Friday, April 18, 2014

Will We See Christ's Return?

During this Good Friday as we contemplate the gravity of what Christ did for us on the cross...we look forward to Resurrection Sunday and the promise that Christ conquered death and that He is the example of what ALL OF US WHO TRUST IN HIM for salvation will become!!

So will we be the generation that Paul spoke of who NEVER SEE DEATH?  Could we be the ones who are alive to hear the trumpet call and get changed from our mortal bodies directly into immortal bodies capable of living in eternity with Christ??

The excitement of such a thought is awesome to ponder!!

With that as a backdrop, there has been much chatter in prophetic circles of what exactly the word "generation" actually means.  Is it 40 years?  70-80 years?  Or something else?

Remember, Jesus said that the generation that sees the return of Israel to its land will also see the end of all these things that he spoke of...meaning the Rapture, the Tribulation and the 2nd coming of Christ.  At least that's how many prophecy watchers view it...because the fig tree is Israel.

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.   -Matthew 24:30-36

One of the most perplexing and sought-after answers among students of Bible prophecy is the length of a generation.  There is much disagreement among both secular and religious writers concerning the length of a generation.  Is the length of a generation 40 years?  When Israel became a nation in 1948, some believed that Israel's birth date marked the beginning of the generation that would see all the events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ. This theory was based upon the generation alluded to in the parable of the fig tree, in which the fig tree was symbolic of the nation Israel. (For a more detailed study of the fig tree in Biblical history, see Judg 9:8-15; Jer 24:1-10; Lk 13:6-9; Mt 21:17-21; Mk 11:11-14, 20-21; Lk 19:41-44; Rom 11:1,2,25-27; Isa 66:8; Mt 24:32-51; Mk 13:28-37; Lk 21:29-36; and Rev 6:13.)

When 40 years passed in 1988 without fulfillment of any of the events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ, the 40-year generation theory fell into disrepute.  Either 1948 was not the starting date for the generation described in the fig tree parable, or a generation must be longer than 40 years, according to the theory.  Additional arguments put forth claimed that 1967, the year Jerusalem was captured, or some other future date could be the birth of the generation that would see the return of Christ.  

Some proponents of the "end times" generation theory questioned whether 40 years was actually the length of a generation today.  Is there any evidence to suggest that the length of a generation is longer than 40 years?  A few sources hold that a generation is now 20 to 30 years in length (but this better represents a generation "gap").  Other opinions range from 40 to 100 years.  Just how long is a generation today?  Is there an answer to the generation question?  

Disregarding untimely or unnatural deaths due to epidemics, famine, and war, there is evidence in the Scriptures and in recent history to support a 70 to 80 year life span for the past 3000 years.  The evidence for a 70 to 80 year life span was present during the 10th century B.C., during the reign of King David (c.1010-970). As David approached the end of his life, he was considered to be an old man by those living at that time. The Scriptures reveal that David served his generation and was seventy years old when he died (1 Chr 23:1; 2 Sam 5:4; 1 Kgs 2:10; Act 13:36). Perhaps the most significant declaration in the Bible for the life span of man is given in Psalm 90. The Psalmist states that the life span of man is seventy years, with eighty years being the upper range of normal life expectancy.


Read the entire article.  It is an interesting and exciting thing to ponder and study.

Remember, NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR of when the Rapture will happen...but the Bible is clear that we should certainly understand the season that we are in...and as you look around at all the signs that are lining up for the FIRST TIME IN HUMAN have to stand back and say, "Wow!!  Maybe any day now the trumpet will blow and we will get to see our Lord!!"

Be encouraged by these words.  Also please remember, IF WE REALLY BELIEVE THESE THINGS we should be spreading the Gospel and telling everyone we know that Jesus is the ONLY way to be with The Father in eternity.

Hat tip to Adam G.

More Dreams and Visions Leading to The Lord

I heard of a recent study that asked Americans to explain what Easter Sunday was all about.  As expected, only a very small percentage could tell you.  But even more concerning than that...almost 25% of those who claimed to be "Church Goers" couldn't explain it!!  It begs the question, "WHAT ARE THESE PASTORS PREACHING ABOUT??  AND IS ANYONE IN THE PEWS AWAKE??"

But take heart!  Even as America seems to be slipping into apostasy, unbelief and atheism, the Bride of Christ continues to grow!  Here is some encouraging news coming out of Iran.  All these millions of folks are our new brothers and sisters!!  Just imagine that!!

Not long after the Iran hostage crisis, the authorities arrested Hormoz Shariat’s 16-year-old brother, Hamraz, on a minor political charge. At the time, Hormoz was a new believer in America and was confident his brother, a political activist who had a small role with the Mujahedeen, would be released. But in 1984, after two years in jail, Shariat’s brother was executed by a firing squad.

Shocked by the news of his brother’s death, Shariat broke down crying, asking God why He let it happen. He felt anger toward God and the people who killed his brother. A few days later, Shariat told God he wanted revenge—but then he recalled the Bible’s words that say, “Vengeance is Mine” (Deut. 32:35; Rom. 12:19). Shariat told God he hated those who had killed his brother—but then he remembered Jesus said anyone who is angry with their brother has already murdered them in their heart (Matt. 5:21-22).

He says he felt the Lord saying to him in prayer, “You know who your enemy is? These people—the clergy and the leaders of Iran—are not your enemy. They are lost children. You have only one enemy. Satan has been working to bring about this injustice. If you want to hurt Satan, evangelize. It hurts him really bad when you bring people to Christ.”

As Shariat tells it, that’s when he committed himself to sharing the gospel the rest of his life.

“I had a vision that by the end of my life I could bring 1 million Muslims to know Him,” he says. “I also learned that God’s love is the greatest power we have to stop Islam and help Muslim captives be free.”

“It’s amazing,” says Shariat, who founded the satellite broadcasting ministry Iran Alive Ministries in 2001. “God is graciously appearing to people in visions, dreams and through miracles. Sometimes they have dreams or visions of Jesus, run across our satellite television broadcast, hear the gospel, and then they believe. They may have, as children, had dreams or saw visions of Jesus. The vision or dream prepares them for the gospel. Other times they watch our program, ask if this is true or not, and then they have a dream or vision that confirms what they heard.”

The remarkable growth of Christianity in a nation whose Islamic leaders are believed to be developing nuclear weapons and have called for the annihilation of Israel and America—labeling the U.S. as the “Great Satan” and Israel as the “Little Satan”—is certainly one of the most surprising developments in the Middle East in recent years.

While many factors play into what Rosenberg describes as a “historic spiritual awakening” in Iran, faith leaders say Shariat’s satellite broadcasts have played a key role. Rosenberg says, “Satellite television has been a game-changer in Iran, and Hormoz [Shariat] is at the forefront of that.”


Amazing!!  More reports of DREAMS AND VISIONS leading people to The Lord!!

Joel 2:28-31
...your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord."

"Hey Dennis.... So the dreams will happen BEFORE the Tribulation??"

Yep...that's what it says!!

"Hey Dennis...  Didn't we just have a blood moon last Monday and another three are coming in the next year and a half??"

Yep...that is correct!!

"Wow!!  Hey Dennis, with all the signs happening at the very same time and for the first time in human history...I better make sure I am right with the Lord and have accepted him as my savior!! Furthermore, I better be about spreading the Good News of the Gospel while I all my lost friends, family and neighbors!!  I love them and would hate the idea of them going to a Godless hell for all of eternity!"

Yes...we should ALL BE DOING THAT...while there is still daylight in which to work!!

"The harvest is at hand and the workers are few..."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Is the 2nd Coming Nigh?...asks Catholic Online

Of course NO MAN knows the day or the hour of when the Lord is going to come for us in the rapture....but it is interesting how many articles are talking about the END OF DAYS and ARMAGEDDON and even the return of Christ.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the early morning hours of this past April 15th, the moon slid into Earth's shadow, casting a reddish hue on the moon. While two lunar eclipses annually is expected, there will be four such blood moons within 18 months, in what astronomers call that a tetrad. Furthermore, all of them are scheduled to occur during Jewish holidays.

Authors of numerous books refer to a Bible passage that refers to the moon turning into blood. "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord," Joel 2:31 says.

Hagee says that something will happen to the nation of Israel due to the tetrad. The four eclipses occur on April 15 and Oct. 8, 2014, and April 4 and Sept. 28 next year. The ones in April occur during Passover, and the ones in October occur during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.

Hagee writes that every time a tetrad occurs on Jewish feast days, something traumatic and "world-changing" happens to Israel.

As evidence, Hagee cites that in 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain and Christopher Columbus discovered America, giving the Jews a place to go. In 1948, the modern state of Israel was born, and in 1967, Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem.

Hagee suggests that a Rapture will occur where Christians will be taken to heaven, Israel will go to war in a great battle called Armageddon, and Jesus will return to earth. 

NASA doesn't consider tetrads as especially rare, saying in a statement that there will be eight sets of tetrads before the year 2100. Experts say that the most unique thing about the upcoming tetrad is that they are visible from all or parts of the United States.

In the New Testament, Acts 2:20 reiterates the phenomenon: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord."

"Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs" by Washington state author Mark Biltz, "Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons" by Oklahoma pastor Mark Hitchcock and "Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change" by Texas mega-church pastor John Hagee are recent books on the phenomenon.

Hagee's book is currently fourth on The New York Times best-seller list in the advice/how to section. The controversial 74-year-old founder of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church tome has spent 152 days in Amazon's top 100 books.


There really wasn't and new information in the article, but the really interesting fact is that it was found posted right on the main page of GOOGLE NEWS.  And the headline said this:  IS THE SECOND COMING NIGH? 

So if The Lord did come back today, could anyone honestly say, "Wow!  I had no idea!!  Why the heck didn't you give us some signs so we could have known you were on your way??"

Did you see GOOGLE NEWS??  Have you heard the thousands of sermons warning we are in the Last Days??  Have you read the Bible?  Have you heard of any wars in the last 100 years?  Did you see the Jews regathered to their land?  Have you heard about all the earthquakes, volcanoes and strange storms and freakish weather?  Have you seen all the atheists and perverts taking over? Have you seen Christians marginalized and persecuted?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

U.S. Warns China About Their Currency

This has got to be a sticky situation to play:

"Hi China, this is Team Obama...we understand that you have loaned us $1 Trillion...and we understand that you make 90% of everything on our Walmart shelves...and we are really thankful for that...but....about your currency can we say this....ummm...we don't really like while we like to manipulate ours...we don't really like it when other countries do it.  Does that make sense?"

The Obama administration on Tuesday told Beijing it was watching the value of China's currency closely, expressing concern over its recent drop and saying it remains "significantly undervalued."

In a semiannual report to Congress, the U.S. Treasury stopped short of declaring China a currency manipulator, but singled it out among large U.S. trading partners for its currency practices.

"Recent developments in the ... exchange rate would raise particularly serious concerns if they presage renewed resistance to currency appreciation and a retreat from China's announced policy of reducing intervention and allowing the exchange rate to reflect market forces," the Treasury said.


Just remember what history has taught us....currency wars beget trade wars...and trade wars beget shooting wars...and shooting wars are really good for big business, especially the industrial/military complex.

So what could the USA do to punish China for holding their currency value down?  A trade war?

How about we threaten to stock our Walmarts from other sources, besides China?

Well, you know those pajamas you bought there last week for $4 and the swim trunks you bought for $8?.....yeah....well those are gonna cost $23 for the jammies shipped in from Sri Lanka...and the swim trunks are gonna be $29.99 for the ones made in Viet Nam.

"But Dennis...I want Walmarts to only stock stuff made in America!!  This is America!!!!  Go America!!  Wooh, whooh, whooh!!" (insert fist pumps)

Yeah....then try $46 for the jammies and $50 for the swim trunks.

"But Dennis, if that's true and we spend all our money on American-made could my family afford to eat out at Applebee's 4 nights per week and Perkins 3 nights per week like we currently do?!?  We would have no food!!"

Now, go to the video store or get on Netflix and rent the movie, DEATH BY CHINA...and you may begin to understand the depth and breadth of the problem.

"But Dennis...this is America...the greatest country in all the earth...and it ALWAYS will be!"

To which I would tell you to go read Pastor Erwin Lutzer's book, WHEN A NATION FORGETS GOD.

One day, probably sooner than anyone can imagine, America will be on the dust-heap of history, along with Babylon, Iran, Greece, Rome, Spain and England.  I HOPE it's the Rapture that causes America's collapse...but of course there is no guarantee of that.

Bloomberg Says He Has Earned His Way to Heaven

Ex-mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg is the epitome of a liberal.  He made large soft drinks illegal...because they made people fat.  I'm guessing ice cream and pizza would be next on his list.

What an idiot!

Of course he is also anti-gun and believes if we could rid the country of guns then school shootings would cease.

Today we have Mr Bloomberg pronouncing the fact that he is going to heaven because he deserves it...Why?...because of all the money he has given to his "worthy causes" gun control.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

The $50 million could be significant: In recent years, the N.R.A. has spent only $20 million annually on political activities. The political groups affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are seeking to help Republicans take over the Senate, have spent about $30 million in the last six months.

The group will zero in on 15 target states, from places like Colorado and Washington State, where gun control initiatives have advanced recently, to territory that is likely to be more hostile like Texas, Montana and Indiana. They have set a goal of signing up one million new supporters this year on top of the 1.5 million they already have.


But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”


So in this uber-liberal's mind, giving money to stop smoking, control guns and fight fat is going to get him into heaven...IF THERE IS A GOD WHO HAS A HEAVEN!!

And he was the top dog in New York City for how long???

With leadership like this...can there be any wonder of why New York City is in such a mess?  And how many atheist-liberals like him are currently RUNNING OUR COUNTRY???

Hey Michael...maybe some submission to Jesus would get you started on the right foot?...maybe a little bit of humble pie should be on your menu?  Remember what God did to Nebuchadnezzar when he pridefully walked on the walls of Babylon?...nope, he doesn't.

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 
—Romans 12:2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russian Fighter Jet Buzzes U.S. Navy Ship

What's up with Russia?  I wonder how long we will ask that question?

I heard Pastor Skip Heitzig mention an old saying that he had heard Jewish Rabbis speak of, "When you see Russia take Crimea, we can know that messiah is close."

Why would they say that?  Because they study Ezekiel 38 just like we do!!  And they have studied it for 2800 years now!!

But let's remember that for the Jews who haven't accepted Christ as Messiah...they are still looking for the first coming.  And remember that the Antichrist will come riding on a white horse (false messiah bringing peace) and lots of Jews will believe him to be the Messiah....that's probably why they let him sit in the Temple and declare himself to be God.

Anyway...back to Russia.

WASHINGTON: A Russian fighter jet made several passes at low altitude near a US destroyer cruising in international waters in the Black Sea at the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, branding it “provocative and unprofessional.”

The incident close to the Romanian coast further heightens tensions already inflamed by Russia’s actions in Ukraine, where Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and stands accused of stoking unrest.

The US vessel was sent to the Black Sea on April 10 in a show of Washington’s solidarity with its Eastern European Nato allies concerned about Russia’s actions. Colonel Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said: “On April 12, a Russian Su-24 made numerous close-ranges, low-altitude passes in the vicinity of the USS Donald Cook, while the Cook was conducting operations in international waters in the western Black Sea.

“The aircraft did not respond to multiple queries and warnings from Donald Cook. The event ended without incident after approximately 90 minutes.” He added: “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with international protocols and previous agreements on a professional interaction between our militaries.”

During some passes, the Russian plane came close to less than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) from the American ship, a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The plane “appeared to be unarmed,” Warren said, adding that it fluctuated between flying up to several thousand feet in the air and almost skimming the water.

“It did not overfly the deck of the Donald Cook.” A second Su-24 was nearby, but was not involved, Warren said, warning: “The Donald Cook is more than capable to defend herself against two Su-24s.”


Friends, I think it's pretty simple to explain what is happening.  Russia was once the most feared and respected country in the world...and they led the Soviet Union.  We spent over three decades developing technology to stay ahead of her mighty military and Communist aspirations.  Then she just collapsed in a heap of rubble and poverty and could barely produce enough GDP to compete with New Jersey.

Putin is old-school KGB.  He remembers the days when Mother Russia was in a constant cat and mouse game of spy vs. spy with the USA.  Countless movies and books were written about this great Cold War and chess match...and now Russia is not much to look at...BUT PUTIN WANTS THE GLORY DAYS BACK!!  And the glory days included a HUGE MILITARY that wasn't afraid to go knock some heads if any of the Soviet satellite nations got out of hand...a military and nation that was respected and feared by all.

So now Putin is throwing some macho around...and lots of Russian people love it!!

Of course we can look at Ezekiel 38 and wonder to ourselves if Putin isn't the character mentioned as Gog?

Could God be putting hooks in their mouth and drawing them out in into world affairs?  Could Iran and Turkey be getting ready to be even more heavily influenced by Russia...and join a coalition that one day seeks to destroy Israel?  Could the HUGE NATURAL GAS field discovered by Israel that just opened for business be the "booty" that Russia is really after when she decides to invade Israel?

Ezekiel 38:19
"When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the sovereign Lord."

Now read the rest of the doesn't go well for Gog and his confederation.

Are we witnessing the run up to this event??

Monday, April 14, 2014

I See A Bad Moon Arising

OK friends...tonight is the night when the first of four blood moons will appear!  Are you going to stay up to watch??  It's supposed to be a really interesting one for some sort of sky-geek reason....something about curvature of the earth and rising from East to West or something like that...anywho...I'm guessing that tonight is going to come and go without any major incidence....but what if it doesn't?

What if this first one is a wake up call...and the next one in October is another reminder...and the one next April of 2015 is an alarm...and the final one ushers in the Tribulation??  Could it be??

I have no idea.  I will just stick with the most rational, balanced line and say, "Yep, it's interesting that 4 blood moons and 2 solar eclipses will all happen in the next 18 months and all fall on Jewish feast days...yep, that's a mighty coincidence all right!"

Another prophecy watcher had posted the words to a famous song that was popular in the 1970's. It's by Creedence Clearwater Revival and MOST of you have no doubt heard it.  Of course I had heard the song dozens of times but never had any clue that it was about a blood moon (bad moon) rising...and the mayhem that earthlings must have realized usually accompany them.

I see the bad moon arising. 
I see trouble on the way. 
I see earthquakes and lightnin'. 
I see bad times today. 

Don't go around tonight, 
Well, it's bound to take your life, 
There's a bad moon on the rise. 

I hear hurricanes ablowing. 
I know the end is coming soon. 
I fear rivers over flowing. 
I hear the voice of rage and ruin. 

Don't go around tonight, 
Well, it's bound to take your life, 
There's a bad moon on the rise. 
All right! 

Hope you got your things together. 
Hope you are quite prepared to die. 
Looks like we're in for nasty weather. 
One eye is taken for an eye. 

Don't go around tonight, 
Well, it's bound to take your life, 
There's a bad moon on the rise. 

Don't go around tonight, 
Well, it's bound to take your life, 
There's a bad moon on the rise.

Does God us signs in the heavens to communicate??  Absolutely.

Are these series of blood moons going to mean something??  No idea.

But it is all VERY interesting.

Obama's Peace Process Went "Poof"

One of the major signs of where we are on God's prophetic calendar is all the discussion about peace surrounding Israel.

We KNOW that after the Rapture, the Antichrist will be revealed and will work hard to put together a 7 year peace accord that will be signed by Israel and her surrounding enemies.  Half way through that peace agreement, the Antichrist will sit in the soon to be built Temple and declare himself to be God.  This will usher in the final 3 1/2 years for planet earth and the countdown will begin for the return of Messiah-Jesus.

Not to be left out of the long line of U.S. Presidents who have tried and failed to bring peace to the region....Team Obama was pushing hard for some type of peace between Israel and the Arabs of Palestine.

Thankfully for those of us who live in the USA...Team Obama's plans of pressuring Israel to divide her land, have gone, "poof".

To agree to a peace framework, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wanted a fourth, and controversial, group of prisoners released. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted enough concessions to get the release approved by his cabinet.

To keep the Palestinians at the table, Kerry needed to keep the Israelis at the table, so he and his team did something that no American official had, over the many times that Israelis had asked for Pollard’s release — they discussed it, according to a source familiar with the talks. And, once that news had leaked, the United States acknowledged the discussion, with all the risk that entailed.

Instead, two days later, the process had gone “poof,” as Kerry later put it to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Obama and his aides felt they’d learned from the failure of previous presidents’ peace process attempts — and their own in the first term — and were determined not to make the same mistakes.
The Pollard gambit capped off months of stumbling into others.

And it encapsulated how the latest American peace attempt that’s consumed the last nine months went wrong: Kerry, confident he could get through to Netanyahu and warning that Abbas was getting older and with a waning grip on power, was determined to get some kind of agreement, however small. Obama, while staying in touch privately with Kerry, wasn’t talking about the issue publicly — and then when he did, his timing and his reluctance to get more invested inadvertently caused even more trouble.

Smaller scale talks have continued since Kerry, declaring “reality-check time,” left the region. But the mood is clear: the Israeli government is running out of interest. The Palestinian government is tired of not having its bigger demands met. Americans are frustrated, to the point of giving up.
At best, the latest deterioration has meant the last year was a waste of time and effort. At worst, it’s escalated and accelerated precisely the kind of breakdown that Obama and Kerry were trying to avoid, with all the parties feeling spurned at exactly the time when many experts on the region agree time’s running out.

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Interesting....the experts in the region agree that time's running out....FOR WHAT??  War??

You see, all of the NEW WORLD ORDER folks believe that if the world is going to have peace and come together on a global scale, that peace has to start with the violent Middle East.  And since the New World Order has always been would only make sense that they would pressure Israel to give up land that would make the remaining nation indefensible.

Of course the USA tells Israel that, "You can count on us to defend you!  So don't worry about your borders being defensible."

Right!!  Would you trust America, these days, to fulfill ANYTHING that it promises?

I wouldn't...and I'm an American!!