Iran is building a nuclear reactor which can be used to provide material for nuclear weapons.
Iran is building a nuclear reactor which can be used to provide material for nuclear weapons.
I have to admit that I have trouble reconciling “love your enemies” with the need to stop those who murder in the name of God…I’m specifically thinking of Osama bin Laden. Its hard for me to not want men like him dead. I’d be less than honest if I said otherwise. Last Sunday I had a daydream of Old Testament Israelite warriors obediently slaying their enemies, but rather than blood lust, these dutiful men had tears streaming down their faces as they put their enemies to the sword. God doesn’t take pleasure in punishing evil doers, but His justice is righteous and perfect. Christians are instructed to hate the sin but love the sinner. When it comes to notorius murderers like Osama bin Laden I find myself in need of some other point of reference to bring my heart and mind anywhere near feeing love for him. Its much easier to hate those who hate. What helps is thinking of what he was like when he was a little boy, laughing and playing, crying when he skinned his knees. I imagine God must see all His creation this way. How much does it grieve God to punish those who have chosen Satan as their father? The father of lies.
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
In the days ahead I’ll most likely have something to say about these current events:
The beheading of Nick Berg. Curious Al-Qaeda connection. Questions loom.
The mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. Humiliation. Degradation, but torture? Post quotes of liberals.
The State of Massachusetts legalized ‘gay marriage’ on May 17th.
NBC decides to NOT air President Bush’s televised address to the American people on the Iraq War on May 24th.
Early this morning Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ordered the assassination of the blind muslim terrorist, Sheik Yassin. Shortly after sunrise, an Israeli helicopter fired 3 missles directly at the Sheik as he left the Mosque…there wasn’t much of him left to put in the coffin that the Palestinians carried around town as they shouted obscenities and threats against Israel. Sheik Yassin was the founder of the terrorist organization known as Hamas. Most recently, the Sheik is blamed for the deaths of almost 300 Israelis who were at the wrong place at the wrong time when the brain washed muslim homicide bombers pushed the button to detonate the bomb strapped to their chest. In light of the Sheik’s status, this particular assassination could very well be a new spark that ignites another powder keg of violence.
I feel that the Lord is trying to tell us “Wake up from your slumber! The alarm is sounding! Be alert!”
You might not smell the smoke, but the fire is approaching.
The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
“When sinners are careless and stupid, and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time the church should bestir themselves. It is as much the duty of the church to awake, as it is for the firemen to awake when a fire breaks out in the night in a great city. The church ought to put out the fires of hell which are laying hold of the wicked. Sleep! Should the firemen sleep, and let the whole city burn down, what would be thought of such firemen? And yet their guilt would not compare with the guilt of Christians who sleep while sinners around them are sinking stupid into the fires of hell.”
– Charles Finney
The church of Jesus Christ is largely sleeping, like a great bedroom and you have all the Christians in bed and they’re all sleeping … and they’re saying “Please, don’t wake me up! I want to sleep on!” And of course when God starts to operate a revival people cannot sleep, you can’t sleep in church when the Spirit of God awakes the people. Look at the 1st verse of this 52nd chapter (Isaiah 52) …”Awake! Awake! Put on strength!” Wake it up! You sleepy Christians! Awake thou that sleepeth, Arise from the dead! Christ will give you life!
March 8, 2004
Much has been happening in the last few months. The decline of morality in our country seems to be accelerating, taking us all ever nearer to the edge of the cliff which leads to the depths of destruction.
First of all, the liberal media is doing a fine job of promoting the growing trend of city mayors endorsing “Gay Marriage”. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland Oregon and other large cities are deluged with homosexual couples who are going to city hall to get “married”…never mind that marriage has always been and always will be a covenant created by God between a man and a woman as a symbolic union of Jesus coming for His church, and for the purpose of procreation. The defiance of State Law by these mayors and other elected officials is not an act of civil disobedience, but a breech of contract for which they should be removed from office. They each took an oath to abide by the law and now they are defiantly breaking both their sworn oath and the law with no regard for the chaos that these unholy unions will lead to under the guise of “marriage”.
Secondly, the Episcopal Church has officially installed the first openly gay Bishop in New Hampshire. Sunday night on 60 Minutes, V. Gene Robinson said during an interview that “God is doing something new” by allowing practicing homosexuals to hold positions of leadership in the church. All I can say is that his god is his appetite for sin, not the Holy God of the Bible.
Thirdly, Mel Gibson’s movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’ is a blockbuster so far. In only two weeks time the movie has generated box office receipts of over $200 million showing Hollywood how much people really want to see movies which depict the Truth. Having seen the movie during it’s opening weekend I can say that yes it is incredibly intense and the depiction of the violence that Jesus was subject to is very real. I think all Christians should see it to sharpen their understanding of how high a price Jesus paid for our sins so that we might be with him in paradise one day. Many people see the movie as a “Last Call” before the Lord returns for His church, and it might be. Certainly the day of the Rapture is one day closer than it was yesterday, and can happen at any moment, so we should all live our lives accordingly.
Other noteworthy events of the last few months include the capture of Saddam Hussein on December 14, 2003. It was only a matter of time. This evil man’s world has come crashing down all around him and God ordained it be so. His sons were shot full of holes by US Troops and their ugly corpses were displayed on TV and the Internet for the world to see. Everything this tyrant had “control” of has been ripped away leaving a painful, ugly wound that will never heal.
The capture or death of Osama bin Laden is just a matter of time as well. I pray that it happens sooner rather than later so that the fanatical Muslims who view Osama as a hero can see that the true Living God’s justice will always prevail over evil.
The largest city in the state of California is Los Angeles, which means ‘The Angels’ in Spanish. Often times I think its the ‘City of Fallen Angels’ or ‘LOST Angeles’… The ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, where the majority of television and film production companies reside, is responsible for most of the trash that comes into our homes through the electronic portal we know as television. Los Angeles is also less than 20 miles away from the San Fernando Valley, which has the regretable distinction of being the ‘Pornography Capital of the World’. Having lived in Los Angeles for 20 years I’ve seen a series of disasters and tragedies which I’ve always thought of as God’s attempt to get the peoples attention; major earthquakes, community destroying fire storms, mud slides, riots, blackouts…whats next I wonder?
Just a few weeks ago over 3500 homes were reduced to ashes by wild fires in Southern California. Then, just a fews days later, a freak thunder storm lingered over South Central Los Angeles during rush hour, dumping over 5 inches of rain in 2 hours, pelting cars with hail stones nearly the size of golf balls, unleashing 150 lightning bolts, and turning many of the streets into torrential rivers 3 feet deep, stalling thousands of cars knocking out street lights and traffic signals resulting in countless accidents. Hundreds of homes which were never before considered to be at risk were flooded with sewage and water that poured in through the doors and walls. Former Gov. Gray Davis declared a state of emergency, but the stories of tragedy and personal loss have already been forgotten by the local news. South Central Los Angeles is an area (principality) plagued by crime and poverty. Crack and prostitution are rampant, and the bullets from drive-by shootings or gang rivalry have an uncanny tendency to randomly kill children and babies. Many of the people who live in this area of Los Angeles feel helpless to do anything about the moral decline of their neighborhood, while many other people have no regard for life or property.
The day after the storm as I watched the inner city children on the local news playing in the piles of snow-like hail on a sunny day, I wondered if God has gotten the attention of the people of South Central. This kind of storm just doesn’t happen in Los Angeles.
Just when I thought I’d read or heard everything there was on the Rapture, about a week ago I heard a new teaching on the radio that has inspired me to do a short study on the Old Testament scriptures which were covered, which foreshadow the upcoming Rapture of the Church. Check back here for more in the days ahead…
After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
…Be ready in the morning, and then come up…
“…forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.”
The LORD said to Moses: “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out.
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
1 Thess 4:14-18
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
The First Trump of God deals with Israel and the Law (Ex 19). The Last Trump of God deals with Grace and the Church being gathered up to heaven.
October 4, 2003
In light of the recent blackout in the United States its interesting that the entire country of Italy experienced their worst blackout since World War II on September 28th. Whats even more interesting is that the Italian blackout happened on the Sunday that the Pope announced a new set of cardinals. Speaking of popes and cardinals, a new movie called ‘Luther‘ starring Joseph Fiennes, which chronicles the beginning of the Protestant Reformation by Martin Luther has just been released and it’s a ‘must see’. I had mediocre expectations of this movie and was gratefully surprised at what a gem it turned out to be. Even Catholics should see this movie, ( especially Catholics ).
August 18, 2003
BLACKOUT… a time when people can’t see the Light.
4 days later after the largest blackout in history and we still don’t know the exact cause. Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility, but that doesn’t mean anything since lying and deception are such an instrinsic part of their culture. Millions of people were affected; some were simply inconvenienced while others suffered greatly. People were trapped in elevators for hours, each grocery store probably had to trash in excess of $ 1 million in perishable food, people slept in the streets because they couldn’t get home or were evicted from the hotels they had been staying in. Thankfully looting wasn’t a big problem, despite the summer heat. In the Book of Exodus one of Lord’s judgements against Egypt was darkness that covered the land.
So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days.
Could this be seen as a warning? I think it can. Here are some of America’s greatest cities, New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, but they’re so dependent on electricity which is delivered on an unreliable system that is out of their control. The day is coming soon when darkness will cover the land again:
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth…
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness.
Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
However, those who acknowledge the name of the Lord will be kept from harm…read this psalm:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD , “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling- even the LORD , who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD , “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
It seems true that interest in the 2nd Coming of Christ has waned in these recent months, despite record breaking temperatures, the largest blackout ever, the ordination of homosexual priests, and the push for Israel to give up their land. The appointed time only draws nearer.
With the Iraq war over and elections less than a year and a half away the liberal media is already full swing into politicizing the news. For example, its only been a few months but President Bush is catching a lot of flak because no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq yet. So what!?! Who decided that a couple of months was enough time to search a country the size of California?
Appearances aren’t everything. As I understand it, just a week ago Ariel Sharon used the phrase ‘occupied territory’ in a speech about the latest peace efforts. He has never used that phrase before, is he giving in to the demands of the Palestinians? Probably not. The greater likelihood is that he knows that the Arab people are incapable of keeping any part of any agreement, so theres nothing to lose by speaking words which imply conceding any part of Israel’s birthright to those who support the homicide bombing of innocent civilians on buses.
“For the Arabs to recognize Israel’s right to exist on land once conquered for Allah is tantamount to saying the Koran is wrong…
On the Israeli side, recognizing Arab sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount is a tacit admission the Bible was somehow incorrect in its references to Jerusalem as both the City of God and the City of David. “
Monkey Pox from prairie dogs is spreading in the US? Too early to tell how serious this might be, but it sure is ugly.
So the war with Iraq has essentially ended, atleast for the time being. However, the situation in the Middle East is still very unstable, anything could happen on a moments notice. If the Shiite Muslims end up controling Iraq it probably wouldn’t bid well for women in that country or for relations with the Western world. Iraq could turn into an Iranian puppet state. Iraq’s neighbor, Syria, should be worried because of their recent aid to the enemy and harboring of terrorists and former Iraqi regime members. Syria’s belligerent behavior is capturing the unwanted attention of the good ‘ole USA. I doubt we’ll invade Syria, but its not unprobable that we’d send over a six pack of missles to get the message across. Its just a matter of time until Syria’s captial is completely destroyed.
An oracle concerning Damascus:
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
It doesn’t matter whether the destroyer of Damascus is the USA, a coalition, or Israel, it’s going to happen. Intolerance can be a very positive attitude, especially when applied to terrorism.
Although North Korea has toned down their rhetoric in recent weeks, they have announced that they are converting their radioactive material to weapons grade material. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.
SARS (severe accute respiratory syndrome) is capturing global headlines as governments are moving to quarantine those who are infected in an attempt to curb the epidemic which has a 5% mortality rate so far. People all over the world are wearing surgical masks in high risk, highly trafficked areas like airports and hospitals. The local economies of areas infected are suffering greatly. Many restaurants and schools in Hong Kong have closed. Some people wonder if this virus won’t turn into a plague of sorts.
So the war has begun. As of this moment it is still unclear whether or not Saddam Hussein was injured or killed during the initial attack. Despite almost a dozen American casualties it seems that this war has been too easy so far, which is rather disconcerting. In the end if we were to lose only 5% of our combat troops that would amount to 2,000 lives. Hardly insignifcant. God loves each of them. Here at home and all across the world in major cities people are protesting against the war, againt the Bush administration and against everything that America stands for.
‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’
– Edmund Burke
Many of these people whose stale motto is “Give Peace a Chance” have no idea that the promoters of the largest organized protests are actually funded by enemies of the United States…they either don’t know or they don’t care. The World Worker’s Party, a communist organization, has been on of the largest sponsors of the catchy “Not in My Name” protests. Clearly there is something going on here thats on more of a spiritual level. I’m sure the battle is raging in the heavenlies. Many people are wondering if Armageddon is about to happen. Nobody can really say just yet, but it is going to happen, thats as sure as the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture of His church before the Second Coming. It doesn’t take much of an imagination to see the equivalent of a World War starting soon when you consider the complexities of having to deal with Turkey, Iran, Russia, North Korea and China all at the same time. There will be wars and rumors of wars…
1 Peter 3:12-15
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
Are you ready? If Christ were to return tonight while you are in your bed, would you be ready?
These are only a few exceprts from the Congressional Record by:
HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, January 10, 1963
America mourns for the 7 brave Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts who died this morning, 40 miles high in the skies over Texas. Even the national news has mentioned that the Internet is already buzzing with conspiracy theories of terrorism since this particular flight included Israel’s first astronaut ever, Ilan Ramon. I don’t have any conspiracy theory to offer, but if there is any prophetic significance to this tragedy, I’d have to say that it might be ‘The USA and Israel are going down in flames over Palestine‘. Why would I say something like that? It may be too much for coincidence that this happened over Palestine, Texas. The city which is reported to have been hit by most of the debris is Nacodoches, but debris is falling in Palestine Texas as well, only 67 miles from Nacodoches. Just last Tuesday night, President Bush said during his State of the Union Address, “In the Middle East, we will continue to seek peace between a secure Israel and a democratic Palestine.” This may sound like a noble cause, but giving away the Promised Land to Israel’s murderous enemies is not part of God’s plan. All efforts by the United States to help establish a Palestinian State within Israel should be abandoned immediately. Regardless of the United State’s role in the upcoming Peace Treaty offered by the coming Antichrist, God’s Will will be done.
Jan 26, 2003
The sun is setting as I take advantage of a quiet Sunday to make some long overdue updates to the front page. It seems that the sun is setting on this era as well, that is, the age of the Church is drawing to a close. There’s so much on my mind. Its the warmest January that I can remember, yet in Florida the oranges are freezing. In recent weeks thousands of sailors and soldiers have left port, headed for Iraq. The liberal media rants on about how unpopular the idea of war is, that President Bush’s poll ratings are dropping, that many foreign governments will not join the United States led coalition. The Bible says that God appoints our nation’s leaders. So nobody should question that President Bush has been appointed as leader of the United States for a time such as this. Saddam Hussein is going to be dealt with for the last time. I really can’t bring myself to believe that the reasons behind the President’s decision are as shallow as some say. He hardly seems the type who feels the United States must use force to make a point or demonstrate our power. No, its more likely that his reasons run much deeper. Do any of the liberals ever consider that our country’s leaders have access to intelligence about Iraq (and other countries) that could not possibly be shared with the public? Has anyone considered that we might also be honoring a treaty to protect Israel from those who hate God and abhor peace? I’m not the least bit excited about this upcoming war, but I’m not the least bit opposed to it either. If Saddam Hussein is close to obtaining or creating a nuclear weapon, then he has to be stopped now, end of story.
The number of incoming questions and remarks from this web site has been increasing lately. This suggests to me that people are looking for answers. Some people might be experiencing dread that a world war could result from our foray into the Middle East, after all, Armageddon is the valley of Meggido in Israel. Put your trust in God, that despite what happens, He is still in control.
As if the problem in Iraq wasn’t enough, North Korea is becoming rather belligerent. I’ve wondered if Kim Jong II might be planning to invade South Korea when the United States is in the thick of it with Iraq.
Well, as of a few days ago its been reported that President Bush has made it clear that under two specific scenarios the United States will use nuclear weapons in Iraq if need be. The first being if we are attacked with chemical or biological agents, the second being if we need to destroy an undergound fortifed target that conventional weapons would be useless against.
It’s been over a year now. I thought I’d have more to say about the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, but I don’t. Our nation is obviously being preprared for the war that is about to be waged upon Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The NASDAQ stock market hit 6 year lows today and unemployment is almost 6%. Over a dozen Israelis have been killed in the last week from the latest wave of murderous Islamic ‘suicide bombers’ who have dispatched themselves to Hell. In response, Israel has all but destroyed the terrorist Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah. Almost 50 people have died here in the US from the West Nile virus this summer. The government is talking about offering voluntary Small Pox vaccinations soon. Over half the US is suffering from the worst drought in decades if not 100 years. I understand that church attendance is below pre-Sept. 11th levels. More people are probably asking if there is any hope in all this.
God’s judgment is his mercy, but many people don’t see it that way.
I believe God gave me a scriptural revelation the other night while driving on the freeway, here it is:
The body of Jesus Christ was risen as a new, incorruptible, glorified body early on the 3rd Day. So it will be with the Body of Christ today, which is the Church. On the 3rd day the body, that is the church of true believers, will be given new incorruptible bodies and will rise to meet Christ in the air. The Rapture is nearer than ever, but do not give any attention to anyone who says they know the day or the hour, because God’s Word says no one, not even the angels, know what the day or the hour is….but its near.
I believe that the 3rd day has already begun.
Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us;
he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2000 years = 2 days to the Lord
2000 years since Christ is right about now.
Check out this math for fun,