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

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility

The Harvest

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

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

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

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

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report

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

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


Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unwise Faith
- It is most unwise to place your faith in the wrong things.
Obadiah: 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

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 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 


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

 - 3 Short Commentaries


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

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 


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

 -  The Curse 


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

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 


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

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 


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

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


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

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


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

 -  The Holiday Season 


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

 -  There Is A Generation... 


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

  The Way Back 


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

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


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

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 


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

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


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

 - Culling The World's Population 


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

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 


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

 -  Judge Not! 


...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 


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

  From Another World 


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


-  From The North 


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

Other Resources
(most are in PDF format)

Select Congressional Committee Investigating Illegal Practices In The Abortion Industry

Congressional Report On STOPPING TERROR FINANCE:

Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions

Defense Business Board Outlines Savings Of $125 Bln Annually

Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030

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

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

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

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain

2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

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

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report


Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

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

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

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

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA

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Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

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

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

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

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

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines

Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

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

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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

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

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


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16 Jan

White House Announces 'Religious Freedom Day'

1/16/2018 Washington D.C., (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump publically proclaimed January 16 as the national day of religious freedom. He called on Americans to celebrate the day, so as to “remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty.” The president’s announcement addressed both religious freedom internationally and within the United States.

In his speech, President Trump first emphasized the United States’ unique role in encouraging and maintaining religious liberties. He also reminded the public of his commitment to early American principles, which will assist our “fundamental freedom underlying our democracy.”  The proclamation also promised continued condemnation of extremism, terrorism, and violence against people of faith as we "strive for the day when people of all faiths can follow their hearts and worship according to their consciences." - International Christian Concern

Eritrea: mental health challenges for Christian man freed after 13 years in prison

One day, during his military service, when he was 22, he and around 40 other Christians were caught while worshipping in secret. They were all arrested and taken to a military prison in the southern desert city of Assab, where it is extremely hot during the day and extremely cold at night.

After two years there he was moved to the notorious Mai Serwa prison camp on the outskirts of the capital, Asmara. There, Shiden shared a metal shipping container with 30-40 other prisoners. They were given one ten-minute toilet break per day, to be undertaken in a bush outside, where they had to relieve themselves under the close watch of guards. The lack of sanitation caused regular bouts of diarrhoea.

Shiden says the guards taunted him, asking, “Why don’t you leave this religion of yours?” - World Watch Monitor

China Dynamites Huge MegaChurch In Crackdown

It was big one, but now is gone, demolished by Xi's police.

Egypt: Christian killed in al-Arish

(Middle East Concern) Christians in Egypt request prayer after the killing of another Christians in the town of al-Arish, Northern Sinai governorate, on 13 of January. Bassem Shehata Haraz had only returned to al-Arish six months ago, after fleeing earlier violent attacks against Christians last February.

On 13 of January, after closing his shop, he was walking home with two other people. They were stopped by armed men who, after seeing a cross tattooed on Bassem's wrist, asked him whether he was a Christian. When he answered affirmatively they shot him. They told the other two men to leave the scene.

In February 2017 more than 300 Christian families fled Northern Sinai after seven Christians were killed in the spate of a few weeks, and Muslim extremists issued a video threatening further violence against Christians. Bassem is the second Christians who returned to al-Arish who was killed by extremists. The first one was Nabil Saber Fawzy who was killed after returning to al-Arish in May 2017.

Muslim extremists in Northern Sinai also regularly attack security personnel and people suspected of working with the authorities. Sufi Muslims have also been targetted by the extremists. In November 2016 Suleiman Abu Haraz, a highly respected 100-year-old Sufi Muslim leader, was beheaded and in a 24 November 2017 attack on a Sufi mosque 305 worshipers were killed.

Christians in Egypt request prayer:
a. for the Lord's comfort for those whose loved ones were killed by extremists in North Sinai
b. for protection for Christians and others threatened by militants, and for wisdom as to how to respond to these threats
c. that those responsible for the killings will be touched by God's love and will repent

Middle East Concern

URL for this prayer request: http://www.meconcern.org/2018/01/15/egypt-christian-killed-in-al-arish/ 14 Jan

Iran: Christians preparing to appeal severe sentences

(MEConcern) Iranian Christians request prayer for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari as they prepare to appeal recent prison sentences.

On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for acting against national security and acting against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies. Shamiram is appealing the decision.

Shamiram’s husband, Pastor Victor, is also appealing his sentence of ten years imprisonment for acting against national security. He was sentenced on 4 July 2017.

Amin Afshar Naderi was sentenced to fifteen years’ imprisonment and Hadi Asgari to ten years’ imprisonment for acting against national security. Amin was released on bail on 25 July 2017, but Hadi was refused bail by the Court of Appeal and remains detained in Evin prison, Tehran. They have both been under intense pressure to convert back to Islam, but remain firm in their faith. An appeal hearing scheduled for December 2017 was postponed. It is expected that this hearing will be rescheduled soon.

Iranian Christians request prayer that,
a. the verdicts against all four Christians will be successfully appealed
b. the four Christians will be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord and know His peace during this critical time
c. the Lord will restore Hadi's health as he has been suffering from a bad back
d. Hadi will be comforted in his loneliness in prison
e. the Iranian authorities will act justly and uphold the rights and dignity of all

Middle East Concern
A related story on imprisoned Iranian believers can be found here.
11 Jan

Zephaniah, Chapter 3

Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction;
she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.
 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves;
they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
Her prophets are light and treacherous persons:
her priests have polluted the sanctuary,
they have done violence to the law.

(Zep 3:1-4)

The last chapter of Zephaniah starts off with a reproof for the city of Jerusalem. It has four main evil characteristics that the prophet identifies

1 Rebellion - She would not listen to God
2. She received not correction
3. She did not trust in God
4. She did not draw near to God

In short, she is rebellious. Rebellion against God is a serious crime. It is akin to witchcraft (1Sam15:23) and yes, even devil worship. Why?  Because the devil is the chief rebel in creation, having also rebelled against the most high. The oppressing city is following in his footsteps. The word for oppressing has a much deeper connotation. Here is what Strong's Concordance says.
A primitive root; to rage or be violent; by implication to suppress, to maltreat: - destroy, (thrust out by) oppress (-ing, -ion, -or), proud, vex, do violence.

We are talking about a city of vice and corruption. This is what the Lord was calling Jerusalem of those days. It was filthy and polluted. These are strong denunciations and shows us today how far the people of those days had fallen away from true religion and their God, Yahweh.

The Lord, via his prophet goes on to rebuke the people in that they would not receive correction nor put their trust in God. They clearly reviled his prophets (as other prophets have noted, Neh, 9:26; Isa 30:10; Jer 2:30, etc) and refused to listen to those whom God sent to correct them. Instead, they remained for away from God.

Then the prophet gets more specific, chiding the rulers of the city. Here the prophet uses various imagery of violent and rapacious animals to describe the leadership of Israel. They were clearly a reprobate lot. When I read this passage last night, I thought about a scene from a play by Shakespeare where the heroic general who fought many wars for Rome has his sons condemned unjustly by Rome and another was banished. Like Israel, Shakespeare's Rome has the same imagery.
Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive
That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?
Tigers must prey, and Rome affords no prey
But me and mine: how happy art thou, then,
From these devourers to be banished!
-Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus
Titus, the hero who fought for Rome and gave his own families blood for it, comes home only to find it teeming with creatures one could hardly call human, they were merely animals that took human form and were looking for prey to kill.

This is the kind of city that I see described here. One that is reprobate, corrupt and turns on those who sacrificed for her traditions so that the human vermin can come in and "they gnaw not the bones till the morrow". Here the traditions are the true worship of Yahweh.

Zephaniah does not just stop with the secular nobility but also derides the religious establishment as well. He calls the prophets light and treacherous persons and says the Priests polluted the sanctuary. What does he mean by light and treacherous? Here is what Adam Clarke says about his passage.

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons - They have no seriousness, no deep conviction of the awful nature of their office, no concern for the immortal souls of the people. Treacherous persons - they betray the souls of the people for the sake of worldly honor, pleasure, and profit. Even in our own enlightened country we find prophets who prefer hunting the hare or the fox, and pursuing the partridge and pheasant, to visiting the sick, and going after the strayed, lost sheep of the house of Israel. Poor souls! They know neither God nor themselves; and if they did visit the sick, they could not speak to them to exhortation, edification, or comfort. God never called them to his work; therefore they know nothing of it. But O, what an account have these pleasure-taking false prophets to render to the Shepherd of souls! - They have done violence to the law - They have forced wrong constructions on it in order to excuse themselves, and lull the people into spiritual slumber. So we find that it was an ancient practice for men to wrest the Scriptures to their own destruction. Adam Clarke's Commentary On The Bible

I think Mr. Clark sums it up perfectly.

The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity:
every morning doth he bring his judgment to light,
he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate;
I made their streets waste, that none passeth by:
their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man,
that there is none inhabitant. I said, Surely thou wilt fear me,
thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off,
howsoever I punished them: but they rose early,
and corrupted all their doings.

(Zep 3:5-7)

The Lord here contrasts himself with the wicked of Israel. God does not do iniquity and he is constant in his love for justice. God then shows Israel that he has protected Israel in the past from her enemies and overthrown the wicked nations around them even to the point their cities were empty. In his actions he hoped that his people would fear him and honor him. He hoped that they would be instructed by God and learn from him. But even when God punished them, they got up early in the morning to find out new evils to engage in. They were a busy and industrious people... in the counsels of wickedness.

When God did all these things, He figured that his people who fear and revere him and go back to doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord. At least that was his hope.

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD,
until the day that I rise up to the prey:
for my determination is to gather the nations,
that I may assemble the kingdoms,
to pour upon them mine indignation,
even all my fierce anger:
for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
For then will I turn to the people a pure language,
that they may all call upon the name of the LORD,
to serve him with one consent.
From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants,
even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

(Zep 3:8-10)

The Lord here exhorts the few remaining righteous ones, the ones who were aghast at what was happening, and those who trembled at his word to wait upon him.
Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word;
Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said,
Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
(Isa 66:5)

Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel,
all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal,
and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
(1Ki 19:18)

The Lord always has his remnant who put their trust in him, even in the most wicked of times. God always has a plan for those who love him in such times. They are often reviled and cast of our their homes for the sake of Jesus Christ. We have seen these things not so much in the west, but certainly in the Islamic world where men, women and often children come to Christ and are cast out, beaten, disfigured and even killed for the fact that Jesus has called them  out to be his. Let us take encouragement that God is with us and sees all.

Yesterday afternoon I took a nap and I prayed before I did and you know what the Holy Spirit said to me? He said God is with you, there is no better word that a man can get down here than that. He also said that I should share that word and tell all here who sincerely and wholeheartedly serve him, no matter your situation that he is with you too!! Be encouraged, God will look out for us all in his own special, powerful, wise and wondrous ways! We should move forward with our divinely appointed tasks IN FAITH, nothing doubting and even as our nation falls for the spirits of baphomet, baal, allah, lucifer, gaotu (freemasons god), buddah and all of these other gods whom the people of those nations flee the choas and destruction these idols bring... and then to come to America to bring to this nation all the troubles that go with those self same spirits. Brothers, God is with his people. As long as they serve him honorably and do not take to kissing the backside of baal, God will honor his people. Today, the devils (masquerading as gods) are often more subtle, mammon (riches, wealth greed) being one of the more prevalent.

Yes, I think this passage is clearly for the end times. God is telling his people that he is going to gather the nations together for the express purpose of their destruction. The imagery here is one of the furious nature of God's wrath towards sin and one that shows that none of the nations shall escape  for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. This is not localized phenomenon and God is making it plain that there is a day, the day of the Lord when he is going to do this thing. But the day of the Lord is not just one for destruction, it is one where his people, primarily the Jews (as seen by Zephaniah) come to their Messiah, cry out to him and they are heard of him.

That is when salvation comes and the people then serve God and their Messiah, Jesus Christ.  Then there will  be a regathering of God's people from afar, even beyond Ethiopia. Even today we have seen only a shadow and partial fulfillment of this, with many Ethiopian Jews (yes there are many who are almost certainly decedents of King Solomon). But they suffer tremendous discrimination and hate by European Jews.  So what we have seen today is not the fulfillment, at least not totally. We as Christians, especially we American  Christians who have been brainwashed by the political elements in the religious right need to be more discerning about Israel and what it is today and what it is not and more importantly what the scriptures say about last days Israel just before the Messiah comes. It is hardly complimentary.

In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings,
wherein thou hast transgressed against me:
for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride,
and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.
I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people,
and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies;
neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:
for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

(Zep 3:11-13)

The people described above are hardly indicative of Modern Israel. No this is all a future Israel that comes after the horrible destruction described in verses 8-10. The versus describe a people who are.

Poor and afflicted
They trust in the Lord
They do right
They do not lie
They are at rest and at peace.
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel;
be glad and rejoice with all the heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments,
he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel,
even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem,
Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
(Zep 3:14-17)

This is the day of Salvation for Israel! When her sins and more relevantly her judgments for those sins are taken away and the King of Israel, even the Messiah (who takes away the sins of the world), he shall see to it that they shall not see evil anymore. God is giving a divine exhortation to those who live in those days that God is with them and that he is a mighty God and a day of great joy and salvation is on its way.  Here is how Gill puts parts of this passage.
The Lord hath taken away thy judgments,.... Both outward and inward; not only exile, poverty, contempt and reproach among the nations of the earth; but hardness of heart, blindness of mind, impenitence and unbelief, to which the Jews are now given up, in a judicial way; but at this time these shall be removed, through the goodness of God unto them, and the power of divine grace upon them: they will be brought to a sense of sin, and an acknowledgment of it; their iniquities will be pardoned; and, the cause being removed, the effects will cease; and all calamities, corrections and punishment, will end; and they will be put into the possession of their own land, and enjoy all the privileges of the church of God; and so will have just reason to sing, shout, and rejoice: - John Gill's Expository of the Entire Bible

I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee,
to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee:
and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out;
and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you:
for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.
(Zep 3:18-20)

The Lord here makes it plain that those who were prevented from Serving God in the solemn assembly would have their desires fulfilled. For many reasons believers today are prevented from worshiping God in spirit and in truth. God is going to lift those burdens and more importantly he is going to afflict those who made it a burden. In some nations it is illegal to build a church or even have services, like Saudi Arabia. In other places you can go to Church, but the devil is preaching the sermon on Sundays. In other places you have other types of problems, like getting to and from the services in one piece.

God will undo those that mess with his sheep and bring his people out of captivity, calamity troubles and woe.

In that day, God will move on behalf of his people and they are to shout for joy at his magnificent salvation.


Zephaniah may have been the last prophet who wrote before the exile and his words are very important in that his visions are often far into the future; beyond just the regathering of Israel after the Babylonian captivity. In this, his words are especially important to those of us who live today. But some see him as having lived and written earlier than Habakkuk and Nahum as he mentions the practice of idolatry that has already been put down during Josiah's reforms.

Yet even though Zechariah sees things far into the future, we must always remember that he was prophet who lived in his times and thus his references and imagery are from that time. Thus, their words must be understood as being written by someone who both lived and were influenced by the events and social conditions of their time. This is true for all of the prophets, minor and major. Yet clearly Zephaniah's vision is more all encompassing than some of the others as he clearly mentions universal judgment upon all the earth.

Yet he was hardly a 'doom and gloomer', he rejoiced and commanded others to rejoice at the salvation that God would bring upon those who love him and do right. In perspective, both Zephaniah and Isaiah appear to be very similar as both are concerned with Judgment.

In closing, Zephaniah, like Jude in the New Testament is a short book that comes right to the point, deals with sin and evil and gives God's people hope in troubled times. Both are apocalyptic, both don't spend a lot of time describing who the author is and both are written in a hard hitting style. They don't beat around the bush or mince words.

8 Jan

Psalm 128

A Song of degrees.
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD;
that walketh in his ways.

(Psa 128:1)

This Psalm is very much in keeping with the last one (127), which was written for Solomon and may have been set down by the same person. Each has one key theme at the center of it, the blessings of children and the joys of family life as being blessings from God. Here the Psalmist declares as blessed, every man who walks in the ways of the Lord and fears him. As many of you know, the word used for fear has a wider connotation than just a reaction of dread and terror. The Hebrew word is this one.

From H3372; fearing; morally reverent: - afraid, fear (-ful).
Total KJV occurrences: 43

However we must try and downplay just a bit, the plain simple 'fear' part of this word. It is derived from H3372.

A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten: - affright, be (make) afraid, dread (-ful), (put in) fear (-ful, -fully, -ing). (be had in) reverence (-end), X see, terrible (act, -ness, thing).
Total KJV occurrences: 334

To understand the Lord is to fear and dread him as well as to revere him. Today, the aspect of God's holiness and his utter repugnance for sin and evil is not emphasized enough in our age of grace. Today, we all tend to take God's grace for granted. We should never do that. God is merciful and gracious, but it will be the eternal mistake of millions of souls to think that his forbearance towards our considerable wickedness will be forever. It will not be so.

A Godly man fears the Lord and understand that God is as much a loving father as a dreaded judge who has men at arms at his side who will pass horrible sentence on those who have chosen the path of evil. Those who have refused his pleas of repentance in the age of grace will feel the wrath of God on the day of Judgment.  This simple and very basic aspect of Christian dogma will help us all avoid serious error in the future and place us on this path of blessedness that the Psalmist lays out here in verse one.

This simple wisdom is for all of us.

And unto man he said,
Behold, the fear of the Lord,
that is wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding. 

(Job 28:28 [KJVA])

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
(Proverbs 9:10 [KJVA])

Walking in the fear of the Lord and obeying his commandments is the way to these divine blessings.
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands:
happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
(Psa 128:2)

To be able to merely eat the fruit of ones labors is a tremendous blessing. In America, we have taken this for granted, but ask any slave about this. He works, but someone else gets rich. Ask it in a nation where criminals are able to steal one's property at will with little to no rebuke from authorities, or worse are supported by those authorities. Or even today, where men and women in this country are having their property stolen on the flimsiest of pretexts with asset forfeiture laws - people who work their whole lives to build up a business and then have it stolen by criminals who wear badges and black robes.

So while such a blessing to many Americans seems a bit passe, it reality it is hardly that. In far too many places on earth a man works all day and has what little he earns stolen - only the methodology of the theft changes from nation to nation.

The blessing this passage sets forth also marks that it shall be well with such a man or woman, who fears the Lord and walks in his ways. The word 'well' is this one.

From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well): - beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, X fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant, + pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).
Total KJV occurrences: 553

The word as we can see has a very wide and powerfully positive connotation. God is letting us know that those who love and serve him can expect divine blessing and though not stated here, protection from his hand if we walk under those two important conditionalities mentioned in verse one.

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house:
 thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed
that feareth the LORD.

(Psa 128:3-4)

The Psalmist here as in the previous Psalm makes clear that children are a blessing from God and that a man so blessed will have a wife who will give him a house full of them! The similitude of the vine is an interesting one and here, I will let Mr. Barnes elaborate on this.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house - It is not uncommon in the East, as elsewhere, to train a vine along the sides of a house - partly to save ground; partly because it is a good exposure for fruit; partly as an ornament; and partly to protect it from thieves. Such a vine, in its beauty, and in the abundant clusters upon it, becomes a beautiful emblem of the mother of a numerous household. One of the blessings most desired and most valued in the East was a numerous posterity, and this, in the case of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was among the chief blessings which God promised to them - a posterity that should resemble in number the sands of the sea or the stars of heaven. Compare Gen_15:5; Gen_22:17; Gen_32:12. These two things - the right to the avails of one’s labor Psa_128:2, and a numerous family - are the blessings which are first specified as constituting the happiness of a pious household. - Barnes

In Psalm 127, children were compared to arrows in a quiver, here they are compared to a vine and olive plants around the table. Another Psalmist in the 58th Psalm says this about Olive trees when comparing the righteous with the wicked, especially those who have a wicked tongue.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God:
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
(Psa 52:8)

So it is with all the children of God. We shall dwell in the House of God.  Verse four reiterates the afore mentioned blessing emphasizing the fear of the Lord.

The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the
good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
(Psa 128:5)

To religious Jews of those days all blessings came out of Zion, this was the seat of the Lord. This blessing while often spiritualized for Christians seems to this author to have had particular meaning to those pious Jews who lived in those days of the old Covenant. However, as with many Psalms, the writer was writing under divine inspiration and often their words often had meaning that they themselves did not know.

This blessing out of Zion and Jerusalem is commented here by the excellent Keil and Delitzsch commentary.

Every blessing the individual enjoys comes from the God of salvation, who has taken up His abode in Zion, and is perfected in participation in the prosperity of the holy city and of the whole church, of which it is the centre. A New Testament song would here open up the prospect of the heavenly Jerusalem. But the character of limitation to this present world that is stamped upon the Old Testament does not admit of this. The promise refers only to a present participation in the well-being of Jerusalem (Zec_8:15) and to long life prolonged in one's children's children; and in this sense calls down intercessorily peace upon Israel in all its members, and in all places and all ages. - K&D

Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children,
and peace upon Israel.
(Psa 128:6)

This blessing is again one that comes from God and seems more fitting to the times and customs of the Old covenant than today. Let is keep in mind when looking at the issue of Marriage and children today, under the New Covenant. Paul told us all that it was better not to marry giving his own opinion and not a commandment of the Lord (1Cor. Chapter 7 - let the reader re-familiarize themselves with all of it).

Christ as well, made it plain that there were some who were specially set apart by the Lord who would not marry. He did this in his own sermon on the institution of marriage when the Religious establishment of his time tried to ensnare him in his doctrine.

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb:
and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men:
 and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs
for the kingdom of heaven's sake.
He that is able to receive it,
let him receive it.
(Mat 19:12)

The word used above for Eunuch is this one.

From εὐνή eunē (a bed) and G2192; a castrated person (such being employed in Oriental bed chambers); by extension an impotent or unmarried man; by implication a chamberlain (state officer): - eunuch.
Total KJV occurrences: 8

This is a simple Psalm, perhaps made a little overly complicated by this commentary (!). It is one of great blessing pronounced upon those who serve and fear the Lord and is a companion Psalm of number 127 on the blessings of family bestowed by God upon those who honor him.
Grace, peace and abundant blessings be upon all who love and honor our Lord Jesus Christ...

4 Jan

Poverty Watch

Poverty is a global problem and it is very real as anyone who is truly poor can tell you. Hunger, homelessness, cold and they way the poor and homeless are often victimized. Today we will spend some time looking at the issue from around the world. Let none of us let our full bellies and warm homes cause us to become calloused to those in need.

Scotland: Poverty Guru Warns On Food Bank Complacency
Did you know that in Scotland there are parts of it that food banks and handouts were a way of life for many Scots?
China Recovers 730 Million In Misused Relief Funds
This appears to be a case of misappropriation of government funds. The key here I think is to understand that China is very serious about poverty reduction as well as lifting the living standards of ordinary Chinese. Many direct and painful short term sacrifices have been made to ensure a long term rise in those living standards.

Iran: Sex, Drugs And Poverty

Iran Tells Trump To Fight Crime In US, Not Other Nations

World Poverty Reportedly Plummets
A look at poverty stats. The site has a very optimistic and positive look at many of the past achievements on the poverty front but carefully acknowledges that Africa still presents serious challenges.

Rebuttal: No Poverty Has Not Been Reduced
This is a very interesting rebuttal to the idea that poverty is being reduced. It all depends on what you call poverty, what measurement you use. $1.90 a day? $2.50 a day? Or $10 a day.

Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016
This may be a bit dated, but it is still very informative, it is the world banks look at the issue of poverty and inequality. This is one of the World Bank's key stated goals.
Oklahoma: Mission Kicks Off Poverty Reduction Program
A Christian Church looks to create a dialogue about poverty and how to reduce it.
US: AI And Big Data Could Be Power On War On Poverty
The NYT attempts to show us how these two can fight poverty even while they have and will continue to take away many jobs from folks.
NC: Court Fines, Fee's Now Criminalize Poverty
This is a story based on a very informative pdf. Things are hard for folks 'on the other side of  the tracks'.
Equatorial Guinea: Oil Rich With Grinding Poverty
The MSN/AFP piece above is mostly about the leader, who is Africa's longest serving leader (since '79). Lots of oil, but where does it go?
In July 2004, the United States Senate published an investigation into Riggs Bank, a Washington-based bank into which most of Equatorial Guinea's oil revenues were paid until recently, and which also banked for Chile's Augusto Pinochet. The Senate report showed at least $35 million siphoned off by Obiang, his family and regime senior officials. The president has denied any wrongdoing. Riggs Bank in February 2005 paid $9 million in restitution for Pinochet's banking, no restitution was made with regard to Equatorial Guinea. - Wikipdia
A glimpse of the nations energy resources can be found here at the US government's EIA site.

More here.
Vermont: Income Gap Widens
This report talks about a longer pdf report done by the Public Assets Institute.
USA: Migration and Child Poverty
This piece done by the National Review opines that one of the reason the US has such troubling child poverty rates is that many immigrants come to the US are poor.
USA: 2017 Race For Results
This is a report by the Anne E. Casey Foundation on kids, and how they are faring, key milestones in child opportunity with an eye towards economics and race.

USA: UN Issues Scathing Report On Poverty In America
This is a report after a visit an official made to the US. He went to various parts of America, meet with folks, leaders and experts and this report is what he found. He talked to folks on Skid Row in LA, homeless people and others. He notes that poverty is not confined to any one racial group, but effects all.
California: High Cost Of Living, Low Wages Drive Child Poverty
One of the biggest problems is the price of housing.
2 Jan, 2018

Continue On In Holiness

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy,
let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
(Rev 22:11)

This is one of the more interesting and perhaps a bit enigmatic verses of scripture. In this one of the final  versus of Revelation, John the Apostle is being addressed by a holy angel who had showed him many visions. Here in this final passage he gives both a warning and an exhortation. One is for the righteous and the other for the wicked.

I say this passage is a bit enigmatic to me because it is given to John at the end of the vision and was meant for those who live in the very last days. Note that John is told not to seal up the book in the previous verse (10). The Angel wants the message out before the things written in the book come to pass.

In this passage, though I see a kind of parallel with what we saw in Genesis when the Lord judged the whole earth for its sin. The passage above seems, well at least to me that somehow men will one day be locked in their condition. That there will come a time for much of mankind that repentance may not even be possible. The filthy will still be filthy and the unholy will remain so.

From this passage I get the impression that the Holy Spirit's work in converting mankind may be closing or ended. We saw this in the days of Noah.

And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,
for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be
an hundred and twenty years.
(Gen 6:3)

The Lord makes this statement just before the scriptures bear witness to the evil of the times in those days. Men only thought of evil all the time. The witness of scripture here is particularly explicit in that "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." - Gen 6:5b). So the Lord clearly states that his spirit had been striving with man but that it would not always. In other words, it would one day stop.

Now the Holy Spirit's work is essential in salvation, for without it there can be no genuine conversion or birth into the Kingdom of heaven. It is the Holy Spirit's job to draw men to Christ. This one reason why blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is such a serious sin and cannot be forgiven, for once the spirit is insulted, it stops its work and the man is eternally left in his unregenerate state. To have the Holy Spirit is a gift from God (1Thess 4:8) and we are sealed by him (Eph. 1:13). So the spirits work is essential.

But I suspect that in the final hours of this age, the spirit of God will be more in the business of sealing and guiding those who have already been saved rather than striving with a generation who has become abominable. They come to a spiritual state where their cries will not be heard. We saw this in the books of the prophets of Israel where God turned his face from those who persisted in sin.

I think that what the angel here may be telling us in his way, is that there will come a time when the condition of many men will be irredeemable and at the same time, God has his set number of saints who have earned the place of 'very elect' and cannot be snatched out of the father's hand (See Matt 24:24 and John 10:29).

But you know what? I just don't think most men will see themselves as evil. I look at something that has become acceptable today, like the mass killings in abortion clinics and whole political movements that have sprung up to protect this form of highly profitable, legalized mass murder. And as if to add insult to injury, they now have been caught selling body parts. But the world, well much of it just shrugs its shoulders and moves on. The outrage is gone and men turn instead more and more to their own vices. There just comes a point in time when God says enough! -  And the Holy Spirit ceases to strive with mankind.

I write this short piece to encourage all of you who serve the Lord in spirit and in truth to continue in your walk with Jesus Christ, to follow on in holiness, righteousness and to seek peace with all men. Let us be counted among those who truly endure to the end, even in most troubled times, and are saved by the grace of God and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and redeemed by his blood.


26-31 Dec

Zephaniah Chapter 2

In the last update on this book we took a brief interlude to discuss what is meant by the Day of the Lord in order to help alleviate any confusion. In Christian theology and in the New Testament, the Day of the Lord is a prominent theme, but it is not always 100% consistent with the Old Testament prophets who spoke of several Days of the Lord.
Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff,
 before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day
of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek
 of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness,
seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

(Zep 2:1-3)

Here the Lord exhorts his people, those who are not desired to gather themselves together in a solemn assembly. The phrase not desired, is also rendered in some translations as shameless. Darby's translation says this.

Collect yourselves and gather together, O nation without shame,
(Zep 2:1)

In this verse God is both exhorting and rebuking his people in the same sentence. He asked them to do the solemn assembly thing and find out where they had gone wrong and where they should go from here. The end of Chapter one lays out what God is going to do to his wayward people and they are indeed frightening prospects for judgment, yet after these words, the the Lord (via his prophet) exhorts a gathering for repentance before the decree is executed on the people, before the day of his anger. Then he goes on to exhort the meek and those who serve God in honesty (keep his commandments) to seek the Lord so that they can be hid in the day of trouble. This is the promise to all of those who serve God, especially we who live in the last days. The promise is essentially the same.

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate
of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation
by our Lord Jesus Christ,

(1Th 5:8-9)

This theme follows from the books of Moses to Revelation, that God rewards his people who do right and will punish those who do and love evil. God's basic message to lost mankind and to those who love him are unchanging.

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall
 drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites!
the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines,
I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. And the sea
coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed
thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening:
for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

(Zep 2:4-7)

(image source: Wikipedia)
The first part of this verse is a prophecy against the Philistines. To the left you can see a map of the major Philistine cities (the Pentapolis) of the day. These were  a hostile people to Israel and were pagan in belief. The  God's they worshiped were Astarte, Baal, and Dagon. The reference to the Cherethites is probably just another name for Philistines. Here is what Barnes says.

The Cherethites are only named as equivalent to the Philistines, probably as originally a distinct immigration of the same people .
- Barnes

Some think this group was a distinct immigration into this region by the Cretans (Crete).

Yet the Lord may have pronounced a woe upon his people, but the heathen idolatrous nation around Israel would not go unpunished either. The Prophet says that God is going to destroy them without inhabitant. I think it noteworthy here to mention that God did indeed put a curse not on Ham (as so many claim) but on Cannan (Gen 9:25) and that Cannan was always working against God's people. This level of destruction seems to harken to that curse.

And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.
And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah;
they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening:
for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
(Zep 2:6-7)
God goes on to describe just what he was going to do to them. God would eventually give their land over to Israel after it became essentially dis-inhabited of Philistines and became a place for sheep and other animals to live and graze. God's people would eat in the homes of the Philistines after they had been removed and Israel would enlarge her borders as a result of this. God will show mercy to his people and visit them there. God's promise to his people is still ever present even in the midst of the judgment he pronounced on them in the previous verses.

I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children
of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified
 themselves against their border. Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts,
the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of
 Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a
perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the
remnant of my people shall possess them. This shall they have for their pride,
 because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people
of the LORD of hosts. The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish
 all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place,
even all the isles of the heathen.

(Zep 2:8-11)

Moab and Ammom. Who are they? They are the decedents of Lot's incestuous relationship with this daughters and here again both are mentioned in conjunction and infamy. Here is how Gill describes this.

Two people that descended from Lot, through incest with his daughters; and are therefore mentioned together, as being of the same cast and complexion, and bitter enemies to the people of the Jews; whom they reproached and reviled, for the sake of their religion, because they adhered to the word and worship of God: this they did when the Jews were most firmly attached to the service of the true God; and the Lord heard it, and took notice of it; and put it down in the book of his remembrance, to punish them for it in due time; even he who hears, and sees, and knows all things: - Gill
This passage is interesting to me as we note that while these two tribes were reviling God's people. The Lord heard it. God hears and see's all. Of this you can be sure when our enemies talk evil about us and mock us behind our backs,  God hears it and as John Gill makes plain above, he puts it in his book of remembrance and when the fires of judgment hit, God will fan the flames in the direction of those who did the mocking. This is why those who know their God need not fear the scoffings and mockings of others. God will, as sure as he rose Christ from the dead, write down those words and make sure that those who speak evil of his people unjustly are repaid in full. Both magnified themselves at the border. They probably got real haughty and arrogant and began taunting the Jews. This passage in many ways is reminiscent of a Psalm of David which in part says,

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation;
that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they
have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot.

(Psa 83:4-8)

All these together came against God's people and the children of Lot are numbered among them. But God had another plan. He was (and is) going to turn them into Sodom and Gomorrah and do away with them utterly. Why? It is right there in the verse, their pride and arrogance. So proud and arrogant that they reviled and reproached against the Most High God.

Pride and arrogance are two things that really get the Lord angry. When men get on their high horse and think they can revile God's people or the Lord himself, they are in for big, big trouble. This is why we as Christians are always exhorted to be humble and mind low things. The God of all things makes plain that he is going to lay low all of the false gods of the earth and men will worship God in that day.  This echo's Isiah's word and both I think will be fulfilled on the last day.

Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together:
who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time?
 have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God
and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved,
all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn
by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall
not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

(Isa 45:21-23)

Then the prophet moves on to utter his word to others.

Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword. And he will stretch out his
hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation,
and dry like a wilderness. And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the
 beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the
upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall
be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work. This is the rejoicing city
that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none
beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in!
every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

(Zep 2:12-15)

This is a very interesting passage and presents a few problems. All translations that I posses make it clear that this verse is uttered against the Ethiopians. Yet Albert Barnes says this about Verse 12.

Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by My sword - Literally, “Ye Ethiopians also, the slain of My sword are they.” Having summoned them to His throne, God speaks of them, not to them anymore; perhaps in compassion, as elsewhere in indignation . The Ethiopians were not in any direct antagonism to God and His people, but allied only to their old oppressor, Egypt. They may have been in Pharaoh Necho’s army, in resisting which, as a subject of Assyria, Josiah was slain - Barnes
Barnes I think is too generous with the Ethiopians as their alliance with Egypt would not endear them to the Lord (Ezek 30:4). The translators were correct in rendering the verse so, God was going to hit the Ethiopians as well. The word Ethiopian here is

Patronymic from H3568; a Cushite, or descendant of Cush: - Cushi, Cushite, Ethiopian (-s).

Then the Lord speaks against Assyria of which Nineveh was its capitol. The same kinds of desolation are foretold as with Philistia and the descendents of Lot. Of Nineveh God was particularly displeased. Why? She was a rejoicing city that dwelt 'securely' and carelessly. She thought she was 'it' and that nothing could touch her. She was arrogant, not unlike our nation today, she says, 'I am there is none besides me'. This is a boast of someone who thinks they are God. They rule, not the Lord. God has a plan for such presumptive arrogance. He is going to cut them down. This is the same kind of arrogance that Babylon possessed both ancient and last days Babylon (Isa 47:8; Rev 18:7)

Let this be a warning to all nations who get the spirit of pleasure seeking and violent 'national security' arrogance in them and think they are 'God' and no one can judge them.

The Lord will cut you down.

Algeria: Increasing Pressure Against Churches

(MEConcern) Algerian Christians request prayer following several incidents in which churches and individual Christians have faced increased restrictions, raising concerns that these pressures signal a coordinated campaign of intensified action against churches by the governing authorities.

Three believers were arrested in Chlef, 200 km north-west of Algiers, during the third week of December. They were visiting from Tizi Ouzou and had arranged to meet a contact at a café. Police entered the café, found they were in possession of Christian literature, and took them to the police station where they were investigated at length by the national gendarmerie. A local newspaper, known for its hostility to Christians, described the incident as a 'foiled evangelism attempt', falsely accusing the Christians of working under the cover of humanitarian activities and of alluring young Muslims to convert by means of financial and travel inducements. The three believers were released but may face charges of proselytism.

During the same week, two churches in the province of Bejaia, in the Kabylie region, were visited by a committee of officials from the municipality, the ministry of religious affairs, the fire brigade, the national gendarmerie and the intelligence department. The churches were informed that the visits were to check compliance with safety regulations. The two buildings host meetings of eight church congregations in Bejia. The result of the inspection is pending.

In Ouargla in the south of Algeria, another church received an order from the provincial Governor to cease all religious activities, following a buildings inspection on 14th December. Leaders were accused of lacking authorization to use the building as a place of worship, and of failing to comply with safety requirements. They were advised to seek permission from the ministry of religious affairs, and that worship activities can only recommence three months after obtaining such permission. The church has been active for ten years.

A church in Ain el-Turk near Oran and a Christian-owned bookshop were forcibly closed in November. In addition, a church training centre in Boudjemaa, in the Kabylie region, was visited by the police - activities have been stopped and the leaders are to be investigated next month.

The affected churches are all affiliated to the legally recognised Protestant Church of Algeria (l'Église Protestante d'Algérie). The EPA questions the motives behind the inspection visits, and believes that the accusations leading to the church closures have been unfounded.

Algerian Christians ask us to pray with them in these challenging times:
a. that the three believers briefly detained in Chlef will know the peace of Jesus, the wisdom of the Father and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in dealing with this situation
b. that they will not face further charges
c. that the authorities will cease the systematic campaign to close churches and limit the freedom of Christian to worship.
d. that all churches which were ordered to close would soon be reopened, that no legal action will be taken against the churches still under investigation
e. that the regulations governing non-Muslim worship will be amended and justly implemented, so that Christians will be able to worship freely
f. that those responsible for the closure orders will know the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus

Middle East Concern

URL for this prayer request: http://meconcern.org/2017/12/26/algeria-increasing-pressure-on-churches/

Fulani Herdsmen Kill Four Christmas Carolers

12/26/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that barely 48 hours before Christmas, suspected Fulani militants attacked Christian worshippers in Nimdem village, Southern Kaduna, Nigeria. The Christians were holding Christmas carols when, at approximately 10:00 p.m., gunmen struck, killing four and injuring 10. The four who were killed were named Jude Haruna, Turaki Dauda, Kaffi Ali, and Amos Musa.
In a press statement released today and made available to ICC by the Southern Kaduna People's Union (SOKAPU), signed by Yakubu Kuzamani, National Public Relations Officer, SOKAPU lamented, saying, "We have once again come under unprovoked and gruesome attack two days before Christmas."  They further expressed, "This has left us wondering why people who had gathered peacefully for joyful Christmas carols in their village should be gunned down for no reasons."
Confirming the attack, a local pastor, Gideon Mutum, said it happened "during an interdenominational carol that comes every Christmas with Bible quiz, drama, songs and preaching," and that those critically injured were receiving treatment in different hospitals.
These attacks have become all too common for unsuspecting villagers in Nigeria's Middle Belt. In 2017, there were more than 100 attacks on Christian villages by Fulani militants that left more than 200 innocent Christians massacred. Southern Kaduna, the state where this attack took place, has been one of the central locations of the violence in Nigeria.
Last year, the Fulani militants launched a similar attack on Goska village on Christmas Eve (December 24, 2016), killing five women and burning down several houses.
ICC's Regional Manager, Nathan Johnson, stated, "The government in Nigeria must find a way to control the rampaging Fulani militants who have wreaked havoc on Christian farmers in central Nigeria. The devastation that they have wrought has left hundreds dead, and thousands without homes. If they are left unchecked, many more Christians will be left wondering, 'When will it be me?'"
For interviews with Nathan Johnson, Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press@persecution.org


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A First Since ISIS: Mosul Church Holds Christmas Mass

This was impossible Under ISIS

Saudi Arabia: Christians Must Meet In Secret To Celebrate Christmas

Saudi Arabia: Migrant workers challenged to live Christmas every day

No, really – although building churches, displaying crosses or meeting for Christian worship is outlawed in the oil-rich Sunni kingdom, many of its foreign workers – especially Indians and Filipinos – are Christians and, far from home and family, they find a way to meet and worship in secret. There are estimated to be between 1.5 and 2m Christians among the migrant workers across Saudi Arabia who in 2013 numbered an estimated 9 million, more than half the workforce. If Christians don’t draw attention to themselves or cause disturbance, they are mostly left unharmed if they organise services for their own community in non-public places. - Continues At  World Watch Monitor

Actor Who Plays Paul Speaks On Upcoming Movie

It won't be out until Easter.

Myanmar: Military Blockade Brings Trouble To Christians

It has cut food and fuel to these displaced Christians.

India: Christians Celebrated Christmas Amid Tight Security

The government of India requested states increase security for the Christian Holiday.

Serious Injuries Sustained After Church Attack

12/26/17 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that following the Muslim noon prayer on December 22, a Muslim mob gathered in front of St. Tadros building service in the village of Kafr El-Waselin, located in the Giza Governorate. The mob broke into the building, destroying its contents and critically injuring three Coptic Christians.

According to one eyewitness, the previous day, “extremists in the village incited the people against the church; they claimed that a bell would be set on the building service and it would be turned into a church and posted threats on Facebook pages. Fr. Morcos Saad, the priest of St. Tadros, had reported the threats and three policemen from Atfih police station had arrived to guard the building."

The Christians in the village number approximately 3,000 individuals, and they do not have a recognized church building. St. Tadros is a de facto church located inside a service building which was donated to the diocese in 2001. The building was renovated to include a nursery, a place for mass, and prayer meetings. It is, however, without a tower, cross, dome and bell. Christians have been allowed to pray in this building since 2002. - Continues at Persecution.org

Biblical Illiteracy, Islam And Christmas

This is a look by the Gatestone Institute at some of the trends in Europe and what it means to those who adhere to the fundamentals of the faith of Jesus Christ.

Persecution Watch

Iran: Christian Arrested In Shiraz

(MEConcern) Iranian Christians request renewed prayer for the upcoming hearing on 28th December 2017 for Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei. They were arrested last July, although they have been facing pressures since 2012.

Eskandar was arrested on 6th July 2017 at his home in Lar where several hundred New Testaments were confiscated. He is being held at Quran Branch of Adel-Aabad prison, Shiraz. Soroush was also arrested in July. He was initially held at the intelligence offices before being transferred to Adel-Aabad prison.

Both Eskander and Soroush have been verbally charged with "acting against national security". Soroush faces an additional charge of "forgery" for issuing letters as the pastor of the Church of Shiraz for students seeking exemption from Islamic studies classes. They are to attend a court hearing on 28th December 2017 at the 4th branch of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz.

In October 2012, Eskander and Soroush were arrested along with five other members of the
self-styled 'Church of Iran' denomination in a raid on a prayer meeting in Shiraz. Both were sentenced on 16th July 2013: Eskander received a one-year sentence and Soroush two and half years, although they were not summoned to start serving their sentences for many months. Both were released before serving the sentences in full - Soroush in November 2015 and Eskander in December 2015.

Iranian Christians request prayer:
a. that Eskandar and Soroush will be strengthened and encouraged by God's presence
b. that Eskandar and Soroush will be released from prison soon.
c. that the judge will reject the charges against Eskandar and Soroush, and that they will both be acquitted
d. that those responsible for the persecution of Christians in Iran will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him
Middle East Concern

URL for this prayer request: http://meconcern.org/2017/12/22/iran-arrested-christians-in-shiraz-face-court-hearing/

China's Communist Party Bans 'Spiritual Opium' Christmas
The prohibition goes for party officials, government officials who are expressly forbidden to celebrate the holiday.
Pakistan: Church Security Increased After Attack
These are volunteers rather than police who will be 'packing' to prevent further attacks.
Christian Advocates Decry Discrimination In Nigeria

Arrested For Praying Over Sick, Christians Released On Bail

Sudan: Pastors Evictions Upheld By Court
Church Property Given to Muslim Businessman
12/21/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Muslim judge upheld the court-ordered eviction of two Christian families from their church-owned homes in Omdurman, Sudan. Pastors Yahiya Abdelrahim Nalu and Siddiqe Abdallah of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) filed an appeal against the eviction that was conducted on August 15, claiming that the property belonged to Hisham Al-Neel. This appeal was denied on December 3, 2017.
"The house that was marked for eviction was not ours. Our house number is 772 and the house that should have been vacated is 574. The judge went on with his ruling even after confirming from the housing authorities and the engineering surveyor that this was a mistaken raid. This is an outright breach of the law and it is done on purpose. The church is under siege and we are very disappointed," decried Pastor Yahiya.
Pastor Yahiya, his wife Manal, and their child Matthew, have been sleeping out in the open ever since. They are expecting their second child soon and winter is fast approaching. "We have been living outside in the streets with our wives and children after the forceful eviction four months ago. With the court ruling that didn't favor us, life will just become harder. This is an evil government that mistreats her people in the name of religion. We long for a nation that will give the minority groups protection and space," added Pastor Yahiya.
ICC spoke to pastor Siddiqe Abdallah, who has also been unable to find housing. "We are living under a tree in Khartoum city because a Muslim investor has taken over our house. Our hearts are broken and we can only ask our brothers to lift us in prayer. We are in great suffering and hopelessness," lamented Pastor Siddiqe Abdallah. He, his wife, and their two children are forced to live in the streets due to this injustice.
While speaking with ICC, Reverend Kuwa Shamal of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC), who was arrested in December 2015 and released in January 2017, expressed his dismay after the court upheld the eviction of the two Christian families. He said, "This is a ploy to finish the church in Sudan. The government has been oppressing the church by not only giving church properties to private developers but also forming a Muslim committee to oversee all the churches in Sudan. We are very disappointed by the move to turnover ownership of the property to a Muslim investor. The property might be demolished anytime as we speak."
ICC's Regional Manager, Nathan Johnson, stated,
"The government in Sudan has long desired to end Christianity within its borders. It has worked tirelessly since South Sudan gained its freedom in 2011 to make Christianity illegal. We pray for the faith of these two families that are suffering and for those who are sure to suffer in the coming years. Sudan's flagrant human rights abuses must come to an end, and its citizens must be protected."

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Prince Charles Ponders Victims Of Christian Persecution
His comments were specifically directed at the commandment to love our enemies.
India's Christians 'Afraid' Of Christmas
The recent arrest of a Priest has not helped matters.

21 Dec

Tech Bytes

There have been some interesting developments of late. As you all know 702 authorization is set to expire soon and the Intel boys are out in droves doing what they can to continue the kinds of surveillance that most Americans have made plain they are most uncomfortable with. One site whose emails I get had a whole host of top government spies telling us how important it is that they can continue to read our communications with no warrant, probable cause or reason. Information that they swear is not being passed on to foreign governments but whistle blowers have made plain is - regularly. Frankly, I don't think what they are asking for is needed. Wanted, yes. Needed, no. It is just this kind of rummaging through people's emails and communications that has been abused by the Intelligence community and political leadership to try and hijack our election system and attempt to blackmail political leaders - and though they will swear it does not happen, it does. I think many of these programs are a direct threat to our democracy and our elected form of government. A new system that really protects American citizens and political candidates from blackmail, stalking, threats and other nefarious activities done by these deep state agents needs to be established with some severe penalties for the abuse of information they obtain. Passing data that is illegally obtained on to prosecutors  as has been recently revealed is a clear violation of the rights of all of us. They did their best to try and hide the origin of the information. I say - get a warrant, go to a judge and get a warrant - most will give you one. Just show cause.

The Senate and Congress.... I just don't think they realize how they can be targeted .... illegally by these forces or by using gray area's of the law to do what they think the law does not specifically disallow. Go back and look at the whole unmasking scandal. Now, take a few minutes and see just how messed up out system and leadership in this country really is. As you read the paper keep in mind who was dropping all those arms to terrorists when they knew they would wind up in the hands of ISIS. It is not like they did not know and were not told time and again. Still the calls went out to continue to arm these people who burned Churches down to the ground, razed whole villages, lopped off heads and placed young women into holes in the ground to be used as sex slaves. They are still finding mass graves in Iraq.

The potential for abuse is too real - making sure evidence only on Black folks or Christians or Muslims or Gays winds up going to prosecutors, while even worse info on the KKK and Nazi's and other hate groups have their illegally obtained comms is quickly destroyed. This was just the kind of thing that went down during the Civil Rights era and caused the reforms of the Church Committee. They were running their 'nigger catcher' operations out of the deep state and killed up a whole bunch of leaders in the process, while the FBI was munching on barbecue ribs with the KKK and its leaders and they have film of those meets! I mean do you really think Dr. Kings death murder was the act of a lone nut? It wasn't. Nor was Malcolm X's death. There were powerful forces behind each of those murders. My point is this - give these forces an inch and they will turn it into a machine gun and turn it on anyone they don't like and then turn around and spit on the bullet ridden corpse of their victim and call it an 'accident' or the act of a 'lone nut'. Then turn around and call anyone who still possess a shred of intelligence a 'conspiracy theorist' for putting two plus two together.

The real enemies of the American people? Russia is an annoyance, small potatoes compared to the threat that lies within our own 'deep state'. Those in whom we have placed absolute trust and use that trust to betray us.... that will be our downfall.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because
we destroyed ourselves.”
- Abe Lincoln

I have had some personal experience with how the system abused these intelligence authorities and how they used it to compel someone who was a 'high value target' by intelligence authorities to contact me. Once they did, they could then surveil me totally because I was in contact with this person (702). You will never know that person you were talking to is 'high value' there will be no way for you to know. Then they felt they could follow me 24-7, break into my home, set me up, lie to me, create altercations at the local places I frequent, place electronic surveillance in and around my home. This is the kind of evil they do when they don't like you. They had no warrants, no probable cause, just a loophole in the law they could use to screw over a Black veteran. How dare that nigger Blog!!

They could do it to anyone to you as well. Just tell one of their deep cover assets to contact you then you become a target and then they will pull all manner of BS on you completely outside of legal channels, courts, warrants and due process. They will do it regardless of what laws are passed or what procedures they tell Congress are in place. The Middle finger is the express opinion many inside the deep state think about our elected officials and the people who vote for them.

I was the nigger that got away from that world and so I had/have some powerful enemies who have risen high in the Intel business. So they decided the nigger had to go and they came after me. They still try.

I caught them recently redirecting downloads of one the programs I like. Filezilla. Let me tell you what happened.

Filezilla is a tool that most bloggers (keep that in mind) MOST BLOGGERS use to put their updates onto their sites. It is an FTP client that for many years the Mozilla foundation refused to put encryption into its password storage. The reason for this resistance seemed pretty clear once a vulnerability was 'discovered' in another Mozilla product was able to steal the passwords right off of a persons computer. That vulnerability is not any good if the password is encrypted, again encryption was something Mozilla resisted STRONGLY (for 10 years). They finally relented and created new versions that does that. But in Ubuntu (Linux) only the un-encrypted version is available in the repositories (version 3.15). That is bad enough, but here is where things got rather skunky.

I went to the Filezilla site and though they listed the latest version as 3.29, when I clicked on it and it redirected me to the SURGEFORCE website where the download was supposed to be, it would only let me download 3.15 - the unencrypted version. They tell me 3.29 and redirected me to 3.15. REDIRECTED DOWNLOADS. This is common. Why? I can only surmise that someone is back to stealing log-in credentials of bloggers... to what end?

Who knows. But I can tell you that they screwed up (the Deep State boys) many of my pages on my site moved them around and changed file permissions (to prevent people from reading them) on some of my pages as well as attempting to upload data and then blame me for having in on my servers. You can do things like that to the unsuspecting if you get their log in credentials. They can upload classified data or child porn and then point the FBI in your direction and say, "there is another Christian with kiddie porn on his site!!!" There is no gutter deep enough or stinky enough some of these people will not stoop to and bathe in to take down Black Americans, Christians or military veterans.

I cannot say for certain that this Filezilla redirect was at me specifically but I can say that several hours after this redirect was noted by me (after several attempts) the page then (as if my magic) directed to the proper file on the SURGEFORCE site. I had a copy of the Linux encrypted version on a back up disk so it was not that big a deal for me.

Since I know I was at one time a high value target in the past and some of my enemies are still out there trying to set up innocent and law abiding Americans, I cannot help but be suspicious.

Now the Mozilla foundation has forced another guy who created such encryption for their program to take his program down (scroll to bottom of link).

I note that a completely new version of Firefox (with a new back-end called RUST) is out and I cannot help but wonder what 'accidental' vulnerability is lurking in it that steals passwords of those pesky bloggers like me. I hope it is not in there but given the history, the possibility simply cannot be discounted. Especially in light of my recent experience with Filezilla downloads.

Look, I am telling you what kind of scum works in the Intelligence community. No, not all or even most are this corrupt and criminal (and what they did to the files on my site were crimes - cyber crimes) but a few top people are just that bad worse even.

You feel really need a good look at the servers of my site? GET A WARRANT. Go to a judge, show cause and get a warrant. My hosting company will be happy to cooperate with you under such circumstances.  This is what is done when the RULE OF LAW runs a nation, rather than the rule of criminals who skulk in shadows.

I do not want to cast dispersions on the vast majority of hard working loyal and law abiding intelligence professionals. They work hard and often make many sacrifices for the nation you will never hear about.

No, this is directed at a few who have been corrupted by the power that ultra secrecy gives them whose arrogance and pattern of criminality has yet to  be checked by a responsible body of elected leaders.

One reason they don't like me is because I have shined a light on these things and a few in Congress and elsewhere started asking questions.  Questions the IC did not like to have to answer to the elected body of Americans that they are answerable to. There is a nest of high level traitors in the community who target Americans, their leaders and citizens on behalf of those who hate this country and its democratic processes. The other reasons they hated me were two fold, they don't like Black folks who won't turn Uncle Tom and many within the IC don't like Bible based Christians. They view us as enemy number one.

Keep in mind that some within the IC are proudly satanic. Also keep in mind that the whole issue of morality is a very different thing for genuine satanists. I do mean very, VERY different.

My view in 702 is this. Let it lapse. Then they can revisit some key issues in both closed and open session hearings with the Judiciary committee's Intelligence oversight committee's with key Civil Liberties groups to come up with a workable solution that protects us all from the deep state moles as well as protects us all from terrorists and others who would destroy our once great nation. Do it all slowly, piecemeal and keep a microscope on what they are doing to make sure they are not abusing the law or outright breaking it to get dirt on people they don't like.

A few well placed moles in our IC can do far more long term damage to the nation than a few nitwits with a car bomb. The car bomb may make headlines, but the real damage to our security comes from those who have been placed in a position of trust and sell us all out. And yes, I think that this ultimately is why some want to keep that 702authority it's not about fighting terrorism, it's about something far darker.

In other tech news an interesting little PDF came out in on how you can limit your exposure to cell phones. Actually the pdf is old, but the warnings are new.

Listen, I know I talked about this many years ago. There was a study done years ago out of I think Sweden that was done that showed some real effect of exposure. The results (I rely on non-cell phone effected memory here!) was that the short term effect was negative and measurable, the long term effect on this kind of radiation exposure was still not clear. There have been many studies in the recent past, some credible others not. While it is often said that RF radiation is not that dangerous, I cannot help but argue otherwise. RF radiation is what drives our microwave ovens.

Now I don't think that there is enough evidence to say that talking on Cell phones causes cancer. But there does appear to be some that it can cause some short term problems (memory loss, mild confusion, etc) when used over extended period. But like with most scientific studies, we really need to be aware of who is funding them and why. The Cell Phone industry is a billion dollar industry and most large cartels will not hesitate to use their power to shut down studies that might put a crimp in their profits.

To all of you who care about being able to think for yourself when you are old - find a way to keep that cell phone as far away from your head as possible when talking on it or you may be a living example of why people should not talk with a cell phone next to their head for hours every day when you are only 45 and can't even remember your name.

In other tech news, there were major outages across the internet the other day. This was due to an outage at the major backbone companies - companies that route ALL of the Internet's traffic. Why? It is hard to say one theory is Net Neutrality and some changes that may be taking place, but I don't think this is likely. Another is the fact that Level 3 (a backbone company) is set to be bought out by Century link. Another theory is that some secret new rules have gone into effect on how the deep state does or does not spy on us and we won't be told what those rules are. The answer? I don't know, but the very real possibility of a genuine tech related outage is probably the most likely. But who knows, with 702 set to expire in a few days... anything is possible.

20 Dec

Zephaniah, Part II: Day Of The Lord

Before we get to chapter two of Zephaniah, I wanted to spend a bit of time on the theme of the 'Day of the Lord' as it is used in the last part of the first chapter of Zephaniah. When the Lord utters his voice about the Day of the Lord we must keep in mind that there have been many Day's of the Lord. The OT prophets spoke of the day of the Lord as it related to the punishment of Israel for her sins and in most instances, it was related to the fall of Israel to the King of Babylon in 586BC. But the deluge can very much be considered a day of the Lord as well, though the prophecies of Noah were not recorded for us is such a way as they made the official cannon of scripture. In short, there is no single 'day of the Lord' as when it comes to Old Testament Prophecy. In brief, the Day of the Lord is a day when God brings in judgment upon those who have rebelled against him, refused to repent and went on doing evil. In essence it is the day of the Lord's wrath and anger. What is the result of the day of the Lord in the Old Testament sense? We can get a sense of it from the book of Lamentations.

How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger! The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof. He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about. He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire. The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
(Lam 2:1-5)

The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied. Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the LORD'S anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.
(Lam 2:21-22)

But I think we should take a look at the purpose of these 'doom and gloom' prophecies for we Christians who live in the very last days. Yes, they can be gloomy but they are so for a reason. Men have done great evil and God, if he is just, must recompense. But God's righteousness is not man's righteousness. He has a much higher standard that fallen men have. God does not just give justice to the highest bidder or those who can bribe the Judge the most. He does not show favoritism based on race or economic standing. But he does pay particular attention to the poor, the helpless and those who lack the resources to corrupt the justice system and watches most carefully how the rich treat them. His anger is particularly aimed at those who have power and abuse it, especially against the poor and defenseless.

But I think we need to understand the day of the Lord as being a day when a key phase in God's ultimate purpose with mankind is being fulfilled. This is particularly true in the final Day of the Lord when the Messiah returns. You see, we need to understand the whole program God has put in place. I mean the whole plan that God revealed to us for the redemption and damnation of the human race, the creation of which was one of God's deepest regrets. So when we hear the phrase Day of the Lord we must try and understand it in terms of God's short term and long term purposes. In the days of the old Prophets like Zephaniah, it was to redeem Israel. But Israel had sinned and done very great evil in God's eyes. This God was compelled to judge and recompense Israel for that was the only way she would receive correction. The Prophets message did not work. God had to get 'personal and painful' with the people, and that brothers he did.

I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
(Lam 3:1-8)

Dear readers, with most people, they are hard headed. They don't listen and are not going to listen to God or his workmen. Only the pangs of pain and the screams of suffering will make them reconsider their ways and this is why God had to do what he did back in the days of Jeremiah, and Isaiah. Sin had reached a point where he could no longer wink at or ignore it, he had to judge it.

So what is God's plan? I mean really? Is it to make the world and the people in it better? No, at least not in the way most would understand it. Is it to just let the world lapse into total evil and then destroy it? No. God's plan can be encapsulated like this. God has a plan to let mankind and his character reveal itself to all creation. The results of sin must be seen for what it is. But God put an alternative plan in place to redeem all men who acknowledge and repent of the evil of their doings. We call these people who decide to take the alternative path, the Church or in eschatological words, the Bride of Christ. So when we hear the phrase day of the Lord we must do our best in NT terms to understand just what God's purpose is. It is two fold.

1. It is to judge the world for its sin and evil
2. It is to redeem the Israel of God, the Bride of Christ/Church (called out ones) of the most high.
In many ways we can see the purpose of the Day of the Lord in Christ's words at his first advent, just before the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early Christians. It is the Spirit of God who is to show us of things to come.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
(Joh 16:8-13)

The idea of the Day of the Lord is not some day of some hate-filled, vengeful God who is just itching to destroy the earth and burn man up. Rather it is the painstaking culmination of millennia of striving with fallen men to get them to be reconciled with their creator and to a much lesser degree with each other; to turn from evil, selfishness, fear and doubt and to love the good, be giving, to have courage and faith.

Why do we have wars? Fear is one big reason. The fear of what others will do to us. In America this fear has taken transformed itself into a national paranoia. Now the nation up-ends whole nations that never attacked us. Why? Fear. Fear and greed.  Irrational fear that says 'Kill them before they even think about killing us'. It has no faith. This kind of fear always eventually leads to some kind of sin. If it is the fear of hunger it leads to theft, it is the fear of attack, it leads to war, if it is the fear of truth it will lead to lies. Fear is often the first step on the road to sin. Faith is the first step on the road back to God.

Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, \
shall he find faith on the earth? (Luk 18:8b)

I can remember just as the US did its Ukraine evil, I was talking with a National Security official about the crap they had just started. He talked about the need to 'tie up the Bear' (Russia) and destroy the Post Soviet-collapse Russian state with coups, assassinations, Nazi's and terrorists (he did not say specifically that but I read between the lines) . I could not believe what I was hearing. But I smelled the fear and heard the hatred in this person's voice. He did not care one whit for God, the needs of others, the fate of millions of Russians. No, he just wanted to feed his fear and hate demons and the only way to do that was with the blood of others.

Gone was rational thought; gone was any thought of cooperation, which had been working quite well with Russia. Gone was any other thought other than expand the US empire onto Russia's borders and even into Russia itself, steal Russia's oil and basically make Russia a huge US gas station whereby America could control Europe's oil markets and (this was part of the plan too) set Russian against Russian in a long running civil war that would destroy and depopulate Russia of the Slavic races. As this person was speaking, I could almost smell the brimstone steaming over the telephone receiver. What did this irrational fear and hate get us? Many dead, Nazi's in power and a policy of utter failure. Russia has its faults, many of them but the glorification of sodomy and national apostasy are not among them, unlike America.

After the Day of the Lord, the empire of fear and violence will be replaced with one of faith and peace. God is going to change the fundamental principles on which the world works when he brings in his kingdom. But in order to do that he must replace and remove those men who refuse to be changed by the Gospel of love. Those who fan the flames of fear will have their fears come to fruition. Those who utter lies will eat the bread of delusions.

I also will choose their delusions,
and will bring their fears upon them;
because when I called, none did answer;
when I spake, they did not hear:
but they did evil before mine eyes,
and chose that in which I delighted not.

(Isa 66:4)

The ultimate Day of the Lord (the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ) has this two fold purpose then. To redeem the elect as well as remove and judge the unrepentant damned.

But we as Christians must know and understand some things. God has put these prophecies in our Bibles for a reason. God has given us a rough timeline of events to look for before the Day of the Lord. Why did he do that? He did it because the days leading up to Christ's coming would be days of enormous deception. One of the reasons that God gave us these prophecies so that we would not be deceived. The Day of the Lord has to be looked at in light of the entirety of what God's plan for mankind since the beginning. It was and is to restore all things after the fall to God's immutable character - damnation for the evil, salvation for the just. In short, it is to redeem mankind of his sins and remake the world. It is also to totally defeat the works of the devil. The ultimate purpose of the Day of the Lord must be understood before we can really understand why it is such a dark day for the world. I did not say for the saints for they (we) are not of this world and shall not suffer in the punishment thereof. Again Isiah lays this out perfectly in just two versus.

And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
(Isa 13:11-12)

This is one of the key purposes of the Day of the Lord. God is going to get rid of mankind whom he made and now regrets having done so. But God's love for man and his deep sense of justice would not let him just destroy all of us outright. No, he is giving us all a fantastic chance to not only be saved, but to be called a Son of God! This is a very, very high honor and it makes his joint heirs with Christ! So for mankind the choice is not just heaven and hell, but a very high place in God's kingdom or damnation with all the fallen angels who caused all of this trouble and evil to begin with.

So for the Day of the Lord for us Christians is one that we look towards as it is the day of our redemption.

But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
(1Th 5:1-6)

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
(1Co 1:8-9)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
(2Pe 3:10-13)

Many critics have always said that the early apostle's were wrong in that they thought that Christ would come in their times. Yes, it is inferred in many places that they seemed to be under the impression that the day of the Lord was at hand. But Paul despite what others say, never really said that. Here is what he said.

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
(2Th 2:1-4)
No. Paul did not see the Day of the Lord coming right away. He made it plain that there were many things that had to happen first. In fact, I will lay this out as well to you. Christ said this about the Day of the Lord that I think is most striking in its direct simplicity that everyone misses.

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
(Luk 12:40)

When doing any good basic Bible study one must always do ones very best to note:

1. Who is talking
2. Who they are talking to
3. The time and situation around the conversation
Who is talking in this verse? Christ. Who is he talking to? His disciples. When was he talking to them. In the first century AD.

How many do you think believed that Christ would wait two Biblical days to revive Israel to her land (two thousand years - Hosea 6:2 cf. 2Pet 2:8). Or that Christ would not return for two Biblical days. "the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

How did Christ put his return?

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
(Act 1:6-7)

Again, Peter also makes plain that the day of the Lord may not come as soon as many thought.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
(2Pe 3:8-9)

In closing let me say this. I look at the Day of the Lord as kind of a spiritual 'D' day. A day that God has fixed that no man can know. Like D day in WWII, the allies kept the actual day of the invasion secret. The Nazi's did not know the day or the invasion point. They only knew that an invasion was coming.

We as part of the Lord's army know a few details but only a few, like the soldiers of WWII they did not know the day of battle, they only knew that it was coming and that when it came, they would be in the thick of it.

Brothers, the Day of the Lord for us though is a day of great redemption. We shall be redeemed and changed in the span of a second or two and given bodies that shall never see death. But the fate of lost man is one that can be described as horror that will go on forever and ever as the Lord makes an eternal example of those who rebel against the most high.

16 Dec

Psalm 127

A Song of degrees for Solomon.
 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:

 except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
 (Psalms 127:1)

This Psalm of degree was written in the times of Solomon and may have been composed by him. The reasons for this view are interesting and will be shown in the appropriate verses.

The first verse deals with who builds a house. Men may do the work, but whose work is it really? Are men building the house for themselves or for and under the guidance and protection of the Lord? The Psalmist makes it plain that unless the Lord is in the work, all the sweat and toil is in vain. The same goes for those who watch over a city thinking they are providing security. It is in vain if the Lord is not with them. All that work... for nothing, that is the sense of the verse. That God gives real purpose and value to our undertakings, this is the idea conveyed here.

The reference to the House may be one to the Temple that Solomon was building. This may be part of the sense of this, but the whole meaning is much broader, that God must be the foundation, the cornerstone of all our undertakings. This passage is particularly relevant to the times of Nehemiah who, if we remember in the recent near year long study of that book here, had to set up watches because of the enemies of the Lord who wanted to destroy the work.

Skill, financing, money and toil;  these will all be in vain if we build without the Lord or try and set up security for our cities and nations and forget the Lord. Why is America having such trouble abroad in her wars, our nation is forsaking God and giving heed to deceitful spirits. Our watchmen (military, intel people) are more and more watching in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows:
 for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
(Psa 127:2)

Once again, Solomon talks of the vanity of getting up when the cock crows and eating unsavory foods and to work and burn the midnight oil. The idea of vanity is one that was well known in Solomon's writing. He is the one who is widely believed to have written Ecclesiastes (Koheleth), the preacher who identifies himself as the son of David (Ecc 1:1). Many of us have read this work before and it has always been one of my favorites. It has always helped me to always gain perspective on life.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities;
all is vanity.
(Ecc 1:2)

Koheleth tells his hearers throughout this magnificent work that all is vanity and the book almost seems to descend into nihlism, but makes it plain toward the end of the book as to what makes life meaningful and not 'vain' happenstance. It is fearing the Lord.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God,
and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

(Ecc 12:13-14)

That which the destroyer does not destroy, thieves do not steal or death and time to not swallow up can only be measured by God's purpose. Solomon see's the futility of life by the short duration of it and its troubles. But in verse two he shows one of the blessings of serving God. He gives his beloved sleep. The word beloved is an interesting one and one used in reference to the birth of Solomon (2Sam 12:24-25 also see 1 Kin 3:5-15)

From the same as H1730; loved: - amiable, (well-) beloved, loves.
Total KJV occurrences: 10

This again gives more credence to Solomonic authorship. The stanza gives the connotation that because he is beloved of God, he sleeps (well) and is not tossed and turned by worries and cares of this life. God watches over him.

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
(Psa 127:3)

Here the Psalmist praises the blessing of children and how that is something that comes from God. Here they are considered an inheritance or portion of possession, like something bequeathed to another from a relative. God's bounty is children. While today, many may not see this so much, back in those days, it was a very good thing to have kids. Women without them were shamed and often mocked and humiliated for it. Indeed, Samuel's mother was one of those whom the Lord 'shut up her womb' (1Sam 1:5-6).

This passage seems to deviate, just a bit from the first verse where the idea seems to be great buildings and watching over a city. Here the idea of 'building of a house' is more akin to a family. This was considered evidence of divine favor, to have lots of children.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak
with the enemies
in the gate.
(Psa 127:4-5)

The military connotation is not lost on this author. Here the Psalmist likens children to arrows who in time will be a defender of the family and its honor. The idea in verse five is that the more he has the more blessed is the man. The reason is stated in the last stanza -  when things get rough and his enemies come round to start some mess, his kids will be out there, to meet his enemies and deal with them as needed. In such a confrontation, the more children, the better.

Yes, we tend to over spiritualize verses like this and I think most expositors do on this. No, these were times where family and tribal loyalties were very, very important, unlike today. If there was an issue with someone drawing too much water from the local well, or an altercation over a pretty young maid, or someone just wanted to do some dirt, having a quiver full of young men was the 'attitude adjuster' of the day. Five to seven tall, rambunctious young men carrying clubs, a pick and an axe would help settle matters when there was little real official law to deal with such matters. A guy who came to start violence would think twice when the eldest kept rolling that axe in his hand round and round and the others sons had clubs slung over their shoulders...

13-14 Dec

How The Less Fortunate Are Faring

Dollar Stores Boom Because Folks Are Poor
We hear much about the 'retail apocalypse' all over the news. But this is one retailer that is still going strong. 'Dollar' type stores in general.

This piece also looks at the shrinking middle class and the advent of the success of the 'Dollar Store' model. This is brief, but quite informative.

No Mercy For Poor, Or For Judges Who Care About Them
Debtors prisons may one day return. In some places they already have.
Largest Employer In 22 States Is...
Robots Being Used To Scare Off Homeless
A 'Bot Cop' hits the beat outside an animal shelter HQ. In SF, there are homes and protection for homeless animals, but none for homeless humans. 
Silicon Valley Paradox: One In Four At Hunger Risk
This is one telling story and I hope you get a chance to check it out. A lot of people are in trouble in this very rich part of the nation. These are stories that are kept carefully hidden as they run counter to the 'booming economy' narrative our elite keep telling us.

Yes, its true unemployment is 'officially' low. But many with jobs are struggling to pay the bills and our government has been very adept at just not counting millions of Americans who gave up looking or simply cannot find work. In some places working Americans live in homeless shelters or sleep in their car.

For those of you who don't like facts and figures, the graph in that link comes from the EXACT SAME AGENCY who is telling us unemployment is near record lows.
UN Official Claims Alabama Has Worst Poverty In Developed World
He traveled to predominantly black areas and was appalled at what he found.

Honestly... Does This Look Like An Unbiased Investigation?

I just don't think so. From the get go, this whole thing was orchestrated by powerful members in the Senate and elsewhere who were going to stack the deck against the duly elected President. The above link should be read along side of the other things they found with these investigators. I may be no big fan of Donald Trump, but he is getting the rawest deal of any President I have seen. Fair is fair and this is just the kind of thing that can boomerang on his enemies at the worst possible moment.
11 Dec

Persecution Watch
How Religious Fear is Shaping the Culture War
An interesting read from a secular source. Interesting on two fronts. But reading this piece tells me that American Christianity, or rather Biblical Christianity is in deep trouble but nor for the reasons the author states. The 'make it up as we go along' form of it is alive and well on Planet Earth.

Reports Of Widespread Persecution Of Christian Inmates In Punjab
Reports of Christians being blackmailed and tortured so they can become Muslim.
Kenya: Children Injured In Attack By Militants

Nigeria: Government failure and the spread of Fulani herdsmen attacks

Nigeria: Occult Group Kidnaps Kills Christians

Central African Republic: They Wanted To Silence Pastor Who Converted Muslims
A look back and the 'Machete Massacre's of 2013.
Lebanese Priest Talks Of  Threats To Christianity
A Maronite Priest comes to the US and talks about what the Church faces in the Middle East.

India: 7 Christian Pastors Arrested For "Forced Conversion"
Hindu Militant-ism has been given new life under the nations new leaders.

Hindu father beats, throws out own family for refusing to renounce Christian faith
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, sooner or later in your walk with Christ, you will face the same kinds of things, to lesser or greater degrees. Family, friends, etc they will turn on you just as sure as the sun rises and sets every single day.

There is no way around it.

 Jesus Christ told us this would happen and told us what to do about it.

Take up your cross and follow him.

Dry your tears, set your face firmly towards Christ and heaven and whatever you  do...

...don't look back.

Remember Lot's wife.

Persecution of Christians is Kitchen Table Topic For American Christians

Pakistan: China Warns Of Imminent Attacks

Indonesia: Jakarta Looks To Protect Christians During Holidays
A wonderful development in a nation struggling to maintain religious peace after last years problems.

Egypt: 80% Of Persecution Targets Christians

Commerce Secretary Troubled By Christian Persecution

Trump Wants To Deport Iraqi Christians, Even If Its A Death Sentence
... surprisingly, the ACLU is trying to block their deportation.

Jerusalem Watch
Japan, China Tech Firms Retaliate Against Israel
Putin, Sisi discuss Middle East tensions
Jerusalem Terror Attack Wounds Guard
Germany Ashamed Of Anti-Semitic Protests Against Israel
EU Rules Out Embassy Moves To Jerusalem
Jerusalem Head Islamic Authority: Move A Declaration Of War
Erodgan Calls US "Partner in Bloodshed"
Egypt's Coptic Pope Snubs US VP Over Jerusalem Move

Muslim Nation Indonesia See's Protests Over Jerusalem Move
Muslim Nation Malaysia Ready To Send Military
Nasrallah Calls For Third Intifada
Merkel Condemns Burnings Of Jewish Symbols

DOD Watch
Pentagon See's Two More Years Of Fighting In Somalia
DOD To Undergo First Ever Audit
DOD Cannot Find 44,000 Of Its Troops
DOD Comptroller To Drive Change In Audit
2400 Auditors About To Descend On Pentagon
Can Auditors Find 6.5 Trillion In Missing Funds?
Pentagon: 'Troubling' lapses in giving criminal data to FBI
DOD On Syrian Deployments: We Ain't Never Leaving!
Trump Unveils 'Un-Trumpian' National Security Strategy
UK Billed DOD $50Miln For Porsche's, Austin Martin's.
I get a lot of grief from folks who talk about how 'patriotic' they are and have never lifted anything more 'patriotic' than lifting a smoldering joint to their lips. They never did anything for their country and won't even stand for the National Anthem.

When I see such Americans, even family members, there are times I deeply regret having sacrificed so many years serving this country. I sometimes I feel like I wasted my time...

...on it and them.

I read where one General officer who served many decades in a previously very high position has pretty much the same feelings.

I don't say this out of a lack of deep concern for this once great nation. I care enough to stand up and say something about the sniveling cowardice and rank ignorance that makes up too many of my countrymen. Men and make all manner of patriotic noises when they are full of whiskey in a bar but won't take a good look at what is happening to the nation as a whole or their own deep complicity in it.

They don't decry these kinds of things because they don't care. We spend all of this money and as we have seen in far too many of our military endeavors, we have come up short. Very short. How many years have we been in Afghanistan fighting a rag tag group of Mujahideen? We are still there and still losing.

One key reason is the corruption that exists in the DOD. One of the main reasons we have done so poorly in places like Afghanistan is the fact that crooked contractors looted the money sent for both war-fighting and reconstruction. There have been many papers and official investigations into it. It got so bad they finally had to bring in a Special IG who was able to root out some of it, but the politics of it have hindered its effectiveness of late. Much of the it was very lucrative corruption and powerfully protected.

They key question is this. Do Americans want a military that can fight and defend them or a military that makes traitors and corrupt politicians rich? Do we want Trillion dollar Fighter aircraft that can't do the key mission they were built for sucking up hundreds of billions of dollars in DOD money? What kind of military does America want?

Many Americans are perfectly happy with the corruption -  just don't take that joint, that needle, that Fentyal, that Meth and certainly not that 52-inch flat screen away from them.

What is happening in our Military is a perfect reflection of what is happening in the country

Deep social and personnel issues are facing our military and they have done a good job of keeping it secret. The reason is that the problems, some of them at least in the recent past were so deep as to deeply effect our readiness.

US Army base on lockdown, sixty four soldiers busted in cocaine drug ring
But it is not just the US. What is happening in America is also happening in the Military all over the west. What are the effects overall? Things like this. How can you NOT see you are about to collide with another ship with all that high tech navigational gear onboard?

I am not denigrating our hard working troops or the leaders who are working within a corrupt and disintegrating system who are trying to fix problems. There are many who are doing all they can. But one of the problems are is that politicians get elected with money and defense contractors spend a lot of money to get their contracts (no-bid and otherwise) signed. They know the way to do that is to fill the coffers of key members on key committee's. This is one of the problems with the F-35, that flying money vacuum cleaner, which still cannot perform the critical tasks it was supposed to perform.

But that only tells us part of the story. Here is how the GAO, the governments own official auditor put part of the problem.

F-35 actual sustainment costs that are being charged by the program office to the military services, as well as the capabilities associated with those costs, are not fully transparent to the services. In addition to estimating projected costs for F-35 sustainment over the aircraft’s life cycle as described above, the program office also calculates the actual F- 35 sustainment costs that will be charged to the military services on an annual basis. To determine these actual sustainment costs, the military services first submit their F-35 sustainment capability requirements to the program office for approval. The program office approves requirements as a basis for its annual life-cycle operating and support cost estimate, which is used to provide each of the military services with an estimate for their respective portion of F-35 sustainment costs to support the services’ budget planning process. The program office then negotiates with the prime contractor the level of support the contractor will provide to meet service sustainment requirements. It is at this point that the program office informs the services of the actual costs that they will be charged for contracted sustainment.  According to program officials, the contracted level of support may not include all the requirements initially submitted by the military services for a given contract period, and the associated costs of the contract services may not align with initial estimates given to the military services, because support is negotiated between the program office and the prime contractor. - GAO

America's enemies have powerful friends in top positions in this nation. One tactic they have wanted to use against us is the make sure that much of America's vast military spending gets mis-allocated into programs that don't work, are militarily questionable or cost so much money they take a way from those programs America's enemies are actually concerned about while they stole critical defense related data.  I will let you be the judge of how successful they have been.

More here.

I submit to all of you there is nothing patriotic about sitting silent, waving a flag and believing it is our patriotic duty to let these forces undermine our military because they are too cowardly to speak out about it. Too afraid of what others may think. Too afraid of the opinions of their sexed-up, spaced out, ignorant and drunken buddies.

Again I say, what is happening in our military is only a reflection of what is happening in the nation as a whole. Men and women who more and more in this country.... they have all the moral compass of a stray dog in heat. Elected officials heading down to pedophile island, groping and perhaps doping and then raping their staff. Hollywood stars and directors doing the same things.

All of this is nothing more than the tell tale signs of a nation in rapid decline.

Are these things popular to say?


But Lot did not win any popularity contest when he lived in Sodom.

But Lot was saved and Sodom was not. Once God was finished with them, he did not waste a single moment waiting around for anyone to repent when he knew they would not.

The most amazing thing about Sodom to me? Though they were trying to violently gang rape two messengers of God who came as visitors to the city, the old and young from every part of the city were there to take part and did not even think what they were doing was wrong!

They were utterly depraved.

The only thing God waited for was for Lot to get his act together and get out of the city before he destroyed it.

The same God who destroyed Sodom is still on the Throne of heaven.

I do not mean to say we have reached the point of Sodom, but that we are rapidly heading in that direction.

Let us all step back and consider... deeply consider our ways.

Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Consider your ways.
(Hag 1:5)

As the prophet of old exhorted the people of his day to remember God in their doings, so it is today. Men and women today have not only forgotten him, many openly defy and revile him and those who serve him.

There is no blessing in that, only a curse.

Let us all step back and consider our ways, or those things America takes great pride in, may one day come to disgrace or even brought to nought.

I don't like to talk like this. I really don't. But someone has to say something and if America's pastors are too afraid, too comfortable or lack the spiritual discernment to speak out, then I and a couple of other bloggers will.

7 Dec

Consumers Need A Hero, Not A Hack At The CPFB

Sen. Paul writes a piece on the CPFB. Trump seems determined to destroy the agency and that will be a big mistake. Not just for you and me, but for him. The agency is very popular with consumers and hated by the crooks who have been committing all manner of crimes while Law Enforcement slept and was busy shooting unarmed Black men and acquitting the cops who did it.

But two things I will say about what Trump is doing now. This move with the CPFB and the move against Net Neutrality -  these are moves that target the ordinary guy. Moreover moves against Net Neutrality will hit a lot of folks at home... They are going to feel that and you know what? They will associate it with Donald J. Trump.

It is not like Trump won by some great landslide, key swing state were the key.

One thing about Net Neutrality and Title II that many folks don't know, is that it helps people in Rural area's get internet access. Title II meant a lot more than most people know. But in a few days, it will be gone. Many think Pai is in favor of expanding into rural areas and that this will help, rather than hurt those efforts. If their dreams don't pan out those rural areas were crucial to Trumps election and could be a problem. I say again, people will forgive politicians a lot, but hit them at home where they live in their monthly bills and where they can go in the internet? If this goes sour for those consumers Trump is going to pay a price for it.

But the reality - the political reality is this - Trump has ramrodded these two major policies and each move can hardly be called popular. For a President who won on a populist platform, this could cost him a lot more than transitory poll numbers.

But the CPFB, if reports are true needs to have more oversight than we have had so far. Why?

Read this.

But the real story is this. Who was it who uncovered Wells Fargo's schemes? The CPFB. The anti-CPFB propaganda is out there in force. You can find it all over the web. All the CPFB does is protect you and me from those who would victimize us. That's it.

Who do you think is pushing for the agencies demise?

I don't think that is too hard to figure.

If I were a crook looking for a way to steal from Americans, I would want to do away with the agency too.

How 'evil' is the CPFB?

CFPB Orders Citizens Bank to Pay $18.5 Million for Failing to Credit Full Deposit Amounts

CFPB Orders EZCORP to Pay $10 Million for Illegal Debt Collection Tactics

CFPB Fines Experian $3 Million for Deceiving Consumers in Marketing Credit Scores

CFPB orders student-loan company to pay at least $19.1 million

CFPB Issues $1.25 Million Fine to Servicemember Auto Lender for Violating Consent Order

CFPB secures $27.7 million judgment against foreclosure relief scammers

How dare they look out for us consumers? How dare they!! Issuing fines for those who break laws, our trust and commit crimes? What do they think this is? A nation of laws and justice?

Well, I will not be too hard on this new director, who has lambasted the agency and now is running it. Perhaps he will continue on the tradition of protecting consumers. But I freely admit, I am very, skeptical.

What’s Christian in the Season of Trump?

(The Marshall Project) Heather Rice-Minus, vice president of government affairs for Prison Fellowship, concedes the current climate makes it harder to persuade Christians — 81 percent of white evangelicals cast ballots for Trump — to consider reducing mandatory minimum sentences, increasing prisoner education programs and reforming other areas of the criminal justice system.
“In some ways it’s more difficult because of the law-and-order narrative that’s promoted, but at the same time I’m hopeful,” she says.

“Outrageous Justice” is a six-session plan designed to be spread across six weeks. The first week, participants would discuss how they can “pursue justice that restores” in the criminal justice system. By the sixth week they are considering whether the members are ready to accept ex-prisoners into their communities.

“Once someone has made amends for their past wrongdoing and repented, are we willing to extend a hand in practical ways?” the study guide summary asks. “Are we, who have been given a second chance, willing to give similar opportunities to others who only want to reach their full potential?”
Small groups are a more informal, modern and intimate version of the traditional Sunday or Wednesday night Protestant prayer service. The gatherings in church members’ living rooms are occasions to strengthen friendships, to share snacks, Biblical inspiration and prayer requests.

Rice-Minus said about 375 groups have tried the study guides. The initial feedback has been so enthusiastic that Prison Fellowship has set a goal of producing a million copies... Continues At The Marshall Project

The Marshall project looks at the issue of prison and incarceration in a more just and merciful way that many White Evangelicals do. This piece is enlightening as the the challenges some face in getting them to see things outside of the 'White suburban' mindset.

I am a strong law and order person, but one that is also fully persuaded in the ideas of mercy and a system that ceases to look at skin color and the amount of money one has when determining sentences and fines. Our system has become totally perverted by men and women who lack the Christian virtues they claim to adore.

But those who show no mercy will be shown none by Christ, who castigated the religious hypocrites of his time.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin,
and have omitted the weightier matters of the law,
judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done,
and not to leave the other undone.
(Mat 23:23)

The Pharisees were concerned with the outward show of religion, the rituals but the substance was not present and by their actions they showed who their real father was.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows'
houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall
receive the greater damnation. 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 23:14-15)

Here we see just how high a value God places on things like mercy and faith as well as judgment, which is also essential. Mercy is a Christian virtue and any person who does not have it can call himself a Christian all day long and cite scripture chapter-and-verse backwards and forwards, but in reality he is no Christian but is little more than a modern day Pharisee.

Trump's stance on law enforcement is not a good one. More power, more arms to cops many of whom have little more than a high school education and more than a few are avowed racists and even criminals. This is hardly a solution that a just person would want to implement.  He is also rolling back many of the bi-partisan police reforms that were being conducted by the last administration.

Where is the understanding of many of the deeper problems that exist in these communities and the way many (not all or even most) cops have behaved? To Trump it does not even signify.


You know, I get a rash of you know what from people and am called a 'fundamentalist'. Well, I accept that title. I believe in the fundamentals of the faith if Jesus Christ.

One of those fundamentals is the principle of mercy.

Others are love, obedience to God's commandments and faith in God's word.

"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
- Jesus Christ

Saleh's Death Could Make Yemen's Crisis Worse

(International Crisis Group)What exactly happened and what led up to this sudden twist in Yemen's devastating war?

On 4 December, Huthi fighters killed Yemen’s former president and their erstwhile ally, Ali Abdullah Saleh. His violent death and the military defeat of his loyalists in Sanaa were the culmination of months of growing tensions between Saleh’s General People’s Congress party (GPC) and the Huthis. Before coming to blows, the Huthi-Saleh alliance had fought the Saudi-led coalition, which is backing the internationally recognised government of Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, to a stalemate. After nearly three years of war, including a punishing air campaign and a policy of economic strangulation, they still controlled the north, where the majority of Yemen’s population lives. It came at a high human cost: Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with seven million on the brink of famine, over three million internally displaced and an expected one million cases of cholera by the end of the year.

The Huthis and Saleh had a history of distrust and violence, fighting six rounds of conflict between 2004 and 2009. As partners against the Saudi-led coalition, they fought over positions in the government, accused each other of corruption and engaged in an off-and-on again war of words in the media. Overtime, the Huthis consolidated control over the military-security apparatus, but the exact balance of power in the tribes and loyalties within some military units were unclear. By August 2017, when Saleh staged a rally in Sanaa to celebrate the GPC’s 35th anniversary, the Huthis suspected he was planning to turn against them with the help of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). To his followers’ disappointment, Saleh failed to act, but four months later he did, a decision that would cost him his life and confirm the Huthis’ military superiority.

The trigger for the violence was a 29 November clash between Saleh fighters and Huthi loyalists over control of the Saleh Mosque, a major landmark in the capital that was built and opened by Saleh a decade ago. Local mediation failed to cool tensions and on 2 December, Saleh lit a match by calling his followers to take up arms against the Huthis. He also announced his willingness to “turn a new page” with the Saudi-led coalition, a statement that confirmed his treachery to the Huthis and played poorly with some of his base, who oppose the Huthis but Saudi military actions in Yemen even more.... continues at the International Crisis Group

Trump's Jerusalem Move: An Israeli View

MEForum looks at the issue in one of their backgrounders. Naturally this piece will go 180 degree counter narrative to what we will read in our MSM. But it is good and worthy of the read.

Trump Finally Calls On Yemen To End Blockade

Finally a step in the right direction. This may have more to do with the status of Jerusalem and KSA's response than anything else. Talk is cheap. If he really wants to end the blockade there are ways to get the Saudi's full attention.

Like stopping our support to their operations in ways like this.

4 Dec

Zephaniah (chapter 1)

(this was written back in 2015 for insiders - I post it here for your edification)

The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

(Zep 1:1)

As with most of the minor prophets, the man of God, to whom this word is given gives a brief description of who he is. What the prophet is doing here is showing his descent, weather he is a prophet, a son of a prophet or if he happens to have some kind of royal connection. In Zephaniah's case, he may indeed be an offspring of King Hezekiah. This is a subject of some debate, noting that no such Amariah is mentioned as a son of Hezekiah and the number of generations between him and the old king seems to be in dispute. Yet others note that this does not preclude a Royal connection Here is what Albert Barnes says.

Nor is it impossible that Zephaniah should have been the great grandson of the King Hezekiah, for although Holy Scripture commonly names the one son only who is in the sacred line, and although there is one generation more than to Josiah, yet if each had a son early, Zephaniah might have been contemporary with Josiah. - Albert Barnes

Despite this list of ancestors, not much is really known about him. What does seem clear is that even if he was not a decedent of Hezekiah, his antecedents were probably men of note in the Kingdom of their day. Wesley says this about him.

He is thought to have been the great - grandson of king Hezekiah. In the days of Josiah - So he was contemporary with Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and foretells what Jeremiah and Ezekiel did. - John Wesley

The prophet makes plain when he prophesied and it was in the reign of the king Josiah. Here are the genealogy reigns of the kings of Israel

Those desiring a chart with kings and their respective prophets can find a chart here.

Josiah, was a good king and was responsible for what was known as the Deuteronomic Reform which included removing all (or most of) Israel's pagan alters. Yet even in light of his significant reforms, the sins of Israel were very great and it is not clear from reading Zephaniah's utterances, just how far those reforms really went in the hearts of the people, who seemed fully determined to worship the host of heaven and partake of the idolatrous worship of those nations around them.

I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham; And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

(Zep 1:2-6)

Zephaniah does not waste time or mince words about what the Lord is going to do this people. He utters this judgment right after he identifies himself and tells all that he is a prophet of the Lord.

While this judgment was indeed directed at Ancient Israel for her wicked behavior, it is also clearly to be taken in a far more apocalyptic context. The Lord will

Consume all things from off the land.

All flesh is to be removed

The Stumbling blocks of the wicked are to be consumed

Man will also be cut off

He will stretch out his hand against Judah and Jerusalem

He will cut off the remnant of the false religion of Baal

He will cut off the name of the Idolatrous Priests (chemarims) as well as by inference those priests of the Lord who no more did right.

Three false religious systems are identified for destruction

a – those that worship the host of heaven (star worshipers)

b – those who had the 'many paths lead to God' mentality; those who swore by the Lord and also swore by false God's (Malcham who was the idol of the Ammonites)

c- Backsliders and apostates

Yes, the Lord was also going to hit the backsliders and apostates as well. Brothers, I say this with great sadness, there are today, just not that many real, genuine Christians who are truly walking in the Spirit of the Lord.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

(Rom 8:14)

These first few passages set the tone for both the prophet's divinely appointed task as well as shows us, in these times, just what God things of these things.

These days, I am often amazed at the laxity of Christians today in the west towards God and what he has commanded us all to do. While it is true that American Christians often show considerable prejudice towards other faiths, yet this prejudice is not based upon any love for God and his son Christ Jesus, but more often than not is more of a manufactured fear of 'terrorism' or the cultural or racial dilution that comes with the influx of other faiths. Not any love for God or the deeply Christian traditions of America.

As an American I have learned to be tolerant of the faith of others. This is not ancient Israel, nor is it some new 'Kingdom of God' on earth as some preach. As a result of that, as a Christian I must respect that this nation has always had a strong streak for religious tolerance. In many ways it has made this nation the envy of the world. But such tolerance has taken new forms that now enforces that tolerance on things and people's who do not show the same tolerance to Christians and who have shown a remarkable propensity for violence both abroad and also here at home. So how can we as Christians safely apply this passage in our times?

There are two ways. First, that as God led the Children of Israel out of the wilderness and into a promised land, our nation too was founded by men and women who fled the old world, braved hardships in order to build a new one. It was because of the religious intolerance of the 16th, 17th and 18th century that was found in places like England that these men and women came by ship to America to escape religious bigotry and a state enforced religious system that was the cause of many a conflict and trouble in the UK at the time.

But just like Israel of old, this nation grew fat and rich; became arrogant with military might and victories and though she has made herself strong with questionable military alliances they would not preserve her in the day of trouble.

As those idolatrous faiths who undermined Jewish worship began to get more and more influence in the life of the Kingdom of Israel, serious error resulted and the Lord using his prophets let the people know that the God who brought so much blessing, can and will also bring a curse should they choose not to repent.

Zephaniah's word is one that appears to have a connotation that is directed at Judah specifically but the whole world, in general. Here is how the most excellent K&D commentary breaks out these first few versus.

The announcement of the judgment upon the whole earth not only serves to sharpen the following threat of judgment upon Judah and Jerusalem in this sense, “Because Jehovah judges the whole world, He will punish the apostasy of Judah all the more;” but the judgment upon the whole world forms an integral part of his prophecy, which treats more fully of the execution of the judgment in and upon Judah, simply because Judah forms the kingdom of God, which is to be purified from its dross by judgment, and led on towards the end of its divine calling. As Zephaniah here opens the judgment awaiting Judah with an announcement of a judgment upon the whole world, so does he assign the reason for his exhortation to repentance in Zep_2:1-15, by showing that all nations will succumb to the judgment; and then announces in Zep_3:9., as the fruit of the judgment, the conversion of the nations to Jehovah, and the glorification of the kingdom of God. The way to salvation leads through judgment, not only for the world with its enmity against God, but for the degenerate theocracy also. It is only through judgment that the sinful world can be renewed and glorified. - Keil And Delitzsch

Zephaniah's word seem a bit depressing but I think the commentary above sets the tone correct, any redemption that will come to mankind will only come after they have been burned and sufficiently scorched by the fires of God's holy judgment. Not in the lap of luxury watching a 70 inch 4k flat screen. This word is meant for Judah in particular but the whole world in general. God has a plan to do just what this prophet describes.

False religion, backsliders and apostates as well as the 'many paths lead to God' heretics are clearly identified for the exact same judgment. God does not like any of these false systems of religion, they are nothing more than the fuel that drives them on to a spiritual shipwreck on the shoals of false religion. Not even the animals are spared from God's fierce and holy wrath. What is described here is total desolation. I find this comment in Matthew Henry's commentary rather interesting.

I will consume the beasts, the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea (v. 3), as, in the deluge, every living substance was destroyed that was upon the face of the ground, Gen. vii. 23. The creatures were made for man's use, and therefore when he has perverted the use of them, and made them subject to vanity, God, to show the greatness of his displeasure against the sin of man, involves them in his punishment. The expressions are figurative, denoting universal desolation. Those that fly ever so high, as the fowls of heaven, and think themselves out of the reach of the enemies' hand--those that hide ever so close, as the fishes of the sea, and think themselves out of the reach of the enemies' eye--shall yet become a prey to them, and be utterly consumed. 2. The children of men: "I will consume man; I will cut off man from the land. The land shall be dispeopled and left uninhabited; I will destroy, not only Israel, but man. The land shall enjoy her sabbaths. I will cut off, not only the wicked men, but all men; even the few among them that are good shall be involved in this common calamity. Though they shall not be cut off from the Lord, yet they shall be cut off from the land." It is with Judah and Jerusalem that God has this quarrel, both city and country, and upon them he will stretch out his hand, the hand of his power, the hand of his wrath; and who knows the power of his anger? v. 4. Those that will not humble themselves under God's mighty hand shall be humbled and brought down by it. - Matthew Henry Whole Bible Commentary

Yes, this I think is another one of those Old Testament previews of the ultimate day of the Lord, not just the Babylonian desolations which were in view in the prophet day. Did not our Lord say that in the day of his coming that if those days were not cut short, no flesh, not just man but no animal life at all would be saved? God's horrendous judgment when it comes is going to correct the one of the biggest mistakes that God made that is recorded in the Bible. That being his creation of the race of men (Genesis chapter 6). If I had to sum this important spiritual passage and the principle behind it it would be this, Do right and receive mercy at God's hand, otherwise you are going into the spiritual garbage dump.

Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

(Zep 1:7-8)

After the prophet tells the people just what the Lord has proposed to do, he asks his hearers to stand in awe and keep silent before the Lord, for his day is at hand, the day of the Lord. The king and his children (the Royal Family) are marked here for special consideration on the day of the Lord. The Lord is going to make a great sacrifice on that day, and he has made out his guest invitations. The reference to strange apparel is probably a reference to the love of luxury that the kings household had, but also may be a reference to the foreign social and even religious influences on the kingdom. The word strange here is

From H5235 (second form); strange, in a variety of degrees and applications (foreign, non-relative, adulterous, different, wonderful): - alien, foreigner, outlandish, strange (-r, woman).

This apparel may refer to clothing that was not befitting for men, to wear that being women's clothing on a man (Deut 22:5). Yet Gill has a more interesting view on this passage, that I think is probably more fitting.

and all such as are clothed with strange apparel; either which they put on in honour of the idols they worshiped, as Jarchi; so the heathens wore one sort of garments for one idol, and another sort for another; or these were men of a Pharisaical cast, who wore garments different from others, that they might be thought to be very holy and religious, which sense is mentioned by Kimchi; or they were such, which he also observes, who, seeing some to have plenty of good clothes, stole them from them, and put them on; or such who arrayed themselves in garments that did not belong to their sex, men put on women's garments, and women clothed themselves with men's, and both strange apparel; or rather this points at such persons, who, in their apparel, imitated the fashions and customs of foreign nations; which probably began with the king's children and courtiers, and were followed by others. - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible.

In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.

(Zep 1:9-10)

God is going to do something else on that day, he is going to punish those that 'leap on the threshold'. What does this mean? This is probably a reference to some kind of dance or ecstatic display by false prophets and others who may have possessed a spirit of divination and did their little 'devil dance' on the rooftops to predict the future. The fish gate was a gate of Jerusalem which suffered when the Babylonians did come in and destroyed the city. It was rebuilt in the days of Nehemiah (Neh 3:3).

Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off. And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil. Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof
(Zep 1:11-13)

Maktesh was probably located between Mount Zion and Mount Olivet and was apparently place of great commerce. Though the actual location of this ancient place is in dispute. The name actually means 'mortar'. The passage continues with God having a plan to search out the men that said that the the Lord would not do good or evil, in other words God would not intervene in human affairs. This is quite reminiscent of what Ezekiel said in his day about those in Israel.

And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.

(Eze 8:9-12)

This may have become a fashionable religious group in the days just before the exile as both prophets make reference to it - a kind of religious apathy.

There was a growth of false religion and idolatry in the land and in the passage in Ezekiel, we see that this worship was done secretly by the elite and nobility of Israel's political and religious structure. Do we not see the same things in America today, where many famous persons, political leaders and Christian ministers go into secret organizations? Think Freemasonry – what I would call the secret religion of the devil. Masonry has always been a foundational cornerstone of the American political system. The reference to “the lee's” is rather obscure but probably reference to the sediment at the bottom of a wine barrel.





From H8104; something preserved, that is, the settlings (plural only) of wine: - dregs, (wines on the) lees.

The Lord's judgment on them was severe; that all they stored up would go to others as war booty and their homes and mansions would become a desolation – probably razed to the ground. This word is very much like the one uttered by Amos.

Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. (Amo 5:11-12)

What I note in these verse in the above passages is the combination of commerce and false religion. Both were in the Lord's cross-hairs. The truth is that Freemasonry has deep hooks into local commerce in many places in America. People don't know or understand that there is the public 'good works' side of Freemasonry, but that is just a pose, a front to hide the evil it does in secret. This is why I think many of these prophecies are more important than it may seem for our times, for the same sins and evil are being done in secret today. Only this time, what we are dealing with is something global in scope and here I refer to the Global debt crisis and the first salvo in Greece, which just handed over its banking system, its infrastructure and some of its national treasures to its creditors. When the Lord utters his voice and judgment in these last days, it will not just be confined to Judah, but to the whole world for the wickedness it has committed against the Most High against a global system of commerce typified in the Babylonian system that pollutes the whole earth (Rev 17 & 18).

The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

(Zep 1:14-18)

Here, God's prophet makes something very clear, God was going to move against this sinful kingdom and that there was nothing good about that dreadful day. It is an evil day, a day of darkness gloom and wrath. The theme of the day of the Lord is one talked about before. There are many days of the Lord. But there will be one final day of the Lord when the Messiah comes to judge the earth and redeem his people. When prophets speak of the 'day of the Lord', there is usually a dual fulfillment - one for the hearers of the prophets time, and one for those who dwell in the last days, just before the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ on the great day of the Lord. Blood will be spilled, confusion and death will reign supreme and a man's wealth will not save him. Nothing can or will. Once they reject the Lord's counsel, they are destined for the spiritual dung heap.

As I wrote last week (this was written back in May 2015) in the short piece on 'Eight Souls', God is most patient hoping that men will repent, but once that patience is over, there is no delay - things happen, very, very quickly. The Lord will make an end and get rid of the diseased part of the human family...

once and for all.

There is only one cure and that is faith and obedience to the Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

(Act 4:10-12)

1 Dec

Somali Muslims Break In, Beat Children of Christian Widow in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Hard-line Muslims on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya attacked a Christian widow’s children, ages 13, 17 and 21, leaving two of them seriously injured and still in pain 11 days after the assault, sources said.

Hadiya (surname withheld), an immigrant from Somalia, had not yet returned from a trip to a funeral when the assailants of Somali descent broke into her home at a town (undisclosed for security reasons) outside of Nairobi, at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 17. - Continues At Morning Star News Service

Kidnapped Optician ‘shot dead after singing Amazing Grace’

The British optician kidnapped and killed last month in Nigeria died in a hail of bullets after singing the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ to lift the spirits of his fellow hostages, two of them said.

Ian Squire, 57, was killed instantly by shots fired by one of four gang members who abducted him and three other aid workers from their clinic in the country’s lawless southern Delta region on 13 October, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper reports.

David Donovan, a doctor, and his wife Shirley, a teacher, set up a medical training charity, New Foundations, and four years ago teamed up with Ian Squire, who ran his own eyesight charity, Mission for Vision.

The circumstances surrounding Squire’s death were not made clear in accounts published earlier this month when the other three hostages were released, and some suggested he had died of an asthma attack.

However his fellow hostages told The Telegraph he was killed on their first morning in captivity – in a 16’x10’ bamboo hut in a remote swamp. - World Watch Monitor

The sad tale of the kinds of hatred that is out there against those of us who bear witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is considerable hate for the message. The other day I saw posting where one of the terrorists the US has been arming in Syria smashed up a statue of the virgin Mary. Yes, this is what the hoopla was about when Trump Tweeted the other day. The irony of that is that this was a US backed group, calling for the exact same things ISIS has been calling for.

But even as President he has had a hard time reigning in what can only be dubbed 'the satanic wing' of the deep state, who is still hell bent (right words) on continuing to support these groups. More here.

I don't want to get off subject here, but if you want to know why John McCain is going out of his way to undermine the Presidents health and tax plans in the Senate, perhaps this is the real reason why. His whole tenure and political posture these past years has not been looking out for the problems inside our own nation, but finding new groups of terrorists to train and arm to overthrow a government that as bad as it may seem to him, has had strong Democratic legitimacy.

It is men like McCain  as well as the Sunni gulf Sheikdoms who are very much to blame for the carnage that has hit Christians in the region and I am not the only one who see's it.

More here

..and here (full of cartoons, satire, but excellent info)

 and here.

Mass Grave Found In Mosul

Yet another mass grave containing the remains of 340 individuals executed by ISIS has been found in Iraq. The grave was discovered just outside of Mosul, and it is believed that the remains are Yazidi Kurds. It is well-known that ISIS targeted religious minorities, particularly Yazidis and Christians. Each time a grave is discovered, it represents both closure and heartache for the families’ of the victims. These graves are a somber reminder that ISIS’s brutality will have far reaching consequences beyond the militants’ military defeat. - ICC/IBT

Pastor Murdered in His Home in Lagos by Cultist Group

A Pastor in Lagos, Nigeria, was murdered yesterday by a group known as the Badoo Group. They are a cultist organization known for murdering people in their homes or in churches. They use stones as their weapons and leave ritualistic markings at each of their murders. In this case, the Pastor was at home, and was beaten with two stones. They then tattooed his arm with a skull and left. The police are investigating the crime and have even arrested several people for questioning. We pray that the culprits are found and that the Badoo Group’s violence can be ended. - Persecution.org/Vanguard

Sudan: Persecution Is The Fertilizer Of The Faith

The economist looks at the phenomenon of the rising number of Christians in Sudan, despite the governments attempt to stamp it out.

Truth  be told, many Muslims remain so because they are 'Muslims at Gunpoint' if they convert away from the faith, the state often takes measures, often extreme to prevent it. This piece is from the UK's Economist and it is pretty good.

Mother Of Chinese Pastor Killed In Pakistan

The mother prays for the forgiveness of those who killed her son and gives a good testimony to Jesus Christ. We can thank God for souls like this who can so readily forgive. May God richly bless this Chinese woman of faith!

The persecution is not having an effect on attracting Missionaries. There are still many who are ready to go out to the field. and preach the Gospel.

Bangladesh Priest Goes Missing On Pope's Visit

Eritrean evangelicals targeted by whole-family arrests

This piece done by the Mission News Network piggybacks on some work done by Voice Of the Martyr's and talks about how Christians are arrested in Eritrea and some of the tactics the government is using. One way they do it is go into homes of Christians and then arrest the whole family.

We are not so far from that here. This ministry as well was targeted by US government officials operating in gray area's of the law so that they could (and did) break into my home and plant spyware and malware on by computers.

The enemies of the Gospel are not only in Eritrea. They are just trickier and more deceptive about how they do it here and find an 'alternative reason' to cover for the real one...


God is Moving Amidst Stories Of Christian Persecution

This piece looks at Persecution in India, which has an abysmal record on the subject of persecution. The piece is good, but fails to mark how the rise of Modi and his political party has significantly contributed to the rise of Hindu fanatics in his far right Hindu Nationalist Party, the BJP.

VOM also has a piece in their latest magazine on the situation there. One of the things a pastor called 'Moses'  has had to face is false accusations. This Evangelist was noticed by the RSS (this is the parent organization of Modi's BJP) and they accused him of being a gangster and molesting kids, and brought forth a slew of false witnesses.

The Voice Of The Martyrs gives support to pastors and workers of the Gospel, just like this.

IED Aimed at Christian Guesthouse on Church Property Misses Target

11/30/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - An improvised explosive device (IED) targeting residential houses, inside St. Michaels Catholic Church in Mandera town, exploded outside the church's perimeter wall on November 26. International Christian Concern's (ICC) representative in Kenya was able to speak with several Christians living in Mandera about the incident.
Reverend Daniel Musemi of Pentecostal Assemblies of God, who has been ministering there for 40 years, said, "We thank God that the explosive missed the target. We have been praying for God's protection upon the main terrorist's target in northeastern Kenya which includes churches, police stations, quarry workers, residential places, public service vehicles and government institutions. The Christians in Mandera have never felt this insecure before, a good number of worshipers have stopped coming to church and several churches might just close down if the threat persists."
Mandera town lies close to the Kenyan border with Somalia and is one of the most heavily attacked places in Kenya. There have been major attacks on Christians in Mandera over the past several years. In November 2014, 28 Christians were removed from a bus and executed by al-Shabaab terrorists. Then, in December 2015, al-Shabaab stopped another bus, this time only killing two, because other passengers protected the Christians onboard. Finally, in October 2016, al-Shabaab killed six Christians and claimed it was aimed at forcing Christians out of the area. 
"We have been on a high security alert for a month now and the last two Sundays we did not gather to worship. More than 100 al-Shabaab militants are suspected to have crossed over from Somalia through the porous border and are planning to carry out a series of attacks. This failed attempt to blow up a church-owned property could be one of their missions." Reverend Daniel continued.
Tito Gathai, a non-local in Mandera spoke with ICC and confirmed the incident: "I have lost nine of my close friends previously when the terrorists attacked Mandera in 2015 and 2016. We live knowing that anytime it can be us. But whatever will happen now or in the future will be because the Lord will have allowed it. Meanwhile, we will continue to labor in prayer for protection and change of heart to our Muslim friends."

ICC's Regional Manager, Nathan Johnson, stated, "We hope to see the Kenyan government take this threat seriously. The continued attacks on Christians in Mandera county have shown that there is still a great need for the government to protect its citizens from the threat of violent extremism. Al-Shabaab has shown itself to be a threat to the stability and safety of Christians living near the border with Somalia. If not confronted, al-Shabaab's continued reign of terror will hurt many more Kenyans in years to come."

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

 You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference International Christian Concern (ICC) and include our web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington D.C.-based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church.

Law And Disorder News

NSA Secretly Helped Convict Americans Documents Reveal
The intercept does one of its usually excellent piece that tell us how the Intelligence Community is now in the Law Enforcement business, naturally things like warrants and due process are of little importance. Perhaps guilt or innocence is held in equally low regard.

The DOJ? Since this guy was not rich and white, they felt they could bend whatever law they could to get him.

He should have changed his last name to Clinton, he could done all he was accused of and gotten away with it...

...with an apology from the Justice Department.

Judge Orders Government Disclosures Of American Held By US Military
The long and short of it is that an American who allegedly went and fight for ISIS is now in custody. But he has been denied a lawyer.

This hearkens back to the old Bush-Cheney argument that an accusation of terrorism precludes any right to due process (like consultation with a lawyer). It was a wholly un-American and Nazi way of looking at the law. Those rights help define what we are as Americans... that all have a right to be heard in a court with counsel.

...with liberty and justice for all.

Those are the watchwords for our system of law.

I am not defending what he allegedly did. If he went to fight for ISIS he needs to be charged with Material support to Terrorism - as do many others inside our own government who pushed policies that aided and abetted the spread of Jihadist terrorism with FULL KNOWLEDGE of what they were doing.

But rights are rights. I don't want to live in a nation where a sitting President can say all Muslims are terrorists and thus deny them their legal rights - like legal counsel.

The only reason why you would want to deny someone his rights is that guilt or innocence may not be the real issue - just the ability to haul anyone they want off the streets and detain, torture or even kill them just because they can.

'All blacks are terrorists' or 'All gun owners are terrorists' or 'all Muslims are terrorists'.... the rights you deny one person today are the very rights you will be denied tomorrow.

Give him his lawyer and a fair trial. Let's make sure the DOD isn't hiding something about this guy they don't want us to know.

Flynn Pleads Guilty, May Turn States Evidence
A few days ago, he severed all ties with Trump. It looks like they got their canary. Depending on what he knows and what kinds of evidence he can provide, this could be Trumps undoing.

But then again... maybe not.

Where The Poor Face The Death Penalty Without A Lawyer
It has become an annual ritual in Louisiana: Nearly every winter, the state’s public defenders run out of money. Last year, 33 of the state’s 42 local indigent defense offices cut staff or placed thousands of poor defendants on a wait list. The New Orleans public defender’s office began refusing clients, leaving hundreds to sit in jail without representation.

This year, there is another wait list. At least 11 Louisiana defendants facing the death penalty — including five who have already been indicted — have no defense team and may not have one until new money becomes available in July. The list is likely to grow. In Louisiana, all first-degree murder defendants face execution unless a prosecutor explicitly decides otherwise.
The latest crunch in Louisiana emerged from a law passed last year to try to patch up the system. The legislation, signed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in June 2016, required Louisiana’s state-level indigent defense agency to spend more on the overloaded local defenders — the ones who handle regular felony and misdemeanor cases — by spending less on lawyers in death penalty cases. The law successfully delivered about $5 million in additional cash to indigent defense offices around the state, including a $1.5 million boost for New Orleans, which has since ended its hiring freeze and reduced its wait list to essentially zero.

But funding for capital defenders was cut to $5.5 million from $8.5 million in just a year.
“They robbed Peter to pay Paul,” said Jay Dixon, chief defender for the Louisiana Public Defender Board, which is scheduled to hold a statewide meeting Thursday to discuss the waitlisted capital defendants. - Marshall Project

A Questionable Acquittal In San Francisco
Illegal immigrant has illegal gun, shoots American woman kills her and it's ruled 'an accident'

29 Nov

News Scan

Aid Slowly Enters Yemen After Blockade Eased
WHO Delivers Medical Supplies To Tackle Diphtheria
UK PM Goes To KSA, Cannot Reign In MBS
Yemeni Gov't Official Accuses Militia's Of Stealing Aid
This had to be a major concern that some had before they delivered it. That the aid would not reach those who needed it but rather go to combatants. Is it surprising that this is happening? No. It would surprise me if it didn't. This is not the first time this kind of accusation has been leveled.

It bears comment that it was after a conversation Tillerson had with the Saudi's that the aid began to flow. What was said is not known, but whatever it was, it worked.

Thank you Mr. Secretary.
More Aid Flows Into Yemen As Plan Being Worked On
UN Buying Fuel Pump To Sanitize Water As 'Last Resort'

Trump's Tweet Sparks Outrage In UK

Trump circulates a video by a person who has been convicted of Hate crimes, according to this DW report.

White House Denies Jared's Role In Hariri Episode

The denial comes after a report from the American Conservative that Jared acted without consulting the State Department.

Libya's Slaves: I was Kidnapped, Sold And Thrown Into Prison

26 Nov

Hypocrisy, Corruption and American Christians

That issue is corruption, plain and simple is one of the biggest issues in our very troubled times. It is the corruption of its economic and banking systems, the corruption of its political system, its military procurement systems and particularly, the criminalization of its legal and judicial apparatus and its Churches.  The key check that is supposed to forestall corruption more and more in the west, particularly America is behaving more and more like its primary facilitator. American Christians as well are perhaps even more to blame than the secularists (those who make no religious profession) because they are often led by charlatans whose primary goal is not to get them into the Kingdom of God, but to get a corrupt political candidate into the White House or Congress. The wickedness of this kind of corruption infects the Church as much as any other place in America.

"They won't let me in either"

There is an old anecdote of a Christian who was looking for a Church home and could not find one, but was often told to leave when he went in. I can testify that this has happened to me more than once. I did nothing but show up, sit in the pew and listen to the sermon. One day, I asked the Lord about it and he only reminded me of the anecdote I had heard years before when the Lord replied to the rejected Christian - "they won't let me in either, so don't feel bad".

The American Church today is often a facilitator of a great many abominations and crimes within our once great nation. They consistently choose the evil over the good and have the temerity to call it 'Christianity'.  What would Jeremiah, Isaiah, Micah and Amos say about what is happening to America today and the religious establishment who have all the perks of power that the Pharisee's of old have as long as they continue to support the corrupt political order? We Christians are the the Church the Ekklesia - the called out ones. God has called us out of sin and corruption, not to wallow in in it and give our support to it.

Political Corruption Starts With Spiritual Corruption

I often think on what the Lord showed Ezekiel in his day about the corruption and vileness of the religious leaders of his day. If you want to know why ancient Israel went off the spiritual rails back in his day, Ezekiel's book tells us one key reason.

And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there,
according to the vision that I saw in the plain. Then said he unto me,
Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north.
So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold
northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do?
even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here,
that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again,
and thou shalt see greater abominations. And he brought me to the
door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when
I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me,
Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things,
 and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel,
pourtrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before
them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in
the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every
man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of
the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery?
for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.
 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see
greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door
of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and,
behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me,
 Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt
see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the
 inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple
of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about
five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the
LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped
the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this,
O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations
which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned
to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.
Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither
will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice,
 yet will I not hear them.

(Eze 8:4-18)

Ezekiel was being shown the hidden religion of the key spiritual leaders of Israel. This was all done in secret. Brothers if our nation is dealing with major issues of corruption, powerful men who violently assault women, bribes, treason, dropping arms to terrorists, starting race wars (as America did in Ukraine); it stems from a deep moral and spiritual degradation inside the nation. The Church who should be a siren against such activities at best, sits silent when great wickedness occurs or worse gives its full support to it - when the money is right and the right partisan label or skin color is on the wicked deeds. Corruption as it spreads its tentacles in America and the world would not be nearly as pervasive if the corporate Church were real (as in born again and part of the Lord's kingdom) and it was doing its job of being a beacon of divine light upon the hill instead of a red light outside a brothel.
This short piece will look at a few issues but mostly deal with some solutions that could be instituted if our political leaders in key parts of government were the least bit interested in dealing forcefully with political, financial and legal corruption in this nation. It is deeply ingrained. We have watched this whole situation with the Mueller investigation target Trump and his entourage, but when even worse crimes and violations implicated the former DNC Presidential candidate and her actions when she acted as Secretary of State; yet charges never seem to materialize. Bribery for nuclear materials that helped the very Russians Mrs. Clinton now rants and raves about in her accusations against Trump, it demonstrates a deep corruption within our body politic.

 Related: Kevin Spacey Flew on ‘Lolita Express’ With Bill Clinton

The message now seems to be those who have the power to control DOJ investigations can betray the nation and its citizens without consequence and with considerable political arrogance.How can this happen? Brothers it's pretty simple, key leaders in the Senate have to be in on this and keep in mind that Hillary Clinton used to be a Senator and many within the GOP establishment said publicly they would vote for Hillary than Trump in the election. Indeed, a few days ago Bush I said as much in public. The establishment elements in both parties have worked tirelessly to remove Trump. They gutted the power of the DOJ to investigate Hillary's ties to Russia when the AG recused himself. The fix has been in for a long, long time but only those who know the wicked ways of Washington had enough sense to really see what was going on or had the guts to say it. I mean, while the Media is going after Trump, look at what is going on in the DNC! Read it and check the links. Russian links with Hillary? They are flashing red in our faces... no one is being charged.

Why? Clinton is Establishment, Trump is not. Trump must go so that 'Establishment' can retake the White House.  That in a nutshell is what all this hate against Trump is really all about. So they whip up Joe Sixpac into a rage with fake news and exaggerations on the MSM about anything they can dig up about Trump to get a movement going to remove him from office. Yes, I think they will eventually get him. They want his head on a political spike just that bad.

Look at Mueller -  this seriously compromised 'investigator'. In my view, putting him in charge of this is like putting a  mafia boss in charge of cleaning up corruption in 1930's Chicago. The only thing he will do is go after the other crime 'families' using his power. Go back and look at his record -  What I see is a man who is nothing more than a plastic tarp that covers up the donkey and elephant dung left on the political ground. If you have any doubts about who this man really is, slide on over and read a little history. He was part of the team who 'investigated' the BCCI investigation, the international bank that was so crooked they called it Bank of Crooks And Criminals International.

"BCCI was becoming a cash conduit for drug traffickers, terrorists, despots arms merchants and other scam artists and law breakers."  - From the Book A Full Service Bank (page 87)

There were several books written about it as well as a massive Senate Investigation. The Anthrax Investigation? It was Mueller who looked into it. When he ran the FBI, it was he who turned up the surveillance of American citizens to Nazi level proportions. Like I said, this man from all I have read about him seems to indicate that he is nothing more than a plastic tarp that covers up political crimes. The rich and powerful who are connected with with the establishments brothel will never be taken to task for their crimes and treason - that is rule number one for anyone who runs the DOJ, the FBI or runs any kind of 'special investigation'. No establishment figure is to ever be charged with a crime. The criminal rackets that run DC must be left intact and unscathed.

Related: Power Corrupts: A Culture of Compliance Breeds Despots and Predators

DC is a cesspool of political corruption. Our elite here like to cast dispersions on the corruption in places like Russia and China but only when those nations don't do the things that we tell them to. Then they go onto a list of 'corrupt nations'. But the corruption in this nation is far, far worse on many levels. We have had sitting Presidents sell key nuclear tech (guidance system tech) to foreign nations that now use that very same technology in Nuclear Missiles pointed at our cities. We have cops who shoot citizens for no good reason and they get away with it, prisons full of people guilty of no other crime that the fact that they could not afford a good lawyer, we have banks who launder dope money, create fictitious accounts in the name of clients in what may one day may prove to be a sophisticated money laundering scheme.. America's corruption, the sewage that once bubbled in the sewer is now fulminating onto the pavement and sidewalks... while her citizens sit mesmerized/immobilized in front of the flat screen TV.

This is the kind of corruption and treason that has  been going on or decades. No one in either party has any intention of stopping it. Selling out the nation to the highest bidder has become one of the key goals of the political establishment in Washington. It's why so much money flows into our political system from overseas. Foreign money knows who to pay to get what they want and get it they do. Do drug cartels want the names of DEA informants in their midst? That can be had with a price. Do the Russians want key technology to build new and better nuclear submarines? That can be had with a price. Do the Saudi's want US military support to help them bomb a neighboring country into the stone age? This too can be had for a price. The American political leadership has ceased to be a body of political representatives of a free people, but a brothel with an auctioneer calling out bids for a few hours with a political prostitute who is infected with every venereal disease known to man.

Is that too harsh an assessment for you?  Our political establishment has and will continue behave corruptly and it will go uncorrected until that political establishment is sent packing. That means the Pelosi's and the McConnell's; the McCain's and the Shumer's; the Rubio's and the Feinstein's. These fossilized entities represent the very political disease that has deeply infected our political system. I don't mean to just cast dispersions on them as though they all are seriously corrupt. No, but the simple fact is that each has become too comfortable with the corruption that exists even if they don't partake of it themselves. Political and financial corruption never stands still, it either grows with impunity in direct relation to the money that can be made or it is fought by the powerful until it's size and scope are diminished. 

We have no one fighting it in power.

Those of you who think President Trump is somehow trying to clean it all up, should read this so that you too may have a little better perspective on just how deep and pervasive political corruption goes in this nation. The weak and often unenforceable corruption laws that effect overseas activities of American businesses, is under assault by the Trump administration. This is pretty significant and clearly has been in the works for some time. The US is a nation that implements the EITI initiative (the Extractive, Industries Transparency Initiative.) The key here is transparency.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global standard for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources. It seeks to address the key governance issues in the extractive sectors.

The EITI Standard requires information along the extractive industry value chain from the point of extraction, to how the revenue makes its way through the government, to how it contributes to the economy.

This includes how licenses and contracts are allocated and registered, who are the beneficial owners of those operations are, what are the fiscal and legal arrangements are, how much is produced, how much is paid, where are those revenues allocated, and what is the contribution to the economy, including employment.

The EITI Standard is implemented in 52 countries around the world. Each of these countries is required publish to an annual EITI Report to disclose information on: contracts and licenses, production, revenue collection, revenue allocation, and social and economic spending. - Wikipedia
Home page of EITI can be found here. So forget about Donald Trump as somehow being the savior of American democracy or viewing him as some kind of anti-corruption fighter. He isn't. Those who back him politically will get the same kinds of perks that any foreign nation who pays into our system will get. Donald Trump clearly is in bed with Big Energy and they no longer want their hands tied when they go to places in Africa and South America. If they have to pay a bribe to throw off some poor African off their land so they can explore for oil, who cares?  The victim to far too many with power has always been and always will be viewed by them as "just another Nigger Or Spic" who got in their way.  I use those pejorative terms because despite the flowery language that is often used by these entities when talking about citizens of nations where their extraction takes places, their actions belie their true view of these peoples. I refuse to use pretty words to describe an ugly thing and that kind of racism is pretty darn ugly.

But don't kid yourself, these rich elements can always find a few political 'house boys' and 'lawn-jockeys' in these nations who will screw over their own people in favor of rich international interests. The problems are indeed systemic in nature. There is a plethora of literature on this subject, written by activists, victims, academics and others.

But let us be fair, Corruption in our world is a global problem and in different nations it takes different forms. Our nation has the most corruption because it has the most money. Corrupt influences are attracted to money, not poverty -  they are drawn to it like flies to freshly laid dung. This is why we have so much of it here and most of it located within the Federal government, its bureaucracies and its contracting - this is where the money is.


Today, (this was written a few weeks ago - ed.)  there was a massive release of data rivaling that of the Panama Papers. The release is called the Paradise Papers. These papers reveal the tax haven secrets of the world's richest elitists, including Queen Elizabeth II. The database is massive and they have done a good job of organizing it into a way that is easily searchable. So those of you wanting to start to look up names of the rich and famous, should slide on over and check it out and bookmark the site. But keep in mind this is mostly about tax havens.

Other financial flows are dutifully reported periodically by the people over at Global Financial Integrity.


Transnational crime is a business, and business is very good. Money is the primary motivation for these illegal activities. The revenues generated from the 11 crimes covered in this report—estimated to range between US$1.6 trillion and $2.2 trillion per year—not only line the pockets of the perpetrators but also finance violence, corruption, and other abuses. These crimes undermine local and national economies, destroy the environment, and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of the public. Transnational crime will continue to grow until the paradigm of high profits and low risks is challenged. This report calls on governments, experts, the private sector, and civil society groups to seek to address the global shadow financial system by promoting greater financial transparency.

Drug Trafficking

The global drug trafficking market was worth US$426 billion to $652 billion in 2014. It represents about one-third of the total retail value of the transnational crimes studied here. Cannabis was responsible for the largest share of drug trafficking, followed in order by cocaine, opiates, and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS). ATS and cannabis are produced all over the world, while the production of cocaine and opiates is concentrated in South America and Afghanistan, respectively. Drug trafficking organizations (DTOs), organized crime groups (OCGs), guerrilla groups, and terrorist organizations are all involved in drug trafficking. OCGs in West Africa have increased their control of the drug market in the region, and the volume of heroin trafficked from Afghanistan through East Africa is escalating, stoking consumption.

Arms Trafficking

The trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) is one of the least profitable transnational crimes studied in this report, but it is also one of the most consequential for human security in developing countries. This market was worth US$1.7 billion to $3.5 billion in 2014, which represents 10 to 20 percent of the legal arms trade. Three main factors drive prices: an area’s level of conflict, political unrest, and political tension; the distance over which the items are smuggled; and, the levels of enforcement traffickers must overcome. Internet-based trafficking represents a growing challenge to combatting SALW smuggling. Decommissioned weapons that had been sold and then illegally reactivated were used in several recent terrorist attacks in Western Europe and represent another trending threat of arms trafficking.

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, for labor and for sex, is one of the fastest-growing transnational organized crime markets. Twenty-one million men, women, and children around the world are currently thought to be victims of human trafficking, which the International Labor Organization estimates generates US$150.2 billion in profits each year. The Asia-Pacific region is responsible for US$51.8 billion of this market, with around 11.7 million victims. Developed Economies and the European Union is responsible for another third of the market value with US$46.9 billion, even though there are “only” 1.5 million victims, one-eighth as many as the Asia-Pacific region. Human trafficking is playing a growing role in terrorist and insurgent activities and groups, and the spread of the internet has provided traffickers with additional, far-reaching means to reach both victims and victimizers.

Illegal Organ Trade

Organ trafficking conservatively generates approximately US$840 million to $1.7 billion annually from around 12,000 illegal transplants. This estimate comprises the “sales” of the top five organs: kidney, liver, heart, lung, and pancreas. Kidneys are the most common for legal and illegal transplants and are the least expensive on the black market, because they can come from living donors. Brokers/scouts operate within sophisticated and specialized networks to recruit the vendors, the recipients, and the necessary medical professionals in traditional models of organ trafficking. In many cases the donor participates willingly, whereas there are further scenarios where they are pressured or forced into the transaction. Organ traffickers coerce migrants and refugees to sell kidneys to pay for passage to Europe, among others.

Cultural Property

The global annual revenue generated from the illicit trade in cultural property is estimated at approximately US$1.2 billion to $1.6 billion. This criminal market covers a range of illegal activities, including the theft of cultural property from museums, the illicit excavation and looting of archaeological sites, and the use of faked or forged documentation to enable both illegal import and export as well as illicit transfers in ownership. Estimates of ISIL’s profits from the illicit antiquities trade cover a wide range, from several million dollars to a few billion each year. China is one of the fastest growing art markets, legal and illegal, fueled in part by capital flight.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

The trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is the most valuable illicit trade examined in this report at US$923 billion to $1.13 trillion annually. An estimated two-thirds to three-quarters of counterfeit and pirated goods come from China. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals represent 10 to 30 percent of available drugs in developing countries. Worldwide these illicit goods are estimated to be worth between US$70 billion to $200 billion annually, which represents up to 25 percent of the total counterfeit market. Hazardous counterfeit food and useless and/or toxic counterfeit medicines endanger the health and safety of the public. For organized crime groups, counterfeiting provides an ideal avenue for laundering the profits of other transnational organized crime as well as financing other crimes.

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Estimates place the annual retail value of the illegal wildlife trade between US$5 billion and $23 billion. Ivory and rhino horn are two of the biggest components of the market value and receive the most public attention, yet the pangolin is actually the most trafficked animal in the world. Per kilo, the retail revenues for ivory or rhino horn can be equal to or greater than the equivalent amount of cocaine or heroin, yet the legal penalties are considerably more lenient. The illegal wildlife trade relies on a sophisticated global supply chain, run by well-funded organized crime groups. In developing countries wildlife trafficking robs local communities of much-needed revenue streams and has deleterious impacts on the environment, security, and rule of law, and little of the profit goes into the domestic economy. - Transnational Crime and the Developing World By Global Financial Integrity

Thankfully there are many out there who are looking into these issues and do the research and hard work to bring these issues to light. Yet one of the primary problems is that even when they are brought to light, the issues are not properly contextualized for voters, particularly in America. In the developing world, they are often moved by these things as the corruption has a much deeper effect on their day to day lives. This is not the case so much in the US (except with certain ethnic minorities who feel the brunt of it).

In DC they can hide it well because all the stolen money gets 'lost' in crooked contracts, political bribery and if the money is not in the Treasury, not to worry.... they  can borrow the money to give it to the crooks who buy our politicians and add it to the national debt... with no immediate effect on  Joe and Jane Sixpac. So we don't feel the immediate effect of the systemic corruption in DC like someone in Zimbabwe or Peru would.

Fixing it

How can we in this country fix out political corruption? Is it possible? Frankly, given what now holds power in the Congress and Senate, the answer is no. I do not think so, but a serious President, Speaker of the House and Senate Majority leader, backed up a a few Justices in the Supreme Court could make a real difference if they really wanted to. How could this be accomplished?

There are two tracks that could be taken and one is not mutually exclusive of the other.

The first track goes like this - there needs to be a special office and procedures to investigate political corruption at the federal level.  This new entity or office needs to have special powers to both investigate and prosecute cases. Let's call it the Federal Corruption Special Inspector General. FCSIG. Let's say he has a team of about 200. Maybe 50 or so 'foot investigators', guys who go out and do the foot work in investigations, maybe 100 or so lawyers they would build the cases against corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. Another 30 or so lawyers who would try cases and a competent administrative staff - the rest could perform tasks such as Security and personal/witness protection.. The whole thing would need to be 'sealed off' politically and administratively from all of the Federal Government. Other than the number of successful prosecutions, how the money that gets allotted to them and cases that have already been tried, no one, not Congress, not the Senate, not the President, not the head of the FBI or DOJ should be allowed to know what they are working on.

Political interference often begins with hearings on the Hill. Leaks to the criminals being investigated often start with elected representatives who may be 'on the take'. This is why oversight must be minimal and only to ensure that they are indeed doing their job. They could take a page out of the Special IG for Afghanistan, which has been quite successful because it has both the power to investigate and prosecute. For some of you, this may not seem like a big deal but it is. Because no matter how much evidence investigators uncover, a bought off political hack in the DOJ can decide not to prosecute. This was the problem with Comey. He was writing the conclusion/exoneration to his investigation before key witnesses were interviewed. The way to prevent that is to ensure that those who investigate can themselves decide to prosecute and get it out of the hands of corrupted 'justice' officials. This would be one day to deal with the internal political corruption that so far has remained unprosecuted and is unprosecutable in our present leprous legal system.

Related: Corruption Of The Law (Truthdig)

The second track goes like this. Investigations into Federal corruption can begin with the DOJ and FBI. However, should any State government at any time during an investigation deem an interest in rooting out the corruption, they too may partake in or take over any investigation into political corruption. If the DOJ or FBI decide they do not want to prosecute, then the State government can take up the mantle and prosecute the Crimes under Federal Statute with the same powers and authority as a Federal Prosecutor.

For example, lets say that a major contractor for the DOD in Nebraska was paying bribes to a General Officer in DOD contracting on orders from someone in Congress and the Senate. Let's say that bribe cost Arkansas and California defense jobs. Any of the effected states could then decide to take up the prosecution even if the DOJ decides not to prosecute. Here is the key - any and all investigative materials that the DOJ and FBI have on file must be turned over to the new investigative body and any destruction of evidence can be considered obstruction of Justice and officials at the FBI and DOJ can be tried in court by these State entities who now have legal power of Federal prosecution in the case. No more 'get out of jail' free cards and get a million dollar job at a Wall Street bank as a reward for obstructing Justice. Now they have to face a judge and may to do some hard time for it... and have a new job and a new kind of 'Wall Street'  - the walls that are on three sides with bars in the front.

These things are not likely to happen until voters make them happen and that isn't going to happen as long as they keep saying they decry corruption and keep voting the same politicians who won't do anything about it back into office.

So I cannot decry the evil that I see as anything other than what most Americans have been asking for. They won't be satisfied unless they can keep the wheels of corruption spinning. You see, I honestly don't think most Americans care. They make noises like they do, but when it comes right down to it, they support it, 100% as long as corruption does not touch them personally. As long as it's only the other guy who gets screwed, they are more than satisfied with the sewage running onto the sidewalk...

After all, its only on the south side of the street. No one on the north side cares. But again the problem with Corruption is that it never stands still, unless fought with determination...

...it always gets worse.

Xi in China is cleaning things up. Others are as well. The descent of empire always begins at home and corruption is always part and parcel of it - look at Rome in both the early and later empire (Byzantium). History is a great teacher to all but those with learning disabilities.

I submit to you that our political class has developed such a disability. That is the only reasonable explanation if one does not want to consider the very real possibility of an organized assault on our nation by a foreign power using our politicians (treason) against us. Such a thesis is not psychologically palatable to many of us, but for those who are really in the know, they know that this is where the real threat against our nation is coming from.

If there is little outrage at this, should be Christians be surprised? What is happening now; Lo, it has happened before.

The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is
none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood;
they hunt every man his brother with a net.  
¶ That they may do evil with both hands earnestly,
the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward;
and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire:
so they wrap it up.  The best of them is as a brier:
the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge:
the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh;
now shall be their perplexity.  
¶ Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence
 in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from
her that lieth in thy bosom.  For the son dishonoureth
the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother,
the daughter in law against her mother in law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.   
Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation:
my God will hear me. 
(Micah 7:2-7)
In our era of hyper-partisanship and identity politics where people want to attach a label to themselves like some item of a grocery store shelf ("Gay. Black progressive", or "White, Christian Patriot", etc)  everyone thinks that God is on their side and twist scripture in order to fit their own personal, racial, sexual, political or economic agenda. In their lust for such a false spiritual affirmation, they forget issues like corruption (which is sin).

But I am here to testify that God is not on any one of these sides. He is not on the side of the Black man or the White man, the Christian right or the Christian left, he is not on the site of the millennials or the baby boomers. God is not looking to get on anyone side down here. No. Rather God is looking to find men and women who have fully chosen no matter what to be on his side - even to the death. Christ did not say that he will follow us and our petty often wicked agenda's to the death. He told us to follow him to the death.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will
lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man
give in exchange for his soul?
(Mat 16:24-26)

One way you can tell a true man or woman of God is that he will find corruption like that cited above utterly revolting. He or she will not become party to evil.

Such men and women are rare in our times - but thankfully there are a few out there who have not soiled their spiritual garments.

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard,
and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch,
 I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour
 I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis
 which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk
with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh,
 the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot
out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name
 before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(Rev 3:3-6)

Let us not soil our garments down here for the temporal pleasures of this transitory life. Let us lay hold to eternal life that is in Christ Jesus by doing that which he commands and flee all forms of corruption.

I realize this piece is not going to cause me to 'win friends and influence people'. But that is not necessarily a bad thing, not in these times. This subject is far too important to worry about some hurt feelings and the scowling faces of those to whom this message is directed.

23 Nov

Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving Weekend!

KSA: US Mercenaries Are Reportedly Torturing Prince Al Waheed

Tragic but hardly unexpected. I have talked quite a bit about events in Saudi Arabia for insiders from both a secular and prophetic standpoint and will certainly do so much more in the coming weeks.

But this is probably just the tip of the iceberg of goings on inside the kingdom. Keep in mind that this Prince is the single largest individual shareholder in CitiBank and has stock and shares in numerous US companies like Lyft.

By the way, the Mercenaries named in the story are a firm formerly known as Blackwater.

Taking Authority

Today, we are going to look at our Authority in Christ for just a brief moment. Then we will take a gander at the news in narrative form perhaps later this PM.

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils
are subject unto us through thy name.
 (Luke 10:17 [KJVA])

We have a powerful heritage and much authority in the spiritual realm as Christians. This is a fact that the devil has worked very hard to hide from true believers - those who have been born into the kingdom by the power of the Holy Spirit. We have enormous authority over the spirits of darkness that rebelled against God and have not yet been placed into the abyss (let the reader understand). Christ has give it to us. Why? Because we are in a battle, a war and he did not leave us down here without spiritual weapons to fight with. I want to make this point clear - this war has noting to do with buying or using guns, bombs or other instruments of physical violence. There are many and shall be many more who will attempt to gather supporters to 'take America back' via force of arms using militia's and other informal armed groups. Christians have no business becoming involved in such groups. They will only lead to great disappointment, defeat and perhaps even the loss of ones soul should one take the life of another in such an unwise undertaking.

Paul laid out the lines of our battles.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
 (Ephesians 6:12 [KJVA])

When God really gets hold of a person and they fall in line with the will of God; evil and wickedness will become more and more revolting to that person. They will want nothing to do with murders, lies, hate, killings, thefts frauds and other works of darkness. Why? Because the Holy Spirit that indwells every real believer will bear witness within that person of God's revulsion -  utter revulsion for these things. One reason I kind of 'go off' on some of the things our nation does in secret is that I see the powers of darkness doing their work behind the scenes. The devil loves to do his work under the cover of darkness and secrecy. Those of us who know what is going on and are attuned to the things of the spirit are correctly and deeply alarmed by the things that are going on.

On another level,  I know my fellow man well enough not to expect much from him especially those who have rejected the knowledge of God and move in the realm of the "what's in it for me" kind of morality. So for those of you who wonder why I spend time on these issues it is because these are powerful demonic spirits operating in our world and are more and more getting control of our government in order to commit great abominations. But it is hardly just America. It's much of the world, to greater or lesser degree's and one tell tale sign of the move towards 'abominable government' is the mass accumulation of wealth. Once that happens, two things take over national policies - keeping the wealth one has and acquiring more of it -  by just about any means necessary. Today, this can sum up much of the trouble we see today; from Syria to Iraq to Africa to Asia and elsewhere. When money gets into the mix the hounds of hell will not be far behind and certainly will not be left out.

Today, however rather than look at the wickedness in high places, lets take a quick look at how God has endowed us with great authority over the powers of darkness. When Christ sent in his disciples to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, he gave his disciples great authority over the powers of darkness.

  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils:
freely ye have received, freely give.
(Matthew 10:6-8 [KJVA])

We learn of the success of their ministry in the book of Mark who also records the temporal spiritual reaction to this assault on the kingdom of darkness.

  And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
  And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil
many that were sick, and healed them.
  And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:)
and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead,
 and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.
(Mark 6:12-14 [KJVA])

One thing you can be certain of - when you begin to take the attack directly on the kingdoms of darkness and the devils that control their human interlocutors, the devil will take notice and do what he can to mount a successful counter attack. In the above passage and the versus that follow, we see that the governor of Judah, Herod was very afraid at what was going on because he had murdered John the Baptist, the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets (Luke 7:28). He thought perhaps John had risen from the dead. When God's saints move against the kingdom of darkness, they will take notice. This is why when we do battle against these spiritual principalities we must be fully prepared for a counter assault against us. They will work against you one way or another. Satan is relentless when it comes to attacking powerful saints. I know about his first hand and how people within our own government work against those Christians who speak truth and will not be secretly controlled, threatened or intimidated by these dark spiritual forces.  Know that when you pray against these powers you have just fired an 'artillery shell' in the kingdom of darkness. They will one day fire back - count on it.

But this is what is meant by Prayer Warrior. A man or woman of God who spends considerable time on his or her knee's praying to the Lord and or taking down spiritual strongholds and principalities by taking the authority given to us by Christ. I have known many a prayer warrior in my time and most have gone to be with the Lord and they were all women. They were always nondescript people of humble means. But when they prayed and lifted up things - serious things began to happen. I saw it time and time again. Moreover I always saw a strange protection over these people. Things always worked out for them. Trouble may have come, but strangely would work itself out. Those people who worked against them? Major troubles followed the enemies of these humble praying women, even death.

So while the devil will attack us, God will protect us. He will look out for those who are his.

But I caution all of you, the power he gives is sons of men over the devils are for God's children who know him and walk with him... alone. One must have the authority that comes from God before one should embark on a life of spiritual warfare. One cannot just use the name if Jesus as though it is a magic talisman. No, a person must know him, walk with him and do the things that please him. When one has been born into the Kingdom and has gained a part of the inheritance that belongs to God's children, then and only then can we effectively fight the devil and his kingdom. Do the scriptures tell us what happens when someone decides to try and attack the devil who is not a Christian? Yes.

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to
call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus,
saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief
of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said,
 Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them,
and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they
fled out of that house naked and wounded.
  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus;
and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
  And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
  Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books
 together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the
price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
(Acts 19:13-20 [KJVA])

This is what happens when one approaches the devil who is not one of Christ's own. They are prey to him and can be attacked by the him in this manner.

But even in this incident the name of Christ Jesus was magnified. When it was so lifted up, all those who worked their black arts, almost certainly occultism, came forward and confessed their sins.

Adam Clarke says this about verse nineteen.

Verse 19. Which used curious arts] ταπεριεργα. From the use of
this word in the Greek writers, we know that it signified magical
arts, sorceries, incantations,  Dio Cassius, speaking of the Emperor Adrian, says, οαδριανος
"Adrian was exceedingly addicted to curious arts, and practised
divination and magic." These practices prevailed in all nations
of the earth.

Brought their books together] The εφεσιαγραμματα, or Ephesian
characters, are celebrated in antiquity; they appear to have been
amulets, inscribed with strange characters, which were carried
about the body for the purpose of curing diseases, expelling
demons, and preserving from evils of different kinds. The books
brought together on this occasion were such as taught the science,
manner of formation, use,
Once the fame of Christ was known to them they changed their ways and got rid of all of the works of darkness. Today, sadly that is not the case. more and more people have turned on God and Jesus Christ. Witness the story I posted yesterday on the satanic monument someone wants to erect. If you read that article you will see that the person who wants to do it does so, not so much because he does not believe in God, but because he hates Christianity and the message of Christ. These things are more and more common in our world - there is an enormous hatred of God out there and  thus we may know that we are in the last days.

So what does that mean for us Christians? It means that if they hate God they will hate us as well. We are of another family, another kingdom, we are not of this world.
 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because
ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you
for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin:
 but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me
hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them
 the works which none other man did,
they had not had sin: but now have they both seen
and hated both me and my Father.  But this cometh to pass,
that the word might be fulfilled that is
written in their law,
 They hated me without a cause.

(John 15:17-25 [KJVA])

When we embark on our spiritual battles we must remember that men for the most part, in our times, particularly in the west have firmly rejected Christ - the real Christ. Churches may be filled with people, but a careful hearing of the messages coming from pulpits across America and any mature, born again believer can see there are some serious issues with what passes itself off as Christianity today. Let a real prophet or preacher come into the sanctuary and start to preach a Holy Spirit inspired sermon and he is likely to be cast out or mocked.

This is where powerful spiritual battles are being fought right now. It's not in the red light district or the drug house on the street corner. No, the real battles are now taking place in the Church and also in mainline 'acceptable' culture. The most dangerous though is in the Church, where false workmen bringing in doctrines of devils are now enthroned into positions of prominence, placed there by the devils workmen who operate in a tightly organized fashion inside and outside the Church.

Let the reader take note and heed. These are dangerous times. But we who know our God can have tremendous spiritual victories in Christ if we decide we want to take up sword and shield of faith and begin to wage spiritual  battle in these last days. Let us not seek worldly wealth, power, fame and the things of this world. God will give us the things we need if we trust him, obey him and rely on him. Here is the exhortation that Paul gave Timothy.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 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.  I give thee charge
in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before
Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable,
until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Which in his times
he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings,
and Lord of lords;  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no
man can approach unto;
whom no man hath seen, nor can see:
to whom be honour
and power everlasting. Amen. 
Charge them that are rich in this world,

that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches,
but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute,
willing to communicate;  Laying up in store for themselves
a good foundation against the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life.
(I Timothy 6:6-19 [KJVA])

Let us all take Paul's charge to Timothy to heart and place our faith in God, our faithful and loving creator.

Let us also remember this. Man of satan's workmen don't even know that they are working for the devil. They think they are working for an intelligence agency, or a corrupt part of Law enforcement or they think they are working for atheism or sexual liberation. They don't know because the devil is a master deceiver - there is none better. So when you pray against spiritual strongholds, remember that the people whom the devil uses are often just useful idiots in his cause. Pray accordingly!

Grace and peace of Jesus Christ be upon all here at Watson's Web!

Brother Mark

21 Nov

Is A Russian Spy In Charge Of The Russia-Gate Investigation?

A Treasure Trove of data linking a crooked, perhaps treasonable deal to Russia and Mueller is still trying to make mountains out of molehills against Trump. The above link gives us some background.

There is only one reasonable explanation for no one bringing charges against Clinton and that whole entourage. Top officials at Federal Law enforcement and perhaps the Special Counsel look like they may have been corrupted by one or both sides in this bizarre Uranium deal.

Yes even key witnesses are threatened.

Let me put it to you this way, If Trump sold Uranium to the Russians with a briefcase full of cash how do you think Mueller would react... I mean honestly? How do you think the bobble-headed 'fake news' boys on cable news would react?

Mueller's probe is a witch hunt and more and more it looks like a cover up to far, far more damaging things than a meet Trump campaign officials had with some mid level-Russian officials. Here we have what looks like the former President and former Secretary of State and Former head of the Justice Department involved in selling uranium (used in nuclear weapons) to the Russians and/or covering it up.

I mean until very recently Clinton's own Campaign manager was in Russia, working for them! What would happen if Trump had done the same thing?

The corruption in DC - the stench of political sewage is pretty rank and even now some Democrats are starting to ask pointed questions about a whole host of things.

I will grant you I do not have all the facts on this Uranium deal, none of us do. But this I know, if anyone else were doing these things, they would not need 'all the facts' to lock them up for the rest of their natural lives. There looks to me to be more than enough here to prosecute.

Why is it not happening? Everyone seems to think that our Federal Law enforcement (including political appointees) cannot be blackmailed, bribed or threatened.

That to me looks like what is happening here. They have been illegally influenced to persecute Trump and exonerate Clinton, regardless of any evidence they find and at any and all costs.

Obstruction of Justice anyone?


I am not a Democrat and I am not a Republican. I did not vote for Hillary or Trump; Obama, McCain, Romney either Bush or Bill.

I am looking at this whole situation with a cold objectivity that less than 5% of the US population posses. The other 95% are far too influenced by party, gender, sexual preference, race, economic standing, sexyness... etc to stop and look at these things fairly, with a clear, fair and open mind.

And you know what? The corrupt in DC are counting you staying just that way because it is the only way they can stay in power. By manipulating the dull and ignorant into a political frenzy about the corruption of the other guy when his own house stinks to high heaven.

Many people hate it when I delve into what is called 'politics'. But this is as much about spirituality and morality as any sermon on love or sin. The prophets of old issued scathing rebukes to the leaders of their times about these very issues, corruption, bribery, treachery, etc.

While I do not claim any prophetic anointing in the OT fashion, I can tell it like it is and that I will do.

God hates corruption and treachery and he is not concerned about which political party is engaged in it.

This is one reason why so many Christians have and will turn their nose up when a true Christian speaks. They are not interested in God's standards of behavior, just their race, party affiliation, gender, economic standing or (insert your IDOL here).

 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD,
they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger,
they are gone away backward. 
(Isaiah 1:4)

20 Nov

60 Minutes, Barred From Yemen, Still Got The Footage

Yes, CBS and journalists are barred from Yemen, where the US backed Saudi Coalition is starving the nation out. This is the story of how they got in and out with footage, the 60 minutes report is included in the above link.

It's good to see that somewhere in the US some real investigative reporting is still done. I am no big fan of 60 minutes for reasons I will not get into, but still from time to time they do some excellent work.

What this new Crown Prince is doing to these people with American military support is despicable, it is evil and this President's policy here is wholly UNAMERICAN. Not even the Russians or the Chinese would stoop to such devilry and perversity. More and more we can see that it is America that is the primary problem in the world today, not her enemies.

President Trump (and his predecessor) have done irreparable long term harm to American interests and the lives of millions of people with this morally bankrupt war. It's not just Trump, it's the whole so called 'national security' apparatus, that appears more and more to be under the control of those who wish to do as much harm to our nation, her image and her global reputation as they can get away with.

Who are they really working for? Whose interests are they really serving? America's.... or her enemies?

When I see situations like this I cannot honestly give you a good answer.
An Answer? Yes. A good one?


Dear readers, all that foreign money flowing into our political campaigns, let me tell you something - they would not be writing checks if they were not getting something in return.

 And yes, they are still writing checks.

The real traitors to this country are not holed up in Embassy's overseas or exiled abroad, they sit in top position of power within our government.

We are never going to change this by just switching one of the two sold out parties into a majority in Congress or the White House. You are just switching one group of sold out politicians for another.

We Americans have taken the freedom's we have for granted. But if the interests who back the two party system get their way, you won't have them... that includes the right to keep your hard earned money, your property or even your freedom to move about.

Just know this... once you lose your freedom's. You are not going to get them back... not in your lifetime or that of your children.

I am not so sure in the digital age that they will ever be able to  be won back under any circumstances.

17 Nov

This May Be The Answer To Net Neutrality's Demise

This poor community, ignored by Big Telecoms is building their own internet! Read this, it is very interesting. Please note that it is primarily a black city that the Big Boys don't want to have access to the internet - they can't afford it.

Consider that a sign of things to come when they pull Title II from Big Cable.

What needs to happen is at the State level, this is encouraged. But Big Telecom is already working the state legislatures to prevent any competition to this massive cartel who will very soon have the power to cut, control, interfere with, undermine and destroy anyone they want to - and the Donald Trump is about to let them do it.

No, this is not an overreaction and they are smart enough to phase in their plans over many years. But once Title II is gone, the internet as we know it will go with it. Like watching NetFlix? Going to Amazon? Visiting Alex Jones? Your Cable company could one day say, no you can't, flip you the bird and raise your rates in the process. They can get away with it because in many markets, there are is only one, maybe two providers. There is no real competition and with this move by Trump, there will be much less.

There are ways around this move by the Trump administration and Detroit has the right idea. This kind of thing is exactly what is needed to make sure that everyone EVERYONE has access to the internet and what it offers -  information, learning, the opportunity to make money, be activists, pray, minister, educate, inspire, dream, joke, communicate, conduct commerce and just have fun using this wonderful tool called the internet.

There are those who don't want to see that and want to control all that you see, hear and do on the net, where you can go and how much you pay them, rather than those who create content.

Those interests are represented by Trump, FCC Chairman Pai and a host of others in the GOP.

This is what happens when private billion dollar corporate interests win out over the Public interest.

There are better solutions that this blanket removal of Title II, creating solutions that allow the big companies to expand without resorting to these 'street ball' tactics. One is to make sure that in any market where there are less than three competitors, there is no throttling. Make the rules conditional on market conditions and making sure that there is a choice - a REAL choice.

There is indeed too much at stake. What if your ISP decides they don't want you paying your bills online? Or decides that they don't like the fact that a major bank did not lend them money and decides to strike back by making sure that no one on their networks can reach their site to pay their bills?

No one is asking the hard questions in this mad dash to handing over the internet to a few big massive firms.

130 Kids Die In Yemen Everyday

So says 'Save The Children'. They die of extreme hunger and disease.

15 Nov

Africa Watch

Libyan Slave Markets Operate With Abandon

CNN does an insightful investigative report on a subject that this site has covered before. The slave markets going on in Libya after Obama and Hillary overthrew the Ghadffi regime in a NATO led effort.

Few wanted to hear it. I know I told one Black American about it and they mocked like it wasn't even happening. Obama and Hillary were 'saviors' of Black folks, their brainwashing (that is what it was and is) programmed them to say.  These same folks weep and whine about 'reparations' were more than willing to see other Black Africans sold into slavery.

If I sound a little upset about it, I am. This was an atrocity that many pointed out and hardly anyone cared. I posted video's of Africans locked up in cages in these Libyan slave markets like animals and few paid the slightest attention.

I cannot help but fault Obama and Hillary for this. But in his defense, he later expressed clear regrets for this policy.
Zimbabwe: Miliary Steps In, House Arrests Mugabe
Military denies 'coup' after seizing power. Mugabe has been in power for nearly four decades. He is popular in rural areas but loathed in urban areas. His popularity with rural areas probably stems from his early African 'liberation' days. Mugabe is blamed/credited with expropriating land from White farmers.

Mugabe's government emphasised the redistribution of land controlled by white farmers to landless blacks, initially on a "willing seller-willing buyer" basis. Frustrated at the slow rate of redistribution, from 2000 Mugabe encouraged the violent seizure of white-owned land. Food production was severely impacted, generating famine, international sanctions, and drastic economic decline. Opposition to Mugabe grew, particularly through the Movement for Democratic Change, although he was re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2013 through campaigns dominated by violence, electoral fraud, and nationalistic appeals to his rural Shona voter base. Internationally, Mugabe sent troops to fight in the Second Congo War and chaired the Non-Aligned Movement (1986–89), the Organisation of African Unity (1997–98), and the African Union (2015–16). - Wikipedia
Four Major Players In Mugabe Drama

China Denies Relationship Between Recent Visit And Zimbabwe Coup

Five Ways China Is Building Influence In Zimbabwe

CFR Gives Views Of Coup Just Before It Happened
The CFR always has some good background material, this one is no exception.
Zimbabwe: Mugabe To Step Down, Wife To Be Exiled

Nigerian President Speaks On Zimbabwe Situation

Trump Seeks To Withdraw Global Food Aid

Sun, Wind, Renewables Set To Soar In Africa
More Africans are getting access to energy because of renewable energy
UN Authorizes Israel To Expand Tech Support To Central African Republic

UN Opens Probe Into Peacekeepers During CAR Violence

Seven Dead In Concert Attack In CAR
Heavy gunfire follows and reprisals. The real tragedy was that the concert was designed to bring in reconciliation between Christians and Muslims.
Both Sudans, CAR sign Anti-Drug Agreement

A View From CAR
This very interesting little piece gives us a human look at the crisis in the country.
Gov't Warns Ugandans Of 'Kaveera' Use
No, its not some new drug. Rather it is cooking food in Polythene bags. Cancer is the big risk here.
US Conducts Missile Strike In Somalia
The strike is reportedly against Al Shabab the AQ linked group that operates in the region.
Somalia: Drought Sitrep
22.9 million people affected by drought in the region
Madagascar Plague Shares Ebola Similarities

Chinese Medics Treat Thousands In Mozambique Plague

Kenyan Court Hears Petition Against Kenyatta's Election
This time the basis is the accusation that the reforms that nullified the first election have not been made.
South African Utility Is Running Out Of Cash
Quarterly financials paint a disturbing picture of this important African utility company.
Nigeria Recovers $65m In Electricity Debt From Niger, Benin

Kenyans Join Boycott Of Telecom Company -  Airtel Gains 11,000 Subscribers In 2 Weeks

Kazahkstan Seeks To Help Africa Out Of Poverty

Other News

China To Invest $83 Billion In US Shale

KSA Walks Back Escalations In Yemen, Lebanon

This looks to be a fairly dramatic move, with the reported re-opening of aid as well as a return of Hariri to Lebanon.

13 Nov


   Image Source: Famine Early Warning System

I do realize this is a subject I talk about a little more than some of you wish, but it is indeed, I think a very important one. Both Yemen and Sudan are places where food is a major issue, but right now, the situation in Yemen is much more acute. Yemen has always been a very poor country but since the Saudi's invaded and brought their military operations to the nation, food has become very scarce and the situation is becoming dire. Last week aid agencies lifted up a warning and appeal to the world that the situation was pushing the nation to the worst famine in decades. Presently, according to the the UN's OCHA, 14.1 Million people are in need right now of assistance. Out of a current population of 27.4; 10.3 million of those people are in acute humanitarian need.

    Source: OCHA

The OCHA also has a great interactive map that can be found here that shows where within the country the need is the greatest. The menu (upper right hand corner in previous link) of the previous link has a host of very informative resources on the crisis.  I will not repost the maps and links here today. What I do want to talk about is why this crisis is so out of hand.

Related: Yemen Market Update - United Nations World Food Program
Pictures The Saudi's And Donald Trump Don't Want You To See

Yemen: border closure threatens aid effort

The Saudi's have tightened an already pretty air-tight blockade (its been in the news for many long months) of Yemen that disallows critical supplies from entering the nation. They are doing this with clear public, if not well advertised American support. The Saudi's have been bombing the country since 2015 and the raids have been very indiscriminate and frankly appear to have specifically targeted mosques, schools, hospitals, etc very much like the terrorist organization ISIS, which had direct links to the Saudi and Gulf kingdoms.

Now this is a new form of siege warfare. In the middle ages, the Knights would come and surround a castle and try and starve it out, get their siege engines and throw giant stones at the castle walls. This is the same kind of warfare but it is being conducted on a national scale. Yemen is under siege by the Saudi's who have attacked it. Why? The Saudi's don't like the Houthi government and now seek to impose their own on the nation to their liking. I will give you the official USGOV narrative as put forward by Wikipedia

It began in June 2004, when dissident cleric Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, a leader of the Zaidi sect, launched an uprising against the Yemeni government. Initially, most of the fighting took place in Sa'dah Governorate in northwestern Yemen, but some of the fighting spread to neighbouring governorates Hajjah, 'Amran, al-Jawf and the Saudi province of Jizan. Since 2014 the nature of the insurgency has changed with the Houthi takeover in Yemen and then into the ongoing Civil War with a major Saudi-led intervention in Yemen beginning in 2015. - Wikipedia

The whole entry is a good one if you take a little time to read it, it does give a fairly good overview of the situation, even if it is a little too generous with the Hadi government that was overthrown. It had 'international support' as the Americans like to say. In reality it robbed the nation blind and this was and is one of the poorest nations on earth.

Now again, I want to show you how disinformation works. If you read the Wikipedia entries, the reasons for the overthrow of the government are intentionally nebulous. They go out of their way to downplay or just plain ignore that the President who has 'international support' was accused by international agencies of being... well... a thief. One can responsibly wonder who was paid off and with how much of all of that money in order to garner such 'international support'.

Yemen ex-leader Saleh 'amassed up to $60bn' - UN probe

Yemen ex-president amassed up to $60 billion, colluded with rebels: U.N. experts

The Battle To Recover Yemen's Lost Billions

Corruption in Yemen is a highly serious problem. Yemen is the most corrupt country in the Gulf region.[1] It is also the poorest country in the Middle East, “with an exceptionally high birth rate, acute rates of child malnutrition and rapidly dwindling reserves of oil and water.” In Yemen, according to Chatham House, “corruption, poverty and inequality are systemic”;[2] in the words of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, corrupt activity is “so entrenched and pervasive” that many citizens feel powerless.[3]

Absent any “system of control and accountability,” corruption is now present throughout the public and private spheres, so much so that in the words of the World Bank, “[c]orruption and patronage networks are running the country’s public affairs.” This ubiquitous corruption has resulted in weak government and “corrupt power blocs that control public resources.” As a consequence of civil-service corruption, there are large numbers of so-called ghost workers. Corruption in the energy, communications, and health and education sectors have resulted in inadequate service or no service at all. - Wikipedia

While Corruption is hardly the only problem in Yemen, it is one of the primary underlying causes of the conflict - though frankly US sponsored think tanks will be loath to admit it. They are far more prone to blame as much of the conflict on Iran as possible, even though their real influence is minimal. The 'Blame Iran' narrative plays well with defense contractors and other policy wonks as it gives considerable impetus to further military operations there to bomb one of the very poorest people on earth and garner considerable defense dollars in the process. The constant refrain must be 'Iranian backed' in think tanks doing their level  best to scare up defense dollars. When the guy who stole all that money was running Yemen he tried to gain support for his kleptocracy by claiming Iran was the real enemy, not himself or those who for years supported corrupt governments there. But how much is Iran really involved or perhaps more relevantly was from the beginning? More and more it looks like the US government, under the leadership of Barak Obama deceived us into yet another military misadventure.

Here is a piece that I think many of you will find of great interest. Another here shows you the lengths the 'Armageddon faction' that operates within the bowls of the deep state will go to blame someone else to start a war.

I give all of this to you as background to help you better understand who is pushing what line of propaganda to escalate the war that is literally starving out the people by the millions.

While the world is doing its best to pull a rabbit of its hat to convince us all about massive Iranian interference, somehow when the Saudi's interfere in the most evil and disgusting ways into the affairs of the nation,  the issue is framed somehow as a good thing - worthy of US military support. The good news is that not everyone in the west is buying the devil's dung (propaganda) on the situation in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia Is Committing War Crimes in Yemen - Foreign Policy

Yemen: UN agrees to investigate alleged war crimes amid conflict between Saudi Arabia-led coalition and rebels
Those of you wanting a more detailed assessment of the nefarious activities the Saudi's and the US under both Obama and Trump have been up to can read the recent report out of Human Rights Watch.

The real issues in this war have little to do with anything you are going to read in the english language. Blogs and other sites often have been infected with money and influence that comes from the bowels of the deep state. But suffice it to say that Saudi paranoia over Iranian influence in Yemen will become a self fulfilling prophecy before too long. Consider that everywhere the Gulf states have started some geopolitical violence (Syria, Iraq) to counter Iran - Iran's hand was strengthened considerably. This looks to eventually be the case in Yemen as the months and years pass and victory in Yemen eludes the invaders.

My point here is hardly to paint Iran as some innocent bystander, nor to take sides in this internal Islamic spat between the Sunni and Shi'ite wing of Islam. Rather it is to say this and say it for the record. It is impossible for me to have much respect for any religious system that treats its own adherents with such systemic violence and hatred. To watch this new Saudi Prince blow these poorest of Muslims into oblivion and to starve the rest of them out, is a warning to the world as to the real face of Sunni Islam and the keepers of Mecca. Let the Saudi King and the crown prince show their fellow Muslims some respect and treat them like members of the Human family and allow much needed aid into the nation. Let the truth be told - there are few people on earth who would let a dog starve to death as the people of Yemen are being now. So why are the Saudi's doing it to other Muslims? Correction MILLIONS of other Muslims?

I generally do not like to denigrate other religious systems here. I let the Buddhists and Muslims; Taoists and Pagans do what they want without much comment. I am not a 'dominionist' (an adherent to doctrine of  Christian Dominionism) and do not seek to impose my beliefs on others, other than to preach and make others aware of the Gospel.  But when their actions lead to the deaths of so many people in such an abominable and systemic way, it's time to put the blame where it lies. The Saudi's and their hatred and paranoia of Iran and Shia Islam.  That and a US establishment so craven with greed they are willing to play along as long as the weapons sales to the Saudi's continue to grow in size with each passing year.

Apathy in America

What troubles me as much as Saudi paranoia, is American apathy. How we can support such secret wars that kill so many? First, by not letting the people know what is going on (disinformation via willful omissions). Second by creating a false narrative to garner support (i.e., "Iran is coming to murder us all in our beds!"). These tricks are tried and true and to a population far more interested in the latest sex scandal in Hollywood, the football game and where they plan in getting their next opium fix, what is happening in Yemen simply does not signify. Far too many Americans honestly could not care less.

So the atrocities continue. But God will not hold such men and women blameless and one day, all of the innocent blood this nation has shed, the lies we have told to shed it, the people we have set up, imprisoned and murdered to hide the truth will be required of the leaders and people of this nation.

There is a spirit behind this.  A powerful one and it is described at length within the book of Revelation. Let the reader understand for the hour is late.

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints,
and of all that were slain upon the earth.
 (Revelation of John 18:24 [KJVA])

God has not changed and his word is sure. That we have this great nation who is so accurately described in Revelation 17 and 18 now sitting on top of the world today shows us the accuracy of God's holy word.

I ask all true Christians to take some time out today and pray for the people of Yemen that aid, medicine and food can come into the nation so the people who are on deaths door from starvation can eat and be satisfied. That those who are sick with Cholera can get the medical help they need; that those children who have been crippled and disfigured because of the munitions the Saudi's have used can get what they need.

I beg you all to really pray for the people of Yemen and to not let the fact that most of them are Muslims cause you to show less concern for those in such dire circumstances. What a powerful witness it would be of Christian charities were allowed into Yemen to treat these people!

When our Lord was asked who his neighbor was he told us all this parable
. This is a powerful word on caring for others and having mercy on those in need.

 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped
him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead  And by chance there came down a certain priest
that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked
 on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan,
as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him,
he had compassion on him,  And went to him, and bound up
 his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his
own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence,
and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him;
and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again,
I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou,
 was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.
Then said Jesus unto him,
Go, and do thou likewise.

(Luke 10:30-37 [KJVA])

Are you going to mimic the Priest, the Levite or the Samaritan? For many of our pastors in this nation, they behave too much like the Pharisee's of old - utterly without mercy for others. For too many Americans, they don't even care if these people live or die - the latest installment of their favorite TV show, their booze, dope and sex are far, far too important to even bother to even make themselves aware of this ongoing human tragedy.

But one day within a single hour...

Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying,
Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city!
for in one hour is thy judgment come.
 (Revelation of John 18:10 [KJVA])

For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.
And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors,
and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

 (Revelation of John 18:17 [KJVA])

And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing,
 saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had
ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour
is she made desolate.

 (Revelation of John 18:19 [KJVA])
How can Americans obtain mercy in that terrible hour? I will give you one good first step.

Blessed are the merciful:
for they shall obtain mercy.

 (Matthew 5:7 [KJVA])

I ask all Christians who truly know their God to take some time out and pray for the people of Yemen and for those of you who don't know how to pray for them ask yourself this question: If you had not had a decent meal in a month and little water and some of your family had succumbed to Cholera as a result of this war, what would you, sitting in a hospital - little more than skin and bones and on deaths door want to see happen?

Let your answer to that question be the guide to how you pray!


News Scan

Man Made Global Warming? Antarctic Polar Caps Melting Has Another Cause
Over a Decade Ago, I had a vert popular earth changes blog and I posited just such a theory (in above link) as to the real reason for rising Ocean temps and polar icecap melting.

I still say to everyone to keep an open mind about the cause of the warming trends we are seeing. Too much money from too many different sources are trying to gain control of the narrative because hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake in regulations and trade. Billionaires with deep, deep pockets are funding the pro-warming side and fossil fuel companies are funding the other side. Where the truth lies is anyone guess. So those of you who have already made up your minds as to what is or is not the case, perhaps you need to either get a Phd in Environmental affairs rather than pretending you have one or do something novel...

...like keep an open mind.

I do not wish to sound condescending, but too many people are spending too much money trying to convince us all and more and more the blogosphere is being infected with what I will call 'environmental fundamentalists' who think they know it all because they read a story on CNN.

Equifax: Nervousness, Restlessness, Profits, Lawsuits and State Attorney Generals
India: Rising Food Inflation Caused By Unexpected Rains
29 States Pass Seed 'Gag' Orders In Favor Of Big Ag
Former Wholefoods Exec Joins Surplus Food Reseller
Higher Food Prices?
Remember The Sacrifices Of Our Veterans
GM Crops Grown Illegally In India
Afghanistan: US Accused By Former President Of ISIS Collusion
America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning
Next Phase Of Carmegeddon - The Banks
LAPD Shuts Down Pedophile Investigation After Two Days
Is Kapersky Being Set Up By The CIA?
Decade after Church Burnings in Nigeria, Officials Forbid Rebuilding
Fulani Herdsman Ambush, Kill Nine Christians
Al-Shabaab Publicly Execute Four Men as Spies

USA 'Liberty Act' Won't Fix What Broken In NSA Spying
(EFF) A key legal linchpin for the National Security Agency’s vast Internet surveillance program is scheduled to disappear in under 90 days. Section 702 of FISA—enacted in 2008 with little public awareness about the scope and power of the NSA’s surveillance of the Internet—supposedly directs the NSA’s powerful surveillance apparatus toward legitimate foreign intelligence targets overseas. Instead, the surveillance has been turned back on us. Despite repeated inquiries from Congress, the NSA has yet to publicly disclose how many Americans are impacted by this surveillance.

With the law’s sunset looming, Congress is taking up the issue. The USA Liberty Act, introduced by Representatives Goodlatte (R-Va.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), and others, may offer a chance to address some of the worst abuses of NSA Internet surveillance even as it reauthorizes some components of the surveillance for another six years.

But the first draft of the bill falls short.

The bill doesn’t effectively end the practice of “backdoor searching,” when government agents—including domestic law enforcement not working on issues of national security—search through the NSA-gathered communications of Americans without any form of warrant from a judge. It doesn’t institute adequate transparency and oversight measures, and it doesn’t deal with misuse of the state secrets privilege, which has been invoked to stave off lawsuits against mass surveillance. 

Perhaps most importantly, the bill won’t curtail the NSA’s practices of collecting data on innocent people. - continues at EFF.org


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