Friday, September 13, 2013

U.S. Military Continues to Turn From God

Who has made America great?  Our military?  Our Constitutional Republic system of government?  Our hard work ethic?  Our 'can do' attitude?

Friends, it is ONLY God who blessed this country and has made it great.

Why has our military been so successful?

Because God has used us for His purposes...the #1 of which was to single handedly incubate Israel and protect her until she was able to protect herself.

So what happens to our military as it turns from God?  Can we even comprehend losing a war?  Can we even comprehend losing the ability to defend ourselves?

The U.S. military now hands out all sorts of material on its "Spirituality" table...and if you DARE tell anyone in the military that Jesus is the ONLY way to eternal can expect a swift reprimand.  I read there is a pagan altar set up on the grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

You all know Hal Lindsey, author of the 30,000,000 sold book of the 1970's called LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH.

Read what he has to say in his Friday commentary...while you continue to pray for this nation and our soldiers who are serving in harms way. (and yes, please pray for my boy Matt, who is serving in Afghanistan)

In 1954, the American Legion sponsored a series of network television broadcasts called "Back to God." On one of those national telecasts, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appeared from the White House. He thanked the American Legion for urging Americans to acknowledge God in their daily lives.

Then the President said, "As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they (the veterans) learned a great truth, that there are no atheists in the foxholes."

Can you imagine this happening today?

The President humbly referred to himself as "a former soldier." In truth, he was one of only five Americans to earn the rank of five-star general. He was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in World War II. He and General George Washington are undeniably the most widely admired soldiers in American history.

Fast forward to 2013. An Air Force chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska, wrote a column for the base website. Keep in mind that Lt. Col. Reyes is a chaplain. He titled his column: "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II."

His look back at the contributions and sacrifices of chaplains on the battlefields of World War II quoted one of America's most beloved soldiers and Presidents, Dwight Eisenhower. Now, that sounds like pretty safe territory for a military chaplain to tread, doesn't it? An officer whose job is to provide spiritual comfort and guidance to his troops remembering the sacrifices of other officers who provided spiritual comfort and guidance to their troops on the battlefield? And basing it on a quote from one of America's greatest soldiers and Presidents?


Folks, this ain't 1954 and that ain't your Daddy's Oldsmobile!

Chaplain Reyes was reprimanded for the column and his base commander publicly apologized for not stopping him from discussing religious subjects on the base website. What was the chaplain expected to discuss? Automotive repair tips?

So what has changed since 1954? Lots of things, obviously, but two stand out: 1. These are the last days. 2. Mikey Weinstein.

You probably remember Mr. Weinstein from previous programs. He heads the benignly and misleadingly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation or MRFF. (A more appropriate name would be the Military Freedom FROM Religion Foundation.)

The MRFF protested the chaplain's column and within five hours it had been removed from Elmendorf's website.

Apparently no place or venue is safe from Mr. Weinstein's near-omnipresent gaze. He's the guy who publicly called a Christian service member sharing his or her faith "spiritual rape." He has labeled Christians "monsters," "terrorists," and "enemies of the Constitution."

Who cares, you say? He sounds like a nut! Well, I agree, but President Obama doesn't. In fact, Weinstein has become the Administration's go-to guy on topics of "religious tolerance" in the U.S. military. Which sounds about par for the course these days -- pick someone who has NO religious tolerance to advise the brass on religious tolerance.

Just a few short decades ago, our national leaders actually promoted faith in God and the inclusion of God in the life and fabric of the nation. You see, they faced the specter of an opposing world superpower who sought to eliminate God and vest His authority in the State.

They understood that America's strength lay in her citizens' belief in and obeisance to an authority higher than man-made government: the Divine Creator. That freed us from the doubt and indecision and fear that pervades when the conduct of our lives is determined solely by whoever is in power at the moment.

It's a short and undeniable principle: Man changes. God doesn't. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to figure which of the two will provide a more stable national environment.

On August 21, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sat together, with hundreds of sailors and marines, at a church service aboard the HMS Prince of Wales in a harbor on the coast of Newfoundland. They sang the hymns of the church and drank in the strength provided by a mutual spiritual heritage and faith in a common God.

Later, Roosevelt told his son that the service "cemented us" for the dark days of World War II that lay ahead. Churchill wept during "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and later remarked that, "Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live."

It brings tears to my eyes just writing these words. My friends, that is a world that is long past.

In Britain today, fewer than 10% attend religious services, and a majority of those are Muslim. Now, the number one choice for a baby's name in the UK is "Mohammed."

In Luke 18:8, Jesus Himself asked this question: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Some studies show that atheism will replace "religion" as the dominant spiritual practice by 2041.

I personally don't worry too much about atheism because every man and woman has an innate awareness of God. But I do worry about the church. Will we become so desperate to attract people to our pews that we'll modify and water down the message of the Gospel? Perfect examples of this are the liberal denominations that have become like empty sepulchers. And now it's happening in many evangelical mega-churches.

At the rate we're going, and if the President and his party get their way, I'm not certain Jesus will find faith in the military when He returns. Likewise, I doubt He'll find faith in the ranks of academia or even in the lower echelons of our educational system. It appears that faith is in achingly short supply in the entertainment business already. Government, at least on the federal level, has already declared its independence from faith and conscience. Many believe that business, especially Big Business, turned its back on God long ago and worships only at the altar of the dollar.

So where will Jesus look for faith when He returns? In your heart and mine. That's why, no matter what happens in the world around us (and it's happening fast and furiously), stand confidently on the firm foundation of God's immutable promises to us. "Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." (Ephesians 6:13, NLT)

"Biblical" Flooding Hits Colorado

The National Weather Service said that the rain and flooding hitting Colorado is a "biblical" event.

LONGMONT, Colo. — As major flooding continued across Colorado, the National Guard was evacuating at least 500 people from Lyons, north of Denver, on Friday after the town was cut off by rising floodwaters.

Sheets of rain were falling as gray clouds rolled in from the Rockies to the west, and officials were bracing for more rain later in the day. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the area until Friday evening. The area already received about 15 inches of rain, according to the Weather Service, and additional rain may cause renewed flooding in areas where the water has receded.

Thousands of people were also urged to evacuate homes in Boulder and nearby Eldorado Springs and Longmont late Thursday. At least three people have been killed in the flash floods.

City officials sounded flood sirens in Boulder on Thursday night and asked residents of about 4,000 homes along Boulder Canyon to evacuate immediately. Another alert was sent to about 4,000 homes urging residents to move to upper floors of buildings if possible.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Ryan Corbett, 24, a student who was among the onlookers. “I’ve lived here for seven years. This is unreal.”
A few miles north, a 50-yard wide portion of Route 36 was submerged as a stream bed overflowed and coursed by at 1,000 cubic feet per second, said Anne Reid, a firefighter with the Lefthand Fire Protection District.       
“This is usually just a little stream that you wouldn’t even think to fish in,” Ms. Reid said.
The flooded highway has cut off residential areas for the foreseeable future, sweeping up whole willow and cottonwood trees as if they were twigs. John and Billie Brumder, who live across from the Crestview Estates neighborhood, said they were awakened at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday by the frightening sound of large rocks being dragged along the creek bed.
“When I heard that, I knew it was a big deal,” he said. “I knew we had to get out of there.”
They were awoken by the sound of huge boulders being dragged down the creek.....
People, the power of water is simply incomprehensible!  When has there EVER been 15 inches of rain on Colorado during one storm?? 
Of course humans have only been there observing things for a few hundred years...but still.
Now imagine the water receding back into the underground springs and rushing back into the oceans when the flood of Noah was finished.  If 10 inches of rain can wash huge boulders away and take out roads...just imagine what thousands of feet-deep flood waters could do as it starts washing around!!
Do you think it could carve out some massive canyons??
Are all these events wake up calls?  Is this just one more example of the birth pangs?
Are you excited to meet your Messiah...or are you frightened that He is coming?
As Dr. Jeremiah says, "I can judge folk's spiritual maturity by HOW they answer that question."

Jersey Shore Destroyed Again

This morning I turned on CBS News and saw that a massive fire had destroyed large parts of the Jersey Shore. 

Please remember that it was first destroyed last fall by a massive hurricane called Sandy.

The CBS reporter said, "First it was destroyed by water, now it's been destroyed by fire."

As I heard him say that I thought of the passage in 2 Peter;

2 Peter 3:3-7

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

Hmmm....first by water and next will be fire.  Could that all be a coincidence that Jersey Shore was destroyed by water and then as soon as it was rebuilt it was destroyed by fire?

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Had a bully of a storm not cold-cocked this mythic corner of the Jersey Shore just 319 days ago, the breathtaking fire that chewed up a chunk of the boardwalk through Seaside Park and Seaside Heights on Thursday would still have been disastrous.

But the timing and context of it gave this fire an extra, emotional dimension for those who witnessed it, whether at the scene, on TV or over the Internet. The Jet Star coaster may have been removed months ago, but the trauma of Superstorm Sandy still lingers. It somehow made the smoke that much blacker, the losses of businesses and jobs that much greater, the still-unfolding story of the fire that much sadder.

"It's horrible. Why is God doing this to us again?" asked a distraught Connie Hawkins, a Sandy victim from the Ortley Beach section of Toms River, who rushed to the scene after spotting the smoke while she was at the bank, depositing her FEMA check, no less.

"How much more can we take?"

Was this really happening? The borough of Seaside Heights, which raced the calendar to finish the extreme makeover of its storm-damaged boardwalk in time for Memorial Day, had scheduled a bonfire on the beach this weekend to celebrate its centennial.

The festival is called "New Heights," but this is a new low.

Some said they feared that the fire might turn out to be even more damaging than Sandy.

"The hurricane took out some of the boardwalk. It was salvageable," said Sherry Jacoby of Seaside Park. "You ain't salvaging nothing from this."


I have never been to the Jersey Shore, but I know there is a VERY decadent show that has been playing for years on cable called Jersey Shore.  The show is about a bunch of single twenty-somethings who get hammered drunk on the Jersey Shore and then all see who they can have sex with that night.  Of course it has enjoyed some of the highest ratings on MTV as the teen audience can't get enough of the sex, partying and drama that the show glorifies.

Also it is interesting that the festival planned was called "New Heights"....and I think of how the people of the ancient world all got together to build a tower into the heights of heaven.  Of course we know that is the tower was called "Babel"....and we know that God came down from heaven and put a stop to that.

I'm not saying that God destroyed the Jersey Shore...but you can make up your own minds about the biggest hurricane EVER destroying the place and then as soon as it was got destroyed again.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pope Francis Assures Atheists

In our previous post we mentioned that many prophecy watchers believe that the Vatican is going to play a role in the ONE WORLD RELIGION that the Bible says is coming.

So what would we expect to find in a one-world-religion?  The first word that comes to mind would be INCLUSION.  Everyone is included!  All paths lead to god!!  If it feels good to you...then do it!!  "God doesn't make junk" if he made you, you are just doing what god created you to do!!  Just follow your heart!!

That sounds awesome!!  So if men are created for sex...then why have we been limiting ourselves to one woman that we call "wife"?  Why have we been denying ourselves for so long?  Make love...not war!!  My conscience feels great!!!  My heart feels free!!!

2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
So it shouldn't surprise us when we see some recent comments by the Pope that push the world towards the belief that even atheists are under God's long as they listen to their conscience!
In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.” 

In July, Francis signalled a more progressive attitude on sexuality, asking: “If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?”


So let me get my heart around this.....if I'm an atheist and my heart and conscience tell me that my behavior is OK...then I'm gonna be cool with the god that I don't believe in?  I like it!!

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:5
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
Jeremiah 18:12
But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”
NOW PAY ATTENTION TO THIS VERSE AS YOU PONDER THE POPE'S COMMENTS about atheists following their conscience....
Jeremiah 23:17
They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

Are We Living in the Last Days?

First off, let me start out by saying that the Bible would confirm we ARE living in the Last Days.  The Last Days started when Jesus rose from the dead and conquered death.  They started when He sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to indwell in all who put their faith in Christ.

But more specifically, how many of us believe we are living in the VERY LAST DAYS?

It turns out that 41% of Americans over the age of 18 believe that we are living in the end times as described by prophecies in the Bible.

Wow!  Who would have guessed??

Also pay attention to this strange statistic:  While 77% of Evangelicals believe we are in these times...73% of Catholics believe that we ARE NOT.

A startling proportion of Americans believe that we’re currently living in the End Times, according to a stunning new poll that was conducted by the Barna Group, a research firm that focuses on faith. In fact, more than four in 10 individuals (41 percent) over the age of 18 believe that “the world is currently living in the ‘end times’ as described by prophecies in the Bible.”
While this number is certainly noteworthy, among various cohorts, the results were even more stunning. While 54 percent of Protestants agreed that we are currently living in these times, the vast majority of evangelicals — 77 percent, to be exact — embrace this same sentiment.
Meanwhile, more generally, Catholics took on very different views on the matter. Seventy-three percent felt that the End Times are not upon us; 45 percent of practicing Catholics (a more narrow group) answering affirmatively, though, potentially showing a closer tie between the literal practice of faith and the belief in End Times theology.
On the racial front, there were also some intriguing disparities. While 39 percent of white Americans said that we’re living in the End Times, 48 percent of Hispanics and 54 percent of African Americans said the same. Those who are married (46 percent) and families with kids at home (47 percent) reported the same. Both of these latter statistics are larger than the national average (41 percent).
The thought-provoking question was commissioned by WatchWORD Bible New Testament producer Jim Fitzgerald, whose Bible digitization project was featured by TheBlaze back in May 2012. The results of the intriguing curiosity shocked him, as the numbers ended up much higher than he had anticipated.
“Even I was surprised by the findings. I thought the numbers could possibly be as low as 10% for the overall population and maybe 30% for Christians in general, or less,” he said. “I had no way to know before the survey. But the response of the overall population was higher than what I expected from Christians, and the Evangelical’s response was nearly twice what I thought.”
The original question, “Do you, personally, believe that the world is currently living in the ‘end times’ as described by prophecies in the Bible, or not?,” was asked of 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in a Barna Group survey that was conducted online from July 29 through Aug. 1, 2013. The sample was representative of all U.S. adults, with a margin or error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.
The study comes on the cusp of a plethora of interest in the Bible’s End Times theology. While some might argue that 1,000 is a small sample size, it is considered scientifically sound. Past studies have also found that nearly four in 10 Americans see some of the signs and events of late to be evidence of the End Times as well, corroborating some of the elements in this most recent inquiry.
Regardless of where you stand, interest in the subject is nowhere near subsiding.
Of the Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals that you know personally....which group do you believe spends the most time reading and studying their Bibles?
Isn't that strange that 3/4 of Evangelicals believe that SOMETHING BIG is happening....while 3/4 of Catholics believe everything is as it always is?
Isn't it strange that the Catholic Pope has been leaning towards the idea that ALL PATHS lead to the the same God? (I think we will blog on this in our next post)
Isn't it interesting how MANY prophecy watchers believe that the VATICAN is going to play a big role in the ONE WORLD RELIGION that will take over the world AFTER THE RAPTURE?
Friends, we have NO IDEA if Jesus is coming today or in 1000 years.  Jesus says we will never know the day or hour when He will come for his bride...BUT...He did give us all the signs to watch for and Paul said we would not be surprised because we are children of the light and NOT children of the darkness. (1 Thessalonians)
Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
Just think about it......

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top 1% Get Biggest Income Slice EVER

It would appear that America is moving into the realm of either SUPER RICH, barely getting by or poor....those would be the 3 classifications.  No doubt the middle class is dying.  A recent poll found that the vast majority of Americans don't have $500 in savings and would have no way to get $500 if they really needed it!

And of course we are all well aware of the 48,000,000 folks on food stamps who clearly don't have enough money to buy their own food.

So this headline shouldn't really surprise us.

Top 1% take biggest income slice on record

The gulf between the richest 1% of the USA and the rest of the country got to its widest level in history last year.

The top 1% of earners in the U.S. pulled in 19.3% of total household income in 2012, which is their biggest slice of total income in more than 100 years, according to a an analysis by economists at the University of California, Berkeley and the Paris School of Economics at Oxford University.

The richest Americans haven't claimed this large of a slice of total wealth since 1927, when the group claimed 18.7%. The analysis is based on data from Internal Revenue Service data.

One of the economists behind the research, Emmanuel Saez of the University of California, Berkeley, is a top researcher in the topic of wealth and income inequality. He won the John Bates Clark medal last year. The Clark medal is awarded to the most promising economists under the age of 40. Past winners have includes Paul Krugman of Princeton University, Lawrence Summers and Steve Levitt, co-author of "Freakonomics."

In a separate analysis, Saez found the top 1% of earnings posted 86% real income growth between 1993 and 2000. Meanwhile, the real income growth of the bottom 99% of earnings rose 6.6%.


Of course the liberals among us would point to this information and say, "We need to tax the heck out of that 1% and give it to the rest of the folks who have nothing!"

Of course the conservatives among us would say, why aren't more people willing to work hard, study hard and keep their noses clean so they can make something for themselves?  How is stealing other people's wealth going to make things better for anybody??  It's called STEALING!!"

And of course history says that a society won't last very long when the Middle class disappears.  Revolution and anarchy are usually around the corner someplace.

The Bible would probably confirm that society gets to this point because of SIN.  We have the sin of greed, the sin of idolatry, the sin of sloth...and when you mix in drugs, alcoholism, divorce, boys raised with no dads to give them Godly advice, girls acting like tramps and having kids out of wedlock, and a public school system run by liberals, graduating kids from high school who can't read or make a real stew full of mess.

I seriously doubt a Republican or a Tea Partier or a Libertarian is going to be able to pull this country back from the abyss.  I believe it is going to take an act of God to bail out this sinking ship.

We are dying because of a famine...not of food but of the Word of  God.

So what do we do in the meantime??  Keep spreading the Good News of Jesus to every person that God puts in your path.

If the 1 billion folks on earth who claim to be Christians could disciple ONE PERSON in the next year and then those 2 billion could each disciple ONE PERSON the following year....the entire 7 billion folks on planet earth would all be Christ followers in less than 3 years!!

"Go and make disciples...", said Jesus.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Global Cooling?!

What???  Here I had just sold all my winter clothes and now the scientists are saying it's no longer GLOBAL WARMING we need to worry about, but GLOBAL COOLING!

I know one thing, I am still waiting for someone to answer why all the glaciers melted off over MN some thousands of years ago??  Was that also called global warming?  Could it have been caused by too many people cooking Mammoth meat over wood fires??...or possibly flatulent bison herds numbering in the millions??

A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 per cent.

The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.

Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.

The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left ice-bound and a cruise ship attempting the route was forced to turn back.

Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century – a process that would expose computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming as dangerously misleading.

The disclosure comes 11 months after The Mail on Sunday triggered intense political and scientific debate by revealing that global warming has ‘paused’ since the beginning of 1997 – an event that the computer models used by climate experts failed to predict.

In March, this newspaper further revealed that temperatures are about to drop below the level that the models forecast with ‘90 per cent certainty’.

The pause – which has now been accepted as real by every major climate research centre – is important, because the models’ predictions of ever-increasing global temperatures have made many of the world’s economies divert billions of pounds into ‘green’ measures to counter  climate change.

Those predictions now appear gravely flawed.


Their predictions appear gravely flawed??  You mean to tell me that mankind has no control over solar storms, solar winds, underground hot springs in the ocean, ocean currents, volcanic dust, humidity levels, the jet stream and about 50 other mega-factors that add to what we call "weather"?

You mean to tell me that man isn't even steering this huge rock called earth?  You mean we have no control over where we are going??  That's simply unbelievable!!  Who is driving this ride anyway??

The Lord Speaks

38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors
    when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
    and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
    and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
    here is where your proud waves halt’?
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
    or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
    and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
    its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light,
    and their upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
    or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
    Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
    Tell me, if you know all this.

Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar Assad

I watched some of the interview this morning on CBS NEWS.  Assad says that Obama and Co. have offered NO EVIDENCE that the Syrian government forces were behind the ALLEGED chemical attack.

He goes on to tell Charlie that if the USA strikes his country...the USA should 'expect everything' in the form of retaliation...and that the retaliation could come from his government forces and also the friends of his government.

Syrian President Bashar Assad warned America and its allies to expect multiple forms of retaliation, possibly including a chemical attack, if the US goes ahead with a military strike on Syria, in remarks published Monday by CBS News.

Assad, speaking to Charlie Rose in a Damascus interview, said Syria was “not the only player in the region” and, if an attack occurs, the US and allies in return “should expect everything. Not necessarily from the government.”

“You have different parties, you have different factions, you have different ideology. You have everything in this region now,” Assad said, in what CBS News said was likely a reference to his close allies Iran and Hezbollah, which have threatened to hit Israel.

When asked if the response to a US attack could include chemical weapons, the Syrian leader replied that “it could happen” but only “if the rebels or the terrorists in this region or any other group have it.”
“I don’t know. I’m not a fortune teller,” Assad added. Damascus currently maintains that rebel groups hold chemical weapons.
The possible US strike would come in response to a reported chemical attack by the Syrian regime in late August that left some 1,400 people dead according to an American assessment. Obama is hoping to get approval from Congress later this week for  a “limited” punitive response.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials have assessed a “low” probability of the Assad regime or its allies hitting Israel in response to a US-led attack on Syria, though Syrian and Iranian leaders have repeatedly threatened to strike Israel if Obama goes ahead with military intervention.
Of course, what would we EXPECT him to say?  He certainly isn't going to admit he knew about the chemical attack...even if he did!  And he certainly isn't going to say, "Oh please, please, please America!!  Don't attack us!!  I am terrified for my life!!" 
So while it is interesting to watch the interview, I seriously doubt we will LEARN anything new about Syria and/or Assad.
Meanwhile the rumors of war continue to build.....