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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
– however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
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I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand,
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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."

For interviews with William Stark, Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press@persecution.org

 

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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.


Related

US Military Gears Up For Cyborg Soldiers: Other DARPA Projects With Military Applications


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Kill Proof,” Animal-Esque Soldiers: DARPA Goal


U.S. military spending millions to make cyborgs a reality


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


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

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





Boko Haram Strongholds - (Source WikiMedia/Zeogludon)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Their maps are always informative.

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

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


4 Jan

Christian Shopkeeper Slaughtered Outside of His Own Store in Egypt

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

Offended

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

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

(Mat 18:6-10)

The world translated Offense is
G4624
σκανδαλίζω
skandalizō
skan-dal-id'-zo
To “scandalize”; from G4625; to entrap, that is, trip up (figuratively stumble [transitively] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): - (make to) offend.


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

Total KJV Occurrences: 32

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


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

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

(Mat 11:3-6)



The Mark Will Not Be Optional!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 
(Rev 14:8-13)



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

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

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

(Rev 21:7-8)


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

Look and see!

Know what time it is brothers!!

3 Jan


Jonah Part V

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

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

(Jonah 3:1-2)

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

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

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

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

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

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


H1419
gadowl gaw-dole' or (shortened) gadol {gaw-dole'};
from 1431; great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent:--+ aloud, elder(-est), + exceeding(-ly), + far, (man of) great (man, matter, thing,-er,-ness), high, long, loud, mighty, more, much, noble, proud thing, X sore, (X ) very.
see HEBREW for 01431

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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



26 Dec


Jonah Part IV

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

We will get to chapter soon!

Peculiar Strangers, Alien's and Us,


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

(Heb 11:13-16)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

(1Sa 15:35-16:1)


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

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


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


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


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

(Rev 11:5-6)


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


And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
 (Rev 11:9-10)


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



Shoes And A Knapsack


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


I think not!


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


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


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


Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

(Mat 6:31-34)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Amen


23 Dec

Holiday Wishes

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

Amen.

Brother Mark



21 Dec


Manipur Christians Warned Off Celebrating Christmas

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

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

Who Is Smuggling Refugee's Into Europe?

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

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

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

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

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

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




20 Dec

Election Tampering: An Intelligence History Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is my 1.5 cents.

Syrian Refugee's Exploited In Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

More on US supported rebels/terrorists here.

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

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

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

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

Please pray for the people of Yemen!


Jonah Part III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Like all of us true believers, Jonah seeks the Lord in his affliction. Is this not so often the case, that we 'find' God, when the chips are down? Well for Jonah, the chips were certainly down and he probably thought he was about to cash out! Notice the words he uses. 'Out of the belly of hell I cried'. The word for hell here is the Hebrew word Sheol.
H7585
שְׁאוֹל sh'owl (sheh-ole') n-f.
Hades (Sheol), the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates.
[from H7592]
KJV: grave, hell, pit.
Root(s): H7592
See also: G86
The sense with this OT Hebrew word has less to do with hell fire as it does with the grave and the abode of the dead. In short, Jonah thought he was a goner and as such prayed this prayer to the Lord to save him from the consequences of his folly.

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

Entrapment Incorporated

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

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


16 Dec


Michelle Obama: America Lacks Hope

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

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

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

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

China’s Disappearing Christian Activist


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Wikileaks makes it plain the Russians were not the source.

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

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

The Russians are none too pleased.

This kind of foolishness?

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



15 Dec


Teenage Girls Imprisoned for Sharing Faith Released in Ethiopia

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

14 Dec

Iran: Court Hearing For Yousef Nadarkhani

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

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

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

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

13 Dec

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

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

The FBI came to pretty much the same conclusion.

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

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

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

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

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

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


...and it ain't Russia.


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


I will let you cogitate on that one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nigeria: Kebbi Christians face latent pressure to abandon faith


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

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

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




11 Dec


Cairo Church Bombing Kills at Least 25 Coptic Christians in Egypt

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


10 Dec

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Google and Facebook ban fake news sites from their advertising networks

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

You think I am off or just making this up?

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate

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


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

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

Hillary Confirms Saudi Arabia, Qatar Fund ISIS In Leaked Email

Saudis Step Up Help for Rebels in Syria With Croatian Arms

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

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

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


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

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

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

(2Ti 3:13)

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

(2Ti 3:13)


Of Babylon the last days Harlot Empire?

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

Of the Deceitfulness of the man of sin?

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness
 in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2Th 2:9-12)


Of the deceitfulness of the False Prophet system?

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


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

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

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

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

RIGHT NOW.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!!

Amen


8 Dec

Donald Trump Racist Bigot? Think Again!

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

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

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

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

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

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


What do I mean?


Media Claims A Jobs Boom That Does Not Exist

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

The not working silent majority

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

Take a look at the figures:

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

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

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

The electoral votes are not.

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

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

He didn't and they aren't.





7 Dec

Jonah II


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


H1980
הלך
hâlak
haw-lak'
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively): - (all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart, + be eased, enter, exercise (self), + follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down), + greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march, X more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along), + send, speedily, spread, still, surely, + tale-bearer, + travel (-ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, [way-] faring man, X be weak, whirl.

The word for tempestuous is

H5590
סער
sâ‛ar
saw-ar'
A primitive root; to rush upon; by implication to toss (transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively): - be (toss with) tempest (-uous), be sore troubled, come out as a (drive with the, scatter with a) whirlwind.

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

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

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

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

The Problem - Fake News Or False Narratives?

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


1 Dec


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

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


29-30 Nov

Persecution Watch

Indonesia's Only Christian Governor Harassed Over Blasphemy Row

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Injured In Philippine Church Blast - Minda News

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

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


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

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

Uzbekistan: Believer Released Early From 10 Year Stint - Christian Today
Forum18 as usual has a great and brief look at the situation in Uzbekistan
Iran: Christians See Growth Despite Persecution
There is growth of Christianity in Iran and this article explains where the problem lies. Christianity is not illegal in Iran, but converting to Christ from Islam is.
More False Doctrines From False Francis - Asia News
Francis has his own version of hell. It's 'distance', not torment. It sure sounds good and gives us all a warm fuzzy and may even draw the unrepentant to Mass, but it is not the truth as Jesus and the Apostles preached it. Hell as distance? Yes, a place of eternal separation from God and all that he has made. But it is also a place of unspeakable torment, Christ told us that, and so did the Apostles. One day, we will look at the doctrine of hell as it is taught in the Bible, not from Francis, who is preaching what his covert masters behind the curtain are telling him to preach.
  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
(Rev 14:11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
(Mat 23:15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Those who don't, won't,

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
 but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
 having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist,
make full proof of thy ministry.
(2Ti 4:3-5)

Even so, come Lord Jesus!!


Thanksgiving Weekend

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amen!


23 Nov


Jonah Part I

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

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

(1Ch 16:22)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

H573
אמתּי
'ămittay
am-it-tah'ee
From H571; veracious; Amittai, an Israelite: - Amittai.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

So what did Jonah do?

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


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


19 Nov

Hosea Part XXIV

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

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

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

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

(Hos 14:1-2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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


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

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

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

God will surely mark it if you do.

Hosea Part XXV

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

(Hos 14:5-6)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

(2Co 6:15-17)