Every society needs a moral code to guide it and to give it a sense of direction and a sense of purpose. No one moral code is necessarily superior to any other and so the Constitution forbidding the establishment of any one religion is a correct construct. The assertion that “morality cannot be legislated” is pure hogwash. Nearly all of our laws are based upon some concept of morality whether it be a state law forbidding murder or a federal law requiring taxation of its people in order for that government to provide the necessities that such governments must provide to its people.
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It is a farce to believe that morality cannot be an inherent part of any law. The opposite is true. Morality is an inherent part of any law. The moral basis of that law may be wrong, such as the moral basis of Obamacare, but that is where the concept of passing laws “for the common good” comes into play. The question often times becomes how much of the “common good” should be legislated? If it extends to far, it becomes socialistic. If it doesn’t extend far enough, then the governed society can be undisciplined with no direction, focus or a moral compass.
It almost goes without saying that the moral discipline in America is at an all time low.
One watch of almost any show on television, a medium that is supposed to pass for entertainment, clearly reflects a society that has come to view moral restraint as an ancient and old fashioned concept. Restraint in the use of drugs, in sex and in our choice of words hardly exists any more.
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“In a republican form of government, which the Constitution guarantees for the United States, elected officials are meant to set social policy for the country. They do so by embodying their view of America’s moral choices in law. (This is a particularly crucial manner for propagating morality in our republic because the Constitution rightly forbids the establishment of religion, the other major social vehicle for advancing morality across society.) In reality, legislatures discharge their moral mandates all the time, and not just in controversial areas such as abortion, gay rights, pornography, and the like.”
(Source: How legalizing gay marriage undermines society’s morals)
Does Morality In America Still Exist?
In his 1963 book, The Naked Communist, best selling author Cleon Skousen lists 45 different goals that the Communists have in terms of taking over, or weakening, America. Today we call these same folks socialists since, supposedly, Communism is “dead.” Socialism is but a lesser extreme of communism. If there is was any year in the history of modern America in which we can pinpoint the beginning of the end of morality in the United States, it was 1963.
“On June 17, 1963 the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that any Bible reciting or prayer, in public schools, was deemed unconstitutional. While American’s have endured great prosperity over the past 40 years we have also lost our moral compass and direction. In reviewing the research, data supports 1963 as a focal point, demonstrating a downward slope in our moral and social decline through 2001.”
(Source: The Communist Takeover Of America – 45 Declared Goals)
Let us be clear that there are differences between Socialism and Communism. Let us also be more clear that the goals and objectives of each form of political thinking has nearly the exact same goals and paths to “fundamentally transform” the United States. The political objectives of both of these ways of thinking is very simple: to fundamentally change America from a Constitutional Republic to a more Europeanized version of socialism.
“Socialism is commonly regarded as an economic system that seeks to achieve equality among members of society. Communism, on the other hand, is both an economic system that seeks equality among members of society and a political ideology that advocates a classless and stateless society and rejects religion. It is regarded as a more extreme form of socialism.”
(Source: Socialism vs Communism)
While all 45 of the goals of the socialists and communists address, in one form or another, basic moral underpinnings of the United States, 5 are especially critical when talking about the moral tone and demeanor of this great nation. Those five goals are:
Goal #24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
Goal #25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
Goal #26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.” [Related Article: Examining Homosexual Myths]
Goal #27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
Goal #28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
Typical of socialists and communists, each of these goals appears on its surface to have a nice sounding reason for taking the liberal position. But underneath, below the surface, the real goal is, always has been, and always will be the disintegration of the United States as we know it.
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Goal #24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
Who is in favor of censorship? No one. The very thought of it brings up Nazi like images of the SS confiscating books and pictures or of the Communists arresting you for making a statement that is mildly critical of the state. In a political context, no one wants, nor likes censorship of speech, thought or censorship of the press.
But what of moral censorship? By lumping all obscenity laws into the political context of free speech, the socialists have succeeded in confusing folks on the differences between the two. While it is a forgone conclusion that no one may censor my opinion on the government, it has become politically correct to forbid anyone from criticizing Islam or Muslims, or creating parodies of them. But, if Christianity is the subject of the discussion, then “free speech” allows anyone with enough vitriol in their pen to write whatever they want.
And this fits very nicely into their next goal of breaking down cultural standards.
Goal #25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
“The problem for many of our young people today is that they are unaware of what is considered indecent because they were never taught the basic fundamentals of good conduct by their parents. In fact, were you to ask those in their 20’s and early 30’s to define the words, vulgarity, obscenity, and swearing, I am confident that many would not know the differences.
And, because of political correctness, teachers are often unwilling to correct the students. An advocate of free speech, I am, however, saddened as well as incensed that our lack of decency has resulted in any and all vulgarities, obscenities, and common swear words now being considered the norm.”
(Source: The Use Of Vulgarities, Obscenities & Swearing In Public Speaking)
Now I know that my Libertarian friends have a strong issue about this. Generally speaking, Libertarians are opposed to almost any form of censorship, even if it means expletives are repeated many times in a public broadcast.
But good taste; good manners; correct English and the avoidance of boorish words cannot ever be replaced. Basic human decency requires that we respect ourselves and the people to whom we are speaking with by not using grotesque words and phrases that offend moral values. By promoting pornography and obscenity in publications, photos and the media, then we’re essentially telling folks that the lack of such respectful restraint in the use of such immoral images and pictures is OK.
Goal #24 and Goal #25 are all about the breakdown of moral discipline in our country. By continuously using the most disrespectful, disgusting and derogatory language possible in public and in the media, then that signals to the listener, and to society as a whole, that it is OK to use such language; to not be restrained by good manners or a moral code and ultimately this undermines the discipline of our speech in society and undermines the core moral values we must have in order not to approve such behavior.
Goal #26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
It has been 15 years since the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) law was passed. It states that the federal definition of marriage is between one man and one woman.
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“In the 15 years since the passage of DOMA, the culture has drastically changed. In 1996 Congress passed the bill with an overwhelming majority and then-President Bill Clinton is even quoted as saying, ‘I remain opposed to same-sex marriage. I believe marriage is an institution for the union of a man and a woman. This has been my long-standing position, and it is not being reviewed or reconsidered.’ In 2009, when asked to restate his position, Clinton said, ‘I personally support people doing what they want to do. I think it’s wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that.’ When reading the two quotes, it is impossible to miss the drastic shift in thinking. This is perfectly in line with Paul’s words at the end of Romans 1: ‘They not only do [sinful acts] but give approval to those who practice them.’”
(Source: Defense of Marriage Act in Trouble?)
Today, in America, what was once considered taboo has now become the norm. We’re no longer shocked and disgusted by the antics of a singer called Madonna. She has become blase, old stuff and yesterday’s news. Now, forging ahead with a cold, calculating and media contrived image, Lady Gaga has hit the scene. Her antics, her demeanor, her dress and her speech would have shocked millions of decent Americans 2 generations ago. Today, she is the norm. And her disgusting, pitiful and morally bankrupt presentations have become almost an expected norm. That is sad.
This is the kind of stuff that clearly demonstrates what was once socially and morally unacceptable, has become the norm. A public lap dance, at half time, in the middle of the playing field, to be seen by the thousands of fans at a professional Lacrosse game.
Evidence Of The Moral Decay Of America (video) 2:27
What has happened since 1963, the year the Supreme Court banned prayers in schools, is that our students no longer had a moral reminder, a moral compass, of what their lives should be like on a daily basis. Banning prayers in schools was tantamount to telling our students to forget about morals, ethics or other restraints in conducting daily life. Now, nearly 3 generations have grown up without prayer in schools; religious attendance in churches has seriously declined and the practice of one’s religion has become an afterthought.
Which brings us to the next goal.
Goal #27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
It is called “secular humanism.” And it is the most rampant and most dangerous kind of thinking that can exist in our country today. Last month I did an extensive blog post entitled ‘Secular Humanists: Enemies of The Constitution’ in which I made it very clear that Secular humanists maintain that they have “adopted the term ‘secular humanism’ to describe their non-religious life stance.” And to that end, secular humanists openly admit that they oppose all organized religions by further declaring that
“…secular humanism is at odds with faith-based religious systems on many issues, it is dedicated to the fulfillment of the individual and humankind in general.”
(Source: What Is The Origin of Secular Humanism?)
“So as it stands, both Republicans and Democrats realize America is lacking a strong moral compass. Millions of American parents are trying hard to teach their children good values, but are besieged by the terrible influences beyond the home. The secularists have succeeded in drastically changing the moral tone in this country. And 80 percent of us see that change as a bad thing.”
(Source: The Decline of Morality in America, Bill O’Reilly, FOX news)
Goal #28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
Well, this brings us full circle, now doesn’t it? This goal has been achieved by the Communists, socialists, liberal elite crowd. They were able to do this back in 1963, and the dangerous reprecussions have followed ever since.
So what are we to do in order to reverse this ugly decline of American, Judeo-Christian morality in this country? The only solution lies not in our legislators; not in our representatives but in ourselves. In our hearts.
“The words of two widely separated individuals, … columnist Cal Thomas and the former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, strike at the heart of the matter. Thomas writes, ‘When a building’s foundation is in disrepair, it must be replaced. This will take a change of heart and mind that requires different behavior and lifestyle choices. No politician can legislate that.’ Sadat wrote in his autobiography, ‘He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.’ The most vital key to ultimately creating a truly reformed culture is the change that will have to occur within the ‘very fabric’ of people’s thoughts.”
(Source: Legislating Morality)
The desire to change this morally bankrupt nation must come from the people who inhabit this country; its own citizens. Us.
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If we do not make this change of heart, then we will witness, and possibly our children will witness, the decline of America and the vanishing of anything that even begins to resemble morality in this country.
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- Obama recalls Roe v. Wade, backs abortion rights USAToday.com
– Assault on Morality in America (Jeremiah Project.com)
– The Decline of Morality in America (FOXnews.com)
– Without morality, America will collapse… (tldm.org)
– Obama Quietly Put Death Panel Back into Obamacare (grassroots.blogspot.com)
– The Breakdown of Morality in America – Have we Gone Too Far to Recover? (bignews.biz)
– How Satan Destroyed America (ricksarticles.blogspot.com)
Author: Daymond Duck
As I understand it, God sends His wrath from heaven against sinful people because He created them with the ability to know the truth, but they suppress the truth. People have known about Him and His power since He created everything, so those who suppress the truth are really without excuse (Romans 1:18-20).
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Consider those who lived in Judah during Old Testament Times. About 140 years before it happened, God told the Jews they would be taken to Babylon (Micah 4:10). About 100 years before it happened, God told King Hezekiah Judah’s treasures would be taken to Babylon (Isaiah 39:1-6). About 35 years before it happened, God told Huldah the judgment of God would fall on Judah (2 Chronicles 34:22-28).
About 20 years before it happened, God told Habakkuk Babylon would destroy Judah (Habbakuk 1:5-11). And shortly before it happened, God told Judah Babylon would destroy them because they had ignored His words (Jeremiah 25:8-11). The Jews were given many chances to repent, but they didn’t, so their destruction was their own fault because they chose not to listen.
Many people today have the same attitude that the people of Judah had. But instead of speaking through prophets like He did in Judah’s day, God speaks through prophecy writers, pastors, church members, family members and in many other ways. If they won’t listen, He will eventually decide that they have had enough chances. Then His judgment will fall and they will be without excuse.
As I see it, God is kind, loving, merciful, patient and full of grace. He is also holy, righteous and just: characteristics that require Him to deal with sin. He rules over this universe and He has told us how He wants us to live. To live any other way is sin. He doesn’t judge people without reason. He gives people many chances. Sinners can be forgiven, but only by putting their faith in Jesus and giving up their sins (John 14:6). If people choose to ignore this, He will be patient, but without repentance He will eventually act and it will be their fault.
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Also, as I see it, many people don’t want to hear Bible prophecy because the idea that a holy, righteous and just God will send judgment upon people, nations or the world scares them. Some may not be saved or they may have loved ones that are not saved and they prefer to ignore the fact that individuals, nations and the world are accountable to God.
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They would rather suppress the truth than to face the fact that they or their loved ones need to repent or God will eventually hold them accountable. It is especially scary when it is loved ones that are unwilling to repent. The thought of what might happen to them is difficult for kind-hearted people to think about.
Others don’t want to hear Bible prophecy, not because it scares them, but because they don’t believe it—they are turned off by it—they are afflicted by self-righteousness; they have been disillusioned by false prophets, or whatever. They have reached the point where they prefer to hear what the god of their imagination says rather than what the God of the Bible says. They prefer to heap unto themselves teachers that will tickle their ears. Those who do that are trying to silence God in their lives.
- Biblical Doctrines: the need for sound doctrine; does doctrine divide?; genuine Christians want to grow while the mainstream church wants to be happy…
Nevertheless, I believe God wants Christians to keep trying to witness to them. He loves them and He wants them to hear it whether they want to hear it or not. He wants them to have many chances to be saved whether they want them or not. Every time they are told about what is going to happen, how close we may be and what they need to do, God is giving them a chance to repent, accept Jesus and go to heaven. If they choose not to, that is their decision. And they are not really silencing Christians or silencing God in their lives, they are silencing themselves at the Judgment.
When they stand before Him there will be no acceptable excuses for ignoring His will.
So keep watching, keep witnessing and respect your calling as a Watchman (Ezekiel 3:15-19). In so doing, your heart is right with God whether others listen or not. If they listen, they will be saved and you will have a crown. If they don’t listen, it is their decision and it is not your fault. Don’t think of them as though they are going to die in the future. Think of them as though they are already dead and God is really giving them a chance to live.
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Author: Don McGee
In light of recent events centered in Washington a number of people are predicting a coming change in the way this country will be governed, and it is quite clear that the reason for their fearful expectation has to do with what they call their “growing loss of liberty.” It might come as a surprise to some readers, but these people are not all Christians and Bible prophecy teachers.
Many could not quote John 3:16-17 or name even four of the apostles if their lives depended upon it. They see themselves as regular people and their voices can be heard at morning coffee klatches all over this country. They sense that some event is near and their conviction is that it is ominous.
For students of prophecy the whole thing is very transparent which is the reason we don’t marvel at what is happening, nor do we shake in fear. God has given us His broad blueprint for human history, and we simply carry out our responsibilities as it all unfolds. It is important for our readers to be aware of what is happening and where things are going, so we have reprinted Chapter 8 of our book, Return to Shinar in order to address some aspects of this growing concern about what will bring this country to the point of no return. That chapter titled, “The Break Over.”
There comes a particular point in a country’s process of morphing from a land of liberty and self-destiny to a land of limitation and state subjugation where things go from changing to changed. Much like the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back, something happens that is the defining point in the transition. Until that point, it is all about a steady process, then suddenly something pushes the nation past the point of equilibrium. Much like a balancing scale where one side suddenly becomes heavier than the other, the weight of the process shifts, or breaks over, creating a new and unrecognizable nation.
A similar process happened in the early history of the American constitutional republic. The Declaration of Independence was the break-over point for the colonies that had long been in disagreement with England. The war had been going on for more than a year when the document was signed. The war was the result of the British parliament’s imposition of totalitarian measures upon the colonies.
The day the Declaration of Independence was signed was the day the colonies reached the point from which there was no return. This was especially so for the fifty-six signers, for from that day on, they were officially designated as traitors to King George III; as such, they were subject to be hunted down and hanged by his army.
On a single day, a process stopped and a result came into being. The American people do not have a special day to celebrate the process, but July 4 is set aside to celebrate the break-over point when the complexion of the colonies changed forever.
This is what is presently happening not only to the United States, but to the entire world. The process itself is ongoing, but there is an approaching point where the goal of change will be reached. It will happen suddenly. Americans will awaken one morning to a new government that has no concern for individual liberty. Many in the world are already there, and those who are not will be there soon.
Where America and the world are on the road to oneness is difficult to pinpoint. But, it is not difficult at all to see that we are indeed on that road and that the defining moment is no longer in the distant future. It is near. When it does happen, the huge sign that will be flashing at the border will read: “Welcome to Shinar-one people, one world, one purpose.”
It’s easy to see how Satan might have thought the twentieth century was that time. The events of the two world wars and the Holocaust might have seemed to him that the world was being set up to be his. Of course, it did not happen. It did not happen because God wasn’t ready; that is, in that context, the “fullness of time” had not arrived. Still, it was a dress rehearsal for what is coming-maybe a rough and disjointed one, but a dress rehearsal all the same.
Interestingly, Satan wasn’t the only one who might have thought that the critical time had been reached. From the late 1800s and Theodore Herzl’s publishing of The Jewish State to 1941 when Adolf Hitler was at his zenith, it was easy for those very few believers in Bible prophecy to think it was all shaping up. This idea took a quantum leap in 1948, when Israel was reestablished as a nation in her own God-given land.
But, none of those events, the Wannsee Conference in 1942, the reestablishment of Israel in 1948, etc., carried the world to the critical point of irreversible change. Though those events were important in themselves, especially the fact that the Jews were back in their land as a nation, the table hadn’t been fully set. There were other things God was going to allow, things that couldn’t have been imagined in those days.
The Nazi era of the twentieth century provides one of the best examples of a process of political change that is followed suddenly by a critical moment when a way of life is revolutionized literally overnight. A careful look at Germany from 1933 to 1945 will show that the process that produced Nazism is very much alive today. There came a crucial instant in Germany, an overnight event that changed everything for everybody, and Christians would do well to spend some time carefully comparing those days with what is happening today.
If a student of Bible prophecy would take advantage of some of the better volumes written on Nazism-there are many-along with the equally numerous factual documentaries produced on the subject, the template would easily be recognized today. The reason that era of human history didn’t become the one that returned humanity to Shinar wasn’t that it was ineffective.
What was done in the run-up to World War II and the means of tracking and controlling people in Nazi Europe was very effective. The reason was that the timing wasn’t right. Satan might have indeed thought his time had come in those days, but God knew it had not. Satan is an evil being with phenomenal power, but he is not omniscient.
Modern political events along with amazing technological advances are taking that pattern and refitting it for today, and Revelation 13 gives us a good idea of just how successful it will be post-rapture.
Consider some things from the Nazi era and see how they might apply to the near future regarding global events.
Every reader will know that Adolf Hitler was the architect of the Third Reich. The German people of those days considered him to be an infallible gift from providence. He was a veteran of World War I who became terribly embittered by Germany’s loss. He was convinced that Germany’s defeat was the result of betrayal and was infuriated by the impossible reparations the Treaty of Versailles imposed upon his fatherland.
After the war, Hitler got a civil service job. In this job, he was sent to infiltrate the anti-government political reactionary groups in Munich and report on their activities. Ironically, though, he found himself strongly agreeing with their message. By this fluke of history, he soon became their leader, and while he was in that position, he discovered he had a gift of amazing oratorical skills.
Hitler’s style of speaking set him apart from all others. On one occasion in which he spoke to a packed house, he employed some unique mannerisms.
He began by making the crowd wait an hour for him to appear. After walking to the stage with his eyes straight ahead and taking his place behind the lectern, he again waited silently for one full minute before saying a word. He gazed at the crowd, taking measurement of their mood. His words came slowly at first, with a voice that was calm and subdued. As he spoke, his words grew in emphasis as his volume increased. By the end, the crowd was ecstatic, with most on their feet applauding wildly.
Hitler bared his soul before his people, giving no excuse for what he said and offering no apology to anyone for his belief system. Many in his audiences seemed mesmerized by his words and demeanor, and it might be that his unashamed political and emotional nakedness contributed to the people’s unequivocal belief in his plan for Germany’s resurgence. They had found their champion.
In the beginning, in the early days of Hitler’s campaigning as the National Socialist German Workers’ Party leader, the people weren’t so impressed by his anti-Semitic view of the Jews or by his demand for Czechoslovakia to hand over the Sudetenland to the German people. What captured their attention and galvanized their support was the hope he offered them for national revival.
He promised the masses a resurgent Germany with a powerful military, and that the glorious fatherland would adhere to no reparation demands. The people loved him and his words. Essentially, he offered them hope-pure, nationalistic hope. And, it worked! The process of changing Germany had begun.
Finally, in 1933, the Nazi party took control in Germany, with Hitler becoming chancellor. That year marked the end of Germany as the people knew it.
How did this happen and how long did it take? It happened with an event that can be called the break-over point, and the result was that a new way of life was born in the German state in less than twenty-four hours.
The critical day came on February 27, 1933, just four weeks after Hitler became chancellor. At 10:15 that night, the Berlin fire department received a call that the German Reichstag (the German parliament) was burning. To this day, the details of the fire are unknown. It is quite probable that the Nazi party orchestrated the fire in order to create a “national emergency.”
Available “evidence” indicated that the Communists were to blame. Immediately, the people were bombarded with propaganda insinuating that the Communists were in a revolt and Germany had to “do something.” Hitler immediately claimed the fire was the intended signal for the beginning of the revolt, and that instant, strong measures had to be taken to protect the country.
On the next day, Hitler intimidated the aged President Paul von Hindenburg into issuing a type of executive order labeled the “Reichstag Fire Decree,” which suspended civil liberties in Germany. The “national emergency” required the “temporary” suspension of civil liberties for all German citizens, and that happened immediately.
It also required the setting up of the very first concentration camp at Dachau, the establishment of laws prohibiting Jews from working in the government and schools, the banning of trade unions, and the banning of all books deemed dangerous to the Nazi belief system.
It took Hitler just four weeks to bring Germany to the point of permanent change, and in less than twenty-four hours after that point had been reached, Germany became a totalitarian state. On the night of February 27, 1933, the people went to sleep as free citizens. On the morning of February 28, 1933, they woke up as enslaved subjects.
Americans, at least the older ones among us, cannot fathom this. We have experienced liberty and can recognize tyranny at extreme distances. The young among us, however, were born into an ongoing, semi state of emergency. They cannot recognize tyranny because they have never lived as adults with freedom from an intrusive government.
They’ve been indoctrinated into thinking government intrusion into their lives is normal. They can’t understand that the United States government, under the guise of a semi “national emergency,” has already suspended the Fourth Amendment in many public areas, is working toward the suspension of the Second Amendment in private areas, and is hell-bent upon suspending the First Amendment in any area.
An intrusive government never, ever reinstates liberties that have been suspended, and members of the younger generation cannot see this truth it as it unfolds before their eyes. They don’t realize that they, their families, their businesses, and everything else are being herded down a narrowing path whose end is at the border of Shinar.
The Islamic attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent attempts to kill Americans in the name of Allah constitute the cannon fodder for the globalists. They have been emboldened in their goal of redefining the U.S. Constitution and bringing the United States in line with a system more conducive to affecting globalism. This has been abetted by pointing the population to a tool of the enemy instead of to the enemy itself. Like rifles and grenades in a battle, so, too, is terror merely a weapon and not the real enemy.
What is the break-over point for America? What event is looming in her near future that could usher in a dramatic and irreversible change? No one really knows exactly what it might be, but many students of Bible prophecy believe it could come from several directions. Consider just five events that could do it:
1. A devastating natural disaster
2. Another horrific Islamic attack on a river-control structure, power grid, or metropolitan center
3. An uncontrollable contagion
4. Total financial collapse. Each could happen with astounding speed, and each could be responded to with a crippling government response at equally astounding speed.
The fifth possibility? The rapture – that is, when Jesus returns to take His church [Ekklesia] from this world. That event will impact the entire world, but countries like America that still have a sizeable Christian population will feel the brunt more than nations whose populations are secular or pagan in their religious beliefs.
The rapture of the church is likewise the culmination of a process, one akin to Satan’s plan to reorganize the nations of the world into a one-world system. The rapture will bring world events to the “fullness of time,” the moment when this planet and its rebellious people become ripe for God’s judgment.
Further, the removal of the church will not need hours to happen; it will happen in a space of time so small it cannot be divided. The personal and local impact will be felt immediately and in many ways. This is the most critical of all possible eventualities, and the fact is, it is imminent.
The specific event that will usher in the change is not important to Satan. What is important is that America-and the world, for that matter-must be convinced that whatever restrictive laws are implemented are for the “security” of the people. That builds a strong foundation for what is to come in the form of the Antichrist.
By looking at the European model of political thinking it appears clear that the trend toward globalism is rooted and nourished in Europe. What makes this important is that even a casual glance at various developments during the last several decades shows that the dance between America and Europe has often been led by Europe whether the issue is politics, economics, religion, morality, etc.
The inclination seems to be: as Europe is, so shall America soon be. But, this is not an anomaly in the minds of most prophecy students because they believe scripture indicates the Antichrist will come from the European political theater. They also believe that when he arrives America will be waiting to climb aboard his bandwagon, probably driven to that point by a number of factors including political/economic conditions along with a godless social and moral mindset common in most who are left behind post-rapture.
It appears very clear that we are in the dark shadow of impending and dramatic change. Any number of events could provide the spark, but the taking out of the church most definitely will make it happen. And that is the clarion declaration of CSM, that the return of Jesus for His church is imminent, though most can’t see it. “You can read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t understand the signs of the times” (Jesus to His listeners in Matthew 16:3).
Those TV cameras responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza
Author: Simcha Jacobovici
Source: TimesOfIsrael.com – 07.23.2014
I write this as a member of the press. I’m proud to be a journalist and a documentary filmmaker. I’m a member of the Foreign Press Association in Israel, and the co-recipient of this year’s Edward R. Murrow Award from the American Overseas Press Club. I say this off the top because I’m not an outsider pointing my finger at the media. Every year, journalists sacrifice their lives in war zones so as to keep us informed and protect freedom of the press, a cornerstone of democracy.
But the fact is that when it comes to Israel, the media has acted irresponsibly. Good journalism has been replaced by politically correct misreporting, and one of the net results is that Palestinian civilians, including children, are paying with their lives. How so?
There is no group that can be more evil, in the narrowest sense of the word, than the rulers of the Gaza strip, Hamas. They are openly anti-democratic, anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-Western. The list continues. These are the people who distributed candies, danced in the street and openly celebrated after 9/11.
I simply don’t know what else they could do to make Westerners dislike them. For good measure, they are anti-Palestinian nationalism. They don’t believe in a Palestinian state. They believe that “statehood” is a Western invention. They also believe in the destruction of the Jewish state as a step toward an international Islamic Republic. And yet, despite all of this, they are portrayed as freedom fighters by much of the international media.
The Western press has taught them that if they turn their children into props, they will win the propaganda war against Israel. In today’s media war, you need a good prop. Israeli Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett understood this when he faced CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. When she repeatedly used the term “occupied territories” to refer to parts of the ancient land of Israel, Bennett was ready. He pulled out a 2000-year-old coin that says “Zion” on it. He held it to the camera and asked something like, “I’m a Jew. How can I be ‘occupying’ Zion? How can I occupy my own land?” His point was “I’m not an occupier, I’m indigenous”, and he used an ancient coin as a prop for an audience with a limited attention span. It worked.
Turkish prime-minister Erdogan also understands that in today’s media war you need props. In 2010, the boat called the “Mavi Marmara” was just such a prop. From a PR point of view, it was a relatively cheap trick. You get a boat, you fill it with what Lenin called “useful idiots”, i.e. well-meaning politically-correct members of the bourgeoisie, espousing half-baked ideas. Then into the mix you insert a dozen jihadists ready to kill and be killed – and you’ve got yourself a media circus of incredible proportions. The Mavi Marmara incident involved a “ship of fools” which tried to run Israel’s sea blockade around Gaza. Ostensibly they were bringing humanitarian aid, but humanitarian aid can be delivered without any problems. It’s missiles that are a problem. So when Israeli commandos armed with paintball guns so as not to hurt anyone boarded the ship, they were attacked by jihadists wielding axes and knives. The commandos called for help. The jihadists were killed. But they had won the prop war. My fellow journalists portrayed the jihadists as victims and the Israelis as oppressors. The anti-Israel forces got billions of dollars worth of free publicity, and Turkish-Israeli relations were damaged almost beyond repair. None of this would’ve happened if there hadn’t been a prop that the cameramen could point their cameras at. The boat was the prop. Now it’s the children.
Hamas has understood what the ideology of terror has clearly espoused for over a hundred years. When attacking a democracy, the terrorist has to put it in a quandary. The way to do that is to force the democracy to kill civilians. So if you set up your terror-base under a school or a hospital, you’ve got it made in the shade. You launch missiles, for example, against Israel. Now the Israelis have a choice. Either they don’t respond, in which case the terror mounts in the face of ongoing impotence, or they do respond, in which case you’re going to have civilian deaths and dramatic pictures for the West’s nightly news.
Basically, the Western media has taught Hamas that it doesn’t matter how downright evil you are. It doesn’t matter if you launch two thousand missiles at civilian targets, including the airport. It doesn’t matter if you use your own children as human shields. You’ll get the coverage you want if CNN, BBC et al. have props to point their cameras at. Our form of news-gathering has taught Hamas to turn their children into those props, and to sacrifice them on the altar of Jihad. By misreporting, our media has encouraged the bad guys to kill their own children, and has dragged Israel into a war it did not want.
Nissim Sean Carmeli was a 21 year old soldier in Golani, Israel’s marines. He emigrated here from Texas. Until a few years ago, he went to the high school around the corner from my house. He had plans to go to university, meet a girl, start a family. When a few weeks ago Hamas started raining hundreds of rockets down on Israeli civilians, nobody wanted to send Sean and his friends into Gaza. As in Afghanistan, that would involve house to house fighting with a ruthless enemy who knows the terrain and has booby trapped every passage. It would have been very easy for the Israeli Air Force to simply level entire blocks of Hamas dominated neighborhoods. Americans have done this with impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan. But since Hamas plants its terror network beneath schools, hospitals and mosques, such a bombing mission would have involved high Palestinian casualties. So Israel decided not to level Gaza and send Sean in. He died so as to minimize Palestinian losses. I just came back from where his family is sitting Shiva, the Jewish custom of mourning. There were no anti-Arab speeches, no signs of militarism, just the tremendous grief of parents burying a child. As a journalist, I sat there and hung my head in shame, overwhelmed by the simple truth that while journalists feign concern for Palestinian kids, they are actually creating the environment for their deaths. In the meantime, Israelis like Sean are paying with their lives to avoid the very deaths they are being blamed for.
Capitalist-hater Michael Moore owns 9 properties
(with huge pantries apparently)
Author: Allen West
Source: AllenBWest.com – 07.24.2014
If there is one thing I despise most about liberal progressive socialists, it’s their hypocrisy. It is their sense of duplicitous elitism that points fingers at, “you rich white Republicans” but never answers for all the affluent liberals who are busy writing out checks to the Fundraiser-in-Chief.
The height of hypocrisy emanates from the Party of the political, entertainment, and media politburo whose members believe they know what is best for all us “little people” — yet they are constantly able to perpetuate the incessant lie of caring — and achieve economic enslavement.
According to divorce records obtained by The Detroit News and reported by United Liberty, The filmmaker, 60, who split his time between a home here and one in New York, is leaving his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn. […] By reaching a settlement, Moore avoids a trial that could have aired dirty laundry common in high-proile breakups and impugned his long-hewn image as a common man by disclosing details of his comfortable life. His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint. Moore and Glynn own nine properties in Michigan and New York, including a Manhattan condo that once was three apartments. CelebrityNetWorth.com pegs their wealth at $50 million. In legal pleadings, Moore blames his wife for the expansion of the 10,000-square-foot home on Torch Lake, which has a value of $2 million.”
So let me just repeat that: the fat fella who hates capitalism owns nine properties including a Manhattan condo, a 10,000 square foot home on a lake valued at $2 million, and has a net worth upwards of $50 million. So I guess making (lousy) film and having people pay to view these films is ok as long as it benefits him personally?
I suppose that aspect of personal free market capitalism is acceptable, because he has the noble goal of bashing that personal free market capitalism. However, economic policies that enable someone to invest, or find a capital equity investor, to enable them to advance an idea, innovate, use their American ingenuity resulting in their building a successful and profitable business that hires other Americans — and potentially leads to offshoot businesses — that is BAD!
It’s this selective policy agenda that makes these socialists so despicable.
I find it laughable that these folks call themselves “liberals.” They have nothing at all in common with the father of liberalism, John Locke. As in all things progressive socialist, they redefine the lexicon and take claim to titles that do not reflect who they truly are.
Today’s conservatives are the true “classical liberals” who believe in Locke’s trifecta of personal rights life, liberty, and property. It was Thomas Jefferson who refined the unalienable rights from the Creator of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property). I find it amazing that this pursuit of happiness is not acceptable for these post-modern liberals — progressive socialists –unless it meets their approval.
When Michael Moore and his ilk are attacking rich people they’re attacking those who worked hard and earned their keep but don’t maintain a like-minded political philosophy. That sentiment was reflected in Barack Hussein Obama’s “you didn’t build that.” It’s a belief that everything emanates from the government, so if it weren’t for government, you wouldn’t have an existence. But the fault of that logic is that it is the earnings of the individual that enable government to exist and build roads. These people simply don’t understand the premise of the social contract.
Moore and his like-minded progressive socialist elites become the adjudicators of what is acceptable wealth. They in truth believe themselves to be the grantors and takers of individual rights — as the rules for them are different.
Michael Moore is disgusting — physically, morally, and ethically. Yet in an America where the liberal media and the useful idiots elevate such a creative dunce, he becomes a wealthy — and in turn attacks the very system which enables him to garner wealth.
That is America and its free market economic system. Lucky for you Mr. Moore, there’s a sucker born every minute who will buy your foolishness. But be careful about biting the hand that feeds you — and based upon your girth, has fed you well.
Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome but Deadly
Author: Raymond Ibrahim
Source: RaymondIbrahim.com – 07.08.2014
I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new “caliphate” in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State (formerly “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”).
I did so in the vain hopes of learning something “new.”
But it was absolute déjà vu—taking me back to a decade ago, when I was reading and translating the Arabic writings and speeches of al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, as collated in The Al Qaeda Reader.
Now as then, it’s the same Koran verses; the same hadiths of Islamic prophet Muhammad waging and praising jihad; the same threats of hellfire for the munafiqun (hypocrites or lukewarm Muslims); the same carnal rewards in the now or hereafter for those who join the “caravan” of jihad.
Consider for instance the following opening words of a recently released short video from the Islamic State titled, “There is No Life Without Jihad”:
If you wish to know the way to glory and power, to goodness, security and joy, you must learn that there are no rights without jihad, no justice without jihad, no dignity without jihad, no security without jihad, no future without jihad, no life without jihad, no life without jihad.
After this rather hackneyed opening, one Abu Muthana, a jihadi from Britain, appears quoting some more of the usual Koran verses, hadiths, and ulema, in this case, Imam Qurtubi, who wrote that “jihad gives life.” Finally he summarizes the goal of the jihad—in case anyone is still not sure—namely, to fight until “the law [Sharia] of Allah is implemented and the caliphate restored.”
To reiterate, there is little new or original in the videos and communiques from the Islamic State. Just static Islamism.
If one turns to the speeches of other Islamic and jihadi groups around the world—from the African groups such as Boko Haram (Nigeria) and al-Shabaab (Somalia), to Asian groups such as Abu Sayyaf (Philippines) and the Islamic Movement (Uzbekistan)—it’s the same thing, same themes, same scriptures, same quotations, same exhortations, same condemnations. Only their temporal circumstances and vicissitudes of victory or defeat differ.
While the Western mentality, so used to seeing and hearing about the “latest” or “newest” fad, may deem the Islamist approach as static or insipid, it is, quite the contrary, immensely effective for its purposes, and thus dangerous.
Consider: It’s the same exact message—of racial supremacism, hate, and violence, capped off with divine sanctioning—repeated over and over again, from a myriad of sources and organizations, all of which claim authority.
One can think of few better ways to brainwash and indoctrinate young and impressionable minds—to the point that they eagerly embrace death, including through suicide (AKA “martyrdom operations”).
Nor is this message of jihad, conquest, and death-to-the-infidel, limited to the verbiage that transpires among terrorist organizations; instead, this sort of rhetoric has spread far and wide, thanks to modern technology—including the Internet and social media—and the rich Gulf States, chief among them Saudi Arabia, which have seen to it that the jihadi books and passages being quoted are available to all and sundry.
Indeed, and has been demonstrated repeatedly, such jihadi rhetoric is regularly used in mosques all throughout Europe and America—explaining why an inordinate amount of jihadis in Syria and Iraq, such as Abu Muthana, the aforementioned “Brit,” are in fact from the West.
If the West, in the name of “religious freedom,” is still too fretful to monitor and ban such sermons, in Egypt—a Muslim nation in the heart of the Islamic world—the post Muslim Brotherhood government has come to understand the necessity of outlawing “certain” kinds of rhetoric from the mosques, specifically, those about jihad against infidels and apostates.
Of course, such a move sounds extremely “anti-freedom” to the liberal mentality; the New York Times bemoaned it, without considering that such a clampdown on sermon topics actually combats terrorism and saves human lives. For example, the overwhelming majority of attacks on Egypt’s Christian Copts occur on Friday—the one day of the week Muslims congregate in mosques to hear sermons.
Ultimately, however, such a move from Egypt—an Islamic nation—is an indicator of just how problematic unregulated (i.e., jihadi) sermons can be: if “moderate” Muslims are fearful from the repercussions of “radicalized” sermons, shouldn’t we “infidels” be even more wary of them?
In the end, there’s good news and bad news in all this: the good news is that one need not be familiar with the constant communiques, videos, and messages emanating from this or that jihadi group—for they are all recycled, all the same. To hear one, is to hear them all.
The bad news is that, due to the severe lack of common sense and censorship in the form of political correctness that plagues the West, the rhetoric of jihad and its unvarying message of hate remains wholly unintelligible.
If the jihadis, like parrots, are forever repeating each other—and luring other parrots to join them—Western leaders and politicians, like ostriches, are forever sticking their heads in the sand, lest they acknowledge the cacophony of hate surrounding them, and us.
Author: Ron Graham
“Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.” Proverbs 28:5
As we move ever closer to a world of totalitarianism we will be confronted with some realities that will boggle the mind – some of which will destroy many souls. Such realities will include the denial of basic rights. Freedoms we’ve enjoyed in America for a couple of hundred years are disappearing, most of them during the last four. As an American you may still have the perception of freedom, but that perception is diminishing while despotism becomes increasingly more palpable. God’s judgment is intensifying here on American soil. Yet, most Christians in America are blind to the truth of what is transpiring, and they are not ready for what’s coming.
Apparently expressing our views in a public setting is already a crime in this country. A Christian man who had complained about Obama on his blog and on a radio show received a visit from the authorities who came to his home at night and took him away to a mental hospital for observation. Although they released him after a team of doctors examined him, he was forced to hand over his firearms. There are numerous stories such as this appearing on a continuing bases through various news sites on the web. What America is turning into is obvious. What was that old adage that rang so true during the 40’s and 50’s? “I’d rather be dead then red”. Something evil this way comes.
“And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.”Malachi 3:5
Immorality and paganism in America are rampant today. God has declared His righteous judgment on America. The land of the free and the home of the brave is now the land of the greedy and the home of the apathetic.
The current outlook for America is not a good one. One hundred million people who could be in the workforce are not. Over half of the population in America is on some kind of government assistance. The ones paying the bills are also fit to be tied. There’s a feeling of foreboding permeating this land. Currently we are watching as the bottom falls out of this once great economy. All Americans are systematically being thrust underneath an ever increasing mountain of debt which has been imposed upon us by our greedy and immoral government leadership. With the ever escalating popularity of government handouts, more and more Americans will be inclined to go along with the status quo rather than to make tough decisions to avoid further loss. We’ve all grown used to the many amenities our culture offers, and many Americans have no idea how to live without them.
Question: Will Americans, when their inalienable rights are on the line, still opt for government handouts in lieu of freedom? The world economy is on the ropes and America is teetering on a precipice. Soon all will come crashing down and the ensuing civil unrest will be devastating – the power brokers behind our government leadership already know this and they are currently preparing for worst case scenarios. The implementation of martial law may well be one such scenario. Certainly there will be new unconstitutional laws forced upon all American’s.
- Making God’s People Trust A Lie
Many Christians see the gloom on the horizon but believe that the Rapture of the Ekklesia will occur before any serious consequences ensue. This is flawed thinking at best. The word of God tells us that the saints will be removed prior to the wrath of God to come, but we are never told that we won’t go through trials and tribulations prior to the Rapture. On the contrary, we are told by our Lord Himself that we will face much persecution, hatred, and menacing times.
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…” John 15:18-20
How can American Christians look at their brethren who are suffering horribly in other countries and then say America is different? I’ve actually read that some believe the reason America is immune is because we have more Christians. What? Does God love His Children in Somalia, China, Korea, Russia, Libya, Syria, Iran, et al, less than those who live in the US? My advice for all the born again “in Christ” believers in America is to strengthen yourselves through the word of God for what’s coming. America is not immune to persecution – we are on a precipice and there is nowhere to run.
“I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:” Proverbs 8:20
People, what is happening in America today is not a symptom of the times or even a “warning” of coming judgment. Judgment is here, America, and it’s not going to get easier to contend with. It’s growing exponentially worse every day. It may seem like I’m harping on this issue but as a watchman I have a responsibility to my brethren – and to my God. All God’s watchmen have been entrusted with godly discernment. So we step out into the front lines, place our focus on the coming storms, and then ride back to town and lay out a scenario of what we see coming – to all who will listen.
Reading news headlines from many sources, some obscure sources, is time consuming but enlightening. Studying scriptures to place our current societal events in perspective with prophecy can be daunting, but it needs to be done – daily. What can be easily seen by your watchmen today is a systematic burgeoning attempt to placate the masses with unfunded thus unsustainable liabilities in order to hasten the collapse of the economy of the US. The impending destruction of America is necessary to bring about the agenda of the evil one. America must diminish (be taken out of the way) so that Israel can be attacked without there being anyone standing up for God’s chosen people – save God alone.
Many in America’s government leadership are currently doing everything possible to take our military and our economy out of the arena of worldwide dominance. There are other nations that see this occurring and they in turn are focused on expanding their worldwide influence and supremacy, ready to jump in and take our place – minus the support for Israel of course. The completion of this scenario is not far off. Moving our military into the realm of fully accepting the homosexual agenda was a planned maneuver by the principalities and powers – the prince of the air. Turning our homeland security into jack boot thugs reminiscent of Hitler’s day was also a planned tactical maneuver. The HLS now has a massive and fully stocked arsenal of weaponry and militaristic leadership – certainly not a sign of benevolence toward Americans.
Keep watching for the sovereignty of the US to be handed over to the UN. This will end horribly for all those who plan on taking a stand against such corruption. I can’t be more urgent regarding the coming storm. We are heading into a dark and horrible time and the only way to be prepared is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
“If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” Malachi 2:2
For many years now America has been constant in sending a message to God – stay away, we don’t want you here. Now that we have a sitting president that through his own deceived mindset has proclaimed the U.S. a homosexual nation there should be no shock at what our future holds. God will not be mocked. Our blessings as a nation have turned to curses. Why? We keep the glory that belongs to the Lord for ourselves. Our hearts are unmoved toward our God. In short my friends, America deserve what’s coming.
- Praying for Richmond and the Greater Richmond Area
Soon it will be forbidden by the law of the land to try and help someone out of the aberrant lifestyle of homosexuality. To tell a homosexual that their lifestyle is a choice not a DNA trait will include severe punishment for those individuals. When the laws of the land include punishment for anyone who speaks against homosexuality, the Christian culture in America will decline as many will be so intimidated that they will no longer wish to be a part of the club. Yes, much of Christianity has turned into the “club” atmosphere in this country.
- The Bible and Homosexuality
The same will be found for those who oppose abortion. Those who are against abortion will be removed from society. Those who are against the moral decline of this nation will also be removed – eliminated. Most Christians will not stand against the natural flow of progress no matter how deranged that progress becomes. Placing oneself in harm’s way is not a pleasurable thought. But that is exactly where all those who stand for God’s truth will find themselves in the not so distant future.
- War On Christianity
The obvious fact is this; the children of the One true God, the God of the Holy Bible, are under siege. The attacks on our Christian values and heritage come from every direction. The nation that once enjoyed God given blessings of prosperity and health is now a nation of very unhealthy people, and prosperity has fallen off the cliff. People are heading into poverty at breakneck speeds. Why is that? When the majority of the populous of any nation says there is no God or that God is irrelevant to their existence, then what they can expect is a natural progression into moral and physical decay – judgment. The Democratic National Convention, a representative body of Americans, booed, hissed, and jeered as one of the speakers tried to put God back on their national platform after they had decided to remove Him from their convention, proving beyond the shadow of doubt that many Americans want nothing whatsoever to do with their Creator.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
God empowers us and loves us and has bestowed upon us a sound mind so that we can continue without fear while surrounded by a society of perverted and degenerate lost people. How many times in our Bibles does Jesus tell us to fear not? Therefore, since the Creator of the universe admonishes us to fear not – fear not my brethren. Our Savior is nigh at the door.
God bless you all,
All original scripture is “theopneustos” [God breathed]