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

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility


The Harvest


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

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

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

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

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report



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


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

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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

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


 - What I See...

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


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

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


      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly

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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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Links I Like
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Last Days Of The Age
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The Endtime Pilgrim
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The First Trumpet
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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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Jihad Watch
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Compass Direct
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Babylon Today


Mark's Audio Page

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Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

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

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

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

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

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

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

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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11 Sept


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 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? 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!



10 Sept

Irma Coverage At ZH

Accuweather: Irma Hits Florida Keys (Story live blog)

NHC 10Sept 8:00 AM Advisory
At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located
near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 81.5 West. Irma is moving toward
the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and an increase in
forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing
through Monday.  On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move
over the Lower Florida Keys shortly, and then move near or over the
west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight.
Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern
Georgia Monday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale.  While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected
to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves through the Florida
Keys and near the west coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220
miles (350 km).  A wind gust to 89 mph (143 km/h) was recently
measured at the Key West National Weather Service Forecast Office.
Sustained winds of 46 mph (74 km/h) with a gust to 72 mph (117 km/h)
was recently reported at Tamiami Airport in West Kendall, Florida.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 929 mb (27.43 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
STORM SURGE:  The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water is
expected to reach the following HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND if the peak
surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Cape Sable to Captiva...10 to 15 ft
Captiva to Ana Maria Island...6 to 10 ft
Card Sound Bridge through Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys...
5 to 10 ft
Ana Maria Island to Clearwater Beach, including Tampa Bay...
5 to 8 ft
North Miami Beach to Card Sound Bridge, including Biscayne Bay...
3 to 5 ft
South Santee River to Fernandina Beach...4 to 6 ft
Clearwater Beach to Ochlockonee River...4 to 6 ft
Fernandina Beach to Jupiter Inlet...2 to 4 ft
North of North Miami Beach to Jupiter Inlet...1 to 2 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and
destructive waves.  Surge-related flooding depends on the relative
timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over
short distances.  For information specific to your area, please see
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office.

The combination of a life-threatening storm surge and large breaking
waves will raise water levels ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS by the
following amounts within the hurricane warning area near and to the
north of the center of Irma.  Near the coast, the surge will be
accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Northern coast of Cuba in the warning area...5 to 10 ft

WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected to continue within the
hurricane warning area along the north coast of Cuba through
this morning.  Hurricane conditions are spreading across portions of
the Florida Keys and southern Florida.  Winds affecting the upper
floors of high-rise buildings will be significantly stronger than
those near ground level.  Tropical storm and hurricane conditions
are expected to spread northward across the remainder of the warning
areas through Monday.  Tropical storm conditions are possible in the
watch area in the Northwestern Bahamas today.

RAINFALL:  Irma is expected to produce the following rain
accumulations through Wednesday:

Western Cuba...Additional 3 to 6 inches, isolated 10 inches.
Western Bahamas...Additional 2 to 4 inches, isolated 6 inches.
The Florida Keys...15 to 20 inches, isolated 25 inches.
The southern Florida peninsula...10 to 15 inches, isolated 20
inches.
The remainder of the Florida peninsula and southeast Georgia...8 to
12 inches, isolated 16 inches.
The rest of Georgia, eastern Florida Panhandle, southern and western
South Carolina, and western North Carolina...3 to 6 inches, isolated
10 inches.
Eastern Alabama and southern Tennessee...2 to 5 inches.

In all areas this rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods
and, in some areas, mudslides.

TORNADOES:  Tornadoes are possible through tonight, mainly across
southern, central, and eastern portions of the Florida Peninsula.

THE EYE: Do not venture outside when the calm eye of the hurricane
passes over, as dangerous winds will return very quickly when the
eye moves away.

SURF:  Swells generated by Irma are affecting the southeast coast of
the United States.  These swells are likely to cause life-
threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult
products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 1100 AM EDT.

Yes, Google Is Listening

You don't want to miss this article. It shows you how google secretly turns on your microphone, listens and then uploads the file onto google's servers.

Yes, they really do.

How can you protect yourself from this one (of many) 'accidental' spying incidences on Google platforms? The article tells you how.

If you can all look at Google first as an intelligence agency and second as a company whose main purpose is to make cool gadgets that you can't live without so you they can monitor all you say and do, you would be much better off. Why? No one except those wtih top clearances knows exactly where Google's data goes and who it is shared with.

It is against the law for you to know.

That's not something they make real clear in their terms of service.



7  Sept

Irma Watch

Devastation In The Caribbean
Florida Nervously Tracks Storm
Irma Breaks Records
Miami Issues Mandatory Evacuation Orders
National Hurricane Center's Irma Page (may be slow to load)

GDAS Lists Places, Times Of Places Effected By Irma

Irma Leaves Major Devastation On Some Islands
Irma: Next Stop - Puerto Rico, Florida
Caribbean News Service
Relief Web's Irma Coverage Here
Relief Web's/UN Map of Path
Irma Expected To Hit Florida This Weekend
NOAA Gets Flies Plane, Gets Pix Of Storm
Irma Is Now Most Dangerous Storm Ever Recorded
Winds Destroy Sturdiest Buildings ON St. Martin
Florida Officials Warn Against Being Near Construction Cranes
US Officials Brace For, But Are Prepared For Irma
Cruise Operators Forced To Re-route, Cancel
IRIN (UN Humanitarian Agency) Starts Irma Blog

Google Gets Academic Fired For 'Google Criticism'

Eric Schmidt (Bilderberg) and his Google are, in my mind, everything that is wrong with corporate America. Disagree with the corporate moguls and they come after you. They are now doing the same thing to the President. The WaPo... look that is Jeff Bezos' tabloid and he appears to be making stuff up must to make the President look bad.

The Bilderbergs are indeed one of the corporate offspring of the Nazi's and I have talked a great deal about that one.

It should be noted that Google has had a serious issues in its hiring practices. But it is not just Google. More here. If you were a Nazi you would not hire those you found to be 'subhuman' as the Nazi's found Blacks, Jews and others. I say again, the Bilderbergs were a Nazi offshoot after the Third Reich. They had a written plan to reconstitute themselves after the war and in many respects did just that. So for the most part, you can forget about the dimwits in the street with swastikas and confederate flags - they are a carefully contrived distraction from the real danger. The more they act up, the more people will demand 'controls' on free thought and the press and free expression. Guess who will be there to make that happen?

You got it. More here.

The Real dangerous folks are fabulously wealthy, are politically protected and know just about everything about you.

...and are not wild about hiring people of color. Of note? The Bilderbergs are almost exclusively made up of White Folks. I have only heard of one Black attending their meetings. If he was invited to speak or just serve coffee and sweep the floor is not known to this author. The proceedings of their meets are secret.

Keep in mind that the real Nazi's hated free speech and free thought.

In this they share much in common with the Neo-Nazi's in the street - No Blacks allowed.

This is no 'conspiracy theory' they no longer hide the fact they exist and while its not easy, you can usually find a list of attendee's. And the security at these events is better than the President gets.

So don't let liars and coincidence theorists tell you that powerful men like this don't meet and don't have an agenda. They do and when one discovers more about their history you can better understand why the world is so screwed up and why its only going to get worse.

Look or many of you who want to better understand what is going on with these big tech companies and their love for immigrants (and the H1B visa debate), the following read is very important and give you many of the dynamics  not talked about in the White and especially the so called Black press.

You see, these companies - and its not just tech -  say there is a shortage of workers when they want to import thousands of immigrants, but the dearth of workers narrative is simply not true. There is no shortage IF they count Black potential workers. But many companies, especially those in technology or who cater to rich White clientele, have no intention of hiring anyone Black no matter how qualified they are. If the are hired, it will be in the stock room or as an after-hours janitor... where they can't be seen.  The piece goes on to show how these companies do have labor available to them, they just don't want to 'darken' their break rooms with employees of African descent.

...newspapers like the Wall Street Journal regularly recount how businesses are desperate for employees, many of whom in the past (legally) traveled from overseas. Significantly, such stories totally side-step thousands of young, usually inner-city, African Americans who remain unemployed. - UNZ Review/Robert Weissberg

Mind you, this piece is not politically correct, but asks questions in a semi-tongue in cheek fashion that no one dares ask in our PC obsessed society.

How did we get to this point? Eight years of Obama did not help, it hurt significantly as he had to kiss up to these very same tech giants to get elected and in return, they continued on with their unwritten 'Blacks need not apply' hiring practices while he carefully turned a blind eye.  Many months later and vast portions of Black America still cannot detach their lips from the former President's backside while gunfire rings out every night in Black neighborhoods of Chicago and Baltimore.

This is less a slam at the President that it is at the Uncle Tom Black leaders who let him get away with this for eight years and did and said nothing.

Do I sound angry? Yes, I am a bit because I see the effect of this policy in Chicago and Baltimore where young Blacks are literally killing each other off while these so called Black leaders get fat off the leavings from the massa's table. Why are things so bad in these communities? One reason is there are no jobs for them. Companies would rather spend millions lobbying Congress for new Immigration quota's than hire a Young Black American. The kids see it and you know what? They realize the nation does not care about them, so they do what kids are doing in other countries that have similar problems, they band together, often in violent groups and do what they feel they have to.

This is one reason I don't deal with the big tech giants. I have no Gmail account (active) no Facebook,  none of those things. I have seen their hiring practices and the dearth of Blacks they hire. I will not fund what I perceive to be racists or give them my money. Money is power and the sooner Black folks realize that, the sooner we can take the first baby step to solving some of our problems. But too many are still stuck in the cradle, being rocked to sleep by the DNC who will only wake them long enough to run down the polls on election day.


I thank my God I have not been infected with some of the really dumb things far too may Black Americans do and believe. Mind you, I care deeply about what is happening, particularly with younger Black Americans who grow up in urban areas. My view is that many of my generation of Black's who raised kids failed and did so miserably. So I refuse to lay all the blame on what is happening on these young people. There are many dynamics in play that time and space don't allow for. Suffice it to say, I have been able to get past the anger, identity politics, fake Uncle Tom 'leaders', half-witted blogs and retarded Facebook pages who have all had a hand in really doing a number on Black America. I have leaned the value of thinking outside of the box and not getting too emotionally attached to people whom far too many, have no intention of learning, changing and developing a healthy sense of self-criticism that can lead us out of the crap far too many of us have to live in.

Black America's continued burying its head in the collective sand and pointing the finger of blame on the White man has not and will not solve these problems. Unrealistic and racially inflammatory 'solutions' are not going to fix anything either. It requires some courage to step outside the typical Democratic party's thinking, that by the way saw the problem grow, under America's first African American President who was, (shock!) a Democrat. With a Mayor of Chicago who was his Chief of Staff, who is also a Democrat. They haven't fixed a thing, except help the undertaker pay for his home, car and put their kids through college while getting rich burying young Black men.

My view is that this is the perfect time for the GOP to distance itself from the racists who are too visible in their party and begin an outreach to Black Americans who want these problems fixed and are now asking serious questions about the seriousness of the Democrats commitment to their communities. You see, I have always felt that a more conservative solution to the ills in these communities is what is needed. What do I mean? Jobs, a plan to help create start-up to start businesses, a real sense of entrepreneurship, etc. While I don't want to give into ugly stereotypes, the whole idea of the Democrats solution to many of the ills in our communities have been various types of Social Welfare. I am for those programs, but only as a stopgap, not as a permanent solution. The kinds of dependency these programs engender is far too much like the Master and Slave relationship as far as I am concerned to be comfortable with. A sense of self-worth and real empowerment come from making your own money, working hard, investing, saving and building, not waiting in line for some kind of hand out.

This is one of the things I have supported Trump on, bring jobs back to the US. I would want to see more of them in places like Baltimore and Chicago and shame on Black Americans who blasted the President for having enough courage to try and at least address a problem the last President was too cowardly to address or fix... eight years of political cowardice on this issue.

Some Black Americans were angry with the President for bringing up the murders in Chicago during his early days in office. Rather than try and work with him, he got a litany of hatred from some quarters. Why is that? Has Black America's political hatred of the GOP gone so far that they would rather see a whole generation of Young Black Men kill each other off, than give a White Republican a chance to fix something a Black Democrat refused to? Is that where Black America's mind is at? If so, one can get a better sense as to why we remain fixed at the bottom of just about every rung in American Society. Where I am different than most of Black America is this - I don't care if the Democrats fix this or the Republicans; the Greens or the Libertarians - those labels don't mean nearly as much as the lives of these people who are being lost in the violence in our communities. And weather you wish to accept this or not, this is a fundamental problem in Black thinking patterns - fixing the problem appears less important that the narrative, the party or other social/political/racial considerations and narratives.

These tech giants... they are far far more dangerous that most people think or want to know...

...and that is why they will win.


6 Sept

Psalm 124

 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
(Psalms 124:1-2 [KJVA])

This Psalm is widely believed to have been written by David. It may have been written by him during the time he beat the Philistines or when Saul was trying to kill him. Yet the spirit of this Psalm is as much about the then current travails of the Psalmist as it is about all of the enemies of Israel and of God's people, whoever those enemies may be and in whatever age they exist.

The Psalmist starts off acknowledging God and that he is on their side. God is always on the side of his people. It may not always seem that way as events, times and tribulations come our way, we often ask God why. We usually don't get an answer to that question. But in many instances, I think God is basically allowing the evil to do their evil against his people so that when it comes time to judge them, they will have no excuse. God is not just testing us, he is testing our enemies and letting them load hot coals of fire over their own head with their evil deeds. When they stand before the great white throne judgment (let the reader understand - Rev 20:11-15) , they will have no excuse, but will face the full and unmitigated fury of the Almighty. This is one reason why our Lord tells us not to take vengeance, but to let the Lord handle it.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:
for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Romans 12:19


We must not take revenge. Rather we must strive always to be on the Lord's side in all things and when we are on his side, he will be on ours. Verse one starts by saying that if the Lord had not been on Israel's side, without finishing the thought. Then in verse two he repeats the idea in order to give it emphasis. The emphasis is simple, without God's help when men rose up against his people they would have been swallowed up.

This idea is found throughout the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament. Lets take a look at Jacob in the book of Genesis. Laban tried to defraud Jacob.

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac,
had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty.
God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked
thee yesternight. And Laban answered and said unto Jacob,
These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children,
and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can
I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be
 for a witness between me and thee. And Jacob took a stone,
and set it up for a pillar. And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones;
and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. And Laban said,
This heap is a witness between me and thee this day.
Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; And Mizpah; for he said,
The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside
my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
(Gen 31:42-50)


Jacob left Laban's service, but he did so on the express command of God (Gen 31:3). God was with him and he did as he was bid, but often when we try and obey God, the devil, using his human interlocutors (witting and unwitting) will stand in our way. When Israel fled Egypt, Pharaoh stood in the way; when David was anointed King, Saul stood in the way, When Joshua was told to take the promised land, many nations stood in his way. Before we enter into the promised land, satan will stand in our way. We still must go forward and obey the commandments of the Lord. When trouble arises, we must not forget that God is on our side. When trouble arises, when our foes move against us at work, in the courts, in our families or on the battlefield we must be steadfast in our faith and know that if God is for us, who can be against us! God's love for those who honor and obey him is boundless.

 What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?
  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died,
yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from
the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
 as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:31-39 [KJVA])

Yes, nothing can stand between us and the love of our God. In verse two of Psalm 124, we see that men had risen against Israel. There were many times in the past this happened. But in this occasion, God did not allow Israel to be beaten or overtaken. God stood with Israel.

Then they had swallowed us up quick,
when their wrath was kindled against us:
(Psalms 124:3 [KJVA])

This is the 'then' part of the if-then question. If God had not been with them, then they would have been swallowed up quick. David knew who his ultimate savior was. He made it plain in the book of Samuel.

And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear:
for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
(I Samuel 17:47 [KJVA])


God was with David and he protected him from the Philistine who who had come against Israel. I think on Gideon and Joshua. Who waged war for the Lord and his cause (not the causes of this world). They all knew whom they could depend on for victory. When men rise up against the Lord, his people and his anointed, be assured that God will move in a powerful way against his enemies. The anger of man is nothing, when they get angry with us, particularly for doing God's will, we must not fear nor be dismayed. Know that God is with us in the midst of these trials.

Then the waters had overwhelmed us,
the stream had gone over our soul:
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
(Psalms 124:4-5 [KJVA])

Using Hebrew poetic similitude, the Psalmist describes what would have happened to them if God had not been with them. Once again the basic idea is expressed twice, as in the first two verses. The reason for the repetition escapes me, but it may have given form to the poetry or part of the meter of the song when sung or added for emphasis on the basic idea.

The waters have always been symbolic of many people. This is true for the old as well as the new Testament.

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth,
are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
 (Revelation of John 17:15 [KJVA])

So we see here that what the Psalmist was saying by way of poetic and prophetic symbology was that there was a mass of people who had organized themselves to do Israel in.

Here John Gill's commentary, I think is important.
Then the waters had overwhelmed us,.... People, comparable to waters for their multitude, Strength, force, and impetuosity; which bear down all before them, and against which there is no standing; which, like the waters of the flood, overflow and destroy all they pass over. These are the floods of ungodly men, which are very destructive and terrible; see Rev_17:15; together with all those reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions, which come along with them; which the presence of God only can bear up his people under, and carry them through, Son_8:7;

the stream had gone over our soul; and so deprived them of life; the whole force of the enemy; which, like a stream, flows in with great strength and rapidity, when a breach is made and spreads itself... - Gill

Gill I think captures the meaning of the passage clearly.

Blessed be the LORD,
who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

(Psa 124:6)


Here the idea is simple. The Psalmist humbly blesses the Lord for his salvation. The idea of teeth has the clear connotation that they were going to devour Israel.

Brothers, I can tell you I blessed the Lord and still do from protecting me from those elements in the deep state who spend a couple of years and tens of thousands of Federal dollars trying to set me up. I have intimated many of the things they did to me and tried to do. One thing I have not talked about was just how deep a 'threat' some dark forces inside our government viewed me. The issue of actually having me killed was actually discussed, though not seriously. I think they much rather would have tried to destroy my reputation and arrest me as some kind of child molester or pervert, a fraudster, hacker etc and thus destroy my reputation (and work). They did the 'full nelson' against me and what I can say is this. Were it not for the God I served and me crying out to him, I would either be sitting in jail or laying in a coffin. But interestingly many of those who were behind this whole thing now have a range of new problems some legal, some health, others I suspect existential. It was the Lord who looked out for me and this humble ministry. I did not take revenge and did not try and 'get back' at those who were hounding me half to death. Most who were involved did not know the whole story, they were given a lie about me and came after me like the lie was true.

He who puts his trust in God and his son Jesus Christ will find potent and powerful protection in times of trouble. I have always done my best to honor God in all things and this ultimately was the reason satan moved in the hearts of these men in power to try (whose names you know) and destroy me and this site. But to these devils, they really think that those who drop arms to terrorists and arm Nazi's and gun down innocent people in the street are doing 'gods' work'. They are, the god of this world who is also known as the devil, who has masterfully deceived these men into his infernal service.

I fully 'get' where this Psalmist is coming from.

The Lord had other plans for me and blessed be his name both now and forever more!

I felt like Titus did in the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus as Rome, whom he had served honorably and with distinction turned on him and his family because of the personal revenge the emperors wife wanted to take on him.

Here is what he said in the play upon banishment of one of his sons.

O happy man! they have befriended thee.
Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive
That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?
Tigers must prey, and Rome affords no prey
But me and mine: how happy art thou, then,
From these devourers to be banished!

- Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus)


Titus was at his wits end and even (as with Job) as he was yet speaking, lo, another major sorrow was to befall him and he had many. Me? I am most pleased to be 'banished' from any form of intelligence or military service. They wrecked my reputation by going back to all my old colleagues, commanders friends and questioning them,  investigating me making it look like I was some traitor when I all I did was try and help my country when asked by someone working for the CIA.

That is the very last time I will ever do that.

I too served this nation and in time of war, and this was the payment I got back for it, to be investigated, hounded, have my bedroom windows smashed so they could put a repair person into my house who was working with the government, break into my home go through my personal papers, my computers put surveillance equipment around my home, hound and harass me at my gym, local restaurants, around my home... all with no warrant or probable cause, other than the set up they had arranged. 

But my God was looking our for me and I say again, blessed be the name of the Lord!


Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers:
the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
(Psa 124:7-8)

Though they had set a trap for God's people, they escaped out of it. Just like that of a bird. Again, let me get Gill's take on this, it's good.

Satan, and wicked men under his influence, are like fowlers who lay snares for them, to draw them into sin, into immorality and error, in order to bring them to ruin and destruction; hence we read of the snare of the devil and of wicked men, 1Ti_3:7, 2Ti_2:26; and who form plans and lay schemes to oppress and destroy them; but through the wisdom given them to discern these devices and stratagems, and through the power of divine grace, accompanying them, they escape what was intended for their hurt, and particularly in the following manner:

the snare is broken, and we are escaped; measures concerted by wicked men are broken, their schemes are confounded, their devices are disappointed, so that they cannot perform their enterprise; and by this means the saints escape the evils designed against them, the afflictions of the world, and the temptations of Satan. - Gill


Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
(Psa 124:8)

Where is your help? Is it coming from your six figure a year job? From your husband who has mafia ties? Is it from your lawyers, your sugar daddy, the gun you keep in your dresser drawer? These things are nothing compared to the power of the living God, who watches over his people better than an ADT alarm system, a couple of bodyguards and an electric fence around your home. Alarm systems can be disabled, bodyguards bought off, and that electric fence and suddenly lose its power.

Not so with the Lord, who keeps a watchful eye on those who love him and do his will.

Are you going through trouble put in motion by evil men?  Be you a Janitor, a bus driver, an executive or a President, lean on God, do his will and when you do that you will find as you shift your priorities, that your enemies, will more and more become his enemies.

Serve the Lord honorably, faithfully and he will be with you.

Blessings to all of you as well as God's holy protection to all of you here at Watson's Web!

In Christ.

Brother Mark

3 Sep

Micah Chapter 4

FYI- we continue Micah a piece written for insiders many moons ago.

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.

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 han
d, 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. Isaiah 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

dûsh / dôsh / dîysh



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



31 Aug

Harvey CRS Reports

Congressional Considerations Related to Hurricane Harvey, CRS Insight, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and Army Corps: Background for Flood Response and Recovery, CRS Insight, August 29, 2017

Oil and Chemical Spills: Federal Emergency Response Framework, August 29, 2017

DHS Appropriations FY2017: Departmental Management and Operations, August 24, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2018, August 22, 2017

Comparing DHS Component Funding, FY2018: In Brief, August 21, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2017, August 10, 2017

Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), July 25, 2017

Federal Disaster Assistance Response and Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries, July 18, 2017

Private Flood Insurance in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), CRS Insight, June 2, 2017

Federal Disaster Assistance: The National Flood Insurance Program and Other Federal Disaster Assistance Programs Available to Individuals and Households After a Flood, April 6, 2017

Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles, March 29, 2017

Dam Safety: Federal Programs and Authorities, CRS In Focus, February 23, 2017

FEMA Disaster Housing: The Individuals and Households Program–Implementation and Potential Issues for Congress, September 2, 2016

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies, May 19, 2015

Deployable Federal Assets Supporting Domestic Disaster Response Operations: Summary and Considerations for Congress, May 13, 2015

FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer, November 12, 2014

FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund: Overview and Selected Issues, May 7, 2014

FEMA Disaster Cost-Shares: Evolution and Analysis, April 4, 2013

FY2013 Supplemental Funding for Disaster Relief, February 19, 2013

Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Storm Sandy Recovery, October 31, 2012

Courtesy Congress and the Federation of American Scientists

30 Aug

US Military Fights Rebels Armed By CIA

Yes, it true and look for more of this in the future as many of these rebels will probably soon take up where ISIS left off after now having been abandoned by Brennan's CIA. Antiwar's brief piece shows us what is happening and what is surely coming in the future.

This is exactly the kind of scenario I knew would one day happen and is the result of not poor policy making, but policy makers who have been subverted by other nations will try and use our country and its military like a whore-monger uses a condom.

Those men and women who serve in our military deserve better than to have to face CIA arms made available by the very same people who now send them to war.

The nest of traitors who reside in the top policy making quarters in government are working pretty hard to get back into the drivers seat in formulating our policies. Trump, love him or hate him, has indeed begun a real campaign to clean up those terrorists in Iraq and Syria and stopped arming the rebels and by extension, ISIS...

...and believe it or not this is one (but only one) of the key reasons some of those in power hate him with a perfect hatred. What you have not been told is that the lines between ISIS and those rebels is in many cases more a fiction than a reality. Individuals (terrorists) would move between groups and often take their American provided weapons with them.

Look the way, the best way to understand the drama in DC is this. Trump is seen by many as a loudmouthed, braggart that has little real political savvy. But he is fighting the criminalized interests who brought the world all of this craziness. The Arming of terrorists, the assisting of Nazi's and overthrowing democratically elected governments. The entities who pay the bills of these powerful Senators and former administration officials want their 'agents' back in the drivers seat so that they can continue to get what they want and don't have to go out and buy a new 'condom' to accomplish their evil deeds. Many of those Americans military and covert personnel who were serving on the ground have been utterly disgusted with what we were doing and took a big risk in telling the world about it. Why? Because for the most part, we were being lied to.

Americans turned the TV on and watched NetFlix instead.

This is why those Senators have stacked the deck against Trump with a lopsided investigation into Russia and won't look into the other things even worse things that went on in the election that were committed by person  who wants to continue the policy of crazy. Party in this instance does not matter. Trump is not going along with the program that some want and that is why so many in his party are looking to trump up (pun intended) charges to get him removed.

It has never occurred to those in the Media that so called Russian interference in our elections may not have been the problem. No one is asking why it is that the policy of "Russia Hate' is exactly what Ukrainian Intelligence would want to see. Ukrainian intel officials and the Russians ones are both very good, they both went to the same schools in the days of the Soviet Union.  Find how which Senators have been leading the charge to arm Nazi's in Ukraine and to kill Russians as though they were some kind of Ukrainian-run remote controlled wind-up dolls. Find out who has been spearheading this mad dash to a war with Russia that will lead to massive causalities and probably NOT a US military victory, but would weaken Russia enough so as not to pose such a risk to Ukraine.

Who was using Ukrainian Software companies to clean up their servers with all that classified data on it?

No one wants to see the obvious in this current 'hate Trump' hysteria being whipped up by those interests who want to see the "Let's arm terrorists" wing of the deep state back in the drivers seat. Those interests are personified in the Candidacy of Hillary Clinton and future Joe Biden.

Our nation has spilled an ocean of innocent blood. Be assured that God will indeed hold America to account. Not just the leaders, but the people as well who approved of these things (took the time to go to the ballot box and choose these people to lead them). They too will be brought to account. 


  And he said, What hast thou done?
the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. 
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened
her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand
(Genesis 4:11-12)

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

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of
the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
(Revelation of John 17:6)

But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness,
and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression,
and for violence, to do it.

(Jeremiah 22:17)

Brothers, this I know. God see's the evil we have done, including he secret evil our deep state actors can successfully hide from us. God sees it and will repay. People think that when the hammer falls on us that we can pray away God's judgment. No, that is usually not the case. Let's take a look at how the Lord dealt before.

 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 
Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously,
then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of
 the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man
and beast from it:  Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it,
they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. 
(Ezekiel 14:12-14)


Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live,
saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter;
they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
(Ezeliel 14:20)

When Babylon falls, what does he tell his people to do. Get out - if you don't you will be judged with them.

 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and
the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
 that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 
(Revelation of John 18:2-5)

There is a reason why end times Babylon is called a whore.  What is that reason?

A Whore sells herself for money.

It pains me to say these things. It really does. But the American I once knew is gone and she will not return. I see an ever descending spiral of moral degradation, ignorance, hate and violence now taking the place of the once beloved republic. We think we are in the right because we wave a flag, but God sees things very, very differently.

He hears to cries of innocent blood we shed from Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Syria, Libya, Yemen and a host of other places you don't even hear about.

Sin will take you farther than you want to go,
keep you longer than you want to stay,
and cost you more than you want to pay. - Unknown

We have heard about the national debt with regards to our finances.

But there is another debt that this nations will one day be forced to pay.

The repayment for our sins.

How can you avoid this and get a get out of debt free card?

Repent - seek peace, seek justice and obey the Lord and walk humbly with him.

And to you Churchgoers who think you have won God's approval - consider this.

 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
 and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways,
as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God:
they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 
¶ Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?
wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?
Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness:
 ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul?
 is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth
and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness,
 to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free,
and that ye break every yoke?  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 
(Isaiah 58:1-7)

To the so-called Church in America that is deeply divided along racial and economic lines, whose loves and hates mirror the world and not Lord - be sure that your sins will find you out!!!

Brothers, God's controversy we will all discover, is as much with the Church as it is with the lost.



28 Aug

Don't Like The Law? Get Around It, NSA Style!

FYI: This was written a couple of months ago...

The above link by ZDNet is about NSA's traffic shaping. This is not a new story but one that is important in that it appears that this is a new way the Intelligence Community is doing an end run around the laws that Congress has passed and is now debating (Section 702).

In short if they want to listen to The Presidents, Nancy Peloisi's, Hillary's or Paul Ryan's Personal communications and it is not legal for them to (no warrant, no probably cause) they just re-route the traffic overseas and then it gets mixed in with traffic that is legal for them to collect and then they get to listen... 'accidentally on purpose'.

Look, these guys who everyone thinks are protecting the nation? Well. for the most part they are. But the problem is you have spies, traitors and political leaders who are in the pay of criminals, political hacks and others who are using this data against our political system and the people that system is supposed to represent. I don't like Lindsey Graham much but he at least appears to get this.

Lindsey Graham frustrated intelligence officials won't tell him if he was 'unmasked'

Senators Demand To Know About 'Unmasking'

Most people don't really understand just how dangerous this is to a democratic system. They will allow political hacks to spin the issue into a gender issue a partisan issue, a race issue. No dear readers, this is a political stability issue. Once a political hack or more importantly a foreign power gets hold of that data, any Congressmen, Senators White House Official can be blackmailed and otherwise influenced to do things against the best interest of the nation.

How does this work?

NSA, Market and The Chancellors Phone
NSA And The Greek Crisis

A Case in point:  Check the above links. Now a certain EU nation is slave to the banks.

How does the system become enslaved to these large global corporate interests and not the people who elect them?

Well, let's take a look at something.

The Domestic Security Alliance Council

Who are they? I doubt one American in a thousand even heard of them before. Have you? Be honest.

I don't think so.

The DSAC are public officials and private corporations who have direct access to just about anything classified they believe they need access to. Always keep this in mind when dealing with federal agencies. They will always do whatever the law allows or does not specifically prevent or even if specifically prevented/disallowed by law, when they know that will never be enforced, will do anyway. Always.

Once the the NSA knows it can get around the laws, they will get around them. They don't care about our rights. Now I am not talking so much about the low level civil servant, but the political hacks who are put into positions of authority by wealthy and powerful interests for the specific reason to service those interests. Businesses want intelligence and they want to control and remove people who get in their way. They want to destroy popular dissent and make certain that nothing gets in the way of their profits and their further consolidation of power. Laws only matter when the real possibility of jail comes into the picture, beyond that, laws are simply ignored. If you can internalize these things, nothing in DC will ever surprise you again. Why is Hillary running around free after having done what she has been doing for decades? Simple, laws are nothing more than a nuisance to her, only a fool or 'the little people' (that would be you and me) follows the law in the lexicon of Washington. So who are these people and what do they do?

The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) is an American governmental/corporate alliance created at the request of corporations "for an FBI-led organization that would bridge the information divide between America’s private and public sectors" [1] in December 2005. The program facilitates information sharing and cooperation between the FBI and over 200 of the largest American companies, which altogether account for over one third of the gross domestic product of the United States. In December 2012, released documents showed that the DSAC and counter-terrorism programs conducted surveillance of non-violent Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2011. - Wikipedia (PDF)

You read that correctly. Do you really want to know why your protests get broken up and your leaders get put in jail for protests? I will tell you why. In many respects, our domestic intelligence services are no longer there to protect us, they are being used against us to protect the interests of Global (not American) but GLOBAL corporations.

Mass False Arrests OK With SCOTUS

This was what they did to Occupy Wall Street and now with this whole unmasking scandal which looks to be how they are using these 'intelligence gathering' systems to control influence and even blackmail political candidates and officeholders. This is the real threat this so called 'unmasking' scandal poses.

Well, the documents, as you stated, show that the FBI and American intelligence agencies were monitoring and reporting on Occupy Wall Street before the first tent even went up in Zuccotti Park. The documents that we have been able to obtain show the FBI communicating with the New York Stock Exchange in August of 2011 about the upcoming Occupy demonstrations, about plans for the protests. It shows them meeting with or communicating with private businesses. And throughout the materials, there is repeated evidence of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, American intelligence agencies really working as a private intelligence arm for corporations, for Wall Street, for the banks, for the very entities that people were rising up to protest against. - Democracy Now!

What kind of power are we talking about with this little known group?

Two-thirds of the leadership of the DSAC is cross-affiliated with the secretive, radical business group that calls itself the Business Roundtable (BR). And the BR has very, very serious political and economic clout. It isn’t possible to find more influential toes to step on. Yet the BR is very little known, and with good reason: almost nothing is ever said about it in either the corporate or democratic press, even apart from its DSAC connection. Even search engines suppress information about the group. Nearly the only place the Business Roundtable.

This is hardly surprising. The members of the Business Roundtable, comprised of corporate CEOs, don't want to be known. They are the individuals most responsible for the destruction of US unions. They are the individuals most responsible for the offshore outsourcing of millions of US jobs. They are the individuals most responsible for ever-more inflated CEO salaries. And they now seek the highly unpopular privatization of Social Security and destruction of Medicare. In short, they are the individuals most responsible for waging intensive economic warfare on the average American. To say the very least, a great many BR initiatives are intensely disliked by millions of Americans. Greater public awareness of the BR could therefore translate directly into greater public antagonism toward it, and also to a greatly increased understanding of the agenda and the extensive influence of the group ever does receive significant mention is the Wall Street Journal, which invariably valorizes the group.

 - Who (Specifically) is Behind the NSA Mass Surveillance Program?

Perhaps now you can get a better understanding of why political candidates were being unmasked. Some very powerful people did not want Trump elected this was bipartisan and corporate opposition to him (think globalization and trade). They were pulling out all the stops to make sure he wasn't. Mind you, I don't think Trump has the temperament for the job and have said so a few times in the past.

BRT Members

But the key issue is that these people are, have been and will continue to use their power to do an end run around our Democratic process. Moreover many of these powerful interests are no longer serving America, but rather have been busy in other countries (like China) and have very divided loyalties. This is why they went after OWS and why BLM will never be allowed to have the success they think they can get. They don't know how this system works. How do I know? A few years ago, when one of their leaders were asked about the Congressional Black Caucus, he didn't even know who they were!! Now this was years ago and I am sure that their political knowledge has increased at least a little. But still most Americans, honestly, they don't know and won't listen to those insiders or former insiders who are trying to tell them what is really going on. Hint - Donald Trump's tweets are NOT what is really going on.

Big Brother America: The Civil Protest Spy Files

But my point is a simple one. There is a reason why you can scour the web and find almost nothing on the Business Roundtable. Know this - those with money and power and will do what it takes to get references to them removed from the web when they feel it necessary. For those of you want visualizations of interlocking directories of corporations. You can find some great charts here.

Americans know there is a problem but many are not fully cognizant of just where the power 'pressure points' are. That is not so much their fault as it is the fault of the mainstream media who works pretty hard to hide and obfuscate these things for their respective board members who interlock with groups like the Business Roundtable.

Related: Journalist Faces 70 Years In Jail Over Inauguration Protests
Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

Moreover, most Americans are too easily sidetracked when the partisan, gender, race, and sexual orientation spin gets inserted into the debate and their emotion button his pushed. Once that happens, rational thought get shut down for a collective scream based upon any narrative that they can push forward into the media.

Simply put these questions are far deeper than just a renewal of Section 702. They go to the very heart of our system of government and why it has become so dysfunctional, the rich keep getting richer and the poor cannot find decent work. It's because of the undue, often criminalized influence those with power exercise over the wheels of state to the detriment of its citizens.

This whole traffic shaping issue. This is just the deep state flipping Congress and the Senate the bird while they continue to do those things the spirit of law expressly forbids them to do. I cannot stress enough just how contemptuous of the law many within the intelligence community are. Many (not all) absolutely loath the Congress and the democratic processes that put them into office and only obey the law when there is a clear, threat of legal consequences for not doing so (like prison time). If no such threat exists and they are only forced to 'twist and turn' during uncomfortable intelligence oversight hearings, then they will and have continue to show that contempt

What I don't want to do is to paint the BRT or other business organizations as all being 'evil'. No rather I want here to point out the very real potential for abuse that appears not only to have transpired in the past, but new abuses appear to be going on right now, all to the benefit of an unelected elite rather than the people.

Trump's election did not please many people but he did represent the interests of a lot of people who lost jobs or took a serious hit in pay during the years following the crisis of 2008. He preached a gospel that those interests don't want to hear - Bring jobs back to America, trade tariffs, curtailing work visa's for foreigners, getting rid of tax incentives to offshore jobs.  Powerful interests did NOT want to hear that.

They could not stop his election, but they are fully determined to remove him now that he is President.

Many of you say, brother Mark, I don't understand why you post this, this has nothing to do with the gospel. On a direct level they are correct. It doesn't. But look around the world at how governments are jailing and persecuting Christians. The way this system is set up, Congress would be the last to know if the deep state were assassinating Pastors, prophets evangelists right here in the US. They know how to work the laws to escape accountability. They pulled some pretty filthy deeds with me, these deep state 'operatives' (a better word may be 'traitors'), so I know from personal experience that this is no idle threat as do a few others who have had run ins with these creatures.

My point is this - our government is less and less being run by elected officials, but more and more by insiders corporate moguls and others whose name you are not allowed to know and whatever you may think of Trump, those interests have him in their crosshairs and want him gone. Lefties may rejoice when that happens, but it will no victory for the people. Why do I say that? Because when the winds shift and the democrats give their heart and soul to elect a candidate into office to make real changes, those exact same interests will move to make sure they never happen and the only thing that goes forward are wars, more debt, more major contracts to the rich corporations, more defense contracts, more police state tools, more ways to keep ordinary folks out of the courts to sue major corporations (like mandatory arbitration) and more things that make them rich and powerful and take what wealth (like jobs) and power the people have away from them. That is the establishments agenda - that and use the power of the US military to carry out the policies dictated by other nations.

Some of these deep state interests are deeply anti-Christian and satanic.

So next time you 501(c)3 'Christians' roll your eyes and see stories like this on Watson's Web, you won't when one day they bash in your door and take you away for a crime you never even thought of committing simply because you are a christian.

You will kick yourself in the head a hundred times and say...

Why did I not listen when the Lord's watchmen were trying to warn me?



23 Aug

Sudan: Two Pastors Evicted

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In further efforts to help a Muslim businessman take over church property, police in Omdurman, Sudan evicted two church leaders and their families from their houses, sources said.

Police on Tuesday (Aug. 15) raided the two houses belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), one near the Omdurman Evangelical Church and the other attached to Omdurman Evangelical School, both close to each other in the city across the Nile River from Khartoum. They evicted the families of the Rev. Yahia Abdelrahim Nalu, SPEC moderator, and the Rev. Sidiq Abdalla, a SPEC pastor who has two children, ages 8 and 10.

The action was the latest show of force in a government-aided bid to help Muslim businessman Hisham Hamad Al-Neel take over the church property for investment, sources said. Police told the pastors they were carrying out a court order. - MorningStar News

China: Christian Human Rights Lawyer To Stand Trial

According to the article from China Aid, he is charged with Subversion of State Power. His crime was to aid Christians with his law degree.

China Angered By American Criticism Of Its Persecution

The above link is from the South China Morning Post, but other major news sites are carrying it as well. Daily Mail, RT and Arab News are just some.

So what did the State Department say that got China all in a huff? Forgive me if I take quite a bit from the report.

The People’s Republic of China’s constitution states citizens have freedom of religious belief but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” The government continued to exercise control over religion and restrict the activities and personal freedom of religious adherents when these were perceived to threaten state or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interests, according to nongovernmental organization (NGO) and international media reports. Only religious groups belonging to one of the five state-sanctioned “patriotic religious associations” (Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant) were permitted to register with the government and officially permitted to hold worship services.

There continued to be reports that the government physically abused, detained, arrested, tortured, sentenced to prison, or harassed adherents of both registered and unregistered religious groups for activities related to their religious beliefs and practices, including members of unregistered Christian churches (also known as “house churches”). Falun Gong reported dozens of its members died in detention. A pastor of an unregistered church and his wife were reportedly buried alive while protesting the demolition of their church; the wife died while the pastor was able to escape. There were also reports of the disappearance of a Catholic priest, and the death of a rights activist for Hui Muslim minorities and others that the government said was suicide.

The government cited concerns over the “three evils” of “ethnic separatism, religious extremism, and violent terrorism” as grounds to enact and enforce restrictions on religious practices of Uighur Muslims. The government sought the forcible repatriation of Uighur Muslims from foreign countries, many of whom sought asylum in those countries on the grounds of religious persecution.

According to media and NGO reports, three Tibetans, one monk and two laypersons, self-immolated during the year and three nuns committed suicide in protest of restrictive government policies, including those restricting religious freedom. Authorities often justified official interference with Tibetan Buddhist monasteries by associating them with separatism and pro-independence activities.

In July Sichuan provincial officials demolished over 2,000 residences and expelled 2,000 or more monks and nuns from Larung Gar, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute, located in Ganzi (Kardze), Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

Authorities in Zhejiang Province continued their destruction of Christian structures as part of a campaign against “illegal structures” that began in 2014, according to NGO and press reports. Over 2,000 structures, including 600 crosses, had been destroyed or demolished by the end of the year. Many Zhejiang pastors and congregants openly resisted the campaign, resulting in the detention, prosecution, or conviction of several church leaders and activists.

During the year, the government released for public comment draft regulations that would govern the activities of religious groups. Religious leaders and groups reported that the proposed regulations would increase restrictions on their ability to practice their religions, including a new requirement for religious groups to seek approval to travel abroad and a prohibition on “accepting domination by external forces.” Christian churches stated as a result of the proposed regulations, the government increased monitoring, causing many churches to cease their normal activities.

There were reports that improved relations between the Vatican and the government created a better operating environment for Vatican-backed Catholic bishops and priests, although disputes remained and the authorities reportedly blocked a bishop approved by the Vatican from becoming the Bishop of Wenzhou.

Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists reported severe societal discrimination in employment, housing, and business opportunities. In Xinjiang, tension between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese continued.

The President, the Secretary of State, the Ambassador, and other embassy and consulates general representatives repeatedly and publicly expressed concerns about abuses of religious freedom in China, including the need for tolerance, especially for oppressed religious groups. The President stressed the need for the government to protect the religious freedom of all its citizens. U.S. officials consistently urged the government to adhere to internationally recognized rights of religious freedom and urged the release of those imprisoned for their religious beliefs. Embassy officials met with members from diverse religious communities and protested the imprisonment of individuals on charges related to religious freedom.- State Department

You can also go to the Departments site and get reports on all nations here.

What China is doing with its statment is engaging it information war. China is actively engaged in this right now.

Case in point. The Cambridge University Press has issue a periodical called The China Quarterly. It's an academic journal that looks at key issues in China. You can read the University's statement here on its recent censorship move to accommodate China and its later retraction of that move. The excellent site Sinocism has a host of articles on this here.

US, UK Fail To Support Iraqi Christians

None of the money set aside for rebuilding is for Christian communities in Northern Iraq, according to a memo signed by UK authorities.

Orthodox Leader Calls On Moscow, Rome To Support Persecuted Church

This an article about an interview that anticipates the Secretary Of State for the Vatican's visit to Russia.

Report: Christianity Growing Among Iranian Youth

"The massive rise of Christianity, particularly among youth in Iran has been observed, indeed, even Islamic leader admitted that more and more young people are choosing to follow Christianity. According to News, which reports on the persecution and state of Christianity in Iran, the “exponential rate” of Christian growth has been a factor for the last couple of decades." - Christians In Pakistan

Christianity Grows In North Korea, Despite Persecution

A look at how the faith prospers in the most repressive nation on earth.

Militants Kill Four Men in Eastern Kenya for Their Christian Faith

08/21/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on August 17, 2017, al-Shabaab militants perpetrated another attack in Kenya's Lamu County where four Christian men were killed. The attack came just over one month after an attack in nearby Jima village where seven Christian men were killed.

Late in the night on August 17, al-Shabaab militants entered Maleli village of Witu and killed the four men; three were hacked to death with machetes and one was burned inside his home. The four men who were killed are Stephen Hizano Ponda, Charo Karisa Ngoa, Naphtali Katana Kadenge, and Joseph Gasena Ngoa. The midnight raid also comes barely a week after Kenya entered into general elections, during which al-Shabaab promised to create chaos.

Pastor Henry Divayo of Witu African Inland Church (AIC), where hundreds of Jima families are taking refuge, said, "One of the men killed this morning in Maleli, Naphtali Katana Kadenge, was a son to a family staying in this camp and he was a student at Lamu high school. During the vacation, he decided to go back to Maleli village to fend off wild animals that feed on farm crops. He was advised to be cautious, but when al-Shabaab stormed their house, he was found and killed."

Father Cyprian Taah of Witu Catholic Church told ICC, "One of our catechists, Stephen Nyati, lost his son in the attack and we are saddened as a church community and we strongly condemn the act. His son had gone back to the fields to check the progress of the farm when the militants pulled him out of the house and slaughtered him." He continued, "We are asking the global community to remember us in prayer and if possible send us material help because the people in the camps need food, shelter, water, medicine, sanitary pads and soap."

The President of Kenya asked the families to remain calm in the displacement camps as measures are being taken to rid the area of the terrorists. He ensured the villagers that they will return to their villages and resume their normal lives as soon as possible, but this recent attack means that Lamu is still not safe.

One of the chiefs in Witu, Chief Macharia, stated, "[There] is desperation in the camps that is making a few people return to the villages even after the government ordered all the people to remain in the camps. The Boni Forest operation to kill al-Shabaab is ongoing and several of them have been killed. This operation will go on until all the militants disturbing the peace of Lamu residents are neutralized. We continue to urge the people to stay inside the camps until new orders to return to their homes [are] given by the higher authority."

ICC's Regional Manager, Nathan Johnson, said, "The Kenyan government must provide safety and stability to all of its people. They must end al-Shabaab's reign of terror that has been thriving on the border with Somalia. We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen such violence toward Christians. We hope that Kenya's government can take effective action to rid Kenya of these terrorist attacks."

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Micah Chapter 3


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

(Mic 3:1-3)



Here the Lord, via his anointed prophet excoriates the princes (leaders) of Israel. As chides them – they are supposed to know and execute judgment (justice). Yet they are those who hate the good and love the evil. Let us take a look at the two key words here. Prince and Judgment.

Princes - H7101
קצין
qâtsîyn
kaw-tseen'

From H7096 in the sense of determining; a magistrate (as deciding) or other leader: - captain, guide, prince, ruler. Compare H6278.




Judgment- H4941
משׁפּט
mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'

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


The Lord is telling them, they know or are supposed to know of justice, but instead they love the evil and hate the good. This is the kind of leadership that Israel had in Micah's time. Here the Lord begins by describing their crimes in a prophetic prose as to just how severe God see's their evils. The Prophet here uses a kind of imagery here that reminds one of a wild beast, an animal (that has taken human form) who eats God's people up. He is describing a cruel group of leaders whose wickedness knows no bounds. He is literally describing a nation whose leaders are nothing more than butchers of God's people. “...and chop them in pieces, as for the pot”. The leaders had descended to a very low level of barbarity and cruelty and these were the men who were supposed to be dispensing justice to the people. Here I think Gill really hits the nail on the head about this passage.

(they) did with them as cooks do, who not only cut flesh off the bones, and into slices, but break the bones themselves, to get out the marrow, and chop them small, that they may have all the virtue that is in them, to make their soup and broth the richer; by which is signified, that these wicked and avaricious rulers took every method to squeeze the people, and get all their wealth and riches into their hands, that they might have in a more riotous and luxurious manner. - John Gill's Expository of the Entire Bible.

In short, the leaders of the nation were squeezing the people dry. They took everything, the goods and their livelihoods. God and sent his prophet to warn the leaders that he saw it and was sore displeased at what he saw. The prophet was sent to tell these evil men just what was in store for them.

Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them:
 he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they
 have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the
LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err,
 that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth
not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision;
and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day
shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed,
and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips;
for there is no answer of God.
(Mic 3:4-7)

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

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

Psst, you want a good prophecy about the future? Invite me over to dinner tonight, and I will tell you good things about your future!” This type of false prophet is chided here and for good reason. They were misleading the people. They were 'liars for dollars', like so many false prophets and pastors in the west today. They will never say the kinds of things that God's people need to hear. They will only tell folks what he thinks they WANT to hear. That is the mark of a false prophet. He rarely challenges you about sin, repentance, getting close to God, obedience to his commandments. He has another agenda. For these prophets of Micah's time, it is for a reward. Nothing has really changed. As long as the rulers and people supplied these prophetic liars with food, clothing and bread, they would go on prophesying peace and prosperity.

Brothers, this is why I personally do not belong to what I call America's Churchianty. This is because many of the pastors are on the government payroll. They have dual loyalty and have incorporated themselves into the government of this world. There are some excellent and informed pages in the net that are written by Christians and pastors who were once part of that system. This link may help some of you with a little background. Here is how this piece concludes.

The whole conclusion of showing this information is to inform the world and reveal the truth about the 501c3. We have been heavily deceived by the 501 c3 corporations masquerading as churches out there. I say dump your tax- free privilege, trust the Most High God, preach against transgressions unashamedly and do not hold back (proclaim the evils of baby-slaughtering, sodomy, Bush, politics, Socialism, corruption in gov’t, etc.)

"I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control"   - Nestor, IRS Senior Revenue Officer (ret) - 501(c)3 Exposed (please – I do not subscribe to all of the teachings on this or ANY site – I just pass this link/page on because it is very well done. - MSW)

More here. This too is good and this as well is most excellent on the subject. Say what you want to brothers, your pastors in America, with only a few courageous and notable exceptions are merely spokesmen for Babylon. The Whore has got their tongue and this is why they cannot decry the crimes, speak against the murders, unjust wars and other evils. If they do, they get a phone call or are threatened. This is the real world we live in brothers. The sins of the religious establishment that occurred back then have only been codified into law today. God has not changed. He is still on the throne and brothers, his standards have not and will not change.

He was sore displeased with the false prophets on Micah's time and he is just as if not more displeased with the false prophets and pastors of our time and if you really want to know why a guy like me is about the only one telling you of Nazi's in Ukraine, US support for the Christian executioners in Iraq and Syria and why Libya now is run by Al-Qaeda linked militants, installed by the US government– it's because your pastors are gagged; they couldn't tell you even if they knew and far too many are too busy serving the devil filling their bank accounts to care about such things.

This is ultimately what Micah is decrying in this passage – system of false religiosity that gives 'good words' for money. The day would come when these false prophets would no longer have a vision from God. The day would go dark for them. God was going to silence their lies with darkness.

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

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

The two words – Judgment and Might are these in the Hebrew dictionary

H4941
משׁפּט

mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'

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

H1369
גּבוּרה
gebûrâh
gheb-oo-raw'

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

This was the spirit that the prophet was operating under and his message was coming from the most high. Micah was not going to compromise the message for reward and he had the courage and might to speak the unvarnished truth.

Brothers, there are not many men - in fact very, very few who really have that kind of courage today. there are many out there claiming to speak for God, but many of them are only speaking a word they have been paid to give or a word they think will win them influence and perhaps a paid invitation to a Church or Christian convention.

Then he gives this new message to the heads (leaders) of Israel and gives a most uncomplimentary description of them. He says they abhor (hate) judgment, justice and pervert all equity. These were the basic characteristics of the leaders of Israel in those days. The word translated abhor means to loath and to detest it. These men really hated justice and this is why the Lord became so angry. But the passage actually is more explicit in that it says that they perverted ALL equity.

What Micah is describing is a system of injustice that reveled in its perversity, in the way that it blessed the guilty and condemned the just. This is probably what verse 10 is referring to – they built up Zion with Blood, probably referring to judicial murders and other sundry violent crime that enthroned the injustice and gave power to inequity. JFB commentary puts it like this

build up Zion with blood--build on it stately mansions with wealth obtained by the condemnation and murder of the innocent (Jer_22:13; Eze_22:27; Hab_2:12).

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


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

(Jer 22:13-17)



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

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


Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house
as the high places of the forest.
(Mic 3:12)

The Lord here through is prophet is making plain the fallacy of this viewpoint. Simply put he is saying that the destruction you think cannot befall you has already been ordained. They thought wrong and were about to learn a lesson in spirituality the hard way. This passage is interesting in that Jeremiah quoted from it when they were thinking about killing him.

Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people,
 saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and
against this city all the words that ye have heard.
Therefore now amend your ways and your doings,
and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD
will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth
good and meet unto you. But know ye for certain,
that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent
blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the
inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath
sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests
and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die:
 for he hath spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake
to all the assembly of the people, saying, Micah the Morasthite
 prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah,
and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain
of the house as the high places of a forest. Did Hezekiah
king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death?
did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD,
and the LORD repented him of the evil which he had
pronounced against them? Thus might we procure
great evil against our souls.
(Jer 26:12-19)



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

When the Lord sends in his prophets it means that a nation or people are at the final stage of warning before God deals with them. When he says repent, your best move is to not delay and do it, because once the hand of judgment falls, the Lord stops up his ears from hearing your cries and gives you just what your actions have been demanding - recompense.




20 Aug

Award Winning Playwright Gives Views On De-nazification Of America

This is an excellent piece posted on CounterPunch and one that I think those who are caught up in this elite money driven hysteria should take a minute to read.

It just goes to show how easy it is to manipulate folks and frankly how many Americans actually would rather be manipulated than think for themselves, or at all.

Watching all of this madness - I feel like a guy on a prairie, watching a herd of stampeding buffalo, thundering across the plain heading to a cliff which none of them will see until they fall off into gorge 500 feet below. I am doing my best to get out of the way of the mindless beasts in their mad rush to a destruction, they don't even know.
The vultures circling overhead, having seen this movie before, screech their carrion cry in anticipation of the coming feast.

Orange Revolution, Arab Spring, Maidan? I get the feeling we may be on the verge of the same thing here in the US.

The above link is good, fully of satire and a bit of dark humor that tells more truths about where we are today, than a hundred cable news networks.

Me? I stopped caring about pleasing the mob long ago. I am going to tell it like it is even if most people don't like it or me for not giving into the the loopy political conniption of the day -  brought to you by (name your multi-billion dollar corporation/rich elitist here).


18 Aug

Schwarzenegger On The Nazis He Knew: ‘Broken Men … Filled with Shrapnel And Guilt’

The Daily Caller gives space to the former movie star, Mr. Universe and California Governor and gives us his take on the events at Charlottesville. This is very telling and I am rather surprised by its brutal honesty. He tells readers that the real Nazi's he knew were losers and fought for a lost cause and a false ideology.

Thanks to the 'Governator' for his unique first hand experience with real Nazi's.

This is a sad time in America, it really is and it is times like this that frankly, I am so glad to be behind a password wall. There is so much hate and ignorance out there along with a lot of frustration. Elected officials wanting Trump Assassinated, people wanting to take down war memorials, you name it. I wonder what is next.

Do activists now want to tear down the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument? Each were slaveholders. What about Mr. Rushmore? Was slave labor used in building the White House? The Capitol Building? Maybe they should be razed to the ground too. Erasing the whole era of American history before and during the civil war? What will that do?

Ever heard of Holocaust denial? There are some very vocal anti-Semites who believe that the Holocaust did not happen, or rather want the world to believe that the Holocaust did not happen. In short, they want to re-write history. It's pretty easy to do when you erase the real history. Do we want to go there? Do we want to hear about 'slavery denial' in 20 years? I don't. Ugly history is the best history to remember. It helps us not to repeat those mistakes. Bloodsoaked mistakes.

Those of you who want to erase parts of our history... be careful what you wish for.


16 Aug



Charlottesville

This was a subject I had decided to write on this AM and soon thereafter I got this link from a reader (thanks!).
https://www.allenbwest.com/2017/08/13/ok-folks-heres-really-happened-charlottesville-everyone-missing/
It was written by a Black conservative. The reader who sent me this grew up in Charlottesville and sent me a rather extended and most interesting email detailing her background from there as well as other anecdotes dealing with race in the area.

I will not repost it as I did not request her permission, rather I thought I would jot down some key thoughts on this horrible tragedy. - MSW

I suppose this is time for we to weigh in on the tragic events in Charlottesville, where political violence claimed the lives of Americans. My heartfelt sympathy to those who lost loved ones in the senseless brutality and violence that transpired.

If I spend today just talking about this issue, it is for a reason.

First of all we all must understand, all Americans must understand that every American has a right to protest. Black Lives Matter, Gay Rights activists, Green Activists. Weather we personally agree with what they are protesting against or in favor of, they have a right, a constitutionally protected right to protest. As repugnant as I find the ideology of these White Nationalists and Neo-Nazi's, they have a right to protest and air what they view as their grievances, as long as it is done peacefully.

From what I understand about this whole chain of events, these avowed racists had to go to Federal Court in order to get permission to have their march. They got that permission. Here is a down and dirty chain of events. So this was no haphazard rally. This was planned and permission was given to have this rally.

Then apparently counter protests started. These counter protests, as far as I can determine did not receive the courts permission and as a result of their presence and according to witnesses, their violence, the situation got ugly. Even armed militia's came down, but their actions were not in support of the racists and made it plain that their presence was neutral. Police have been accused of 'standing down' and their own spokesperson made it clear that their presence was 'thin'.

The fundamental question here is and I don't think the major papers and blogs have made it clear is this, who started the violence? Did the counter protesters go to specifically to start violence? As evil as these White Nationalists are, they too enjoy the same protections as BLM, Occupy Wall Street, etc when they peacefully protest. If the left or rather the counter protesters started the violence, then who is to blame for the violence? Now mind you, no one can responsibly blame the left for the people who were killed and injured in the car attack, a foul deed which seems to have been inspired by Islamic terrorists who have recently been using this method to spread fear and to make their twisted political statements in the blood of the innocent.

But while many Americans are loath to credit Trump for being right, he is in this instance. There has been plenty of political violence on both sides of the aisle and truly believing that you are right in a political argument, does not give you the right to use violence or deny other Americans their rights. Well, whatever fake news and false narratives that have been put out in the mainstream media, Trump was and is right when he said...

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? “Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I am concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day.”
“I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. You had one group on one side, and you had a group on the other side,”  - President Trump

"I'm right so I have the right to bash your head in", is that the 'statement' the left wants to make?

Statements like Trump's recent comments are used by many to say that Trump 'supports Nazi's'. No, that is not how I read it. I see a President who is disgusted with the violence that took place on both sides. I feel the exact same way. In fact, I will go you one further, it looks to me, that if these people came to that protest armed with clubs, knives and other weapons and may have clearly had the intention to create violence. Let's let the DOJ view all of the surveillance footage (not just carefully chosen/edited snippets designed to spark emotional outrage as we will soon find on blogs and sites on the internet) and see where the truth lies.

I think everyone in this nation, Black and White, old and young, rich and poor needs to take a long deep breath and catch themselves from being caught up in fake emotions being driven by fake news and liars who wiggle their forked tongue on the cable news networks. Too many heavily politicized blogs and new organizations will create any news event that they can use to denigrate the person who beat their candidate, Hillary Clinton. They have not missed a single opportunity to do just that. They are loath to condemn the acts of political violence that took place in the election when it was being committed by the left.

One thing that needs to be kept in mind, to all of you who think that they can engage in this violence, set fire to a car, smash out a storefront window and steal property -  this President and AG are not playing that game. I was shocked and taken aback when I discovered that those people who engaged in violence on Trump's inauguration are not just facing some small fine and a 'time served' rebuke from the courts, but some now are facing 70+ years in prison. And while I do understand how the author of the last piece is attempting to shed a light on the dangers to lawful protests with these acts, we must not forget that what was done was crime in anyone's book and in any nation on earth. You set fire to a car and smash out windows and engage in other misdeeds, you have just ceased being an activist and have turned into a criminal. Now a 75 year or even 10 year sentence may be too harsh. But should vandalism and violence go unchecked just because it was done under the cover of political activism? I would say no.

But the even more compelling reason for this view is more important but probably less understood by many Americans. It is a subject I have broached here before. It comes under the heading of domestic political destabilization. This is a practiced art that many of the world's governments engage in, not least of which is our own. Destabilization is done with many many methodologies but one that has been used by the US of late is the idea of 'regime change'. This can be accomplished by stirring up political trouble in a nation in the hopes that such political instability can bring about a change in government that is more amendable to the interests of the covert destabilizing force. This is a potent threat to any modern state. Not least of which is America.

Related: Rent-A-Mob In Charlottesville
$25 An Hour To Protest

This is accomplished by finding political hot potato issues, funding and directing one side or both sides covertly, arrange protests along with counter demonstrations and let natural events take their course. Finding and exploiting those social and political time bombs is the first key 'thing to do' when wanting to do engage in this. In America, social, economic, racial and even religious hatred are key aspects of America where key fault lines can be duly exploited, by the nation's enemies. America's enemies know our weaknesses, they have agents who live here are in positions of influence who can be used to inform these nations as to just where, when and how to take advantage of long simmering discontent and anger to 'compact the powder in the keg and ignite it' and create the kinds of instability they are looking for. This is why we all need to be careful with those who are doing their best to use this as a reason to impeach Trump. This would be the goal of many nations who don't like the idea of future trade tariffs and shipping jobs back to America, leaving their own citizens unemployed. There are nations with a lot of influence here in the US, who know how to stir up trouble right here to get what they want at the expense of the American people. It's not too hard to find useful idiots to assist, not in 21st century America.

Then there are other 'deep state' actors who work with (or for) these foreign interests and assist (accidentally on purpose) these foreign nations, for they too want to 'change regime' in the White House. Often for many of the same reasons - they make good money using slaves in these countries, paying them a pittance in unsafe and exploitative work environments.

This is why frankly, while I don't like to see our phone data abused by government, Sessions Warrant seeking data on those who helped organize the violence during the inauguration is not necessarily a bad thing. Provided a real warrant and probable cause can be found by a sitting Federal Judge. That key check is the difference between this and the warrantless wiretapping we have seen in the past. If the same thing had happened during Obama's first inauguration, would you now want to know who was behind it, funded it and find out if maybe it wasn't the Chinese, North Koreans, White Supremacists or perhaps even other nations who pretend friendly relations with us? Any honest person from the left would say yes.

My view is more complex that the reactionary emotionalism the headlines are today giving support to and create the political anger to bolster the drive to remove the President.

I think that there are powerful interests in Washington, even within the GOP that are moving to detach Trump from his base and sadly, though they are a small part of that base, these White Nationalists are part of it. Trumps original less that forthright condemnation of racists got him into trouble, particularly with Democratic wannabe Presidents like Joe Biden, whose self interested tweets should be taken in the light of typical political banter.

Biden, while Vice President got his son over into Ukraine to make money on Shale Oil drilling after the Neo-Nazi government was safely installed there. Consortium piece is generous to the regime in Kiev saying that they just support the Nazi brigades. That is not all together the whole picture as the whole government that came to power after the violent coup was Neo-Nazi. Here is a piece many of you are not going to want to deal with, but here it is. More here.

My point is to make sure you understand that Biden's alleged distaste for Nazi-ism from where I stand, is not backed up by his actions or the history that is not so easy to find on the increasingly censored web.

General Lee

All of these protest swirl around a statue of a long dead General who was honored by both the North and the South after the Civil War. Gen. Lee, in hindsight, fought for the wrong side, but he and many other Americans made the same choice and despite the carefully re-written history of those times, there were more than a few Black folks in the South who supported the South's war efforts. Many were slaves, but the history is far more complex than the usual simplistic narratives and politically correct history has given us. Many would rather not deal with real history and want to re-write it to suit their own ends. The Nazi's did that and so did the Soviets as censorship and 'creative history' were both a key foundation of each of these evil governments system.

General Lee, for good or ill is a very important part of our History. To write him out of history is to engage in the very same Nazi-ism those on the left are now decrying. The history of the Civil War simply cannot be oversimplified to suit the whims of the historically ignorant and frankly those who think tearing down a statue of Gen. Lee is a good thing only shows that ignorance. Many of those who fought for the South did not do so over the issue of slavery, of which more than a few opposed. The issues of that war go far, far deeper.

Here is how General Lee summed up his views on Slavery in a letter to his wife.

... In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence.
— Robert E. Lee, to Mary Anna Lee, December 27, 1856
As we read this, we must realize that Lee and all of those like him were products of their times, not ours. I see a man deeply conflicted about slavery not one who can't wait to get back to the plantation and beat his slaves in some kind of twisted glee.

Most fought for the South because they were conscripted. Slavery was an issue, but it was only one of many issues. The key issue that war was fought was the issue of State's Rights. The right for any State to succeed from a Union that they no longer saw as beneficial. The same things are happening today. Think Brexit, think the CaLEAVEfornia movement, think the movement for the succession of Cascadia. The history of the Civil War and its follies and bloodshed will certainly be repeated if we don't learn the proper lessons or try and tear down key parts of that history in a fit of rage over 'fake news'.

Over the past few years, I have taken a lot of time to go over the Civil War, not just the great battles and the actions of the President, but the diary's of ordinary foot soldiers, wives of Southern Generals, the exploits of the Guerilla's etc. One comes away with a very different understanding of the war if we ignore the historians and listen to the record of those who lived through it suffered through it and left is a written record. So I am adamantly opposed to removing those statutes. They exist on all major Civil War battlefields as a testimony to the sacrifices and bravery of men from both sides. Those of you who want to honor the man who was largely seen as being responsible for freeing the slaves, Lincoln, would to well to mimic him and work hard to bring healing to our nation. He was hard pressed to punish the South harshly for its 'Treason' and 'Rebellion', as some top political leaders urged him to do. He did not but wanted the North and South to live again as brothers. Lest we forget, Lincoln himself was clear as to his most important objective. It was to preserve the Union, not free the slaves.

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause." -  The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume V, "Letter to Horace Greeley" (August 22, 1862), p. 388.

Many Southern Gentlemen both before, during and after the war felt that the South should have freed the slaves first and then fought the war as they knew that the slave issue was a galvanizing issue in the North. Take that away and the reasons many had for fighting they felt would drain away.

So this fake debate about a statue fails to address many of the more pressing questions at hand on race, but gives us a fake issue, with fake narratives that even if one side 'wins', will change absolutely nothing, i.e., fake results. It won't put jobs in depressed Black communities or stop heroin from entering into them; it won't stop the cycle of violence afflicting young Black men that now has Black intellectuals burying their heads in the sand over, refusing to address in an effective and intelligent manner.

Frankly, I think the left and other reactionaries are going about this the wrong way. The best way to deal with these kinds of racists in many instances is to ignore them. Treat them like you would the kids in a special-ed class. Emotionally atrophied and mentally incompetent. That pretty much is how I view those who give into the doctrines of hate. Violence is the last resort to the critically unthinking; either by choice or because of some biological deficiency. Why give these dum-dums all this time and space and divert the nations attention? If no one paid them any mind, they would have had a rally for about half a day and if no one covered it in the press, they would be far less encouraged to have another one. But as long as you continually give these mental misfits space and focus in the press, they will continue and their ranks may even swell. These racists are to be pitied, not feared.

Moreover, I refuse to let the historically ignorant dictate what we should all believe American history teaches us just because they listened to a 30 minute podcast and think now 'they have it all figured out'. There is too much ignorance and hate out there and not all of it is coming from the White Supremacists.

Finally, I feel it best to call out these big tech firms for booting Neo-Nazi sites from their services. I get that keeping them onboard is bad press. No one wants to be associated with them. But at the same time, I don't like censorship... of any kind. What happens when someone decides to call BLM a racist group? What happens when the wheels of the corporate-state moves in that direction? Who decides? What if one day Google is sold off to to new spinoff called 'Aryan Technologies' with the motto 'Tech is for Whites' and throws all non-white sites off of its servers? Is that the kind of America you want to live in?

What about other movements that have not come into being? Do we want to go the censorship route? What kind of statement are you really sending? We don't like Nazi's so we are going to be like Nazi's and censor you. That is wholly un-American.

Even on a practical level, this is not a good idea. It's better to have these guys on the web where they can be easily watched and monitored rather than have them going down in the deep dark web and having a lot more trouble tracking and understanding what is going on in this dark and violent counter culture.

You don't fight Nazi's by turning into one. There are better ways to do it. Censorship once started always takes dangerous and unexpected turns.

Moreover, A free press is an excellent safety valve. People can get their ideas into circulation in a way that does no real harm. Take that away and political statements are still likely to be made but not with ink or digital media.

There has been far too much of those kinds of political statements in world today - terrorism.

Better the mindless banter of these misfits than the violence their doctrines too often glorify.

Let's get rid of hate from our hearts. All kinds.

But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness,
 and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (I John 2:11)

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer
 hath eternal life abiding in him. (I John 3:15)

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that
loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom
he hath not seen? (I John 4:20)

What I have said here is not politically correct (i.e. a commonly agreed upon lie), but it is as factual and honest as time and space allows. It's free from America's obsession with political correctness. It has become so much so we are willing to help erase part of our history and deny basic rights to those most of us find morally repugnant.

Well, I am not in favor of this on any level. This kind of propaganda feels good for a minute, but will only drive truths about who we are as Americans and how we got here, deeper into the memory hole. The best way to bring forth a lie is to hide the truth... even uncomfortable ones.

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
Vladimir Lenin

A people without the knowledge of their past history,
origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
Marcus Garvey

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Karl Marx

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou
15 Aug

Tillerson Blasts ISIS For Genocide In Religious Freedom Report

The above link is from 'The Cable'. Below is a section of the preface from the 2016 report on religious freedom.

America’s promotion of international religious freedom demands standing up for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations. ISIS’ brutal treatment of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East has drawn a great degree of attention over the last few years. The 2016 Annual Report details these atrocities. ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death. ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims in areas it controlled.

ISIS is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups, and in some cases against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities. The protection of these groups– and others who are targets of violent extremism – remains a human rights priority for the Trump Administration. This report serves as a resource for governments and citizens alike, helping to inform the work of faith leaders, lawmakers, rights advocates, academics, business leaders, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations. -
US State Department

Christian Persecution in India Hits Record High in First Half of 2017

This article piggybacks on an Opendoors Report on Persecution in India noting a sharp uptick in incidents.

Emails Show Saudi's Want Out Of Yemen

The invasion of Yemen has not gone well and the Saudi's had to learn this lesson the hard way. In the 21st century, there are some serious limitations as to the goals that can be achieved with the use of force.

Pope Francis 'Blesses' GMO Foods

Should he change his name to Pope Monsanto?

Mike Adams from Natural News gives us his take on this.

Christians Reveal ISIS Murders And Church Unity

This article talks about Chinese Church leaders who were put under investigation by the Chinese Communist Party for their connections to evangelization efforts in Pakistan. This is all part of a sad chain of events that ended in two Christians  being executed by ISIS.

Christianity Grows In Nepal

These are stories of a Church that is hardly dying, but is still winning souls to Christ. In Nepal it is just as the scriptures say, that the poor have the gospel preached to them and come to believe.

Christianity may be dying a slow death by asphyxiation (the pleasures of this life - Matt 13:7) in the west. Not so in other parts of the world. And as usual, as shown in this article, Christian leaders are often falsely accused of every crime in the book.

It's also good to see that a major MSM news source, the Guardian has a great story that is not trying to denigrate Christians.

Azerbaijan: Ever Present, But Little Known Persecution

08/11/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Overshadowed by its more flamboyant and media-grabbing neighbors, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and China, the Caucasus region lies relatively ignored by the Western media. Known mostly for being home to many ‘-stan’ countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan, the Caucasus region maintains a low profile for most people. This includes religious persecution. Unfortunately, ignorance does not make religious persecution disappear as the story of Pastor Hamid in Azerbaijan tells us.

Azerbaijan, one of the few non-‘stan’ countries in the Caucasus region, is a former Soviet country where approximately 94 percent of the local population is Muslim. Technically, the constitution says there is freedom of religion, including the freedom to participate in religious rituals. Yet the Azerbaijani government, despite its claim of religious freedom, has a State Committee on Work with Religious Organizations (SCWRO), responsible for protecting and monitoring religious activity, including registering religious organizations. Without registration, no religious organization can legally operate, including churches. Unfortunately, few Christian organizations are approved; there is an overwhelming bias towards Muslim registrations. Pastors and Christians who meet in unregistered groups with religious literature can face fines and imprisonment. - Continues at the ICC site.

State Gov't In India Passes Anti-Conversion Law

08/14/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Jharkhand Assembly, a state legislative body in northeastern India, passed the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Bill-2017, also known as “Jharkhand Dharma Swatantra Adhiniyam,” on Saturday, August 12. The bill will now be sent to the governor, following whose approval it would go to the president for final assent. The bill was passed by the BJP-led government despite significant opposition from religious groups, civil society, and the tribal groups across Jharkhand.

“This is very unfortunate for the people of Jharkhand,” Rev. Dr. Man Maish Ekka, a member of the Jharkhand Sadbhavana Munch, a local religious freedom forum, told ICC. “This is not just an attack on Christians, but is an attack on the religious freedom that the constitution gives to very citizens of this country. The motive of the bill is to divide the tribal people and break their unity.”

“[These] anti-conversion laws, ironically titled freedom of religion laws, are actually aimed at taking away the freedom of religion and rights of tribal and other marginalized sections of the Indian society,” Rev. Vijayesh Lal, General Secretary Evangelical Fellowship of India, stated in a press statement.

Section 3 of the law states, “No person shall attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any person from one religious faith to another by use of force or by allurement or by any fraudulent means, nor shall any person abet any such conversion.” Punishment under this bill would include imprisonment of up to three years, a fine of 50,000 Rupees, or both. In cases where a minor, a woman, or a person from the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe communities were involved, the prison sentence would increase to four years and the fine to 100,000 Rupees. - International Christian Concern

Everywhere we turn, we see the governments of the earth turning on Christians. Why? Because brothers we are in a deep spiritual war and the Price of this world does not want to see men saved. He will and is using his demonic powers and the strongholds under his dominion to do his will, which is to keep men lost and away from the cross of Christ. So be not shocked at the way China, North Korea, Pakistan or India treats us.



13 Aug

Nehemiah Part LV

This is one of the latter sections of my study in Nehemiah, which would be the size of a decent sized book, were I to publish it. I have taken my time with it and dealt with each and every verse. Every week, I have done a  few verses and as you can see, there are at the time of this writing 55 different sections to this commentary.
 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was
there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him
king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin.
 Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against
our God in marrying strange wives?
(Nehemiah 13:26-27 [KJV])

We continue our look into the book of Nehemiah with the continuation of Nehemiah's religious reforms. This time we return to the issue of Foreign wives, which if you remember from an earlier chapter, was a major issue among the returnee's. It is one that Ezra had to deal with a few decades before as well as Nehemiah. In continuing to chide his hearers, he reminded them of the sin that Solomon had committed. Solomon as we all know loved many foreign wives and they turned his heart from serving the Lord. He was once very special to God and built him a great temple. But his heart was drawn to foreign women and they caused him to err and commit apostasy.
 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh,
women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel,
Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely
they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines:
and his wives turned away his heart.  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old,
that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not
perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after
Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.  And Solomon did evil in the sight
of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 
Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab,
in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the
children of Ammon.  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which
burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. 
(I Kings 11:1-8)

This was the danger that the Lord warned about in the law (Deut 17:17). Solomon fell for this trap of the devil and that is all it was and is. Any person place or thing that tries to get us to get out of God's commandments is wittingly or unwittingly an agent of the devil. Even Peter, with the best of intentions was used of him (Matt 16:23). We must always remember this. Solomon got into bed with all of these foreign women and then started worshiping all of those strange gods and goddesses. Solomon was probably the biggest reason Israel went into apostasy after David, for as the King does, so do the people. Since then there was a constant string of false gods, idolatry and other abominations in Israel. Why did this happen? The reason is in the passage above "But king Solomon loved many strange women..."

Nehemiah's reforms were designed to put a stop to the same errors that transpired before and here he reminds the people of this great sin of the past. He knew exactly what would happen. These women would bring their idols into the homes of his people and bring error to his people entice the men of Israel to their temples and religious celebrations.

Why are Foreign Gods So Enticing?

I think this is one thing that we should talk about because it is very relevant today.

The gods of the devil allow for various sins and evils. They are often elastic enough morally speaking, where murder, adultery, homosexuality, perversions, lying, stealing, fraud, trucebreaking, arrogance, hate, warmongering are allowed. The devils religions are designed to do one thing - to give people a warm religious feeling while they commit sin against God and move along the railroad tracks to hellfire. That is the purpose of any and all false religion.

People today don't want to deal with moral absolutes. Don't lie, don't steal, be faithful to your spouse, etc, these things are seen as too constraining. They don't want a religion that makes them live a little humbler and quieter and one that takes away their sinful pleasures or ill gotten revenue streams. They want a religion that lets them do whatever they want.

"Do as thou wilt."
 Satanist/Occultist Aleistair Crowley

As you all know many of those false religions in the days of the kings of Israel allowed for huge sexual orgies. This is the kind of religion many people flock to. Then the people say, "who is the Lord? We don't know him";  "We brought ourselves out of Egypt" or "by or own strength we are protected" or "my idol blesses me everyday" or "Molech has prospered me" or "Ashtoreth healed me from my boils". The people forget the God who did wonders for them. Why? It's more fun to go to the orgy than to Temple. There was more money in defrauding your neighbor than dealing honestly with him. It was cheaper to kill the guy who owned the land you wanted to buy than to pay him for it. Who would notice, since the you and the judge who would hear the case are drinking buddies and went to the temple of Molech together.

This is the morality that people really like. Oh sure, they decry these things in public or when they are the victims of crime and evil, but they are more than willing to engage in wickedness when they see something in it for themselves.

But the religion of the Lord is not that way. It is one of the few religions with a clear-cut no non-sense moral code. That code is 180 degrees opposite to the 'situational ethics' of today the quasi-eastern religions and new age religions and philosophies that are becoming more popular here in the west. These days, religion is being used to put a stamp of approval on sin and evil, justify it and codify it into law, not rebuke it. These are the things that mark a false religion.

This is why real Bible based Christianity is so much on the outs today. No one wants to change their behavior. They are looking for something that makes them feel good in their sins, rather than separating them from them. Once people realize that genuine Christianity is not going to let them keep their mistresses, their gay lovers, their business (like a porn shop, drug running, loan sharking, and other legal and illegal enterprises), they quickly turn to something more palatable to their desires. The demands (commands - as in not optional) of the Lord are simple, to the point and easily understood. God demands that man be separated from sin and evil. Any religion that tells you otherwise is a false one; any god that tells you otherwise is a false one.

The NT admonition on marriage should also be mentioned here. Paul did not say that those who were previously married to unbelievers should divorce. In fact, if the unbeliever is content to remain with his spouse, then there are no grounds for divorce, in God's eyes.


And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord,
Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart,
let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let
 not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:
 If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him,
let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not,
 and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving
wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean;
but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart.
 A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath
called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt
save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save
thy wife? But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath
called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
(1Co 7:10-17)



So if you get saved, and your unsaved husband wants to stay with you. Your faith is not an 'out' of your marital obligation. Your obligation to your wife or husband remains.

There are no clear cut prohibitions against marrying unbelievers. Though the passage in (2Cor 6:14) seems to be a pretty strong admonition against such a union. But again, it does not specifically mention marriage. Why is this?

It is hard to say. We must keep in mind that the hearers of Paul's letters were living in pagan Rome and many were slaves. Others were of the nobility and often marriages were arranged among them. What if Senator Publius wants to marry his daughter Livia to the Proconsul of Syria? The daughter is a Christian, the Proconsul has Venus and Mercury as the keepers of his home. What is she to do? I think there were practical considerations that would preclude such a sweeping prohibition. Again, unlike the command that went out to Israel in Moses' time, Christians who read Paul's letters were living in pagan Rome.

But the admonition above about being unequally yoked is your best guide in marriage with unbelievers as is the experience of ancient Israel and Solomon. Marriage is trouble enough when married to a fellow believer.

Back to the text


Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil,
to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?
Nehemiah 13:27 [KJV])

Nehemiah realized that marriage to these strange women was a grievous sin and it was. God loved Solomon, blessed him and gave him enormous responsibility and yet these foreign women turned his head and his heart against the Lord. Nehemiah asks the question. Should we listen to you and let this happen again? Should we sin again against the Lord, Is that your counsel?

Nehemiah was having none of this. if nothing else they were going to have a clear witness against them and their evil. Nehemiah was calling them out.


And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest,
 was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.
(Nehemiah 13:28 [KJV])

The exact reason or Nehemiah's ejection of the descendant of Eliashib is not clearly stated, but I think it is inferred from the earlier verse when Nehemiah asked if transgressing God's commandment was his counsel. This to me would follow. Here is what K&D says about this passage.
Nehemiah acted with greater severity towards one of the sons of Joiada the high priest, and son-in-law of Sanballat. He drove him from him (מעלי, that he might not be a burden to me). The reason for this is not expressly stated, but is involved in the fact that he was son-in-law to Sanballat, i.e., had married a daughter of Sanballat the Horonite (Neh 2:10), who was so hostile to Nehemiah and to the Jewish community in general, and would not comply with the demand of Nehemiah that he should dismiss this wife. In this case, Nehemiah was obliged to interfere with authority. For this marriage was a pollution of the priesthood, and a breach of the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites. -  K&D
This person had a vested interest in seeing to it the nation remained in rebellion against God and that foreign wife of his was the reason. Again, this is just like Moses said it would turn the hearts of the people away from him. We must remember that this was a priestly bloodline. So this was a pretty important spiritual issue for the future of Israel. A shepherd in rebellion can only lead his sheep in the same direction. The name of the offender is not mentioned, only his lineage. Adam Clarke's commentary says that the offenders name is Manasseh.
One of the sons of Joiada - This was Manasseh, brother of Jaddua, son of Joiada, and grandson of Eliashib the high priest. - Clarke

We will continue the last section of Nehemiah next week God willing, The Commentary on Nehemiah is finished. and then perhaps the following week a summary of the book. Then unless anyone has any objections (let me know), I want to do Ruth (for insiders) next and focus on Godly women for a while.


Grace and peace to you all in Christ Jesus.


Brother Mark

Afghan Watch

20 Killed In Blast, Gun Attack At Shi'ite Mosque
Trump Looks At Afghan Pullout
Former Blackwater CEO Has Trumps Ear On Afghan Mercenaries
US Chopper Makes Hard Lancing In E. Afghanistan
SIGAR Issues Scathing Report On War In Afghanistan

This is the special IG that has been put in charge of reconstruction (and funding) in Afghanistan. They just issued their quarterly report to Congress. The unclassified version can be found here. There is a classified version. SIGAR has requested that the DOD declassify the information on systematic child abuse, but so far this has not happened.

The report gives us a rare look at some of the lesser known realities of Afghanistan, beyond the terrorist bombings and headline grabbing news.

Despite the United States providing $8.6 billion for counternarcotic efforts in Afghanistan since 2002, the area under cultivation continues to rise. It increased 10% to 201,000 hectares in 2016 compared to the previous year’s total. The United Nations also reported that 685 hectares were eradicated this year; these results are provisional, as they are not verified by satellite imagery. Eradication results for 2016 were 355 hectares, but even the recent increase accounts for less than 0.5% of the area under opium-poppy cultivation.

Ambassador William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, met with President Ghani in July to discuss strategy and counternarcotic efforts in the region. The U.S. government is still operating under its 2012 counternarcotics strategy for the country: the revised strategy has been postponed until the Administration completes its review of a draft revised policy...

... The World Bank, IMF, and others exclude the value from opium production in their reported GDP estimates. Afghanistan’s Central Statistics Organization releases official GDP growth figures in two categories—one that includes and one that excludes opium value. Opium-related earnings boost domestic demand and are a significant source of foreign exchange.

The estimated net value of opium production was $2.9 billion in 2016, representing 16% of GDP. The farm-gate value—the potential gross amount earned b farmers—was almost $900 million, roughly 5% of GDP and a 57% increase over 2015.- SIGAR

This report is really quite excellent as it looks at the whole economy of Afghanistan, US aid, development issues, Education, health, as well as counter narcotics efforts.

Afghanistan also suffers from widespread illegal drug use. A 2015 Afghanistan National Drug Use Survey estimated that roughly 11% of the population would test positive for one or more drugs, including 5.3% of the urban population and 13% of the rural population. Drug use among women and children is among the highest documented worldwide, and 30.6% of households tested positive for some form of illicit drug. Afghan drug use generates crime, funds the insurgency, and costs the Afghan government hundreds of millions of dollars in health-care costs, crime prevention, and lost economic productivity. - SIGAR



You can download it here.



Aug 11


The Real Foreign Invasion

Can you hear it? Can you see it? No. Most can't because it is not being talked about on cable news, Facebook or the latest sex scandal sheet you see at the checkout counter at the grocery store. But it's happening. There will never be an need for a foreign government to fire a shot to take over America. Our leaders will sell the ground out right from under us and call it 'patriotism'.
Foreigners snap up record number of US homes - CNBC

Unfortunately, the pdf report that was available on the site for free and with no copyright notice within it has been removed from the site to a password protected area. More here.


According to this article and the National Realtors Association, foreigners bought $153 Billion in US residential property. You read that number correctly. Foreigners are heading into the US at a very fast pace.

Now I am never going to do the xenophobic thing as this country has always been friendly to immigrants from all over the world. I see no reason to change that. The only people who have a right to complain about a 'foreign invasion' are Native Americans. The rest are nothing more than the sons and daughters of immigrants, with the exception of African Americans, whose decedents entry into America was not of choice.

Still, the trends are troubling. Not so much from the 'xenophobic' angle, but from an economic angle. The average purchase price for one of these homes was just over $535,000. Most Americans face it, simply cannot afford a home at that price point. The states where these buyers purchased? Florida was the highest by far, with Texas and California virtually tying for second with New Jersey and Arizona coming up last among the top destinations.

For those of you who want a really detailed look at the whole environment here with charts from the IMF, the PRC's central bank and more outlining the global trends behind this, the above referenced report from the NAR is excellent.

Always keep in mind that real estate is one key ways the wealthy stash their money. While banks are great and many folks put their assets in them, an investment that is likely to increase, and generate a revenue stream (rent) is one way the rich stay rich and renters stay renting. It is also a way for those with money who fear capital controls to get their money out of the country and this is one of the reasons so many Chinese are doing this.

But the trends in residential home buying is just one of the troubling trends in America when it comes to what I will call the slow displacement of Americans from their own economy.

The Trends in Foreign Direct Investment in the US are also of note.

Foreign direct investment in the United States in 2015 increased by 83% over that recorded in 2014. (Note: The United States defines foreign direct investment as the ownership or control, directly or indirectly, by one foreign person [individual, branch, partnership, association, government, etc.] of 10% or more of the voting securities of an incorporated U.S. business enterprise or an equivalent interest in an unincorporated U.S. business enterprise [15 CFR §806.15 (a)(1)].) In 2015, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data, foreigners invested $379 billion in U.S. businesses and real estate, compared with the $207 billion invested in 2014. Foreign direct investments are highly sought after by many state and local governments that are struggling to create additional jobs in their localities. While some in Congress encourage such investment to offset the perceived negative economic effects of U.S. firms investing abroad, others are concerned about foreign acquisitions of U.S. firms that are considered essential to U.S. national and economic security.

On October 31, 2013, the Obama Administration launched a new initiative, known as Select USA, to attract more foreign direct investment to the United States. According to the Administration, the aim of the program is to make attracting foreign investment as important a component of U.S. foreign policy as promoting exports. As a result, the President reportedly instructed Commerce and State Department officials to make attracting foreign investment one of their “core priorities.” In addition, the program has designated global teams led by U.S. ambassadors in 32 key countries to encourage foreign investment into the United States, and has established a “coordinated process” to connect prospective investors with senior U.S. officials. The initiative (selectusa.commerce.gov) offers a number of tools for foreign investors looking to invest in the United States, including a list of various state and federal programs that may be available to foreign investors. - Congressional Research Service, FDI In the US - An Economic Analysis

The trends are troubling but not disastrous. The CRS piece looks at both aspects of foreign investment. That which US companies invest abroad and that which others invest here. We must also keep this key fact in mind. This kind of investment is the cornerstone of Globalization. Globalization is meant to undermine and otherwise destroy national sovereignty in favor of international institutions and (most importantly) global corporations.


The reasons for this are many, but one interesting observation in the CRS report says this

"According to Commerce Department data, the increase in foreign direct investment in the United States in 2016, compared to 2015, reflects a 10% drop in net equity investments by foreign- owned firms from $390 billion in 2015 to $352 billion in 2016. Equity capital, which accounted for 10.0% of U.S. direct investment abroad in 2016, accounted for 53.0% of foreign direct investment in the United States, as indicated in Figure 4. This high percentage of financing that originates from equity capital raises questions about the overall net impact of foreign direct investment on the U.S. economy, since foreign firms may be competing with domestic firms for sources of financing in U.S. capital markets. In part, the shift in net equity investments may reflect rising equity values and efforts by foreign firms to boost the value of their stock by buying back shares, as many U.S. firms have done since early 2014.".

Another very interesting chart is the one with a look at various sectors of FDI investment can be found below.



Well, I will not belabor this. Those of you interested can read the report from the CRS. It pretty much tells the tale. Just always keep in mind that key word that is not going to be mentioned much - Globalization. Also, when looking at this data, keep the 'camel in the tent' analogy in your mind. One the foreigners are in, they form a powerful political lobby as they have the one thing politicians want - Money.


Meanwhile....

In other US economic news, we find that serious issues abound. One is the Student Loan Crisis. the crisis that no one for a long time even admitted we had. Students who get a degree, go into debt to the tune of thousands. But other problems are brewing as well. Here is a great place to look at the crisis.

Here is a chart just of outstanding (as of Q2 2017) loans created from data provided by the Department of Education.



That is indeed going to be a major shoe to drop. The other one? Well the guy over at Automatic Earth has a great piece here that looks at a whole range of issues, not least of which the strange patterns of stock purchases that are sending the market to the moon.
There are other stories of note as well. Oil Price.com asks if more Bankruptciies are in store for Shale Oil Drillers.

The low prices are the problem, but one that emanates from US policy makers who have tried and are trying to bust up OPEC and starve nations like Russia, Iran and Venezuela of much needed capital. The problem is the debt bomb that lays underneath many a  shale oil platform across the nation.

Another problem? Unwinding QE, which is going to be a problem. Do we know exactly what will happen. No and anyone who does is guessing. Why? Nothing like this has ever happened before. QE was meant to inflate prices of stocks, bonds and even real estate. Have we seen that? Oh yes. What happens when that process goes into reverse.

Let your imagination run a bit and you will probably be close.

Precious Metals + Rogue President = Mass Death In Congo

I could not get the radio program to play, but you can get some background on this in this piece, which is very good.

You Know Your Society Is Sick When...

"...data from 2011-2015 based on the National Crime Victimization Survey, shows that disabled people experience violent victimization at over twice the rate of people without disabilities. (On average 32 per 1,000 disabled people experience violent victimization annually, compared to 13 per 1,000 non-disabled people.)" -  Prison Policy Initiative.


Image Source: DOJ
I don't think much comment is needed here.



Aug 10

Persecution Magazine: Aug 2017

This issue talks about Islam's abduction and forced conversion of Christian girls.

You can download the very, very large pdf here (approx 175MB).

(ICC) Imagine that you are a young teenage girl living some- where like Nigeria, Egypt, or Pakistan. Imagine that you’re going about your daily life – perhaps you’re attending school, shopping at the market, or working to help your family survive. Because you’re a Christian though, life is challenging as you and your family experience discrimination and hatred at work, home, and school, but you persevere.

One day, a Muslim man approaches you and demeans your faith and calls you an infidel. He tells you that you are too pretty to be a Christian and pressures you to convert to Islam.

 But you keep walking, head down, trying to keep the annoyance from escalating into something truly frightening. But then, in broad daylight, in the middle of your neighborhood teeming with neighbors and police, he and another man grab you and throw you into the back of a car.

Immediately, a bag is put over your head and everything goes dark. You’re in a moving vehicle, surrounded by men defiling your religion, calling you names and touching you. You’ve heard of this happening to other girls and women, but now it’s happening to you. The worst part is that you know the rest of the story and are in terror of the hell you about to descend into, and all you can think is, “This can’t be happening to me.”

When you arrive at your destination, the men remove your blindfold. The first man who approached you again demands that you convert to Islam. When you refuse, he and the others begin to verbally and physically abuse you. They strip off your clothes and then begin to rape you…over and over again. - Credit International Christian Concern Image and Text

This issue also has some info about Egypt and Islam's treatment of women, so if you are not on a bandwidth restricted plan, download it and check it out.


Psalm 123


We will continue our brief interludes with the Songs of Degree's

A Song of degrees. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes,
O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

(Psa 123:1)

This Psalm like the other similar songs of ascents (degrees) starts off identifying it as being such. Then it begins with a common theme, looking upwards (121) or going upwards (122). Here the Psalmists looks upwards to heaven where the Lord dwells. God dwells in a place that is unapproachable to us moral men. God rules all things from his throne and it is to this heavenly throne that the Psalmist lifts up his eyes. The words translated dwelleth in the KJV is better translated seated or by implication, enthroned. The word is this one.

H3427
יָשַׁב
yâshab
yaw-shab'
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry: -  (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing), ease self, endure, establish, X fail, habitation, haunt, (make to) inhabit (-ant), make to keep [house], lurking, X marry (-ing), (bring again to) place, remain, return, seat, set (-tle), (down-) sit (-down, still, -ting down, -ting [place] -uate), take, tarry.
Total KJV occurrences: 1081


Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters,
 and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God,
until that he have mercy upon us.
(Psa 123:2)

In this verse we see the Psalmist looks upon God in a special way. He looks upon him in submission, in deference and in faith, waiting on God to have mercy on them and to guide and direct them, like a handmaiden to her mistress. The next couple of verses and the situation described have caused scholars to surmise that this Psalm was not composed by David, but was rather composed around the time of the Babylonian exile. Some even think that it was written by Isaiah.  The idea in this verse seems to me to be similar to that in Rev 14:4 describing the 144 thousand where it says that 'they follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth'. They are ever with their Lord and are there to do his bidding.


Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us:
for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
(Psa 123:3)

Again here, the idea of some great national chastisement is evident in the passage and the Psalmist asks for mercy. This is what God wants us all to do, esquire of him, ask him his opinion. seek his counsel or in this passage ask God for mercy. But he wants us to do this always, not just when we are under the lash of chastisement. As we see the situation was dire for Israel and they were greatly despised, which is an alternative translation of 'exceedingly filled with contempt'. The word contempt is this one.

H937
בּוּז
bûz
booz
From H936; disrespect: - contempt (-uously), despised, shamed.
Total KJV occurrences: 11

This would seem to place this in the exilic period. Here is how John Gill comments.


for we are exceedingly filled with contempt; by reason of meanness in outward circumstances, the common lot of God's people; and therefore are reckoned the faith of the world, and the offscouring of all things: and on account of their religion, which wicked men make a jest of; reckon an engine of state, to keep people in awe of the civil magistrate; or a piece of priestcraft, to serve the lucrative views of a set of men; or as mere cant and enthusiasm, and a gloomy melancholy business, which none but fools will give into; and particularly on account of peculiar doctrines embraced, which are branded as novel, irrational, and licentious; and ordinances, which entirely depend on the sovereign will of the institutor of them. For these things, and the like, contempt was plentifully poured upon them; they had enough of it, and too much, so much that they could not bear it; - John Gill

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease,
 and with the contempt of the proud.
(Psa 123:4)

The key to this passage is that they were being jeered at and mocked. Those who were at ease would mock them as they lived in careless ease. They may have had such a lowly social standing, they were given menial tasks to perform and like during the days of the Nazi's when the Jews would be made a laughing stock and forced scrub sidewalks etc, as a form of degrading entertainment.

This is clearly a Psalm about suffering and being under the Lord's lash. Nevertheless, the Psalmist was not reviling God as Job's wife told Job to do (Job 2:9), but rather humbly sought the Lord in the hour of his trial.

That is what we must do when trials come, humbly go to God and ask him for guidance.



9 Aug

Micah

Chapter 2

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


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

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

This AM I got a really good email from a long time reader I am going to digress here for just a moment so you get a sense as to what is going on in our world. We were talking about China and the soft takeover of our nation that has been underway and is unknown to most Americans please forgive the digression but I think it pertinent

This reality that has revealed itself to me is a scary possibility. I spoke with an African man recently about this matter, and he confirmed to me that the Chinese had purchased vast tracts of land in Africa, nearly as large as nations in some cases. He claimed that while they did pay the locals, they did not hesitate to compel them into their employment. The conditions were deplorable, and the pay was just as close as it could be without being outright slavery/forced labor with no pay.

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

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


But the Lord uttered his voice and let them know that he too was capable of devising trouble on those who practice evil. He pronounced a horrendous judgment on those who did this thing. There would be recompense and what God was planning for them was not something they could shake off.  It was a yoke that they were not going to get out of. As they stretched their neck in arrogance and haughtiness, so now would an unbreakable yoke of  be placed on their necks that would bow it low that they could not escape, for the Lord had spoken it. The Lord via his prophet then pronounces that when these things happen it would be an evil time -  time of humiliation and distress, not pride and arrogance,  two sins which God was clearly going to break.

In that day shall one take up a parable against you,
and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled:
he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me!
turning away he hath divided our fields. Therefore thou shalt have none
 that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

(Mic 2:4-5)


The Prophet tells the people that they will  take up a doleful lamentation. The repetition of the world lament seems to indicated a long and monotonous cry of sorry and regret. Then the lament itself begins - here it is how the ESV translates this brief lamentation.

“We are utterly ruined;
 he changes the portion of my people;
 how he removes it from me!
 To an apostate he allots our fields.”


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

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

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


Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy:
 they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

(Mic 2:6)

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


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

(Mic 2:7-9)

Here the Lord chides his people – They took the name of Israel (Jacob) but they had none of his righteousness. He asks them, 'has the Lord love and compassion really contracted (narrowed)'? Of course not, he makes it plain that God's word is good to those who do good.  Mathew Henry has a slightly different approach to the passage dealing with the idea of straitened.

"Is the Lord's Spirit straitened? In silencing the Lord's prophets you do what you can to silence his Spirit too; but do you think you can do it? Can you make the Spirit of God your prisoner and your servant? Will you prescribe to him what he shall say, and forbid him to say what is displeasing to you? If you silence the prophets, yet cannot the Spirit of the Lord find out other ways to reach your consciences? Can your unbelief frustrate the divine counsels?" (2.) What a scandal it was to their profession as Jews: "You are named the house of Jacob, and this is your honour; but are these his doings? Are these the doings of your father Jacob? Do you herein tread in his steps?

No; if you were indeed his children you would do his works; but now you seek to kill and silence a man that tells you the truth, in God's name; this did not Abraham (John 8:39; John 8:40); this did not Jacob." Or, "Are these God's doings? Are these the doings that will please him? Are these the doings of his people? No, you know they are not, however some may be so strangely blinded and bigoted as to kill God's ministers and think that therein they do him service," John xvi. 2. (3.) Let them consider how unreasonable and absurd the thing was in itself: Do not my words do good to those that walk uprightly? Yes; certainly they do; it is an appeal to the experiences of the generation of the upright: "Call now if there be any of them that will answer you, and to which of the saints will you turn?

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

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

They took away the substance of the ordinary man and in so doing they committed not just robbery, but sacrilege. Here is how Albert Barnes lays out part of this verse.

Instead of the holy home of parental care, the children grew up in want and neglect, away from all the ordinances of God, it may be, in a strange land. “For ever.” They never repented, never made restitution; but so they incurred the special woe of those who ill-used the unprotected, the widow, and the fatherless. The words “forever” anticipate the punishment. The punishment is according to the sin. They never ceased their oppression. They, with the generation who should come after them, should be deprived of God’s “glory,” and cast out of His land forever. - Albert Barnes

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


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

(Mic 2:10-11)

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


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


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

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

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

We will get to chapter three as the Lord permits.


7 Aug

Prophecy And Technology

I apologize for re-posting this. I did this early this year (Feb) and simply forgot I posted this on the public page.

I will leave it here just the same.

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems



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


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


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

Killer Robot Series - HRW

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


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


And the fifth angel sounded,
and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth:
and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit,
 as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of
the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power,
 the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them
that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing,
 neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them,
but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment
was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it;
and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle;
and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were
as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth
were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were
breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of
chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions,
 and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit,
whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue
hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold,
there come two woes more hereafter.
(Rev 9:1-12)




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

4 Aug

Germany Assists Niger Fight Traffickers and Terrorists

This piece from 'The Trumpet' shows us two things. First that Germany is more involved in Africa as she moves to create a new and more independent foreign policy. But it also shows is that Niger is a critical transit point for the human wave of migrants that head to Libya.

“Germany sees itself as a close partner of Niger and the entire
Sahel region in the fight against terrorism,
organized crime and human trafficking,”
- German Defense Minister (as translated from 'The Trumpet'.)

The problems in Niger are particularly severe as slavery is common as is sex trafficking. Wikipedia has an unusually good entry on this here.

Niger is a source, transit, and destination country for children and women subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced labor and forced prostitution. Caste-based slavery practices, rooted in ancestral master-slave relationships, continue primarily in the northern part of the country. Children are trafficked within Niger for forced begging by religious instructors known as marabouts; forced labor in gold mines, agriculture, and stone quarries; as well as for involuntary domestic servitude and forced prostitution.

The ILO estimates at least 10,000 children work in gold mines in Niger, many of whom may be forced to work. Nigerien children, primarily girls, are also subjected to commercial sexual exploitation along the border with Nigeria, particularly in the towns of Birni N’Konni and Zinder along the main highway, and boys are trafficked to Nigeria and Mali for forced begging and manual labor. There were reports Nigerien girls entered into “false marriages” with citizens of Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates: upon arrival in these countries, the girls are often forced into involuntary domestic servitude. Child marriage was a problem, especially in rural areas, and may have contributed to conditions of human trafficking. Niger is a transit country for women and children from Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, and Togo en route to Northern Africa and Western Europe; some may be subjected to forced labor in Niger as domestic servants, forced laborers in mines and on farms, and as mechanics and welders. To a lesser extent, Nigerien women and children are trafficked from Niger to North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe for involuntary domestic servitude and forced commercial sexual exploitation. - Wikipedia


Image Source: Missing Migrants




The migrant crisis is causing a lot of consternation in Europe and Merkel seems, at least until recently to be bound and determined to bring in as many as possible into a Europe that is having significant political and social problems as a result. Eastern EU nations are incensed as she has tried to force these migrants into their countries. But those political problems may very well be part of a long term stratagem to jettison the East from Europe and solidify a new leaner EU only among Northern EU nations. Nordstream may also be part of this as well, as it leaves Germany invulnerable to Eastern Europe's ability to cut the energy flow from Russia to Germany during times of heightened political tension.


Additionally, there is the recent row regarding a German ship carrying migrants that was seized by Italian authorities. You can read the story here. More here.

Now both the German and Italian navies may try and tackle the problem off the Libyan coast. This move could indeed change things. The boat that was picked up has ties to both Clinton And Soros, both of whom have had ties to the American deep state. Soros has been one of the prime movers getting this whole chain of events going and in the beginning of this crisis and has is organizations hand out pamphlets to refugees assisting them in how to 'crash borders' at the beginning. Keep in mind that one of Soros' major Foundations is called the 'Open Society' and advocates a world without borders (globalism).

This is all part of a network of hyper globalists/hyper Islamists in the west who are trying to ensure the Christian foundations of Europe are completely undermined and a new form of government comes into being, that form being fascism. Read your history. Hard line goose stepping, kill the Jews and kill the Christians fascism, this is the goal a determined but powerful few in Europe wish to see. But right now it is imperative that they put on their 'humanitarian face' to bring in the Islamic 'Trojan horse'.

But let me make this clear, I have a heart for these migrants. I certainly do not want to see them harmed and want to see them helped and treated right. God is displeased those who mistreat the stranger and the migrant. So this is not a diatribe against those in genuine need. My point is this. They have 'weaponized' these people and now are using them as cannon fodder in strategic machinations that few understand. This is all part of the new kind of warfare in the 21st Century and demographics and migrants are just as potent a weapon as sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

Merkel, according to leaked transcripts regrets having done what she did with this migrant policy. I was always supportive of immigration, but carefully managed immigration so that social and political stability is maintained as well as making sure that those who come are capable of integrating into EU society and do not try to make the EU look like the countries they just risked their lives escaping from.

But to Christians who live in Europe I exhort you to remember that many of  these people have been traumatized by a long and very dangerous journey and need a little understanding and love, not hate and prejudice.


Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some
 have entertained angels unawares.

 (Hebrews 13:2 [KJVA])



The Apostle John talks a bit about this, though the reference seems to be more about Saints who are strangers (aliens) and may have lost all due to persecution.

Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren,
and to strangers;
 (III John 1:5 [KJVA])


The People's New Testament says this

Thou doest faithfully. In his kindness to brethren and strangers. In those early ages hospitality to the saints sent on evangelistic missions, and especially to persecuted saints driven from home, was a very important duty. - People's Newe Testament.

I also ask EU readers to keep in mind that many Muslims are quietly curious and interested in knowing more about Christianity. The last thing such people need to see is Christians mistreating and hating them.

You are witnesses to the Gospel. Keep that in mind in the way you treat immigrants.


3 Aug

KSA Blocks Fuel Aid In Humanitarian Stricken Yemen

The situation is bleak.




Source of maps, Famine Early Warning System - Report can be downloaded on this link.
1 Aug

Micah


I wrote this back in mid 2015. I will as time permits post this commentary on Micah as the weeks and months pass.

Chapter 1

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

The religious worship was not in keeping with the true God who brought them out of Egypt and gave them the land that they were now defiling. It was in short, a defective and abominable religio-social system overtook the kingdom. As a result of Israel's sin's the whole nation was subverted spiritually. This is when God sent in his prophet. When God sends in a prophet like this, it is not a good sign. It is usually a very bad one. The job of a prophet? Who would want it? It is a tough job. His job is to tell folks what they don't want to hear and have been working pretty hard to ignore. His job is to warn and cajole, sometimes insult and threaten. Not in hatred, but to get people to sit up and take notice of God whom they had deeply offended. When the prophet is sent, God is beyond just 'hurt feelings'; he is determined to act.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1964

היכל

hêykâl

hay-kawl'

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



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


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

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


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



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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

H392
אכזיב

'akzîyb

ak-zeeb'

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

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

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

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

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

I will re-post Chapter two as time and the Lord permits!

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


30 July

Persecution/War On The Saints Watch


Here are some stories of recent persecution against the Saint's of Jesus Christ. Let all who know and love the Lord, pray for our brothers, many of whom are suffering under the strong arm of repressive regimes, terrorists and supposed 'liberators'.

India: Cross Desecrations Continue

World Watch Monitor looks at an ongoing series of crimes against Christians

Laotian Christian Beaten By His Family

This is what happens to those who turn to Christ. To greater or lesser degrees, sooner or later, many family members will turn on you, just like Jesus Christ warned those of us who are truly one of his.
China Organizes Teams To Police Churches
This move is about the separation of education and religion.
Egypt Sets Up Council To Deal With Terror
This article acknowledges that Coptic Christians are usually the target of these attacks. It is not just ISIS, but other groups linked to the ousted President Morsi, who was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and was brought to power on the heels of the 'Arab Spring' Revolt that was strongly both publicly and covertly supported by Barak Obama.
Eritrea: Africa's North Korea
This piece is not Persecution Specific, but shows you many of the problems people in that nation have to deal with. The main thrust here is that people are fleeing the country. This article focuses on the Children. But right now, the Nations Orthodox Leader was stripped of his title and re-arrested and now sits in an Eritrean jail, I hope you get a chance to read that last link, it was written by the former Chairman of the US Human Rights Commission, which is an agency of the federal government.

Earlier this month, 200 Christians were arrested in this African nation.

Church in Zanzibar, Tanzania Shaken as Court Supports Muslims’ Opposition to Building
"A court on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, ruled on Thursday (July 20) that a church cannot continue constructing a worship building it has tried to finish for eight years, sources said.

Hard-line Muslims outside Zanzibar City have been fighting construction of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God building since 2009, having demolished the partially built structure twice before then. They claim the party that sold the property to the church was not the rightful owner." (Morning Star News)
India: Christians Arrested For 'Unlawful Assembly'
In India, there is a deep social disorder called 'Hindu Fundamentalism' that is wrecking havoc.
Tillerson Removes Legal Category 'Genocide' To Describe Genocide Of ISIS Victims (?)
This actually is merely a continuation of the Obama administration's policy of pretending that nothing is happening there. It was common operating procedure for Obama to make sure that persecution continued against Christians. Remember he never once spoke up about it, except very late in his Presidency.  Whereever the CIA's covert operators went to stir up trouble, Christians wound up being the targets. Iraq, Syria, Egypt...

But in semi-defense of the last President, while he was a lame duck, he did approve the expansion of the International Religious Freedom act. He did this naturally, when the Hollywood, the anti-Christ and most importantly HRC who supported/worked with him for years could not retaliate against him.

He had only a few of weeks before he was out of office.

But more recent reports say this genocide row is all overblown. This appears to be established with testimony before the Senate.

Christian-Jewish Group Launches Fundraiser for Persecuted Mideast Christians
Done by the international fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Trump Picks Brownback As Religious Freedom Ambassador
Religious freedom is the first freedom. Gov/Sen. Brownback has a long history of supporting religious liberty.
Chaldean Catholics And Kurds Faced Deportation
These Christians are here in the US and could be killed if they are repatriated. The key here I think is that apparently these are Iraqi's who had a criminal record and were picked up by ICE.

They have been grated a 90 day stay from deportation by a Federal Judge.
The War On Christians
The link above looks at this issue and is from the Washington Times.
Sweden About To Deport Christian Actress Back To Iran
The article notes it can be deadly to convert to Christ in Iran. When she came to Sweden, she requested a public baptism.

Usually, in Sweden, they grant such requests if there is reason to believe there will be persecution due to religious beliefs.
China Shuts Sown Vacation Bible School, Sunday School in E. Zhejiang province.

China Warns 85 Million Party Members: 'Be Firm Atheists'

Christians In Greece Flee Islamic Persecution In Camps
Death threats, beatings as well as not being able to practice their faith. The above link is from the Daily Caller.

27 July

FCC Sued Over FISA Requests On Data Regarding Net Neutrality

ArsTechnica looks at the new issues surrounding the Trump administrations mad dash to re-write the rules that govern the internet.

Do you get the impression that something is not right about Pai, and is contacts with ISP's?

That maybe something unethical, perhaps even criminal is taking place? Public officials tend to hide things when they have something to hide.

Something is amiss in the way this is being handled.

To me this is perfect example of government by bribery. These big ISP's have pumped money into the GOP and now want payback, they want control all of the information flow in the nation.

Brothers, I cannot stress just how much power that is in today's information driven, internet driven society and controlling the data flow in it.

This is no small battle about theoretical cyber rights, but one that could eventually deeply and fundamentally effect how much you pay, what you can see, who you can talk to and who you are allowed to do business with on the internet.

Many of you remember when Netflix was starting to be blocked by ISP's a few years ago. I can remember it well. I would start watching something and then the program would go into 'eternal buffer' mode. I could no longer watch Netflix. Do that across the nation for a few months and you just put them out of business.

That is the future of the internet if they get rid of Neutrality, but it won't just be for NetFlix - YouTube, Google, Yahoo, etc - they will all be deeply effected by an environment where ISP's can pick and choose where you can go on the internet and how much bandwidth they allocate to certain sites and internet protocols.

Could it one day effect who you can talk to with email, chats, or even do your eCommerce with? Could they one day block Amazon, or your favorite news site? The answer to that question is this.

Unless there is a law that specifically prevents such blocking, the answer is yes.

Is there such a law?

Yes.

What is it called?

Net Neutrality.

25 July

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill Seven Christian Men in Eastern Kenya

Militants Go Door to Door and Kill Men for Christian Faith

07/24/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that in early July, al-Shabaab militants led a series of attacks in Kenya's Lamu County. Between July 5 and July 8 2017, militants raided three villages, Pandanguo, Jima, and Poromoko, killing three police officers as well as seven Christian men: Said Mbigo, Matei Mlatia, Peter Mburu, Teresio Munyi, Mwangangi Muneni, Katana Karisa Chai, and Musyoka Maithya.

On July 5, over 200 militants raided Pandanguo village in Lamu County, killing three police officers posted at the Pandanguo police station, looting homes and the local dispensary. On July 8, 15 of the militants returned and attacked the nearby villages of Jima and Poromoko.
According to locals contacted by ICC, the militants went door to door in Jima and Poromoko, killing seven Christian men. Schools in the three villages were closed and Christian families have evacuated to a church in Witu town.
"The attackers have been targeting Christians living in Lamu County especially farmers in the interior areas where small-scale agriculture thrives," Pastor Henry Divayo, head pastor of the church in Witu town, told ICC. "[The militants in Jima] were asking the villagers to produce their identification cards and if you were found to be a Christian you would be shot or slaughtered."
"Victims have been evacuated to camps where food and security is provided by [the] government and the Kenya Red Cross," Divayo said. "We are hosting more than 200 people in our church and we expect the number to increase as more families are evacuated from Boni Forest."
"The government has been in the forefront in giving security to churches but a lot more needs to be done," Divayo continued. "We need more well equipped police officers in churches, schools and hospitals."
Since 2011, Kenya has been aiding the fight against al-Shabaab in Somalia. In retaliation, al-Shabaab and its supporters have targeted Christians across the border in Kenya. On July 5, 2014, al-Shabaab attacked a Hindi village in Lamu which left nine dead. Militants also attacked Garrisa University on April 2, 2015, where 148 Christian students were killed. On June 12, 2016, the Islamic terrorists attacked Mpeketoni, Lamu County, killing 48 who couldn't recite Quaranic verses.
ICC's Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, said, "The Kenyan government must provide safety and stability to all of its people. They must end al-Shabaab's reign of terror that has been thriving on the border with Somalia. We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen such violence towards Christians. We hope that Kenya's government can take effective action to rid Kenya of these terrorist actions." - International Christian Concern


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War, Sanctions Geopolitics and Domestic Watch

This was posted yesterday for insiders. I usually reserve these but today I will pass this on to all.


A sweeping sanctions deal against Russia were in the headlines late last week. The bill is supposed to be about retaliating against Russia for alleged election hacking. As  stated earlier, there is a lot more in play than real, imagined and/or theatrical outrage at this yet to be proven meddling. One of the key issues is energy. Yes, you read that correctly and let no one on the tube fool you. Russia right now is Europe's main energy supplier and with the new Pipeline that is going to be built (NordStream) it will make Europe even more dependent on Russian energy. The US is incensed as it goes contrary to US policy to isolate the Russians. What will the EU do when the bill passes? Who knows.

Russia and the Germans get along pretty well and each are pragmatic enough to realize the mutual benefits of cooperation. So, as the US Congress is set to impose sanctions, Germany has threatened retaliation. The reason the down and dirty? The US wants Europe to become dependent on American energy. This could be accomplished in a few years with the construction of massive LNG terminals and shipping it to Europe. This is something that America really has been trying to achieve for some time and is part of the long range strategy being undertaken by NeoCons and NeoCon-esque policy makers.

Now I will give you my two-cents. The construction of such infrastructure would be very expensive. LNG Terminals cost Billions to build. Who picks up those costs? On what terms? Then there is the simple matter of trust. The EU may have some issues with Russia but you know what? The Russians have been a reliable energy partner and despite all the hate and anger that Europe has been forced to display towards Russia because of American policy, Russia still supplies Europe's energy, regularly and at fair prices. Do the Europeans trust America to do the same? I mean really trust us? Hardly. Look, America will levy sanctions against a nation for spitting in the wrong direction and Europe does not want to be further engaged with the cacophony of confusion and partisan foolishness that has enveloped Washington. Who knows what 'crime' real or imagined that American policy makers will conjure up to hold Europe Hostage to the whims of Neoconservatism? I don't know. They don't know. But I suspect that they are not anxious to find out.

European leaders are smart enough (so far) not to take the bait American policy makers are offering. The Russians have some serious issues, but obsession with sanctions and breaking trust (as Americans are addicted to doing) are not among their faults. LNG terminals cost a lot of money to build and operate. There are other issues with it as well.

This could turn out to be a major game changer for the US if we try and ram sanctions down Europe's throat over NordStream. American behavior is set to destroy what is left of the Transatlantic alliance. We would not stand for someone sanctioning us for trading with Mexico, why should others stand it when we sanction them? It is just this kind of unilateral behavior based on theatrical and hypocritical 'moral' outrage that is turning the world against us. A professional prostitute has no business judging the morals two adolescents kissing on the street corner. That too often is the best description of American moral outrage and sanctions on the global stage. We have to do better and learn to accept that we just no longer have the power or the competence to run our de-facto geopolitical empire.

This sanction issue is one to watch. If the US slaps them on German energy firms expect some serious retaliation. Moreover, as I said, I don't think the Europeans are going to jump out of bed with the Russians who have shown remarkable consistency in energy deliveries in spite of the Ukrainian flare up, in favor of the Americans. That, I don't think is going to happen.

In other Geopolitical news, Iraq has signed a major military cooperation deal with Iran. This is very significant and the article from the Duran is quite good as it points out some key issues. First that Iraq while coming to power on the heels of American interventionism has developed close ties with Iran that now look to be getting closer. Keep in mind that Shi'ites make up a sizable portion of Iraq's citizenship and has Shi'ite milita's in its security force. America has spent a lot of money in Iraq and now she is making friends with Iran.

This may not be good news to the Neoconservatives but my view is somewhat less hostile to Iran. Sure, they have a deep anti-Semitism, but that hatred with Iran is just openly expressed. In much of the Sunni world the hostility is just as present, though carefully suppressed.  This is why I personally don't get as upset with Iran's hostility towards Israel as others do. At least in Iran, Jews can and do live in relative peace and can worship the same way. The same cannot be said for Saudi Arabia, who does not allow Synagogues or Churches in its nation and is best friends with America. Iran, does allow these things, pure and simple. This is one of those little contradictions in US policy that many don't see because they don't want to see. Sure, Iran has some serious human rights issues. But Saudi Arabia more. Sure, Iran has some terrorist support issues, but more so Saudi Arabia. So all of this hypocritical 'huffing and puffing' against Iran by Trump and the Neocons has nothing to do with the issues of values, rights or democracy, of which the Saudi's have very little and Iran has in abundance.

Why is it that whenever there is genuine democracy by non-White nations, America hates it? Syria we have tried to overthrow their democracy and have not been shy about it, Iran, we did that back in the days of the Shah. In Central America we went after those democracies consistency in mid to late 20th centuries and have still be busy with various levels of skullduggery down there.

But the other major story out of Iraq is that they also signed a military arms deal with Russia.

It was reported on July 20 that Russia and Iraq have struck a deal on supplying a large batch of T-90 tanks. Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation, confirmed the agreement but declined to provide details, saying only «the number of tanks is substantial». Russian military analyst Ruslan Pukhov told Russian newspaper Izvestia that the deal might cover deliveries of several hundred T-90 tanks, and that the contract may exceed $1 billion...

...Known for its firepower, enhanced protection and mobility, the T-90 features a smoothbore 2A46M 125mm main gun that can fire both armor-piercing shells and anti-tank missiles and the 1A45T fire-control system. Standard protective measures include sophisticated armor, ensuring all-round protection of the crew and critical systems, including Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armor and active infrared jammers to defend the T-90 from inbound rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and other projectiles. - Strategic Culture

You have to look at this from the other guys point of view, No matter what a nation may or may not do, some lobby in DC will garner enough power to compel our leaders to come and screw your nation up - democracy or no-democracy.  Unless you know how to pay off all the lobbies with considerable campaign donations and other financial gratuities that often skirt the law, you are going to be in a world of hurt when dealing with this once great nation. Americans still have yet to contextualize just what foreigners are getting for their money when they pump all of that money into our election system. This is why the Israeli's and Saudi's have always been so successful and the Chinese have learned this as well. Pay off everyone and you can do whatever you want. This is why often we have so little outrage over what is happening in China with all the arrests of Human Rights lawyers and Christians. They have learned how to work the system and have even gotten top political leaders in America to spy and work for them and no... I am not guessing. Our officials know but often these people are too powerful and politically protected to prosecute. They have to resort to 'other means' to get them out of office or at lest reduce their influence.

Listen, I am trying my best to show you why the nation's foreign policy is in shambles and why we are falling pretty fast from our place at the pinnacle of global political power.

But one thing that can always be counted on to drive American policy is not just bribery donations but also oil and gas interests. While I will not rehash it here, American policy has been set to deliberately keep the price of oil low to deprive nations like Iran and Russia of much needed hard currency revenue into their coffers. It has worked but only to a moderate degree. Moreover the low price of oil has also deeply effected American efforts to extract oil in the form of Shale here in the US. This is one reason why there have been so many financial problems with them. Low oil prices makes the undertaking in many cases, a losing proposition from a purely business perspective when one counts the cost of production, the energy costs to extract (which are very significant), labor and other considerations. My point is not to give you a long dissertation on the Global oil markets but to demonstrate that energy is one of the, if not the most important driver in modern geopolitics (and conflict) today. It was a key issue in the Syrian war (with pipelines being the key issue and who gets to built and profit by them) and it is also in Yemen, whose unique and very important geography is a prize that any major oil producer would want to win. It was also a major issue with the Ukraine, as it is a major transit route of energy to Europe. These are not issues that resonate with the American people so they tell us that it's about restoring 'democracy' right after American officials violently overthrew one. It is these glaring inconsistencies so blatantly displayed on the global stage that is causing America to move into the realm of the most distrusted nation on earth.

India and China are now having a serious border dispute. India and China are both now members of SCO (see earlier post Kings of the East Unite). Know that there is significant tension between India and China that is once again making the news.


US's Take - Doklam standoff: China sends a warning to India over border dispute - LAT/AP

India's Take - No talks on Doklam till Indian troops withdraw, China says ahead of NSA Doval’s visit - Hindustan Times

China's Take - Doklam has always been under China's effective jurisdiction without dispute: FM - Xinhua

What is at stake? Wikipedia has a brief and to the point synopsis.

In June 2017, Doka La became the site of a stand-off between the armed forces of India and China following an attempt by China to extend a road from Yadong further southward on the Doklam plateau. Unlike China and Bhutan, India does not have a claim on Doklam; however, India supports Bhutan's claim on the territory. According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road that previously terminated at Doka La towards the Bhutan Army camp at Zompelri near the Jampheri Ridge two km to the south; that ridge, viewed as the border by China but as wholly within Bhutan by both Bhutan and India, extends eastward approaching India's highly-strategic Siliguri corridor.[14] On 18 June, Indian troops apparently crossed into the territory in dispute between China and Bhutan in an attempt to prevent the road construction.In a 1949 treaty, Bhutan agreed to let India guide its foreign policy and defence affairs. In 2007, the treaty was superseded by a new friendship treaty that replaced the provision that made it mandatory for Bhutan to take India's guidance on foreign policy, providing broader sovereignty to Bhutan and not requiring it to obtain India's permission over arms imports. Article 2 of the 2007 Friendship Treaty signed by India and Bhutan in 2007 states: - Wikipedia
Openstreetmap shows you the region of contention. The truth is this is part of a long running dispute between both powers and is not quite as serious as the headlines make out. Still it demonstrates that all is not well inside SCO and that lingering problems of security and spheres of influence are still very prevalent among and between members. Those of you wanting a more scholarly background paper on the dispute can find a great paper here out of the Australian Military.  Eurasia Review has their analysis of the situation here.

In other news, the Temple Mount as you know, has heated up again (see two previous entries from last week) and it is causing a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Jordan. The NYT has a piece here on the crisis and for those of you looking for info from a Messianic Jewish perspective, can go here and get some good information.

Much of the controversy surrounds Israel's decision to install metal detectors at the Mosque, where (in case the anti-Israeli narrative prevails) Israeli police are there to protect everyone - particularly Muslim visitors. This was hardly an act of oppression, but one that will do much to protect all who come there.

Jordan is upset because someone used a screwdriver to stab an Israeli Embassy Guard who was at his home in Jordan and a diplomatic row is now ongoing. Israel refuses to remove the detectors (This changed today, the 25th). Why? Well, unless you have not been keeping watch, this is the new form of terror that Palestinians are engaging in, usually stabbings. There is deep concern for a wider crisis because of these events as two Arab citizens of Israel shot two Israeli Druze Policemen. How many stabbings?
3 October – Lions' Gate stabbing. A man and others stabbed multiple people in the Jerusalem Old Town, killing 2 and injuring a mother and her toddler. 3 dead (including perpetrator), 2 injured.[70]
4 October – An attack, similar to the Lion's Gate Stabbing on 3 October, took place when an Israeli teenager was stabbed near the Damascus Gate. 1 dead (perpetrator), 1 injured.[71]
7 October – Israeli woman injured and pulled out of her car in a rock-throwing incident and attempted lynching near Jerusalem.
7 October – Israeli civilian injured in stabbing attack in Old City of Jerusalem. Assailant was shot on site.
7 October – IDF soldier injured in stabbing attack in Kiryat Gat in which assailant stole the soldier’s weapon and was shot on site in a civilian’s apartment.
7 October – A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man, after which the man shot the assailant with his personal gun. 2 injured (including perpetrator).[72]
7 October – A Palestinian stabbed an IDF soldier, after which he was shot dead by special forces. 1 dead (perpetrator), 1 injured.[73]
8 October – Four Israeli civilians and an IDF soldier injured in stabbing attack with screwdriver in central Tel Aviv. Assailant shot on site by an officer in the Israel Air Force.
8 October – Israeli man, 25, seriously hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack. The attacker was identified as 19-year-old East Jerusalem resident.[74]
8 October – Israeli civilian injured in stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba. Assailant shot on site.
8 October – Israeli civilian injured in stabbing attack in Afula. Assailant shot on site.
9 October – Four Israeli civilians injured in stabbing attack in Dimona. Assailant apprehended on site.
9 October – Teenage Israeli boy stabbed in Jerusalem. 1 injured.[75]
9 October – Israeli police officer injured in stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba. Assailant shot on site.
10 October – IDF soldier injured by gunshot in Kiryat Arba.
10 October – Israeli civilian lightly injured after rocks thrown at bus in Jerusalem.
10 October – Israeli civilian lightly injured from rock attack on Route 60 to Jerusalem.
10 October – Two Israelis injured in stabbing attack in Jerusalem. Assailant shot by the police. 1 dead (perpetrator), 2 injured.[76]
10 October – Three Israeli police officers injured in stabbing attack in Jerusalem.
11 October – Israeli civilian injured by rock throwing in East Jerusalem.
11 October – Israeli civilian injured by rock throwing near Hebron.
11 October – Police officer injured by detonation of gas canister by female Palestinian driver near Ma’ale Adumim. Assailant apprehended on site.
11 October – Three Israeli civilians and an IDF soldier injured in stabbing attack in Gan Shmuel near Hadera. Assailant rammed his car into a soldier before getting out and going on a stabbing spree. Assailant shot on site.
12 October – Female assailant shot after stabbing a border police officer. 2 injured.[77]
12 October – Two Palestinian youths stabbed 2 Israelis in Pisgat Ze'ev. A 13 year old was seriously injured. While trying to escape, one of the assailants, Ahmed Manasrah aged 13, was lightly wounded, the other shot and killed. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas two days later accused Israel of the "execution of our children in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasrah and other children in Jerusalem and other places."[78] 3 injured, 1 dead.[79]
12 October – Palestinian man stabbed an IDF soldier on a bus after which he was shot dead by police. 1 dead (perpetrator), 1 injured.[80]
13 October – Israeli civilian injured by rock throwing near Hebron.
13 October – Israeli civilian injured in stabbing attack in Ra’anana. Assailant apprehended on site.
13 October – In shooting and stabbing attack on a bus in Jerusalem, 3 Israelis were killed and 16 others were wounded. The two assailants were shot dead.[81]
13 October – Minutes after the bus attack, a man drove his car into a bus stop, killing a rabbi and injuring 2 others before being shot and killed. 2 dead, 2 injured.[82]
13 October – In a second stabbing attack in Ra'anana, 4 Israeli were injured.[83] - More stabbings can be found here.
These are events are not covered by many news organizations and bloggers as it does not feed into the anti-Israeli hate so prevalent today.

In the Gulf dispute, Qatar has called for negotiations to ease the boycott. The good news is that the Regional powers have somewhat reduced demands on Qatar. How this all pans out is anyone's guess, but one of the key issues with Qatar is Iran. Qatar has a very pragmatic relationship with Iran, the other nations don't and moreover, like the US, they don't want one. They will not be happy until the whole nation has been conquered by the US and her allies and Sunni Islam (rather than Shia) is the dominant religion and the Exxon and ARAMCO flag flies over the oil fields.

Terrorism? This is the buzzword  being used but no one who knows anything can really take Saudi Arabia's new found anti-terrorism with any degree of seriousness. The Kingdom has funded too many Jihadists in the past for that to carry any weight. But that narrative does play well with with some. But Qatar is very tolerant of many diverse terror groups who can come there and meet and do business. The Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood, Palestinian fighters, they all come to congregate here. For those of you wanting some background can
go here.

This frankly is in the view of many, much too much tolerance.

Back here at home, the madness continues unabated. Did you know a 'fake cop' got over a million dollar's worth of US military grade hardware? This is one you have got to read. The GAO, an agency one would not think of conducting a 'sting' operation did this.

GAO created a fictitious federal agency to conduct independent testing of the LESO program's internal controls and DLA's transfer of controlled property to law enforcement agencies.

Through the testing, GAO gained access to the LESO program and obtained over 100 controlled items with an estimated value of $1.2 million, including night-vision goggles, simulated rifles, and simulated pipe bombs, which could be potentially lethal items if modified with commercially available items (see photos). GAO's testing identified that DLA has deficiencies in the processes for verification and approval of federal law enforcement agency applications and in the transfer of controlled property, such as DLA personnel not routinely requesting and verifying identification of individuals picking up controlled property or verifying the quantity of approved items prior to transfer. Further, GAO found that DLA has not conducted a fraud risk assessment on the LESO program, including the application process. Without strengthening DLA and LESO program internal controls over the approval and transfer of controlled property to law enforcement agencies, such as reviewing and revising policy or procedures for verifying and approving federal agency applications and enrollment, DLA lacks reasonable assurance that it has the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to potential fraud and minimize associated security risks. - GAO



The long and short of it is this - no one really checked on who was getting these weapons.

The most excellent Marshall Project has their take here.

“They never did any verification, like visit our ‘location,’ and most of it was by email,” said Zina Merritt, director of the GAO’s defense capabilities and management team, which ran the operation. “It was like getting stuff off of eBay.”

In its response to the sting, the Defense Department promised to tighten its verification procedures, including trying to visit the location of law enforcement agencies that apply and making sure agents picking up supplies have valid identification, the GAO report said. The department also promised to do an internal fraud assessment by April 2018.

A Defense Department spokesman declined to comment further.

The sting operation has its roots in the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. At the time, many were surprised to see law enforcement respond to protests with armored trucks, sniper rifles, tear-gas bombs and other weapons of war.  - The Marshall Project

Are you shocked? I'm not. Not even a little bit.

Then there is the Trump saga. Will they get him? Will they one day impeach him? That is a hard one to answer as they have him on the ropes and key elements with the establishment of both parties are determined to remove him. We must never forget that the GOP was loath to accept him right up to the convention and if they could have kept their voter base, they would have denied him the nomination. Right now, I think that many in the Republican party are working hard to slowly detach Trump from that base so that removing him will not cost them much in Congressional elections. This is key, they won't move until his base has turned on him. In the meantime, they will use Muller, who is acting as establishment 'hatchet man' to probe for weak points and try and get a legal case to remove him from office.

Now mind you, I never thought Trump was Presidential material and said so long before the election. I think he has shown himself to be his own man and for good or ill, that is what he will remain. But I think that many within the GOP are woefully underestimating just how damaging they are being not just to their own party but the nation as well. They have hacked away at the Presidency in such a way that now, it will be much harder for anyone to govern. The 24-7 non-stop hate-a-thon at President (lets not forget that word) Trump on the news is something that I have never seen before. What happens when the Democrats get power? They are likely to pull the same mess on them. The respect for the office and even our form of government are at stake at the way we treat this President, whom for disclosures sake I must say I did not vote for.

It is my hope that we are able to get past the vicious partisanship and this witch hunt (that really is what this is) about Trump and Russia. There is a plethora of far worse and in your face collusion with foreign governments and yes spies by many of his worse detractors with Russia, China and various terrorists the world over by powerful political names in DC.  After all these investigations they still have not found much of note and even if they find that his cohorts talked to Russia, so what? What candidate, Senator or even Supreme Court Justice doesn't meet and talk to foreign dignitaries and others on a semi-regular basis? They do, but if the Trump team does it, the Media and the 'Grand Inquisitors' in the Senate are ready to break out the torches, rope and stake and burn this administration at the stake.

I don't think people really understand just what is going on. I do not see Mueller as some a good guy and again he appears to be acting as a hatchet man for key elements within the DC deep state. I admit, I could be wrong, but given the whole poisonous political environment these days, that is how things appear to be stacking up. He will gather all the info he can, and when his handlers give him the go ahead, they will lower the boom on the President.

So will they get him? I would give it a 50-50 chance. If Trump becomes a puppet President and ties ropes and chains to his arms and legs and dances to the deep state's tune, they will probably let him stay. If not, he may go.

But the DC establishment needs to get real about two major things before they decide to take the 'nuclear option' and impeach him. First is this. Americans who voted for Trump knew exactly what they were voting for. This is a guy who has been in the news for decades and had his own very popular TV show. Mr. Trump has never been shy about who he was or what he represented. It was all out there for any conscious or even semi-conscious person to see. So the establishment may not like him but those Americans who voted for him did so, so that he would shake up that establishment and that he has been trying to do.


Don't Drink and Tweet!


But the President has not done himself any favors. Many think he just is not competent for that job. His Midnight tweets which are often scathing and rather un-Presidential and only add fuel to the fire. His staff or Melania, need to hide his cellphone before he pops open that bottle of scotch and starts to channel surf Cable News at midnight. Mind you, I don't know that is what is happening, but given some of the things he has tweeted, it would follow. But again his spats with his AG and now with rumors of Tillerson thinking of bolting.... this does not bode well. Trump's administration has been marked by acrimony, chaos and contradictions. What I think is rather sad is he does not seem to be getting help from those in his party. Or maybe they try and he doesn't listen; or perhaps a bit of both.

I think what many on the left and in the hate Trump crowd have forgotten is just how hard it will be for future Presidents to govern if any past dealings they have had can be blown out of all proportion and then hound him to death about what appears at this time to be mostly minutiae. Moreover, I think that these men and women who run our government need to understand that Trump is a person with his own personality. He has a competitive and even combative personality, no use mincing words. So why aggravate him? If you want to do what is best for the nation, negotiation and conciliation are the watchwords.

My own purely personal take on all of this runs so. I did not want to see Trump as President. I did not want to see Hillary as President. I don't like the 'tone' of this White House, its feel and its personality. But Trump's appeal is not to middle aged free-thinking Black Men (like me) but to working or used to be working White ones. He has appeal to them and still has healthy support in this group. Those who remove him or are seen as supporting or orchestrating his downfall can forget about capturing that voter class for the foreseeable future, and that includes Congressional mid-terms.

Second is this. One reason why Barak Obama won in 2008 was because he was viewed as an outsider and ran against the 'establishment'. It was mostly a head fake with Obama, but he knew what the people wanted, told them what they wanted to hear and got elected. Trump also ran as an outsider but is doing what he can to actually bring in change (not a head fake) and that is why he is having so many troubles.

My point is this - The American people, left and right are ripe for change. They want it and got it in 2016. Regardless of if they remove Trump or not, outsiders from now on will be far more likely to gain the White House. Those who can bring in change to a government that most American see as no longer serving their interests and can garner the money needed to win can now get in. Trump proved that and that is why there is such rage against him. He was not 'anointed' by the establishment and deep state, which is how these things are usually done. Two candidates who get that anointing and then are 'allowed' to be nominated by their parties. This way, President's don't rock the boat, the corrupt rackets don't get touched (and there are many) and everyone in DC goes home a little richer and everyone on mainstreet goes home a little poorer. This was how things have been done for decades.

But that may be changing that is why if they remove Trump, the people are still likely to put in another outsider. They key for the establishment is to make sure they put another 'head faker' in their and not a real agent for change.

So I don't know if they will remove Trump. Perhaps not, but that does not mean they will not take extreme measures to neutralize him and this constant hounding of him I think is one of those methods they are using to get control of him.

So far his response has been 'the bird' to his enemies.

We will have to see how this all pans out.

I ask you all to keep President Trump, Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader, McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Schumer as well as the members of the Supreme Court and others of those in the government in your sincere prayers. They need them - all of them, from the left to the right.

This is a difficult time for the nation and tough choices will be soon forced upon our leaders.


24 July

Haggai: Prophet Of the Temple

I wrote this back in 2014. I hope you find it edifying.

-MSW


Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, even unto them. Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

(Ezr 5:1-2)


The book of Haggai is a very short book, but not one without some very important spiritual teachings and prophetic relevance. As you may have noted, this above verse is not actually from the Book Of Haggai, but rather is from the book of Ezra. The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi; these books are all interrelated in that they all deal with the return of Israel after that Babylonian Captivity and the rebuilding of the second temple. The work did not go smoothly at first. There were many problems, not least of which was the displeasure at the Viceroy, Tatnai had at the ongoing work at rebuilding the Temple. Now one thing I like about the prophets of these particular times, is that they were not just telling the people what they should do, they were doing it themselves! Yes, this passage clearly indicates that the prophets were not just out there with long robes, a staff and a 'Thus saith the Lord...”, but they also rolled up their sleeves, got a wheelbarrow and a shovel and got busy!

The Governor wanted the work stopped, but God had other plans.

Haggai is basically a book that contains a few of the words of just one of the prophets who were busy in this period of Israel's return. What Haggai says to the people who have returned is that while they have built their homes, and were living well, yet the House of the Lord had not be rebuilt.


Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built. Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.

(Hag 1:2-12)


Clearly this was a situation that God was not pleased with. They were living well, but had forgotten the central part of Israel's existence, the God who brought them not only out of Egypt, but also out of Babylon. The Lord was displeased and was showing the people this divine displeasure in their increase, or lack thereof - or as we would put it today their deteriorating economic and financial situation.


This is one of the ways God deals with his people when they don't do right. He knows how to get people's attention. Here he merely 'blew on their money'.


Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
- Hagga1 1:9


They gathered a hundred bucks but by the time they got it home it was less than $80, when they woke up the following morning, they were closer to $70. So it is when we do not give back to God, not just in our money, but in whatever service God is calling us to. We disobey and we get into big trouble. Let us consider what happened to Jonah when it did not do his job. God had withheld the the rain and clearly there was trouble on the agricultural front as well.


And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
(Hag 1:11, KJV)


God was letting his people know that they had a responsibility not just to themselves, but to him. They apparently had forgotten that responsibility. This is not an unfamiliar them in scripture. It's a familiar and one on the surface that may not seem like a really big deal, but it is. Because once we forget the rock on which our faith (or in Israel, the nation) was founded and built, then comes sin and later apostasy. So the prophets exhortation was really one that says to Israel, I brought you back from Babylon, let's get started on the right foot here!. Let's not go back to the things that caused you to go into exile in the first place. In short, this was a warning against lukewarmness and giving too much attention to the pleasures and comforts of this life and not remember one's honorable service to the Lord. The first part of Haggai was a word of rebuke for the recent returnee's.

Later, Haggai changes his tone from one of rebuke to one of encouragement. Let me let you in on a big secret here. A prophet's main job is to expound a special message to a certain group of people that they are not hearing by other means. Usually if God has to send a prophet, there has been some area in their lives or corporate body that is amiss and has been pointed out and yet been uncorrected. The prophets job is to bring correction via words and yes, often with threats if there is no repentance. But it is not the prophet who is threatening, it is God who is using the prophet to threaten them with.

Many (MANY) have called me a prophet. I reject that label in the Old Testament sense, but accept in the New for in it we find that all of those who bear the witness and true testimony of the risen Christ has the spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10). I know that there is the office of the prophet in the NT and I also know that any true prophet of God who came into the Churches today would be cast out as a heretic in congregation and congregation across America. Why? Prophets usually teach back to basic messages. All of the old prophets in Israel, they were preaching a message that was very basic - stop sinning, return to God, or face his wrath. Do good, cease doing evil, Honor God, stop worshiping false Gods, remember who brought you out of Egypt. From Elijah to Zechariah, their messages can be boiled down to these basic themes.

Haggai was preaching a back to basics message. He was telling the people that they needed to get back to the old ways, get your temple built and honor God. That was the route to blessings.

I once knew someone who wanted it all. They Had a business but you know what. He had forsaken the Lord. He had turned on God like a rabid animal. I can remember trying to pray for this person and the Holy Ghost... it was so strange, it was almost like he did not want me praying for him! I reached out my hand to put it on his shoulder it I knew that God was NOT with this person any more. Only later could I see how far this person departed from God. Last I heard is business was in trouble. But I have really not bothered to inquire. There is one category of people I really will have nothing to do with and that is hardened apostates. The occasional backslider, especially youthful one is one thing, an older person who turns on God is almost always a hopeless case. I fear for those around this person because I see dark spirits already beginning to hover around him and this person has some deeper integrity issues that have always plagued their character. But you know what I suspect. I suspect that this person had put his businessman 'front' as the most important thing in his life. To be known as a successful business person was far more important than God. More importantly, I think he felt that the moral precepts that God laid down was 'holding him back' from that success. I am fairly certain this person was so desperate for revenue that he was willing to bend or even break the law to get it and thus the slide begins right back into the spiritual mire. My point is a simple one. He left the first things, and went aside after the gods of money, commerce and materialism and erred greatly.


What is my point on this aside? That you had better not go back or even become lukewarm!! That when God calls you to redirect your lives towards him and his work - do it. Stop making excuses and do it. Here in Haggai, that work was building the Temple. Has God called you to do something? For me it was to warn and write. That is the job has called me to do. I am in some ways like the description that was given to Enoch in the very book of that name. No, it is not in scripture, though Enoch was very special to God and the book I am talking about was quoted from in the Bible as being the word of the Lord (Jude 14). According to the book of Enoch (none of you have to accept what is said here in blue) he had a horrible task to perform in the days just before the Flood.


Enoch the scribe- and said to me: 'Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves wives: "Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children, The murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain." - (1Enoch 12:4ff)

But that is the way I see this ministry – I am a Christian writer or a scribe of righteousness. Yes, I am a watchman and on rare instances God has a prophetic utterance for me go give out. But they are harsh words and I often kick against the goads when I am commanded to set it down.

I never asked for for this job, but here I am. I know that I must do this job or I will go into chastisement. I have been to the city of chastisement and have no desire to revisit that municipality. It was a painful stay and as I left it, I saw a sign in the rear view mirror, that said, “don't come back or there is more in store”. I have not always been as diligent with roadsigns as I should be, especially the ones with the speed posted, but this is one sign I am going to go out of my way to obey. I am not going back!


Has God called you to do something? Has he called you to be a prayer warrior? Has he called you to teach kids in Sunday School? Has he called you to help out at the local Homeless shelter run by Christians? Has he called you to preach, teach or otherwise minister in the congregation? Has he given you an abundance of wealth that can be given to Christian aid organizations and ministries or help the persecuted and needy part of the Body of Christ? My question to you is, how long will you delay doing what you were called to do. How long before you actually do what God has told you to do? What is it going to take to get you moving? How long will you posses and act upon those misguided priorities and get down to the task God has called you to do? If there is any practical and everyday message that can be found in Haggai, that is it.


So what follows in Haggai is the positive message. God is with you! Get to work, God will bless you and your work once you get moving in the direction God wants you to go.


Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD. Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.
(
Hag 1:12-15, KJV)


So Haggai's word was one not just of rebuke but one of encouragement as well. This is one way you brothers can tell a true prophet from a false one. A false one is usually just doom and gloom. He never tells people what they must do to get things right, or if he does, it is not based on Christ and God''s holy way. He may be preaching a GOP gospel or a Democrat gospel or an Intelligence Community Gospel (paid for by the ones running coke into your neighborhoods, and arming terrorists in Iraq), but it is not one that is given by the Holy Spirit. Believe me the number of pastors and prophets out there taking money from these elements is very high, and not just American intelligence either!!. Most do not fully understand where the money is coming from. But simply put they have another Lord and master, and it ain't Jesus.

Haggai was telling people not what he wanted them to hear, but what God wanted to tell them and it was only by such a message can the Spirit of the Lord rouse another to do God's holy will. This is what happened with the Preaching of Haggai.


Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD. Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.
(Hag 1:12-15, KJV)


Haggai offered not just threats and fear, but also words of comfort and encouragement, he told God's servants that the Lord was with them and they began to work on the Temple.

The personage of Zerubbabel is an important one and one that I think I should cover briefly. His office was that of a Persian Governor. While it was true that the Jews had returned to their homeland, it was also true that they were still pretty much under Persian Domination. While he is refereed to as the Son of Sheatleil, he appears to be the son of Pedaiah and had by virtue of his lineage had claim to the throne through David. He was never on the Throne and only served as a mere functionary (Viceroy) of the Persian King here.

His ascendancy may have been as a result of revolts that had taken place and his ability to build the temple may have sprung from the desire for Persia to have peace in the province. The king probably realized it was easier and cheaper to let them build the Temple that it was to send troops.

His place in the beginnings of Post Exilic Israel is very important and should not be underestimated. He is mentioned here, Ezra and most notably in Zechariah. Zerubabbels lineage is believe it or not, more than just a little academic as it goes to a key prophecy of Jeremiah and also to the Messianic Bloodline.

The key here I think is express in a scholarly fashion by my favorite commentary (K & D). Here is what they say, it is a little complicated but you may find it of interest.

Zerubbabel (lxx Ζοροβάβελ) was the son of Shealtiël. שׁאלתּיאל is written in the same way in Hag 2:23; 1Ch 3:17; Ezr 3:2, and Neh 12:1; whereas in Neh 12:12 and Neh 12:14, and Hag 2:2, it is contracted into שׁלתּיאל. She'altı̄'ēl, i.e., the prayer of God, or one asked of God in prayer, was, according to 1Ch 3:17, if we take 'assı̄r as an appellative, a son of Jeconiah (Jehoiachin), or, if we take 'assı̄r as a proper name, a son of Assir the son of Jeconiah, and therefore a grandson of Jehoiachin. But, according to 1Ch 3:19, Zerubbabel was a son of Pedaiah, a brother of Shealtiel. And lastly, according to the genealogy in Luk 3:27, Shealtiel was not a son of either Assir or Jeconiah, but of Neri, a descendant of David through his son Nathan. These three divergent accounts, according to which Zerubbabel was (1) a son of Shealtiël, (2) a son of Pedaiah, the brother of Shealtiël, and a grandson of Assir or Jeconiah, (3) a son of Shealtiël and grandson of Neri, may be brought into harmony by means of the following combinations, if we bear in mind the prophecy of Jeremiah (Jer 32:30), that Jeconiah would be childless, and not be blessed with having one of his seed sitting upon the throne of David and ruling over Judah. Since this prophecy of Jeremiah was fulfilled, according to the genealogical table given by Luke, inasmuch as Shealtiël's father there is not Assir or Jeconiah, a descendant of David in the line of Solomon, but Neri, a descendant of David's son Nathan, it follows that neither of the sons of Jeconiah mentioned in 1Ch 3:17-18 (Zedekiah and Assir) had a son, but that the latter had only a daughter, who married a man of the family of her father's tribe, according to the law of the heiresses, Num 27:8; Num 36:8-9 - namely Neri, who belonged to the tribe of Judah and family of David. From this marriage sprang Shealtiël, Malkiram, Pedaiah, and others. The eldest of these took possession of the property of his maternal grandfather, and was regarded in law as his (legitimate) son. Hence he is described in 1Ch 3:17 as the son of Assir the son of Jeconiah, whereas in Luke he is described, according to his lineal descent, as the son of Neri. But Shealtiël also appears to have died without posterity, and simply to have left a widow, which necessitated a Levirate marriage on the part of one of the brothers (Deu 25:5-10; Mat 22:24-28). Shealtiël's second brother Pedaiah appears to have performed his duty, and to have begotten Zerubbabel and Shimei by this sister-in-law (1Ch 3:19), the former of whom, Zerubbabel, was entered in the family register of the deceased uncle Shealtiël, passing as his (lawful) son and heir, and continuing his family. Koehler holds essentially the same views (see his comm. on Hag 2:23). - (K & D Commentary on Haggai 1:1)

The prophet continues his words of encouragement to Zerubabbel and to Joshua, the high Priest. He tells Zerubbabel to be strong. Though the current temple was as nothing compared to the one Solomon Built, it would be even better one day, this was the promise. It may have started off as small as a country Chapel in Haggai's day, but it would indeed become a major architectural achievement through the years. They key here was that for these promises to be fulfilled, the people had to do two main things - they had to believe and obey God (faith) and they had to put their backs into it.

Brothers, nothing gets under my skin more than American Christians who sit back and expect everything to be delivered to them free of charge, free of work free of effort and without any interaction on their part The couch potato Christian is something I frankly cannot abide. The constant stream and litany of excuses that tends to permeate Western Christianity. Yes by that I mean that when it comes time for them to actually do something than sit up in Church on Sunday, they got a whole book of excuses to read from. 'I don't have time' or 'I am too busy' or “my wife and I are saving up for a trip to the Tahiti, we cannot afford to help the poor right now... or ever” or 'how dare you pass judgment on me!, or 'we are saved by grace, I need not do anything' or 'that is the pastors job'... The constant stream of excuses. The scriptures say that ye shall know them by their fruits. Well, me... I think you can also know them by their excuses too!!


Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built.
(Hag 1:2, KJV)

The Israelites had their excuses too. Had it not been for the prophecies of Haggai, Zechariah and the lot, the building of the Temple would have been consigned to the year never-ever BC.


The final part of the book deal with a look towards the day of the Lord, when the Lord will shake all things. Then he tells the people the things that are hindering their work. These are the things that defile. Defilement is a concept that is not often talked about today in our Churches with such an over emphasis on Grace. But defilement was something that prevents communion with God; it prevented sacrifices from being accepted and God is letting the people know that slovenly and slack work and an inattention to key details.


Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean. Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.
(Hag 2:13-14, KJV)


Then the Lord makes a special promise to Zerubbael, one with clear messianic overtones.


And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying, Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.
(Hag 2:20-23, KJV)


The Lord is making him know that in the great day of the Lord, Zerubbabel will be greatly honored and made a signet ring. This probably is referencing the fact that the Messianic line was transferred to him (Mat 1:12; Luk 3:27) after the curse fell upon Jeconiah. In fact, this careful use of the word signet here is significant in that this was the exact expression used by Jeremiah when he spoke against Jechoniah (Jeremiah 22:24ff), which removed that bloodline from Messianic consideration.

In closing let us consider this about Haggai. Unlike Jeremiah or Ezekiel, Haggai's message was more one of encouragement. All of the threatenings and warnings that Jeremiah and Ezekiel had spoken of had already come to pass. God was not about kicking his people when they were down. But he was also not about letting them go on with a pity-party and a list of excuses for not doing what they were supposed to be doing.


Brothers and sisters, has God called you to do something?


Stop making excuses (Moses was expert at that one!)


Stop questioning God's wisdom in choosing you for your task.


Roll up your sleeves


And get to work!!



Brother Mark
Oct 2014

22 July


They Won't Be Back


Thanks to the reader who sent me the interesting mp3 file. I appreciate it. It was a song about the Prayer of Daniel that I talked about here a few days ago. It was a nice song. If you all remember this reader asked for prayer for someone because he apparently has forsaken his Christian friends and as the reader surmised many have fallen in with some kind of cult.

This is a hard, hard lesson but all of is need to learn it and not let the realities of Christian living get us down. One of those realities is that...

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray
one another, and shall hate one another.
 - Matthew 24:10

I hate to break this to you, but in these times, the closer we come to the rise of the man of sin, the beast system's final form and the coming of Christ, falling away will be a very, very common thing. Many will fall away, not a few. This will be particularly true when persecution comes and comes hard. That will be the real test for western Christians. What are you really going to do when your walk with Christ costs... I mean really costs?

I know this is a theme I have talked about a few times before but it bears serious repeating. Those who come to know Christ and willfully and knowingly turn on the cross of Christ are in a very serious spiritual condition. In many cases, the simple fact is, they can never come back. Some of you think I am hard on this issue. No brothers, God is most merciful but at the same time our Lord, through his Apostles made some things very clear.

 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves
 the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
(Hebrews 6:4-6 [KJVA])

Now to you the reader who asked for prayer, it is not my place to say if your former friend has placed himself into this category or not. I do not know. What I know is that there is a form of apostasy that precludes any future offer of salvation. In other words, you can't come back. Why is this?

I do not know for certain, but part of the reason is stated in the above passage. They brought great shame to the gospel by their apostasy. The other reason I think has to do with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is a rather sensitive issue with the Lord. Its person and work are not to be taken lightly. Let us remember that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin (Mark 3:29). Also remember that its work is essential in the work of salvation. If God's spirit will not draw that person to Christ (or back to Christ) then the path to salvation is blocked. Keep in mind what Jesus said. 
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
 (John 6:44 [KJVA])

A person must be drawn and if the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration (Titus 3:5) is no longer possible, that person is in extreme spiritual danger. When a person shows spite to the Holy Spirit, and turns away from the path of salvation there is frankly little if any hope for them.

 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,
who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant,
wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite
unto the Spirit of grace?
(Hebrews 10:28-29 [KJVA])

I don't say these things to depress you or say that there is absolutely no hope for your friend, but to say that in our times, you had best get used to seeing this kind of thing... a lot. Our main task is two fold. First to make sure we are not like Lot's wife, looking back on spiritual Sodom or in the case of the Children of Israel, Egypt.

Looking back is bad enough, but going back is clearly forbidden and for many, that trip is one way, you won't be back even if you wanted to, not without the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Second, I would exhort you to not be too full of sorrow and pity for such. They made their choice - to turn on the Lord. You must make yours, to stay with him even if all others forsake him. That is your job. Remember how Samuel was distressed over Saul and his apostasy? He was deeply grieved. But did the Lord join in Samuel's 'pity party'? No. He rebuked Samuel who had work to do and is excessive whining over Saul may have been effecting his work as a prophet and was nothing more than criticism of the Lord and his sovereign decision.

And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul,
seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go,
I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
 (I Samuel 16:1 [KJVA])


The Lord chided Samuel and for good reason. Why was he whining about this reprobate king who in the very next verse Samuel is concerned that he may kill him? Who knows, but for a long time Saul and Samuel were pretty close. It was hard for Samuel to see Saul go down the path he had taken. But Samuel knew his duty. He was a prophet of the Lord and his representative and he had to do as the Lord bid. The first thing was to dry his tears for Saul and the second, to go and anoint a new King.

There comes a time when we have to let go of relationships and old friends sometimes change and change for the worse. God does not want us to be friends with liars, murderers, traitors and thieves and when people start to go down that road, we need to move away and stay away.

So to the reader who lives overseas and is concerned about this old friend. Don't spend too much time weeping over him. What should you do instead?


And he said to them all, If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow me.
 (Luke 9:23 [KJVA])


DOJ Renews, Expands Civil Asset Forfeiture

Yes, its true and he is catching you know what from both sides of the aisle on the changes. I think you all are familiar with the program so I will not belabor it here. The key here is the program is back. The CNN Story is linked above.

I will post the actual DOJ Memo and make more comment below it.




You can download it here.

Sessions clearly is not totally insensitive to the problems in the past, with innocent people having their stuff stolen buy the Feds and not being able to get it back. What they had before was little more than a rip-off racket. Wanna rob your fellow Americans? Get a badge and a Warrant!

Well, I don't want to make light of this. Anyone who had their stuff stolen who was innocent of any crime will tell you this just isn't right and the abuses were common. The biggest problem was there were no checks and balances and they made it nearly impossible for the ordinary guy to challenge the seizure. How are you going to challenge it when they took your money? 

But while I will not defend the re-institution of this policy, I will say this. America is in the midst of a gripping opiod epidemic. It is killing many Americans; young and old, Black and White. Fighting the organized crime rackets who are running this dope in the nation is not going to be easy and LE needs tools to deal with this.

If I have a major issue with this it is with Sessions whom many see as a closet racist. Given the GOP's propensity to go after the Brothers and Latino's, it would not surprise me to see him use these tools in the Ghetto's and Barrio's and not use them in Bel Air and Wall Street, where the rich and the White also get their kicks from the drug.

Will these tools be used to go after the major rackets or just to harass  and imprison those the GOP thinks are 'undesirables'?

That is the question.

But according to the memo and the press release, new procedures have been put in place that should help to reduce significantly the kinds of abuses we have seen in the past.  I will cut and paste Mr. Sessions comments at the Press Conference.

“Under today’s guidance, the federal government will not adopt seized property unless the state or local agency involved provides information demonstrating that the seizure was justified by probable cause. We will accomplish this through a new adoption form that state and local law enforcement must fill out before we will agree to adopt any property, which will include the necessary information to allow Department lawyers to carefully review and determine whether adoption is proper. Further, law enforcement agencies who wish to participate in the Department’s Equitable Sharing Program now must now provide their officers with enhanced training on asset forfeiture laws.

“The Department will adopt smaller seizures of cash—between $5,000 and $10,000—only if there exists some level of criminality or with the express concurrence of the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“When I was in the Senate, I worked with Senator Schumer to make modifications to the civil asset forfeiture program. We required probable cause for the seizure of property. And we raised the burden on the government, who has the initial burden in all of these cases, to the same preponderance of the evidence standard used in all civil cases. In addition, if the government lost the case, then the government pays attorneys’ fees. I believe those were good reforms that strengthened the program.
“Further, to better protect claimants, the Department will expedite the review of civil asset forfeiture cases. State and local law enforcement agencies requesting federal adoption must do so within 15 calendar days following the date of seizure. The adopting federal agency must then send notice to interested parties within 45 days of the date of seizure. This is twice as fast of a review as is required by statute. This streamlined process will ensure that people receive speedy resolutions of their cases, and that rightful owners will get their property back as soon as possible.

“In addition to these safeguards on federal adoptions, I am asking Department attorneys to proceed with an abundance of caution when handling all forfeitures involving vehicles and especially residences. I think that Department attorneys should think hard before they agree to forfeit these types of property, or waive any asset thresholds associated with them. Just like with cash seizures, if we operate this program in a careful and responsible way, something I believe the American people expect and deserve with a program such as this, the Department’s federal asset forfeiture program will be an effective tool, while at the same time protecting the rights of property owners. - DOJ

Why did the feds announce this now? I cannot read minds but this may have had something to do with it.

FBI Profiler Gets Innocent Man Sent To Jail

The LAT goes a story on an incident where the testimony of one of the FBI's profilers sent someone innocent to jail.

Profiling may at times have its uses. But I see too many parallels with the Third Reich for me to be comfortable with. The Nazi's had racial profiling as well. They really thought all Jews were criminally inclined and had Nazi 'science' to back it all up.

Look, rather than me giving you some scholarly link, here are just some pictures and cartoons from those days in the racist Reich.

Today, new sentencing software that no one is allowed to see (including the Judges) use profiling to give sentences to defendants at trial.

The Reich is here. They just have not fired up the gas chambers and ovens yet. But ovens may not be so far off as you might think. Today, what the Nazi's accomplished by deliberate policy the Americans can accomplish by meticulously coordinated 'mistakes' and 'oversights' that no one ever gets around to fixing. They will 'slip and fall' and gas a few million people and call it bureaucratic bumbling. 'We have no idea how all that poison gas got into the air conditioning system in the part of the jail that house Black inmates. We are looking into it', they will assure us on camera and go out and buy more poison gas when no one is looking. Why? There is no punishment for 'mistakes' only deliberate murder even then it depends on ones 'racial profile'.

Mark my words.

They know most people will flip the channel and finish watching HBO when the story gets told on the news. 

The American people for the most part are ripe for another holocaust. They have the same arrogance and ignorance that is reinforced by 24-7 state run (in America corporate-state run) propaganda (media) that the Nazi's had. Too many have the same don't give a sh-t attitude at atrocities being committed on others as the average German had during the days of the Third Reich.

People today, I am not sure there will be more people decrying such a turn of events or trying to find out which company got the contract for the poison gas so they can ride the stocks rising value.

Sound too cynical for you?

Live a little longer.

Things have gone on that have never it the web and probably never will, if some folks get their way.

You'll, see.



20 July

US Aid Budget Moves Forward, But Dems To Fight Cuts

Devex looks at the Trump/GOP foreign aid budget cuts and the politics behind the cuts (above link). I think this is a good place to start on today's, news update. Foreign aid is more and more out with the US under Trump. What is in? Military spending and that is often done as a counter to threats that the US sees are growing around the world. I think I posted this once already, but I will re-post it here. Global Military Spending Trends for 2016. I can't post any charts as they are copyright, but do check it out, if for no other reason than to  get a feel for where our world is heading on this front. the instruments of peace are being gutted (aid) and the instruments of war are being sharpened.

One issue is China. Crisis Group today issued a report today on the crisis in South Sudan and how China views it. Do you remember how I have talked about China's non-interference policy in the internal affairs of other nations? That doctrine is being put to the test.

China’s longstanding principle of non-interference in other states’ internal affairs is evolving with its growing global footprint. As Chinese overseas investment and business links grow in scope and depth, Beijing faces increasing threats to its citizens, economic interests and international reputation. That, in turn, has confronted China with the inherent limitations of its traditional hands-off foreign policy posture. How it responds over time will have a profound impact on Beijing’s international role. The most prominent test case appears to be Africa and, within the continent, South Sudan, where Chinese measures to protect its citizens and economic interests, coupled with its support for an end to the war and pursuit of humanitarian objectives, seem a calculated trial run for a more proactive global role.

China first experimented with deeper involvement in Sudan in response to powerful international criticism (culminating in calls to boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympics) of its support for Khartoum, which was fighting a brutal counter-insurgency campaign in Darfur. Using its influence with the Sudanese government and in the UN Security Council, China helped ensure deployment of UN peacekeepers to Darfur in 2008. Later, when Libya’s civil war erupted in 2012, China’s evacuation of its citizens generated national pride and increased both its people’s and its investors’ expectations about Beijing’s global profile. In both instances, China extended the boundaries of its time-honoured diplomacy, suggesting growing willingness to take action when its interests are threatened.

When South Sudan’s civil war broke out in late 2013, Chinese advocates of a more flexible interpretation of the non-intervention policy saw an opportunity to try new approaches to protect their nation’s interests. Several factors were at play. Huge investments made the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) both an economic and political actor. At the same time, China’s interests were aligned with those of others – mediators and Western powers – seeking to end the conflict. Working together with the Horn of Africa’s regional body – the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), charged with mediating South Sudan’s peace process – and Western actors, Chinese policymakers believed they could intervene constructively while managing reputational risks.

This was a step beyond its traditional approach: Beijing could claim broad adherence to the non-interference principle even as it used its influence to bring warring parties together and bridge differences between Western actors and South Sudanese leaders. It engaged in the peace process held in Ethiopia, hosted discreet talks among warring factions in Sudan, shaped UN Security Council action, sent peacekeepers to the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and joined the August 2015 peace agreement oversight body. - China’s Foreign Policy Experiment in South Sudan, International Crisis Group


I know many readers may not understand why I talk about these things and they may seem a bit 'off narrative' if one is hooked on Fox News and Christian TV and would rather look at the latest 'gotcha' on the Trump Russiagate scandal.  But the plain fact is this this -  China's insertion into regional conflicts and hotspots is going to bring in very significant tension and perhaps even conflict as time passes and China expands her global influence. It will mean many things, including the US beginning to insert troops as well. More and more, the world is look to rely less on the instruments of peace to settle differences, but are arming their forces for he inevitable 'Communication by Artillery shells' form of global dialogue which the world is witnessing now in Mesopotamia.

China's actions in the China sea as well need to be considered. Asia Times has done a piece here on Duterte and asks the question if his attempt to engage China has backfired. That is an interesting link and shows you how the Philippine President may have mishandled this whole affair. Know this, the China sea saga is not getting less tense, but more so as China continues to militarize the islands. Some of the more notable events in the China sea can be found here.

China as mentioned in a link a couple of days ago is moving into Syria with its belt and road initiative. So make no mistake, non-interference may soon go by the way side as China asserts itself into all the realms of geopolitical power, including military force.

Then there are the Russians. They are set to launch their ZAPAD exercises in September. These exercises are large scale military drills that Russia periodically runs to test its Western Theater. (Zapad means west). They are there to test the actual combat readiness of Russian front line forces. You can read more about how the Russophobes in the west view this exercise here as they play up the threat and fail to mention their own provocative actions along Russia's border.

The west made a seriously wrong turn under President Obama when they overthrew the elected government of Ukraine and then refused to take responsibility for their acts and continue to lay all the blame on Putin. We may have crossed a line of no return from a serious, blood curdling war with Russia and China within the next decade.

The Jamestown Foundation has a full report on the last time the Russians conducted these drills back in 2013 on this link. The way these things are done is that he Russians will create a scenario that could conceivably happen and poses a threat to Russia and move their troops in to counter that threat in the exercise.

Map of Baltic State: Source Wikipedia/Hayden120

But Baltic nations are afraid and their fear is not totally without merit. They know the Russians from the Soviet era and don't want to return to that. Moreover, Russia is completely unhappy with many of the broken promises made by the West. Again, we must try and look at these things as others do and not as American policy makers do. Russia will act based on her perceptions, not those of the CFR.

She see's the same kind of threat against her coming from the west as they had during the days of Napoleon and Hitler. Russia neither has the manpower nor the real desire to invade the west. But history has shown time and again the reverse to be true about the West's intentions with regards to Russia. 

Russia on the other hand, just does not have the kinds of might, logistical power or frankly the will, no matter how many Generals and US policy wonks say otherwise, to invade the west.  US General's are not honest when they tell us that the Russians are chomping on the bit to invade us and kill us all. Rather, they are for the most part reading from the script they hope will boost significantly defense spending, making western defense contracts rich and those same generals finding a place in the top slots of those major corporations.

But Russia will do whatever it takes to defend itself and if they see a big enough threat against her coming from the small Baltic States, she will gobble them up if she feels she must. While this will be billed as an act of aggression and by most International standards, it would be. But Russia will see it very differently, they will make it plain that NATO promised no expansion in certain areas, and they expanded. They promised no ABM systems in Europe and then they tried to deploy them. They will not take our verbal assurances. What they will do is do whatever it takes to defend Russia from those who would threaten her. In short, the exact same thing America would do if the tables were reversed.


Needless to say, this is not how American policy leaders want this issue framed. They want to get control of the narrative here in the US to keep the masses afraid of those 'Russian devils'. Russia could care less about what lies American policy makers tell their citizens, many of whom could not point to Lithuania on a map as they hunt for the next opioid high. Why should Joe Six-Pac care when the game is getting ready to come on the tube and he just got his fix?

In closing I want to look at just the kinds of crisis that the world is facing now as the US gets ready to cut its foreign aid budget. I think it only meet that I pass that data on to all of you.

We in America have full bellies and grocery stores full of food and water that comes out of our tap. It is not always easy to contextualize just how hard life is for those who are hungry, truly hungry and thirsty.



Source: Famine Early Warning System

18 July

US Christianity Watch

In the above link, the WaPo looks at some of America's pastors infatuation with Trump and the pomp and power of being connected up with money and power. What does this mean? Well I think one sentence in the piece pretty much tells all.

"... Trump has forced them to embrace a pragmatism that could damage the gospel around the world, and force many Christians to rethink their religious identities and affiliations." - WaPo
Throughout the piece the WaPo uses the phrase 'Court evangelicals' referring to the group of leaders who have access to the halls of power. The article goes on to give us a bit of a history lesson in right wing, mostly White political Christianity.

It is very interesting to see how American Christian leaders (many of whom are very wealthy) have taken up the crusade for Trump. I don't like denigrating other Christians, even those I strongly disagree with, but what I see here is something that is very dangerous and will one day really bite American Christendom back... hard.

The piece also makes another interesting observation. That many evangelicals are fed up with their denominations and are looking for a more authentic form of Christianity. This piece is rather insightful even if written from a somewhat secular perspective to fit the Post's readership. However it is written by a professor at a Christian College. I hope you take a couple of minutes to read it.

I am troubled by these things, but not shocked; not in the least. Many years ago, I can remember eating my lunch in my car when on an assignment in Pennsylvania (working for KPMG) and on the Christian radio there was a lady who had a vision of the Church making herself up in the mirror, doing what she could and making herself pretty for her lover. When asked what she was doing she merely made it plain that the world was always her lover and that was whom she was dressing up for.

I think that vision pretty much describes what I see happening in American Christendom. It is often, in my view little more than a deceiving mechanism to create a political and economic group that can be used and manipulated to the desires of her shepherds, leaders and men who pay the bills. For the most part, it is devoid of any real spiritual power and loves the world too much.


The link I posted a couple of weeks ago, I think is meet to re-link to, Christians: Don't Sell Your Soul in Defense of President Trump. The picture in that piece is worth a thousand words. The piece is good but merely focuses on Trumps tweets and public persona.

I think however this piece is more telling. It is a spiritual exam on just how unhealthy American Conservative Christianity is.

But frankly Western corporate Christianity is in as one writer put it, in a free fall collapse. That piece is long and very insightful.

This all really is a testament as to where American Christianity really is. The biblical ignorance, the ignorance of the Global landscape is appalling. But that is par for the course not just in Christianity but everywhere in the US. Ignorance and American are more and more becoming synonymous words. 

Mr. Shoebat makes a clear and insightful point, American Christianity today is a social religion, not a spiritual one and that is the major disconnect that I think many truly born again don't understand when they try and figure out why so many Churches they attend are spiritually dead and they have problems relating to those who attend those services.

Those Christians who have the true experiential and personal knowledge of Christ (let the reader understand Luke 10:22, John 14:23, Rev 3:20) don't feel