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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

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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.

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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

      disguised.


 - 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:
SECURING THE U.S. FINANCIAL SECTOR

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP AND FRIGATE
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
- NIC

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

(audit)

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


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Links I Like
From all over the Christian spectrum!
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Last Days Of The Age
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The Endtime Pilgrim
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The First Trumpet
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The Last Trumpet
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Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

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

Wherever organized crime goes, extortion rackets are sure to follow. This story out of World Watch Monitor shows us what is going on in Mexico.


Thousands Of Christians Flee To Malaysia To Escape Burma's Persecution
In Burma, Buddhist Nationalists are widely blamed, along with the military of persecuting and executing Christians. The move towards hyper-nationalism that expresses itself with violence is all too common today. This is true particularly in the Islamic world, but also less so in India (Hindu) and here in Myanmar (Burma).

You can also read how the Burmese Military blocks aid to regions populated with Christians

China and Burma have improved relations of late.

Sudan's Gov't Orders Church Leaders To Be Silent On Persecution
Islamic government persecutes Christians and then wants no one to talk about it. Do non-Muslims have a right to be as the catchy new phrase 'Islamophobic' pejoratively describes? No, phobia is an 'unreasonable fear.' There is nothing unreasonable about not wanting your church demolished, not wanting your home burned down, your crops destroyed or your your head lopped off for not being a Muslim.

Mind you, most the vast majority of Muslims don't want those kinds of things from others, but just about wherever the religion of Mohammad goes, these things happen to greater and lesser degrees.

Intolerance, often violently expressed is the watchword. But powerful monied Muslims? They get mad at anyone who is intolerant of them while in places like Saudi Arabia - it's illegal to even build a Church!


Mind you I don't can't and will never hate or mistreat anyone, including Muslims, but that does not mean that deep concerns about the spread of Islam is not of genuine concern to me.

It is.


How's that iPhone Working Out For You?
The link about is from ZeroHedge. Why is all this so important? Because Assange claims (he has yet to lie to any of us) that the CIA lost control of its cyberweapons. He does not elaborate how exactly, but it may have been (probably was) from an insider threat (a traitor or network of them in the agency's midst).

What does that mean? It means that cyber-criminals and foreign governments now have those tools. Ever had a cybercriminal enter your phone, steal your passwords, empty your bank accounts, lock you out of your accounts?

Keep using that Smartphone, it's an experience you will never forget.


I know I have tried to warn friends family and readers about the dangers and vulnerabilities. But they just don't get it. They think getting hacked like this only happens to other people.

I stopped telling them that making love in front of your SmartTV is an invitation to have your 'fun' stolen and posted on XXX.com. that carrying on conversations near one is foolish, that not all people in the intelligence community have your best interest at heart. Some are working for the enemy and use their power against Americans. Or that if you are a Christian, keeping that phone with you may not be such a good idea if you live in a country that persecutes Christians, and America is moving rapidly in that direction. Now finally the real classified deal is coming out.

    
 
Committee Calls for the Release of South Korean Pastors Detained in China
(International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a South Korean committee formed to address the detainment of two South Korean pastors in China issued a statement yesterday. The statement by The Pastors Seong-do Ohn & Byeong-gi Lee Release Committee calls on the South Korean government to do more to advocate for the release of the pastors. A source in South Korea told ICC that the committee is "working full time to release them." - Continues here.
Atheists Sue Texas Judge For Opening Court With Prayer
This foundation who sued is the FRFF. You may find interesting who in the past backed their lawsuits against almost exclusively Christians. The two have worked together before.

For years I told you there was a connection between atheists and satanists and that some atheists are satanists who will never admit it in public. But they give many clues and satanic signs in pubic to let other satanists know who they are. Go look around the web. That hand sign that has the pinky and forefinger extended - that does not mean 'I love you' as some who are trying to misdirect (deceive) you are claiming. If you do not believe me, go and look carefully at this picture, noting the hand-sign. Lavey (the bald dude with the black cape - that is Anton Lavey. author of the satanic bible. More here.

Brothers, you have no idea the powerful people who are into satanism or are blackmailed into the service of these satanic cults.

Satanists take their religion most seriously. Most Christians don't.

The good news is that an appeals court found Prayers at a school board meeting constitutional.

For many years now Watson's Web has show that there is a much deeper spiritual battle being waged, far away from the narratives of the GOP's religious right. The reality is that his is a multi-pronged spiritual attack on the nation from many different angles that only a few really understand and even fewer have the courage to expose. It's hitting our economy, our money, our military, our neighborhoods but only a few wise Godly souls understand what is driving it and why. 

There are many deceivers gone into the world brothers and they sound good, wear $1000 suits and pray in public when the cameras are rolling. But the truth? The truth is something that almost no one wants to hear, particularly most nominal Christians. Brothers DECEIT IS EVERYWHERE and deceivers get such a wide audience for one basic reason... Americans and American Christians are...


Truth Averse


Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 
(John 17:17, KJV)

Today or at least this AM, we are taking a break from the news and looking at the issue of truth.

The passage above from John, I think is most telling in its simplicity. This was always a mark of John's gospel and his letters. In their simple style and humble phrasing  they are still some of the most poignant and hard hitting truth's of the gospel.  In the above passage, Christ defines what Truth is. God's word that is the truth. The reality, existence and power of God. That is truth. What God expects of his and what he has revealed about himself in his word, that is truth. The above passage is part of a long prayer that Christ made for his disciples before the cross. Christ knew his hour had come and that he had to get his disciples ready for their work when he was gone. But in order to be of use to God, one must be sanctified, consecrated or set apart for his work. The Greek for sanctify is this one.

The key here in this passage is two fold. Truth - real truth is a key part of holiness. To know, understand and live the truth of God. What is that Truth? It is personified in the person and work of Jesus Christ.


Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
(John 14:6, KJV)

God revealed key portions of his truth to Abraham, Moses and the prophets. But God's whole revelation to mankind had its culmination in the work of Christ. God made his words and his truth in many places in the New Testament in a very simple, easily accessible form so that people of all walks of life could understand the simplicity of the Gospel -  that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that we who believe on him may not perish but have life everlasting.

But the truth is a hard thing. It is singular. There is only one truth. There are many lies and this is where the devil gets his power. It comes from the power of confusion and doubt. A person who does not like a particular truth is a prime candidate for deceit. When disinformants and spin-meisters come on the tube, their job is invariably to spin events in such a ways as to keep a person from the Truth and in a mental corral, where they can be controlled and manipulated.

They have a hundred different 'spins' and an army of alternative 'fact' makers who help them create and sustain various narratives that are designed specifically to lead you away from the truth about any given situation. On a spiritual level, it's the same thing. There are hundreds of different religions, sects and denominations. There are even more philosophies and pseudo spiritual views that are held my many who dwell here on earth.

Satan loves religion. It's his best known and most important subject and field of endeavor.  I know this because I know how who some of the people are whose job it is to mis and disinform Christians using their jobs in the Intelligence Community. They spread lies and disinformation and they did that to me, frittering away 20+ years of friendship on the alter of false narratives, Islamic narratives, lies and later a set up.


I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth,
but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 
(1 John 2:21, KJV)


Because today, there is so much effort and money being spent to spread lies, disinformation and false narratives, I want to take a little time today to talk about this phenomenon and why so many of the devils minions are working so very hard to move people away from the Truth... any truth. In short, it is so that lies can be enthroned and the father of lies can one day reign.

His whole M.O. will be to lie, mock the truth and blaspheme him who is the ultimate truth and sits on the throne of heaven. When we come to the final 42 month system, we see the false prophet (clearly some kind of religious figure) whose job it is to Blaspheme God or if we put it another way, show supreme contempt for the source of all truth, God.

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;
and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name,
and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:
and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues,
and nations.
(Rev 13:5-7)


So we see that this whole idea of falsehoods, blasphemy and the false (lying) prophet in the last days has its linkages. But in order for that wicked man to be revealed and that system to be put in place, the world must be prepared to accept the big lie. How do you do that?

With a Thousand little lies!

When people believe and act on lies... this is the devils main purpose. To lead people away from the truth any truth. Truth is his enemy always has been so the ammunition in his arsenal comprise of things like falsehoods, mockery of the truth, misdirection, important omissions of key information to lend credence to a false narrative etc. These are tools that are used to move people away from the truth. Once that happens, a carefully prepared lie can then be put forward that can be bolstered by the foundation of misdirections, mockery and false facts that he has and is so adeptly preparing for the world to accept at the proper time.  I think the idea and principle of this is set down with striking clarity by the Angel who gave the vision to the Prophet Daniel.


And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great,
toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.  And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 
Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the
daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 
And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression,
 and it cast down the truth to the ground;
and it practised, and prospered.

(Daniel 8:9-12 [KJVA])

We are not going to try and identify this little horn here. No rather we are going to look at a part of how it operates. First of all we note it's arrogance. It stamps on a host of stars to the ground. Stars are symbolic of both Angels and saints. He takes away the daily sacrifice (forbids the worship of the true God), he magnifies or glorifies himself. The word for magnify in this passage is this one.


H1431
גָּדַל
gâdal
gaw-dal'
A primitive root; properly to twist (compare H1434), that is, to be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride): - advance, boast, bring up, exceed, excellent, be (-come, do, give, make, wax), great (-er, come to . . estate, + things), grow (up), increase, lift up, magnify (-ifical), be much set by, nourish (up), pass, promote, proudly [spoken], tower.
Total KJV occurrences: 115

The major take away here is that
1. It attacks and casts down the Host of God
2. It is arrogant and glorifies itself and temporarily prospers in so doing.
3. It is truth averse and seeks to destroy it.
4. It seeks to destroy the true worship of God.
In this system that is coming, the truth is the enemy. The truth of God even the truth about our times. Why? Because any real truth leads one to new truths. Truth in this respect is like a path, a way. Once you find the Truth, more truths are opened up to you and the more open you are to it, the more of it you find.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(John 14:16)


Consequently, the powers that be who are under the inspiration of the evil one work overtime to undermine truth wherever it is found.

Many secularists even now are decrying the lack of truth in our Media. Look at Dr. Roberts and what he has to say. ConsortiumNews has a piece today along similar lines.  Even those who know not God but still have a conscience and don't like being had and manipulated understand a key part of the battle that the world is in right now. It is a battle that the devil is winning and one that will bring him a temporary victory when he can gain control of much of the world for that brief period of time, via deceit.

The powers of deceit? Brothers we can see them now in our news reporting and readers here do not need me to point out these things today. When the Apostle Paul laid out how the man of sin would come onto the scene the concepts of lies and deceit  are clearly and methodically spelled out.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming
is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2Th 2:8-12)

So here we see a very similar theme. Something very wicked gets revealed and is able to garner considerable power here on earth. It uses lies (lying wonders) to accomplish its ends. It is incredibly deceptive and is targeting whom? Those who are Truth Averse or as Paul put it, 'received not the love of the truth'.

Think about some of the evil things that have come out recently. The CIA being able to create a false trail evidence of cyber-attacks to blame someone else. The whole purpose? To lie and blame someone else for the evil that they do. Wickedness in the form of a government agency as well as deceit.

“We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete
When Everything the American Public Believes Is False.”
- William Casey, CIA director
(quote has been hotly attempted to be debunked
but some those who were in the room at the time make it plain, Casey said it.)



Just so you know, The deep state does run many of the Internet's Debunking sites, mostly to debunk things they don't want out in the general population, like the quote above.

Narrative Control? Again, we see the same kinds of things out here daily in our media. The whole idea is to avert ones eyes to the truth and focus on a narrative that gives someone else money and power.

This ultimately is the power of the devil. He builds his kingdom lie upon lie, deceit upon deceit until the mass of humanity is ready to accept the him and the one he chooses to lead mankind into God's holy judgment.

In these dark times and the darker ones that are coming, it is going to be exceptionally difficult to find the truth and even harder for truth tellers to be able to do it. It is already pretty hard.  Look at the crap they tried to pull on me! But my God protected me from their satanic/racist and Islamic stratagems. But as the days pass it will be even more difficult. The last days are marked by considerable spiritual darkness. A man cannot see in the dark and this is one reason why the devil gets so much power. It's easy to mislead a person into a chasm if he is blindfolded and bumping around in deep dark cave. But if there is light and his eyes are open, deceiving him into falling into such a crevasse is much more difficult.

This is why we as Christians need light - a real light in these times. We must see where we are going and the only way to do that in dark times is with God's word.

NUN.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.
(Psa 119:105)


Do you want to know which way to go? Where to walk and how best to get where God wants you to go? Go to the word. God will guide those who earnestly seek his guidance and his ways. How did Christ put it?

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
 but shall have the light of life.
(Joh 8:12)

Brothers and sisters. The times are getting darker and if we are seeing more and more stories even from main stream sources of a 'post truth' news media, it is because that really is what is happening. Truth no longer sells newsprint or ads. Lies, falsehoods, hate, emotion, fear, anger and sex... we mustn't forget sex... these are what the people want. It does not matter if what is said is even half true. Does it elicit a fiery emotional reaction? Does it lend support to a narrative? This is what we see in our reporting these days.

In a post truth age, we need Gods word even more. That and access to good information and perspective. Without it we will not know what is going on nor fully understand the times we are in as our Lord told us to do.

We will be looking to the east when what the Lord wants us to see is in the west.

May God grant all who read this wisdom, light, peace and understanding in these most deceptive times.

In Christ,

Brother Mark

 


21 Mar


Famine Watch

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S. Sudan Gov't Impedes Aid Efforts
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Somalia: Cholera Claims Scores
LAT Photo Journal: World Water Day
Turkish Airlines Fly Aid To Somali Famine Victims
EU Gives $178 To Combat E. Africa Famine
UN Faces Largest Crisis In History As 20 Million In 4 Nations Hit With Famine
Some Warn Of 'Failed State' In Famine Stricken S. Sudan
Yemen, The US And Famine
S. Sudan Regional Refugee Map

Micah Chapter 4


The next Chapter of Micah begins with talking about the last days.


But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

(Mic 4:1-2)


This is a very interesting passage. While reading various commentaries on the first four versus of Micah, I was struck by the level of disagreement as to when this word was/is to be fulfilled. Some see it has being fulfilled at Christ's first advent, others later, still others allegorize it to correlate with the Church age. These expositors see the Apostles and the gospel message as being envisioned in this passage. While I do not see this view as being particularly wrong, I see it as wholly inadequate. Clearly the passage is talking about the inflow of the Gentiles into God's eternal kingdom (and into Israel proper). Yes, I do see this as being partially fulfilled by the Church age. We see this idea in the great commission Christ gave to his Apostles (Mark 16:15). John Gill for example says this about the whole of Chapter four.

 Mar
This chapter contains some gracious promises concerning the glory and happiness of the church of Christ in the last days; as of its stability, exaltation, and increase, and of the spread of the Gospel from it,
Mic_4:1; and of the peace and security of it, and constant profession and exercise of religion in it, Mic_4:3; and of the deliverance of it from affliction and distress, and the ample and everlasting kingdom of Christ in it, Mic_4:6; and then follow some prophecies more particularly respecting the Jews; as that, though they should be in distress, and be carried captive into Babylon, they should be delivered from thence, Mic_4:9; and, though many people should be gathered against them, yet should not be able to prevail over them, but their attempts would issue in their own destruction, Mic_4:11. - Gill

Yet as this chapter moves onwards I see this chapter a little differently. I think that there appears to be more here and a clearly in my view it contains a look towards the millennial reign of Christ, not just the Church age. I think both are envisioned here. Today, we do not see this kind of inflow of God fearing people in Jerusalem from all over. In a spiritual sense, yes the teachings of the God of Israel are and have been sought from the four corners of the earth. So clearly in that sense this passage is applicable, for the word of Christ Jesus was indeed uttered from Israel and Jerusalem and has been sent forward globally. As with most prophetic utterances from the Old Testament, the Church age was not seen or understood by the prophets, They only saw the glorious reign of the Messiah here on earth from Zion.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. (Mic 4:3-5)

In truth here, what Micah is expounding here is a key aspect the Mystery of God. But because the Church age itself was hidden from him, he see's the glorious reign of the Messiah and the Church age in one sweeping vision/word. Clearly large parts of this passage have not nor can be fulfilled without the physical return of the Messiah. No reasonable person can say that our world has beaten its swords into plowshares or their spears into pruning hooks, those who say otherwise need to pick up a newspaper or go and watch the news for about 20 minutes! In this Church age, which some expositors try and make this passage fit, nation's are indeed rising up against other nations, just like our Lord said they would just before his return.

The sense I get from these passages is that we are talking about the Millennial Reign when Christ is in Jerusalem and those men who are deemed worthy to live in those times (who were not part of Church age proper) will be seeking God's face and his ways, they will want to know more about the God of Israel.

This deserves a bit of digression because I think there are some misconceptions about what the millennial reign will be like. First and foremost, the kingdom's of this world will belong to Christ Jesus. He will reign in Jerusalem. The devil who is the great deceiver and trouble maker will be bound in Chains for a thousand years in the Abyss (bottomless pit) while the Messiah brings in his age of peace and prosperity upon the whole earth. But because the world will have just suffered tremendous war and conflict, I see that many people will be confused and traumatized. From the outset Christ's reign will begin with Judgment. Christ is going to judge the nations and rebuke those from afar. Did he not tell us of this when his Apostles asked him about his return? Here is what Christ said.


When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Mat 25:31-46)

Here we see that Christ has

  1. Returned in glory

  2. He is with his Angles

  3. He is judging the nations

  4. His judgment is based upon the WORKS done to those who were his brothers.

  5. There appears to be a clear distinction between three groups of people, The Sheep, The Goats and Christ's Brethren.


The passage tells us that there is Kingdom prepared for such as these since the foundation of the world. Since the beginning God had a plan and when Christ returns and casts out the devils agents and servants, a new reign of peace, love, joy and prosperity will be brought upon the entire world all to the Glory of God. In short, this passage I think is far more relevant in foretelling of the Millennial Reign rather than just the Church age. Yes, even verse five which some expositors would have a problem with saying is the case.

The passage in verse five says that every people will walk in the name of his god but that Israel will walk in the name of their God, even the Lord. While it is probably true that what the prophet here is doing is drawing comparisons between the God of Israel and the god's of the heathen, I find it most curious that such a word is given here. What does this mean?

I will give you my own view. While Christ will indeed reign in Jerusalem and peace and prosperity will be the word of the day, there will still be some minor pockets of 'resistance'; some out of ignorance, others out of sin and yet others out of rebellion. Isiah looks at this new age of Christ and makes some interesting observations, here is one.

There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

(Isa 65:20)

There will be death in the Millennial Kingdom. Not for the redeemed Church, but for those who are subjects (not the rulers and priests for that is the heritage of the redeemed Church) in those days and for those who are born during the Millennium. Things will be great, wonderful in fact, but not perfect. As long as man is around there will be some problems. What do I mean? Well, lets take a look at what Zechariah has to say about this time.

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zec 14:16-19)

Worship in Jerusalem before the Messiah is expected during the feast of tabernacles. But clearly there will be some who will not or will not want to do it. God then is letting them know that he will punish them for this. Could it be that there will be many places where residual idolatry still exists? That is not a question I can competently answer, but I will say that verse 5 of Micah seems to indicate that even during the Millennial Reign, some men will forget the past tribulations and seek out the worship of other gods. Also I think we need to keep this in mind as well. That towards the end of the Millennial Reign, the devil will be let out of his prison and will be allowed to go to and fro throughout the earth and up and down in it (Job 1:7ff) to deceive the Kingdoms once again.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Rev 20:7-10)


It is only at the end of the thousand years that the battle of God and Magog transpires, such armies being lead spiritually by the prince of darkness. I also find it of great importance that the Devil is not consigned to the lake of fire at first but is placed in the Abyss, or Bottomless pit. This is a place where key and powerful spirits in the kingdom of darkness are locked up (See Rev 9:1). Satan, will one day go there for a thousand years. Clearly there will be many who will resist the Messiah's reign even in the Millennium and this is why the Lord allows the devil a short time to 'come out and play'. He is going to test those souls to see if they love him or seek to serve evil instead. Judging by the passage above in Revelation, the numbers of rebels will number as the sands of the sea.

My point with this digression is to make this point, the Millennial Reign will be a glorious peaceful and wondrous time for those who inhabit the earth. Yet and still I think there will still be minor pockets of sin and rebellion and others who will look 'longingly' back to Egypt and Sodom, even in an age of universal peace. Those tendencies will be exploited by the devil when he is loosed from his prison.

I will grant you, I may be reading too much into this one verse, however, I cannot ignore it either and other expositors explanations were, in my view, wholly unsatisfactory.


In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (Mic 4:6-7)

Here the Lord is adding even more promises to his people. Clearly we are talking about the same time period as in the first 5 versus. Those who were afflicted and driven out, mistreated and mocked will be turned into a remnant and will blessed by the most high. This passage was probably particularly relevant to Israel in those days who would one day return to the land after exile feeling spiritually damaged, mentally exhausted and economically distressed. Here the Lord was making a precious promise to them even in the midst of foretold tribulations.


And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. (Mic 4:8-10)

Jerome claimed that this Tower of the Flock (Town of Ader) was about a mile from Bethlehem. This is the place where Jacob's wife, Rachel died, being in severe labor (Gen 35:16ff). The metaphor of being in labor is probably one that the God wanted to evoke in the minds of the hearers. God was indeed going to deliver Israel to Babylon and there she would suffer as a woman in labor. She would leave the Holy City and live in the fields. Big trouble was coming to Israel who had sinned so greatly against the Lord. But God was still going to redeem her from her enemies. The reference to the 'First Dominion' appears to be a reference to the reign of the Messiah in Jerusalem, though the passage does not prevent it merely referencing the restoration of Jewish government after the exile.

Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. (Mic 4:11-13)

This passage I see as being indicative of the last days Battle of Armageddon, where God gathers the nations on the mountains of Israel so that he may destroy them (Rev 16:16). Note that there are many armies gathered against Israel and here God tells Israel to arise and he is going to give them great military power. The word for 'Horn' is an interesting one.

H7161

קרן

qeren

keh'-ren

From H7160; a horn (as projecting); by implication a flask, cornet; by resemblance an elephant’s tooth (that is, ivory), a corner (of the altar), a peak (of a mountain), a ray (of light); figuratively power: - X hill, horn.


The nations do not understand what the Lord is up to, they are clueless as to God's plan. They do not know that God himself is gathering them together for the purpose of threshing them in battle. They looked upon Israel as a choice virgin whom they were going to defile and found a roaring lion who was going to destroy them and take their wealth and give it unto the Lord.


I see this passage as being one of Israel's ultimate victory in the last days. Israel will 'beat in pieces' many nations. The image of threshing here I think bears just a little comment. The word is used quite a bit in relation to God's judgment. Here are all the occurrences.


H1758

דּישׁ / דּושׁ / דּוּשׁ

doosh, dosh, deesh

A primitive root; to trample or thresh: - break, tear, thresh, tread out (down), at grass [Jer. H50 : H11, by mistake for H1877].

Total KJV Occurrences: 15

thresh, 3

Isa_41:15, Mic_4:13, Hab_3:12

threshing, 3

2Ki_13:7, 1Ch_21:20, Isa_28:28

threshed, 2

Isa_28:27, Amo_1:3

trodden, 2

Isa_25:10 (2)

break, 1

Job_39:15

grass, 1

Jer_14:5

tear, 1

Jdg_8:7

tread, 1

Hos_10:11

treadeth, 1

Deu_25:4


Isaiah also uses the same metaphor in relation to Israel.


Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

(Isa 41:15-16)


Here is how Albert Barnes sums up this passage.


The prophet joins another image, with this and represents Judah as being by God endued with strength, first as with a “horn of iron” 1Ki_22:11 to cast the enemy to the ground, and then with “hoofs of brass,” wherewith to trample them to dust, as the stubble and chaff. “And I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord,” that is, to Myself; the Lord gathered them into the floor by His Providence; the Lord gave His people strength to subdue them; and now, in His own Person, He says, I will complete My own work.


The very image of the “threshing” implies that this is no mere destruction. While the stubble is “beaten” or bruised to small pieces, and the chaff is far more than the wheat, and is carried out of the floor, there yet remains the seed-corn. So in the great judgments of God, while most is refuse, there yet remains over, what is severed from the lost heap and wholly “consecrated” to Him. - Albert Barnes


This chapter was not easy to write about because so much about the millennium has not been revealed to us in scripture. It is my hope that this brief look at Micah Chapter 4 will cause you to pause and think about it in ways that you have not before. There will be real kingdom here with a real king (Christ) who will judge the nations with righteousness, but also with real people in it, full of faults, problems and issues. Let us remember that the Church was translated at the last trump. We who are to reign in those days will have our work cut out for us, though without the most annoying aspect we have now, that being he interference of the devil.
18 Mar


Escape From Hell: North Korea's Prison Camps

As we have been focusing on North Korea and their prison camp system, I thought it meet post this section from October's Persecution.org newsletter.








Source: International Christian Concern whose monthly newsletter is worth receiving.
 Full pdf that is better readable here.



16 Mar

God's Protection

Today, we are going to take a break from the news (and there is an awful lot of it) to talk about getting God's protection in the months and years ahead. Our God, as opposed to the god of this world, but rather Our God has told those who love and obey him that this world will undergo great tribulation. A horrible period of trial, travails,  disasters, suffering and yes, death. While many scholars like to give the time frame as a specific time period - 42 months, 7 years, etc. the truth is this tribulation is likely to simply grow upon the world as it continues to reach peak population, peak resource usage, peak wickedness and peak folly. Then yes, the greatest part of that tribulation will probably last that final 42 month's that the beast and false prophet are allowed to reign upon the earth. In short this paper will try and look at how to obtain God's protection in the times ahead. I write this to keep you in faith not fear. Too many bloggers and internet Christians are feeding on a diet of constant fear-mongering and fear. We must focus on God and what he can and will do for us if we obey his voice.

I think that the first thing that needs to be stated is that if anyone thinks God's protection means that trouble, tribulation or even persecution will not touch us, then that person has another 'think' coming to them. There will be no way around some of these things. Being here will make us at least partially vulnerable to the trials and tribulations of the world around us. So before we begin, what do I mean about  God's protection?

I mean God's ability to keep us and our souls unto the day of Salvation without putting upon us more than we are able to bear. That God, in his wisdom and love will keep us, strengthen us, guide us into the kingdom of heaven and  from the wiles, traps and works of the devil so that they will not prevent us from entering into the kingdom with great shouts of joy and thanksgiving; something that the hordes of hell are working overtime in preventing.

This is the key, it's not in avoiding trouble and suffering. These things are a given for all the sons of men and tribulation (troubles, ordeals) are part of what Christ promised his sheep. There is no way around it if you belong to Christ.

But some are destined to different trials than others and thankfully, God knows just what we can bear.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
(Rev 3:7-10)

This was one of the highly favored and un-rebuked Churches within the seven that existed in Asia during the time of John. Christ noted their works and that they had kept to Christ's word. In other words, they were obedient to him. They did as he commanded.  It was for this reason the Lord made the promise that he would keep them from the hour of temptation, trial.

This is a very important promise and one of the key conditionalities that grant us a high level of divine protection. I must warn you, that it is not a guarantee of a trouble free life or one without persecution. If we notice in the same seven Churches section in Revelation, we get another sense for those who are praised by our Lord and were obedient to him. Yet their fate before going to glory was quite different.

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
(Rev 2:8-11)


Here the faithfulness of the Lord's people would not protect them from serious tribulation. Even though they were faithful and obedient, yet and still they had to undergo a serious trial. They had to go into prison and suffer for ten days. The implication here was that their imprisonment would precede their execution/death. The commandment was that they should be faithful even to death and then they would be blessed with the crown of life.

The key here I think is in the very last section of this letter to Smyrna and one that most Christians take for granted. That our salvation is less to do with our comfort, pleasures, careers, marriages down here on earth but making certain that we do not wind up being hurt by the second death. This is and was the entire basic purpose of our salvation, to be saved from that horrible fate that shall befall all of the unredeemed and fallen sons of men. Christ came to save us from that fate and those who obey his word will not be hurt by it. Recognizing what God has promised us and what he has NOT promised us will help us to avoid a lot of confusion and unbelief in the face of fiery trials.

I think a look at what one of the old testament saints and one who was greatly beloved of God had to go through is a perfect example. With Daniel, it was both both his faith in God and as the passage shows almost certainly a great deal of political jealousy by his fellow administrators that got him into serious trouble. This is a rather long passage but I will post it all in the hopes you read it and get a feel for what was going on in the Royal court which like all centers of power is full of intrigue, maneuverings and backstabbings.

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
(Dan 6:1-15)

The long and short of this is that the King was reorganizing the kingdom's administration in a very significant way. Because Daniel had shown himself to be exceptionally wise and as the passage says, had an 'excellent spirit' in him. Daniel had arisen to one of the top positions. The passage seems to indicate that Daniel was really the first man in the kingdom, after Darius.

Daniel was doing a great job, an excellent one and they could not find anything against this man of God. Yet his enemies went into their secret chambers and plotted to take Daniel down. They were going to use Daniel's devotion and his worship of God against him.

Now keep in mind the not so subtle implications of the accusations brought against Daniel who was favored by the king more than these malcontents. So they hatched a plot. They hatched one that they knew would ensnare Daniel who was devoted to his God. What happened to Daniel here was not happenstance, it was a concerted effort to destroy him by conspirators who were jealous of him. Moreover, Daniel understood the plot and made a point as soon as the decree was signed, to go into his chambers and pray like he always had. They did not like this 'foreigner' with so much influence with the King.

The king was trapped. He unwisely signed this law he did not realize was designed to take down his right hand man and after he signed it, he realized when all of Daniel's enemies stood before the King pointing the finger at Daniel, that they had undermined the King's prerogatives and brought division and contention into his court. The king however was clearly on Daniel's side and while he was forced to comply with this evil law he was tricked into signing, he wished Daniel well even while he was forced to place him in the lion's den.

The King then prayed and fasted for Daniel.

God's love for his servant as well as the King's prayers served him well. The lions suddenly became allergic to Daniel and did not molest him. Well, we all know the rest of the story - Daniel's enemies had to lie in the very same pit that they had dug for Daniel and did not live long enough to learn a lesson from their mistake.

The lesson here is this. Daniel had done everything right and was greatly respected. But his high place earned him the hatred of the "jealous Nellie's" in the court. As a result of their plot they got Daniel into the lions den but it availed them noting in the long run. God protected Daniel and had someone else who was looking out for him, namely the King. Daniel was tried but was strongly protected by this God during the trial.

I don't think I need to recount the ordeal that Shadrach Meshach and Abednego endured. They too refused to give up the worship of their God and as a result were placed into a fiery furnace. Yet their God did something amazing... they were protected right within the fire! Here once again, the trial and persecution that was endured was a direct result of their worship of God. In both this instance and with Daniel's ordeal in the lion's den, the worship of God was the key issue. God's true servants will not bow down before idols and they will always continue to worship God. Let's take a look at this passage in Daniel chapter Three.



Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
(Dan 3:14-30)




This passage, is a type for we Christians who shall be alive when the Mark of the Beast occurs. There is

The worship of an image.

The threat of death of one does not worship the image

The number Six Six and Six are encoded in the whole ceremony of idolic worship.

Let's take a quick look at the Image and it's dimensions.


Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits,
and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

(Dan 3:1)


The image was 60 cubits in height and was 6 cubits wide. Then we have six instruments mentioned (three times within the passage - 666  - see Dan 3:5, 3:7, 3:15) to be sounded at the time of worship.

This is a clear type of what is coming for all of us who are alive when the 42 month antichrist system comes into power. Note that not a single one of God's servants was harmed, no matter how hot the king made the furnace. Those who were stoking it got burned, but not the servants of the Lord. They went into the fire, but were not harmed. Did not our Lord promise something very similar in the last days before his coming?

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 21:17-19)



We are not to fear those who kill the body and this was the lesson that Daniel and the three Hebrew administrators learned. They feared God above all. Above the fires, the lions, the plotting court, even the king. They feared the Lord and in so doing and keeping true faith with God, they were saved through (not from) their ordeals.

The key I think here for all of us to remember is this.  God is sovereign. He has destined some of us to die in prison (Smyrna) others to live out our lives in quiet service, others to stand before Kings and rulers to bear witness, still others to be martyred. There is no set rulebook for avoiding trials and tribulations. The key is to ensure that we are in God's will. Being in God's will does not mean a perfect set of circumstances.

Think on Daniel for a moment. Were his circumstances perfect? Hardly! He was brought a slave to the a foreign court and while most Biblical scholars don't like to bring this up, Daniel may very well have been a eunuch as that was common practice in those days for slaves who worked around royalty. Like Nehemiah we have no record of his wife or children, only their lifelong service to the Babylonian King. Each prayed earnestly for the restoration of their people to their homeland. No, Daniel was not in what he saw as an ideal situation. But Daniel was in God's will and was in a place that God could use him. The same with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The same with Christ, Paul, Peter and the rest.

God knows all and knows the end from the beginning. He knows where we are and we must know what he expects from us and then do it. That is how we get God's protection for whatever circumstances we are facing.


I write this today for those of you who may be in situations that you never thought you would be facing, betrayed by your friends, countrymen family and stuck out in some kind of exile that you must now face.

FEAR NOT! God is with you and has a job for you to do. I offer this Godly advice to you.

Stop with the pity party, stop weeping and whining. Get up, stand up like a man and do whatever it is God commands you to do. The key for you... all of you is that faith not fear; obedience not excuses are the path to life and God's divine guidance protection.

May God grant all who read this the wisdom, faith and fortitude to go wheresoever the Holy Spirit leads you and do so in holiness, righteousness and faith!

Brother Mark


14 Mar


Daily Treasury Balance (in billions)
12/30/16    399190
01/24/17    406507
02/01/17    339229
02/15/17    274178
03/01/17    148385
03/09/17    34015

Data Source: US Treasury

Those numbers up above and visualized in the graph is how much money (cash) the Treasury has on hand to pay its day to day operating expenses for the whole US government.  Note: Graph only contains samples in chart above.


Focus On Africa And Migration


FYI: This was posted for insiders last month. Last month we have talked about the campaign to retake Mosul, Donald Trump, Vault 7 a whole slew of Persecution stories, extended pieces on the deep state the CIA - I am in chapter 9 of the book of Nehemiah. We also talk about Trump and Towergate, a look at how and who is behind ISIS cells in Europe; a great view of the immigration crisis from a Swedish Cop; a look at some issues that are of importance in Latin America; an extended look at our deficits and a look at an agency that is not well understood, the FCC and the money driving policy...also a lot of spiritual pieces and one I may post here on the public site on how to obtain God's protection in these last days.

Been exceptionally busy!!

Map source: Wikipedia



Today we are going to focus on stories on Africa and then on immigrants. Posts here today will have some, but not much commentary

Africa's Plan For Cities Of The Future
This is a look at some of the effects of Climate Change and how some on the continent are looking to the future to deal with it. I do hate to keep harping on it,  but that document from the NIC on global trends... pay attention. Climate Change (whatever the cause) and mass human migration are trends that seem unavoidable for the future.

Kenya Inmates Get To Register To Vote
Even those with life sentences will now get a chance to vote. In other news for Kenya's prisoners, they will also be taken to a private hospital for illnesses.

South Africa: Attacks Increase Against Immigrant Business Owners
Many shops and homes were looted in recent spree's that target migrant business owners who are accused of spreading crime. This problem is particular to South Africa as it has a strong economy and has long been a place that migrants flowed into.
Nigerians Live In Fear Of Attacks
This is a piggyback to the story above. This one focuses a little more on the diplomatic problems these attacks are creating.

Immigrants Riot In Sweden
The WaPo (playing up to the Soros/Bezo's narratives)  tries to play this down saying 'it does not happen to often' when the reality is quite different.

I hope to talk to my Swish LE friend soon and perhaps get some background in what is going on in Sweden.
UAE To Open Base In Somaliland
This is significant on a number of fronts. First, the Gulf States are more and more involved militarily all through Africa. As noted in a post last week, they are heavily involved in the conflict in Libya. They have deployed Mirage fighters into Eritrea to help bolster its military mission in Yemen.

This base will be near a sea port (not some deserted place as is mis-identified in Wikipedia) and has important strategic implications. You can read more about the port here. So far, this port appears to be key for livestock exporting. Something the rich nations are doing more and more from poorer ones. Buying food or grabbing land. More here. Not all are happy about it.

I think the key here to remember is that Natural Gas is being found in parts of Africa and one day, this port may one day be a hub for export. More here on Africa, Oil and Gas.

Some of the fractures politically and socially on this move are explained in this most insightful piece.

I want to digress just a moment with this piece and note where Israel's interests more and more are lying, with the Islamic world. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc. Evangelicals don't want to hear this, but the Israeli's knew the effect that the policy of arming ISIS and other terrorists would have on Christians in Syria and Iraq. Any concerns they may have had did not deter them from carrying it out and at least at the beginning, they too were very much part of creating, arming and sustaining ISIS, though every indication shows that they changed that policy shortly thereafter. Why? That is the big fat elephant in the room no one in the MSM will discuss.

People ask me if I think the Antichrist can possibly come out of Israel. To which I answer... who is the 'little horn' that waxes great in the end times (Dan 7:8, 8:9)? Also keep in mind that the great evil man described in the book of Daniel forsakes the god of his fathers (Dan 11:37).

Evangelicals in their lust to force fit prophecy or rather, their own particular prophetic world view miss the fact that Israel is not saved, rejected their Messiah and are being led by men who know not God, many who really hate him. I say this not by way of divine revelation or word, but to merely state that the things going on in Israel today make it far more in keeping with John's description of it in Revelation (11:18) than anything that is being preached in a thousand pulpits across America. Before any of you think I have gone off the deep end, I want you to consider most carefully that our Lord told us that the last days deception would be so effective, that it would just about take down the most very elect! Where is the world looking for antichrist? Where are Christians NOT looking for antichrist? I sometimes think Christ may have been dropping us subtle hints in his words (John 5:23).

Pause and consider.

Let the wise man and woman beware. We who know our history know better than to go in the direction of Anti-Semitism and I refuse to give credence/space or any legitimacy to the rantings of so many both on the left and right against the Jewish people.

God still loves the Israel but demands (not requests) she repent and come to her Messiah. Until then, they are just as lost as the guys in Syria and Iraq that they and the gulf sheikdoms decided to arm, train and direct.

Food Crisis In Africa: History Repeating?
This piece by CARE looks at the food crisis in the same area that the UAE is building a port (story above) to export food!. The key here is about a long running drought. But note within the story that the poor are forced to sell their livestock (which often is their livelihood) to make ends meet. Now who do you think could be buying it up see the port link in the story above.
The Humanitarian Fallout From Camroon's Struggle

(ICG) The Far North now hosts 87,000 of Cameroon’s over 360,000 refugees, 191,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and 36,000 Cameroonian returnees. Overall, including local Cameroonians, an estimated 1.6 million people in the Far North now need urgent humanitarian assistance, more than half of 2.9 million people who share the same plight throughout the country.

The government, preoccupied with its military campaign against Boko Haram, has done little to support affected civilians. International agencies and NGOs have taken welcome steps to meet the needs of refugees, and to a lesser extent IDPs, even if these efforts have been underfunded and sometimes insufficiently coordinated. Earlier and much better-funded attention to the wider problems of displacement will make that response more effective, more sustainable and better able to prevent conflict recurring. (ICG)

Africa Pivots To China Under Trump
The Chinese see opportunity with Trumps new priorities that appear to leave out Africa.

Famine, South Sudan And Collective Failure
Yes, the world's newest nation is facing a real famine.
The Risks Of Somalia's Moment Of Hope
A new leader and a new hope.

Migration Maps

These maps are licensed under Creative Commons and as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, these maps tell quite a story in and of themselves. Links to pdf's all follow the maps. Courtesy and credit to MissingMigrants.









This is a major issue. More maps can be found here.

Let others rant and rave about President Trump's actions. Either they don't know the scope of the problem that is here and will grow by leaps and bounds in years ahead or are on the side of the Human Traffickers and slave traders (yes, we have them here in the US and holding elected office) and those who want to destroy the entire concept of the nation state and in the ensuing chaos, have the whole world clammoring for a 'global solution' to global institutions who will bring in their form of 'order' out of chaos.

I think the key here for those few on the political left who are still capable of rational thought is this. This new executive order by the President targets illegal immigration, not immigration. It targets criminals, not those who go through the legal process of coming to America and gaining residency or citizenship. To those on the left, get a grip on reality and turn the idiot box off, those guys on TV don't know anything and want to make sure you don't know anything either. Keeping you dumb and 'manipulatable' gives them the power they use to your detriment and their benefit.

America has shown considerable forbearance towards those who come her legally and illegally. But the world is changing and many dangerous people and groups now are targeting the west in general and America in particular. It's time to get serious about making sure American citizens are protected from the angry backlash of hate and envy that much of the world has towards those who 'have'.


Bodies Of 74 Migrants Wash Ashore In Libya

DHS Lauches Plan To Crack Down On Illegal Immigration
An interesting story. Did you know that just before this order was issued, everyone over at DHS was locked out of his or her computer? Some think it was a cyber attack. Perhaps, more likely it was POTUS clamping down on leaks from low-level malcontents.
Migrants Forced To Fight Own battles Against Deportation
The LatAm Trib. looks at the ordeals many migrants face during the process of deportation.
Canada Being Inundated With Flood Of Refugee's From US
 And they won't be shipping them back either...

13 Mar

We Haven’t Paid for TV in Years: Our Real-Life Experience Cutting Cable

The Simple Dollar explains how some real people cut the cord, how they did it and save thousands of dollars and still get TV programming legally.

Micah Chapter 3


And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel;
Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil;
who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them;
and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot,
and as flesh within the caldron.
(Mic 3:1-3)

Here the Lord, via his anointed prophet excoriates the princes (leaders) of Israel. As chides them – they are supposed to know and execute judgment (justice). Yet they are those who hate the good and love the evil. Let us take a look at the two key words here. Prince and Judgment.
Princes - H7101
קצין
qâtsîyn
kaw-tseen'
From H7096 in the sense of determining; a magistrate (as deciding) or other leader: - captain, guide, prince, ruler. Compare H6278.


Judgement - H4941
משׁפּט
mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.


The Lord is telling them, they know or are supposed to know of justice, but instead they love the evil and hate the good. This is the kind of leadership that Israel had in Micah's time. Here the Lord begins by describing their crimes in a prophetic prose as to just how severe God see's their evils. The Prophet here uses a kind of imagery here that reminds one of a wild beast, an animal (that has taken human form) who eats God's people up. He is describing a cruel group of leaders whose wickedness knows no bounds. He is literally describing a nation whose leaders are nothing more than butchers of God's people. “...and chop them in pieces, as for the pot”. The leaders had descended to a very low level of barbarity and cruelty and these were the men who were supposed to be dispensing justice to the people. Here I think Gill really hits the nail on the head about this passage.
(they) did with them as cooks do, who not only cut flesh off the bones, and into slices, but break the bones themselves, to get out the marrow, and chop them small, that they may have all the virtue that is in them, to make their soup and broth the richer; by which is signified, that these wicked and avaricious rulers took every method to squeeze the people, and get all their wealth and riches into their hands, that they might have in a more riotous and luxurious manner. - John Gill's Expository of the Entire Bible.

In short, the leaders of the nation were squeezing the people dry. They took everything, the goods and their livelihoods. God and sent his prophet to warn the leaders that he saw it and was sore displeased at what he saw. The prophet was sent to tell these evil men just what was in store for them.
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.(Mic 3:4-7)

The Lord warns them of this fact – the time would come when they would cry out to the Lord and he would not hear them and he would recompense them for their evil deeds. This is followed by Micah warnings against the false prophets and false seer's and false diviners of his time. They caused the people to err. They were deceivers. They would tell the people what they wanted to hear for money. They would cry peace when someone gave them a good meal, money or some other gift. Here is how the K & D commentary puts this passage.

concerning the false prophets. Micah describes them as people who predict peace and prosperity for a morsel of bread, and thereby lead the people astray, setting before them prosperity and salvation, instead of preaching repentance to them, by charging them with their sins. Thus they became accomplices of the wicked rulers, with whom they are therefore classed in Mic_3:11... - Keil And Delitzsch Commentary

Psst, you want a good prophecy about the future? Invite me over to dinner tonight, and I will tell you good things about your future!” This type of false prophet is chided here and for good reason. They were misleading the people. They were 'liars for dollars', like so many false prophets and pastors in the west today. They will never say the kinds of things that God's people need to hear. They will only tell folks what he thinks they WANT to hear. That is the mark of a false prophet. He rarely challenges you about sin, repentance, getting close to God, obedience to his commandments. He has another agenda. For these prophets of Micah's time, it is for a reward. Nothing has really changed. As long as the rulers and people supplied these prophetic liars with food, clothing and bread, they would go on prophesying peace and prosperity.
Brothers, this is why I personally do not belong to what I call America's Churchianty. This is because the pastors are on the government payroll. They have dual loyalty and have incorporated themselves into the government of this world. There are some excellent and informed pages in the net that are written by Christians and pastors who were once part of that system. This link may help some of you with a little background. Here is how this piece concludes.
The whole conclusion of showing this information is to inform the world and reveal the truth about the 501c3. We have been heavily decieved by the 501 c3 corporations masquerading as churches out there. I say dump your tax- free privilege, trust the Most High God, preach against transgressions unashamedly and do not hold back (proclaim the evils of baby-slaughtering, sodomy, Bush, politics, Socialism, corruption in gov’t, etc.)

"I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control"   - Nestor, IRS Senior Revenue Officer (ret) - 501(c)3 Exposed (please – I do not subscribe to all of the teachings on this or ANY site – I just pass this link/page on because it is very well done. - MSW)
More here. This too is good and this as well is most excellent on the subject. Say what you want to brothers, your pastors in America, with only a few courageous and notable exceptions are merely spokesmen for Babylon. The Whore has got their tongue and this is why they cannot decry the crimes, speak against the murders, unjust wars and other evils. If they do, they get a phone call or are threatened as I have been with the mess the CIA and DOD put me through as they tried  their best to shut me up and set me up.

This is the real world we live in brothers. The sins of the religious establishment then has only been codified into law now. God has not changed. He is still on the throne and brothers, his standards have not and will not change. He was sore displeased with the false prophets on Micah's time and he is just as if not more displeased with the false prophets and pastors of our time and if you really want to know why a guy like me is about the only one telling you of Nazi's in Ukraine, US support for the Christian executioners in Iraq and Syria and why Libya now is run by Al-Qaeda linked militants, installed by the US government– it's because your pastors are gagged; they couldn't tell you even if they knew and most are too busy serving the devil to care about such things. It's why the deep state hated me with such a deep hatred. 
This is ultimately what Micah is decrying in this passage – system of false religiosity that gives 'good words' for money. The day would come when these false prophets would no longer have a vision from God. The day would go dark for them. God was going to silence their lies with darkness.

But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. (Mic 3:8-11)

Micah then contrasts his ministry with those who lie in the name of the Lord for their bread. Micah is not full of the bread of lies, but with the spirit of the Lord and he is indeed going to expose the transgressions of Israel. Micah was full of the power and Spirit of the Lord whose spirit represents judgment and might. He was not going to tickle the ears of God's people and leave them in their sins without due warning, he was going to declare Israel's sins for that was what he was called to do. Again, Micah is contrasting his work with those who prophecy for money and gave out good words for reward.
The two words – Judgment and Might are these in the Hebrew dictionary

H4941
משׁפּט
mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.

H1369
גּבוּרה
gebûrâh
gheb-oo-raw'
Feminine passive participle from the same as H1368; force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory: - force, mastery, might, mighty (act, power), power, strength.


This was the spirit that the prophet was operating under and his message was coming from the most high. Micah was not going to compromise the message for reward and he had the courage and might to speak the unvarnished truth.
Then he gives this new message to the heads (leaders) of Israel and gives a most uncomplimentary description of them. He says they abhor (hate) judgment, justice and pervert all equity. These were the basic characteristics of the leaders of Israel in those days. The word translated abhor means to loath and to detest it. These men really hated justice and this is why the Lord became so angry. But the passage actually is more explicit in that it says that they perverted ALL equity.
What Micah is describing is a system of injustice that reveled in its perversity, in the way that it blessed the guilty and condemned the just. This is probably what verse 10 is referring to – they built up Zion with Blood, probably referring to judicial murders and other sundry violent crime that enthroned the injustice and gave power to inequity. JFB commentary puts it like this
build up Zion with blood--build on it stately mansions with wealth obtained by the condemnation and murder of the innocent (Jer_22:13; Eze_22:27; Hab_2:12).

This is a very close parallel to the above mentioned verse found in Jeremiah. Let me quote from it here for it is most instructive.

Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong;
that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows
; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion. Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar?
did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me?
 aith the LORD. But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness,
and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
(Jer 22:13-17)

These are the crimes that Jeremiah and Micah spoke against. Micah came before Jeremiah in the times of their ministries. What is really amazing is that after they do all of this evil they have the gall to say is not the Lord among us? They had the temerity to claim to lean on God while they robbed and murdered the just man in their perverted courts!

Sound like anyone we know today?
Brothers, this is the kind of blindness that falls on a nation when they become reprobate. They think that God approves of their evil because of their race or nationality. With Israel, they thought God was with them because they were Israel and were Jews. Yet these are the same kinds of sins we see in our own nation. Somehow, we Americans think that we can get away with mass murder, and throwing the poor man out of his home and then say 'God bless America' and think all will be well. This is the mentality I think that Micah is speaking against. It is the 'God understands' our wickedness and evils and will not punish us, mentality... all to prevalent in the USA. “None evil shall come upon us” We are Americans! Micah's words are for any nation who develops this mentality.


     Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem
shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

     (Mic 3:12)


The Lord here through is prophet is making plain the fallacy of this viewpoint. Simply put he is saying that the destruction you think cannot befall you has already been ordained. They thought wrong and were about to learn a lesson in spirituality the hard way. This passage is interesting in that Jeremiah quoted from it when they were thinking about killing him.
    Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying,
    The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.
     Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God;
    and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. As for me, behold,
     I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. But know ye for certain,
    that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves,
     and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me
    unto you to speak all these words in your ears. Then said the princes and all the people
    unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to
    us in the name of the LORD our God. Then rose up certain of the elders of the land,
    and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,
    Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah,
    and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
    Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps,
    and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
    Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death?
     did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD
    repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? T
    hus might we procure great evil against our souls.
     (Jer 26:12-19)

The Lord was slow to anger and waited and waited but finally one day, he stopped waiting and fulfilled his word against an evil and reprobate nation.





11 Mar


80 Chinese Christians Arrested For Worship In 'Illegal' House Church

Xi is not letting up.

Vietnam: Police Suspected In Robbery, Beatings Of Two Priests

Everywhere you turn, Christians are under the gun.

Axe Attacker Woulds Five In German Train Station

No comment, The UK's daily mail has their story here. DW here.

Canada: Slow Moves To Create Blasphemy Laws

Islamic money and power are buying politicians all over the west.

California's Two-Tiered Jails

Inmates who are not comfortable enough in their jail cells if they have the money. can bribe pay their way into a better facility. Here is how the Marshall Project put it.
For $100 a night, he was permitted by the court to avoid county jail entirely. He did his time in the small jail in the nearby city of Seal Beach, with amenities that included flat-screen TVs, a computer room and new beds. He served six months, at a cost of $18,250, according to jail records.

Markin learned about Wurtzel’s upgraded jail stay only recently, from a reporter. “I feel like, ‘Why did I go through this?’” she said.

In what is commonly called “pay-to-stay” or “private jail,” a constellation of small city jails — at least 26 of them in Los Angeles and Orange counties — open their doors to defendants who can afford the option. - The Marshall Project
Well, this is the future of America and why her crime problems will never be solved. As long as there are various economic incentives to incarcerate people or arrest them the powers that be will make sure more people are incarcerated and even create new laws if only to keep those in the 'prison industry' employed.

It's hard for me to have a lot of respect for our legal system when it comes to this kind of legalized corruption.

But this is just the kind of thing that keeps poor folks and those of color looking Law Enforcement as a kind of tool of the powerful against the weak and poor rather than as a system of Justice.

Perceptions are important. CATO just did a very interesting report on these perceptions. The results found in this report are rather striking - below.


 Nearly three-fourths (73%) of African Americans and 54% of Hispanics believe the police are “too quick to use deadly force,” compared to 35% of white Americans. Instead, 65% of white Americans believe police resort to lethal force “only when necessary” (see Figure 1). When it comes to police tactics overall, black Americans (56%) are more likely to think they are “too harsh” compared to white (26%) and Hispanic (33%) Americans. Majorities of whites (67%) and Hispanics (58%) believe police generally use the right amount of force for each situation.

    Only 17% of African Americans believe the criminal justice system treats all Americans equally, and only 31% are highly confident their local police department treats all racial groups impartially. Whites are 32 points more likely than blacks to believe the justice system treats every- one equally (49%), and a solid majority (64%) are confident that their local police are impartial. Hispanics fall in between with 27% who think the justice system is impartial, and 42% who be- lieve their local police treat everyone the same. Among all Americans, only 42% think all are treated equally by the justice system, but 56% are highly confident their local police department treats everyone equally.



    ARE POLICE EFFECTIVE?

African Americans (41%) and Hispanics (41%) are twice as likely as white Americans (29%) to say they are “extremely” or “very” worried about crime. Furthermore black Americans (41%) are more than twice as likely as whites (17%) or Hispanics (15%) to say they know someone who was murdered. Despite more salient fears over safety, only 44% of African Americans are highly confident their local police department responds quickly to a call for help. White Americans are 15 points more confident (59%) than African Americans that their local police would come quickly if needed. In a similar pattern, white Americans are about 20 points more likely than black Americans to give their local police high marks for protecting them from crime (60% vs. 38%) and enforcing the law (64% vs. 44%). Hispanics fall in between with about half who give their police high marks for en- forcing the law, protecting them from crime, and responding promptly.
   


This report can be found here at CATO's website in a pdf calledDeep Racial Divide in Perceptions of Police and Reported Experiences, No Group Is Anti-Cop
(Report licensed under Creative Commons)



The Democrats, Russia And Trump

The big shift in policy and part of the story that goes counter narrative.

7 Mar

Counter Narrative

For most people, what I post here is not what is expected. I don't led support to anyone's pet narrative's. Liberals get mad because I don't repeat their specious narratives and conservatives get mad when I blow their foolishness out of the water.

I don't like narratives. I like facts. I like reason. I despise thoroughly the pundits who come on TV to spout their left or right claptrap for the American populace which more and more is showing signs of observable, mental de-evolution.

I get American Christians writing me upset because I don't get on board with the (covert) Masonic narratives that are often part and parcel of American Christendom. White Christians get mad because I believe in respecting those from all races, Democrats get mad because I don't spit the proper amount of hate at the GOP.

If I am different it is because I have not let my mind be poisoned with narrow-minded thinking, stupidity and hate. I listen, learn and as much as is possible, I try and get the facts, not the spin. The only thing a person who loves spin ultimately gets is dizzy and that describes the mentality of too many Americans.

I know I often sound condescending of my countrymen, but frankly, I cannot help but be honest. America is dying because people have forgotten what it really means to be an American. Christians have forgotten what it really means to be a Christian. Why? They watch too much Cable TV and are indeed brainwashed from it. Remember this, a person who has been effectively brainwashed does not know it and will refuse to acknowledge it and even get angry at the suggestion. When those three characteristics infect a person's mind, the situation is probably terminal.

I often do longer pieces here (behind the password wall) to give intelligence/intelligent background to issues.... things that perhaps our elite would rather not be known to the general population. It's one reason I have had so many troubles. Truth and honesty; intelligence and good information are enemy number one to much of our elite and they work hard to keep those things out of the hands of their respective populations. It's why I don't spend a great deal of time linking to the major US news sites. They are controlled and for the most part, are truth-averse. They are narrative creators and sustainers, money and company ownership determine which narrative gets created and sustained using their vast information dissemination networks and which ones are to be dismissed.

I know many people get mad at me because I have spoken so forcefully on the American Christians addiction to Cable and the boatload of money they sink into it. I will not apologize -  you can do better with the resources God has given you and if you my own PERSONAL opinion, I think before long, if he has not already done so, God will begin to blow on the increase (money/jobs) of many a Christian until they come to terms with the money they are sinking into Disney, NBC, News Corp, TimeWarner, etc.


Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Consider your ways.

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough;
ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm;
and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Consider your ways.

(Hag 1:5-7)



There are other much, much cheaper ways to get TV programming. I had Roku for a long time and that worked for me with a seven  dollar a month subscription to NetFlix. Now I don't have that anymore, but at least I was not paying all that money into the coffers of Militant Homosexuality and Abortion on demand. It was a trickle of money, rather than a flood. Money that is most effectively used to often to plain old brainwash you. But also to make sure people never know they are being brainwashed because just about everyone around them is brainwashed too.

You see, I know this - God has made it plain to me that I am to be like a voice in the wilderness, a hawk flying in the sky and seeing all that can be seen and to be INDEPENDENT of the political/economic/religious structures that have infected America like the Bubonic plague. Look at our elections and what they have descended to. It's reflection of a society that is devolving to the level of the ungovernable. The nation that was once populated with Homo Sapiens is now being replaced with Homo Retardicus.


Rational thought is now called Conspiracy Theory, and lies are now called 'Cable News' meanwhile our debts hit $20 Trillion in less than 10 days and we have to borrow more money or the doors of the government close.

Crazy? No, of course not- this is 21st century sanity! Borrow money you cannot pay back; spend money you don't have and lie to the people about how bad things are. Why? So you can borrow some more!

That today constitutes American 'sanity'. A sanity the American populace have voted for for the past 40 years from Reagan, to Bush, To Clinton To Obama. It did not matter, this new form of 'sanity' was going to win regardless of the partisan label. We would start new wars, borrow more money, hand out new no-bid contracts to key political donors... all with borrowed money regardless of how Joe Sixpac voted.

Why does this form of 'sanity' always win? Cable News and the adept political brainwashing that takes place in America. I am not going to post charts on this today, if you don't know just how bad the debt situation is, why is that? Why don't you know that in less than 10 days we hit the debt limit and the nation will soon face a serious crisis if it is not raised. Why don't you know how much it costs the nation just in interest payments every month to sustain that debt? Why don't you know these things? Why do so many of you get mad at those who run it down to you, falling back on some tired old narrative you got off cable that somehow debts repay themselves and you really can borrow yourself to prosperity? The only way a people can be that dumb is via brainwashing. Talk to a Democrat and like a reflex or mp3 recording -  you get a fountain of hate at the GOP - blaming them. Talk to a Republican, and you get a fountain of hate at the Democrats. No one see's or wants to see their own complicity because of their own stupefied mental condition (brainwashed).

No, I am not here to kiss your backside and make you feel good while you shoot up your morning fix of designer heroin, pour another glass of bourbon,  flip the TV over to the porn channel or lie yourself into homeless shelter. Simply put, a reality check is coming. A person or people can only live so long in a world of illusion and delusion before the real world comes crashing down on them. TV is an image, it's an illusion. What you see on TV is not real and that often includes Cable News. Most people still don't get that.

I will continue to be an independent voice, that pain in the backside for the elite, that truth teller, that narrative buster, that lie exposer that will continue to vex the victims of propaganda from the left and right. Perhaps, for those of you who have to have a label, you can label me, Christ's Whistleblower - no not a guy who exposes classified stuff, but does expose the lies and devilry that is being concocted often right before our eyes IF you can get the TV out of the way of your visual range....

...it too often, is blocking your view of what is going on.

Unlike so many people out there from the left who are venting at Trump and his lack of political experience, I refuse to do that. I feel his anger and know that he knows things now that he cannot talk about... and he is pissed. He knows things only guys like Ryan, McConnell and Roberts know. He is slowly getting the big picture. He did not have it before but he is getting it now. But Trump is not doing himself any favors by venting on Twitter. He is holding himself up to derision  - that and his office. Just remember this - he is a political novice. He has never held elected office before. He will probably have to make a few more big mistakes, get a few more political bruises before he sits down and talks sense with the only guy up there I think has a lot of sense and knows how to play this game, Mike Pence.

You don't fight the media on their terms  - you go after them on yours. Ever think about breaking up the big six media conglomerates? It would take time and some adroit political maneuverings, but you and you alone have the power. You can ensure that media organizations stick to facts and while differing narratives are indeed an important, even essential part of our democratic system, outright lies, slander and the deliberate undermining of our democratic processes are not acceptable and will not be tolerated... at least on on Federally regulated airwaves. You could ensure that more independent voices are heard rather than silenced by the big six by breaking them up into the 'small 600'.

We all have a right to free speech... we all do not have a right to say it on Cable news.

For those of you who know our Lord, I can only say this to you. This is a dangerous time. The seeming calm we have now in the west is the calm before a storm. Powerful forces are gathering against Christians in America and they are aligning themselves quietly to move America into the arms of those who hate Christians and even the very form of Government we now all take for granted. They have money, power, access and organization and while a few Christians may see this from a 'religious right' narrative, brought to you and paid for the GOP, even fewer really understand this from a spiritual perspective and yes, even the financial perspective, because I will tell you this - nothing gets done in DC without a check being written.


Gulf States Sovereign Wealth Funds


Source: Various from around the web.

It is indeed amazing the things one can do and the politicians one can buy and subvert when one has a few hundred billion dollars at ones disposal. With that money, you can get powerful Senators to side with Islamic terrorists against their own citizens who are victims of that terrorism. More here.
Who benefits from this?

Let this be a food for thought piece. I may not like Trump much, but I know who is working overtime to destroy him and they are no ones friends but their own. They hate him because their ultimate goal will never be stated publicly.

May God grant those who know our Lord the wisdom and understanding needed in these times.

In Christ.

Brother Mark

***


This is something I wrote yesterday and post here on the public site for all for a change.

North Korea Fires Multiple Missiles

This is part of a pattern of Missile tests conducted by the North Korean regime. They recently also fired a missile that appears to have been mobile, a subject I covered when it was launched. What does this mean?

It means that more and more North Korea's policy of building the military is moving forward. Why these tests now? This one appears to have been a Scud, though reporting is vague on just what was launched and even where it actually struck, though western sources are claiming that it hit within the Japanese Economic Exclusion Zone. Here are a couple of maps that may help.


The range of this missile according to news reporting is about 1000km.

The concern naturally is far less the about the NK government striking the US  with this missile but striking at her neighbors who are very concerned about the government in Pyongyang and its propensity for dangerous, destabilizing and at times, rather crazy actions.


What this really means is hard to answer as I do not have an inside view into North Korea and frankly I think the whole situation is not as 'well lit' as western intelligence officials would like. There are a lot of serious issues North Korea faces these days. One of those is food, though reports of their more recent situation conclude that things are slowly improving with the new leaders policies.


 The other is the despotic and Stalinist form of government that exists. North Korea's Gulag system is like none other in the world. Brothers, rather than give you a long lightly description of just what that system entails, A great pdf report can be found here that gives a really good background along with some satellite photo's.


To Americans who have warm clothes and eat regularly and can afford to put high octane fuel in their SUV, these things almost always fall into the 'ho-hum lets turn the channel to HBO category'. But there are still a few active minds here in this nation and elsewhere who have not become calloused towards others and/or too inebriated or intoxicated to care. This paper is directed at that dwindling number of my countrymen. In that report on the Human Rights situation in North Korea (above) you can read how men and women where stripped naked and humiliated in front of their children, how women were subjected to vaginal searches and were forced to drink detergent. You will read about how women were given skin treatment drugs that when injected into women's wombs induced labor. That is not the half of it, they left the babies in a bucked to die.

No, brothers and sisters it is one thing to know there are Concentration camps in North Korea, quite another to understand just what is meant by 'concentration camp'.

This is one truly evil government. Totalitarian, violent and is being led by a man who appears to be a decedent of a bloodline that produces mentally unstable offspring. I do not say that lightly or in jest. Personality profiles of this leader and his father show a deeply disturbed mentality and one that may very well be congenital. I personally think this is one factor in dealing with North Korea that is often missed. The leadership there is often not operating within the confines of normal human behavior. North Korea's new leader having come to power when his father died in 2011 and has ruled with exceptional brutality, conducting regular purges of senior officials. Reports are that about half of the 200 top officials in North Korea, Kim has removed about half of them. Including his minister of Defense (Hyon Yong-chol) who was reported executed.

These provocative missile tests aside, what does all of this mean? What should the US do? What will the future hold? I will touch on these issues but give readers here a heads up. I am not nor have I ever been any kind of an expert on North Korea. It was never a subject that was assigned to me nor frankly did it ever pique my interest. Only as the regime became more of a regional threat have I taken the time to spend time on it.

First off - what do these missile tests mean? They are viewed as a major security threat to regional players. All are within striking distance of North Korea's missiles and see them as a threat. That does not just include Japan And South Korea who are US allies, but also China and Russia who have clear strategic differences on other issues with the US. Yes, it's true. The Russians are none too pleased about these tests. What these tests really mean is at least a little, a matter of speculation, even within intelligence circles unless a source or first hand accounts of top leadership meetings can be had. But the following are meant as a kind of  baseline.


Lockheed's THAAD Interceptor (US Army)
North Korea wants to be a true regional power. She wants respect and she believes the way to get that respect is not by adhering to international norms of behavior, but by raw military force. She wants official recognition as Nuclear Power. She believes that if she is determined enough and strong enough she can have her way on key regional issues. She knows that she is a pariah nation and as such she feels that she needs to show the world that it will be no cakewalk should military force be used against her. Some have opined that these tests are designed to test, evade or are otherwise a reaction to the planned/hoped for American deployment of the THAAD system.


Today, North Korea claims to have the capability to strike US bases in the pacific and even in the Continental US. They have even threatened a pre-emptive strike against us. This has naturally raised serious concerns in the US. Naturally allies in closer proximity to Pyongyang are in greater danger. Regional allies of the US have discussed a regional BMD system that is interoperable.  But South Korea has not jumped at the chance to buy and deploy this new system. The government of Park Geun-hye has shown what has been characterized as 'Strategic Ambiguity' in relation to THAAD, a key component of such a system. The reason? China does not like the idea as their missiles systems would 'inadvertently' become a target of his US based defense system. China, being the major player in the Asia-Pacific region is not a nation South Korea wants to openly antagonize.

Source: Heritage Foundation South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense (red shows radar, not missile reach)
I post these up just to show you the military thinking going on behind this threat. The key to remember is that Missiles do pose a very important threat to South Korea and Japan. They also at least to some degree, need to be countered when in the hands of a regime like Kim's. But the bigger question that may not be asked by think tanks in the pay of Defense contractors is this. Is an arms race in Asia the only way to deal with North Korea?

The answer is pretty ambiguous. The US has tried other soft power ways of dealing with the North, including sanctions, seizing missile exports and even negotiations. These seem to have at least some effect on the North's behavior but has not given it the incentive to make a clear break with its destabilizing activities. The issue of North Korea has vexed American officials to about the same degree as the Palestinian issue. The problems here are not just military and security in nature but also Human Rights.


The last several years under President Obama was marked by a policy of 'Strategic Patience' and seeking the North to return to the six party talks. This has not happened even though the last administration has slapped unilateral sanctions on the North (EO 13551, 13570, 13687). But these have not deterred the North from conducing its missile tests and critics have claimed that his policy has only emboldened the North.

Previously the US could rely somewhat on China to reign in the North's government, but their influence as waned as they have slowly begun to cut aid. The economic ties between the two are however, very strong and about 70% of North Korea's trade is with China. What may not be generally known is that the US has provided considerable amount of food aid in the past to the North Korean Government.



Source: CRS

What Can A President Do?

There is not much Trump can do. He can

  1. Continue the policy of Strategic Patience
  2. Attempt to put even more international pressure on Pyongyang
  3. Work with Moscow and Beijing to reign in Pyongyang to get the North back to the negotiating table
  4. Attempt a regime change.
  5. Wait for the regime to collapse.
  6. Start a preemptive war to undermine or remove the Kim regime.
  7. Push Korean Unification as a possible solution
  8. Get the UN more deeply involved.
Each of these options have their own set of problems and risks. So far option one has yielded nothing but more missile tests with increasing capabilities. Option two may help, but in the long run it is not likely to yield the results that the US and other regional players want. Option three is merely an extension of two, and has basically the same problems.

Option four I think is being actively considered, but the cure may turn out to be worse than the disease. There is no guarantee that what follows will be any better than what is in power now. There is every reason to believe that during the period of turmoil that will ensue, there will be a humanitarian nightmare and refugee crisis like never before. No one wants to see that or deal with it, not with other major refugee crisis enveloping the globe. Given the kinds of people who are surrounding this new President, I think the chances for some kind of regime change effort have increased significantly as has the probability for a regional disaster that will be felt for decades to come.

The following option (5) is merely an extension of the regime change solution - a humanitarian disaster would ensue with millions of refugee's in the region..

A preemptive war would probably solve the North Korean problem permanently, but it would require two things that are not within the realm of political realities. One, it would require a large number of ground troops to invade the North or deter a Northern retaliatory invasion of the South. An attack that would probably quickly overwhelm the South. Nuclear weapons in such an event would probably have to be employed. Such a war is hardly inconceivable. As such a real hot war initiated by either side in my view is a key and very important area of American strategic concern.





Source: DOD Report To Congress

The last two options are diplomatic in nature and unless the North shows a real desire to negotiate, any talks would only be used as a delaying tactic while they continue to make new and better missiles and nuclear arms.

Other policy options that appear to be fairly well vetted can be found here which includes one rather interesting option being a total withdrawal from the Peninsula, robbing the North of its ability to manipulate the situation and moreover depriving them of their target audience. Such a tactic if employed could have the the world view the North as raving lunatics not worthy of any serious consideration. For those of you looking for more institutional type thinking, the CFR has an interesting paper/speech here.

My view is that this is none of the above are good options. All have serious drawbacks.

 
If I were sitting in the White House right now and my top guys came in and gave me the kinds of options that we have seen so far, here is probably what I would do. I would get a couple of top people with extensive diplomatic experience to gather a team of influential policy makers from all concerned players -  Japan, China, South Korea, The US, Russia and the EU to work on an actionable plan that can be carefully coordinated by all powers to reign in, undermine or otherwise thwart the Kim regime. This will require a regional effort and one with allies who are determined to deal with the problem without the usual diplomatic cross maneuverings and backstabbings.

 In perhaps a few months, some kind of workable plan with all the major contingencies could be set in motion. The key here was touched on something I read today that should always be kept in mind and that is the situation is very fluid and any plans that are made today may very well be made obsolete in a couple of months as day to day events overtake us.


***

For all of you my Christian brethren who love the Lord and those whom are his, I ask you to slide on over to the Voice of The Martyers website and get their monthly newsletter. This months is about North Korea. That newsletter is copyright so I cannot re-post any of it here, but I do encourage you sign up for it and to understand this whole North Korea issue, not just from an American and strategic perspective, but also from a spiritual and Christian one.

Many, many Christians are being beaten, tortured, starved and otherwise maltreated inside the North Korean Gulag system

Please pray accordingly!

Brother Mark

4 Mar


Disney Airs First Ever Same Sex Kiss In Cartoon

Back in the early 90's long before 'gay' was all the rage, I can remember reading about gay activists making it plain that they were after our children. I was in Germany at the time and frankly I cannot remember which group it was. But that comment has stayed with me these long years as I watch America continue it's long, slow slouch towards Gomorrah.

Satanism Going Mainstream

The above is from the LA Weekly. The rise of devil worship is a very very real phenomenon. I hope you all really get a handle on that one because I see more of it very much more of it as the day approaches. How deep will it be? Does not our Bible tell us of it in the last days?

And the rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues,
repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons,
and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood;
which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk: and they repented not of their murders,
nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Rev 9:20-21)

The rise of evil? This is the future and we Christians must prepare our hearts for it. There is a lot of evil out there and a lot of people who are into it. But know this...

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world.
(1 John 4:4)


Let those of us who know Jesus Christ, beware and know the hour in which we live!

Well, if there is good news out there, the Baby murder/Child sacrifice business is in fear for its financial life with Trump in power.

Why Do They Hate Russia So?

She is Christian and proud of it! Russians are proud of their heritage and their religion and this has those who drop arms to Islamic terrorists worldwide in a rage!

This is a fascinating topic that is part of the alt-right debate. While I do not subscribe to much of their philosophy, there is much that makes far more sense that the foolishness we have seen in the west thus far.
One day, after the debt debate fiasco, we will spend some time on Alt-right and what it means and who is behind it.

Moreover, it is the western-Christian cultural tradition that is enemy number one in elite Western circles.

China's Crackdown On House Churches Continues

(ICC/China Aid) China continues its merciless crackdown of house churches that are not registered with the state church. Shouwang Church is now forced to meet in small groups around the area rather than in one location because of government persecution. The pastor, Jin Tianming, is under house arrest and government officials are leading a renovation on the church without the congregation’s permission. China continues its attempt to silence groups outside of its communist ideology and has increased its persecution of Christianity. 


Will Pope Francis Sell Out China's Christians?

What kind of deal has he cut? This Chinese Prelate asks pointed questions about this Pope who was forced on the Church by non-Christians. NewsMax has a similar Story here.

I say this to those in China who are depending on the Vatican for help. Did it ever occur to you that the dark forces sent this Pope to sow confusion and move the Church closer to the world, its morality as well as Islam and away from the purity and simplicity of the faith of Jesus Christ?

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
(2Cor 11:13)

More here and here from a decidedly Catholic perspective.

Maybe... just maybe his real spiritual job will be complete when he splits the Church and holds it up to derision and puts it into legal limbo for years on end.

Sending false shepherds to sow confusion is one of the most successful tactics the devil has.

But in fairness, the Pope has a tough job. China will continue to persecute and imprison Christians if she does not get what she wants. What should Francis do?

I don't think giving the godless a say in top Church leaders is a compromise he should make.


Sinai Christians Flee ISIS Terror

Hundreds have fled fearing more Daesh inspired killings.

Chinese Pastor Jailed For Not Accepting Surveillance State

This is part of the State Run Church system known as the Three Self Patriotic Movement. Once you join, you submit to the state's edicts. He joined and would not allow this kind of snooping.

1 Mar

Micah

Chapter 2
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. (Mic 2:1-3, KJV)

The next chapter of Micah shifts gears somewhat and moves from his word against idolatry and starts off by naming other social evils that were taking place in Israel in those days. There were a group of wealthy noblemen who were making plans to steal the land of the poor man.  In those days, a man's land was not only his home, but also for most, his source of income and his heritage.

The prophet here elicits an image of a greedy robber baron plotting the theft of the poor man's land at the very first light of the morning and as soon as he gets up, gets busy implementing their wicked plans. They took away the poor man's home and land by violence an oppression. This all stems from the root cause of covetousness. We have seen the same things today, but today these things are a global phenomenon. I often visit sites and occasionally post stories on this. You can find some interesting papers on this here. You can read a little more here.

This AM I got a really good email from a long time reader I am going to digress here for just a moment so you get a sense as to what is going on in our world. We were talking about China and the soft takeover of our nation that has been underway and is unknown to most Americans please forgive the digression but I think it pertinent
This reality that has revealed itself to me is a scary possibility. I spoke with an African man recently about this matter, and he confirmed to me that the Chinese had purchased vast tracts of land in Africa, nearly as large as nations in some cases. He claimed that while they did pay the locals, they did not hesitate to compel them into their employment. The conditions were deplorable, and the pay was just as close as it could be without being outright slavery/forced labor with no pay.

I, however, anticipate that the situation here will be different/far worse. I feel that the US will literally see a situation astonishing similar to that imposed by Germany during WWII. I have said in the past, that this would not be a racial deal, as the German's had back then. Now I can see where I am going to recant on that. Emphatically, the situation WILL be racial, with the Chinese being then where the Germans were during WWII. I worked last year in China, and you are right, then don't like black folk...or Christians, and they only like us white folk to the point that we will allow ourselves to be used by them, then they will only throw us to the curb, then do away with us as well, but only after they milk all that they can from us first..
. - Name Withheld


The bottom line is that large corporations from the west, China and elsewhere are moving into places that produce food and are finding legal ways to throw the poor man off of his land so the corporations or nations with large populations and who lack adequate food production (like China and India) can come in and produce food. The poor man, (often Africans) are pushed off with no recompense or recourse. This brothers, is a Global evil and no wealthy nation or people's are less guilty than the others. Even the African nations, who should be looking out for their people are in on it, often taking bribes from rich nations in order to facilitate title transfers. Sometimes these new global farms use prison (slave) labor. The point here is that this phenomenon of the rich man stealing from the poor – particularly his home and wealth is something that God really hates. This is why this writer has spoken so vehemently about the way the Big Banks were stealing the homes of poor people here in the US, using fraudulent paperwork, forgery and adjustable rage mortgages. Those homes did not fall into the Banks hands by accident, someone 'devised iniquity and worked evil in their beds' and when they went to the office that morning, they put their wicked plans into motion.


But the Lord uttered his voice and let them know that he too was capable of devising evil. He pronounced a horrendous judgment on those who did this thing. There would be recompense and what God was planning for them was not something they could shake off.  It was a yoke that they were not going to get out of. As they stretched their neck in arrogance and haughtiness, so now would an unbreakable yoke of  be placed on their necks that would bow it low that they could not escape, for the Lord had spoken it. The Lord via his prophet then pronounces that when these things happen it would be an evil time -  time of humiliation and distress, not pride and arrogance,  two sins which God was clearly going to break.
In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
(Mic 2:4-5)

The Prophet tells the people that they will  take up a doleful lamentation. The repetition of the world lament seems to indicated a long and monotonous cry of sorry and regret. Then the lament itself begins - here it is how the ESV translates this brief lamentation.
We are utterly ruined;
 he changes the portion of my people;
 how he removes it from me!
 To an apostate he allots our fields.”

The last section of verse 4 does not appear to be part of the lamentation but may be directed at either a contemporary false prophet or to the haughty rich in general. It seems to indicate that they shall have no posterity to inherit any land in the future. It appears to be a reference to the dividing up the land by lot which was common since the days of the Patriarch. It was their covetousness, theft and violence that got their portion removed from the 'Congregation of Jehovah'.

This passage should be a stern warning to we Christians as well, to not let covetousness, greed and dovish evil plans become part of our lives, not if we want to be joint inheritors with Christ. If we let this happen we too will be cast out of the congregation of the Lord!!

Then Micah warns the people about how they treat God's messengers.


Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.
(Mic 2:6)

Here, the wicked man whom the Lord's prophet was pronouncing these words, told the Lord's messenger to be silent and prophecy not. The idea seems to be the people were complaining, 'How dare you say such horrible things to us, we are God's chosen!. If all you have to say is 'negativity', then shut up'. This was a grievous error the people made. The second part of the verse indicates that the people think that by forbidding the prophet from speaking, they would be able to escape the judgments he pronounced on them.  The people did not want their sins exposed nor the unwelcome truths told to them. They wanted smooth words dripping with wine and whiskey (strong drink).

O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war. The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
(Mic 2:7-9)

Here the Lord chides his people – They took the name of Israel (Jacob) but they had none of his righteousness. He asks them, 'has the Lord love and compassion really contracted (narrowed)'? Of course not, he makes it plain that God's word is good to those who do good.  Mathew Henry has a slightly different approach to the passage dealing with the idea of straitened.
"Is the Lord's Spirit straitened? In silencing the Lord's prophets you do what you can to silence his Spirit too; but do you think you can do it? Can you make the Spirit of God your prisoner and your servant? Will you prescribe to him what he shall say, and forbid him to say what is displeasing to you? If you silence the prophets, yet cannot the Spirit of the Lord find out other ways to reach your consciences? Can your unbelief frustrate the divine counsels?" (2.) What a scandal it was to their profession as Jews: "You are named the house of Jacob, and this is your honour; but are these his doings? Are these the doings of your father Jacob? Do you herein tread in his steps? No; if you were indeed his children you would do his works; but now you seek to kill and silence a man that tells you the truth, in God's name; this did not Abraham (John 8:39; John 8:40); this did not Jacob." Or, "Are these God's doings? Are these the doings that will please him? Are these the doings of his people? No, you know they are not, however some may be so strangely blinded and bigoted as to kill God's ministers and think that therein they do him service," John xvi. 2. (3.) Let them consider how unreasonable and absurd the thing was in itself: Do not my words do good to those that walk uprightly? Yes; certainly they do; it is an appeal to the experiences of the generation of the upright: "Call now if there be any of them that will answer you, and to which of the saints will you turn?

I have always read his (Mathew Henry's) commentaries even from the days of my youth. His work is far less historical and technical but always is quite spiritually relevant.

If the Prophets words were speaking of doom, it was because their deeds were evil. In short the Lord was saying, 'lay off my prophets and lay off me and my word, YOU are the problem, change your ways and the Lord's word will be good towards you'. I can't deal with you as my people when your men rise up and steal the clothes off a man walking home, or rob a mother and her children of their home'.

They took away the substance of the ordinary man and in so doing they committed not just robbery, but sacrilege. Here is how Albert Barnes lays out part of this verse.
Instead of the holy home of parental care, the children grew up in want and neglect, away from all the ordinances of God, it may be, in a strange land. “For ever.” They never repented, never made restitution; but so they incurred the special woe of those who ill-used the unprotected, the widow, and the fatherless. The words “forever” anticipate the punishment. The punishment is according to the sin. They never ceased their oppression. They, with the generation who should come after them, should be deprived of God’s “glory,” and cast out of His land forever. - Albert Barnes

While the sense here is that the there were those among the people who were bandits and highway robbers, it also is likely that the robbery comes by other means, like usury and debt slavery when they took away a man's clothes for debts.


Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
(Mic 2:10-11)

Here the Lord basically instructs them to prepare to depart the land and go into captivity. It is a place where there shall be no rest. This new land of slavery will destroy you in a most unpleasant way. In that Israel had polluted the land with their iniquities and sin so shall they be cast out of it into a land that is polluted (spiritually). The new land would be and end to them 'even with a sore destruction'. Then the Lord contrasts the words of a true prophet with those of a false one who prophesies of wine and strong drink – I call the false ones the 'Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll' prophets. What the passage seems to be saying is that if you have a prophet who says, 'the wine will be a great vintage this year, or 'try the '2001 Scotch Whiskey, the Lord made it' such a liar would be a prophet to this people. They spoke of earthly pleasures and good times, not righteousness and truth.  They prophesied smooth things and deceits. They tickled ears and comforted, rather than rebuked seared and abominated consciences.


I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them. (Mic 2:12-13, KJV)

There appears to be some confusion about this passage. Some think this may be the words of a false prophet (continuing the theme from verse 11) promising prosperity to Israel in their drunken bashes. I do not see this at all. This passage to me is clearly one of the future restoration of Israel. The fact that the word remnant is used shows that most have gone by the spiritual wayside. This clearly was not the message of the false prophets who had no need of a remnant, since partying down and sipping whiskey was the way to 'salvation' for them.

Rather, God is showing us here that he will not make a full end of Israel and that one day he will regather them like sheep, not a few. This passage probably has a dual fulfillment, both a look at the eventual return from exile and more importantly the ultimate salvation of Israel at the end of this age (Romans 11:26). Borzah was a famous pasture for sheep in those days. The last verse in this chapter is probably a picture of the Messiah who breaks all the obstacles preventing Israel's restoration. The idea seems to be that just as the Lord went before them when they left Egypt (Exo 13:21), so shall he go before them in their eventual restoration.

All true prophets give a promise to those who repent and come to the Messiah, Old and New Testament. Micah is not exception. This sudden break from the oracles of woe to one of promise is common throughout prophetic literature. God, even in his anger does not forget that he wants to bless, forgive and restore.


27 Feb

Law, Order and Disorder

It's been a while since I covered issues in the American criminal justice system so today, we will look at a couple of issues. I think the first rather interesting story is the Supreme Courts case of Buck Vs. Davis, where Texas was getting ready to execute a mentally disabled man who was Black. The key here is that the court ruled that the defendant had ineffective counsel and ordered a new sentencing hearing. The key here is that his defense attorney (not the prosecution) argued that that he would be more dangerous because he was Black.

Surprisingly, Chief Justice Roberts came out in favor of Buck.

"When a jury hears expert testimony that expressly makes a defendant’s race directly pertinent on the question of life or death, the impact of that evidence cannot be measured simply by how much air time it received at trial or how many pages it occupies in the record...

...“The law punishes people for what they do, not who they are,” - SCOTUS-CJ Roberts
This is a rather striking statement and one that could have repercussions on the new kinds of racial profiling now going on with software that is picking out people based solely on race for longer sentences. You can read the whole decision here. This is a big win for civil liberties and may help beat back the slow, creeping Klanification of the US legal system. The sad part is that Justice Thomas ruled against this man. The blog, Above The Law has their take on this here it is really good. The author's opinion of Justice Thomas is about right.

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Well, as you all know there is a heroin epidemic in America. Today, the Marshall Project looks at Trump's wall and if it will keep the big 'H' out of the US.

Today we struggle with a national epidemic of opioid and opiate addiction, first to narcotic painkillers overprescribed by doctors and now to heroin. As I’ve toured America talking about our opiate scourge, I’ve encountered many people who believe a wall will stop heroin from coming north.

Walls, in fact, have been shown to stop people. Illegal crossing has all but ceased in Tijuana because of two walls, including one that starts in the Pacific Ocean and runs for more than 14 miles before hitting a mountain. But walls have not stopped drugs, especially heroin. It is the easiest drug to traffic in small batches across a border because it is so easily condensed — and easy to cut later. The rancher from Sinaloa told me he put a little more than a pound and a half of heroin in those shoes, clearing as much as $12,000 in a single trip to the States. You could never fit enough cocaine, meth or marijuana into a shoe to make it worth the risk. “They’re too voluminous,” he told me.

Larger Mexican drug operations, of course, ship bigger quantities hidden in trucks, particularly for long-distance hauls to the East Coast. The United States cannot check every one of the millions of trucks that cross north every year.

But many ordinary people traffic small amounts of heroin “a la hormiga” — ant-like. They need the money — for things as mundane as cows or tractors, to finish a house, or simply to spend like kings for a while. A lot of heroin trafficking happens a kilo or two at a time. Other ranchers told me they used hollow hammers, toothpaste tubes, the thick of a woman’s hair, backpacks or the carburetor of a truck. No wall stops that kind of trafficking. It probably won’t stop trafficking in fentanyl, either, the synthetic opioid vastly more potent than heroin. - The Marshall Project

This is a major epidemic and as I mentioned before, I see another or perhaps a group of geopolitical players using Heroin in an asymmetrical attack on the US. How deep this new Mexican President's ties are to the cartels is a matter of some significant research. They appear to be pretty close. How effective will Trump's wall be in fixing this? I think it will have an effect and make it more difficult but hardly impossible to bring the stuff in. The problem even it it works? When supply lessens, prices rise and when prices rise beyond the means of a poor junkie, crime will be the likely route people will take to obtain the cash to get their fix. Heroin Junkies when hooked... they are really hooked.
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This President and his AG appear to be the kinds of people who are going to go the full gamut on fighting crime. Here is how the folks over at 'Stop The Drug War' put it.

In a sharp break with the Obama administration, which distanced itself from harsh anti-drug rhetoric and emphasized treatment for drug users over punishment, President Trump last week reverted to tough drug war oratory and backed it up with a series of executive orders he said were "designed to restore safety in America"
We're going to stop the drugs from pouring in," Trump told law enforcement professionals of the Major Cities Chiefs Association last Wednesday. "We're going to stop those drugs from poisoning our youth, from poisoning our people. We're going to be ruthless in that fight. We have no choice. And we're going to take that fight to the drug cartels and work to liberate our communities from their terrible grip of violence."

Trump also lambasted the Obama administration for one of its signature achievements in criminal justice reform, opening the prison doors for more than 1,700 drug war prisoners who had already served sentences longer than they would have under current, revised sentencing guidelines. Obama freed "record numbers of drug traffickers, many of them kingpins," Trump complained.

And in a sign of a return to the dark days of drug war over-sentencing, he called for harsher mandatory minimum prison sentences for "the most serious" drug offenders, as well as aggressive prosecutions of drug traffickers and cracking down on "shipping loopholes" he claimed allowed drugs to be sent to the US from other countries. - Stop The Drug War

Great rhetoric and it gets people elected but the realities are far, far more difficult to deal with. There are many lessons learned from the past and repeating the old mistakes will only make matters worse. This Heroin crisis though, is one that is effecting White Americans as much if not more than Black ones. Stories from all over the nation show how far reaching this scourge is. Here is a story of how Parents were charged after their 8 year old OD'd on Heroin. Here is another on shipping the stuff in the mail, they are finding it in storage units and the old are supplementing their income with it. No, dear readers, this is not just an epidemic that hits skid row, the ghetto and the barrio. This is going everywhere.

InsightCrime has a good story here that talks about the 'China White' that has hit the streets.

"They call it china white, but it doesn't come from China," Pentis explained. The drug came from Mexico and was supplied by the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the principal providers of narcotics to both the Mexican Mafia and MS13.

Pentis explained that the quality of the drug reached 98 percent purity, and the overall value was calculated to be in excess of $5 million. The white heroin was packed into 28 foil-wrapped bricks approximately 20 centimeters long and 10 centimeters high that had been discovered inside the trunk of a vehicle.

According to Pentis, Ventura County has been the center of operations for the criminal network responsible for the white heroin. It receives the drug shipments coming from Mexico, which are later shipped to other US states such as Texas, Mississippi or New York. -



One of the tactics that has been used in the past to target drugs is Civil Asset Forfeiture, something I have never liked, but am not opposed to on the most limited and extreme of circumstances. My problem with it is that for the most part, it hits little people and those often who are innocent of anything other than having a successful business. Here are some recent events on the subject.

Asset Forfeiture

Federal Bill Would Use Seized Cartel Assets to Build Border Wall. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has filed House Resolution 1067, which would order the Justice Department to issue a report on Mexican drug trafficking organization profits and how the DOJ could "increase assets seized by such cartels" to build President Trump's promised border wall. He's even got a name for the bill that creates a nifty acronym: the "Build Up Illegal Line Defense With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act of 2017.

Arizona Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Advances. A bill that would require prosecutors to set a higher evidentiary standard -- from "preponderance of the evidence" to "clear and convincing evidence" -- is advancing in the House. House Bill 2477 cleared the Federalism, Property Rights & Public Policy by a 9-0 vote last Tuesday, and passed the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee by the same margin last Wednesday.

North Dakota Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Advances. A bill that would end civil forfeiture in most cases has passed the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 1170 now heads for a House floor vote. - Stop The Drug War

For the most part these things are good. Again, I have seen too many horror stories about this program that made it impossible (or nearly so) to get ones property back and prove innocence. Another major issue with it was that it was crooked. A lot of the seized property went 'missing'.

That does not mean I am totally against it in more extreme cases. With major operators perhaps there can be a case for temporary forfeiture for say, up to a year pending charges and a trial. If there is no charge or trial the property should be returned. The key I think is to have a case, real evidence and too often the only evidence they had was a guy who ran a burrito stand that did most of its business in cash - immediately raising suspicious eyebrows at the local police station wondering how a guy with a hole in the wall joint could afford a Lexus. That, too often is the non-thinking going on in too many minds of LE officials. There was no punishment for cops robbing the guy blind  - so that is exactly what they did.

I am worried about where President Trump will take the nation in the realm of Criminal Justice. We needed sentencing reform and a intelligence look at other things like Pot legalization and asset forfeiture. But these things seem out of bounds for this New President who appears to want to turn back the clock.

Please pray that God will teach Trump to temper judgment with mercy and that a nightstick, prisons and a SWAT team are not the only solutions to crime.
23 Feb

German Archeologist Kidnapped In Nigeria

(World Watch Monitor) Two German archaeologists have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in southern Kaduna, highlighting the growing insecurity in the northern Nigerian state.

The kidnapping of the two men, who have been working in the region for 10 years, took place in Kagarko*, 80km (50 miles) from Kafanchan, where more than 800 people have been killed since 2011.

Nigeria’s Middle Belt, which includes Kaduna, Nasarawa, Taraba, Benue and other states, is the scene of frequent attacks on Christian farmers (often called indigenes) by mainly Muslim Hausa-Fulani nomadic herdsmen... Continues here. 


China Deports 32 S. Korean Missionaries

The above link is to the Christian Post. This move should not be surprising, given the moves that Xi has made since coming to power. He is dead set against Christianity and any other social, religious, political and just about any group that is not under the firm and direct control of the Communist party. It's why it is not just Christians that are suffering, but Lawyers, Human Rights activists, Muslims and the Falun Gong.

Being an ardent student and admirer or Mao, Xi see's China's future as being dominated by the doctrines of Mao.

If you really want to understand where Xi is taking China and why he is doing what he is doing, Mao is the place to start.

While policy wonks these days are doing their level best to downplay this (trying to make a name for themselves), the best place to understand Xi is to learn about Mao and his vision of communist utopia.

The picture will become far less murkier.

I consider him a more pragmatic and imperialistic version of Mao.

Facebook The New Thought Police

Facebook... all of those social networking sites. - for the most part, I repeat myself.... they are not your friends. They have gotten into bed with the Surveillance  state, Militant Homosexuals, the Chinese Communists, Money men from the Islamic world who have quiet contracts with these firms to give them data. they do their level best to hide these contracts from the Web, but they are real and some of these firms do hand data over to the world's more repressive regimes.

Few really understand just what is going on with those sites. I don't use them.

But you can't tell Christians in this country anything. They just don't listen. They decry all of this but sink in their first fruits right into Hollywood and the Cable company every month ($100-200/mo). Money that goes to PAC's and politicians that fight Christians at every turn.

If you are in Christian ministry, 'Christians' will always have an excuse why they can't support you, but if you put images of gay sex or a Pope who is abominable on your show,, Christians open up their wallets.... no matter the price of the bill.

That is just one reason why Christians are losing this battle for the heart and soul of America.

Could you imagine the US army building its tanks and then handing it over to the Nazi's during WWII... arming their enemies?

That is exactly what Christians are doing today, totally ADDICTED to Cable and Hollywood's potpourri of anti-Christian programming. Like a junkie, they will pay any price to get their fix.

You keep arming the devil and sooner or later, he is going to turn those arms right back on you.

ISIS Horror: Mother Suspended by Cables, Raped Daily in Front of Her Children

ICC Note: More atrocious stories are emerging from liberated parts of Iraq. A Sunni Muslim recently recalled the torture she endured at the hands of Islamic State militants in captivity. Much like the reports we have heard of the treatment of Yazidi and Christian women, this mother was hung by cables and repeatedly raped by her captors in front of her children. The aftermath has been severe on the woman and her children.

22 Feb

Christians in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Murdered by Masked Men in Series of Attacks

Killings Follow a Declaration by ISIS to Eliminate Christians in Egypt

02/22/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that this morning, February 22, 2017, the bodies of two Coptic Christian men were found behind a school in El-Arish, Egypt. Saad Hakim Hanna, 65 years old, was shot in the head, while his son, Medhat, 45 years old, seems to have been burned alive.
 
This brutal attack comes only days after an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula promised to eliminate the Christian minority, claiming that Egyptian Christians were the extremist group's "favorite prey."

According to Fr. Youssef Sobhy, a priest at the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in El-Arish, three masked men attacked Saad and Medhat at their home at 10:00 p.m. last night. "The men knocked at the door of the home of the Christians and Medhat opened the door," Fr. Sobhy told ICC. "The men shot his old father, Saad Hanna, in the head and then they burnt the home."

Unfortunately, this is not the first attack of its kind in El-Arish.

On January 30, a Coptic Christian trader named Wael Youssed Meland was shot and killed by masked men in his grocery shop in El-Arish. The assailants then helped themselves to soda and chips in front of Meland's wife and son.

On February 12, a Coptic veterinarian named Bahgat William Zkhar was shot in his car just south of El-Arish, Egypt. One day later, another Copt, Adel Shawky, was shot in the head by masked men in the same district.

On February 16, a Coptic teacher named Gamal Tawfiq Gares was also shot by masked men in El-Arish.
 
"Two masked men approached us and asked my husband if he was Gamal," Namea Gamil, Gares' widow, told ICC. "My husband answered yes; one of them got out a gun from his clothes and shot my husband in the head."
 
It seems that all of the victims were targeted by their assailants because of their religious identity. There is now a growing sense of panic among Christians in El-Arish that ISIS is following through on their promise to kill Egyptian Christians.
 
"Many [have] left and fled while those who find it difficult to leave have sent their children away to relative[s] out[side] of Arish," one Christian resident of El-Arish told ICC. "My family and I want to leave, but we cannot do that because our livelihoods are here, our homes are here, and we have nowhere else to go."
 
William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "We are deeply concerned for the developing situation in Egypt, especially in and around El-Arish. Christians cannot continue to live under such paralyzing conditions. The authorities must do more to protect vulnerable populations, particularly Christians, as they are being specifically targeted by militants. ICC calls on the al-Sisi administration to follow through on their promises to defend the Christian population of Egypt."

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21 Feb


Micah

Chapter 1

Micah is not one of those prophets that is well known. He was identifies himself as a Morshthite. Where this place is exactly is a matter of some debate but most seem to believe that he was from the town of Moresheth, which was located in Judah, the Southern Kingdom. He prophesied during the same time as Isaiah, and did his work during the reign of the wicked King Ahaz (who sacrificed his son to an idol – 2King 16:2ff). His message was directed at a sinful people who were given fully over to idolatry; that being the worship of false gods, idols and though they did not know it, demons.

The religious worship was not in keeping with the true God who brought them out of Egypt and gave them the land that they were now defiling. It was in short, a defective and abominable religio-social system that overtook the kingdom. As a result of Israel's sin's the whole nation was subverted spiritually. This is when God sent in his prophet.

When God sends in a prophet like this, it is not a good sign. It is usually a very bad one. The job of a prophet? Who would want it? It is a tough job. His job is to tell folks what they don't want to hear and have been working pretty hard to ignore. His job is to warn and cajole, sometimes insult and threaten. Not in hatred, but to get people to sit up and take notice of God whom they had deeply offended. When the prophet is sent, God is beyond just 'hurt feelings', he is determined to act.

I find it interesting that an earlier Micah (KJV Michaiah) was derided by a wicked king because he did not prophecy 'smooth things and deceits'. Because of this, the King of Israel (Ahab) hated him and said as much.

And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. (1Ki 22:8)

Like I said, when a true prophet shows up, it is because he has a message the Lord has been trying to get through to people that they do not want to hear. I use this prophet and passage to show some similarities between Micah and this earlier Michaiah. Both had to contend with false prophets and those who comforted rather than rebuked the people in their sins.

A true prophet rarely has warm and positive words. If God sent him, it it is usually seen as 'just' a negative message. But if you listen carefully, it really isn't negative at all, if the people are willing to repent and do right, God usually speaks of blessings that will follow. But it is because of the sins the prophet is sent. Micah is concerned about many forms of wickedness that had overtaken Jewish Social life and the task of relaying God's message and outlining Israel's sins of those days fell to Micah.

Micah was a keen observer. He looked at not just the spiritual condition of Israel, but also was keenly aware of the regional-political environment of his time and see's many of the sins of Israel in a light that we today can understand, living in America. This will be made plain as we move though the book. But like his fellow prophetic compatriots, his basic concerns are about false religion, the lack of justice, corruption the exploitation of the poor man by those who had wealth and power.

Micah's message was for Ancient Israel but is also for us today. His words and warnings, like those of all the minor prophets echo down the centuries.

The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place. (Mic 1:1-4)

Here Micah is expounding a vision of  two things. The Lord bearing witness against his own people and his judgment against them. Prophets in those days were often called seer's for they often had visions of God that were not seen by others. Here the 'seer' has a vision of God's glory and holy wrath as he comes out of his place to deal with the wayward and sinful nation.  This prophecy is not just directed at Israel, it is directed at the whole earth, all nations and peoples. While it is true that the audience for this word was the Ancient Jews, the sense here is something more far reaching and apocalyptic. This was in short, a vision of a future catastrophe for the people to whom it is directed.

So the Lord was going to come down from his holy Temple. The word here is

H1964

היכל

hêykâl

hay-kawl'

Probably from H3201 (in the sense of capacity); a large public building, such as a palace or temple: - palace, temple.



The sense here is not the Temple in Jerusalem, but rather his temple in heaven. From this verse we get a sense of God''s majesty and his power. God himself will come down and bear witness against the kingdoms and people's of the earth. God can easily do these things but in the instance here, God seems to want to let the world know he is doing it and thus the imagery is not of foreign nations coming in and pillaging Israel as we see in other prophets, but of the Lord himself coming down and dealing with them. Some however seem to think that what God is really saying is that he wants all nations to bear witness and see what he is doing to Israel. My own view is that this passage while directed at ancient Israel, is a forward looking vision of the ultimate Judgment of God through his son Jesus Christ, for whom this kind of imagery is used. We see many of these same themes, not just in prophetic literature where fire is prominent, but all through the Old and New Testaments (see Deut 4:24, Psa, 68:2, Psa 97:5, Isa 66:15,, 2Thess 1:8, 2 Peter 3:7-10)


So, I see this passage as being directed at ancient Israel, but the finality/totality of this judgment did not fall upon them, for the Lord did not come down in the manner hereof spoken. That literal fulfillment will come when Christ returns to recompense the entire earth for their evil.

For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem? Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof. And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.  (Mic 1:5-7)


Here is what John Gill says about this passage. I think it very simple and yet profound.



All this evil, all these calamities and judgments, signified by the above metaphorical phrases, these did not come by chance, nor without, reason; but were or would be inflicted, according to the righteous judgment of God, upon the people of Israel and Judah, for their manifold sins and transgressions, especially their idolatry: - Gill



The evil that got the Lord so angry was Idolatry, the worship of false Gods. The reference to Samaria was the same thing we saw in Nahum, the worship and institution of that Golden Calf there. This made the Lord very, very angry and he was going to deal with this people with great harshness. God was not playing and Micah was sent to make it plain to the people. The places mentioned were known for Idolatrous worship and other sundry wickedness'. Samaria was 'Idolatry HQ' and God was going to smash that place all to bits and burn it with fire. The last part of the above passage is particularly interesting. It shows that the kingdom was almost certainly prosperous in the worldly sense and all of her ill gotten wealth was one of God's objects of wrath and that like a whore, whose wealth is also ill gotten, she would lose her blessings in the material realm, perhaps by being sold off as slaves to other idolaters.


Like today, in our modern world, particularly in the west, (but this materialistic contagion is spreading), various forms of idolatry (including the worship of wealth itself) seemed like the best course for them – it was the 'best' way they, they reasoned in their spiritually dulled minds, So they took it. The reference to a harlot may also be indicative of the kinds of things going on in the religious life of Israel in those days. In the ancient world, it was common to see whores in the temples of the ancient gods plying their trade for money. But the sense may be more far reaching in that it was trade and the social-religious interaction with lost and idol worshiping nations that Micah is speaking about. In short, Israel was looking for 'economic growth' and she did not care how she got it including laying down and spreading her spiritual legs for a couple of shekels. Brothers, let me tell you, things have not changed all that much.

Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls. For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem. Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust. Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing. For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem. O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee. (Mic 1:8-16)


Here the prophet is so upset and troubled by this vision that he was going to cry and make noises like Dragons and Owls. As obtuse and poetic this passage may actually seem,  there may  have been such creatures as they were noted apparently in the conquest of Alexander and told about in the works of Aelianus who was a Greek historian and Rhetorician and who was also an early naturalist, recording various animals of his time (2nd Century BC). But clearly Micah's comparisons are figurative in nature and are meant to elicit an image in the hearers mind just how loud a howl the prophet was to wail. Ever hear a howling dog late and night and are unable to sleep because if it? Yeah, like that.


Micah was even going to go about naked. This was not unusual for pre-exilic prophets. Think Isaiah. But Micah seems not to do this so much on divine orders, but out of genuine shock and horror at what God had planned for Israel. Then the prophet goes and 'visits' (prophetically) the various cities in the region with his message. The sense here is that these cities, (like Gath which was a key city of the Philistines) God had a message. In the other cities his morning takes different forms. He was commanded to not weep in Gath, don't make those hideous noises there – they were Israel's enemies and would rejoice at the news and God did not want that.

Versus 11 and 12 are probably better translated with the CEV.


Depart naked and ashamed, you people of Shaphir. The town of Bethezel mourns because no one from Zaanan went out to help. Everyone in Maroth hoped for the best, but the LORD sent disaster down on Jerusalem. (Mic 1:11-12)

These are all apparently cities in ancient Israel and Maroth may have been a city that was named after Naomi (see Ruth 1:20) who wanted he named changed to Mara (bitterness) but the actual location is not known today. Shaphir's name meant beauty and was located in the hills of Judah. Zaanan was a noted sheep pasture the name has the connotation of 'coming forth'. In these names the prophet uses a play on words to make his point.

O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. (Mic 1:13-14)

Lachish was a strong and fortified city whose defenses were strengthened by Rehoboam. It is here that the beginnings of Israel's sins are found. Why is this so? Well lets us go and look at Rehoboam (1King 12:3ff) and we find that it was his sin, arrogance and cold hardheartedness that was the cause of Israel being split between two kingdoms. This is probably a reference to that act by Rehoboam, since it was he who made it into this fortified city. It is also, according to Gill, probably one of the first to go over to the idolatry of Jeroboam and the worship of calf's. But here the passage tells them to gather the horses that run swift. Note that no mention of taking up a sword or instruments of war with the beasts so that passage may be one of fleeing, running away from the trouble that was coming rather than defending the city.

Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee. (Mic 1:14-16)



Here the northern kingdom is trying to get the Judah to come and help them in the hour of their need. The 'Gath' at the end of the name is probably indicative of the city having once fallen to the Philistines. This was probably the same town the Micah was from. The city of Achzib was to be a 'lie' to Israel. Again we see the play on words

H392
אכזיב

'akzîyb

ak-zeeb'

From H391; deceitful (in the sense of a winter torrent which fails in summer); Akzib, the name of two places in Palestine: - Achzib.

But these will all be in vain, gifts will only purchase lies and no matter what they did, the enemy would come in and inherit the glory of Israel. These last few passages in the first chapter of Micah, frankly are a bit obscure and there is much debate about the exact meaning. But here is what Barnes says about Adullam. It is noteworthy insofar as I think we get a better sense as to what these places meant to the Israelite's to whom this message was directed.

He (that is, the heir, the enemy) shall come unto Adullam, the glory of Israel - . that is, he who shall dispossess Mareshah, shall come quite unto Adullam, where, as in a place of safety, the glory of Israel, all in which she gloried, should be laid up. Adullum was a very ancient city, being mentioned in the history of the patriarch Judah Gen_38:1, Gen_38:12, Gen_38:20, a royal city Jos_12:15. It too lay in the Shephelah Jos_15:35; it was said to be 10 (Eusebius) or 12 (Jerome) miles East of Eleutheropolis; but for this, there seems to be scarcely place in the Shephelah. It was one of the 15 cities fortified by Rehoboam 2Ch_11:7; one of the 16 towns, in which (with their dependent villages) Judah settled after the captivity Neh_11:30. It contained the whole army of Judas Maccabaeus (1 Macc. 12:38).

Like Lachish, it had probably the double advantages of the neighborhood of the hills and of the plain, seated perhaps at the roots of the hills, since near it doubtless was the large cave of Adullam named from it. The line of caves, fit for human habitation, which extended from Eleutheropolis to Petra , began westward of it. : “The valley which runs up from Eleutheropolis Eastward, is full of large caves; some would hold thousands of men. They are very extensive, and some of them had evidently been inhabited.” : “The outer chamber of one cavern was 270 feet long by 126 wide; and behind this were recesses and galleries, probably leading to other chambers which we could not explore. The massive roof was supported by misshaped pieces of the native limestone left for that purpose, and at some places was domed quite through to the surface, admitting both light and air by the roof.” The name of Adullam suggested the memory of that cave, the refuge of the Patriarch David, the first of their line of kings, in extreme isolation and peril of his life. There, the refuge now of the remaining glory of Israel, its wealth, its trust, its boast - the foe should come. And so there only remained one common dirge for all.

The last verse above is merely an expression that the prophets grief was to be most severe and shaving the head was often a way of expressing such grief.

An Black Hero From Yesteryear


Many unsung hero's of Black America's civil rights struggle are not well remembered. Here is one that is worthy of note.




Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist,[1] Georgist,[2] and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Wells lost her parents and a sibling in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic at a young age. She went to work and, with her grandmother, kept the rest of the family intact. She moved with some of her siblings to Memphis, Tennessee, finding pay better for teachers.

Later as an activist, Wells documented lynching in the United States in the 1890s, showing that it was often used in the South as a way to control or punish Black people who competed with whites, rather than being based on criminal acts by black people, as was usually claimed by whites.[3] She was active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations. Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician and traveled internationally on lecture tours.[4]...

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On May 4, 1884, a train conductor with the Memphis and Charleston Railroad ordered Wells to give up her seat in the first-class ladies car and move to the smoking car, which was already crowded with other passengers. The year before, the Supreme Court had ruled against the federal Civil Rights Act of 1875 (which had banned racial discrimination in public accommodations). This verdict supported railroad companies that chose to racially segregate their passengers.

Wells refused to give up her seat. The conductor and two men dragged Wells out of the car. When she returned to Memphis, she hired an African-American attorney to sue the railroad. Wells gained publicity in Memphis when she wrote a newspaper article for The Living Way, a black church weekly, about her treatment on the train. When her lawyer was paid off by the railroad,[12] she hired a white attorney. She won her case on December 24, 1884, when the local circuit court granted her a $500 award.

The railroad company appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court, which reversed the lower court's ruling in 1887. It concluded, "We think it is evident that the purpose of the defendant in error was to harass with a view to this suit, and that her persistence was not in good faith to obtain a comfortable seat for the short ride."[13][14] Wells was ordered to pay court costs. Wells' reaction to the higher court's decision expressed her strong convictions on civil rights and religious faith, as she responded: "I felt so disappointed because I had hoped such great things from my suit for my people...O God, is there no...justice in this land for us?"[15]

While teaching elementary school, Wells was offered an editorial position for the Evening Star in Washington, DC. She also wrote weekly articles for The Living Way weekly newspaper under the pen name "Iola," gaining a reputation for writing about the race issue. In 1889, she became co-owner and editor of Free Speech and Headlight, an anti-segregation newspaper that was started by the Reverend Taylor Nightingale and was based at the Beale Street Baptist Church in Memphis. It published articles about racial injustice.[16] In 1891, Wells was dismissed from her teaching post by the Memphis Board of Education due to her articles that criticized conditions in the colored schools of the region. Wells was devastated but undaunted, and concentrated her energy on writing articles for the The Living Way and the Free Speech and Headlight.[17]

In 1889 Thomas Moss, a friend of Wells, opened the Peoples Grocery in the "Curve," a black neighborhood just outside the Memphis city limits. It did well and competed with a white-owned grocery store across the street. While Wells was out of town in Natchez, Mississippi, a white mob invaded her friends' store. During the altercation, three white men were shot and injured. Moss and two other black men, named McDowell and Stewart, were arrested and jailed pending trial. A large white lynch mob stormed the jail and killed the three men.

After the lynching of her friends, Wells wrote in Free Speech and Headlight, urging blacks to leave Memphis altogether:

There is, therefore, only one thing left to do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white persons.[18]

Wells emphasized the public spectacle of the lynching. More than 6,000 black people did leave Memphis; others organized boycotts of white-owned businesses. After being threatened with violence, she bought a pistol. She later wrote, "They had made me an exile and threatened my life for hinting at the truth."[19]

Investigative journalism

The murder of her friends drove Wells to research and document lynchings and their causes. She began investigative journalism by looking at the charges given for the murders, which officially started her anti-lynching campaign. She spoke on the issue at various black women's clubs, and raised more than $500 to investigate lynchings and publish her results. Wells found that black people were lynched for such social control reasons as failing to pay debts, not appearing to give way to whites, competing with whites economically, and being drunk in public. She found little basis for the frequent claim that black men were lynched because they had sexually abused or attacked white women. This alibi seemed to have partly accounted for white America's collective acceptance or silence on lynching, as well as its acceptance by many in the educated African-American community. Before her friends were lynched and she conducted research, Wells had concluded that "although lynching was…contrary to law and order…it was the terrible crime of rape [that] led to the lynching; [and] that perhaps…the mob was justified in taking his [the rapist's] life".[20]

She published her findings in a pamphlet entitled "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases."[21] She followed this with an editorial that suggested that, unlike the myth that white women were sexually at risk of attacks by black men, most liaisons between black men and white women were consensual. After the editorial was published, Wells left Memphis for a short trip to New England, to cover another story for the newspaper. Her editorial enraged white men in Memphis. Their responses in two leading white newspapers, The Daily Commercial and The Evening Scimitar, were brimming with hatred; "the fact that a black scoundrel is allowed to live and utter such loathsome…calumnies is a volume of evidence as to the wonderful patience of southern whites. But we have had enough of it".[22] On May 27, 1892, while she was away in Philadelphia, a white mob destroyed the offices of the Free Speech and Headlight.

Numerous other studies have supported Wells' findings of lynching as a form of community control[23] and analyzed variables that affect lynching. Beck and Tolnay's influential 1990 study found that economics played a major role, with the rate of lynchings higher when marginal whites were under threat because of uncertain economic conditions. They concluded the following... This article appears in total at Wkipedia




17 Feb

Prophecy And Technology -  Part II


And then in the very next vision in Revelation, we see a very different set of unworldly looking creatures. This horde however is going to do much more than just torment, the next horde will be there to kill and kill one third of mankind. This happens just following the fifth angel sounding his trumpet. Here is the passage.


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.
For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails
 were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues
yet repented not of the works of their hands,
 that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold,
and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:
which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,
nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
(Rev 9:14-21)



This passage shows us many things. The most important is the spiritual observation in the last verse, that men utterly refused to repent of their evil deeds. But let’s take a good look at what is going to kill off so very much of mankind. These are not creatures that anyone living has seen. Again, we see spiritual forces who are used to prepare their way for destruction. This time there are four angels and they are set apart for this one specific purpose at this one specific time. Many have tried to opine that both of these angels who bring on these disasters in Revelation chapter nine are Holy angels – ones who did not rebel with the devil. No, these angels were bound and it does not seem at all likely that God has to bind up his loyal angels. However there is a class of them who are bound up in chains as mentioned earlier.



And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting
chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
(Jud 1:6)




So it is fallen angels who are bound and these in my view are just four of them. They appear to be very powerful angels and may even be a class of arch angels of which some or many joined in the rebellion against the Most High God. My view is that both of these groups of angels are probably part of this fallen host, who will be allowed to be set free for just this particular moment in history. What these creatures are again I can only speculate, but I find it of interest that in both the 5th and 6th trumpets, we see these traits


The creatures have features like more than one type of animal

The creatures attack

The creatures have defenses (breastplate/armor)

The race of the sons of men are the target of both attacks


I think one other observation that should be made about the fifth and sixth trumpet is this. The fifth trumpet represents a non-lethal attack from the air (locusts). The sixth trumpet represents a lethal attack on mankind from the ground. We must also keep in mind again that John had no vocabulary for the description of things like tanks, Apache helicopters, hellfire missiles and military drones. Moreover, I think we are only just beginning to see out here in public some of the strange and new weapons that nations all around the world are working on and will one day deploy. The does not even take into consideration the kinds of things that have not even hit the drawing board yet. 


So is John’s vision one of a futuristic army that is ultimately controlled by satanic forces, but done so with God’s permission? I think it quite possible. Keep in mind that it is the beast of revelation that will be given great authority over the world and the kings of the earth. It takes no major leap in analysis to say that the evil spirits who control the beast system will also control their military's and their high tech drone armies. 


The truth is, I don’t think we have begun to fathom just how transformative to our world all of these new technological developments will be, both drones as well as genetically modified lifeforms.


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This is what they are already proposing for humans. We have no idea what they have already done with animals, insects and other organisms at the classified level.

Machines Smarter Than Humans


Soon this will be the case. Machines that not only perform specific tasks and calculations better than humans, but are more creative, intelligent and even intuitive that their human counterparts.

Artificial Intelligence: Silicon Valley's Next Frontier


No, we are not there yet, but the key facets of human intelligence have already been identified and are being actively considered for incorporation in to future artificial intelligence (AI) machines, devices and robots. The first place to start will probably be in our mobile technology phones, tablets and automobiles. I say again, I don’t think most people really understand just how much this is going to transform society.



If they move forward with this, and it certainly looks like they will, it will remake our whole society in ways that we can only vaguely now comprehend. We will go into a store and not have to check out – the money will be withdrawn from our accounts as soon as we walk out of the store, We will get into our cars, say where we want to go, and our cars will take us there, we will come home and the lights will come on, the temperature will be just right, the TV will flip on at just the right time for our favorite shows – no human interaction. A domestic robot will fix our meals for us and clean our homes. But how much self-control will we give to these robots, most of whom will either be centrally controlled or at least ‘fail-safed’ to allow for ‘big brother’ to do whatever dirt he feels he has the right to do to us ‘biologicals’.



Do we see artificial life/intelligence in the Bible? Yes, I think we do. I think the whole idea of artificial life is clearly mentioned in the book of Revelation. Where you might ask? In one of the most important prophetic pieces within the book of the Apostle John’s vision. That being the creation and global worship of an image by satanic powers who will take control of the world’s governments for 42 months.

And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,
and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast,
 whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders,
so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
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 live.
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.
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 13:12-17)

All of these things we see in revelation – they looked like miracles to John, though he recognized that they were satanic miracles whose specific intention was to deceive the race of men. Deceive them into the worship of the devil and his image. The fire coming down from heaven? Not so far-fetch today, with satellite technology and the coming of highly destructive lasers and particle beams. This could indeed cause fire to come down from heaven if placed on an aircraft or satellite. Such a thing may not seem like much of a miracle, but could be used as point of blasphemy and mockery of God if coupled with the great swelling words that the passage indicates saying that he (the man of sin) is God and that he can do the same miracles God can (think Elijah and the prophets of Baal - (1 Kings 18:21ff) . Keep in mind what our God says about this system and what it will ultimately do and what is purpose is.



And they worshipped the dragon
which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him
a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.

(Rev 13:4-9)



So we see that the whole mission of this beast is twofold – it is to blaspheme God and get mankind to worship this satanic system (it is powered by the dragon) and finally to overcome the saints of God. In this we see the ultimate purpose of the system. Also if you keep our eyes on the ball so to speak, we can better understand just where the devil will be taking the world. It helps us to better predict events by understanding just what the goal is.

This is one of the final acts in the rebellion against God. Satan is doing his level best to deceive mankind to join that rebellion.

But take a look at the passage from verse 12-17, we see that this image is given life. The world for life in the greek is this one.


πνεῦμα
pneuma
pnyoo'-mah
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.

The definition of 'life' can vary depending on whom you ask. But some kind of ability to interact intelligently and autonomously with the environment and some kind of self awareness I think would safely be categorized as life.


Drones, Artificial intelligence even time travel. These things seemed like science fiction a few years ago but not any more.


I see much of what Bible prophecy is about when it comes to Revelation is this – they are the last acts of rebellion of man against his creator and creation. The enemies of God use this strong desire to rebel against God and man's desire to be free to sin and do evil as ' leverage' and uses man to accomplish the devils goals, not knowing that is what they are ultimately doing. What does the devil want? He wants to be God, blaspheme him and his throne and after he has co-opted man, he wants to destroy mankind utterly. His M.O. has always been to steal (God’s worship) kill (mankind) and destroy that which God has made.


God will on some level give the devil and mankind what they want – they want sin and evil, he will give it to them along with the consequences. Mankind’s dabbling with all of this high technology without the wisdom to use it is like giving a loaded revolver to a three year old – it’s a disaster waiting to happen...

... and mankind today is a disaster in motion.


13 Feb


An Open Letter To President Trump

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
 he turneth it whithersoever he will.

(Pro 21:1)


First of all congratulations on your victory in the 2016 Presidential election, which many, with good cause have called an upset. Thank you for taking on the onerous responsibility for the nation, it's people and its security and for your willingness to step into the political ring, take all of the public exposure, humiliation, and cheap shots in order to get to the highest office of the land. I appreciate that you were rich, had all life has to offer and yet chose to at 70 years of age, to do something you deeply felt needed to be done. Get America past the typical politics of the past 3 decades that have put our nation into such a mess that most Americans are either unaware of how bad it is, or make in a great many cases, go out of their way to make sure they are unaware of it. It took someone like you to become a focus to millions of disaffected Americans across the nation who have lost jobs, or lost good paying jobs to now work two low paying jobs, if they can find them and still make less money after many lost homes in the foreclosure crisis of 2008. Yes, today that crisis has faded from the headlines. But it did not fade from the minds of voters last November.

They remembered.

Those on the political left who have benefited from the last several years of public policy and those in those major metropolitan areas who still are doing well, they do not understand just how hard it has been for many ordinary Americans in the Midwest, South and even in many corridors of the North East. These Americans were forgotten about and if we had had four more years of the Democrats in control, they would have continued to be forgotten about and marginalized. Your election was the 'silent revolt' of Americans who don't have time to go out into the streets and protest, or fly to DC and march to grab headlines in a media who would probably not cover such a march by those kinds of Americans anyway as they are not gay and they are not Democrats.

You have shown the establishment even those in your own party that American citizens still can raise up using the tools the founders of this nation gave them to make a change. That tool is the vote. You won this election fair and square, there was no coup, no massive vote fraud, no one murdered your opponent who was ahead in the polls. You won, don't let a well paid-for and organized rabble in the streets try and take that away from you. You paid the price, you are now President and like Obama, whose policies I did not like much, he made the sacrifices, paid the price and for no other reason than the fact that the people chose him to lead us for 8 years, both he and you deserved at least that respect. It is very sad that many in America refuse to give you that respect. But that is a reflection of the blotches on their character, not upon you.

However, Mr. President, your first few weeks in Office have not been stellar. While you have moved quickly to make significant changes in policy during your first few days, a person who is watching it all with a high degree of objectivity gets the impression that not all of your decisions were vetted by your staff and other competent people. I get the impression and I may be wrong, that your immigration order was not vetted by the DOJ, was not properly reviewed even by your nominee for the DOJ, Sen. Sessions. In short, my impression is this -  your team was not ready for the fight that anyone could see was coming over that E.O. and in your rush to move quickly you made some critical errors.

From what little I know about your business and your personality you are a doer, a deal maker and a mover and a shaker. You are a risk taker. Those are all admirable qualities in a business man. You can't make money unless you take risks in business. Those qualities made you rich. I also get the impression that you are a fighter, a guy who will never back down from a good fight. If someone takes a swing and you, you will swing back... just a little harder. Again, these traits helped you connect up with millions of Americans who were tired of pretty faces and pompous promises that delivered dung heaps instead of the foretold mountains as expounded on various campaign trails. You made many promises, but all appear to be ones you fully intend on keeping, unlike the last occupant of the White House, who was not even inaugurated before he began breaking them.

You are also smart enough to know that those who have embarked on this reckless course of globalization which has taken so much from so many hard working Americans have their agents among the population who can be easily be stirred up to action and protest against many of the policies they once claimed to be so very much against. They are being used to continue the very same mad dash of globalization that keeps so many of these young people living out of their mothers basement because they cannot find suitable employment. These elements can be duly ignored as well as the highly coordinated publicity stunts their actions characterize. They are in short, the 'temper tantrum' of your enemies who want to see the disastrous trends now in place continue to their enormous profit and empowerment.

You would be wise, Mr. President to turn off cable news, and the mendacious mouths that utter their fake news and let your press secretary and your political advisors deal with the excruciating noise that vomits forth from TV news. I read a story that claimed to be sourced from those inside your administration about their concern about your addiction to cable news. I think the key is for you is to let your people handle the press. Don't be dragged down into the gutter with them. Your use of twitter to fireback at things going on on cable, for the most part is counter productive. Yes, twitter is a great tool to bypass the media, but raw unfiltered responses to the daily controversies, I do not think serves you well.

Your press Secretary makes good money, let him earn it and handle those things.


Tone

I think one thing  that needs to be said is this. The tone of your administration so far has been a little but too combative. There is a time for combat and a time for conciliation. As much as possible, try and use your position to bring some healing to a land that is dangerously divided along economic, regional, social, racial and religious lines. I am deeply concerned for the country and for trends I see that could literally cause America to split, not unlike the attempt that was made back in 1861.

Just the tone and 'feel' of your administration will have long lasting effects on the nation. One thing that Obama did do, was try at times to be the conciliating voice and talk about the pro's and con's of key things facing the nation. We need a positive, forward looking President. I know you care deeply for the nation, but we need the kind of President who can make us see outside of ourselves and understand that we are part of a great nation and it is up to us all to decide if we wish to destroy it on the altar of hatred, division and selfishness or understand that we must all work to make the nation a better place for all of us. We must all cease to look at the government as tool to attack, undermine and otherwise bring harm to our (media created) political enemies. Those who hate America are using the media to divide and rule and bring in great distrust and even hatred for our nation, government, traditions and democratic processes.
Divide and rule is the oldest trick in the book and one of the most successful.

As much as you can, use your national level pulpit for positive messages and forward looking proposals.  Things that people care about. Leave the more controversial things for your underlings, let them catch the heat. That is what they are paid for. You be the President, let them be your flack vest.

Another thing Mr. President, this nation was built and founded on Christianity, but always has been a very tolerant nation to other faiths. This is been the hallmark of America even before we won our independence. While the last administration did little to honor our Christian heritage, choosing rather to elevate Islam to a far greater standing than the relatively small population of Muslims represents, you have an opportunity to ensure that Christians are respected and their faith is no longer put down in the media and denigrated by the powerful.

The last administration went out of its way to stick its middle finger in the eyes of millions of humble Christians across America and the world, with its obsession with homosexuality, silence when Christians communities were being literally exterminated overseas and compelling Christian business owners here to pay for things that in God's eyes were and are abominable. The contempt for Christians by the last administration, I think was just one of the straws that broke the back of Democratic control of the White House. There were just enough people from around the nation who were sick of these trends. In short, they want their country back. No, not to denigrate or mistreat Gays or Muslims, but to make sure we do not turn the nation into Sodom and Gomorrah or into a political satellite of the Islamic State. There was deep concern in many quarters over the direction the last occupant of the White House was taking the nation. No, you would never know that listening to CNN or MSNBC. There were no mass protests, no political stunts, no great upsurge in tweaked and mendacious national polling data. No, this was a quiet revolution of the ballot box, and I do think it was a true quiet revolution. A revolution against the elitists who had taken advantage of the trust that was placed in them to care for the nation above all else but who wound up leaving large parts of America to sleep on the sidewalk outside a homeless shelter because all the beds inside were  all full.

Those who got scammed in the mortgage crisis, those who lost jobs, those who lost loved ones in wars they did not understand, those who are paying considerably more for health care and getting considerably less, they were your supporters. Thus, your election was a revolt against all of those things. You job will be difficult, but it will be to focus in on these issues and not let the crooks, thieves and yes, even traitors hoodwink you into some war overseas that will not do anything but cost us a fortune, populate America's cemeteries with her fallen soldiers and make a certain group of elitists very rich. Focus in on the right things and once you can provide jobs and prosperity to places that were 'on the fence' about you, in 2016, they will be in your corner in 2020.

However one thing that I have noted that has troubled me. It is the make up of your cabinet. They are all exceptionally wealthy people who do not have the connection with working people that you seemed to have had on the campaign trail. You have too many rich, white elitists in key positions. I am not saying that being rich like that is an impediment to being a good cabinet secretary. No, often it is a big plus. Rather, I am saying that the tone; the impression one gets from your picks is that if you are not rich, white and connected, your voice will not be heard. Moreover, you have too many Goldman bankers close to you and they are now getting ready to gut the reforms that were put in place after the crisis of 2008. Well, before you sign off on their self-serving regulatory shredding, ask yourself this question and do it soon.

Where are you going to get the money for a trillion dollar bailout when they get rid of those hard fought regs and the SHTF once again? Where are you going to get it? Before you answer, go stand next to the abyss of debts our nation already has... don't get too lose to that gaping hole of debts.... you might fall in and never be heard from again.

I respect your aversion to regulations. Being of a very libertarian bent myself, I get that fully. I also get that when you have these massive banks that operate like cartels and have far too much power on the Hill, they are not just a danger to themselves, but can literally destroy the entire US financial system with one major derivatives wipe out. Granted, I am aware of the ISDA and the new procedures they have in place. Do they plan on gutting those too?

Look twice before you leap. It took only eight years after President Clinton got rid of the depression era regulations for the crisis of 2008 to be upon us. Where will you be in 8 years? Perhaps facing the very crisis your friends at Goldman set you up for when they come waltzing into your office wanting a massive bailout and warning you that in just a few days, every ATM in the nation will be shut down as the interbank payments system shuts down because every single major bank in the US are all now bankrupt... like what happened in 2008.

Where in the (expletive deleted) are you going to get the money to bail them out?

Are you determined to gut those regulations? Then this will be essential if you don't want your mistake to blow up in your face. Before one single line of those regulations are gut, make sure that each systemically important bank has a living will that is approved, will realistically work in order to wind down a bankrupt financial institution. Why? Read the sentence in red once again.

Don't let those guys play you for a sucker like they did Bill Clinton.

It will be Mr. and Mrs. America who will pay the price in pain.

The Enemy Within

Your biggest challenge, however will not be played on in front of the camera's and you will not be able to tweet about. It will be dealing with various networks that now exist within our government. Networks who are either under the influence of or are directly controlled by foreign nations. Yes, I am talking about spies and traitors. However, the most successful traitor knows how to betray, can get caught betraying and because they know the laws very well, cannot be criminally prosecuted. Think about things like putting vast troves of sensitive and highly classified data onto unsecured servers... accidentally (on purpose) or passing SCI to Arab nations or using America's vast counter intelligence apparatus to go after veterans, bloggers, and Christians and letting Islamic terrorists go to discotheques to shoot up the place. Deliberately, carefully and legally misallocating those resources. I need not tell you Mr. President, that it may very well have been a leak to Al Qaeda from within our own highly classified and compartmentalized special operations system that caused the Yemen raid to be so badly botched. Many stories confirm that the terrorists were warned our people were coming and were waiting for them.

My view is that the last President, the last two Secretaries of State and the last CIA director ALL appear to have been soft on Islamist/Terrorist subversion within our own national security apparatus. But it is not just Islamists who should trouble us. While the MSM was hyperventilating about Russia, Ukraine was busy doing their own dirt to our elections. Foreign agents and those who run errands for other nations, while claiming loyalty to America who are in reality nothing more than traitors in our midst and know how to work the system to keep themselves in sensitive positions so they can continue their small and large acts of betrayal - this is going to be a major problem for you. The sooner you get that and address it,, the sooner you can have some real success overseas.

This is going to be a major task if any of your foreign policies are to work - building, sustaining and properly directing counter intelligence capabilities to target malevolent forces who operate within our government and particularly our national security apparatus. This will be met with resistance from some quarters.... mark it.

Yet having said that, the tendency of Republicans is to over classify everything and keep transparency of our intelligence system to the barest of minimums. That, I think will be a mistake. For the most part, unless dealing with sources, methods, specifications of military hardware/capabilities and operational information, I think the tendency towards openness will put enough sunlight on our National Security system to make it sharper, more responsive to the needs of the nation, less corrupt and on the whole, more effective. I applaud the last President for his somewhat belated efforts to bring transparency into government. I think it was and is incredibly important that this continues. Carefully, yes... but let it continue. Without that transparency and those from within who worked hard and took considerable risks to  bring it about, we nor even Congress would not be aware of the some of the deep problems that exist within the community and of the need for reforms. I mean reforms that get us the intelligence we need, protects the rights of our citizens and puts those checks and balances in place to make sure that those who have been placed in positions of trust remain trustworthy.

Finally. Mr. President, it is my hope that you reach out to Americans of all walks of life. Even those who did not and will never vote for you. There is a lot of bitterness out there against you and I am saddened that many Americans are so filled with hatred towards you, they feel they have to make a statement against you and the high office you hold.

I think it sad that some of the Super Bowl winners will boycott a meet with you. I see that as part and parcel of the pattern of self-inflected marginalization that so many Americans wish to continue. Rather than engage, they boycott; rather than listen, they shout cuss words, rather than showing you the respect they want from you, they show you a consistent pattern of contempt, blowing up the smallest little slight, real or imagined (mostly) into a major issue. Too many Americans behave like 'special needs' children because they lack the emotional capacity to deal with change that they perceive may not be in their interest or a defeat in a fair contest.

You must take the high road, you are the President now. They can behave like special needs kids, you cannot. Show yourself to be a cut above the gutter politics that infect America and show them that success in America comes from hard work, a strong sense of fair play for all, taking risks and most importantly giving honor and respect to God, a concept too many Americans want to banish from America utterly.

Don't be ashamed of your faith, don't let others shame you for it and remember that if you keep your course stayed on Christ, he will never steer you wrong.

You have many people praying for you, and may God bless you as you do your best to bring this nation back to the basics of faith and Christ that made America into the envy of the world, keep her a strong, open, tolerant and free society that the world will continue to envy.


Brother Mark



9 Feb

Prophecy and technology



Today we are going to briefly look at some trends in technology and how they relate to Bible prophecy. No, we are not going to spend much time on the internet and privacy, but on other very important trends that are now coming to pass right before our eyes. These are some truly ‘epoch’ level changes coming and these new technologies are going to fundamentally alter life on earth and how man interacts with the world around him - his wages, war, how he pays his bills, works and travels. Major changes are just now starting to occur.


I can imagine many priests in the middle ages thought the Apostle John’s vision of the apocalypse too fantastic to believe in a literal sense. As I read the much older interpretations of scripture, I see how many of them tended to over-spiritualize so many of the things in there. They had no conception of the kinds of technological advances man would have achieved in the final hour.


Today, the things in Revelation may still seem strange and way out to some readers, but as we see the things now being invented and developed and some of the things now transpiring on earth on the environmental front, those prophecies no longer seem far fetched to anyone who reads the news. Mass die-off’s of the world’s oceans? Brothers, it’s right there in your Bibles (Rev 8:9, 16:3). I do not mean to say that we have seen the fulfillment of these things, only that they are by no means far fetched… not anymore.


One reader of mine who sends me interesting links from time to time had this question that will be the starting point for this paper.

 I was browsing over the internet a few days ago, and I came across articles describing the latest computer technology. In Japan they are creating robots that look almost completely human like. One very soon will even be able to interact intelligently with these robots:  no kidding here, this really is shocking. I even read of computerized algorithm being  created that will be allowed to decide guilt and innocence..., before the crime is even committed!  According to what I read, courts are actually condemning people on the basis of these computerized conclusions. Sounds too much like a return of inquisition. These same computerized thinking programs are determining medicine for the sick, and a whole myriad of other decisions that potentially affect a persons life in very dramatic ways. I even saw where a robot was performing surgical operations !

   My point is this...a thought leaped into my head...maybe it was from the good Lord, or maybe it was just from within me. I see a powerful potential for Satan to possess this computerized technology. My feeling is that he will, and it will come about here very soon. The link above somewhat confirms this feeling inside of me. I read in the bible where the false profit will build a statue of the beast, and this statue will come to life and say that all those who refuse to worship it must die...The sound of this passage appears far too much like the human appearing robot being constructed by the Japanese to me. - Name Withheld

Yes the trends in technology are real and are moving very rapidly. Yes, real androids who can interact with people and who look like us is not so very far off at all. I read a story where sex-bots were on the way.


But these somewhat anecdotal aspects of the coming android/robot revolution, in my view pale in comparison to some of the much darker implications.

Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems



Today there is a revolution now taking place. It’s in the field of military robotics. The word’s powers, the Americans, Chinese and yes, most definitely the Russians are now in a race to build fully autonomous robots and weapons systems. But these efforts in military and other forms of robotics do not just mean the world’s military’s. Private companies are also involved in this kind of development, including Silicon Valley.


In short, what we are seeing both in the military and private sphere is what some have termed the normalization of military robotics. These things are coming and to a large degree are already here. We have seen pictures of fully autonomous vehicles operating on the battlefield. The Russians as well, as we learn from their own news sources are working on their own ‘skynet’ of fully autonomous weapons systems capable of making its own decisions without any human interaction.


I don’t think I need to tell any reader here of the enormous implications of this and why this is one area that we as Christians should indeed be watching most carefully. I could give you all a slew of links on this subject and today I won’t. But I will pass on a couple.

Background - Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems UNOG

Killer Robot Series - HRW


There is a considerable amount of activity on this. Here is a group that is dedicated to the peaceful use of robots. There are many voices now sounding the alarm about this most serious development in mankind's technological ability. More and more man is showing that his knowledge is far outstripping his wisdom. Key questions needed to be answered long before the development of these weapons transpired. But that has not happened.



But when we look at this issue what do we see prophetically? I am always amazed at the prophecies of Revelation insofar as this – in the last days, we see a massive army of strange and evil creatures that shall torment mankind. Brothers, we hear much about the beast, Antichrist, the mark, but we don’t hear much about some of the other things that our God gave us for a witness as to what shall transpire in the last days. Here is the witness.


And the fifth angel sounded,
and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth:
and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit,
 as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of
the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power,
 the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them
that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing,
 neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them,
but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment

was
as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it;
and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them
.
And the shapes of the locusts
were like unto horses prepared unto battle;
and on their heads
were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were
as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth
were as
the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were
breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings
was as the sound of
chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions,
 and there were stings in their tails: and their power
was to hurt men five months.
 And they had a king over them,
which is the angel of the bottomless pit,
whose name in the Hebrew tongue
is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue
hath
his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold,
there come two woes more hereafter.

(Rev 9:1-12)



This vision of a futuristic attack on the human race had to seem like some kind of impossible event to many who read it back in the days of old. In fact, so many of the visions in John’s revelation were so ‘far out’ that many did not want to include the book in the Bible.


That’s not so true anymore. So what was it that John saw? I wish I could tell you for sure, but I cannot. But I can look at many of the developments in our world on the technological front and give you some Biblically based ‘wise speculation’ on it.



As I read the passage cited above, I cannot help but get these basic impressions.

1 – That these locusts are very real. They exist in the material world. They are not some spiritual phenomenon that gives rise to something else within the material world.



2 – While they are material in existence, they are spiritually controlled. That controlling spirit is Appolyon, or Abaddon.


This is a tremendously important prophecy in that it shows that powerful spirits will be given great power over mankind -  not to their benefit, but to mankind's harm. But that even though they have this power, it appears to be limited to only what God allows. Note that in this particular assault, they cannot and do not kill anyone. They just torment and the torture is so bad that men will seek death and won’t be able to die. Who are these angels who control this insect like horde? They are only mentioned here in scripture.


G3

Ἀβαδδών

Abaddōn

ab-ad-dohn'

Of Hebrew origin [H11]; a destroying angel: - Abaddon.

Total KJV occurrences: 1



G623

Ἀπολλύων

Apolluōn

ap-ol-loo'-ohn

Active participle of G622; a destroyer (that is, Satan): - Apollyon.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

But the other aspect of this vision is in the first part of the passage, it started with a star that fell from heaven. Clearly this is some kind of very powerful fallen angel. But he is given temporary authority over the bottomless pit. This is the place where the fallen host of angels dwells. Keep in mind that stars are symbolic of angels, both fallen and otherwise (Rev 1:20, Dan 8:10) falling from heaven is a key aspect of Lucifer (Isah 14:12).


We need to keep in mind that it is Jesus that holds the actual keys to hell and death. So this appears to be a temporary transfer of limited power to the devil and his host for a specific purpose. The bottomless pit appears to be a place that is reserved for certain classes of the fallen angels, who are consigned there for eternity (Jud 1:6). It is in essence, a place of damnation or perhaps more correctly, the holding cell for those that await it. 


So what are these creatures? Let’s take a look.


First off they are some kind of locusts, but none that any of us have ever seen. The come up out of this bottomless pit and the smoke from it is so great it blocks out the sun. This all may seem a bit too primitive of a geological view of the earth, but anyone who has seen what comes out of a volcano and the heat and the lava (that looks like a lake of fire) and the smoke, can understand that that this looks to be something similar but on a much, very much larger scale. Even today with volcanic eruptions, the volcanic ash can be so great as to divert air travel for s significant periods of time.

Why Volcanic Ash Is So Terrible for Airplanes

So what this prophecy envisions appears to be something along the lines of some kind of earth event that has the smoke effect of a large volcano or caldera. I admit, this is mostly speculation, but it is one that fits what we know about the earth. Some have wondered if it is possible that beings exist in torment in the deep recesses of the earth. I say, yes, but that place appears to be a place where spiritual beings exist (I cannot say live) and are in torment, rather than those of us in a physical body.

So what I see here is a major spiritual event (the fifth trumpet) that will translate itself into an event here in the material realm - a great fallen angel will be given great authority and will open up this great bottomless pit. The good news is that most of what is down there will not come out, but the bad news is that somethings will and that is those locusts I think, represent.


We don’t know how many of these things are let loose the scriptures do not tell us, but I think it safe to say there will be many of them as this is how locusts usually travel – millions of them in a giant swarm. This is clearly the impression that John leaves with us in this vision.


The picture that John gives us is something that no horror movie producer could ever fathom. They had faces like men, but were armored and decked out for battle, not unlike the warriors of Roman Times, which John lived. They had breastplates (armor) and were clearly designed specifically for battle. We must also keep in mind that the king that reigned over them was named (in the ancient languages) ‘destruction’ these warrior like characteristics seem only logical.

So what are we looking at, if we were to put them in to modern terms and terminology? This is how I tend to look at the book of revelation – look at the terrible judgments God brings on man and to a lesser degree he brings on himself by virtue of his wickedness. John was using 1st century terms to describe 21st century phenomenon. So when he saw these things he saw that they were not anything he saw before. I see this as being some kind of organized spiritually directed military assault using these creatures not to kill man, but as the scriptures say, to torment them or as the term is used today use ‘non-lethal force’ against the race of the sons of men, those who have not been sealed by God. So what are these things. I would put it into four possibilities.


1. They are drones – some kind of miniaturized drone technology that somehow this powerful fallen angel is able to get control of and are possibly thus possessed/remotely piloted by a certain class of fallen angels.


2. They are some kind of genetically modified or artificially created life-form that has been programmed (at the DNA level) to accomplish this task in the last days.


3. They are cybernetic, containing both machine and biological traits.


4. They are some kind of spiritual beings that literally come out of the earth and has nothing to do with mankind creative technological capability.


Given the leaps and bounds of mankind's technological capacity in both the fields of remotely controlled military hardware (drones) and DNA manipulation coupled with mankind's fascination with spiritual darkness, false religion, witchcraft and all manner of devilry, what we are seeing here I think may be as much a judgment of God as it is a natural outgrowth of man’s fondness for evil.


Yes, I do think it very possible that the locusts of Revelation chapter nine are some kind of drone or artificial life-form that is centrally controlled, not unlike ‘Skynet’ - the network that controlled the terminators in the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger of the same name.



I admit this is all pretty speculative, but today we can see that mankind could indeed or soon will be able to create such such a creature to torment mankind in its 'non-lethal' arsenal. I think one thing we should kind of keep our eye on is to see if some kind of international agreement takes form to produce only certain kinds of non-lethal drones using only certain kinds of technology. Given the propensity in some quarters to make sure that some technology especially police and crowd control tech is non-lethal, this may be something that will be rather interesting to see develop because what is being described in the above passage looks to be a non-lethal attack. The whole idea as described here in appears only to inflict pain, tremendous excruciating pain on the victims and nothing more...

....Part II will come soon, God willing!




8 Feb


Judges Ruling Over Immigration And US Army To Preparations

The judges will probably keep the lower courts ruling, given the make up of the court. But what will that really mean for America, if they gut the governments power to control our borders? SHTF.com has a piece here that talks about this. This is coming. No not right away, but it is coming just as sure a water is wet. If you have trouble  believing me and or understanding why this is such a crucial issue, the CIA, under the auspicious of the National Intelligence Council did a report very recently that talked about mostly global demographics. The world is really changing and not in ways that are bantered about by the massive echo chamber that the Internet is fast becoming where any lie and half truth gets repeated in blogs and sites that fit a particular narrative or political disposition. Before we get to it, lets take a really quick look at the nations that Trump's ban effects. Nations with the largest populations of Muslims like Indonesia and Pakistan are NOT effected. It is only those nations where terrorists are running around loose, chopping off heads, putting young women and children into sex slave dungeons and blowing up Churches and yes even mosques... these are effected. This is not a 'Muslim Ban' as has been so reported by the press who hates the ban but a ban from key nations where very significant an violent political upheaval is taking place because of Islamic terrorism. The fight and war that our nation has taken GREAT PAINS to rob us of our rights in fighting. Now suddely they cannot wait to bring that crazy sh-t  over here.






These are the nations that the President has issued this temporary (not permanent) stay. Iran is a known State Sponsor of Terrorism. I need not tell you about Iraq and Syria and how ISIS and other armed Islamic terror groups and jihadists have destroyed much of the region. Don't believe me?

Look and See!


Sudan (Both North and South) have tremendous problems right now. Yemen has what has been dubbed by our officials as Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula operating within it. Not up on it? AEI has a running series of on the ground updates here.



 ...and Somalia does not have a problem is much with ISIS but with Al Shabaab.


The Council of Foreign Relations has a great backgrounder on this terror group here. More here at GlobalSecurity.

Libya as well has deep problems with rival violent Islamic militants and militia's fighting each other for control of the nation and its oil revenues. Here are the belligerenets


Source: Wikipdeia



The Courts and the Media have gone into full 'foaming at the mouth' insanity mode because the President issued a temporary travel ban from these nations.  Why?

What I am going to tell you is not what you are going to want to believe. But you can do your own investigation and find out that what I am telling you is not theory.

Islam has been moving quietly and powerfully right into the heart of the American system of Government. While it is true that there are not many Muslims in power, it is also true that they have used their considerable financial resources from Islamic nations to fund charities, political lobbies, key political leaders and other organizations to gain clout in DC. This includes our legal system. They have learned what the Chinese learned and the drug Cartels have learned. The way to get America to do what you want is not with bombs, threats and guns, but with a checkbook, a PR firm and PAC. They have lots of friends on the Hill, in the Senate, in the Media and as we are starting to see, in our courts. They are very friendly to Islam and weather you wish to accept it or not, are far more ambivalent towards Islamic terrorism and persecution than they may ever state in Public.

Sudan: 25 Churches To Be Demolished.

As long as that terrorism is not directed at them and their interests, terrorism, in their view is not such a bad thing. Have you ever wondered why in our mainstream media there has been abject silence on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and that when they wanted to create a narrative of sympathy for those victimized by the Islamic State, they focused on the Yazidi's, whom many with some, if not total justification have accused of Devil worship? It is not my intention to denigrate these people and make light of the very serious persecution they are undergoing. No, my point is this - look who they are using to gain sympathy of the world with. Christians who are under the gun in Iraq and Syria have been totally ignored by the liberal press. They were certainly totally ignored by the last President, who never missed an opportunity to praise Islam or Sodom and was as silent as the grave his policies put so many Christians into.

It was because of the interests who are slowly gaining control over key sectors of power within America we have and will continue to see witchcraft, Islam and Sodomy elevated. Christians are to be victimized and their victimization is never to be placed in a sympathetic light by the forces in the media whom they have captured.. Christian persecution is to be ignored or worse, blamed on them for the 'crime' of being Christians.

Indigenous Christians in Iraq and Syria have not only been exposed to genocide at the hands of the Islamic State and other Islamist groups, but also their applications for immigration to Western countries have been put on the back-burner... - Gatestone institute
Let's take a quick snapshot of the NIC report.
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Global Trends


This is one of the few very interesting publicly available US intelligence reports that is worth the time to to read and cogitate on. It is put out by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) and is highly predictive in nature. It attempts to look at where the world will be heading in 20 years by observing current trends in governance, warfare, economics etc.

If there were any place within the IC I would have wanted to work it would have been at the NIC or in the NSC. The NIC is far less politicized. But the NSC is where key decisions are made. Many of you will not want to read it or download it but that is on you. These things are highly informative and can often contextualize trends in our world that few are able to do. They have resources and analysis that is not available to us, but they take all that and put what they see in an unclassified form.

Begin snippets...
The next five years will see rising tensions within and between countries. Global growth will slow, just as increasingly complex global challenges impend. An ever-widening range of states, organizations, and empowered individuals will shape geopolitics. For better and worse, the emerging global landscape is drawing to a close an era of American dominance following the Cold War. So, too, perhaps is the rules-based international order that emerged after World War I. It will be much harder to cooperate internationally and govern in ways publics expect. Veto players will threaten to block collaboration at every turn, while information “echo chambers” will reinforce countless competing realities, undermining shared understandings of world events.

Underlying this crisis in cooperation will be local, national, and international differences about the proper role of government across an array of issues ranging from the economy to the environment, religion, security, and the rights of individuals. Debates over moral boundaries—to whom is owed what—will become more pronounced, while divergence in values and interests among states will threaten international security.

It will be tempting to impose order on this apparent chaos, but that ultimately would be too costly in the short run and would fail in the long. Dominating empowered, proliferating actors in multiple domains would require unacceptable resources in an era of slow growth, fiscal limits, and debt burdens. Doing so domestically would be the end of democracy, resulting in authoritarianism or instability or both. Although material strength will remain essential to geopolitical and state power, the most powerful actors of the future will draw on networks, relationships, and information to compete and cooperate. This is the lesson of great power politics in the 1900s, even if those powers had to learn and relearn it.

The US and Soviet proxy wars, especially in Vietnam and Afghanistan, were a harbinger of the post-Cold War conflicts and today’s fights in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia in which less powerful adversaries deny victory through asymmetric strategies, ideology, and societal tensions. The threat from terrorism will expand in the coming decades as the growing prominence of small groups and individuals use new technologies, ideas, and relationships to their advantage.

Meanwhile, states remain highly relevant. China and Russia will be emboldened, while regional aggressors and nonstate actors will see openings to pursue their interests. Uncertainty about the United States, an inward-looking West, and erosion of norms for conflict prevention and human rights will encourage China and Russia to check US influence. In doing so, their “gray zone” aggression and diverse forms of disruption will stay below the threshold of hot war but bring profound risks of miscalculation. Overconfidence that material strength can manage escalation will increase the risks of interstate conflict to levels not seen since the Cold War. Even if hot war is avoided, the current pattern of “international cooperation where we can get it”—such as on climate change—masks significant differences in values and interests among states and does little to curb assertions of dominance within regions. These trends are leading to a spheres of influence world.

Nor is the picture much better on the home front for many countries. While decades of global integration and advancing technology enriched the richest and lifted that billion out of poverty, mostly in Asia, it also hollowed out Western middle classes and stoked pushback against globalization. Migrant flows are greater now than in the past 70 years, raising the specter of drained welfare coffers and increased competition for jobs, and reinforcing nativist, anti-elite impulses. Slow growth plus technology-induced disruptions in job markets will threaten poverty reduction and drive tensions within countries in the years to come, fueling the very nationalism that contributes to tensions between countries. - NIC


They talk about what I think will be one of the key and unwritten and uncontextualized game changers over the next couple of decades, that being the growth and shifting demographics of the Global population.





What will all of these people along with an interconnected world mean? Well they see more of what we have seen.
They see rising populism and sharper differences in different groups, despite and perhaps because of the trends in globalization. The paper is brutally honest on a number of fronts.






I have given you a few snippets. You can download the report here. or here in pdf.


7 Feb



AP Fact Checks Immigration Judge's Ruling

The judge is wrong. his facts are wrong as is his ruling. The article shows where.

Make no mistake about this -  some of the political forces who have worked so hard against Trump's temporary refugee order can hardly hold themselves in check in gleeful anticipation of bringing some of this right here to America.

What these federal judges are doing is making it impossible for America to control its borders. If the President cannot do it, who would they like to do it in his place?

The leader of ISIS? One of Iran's Ayatollah's? Perhaps one of the Mexican Drug Cartels?

Weather you like his order or not, what these Judges are doing is gutting a key power that our government has and that is to protect the border from those who could easily do tremendous harm to the American people and nation.

Who is pushing these judges and what is their REAL agenda?

Follow the money... it's the guy who helped bring in all those refugee's into Europe (more here) who use Mac Trucks to drive down Christmas shoppers in Germany.

And the money... guys who have a vested interest in a steady flow of FOREIGN workers into America displacing you and me.

...DISPLACING YOU AND ME.

Trump is not nearly as far off as the Media wants you to think.

But they can shout the loudest over cable news and that they are doing.


China Human Rights Watch

An Open Letter To Remove Chief Justice Qiang
A group of Human Rights Lawyers write and open letter to have him Removed.
"...In Zhou Qiang’s January 14 speech, as President and Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court, he openly challenged this consensus and mobilized the entire court system to declare war against “Western judicial independence." To begin with, he created a problem out of a non-problem, rocking public opinion and causing great ideological confusion. This is clearly not how a professional judge should behave. Related to this, merely five months ago, Zhou Qiang stressed that Party committees and government departments at all levels must not interfere with the judiciary—thus emphasizing judicial independence. This shows even more clearly his flip-flopping and opportunistic nature....? Continues here.
China Shuts Down Website Of Mao Yushi, Friedman Prize Winner
In its ongoing crackdown on advocates of free speech, human rights and other liberties, China’s communist party has shut down the website of Milton Friedman Prize winner Mao Yushi’s think tank. Mao has spent a lifetime promoting the values and principles of a free society for which he has often paid a high price, including severe persecution. The Unirule Institute of Economics that he cofounded has educated new and old generations of Chinese on the importance of private property, the rule of law, freedom of choice, voluntary exchange, and other aspects of the market economy, and on how to transition away from central planning.

In recent years, Mao has been warning about a “leftist revival” in China and has called for a critical evaluation of Mao Zedong’s role in Chinese history—an officially taboo subject. His essay “Returning Mao Zedong to Human Form” (upon which this English summary is based) condemned the communist leader’s brutal policies and earned him retribution from the neo-Maoist movement that has been growing with the regime’s encouragement. Repression under President Xi Jinping has intensified as journalists, lawyers, human rights activists, scholars, and members of religious communities have been jailed or otherwise oppressed. The regime has warned against the danger of foreign and western ideas, increased censorship and closed numerous NGOs, accusing them of being foreign agents.

It is in the context of that widening crackdown and disregard for due process or the rule of law that the communist party has closed Mao Yushi’s website. We hope that it does not signal further repression against Mao, his think tank or his colleagues, but we cannot be confident that the law will protect them. Indeed, the head of China’s Supreme Court recently asserted that the Party is above the law and warned against western concepts such as judicial independence. - CATO
China Forcing Churches To Conform To Communist Agenda
While many decry the 'fascism' of the right, the totalitarianism of the left is just as loathsome.
Rights Lawyer Files Complaint Over Torture In Detention

No Safe Spaces For Persecuted Christians

China's Sin Against Humanity" Persecution Of Christians

A Chinese Church Leader To Stand Trial Amidst Crackdown

...Yet In Spite Of All, The Churches Keep Growing!!!

Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed;
he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses:
but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
(Psa 20:6-8)

US: Atheist Mother Sues WVa. Schools Over Elective Bible Class
I post his in the China section because I want you to keep one thing firmly in mind. China is a Communist system based on Atheism. There are militant atheists and they are just as dangerous as militant Islamist's. One uses the law to compel the acceptance of their beliefs the other uses an RPG.

Militant Atheism? Take a look at communist history. You will find them.

They are still around, though many are secretly satanists using a different label that help them gain acceptance with a growing agnostic and hedonistic world.


3 Feb


Ukraine Sabotages US-Russia Detente

While the US ambassador has publicly denounce Russia before the UN for its actions, the reality on the ground is far murkier. Moreover, the Ukrainian government has a strong powerful lobby in the Senate, led by none other than John McCain, who was in Ukraine right after the coup a few years ago within hours to welcome the (truly) Neo-Nazi  Government that the US just had installed...violently.

Truth be told, it was Ukraine not Russia who were behind more than a few election interference attempts right here in the USA... in support of Hillary. But the Neoconservatives in the House Senate (as well as Obama who wanted Hillary) and within the US security services screamed about alleged Russian interference because they wanted Hillary as President. So they kept their mouth shut about Ukraine's efforts at electoral sabotage in the 2016 election cycle.

Is President Trump being played by this intelligence agencies? Is the State Department passing 'fake intel' to key principles?

It would not be the first time.

President Trump it appears, screwed up the Yemen raid because of faulty/incomplete intelligence.

I think this is where Trump will fail and fail badly. He is relying on a broken system intelligence and policy making system to formulate policy. The intelligence system is broken. Has been for some time and no one wants to fix it. Yes, Obama did make some efforts with some success. Too many in the past who have tried to fix it run the risk of a bureaucratic lynching. A military IG's look into and report on the fake intel in the past is like the fox investigating the hen house, giving a report to you with chicken feathers flying out of its mouth with each and every syllable.

Please understand, I am not denigrating the hard work those within the intelligence system do. That is not my point at all. I am saying, that the real stuff that may not support a desired decision/outcome that the military or the CIA wants you to make may not get into a report, or be downplayed to such a degree that it's buried so you don't pay much attention or understand it. These men and women are extremely adept and misdirection and obfuscation. These are tools of their trade and don't think for a second, Mr. President, they won't use them on you. Many hate you with a perfect hatred and can't wait to shovel the dirt on the coffin of your administration. They fought you during the election, now they will fight you as President.

Listening to some of these guys is like Christ listening to Judas the night before Passover.

"Betrayest Thou Me With A Kiss Intel Report?"
See Luke 24:38



Installing known torturers and repeating the mistakes of the past will lead to a repeat of the failures of the past.

Are there more or less terrorists in Iraq, Syria or Yemen than there were 15 years ago?

You want to help ISIS and AQAP recruiting? Start a hot war with the Russians? Keep listening to the guys who have helped make this mess in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and yes Ukraine into the total screw up they all are today.

You want to reign in Iran? Who has real influence with Tehran? The Russians. They can keep them from these missile tests and other things that you don't like. But if you want their help, they want closer and more constructive relations. You want to send our boys and girls to Iran for a war? Then listen to John McCain, the guy who ran and LOST his Presidential election. Is this the guy you really want to listen to?

What forces around the world will you gather against us if you take such a course?

Risk taking in business is a great thing. In Foreign policy, it can lead to unintended and unforeseen consequences that the nation can still be facing 20 years from now.

This is one area where your natural tendency for immediate action needs to be tempered with a more 'un-Trumpian' cautious but forward looking approach. It's a time when you listen to as many reasonable non-partisan voices as you can before making decisions. Don't take intelligence reporting as gospel. Until the system is reformed, put Intelligence agencies just one slight step above Cable News networks -  powerful and drunk with it and not averse to lying or creating fake reporting when it servers their interests.

...and for many, making billions from new wars and leaving you holding the bag is indeed in their interests.
1 Feb

The Immigration 'Primal Scream'

Many of you probably wonder what I think about his bans.  Pat Buchanan gives his views in the above link... it is insightful. I have mixed feelings about it. I think it high time we began to look much more closely at who we are letting into the nation and if we cannot be sure about someone, we need to err on the side of caution. I think President Trump was elected to look at these issues and moreover, I think that he needs to stick with his pledges to his voters and not let these 'rent a mobs' change a key policy direction he solemnly made on the campaign trail. I also think he would be wise to remember that those who are  being encouraged to go out and protest did not and will never vote for him.

Consequently, trying to please them will be futile and will only harm him with his own constituency. The 'tears of Senator Schumer' should not dissuade him from doing what needs to be done. By all means, he and all of us should remember America's long history of humaneness towards immigrants of all backgrounds and how this is a nation built on immigrants. But we need to make sure, double sure we are not letting enemies of our nation use that humaneness against us.

Silicon Valley, Jobs and the Tears of Sen. Schumer.


What is this immigration rant, protests and manufactured outrage really about?

Well keep some things in mind before we talk about this. The tech industry has been a key supporter of the rage. Others as well have kept the heat and spotlight on the 'rent a rabble' who go out into the streets when so manipulated (or paid) to do so.

Tech industry, fueled by immigrants, protesting Trump's travel ban

Look, you want know why all of the Press is crying tears, manufactured by the Hollywood makeup artists for the news? Follow the money. How much of Silicon Valley is effected by Trump's policies? Perhaps this may help. When you see coordinated protests across the nation - it is never spontaneous. There is coordination and that coordination is done by those who have created networks for internal destabilization. They are very rich and powerful. So what is going on here?


The tech industry will scour the globe to hire people from India, China, just about anywhere. But they won't head to the other side of town and hire the Black American or Hispanic. They have made no progress because there is no impetus to do so in the current open border environment. The plan? This is not hard to figure, I have known about it for years. It's real simple. It's to replace American workers and give both place AND ECONOMIC POWER to immigrants right here in the US and basically slowly and as quietly as possible, replace/displace Americans right here in their own country. This has been happening quietly in many places for some time. No one paid any attention to this trend until the votes for President were counted in 2016.

Now we have a President who is looking at the whole issue. But the fake news networks? They are focused in on Senator Shumer's tears. The real problem, the real reason for those tears?  That some companies now may have to (SHOCK,  HORROR!!) hire Americans and the tech industry may have to pay them from their most profitable industries.

You know this is one issue I think Trump is missing an opportunity to both show he cares about minorities and at the same time, show the Democrats for the hypocrites (often racist hypocrites) they are. Americans first Black President let this go on and did very little. In fact, he appears to have been part of the problem

In fairness however, he left them one important parting shot at Google before he left office and he could not be held politically accountable to the tech giant. His Labor Department sued Google over hiring. More here.  This is an important move because it could block Google from future Federal contracting. If President Trump wants to press the tech industry, this is the way to do it. Hit them over their pattern of discrimination, hit 'em hard and don't let up.

But with Sen. Sessions (Trumps nominee to head the DOJ), his track record on Civil Rights is indeed a serious concern of many, including with yours truly. Press them on how they refuse to hire a Black grad from across the river but feel they have to go half way around the globe to India to hire someone if Sessions stalls or is indecisive, there are many over at Justice can adeptly handle the case.

This will put the Democrats on the defensive. They talk about diversity, but take money from those who refuse to practice it. Force the issue and make them take a stand, let them 'twist in the wind' trying to explain why for 8 years under a Democratic President, and the first two years of that term when they controlled the House, Senate and White House, all we heard were the sound of Obama's feet shuffling to whatever tune that Hollywood and the Tech industry sang... and Black Americans with degree's could not find work with his key donors.

You know, I always hear this narrative that Trump is racist. I just don't see it. You know, the fake news networks spread the lie that Trump removed the Bust of Dr. King from the White House. The reality? He had recently met with a decedent of Dr. King. If you listened to the lying press, you would think that the President was at a Klan rally the first day of Black History Month, burning crosses in front of the NAACP HQ. Where was he? He was meeting with Black Americas and you can see the video here. Please do check it out, you will see the side of Trump that the fake news makers will do their utmost to hide from you.

I think this should be said. Trump has made it clear that his administration is going to be an America first administration. He is going to look out for Americans first. Not the EU, not Mexico, not China but America first. This has been his theme from the get go. He has not changed it and I don't think there is much chance he will ever change it. To me that is good, very good. We have had enough of the failures that unrestrained Globalization have wrecked on this nation and particularly working Americans. It's time that we started to look out for our citizens and give them the things they need. This is one of the strong points about Trump that I like... like more than any other President we have had since I have voted (1978). Yes, he's rich, yes, he's White, yes, he is a little course and brash. But he embodies what I think is what made America great. A hard working spirit, who takes risks, works hard and believes in a basic sense of fair play. He is a very independent person and got where he is by doing thing his way. Not my way, not your way, but his way.

America first means not just protecting jobs but also Americans from the threat of terrorism. If that means that we ban travelers from nations that are in civil war because of ISIS and other terrorist groups, or are known state sponsors of terrorism...at least temporarily... is that really so 'over the top'? Do you want to wait until some crazy drives a car bomb at your kids school and authorities are scraping his or her remains off of the only standing retaining wall? While jihadists sing and dance on a YouTube video because they slaughtered your child and dozens of others? No, I cannot fault him for wanting to take this bull by the horns and do it now. But he made several serious tactical errors politically.

First he relied on Obama's holdover at Justice to enforce/legally argue it when the inevitable court challenges occurred.  Was it rebellion? Yes, that pretty much was what it was -  a democratic operative looking to make her bones and perhaps win a position as a key future Dem leader. She may have had grounds to oppose it on conscience, but not legally. She is not a Priest, but an officer of the law and the court. She failed in her duty to both the nation and her profession. Many times people in political jobs do things that they are told, even if they don't like it. Her course should have been to resign, not refuse.

Trump should have waited for this move on immigration. This was the move of a political novice. He should have hemmed and hawed about doing this (in public) until Sessions was nominated then once he was, implemented it. Mistake two. He should have got rid of Yates from the get go. This would have put a fire under Congress' to move quickly on Sessions since no one would be able to sign warrants at the FISC. Yates was the only remaining person that was confirmed by the Senate who could do that.

Some things can be done right away, other times the wheels need to be greased first.


I ask all who read this. As much as possible, bypass the media's reporting on Trump. They have never liked him and never will. He knows it. He just banned CNN from the White House. Go to the source, hear what he actually said in context, what he is actually doing in context and then make up your mind. Don't be a monkey dancing to the organ grinders tune that comes over the cable news networks. You'll be swinging from the trees, screeching, pissed off and totally deceived from the the fake news they are adept at producing.

They know how to jerk your chain. The best way to avoid that is to take the chain off.

Finally, know this - I have a one year rule. I give a President (or key person who runs a large bureaucracy) one full year before I pass any kind of judgement, good or ill. At the end of the one year point, the 'personality' of his administration will have solidified, but not before. During that year I do my best to be positive and encouraging.

I ask you all to give him a chance, a REAL chance. His enemies are doing all they can to strangle this administration in the cradle...

...and please pray for President Trump and his family.




31 Jan


Jonah: Conclusion



And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind;
and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die,
and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah,
 Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said,
I do well to be angry, even unto death.  (Jonah 4:8-9, KJV)


As we left off last time, Jonah's gourd, the one that provided him some relief from the heat died as a result of a worm. Many miracles had come Jonah's way, some good and others bad, yet the prophet was still angry and arrogant enough to challenge God's wisdom. God knew that the gourd would provide relief, he also knew that the worm would destroy that relief. God was behind both and Jonah was still fuming on the outskirts of the city, pissed off at God and the world and longing for nothing better than to die.

Jonah, in many ways was a child. He wanted things his way or no way. Because God did not destroy Nineveh, he had a temper tantrum. God was dealing with his prophet on a number of levels and clearly his anger and his implied hatred of the Ninevites were at least two of them. The other was his rebellion against God's commandments - remember when told to go and prophesy, he ran. Jonah desired death. Why? I think there were two reasons. One was that he wanted the Ninevites destroyed. But the other reasons was that because God did not destroy the city and he had predicted (with the omission about repentance) he could be held up to derision as a 'false prophet'.

From my perspective, the prophet looks to have had almost as many problems as the Ninevites, though his sins were more spiritual in nature. God in his wisdom was dealing with prophet and his audience and God has recorded these things for us, a generation that followed Jonah's preaching by two and half millennium. Clearly there is a lesson in here and since the book focuses more on the messenger than the message, that is where we need to look.

Then the Lord speaks to Jonah about his attitude.

Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd,
 for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow;
which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh,
that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot
discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
 (Jonah 4:10-11, KJV)

Do you know what Jonah was doing? He was murmuring. He was murmuring against God on a number of levels and finally the Lord responds to Jonah if he was really justified in his murmurings. 'Do you really have a right to me angry'?, is the way we would translate it today. Jonah had no cause to be angry. None. He did not have cause to be angry at the city, nor God nor at the gourd. Rather than thanking God for forgiving him for his own sins, he was angry that the sins of others were forgiven. Jonah had pity on a shrub, why should not God have pity on a city teeming with people? Here is how the K&D commentary puts his passage.

If Jonah feels pity for the withering of a small shrub, which he neither planted nor tended, nor caused to grow, shall God not have pity with much greater right upon the creatures whom He has created and has hitherto sustained, and spare the great city Nineveh, in which more than 120,000 are living, who cannot distinguish their right hand from the left, and also much cattle? Not to be able to distinguish between the right hand and the left is a sign of mental infancy - K & D Commentary

God is telling Jonah in a subtle way that mercy and pity are part of his divine nature. Jonah was mad at the death of the gourd only because it provided him comfort. God is reminding Jonah that he has a higher responsibility to all of those souls in Nineveh who lacked any kind of real spiritual discernment. Then in keeping with the books underlying tone, God mentions animals once again. Here he makes specific mention of the cattle that were in the city. Let no one say that God is not concerned about all of his creation, to the cows on the hill to the fish in the sea, God cares about the creatures here on earth, man and beast.

The book here abruptly ends and we don't know how Jonah reacted to God's gentle chiding. Jonah though he was in a prophetic office, his heart in many ways was far from God and his behavior and attitude demonstrate this throughout the book. Mind you, his job was a difficult one, no a very hard one, but that is no excuse for his rebellion, anger and murmuring.


Conclusion

Jonah was indeed a prophet, but a wayward one. Yes, he did his job, but not without making some serious errors along the way. It's hard to fathom why Jonah behaved the way he did.  There could be many reasons for it. I tend to think that Jonah was tired of preaching to people and watching them not repent and he was afraid that for once, God would indeed spare Nineveh. Keep in mind that his work in Nineveh probably came towards the end of his life and ministry.  Moreover Prophets tended and still tend to be mocked and reviled when their word is not fulfilled right on the spot. This is a theme we saw all throughout the old Testament, and even the new as the Apostles began to die out and people wondered when the Lord would come. They all forgot that the Lord did not tell any of them when he would return. In fact that was one secret that the Father had even hidden from the Lord (Matt 24:36).

They all assumed it would be soon, but it was not. God had and still has his own agenda and like Jonah, the people of God were too anxious to see those who do not 'know their right hand from their left' burned up in God's wrath. Many, like Jonah, get angry with God and revile him and many fall away. Oh no, dear brothers, there is a little more of Jonah inside each of us to be comfortable with if we really take the time to look at it.

God is showing us all something about his character and that is that he is a God of mercy. He still cares about all the great cities of the earth. Nineveh in Jonah's day probably had a population of about 120,000 souls. Now think about how many souls live in cities like London, New York, Beijing and New Delhi. God has not changed. He is still very much a God of mercy and of love. God really does love people and all the animals that live in these great cities, yes even the pets!

This is why I tell all of you here, don't be over anxious for the 'Day of the Lord'. Yes, for we Christians it is a day of redemption, but for the world it is a day of destruction; a day of woe and horror. We must not be like Jonah and sit on the top of a hill wringing our hands eagerly waiting for the thunderbolts to hit. This part of what got Jonah into trouble with the Lord.

I have always said I am a bit like Jonah. I am. Why? Not because I don't understand God's mercy and do not seek it for myself and others. No my problem was getting to do what God called me to do in the first place. I was kind of like Jonah in that respect. I never really wanted to go into ministry after I left the military, but I knew that was exactly what God had planned for me. I eventually relented and did it. Indeed I almost gave this up some time ago but was chastised severely for doing so. Whenever I think about leaving this job, I think of a scene in the movie Apocalypse Now, when the guys going up river get out of the boat to go look for mango's and almost get eaten by a tiger. The lesson?

Never get out of the boat.

When you are in ministry that is particularly true. God's ministers are under an unusual protection but when we rebel, we can minimize or even lose that protection. That is one lesson I have learned, nearly the hard way.

However humble and unusual this ministry is, it is specific for our times. This kind of ministry was impossible until just about a decade and a half ago. If someone told me I was going to be doing this back in the 80's I would not have known what they were talking about. I had no frame of reference. The internet? What are you talking about? You been smokin' crack?  So like Jonah, I did not want to do this, but my motivations for not doing it were different. I don't wring my hands waiting for the shoe to drop on the lost. No, I just don't like having to minister in such an unusual way.

Yes, I have developed thick skin but I have been mocked, slandered, sneered at, betrayed, stabbed in the back for the sake of this very humble work. I never really know just how important this site is until I see just how powerful the forces are who have been arrayed against it and I can tell you some very, powerful folks have worked pretty hard to shut this site down. A man is known by the friends AND the enemies he makes. There has been few surer confirmations on the importance of my work here than the considerable animosity, hostility and even significant dollar outlays they have managed to procure in order to try and set me up and do other things to me from certain demonically inspired elitists inside our government.


I am undeterred. I will continue on in one form or another until I am told to stop. That could be tomorrow, and it could be 30 years from now. I don't know. What I do know is that unlike Jonah, I will not get angry with God for being merciful to the lost, nor be angry when his miraculous provision either goes away or changes nor will I sit and wait for the thunderbolts.

So I ask all of you to not be like Jonah. Don't be too much in a hurry for the Day of the Lord or you may wind up being rebuked by the Lord for it.

Finally let me say this. People laugh at the whole idea of a man being eaten by a fish and surviving. Not me. We humans are pitifully limited in our experience. We are confined to only four dimensions. We must obey the laws of the physical universe. God is under no such constraint. Is any thing too hard for the LORD? (Gen 18:14a). No. nothing is. This was a very small wonder in God's eyes. But men who cannot think outside of the 'box' of our physical limitations cannot understand this or rather, have no intention of believing that there is a power far greater than we finite, dysfunctional and sinful humans.

No, nothing is too hard for the Lord but thinking outside of our pitifully limited viewpoint is much too hard for many of us.


Grace and peace to you all.

Brother Mark
(July 2016)
30 Jan


Many years’ before Mosul stable enough for Christians to return

(World Watch Monitor) Christians and other non-Sunni Muslims from Mosul, northern Iraq, waiting to return after their city’s liberation from Islamic State is completed, may have many years to wait, and their chances of doing so depend on the actions of the Iraqi Government, a leading researcher has warn

Charlie Winter, senior research fellow at the International Centre for Radicalisation Studies at King’s College, London, said that Islamic State in its propaganda had “audaciously” likened Mosul to the Saudi city of Medina in the days of Muhammad. (In 622 AD, Muhammad left Mecca for Medina after hearing of a plot to assassinate him.... Continues here. 


Pastor, Eight Others Missing in Uganda after Muslims Beat, Rape Congregation

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A pastor in eastern Uganda and eight other Christians are missing two weeks after a Muslim mob attacked a church prayer meeting, locked the congregation in, beat several members and raped 15 women, sources said.

The approximately 90 Muslims broke into the evening prayer meeting of Katira Church of Uganda, in Katira village, Budaka District at about 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 and beat them with clubs and sticks, area sources said. Previously Muslims had only thrown stones at the roof of the church building to disrupt church services of the 500-member congregation, villagers said...Continues Here.


27 Jan

Christians ‘excluded’ from Iraq’s reconstruction plans

(World Watch Monitor) Christians are being excluded from the reconstruction plans for northern Iraq, further eroding the likelihood of their return once Islamic State has been militarily defeated there, an alliance of UK-based charities has warned.

Iraqi Christians firmly believe that Iraq is their spiritual homeland; their presence dates back at least to the 3rd Century. Before 2003, there were approximately 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, but estimates now range from 200,000 to 500,000. Approximately 70% of Iraq’s Christians are from the Chaldean Catholic tradition, while the remainder are Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, Armenian and Protestant.

After the Allied invasion of Iraq, many Christians fled the Baghdad area for the north, where some towns (such as Qaraqosh) had been almost 95% Christian before 2003. It’s estimated that at the time Mosul was invaded by Islamic State in June 2014, only about 3,000 Christians were left from the 35,000 there in 2003.

Now the UK coalition of mainly Christian charities working in Iraq and Syria says it’s “clear” that leaders of religious minority communities are being excluded from the National Settlement plan being put together by Iraq and other regional powers and presented to the UN.
 
The 88-page report, Ensuring Equality, which brought together contributions from 16 NGOs, adds that it is vital that Christians and other minority populations have support for their political and security concerns if they are to feel reassured enough to return to Mosul or the surrounding Nineveh Plains region, rebuild their communities and undertake any reconciliation process...  - Continues here.


26 Jan

Trump Meets With Anti-War Congresswoman

(Note: This post was done back in late November, the story above is from McClatchy News/ I post this here after hearing President Trump's message today talk about our Veterans and where he wants to take America. I deeply appreciate his comments about the nation and where he wants to take us. I did not vote for him, but he is doing something that Obama did not do. He is keeping the promises he made to his voters and is truly based just on his first few days in office, doing just that. Moreover I think it meet that we understand that there has always been a kind of war going on. One where those in power were doing all they can to hand America over to international globalist organizations and then there were others who were and are trying to hand America, our country back to its citizens. It is a fundamental battle that is being waged.)

While the rest of the Democrats are treating the new President like he has leprosy, this brave woman did something noble. She sat down and talked with the President elect.

This is no 'flower child'. She is a veteran who left her seat in the State legislature to go and fight.

To me, its a shame the way anti-war veterans are sometimes treated. People who go to these places, fight and serve honorably and see how screwed up our policies are and how they serve no one's interest, least of all American interests. Then they have to come back to this country and deal with the yellow, sniveling, 'plastic patriotism' of some of their countrymen whose whole knowledge of the world comes from the lies they get on TV or comedy skit.

When I see such Americans (I hate to call them that, I don't claim them), it at times makes me truly ashamed I served. They neither respect their veterans, those who defend their flag or their freedoms, nor the sacrifices made on their behalf. I consider these the 'garbage pail' residents and like garbage, they really should be thrown out. To me, one of the lowest form of resident (I won't all them American)  is one who despises and disrespects those who serve their country. Thankfully this is certainly not the majority of Americans, but does make up a small but recognizable share.

I have used-to-be relatives who have shown me enormous disrespect for my anti-war views and my deep faith in Christ knowing of my years of military service and in a foreign war (Desert Storm). I no longer claim them as relatives. That may sound harsh but you know what? I have learned a valuable lesson. Family ties mean family obligations. I don't mind those obligations when there is a degree of mutual trust and respect. Those obligations go two ways, not just one.  It is strangely liberating removing family members who have shown me contempt from the people I have to deal with and show familial loyalty.

You see, I have a 'one screw' rule. Unsaved People whom I have as family or have closely befriended get 'one screw'. They only get once to really screw me over, betray my trust or show me disrespect. They'll never get another. Yes, I will forgive and no, I will never bear a grudge or harbor bitterness. But trust and the privilege of any special relationship with me? Never again.

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.

After their 'screw', they get the rattlesnake treatment. What does that mean? I will never let them get close enough to strike me again. Once they go, let them stay gone.

If Mr. Trump wants to deport of some folks, he can start with people like that, those who have shown contempt to our Veterans, especially those who bear the scars of battle, physical and or mental who may or may not hold 'politically inconvenient' views about our wars . Views that are paid for with sacrifices and blood. Views that are from a FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE of war and what it does to the innocent, children and mothers. Send those who show such disrespect to North Korea or to Raqqa (an ISIS stronghold) and let them get a taste of what life would be like without the sacrifices of their soldiers, sailors and airmen made for them while they sat for hours on end watching football, movies and porn and cannot even point to Syria on a map, spaced out on some new designer drug gorging themselves on Doritos and beer.

If they come back alive (they probably won't) they will appreciate their Veterans all the more, if not our country will be better off without them. This is hard, tough and evil world. Those who sacrifice to protect us all deserve respect. Those that can't respect them need to be shown first hand just how hard and evil this world really is.

As a Christian, this may sound like a very hard way to look at things, but you know as I look at how so many of our brothers and sisters are betrayed, beaten and even killed by family members in the Islamic world, it behooves we who know our God to be cautious with family relationships - i.e., unsaved/lukewarm/false Christians who are family and particularly extended family (in laws).

Christ was pretty plain about who would betray believers, it will be our own families, 'brother will deliver brother up to death' (Matt 10:21, Mar 13:12, Luk 14:26). Not only that but he gives us a new definition of our true spiritual family.

And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said,
Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God,
the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
(Mar 3:33-35)


So while these things sound harsh to many of you, I suspect that someone out there needs to hear this because I had no intention of writing on this today. Usually when that happens, I get an email from a reader a few days later who tells me that it was for them.

But be clear on this - un-forgiveness is a clear no-no. Even if they don't ask for forgiveness you are best when you forgive them from your heart. Mind you the scriptures only demand you forgive when they apologize and repent (Luke 17:3). But from our hearts we should forgive them anyway, knowing how fallen we all are.

I know many of you have had some bitter family disappointments and are very sad and down about them. Let this be a kind of a food for thought piece. Consider it carefully, those of you who are nursing emotional wounds from sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, in laws etc. Many of you have written to me of heartrending situations. I just want you to know. I understand and more importantly so does God. You are not alone. Your brothers and sisters in far off places are suffering much worse at the hands of friends, neighbors and family members. We must understand that as a Christians, it just goes with the territory.

Brothers, we should always be humble, but that does not mean being a doormat. We must be forgiving, but expect a change in behavior when people act up. Being a Christian does not mean being someones punching bag and with some folks, you simply must demand better behavior from those around you or sooner or later, they will take advantage of your kindness, generosity and love and do you tremendous harm.

Don't let your back be used as a target at a firing range for high powered rifles. Keep your foes and those who have a propensity to damage you personally, in front of you where you can see them at all times or out of striking distance.

Otherwise you may be one of the many Christians who winds up needing to talk to a shrink.

24 Jan

Why Do So Many Innocent People Plead Guilty

One of my favorite Human Rights organizations is the Innocence Project. This site (in link above) is done by them and talks about some of the people their DNA work has exonerated people from the crimes they plead guilty to.

Why are Prisons so full? I think this is one reason why. Poor people of color are steamrolled into these pleas by a legal system that is at times, can be as bad as the criminals they prosecute.

This page admits that there are no easy solutions. But one look at the problem should elevate this one to a level that our leaders begin to look for realistic and just solutions.


Indian Evangelist Suffers Brain Hemorrhage After Police Grilling


(World Watch Monitor) An Indian Christian has suffered a brain haemorrhage after he was interrogated by police about his role in distributing Bibles and other Christian literature in the city where he works as a professor of engineering.

K.A. Swamy, 47, was marched to the police station at around 10am on 21 January by a group of angry locals, who found him distributing the literature near the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad, the capital city of the southern state of Telangana. He was close to the Kattamaisamma Temple, dedicated to a Hindu local deity of Telangana; and the locals accused him of trying to convert people in the temple area.

He was released six hours later, but suffered a brain haemorrhage on his way home. He is now in a coma. His wife, Sujatha, said there has been no change in his condition since 21 January and asked for prayer. The state government has promised to cover his medical expenses after local Christians approached the state Home Ministry for help... Continues here.


23 Jan



Jonah Part VIII


So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city,
 and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow,
 till he might see what would become of the city.
(Jonah 4:5 [KJV])
As we left off last time, we saw that Jonah was angry at the Lord because he did not hit up Nineveh with a mighty thunderbolt and reduced the city to rubble. God showed the city mercy and forbearance and this angered Jonah exceedingly.

Let's face it. The writer of the book of Jonah does not put the prophet, his actions or his attitude in a favorable light. Jonah was stubborn, rebellious and unforgiving and the writer of the book itself (perhaps Jonah or a faithful scribe) spends the bulk of the book showing how God dealt with his prophet more than with how he dealt with the people he was sent to preach to. But before we move on to the next verse lets consider something here. The first couple of chapters we see that Jonah sinned and sinned greatly, he rebelled against his God, his office and endangered the life of all on board the ship he was on. This is key - Jonah sinned and then he repented, but only after chastisement. It is noteworthy that the Ninevites did not need God's chastisement in order to repent, whereas Jonah did. Both received God's mercy.

God who is gracious, forgave Jonah of his sins. Jonah was ready to receive God's forgiveness, but was not willing to see the 'heathen' forgiven for their sins. Remember, these were the enemies of God's people (politically speaking) and Jonah had no love for them. Jonah was again, in rebellion against God and set himself at odds with his creators true purpose. Jonah's purpose was to destroy the Ninevites. God's purpose was to offer them a chance at repentance and forgiveness. But Jonah was very upset with God over the very forgiveness that he had sought for himself, being offered to others.

I think here it important that I reiterate the fact that God's prophets are not perfect. God has to take a very imperfect piece of 'clay' and mold it into something that is useful to him and gives him glory. Jonah was one of God's tougher cases. But truth be told, we don't know that for sure. Other prophets may have also had their periods of rebellion that were not recorded in scripture. But Jeremiah, also had his little period of rebellion. It's recorded for us in his book.


Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name.
But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones,
 and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. 
(Jeremiah 20:9, KJV)


He was upset with the Lord for the level of contempt others showed him while he was in his office. I understand that one well enough -  some friends and even family members have shied away from me. At first it used to bother me, it does no longer. I have developed a pretty thick skin when it comes to such as that. I have learned a valuable lesson in this job when it comes to former friends and even some family members. If they go, withdraw from, or show me their backside or mistreat me because of my God or my ministry, let them stay gone. I am no hurry or even desirous to bring them close to me again. If they show me the 'ass'  then I will make them make amends. I know when I am not welcome and don't need a big hint to figure it out. I forgive them from my heart but recognize that God often will tear up and break relationships that may not be good for us. A friend, niece or in-law today, could turn out to be a rattlesnake or Judas tomorrow. God see's all, including the heart. Trust God in all things and don't get too attached to people who don't respect your faith, ministry or calling. If you are in service to Christ, that simple rule will save you a lot of trouble.

Having a ministry like this is no cakewalk, you have all levels of enemies and people trying to trip you up and the worst offenders can be false friends and yes especially family members. Did not Christ give us a warning about this - for those who serve him (minister in any capacity)?

And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child:
 and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.  (Matthew 10:21-22, KJV)


Jeremiah's and Jonah's job were like all prophets job - not an easy one but both did accomplish their respective tasks.  But Jonah, in his success was angry with God and wanted to see if God would change his mind about sparing the city and destroy it anyway. So he went to the east side of the city to wait to see if God would send the 'thunderbolts of destruction' to hit Nineveh or perhaps some massive earthquake to hit and swallow the city up. Jonah probably went to this part of the city right at 40 days after his arrival (Jonah 3:4) and sat and waited.


And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah,
 that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief.
So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 
(Jonah 4:6, KJV)

 
In this passage we see God's mercy on his wayward prophet. It was almost certainly very hot out there in the sun and back in those days... well they did not have Air Conditioning. So picture a guy sitting on some small little hill on the outskirts of the city anxiously wringing his hands waiting to see if God will change his mind and destroy the city. God knows what is in Jonah's heart but even so, he was very merciful to him even in his temper and was even concerned about him perhaps getting heat stress in that environment. It must of have been pretty hot because we note that Jonah was very happy about its sudden appearance.


Like with the great fish, God commands a gourd to obey his will. Actually three times non-human life are mentioned as being very much part of God's plan in this Jonah's book. God commands all things, and here he commanded the gourd. God's command of nature as well is observed in the following versus.

But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day,
and it smote the gourd that it withered. 
(Jonah 4:7, KJV)

Here we see that God prepared a worm to obey his command to help teach his wayward prophet a thing or two. The purpose of the work was to destroy the gourd that God had caused to grow and give Jonah relief. Clearly God's purpose was to frustrate Jonah who was already fuming at God over Nineveh. Now he was mad at the worm who destroyed the gourd that brought him relief.

Jonah cleanly had not submitted to God's will and thought he knew best. But God had one more trial for Jonah and we will get to that and the final section next installment.


No, Christianity Is Not Dying -  It's just Changing Its Location!

Here is a most noteworthy praise report. In A 'Cave Church' 70,000 Christians a week attend services to praise God! This even with the kinds of persecution they know have in Egypt and the rise of radical Islamic groups dedicated to harming and even killing Christians. Great links in the story, please check it out!



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 black 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.

CREST

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 th