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

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility


The Harvest


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

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

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

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

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report



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


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

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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

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


 - What I See...

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


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

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


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      Slave labor cleverly

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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
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Select Congressional Committee Investigating Illegal Practices In The Abortion Industry

Congressional Report On STOPPING TERROR FINANCE:
SECURING THE U.S. FINANCIAL SECTOR

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP AND FRIGATE
Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions


Defense Business Board Outlines Savings Of $125 Bln Annually


Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030
- NIC

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

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

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

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain


2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

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

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report

(audit)

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

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

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

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

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA


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Last Days Of The Age
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The First Trumpet
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The Last Trumpet
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Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

Orthodox Today
(A look at today from an Orthodox Perspective)
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The Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in Iraq)
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The Barnabas Fund
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China Aid
(A look at events inside China, from a Christian Perspective)
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Gay Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog talking about the growing sin of Homosexuality inside the Church)
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Independent Catholic News
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Jihad Watch
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Compass Direct
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Babylon Today


Mark's Audio Page

Selected Audio

Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

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

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

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

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

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

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

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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16 May

This was done back in December of last year. It was just my occasional news in narrative form pieces. But given some of the tension today, I will post it here unedited or updated. Remember this is almost 6 months old.



[10 Dec-2016]

News Today In Narrative Form

Today, I will let the other bloggers and news networks opine about Trumps new picks. We will get a better look at them and where he is taking the nation when more of his picks solidify and now, they slowly are. But I want to get some background on them, do some reading and then I will try and have something up for you, probably just after the Holiday break.

Today, I want to spend the bulk of my time looking at the other side of the world. Asia has been very eventful on a number of fronts. Today, the Asia Times is running a front page story on how China's  trade figures soundly beat the estimates. Exports, expanded very, very modestly, but imports which include key raw materials (energy, iron and coal) expanded by a healthy 6.7%. While many folks like to bash China and there are times that bashing is totally justified, we must not forget the deep ties that exist in the realm of trade between the US and China. For those of you who love those really in depth pdf's done by trade groups, government agencies and NGO's, here is one that I think will really interest you. It is the latest update from the Rhodium Group on US-China Foreign direct investment completed just last month. I won't re-post any of the charts here as they are strictly copyrighted, but do download the report and get a gander at how ties between the US and China are developing. Just remember that this report is written by what can be essentially called 'cheerleaders' of these trends as they stand to make a great deal of money from them. China and US trade issues are going to be an important aspect of the next administrations portfolio so this report will give us an important backdrop.

These industry groups are deeply intertwined with the GOP's key donors so any major change is going to be difficult, if not impossible. But the news in China is hardly all good. Capital flight is still a major problem and it is indeed draining the country's reserves. Again, much of the FDI we have seen here in the US from China is less about a Chinese stratagem to 'take over America' as it is about wealthy Chinese protecting their wealth (some of it ill gotten) from Xi and the Communist party. China apparently is making a lot of people a little nervous however. Edmond De Rothchild is reportedly leaving Hong Kong and moving his operations back to Switzerland in a 'back to Europe' strategy.


Source: Wikipedia/CIA
In other less positive news, China has launched a major military drill in the disputed territory of Askai Chin. The drills employed of about 10,000 soldiers. The drills (based on the article above) appear to be related to counter insurgency. The previous piece, which is written from an Indian perspective, opines that the drills are aimed at India. More can be found here, again from an Indian source. The regions carefully shifting of balance is important and this move into a disputed area may be China's way of explaining their displeasure at the recent tilt India has taken towards Japan. India as well has offered Mongolia help that is now needed in light of Chinese sanctions on it.

These regional shiftings are of great significance, especially in light of China's new far more aggressive foreign policy. It remains to be seen if all of this activity will one day lead to a war or not. I tend to think not as long as the shifting does not seriously threaten China. No one I think is going to directly antagonize her and America's business interests are too firmly intertwined with this and any future two party administration to allow a direct confrontation, despite any fiery rhetoric we may hear. Will we see talks or war? This piece counsels talks and gives an historical parallel.

But other changes are afoot and nations with long defense ties to  the US are looking for new friends and allies. Not least of which is the Philippines. While not an earth shattering event, the arrival of a Philippines ship in Vietnam demonstrates the power of a new partnership in the region. The Diplomat has the story here.

But these in my view are not nearly as important as what I think is the most important flash-point in the region is. As important is it is, I don't think the China Sea disputes are quite up to problem on the Korean Peninsula. With an entrenched, corrupt, despotic, mentally unstable and nuclear armed leadership, a serious crisis here could put the entire world on edge. What about North Korea? An interesting piece was floated by a key policy-maker connected think tank called 38 North. It opines and makes some comparisons between the Arab Spring Revolutions in the Middle East and North Korea. The paper is good but because it is coming from a US funded and 'connected' site, it must with care deal with some of the background issues on the so called 'Arab spring' which was nothing more than the US policy of 'regime change' as advertised to the masses. Yes, in each and every case we saw a 'spontaneous' revolution, an unseen hand was out there doing its thing making sure that leaders, despots and others the US did not like were overthrown from their positions of power. It was not without cost and one of those costs were in places like Egypt and Ukraine, protesters were drawn out deliberately into protest area's after power changed hands so they could be gunned down in cold blood to ensure that the transfer was complete. But I make this point - don't think that same unseen hand is not eyeing North Korea and this is what I think this paper is really all about. It's a case by case history of past regime change attempts and the ultimate result. It's not a pretty picture (page 10).

So the question really is two fold. One -  can North Korea collapse on its own? The other is  - can North Korea be 'induced' to regime change?. I do not have the answer to either question. But there have been a few pieces that have been floated into the Blogosphere on the possibility of a collapse of North Korea. Here are a few.

Preparing For North Korea's Inevitable Collapse
What Happens If North Korea Collapses
Collapse Of The North Korean Regime Appears Inevitable

The key takeaway is clearly in academia, more and more people are seeing the eventual collapse of the North Korean regime. Not right away, but eventually. The glacial rate of change, particularly in economics is not fast enough to make the kind of serious dent that could save the regime, not frankly as though it deserves to be saved... it doesn't. Kim's policy of a two track policy of Economic and Nuclear development is not going to be enough of the kinds of deep systemic economic reform the nation needs to save it.  But the fallout from any change could have lasting and far reaching consequences for the entire region, particularly for the US ally South Korea, which is going through its own upheavals and China, which has long been an ally of the North. The relations between the two right now are complicated and while one would think that the nuclear tests conducted by the North and opposed by China would have a deleterious effect on their relationship, that sadly is not the case and as long as the North has allies like China and Russia, predictions of its demise have yet to materialize.

One of the key factors that in my view could spell the end of the regime is not an 'Arab spring' but a simple severe food crisis. The food situation in North Korea has never been good and it looks like it averted a major disaster last year. The situation this year does not look to well as far as the North being able to feed it's population based on domestic production. The CFR has a great backgrounder here on North Korea and Chinese relations.

Asia is slowly re-balancing alliances and shifting security priorities and alliances.  But the backdrop to all of this geopolitcal motion is the rise of China, the ongoing economic crisis, the process of de-globalization and trade. Getting a handle on trends in these realms will help us to understand where the region is heading. In closing this section, let me give you the President's vision of Asia as it outlined it on the White House website.


Now lets talk about another issue I have not spent as much time on as it deserves.

Libya


Since the fall of the Qaddafi regime is nation has been in a state of war, a proxy war a civil war, take your pick of phrases, the bodies are just as cold when killed during it. There are basically two governments that came into existence after the elections in 2014. The Libya Dawn Faction (connected to the Muslim Brotherhood) took the capital of Tripoli and established what is called a government. What this did was push the UN recognized government out of Tripoli into Tobruk. To this day the two governments are in conflict.

But it gets deeper. To Gulf states, the UAE and Qatar who were both involved in ousting Qaddafi are now at odds with one another. The UAE with Russia and Egypt back the Tobruk government. Qatar , Turkey and Sudan supports the government in Tripoli. The two rival GCC partners are now in a proxy war in Libya. The background for this war  and the key fighting factions can be found here at the BBC's site.

Image Source: Wikipedia



The UAE has already put some planes into the region and done some bombing as well. The base is located at Al Kadim Airport in Libya. More here.

Links of note

http://libyaprospect.com/index.php/2016/10/28/uae-airbase-in-al-marj-to-support-haftar/

http://www.ecfr.eu/mena/mappinglibya

https://www.libyangazette.net/2016/12/07/general-in-haftars-forces-says-al-qaedas-behind-attack-on-oil-facility/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Libyan_Civil_War_detailed_map

http://english.aawsat.com/2016/12/article55363580/libyan-armys-forces-resist-armed-attack-oil-crescent

Today, pro-Haftar warplanes hit some defense brigades in Bengazi according to news reports. Haftar is described a the most potent warlord and was part of the military entourage that actually brought Qadaffi to power and was later instrumental in bringing him down. Today, Haftar (or perhaps Russia) is looking to improve relations.

Then there is ISIS, which is present in Libya but so far controls no major territory, but the threat as American officials are making plain is that ISIS no mans land of political chaos is just the kind of place ISIS fighters can take root. Daesh forces have been very recently defeated, according to reports more here.

But Daesh's reported demise has not lessened the fighting, which the AP is reporting as being the worst clashes in two years of fighting. Fighting is reported also going on in residential districts. Naturally oil is one of they key prizes in the battle.

Meanwhile the UN still supports the original political agreement all signed a year ago.

The situation in Libya is fluid and what is written today about is likely to be irrelevant in six months. But if you want a decent read on the failed State formerly known as Libya, this may be of some use to you all.

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

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

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

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

If we can't get our act together and act like we are adults (even if many of us are not emotionally at that level) then we need another system of government. Some of the people I see in this nation, I will be honest with you, the fact that they vote scares me half to death. They can't even balance a checkbook, don't understand want the national debt is and they head to the polls and vote. The scary part is people like that are no longer a small minority of Americans. Too many appear to  be either emotionally damaged or intellectually disabled. Their thinking processes are based on raw emotion rather than reason. This is why some of the most juvenile propaganda tricks can be played on so many and they fall for the same ones year in and year out.

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

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

To have and keep a functioning democracy, you must have intelligent, or at least reasonable people.

Me? I view the fake news stories as I view much of what I read online. How is that?

When I was in the Intel community we had to know all of the basic intelligence disciples. Sigint, Comint, Humint (Signals, Communications and Human Intelligence). But today, there is a new one Bullshint and that is how I view much of the Major news media and all of those Social Networking news sites. When I do go to them, I bring a shovel because I know I am going to need it. Too often it's not about informing anyone about anything. It's about getting people to do something they ordinarily would not do. Like vote for a candidate, buy a new this or that, stop buying this or that, going here, vacationing there, protesting this, or going to see this. In short, it's all propaganda.

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

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

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

In our information saturated world, I do think we all need to step back and think about what we are seeing and reading and ask the critical questions. One of the first things we should always ask when reading a story is this - What are they not telling us? Why not? What is the agenda? Take for example in some of the stories I read while doing the above on Libya (above). They talked about airstrikes that were in support of Haftar. The UAE was probably responsible for the strikes, yet that was omitted from the story? Why? I have learned this most valuable lesson. Ask the questions no one else is asking. Figure out why they are not asking it. Do that and you have probably found the real issue. Do that and you will rarely be fooled by fake news. Do you remember that fake news story about CNN broadcasting porn? I was suspicious from the get go. Why? If they had said they broadcasted it for say 30 seconds, I might have believed it. But broadcasters like that have ways to stop content from airing. One of those is the tape delay. They still do that you know. I think it is 7 seconds. You are telling me they broadcasted hard core gay porn for 30 minutes on a live broadcast network? Not likely. Not impossible, but not likely.

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

Is that the kind of world you want to live in?

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

You think I am off or just making this up?

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

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

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


So the problem of news media, slant and propaganda goes far beyond the Russian non-sense that has Congress all in a well paid for rage. One must wonder why those so concerned about Russian propaganda show none for Saudi or Israeli propaganda. We have had hearings on Russian media efforts but none on Saudi buying efforts of key Senators, Congressmen and even Presidential candidates. This makes me very, very suspicious as to where this so called 'outrage' is coming from.

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

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

FBI investigating alleged donor scheme tied to Senate candidate

McCain cuts off questions about Saudi donation
McCain Institute Should Give Back Million Dollars from Saudi Arabia
My take is that all of this outrage against Russia may have something to do with its influence in the media, but more of it is based upon Saudi Money using their puppets in the Congress and the Senate, to use American power against Russia and their anti-Terrorism efforts in the Middle East. The last thing Saudi Arabia and some of the Gulf states wants is to see the US and Russia link up and really start to clean up all of those fighters that they have been arming and funding. But it is not just the Saudi's.
Related

Clinton Admits Receiving $1Mil Donation From Qatar
Hacked emails show extent of foreign government donations to Clinton Foundation
You see, I think what most Americans have not fully internalized is that these days is this, Americans are not running our foreign policy, at least not all of it. Not today.  It's  being run by those who pay for key political leaders to get elected. Then they become little more than sock puppets for foreign interests who then send our men and women in uniform off to die in some war that has nothing to so with American interests. How can overthrowing a Democratically elected Government in Syria serve our interests? How can making millions upon millions of men, women and children into refugees be in our interests? How can arming terrorist groups be in our interests? It isn't but it is in the interests of those who are footing the campaign bills for 'outraged' political leaders here in the US.

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

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

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

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

(2Ti 3:13)

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

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

12 May

A recap of persecution stories from last week.

Jakarta: Christian Governor Jailed

The above link is from the Pakistan Christian Post. The following is from International Christian Concern.

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok," has been convicted of blasphemy against the Quran and sentenced to two years in jail.

The sentence was harsher than expected since even the prosecution recommended only a "suspended" jail sentence. The sentencing comes after one of Indonesia's most divisive elections ever. The sentence is largely based on an edited video that made Ahok's statements about the Quran to a group of fishermen seem harsher than they actually were. Ahok was explaining to listeners that some people were trying to use the Quran to convince Muslim voters that they could not vote for him. Ahok says that he is going to appeal the sentence.

Ahok is ethnically Chinese and a Christian who was raised by Indonesian Muslim parents. He was the first Christian Chinese governor of Jakarta. He enjoyed widespread popularity for his aggressive reforms and was favored to win reelection by a strong majority. Many hoped that Ahok's rise represented a new wave of secularism and tolerance among religions. Hardline Muslim organizations with strong political ties seized upon his statements about the Quran and demanded that he be tried for blasphemy and imprisoned. Protests of tens and hundreds of thousands rocked Jakarta during the campaign, demanding Ahok's imprisonment. Some mosques taught Muslims in Jakarta that they could not vote for a non-Muslim and even denied burial rites for Muslims who supported Ahok.

Ahok managed to squeeze out a small majority in the first round of elections in February, but lost in the run-off election in April. Many attribute his loss to rising sectarianism in Indonesia.  

Of course, not all Muslims were against Ahok. An activist from Indonesia's largest Muslim organization told Asia News, "For most people and activists, Ahok's trial has been 'fabricated' to obtain a prison sentence... We should all be equal to the Law, but this case does not prove it. The law was 'molded' by social pressures. This is a dangerous phenomenon."

Daniel Harris, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "The sentencing of Ahok for blasphemy against the Quran without sufficient evidence is a giant step backward for the nation's tradition and reputation of tolerance and unity. It is unfortunately a giant step forward for the growing wave of Islamic ultra-conservatism in the country. The fact that hardline Muslims were able to hijack the elections and intimidate the government into convicting Ahok illustrates the eroding 'equality' of religious and ethnic minorities in Indonesia." - ICC


Christian Bakers Case To Be Heard By UK High Court

As previously reported, a family-owned bakery in the UK, Ashers Baking Company, declined to make a cake for a homosexual advocacy group that read, “Support Gay Marriage.” The family was then deemed guilty of discrimination and charged with a fine of roughly $800. The UK Supreme Court has now stated that they will hear the family’s appeal over the matter. - ICC/Christian News Network

Satanic Messages Found At Spanish Church

666 and upside down crosses left by vandals at Monastery

German Churches See Rise In Refugee Baptisms

Thousands of refugees in Germany are converting from Islam to Christianity, although it could carry a huge personal risk for them. Independent churches are especially seeing many new converts. - DW

Persecution Of Christians Isn't Rare

Franklin Graham walks about his journey to territories formerly held by ISIS.

Malaysia's Missing Religious Activists: Where Are They Now?

One is a Christian pastor who was guilty of the 'crime' of converting Muslims to Christianity. Koh's abduction was carried out in broad daylight. The above link is from Asia Times and should not be missed. I will quote below from World Watch Monitor which is not strictly copyrighted. Note the piece is a bit dated.

(2 Mar 2017/World Watch Monitor) More than two weeks since the abduction of Malaysian Christian pastor, Raymond Koh, his son has filed a second police report on suspicion that his father has been murdered, reports Free Malaysia Today.

Jonathan Koh said the reason for the report was the lack of information or a ransom demand, even though the family had offered a reward of RM100,000 (about $22,500). CCTV footage obtained by the Koh family shows a well-executed operation involving five cars and two motorcycles. The masked men kidnapped Koh less than 100 metres from a police complex.

The abduction comes against a background in the country of pressure against non-Muslims, reports Lapido Media. This week the Malaysian parliament began its debate of a bill to empower Sharia courts which would pave the way for enforcing hudud – Islamic corporal punishment.

The private member’s bill was proposed by Abdul Hadi Awang, president of the Islamist Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS). One of the party’s main political agendas is for the full implementation of Sharia.

Eugene Yapp, Executive Director of the Kairos Dialogue Network, an NGO dedicated to dialogue on issues affecting Christian-Muslim relations, said: “It is part of [the Malaysian government’s] plan to review the entire Sharia judicial system, which includes upgrading the levels of the Sharia court and the harmonisation of Sharia and civil laws, as part of the Islamisation agenda.” - Continues At World Watch Monitor

Kazakhstan: Jehovah's Witnesses Get 5 Years In Jail

(Forum18) On 2 May a Judge in Kazakhstan's capital Astana sentenced Jehovah's Witness prisoner of conscience Teymur Akhmedov to five years' imprisonment for discussing his faith with seven young men who were National Security Committee (KNB) secret police informers but claimed to be students. He was also banned from conducting "ideological/preaching activity in the area of religion" for three years after the end of his sentence, a court statement declared.

Akhmedov rejected the charge of "inciting religious hatred" under Criminal Code Article 174 and will appeal. The Prosecutor had demanded a six year, eight month prison sentence.

Prisoner of conscience Akhmedov's human rights have been repeatedly violated in jail. A retired bus driver who marks his 61st birthday on 7 May, Akhmedov has been in pre-trial detention since 18 January, where he was tortured with beatings. Also, officials have repeatedly refused to allow him to be treated in hospital for the cancer he is suffering from, and to read religious literature (see below).

The KNB secret police has already launched a criminal case against two of Akhmedov's lawyers for allegedly violating the secrecy of the case by appealing on their client's behalf to President Nursultan Nazarbayev (see below).

KNB secret police Investigator Medet Duskaziyev – who launched the cases against Akhmedov and two of his lawyers - refused absolutely to discuss anything with Forum 18 on 3 May. He put the phone down as soon as it had introduced itself.

Asaf Guliyev, arrested with Akhmedov on the same charges in January, was sentenced to five years' restricted freedom on 24 February in Astana for speaking with Akhmedov about their faith to KNB secret police agents pretending to be students (see F18News 7 March 2017 http://www.forum18.org/archive.php?article_id=2262).

Violations in jail of prisoner of consciences' human rights

Since Akhmedov's 18 January arrest, a judge and other officials have repeatedly refused to release him from Investigation Prison to undergo hospital treatment for cancer. The detention of a cancer sufferer who needs to be hospitalised violates the United Nations (UN) Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (known as the Mandela Rules,

Prisoner of conscience Akhmedov has stated that he was tortured in jail. But in defiance of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment no arrests or trials of anyone strongly suspected of having tortured prisoners of conscience jailed for exercising freedom of religion and belief appear to have been made (see below).

Prisoners – both in pre-trial detention and in labour camp – are often denied the right to exercise freedom of religion or belief. An official of Astana's Investigation Prison where Akhmedov is being held told Forum 18 bluntly that "religious literature is banned". This violates the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (known as the Mandela Rules, A/C.3/70/L.3) (see below). - Source Forum18

ISIS Decapitates Three In Egypt

A father and his two sons were kidnapped and then beheaded.

American Family Detained In China

Police raided a church in China and detained 30 church members, including an American family with two children. The group of 20 officers broke into the service about 30 minutes after it began and confiscated church members’ phones, bank cards, and IDs. A pastor who attempted to film the raid was beaten by police officers. Most of the church members were detained overnight and released the next morning. The pastor, however, has not been released. His wife has not been allowed to visit him. This church has had a history of persecution from authorities. Last year the church had seven government raids within two months. During one raid police officers broke their offering box and confiscated more than 400 dollars from it. In the most recent raid the church was accused of “accommodating foreigners” and “illegally gathering.”  - (ICC/China Aid)
11 May

Trump Axes Comey

It's about time. This whole Russia probe got turned on its head. Clinton should have been the target of the probe. She was the one who recklessly endangered the nation with her criminal handling of classified information. But somehow, Obama and his cohorts turned it into a Russia probe instead of a Clinton probe.

Criminal probes don't get more evidence than what Comey had on Clinton. This was case dropped right into Comey's lap and he sat like a retard staring into space. Evidence? What evidence?

Why? Someone wanted Clinton in the White House, not the big house.

The real issue is why did Clinton and the DNC use Ukrainian companies for her server services? Everyone is talking about Russia but no one is asking the tougher questions. Who inside the Clinton, Obama and DNC camp were working for Ukraine and how did Ukraine successfully subvert key parts of our government to blame Russia for all of this?

What Americans don't understand, or perhaps better phrased WANT to understand is that many of your most venerated household political names have to various levels been 'turned' by foreign governments. You need only look at the foreign money flowing like sewage into our political campaigns. The Saudi's, Israeli's, Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Iranians. Hitting Trump for any purported ties to Russia is like handing out speeding tickets and a NASCAR race... for being the slowest car on the track.

I do not think Comey was really serious about getting to the bottom of anything with regards to these matters, except perhaps that the public would one day tire of it all and he could one day 'lose' all of his investigatory files. This is not so much a criticism to him but as to the political environment in Washington. No one really wants to see a real conclusion to these things because to do so could take down a lot of people in DC and put an investigator in a pine box... suddenly.

The top politico's want to use the scandal as a hot potato issue to take to CNN and Fox to put forward their 30 seconds of fake narratives. What...you think Flynn was the only person to accept money probably illegally? If you do you are living in a world of make believe and fake news.

The FBI director has a tough job. His worst enemies are often the people in Congress who call him in to criticize his work.

More here.

Most Americans are too partisan and intoxicated to look at this objectively and intelligently, the organ in their heads they have the temerity to call a mind being too clouded with partisan bickering, hate, fake news and opiates to cogitate on all of this with any degree of clarity.

Last year, 21century Wire did an interesting look at Mr. Comey. In it we find that Mr. Comey worked for the Clinton's on their foundation. Not only that but Mr. Comey also sat on the board of HSBC. This was one of the few banks our leaders investigated regarding terrorist financing and drug money laundering. You can find the report here on this site. Remember that with Senate reports, they can compel testimony and the production of internal documents that a blogger or journalist cannot (via subpoena). So before you decide to just 'skip over' it, consider that what is in that report isn't rumor.

Drugs? Has there been any relationship between the Clinton's and drugs? A person mildly curious is going to get an encyclopedia of data. Who would investigate these things if there were such ties? Let me guess? How about the FBI. Now who did Comey work for? Oh -  the person he was investigating and could not 'find' the proof that was dropped like an anvil into his lap.

So we have a scandal where a Clinton is under investigation for serious felonies of mishandling (at best) classified information who is being investigated by a person who sat on the board of her highly questionable foundation with many highly credible accusations of criminal activity who is thrown all the evidence he needs to put her in jail and refuses to do so. Then the DNC knowing Clinton is untouchable starts screaming 'Russia did it' and won't look at how Ukrainian Intelligence and probably others had their fingers all over this scandal. It should also be noted that John McCain has been one of Ukraine's key proponents for its Neo-Nazi government here in US policy circles. A government so filled with Nazi's they name streets after Nazi hero's. This is John McCains proxy army in Ukraine he called for arming. He has been one of the most useful senators Ukraine's government has, always sounding the anti-Russian alarm bell whenever a Neo-Nazi in Ukraine sneezes and needs some ammo.

But right now, the 'Nazi' faction in the US government has more clout on the hill than anyone else, so their false narratives are driving investigations into Russia, who by the way, the Ukrainian Nazi's are fighting in Eastern Ukraine. They even got America's first Black President to give support to these violent racists.

Americans and Jew hating Nazi's? We are closer to them than most Americans want to know.

Look, the corruption in DC this is not a partisan issue, though highly paid spin doctors are well compensated to frame the issue that way. Those on the left won't see the corruption of the lefties and the same with those on the right. The sinkhole of evil in DC is a bi-partisan affair.

Now there are calls for a Special Prosecutor. That is another joke they should give to Bill Maher, he'll get a good chuckle out of it on his show. When Jeff Sessions was being confirmed, the first thing the Senators who are in the pay of and are indebted to the the Clinton's wanted to be sure of is that Sessions would not go after Clinton, so they tied his hands. No one serious about criminal prosecutions will ever be put into a special prosecutors chair to look into this. His job will be to dispose of incriminating evidence, down play it in the media and make sure that key witnesses who talked and gave states evidence have their names leaked to those who can see to it they talk no more except through a necromancer. And above all, by any and all means, protect the Clinton's and their political machine from prosecution and any undue media attention. That will be the real job of any Special Prosecutor confirmed by this Senate.

So the only person the Senate will ever put up there is someone who is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other to 'investigate' the whole email scandal. It will lead nowhere, except if they can manufacture something against Trump, whom the whole kleptocratic establishment - Democratic and Republican - in DC hates with a perfect hatred.

Look... think about it like this. Atlanta Uncovers New Deadly Drug That Kills With Just A Touch. And this.

Drugs cannot come into the country in this mass amount, the money cannot be laundered in this mass amount unless key people in DC are on the take and running protection for the rackets, or as in the case of the Crack Cocaine scandal, were helping the epidemic along as long as it targeted the brothers in the hood.

This is classic racketeering, but no one has the power to prosecute. Only the DOJ and as you see with Sessions, they will chop off this hands and other vital organs before they take office to make sure the rackets keep going.

That is why I am not going to be as hard on Comey as some will be. Not even on the Clinton's or Trump who will be lambasted by the whole corrupt machinery in DC for this actions. They are not the problem. The problem is the millions of Americans who lack the the basic intellectual skills to put two and two together and get four. Their political reflexes will not allow them to make such a conclusion. To their poisoned minds, such an idea -  it is heresy. To say that political leaders who have been doing business with Drug cartels are part and parcel of America's drug problem in America?  "How dare you say that!, I voted for Hillary and am proud of it!", they would cry.

Come tell me when you have to ID your son on a cold mortuary slab because of an OD on some new designer form of Heroin... cold and stiff staring up at the florescent light unblinkingly with needle tracks up and down his arms. You thought the cost of your evil choices would hit the other mothers kid and not yours.

You were wrong.

What I will say to you will seem cold, hard and unfeeling, but it will be the truth. I will say, "No YOU killed your son. You and millions of evil, selfish Americans like you who were too blind and too politicized to see the evil you kept voting into office. Got more kids? Keep voting the way you do and you and many more mothers and fathers will take more trips to the morgue. This dope epidemic is not getting better, it's getting worse. Why? The dope rackets are protected.

No, to you the future weeping mother and father, I will say "You were too horny for your gay lover to see what your were doing, too ready to butcher your own baby in your womb to see, too full of greed for an oil pipeline to see, too full of hatred for the red, black and brown man too see.  In short, too evil to see what you deliberately, consistently and wickedly chose. And now you cry because the you see the fruit of your own choices laying on that slab and now suddenly, you want sympathy. I have none, except for the kid who is now dead.  But I have advice. Save the rest of your kids and work to put better leaders in your government and help rid the nation of the scourge of corruption that is killing kids in the inner city and the outer city, the right side of the tracks and the wrong side;  rural communities and elsewhere that all now, one way or another are starting to feel the real effects of deeply corrupt government.

I am not wild about Obama but he said something rather profound the other day, that I think bears repeating. He said that ultimately people get the politicians they deserve.

This is why I don't hit out at Trump or even Clinton as much as some think I should. They are not our problem. Our problem is 320 million people who allow themselves to be deceived and bamboozled year in and year out by a system that is raking them over the coals... and they they go and vote for the same people again.

No, Clinton is not our problem, nor is Trump. What is the problem with American today?

It's full of people who refuse to think and behave like the Americans that our founders hoped we would be. In far too many cases they refuse to think at all.

No brothers, for good or ill God will reward us all with the fruit of our own doings.

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him:
for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
(Isaiah 3:10 [KJV])

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings.
(Jeremiah 17:10 [KJV])

But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,
saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof,
 and it shall devour all things round about it. 
(Jeremiah 21:14 [KJV])

Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon
all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways,
and according to the fruit of his doings:
(Jeremiah 32:19 [KJV])

Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein,
 for the fruit of their doings.
(Micah 7:13 [KJV])


10 May

Prayer Request

I ask that you all pray for America's pastors, Christian leaders and personalities. I ask that you all pray that God really inserts in each of them a spirit of discernment. Pray that they also get a double portion of the spirit of courage to speak the truths that God wants spoken in these times. Pray that God's true shepherds begin to tell the sheep what God wants them to hear, what they need to hear and not what fills pews or avoids controversy. That the pastors of America begin to refocus on the gospel, getting people saved and keeping them saved. That we focus on the things of the Kingdom of God and far less on the kingdoms of this world.

Pray that the pastors of America develop a new seriousness about their jobs and calling.

I want to say this because one reader sent me an interesting prophetic word that I don't feel led to link to because of the person and 'network' that the author belongs to.

But the gist of it was a warning that those with serious sex sins in Church leadership would be exposed and that pastors who had these sins should repent. There were a couple of other prophets and prophetesses who were quoted.

The word was a good one and I don't think it was 'false', at least not in the way that most would think. But as I read it and begin to cogitate on it and things I know and cannot say much about I think this comment is in order.

Powerful forces inside our government have it in for Christians. Sites like mine may not seem important but believe it or not, it has in the past influenced US policy. My writings are influential enough that I was actually invited to join the CFR as one of their lower tiers of members (yes really!) several years ago. It is for that reason I have had a small but significant part of the fury of hell leveled against this small site and me personally by elements within the deep state.

I think it possible that network and others (to whom that afore mentioned author belongs) is giving Christians a warning in the only way they can that some kind of persecution via deep state spying, set ups and other illegal acts is now underway. They would only need to contort the law and their legal authority to make that happen and that I can tell you that doing such things is absolutely nothing new for some elements.

So I also ask that you pray for America's pastors along those lines as well. The deep state really has powerful secularists, homosexuals, Muslims, Masons and satanists who use their power, often illegally, not to catch terrorists and traitors and other subversives, but to go after law abiding Americans whose only crime is to disagree with them and other demonic elements who operate at least until lately, with complete impunity at the law, elected representatives and even the President.

I strongly suspect getting control of these rouge elements and operations inside the deep state has been a real problem for leaders and the oversight committee's. Keep in mind that the last President had a real tendency to break the law, get around it and do pretty much whatever he wanted while he smiled for the camera and empty headed Americans went weak in the head watching him do it.

President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

Kid yourself not. Obama was part of the Muslim Mafia that allowed a lot of the evil stuff to happen in secret where there was no political accountability. People were not supposed to know of this stuff and other things he was up to... in secret.  It was he who appointed the Sunni-Muslim CIA director who according to news reporting conspired with foreign spies to attempt to throw the US election to Hillary Clinton. It is his agency that has been secretly pushing non-Christians into key Church leadership to 'Islamify' Christian denominations. So while he was telling you all of his deep concern for your civil liberties, he was digitally raping us all in our sleep.

But someone is trying to clean things up. The DOD just issued a new directive that will try and restore some internal oversight. This Russia-gate scandal, I suspect has exposed considerable illegal and highly questionable activity by the US intelligence community. It was a lax environment that invited abuses and even treason (like opening up CIA safes and handing out secrets). The kind of thing you would expect if the President was working for a foreign intelligence service. Now, I am not accusing Obama of that, but at the same time, some of the things I saw him do makes me really wonder if this was not the case. I can say that those around him were up to things he clearly would not rebuke that caused significant harm to the nation's security.

Pastors need to keep in mind some of the tools that Wikileaks is revealing. They are important and let me explain why.

When an 'insider threat' (an intelligence official/network who is committing crimes using his power) wants to set  someone up. They can do it this way. They can plant malware or a virus on your computer. That malware can redirect your browser to honeypot site that will then download malicious code. Then that code will redirect your browser to illegal sites (like child porn) and download this onto your computer. What this does is create a legally enforceable digital record that you are a child pornographer, even if you personally never went to any such site.  When the authorities link your IP up you will have the whole US government dropping down on you like flies and you will go to jail. "Pastor of Megachurch arrested on Child Porn Charges" the story will go on to show how thousands of images were on the pastors computer while he protests his innocence. No one will believe him because people love to believe the worst about pastors. Another way they could do it is to provide what tools and intelligence they can to foreign intelligence services who will then use that information to go after Americans. Give them tools, guidance and help to attack law abiding Americans. Now who was it who opened up that CIA safe and handed out all those CIA cyberweapons?

How can they plant the malware in the first place? They can (and have) tracked 'persons of interest' on the web using digital tools built into widely used software. I will not reveal them here as these tools are mostly used (rather than abused) for legitimate LE and intelligence purposes. But at the same time, I will tell you as much as I can to make you aware that this stuff is as real as it gets. You will never know what happened to you until the cops bash in your front door and take you away for crimes you never even thought about committing. But all the evidence will be there for cops to 'find' and no one will realize who was behind it and why. That is why the call it 'covert'.

So anyone out there who has a Church, ministry or Christian blog beware. I mean that BEWARE. These Wikileaks dumps... I don't like them, but at the same time I don't like the way our intelligence officials have abused their legal authority to target law abiding Americans whose only crime was to preach a sermon, seek peace, protest an oil pipeline, expose criminality and other works that benefit rather than harm the nation.

Keep in mind that the CIA according to CIA officers who has spoken on the web lost control of those tools. Does ISIS have them? China? Russia? Ukraine? Child pornographers? I don't know. More importantly they may not know who has acquired them via secondary sales/acquisition. Also keep in mind that according to widely disseminated reports, some of those tools were specifically designed to make some attacks look like they came from someone other than the real source.

There is a network of really arrogant intelligence officials who for too long had no oversight or control over them. If I told you some of them really thought they were gods because of their covert power, I would not be exaggerating. Some of them are really just that arrogant.

You as a Christian and those of you in ministry need to be aware. The fact that you preach Christ and him crucified gives you a whole slew of powerful foes whose name by law you are not even allowed to know. I exhort all of you to do as our Lord commands.

 
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:
be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils,
and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake,
 for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father
which speaketh in you.
(Matthew 10:16-20 [KJV])

The devil has been busy in Mesopotamia eliminating Christians. Don't think he has forgotten about all of us here in the west. I can assure you...

He hasn't. He is smart enough to know that here, different methodologies must be used and use them he shall.

I say again, beware.



7 May

Another Christian Killed In Egypt

05/07/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern): International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on Saturday, May 6, a Christian man in El-Arish, Egypt, was shot and killed by four masked men while inside his barbershop. This is the first Christian to be murdered by masked men in El-Arish since seven were killed in a series of murders over the months of January and February, causing hundreds of Christian families to flee the city.

Nabeel Saber Fawzi, age 40, and his family, including a wife and two children, were among the hundreds of Christian families to flee El-Arish in late February 2017.

Nabeel and his family fled to Port Said where they lived in a small apartment in a youth house," a relative of Fawzi, wishing to remain anonymous, told ICC.

"On April 27, Nabeel decided to leave his wife and children in Port Said to return and reopen his barbershop in Arish because he did find any job in Port Said to meet the physical needs of his family,” the relative explained. Plus, he thought that the situation had become quiet and stable in Arish.

He was opening his barbershop from time to time over the last 10 days,” the relative continued. “On Saturday, May 6, four masked gunmen broke into his shop and shot him in the head resulting in immediate death."

Starting in late January through February, seven Christians in El-Arish were murdered under similar circumstance. As this series of targeted murders was taking place, an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai promised to eliminate Egypt’s Christian minority claiming Egyptian Christians were the group’s “favorite prey.” Since then, ISIS attacks across Egypt have dramatically increased, including the bombing of two churches on Palm Sunday killing at least 45 and injuring another 126.

William Stark, ICC’s regional manager, said, “We are deeply concerned for the developing situation in Egypt. This year has already been a difficult year for many Christians in Egypt, especially those displaced by the El-Arish murders and those affected by the Palm Sunday bombings. Unfortunately, many of the Christian families displaced from El-Arish find themselves in situations similar to Nabeel. Cut off from their homes and livelihoods, many are finding it difficult to provide for themselves. More has to be done by Egypt’s authorities to confront ISIS and secure Christian communities across Egypt. Until then, it is likely we will continue to see attacks on Christians and their places of worship.” - Source ICC


5 May

Jihadist Terror Still A Problem For Europe

This policy piece looks at the trends for Islamic terrorism in the UK. There have been a few attacks and foiled attempts. This piece looks at the issue.

Bernie Defends Israel

Finally some on the left see the light. Yes, Israel has problems, but others who don't receive the criticism are far, far worse. Like Trump's new best friend, the Saudi's. My guess is that this may be one of the real reasons Tillerson is pushing back human rights in our foreign policy make up. The NeoCons smell oil and massive defense purchases from the keepers Mecca, Saudi Arabia. For those of you interested, here is a site that is good, disappeared from the web years ago but finally reappeared. It has a lot of data, much of it dated but the real Saudi Arabia is there for you to see. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International all have extensive reporting on a pattern of dispicable Human Rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

However, I would not be totally fair if I did not say that many see some progress in some areas regarding Human Rights in the KSA.

Glad Bernie has not gone off the deep end with the Israeli bashing, so common among liberals.

Germany: Converts To Christ Face Violent Backlash

This is part of a serious, growing and wholly predictable train of events. Anyone who tries to leave Islam will remain under a death threat for the rest of his life by radicals.


3 May



A Word For Today


(Note: This was written back in October of 2014. I post this here today. I plan on getting to one of prophetic books I have commented on since the bulk of my work went behind the password wall. When I decide which one, I will post the series here. Perhaps starting later this month.

Today, I wanted to talk just a moment about the things that are happening in the world today and how to keep ourselves from being fearful, afraid panic stricken or panic mongers and to keep an even emotional keel in these times. With Ebola a new ground war in Iraq on the Horizon, strange events talking place in our markets many of which have been relayed here or in my reports, and of course the rising police/surveillance state that even the most ardent deniers can and have now begun to see is all around us, it is easy to get depressed and fearful.

Brothers we cannot let ourselves be overcome with fear and panic. Once we do that we have given the devil a major 'in' into our minds and lives. This very short and very good paper may help some of you understand why this is important. Fear is your enemy for the most part in your Christian walk and why certain alternative sites that constantly harp on fear are not your friends, but are a tool of the enemy. The evils of today, from Ebola, to the rising spirit of Antichrist to ISIS; to leaders who push Sodomy to arming terrorists to raising up and giving legitimacy to and installing anti-Christ governments the world over,  there is a lot to be afraid about in our troubled world. I can assure you that it is going to get progressively worse and mankind. I am not here to give you false hope or lie you into a positive attitude. Rather, I am going to show you that we must not let fear lead us. We must not be guided by the spirit of fear or be rushed into panic decisions. Nor should we be influenced by the devils imps, even if they sit in the White House, the Kremlin or in Brussels. Brothers, these are difficult times and the devils men are rising everywhere. Soon there will be no safe place to go. Some of my readers have asked me why I don't move. I wanted to long, long ago. I have looked at places from Chile, to Argentina, to Sweden to Belize. But I have not been given the go ahead to move anywhere. At least not yet. If I ever need to move, God will show me where, when and how. I said God will show me, not fear will show me.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  (John 10:27, KJV)

This is meant in every sense of  the word. God will guide you in all things, if and only if you let him. You must let yourself be guided by him and not by fear. Too often have I seen nominal Christians get whipped up into a panic or what I call the 'conspiracy' mindset and get tossed to and fro with thousands of different conspiracy theories. After a few years when the theories they believed in do not bring in  Martial Law or some new disaster, they get burned out. Then you find that they really had no foundation on Christ, just a love of panic stricken news and commentary. None of this is to say that we should believe much that comes over our news media today. I think readers here know better than that, but it does mean that we must have a sense of balance when looking at our world.

I tend to look at our world with an air of detachment. I tend to always put myself in neutral when looking at news items. For me this has been an invaluable gift, it allows me to look at things without emotional coloring, patriotic fervor or other forms of mental conditioning and cut to the chase in very short order. I admit it is a gift, most people simply are not capable of it. But for me it is essential and an essential part of my unemotional nature.  To be able to do that in these times I think will help keep people on a more even emotional keel. Because I know how easy it is to get depressed reading all of the evil things going on in our world today.

How can you develop that kind of detachment? By remembering a couple of things. First off - you did not create ISIS, you did not arm them, you did not point out targets for them to hit, you did not bio-engineer Ebola or Aids, you did not, create a trillion dollar hole in the banks balance sheets that has forced the Fed to print money like never before in our history. You did not do it. Someone else did it, It is not your problem to concern yourself about solving. This does not mean unconcern or apathy. It means that we cannot take ownership of the worlds troubles. We can help when we can, pray when we can, but ultimately mankind's wickedness is mankind's fault and yes, they will pay for it fully. ALL THE UNREPENTANT WILL PAY FULLY FOR THEIR OWN SINS. We cannot take ownership of the world's evils and troubles. In short, take ownership for the problems on your table - you will find that usually that is more than enough!!

We must go forward with a calmness and determination in Christ that rises above the daily troubles that our world faces and all disasters and things that cannot be explained by us. We have to accept that and move on. We humans look at disasters and sin too much in human terms and from a human perspective, not internalizing that the worst disaster than can befall man here on earth will be paradise compared to what God has in store for unrepentant sinners. We cannot get panic stricken by the things that happen here on earth daily.

I am often struck by Christ's reaction in the Gospel of Luke to horrors reported to him by others that had taken place in his time, one was the rumor that Pilate had mingled Galilean blood with sacrifices.

There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  (Luke 13:1-5, KJV)

Did Christ become panic stricken? Did he start a conspiracy site? Did he get up and rail against Pilate? No. He tells them if they don't repent they will suffer the same fate. Christ was focused - he knew ultimately what the real issue was and would not get sidetracked.

My view on the rest of my life is simple - this world is not my home, I am just passing through. I am a visitor here, a sojourner, The devil and his kingdoms, what have I do do with them? I am not of this world, no true Christian is and this is why the world has turned its guns on us - we can see what spirit is running our nation and world by the way God's people are consistently treated. Because let me put this to you in a hard-nosed, no non-sense fashion. Do you belong to this world and its kingdoms? Then you are none of Christs. You need to get saved.  A true Christian is hated by this world, its systems and its citizens.

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 15:18-25, KJV)


Now I will grant you that there is another Spirit out there masquerading as Jesus telling people to steal, kill and destroy in the name of the state or some corporation. In each and every case they have been deceived.  They may not know it or want to acknowledge it, not when the pay is so good and they get health care, but anyone who commits these evils is a slave of those evils.

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  (1John 3:7-8, KJV)

Brothers, those little words we read in scripture like 'whosoever' and 'all' they mean something. Here on earth they get lawyers to weasel out of the meaning of words -  not with God. He means what he says and says what he means. Are you committing these evils in the name of anything (State, American Corporations, Business groups, Oil companies, Pharmaceutical companies, etc)? Then your father is the devil. He may be wearing a Jesus disguise, but it is the devil who is your father. He has just got you deceived and remember, deceit is his business and there is none better.


When God tells us that we need keep ourselves from sin, that is what he means. The world and its evil systems are not really my concern, except to watch them all for signs of our Lord's return. I know the world is going to hell in handbasket and all those who refuse to repent of their sins. There is nothing I can do about that, other than to preach and assist others in spreading the gospel. The fact that the world is going to into judgment and damnation is not my fault, I cannot carry the emotional burden for that. I can only take care of the things within my own preview and personal scope of influence, which isn't much. I can only do so much but what I can do, I will do. One thing I know is that Christians are struggling for perspective today. Really struggling. I know this site has really helped many gain it. Not many sites out here are like this. I assure you I am NOT bragging. This site is not my idea. It is not what I chose to do. I am under orders. When I got those orders, it was hard to take them and I nearly rebelled against it, twice and was rebuked, the second time severely. But now, 17 years later, I see just how important this site is and how it has helped so many. I never have nor ever will make any claim to perfection or infallibility. I am not your classical OT prophet. I am a humble servant of Christ who has a gift a gift of discernment, analysis and yes, to a slight degree prophetic, insofar as I am a student of Bible Prophecy and have been for many long decades and testify of Jesus Christ (Rev 19:10)

Positive Influences

We don't need negative influences in our lives. We need to keep ourselves among our own kind for strength and solace. That being other genuine blood bought Christians of any and all races. None of us has any business betting close to lost souls, confiding in them and getting too close.  As times get rougher (hear me out!) and the devil and his imps get more power politically spiritually and economically, I exhort all of you to re-examine all of your relationships. Examine them closely in the light of scripture, prayer and honesty with yourself about what you are getting and giving out of them.

Not all relationships should be lifelong. Some people are there in our lives for a short period of time and then they go out. That is not a bad thing. It can be a good thing. Some people I know I once hung out with... they are doing time. People I once served with, one I think is in prison. I could go on and on...

Others I know have major integrity issues. Many have forsaken the cross of Christ or gone after the Gospel that preaches, "Mammon is Christ" in the million dollar pulpits of America. There were there in my life for a season and now, looking back in retrospect, I am glad they are out of my life. But my own two cents is that there is something deeply wrong with most Americans and their character and I think that her media and cultural cues put forth by Madison Ave and Hollywood have a great deal to do with that. What I am not saying is that we should develop 'throw away' relationships. What I am saying is that some relationships are seasonal and others should never have been started in the first place. Be wise in your choice of friends and associates, casual and business in these times.

Let me close this piece with a secular SECULAR article on relationships. This was passed on to me by a reader last week. Take it for what it is worth but I think for some of you, it may be of more than just a little value.


Be encouraged brothers, times are hard but God is still on the throne!!

30 Apr

The Fruits Of American Regime Change? Libyan Slave Market Thrives

Forgive the tone of this link from iBankcoin, there are others out there but this one, as I think encapsulates the outrage of what we have done with American led 'regime change'. If things were bad before regime change, they will be considerably worse when American policy 'experts' gets done with it.


Think about what many of our policy leaders want to do with Syria, with all those wacko's we armed and trained with machine guns and blood stained Koran's (including some Al Qaeda and a few ISIS jihadists whom we have called the 'Free Syrian Army' to fool Americans), whom they want to run Syria when they remove Assad.


It's pretty sick and delusional. And the UN? Who is in charge of Human Rights these days? The Saudi's!! Look at their abominable record at Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

Is it any wonder this world is so screwed up? The US just seems to have abandoned any real moves in this direction and seeks to bolster those whose rights abuses would make the Marquis de Sade blush and Joseph Mengele recoil in shame.

What is Obama's real legacy In Libya?

A Return to African slavery. Many say that is too harsh. Is it? Eight years of that man and we had the worst race riots in years, cops gunning down black men, jobs vacating black communities... things got considerably worse under Obama for Black folks. Sooner or later you just have to get into reality and realize that he did exactly what he was being paid to do. Thinking Black folks can see. Most still are lost in a stupor of socially reinforced Black befuddlement - ready to follow the next bought and paid for 'Black leader' right back to the plantation their ancestors worked so hard to get out of.

It's hard to be optimistic about a people so out of touch with reality and so gleefully support their own destruction as long as it is accomplished at the hands of Black man.

Yes, Black America is still madly in love with that man.

Well, that's only because those Libyan shackles are not on their feet...

...yet.

Not to worry.... they are working on similar plans here in order to make it as profitable to the slave masters as possible.

Black Americans, I weep for you. I don't understand why our people find it so difficult to face hard facts and fix our problems and find refuge in the same consistent mistakes that keep our people heading backwards in most important measurable statistics - employment, incarceration rates, homicide victims (at the hands of other Blacks), marriage rates and the consistent disrespect we show to leaders who point these things out and try and wake people up and get us on the right track.

I saw the way the Black DNC Mafia went after Dr. West who was one of the few intelligent Black voices warning us about Obama. They tried to shout him down for telling the truth. But that is Black America for you. For too many, they are not interested in fixing anything that they cannot blame on White folks.  That is the problem, Black America simply refuses to contextualize many our problems except within the confines of racism. Often racism is the problem. But often it's an excuse. Racism is not causing the homicide epidemic in Chicago. No white man is forcing YBM to kill other YBM.

Why is there a lot of silence in the Black community over it and anger when Trump points out the problem there? Simple, this is a problem they can't put all on the White man. Black intellectuals are confused, embarrassed and don't know what to do. So they sit silent and let the self-inflicted extermination continue and collectively won't face the problem in an effective manner. Those who try and help the new President deal with it get lambasted. To me, it looks like too many would rather see the murders continue than give Trump a 'victory' that would help Black folks that Obama had 8 years to deal with, and didn't.

Baltimore Mayor Begs For help As Murder Rate Soars

But clearly there are deeper problems with the way Americans contextualize problems. Context is key brothers for without it, facts become extraneous and good, hard information becomes a threat... to false narratives that permeate our communities and that we sadly, hold sacred. This is not just endemic to Black America, but ALL of America. In the post truth age, context   - FULL context is of great importance.

To far too many Americans, Black and White, what we have done and what they have supported overseas is an abstraction, irrelevant and unimportant.

Black Americans... too many think that because they have faced some discrimination, that that will give them a pass when God hands down his horrific sentence upon this once great land for what we have done and continue to do to so many in our troubled world today.

It won't. Those who partake of evil and abominations and give their support to it will all face the same punishment.

God is an equal opportunity rewarder of deeds - for good and for evil.

The elevated level of melanin in your skin is not a 'get out of hell free' card, despite what your pastor, preacher or televangelist may imply.

Take heed all who read this - Black and White and do not partake of evil, not in your workplace, not at home, not at play, not with your buddies and not in the political arena. That last one can have devastating and far reaching consequences you will not even know about until you stand before God and give account for why you put your stamp of approval on wicked acts. You will say, 'I didn't know'. God will then respond, 'correction, you didn't want to know'.

This is why the devil spends so much time subverting and paying ministers all over America at election time - to stain your hands with the blood of the innocent while in a spiritual place of willful ignorance  - brought on by highly emotionalized political excitement, anger and fear.


 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for
glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil,
of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good,
to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
 For there is no respect of persons with God.
(Romans 2:7-11 [KJV])


Let the wise man consider what I say here. Let the righteous man keep his soul and not go aside after the vain things in this world. Seek peace, brothers and righteousness in Christ. Do that with your whole heart and you will never go astray.  For those of you who think you are a shoe-in to be saved. Let me ask you this question. How is it is the Righteous man, the holy man saved? The answer? Scarcely - barely

And if the righteous scarcely be saved,
where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
(I Peter 4:18 [KJV])



That word scarcely is this one in the Greek

G3433  - molis mol'-
is probably by variation for 3425; with difficulty:--hardly, scarce(-ly), + with much work. see GREEK for 3425

No one is getting into heaven with a flippant attitude about righteousness, justice and truth. There is no 'universal salvation' taught in the scriptures. Many are called, few chosen (Matt 22:14).

I have said this before and I will say this here. Hell is a place and real people go there every single day. Not one single solitary soul that goes there ever thought he would be there and that it would be as horrible a place as it is and that for all eternity, there is absolutely no escape.

Not one.

If you want to know why God is so patient with us sinners this is the reason why. He is giving us all enough rope to save ourselves or hang ourselves with. The choice is ours... as is the rope (free choice) he gives us.

I know I often sound down on this country. It's not 'cynicism' as I have been accused of by some CIA officers who were actively trying to set me up, it's a spiritual reality check. How can God hold us guiltless for things like this?

Related: Millions Facing Famine In  War Torn Yemen
Related: Spectre Of Famine Looms Over Yemen


Nothing I have seen in this new administration, Congress or the Senate portends anything but more, considerably more of the same. We are not quite at Judgments door yet, but we are moving 'peddle to the metal', in that direction. President Trump (and McCain's) 'Iran obsession' should not starve 20 million people to death, and so far that appears to be our policy.

God cannot and will not hold us guiltless and if I sound incredibly different that the vast majority of so called Christians sites on the web it's because a lot of Christian sites are not Christian, but are run by others who have agenda's that have nothing to do with Christ other than to be used to deceive and misdirect the sheep at the proper time.

Grace and peace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please pray for President Trump who finally realizes that that job is absolutely no picnic.
27 Apr

Prophetic Update


Grace and peace to all of you here at Watson’s Web.

I usually like to keep this behind the password wall, but this is one I will make an exception for.
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Today, we are going to do prophetic update which as you all know I do on an aperiodic basis.

Today, I am not going to look at North Korea or Syria; not Europe nor even Africa. Rather today, we are going to look here at home and on a broader perspective, all over the world to look at an issue I think will be a key unspoken one in the years ahead.

Targeting The Mind

One of the key trends I have noted of late that I don’t see contextualized enough by bloggers, in my view is the increasing mental instability of many of my countrymen. This is a subject I have talked about before, but as each day passes, I see the problems as being more and more acute. Think about it, yesterday we saw a man who apparently went nuts, shouting Islamic praises and gunning down white people. Reports say he hated white people. Then there was the Facebook killer, who reportedly killed people on Facebook. Cops hunted for him and he committed suicide during the chase. Then there is the Football star, who committed suicide in his prison cell. More and more people are not acting normally. Sometimes they get violent, belligerent and yes, crazy.


Then there are the suicides, often drug induced suicides. In my home state, our medical examiner is overwhelmed by cases

Deaths from drug overdose in the state rose to 1,468 in the first nine months of 2016, up from 1,259 for all of 2015, and more than twice as many as 2010. Of those deaths, 900 were related to heroin, and more than 700 related to fentanyl – a more powerful opioid that is often mixed with heroin. - Russia Today

The stories are the same, all over the nation. I read a story the other day about a mother who was saddened by her son’s suicide. He was 22 and was very depressed, unemployed and felt that life did not turn out the way he thought it would. So he took his own life. You can read about this tragedy here. The story is hardly atypical, it is a story that is replaying itself all over the nation – from the big city to the small town in the Midwest. Joblessness, despair, crushed hopes and dreams, drugs and in some cases, violent fanaticism (joining ISIS or the KKK) are the result. On the drug front, our new President does not seem to have the nations best interest at heart.

Now, as an aside, let’s just take a look at just what ‘tough’ law and order statutes on the books really does.

Florida's anti-opioid laws were supposed to take high-level traffickers off the streets. Instead, they put low-level users in prison for most of their lives.”
- Reason.com

To me it is a real tragedy to see so many young people take their own lives because of despair. Young people have their whole life ahead of them and yet often take these disastrous ‘life detours’ that put them either in jail or in the morgue. The heroin epidemic is being likened to an Ebola outbreak. Officials from the counties around Chicago are going to meet to deal with this serious crisis.

Despair, drugs, hate and yes, mental illness– these unseen enemies are wrecking havoc on Americans. This up and coming generation appears to be in the cross-hairs of this attack.

Usually, I like to give the geopolitical backdrop for these things and while I have given you all some of it, today, I am going to rather, look at this from a spiritual perspective.

Satan’s target is the mind. For the mind is where the will is and the will (volition) is what satan wants to target. He is working very hard along those lines. Did you know that scientists have been working very hard to determine which part of the brain controls our free will so they can find ways to alter and or manipulate it? The same goes with our conscience. Yes, many of these things have been talked about, brain implants that are supposed to help injured soldiers, etc. That is the advertising… to get Congress and others to give them more money. The reality is that they are looking for ways to control the will and conscience of men. This is one of the things the devil has always tried to do. Today, he uses deceit, temptation and threats to influence our free will. But tomorrow, he will only need a brain implant. Then you (or anyone) will truly believe that going into a mall and shooting up the place, or gunning down your mother was the ‘moral’ thing to do. Why? The chip in your brain interfered with your normal cerebral processes to make you come to that conclusion.

DARPA (our military) would love to get hold of that technology because then they could create a race of amoral killing machines and would never have to worry about a conscientious objector. For those of you who think I am way off and way out on this, well consider this – Facebook is confirming that they are working on a tool that allows people to communicate only using their minds with a brain interface.


How do you get the technology like that? Who handed it over to Facebook? Well, I think I have told all of you here that Facebook and the deep state are shall we say ‘too close for comfort’ and leave it at that. Do you want DARPA, the NSA, the CIA or other ‘deep state’ fruit-loops messing with your brain?

I ask this question to all of you who think that somehow this will be OK. What laws exist to keep them from messing you up, experimenting on you with these implants without your knowledge? Let me give you warning. Unless there is a law that specifically and forcefully forbids it, they will do whatever they want and when they do it, they are just as likely to lie to Congress about it as tell the truth, or do it in such a way as to escape any accountability.

What am I saying here? Very simple. The mind, the human brain - particularly it’s volition and conscience are in the devil’s cross hairs. Always keep this in mind as well, the devil hates mankind, just a little less than he hates God. He means none of us well. He may throw a few toys and trinkets to his loyal followers, but he has no love for them, nothing but the deepest contempt and scorn. Once he’s done with them, he will throw them out like a piece of garbage.

One of the things that I think may wind up being all the rage in the years ahead are implants that make people feel better, lift their moods and otherwise alleviate depression which is a very real and significant problem here in the US, where millions of Americans are taking pills to combat it.

This much you can sure of, America’s mental health crisis is being looked at in the power circles of our nation. Particularly now that we have seen two tragedies that involve Black Men. Now the wheels of state will start turning…. Almost certainly against black men, who for the most part, have to work twice as hard to get half as far as their white counterparts. Again, we see the same kinds of pattern, despair and frustration, but in these two instances last week, the results were not suicides, but different shades of murder.

The Wrong Way To ‘Die To Self’

Whenever I think of suicide, I see the devil behind it. Yes, I really do. One of his goals is to kill. Suicide is ‘murder without the middle man’. It’s a self-inflicted ‘hit’ or assassination. Is there any real biblical evidence for this? Yes.

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs
a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs;
and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been
 often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder
by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying,
and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and
 worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee,
 Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him,
What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may
enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits
went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep
place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country.
 And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus,
and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting,
and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it
told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning
the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when
he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him
that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him,
Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee,
 and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in
Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

(Mark 5:1-20 [KJV])



Two things of note that we find in this passage that are relevant to our discussion today. First was that this man who was possessed of an unclean spirit or rather thousands of unclean spirits. That is why he called himself legion. The Roman legion was made up of about 5000 men, though in later years that number was smaller. There was an army of devils dwelling in that man.

But Let's observe his behavior. He had strong morbid and self destructive tendencies. Morbid? He spends his time in tombs. Self destructive? He would cut himself with rocks. These are some of the ways demonic possession and or oppression manifests itself. Morbid obsessions and acts of self destruction. So it was with this man. Then note what happens - after Christ removes the unclean spirit from this man after discovering his name, they besought the Lord not to send them away, but rather entered into a herd of pigs. Once they entered into the pigs what was the first thing they did? They became suicidal, ran over the cliff and drowned themselves.

The key takeaway here is that when the devil gets into the mix and into a persons mind, he will move it towards morbid subjects, particularly as it swirls around death. His ultimate aim is to kill and if he can get control of one’s mind, suicide and thoughts thereof will begin to fill the mind. These kinds of thoughts and obsessions are very often, if not usually the work of fallen angels and unclean spirits.

The Assault


This is one reason why I think the opiod epidemic in America has a much deeper undertone, that merely a geopolitical attack, which I am certain that on some level, it is. I see this more importantly as a spiritual assault on the nation. One that

1 - effects the mind, cognitive abilities of Americans who indulge in the drug

2 - effects the economics of communities who have deep problems with the drug – good capital is funding the destruction of the youth, rather than employing them.

3 - undermines the future of the nation as many youths drop out of the job market, or in the avid hopes of America’s geopolitical foes places a couple of million into jail, alienating them from their communities and nation, making many openly hostile to both.


Again, anyway the devil can target your mind, your will and your conscience, he is going to do it and one way to do that is via drugs.

This is why I often think it is an oversimplification to talk about the drug crisis only in terms of law and order, prison sentences and more policing. There is something deeper going on here and that something is the growing disillusionment of millions of Americans. Not just youth but older people as well who get hooked on various drugs. Many see nothing wrong with it. They lose a job and either get sick and then get hooked on opiods, get broke and look for new ways to make some money (selling drugs). Or just get depressed and get hooked.

No, I see this as both a geopolitical assault on the youth, not just of the US but of the west in general, for Europe and the UK are also facing a similar problem with herion/opiods. But also, this is more importantly a spiritual assault. The devil and his highly motivated and intelligent imps now see a weakness, an opening, a vulnerability inside America and they are taking full advantage of it.

This is not an opening that will yield the devil and his secular helpers immediate results. No, this is one that will weaken, perhaps significantly the nation over time. Let us remember that the devil is not a one or two or even three-dimensional thinker. He see’s things in a multi-dimensional fashion and if he has one virtue, it is patience. He was around long before any of us were alive and will be here long after some of us are gone.

Mind Armor

Our minds as Christians are in the cross-hairs of the devil. He will use our circumstances to work against us, to get us down on God, down on those around us and down on ourselves. This is the devils MO, again, he is going to target our minds. One of those ways he does it is to just wear us down. Paul warns of this in the book of Hebrews. Walking a Christian walk can be wearing. Not only do we have to deal with everyday mundane problems that those who are lost have to deal with, but also we have to deal with the constant struggle against sin.


Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
 before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself,
 
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
(Hebrews 12:2-4 [KJV]


Another thing he will try and do is to get us to panic and be troubled in our minds. Again, Paul talks about this in Thessalonians.

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;
(II Thessalonians 2:2-3 [KJV])



In the book of Colossians, he gives us all an exhortation as to how our minds and hearts should be clothed.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies,
kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing
 one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:
 even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity,
 which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
 to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

(Colossians 3:12-15 [KJV]


Paul gives us all a similar exhortation in the book of Philippians and how we can have peace of mind and to cease with the worries of this world.


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
 are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,
 and if there be any praise, think on these things.

(Philippians 4:6-8 [KJV]


The book of Philippians is loaded with verses on how to be positive and think positive as a Christian. One theologian I can remember from many years ago called it his ‘joy’ epistle. So what does Paul say about what mind should be in us? Well, first he tells us how not to be, act and what not to focus on, that being our own glorification.


Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind
let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own
 things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought
it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation,
 and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient
unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
 and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus
 every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:3-11 [KJV]


The same sentiment is expressed more briefly here in Romans

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate.
Be not wise in your own conceits.
(Romans 12:16 [KJV]


In Ephesians he tells us to put off the old man and be renewed in the Spirit of our minds (Eph 4:22-23)

Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect,
be of good comfort,
be of one mind,
live in peace;
and the God of love and peace
shall be with you.
(II Corinthians 13:11 [KJV]

Finally I will give you one of my favorite passages that relate to the mind and our attitude as servants of Jesus Christ.


I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say,
through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you,
not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man
the measure of faith.
(Romans 12:1-3 [KJV])

Conclusion

Brothers, this prophetic update may not be like the others, but I sense a deep assault against the nation as a whole and Christians in particular and that assault more and more will be targeting our minds, our emotions and our attitudes. Call it the devils psychological operations. He has been at it a long time and knows the weak points in each of us to work on. So, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I ask all of you to guard your minds. Be careful out there as there are many different entities out there who are targeting your mind for various reasons. Some just to get into your wallet (advertisers) others to change your morality (Hollywood) still others to get you to vote differently (political propaganda) others want to create a race of killer elite soldiers (DARPA/DOD).

So I ask all of you to keep these things in mind as the days pass, guard your mind with all diligence as the devils final assault on our world and the people on it has not yet begun and it will be a real effective mix of techniques that will lead all men to serve in his kingdom that will come and last only 42 months.

Brothers, the devil is real. Satan is real. Ask his followers, they know. They know exactly whom they are serving and that he is no figment of the imagination.

Let those of us who know Christ remember this.

Grace and peace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ!

Brother Mark



26 Apr


Maxine Waters Loses Her Mind To Anti-Russian Dementia

(Black Agenda Report/Glen Ford) Not one Black member of Congress seems prepared to challenge the fraudulent U.S. pretext for bombing Syria – or the war, itself. Maxine Waters is the saddest case. “Who knows how Maxine Waters would vote on Trump’s air strike on Syria, since she is under the crazed delusion that Trump and Putin are in cahoots on the gassing and the retaliation?” Those whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad -- with Anti-Russia Dementia. - BAR

“The Congressional Black Caucus as a body has been drifting to the dark side
 on war ever since the First Black President got his hands on the nuclear button.”

I love BAR! - Not afraid to take on the sacred cows that cause BDT (Black Delusional Thinking).

I don't always agree with them, but man at least you know the brothers there are thinking clearly, cogently and are not just reciting some half-witted narrative they got of the White owned 'Black' media so they can win praise amoungst a people who have lost their way and who listen to leaders who work pretty hard to keep it that way.


Barak Obama? His White masters have rewarded him well...

Thank you for your courage, Mr. Ford.

Frankly, I don't think our people collectively have the capacity for the kinds of rigid, objective, self examination and social and psychological change that will be needed to bring us out of our collective funk.

The good news is I think a few of us do and will.



IS Losing Recruits In Afghanistan

Defense One gives us the US narrative on the Taliban. This is pretty good, but in keeping with the DOD's Narrative control machine and perhaps some of that money that the US is handing out to White Contractors who tout it, they do spread their bit of poison towards the end of the piece. Nevertheless, DefenseOne has some quite good reporting though clearly it follows DOD 'policy guidance' (for lack of a better phrase) carefully.

But I post this because of the deeper problem America will have when it 'defeats' ISIS in Iraq. They will not defeat ISIS even when ISIS is 'defeated'. That is not a mis-type. Many will join other groups and others will start their own. This is why Trump's bombings will do no ultimate good. Sure they may be able to root out the current ISIS networks and administrative structures, but that will mean nothing, they will just morph.

Why are the Saudi's not having any victory in Yemen? Same reason. The reason no one in DC wants to acknowledge. Terrorism is going to be a permanent and yes growing fixture in our world until global leaders begin to deal with its root causes. Poverty, corruption, repression. Many of these problems, weather you wish to accept it or not are being caused by US and their allies polices. Yemen? This is a textbook case. It's all over the world.

These are the real reasons for terrorism in many places. No, not all. But in places like Yemen? Yes. Somalia? Yes. A new place terrorists will find fertile ground? South Sudan. The other reason is that the rich Arab nations create these proxy armies to do their bidding, with American help. Think 'Free Syrian Army' for starters which is nothing more than Al Qaeda and ISIS with different monikers they use to confuse the American people as to what America has really been up to.

President Trump is not going to have the kinds of successes he thinks he is going to have by using bombers, drones, missiles and troops. These terrorists are far too smart and determined. You have to beat these guys on the ground, where they get recruits. Because as long as maintaining poverty, want, oppression and the official neglect of large populations in our world remains the top priority of the world's leaders, terrorists will always be able to get new recruits to fight those who oppress them. America has shown itself to be, from the perspective of the oppressed, on the side of their oppressors and invaders. Keep this in mind, you must begin to look at these problems as others - as potential terrorist recruits look at them and not as American defense contracts want you to look at them. Once you do that we can begin to deal effectively with the problem of terrorism, but not until.

Related - Rand Reports On Countering ISIS
(note - I found this report late last night and I have not fully looked at it yet, but RAND's stuff is usually very good, though totally 'establishment' in its viewpoint.)

The reason we are losing? We Americans, particularly today look at the world's problems through American eyes or from understand things only from the perspective of the bubble-headed dingbat that comes on CNN to 'explain' a situation that the 'explainer' either has no clue about or are ordered by their corporate offices to misdirect us about to garner more support for the war; or as in the case of those 'special correspondents' or 'defense analysts' that come on the tube, they are nothing more that Defense officials trying to sell America another war that will put billions in their pockets.

Some big media Corporate Officers have significant holdings or sit on the board of defense stocks, drone manufactures or other arms being used. Other Americans see things through the eyes of the 'Bomber In Chief' Donald Trump and not the eyes of a man who is slowly watching his wife and kids starve to death because of a puppet regime we put in power that robbed the nation blind and is now having bombs dropped on him for the 'crime' of being still being alive. Still other American's don't see anything at all, if it is not on ESPN, XXX.com or can't be found at the bottom of a whiskey bottle, or Bong.

When Americans can stop for a moment and think about this from the other guys perspective, you can better understand why our policies always have and always will make matters worse. They are not designed to solve the problem, but to keep the arms manufacturers in business and give the rich access to energy and energy routes they did not have before. The rich and powerful want something and the poor people are 'in the way'. So they moved them out of the way.

This President lacks the kind of strategic thinking, the 'three dimensional' thinking that could beat back this scourge of global terrorism. He is clearly a one dimensional thinker and thinks military force can solve everything. Like his twin brother, John McCain, they are both sowing the seeds for the next generation of hardened, recalcitrant terrorists with these policies that their old, angry and clouded minds seek to implement. I am not trying to slam the President, it is just that he needs to have many voices around him to help him see things in a 360 degree fashion. Despite what many may say and think, if this is done, I don't think he will always take the violent course. But he needs those kinds of advisors, official and non-official who can help him to conceptualize an incredibly complex world that only those who have really been exposed to foreign policy for decades can provide.

so far, given Trump's demonstrated proclivity to use force first, hit civilian targets with increasing impunity, it's going to be an exceptionally bitter crop of terrorists that our policies will yield at harvest time. Mind you, I am aware of the tactical difficulties allied forces face when IS uses people as human shields. But some of the recent attacks showed a flagrant disregard by allied forces for those civilians.

But you know what? God see's the innocent blood this nation has shed and has been secretly behind shedding for decades. He also see's the wicked cheers of her citizens and they shout for joy at the destruction of the poor man's home and nation.

They shall not escape God's holy and righteous recompense. I have seen the calloused... absolutely calloused way our nation and media have done the Christians in Iraq and the way we have armed and aided their persecutors, the major media will not even report that because of IS and their supporters, Christianity is being made extinct in the Middle East.  But as I watch what is happening to America and our national obsession with war and the way we have allowed these things to happen to the regions Christians, you know what verse comes to mind?

 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred,
and ye gave me no meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
naked, and ye clothed me not:

sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also
answer him,
saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred,

or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison,
and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did
it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
(Matthew 25:41-45 [KJV])


Their sin was only neglect. What do you think the Lord will do to those who knowingly aid and arm those who kill his people? Sure America may give some aid to the survivors of their policy, but only after the house was burned down and the children are bleeding to death on the pavement.

It is not all that dissimilar to the old saying "Cut 'em in half with a machine gun and give them a band aid".


This is a harvest will be even more bitter and impossible to avoid reaping.

So to you 'christians' out there (small 'c') who like to join in the 'fun' watching the poor man's child burned alive and his home reduced to rubble and shout for joy when our policy makers arm terrorist armies that loot Churches and send the pastors daughter to a slave dungeon to be raped repeatedly until she dies from it, step back and consider what it is you support and that the poor man has a powerful avenger who will not acquit those who shed innocent blood. - even and ESPECIALLY those who have defamed God's name and brought derision on the gospel by calling their wickedness 'Christianity'. It is because of people like that I am often ashamed to call myself a Christian. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but of the evil of so many who have the audacity to use that name to describe themselves. Under no circumstances to I want to be even remotely associated with them.

Christians leaders in the region have decried our support for their executioners.

I say again, consider your ways.

Pray for our leaders so that they understand that the way to good results is via policies that are good and that evil polices will eventually yield evil results.

If you have any doubt about that, take a better look at what is happening in Iraq and Syria.


24 Apr

Trump's DOJ Looks To Prosecute Assange

Yet another 180 degree about face from 'The Donald'.

Kind of sad. What I think is happening is that the traditional GOP non-electables to the White House are driving a wedge between Trump and a wide part of his base with all of these 180 degree reversals from his campaign promises. Unlike Obama in his first term, Trump did not win by a landslide - it was his populist message that got him elected and by all counts, he lost the popular vote. The only reason he won was because he went to the places no one else would go and gave them a message they could relate to.

So I suspect that 'the Swamp' is doing its level best to separate him from his base so that he will be totally dependent on them in the future. He will then be a 'baby swamp monster' doing what daddy swamp monster tells him. This guy... I mean does he hate poor people? It is the little things that fly below the radar that really concerns me about him.

They have captured him in less than 100 days. Obama fought the swamp for well over year. I mean he really fought it hard. This new guy turned tail and ran as soon he was inaugurated.

But let me be totally fair. That job is tough, people who say that honestly don't know how tough it is. That is not a throne, its an electric chair, with all the establishment with their hand on the switch ready to light you up like a Christmas Tree if you don't play their game.

Trump has to govern and he cannot do that in a vacuum. He must cut deals and make compromises. There are no two ways about it. The way power works in DC, the establishment always wins, hands down... it's no contest for any populist President.

That is, until all we get a whole slew of new faces in Congress, which is indeed what we really need. The McCains, Pelosi's, Waters, Graham's, Lewis', Feinstein's and McConnnells of the world need to be sent home. They have stayed too long and have kept the system so broken we pay close to half a trillion dollars a year in interest payments... before we spend a dime on Defense, Education, infrastructure or Social Security.  This is not said to denigrate ANY of the personally or their service, but to say if Americans want change, they need to vote for it in Congress and the Senate and not put the same old stale faces up there time and again.

Now, I have mixed feeling about Assange and his Wikileaks. For reasons I cannot get into, I understand some of the unstated reasons they want to go after him. But to prosecute him would be very dangerous for our freedoms particularly speech and press. 

My view can be summed up like this. I don't like to see the nations secrets exposed like this, but some of the things our intelligence community have been doing were just plain over the top and a danger to the nation, not an enhancement. Those hacking tools revealed show a flagrant disregard for people, including Americans and could easily be turned on all of us (and probably have been) by HOSTILE NATIONS. CIA officers in interviews on the web made it plain that the CIA lost control of those tools. Who got them is not clear, though some have suggested the Ukrainians did. I don't know. But I note that over the past few years the  Gulf Sunni Shiekdoms have increased their cyberweapons capability by leaps and bounds. However in fairness to them, they have come under significant attacks from Iran.

Other intelligence officials in online interviews have suggested that the CIA was not legally authorized to develop and deploy those tools. Again, I don't know... but it sure would be troubling if true. Develop tools illegally that can be used to attack Americans, pay millions for them, and when developed, hand them over to the Nations enemies.
Now I am not saying that was what happened, but given some of things going on inside the beltway, it's not totally outside of the realm of possibility.

Report Claims Sunni CIA Director Worked With Foreign Spies During 2016 Election

But more importantly, it's not Assange's job to protect classified info as a journalist. It is the Government and the people who handle that data's job to protect it. That is what a lot of those guys get paid big bucks to do. They dropped the ball, not Assange. In my view, this is typical of a bureaucrats response to their own incompetence. Blame anyone but the ones responsible. "We f---d up, blame Assange!"

Assage's job is to report, the intel community's job is to protect their information. If Assange got the data, the blame does not belong with him, but with the officials who allow lax security procedures to exist that permitted this to happen. I mean these Vault 7 files according to media reports, were in a super secure section of the CIA. The problem? They have a traitor, almost certainly several with top level access in the Agency.

No, the CIA (and other intelligence agencies who have had their secrets exposed - State and NSA) are the one with the problem and one they have known about for some time. They've got people working there who have 'muddled' loyalties and political hacks who treat the law as though they were a skit on the comedy channel. Why should they be serious about it when no one ever is sent to prison for serious lapses? Congress when they find out will weep, whine and make noises and do what they always do.... nothing.

The only way I see a real prosecution could and perhaps should go forward is if Wikileaks actively, knowingly and consistently guided and directed people inside the Intel community to steal secrets. If this is so, then perhaps a case could and perhaps even should be made. Beyond that, chalk this all up to the incompetence of our intelligence officials who let this happen.

The index finger may be pointing at Assange, but all the others are pointing right back at the CIA, State and the NSA who cannot secure their own secrets, or hire good people or worse, drive the good ones out.

I will leave you with this aside.

I had a few run ins with CIA personnel when working as a Military Analyst. There was really only one CIA officer who respected me and treated me so. I heard he retired a few years ago.

But the others... man, put a white sheet on them and give them a cross, gasoline and a lighter and they would have felt perfectly at home, if there was a Black man nearby they could pour the petroleum on!

Once I had to do temporary duty... I will not reveal the place or time. It was in support of an ongoing military operation. I was chosen to go to do a job/area of expertise that frankly I was not trained for, but had become a bit of a local expert on. Well I got to the base, and on the first day I arrived at the workplace, the people were nice, showed me my workstation, gave be the quick down and dirty of the mission (all of this was in a SCIF).

But I noted there was one workstation that had all these tall panels round it. I asked who worked there and one of the guys rolled his eyes and said that is the CIA guy. Soon, 'Secret Squirrel' (I will call him that) emerged from his place looked at me, and left the room. Later the military Commander of our 'special unit' a Lt. Col had a long chat with us all. He was an interesting chap, former enlisted guy who went from E1-E7 and from O1-05. It was one of the rare 'pep talks' I remember. He told us of his respect for us and said that he has been were almost all of us were in the ranks. He was a rare officer for which that particular statement was true.

Well, the CIA guy comes up  during the talk and starts making comments about how sensitive his work was and then looking at me makes a comment like "what is 'that' doing here"? It was not even veiled, I had not been there two days and he singled out the only fly in the milk (Black man in a sea of White folks) - there were no other Blacks in the room. By the non-verbal cues, many in the room were rather taken aback with the brash arrogance of this prick guy.

A day or so later he comes up to my hotel room and starts to badger me, make all manner of insinuations, accusations and generally was rude and obnoxious hounding me about my political views etc. I did not invite him in and he just made himself at home, like a mater to his slave.

Well, suddenly I was under some kind of investigation. I know because someone (I won't say who) dropped me a hint. What for? BITV. What is that? Black in the Vicinity. It was not the first time. You do a good job, obey orders, keep your nose clean and if you are Black they will hound you half to death with these OSI 'clearance' investigations. At the time it did not take much, someone White not liking you, accusing you of just about anything and then the OSI is out to investigate you. Keep in mind I had very high clearances. Also keep in mind that there was no (real) punishment for making specious, false or slanderous accusations.

There were a lot of jealous folks I worked with and they did not like me because, well, I had a job that was kind of important and many of them could not get the respect to be listened to, as I had gained. So they tried to 'get the nigger'. When you are highly intelligent, work hard and you are Black, a lot of people are seriously intimidated. Yes, I do not brag, I know I am smart and have a high IQ and have very unique gifts and abilities that many just don't have.

Those kinds of people, they are used to seeing Black men who are nothing more than 'affirmative action with an afro' in positions of importance. Black Men with all the character and intelligence of a towel rack, given space and position in order to check the Affirmative Action box and to be used to keep the other 'natives' in their place. I was not nor would I ever be one of them. When they see one who is exceptionally smart and isn't going to turn Tom, they come after you.  Believe me, this is one reason why I had to get out of the military, I was sooooooo tired of the BS and the hate and the foot shuffling Uncle Tom's and frankly I just stopped believing in what I was doing and the really sh-tty way I was constantly treated by some.

Look one investigation about a year later, they came to my landlord and started asking this 70 year old lady questions and 'gained entry' into my home. I almost had to move because of that racist baloney. The lady I rented from told me she was thinking about asking me to move, for that reason alone. She thought I must be a criminal or something. Now this was years ago in Europe. Why did they investigate me, it was a personal vendetta someone  I worked with had. They did not like Black folks and certainly not a smart one.

Well, back to the CIA guy... After they finished this race-based investigation, the CIA guy mysteriously vanished. His chair was there, so were the panels for a few weeks, but he was gone, never to return. One day after his departure, the Commander. gave a speech and broadly hinted as the reason for his absence, he said that in the military we respect all member of all races and ranks and judge them on their merits, not their skin color and if others could not do that, he did not need or want their services. The imperial wizard of the CIA clearly did not understand that and was banished back to the 'Klanlands' of Langley to refill his gasoline can. Who knows, maybe they found him a job running crack cocaine into Black Neighborhoods. More here.

The good news is that this was the only time I saw that the system worked. Why? We had a leader who was not going to put up with that kind of crap. He gave the CIA guy all the rope he needed to hang himself. The bad news is that the CIA guy almost certainly stayed in the CIA and and probably messed with 10 other hard working, intelligent Black men who did not pass his Aryan racial test.

That was not the only run-in I have had with the CIA.

As you can see, I was really tired of dealing with those gutter snipes. Evade one and two more appear out of the sewer. I always followed the rules, stayed out of trouble but did on a couple of occasions 'rock the boat' when leaders refused to do their duty or tried to mess over my coworkers.  I am Black and am far too smart to give racists in the military that kind of legal ammo against me. But I am no kiss-behind or coward. But let me tell you as I told one Black man a few years ago, I decided long ago I would sooner 'shake-a-cup' that go back into working with or worse, for those kinds of people again. They had no respect for me and I have even less for them.

I am telling you this so that you all understand, that nitwits, racists and fools populate the intelligence community. Mind you, there are many very fine, honorable and hard working people in it, but the human 'waste material' is still very present and like most solid human waste, it has a strange tendency to float to the top...

... and open up CIA safe's and send our secrets to foreign nations.

So as you read the Assange drama, also keep in mind that like with all bureaucracies, the principles of CYA, budgets and personal vendetta's often outweigh the interests of the nations security - in this case it's get Assange, but leave the moles in place and don't fix the obvious lapses in security procedures. If they can make that narrative stick with the Oversight Committee, that will take the heat off the CIA director and the other bureaucrats who have let these lapses happen.

I wish I could say more about this whole thing, but prudence dictates silence for now. Let's let this all play out.

But I will leave one important addendum.

These are long standing problems. Long identified and for a long time no one did anything about them - officially. Unofficially, people have been doing all in their power to wake the Oversight Committee up to a serious national security threat -  traitors and spies with access to our most precious secrets operating with impunity inside the IC. Many of them are politically protected.

These informal networks who are trying to fix things (at least once) exist(ed) to get our leaders off the dime. Their methodology I will not get into, but I will tell you this. Mr. Pompeo is well aware of this. The real question right now is this. Is this manhunt for the Traitor in the CIA real or are the real traitors being protected at high levels within the US government, deep state and CIA? Will they give us fall guy and let the real traitors remain? These are not academic questions because like I said, this has been going on a lot longer than you have been told.

This is the thousand dollar question and here is why things have gotten so bad. No one will do anything in government until someone forces a crisis. There are those tasked with making sure that when necessary, a crisis is created to get leaders off the dime.

A crisis has just been forced on Mr. Pompeo.

For now, I cannot say more.

America? She has considerable rot within her, but what we are really seeing is the spiritual manifestation of a deeper spiritual problem that our nation faces. Americans don't see just how decadent many of us have become, how insensitive, how violent and how much we lust to see the blood of others spilled on our CNN  broadcasts in a fit of unhealthy 'patriotism'.

When a nation turns on God, he begins to turn on them and then the enemy sends in his minions to bring in destruction.

America is never going to bomb her way, borrow her way, or steal her way into a place of peace and prosperity or back to a place at the pinnacle of Global power.

America would be wise to remember that all blessings flow from God and when we line up our national priorities with him, things will work out, if not. They won't.


21 Apr


Persecution Watch

Today we are going to look at Persecution of the saints. Lets start off with a powerful piece at the opening at this months Persecution Magazine, done by the International Christian Concern, in their April newsletter. I really hope this edifies you all!

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Finding The Treasure

(ICC/Jeff King) Years ago I was in China and I asked my handlers to arrange a meeting with pastors that had been imprisoned for ten or more years. These were giants of the faith but little known. I sat and discussed persecution with these leaders and one of my first questions was, “What would the Chinese Church would be like if there was no persecution?”

They said it would be a mile wide but an inch deep (my para- phrase). Famous speakers would gather large crowds, but they would have no anointing and little knowledge of the Spirit. I asked them if they knew anything about the Western Church and they had no idea as they were simple pastors without inter- national experience.

The Church in the West is largely adrift. There are many reasons for this, but, from my vantage point, a core problem is that we live out Christianity without real cost. Witness Lee, the great Chinese pastor of the early twentieth century and devotee of the great Watchman Nee, eloquently described this problem:

The biggest problem today is that it is hard to find any wounds or scars in most Christians. Most of us do not have any wounds, scars, marks of death, or experiences of the cross. Even though we have been saved and truly have Christ’s life in us, this life has no way to come out. The reason is not that our behavior is too poor or too good but that we are too whole and too impregnable. Because we have no wounds, Christ has no way to be released from within us. -Witness Lee, The Crucified Christ, Chapter 1 

While we may not have any wounds or scars, our persecuted brothers and sisters have them in abundance. These believers and especially the faces of the martyrs are always in front of me, Christians like Pastor Ohii, Tilman, Necati, Pastor Kevin and so many more.

The Choice

These martyrs, like so many others, were almost always given a chance to live if they uttered three little words, “I deny Jesus.” Do you ever wonder why they don’t do it?

Locked away in secret prisons, in the midst of beatings, torture, or under unrelenting pressure, certain Christians are trans- formed. When stripped of all that the world values, including dignity, strength, relationship, power, and standing, they let go of the world and any hope in its false answers to life. Somewhere deep within themselves, they place all of their physical and psychic treasure on the sacrificial altar. They put all of their proverbial chips into the middle of the table and they wager everything on God. In losing “everything,” though, they become immensely wealthy and concurrently truly dangerous in the spiritual world.

In Kenya, Pastor Kevin was on his way to church on Sunday morning when he got calls from his sheep that were being slaughtered. “They were under attack. I heard gunshots, people screaming, crying. It was like a horror movie. It was just like hell,” he said. His assistant pastor standing in his place was killed at the lectern along with six others. Twelve others were wounded. Everyone else was, of course, traumatized. Pastor Kevin died and came to life that day. Listen to what he says. . .

“After the attack, God inserted into me a spirit of courage. After your church gets shot up, you don’t fear anymore and you stop caring [about the danger]. We have been through a lot [but] we don’t fear anymore… There is nothing human beings can do to you.”

Amazing right? Now here’s a little secret . . .In one way or another, this is what the Lord is doing in your life and mine!

This process may be cathartic or it may be slow and gradual. Regardless of pace or tool, God is always working in gain and loss to get you to give up on this world and desire Him above all other treasures and relationships.

All of our idols (that which we live for or through) and all of our crutches must fail. We must continue to toss them overboard one after the other, until we each find ourselves left with the one TRUE thing that we can live THROUGH, and live FOR.

You can see the Lord’s heart on this in many passages such as Luke 14:26-27, Luke 14:33, Matthew 13:44-46, Luke 14:33, and Mark 10:17.

You can see the Lord’s heart on this in many passages: If you don’t give up EVERYTHING you cannot be my disciples (Luke 14:26)! When a man discovered the treasure that is God, he went and sold everything he had to buy it (Matthew 13:44). What must I do to live forever? Go and give away everything that is most precious to you and follow me (Mark 10:17).

Watchman Nee, the great Chinese Church leader of the early twentieth century, spoke about this process in one of my favorite books, “The Release of the Spirit.”

Anyone who serves God will discover sooner or later that the great hindrance to his work is not others but himself. He will quickly detect that the greatest difficulty lies in his outward man, for it hinders him from using his spirit. The Lord employs two different ways to destroy our outward man; one is gradual, the other sudden. To some, the Lord gives a sudden destruction followed by a gradual one. It would seem the Lord usually spends several years upon us before He can accomplish this work of destruction. -
Watchman Nee, Release of the Spirit


We Must Give Up On The World

The believer has to let go of the world and brokenness is a great catalyst in that process. Whoever has wagered all they have on God returns to the world as an alien and they stand out as such. They have been set ablaze by God and become a light in the darkness. This is the secret to why the persecuted Church is pure and grows.

My core problem is that I don’t have enough of Him inside me and what I do have is restrained from being released into the world due to my being impregnable.

Our trials, though wholly unwelcomed, are used to work on both of these issues. I want to invite you to embrace your trials. Evil does not come from the Lord but He will use trials and evil to try and make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

So many of the persecuted have discovered this truth and are worthy of your time treasure and talent. Please serve them with us!

Jeff King -  President International Christian Concern.
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While the focus of this months newsletter is China, lets take a look at one of the lesser known problem areas in the world today, covered in the same magazine, Mexico.

Mexican Churches and Communities Deprived of Electricity

source-copyright International
                            Christian Concern(MEXICO/ICC)  Although widely unreported by the mainstream media, Christians in Mexico continue to face persecution for their faith, particularly in rural areas. While the Mexican constitution protects religious freedom, local leaders often turn a blind eye to discrimination and harassment.

On January 22, local town leaders in Comitan de Dominguez, Chiapas, Mexico, cut off the power to a house church called “Templo Solo Cristo Salva.” According to the Coordinacion de Organizaciones Cristianas (COOC), the town leaders decided on this electrical cut a week prior during a town assembly meeting. However, the COOC also noted that the evangelical church members are not permitted to attend such meetings.

Local residents have made official requests to the state government in an attempt to rectify the situation but, to date, there has been no definitive action. Thankfully, the federal government has taken measures to relieve such injustice by paying individual fines to help those affected by such incidents. Hopefully, this federal action will curb some of the deliberate targeting of religious minorities. While this is absolutely a step in the right direction, local leaders must also be willing to protect vulnerable minority groups in order to effect long-lasting change.
Those of you wanting the whole magazine can read it here.
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In Other persecution news, in Vietnam, a police tried to detain a Priest on Easter. In Indonesia, legally registered Churches are still not allowed to meet. They held a protest outside the Presidential Palace.

Christians are disappearing from this part of the Muslim word, that being South East Asia


On a positive note, Jordanian Muslims Guarded Churches this Easter in Jordan.

Notre Dame did a very interesting study recently on how Christians cope under severe persecution. Christianity Today has an article on it here. The study is a very interesting one and CT does a good short summary of it. The actual report is called 'Under Caesars Sword' and can be found here. The report is copyright, so I will not re-post any of it here, but encourage you do slide on over and read it yourself.

For those of you into pop-culture, there is a new movie called The Promise that deals with the Armenian Genocide. It stars Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon. This is one of those episodes in History that no one lies to talk about, particularly the Turks.

One Catholic Cardinal makes in plain that we Christians have a duty to stand with them and make Persecution of us difficult to ignore.

More here.
Bad News For Turkish Christians
The referendum is not good news for the nations Christians.
Coptic Boy, 16 Killed By ISIS Trying To Scare Christians
Allam Bashay Gabriel found his 16-year-old son, Gamal, with his throat slit and lying in a pool of blood, in Qai village, Upper Egypt.

This took place four days after two Egyptian churches were bombed and on the same day that three Christian homes were burnt down in Minya. - World Watch Monitor
Jews Christians And Another Jihadi Pogrom
This story talks about the threats and violence suffered by Egyptian Christians, from the mouth of an 8 year old girl.
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Note: The following stories show us all that despite what our major media will tell us, corruption is deeply embedded in our Federal Government. The good news is that the IRS and DEA IG's have looked into this and (hopefully) has fixed the problems. The State department story is another matter entirely and goes to some of the deeper problems our nation is facing with insider threats, espionage, corruption and just piss-poor management and leadership.

Why does this continue? I will tell you. No one responsible goes to prison. They get slapped on the wrist, told not to do it again and when no one is looking, they do it again.


IRS Stole Millions From Innocent Americans

WASHINGTON — (IRS) The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Criminal Investigation (CI) division enforced the Bank Secrecy Act’s anti-structuring provisions primarily against individuals and businesses whose income was legally obtained, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The report also concludes that the rights of some individuals and businesses were compromised in these investigations.

The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requires financial institutions to report currency transactions in excess of $10,000. This Federal law also makes it a crime for property owners to structure currency transactions in such a way as to avoid the filing of the report, and subjects structured amounts to civil or criminal forfeiture proceedings. However, the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that penalties in a civil forfeiture case be proportionate to the conduct and serves to limit what the Government can forfeit depending on the facts of the particular case.

CI pursued structuring cases primarily utilizing the civil forfeiture process as part of task force teams that included Federal, State, and local officials. When complaints were published in 2014 about seizures of property without sufficient evidence of a crime, TIGTA undertook this audit to determine how these seizures and forfeitures were conducted, what procedures the IRS used, and whether those procedures were fair.

TIGTA determined that 91 percent of the 278 investigations in its sample where source of funds could be determined were of businesses and individuals whose funds were obtained legally. While the BSA does not distinguish between legal and illegal sources of funds, IRS procedures dictate that the overall purpose of its civil forfeiture program is to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises. Most people impacted by the program did not appear to be criminal enterprises engaged in other alleged illegal activity; rather, they were legal businesses such as jewelry stores, restaurant owners, gas station owners, scrap metal dealers, and others. One of the reasons why legal source cases were pursued was that the Department of Justice had encouraged task forces to engage in “quick hits,” where property was more quickly seized and more quickly resolved through negotiation, rather than pursuing cases with other criminal activity (such as drug trafficking and money laundering), which are more time-consuming.

TIGTA determined that, in most cases, CI generally relied on the pattern of currency transactions to support the seizure rather than initially seeking information from the property owners. When property owners were interviewed after the seizure, agents did not always identify themselves properly, did not explain the purpose of the interviews, did not advise property owners of any rights they might have, and told property owners they had committed a crime at the conclusion of the interviews. Under IRS procedures, the provision of certain rights, such as the right to remain silent, are provided to individuals in Title 26 tax cases, even when individuals are not in custody; however, these rights are not provided in Title 31 cases, such as BSA violations.

TIGTA also found that, in 54 cases, property owners gave reasonable explanations for why currency transactions did not exceed $10,000, and, in most cases, TIGTA found no evidence that these explanations were investigated. - IRS

You can read the whole report here.

DEA Stole Millions From Innocent Americans

(DOJ/IG) DOJ’s investigative components – primarily the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation – have the authority to seize and forfeit cash or property associated with violations of federal law, and may do so without independent judicial oversight and without charging the owner or possessor of the cash or property with a crime.

Over the past 10 years the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture program participants have forfeited over $28 billion. The DOJ uses these proceeds to compensate victims of associated crimes and to fund other forfeiture-related activities, such as payments to state and local law enforcement through the DOJ’s Equitable Sharing Program. Today’s report specifically focuses on the DEA’s more than $4 billion in cash seizures between fiscal years 2007 and 2016, which in number amounted to 80 percent of the DOJ’s total cash seizures. The vast majority of these seizures were subsequently forfeited without a criminal proceeding.-  DOJ/IG

You can read the report here.

State Department Investigations Impeded By "Deep State" Criminality

(Disobedient Media) In 2013, it was first reported that the Clinton State Department had called off eight separate internal investigations into alleged misconduct by the diplomatic corps. When whistleblowers attempted to highlight the wave of coverups, they were subjected to a harassment campaign by the State Department. The law firm representing the former State Department employee who publicized the misconduct was broken into and key evidence stolen in an apparent effort to further obfuscate efforts to ensure a proper investigation into the crimes was carried out... story continues at Disobedient Media

For those of you who think I post this as some kind of 'slam;'at Obama, I must say this. It isn't. Obama had his hands tied over at State the first four years as his control over it was for the most part 'nominal'.

It was all part of the deal that allowed him to have an uncontested nomination at the convention back in 2008.

There are some pretty deep problems over at state, so don't be too hard in Tillerson. That place needs to cleaned out badly

17 Apr

Micah Chapter 7

Filthy, Rotten People - Then and Now


Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

(Mic 7:1-3)


How many Christians really know what time it is? It is a hard time.


Those were hard times, the spiritual condition of the nation was not just some kind of prophetic mumblings, it was seen and felt in the everyday living of those who walked with God. The Judges were taking bribes in Micah's time. It was no aberration, this was the way thing were done back them and this much I know, that Gay marriage ruling we had a few days ago was worked out long ago. The political wheels were greased, the right case was heard by the court and now you have all of this 'sexual revolution' . Obamacare? The same thing. The wheels were indeed greased. 


The US Supreme Court is probably the most corrupt court in the world. Bribery rules in the American legal system, just like it did in Ancient Israel. It's not open and not direct, but it does exist. Think book deals and speaking engagements. The people of the day worked earnestly, very hard to do evil. They were evil times. Times very much like today in so many parts of the world. The West in the past used to not be quite as corrupt as she has become in the past 20 years or so, but it has gone off the rails these days. Even a former Senator has railed against the corruption in Washington Brothers, it is far worse that anyone on the web can tell you. Micah is relaying the same spiritual rot that he sees in his times. Then he goes on to tell Godly folks how they should operate in those days. Brothers, last days America is 70% there already and rapidly moving in the wrong direction. In many ways, the American nation is worse, but its worse crimes and bloody abominations are hidden behind the wall of government classifications.


Look at the kinds of news we have seen, police shooting people down unarmed people in  cold blood, lying in wait for the Black man to gun him down. The good men were very few and far between, Micah was living in a generation of vipers. We also in America more and more are living among a generation of vipers. Many of them in uniform. 


The prophet is just relaying to his hearers what it is like to live in times when sin rules and what God's people should and should not be doing. The first thing is to not be a trusting soul who opens his mind and heart to even his closest companions. Micah goes on to observe and then exhort,


The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house. (Mic 7:4-6)


Men were thoroughly treacherous. Even those who were righteous in the eyes of other wicked men were worthless. This passage is very reminiscent of the times that Christ warned about in the last days. Here is what our Lord had to say about them. Look carefully at the passage for in it are many clues and I think give light to the times that are coming for us.


But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Mat 10:17-22)


Christ is not telling us to be some happy-go-lucky, all trusting half-wit in dangerous times. He is warning us of future treachery in the world's most treasured and trusted personal relationships. He says BEWARE OF MEN. Micah's warning indeed was for those of his time, but they can be safely applied in a more general sense to our times as well. I know this much - Over the past few years I have just noticed a different spirit in Americans. People I know, they just seem to have no love for right anymore, they are far more interested in their political, financial and sexual agenda's. Morality has become obsolete to so many people, or their morality is 180 degrees opposite to God's... the God who raised up and blessed this nation above all others. The God of all things the nation has now forsaken. Now granted I have a somewhat limited scope of people I see regularly, but do you know what I rarely see on the face of Americans in their day to day living? I'll tell you. A smile. Its a rare thing these days. People just don't smile, they don't take kindness kindly (except those of lower economic estate, they often appreciate simple kindness). Brothers our nation has just entered the outer rim of the devil spiritual no-mans land. Micah is giving us a strong and important exhortation if we are to be victorious in such a time and place. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. I used to keep this saying in my heart for years and these days I have pulled it out and keep in in the front of my mind these days. “Trust is the occupation of fools, and its wages are disappointment” Yes, it is overboard in its generalization but still, in times like these when someone asks me to trust them, especially (sadly) other Christians, I just have to keep that saying in mind, go into my closet and get that steel plate to put under the back of my T-shirt(!) to protect me from the dagger I know is coming. 



Yet having said that brothers we do need to understand that being an overly suspicious person can lead to bitterness and a terrible Christian witness and even make you into the kind of people the scriptures tell us to be wary of. If I had to sum it up, I would say that intelligent and consistent caution should be exercised in all of your relationships from here on. BEWARE OF MEN – means exactly what it says. Don't try and reinterpret it to no effect and don't turn your back on or put too much faith in folks who have not shown a consistent, long and deeply Christian walk.


This fake western GOP-esque or liberal left-wing Christianity does not count as a Christian walk. I am talking about people who have walked the walk, made deep scarifies for the kingdom and are fully and completely Christ's...even to the death! If you do trust people too much in these times you are likely to be betrayed and at the worst possible moment.


Yes, this is a hard saying. It goes contrary to the 'happy happy' gospel that is preached in western Churches - pray up a Cadillac and roll into the kingdom in a Rolls Royce. Let the wiser souls (most of your here) in the Lord digest what Micah and Christ are telling us in dangerous times.... and apply them.


Micah makes reference to the day of thy watchmen and of the visitation. Micah is telling the people that all the prophecies that were told about those days were going to come to pass. Big trouble would be on the horizon, even as God revealed to his prophets. God was going to move and all those who mocked God's watchmen and holy prophets would regret it and wish they had listened. People rarely do and that is why so many souls are lost. God sends his watchmen and prophets and no one listens. He warns them and they mock and laugh and go right on sinning, often worse than before... often in defiance and mockery.


Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
(Mic 7:7-9)


Micah then tells how he will behave in times like these. He is not going to be like the lost souls, he is going to look to the Lord and he is going to wait for the God of his salvation. This is the mind we have to have in these times. Brothers, the world is going to turn against us. We must not put our trust in men, not mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters or brothers. We must put our trust fully and completely in the Lord. Brother, we have no better friend that Christ.


Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you
(Joh 15:14)


Be like Abraham, who though faith obeyed and became the very friend of God.
(Jam 2:23)


Try and understand what I am saying to you. Each of you who know Christ are very, very precious in his eyes. He loves you deeply and sincerely. Much too much to let a snake in the grass mess up your walk with him. The snakes in the grass are going to multiply like rabbits in the years ahead. When God and the Holy Spirit senses danger, listen to what God has to say. Don't do like I did and wait until it was almost too late. Listen and heed, rather than ignore and bleed!

Micah's utters his deep unyielding faith in God that he would hear him in the day of trouble. Micah would look to the God of his salvation in faith! What is interesting is that Micah's prayer makes no request for immunity from the troubles of life or from Divine Chastisement. No, his faith knows that these things do come but he looks to God for his help and salvation. Every prophet and minister has to endure trails and tribulations to complete their ministry. Micah and all the prophets knew that. At times their work seems vain and utterly hopeless. Even the Apostles of the NT had the same problem. Look at Paul's life. Look at the book of Hebrews, where the saints were thinking about forsaking the gospel. Paul could have gotten discouraged during all those years in jail. But you know what he did? He wrote most of the NT while in prison! There is a saying I have always liked and it says that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Don't mope about with a 'poor pitiful me' attitude. Sometimes hard things come into our lives, often to redirect us. Take your redirection humbly. God knows what he is doing. It may not seem like it in the natural realm but as time passes, if you are faithful to him, he will show you how important your redirection was. Faith is the key, faith and obedience.


There is no easy road into the kingdom brothers and sisters and if you are having a hard time of it and have maintained your faith and have not walked away, be assured, you are not alone and that your experiences are par for the course! Don't let your circumstances depress you brothers, God knows what you are going through and what is to come!


The prophet then gives an exhortation to Israel's enemies, that they should not rejoice over her fall when it comes to pass. This is because while her punishment is severe, it is only temporary. God will still be a light to his people, even in their darkest hour. God was still with them, even though he had to severely chastise them. The prophet uses his prose in the first person and describes the sins of the people which he probably is also identifying at least partially with himself. Prophets are not perfect and the problem with so many of the devils accusers is that when one slips and falls, all of the satanic accusations from hell and demonic pointing fingers are there to point out the Man of God's human failings. Here is how John Gill's Commentary puts this passage, I think it fitting for us in these times, I will cut and paste it here.


...the Chaldeans or Edomites, or both, who rejoiced at the destruction of Jerusalem, and the calamities the people of the Jews were brought into at it; see Psa_137:7; spiritually, Satan the great enemy of mankind, and especially of the church and people of God, to whom it is a pleasure to draw them into any sin or snare, and to do them any hurt and mischief; and also the Inert of the world, who hate and persecute the saints; and watch for their haltings, and rejoice at their falls into sin, and at any calamity and affliction that may attend them, though there is no just reason for it; since this will not always be the case of the saints, they will be in a better situation, and in more comfortable circumstances; and it will be the turn of their enemies to be afflicted, punished, and tormented: - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible


Brothers, how I know what Mr. Gill is talking about. How many people in power want to set me up and tried and almost succeeded. The only thing I can say to each of you is this. God knows our failings. I know mine and so does God. If God has to chastise you, as he almost did with me then sit quietly and put your trust in God, he knows your affliction and knows how long it will last, he will not let your enemies rejoice over you forever. He's got something very 'special' prepared for the enemies of his people.


When God is finished with chastisement, he will indeed bring you out of the darkness and back into the light of his love and salvation, often with a blessing. I always remember the trials of Job. Job at the end of his horrendous trail (how many people could survive that one brothers!) was greatly blessed. How did God bless Job?


And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations. So Job died, being old and full of days. (Job 42:10-17)


Yes, the Lord will afflict and allow affliction to come into our lives. But he is always constant to those who are constant with him and often bless his people at the end of that affliction, if they are faithful to him throughout it. What gives us this constancy? Faith brothers, faith!


Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. (Mic 7:10-11)


Then there are the God mockers. Yes, there were many of them in Micah's day. They dwelt in the lands where Israel's enemies dwelt.


The 'she' referred to is probably Ancient Babylon. She was at the height of her power and arrogance. The rejoiced over Israel's fall and mocked their faith in Jehovah. Have we not heard this kind of mockery in our society today? I can remember some one making a comment about California's Gay Marriage Amendment. I cannot remember who it was but his comment went like, 'well, the ground has not opened up because of this!' This mocking spirit is very much with us today. It is of the devil. It is most prevalent in major empires who enjoy prosperity and pleasures and consistently use violence to get the goods that they want, not at all unlike end times Babylon (America). We have heard the God mockers and can see them in a great many websites and postings. This is no longer the fringe of American society, but more and more it is becoming mainstream. This is why Gay Marriage is now the law of the land, there is increasingly outright scorn and mockery for God in our Nation.


Mockers will always mock when things are at their worst for us Christians. The demon spirits enter into them (yes, they do) and begin to mock and rail and spit their hate at the God in heaven who has pronounced his eternal judgment on these fallen beings; eternally consigning these spirits into everlasting darkness. This is why they hate the Lord so much and seek to destroy man as well. Even Christ had to deal with these demonic utterances when on the Cross (Matt 27:43). We are not immune to it brothers, let them mock. God is giving mankind a full and complete opportunity to show whose side it is on, God's or the devils. So when they mock remember this, God see's it and shall forever remember it.


And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (Isa 66:24)


Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mar 9:44)


Micah then makes clear that just as the chastisement of Israel was foretold and came to pass, so shall the destruction of this arrogant Babylon come to pass. Brothers, as the scriptures say, God is not mocked.


Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

(Gal 6:7)


The devil may drive men to mock God, but the devils know that God is, and are very, very afraid of him.


Thou believest that there is one God;
thou doest well:
 the devils also believe,
and tremble.
(Jam 2:19)


Yes, if the devil is getting people to believe there is no God, it is only consistent with the devil and his character; to lie, misdirect, be evasive and be false. His main goal, to get you to act based upon a lie.


In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed. In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain. Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
(Mic 7:11-13)


This prophecy is clearly for Israel when God brings them back from where they were captive. The day that the Walls are rebuilt is almost certainly a reference to Nehemiah (Neh 2:17). The decree that is to be removed is probably the unrighteous decree's of Babylon when she falls.


However some think the passage is too broad and all encompassing to refer just to that time and see perhaps some kind of end time fulfillment. The people (probably Israelites, but it is not 100% clear from the passage) come from


Assyria

The fortified cities

From the fortress even to the river

From sea to sea

From mountain to mountain


Yet Barnes says this and I think it most enlightening.


The destruction, captivity, restoration, were parts of one and the same decree of God, of which the restoration was the last accomplished in time. The restoration was not the removal, but the complete fulfillment, of the decree. He means then probably, that the decree of the enemy, whereby he held her captive, was to remove and be far off, not by any agency of her’s . The people were to stream to her of themselves., shall all thy banished, captive, scattered, children be brought quite home unto thee from all parts of the earth, whither they have been driven, “from Assyria, and from strong-land”. - Albert Barnes


This is what leads others (and myself) to think this passage has a dual meaning, both to encourage the Jews of Micah's and later Nehemiah's time, but also for a larger more grand fulfillment just before the time of Christ's return. But verse 13 reminds them that there is going to be time of desolation for the land because of the sins of the people. Ultimately the prophet is reminding the people that Babylon and Edom are footnotes and asterisks in Israel's fate. They are merely the tools that God used to chastise Israel for her wickedness and as a result of those sins, the land would remain desolate for an appointed time. This is why the following verse changes track from one of hope back to one of severe chastisement.


Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things. The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

(Mic 7:14-16)


The day of this deliverance (from Micah's time) is a ways off. Micah is telling them basically, 'don't rejoice yet, you have not paid the piper for your evils and pay him you shall'. Micah's prayer/utterance goes on to remind the hearer how God took Israel of old out of Egypt and how Israel was to dwell alone (separate – in the world but of it) . The reference to Bashan and Gilead is also a reference to Israel in its early days and where she dwelt.


When these things happen, all of the people come flowing into the holy land, God restores his people and they dwell in a land of plenty, The nations (gentiles/lost peoples) will see it and be shocked and confounded. They would be put to shame. When God moves in his powerful ways, no man can stop it. Those who worked against God, mocked him and spat at God's people shall be ashamed. Nothing or no one can hinder God's purposes.


Yea, since the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who can hinder it? Thus saith Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring down all of them as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing. (Isa 43:13-14)


No one can deliver out of God's hands and his purposes shall be established.


They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

(Mic 7:17)


The reference to the snake is probably meant both as a reference to their humiliation and their spiritless pedigree. The passage is an interesting one and another one that makes this author believe that these passages are referring to the end times. Note that reference to the holes, where creeping things dwell. Could this be an oblique reference to the end times when...


And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev 6:15-17)


These kings and rich men of the last days are sore afraid of the God of heaven and his Messiah. Why? Because of their evil deed and the way that they treated God's holy people (Jew and saved gentile– all Israel (Rom 11:25-26). These passages need little comment. The living God shall surely return and give full and complete recompense to the evil men who have mistreated, imprisoned and even killed God's Holy people.



Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. (Mic 7:18-20)


The final doxology of Micah is one of uplifting promise of God's forgiveness, constancy towards his people and his love for them. God delights in mercy. God is indeed going to return good things to his people. Their sins will indeed be forgiven and their iniquities forgiven and forgotten.


God is always true to his word. He made many promises about the redemption of mankind, from Adam, to Noah, to Abraham to Moses – God was indeed going to send in a messiah who would purge the iniquity from God's people. The people of God have this most wonderful promise, that if we are faithful to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our iniquities.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1Jo 1:9-10)


The major themes of the Old Testament prophets can be clearly found in those of the New.


Micah is another one of this Old Testament Jewels. In our world where men more and more mock God and turn on his people, we who know God can take comfort that many men of God in the past faced similar situations, were able to minister and do God's work even in evil times. Micah preached to a nation steeped in idolatry during the days of that wicked King Ahaz, who was instrumental in leading his nation away from God. Here is what Eaton's dictionary says about Ahaz.


He gave himself up to a life of wickedness and idolatry. Notwithstanding the remonstrances and warnings of Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, he appealed for help against Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, king of Israel, who threatened Jerusalem, to Tiglath-pileser, the king of Assyria, to the great injury of his kingdom and his own humiliating subjection to the Assyrians (2Ki_16:7, 2Ki_16:9; 2Ki_15:29). He also introduced among his people many heathen and idolatrous customs (Isa_8:19; Isa_38:8; 2Ki_23:12).


Let those of us who can see the growing rank apostasy of our nation (America) and the kinds of leaders we now have in positions power pause and consider this. It is nothing new. This has happened before. If we have nation-wide acceptance of Homosexuality it is because we have leaders who have forsaken God and gone aside to follow after other religions, mainly Freemasonry and increasingly, Islam and even devil worship. So let those of us who know our God be wise as serpents, the days of evil and are going to get much more so as the crescendo of sin reaches its climax before the return of our Savior and Messiah Jesus Christ.


Even so, Come Lord Jesus!!



Good Friday/Easter/Resurrection Sunday

May God bless and keep all of you here at Watson's Web, who love the Lord and seek to do his will.

Today is Good Friday, and as such I will refrain from any updates today. I wanted to do so today, but will probably work on a piece on Israel and her security next week.

Let us all pause and consider what our Lord did for us and why today. For without what was done today, mankind would not have been able to have been redeemed.


For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one;
much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the
gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ.
So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation;
even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life.
For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners,
even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous.
(Rom 5:17-19)

Let us all consider what just what was at stake and the authority given to Christ.
 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither
under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book,
neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold,
the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book,
and to loose the seven seals thereof.

(Revelation of John 5:2-5 [KJV])


Grace and peace to you all in Christ,

Brother Mark



13 Apr


ISIS Shuts Down Coptic Easter Services

The above link is from USA today. This whole thing is a shame, but the terrorist group has specifically stated it wants to target Christians. The recent Palm Sunday bombings have caused the local Copts to decide not to hold services.

The key to remember is two fold. Yes, ISIS does not like Christians. We have seen that all throughout Mesopotamia. But often, their methods against we who follow Christ takes the form of various forms of exploitation and social denigration, not usually death. But here it is different. One key difference, that being that the Coptic Christians tend to be more supportive of Sisi, the current Egyptian leader. If you remember, he came to power after Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood was deposed. Also keep in mind that in Islam and the Islamic world, there is no tradition of separation of 'Mosque and State' as we have in the west. ISIS' plan appears to be to divide Egypt up.

Holy week is here, Good Friday is tomorrow so let us pray for Christians everywhere who live in parts of the world where ISIS, AQ and other violent terrorist groups do their evil workss

But lesser known attacks took place during Holy week this year. India's Churches were also targeted on Palm Sunday. Here are some details from World Watch Monitor

Madhya Pradesh (Sitabedi village, Khandwa district)

Hindu extremists accompanied by police personnel disrupted a church service. Police arrested the pastors and their wives, and other Christians, and took them to the local police station. Three pastors were detained under the under the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act (“anti-conversion law”), but others were released that evening.

Haryana (Kaithal)

Hindu extremists disrupted the church service led by a pastor named Yashpal. The group “threatened and manhandled” the Christians and filed an official complaint at the local police station, alleging Christians had been forcing people to convert. Police then took the Christians into custody. The local inspector said it had been “protective custody” and that they were released after the allegations against them were found to be baseless.

Uttar Pradesh (Jahanpur village, Ghazipur district)

A mob beat up Krishna Paul, the leader of Believers Church, and handed him over to the police. He was released after local Christian leaders intervened and spoke to the police.

Rajasthan (Sri Ganganagar)

Hindu extremists disrupted the service at the Church of God, and church leader Saji Mathew was arrested and taken into police custody, along with seven other Christians. Local villagers, with the help of a Hindu priest, had complained to the village chief that Christians had been “engaging in conversions”. The village chief then signed a complaint and gave it to the local police, who arrested the Christians. After other local Christian leaders pleaded with the police to release the Christians, they were set free later that night.

Tamil Nadu (Keeranur, Dindigul district)

Government officials disrupted private prayers at the house of a man named Gunasekaran. The officials took video clips and pictures of people praying and then told them to stop. They also told them to ask permission from the District Collector before praying again in the house. Gunasekaran’s extended family (about 20 people) have gathered in his house every Sunday for the last 24 years, for private prayers. Gunasekaran was forced to sign a piece of paper and told to report to the local government office the following day. The Evangelical Fellowship of India noted that the prayers are attended only by family members and not by other members of the public, and that no loudspeaker system is used during the prayers. - World Watch Monitor

Also in Iran, Christian Persecution has increased according to Iranian Christians.


Brothers, let us all continue to pray for our Persecuted brothers.

A word of exhortation is given here to all.

Do not give up your faith and always keep praise and thanksgiving to God and Jesus Christ in your heart and lips. The devils main target is your faith. Remember that the trial of our faith is of great importance.

 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through
manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious
than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found
unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
(1Pe 1:5-7)


God is working all things out to his good, but we must never EVER turn back or lose our faith. I know it can be hard, no true Christian who has been through the trials of true Christian living will tell you otherwise. But always keep this in mind. The devil's main target is your faith, one he gets that, he's got you. So he works overtime doing all he can to undermine it.

Let it not be said of you as it was of the Children of Israel who tried the Lord's patience sore.
Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
(Deu 1:32)

They wandered 40 years in the wilderness and never saw the promised land because of their lack of faith, even after all the miracles he showed them.

So buck up! Have faith, stop with the pity party and know that the road to life you are now trodding has been taken before by many a saint who came before us.

Have faith in God!!


11 Apr


A Microchip Ready For Insertion Into Hand

A Swedish company offers to inject a chip into it's new employees. It functions to open doors and other things with the wave of a hand. According to this piece, it is wildly popular.

Each and every day we see signs of our times and the prophecies of the Bible come to pass. The more they come to pass, the less people believe.

12 Apr

Do Not Go To Ramoth-Gilead

I am struck by how much our Bibles will tell us about out times if we take the time to read it, study it and consider what our God has to say.

I want to talk about something that I went over back in November of 2015. That is the passage in Kings about Ahab heading off to Ramoth Gilead. I will repost a small section of it here and talk some more about it.


To some degree, I am deeply concerned about America's foray into Syria and another potential foray into North Korea. Domestically there are many reasons why our leaders want wars with Syria, Russia and North Korea. Once wars get  started, it will not be possible to stop massive increases in defense spending. A hot, fresh ongoing war is the best and fastest way to get that money flowing to the DOD.

Another is to continue the Bush era policy of overthrowing regimes in the region that do not serve American interests and forcing a government on the people's and nations that does. That is what the so called 'Arab Spring' was all about. It was not grass roots protests - it was the American deep state destabilization efforts aimed at regimes that had significant oil and gas reserves or were strategically located in places that were needed to export energy. I have long talked about this and will not get into it here. How do I know this?  Take a big hinthere and here.

So let no one tell you that the US was not intricately involved in all the violence. We were, though out of fairness it was not all machiavellian mischief. There were some who were sick of the way some of the regimes behaved with brutality and repression, particularly in Egypt. Obama to his credit went to the hilt to break the military rule in Egypt and got very,  very significant push back from the Saudi's. It was so bad it that caused a major rift in relations. So this is not a slam at Obama or even the motivations of all who were involved. I post this only to show you that the US destabilization efforts have created the bloodbath and madhouse that is now the Middle East. Not Russia, not China but the US was and still is the root cause of it all -  because weather you wish to accept it our not ISIS too got support from many players from it's inception, including from actors from within the US deep state Links are on the web on how ISIS commanders were trained by the US 'accidentally' . I did not say it was official support or even legal. Like some within the deep state can stage a chemical attack and blame someone else and get away with it, so can they help create and sustain a terrorist army and get away with it. False flag... it is nothing new. Congress, President's the DOJ have no jurisdiction over these networks. That's why young girls are now sex slaves in ISIS dungeons. No one really responsible will ever be held to account.

America's deep state is very adept and deception and false narratives, set up's and false flags. Up until now it was one way the nation kept its empire in tact. I ask all who read the following passges of scripture to clearly and fully understand this spiritual principle that many American Christians tend to forget or worse, call God a liar on.


The kingdom's of this world are still in the devils hands. He is still very much prince of this world. Rulership of this world will not change until the 7th angel sounds his trumpet.


 And the seventh angel sounded;
and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;
and he shall reign for ever and ever.

 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats,
fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast,
and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead,
that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants
the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great;
 and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark
of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings,
and an earthquake, and great hail.

(Revelation of John 11:15-19 [KJV])


People like to shake their fist at God for the troubles of this world. But the source of trouble in this world is not God, but the 'god' of this world (satan) who was given dominion over all of us the day we chose (and continue to choose) sin and evil over God and righteousness. From Adam right up to today, sin and evil are the consistent choice of man. Man chooses evil to reign over him so evil rules the day.

Until the day the 7th Trumpet sounds, satan still controls the world's kingdoms and despite what your pastor may be telling you, that includes the United States of America. If you have any doubts about that go and find out how satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and offered him all the kingdoms of this world, if he would become a devil worshiper and fall down before him. 



And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms
of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power
will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to
whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

(Luk 4:5-8)

Christ did not take the bait. But today, many of your top music and movie stars get to the top only by literally making a pact with many of the satanists who have power and influence in these industries. Satan does not have to offer much to get people to follow after him. A few moments of fleeting fame or a small amount of very transitory power and many will fall down before him faster than a bolder falls from a high cliff.

Selling one's soul for power and worship is nothing new. Others will sell out for military victory and 'glory' or the spoils of war that go with that victory... this is the temptation that befalls many kings and rulers. The devil is good at goading, tempting and deceiving people. He does it all the time and 99% of the time people don't even know they have been fooled. I often think satan and his host of fallen angels spend a great deal of time laughing at our stupidity and our gullibility. He uses the same old tricks time and again that any one thinking can see are tricks and yet people fall for them repeatedly.


***

If you step back at times and wonder why so many things in our nation today just seem plain nuts, that is why. There is a spirit of stupor and crazy that tends to overtake nations in the latter part of the spiritual decay cycle. That's why we see our nation behaving in such bizarre fashion, both here at home and overseas. What has amplified it here? Drugs - legal and otherwise. I also think that water fluoridation plays a powerful role and the EU knows of the dangers of it.... that's why they don't treat their water with it. It can damage your brain. Let's not talk about the amount of mind altering drugs that gets into our drinking water. No dear readers, there are reasons why our nation seems more and more to resemble a madhouse, with crazies almost weekly shooting up a school, mall or Church. The people no longer want to deal in reality and seek emotional escape (anti-depressants) and other drugs (opiods) . What is insanity?  It's a failure or inability to deal in reality. They see things that are not there or as in America, get mad about things that did not happen, scream and yell at a story that is as fake as a three dollar bill. Crazy.

Why are American policies more and more seeming to be less and less grounded in any kind of reality? Because we have become arrogant and increasingly lack the ability to deal in reality. It's why we borrow too much money. We don't want to deal with fiscal realities - so be borrow ourselves to oblivion. Upset about your marriage problems? -Pop a pill to make you happy... or horny.

So what has the Lord done in similar situations in the past? What will he one day do with all the armies of the world? Let's go back to the book of Kings and see how the Lord dealt with one arrogant king who forsook the Lord, King Ahab. This story is most telling and it deals with the death of this evil King and how the Lord did it. It is very telling.

And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel. And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria? And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.

Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.

And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them. And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them. And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand. And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.

And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak. So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?

And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil? And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace. And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me.

And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle. But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel. And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out. And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him. And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot. And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country. So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria. And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the LORD which he spake. Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
 
- (1Ki 22:1-40)


Such passages give us a look at not just the difference between a true and a false prophet, but also how God will use false religion and false prophets to entice a nation and a king into a disaster. Note a few things.

  • One king (Ahab) listened only to false prophets
  • The false prophets only told the king what he wanted to hear
  • The false prophets in their lust to kiss up to the king were leading him into disaster.
  • The other king was not buying the chorus of courtesan prophets and wanted to hear the true word of the Lord.

There were two groups of prophets. One group was on what we will call 'the approved government contractor list' of prophets. The other, the one who spoke in the Lord's name was not. King Ahab did not have him on his payroll. Clearly no one who spoke in the Lord's name was in the first group for Jehoshaphat had to ask for one. Ahab was a noted Baal worshiper so that is probably whom he had lined up to give the King a word that he wanted to hear.

But as Michaiah the prophet speaks, the true prophet -  he is threatened in a round about manner to tell the king what he wants to hear. 'Don't go against the grain... these guys have said go up a have victory and you had better do the same...' is the message given to Michaiah. Michaiah at first tells the King just what he wants to hear, go up, you'll prosper. But then someone compels him to tell the truth.  The truth was that the King would not come back from the battle alive.

But also we get a look at the divine throne room. God was deciding on the methodology on how to get rid of Ahab and how to entice him to his doom. It was a lying spirit that was put there to deceive Ahab and they were everywhere. These false prophets had a false spirit, a deceiving spirit and the Lord not only allowed this, he even directed it so that Ahab could be destroyed.

This is what happens when false religion and false worship enter in. Those who want deceits to guide their policies will get it. Ahab did not want to hear the word of the Lord, he wanted to hear what these other brown-nosers were going to tell him, probably for a price in gold or silver.

But in the last days we see pretty much the same thing, only this time on a global scale.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
(Rev 16:13-14)
Again we see the theme of false religion going forth to entice kings to a war that will destroy them. The great day of God is the 'Day of the Lord' or the battle or Armageddon when a host of the world's armies head to Israel to destroy her. The false religion and false prophet of the day is there to get the world to go to war, gather the world's armies and then attack Israel. Note that the region of Mesopotamia plays a key and pivotal role in that final battle

Today, in America we see the spirit of Islam rising. Muslims now are a powerful force in our national security establishment and weather you wish to accept it or not, many of our foreign and security policies are dictated (the correct word for it) out of Saudi Arabia, Israel and Qatar. It did not take a week After the King of Saudi Arabia threatened to drop Tow missiles to America's terrorist army in Syria that the US military did just that. America has forsaken the religion of Jesus Christ and now takes orders from those who follow the Koran or baphomet or the devil or as I like to say, the religion of ABC (anything but Christ).

This is what America has become and this is indeed the 'change' that Barak Obama has given America. Trump does not appear to be any better, but rather so far as we can tell, may very well turn out to be considerably worse.

We have fallen into a trap of our own making as greed covetousness, perversions, licentiousness and other devils and evils have taken the soul of this once great republic.

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Today, with America's attack on Syria for a highly suspicious chemical attack that more and more looks like is some kind of false flag operation run out of the bowls of the American deep state  - we are in tough situation. The purpose for that attack seems to have been this   - to push President Trump into a political corner and force him to do what Clinton and McCain have been trying to do for years... attack Assad, overthrow him. They certainly would have paralyzed his administration and all he wanted to do if he did not play along.

Today, President's don't listen to prophets. They listen to key politicians, think tanks and their donors. So when the Lord wants to send in deceiving spirits as he did back in the days of Ahab, he would not use prophets but his key advisors and powerful people who do advise him to embark on a policy that will be his ultimate downfall. This policy of violent intervention into Syria may play well to the Israel lobby and to Christians who have been buying many of the narratives coming out of anywhere but heaven, but the reality is this - war is a bloody business and when the US does this to overthrow a government, what follows is usually worse that what they overthrew.

Look at Iraq today, 14 years later and these crazies are running around with slave dungeons and severed heads and using chemical weapons. Look at Libya whom the US and NATO worked really hard to overthrow. It now has an Islamist  government running things into the ground. It's madness. Do the Israeli's really think that these Islamic terrorists that are trying to overthrow Assad are going to be friend to the Jewish State? Who is running Israeli policy these days, the Jewish People or the Islamic sheikdoms of the Gulf who have not been shy about their support for these terrorists? Or is it the Saudi's who have secretly bolstered Israel's finances to the tune of billions of dollars and with whom they have created a new semi-secret alliance?

American Christians would do well to study the word, think and pray instead of listening to pastors and televangelists, some of whom are domestic and or foreign intelligence officers on a mission that has absolutely nothing to do with Christ. They are there to lend support to a way of thinking or a prophetic narrative or give political support to bolster the power and influence of their secret masters. Unlike the temptation of Christ, they did not tell the devil to go away, they bowed down and did what he asked of them.

A full military foray into Syria to overthrow Assad will put the US on a direct collision course with Russia. The two will be fighting. America's much vaunted military power will be put to the test. I want to stress this to all of you out there who like to thump your chest in pride in our military power. Step back and listen carefully to what I am going to tell you.

The Russians have been working tirelessly and quite successfully to thwart America's highly touted technical advantages. The Russians are very, very creative and moreover they can build things just as well as America for a small fraction of the cost. I told my readers about the whole Donald Cook problem a few years ago where the Russians without firing a single shot, crippled that Navy ship with our most sophisticated C4I systems and she was forced to limp back to port totally impotent. I hesitate to put up any of the more technical ways and means they did it, but I know they did it and how.

The good news is that the US Navy has taken steps to make sure that that vulnerability has been dealt with. But that is not the problem. The real problem is this. The Russians and Chinese (who both now have an economic and military alliance to counter the US) have stolen many of the key plans and specs of our top notch weapons systems. That includes the F-35. They know the nut and bolts of it. Consequently they, just like with the Donald Cook, know how to beat it in the air. They probably knew how to do it before the plane started production. These National Security leaks have been incredibly damaging... and I am not talking about Assange and Snowden, but the ones coming from hacks and insider networks that are operating within the US 'deep state' often at very, very high levels.

How do you put thousands of classified documents onto an unsecured server after being a lawyer, knowing the law and having been briefed and trained on the extreme criminality of such acts? Only when you want someone to steal the data and you are setting it up so that they do and you can claim 'oops I made a mistake' in a typical lawyers trick - an 'accidentally on purpose' kind of thing. How is it that the deep state has been able to Blame Trump for the crimes of someone else with all of this 'Trump is a Russian Spy' foolishness? I will tell you - when powerful elements inside the deep state are betraying the nation and wants to see that betrayal continue. Blame the innocent loud and often and allow the guilty to continue their 'accidental' acts of betrayal. Mind you, perhaps Clinton's only crime was extreme carelessness. But that kind of carelessness with Classified information in still a serious crime, punishable with long prison sentences. Moreover, I think the real problem may not have been Clinton but some of those around her.

The Russian S-400? While we don't know for sure how well it would do against a 4th generation US fighter until there is a fight, but I can tell you that our military understands that system at the classified level is very, very concerned that it can down anything we can put up in the air. They are trying new ways and methods of beating that system but as it stands now, they probably won't go near that system, not even with our very best fighters. We simply do not know what other tricks the Russians have up their sleeve.

The Russians latest fighter planes, they are very, very good and highly sophisticated. Their major drawback is that they tend to have a lot of reliability and mechanical problems. The Russian Navy may not be particularly impressive but their subs and missiles are.

Let me say this because I think it is probably the most important thing that needs to be said with regards to a potential conflict with Russia. Two very foolish leaders in the past underestimated the Russians -  Napoleon and Hitler. The Russians were there to bury both of those powerful Empires. Hitler thought he was is 'right' and 'god ordained' to impose his Aryan race-ocracy on Russia. Napoleon thought he was 'right' and 'god ordained' to impose French rule over Russia. The arrogant always think they have a right to tell someone else how to live and who should rule over them and bomb and kill them into submission. That kind of arrogance is the last stage of empire and shows it is in its death throes, call it Imperial Degeneracy Syndrome.

While Americans don't know or want to hear this, our empire is in very serious trouble and the threat to it comes from a new alliance of nations who are tired of being dictated to by the bumble-ocracy in Washington DC. They have been very successful so far. Listen carefully here, those of you who don't know this.


America's wealth and power comes from it's dollar and long standing international agreements that put the dollar at the center of the Global trading system. This was the Bretton Woods system. Why have we been been able to live so well and far, far above our means? This was why. That international system put in place at the end of WWII.  I am not going to post links to this today, those curious enough and are reading this also can google this up. You can get documents from not just the usual sites but from the US government, European think tanks and elsewhere. This system is coming apart and Russia and China are leading the way. This is key -  get this if you get nothing else - Neither of these nations will be dictated by the US any longer. The old order - the old Global order is dying. It was an order where the US was the unquestioned ruler.

Ultimately this is why the US has this big 'hate' against Russia, the weaker of the two nations (Russia and China) and the one who has far less internal political influence in Washington (the Chinese have quite a bit). The US elite want to break that alliance and Russia's new system for trading oil for dollars which goes against that whole post WWII order  which stipulated all oil sales would be conducted in dollars. It created a massive and artificial demand for dollars, if you want energy, you had to go and get dollars to buy it. Now China wants a new trading system for it's new Silk Road initiative and fully intends of bringing it about. The moves have been real, significant and reported, but just not in the US MSM. Here is how the site Strategic Culture put it.

Over the past 25 years there have been numerous examples demonstrating how Washington has had little hesitation in bombing nations reluctant to kowtow to Western wishes. In other examples, an economic battering ram, based on predatory capitalism and financial speculation, has literally destroyed sovereign nations, further enriching the US and European financial elite in the process.

Alliances to Resist

In the course of the last two decades, the relationship between the three major powers of the Heartland, the heart of the Earth, changed radically.

Iran, Russia and China have fully understood that union and cooperation are the only means for mutual reinforcement. The need to fight a common problem, represented by a growing American influence in domestic affairs, has forced Tehran, Beijing and Moscow to resolve their differences and embrace a unified strategy in the common interest of defending their sovereignty.

Events such as the war in Syria, the bombing of Libya, the overthrowing of the democratic order in Ukraine, sanctions against Iran, and the direct pressure applied to Beijing in the South China Sea, have accelerated integration among nations that in the early 1990s had very little in common. - Strategic Culture


You don't want to miss this one either. It is quite good.

I fully admit, that this alliance probably will not make things 'better'. But clearly they are going to make things change and change significantly over Washington's specific and perhaps one day violent military objections. I think that Trump's moves against both North Korea (which could include China, even if peripherally) and Syria (that will include Russia) is a policy that will lead to a military disaster. Prophecy Watch has an interesting piece here that many of you may find of interest, and thanks to the reader who passed this on!

So when I tell my readers to look at our deficits, the fact that we have no budget and the government may soon shut down, perhaps you will pay better attention. Once we get past this current crisis (and we probably will) far deeper and greater fiscal crisis are right over the horizon and I am not talking about 10 years away.

Our nation is in deep trouble but cable news will never contextualize any of this for their viewers. Their job is to keep their viewers in a permanent partisan froth -  heckling and shouting at the other party. Cable news is the elite's 'idiot population control' device. They needed something to control the idiots population in America and Cable News was their answer. They have no need to change that methodology as it is still working remarkable well. If the government shuts down they will create two counter opposing narratives to keep the people shouting at each other within the confines of the intellectual cages they will create for them.


My point is this to all of you, especially those of you who are easily swayed by a few patriotic bombs on the innocent to make America feel 'great' again. God see's the innocent blood we have shed and the secret plans we are concocting to do mischief. We as Christians must remember that while we have a strong duty to our respective nations, to live peaceful law abiding lives, to pray for our leaders and our respective nations, that does not mean knee-jerk support for a lie, or to support bearing false witness against a nation for a crime committed by others or the slaughter of the innocent. Each of these are abominations in God's eyes.

 When he speaketh fair, believe him not:
for there are seven abominations in his heart.
 Whose hatred is covered by deceit,
his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein:
and he that rolleth a stone,
it will return upon him.
 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it;
and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
(Proverbs 26:25-28 [KJV])


 
These six things doth the LORD hate:
yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
 A proud look,
a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
feet that be swift in running to mischief,
 A false witness that speaketh lies,
and he that soweth discord among brethren.
(Proverbs 6:16-19 [KJV])


Let us pause and consider the new President's obsession with war. America has never gone toe-to-toe with a modern, highly sophisticated and well disciplined military since WWII. We tend to pick on the weaker nations who are easily defeated. If we cannot defeat the rag tag fighters of Afghanistan and after 16 years still cannot get it together, how are we going to defeat the Russians whom I can tell you, know how to fight and as history has shown are some of the best fighters on earth, even and especially when the chips are down.

I can remember talking to one of the special ops types before the US went into Ukraine bragging how they would wipe up the Russians and that they did not have the will to fight. He scoffed at the Russians. If I remember correctly (this was some time ago) I told him something along the lines that when you come home with your tail between your legs, missing an eye and leaving a trail of blood on your way home, come and talk to me. I have not heard nor do I ever want to hear from that person again.


 In Ukraine the Russians are indeed fighting and like I said, even when the chips are down, they fight very, very hard.. You would be hard pressed to find finer or harder fighting soldiers in all the world than the Russians.

My advice to you Mr. President if you will accept it is this.

Do not go to Ramoth-Gilead.

FYI - a small section of this was done back in 2015. I have reworked that part and updated it. - MSW




8-9 Apr


Egypt Hit With Deadly Church Attacks, ISIS Claims Responsibility


Note: It should not surprise any of us that ISIS would launch attacks on such a high holy day as Palm Sunday. This is holy week and as such the devil's ministers will be busy doing the devil's work. - to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10:10).


Let all who know our God understand the lateness of the hour....

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(Middle East Concern) Christians in Egypt request our prayers after two churches in Northern Egypt suffered bomb attacks during Palm Sunday services on 9th April.

The first bomb exploded inside Mar Girgis (St. George's) Coptic Orthodox church in Tanta, in Gharbiya governorate in the Nile Delta region. The bishopric has issued a list of 26 names of people who died in the attack. According to the Ministry of Health, 71 people were injured.

In March a bomb was found at the same church, but on that occasion the device was successfully defused.

Later during the morning of 9th April, a suicide bomber was intercepted and detonated his device outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, six people were killed in this attack and 33 were injured. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadrous II was presiding over the Palm Sunday celebrations in the cathedral, but he is reported to be unharmed.

Christians in Egypt ask us to pray:
a. for God's comfort for those who lost loved ones and for full recovery of the injured
b. for comfort and encouragement for the wider Christian community and for God's protection over his church in Egypt and over other targets of these kinds of attacks
c. that the perpetrators of these violent attacks and the instigators behind them will be found and brought to justice


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Note -  I have been going through the book of Nehemiah, a book I had not studied for many many years. I have already gone through all the minor prophets and now am about 75% done with this most fascinating book in the Old Testament. I have taken quite some time with it. While writing I got the strongest urge to post this small section on the public page. This section takes up after all the people are assembled and are rededicating their lives and nation back to the Lord after 70 years of exile, trouble and suffering. This section deals with one of the area's where Israel went wrong that led them into such a state.

I will only post this section of Nehemiah. I still am posting Micah here on the Public page which was done back in 2015.

Nehemiah Part XXXIX

And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes:
 and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God,
 to the chambers, into the treasure house. For the children of Israel and the children of
Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers,
 where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters,
and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.
(Neh 10:38-39)

We pick up here as the passage continues on with the duties of the Priesthood, this after the obligations of the people to support their religious worship were outlined. Today, we don't do that, not to the degree as we should. Now one of the things I have respected about Islam is that they put money into their region and religious system as well as religious education. The rich men of Islam put millions of dollars into their religion. The ordinary Muslim does the same thing. But in this nation, with Christians too often Churches go under because the people don't give and support the Church and the minister who serves them. They have other priorities, a newer car when the one they have is only two years old, an expensive vacation, the third, $15k kitchen remodeling over the last 10 years. These are more important to far too many of the average American Christian than their religion and the Christ they claim to adore. Many of those will be among those who say "Lord, Lord...." (Luk 7:21ff)  or will be as the unwise steward (Matt 25:14). Each group were cast into the outer darkness.

The Temple was the center of their lives in Israel. Christ Jesus should be the center of ours. If he really is, it will show in how we treat those who minister for the Lord. The evangelist, the preacher, the teacher, the prophet and the layperson who does charity work for the Kingdom.

In the Old testament the principle of the tithe (10%) was fully in force. Verse 38 appears to show that the Levites had to give of their own tithes unto the work of God. So according to some, the Levites were not exempt from tithing. But the passage has caused many to comment a bit differently. K&D commentary gives us some of that debate here.

These offerings of first-fruits were to be brought into the chambers of the house of God, where they were to be kept in store, and distributed to the priests for their support. “And the tithes of our ground (will we bring) to the Levites; and they, the Levites, receive the tithes in all our country towns. (Neh_10:39) And a priest, a son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites take tithes; and the Levites shall bring the tithe of the tithes to the house of our God, into the chambers of the treasury.” The parenthetical sentences in these verses, הַֽמְעַשְׂרִים הַֽלְוִיִּם וְהֵם and הַֽלְוִיִּם בַּעְשֵׂר, have been variously understood. עָשַׂר in the Piel and Hiphil meaning elsewhere to pay tithe, comp. Deu_14:22; Deu_26:12; Gen_28:22, many expositors adhere to this meaning in these passages also, and translate Neh_10:38 : for they, the Levites, must give again the tenth (to the priests); and Neh_10:39 : when the Levites give the tenth; while the lxx, Vulgate, Syriac, Rashi, Aben Ezra, Clericus, Bertheau, and others, take עִשֵּׂר and הֶעֱשִׂיר in these sentences as signifying to collect tithe.

We prefer the latter view, as giving a more suitable sense. For the remark that the Levites must give back the tenth (Neh_10:38) does not present so appropriate a motive for the demand that the tithes should be paid, as that the tithes are due to the Levites. Still less does the addition, in our agricultural towns, suit the sentence: the Levites must give back the tithe to the priests. Again, the fact that it is not said till Neh_10:39 that the Levites have to give the tenth of the tenth to the priests, speaks still more against this view. A priest is to be present when the Levites take the tenth, so that the share of the priests may not be lessened. On “the tenth of the tenth,” comp. Num_18:26. Hezekiah had provided store-chambers in the temple, in which to deposit the tithes, 2Ch_31:11. - K & D Commentary

The passage as we see was not clear among scholars of the time of the writing of that commentary (both authors died in the late 1800's). The debate is an interesting one that probably has little real spiritual application, except for perhaps those who minister the gospel today.

But you now what? I find it of note here that Christ when he was here made it plain that his people had a duty both to Caesar and to God. Even Christ paid taxes but that did not absolve us of our godly obligations, which in Christ's time, was a tithe of all. I am often asked about my views on tithing. Many pastors demand it and say it is scriptural, making plain that the tithes should go to their Church. I cannot help but note a small but of self interest in that view. The fact is, the word tithe is not mentioned in relation to the Christian Church as a direct commandment. However, the clear implication is that a similar source of income for Christ's ministers is to come from the congregation.
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple?
and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach
the gospel should live of the gospel
(I Cor  9:13-14 [KJV])

God's gracious gift of salvation and his love for us should elicit in us that giving and generous spirit to the Lord's ministers, wherever they work. In the mission fields of Africa, to the refugee camps of Syria, to the Homeless shelters of Chicago, to the small country Church in Colorado. The passage above in Nehemiah (vs. 38) may imply for Christian ministers that they are not exempt from giving offerings, even though they earn their living from the gospel.

This may all seem like a bit of a digression, but I assure you it is not. Keep in mind the whole setting of the passage here in Nehemiah. They were coming back to the Lord and did not want to go astray again. These were all issues that the Priests knew had to be accomplished if they were to be acceptable to the Lord God, YHWH. In short, their obligations, or rather lack thereof to their religious duties to the priests and the Temple were part of the reason they fell away. Then they started showing respect to the gods of the nations around them and took after their ways and abominations.

As with most great sins, they get started with just a little thing, they stopped giving as much as they should to the the Lord. In our own lives this is how backsliding starts; little things. We don't give to ministers, we stop going to the Church's or fellowships that God has ordained we go to. Mind you many if not most of America's Churches are not teaching the whole counsel of God and many have gone after the ways of Sodom, Masonry and other forms of apostasy. Under no circumstances should we give to that. But for those of you fortunate enough to have found a pastor, preacher or teacher who is not ashamed of the whole word of God and teaches and gives good Godly counsel and teachings, honor him by giving him a decent, comfortable, but not opulent living.

If you want to know what happens when people stop giving to the Church, take a look at Europe. Note that Muslims give to their religion, many Christians simply won't. Often it is not because of a lack of means, they just are not going to do it... other priorities. But after a while, if they really belong to Christ, he will send them leanness, financial and otherwise to remind them. A person with a high paying job may suddenly lose it. A good retirement check may suddenly stop as is happening all over the nation right now. A sudden illness that drains the bank account. God knows how to get a message to his wayward sheep who forget who the source of all their blessings is. Sometimes that reminder can be rather uncomfortable. The key is this - for Israel and to us - we must give to the kingdom and do so with a generous spirit. But my own personal word of advise to you all is this -  today, there is a lot of fraud and deception out there - pray earnestly first - there are no perfect ministers and ministries. but there are those who are doing their very best to serve the Lord honorably and to fulfill the task of their specific calling - give to those whom the Lord so directs and may God bless each of you with a seven-fold blessing who does this faithfully month after month.

This chapter ends with with a powerful word - We will not forsake the House of our God. This was one of the great stumbling blocks of the past. Forsaking the worship of God. The Temple was really to be the center of life in Israel. Before King David, remember, they had no King. The center of life in Israel was to be God. But the people in their lust to be like the nations around them did not want that any longer and wanted to be like the heathen around them. God, in his anger and disappointment gave them exactly what they wanted. What did they get? Exactly what they asked for. They became just like the the nations around them, so full of sin and iniquity that God threw them off the land that they had so thoroughly polluted (Eze 36:18).

Selah.. let us pause and consider

We will continue this study in Nehemiah next week, God willing!

Brother Mark

Syria War Option:


The war drums are beating again and even now, the DOD is briefing Trump on how best to attack Syria. Even Tillerson is now on board with the unusual unison to go to war. that only comes when the political wheels have  been greased to fall in lockstep behind false intelligence.... just like we did back in 2003 with results so disastrous, we are still there 15 years later, clearing up Bush II mess.

But some intelligence sources (sourced from the web... sorry no link will be provided - they may be forced to go away if I gave it) have stated that the evidence is not as rock solid as we are being led to believe that that it may have been an artillery shell that hit a building that housed the poison gas. Others say that the US had a drone operating in the area that gave rock solid proof of Assad's complicity. It is not clear if that drone was armed or not or if it returned to base with all of its missiles in tact.

We just don't know and simply put, no one is talking. But the Washington war/propaganda machine is working in overdrive. Consider this. Last week, Tillerson seeks to change policy on Syria after 8 years of inane. bloody bumbling, we finally talk about a political settlement. Then out of the blue, that political settlement is torpedoed by a purported gas attack that the US has quickly blamed on Syria. This is the same kind of thing that happened with the US torpedoed that Cease fire in Syria when the US 'accidentally bombed' a Syrian military base... DURING A  CEASEFIRE!


I want to show you how Washington works. This is a purely FICTIONAL (as in did NOT happen) telephone conversation, but may help you better contextualize just what is gong on in DC.

Senator X: Mr. President, I will not accept an Assad regime in Syira, forget it. I will use all my power to stop that from happening. First I will deep six the Gorsuch nomination, I have three other Senators who will follow me to make sure it fails, second, I am going to turn up the volume on the Russia scandal that some will be calling to have you removed from office... and they won't be all Democrats either. I will (expletive deleted) your administration so hard you will think you are two dollar whore servicing a returning crew who had been at sea for a year. You'll be a lame duck before your first year in office is over... I will make it my primary mission.

Trump; I can't just switch policies like that on Syria, it looks weak politically -  no way I am going to do that (redacted)  you're off your rocker. Give me some kind of political out and maybe we can talk.

Senator X. Once I give you that out Mr. President, you had better go in and take Assad out.

Trump: What kind of out are we talking about? Is it something that I can take to the American people?

Senator X: Don't ask, just know that an out will be provided to you. When it comes ASK NO QUESTIONS. Make damn sure no one around you asks questions.... and don't fumble around for weeks for someone to figure this all out...

Trump: OK but, but Gorsuch get's his seat before the first plane leaves the tarmac.

Senator X: That's fine but one other thing. Get rid of Bannon. I don't care how you do it. I have talked to my buddy McMasters and he is not cut out for that council. He supports Assad and that makes him a liability. Do that first before anything else goes forward. He must be gone from the NSC before I give you the out... he may blab and (expletive deleted) the whole thing up.

Trump: .....silence.... OK you (expletive deleted). I'll do it... and I will remember what a (expletive deleted) you really are (unintelligible)....
.. dial tone
Again this is FICTIONAL conversation. It did NOT happen.

Is this what happened? Exactly? No. But I think something along those lines is exactly where the fault lines are and if nothing, else shows you the way horse trading is really done in DC. Mind you, other than a few obscure sites who carry interesting info and perspective, no one has given me the inside scoop. But this link may help. - do listen to that link. This will be much clearer as to why I am saying what I am saying.

Yes, I think they will go in and wreck havoc on Syria. But remember, the Russians are there as well, conducting airstrikes on a daily basis. This could get real ugly, real quick.

The good news is that Trump may be coming back to sanity and may just do limited airstrikes rather than a full
assault.

But I mean... don't you think it odd that there is such a rush to do this without any kind of UN action, public support or debate?


I want to stress this to all of you. I have never been a fan of the Assad regime. But I don't live in Syria. Syrians live in Syria and they have the right to choose their leader. While it is true that some atrocities have taken place and Assad's forces are responsible for some of them, it is also true that the terrorists and those who support and arm them have also committed atrocities. A war like this is a savage business. To call out one side and not the other is not moral outrage, its cynical opportunism. So don't think for a moment I am in love with Assad. I am not. I am not in love with Putin either, but unlike Trump's new best friend the Saudi's who won't even allow a Church to be built in their nation, each are democratically elected and reflect the desires of the majority of their respective populace.

I am not in favor of the US imposing a regime on Syria or a deMOCKracy that has two hand-picked US supported/backed/blackmailed puppets running in largely in fake elections who will later hand over the nations energy resources to Exxon-Mobile when the bodies are buried and new violent groups are seeded into the nation to overthrow that one.

So know where I am coming from. I think it sets a bad, really bad precedent if the US feels it can go in and attack democratic governments at will. It shows us to be the enemy, rather than the friend of freedom loving people.

Eritrea: Christian Women Die Following Hunger Strike

The women were apparently detained at a military camp, conducted a hunger strike to protest abuses and then died.

In other persecution news, Christians who flee persecution in Vietnam fear being repatriated.

In Iran, Christians pine in jail under a justice system that works against them. Things are not good in Iran, but frankly at least in Iran, they let Christians have Churches. In Saudi Arabia, it is not allowed.

I say this not to minimize the suffering of Iranian Christians, but so that Christians are not deceived by some who want to amplify a 'hate' against Iran while even worse deeds are committed by the Saudi's.  Remember, they are best friends with the US and President Trump. I want to make sure none of you are fooled by the narrative game that is so well played by US information and disinformation networks - cry about a sore thumb over here and be silent about an axe murder over there -  all of it, not in support of Christians, but of US foreign policy.

Caveat Lector.

5 Apr

Church Elder Fatally Stabbed In Sudan

(Middle East Concern) Christians in Sudan request prayer against ongoing attempts to seize church property, which led to the fatal stabbing of a church elder on 3rd April.

Against the wishes of the church denomination, the government has imposed an illegal committee on the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. Since 2013 this committee has been selling church properties to businessmen aligned with the government.

One of the properties involved is the Evangelical School in Omdurman. On 3rd April Christians had been at the school... Continues here.


Chemical Attack In Syria

The US is blaming the Syrian gov't. Don't rush to judgment. The timing of this attack is very suspicious. First off, the US foreign policy apparatus is running in full idiot mode. The good news is that Tillerson introduced the first bit of sanity in our Syria policy in the past 8 years when he said that the US is no longer going to make overthrowing Assad the top priority of our policy in the region. Needless to say, John McCain went bonkers when he heard that. McCain clearly does not want to have democracy in Syria. He wants to impose a government on them of his own making - kind of like a dictator that has McCain's personal stamp of approval.  As he has been the primary mover in creating the policy of ousting him and arming those terrorists who are trying to oust Assad, McCain is going to do all in his power to thwart moves to bring any fix to Syria unless he personally approves of the new dictator that is to take over the nation, regardless of the will of the Syrian people, or the elected President of the US.

This chemical attack will be a convenient excuse for McCain (perhaps a bit too convenient) to use as a sounding board as to why Assad needs to go and keep the hate going between Russia (who supports Assad) and the US so he can get his massive defense budget increases.

So the real question is, did Assad do it or did the rebels, who have committed similar attacks in the past do it, at the behest of someone else?

Readers would be wise to think twice before believing anything coming out of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Not without a non-western news source as a 'fact checker'.  From all I have seen with much of it's reporting, it merely creates and helps sustain US based narratives to bolster ongoing and future US policy moves. It's conclusions are duly parroted by US based 'narrative control' information dissemination networks posing as news organizations.

This does not mean that some of the ground forces under Assad could not have used Chemicals. It's possible. But given the political environment, and the slow moves towards a settlement that could keep Assad in power and the slow moves of the US towards that end, I think it highly unlikely he did it. It would set years of work backwards.

But chemical use is hardly new in Syria, despite this well timed and highly coordinated 'outrage' we see in the Media. Don't believe me? Go to your favorite search engine and type in "ISIS" and "Chemical attack" and yes many of the rebels that the US has been arming have deep ties to ISIS. Both had the same goal -  oust the Shia based Assad democracy and replace it with a Sunni based terrorist group. Not unlike the situation today in Libya.

Meanwhile the terrorists whom the US has given much support to in the past have created a new alliance.

These are the same rebels who just a few moths ago, polluted the water supply in Damascus and nary a US source carried the story. There was no outrage, no calls for investigation.

But this attack was very savage, there can be no excuse for it for any side to have done such an abominable thing. The agent was a suspected Nerve Agent and if you don't know about nerve agents, they are really nasty. They interfere with the body's central nervous system and the chemical process that causes nerves to function. It us truly a horrible way to die. When I was in the military,, I spent several months working in Disaster Preparedness and preparing our unit for the possibility of NBC attacks (Nuclear Biological Chemical) in wartime was part of what I did for a several months.

This early PM I listened to the Syrian government statement on this (on CSPAN radio). The spokeswoman was adamant that they did not do it and noted the quick 'chorus' of international voices who were accusing them. They noted Turkey as being one nation who was against any political solution to the Syrian Crisis. It was a very interesting speech and one that is nearly impossible to find in the American 'Free Press'.


But let's all turn down the anger and this manufactured hate and outrage and find out who was really responsible, not whom the MSM and the deep state's major media organizations has blamed, without much real evidence. Remember, no investigations have yet taken place into this so blame at this point in time is all speculation.

Don't bite in this rotten apple until someone truly independent and is not being paid, influenced by or funded by the US to investigates who was really responsible. Keep this in mind, the deep state is very adept at deceiving even Presidents with intelligence reports that are poisoned with false information and sources that they know are not credible. When there is a policy they want implemented bad enough and there are those who want Assad gone just that bad, kid yourself not, they will try.

I know many people just have a hard time with this. I know, I understand most people don't really understand just how messed up our 'deep state' apparatus is, and McCain is a pivotal part of it. For years they were able to get away with literal murder, assassinations, burn down an old folks home or hospital and set it up just so that it looked like the Russians did it, etc. Too often we have blamed the victims because the US had just about every major news organization in the nation who would parrot their lies and false narratives and people were naive enough to believe them.

But that thankfully is changing thanks to the internet and some hard working people out here who know the deal and have some guts.  More and more people are starting to smell the stink of treason that is emanating from our major intelligence agencies and from certain people who hold elected office.

So be careful with the Chemical narrative coming out of the US lie factory. So many chemical attacks have taken place by so many, that this outrage is nothing more than theater, not even fit for a really bad Broadway play.

So many of you ask... OK brother Mark, what's your agenda? I wave the flag 3 times a day and pray at the altar of Cable News and what you are saying does not line up with what they are telling me. What is your REAL agenda here on Syria?


What would I like to see? I admit, I am totally and completely unreasonable. I want to see the Syrian people choose their leader, not John McCain. Such a system is known as democracy and despite the loud protestations to the contrary, Assad is indeed democratically elected


I think readers should keep in mind that within hours of the violent coup that overthrew Ukraine's democratically elected Government a few years ago, John McCain was right there to welcome in the new openly and avowed racist government after that bloody and very violent coup - scope around the web, you will find the pictures. So his record speaks for itself. He has no respect for democratic principals. Me and him are 180 degree's apart on these issues.

I want to see peace in the region and the US and Russia to begin to work together to solve the real problems in the world rather than this manufactured hate and outrage at Russia concocted by some unstable minds among the NeoCons and the Democratic Party.

I want to see the US, Russia and China get together and solve some of the worlds real pressing problems, like North Korea, the tension in the China Sea, chronic poverty and drought in parts of Africa, Terrorism. mass human migration, as well as drug and human trafficking.

To me, it's sad that no one up there with only a couple of exceptions are thinking along these lines. Everyone is looking to smear the Russians for crimes real and imagined, mostly imagined, stir up hate and war and keep the armaments manufacturers in their Bentley's and Ferrari's while Joe Six Pac opens up his 3rd delinquency notice on his home mortgage because he lost his job 6 months ago and could not find another one.

No one up there seems to give a darn about the average American. McCain wants to play the geriatric kingmaker and widow-maker, Pelosi wants to fire up the troops to undermine the President... Washington is broken and while many Americans thought that they could put Trump in their to fix things, he looks more and more to have transformed himself into just another creature of the swamp.

No, too many Christians and others have gone to their graves as a direct result of US policy of arming, supporting and directing these Sunni based terror groups because they wanted to oust Assad, who for decades was pretty good to Christians in his nation. I would like to see the dark forces within our government who have armed these terror groups and committed numerous atrocities in secret held to account for their bloodshed and murders. I hope and pray that peace and prosperity come to all of the Middle East, Sunni, Shi'ite, and Christian.

Because these are my views I have been made Public enemy number one by a few powerful men over there within the DOD and the CIA who cannot get a good nights sleep unless they can put some innocent soul in their grave, set someone's house on fire or bomb out someones hospital, Church or Mosque.

I thank God that such as those call me an enemy, for that is how I truly know I am doing the right thing by speaking out and not being shy about it. I have not nor will I be be cowered by threats or intimidation as they tried  so very hard to do before.

My view is this - when the devil considers you his friend, you (should) know you have got a problem, when he calls you his enemy, you are on the right track. Who is the devil but a murderer, a liar and a thief?

May my God protect every voice out here on the Internet who has the courage to speak out for the downtrodden, the defenseless and victims of these atrocities and who seeks peace and justice in a world more and more marked by brutal savagery, bolstered by lies and disinformation that is too often rewarded with a certified check.

Yes, may the Lord Jesus and his mighty angels watch over and protect all who show such courage in looking out for those whom the rich and powerful want to see forgotten and who truly seeks peace and he truth - the WHOLE truth - in our very troubled world.


  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(Matthew 5:7-12 [KJV])
Amen!




4  April


Micah Chapter 6

The Lawsuit

Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains,
and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD'S controversy,
and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy
with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

(Mic 6:1-2)

This chapter of Micah starts off with a command to the prophet. He tells Micah to go before the mountains and hills and speak to them. Weather or not this was meant figuratively or literally we cannot know for sure, but probably this was meant as an actual command. Prophets were often commanded to do some most unusual things. Barnes commentary seems to indicate that Micah did not really want to do this thing but did as he was bid. This is not in the verse per se, but such an imputation can be understood. Micah had to make God's case before God's creation as to the sins and waywardness of his people. The mountains and hills were to be as a kind of jury for God's controversy, the very creation was to testify against his people. For as the prophet testifies in verse two, "The Lord has a controversy with his people".


O my people, what have I done to thee, or in what have I molested thee?
answer thou me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt,
and delivered thee out of the house of slaves: and I sent before thy face Moses,
and Aaron, and Mary. O my people, remember, I pray thee, what Balach, t
he king of Moab, purposed: and what Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him,
from Setim to Galgal, that thou mightest know the justice of the Lord.

(Mic 6:3-5)

God lays out his complaint and asks the question? What did I do to you? How have I mistreated you? What Crime did I commit against you that you have gone aside? God commands them to testify against him, if they can! Consider that there is a special relationship here. God calls them 'my people'. They are his by act of his covenant with them and then begins to recount how they were called out of Egypt when in slavery and were led by both Moses and Aaron. God is laying out to them the very special relationship he has with his people, which carries with it very heavy obligations as  well most excellent benefits. When we as Christians are born into God's kingdom, we too become part of God's family but are part of an even better heritage. We become brothers with Christ Jesus.

For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things,
in bringing many sons unto glory
, to make the author of their salvation
perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified
are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying,
 I will declare thy name unto my brethren, In the midst of the congregation will
 I sing thy praise. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold, I and the children whom God hath given me. 
(Heb 2:10-13, ASV)


The moment we are born again into God's kingdom, we become part of that heritage. - provided we truly have been born again from above, which I think is far, far less common that is generally believed.  In this respect, these passages are of great importance to Christians and modern Christianity, who too in large parts of the world, particularly the west, have gone aside just like those referenced in the above passages in Micah. Do you not think that God now has a serious controversy with many Churches in the west for their strange doctrines, allowing unrebuked and open sin in the congregation as well as many other sundry evils? What would the Churches do if a Micah came in and started speaking against these evils? They would cast him out and call him a narrow minded bigot, a hatemonger and lacking the proper love (of sin)!!

O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal;
that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD. Wherewith shall I come
before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before
him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

(Mic 6:5-6)

God here is not chiding his people so much as he is pleading with them. 'Do you remember how Balak tried to get Balaam to curse Israel and rather sent a blessing to them instead?' This is the sense of the verse (Numbers 22ff). This is an interesting passage, here is how K&D summarizes it. This is rather long, but I think instructive for those unfamiliar with the story.

The rapid defeat of the two mighty kings of the Amorites filled the Moabites with such alarm at the irresistible might of Israel, that Balak their king, with the princes of Midian, sought to bring the powers of heathen magic to bear against the nation of God; and to this end he sent messengers with presents to Balaam, the celebrated soothsayer, in Mesopotamia, who had the reputation of being able both to bless and curse with great success, to entreat him to come, and so to weaken the Israelites with his magical curses, that he might be able to smite them, and drive them out of his land (Num_22:1-7). At first Balaam declined this invitation, in consequence of divine instructions (Num_22:8-14); but when a second and still more imposing embassy of Moabite princes appeared before him, God gave him permission to go with them, but on this condition, that he should do nothing but what Jehovah should tell him (Num_22:15-21). When on the way, he was warned again by the miraculous opposition of the angel of the Lord, to say nothing but what God should say to him (Num_22:22-35). When Balak, therefore, came to meet him, on his arrival at the border of his kingdom, to give him a grand reception, Balaam explained to him, that he could only speak the word which Jehovah would put into his mouth (Num_22:36-40), and then proclaimed, in four different utterances, what God inspired him to declare. First of all, as he stood upon the height of Bamoth-baal, from which he could see the end of the Israelitish camp, he declared that it was impossible for him to curse this matchless, numerous, and righteous people, because they had not been cursed by their God (Num 22:41-23:10). He then went to the head of Pisgah, where he could see all Israel, and announced that Jehovah would bless this people, because He saw no unrighteousness in them, and that He would dwell among them as their King, making known His word to them, and endowing them with activity and lion-like power (Num_23:11-24). And lastly, upon the top of Peor, where he could see Israel encamped according to its tribes, he predicted, in two more utterances, the spread and powerful development of Israel in its inheritance, under the blessing of God (Num 23:25-24:9), the rise of a star out of Jacob in the far distant future, and the appearance of a ruler in Israel, who would break to pieces all its foes (Num_24:10-24); and upon this Balak sent him away (Num_24:25).

The name Balak is also quite interesting, it means to lay waste (H1111) or make desolate. In short, the kings in those days wanted to destroy Israel because they had had such excellent military success against the regions kingdoms. So the King went and tried to get this soothsayer to curse Israel. God intervened as he always did to protect and increase his people. The point here is that they repay him with spiritual treachery. The people cannot deny God's goodness and protective hand this is the purpose of this spiritual history lesson.

Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God?
shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands
of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of
my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Mic 6:6-8)
God is  telling his people he is not interested in a big religious show, some big new national religious convention with the sacrifice of the unrepentant. Such things not only do not please God, they offend him greatly.

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear,
than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

(Ecc 5:1)

God is not interested in these theatrics. Spiritual showmanship is of no interest to him. This is what got the Pharasee's in such trouble. They put on a great outward religious show but as our Lord said, they were whited sepulcher's and full of dead men's bones. They were a spiritual horror story of the Boris Karloff variety, not Godly men. Like so many false ministers, televangelists and other sundry false workmen today. In verse eight, he has told them exactly what the Lord commands of them.

- To do justly (love justice)
- Love mercy ( to have pity, do good works, be kind)
- Walk humbly with God (obey his words, honor him in all things and never get your head swelled up about anything!). God hates pride but gives grace to the humble (1Pet 5:5)
These words need no further commentary.

The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:
hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it. Are there yet the treasures of wickedness
in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies,
and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

(Mic 6:9-12)

The prophets message was directed to the Mountains and Hills to bear witness and act as a jury for the Lord's compliant, but ultimately this message was for the city. From Amos to Zechariah, we see how the Lord looks upon those with Riches and refuses to do right once they get them to the poor man. There is a kind of 'religion' that goes with the acquisition of wealth. It is the same spirit that ran from Ancient Babylon to the banks and insurance companies of Wall Street. False balances (today, our fiat money system), cheating and violence; they all go hand in hand. This is the spirit of Mammon - theft, murder and lies - they all go hand in hand into the kingdom of hell. Money and wealth over all is their 'faith' and their 'scriptures' take the form of a balance sheet.  Those who follow after it, receive the satanic blessings from the god of this world who has the power to give, even the kingdoms of this earth to whom he chooses (Matt 4:8-10). Did you ever wonder why so many rich and powerful people these days are into satanism and eastern religions? This is why. They fell down and worshiped at the devils feet, if not literally then by their deeds. Lies, violence, cheating and the accumulation of wealth - this is the spirit Micah is speaking against and it is the same spirit that infects America and the western world.

Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate
 because of thy sins. Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down
shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver;
and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt sow,
but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not
anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine. For the
statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and
ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation,
and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore
ye shall bear the reproach of my people.

(Mic 6:13-16)
God is going to strike Israel because of these evils.


  • They shall become ill, sick in God's punishment
  • God will leave them desolate (accomplished by by king of Assyria)
    in making thee desolate because of thy sins; went on, not only to make them sick, and bring them into a declining state, but into utter desolation; as by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, who carried Israel captive; and by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who led Judah captive, because of their sins of idolatry, injustice, and oppression, with others that abounded among them. (Gill)
  • They will eat and still be hungry, not satisfied who remain after this desolation.
  • Their goods that they stored up, they would lose.
  • They would work, but others would eat the fruit of their labors.
God gives yet another reasons these disasters would befall his people. The people were keeping the 'Statutes of Omri'. He was the founder of the house of Ahab and was a very wicked king. Probably the wickedest who had reigned up till that time. Omri, was Ahab's father. God is telling his people that they are following after the wickedness of idolatrous leaders and for that he would smite them sure just as he described.

In this God seems to be evening up the score. In that they took that which was not theirs, they would work and have other take what they earned. The shoe would go on the other foot. That is why I exhort all of you. DO NOT TAKE THAT WHICH DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. God hates theft - even if it is a mechanic overcharging for his work or stealing money out of a purse. God hates theft. If it does not belong to you, don't take it!! Do that in honor to God and respect to your fellow man and may God protect all of your wealth and belongings in the coming economic crisis!!

1 April

Prosecutor Offers Acquittal in Exchange for Conversion to Islam

03/30/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian ConcernInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a deputy district prosecutor in Pakistan is blackmailing 42 Christian prisoners who have been imprisoned since 2015, promising to free them if they convert to Islam. These Christians have been imprisoned since 2015 when two suicide bombers attacked several churches in Youhanabad, killing and injuring dozens of Christians.
 
Little was done to catch those responsible and shortly after the attack, two Muslim men were found lynched. The government alleged that these 42 Christians were involved and arrested them. While some of the imprisoned may be guilty, the investigation has been poorly conducted and innocent men are suffering in jail.

Initially, the deputy prosecutor denied that he made such an offer; however, he recanted when he found out that the accused possessed a video recording of the deal. He now asserts that he was only offering the imprisoned men a choice. Unfortunately, such an offer is not new. In addition to the most recent blackmail attempt, reports suggest that the prosecutor's office tried blackmailing the Christians the same way six months ago, but they refused.
 
ICC began interviewing and investigating the attack and lynching after learning about the incident. Since 2015, ICC has worked with four innocent prisoners' families to provide food, small businesses, and medical assistance since the families' breadwinners have been imprisoned.

This situation represents the discrimination and injustice Christians in Pakistan face because of their faith. Rather than following the rule of law, the Pakistani government is trying to further its religious agenda. All prisoners and cases should be investigated in an impartial manner that seeks justice, regardless of the religious identity of those involved in the case. Unfortunately, such impartiality is unlikely to occur.

William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "To threaten Christian prisoners with continued imprisonment if they do not convert to Islam is a blatant violation of religious freedom and justice. Regardless of the religious identity of the prisoners, investigations should be fair and impartial. Pakistan continues to demonstrate intolerance and persecution of Christians through this latest offer."
For interviews with William Stark, Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press at persecution.org
31 Mach

No, Russia Did Not Successfully Hack The DNC, The Real Culprit Was...

Much of the hacking going on blamed on everyone else? Now some of the real deal is coming out.  The real criminals (hacking is a serious crime) have now been revealed for what they are.

Someone is doing all they can to start a war between Russia and the US. The deep state has launched a massive media campaign to demonize Russia to goad this nation into a war that we cannot win without the use of Nuclear Weapons. You and I will not be around to celebrate any 'victory' these forces think they can win.

There is treason in the air.  America could not possibly benefit from such a war, but some one else would. I have done a couple of longer pieces on Russia of late, but that analysis will have to be kept for insiders.

This hysteria over Russia is just that - powerful forces in the deep state have an agenda and fully realize and have prepared for the possible use of Nuclear Weapons.


No, I am not guessing.

Trump's Foreign Policy: Blood, Smoke, Fire... and Eavesdropping

Generals warn of more civilians casualties to come
Centcom Chief Says US Vital Interest At Stake In Assisting In Yemen's Destruction
Bahrain: Human Rights Take Back Seat To Arms Sales For Tillerson
Obama's Rule Change Allowed Political Hacking On Trump
SecAF Chief Pick Has Stock in 16 Defense Companies
Trump's Broken Promises On 'Dragging America Into War'
Trump Authorizes More Aggressive Air Strikes In Somalia
Libertarians, Trump And War: Abandonment Of Campaign Promises
Trump's FCC Blocks ISPs from Giving Low-Income Families Web Access
Trump, Congress complain about surveillance, yet may enable spying by Internet companies

Donald Trump on multiple fronts is turning out to be a big disappointment. His promises on the campaign trail are nothing like what he has done. But many months ago, I said he may turn out to be a 'White Obama' promising us the moon and instead doing everything the DC insiders want while we, the people get more empty promises that will soon be broken.

So far, I am totally unimpressed in his ability and perhaps the real willingness to take on 'the Swamp' and all the crooked contractors who have been robbing our nation blind. Instead, all the usual suspects are getting their pockets lined and Americans are fighting foreigners and robots for jobs.

The polls show it, the increasing disaffection for his policy priorities.

So does our budgetary trajectory, of which his budget proposal (and a $54 Billion DOD increase) has not helped.

Americans did not vote for him to funnel more billions into the sinkhole of the DOD. Americans did not vote for him so that our fighter planes can go and bomb a building full of women and children. Trump's Generals are planning to kill even more.

The killing of the poor and forgotten don't seem to move him much. Let's take a look at another recent atrocity that no one will pay for, paving the way for even more gruesomeness against the poor and people of color.

Apache Helicopter Guns Down Yemeni Refugee Ship

42 were killed. These were people who had UNHCR clearance and were gunned down.

Meanwhile the Saudi's continue bombing food in a nation that is literally starving.

The nationality of the copter who murdered these refugee's is carefully obscured in News reporting.

It was probably either US or Saudi.

At least 31 Somali refugees are dead after the boat they were traveling in from Yemen to Sudan was attacked by what might have been a U.S.-made Apache helicopter.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed "dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals."

A local coastguard officer told Reuters that "the refugees, carrying official [United Nations Refugee Agency] documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait."

If the reports are true, Yemen Peace Project director of policy and advocacy Kate Kizer noted online, the Apache helicopter "likely was U.S. sold, #Saudi manned (last sale last fall)." - Common Dreams

I note this attack took place just a day or so after Trump met with the Saudi crown Prince.

Did he give the go ahead to let the Saudi's commit these kinds of atrocities and that he would not raise any criticisms if they did?

I heard no criticisms.

After all, he has escalated US raids since taking office.

More here.

Since assuming power he has conducted a disastrous raid into Yemen and by all appearances appears to now be prepared to allow the Saudi's to take the gloves off and target refugee's and anyone else the Saudi's don't like - the darker the skin the more likely they are to be killed. Black Somali's and Yemeni's appear to be now in the cross-hairs. That war while having strong religious/sectarian overtones is in reality a war of the haves against the have-nots, with the rich Gulf sheikdoms and the Saudi's ganging up on one of the very poorest nations on earth, not just of the region, Yemen.  A real bloody class/economic and race war is now being waged right now, but is not being framed that way in the global press. The poor dark skinned Muslims against the lighter skinned wealthy rich Islamic sheikdoms.  The war is going very badly and has made the AQ militants the Saudi's want to oust more powerful.
The American people did not elect Trump to start more wars. If they wanted that, they would have drafted the totally unelectable John McCain. But instead we get McCain's Foreign Policy and military policy.

The F-35 Continues To Stumble

The project On Government Oversight does a long report on the F-35 and its many issues. Many of them look to be really serious. For a long time I have said this plane was a turkey. It costs too much money and was specifically designed to be un-killable. Those who did the legal, legislative and international work to get players on board knew what they were doing. They were making plane that would cost a bundle and that when the real price tag was know, they could not kill the project. Now we have this budgetary sinkhole that is taking critical dollars from other defense needs.They set it up so that anyone who tried would have a gaggle of Congressmen and Senators who would line up behind it, even if it couldn't shoot the broad side of a barn at ten paces.
What kind of poison lurks in the soul of a person who thinks killing woman and children and refugee's like this is a good thing and refuses to apologize for it and promises more?

Then we have Trump's assault on the privacy of Americans. He was not in office for two months and he was moving to gut privacy protections of the Americans he says he cares so much about. Now here is a guy who is weeping and whining about Obama spying on him and sets out to spy on all of us!


I think the GOP need to get into reality or they will soon lose both the House and the Senate. The reality is this. Trump is in the White House because of the kinds of economic and social alienation of millions that took place under Bush and Obama -  in working America, particularly working White America. They don't want their privacy raped, they don't want to spend more money on wars, they don't want to pay more for less health coverage just so fatcats can get richer and they don't want to see the President spend all his time firing off twitter messages. This administration and the GOP are careening towards a disaster of their own making... and Trump is only part of the problem. 

What I see for our nation is not good. When people no longer think they can change things with their votes and elections are superfluous they will take one of two tracts. One is to separate (a break up of the US) and the other is a violent revolution. I want to see neither but I can read and hear the frustration on both sides of the political aisle. The real cause as I see it is less about GOP Vs. Democrats, but the swamp -  the power elite the corrupt American Oligarchs (yes America's oligarchs can be worse than the Russian ones) against the ordinary Joe. Those powerful men and networks have been exceptionally adept at dividing us up in order to enrich themselves at the government trough. The moves already underway in many parts of the nation to break it up or worse may be in their infancy, but will only grow in size and momentum until men like Trump, Pelosi, Ryan, McConnell, and yes powerful has-been's like Obama and Clinton decide it's time to really look at what is happening to a great many Americans and stop playing stupid gutter politics. It's killing America.

Look -  you want to see some real correlation between  Trump and the deep despair that is out there in America? Well, this interesting pdf I think will help.
Here I examine the relationship between county-level rates of mortality from drugs, alcohol and suicide (2006-2014) and voting patterns in the 2016 Presidential election. I focus on three regions where the drug epidemic has received considerable attention: the Industrial Midwest, Appalachia, and New England6. Because much of the narrative surrounding Trump’s election success has emphasized the role of economic distress and working-class voters... - Deaths of Despair and Support for Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election
This study as well is quite revealing at what is going on in many parts of the nation.

Brothers, White working America's shift to the GOP where the Democrats had long held an iron grip was in many ways, a sign of desperation.

Below is the final section of a piece I did on Trump at 60 days I wrote on the 20th of this month.
***

Spiritually Speaking


Do I see Trump as being able to halt the moral slide in America? I will be honest with you. No. While I see that he is very much concerned with some of the key issues that are important to religious conservatives (Abortion/transgender issues), it is not clear to me that this is nothing more than pandering to a key GOP constituency. I note that the GOP recently opened up one of this own retreat meetings with prayer and that if one looks around the web, one can find pictures of Trump and Pence praying.

It is good to see that God is an important part of this administration. The last one seemed to go out of its way to show the deepest of contempt for the God of Christians. In this there is a marked change. As an aside, you can find some interesting pictures of Trump and his protection here. The last picture shows Trump and Pence (apparently) praying.

My view is perhaps a bit cynical, but I want to see  if this man is really concerned with the poor man of all colors everywhere. As leader of the free world, he must show respect for life and his obsession with war and his cozying up the Saudi's and his support for the multiple atrocities they have committed in Yemen deeply concerns me. That attack on the Somali refugee boat is to me very troubling, especially if somehow in secret the Saudi's and Trump have cut a deal to turn a blind eye to even worse Saudi war crimes.

Trumps moves to cut our foreign aid budget will be a devastating blow to millions who depend on US aid for food. Where is the money for the poor going to go? Into the military for which as we all know, he requested $54 billion more.


But I think we Americans tend to put too much faith in our Presidents. They are powerful, but much of their power really derives from their control over the 'deep state' apparatus and it's ability to involve itself legally and illegally inside America's domestic political, economic and social scene. A President is pretty much forbidden to use his office to evangelize, though Barak Obama probably crossed those legal lines with his incessant praise of Islam, but was never called to the carpet for it. Why?

Mostly because liberal groups who keep watch on such things and wage lawfare when they see abuses usually have a very strong almost satanic anti-Christian slant to them and any other religion except Christianity may be praised without their legal molestation. More here  here  here and here.

But I look around the nation and I say to myself. Where is the thirst for righteousness and truth? People more and more are less interested in what is right as they are in what fills their bank account. It's money and economics that drive so many people to the polls. Moreover people don't want to deal with truths. No. What they want is a narrative any narrative; true or not that bolsters their own economic, social or political standing. This is the real reason why Cable News does so well and our nation is so Balkanized. Truth does not sell because people for the most part hate it. Black's don't want to hear how they have messed up their own communities and elevate ignorance and self destruction (lots of very harsh profanity in that link so be warned and please don't be angry at me for linking to it. I link to it because Mr. Rock with raw totally non-PC and at times a bit offensive humor lays it out in a way that only humor will allow in our hyper PC nation. I have been Black for 58 years and Mr. Rock is not far behind, A Black man who has lived among American black folks - immigrant Africans excluded - understands what Chris is saying, even if he he may put on a theatrical 'outrage' at his comments - MSW) while they point the finger at the White man for many of their self-inflicted troubles. Then you have many non-working white blue collar Americans who don't want to hear that many of them really are a lazy, shiftless whining bunch, especially many of the younger ones. Look am I the only one saying it? Nope, a key GOP intellectual is saying it and saying working class white folks need to be 'replaced'.

Everyone is looking for a way to escape reality. Illegal immigrants don't want to hear that they are by definition - federal criminals and the rich don't want to hear that their polices are primarily responsible for what more and more is looking to be a political break up of the US coming in the next 20 years. Everyone sits in their own cesspool and complains out how much crap covers the other guy. None of these things are politically correct to say, but that is part and parcel of the problem - problems unidentified are problems uncorrected. Hard truths are to be ignored and attacked; comfortable lies are to be given place and elevated as modern dogma. 'Politically correct' is one of America's major problems, it's why things don't get fixed and it's why I don't and won't play the politically correct game. Political correctness is a blindfold we put on when we don't want to see the cliff we are quickly running towards.

Then there is the perversions and licentiousness. How many of you are aware of the Marine Corp scandal?  I have not covered it here, as I know many of you are aware. In short, Marines were caught posting nude photo's of social media.

It's the pervert factor and its a very real part of 21st century America. America has become little more than a modern Sodom. The Marine Corp... one would think that these Marines would know better than to undermine the uniform they wear in such a base manner. Yet they have done just that. These are the men and women who are supposed to be defending us.

You know, I have told readers here many times that the top brass inside our military are deeply concerned about the new crop of soldiers and even officers that our nation is producing.  The barrel they have to choose from in the civilian pool is stacked full of rotten apples. No, they cannot say that publicly but they know it secretly. The deep social problems including race and drug related ones make their way into the military. Gangs, drugs, weapons thefts  - brothers, our military really has been rotting from within. Now the DOD had been very, very careful to keep these things out of the press because first, they do not bode well for the Nation's ability to 'rattle the saber' of potential military action when your solders are too busy to follow orders because the guys are all 'having fun' in the base shower bay. There have been many unreported incidents of gay lovers quarrels, lovers spats  assaults and the likes since Obama essentially sodomized our military. It may not be a major problem but it is a problem and one that PC and the laws on the books will not allow anyone to put out there in reports to the public.

This whole gay thing was a major sea change of moral foundations for the US Military. Military Chaplains who held to Biblical views were threatened.

Is there a curse on our military? Let me ask this question first - when is the last time we won any kind of war? Wherever our military goes we make things worse. I don't under any circumstances want to denigrate our military members and undermine morale whose hard work and sacrifices should be respected by Americans (respect for all military members). But this must be said - God will not bless sin and evil and these sins are not only practiced, but are protected by the highest courts and offices in the land. So the real question is, do I think is America about to be or is being cursed by God?

I think the answer to that one is  - not quite yet, though I think God is sending trouble into our military and economy because these are the twin powers of American pride and yes, arrogance. I think this is rebuke and his rebuke if left uncorrected does indeed lead to a curse.


The National Debt (St. Louis Fed)

But brothers, these are all signs of the times. None of these things surprise us who know our God. America is not likely to repent, she will go from one abomination to another, first it's homosexuality that is legal. One day it will be pedophilia, later it will be rape as an acceptable way to gratify oneself sexually.


The downward slope to Sodom is a pretty steep and once one gets momentum in that direction, it is pretty hard, if not impossible to stop.


This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness,
 but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.

(2Ti 3:1-5)
How much does this passage reflect our nation today and the western world in general? Selfish? Brothers I don't think there is a better word to describe many of my countrymen. Liars, accusers, angry hot-headed arrogant lovers of pleasure and often times just plain old haters of God. More and more people are turning to out-and-out devil worship and other forms of witchcraft and paganism. They want none of God's simple morality, they want to get high, screw, lie, cheat their brother and abominate their way to personal nirvana.

Naturally we know that there are still many people here in the nation who do know God and are doing their best to do right, even in these frightful and difficult times. But that does not describe most Americans who flock to see the latest installment of witchcraft movies. Satan sells, God does not and this is why the nation and its people are sinking into Sodom's cesspool and Gomorrah's garbage heap.

They don't want God to reign over them nor do they want to be guided by his morality, not when sleeping with your neighbors wife is so much fun.

These are indeed the last days and I don't see Mr. Trump as being any kind of savior of America. I see him as the other side of the devils coins that run and have ruined America. This is not said to denigrate him personally as I think he really cares about this country. No, but he has and must surround himself with those who have little regard for the nation and the God of the Bible and whose only desire is to make tons of money on a gravy train that the GOP usually rides when they get the White House. The Swamp will give him no other choice.

Finally the links this administration has to far right groups and thinking to me is quite troubling. Mr. Bannon as well as Mr Gorka? These ties are real, despite Trump's publicly distancing himself from the alt-right movement. These are deeply troubling ties and ties that one day I will talk about at length, but not today.

Suffice it to say that Trump's words sound good and to a large degree I think he is sincere, but that he I think is really powerless to do much of what he has promised. Presidents are little more than a fulcrum of other people's power than power itself. It takes a while for an outsider to grasp that, but the system is set up to limit and constrain severely  what a President whom the system does not like and tries to take the nation too far in a direction that does not serve the interests of the 'swamp'.

I ask all Christians who wish to obey God and do what he asks to pray for President Trump. You have a solemn and divinely appointed duty to do so, weather you like him his policies or not. If you honor God, honor him by doing as he commanded.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all,
to be testified in due time.
(1Ti 2:1-6)





Brother Mark





30 March

The ACA (Obamacare): Congressional Options

Obamacare, its repeal and or it's changes will not be easy, this is an enormously complex piece of legislation. Any significant changes will have significant, long term effect on our budget and the budgets of millions of Americans. I have not spent much time on this, not even for insiders for one main reason. Nothing either party can or will ever propose will fix anything. In the current rather poisonous political environment they are only capable of shifting costs from one group onto another, further exacerbating the kinds of political and economic divisiveness that has and will never do anything but further undermine the nation's political, social cohesion and in this case, its medical health.

My view on the ACA is simple and one I have said for years, even when Obamacare was first being debated. Until our leaders get serious about the cost of care - not the cost of insurance, not the cost of co-payments, not the cost of medicare payments, but the actual costs of care, medicine, equipment, etc, moves in Congress to reform, repeal and otherwise tinker with Obamacare are nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Our nation is in fiscal trouble and few of my countrymen really get this. I only need to look how they vote to know this is true. 


I think that if Trump and his GOP cohorts are really serious about real change, I say consider this.

Bring back the general practitioner doctor. A guy who can open up his own doctors office to take care of minor to moderate health problems for ordinary people. Cap his malpractice liability and let him write off his MP premiums on his taxes. Make it easier and less cumbersome financially and legally to open up a small private practice. Let him use generics, heck, let him incorporate as a 501(c)3. Get some economic competition out there to bring down costs. If you don't. Those premiums really are going to blow up in the face of millions of Americans. Partisan spin aside, ask anyone who pays premiums if they have gone up or down. Neither side has plan to fix this, not really. Just shifting the costs.

If you really want to fix Obamacare, you need to try to use the market to do it with and get rid of these massive billion dollar health corporations that are raking in massive profits. Where do those profits come from? Much of it from Federal subsidies, programs and regulations that make hard for others to compete.

No one wants to do this because a billion dollar lobbying effort will be waged against anyone who tries. Why do you think Obama would not allow the wider use of generics. Because he is against generics and lower prices? No! Because he knew if he pushed for their wider use the Pharmaceutical industry would have buried Obamacare before it hit the House floor.


One of those problems is the cost of entitlements (like Medicare).

But everyone who is charged with overseeing key programs and agencies in our government has been sounding the alarm for a long time. We are in trouble. The result? Things keep getting worse.

In a month, if the GOP, the President and the 'freedom caucus' don't get their act together, the government is going to shut down. The Treasury has been acting under emergency measures since about the 15th. That means on or about the 27th, we do that the shutdown thing all over again as we move towards the real possibility of default.

I am not saying that is going to happen, but that it could and even if it doesn't, why have we not solved these problems so we don't have to face this again. I will tell you. No one wants to control costs and spending. They are tough, really tough choices. But I will say this, if we can get rid of the billions in improper payments in both Medicare, social security (lots of fraud and politically connected rackets) and more importantly the in the DOD, it would be a big step in the right direction.

How can you not account for 2.8 Trillion dollars?


Source: DOD




Source Images: GAO

CRS Report on ACA starts here...

Congress is deeply divided over implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010 during the 111th Congress. Since the ACA’s enactment, lawmakers opposed to specific provisions in the ACA or the entire law have repeatedly debated its implementation and considered bills to repeal, defund, delay, or otherwise amend the law.

During the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congresses, the Republican-led House passed numerous ACA- related bills, including legislation that would repeal the entire law. There was much less debate in the Senate, which remained under Democratic control during the 112th and 113th Congresses. Most of the House-passed ACA legislation was not considered in the Senate during that period. With Republicans in control of both chambers in the 114th Congress, opponents of the ACA sought new opportunities to pass legislation that would change the law.

The House-passed legislation included stand-alone bills as well as provisions in broader, often unrelated measures that would have (1) repealed the ACA in its entirety and, in some cases, replaced it with new law; (2) repealed, or by amendment restricted or otherwise limited, specific provisions in the ACA; (3) eliminated appropriations provided by the ACA and rescinded all unobligated funds; (4) replaced the ACA’s mandatory appropriations with authorizations of (discretionary) appropriations, and rescinded all unobligated funds; or (5) blocked or otherwise delayed implementation of specific ACA provisions.

Republican leaders used a special legislative process known as budget reconciliation in an effort to repeal parts of the ACA. On October 23, 2015, the House passed a reconciliation bill that would have repealed several provisions of the ACA. The House-passed bill (H.R. 3762) was taken up by the Senate, which substituted its own more extensive set of ACA repeal provisions. The Senate approved H.R. 3762, as amended, on December 3, 2015. The House subsequently approved the Senate-passed bill. President Obama vetoed H.R. 3762 on January 8, 2016. The House failed to override the veto.

A few bills to amend specific elements of the ACA that attracted sufficiently broad and bipartisan support were approved by both the House and the Senate and signed into law. During the 111th Congress, a number of clarifications and technical adjustments to the ACA were enacted. During the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congresses, several more substantive ACA amendments became law. For example, Congress repealed Title VIII of the ACA—the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act—which would have established a voluntary, long-term care insurance program to pay for community-based services and supports for individuals with functional limitations. Lawmakers also repealed a tax-filing provision (IRS Form 1099) that had been included in the ACA, and, in two separate legislative actions, reduced the annual appropriations to the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund over the period FY2013-FY2024 by a total of $9.75 billion.

In addition to considering ACA repeal or amendment in authorizing legislation, lawmakers used the annual appropriations process in an effort to eliminate funding for the ACA’s implementation and address other concerns they have with the law. A companion report, CRS Report R44100, Use of the Annual Appropriations Process to Block Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (FY2011-FY2017), summarizes the ACA-related language added to annual appropriations. - Congressional Research Service.


29 Mar

Persecution Watch

Egypt: Mob Threatens Christians Homes
200+ Christian Herdsmen Killed In Nigeria So Far This Year
Three More Churches Closed In Indonesia

Pilgrimage And Prayer Comes To UK
Pakistan: UN Holds Session Called 'Christians In Pakistan Under Threat'
Florida: Christian Suspended For  Challenging Muslim Teachers Claim Christ Was Not Crucified
Now Might Christians In America Be Persecuted?

28 Mar


Observations From A Swedish Cop And More From Readers

(This was posted on the 3rd of this month for insiders) I love to hear from readers here and when they have some really good info, I will post it but only with your permission.

I got a great one today from a long time reader in Sweden. He works for the Police at the HQ in Stockholm. With his kind permission, he passed this on to me this AM. I post it to help better inform all of you as to what is really  going on there as opposed to what media moguls want us to believe is going on. I have removed any personal details and am going to give you his letter pretty much unedited. Remember, this is a cop who works day to day dealing with police matters in Sweden.

I should add this. This is no hawk-right militant person or cop. He has a heart for others, does not believe in racial or religious discrimination, but at the same time, is concerned about what all of this immigration is going to his country.

Hear this -  right from a cop in Stockholm!

(Begin letter)

I am sorry I haven't written to you in a while and that I don't have sent anything for you to publish on your excellent site. I have been tired from all these (pseudo)debates about crime, rape, immigration, islam, alt-right, Russia, Trump, Sweden Democrats, statistics, etc, but haven't really been able to get away from everything as I work at the very headquarter of the Police, and as all newspaper and TV shows talks about these thing all the times. But I am especially tired when friends at church, neighbours, people at Facebook (I have an account since many years with almost no info about myself), people on the bus, etc talked about all this and everyone seem to be brainwashed and stupid and totally clueless. And with a lack of knowledge in history. And it is more important WHO says something than what is actually said. And facts and data points seem to be totally uninteresting. It is like people don't really expect to get the Truth, and they don't want it either they just want to be on the right side in the confrontation. And they don't want to be worried about things they CAN DO something about, rather they want to be upset about things everyone else is upset about so they don't have to explain why they don't go with the flow.


Okay, one example then...if you want to publish anything in this letter you have my permission!


I am tired when even my own government doing things like this. On their website the publish this (an excerpt with my underlining from http://www.government.se/articles/2017/02/facts-about-migration-and-crime-in-sweden/):

Claim: "In Sweden there are a number of 'no-go zones' where criminality and gangs have taken over and where the emergency services do not dare to go."

Facts: No. In a report published in February 2016, the Swedish Police Authority identified 53 residential areas around the country that have become increasingly marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity. These places have been incorrectly labeled 'no-go zones'. What is true, however, is that in several of these areas the police have experienced difficulties fulfilling their duties; but it is not the case that the police do not go to them or that Swedish law does not apply there.


So the Government say that there are no "no-go zones" where emergency services do not dare to go. Ok let's check with the emergency services, what does the PRESIDENT of The Swedish Ambulance Union say? This is 6 minutes worth listening to (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta5a02MzWjE

So the Ambulance staff say one thing, their Government deny much of their claims. And they publish embarrassing stuff in WaPo denying things. And even former State Minister (Prime Minister) Carl Bildt published an article that had factual errors in it (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/02/24/the-truth-about-refugees-in-sweden/?utm_term=.cf70679b0d17).


BUT NEXT WEEK, guess what? I am going to the rape capital of Europe/the World. Probably not the world, but British The Independent writes about a report from European Agency for Fundamental Rights: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sweden-and-denmark-have-highest-number-of-sexual-assaults-in-europe-a6800901.html


Yes I am going to infamous Malmö! http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/nigel-farage/nigel-farage-malmo-sweden-rape-capital-of-europe/

Tuesday through Thursday I will work there, with no filter or censorship, I will see it as it happens, you know 911-style. Last time I was there in November last year stuff happened and it was interesting to see what DIDN'T end up in the news. Like the open presence of guns at a muslim funeral. At a Islamic Center that claims(!) they are pacifists... Or the romani (gypsy) gang robbing several older people (90 yr and older) in broad daylight and getting away with it because the cops down south have to make other prioritization, the Police even have to prioritize WHAT murder to investigate. Yes you read that right! 

https://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sydsvenskan.se%2F2016-12-10%2Ftre-poliser-istallet-for-trettio-utreder-senaste-mordet-i-malmo

https://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dn.se%2Fnyheter%2Fsverige%2Fpolisen-i-malmo-redo-att-forhandla-med-gangen%2F&edit-text=

And because so many (my guesstimate is a four digit number) people go to war zones and back hand grenades are more common here than in other countries in Europe:

https://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsverigesradio.se%2Fsida%2Fartikel.aspx%3Fprogramid%3D83%26artikel%3D6198938&edit-text=

So we see if I survive...well if there is trouble I won't be out in the street but I'll get to talk off the record and see all original reports, and listening to real live 911-calls from people. It is 112 over here btw!

(End Letter)

Yes, we will have to see. It's is always most interesting what they DO NOT put up on the internet and in our news.

Another reader who often sends me interesting links sent me this one from Prophecy News Watch. It deals with Robots coming for our jobs.

New Worries Over Our Automated Future As Robots Predicted To Take Over Many Jobs

This is an issue that I know I have touched on and others are now beating to death, but yes - this is a trend for the future. How do you deal with this? One answer for the millions upon millions who will lose jobs in the decades ahead is guaranteed income as they are trying in Switzerland, or as Bill Gates offered, to tax robots who take jobs. What will the robot invasion really do? Make the rich richer and make the great divide between have's and have-nots even wider.

Another reader who lives in Kenya sent me this link a couple of weeks ago. It is quite interesting on Trump's Africa policy. The piece starts off asking questions about US Arms sales to Kenya but goes on to discuss other issues with military budgets, financing and missions globally. It also looks briefly at the EU's Africa mission.

I think one of the things I like about this piece is a very careful distinction that is made about the difference between hard core terrorists and victims of state failure. That is the key facet of the problem of terrorism that I see as being so key as being a 'make or break distinction' if the problem is going to ever be solved. Victims of state failure as well as deeply marginalized people - this is where the problem lies and the hard core terrorists are able to exploit resentment in marginalized communities to get adherents/warriors/terrorists. For those of you who don't understand this it's because your belly is full and you have a roof over your head. In many places, people don't have these things and the state has no intention of helping people get them. So they realize that one way or another the future is to die in silence or fight. This may be a bit of an oversimplification, but desperate people with no hope are just the kinds of people who walk into crowded malls or Mosques' with a suicide vest on.
27  Mar



Micah: Chapter 5



 This chapter has many Messianic prophecies in it, both of Christ in his first and second advent. This is a very important piece of scripture and prophecy.

Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
(Mic 5:1-5)

The first part of verse one has led many a commentator to wonder who it refers to. More than a few think the daughter of troops refers to the Chaldean army (Gill, Clarke. Wesley, etc). Frankly I think they could not be more wrong. This host is the same one that was referred to in the last versus of Micah.

Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
(Mic 4:13)

The problem here is that one must always remember that the chapter breaks did not appear in the original manuscripts. The chapter and verses came many years later to help us better refer to passages. So the inference here is that Judah is the refereed to as the ”daughter of troops”. Yet the phrase here is more akin to bands of men, partisans or irregular militia than it is a genuine disciplined military force. The connotation is that of armed brigands and roving bands of robbers who use the cover of war to steal.

This indeed could very well be referring to the condition of Israel during the time of Christ's first advent (Matt 21:13). The 'he' again is referring to the Israelites, who when Christ came in his first advent was smitten by the leaders and priests as well as the Roman authorities who ruled Israel just before his crucifixion. Christ was beaten and scourged before they crucified him. In verse two we begin to get hints that the passage in verse one is not referring to a contemporary of Micah. The reference to Bethlehem lets us know that this is really about the Messiah and that his origins were not human but eternal; 'from everlasting'.

Yet and still, though God did send the Messiah to them, he still was going to 'give them up' (vs. 3). This is indeed what happened. Christ was indeed born in Jerusalem, but it did not bring the Jews the kind of salvation that they hoped for. Rather, the Lord gave them up to all manner of troubles and enemies and finally expelled them from their land when the Romans came and destroyed the temple.

Since then the Jews had been scattered among the nations and turned into a 'hissing an astonishment, a byword' for two prophetic days (2000 years), let the reader understand (Hos 6:2, Deu 28:37). Today, the Jews have been and are returning to Israel. But that influx has been hampered by many factors, not least of which is the racism and hate practiced by many European Jews on those who Jews who have dark skin. But as I have outlined before, the real hereditary and genetic origin of many, if not most European Jews has been brought into question by modern geneticists. Now I do not put too much stock in these kinds of politically loaded 'studies' especially today in light of the worlds growing and organized antisemitism. Such a study only works to give cannon fodder to the enemies of Israel and the Jews who reside in Israel. But the hatred that is engendered by many European Jews against non-White Jews in Israel is no little thing or laughing matter. Do you remember those beheadings of Ethiopians in Libya in April (2015)? Did you know that some of those who were beheaded were expelled from Israel and they were all Christians.

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
(Rev 6:10-11)

Yes, Israel has been regathered, but modern Israel has still rejected the Messiah and still often persecutes those who preach the gospel. In short, the devil is still very much in the mix in modern Israel.

This passage is followed by a brief preview of the Millennial reign of Christ, when Israel, Jerusalem and the Messiah will rule the earth in strength and majesty and the people of God shall also be great.

Verse five talks about the Assyrian and it is this passage that led me to spend considerable time on the subject of the Assyrian back in 2009. If you have not read it, I respectfully ask that you do for I will not rehash the wheel here. The person of the Assyrian is of great importance to the end times prophetic drama. Today, it is in modern Assyria (Northern Iraq and Syria) and even the Assyrian people, most of whom are Christians that are undergoing the horrible scourge of ISIS and have seen many of their numbers slaughtered, beheaded and enslaved.

I think it quite possible that the passage here in Micah and the personage of the Assyrian are referring to what we Christians call the Antichrist.

Who the seven Shepherds and eight principled men are is not clear and there has been a lot of speculation. I think the most important thing about that passage that we can ascertain at this point in time is what JFB said about that verse.

seven shepherds, and eight--"Seven" expresses perfection; "seven and eight" is an idiom for a full and sufficient number (Job_5:19; Pro_6:16; Ecc_11:2).

principal men--literally, "anointed (humble) men" (Psa_62:9), such as the apostles were. Their anointing, or consecration and qualification to office, was by the Holy Spirit [CALVIN] (1Jo_2:20, 1Jo_2:27). "Princes" also were anointed, and they are mentioned as under Messiah (Isa_32:1). English Version therefore gives the probable sense.

The sense of shepherds in those days, the wicked and good ones were touched upon in the link about the Assyrian.

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
(Mic 5:6-8)

This verse appears to tell us just how and who will deliver Israel from the Assyrian. The passage appears to read that at the time of the Messiah, these 7 shepherds and 8 principled men, 'we' probably redeemed or penitent Israel, will raise up these men to deal with the Assyrian. It is not 100% clear from this passage that Christ has actually returned, but I suspect that he has in this verse. Then the passage goes on to describe the fact that the remnant of Jacob is going to be very large number and in the midst of many people. This is the number of redeemed who have been converted and penitent before their Messiah. The prophets imagery about the dew is not clear to this author as to exactly what is meant. Gill says this.

as a dew from the Lord; both with respect to themselves, being like to dew for the generation of it, which is from above, from heaven, and of God, as their regeneration is; and which secretly and silently falls as the grace of God in regeneration does; and for the number of the drops of it, which are not to be reckoned; and so numerous are the people of God, at least they will be in the latter day,

that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men; which seems to be connected with the dew, though it agrees with both dew and rain, which stay not for men's desires or deserts, but descend according to the will of God: and as this regards the people of God, either with respect to themselves; it shows that as they are, as the dew, or as showers and clouds full of rain, either of grace or doctrine compared thereunto; they are not of themselves so, or of men, but of God; and that their dependence is not upon the creature, but upon the Lord for support and supply: - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible.

I think in the spiritual sense Gill gets it right. We who know our God do not follow the ways of this world. Our life and 'supply line' comes from the Almighty as we obey the Son, Christ Jesus. Our ways are very different from the ways of this world and lost men. We are led by the Spirit of God. What does the Bible say about dew? They are symbolic of knowledge (Pro 3:30), blessing (Gen 27:39), God's doctrine (Deut 32:2) and youth (Psa 110:3). We Christians and this remnant that God will redeem in those days are a breed apart from this wicked world. We have a different father and a very different spiritual heritage. We will never wholly fit into this world's system. We do not tarry for the sons of men nor the satanic political order of the day. We are under a different authority and put our trust of the Son of God.

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
(Psa 2:11-12)

Verse seven and eight talks about this remnant as being 'among the gentiles' and in the midst of many nations. While this passage was written to the Israelites I wonder if this is not a reference to the Gentiles who have been grafted into Israel. This is the doctrine that Paul taught in the book of Romans (Rom 11:13ff). Is this verse referring to All of Israel, both Jew and Gentile will be saved. In those days the redeemed (The remnant of Jacob) will be very strong and will have great power. This clearly is a messianic reference, but one that portends the power of rulership that will come over God's anointed in those days. Clearly Christ's return endows his people with powers to overcome their enemies.

Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
(Mic 5:9-15)

God continues to tell of a time when God will use his people to destroy their enemies, specifically, the Assyrian, whom the passage clearly references. This new revived, penitent and holy Israel is a terrible foe to the nations who persecuted her and rebelled against the Lord and they will forced to bow and submit before this new Kingdom. But this know – that this new people, this redeemed of the Lord will not brook the wickedness that was once 'normal' among the heathen and Gentiles. The witchcrafts, idolatry and other false worship is going to be a key target of military destruction in those days. The groves as well (which were places of false worship). The word here for groves is an interesting one.

H842

אשׁירה אשׁרה

'ăshêrâh 'ăshêyrâh

ash-ay-raw', ash-ay-raw'

From H833; happy; asherah (or Astarte) a Phoenician goddess; also an image of the same: - grove. Compare H6253.


Astarte was a Cannanite Godess who was known for fertility. She was, to use a modern phrase, the “Sex Goddess” of her time. She is also known as the Queen of Heaven. The word for her is generally translated grove which had to do with how she was worshiped, but appears to have a deeper meaning – perhaps it was also the trunk of a tree with no branches – this was often the symbol of the Goddess (Illustrated Davis Dictionary of The Bible pg 59). She was intimately associated with the worship of Baal. Also the verse makes plain that the graven images will be cut off. The word here is

H6456

פּסיל

pesîyl

pes-eel'

From H6458; an idol: - carved (graven) image, quarry.

Is this an oblique reference to the image of the Beast whom all men will have to worship in order to buy and sell in the final 42 months of the antichrist's kingdom? It could be, for while I think that the final 42 month system will be of Islamic foundation, I also see many aspects of other false religious worship being interwoven in order to make it more attractive and deceptive to others who are not Muslims, but time will tell. Sorcery, magic and modern day occultism will also be forbidden and violently overthrown.

The totality of God's vengeance against that wicked generation is clear, the cities of the heathen will be destroyed, the chariots and horses (probably a reference to the instruments of war) are going to be cut off in the day of the Lord's Vengeance.

This passage reminds me of Psalm 110 and I think both are describing the same basic time and event.

<A Psalm of David.> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
(Psa 110:1-7)

Conclusion: In this chapter we get yet another look at the first and second advent of Christ from an Old Testament perspective. We see that God will redeem his people and that once this happens, everything on earth will change with it including new rulers, a new kingdom and the destruction of those things that God hates.

Let us pause, consider and ensure that we are counted among the redeemed!

23 Mar

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


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

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

China and Burma have improved relations of late.

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

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

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


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

It is.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Truth Averse


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

With a Thousand little lies!

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


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

(Daniel 8:9-12 [KJVA])

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

In Christ,

Brother Mark

 


21 Mar


Famine Watch

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

Micah Chapter 4


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


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

(Mic 4:1-2)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Here we see that Christ has

  1. Returned in glory

  2. He is with his Angles

  3. He is judging the nations

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

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


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

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

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

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

(Isa 65:20)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

H7161

קרן

qeren

keh'-ren

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


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


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


H1758

דּישׁ / דּושׁ / דּוּשׁ

doosh, dosh, deesh

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

Total KJV Occurrences: 15

thresh, 3

Isa_41:15, Mic_4:13, Hab_3:12

threshing, 3

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

threshed, 2

Isa_28:27, Amo_1:3

trodden, 2

Isa_25:10 (2)

break, 1

Job_39:15

grass, 1

Jer_14:5

tear, 1

Jdg_8:7

tread, 1

Hos_10:11

treadeth, 1

Deu_25:4


Isaiah also uses the same metaphor in relation to Israel.


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

(Isa 41:15-16)


Here is how Albert Barnes sums up this passage.


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


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


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


Escape From Hell: North Korea's Prison Camps

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








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



16 Mar

God's Protection

Today, we are going to take a break from the news (and there is an awful lot of it) to talk about getting God's protection in the months and years ahead. Our God, as opposed to the god of this world, but