Saturday, September 28, 2013

America's Only Hope, Part 2

Pastor Greg Laurie has a daily devotional and last week he submitted; America's Only Hope, Part 1, which we posted.

Today he follows up with Part 2.  Suffice it to say that he believes (and I agree) that America has one of two paths to choose from;  Revival and the people repent and turn to God, OR, judgment.

The warnings of pending judgment seem to be everywhere as we watch fires, floods and hurricanes like we have never seen before.  And now we are on the precipice of financial mayhem as Congress can't agree on how much more money we should put on our credit card.

America's Only Hope, Part 2

In our country, we have had three great spiritual awakenings, perhaps four. The first, during the 1700s, was led by such men as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield. During just two years of this revival, from 1740 to 1742, some 25,000 to 50,000 people were added to the New England churches. This, out of a population of only 300,000!

The Second Great Awakening (1790s to 1840) was led by many, including Charles Finney. It was the time of the Wild West. The law was disregarded and sexual sin was rampant. Through "camp meetings," where crowds as high as 15,000 would gather for several days (an incredible figure considering the scanty population of that time), thousands came to faith—more than 10,000 in Kentucky alone between 1800 and 1803.

The Third Great Awakening in America was from about 1857 to 1859. How this revival began is unique. A 48-year-old businessman named Jeremiah Lanphier began a prayer meeting on Fulton Street in New York City. It began slowly and soon exploded. It is worth noting that the New York Stock Market crashed around this time and soon Lanphier's prayer meeting was attended by hundreds of people. Prayer meetings broke out all over New York City, filling theaters on Broadway.

Within six months, 10,000 people gathered daily for prayer throughout New York City! It is reported that 50,000 New Yorkers were converted from March to May. During that single year, the number of reported conversions throughout the country reached an average of 50,000 a week for a couple of years. There were 10,000 additions to church membership weekly. Over one million people came to Christ in this brief period. One of the men who came out of this revival was a former shoe salesman known as D.L. Moody, who personally led countless thousands to Christ! But look at how it all started. One simple "layman" decided to pray, and it started a wave that impacted the nation! It was an extraordinary move of the Holy Spirit!

Finally, there was the Jesus Movement. I was privileged to have a front-row seat as I was one of the kids who came to faith during that time. There is no question in my mind that it was a modern-day revival.

Things were bleak in the late '60s. The country was in turmoil. Bomb drills in classrooms were mandatory. The Cuban Missile Crisis brought us to the brink of nuclear confrontation with Russia. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, as well as his brother Bobby, and Martin Luther King Jr. The Vietnam War was raging, with no end in sight. Watergate was about to happen. Kids were rebelling against society and turning to drugs, sex, and Rock & Roll. The slogan of the time was "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out."

The church, by and large, was not effectively reaching the public. In 1966, Time Magazine even did a cover story titled "Is God Dead?" Some liberal Protestant theologians announced that indeed He was. Nothing like this had ever happened in America before. But God intervened and brought the Jesus Movement and it saved a generation. Thousands and thousands of young people came to Christ, and the church was influenced globally by what God did through the Jesus Movement.

But that was over 40 years ago. The kids of this movement are now grandparents! Now we look at this generation and we realize we need another Jesus Movement—another spiritual awakening. Even our own children, raised in the church, need their own encounter with God. What we want is to see the Lord do it again!

The prophet Habakkuk understood this when he prayed this prayer: "I have heard all about you, LORD, and I am filled with awe by the amazing things you have done. In this time of our deep need, revive Your work, as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to save us. And in your anger, remember your mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2).

Psalm 85:6 says, "Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" But how badly do we really want to see another revival? I asked Chuck Smith if we would ever see another Jesus Movement. "We are living in desperate times," he said, "but we are not desperate for revival!"

In the Tribulation Period, millions will come to Christ! In Revelation 7, we read of a multitude so large they could not be numbered. We know there has been revival in the past. And we know there will be revival in the future. But will there be revival in the present?

I am praying there will be. I am praying for America.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Green Sailors" Trapped in the Arctic

The BBC said the arctic would be ice free by 2013!  And the liberals KNOW the BBC is never wrong... so some sailors brought their boats up there hoping to be the first dudes to sail through the Northwest Passage.

Now here is the problem...the ice came on so fast that their boats are stuck in the ice.

So much for scientists KNOWING what's up with "man-made climate change".

Churchville, VA—The naïve advice of ardent activists can kill. Last spring, Paul Beckwith of Sierra Club Canada predicted that the Arctic seas would be ice-free ice this summer. (So did Britain’s BBC network.)  This exciting adventure opportunity attracted a variety of yachts, sailboats, rowboats, and kayaks owners to try sailing the fabled Northwest Passage.

As a former sailboat owner I can understand their excitement, but my heart aches for the agonies they now face. The Arctic sea ice suddenly expanded 60% this fall, after the coldest summer in the modern Alaska temperature record. The passage is now impassable. More than a dozen of the boats are trapped, apparently even including a group of tiny American jet-ski “personal watercraft” that were attempting to cross from the east coast of Russia to the North Atlantic.  Arctic observers are now warning that even Canadian icebreakers might not be able to rescue them.

The boaters ignored major warning signs. The planet has not warmed appreciably in at least 15 years. NASA told us in 2007 that the Pacific Ocean had shifted into the cool phase of its 60-year cycle and that fact predicted cooler winters until 2030.

Friends, I'm 100% in favor of taking care of our planet, our streams, lakes, rivers, farmland etc... but pretty sure God is in control of ocean currents, rainfall, storms, clouds, solar storms, ocean tides, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Someone should notify Al Gore and give him this inconvenient Truth.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

U.S. Default Risk is Real

America ALWAYS pays its bills...right?

Well...umm....yes.  We have always figured out a way to beg, borrow, print or use "creative accounting" methods to make good on any payments that we are obligated to make.

So that will NEVER change...right??

Money lenders trust America so implicitly that they generally dismiss the risk it won't pay its debts. But in the US capital, fears are growing that political dysfunction might trigger the unthinkable.
Government veterans from both political parties are aghast that lawmakers openly speak of managing a default that could be triggered next month if they don't authorise more borrowing.

Another reason for concern is that the debate over the debt ceiling appears stuck on a Republican demand for big spending cuts in exchange for raising the $US16.7 trillion ($17.8 trillion) borrowing limit.

This could be too tall an order because Washington is already slashing spending on almost everything but the welfare state. To go further, Congress would likely have to make cuts in sacrosanct programs like pensions and healthcare for the elderly, something lawmakers appear loath to do.

"The ingredients to put together a deal are diminishing," said Tony Fratto of consultancy firm Hamilton Place Strategies, which advises investors on the workings of Washington. "Only the tough choices are there," said Fratto, who was a spokesman at the White House and Treasury during the Bush administration.

Most discussion in Congress in recent days hasn't even been focused on the debt ceiling. Rather, lawmakers are racing to approve legislation to keep most government offices running past this month when budgets are due to expire.

Now even the Treasury secretary, whose role usually includes telegraphing confidence to Wall Street, is expressing concern about the nation's ability to keep paying the bills.

"I am nervous by the desire to drive this to the last minute," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told a business forum last week. Lew described himself as "anxious."

And well he should be, said Steve Bell, an analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which estimates the government will begin defaulting on its obligations between October 18 and November 5.

Bell, a Republican and a former staff director at the Senate Budget Committee, said he hasn't worried this much about the prospect of default in his four decades in Washington.

A US default would rock Wall Street and quite possibly trigger another economic crisis in a nation still struggling to recover from the 2007-09 recession. Borrowing costs could spike across the economy.


The "unthinkable" could happen??  What does 'unthinkable' even mean??  After all, I can think about a lot of "what ifs".

Awww...who cares?  They'll figure something out.  I simply can't concern myself with these fancy matters...I have a golf game at 3pm, I'm having dinner with my wife at Applebees at 6:30 and the latest episode of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) is on at 8PM....says Obama.

"People will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, pretty much carrying on as if nothing will ever change...until destruction comes upon them it was in the Days of shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man."  --Jesus--  (yes, I am paraphrasing)

Hey!...I know what a country should do that's teetering on the very edge of bankruptcy....let's implement a brand new, huge government health care system and call it ObamacCare!!  That should make the people happy!!  They'll love me for it!!

Happy Deficit Day!

Today marks the day that Uncle Sam officially has spent all the money that he collected from tax revenues!  For the rest of 2013 (97 more days) he will need to borrow every cent that he spends!

Since 1960, Uncle Sam has been in the habit...and deficit day gets moved earlier and earlier.

How long can a nation do that before serious problems erupt?

'Deficit Day" is here again, marking the day the U.S. government runs out of money and begins adding to the nation's already-enormous debt. Despite the $2.7 trillion the federal government collects every year from Americans in the form of income, payroll, corporate, estate and excise taxes, as well as tariffs, fees and other sources, on a calendar year basis the money runs out Sept. 25, at around 3 p.m.

Washington is spending at the rate of over $10 billion per day and from this point until Dec. 31 every dollar it spends will add to the nation's debt—which is already nearly $17 trillion. (This is a separate calculation from the overall federal debt limit, which will be reached in the next few weeks.)

Income, or no income, the government certainly won't stop spending.

This is not fiscal responsibility. Through the payroll tax, the government has simply raised tax revenues at the expense of people who are already overtaxed. Had the government simply held spending constant from last year, Deficit Day would have been shifted 30 days into the future, not 16. But a politician with more money in his hand is a politician who will soon be on a spending spree.

There are only a few possible eventual outcomes if this continues: The government will either print money to pay for its deficits, unleashing unprecedented inflation; it will gut social programs like Social Security and Medicare; or it will dramatically increase taxes on everyone down to, and including, the middle class.

The laws of mathematics can't be rewritten by political desires or "unified budget" accounting gymnastics. Our leaders need to face the truth and get our country's fiscal house in order before Deficit Day becomes Bankruptcy Day.


Gut Social Security?!  Gut Medicare?!  What??  They can't do that!!  That would lead to anarchy and unrest!!  They would have to declare martial law to keep the masses under control if that happened.  Look at Greece, for heaven's sake!!  The people won't stand for it!!  We want our benefits!!  We want our benefits!  We don't care how you give them to us...we don't care if you have to steal the money from our grand kids....JUST GIVE US OUR BENEFITS!! 

I will remind you that America isn't mentioned in the biblical Last where do you think this once great country has gone?

"The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil."

Well one this is for sure...we Americans sure love our money!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Big Problems Coming for China

What happens to a society that starts to kill and abort their little female that one day they have 50,000,000 more men than they do women?

What do you think men end up doing when they have no women to civilize them, settle them down and give them a healthy release of sexual tension?

Yep!  War, crime and violence!!  Well then, that's what China has to look forward to!

The following comes from one of the many market analysts that I can decide for yourselves what to always.

China will be the first emerging country to see its demographic spending trends slow, as a result of its infamous one-child policy, which dates back to the 1970s.

Back then, limiting the number of children each couple could have was a natural response to the problem of a poor, yet rapidly growing population.

But its implications today, and for the coming decades, are ominous.

Already China’s workforce growth has slowed in recent years. It will plateau for the next decade and then fall in the decades after that, just like what happened in Japan and what’s in store for other East Asian countries.

But there is more to the story than that…

You see, the Chinese, like most East Asian people, prefer to have male children. So today, there is a stark gender imbalance in China. The country’s population consists of 51.9% men and only 48.1% women, as you’ll see in the chart below.

That’s a 3.8% gap, which totals 50 million people!
This is a problem because, when a society has too many men, there’s an increased tendency towards more violent crimes and more crimes against property (as a look at history shows). And countries with a culture of male dominance also have lower birth rates.

Economist Lena Edland estimates that for every 1% gap between men and women in a population, such crimes increase by 6%. That makes me glad I don’t live in China.

During times of civil unrest, such inclinations could be devastating. And China’s heading straight down that road. With its dual strategies of overbuilding everything and moving rural farmers off their land and into urban high rises, where they’re utterly unskilled to survive, civil unrest looms on the horizon.

But it goes even further than that.

In China they have a cultural tradition that requires women to marry men of higher stature. That is, the man must be taller, older and have a higher education than his bride to be. He must also earn more money than her. That means B-grade women marry A-grade men, and so on down the line.

This is now a problem because so many Chinese women have elevated their status through education and career progression. Now the country is left to contend with a hoard of leftover A-grade, professional women. These ladies can’t find a husband, so now they’re not having kids.

It also leaves gangs of D-grade men who can’t find wives… and they’re most likely to be unemployed and of the criminal persuasion.

The result is that China’s birth rate is heading south. Already, at 1.55 (replacement is 2.1), it has the lowest birth rates per woman of any major emerging country. In comparison, India’s birth rate is 2.65.

Certainly, China’s birth rate is not the worst out there. Spain’s birth rate is 1.48 per woman. In Greece it’s 1.40. In Japan it’s 1.39, in Poland it’s 1.32, in the Ukraine it’s 1.29, in South Korea it’s 1.24 and in Singapore it’s 0.79.

A quickly declining, male-dominated population doesn’t bode well for China’s economy, nor any of those East Asian, European and Scandinavian countries.

There is really only one solution: Encourage immigration. Unfortunately, this is not something the Chinese government is actively considering. Besides, who would want to immigrate to China? It has the worst pollution in the world and an almost impossible language to learn.

All of the other countries with birth rates well below replacement level are equally reticent to welcome foreign workers into their workforce.

The reality is kids are the future.

Without them innovation stalls, then spending declines, then political change slows and investments stagnate, or wane.

But the world’s a different place today than it was back in 1800. Women are a force to be reckoned with in the workforce.

Cultures that don’t adapt to that will slowly die. Yes. Even China.

It’s their choice, but the outcome, if they remain stuck in their past, is inevitable.

Now think about it....the Bible says that the Kings of the East will gather a 200,000,000 man army to march over the dried up Euphrates River to prepare for the final assault.....

Now think about the entire world who has hitched our wagon to the enormous engine of China!!  She was going to be the country to buy all our debt and make all our stuff!

No doubt, history shows us that countries who have big male populations inevitably go to war....and readers of the Bible know that a big one is on the not distant horizon.

States Move Ahead With Food Stamp Cuts

What happens to a nation when 1 in 6 of its citizens can't afford to feed themselves so end up relying on a government program to buy food?

What happens when that same government can't afford to fund said program?

I'm sure when the program was put on the books it was most likely believed it was needed to feed a few thousand people who had fallen on tough times....and in their wildest dreams had no idea it would be called upon by 48,000,000 Americans.

Some states are already embracing deep cuts to the food stamp program similar to those passed by House Republicans in Washington, ending the food subsidy for tens of thousands of low-income Americans regardless of what Congress does.

Spurred by the ballooning cost of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the GOP-dominated House voted Thursday 217-210 to cut $39 billion in the food assistance program over 10 years. Among the changes: Ending waivers for states that during the recession allowed as many as 4 million people to collect food stamps who otherwise would not have qualified.

The fate of the congressional legislation is uncertain. The Senate approved much smaller reductions, and the White House threatened to veto any large cuts to food stamps.

But in six states—Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming—similar reductions are already in place, or soon will be. Two more states will join them once their waivers expire, potentially taking away food stamps from tens of thousands of current recipients.


What???  Obama promised to veto any cuts to food stamps??? 

Well, there is a surprise...who would you suppose people on food stamps vote for when elections come up...Democrats or Republicans?? 

Of course the Apostle Paul said clearly, "If a man won't work then he shouldn't eat."

No doubt there are good people who have had bad breaks that NEED help buying food....but since WHEN did the U.S. Government come up with the grand idea that it was THEIR job to legislate a program in which to do that?

Maybe the local church should be figuring out a way to care for ITS MEMBERS who have fallen on tough times?  Maybe the care and love that we give each other would make unbelievers JEALOUS of the love and care that we have for our widows and orphans and would end up being attracted to what we have??  Maybe they would come to their local church when hard times come and would end up witnessing the hands and feet of Jesus and accept the Lord as the Savior?

What if we all added up all the money we pay in taxes that end up going to social programs and instead paid that same money into our local church's benevolent fund?  Can you imagine the money that would be in there managed by God's people to care for God's people? 

Can you imagine what a different country this would now be if the churches cared for their own folks instead of people running to the bankrupt government with their hands out expecting to be fed, clothed, housed and given FREE medical care??

Monday, September 23, 2013

America's Only Hope, Part 1

1000 year floods in Colorado, Obama out of control and clueless, Russia beginning to shine, gay marriage sweeping the nation, Supreme Courts over ruling the people and setting aside laws, national bankruptcy, government shut down if debt ceiling isn't raised, another mass shooting, living together more popular than marriage, pornography explosion, 3000 babies ripped from the wombs every single day.....WHAT HOPE DO WE HAVE???  What will become of this once great nation??

I know many of you get his daily devotional, but for those who don't I wanted to share Pastor Laurie's daily devotional from this past weekend.

I agree with him...if we DON'T have a revival then God's judgment is inevitable...and MAY have already we are being dismantled by almost daily tragedies.

America's Only Hope, Part 1

What is the future of the United States of America? Are we doomed to just go the way that so many other once-great nations have gone? Is America headed to the ash heap of history? Are our greatest days behind us, or could they still yet be ahead? Is there any hope for America?

No one can answer those questions with any certainty, but we know this much: America is the not the superpower of the last days. The greatest nation on earth is conspicuous in her absence from the world stage in the end-times scenario given to us in the Bible. America is not the first, nor will it be the last, nation to rise and fall. Every nation's days are numbered; America is no exception.

Rome was once the mightiest empire on the face of the earth. But she collapsed internally before she was conquered externally. We as a country can be diligent to guard against enemies on the outside, but we would be wise to look within.

Historian Will Durant, in his book on Rome's history, Caesar and Christ, said, "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals. . .."

The difference between Rome and the U.S. is that we were founded on Judeo-Christian values. We've strayed from the original vision of our founding fathers, the vision that produced "America."

What was once "freedom of religion" has now become "freedom from religion." We have succeeded in getting God out of our schools, sporting events, public venues, and workplaces. Instead of Christmas, when we should focus on Jesus, we have Happy Holidays and Winter Solstice. Instead of Good Friday and Easter, we have Spring Break. It seems to me that America has gone out her way of late to turn from God. But America needs God's intervention.

We saw many turn to the Lord after 9/11. Remember those prayer vigils on street corners and packed churches? Remember the members of Congress spontaneously singing "God Bless America"? These memories give me hope that there could be at least one more great revival in America's future.

If we do not have revival, I do believe that judgment is inevitable. Peter Marshall, former chaplain to the U.S. Senate once said, "The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration."

God was able to turn the very wicked nation of Nineveh around in the days of Jonah. We know there have been some great spiritual awakenings in our history as well. Let's pray that America will turn back to God in these last days.

Good News Coming From Egypt?

Let's review; 
Egypt had a strongman dictator named Mubarak.  During the Arab Spring some protesters showed up and demanded that he step down.  Obama dilly-dallied and ended up saying something stupid like, "The people of Egypt deserve their freedom!"...and with that, Mubarak got thrown out.  Now, enter the Muslim Brotherhood who were well organized and ended up winning the first free elections in Egypt.  Of course the Muslim Brotherhood has the destruction of Israel, America and the imposition of Sharia law right in their we know these dudes are Muslim extremists who do not know the definition of PEACE.  The military stood on the sidelines and watched Mubarak get pulled down.  Now one year later the military goes in and throws out the Muslim Brotherhood and its elected president by the name of Muhammad Morsi.  When some people protest the overthrow, the military shoots dead some hundreds of people...basically telling them to shut the heck up!!  Of course what the military did was referred to as a Coup-de-tat...but never mind that.

So is this all GOOD NEWS or BAD NEWS??

Well, for now we are going to call it GOOD NEWS!!


Because the General of Egypt's Military has been very cooperative with Israel in identifying terrorists. Also, he has told Hamas in Gaza that if they go after Israel that Egypt's military will cut them off at the knees.

Now today we read this in the headline news;

An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates and ordered a seizure of the movement’s assets in a dramatic escalation of a sweeping crackdown that has already put its leadership and thousands of its supporters behind bars.

Monday's ruling could cripple the Brotherhood’s extensive network of social service provision across the country, potentially affecting millions and striking at the heart of the organization's broad support among the Egyptian public during the decades when it was blocked from participation in the political system. 

Since former President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in a July military coup, the Brotherhood and Egypt’s wider Islamist community have faced an unprecedented wave of repression, backed by a popular sentiment that the Brotherhood’s year in power had been disastrous and that its supporters are turning to terrorism. 

Over eight decades, the Brotherhood developed a reputation as a benevolent ally of Egypt’s economically marginalized communities. But this was severely undermined during Morsi’s year in office as the economy nosedived and Brotherhood members were dragged into dirty political battles, and service provision was often concentrated in swing-vote areas.

According to Steven Brooke, a research associate with the Center for the National Interest and an expert on the Brotherhood’s medical provisions, the extent to which Monday’s ruling will affect Egypt's most vulnerable hinges on the level of enforcement. Brotherhood-affiliated hospitals treated more than a million cases in 2011, he says. 

“There are other Islamic organizations that may be able to pick up some of the slack,” Mr. Brooke says, “but no matter how you slice it, if the regime decides to truly end these organizations, many Egyptians will feel the repercussions.”

As Egypt’s military-backed interim authorities seek to forge ahead with fresh elections, they are reversing key changes made during Morsi’s tenure. Egypt is likely to completely rewrite the constitution adopted under Morsi, a spokesman for the committee amending it said on Sunday. The document had been widely condemned for failing to guarantee human rights, especially those of women and religious minorities.


Egypt has a wonderful promise in store for it at some point in the future (we are guessing it will be fulfilled after Christ returns to set up his kingdom on earth)

Isaiah 19:21
So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.

Isaiah 19:23-25

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together
In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.
The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

BUT....they are first going to endure a lot of trials and tribulation;
Isaiah 19:16-17
In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them.
 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them.
So let's all keep our eyes on Egypt, because she is a NAMED PLAYER in the Last Days and certainly she is now on stage for all the world to see.
And most importantly, keep listening for that trumpet call!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

No One Will Come to Israel's Aid

The Bible says a day is coming when no nation will come to Israel's aid as she is being readied for destruction by her enemies.

Where is America?  I don't know but a few possibilities would be that the rapture has happened and America is in such disarray that she can't send help.  Or maybe we are so bankrupt and beholden to China and Russia that we can't afford it and can't risk offending our lenders?  Or maybe the spirit of anti-semitism has so taken over the Western world that we just say, "the Jews will have to figure this one out."

Ultimately God will be the savior of Israel when that day comes...and the Bible hints that when that happens that some big spiritual things will go down in Israel that begin to turn them back to God.

With that as a backdrop...check out this article and I will bold the prophetic sentence that caught my eye.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Iran is on course to develop a nuclear bomb within six months and time has run out for further negotiations, a senior Israeli minister said.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Iran still believed it had room for maneuver in dealing with world powers, and that unless it faced a credible threat of U.S. military action, it would not stop its nuclear activities.

"There is no more time to hold negotiations," Steinitz, who is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with the Israel Hayom daily published on Friday.

The United States and its allies suspect Iran is working towards a nuclear weapons capability despite Tehran's insistence that its atomic program has only peaceful aims.

During four years of international negotiations over its disputed nuclear program, during which U.N.-sponsored sanctions have hit Iran's economy hard, Steinitz said the Islamic Republic had only improved its capabilities.

"If the Iranians continue to run, in another half a year they will have bomb capability," he said.
Israel has dismissed overtures to the West by new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and his pledge in an interview on U.S. television that Iran would never develop nuclear weapons.

"One must not be fooled by the Iranian president's fraudulent words," Netanyahu's office said in a statement on Thursday. "The Iranians are spinning in the media so that the centrifuges can keep on spinning."

Iran says its nuclear work is entirely peaceful and calls Israel's presumed atomic arsenal the bigger danger to the region.

Steinitz said Netanyahu had learned a lesson from Syria, where the world has stood largely by while over 100,000 people have died in two and a half years of civil war.

"It must be understood that no one will come to help us if, heaven forefend, we lose the ability to defend ourselves. Therefore we must do everything to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," he said.


All eyes are on Israel.  She is such a thorn in the side of this Satanic world!  How can this tiny little country a few miles wide with a few million people possibly be such a big deal to everyone??

Because it is God's covenant people.  Satan knows it and he is gathering the forces necessary to make one final swipe to see if he can't break God's eternal promise regarding Israel.  He knows he only has to be successful once...and then can point out to all of creation that God's word is not true!

Thank you Jesus that you have given us the end of the story!  We know how it ends!  You have perfectly upheld YOUR WORD and we have 100% confidence that your promises regarding Israel will also come to fruition!  Amen!