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An Open Letter To Black Lives Matter:
How to avoid being ensnared in the ongoing Federal operation 'Ni&&er Catcher' and 'Black Snare', run out of the US intelligence community and certain sections of Law Enforcement. These operations do exist, though naturally not with those pejorative titles. They are not legal, nor are they officially recognized but key people in high positions run these operations that specifically target Black Americans and certain White Americans who seek justice, truth and use their rights to bring these things back to our once great nation. The impetus comes from the US Intelligence community - LE does the footwork. This is what they did to so many civil rights leaders back in the 60's and 70's. They have honed their skills for the technology of the 21st century.

The Harvest

An Open Letter To Senator Mikulski And The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

pdfIn Times Like These
pdfEconomic Crisis Report: Models Of Destruction
Where is our economy heading and why can't the US and global economy find its footing nearly six years after the of economic crisis of 2008? These are some of the questions we will attempt to ask ourselves in this report. The problems in the developed world today stem from deep troubles in

pdfWill America Go To War With China?
This is a look at the possibility of this happening and some of the drivers that could tip these nations into war.  Those key drivers may not be what many analysts think.
pdfEconomic Crisis Report III: Between Two Shutdowns
Government shutdowns? Inflation? Deflation? QE? Joblessness? Obamacare?

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report

pdfPolitical And Economic Review #2
This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation.

pdfPolitical and Economic Review
The first in a new series of secular articles. One way to support this site is to get a copy of these inexpensive reports (click link aboue). Another is to hit the donate button.


Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

NSA Spying:
The Future, Black Madness and the Prophetic imperative.

How God Measures Us
He does it very differently that the world does.

Trends In Africa
A quick look at some troubling trends in Africa

Brothel Politics, The Church and First Things
Recent trends in the nation, including Obamacare are indicative of something much deeper that is wrong with America

While I Was Away...
A word about my month long hiatus

Shutdown Note:
A look at how the criminally insane 'pay' their bills.

Times And Seasons (09-13)
 Faith and patriotism in the last days... and what kind of fruit is  Christ going to find on your tree?

7 Churches Of  Revelation
Light for seeing, ears for hearing. Most commentaries on these chapters miss this most important point.

The Devil, Catholics And Internet Protestants
Catholic bashing is a foundational stone of so much of todays internet Christians faith. Is this really a pastime God approves of, especially when the Catholics are doing their best to reform?

Unwise Faith
- It is most unwise to place your faith in the wrong things.
Obidiah: Divine Geopolitics
- Is the Lord concerned about geopolitics?

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

End Time Personal Notes
- Just some notes to true believers as to things to watch for on a personal level and consider in these times.

 - What I See...

A quick look (15 pages) at some trends I see and don't see. Trends in the economy, trends in 'people control' and spiritual matters

 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

we who know Christ can see our nation is on a collision course with God. On a number of fronts the nation has just decided to set its face against the God who blessed us and move its spiritual foundations towards the spiritual foes of both God and man.

      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly


 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 


This issue of my new series of paid reports deals with the ongoing global economic crisis. Its about 40 pages and deals with a wide range of issues that face the western world. This touches on America's decline, Obama's new Treasury pick, the ongoing debt crisis, the Fed and Treasuries debt monetization operations, currency wars, scenario's for major troubles in China, Europe's ongoing crisis and ...

 - 3 Short Commentaries


Entitled Not Afraid, Tough Decisions and Job's Sufferings. God will take care of his people. Just make sure brothers when its our time to pass over our own spiritual 'river Jordan', that we make our deaths count for something, that being Christ. If we are to die as Christians for the gospel and the word of our testimony (Rev 19:10, 12:17, 12:11), let us rejoice because we have a long and honorable heritage of those who went before us.

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 


I think we as Christians need to keep in mind and prepare our souls for what is really coming. Mr. Leal has done a good job of laying out that a time of great sorrow will sweep America.

 -  The Curse 


When a nation decides to put the stamp of approval on those things God hates, it invites a curse. And be certain of this, without some real soul searching repentance, a curse is what is going to hit us. America has enjoyed prosperity like no other nation on earth. Military power like no other nation on earth. Good will and diplomatic strength like no other nation on earth. Why? We as a nation respected ...

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 


I think it should be noted that while some people will say they find something 'highly offensive' when they do not really mean it, I want to make clear that I really do mean it, it is personally highly offensive to compare Dr. King and President Obama. If a person wants to worship Obama and idolize him, that is their business, not mine. But before anyone attempts to cast dispersions on Dr. King by ...

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 


This crisis in Mali... first off, this is not just 'another war'. This is a very serious and potent threat to African continental security.

  Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #2 


This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation and new claims that America will one day surpass the Saudi's in Oil production and become energy independent. The question is an extremely important one and could really alter the whole geopolitical landscape... if true. Are these claims real and credible? Are there any problems with them? This ...

 - Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #1 


This is going to be bad news for many of my readers, but a small portion of my secular writings are going to have to go pay. I have done a pretty good job with this update (if I do say so myself!) dealing with issues that I know many care about. Namely Iran and what a war or 'regime change' is likely to bring about, the EU crisis and how the ongoing economic crisis could deeply effect the US. Keep ...

 -  The Holiday Season 


Christmas has been a matter of some controversy for a number of reasons. First off, one of the few things we can be certain of about Christmas is that Christ was not born on December 25th, or anywhere near it. When was Christ Born? We do not know, though some scholars have said that it was more likely an event that occurred in the Fall, though the evidence for this is rather scant. What we do know ...

 -  There Is A Generation... 


What does it mean to live in our times, having been touched by God's spirit and understanding what God requires of us? It means that we are going to have a hard time fitting in with the current generation. This is the way it should be, since we are of a very different heritage. The scriptures talk about times like ours and what kinds of people will inhabit the earth just before Christ returns. We ...

  The Way Back 


For many of my readers, the way back to God is the road you are on. Many of you have fallen away and for whatever reason, personal tragedy, hard times or just a dissatisfaction with worldly 'satanic' living that did not make you nearly as happy as you thought it would. I find it interesting that so many people here in America have just about everything and yet are totally miserable. I am struck by ...

 - What's Expected Of Son's And Heir's 


What should we as Christians should be doing in these times? As these days grow darker and increasingly rejects Christ and genuine Christianity, we who wish to get into the kingdom must know what God wants us to do. What does God expect of us, we who are determined no matter what comes, to get into God's kingdom and avoid his holy wrath, which I bear witness, is coming to this world and will usher ...

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 


Today, it is extremely important that we know what is happening in our world, particularly from a prophetic standpoint. Why? The return of Christ is our blessed hope. God spoke clearly and insistently that we are to be watching and ready for our Lords return. Yet as I speak to Christians, I just don't see any level of spiritual discernment in their lives or minds Mind you there are always some exceptions ...

 - We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Broadcast To Bring You... 


But when it comes to the times and seasons and understanding them, Christians I know as well are floundering. They are often confused and unsure about what to believe. They listen to their pastors, read the news, but more and more are seriously questioning both. This is a good thing at least as a first step, but often leads to confusion, depression and can lead to apostasy. Why? Because such Christians ...

 - Culling The World's Population 


Yes, there is a plan afoot to reduce the human population. Most of the plan is hidden in plain sight.

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 


Fifty-three pages that looks at several issues facing our world today. From the economic crisis to food and eugenics to Syria as well a look at what a Mitt Romney Presidency may look like.

 -  Judge Not! 


...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 


Has the devil fooled you into thinking you can be saved and not obey the Lord?

  From Another World 


Christians, real ones that is, must conduct themselves as though they are from another world. A real Christian, is not of this world but of the Kingdom of God and his Christ.


-  From The North 


A prophetic look at the Arctic. The Arctic you ask? Yes the Actic and how it may relate to Babylon's fall.

Other Resources
(most are in PDF format)

Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030

US Vulnerabilities To Money Laundering, Drugs And Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History
- US Senate

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

State Department Report On Religious Persecution (Constitutional Review for OIC) - 2012

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain

2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

Official US Military Report On Nazi Germany's IG Farben- DOD

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report


Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

The Debt Limit ∓mp; Gov't Operations - CRS

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

Secret Law And the Threat To Democracy - Senate Judiciary Comm.

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA

More Resources

Links I Like
From all over the Christian spectrum!

Last Days Of The Age
The Endtime Pilgrim
The First Trumpet
The Last Trumpet

Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

Orthodox Today
(A look at today from an Orthodox Perspective)
The Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in Iraq)
The Barnabas Fund
China Aid
(A look at events inside China, from a Christian Perspective)
Gay Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog talking about the growing sin of Homosexuality inside the Church)
Independent Catholic News
Jihad Watch
(Not Christian, but gets into important trends in the Islamic world)
Compass Direct
(Persecution news)

Babylon Today

Selected Audio

Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

Vote Rigging In 2004 (A 2 Hour Look) -
Part 1And Part 2

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

Mike Ruppert/TUC Radio: Across The Rubicon
Part 1And Part 2

What Is Wrong With The American Mind: Corporate Media Consolidation
Part 1And Part 2

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines

Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

Earth changes, HAARP, Non-Lethal Weapons
Part 1 And Part 2

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words,
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he shall come in his own glory,
and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
(Luk 9:26)

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air
– however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
 ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand,
I shall not be moved.
(Psa 16:8)
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A Break From The Bad News

Have Faith In God... And Don't Look Back!

Note: I am going to take a break today from all of the depressing news and just write a short little encouragement piece.

Our world is in big trouble. More and more people, especially poor people of and those of color are aware of many of the key issues the world is facing. They see it when a large corporation sends in 'security forces' to raid their villages so they can steal their land. They see it when global health workers come in, run drug trials or vaccinate people and they get sick and die. Even now, we in the west are beginning to see these things and become rightly concerned. But we Christians should neither be surprised nor shocked. Not in the least.

I post a lot of persecution stories on Watson's Web and I do it for a reason. God's people are under assault like never before all over the globe and some of it is down right in your face hatred for Christ and the gospel message. We are talking about an evil that revels in its wickedness. There is little we can do, other than to pray for them and when possible and practical, give help and aid to the victims of what is becoming almost daily savagry. But what we are seeing today is merely what the Apostle Paul warned us so clearly in his second letter to Timothy.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
(2Ti 3:12-15)

Two things are of note in this passage. The first is that if you try and live for Jesus as a godly man or woman, you are going to suffer persecution. There is no way around it. None. You are just going to have to understand that this is par for the course and you and I are no exception. Today, are not evil men getting more and more evil with each passing day? What kind of twisted and demonic mind can even  consider human experimentation on people or vaccines that they know will cause sterility and health problems... and then lie about it? We are dealing with men whose souls belong to the devil and we must not be under any illusion about it. But God gives us his word that if we have faith he will be with us.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is,
and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you,
O ye of little faith?

(Mat 6:30)

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
(Mar 11:22)

So what is it that God is expecting from us during trails? Faith, simple trust in his is love and providence. Christians who are being persecuted in Nigeria, Somalia or Kenya, they know what persecution is. They know that they must trust the Lord. Why should they? Because nothing they are experiencing is outside of what God promised and foretold for his people. We as believers must be willing to face these things... and not look back. Remember Lot's wife.

Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
(Gen 19:19-26)

In this passage, so familiar to readers here at Watson's Web, we see three things

  • That God spared Zoar from destruction for Lot's sake (more here)
  • God was not going to allow the Righteous man to suffer judgement with the wicked
  • Lot's wife looked back and suffered for it.

One of the worst things we can  do as Christians is to look back longingly on what God has delivered us from. The Israelite's after they escaped from Egypt began to pine away for the slavery that God had delivered them from.

And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
(Exo 16:2-3)

God had delivered them and they murmured and pined for Egypt. Brothers, this is not what we as Christians need to do, especially those of us who are going through rough times. For we Christians in the west, our 'Egypt' and 'Sodom' is the world system of materialism and secularism. We must not go back there. For many Christians in the Islamic world and in Africa, their Egypt is often Islam or perhaps animism. Whatever spiritual no man's land we have escaped from, we are exhorted to keep our hand to the plough, do the work that God has called us to do and DON'T LOOK BACK!

God knows that there will be struggles for us. Look at what the Israelite's had to endure. God is making certain that we really want to be his and love honor and obey him. This is what God is looking for and you cannot do that by looking longingly on the old 'lovers' of materialism, secularism, Islam and Freemasonic occultism.  Do that and I can assure you, you will quickly fall into divine disfavor.

And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them. And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
(Num 11:1-5)

The Lord was none too pleased.

Brothers, we must learn to trust our God. Have faith in God, is that not what Jesus said?

Let us put our faith in God who loves us and will lead us to a promised place where love, peace and joy abound. God will be patient with us, but brothers, let us remember the examples of the past and always remember to never EVER look back!!

26 May

TISA: The New Global Constitution?
The Daily Bell talks on the latest TISA releases - the new massive trade agreement that has not received nearly the coverage as the TPP. What these documents show is that they really are building a whole new economic system with the use of these secret trade agreements. A whole new system of governance with national governments taking a subservient role to new trade and economic bodies is looming on the horizon. There is a spirit behind it.

It is amazing to me how the Bible talks about an end time Global trading system and spends quite a bit of time on it. It is led by the worlds top economic power and the entire world falls under her domination. It turns out to be a wicked, rapacious system that God destroys in the end. God's people are commanded to come out of her. You can read about this system in Revelation, Chapter 17 and 18.

Brothers, things are happening and are going to happen just as our Lord showed us. But the more things are fulfilled, the more the lost will ignore and even revile those things.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 
(Revelation 18:4-8, KJV)

Why cannot people see these things? See 2Thess 2:9ff for the answer to that one.

This Is How Much Your Obamacare Payments Are Going To Jump?
Why so much now? Because from the beginning Obamacare was back loaded to explode in our faces only AFTER Obama left office. I know I told folks that years ago as did many others.

Then the political spinmeisters, liars and other assorted propagandist took over the debate.

I can tell you this, those pundits are not going to be there to pay your share of the increases you are going to be hit with.

People told you this was coming. The lefties did not want to hear it. Now they will get hit with premiums just as hard as those in the right. Spin it anyway you want to. Most people are going to pay more, some a lot more and pay more and more forever until the program is changed.

I say these things not to get sucked down into the political non-sense that afflicts both sides of the Obamacare debate, but to point out one glaring fact.

We would not be having the debate if healthcare were reasonbly priced. As long as care is outrageously expensive and going upwards in price, there is no solution except everyone paying more. More here.

Spin it anyway you want to. Things are not going well in some parts Obamacare.

The good news is that perhaps if enough people get kicked in the gut with these double digit increases, perhaps we can have a real debate, not so much about Obamacare, but about the cost of care.

A few recent events in Egypt deserve a short bit of comment for readers here. The first problem we will talk about is the wave of kidnappings in upper Egypt that is effecting young Christian women. Here is how the ICC covers this story.

5/26/2016 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has recently uncovered a new wave of kidnappings plaguing Upper Egypt as young Christian women are being abducted and forced into Muslim marriages and conversions.

The following is the second of six accounts from Christian women and girls who were affected by this vicious phenomenon during the last two months.

Noura’s Story

Noura Youssef was last with her husband as they ate lunch together on April 20, 2016, just a few hours before her abduction in Luxor, Egypt.

“After my wife had had lunch with me, she went to her parents’ home,” Amgad Romany, age 25, explained to ICC. “It was 3:30 p.m. when she left our home.”

Having worked a long day in construction, Amgad took an afternoon nap after his wife headed out.

“After I woke up, I tried to call my wife many times but her mobile [phone] was shut off. I then called my father-in-law asking about her,” Amgad continued. “I was surprised when he told me that she never arrived.”

Amgad, along with Noura’s parents, immediately set out to the streets in search of her. When they couldn’t find her, they went to the police station in Luxor to file a missing person’s report. The authorities at the station refused to file any report until she had been missing for 24 hours, turning away the family.

Upon returning home, Amgad was told by a neighbor that a Muslim man by the name of Moustafa Sayed, was seen following Noura as she had left the house that afternoon. Additionally, Sayed had a history of harassing Noura and repeatedly proposing to her although she was already married.

Sayed has also not been seen since Noura’s disappearance.

On April 21, Amgad returned to the police station with the new information and attempted to file a formal report and charge. Though the police authorized the missing person’s report, they refused to include Sayed’s name in it, much to Amgad’s distress.

“None of the police have helped me to find my wife,” Amgad explained. “None of them have come to my home to ask me or my neighbors questions; they are not investigating. I know that they do nothing for our cases because we are Christians…I don’t know where to go…”

Noura has been missing for over a month now and she is not the only one. - ICC

Image Source: National Counter Terrorism Center
The basic problem is the spread of violent Islamic fanaticism in the region. It is particularly effecting people in the Sinai. One key group is called Ansa Bait al-Maqidis. They used to be affiliated with Al Qaeda, but recently switched its fortunes to ISIS. The group has garnered support in this region because of its targeting of Israel, which as you can see borders the Jewish State.

They have also blown up gas pipelines which supplied gas to many of the regions nations. They have claimed responsibility for attacks in Israeli troops, assassinations, bombings, beheadings and even the execution of an American as well as other sundry acts of devilry.

I bring this up not to necessarily blame this Islamic group for the abductions. It is not clear to me that they are responsible. What is clear is that the area where this group operates (see map) is clearly fertile ground for Islamic fanaticism. Wikipedia's brief entry on this group can be found here and BBC has a very interesting piece here. A little recent history of the group and the problem it has caused the Al Sissi Government can be found here.

But this group has not been talked about much of late but they may very well have been behind the recent airline bombing of French flight 804. They are still trying to determine what went wrong. But keep these facts in mind that have not been talked about much. When the Russians were having enormous success in their air campaign against ISIS in Syria, this group then claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian Airliner which as well departed from Egypt. More here.  The French arrested key perpetrators of the terror attacks on France and then like clockwork.... a French airliner goes down. Now Egypt is probably in denial that their Airport security is that lax. Why? Remember that tourism is a key source of income to Egypt. How would the fact that it is easy to sneak a bomb onto a plane play to someone who wants to visit the Pyramids?

I think you get the picture. My own view is this - Egypt has always had a deep problem with radical Islamism. It has always been kept out of the halls of power by the quasi military junta that has ruled the nation for decades. The problem has almost certainly crept into key parts of government and the civil service. It seems clear that it is likely that someone on the inside of the Airport is either working with Islamists or perhaps more likely there are those who know their security procedures very well and know how to get a bomb on board.

Needless to say these trends do not bode well for the security of Egypt nor the safety of the nations Christians, who saw a considerable amount of persecution during the brief reign of the Muslim Brotherhood after the uprisings.

But the news is not all bad. The Egyptian government is now working to ease restrictions on Church buildings.

The Egyptian Parliament is discussing a  proposal for the construction of churches in the predominantly muslim nation. Christians hope this will ease the administrative and tangible hurdles they face when trying to build a house of worship. The bill includes 13 articles that define a “church” and different ways to address building issues with local authorities. It is an ongoing debate in Egypt, though, the passing of such a bill could mean great forward progress on the country's religious inequality gap. - ICC
Let us all pray for Egypt!!

Trump Reaches Magic Number For Nomination

Well, unless something never before seen happens, Trump will be the nominee of the GOP. What does this mean? I don't think anyone but those who know him well can say. Yes there are the 'true believers' who will never listen to anything bad about him and then there will be his terminal enemies who will never say or see anything good about him. But what will a Trump Presidency really mean?

Brothers I wish I could answer that one. I have no idea. We could get a hawk right militant racist administration or one that is a bit left of center as far as GOP key issues are concerned. He has no political track record. But I think we do him a disservice if we think he is not genuinely concerned about the path the nation is taking. He has talked about it more than once and long before this run for President.

To tell you the truth, I think it would take a rich guy like Trump who can talk to the people to switch directions in the nation - someone who is not totally beholden to the typical sleazy donors that both parties get their money from and pay their money to keep things broken and profitable for themselves.

Will Trump bring in change? Well I have a few of rules when someone runs for President and how to look for where they will take the nation.

Here they are

Look at their political track record
Look at who is funding them
Look at who is advising them.

If you are the kind of person who really can put themselves into political and emotional 'neutral' and with that mindset evaluate a candidate - put the hot button issues aside, the gender issues, the theater and look deeper at the issues above you will be a wiser voter and more importantly be far more realistic about what you are 'buying' when you press the voting touchpad screen on election day. This is why I could not bring myself to vote for Obama. I put his skin color aside and looked at who was bankrolling the brother and sea of crooked, rich faces who were advising him and you know what? It took me about 15 seconds to figure out that he would never be able to deliver on his promises.

He didn't. He reneged on a whole bunch of them before he took the oath of office. Now left wing apologists will always have an excuse why this was so, but the reality is this  - nothing a politician says while running for office should be believed. This is like a movie. Only a fool or a retard thinks it's real. Candidates present a false image of themselves to garner votes. So this is what I say - forget the rhetoric and political stances they make. Unless there is a long track record of support for those issues, you are safe to assume that whatever they promise is negotiable... to those with access behind closed doors, not you and I.

Are there things that concern me about Trump? Yes some of this statements on race and police. They bother me. But they are no different that the things that Obama's Vice President has been saying and he is a Democrat. So lefties and righties need to calm down and not let these partisan labels blind them to the very same fungus growing in their own political backyard.

But what does concern me is two things. Yes, I have to go to a pretty far out left wing site to get this but it is most definitely worth reading and keep in mind number three in the above list.

Trump’s Top Campaign Adviser Made Millions From Arms Dealers, Warlords, Dictators and Oligarchs

Is this the kind of guy we want advising the President? How is this going to be any different from Obama-Biden or Bush-Cheney? Do we need a guy who does deals with these kinds of people whispering in the Presidents hear and watching his bank account grow and the bodies pile up with that advice? Moreover what are his real view on racial relations? Another major concern of mine? His ties to organized crime. How deep were they? How deep are they. I don't know. But what I can say is that his history in the Real Estate and Casino Business in the area's he was operating... you can't operate without some kind of arrangement with the Mob and keep from wearing cement shoes.

But before anyone out there thinks they have found a new gotcha against Trump, consider this. The Clinton's as well have been deeply involved in many of the same things and with them, there is a trail of dead bodies, many filled with bullet holes that lead right to Bill and Hillary. There have been books written about this and no one NO ONE is so unlucky to have this many corpses who were once in one way or another tied to you. Going back to Arkansas and those land deals, that airstrip and a host of other things puts Trump's alleged malfeasance on a better perspective. This is not a slam at either candidate. It's slam at our rancid political system that can only produce people of this kind of caliber.

At the end of the day what do I think will happen after the elections 2016? I will tell you.

Cops will still be gunning down the brothers
The CIA will still be dropping arms to terrorists.
The DOD will still be training Nazi's
The Deficits will still go up
Heroin will still be flowing into America
Corporations will still be hiding their money overseas
Pension Funds will still be going broke
Jobs will still be hemorrhaging

....need I continue?

That is why I refuse to get into a huff about these fake elections that mean no change except to take a away the little chump change America's chumps now posses.

That being those who vote for the two party system.

This is not cynicism, its realism. When people wake up to what is real then and only then can we really change things.

25 May

We will continue to post this weeks updates on this public site for the rest of the week. Watson's Web is still busy and looking at all manner of world events from both an analytical and a prophetic perspective.

You may not be hearing much about it, but there is a major crisis brewing in Venezuela. In layman's terms, the country is rapidly melting down. It has been a crisis that has long been brewing and describing the scope of the problems, origin and day by day disasters is beyond the pale of this brief update. But links on the background are located later in this paper.

This is an issue that has been covered in the Latin American press as well as abroad, though it has only received extended and significant coverage in the US via the alternative media and think tanks. Some of your better ones are covering the issue from an institutional perspective. What I mean by that is that for the most part, they have to set down and pass their views out in such a way as to give support to a narrative that their donors support, while still being accurate (if not fair) in their reporting. The prize in Venezuela is its oil. They are the largest known reserves on earth, even larger than the Saudi's. So when there is that much oil at stake, be assured that powerful people in the west will move in to do all they can to gain control of it. I touched on these issues last week in an update that is below. So we will not rehash that subject today. What we will do before we move on to the meat of today's post is lay out the basic fault lines and a way out.

Chavez revolution was a leftist and people centered revolution. The US never liked it. It helped its citizens with the oil revenues it earned that Big Oil thought should be in their bank accounts instead. There has been a long tug of war between Chavez (who died not long ago) and US oil and banking conglomerates who have tried to overthrow Chavez time and again. Today, they want to use the elite and right wing of the nation to oust the Leftists, get rid of the social programs and get American oil companies and banks back in control of the oil rich nation once again. This in a nutshell is the 'real deal'. The other narratives out there about the failures of socialism, play well to those who don't know the history and the financial interests, but it's just a nice sounding narrative that is designed to give impetus to American interference and later domination of the nations vast energy reserves. America's policy all over the world, from Russia, to the Middle East to Latin America has been about the control of oil to ensure that only those who are of the proper racial pedigree and are under the thumb of the US elite control this critical global resource.

Keep in mind that often propaganda is very subtle, not covering the side of those who support the government, which was repeatedly and in the past overwhelmingly elected, and only focusing on 'students', other malcontents and others who, as we saw in Ukraine, were paid (with US taxpayer dollars) and given economic inducements to go out and protest so that as in Ukraine an extreme right wing (and overtly racist) government could come to power. So keep these things in mind as your read these institutional pieces I pass on to you. Also keep in mind, that American covert officials have been down there doing their dirty work to bring about the very crisis we are now seeing so that the Chavez Revolution is replaced with an Exxon Revolution and a BP government. I do not want to imply that things are bad just because of that. No there were some terrible mistakes made, not least of which was bad currency policy.

Few people, however, are aware that many of the country’s problems are caused by a complex monetary arrangement that makes use of four different exchange rates simultaneously. The result is that Venezuela can either be extremely cheap, or unbearably expensive, depending on the rate used.

Monetary chaos began in 2003 when the late President Hugo Chavez imposed currency controls to stem capital flight after an oil strike. At the time, one US dollar could fetch 1.6 Venezuelan bolivars. Today, barely ten years later, that same dollar can buy 172 bolivars, a devaluation of over 99 percent! Of course, that is in the official (i.e., government regulated) market. On the black market, the exchange rate is currently nearly 900 bolivars to the US dollar. That is, if you can find anyone selling dollars, or more importantly, looking to buy the badly tarnished Venezuelan currency. - Misis.org

But the key to understand the crisis in Venezuela is the deliberate and carefully planned move by American officials to crash the price of oil to destabilize Venezuela, Russia, Iran and others who were not on friendly terms with the US and were making huge amounts of money when the price was artificially high, again as a direct result of American energy price manipulation, which before the price crash, needed the price high to facilitate fracking in America. This is a long story that I have covered a few times in the past and again I will not get into it here. What is happening down there is exactly what US officials have been hoping for. Yes, much of it was indeed bad policy by Maduro, some of it was a covert policy of America's intelligence services... and this is one reason why so many institutional players play up Maduro's mistakes and downplay or totally edit out American skulduggery. The hand that feeds them won't let them tell you of that nor of the tempestuous history of Chavez' revolution and American oil companies.

I will pass on some backgrounders for you here and you may read them at your leisure.

Venezuela In Crisis: GPPAC Alert
Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster (Crisis Group)
Venezuela: What is the Crisis All About? (CNN)
Things Could Explode (CBC)
The Agony Of Venezuela Continues (WaPo)
Women March Against Right Wing Violence (TeleSur)
Political Crisis In Venezuela (CFR)
Understanding Societal Collapse (Peak Prosperity)

Now, onto the meat of today's piece.


The big problem to day with American foreign policy is that they are still using the same old toolbox they had from the 50's whose result brought in things like the Iranian Revolution. The history of Iran back before the revolution and US and UK efforts to undermine Mossadeq are very instructive. Keep in mind that while for years many establishment think tanks called it 'conspiracy theory' to talk about US involvement in the Coup to topple Mossadeq, recent declassifications are clear, the US was behind it all along. So next time you hear someone in the Media talk about US actions in Venezuela as a 'conspiracy theory' you can get a good idea who he is really working for and why he is carrying that narrative.

My deep concern for what is happening in Venezuela is that we are repeating what happened in Iran some 60 years ago. What was the result? We had decades of one of the most virulent anti-American governments on earth countervailing US policy the world over. Yet given the history,  their anti-Amerianism was understandable. Americans too I think would be enraged of someone came to our nation and overthrew our government and imposed a dictatorship (the Shah) that took to repressing the people. Naturally there would be forces for a counter revolution. That was when the Islamic Revolution came in and now 62 years later, is still in power. In the end the Anglo-Americans neither got Iran or the oil. They purchased a 60+ year headache with their covert actions.

This is the law of unforeseen consequences, or rather consequences that those who implement policies are loath to consider when they get into their secret conclaves and plot the death of someone and the overthrow of another. They cannot see past the immediate profits and in Iran, like Venezuela, the prize is oil.

Narrow, Violent Minds = Narrow, Violent Policies

Policy circles have been too long dominated by interests who have little respect for the people in other nations. America has overthrown many governments in the past, had leaders assassinated, imprisoned and killed activists and priest whose sole crime as to seek democracy, human rights and some form of justice in their respective lands. America makes long speeches about democracy and human rights but the truth is America's foreign policy history shows the deep contempt certain policy making circles have to these concepts. We put on a fake smile, pay lip-service to Human Rights and use money specifically designed to enhance those rights to use undermining them and blow the brains out of those who seek those very same rights. Congress is often none the wiser.

What American policy right now seems designed to do is to make sure that the mistakes of Iran can be repeated. That they can get rid of Maduro bring in a Right Wing government or some kind of Junta who will violently repress Venezuelans. Blood will flow in the streets, the screams of the tortured will be snuffed out with a bullet while the government signs oil deals with Exxon. This is the hoped for end result of the drama in Venezuela in certain US policy making circles.

It is not a policy I would embark on. Not under any circumstances. What would I do if I were in the White House? I will tell you.

I would send a trusted adviser and confidant, perhaps someone not even officially part of the government to arrange a meeting with Maduro. Let him know that we have things to talk about that could be mutually beneficial to both nations and that this talk will be held without the knowledge of American policy officials.

What would I talk about?

I would talk about a plan to help Venezuela get back on its feet that would keep Maduro in power as long as he can remain democratically viable, stabilize the nation, get necessities back on the store shelves and begin to move in the direction of getting idle people back to work. I would let him know that removing him and his people from power is not on the table, should we come to an agreement on a range of issues coupled with some confidence building measures.

1. I would propose an aid package with direct food and necessities to Venezuela to get the streets calm and the people out of their rage. Send some cargo planes with needed goods and oversee the distribution of the aid to ensure it gets to the people and is not sitting a warehouse put aside by some crook waiting for prices to go up. Make sure that the aid does what it is supposed to do, get to the people and reduce some of the anger and fear that is now part of the Venezuelan political and social scene.

2. I would talk about more medium range issues to deal with the economic crisis in Venezuela. One of the biggest is the currency problem. I would discuss a roadmap  to bringing back stability to the Bolivar and once that happens enticing corporations and business to once again to business in the Nation. The haphazard potpourri of exchange rates and systems would have to be done away with and some kind of stable, exchangeable (on currency markets) has to be introduced into the economy. Not just for ordinary citizens but for businesses as well. This will be a sore point so what will be needed is a step by step process of confidence building measures to make sure each side lives up to its side of the bargain and there are not hidden agenda's and 'gotchas' in the deal.

3. Once things have been stabilized, and exchange rates have been dealt with, then both all political stakeholders need to have a lock-in sit down talk. I say lock in insofar as the participants need to be present, committed and basically locked into the meets and once they walk out, they are locked out permanently of any arrangements made between the power players - political and economic. A future path towards political and social stability must be charted. New rules for political engagement so that street brawling and violent thugs are not dictating the nations political winds with a night-stick and a shotgun. In other words, political problems need to be fixed politically.

4. Once some kind of arrangement can be made between the right and the left about making social stability being the primary role of government. Those leaders who get into bed with others who wish to deliberately bring in destabilization in the nation should not be allowed to hold office or have any position of influence in government. They should be permanently ostracized from the political and economic scene.  This will help keep leaders focused on what is important and make sure that Venezuelans decide the fate of the nation, not Washington, Beijing, Moscow or New Delhi.

5. If all goes well you know what you have done? You have made a ally. You have taken the edge off of the strident anti-Americanism that helped thrust the revolution to power. You have helped the nation in its hour of need and rather than bringing in fascism, you helped the nation preserve its democracy and if all goes well. They may, in fact probably will allow you to come back into the nation slowly and piecemeal to assist the nation in its oil industry.

This will be a long slow process and moreover the prize may not be as enticing as overthrowing the government and stealing the resources. But it is likely to last far longer and in the long run cost less financially and politically.

In short, America needs to stop showing its political backside to the world and show its human face, which over many years has taken a back seat to the face that sits and the bottom and backwards end of its spine.

America can do better and right now, we need ally's and friends not more geopolitical targets to overthrow, harass and turn into foes.

At a time like this, the world needs America's good side, the humanitarian side, the side that helps rather than hinders and protects the rights of the world's citizens, particularly the poor.

The problem is that in US policy circles its 'pay to play'. If you want a seat at the table creating and formulating US foreign policy, you have to pony up very large sums of money. That means Banks, Oil companies Drug companies and other with an economic interest in making policy - these are the deciders. The problem now is that these forces use America's national security establishment for the express purpose of theft. Going into nation after nation to steal resources and leave the people high and dry. Crash their currency so that they can't make debt payments so that they can come in and buy assets up for pennies on the dollar. This is the National Security Racket that the world has come to loath.

Hence the rising tide of anti-Americanism and terrorism. Americans don't understand these things, but much of the world who has been victimized by it, does.

It is my hope that somehow sanity can return to American policy circles. But I think that as long as the cabal has its bankroll and the people are doused with 24/7 propaganda, I don't this is likely, though clearly more and more people are having their eyes opened up to the disease that effects Washington. A look at the Trump Phenomenon, Black Lives Matter, The Sanders Campaign - clearly a large body of Americans are awakening to the fact that something is fundamentally wrong with our system.

Will it translate into a sane foreign policy? I don't know, I am not optimistic. Crazy dominated policy circles for so long that sanity may so fundamentally alter the centers of power in America that it could send deep tremors into the political and social fabric of the nation.

But a President who cared more about the future of the nation than the profits of a few corrupt corporations would look to places like Venezuela and begin a shift in the way the US deals with others.

The Destabilizing Effect Of The Price Of Oil

(Note - this was posted last week on the 19th but is good background to the above piece on Venezuela.

This is an update to a theme I have talked about for a while. How the the oil wars are being played out in ways that are not to be understood by the average person. The trends in American financed and directed destabilization continues. It has been a plan that was long in the making.

Several years ago American policy makers saw a powerful trend and geopolitical conundrum that was making the BRICS nations rise in power and giving them ample financial power to build their nations into strong, vibrant and modern states. This trend alarmed Washington as the BRICS nations are not and have not fallen under American economic and political domination. This was seen as a threat several years ago and that threat caused many to go into their secret cloisters and classified meeting chambers and hatch a plan to undermine these new and rising powers.

The key here to understand is that American foreign policy is based on the concept of total dominance. In the military sphere, it has the name of 'Full Spectrum Dominance' (more here). But this concept of American dominance goes into all other realms of human existence as well, including the key ones, economic, political, human resources, and religion/spiritual. The American government will not use words like 'dominance'. Rather they use words like 'leadership' instead. But while American global leadership had its day in the sun, many nations are chaffing at the bit and see America, or rather her rapacious elite, as a threat to them and the world in general.

Mind you, any realistic approach to this topic needs to include one of the more important issues facing these rising powers. That being the issue of systemic corruption within their respective nations.  Brazil, China and Russia, India and the ANC controlled South African Government as well all have serious issues with deep and systemic corruption. Xi in China has been dealing with it. But the other nations have had less than stellar success at fighting its corrosive grip on their respective nations.

Now, I want to stress something here because it's key. When America embarks on a policy of evil, it has to hide the real reasons for that policy. In short there are usually two reasons for any such policy. There is the real reason and then there is the excuse they tell the people. The real reason the US destabilized much of the Arab world was the control of oil. Yes, there were other more noble reasons. The claim of democratization and overthrowing dictators. But the reality was that such a policy could never have been executed without the elite seeing a significant boom to their balance sheets. One of the biggest draw was the hope for US dominated 'democracies' newly established (by puppet leaders provided by the US after the respective coups) to sign multi-year deals with US and other western energy consortium to extract natural resources.

We can talk about the overthrow of Libya and Egypt and their moderate, yet politically significant energy reserves and the American efforts to overthrow them. These have been in the news quite a bit. Smarter readers here understand what is at stake here. Democracy was the excuse for these bloody coups, the real prize was control of the region and its energy reserves. Syria, Iraq, Algeria, they all had the same prize. But what has been missing from the debate is a facet to this whole violent energy play by the Americans is what has been going on down south of the border. It's vital to understand this if you want to know where things are going to be heading.

Two nations to watch down in Latin America, where American energy giants and their dark workmen, the CIA are now operating is in Venezuela and Brazil. We have seen the chaos and turmoil down in Venezuela. The causes for this are basically three fold.

Poor economic policies by Chavez' successor
American destabilization efforts
The dramatic drop in the price of oil

Now here is something that some of you may not know. I will pull this right from the US government's Energy Information Agency site. These are the nations with the top oil reserves in the world.

Image Source: EIA

Yes, that's right. Valenzuela has the worlds largest oil reserves, Not Saudi Arabia. This makes the chaos we now see there a little more understandable. The American elite hated Chavez. They hated him with a perfect hatred. They even got an American televangelist to spit hate at him years ago and call for his murder. This hatred of him caused an earlier coup attempt against him that failed. It failed only because other Latin American nations went to bat for him and put diplomatic pressure on America to let him run his nation. Let's remember this. America's CIA and it's DOD -  They view democracy, genuine democracy as the most virulent threat to their global empire. Where there is a genuine democratic government that is genuinely elected and genuinely reflects the will of the people, the Americans will come in at do all it their considerable power to, overthrow, kill and otherwise destroy it. This is what the war in Syria is all about. The US does not want the Democratically elected Assad in power. This is what the war in Ukraine was about. They did not like the democratically elected government. America's military and security force used to be called the 'arsenal of democracy'. Now it is the arsenal of tyranny and the behave like the guns of anti-democracy.

Chavez had his faults, but failing to take care of his own people was not among them. There probably was no better example of how a government should treat its people than Hugo Chavez. That is why they had him assassinated. Yes, they had to make it look like an illness, but he was assassinated. His death warrant was signed the day he made his speech at the UN blasting President Bush.

You see, it's important for the CIA's narrative on their front sites to blame 'socialism' for the disaster in Venezuela. I won't argue that Socialism has some deep faults in its economic model. Nor will I argue that Chavez and his revolution did not make some terrible mistakes and that a degree of corruption did not begin to enter into his government. But the US has been busy down there for over a decade to do all they could to destroy the democracy of Venezuela. The reason? The real reason is located above in that chart. And before any of you get the idea that this hatred inside Venezuela for Maduro is universal, you may want to consider this.

New York, September 8, 2004—Documents recently obtained from the U.S. Department of State under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by www.venezuelafoia.info demonstrate that more than $5 million annually during the past two years was given by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to various organizations in Venezuela, many of which are aligned with the opposition. One of the key groups collaborating with USAID is Súmate, the organization that promoted the recall referendum campaign against President Hugo Chávez and is now rejecting the results that have been certified by the most credible international observers and even by the U.S. government. Súmate, despite its numerous undemocratic positions and actions, has also been a recipient of U.S. government funds from the National Endowment for Democracy in 2003....

..USAID is financed by the U.S. Congress and is controlled by the Department of State. Founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, USAID was established as a fund dedicated to humanitarian intervention around the world. Despite Kennedy’s humane intentions, USAID has more recently been used, in many instances, as a mechanism to promote the interests of the U.S. in strategically important countries around the world. In the case of Venezuela, USAID maintains a private contractor in Caracas monitoring and facilitating its projects and funds and also has a local operating center, the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) that was established in 2002, after the failed coup d’etat against President Chávez. The private contractor, Development Alternatives, inc. (DAI), manages and supervises grants approved by USAID to Venezuelan organizations.

Under a program entitled Venezuela: Initiative to Build Confidence, DAI has awarded 67 grants to Venezuelan organizations in various sectors and areas of interest. These grants equal $2.3 million, just during 2003. In total, DAI ‘s program in Venezuela counts on $10,000,000 in funding for the period August 2002 through August 2004 –$5 million annually to "focus on common goals for the future of Venezuela". According to the documents obtained under FOIA and DAI’s project description (available on www.dai.com) none of the project grants or programs have been in collaboration with the Venezuelan government.

In fact, many of the same recipients of U.S. government funds through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have also received USAID funding through DAI. Despite the illegal withholding of names on the USAID-DAI grants, one document apparently was skipped, at least in part. The name, Súmate appears on a grant intended to encourage "electoral participation" in the recall referendum, citing $84,840 as the total grant amount. Combined with the NED grant of $53,400 given to Súmate in 2003-2004, the organization that is now crying fraud about the recall referendum against President Chávez, the results of which have been recognized as absolutely credible by the Carter Center and the U.S. Department of State, has received, at minimum, more than $200,000 in just one year for promoting its attempts to remove Venezuela’s President from office. - Venezuela Analysis

Yes, the US has been doing what it could to destroy the people powered revolution of Venezuela. Chavez brought free health care and other benefits to his people. in America we have Obamacare and skyrocketing premiums. How was he able to give his people those things? The oil revenues that would have ordinarily gone to the big US oil conglomerates, went to the people instead. This is what really got America's elite in a violent huff. How dare he give all that wealth to those 'darkies'? So they get to agitating inside the US for a war. That is what Roberson's speech as all about. Get the people angry at Chavez so that action could be taken. Then followed the coup. Who is Pat Roberson really working for? I will let wiser readers figure that one out.

So what we have here is a decade long effort to oust Chavez, and redirect the wealth distribution from the people to the US oil conglomerates. Do you really want to understand why the US is down there screwing up Venezuela? This little piece from Reuters will help you figure it out. You can read more about Chavez and his revolution here, the positive things that the US would rather the American people never hear about. Do check it out and you can better understand just how morally bankrupt American policy is in our world today.

Chavez' revolution far from being the failure that the US narrative wants to paint it as, was a shining success and a black eye in the NeoLiberal economic model that the US has forced on so much of the world, where wealth is expropriated by the elite, massive loans are taken out by nations so that when the elite pull the economic rug from under a nation. Then they have loans that they cannot pay back, allowing the bankers,oil merchants and others to come in and by resources and infrastructure for pennies on the dollar.

How do you destroy the revenues of an oil based economy? Simple destroy the price of oil. Bring it down to a level that profits disappear and do it so that it debt servicing becomes unmanageable. But Venezuela is not about to go easily. China has stepped in and given some assistance.

But what was the real catalyst for Venezuela's sudden economic deterioration? Simple. It was the collapse of the price of oil that was indeed artificially high in order to give American Fracking producers an incentive for exploration. Again, I want to reiterate, The price of oil is not market driven. That is the narrative they hope people believe, primarily ignorant investors. It is created by US policy and their covert surrogates in the Oil markets and industry. Those people inside the Intelligence community who pull the strings get very very rich when they know something like this is coming.

They, not the markets decide what the price of oil shall be, despite what you have been told or believe. It has been America's dominance in the realm of the pricing of everything from Gold, Oil, Gas, Silver and other commodities that has assisted it's dominant position in the world, to the detriment of billions of souls on earth.

But let's move on from Venezuela and talk for a moment about Brazil. This is another nation that the US hegemon's want to gain control of. They have forced the removal of the President and installed a puppet. This is what is really happening down there. They what is the oil prize in Brazil.

In 2014, Brazil produced 2.95 million b/d of petroleum and other liquids. Crude oil made up 2.2 million b/d, and 551,000 b/d was biofuels, with the remainder produced as condensate and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The state of Rio de Janeiro produced 1.54 million b/d in 2014, accounting for 68.4% of the total production. São Paulo recorded the highest percentage growth in oil production in 2014 (134.4%) with 93,000 b/d as a result of increased production from the Baúna and Sapinhoá fields in the Santos Basin. Espírito Santo state remained the second-largest producer in the country with 352,700 b/d average production in 2014.

Source: EIA

The real prize here is the Brazilian Energy conglomerate, Petrobras,which right now is also having a hard time in the current low oil price environment. Keep in mind that this entity is partially owned by the government, with a stake of 54% direct and another 10 percent owned by two other Brazilian agencies, bringing the total to 64% ownership. This is important because if American multinationals want to take over this, one of the most important Energy conglomerates in the world, they would need to get the President to sell off enough shares to outside investors (read US corporations) so that they could gain control of the company. Keep this in mind -  Perobras has only become more of a government entity as a direct result of the leftist parties that came to power in Brazil as a result of resounding electoral victories, Lula being the one who brought it all about.

Also keep in mind that Brazil's 'Pre-salt energy deposits are a very significant find and one that has other nations chomping at the bit to get control of. This is probably one of the key reasons for American interference in Brazil. They don't believe that non-Whites should have control of all of those natural resources. This has been the crux of the matter with the entire BRICS antagonism. Yes, the US is concerned with its hegemony and losing ground to these new upstart nations who are not of pure stock (Chinese, Slav's, Latin Americans, etc). They are building something different. It remains to be seen if they can do it and more importantly if it really is something better or just the same old story of exploitation. Given the human rights disaster in China, it's hard to be optimistic. Yet such abuses against democracy activists and basic human rights workers were not the case on such a scale in Venezuela. In Latin America, it was the Americans who had the abysmal human rights record.

Finally the last case we will look at is one that has not been talked about much. That being the crisis inside Saudi Arabia. The price of oil has not left this kingdom unscathed. In fact, it is facing a real crisis. They are in a classic cash crunch. Why? Cheap oil has punched a hole in its budget. It's so bad that contractors are now being paid with IOU's rather than cash.

Bloomberg has an interesting piece here. It's establishment, so naturally the more sensitive issues have been sanitized out of it, but still, its worth reading. You may also find this of interest as well.

More recent stories can be found at Oil centered news sites. Like here and here.  So yes, the Saudi's as well are in big trouble. But if you want to know what I suspect it's this. This was also a target of American destabilization efforts. The US wants a bigger share of the oil profits all over the world and compelling the Saudi's to sell off part of their holdings was part of the plan. We will have to see just how serious the Americans are about democracy in Saudi Arabia. I don't think they really want that there. Not when they have such close ties to the despotic monarchy that now rules the nation I like to call Beheadistan.

What does this mean?

Well, I think we need to take into account that this low oil price policy is hardly universally adored. Those who invested heavily in shale oil in the US have taken a severe beating and many are going bankrupt. The banks who loaned them money are not happy having to look at defaulted payments. So the policy is not one that can continue indefinitely, though many in policy circles would love to see it happen. Simply put the low price of oil was a plan hatched a few years ago, when prices were high and policy experts were looking at ways of slowing or crippling the economic growth of these new nations who were primarily populated and run by people of color.

I say these things not to air dirty laundry but to let you know how so many people in our world are treated by our government and the enormous suffering it's policies cause. Look at Venezuela. No, the US is not totally to blame, but their policies were designed to do just what we are seeing their now. Destroy the country so that the people would eject Maduro.

A curse falls on those who do such evil so consistently and in so many different places.

Where does the President stand in all of this? To put it bluntly, the elite of this nation would never of put him into office, or allowed him to become President (they could have easily disqualified him) if he were not playing their game and was willing to be the Black face on their policies.

I am not going to be too hard on him, because I know he tried initially to bring in the changes he promised. He could not. They had him by this private parts and when they pulled and said scream, that is what he did. The powers that be knew they needed a Black face to do the things they wanted to do both at home and abroad.

They found their man in President Obama.

Christians Accused Of 'Forced Conversions' Behind Bars

Indian Christians are accused of economic inducements to bring in convert. Is it true? Perhaps, but given the political backdrop in India these days, it's probably exaggerated or worse, some kind of set up. Christians in some parts of India are severely persecuted.

What follows is an excerpt from the US governments most recent report on Religious Persecution in India

In 2015, religious tolerance deteriorated and religious freedom violations increased in India. Minority communities, especially Christians, Muslims, and Sikhs, experienced numerous incidents of intimidation, harassment, and violence, largely at the hands of Hindu nationalist groups. Members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) tacitly supported these groups and used religiously-divisive language to further inflame tensions. These issues, combined with longstanding problems of police bias and judicial inadequacies, have created a pervasive climate of impunity, where religious minority communities feel increasingly insecure, with no recourse when religiously-motivated crimes occur. In the last year, “higher caste” individuals and local political leaders also prevented Hindus considered part of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Dalits) from entering religious temples. Additionally, the national government or state governments applied several laws to restrict religious conversion, cow slaughter, and foreign funding of NGOs. Moreover, an Indian constitutional provision deeming Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains to be Hindus contradicts international standards of freedom of religion or belief. Based on these con- cerns, USCIRF again places India on Tier 2, where it has been since 2009. However, USCIRF notes that India is on a negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom. USCIRF will continue to monitor the situation closely during the year ahead to determine if India should be recommended to the U.S. State Department for des- ignation as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) for systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom. - USCIRF

Baptist Pastor Poisoned In Uganda

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A Muslim villager in eastern Uganda is suspected in the poisoning death of a pastor on Sunday (May 15), sources said.

Micah Byamukama, pastor of Kasecha Baptist Church in Kasecha village, Kibuku District, died at Kabweri Health Centre at 9 p.m. after ingesting an insecticide that Ahmed Mupere put into his food that evening, area sources said. He was 61.

Mupere was said to be upset with Pastor Byamukama, a fervent evangelist, after public discussions in which the pastor challenged his belief in Jinn, supernatural creatures in early Arabic mythology and later Islamic theology. The pastor had asserted that “the true God is the God of the Lord Jesus Christ, who conquered the power of Satan including the Islamic Jinn,” an area source said.

“He maintained that the Islamic Jinn are acts of Satan and should be denounced,” he said.

Last week unidentified persons whom neighbors believe Mupere hired attacked the pastor with knives. The pastor was wounded before the neighbors responded to his cries for help and rescued him, they said. - Morning Star News

Tutu's Daughter Marries Girlfriend, Leaves Ministry

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2Tim 4:3-4, KJV)


Sudan: Pastor Charged With Crimes, Death Possible

5/24/16 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian pastor could face the death penalty after his attorney told ICC that the government is planning to charge him with espionage and various crimes against the state.

Sudanese intelligence officials (NISS) arrested Taour on December 21, 2015 and held him incommunicado, blocking his access to family and legal counsel until this week. Taour serves as a reverend with the Sudan Church of Christ.

According to Taour’s attorney, Mohaned Mustafa, Taour still awaits official charges, but they could draw from sections 50, 51, 53, 55, and 64 of the Sudan Criminal Act of 1991. These include “undermining the constitutional system,” “waging war against the state,” “disclosure and obtaining information and official documents,” “provoking hatred against or amongst sects,” and espionage. Three of these crimes carry the possibility of the death penalty, if convicted. - ICC

24 May

Entrapment Incorporated

Reason.com does a piece on how the Police State apparatus operates and how much money it takes for them to create a criminal conspiracy in the hopes they can entrap an ordinary Joe into its web. How much they spend on all of the security measures since 911-  an attack whom even to this day, our government hides key data on who the real perpetrators were and sells arms to them to the tune of billions of dollars every single year. More here.

I am and have always been a big believer in the nations security. That has not changed. I am not a believer in fraudulent and false threats blown out of all proportion or worse, created and or exacerbated by those in power for the express purpose of gutting our rights and raising security budgets.

Maryland Governor Signs Landmark Legislation Limiting Civil Asset Forfieture

Gov. Hogan originally opposed the measure that had strong support in the Law Enforcement community The Center for Public Integrity has a great piece that looks at this law and the trends around the nation on this very important issue - the cops don't need to find you guilty or even charge you with a crime for them to come and take all of your property.

I never want to hear another American official talk about corruption in China or Russia or Brazil or Iraq until we deal with this kind of corruption right here in America. All these laws do is make criminals out of ordinary cops. The temptation to steal is too great.

More here
Here and...

Bill Cosby To Stand Trial

Cosby, who has helped this nation more than once secretly is now being punished. These old charges probably won't stick. Cosby only began to have serious legal trouble within a few days of his plan to go on TV and talk about Black issues at the time of the Furgeuson Riots.

Now I don't know who or what is behind this, but while I take allegations of this kind of alleged sexual predatory behavior very seriously, I have to wonder why it took 12 years for someone to finally decide to go through all the hoops of bringing up then and now now bringing it to trial.

I am suspicious that Cosby may have crossed some folks who did not want the world to hear what he had to say and even if they heard it, his character would be assassinated so that no one would listen.

Black men with money... they will find a way to come after you. It's easier for them if you have serious character flaws or crimes in your past, harder if you don't. But it won't matter...

...they will still come after you nonetheless.

Do you think Cosby, if convicted is the only one with a problem...

.... think again.

Mr. Wood may have backtracked. He probably had to if he ever wanted to work in Hollywood again.

Peru Declares Environmental Emergency Over Mercury

Tests have shown people contaminated with the poisonous substance. Mercury is a byproduct of illegal Gold mining in the country.


If you really want to know why America is sinking in to the kind of nation where it's OK to rob pension funds you need look no further than this...

It's not just Hillary, though she is probably one of the worst. No, its the whole rotten brothel of US politics and its why our system is terminally broken.

The Japan Factor

The Jamestown Foundation does an interesting paper (see link) on Japan, Russia and the conflict over the China sea's and more. This paper is well written and gives us a look at the issues Japan faces and just what this conflict means to them. This paper gives both some history and some geopolitical backdrop and shows just why this issue is far more important to Japan that it is to the US. Keep in mind that this is a NeoCon think tank and always call for hawkish American policies.

This paper is rather important in light of the fact that Russia and Japan appear to be moving towards some kind of new understanding. The two have had serious disagreements in the past and one big one are islands that are disputed by both Russia and Japan. These are the Kuril Islands and the dispute is a long one. Also of note is the fact that officially Russia and Japan never signed a peace treaty after WWII. Wikipedia has the basis of the dispute with a timeline of key events in it on this link, it's rather detailed.

Sputnik news has an interesting piece here on the ties between the two and recent talks that is interesting. In that it also shows some of the negative views and reactions on the warm-up in the Chinese media.

Why is this important? Well, the Japanese have reached out to the Russians in the hopes of fostering better relations, including trade relations. The disputed Islands are of course one of the key facets of the talks, but clearly the Japanese are looking to move beyond that and are looking at a whole range of issues and thus improving ties. The Japanese PM, Abe has moved rather significantly to shore up relations with Moscow. He went to Moscow back in 2013 to show he meant business on mending ties. Abe has been careful to build up a strong personal relationship with Putin, for all that is Russian today revolves around Russia's leader. Both have stated they want to build strong nations. When the West embarked on its sanctions on Russia, Japan followed suit, but only later and with largely ineffective measures. Let's take a look at what the Japanese Embassy has to say on it.

The trade volume between our two countries increased by 6.6% in 2013 and reached 33.2 billion US dollars. Russia’s export increased by 26.7% and reached 19.6 billion US dollars; import decreased by 13.3% and reached 13.6 billion US dollars....

...The trade volume between Russia and Japan reached almost 18 billion US dollars during the first half of 2014 (13.9% increase in comparison with the same period of 2013). Japan’s export to Russia reached 12.9 billion US dollars (25.5% increase).  - The Embassy Of The Russian Federation To Japan.

Russia Today has a piece on their trade relations here that you may find of interest. The Japan Times has a series of articles on the subject on Russia-Japanese related recent events.

What does this mean? As the Jamestown foundation notes, in Japanese eyes, America's response to China's actions in the China sea's lacks the kinds of masculinity that many in the region, including the Japanese are looking for. Keep in mind that Japan has long looked to America for her security and now realizes, at least from her standpoint, that the Americans look weak and cannot be relied upon in the face of a real fight. That is not necessarily my own assessment, but were I a Japanese security official, that would be a logical conclusion I would draw from recent events.

Remember, Japan is a small nation and only recently has allowed itself to begin to allow for more defense related spending. She needs security assurances and what she does not need is a row with both China and Russia with a tepid, befuddled America as her security guarantor.

Moreover, Abe is probably hoping that a thaw in economic relations will bring resolution to the disputed Island issue. But one thing seems clear, Abe, gestures to Russia are neither theater nor are they haphazard. He appears to genuinely want to slowly begin at least an economic tilt towards Russia. The Asian Pacific Journal has a very detailed and insightful piece here that gives us a look at Abe's attempts to bring in better ties with Moscow.

The developments in Asia are of great importance and one needs to keep an eye on how other long term allies of the Americans view America's response to the dispute in the China sea.

ISIS: Satanic Economics At Work

Bonuses paid for sex-slaves having kids. The good news is that they appear to be cash strapped these days.

Have those who committed the sins and wickedness and those who worked so hard in secret to bring these devils onto the scene to cause so much pain and suffering to so many. Have they crossed the line into unpardonable sin?

They knew what they were doing and made a carefully deliberated decision to do it anyway.

What did the Lord say to Jacob when his wickedness grew to such a degree?

That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes;
yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob,
Surely I will never forget any of their works.

(Amo 8:6-7)

Most sins, God is more than willing to forgive, others... well...  not so much.

Look at what the Lord spoke against the house of Eli

In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house:
when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house
for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile,
and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli,
that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

(1Sa 3:12-14)

ISIS and their backers are on the the wrong side of Spiritual history. While I think that for some of those fighters,  God will try and reach out to them - but those 'rich men on the earth' who set this in motion - that is your true satanic evil.

Men who let their greed and lust for power open up the door to their soul for the devil to come in and make himself at home and who now are under his control to do his will.

Let us pray for all the victims of this evil that God may release them from the clutches of this powerful demonic stronghold.

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy,
and whom he will he hardeneth.
(Rom 9:18)

This is a hard saying and many don't understand it. But know this - God's mercy and forgiveness are not forever to the wickedly unrepentant. Sometimes God will use such people for an eternal example of just what he thinks about such evil and wickedness.

The scriptures from Genesis to Revelation make that fact abundantly clear.

Ask Noah's generation.

Many eons from now, when this age of evil is almost forgotten by we the redeemed, there will be an eternal reminder of just what sin is all about and what it costs written in torments of those who rebelled against the most high. The smoke of their torment will be an ever present reminder that when it comes to sin, wickedness and rebellion, God has not, is not and will not play games.

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever:
and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image,
and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
(Rev 14:11)

Let us all pause and consider.

Federal Deficit's And A Certain River In Egypt

A good look at our deficits and the 'da-Nile' that is exemplified by the usual establishment policy propagandists that tell you trillions owned to foreigners who threaten to dump their debt if we don't do what they say, is just fine with them.

Interest payments? It's money that could be used elsewhere and needed in many cities and communities. The policy wonks don't care, because they have their homes in the suburbs and drive their Lexus' to work and can only keep them if they carry the lies their masters want them to tell. To them, the debt is just a number to talk about, not a reality that has to be paid for, serviced and interest paid on.

More relevantly today, that it is a gun we give to our enemies to point at us at their, not our whim. The spending... it's way more than we take in. Look at this Chart from the CATO institute. This is spending just on the DOD and Medicare/Medicaid.

Chart Source: CATO

Brothers, nothing major has changed. We are still running full steam ahead on the road to national bankruptcy and currency destruction and all the half-wits sailing their boats on the rivers of denial will not change it.

The key to this system, as readers here know that has been able to allow us to live far above our means is the Petrodollar system and that dear readers is slowly coming apart with Russian and China now conducing oil transactions in non-dollars and Russia's new moves to create a new oil exchange and pricing mechanism . So don't let these Establishment economic quacks tell you that $19 Trillion in debt is 'just fine'. It isn't and the more that old petrodollar system crumbles, the more that debt is going to matter to all Americans.

That system is under serious strain. The Saudi's were and are the lynch-pin of that system.  AntiWar carries a great little piece by Ron Paul that may help you to get a grasp on where things are in that relationship. That one is good and I hope you read it. Moreover after Obama's less than stellar visit to the Beheading Kingdom, John Kerry responded to the Saudi's coldness with removing any further American impediments to Iranian business dealings, something that many in Iran and in Europe were worried and complaining about. It's not hard to figure that the Saudi's were probably pressuring the US to make those dealings as hard as possible for Iran and after the snub, this was probably the American retaliation. That and the upcoming release of those classified pages from the 911 report that are now due to come out.

The world is shifting and America can't rely on it's daily 'debt fix' to keep the government running. Hard choices can and need to made about where we want to take the nation for the second half of the 21st century.

Sadly, none of the people running for President has anything remarkably new that could cause America to redirect itself into something more financially solvent or positive.

23 May

Discerning The Times

Especially deceitful times require an especially high level of discernment. They require that we as Christians move ourselves out of the mundane and into the spiritual. They require that we get a full understanding of what our Lord warned us about our times, these very last days and mark events in our world accordingly. This is not easy to do and requires significant effort. This is called 'watching' as our Lord commanded. These are difficult times. But God has not left us without hope or a witness to his purpose in our times.

The key to understanding our times if I had to put things into a nutshell, is God's plan to deal with those who have rebelled against his rulership and commandments. Mankind, is not the center of this battle, though he plays a very significant role in it. No, the real center of this battle is in the spiritual realm, the fallen angels who rebelled against the most high. The devil, (who is referred to as Lucifer) and his host of fallen angels who turned on God and wanted to set up another kingdom apart from him. This number of rebellions heavenly host numbers about a third of the total number of angels (Rev 12:3; 12:7). One day, they will be cast down here to earth. There is a lot to learn about demons and understanding about who they are and what their plan is will help us to better understand and discern just what the the devils next steps are likely to be here on earth. The devil does have plan, and that plan is lined up with a strategy that leads to a specific goal.

So what is the devils plan? Overall he wants to steal God's worship, kill mankind and destroy God's creation, or as much of it as he can get his hands on. He knows that part of his plan (in his view) was defeated on the cross, and that vast sections of mankind will be saved and will worship God in the manner that pleases the most high. We are the redeemed and are now part of the seed of the most high. The presence and existence of the redeemed and blood washed Church is one of the devils most significant failures and he knows it spells doom for his 'divine' aspirations. The devil hates the Church because now, in place of all the fallen angels who sinned against God and who once all sang praises to him with those who did not fall, there will be this new breed of the Sons of  God in heaven - namely the redeemed Church. The scriptures are pretty clear that at the creation, the rebellion had not yet occurred.

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
(Job 38:6-7)
What I don't want to do today is get into a long study on demonology and the different classes of fallen spirits other spirits who are beyond God's redemptive plan, but there are a few different classes of spirits. The key to understand is that these spirits have no hope. None. They are truly desperate. Why? Because most of these fallen spirits know something we do not. They know God and have seen his face and stood in his presence. They know what they are dealing with in an upfront and personal way that we Christians do not. We must accept all of these things by faith, except those few whom the Lord has taken to heaven or otherwise given visions to. They know God's power and that his word is never broken. Whatever utterance and judgement God gave to the rebellious host is not recorded in scripture. But given the fact that Hell was created for the devil and his fallen angels (Matt 24:41) and not man, I think we can gather that whatever the Lord said, it was to pronounce the eternal damnation of the rebels in due course. I stress in due course because it appears that some of these fallen creatures where immediately consigned to the abyss. The most high does not like rebellion and deals with it most severely. Peter makes clear that man and angels who rebel and do evil will be dealt with and gives us a glimmer of the fate of some of these fallen angels.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person,
a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned
them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after
should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

(2Pe 2:4-9)

Peter is telling us the reason for Hell and why it's there. It is there because of sin (rebellion) and that regardless of pedigree, man or angel, the fate of rebels rests in the eternal chains of hell. The main and most important difference between these class of beings is this - mankind has a chance at redemption and not only that,  but to become not just a son of Adam, but a son of God, provided he accepts God's redemptive gift and falls under the Lordship (rulership) of Jesus Christ. This is what makes man so blessed and gifted. We can be forgiven of our sins. The fallen angels cannot. There is and will never be a redemptive plan for the fallen hosts.

So what is the devils stratagem? He has to have one and he also has to know that his doom is sealed.

I will leave that question for another time. But what I will say is that we Christians must know who our enemy is and what he wants. The last days antichrist system? This is about worship. Stealing God's worship for himself under the threat of impoverishment and death, if one does not comply.

Why are so many Churches and Christians being attacked? The reasons are two fold. First the devil wants to destroy the message of redemption. Second he wants to impose himself onto Church leadership and deceive the Church into worship of him rather than the worship and honor due to God. He must subvert as much of the Church away from the teachings of Christ and into rebellion (this is key) and seduce it into his system and worship of him.

This is why phenomenon of false pastors and church leaders is so important today. Indeed, in the above quoted text from Peter, the chapter starts out by talking about false prophets who led the people astray (2Pet 2:1ff). The last days are now full of them, they sit in pulpits across the world, particularly in the west.

This is why it is important that each of you know the word and understand what things are to come prophetically, for they shall surely transpire. These are very dangerous times and let each wise soul keep his heart with Christ, his mouth closed, his eyes open and his faith strong. The prophesies of old may have been slow to arrive, but now that they are coming to pass, things are going to move quickly.

From the day I first started this site, I always had the verse from Habakkuk on my site "That he may run that readeth it'. It is also the name of the book I wrote back in 2000. I started the site right after I wrote the book. Let me quote the entire passage from Habakkuk so you see why I mention it here.

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower,
and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer
when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision,
and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak,
and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
it will not tarry.
(Hab 2:1-3)

The vision God has given us is sure and it will tarry. Christ warned us of the same thing repeatedly. He admonishes us on being one of those who say, 'My Lord delayeth his coming..." This is a mistake. The constant theme in the writings of the NT is that the Lord will take his time and the Church will fall asleep, other parts of it will rebel and others will be diverted by the pleasures of this life. That his tarrying will have a profound effect on those who call themselves his. This is the crux of the matter for we who live in these times. We cannot allow ourselves to catch that spirit because it leads to a spirit of unbelief and then later, rebellion.

It's the waiting that will get many a saint in the last days. They will as our Lord said, betray one another and fall away. The devil will be right there to help them do it in as large of numbers as possible. This is why I say to all of you, don't be in a rush for the Lord to come. He has his own agenda and one key thing on that agenda is to have as many saved souls in heaven as possible. That is not going to be easy with the devil deceiving as the scriptures say in the last days 'the whole world'. You see the problem? God is not looking for fly by night, love you today and leave you tomorrow worshipers and servants. He is looking for people who are willing to forsake all, in order to get into the Kingdom. That is not going to be many. It will be those who are called faithful and chosen.

So in these times, what does all of this really mean? As we watch false prophets arise, major financial crisis, transpiring and even greater ones ahead, as we watch the specter of war and the mass of refugees, the mass killing, imprisonment and persecution of so many Christians. These things are signs of the times and while some nations are chaffing at the bit at globalization, like in the UK with the Brexit, the reality is that the elite have a plan B to make sure that globalization goes forward despite the will of the people or, even if they know it will bring in destruction and poverty. Globalization is the religion with these men. The aim is not anything other than the amalgamation of power unto themselves at any and all costs. This what I call the 'satanic imperative'. The lust and drive for power at any and all costs, no matter how badly it effects anyone else. Why are they like that? Because the devil is their father and the works of the devil they will do. He too had a lust for power and consequently they follow in his footsteps. Like father, like son.

This is how we know those who serve the Lord, they have a different agenda. One that is not obsessed with power and money. We serve our God, in all humility and give thanks for the things he has done for us. We are of a different breed, a different family. If I had to put it in kind of modernesque terms, I would put it like this. We, the redeemed of the earth are going to spiritually evolve into Son's of God from once being sons of Adam. The former Son's of God (fallen angels) are going to go undergo a spiritual de-evolution to the category of damned souls. BTW, no I don't believe in evolution... the way Darwin taught it.

The times now are showing what men are made of. Look around the world today, look at the unbridled lust. Look at the epidemic of rape in Europe, look at the trends on Sodomy all throughout the west, look at the greed, the corruption and the cruelty. Do you know what this is all about? This is about the devils kids showing all creation who their father is. This time on earth we have, its to let us demonstrate what we are made of, who we love and what spiritual family we wish to and actually do belong to.

This is the time in many ways of a great revealing. A revealing of man's spiritual condition. This is why we Christians are so baffled by the openly bad behavior of so many of the world's people. I read today where Susan Sarandon, the star, wants to direct porn when she retires. The world shrugs its shoulders. We Christians almost wince and such a notion. But these are the times. Is this really all that different from the things that Lot had to look at day in and day out as he dwelt in the land of Sodom?

It is my hope that all of you are able to get a good look at the times and some of the interesting events in our world. To understand the spirit of this age and the enormous deceptions that are now  taking place. They are not to be taken lightly and any one who does is likely to suffer enormously for doing so. 

I thought it was time for a look at the spiritual big picture today as I think they will help us to better understand the trends we see in the world. If we have a total surveillance society, its because we have an elite who have their own plans to crush any form of dissent and bring in a total control society. Why? Understanding the spiritual imperative helps us to understand the why's of these things. Where does the devil want to take the world? Once you get an understanding of that, you know many of the things he must accomplish to bring it about. He must -

  • Demonize genuine, Bible believing Christians
  • Elevate other religions as being superior to the Gospel
  • Institute new people control technology, tracking, monitoring and spying tech
  • Get full control of all buying and selling - the eradication of any financial freedom.
  • Denigrate the morality and thinking powers of ordinary people in order to more easily propagandize them. Keep them emotionally charged, angry, hateful, dumb and fully controllable.
  • Seduce the masses into the glories of a new order, new ways of thinking that assists in the transfer of power, loyalty and faith to and in the elite.
I hope this look at things from a more spiritual and big picture view assists all of you in better understanding the times.

Now, on to a couple of things from readers this AM, One of my newer readers asked me. Where do the prophets in Maryland meet? Well, to tell you the truth, I have no idea. I wish I did. It's hard to know where there are truly anointed prophets or those seeking the prophetic anointing from God congregate.

Being a prophet is a tough job. While I have never called my self one, being a watchman is in many ways a kind of prophetic anointing. He rarely hears directly from the Lord in the way that a true prophet does, but rather relays the signs of the times as it relates to prophecy so that believers understand the times and don't fall asleep. Just so you know, I have never called my self a prophet. But at the same time, I have never actually denied that calling either. Many, many people have called me one over the years. But yes, I know that my calling is in the prophetic realm... without being specifically in the office of prophet.

Yes, the office of prophet is one that is one of the most difficult on many levels. One failure in the eyes of many does not mean failure in the eyes of God. People may not repent but that does not mean that the prophet failed. It just means that the people would not hear him. Moreover prophets have a tendency to die in office... sometimes violently. Think John the Baptist and Zechariah. A man who asks to be a prophet is asking for one of the toughest jobs there is. He is going to be reviled, mocked, mistreated, hated and otherwise abused for the sake of the Lord. What he has to say, few will want to hear and if he keeps silent, he will make enemies not just with his hearers, but with the Lord as well!

A true prophet these days of the OT sort is rare. I don't think God raises up many. Now there are prophets who are anointed to edify the Church and this is one of the gifts of the spirit, which are described in 1 Corinthians chapter 12. These gifts are given by God for the edification of the body of Christ. This is not all dissimilar to what the old Testament prophets did. They spoke to Israel, who at that time were the people of God. But as we have gone through Jonah, that was not all these men did, sometimes they ventured outside of the household of God to prophecy elsewhere.

Once many years ago, a lady I knew prophesied that I was going to be a prophet to the nations. First she spoke and she said nation... and then she corrected herself and said 'nations' and then she gave me the word. She had a hard time saying it because she did not understand it, but she said 'stratagem' and that was like a rank within God's kingdom.

I say these things to you only so that you may understand where I am coming from. I am not going to ever call myself a prophet. I am just not going to do it. I don't see myself that way. I am just a servant of the Lord who has been given a specific task and I plan on doing it to the best of my ability. Some folks need the affirmation of titles, I shrink from them. I hate to be pigeonholed, categorized and otherwise labeled. I prefer just to be known as 'Brother Mark'. Why? Because when all is said and done, that faithful wife who raised 4 kids on a shoestring budget and kept faith with her God will be just as highly rewarded as I will be if I am faithful to my calling. We look at the outer trappings and titles of people. God looks upon the heart and a persons works.

So to you out there who asked me about where the prophets meet in Maryland. I don't know. If you find out... let me know... would you?!

To the reader who asked me about research on the topic of the social transformation of America and the role Christians played in things like Prohibition, Sunday laws and abortion.  He asked me what school of thought was behind it and where he could get good information on it.  Let me cut and paste his question because it is a very good one and quite relevant for us today.

I seek your advise on research sources.

A question has bothered me for quite a while and I want to spend time researching on it, and maybe, if I can find a way, write an article on the question.

It is this. In the Nineteenth Century, Victorian England and maybe parts of the USA, passed social legislation. A lot of this legislation was motivated by Christians and was aimed at “improving” the morals of society that existed at that time. I refer to alcohol prohibition laws, sunday laws, abortion laws {of whatever variety}, etc etc. The specific law is not the issue. I want to understand the motivation behind the passage of these laws. the anti-slavery laws were probably passed by this school of thought too.

We know as evangelical Christians, that it is only belief in the Son of God, which means total adherence and reliance to His instructions on how to live life, that can bring about genuine change in the outward moral stance of an individual.

the passage of legislation does nothing to increase the viability of an individual’s belief in the Son of God.

so, in the 1950’s, starting in England, there began a revolt against this social legislation because the general society had changed, and people and their judges, wanted to do what was “ right in their own eyes”. I know the English case, there are Canadian cases, some American cases.  Roe vs Wade sits squarely in the middle of these type of cases, coming at the time when the people, and their judges, wanted to do “their own thing”.

I am reminded of Judges 17:6, “in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”

I also recall that prior to Judges Ch. 17, Israel never had a king but only ‘judges”.  Joshua and Moses were not Kings but rather, a general and a prophet. Kings of Israel might have enforced the law of Moses but it would appear that it was prophets like Samuel who actually took up the sword to defend God’s will. some Kings, like Jehu, were appointed to judge Baal followers but i don’t remember Jehu passing extra legislation to support the Mosaic laws.

 I would also hesitate to agree that the Kings who fought their way to the varied thrones of England, Scotland, France, Spain etc etc were really kings appointed by God. History teaches us that they were simply blood soaked tyrants, who wielded the sword more ruthlessly than their brothers/cousins and thus murdered family members in order to take and retain the thrones they sat on.

The point being, that the only genuine God appointed King over Israel was really David. and David was also a prophet who had the spirit of the Lord when he composed and sang the Psalms [those that were his]. David also as the King, did not issue any “moral statutes” but rather, his psalms mostly pointed his listeners to the benefits of inward meditation and prayer.  My point being that the godly Kings of the Old Testament did not issue “moral” laws but rather, they supported the existing laws of Moses.

So, where are we today? what is the justification for attempting to roll back the clock and impose “moral laws” on a society that has rejected God? How does it help to advance God’s goal, which is to see souls brought into submission to the Son of God? It appears to be “good works” but does the attempt to fight pro-abortion, pro-drugs, pro-alcohol, pro-contraception laws  really advance God’s cause? Should Christians engage in this fight?  If someone issues a call to arms, to take up a good fight on behalf of a Kingdom, then the call to arms must be justified by the long term strategy of the Kingdom. Are we Christians trying to pass legislation to “force’ society to obey the law of Moses?

Romans 8:3 says “for what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”

So, yes, Romans tells us the law was weak.  We are also taught in Romans that God had another plan, that of his Son, to redeem mankind.  Why then does it appear that Christians are reversing God’s clock, and trying to enforce Mosaic laws on society in general? The Bible teaches us that the Jews could not keep the law of Moses, and so we Christians appear to desire that all members of society should keep the law of Moses?

Gal 3:3 says “are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect in the flesh?"

this is where I need your help. Are they are writers out there who have been likewise troubled by this issue, and if so, can you please direct me their books or websites?

That is a very difficult question that will yield as many answers as there are people to answer it. America has long had a struggle between Christianity and both rationalism as well as with economic centered thinking as the centerpiece of American culture. It goes back to the days when the first colonies were established. There were those who came here to escape religious persecution and there were others who came here to get rich and expropriate resources. Not only that but Freemasonry became a very important facet of the American economic and political scene. These differing philosophic viewpoints have remained with us to this day, the tensions we see in our nation are nothing new, though they are taking on a more militant and less tolerant aspect.

I think it meet that if you are going to look at this issue you get a sense of American history and how we got to where we  are today.

I also think it meet that we understand, especially in the early 20th century we had a many revivalist movements that had a strong effect on society. Many Pentecostal and other types of movements swept across the nation and consequently we saw that many people wanted a more moral society. This was really the origin of the Volstead Act (Prohibition). It came from the temperance movement, run primarily by Christian women who pushed for this. One of the key groups was the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was the first mass organization among women devoted to social reform with a program that "linked the religious and the secular through concerted and far-reaching reform strategies based on applied Christianity." It was influential in the temperance movement, and supported the 18th Amendment.

The WCTU was originally organized on December 23, 1873, in Hillsboro, Ohio, and officially declared at a national convention in Cleveland, Ohio in 1874. It operated at an international level and in the context of religion and reform, including missionary work as well as matters of social reform such as suffrage. Two years after its founding, the American WCTU sponsored an international conference at which the International Women's Christian Temperance Union was formed. - Wikipedia
No one doubts the sincerity of their intentions. But their actions and success were the things that gave the organized gangsters of their day the thing they needed to build their empires of crime - a vice that people were willing to break the law to engage in, that being taking a drink.

This is what happens when one refuses to look at the unintended consequences of their actions.

You know, I don't like abortion. I really do think it nothing more than murder, especially in the late term of pregnancy. But even knowing this, I would hesitate to bring about a total ban, not because I would not like to see all abortions stopped, but because outlawing all abortions would only drive the demand for them into the realm of crime. Like the old gangsters of the 20's we would have something similar in America with abortions. And then not only would the child die, but in many cases, so would the mother and who knows what other crimes would spring up from that? Illegal drugs for the procedure, doctors being smuggled into the nation so that illegal clinics could avoid legal responsibility? Who knows? The risks of a total ban are real enough. Some kind of realistic and enforceable middle ground has to be found to dissuade a woman from having an abortion without direct criminalization of abortion at all points in a pregnancy. Yes it a total ban on all abortions sounds good, like making all drugs illegal, but what has been the real result of that policy?

I really cannot recommend any books on this as I have none. The ones I have from that period tend to look at other social phenomenon, but here is a book  that seems to put some things in good perspective.

The American Republic: A Nation of Christians

Yes, I hear you loud and clear on these issues. We Christians have I think spent too much time trying to reform a society that has rejected God. We are only sowing resentment when we keep pushing on many of the key issues of the day and try to legislate Christianity on America.

But at the same time, that does not mean that we should abandon the nation to the devil either.

We Christians must learn to pick our battles better and more importantly know that these battles are not going to be won in Congress or in the courts, but in our prayer closets and prayer meetings.

I wish I could be more help, but I think as you do your own reading on these issues you will be able to key up on some key concepts and movements in American history that shows you where these trends came from and the thinking behind those who pushed them.

I hope this helps.

Blessings and joy to all of you in the Lord!

Brother Mark

News In Narrative Form

Note: This week I will be posting much of my writings for the week (and a couple from last week) for insiders here on the public page.

The pension crisis in America continues. We have talked a bit about this before but this is where we are at now. Mish has a great piece over at his site that talks about the nations largest pension fund and the 60% reduction in benefits they proposed to the Treasury. Yes, you read that correctly. 60% reduction. Keep in mind that this is not just for future retirees, but also for current retiree's as well. But here is the kicker,  reductions may not be enough! You want to read the actual letter? Here it is. This is a serious crisis and one that people were warning about many years ago. I have articles on my hard drive that go back over 10 years by bloggers and journalists warning of this pension crisis that has now arrived. These funds though, many of them were looted and others were simply not replenished as state officials spent money on other things and often borrowed money to pay for the day to day operations of government. That is why so many state governments are in the red, some deeply in the red. You can get a gauge here as to the condition of many states. The nation's bell weather state? California? More here. George Mason University has a great report that can be found here on the subject of State Fiscal insolvency as well as some maps. The Hoover Institution has a paper that can be found here on the Pension Crisis. I will post a few of the charts  in that paper here (Creative Commons Licensed).

For State Governments

For City Governments

Source: Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits - Hoover Institution.

The problems in a nutshell are these...

First, State governments and political leaders won't deal in harsh fiscal realities until they literal run out of tricks that keep them from making hard choices. This is as true as the local level as it is at the Federal level. Making hard fiscal choices means that some one is going to get less than they were promised and anticipated. When you do it to business leaders politicians get less money to run for office, when they do it to the people, they get less votes. This is one of the failures of democracy, in my view. People want politicians who promise them a free ride, or at least a ride on someone else's dime. This is why this crisis was identified many years ago and little to nothing was done, other than Congress passing the 2014 law that basically allows funds, with the assent of the Treasury,  to screw retirees.

Second, is what I like to call the 'Law of Centralized Corruption'. What I mean is this. Where there is a large chunk of either money or power to be had in one place, corrupt elements, criminals and other sundry vermin will come in and find a way to steal it. They can usually find a 'legal' way to do it. We saw this back in the late 1980's with the looting of the Pension funds. How many of you remember the movie Wall Street? There was a line in it that movie is totally in keeping with this theme. When Gordon Gekko was done 'wrecking' things he wound up with he Pension fund's assets. This movie was merely a composite of many of the things that were going on back then. Even today most people have forgotten the savings and loan scandal.

Now that all of those folks who paid into those pension plans are older, the scale of the swindle is now being seen. Sure most of this was done in corporate America back then and yes, right now we are talking about government backed funds. The principle is the same, but the methodology to looting it was just different. They over promised, kept people working in jobs based on a promise they knew they were not going to be able to keep. That is called fraud and that ultimately is what this is about. The Feds just made Pension fraud 'legal' in that 2014 law.

This Law of Centralized Corruption just does not just cover pensions. Anytime you have a lot of money in one place the crooks begin to target you. This is why you have so much of it at the federal level and over in Wall Street. Crooks gravitate to money as flies gravitate to manure. Government is not immune nor exempt. Indeed it is the more insidious there because they can change the laws to make their swindles legal.  Think those massive Wall Street bailouts and now these pension funds. The insiders know how to work Congress to swindle money or prevent money due to others from arriving.. and place themselves at the front of the line to get it instead.

So I don't look for anyone to solve these problems. There is no strong impetus to do so.

If I were a working person who had to put money away for retirement, I would put it into anything but a centralized fund or pension plan. That includes 401(k)'s and IRA's. This is not professional advice and I counsel you to get some before you make a decision as I am not qualified to give financial advice. But if I was making a lot of money right now, I would scale down significantly my lifestyle, buy a couple of small homes that generate revenue (rent) get them paid down so that when I retired, I had an income that could not be held hostage to the organized criminals (in jeans or in Armani Suits) who are looking for a legal way to steal your nest egg.

Let the wise among you get before the Lord about these matters.

In other news

The crisis inside Turkey continues. Erdogan just stripped Parliament of it's immunity and now a crackdown (power grab) is feared. This is clearly aimed at the Kurds, whom Erdogan has been at war with. Erdogan is changing Turkey into  powerful regional player, but also more and more into fascist state. New Eastern Outlook as a great piece on the trends in Turkey that I think bears reading.

(New Eastern Outlook) Seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, fascism has reemerged with a vengeance. This resurgence can be seen all over Europe and the former Soviet bloc, perhaps most notably in Ukraine where Nazism masquerading as nationalist patriotism has effectively embedded itself in the political and military institutions of the country, all with the backing of the United States and European Union. From racist rhetoric and xenophobia in Western Europe, to torch-lit parades with fascist iconography in Greece and Ukraine, this virulent disease is once again infecting the body politic of the European continent.

However, just to the East, and with very little fanfare from sociologists, political scientists, and the international Left, Turkey has quietly been transformed into an aggressive, and deeply reactionary, country where civil and human rights are trampled under the weight of so-called “nationalism.” Under the leadership of first Prime Minister, and now President, Erdogan, Turkey has eschewed its once deeply held desire to be accepted as a liberal democracy in the community of European nations, and instead chosen the trajectory of regional hegemony abroad and fascist thuggery at home.

Now, it should be said at the outset, that the term fascism can take on many meanings, particularly in light of its historical development and context. One must also be careful not to use the term haphazardly at the risk of robbing it of its true meaning. Indeed, it would not be fair to say that Turkey in 2015 is as fascist as Ukraine or Germany under Hitler; such a description would be grossly irresponsible and not at all accurate.

However, a close analysis of Turkey in the ‘Age of Erdogan’ does reveal a country that has given over to violence as a political tool, repression and censorship as standard government practice, and sponsorship of terrorism as foreign policy. If it hasn’t already earned its fascist moniker, it may well be on its way. - Has Turkey Become a Fascist State? 21.09.2015 Author: Eric Draitser

The Jerusalem Post also has a piece here that I think is most potent and worthy of a read. Events in Turkey are key to events in Syria and Iraq as we have already seen, as well as events in Europe, where Turkey doing all it can to extract massive monetary concessions. But fair is fair, Erdogan has indeed taken in many of these refugees and caring for refugee's takes money, a lot of it. The Transatlantic council has a paper here that was part of the the long deliberative process that I think many of you may find useful. the Brookings Institute also has a paper that can be found here.

Trends in Turkey are increasingly important in a the destabilized Middle East and Erdogan's conflict with the Kurds, at home, in Parliament, in the Press, in Iraq as well as in Syria is one that bears watching. Meanwhile, the border fences are going up.

Moshe Ya'alon

Then there is events in Israel. Things there are, if you listen to some of the alternative press in the US, going from bad to worse. But clearly something is happening in Israel that is very significant. Last week the Israeli Defense Minister resigned. He was a very conservative, some would say hawkish man. Why did he go? He was criticized for his handling of the wave of Palestinian violence that has beset the nation, but has been kept out of US newspapers. Knife attacks on Israeli's are an almost daily occurrence. A Palestinian comes up to a Israeli or a policeman with a hidden weapon and stabs them. The old DM was replaced by Avigdor Lieberman who hails from what has been described as the extreme right wing, though some would probably take issue with that description. The party he belongs to Yisrael Beiteinu, is one that is mainly made up of  Russian Speaking immigrants and who do support the two state solution, with some careful additions.

Source: Wikipedia
Mr. Lieberman is not just a member of this party, he is one of the founders of it. Lieberman's history is an interesting one and those who lambaste him should probably take some time and study it. But he does see a deep and perennial threat in present Palestinian actions and attitudes, but his attitudes are clearly on the fringes of the far right and at times take on a very xenophobic and racist color, calling for disloyal Palestinians to have their heads chopped off and calling elected Arab parliamentarians 'terrorists'. This new Defense Minister is also advancing a new terror bill in the Knesset that would bring in the death penalty for terrorists. The problem is that  the law would not apply to Jews. The law would bolster Israel's military court system that prosecutes those accused of crimes in the occupied territories. He has also threatened to kill Hamas leaders.

What does all of this portend? I am worried about the government of Israel and as such am concerned about Israel's reputation in the world with such a man leading its defense establishment. Europe has already placed sanctions on Israeli products made in the settlements. This action gained the concurrence of the Obama administration, which has for various reasons, some valid others not, been the most hostile to the Netanyahu  government and the Jewish State of any sitting President. These new sanctions are not without risk, or even regret. The Behmoth Dutch Pension fund PGGM once divested itself from 5 Israeli banks as a protest of Israel's policies. Now they reportedly regret the decision. A couple of years ago, a whole new impetus began to economically isolate Israel because of it's policies. How far will this go? I don't know, there are powerful forces who have always hated the Jewish state within Europe. Antisemitism is just as  real today in the EU as it was back in the 1930's, though it is not nearly as institutionalized. But that too is changing and now with all of these Muslims flowing into Europe that has also  given rise to far right parties, the trend is likely only to continue. Moreover, Israel's policies and the appointment of men like Lieberman are likely to only make matters worse on this front.

In somewhat less related news to Israel, it is interesting to note how the Obama administration used key US media outlets (propagandists) to push its nuclear deal with Iran. I think all of you may find this of interest. I say this not because I did not support the deal, I did as you all know. I show it to you so that you can see how money, grants and bribery decide the spin on an issue and can carefully edit out key data that would ordinarily make one come to a different conclusion. The Ploughshares fund clearly likes secrecy. Their key donors are not easy to find for ordinary people. They are not listed on the Wikipedia entry and not listed clearly on their site. But a list can be found on their site in their annual reports. A very interesting list of people fund it. Who leads it? Another interesting list. I note that they are all White folks (page22).  All racial groups are included, EXCEPT Blacks. Sounds like too much like a certain Intelligence agency for me to be comfortable with their seemingly high sounding motives. Since one former intelligence agent (Valerie Plame - revealed in plenteous opensource media reports and in the linked report) is now in a position of leadership of the fund, I will reserve any further comment only pointing out the 'no Negros allowed' secret mantra of those inside certain quarters of the intelligence community.

Then there are the whistleblowers. Brothers, I cannot stress this enough, one of the things that will allow America to continue on as a safe and viable democracy is the protection of bona-fide, patriotic whistleblowers. Why? Because inside the intelligence community there is malfeasance, crime and treason. It is usually unchecked, un-investigated and unimpeded. Do you know why there is such resistance to whistlers. There are several reasons. I will list the key ones.

1) The intelligence community relies on secrecy to do its job. They don't like secrets revealed even if doing so does little to no damage to the nations security. Yes, even if revealing some things enhance it by providing debate about the IC's activities they would rather not discuss and or reform. There is a natural reticence to deal publicly in what they do. It's natural, but often, most unhealthy.

2) The intelligence community by nature of the secrecy that surrounds its work has a lot of problems. Internal processes that don't work, or are deliberately wasteful (so contractors can make money doing jobs that don't need to be done), disdain for elected representatives (despite what their apologists in the media say), contempt for the law and lawmakers, etc. Because the vast majority of Congress for the most part cannot (by law) know what they are doing, what laws and secret directives govern it, they often 'BS' their responses to Congress on their compliance with laws that have been passed that they violate, not only with reckeless abandon, but at times, with open contempt, as we saw with the nations top spy perjuring himself  before Congress, and the sitting President rewarding his perjury with the task of 'investigating' the very issue he lied about.

There is no way around it however, the bulk of their work really does demand secrecy. But they have leveraged that legitimate need often to mask not so much the nations secrets, but their illegal activities, their fraud, waste, abuse and yes occasional incompetence as well.

3) Their are networks of high level traitors in top levels of government. This is neither a guess nor a joke. There is a long history of treason at the very top levels of government. Elected officials and others find a gray areas in the law to betray the nation and deliberately and maliciously enhance the security of nations who have made it plain they want to destroy this nation. But in order to see this, most Americans have to take of their partisan blinders, their sexual orientation blinders, their religious blinders, their race-based blinders and their opiate induced blinders and see things as they really are, not as some paid for partisan hack wants to spin them. Some of the worse scandals have been revealed to the world at large and million dollar spin campaigns were launched to convince the people that 'Treason is good' if your last name is 'thus and so' and supports gay rights and legal pot.

Some of these traitors sit in top positions in the White House, CIA, NSA, the NSC, SCOTUS, State and elsewhere. They are paid agents of the Saudi's, the Israeli's, the Chinese, the Germans, major foreign corporations and even the Russians. No, they often don't get paid directly, There are legal ways to launder money to elected and appointed officials to ensure they are recompensed for their acts of treachery. Offshore accounts, extremely lucrative jobs with a foreign controlled foundation or nation once they retire, real estate purchased in a secret trust hidden overseas. There are ways to do it and it is done. now, here is the problem. You are an intel analyst and find these crimes being committed and have the evidence of them. Who do you take the information to? Now you see the problem? Pass that data the wrong official (legally sanctioned) direction and your body will be fished out of the Potomac in the morning.


The last thing they want to see is a whistleblower protection law that would allow respective IG's and the DOJ to begin to really look at these networks who are stealing our secrets and passing them on to foreign nations, guiding US policy to protect and arm terrorists, covertly arm them to destabilize nations that no one in elected office has even thought about destabilizing. These powerful people in government will use all of their power to ensure that whistleblower protections are useless and can destroy the career of a person who reveals malfeasance in the IC.

I ask all of you, if you really care about your country and not just the hot-button, petty issues that enrage and inflame you at election time, to take a few moments and read this very interesting piece from the Guardian posted very recently. I do hope you read it. The issues are laid out bare for you to see by people who were ground up and ground down by what I call 'Treason Protection Services Inc.' The network of key political officials and their footmen who on the behest of others, often foreign governments,  run interference to ensure crimes within the IC and in government are neither prosecuted nor corrected. and secrets head out the door, money gets lost in a maze of questionable contracting and the nations becomes less and less secure by virtue of the inability of the system to reform and correct itself.

4) Arrogance. Bureaucrats hate change. They hate agents of change and they hate to look bad. So they go after whistleblowers for the simple reasons of CYA.

What is my solution? Simple. IG's need to be given more power and even more independence from the agencies they operate in. They need to be more responsive to elected representatives and the DOJ and less and less to their respective bosses who run the agencies they are charged to investigate. Moreover they often need power like a Special IG. They need the power to investigate and prosecute crimes inside the community and keep out of the maze of politicized and highly selective prosecutions and investigations that encumber the FBI and the DOJ.

Whistleblowers need to be protected. When there are the kinds of things going on that are now under investigation and the kinds of things Snowden revealed and other acts, the threat is clear and echoed in the above article at the Guardian in plan black and white - the nation is slipping into a police state. But it won't be a police state run by Americans for America. It will be parceled out to the highest bidder. The Saudis, Israeli's, Monsanto, Exxon, CNPC, and anyone with a checkbook. They will run America and any mention of your civil and constitutional rights will be material for the Comedy Channel, not the Supreme Court.

There is nothing more dangerous to a nation than a security apparatus that has been criminalized or turned by foreign powers.

No, we are not there yet, but we are moving in that direction faster than many think. One way to slow the process down is to make sure that legitimate Whistleblowers are protected to make sure that treason and criminality are not rewarded with government pay and government protection at the expense of those who want to save their country.

In other National Security news. The CIA as usual is showing its contempt for one of the few bodies that is constitutionally capable of legal oversight of its activities. You are probably not aware, but he CIA is trying to bury the classified Senate Torture report. The unclassified version of that report can be found here.

Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Study of The CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program.

There is a classified version
. The CIA has used all of its considerable covert operations capability against the US Senate to ensure that report not only never sees the light of day, but is destroyed. They fought the investigation, hounded the Senate when they were investigating it and even spied on members who were looking into these matters. Sounds like something they would do if  they were under the influence of a a foreign power targeting America does it not? That is what they do you know. Target foreign nations Presidents, armed forces and elected representatives and others. Clearly the United State Senate has now been deemed 'an enemy of the republic' in the eyes of the CIA.

The CIA's IG 'accidentally' destroyed  the only copy of the report it had on file. I will pass on some links for you to gander at.
Fienstein's Request
NARA's Reply
The down and dirty? The CIA looks to be using their surrogates in government to find a grey area in the law to get the classified version of the report destroyed. This is one way, to make sure it's not a permanent record (read Feinsteins request) and when the GOP comes into power they can 'legally' destroy it later down the road.

Torture is a crime under US and international law. A very serious one.

Moreover some of the activities they engaged in may have gone far beyond the scope of even the Bush administration's liberal guidance.

Yes, the CIA does target Congress. And no, that is not a guess.

Yes, brothers, when I passed on to you of a constitutional crisis a couple of weeks ago, that is exactly what I meant. It's deeper than you realize. But again, I want to be fair and not just rant.

The CIA is well aware of members in Congress and elsewhere in Government who are under the influence of or are controlled by foreign governments but are too politically protected to prosecute. I cannot stress this enough. It is a very real and deep problem. The CIA is actually tasked with being the protector of last resort for these kinds of threats inside the government. They have considerable power and interesting tools to deal with these problems. I cannot get into them here. But what I will say is this. When you have powerful folks in the agency who are also 'under the influence' of others, that is when you have got a real, deep problem.

Let me say this - America has got a real deep problem.

I say this not to denigrate those who work in the community and are loyal, nor do I wish to downplay the very difficult choices that often face these people. Rather, I say these things so that you, the reader may better understand were many of the landmines are inside our nation that very, very few wish to talk about.

This I hope will give some of you on the public site just a glimpse at some of the real issues our nation is facing and get away from the hot-button issues designed to inflame Joe Sixpac being talked about in the Presidential campaign.

21 May

Ecological and Spiritual Sustainability

One of the prophetic issues I would like to cover more is Earth Changes. Now many of you may not know this but for years I had a very popular Earth Changes blog. It was my one of my most popular pages I would post the latest earthquake news, Volcano's and other interesting earth related news. I had to let it  go because the site was getting to be too much and I had people who posted a couple of things on it and then later asked me to pull them down. I have had the same thing happen to many others who wrote prophetic pieces. Then they wanted to get a job working in the government and they asked me to pull down their work so Uncle Sam wouldn't know they were a Christian with a prophetic gift. That kind of stuff gets old and I had to refocus my efforts. I still toy with the idea of resurrecting that page, but there are so many others that are doing a pretty good job. I just don't think it's needed.

But anyone who reads the book of Revelation is going to come away with one thing - the earth will undergo massive and very negative changes just before the Lord returns. The Apocalypse talks about everything from earthquakes, lethal solar activity, a time when the wind stops blowing, hail, fire, horrific pestilences. To miss these things in scripture is to miss a key part of God's prophetic word.

While there are not many events that have transpired that can be of true 'biblical' proportions, I can think of one, perhaps two that are close. The first is what is happening to the Pacific Ocean as a result of the Tsunami. The news is grim and getting worse. There are whole sections around the Nuclear plant are now essentially dead zones. Now we have known this for some time via alternative media. But the scientific evidence was carefully hidden from all of us by virtue of the US government and its subservient governments world wide. They knew just how bad this was and was and is going to be. This is not quite an extinction level event, but as the years pass we will see more and more fish die offs and unusual anomalies in our oceans. Why are the fish off the West Coast dying off. It's not hard to figure.

This effects all of us. Why is it that we have to essentially get a leaked government map in order to find out just what is happening along our west coast? The government has known how bad this was and just now someone posted the levels of radiation along the coast. This is just wrong. But why is this? Because of the Nuclear Power industry. They don't want the world to associate Nuclear Power with the disaster that is starting to unfold in the world's oceans. Again, I say to you - find out the who's on things. Who is this guy? And who Designed the plants at Fukushima? More here.  Why is Obama giving him a pass on this? Listen, I know I have told you about these things before. But I don't think I have ever lined it up with this specific prophecy before.

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
(Rev 11:18)
The Lord is not indifferent to mankind's destruction of nature. He is very angry about it. He knows of the enormous devastation to the fish in the ocean. God cares even about the dolphins, minnow, starfish and coral. He does not take kindly to mankind's wanton destruction of the planet. While I don't think it wise for Christians to join every media concocted environmental cause, we should always remember that God placed man as a steward over creation to nurture not destroy. What our government has done with the ocean is reprehensible, but the truth about this disaster has been edited out of the global narrative over Fukushima.

Yes, Fukishima is going to be with us for as long as anyone reading this lives. But that is not the only major issue the world is facing. The lack of water is a very serious problem in some parts of the world.

While in the book of Revelation there is little mention of a water crisis, the world today is indeed facing one. It is one of those things that does not make headlines, but the fact is, in many parts of the world, water is becoming a very scarce resource.

This report was prepared by UNESCO 2015 Water Report.

Those of you who are looking for an infographic, they have a great one here. Water may not be an issue that is in your headlines, but it will one day hit your tap water as it is doing now in California. But I think God is sending this nation here a message. What was once a land of plenty with blessings and hardly ever any real lack, now we are facing real problems that may be beyond our ability to solve. Drought is one of those things. But the long term effect of certain GMO's and agricultural products may be the cause of other more intractable problems (from health to the destruction of farmland). But for those of us who know our God. Let me tell you even in drought the Lord will be with his people. I am reminded of this passage in Isaiah.
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul;
then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

(Isa 58:9-11)
The Lord gives us the way we can avoid the terrors of drought. We must loosen the burdens of others, extend a helping hand and stop pointing fingers. While this passage does not say it, I would say that is particularly true when we point the accusing finger at the poor man or the one who has a major burden. Take a look at Isiah again.

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness,
 to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free,
and that ye break every yoke?

(Isa 58:6)

The Lord wanted those in bondage to go free. He wants us to stop pointing out the sins of our neighbors in accusation and look to our own selves (pointing of the finger) and to stop speaking lies. The Lord wants us to have mercy on the hungry and downtrodden and show kindness to those whom the world has forgotten. But to the degree that America has shown a deep contempt for the poor man, driving him out of his cities, tearing down their homeless camps and drawing up city ordinances against the poor man, I can tell you that God has seen it.

Now of course God also sees the hard work and charity of those who work in shelters and do advocate for the less fortunate. But there is a spirit that seems to have taken over so much of America today that just seems to not care about what has happened to so many people who have slipped into poverty since the crisis of 2008. Instead from our leaders we get political poppycock that says they don't want to work or hateful political spin that the 'haves' are all too ready to swallow so they can remain in their own little comfort zones.  The coldness that I see is making America ripe. Ripe for...

A Curse

Brothers, when God puts a curse on a people or nation, he is showing deep divine displeasure. In the last days there is a curse that goes forth over the whole earth and it is intimately associated with Babylon. Let us take a look at Zechariah, for here he describes this thing.

And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

(Zec 5:2-11)

First we see that there is a curse that goes for over the whole earth. The curse of against the thief, the person who swears false oaths in the Lord's name. The Curse shall remain in that house and it shall consume it.

You know, we Christians don't like to talk about curses. But those who persist in great wickedness are going to go under one. God has not changed and he will not change. Now he is not big into cursing people but you know what? If a people make a point in ignoring him, his ways and consistently do evil, he is not beyond cursing them. Many people won't want to hear this but it needs to  be said.

America cannot continue on the path she is on. It is not just economically and politically unsustainable, it is SPIRITUALLY unsustainable. God will not continue to allow America to drone the poorest people on earth when they don't even know their names because they think there may be a terrorist nearby. He will not continue to allow children to be maimed by these hellish weapons used on the world's poorest. God see's these things. He hears the cries of the people who have lost loved ones. He has seen the cries of his own people in Mesopotamia who are the victims of American policy. America's cup of iniquity is rising to the brim. God will not leave America's wickedness unanswered. I wonder how many of you have read A.A. Allen's prophecy for America? If you have not you should and even if you have read it, you should read it again.

God has given this once great nation plenty of time to repent, plenty of time to seek peace rather than war, to help the helpless and to no longer let theft, fraud, lies, hate, and violence guide her policies. We could do so much better. But like so many empires the past, we let our money, pleasures and entertainments get in the way of righteousness and truth. We no longer wanted to deal with either if we thought they might pull us out of our little comfort zones. Americans, I hate to say it are soft, lazy, are too often intellectually dishonest and terminally selfish. These are broad generalizations, I know, but they fit the basic 'spirit' of 21st Century America. They are doped up on happy pills (aka anti-depressants) drunk, or stoned. They often are utterly divorced from reality as they sit before a Television that tells them lies and disorients them from the realities around them.

All of these things appear to be coming to a head. Our debt, the coming economic warfare against us - I hope you get a real good chance to read this one because this could happen. While it may not bring down the whole system, it will cause so much trouble that our world as we know it in the west would effectively end.

This is a war and with war the stakes are enormous. The US pulled out its guns and fired a blow at Russia with those sanctions and the Ukraine Coup. Russia is not defenseless. What we as nation need to do is to look ourselves squarely in the face and ask ourselves what has happened to us as a people and nation that we feel the need to wreck havoc with someone else's nation and that is somehow a divine right of America? Something horrible has happened to the spiritual state of this nation and a people who are too apathetic to care.

Brothers, I write these things today in this rather meandering post because I feel something large is looming on the horizon. I think it will be a game changer for America and her lifestyle. It is my hope that what is coming is chastisement and not final judgment, but whatever it is, I think it could be very painful. So please keep yourselves prayed up as well as all of those who walk with Christ.

But this is not the time for God's true flock to worry because God has all of these things in control. He knows the end from the beginning. Nothing is news to him and he is never caught off guard. So this post is not said to panic or frighten any saint who loves our Lord, but to keep us sober in these times knowing that we live in a world where men who know not God run its power centers. Let us not live like the world but live as saints who are called out of it. As the Apostle made plain.

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
(1Pe 1:13-16)
God's grace be upon all of you in Christ Jesus and may God prosper each of you even in times of trouble and upheaval!

Brother Mark

Hosea Part XII

Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people:
for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
(Hos 9:1-2)

Hosea was telling a pretty hard word to Israel and he was faithful and did not mince words about what they were doing. Ephraim (Israel) was a whoring. God warned them not to rejoice as others did and the reason was her spiritual whoredoms. The phrase here 'loved a reward upon every cornfloor' shows just how low she had gone. The allusion may be one of where she both transacted her business and where they 'did it' once she was paid. I think Gill sums it up quite well here.

thou hast loved a reward upon every corn floor; alluding to the hire of a harlot, prostituting herself for it on a corn floor, or any where else, and that for a measure of corn, or for bread: it may point either at their giving the times of their corn floors to their idols, instead of giving them to the Lord; or to their ascribing their plenty of corn, and all good things to their worship of them, which they called their rewards, or hires their lovers gave them, Hos_2:5; or to their erecting of altars on their corn floors;
She is going down to the lower parts of society to get her hire. It is for these things and more that God tells Israel to not rejoice, that all of the plenty and prosperity that they expected and their soul lusted after would fail her. At the time of Hosea's word, Israel may have been experiencing an economic boom and things were probably pretty good. God was warning them.

Yet this mentality is something I see today in so many places. People sell out for gain or turn on the Lord for a better place in the world system. They just forget him when things are good or there is a reward for denying the Lord or turning on him.  People want their material possessions and far too many are willing to sell out (whore) in order to get them. The result? In the longer term, they won't get prosperity but want, they won't be full, but be hungry.

A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
(Psa 37:16)

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
(Pro 16:8)
So it is with us Christians. God will give us what we need if we trust him. But that is what we have to do, TRUST HIM.
They shall not dwell in the LORD'S land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria. They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD. What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD? For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
(Hos 9:3-6)
Here the Lord gives them a direct threat. They would not continue to dwell in the land that he has given them and that they would go into exile in Egypt and Assyria. I note how God says this shall return to Egypt it's almost like the Lord is telling his whoreish wife he is going to send her back to the gutter from which she came, which for Israel, was Egypt.

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God was telling them that the privilege of worshiping in the true God's land and temple were to be a thing of the past as a result of her wicked unfaithfulness. He was in short, going to reject their worship, which is probably the meaning of 'for the bread for their soul shall not come into the House of the Lord'. This may be referring to the fact that Israel in exile would have no house of worship and would not be able to serve the Lord in Egypt or Assyria. The Lord was no more going to protect the whore and was going to give her over to her enemies.

On those days that they had come to accept as holy days, God asks them what they were going to do? They had polluted those days and now he was going to send them to places where they were not celebrated. Think of it like being an American Christian and being exiled to Saudi Arabia, where Churches are illegal and Christian celebrations are dealt with harshly. I think this is the sense of what Hosea may have been trying to convey, if I had to give it a modern similitude.

As we read in verse six, the threat was more specific particularly with regards to Egypt.

  • Egypt would 'gather them'
  • Memphis (a city in Egypt - see map) would 'bury them'.
  • All of their possessions, fine homes and country estates, would be overgrown with thorns.
The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come;
Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad,
 for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
The watchman of Ephraim was with my God:
but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah:
therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
(Hos 9:7-9)

Again the Lord is letting them know that their sins have found them out, that God was going to punish them for spreading their legs under every tree and threshing floor. When these things happen.... well, they aren't going to miss this one! They are going to feel this up close and personal. The next passages are a bit difficult.

Hosea makes reference to the very office he holds, the office of a prophet, who is called a fool in verse seven. What is Hosea saying? Well, it's one of two things. It may be a reference to the opinion Israel had of the prophets of the Lord, whom they mocked with derision when they spoke in the name of the Lord. The person who sought God and lived a life of Godly spirituality is thought to be insane. Why? They had a great hatred or God as evidenced by their whoredoms.

The other way people have looked at this passage is a reference to the false prophets of Baal. That they were fools and corrupt. I tend to think the other view of this is more in keeping with the whole section. That Israel was laughing at God's witnesses as they went in and did the 'horizontal refreshment' thing for 30 shekels on the bargain-basement floor. I can just hear them now, as they talked about Hosea and his compatriots as they rebuked the sins of Israel,  "He's one of those crazy prophets of the Lord, no one listens to them anymore. C'mon, hand over the money and I'll give you what you were waiting for!!"

But this is so typical of a nation when prosperity comes in, they forget the Lord. But note that in both verse seven and verse eight there is a common theme at the end of each verse - there is reference to a great hatred for God.

The contrast in verse eight between the Prophet of Ephraim and the one that is a snare appears to be one of contrast between those who serve the Lord and those who served Baal.  I hate re-inventing an already well made wheel so lets take a look at what Albert Barnes says about this. I think it very instructive.

It might also be rendered in nearly the same sense, “Ephraim was a watchman with my God,” and this is more according to the Hebrew words. As though the whole people of Israel had an office from God , “and God addressed it as a whole, ‘I made thee, as it were, a watchman and prophet of God to the neighboring nations, that through My providence concerning thee, and thy living according to the law, they too might receive the knowledge of Me. But thou hast acted altogether contrary to this, for thou hast become a snare to them."

Yet perhaps, if so construed, it would rather mean, “Ephraim is a watchman, beside my God,” as it is said, “There is none upon earth, that I desire with Thee” Psa_73:25, i. e., beside Thee. In God the Psalmist had all, and desired to have nothing “with,” i. e., beside God. Ephraim was not content with God’s revelations, but would himself be “a seer, an espier” of future events, the prophet says with indignation, “together with my God.” God, in fact, sufficed. Ephraim not. Ahab hated God’s prophet, “because he did not speak good concerning him but evil” 1Ki_22:8, 1Ki_22:18. And so the kings of Israel had court-prophets of their own, an establishment, as it would seem, of four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and four hundred prophets of Ashtaroth 1Ki_18:19, which was filled up again by new impostors 2Ki_3:13; 2Ki_10:19, when after the miracle of Mount Carmel, Elijah, according to the law Deu_13:5; Deu_17:5, put to death the prophets of Baal. These false prophets, as well as those of Judah in her evil days, flattered the kings who supported them, misled them, encouraged them in disbelieving the threatenings of God, and so led to their destruction. By these means, the bad priests maintained their hold over the people. They were the antichrists of the Old Testament, disputing the authority of God, in whose name they prophesied. Ephraim encouraged their sins, as God says of Judah by Jeremiah, “My people love to have it so” Jer_5:31. It willed to be deceived, and was so. - Albert Barnes

Verse nine shows Israel's true condition. They had corrupted themselves. It was no little corruption. Here the prophet references an infamous event that took place in the days of the Judges. The episode is almost exactly like the one that Lot had to endure in Sodom, long before. I will recount it here from the book of Judges.

And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites. And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou? And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house. Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing. And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street. So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink. Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go. Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light. And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold. And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.
(Jdg 19:16-30)

This is an episode that God was reminding Israel about and that he was not going to forget it. This is the level of corruption that Israel had sunk to and this is why they were going to be buried in Egypt.

18 May

How The CIA Sold Out Nelson Mandela

It was the CIA who was behind his arrest back in 1962 that left him in jail all those years. Now the agency is being sued over it. Keep in mind that the CIA betrayed Mandela over to the then, White Supremacist Government of South Africa.

Operation Nigger Catcher is really a global CIA operation. Note that I did not use the past tense.

Why did I leave that intel business so many long years ago?  There were many reasons, but one was that I saw what was behind it. It was not about securing the nation. Other people had other agendas that had noting to do with protecting the nation, often directly and knowingly undermining it.

I thank my God that he protected me from the rabid two-faced racists over there in the Intel Community who wanted to screw me because I was committing the heinous crime of trying to help my country and BwB.

What is that?

Blogging while Black.

For the most part, the only Black folks working in the community are low level ones who don't know anything or those Black folks who hate their own people and are used against them.

The only folks the CIA will not betray are Nazi's, Klansmen and other racists. The CIA and Nazi Germany and those who fled afterwords have a long, long and very profitable history.

Don't believe me? Then you just don't know your history. They will never betray the hands the put money in their offshore accounts.

The Nazi's  are probably more likely to get a job application for a senior post, if they refuse to accept the latest arms delivery. 'Sorry, Joe, my warehouses are full of CIA arms. How about a job instead?'

So if you aren't of pure Aryan stock, I counsel you to never EVER trust these guys. Many of them are rotten to the core and think Black folks are there to lynch, not protect or work with. Those that aren't bad apples have to sit silent and let the bad apples get away with their evil or they lose their positions, get bad performance reports, get fired or find themselves sleeping at the bottom of the Potomac river.

Learn the lesson from Mandela, especially of you are black or a Christian in a position of ministry. Unless you are just itching to be buried with a knife sticking out of your back..

...don't trust 'em.

I hate to sound so negative about them. Yes, I really do and it's not just sour grapes. There needs to be some very significant reform in the intelligence community and while I do see some motion, it's not the kinds of fundamental reform that is needed to protect the nation and its citizens from threats that reside both outside and inside the nation and inside our own National Security establishment.

It's not the enemy without we need to worry about, it's the enemy within...

...deep, deep within that is the most potent threat to the nation.

15 May

Pope Francis Awarded Charlemagne Prize By EU

Watson's Comment on this and this Pope?

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!
for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
(Luk 6:26)

Why does the world love this guy? I think Christ made it pretty clear why.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
(Joh 15:19)

Again, I take no joy in pointing these things out, but this Pope has indeed done some wonderful things that makes the world love him. His care for the poor and emphasis on mercy these are by and large good things. But he has done it at the expense of sound doctrine and basic Christian teaching

Remember that Islam rejects Jesus as the one and only Christ. They reject his divine son ship and they reject his divinity.

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

(1Jo 2:22)

While Islam does make the claim they accept him as 'a Christ', they don't accept his death, resurrection and atonement for sin on the cross.

Let me explain how subtle the devil is - What the Pope's actions do is make to make basic Christian doctrine into something evil and in the new 'gospel of Francis' and the 'good' are now Muslims and Jews who reject Jesus.

Those 'evil' Bible believers and true servants (to the death) of Jesus Christ (fundamentalists) are now slated to be the enemy in their own Churches.

Francis... I was hoping for more from him but his pedigree and backing comes not from heaven, but from those on earth who are erecting a system against the living God and his Christ. Yes, one day we will be kicked out of our Churches and even  killed for our faith in Jesus Christ.

They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh,
that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
(Joh 16:2)

And these things will they do unto you,
because they have not known the Father, nor me.
(Joh 16:3)

Let us pause and remember the lateness of the hour brothers and sisters and know that things will just continue to go downhill from here on out.

You see what is happening here is deep politics. The West wants to get control of all of the worlds religions. The geopolitical AND spiritual war encompass more that economics and the military. It's agriculture, water, oil, religion, media. etc. All of these are prizes to be one in a new form of warfare only a few really understand. So these forces...they have put their asset in charge of the Vatican to seduce the other religions to follow the lead of the Vatican and in order for that, basic Christian teaching must be cast out so that the political economic powers of the West can gain full control of the world's religions.

This is a key aspect of their plan, but certainly not all of it with regards to the 'New Vatican'. Part of it is that the the sexual revolution people want an 'in' into Church teaching; the intelligence people want an 'in' into where Church leaders are (all over the world) an use them as intelligence assets and part of it is they just want to destroy basic fundamental Christianity.

Remember this - these things are all being done secretly and most deceptively just like the Bible said the end times deception would be. We must not allow ourselves to be deceived at any time.

I also want you to keep this in mind. Some of the things they are making the Pope do. I don't think he wants to do them. I know he was not happy about the Speech he was forced to give at the UN, but he gave it just the same. So hatred of him is not the answer. When the devil and his imps get control of a person, they make many good people do bad things. The key is to make sure they never get control of you.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(Jam 4:7)

I made my mind up long ago that no matter what they do, I will never serve the devil or his systems again. I will serve Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth until the day I die.

I have been mocked, sneered at, betrayed, had former friends pull away from me. Why? They never knew Christ - they wanted the world and to be loved by it and that Bible believing Mark... he just wasn't 'cool' enough for their liking. I have been through quite a bit with false bothers and those infected with the spirit of Judas. But praise God, through it all, I am still standing!!

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith,
and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
(Act 14:22)

One reader here who was in federal prison once sent me a video of a CIA officer doing his works overseas and what he as doing is pretty evil. The reader who sent me the video, was (from what I understand) hoping I would break that man's cover and get myself into trouble with federal authorities. He was trying to entrap me while smiling in my face telling me how he 'supported all I did'!  He did it to me, from what I understand, in order to get another CIA Senior officer to testify on his behalf for a reduced sentence. He did not know it, but I knew it was coming before he sent it to me.

Yes, they wanted to take this site down that bad!! But this is how they operate - they try and entrap innocent people, set them up and ensnare God's people.

Judas is everywhere in the hearts and minds of a million false brethren. I warn you dear brothers. I know, I have dealt with them time and time again. This is why I tell all those who serve the Lord and minister - keep those spooks out of your ministry on any and all levels. Their primary job is to betray you into the arms of the devil while they smile in your face.

The scary part of this I think is that overseas, those Pastors that don't do as they are told can be ratted out to authorities of their home country and I think this has happened time and again overseas in nations where persecution is deepest. But Congress I don't think is aware of the problem. I also think another problem is when one US intel agency wants to turn the asset of another US intel agency who may be a pastor in say Hong Kong or China. They don't do as they are told and Agency 'A' turns in the asset of Agency 'B' over to the authorities. Mind you, I can only surmise that this occurs based on circumstantial evidence, but simply put, I would not post it if i did not think on some level it wasn't happening. 

Let the reader beware.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
(Amo 3:3)

In these times, take the greatest of care who you let into your confidence.

Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son;
and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.
(Mar 13:12-13)

I think many of you will find this of great interest. A Catholic Site writes on Pope Francis and has a very interesting take on him. Mind you these are other Catholics, not Protestants saying these things.

Remember the exhortation of the prophets years ago about deceit in the last days.

This is one site I have long gotten their newsletter from for years. My mother hipped me to them many years ago and she had been following them for decades. They have changed and morphed over many long years but they are still at it.  I am going to cut and paste some of the things from their latest news letter that can be found in the above link.

Just so you know, the claims they make... they are often wild, but consistently they have checked out to be correct. But I post this for your prayerful and discerning edification.


Pope Benedict XVI ousted by Masonic Cardinals after they threatened to kill him.

Previously in 2012 they forced Benedict to create 20 new Italian Masonic cardinals who provided the votes to elect the False Prophet Francis who will destroy the Church.

Latest utterances/deeds by False Prophet Francis.
1. Fired conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke who previously denied communion to John Kerry  who up to now selected bishops in Rome & was head  of Vatican Supreme Court and also fired the Italian conservative head of Italian Bishops Conference.

2. Lobbied for civil unions for homosexuals in Argentina which means he accepts homosexual priests and activity. He says "Who am I to judge?" (homosexual priests)

3. Eats daily lunch with Msgr Ricci, a known Vatican flaming feminine active homosexual.

4. States there is no sin because God is eternal which makes no sense. Obviously he failed his logic class in seminary.

5. States atheists and non-believers can go straight to Heaven which negates the New Testament book of St. John so Francis is claiming the New Testament is false or he never read it totally and does not remember any of it.

6. States he follows Cardinal Martini recently deceased who had many unorthodox views but luckily never got elected as Pope.

8. Francis states communism is better for the world than capitalism which means that all churches must be closed and priests and bishops arrested and citizens reduced to poverty as communism believes in state control of everybody. Private businesses and religion are not allowed as they may oppose a communist government. Soviet Union and Cuba are examples of the empty shelves of communist ideology and the murder or imprisonment of all clergy. In Communist China bishops are arrested at will and some have been in prison for many decades. My Maryknoll priest uncle was in China in 1949 when communists arrived and they started executing land owners daily in the village square. One day they took away his housekeeper and put him on  a train to Hong Kong and then released him.
10. Francis is trying to get approval for divorced remarried couples to receive communion which goes against Jesus Christ who said they are committing adultery as divorce without an annulment means you cannot marry again unless divorced spouse dies.

"There will be an uncanonically elected pope who will cause a great schism, there will be diverse thoughts preached which will cause many, even those in the different orders to doubt, yea, even agree with those heretics which will cause my Order to divide, then will there be such universal dissensions and persecutions that if those days were not shortened even the elect would be lost." - St. Francis of Assisi (The Reign of Antichrist, Fr. R. Gerald Culleton)


The Prophecy of St. Francis

Shortly before he died, St. Francis of Assisi called together his followers and warned them of the coming troubles, saying:

1. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.

2. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.

3. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.

4. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

5. Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

6. Those who preserve in their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. but the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days JESUS CHRIST WILL SEND THEM NOT A TRUE PASTOR, BUT A DESTROYER."

"There will be an uncanonically elected pope who will cause a great schism, there will be diverse thoughts preached which will cause many, even those in the different orders to doubt, yea, even agree with those heretics which will cause my Order to divide, then will there be such universal dissensions and persecutions that if those days were not shortened even the elect would be lost." - St. Francis of Assisi (The Reign of Antichrist, Fr. R. Gerald Culleton)

  Latest utterances and deeds by the False Prophet Francis.

1. Fired conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke who selected bishops and the head of Italian Bishops Conference who was conservative.

2. Lobbied for civil unions for homosexuals in Argentina which means he accepts homosexual priests and activity. He says "Who am I to judge?" (homosexual priests)

3. Eats daily lunch with Msgr Ricci.

4. States there is no sin because God is eternal which makes no sense. Obviously he failed his logic class in seminary.

5. States atheists and non-believers can go straight to Heaven which negates the New Testament book of St. John so Francis is claiming the New Testament is false or he never read it totally and did not remember any of it.

    States he follows Cardinal Martini recently deceased who had many unorthodox views.

    " Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days JESUS CHRIST WILL SEND THEM NOT A TRUE PASTOR, BUT A DESTROYER." St. Francis of Assisi on his deathbed.           The prophecy is presented without any alteration, as given in the Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi, Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250)

False Prophet Francis while still Cardinal Bergoglio was both friend and supporter of the notorious United Religious Initiative (URI)--the San Francisco based global network located in 83 countries, which is all about establishing what we used to call the One World Religion with Christians. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Shintoists, Bahais, Siks, Hindus, Zoroastrians, New Ager followers, Wiccans and representatives of aboriginal religions.

According to an article by Lee Penn in the December 1998 issue of the New Oxford review, The United Religious Initiative, A Bridge Back to Gnosticism, the “URI hopes to have enrolled 60 million people in what it describes as a 'a Worldwide Movement to create the United Religions as a lived reality locally and regionally, all over the world.”

In 2007, URI celebrated its 10th anniversary in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And guess who was there! “Little did we know” writes an enthusiastic Maria Eugenia Crespo of URI in Argentina that”one of our esteemed participants and friends, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, would be named Pope just five years later! Felicitations, Papa Francis!”

According to the Covenant of Faith blog site, Cardinal Bergoglio, was a known supporter of the United Religious Initiative in his diocese. Maria Crespo, an Argentine Catholic and Global Support Coordinator for the URI said in an article last March that she had worked directly with Bergoglio on interfaith efforts. He hosted a meeting of Crespo's URI Cooperation Circle, which fosters interfaith cooperation, at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. “He is so welcoming, open and humble at the same time,' she said.” (Laird Harrison, “Bay Area Catholics May Find the New Pope a Mixed Bag, “ KQED News Fix, March 13, 2013, http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/03/13/new-pope-chosen/

Lee Penn provides in same New Oxford article more information on URI. “The United Religions Initiative (URI) is an interfaith movement founded in 1995 by William Swing, the Episcopal bishop of San Francisco diocese. It has expanded worldwide, with over 200 chapters---the majority of which are outside the affluent nations of North America, Western Europe and the Pacific Rim.

The URI works closely with the United Nations, and it has received funding from many sources including foundations headed by George Soros and Bill Gates, a federal agency (the US Institute of Peace), and organizations (the Rudolf Steiner Foundation and the Lucis Trust World Service Fund) that promote various forms of Theosophy, an anti-Christian, New Age spiritual movement...


You can read more here. And here.

FYI, Lucius Trust was originally named Lucifer Publishing

Mind you I don't subscribe to all the things they say, but they often have a very interesting take on all things Catholic that you just cannot ignore.

Again, their site can be found here.

Building a one world religious system has always been the plan of the satanic elite. Their plan has always been to dilute the religious message to serve their interests and then persecute those who hold to the basics of the faith... like calling true Christians 'crazy' for being faithful to Christ and holding to sound doctrine.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
 giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy;
having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
(1Ti 4:1-2)

When you hear someone blast the fundamentals of the faith of Jesus Christ, you know that it is the devil talking, loud and clear. Is this Pope preparing the way for the Islamic Mahdi? Consider that it was this Pope who has pushed so very hard to make sure all of these Muslim refugee's got into Europe. Mind you, I am not saying that they should not have been (or be) helped, but that there is and was a policy of Islamification of Europe conducted out of the Sunni world. This is what has happened. I told my readers long before this occurred that it was coming. I knew it because I knew some of those who were behind it and why.

Is this Pope a secret Muslim? Well, this I know -  he is a Jesuit and almost certainly a secret Freemason. What else is this man hiding from the faithful?

I do not say these things to blast anyone's right to believe as he or she chooses. No Christian should ever even consider forcing his beliefs on others. So I won't countenance that my views here as being somehow 'intolerant' by the myriad not-enough-to-do, bored stiff accusers in government and elsewhere who are looking for any excuse to start harassing me again. Nor do I enjoy having to write this. Nor is this written to undermine the faith of many a humble Catholic who may like this new Pope.

Let those who want to worship their gods do so in peace. Me? I will worship mine and give honor to him and not be afraid to point out deceivers and liars in positions of power in the Church COME WHAT MAY.

Where do men like Francis err? When they make 'fixing the world' more important than obedience to God. You see,  ultimately many such men think serving man is more important than serving God. It is a subtle but all important distinction. Once one heads in that direction, sound doctrine goes out the window in order to serve man. Then you have all manner of sinfulness entering into the sanctuary because God is viewed as 'in the way' of their own purposes and personal agenda's. But when we say 'humanism' which is what this Pope is preaching, it really means to serve the elite by using religion to deceive the world into the new order that is coming very soon. Yes, we Christians should be serving our brothers, the poor and the less fortunate and be gracious and liberal with our good works. But our lives and souls belong to God FIRST and that loyalty is evidenced by obedience to him and his word.

Love your brother, but love God first.

Be ready for this new order, for they are putting the finishing touches on it now.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy
with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the
working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with
all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
 that they should believe a lie
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

(2Th 2:7-12)

12 May

Obama Prepares To Vacate The White House

This E.O. sets up the transition process.

Privacy And VPN's

Last December I did a significant update to my privacy article that had been on the site for years. It was time. This article is a bit cutting edge and you will understand why I say that after you read it. This article discusses many of the real VPN pitfalls that the vast majority of bloggers and tech analysts either don't know our if they know cannot say. So if you are in the market for a VPN I counsel you to read this first and consider carefully what I am saying to you and THEN do your shopping for one.

Church, King, Assassinations And You

Antiwar does a good piece on the Church Committee hearings. Yes. It's been 40 years since the major hearings we had on the FBI's and the CIA's activists in the destruction of America's civil liberties, the attacks upon Dr. King, the covert destruction of the Black Panthers. Yes, the illegal wiretapping, the letter opening, the assassinations, the set ups. the plans for concentration camps - all of those are in the Church report. Those hearings really changed a lot in the intelligence community, but not as much as many may think. Many of the programs described are still with us; others were even given more money and legitimacy, like domestic propaganda. Propaganda also takes many forms. Today,  it includes persecuting and even killing journalists that tell truths that the powers that be don't want told. Think Gary Webb and Michael Hastings for starters. Don't kid yourself - the devil is still running the show behind the classification door. When I say devil, I mean literal devil with many of his servants who really do attend satanic, voodoo and other occult services far away from the public eye.

Most Americans have no idea what they are dealing with and just how pervasive and powerful these forces are. What I don't want to do today is get into any wild eyed conspiracy theories.  That is why I have created a very large zip file of all the Church Committee documents I could find and zipped them up for you here today This is a very, very large file, just under 700Megs. But it has all the pdf's I could locate. There are many sites who have a lot of them, even more sites that have a few but think I got them all here. This is an exhaustive Senate report about so many of the criminal acts and abuses that were part and parcel of criminalized elements in Law enforcement and within Intelligence back in the 70's. I hope you get a chance to download them, poke around some of the more interesting ones because there is a lot of information in them. Remember, this is no ordinary report as the Senate has the power to compel testimony from officials and they did just that. Some of the things revealed were very interesting others are still classified. Yes, there is a classified version of the report that never has been released.

All of this is relevant because the intelligence community and the President are out of control. I cannot stress this enough. While our President has taken some minor steps to shore up privacy and liberties, his actions are usually two faced. He says one thing in public and then in secret works to do the opposite undermining his own stated policies.  But overall, I cannot be too hard on him on the declassification thing, of late his had indeed done quite a bit - from the 911 files, to the Argentine Dirty war files to the new guidance from the DNI. He is moving in the proper direction.

Yet the abuses continue. Make no mistake about it. My own ordeal should give all bloggers, Black folks and Christians pause. Certain elements withing the Intelligence Community (IC) and Law Enforcement (LE) hate free speech, peaceful activists and the rights, any rights of the people. They really do want to bring in a deeper more meaningful form of fascism on the nation and they weave their way into loopholes in existing law to break the intent of it. They will disobey it, break it blackmail and threaten those in the Senate and Congress and even local and state law enforcement who try and hold them to account. They will interfere with Congressional and Senate communications and keep activists, bloggers and those wronged by the community from making their plight known to elected representatives. There are elements within the IC who really do believe that they are above the law, are not bound by the orders of the President and can show open contempt to duly elected bodies and the courts, including the Supreme Court and their new legal executor for National Security affairs, the FISC.

What I am describing to you is a serious constitutional crisis that will not stop at killing members of one branch who get in the way of their plans or who get out of line. Let a recent death of a powerful American figure in the news be your guide and take a hint. His murder was long, long planned.

Activists, bloggers and journalists who are true to their profession are going to have to keep these things in mind. There is a lot of evil over in the IC and while I realize that the Oversight Committee is looking into many of these matters, the GOP and throwbacks from yesteryear like Feinstein are far less interested in genuine reform. The good news is that America's reputation has fallen so far in many of the world's capitals that reform may come, not as a result of the corporate sock puppets in the House or Senate, but as a result of foreign nations on whom the US is dependent on to gather intelligence playing hard ball with the NSA and the CIA. They all are watching America fall into fascism and don't want to be tainted by the political AIDS virus that is infecting America. How do you avoid AIDS? Don't sleep with an AIDS victim. Some are getting out of the AIDS bed.

But sadly the reality is that for the most part, Governments tell their people they are reforming things and then go into overdrive with abuses once the people have been placated with lies.

Brothers, I can only say this. I don't think the people are going to keep their rights and freedoms much longer. A darker form of fascism I think is upon us and those who are in denial about it are going to be in for the very rudest awakening of their lives. They don't think that thugs can break into your home steal it and put the owner in a camp just because someone powerful wanted to have it. This is what they did to Jews in Nazi Germany. Rich Jews had homes the SS or party officials wanted and the owner was cast out, sent to a camp never to be seen or heard from again. This is where a world with no rights and fascism leads. It leads to where all fascism leads. To the amalgamation of wealth and power by any means necessary. You can read more about this here and here.

So to you Americans who live in a constant state of denial know this - fascism does not stop until it steals all that can be stolen and the final thing that can be stolen from a man is his life....

...ask six million Jews.

In America you can ask a lot of Black Americans who died under the criminal acts of law enforcement back in the 60's and 70's. Those of you who want a little history can click here.

The Surveillance state was key in keeping the Nazi's in power and that is why today those surveillance powers have only grown with time. The elite are determined to bring Nazi Germany 2.0 to America, Let me show you how this works.

Global intelligence agencies either own or have significant power over many major technology corporations. The US in particular has these powers and not all of those companies are American companies or are American but are only so covertly. They want information and the ability to break into homes, cars, banks, child care facilities, police labs, county recorders offices for the express purposes of breaking laws. They do this all the time. They are looking for ways to make their job easier. Ever heard of a smart home? Ever wonder why it's so easy to steal cars who have keyless entry? Yes, the ease is not a coincidence. They feel they can do this and avoid any need for warrants and other legal niceties that protect our rights, just like those sitting in jail do for their criminal acts. Now this is important... go and read this one. This is the real threat to you and your privacy. Organized crime elements who can, have and will get control of these corporations who make these things and the criminalized elements in the IC and LE who use these tools illegally.

When I was going through my ordeal and after they did one of the early break ins on me. I had my locks changed. But the nearby team of Feds who were surveilling me clearly knew I was going to do it. The guy who changed my locks did something strange to them so that both front and back doors do not function correctly. You can close it and lock it but the way they did it makes it easy to think you locked the door and it's not. Very clever. Why did they do that? Because it's a gray area in the law. If my doors are not locked they feel have legal right to break into my house and did the evil they did to me with no warrant. I am here to tell you that the Negro Control division in LE and the IC is still alive and well.

Don't let our leaders fool you as badly as many of them are fooling themselves.

So again, kid yourself not - some of these people (not all or even most) in the IC and LE community are out of control and many of them hate 'we the people' with a perfect hatred especially if you are Black, a blogger or a Christian.

Keep this in mind as well, this is a global network. These men and women are working for forces who are neither American nor are loyal to our constitutional form of government. I am not talking about the foot soldiers and low-level people, who often know very little. No, I am talking about those in the upper levels of federal agencies who owe their positions to those global networks who know how to get their people into positions of authority in key US agencies.

But brothers I bring this up not just to air dirty laundry. I see serious trouble ahead for people in this nation. I particularly see it for Christians and for Black Americans, but no one but the super wealthy and other insiders will be immune to the tentacles of theft, destruction and death that lurks behind the National Security door. The powers that are ruining our world and are now set to ruin Europe with unchecked immigration and the hoped for terrorism that it will bring (with draconian security measures). Brothers, none of this is a coincidence, not the military aid to ISIS from the beginning, not the immigration to Europe, not the surveillance laws that no one wants to change... none of it. Powerful folks within the eilte and the Intelligence community planned this long ago and I warned my readers here what was coming long before it happened.

I mentioned the devil to you as being the spiritual father of many of the people behind this because all of this has deep spiritual implications for us. Satan is going to use these powers against we Christians one day. During the days of the mark of the beast and probably long before. They will target us, at first in secret and then openly. Satan will be given great political power (Rev 13:2) and the ability to kill us for refusing to worship the satanic image of the beast and refusing the number of his name. In order to kill us he has to find us and today, the surveillance tools they have are very powerful. They are working on ways to ID you just by the way you walk. The key here to remember is this - when they come after us, they won't do it until they have all or almost all of their tools at hand, functioning, deployed and the average Joe distracted as to what they can do or actually cheering the rape of  their own freedoms. Until then while they erect the system they will tell is how important it is for our security. The key is it's there for the security of the new order that satan will build in the very last our of his age, you and I and ordinary people will be billed as security threats once they are done building it.

Technological advancements are important prophetically as many of the prophecies of the old and new testaments could not come true without the kinds of advancements we have already seen. Think again on how the two witnesses are killed and how the whole world will be able to see it.

And when they shall have finished their testimony,
the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war
against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city,
which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead

bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead
 bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth
shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts
one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that
 dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into
them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

(Rev 11:7-11)

That was impossible in John's time and was really only possible until the last half of the 21st century and now with the advent of cell phones and digital tech - these things will be able to be seen in the deserts of Mongolia to the heights of the Andes; from corridors of power in Washington DC, to the shops of Bangladesh. Few places today are without some  form of digital-visual communications. It's only today that we can see just how this is fulfilled and now to us, this is hardly a major feat, but all of this was totally impossible just until a few short years ago.

This is why so many people don't really understand what is really behind this surveillance stuff. This is not just about your surfing habits getting to advertisers. That is the red herring. No this is about the state's power to track, monitor, harass, rob, detain and kill you with no recourse... whatever. 

So next time you hear the talking head from Google and other places tell you that all of this tracking is innocuous. Know that they have their agenda and have deep and inextricable ties to these forces who are working tirelessly to destroy any vestige of freedom, rights, light, hope and love from humanity and replace it with just what the Nazi's had. A violent, wicked, satanic nation bent on occultism, theft and murder and whose foundations were built on lies and the ability to track and monitor both it's citizens and those it interned. I ask all of you who may not be very religious to consider this. The majority of Christians don't take their faith very seriously. But these occultists in power? They take their beliefs very, very seriously and have little compunction on killing blackmailing and doing other works of evil to serve the dark gods they worship.

May God grant wisdom and light for his people to see and understand what this means and where the world is heading and why.

Grace and peace to all who love and obey our Lord.

Brother Mark

Hosea Part XI

When we left off last time, Ephraim and the Northern kingdom were described as an oven of sexual lust. The were in a state of constant burning. The Lord marked this and was very displeased with their spiritual condition.

Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people;
Ephraim is a cake not turned. Strangers have devoured his strength, and
he knoweth it not:
yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him,
yet he knoweth not.
(Hos 7:8-9)
This passage is about how the Northern kingdom mixed themselves with foreigners. God had called the Jews to be separate and a holy people, and warned them of the dangers of mixing with the godless nations around them. He knew that in so doing, Israel would turn to other gods and forsake the Lord.

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside,
and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD'S wrath
be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain,
and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from
off the good land which the LORD giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay
up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a
sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest
in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.

(Deu 11:16-19)

So what we have going on here is that just as God had commanded Moses to warn the people against doing these things. Yet Israel was doing them. Exodus 34:12ff is also noteworthy with reference to the above verse.

 God was sore displeased with the spiritual whoredom of Ephraim. The phrase 'cake not turned', is a reference about how they bake bread in the east. Here is now Gill describes it.

Ephraim is a cake not turned; like a cake that is laid on coats, if it is not turned, the nether part will be burnt, and the upper part unbaked, and so be good for noticing; not fit to be eaten, being nothing indeed, neither bread nor dough; and so may signify, that Ephraim having introduced much of the superstition and idolatry of the Gentiles into religious worship, was nothing in religion, neither fish nor flesh, as is proverbially said of persons and things of which nothing can be made; they worshipped the calves at Dan and Bethel, and Yet swore by the name of the Lord; they halted between two opinions, and were of neither; they were like the hotch potch inhabitants of Samaria in later times, that came in their place, that feared the Lord, and served their own gods: and such professors of religion there are, who are nothing in religion; nothing in principle, they have no scheme of principles; they are neither one thing nor another; they are nothing in experience; if they have a form of godliness, they deny the power of it; they are nothing in practice, all they do is to be seen of men; they are neither hot nor cold, especially not throughout, or on both sides, like a cake unturned; but are lukewarm and indifferent, and therefore very disagreeable to the Lord. Some take this to be expressive of punishment, and not of fault; either of their partial captivity by Tiglathpileser, when only a part of them was carried captive; or of the swift and total destruction of them by their enemies, who would be like hungry and half starved persons, who meeting with a cake on the coals half baked, snatch it up, and eat it, not staying for the turning and baking it on the other side; and thus it should be with them. - Gill

The next passage (vs 9) talks describes that those foreigners that they had mixed themselves with had taken their strength. One cannot help but get a picture of Samson here, whose love of a foreign woman, a Philistine, sapped his strength (Judges 16:4ff). The fact that Ephraim does not know it shows just what these kinds of relationships can do. Samson basically lost his strength and anointing playing with the devils woman, Ephraim was doing the same with the nations around him. The reference to grey hairs is not clear. Some have taken it to mean that while Ephraim was old and gray he was foolish and could not see that his time was almost up. In short, the Kingdom had become old and corrupt and did not know just how bad her state really was. Twice the prophet makes it plain he knoweth it not. Clearly he was blind to his own spiritual condition and could not see it. This is always the case when this kind of spiritual condition sets in - those infected with this spiritual disease... the eyes go first.

And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face:
and they do not return to the LORD their God,
nor seek him for all this. Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart:
they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. When they shall go,
 I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven;
 I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
(Hos 7:10-12)
Yet here the prophet makes it plain that Israel had no excuse, if they could not see their moral degeneracy, it's testimony was right there staring in his face. Not only that, they rejected the only path to healing - that being a return to God. Such an idea seemed beyond their consideration. To go further, the Prophet calls them a 'silly dove'. What is meant by that is that they had become so simple minded and gullible, that they could be so easily misled by just about anyone or anything. I think of that passage and I see that so much to be true of so many nominal Christians I see. Too many are simpletons. Brothers, we are surly to live simple lives and not ever be lifted up with pride and knowledge, but Christ warned us against this kind of mind numbing simple mindedness, he commanded us to be as wise as serpents but harmless as doves. The phrase 'without a heart' is probably better rendered without understanding.

A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything: -  + care for, comfortably, consent, X considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), X heed, X I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), X regard ([-ed)], X themselves, X unawares, understanding, X well, willingly, wisdom.

What the prophet seems to be calling Ephraim, if we had to use a modern 'urban dictionary' was a 'Ding Bat'. This phrase, given the nations that are mentioned is probably a reference as much to the people as a whole as it was to the ruling class, who had to deal with a tense political situation at the time. 

They were striving to win allies and make alliances, they go to Egypt and Assyria. Yet they refuse to come to God. In this they show their lack of understanding and wisdom. The result? God had a plan for them and was not a good one. He laid a snare for them and they like a do-do bird (or silly dove), would fall right into it.

Thus, like the silly dove, they were constantly falling into snares; sometimes of the Egyptians, at others of the Assyrians. By the former they were betrayed; by the latter, ruined. - Adam Clarke

Well, we will continue the next part of Hosea as time and  God permits!

10 May

DOD Confirms US Troops Operating In Yemen

The goals and overall aims of US involvement are not clear. The government or rather holdovers from the past, the Saudi's are trying to keep in power is one that no one likes. Even US diplomats are questioning the wisdom of this one.

Moreover the Humanitarian situation is just as bad as that in Syria, if not worse. Perhaps not in numbers, but certainly in the condition many of the people are in.

Source: UNHCR

More maps and reports can be found here.

Yes, the situation is a desperate one as Yemen had a food crisis before this war and now its worse. Add to that the Saudi food blockade and you have this humanitarian situation.

To those of us in the west, we don't really know the kinds of grinding, long term hunger of the people in places like Yemen we need to stop and consider that we have full bellies - they do not and remember that Yemen was the place where the leader swindled Billions from an already abjectly poor nation.

So what are the linkages between poverty, hunger and revolution? I don't think you need me to tell you, but the UN's FAO did an interesting study on this that can be found here.

This was a powder keg that had no chance at all of not blowing up. No one really wanted to deal with it because the people were poor and there was no significant deposits of oil. Or so we have been told. But they do have one very important piece of energy related infrastructure. An LNG terminal and that dear readers is an important piece of the the Yemen Puzzle. The Oil exporters are looking to get hold of one without the tens of billion of dollars of investment needed to build a new one. How much do they cost...really? Here is what it will cost Shell to build one in Canada, $40 Billion.

Someone may have decided it's easier to replace a government and abscond with one already built that to build a new one.

The map below shows in very general terms what area's AQAP now control. But critical threats has a newer map here that unfortunately is copyrighted and I cannot post here.

Map Source: EIA (AQAP postilions superimposed)

Key Players
Al Qaeda Arab Peninsula
Saudi Arabia
Al Islah
Ansar al-Sharia

So who is really fighting whom? The BBC has a little piece here that should give you the basics.

Why is America involved? The stated reason has been to fight AQAP, which is partially true. The real reason is that the Saudi's want this war and we, by virtue of our alliance with the Saudi's are going to help them. We have already helped to arm them and probably are providing critical intelligence.

While we have heard that US support is small, the reality may be considerably more ominous as this interesting LAT times piece makes clear.

The US has supplied the Saudi's with Cluster Bombs.

Russia, attempting to move and replace the US as the world's honest broker in crisis solving as it did in Syria is now praising the Kuwaiti's for looking for a political rather than a military solution in Yemen. Russia is making some interesting and for the US empire, dangerous moves in the Middle East.

Yet, the whole narrative that the US or even the Saudi's are in Yemen to fight AQAP is not really true, but it plays well on NPR, NBC and CNN to 'explain' to those who would rather not know why that war is transpiring. AQAP is only part of the reason. Consortium news did an excellent piece that shows, far from fighting AQAP, American and Saudi Actions are actually arming and aiding portions of it.

"...though, the U.S. provides military backing for forces led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other Persian Gulf petro-states that welcome AQAP fighters into their ranks as full and active participants in the anti-Houthi crusade."  - Consortium News

The article above is a good one and I hope you take a moment or two to read it as it shows the general pattern US policy makers take in telling the American people they are fighting terrorism, while the reality is they are secretly aiding and fueling it. A more 'establishment oriented' backgrounder can be found at the CFR's site.

Yes, it's true and when Reuters comes up with a piece this critical of US and Saudi Policy you can bet their is a major debate in US policy circles. Reuters is connected to the US intelligence community and pieces like this being aired in public take considerable effort to get out and meet with even more bureaucratic resistance. The Reuters piece is quite good, so don't miss it.

One thing the Reuters piece makes clear is that AQAP understands the need to keep the people on their side, with tax free living and other economic incentives they now have a large number of civilians who, while they may not like the leadership, they are not going to oppose it. Instead, these new leaders get their money from imposing fees and tariffs on shippers and hitting up major corporations who operate in Yemen for cash.

Their economic model is one that is stunning in both its brilliance and execution. Reuters calls it the 'Robin Hood' strategy. That piece may help you all to get a better understanding as to why they have gained so many powerful enemies in the world of the West and the rich Gulf Sheikdoms. AEI, the American neoconservative think tank gives us their assessment of the situation on the ground.

Now please understand this - under no circumstances do I support AQAP or any Islamic militant or terrorist organization. Rather, I point these things out to you to show you why groups like this are gaining supporters all over the Islamic world. Many people in Yemen have been facing grinding poverty and systemic corruption. Something new has come along that no longer oppresses them economically and while they may not subscribe to the militancy of the fighters, they eat, their children have clothes and they have new jobs. An ordinary Yemeni has to ask himself it he wants to go back to the past, where the evenings entertainment was counting your neighbors ribs as they stick out from hunger.

We in the west who live in warm houses and have full bellies can pontificate about what's best for them from the offices of a government building, but those sermons don't play well to someone who has been too long oppressed and is fed up with it. It was the popular uprising fueled by problems such as chronic poverty, hunger, corruption and unemployment that led to the current political crisis which has turned into an persistent and growing insurgency. Sadly, this has been the pattern in so many places. No one in the west is really prepared to do anything substantial to alleviate these problems until groups of people take up arms to solve their own troubles. The real problem is that once that happens Islamic fundamentalists and other violent radicals are there to provide arms, logistical support and organizational skills to people who ordinarily would have little to do with these organizations.

America now has taken sides with the Saudi's whose motivations for this war are questionable. I think two of the keys in understanding this war these. The Houthi's are Shia's. Shia in the minds of the Saudi's mean's Iran. You can read more about the religion of the Houthi's here and herein lies one of the major rubs. A Shi'a (read Iranian) dominated or influenced government right alongside a sparse unguarded border of the Saudi Kingdom is something that clearly those in power do not feel is tolerable. This is one of the, if not the main reasons for the Saudi led action. This was probably encouraged by the fact that Yemen has never really been a unified nation, having for a long time been divided.  The Saudi's have sought to keep control over Yemen by using their tribal surrogates and holdover  leaders from prior regime in order to keep control or at least significant influence in Yemen. This has not worked, not with the kinds of deep seated problems that the nation faces. The GCC has tried to intervene and restore order (read some semblance of the old regime/system) but this clearly is not going to work. Consequently today there has been an impasse. Both politically and on the ground militarily.

The second major issue is one of the long term stability of the region. No one wants to see these militants gain a strong foothold that borders the GCC states and Saudi Arabia.

The good news is that there are peace talks. The bad news is that they are the verge of collapse. Yesterday (May 8). Reasons given for this breakdown differ. Some blame the rebels for 'going back on their word'. The real reason though may be that during the 'truce' there were, according to Houthi Leaders some Saudi led airstikes. However the UN envoy has played down reports of a complete breakdown.

What are the main questions? Who rules, how will it be administered and can both parties be trusted to carry out their commitments. The Saudi's are very uncomfortable with any Shi'a influence on their borders and naturally the rebels have no desire to go back to the same kleptocracy that caused them to revolt.

I wish I or someone had a real answer to the problem here. Using traditional diplomatic tools is unlikely to bring in lasting stability. There are many reasons for this. First non-state actors are becoming increasingly important on the world stage. Their growth has been fueled by the failures of 'old diplomacy' to solve problems for the man on the street. Yes, the rich, powerful and the corrupt can sit around a table and divide up things among themselves but until the genuine needs and aspirations of an ever growing number of disaffected, disenfranchised and otherwise ignored people's are addressed in a realistic and tangible fashion, diplomacy is likely to be less and less important in conflict resolution as radicals, revolutionaries and terrorists gain the support and respect of those whom the old system would rather see just 'disappear' from the face of the earth. Such sentiments are not state publicly, naturally. Second, treaties more and more are noting more than ink on paper. Nation States have ways of breaking their word, their treaties and agreements and make the weak look like they were to blame. Trust is not the operative word these days when dealing with the West and the wealthy. Tribal leaders will be understandably suspicious of a nation like the Saudi's who drop bombs during peace negotiations, and commits acts of such barbarism that even Establishment think tanks begin to call them war crimes.


What is happening in Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia and other parts of the developing world is a natural outgrowth of many factors that the west has been unable and unwilling to seriously address. The first is systemic income disparity and grinding poverty. This is not just a problem of a domestic nature in the US and Europe, but it is also one that deeply effects so much of the world with devastating consequences.

I think one of the main problems is that while there has been significant economic growth in places like Sub Saharan Africa, that growth does not translate into poverty reduction for the majority of people. Oxfam did a great study on this recently that covers this topic. It can be found here.

The great disservice that US policy makers commit is when they refuse to recognize the deep discontent and long term feelings of hopelessness that so many have after years of being impoverished and robbed by leaders and others with no recourse has significant consequences. A man with a full stomach cannot understand what real hunger does to ones psychology; what prolonged joblessness does to a person's world view and how susceptible many are to anyone who comes along with a solution many of these people are looking for, particularly the young.

This is a question of using that ounce of prevention rather than the cure that as Yemen is showing us, is only making the problem worse. The major rub in US policy circles is that US foreign policy circles are dominated by Defense contractors and others with a vested interest in spending billions on solving crisis via military means. Prevention does not enter into the equation. The big money comes from solving big problems, not solving them before they become big problems.

6 May

News Today In Narrative Form

This weekend the political crisis in Iraq took on a new and ominous turn with Sadrists breaking through the barricades and storming the Parliament building. For those of you who don't know - Al Sadr is the fiery Shia cleric whose party have won a respectable number of seats in the Iraqi Parliament, It is he who speaks for many of Iraq's Shia. His public stances have been anti-American and has in the past called for a 'jihad' against US forces. Iraq's green zone is a heavily defended part where the government resides and according to reports, security forces did little to nothing to forestall the advance of the mob. It's not clear that this invasion was what Al Sadr wanted. It is important to realize that Al Sadr has always been on the forefront of those calling for American withdrawal from Iraq and now, in light of President Obama's announcement to ramp up troop deployments, ostensibly to counter ISIS, that there would be some kind of a reaction. Al Sadr was the one who ended the crisis by asking his supporters withdraw.

Iraq's government is hopelessly corrupt with Parliamentarians making $8000 a month with a great pension plan. The President is also extremely well paid - these things tend to insulate the elite from the suffering and travails of ordinary Iraqi's and add fuel to the simmering discontent.  Over a decade since Saddam's fall and Iraq's political problems have yet to be solved. No need to when you and your family are living large in palaces and mansions. Iraq's financial state also appears to be on the verge of collapse as it pays significant amounts of money to people on the public payroll many of whom need not show up for work.The collapse of the price of oil, Iraq's primary source of revenue is exacerbating an already tense situation. The National Interest has a good piece on the state of Iraqi corruption and revenue here.

Meanwhile, Abadi has ordered the arrests of protesters. Clearly they are slowly losing control. Last month gunmen stole a lot of money from the Baghdad Currency exchange. The storming of the Parliament was only one act of many to follow if Iraq cannot get its act together. Can Iraq go the route of a failed state? Will others partition it?

What is the answer? Will more US troops fix things? I think that is probably the worst thing America could do - it was American troops and their bad behavior that inflamed so many Iraqi's against America giving people like Al Sadr all the political ammunition he needed. We cannot forget that it was American troops who were involved in Abu Ghraib (Iraq) and it was American contractors who were, with good reason, accused of mistreating and even killing Iraqi's and vice versa. Before some of try and knee jerk US support of things like Abu Ghraib, ask yourself how much you would like a foreign military force coming to the US and torturing Americans with no trial and no hearing - reports coming out of Iraq at the time made it clear that US forces were literally pulling people off the street that had we had no evidence of terror ties -  to be fondled and caressed by American forces.

Death of Manadel al-Jamadi

Main article: Manadel al-Jamadi

Manadel al-Jamadi, a prisoner at Abu Ghraib prison, died after a CIA officer and a private contractor interrogated and tortured him in November 2003. The torture included physical violence and strappado hanging, wherein the victim is hung from the wrists with their hands tied behind their back. Although the US military labeled the death a homicide, neither of the two men who caused his death were charged.[28] The private contractor was granted qualified immunity.[29]

Prisoner rape

In 2004, Antonio Taguba, a major general in the U.S. Army, wrote in the Taguba Report that a detainee had been sodomized with "a chemical light and perhaps a broomstick."[30] In 2009, Taguba stated that there was photographic evidence of rape having occurred at Abu Ghraib.[31] An Abu Ghraib detainee told investigators that he heard an Iraqi teenage boy screaming, and saw an Army translator raping him, while a female soldier took pictures.[32] A witness identified the alleged rapist as an American-Egyptian who worked as a translator. In 2009, he was the subject of a civil court case in the United States.[31] Another photo shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner.[31] Other photos show interrogators sexually assaulting prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube, and a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.[31] Taguba supported United States President Barack Obama's decision not to release the photos, stating, "These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency."[31] Obama, who initially agreed to release the photographs, later changed his mind, as he believed their release would put troops in danger and "inflame anti-American public opinion".[31]

In other instances of sexual abuse, soldiers were found to have raped female inmates, and senior U.S. officials admitted that rape had taken place at Abu Ghraib.[33][34] Some of the women who had been raped became pregnant, and in some cases, were later killed by their family members in what were thought to be instances of honor killing.[35] In addition, children were raped in front of watching women.[36] - Wikipedia

To this day the senior people who authorized these things have not been held to account - making a repeat performance more, rather than less likely. Keep in mind that the US and its contractors are indeed heading back to Iraq. Here is a memo from the DOD from last January.

Source: DOD

Any ramp up of US military personnel and contractors needs to take into account just how some Iraqi's may feel about their presence and what it could mean for Iraq's long term stability as well as the safety of US personnel. But I think that the kinds of cowboy corruption and contracting are exactly what many in the US are looking for and why any such military operation will have two goals one stated and official and another covertly implemented by corrupt elements within the National Security apparatus and probably not under the control of the civilian leadership - read the President. Yes, you read that correctly. After I get it cleaned up a bit, we are going to talk about a few things that may help you better understand what I mean.

Like I told many of you before, you have no idea the real issues this President and nation are facing.

Going back in to Iraq to fight ISIS is one thing, but the America's generals love the idea of mission creep (though they decry it) when it can mean significant dollar amounts and expanded US military power into oil rich regions. Given the fact that the next President will hail from the far right end of the political spectrum (both Hillary and Trump), war and a ramp up of US military presence in Iraq seems like a foregone conclusion when the next President gets sworn in. I know what Trump has said about the Iraq invasion. I also know some of the names of people know advising him and those names do not bode well.

In other news, NATO is sending more troops to the Russian border. The military hostilities are growing and mostly it's NATO who seems bent on starting a hot war with Russia, Something given the political backdrop today I think is more and more is going to be a foregone conclusion. While NATO has whined about Russia's close flyby's of its ships in the Baltic, NATO has been flying spy-planes near Russia and clearly she does not like it. This was done by a Su-27, a formidable airframe. There have been other incidents. What does this mean? The big picture?

NATO is deliberately encroaching on Russia's legitimate security concerns. How would Americans feel if the Russians were massing troops on the Canadian and Mexican borders and conducting military drills just a few miles off he coast of Florida? I think we would be correctly and understandably alarmed. I cannot read Putin's mind but my thinking is that he sees that a war is very probable and that if NATO cannot begin to respect Russia's concerns, that he will figure that war, if it comes, should come sooner rather than later. He is not going to shirk a fight if NATO wants to provoke, it had better be ready for a long, bloody hot war right in the heart of Europe.
I also think that NATO's hubris is also closely related to Russia's soon launch of her new non dollar based oil trading system that will be another dagger in the petrodollar system. The Americans are going to do what they can to discourage that market and these geopolitical messages to Russia are about that, her new oil trading system with China, which no longer uses dollars and the fact that Russia will not bow down before American hegemony any longer. Putin has made that abundantly clear. Russia will go her own way.

On the surface we Americans all tend to look at NATO expansion as a good thing, but NATO more and more is proving itself to be hostile to Russia and this is the sticking point. Also keep in mind that many of those nations who are right along the Russian border are scared. They are afraid of the Russians and want American security guarantee's. Will they get them? I don't mean ink on a piece of paper but real support in case there is a real hot war. I think Eastern European nations who are located along the Russian frontier need to be realistic about their needs and the threat. I think too many in the west are playing on their fears of a 'Soviet' (which is no longer even a real threat as the Soviet Union is gone) invasion that will never come, unless someone in the west asks for it via an attack or some contrived military provocation, like the American sponsored coup in Ukraine. This has been NATO's MO, start some mess and blame someone else for an excuse for a new military expedition and concomitant military budget increases. 

I simply cannot blame the Russians for the current state of affairs. I am fully sympathetic to eastern European nations who are afraid of Russia and the specter of the past. No one wants to go back to that, least of all the Russians. But it is in NATO's interest to conjure up those old ghosts and show some old political 'horror movies' to expand NATO get these nations to beg for troops and military hardware as Russia moves to shore up its defenses against NATO and its consistent and ongoing provocations. This was always the plan since the day of the coup in Ukraine, to demonize Russia for the evil that NATO would do in order to keep NATO alive and give it a new mission, or rather an old one to keep the US deeply involved in EU security architecture, relevant militarily and to make darn sure it was a money magnet for defense contracts.

In other, less important but still interesting news, the Rock star Bono has some advice to Christian musicians. His advice is this - 'get real!' Bono gets down on the lack of realism in today's Christianity. Bono's words really ring true for me too. Too much phony and fluff today in modern Christianity is present and Bono, being a musician talks about the Psalms and the raw emotion felt by David in many of his travails that he set to verse.

From despair to confusion, to hope to anger. David and other other Psalmists did not hide their feelings and Bono talks quite about about it. I cannot agree with him more. I know that is what I have tried to do here - not just repeat the same old versus and tried and true phrases and 'christian vocabulary'  and say 'lookie here, see how spiritual I am'? This is what I have found on so many... too many sites. Rather I like to get real about so many of the problems our world faces and just what it means to all of us who serve and love our Lord. I am not as famous as a Bono but my job is different. But I have understood the need for realism - Bible based realism long, long ago. This site? It's bullsh-t free Christianity.  I am fed up with the phoniness of so many Christians and yes, the double lives so many lead. We are all fallen creatures but to we who have known the Jesus Christ of the Bible and have the Holy Spirit, he has given us the power to become sons of God. We who have come to know Jesus Christ are now sons of adoption and have the power, given us by the most high to be just like Jesus.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
(Joh 1:12-13)

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
 for we shall see him as he is.
(1Jo 3:2)

The simple biblical fact is this. We are NOT all God's children, though yes this sounds good. We are all brothers only insofar as we are all sons of Adam. Only those who have given this power by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ are truly the Son's of God. This is the theme throughout the New testament.

Jesus was brutally honest about his times and the religious people of his times. He did not mince words, but he was also full of mercy and love. Our Bibles are honest with us about the hard time, the betrayals and even deep spiritual travails that Jesus had just before the cross. This Christian walk is no picnic and we are doing ourselves and those who are watching us a grave disservice when we tell them that it is.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow me.

(Mat 16:24)

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them,
Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

(Mar 8:34)

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest:
go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
 and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

(Mar 10:21)

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

(Luk 9:23)

Four times the scriptures bear witness - take up your cross and follow Jesus.

I deeply appreciate Bono's comments and his openness about his faith. He's not playing Pharisee and is trying (I think) to reach the ordinary Joe, the man on the street with his music. From the beer halls, pubs and side streets of our world. How many artists would have the guts to name a song Yahweh? Or '40' for the 40th Psalm? Or do a duet with BB King 'When Love comes to Town.  Or do a song with Johnny Cash called the wanderer that deals with so many of our world's troubles and the hypocrisy of so many Christians today, with lines about Christians like 'they say they want the Kingdom, but they don't want God in it'. Never a truer word stated, Mr. Cash.

Brothers what I will never be is a phony and what I exhort all of you to be is a REAL Christian. One who walks this earth and whose heart is with Jesus but whose hands serve his brothers, speaks the truth in all humility, always ready to give witness to Christ, but is never pushy about it and whose life more importantly reflects the love of God in all they say and do.

Now here is an honest Christian - he stole a Bible and then got saved because of it! He is honest enough to say he is still struggling with sin. Well, my brother, you are not alone.

May God bring a massive revival into the music industry and that it no more be a place for the glorification of hedonism and the occult but that men can praise God, talk about and shine a light on the world's problems, bring hope to the hurting and that good things rather than bad can be a result of the powerful medium of music.

In other news, the NYPD has sunk to new lows - using noise abatement ordinances to put the finishing touches on its total surveillance net. The net appears to be completely racially motivated as even a Judge makes clear in the article.  In other police state news, the FISA court shows itself to be that rubber stamp. It did not deny a single request for surveillance. I am hardly surprised. These are trying times for a dying nation and an elite who has lost all sense of reality and respect for those whom they are supposed to be serving, rather than victimizing. The Rutherford Institute has been given the Green Light to sue Virginia cops over an 2 hour swat raid over a Welfare Check. The same Institute gives us some good lessons here in this insightful piece called 'Don't Sleep Through The Revolution'.

Our nation and our civil liberties are very much at risk. Powerful forces want to destroy America as we know it and erect a racist, fascist and militarist state upon us. In sad news Obama's DOJ head has quietly reinstated the Civil Asset Forfeiture procedures. More here. The good news is that States Like Nebraska have ended the program. Others are trying to reform it.

America is fast becoming one of the more corrupt banana republics on earth. Did you know that one of the world's top accounting firms made Russia and America even on their corruption scale?

Brothers this nation is going backwards and people think that getting liberties back after they have lost them is easy. I have yet to see it done without bloodshed anywhere in the world.

So if you value them, don't lose them by slumbering in front of a lying Flat Screen TV listening to a cutie pie anchor-woman whose tongue is split right down the middle.

She's reading a cue card put in front of her by forces who work pretty hard to keep the truth as far away from their reporting as possible.

6 May

Where Do We Get Our Oil?

In light of the Saudi Threat and the reiteration of that threat to begin dumping dollar assets if we release the classified 911 files. It might be wise to look at who where America has gotten and now get's is oil. These are interesting infographics from the site Howmuch.net.

Source: Howmuch.net (a cost Information site)
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Be warned. The Saudi threat is no idle one and if they do what they say they are going to do, an economic earthquake will transpire. Note: I link to the LAT piece because this is the establishment propaganda piece planted to calm markets. The truth is we don't know just how much the Saudi's have in T-bills, but Bloomberg's take (they have very excellent sources of info, some of it even classified) is probably about right - hovering around $600 Billion. But the oil slump and other factors make that total very, very much an educated guesstimate.

But the real story is this. The Saudi's may or may not be doing this to just hurt the dollar. Yes, it's a retaliatory measure against the 911 files release but simply put, once the ball starts rolling on that and families begin to think about suing the Saudi's over their role in the terror attacks (well, many terror attacks) the Saudi's effectively lose their sovereign immunity (more here).

Dumping those assets is a way to protect themselves from such suits. Think of how long Iran has had its assets tied up.

This is indeed a major issue. But it is one that has a significant double standard. They can sue Iran for Terror attacks, but cannot sue the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, the Saudi's. More here.

Can the bond market absorb all those Treasuries? The short answer is no. But the establishment answer will be yes, said in order to assist in shoring up market stability. Always keep this in mind. Economic pronouncements from our leaders are not there to tell us the truth, they are made to enhance market stability, encourage investment and put a smiley face on things. But those pronouncements won't protect you when your 401(k) crashes or your bank needs a bailout and can't get one. They are not going to pay Uncle Sam's bills and remember those bonds are the primary way by which we pay for everything the government does. So yes, this is a really big deal. Will the Saudi's do it? Probably but in an orderly fashion. They hold too many dollar based assets and when they hurt the dollar, they are hurting themselves. And dear readers - take note - the Saudi's are in trouble.

You see there is no real demand for debt these days and right now, those primary dealers whose job is it is to sell our debt to others are sitting on mountains of it that they cannot sell.  So don't take the MSM's sleeping tablets. You'll wake up broke, naked and with a lump on your head wondering what happened to you. The dollar based system is in trouble. Many nations are doing all they can to get from under the petrodollar system that has created high demand for our dollars allowing us to live far, far above our means (with debt).

So pay attention on this one. It's not the end of the world, but it will accelerate what we have already been seeing. Belt tightening across the nation.

3 May

CRS Issues Annual China Report Update

(Congressional Research Service) China’s military is formally called the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA shares many features in common with militaries around the world, but its organization has many unique features. The PLA is divided into four services (for ground, naval, air, and missile forces) and the Strategic Support Force, which appears to be responsible for logistics, space and cyber capabilities, and development of information technology  Two-thirds of the PLA currently is composed of ground forces, and generals from the ground forces have historically dominated top PLA leadership. China’s plan to cut 300,000 troops in the near future may shift force structure and leadership ratios in favor of the naval and air forces. Although an earlier incarnation of the PLA fought against Imperial Japan (1937-1945) and won its signature victory in the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) against the Nationalist (Kuomintang) forces of Chiang Kai- shek, it has no recent combat experience. The short war with Vietnam in 1979 was China’s last major conflict, and the PLA has not been involved in sustained combat since the Korean War (1950-1953) and the brief border war with India (1962). China does not have military allies, effectively....

...China’s military modernization efforts have emphasized quality over quantity, in both equipment and personnel. Total numbers of platforms (e.g., surface vessels, tanks, fighter aircraft) have declined from their 1990s levels in many categories, but the PLA’s overall capabilities have increased. Many of the PLA’s older major weapons systems are legacy platforms from the Cold War era, a time when Chinese defense technology lagged far behind, but the ratio of modern to older platforms is steadily increasing. For example, China’s inventory of fighter aircraft has declined sharply since the mid-1990s to about 1,500 aircraft, but the percentage of that inventory that is composed of modern, fourth-generation-and-above fighters has grown to nearly 50% (see Figure 4). In personnel terms, the PLA has shrunk significantly from its estimated size of 3.03 million active personnel in 1992.11 However, in the past decade the PLA has reportedly made progress in recruiting more educated and qualified personnel and in raising the quality of its professional military education.

...peaked your interest? More can be found here.

Off The Radar

Today, we are going to look at a few items that are not necessarily on the radar, but are very important, if not now will be later. First let's talk about Xi. There are those who think Xi may be beginning to lose his grip on power. Recently he gained a new military title and was seen rallying the troops in a new uniform. Yet some see trouble up ahead for Xi, citing many issues that are just below the radar. First is that Xi has made much about his fight against corruption, yet at the same time has not been able or willing to deal with some of it close to home. The Panama papers are clear example of this and while Xi has not been directly linked in the papers, his brother in law has been. China has been mum about the papers. This goes against the very guidance he gave party elders not so long ago about corruption and 'Tigers and Flies'.

Xi' has risen fast but he has gained a lot of enemies and has taken China on a course that could indeed lead it to a conflict with multiple nations in the China sea, running counter to China's stated desire to have a peaceful rise.

The question is being asked, is Xi's leadership being questioned among some in the Politburo?  Key leaders have openly criticized him, mostly for not listening to the views of others. The old saying, 'A thousand yes men do not add up to one honest adviser', comes to mind. Some accuse him of creating a cult of personality in order to avoid the criticism they think he needs.

 The South Asia Analysis Group has a great piece on Xi and this subject here. It lists 11 things that indicate that all is not well with China under Xi's leadership. None of these things will prove fatal to his leadership in and of themselves, rather they show a deeper discontent in the minds of many within China's ruling party and key segments of its society. The China File has a good piece here as well.

My view is that Xi is trying to do too much too fast and is taking China into dangerous waters. China would do better to take a more go-slow approach and show itself to be a more responsible player in the China sea, rather than play the bully as many nations feel she has. Secondly, all leaders need good advisers and a good leader will listen to his critics and enemies even more than his friends. Bobble heads will never tell you what they know you don't want to hear. As an outsider, it is difficult for me to get a good read as to how deep this discontent goes and if there are other key party leaders who are 'on the fence' about Xi's leadership style and direction. But my guesstimate is that the discontent is real in power circles and will get worse as China's economic problems bring in more discontent across the nation.

In other China news not covered much is that China is fighting a major drug war. One major drug Lord who was known for his meth operation has been sentenced to death. His name is Cai Dongjia and he was a Party Leader. He has  been likened to the TV show 'Breaking Bad'. There have been numerous victories on the drug front for China. The Jamestown' China Brief gives us some details.

One of China’s biggest anti-narcotics victories was the recent capture of Sai Naw Kham, formerly a thug whose loyalty belonged to the Shan warlord and opium trader Khun Sa, but who later became head of the drug trafficking organization, Hawngleuk Militia, and as a result, arguably Burma’s most powerful druglord. After initially denying the charges, Kham pled guilty to killing 13 Chinese sailors and was executed in Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province, in 2013 (CCTV, September 20, 2012; Xinhua, September 21, 2012; People’s Daily, March 1, 2013). According to Ai Zhen, a foreign affairs official for Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna, which borders Burma, Naw Kham’s group was the “most powerful” in the entire Mekong region (China Daily, September 20, 2012).

Other recent victories include a number of major busts. Last year, Beijing Customs officials caught two Tanzanians smuggling 155 heroin capsules in their bodies, 2015’s largest bust (China Daily, March 4). Last month, Nanning officials seized 40 kilograms of drugs including ecstasy, ketamine and nimetazepam (China Daily, February 22). Last week, Bao’an police seized 2.1 kilograms of methamphetamine (Yangcheng Evening News, March 8). As police improve at catching culprits, the culprits learn to evade police. However, now there is an online drug trade through Chinese websites such as Qinjiayuan, which mimic the Silk Road website, which served as the first modern internet marketplace for drugs (Global Times, July 7, 2015). - By David Volodzko; China’s Fourth Evil: Drug Trafficking in the PRC Publication: China Brief  Volume: 16 Issue: Issue 6

But it is unwise to look at this as just a Chinese problem. They key here is that international drug trafficking is a major problem and it is one that is global. All nations are effected by it to greater or lesser degree's. China's solutions to the problem may be brutal and seem so to we who live in the west, but those who say so are not looking at China's history and significant problems it had with it back in the 1800's.

America's problems? Real enough as this map from Stratfor makes plain. Where are the world's most dangerous cities, keeping in mind that drugs and violence to correlate? You can find out here. Rather than give you a lot of anecdotal evidence on why this is so, the CRS did a very recent report on El Salvador, the nation with the highest murder rate in the world. Let's start here.

During 2015, El Salvador posted the world's highest homicide rate, 104 homicides per 100,000 people. Homicides, many gang-related, have trended further upward in 2016, with more than 2,000 killings recorded through March, including massacres, killings of police and their families, and extrajudicial killings of suspected gang members. El Salvador has the highest concentration of gang members in Central America. Many analysts assert that the government's tough anti-gang policies are worsening the violence; others maintain that the government has few policy options available. Escalating violence and political polarization in the country have inhibited U.S. and Salvadoran efforts to improve security and bolster growth.

 Gangs in El Salvador

The largest gangs in El Salvador have origins in and ties to the United States. The 18th Street Gang was formed in Los Angeles in the 1950s as a Mexican gang; it later embraced other Latinos. The MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha-13) was created during the 1980s by Salvadorans in Los Angeles who had fled the country's civil conflict. Both gangs expanded their operations to Central America after many of their leaders were deported in the 1990s. Some gang cliques (clicas) in El Salvador have maintained ties with U.S. gangs.

El Salvador has struggled with gang-related violence for years, but homicides have escalated since the demise of a 2012-2013 truce between the country's largest gangs. Post-truce, the gangs are more fragmented and violent and the state appears incapable of restoring order. Gangs have become involved in extortion; kidnapping; and drug, auto, and weapons smuggling. They have extorted millions of dollars from residents, bus drivers, and businesses. Failure to pay often results in violence. In July 2015, gang threats prompted a three-day shutdown of San Salvador's bus system. Gang-related crimes continue to drive internal displacement and illegal emigration.
Government Efforts: A Return to Mano Dura (Firm Hand) Policies?

From 2003 to 2009, El Salvador pursued aggressive anti-gang policies referred to as mano dura. Those policies involved incarcerating large numbers of youth for illicit association and increasing sentences for gang membership. Delays in the judicial process and massive arrests led to severe prison overcrowding, and the government's lack of internal control allowed prisons to become like "finishing schools" for gangs. Most youth arrested under mano dura provisions were released for lack of evidence. At the same time, gangs and gang tactics became more sophisticated to avoid detection.
The Mauricio Funes Administration (2009-2014) initially adopted an approach for dealing with gangs that involved prevention and rehabilitation but failed to substantially reduce crime rates. President Funes appointed his defense minister as head of public security in 2011. With the minister's approval, top gang leaders were transferred from maximum security prisons to less secure facilities in March 2012 to "facilitate" a truce between the gangs. Between the time the prison transfers took place and May 2013, homicide rates declined dramatically. Some praised the truce, but many expressed skepticism. During the truce, disappearances increased and extortions continued, while gangs gained media attention. Gangs continued to conduct illicit activities using cell phones in the prisons. By 2014, the Funes government had disavowed the truce and murders had begun to increase.

In June 2014, President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, a former guerrilla commander of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), took office. He inherited a security crisis with few resources and without a legislative majority. The government formed a National Council for Citizen Security that designed an integrated "El Salvador Seguro (Secure)" plan, which was announced in January 2015 and praised by international donors. After significant wrangling, El Salvador's legislature approved a new tax and $100 million in loans to support the plan in late 2015. Implementation of the Seguro plan has been slow and will likely require additional resources.

In the meantime, President Sánchez Cerén has taken a tough anti-gang approach. His government has refused to negotiate with gangs, returned gang leaders involved in the truce to maximum security prisons, and mobilized three military battalions to support police anti-gang operations. In August 2015, El Salvador's Supreme Court declared that gangs that had used grenades against government installations could be charged with terrorism. Since March 2016, the government has sent nearly 300 mid-level gang leaders to more secure facilities, blocked phone signals near jails, deployed 1,000 military reservists, and secured legislative approval of another $100 million loan for public security. Human rights groups and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States have warned the Salvadoran government that some of these policies could exacerbate the situation and prompt human rights abuses by security forces. - CRS Insight
The efforts to root out the gangs has been significant and ongoing. Those cables released by Wikileaks give a deep insight as to the things done back in the first decade of the millennium on this front. Keying up on words like 'gangs' 'El Salvador,' 'MS-13', and 'narcotics' will yield a lot of info. But as you can see, when organized crime (which is what gangs are) get into a nation and get significant numbers, a major internal security problem then comes into being. We have seen the same thing in Mexico.

Today, America is being hit with a major Heroin epidemic. This is really just the same story that is now getting some traction in White Communities and now there is significant media attention on it. But the problem of US heroin trafficking to the US is nothing new. Most of it has historically come from Mexico. Again, a search on 'Heroin Mexico' at Wikileaks will yield a lot of info, much of it rather dated, but still very interesting and telling. CRS did a recent paper here of note.

Yes, this epidemic is a real one and I have posted some links here about it. But I also mentioned that the US the US military has been protecting Poppy fields in Afghanistan. There are sites with a whole host of pictures of it. It was supposed to be a secret but clearly, it is no longer. Questions need to be asked. Why are US military personell working for Drug Lords? This is no wild eyed conspiracy theory. This is typical of some rather nutso things we are doing over there. But the worst part of it is this -  Mexican drug cartels have now subcontracted (if I can use that word) part of their opium/heroin supply chain to Afghanistan and Turkey. Now again, I want to be fair and not just rant.

The situation in Afghanistan is complicated. Farmers grow dope because it pays more than other crops and no matter how you look at it, the average Afghan is living at just above sustenance level, being one of the poorest nations on earth. What the US does not want to do is allow the poppy fields to fall into the hands of the Islamists, who will use the revenue to buy arms, recruit and make life in Afghanistan even harder. Burn the fields to stop opium production and guess what... you just took away the farmer's livelihood and chances are fair that he or one of his family members will hate you till the day you die. Some will join the Taliban. So the strategic thinking here may be a little more complex. There are very significant risks however. First of all officials in the US military and the CIA have been known in the past to  deal drugs. Some of these are lone wolf operations and others have 'command level' assistance. The CIA's history in drugs is something that has been talked about a lot over the years, it's no secret that the they are involved in the dope business for various reasons, both National Security and personal profit. without getting into details, I know what I am talking about. Drug running was done  back in the Vietnam War and still is today. It's not just drugs.

But now we have these Mexican cartels working with these South Asian drug Cartels.

Edgardo Buscaglia, an organized crime expert who has taught at the ITAM University in Mexico, said in an interview with El Universal that his fieldwork in Afghanistan indicates that the Sinaloa Cartel does regular business with Asian criminal groups...

..."The Mexican groups come to Turkey with established contacts, principally through businesses or companies where they may hold minor positions, or which they themselves establish as providers of illicit goods or services," he told El Universal.  - 'Mexican Cartels Buying Drugs in Afghanistan'

This is big business, make no mistake about it.

The Bigger Picture

There are many issues here. Most are not going to be talked about on the web except by a few souls with guts and knowledge, coupled with a little wisdom to know not to name names or get to close to naming certain people. I will try and be that person for you today.

America's Afghan policy in allowing the increase in Opium production at the onset of the Afghan War in 2001 had many reasons. The Taliban had all but eliminated Opium production.

Let's just say that there were those who did not like that and wanted a policy reversal, and leave it there. US policy was never really about stopping the drug trade, it was about managing it and making sure that the profits were kept in American hands. Secondly, the US wanted to use the Drugs to target their geopolitical enemies, most notably Russia. Russia, as a result of the US invasion, saw a steady increase in drug addiction primarily Heroin from Afghanistan. The Russians took note. They are not fools. This is the Weaponization of the Drug Trade 101. The Brits were the ones who started this back during the opium wars. Nations have been doing it greater or lesser degree's ever since. Now the US is being targeted. By whom is not clear to this author. It could be some greedy organized crime rackets who have deep ties into the US Military and Intelligence community. It could be foreign nations like Russia and China helping to forge these ties between drug cartels to create a major drug problem in America or it could be just plain 'business', with no high level US involvement or geopolitical ramifications. But for reasons I cannot get into, I am fairly certain that the US is involved and is using some darker forces inside the National Security Establishment to facilitate it as US policy - secret but official US policy. Why?

This is deep statecraft here and many of you are not going to like what I say here. The US has a major problem and that problem is debt and deficits. This was one of the main reasons Wall Street so long was allowed to run amok with their money laundering operations, it was a source of revenue for the banks. Everyone knew what was going on. The Fed, Treasury, DOJ... they all knew.  But today the US is facing a debt crisis, one far worse than you are hearing about and it is one that everyone knew was coming. So if you need cash and are not too particular where you get it and don't want to raise taxes, where would you go to get it?

I think you can figure it out.

Why do you think Karzai has been supported so long by the US - whose brother was the key person dealing with the drug cartels? Not hard to figure. Again, some one is getting billions in revenue annually... and US troop are all over those poppy fields, guarding them.

Follow the money

These are not things people like to talk about, but they are the reality and a reality that few want to talk about for obvious reasons. But you readers here now have a better understanding about the real backstory as to why the Americans heroin addiction can be stopped if the US really wanted to. But there is no will for reasons I just described.

The bigger question is one that I will leave hanging and that is this - how much as the illegal drug trade corrupted the US military? If they are guarding opium fields in Afghanistan what else are they doing?

That's as far as I feel led to talk about that issue for obvious reasons...

...Mark S. Watson

2 May

Hosea Part X

Note: I hope you are getting something out of these little commentaries on these old Prophets. I know I have gotten something out of writing them. It has been some time before I really studied the minor prophets. 

You know, when I was a new believer. I used to sit in my room and study for hours and hours on end. I would sit up late and night with my Bible and really read and study it. I had many commentaries and my old faithful Harper's Study Bible. I learned so much  back then. God would often speak to me so clearly.... almost like a direct voice in my ear. He would  give me dreams and visions and as I stated once before, once took me to heaven for a very short period of time. He also once gave me a kind of mini-preview of my life (I had barely turned 20) and in his way warned me that I would one day take a dangerous path that would almost lead me to apostasy.

God spoke so clearly to me in my youth and was gracious and kind to me and granted be extreme favor by bringing be back into the fold, though I think the prayers of my Mother and my Aunt had a great deal to do with it. But brothers, I was teetering on the edge of being taken out of this world into whatever the fruit of my life had borne up until that time... and that brothers was a FRIGHTFUL prospect!

God be praised he did call me back and not only that has used me in this most unique but important ministry.

These studies have caused me to think back on those days and the long, long hours I spent in Bible study.

Well, enough of my personal ruminations... on to Chapter 7!

When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered,
and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood;
and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness:
now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker,
who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened.

(Hos 7:1-4)

God is the great healer. He wants to heal our broken lives and bodies. He wants to have mercy on us. What is the biggest hindrance to receiving it? Unrepentance. This is a theme we saw in the New Testament with the life of Christ. Here is one incident that is instructive.

Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee,
Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was:
for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him,
thou art made whole: sin no more,
lest a worse thing come unto thee.

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus,
which had made him whole.

(Joh 5:12-15)

Wow! You know simple statements like that give us all a very good look at the reason for and the limits of God's mercy. Mercy is to drive us to repentance and a genuine change of heart and spiritual direction, not to make us feel good about ourselves while committing acts that God hates. Note the warning that Christ gives to this man whom he had just healed- he tells him to stop sinning or worse things are in store for him.

The Northern Kingdom was in a horrible state. In Ephraim and Samaria, falsehood and thievery are the problems and it is the theme of verse one. The sense here is that with the theft;  it is committed by both those inside Samaria as well as without. Others have an ever so slightly different take on it -  here is how Adam Clarke puts it.

When I would have healed Israel - As soon as one wound was healed, another was discovered. Scarcely was one sin blotted out till another was committed.
The thief cometh in - Their own princes spoil them.
The troop of robbers spoileth without - The Assyrians, under different leaders, waste and plunder the country
. - Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

God was sore displeased with the Northern Kingdom and their sinfulness. But you know what? At the root of most sin, if not all is some kind of falsehood. We find that all the way back to Adam and also in the book of revelation for it states clearly that all the world will be deceived (Rev 12:9 and 13:14) and that all liars are heading into the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8 and 21:27). This passage shows is that in Hosea's time, things were hardly different than from the days of Adam to our own times. Falsehood was at the root of their doings. The word falsehood is this one.
From H8266; an untruth; by implication a sham (often adverbially): - without a cause, deceit (-ful), false (-hood, -ly), feignedly, liar, + lie, lying, vain (thing), wrongfully.
The implication was that falsehood was a practice of the people, not so much that they were the victims of it - but that lying, scams, and rackets were the way of things among the people. Brothers - this is why God gets so angry in the last days. Deceit and wickedness rise to a devilish crescendo. We can take a strong hint from Hosea just what this means to us in our times.

Verse two makes it plain that they are not even thinking about all the evil they are doing. They clearly think nothing is wrong - no thunderbolts from heaven killing anyone, no earthquakes swallowing up the ground - so they continue on with their individual and collective wickedness. They did not bother to consider that God see's these things. Nothing escapes God's attention. They are not getting away with anything and the only person they are fooling, is themselves. In fact, Barnes goes a step further in this respect. His comments bear repeating.

I remember all their wickedness - This was the root of “all their wickedness,” want of thought. They would not stop to say to themselves, that God not only saw, but “remembered their wickedness,” and not only this, but that He remembered it all. Many will acknowledge that God sees them. He sees all things, and so them also. This is a part of His natural attribute of omniscience. It costs them nothing to own it. But what God “remembers, that” He will repay. This belongs to God’s attributes, as the moral Governor of the world; and this, man would gladly forget. But in vain. God does “remember,” and remembers in order to punish.  - Albert Barnes Notes On The Bible
In short their evil had its root in the  fact that they forgot God and forgot he was watching all they did and would remember it - weather it be good, or evil. As time passes, their sins had basically surround them. The phrase 'have beset them about' is one that bears note.

A primitive root; to revolve, surround or border; used in various applications, literally and figuratively: - bring, cast, fetch, lead, make, walk, X whirl, X round about, be about on every side, apply, avoid, beset (about), besiege, bring again, carry (about), change, cause to come about, X circuit, (fetch a) compass (about, round), drive, environ, X on every side, beset (close, come, compass, go, stand) round about, remove, return, set, sit down, turn (self) (about, aside, away, back).

Their sins had compassed them about, surrounded them and were around them on every side. The phrase is pretty clear that these people's sins were at the point where God had to act. They were all there for God to see.

Verse three shows how the the moral corruption infected the king and his court. The king was happy at the wickedness and his face lit up with joy with the lies he was told. This shows a deep moral degeneracy in the leadership of the people. When a nation and people get to that point, there is little hope of change.

I see this kind of thing as being so common in our own halls of power, as the powers that be do what they can to control 'the narrative', both inside and outside of the beltway - highly paid and bald faced liars get into positions of influence and tell leaders, bureaucrats and even Presidents just what they want to hear, true or not... and almost always not. While it is true that this passage in Hosea's time was probably, at least in part, a reference to the King's Baal prophet advisers and those others who listen to him, the theme is basically the same. Lies and liars get into a place of influence when a nation falls into a state of such great moral decrepitude.

In verse four we see that Hosea returns to the main theme of his ministry, spiritual adultery. The departure from God and cleaving to the gods of the nations around them. But this adultery appears to take on not just a spiritual dimension buy also an actual one as well. The reference to an oven heated by a baker is probably a reference to the burning lust felt by them.

In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners. For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire. They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.
(Hos 7:5-7)
What is referenced here appears to be holiday's and festivals where the prices of the Kingdom got so drunk they got sick and started to hang out with base men. Wine when taken to excess can be a mocker and takes away natural self restraint in a person. These passages clearly reference a moral degeneracy. The prophet likens their heart to an oven and as such was burning with wicked desires and not just sexual in nature. The Judges were also infected. Clearly these were like thieves and robbers for they 'lie in wait' stealthily seeking some new evil to engage in.  Here, John Gill's comments I think are meet.

their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire; as a baker having put wood into his oven, and kindled it, leaves it, and sleeps all night, and in the morning it is all burning, and in a flame, and his oven is thoroughly heated, and fit for his purpose; so the evil concupiscence in these men's hearts, made hot like an oven, rests all night, devising mischief on their beds, either against the chastity of their neighbours' wives, or against the lives of others, they bear an ill will to, particularly against their judges and their kings, as Hos_7:7; seems to intimate; and in the morning this lust of uncleanness or revenge is all in a flame, and ready to execute the wicked designs contrived; see Mic 2:1. - John Gill
In short these were party animals that while partying and drinking were engaged in all manner of wickedness and evil. Do we see this today? Well, you know while I do not subscribe to this authors anti-Jewish rant, the other observations in it are very, very relevant to this topic. I post this only to show you just how far the west and America have fallen. Again - I do not subscribe necessarily to this particular 'conspiracy theory' and post this ONLY for informational purposes but the information is quite good and I am sure many of you will not be too shocked at the pictures.

Dear readers, I point this out because our western world, built upon Christianity is now falling apart on the doctrines of secularism and satanism and like those of the Northern Kingdom, "...they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness."

We will continue with Hosea as time and God permits!

29 Apr

Unless The Lord Builds The House...

(this was written last November)

<A Song of degrees for Solomon.>
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:
except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows:
for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
(Psa 127:1-5)

For those of you who were wondering what a song of degree's is, it is really a song of ascent and these were Psalms that were sung by Jews who went to Jerusalem for the Festivals (Psalms 119-134).

This Psalm is one that I know from my youth. Unless you dedicate your home, and paths to the Lord whatever you try and accomplish will ultimately end in failure - particularly spiritual failure.

When you build a home with your spouse or even, if the Lord wills it alone, you must be willing to do as God commands you and dedicate that dwelling place to the Lord. A home that stands with God, and is founded by God can weather any storm. This does not mean that storms won't come, they will - it just means that a home that God has Lordship over and the people therein who are dedicated to him will be watched over by the most high.

Let my own life be a testimony to that. God has kept and watched over me through thick and and thin, and while I will never claim any kind of spiritual perfection I will say that because I have dedicated my home and my life to the work God has given me to do, he has looked out for me and watched over me in ways that only a few would even comprehend, let alone believe. I am here to bear witness that if you really dedicate your life to God and do the things he commands, despite cold shoulders, the sneering remarks, the people who withdraw from you because of  your walk with God I tell you of a truth that he will look out for you. I am not telling you will always be in the lap of luxury but that God will be with you as long as you keep your home and lives dedicated to him and his purposes.

As I watch our nation falter and fall for some pretty dark spirits, I am often reminded of this verse, that "... except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.". I think of all the money America spends of defense and intelligence, looking at threats to our nation and more often than not, conjuring up threats that aren't threats but rather are ways to make money for our Federal contractors and I say to myself that our military and security watchman more and more are watching in vain. They are not looking at the deeper threat to America. That threat is a spiritual one. As our nation continues it's slide away from God, what good is all of this misnomered 'defense' money when the nation has departed from the living God? The men on three standing rotating watches in command and intelligence bunkers - they are watching in vain. The men and women who spend months on submarine duty for our nuclear deterrent? Their work is in vain. Why? Because the work of this house (America) more and more is dedicated to the gods of secular humanism and at times, out and out satanism rather than the living God who sent his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that men might be made free from the laws of sin and death.

The devil, using his religious systems like Secular Humanism, wants to keep man ensnared in sin. He knows that any nation so encumbered is doomed, no matter how many cruise missiles it possesses, no matter how may Nuclear Subs it has at sea, no matter how many stealth fighters it can get in the air.

The God of battles knows the strengths and weaknesses of every military on this planet. He laughs at their 'show of strength' commonly done by the world's nations. God is sovereign and when a nation continues to defy his ways and do evil, trod down the poor man and deny justice to the weak, God will look down and determine that that nation and its system must be done away with. God will protect nations who protect his people, love justice, remember the poor and the defenseless and look to the Lord for their strength and deliverance. The Psalmist here (Solomon) is making plain that God alone is the key to security. God will protect that which he claims as his own. Let us serve God in spirit and in truth, know that we belong to him and remember this passage as Paul laid it out in the  book of 1st Corinthians.

Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
(1Co 7:23)

That is right - we are as that song by Bob Dylan says,  the property of Jesus. That's why the devil hates us so, God has called us out of satan's control.

The Psalmists goes on to tell us that we are wasting our time burning the midnight oil to get ahead. This is what the mammonites do -  the work, sweat, toil and burning the midnight oil to get more money, a bigger house, a newer car, a more fashionable vacation, a sexier spouse. They are servants of Mammon and mammon is their God. Why is this - I think the answer is a simple one. The man of God has learned the secret of contentment. He's got clothes, food, a roof, work that gives him dignity and a living and he has learned the secret of contentment. The man of the world is full of worry and work; plotting and sweating in order to get ahead in this world. But what did Christ say?

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life,
what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink;
nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat,
and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field,
which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you,
 O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying,
What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

(Mat 6:25-34)

Is Christ calling us to worldly ambition and a life of drudgery for a new Audi or a townhome in the suburbs? No, he is not. Rather he is giving us a key secret to living on earth as a saint. Worry is not good and that God will provide those things that are needful to his people.

Our problem is the west is that we are too materialistic. We focus on things and getting this and having that.  As an aside, I worry about Christian refugee's who will come here from Syria and Iraq on that front. So many Christians find the ways of mammon, the fast cars, good looking women and the pleasures that America and the west has to offer to be too much for their faith... and they fall away.

We as Christians must learn to truly be content for this is what I think is one of the foundations to a victorious mindset, especially in the materialistic western world.

Brothers, I know just how easy it is to get caught up in materialism. But I have watched those with money and I can tell you that they are trapped. Many of them are not happy, some are so miserable, they are popping anti-depressants - making 7 figure salaries!!. They work so hard and are so afraid of 'falling' and losing all that they they work mostly to save face and save their brittle ego's, which is protected by the million dollar toys they buy.

Brothers, there is great reward trusting in God. He knows best. Nothing on this earth is beyond his reach or grasp. Let us place our lives in the hands of a faithful creator who loved us so much he gave his son for us on the cross.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
(Rom 8:31-32)

As for our nation, let us pray that our leaders remember that honoring the most high God is the best 'National Security' policy that America can ever hope to implement.  All the covert ops, black ops, secret spying programs nor stealth bombers or secret space weapons cannot protect a nation who has forsaken the Living God and given itself over to evil.

America would do well to remember this.

Trump Hits Support Milestone

50% support nationally in an NBC poll. Pretty significant. What does this mean. It means that all the tricks and dirt the GOP establishment and the Democrats have thrown at this guy have not worked. I want to talk about Trump economics here because I think this is the key issue that is resonating with a lot of Americans.

The US economy is not looking so good. The oil industry particularly is having serious issues, Exxon just lost it's AAA rating. Freeport, a shale oil firm has slashed jobs and posted a loss. Schlumburger has cut 2500 jobs as well, on earnings problems. The price of oil is not just hurting Russia, Venezuela and the Saudi's it's hurting the oil industry in the US as well. An industry not coincidentally traditionally linked with the GOP. Without getting into specifics, the fall in the price of oil has been targeted at specific parts of the global economy and the price of oil is very, very important on a number of levels. Keep this in mind, these are real jobs and hundreds of thousands of them have gone away since the price collapse a couple of years ago.

Jobs are an issue, and no matter how many questionable statistics that the BLS and the establishment put out there. Those stat's don't pay the bills of those who have lost good paying jobs.  This is the fundamental problem that I see the Establishment is having with Trump - they can't lie and misdirect the people to get themselves four more years of political and economic mismanagement with the 'usual suspects' of candidates. People are not wow'd by the propaganda and the pundits like they used to be. They are more and more seeing past all of that and wanting to know who is going to get them back to work.

I am not saying that a Trump Presidency will be able to bring back the dead (jobs that are gone forever), I just don't think it will. But many American are angry at a system that is now raping the retired. There is a pension crisis now in this country, it's not brewing, it's here.

Those of you who want a site that tracks events, big ones and little ones in the are of pensions can head on over to http://www.pensiontsunami.com/ and get the latest. The zero interest rate environment we have now is only exacerbating an already grim situation.

My point here is more of a broad medium and long term trend analysis than one of immediate concern. Populist leaders are likely to rise to power based upon the dreadful mismanagement of the current establishment and their policies. We saw this in Austria last weekend, where the right wing won. The discontent there was less about pensions that it was about the flood of refugees. In the US it's jobs, free trade and soon, very soon pensions.

More and more right wing and populist leaders are going to rise to power on the dung heap of unwise trade policies, unchecked immigration, the legal swindling of pension funds and an unbalanced lust for expensive military conflict. While establishment papers like the WaPo will try and explain these trends, I don't think their analysis is quite spot on. Yes, they hit some very important issues, but again, some of the deeper issues I think are often just not dealt with honestly. A word search for the word 'trade' is oddly missing from the analysis in the previous link.

People are the ones who are paying the price for these misdeeds and this is why a guy like Trump is increasingly popular. Now I have long been suspicious of him and I will not lie to you, I am not at all certain that many in the GOP establishment who have been so vocal against him are not knowingly aiding his rise with their anti-Trump statements. I don't know this to be the case, but the more the GOP leaders lambaste him, the more popular he becomes. They have to know and see that. Besides... someone long ago made a comment to me even before Trump rose and even officially ran to watch for just what we are seeing now, that the anti-Trump contortions from the GOP and NeoCons would be mostly theater designed to put him into the White House.

Is Trump the secret darling of those who are the most publicly against him?

I don't know, but the thought had occurred to me, long ago.

What will give Populist leaders even more fuel? Passing these Free Trade agreements in the dead of night during a lame duck session of Congress, which right now is the plan for the TPP. The establishment for years have governed in spite of the people and their wishes... and jobs. Donalt Trump, love him or hate him, is making the price for that kind of governance considerably higher.

But the fact that the GOP may be getting ready to 'Obama' its populist wing, like the Democrats were done in 2008 seems more and more likely.

Rapper Snoop Dog Sings About Having Jesus Better Than Silver And Gold

Snoop may have really had change in heart, changing his message from one of hate, to one of love and speaking against Gun violence, something that has devastated so many communities in America.

I hope Snoop's faith sticks, we need more men who come out of that world to give people hope and love... people who have known the other side so well and left it.

Right Wing Hate Watch

Germany Hits Freital Group
A group of very ordinary Germans were about to carry out a wave of terror attacks across Germany
Hackers Hit The KKK
Mass Murderer Brevick Wins Case About His Human Rights
Hate Rally In Georgia Last Weekend
Austria: Far Right Hails Major Election Victory
The Untold Story Of The Texaco Tycoon Who Loved Fascism
A very interesting look at the Koch Brothers. This is very, very interesting. Interestingly, the Koch Brothers may endorse Clinton over  Trump. The dynamics behind Trump for and against are very interesting.

Fulani Herders Move South, Attack Christians

4/26/16 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani herders have murdered at least 45 people from communities in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria, destroying homes and burning property.

Sources close to the attack told ICC that Fulani militias assembled 500 attackers in the area 24 hours before striking at least seven predominantly Christian villages in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area (LGA), Nigeria’s equivalent of counties.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing fighters armed with AK-47 assault rifles and machetes, carving a path of destruction through sleepy villages shortly after 7:00 a.m., slaughtering civilians, burning property, and targeting homes and churches.

"I was coming out from the house when I heard the community bell ringing. I was going with a friend to know what the bell was all about, only to see about 40 Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated guns and machetes,” survivor Kingsley Ezugwu told the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard. “They pursued us, killed my friend and shot at me several times but missed. They caught up with me and used machetes on me until I lost consciousness," he said.

“It’s a serious massacre by a people who revere cows more than human lives,” an Enugu resident told ICC. “About 45 persons were killed, over 100 injured and thousands of those who survived and fled are now refugees in Nsuka town,” the source said.

Vanguard said attackers burned Christ Holy Church International. A source close to the situation also told ICC that the attackers kidnapped one Catholic priest, but his whereabouts and fate remain unknown. Enugu communities are still counting their dead.

"Most of those who were killed died in the early hours of the morning. We are still counting our losses. We have not started going into the farms and bushes to look for our dead brothers and sisters,” Nimbo community leader Ikwe John Akor said.

Enugu State borders Benue State to the southwest, part of a region no longer inside the “Middle-Belt” central region of Nigeria where most Fulani attacks predominate. ICC reported horrific Fulani attacks in Agatu, Benue State in February, when militias murdered more than 500 people from Christian communities in less than one week.

Fulani Attacks Expanding Southward

Enugu state is part of Nigeria’s southeastern region, south of the states where Fulani herder attacks usually happen. Historically, Islamist Fulani attackers have mostly ravaged Plateau, Adamawa, Nassarawa, Taraba, Benue, and parts of southern Kaduna and southern Borno states, decimating Christian farming communities with mass murder, church destructions, and village burnings.

However, Monday’s attack highlights a disturbing trend that signals the militias are penetrating into southern Nigeria. Enugu State is the second in Southeast Nigeria to suffer Fulani herder attacks in the past month. During the first week of April, ICC learned that Fulani militias overran Ohafia in Abia State, declaring the Christian community part of a “Fulani Republic.”

Throughout the history of brutal Fulani attacks in Nigeria, locals say their goal remains to displace Christians and then occupy territory.

“They launch attacks and they run back [to Nassarawa],” a spokesman for the Movement Against the Fulani Militia, Steven Enada, told ICC. “[Next,] they come in to occupy the community. This is the same track they are using to attack the southeast,” he said.

Nigerian Christians fear that the expanding assaults represent a larger scheme to conquer the country.

“They will conquer the Middle-Belt, Southeast, South-South, and the Southwest will be the last to be conquered,” Enada said.

While Boko Haram continues to grab most of the headlines in Nigeria, the ongoing Fulani herder crisis mounts, increasing body counts and leaving Christian farming communities grieving and displaced, with their homes and livelihoods destroyed.

“Time has far passed for the Nigerian government to step up and address the ongoing Fulani herder attacks on Christian communities in the Middle-Belt and into Southeast Nigeria. How long must we watch and count village after village erased from the map while little is done to promote security for peoples’ lives and property? The Fulani devastation has sadly become a predictable pattern and ICC urges leaders to fulfill their obligation of service to the Nigerian people and take steps to protect suffering citizens,” ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Troy Augustine, said.

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Prince Was A Conservative Christian Who Opposed Gay Marriage

Yes, it was a complex faith, but I think like so many in that business, their private genuine beliefs are not for public consumption. Like Bono, or Johnny Cash, they all were Christians and have taken considerable guff in their respective industries for making their faith known to others. I am not going to attest to the lifestyle of any of these men, whom often make it plain that they are not perfect. Moreover the temptations that they often face pale in comparison to those the ordinary person does. So I ask all of you to not judge Prince. We don't know where he was at before he died. Those at the Kingdom Hall where he worshiped knew him as Brother Nelson.

Many of you will ask me about the Jehovah's Witnesses. I will make this brief as I have covered this before. The JW's I see a a very close proximity to the genuine faith passed down the the Apostles, but has some very glaring and very significant doctrinal problems, which are often glossed over when they present their message to the unsuspecting. They deny the divinity of Christ, they believe that Christ came back in the early 20th century and have many other beliefs that run contrary to sound (Biblically sound) doctrine. They even had their own translation (The New World Translation) that changed key versus and words to support their claims.

In short, as close is it may be, the Jesus Christ of the Jehovah's Witnesses and that of the Christ and faith passed down to us from the apostolic fathers, are not the same.

I am not here to tell others what they must believe (as in passing laws to forbid freedom of belief) or to try and force the Bible's clear teaching on them.  Nor will I denigrate or try and take away any man's right to believe and worship whatever God he wants to in peace, in this present evil age. We don't need state sponsored religion and that, believe it or not is the only religious prohibition in the Constitution, it's the establishment clause. There is no 'Separation of Church and State clause' in the US constitution, no matter how man liars say there is. It's not in there, except in the vivid imagination of secularist journalists, non-lawyers, 'atheist fundamentalists' and 'creative writers' on the web. The difference between the two concepts may be subtle, but there are very important differences.

No, rather I am here to tell you, what Jesus Christ and his Apostles taught. The last thing we need is any religion seeking to establish a legal framework to force their beliefs on others. That is what they have in Saudi Arabia, and the heads fall off regularly into little baskets.

Am I concerned about the souls of Jehovah's Witnesses? Yes, very much. I studied with them back in my late teens and early twenties. I became quite close to one of their elders but he confessed to me something odd before we parted ways decades ago in Southern California. He said that he too believed that the JW's were not teaching the truth, or words to that effect, and that he remained with them because of the strong organization, the morality of its parishioners and the friends he made. He looked at it more like a Social Club than a religion. I was shocked! But he liked me and I think he wanted to give me a real big hint because I was young and still somewhat impressionable.

He knew something was wrong but was not about to leave them.

I cannot help but remember who started them and (Rutherford And Russell).

I also find it rather interesting, though probably not significant that both very wealthy and now dead artists, Prince and Michael Jackson were associated with the JW's.

I thought I would pass that on to those who were curious. There are lots of books and links on the net discussing the JW's and their doctrines. Google or Searx.me will give you a veritable encyclopedia.

Prince? It just goes to show that all that money, fame and gorgeous women he had did not fill him up spiritually. He clearly was looking for something to fill that void in his soul.

Perhaps many of you think I should be a little harsher on a man whose work  typifies the Hollywood mindset. I can't do that know that, as this is the age of Grace and God wants to save souls, not damn them and wants men, yes even rock stars to worship and honor him. Some of Prince's lyrics, you would be surprised...

That is why I often pray for artists who have touched me over the years with their music. Some of my favorite artists have converted to Christ, some long ago, some I am still praying for like Pat Metheny, Sting and a host of others.  I always remember that there is a real person behind the glitter and glitz and sometimes it takes a person getting to the 'top' to realize there is nothing there but illusion and some pretty cold and greedy people.

Prince really did have a very unique genius both in songwriting and marketing, two key ingredients for success in the music business today. I was sad,  I cannot lie, I have always liked his music, even if some of it was sexually explicit. But a lot of it was not. Some of his music was pretty insightful about our times. I saw him on the Purple Rain tour in London way back when I had a full head of hair (!)

He wrote a lot of music for a lot of artists under pseudonym's - the Bangles, Kenny Rodgers, Sheena Easton.

Many of his subsequent health problems (he had double hip replacement surgery) may have been related to the fact that he would not take blood transfusions because of his faith. as you know, rumors are rife that he had a drug overdose and a Narcan Shot may have caused his death. An autopsy will be performed.

I was asked by a reader do I think Prince was murdered. I don't know. Black men in the entertainment industry with a lot of money... well, let history  be your guide. They are indeed targeted. If they can find a personal weakness (Cosby,  Snipes), it's easier. If not, other methods are used. Remember that Michal Jackson was all but called a child molester before his death

It's much too early to say that Prince's death was anything but what it appears to be, at least to me, the death of a man who may have become addicted to opiates as a result of considerable physical pain. Prince always had a reputation for clean living which is why I was really shocked to hear 'drug overdose' associated with this passing.

Prince was known to frequent a local Walgreens store for his drugs. I will tell you that if someone wanted to kill him and wanted it to look like a drug overdose and no foul play, they would get to the Pharmacy (or doctor)  find out what he needed and make sure he got something 'special'. I am not for an instant saying this is what happened, but I know how these people operate, they get to the doctor, the pharmacist or to the medicine chest they will take it from. Then you have a homicide that looks like an OD or some medical condition.

I think if he was murdered there were other issues involved that may not have been directly related to him.

I am sorry and sad to see him go. I won't be too harsh on the man's music and marketing, because much of  it was completely ungodly. But his music changed significantly after his conversion all the sexual innuendo was gone.

But I cannot judge him as a man, only God can and will do that. He did try and use his music to do some good and spent a lot of time and money on charity towards the end of his life. He tried to help young Blacks get a start as well. Friends say works of charity really consumed him the last years of his life.

The rest us up to the judge who will weigh us all in his balances.

Yes, that includes you and yours truly...

...Mark S. Watson

And as it is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment:

(Heb 9:27)

Christians In Kenya

A new site with Christian ministers and other share their experiences in Kenya. I think you will find this site full of interesting insights and experiences of people who serve the Lord in this African nation.

19 Apr

I don't like to spend too much time on an area that I have little real expertise, but I have been carefully watching earth related events from many different perspectives for years. I had an Earth Changes Blog for quite some time and it was extremely popular on Watson's Web, in fact it was the single most visited page outside of the front one. I had to shut it down for various reasons. So know as I speak here I am not an expert, and have NO expertise in this realm. I am just a careful observer of these things.

There have been two major quakes in the past few days, one was a major quake in Japan and the other in Ecuador. This was a 7.8 quake that took place on the 16th of April and did considerable damage, flattening buildings, destroying infrastructure and killing many people. According to news reports when this was written (17 Apr), the toll stood at 235, but is certainly likely to rise. The other major quake in the past few days is the one out of Japan, which had a 7.3 quake hit the city of Kuamoto.  This one has killed (as of the 16th) 41 people with 11 still missing.

Last 7 days quakes (from 17 Apr) - Source: USGS

Ring of fire
This is a very unstable part of the world known as the ring of fire and it is where a great deal of the world's quakes take place. The Japanese quake was preceded by strong, but not the megaquake we saw. These quakes took place during the period of extreme 'lunar declination', almost to the day. There are sites out there that track this,  but they are almost all 'new age' astrological ones so I hesitate to link to them. But for you who want to see the Lat-Long progression of the moon this year, you can click here - warning - that is an astrology site! The idea of this is hardly anything new or startling, there are scientific papers that deal with this declination and its effect on the ties and weather.

What does this mean? Well, it's not overly significant, but I think we should all bear in mind some things. But before I begin let me make this clear. Many secularists and New Agers are looking at these things very carefully.  I am going to throw some links to you here and I caution you I DO NOT subscribe to the spiritual cues and theories of these sites. Many of the site owners are again ardent New Agers. Nevertheless, many of them are in contact with very powerful people who feed them info and a few of them are also very dedicated students/scientists.  So on that note, go to some of these links WITH CAUTION. But if you go to them, I think you may get a different picture of some of the things now transpiring on the Earth Changes' and even 'New Age' front.

The earth is indeed changing and many of you may not know this but did you know that the earth's axis 'wobbles'? Yes, it's true, not by much, but it does wobble. The phenomenon is called 'Chandlers Wobble'. But there are those who are saying that the change is a little more significant over the past few years, but it slowly getting back to normal. I don't want to get too far off the beaten track here, but you all may find this little site of interest. It seems that some up in native people's in Alaska have contacted NASA about some climate change they have seen. Not only that, but they say that the sun does not rise in the same place it used to as they witness melting glaciers and thinning ice, sick and dying animals and other phenomenon.

The elders maintain the Sun doesn't rise were it used too, they have longer day light to hunt and the Sun is higher than it used to be and warms up quicker than before.

The elders who were interviewed across the north all said the same thing, their sky has changed.
The stars the Sun and the Moon have all changed affecting the temperature, even affecting the way the wind... The Big Wobble
So are the earths poles about to shift? I cannot answer that question but will listen to those who are looking at the issue. Also before I post to this link I want to stress this again, when new agers say 'guides' they can mean spirits (fallen angels) or they more often than not mean elitists who want to remain nameless. I post this link with some hesitation, but still I think if you look at it, you will see that the elite are almost certainly planning for earth changes that are coming and may even be working on ways to manage it. Here is the link.

No one alive today can say that something significant isn't happening to the earth and we don't know how much of this is due to man made activity and how much of it is being 'engineered' by the elite in secret programs (more here and here this pdf may also  be of use as well). We all know that they have the power to change the weather and create earthquakes. We don't know what NASA is doing in space and their capabilities up there. Perhaps not much more than observing. But again, we don't know and anyone who knew and tried to tell you the whole truth would be buried before he spoke.

But the earth is changing in other ways that often do not make the headlines. Did you know that in Nigeria, trees that have economic and medicinal value been lost due to desertification? They have measured the process at being about .6 KM every year. In Nigeria, over 40% of the land mass is threatened by desertification. This is a trend that effects much of the planet. The good news is that in some places they are really working to combat the problem, like in Nigeria and Sudan. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also is working on the issue throughout the world.

One aspect of this that I think is often missed but is picked up by the FAO is the linkage between food security and conflict.

The lasting effect of conflicts is manifested through its impact on nutrition, especially undernutrition during early childhood with many of those affected suffering from lifelong physical and/or mental handicaps. - FAO: Peace, Conflict and Food Security: What do We Know about the Linkages?

Those of you who want more info can go to the UN's site (their commission to combat desertification), and get more info.

Image source/ USDA Wikipedia

The FAO has in interesting video on the subject and their efforts here that you may find of interest. I know many of you really like video's and find them more effective than the written word.

Now step back for a moment and ask yourself this question. If and I do mean if, because I don't know, but IF the earth's axis is shifting in ways described above, would it not mean changes in climate in many parts of the world in some cases significant? I am not saying this is the case, but one would almost certainly follow the other.

Then there are other problems in our environment. One is just clean drinking water. We have heard about the problems in places like Flint, Michigan, but how many of you are aware that because of landslides, about 3 million people in Chile are without drinking water?

Then there is Fukishima, an issue I have talked about a lot. Japan has passed laws criminalizing telling the people just how bad it is, but it is pretty bad with babies being born deformed. More here and here.

The gag while not official, has silenced the vast majority of scientists here in the US and Canada as well. They have not reported many anomalies related to Fukishima here in the US, like all the dead fish along the West coast of North America and their cause.

But that gag also runs through our officials, the intelligence community and the way so many scientists and research institutes are financed, influenced and yes threatened -  a long and intricate story I will not get into today.

Enough about the earth today. It's changing and the cause of much if it is not global warming, but other factors that our some of leaders have no intention of addressing responsibly.

The good news is that there are still a lot of good people who are trying to fix things and make them better, as in the above video.

The bad news is that those with the most power are often the biggest cause of creating so many of the situations to begin with and see selfish benefit in continuing on with their programs.
Pole Shift - By Mark S. Watson
Earth Changes And Polar Shifts - By Mark S. Watson

The Devil Watches Pastors In Sudan

(Image and Story Credit World Watch Monitor) Sudanese authorities have, apparently against their own law, continued to keep two church leaders incommunicado since mid-December, with no official charges yet filed against them; recently Sudan has also increased the number of church leaders who must report every day to its security services. 

Telahoon Nogosi Kassa Rata, a leader of Khartoum North (Bahri) Evangelical Church, and Rev. Hassan Abduraheem Kodi Taour of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCC) continue to be detained, even though Sudanese law says that 45 days after arrest a detained individual should either be presented before court or released. It is now 120 days since Rata’s arrest on 14 December, and 115 days since Taour’s arrest.

Initially Rata’s detention was suggested to be “on religious charges”, but sources close to the case have hinted the Christian activist is now being investigated for espionage, a charge Sudan has eventually resorted to before, after prolonged detentions of Christians....

...Further south, the Nuba Mountains, an area adjacent to the now-independent South Sudan, have in March come under renewed bombardment.

The government air force has been pounding the impoverished areas in an effort to tighten control on the far-flung corners of the country. The bombings have had a devastating impact on the communities, some with significant Christian presence, forcing civilians to hide in the bush.-  Continues

The Devil Watches Pastors In China

Gu Yuese, pastor of the largest government sanctioned Chinese church was released from detention after over two months. He was originally placed in detention for his vocal opposition towards the government's policy on church crosses. Even though he was released, he remains under heavy surveillance by authorities who have placed very restrictive rules in place for both outside communication and travel. While it is a step in the right direction upon his release, the lack of freedom continues to show little in the way of progress for religious freedom in China. - ICC

15 Apr

Putin Shows Obama Some Respect

Mr. Putin, whom the NeoCons have gone out of their way to demonize says some very positive things about the President. The two have had some serious differences, but without getting into details, many of them may have been the fault of the US, but not the President per se. Many policies we have seen from him are, without getting into details, not fully his policies.

I thank the Russian leader for showing some respect for our President and taking the high ground in public statements about him rather than taking the low one as the American NeoConservatives hoped he would.

I ask all of my readers here to remember that Russia has suffered enormously since the fall of the Soviet Union and it is thanks to the adept, if at times somewhat brutal leadership of Putin that Russia can now again stand on her own two feet and play an important role on the world stage. It is because of him that Russia now has a vibrant democracy and internal stability, something that she did not have under Yeltsin.

Russia and America should not be enemies, the world has too many problems and too many other issues that need Russia, the US and yes, China working together to try and solve.

I ask all of you to not take the anti-Russian bait and propaganda that is being pushed in certain defense related circles against Russia. Russia has her problems, make no mistake about it, but America has got them too.

Let we Americans take the beam out of our own eye so that we can see clearly enough to take the spec of dust out of Russia's.

Thank you Mr Putin for showing the President some respect.

Trump On Trump

Donald Trump writes a very interesting piece for the WSJ on his campaign and the evil forces inside the GOP who are working to destroy the democratic process to keep him from the nomination. Weather you like Trump or not, this piece is very, very good and once you read it, you will better understand why he has such a host of big money lobbyists and elitists from both parties who have been selling us out and who have done all they can to destroy his candidacy lining up against him.

Mind you, I don't like Trump's stance on a host of issues and no, I certainly won't vote for him. But I like the other guys stances even less and I believe in democratic processes and in fair play, yes even and especially for those I may not like or agree with.

If the only way a guy like Cruz can win is by stealing the nomination, then Mr. Trump would be correct to take is candidacy to a third party. Who wants to be the nominee of a party like that? I would be ashamed, rather than proud of such a nomination.

A man is defined by the enemies he makes and the enemies Trump has are the enemies of every single working American who has to work with the sweat of his brow to make an ever dwindling income in a nation full of leaders who go in the backroom and secretly negotiate trade deals to take what little you still have away from you.

I may not be wild about Trump, but I have nothing but contempt and loathing for the political and economic establishment that  Trump is fighting and at the same time, makes a Trump possible.

The Heart And Mind At Arms

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
 arm yourselves likewise with the same mind:
for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men,
but to the will of God.

(1Pe 4:1-2)

Grace and peace to all of my readers and may God's shine his light of love, peace praise and blessings upon all of you here - rich or poor, black or white, new in the faith or old, man or woman - May God richly bless each of you in these must difficult, yet interesting times!

Today, we are going to talk for a moment about one of the key targets of the devil. There are two really  and they are closely linked. Your mind and your faith. Today we are going to talk about about steeling your mind in the faith of Jesus Christ  for the trials and ordeals that lay ahead for the real Church in the west. A tough road lies ahead for us. It is important that we steel our minds accordingly and have it firmly grounded in God's word and allow our footsteps to be guided  by the Holy Spirit.

Brothers, the target of the devil being our minds, means that this is where we will have to do the most battle, making sure we are not being misled, deceived, seduced, or otherwise misguided  by the spirit of this age. This includes being fooled by pastors, prophets, priests and other pseudo Christian leaders who are in the pay of and service of the devil.

When Pope Francis stood before the world at the UN, his energy was, once again, spent on defending the environment. In his nearly 50-minute speech, only once did Francis make reference to persecuted Christians -- and their sufferings were merged in the same sentence with the supposedly equal sufferings of "members of the majority religion," that is, Sunni Muslims. Sunnis are not being slaughtered, beheaded, and raped for their faith; are not having their mosques bombed and burned; are not being jailed or killed for apostasy, blasphemy, or proselytization. - Gatestone Institute

Our minds are key and the deceiver knows how to seduce well meaning Christians in to his service. What we think and believe and how we walk in Christ are key. Many will say they walk with Christ, they will make long speeches, wear the robes of Churchly office, but are they really part of God's spiritual family - born again into the Kingdom of Heaven? Their fruit will tell us all we need to know.

Where can we go to look for some passages that deal with the mind and mindset? Well, one place is the book of Philippians. Here are the places in that one book the word 'mind' appears.

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:
that whether I come and see you, or else be absent,
I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit,
with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

(Phi 1:27)

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind.

(Phi 2:2)

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory;
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

(Phi 2:3)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
(Phi 2:5)

Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule,
 let us mind the same thing.

(Phi 3:16)

Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame,
who mind earthly things.)

(Phi 3:19)

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche,
that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

(Phi 4:2)

For a short book, the theme on the mind seems to be a prominent one, particularly for spiritual harmony in the Church. We must all frame our lives according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ - not some made-up feel good doctrines that the devil thrusts in our faces, but the whole counsel of God. This is the only way we can as a Church please the Lord. Paul was laying out to the Philippians just what true religion meant in Christ.

Albert Barnes lays this out here.

If people live as “becometh the gospel,” they live well. Their lives are honest and honorable; they are people of truth and uprightness; they will have no sources of regret when they die, and they will not give occasion to their friends to hang their heads with shame in the remembrance of them. No man on a dying bed ever yet regretted that he had framed his life by the rules of the gospel, or felt that his conduct had been conformed too much to it. - Barnes

We as Christians have a hard walk. It was hard in the times of Paul and Peter, it is in many ways much harder now. Why? Because satan has honed his skills and infiltrating the Church and undermining its key foundations, namely the simplicity of the Gospel message. He has had two thousand years of practice and he knows the weak spots, he knows how to get in and what levers to pull to get a Church and its leaders to move to error. Need evidence of his skill? Look at Western Christendom!

Be assured that satan has a detailed 'assessment' of you and your personal psychological makeup. He knows your weaknesses and your strengths, he knows how to get you down and where to work to get you to fall. All of this work takes place primarily in the mind. Temptations, regrets, voices from the past, lust, romance, hangups... the devil has a massive toolbox and he has had practice with every single one of them. You and I do not. We must learn to fight the devil and his wiles in our own personal lives, or as Paul so adeptly put it, also in the same epistle to the Philippians, to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, this is essential in order to become victorious Christians in our times.

Also as we note in the passages above that Paul wanted to see the Church come to the same mind. I think it meet to make plain that this unity must never come at the expense of key doctrines of the faith. We are to come to a unity of mind in THE faith, not 'a faith' or just some vague notion of any faith.

I wanted to post this short piece on our minds that we may guard them from the many assaults that are now and shall be upon them. These assaults may not always be evil, but they are real just the same and modern Media (TV/Cable/Movies) are key inroads that the world uses to mold what I will call here 'New Satanic Thinking' (NST).

This kind of thinking sounds so rational and reasonable but at its root are Anti-Christianity. A mature and spirit filled Christian can see these things - usually just after a few moments of watching a modern TV show. This assault on your mind is most effective when you do not think it is happening. When your conscious mind kind of goes into a semi-slumber as the images and ideas on the screen and sounds coming out of the speakers are paraded before you as you laugh, cry and otherwise react emotionally to the moving images.

The world's morality is not the morality of Christ. We as Christians are to have a different mindset, one that is divorced from this present evil age.

As an aside, many of you may still have cable TV. But you know what? I was surprised to see that one Newspaper that is essentially Hollywood's mouthpiece begin to tout the virtues of cord cutting. This story is also quite interesting. While these links may seem off spiritual topic, I don't think they are. American Christians are feeding tens of billions of dollars a year into an industry that is demonstrably anti-Christ and morally degenerate. Now is the time for those of you who have cable and are paying a lot of money for it to consider consider alternatives. I cut the cord  back in February of 2010. I never looked back (well, I do miss TCM!). Truth be told the Lord was speaking to me about it some time before. I would channel surf and see too much evil from channel to channel and popping that check every month just did not seem right when I saw how much others were in need.

My point is this -  the TV is a window into your mind and as long as you let the devil into it with these medium, you are vulnerable. Beware brothers, I am of the honest opinion that modern TV and Media pose one the greatest unspoken dangers to the Church. No one wants to deal honestly with the power of the Media over our culture from the Pulpit because those in the Pulpit are far too often 'Cable addicts' too.

I would exhort all of you to get before God about that cable bill. Seek out alternatives and use the money and bounty God has given you to more constructive ends than funding the Homosexual agenda.

Keep your mind and hearts brothers

Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life.

(Pro 4:23)

This keeping according to the wise man was to  be with all diligence - one needs to keep ones full attention on this. Why? Because it can be deceitful and even treacherous. Here is how the Prophet Jeremiah put this theme.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it?
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins,

even to give every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings.
(Jer 17:9-10)

Brothers, we have seen the homosexual assault, the Health Care assault (now Christians must subsidize abortion), soon we will see a far more dangerous assault -  the Islamic assault and the assault on our ability buy and sell. These assaults are coming and for many who are not rooted and grounded in the word of God, they will slip, stumble and fall away. Brothers, many, many MANY are going to do this. This is why I give all of you here fair warning so that you may steel your souls and minds against an assault that will claim many of your Church going friends, family members, kids and even some Pastors.

Our job is to keep our own souls and keep our minds and hearts focused on Jesus Christ and the gospel of salvation that is in him and him alone.

Spiritual Minefields

These times when we really need to think like a soldier on a battlefield. We should look at how a soldier survives in battle, how an sergeant or an officer leads his men in a dangerous situation and begin operate more and more along those lines, in these times.I use these terms and similitude only as a way to analogize the mindset for true Christians in these times, for Christ has called us to peace, not to commit acts of violence of any kind. We must fight a good fight of faith and than can only be done when one has a mindset that knows that in war our enemies are determined neutralize our power and then to kill us. But this mindset, especially in these times is essential for victory. You must survey the spiritual territory, remove enemy troops (bad, ungodly relationships) from your vicinity - deny the enemy critical intelligence on your activities, (closed mouth, open ears and in our times jealously guard your privacy) for the enemy today gathers his intelligence with no effort at all on slumbering Christians.

For the slumbering Church, this is not possible - for to wake them up would be a major task in and of itself. But for we who are awake and can see the bright flash of cannon in the distance in the night sky and can hear the distant rumble of artillery fire get closer and closer, we know that we must be ready for serious spiritual battle in the years ahead. While many are focusing on the rise of Islam in the US, the degradation of our school system, the poor choices we have for President and the other hot topics of the day - what I see as a major threat to Christians is something wholly different and something you will not hear much about.

How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread,
that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread,
but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

(Mat 16:11-12)

Christ here was warning his disciples of a key danger in his time. It was the religious establishment that had the blessing of the state. Not the Jewish state per se, but the Pagan, Roman state, which ruled Jerusalem and Palestine at the time. This establishment had become spiritually corrupt. What Christ was warning them about was the falsehoods and spiritual poison that they were teaching. Leaven in those days was used as a word to describe corruption. Their doctrines were corrupt and as such were incapable of saving souls, but were capable of keeping them, the religious establishment in a privileged place within the Roman province of Palestine.

Christ had little good to say about religion, especially as it was practiced in his own time. I don't think he would be at all pleased about what is going on today. When Christ first began his holy diatribe against the religious order of his time (Matt 23:13ff) the first thing he notes is that not only are they hypocrites  but that by their very teachings they shut up the way to the Kingdom of God to those who would seek it.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men:
 for ye neither go in yourselves,
neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

(Mat 23:13)

Religion is often more of a stumbling block to entry into God's kingdom that it is a pathway into it. It can very often  be like a road sign that says, 'To life, turn right' when in reality the destination is death. It is a road sign that 'enemy troops' placed in our path in order to deceive us into a spiritual ambush. Using this analogy we must learn to look at a great many Churches in the west as being of those false road sign variety. Paul laid out the mentality of these kinds of Churchmen who would permeate the world especially in the last days.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.

(2Ti 3:1-5)

What better description of our world today and the large sections of the Church, particularly in the west being very much included. I do not say this to denigrate the many hard working pastors who have really tried to bring solid teaching to their flocks and have not departed from the basic tenets of the Christian faith. No, these men are in a thankless job and are often reviled and attacked by the modern day Pharisees (wealthy politically connected religious establishment) of our time. Many look upon the the Pharisees of Christ's time as being just ordinary religious rabble rouses. But what is often misunderstood in popular misconceptions is that the the scribes and Pharisee's were the Pope's, Cardinals, Televangelists of Jesus' time. They were the established religion. Christ's work and preaching exposed them for what they were - strutting, greedy hypocrites who had never known God, but had found a comfortable vocation that gave them a position in society and made many rich. They were in short, not serving God, but were in the very lucrative 'religion business'. They were busy making people feel good while sending them to Hell. That is all any false religion and religious system can do for you. It can make you feel wonderful on your way to damnation. This is what Christ was saying in the verse above. Not only would these false ministers not get into the Kingdom, they are blocking up the way to others who would want to. They are like demonic barricades of deception, leading people into a place they think will bring them to God but instead will fill them with spiritual poison.

I do not use the word demonic lightly. Again, Christ called them children of hell.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made,
ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

(Mat 23:15)

This is why we as Christians need to be especially careful about any religious establishment that has official sanction of the state.  We are to be set apart from this world and this is, I think what history has taught us. That the only way to keep the doctrines of the faith pure and unspotted from a lost world is to maintain a very great divide of separation from the world -  its political and economic systems, its greed, and its lies. Not in some kind of arrogance or thinking we possess some kind of  spiritual superiority, but to keep ourselves from being polluted and seduced by this world and its prince.

Brothers, I am genuinely concerned about the staying power of younger Christians in the western world. I am not blaming the young people, many of whom are not completely pleased with the world as it is and some have decided that the materialism and narcissism of their parents generation, is not for them. So they reject it and begin looking for spiritual and existential meaning.  But what are they getting when they come to a large mega-church today? Are they getting the whole counsel of God? Is the Church preparing them for a life of discipleship, or merely promising them a 'miracle'; a spiritual Genie to the gates of American materialism?

I shudder to think about what is happening in many of the West's Churches. But the good news is that in places where materialism and lust do not hold total sway over the people, there is real hunger for God and Churches that are so vibrant, the devil has to send in his Islamic armies to kill them. Think Boko Haram, ISIS and Al Shabbab.

We as Christians must learn a lesson from the saints of old. God is looking for people he can use and if you are willing, and will yield to him, will truly count the cost and walk with courage and faith in the word and spirit of God you will be victorious.  This is the only way to avoid the spiritual minefields of our time.  In times of persecution, we have real protection but at times, God calls us to suffer for his names sake. We must endure and know that the hatred that this world and its people increasingly have for Christians is exactly how Christ  said it would be. We should not be shocked nor surprised.

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
(Mat 10:22)

Know this brothers, in this battle, the end has already been declared. We win IF and only if we endure to the end. I am not intimidated by the Islamic State, the New World Order, the CIA's assassins, the DOD's illegal domestic programs, the elites' clandestine illegal negro and christian elimination programs. I am not intimidated by the TPP, NAFTA, Agenda 21 or China's anti-Christian crusade or the secret plans Hillary has for Christians and Blacks or Donald Trumps plan for Blacks and Muslims. I know my God and in whom I have believed and know the end of those who have lined up with the devil against the Lord of hosts. I am not afraid. Here are five truths to remember in these times about the Kingdom of God.

Brothers we are entering into a period of intense spiritual (and ideological) battle. I see a time when anyone who holds to the fundamental truths of the faith of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible will be persecuted and I speak mostly about the western world as these things are already happening in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. I think the recent diatribe by one of the 'captured' religious leaders of our day make plain that our elite view the FUNDAMENTAL truths of Jesus Christ as a threat to be dealt with. Their solution appears to be men like Pope Francis and probably another Pope and other Protestant religious leader they can force on the Church using Blackmail and murder on the Cardinals who vote for him. Again, this is another high explosive mine in the field of the world. It can not just explode and kill the guy who stepped on it, but kill a great many in a wide perimeter around it.  Religious leaders who take orders from organizations whose hands are drenched in the blood of the very poor man they claim to love so much is a very serious problem today. Such men are deceivers.

No brothers, the devil is very busy doing what he did in the days of the Pharisees. That being creating a network of false religious systems to sow confusion and doubt in the minds of those who would come to the truth. This is why these are such spiritually perilous times - the way and the road to the truth and salvation are constantly being blocked up by satan's ministers who appear as angels of light but whose souls are as dark as the inner recesses of hades.

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed
as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
(2Co 11:13-15)

 - Brother Mark
12 Apr

Hosea IX

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God
more than burnt offerings.
But they like men have transgressed the covenant:
there have they dealt treacherously against me.

(Hos 6:6-7)

This passage has a clear similarity with the utterance of Samuel to King Saul (1Sam 15:22). While the Lord did institute burnt offerings into the religious life of his people, they were not an end to itself. No, rather as we in the Church age recognize, they were a shadow of things to come. It was done with the understanding that sin had to be paid for. There is no free spiritual lunch in God's kingdom. God is not interested in just getting sacrifices while the people kept sinning. No. What he wanted was the people to stop sinning. He wanted people to know him and walk in his ways, not sin on Saturday and sacrifice on Sunday. This is the end of what the Law was supposed to do - create a people who loved God, knew him and would recoil at evil and would treat their brother with love and mercy. True knowledge of God is an experiential thing. It is not just in your head, but in your heart as well and sooner or later it manifests itself with consistent godly action. The word used for mercy is an interesting one and may not give the full connotation for its meaning in the Hebrew. The word is.

From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty: - favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.

K&D I think gives a good rendition of what this passage means.

Chesed is love to one's neighbor, manifesting itself in righteousness, love which has its roots in the knowledge of God, and therefore is connected with “the knowledge of God” here as in Hos_4:1. For the thought itself, compare the remarks on the similar declaration made by the prophet Samuel in 1Sa_15:22; and for parallels as to the fact, see Isa 1:11-17; Mic 6:8; Psa 40:7-9, and Psa 50:8., in all which passages it is not sacrifices in themselves, but simply the heartless sacrifices with which the wicked fancied they could cover their sins, that are here rejected as displeasing to God, and as abominations in His eyes. - K&D Commentary
So we see what God is really after. Men who walk in the way God created him to walk. In love, mercy with a genuine Knowledge of God. Not contrary to him as was evident in Israel of Hosea's time.

God makes himself known to those who love him and do his will. The following verse (7) says that like men they transgressed the covenant. This passage may seem a bit obscure as all men do that to greater or lesser degrees. But I think if we look at the word that was translated 'men' we get a better understanding as to what the Lord is saying.

From H119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): - X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person.

Now if we translate it, "like Adam they have transgressed the covenant..." I think we get a better sense as to what God is referring to. Keep in mind that Adam's sin was not committed under some kind of social or physical pressure and it deeply offended God. The phrase 'there have they dealt treacherously' seems to indicate a place rather than a situation and may be referring to the places of baal worship mentioned in the previous passages. Like Adam who was cast out of Eden, so would Israel be cast out of the land God gave them. The idea seems to be that mankind had not changed since Adam and sin and rebellion were still etched like stone on their hearts.

Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder
 in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
(Hos 6:8-9)

Map of Ancient Israel (Gilead In Red Area)
This  divine accusation against a particular city in the Northern Kingdom, Gilead was a place allotted to the tribe of Manasseh but was also inhabited by Gad and Ruben. It was a city that God through is prophet makes particular accusation against here calling it a city of blood and of them that work iniquity. This had become a wicked place. While the map to the right gives us a basic idea of where Gilead was when the 12 tribes were given their land (red box), the reality is that this may have been more directly aimed at one city Ramoth-Gilead. It is also called Ramah.

This verse may also be a reference to the crimes of Pekah
(2Kings 15:25). We cannot be sure that Ramoth-Gilead is meant as it may be a reference to the whole region.
This city was originally a city of refuge (Deut 4:43-43) and as such was inhabited by priests who were to instruct the wayward in the law. Instead they were well practiced in the ways of sin and evil including the shedding of blood. Note that the whole company of priests consent and conspire to murder. The Lord clearly was most angry and we as Christians need to remember Church history and how so often in history, Churchmen were deeply involved in many a conspiracy to commit murder often for the 'crime' of possessing or printing a Bible. From the ancient Byzantium to Rome even to our modern Protestant religion murder, theft and religion have had a close relationship. When the Priests become corrupted, and turn aside they become even more reprobate that the world. This is the case I think with much of organized Christianity today. When men who do not know God or worse, once knew him and apostatize you have a very sad and irretrievable situation. Here is how Jesus described this kind of apostasy

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places,
seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house
whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself;
and they enter in, and dwell there: and
the last state of that man is worse than the first.

(Luk 11:24-26)

Keep in mind that it was from this part of the world that Christ much later preached and the moral degeneracy of the people particularly the religious establishment was hardly any better. Rather it just appears that the devil had an even stronger hold over the people. Why? As I mentioned in Monday's post on Minefields, the simple fact is the Priesthood were nothing more than children of hell. When the Messiah came, they were so reprobate as to God's nature embodied in Jesus they called him demon possessed and his power over the Kingdom of hell was attributed to Beelzebub (Luke 11:24).

My point here is that the priests were, in both situations, so reprobate, they couldn't guide anyone anywhere except the hottest places in hell. The last phrase that they commit lewdness should not be taken in the modern sense of licentious or perverted sexual activity. The word has a different connotation. Here is How Eatons and then Strong's describe the word.

Lewdness  - (Act_18:14), villainy or wickedness, not lewdness in the modern sense of the word. The word “lewd” is from the Saxon, and means properly “ignorant,” “unlearned,” and hence low, vicious (Act_17:5).
זמּה    זמּה
zimmâh  zammâh
zim-maw', zam-maw'
From H2161; a plan, especially a bad one: - heinous crime, lewd (-ly, -ness), mischief, purpose, thought, wicked (device, mind, -ness).

From this verse I get the sense that the priests had become nothing more than a band of robbers, gangsters and mafiosi to use modern terminology.

  I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel:
there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.
Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee,
when I returned the captivity of my people.
(Hos 6:10-11)

Verse 10 is pretty self explanatory. God had seen a horrible thing and this among those who were supposed to be God's people. Hosea comes right back 180 degrees back to the unfaithful wife who was 'on her back' with every passerby as a sign of and to Israel of her unfaithfulness to God.

The last verse talks about Israel reaping what she sowed, the harvest that God has prepared for those whom he has appointed to wrath. Here is how John Gill puts this.

That is, God hath set and appointed a time of wrath and vengeance for thee, which is sometimes signified by a harvest, (Rev 14:15) because thou hast been guilty of idolatry also, as well as Ephraim or the ten tribes: or rather it may be rendered, "but, O Judah" (h), he, that is, God, hath set an harvest for thee; appointed a time of joy and gladness, as a time of harvest is: - Gill

Yet this passage may also be indicative of the good harvest as well for God wanted to bring back the people from the exile and punishment that the prophets had predicted. So in this I see both. There is a harvest for their whoredoms  but also God gives them a ray of hope in the future when they as we talked about in the first part of Chapter six, they repent collectively and being to diligently seek the Lord. just before the Messiah Jesus Christ returns.

We will start Chapter 7 next week, God willing!

11 Apr

Messianic Jewishness

Grace and peace to all of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May God bless all each of you do in him and stand with you through thick and thin, your ups and downs and may you all be presented before Christ in robes of white on the great day of our salvation!

I get a lot of mails from readers and today, I am going to answer some of them for all. As usual, unless the writer specifically requests it, I don't use names so there will be none here, not even pseudonyms.

One dear reader of mine wrote that one of her biggest problems is the lack of fellowship. She is a Messianic Jewish believer (who is however a gentile by birth). For those of you who don't know, these believers are those who tend to keep many of the old Jewish holy-days and the 10 commandments. I know this is a problem for some of these kinds of  believers because Messianic fellowships tend to be mostly Jewish and they tend to have their own cultural identity and often don't warm up to 'gentiles' too readily. I have been to Messianic services, but was received very coldly. This has been my experience with most of the Churches I visit, not just Messianic ones. Truth be told, I just don't think many Churches like to see unattached Black men arrive at their premises and give you all the non-verbal cues you need to make sure you feel most unwelcome. I know one Church I went to that was run by Jewish pastor (not Messianic) basically told me not to come back and made a point of being rather rude about it. I think there are often a lot of cultural impediments if you are not Jewish and attend these kinds of services.

What is my take on Messianic Jewishness? I believe the Messianic Community to be true believers in Christ if they accept Christ as the Messiah and the only path to God by virtue of his atoning work on the cross, paying for our sins with his death and resurrection and that keeping the old Jewish holidays is not necessary to obtain salvation. Keep them to honor God? Yes - as an essential path to salvation? No. When people begin to make keeping this holiday or that one a key ingredient to salvation, they step onto a dangerous path to heretical teachings. I have many Messianic believers here. I also have non-Messianic believers. Some keep the feast of trumpets, some do not, some keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, some do not. Both are brethren in Christ.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,
 or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come;
 but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
(Col 2:16-18)

Remember that Paul and Peter had a sharp disagreement concerning the keeping of certain Jewish customs. Paul eventually won out and the Church has always followed after his guidance, which was very simple in its directness as laid out in the book of Acts.

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
(Act 15:28-29)

This was in response to the very question of keeping the law (Acts 15:5) Brothers, I think that we as Christians need to to focus in on the efficacy of the Power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit whose persons and works makes salvation possible. This is Paul's point in the book of Acts and his letters. That Christ and his sacrifice were the fulfillment of the Law. The law was only a shadow that pointed us to Christ, the redeemer.

Yet we cannot ignore that throughout the book of Revelation and in the books of the Prophets as they talk about the last days and the reign of Christ, that many of these feasts appear to be again re-instituted (see Hosea 12:9, Zechariah 14:16). So while it is true that the Gentile Church age, these feasts are not needed for us to be saved, it appears that when Christ sets up his kingdom, we will indeed have at least some of these feasts and holy days to observe. The only thing I would ask is that Messianic believers don't put on an air of superiority over others who do not observe the Holy Days.

I know few of my readers have gently asked questions or made comments in order to get my views on Messianic Judaism. Well, these are them. As long as they are not making observance of the old Jewish law, rituals and holy-days a pre-requsite for salvation, then I think that their observance is not a problem - in fact for Jewish believers, it may help reinforce their religious-cultural identity. In my view this is good because today, a great many Jews have become quite secular.

However one word of caution. Israel's intelligence services are very much involved in the US religious organizations. Their agents and money are there to influence religious elements to keep a strong support for the State of Israel on the front burners of American religious thought. I am not so much criticizing this (Israel has to look out for her National Security) as I am making an important observation. Portions of this movement are not always being directed from above - let the reader beware.

Fellowship? I know that is a tough one. It's hard to find good believers in the Lord who have been that second mile with Jesus. I know I have many of the same troubles. I wish I could give you an easy answer to your dilemma, but I confess, I cannot.

Many of these new Churches? I don't want to sound negative and condescending, but they just don't do much for me. There is a whole different spirit in so many of them.

Forever Scarred

04/05/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - “I do not remember the exact date, but it was almost [the] middle of June, the hottest month of 2015, when my misery started,” Komal*, a Christin teenager in Pakistan, told International Christian Concern (ICC) with tears in her eyes. Last year, Komal became one of the hundreds of Christian girls in Pakistan that are abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam.

According to many Christian leaders, forced conversion to Islam is second only to false blasphemy accusations in issues affecting Pakistan’s vulnerable Christian community. According to a study by the Movement for Solidary and Peace in Pakistan published in 2014, as many as 700 Christian women and girls, often between the ages of 12 and 25, are victimized this way each year.

Unfortunately, Komal was among the Christian victims affected by this issue last year. Similar to reports from other Christian victims, Komal was abducted by a group of Muslim men, beaten, raped numerous times throughout her six months of captivity, forcibly married to one of her rapists, forcibly converted to Islam, and forced into prostitution by her Muslim “husband.”

Recently, through a daring escape, Komal was able to return home to her parents and share her testimony about the persecution she faced.

I am 15-years-old [and] the youngest daughter of my elderly parents who work at a brick-kiln factory,” Komal told ICC. They did not have enough of [an] income for my education, therefore I have never been to school, although I wished.

I was sleeping along with my mother on a single bed during a power-cut time in my house yard,” Komal said, remembering the day she was abducted. [At] around midnight, five armed men with masks climbed over the boundary wall and entered into [our] house....”  Story Continues At the ICC

4 Apr


Today we are going to take a look at Kenya. Many of you read the story I posted last week on the recent attacks and how Christians, according to the article, felt betrayed by the courts decision.

Well one of my readers who is from Kenya wrote me a very interesting note. For personal reasons (probably safety), he does not want to be identified. But he passed on a very long and detailed piece to me and has graciously allowed me to post it. I pass this on to help you all understand that often we Christians tend to look upon all of this persecution only in the context of religious persecution. This is not always the case. Often there are many complex social, political and economic reasons that spawn religiously motivated violence. This is true in Nigeria with the Shepherd attacks as well. Yes religion plays an important part in the violence, but it does not explain all of it.  In Kenya, ethnicity as well as history are playing a key role in much of the turmoil there.

This reader passed on many fine links to me
Kenya still vulnerable to attacks despite changes
Kenya Will Commit Suicide If It Creates Ethnic States
Kenya's Rising Insecurity
Insult To Injury: HRW On Lamu Violence

Then he did some thing so wonderful, he actually wrote a very informed piece on many of Kenya's issues. This is a rather detailed piece and this man clearly knows Kenya quite well. So if you don't have time to read this today, download it and read it when you do. I think Kenya and Al Shabab as well as other issues will continue to be in our news and this background piece will help us to understand the tribulations of Kenya's Christians.

Here is the piece he wrote for the readers here at Watsons Web.

Mpeketoni town in Lamu County was attacked on June 14-15, 2014 and its infrastructure was burnt down. Banks, offices, government buildings suffered from this attack. Many people lost their lives and the Kenyan State prosecution service [Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions or ODPP] has yet to successfully prosecute any one for those crimes. Why is that? I try to answer that question and come up with a hypothesis that brings together several strands of thought, data and argument. We may never know the truth, just like the JFK Dallas killings but the least we can do is try to make sense of the event. We need to do this to honour the memory of the dead and also, to educate ourselves about the real method of governance that is being applied in parts of Kenya today. Christians living in Mpeketoni have complained of betrayal by the Central government. However, this analysis seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the issues in an effort to promote a realistic assessment of possible solutions.

Historical context

My approach begins before Kenya became an independent state. In 1962, the cream of Kenya’s political leadership of all races was brought to London, England. The purpose was to handcraft a new constitution for Kenya, which would be employed by the new State upon attainment of independence. They met in Lancaster House, London that was headquarters of the commonwealth offices of the British government at the time....

Continues here.  (and this is really quite good so please take a gander at it!)

The Democratic Road To Black Ruin

Glen Ford gives us a deeper look into the Black Political malaise that keeps Black Americans heading to the back of the political bus.  I could not agree more with Mr. Ford's analysis.

Members of the Black Misleadership Class – who are virtually all Democrats, and whose allegiances are to the party structure that enriches them personally, not their Black constituents – insist that Blacks are engaged in “strategic voting.” Nothing could be further from the truth. In behaving as the national bulwark of the worst elements of the Democratic Party, Black voters ensure their perpetual marginalization and powerlessness. Such a “strategy” serves only to lock Black people in a quadrennial vortex of fear, in which only two outcomes are possible: either the triumph of the White Man’s Party/Republicans or electoral victory for Black people’s worst enemies among the Democrats. It wins nothing for Blacks, and amounts to a kind of self-mutilation that strips African Americans of their own politics and makes them electoral fodder for Wall Street and accomplices in U.S. Empire.

“This self-serving class has never produced a ‘Black Agenda’ worthy of the name.”

Black self-determination – Black people’s independent ability to shape their own collective destiny – fits nowhere in the Black Misleadership Class’s political designs. All they seek is “representation” in the Democratic Party and its sponsoring corporations – meaning, appointments and contracts for themselves. Since questions of policy – that is, the future of Black folks, and of the world – are irrelevant to their personal “strategic” positioning within the corridors of power, these misleaders reduce Black politics to a discussion of how African Americans can maximize their usefulness to the Democratic Party, through their votes. It really goes no further than that, which is why this self-serving class has never produced a “Black Agenda” worthy of the name. Their only concern is to be part of whatever policies are formulated by the real rulers: the Lords of Capital. - Black Agenda Report

Do you want to know why cops feel it's OK to gun our Black men down in the streets and Gran Jury's always acquit the cops... all under America's first African American President who is Black? Because the party mechanisms don't care about Black folks. Why should they? No matter what they do to you, how many jobs they steal, cops shoot you down while you are unarmed and economic warfare is waged on your cities (through things like gentrification) they know Black America does not have the political sense to stop 'reflex voting' Democrat. We keep making the same political mistakes with the same disastrous results and wonder why things don't get better for us, especially for young Black men.

I understand that Black Americans feel the need to stop the GOP from getting into the White House. They feel that the Republican party is full of racists. Well, it certainly has more than it's fair share, but my experience with the white GOP male has been this. They don't hate Black Americans. They don't understand many of the dynamics and can often be too easily influenced by skewed reporting on us on channels like Fox news and CBN. But for the most part, a very large plurality wants to help fix what is broken in Black America, but often don't know how to address the issues honestly without being labeled a 'racist' for trying to discuss the issues intelligently and fairly. Too many Black Americans go into 'hypersensitivity mode' when these issues come up around Whites, particularly conservative Whites and then start name calling.

My view (I am an independent) is that the Democratic party has too long played on Black Americans fear of the GOP to garner the lions share of Black votes. The truth be told, for Black America, things were better for us under Bush than Obama, on every key measurable (and honest) economic statistic. I am not blaming Obama per se, but rather, the fact that the party knew that they could politically bury Black America in poverty and want, fill their young men with bullets while the party and the 'Black Misleadership Class'  fill their purses with Federal contracting dollars - this is something that Mr Ford lays out with stunning clarity.

So long as the President had a high melanin content in his skin, the Democrats knew that Black America would conjure up some of the silliest and nonsensical rationalizations to not put the blame for the abysmal condition of so many of our people where it belongs. On the party Black America will break their necks in November to get to the polls to vote back into office.

This I know, the Democrats are going to do what has successfully kept Black folks voting for them in years past. What is that?

Next to nothing.

But the problems in our economy go far beyond just Black America. The most  excellent MyBudget 360 always has a 'peoplenomics' view of the data and they have this most excellent post here.

If you really want to understand why a candidate like Trump can be so popular today and Sanders is not doing too badly, you are not going to understand it by listening to Trump's comments on abortion, race or even foreign policy. It's the everyday man and woman's pocketbook that is causing a lot of ordinarily moderate income working class Whites to be drawn to Mr. Trump.

Persecution Review, 30 March 2016

Persecution Magazine

The ICC looks at a part of India where Christianity is banned. It looks at several testimonies of believers.


This is always worthy of your time and I hope that you get a chance to read it and or download it.

Kenyan Christians Feel Betrayed After Court Rules to Release Persecution Attack Suspects

3/30/16 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern) - Kenyan Christians are demanding justice after a Mombasa court acquitted two suspects who had been charged in the 2014 Mpeketoni massacre that killed 60 people in eastern Kenya, and two men linked to the murder of twelve Christians in Hindi, Kenya, just weeks later.

Dyna Salim Suleiman and Mahadi Swaleh Mahadi are free after High Court Judge Martin Muya found insufficient evidence to convict the two men accused of perpetrating the mass killings. Meanwhile, Shebe Auni and Joseph Shege are now free after being exonerated from connection to the murders in Malamande village outside Hindi.

“The acquittal was never expected by the local people and the two men should be jailed,” one local pastor in Mpeketoni told International Christian Concern (ICC).

The Office of Keriako Tobiko, the Director of Public Prosecution has filed an appeal of the decision.

“The DPP said he intends to appeal against the whole judgment and to have the acquittal substituted with conviction of murder that can lead to a death sentence. In his notice of appeal filed [March 23], the DPP requested for the proceedings of the case within 14 days so that he may challenge the acquittal,” the office posted to Twitter.

The attacks occurred on June 15 through 17 in Mpeketoni before a second attack ravaged Hindi, Kenya weeks later. The assaults targeted police stations, churches, populated villages, and market centers.

Ruthless Attacks

In the Mpeketoni case, Suleiman was accused of ferrying the attackers from Mombasa to Lamu County using two buses, vehicles that he claimed were hijacked by al-Shabaab to carry out the attack. Mahadi faced charges related to the planning and execution of the attack.

During the raid, approximately 50 armed militants assaulted Mpeketoniat at 9:00 p.m., opening fire on hotels and banks, firing indiscriminately, as well as burning vehicles. . Christians make up the majority of Mpeketoni’s population, a busy market town with more than ten churches.

On June 17, the assailants set fire to houses in the villages of Majembeni and Poromoko, in the outskirts of the town, killing 15 people.

Al-Shabaab has consistently targeted Christians for their faith. During the infamous Garissa University attack on April 2, 2015, gunmen separated Christians and Muslims, murdering believers and letting Muslims go free.

Al-Shabaab exists to kick Kenyan troops out of Somalia and to “purge Christians” from lands in eastern Kenya, which they consider to belong to Islam.

Al-Shabaab attackers similarly targeted Christians in Malamande. The militants fired rifles and used machetes to behead the villagers. Throughout the course of the assault, assailants murdered men and boys, setting the village ablaze, leaving a handful of women widows and dozens of children fatherless.

Christians Still Living in Fear

Joseph Muchemi survived the attack, having escaped view of the gunmen. . He was left homeless and needy after his house and shop were torched.

“The acquittal is not what we expected. Everybody in Hindi and Mpeketoni town is shocked by the ruling and scared about the release of the four murderers. The evidence of [Auni] coordinating the Hindi attack and Chege supplying food to the attackers in the bush prior to the attack was given,” Muchemi told ICC.

He also said that the court’s decision leaves Christians skeptical about whether the government is prepared to protect them.

He described the Mombasa court as “lacking in making sound judgment that protects the innocent and that serves justice.”

Hindi has not yet received any security reinforcement, even after the Deputy President promised to set up a police station in Malamande. The people are still living in fear and poverty because they are still coming to terms with the attack.

“If [the suspects] are out, we have no option but to leave Hindi and migrate to another safer place. They will be out for revenge. The government has disowned us and we would rather leave this place and live in the streets,” Muchemi said.

While the court decision leaves Christians feeling like the government has betrayed them, church leaders continue to encourage congregants to trust in God.

“Although we are not allowed to address the issue from the pulpit, we are praying that the justice of God will one day prevail,” a Mpeketoni-area pastor told ICC.

For interviews Please Contact Troy Augustine, Regional Manager for Africa: rm-africa@persecution.org

You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference ICC (International Christian Concern) and include our web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington DC-based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church.  For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441.

Sudan: Christian Ministers Obliged To Report To Intelligence Ministry

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that two senior clergymen and a lay member of the Sudan Church of Christ (SCC) have been obliged to report daily to the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) since being detained, questioned and released by NISS agents earlier this month. - CSW

Oaxaca: Christian Beaten By Mob While Returning Home

03/29/2016 Washington D.C., (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned of yet another violent attack against minority Christians in Oaxaca, Mexico, in which a man who was previously expelled from the village was brutally beaten and imprisoned upon his return to visit family.   This is the latest instance of persecution among many that ICC has documented throughout Mexico.

Lauro Nunez, from Chachalacas, a village of Camotlan Villa Alta, in Oaxaca, Mexico, was attacked on March 28 at 6:00 p.m. local time.  He had been previously displaced from the community last year for professing his evangelical faith.  Upon entering the village to visit his mother, he was brutally beaten by a mob of villagers and then incarcerated.  Two other individuals who protested against the treatment of Mr. Nunez were also imprisoned with him. After his incarceration, the mob ransacked his mother’s home, destroying her belongings.

ICC has learned that the legal department of the National Council of Religious Tolerance, an organization who provides pro bono legal services for victims of persecution, is working to free these prisoners.

ICC has previously documented numerous cases of persecution in Oaxaca, and now believes there to be a conservative estimate of a minimum of 150 current cases of persecution throughout Mexico, involving a handful to 150 victims each.  While the state governments have been made well aware of these cases, they continue to do nothing to protect religious minorities in their states.

Nate Lance, ICC’s Advocacy Manager, stated, “ICC is very troubled to hear of yet another instance of violence perpetrated against minority Christians in Mexico, simply for professing faith in Jesus Christ.  We are equally appalled that the state government continues to let this persecution fester, allowing more Christians to be displaced, imprisoned, and beaten.  If the government does not intervene to protect religious minorities, I see no reason why the trend of increased persecution will not continue.  We ask in the strongest of terms that those in power in Mexico will utilize their authority to put an end to this persecution and restore freedom of worship.”

For interviews, please contact Olivia Miller, Press Manager at press@persecution.org

You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference ICC (International Christian Concern) and include our web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington D.C.-based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church.  For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441.

Middle East: Bible Translators Killed By Islamic Militants

The translators worked for Wycliffe Associates.

India's Persecution Continues Despite Congressional Letter To Modi

Congressman Expresses Disappointment in India’s Evasive Behavior

3/29/2016 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) –India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, continues to remain silent on the issue of rising religious intolerance in India despite receiving an open letter signed by 34 members of the US Congress last month requesting him to specifically condemn attacks on India’s religious minority communities. Since that open letter was sent on February 26, 2016, International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented 27 religiously motivated instances of violence against India’s Christian community, affecting over 1,400 Christians.

India has seen a dramatic rise in Christian persecution as members of radical Hindu nationalist groups continue to go unpunished for attacks on Christians and their places of worship. According to the Catholic Secular Forum, Christians in India were attacked 365 times last year, making 2015 the worst year for Christians in India’s independent history. It also marked a 20% rise in the number of attacks on Christians from 2014.

“I continue to be very disappointed by India’s response to the religious persecution taking place across the country,” Congressman Joe Pitts, one of the leads on the open letter to India, told ICC. “In the one month since myself and 33 of my colleagues in the House and Senate called on Prime Minister Modi to publically condemn the ban on non-Hindu faiths in the Bastar District and other violent assaults on religious minorities, there has been little but evasion and obstruction by Mr. Modi’s government.”

“Meanwhile, reports have come in of Christian churches being burned or vandalized, pastors physically attacked or arrested, and of at least two Muslims, one just 15-years-old, beaten and hung by a mob for allegedly selling beef, all in the last four weeks,” Congressman Pitts continued. “These incidents are not an ‘aberration;’ they are part of a long-running pattern of religious intolerance that must be acknowledged and addressed.”

While India’s government continues to deny the facts on the ground, non-Hindus in India continue to be in the crosshairs for Hindu radical groups. Modi’s silence is deafening for those who face violence and threats for exercising a freedom that is meant to be protected by India’s constitution.  As has been reported by the Indian media, radical Hindu groups see the government’s lack of enforcement of the law as tacit approval for their actions, leading ICC to believe that the situation will only worsen for India’s Christians and other religious minority communities if Modi continues to do nothing.

ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia, William Stark, said, “It has been over a month since Prime Minister Modi and his government received an open letter from 34 members of the US Congress calling on him to specifically speak out against the intolerance faced by India’s religious minorities, yet little has changed. In fact, Prime Minister Modi and his government have not only failed to condemn attacks faced by India’s religious minorities, they have belittled the suffering for millions by calling reports of persecution in India 'aberrations.' While Prime Minister Modi has remained silent, we have recorded 27 separate attacks on Christians in India, affecting over 1,400 Christians. These attacks are not aberrations; they are the result of a trend in which millions of Indian citizens from minority faiths are being denied their constitutional right to religious freedom. India’s government must at least acknowledge this trend if they are to guarantee the rights promised to all Indian citizens in their constitution and maintain their reputation as a pluralistic democracy.” - ICC

You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference International Christian Concern (ICC) and include our web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington D.C.-based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church. - ICC

I just Trusted The Lord

Over two episodes of VOM Radio earlier this month, we heard Australian John Short tell the story of his detention in North Korea after leaving gospel tracts outside a Buddhist temple.
29 July 2016

28 Mar

Crazy US Policy: DOD Terrorists Fighting CIA Terrorists

This needs no comment. Our foreign policy could hardly be less coherent if it were formulated in the rubber room of the state psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane.

'Crazy' is defined by its actions.

Follow on... there is a deep disconnect in DC on its terror policy and we will be talking about it here over the next several weeks.

Note: The following couple of posts are from July of last year. I will be posting some of my older posts here more often, from time to time. This post is about some of the State Department and terrorism as well as Xkeyscore. I will be posting some of my other commentaries on the other minor prophets, though unlike Hosea, I will do so in no particular order.

The Department Of State Sponsored Terror

(Posted circa 6 July 2015) The above link is quite good and I hope you get a chance to read it. It explains a great many things in America's war on terror, which as the article points out, is really America's armed support to terrorism. This is not about left-right Democrat Vs. GOP - both sides of the deep state are in on this one, right up to their necks.

Brothers, the real terrorists in our world today reside in Washington DC. They sit in wood paneled offices, sign a document and then suddenly Islamic crazies all over get billions of dollars in US arms so they can blow stuff up, our leaders can cry about not having enough arms to fight terrorists and they need new laws to gut rights to fight terrorists.

“We are not asking the west for military intervention to defend Christians and all others. We are asking them to stop arming and supporting terrorist groups that are destroying our countries and massacring our people."Patriarch Aphrem

This is why all those claims made before Congress about the NSA wanting to catch terrorists are for the most part specious. If you want to catch terrorists you would have to arrest a large part of the US National Security Establishment and they are never going to do that, they would sooner unleash those terrorists right here on US soil before they allowed that to happen - stir up chaos and consolidate their  power during the trouble.

Consider carefully. (posted/linked to later)

Today (last July) the Intercept released a whole bunch of files and a good article on XKeyscore. In it are quotes about how they use it to 'catch terrorists'. But instead what we read are actual cases where the program was spying on world leaders and other "blackmail-ible" people in authority, including journalists, even the UN Secretary General! If they are going to spy on folks like that, how long do you think they are going to hesitate to spy on someone from the Ghetto, or the Barrio or some activists who is angry about some corporation dumping sludge into her drinking water? NSA has lied and lied again about the scope of their domestic activities and this President has rewarded their perjury with a high post 'investigating' the very issue they lied about!!

I noted yesterday (this was last July) that my usually solid internet connection dropped out about 3 times yesterday, each for about 10 minutes. The exact same thing happened when the NSA reform bill was about to be passed and the NSA said they had to 'remove hardware' so that they could comply with the law. Well, looks like the FISA court has reinstated the program that Congress expressly forbade.

You can read the order here.

Looks like it took them about four days to reinstall that equipment on networks.

Don't worry, they'll get to you as well. The good news is that they are telling us that they are going to eventually wind these programs down. That is not very comforting, given this administration's long pattern of shall we say, less than honest pledges.

The whole establishment in DC has just gone off the rails and the world today, especially in the Middle East is wading in pools of blood, tears, refugee's and severed heads as a direct result of the demonic stronghold that has enveloped Washington, its President and its foreign policy establishment while they feed us this line about needing these powers to 'stop' the terrorists they are secretly arming, funding, directing and aiding!!

Well, there are ways to protect yourself from some of this spying but as I stated before, you have to fundamentally and totally alter your habits and tech purchasing patterns. All of your big companies; they are totally in bed with the surveillance state, if they try and got out, they have ways to stop that as well.

There is no other way around it, they have the tech you buy off the shelf pretty well locked down.

Totally, locked down. They are not supposed to be spying on Americans and yet they have your phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, Winbook and any other piece of hardware you buy off the shelf in the US totally locked down for NSA surveillance and other intel agencies.

As you can see from reading the Intercept piece, they are very liberal, elastic and nonchalant about following any laws passed and now the President and the courts now decide that those laws do not need to be followed.

We are truly in a Constitutional no mans land on many fronts these days.

More here (posted later).

In closing this out, I did want to write a more spiritual piece this week, mostly just a word of encouragement as there has been so much bad news these days. I know many of you want more of that and less news. I do apologize for not giving a little more Spiritual Meat this week, there was just so much happening especially with Greece, I thought the background I provided was important as we go forward. Big things are a foot, really big so pay attention all of you.  A major strategic alignment is underway, power is shifting from the West and towards the East.

I cannot ignore current events dear readers and I find it far, far better to get a good understanding of just what is really happening (rather than just the false narratives in the news) before I make any spiritual/Biblical comment.

You come here for informed Biblically based information, commentary and perspective, not ill informed opinion. So I ask that you at times give me a little time to digest events in light of Prophecy; then and only then will I make comment.

This terror thing... pay attention... the devil is trying to build something in Mesopotamia.

Brothers, I hate to sound so negative,  but this nation.... we can do better than this and we aren't and no one in power even appears to want to do better. Instead we get so many of the same faces proposing the same stupid things that make matters worse. We cannot allow these dark forces who work in our nation and government to get the upper hand.

The good news is that now, (this was written today - 29 Mar 2016) there is a peace process in place and there does appear to be a sincere desire on the Russian and American side to fix this ungodly mess in Mesopotamia.

Let's pray they succeed!!

We get to the last Chapter of Micah next week, unless the Lord forbids it!!

Micah Chapter 7

Filthy, Rotten People - Then and Now

Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

(Mic 7:1-3)

How many Christians really know what time it is? It is a hard time.

Those were hard times, the spiritual condition of the nation was not just some kind of prophetic mumblings, it was seen and felt in the everyday living of those who walked with God. The Judges were taking bribes in Micah's time. It was no aberration, this was the way thing were done back them and this much I know, that Gay marriage ruling we had a few days ago was worked out long ago. The political wheels were greased, the right case was heard by the court and now you have all of this Sodomy. Obmacare? The same thing. One Justice took a bribe to make sure it passed and ensure any challenge to it was duly put down.

The US Supreme Court is probably the most corrupt court in the world. Bribery rules in the American legal system, just like it did in Ancient Israel. The people of the day worked earnestly, very hard to do evil. They were evil times. Times very much like today in so many parts of the world. The West in the past used to not be quite as corrupt as she has become in the past 20 years or so, but it has gone off the rails these days. Even a former Senator has railed against the corruption in Washington Brothers, it is far worse that anyone on the web can tell you. Micah is relaying the same spiritual rot that he sees in his times. Then he goes on to tell Godly folks how they should operate in those days. Brothers, last days America is 70% there already and rapidly moving in the wrong direction. In many ways, the American nation is worse, but its worse crimes and bloody abominations are hidden behind the wall of government classifications.

Look at the kinds of news we have seen, police shooting people down unarmed people in cold blood, lying in wait for the Black man to gun him down. The good men were very few and far between, Micah was living in a generation of vipers. We also in America more and more are living amongst a generation of vipers. Many of them in uniform or in high office. 

The prophet is just relaying to his hearers what it is like to live in times when sin rules and what God's people should and should not be doing. The first thing is to not be a trusting soul who opens his mind and heart to even his closest companions. Micah goes on to observe and then exhort,

The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. (Mic 7:4-6)

Men were thoroughly treacherous. Even those who were righteous in the eyes of other wicked men were worthless. This passage is very reminiscent of the times that Christ warned about in the last days. Here is what our Lord had to say about them. Look carefully at the passage for in it are many clues and I think give light to the times that are coming for us.

But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Mat 10:17-22)

Christ is not telling us to be some happy-go-lucky, all trusting half-wit in dangerous times. He is warning us of future treachery in the world's most treasured and trusted personal relationships. He says BEWARE OF MEN. Micah's warning indeed was for those of his time, but they can be safely applied in a more general sense to our times as well. I know this much - Over the past few years I have just noticed a different spirit in Americans. People I know, they just seem to have no love for right anymore, they are far more interested in their political, financial and sexual agenda's. Morality has become obsolete to so many people, or their morality is 180 degrees opposite to God's... the God who raised up and blessed this nation above all others. The God of all things the nation has now forsaken. Now granted I have a somewhat limited scope of people I see regularly, but do you know what I rarely see on the face of Americans in their day to day living? I'll tell you. A smile. Its a rare thing these days. People just don't smile, they don't take kindness kindly (except those of lower economic estate, they often appreciate simple kindness). Brothers our nation has just entered the outer rim of the devil spiritual no-mans land. Micah is giving us a strong and important exhortation if we are to be victorious in such a time and place. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. I used to keep this saying in my heart for years and these days I have pulled it out and keep in in the front of my mind these days. “Trust is the occupation of fools, and its wages are disappointment and a stream of your own blood dripping down your back” Yes, it is overboard in its generalization and a bit cynical but still, in times like these when someone asks me to trust them, especially (sadly) other Christians, I just have to keep that saying in mind, go into my closet and get that steel plate to put under the back of my T-shirt(!).

I want to relay this to you as an aside – I think it important. Before I started this last chapter of Micah, I bowed my head and the Lord just said to me - those relationships had to go, it was needful for the times we are in. Then he told me to tell all of you just what he told me. They were both bad news and a danger to me personally and this humble ministry in particular. But I have to tell you that long before it happened the Lord warned me that it was going to happen and told me why. I was stubborn, not rebellions, just stubborn... I did not believe that these people would do me wrong. Do you know what they were? They were toxic relationships... spiritually toxic.

They did though I don't think out of any maliciousness, just souls that are lost, thinking they are God's work and doing the devils. One I know and the other I think just stopped believing in the God of the Bible, that Christ is really the only and true way into the Kingdom. One just apostatized, the other I think has gone down a path of spiritual compromise in the devil's agency, never to return, deceiving and being deceived.

But I am not putting the whole fault on them. The problem was not all their fault. What I did that was wrong was that I trusted both to begin with, and did not heed the Spirit of God when it was no more whispering but as much as God's Holy Spirit can, was shouting in my soul... Danger!!! This guy is poison! Judas alert! Not in those exact words, but the effect on my spirit man was the same. The problem is I don't think these kinds of Christians and so many nominal Christians really know God. One of these men (who claimed Christ) told me one of the last times we spoke that 'We All Worship the same God'. I told him that what ever God the nut jobs in ISIS is worshiping, I am not, nor do I think their victims would claim such demon spirits as deities. He could not say anything, and I am almost certain he indirectly aided their rise to satanic power, even if peripherally, knowing what he was doing. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, so saith the scripture and when he said that to me and tried to argue it, I knew that I had to start listening to what the Spirit of God had been saying to me or trouble was on the Horizon.

Trusting these men; that was my failing. Truly a failing in these treacherous times that I think Micah in the first part of this chapter lays out for his time. He is pointing out just what is wrong with the people of his time and that anyone who puts their trust in such people is behaving most foolishly.

Brothers and sisters, I know that it is hard to let go of some relationships, it is hard to break with a well worn and comfortable routine. What Micah in the first verse is telling his hearers is that he lives in place where the people are rotten... rotten to the core. It is like Micah is looking for some good wholesome fellowship, an honest, good companion and cannot find it. The number of good people are few and far between. He is looking for someone to trust, and cannot find it. It's like he is looking for a rose and can only find poison ivy. He's looking for water and can only find vinegar; he's looking for a friend, and can only find the Old Testament version of Judas.

Yet having said that brothers we do need to understand that being an overly suspicious person can lead to bitterness and a terrible Christian witness and even make you into the kind of people the scriptures tell us to be wary of. If I had to sum it up, I would say that intelligent and consistent caution should be exercised in all of your relationships from here on. BEWARE OF MEN – means exactly what it says. Don't try and reinterpret it to no effect and don't turn your back towards or put too much faith in folks who have not shown a consistent, long and deeply Christian walk.

This fake western GOP-esque or liberal left-wing Christianity does not count as a Christian walk. I am talking about people who have walked the walk, made deep scarifies for the kingdom and are fully and completely Christ's...even to the death! If you do trust people too much in these times you are likely to be betrayed and at the worst possible moment.

Yes, this is a hard saying. It goes contrary to the 'happy happy' gospel that is preached in western Churches - pray up a Cadillac and roll into the kingdom in a Rolls Royce. Let the wiser souls (most of your here) in the Lord digest what Micah and Christ are telling us in dangerous times.... and apply them.

Micah makes reference to the day of thy watchmen and of the visitation. Micah is telling the people that all the prophecies that were told about those days were going to come to pass. Big trouble would be on the horizon, even as God revealed to his prophets. God was going to move and all those who mocked God's watchmen and holy prophets would regret it and wish they had listened. People rarely do and that is why so many souls are lost. God sends his watchmen and prophets and no one listens. He warns them and they mock and laugh and go right on sinning, often worse than before... often in defiance and mockery.

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
(Mic 7:7-9)

Micah then tells how he will behave in times like these. He is not going to be like the lost souls, he is going to look to the Lord and he is going to wait for the God of his salvation. This is the mind we have to have in these times. Brothers, the world is going to turn against us. We must not put our trust in men, not mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters or brothers. We must put our trust fully and completely in the Lord. Brother, we have no better friend that Christ.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you
(Joh 15:14)

Be like Abraham, who though faith obeyed and became the very friend of God.
(Jam 2:23)

Try and understand what I am saying to you. Each of you who know Christ are very, very precious in his eyes. He loves you deeply and sincerely. Much too much to let a snake in the grass mess up your walk with him. The snakes in the grass are going to multiply like rabbits in the years ahead. When God and the Holy Spirit senses danger, listen to what God has to say. Don't do like I did and wait until it was almost too late. Listen and heed, rather than ignore and bleed!

Micah's utters his deep unyielding faith in God that he would hear him in the day of trouble. Micah would look to the God of his salvation in faith! What is interesting is that Micah's prayer makes no request for immunity from the troubles of life or from Divine Chastisement. No, his faith knows that these things do come but he looks to God for his help and salvation. Every prophet and minister has to endure trails and tribulations to complete their ministry. Micah and all the prophets knew that. At times their work seems vain and utterly hopeless. Even the Apostles of the NT had the same problem. Look at Paul's life. Look at the book of Hebrews, where the saints were thinking about forsaking the gospel. Paul could have gotten discouraged all those years in jail. But you know what he did? He wrote most of the NT. There is a saying I have always liked and it says that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Don't mope about with a poor pitiful me attitude, sometimes hard things come into our lives, often to redirect us. Take your redirection humbly. God knows what he is doing. It may not seem like it in the natural realm but as time passes, if you are faithful to him, he will show you how important what your redirection was. Faith is the key, faith and obedience.

There is no easy road into the kingdom brothers and sisters and if you are having a hard time of it and have maintained your faith and have not walked away, be assured, you are not alone and that your experiences are par for the course! Don't let your circumstances depress you brothers, God knows what you are going through and what is to come!

The prophet then gives an exhortation to Israel's enemies, that they should not rejoice over her fall when it comes to pass. This is because while her punishment is severe, it is only temporary. God will still be a light to his people, even in their darkest hour. God was still with them, even though he had to severely chastise them. The prophet uses his prose in the first person and describes the sins of the people which he probably is also identifying at least partially with himself. Prophets are not perfect and the problem with so many of the devils accusers is that when one slips and falls, all of the satanic accusations from hell and demonic pointing fingers are there to point out the Man of God's human failings. Here is how John Gill's Commentary puts this passage, I think it fitting for us in these times, I will cut and paste it here.

...the Chaldeans or Edomites, or both, who rejoiced at the destruction of Jerusalem, and the calamities the people of the Jews were brought into at it; see Psa_137:7; spiritually, Satan the great enemy of mankind, and especially of the church and people of God, to whom it is a pleasure to draw them into any sin or snare, and to do them any hurt and mischief; and also the Inert of the world, who hate and persecute the saints; and watch for their haltings, and rejoice at their falls into sin, and at any calamity and affliction that may attend them, though there is no just reason for it; since this will not always be the case of the saints, they will be in a better situation, and in more comfortable circumstances; and it will be the turn of their enemies to be afflicted, punished, and tormented: - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible

Brothers, how I know what Mr. Gill is talking about. How many people in power want to set me up and tried and almost succeeded. The only thing I can say to each of you is this. God knows our failings. I know mine and so does God. If God has to chastise you, as he almost did with me then sit quietly and put your trust him God, he knows your affliction and knows how long it will last, he will not let your enemies rejoice over you forever. He's got something very 'special' prepared for the enemies of his people.

When God is finished with Chastisement, he will indeed bring you out of the darkness and back into the light of his love and salvation, often with a blessing. I always remember the trials of Job. Job at the end of his horrendous trail (how many people could survive that one brothers!) was greatly blessed. How did God bless Job?

And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days. (Job 42:10-17)

Yes, the Lord will afflict and allow affliction to come into our lives. But he is always constant to those who are constant with him and often bless his people at the end of that affliction, if they are faithful to him throughout it. What gives us this constancy? Faith brothers, faith!

Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. (Mic 7:10-11)

Then there are the God mockers. Yes, there were many of them in Micah's day. They dwelt in the lands where Israel's enemies dwelt.

The 'she' referred to is probably Ancient Babylon. She was at the height of her power and arrogance. The rejoiced over Israel's fall and mocked their faith in Jehovah. Have we not heard this kind of mockery in our society today? I can remember some one making a comment about California's Gay Marriage Amendment. I cannot remember who it was but his comment went like, 'well, the ground has not opened up because of this!' This mocking spirit is very much with us today. It is of the devil. It is most prevalent in major empires who enjoy prosperity and pleasures and consistently use violence to get the goods that they want, not at all unlike end times Babylon (America). We have heard the God mockers and can see them in a great many websites and postings. This is no longer the fringe of American society, but more and more it is becoming mainstream. This is why Gay Marriage is now the law of the land, there is increasingly outright scorn and mockery for God in our Nation.

Mockers will always mock when things are at their worst for us Christians. The demon spirits enter into them (yes, the do) and begin to mock and rail and spit their hate at the God in heaven who has pronounced his eternal judgment on these fallen beings; eternally consigning these spirits into everlasting darkness. This is why they hate the Lord so much and seek to destroy man as well. Even Christ had to deal with these demonic utterances when on the Cross (Matt 27:43). We are not immune to it brothers, let them mock. God is giving mankind a full and complete opportunity to show whose side it is on, God's or the devils. So when they mock remember this, God see's it and shall forever remember it.

And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
 (Isa 66:24

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
(Mar 9:44)

Micah then makes clear that just as the chastisement of Israel was foretold and came to pass, so shall the destruction of this arrogant Babylon come to pass. Brothers, as the scriptures say, God is not mocked.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
 (Gal 6:7)

The devil may drive men to mock God, but the devils know that God is, and are very, very afraid of him.

Thou believest that there is one God;
thou doest well:
 the devils also believe,
and tremble.
(Jam 2:19)

Yes, if the devil is getting people to believe there is no God, it is only consistent with the devil and his character; to lie, misdirect, be evasive and be false. His main goal, to get you to act based upon a lie.

In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

(Mic 7:11-13)

This prophecy is clearly for Israel when God brings them back from where they were captive. The day that the Walls are rebuilt is almost certainly a reference to Nehemiah (Neh 2:17). The decree that is to be removed is probably the unrighteous decree's of Babylon when she falls.

However some think the passage is too broad and all encompassing to refer just to that time and see perhaps some kind of end time fulfillment. The people (probably Israelites, but it is not 100% clear from the passage) come from


The fortified cities

From the fortress even to the river

From sea to sea

From mountain to mountain

Yet Barnes says this and I think it most enlightening.

The destruction, captivity, restoration, w