith in the U.S. financial system. Once faith in a financial system is lost, it can take years or even decades to get back. So how is the U.S. financial system supposed to work properly when large numbers of people simply do not believe in it anymore?

See it here;

Remember what the Bible tells us....have faith in NOTHING but God.

Isn't it interesting that most Americans have more faith in those little pieces of paper dollars than they do in the Creator of the universe? Isn't it interesting how much time and effort we Americans spend chasing after those little pieces of paper...attempting to make sure we have enough of them stuffed into a barn so we can live out our days golfing and playing tennis in Florida? And yet we CLAIM to be a Christian nation!

Jesus told us to, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and it's righteousness and all the things you need will be given to you." (my paraphrasing)

How many of us seek after the little pieces of paper FIRST instead of the Kingdom? Doesn't that put us in direct conflict with Jesus Christ? How can we claim to love Him but not obey His words?

Jesus also said, "The road to destruction is wide and MANY will be on it. The road to life is narrow and FEW will be on it. Stay on the narrow road."

He follows that up by saying that a day was coming when many people would stand before him and say "Lord, Lord! Didn't we prophecy in your name and cast out demons in your name?" And Jesus will answer them and say, "Depart from me because I don't know you."

That is a terrifying passage because the people who are standing in front of Christ BELIEVED THAT THEY KNEW JESUS....BUT CHRIST DIDN'T KNOW THEM!!

Have we all tested ourselves lately (as the Bible commands) to make sure the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us? Let's all do that again...because the days could be drawing short....and none of us want to hear the words from Jesus telling us to, "depart from me."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Apple Won't Take Cash

It's being reported today that Apple Computer will not take cash to purchase their new hot product the I-Pad.

Diane Campbell saved up, bit by bit, the $600 required to buy an Apple iPad, but when she showed up at the store with a wad of cash to buy the tablet, she found she was out of luck.

Campbell recalls her visit to the Palo Alto Apple Store: "I had my cash in the backpack and I went up proudly to the counter and told them, 'I would like to purchase an iPad.'"

Apple's sales policy states that the iPad must be purchased by credit or debit card, according to ABC News. No plastic means no tablet, and the Apple employee turned Campbell away.

See it here;

Why is this prophetic? Because the Bible says a day is coming when you need the Mark of the Beast to purchase ANYTHING. Cash will not suffice.

By Apple turning away a lady with cash, it's more foreshadowing of how close we are to that day.

Hat tip to Kim H.

Lame Sanctions...Worthless U.N

Joel Rosenberg, author of Epicenter, sent out his flash email today to update us on the Iranian-Israeli conflict that seems to be coming to a head.

Sounds serious.

Iranian sanctions are not going to the world can't agree that Iran is doing anything wrong that deserves sanctions.

The bad news: the world's major powers have mostly caved. The resolution abandons any hope for the "crippling sanctions" President Obama and Secretary Clinton once vowed to impose. Instead, we're about to see another round of lame, toothless sanctions even as Tehran continues building the Bomb, prepares to annihilate the U.S. and Israel, and prepares for the arrival of the Twelfth Imam and the end of the world.

"This policy is unlikely to succeed," said former U.N. weapons inspector David Kay at a panel discussion in Washington, reported AP. "The real question is what if sanctions fail? What are we to do?"

AP also reported that "Richard Perle, a former Pentagon official, said he doubted sanctions would be effective in stopping Iran and recommended the U.S. back the Iranian opposition as a way of pressing regime change."

War is coming and once again the U.N. Security Council is doing precious little to stop it. God help us all.

As we have been saying, when war does break out in the middle WILL affect us all.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Persecution is Growing

We know that Satan's destructive pattern is to come after the Jews first...and then the Christians. Why?? Because Satan hates whatever God has set apart for Himself. The Jews are God's chosen people...and the Christians are the Bride of Christ.

Last night in Bible study we said a quick prayer for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East and named Egypt as one of the countries we prayed for. Today in the Wall Street Journal we have this headline article; EGYPT'S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

A few weeks ago in the coastal city of Marsa Matrouh, an enraged mob of some 3,000 angry Muslims gathered after Friday prayers. After the mosque's imam exhorted them to cleanse the city of its infidel Christians, called Copts, they went on a rampage.

The toll was heavy: 18 homes, 23 shops and 16 cars were completely destroyed, while 400 Copts barricaded themselves in their church for 10 hours until the frenzy died out.

This was only the latest of more than a dozen such attacks during the past year, including in the village of Kafr El-Barbary on June 26, the town of Farshout on Nov. 21, and the village of Shousha on Nov. 23. Then came Naga Hamadi, where passengers in a drive-by car fired at random into Christians leaving a Coptic Christmas service on Jan. 6. The massacre killed seven and left 26 seriously wounded.

Although the Copts have long been the target of sporadic attacks, the violence of the last few years is more like a purge, as waves of mob assaults have forced hundreds, sometimes thousands of Christian citizens to flee their homes. In each incident the police, despite frantic appeals, invariably arrive after the violence is over. Later the injured are coerced by the special security police forces into accepting "reconciliation" with their attackers, in order to avoid the prosecution of the guilty. No Muslim to date has been convicted for any of these crimes.

See it here;

So what do you think? Would our Bible studies be a little more intense if we knew that an angry mob may show up at any time to harass, torture or kill us? Do we think we may pray with a little more passion and urgency? Do you think those 400 folks barricaded in their church used the time to argue over traditional or contemporary music in worship?

Friends...persecution refines our faith, purifies it and makes it strong. Of course we say we don't want it because it sounds pretty scary. We say that we would be happiest if God just left us all exactly where we are..... complacent, Biblically ignorant, apathetic, happy-just-as-we-are, Christmas and Easter church attenders.

How messed up is that?

One other thing; how do you think those Copts felt when President Obama, as spokesperson for the free world and this Christian nation, gave a speech in Cairo last year and cozies up close to the corrupt Muslim government that turns a blind eye as Christians are harassed and killed?

President Obama?....could I ask a question?...Whose team are you on anyway??

Jesus Christ said it very plainly, "You are either for me or against me."

So which one is it Mr. Obama? Are you FOR Christ and you believe he is the Son of God?....or are you a little ashamed of Christ when you visit a Muslim nation....all of whom are persecuting Christ?

Honestly folks....I'm not sure how much longer America will stand.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Unexpected Accord

The headline that just broke 2 hours ago is that Iran and Turkey have reached unexpected accord on nuclear enrichment.

Unexpected to who? The world?...most of whom have never cracked open their Bibles?

To Bible readers who have been studying Ezekiel 38 and 39 this is not unexpected at all. In fact it was foretold about 2800 years ago that Iran and Turkey would end up in the same coalition during the very last days before Christ returns. But before He returns that coalition will have an evil thought to destroy Israel and take the wealth that they have amassed....and God himself will destroy that coalition as they are gathering for battle. Israel won't have to fire a shot.

And now we are seeing what could be the formation of that coalition...and it has happened at incredible speed....while most folks on earth turn to the sports section of their paper and say, "So....who cares?"

Iran reached a surprise nuclear agreement with Brazil and Turkey on Monday, a deal that threatens to undermine the Obama administration's efforts to stem the Iranians' nuclear ambitions -- and, more broadly, the U.S. diplomatic strategy.

Analysts say Iran has effectively created the illusion of progress in nuclear negotiations with the West without offering what the United States and its allies have long demanded. As a result, the Obama administration now faces the uncomfortable prospect of rejecting a proposal it offered nearly eight months ago -- or seeing months of effort to enact new sanctions derailed.

Did you catch that?? Iran has effectively created the illusion of progress? Put in layman's terms, they have been playing team Obama like a schoolboy telling him what he wants to hear while merrily going about with their original plans.

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Friends...the days may be drawing to a close...exactly as the Bible said they would. Are we ready to meet our Savior Jesus in the air at the rapture of the church? Have we loved our neighbors so we can have the opportunity to tell them about Jesus before it's too late for them? Have we treated our co workers with respect and honor so we can have the opportunity to tell them about Jesus being the ONLY way to escape the wrath of God that is already being kindled? What have we been doing to snatch people from the fire?

"I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the father but through me."....says Jesus...who is the Creator of the universe.

When was the last time we told someone about Jesus? When was the last time our heart broke for someone who doesn't yet know him?

Mosque Madness

It's being reported that a huge Muslim mosque is being slated to open near the Twin Towers Ground Zero....on September 11, 2011.

A mosque rises over Ground Zero. And fed-up New Yorkers are crying, "No!"

A chorus of critics -- from neighbors to those who lost loved ones on 9/11 to me -- feel as if they've received a swift kick in the teeth.

Plans are under way for a Muslim house of worship, topped by a 13-story cultural center with a swimming pool, in a building damaged by the fuselage of a jet flown by extremists into the World Trade Center.

The opening date shall live in infamy: Sept. 11, 2011. The 10th anniversary of the day a hole was punched in the city's heart.

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The reporter asks the question, "How the devil did this happen?"

I wonder if she maybe answered her own question when she brought up the devil?

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False Religion of Mideast Peace

The front page cover story on Foreign Policy magazine this week is titled, THE FALSE RELIGION OF MIDEAST PEACE.

Again...we have Israel front and center as the world continues injuring itself as it attempts to lift the burdensome stone of Jerusalem.

Like all religions, the peace process has developed a dogmatic creed, with immutable first principles. Over the last two decades, I wrote them hundreds of times to my bosses in the upper echelons of the State Department and the White House; they were a catechism we all could recite by heart. First, pursuit of a comprehensive peace was a core, if not the core, U.S. interest in the region, and achieving it offered the only sure way to protect U.S. interests; second, peace could be achieved, but only through a serious negotiating process based on trading land for peace; and third, only America could help the Arabs and Israelis bring that peace to fruition.

As befitting a religious doctrine, there was little nuance. And while not everyone became a convert (Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush willfully pursued other Middle East priorities, though each would succumb at one point, if only with initiatives that reflected, to their critics, varying degrees of too little, too late), the exceptions have mostly proved the rule. The iron triangle that drove Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and now Barack Obama to accord the Arab-Israeli issue such high priority has turned out to be both durable and bipartisan. Embraced by the high priests of the national security temple, including State Department veterans like myself, intelligence analysts, and most U.S. foreign-policy mandarins outside government, these tenets endured and prospered even while the realities on which they were based had begun to change. If this wasn't the definition of real faith, one wonders what was.

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Remember, "faith" actually means believing in something that you can't see or know for sure....there may be evidence, but no scientific proof.

The problem in Washington is that the leaders there seem to have more faith in their personal desire to accomplish something....while lacking any real faith in the Creator of the Universe who also happens to be the Creator of every politician in Washington.

It seems like many of earth's disasters and many of the sins mentioned in the Bible all start with faith in ourselves...which leads to pride...which leads to a fall.

The Bible clearly says, "Pride comes before a fall". I think it's in Proverbs....but please look it up and tell me exactly where.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More Confirmation

Some folks I talk to simply won't entertain the idea that there is anything different about the events happening on earth verses the events that have ALWAYS happened on earth.

Furthermore, if you dare say to them, "I believe these may all be the events happening at once that Jesus told us to watch for,"....then you will REALLY get a sideways glance. The sad thing is that those glances come from people within the church. You would EXPECT them from people outside the church...but not from folks who claim to love Jesus and should be excited for His return.

"First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own evil desires. They (people in the church) will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 2 Peter 3:3-4

So don't be disheartened friends when the folks from church roll their eyes at you as you become more amazed at what God is doing in this day.

Also lest you think we are the only ones who are connecting dots...remember that there are PLENTY of VERY Biblically literate folks who are seeing and saying the EXACT same things.

One of them is long time Watcher, Jan Markell;
What is the deeper meaning here? The world is being bombarded with what the Bible calls "birth pangs." God is trying to get our attention. The world does not understand end-time scenarios so God is trying to wake up the church. We are seeing financial chaos, volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, oil spills -- all of disastrous proportion. To solve the financial issues, the world will willingly walk into the one-world system with a one-world currency. Right now both the Euro and the dollar are crumbling. People will be open to a powerful, charismatic man who will tell everyone he can fix it all. The Bible calls him the Antichrist. He will be empowered to do miracles, signs and wonders, and pull rabbits out of hats.

See it here;

So let's all be encouraged to keep blowing our trumpets warning all those around us that something big is happening...THIS IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL!! And take heart in the fact that Noah's neighbors scoffed at him for over 100 years as he built a big boat in his front yard and told everyone who came to see it to repent. They scoffed at him for a LONG time....before the flood and came and took them all away.

20 Year Disruption

Remember the tiny, little volcano in Iceland that shut down Europe's airports and slowed it's economy? It's still making news because it is still spewing ash and last week some flights had to be cancelled again.

Now today we have this headline;
Ash cloud 'could cause disruption in UK for 20 years'

An aviation expert has warned that the ongoing problem with an ash cloud, drifting from a volcano in Iceland, could cause disruption 'for more than 20 years' - affecting the UK and the rest of the world.

Speaking to the BBC, David Learmount said that there is no technological way around the situation, with no possibility of engines being designed that can withstand damage caused by ash.

He warned that any aircraft attempting to fly through ash would have its engines permanently damaged, and would be destined for the scrapheap.

See it here;

Did you catch that? There is no technology that man can come up with to get around the situation. Ash clouds WILL damage jet engines. And with no flights coming and going the economy WILL be damaged as well.

One has to at least smile when you think about how arrogant mankind has become with all he has been allowed to learn in these past few centuries. We get so smart we think our way around God...coming up with all sorts of stupid ideas like evolution and global warming.

And here in America where we have the best chance at becoming Christ followers... instead we occupy all our time worshiping the technology that we have created.

See if you see anything in this Isaiah passage that speaks to us;
Isaiah 29:13-16 (New International Version)
13 The Lord says:
"These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is made up only of rules taught by men.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the LORD,
who do their work in darkness and think,
"Who sees us? Who will know?"
16 You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,
"He did not make me"?
Can the pot say of the potter,
"He knows nothing"?