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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.

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility

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)

Select Congressional Committee Investigating Illegal Practices In The Abortion Industry

Congressional Report On STOPPING TERROR FINANCE:

Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions

Defense Business Board Outlines Savings Of $125 Bln Annually

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

Mark's Audio Page

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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Inauguration Day, 2017 -  12:01PM

Counter Narrative: Single Muslim Mom Votes Trump, Angry About Slander Of Him

She is pretty upset about a tirade by a professor on social media.

OnStar, Pastors, Trump And Death Threats

Let's start off with this story...

Law Enforcement Has Been Eavesdropping On OnStar, SiriusXM For 15 Years

Do you use OnStar. Think on this one. If Law enforcement can get this data, so can US intelligence, though there will be hot and loud screams to the contrary. Since our intelligence people have been sending all manner of raw intelligence (as has been revealed via leaks) to foreign nation you have no idea who knows what and is listening to you, following you about with an eye to doing mischief to you.

This is not paranoia. Anyone who gandered at the stuff Snowden released should be seriously alarmed.

Bad people can get hold of that stuff. Insider threats. Did you know one of the tactics of spies and traitors is to forge court orders and if possible place a false court order in the right places so that authorities think they are complying with a legal order but aren't? Go and read that OnStar article again and find out what they are not releasing.

These are just some of the reasons why they have put this in place.

I want to stress this to people out there, particularly Christian leaders, you have enemies you don't even know you have. They are getting vital intelligence about you, your friends, lifestyle -  everything about you. Some of these entities are getting this intelligence about you... they live in the Arab world, particularly that part of the Arab world that has been funding, arming and directing terrorism. Let the reader beware.

I am not guessing here. While I will not get into the legal aspects of intelligence sharing, I do want to mention that there are illegal methods of intelligence sharing that are engaged in as well as gray area 'sharing' that are loopholes in laws. 

Do you use uber? You know, I kind of wanted to drive for them, but I was warned emphatically not to do it. Why not? I have powerful foes who have long wanted to do me in. For a long time, they literally went into a panic every time I posted something here on the Public site. Why? Because I have powerful readers in influential places who listened to me carefully. Despite what the haters of God think about me, I am no dummy and know my business. I don't talk out of my ass and while those who don't know how the world really works don't understand lot of what I post, those that do know how the world really works, do.

But people tend to dismiss religious people, particularly Christians and even more particularity Black Christians on the web. But I am no ordinary blogger, as anyone who is in insider and has taken some time to read my material can see.

Someone wanted me to get into Uber and drive. Heck, I would not mind at all if I had car that qualified for it and their leasing prices were not over the top (my car is too old). But I know how this works. I would sign up, start driving and be tracked wherever I go. It would be a perfect way to know when I was home or gone and then they could do what they have already done to me on numerous occasions, break into my home and do whatever dirt they think they need to  do, plant spyware on my computers (they did that) scan my hard drive (they did that), place surveillance equipment in and near my home (they did that) . Moreover, they could easily do the set up thing. I get a rider who has been told to put a plastic baggie with white powder under the car seat when they leave the car. My foes in the intelligence community then could very easily have it set up so a cop pulls me over soon thereafter (uber tracks you, remember) , search my car and Bingo they got another Black man selling cocaine. I can see the headlines now, "Christian Blogger found with Cocaine In Uber Sting." with a picture of my back face in 'full frontal mugshot'.  They could put icing on the cake by planting child porn on my home computer while I am in jail with a headline 'Cocaine Uber Driver Charged In Kiddie Porn Sting'.

That would make my foes at the CIA and in the DOD most happy.

And you need to know that with Uber... there is a 'deep state' connection but out of a fairness that those who operate in that world do not deserve at this time, I will say no more.

But they have a problem over at Uber. According to Whistleblowers, it's a pretty big one NBC has a piece here. Uber Whistleblower Says Employees Used Company Systems to Stalk Exes and Celebs. Look don't think for a second your data, where you drive, shop, party, have friends is not being used by people you don't know, it is. Uber is making big money selling your data to others. They think they are God, with a tool inside the company called 'God View'

This is just the kind of tool one of America's vaunted intelligence agencies would create to ILLEGALLY track people. Once you give uber the permission to track you, they can share it with the terrorists in ISIS if they wanted to and there is not a thing you can do about it. You gave them your permission. No, I don't mean to suggest that this is happening or that the execs there would ever do that. Rather I am just saying... you really have no idea who is getting that data and who THEY are sharing it with.

My point is a simple one. If you are just an average Joe, you have nothing to worry about. If you are a politician, a politically incorrect blogger, someone with money, a Washington power player, A Young Black Man in an urban environment, or a relative of the same (they will use you to get to them),  I give you this word of caution about Uber. Understand the risks. This is not a pretty world we are living in. Not all cops and people in Law enforcement or the Intelligence community are law abiding citizens, cops or intelligence officers. There is considerable rot in all of these. Many abuse their positions for criminal or even foreign entities. Sometimes because of Blackmail, other times to move up within their respective systems by showing loyalty to like minded 'insider threat' networks that reside in these organizations.

I don't know how a President Trump will view fixing these problems. He is talking to a lot of libertarians who have decried the surveillance state (Rand and Ron Paul) but has pushed for stricter policing and has called for increased surveillance of Mosques and some within his team want to roll back the tepid Snowden reforms. He has also called 'stop and frisk' a good thing. This is the program that in NY that targets primarily Young Black men and Hispanics to stop them on the street and frisk them for no other reason than their race. This is not too unlike how the Nazi's treated Jews in Nazi Germany. There, they made you wear a yellow star and made you scrub sidewalks. Being Jewish in public was a crime in Nazi Germany. In NYC, being young and Black is also a crime.

Do you want to further isolate these young people from the American mainstream? Do you want to do that to the point that they start to listen to ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups as a small, but recognizable number are doing now? Is that where you want to take America? Divide us up along racial lines in an ill considered mad dash to stop terrorism?

I say the same things about Muslims. Do you want to alienate the millions who live here who love this country and have nothing but contempt for the terrorists who besmirch their reputation in America and the world?  Use your head Mr. President, America has enough divisions, social and religious. Sowing the seeds of more discord will rip this already reeling nation apart.

Repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration is not going to get you anywhere. You will lose your majorities on one of the houses of Congress before you know it, then you will face an obstructionist Democratic party who controls one of the chambers of Congress who will work overtime to make sure you fail at everything you do.

You have an opportunity here not just to remake government, put America on firmer fiscal footing, but also to reform the Intelligence community, who has shown you remarkable, consistent and publicly uttered contempt that bordered on a threat. .

There are those who are calling on you to abolish the CIA, I would not go quite o far, I would abolish it, yes, but create a new Civilian intelligence agency with only a foreign-nation mission gathering CIVILIAN intelligence (banking, financial, terrorists etc) - make any and all domestic intelligence collection for the new agency off limits - in all circumstances. Administratively it will cause problems. But I will say this. Each and every single employee of the CIA should be fired. Those wishing to apply for a position in the new agency may do so, but only after their previous tenure, history, employment record has been thoroughly reviewed by the DOJ, The FBI, and (not instead of)  other relevant investigative bodies. Rehiring should only take place after their candidacy has been reviewed by the House and Senate Intelligence oversight committee, the speaker of the House, and the President's National Security advisor. Believe it or not, the CIA is a pretty small organization, by employee count Why so scrupulous? You don't clean out the trash can by bringing back last week's garbage. Make sure it isn't garbage before you even think about bringing them on board.

I know I am being unusually hard on the CIA, when in fact, my real problem stemmed both from the DOD and the CIA. They were both after this Black man. They broke the law investigating me but to them, that did not matter. I was smart nigger walking around with no chains on. That made me public enemy number one. The CIA however has a very unusual mission and TRUST is the key word for its key officers. Some, I hate to tell you, simply cannot be trusted. Again... I am not guessing.

Death Threats.

No, not against me. I speak here of death treats to Mr. Trump and almost certainly to members of his family that we have not heard about. Let me show you just what a Criminal organization the Democratic party has become.

Andrea Bocelli backs out of Trump inauguration because of death threats
It is a pretty sick mind that would threaten a Blind man with a voice like that. 
Black Singer Backs Out Of Inauguration Event Over Death Threats
Megyn Kelly Faces Death Threats
Trump Electors Threatened With 'Bullet In The Mouth'
Friend Of Clinton's Charged With Threatening To Kill Trump
I Received A Jarring Death Threat From A Clinton Supporter Because I'm Working For The GOP

I could go on and on, but you know what? I don't need to. There is something sick and evil that has taken over the Democratic party. It has to resort to slander, lies and now death threats to express its childishness and criminality at losing an election. The party and its adherents should be ashamed of themselves. This used to be the party of tolerance, now it appears to be the party of violent intolerance, consistently expressed. Their mantra for the 21st century so far appears to be, 'kill the winner, he's not a Democrat!'

I do not use the word criminal lightly Threatening anyone with death, particularly any public servant, particularly the President is a Federal offense and for a sitting elected representative to denigrate and de-legitimize our elections and our system of government, is reprehensible. Mr. Lewis showed no outrage when Democrats were taking money illegally from those who fund terrorists. His outrage is not only a symbol of his hyper-partisanship, it's downright un-American. You lost, get over it.

If you and the other members of the Black Caucus took the time to look at what was going on out here in America - Black and White America, Trump would not be in the White House today. Don't blame Russia for your screw ups and your partying on the Hill while Americans were being thrown out of work. No, instead go and look in the mirror at a Black man who has been in the House too long . By the way that is a controversial but hard hitting video from a guy who was fighting the fight back in the day who see's the problems in Black America much the way I do. No Congressman, go look in that mirror and you will see one of the key reasons Donald Trump is now President of the Unites States.

Now, I don't say that to denigrate a man who was there in the fight during the Civil rights era, but rather to say to him this - the world has changed and so have you and not for the better, get with the program or bow out of Congress gracefully.

You see, I am not the least bit interested in saving the Democratic party, or the Republican party if they stop representing the ordinary American, Black and White; Latino Native or Asian. Any party that puts its own interests above those who voted for it can sink to the bottom of the ocean as far as I am concerned. Is the Democratic party really helping young urban Black Americans? Has their condition improved? Has the conditions of ordinary White Americans in rural America improved? Have conditions for Latino Americans in the American southwest improved?

In closing let me say this. I have never been a big fan of Barak Obama and anyone who comes by here regularly knows that. But Obama has done one thing I think is highly commendable. He has risen above the partisan fray during this time of Transition. Unlike the other child like minds who have still have not been politically 'potty trained' in his party, President Obama put on his grown-up pants, suffered defeat with dignity, and behaved the way one would expect an American President to behave - dignified.

One of his not so well known achievements and those of the CIA (whom I know I have berated constantly) is the fact that we did have a smooth and mostly bad-event free Presidential election. There are those who worked tirelessly and quietly to make sure that America could be confident our elections were secure and the tally's were accurate. This is why Obama took a bit of an affront to the recount efforts in some states. He made a public speech about it, defending our system of government and elections. Too many of America's enemies have spent a lot of time and money tearing down our democracy, doing what they could to de-legitimize it.

This is important and one reason why I have no sympathy with Congressman Lewis' comments. One thing the Russians have always done - the same Russians Lewis is complaining about -  is to denigrate our elections as 'illegitimate'. This has always been the policy of the Kremlin. They constantly exaggerate the problems with our elections and accuse them of not being fair. De-legitimizing our elections is a Kremlin tactic (page 5).  So I ask who is really working for the Kremlin?

Who is de-legitimizing our elections?

The election fiasco of 2000 was a wake up call on the electoral front. I think they just about got it as right as one can reasonably expect it to be.

So to my Christian readers out there, who have stuck with me through thick and thin, the good times and the bad, I ask a humble heartfelt request that you pray earnestly for President Trump and his family who will be under the constant cloud of death threats from sick and unstable minds from the 'elect Hillary' part of America.

Pray that he can let positive results speak for his Presidency and bring jobs back home, get our fiscal house in order, bring some healing to the deep social problems we have and allow sanity a seat at the table of national security policy making. That rationality, American interests, and constructive engagement with the world will no longer be banished into policy making exile, but be given it's proper place in our policy making.

I ask you all, in the name of Christ Jesus, to pray really pray for President Trump.
Brother Mark,

20 Jan, 2017

19 Jan

Wow They Did It: The CIA's CREST Goes Online!!!

This is a TREASURE TROVE of information of declassified and FOIA info from the CIA's archive.


Since 2000, CIA has installed and maintained an electronic full-text searchable system named CREST (the CIA Records Search Tool), at NARA II in College Park, Maryland. The CREST system is the publicly accessible repository of the subset of CIA records reviewed under the 25-year program in electronic format (manually reviewed and released records are accessioned directly into the National Archives in their original format). Over 11 million pages have been released in electronic format and reside on the CREST database, from which researchers have printed about 1.1 million pages.

Previously, in order to directly access CREST, a researcher was required to visit the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. CIA recognized that such visits were inconvenient and presented an obstacle to many researchers. Therefore, in January 2017, the CIA published the records of the CREST collection online. - CIA

Thank you Mr. President. I know you had to twist some arms to make this happen. Again...

Thank you!

18 Jan

Fourth Coptic Christian Murdered In 10 Days

A Coptic surgeon was found murdered in his flat on Friday (13 Jan) in Upper Egypt, making him the fourth Coptic Christian murder victim in 10 days.

Married father-of-two Bassam Safwat Atta, 35, who lived in Dairut City in Asyut Governorate, had a single gash in his neck and was lying face down drenched in blood, according to a neighbour who found him. Continues here.

Jonah Part VII

 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 
And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying,
when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish:
for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger,
and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.
(Jonah 4:1-2 [KJV])

Jonah, after God spared Nineveh, was very upset with God that he spared the Ninevites. Two phrases here mark the anger that Jonah had. 'Very angry' and 'displeased Jonah exceedingly'. Jonah was very, very angry with God. Why? Well, before we answer that keep this in mind. Jonah never wanted to go to Nineveh in the first place. He ran, remember? Also keep in mind that back in the first chapter of the book we are not given the reason for his flight. Now, in chapter four it is given to us. Jonah was mad at God because he is merciful! I maintain that Jonah's main problem with going to Nineveh in the first place is that he did not want God to spare them. He wanted them destroyed.

Let us remember that Israel and Assyria had long been at odds, even from the days of Hezekiah. There was no love lost between the two nations. Jonah who loved his own people, forgot that God is not just the God of the Israelites, but of all men and all things. Jonah's preaching in many ways would have been like God raising up an American prophet to go to Russia during the height of the cold war to get them to repent. There would have been great hesitation to do it and those that did it, may even be accused of consorting with the enemy. While this is not mentioned in the book of Jonah, the idea is not all that foreign to the prophets of the Old Testament. Many of you will remember that Jeremiah was also accused of treason.

 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death:
for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people,
in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt. 
Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you. 
Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech,
that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords.
And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire:
so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
(Jeremiah 38:4-6 [KJV])

Yes, they wanted to kill Jeremiah for the crime of proclaiming God's word. This is the reaction that Israel consistently had to any prophets preaching - ignore, mock or kill the prophet.

Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following:
for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets,
and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have
gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings,
and ye would not!  (Luke 13:33-34, KJV)

God has his own responsibilities and one of them is to make sure that the wicked were warned before they were to be destroyed. Jonah either forgot this or did not understand this aspect of God's character. Admittedly, this was a hard job for Jonah, but God had chosen him for this task, despite his reticence and demonstrated 'attitude problem'.

Jonah was also quite arrogant insofar as he thought he was wiser than God. Jonah even sought God to take his life from him, that is how mad he was. This is a most unwise prayer.

Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me;
 for it is better for me to die than to live. 
(Jonah 4:3, KJV)

This is not a prayer anyone should pray. I don't think this deserves further comment.

After Jonah had his temper tantrum, the Lord replies to his hot-headed, suicidal prophet.

Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
 (Jonah 4:4, KJV)

The Lord did not shoot back a retort to Jonah, he did not threaten him, he did not foretell some negative thing about his future. The Lord just asks Jonah a very simple and direct question, in our terms we would say, "Do you really have a right to be mad at me?"

Did he? Of Course not. God's ways are not our ways and we see things from a very limited and highly constrained perspective, while God sees all things from the very beginning to the very end.

We must not think that because things are not working out as we think they should, that they are not working out as they should. This was Jonahs problem. What he was doing was criticizing the Lord and his mercy on the repentant city.

Not a wise thing to do.

We will continue on with the Lord's response to Jonah in the next installment!

12-13 Jan

The CIA, The Media And Donald Trump

The above link is quite good and worthy of your time. I know this is an issue that is being beat to death in the blogosphere, but let me tell you this - the guys at the Intercept and Mr. Greenwald are seriously, SERIOUSLY connected. They know things that they could never ever post. So if you want an unclassified look at the dirty war being waged behind the scenes, there is no better place to get it.

What I am not going to do is be a Trump apologist, but I have never seen anything remotely like the treatment this man has received by the octopus of systemic corruption that has engulfed DC, the Media and her once venerated Intelligence services.

I wouldn't treat a dog as bad as this man is being slandered, mocked and dragged through the mud with any false rumor and innuendo that comes forward by dark entities that operate in the shadows and toilet seats of our world.

Those on the political left who have waged this kind of slime fest against him have only shown us the low character and infantile 'sore loser' mentality that appears to be part and parcel of their disturbing psychological makeup.

I have heard them talk about how negative the GOP is, but their treatment of President elect Trump is so over the top, I cannot help but sincerely wonder who is pushing it, how much money they are getting and why and are all of these people who are attacking him with such a litany of falsehoods in the pay of foreign powers.  All of this Russia stuff you are hearing about -  it's mostly smoke and little fire. Other nations interfere in far more menacing ways than Russia does in our nation and our elections, but there is no billion dollar smear campaign being waged to expose it. I think what needs to happen is look who is behind it and see where the real National Security Threat is coming from. Can we get some perspective?

Russia and the US election
That link done by the Russian Analytical Digest is an in depth look at the real issues behind Russia and the US election. The piece is most cautious about a real warm up in relations despite all of the talk we are hearing in the US Media. This is pretty good, don't miss it.

If you really want to get a deeper look at why there is so much worry about Russia and the US getting close and warming relations, there is one major issue that few are talking about but needs to be understood. Any move towards Russia by the US will alter perhaps fundamentally the energy geo-strategic landscape.  Here are some charts from the US government that show you what I mean. Note the subtle differences.

The Saudi's and the the gulf sheikdoms are not going to let that kind of shift happen without a fight.

One of the key reasons the war in Syria is being fought is to get energy to the EU via pipelines from the Middle East to reduce their dependency on Russian energy. Assad said 'no' to the pipeline and then they tried to overthrow him... and are still trying. The Israeli's as well are deeply in the mix as they have that giant gas field called Leviathan they discovered and want to bring to market.

That is when ISIS 'accidentally' came onto the scene to overthrow Assad.

But I can tell you it was no accident. It was carefully and meticulously and mostly illegally planned.

Dear readers, in times like this we must not let our emotions and partisanship get the better of us. It's easy to do. Do you want to know why someone is pulling out all the stops to stop Trump? If you are smart enough to follow the money, things slowly begin to clarify themselves. If you are dumb enough to follow cable news, they won't.

Russia Vs. NATO - The Missile Picture

CSIS (Pro western think tank) has created an interactive map to show you the missile situation in Europe. Always keep in mind that many of these think tanks are funded by defense contractors. Some contractors make money building missile systems and will often inflate the threat to get a contract.

Threat inflation? I see it as a pretty serious national security threat because when someone can sell Congress on a threat that is minor or non existent as being some major threat, dollars get spent unwisely, sometimes billions get spent unwisely. The Iraq war is perfect example of threat inflation. What did that war cost. Go here and find out the official number, but the real costs were probably a little higher as the DOD does have ways of hiding significant spending from Congress and even themselves.

Senators who get their money from arms contractors love to fan the flames of specious threats and ghost armies that are just waiting to kill us all and suck our blood.

But these threats more often than not are the wet dreams of contractors who are waiting for a billion dollar contract to counter a threat they know does not exist.

We cannot afford that anymore. Sanity must now rule our policy decisions or we will one day be fighting a war with arms and equipment and a plan for that ghost army rather than the real threat bearing down on us.

Image Source: Federal Reserve

But the minds of the old codgers in the Senate are too ossified to change. Many are stuck in a cold war that ended nearly 30 years ago and still do not understand that if we don't get back into sanity fiscally, we won't even be able to pay our troops or retiree's our government employee's. Insanity must cease to be our chief accountant, and Paranoid Psychosis must stop raiding the cash register. The unpopular, un-sexy twins of sanity and reality need to once again, take charge. They may have buck teeth and wear horned rimmed classes, but they know how to count.

Look it's one think to cite a number like $20 Trillion in debt. It's quite another to see what it costs us JUST TO CARRY THAT MUCH DEBT.

Source: US Treasury

That is what it costs us just to carry that debt. As interest rates rise, As Yellen has promised, so will those costs.

Will they let Sanity and Reality back in the door of the nation's respective budget offices or will they get shot down in the street on their way to work or droned in their homes 'by mistake' so that Crazy can continue to keep the nations books?

As we move towards the debt limit debate (in 63 days) Don't let the smoke and mirrors people give you a bunch of charts pegging our debt to GDP, effectively hiding the 'reality' curve you see above (chart) in our debt. That is an old trick to hide the truth. We don't pay our debts based on GDP and with leaders now talking about tax cuts, the GDP-to-debt argument makes even less sense.

They will go to great lengths to hide the depth of this problem, but it's getting harder and harder to do.

Pain is coming, get ready... It's going to be the 'Guantanamo scream' when all of this falls apart.

2016 Persecution Hall Of Shame

International Christian Concern has a 15 page report on persecution events of 2016. The report is a recap of the evil things people do to Christians in some of the worst places on earth for us.

The report can be found here.

Religious Persecution ‘Central’ to Refugee Crisis

(World Watch Monitor) Religious persecution is playing a “central role” in the global displacement crisis, the charity Open Doors UK and Ireland has said.

In its latest annual survey of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, the charity noted that more than half of the world’s 65.3m refugee population come from Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria, all countries in which identifying with the Christian faith was, or had become, extremely dangerous. The 2017 World Watch List was launched yesterday at a reception for MPs and peers in the UK Houses of Parliament.

While stating it was impossible to estimate how many of the world’s refugees are Christian, its supplementary report, The Persecution of Christians and Global Displacement, said that religious persecution was a “dangerously underestimated” factor behind some people’s decision to flee their homes.... continues here.

10 Jan

Christian Community in Nigeria Brutally Attacked by Islamic Militants

01/09/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Saturday, January 7 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a group of Fulani Islamic militants invaded a predominantly Christian village, Kwayine, in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The militants killed six police officers, four civilians, and destroyed houses and a police truck. - Continues here

Jonah Part VI

Note: I do hope all of you are getting something out of this most interesting book and that after reading it, when you do hear a prophet of the Lord speak with either a direct word from the Lord or with a dream or a vision, you will not make the common mistake of putting the messenger on a pedestal. Moreover, I hope that you will view with a healthy degree of suspicion anyone who dares to try and put himself on one, when none of us are nothing more than unworthy servants of the most worthy Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

The key to understanding Jonah is, I think to remember that Prophets are human too. Moreover, not all prophets are anxious about doing their job and that when God has a call on someones life, there really is no place they can run to or hide to get away from it. Jonah's example is one of a man who had a job to do and did not want to do it. But God used Jonah, despite his open rebellion in a magnificent and powerful way.

Jonah's ministry just goes to show you that it's the message rather than the man that is important. Let's keep that in mind when you hear a prophet speak in the name of the Lord.

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way;
and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them;
and he did it not.
(Jon 3:10)

So here we see the ultimate success on two fronts of Jonah's preaching. First that the people did repent and as mentioned in the last section, even the King called a fast to ensure that the people understood that repentance was not optional. Second, that God heard and saw this and did not do the evil that he had planned for Nineveh.

This is the mark of a truly successful prophetic ministry. One of the biggest problems that I see out there in the realm of Prophecy today is that too many people are looking for signs and wonders, or someone who can accurately predict future events. They are looking for the miraculous. This is not the essence of prophecy. Usually, the prophecies in the Bible that predict future events are cause and effect kinds of events. They show us the spiritual causes of things and then the effect. Take a look at revelation. When we see the Beast with 10 horns arise, what is the Bible really telling us? It's is showing us that the devil who has control of this beast who is able to deceive the world will arise in the last days in a spirit of rebellion against the most high.

God's prophecies are usually cause and effect if you look closely at them. If people repent, God gives them promises of the future, if they rebel - he has a different set of prophecies. But the devil also has his prophecies and I can tell you that he too can predict the future. The war in Syria and the upheaval we saw long before it happened? I knew it was coming because I was talking to some of the people who made it happen. I am not saying they were happy about it, because they weren't but they too had a prophecy of the future. This is not a godly prophecy. It's kind of like planning to set a man's house on fire and predicting that to him before you do it that 'smoke will rise from your roof at such and such a time'. Such spirits may occasionally have incredibly accurate prophecies, but the are not the kinds of spirits that you want to put your trust in.

God's true prophets will always have a message of value with regards to our behavior, or the behavior of a body of believers. It can be an exhortation to righteousness, a rebuke for sin, a message of redirection or one to inspire faith or it can be a message of encouragement. In the case of the Ninevites, it was a message/demand for repentance and the good news was that they heeded.

This digression here I think here is an important one in that we as Christians need to understand they key hallmarks of a true prophet and that of a false one. A true one will exhort a people to repentance and greater holiness and good works. A false one may be predicting the future, but what is the spiritual message he is giving us? Too often in our world the message we hear  is "...let us do evil that good may come"

I have heard many begin to mock because the Lord has taken his time returning. Simply put the Church in its present state is not ready to be received by the Lord. So do we Christians want to be invited to the Marriage supper of the lamb? Do we? That event cannot take place until the bride (Church) makes itself ready.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
 and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be
arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage
supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
(Rev 19:7-9)

It's one thing to know there is a marriage supper of the Lamb or even predict the date and time with extreme accuracy. But it is quite another to make oneself ready. When the Mark of the Beast comes, it's far less about predictive prophecy as it is about a stern exhortation to not take it. Again, prophecy leads to a change in behavior, repentance and to glorify God. But it's main purpose today is to bear witness and the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 19:10).

When you hear a prophet speak, ask God about his message. Find out what his agenda is. Is he trying to give honor to God or get you to vote Republican? Is he trying to give honor to Christ, or put himself on a pedestal? Is he glorying Christ, or something or someone else? Usually if you apply these simple rules, it is often not so hard to figure out who a false prophet is. Does his message line up well with the revealed word of God, or does it subtly change that message?

Jonah's preaching had the desired effect. He preached and people repented. Usually a prophet preaches and the the people are judged. This was Jonah's success. But Jonah as the following chapter (4) shows, almost snatched defeat, from the jaws of spiritual victory. Jonah was highly agitated with God that he spared the city. We will look at Jonah's reaction in the next installment in this series on Jonah.

We will get to chapter next week God willing!

Top 10 Persecution Stories Of 2016

(Morning Star News) While war in the Middle East dominated international headlines, Islamic extremists in the shadows were taking jihad to Christian civilians in Africa with unprecedented intensity in 2016. In Nigeria, Muslim ethnic Fulanis looked less like nomadic herdsmen and more like well-armed, well-funded jihadist militants. Close Muslim relatives and Islamist village mobs attacked their Christian kin in Uganda, while Somalia’s Al Shabaab rebels intensified their campaign to drive Christians from northern Kenya. At the same time, courts in Turkey and Pakistan made history by finally providing some measure of justice in cases of slain Christian martyrs. Morning Star News  (continues here)

6 Jan

Potential Famine In The Lake Chad Basin

Image Source Wikimedia/Anymath2
There is a major crisis brewing in the Lake Chad Basin. Today nearly seven million people are facing a severe food shortage. The entire crisis region is home to about 17 million people and they among the world's poorest.

While all the world has been correctly and deeply concerned for various reasons about the flood of refugee's in Europe, this part of the world has more than all of Europe combined. The region is in the midst of a very serious crisis and for the most part, the world is not hearing about it. Part of the reason is that this is overshadowed by the refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq, the war and famine in Yemen... for starters.

The crisis has been brought on by many different factors, War, terrorism, significant environmental changes. We will briefly look at these issues today.

War is a big issue, with conflicts in neighboring Libya, Nigeria (Boko Haram) as well as Sudan. One of the major threats these refugee's face is attacks from Terrorists particularly, Boko Haram. Their terror operations are in the heart of the crisis area. Below find a map of the region where Boko haram is active,

Boko Haram Strongholds - (Source WikiMedia/Zeogludon)

There have been some attacks on refugee's and camps. In October a camp was attacked and solders were killed in Mali, according to Al Jazeera. There have also been attempted suicide bombings, The attacks have been quite numerous, if kept to the back pages of western news organizations. Boko Haram is also responsible for blocking aid getting to those who need it, governments like Cameroon have charged. Cameroon has however taken the fight back to Boko Haram. Here is how the International Crisis Group put their efforts recently,

For the last two-and-a-half years, Cameroon has confronted the insurgents of the Nigeria-born group Boko Haram. The conflict has already caused 1,500 deaths, and led to 155,000 displaced persons and 73,000 refugees. Although the first attacks occurred in March 2014, the jihadist group’s presence in Cameroon’s Far North region dates back to at least 2011. It has benefited from a network of local collaborators and has exploited vulnerabilities that the region shares with north-eastern Nigeria. While the first eighteen months of conflict were characterised by conventional warfare, the group has now switched to an asymmetric mode of attack. The Cameroonian government’s focus on a military response has been partly successful, but the structural problems that allowed this threat to arise have not been addressed. The fight against Boko Haram requires adapting and improving security structures, and long-term crisis resolution policies that will prevent a revival of this threat in a different form, and stop insecurity in the region reigniting.

The Far North is the poorest of Cameroon’s regions and has the lowest school enrollment rate. A combination of weak national integration and historic neglect by the state have for many years contributed to violence and the presence of smugglers in the region, with a proliferation of highway robbers, traffickers and petty criminals. It was vulnerable to this jihadist insurrection due to geographical and cultural overlap with north-eastern Nigeria, the presence of an intolerant version of Islam and the repercussions of the Chadian civil wars. - ICG

The problems are in this part of the world are deep that allow a group like Boko Haram to garner such support. Poverty, the lack of education are just two.

But perhaps the far more important and driving problem in the region that both helped create and are currently exacerbating the growing instability and social upheavals are the very significant environmental changes that have taken place. One of the most important is the slow death of the region's main source of water, that being Lake Chad.

One government minister in the Borno State made it plain that the lake's shrinkage is responsible for significant youth job losses.  How much has Lake Chad shrunk? It is about one-tenth the size it was 50 years ago.

The distribution of water and reduced rainfall of course must also be factored in.

Here is a graphic from Vital Water Graphics that you may find of interest.

Lake Chad: Almost Gone (Vital Water Graphics/UNEP)

What is causing the lake to shrink? That depends on the 'agenda' of the person you ask. The two prevailing narratives today are Climate Change and Desertification. Both are reasonable conclusions and probably are contributing significantly to the problem. But another problem that many have not discussed is the growth of the population around the lake as well as increased farming over the last several decades may have significantly contributed to over-usage of the lakes resources. Needless to say there is has been and will be considerable debate about how much of which factor is the most responsible.

For those of you who are looking for something more detailed and technical, the EU along with several African governments did this survey not so long ago that I think some of you will find of interest.

Many of you will also find this Audit from the government of Nigeria of great interest as well.

Now with the lake drying up and water for agriculture now scarce and couple that with the reduction in fishing and you have the perfect storm for food insecurity.

There are studies underway to find ways to restore the water levels to the lake. One project looking into this is the Inter Basin Water Transfer Project. This would mean diverting water from nearby rivers into the lake. You can read more about this project as well as others over at the Projects Website.

Below Map Source: Wikimedia/María Cerezo ,
Viktor Černý, Ángel Carracedo, Antonio Salas

It's pretty hard not to see how all of these factors could not have turned out to be a major issue.

You know, it is one thing to talk about facts and figures, throw up some maps and wow people with data on problems like this. But millions of people are deeply effected by this crisis. The lack of water of course has many side effect for the region. But it is the economic and even physical security that people lack that makes a difficult situation into one that can become very unstable.

When that happens, Islamic militants and other non-state actors have that fertile ground to preach their violent non-sense that some of the poor, uneducated and angry will follow.

The crisis has every probability of getting worse because Lake Chad will continue to recede in size and poverty looks to continue to be a problem and perhaps worsen and as a result, the ranks of the militants could easily swell.

Then there is the constant fear of attack by these crazies. A man can be sleeping at home quietly with his family and suddenly they burst in to your village. Then the people flee for their lives and then they join the ranks of the regions refugees. In some places, it is just not safe to travel without an armed military escort.  Who are the primary victims, who swell the ranks of these displaced people? Women and children. Just within Nigeria, over one million of refugee's are children.

Here is the UN's latest snapshot of the crisis.

Their maps are always informative.

Well the world may not be talking much about this crisis, but I felt strongly led to today.

I ask that all of you take some time and pray for the people who are so deeply effected by this remembering this - God is deeply concerned about people. All people. If it effects people particularly the poor, children and the defenseless, be assured that God is concerned.

4 Jan

Christian Shopkeeper Slaughtered Outside of His Own Store in Egypt

01/04/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern): International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on January 2, 2017, an Islamic radical killed a Christian shopkeeper outside of his own store in the popular Montazah District of Alexandria. Youssef Lamei was smoking a pipe outside of his shop when he was brutally murdered. The perpetrator, reportedly a 48-year-old Salafist, yelled out “Allah Akbar” when he cut Lamei’s throat... Continues here.


Brothers, let us who name the name of Christ be faithful in our witness in these troubled times. Let us not become offended because the world no longer respects genuine Christians. Our rock solid faith in God and his son Jesus Christ is going to cost us jobs, promotions, social and societal positions. It is going to cost of family relationships and friendships. In many Islamic nations, it will cost you your life and at times, it will be a family member who kills you. This is when offenses come and more importantly, to not become offended in Christ when they do come. We must also not even let the parts of our body become an offense. Did not our Lord say,

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me,
it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he
were drowned in the depth of the sea.Woe unto the world because of offences!
for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee:
it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two
feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:
 it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you,
That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

(Mat 18:6-10)

The world translated Offense is
To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): - (make to) offend.

As we see it has a pretty broad meaning here. But we get the gist of it. It appears in many places in the NT.

Total KJV Occurrences: 32

offended, 16
Mat_11:6, Mat_13:21, Mat_13:57, Mat_15:12, Mat_24:10, Mat_26:31, Mat_26:33 (2), Mar_4:17, Mar_6:3, Mar_14:27, Mar_14:29, Luk_7:23, Joh_16:1, Rom_14:21, 2Co_11:29
offend, 14
Mat_5:29-30 (3), Mat_17:27, Mat_18:6, Mat_18:8-9 (2), Mar_9:42-43 (2), Mar_9:45, Mar_9:47, Luk_17:2, Joh_6:61, 1Co_8:13 (2)
make, 2
1Co_8:13 (2)

Brothers, we cannot be offended by the Cross of Christ. We must always live in light of the fact that we are living testaments and that the darkness hates the light and will run from it or try and shut it out. Walking in the light does not mean that we are to 'walk on water' but that we are to be humble, steadfast in our faith, always walking in love, peace, joy, thankfulness and understand that our faith... the very fact that we follow Christ is going to make people angry and they will offend us and attack us deliberately because of our faith. Don't believe me? Go and ask the millions of Christians who live in the Middle East.

And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

(Mat 11:3-6)

The Mark Will Not Be Optional!

(Note: This was written back in April of 2014  for insiders. I post it here for your edification) This is very good and timely and is from the site SHTFplan.com. As I watch what is happening in our world I just get exasperated with the evil in our planet and find more and more just why God finally gets so fed up with End Time Babylon that he spent so much time warning about how quick and how devastating her fall will be.

Our nation and world is falling into an abyss of greed, fear, hate and madness. It has no faith. It was replaced with fear, greed and hate. Instead the spirit of this age has a plan to control all mankind via a digital implant that will one day, not only be available, but become mandatory. We are closer than you think. We have all heard about the Mark of the Beast. What about the image of the beast?

I remember walking through my local sears and looking at all those SMART TV's and something kept telling me to do some research into them. The more and more I read the more I become convinced that while it may not be the actual image of the beast, it is in many respects fulfilling a key purpose of the beast and his system. Think on these versus for a moment.

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power
to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
 that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many
as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
(Rev 13:15)

In order for this to encompass the whole or large parts of the globe, there is going to have to be some kind of technology involved in this worship. Look at where technology has taken us, to small screens that project an IMAGE right in your pocket and can SPEAK to you, large screens that you have at home, some in their cars and today all do the same thing. Today,  you can buy and sell with your cell phone.

These are things that are being done today and technology is moving at an ever faster pace.  As I listened to a lecture this very morning on Byzantium the teacher spent a lot of time talking about the rise of Christianity and how it was imperative to understand exactly how it arose. He talked quite a bit about how in the early  empire, Christians were forced to take the incense test. This was basically a test to see if a Christian would deny Christ and affirm the divinity of the Emperor. If you burned incense to the emperor they let you go, if not, you went into the arena to die as 'entertainment' for the citizens of Rome. He believed that many Christians recanted. He is almost certainly correct. I think the same will be true in the last days. A lot of Christians are just not going to be able to face death, being in love with this life. I can remember a vision God showed me of people I knew who mocked me because I did not take it right after they had. It was then the Lord said to me, to get out and get away from those people and don't delay.

I know what is coming. I call it the great betrayal. Many Christians are going to betray Christ when faced with death and I think the taking the mark is at first just not going to seem like that big a deal. They will probably make it real simple, and let you do it with your iPhone's camera, worship, digitally sign some demonic agreement and you can continue to buy and sell. Then again it may be more involved. I don't know. I know the devil is going to do whatever works best for him and for him, making into some new fad, fashion or trend will probably be the most successful for him. Making people descend into some deep dark cave with human skeletons and pentagrams before some horned statue is probably not going to be as successful.

As I watch what is happening in places like Ukraine, I see where the Great Harlot is going to take the world. It's why I cannot and will not get on board. I know what time it is but most Christians don't or deceive their own selves thinking they can be friends with the beast and with God at the same time. It cannot be done, no matter how hard you try, Christ made it clear that  no man an serve two masters, especially when they are diametrically opposed to one another.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 
(Mat 6:24)

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 
(Luk 16:13)

Keep in mind that Babylon is the epitome of State sponsored Mammon-ism. This is one of the reasons I left the military. Believe it or not, way back then I saw what was coming. It became clear to me as the summer sun when the Lord literally shook me up late one night after years of backsliding. Understand this -  I am not under any circumstances saying that being a military member is wrong or sinful. It isn't. But it was for me because I was way, way outside of what God wanted me to be doing. The Lord's message was clear to me, I would repent and do it now, or he was going to (his words) 'lay the axe to the tree' because I was bearing no fruit (Luke 13:6ff).

It was then I knew I had to serve God fully. I could not be of two minds and have done my best to remain true to my God.

It is my hope that you do the same. Understand the world we are living with eyes that understand the cold realities of the evil of mankind (link added 1/17 -ed). Have no illusions about the spirit of this age and where it wants to take all of mankind and what God has in store for his enemies as well as his friends.

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  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.  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 
(Rev 14:8-13)

Brothers, this is coming like a freight train and there is no way to stop it, for God is going to send upon this planet a very strong delusion because it loved evil rather than good, sin rather than righteousness and lies rather than truth.

Let us behave with all love, peace, faith and kindness towards all men, as citizens of a new Kingdom that Christ is building for those that love him, rather than like the ravening wolves, perverts and liars who shall enter a different kingdom suited to their behavior.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things;
and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

(Rev 21:7-8)

Mark Of the Beast? America is already ramping up that system right now where you would least expect it.

Look and see!

Know what time it is brothers!!

3 Jan

Jonah Part V

We left off last time with Jonah's prayer, honoring God and giving thanks to him while he was in the belly of the fish.

 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city,
and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

(Jonah 3:1-2)

Chapter three ends both Jonah's ordeal and rebellion. Then the Lord spoke to Jonah. What did he tell him? The only thing the Lord did was reiterate the exact same command he had already given Jonah.

Got a hearing problem or a comprehension problem, Jonah? Jonah had neither. Jonah had a compliance problem. 'Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh and warn them like I already told you', is the Lord's paraphrased response.

I am sure Jonah finally figured that the Lord has a whole ocean of fish waiting to swallow him up if he chose to rebel again. No more trips to Tarshish by way of Joppa. This time, he was heading to Nineveh and was going to do as he is commanded. Sometimes, we believers don't take God's commandments seriously. When he gives us a commandment, we are obligated to obey it. If we don't things get fouled up, we wind up being detoured in life and otherwise. A person who wants to avoid unnecessary detours and troubles in life needs to listen to the Lord and obey his voice, know what God expects of us so that we are not sent on the kind of detour that Jonah went through and wind up bringing trouble not just on ourselves, but on others as well, as happened with those ancient mariners.

As I wrote the other day in the piece on 'one too many Israelites' we can see how one person's bad acts and rebellion can deeply effect others. This is one of the lesser known lessons of Jonah. Rebellion not only effected him, but the mariners as well as those whom the Lord had a message for that Jonah did not want to deliver. The good news is that a few days with seaweed wrapped around his head in the middle of a smelly fish, opened Jonah's eyes. With Jonah it took just a few days. With some of us with heads that are considerably harder, it takes longer.

 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD.
Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.
 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said,
Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
(Jonah 3:3-4)

Now lets get into something important here because I think it will help all of us understand why the Lord seems slow about dealing with so much of the evil in our world. Nineveh was not in Israel. It did not recognize the God of Israel, yet God cared about it. He saw the wickedness, yet he cared. What was Nineveh to God? It was a great city, a big one, an important one, one that had many people living in it. The word great is translated from

gadowl gaw-dole' or (shortened) gadol {gaw-dole'};
from 1431; great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent:--+ aloud, elder(-est), + exceeding(-ly), + far, (man of) great (man, matter, thing,-er,-ness), high, long, loud, mighty, more, much, noble, proud thing, X sore, (X ) very.
see HEBREW for 01431

This was a big city and one with significant renown in the ancient world. God was not just going to wipe it out without a witness and a prophet sent to warn them. The passage mentions that it was a three days journey. This does not appear to be a three day journey from where Jonah was. No, rather it appears to be a reference to the circumference of the city and how long it took for a person to walk around the city. Then it makes comment that Jonah began to enter into the city and underwent a days journey and started to preach the message that God had for the citizens of Nineveh and they started to believe what Jonah preached.

Many expositors have a slightly different view on the three days versus one day conundrum, I have just given you what I think is meant here and I think it is made with a specific point in mind and we will get to it in a moment. Jonah's message was brief, to the point, alarming and unequivocal. The prophet was letting the people know what was about to befall the city. But you know what I see missing from his warning? Something that God will always put into a message for a wayward people. It is an exhortation to repentance. Jonah does not exhort them to repent, he just tells them that their city is about to be overthrown. Why did Jonah do that? I think (my own opinion) Jonah was not the least bit interested in seeing Nineveh spared. The prophet had his own agenda and repentance was not one of the outcomes Jonah wanted to see. Jonah as we have seen was already quite resistant to God's commands to go there in the first place, as the first two chapters show. No, I think that his call to repentance is missing from the passage because Jonah did not want them to repent and the last chapter, when we come to it, I think bears this out pretty clearly.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast,
and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them
even to the least of them. (Jonah 3:5, KJV)

Jonah had only preached probably only a day (see verse 4)  in what should have been a three day journey through the city and the people responded. They really responded! This was totally unlike the the hard time the prophets of Israel had with Judah and Israel who almost never repented of their wickedness. Jonah preached for a day and the people not only believed but proclaimed a fast. This was not just the 'older generation', or the very poor, who often respond more to God's words. No, the passage makes plain that the great and small in Nineveh believed God and moreover, they proclaimed a fast.

This was what God had in mind all along. He wanted the people to repent. Jonah, from all of his actions does not appear to have been on the same page with the Lord. Did that make him a false prophet? No. It did not. It made him human... a human that God used as a mighty prophet who was one of the few who had complete success with his preaching. But lets observe something here. After just one day of preaching look at the deep and resounding effect of Jonah's message in the people of Nineveh.

For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne,
and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the
decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock,
taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be
covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every
one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.Who can tell
if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger,
that we perish not? (Jonah 3:6-9)

Look at this passage. I think we tend to overlook just how deep and and far reaching Jonah's words had on the city. Could you imagine a prophet of the Lord coming to America and preaching such a message? Do you think our President would do what the Assyrian King did, get up cast his clothes aside and put on sackcloth and then call the nation to a fast? This nation? They would more likely burst out with laughing at the prophet and start uttering mockeries and blasphemies, throw condoms around and engage in gay kisses in a direct affront to the most high just to show their contempt from him and his ways.

So what the Ninevites did was really remarkable and remember, the God of Jonah was not known to them. They had other deities to worship and the God of Israel was not one of them. Yet they heard and believed the word spoken. Now who was this king of Nineveh? Well, this is a rather difficult question on a number of levels. But the phrase appears to be a euphemism for probably the regional governor within the empire rather than the King, or rather emperor of the Assyrian empire. This is not guesswork, there are records and if you look at the list of kings and governors for the period of about 761BC, you will find your answer. What is also interesting to note, and may have lent some credence to Jonah's preaching is that according to those records, this was period of revolt in the kingdom - it was clearly becoming unstable. Something else of note needs to be taken into account. That being that regional governors at the time often ignored the king and ruled in their own right over their provinces, hence the revolts. Additionally we should keep in mind that the rising political instability of the kingdom in those days probably made Jonah's message quite a bit more believable to the king and people of Nineveh in those days. Those of you who want a little Biblically based historical background should head on over to this Tyndale Bulletin and check it out, it is quite informative and gives some background that is rather hard to find on the period.

Whatever official title this king had, he meant business and he made a royal edict to the entire city as to what was to be done. He called for a fast. A full fast, both food and drink and not just for the citizens but also for the animals. This king wanted to make sure that if it were possible to get the Lord to repent of this evil, he would do it. Thus the whole city was included in this fast. Not only that, but they were commanded to wear sackcloth and cry aloud to God. Not only that but the King asked that the people put their hands away from evil deeds and the violence that was probably a well known problem in their city. This king was very serious and clearly believed the God of Jonah the prophet.

I note that in both the incident on the boat and here, godless people prayed as a result of Jonah. Jonah's presence for good or ill and his preaching had some kind of effect on people and the truth is any true prophet will find that to be the case. But mostly, they get sneers and jeers in our world today, even and especially from those who call themselves God's people, as the Israelite did in their day.

But it's the ones you don't expect to hear God's word that do. I kind of think that is another one of the hidden messages in the book of Jonah. Look at what is happening in the Muslim world, despite the threats of death and violence against converts to Christ. In the west, lost people choose condoms over Christ. Not so in the Muslim world. Even those who come to the west are converting to Christ!

We will continue on with the next section of Jonah soon!!

26 Dec

Jonah Part IV

And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me;
out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep,
 in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. (Jonah 2:2-4, KJV)

Jonah continues his prayer inside the belly of the fish after being cast overboard. In his prayer, he relays why he is praying. It's because he is in trouble. This is the case with far too many of us. We only pray to the Lord when trouble arrives on our doorstep and often, as in Jonah's case, after we rebel and trouble arrives on our doorstep. Then suddenly we get 'holy' and want to talk to the Lord we were running from! Jonah is stuck and frankly, other than observe the other edibles slithering around in the fish's belly, there was not much more that Jonah could really do.

Jonah acknowledges that it was God who put him in the deep sea and caused the storm that nearly killed all on board. He also expresses his fears and feelings and laments that he was cast out of God's presence. He also expresses the hope that he will again look at God's temple. These are good things to remember in any prayer  - acknowledge the work of the Lord in our lives, even if it is chastisement. Jonah was honest with God about his fears and feelings and have a hope and faith in bright future with God.

The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about,
the weeds were wrapped about my head.I went down to the bottoms of the mountains;
the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption,
O LORD my God.When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer
came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed.
 Salvation is of the LORD. (Jonah 2:5-9, KJV)

Jonah then relay's just how bad things were for him. He was drowning and he was getting all tangled up in seaweeds. Jonah was about to die and yet God saved his wayward and rebellious prophet from 'corruption', that being death. Jonah then gives praise to his God and remembers him and marks those who seek after lying vanities (idolotry). Keep in mind that Jonah had not been yet delivered so he tells the Lord he will do these things. Naturally the implication is he will do them once released.  His hope is that the Lord will be his salvation in this hour of need as before. I think the idea here is almost like this 'Lord, if I die, how can I pay what I vowed and give thanks to you?' His prayer is clearly uttered to let the Lord know his plight and his promise of future praise and by implication, service. K&D commentary makes this observation on this.
These utterances are founded upon the hope that his deliverance will be effected (Hitzig); and this hope is based upon the fact that “salvation is Jehovah's,” i.e., is in His power, so that He only can grant salvation. - K & D
Jonah's ordeal here is not at all unlike that of unfaithful Israel, who often erred and rebelled against the Lord and had to suffer for it. The analogy is pretty clear -  Jonah, like Israel, rebels against the Lord and in so doing is cast out of the presence of the Lord and cast down to Hades (Sheol/Death). Jonah had is 'death sentence' for his rebellion and was set to die in the ocean, but by virtue of God's grace and Jonah's repentance, was redeemed from death, to return to the Presence and service of the Lord.

Once Jonah acknowledges the Lord and his sin....

And the LORD spake unto the fish,
and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. (Jonah 2:10, KJV)

Once Jonah repented, prayed and acknowledges God in humility, salvation came. God then spoke to the fish and guess what, Jonah was ejected from the fish's belly right on to dry land.

I don't think we often give animals enough credit. Yes, I do think God can and has in the past spoken to and used animals. He did it with Elijah in the cave and in one instance, a prophet had is mule speak to him (Numbers 22:28) and of course there is this episode with Jonah. Animals I think may not be as intelligent as humans (well, at least most of us!) but I often think many of them are considerably more intuitive that humans are. They can sense a person with an evil temperament and one with a peaceful one. Animals can often sense things we human cannot. I never underestimate the intelligence of animals nor God's love and care for them. They too are part of his creation. We will find a couple of other examples of God's care for animals in the book of Jonah.

We will get to chapter soon!

Peculiar Strangers, Alien's and Us,

These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
 but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them,
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better
country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:
 for he hath prepared for them a city.

(Heb 11:13-16)

Today I am taking a break from the news and other sundry happenings in our world to talk about being a stranger in our times. We Christians – those few of us who have been truly born again and bought with the price of Christ's blood are strangers, aliens and travelers here on earth. We are part of a new kingdom and frankly will never fit into the ways of this world, which is under the rulership of the prince of darkness. If we begin to 'fit in' too much, we must check ourselves to make sure we are not backsliding. As I am so fond of saying, this world is not my home, I'm just passing through. We don't belong to it. The day we are born into God's kingdom, we become apart from it and part of another kingdom and a divine family.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1Pe 2:9-10)

Brothers, we are a very different kind of people compared to the children of his age. Our walk and lives are to be very different. We are, as the King James puts it, a peculiar people, a chosen generation and a holy nation. Each phrase here has its own particular connotation. The key is to understand that we are set apart, different and on a path to spiritual royalty status – a status that is only reserved for those born again into the Kingdom of God, by the power and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is only a few in number can truly claim this birthright. We are, as a result of this new life, very different creatures than those around us. Our behavior and ways, when we walk in the Spirit and are obedient to God, is very different than that of the world around us, and even than most nominal Christians than we meet and come in contact with. Many times I have come across believers, spoken to them and listened to them pray or talk about God and you know what? More of than not, I just don't think they have really been born again and often their lives reflect this spiritual deadness. Sooner or later, a persons real spiritual family reveals itself in a consistent pattern of words and deeds. Now we must be very much on our guard against being too harsh, critical and judgmental, but we must also be on our guard against men who are false. Christ told us to beware of men (Matt 10:17) who will deliver us up to authorities and others in a time of trial. He meant what he said. When a so called Christian demonstrates a consistent pattern of dishonestly, immorality and spiritual laxity/immaturity, we must be understand that it is very possible, even probable that this person is not born again. If we have doubts, we can often ask the Lord, he will more often than not show us, one way or another.

Because we have a different father, we also have a very different set of responsibilities. Let us keep some things in mind here for they are most pertinent in these times.

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
(Act 5:3-5)

I had a reader here who was not honest with me about who he was. In fact, he lied to me about his living arrangements at one time was very evasive about a lot of things. I waited and waited for this reader to come clean and be honest. But my patience with this person only brought a Federal investigation on me and put all of my readers at considerable risk. Why? Because the guy lied to me saying he was in an apartment when in fact he was under arrest. He lied to me, a humble minister of God in performance of his duty. Well I won't go into details but now this person is in prison. I think he would have gotten a very much longer term in jail (he was looking at a very long time behind bars) but got a light sentence because I and many other prayed for him. But this man lacks maturity and the basic qualities that go with a Christian – honesty and basic consideration especially to his fellow Christian brothers. But this is something I find any many Federal employees who call themselves Christian and work especially in Law Enforcement and Intelligence. They are long on calling themselves Christian but when they open their mouths and show their souls by their actions, their first loyalty is to the beast that pays their bills and not the God who made all things. The beast loves to make men lie. Lying is a trait of those whose father is the devil. There are no good lies or holy lies. A lie is a lie and all liars are heading to the lake of fire. Such men have not come out of the world, they are still part of it no matter how loud or long they deny it.

They are not a 'stranger and sojourner' in this world but are still an integral part of the Beast system and tools of the evil one as he uses this once great nation to up-end large parts of the planet. They have not come out of the world or Babylon. They love them both, even with their very lives. I am not trying to bash this person who I know deeply needs prayer and yes, I do think this person's horrible experiences have taught him a thing or two about the beast he once served. For some people, the only thing they understand is a knot growing on the side of their heads or three walls and bars. For such people, nothing else seems to get through.

What saddens me and yes angers me a little is that another person whom I trusted implicitly who was aware of all his and did not warn me about it and could have helped me make sure that I was protected and allowed me to assuage any federal fears about my communications with this Federal leaker (who leaked nothing to me and did not even tell me what the deal was!) . Instead he stood by and said nothing and from all I can gather, even got my neighbors to spy on me! I could have protected myself and my readers and still found a way to make my updates available to the afore mentioned reader. But both showed they really did not care about me or the other believers whom this site ministers to. In fact, I think one of them was hoping they would find or plant something on me, so he could run me as some kind of federal 'asset' to find out where the Christians are when persecution comes and/or spread government disinformation, as I am beginning to suspect he has been doing in Churches all over the world.

I call neither friends anymore and until they come out of that system turn their faces fully towards Christ and turn their backs permanently on that system, I don't want to see or hear from either again. Amen.

I mean I trusted this person like a brother... like Able trusted Cain. Thankfully, I have a God who watches over me, kept a steel plate in my back (in case of backstabbers) and God revealed all to me in three ways and three witnesses. God is separating me from dangerous and dangerously stupid people for a reason. Some are dangerous over maliciousness, others out of stupidity. Sometimes dumb Christians and those too self absorbed to consider their actions upon others can be about as bad as a Judas. They are like a Christian in Roman times who has half the Roman army 10 steps behind them chasing them and runs to the catacombs where the Christians are meeting and says 'hide me'! I mean, what did he think was going to happen? I will tell you want will happen; All will wind up in the arena being lit up as torches for the games at Nero's Colosseum. Why? One Christian who just did not use his head or worse, actually wanted to see them all get caught.

Times are going to change and change significantly and God wants to make sure I have the bad apples as far away from me as possible. I think this site will survive a long time but may change forms before too long. As small as it is, I know that it is of some significance and it will only be more important as the times get darker and more and more Christian sites fall victim to the forces I just talked about as almost all of your major Christian sites already have... no joke.

Do I sound hard on these so called Christians? Well, take a cue, sooner or later you will be faced with similar situations. Why? Because we are aliens and sojourners. We are set apart and different and the devil will use any tool against us he can get his hands on and at times a half-wit can be as potent as a Judas if he is well placed. Ever been to a nation where Xenophobes are? That is what it will be more and more like being a Christian in these times. You will be about as popular and loved as a Black man at a Klan rally, or a Jew in 1930's Munich. The hatred for you will be less and less disguised as the days pass. Look how Christians are being treated by ISIS. Five years ago, who would have thought that things could be so bad for so many, in so short a time?

But let us Look how God told Samuel to deal with someone who had bitterly disappointed both God and his prophet.

And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel. And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

(1Sa 15:35-16:1)

Samuel was upset about Saul's actions and the result of them. They made him very sad. Clearly the two were more than just prophet and king, they clearly liked each other and were probably friends. But Saul kept messing up and the Lord just had had enough. He told Samuel to get up and get busy, he had work to do, first and foremost was replacing God's reject, Saul. God seemed to be saying to Samuel, if I can paraphrase it, 'Dry your eyes over that reject Saul, there is too much work to be done. I take your obsessive mourning almost as a criticism as to the wisdom of my decision. He made his choices, knew the consequences and made them anyway. You? Put your nose to the grinding stone and get back to work!' This is pretty much what I was told to do only with a much sterner rebuke. 'Mark, you knew better than to trust that person. Did I not warn you over and over again? Why did you not listen when the Spirit was screaming in your ear? Don't do that again, or something worse will befall you.'

I confess, Sometimes it's me that only listens when a bat hits me upside my head!!'

Well, I laugh about it now, but simply put. I know that when God gives me visions, dreams, speaks to me loudly as he had been for a couple of years, I need to pay much more attention.

I am not picking on the reader who is now in jail but yes, perhaps a bit on the other but more importantly on a general trend I have noticed, especially since the national security state has gotten serious satanic traction after 911. Hear me on this - Those who know God are looking to find a way to get out of that system. You know, I can always tell when I have met a real Christian here at Watson's Web. One of the first things they ask me is how to get out of this wicked system. They are earnestly trying to do just that. Some ask me where they can go and live, others about prayer to leave jobs they know are ungodly, others are asking for guidance after they leave those jobs. In short they don't want to go where the devil is taking the world and have enough sense to read and obey the word of God. Often, though I think the key here is the money. On whom are you dependent for your sustenance. God who commands truth or the devil who commands you to do evil? Those who don't know God stay in it and rationalize the evil things they are paid to do. I know those kinds won't last long as 'Christians' or here at Watson's Web. They will eventually say I am to 'fundamental' or too 'harsh' or too 'negative' or some self-serving accusation that they need to rail against me so that they can 'justify' their compromise, sins and evil deeds by putting down both me and the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. Hearing such people say those things about me makes me strangely happy. Why? I know I have been a faithful witness. When the devil takes over a persons soul, he must find a way to refute the witness of God's workman and the Holy Spirit so they can go back to their jobs at the CIA or Federal Contracting at the same place. They think I am negative!! Wait till the two witnesses come on the scene!!

And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

(Rev 11:5-6)

These false brothers will join the 'positive crowd' on that day

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.
 (Rev 11:9-10)

Brothers, coming out of the world system means just that. We are to not have fellowship with the works of darkness. We are not to be part of a system that God has spoken so clearly about in the book of Revelation and brothers, we are indeed in the very last hour. God expects us to walk in a way that is good, just, humble, holy, righteous, true, joyful and pure and give a good witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as much with our lives as with our lips.  Not full of lies, murders, thefts, blackmails, 'compromise for dollars' and the likes. By these things we can know the Children of God and the children of the devil. What are their works like? What are they doing? This is how you know. Every tree is known by its fruit (Matt 12:33).

Shoes And A Knapsack

For we genuine born again believers, we are not really promised much in this life. I think of how Christ sent his apostles out.

And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
(Mar 6:7-11)

They did not have much with them during their ministry. What did Paul tell us?

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
(1Ti 6:7-12)

We are not promised anything in this world but food and shelter sufficient for the day. God be praised when he gives us considerably more, and he almost always does. We should give thanks along the lines of this rather than along the lines of murmuring to God about not having this or not having a bigger this or a better that. God knows what we need and more often than not, is ready to give it to us. But remember this, God does not want us to get too comfortable down here. He does not want us to be the lounge lizards of Gomorrah, or the party animals of Sodom or the Barbeque and Beer Kings of Babylon. The comforts of wealth are some very powerful and effective snares the devil uses to neutralize us and our effectiveness in the kingdom. Too many have been made inert (spiritually speaking) because they have too much.

How does a sojourner and traveler go? He travels light, he knows the streets (wise as serpents), and if he knows God, goes where Christ and the Holy Spirit guide him.

But we true travelers, true men and women of God are going to find that we are also going to be spiritually estranged from the most corporate Churches. Today, most of these Churches are not preaching sound doctrine. I got an email this weekend from a reader. Here is part of what this guy (who is a street Evangelist and senior citizen) said.

I never heard one, not one sermon in more than forty five years of wasting my time in various born again, spirit filled, godly so called churches about true separation from government and the world and it's demonic system or love to your enemies, which means that at a minimum you don't started or engage in any war activity unless you are under direct attack and even then the response who not exceed the attack. But nobody has ever attacked the US. Even Pearl Harbor was border line false flag. Why not just sink a few of their ships and even the score and Stay Home? What, and miss out on a golden opportunity to make billions for the war profiteers? And get to carve up Europe or whatever country or region Satan and his minions in government desire to sift for strategic location and rape the country of it's resources and may all of those innocents, the so called "collateral" damage, just be damned as they matter not to our vile, viperous captains of industry, loathsome bankers and the filth and ilk that passes for congress and the White House.

Nope my brother, nary a single word about the things that are commanded by Jesus for you to do to enter His kingdom which is a kingdom of selfless love and righteousness.  (Name withheld)

I could not agree more, though the readers attack is somewhat more visceral than I would put it. Too many Churches are on board the SS Abomination as she stinks up the seven seas with her violence as well as her moral and spiritual garbage. The Church who should be a witness against the evils of our nation but far too often is an integral part of the problem in America; spiritual and otherwise. Sound doctrine is not taught. More and more I find there is a growing number of Christians who have just stopped going to Church because they know that there is no salvation in them. The Churches more and more are nothing more than an arm of the State and not part of the Kingdom of God. They often part of a great deception. Many of these denominations are full of Freemasons who sit in positions of leadership. Today, the Mason's are far more secretive of their membership and create two lists. One open and another secret. When they want to groom a person for an important office in politics, finance, law enforcement or religion, they keep his membership as a Mason secret. Why? Lists like this make people ask questions.

Why are your Churches dying in the west? It's leaders are not anointed by God, but appointed by godless men or as one recent key Christian leader, get into office by powers blackmailing those who chose him. The Churches may have excellent administrative abilities, great looking buildings and have men who are honored in society, but the simple fact is, they have no spiritual life. They are in fact as dead as Julius Caesar.

We sadly are often even estranged from fellow nominal Christians. Why? Because we do the commandments of God rather than rationalize them away.

Brothers, I see my journey to the Kingdom of heaven like I do a long trip. One where I see the city in the distance, but also see many valleys, mountains, dangers and enemies I have to fight to get there. Look at how the Ancient Israelites had to get to their promised land in the days of Joshua. They did not step into it in a Golden Chariot with a slave running along side of it handing them goblets of wine and handfuls of grapes. No, they had to overcome tremendous obstacles to get there. But they got there.

Dear readers, as long as we have the sojourners mentality, the mindset that we are just passing through, we can have the right mindset for Kingdom living. A person who is on a long journey does not have a lot of baggage. He also chooses his traveling companions most carefully. A bad relationship can be like a ball and chain when it comes to climbing up those hills, or slave chains, when one has to swim across a stream or a being forced to wear a heavy coat when one is crossing a desert.

That is why I say, to all of you. Don't feel bad if you don't fit in. Sure at times it may hurt a little, but get over it. Chances are you don't belong there anyway. People don't accept you as you are? Should that really bother you? One of my firm rules is this – never go where you are not fully and completely welcome and don't let someone else's anti Christian bigotry (or racism) become your problem; let it be their problem, not yours. You just brush the dust off of your feet and as my mother used to say “keep gettin' up”. Push on; don't let 'em get you down. Frankly, the opinions of lost souls should not matter to us much anyway, as long as we give a good witness with our lives. Some folks won't be happy with you unless they can watch you engage in gay sex, agree with doctrines the 'yin and yang' or get high with them. Should you be concerned about their opinion of you?

I think not!

So I say, don't worry about what others think about you. It does not matter one whit what a world on its way to hell thinks about you. In fact, if they like you too much you had better make sure you are really saved!!

What matters is what Christ thinks about you, and that you do all he commands you to do. Do this brothers and the God who raised Jesus Christ from the dead, will redeem your soul, make you his brother, grant you a high place in a wondrous kingdom where love, peace, joy and worship of the living God are as abundant as the sands of the shores.

We have a wonderful heritage in Christ, but first we must make the journey and that journey is not an easy one to make. The good news is that God is with us on it and we can make it if we steel our souls towards arriving in the kingdom and make sure nothing gets in our way in the process.

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 6:31-34)

God loves to bless us with good things. He is not a miser! But we must know what is first in our lives, make it sure, make it paramount and be prepared to do whatever God requires of us to get into the Kingdom of God.

Do that and you will be a successful sojourner, traveler and 'vagabond' in our age, for you will arrive at your divinely appointed destination. What will it be like when we first get there. Here is what I think it may be like.

An Angel at the hour of your death announcing your arrival: Here comes (your name), bring in his nearest relative to greet him.

One of your family members who preceeded you: You made it! Halllelujah and Praise the Lord. I am so glad to see you once again! We were watching you from up here and knew that you were one of the ones who were going to get in! So many have gone aside and as you can see, many of those you thought you would see, aren't here, but Glory to God you made it. Come let me present you to the Lord, Jesus Christ!

You: I made it? You mean I really made it?!! HALLELLUJAH!!!! I MADE IT!!

That is what I think happens as soon as a saint dies and goes to be with Christ.

May this scene or something similar be replayed for each and every one of my readers here who loves our Lord and heeds this message.


23 Dec

Holiday Wishes

May God bless all those who name his name in spirit and in truth with a peaceful, warm and happy Holidays. May God make his face to shine on all of you. May he guide your footsteps onto the paths of life and keep you facing forward to eternal life that is in Christ Jesus.


Brother Mark

21 Dec

Manipur Christians Warned Off Celebrating Christmas

(World Watch Monitor) Christians in Manipur, north-east India, have been warned off celebrating Christmas, sources told World Watch Monitor. The threats were made after vandals attacked Manipur Baptist Church on 17 Dec. The men and women pelted the church with stones, broke windows and damaged a gate and the church sign. They then posted a sign that said: “No one is allowed to worship and celebrate Christmas without prior permission”. No casualties were reported after the attack.

On the same day Tangkhul Baptist Church in nearby Imphal was told by a group of attackers that if they conduct worship services their church will be burnt down. Manipur Baptist Church members come mostly from the Naga hill tribe who are Christians. The Naga and other hill tribe groups identifying as Christians are often in conflict with the Meitei ethnic group who are mostly Hindus. (continues here)

Who Is Smuggling Refugee's Into Europe?

The answer will surprise you and having you ask questions next time you write a check to one of these organizations in the future.

"The Crescent Must be Above the Cross" - Muslim Persecution of Christians: September, 2016

Read how your brothers in Christ are being brutally persecuted, including (with a before and after photo) of a Christian aid worker who was abducted by ISIS, refused to deny Christ and was brutally tortured and raped.

I hear all of these people on the left who refuse to even acknowledge just how deep seated and violent anti-Christian bigotry is in many parts of the world and then begin to use slogans and Islamic money inspired catchwords like 'Islamophobia' when one tries to deal with these problems intelligently and effectively.

Someone is paying a lot of money to make sure we don't see these problems in a way that will fix them. They have powerful friends. More here and here.

The link is the monthly report done by Mr. Ibrahim on attacks against Christians around the world.

20 Dec

Election Tampering: An Intelligence History Perspective

An interesting post that sheds a little light on recent efforts to open up the book on past intelligence activities of the past to help  foster a more intelligent and well rounded debate here in the US. This is pretty good, so please check it out.

FYI, many of you wonder where I get those CRS reports, well - this is the place the FAS, and Mr. Aftergood who runs the blog.

I don't generally link to their site and it's not out of any disregard for them or their content.

Rather, it's because one never knows when someone decides to shut them down and their excellent efforts. Moreover, should they  decide to re-do their site and change the links all the ones I would have had if I had linked to them would then be 'dead links'.

So I keep a copy of them here on my servers... just in case.

That is not an idle speculation. Many don't really like those CRS reports out here for public consumption. But most Americans I think if they took the time to read some of them will be better informed rather than irresponsibly inflamed about key issues the nation faces.

I think it really good that Clapper and Obama are moving towards better transparency. Americans have a right to know some of the things we are doing. The good (there is a lot of it, some of it cannot be revealed) the bad and the ugly.

In closing, our intelligence operations should in my view reflect the character and values of our nation. While we cannot always play nice when operating in this world, seeing to it that our goals at least coincide with those values is essential. Sometimes 'street ball' has to be played with people who start it. But overall, if our intelligence operations are not really securing the nation, fostering democracy and human rights, bringing peace and fostering cooperation, then those operations need to be scaled back with an eye towards ending them.

That is my 1.5 cents.

Syrian Refugee's Exploited In Turkey

The sad story of how Turkish farmers exploit refugee workers pay them little, less than promised and the struggles the refugee's must endure to make ends meet. A very good story with some fascinating photo's of the people who have to deal with this.

Meanwhile a deadly bombing has hit a refugee camp along the Jordanian border, killing at least five.

The Brookings Institute has a report with some recommendations on how to deal with the current refugee crisis here.

IRIN (UN) also has a very good story on the 'fall' of Aleppo to government forces.

Meanwhile, the US and Saudi backed rebels burned buses that Syrian refugee's were using to evacuate the city.

More on US supported rebels/terrorists here.

Some US news sources were hesitant and ambiguous on who did the burnings.

These conflicts can bring out the very best in us as well as the very worst in people. I ask all of you to take some time and look into some of the stories of how these refugee's have been exploited, persecuted, dehumanized and otherwise mistreated by others - most notably ISIS and these so called 'rebels' that this administration has supported with arms, training, intelligence support and money.

Then there is the problem in Yemen. Where Hunger is now slowly moving into Famine. Reuters has a good story in the situation here.

The UN's OCHA has their bulletin on Yemen here.

Please pray for the people of Yemen!

Jonah Part III

And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea;
so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land;
but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.
Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee,
 O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life,
and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD,
hast done as it pleased thee. (Jonah 1:12-14, KJV)

We left off last time with the sailors sore afraid and wondering what they should do with Jonah, who had rebelled against the commandment of the Lord and fled his mission. The sailors asked Jonah what they should do to him, seeing how he was identified as the cause of the storm that was about to sink their boat. Verse twelve contains Jonah's answer. Jonah realizes he is the cause of all the trouble and knows that he cannot jeopardize the lives of all these men simply because if his sinfulness. He then counsels them that the best course of action is to throw him overboard. Here we see Jonah beginning to show some remorse for what he had done for, as with all sin, it had unintended and totally unforeseen consequences. Jonah thought he could get away with not obeying, run and things would be OK. That was not the case for Jonah and it certainly is not the case for any of us. When God calls us to do something, we had better do it or as with Jonah, that trip to Tarshish, will come with some most unpleasant detours and we will never get to the place we set out to get to, when we run from God.

Sin will take you further than you want to go
Keep you longer than you wanted to stay
...and cost you more than you want to pay
(Three things of Sin)

Even though Jonah told them what the problem was, the men feared this God of Jonah, who could make the sea and waves roar and did they not want to cast him overboard. But it was to no avail. The men finally lifted up a prayer to God, even to the Lord and asked God not to lay this sin on them and then they reluctantly heeded Jonah's advice and over the side he went.

In the above passage I am struck by the deep respect these sailors had for God. They were sore afraid of him and clearly were afraid to offend him. It is strange sometimes the different reactions other have to those of us who serve the Lord. Some men, like these sailors when they see God's power begin to show him some deep respect. Other men, like Pharaoh, show him even deeper contempt. God was good to these men, who after this episode, revered the Lord and did not want to offend him.

As soon as they put Jonah over the side...

So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea:
and the sea ceased from her raging.
Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly,

and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.
(Jonah 1:15-16, KJV)

If there was any doubt about what the problem was with Jonah, there was no longer. As soon as Jonah became potential 'shark bait', the storm subsided. This is another key aspect of God's actions. When all of this was said and done, these men feared the Lord and offered sacrifices to him and made vows to him. Even in Jonah's sin, God showed his glory to others. These men whom accidentally took Jonah aboard got to witness the power of God over nature and were in awe of him. This is so true about the Lord, one just never knows just how God is going to use us, even when we err, sin and rebel, God can and often does bring good out of it. God does not like rebellion, but these sailors did indeed benefit from Jonah's. Jonah on the other hand, was nowhere near being out of the woods with his trouble with the Lord.

Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
(Jonah 1:17, KJV)

Phase II of Jonah's trial was about to begin. He was going to be 'fish food' for three days and three nights. What this was for Jonah and shows us is three things.

It was a sign of rebuke from God - who wants to be stuck in a fish for three days?
It was a form of transport for Jonah to dry land and back to the ministry God called him to.
It was a sign of God's provision - that even in rebellion, Jonah did not drown at sea as the sailors thought he would.
Christ also used this episode in his ministry as a similitude of his time in death after his crucifixion.

While most people assume Jonah was swallowed by a whale, we can see from the passage that that is just an assumption. We don't know what kind of fish swallowed Jonah. K&D has an interesting aside on this in its most excellent commentary.

 “And Jehovah appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah.” מנּה does not mean to create, but to determine, to appoint. The thought is this: Jehovah ordained that a great fish should swallow him. The great fish (lxx κῆτος, cf. Mat 12:40), which is not more precisely defined, was not a whale, because this is extremely rare in the Mediterranean, and has too small a throat to swallow a man, but a large shark or sea-dog, canis carcharias, or squalus carcharias L., which is very common in the Mediterranean, and has so large a throat, that it can swallow a living man whole..

...The miracle consisted therefore, not so much in the fact that Jonah was swallowed alive, as in the fact that he was kept alive for three days in the shark's belly, and then vomited unhurt upon the land. The three days and three nights are not to be regarded as fully three times twenty hours, but are to be interpreted according to Hebrew usage, as signifying that Jonah was vomited up again on the third day after he had been swallowed (compare Est 4:16 with Est 5:1 and Tob. 3:12, 13, according to the Lutheran text). - Keil And Deilitzsch Commentary

Just like Christ the miracle was not so much that Christ died, but that like Jonah he survived that which man is not supposed to, this was the sign that Christ referred to.

Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD,
and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Salvation is of the LORD. (Jonah 2:1-2, KJV)

Like all of us true believers, Jonah seeks the Lord in his affliction. Is this not so often the case, that we 'find' God, when the chips are down? Well for Jonah, the chips were certainly down and he probably thought he was about to cash out! Notice the words he uses. 'Out of the belly of hell I cried'. The word for hell here is the Hebrew word Sheol.
שְׁאוֹל sh'owl (sheh-ole') n-f.
Hades (Sheol), the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates.
[from H7592]
KJV: grave, hell, pit.
Root(s): H7592
See also: G86
The sense with this OT Hebrew word has less to do with hell fire as it does with the grave and the abode of the dead. In short, Jonah thought he was a goner and as such prayed this prayer to the Lord to save him from the consequences of his folly.

We will continue on and look at the rest of Jonah's prayer in the next installment of Jonah.

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.

16 Dec

Michelle Obama: America Lacks Hope

The (soon to be former) First lady speaks about the White House, the future and having an inspiring figure in the White House and why it is so important.

I have to say I have always admired her. She has had some really rough moments up there... things you are never ever going to hear about, but she has kept up a great public persona and rolled with the punches!

After eight years up there in the DC cesspool, her words on what we need in the White House are timely and good and are carefully directed at Mr. Trump without mentioning him by name.

My guess is that her and Melania have been talking and I note that she is not bringing her kids to the White House.

China’s Disappearing Christian Activist

12/15/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - Jin’s size belies her stature. Coming in under five feet, with heels on, at first glance one may not be aware of her true strength. When she speaks, she speaks softly, but she speaks determinedly, and her words carry weight. Jin has endured a lot over the last few years, most recently, the disappearance of her husband. When International Christian Concern (ICC) caught up with her, she was in Washington D.C., bouncing between meetings, petitioning US government officials to advocate for her husband’s release. - Source ICC

Murder of Fulani Christian mayor in Mali increases concerns over creeping Islamic extremism

(World Watch Monitor) The motive behind the murder of a Fulani Christian politician in Mali last month remains unknown, but locals suspect an Islamist agenda.

Moussa Issah Bary, the 47-year-old deputy mayor of Kerana (near the Burkina Faso border), was shot dead by six unidentified men on motorbikes on 16 November. He is survived by a wife and eight children.

Bary’s murder came just days before municipal elections. He was a rare example of a Christian member of the Fulani tribe, some of whose militant extremists have become infamous in Nigeria for committing atrocities which have seen them named as one of the top five deadliest militias in the world... Continues here.

Fake News!! Russia Tried To Breach Georgia's Election Networks!

Georgia Secratary Of State: Russia Tried To Breach Election Network
Georgia Election Official Accuses Russia Of Hacking State Computer  System
Georgia Says Russia Tried to Hack State’s Computers Housing Voter Data
Georgia Confirms Russia Attempted To Hack Election Database 10 Separate Times
Russia Hacks Georgia State Election Networks

I do apologize for posting what I knew to be false headlines to real stories. I certainly don't want to be known as a 'fake news' site, But I did it to make an important point, and I hope I need not have to explain why this is important. (Please click on the links if you only read the headlines!)

We have gotten an earful about a Russian hack. But there are other hacks going on and they are not coming from Russia, but from our own security people.

Who hacked the DNC... I mean really? Russia almost certainly tried, no doubt about it as did many other intelligence agencies even and especially our allies.  But someone else got the goods and now politicians are using a media misdirection to smear Russia for a hack that we almost certainly committed.

How did Wikileaks get the data? It was not from the Russians, it was from our own intelligence people. Someone with LEGAL ACCESS TO THE DATAl, according to clued in sources.

Wikileaks makes it plain the Russians were not the source.

It was not just the DNC, it was the RNC as well. These legally sanctioned hackers in the US cannot play partisan favorites, they have to hit both.... and they did.

Our leaders ought to be ashamed of themselves for passing on these falsehoods to Americans. The good news is that most Americans are getting smarter... they are not buying this 'donkey dung' any more.

The Russians are none too pleased.

This kind of foolishness?

This is how wars get started. Do you think Russia is going to let us hack them on some trumped up mess like this?

15 Dec

Teenage Girls Imprisoned for Sharing Faith Released in Ethiopia

12/15/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four Christian girls, unjustly imprisoned in the largely Muslim town of Babile, Ethiopia, were released on December 15, 2016. Martha Solomon Kebede, 18, Miheret Abera Mulat, 17, Gifti Dabesa Fekyisa, 17, and Eden Serawit Mekuria, 15, were imprisoned on September 20, 2016 for having a religious discussion with Muslim friends.... Story Continues Here.

14 Dec

Iran: Court Hearing For Yousef Nadarkhani

On 1st December Middle East Concern requested prayer prior to a second court hearing for Yousef Nadarkhani, Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi on charges of action against national security. This hearing took place today (14th December), but no verdict has been given and a third hearing might yet take place... - MEConcern... (continues here).

Former Muslim’s 60-Year-Old Mother Attacked in Uganda for Putting Faith in Christ

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Relatives of a former Islamic teacher attacked his 60-year-old mother on Thursday (Dec. 8) for becoming a Christian, wounding her head and breaking her hand, sources said.

Aimuna Namutongi sustained a deep cut on her forehead. She and her son, 30-year-old Malik Higenyi, were trying to gather cassava at 10 a.m. on the homestead he had been forced to abandon in Bufuja village, Butaleja District, after Muslim relatives threatened to kill him if he returned. - Continues here.

13 Dec

Nation's Top Spy Agency: CIA Report Lacks 'Conclusive Evidence'

Even John McCain shockingly questions the CIA's report's value... again NO EVIDENCE.

The FBI came to pretty much the same conclusion.

The person who leaked those emails? Remember when everyone was screaming it was Russians? Nope, it was a US intelligence official. Just as I told you in the piece called leak wars several weeks ago.

I tried to tell all of you that the hot air in DC was all about controlling a lying narrative that 'Russia did it'. Clinton, Obama THEY ALL KNEW EXACTLY WHERE THAT INFO WAS COMING FROM. But they wanted to try and fool you, Mr. and Mrs. America that 'the Russians did it'.

It's just part of a fundamental dishonesty that has overtaken the Democratic party.

When you are too busy dropping arms to terrorists and overthrowing democracies and taking money from folks who funded and armed ISIS, little things like 'truth' can be somewhat damaging to your political fortunes.

But the greater danger in my eyes? That there is a federal agency and those who are connected up with it who now appear to be trying to destabilize our democracy with a 'fake intel report' like this. This same agency had connections with all of those protests across the nation when Clinton lost and I strongly suspect are behind these specious recount efforts.

My view? Our nation has powerful spies, moles and traitors in our midst who are using the levers of the deep state to directly interfere with American democratic processes on behalf of a foreign power...

...and it ain't Russia.

Who would want to stop Trump from ascending to the Presidency?

I will let you cogitate on that one.

I think the CIA's attempts are a very dangerous precedent for our democratic system. I too am disappointed at the result of the election. My candidate did not win and no I did not vote for Clinton. So you ask me what I want to see?

Some may say 'you sound like you want a Trump Presidency'. No, I want to see a smooth, un-contentious transfer of power in America, something that has been a hallmark of our system for the past 230 years. Even during the bloody Civil War, we had an election that was not as divisive with the kinds of cheap childish 'gags' the CIA is now playing on our system of government.

I have said this once before and to the face of a CIA officer -  more and more, the CIA looks to be becoming a major National Security threat to the nation and that is not a slam at many of the fine officers who work there, but at the management who are too impressed with their titles and clearances and the secrets they carry with them. They have become arrogant and very, very corrupt and a little too impressed with the power that secret laws give them. But they know those and other laws work and how to use those gray areas to do everything the law was designed to disallow and there lies your danger.

It's time for the President, the leaders in the House and Senate to read Brennan and Co. the riot act and let him know he had better reign in his agency, or face some legal music when the next administration comes into power, regardless of who sits in the White House. Ryan and McConnell both could ensure that his whole tenure is looked at with the greatest of scrutiny with an eye towards criminal prosecution.

Clinton and her Muslim Brotherhood linked right hand lady lost, fair and square. Even the recounts now are showing some anomalies that indicate that perhaps there was fraud... that benefited Clinton. In Wisconsin Trump picked up more votes and secured his victory.

It's time to let the nation heal from this election, the CIA to get back to the business of fighting terrorists and the next President to get busy with his cabinet.

It's over and the sooner the CIA realizes that, the sooner the nation can move on.

Nigeria: Kebbi Christians face latent pressure to abandon faith

(World Watch Monitor) While violent attacks on Christians at the hands of Islamist militants Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen in the northeast and Middle Belt of Nigeria have captured media attention, the persistent social pressures Christians face elsewhere go mostly unnoticed.

Despite common misperceptions that they are a minority across the north of Nigeria, Christians still form the majority in half of the 12 northern states now all under Islamic law (although they are in theory exempt from Sharia provision), while there are high concentrations (25-50%) in the other northern states.

In a remote community in the north-western, Sharia-governed state of Kebbi, Christians face discrimination and persistent pressure to convert to Islam. Continues here.

11 Dec

Cairo Church Bombing Kills at Least 25 Coptic Christians in Egypt

12/11/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on December 11, 2016, an explosion in the main hall of St. Mark's Cathedral, the largest Coptic church in Cairo, killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50. The blast took place during Sunday morning mass in the chapel adjoining the main hall of the cathedral. Many among the injured and dead are Christian women and children. - Continues here.

10 Dec

Fake News, Islamic Purchasing Power and Russian 'Influence' In Our Elections

[This is a rather long piece and will require you to take some time to both read both it and the links in it. It is meant as a food for thought piece and one that puts all of the talk of fake news and propaganda in a somewhat different light. All nations engage in it. Every last one. America now has always been a target of it and some of those efforts are touched on below. But a new facet to those efforts is now underway. I hope you all get something out of this piece. Even if you find that you don't like what I have to say, you will begin to look at your news and the narratives we have seen, the people we elect in perhaps a different more honest light. - MSW]

The 'fake news' stories now has taken a different turn. The Washington Post has since 'appended' its 'Russian propaganda' news story and distanced itself from the site that put up the 'blacklist' . The new story goes on to cite the usual US defense department think tanks (who make a lot of money stoking up the 'Russian fear' card) to play up a 'scary picture' of Kremlin spies controlling Facebook, Twitter and large portions of the internet from a secret bunker in Moscow. Such a story would be laughable, if there were not some small portion of truth to it and it did not come from a site that has a long questionable history itself. Do your own research on operation mockingbird. You'll see what I mean. More here.

Some of those sites apparently have been taken down from the site's list of 'Kremlin Gremlins'. ZH has a good story here. Naked capitalism, who has threatened to sue the Post has his post here and it's scathing.

Fake news? My take on this all? I am afraid for our democracy and if the kinds of trends I see in place continue, with rank ignorance, lying major news media, corrupt politicians and major propaganda efforts being conducted against the American people from the CIA, the DOD, the Chamber of Commerce, Madison Avenue, The Chinese, the Russians, the key funders of Islamic Terrorism and even Organized Crime, one wonders how long Democracy can survive, or even if it should.

I watched all of those people protest the loss of an election when Trump won and I had to say to myself. This is how a nation - a free nation dies. America can only remain a democracy and free as long as the vast majority of its citizens think, are reasonable and care about this country - not 'their' country but OUR country  - to respect each others rights to disagree on key issues without resorting to calling those who one does not agree with 'Russian agents' or wishing death on those who vote for the other guy. If that is where America is heading, where you burn down the house of those who voted for the other party, or pull them out of their car and beat them half to death, the death our democracy is closer than you may think.

If we can't get our act together and act like we are adults (even if many of us are not emotionally at that level) then we need another system of government. Some of the people I see in this nation, I will be honest with you, the fact that they vote scares me half to death. They can't even balance a checkbook, don't understand want the national debt is and they head to the polls and vote. The scary part is people like that are no longer a small minority of Americans. Too many appear to  be either emotionally damaged or intellectually disabled. Their thinking processes are based on raw emotion rather than reason. This is why some of the most juvenile propaganda tricks can be played on so many and they fall for the same ones year in and year out. Something is wrong here. Back when American was young, only property owners could vote. I am not advocating a return to that. No, but rather I am saying that something fundamental must change or our freedoms and our great 200+ year democratic experiment will soon be doomed.

Have you ever been around a child with a learning disability? I have. It's kind of frustrating. You can love them all day long, but you find yourself repeating yourself half a dozen times before they 'get it' and even then you are not so sure, when a day or two later they are again making the same mistake. That is how I view a large swath of my countrymen and I am not trying to be condescending.

It's easy to get swept into anger at the stuff going on in this nation. But mature minds can 'come back' from the anger. Less mature minds cannot. They stay there and often cannot contextualize any issue without some kind of raw negative emotion  - hate, fear, anger, resentment, bitterness, etc.  Too often this is what modern mainstream news reporting is designed to target.-  the lowest common denominator among the electorate. the guy with the lowest IQ and EQ (emotional quotient). I mean how can you have an intelligent 'debate' with someone whose first words out of their mouth is slander? The kind of attack journalism we so often see on TV.

I have had conversations with someone I know that started off that way. To which I responded. "You tell me you want to engage in an intelligent debate and the very first words out of your mouth is slander. When you behave intelligently, we can have that debate  - a fact based, intelligent debate. Slander is not only a lie, it is a lie based on maliciousness. There can be no intelligent debate with you in your current frame of mind. To have an intelligent debate, you need two intelligent people and you have not demonstrated to my satisfaction that you are one of them."

Sadly, that more and more is how I describe an alarming number of voting Americans - many of them OLDER voting Americans. To have and keep a functioning democracy, you must have intelligent, or at least reasonable people.

A few years ago when we had a massive snowstorm here in the DC area the number of 6 figure making lawyers, lobbyists and others of the DC establishment - they got into fistfights and played evil childish games on their neighbors because they got blocked in, cussed them out and more. These are adults, or rather emotional midgets in adult bodies. Just a slight bit of adversity and the real 'self' came out - cheap, angry, bitter little people who drive BMW' and Mercedes to work. They also vote.

Am I being too harsh on my countrymen? Perhaps a little, but with the trends in place, if what I am not saying is quite what you are seeing now, wait 10 years I see nothing in place to reverse them. Our nation is still deeply divided, our media is still manipulating us, our leaders are still robbing the Treasury blind and vast swaths of America are still clueless as to the fiscal and geopolitical state our nation is in.

Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented. - Wikipedia

One reason I like to go to certain think tanks and key government reports is because for the most part, they are giving me information, not deliberately trying to influence me with selective information bites. Informed minds are much harder to deceive via propaganda. Ignorant ones are easy to and herein lies our danger.

News has become a new form of entertainment and profit too often takes the front seat to important truths. Yes fake news is everywhere, particularly in the big named cable channels and sites.

I think all this talk of fake news is 'big media' striking back at the little guys, who generally speaking, call it right and speak truth to power while operating on shoestring budgets, have no major global presence, no staff and no government (any government) backing them. In short, I think this the one part of the CIA's and Big Media's 'fart' at the bloggers and truth tellers. Note that Google and Facebook also are going after bloggers (non-IC community controlled news) these days. Google, last I read, was going to reject 'fake news' sites from their ad network. What they plan to do about those on the left is not clear.

Clinton's Silicon Valley secrets: Google boss Eric Schmidt drew up campaign plan - and she met Uber, Airbnb and Lyft executives for private 'roundtable'

Google and Facebook ban fake news sites from their advertising networks

This is an important tactic. You don't go after Blacks because they are Blacks. No -  smear them all as 'criminals' and then go after 'criminals'. After all, 'ni--ers ain't got no rights', did you not know? Well, that is exactly the twisted mentality that some inside the 'deep state' have about Blacks and bloggers. Bloggers? A few innocent ones will be swept up in the campaign, but that is to them an 'acceptable cost'. 'Big Internet' (billion dollar 'Big Intelligence' cooperating internet firms) can't go after those who opposed Clinton just for opposing Clinton, so the tactic looks to be to call who opposed her 'fake news' sites and go after them. It's a simple tactic, but it is very effective - Label and attack for reasons they don't reveal and are not legal to engage in. Make up some BS on those you don't like, get folks to believe it and then attack.

Remember how Big Internet and Big Data both were assisting the intelligence community to spy on law abiding Americans as has been exposed? In short, I think they want to deflect their disinformation networks (Big Media) and falsely accuse others who have shown a high degree of credibility in their reporting, more so than Big Media. This is question of trust. People have stopped trusting the major Media.

Senate Quietly Passes The "Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act"
I cannot stress enough how important powerful men and women view the control of the prevailing narrative and public opinion. It is key, for once the narrative shifts, so does power and so do governments. So this is by no means a small issue.

My deeper concern is less about 'fake news' but the way the US intelligence community and others who are deeply connected up with the 'deep state' and the major corporations that part of it is this. What I see is a slow move to undermine free speech. This dear readers has always been a key tactic of those who will bring in a tyranny. Offending people is usually not good. But to charge them and find them guilty for it? That's wrong. How about this. You live in Nazi Germany and you speak up for your Jewish neighbors who had their property confiscated. Your other neighbor who is a Nazi Party official hears it and was 'offended' by your comments. You get sent to a labor camp for 'offending the party'. Three weeks later, your remains go floating up a chimney at a concentration camp.

Is that the kind of world you want to live in? This is why free speech is so very important to a functioning democracy and why those who want to bring in a tyranny must destroy it.

But now, they have found a way to contextualize the undermining of free speech in a way that many people will accept. The same way they did it in Nazi Germany.

Now I want to be fair to our leaders. There does appear to be a problem with foreign governments influencing both our media and our elections. I know we have gotten an earful about Russia, some of the concern is real but for the most part, in my view it's a misdirection. The real problem coming from overseas including and especially with our media is from nations like Saudi Arabia and yes Israel. They both have powerful well heeled lobbies that operate both within and outside of US law. They do it consistently and usually with the 'blessings' of the deep state, sitting Presidents and others of influence. They have been pouring money unapologetically into our elections and hire the very best Media managers to handle their 'public relations'  (aka 'fake news').

You think I am off or just making this up?

Saudi government has vast network of PR, lobby firms in U.S.

Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of American Lobbyists, Public Relations Experts

PR firm accused of helping Saudi Arabia 'whitewash' its human rights record

So the problem of news media, slant and propaganda goes far beyond the Russian non-sense that has Congress all 'oiled up' in a well paid for rage.  One must wonder why those so concerned about Russian propaganda and show none for Saudi or Israeli propaganda. We have had hearings on Russian media efforts but none on Saudi buying efforts of key Senators, Congressmen and even Presidential candidates. This makes me very, very suspicious as to where this so called 'outrage' is coming from. I think these so called 'secret' CIA reports that no one can see about Russian interference may very well be a CIA psychological operation against the electoral college. This is why the report came out just a few days before the college meets. No time for anyone to independently review it's contents and find out of its real intelligence or merely that which comes out of the south end of a male cow... other than the top people in government who cannot talk about it. But it may sway some dodgy members of the Electoral college.

The CIA Tries To Stop  Trump From Ascending To White House
The CIA Director, Saudi Arabia and His Reported Conversion To Sunni Islam
That speech the CIA director gave in Arabic on the beauty of Islam
FBI Refuses To Corroborate CIA's Fuzzy Russian Interference Claim
Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA’s Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence

Let us remember that it was the Russians that turned the tide in Syria when they started bombing the Terrorists (narrative control word 'rebels') who were trying to violently overthrow the Syrian democratically elected government. Rebels who were being copiously funded and armed by the Saudi's who, by the way are not democratically elected. So who now has this hate on for the Russians and their anti-Terrorism efforts in Syria and who also donates copiously to our Senators and Congressmen who are now 'outraged' about Russian influence in our elections?

Saudi Arms Deal Backed By US Senators Who Got Cash From Weapons Contractor That Will Benefit

FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate

McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation
McCain Institute Should Give Back Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia
My take is that all of this outrage against Russia may have something to do with some influence it had in the media. What did they really do? From what little I have been able to garner, their real effectiveness was being able to exploit deep and enduring social divisions, long festering problems in America that no on in DC was dealing with. CNN, MSNBC, and the rest were not talking about them, but some of the open Russian media efforts (like Russia Today) were effective in bringing out deep problems inside the nation. Is that propaganda? Yes and no. It was not secret. Anyone could see that it was Russian run. It was no more or less 'propaganda' than say, Voice of America. We have our side of news and events and the Russians have theirs. Sometimes we bring out things that the Russians would rather not be known to the world and vice versa. That is called news reporting - real world. The Russians are not always wrong you know and recent events in our wars show that we are not always right. While certainly Moscow does have some interest in forming our (American) opinions, it's also true that Americans deserve to have some non-US or even non-Western balance in their news reporting - the other side of the story, if you will.

But more of this may very well be based upon Saudi Money and perhaps even Israel (who has always had problems with and hated Assad) using their paid for influence in the Congress and the Senate, to use American power against Russia and their anti-Terrorism efforts in the Middle East. The last thing Saudi Arabia wants is to see the US and Russia link up and really start to clean up all of those crazy, violent fighters that they have been arming and funding. But it is not just the Saudi's.

Clinton Admits Receiving $1Mil Donation From Qatar
Hacked emails show extent of foreign government donations to Clinton Foundation

Hillary Confirms Saudi Arabia, Qatar Fund ISIS In Leaked Email

Saudis Step Up Help for Rebels in Syria With Croatian Arms

C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say

Saudi Arabian support to Syrian Opposition in the Syrian Civil War
You see, I think what most Americans have not fully internalized is that these days is this, Americans are not running our foreign policy, at least not all of it. Not today.  It's being run by those who pay for key political leaders to get elected. Then they become little more than sock puppets for foreign interests who then send our men and women in uniform off to die in some war that has nothing to so with American interests. How can overthrowing a Democratically elected Government in Syria serve our interests? How can making millions upon millions of men, women and children into refugees be in our interests? How can arming terrorist groups to overthrow the Syrian government in an attempt at 'regime change' be in our interest? It isn't but it is in the interests of those who are footing the campaign bills for 'outraged' political leaders here in the US. The Saudi's who are Sunni's are using the US to overthrow a Shi'ite' government in Damascus. Boiled down, that in essence, is what the war in Syria (Regime/House of Islam Change) is really all about... and yes, I know many of my Christian readers take great offense when I criticize Israel. While I am a strong believer in Israel's right to both exist and defend itself, it does NOT mean knee-jerk support to all she does.

Fake news? No one is talking about all that money hitting those multi-million dollar PR firms being used by foreign governments to spread their own 'fake news' into the media. No, today the manufactured paranoia is all about a few bloggers most of whom operate on a shoestring budget but who have gained significant credibility after years and years of being spot in with their hard work. The way I see it, the Islamic wing within the Intelligence community (some of whom I suspect may be double agents for these countries) will now try and hit at American citizen-bloggers with a cut in funding. The Major corporate media is already sounding the drums for it. Let me stress this, the ties to the deep state these media organizations have is no footnote or incidental, many of their ties are so secret because they have to lie (fake ownership) about who they really are while they rave about 'fake news'.


Brother and sisters in Christ. This is about the business of lying. It's about spreading and monetizing deceit and that is what this battle is all about.

Consider carefully what I say here. If there was not so much at stake, there would not be so much money and power behind these things. There is more here than meets the eye.

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.

(2Ti 3:13)

The key here is this the passage above is mostly about Spiritual things, granted. But here in these very last days the system that is slowly rising to power is under-girded not by Biblical truth or any truth, but by narratives that are placed into our minds by these powerful men.

Deceit is everywhere and blessed is the man who can keep his mind and heart from being moved by these and other deceiving spirits that operate in our world today.

What is this about... Spiritually? I think it is simple. Two words need to spring to mind trying to get a handle on this murky subject. What are those words? DECEIVING SPIRITS. When I finally cut someone loose a couple of years ago who had been lying to me and trying to set me up, the Lord just kept telling me those words along with the word JUDAS. He worked for the CIA. He had been lying to me, deceiving me even trying to entrap me - for a while I am not sure it was willingly, but he was doing it just the same. But he is not atypical to what is going on over there. Dear readers follow on here - If you are lazy or refuse to turn on that grey matter located in your skull, I cannot help you, but if you really want to know about this subject and what came out when Congress looked in to this using their subpoena power and  deposed witnesses under oath, do you own reading. You can start here and then peruse those documents. It is a deluge, but it is worth the time. The murder of Dr. King and others, the surveillance techniques back then, how the deep state was targeting Black leaders back in the day, including Dr. King. How they used the Media. It's all in there. Official.

The only thing that can come out of these intelligence organizations these days it looks like is a deceiving spirit, the spirit of lies, slander and yes even murder... of our own law abiding citizens. This is the kind of thing that happens when the wrong people get control of a domestic intelligence agency. Mind you, I in no way want to paint a broad brush on all who work inside the IC. Most are hard working, patriotic folks who want to serve the nation and some will eventually give their lives in its service. Rather this is directed to some of those at the top, the political hacks who twist the law and abuse their power to undermine America and her interests... they are your problem and will continue to be until some of these agencies are either done away with or many top intelligence people face a Federal Judge (who has top clearances)  in Court over what they have been doing to we the people in secret when no one was looking... or wanted to look.

The enemy within? Look no further than than some key folks in the spy agency over in Langley, Virginia and the one over at Fort Meade, Maryland and and even within the Pentagon. They are using loopholes in laws to use their power to aid terrorism, attack Americans, and now it looks like they want to do the red-bating thing on those they don't like and don't dutifully parrot their false narratives on Russia, Terrorism, Syria, Clinton and the establishment. 

It did not need to get this way. If the Senate and Congressional Intelligence oversight committee's were doing their job and we had Presidents who were not gelded before taking the oath of office, things would not be so bad. Mind you, I will not for one second say that foreign nations are not targeting our nation using the media. It is a problem and a growing one. But the bigger one? The one no one on the hill wants to deal with is the foreign money that hits the coffers of our elected representatives some of whom want American to change her gods. 

Deceiving spirits? Our Bible talks about them at length as well as the great deception in the last days. It also talks about a false religious system that will have enormous power in the last days and move to kill us Christians.

  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
 deceiving, and being deceived.

(2Ti 3:13)

Of Babylon the last days Harlot Empire?

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee;
and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee:
 for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries
were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets,
and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
(Rev 18:23-24)

Of the Deceitfulness of the man of sin?

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 2:9-12)

Of the deceitfulness of the False Prophet system?

 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 
(Rev 19:20)

Of deceitful spirits being used to start wars?
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,
and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the
 kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle
of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief.
Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked,
and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called

 in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
(Rev 16:13-16)

Yes, showing you how deceiving spirits work is part of what I do here. Not playing partisan hack, but being a watchman on the wall, who has no agenda except ensuring that those who have ears to hear are not deceived in these exceptionally deceptive times and stay on the path to life found only in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and to not get swept up in the flood of lies and disinformation out there.

What we are seeing right now are the visible manifestations of a deep internal political, economic and spiritual struggle this nation is undergoing...


Even so, come Lord Jesus!!


8 Dec

Donald Trump Racist Bigot? Think Again!

A Black homeless woman tells how the Donald helped her out for eight years. Kind of goes counter narrative about him does it not?

I think we as Black Americans do a lot of folks a grave injustice when we accuse them of being racist with no concrete evidence. Yes, there is racism a lot of it. Yes, much of it is institutional. But to accuse a person of being a racist just because you may not agree with his politics? That's pretty low.

Sometimes folks will surprise you in the strangest ways and despite what others may think, I know people can change and change for the better.

Let's not play that card with this new President. Give him a chance. Yes, he may screw up royally and then again, he may be just the guy who can bring jobs into some of these communities where Young Black Men are chronically unemployed and crime is raging. More here and here. He has already worked out deals with Carrier, Softbank and Foxconn. Granted, the Carrier deal seems a but iffy as far as giving credit to Trump. But the others seem legit. The key here is that Trump has not even been inaugurated yet!

With Obama (sorry Mr. President) we would have gotten a press release about future jobs, a promise and he would turn right  around and go back to raising money.

Look,  I am no fan of GOP economics, I won't lie. But I am a fan of what works and right now, the nation needs jobs. I don't care how many fake press releases we read in the press. In many parts of the nation jobs are desperately needed.

What do I mean?

Media Claims A Jobs Boom That Does Not Exist

 A really good read that puts the damper on the 'Fake News' on 'Fake Jobs'.

The not working silent majority

The number of adult Americans not in the labor force has ballooned to ridiculous proportions.  This has far outpaced any standard retirement projections.  Back in 2006, we had 77,339,000 people that were not in the labor force.  Today it is up to 94,609,000 (a stunning increase of 17,270,000 in just ten years).

Take a look at the figures:

Source:  BLS
If you take this back 20 years, you can see that the trend started accelerating in the late 1990s:

Cited from MyBudget360
When one reads the mainstream press and their stories on jobs, one ceases to wonder where all of that opium in Afghanistan is being sold.

Nor is it any wonder why Donald Trump will be sworn into office in January. You can lie about a lot of things but a guy who ain't got no job when he had one 8 years ago is not going to vote for the party who threw him out of work, no matter what the MSM tells him the so called 'unemployment rate' is.  Those fake jobs numbers were hallucinations of the MSM's and this administrations own making.

The electoral votes are not.

So don't believe all the hate being spit at Trump. Give him a chance to stand or fall, succeed or fail before you start calling him names like 'racist'.

If Obama had been more proactive on the jobs front and stayed with it (he did to some things at first), his party would be still in the White House.

He didn't and they aren't.

7 Dec

Jonah II

But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea,
 so that the ship was like to be broken.
(Jon 1:4)

Image Source: Wikimedia
When we left off last time, Jonah had received his orders from the Lord as to his specific task. He rebelled and ran in the other direction about as far as he could get before he went out to the part of the ocean that was as yet, undiscovered.

The Lord had prepared something for Jonah as a result of his rebellion and disobedience. The Lord brought a great wind, a storm on the ocean and it was so great that it was about to sink the ship.

God can and will send us a strong reminder of his power and his disapproval when we err. This is especially true when God loves us. This was the case with Jonah as he was one of God's own.  But Jonah, in his rebellion, did not do the work God wanted him to do. It is also true in our own lives. When God rebukes us, that's good. I know it does not seem that way, but it's really good when God rebukes and corrects our waywardness. The author in the book of Hebrews  makes this clear in his letter.

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children,
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom
the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers,
then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which
corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto
the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure;
but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for
the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
 fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
(Heb 12:5-11)

So while we may view what God did as harsh, especially in today's 'touchy feely', politically correct,  'don't spank your kids' kind of world, the reality is that the harsher thing that God could have done was to do nothing with Jonah; let Jonah forsake his God and his calling. But then, not only Jonah would have perished but also the Ninevites as well. God's way at times seems severe and hard, but in reality his ways are merciful and are designed to teach us his ways and to do what is right, rather than just what is convenient for us at the time. We humans always tend to take the path of least resistance and the one that is the most comfortable. That usually is not the path God has for us and I am here to testify that the best place for God's people is exactly where he tells them to be. The best place for Jonah was not trading trinkets in Tarshish, but in prophesying in Nineveh, though to the natural mind, it did not seem so.

Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god,
and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them.
But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou,
O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.
(Jon 1:5-6)

Now picture this scene. The ship is swaying to and fro and the men on board her were scared to death that the ship was going to sink. Here they are all on deck praying and making supplications, each to his respective gods. Where was Jonah? Jonah is down in his bunk crashed out..  dead asleep! The other mariners had enough reverence for their deities to cry out? Why did not Jonah?

Naturally in such a tempest they were wondering what's wrong with Jonah, "why aren't you out here praying with everyone else?" Then comes the order from the captain of the ship no less, "get up and pray, sleepyhead!!" I think the captain was immediately suspicious and probably began to wonder if Jonah was not the source of their troubles. I say this because the very next verse gives us a hint.

And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots,
that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots,
and the lot fell upon Jonah.
(Jon 1:7)

This is a pretty big hint. I mean what would you do if you were an ancient sailor in those days, who were by nature even many centuries later, known as a bit of a superstitious lot.

They were looking for the cause of this sudden and life threatening trouble, and after the captain sees Jonah down there fast asleep, he starts to think he may have found the problem. I admit this is a bit of conjecture here, but this is probably what caused them to draw lots. They wanted to be fair and make sure they got the right culprit and given Jonah's strange behavior, they probably already suspected he was the source of their troubles. The lots only confirmed it.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us;
What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?
And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven,
which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid,
and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from
the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
(Jon 1:8-10)

So when the lots were done, Jonah tells all. He was a prophet who was on the run from his God. Jonah almost certainly knew the cause of the storm from the beginning and knew that his prayers would not be heard until he went and did as he was commanded.

It's seems so ironic that these men understood and respected him to be a prophet. Today, few men really respect the office of prophet. It's not hard to understand why, there are so many false ones out there and the real ones don't have the spit and polish that the world expects from its religious leaders. Jonah tells the men of the God he serves and relays to him his power and majesty as it was he who was the creator of all things. When they heard this they knew the source of their troubles. These men had more respect for God than Jonah had at that time and were sore afraid of the hand of the Lord which reached out and touched this ship because of this rebellions prophet. They were very, very afraid.
They wanted to know why he did it and what possessed him to think that he could flee from God? After all, Jonah and just bore witness to who his God was and they had to put two and two together '...and you thought you could run from him?!' Jonah's behavior was totally inconsistent with his description of his God. They probably wondered if Jonah was out of his mind.

Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us?
 for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.
(Jon 1:11)

The mariners were in a quandary. They did not know exactly what to do and they asked Jonah, who obviously knew his God but was in rebellion against him. What should we do to calm the sea down? Now the words here that describe the sea was one of a great storm. The world for wrought has many meanings, Strong;s says this.

Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively): - (all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart, + be eased, enter, exercise (self), + follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down), + greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march, X more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along), + send, speedily, spread, still, surely, + tale-bearer, + travel (-ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, [way-] faring man, X be weak, whirl.

The word for tempestuous is

A primitive root; to rush upon; by implication to toss (transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively): - be (toss with) tempest (-uous), be sore troubled, come out as a (drive with the, scatter with a) whirlwind.

I think Gill has a very important comment here that adds substance to the situation. Here is what he said.

for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous; or, "it went and swelled" (i); it was agitated to and fro, and was in a great ferment, and grew more and more stormy and tempestuous. Jonah's confession of his sin, and true repentance for it, were not sufficient; more must be done to appease an angry God; and what that was the sailors desired to know.

Even Jonah's confession was not enough. The real problem here as I see it was this. The men on the boat had as their destination as Tarshish and the Lord probably did not want them to divert their course. Jonah on the other hand was not to go to Tarshish. God had other plans for Jonah that did not include these innocent sea goers who were caught in the middle of a feud between a prophet and his God. The men on the ship were in a quandary. What should they do? Toss Jonah overboard and perhaps get the Lord angry with them for drowning his prophet or keep him on board and be sunk?

When we get to the next section, we will look at the solution to this conundrum.
6 Dec

The Problem - Fake News Or False Narratives?

The above link is quite good and if you want some food for thought, that one is it.

The reality? There appears to be a major power struggle inside the deep state. Fake news? Yes, it's a problem, but a minor one. No the real problem is the narrative game. The CIA, the Corporate Media and the Deep state lost control of the prevailing narratives and that is why the panic only happened after Trump got elected.

Remember all those take polls that put Hillary way ahead? Remember the Major News paper had the issue 'Madam President' already printed? This is your real fake news and they could not fool millions of working class blue collar White Americans who had lost just about all during the past 8 years and voted accordingly in this election.

This is what has got the deep state/MSM etc into a serious panic. The above link is brief, but very good. I have talked at length about this for insiders and will leave those views for them. But for those of you who are buying the "we have to fight 'fake news' stories" line of propaganda and the efforts now underway by all of those intelligence agency cooperating Big Internet companies to silence what it dubs 'fake news'. Check out the above link and then consider what they he is saying.

Don't take the bait. The MSM is losing control to others who can do the job better and on a shoestring budget.

Lawsuits will surely follow. and his lawyer is no lightweight either!

Free speech, however wrong or uncomfortable it makes us feel must not fall victim to the deep state or the balance sheet of Silicon Valley's corporate moguls.

Keep this in mind in closing. The Media is one of the most critical power segments in America and her establishment. It's how they keep crooked politicians in office time and again - using lies, misdirection, fake news, slander and other forms of information warfare (as it is called these days). As the MSM loses credibility in the eyes of more and more Americans, the establishment feels it has to take action. Right now the weapons of this war appear to be being used to silence the truth tellers, who are hardly perfect and yes, because of their limited resources do make mistakes. So now, the big boys who have billions to spend and access to everyone's home via cable, will hopefully (in their dreams) be the only voice people hear, so that Islam can come to town, corruption can grow and be unchecked and you never will be told just what is going on, why or who is behind it.

Anyone who does runs the risk of being called a 'fake news' site.

1 Dec

Not Sure How You Can Help Our Troubled World? PRAY!!

When a nation forgets God
The key to intercession
More Prayer Requests, Perspectives

29-30 Nov

Persecution Watch

Indonesia's Only Christian Governor Harassed Over Blasphemy Row

The only Christian governor in Indonesia is being investigated by police as a suspect in a blasphemy case, amid on-going calls from Muslim groups for his imprisonment.

Investigators questioned the Governor of Jakarta, Barsuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as “Ahok”, for eight hours at the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta last week.

The outcry against Ahok began after he quoted a verse in the Qur’an that forbids using the Islamic scripture for political gains in a speech he made in early October. Some Muslim leaders accused him of insulting Islam by quoting from the Qur’an, and he apologised. - WWM

Islamic Scholar Blames Saudi's For Rise In Islamic Terrorism
A leading Islamic scholar has described attacks on Christians by violent Islamic extremists as “heart-breaking” and condemned Islamic extremism as being “exactly the opposite” of what Islam teaches.
Sheikh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri argues that the “real offenders of blasphemy” are not people who draw cartoons of Muhammad, but those who commit atrocities in the name of God and Islam.

Dr. Qadri, who heads the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre in Ireland, lays the blame for violent Islamic extremism at the door of Muslims who disseminate the Wahhabi-Salafi ideology emanating from Saudi Arabia.

The Sunni cleric told parliamentarians, clerics and activists in London’s Houses of Parliament yesterday (24 November) that the intolerant doctrines of Wahhabism and Salafism have been “aggressively exported” through hundreds of billions of dollars of funding of Islamic centres in the West and in Muslim-majority countries.

“They have no concept of living together in peace,” he said. Naming the world’s most violent groups of Islamist terrorists, he added that the ideology “has produced Al-Qaeda, Daesh [Islamic State], Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab.”

“Wahhabis are still being supported by us in the West,” he said, and called for greater dialogue with people who believe “in democracy and not the ‘Clash of Civilisations’”, referring to the hypothesis that religions and cultures are inevitably in conflict with one another. - WWM

Christian Persecution: It's Getting Worse
- Premier.org.uk
There are a wide range of stories today on the internet that are piggybacking from a recent report form a UK group called Aid to the Church in Need. The above link is from a UK Christian site called Premeir.org.uk. They have done a fine job with a global report on Persecution, with individual pdf's for each individual country.
Religious Freedom Report Map 2016

Source: Religious-Freedom-Report.org.uk
{Map posted as no copyright notice found anywhere on site}

You can read the individual country reports here and the extensive Executive Summary here. The report (Summary) starts off with the testimony of a Syrian Catholic Priest, Jacques Mourad who was held by ISIS for five months. it's a fascinating story about him and a Wahlid from the 'Caliphate'. Check it out for yourselves. The report is really quite telling in its honesty of key issues, unlike the kind of politically correctness and sanitization of key issues we often see out of US think tanks, the US government and certain religious organizations. For example, they do not downplay the threat of extremist violence in the west in the form of these millions of refugee's now flooding Europe, including an upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks, something we don't hear much about here in America. I do hope you get a chance to read and download a few sections of the report, as it is very telling.

Bible Stomping Muslim Converts After Reading John 14:7 - Gospel Herald
"I am the way, the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father but by me."

A typical story of a Muslim who coverts to Christ and their family does not like it. This is a great story about how the Truth about Christ Jesus is able to save souls. Brothers, this I know. That in times like these, Christ warned us about how we treat and mistreat God's servants. When the fires of persecution burn the hottest and it is hardest to be a Christian and treat Christians right, Christ told us how such will be judged. Do you want to be rewarded by Christ, O, faithless and perverse generation? Here is how to do it.

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward;
and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive
a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little
ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you,
he shall in no wise lose his reward.
(Mat 10:40-42)

God, brothers and sisters is forgiving, so very forgiving because he is waiting for us to repent, change our hearts and spiritual direction. This includes Muslims and even the violent militant extremists.  If you want God's blessing upon you and yours, remember the persecuted with your prayers, aid and money who have to face such people regularly.

I recently got an email from Persecution.org and they said that their revenue was down about 50% from their projections. Here is a snippet from the email I received.
With your help, we've been able to serve the victims of persecution by rescuing them, bringing awareness to their plight, and encouraging US government officials to open the prison doors and fight on their behalf. We also are tirelessly expanding the Church in the toughest areas of the world.

However, we have a big problem.
Our revenue is down 50% from where it should be!

As it stands, we will have to drastically cut back on our service to the persecuted in 2017. We simply do not have resources to meet their needs.

This is not a sales pitch or marketing tactic! I drastically need your help to care for the persecuted in 2017. -
Persecution.org (Address and donation info on bottom of page)

Yes brothers, God is still reaching out to men and women from all over the world, of every race, creed and nationality. He offers us love, fellowship and friendship. May all who love our Lord remember both the persecuted, evangelists, pastors and Priests who serve in countries that treat Christians harshly.

Egypt: Mob Attacks, Destroys Christian Property On Rumors Of New Church - ICC

The attack resulted in four Copts being injured, the total destruction of a Christian-owned guesthouse, the destruction of nine Coptic homes, and the looting and burning of four Coptic-owned shops.

The attackers cut [off] the road so that the fire trucks could not enter the village; they also cut off the water and power supply to the village,” Nashed explained to ICC.

After police gained control of the situation, they arrested 18 Muslims involved in the attack. The Governor of Sohag and the Chief of Security of Sohag visited the scene and held a reconciliation session between the two communities.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “We are shocked at the news of yet another attack against Christians incited by rumors of church construction. ICC mourns with the families who have lost their homes and businesses due to these hate crimes. This is the latest in a long string of similar attacks, and we are impatient to see proper justice served. The Egyptian government must do more to secure the lives and properties of all citizens, including Christians.” - ICC

US Supreme Court Justice Speaks On Dangers To Religious Freedom - Christian News
ICC Note: Samuel Alito, a US Supreme Court Justice, discussed in a recent speech that religious freedom may be under greater threat than citizens’ rights to free speech. The speech then led to a discussion on the case of a pharmacy that was forced to supply abortifacients in spite of his Christian objections. This debate on the balance between religious freedom and free speech has been hotly contested throughout the United States and other parts of the Western world in recent years.

Two Injured In Philippine Church Blast - Minda News

While it is much too early to assign responsibility, it is also true that ISIS has moved into the region and not with 'baby steps' either. The UNODC as a well researched document done by counter terror experts in the region and it talks about Daesh in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. You can find the pdf  document here.

But to put it bluntly, it's a mess. Duterte, the President has said that ISIS has connected up with a local armed group called the Maute Group. It's a group that also goes by the name Islamic State in Lanao. Some of their fig
hters were recently freed from Prison via a 'raid'  wheree no shots were fired and were probably allowed to escape by their captors. The flag of the group can be found to the left. Right now, the Philippine Army has had some success in shelling ISIS fighters of this group. Many have been killed in what is now a low intensity conflict.

In Jakarta nine ISIS militants have been arrested for inciting protests with the goal of creating chaos and violence. According to AsiaNews.it, they are preparing for a Caliphate. In Indonesia, they recently arrested someone who was reportedly making bombs and plotting attacks under the orders of ISIS.

UK: Government Watchdog Blasts Domestic Christian Persecution
The watchdog is after employers, cinema's who ban the Lord's Prayer among other things. In Europe these days these things are more and more common, people being demoted or even fired for sharing their faith. In their rush to Islamify some of these countries, they are not just ignoring Christians they are going after us. The Government now is looking at the matter.

Uzbekistan: Believer Released Early From 10 Year Stint - Christian Today
Forum18 as usual has a great and brief look at the situation in Uzbekistan
Iran: Christians See Growth Despite Persecution
There is growth of Christianity in Iran and this article explains where the problem lies. Christianity is not illegal in Iran, but converting to Christ from Islam is.
More False Doctrines From False Francis - Asia News
Francis has his own version of hell. It's 'distance', not torment. It sure sounds good and gives us all a warm fuzzy and may even draw the unrepentant to Mass, but it is not the truth as Jesus and the Apostles preached it. Hell as distance? Yes, a place of eternal separation from God and all that he has made. But it is also a place of unspeakable torment, Christ told us that, and so did the Apostles. One day, we will look at the doctrine of hell as it is taught in the Bible, not from Francis, who is preaching what his covert masters behind the curtain are telling him to preach.
  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)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars,
 shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:

which is the second death.
(Rev 21:8)

The Lord put those warnings in there for a reason. No one wants to dwell on this horrible subject and certainly not me, but what Francis is doing is calling Christ, John and the Holy Apostles liars and making up his own psuedo-Christiantiy and 'new age Christ' that can be successfully melded into the other religions of the world.

Jesus Christ spoke clearly and incessantly and without any compromise about a place called hell. He was WARNING his hearers about something horrible. DO NOT GO TO HELL and DO NOT LISTEN TO THOSE WHO LIE ABOUT ITS EXISTENCE.

I am going to give you every place Christ talked about Hell in Scripture.

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
(Mat 5:22)

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
(Mat 5:29)

And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
(Mat 5:30)

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
(Mat 10:28)

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
(Mat 11:23)

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
(Mat 16:18)

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
(Mat 18:9)

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)

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
(Mat 23:33)

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
(Mar 9:43)

And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
(Mar 9:45)

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
(Mar 9:47)

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
(Luk 10:15)

But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
(Luk 12:5)

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
(Luk 16:23)

Francis is right about one thing. The book of Revelation does have a powerful message of hope for the redeemed and it is one reason I have not talked a whole lot about hellfire. But any one who starts to preach that there is no such place or downplay and minimize just what it's all about is in greater danger of it than he may realize.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part out of the book of life,
and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
(Rev 22:19)

This is crafty stuff and most people including most Christians are going to fall for this hook, line and sinker because it sounds so very, very good. It appeals to those who don't like consequences, and don't like to take responsibility and don't want to do right but rather, wants a religion that makes them feel good in their sins that is who the false doctrine of no hell is designed to appeal to. 

Brothers in Christ, we must be rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, SOUND DOCTRINE  and in love or we will surely be deceived by men and women who will and even now are rising to places of prominence in the Church who are serving dark forces in our world today. Like Freemasons (an interesting link, read with care), Russian Intelligence, the CIA, The Bilderbergs to name just a very, very few. These forces are all over religion and have always wanted full control of the Vatican to use its administrative structures for their, rather than God's purposes. I have personally dealt with these demonic forces who pretended to know Christ and then slithered in with a bunch of Islamic, secularist and new age mumbo-jumbo and when I would not start to preach that stuff... I started having all kinds of problems. So believe me on this - I know this spirit from personal experience.

I don't know what else to say about this  - those who have ears to hear, they will hear. 

Those who don't, won't,

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. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist,
make full proof of thy ministry.
(2Ti 4:3-5)

Even so, come Lord Jesus!!

Thanksgiving Weekend

Blessings to all of you who know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This site has been here now for going on 17 years. I started this site back in February of 2000 and I never ever thought I would be at it this long. There have been some good times and many, many a very rough one, but to those of you who have stuck with me here,  I want to thank you all -  saved and unsaved, Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native American, Rich and Poor, American or other.

I never ever in a million years thought this site would have the effect it has had inside our Government, and our world, but it has. I suppose that is why I have so many enemies. But I have learned to bear no grudge, hate no one, to not look back and to press on. That kind of enmity is only the inevitable outcome of doing right, serving the Lord and having a God given sharp intelligence with God given wisdom and the courage to speak out. I am not tooting my own horn. This site was not and is not my idea. I have rebelled against it in the past and was rebuked for it. To those of you who think I like this job, read the next post on Jonah, the next part of my series in Old Testament prophets. As we go through it, I think those wiser souls among you will find out what I mean.

Many of you have been upset with me in the past for different things. I right readily forgive you. I would ask you to understand that running a site like this on shoestring budget, with only one shoestring and two shoes, is not an easy task. Were it not for the Lord, it would be impossible. Frankly, when people get upset with me... most of the time, I see it very much as a good thing. It usually means I have hit something that God is dealing with them on. Race, money, hatred, our crazy wars. The material support to terrorism our leaders have engaged in as well as to Neo-Nazi movements, their adultery, their fornication, their habit of speaking falsehoods, breaking promises (lies) etc. Yes, I expect to get hate mail over these things.  It says to me...'you are on the right track, brother Mark.'
Political correctness? To me it's as bad a sin as in your face racism. Why? Political correctness stems from some commonly agreed upon lie that usually prevents us from looking at a serious problem in a way that will allow us to fix it. I am not talking about being deliberately offensive. No, but rather dealing with problems as they present themselves, even if and especially if it means some hurt feelings. If there is any one redeeming quality about in your face racism, is that at least it's honest. Political correctness in most cases, isn't.

I know many of you don't appreciate my rather off beat sense of humor, but most of you understand it. Often I use it to make a point. Humor, irony  - these can be a very good way of making a point.

Also, I do apologize that the vast majority of my posts do not appear on this page any more. I simply could not and cannot continue to. Free is good, I know most folks love it, but sites cost money to run. There is no two ways around it and when you have the kinds of material I have here it takes a considerable amount of time to research, prepare and present, not to mention all of the little technical issues I have to deal with. That includes the hacks (there have been many) DDos Attacks, the site goes dark, and the set ups some have tried on me (yes, they have... right on my servers)....etc.

Don't think this site making me 'live large', anything but!! Moreover,  again, I am not tooting my own horn but I know too much and that has led to at least some of my problems I have had with the 'dark side' of the US intelligence community, who can break the law, break into homes with no warrant, hound people half to death, lie and slander people (particularly Black people and Christians) for no other reason than they don't like the cut of their brow, the color of their skin, their religion or their blog posts.

I have been able to give people the back story on a host of issues because I know how the system really works. Not the conspiracy stuff that more often than not is planted on sites to misdirect people and are run by Federal officials and others. But I get to the real deal, so that people don't get fooled and deceived, or at least make it harder to do.

But I do try and keep a few posts up here from time to time for my non-insiders. Most of the analysis on the Trump phenomenon is going to stay behind the password wall. There is a lot and a lot more coming. His Presidency, if they allow him into office, will I think be pivotal. The economic stuff, the long range prophetic stuff... the good stuff stays behind the wall. I am under no obligation to give it to any passerby and have been chided by our Lord about doing it for so long (Matt 7:6).

But I thank all of you who have come by here from time to time on this Thanksgiving day and hope you all had a fine one with family and friends.

May God bless and keep each and everyone of you who names the name of the Lord and obey his voice both now and forever more!!


23 Nov

Jonah Part I

Jonah was a prophet. Probably one of the more famous ones because his life and ministry were probably more about the travails, rebellion and idiosyncrasies of the Prophet himself than it was about the message he brought to Nineveh. This and the entire episode of the whale has made him one of the best known ancient prophets. Another major aspect the book of Jonah was that he was one of the rare Hebrew prophets whose ministry was not specifically directed towards Israel, but rather to the people of Nineveh who knew not the Lord. In these respects, Jonah's words are distinct from those of the other prophets. Moreover, I think that the travails of Jonah are given to us to show is that Prophets are sent by the Lord and even though they are imperfect, sometimes rebellions as Jonah, Balaam and even Jeremiah (Jer 20:9) were, we must always remember that they were anointed to carry God's message to the audience God has intended. Be he holy or be he rebellions, it is best not to do harm or stand in the way of God's prophets who are in the execution of their ministry.

Saying, Touch not mine anointed,
and do my prophets no harm.

(1Ch 16:22)

Jonah's work deals with the people of Nineveh rather than the Hebrews. Other prophets did at times minister to those other nations that Israel had come in contact with. Daniel prophesied to the Babylonians and Elisha went to the Syrians. God wanted and wants to make himself known to all men and moves his prophets to reveal God and his purpose to them. Was it not Daniel who interpreted the Dream for the Babylonian King? Was it not Elisha who healed the Syrian General of leprosy? God wants to reveal his righteousness and his 'way of doing things' to all men, to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.

Jonah is mentioned in another book in the Old Testament. The book of Second Kings (2Kings 14:25) makes mention of a prophet names Jonah the son of Amittai (cf Jonah 1:1) which is certainly the same one.  The prophecy noted here is not in the book of Jonah. This leads us to an interesting question. At what point in Jonah's life did he receive his call to go to Nineveh? The asnwer appears, in my view to be towards the end of his life. Jonah probably had a rich prophetic ministry during the days of the the early Kings (Amaziah/Jereoboam II) and spoke to the Israelite's. Let us keep in mind the circumstances of Jonah's word given in the book of Kings

He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath
unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel,
which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet,
 which was of Gathhepher. For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel,
that it was very bitter:
for there was not any shut up, nor any left,
nor any helper for Israel. And the LORD said not that he would blot out the
name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of
Jeroboam the son of Joash.
(2Ki 14:25-27)

Yet his word to Nineveh some have opined, probably came to Jonah later in his life than the prophecy in Kings. Indeed some think it was much later, even in the days of Menahem, though the evidence for this come more from folklore than Biblical or Historical evidence. But I think Jonah's book came later in his life, perhaps when he had 'retired' and was no longer really active and this explains his very 'unprophetic' reaction to God's command, but granted that is just my own personal opinion.  Here is what K&D says about this subject.

This mission to Nineveh evidently falls later than the prophecy in favour of Jeroboam; but although it is quite possible that it is to be assigned to the time of Menahem, during the period of the first invasion of Israel by the Assyrians, this is by no means so probable as many have assumed. For, inasmuch as Menahem began to reign fifty-three years after the commencement of the reign of Jeroboam, and the war between Jeroboam and the Syrians took place not in the closing years, but in the very first years of his reign, since it was only the continuation and conclusion of the successful struggle which his father had already begun with these enemies of Israel; Jonah must have been a very old man when he was entrusted with his mission to Nineveh, if it did not take place till after the invasion of Israel by Pul. - K&D Commentary
So clearly Jonah was a known prophet in his days and certainly had other prophecies that were not set down for posterity. But the book that has come down to us I think is unique in that it shows the prophets own deeper human failings. The book itself was probably written by Jonah or perhaps by someone whom he trusted who wrote it for him. In any event it shows that the prophet was capable of deep self assessment and enough humility to set down his own bad behavior for others to read.

Why do I say I am like Jonah? Because my own ministry is like that. I did not want to do this but God has made it plain to me that this is my job and if I don't do it, God has a 'whale' prepared for me until I get right back to doing my job, watching, informing, analyzing and otherwise exhorting the small flock to be ready for the hour is very late and we must make and keep ourselves ready. Jonah was not obedient. At times I too can be slow to obey. This job I have is no picnic and like Jeremiah and Daniel,  I have powerful enemies in America's 'Royal Court' who have worked pretty hard to cast me into a 'miry pit' so they can be 'done with' God's pesky servant. They have hired their Judas' they have got readers to try and set me up (oh yes)... they smile in your face and then talk about you behind your back and then work with the enemies of the Lord to try and entrap you. I have dealt with such as these. I have been on this site for the past 16 and a half years.

Yes, I am very much like Jonah. But that makes me human, not false (and no, I make no claim as a classical 'prophet'). It makes me keenly aware of my own failings and faults so that I don't get 'high and mighty' or 'holier than thou'.  My failings I think help to keep me exceptionally humble and for no other reason, I thank God for those shortcomings. Nothing is more obnoxious to God is an arrogant, self-righteous Christian.

Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness
is come up before me.
(Jon 1:1-2)

In the typical method of many of the prophets, the first verse identifies who the prophet is. Here he just mentions who his father is and gives us no further information. But there is something rather interesting here in verse one. The word Amittai is actually a word that means truth.

From H571; veracious; Amittai, an Israelite: - Amittai.

So the the phrase could also be 'the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of truth, saying...'. This would be fully in keeping with the spirit of any true prophet of the Lord.

We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.
Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
(1Jo 4:6)

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father,
even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father,
he shall testify of me:
(Joh 15:26)

This is one of those interesting riddles often found in scripture. Jonah's family name probably was Amittai, but then again it may be a kind of title that was given to prophets on the Lord in those days.  But given the way that other prophets used this term to identify them with a specific House, it probably does refer to his real father. Let us remember this - Jonah was used by our Lord as a specific sign of this own death and Resurrection (Matt 12:40).

After introducing himself, He tells the reader of his specific mission -  his task in the Lord. It's to go and preach to the Ninevites of their impending doom as a direct result of their ever growing wickedness. Nineveh is called a 'Great City' by the Lord. Jonah was to go there and 'cry against it'. God was going to use Jonah to give them due warning before he lowered the boom on them.

This is the way of the Lord. He will always send in a prophet to warn a people of their coming end and to exhort them to repent before he does what the Lord does not want to do. The only difference is that Jonah's specific task was to to go to someone other than wayward Hebrews.  Let us remember that Nineveh was the seat of power of the great Assyrian Empire and one that was at odds with Israel in those days. Jonah, a Hebrew, was told to go and preach to the enemies of Israel to get them to repent. This was not an easy task. Why not? Think about it. What if  God were to say to you, '[insert your name here], go and prophecy to Tehran, the great kingdom of Iran and warn them of my impending judgment on them for their evil'. You would say "Iran'!!? As soon as I got there and started preaching to them they would know I was an American and a Christian and probably put me in jail, if I got there in one piece!."

In the natural you would be correct and clearly this was not an assignment that appealed to Jonah in the least. Additionally, it is not at all too difficult to assume that Jonah's earlier prophecies were known to the the Assyrians because it was Israel's conquests mentioned in Kings chapter 14 which were over the Syrians (2King 14:28). Jonah may have had gained a reputation not just in Israel, but abroad as being a true prophet. But this would not endear him to foreign nations to whom Israel was enemies with. Jonah probably figured his preaching would end in failure and his body would wind up hanging from a nearby tree.

So what did Jonah do?

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD,
and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish:
so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto
Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
(Jon 1:3)

What Jonah did was rank rebellion against his office and divine charge. He may not have recorded his own words at the time, but his feet were relaying to the Lord just what he thought about his commandment in every language known to man.... 'I ain't gonna do it!' He headed down to Joppa, paid his fare and was going as far as he could in the opposite direction. The Lord had to have been sorely disappointed in Jonah. His rebellion caused the Lord to deal with him in a most unusual fashion and one we will look at in the next installation of this series on Jonah.

19 Nov

Hosea Part XXIV

Grace and peace to all of you here today and may God richly bless each and every one of you in Christ Jesus!
Today we are going to begin the final chapter of Hosea, that being chapter fourteen. This chapter is unlike the first thirteen in that it's message is less one of remunerating the sins of Israel, her kings and establishment, but rather is one of hope and holy exhortation. Hosea ends his marvelous prophecy on a note of hope, love and reconciliation with the creator.

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God;
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:
say unto him, Take away all iniquity,

and receive us graciously:
so will we render the calves of our lips.

(Hos 14:1-2)

The prophet begins by exhorting Israel/Ephraim to return to the Lord. He wants them to stop worshiping at the altars of idols and giving honor to 'gods' that were nothing more than wood and stone. The first thirteen chapters of Hosea made it plain just what God thought about what they had been doing, from the King, to the Princes to the Priests.

But now, God is calling them to repent. Israel's fall and all of her troubles were the result of her sins and God here reminds them of this fact. God's earnest desire, even after all that wickedness and sin, was not that he would damn them and punish them, but that he wanted them to return to him. He still loved them, deeply. Then Hosea utters the prayer that he hopes Israel will one day pray to the Most High, "...Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips..."  here the hoped for prayer includes the desire that God forgive their sins and receive them. The phrase 'calves of our lips' is an expression that means the sacrifices of our lips, that being thanksgiving and praise. Calves were often used as sacrifices under the Jewish law. Here the idea is that the sacrifices will those of praise, worship and thanksgiving to God. This idea is clearly represented in the New Testament in the book of Hebrews. Here the writer, probably Paul says this,

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate
forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
(Heb 13:15-16)

The whole idea here is that Israel acknowledges and then is to be forgiven of their sins and as a result, they come to the Lord with songs of praise and thanksgiving to him for his mercy and love.

Remember that Paul, who was well versed in the Jewish law, probably and on unction from the Holy Spirit took this idea from Hosea to exhort the Hebrew believers just how important our sacrifices of praise (of the lips) are to the most high. I think this concept holds true for us, even when we face difficult circumstances.

I always look to Job who after he lost everything did not rail against God, but rather, gave thanks and praised him. I think many of us tend to forget just how bad things went for Job all at once. In Job chapter one you will see the phrase 'while he was yet speaking' referring to a bringer of the news of disaster, who was interrupted by a messenger with more news of disaster. Job's life and hard work were in shambles in no time at all. What did he do as result?

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground,
and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not,
nor charged God foolishly.
(Job 1:20-22)

Are things not going well for you? Thank God for the things he has done for you in the past! Lose a loved one? Thank God for the years you had that person here and got to know and love them. All these good things are from God, to give AND take away... blessed be the name of the Lord. These are the calves of our lips in the New Testament age, to give thanks to God in all circumstances.

Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses:
neither will we say any more to the work of our hands,
Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
(Hos 14:3)

Hosea's prophetic prayer continues with Israel announcing that the Assyrians (Asshur) will not save them. The idea here was that going to the Assyrians for help and salvation was something that they were not going to do any longer. The idea of riding upon horse seems a but obscure, but is probably related to the prohibition of Israel going to Egypt for help, something that Hosea makes mention of in earlier passages (Hos 11:5; Hos 12:1) and the prohibition for doing this found in the Law (Deu 17:16). In short, this is about going to Assyria and Egypt for help. God did not like it and they acknowledge this and will do it no more.  The next passage is pretty self explanatory, they would stop worshiping idols, the product of the local 'icon and idol industry' as god. Then they acknowledge the true God of Israel as being a merciful God, looking out even for the orphan. Remember, this is all part of the prophetic prayer that Hosea places in the lips of the repentant Israelite's.

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely:
for mine anger is turned away from him.
(Hos 14:4)

God then responds to this prayer and lets them know that God will heal them and love them and his anger will be turned away. God will forgive and wants to restore fellowship with his people. The key here is that when they prayed this prayer to the Lord and sought forgiveness (Hos 14:2), God would heal their sins and forgive them and love them. All of these things God promises are the direct response to the previous prayer indicated. Hosea's words are meant to let them know that God surely would hear such a prayer by them. God lets them know, however that he was indeed angry with them, but as a result of their prayer for mercy and repentance, God would indeed turn his anger away.

God is always looking for people who repent and his people who were wayward were ones that God deeply desired to return to him. God's mercy and love for them are also contrasted interestingly with his love for the fatherless (orphans) those who have no protector and no one to look out for them. Two groups of people God really gets angry about when they are mistreated are widow's and orphans. I think more and more he probably feels the same way about today's mass of refugee's who sit year in and year out in camps with little hope that things will ever improve for them. Kids who are born and are raised in these camps must be dear to God's heart. God watches and marks those who treat them well and those who treat them badly.

Let us remember that God looks out for the orphans, widows and defenseless. Let none of us take a harsh tone or unmerciful attitude about those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

God will surely mark it if you do.

Hosea Part XXV

I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

(Hos 14:5-6)

This verse is a continuation of the idea of divine healing and restoration that began in verse four. The prophet, looking into the seeds of time foresees a time when Israel forsakes his idols and sins and begins to look to their creator who is ready to heal them. God will be as the dew to them and allow them to be fruitful towards him and grow in their righteousness and knowledge of the most high. The imagery here is of a flourishing plant being watered in due season. The phrase 'grow as the lily' has been taken by some to represent the Church which many see represented in the Song of Solomon.

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
(Son 2:1-2)

The idea is that of unspotted purity of God's holy people as their sins are forgiven and they are restored. The roots of Lebanon? This may be a reference to the fact that the roots of the cedars of Lebanon run deep into the earth and are strong and not easily moved. Contrast that to the lily who may be unspotted and pure, it's roots are weak.

The following verse goes on to describe how Israel (and the Church) will propagate and grow. This is God's plan for his people when then return to him. Then he uses the similitude of an olive tree. The Olive tree is always green. So shall Israel be when she returns, always beautiful and like the cedars of Lebanon, always will have a nice smell.

They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn,
and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
(Hos 14:7)
This passage may be just a bit confusing because who the 'his' refers to is not clear. Some think it means the shadow of the Lord, others think it is a reference to restored Israel. That is my view as this passage seems to be a clear continuance of the previous verse, which refers to Israel.  The similitude of the corn? Here is what Gill said about it.

they shall revive as the corn: which first dies, and then is quickened; or which, after a cold nipping winter, at spring revives again: thus do believers under the dews of divine grace, under the shadow of Christ - Gill
I note that in each verse fruitful plants are mentioned. Olives, corn and then it's followed by vines and wine. What I see here is the whole idea of 'fruit' and this is exactly what God is looking for in ancient Israel as well as today in the Church. He is not looking for a dead branch or rotten fruit. This is the sense I think Hosea is trying to convey in his prophetic language. Fruit that is pleasant to the touch, palate and nose.

Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?
I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree.
From me is thy fruit found.
(Hos 14:8)
Here Ephraim (the Northern Kingdom) demonstrates his repentance from Idol Worship with the rhetorical question, what have I to do with idols? Ephraim does not want to go back after she is restored. This hearkens back to what Paul says in the NT in the book of Second Corinthians.

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
 as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

(2Co 6:15-17)
No more idols. They are completely incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ as they were in Hosea's day. God hates idolatry, weather its Baal, Molech, money or fame. God will not accept a person who has given themselves over to idolatry. This is the key lesson in Hosea. Faithfulness to God versus the adultery of idolatry.

God then responds to Ephraim's prayer and lets his people know that he hears them and will answer them. Ephraim then responds as though he is that fruitful vine that now that he has forsaken his idols, fruit can now be found with him. God shows his mercy to the penitent and thus God's goodness and mercy shall be upon him.

Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent,
and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

(Hos 14:9)

Then the prophet offers an interesting doxology to his prophecy. He asks who is wise and prudent enough to understand?  God is good and this was something that clearly was beyond the comprehension of Ephraim in their fallen state during the time of Hosea's ministry. There were few wise souls in those days and this is what I think Hosea is bemoaning. Hosea knew that not many would heed his words. Not many would obey, not many would really understand these things. This is the burden of the prophet, to preach, exhort and otherwise move the people towards God with their utterances, knowing full well, that for the most part, people won't believe and won't change. Hosea asks, who is wise enough? The answer was during his time, not many. But after the chastisement that God was sending to them, that would clearly change.

Hosea' book is witness to a people who were totally corrupted with idols and wickedness. God likens all of it to adultery and this is the whole theme of the book; God wooing is people back to him and thus the command to Hosea to go and marry a whore. It was done to show how wrong Israel was but also just how much God loved them.

Hosea's book is a constant reminder to we Christians today just how God looks upon adultery, spiritual and otherwise but also shows us just how far his mercy goes when a soul wishes to turn from their sin. At first, Israel would indeed pay for their unrepentant sins. But God did not forget them and would indeed one day restore them.

Hosea is a powerful testimony as to the power evil can have over people and the power of God's love and forgiveness.

16 Nov

Praying For President-elect Trump

I ask all of you who care about this country, to really take some time out and pray for Mr. Trump. I know there is a lot of bitterness and anger out there. I also know that much of the 'rage' out there is manufactured by others who are writing the checks.

Weather you like him or not, if you know Christ, I exhort you to put your anger, disappointment and bitterness aside and pray, earnestly for Mr. Trump. He has a tough job ahead of him and has many, even those inside his own party who hate him with a perfect hatred. Not all of his agenda is bad, despite what you have been fed by our media who lied to us about much regarding Mr. Trump, including all of those fake polls that said he was going to lose by a wide margin. Don't let them lie to you some more. Don't fall for the Media's 'sucker punch' again. Take a step back, take a breath and pray that whatever he implements is the best thing for the country. Pray for his safety and that of his family and that he can pick wise, hardworking and loyal people around him for his cabinet.

Remember this all of you. He is your President, even if you don't like him, he is it for the next four years. It is time to take off the horns and cloven hoofs the MSM painted onto his picture and get real about what is ahead for all of us. Again I say, Please pray for President elect Trump.

I also ask that you pray for the Clinton's. This is a bitter disappointment to Hillary. But she was warned by those close to her that she probably should not try another run as she was warned and warned about her confidant, Huma.

She did not listen.

But let bitterness and anger be put aside, I always respected her in many ways, but just saw her as to corrupt to lead the nation. She did have many successes as Secretary of State and one of the ones I think is underrated was her work in Myanmar.

She worked hard, served the country and deserves a rest. Let her and her husband retire from public life and take on roles of elder statesmen. I humbly ask all of you to pray for the Clinton Family... all of them.

Fulani Herdsmen Increasingly Militant in Killing 22 Christians in Kaduna, Nigeria

KAFANCHAN, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen or allied gunmen in southern Kaduna State appear to be increasingly militant, marked by greater sophistication in training and arms, sources said.

Advocacy group Jubiliee Campaign released a statement on Wednesday (Nov. 9) noting that a militant group associated with Fulani herdsmen has become increasingly dangerous.

“With the presence of the Boko Haram terrorist organization, the world’s deadliest terrorist organization, Nigeria contains two of the top terrorist groups in the world,” the statement read. “The Fulani militants have gotten little international attention due to a focus on the Boko Haram, allowing their activities to grow unchecked. They typically kill villagers, burn villages, and move in with their cattle so that any survivors from the attacked village are unable to return and rebuild their lives. Christian communities have been especially attacked and displaced.”

Having retaken much of the territory that the Islamic extremist Boko Haram claimed in Nigeria’s northeast in 2014-2015, the Nigerian military has reportedly warned Fulani herdsmen that they will be targeted next, according to a Nigerian Defense spokesman. - World Watch Monitor

Persecution Vietnam: 10 Years After Removed From US Watchlist

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 10th anniversary of the State Department’s removal of Vietnam’s designation as a “country of particular concern” (or CPC), the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) sees a country that has made progress but still has a long way to go before it fully respects religious freedom. USCIRF also watches with concern as the Vietnamese National Assembly is poised to vote on a new law governing religion.
“Vietnam is at a crossroads,” explains USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “Its government needs to stop oppressing believers and enact legislation that respects religious freedom. If it does not, USCIRF will have to continue calling for its designation as a country of particular concern.”
The freedom to practice one’s faith or beliefs in Vietnam has come a long way since the dark days following the 1975 communist takeover. Many individuals and religious communities are able to exercise their religion or belief freely, openly, and without fear.
Nevertheless, the Vietnamese government’s complicity in or indifference to egregious violations of religious freedom in many parts of the country is deeply troubling. In some areas, local authorities harass and discriminate against religious organizations that do not have government recognition, and in others, they threaten religious followers with eviction from or demolition of their places of worship or other religious buildings—in some instances carrying out these threats. Law enforcement officials continue to arrest and imprison individuals due to their religious beliefs or religious freedom advocacy, including Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh; Khmer Krom Buddhist the Venerable Thach Thuol; Hoa Hao Buddhist Nguyen Van Minh; and Buddhist Patriarch Thich Quang Do. Others are beaten by police or government hired thugs.
The scope and scale of these violations make clear that Vietnam still is a long way from respecting the universal right to freedom of religion or belief as defined by international law and covenants. - US Commission On International Religious Freedom

Nigeria: The Crisis Of Child Marriage

(World Watch Monitor) Habiba Isiyaku, 14, from Wawar Kaza village, Kankara Local Government Area, in the mainly Muslim state of Katsina, was abducted on 16 August while returning home from school. She was eventually married to one of her abductors, Jamilu Lawal. Her forced marriage was allegedly agreed by the Emir (ruler) of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Usman who was said to have collected 50,000 Naira [about US$160] as dowry from Lawal, a member of staff in the Emir's palace.

Habiba's father, Isiyaku Tanko, who told of the ordeal of his daughter on a satellite TV station (AIT), called on the authorities and well-meaning Nigerians to assist him to secure her release.
"My little girl was abducted…on her way from school. After my investigations, I discovered that Jamilu Lawal, who lives in our community, was responsible for my daughter’s disappearance".

Tanko said that the matter was reported to the Police Commissioner in Katsina and a meeting between him and the abductors, along with his daughter, was held in the office of the police chief. But while the police commissioner condemned the act, he didn't arrest the culprits nor was his daughter released to her father, and she was taken back the palace of the Emir. - Continues At World Watch Monitor

Uganda: Christian Teens Convert To Christ, On The Run From Islamic Death Threats

Mexico: Kidnapped Priest Found Alive, But Tortured 

Of three recent abductions, this priest is one of the lucky ones, the other two were murdered.

Quakes Continue To Batter New Zealand

Thousands are stranded, and there has been flooding and landslides as well.

Below find just a few of the quakes noted over the past few days...

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11 Nov


I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.
(Hos 13:11-12)

This next section of Hosea traces Israel's corruption to it's source. That being the fact that God did as Israel demanded back in the days of Samuel. They demanded a king and God was so angry with them, he gave them what they asked for. Many times we get upset with God that he does not give us what we pray for. Praying for that special job that pays considerably more or for that 'perfect mate' you think you just found. God see's things from a perspective that we do and can peer into both the future and into the hearts of others. He knows that woman with the pin-up girl face will divorce you in 5 years and take everything you have. He knows that Job you want will move to India in two years and will pink slip every worker in the building when the deal is done. Leaving you with a an upside down mortgage and no job. God knows the end from the beginning.

But in Israel's case it's not like he did not warn them. He told them straight out just what having such a king would mean to them.  God was perfectly clear to the people so there would be no misunderstanding later.
And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.
(1Sa 8:10-21)

They were warned. They refused to heed the warnings but had to be like the 'world'. In many respects I see this kind of like the sin of national envy or 'keep up with the Jones'. It's a 'Billy want's what Johnny has' kind of spirit. Look at the last couple of sections in the above passage Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. But even worse things befell them. They looked to their king for salvation rather than the Lord and their kings which with only a few exceptions, were a reprobate lot, led Israel astray.

The Lord here reminds Israel through the prophet Hosea just where they first went wrong. They went wrong the day the rejected the Lord to reign over them.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people
in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee,
but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
(1Sa 8:7)

The Lord was sore displeased and as punishment, he gave them exactly what they asked for. This is one of those Biblical occasions where the old adage, be careful what you wish for, has especially important meaning. God eventually got rid of Israel's first King, Samuel when he consistently disobeyed the Lord.

Verse 12 tells the kingdom that the the Sin of Ephraim is bound up - meaning that it is recorded in heaven and his sins are kept in reserve for punishment. God has not forgotten the sins of Ephraim.

The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him:
he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.
(Hos 13:13)
This passage clearly shows how sorrow will come upon Israel. This phrase is also used by Paul as he describes the last days tribulations.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
(1Th 5:2-3)

Labor, the fact that a woman must experience all of that pain is the result of mankind's sin (Gen 3:16). A woman's time for delivery is the similitude here. What do we know about it.
-The time of her delivery can be told, but not exactly. Only within a timeframe.
-Her time is fixed by nature.
-She goes through significant pain and travails
-There is no avoiding it
-She delivers the child
So it was with women, so it was in the days of Christ's crucifixion (John 16:21), and so shall it be in the last days.
The second part of verse 13 is a little less clear. Some interpret the place for the breaking forth as being in the womb. In other words, you have a dum-dum (unwise son) who stays in the womb too long. Like a babe in Christ who never gets out of his mothers belly. That is one way some have interpreted this passage. Below is how Keil and Delitzsch deals with this verse. Their commentary is almost always the most scholarly, if not the most spiritual interpretation of many of the more difficult OT passages.

The pains of childbirth are not merely a figurative representation of violent agony, but of the sufferings and calamities connected with the refining judgments of God, by which new life was to be born, and a complete transformation of all things effected (cf. Mic_4:9-10; Isa_13:8; Isa_26:17; Mat_24:8). He cannot be spared these pains, for he is a foolish son (cf. Deu_32:6, Deu_32:28.). But in what respect? This is explained in the words כּי עת וגו, “for at the time,” or as עת cannot stand for לעת, more correctly “when it is time,” he does not place himself in, i.e., does not enter, the opening of the womb. Mishbar bânīm is to be explained as in 2Ki_19:3 and Isa_37:3; and עמד, c. ב as in Eze_22:30. If the child does not come to the opening at the right time, the birth is retarded, and the life of both mother and child endangered. The mother and child are one person here. And this explains the transition from the pains of the mother to the behaviour of the child at the time of birth. Ephraim is an unwise son, inasmuch as even under the chastening judgment he still delays his conversion, and will not let himself be new-born, like a child, that at the time of the labour-pains will not enter the opening of the womb and so come to the birth. - K&D Commentary

I think the same thing can be applied to many so called Christians. I just don't think they have ever really been born again, They may have heard the word and had an emotional experience, but that is not being born again. A person who has that experience will never forget it and the Spirit of God will make itself plain to that person in a very real and personal way.

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
(Joh 14:23)

We are not talking about some new age 'kumbaya, we are all one' spirit that some are preaching today calling it the Holy spirit while not demanding as a part of salvation that men repent and come to the cross of Christ. No, God will make his presence felt. But today in the Churches, we have many a spiritual pregnancy but almost as many still births in the Church. Why? More often than not it is unsound doctrine being preached and pastors who get their unction from the State, rather than God. This is why there are so many spiritual abortions in western Churches.

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death:
O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction:
repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
(Hos 13:14)

This passage is a marvelous promise to all those who belong to God. Be they the wayward Israelites or those of us in the Church age. Christ overcame death and could not be held by its power and all who believe and trust in him shall also share in this promise. We shall be redeemed from death and God will save his people even from the destruction that all men think is final. Here is how K&D translates this passage.

“Out of the hand of hell will I redeem them; from death will I set them free!
Where are thy plagues, O death? where thy destruction,
O hell! Repentance is hidden from mine eyes.”
- K & D's Translation of Hosea 13:14

And this is exactly the verse Paul makes a reference to in his Epistles to the Corinthians.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law: but thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord.
(1Co 15:51-58)

So we see how God now accomplished this miracle, but by the person and work of Christ on the cross and his Resurrection. Any slight difference in translation comes from the fact that Paul was quoting from the Septuagint. The last part of verse 13 is not what it may sound like, that God is not going to accept their repentance. No rather, it's that God is not going to change his mind about what he proposes to do for Israel. In other words, his plan is set in stone.

Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come,
the breath of Jehovah coming up from the wilderness; and his spring shall become dry,
and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall make spoil of the treasure of all goodly vessels.
 Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God:
they shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
and their women with child shall be ripped up.
(Hos 13:15-16)

 Yet despite the previous promises, God reminds Israel of her sins and that judgment will surely fall upon them for all the evil they have done. The ten tribes had multiplied in numbers but God uses the imagery of a farmer's field or garden to let them know that all the things that make a garden fruitful will be taken away from them and that all the treasures they laid up for themselves would be stolen by the invader. God may have a plan to eventually save Israel, but this generation who did all of this wickedness are going to pay a very heavy price. This is the sense that we get in the next verse.

Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God: t
hey shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
and their women with child shall be ripped up.
(Hos 13:16)

This passage needs no commentary. People who think they can get away with sin, rebellion, idolatry and evil will one day find quite suddenly that they must pay for what they have done, for strong is the Lord who judges the nations.
10 Nov

Dialing Back The Anger

I was going to not really talk much about the election for a while for a number of reasons, mostly I am tired of it. But with the protests and significant anger out there, I feel led to make a comment.

There have been riots and many violent incidents over people's anger at the results of the election. There have been many arrests. Some attacks appear to have a racial undertone to them. Breitbart has snippets of a few stories in the Golden state here. Bloomberg has a story in the unrest here. Cops were shot in Pittsburgh and one has died as a result. The Guardian has a story here. People are even calling for his assassination, a very serious criminal act. Protests that turn violent. The good news is that most protests were peaceful. I am all in favor of peaceful protests, even of election results one does not like. It's the violence and burning of flag's that really sticks in my craw.

I want to say this clearly. Whatever you may feel or think about Trump personally, he won that election against all odds and many dirty tricks played against him. His victory is democracy in action. He is what a clear majority of people wanted as President. The establishment pulled out all the stops to defeat him. Yet and still he won by a comfortable margin despite polling data that told us otherwise.

Source: Wikipedia (Creative Commons License)

If you don't want democracy to choose your leaders, what do you want? If you don't want a vote to decide who is President, what or who do you want to decide it? A guy in a tank, or with a shotgun, or a Molotov cocktail? Men who sit in a smoke filled backroom? These elections as far as I can tell were free and fair and what few shenanigans I have seen would have benefited Clinton, not Trump. Do you want to dial back democracy? Maybe you should take a trip to North Korea and live there for a while and act up like you are here in America... and see what happens.

What kind of childish, emotionally disturbed mentality that feels violence is the way to get what you want when you lose? This is like not liking the outcome of a football game and slitting the referee's throat when all he did was do his job. Only someone with a some level of an emotional disturbance would even think about going there.

Me? I am more than willing to give Mr. Trump a chance, a real chance. I am not going to give into this kind of violent, childish and yes, un-American activity so many on the left are now engaging in.  If there were massive fraud, I could understand some serious protests. There has been none and the Clinton Campaign has not made any such charges.

Are foreign elements stirring up trouble here in the US? Consider that if Trump were to get his way on Trade, a lot of nations are going to see their economic prospects decline significantly as a result. Even now foreign leaders in many capitals are very skittish about Trumps Trade and Security policies which he has made plain, will put America first.

No, I have no sympathy for these violent protests. Elections, free and fair are how we choose our leaders, not with angry thugs and emotional midgets who lack the maturity to accept that their team lost. Life is full of disappointments. For you, this is one of them. Get over it and get your ducks in a row so you pick a decent candidate for President in 2020. That's the American way.

I should say this as well. Many of my readers are mad at me for not endorsing one candidate or the other like so many pastors and religious leaders do. I have never done that. I do bring out issues and policies that candidates support, things they have done, etc. But I have never endorsed anyone here for President. I don't do that. That is not my Job. I do my best when I stay neutral on key issues of the day and if at times I did seem a little too anti-Hillary, it was because I saw her as a serious threat to our great republic for reasons that came out in those emails as her use of these unsecured servers for classified material,  the money she was taking from overseas and other reasons I will not discuss. It was not personal and it was not partisan. But that stance did not mean in any way shape or form an endorsement of Trump.

I am not a modern day Samuel, who was sent to anoint the new king with a vial of oil, as the OT prophet did with David. If God ever gives me that Job, I will probably pull a Jonah and run for the hills!! Until I get that job, I am not going to take that job. So those of you who are mad at me for not endorsing one or the other will have to stay mad. I don't endorse, never have and unless I get firm, clear and unequivocal direction from the Lord to do so, I won't. I will vote and keep my vote secret.

But what I will say is this. If you care about this country, give him a chance. He may turn out to be every bit as bad as you think, but then again he may not. No one knows, not even Mr Trump who will one day very, very soon have his world rocked when he starts getting some classified briefings and begin to understand why Obama did some of the things he did.

If the Democrats lost this election, they deserved to. The failed working, ordinary Americans again and again, did not honor many of their promises and wrongly figured folks would not notice. Even their own apologists imply some of these things. Sanders too.

"It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire of [the] Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr. Trump...  - Bernie Sanders (quoted from Common Dreams)

Face it, the Democrats and their party machinery got arrogant, lazy and stopped listening to the people.

That is why Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President on January 20th, 2017.

9 Nov

mark can be reached at outsiders at markswatson dot com

Trump Wins!

Yes it is true, he really did do it against all odds and all the tricks played on him by the establishment the democrats and even many in his own party.  Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.
Was the press anti-Trump?

You be the judge.

Clinton Concedes

Chiding Americans for being divided, she did say we all owe it to Trump to give him a chance to lead.

8 Nov

Looks Like It's Going To Be President Trump

More here and here.

This is going to shape up to be a big upset and only shows that polls and pundits have been totally wrong and or bought off to project in image of 'inevitability' that simply did not exist. They were wrong on the Brexit and they look to be wrong on Trump.

We will talk about what this means tomorrow.... for insiders.

Why did Trump appeal to so many?

For the have's, they don't get it. For the have not's, they do.

Why Can't The Navy Fire It's New Gun On Its Brand New Ship?

The rounds cost just under a million each.

Who Will Control The Senate?

Dems need a net gain of 5 to take control.

Markets Tank As Election Map Takes Shape

Markets and currencies are going haywire....

Obama Sold Twice As Many Arms Overseas As Bush

Bush got a lot of heat for being a war President. But the record of Obama is hardly better, when looked at from various perspectives, like this one.

Look at our world and honestly tell me that more arms is what it needs today or that this was the kind of 'change' people voted for back in 2008?

What Could Become Of This Election?

Could California Actually leave the Union? Could Other States?

Did The NYT Predict A Trump Win?

And Trump wins the Clinton's home state of Arkansas. Never a good sign for a candidate when they lose their home state.

1 Dead At Azusa Ca Polling Station Shooting

Heavily armed assailant dead.

Quake In OK Caused School Closures

Is Fracking the cause? This was a 5.0 and it was quite a jolt.

Below are quakes over the past few days...

Could Black Americans Put Trump Over The Top?

All of the really nasty things that came out in this campaign one of them that I found rather well, interersting, to use nice word, was that Trump was some kind of racist. But you know, Trump really went out of bounds for a lot in the GOP and appealed directly to Black voters.

“Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a
government that puts their jobs wages and security first.”
- Donald Trump

Trump's support among Black voters is higher than the media is telling us, check out the link.

Never let a person's enemies define them. Listen to the candidate and go and check their record.

I never let slander decide my vote.

Why do I think some Black Americans may test out GOP waters? Democratic administrations, even one run by a Black President has not improved things for Black Americans. Rather, they have in a great many places that are now key in this election, made them worse.

A Contingent Election?

Are we about to have one? Did you know that the Constitution provides for one in some circumstances?
This from the CRS...

Source: Contingent Election of the President and Vice President by Congress: Perspectives and Contemporary Analysis 

More CRS reports can be found below

The Terrorist Screening Database and Preventing Terrorist Travel, November 7, 2016

Pipeline Security: Domestic Threats, CRS Insight, November 3, 2016

Individual Income Tax Rates and Other Key Elements of the Federal Individual Income Tax: 1988 to 2017, updated November 4, 2016

Treasury’s Recent Report on Foreign Exchange Rate Policies, CRS Insight, November 3, 2016

U.S.-Mexico Economic Relations: Trends, Issues, and Implications, updated November 4, 2016

Moldova: A Pivotal Election?, CRS Insight, November 4, 2016

Recent State Election Law Challenges: In Brief by legislative attorney L. Paige Whitaker, November 2, 2016.

Security Cooperation: Comparison of Proposed Provisions for the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), November 1, 2016.

Courts Evaluate How Federal Agencies Put a Price on Carbon, CRS Legal Sidebar, November 1, 2016.

Foreign Aid and the Education Sector: Programs and Priorities, November 2, 2016

Funding and Financing Highways and Public Transportation, November 1, 2016

Extraterritorial Application of American Criminal Law, updated October 31, 2016

FYI, DW has a little article here on the swing states. Keep in mind the DW has run a barrage of anti-Trump and pro-Hillary stories since the election began.

Rather than go by a blow by blow with articles from left and right, let me refer you to the RealClear politics site that has links from both sides of the aisle as well as a Polling section (in the left hand column) that some of you will find of use. Keep in mind the Senate has people running as well. So these races will also be of interest.

I will be honest with you, I don't like writing about elections and this one least of all. So I am a little burned out about writing about it. Tomorrow we will talk just a bit about the results but move onto other more interesting and important issues!

While The Campaigns Were On...

Quietly, away from the headlines, foreign nations who have often cooperated with the US intelligence community have made progress countering things on the global surveillance front. Glen Greenwald over at the the Intercept has an interpretive piece that look at recent developments up in Canada and also over in the UK where investigators have found that these nations were involved in pervasive and illegal surveillance against their populations. These are key events because of the intelligence sharing that reportedly goes on between the US, UK and Canada.

Yes, dear readers, there has been some push back but in the US, that push back and not been as significant. It has been pretty tepid. But here is the real problem and one that few will vocalize. People are scared. They are scared of terrorists blowing up school buses with their kids on board, scared of a terrorist attacking a Mall where they shop. They have a right to be. Yet it was this fear, duly fanned by political panic mongers who pushed these programs and gave them considerable power, leeway and legal immunity. But there was one major problem.

For the most part, these programs had little to do with counter terrorism. They had more to do with finding key people who they wanted to blackmail so they could push policies on their own nations that were odious to the security of the their respective state's and the welfare of its population. It was about bloggers they wanted to set up, Judges they wanted to rule one way or another or even killing those whom the power behind these programs wanted dead. Anyone with a smart phone 'on' is (not could be) being tracked, monitored and everything pretty much of importance about their purchasing habits, places they frequent, their lovers, friends etc can be now determined with the click of a mouse and given over to the rich and powerful.

An activist against an oil pipeline can now be killed on their way to work or in a coffee shop or die as a result of 'unknown assailants' who robbed the person and killed them, because they were being tracked real time by the surveillance state. They knew that three times a week, Janie the Blogger goes jogging, carries her phone with her and they know Janie, who runs an environmental blog that Big Oil does not like and is causing them a lot of trouble, is an avid jogger - rain or shine, she is out there. They know the route Janie usually takes when she takes here 3 mile jog. They know how to place the right thugs in her path (for money) to make sure Janie never blogs again.

This is no longer the stuff of movies, these things happen and those that do them have a high degree of legal immunity and political protection even if they get caught, and that rarely happens.

Keep this in mind, the surveillance state was a danger in Soviet Russia, it was a danger in Nazi Germany, It was a danger in East Germany with the Stasi, and it is a danger now with the western world's infatuation with the slow imposition of various techniques of fascism onto their own respective populations. This is what the surveillance state represents. It operates as a failsafe mechanism against any form of political, legal and social opposition to the policies of those who hold the real power in the west.

Militarized Police Against Peaceful Protesters At Standing Rock (Images Courtesy AntiMedia)

Terrorism was the lie they used to put it in place and before any of you think that America has any real aversion to terrorism, you may want to slide on over and check this out. America's policies, weather you wish to accept it or not, have not forestalled terrorism. No, more often than not, we have supported it, armed it, guided it and gave terrorists 'life' when they and their moments were on their death beds. Terrorism has been a convenient excuse to raise defense budgets, go on new military expeditions, gut civil rights and as Snowden has revealed, spy in our own citizens in ways Hitler could only have dreamed.
With the admission of rebel terror attacks on civilians in west Aleppo, the picture finally is put into more balance. The Al Qaeda and U.S.-backed rebels have been killing thousands of civilians in government-controlled areas and the Syrian military and its Russian allies have struck back only to be condemned for committing “war crimes.” - Consortium News
Despite what some claim as being merely about saving people from personal embarrassment, or a fetish with privacy, the reality is this about the surveillance state - give people behind closed doors, whose names we are not even allowed to know, enough power and they will abuse it until they are forced.... FORCED to stop. I hate to be so plain about it, but for some of these people, they are more friendly with the terrorists they arm and support than they are with the elected officials they supposedly are subservient to.

But I ask all of you to be careful out there. Whatever laws are passed by legislatures, the Intelligence communities in each nation have armies of lawyers who are paid to look for loopholes in any new laws that are passed so they can continue to do whatever it is elected officials just told them to stop doing.

One of the ways that spying continues is once again (I am going to harp a bit on this) are terms of service and privacy agreements. For those of you who use a privacy service, let me tell you, some are very good at deceptive wording. Very good at deceptive wording. Ever read TOS that says they don't record your IP? They probably don't but there are other things that they can gather to ID you. Like your computer name. Did you know that can be used to ID you? This is one thing that has come out is this key Identifying technique. No, it is not advertised much, but it is used... a lot. Is your PC named Janie-Dell1505? They can narrow you down to just a handful of people and guess what, if they can geo-locate you, they got you and they have kept to their terms of service.

Let me give you another hint. Free is good, but not always. Have any of you used AnonymoX the free add on or Firefox and or Chrome? Be careful, you are not as private as you think and remember, 'free' -  someone is paying all the bills for all of that mass of used of bandwidth.

Those of you who want to understand how private you really are when using a privacy service can use any good packet sniffer to see. Here is what the a typical 'stealthed' request for a typical site looks like when using Anonymox. - (the Black XXX's in the username field are what I blacked out after the capture).

Right there in plan text you can see what site I am visiting, here it is antiwar.com. Anyone along the pipes can see this. There is no encryption, nothing 'stealthed'.  Encryption, when implemented properly looks like total gibberish. Additionally, your Anonymox add-on constantly pings their servers even when it is not being used.

This is why I say, you really have to be careful about privacy services, not take anyone's word for how good they are, especially not your top tech blogs, who are often there ($$$) to drive the bee's to the intelligence front honey pot.

I am not accusing those at Anonymox of being this. What I am saying is that for whatever reasons, their service is not nearly as private as an ordinary person would expect. The NSA or any one who operates along the backbone of the net can see exactly where you are surfing and can connect it up with an IP. Here is the kicker. The privacy service may indeed not be logging your surfing, but they have made it incredibly easy for the NSA beast and his peeping tom children to.

I am not picking on Anonymox. You can use their service for a very basic level of privacy (like hiding your IP from the site you are visiting), which can be useful depending on where you are going and depending on the privacy policy of each respective site or how many ad trackers they have on their site, etc. So it's not all bad, just beware that various services out there are not all they are cracked up to be and if you are a blogger who has enemies, or an activist who is making a difference, or a politician who is doing the right thing. You can be absolutely certain of this, evil men with great power are going to do all they can to track, monitor, threaten and stop you. The methods they use will be wholly depending on the threat you pose to their interests. Well known activists, Black Americans, Political activists who espouse, freedom, 'people power' and or constitutional causes, are at the top of the 'threat list'. 

However their is one other thing I have noticed while using AnonymoX a couple of times. My computer locks up to the point that I cannot use the mouse to close programs or anything, but the hard drive is spinning at full RPM's (like it is looking for files, passwords, personal data, etc) even with javascript disabled. I cannot be 100% sure it's AnomymoX, but I am about 70% sure it is. I have only had this problem 3x's and each time it was with AnonymoX on. I don't use it very much at all. Just so you know, this is the typical behavior of malware that criminals use when they want to steal passwords, personal files etc.

Keep this in mind as you surf. Intelligence agencies are all over these extensions and they are not your friend. They are the guys who fund and arm the terrorists they tell you they are fighting, bail out the banks who just stole your home and run you into jail for crimes you never even thought about committing.

Think of them as the guy who smiles in your face, shakes your hand and builds your trust, and them hires a guy for top dollar to blow your brains out when you are not looking... just because the law lets them get away with it.

That is in essence the kinds of people you are dealing with. That may be a bit too harsh of an assessment for many of you, but if you want to keep on breathing when you come in contact with some of these creatures, you had better develop a strong sense of suspicion and an instinct for survival, or you will be their next victim.

In more tech news, one of the more popular addons called 'web of trust' has been pulled from the major addon stores. Why? It was surreptitiously collecting people's browsing history and them selling it off to third parties. So much for 'trust' huh?

FBI Malware? Oh, yes, there is a lot of news on that front too.

In less important news, Netflix is coming to Comcast, soon.

7 Nov

Hillary, Huma's And Anthony's Emails

... why they matter.

We Would Have Healed Babylon....

A few random thoughts the day before the election....

Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken:
the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain,
 if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed:
 forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven,
and is lifted up even to the skies.
(Jer 51:7-9)

I have watched this election with an emotionally detached interest coupled with great sadness. Sadness as one who has long seen past the simplistic partisanship and meaningless issues that inflame the American people. They have, like a person intoxicated or spaced out, ceased to think rationally and operate in a fashion that makes fundamental sense. The issue is one I think is terminal for the nation. Corruption in high places is no longer just about a few greedy individuals making insider contracts or getting federal money via questionable or illegal means. Today, the issues go way beyond that.

No, these things are and to greater and lesser degrees been part and parcel of what is wrong with the nation but the problem is deeper now, much deeper. There is the whiff of Treason in the air. Deep systemic politically protected Treason. I am not just referring to the latest of a long line of serious Clinton Scandals that involve foreign powers and yes, criminal organizations. No, they are just one cog in a wheel in DC. There is something much deeper happening to America and her elected officials as well as her 'gatekeepers', who are charged with fixing these things when they appear using legal or other 'extra legal' means to deal with them. The scandals we have seen in the past few weeks are merely the outward manifestation of a deeper spiritual disease that is afflicting the nation.

Our nation is beset by serious problems, many of which are fairly easily solvable, provided we had clearheaded, intelligent and most of all loyal leadership sitting in the halls of power. We just don't have that. Not anymore. What we have now are men and women who are often nothing more than partisan and political hacks who dance to whatever tune the party and their donors ask them to dance to. Those dance numbers these days include the 'Treason Two-Step' and the 'Sell-out Shuffle'.

America has been a cup in the Lord's hand. First he used it for good, to spread freedom and democracy into much of the world. But later, it turned into a place where freedoms were crushed by that self-same America, with coups and assassinations, terror groups and lists of men to kill. Throughout the world America's golden cup that was poured out onto the world moved from what was good to what was evil. The sense in the above verse (Jer 51:7) is that Babylon was being used by God to dispense Justice over the earth. Here is how Gill relates this verse. I think his views on this passage are worthy of consideration.

Babylon hath been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord,.... Either so called from the liquor in it, being of a yellow colour, or pure as gold, as the Jewish commentators generally; or from the matter of it, being made of gold, denoting the grandeur, splendour, and riches of the Babylonian empire; which, for the same reason, is called the head of gold, (Dan 2:38) this was in the hand of the Lord, under his direction, and at his dispose; an instrument he make use of to dispense the cup of his wrath and vengeance to other nations, or to inflict punishment on them for their sins; see (Jer 25:15) or else the sense is, that, by the permission of God, Babylon had by various specious pretenses drawn the nations of the earth into idolatry, and other sins, which were as poison in a golden cup, by which they had been deceived; and this suits best with the use of the phrase in (Rev 17:4)

that made all the earth drunken; either disturbed them with wars, so that they were like a drunken man that reels to and fro, and falls, as they did, into ruin and destruction; or made them drunk with the wine of her fornication, with idolatry, so that they were intoxicated with it, as the whore of Rome, mystical Babylon, is said to do, (Rev 17:2)  - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible

For your information, those of you who may think this interpretation was 'force fitted' by the author for America, consider that John Gill Died 5 years before the American Revolution (1690-1771). I think Gill hits the nail right on the head in this passage. Babylon, ancient and modern were to be used by God in this manner but in each case, the Golden cup turned into poison and was poured out over the earth. Think about whose culture is the most dominant in the world today. It's American culture. Wherever you go, there is always a heavy does of it. But now, we have seen that culture begin to push things that God hates things like Sodomy and aiding and abetting the arming and rise of the worst persecutors of God's people. But it is not just our culture.

These things have been discussed here at Watson's Web at length, I will not rehash them here. What I will say is that there are many people inside our nation, our government and even foreigners who are trying to save America, they want to heal America of her sins and diseases. One of the worse outgrowths of this disease is Madness. The sense here is not just insanity but also anger. Again, let me quote from Mr. Gill.

the nations have drunken of her wine, therefore the nations are mad: they drank of the wine of God's wrath by her means, being engaged in wars, which proved their ruin, and deprived theft of their riches, strength, and substance, as mad men are of their reason; or they drank in her errors, and partook of her idolatry, and ran mad upon her idols, as she did, (Jer 50:38) see Rev 18:3.  - John Gill.

Drunkenness and madness these are the ultimate result of partaking of the cup that Babylon has.

Who is it that plays world's policeman today all over the world. passing judgment on nation after nation and then sending in warplanes and ships to 'teach' some poor nation a 'lesson'. In some instances we were justified. But more and more, we simply are not. What we have become is the world's chief hypocrite and warmonger, because wars pay our leaders very, very handsomely and for the most part, Americans don't care who or how many die as long as the football game is on the tube and a new version of their favorite mobile OS has even prettier icons and effects as they sit for hours per day flipping, tapping and dragging little virtual toys on their phones or tablets slowly detaching themselves from reality.

They have become, as the song said 'comfortably numb'. Intoxicants do that. Be they chemical intoxicants, misdirection intoxicants or propaganda intoxicants. They make people 'drunk' and 'mad'  - no longer able to interact intelligently with others or their environment.

Today we have a term for this phenomenon. It's called Brainwashing, It is often used in relation to propaganda. Brothers, a person on propaganda is like a person on LSD. They hallucinate regularly. Partisan victims of this see what they want to see and hear what they want  to hear. When the drug wears off they go and get some more dope from the TV, or the Internet so they can be filled with the proper hate... for the other guy or the other party or some social or racial group their conditioning has trained them to hate.

Brothers, as with ancient Babylon so it is today in Mystery Babylon, the last days empire that spans the globe. We have been a cup in the Lord's hand, dispensing judgment to the nations. But we got haughty, arrogant, greedy and finally we fall under the spell of the spirits of devils. Brothers, the same spirits that infected ancient Babylon has now infested modern day Babylon.

What saith the scriptures about Modern Babylon, the last days empire who will fall immediately before (see Rev 14:7ff)  the institution of the Mark of the Beast?

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit,
 and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the
 wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed
 fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance
of her delicacies.
(Rev 18:2-3)

Both prophets were looking into the seeds of time and seeing something only God could and would show to those who served him and loved him. It behooves us to note that when these men spoke people rarely listened. But God was not going to move against Babylon without sending a warning first. Listen or ignore, he would send a witness so that on the great day of Judgment no one will be able to say, 'I was not warned' or 'no one told me'. He will replay the 3D, 4K quality recording of you laughing and mocking at God's prophets, watchmen and pastors as they tried to warn you of what was coming and even record the thoughts in your mind during the playback. He will record your cheering when they are slain in the streets for preaching repentance.

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.

(Rev 11:7-10)

These two witnesses will be given enormous power and authority. And note that after they finish their preaching  and are killed for doing so, the people rejoice and make merry at their murder.

What is this really all about? I will give you the big picture answer. It's about choosing sides. Choosing to Serve the Lord, who would save us all or fall into the snares of deceit, murder (the witness are indeed murdered) , hatred and vice, and be thus enslaved thereby.

From Moses to the modern day, the call has not changed.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
(Deu 30:19)

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
(Jos 24:15)

It is the eternal choice. We sons of Adam have this choice to make - all of us.

There are no exceptions.

I want to see America healed. I am not alone, there are many who are taking a lot of personal risks to see to it that she is. I want to see her healed of its penchant for violence and murder; war and greed. I want to see her healed of her plague of racial and other hatreds, free of the drug abuse that afflicts so many Americans - legal and illegal drug abuse. I want to see our nation look out for her citizens, rather than the rich donors from overseas, many of whom are paying our leaders to get America to change her gods.

Yet most Americans really don't understand the stakes in our current election. They don't understand the fiscal predicament we are now in because we have sat in front of our TV's, comfortably numbed by our warm homes, nice cars, gizmo's and gadgets that provide us with a high level of both comfort and distraction. These Americans too have been sipping from the Golden Cup.

Yes, propaganda acts like a drug. It can, like any drug, get you to change your behavior into the irrational. We often tend to think of propaganda as something agitates people to action; gets them mad and makes them protest or call for a boycott or vote for this or against that. This is called Agit-prop, from a political perspective.

But the other, far more insidious form of propaganda is what some have termed integration propaganda. It is the kind of propaganda that gets you to go along with what you would ordinarily go against if you had all of the facts and knew where they ultimately wanted to take you. It seeks to integrate you into the society that the elite are building. Think of it more like a sleeping tablet rather than a no-doze, if I had to use the drug analogy. It puts you right to sleep or misdirects you at key moments so you don't rise up and oppose those who are working against your interests. This is by far the most effective form of 'potion' found in the modern day 'Golden Cup'. Let's take a quick look at this concept as it was put forth in the most excellent work of Propaganda out there for ordinary people. It's called Propaganda, by Jacques Elull.

Agitation vs. Integration propaganda:

Propaganda of agitation seeks to mobilize people in order to destroy the established order and/or government. It seeks rebellion by provoking a crisis or unleashing explosive movements during one. It momentarily subverts the habits, customs, and beliefs that were obstacles to making great leap forward by addressing the internal elements in each of us. It eradicates the individual out of his normal framework and then proceeds to plunge him into enthusiasm by suggesting extraordinary goals which nevertheless seem to him completely within reach. However, this enthusiasm can only last a short duration so the objective must be achieved quickly followed by a period of rest. People cannot be kept in a "state of perpetual enthusiasm and insecurity". Rebellion is incited by the propagandist who knows that hate is one of the most profitable resources when drawn out of an individual. Agitation propaganda is usually thought of as propaganda in that it aims to influence people to act.

Integration propaganda, on the other hand, is a more subtle form that aims to reinforce cultural norms. This is sociological in nature because it provides stability to society by supporting the "way of life" and the myths within a culture. It is propaganda of conformity that requires participation in the social body. This type of propaganda is more prominent and permanent, yet it is not as recognized as agitation propaganda because it is more permanent manner. Basically, agitation propaganda provides the motive force when needed and when not needed integration propaganda provides the context and backdrop. -  Wikipedia On Propaganda by Elull

Why does it work so well? Because 99.99% of people who are effected by it, don't even know it exists and that they have been a victim of it. That is why it is so effective. Think about it like this. For years we have seen polls showing that Americans are very dissatisfied with the direction the nation is taking. They are angry at the two party system. They don't like what their leaders are doing. Yet over and over again, they vote the same leaders into power and refuse more radical modes of peaceful change... like not voting the two party system. In my view, this today is the most potent form of political rebellion against the 'machine' there is. Not that it will mean change right away, but that it is a 'no' vote against where we are heading. Mind you, I am hardly telling anyone how they should vote. But what I will say is this. I vote as though I know I have to give account for my voting and that I will have no right to complain to God about what my candidate does in office when he betrays me because I voted for him and had volumes of information about them available to me, should I choose to read it and make an informed choice, rather than an emotional one a racial or a sexual or a reflex, or a lazy one.

It is propaganda that keeps the two party system in power and propaganda that keeps the nation heading over a spiritual, geopolitical and fiscal cliff. Inebriated and spaced out people cannot recognize danger, at least not in time to fix things. Their reaction times are down considerably and even their ability to recognize the danger is reduced in direct proportion to the amount and length they have been on the their particular Drug.

The people? They can't see this because everyone around them is at least a 'stoned' as they are. What has been the result so far?

Clinton Versus Trump.

Our election is a perfect reflection of our state as a nation. This is why I, other than pointing out what I see as the most potent threat to the nation, without getting personal, I have not said as much as many thought I would or should. It's because I don't see Clinton or Trump as the problem, but the symptoms of a deeper dysfunction within the nation and her population. The inability to critically think, rather than politically react. The inability to hear (really listen) what the other guy is saying and then turn right around and lie about what your own candidate has been doing to support some narrow, foolish or even destructive political goal.  The unwillingness to demand legitimate debate on the key issues facing America. For example.  Who has come up with a plan to reduce our deficit a real workable plan?

Data Source: US Treasury

Why can't the Fed raise rates or will have difficulty doing so when they must? Because it will add significantly to our interest payments on our debt, which already run over $400 Billion a year.... with record low interest rates.

Is any real debate being made about this? No, what we get is more talk about wars that we simply cannot afford with a nation, that could really beat us head to head on the battlefield, that nation is Russia. Let me tell you something, some of that Russian firepower both on the ground and in the air... we don't want to mess with. I mean we really don't want to mess with lest we get exposed. Exposed? What do I mean?

 I can remember a conversation I had with someone right after the USS Donald Cook limped back to port after it was electronically gelded by a Russian fighter no so long ago, without one single shot being fired. For those of you who want to know what spies and traitors have been handing over to our foes. go back and read that link. That word given to me by this insider was 'Hollow Military he did not elaborate did not expound just pointed to the incident and said' 'Hollow Military' referring to us. This from someone with years and years of both military and intelligence experience. Our military (understand I am not denigrating our military members!) has become hollow by virtue of the corruption that has enveloped our defense department. The last thing we need is to throw more money at that system. We will never know where much of it went. Has anyone really talked about reforming our military? No. Many of the problems I am not going to place up here on the web, but they are significant.

Is anyone really talking about this? No. Is anyone talking realistically about adding jobs to America, seeing to it that youths in underprivileged parts of the nation get jobs and have a stake in America, rather than feeling so disenfranchised that many turn to groups like ISIS? Nope. We hear race baiting on one side and hollow promises from the other. There are few issues both sides can agree on but the acceptance of homosexuality more and more appears to be one of them.

We would have healed America, but she would not be healed. Pokemon was too fun, the playoffs are getting ready to come on, need to buy a new Mercedes... America does not want to be healed, she wants what every empire in the past wants - MORE.

I don't want to be hard on all of my countrymen. As I said, there are many who are doing all they can to save America from committing Politician Assisted Suicide.  Different groups are working to save the nation. But what I see is that few are really getting to the root cause of America's malaise. These forces are fighting the symptoms, rather than the underlying problem, which is spiritual in nature. It's one thing to get rid of the boils, quite another to get rid of the plague that is causing the boils.

America's foray into the spiritual no mans land of the past 40 years, where the foundation of Christ were removed to make way for the sexual revolution, the gay revolution and soon the coming Islamic revolution in the US. This has been a key part of what has done us in. We were once a cup in the Lord's hand for good. But now the Lord has another cup he wants us to drink from. What is the name of that cup?

The cup of recompense.


Let us pause and consider.

Will America Go To College?

Note: this was written last August as part of an addendum to an economic update. I hope you find it of value. I have updated a bit at the end dealing with recent polls, the rest other than a bit of grammatical touching up (which I know many of my pieces need!) remains as I wrote it back then.

No, this is not about America's education system. It's about a rather arcane and strangely unknown way America's Presidents really get chosen. Bear with me here, because if you think Presidents are directly elected by the people, you would be wrong. They are not. They are elected by the Electoral College.

  The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead they elect representatives called "electors", who usually pledge to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates.

    Electors are apportioned to each of the 50 states as well as to the District of Columbia (also known as Washington, D.C.). The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled,[1] while the Twenty-third Amendment grants the District of Columbia the same number of electors as the least populous state, currently three. Therefore, there are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia. The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector.

The key here to understand is that we the people do not directly elect the President and this is what I want to talk just a bit about today.

The founders of this nation while being firm believers in democracy, were indeed just a bit afraid of it. They were concerned at the possibility of 'mob mentality' overcoming the checks and balances they had carefully put in place. This is why they put this 'check' in place against raw democracy. Remember, our system technically is not a democracy - it's a Republic, a subtle but important distinction. I have never really liked the idea of the Electoral College, but at the same time you never know when such a check and balance in our system could come in handy.

Trump has stated that he thinks the system may be rigged against him. Despite all of his hufff and bluster, and weather you like him or not, or even if a person thinks 'the power' should break the law to prevent his rise -  in this he probably has a point. He has some very powerful enemies who are determined to see to it that he is not elected and many of them are powerful players in his own party. Some of them have openly declared support for Hillary.

Now I will tell you I am not going to vote for either one, there is some good, but mostly bad associated with both candidates.  As one prominent person put it, this is a choice between Cholera or Syphilis -  take your pick on how you want to die. But I don't think I am the only person who see's significant downsides to either candidate and even the 'Hate Trump' crowd really needs to get a real grip as to what is really wrong with Hillary. Not the spin, not the conspiracy theory, not Hillary's well paid 'Media Protection Racket', but what is really wrong with her. We don't need a President who may have moderate to severe brain damage.

So what could happen? Well, I do think it likely that Hillary will be elected, but she may not actually run things as her health will probably deteriorate with time. This is why we need to look at her running mate (conservative site). More here.

Now let me let you in on a not so secret secret. Ronald Reagan was declared incompetent during his second term. He really did 'lose it' babbling in the White house and slowly succumbed to Alzheimers. But this fact was kept secret from the people and the wheels of State turned in such a way as to keep him as a figurehead but that was all, His VP (Bush) and others basically ran the nation.

Now I am not privy to the details, but I do know that the same thing almost happened to Obama. No joke, powerful 'impeachment level' people in DC were concerned that key extremely important decisions were not being made. Do you remember when he was playing golf almost every day a few years ago? Well, that as around the time of his 'examination'. What became of it all, I don't know, but I do know that some very key decisions that made international headlines were not made by him. Where this all stands now, I cannot say, but I have broadly hinted that some policies that have been implemented may not indeed be his. I say this not, I repeat NOT to denigrate him. That is one tough job and he has had to deal with some crap no other President has had to by virtue of his race.

So is this what will happen with Hillary? I cannot say. She is a powerful personality and is not likely to be sidelined without some exceptionally hard push back. The problem? With her political machine, believe me, she could make life miserable (or very short) for those who got in her way.

The other Scenario: The Backroom boys get together and decide who the next President is going to be, arrange the College to have a deadlock to allow Congress to elect a President. That would not sit well with Democrats because the House is heavily GOP now, but if the Democrats could be persuaded to elected a Middle of the Road candidate, that may sooth their fears - provided certain checks on key issues were in place (appointment of Judges, SCOTUS, etc).

In short, given Trumps inexperience (and questionable psychological makeup) and Hillary's apparently significant health issues, right now we are in a position where neither candidate is really qualified to lead the nation for the next 4 years.

Currently polls give Hillary an edge in the electoral count but if she does not reach the magic 270, things get rather dicey. It's pretty much a rubber stamp process once one reaches that number, without it, we cannot say for sure what will happen. The most recent polls can be found here.

I think some of you will find this of interest by a pollster.

So will America go to College in November? I don't know, but given the alternative...

... it may be best.

The CRS has one of their excellent background papers. These are official government documents that are prepared for members of Congress. I hope you take a gander at it because who knows what tomorrow may bring!

     Source: CRS - The Electoral College: How It Works in Contemporary Presidential Elections

5 Nov

Slavery, China And Your Upscale Purchases

What will come to America one day? Why should you care about all of this foreign money coming into America? Click on the above link. What will your future look like if foreigners who are filling coffers of your politicians get their way?

One day, you and your significant other will be sitting down one evening watching the TV, sipping some wine and chomping on some Doritos, watching the latest episode of your favorite TV show and you will get a knock on the door and be told by armed men to come with them.

They will have a van waiting for you outside with more armed men outside it holding the door open for you.

You will get in and be taken away.

A foreign (Saudi/Chinese - whoever paid the most to American politicos) family will take your home because you will not be coming back.

You will arrive at a work facility for 'criminals'. You will never be told your crime. You will note that the guards who watch you will be Chinese and Arabs with a couple of Russians and Cubans with them. More and more around the nation this will occur.

You will make gadgets for Chinese and Arab companies 14 hours a day. If you don't meet your quota, you will be punished... severely.

In short, they are working on ways of Bringing what large corporations and foreign nations are doing elsewhere, right here to America. Things like this. Remember the US has some of the richest farm land in the world. Moreover, we have critical infrastructure for millions of people that need not be built. It is already here.

Think about how they did the Black man back during the heyday of the cocaine scandal, when the CIA was bringing in dope into black neighborhoods and then sending the brothers to jail for longer terms than others with a careful tweak to sentencing laws. They can do the same thing across America as well. They know how to entrap Americans into crime on a mass scale. The brothers were then put in prison and worked as slave labor for major US corporations.

Now let me ask you a question.

What did God do to the Israelites when they rebelled and rebelled and rebelled?

He sold them into slavery.

Pay Attention.

Closecareful  attention...

...Black and White America.

This last days system is about money... making lots and lots of money. It's not about morality, right and wrong, democracy or any other slogan used by the powerful against the weak or the satanically wise against the ignorant. Christians who don't believe me can go and take a very careful look at the last days Commercial empire in Revelation 17 and 18 that sits at the pinnacle of global power, riding all of the major Imperial 'Beasts' in Revelation.

It's all about money, and later arrogance, blasphemy and rebellion.

That system is called a whore. Why? What does a whore do?

She sells herself for money.

BlackBox Voting

He gets one vote... You? You get half a vote.


Does The Earth's Magnetic Shield Have A Crack In It?

Indian Scientists say that a recent magnetic storm revealed one. A very interesting and a little frightening read.

Mysterious Pinging Sound Heard In Arctic Ocean

This piece also offers reasonable theories as to the cause.

War In Mesopotamia News

Today, we are going to look briefly at the situation in Iraq, Syria and Turkey and the ongoing war and destabilization efforts directed at the region. Russia has announced a new ceasefire in Aleppo. This having taken place after an extended bombing pause. What is behind this pause is a matter of much conjecture. It could be part of ongoing secret negotiations that include solutions to both Syria as well as Yemen. I note that Saudi Arabia is now actively entertaining the notion of peace talks there coinciding with Russia's current cease fire declaration. The ISW, has it's usual anti-Russian take on events here, claiming this is all just a pose for a major new assault coming. This is not outside of the realm of possibility but the ISW has consistently shown a very informative, interesting if a bit lopsided coverage of the conflict. But I cannot recommend their analysis highly enough, I may often not agree with their conclusions and policy slant, but they  do have some well put together updates, worthy of consideration.

One other factor that may have made the Russians a bit squeamish in continuing their air operations right now is that according to South Front, MANPADS (man portable air defense systems) have been seen in Syria with the US and Syrian backed Rebels. More here. The existence of these systems in any great number should concern, but not alarm the Russians. It is unclear how much of a threat they post to Russian fighters. But against their helicopters they may cause problems. My guess is that if the rebels have them, the Saudi's or perhaps even the Turks rather than the Americans supplied them. Meanwhile, the US and Saudi Supported 'opposition' has reportedly used poison gas again. Yes, these are serious crimes and sadly, because the perpetrators often can blame the victims in these attacks and no one is called to account, these attacks will continue.

Which brings us to the next point. If Russia see's a large number of these systems among the rebels, what will they do?  How will they react? That is hard to say. I don't know, but I do note that Russia has indeed upped the ante and moved its carrier into the region along with some sophisticated airframes, that should be impervious to these rather primitive air defense systems the rebels may possess. Russia has also reportedly sent submarines that carry cruise missiles into the region. Russia's humanitarian pause, also may indeed be a clear warning to residents to leave in light of a coming offensive. They have given them safe passage.

Russia has set conditions for a dramatic escalation in military activity in Aleppo City following a series of ‘humanitarian pauses’ and an overall decrease in the tempo of its air campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian Armed Forces to implement a ten-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ on November 4 in order to allow civilians and opposition fighters to evacuate Eastern Aleppo City. The temporary ceasefire follows a series of similar ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Aleppo City on October 20 – 22. - ISW

Meanwhile, State run TV is reporting that the rebels are firing on the evacuation route for Aleppo's residents. US media is also picking up on the story.

For those of you interested in these US and Saudi Supported rebels, the Cipher gives us an update on one key group, Jabhat Al-Nusra

Another good resource is the UN's humanitarian efforts and their most recent update.

Of note, Christians are opening up their Churches to displaced Muslim families.

But in other Syrian news, stories are now emerging over rebel groups who are now fighting one another.

Then there is the fighting in Damascus.

For those of you who are looking  for the other side of the story, SouthFront's Sitrep can be found here.


Now, let's move on to the story that has been more in the news, the Battle for Mosul.

There has been a lot of activity since I last posted on the war in Iraq. Right now, according to news reporting, Iraq and ISIS are now fighting on the streets of Mosul, in what CNN describes as 'head to head' fighting. The link has a good map in it. This is going to be a hard fight. According to the BBC, ISIS has placed barricades across the city blocking key routes, this piece has some satellite images from Stratfor that show them. Of note, ISIS clearly has some pretty significant firepower and is able to hit tanks. ISIS has also been able to build some sophisticated tunnels as well that are complicating matters.

But according to the press, ISIS is finally losing ground in this battle, but not without putting up tough, tough resistance. Some really weird looking elite troops have been key in the offensive against ISIS and here is a story on these skull faced warriors here. Defense one has a great post of open source reporting on everything from progress of the offensive, Turkish reactions, kidnapping of kids an armed robots. And of couse there is the usual atrocities, like the use of Human Shields by IS.

Meanwhile in Kirkuk, HRW has noted an effort at ethnic cleansing of Arab residents carried out by Kurdish forces. More here. Then there is the fact that the Iraqi President has disallowed Shi'ite and PKK militia's from entering the Tel Afar disrict of Mosul.

“Abadi, in response to the local people of Tal Afar, has agreed to only include the Iraqi army, national police and counter-terrorism forces in a future operation to liberate the district, - Mesop Focus

What I think we all need to keep in mind is that there are divisions and some of them are deep that exist withing this anti-IS coalition. It will take adept political maneuvering in order to keep it together for the many months of fighting that lay ahead.

The good news and there is a lot of it is that Christians are allowed now to return and now worship, even if it is in charred ruins of what was once a Church. They are also seeking self-rule after the liberation thereof. In other good news, the Cross which was once illegal under IS, is now coming back to the area.

Let us continue to pray for both Iraq and Syria as the fight against violent Islamic militants continues.


As far as any special spiritual observations about what is going on, I had to get out and about of the house for a bit before I could come up with anything worthy of posting. On my way home this is what came to mind.

It has been 13 years since the US unwisely invaded Iraq during the Bush years. It was folly then and now many years later, thinking minds can see it was folly. Saddam was a brute. No question about it. But his brutishness often only fulfilled a purpose. That being the integrity of Iraq, stability and order. As we have seen since that war there are many varying groups, tribes and religions who often not only don't like each other but are dedicated to the subjugation or destruction of another. Back in 1991 and the first gulf war, America did not overthrow Saddam for those very reasons. They knew that once he was out of the way, Iraq would not be easy to govern and could fracture along sectarian or tribal lines. So we left him in power, though we could have overthrown him back then.

Then the US came up with a 'brilliant idea' to go in and remove him. This was the height of stupidity and I am not the only one who said it and saw it. Bush's father warned the son that it was a mistake way back when. The younger did not listen. Now, 13 years later, US and Iraqi troops are trying to take back portions of Iraq from an exceptionally violent and far worse than Saddam, kinds of terrorists.

I don't want to digress much here, but as bad as the Ba'ath party was portrayed back then, it kept the stability in Iraq (and in Syria) as it allowed for a more secular kind of governance as opposed to the kinds of states we see in places like Iran and Saudi Arabia, run by a religious oligarchy who are generally intolerant of those who do not agree with it. A look at that part of the history (The Ba'ath Party) of the region is instructive.

Since the fall of Saddam the nation has had little real stability and a considerable amount of acrimony and violence. While those in the west are in the habit of blaming just about everyone else but their own decisions, the real issue - the underlying issue is the  'The West Knows Best' foreign policy bent of the US whose meddling has done little good in the region and filled many a grave.

The result of all of this can now be seen in the growth and evolution of groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and a host of other lesser known terrorist groups who bask in the 'sunshine' of the chaos that American policy has created by removing Saddam and its heretofore, unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Assad.

The key issue as I see it is that the West is far less interested in the stability of the region, the welfare of its people or the long term viability of any government in the region. It is much more interested in our ability to profit from oil revenues, and deny the control of energy from others hostile to US interests.

The rise of ISIS was the most cynical and diabolical ploy to gain control of the region by powerful interests in the Middle East with US covert assistance (though there will be hot denials to the contrary). It is a plan  that has backfired and will have significant blowback on America and Americans before the group is done away with or more probably, morphs into a new even more potent terrorist group, when wealthy and evil men need more forces of bloodshed and darkness to do their dirty work.

No, the blame for what we are seeing in Iraq rests with the Bush administration and to a much lesser degree the Obama administration who was not paying adequate attention to what their covert operators were up to and did not ask the pertinent questions when they set this evil in motion - questions like how does this all realistically play out? What can go wrong? Are the Russians going to let you overthrow Syria? Not pie in the sky optimistic assumptions made by planners but realistic 'what if' questions that should have been put to decision makers before ISIS was given the green light way back when to rob that Bank and surround Baghdad when the Iraqi Government was looking just a little too 'Shi'ite' for certain Sunni elements who funded the group.

But when covert operators get together to plan things, they do not always think things through and the gaping holes in their logic is not exposed until the cities are strewn in corpses and smoke is rising from burned out buildings. The lack of real checks, and a genuine 'sanity check' on their plans is why time after time these things lead to disasters.


And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
(Rev 9:13-18)

Prophetically? Look for those things we see in our Bibles to slowly come to pass, the activity in this region is something I know I spoke of many, many years ago and quite often in some very long papers. I was interviewed once for a radio program on Mesopotamia way back in circa 2003 and can tell you that back then I knew our going into Iraq (2003) would have enormous spiritual implications. One look at ISIS and you understand what I mean.

The region is clearly one of enormous importance in the very last days before Christ returns

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

(Rev 16:12-16)

I don't think the transformation of this region politically and or spiritually is anywhere near being over, even if they are able to totally rid the region of ISIS and Al Qaeda, other forces far more deceitful and deadly are waiting in the wings. There are some of the most powerful spirits waiting to bring havoc on the region. Without digressing here, I think it meet that I point out that the angels who are bound are almost certainly part of the fallen host of angels. I say that because the only angels that are bound up are those fallen ones (Jud 1:6). God just does not chain up his creatures unless he has a real good reason and rebellion is why these spirits are indeed bound up.

Just keep in mind the spiritual entities that come forth out of the region as mentioned in the book of Revelation as well as the Prophet Daniel. If we get a handle on the spiritual and the prophecies of our Lord, things will become clearer and clearer as the days pass. But whatever arises, I can only think of a line from Shakespeare from his play called Macbeth...

By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes...

Xi's Core Leader Status: Blessing or Curse?

Since the end of the last Plenary session of the CCP  has ended, I have not talked at all about the results as I have been looking at the election. But what is going on in China is very, very significant, particularly with Xi and where he is taking China. This very brief piece is so well written and so to the point, that I cannot let it pass without passing it on to all of you.

Xi does appear to be consolidating his power but there is a catch and Mr. Wenqian lays it out for you in this piece.

3 Nov
(Brother Mark can be reached at  - outsiders at markswatson dot com)

What Distinguishes A Banana Republic From A Democracy? The Rule Of Law

PJMedia really gives us a good one here. I could not have said this better myself, it comes down to a few brave people not willing to buckle under to blackmail or bribery, threats or intimidation, but have made up their minds to do their duty, come hell or high water.

Brothers and sisters, I can only say this. Americans who think this is some small partisan issue are not only missing the point, they are missing the key facet of what makes American different than a Venezuela, an Iran, or an Afghanistan or a Post US coup Libya. Law matters, to both the the poor man and the President. This was a key facet of our Constitution and American revolution. To chain the nations leaders down with the Constitution and laws so we don't wind up looking like one of these Narco Republics in South or Central America or one of those backwards African dictatorships that existed back in the 60's and 70's. The key difference is the rule of law.

Why? Because if it's OK for powerful people placed in a position of trust to steal the nations secrets what is to stop leaders from stealing your bank accounts, homes or very lives.... like they do down in many places in Latin America?

The only thing standing in the way today of that in America is THE LAW; or more to the point, those who ENFORCE the law. The DOJ and FBI are the gatekeepers of American federal law. When the head of the DOJ or FBI is corrupt, lawlessness is right around the corner.

Meanwhile it is being widely reported that Loretta Lynch over at the DOJ told investigators to stand down on their investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

Sources are claiming that an indictment of the foundation may be imminent.

Obama Considers Re-Route Of Dakota Access

Obama finally weighs into the debate with a different idea, shift the pipeline's path somewhere else. Meanwhile, tensions remain high. That is indeed one answer and one that certainly bears very serious consideration.

I think it important that we get past the emotions and headlines and understand just why the powers in DC think this pipeline is so important and why these people have garnered such powerful enemies.  The key words we need to keep in mind are less and less 'profit' than 'energy independence' Many of these companies who have extracted oil in this new era in America have lost a lot of money and many others have gone under.

The pipeline itself is designed to transport the recovered oil from the Bakken fields (largely in ND)


I have talked about this subject at length on a couple of occasions and won't rewrite it here. But in short, the US is doing what it can to do two things. First is to become more energy independent. You do that by having a significant amount of oil production right here at home. America has too long been dependent on regimes in the Middle East for its vital energy supplies. Second, is geopolitics. The US is determined to make oil and gas a non-strategic resources. In other words, they no longer want oil, access to and the price thereof to be strategic weapons that can be used against the US. This (they believe) can be done partially by driving down the price, creating many different alternative sources for energy so that no one source, nation or block has the kind of control that the Middle East had on the 70's, with the embargo. Also, keep in mind that right now,  a nation that has come under the crosshairs of the US establishment, that being Russia which is dependent on oil as a key source of revenue. But also Venezuela, Brazil Iran and a few others who make money from Energy and have not bowed down under American geopolitical dominance. One key in the minds of American leadership was the extraction of energy via unconventional means, namely shale oil.

But once extracted it has to have a way to get to the market and anyone looking at the area where this oil is located can see it is landlocked. Here is a map from the USGS.

Source: Wikipedia

These are key issues. Not just with the Pipeline, but also are key underlying reasons why gasoline prices are still fairly high while the price of Oil has gone down considerably. This is an issue I have talked about before, but won't belabor now. There are some powerful reasons and interests behind these moves and this is one of the reasons why we have seen such heavy handed tactics beings used against non-violent protestors. There are some important issues at stake that our leaders would rather not have discussed in the public debate.

One of the biggest problems I found when looking at this issue a couple of years ago, was the problem of Energy Returned on Energy Invested. It requires a significant amount of energy to extract shale oil. Other factors that must be kept in mind when talking about all of this new oil. Yes, its good but beyond the environmental concerns, which are considerable, there are other reasons for concern and even some skepticism on the long term 'sense' of this endeavor. First is the basic economics of it.  It is one thing to get energy out of the ground, but what if it takes 3 barrels of oil energy to extract 2 barrels of oil, where is the economic 'sense' in that? So this is a key part of the equation. Before some of you who don't know about these things begin wonder what I am talking about, let me give you just a bit of background.

Oil shale economics deals with the economic feasibility of oil shale extraction and processing. Although usually oil shale economics is understood as shale oil extraction economics, the wider approach evaluates usage of oil shale as whole, including for the oil-shale-fired power generation and production of by-products during retorting or shale oil upgrading processes.

The economic feasibility of oil shale is highly dependent on the price of conventional oil, and the assumption that the price will remain at a certain level for some time to come. As a developing fuel source the production and processing costs for oil shale are high due to the small nature of the projects and the specialist technology involved. A full-scale project to develop oil shale would require heavy investment and could potentially leave businesses vulnerable should the oil price drop and the cost of producing the oil would exceed the price they could obtain for the oil.

Due to the volatile prices and high capital costs few deposits can be exploited economically without subsidies. However, some countries, such as Estonia, Brazil, and China, operate oil-shale industries, while some others, including Australia, United States, Canada, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, are contemplating establishing or re-establishing this industry. - Wikipedia
For those of you more technically inclined, the Wikipedia article gives some past examples as well as some charts and other information that describes the dynamics going on here. The issues are very complex and for those so inclined, rather interesting. For example, did you know that Jordan once looked at Shale oil for its economy? Estonia as well? For those looking for relative costs of the various types of oil, BP has a paper here that looks at the modern market and on page four has a neat little chart. The Carnegie Endowment has a great pdf here that is also rather enlightening and helps the layperson to better understand by there is a growing need for unconventional oil production. There is indeed enormous potential but the economics of it are absolutely key.

Now, let's get back to the protest. Where do I stand as some I know wonder? Simple. I believe that any oil Pipeline no matter where it is built must take into full account the environment. I am not taking about the 'tree hugging', new age nature worship kind of environmental activism, but real down to earth practicable care for the environment we must all share. That includes looking at the massive use of water these new extraction techniques use, finding out where the contaminated waste water is disposed of and is done in a manner so that it does not pollute the water supply for drinking and farming, making sure that the topsoil used for farming is not destroyed and as the Native Americans have said, care for their own sacred and burial sites are respected.

The real problem her as I see it (as a lay person) who see's both sides of the issue in as complete a fashion as possible without a degree in geology or environmental law is this. The Oil companies and the US government, along with State governments did not consult all of the stakeholders in a mature, open and forthright manner. I am not talking about 'checking a box' and just fulfilling a perfunctory advisory meeting with a handpicked group of 'yes men' disguised as stakeholders, but sitting down with the real stakeholders and have all of the major issues on the table and hashing it out so that all can be on board with a workable plan. Even if they may not all agree, all probably can agree not to oppose it once, a workable plan of action has been thoroughly discussed.

Environmentalists and other activists have to understand that an unconditional 'no' is not an answer, but that if they have any real constructive suggestions and should they want to hire their own people to do studies and survey's they will be received with respect and attentiveness. But they have to understand the stakes... all of them and where our elected leaders want to take the nation in the realm of energy and that one small group of people, no matter how well meaning should be able to stand in the way after their concerns have been heard and constructively and effectively addressed.

If I were sitting in the WH, once the election circus is over, I would quietly invite as many activists who would want to come to the White House, invite some of the oil and pipeline executives, invite my key heads of government agencies and have a conference away from media and public attention.... again AFTER THE ELECTION and try and come up with something all can live with.

I think that if you show these Native American activists who are out there some respect, rather than showing them the barrel end of a gun or the wrong end of a pepper spray hose, you may find that you are not as far apart as you think, provided all sides get as many of the facts as possible and have enough respect for the other side to listen.

I ask that all of you pray for the protestors who have born the brunt of some pretty brutal tactics. Agree with them or not, the level of antipathy, repression and violence is uncalled for.

In closing, I think this needs to be said. I am not convinced that the path chosen regarding all of this shale oil extraction is really the best one. It sounds good on paper, but in practice there have been many issues. But one of the best things I have seen come out of it are the jobs. There are thousands of good paying jobs in these drilling towns and they people come from all over the world to work in places like North Dakota.

I think a more open, informed and mature debate about the economics of this, the long term viability of it are something that we need to have.

On the issue of the environment, I know that this kind of puts me on the outs with a lot of Christians. I would only say this. God made nature and the job he personally directed Adam to do, was to care for the garden (Gen 2:15).

He did not tell him to set the garden on fire, or give him a bottle of toxic potions to kill the garden. No, man concocted these things only after the fall. While man today does not like to care for nature when there is economic benefit to destroying it, we as Christians should think more about caring for the earth that God made and that we all must share.

Let us keep in mind just what God thinks about those who are destroying the earth (Rev 11:18) and not be numbered among those who are guilty of this crime.

But those who are working to make money are working on new ways to fool people as to what they are really up to.

In closing, I think all will find this link of great interest, On Standing Rock And The Ballot Box.


F-35: Feed Me! - Bloomberg

The DOD's chief money sinkhole is in need of what it was designed to need more of, money. This is the project that can't be killed. Is anyone paying attention... less than a week before the Presidential election? Granted the news is not all bad, but it's still not good.

UK Court: No Brexit Without Parliament's Approval

You knew that the US and Germany would pull out all the stops to put up as many roadblocks as possible to keep a Brexit from happening. So even if P.M. May wins an appeal, they will concoct a new roadblock and/or hindrance.

The 'power' wants a globalized world with no borders or national boundaries and with corporations and banks making all of the world's major decisions.

Taking Calcium Supplements? Think Again!!

This is one health tip you want to really consider. Re-thinking calcium supplementation. While it is an essential element and needed more and more when you get older, this article tells you that Brain lesions are possible if you take them. Other reports are that they may be detrimental to your heart.

Lawmakers Weigh In On Facebook Racial Exclusion

One place that if you look pretty deep is the racism in the Tech community. More and more it seems to me to be just part of the 'culture' in Silicon Valley.

More here and here.

Why I Am Often Out Of Step With American Cultural "Blackness"

I will let you click on the link and only say this. If this is the kind of 'thinking' behind those who have such influence in Black America, it is little wonder hate, anger and even murder are so prevalent among us?

Clearly Trump supporters are not the only ones filled with 'hatred' and fear.

Unlike so many Black Americans, I have listened to Trump rather than just the 'idiot wing' of a handful of his supporters. I have looked into his history and those around him. I don't like much of what I see, but at times, I do like some of the things I hear on things like Trade and Sovereignty; Jobs and trying to make America great once again. No, I don't think the GOP has the answers to these problems, but Trump has bucked the GOP consistently, so bad they held up a lot of his money at a key point in this election.

If nothing else, Trump is very different than the usual candidate the two party system has produced.

No, I am not taken in by him, not by a long shot. But I will say this. Until the American electorate gets real about fixing this nation and it's problems it will take a rich guy with a love for the nation, who is willing to run, run hard and buck the system to fix it. Trump is probably not the right person, but it will take someone like him who can connect with ordinary Americans a guy or gal who has guts and grit to do it.

Moreover, I am not going to be motivated by the politics of fear and hate to vote for someone who has shown such a contempt for the law and consistent pattern of corruption for the Presidency just because Trump has some racist supporters. This brings me to my next point...

Why I will Vote 3rd Party

In short, I will do it for these reasons.

First. The two party system has put America into this mess. With wars in cannot win or afford, with debts it cannot pay or keep from borrowing just to continue to service debts it has already accrued, with politicians who are not accountable to the law, with large segments of the population it can no longer employ. The two party system has created a Cyclops, a Medusa and a Frankenstein that is completely out of control.
They created this mess and I don't think they are about to fix it, not when so much money can be made by key donors keeping it broken.

Second. I am not going to be suckered into negative voting. That means voting against a candidate rather than for one. Negative voting does one thing. Ensures a negative candidate wins. I am not going to vote for the least ugly candidate. I don't want an ugly President. I am not going to vote for Hitler, just to keep Stalin out of office. I want my vote to count for something positive, rather than an endorsement of the negative.

Third. I am not like my countrymen. I use my brain. God gave me a good one and I plan on using it for good, not evil. I can read the ballot. I got mine a couple of weeks ago. In my State there are four candidates for President on the ballot, not two and if I don't like the two mainstream people, there are alternatives.

But you ask, are you not throwing your vote away? To which I say, I throw my vote away when I vote for someone I don't want to be President.

In closing let me say this - This is your country. Whatever mess you put in DC by virtue of your vote, you are going to have to live with it. But all of you should know this, left or right, black or white, rich or poor. The people with the money decide which polices get implemented once the votes are counted, not you.

The way I see it? You have 5 days to go and look at who is buying your next President and decide if you want to be screwed by Big Oil, Big Media, Lawyers, Big Medicine, Big Insurance, Defense Contractors, The Saudi's, The Russians, The Chinese, Monsanto, Drug Cartels, Terrorists, you name it because they are all buying our candidates.

I am here to tell you this - Not one dime of that big money hitting those coffers is about helping you, but helping them to what you have. Things like your job.

Keep this in mind as well, those of you who ask the 'but can they win' question.

The only way they can win is the same way Trump and Hillary can win.

People like you voting for them.

Why do the rich and powerful put so much money into our political system?

Because this is one casino that always pays off.

2 Nov

News Scan

Just a reminder, until the 9th of Nov, most news updates will go on the public page.

Economic News

Ignoring The Debt Problem - Paul Volcker/NYT
Paul Volker let's the nation and the Politicians have it on our debt problem and our tax system problem and the way our nation buries it's head in the sand and pretends neither really exists. We spend money like a drunken sailor and no one seems to understand that debt get paid back or our dollar becomes worthless. So all of those debts (with the possible exception of certain Social Security obligations) will get paid back, one way or another.

We have reached an important inflection point. The next President is not going to be able to shirk this off onto the next administration as Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama did.
Why The Fed Will Have Trouble Raising Rates - ZH
A comment on the Volcker piece with charts and graphs. Here is the Treasury's latest tally.
Current Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
10/31/2016 14,286,500,538,390.57 5,519,214,676,251.18 19,805,715,214,641.75
I have told my insiders in the early part of this year, not to expect any kind of a rate rise until after the election. I never saw it as a real possibility, barring a serious crisis. But after the election, all bets are off. Many say that the fed will hike in December. It may be. They may wait until the next President is seated and see what his policies will be. In any event and I could be wrong on this part, I don't see a rapid ratcheting up of rates. When a rise comes I think it will be slow... slower than usual, and gradual. maybe a quarter point after the first of the year, followed by another quarter point 6 months later. There are many factors that will determine this and one of the key ones is in the story that follows.

Interest Rates: Libor Says Fed Is Behind The Curve - Telegraph
This is one very excellent piece that those of you who are really watching this new phase of the Global Economic Crisis (which has not gone away) will get a lot from and perhaps understand some of the why's for many of the policies that are about to be implemented across the globe.

There are signs of trouble out there, like in Trucking. In the UK inflation is predicted to be a problem. In the US inflation is becoming a problem, but one folks don't want to talk about during an election.

And then there is the serious hidden problem of jobs, that even the Democrats realize are a real problem in those leaked emails.

November Hike? Not Likely Says Bloomberg, Citing Reasons - Bloomberg

Visa Slashes Jobs On EU Restructuring - Biz Journals

Bankruptcy Filings Rise In W. NY State - Biz Journals

Bankruptcy Filings Rise In NW Ohio - Toledo Blade

Performance Sports Files Chapter 11 - USAT

Atlanta Fed See's Healty Expansion in Q4 - Fed
You can read the Atlanta Fed's forecast here. The Atlanta Fed's site is a pretty good site as it seems to be more accessible and geared towards explaining things to ordinary Americans.

Economy Heating Up? Earnings Recovery? - Fiscal Times
Don't take a drag from that pipe!
The Agony Of Obamacare Has Only Just Begun - CATO

ObamaCare’s defenders will point out that for many people hit by these rate hikes, ObamaCare provides subsidies that will offset some of the cost. But subsidies don’t reduce costs, they just shift them to taxpayers. Besides, even after accounting for subsidies, several million Americans are going to end up paying more.

And not only are they going to pay more, they’re going to get less. Deductibles, for example, have risen steadily since the ACA began. The average deductible for a family with a Silver plan now exceeds $6,400. Total out-of-pocket costs can exceed $12,000. - CATO

ADP: Payroll Increased By 147,000 - Calculated Risk

Welcome To Economic Insanity Street - Munknee

Election News

FBI: No Link Between Russia and Trump - The Hill
All the democrats lying and slander are just that. Lying and slander. There never was any real significant link between Trump and Russia. But if you really take the time to look, there is one between Russia and the Clinton Foundation.
Hillarygate: Not A Probe, But A Full Fledged Federal Criminal Investigation - American Thinker
This means that we will all be able to see past all of the propaganda and duplicitous statements coming out of the Clinton Campaign with tools like warrants and sworn testimony and other means of legal discovery.
Trump Gains In 'Honesty' Poll - ABC
Is Trump honest? Well, I think as a rich businessman he has done some 'dirt' in his past, some of it illegal. But do I think he is more honest that Clinton? I think for the most part, he means what he says on the campaign trail. I don't see a guy trying to kiss up to voters, but a brash, outspoken person who on a key personal level, is telling it like he see's it if in a very hard hitting and politically incorrect fashion. 

Many have tried to berate Trump on his old Mafia ties as though he's tied in with them. Well, let me say this as it has been mentioned on the internet in a few places. It appears that those ties... well Trump did have them, but that me may have been a Federal informant against the Mob.

Some hints have been dropped to me about that long ago that Trump needs special protection because some of the NY families have contract on him. I don't know that to be a fact, but I suspect that there may be some truth to it.

I don't know this to be fact. But I watch how carefully even the press has shied away from berating him on his mob ties. The Anti-Mafia problems of the 80's would have swept him up long ago if he was really as guilty as many say. The only way for him to have walked away clean was to be clean or turn informant.

6 Charts That Show Where Clinton/Trump Support Differs - Pew
Pew Research gives us the answer. Unlike other polling orgs, Pew really is pretty non-partisan, but is not above the (for them) rare 'tweaking of data' on certain polls at certain times when our leaders invoke 'national security'.
Hillary Clinton And The Muslim Brotherhood - Voltaire.net
The reprise of the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails no longer concerns questions of security, but rather acts of skulduggery and cheating which could be as serious as high treason. - Voltaire.net
I think the real problem here is that people only now are only just barely starting to grasp the depth of the problems with Hillary. For years people warned about them and no one paid even the slightest attention while our most precious secrets were handed over to the nations enemies. There is a long, long pattern of this that goes back to the 1990's. But rather than look at the data and the national security implications, everyone wanted to play political spinmeister to protect their petty little partisan issues.
Media Blind To Clinton Warmongering - Life Gazette

The CIA's Counter-Coup Against The Clinton's - Daily Sheeple

Trump Puts Glass-Stegall In Center Of Campaign - EIR
The key here is that most people really don't understand what Glass-Stegall is, was or what the key issues are and if they did heard about it, it's only within the narrow partisan confines of a political rant or spin. I am glad Trump is talking about it, and yes for the most part I agree, parts of Glass-Stegall need to come back to prevent a repeat of what happened in 2008. I talked a bit about this in my last economic update found below.
Democratic Megadonor Bankrolls Republicans For Clinton Pac - Center for Public Integrity

A Non Partisan Look At Candidates Stand On National Security - Center For Public Integrity

Willie Horton Returns - The Marshall Project

Armed Militia Gear Up for Election Trouble - Reuters

Fruit Of The Loon: Even Bush's Torture Top Boy Thinks Trump Is Whacky On Torture - Wonkette

EU Shudders At 'President Trump'

Are The Brothers Waking Up?

Persecution/Christian Watch

Black Church Leaders Concerned About Hillary On Abortion, Religious Freedom - Christian Post
China: Cops Surround Church, Order Member To Stop Worship - Gospel Herald
Asia's Forgotten Refugee's - UCA News
Marin Scorsese  Does A Film On A Christian Missionary - Christianity Today
EU Special Envoy: Christian Persecution On The Rise, Cites Lack Of Freedom
Danger Follows Christian Refugee's To Germany - Christian Headline News
OpenDoors Chides Church, Warns Of Self-Centeredness - Christian Post
Christian School In Sudan Closed, Property Seized -Morning Star News
Turkey: 80 Lashes For Drinking Communion Wine  -Morning Star News
Despite Horrific Persecution, NK Christians Are Not Praying For Regime Change - Christian Times

Source: ICC

1 Nov

Google's Plan To Elect Clinton

One of those tidbits from Wikileaks that shows you how Google and Clinton have lined up together. Schmidt? Not a guy I think is much good for America. His company Google has an abysmal hiring policy for Black folks (for those of you naive enough to think they are on 'your side'). Now I want all of you to keep in mind that Google is an essential part of the surveillance and deep state and gets a lot of money from contracting out its services (i.e., info on you and me) to just about anyone with a checkbook. What would Google want from a Clinton Presidency? Perhaps a relaxation of rules of sharing data with nations nations that are tied in some really bad folks.... who are funding Clinton's campaign.

Also keep in mind that Schmidt is part of the (almost) all white secret establishment that spans the western world. One key group is the BIlderbergs, formed by Nazi's after WWII to continue on with many of the Reich's policies in the western world after the Third Reich fell. I will pass on no links. there is an awful lot of info on them and their origins and their goals, stated and secret. Keep in mind that it's all white but a couple of token Blacks have been allowed to attend in the recent past.

You have to be very wealthy or influential, party to their goals and be willing to implement them. Now ask yourself a powerful question. Why would a wealthy White man, who belongs to a powerful almost exclusively white organization who hires the barest of minimums of Black folks want to elect a Democrat?

Why don't people pick up on this? Brothers it is key for those in power that we, the people never pick up on this (and who they own and control) and this is why the BIlderbergs meets are always so secret. No one is allowed in to their meetings and they have millions of dollars of heavily armed security wherever they meet. Our political leaders, they dazzle the dum-dums out here in the electorate with speeches of equality while they plot in secret to bring in what they had in Germany during the reign of Hitler.

Why do I say that? Well, read on.

For those of you who want to know about their first pet project the EU and who backed it, you should go ahead and check this out. (more here). Brothers, no one understands what has been going on and who has been behind it and those that try and tell you get harassed BIG TIME!! A guy who runs a site that really has a lot of information (I mean TONS) on the Bilderbergs has had serious problems. He lists some of them on his site Bilderberg.org

Threats to this site:

1. Being pulled by host after spurious 'legal threats' - this has already happened {details on separate page}
2. Domain name theft by lawyers - see: http://www.ncchelp.org and the history of the 1990's court case around the previous http://www.iftp.org
3. Hacking, trojans and viruses
4. Delisting or downlisting by search engines
5. Content removal by Google search engine

Brothers, they do all they can to silence voices they want quiet. They really do to hide who they are and what they are up to. THEY KNOW HOW TO DECEIVE. They are very, very good at it and let me tell you something, they really have been at this for a long, long time.

After the war they had to borrow large sums of money from other countries. The corporations would first finance, the Nazi party, which would continue in the background. Then the government should give to German industrialists huge sums of money. After German companies would then form a secret network of foreign subsidiaries who would do supposedly military research. The officials would start up a secret network of foreign companies wherefore the Bilderberg conferences where established which John.F. Kennedy video Robert Welch video and Eisenhower video, warned off!

Only a few industrialists were invited to a second closed meeting, which was continued by  Dr. Bosse of the Ministry of Armaments. There secrets were shared with the elite of the elite. Bosse had developed a roadmap for the implementation of the Fourth Reich.

- The corporations would first finance the Nazi party which would continue in the background

- Then the government should give to German industrialists. Huge sums of money

- German companies would then form a secret network of foreign subsidiaries that supposedly would do military research.

- The money would be channelled through two banks in Zurich to foreign networks.

The Nazis sent money for years to neutral countries. The war turned out to have been. Highly profitable for Germany - More here.

If you click on those links and listen to those speeches made NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO - why America is what it is today when it was not anything like this way back then... it all becomes much, much clearer. So do, click on those video links above. One of those guys, it was like he was reading today's newspapers back in 1958!

Google is not the friend of you or me, I don't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican. They are on the side of the darkest part of the rising global order of the 1% - the all white, almost exclusively racist 1% with a token brother thrown in for window dressing.

People control is one of the key facets of Population control. This is a subject I touched on many, many years ago and touched on the technological aspect of it. The key foundation of modern people control now is technology the ability to track, monitor, predict and otherwise mess with just about anyone they want to with no legal reason or recourse by the victim. If the 'Power' don't like you, the cut of your brow or the color of your skin, they have the power to make your life miserable. They want more legal mechanisms in place to consolidate these powers all over the world, and centrally controlled by like minded Aryans and their non-Aryan stooges.

Keep these things in the back of our mind in the months and years ahead, no matter who sits in the White House.

One of the key alliances Hitler had during the Second World War was with Islam. They had the Grand Mufti in Jerusalem and other key Islamic leaders in their pocket. Even after the war, many Nazi's fled to these places and found refuge for their bloodstained hands. Why were so many Muslims and Islamic leaders so willing to help Nazi's?

They had one very important thing in common. Both had a genocidal hatred of the Jews and while that aspect of Islam is consistently downplayed today in our media, it still exists in pandemic form throughout many parts of the Muslim world. For those of you who want a history of how Islam and Nazi Germany cooperated, you should check out some links and here and if you do ever find a copy of this old film, check it out and remember, it was made before the Holocaust. I do hope you click on those links for they are key to understanding where we are going.

Islam and Nazi-ism has a long and interesting history.

What we need to fully understand is this - Islam has not gone away and for those of you who actually have taken the time to read many of the excellently researched documents on the BIlderbergs and even official reports by the US after the second world war, you will discover that the Nazi's did not go away either. They organized in secret kept their money and built and built and even when they got tired, they built some more until they now have a banking, corporate and technological empire that spreads like tentacles into all the Western and Islamic world's major capitals.

Today, we see two major trends hitting our news. The rise of Islamic terrorism as well as the mass influx of Muslim refugee's into Europe. While I am not going to get into the overall plan set in motion many years ago to facilitate what we are now seeing, I will tell you that the forces who have pushed all of this Islamic immigration in to Europe, and also pushed Neo-Nazi-ism in Ukraine (and overthrowing the democratically elected government) are now funding... Black Lives Matter. Yes, that is right. Many months ago I wrote a note giving members of BLM  a list of things to watch out for and certain elements who will attempt to use them and will only ultimately betray them.

I said those who would gain control of them have absolutely NO love for Black Americans. But it was essential to their plans that they should hijack and later control the movement lest it get out of control and have some successes in America. So they got a very wealthy person, with ties to US intelligence and to Nazi's and helped facilitate the influx of all of the refugee's into Europe to begin funding them. BLM has already started their anti-Semitic shift. All of you should know this - when you get into bed with those kinds of elements you play their game and become a sock-puppet to their agenda... if you want to see some more money.

Know this as well, while they are buttering up the leaders of BLM they are looking for all manner of blackmailable material on their leaders - anything that they can use against them to make sure they stay obedient to their Slave Masters. They will find out if family members have drug problems, if there is an illicit affair, if their is gang activity in their circle of associates, if they surf porn and which sites they visit. They will break in their homes, plant stuff, arrange for illegal files to be found on their computer. Brothers, these are scumbags of the first order BLM has gotten into bed with. I tried to warn them, but like most of my people, their heads are too hard and their necks are too stiff to allow attentive listening or coherent thought. So they repeat the same mistakes time and time again with the same disastrous results. Once they outlive their usefulness, they will be 'wrapped up' like so many in the past have been when they are no longer needed.

They know how to 'wrap up' a Negro's death, spread confusion so no one knows what really happened. They have done it before.

I say these things because these two forces are what I see as being the key part of a rising order. Islam and fascism in the West, driven along by the tentacles of the Reich described above. Jews and Christians are going to be 'toast' when it is given it's final form. Keep in mind how each of these two systems treated and still treats Christians and Jews. Go back and read those links on Nazi-ism above or do your own reading on the subject. This is not conspiracy theory, this is historical fact, but fact that has been carefully obscured by powerful men who had a vested interest in keeping their policies, links and goals secret.

Related: The Nazi Legacy To Terrorist Islam

How is it that today we see nations like Saudi Arabia on the UN human rights commission? Saudi Arabia does not even allow any kind of Christian Church in its nation. I will tell you how. The devil is getting ready to push his agenda full force and it does not include Christians or Jews who exist above ground. No, this will take some time to bring about, but the forces are already moving in that direction. They are gaining power.

What the elite need right now is the right crisis to bring it all together. Right now, watch for stories like this to further consolidate things.   When they get all things lined up just right, expect a manufactured crisis and expect Islam to rise further in the western world. I want to stress this, things are moving fast but these elitists still have a lot of work to do, so don't expect these things to happen overnight, they won't. Rather these are trends that we as Christians need to be watching.... and for those of you who don't think this is relevant. Ask the Christians who once lived in Iraq and Syria what it's like to live under a violent Islamic regime.

In the final system, the 42 month beast system money is the key issue that brings the world together into a single unified worship of the devil and his image. I talk about the money system alot here because that is how the devil will ultimately bring in his system of control.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell,

save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast,
 or the number of his name.
(Rev 13:16-17)

We as Christians are hardly in a position to fight this system as God has ordained this to come in order to try the souls of the sons of men, to see whom they want as their God - Himself or the devil.

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting,
 and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape
all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
(Luk 21:34-36)

Those who refuse the worship of the devil will be killed. We as Christians are going to be hounded and killed and just before death, I strongly suspect we will be given one last opportunity to bow down and kiss the devils foot and spurn Jesus Christ, the son of God just before execution.

How should we react?

And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts,
not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom,
which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends;
and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
 In your patience possess ye your souls.

(Luk 21:13-19)

Islam and Europe? Brothers, Merkel is reading from a script others handed to her. Islam is to replace Christianity as the religion of Europe. This is the plan of the elite, the plan of the devil and the plan of the German government. Right now, they need money and they are going to have to go to the Islamic world to get it. The best way to get money from the Islamic world is to bow down before their god. Yes, its true, Islam is slowly replacing Christianity in Europe. People in the west are abandoning Christ for the religion of secularism, New-Ageism, hedonism and increasingly Islam.

But brothers, many Christians are troubled by this. I am but only insofar as the souls of those who have forsaken Christ and given heed to deceiving spirits and their fate. I knew this was coming and I know it is going to get much, much worse. How do I know?

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing
himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you,
 I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way.
(2Th 2:3-7)

This apostasy we are seeing all through the west and the Islamification of the Church by certain 'christian' leaders, is all part of a plan. There are real men and real power behind these trends and people. There is not one shred of coincidence in any of these trends. I would pass on some of the secret connections here, but there are laws (for good reason) for revealing the names of undercover intelligence personnel who are pushing this stuff and while it is debatable weather or not I could be prosecuted under such laws, I have no desire whatsoever to name names in such a matter as it would put the lives of some people in extreme danger. Love what they are doing or hate it, I am not going to put anyone's life in danger, at least not intentionally and that is the only reason why I am not more specific on some issues and yes, American intelligence is all over this like white on rice.

So take what I am saying here in that light. I am not talking out of my backside. There are some seriously powerful people who have long had a plan and that plan is moving forward. These are not men who have any respect or the religion of Jesus Christ, the American Constitution, Black Americans or anything but their own lust for power and wealth. They have another god they worship and like all religious fanatics, they plan on forcing their religion onto the world, with violence if necessary.

Let the readers here who know their God and have placed their trust in Christ Jesus take what I say here as prologue to the what will one day come upon the earth.

Grace and peace to all who obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark


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