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My Theory of God And Miracles: Why He Does Them Sometimes And Not Others And For Certain People Over Others

November 21, 2014

This won’t be a long article, and I won’t try to reason through each statement with Scripture as I often tend to do in articles dealing with Christian faith.

This is about an existential question that every Christian experiences at some point: why does God act?  Why doesn’t the God who acted before not act now?  Why do some people experience more miracles than others?

Let me begin by answering all of these questions this way: ultimately, I don’t know.  Only God will be able to answer all of our particular questions.

But I have a theory that I thought I would briefly share.

I have experienced many miracles.  There have been times when things have happened to and in my life that no one on this earth will ever be able to tell me wasn’t God directly intervening on my behalf.

And I have also experienced moments when I felt like I was twisting in the wind.

One might begin to feel as if God is a switch with a faulty circuit: He might come on for you, He might not.

I’ll put the question this way: if God intervenes for me, why doesn’t He ALWAYS intervene?  Why sometimes and not others?  Why in certain situations but not in every situation?

At the macro level, God is sovereign.  That means that God is ALWAYS working and ALWAYS in control.  But sometimes God allows the universe to continue its natural cycle – He created a causal universe for a reason, after all – rather than entering in directly and intervening for His children.

But why?  If He’s going to act on our behalf, why doesn’t He always act on our behalf?

What occurs to me is that God is like a parent: should a parent constantly intervene for his/her kid every single time in every single situation?  Or would that not produce a spoiled kid with rather enormous issues?  I dare say that kid would turn out to be soft, self-indulgent, refuse to ever take responsibility as everything would be daddy’s or mommy’s problem to fix, self-excusing, hypersensitive and narcissistic to the point of ridiculousness.  Because everyone would supposed to be really, really nice to that child who would never grow up and always drop their own lives to help them to do everything they needed.

I can here provide an example of truly “bad” parenting when a too-nurturing mother gives her child all he wants rather than the medicine he needs:

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that they said could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life..

But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment, prompting a psychiatric nurse to reach out to his father, Peter Lanza, in an urgent email.

“I told Adam he has a biological disorder that can be helped with medication. I told him what the medicines are and why they can work. I told him he’s living in a box right now and the box will only get smaller over time if he doesn’t get some treatment.”

Nancy Lanza rejected the Yale doctors’ plan. Adam was 14.

Six years later, Adam, now an emaciated recluse and fixated with mass killers, murdered his mother and massacred 20 children and six educators before turning a gun on himself at the elementary school he once attended in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown.

We have in God the One who created both male and female in His image (Genesis 1:27).  The God who had man and woman within Himself in His image has all the attributes of perfect Father as well as perfect mother all in perfect balance.  He will give us the nurturing care that we need; He will also give us the corrective discipline that we need.  He will not allow us to become basket cases due to His excessive care or His excessive neglect.

Miracles and the withholding of miracles are part of that balanced care.  God gives us what we need and not more.  God gives us everything we need and not everything we want.

But there’s more: God CAN’T come to us every time and answer our prayers every time for another reason: because He wants us to have faith in Him through good times and through bad times.  And if we always have faith in Him only through the good times because we’re never allowed to have bad times, where would our faith be?

In order to truly, fully learn to trust, I believe we need to go through difficult, hard times.  And when we truly develop that “hard times” faith, what we’ll see is that God is in our situation with us, giving us just enough, being our daily Bread, as we hold on to Him in our adversity in a way that we could NEVER hold on to Him in our pleasure and in our pleasant places.

Then there’s those people whom God always does miracles for.  What’s up with them?

Well, God has ALWAYS worked in the lives of particular people.  Read the Bible: did God work more in Moses’ life than in the lives of all of his people?  Of course.  And the same with Noah and with Abraham and with David and on and on.  You just see that throughout the Bible: God picks out certain people, and works through them to reach the rest of His people.  He reaches out to people through people.  And those people see things that other of His people don’t see.

It’s not that God loves those people more, or that those people are necessarily more spiritual.  It is not those who are called who are special; it is always the God who called them who is special.

God doesn’t pick these people for who they are; often He picks them in SPITE of who they are.  And then He molds them and refines them according to His plan for their lives.

Anyway, God gives me the miracles I need to keep trusting Him and following Him and believing in His provision.  And He gives me other believers and their miracle stories to know that He’s working in the lives of ALL His people rather than just in mine.  And I am not only able to receive the miracles I receive, but also the miracles that other Christians receive as I learn to trust my God and grow in that trust through good time and through bad times.

Seven Lessons In Fighting Against The Devil: My Own Basic Training In Spiritual Warfare

November 7, 2014

I love to go on hikes.  And I mean long hikes.

At least three times every week – and frequently four – I go on a nearly 10.5 mile hike through the desert.  I live in an unincorporated area right next to the foothills that make up the beginning of the Little San Bernadino Mountains, and all I’ve got to do is walk across a street and I’m out in the boonies.

I love the quiet, the solitude, the time to pray, to reflect on my day, to just gather my thoughts and feelings and make sense of the world and my little place and part in it.  Those walks are the highlight of my day, not to mention my dog’s day.

There’s only one not so little problem: rattlesnakes.

Due to my schedule as well as the heat of the desert, I’ve got to start off in the fairly late afternoon.  Which means that a good share of my walking takes place in the darkness.  Which means I’ve got rattlesnakes on the hunt a good share of the year. And they’re nocturnal.

I occasionally see different species of non-poisonous snakes.  I don’t mind them and they don’t mind me.  If you eat rodents, keep up the good work.  But lucky me, for every non-rattlesnake I see, I see at least a dozen rattlesnakes. It’s like they’re drawn to me or something.

And we don’t get along so well.  I took out eleven rattlesnakes so far this 2014.  Believe me, that’s more than enough to keep me looking for them.

Rattlesnakes are deadly.  And if I encounter one, I deal with it in a manner that has not endeared me to the rattlesnake community.  Now, someone might tell me, “If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.”  The problem with that is that I can assure you from personal experience that rattlesnakes cannot be counted upon to hold their end of that bargain.  If you or your pet get close to one – no matter how unintentionally – it will bite. And did I mention rattlesnakes are deadly?

Let me tell you something: when you’re out in the desert in the dark these moving land mines will just freak you out.

Mind you, it also freaks you out when you take one on and try to take it out.  It’s about as easy to kill Jason Voorhees as it is a rattlesnake.  They do NOT die easy.  And you will find that even an hour or two after they finally ARE dead, their bodies will still continue to move.  It turns out that they can even deliver bites hours after they’re dead.  It is no joke to encounter one of these things, believe me.

And when they move, they move scary fast.

I’m not trying to argue that rattlesnakes are “evil” or “demonic.”  They are predatory animals who do what predatory animals do.  And as long as they remain far enough away from people and their pets in human-populated areas, God bless them.  But that said, I have found in my reflections that there are principles that rattlesnakes have in common with the fallen angels otherwise known as “demons.”  Which is why I find it particularly illustrative that Satan appeared to Eve in the Garden in the form of a serpent.

Every time I go on my walk during rattlesnake season, I say a prayer that the LORD protect, defend and deliver me and my beloved dog from rattlesnakes, coyotes, mountain lions and other threats that we can walk into (I pray to be safe from the human rattlesnakes, too).  And I ask the LORD that we not even encounter any of these dangers.  I make that distinction because if I encounter a rattlesnake, that doesn’t mean that the LORD failed or refused to protect me.

That’s lesson one: sometimes the LORD wants us to encounter – and to confront and combat – evil.

Evil is a reality.  We cannot avoid evil in this world.  There simply inevitably comes a point in life when we must face it and deal with it.

While I have no doubt that God has often sheltered His people by either keeping them away from evil or evil away from them, we cannot live our lives and walk across this earth without ultimately having to confront evil. We can’t pretend it isn’t there, or that we can keep hiding from it, or that we can reason with it, or negotiate with it, or compromise with it.  Evil always plays for keeps and it will always take whatever you offer it and then it will try to take everything else away from you, too.  We won’t ultimately be safe from evil until it is totally defeated and destroyed.

And so we should pray accordingly: go ahead and ask the LORD to keep evil away from you; but ask Him most of all that He would keep you and yours safe, protect you and deliver you, when it is your turn to confront evil. Because evil will come against you, and either you will prevail against it, or it will prevail against you.  And I for one want to have God on my side whenever that moment comes.

As I walk along out in the desert in the growing darkness, I know that there isn’t a rattlesnake behind every single bush.  As many of them as there are crawling around out there, there is nevertheless a limited number of them.  The same is true of demons: I have heard it dismissively said of a particular Christian or particular Christian denominations that he or she or they “believe there’s a demon behind every bush.”

Well, we know there isn’t a demon behind every bush.  But if you’re wise you know that there could be a demon behind any particular bush, just as there could be a rattlesnake behind any particular bush when you’re out in the desert at night.

That’s lesson two: evil is pervasive.  It is all around us.  You have to be on the lookout for it or you could be in great danger.

The Bible says this: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” — 1 Peter 5:8

My emphasis is the “be alert and of sober mind” part as well as the fact that our enemy is constantly prowling around out there, hungry for us and for our loved ones.  Anyone who thinks that the Bible teaches that we should have a cavalier disregard of the demonic realm is biblically ignorant.  The Bible at great length assures us that demons are real and they are out to get us and either harm us or deceive us into harming ourselves.

As dangerous as a rattlesnake that you see before you is, the one that is there but that you do not see is vastly more dangerous.  And the same is true of the devil and his fallen angels.

As I am walking, I am constantly and continually scanning for rattlesnakes.  Because there’s no way to predict that one will be here and not there or there but not over there.  Rather, they could be anywhere out there; and they are literally lying in wait, ready to strike.  It’s just what they do. And as I’m walking and scanning, I’ve said my prayers that I will invariably repeat more than once that the LORD reveal them to me, that the LORD let me discern the presence of serpents, that neither myself or my beloved dog will walk into deadly fangs.

There’s something about knowing that you are potentially walking into deadly ground that livens your prayer life.  It isn’t theoretical or even merely possible any more; it’s real. I’ve been forced to confront it many times and I know that I will very likely confront it again.  And every walk is a battlefield and I go in earnestly praying that the LORD will keep us safe and deliver us and protect us.

Think of that proverb, “There are no atheists in foxholes.”  That word wasn’t given by some pencil-necked bookworm reverend delivering a sermon to a congregation of old women; it was given by a man who served in Bataan and subsequently reinforced by military men – and even by General Dwight D. Eisenhower – who understood that in the presence of the greatest dangers there is the greatest and most powerful presence of a Great God.  You’re in trouble, you’re in danger, you have a sense that your life could be snuffed out at any moment; and you call out to God.  And that is when you find Him the closest and the nearest and the dearest. The Bible says that “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24); if you’ve ever been in a deadly, desperate place where you know in your gut that no one else can possibly help you, only then have you truly known the power of a God who surrounds you in a way that no other friend possibly can.

And the number of men and women who have faced their darkest and most terrifying moments and found that presence to be the Ultimate Reality is well into the millions.  Because that God is real and His deliverance is real.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  — Psalm 23:4

That’s lesson three, by the way: never take the ground you are walking over for granted when it comes to spiritual warfare.  Because the reality of danger is absolute; and there could be death waiting all around you.

One day a few months ago I was working on my motorcycle.  For the record, I enjoy working on my bike or on my car – as long as I’m achieving and progressing in my efforts. When things don’t go well, when I misplace tools or parts that I just had a second ago, or get bogged down by difficulty getting a tool or a part to be in the sort of precise alignment I need it to be in, well, I confess to coming unglued.  As in “completely unglued.”

Anyway, on this particular occasion, I became so darned angry that I was ultimately ranting at the only One who could hear me (at least I HOPE none of the neighbors heard me!): “Why don’t you just kill me and get it over with?”

As angry as I was at the time, I immediately realized that I had just crossed a line.  And I realized that in a much more profound way because whether I was done working on the bike or not, I was going to be going on one of my hikes through the desert very soon that very evening.

And I knew it would be all-too-easy for the LORD God to give me what I had just essentially asked Him for.  Because I go out far enough and into difficult enough terrain that if I get bitten by a rattlesnake, no ambulance is going to be able to reach me.  And in some of the places I go there aren’t even very many four-wheel-drive vehicles that would be able to get to me.

And so I realized that I hadn’t just said some idle words: I had literally just invited death upon myself.

And it was with that realization that I confessed my sin before God with urgency that I would not have had were I not walking out into the gathering darkness of the desert.

And that’s lesson four, which corresponds directly to lesson one: you get yourself prayed up if you know what’s good for you.

That very day, as I was walking, I came across something that I had frankly never seen before or since in all of my many walks: a dead rattlesnake.  I could see what happened: a dirt bike had ridden right over the thing and killed it. It hadn’t happened all that long before, I could tell: because its body was still moving.

Now, a nonbeliever might just chalk it up as a meaningless coincidence, but that sure wasn’t my frame of mind: I saw that dead rattlesnake as a message from God.  That one could have been for me.

If I’m going into harm’s way, I’m going there in a spirit of prayer. And if you’re wise, so will you.

On the subject of getting prayed up and confessing your sins, let me now give you a lesson five: if you’ve got children, you ought to know that this DOUBLY applies to you.

What’s interesting – and I’ll explain as I continue – is that I’m generally not overly worried about myself on my long walks: it’s my beloved dog that I worry over incessantly. I am well aware of the dangers and I’m looking for them; but is my dog – playing and investigating  as she does – so aware?

If you’re a parent, you know what I’m talking about: that fearful attitude for your little one that says, you go ahead and do what you want to me, but don’t you dare even so much as LOOK at my kid or I will END you.

That’s why I kill every rattler I come across, for the official record.

But let me tell you this, parent: I worry about my little girl out there.  That’s what scares me the most in the desert. When you have a little loved one in peril, you’re left feeling almost physically sick.  You get physically sick with fear for what almost happened to your kid.  It just terrifies you and unnerves you in a way that you would never be so terrified or unnerved if you were only thinking of yourself.

I could leash her all the time, but this is a vast, isolated place where God literally made her to run over.  And most of the time she’s safe. Just like any child, my dog needs her independence and opportunity to be on her own.  I always put her on the leash when there’s obvious danger or when my gut – or my spirit – tells me to do so.  But she has to be allowed to run on her own, too.  If you’re a parent, you obviously understand the tension inherent in striving to find the perfect balance between excess fear and excess confidence that nothing bad can happen.

So most of the time she’s running around; and I am constantly worrying about what she’ll run into.

I can’t keep her safe all the time, any more than any parent can keep their child safe all the time.

There are those moments when you realize the safety of your beloved kid is out of your hands and out of your control, and all you have to rely on is the LORD God.

And so I’m praying and I’m praying.  And I’m telling you, parent, you pray for your kid.  You get on your face before the LORD and you pray that the LORD will intervene on your behalf to protect your child from harm.  You confess your sins and ask for forgiveness so you can intercede with the LORD over your child and you pray that the LORD will give your child the discernment to sense the presence of evil and have the sense to flee from it; you pray that the LORD will deliver your kid from evil.

There was a time about six months ago that I was walking in the morning, rather than in the evening.  But rattlesnakes are like us: they don’t want to be out there when it is too hot; so they are most on the prowl in the early morning and in the evening.  Just like you.  Well, anyway, my dog jumped on a big boulder, as she does pretty much every time there’s a big boulder for her to jump on.  And that’s when I saw a big Western Diamondback.  I had my camera, so I took a picture of the thing before I took it out.  Because it won’t be so pretty when I get done with it. Anyway, I took the picture and was looking for a big rock.  I saw a good rock behind me.  And without thinking it through, I walked over to get it.

Well, I was walking away from my dog, who jumped off the boulder and began to trot toward me.

Right into the path of the rattlesnake.

I saw the danger too late and screamed at my dog at the top of my lungs to try to somehow avert what was happening and which I was too far away to do anything other than yell to prevent.

That was actually a mistake.  Because my dog is a sensitive girl and yelling at her just causes her to shut down.

So now she’s coming toward me all freaked out because she knows I’m upset.  And she’s scared and not thinking about what’s around her.

She trotted right into the path of that rattlesnake.  Right into its path.  And as I looked on helplessly in utter horror it struck at her from point-blank range.

To this day I remember it as if it were in slow motion: the coiled-up snake struck at my dog’s left front side, at her shoulder just above her leg.  And somehow it missed by less than half an inch.  I could literally see it miss as it struck at her left shoulder, but it was so close that I had to carefully examine her and make sure that it hadn’t struck her. I couldn’t accept that she was okay until I had my hands over her.

What are the odds of that?  That a lightning-fast rattlesnake would strike at a dog from point-blank range – and miss?

I’m telling you, it was God and His angels, that’s what it was.

I killed it extra-dead.  If death can be compared to caffeine, I gave that rattlesnake a quintuple espresso latte of it.  With lots of extra gory sprayed on top.  Because don’t you DARE mess with my little girl. I threw those rocks down so hard on that rattlesnake I have a feeling some of them ended up in China.

And I thanked the LORD God and I frequently continue to thank my God that He protected my beloved dog.

You know just how it is if you’re a parent.  Sometimes I’ll be on my hike and some kids on dirt bikes or quads will come flying up the trail.  And in a minute I’ll be mad as hell at the risk they’re putting my little dog under, but at the moment I’m not thinking about being mad or getting even; I’m just thinking about how to get my dog to safety.  It’s only after I know she’s safe that I start getting mad (as in rabid).

It’s an amazing thing to have a little dependent life; you don’t think about yourself.  You think about your little loved one.  And I’ve never, ever in my life feared for myself the way I’ve feared for those little souls who depend on me to take care of them.

Turn that sense of all-encompassing concern into action and PRAY FOR YOUR KID LIKE YOUR KID’S LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.  Because it literally can.

If your kid is safe from evil, you thank the LORD for it.  And you keep praying that the LORD will protect your kid.  Because your kid has this in common with my dog: both are very likely oblivious to many of the worst dangers that could harm them.  And so YOU need to take that responsibility on yourself and intervene on their behalf even as you try to watch over them as best you.

And in the same way, whether it’s your spouse or your aging parents or your aunts and uncles or your friends at work, when you sense that they may be facing danger, YOU PRAY FOR THEM.  And you keep praying for them.  You intercede with the LORD on their behalf.

There are so many dangers facing children these days, not merely physical dangers but dangers to their self-esteem and to their worldview and to their very souls. Parents tend to blissful ignorance until they see a clear threat against their kids; and THEN they freak out. I’m trying to point out that parents need to realize that their kids are in danger every time they leave their sight. And we need to be praying that nothing harms our kids. Because there are parents who sincerely believed they’d done everything right protecting their kids, but one day they are horrified to discover that their kids’ souls are just poisoned and their attitudes are toxic. And it happened right under their noses BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T LOOKING FOR DANGER OR FOR OTHER FORMS OF DANGER THAT CONSUME CHILDREN. And there are just ALL kinds of rattlesnakes out there seeking to twist and harm your kids in all kinds of different ways. And we need to realize that our kids are walking through a snake field a good share of the time.

Pray for your children with a sense of urgency and with the attitude that God hears and answers the godly prayers of parents for their kids.

Here’s another one for you: as I’m walking along, I pull out my flashlight and I turn it on and illuminate my path.  The more you’re in the dark, the more you need light. That’s lesson six, for those keeping score at home.

I walk over some pretty uneven ground.  And at night what you most lose is depth perception, the ability to clearly see if you’re about to walk up a rise in elevation or down into a sink.  There are rocks all around that can cause you to trip and stumble; there are old water channels from past flooding that can cause you to lose your balance.  You can wander off the trail and not even realize you’ve done so.

If you get even a little bit distracted, you can literally get turned around and think you’re going the right way toward home when in reality you are walking deeper into the darkness.

Because it can get DARK out there.  Many times I’ve put my hand right in front of my face and couldn’t make out my hand even though I knew exactly where it was and was looking for its shape.

And of course, like I said, there are rattlesnakes, a lot of rattlesnakes.  And they could be anywhere out there.  And sometimes they’ll rattle but often times they’ll lie motionless as they count on their camouflage.  And that would work out great for everybody – unless you accidentally step on them or get so close you trigger their aggression.

All I’ve got to reveal the presence of these poisonous serpents is my flashlight.  And that flashlight is so critical to me that I carry a backup every hike just in case something happens to my primary.

With that flashlight, I can see my path.  I can see where I’m going and where the dangers are.  I can identify the best and safest course as I pick my way over old heavily eroded trails.

In the rest of my life, I have that same sort of flashlight; it’s called the Word of God; it’s called the Holy Bible.

The Bible tells you right from wrong; it will tell you which path you should take and which ones you should avoid.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. — Psalm 119:105

This world is a dark place that is growing more spiritually dark by day.

People are walking around in spiritual blindness.  And they’re living like it.

And when you stumble around in the dark for long enough, something bad will ultimately happen to you.

God uses His Word as His primary vehicle to communicate with you.  If you won’t read what He’s already declared in His Word, why would He waste His presence trying to tell you anything else?

When you read His Word with a heart to follow the right path, it is amazing how God speaks to you and teaches you and remains with you throughout the day when you’ve been in His Word.  And throughout the night even in the darkest darkness.

Refusing to open your Bible and look at the world through the revealing light of God’s Word is as stupid as walking into the desert night and refusing to turn on your flashlight and look at the world through that truth-revealing light.

Lesson seven is this and it came to me as a cumulative realization: you can trust God; you can depend on Him; only He has the power to change and transform your circumstances.  There are times when only He can save you and keep you safe.  And that delivering power amazingly becomes the most evident in the face of the most dangerous adversaries.

A couple of illustrations:

One night a couple of months ago I was on the way back from my hike and having that greater sense of safety from walking back on a trail that I had walked a couple of hours before.  And I turned at a certain spot – as I frequently do – to look for gun brass which I collect and either use or sell in an area where a lot of people do their target shooting.  I’d never seen a rattler in this particular area and had my guard down.  Anyway, I found a lot of .45 brass on a berm and was busy collecting it.  And as I looked to one side, there was more just below where someone had stood on the berm and blazed away.  And so I stepped down the side and was busily picking up the brass.

And I reached to pick up a case and froze as I saw that my hand was literally one inch away from a rattlesnake.  Which only then began to rattle its ominous warning.

It’s a darn good thing a nurse wasn’t there to take my blood pressure just then, or I would have been rushed off to the cardiac ward, I’m guessing.

I’ve never let my guard down since – refer to lesson two – but I found myself consumed with an overarching question: why didn’t that snake bite me?  I’d almost petted the darned thing.

And the instant answer to my spirit was that the LORD God had shut up its mouth.  Just as the LORD shut up the mouths of the lions when Daniel was thrown into their den (Daniel chapter six) as a form of usually-guaranteed execution (see verse 24).

My God is El Rai, the God of sight who keeps watch.  He sees me even in the darkest dark.  And He is Jehovah Mephalti, the LORD my deliverer.

That serpent couldn’t bite me because the LORD would not let it bite me.  I could almost hear the argument as Satan said to the LORD, “But he’s an IDIOT!”  And the LORD smiled and said, “Yes, but he’s MY idiot.  And you cannot have him.”

God is sovereign over His creation.  To the unbeliever, the world and what happens in it seems random.  But to believers, when we look back over the course of our lives, we see His guiding hand. We think back to those places and times when we needed something to happen that seemed very unlikely to happen without a miracle.  We can clearly see what we may have struggled to see at the time we were struggling: the Immanuel presence of God with us.  And when we look ahead to the future, we can therefore trust in His Providence.

There are times when it is easy to see the world through and unbeliever’s eyes as we encounter what seems to be a random universe where good or bad randomly happens.  And that is because God created a causal universe for a reason; and He does not intervene incessantly or in a willy-nilly manner.  One of the reasons we refer to “miracles” is because they are events that do not ordinarily happen.  God seems to most delight in accomplishing giant changes through small “nudges” rather than through grandiose displays – where some seemingly minor thing happens at just the right moment that changes everything. And He delights most of all in accomplishing miraculous deliverances through the miracle of His people coming together for us in our time of need in love rather than through miracles as the world defines them.

That said, there are just too many moments in my own life in which I have had an audience with God and seen Him work miracles that I know in my own life and in my own heart could have come only through HIS hand. God doesn’t perform those miracles for me continuously; but He has provided them for me continually.  And whenever I sincerely look for His presence, I find it all around me.

Those miracles remind me that my God delivers, my God heals, my God provides, my God restores.  And when I count upon Him, He will somehow come through for me in a way that I will later marvel over.

Next illustration – and this one is why I wrote this article:

I was on my long hike on a Monday night quite recently and encountered a rattlesnake next to a cyclone fence which bordered a middle school.  There was a drainage ditch and another cyclone fence – and then there was nothing between that snake and a lot of young kids.

I tried to kill the snake, but I couldn’t find a big enough rock close by.  So as it was, I only managed to wound it before it crawled under the fence under the cover of a shrub.

There was a gap in the fence where the rattlesnake coiled up.  I could try to lift a rock over the fence and crush it from above, but in doing so I would expose my foot to the snake.  No thanks.

I felt bad, because I wanted to end whatever suffering it was experiencing.  I could see that I’d injured it, because I saw a little blood, but had no idea how badly I had hurt it.

The next afternoon I set off on a shorter walk, but one that took me past the spot where I’d encountered the rattlesnake the night before.

Knowing the rattler could still be there, under that bush on the other side of the fence, injured and dangerous, I leashed my dog and investigated.

No snake.

I was just about to release my dog from the leash when I suddenly spotted something fifteen feet away out of the corner of my eye.

It was the rattlesnake.  It had crawled back out from under the fence and was heading into the desert.  As I looked at it, I couldn’t see any signs of serious injury and I noted that it was crawling at a pace that would have taken it to the distance I encountered it in a matter of a few minutes at most.

The rattlesnake had not been that badly hurt the night before; it coiled up smoothly and quickly when I approached it.

I finished the job I’d started and as I was walking along it occurred to me: it was NINETEEN HOURS LATER.  That snake had remained in that spot for all that time; literally all day long on a warm sunny day.  It had only left that spot a matter of several minutes before.  And why had it remained there all that time and why had it moved when it did?  As it was, it moved just far enough to be removed from the safety of the fence and just close enough that I was able to spot it.  A few minutes more either way and I may either have been unable to kill it on the other side of the fence just as I had been unable the night before or unable to see it as it escaped into the desert.

It did not move because Jehovah El Elohim, the LORD God of gods, did not let it move.  We had a divine appointment.

It was as I pondered why that snake had ended up in the perfect place for me to a) see it and b) kill it that I began to realize that just maybe God had been putting me through a basic training course in spiritual warfare.  I have come to believe He is preparing me for something that is coming against me, my family or my church in which I am going to encounter a demon. I feel that He has had me trust Him as I’ve stared into the eyes of rattlesnakes in order to prepare me to trust Him as I stare into the eyes of a demon.

It may seem strange to some who read this: why do I keep walking through the desert with all those nasty things crawling around out there?  For the record, the snakes are about to hibernate, but the colder weather will allow the many coyotes in the area to be considerably more active.  And we’ve got occasional bobcat and mountain lion sightings in the area that I walk.

I’ve never seen anyone else walking out there.  Which is to say if you’re in that neck of the desert and you see a crazy guy walking around in the dark, it’s very probably me.  Why do I do it?

And the answer is that as much as I am aware of the dangers, I have a powerful sense of peace – the peace of Jehovah Shalom – as I walk through even the valley of the shadow of death.  I have a profound sense that the LORD my God will take care of us, and protect us, and deliver us as we walk even through the darkest night.  I’m not out to test God; I’m just out for a walk in the place I most love and during the only time I can do it.  And as I walk, I’ve learned to constantly call upon the LORD.  And I trust Him to give me everything I need.

Again, rattlesnakes aren’t demonic.  They’re animals.  I used to love the coyotes and admired their beauty and intelligence and ability to survive in a harsh and unforgiving climate.  That was when I had Rottweilers and the food chain worked in my dog’s favor.  Now I’ve got a 43-lb dog who is not much over a fifth the size of my last Rott who stood 32″ at the shoulder and weighed in at 195 muscular pounds.  And suddenly the food chain is on the coyotes’ side.  And now I suddenly see those same coyotes that I once thought were so beautiful as threatening predatory vermin.  In other words, it’s a simple matter of perspective, isn’t it?

For what it’s worth, I don’t doubt for an instant that God has brought many Christians to the same end by a very different means.  Please don’t think I’m instructing you to go out into the desert at night looking for rattlesnakes in order to be prepared to fight demons.

These animals aren’t demonic; but they have taught me much about spiritual warfare and how to wage it.  Jesus invariably described the Kingdom of Heaven to earthly phenomena because there is a correlation and a parallel between how the physical world operates and how the spiritual world operates.  The medium is different, but the abiding principles remain the same.

God did not create us to live in a safe cocoon or a bubble.  There are dangers in the world – both physical and spiritual – and He provided us with the resources we need to deal with both.  And also just as I have to recognize that there literally COULD be a rattlesnake behind every bush, in the same way I understand that Satan has many demons and they could be anywhere around me.  And just as I realize that I have to be continually on the alert in discerning the presence of rattlesnakes, I must be ever sober and wary and on guard against the principalities and powers that the Bible says are real threats. And I must never, ever, EVER take God’s deliverance for granted, but rather actively seek it continually.

I know as a result of these experiences that if you have children, you are their nexus between life and death in many ways.  And that you must constantly intervene with God on their behalf and pray for them and for their protection and safety from evil.

I know as a result of my experiences that I desperately need light and that I am blind and vulnerable and ultimately helpless without light.  And I know that just as my flashlight illuminates my path in the darkest desert night, my Bible illuminates my path even when my life intersects with the darkest people in the darkest places.  I must count on the illuminating light of God’s Word to discern demonic evil just as much as I trust in the illuminating power of my flashlight to discern rattlesnakes. And I either have that illumination or I will stumble and fall just as the world is stumbling and falling as it prepares to worship the beast and take his mark.

But most of all, I know that I can trust God in the presence of my enemies.  And that as dangerous or as powerful as they might seem, they are as nothing before the LORD who can shut up the mouths of serpents and keep them from moving unless He wills them to move.

And as I write this, I have not yet stared into the eyes of a truly possessed person with my basic training behind me.  But I have stared into the eyes of enough rattlesnakes, and I believe that God will give me the same confidence of spirit to trust in Him if and when that moment occurs.

Because the same God who is God over the serpents in the desert is in the same manner and in the same way God over even the most powerful of Satan’s demons and even over Satan himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Who Is Right: The Democrats Who Deny The GOP Just Won A Wave Election Or The Republicans Who Say America Just Rejected Liberalism?

November 5, 2014

It’s hard to look at the election results and not conclude that somebody turned the light to the American mind on and the Democrats didn’t make it under the oven or the refrigerator in time to avoid getting stomped on.

Let’s look at the Senate.  Now, I know that if you are a liberal, you would die before you watched Fox News.  But I watch it quite often.  And even on that channel which liberals decry as rightwing propaganda, I never heard a prognosticator predict a bigger possible gain for Republicans than eight seats at most.  We’ve got seven pick ups in the bag, no one seriously questions that Mary Landrieu’s days as a Senator in Louisiana will end when they hold their runoff and she has to face just ONE rather than two Republicans, and in Alaska the Republican Dan Sullivan holds a 4.6 point lead over Democrat Mark Begich with 100% of the precinct’s having reported.  There’s only the mail-in-ballots outstanding.  And mail-ins usually favor Republicans.  That’s eight and nine.  And we might even have ten pickups in the US Senate by the time we’re done.

If Democrats predicted that Republicans would win 10 of the 11 contested races, they didn’t get their asses kicked.

But as it is, the DNC chair Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz predicted that “We’re going to hold the Senate” along with her fool friend Vice President Joe Biden.

Um, newsflash, reality-challenged people: no, you’re not.  You’re going to get your asses kicked and be laying on the floor in a daze wondering what just happened.

It was not just a wave, it was a BIG wave.  And it washed that demon-possessed little twerp Harry Reid right out of the Senate Majority Leader’s office.  To date, 387 bills passed by Republicans sit on Harry Reid’s desk.  While Democrats scream that the party that passed those 387 bills are the obstructionists and the party that has sat on those 387 bills are somehow anything but obstructionist.

Harry Reid and the Democrat Party completely shut down the United States Congress.  And dishonestly blamed the other side for what they and ONLY they did.

The Democrat-controlled Senate illegally refused to even bother to pass a damn budget for four entire years.  And given the fact that that is the first order of business of governing, it is quite clear that the Democrats radically refused to govern.  For the record, the Republican House never failed to pass a budget every single year while Democrats recklessly and dishonestly refused to perform even their most basic duties.

Harry Reid as Senate Majority leader usurped more fascist power to block amendments than all the previous Senate Majority Leaders COMBINED TIMES TWO.  That’s how fascist and how dishonest and yes, how obstructionist, Democrats truly are.

And yet, as I write this Senator Majority Leader to be Mitch McConnell is answering questions at a press conference that NO Democrat has ever had to face: “Why should we trust you?”  “Are you going to shut down the government?”  “Are you going to abandon your principles and compromise your values and split the difference with the Democrats [whose asses Republicans just kicked]???”

Again, let me state this fact: Harry Reid blocked more amendments than ANY Senate Majority Leader in the entire history of the republic.  But that’s not enough: Harry Reid blocked more amendments than ANY Senate Majority Leader in the entire history of the republic COMBINED.  But that’s STILL not enough: because Harry Reid blocked more amendments to more legislation than every Senate Majority Leader combined TIMES TWO.

And the same media that allowed this dishonest hypocrite fascist to represent the Republican Party as “the party of obstructionism” when it was HIS DEMOCRAT PARTY that was the party of obstructionism will be around to dishonestly and viciously hound the Republicans at every turn.

You’ve got two fascist powers: the Democrat Party and their media allies, the tools of the propaganda press.

And you can’t vote out the rat bastards in the press.

Let’s look at the governor’s races.  Democrats – at least those honest enough to admit that the GOP would likely win the Senate – predicted they would have a very good night in the gubernatorial races.  They had a nightmare instead:

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois elected a Republican governor on Tuesday night. Massachusetts will have its first Republican governor since Mitt Romney.

Stunning Republican gubernatorial victories came in reliably Democratic states, including those won overwhelmingly by Obama in 2012. Illinois ousted Democrat Pat Quinn in favor of Republican Bruce Rauner, while Maryland voters opted for Republican Larry Hogan over Democrat Anthony Brown. Republican Charlie Baker won a Massachusetts match-up against Martha Coakley, the state attorney general who lost a special Senate election to Scott Brown in 2010.

Republicans also continued their dominance of governors’ mansions when a number of GOP leaders fought off stiff challenges from Democrats.

As for the House of Representatives, well, the last time they had this much control was 68 years ago.  In fact, the GOP hasn’t held more seats since 1929.

Obama just incurred a 100-year-asskicking.

As for Obama, being a mentally-ill malignant narcissist, he doesn’t feel that he was repudiated in spite of the fact that he had boasted that his policies would be on the ballot in the election.

You see, humility and shame are virtues that only decent human beings are capable of possessing.  and Obama is NOT a decent human being.

When Obama started, he had a filibuster-proof majority in Congress with total control of the House and sixty Democrats in the Senate.  Until his lies and his incompetence and his fascism caught up with him.

USA Today puts it this way in an editorial written by a liberal:

While a president’s party typically losses ground in midterm elections, Obama and the Democrats Tuesday reached an unwanted record: the biggest losses in the House and Senate for any two-term president in modern times.

Democrats claim that even Reagan lost seats in midterms.  And, yeah, he did.  But there’s a chart in that piece that documents that Obama lost about twice as many seats in just his first term than Reagan lost in both terms.  And it doesn’t even add how many seats Obama just got through losing last night.

But you might be reading the above words – in contemplation of the question that I ask in my headline – and conclude that Michael Eden is saying the Democrats are just wrong in saying it wasn’t a wave election and the Republicans are right in saying it was.

I actually would point out they’re both wrong – with the Democrats AS ALWAYS being considerably MORE wrong.

Yeah, this election was an ass-kicking for Democrats.  You’re just not capable of intellectual honesty if you don’t see that – as incredibly many of the Democrat talking heads cannot see.

Democrats are trying to re-write history now and tell America, Republicans didn’t really win that much, they don’t have a mandate, they don’t have a right to govern.  Because Democrats are at their cores fascists who believe that no matter how badly they lose an election that reflects the will of the people, they have an INSTITUTIONAL RIGHT as the party of institutional government to govern.  And that no election can change that.

Of course, when Democrats were the ones winning the majority in 2006, THAT was a landslide and THAT gave them the mandate to ram dictatorial government down the people’s throats.  But hypocrisy goes with fascism as being ontological to Democrats; and if you aren’t a fascist hypocrite, you didn’t vote Democrat.

But here’s the thing: we had a sea change in 2006 and another wave from that sea change in 2008 as Democrats promised Utopia.  The abject failure of that sea change led to a huge sea change to the other side in 2010.  Then we had a sea change back to the other side in 2012.  Because Obama put his “signature achievement” on hold so the American people could not feel the pain and made the campaign about falsely demonizing the Republicans.  And now we’ve had another wild swinging sea change back to the other side again as the people experience that Obama and his policies are ugly things that hurt them rather than help them.

Do you get the idea that the American people are pretty much a bunch of clueless idiots who have lost any capacity for integrity or consistency???  We’re no longer a people capable of building or sustaining anything; we just massively sway without compass or resolve to hold us steady on any course.

The poison of Democrat institutional government just seems to tasty and hard to resist.  And the fire of Democrat fascism seems so warm and bright.  But poison always kills and fire always burns in the end.  But we’re like animals who just can’t learn.  And so we just keep getting drawn right back to what kills us.

Why is that?  What have we lost?

George Washington, the father of our country, declared – and predicted:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness–these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

John Adams, the second president of the United States following Washington, declared – and predicted:

“[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

And:

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.

In his first Inaugural Address, in his very first words as president to the American people, Washington declared:

We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps finally, staked of the experiment

The Democrat Party’s “separation of church and state” is NOT found in the Constitution and is a doctrine that had never existed in America until 1947 when a Supreme Court largely comprised by judges picked by a fascist president who tried to illegally pack the court invented the doctrine by pulling one small phrase out of a private letter from Thomas Jefferson out of context.

In fact, “separation of church and state” is “separation of God from America.”

We are now no longer either religious or moral people.  And as a result, we are pathetically incapable of sustaining ANY virtue.  We no longer have either the courage or the resolve to do any great thing and sustain it long enough to achieve it.

We don’t have the courage or the integrity to actually win a war.  We haven’t had the courage or the integrity to even DECLARE a war since our Supreme Court under the control of Democrats used their fascist power as our black-robed masters to force America to abandon God.

And anything this fickle, wavering, waffling people sets out to do they will surely not have the heart to see through to the end.  Because we are a weak, pathetic nation under government and under socialism and under welfare and radically NOT under God.

The left has repeatedly tried to expunge the words, “One nation under God” from our currency.  But they have already expunged the idea in every other way it can be expunged.

We’ll bounce in one direction and then we’ll rebound in the opposite direction.  Because we don’t have any more faith or courage or resolve than a rubber ball.

That’s the cancer.  That’s why the American people WILL fail and WILL fall.

I have no doubt whatsoever that the faithless and depraved American people – who lack both the virtue to chose right and the integrity to commit to whatever choice they end up making at any moment – will waver and sway back to the party that represents 60 million murdered babies and counting, the destruction of marriage and a middle finger raised at the face of God.

And our destruction as a nation and as a people is thus guaranteed.

So take heart, Democrat, your time will come again.  And I know that because I know the beast, the Antichrist, is coming, who will impose tyrant government on ALL the people of the world just as you dream.

America has proven that it has degenerated into a nation that will gladly worship him and take his mark on their right hands or on their foreheads as they allow him to take over every aspect of their economy and their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mormon Church Finally Acknowledges Its Founder Joseph Smith Was An Adulterer And A Child Molester

October 27, 2014

(Regarding Joseph Smith’s alleged first vision where celestial personages appeared to him) . . . “My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right — and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong, and the personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in His sight: that those professors were all corrupt . . .” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 5-6).

And today we’re able to say, “Yeah, right.  And look who’s talking…”

Mormonism is a terrible sham and I am always amazed when I see a person standing at my door in his white dress shirt and black tie who in spite of all appearances of intellect is a completely brainwashed idiot.

It has often been said, “The only thing wrong with Christianity is Christians.”  And – aside from the rather obvious fact that this charge could fit ALL groups and ALL professions whether we want to talk about black people or white people or police officers or teachers or nurses – it’s true.  Many Christians are hypocrites who too often do not act out their faith in their daily lives.  According to the Christian Scriptures, Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit when we’re saved to new life in Christ.  But the same Christian Scriptures also point out the fact that the sin nature remains and that the temptation to sin will remain a part of our human natures and our lives until the day we leave this earth.

Another fact of human nature is that we do not have perfect knowledge and if you put a group of people into a room and have them talk in detail about the beliefs most important to their lives, they will invariably all disagree with each other.  And to the extent that they haven’t disagreed yet merely means that they haven’t talked long enough or deeply enough yet.  People who agree to nine levels of sub-headings will disagree on the tenth level.  Or the eleventh.  Or the twelfth.  Because we’re all ultimately different.

Joseph Smith was a religious charlatan who exploited those two facts of human nature when he fabricated his own religion.

It has always amazed me how otherwise intelligent people could buy into such a fraud.

I still think of the Branch Davidian cult brainwashed by David Koresh:

Doyle sits in his cluttered living room, detective paperbacks, tomes on theology and Laurel & Hardy videos crammed on bookshelves. The only item that has room to breathe is a photograph of his 18-year-old daughter, Shari.

I wondered, I asked, ‘Is this God or is this horny old David?’
–Clive Doyle, Branch Davidian

She was one of Koresh’s “wives.”

In the photo, Shari is flaxen haired, flushed and smiling, hugging the family dog.

That Koresh bedded his daughter makes Doyle shift in his seat, and when he speaks of it, his jaw tightens.

Doyle says his daughter started having sex with Koresh when she was 14. Koresh fathered at least 13 children with sect followers and engaged in sexual acts with underage Davidian girls, according to the Justice Department, numerous affidavits of Davidians and interviews CNN conducted with survivors. Watch a video Koresh recorded of himself with his children inside the compound during the siege. Video

Davidian Kiri Jewel testified during 1995 congressional hearings on the siege that Koresh slept in a bed with women and children, and she believed that he had impregnated a 14-year-old. Koresh, she said, often talked about how the young girls at the compound pleased him sexually. Jewel described in graphic detail how Koresh sexually assaulted her. She testified that she wasn’t afraid of getting pregnant; she was too young, she explained. She’d not even started menstruating yet.

Doyle insists that his daughter Shari, even at a young age, was capable of deciding whether to have sex with Koresh. The teen was also clearheaded, he says, when she chose to remain inside the compound despite having the chance to leave.

“She wanted to be with David and to hear and follow the message,” her father says.

There is silence for a moment. Doyle knows that trying to justify Koresh having sex with underage girls incites nothing but outrage from nonbelievers. And, initially, when David began preaching a message that his holy seed must be spread to any girl he preferred, married or in pigtails, Doyle admits he was bothered by it.

“I wondered, I asked, ‘Is this God or is this horny old David?’ “

But Doyle’s concern didn’t last long.

“I couldn’t argue because he’d show you where it was in the Bible.”

I still marvel that men sat placidly while this false messiah had sex with their wives and with their young daughters.  I wonder what went so mentally and morally wrong with them.

One of the beautiful passages in the Bible declares that “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

We find in the Bible acts of savagery, to the point of genocide.  There is a time for war and there is a time for peace.  And yeah, there is a time for girls to become women and become wives.

But not to a roach like David Koresh.  And not to a roach like Joseph Smith.

And you just shake your head and wonder how people can so butcher Scripture that they allow a self-serving malignant narcissist to take over their lives and their wives’ lives and their daughters’ lives.

I know you don’t know me, so allow me to tell you one personal detail about myself: if I’m in a church and my pastor comes up to me and points to a passage in the Old Testament and declares that he gets to have sex with my wife or with my fourteen-year-old daughter, I will (in this order): 1) punch the pastor’s lights out; 2) tell everyone in the congregation and the outside community that this “pastor” is a demonic fraud; and 3) walk out of that church and never darken its doors again unless and until that pastor and every elder who in any way supports him is thrown out.

It’s really not that hard.  Christians have held a very simple principle for two millennia: if an Old Testament passage remains valid for New Testament Christian believers, it will be restated in the New Testament.

If you want to try to show me where you can practice polygamy, have sex with women who are the wives of other men, have sex with my wife, or have sex with my young daughter in the New Testament, you have at it.

I’m standing right here, waiting.  Okay, I’m sitting.  Because it’s gonna take you a long, loooooong time to come up with anything.

Christians do not belong to the Old Covenant.  God understands that times change.  He revealed Himself in a progressive way first to Adam and to and through the Patriarchs and then to and through Moses.  There was a season and a purpose under heaven for that Old Covenant, but it ended.

The Old Testament is crystal clear that God was going to inaugurate a New Covenant:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. — Jeremiah 31:31-32

The Book of Ezekiel foreshadows that New Covenant by describing the key detail that would happen only in that New Covenant:

“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. — Ezekiel 36:27 (see Acts 2:38-39 for context in the New Testament).

It was through the work of Jesus on the cross that we can have God’s Spirit within us.  And through nothing else can we have that Spirit.

In another example of the Old Covenant ending, we have a vision of God’s glory leaving the Temple in Ezekiel chapter 10.  Israel had rejected God and God would not dwell in the midst of their rebellion and sin.  Ezekiel prophetically described that the glory of God would one day return to the Temple in Ezekiel chapter 43, but that event has clearly not happened as the Temple described has yet to be built.  When you consider the dimensions of that future Temple as described in Ezekiel 43, when you consider it would have no wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles and no court of women, for instance, it has clearly never been rebuilt.  True Christians join Jews in believing that one day there will be such a Temple, but it will not be built until Messiah returns as King of kings.  Anyway, the glory of God did not reappear to Israel in any form until it arrived in the form of Jesus of Nazareth (see Hebrews 1:3 and 2 Corinthians 4:6), the divine Son of God, who came to live a perfect life in our place and then take our sin upon Himself so that He could suffer and die for our sins and we in exchange could rise to new life with Him and through Him.  Jesus assumed a human nature in addition to His divine nature, but God can’t stay dead.  And so Jesus rose bodily from the grave.  And everyone who calls on His name can rise with Him, such that death has no power over them.

The Glory of God departed from the Temple in Ezekiel 10.  And the glory of God never returned to any man-made place since.

In Ezekiel 43 the glory of the Lord will re-enter through that very same East gate that it departed from in Ezekiel 10.  When Jesus entered Jerusalem as the Messiah during His First Advent, He entered through that same East Gate through which the glory of the Lord had departed (Luke 19:28-48).  And when He was rejected as Messiah, He too departed through the East gate (see Matthew 21:12-17).  And then Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39) and said, “From now on you will not see Me until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD” (v. 39).

The Temple of Ezekiel will be built by Jesus Christ after He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords.  And His national people Israel will say, “Blessed IS He who comes in the name of the LORD!”

Anyway, true Christians are not bound by any Old Testament practice that is not affirmed by the New Covenant as revealed in the New Testament.  We don’t have to keep the dietary laws, we don’t have to practice animal sacrifice, we don’t have to have to wipe out the Amorites, etc.  And anyone who tells you that it is okay to marry polygamously or that they can have relations with your wife or your young daughter is a demoniac who perverts the Scriptures rather than a Christian who follows the Scriptures.

In any event, let’s consider what the Mormon church acknowledges about their founder and the founder of their entire system of theology, Joseph Smith:

The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the faith’s early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years.

And let us consider what the Old Testament Scriptures that Joseph Smith was illegitimately exploiting to satiate his own lusts had to say about how he should have been treated by that Old Testament system:

Leviticus 20:10 — “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife–with the wife of his neighbor–both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

Oops.  Sorry, Joe.  But we’re going to have to stone you now.

“An unflattering part” indeed.

Not that the rest of the Mormon Church’s history has ever been anything other than “unflattering.”  Because from a diseased root grows a diseased tree.

Mormonism is a sham revealed by a demon through a wicked man.  The very name “Mormon” actually conveys this, because the demon’s name was “Moroni.”  Mormons are really following a demon.  And the life of their founder illustrates it nicely.  Joseph Smith was far more a petty con-man than a prophet of God and the founder of a new religion.

As do ALL satanic false religions, Mormonism denies the true deity of Jesus.  Through Mormonism, Satan literally drags Jesus down to his mere equal by claiming that Jesus is the spirit-brother of Lucifer rather than the divine God the Son.

The Scriptures ARE the Word of God.  And every word of God’s Word is true.  In addition to the Scriptures – and in particular the New Testament Scriptures which define true belief for Christian believers – we have the historic first Seven universal ecumenical councils of Christianity in which the orthodox, the TRUE, nature of Christianity was clearly defined and delineated.  The main heresy of Mormonism – the rejection that Jesus was merely a created being – was ruled by the Early Church and by the Church Fathers nearly two thousand years ago.

Don’t be a fool.  Don’t be deceived by a fools’ religion.

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Want To Be A Hunter And Killer Or Do You Want To Be A Hider And Cowerer? (It’s Moot: Obama Has Chosen For You)

October 22, 2014

As I write, Muslim terrorists have attacked the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottowa with multiple shooting locations.

Canada is rightly calling this a terrorist attack.  Had it happened in the United States – even if the killers had beheaded their victims all the while screaming to Allah in Arabic – it would have been declared “workplace violence.”  That is simply factually true, given that it has already happened and the most dishonest administration in the history of the republic has already repeatedly lied about the dozens of terrorist attacks in the United States since Obama took power.

That’s the power of a president who assured us over and over again that the Benghazi attack that resulted in the first murder of a United States ambassador since the failed Carter years in 1979 was the result of an American-made youtube video rather than a terrorist attack.  That’s been the pattern over and over again, as it was recently when the first American citizen EVER to be beheaded in the United States was murdered by a Muslim screaming praises to Allah in Arabic after erecting a shrine to ISIS on Facebook.  It was true when a Muslim major with business cards that said he was a “soldier of Allah” shot to death 13 soldiers as he shouted “Allahu Akbar!”   It’s been true over and over again.

Obama is a denier of reality.  When the President of Libya came out and refuted Obama and pointed out that the attack on the US compound in Benghazi was “a preplanned act of terrorism,” Obama just kept repeating his lies.   And here we are today as the Prime Minister of Canada describes the attack on the Canadian Parliament as a terrorist act, and Obama just keeps denying.

If denying reality is the pathway to success, Barack Obama is the most successful “leader” who ever “led from behind.”

Barack Obama has been caught telling more lies to more people on video than any human being in the entire history of planet earth bar none.  So when he claimed in order to get re-elected that he had defeated terrorism, he was true to his form.  Oh, I could prove my case with nothing more than the 37 documented times Barack Obama lied to the American people about the effect of his ObamaCare.  But Obama the liar goes FAR beyond ObamaCare: take immigration.  Obama deliberately misled the public by artificially inflating his so-called “record deportations” by including categories that had NEVER been included by ANY administration.  So over and over again, the liar-in-chief was taking credit for something that was a lie and which he KNEW was a lie in order to deflect legitimate Republican criticism over Obama’s protection of our borders (and actual lack thereof).  In reality, Obama was doing such a piss-poor job of securing our border that his administration was literally letting out criminal illegal immigrant murderers and rapists.  And then of course lied about it:

New records contradict the Obama administration’s assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

Barack Obama lies about EVERYTHING.  He is a liar without shame, without honor, without decency, without integrity and without virtue of any kind other than a virtue of evil in which every feeling, every thought, every action line up to advance evil.  He is a truly wicked man.  Which means he is the perfect leader of the party of wickedness in America.

Obama has all of his spinners declaring that we’re “succeeding” against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  While all of the generals and everybody who isn’t a Kool-Aid-sipping ideologue is acknowledging that Obama’s “strategy” – to the extent that a compilage of Obama’s contradictory statements can be called “a strategy” – is failing.  Even the leftist Washington Post admits that Obama is failing against this rapidly growing terrorist army.   And one of the expert military analysts consulted by the left-leaning PBS says:

“…overall, ISIS continues to act like a Pac-Man in the video game, gobbling up territory in Syria and in Iraq.”

Yeah, we’re “succeeding.”  As long as we all understand that “succeeding” is a synonym for “surrendering.”

We’ve got American residents and even American citizens streaming to Syria to fight for the ISIS Beheaders.  Because ISIS is the coolest soccer team in the world right now and all the kids want to wear its jersey.

People in Western societies like America are instructed to hide and cower if they are attacked.  Because Democrats would rather Americans be mowed down by crazed psychos than allow one law-abiding citizen to have the right to defend himself or herself.  While Islam is preaching to its believers to hunt and kill.

And the American sheople and the sheople of all Western so-called democracies are losing.

And it’s hard to blame kids for wanting to be on the winning side versus Obama’s side.

The other thing that’s going on is that Western societies stand for NOTHING today.

Oh, I suppose you could argue that we stand for the right to murder your baby and for the right to bend over and submit to being sodomized.

But that’s about as successful as Obama’s strategy against ISIS.  I mean, hell, our birthrate is plummeting given the fact that we’ve murdered sixty million of our own children and given the fact that homosexual sodomy is a very piss-poor way to reproduce while the Muslim birthrate is SKYROCKETING.

They are mothers and fathers who are willing to send their sons to fight; we are a nation of queers cowering and hiding all the while demanding that the only way to deal with terrorism is to bear our throats to the scimitar rather than fight like the damn MEN that we aren’t and haven’t been.

They have a theology and they’ve got Allah; we’ve got political correctness and we’ve got Obama.  And we’re far more like sheep than human beings as a result.

I remember the last time we actually got to win a damn war.  We had a general who proudly used the term “Crusade.”  Brave men went on a Crusade and they faced a deadly and virulent enemy and a deadly and virulent ideology.  And they triumphed in their Crusade against evil.

Today we’ve got a president and we’ve got a political party in power that demonizes the very notion of such a Crusade.  And thanks to Democrats and their pathology we haven’t been allowed to win another war since.  World War II – that last “Crusade” of ours – was the last time we had the courage to declare a war and the last time we actually won a war.

Today we’re governed by secular humanist liberals who are terrified of using that term because they live in holy terror of Islam.  Because Islam and Allah is stronger and more powerful than anything that secular humanist liberalism stands for or ever did stand for.  And liberals – Democrats – know that if they dare provoke Islam they will have to bow down before and submit to Allah.  Because Allah is mightier than Obama.

Oh, it doesn’t have to be that way.  America could hunt down every Democrat with dogs and then return to its roots in the God of the Bible and the Crusade.  We could recognize the truth, stand up and fight for ideals and principles that are truly sacred rather than sodomy and abortion and government-as-God-socialism.  And we could prevail in such a struggle.

We used to be a people who could stand up with courage and conviction in the name of God and fight and defeat those who would impose evil on us.  Now only our enemies can do that.

And that is why Islam will win and America will lose.

I’m talking about transcendent values, something that is greater than the citizen (well, given that Democrats have proudly flooded America with illegal immigrants who piss on our culture and on the nation our founding fathers created, I suppose the word “citizen” is as meaningless as our “values.”).  They have a system – demonic as it is – that actually describes a genuine afterlife and something worth serving and fighting for and dying for.  We have Obama and abortion and sodomy.  And the end of all of these is death.

Liberals will continue to deny that Islam presents a crisis.  Denial has been Obama’s strategy from the outset: first deny there’s a problem, then deny that he’s responsible for the problem he denied.  Until that problem has metastasized.  And then try to change the subject and distract the sheople with a different bright and shiny object.

When 100 million American liberals stand up and shout, “I’m going to stand up and I’m going to fight and die for the glory that is Obama!” I’ll be proven wrong.

But in fact I’m going to be proven right.  Because liberalism is the gutless ideology of cowards and weak people who love death and will receive the death that they love.  It is in the liberals’ love of death that they find common ground with the Muslim terrorists who also love death.  And ultimately both of these will receive what they love.

Liberals have murdered more than sixty million innocent human beings as they have chopped up and hacked to death and murdered with acid the most innocent human beings of all.  They have shown far more viciousness and contempt for human life than has ISIS.  And they have done so on a far more vast scale.  At least up to now; because ISIS is gearing up and we can only wait and see if they can top liberalism’s tally of vicious death of human life.

The Muslim’s desire to give their children a better life is greater and more powerful and even more righteous than Democrats’ desire to murder their children.

Our society has decayed to the point that there is nothing truly worth fighting and sacrificing for.  And that is why we will ultimately surrender and bow down.

And that is why the beast described in the Book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel will come exactly as God foretold to the “perilous times” of the last days as we have become the very despicable people that God warned about.

The beast is coming.  You literally voted for the Antichrist to come when you voted for Obama.  The Bible declares that he will seem to have all the answers, but that he will literally be the devil in masquerade.  Liberals will vote for him because he will be the ultimate tyrant representing the ultimate big government Utopia.  You want a world without Jesus Christ and you will get it.  And before it’s all said and done, you will get the literal hell on earth that you so richly deserve.

You might as well start getting ready for it.  Because your only alternative at this point is to get on your knees before God and confess that you are a sinner and that you desperately need a Savior – the only true Savior of the world Jesus Christ – and receive the perfect life He lived in place of your sinful life and the perfect sacrificial death that He died in your place as your sinless substitute.  And receive His Holy Spirit.

But liberals are truly wicked people and they would much rather bow down before Allah or any other demonic tyranny than bow down before the King of kings and Lord of lords.  Because that is their nature.

Ultimately liberals WILL bow down before Jesus – because EVERY knee will ultimately bow down before Him – but not until AFTER it is too late.

 

 

 

What’s Wrong And What’s Right About ‘Left Behind’?

October 13, 2014

There is so much misinformation regarding the understanding of the Rapture and what it means to be “Left Behind.”  From ALL SIDES.  So let me get into it.

First of all, I keep running into this nonsense from those who deny the doctrine of the Rapture:

The doctrine of the secret rapture emerged during the early 19th century through the teachings of John Nelson Darby (1800–1882). Darby was one of the early leaders of the Plymouth Brethren movement, and his teachings became known as “dispensationalism.”

This notion relies upon the idea that the teaching of the Rapture of believers prior to the Tribulation never arose in Christianity until well into the 19th century.  And therefore it clearly has to be false.

If you believe that premise, I sure hope you don’t fly on airplanes or benefit from modern surgical techniques.  Or use a computer or have anything whatsoever to do with the modern world.  I mean, I hope you’re Amish.

One of the problems with this “The secret Rapture never existed prior to the 19th century and therefore it is clearly wrong” view is that the Bible ITSELF declares the following through the end-times prophet Daniel:

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. — Daniel 12:4

Shut up the words of Bible prophecy until the time of the end, WHEN KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED.

Unless you’re either Amish or an abject hypocrite, anyway.

If you believe in the increase of knowledge, have the consistency to realize that we’re assured of an increase in prophetic knowledge as well.  If not, shut up.  Because you’ve got a lot of chores to do, such as saddling your horse, milking your cow and whatever weird thing you’re doing with that sheep.

The second problem with this premise that the teaching of the secret Rapture never existed until the 19th century is that it is simply a lie.

First of all, it is rather easy to factually demonstrate that this teaching was being taught LONG before the naysayers claim.  As just one example, Joseph Mede (1586-1638) wrote a commentary about the Book of Revelation that was THE most popular book of his era outside of the Holy Bible itself.  Do you notice that the man lived in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?  And he very clearly teaches what we’re assured was NEVER TAUGHT prior to well into the nineteenth century.  James H. Frere (1779-1866) and William Cuninghame (1775-1849) likewise taught a doctrine that we’re snidely lectured never existed until decades years after their death.

Those who tell you that the doctrine of the secret Rapture was invented by John Nelson Darby in the mid-to-late 1800s are documented liars and they are far more agents of Satan than they are agents of Christ.  Period.  You don’t lie like that in the name of truth.

But the doctrine of the Rapture exists long before even those Christian scholars such as Mede.  As I’ve documented before:

You might want to get a clue and realize that pre-millennialism is a) quite a bit older than the 19th century; and b) is quite a bit more attested by VERY recent scholarship than your ridiculous “19th century” garbage. Let me assure you that I have quite a few books in my own personal library about the rapture and the pre-millennialism that the rapture is part of, which date quite late into the 20th century and even into the 21st. Charles Darby is little more than a footnote in the presentation of this quite contemporary (as well as quite ancient) eschatology.

Pre-millennialism is the dominant eschatology in the Protestant church today, in terms of number of Christians who embrace it.

Let’s go to the fact that the word “rapture” (to seize or snatch) was translated from the Greek word “Harpazo” in 1 Thess 1:10 (which has the same meaning as the Latin “rapturo”) in his Latin Vulgate in 385. Just a LITTLE before the time you deceitfully claim, I’m afraid.

Let’s go to the writings of men such as Ephaim the Syrian, who wrote about 373 in a book entitled, “Antichrist and the End of the World”:

”We ought to understand thoroughly, therefore my brothers, what is imminent or overhanging. Already there have been hungers and plagues, violent movement of nations and sins, which have been predicted by the Lord.

Let us prepare ourselves for the meeting of the Lord Christ so that He may draw us from the confusion which overwhelms the world. Believe you me, dearest brothers, because the coming of the Lord is nigh. Believe you me, because the end of the world is at hand. Believe me because it is the very last time. Because all Saints and the elect of the Lord are gathered together before the Tribulation which is about to come and are taken to the Lord in order that they may not see at any time the confusion that overwhelms the world because of our sins.”

That’s just one particularly clear example from the Church Fathers. Papias – companion of Polycarp, the disciple of the apostle John – believed in the literal earthly pre-millennial doctrine. As did Papias, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Methodius, Commodianus, and Lactanitus, Apollinaris of Laodicea, Melito of Sardis, Jerome, Gennadius, Hippolytus of Rome, Nepos, Ambrose of Milan, as well as others. Pre-millenialism was in fact the dominant view of the church for the first few centuries. It is the oldest eschatological view.

The same scoffers who deny the doctrine of the secret Rapture of Christ of all believers prior to the Tribulation also deny the Premillennial theology from which the Rapture flows.  But again, as I’ve pointed out:

The early church overwhelmingly held a view called “chiliasm” (which is the Greek word for “Millennium”), a view which directly embraced a literal seven year period known as the Great Tribulation, followed by the return of Christ to rule and reign for a millennium. Robert P. Lightner writes, “It is generally agreed by students of the early church that premillennialism was the view held by many in the post-apostolic age. That it is the oldest of the three millennial views is seldom debated….”

Tell you what: if you close your eyes hard enough, you can’t see a dang thing.  You’re blind.

These scoffers are themselves evidence that we’re in the end times:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  — 2 Peter 3:3-4

And here the scoffers and mockers are, right on cue.

Now, the fact that the Church Fathers were documented teaching this doctrine soon after the close of the New Testament canon, the fact that what I believe as a Premillennial, secret-Rapture-believing Christian is the EARLIEST view of the Christian Church, does not guarantee that it is the correct view.  Anymore than if it were the LAST one taught would guarantee that it is the false view.  But it does assure anyone who cares about the truth that the people who are lecturing us otherwise are liars as well as scoffers and mockers.

And you ought to give the Premillennial, secret-Rapture view a chance.

My major belief in the Rapture has nothing whatsoever to do with what Christian teacher believed in it when; it has to do with what the Bible teaches.

Let’s consider the Book of Revelation.  The word “church” or the plural “churches” occurs NINETEEN TIMES in the first three chapters of Revelation.  Then St. John – representing the experience of Christians on earth – is commanded to “come up here.”  And the church NEVER AGAIN APPEARS ON EARTH until chapter 22.  That is a fact that the scoffers and mockers and liars don’t want you to contemplate.  But where is the church during the Tribulation?  It is in heaven.  It is NOT on earth following the rapture in which believers “come up here.”

They don’t want you to contemplate that Christ, in one of his references to the church prior to the command to “come up here,” promises believers:

Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. — Revelation 3:10

That comforts me, because I know that I will be kept from the hour of testing – which is very clearly the Tribulation that the rest of the Book of Revelation describes – that shall come upon all of those who dwell on the earth who did not know Jesus at the time of the Rapture.  I know I’ll be in heaven with Christ Jesus following the Rapture that is so widely denied and mocked.

As for the rest of you, enjoy your Antichrist.  He’ll be showing up in Revelation chapter six.  Sorry, but I won’t be around to tell you, “Ha ha, told you so.”  Because Revelation 4:1 will be my cue to leave.

The “Christians” who deny and mock the Rapture are the from the same schools and basically the same “Christians” who mocked John Nelson Darby for pointing out that the Bible declared that there would be a national Israel.  We said there would be; the naysayers claimed there wouldn’t be.  This becomes incredibly important as we consider the rival theories.  In [her?] dismissive piece about the secret Rapture, which I quote from at the beginning of this article, Jeramie Rinne says:

Darby’s dispensationalism distinguished sharply between Israel and the church. The former was earthly, he believed, and the latter heavenly. God had two distinct peoples and separate plans for each. Thus Darby understood Old Testament prophecies as applying only to Israel, the earthly people of God. Rather than “spiritualizing” such prophecies, he expected a literal fulfillment of God’s promises to literal Israel. So when, according to dispensational thought, would God fulfill his prophecies to Israel? During the millennium (Rev. 20:1–8) after Jesus’ second coming.

So in order for God to resume these plans for Israel, Darby believed, God would first need to remove the church from the world. Hence arose the need for the secret rapture. Darby had in effect proposed something new: a two-stage return of Jesus. Jesus would first come to “rapture” the church, and then return again in visible glory.1

I submit that Rinne is being incredibly disingenuous.  Because it desperately needs to be pointed out that when Darby wrote in the 19th century, national “EARTHLY” Israel did not exist and in fact had not existed for nearly two thousand years.  And Rinne’s side mocked and dismissed Darby’s side when he argued that God’s Word guaranteed that national “earthly” Israel would be reborn.

It was one of the greatest miracles of the 20th century that a nation that had been dead for two millennia was reborn.  And reborn in a single day – May 14, 1948 – precisely according to the prophecies that Darby was proven to have interpreted rightly and Rinne’s side was proven to have interpreted wrongly.

You’ve just got to say more here.  Not only did national “earthly” Israel not exist, but the land that had once been Israel was a complete and utter and desolate WASTELAND inhabited only by a few nomads.  Mark Twain lived during the same period of time as Darby, and he described the land as it was in 1869:

“No landscape exists that is more tiresome to the eye than that which bounds the approaches to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is mournful, dreary, and lifeless. Palestine sits in sackloth and ashes”.

If this were a scientific laboratory and one scientist predicted an astounding thing that other scientists mocked and dismissed, and then the astounding thing happened exactly as it was predicted it would happen, you would be an absolute moron to believe the scoffing scientists.  Just for what it’s worth.

But these people simply do now have the power of truth in them to ever admit that they were wrong and maybe they ought to go back to the drawing board.  And so they literally mock with even greater foolishness than before.

Basically, the rival theologies which inspire the Rapture-mockers are Amillennialism and Postmillennialism.  They arose from the teaching of Augustine in the fifth century, when Augustine was realizing that a literal interpretation of Scripture made no sense because Israel had been destroyed and it didn’t look like it was ever coming back.  And so you had to mythologize the Bible to make any sense out of it.

And they depend on their system rather than on the Bible.  And if the facts don’t fit the system, so much the worse for the facts.

And in terms of Christianity, what they lacked was something that true Christians ought to have, something called “faith.”  Believing so that they can see rightly, rather than seeing so that they could believe wrongly.

The funniest thing is that it was actually Augustine himself who wrote the words, “Credo ut intellegiam” (“I believe in order that I may understand”).  It is a true shame the man couldn’t follow his own advice or he would have recognized by faith that God was not finished with Israel and that Israel was mentioned in last days prophecy and that therefore there would be an Israel in the last days.

So they are wrong both in terms of their faith and in terms of the facts.

But John Nelson Darby – and those who came before him in his tradition – certainly had the faith in the God of the Bible and His control of the affairs of men.  And so he was entirely right about the birth of Israel and he is just as right about the secret Rapture that the same Bible says is coming.  Darby did not “invent” the teaching of the secret Rapture; it had existed for the entire history of the Church.  What he did is systematize the premillennial teachings based on a literal, grammatical-historical hermeneutic that the other views dismissed.  His system turned out to be right and theirs is simply wrong.

Now, having hammered away at the scoffers who mock the secret Rapture of Christ in spite of the fact that Jesus warned them “I come as a thief” in passages like Matthew 24:43 (and see 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and 2 Peter 3:10) and that He will come in an hour that they do not think He will come (v. 44), allow me now to examine what is wrong with the proponents of “Left Behind.”

Please consider Matthew 24 and understand the flow of thought that proceeds from Jesus’ teaching.

The discourse begins with the disciples asking Jesus, “What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3).  And Jesus proceeds to explain to them what will happen prior to His glorious coming as King of kings and as Lord of lords according to Revelation 19:16.  Jesus says that deception will be the hallmark of the last days, being ultimately manifested in false messiahs (v. 5).  We’re foretold that there will be wars and rumors of wars (v. 6).  We’re told that race will rise up against race and people group will rise up against people group, and that famines and earthquakes will be the norm rather than the exception (v. 7).  And that these signs will begin to become worse and worse and closer and closer together, like birth pangs (v. 8).  We’re told that persecution of Christians and even martyrdom will become commonplace (v. 9).  And that there will be great apostasy as people who once claimed to be Christians prove that they never truly believed (v. 10).

And amidst a time of great false teaching, what had been the Law will be spurned and rejected (think protecting the life of babies; think homosexuals marrying one another that are viewed as being every bit as valid as the marriage that God ordained between one man and one woman).  See verses 11-13.

And we’re told that amidst all these frightening and disheartening signs, that missionaries will somehow continue their work until the gospel of Jesus is preached in every single language of every single people on earth (v. 14).

Now, these things are happening right now.  And they will get worse and worse during the Tribulation.  In the case of worldwide preaching of the Gospel, consider the two witnesses and the 144,000.  They will finish the job that missionaries prior to the Tribulation began and they will preach the gospel to the whole world.  See for example Revelation chapter 7.  But when we get to Jesus’ prophecy of the Abomination that causes desolation in verse 15, we realize that this is a specific act that the future Antichrist will perform in the future Temple which will be rebuilt according to Revelation chapter 11.  That temple is being prepared this very day (see the Jewish organization that is working toward that day).

Now, you might glance up at the quote from 373 AD by Ephaim the Syrian and understand that one of the reasons that there are more “last days whackos” today than there were in the past is precisely because things have truly become much more dangerous and of much greater magnitude.  Ephaim the Syrian saw a frightening world.  But it was a world that did not have nuclear weapons or global jihadist terrorism.  So you can start to understand why “Left Behind” might be more of a recent phenomena than it used to be because Jesus Himself explained it would be exactly so.

But up to this point in Jesus’ teaching, describing false prophets and wars and earthquakes and famines, we know we’ve always seen all of these things throughout history.  Now Jesus begins to describe things that clearly have not happened yet.

In verse 15, Jesus describes a future abomination of desolation in the Temple in Jerusalem.  That Temple was destroyed in 70 AD and has not since been rebuilt.  There will have to be a future Temple for this new abomination to take place.  And Jesus warns a future generation of Jews living in Jerusalem to flee the moment they hear that the coming Antichrist has entered the holy of holies and declares himself to be God.

The place to which Jews will flee has already been prepared.  It is called Petra (and see here).  It is also possible many Jews will also successfully flee to Bozrah.  When they flee from the Antichrist, Revelation tells us that God will supernaturally seal them in with an earthquake and keep them safe until the Messiah – that’s Jesus – returns to deliver them.

Jesus declares in verse 21, “for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has never occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall.”    It will be so terrible that if God Himself did not shorten these days, no human life will be left on earth (v. 22).

Then Jesus describes His own future return (as King of kings and as Lord of lords) in verses 29-30.

What is fascinating here is that every single human being will witness this return/coming of Christ.

Which strikes me as being just a little bit different from when He comes as a thief in the night.

This leads us to the “Left Behind” passage.  We’re told that “the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah” (v. 37).  Well, what were the days of Noah like?  They were a time of judgment and culminated in the judgment of the Flood.

Now let’s consider the “Left Behind” passage in that context:

Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. — Matthew 24:40

Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. — Matthew 24:41

Question: When will the one man in the field be taken?  When will the woman grinding be taken?  Answer: AFTER Jesus has returned as King of kings, that’s when.

Matthew 24:40-41 presents a vivid picture of what Matthew 24:31 teaches.  Let’s consider that verse of a Christ who has returned in glory sending out His angels:

“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. — Matthew 24:31

Jesus also discusses such a “gathering” in the next chapter in Matthew 25:31-33

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.  “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.

And we’re told in the following verses (vv. 34-46) that the sheep that will be gathered to Christ’s right are righteous/believers and that the goats that will be gathered to His left are wicked/unbelievers.

So when does this event – the separation of the sheep from the goats, in which two men will be working in a field and two women will be grinding and one will be taken and the other left (behind), – happen?

It will happen at the end of the Tribulation after Jesus’ return as King of kings and Lord of lords, and just prior to the 1,000-year reign of Christ on earth known as the Millennium.

We will see a dramatic reversal of the Rapture, in which believers are raptured (the Greek word ‘harpazo’ translated in the Latin as ‘rapturo’ means “to seize by force, to suddenly and decisively snatch up“) and removed from earth prior to the Tribulation; because at then end of the age after Christ returns as King of kings, it will be the wicked who are taken in judgment and the righteous who will be “left behind” to repopulate the earth during the Millennium.

It’s a mirror image.  In the first Rapture believers are taken and unbelievers will be left on the world to go through the time of testing that Revelation 3:10 describes as coming upon the whole world; in the second one, it will be the unbelievers who will be taken in judgment.  And it is the Christian saints who were converted by the two witnesses and the 144,000 who physically survived the Great Tribulation who will be “left behind” to repopulate the earth with their Messiah ruling and reigning on earth from His Throne in Jerusalem.

That is what is actually being described by Jesus in the “Left Behind” passage of Matthew 24:40-41, rather than the Rapture of the Church that will precede the Tribulation.

As a biblical Christian, I believe in BOTH “raptures.”  And I am ready for the first one.  Because it will be for me and for mine.

The people who mock and deny the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church are asserting that nothing has changed, nothing is getting worse, everything is going to keep going on as it always has.  But anyone with a brain in his or her head ought to realize that things are getting worse – and that they are getting worse very much like birth pangs – that we’re living in an age where the phrase “signs of the times” ought to take on a whole new meaning from any generation that ever lived before, and that the world is being prepared for something that is coming and coming soon.

There’s a quote that seems particularly appropriate here: “Free your mind and your body will follow.”  Put your trust in Jesus and you will one day suddenly find your body rushing upward to meet Him in the air at the Rapture.

For your own further study, the three key Rapture passages describing the transformation of believers before the Tribulation are 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 and John 14:-3.

I hope to see you in the air at the Rapture.  And if you happen to recognize me, please fly by me on your way to Jesus and say hi.

 

 

 

 

 

The Zombie ‘Spirituality’ Of Atheism

September 24, 2014

The Los Angeles Times ran an interview with one of the atheists who demonstrates himself to be the sort of true fool as only one who denies the reality of God can be.

This guy’s particular hook is that you can be an atheist and “spiritual” too.

Then we see what atheist “spirituality” looks like:

Was it the drug Ecstasy that opened up spirituality for you?

It definitely was. I wouldn’t call that the true experience of self-transcendence that is the focus of the book, but it was profoundly liberating. It convinced me it was possible to have a much better life and be a much better person, and some action was required to figure out how to be more that way more of the time. It’s certainly something you can’t recommend without serious caveats.

Okay, let’s recap.  Any form of “spirituality” that does NOT rely on the sort of drugs that men slip into women’s drinks to make them easy to rape is the “esoteric dunghill of religion.”

This fool Sam Harris teaches that the only path for an atheist to become “spiritual” is to ignore the “serious caveats” that are the obvious results of shutting reality off with drugs.

You need to get the joke that is atheism here: THESE are the people who mock Christians for not living in the real world!!!

There’s nothing new under the sun, the Bible declares, and it sure nailed it with atheists: they’ve been offering this “version” of reality for some time.  In the 1960s it was Timothy Leary with his “Turn on, tune in, drop out” approach.  And so today it is the secular humanist left that is championing the destruction of America through legalized drugs and the drug addiction that will come with it.  Because how in the hell else can these perverted, degenerate people have any chance at being “spiritual” otherwise???

Atheism is parasitic.  It cannot exist unless it has some superior worldview to emulate even as it mocks the very thing that it is emulating.

One example is the first rise of atheism as carried out in a vicious orgy of violence a.k.a. The French Revolution.  One of the leaders of that atheism descent into hell was stabbed to death in his bath by a woman hoping to end the endless beheadings.  And Marat’s death was celebrated in a painting as follows:

At the height of the Reign of Terror in 1793, David painted a memorial to his great friend, the murdered publisher, Jean Marat. As in his Death of Socrates, David substitutes the iconography (symbolic forms) of Christian art for more contemporary issues

So the very people who most denied Christ were reduced to trying to depict their hero as the very Christ they mocked and hated and denied.  Because at their cores they are hypocrites and liars and have neither shame, nor honor, nor decency, nor virtue, nor integrity of any kind.

That’s all atheism can do: cynically and perversely exploit the genuineness of the very thing it mocks and denies in order to have any pseudo-legitimacy whatsoever.

There is no atheist art.  There is no atheist music.  There is no atheist culture.  There is no atheist morality.  There can be no law based on atheism.  And there very definitely isn’t any atheist “spirituality.”  All they have is an obscene, grotesque mockery.

Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.”

The great scientist and mathematician Blaise Pascal said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

Atheists implicitly accept this God-shaped vacuum in every human heart, this restlessness, that God installed until we find our rest in Him.  But they propose to fill their voids with drugs instead of with the Spirit of the God who made them.

Obama Degenerates In The Polls To The ‘North Korean Third’ Number That I Predicted

September 23, 2014

First, allow me to rehash a few of the times that I made the prediction:

On 1/8/2011 I wrote:

The polls are making it pretty clear: at least 57% of Americans say that “rightwing rhetoric” had absolutely nothing to do with the tragedy. Fewer than a third (that’s the group that would vote for Kim Jong Il if he ran for president as a Democrat) said it did.

On 8/10/2012 I wrote:

There’s a good solid third of “Americans” who would continue to enthusiastically worship their Democrats even if those Democrats gave us a North Korean-style economy where the whole country was dark at night because we’d destroyed all our energy and liberal policies called for all Americans to shovel so much of their feces out of the ground so they’d have fuel to burn (but thank God it wouldn’t be that nasty oil!). California has a whopping load of these Kim Jong Il “Dear-leader-worshiping” liberals

On 11/29/2013 I wrote:

I’ve been saying it for some time: if we were to degenerate into a North Korea-style dictatorship under Obama, one full third of the nation would continue to support Obama with more passion than EVER.

I wrote it several times (as I allude to above); but it’s harder to search through the articles where I would have said it.  So I just stuck with comments I made.

For some strange reason, I’ve had this sense for YEARS: that Barack Obama would degenerate to a one-third support base and not go any lower.  Because that’s the percentage of truly evil people in America who literally would support a North-Korean-style-dictatorship if they had a chance to do so.

And here we are:

Obama Slumps to 35 in Latest Approval Poll
By Brendan Bordelon
September 23, 2014 6:21 PM

Barack Obama’s approval rating slid into dangerous territory this week, with the latest Reuters-Ipsos poll showing just 35 percent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance even as he leads the nation into a war against Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans expressed disapproval of the White House’s current occupant — 37 percent of them “strongly.” Just 17 percent strongly approved of Obama’s current performance. The poll is based on a five-day rolling average.

The White House has struggled under a series of escalating foreign-policy crises, at times appearing to flail for a response to Islamic State brutality and the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine. The poll likely does not reflect reaction to the administration’s broad air attack on Islamic State targets in Syria, conducted Monday night and slated to continue for the foreseeable future.

Obama is down to his Fuehrer Hitler-Chairman Mao-Dear Leader faithful now.

The good news for Obama is that he won’t sink much lower, because a third of the American people are genuinely toxic and rabid and depraved and will support their messiah no matter what.

But don’t worry, Democrats: when your beloved big-government Antichrist comes, he’ll get 100% approval from the world.  Because all the Christians like me will have been raptured by the REAL Messiah so you can have your government-as-God that you always yearned for.

Remaining In The Light As We Walk Through The Darkness Of The World

September 22, 2014

This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” — The words of Jesus in John 3:19-21

We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. — 1 John 5:19

There is simply no question to any biblically literate Christian believer that we are living in spiritually dark times that are getting darker and darker with each passing day.  In St. Pauls’ final epistle before his martyrdom which he knew was coming, he writes in 2 Timothy chapter 3 that terrible, difficult times would be coming in the last days.

I know of a beautiful, talented young woman who wants to be a singer or an actress.  In and of itself, there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?  We should want Christians in the field of entertainment, which holds so much sway over our increasingly toxic culture and over the increasingly degenerating morality of our youth.  And yet the field of entertainment is so filled with horrible predators who would promise a young woman the world in order to use her and ultimately throw her away that the entertainment industry is truly a dangerous field to enter.

But what to do?  You literally cannot walk outside your house without entering the darkness of this world.  And even if you remain in your home, lock your doors and shutter your windows against the spiritual darkness, you literally cannot turn on your television or turn on your computer – and nowadays even turn on your phone – without being exposed to profound spiritual darkness.

Should this beautiful young woman live the life of a monk in some distant, secluded monastery?

No.  Because Jesus didn’t want us to hide our lights, but to let our light shine.  And line shines brightest when it shines in darkness.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” — Matthew 5:14-16

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  — 2 Corinthians 4:6

God sent us as lights shining in the darkness.

But when we walk through the darkness, it is sadly more the tendency of fallen, sinful, flawed people to be affected by the darkness we walk through than that we triumphantly shine as lights and as examples of Christ.

Ultimately, Scripture tells us, the human race will fail.  Even God’s people will fail.  And it will be Jesus Christ in His return as King of kings and as Lord of lords who will triumph over evil and usher in His Kingdom on earth according to Revelation 17:14 and 19:11-16.

How should we live as Christians who must walk through the darkness of this world until that glorious day when Jesus Christ returns to make ultimately right the world He created according to the Father’s plan?

I have an analogy from my own experience that I hope some of you will find helpful.

I live in the Coachella Valley, which is located in the Colorado Desert section (the northwesterly part) of the Sonoran Desert.

One of my favorite activities is hiking.  Three days a week, I go for a 10 mile hike through the desert.  But due to my schedule and due to the heat, I can’t leave until late afternoon or early evening.  It’s just too hot for my favorite hiking companion – my dog – to go any earlier.

And given the fact that – since the equinox marking the first day of summer on June 21 – it has been getting darker  earlier and earlier, I find myself walking through the desert in the darkness for a good share of my hike.

In my neck of the woods, that means I’m exposing myself to a great host of nocturnal predators.  There are coyotes that would be thrilled with the prospect of eating my dog; we’ve had sightings of mountain lions in my area; and rattlesnakes are all around.  We’ve got Sidewinders; we’ve got Western Diamondbacks; we’ve got Red Diamonds.  And they all bite.

I’ve seen giant tarantulas, I’ve seen scorpions.  You name it, it’s walking or crawling around out there, hoping something it can kill and eat will stumble into its path.

As I walk through the darkness, several awful things can happen to me:

1) I can stumble and fall.  It is extremely easy in the darkness to get tripped by one of the trillion rocks jutting up; it is easy to stumble over one of the equally numerous elevation changes as your feet suddenly encounter a sink or rise in the sand.  You can easily inadvertently angle off the trail and find yourself caught in the nasty thorns of one of several varieties of shrub and cactus that abound.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been tripped up and lost my footing in the darkness.

2) I can get turned around and literally become deceived into thinking I’m heading in one direction when I’m actually heading in the very opposite direction further and further into darkness.  It gets so dark – especially during new moons and especially in the canyons – when I literally cannot see my own hand in front of my face.  In that kind of darkness, there are no frames of reference and no way to collect your bearings if you let yourself get distracted and turned around and confused.  People regularly get lost in the desert and their bodies are found days, weeks or even months later.

3) You can get bitten by a poisonous serpent.  And literally die.  If you’re bitten by a rattlesnake, the poison travels through your body faster if you move.  But where I’m going I would HAVE to move to get within ambulance range because there aren’t even very many four-wheel-drive vehicles that are capable of getting to me.

The only protection against these dangers is my flashlight.  With it, I can walk through the darkness shielded, covered and protected by a cocoon of light.

There’s nothing wrong with my desire to hike.  There’s nothing inherently wrong with my hiking at night.  But I am a fool if I don’t take all the proper precautions, aren’t I?  So I’ve got my cell phone with me and I know where I’m out of range and where I need to be to get back into range; I’ve got my snake bite kit.  And I not only have a flashlight, I have a spare battery and a spare flashlight to go with it just in case I drop one.

I stay on the paths and I keep my light on.

In the light, I can see the pitfalls; I can see all the rocks that would trip me up and all the rises and sinks that I would otherwise stumble over.  I can shine the beam and see the landmarks that serve as my foundations for my sense of direction so I will not get lost.  I can see the poisonous serpents in my path and I can detect the glowing green eyes of the hungry predators who might be stalking nearby.

In my analogy, I am comparing physical darkness to spiritual darkness.  And I am comparing the consequences of foolishly walking in physical darkness to the consequences of walking in spiritual darkness.  And what is the light in the latter case that keeps me safe as I walk through the spiritual darkness that is all around me?  It is the wisdom and truth found in the Word of God.

In the desert at night, I can get distracted.  There’s always the temptation to put that light down – just for a few moments – to have a drink of water, or play with my phone, or take a pill or something.  But even those things that seem harmless or even good are dangerous and even deadly if they distract me and keep me from paying attention to the illumination of my light.

There are a lot of situations in this dark world where the light of the Word of God gets put down by people who ought to know better.  And sometimes it only takes a moment for disaster to strike and even destroy us.

Hey, I’ll just put my light down and look at this internet site for a little while; we don’t want to shine God’s light on that content, after all.  Because if we were shining God’s light on that site, we would see the danger and we would never wander over there in the first place.  And that’s when your wife or your kid walks in.

We get in heated situations with people and we’re putting God’s light down when we need to hold it up the very most.  And look at me stumbling around just like a fool in the dark instead of representing Christ with my light.

In just one bad moment, you can destroy your witness and even destroy your own life with one utterance or act.

And man, if I just had one nickel for every “Christian” who is flagrantly abandoning God’s light as they have become so deceived and so perverted by the darkness all around them that they celebrate the murder of sixty million innocent human beings and as they celebrate the perversion of homosexuality and even the perversion of the marriages that God ordained.

In the light of God’s Word, these things are detestable.  But in the darkness, in the absence of God’s illuminating light, they seem right.

There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. — Proverbs 16:25

There are so many ways in which sinful, fallen man has been deceived into literally believing that good is evil and evil is good:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! — Isaiah 5:20

Just imagine how different your life would be if you held up the Word of God and directed it’s light at every situation and every circumstance you encountered.

The Bible gives us our moral foundations; it sets our landmarks and our boundaries, teaching us where we can safely go and where we dare not tread.  When left to ourselves, we WILL choose wrongly and go the wrong way and stumble and fall and ultimately be bitten by the serpent – satan – and destroyed.  The Bible doesn’t tell us that temptation will never come upon us, but instead teaches us how to view temptation and how to overcome it by focusing on our Lord rather than our destructive desires.

God’s Word is our “flashlight” as we walk through the spiritual darkness of this world:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. — Psalm 119:105

The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. — Psalm 119:130

God never wanted us to hoard our light, to hide ourselves away in some distant monastery.  He wants us to engage culture and confront its evil with the reality of God and encounter its sin with the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Whatever field of life we choose, whether it be in entertainment, or law enforcement, or banking, or whatever, we will face dangers.  We will be tempted to do things the ways “that seems right to a man,” we will be tempted to cut corners, to give in to peers or superiors and do things we know are wrong, to put down our light just for a moment.  And destruction can overtake us.

Whatever your path, whatever your career path, God wants you to walk His way in His light.  And when you do that, when you stay in His light and see in His light your landmarks that serve as your foundation for what is right and what is wrong and what is good and what is evil, you will remain safely headed in the right direction.

The alternative is a life of stumbling, injury, deception and death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks For Armageddon: Liberals Implicitly Acknowledge Obama Completely Wrong On Iran And Conservatives Completely Right.

September 18, 2014

Allow me to simply start with the reporting today from the Los Angeles Times on Iran:

A year later: Iranian nuclear talks go from promise to doubt
By Paul Richter  contact the reporter
SHARELINES
▼What went wrong? Diplomats wonder a year after Iranian leader’s U.N. visit held such promise for improved ties
▼Analysts suggest Iran’s supreme leader may have decided he can live with no nuclear deal and more sanctions
September 17, 2014, 2:40 PM|Reporting from Washington

Hassan Rouhani won world leaders’ warm embrace a year ago when he arrived at the United Nations General Assembly in New York as Iran’s new president, speaking of reconciliation and offering a new era in relations between his nation and the West.

But when Rouhani arrives next week for this year’s U.N. session, diplomats will be pondering a different question: What went wrong?

A year after that auspicious beginning, tensions with the West are as high as ever, and 10 months of negotiations over the toughest issue in the relationship — Iran’s nuclear program — are at an impasse. Now Western leaders want to know Iran’s intentions and if Rouhani is even calling the shots in Tehran on the nuclear issue and overall foreign policy.

Since November, when Rouhani’s team signed an interim nuclear accord that seemed to promise a breakthrough, “we’ve actually gotten further away from a deal,” said one Middle Eastern diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity in discussing sensitive diplomacy.

Negotiators from Iran and six world powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — will meet Friday in New York in an effort to break the logjam and complete a deal before the Nov. 24 deadline. Next week, foreign ministers from the nations will take up the issue.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared last year that he was giving his full support to Rouhani to negotiate a nuclear deal that would ease international economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for commitments to keep its nuclear program peaceful.

But in recent months, signs suggest the staunchly anti-Western Khamenei is directly managing the negotiations. He appears determined to sharply increase the country’s uranium enrichment capability in seven years, and not roll it back, as the West demands.

Rouhani, who has lost a series of domestic political battles to conservatives, has taken a harder line on the nuclear talks. In a news conference two weeks ago, he expressed doubt that the U.S. has enough “goodwill” to negotiate an end to the standoff.

In an indication of the changing mood, President Obama plans no contact with Rouhani during the U.N. session, according to White House aides. Last year, the two leaders spoke by phone while in New York, the highest-level contact between the two countries in decades.

The central question for diplomats is whether Iran’s tougher line is only negotiating theatrics, aimed at gaining better terms, or whether Khamenei has decided he can survive a collapse of the talks despite Western threats of tighter sanctions.

Increasing evidence suggests Khamenei believes he can get by without a deal, say diplomats and analysts.

In recent comments, Khamenei portrayed the U.S. as beset by crises, including the standoff with Russia over Ukraine and the conflict with Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. He may view American efforts to solicit Iran’s cooperation, at least on nonmilitary matters, in the fight against the militants as a sign of weakness.

At the same time, the conservative Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which is hostile to a deal, is wielding greater public influence because of fears of the Islamic State threat.

Many Western analysts argue that if negotiations fail to produce a deal, U.S and European sanctions would intensify, not collapse, choking off much of Iran’s sales of 1.2 billion barrels of oil a day.

But Khamenei may believe that if the talks collapse, he could persuade Russia, China and perhaps other nations to abandon the sanctions and resume buying Iranian oil, providing the cash his government needs.

“Khamenei is preparing his country for a no-deal outcome,” said Cliff Kupchan, a former State Department official who is with the Eurasia Group risk consulting group.

Diplomats say they expect Iran will try to blame the U.S. during the U.N. sessions for the deadlock in talks, and will try to build support for ending sanctions and allowing Iran to maintain its nuclear infrastructure.

Wendy Sherman, the chief U.S. negotiator, predicted in a speech Tuesday that Iran would try to convince the world that “the status quo, or its equivalent, should be acceptable.”

Gary Samore, Obama’s former top advisor on nuclear proliferation, said Khamenei “seems to be very stubborn and very confident that he can retain his enrichment capability.”

While the Iranian leader may be wrong, “what matters is what he believes,” said Samore, who is now with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Robert Einhorn, another former member of Obama’s inner circle on nuclear issues, said nuclear negotiators won’t be able to resolve complicated secondary issues by the Nov. 24 deadline unless they solve the bigger question of how much enrichment capability Iran can keep.

“They’re still light-years apart,” said Einhorn, now with the Brookings Institution.

Special correspondent Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran contributed to this report.

As always, whenever liberals are talking, it’s bullcrap, bullcrap and bullcrap to the nth power -NUCELEAR POWERED BULLCRAP, for that matter.  As John Bolton’s article from A YEAR AGO documents.

Notice how this article from the leftist Los Angeles Times begins as I post it below: “Hassan Rouhani won world leaders’ warm embrace a year ago when he arrived … and offered a new era in relations between his nation and the West.”

It’s not Obama’s fault.  Nope.  It’s not the Democrat Party’s fault.  Nope.  It sure can’t be liberalism’s fault.  Uh-uh.  After all, the whole world was fooled by this weasel.

But there’s also the rhetorical question they ask, “what went wrong?”  Well, NOTHING “went wrong.”  From the point of view of any morally intelligent westerner, IT WAS WRONG FROM THE VERY START AND IT’S BECAUSE OF SUCH STUPID UNDERTAKINGS THAT YOU CAN KNOW THERE’S A PERSONAL SATAN BLINDING DEPRAVED LIBERAL HUMAN MINDS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE INTELLIGENT.  From the point of view of Iran and of every other country that truly hates us and wants to see our beheaded corpses burning in flames, nothing went wrong because everything has worked out beautifully for them.

Let’s contrast the Los Angeles Times’ incredibly idiotic reporting on this Iranian disaster ALL ALONG with what John Bolton predicted for Fox News a year ago:

Hasan Rouhani is no moderate on Iran’s nuclear weapons program
John R. Bolton | Fox News
June 18, 2013

Within days of Hasan Rouhani’s election as Iran’s president, the White House and several European governments were already ecstatic at the possibility of resuming negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear-weapons program.

Of course, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps actually make key military policy decisions, not Iran’s president, but mere political reality is unlikely to slow down the Obama administration and its European Union (“EU”) counterparts.

Before even more irrational exuberance breaks out over Rouhani’s pledge to make Iranian’s nuclear program more “transparent,” however, some history is in order.

Rouhani’s long, uninterrupted devotion to Iran’s Islamic Revolution includes heading its National Security Council for sixteen years, and he was Tehran’s key nuclear negotiator in 2003-2005.

His actions during that period reveal much about him and the regime.

In September, 2003, Britain, France and Germany (“the EU-3”) made several overtures to open talks with Iran, including offering Iran nuclear-reactor technology on the precondition that it cease uranium-enrichment activities, which the EU-3 believed would effectively halt the nuclear-weapons program.

This proved to be a disastrous mistake.

Iran was to use the next three-and-one-half years to make steady progress, overcoming the scientific and technological difficulties of uranium conversion, uranium enrichment, and other key elements in its nuclear-weapons effort.

Rouhani was central to Iran’s strategy of using protracted negotiations to buy time and legitimacy under diplomatic cover. […]

Bolton’s predictive and frankly even prophetic article ends with these words that points out how the past that liberals are too stupid to comprehend show us the future:

But the catnip effect on Western diplomats of negotiating with Iran never lost its allure, which Rouhani understood as well or better than anyone.  In March, 2006, the New York Times reported on a speech Rouhani made after stepping down as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator.  Said the Times:

“…in a remarkable admission, Mr. Rouhani suggested in his speech that Iran had used the negotiations with the Europeans to dupe them…..  ‘While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan [the uranium conversion plant], but we still had a long way to go to complete the project,’ he said.  ‘In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work on Isfahan.’  As a result of the negotiations with Europe, he added, “we are in fact much more prepared to go to the U.N. Security Council.’”

Rouhani deceived, mocked and disdained the West during his time as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, while the Iranian nuclear-weapons program continued to progress.  There is every reason to believe he will do exactly the same once inaugurated as Iran’s president.

In other words, was there ever any real chance this was going to work?  Only in hell, which is where Obama and the Ayatollah and Rouhani will all one day reside together.

Who was right?  Who was completely WRONG?

To the extent that the Islamic State, or ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever the hell you want to call these vicious murderers, had anything to do with Iran’s new hardline stance, just recognize that this terrorist army grew up and became the powerful terror army that it is completely under Barack Obama and entirely due to his failed policies.

Obama was WRONG.  Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were WRONG.  The Democrat Party was WRONG.  Liberalism is WRONG.

So what happens when the talks with Iran that were idiotic to begin with went nowhere as anybody with any wisdom whatsoever knew would happen?  Obama did the bidding of his masters in Tehran and extended the talks so that Iran could once again draw out negotiations without any agreement.  So that Iran could keep working toward their goal of Armageddon while Obama rewarded them.

Business Insider nailed what it’s easy to now see since happened and what will continue to happen in their article from July:

Obama Is Now Boxed In By The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Iran is playing the long game in negotiations over its nuclear program. And it may have already boxed in U.S. President Barack Obama, with help from an increasingly tumultuous state of world affairs.

Iran and six world powers officially agreed on Friday to extend negotiations for at least another four months. Iran has agreed to dilute additional stocks of nuclear material, in exchange for access to nearly $3 billion in assets that have been frozen in the U.S.

Some American officials are skeptical that even a four-month extension in talks will be enough to resolve some of the major sticking points among negotiators. And the reality is that as time goes on, the West will continue to lose leverage as Iran’s economy slowly crawls toward a recovery with limited sanctions relief.

“The extension was expected because Iranian nuclear intransigence is being further emboldened by the reality that Western negotiating leverage is diminishing,” Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Business Insider.

“The Obama administration’s mid-2013 decision to de-escalate the sanctions pressure, and the direct relief offered at Geneva, have sparked a modest albeit fragile Iranian economic recovery and increased the economy’s resilience to sanctions pressure,” Dubowitz told BI. “Tehran may believe that it can sustain these negotiations for many months if not years, provide only limited and reversible nuclear concessions, while extracting additional direct sanctions relief and solidifying its economic recovery.”

Dubowitz says that if Tehran’s bet turned out to be true, then the nuclear concessions would continue to swing Iran’s way.

“Then the Obama administration is left doing more of what it has done already — namely, defining downwards its nuclear demands until Iran’s leaders have deal terms that give them an industrial-size nuclear capacity, relative immunity from any new sanctions, and the essential elements they need to build nuclear weapons at a time of their choosing,” he said.

And yep, that’s pretty much exactly the way the following year plus has unraveled under the leadership of our Chump-in-Chief.

Look at my own title from a year ago as I asked in September of 2013:

Obama Won’t Negotiate With GOP. So WHY Is He Negotiating With Terrorist State Iran (Declared Terrorist Since 1984)???

Does it sound to you like I was optimistic about this the way the fools of the Los Angeles Times and the Obama administration were?

If you want a more direct statement about that time of a year ago, here’s what I wrote in a different article:

As for Iran, Obama has guaranteed that Iran will be in an economically stronger position to announce that they have joined the nations with nuclear weapons as soon as they have successfully developed the ballistic missile system they need to give their nuclear threat any real teeth.  There is frankly no reason for Iran to develop nuclear weapons until they have the means to deliver those weapons especially to Israel and the United States.

The Iranian president announced that the deal Obama made allows Iran to continue enriching uranium.  And of course it does because Obama won’t do a damn thing to stop it.

Another true statement is that Obama’s deal – again in the Iranian president’s own words – isolates Israel.

Obama is a “leader” who leaves America’s allies twisting in the wind while he makes desperate deals to appease our enemies.  And as a result he will have “peace in our time.”  A completely false and naïve peace just like the last damn time we had such a “peace,” but Obama couldn’t give less of a damn as long as the world doesn’t blow up until he’s out of office.

Let me ask you, WHO WAS RIGHT???  Was I right or was Obama right?  Was I right or was Hillary Clinton and then John Kerry right?  Was conservatism right or was liberalism right?

And for the record, this is what I’ve been pointing out all along:

Make Obama, Biden, Clinton And The Democrat Party Wear Nuclear Iran Like An Albatross Of Shame

It’s liberals’ fault that we even have to be dealing with a nuclear Iran now.  Their weakness and the weakness that liberalism imbued into America emboldened Iran to build for Armageddon and to keep building and building.  Iran can know with certainty that as long as there remains one liberal who has not been hunted down with dogs and burned alive that America will never have the resolve to stop them.

The fact of the matter is that Iran already has sufficient nuclear material to produce five nuclear bombs.  That’s enough to wipe out Israel, which Iran and terrorists refer to as a “two-bomb country.”  Obama has already given Iran the nuclear bomb; this is just a question of how many more bombs they will be able to build and how quickly they will be able to build them.  But to wipe out Israel, Iran wants to first have the means to terrorize and intimidate the United States out of direct retaliation.  Which means they need ballistic missile capability which would give them the ability to strike major U.S. cities and kill tens of millions of Americans.

So Iran invited a man they knew to be a coward and a fool – Barack Obama – to rebuild their economy for them by ending the sanctions and the pressure those sanctions had on their nuclear ambitions and their plan to destroy Israel and start Armageddon.  And thanks to the United States under Obama Iran has been completely free to keep working on the successful ballistic missile technology that will allow them to kill millions of Americans should America ever attempt to stop Iran from carrying out their Armageddon scenario.

I have frequently used “Democrat” as what it truly is: a portmanteau meaning “DEMOnic bureauCRAT.”  That’s what Democrats are: demon-possessed bureaucrats who worship the State rather than God and impose their godless State upon the rest of us with all their government control and their taxes and their regulations and their bureaucracies and their totalitarian fascist crony capitalist ambition to be able who will be winners and who will be losers.

The Bible nails the essence of liberalism:

Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools — Romans 1:22

and as a result they are:

always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. — 2 Timothy 3:7

Liberalism is the demonic hostility to the truth.  They hate the truth because it exposes them as the liars and frauds and deceivers and slanderers and demagogues that they are.  They constantly fabricate their own realities and when those realities are exposed as false they blame their opponents even though their opponents clearly had warned what would happen if liberals got their way.


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