What Time Is It? - February 2005 Update
By Mark S. Watson
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The world is undergoing tremendous change and many events are transpiring that should make us all most concerned. Changes in the political, economic, spiritual and most notable geologic areas are happening in an ever increasing rate. This article is for Christians and those who serve Jesus Christ. Those of you who are not Christians will not like this article but you too need to hear its message.
The entire world knows of the massive tsunami that happened on 26 December 2004 and the massive destruction that occurred in its aftermath. The death toll as of this writing is just under 300,000 people dead. The entire infrastructure of the effected regions has collapsed and millions are homeless. Sadly, as the world’s attention begins to turn from this devastated region, the people may be forced to remain in refugee camps for years to come. Much of the aid money sadly will never get to the victims of this most tragic disaster. Reports have surfaced from many news services that some of it has been diverted to regional militia's and local crime bosses who take the aid and sell it to the highest bidder.
Yet this tragedy must be understood from its spiritual side. There was and is enormous evil associated with this region of the world. Idolatry, false religion, child trafficking, prostitution (including child prostitution) and hatred in the form of regional and ethnic wars were all rampant and unchecked in the affected areas. Many have reported that Westerners, mainly European men, constantly and repeatedly travel there for sexual services with the underage. This is no big secret really, but one must wonder what kind of society would leave so many of its children without legal and social support that would prevent these kinds of things. Sadly this can be said of many of the nations in this region where child trafficking is a thriving commercial enterprise. Yet and still, while the evils of many of these societies are realities, it hardly exonerates those who live in the west, whose evil seems to be far more banal, yet whose very banality is more troubling and disconcerting to those who sincerely walk with Christ. It should be incumbent on all of us who serve God not to be too harsh on the victims of natural disasters. By and large the people who are suffering are ordinary people, simple poor and love life as much as anyone and many are Christians. If we in the West point to the evils of the societies that are affected by this disaster, let us not revel in our ‘righteousness’ for our trouble is that we tend to hide our evil behind slick Madison Avenue advertising campaigns coupled with expensive public relations machines.
The Rise Of Nazi-ism
They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite - . Ward Chuchill (Describing the victims of the WTC bombings)
Professor Ward Churchill has come under attack for some comments he made. He called the victims of the World Trade Center attack of September 11th ‘A thousand little Eichmann’s’, referring to one of the key architects of the Nazi Holocaust.
When queried by reporters concerning his views on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Malcolm X famously – and quite charitably, all things considered – replied that it was merely a case of "chickens coming home to roost."
On the morning of September 11, 2001, a few more chickens – along with some half-million dead Iraqi children – came home to roost in a very big way at the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. Well, actually, a few of them seem to have nestled in at the Pentagon as well. – Ward Churchill
Ward’s statements seem to be unpatriotic and at first glace and somewhat counterproductive to our so called ‘War on Terrorism’. But in fact they go to the very heart of the matter when it comes to our misnomered war. The unspeakable truth in this war and the primary cognitive dissonance that our leaders are suffering from is summarized in those two brief paragraphs from Ward’s speech. The real tragedy is that not only is this dissonance part of the thinking of America’s elite, but is being reinforced in the body politic by incessant and repetitive propaganda that has become a cornerstone to US news reporting.
Embedded journalism and the dismissal of journalists, editors and newsmen who do not tout the ‘party line’ are symptoms of a not so hidden propaganda campaign that is deceiving America into the abyss. This is all part of an evil that has grown in the American system that has not been seen since the Third Reich. It organizational impetus can be viewed increasingly in terms of the hierarchical template that the National Socialists brought to power in the 1930’s. Consider the CNN Chief News Executive Eason Jordan who was removed from his job after making statements that the US military was deliberately targeting journalists. The fact that the US military views journalists that were not under their control as ‘the enemy’ is not news. In fact, the DOD said as much shortly after hostilities began. A BBC correspondent talks about the open and PUBIC statements made by the DOD about this very issue.
Other stories abundant on the net discusses many of the journalists who have been killed by the US military by ‘mistakes’ and ‘friendly fire’. Does this mean that the DOD is deliberately targeting journalists or has the political leadership in the DOD just created an administrative environment where local commanders know that if they do take out an unfriendly journalist, no repercussions will ensue? This is a question that is impossible to answer and the debate will continue as the corpses of dead journalists rot in the hot Iraqi sun.
Veracity Vs. Mendacity
Information warfare is a cornerstone of the Rumsfeld military doctrine and that doctrine includes various forms of attacks on information sources it views as hostile to its war efforts. Does this mean that the US will target journalists in Iraq for death? It certainly tracks with the DOD’s public statements and a more extreme form of Information Warfare. So what the CNN chief said was neither incorrect nor inaccurate, even though he backtracked on his statements. The US has bombed and attacked Al Jazeera offices and journalists in Afghanistan and bombed the Serbian TV station was targeted during the US air raid of that nation a few years ago. The fact is, this level of veracity is not tolerated in America’s news rooms, and Time Warner, one of President Bush’s largest campaign contributors, probably could not stomach such an uncomfortable truth being associated with such a high profile member of its public information service which is tragically called a news network. Granted this is just an opinion but one that tracks perfectly with the facts and trends we have seen in America over the past several years.
This is all recounted to each of you not simply to recall the tragic occurrences but to show you the times. What the CNN editor said was not untrue nor was it hyperbole. Anyone who knows anything abut military targeting will tell your that C3 (command control and communications) are the first things you hit. The Rumsfeld doctrine has simply brought it down to another level and journalists on the ground in Iraq as one pentagon official put it, “have been warned.”
Truth and news reporting in America are now mutually exclusive because the interlocking corporations that make up the Presidents powerbase are the mainstream, FCC regulated and controlled media. Time Warner’s board of directors is a who’s who of Corporate America. Its members include a Director for SRA international, a company that has extensive ‘National Security’ contracts with the US government. Sadly these board members do not seem to include members whose primary aim is to serve the public interest. Today these board members appear rather, to serve the Corporate interest. Time Warner’s board interlocks with establishment and well-heeled law firms, Phillip Morris, Morgan Stanley, Sears, American Airlines, Chevron Texaco, Lucent, Caesars Entertainment, Technologies, Colgate Palmolive, Hilton Hotels, to name a few.
This is why Ward Churchill’s statements are so important. Americans are inundated with an insidious form of propaganda that tells them all is well because of the car ad on TV that tells them they too can drive one for just $399 a month for a 24 month lease and that because they have such wealth they are ‘blessed’ and ‘special’. ‘All is well’ is the subtle message that emanates from the TV. Americans do not want to come to terms that the wealth they have is a direct result of the blood shed in their name in many far off countries in the world, of which Iraq is just the latest example. This is not a mere academic issue because our war in Iraq goes to the very heart of Nazi style war crimes. Want proof?
Here are the four major points of the Nuremberg indictments that were against Martin Borman, Herman Göring, Rudolf Hess, Wilhelm Keitel, Von Ribbentrop, Albert Speer to name a few of the more notable Nazi war criminals.
The indictment against them contained four points:
1. Conspiracy to commit
crimes against peace
2. Planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression
4. Crimes against humanity
War crimes fall into two basic categories, the first is battlefield conduct, those individuals, units or commanders who violate the Geneva Convention can be tried for their actions. The Second is waging a war of aggression. Here is what the Tribunal said.
War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent states alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole - The Nuremberg Trials
So when those political activists on the left and the right talk about Nazi style war crimes in relation to our war in Iraq, it is not an irresponsible charge. The charge leveled at this administration has a firm foundation in international law; laws that I should remind you, that the US had a key part in creating. I say this to show you the times, dear brother and sisters. You see the German people during the reign of Adolph Hitler generally supported the nation’s aggression against Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, Holland and the rest. However insane it looked to the rest of the world, the German people actually bought the propaganda that was fed to them everyday. This is exactly what is happen in America today and Ward Churchill summed it up lucidly and candidly in his essay. In the propagandized American mind, the million Iraqi’s dead by US sanctions are only a footnote in their ‘keep up with the Jones’ luxury obsessed world.
There were, after all, far more pressing things than the unrelenting misery/death of a few hundred thousand Iraqi tikes to be concerned with. Getting "Jeremy" and "Ellington" to their weekly soccer game, for instance, or seeing to it that little "Tiffany" an "Ashley" had just the right roll-neck sweaters to go with their new cords. And, to be sure, there was the yuppie holy war against ashtrays – for "our kids," no less – as an all-absorbing point of political focus. – Ward Churchill
Yet what got the political establishment up in arms over his essay was the fact that he called a spade a spade and laid the blame for this horrendous act (Sept 11), not just at the feet of the Bush administration but also with that extremely large body of technocrats that make up America’s economic and ‘National Security’ establishment. What is so tragic is the fact that the American people who, as Ward puts it, ‘views property before people’.
It is this very society that warrants serious examination. It is the people who make up its population that need serious scrutiny because whatever one may say about the terrorists, the truth about the most dangerous and well organized of them is that they have a serious beef to pick with this society, the real American society that Ward talked about. The right to commit genocide the right to flaunt international law an bomb entire city blocks out of existence, the right to expropriate critical natural resources to pay for the destruction of the poor, the right to wave a flag and call these abominable acts good. This is what happened in Nazi Germany and it is happening right now in America, while the people obsess over the next episode of the latest reality TV show and the color of their next SUV. Sadly the Nazi template goes even further, for just like the academics in the Third Reich who criticized the regime found they lost their jobs, so is it with Ward Churchill, who is coming under ‘scrutiny’ by the College to sack him for doing what college professors are supposed to do; think, an activity under increasing attack in modern American society.
The Rise Of the American Sparta
America is increasingly becoming a militaristic state, one in which the ideals of war, conquest, and killing are an integral part of the society. One satellite network recently decided to air an official DOD military channel called Pentagon TV. Increasingly the DOD is competing for cable space to be beamed right into American homes. Sadly the real horrors of war, the children being buried in mass graves, killed by US troops, using US military hardware ordered by US politicians will not be shown. It will not speak honestly of cities reduced to rubble, or people burned beyond recognition; no, only the latest 'Ameri-speak', DOD approved 'information' will be broadcast and will, once again, distort the reality of war in the minds of millions of Americans.
The children and young Americans are the most vulnerable to the militaristic propaganda assault. It doesn’t just come from TV, documentaries, and entertainment, which glorify the military and war in general, but in the games that kids play. Some these games are extremely violent and once again glorify killing and war. It also desensitizes them to the realities of war, thinking that after all the killing is done, the victims just get back up after the game is reset to start the digital mayhem all over again. This, in my opinion is an organized assault on the basic Christian Traditions that made America great. It wants to breed a new generation of killers to fight the war that the Bush Administration has stated clearly and for the record, will not end in our lifetime. Any war needs troops and the kinds of troops these leaders need and are looking to create in the younger generation must be;
1. Non-critical thinkers; will do what they are told
2. Be able to kill without remorse
3. Be easily replaceable and utterly expendable
The kids are being deprived of critical thinking skills and are having their minds diverted by an unhealthy obsession with technology, in the form of games, video’s, cell-phones, computers, iPod’s, et.al. The kids are being sucked in the unreal world of cyberspace while the real world around them including their future is being stolen from them by some truly evil men and women. Many young people are just a shell of a healthy human being, leading one senior American I know to comment ‘the body is there, but the soul is missing’.
How It Compares
I have been reading an interesting book called, I Will Bear Witness: A Dairy Of The Nazi Years by Victor Klemperer. It is not a book per se, it is an actual diary of a man who lived during the Nazi years. It shows how the Nazi’s slowly methodically took over every aspect of life. Yet its beauty lies in the fact that it does not do it by showing secret policy papers, or great speeches or even a look at the laws passed during the reign of Hitler. Rather, it simply shows how it all of these things affected one man, a college professor from 1933, to 1941. In it we get a look at what it was really like to live under the Nazi’s; the gossip, the quaint political discussions that took place between neighbors and friends, the slights one receives for not toting the party line, the removal from a job as a professor for not being politically acceptable, the mental depression and the ways this poor man and his wife coped with dwindling finances and social rejection are all detailed in this compelling work. I read it for perspective and to give my own trials and travails in our wicked times a different light. I realize now where we are, and I know where we are heading, all the signs are there, the Black Death has settled over our once glorious land, the boils of political correctness and the lesions of political corruption show forth plainly for anyone to see.
The real tragedy of the American experiment is that the people refuse to do two critical things in a free society. One is to learn from history. Americans are historically illiterate and make no effort to educate themselves, other than the odd infotainment found of the tube. The second is independent thought; this critical skill is being ‘educated’ out of the American people. You can see it in young people who have difficulty in formulating independent thought. If an activity or idea isn’t imitated or repeated in some way, young people seem to be at a loss, unable to cope with new concepts.
The immediate problem, is this lack of historical perspective which begs a repetition of previous tragic events, such as the rise of the Nazi’s, the implementation of the tools and apparatus of a police state and eventually, the extermination of large segments of the population. Make no mistake this inevitably actually does happen in such a society. One need not look at Nazi Germany but can also find parallels in Stalin’s Russia and Mao’s China.
One could argue that a benevolent police state could possibly exist provided adequate checks and balances existed to curb the excesses that tend to appear in them. Yet in America, the birth of any such legal, political or bureaucratic mechanisms that tend towards such a state demonstrate clearly that those checks and balances are, at best less effective than generally accepted, or at worst, non-functional.
Which brings us to an important point; Americans are not ready for what they have chosen. Most Americans believe that they are purchasing a little more security for a little of their freedom. But as one of the founders of this nation so aptly observed, those who are willing to trade one for the other will ultimately get neither. This is the tragic lesson history teaches those who take the time to read and study it. This is the tragic lesson that millions of Americans will have to learn the hard way, provided the lesson does not prove fatal to its extremely reluctant and ‘captive’ students.
This is why reports of Europeans buying miniature American flags and posting then in recently deposited canine droppings in public parks is becoming a political pastime abroad. Why is there so much hatred, many Americans ask themselves, ‘don’t they know that we are ridding the world of an evil dictator’? The question reveals an alarming degree of ignorance on the part of anyone who would pose such an child-like interrogative.
First, the ‘evil dictator’ as Saddam is referred to in ‘Ameri-speak’ (US propaganda) was for decades essentially a US client and American sponsored dictator. While the two nations could never have been called close, it is clear that there were many business interests in the US, including our current Defense Secretary, who met with Saddam for many reasons in the past. We shipped him Weapons of Mass Destruction in the form of Anthrax, we provided intelligence to him in the Iran-Iran War, our oil companies helped him and we gave him loans which later turned into a massive scandal in the 1980’s. When he committed atrocities against his own people we issued quaint statements about out love for human rights and let him continue to do what he was doing. No one cared really.
No one cared until they realized that Saddam had a modern state, brutal to political dissidents to be sure, but in Saddam’s Iraq, anyone could have their education paid for by the state all the way up to and including graduate school, free of charge. Health care was modern and yes, free of charge. America could not say any of those things and the great fear was that this modern, essentially secular state with huge economic potential in the form of large oil reserves could prove to be a model for the rest of the Middle East. This, in time, would have put Iraq into a position to become a power house and a regional power to be reckoned with. This future was one that Washington felt that it had to prevent from becoming a reality. Iraq has been systematically reduced to a third world nation in the course of 15 years of US economic, political and military attack.
Thus we see the makings of imperial policy whose decisions to make war are not only immoral but almost certainly criminal yet because she stands at the pinnacle of global power, she will not allow herself to become answerable for her crimes. Thus the flag in dog dung is a potent symbol of world opinion of America, its foreign policy and its citizens who voted to continue on with these policies.
But America’s place as the lady of the kingdoms is coming to and end. Increasingly it can be seen that America’s arrogance and ‘corporate criminal’ model for international governance is being rejected around the world. From a diplomatic rebuff in South America at Bush visit, advertised as a security snafu, to the rise of APT (Asia Plus Three), to the warming of ties between the EU and China. These are all signs of a serious drift away for American corporate dominance and towards a different approach to trade, political and even military affairs. Let us not forget the German bombshell announcement that it seeks to review NATO’s structures as it did not view it as being a ‘primary venue’ to discuss strategies. This is a clear signal by the German government that it wants the EU to detach itself from (at least somewhat) US military and security umbrella and it is looking elsewhere for that security. China will be a key in this move as France is seeking to have the Arms embargo lifted on China. Additionally, the EU and China are looking at other forms of military and scientific cooperation and the major hindrance to this is American foreign policy, the mega corporations that control it and the American people who generally approve it. One simply cannot be separated from the other anymore.
The United States Of Depravity
Yet the evil of American society lurks just under its glossy surface, provided one chooses to look for it. Look at what is happening in New York. The BBC did a story called Guinea Pig Kids. It is a story that could have been written right out the annals of Nazi scientific perversions. Sadly only a few of the even ‘alternative news’ sites have picked up on this story, probably because the victims were largely Blacks and Latino’s. Children were whisked away by NY State authorities from their legal guardians to be given experimental AIDS drugs without the guardian’s knowledge or consent. . Because these were foster Children, a court order was not required to force them to take the drugs. The drugs made many of the Children very ill and some were forced to remain on these drugs for years. Now how can this happen in a good nation? It can’t. It can only happen in a nation of depraved bureaucrats and an apathetic citizenry more concerned about tonight’s ball game than right and wrong. Who is benefiting from this? Who knows, but it should be noted that some of the worlds largest drug manufacturers are providing the drugs and thus are getting to test drive them on the most vulnerable and defenseless portion of America’s population, orphans. This is the real America.
Yet America’s depravity and desire to maximize corporate profits is now a global enterprise. Since the invasion of Iraq, farmers there are no longer allowed to keep the seeds they grow in their own farms. Why? The US government won’t allow it. Why you may ask would they do a stupid thing like that? Well, for an answer to that question you have to ask a man named Percy Smeiser. Better yet go to his site and just see for yourself what farmers around the world are up against. Yet in Iraq, since the Bush regime and its corporate sponsors have militarily seized that beleaguered nation, the farmers now will fall under the domination of US corporations and the subjugated people now will be slaves on the master’s plantation. They won’t even get to keep their own seeds to replant with next year. Go to Percy’s site and you will see just what I mean. It is about terminator seeds and forcing farmers to go to the mega corporations to buy seeds they don’t want in order to grow a crop no one wants to eat. How can they do that? Simple; make regular seeds illegal. Now this is just how morally bankrupt the Bush administration is. Not even Saddam stopped farmers from saving their seeds. Now we can get a better idea of who is the greater threat to the world. Saddam was a menace, but this administration policies are the plague coupled with AIDS and a quick spreading leprosy.
Yet and still as we look at what is happening in America is should make even the most calloused think. A 13 year old child shot dead for allegedly stealing a car, yet a cursory look over web postings on this shows the people agree with it. It is good for the Cops to kill a 13 year old un-armed kid. This is the mentality of Americans; if the cops suspect a black child of a crime they have the right to shoot him dead. In court minorities and the poor do no better, a report by the Bar association shows that thousands of innocent people go to jail every year. A kid in upper middle class suburbia will have the exact same behavior described as ‘youthful pranks’ and ‘injudicious behavior’ and the judge will probably not even sentence the kid to any time in jail, especially if the father of the child is the Judges golf buddy.
There is no outrage over this, while Ken Lay sits quietly in his mansion, protected by the President. And who are the primary supporters of this satanic injustice? Scores of people get framed by a crooked cop in Texas and spend years in jail and not a single muli-million dollar televangelist who daily fleece millions say a single word about it. That is right, the Apostate Church says nothing but they scream and yell like their hair is on fire over two men holding hands. Try to talk about injustice to these religious merchants and you will hear some of the most acidic, hate filled rhetoric against minorities and the poor, who are referred to euphemistically as ‘those people’. Yes brothers and sisters this is an indictment against every so-called Christian who stands in the pulpit to find ways to verbally support political evil in the pulpit while keeping their tax-free status. It is an indictment of the calloused indifference of its parishioners who seek favor with the devil and his ways while they sit in church claiming to love God.
The Day of Judgment shall be more tolerable for residents of Sodom and Gomorrah that it will be for them.
From the Tulia scandal where a large portion of very poor and yes black people were set up by one single corrupt cop to the unequal application of the death penalty injustice cries out in the streets to be judged by the living God. In the Tulia scandal, some victims spent years in prison for crimes that they did not commit. This was no innocent oversight. This was a malicious attempt to put defenseless people in jail. Their only crime was being poor and black.
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Now look at other evils going on. Bush seeks to protect the big Mega corporations from their own malfeasance. How? By curtailing Class Action Lawsuits. Now in fairness not all that was in the bill was bad. In fact some of it was good, but it will be much more difficult now to get a class action suit heard and that is what Corporate America wanted This all happens not coincidentally in the wake of all of the drugs that the FDA says is safe but clearly have some serious safety issues. When I worked in DC as a consultant and one of my colleagues consistently called it the Federal Death Administration. That was back in ’98. He does not seem to be far off.
Now the government is trying to find ways to steal social security checks for the old and infirm. Using expired warrants, traffic tickets as a pretext, the government is taking away benefits from people who paid into the system all of their lives Leaving many without income and homeless.
An Oregon woman with lung disease lost her monthly disability check and faced the loss of her government-subsidized oxygen supplies over a Nevada arrest warrant she didn't know existed.
And a Minnesota man lost his disability support because he once disrupted Conrail train service in Ohio. He had threatened to kill himself by jumping from a trestle in Toledo. He left the state unaware that he was named on a criminal warrant. – LA Times
This is the time we live in. These are the things people are doing to one another the most vulnerable part of our society. This is a truly wicked and evil nation without morals or conscious. That such a thing could even be considered is beyond comprehension but to have it implemented and carried out with the kinds of callousness being demonstrated shows how depraved our nation has become.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Mat 24:12)
How can the apostate wicked church goers of America support these things vote for people who implement these policies? It is because of a simple fact that is simple to comprehend but difficult to accept psychologically; they are of the devil and the lusts of the devil they will do and if they don’t have the power to do it themselves, they will support those that do. Depravity and corporate American Christianity are becoming one and the same in the 21st Century. Christ will not be mocked, not by any son of man, those that blaspheme him with their love of evil men and evil deeds while taking Christ’s name upon their lips shall reap a whirlwind of torment for themselves and their followers. A curse shall descend on their house and their very souls that shall not be forgotten or forgiven. Yes brothers and sisters do not let any of these false teachers tell you that you can’t go too far. You can, so if you have it in your heart to repent now, do it now and do not delay for the door will not always be open.
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. (Heb 3:7-12)
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. (Jer 14:12)
Let not evil, unbelief and a perverse thirst for injustice and hate run you into a place of tremendous spiritual ruin. The Church has chosen deceit over truth and must get back to basics if it is to avoid what the LORD has prepared for them.
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Other World Events.
The moves towards peace in the Middle East seem to have a great deal more substance than most of the moves we have seen in the past. The Israeli government and the new Palestinian authority under Abbas is showing real steps towards some sort of settlement. The real problem here, or at least one of them will be how to deal with splinter factions of HAMAS that may very well spring up if the negotiations to not go in a direction that is appealing to the military wing. Rockets were fired on Israeli settlements after a pivotal meeting between Sharon and Abbas onto Israeli settlements. This was a transparent attempt by elements that want to derail any peace negotiations with Israel and continue on with the military/propaganda campaign. The leader of the Gaza wing of Hamas stated that he supports the negotiations, laying the blame for the attacks at the feet of the ‘Syrian’ wing of the organization. It should be clear now to all that HAMAS is not a monolith. It has many competing interests and while there are many radicals there are some moderates who recognize that no matter what kind of settlement comes about, The Jews and Palestinians will be forced to live in close proximity to one another.
But other goings on in Israel are also very interesting. The Sanhedrin, recently reconstituted is debating the reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Body of 71 religious leaders has been reassembled after centuries of absence in October of 2004. It theoretically, is the highest Jewish legal and religious authority in the Israel. It remains to be seen how this body will actually be integrated into Israeli society but its presence and Temple mount discussions have many a Christian wondering what time is it… really. Any attempt to rebuild the Temple on the Temple mount should be viewed very ,very carefully for in it may be a great prophetic event OR a great prophetic deception.
In another move of deep prophetic significance, Sharon may divide the city of Jerusalem, reports one Likud politician. This is the amazing thing to me, it is this issue that will bring the worlds armies upon Jerusalem and why God gets so very angry with the worlds system in the last days.
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3:2)
Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes and the people slumber.
Alliances Against The Harlot
Around the world are alliances are being formed to counterbalance US military and economic power. These alliances are in its infancy now but continue to show resilience even in the face of US threats. While the recent ‘alliance’ between Syria and Iran (thus surrounding US troops in Iraq) may be more of a US media/foreign policy concoction than a real military reality. The addition of Russian support for Iranian Nuclear aspirations in the form of ‘peaceful’ uses is an important development in the region. Such a public pronouncement in light of recent tensions are not mere ‘moral support’. Much of this is to do with counterbalancing US interests in the region, which has essentially expropriated the Middle East’s second largest oil reserves in its invasion of Iraq. The other is Gazprom, which seeks to become a truly World Class oil conglomerate. It knows of Iranian oil reserves and is counting on its present need of a strong friend to win it contracts in the future. Russia is not going to let the US take over the entire Middle East and while she may not have the ability to project its power around the globe that the US has, she does have a massive armaments industry that can and will provide those weapons to whomever she feels will benefit from them and can pay… in euro’s.
Russia’s long arm is also reaching into South America, its recent sales of arms to the feisty government of Hugo Chavez has angered Washington. Chavez has made no secret of his contempt for US foreign policy and the successive Council On Foreign Relations appointed US Presidents and Secretaries of State. Yet, the sales were hardly high tech weapons that could threaten the US. They consisted of machine guns and Helicopters. Yet other arms sales that should have rattled the US more and made the headlines did not; specifically, Chavez’s purchase of arms from Brazil. These purchases included light attack aircraft. The real problem that the US has with Chavez is three fold. First he is immensely popular with the poor and his rhetorical insights are like arrows that are aimed at the heart of US/American Oil company/Council On Foreign Relations foreign policy establishment. Chavez has angered this entrenched US powerbase by attempting to shift his oil exports away from the US and sell to China and perhaps other developing nations. Once again Chavez will need arms to further his own regional objectives and will need some diplomatic support for this as well. Primarily, his immediate concern is with Colombia and the US sponsored government there. The US is deeply involved in Colombia and it is the third largest recipient of US military aid in the world. Its involvement is ostensibly for its counter narcotics efforts. But the reality is that the US has a client state in Uribe’s Colombia that it can use to further its policies in the region. The concern here is that Chavez will make some of these arms available to the rebels who operate to harass US efforts. The most notable of these is the FARC.
While the Western press consistently vilifies this repeatedly and overwhelmingly reelected leader with such invectives as ‘extreme leftist’, ‘nationalistic’ and ‘radical’, the reality is simple; the true radicals are those who dwell in Washington and commit grievous war crimes, acts of acknowledged international aggression and says, ‘who shall judge me? I will murder any who tries!’
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. (Rev 18:7-8)
The Second is that Chavez is not and will not be beholden to the US interpretations of right and wrong. He will not be bullied by the US and its mendacious State Department. Chavez is often accused of being too close to the drug dealers in South America because he won’t fall in line with US policy, yet our own government, stock markets, banks are far more involved in this nefarious enterprise than Chavez is or even has the capability of being.
The third is that Chavez frankly represents everything that Washington has tried to kill in South and Central America for the past 50 years. From Honduras, to Nicaragua, Haiti to El Salvador, any movement that puts the people and the general welfare of the nation above US corporate/Oil interests puts itself in the crosshairs of US covert policy which has historically included coup’s, death squads, assassinations, mass graves… the list goes on. Atrocities of every form have been committed in South America, not by Saddam Hussein, but by the United States of America.
Many of the atrocities committed in this region have been linked by many a writer to the newest addition to the Bush Administration, John Negoponte, known derisively around the world as ‘ambassador death squad’ and ‘envoy of torture’. This is a guy who has overseen so many atrocities that I simply do not have the time to recount them to you. I would dub him the Joachim Von Ribbontrop of the Bush Administration.
This is just one reason why no Christian who has Christ residing in his or her heart has any business WHATSOEVER supporting these Presidents policies in any way, shape or form.
Yet America is also using this time of enormous global political and economic power shifting to enhance its position around the world. Notably Japan is now looking to bolster its defense relationship with Washington. The recently signed agreement is a big shift for Japan which has historically avoided any show of overt militarism since WWII. One key sticking point that Japan had with the US was over Taiwan. Not wanting to antagonize China, it did not proscribe to US views over the matter. The Japanese rather, were ambivalent. Now this has changed and Japan is set to work with the US on most strategic objectives in the region, including Taiwan.
One of the primary factors that has brought this about is energy. Japan and China have some serious disputes over drilling rights in the East China Sea. Protests have been lodged over Chinese drilling in the Chunxiao gas field. The claims over this region conflict and the resources here are needed by both heavily industrialized powers. Each also recognizes that increasing tensions and war in the Middle East could seriously disrupt supplies to their economies. Tensions only increased when a Chinese submarine was found in Japanese territorial waters last year. Japan understands that a military conflict between to two, while not likely, is not out of the question and has called upon its long term ally to bolster its security. The trade off is an adjustment of her foreign policy.
Not be forgotten in all of this is Europe, who now wants to drop its arms sales ban to China over strident US objections. The EU, lead by France and surprisingly the UK seek to over turn a 16 year embargo leveled against China after the Tiananmen massacre. This potential move is seen as a major obstacle to ‘normalization’ of relations with the US which have been badly strained by the unilateral and violent polices of the Bush Administration. Yet these moves are really an attempt to get better trade ties with China and what better way than to start with arms sales? It remains to be seen if the EU can stand up in a united fashion or if the US is able to compel an important EU member to scuttle these moves.
The recent testimony of the CIA director before Congress is a warning shot to the EU. The Director said that the US still views China as a military threat to its global empire and that its trillion dollar national security apparatus will act accordingly.
Ties with the Saudis and the Americans are also on the skids. The US is reviewing its relationship with the Saudi government, which is little more than a dictatorship in the guise of a monarchy. Everything from the number of Saudi’s studying in the US to the amount of trade has fallen off significantly in recent months. Yet the US needs the Saudi’s for many reasons not least of which is its role as a ‘swing’ producer of oil. But the crackdown on dissent and continued insurgent activity is a concern to Washington. Saudi ‘human rights’ mirror that of Saddam’s Iraq. The part that has angered the US so much is not the methodology, but its lack of success and general ineptitude in the application of its 12th Century style state ‘security’ apparatus.
The Saudi’s are hard-headed and refuse to take advice from seasoned security professionals. The insurgents that operate in inside Saudi Arabia are carefully labeled ‘extremists’ by US and Saudi media organizations and are a serious concern because it is not clear how much sympathy the insurgents engender in the broader population, which is increasingly critical of the regime.
The region around the 9.3 Tsunami is still an area of extreme geologic activity. On some days one can count four to five 5.0 quakes or better. But more troubling is that at least one major quake is not being categorized as an aftershock.
Many other quakes have been occurring in Alaska and in other ‘diverse’ places. While many may disagree, the weather also seems be becoming more unusual in some places. California has been under heavy rainfall for the past couple of months. They have now had more rainfall than Seattle!. Houses are falling off of cliffs and some whose houses have not fallen off cannot, by order of the civil authorities, go back into their homes for at least a year. So far the region has seen three times the amount of rainfall that is normal.
Yet in a more ominous development we see that one of the earth’s plates is actually breaking.
These are some very ominous times and if so, it can only mean more geological instability in and around Asia. I keep a running update on these and many other earth changes on my Blog.
Prophecy In The News.
The next events in the broad panorama of God’s prophetic calendar are several. On the political scene look for a gathering alliance of 10 kings that will hate the Harlot with a perfect hatred and will eventually make her naked and burn her with fire. This alliance may or may not be as I have postulated in the past. One person who wrote me a few moths ago pointed me to something I had not remembered for a long time.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. (Psa 83:4-8)
This is hardly proof of the biblical 10 kings indeed if you add the Children of Lot you have 11. Yet it is certainly true that the descendants of these people are turning against America with a perfect hatred. Time will tell.
Yet and still it must be remembered that economics will rule the day in the final hour and all buying and selling will be controlled by the beast. I suspect some sort of global calamity will fall upon the planet (soon) that will bring about mass starvation that causes one days wage to only buy a loaf of bread.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. (Rev 6:6)
As problems mount economically and ecologically we will see this system brought in. It is at this time we will see the 10 kings come into their full and they will have 42 months to reign.
I will give you a brief scenario I think (me, not the LORD) could happen in the next few years.
An economic calamity transpires.
It spreads and engulfs the entire globe.
Food becomes scarce and trade grinds to a snails pace.
Earthquakes and other earth changes slowly increase in frequency.
Starvation and barely sustenance caloric intake engulfs most of the world's population. Strict rationing occurs in the west, while deaths occur in large numbers in the third and developing world.
Wars continue to rage and soldiers around the world become more depraved and macabre in their methods
People cry out for solutions and change.
The UN, group of Seven (G7/G8) begin work on a new economic system based on electronic credits.
The G10 is given administrative control over the worlds resources under the guidance of the G7/G8.
The new system requires a new capital, and it's headquarters move to Switzerland the 11th nation of the G10.
A new era is proclaimed and all must pledge allegiance to the new system which will be hailed as one of man's greatest successes.
Men will be told that in order to make it work, everyone rich and poor must take an electronic microchip and pledge allegiance to the New Order. It will at first only be strongly encouraged. Later, because many refuse to take the microchip, it becomes compulsory, under penalty of death.
The greatest calamities that ever befell mankind begin to happen in earnest.
The final battle of Armageddon transpires
Christ Returns and destroys the world's armies and sets up his kingdom.
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The other major event will be the destruction of Damascus.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. (Isa 17:1)
Syria is in the news today like never before and it is certainly not in a good light. This is a major event that will be fulfilled soon. Who destroys it is not mentioned but no one who understands what is going on in the world today would doubt that if Syria got out of control the alliance of the US and Israel would and could do it, if they felt it was in their interest and that they could ‘get away with it’.
I still believe that another terrorist attack can and will bring about marital law in the US. This will end your freedoms, probably put you on an involuntary work detail (slavery) and many an American will ‘disappear’ into a Nazi style Concentration Camp system already in place and prepared for just such an eventuality.
Another that will occur AFTER the mark of the beast is this
The Euphrates River Source Global Coordinate Here.
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. (Rev 16:12)
The kings (plural) obviously means some sort of military alliance formed in Asia, almost certainly led by China. I strongly feel that India will also be a major factor insofar as it too lies in the east and has need of oil, which (I think ) will be the secular reason that thee kings will move. But somehow a deceitful spirit will drive these Kings as well as all the worlds’ armies to move into the Middle East in general and Israel in particular.
Where is the Euphrates located? In Iraq. What is going on in Iraq today? A War. A war all the world is watching most carefully.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Rev 16:13-14)
In light of all the events transpiring in the news and the clear accuracy of Bible prophecy in these troubled times, it is absolutely amazing to me that people would listen to a guy like Nostradamus or some drugged out New-Age Shaman, consult a Ouija board or cast a star chart before consulting a more sure word of prophecy located in the pages of the Holy Bible. But it is exactly as the Bible foretold.
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (John 12:40)
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2Cor 4:4)
The people’s eyes are blinded and their minds are firmly under the control of the evil one. Sadly, I see the Laodicean-American Church in the exact same way. The LORD gave me this harsh word but I know this is for someone who really needs to hear it so here it is. Brace Yourself.
The Lord is sore displeased with the state of the American Church. In truth it would have been better for most of these Church-goers if they had never made a Christian profession but because many have added hypocrisy to their many sins and willful blindness, they shall lie down in torment into the fire reserved for the devil and his angels. If this describes you or your Church then I adjure you in the name of Jesus Christ, whose name is above all names and who shall judge the living and the dead, Repent! Repent! Repent! The hour is very, very late!
I cannot stress enough it is American Christianity that is one of the greatest enemies of truth and righteousness today. It is not following the commands of Christ; no, it absolutely steadfastly refuses to and blasphemes God with its open rebellion against his commandments. Their mere presence in America obfuscates the real truth of Christ’s love, his righteousness and his justice from a dying world. Most are being used by the devil to bring persecution on the real saints when the LORD allows it. Woe unto them! Shall not the LORD judge them mightily in his hot displease on the great day of his judgment?
But fear not little flock, it is God’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom, for yet in a little while you shall see the hypocrite and the liar and the murderer no more, you shall look around and say ‘where is he’? And in that day the Angel of the LORD will reply ‘he is not here, he is lost, make no further inquiries for it is most unwise to mention their names’ rather give glory to God that you are among the redeemed and the Sons of God! The names the rebels against the LORD will be a hissing and a byword.
Rejoice Saints, for your redemption draweth neigh!
Love one another, forgive one another and walk in the light and you will be blessed of God and walk with him forevermore. Remember the poor and sick in your tithes and offerings and do not despise the lowly.
By Mark S. Watson
 Ward cites a much lower figure of 500,000 dead which only includes the Children. Yet the UN has reported the toll of around one million dead as a result of US sanctions in Iraq.
 All injustice is satanic, if you support it you are supporting something that is satanic. This is ny God tells us to love justice.
 I am not a defender of homosexuality. It is wrong and more importantly it is a grievous sin in God’s eye. But basic Christian admonitions found throughout the scriptures do not focus on hating gays, but on loving justice, truth, righteousness and our brothers.
 Yes there may be a few exceptions here and there, but only a few scattered about like a handful of seeds over a thousand acre farm.
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