There’s a Bible passage that ought to haunt you in terms of our current administration’s dishonesty and false policies. The prophet Isaiah says, “You boast, we have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.” Isaiah 28:15
I want to talk to you about Bible prophecy. I want to talk about prophecy as DIRECTLY RELATING to the real world, to the world of today’s news and events and policies. I want to talk about those vicious Islamic State attacks in Paris, France yesterday in which some hundred people were murdered one-by-one execution style in a theatre, with 129 total murdered and more than 350 shot.
Jesus taught us that the last days would be uniquely characterized by “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6). The French president yesterday called the attack “an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army.” But does ANYONE believe France will actually launch a massive ground invasion of Syria and the Islamic State caliphate? No, they’ll fly a few planes and accomplish nothing because the history of warfare proves that aerial bombing alone accomplishes NOTHING. It’s not a war; it’s just a bunch of empty words that pretend to mean something. Just as Obama’s own phantom campaign where he says he’s fighting Islamic State but is doing nearly NOTHING as he creates the ILLUSION that he’s doing something. Just days before Obama’s “we have contained them” blathering, a Russian passenger jet was destroyed by Obama’s “contained” Islamic State with 224 murdered in the worst aviation disaster in Russian history. “Wars and rumors of wars” are all around us in a way never before seen in all of history. The United States hasn’t actually DECLARED a war since World War II!!!
Let me point out a couple of facts that lead to a conclusion: the United States hasn’t declared a war since 1945. Israel became a nation in miraculous fulfillment of Bible prophecy in 1948. Jesus described “wars and rumors of wars” characterizing the last days that were inaugurated when Israel was regathered as a nation (see the last days prophecies promising this very thing). And since then America has never declared a single actual WAR according to its own Constitution. And now was it a “war,” or a “conflict” (Korea, Vietnam) or a “police action,” or an “authorization to use military force,” or WHAT?
Now let me talk about the deceit and dishonesty that manifestly describes Barack Obama’s “foreign policy.” Consider the ocean of outright lies and manufactured “facts” that have characterized everything that has emanated from the White House, from Obama’s mocking words to Mitt Romney in 2011 – “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” Versus Obama’s own nominee for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who would say “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” Barack Obama proved that he was either a liar without shame or an incompetent fool – to Obama’s outright deceit in Benghazi where he deliberately lied to the American people about the terrorist attack there that he dishonestly claimed was a video and NOT a terrorist attack.
Understand this Liar-in-Chief created an entire machine to simply pump out lies no matter what the actual truth was.
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.
The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.
“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.
We can go back to all the utterly fallacious statements that were flowing out of the White House as well as out of the next Democrat president-wannabe’s mouth and we can see these people for the abject Isaiah 28:15-style deceiving LIARS that they are.
What do you call the worst migration crisis since World War II that in turn produced the worst violence in France since World War II which immediately followed the worst Russian aviation disaster in that country’s history as more Christians are slaughtered than at any time in 2,000 years as Christianity is now less than a decade away from extermination in the Middle East? While terror attacks overall have skyrocketed under Obama’s presidency? Obama has a name for it: “containment.”
It’s ALL about politics and deceiving people into believing they have “peace, peace when there IS no peace.” Jeremiah 6:14: “They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.” Ezekiel 13:10: “It is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash… And don’t forget Isaiah 28:15 … The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.
The United States created an illusion of action when they boasted of a $500 million program to train and equip moderate Syrian fighters to fight our war against Islamic State for us. Obama claimed he would send 15,000 anti-ISIS fighters; but that half billion dollars only trained 54 fighters – and only “four or five” are still alive now. Wars and rumors of wars.
Obama boasts that his “coalition” has flown nearly 7,000 sorties since the start of his infamous “red line warning” fiasco three years ago. Do you know what a joke that is??? Let me put it into perspective: we flew more than 8,000 sorties IN THE FIRST FIVE DAYS of Operation Desert Storm. We averaged 1,100 sorties PER DAY in 1991 when we attacked Iraq. Compared to six or seven sorties a day now. But how about this one: 75% of those jets Obama is claiming to send to fight Islamic State are returning to base without having fired a bomb or a shot due to incredibly restrictive rules of engagement. So we’re not actually talking about 7,000; we’re actually talking about 1,750 – one or two actual strikes per day. Wars and rumors of wars. Like nothing we’ve ever seen.
Does anyone think Obama’s plan to send in “fewer than fifty” special forces guys are going to turn the tide for us? Especially given that one of these guns gets killed by gunfire and the Obama Administration with amazing quibbling rhetoric actually denied he was killed in “combat”???
Russia and China have BOTH openly threatened the United States with war; and our response has been to back down. America used to speak softly and carry a great big giant stick; now we talk incessantly, do nothing, and carry a tube of lipstick. Victor Davis Hanson wrote an incredibly prophetic article in August of 2008 about what would happen if the United States quit acting like a true superpower and stopped serving as the world’s policeman.
I truly believe that the United States was – past tense – God’s stopgap against the end-of-days and the coming beast because it protected Israel and DID serve the world by preventing evil from overwhelming good. But now that is truly over, Israel is isolated and bereft of true support, and Israel WILL therefore make a seven year covenant with the coming Antichrist that will start the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27) as a result of our refusal to lead.
Wars and rumors of wars. A strong refuge made of lies and deception. A Band-Aid over a gaping wound as we claim peace when there IS no peace.
If our enemies weren’t exterminating Christians like nothing EVER BEFORE SEEN in all of history, it would be a joke. But the extermination of Christianity that is taking place as we sit here is not funny.
I want to point something out as we begin this class: we all ought to become very familiar with the Old Testament. Why? Because WE ARE BACK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TIMES when it comes to the sheer viciousness that we are seeing unfold in this world. You go back to the Assyrian Empire.
A scholarly article I came across begins:
“Assyrian national history, as it has been preserved for us in inscriptions and pictures, consists almost solely of military campaigns and battles. It is as gory and bloodcurdling a history as we know.
Assyria emerged as a territorial state in the 14th century B.C. Its territory covered approximately the northern part of modern Iraq. The first capital of Assyria was Assur, located about 150 miles north of modern Baghdad on the west bank of the Tigris River. The city was named for its national god, Assur, from which the name Assyria is also derived.
From the outset, Assyria projected itself as a strong military power bent on conquest. Countries and peoples that opposed Assyrian rule were punished by the destruction of their cities and the devastation of their fields and orchards.”
I submit to you that the Old Testament days are back in business in the form of the sheer barbaric viciousness of Islamic State – which has similarly named itself for ITS god. Under the leadership of President Obama, and under the cowardice of the Western world that will not only not truly take them on, but won’t even call them the MUSLIMS that they are, they have seized a caliphate IN THE VERY SAME REGION THAT ASSYRIA USED TO RULE OVER. And the vicious terrorist Army is using the same vicious tactics that the Assyrians used before them:
The Assyrians decapitated their helpless conquered victims and made giant piles of their heads or hung heads on all the surrounding trees. They impaled their naked victims on stakes. They flayed their victims alive and piled their skins over the conquered city’s walls. They litarally painted the surrounding hills red with the blood of their victims. They burned their victims alive. They cut off arms, legs, noses, ears and gentiles of their screaming victims. They routinely gouged out the eyes of their victims and a favorite sport was to gouge out the eyes of a father’s children so he would know they were blind before they gouged out the father’s eyes.
We have their words preserved, such as in the words of the famous Old Testament Assyrian king Sennacherib:
“I cut their throats like lambs. I cut off their precious lives (as one cuts) a string. Like the many waters of a storm, I made (the contents of) their gullets and entrails run down upon the wide earth. My prancing steeds harnessed for my riding, plunged into the streams of their blood as (into) a river. The wheels of my war chariot, which brings low the wicked and the evil, were bespattered with blood and filth. With the bodies of their warriors I filled the plain, like grass. (Their) testicles I cut off, and tore out their privates like the seeds of cucumbers.” †
I simply point out for the factual and historical record that Islamic State is doing all these things today and worse. They’re burning people alive. They’re crucifying people by the thousands. They’re murdering Christian children as if they were chickens or farm animals in a slaughtering pen. Aid groups are predicting that Christianity will end in the Middle East within a decade at the pace they are being either martyred, forced to convert, or flee. And aside from meaningless words, the world has done NOTHING to help them.
Barack Obama and the Democrat Party demonized George Bush and Republicans in 2008. According to the liberal narrative, 9/11 was basically just some kind of fluke and Bush caused all these wars that only happened because the Muslim world was responding to Bush’s bullying and Bush had infuriated and radicalized these people who somehow did all their terrorist attacks in the name of Islam but weren’t actually “Muslims.” It doesn’t matter if these terrorists are following the literal teachings of Muhammad – who himself was a murderer and a terrorist – and the Qu’ran FAR more closely than any other “Muslims” today. If liberals say they’re not Muslims then they’re not Muslims, and to put it in terms of the line from the famous Seinfeld program, “No soup for you!” In contrast to fighting them, Obama promised he would restore peace in the world by reaching out to the Muslim world where these non-Muslims came from. President Obama even tried to redefine whether or not they were “terrorists,” at first insisting their terror attacks were NOT terror attacks but “man-caused disasters.” Whereas to use the word “terror” was “the politics of fear.” Remember that? Numerous domestic terrorist attacks – including one in which a Muslim man cut the head off of a victim while shouting “Praise Allah!” – were designated as “workplace violence.” Obama preened as the president who would END wars, never start them.
As Dr. Phil famously asked, “How’s that working out for you?”
Obama is demanding that the U.S. accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees. Given that at least ONE of the terrorists from the Paris attack yesterday are “Syrian refugees,” and given that Islamic State declared that they were going to use the crisis wave of migration that Obama’s failed policies produced to infiltrate us? does that seriously sound like a good idea to you? I listened to the Democrat debates and was amazed to hear that even AFTER these attacks Hillary Clinton and the other Democrat candidates actually want 65,000 potential terrorists to come into America. Don’t worry: “we have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.”
The same President Obama who told us that Islamic State was “JayVee” – and then lied about having said it – and nothing to be taken seriously said THE DAY OF THE ATTACK IN FRANCE that: “I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true, from the start our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them.” That AFTER Islamic State brought down that Russian jet in Russia’s worst aviating disaster in history just days ago. If Islamic State is “contained” after having launched two massive terrorist-mass-bloodbaths against major nations within the span of about a week, what would it look like if they weren’t “contained”? Have you ever heard the term “stuck on stupid”? Obama is a fool who cannot acknowledge that his policies have totally failed.
He has been lying from the START about why he completely and totally pulled out of Iraq, claiming it was a “status of forces agreement” negotiated by George Bush as everything first started to go to hell because terrorists were taking over a country where we had defeated terrorists, where the White House had previously declared that Iraq was going to be “one of the great achievements of this administration,” where Obama himself boasted, “We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.” It’s an outright LIE that Obama couldn’t keep troops in Iraq to secure what American warriors had painstakingly won. Here’s proof:
US-IRAQ: Generals Seek to Reverse Obama Withdrawal Decision By Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 2009 (IPS) – CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.
But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn’t convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting.
Obama’s decision to override Petraeus’s recommendation has not ended the conflict between the president and senior military officers over troop withdrawal, however. There are indications that Petraeus and his allies in the military and the Pentagon, including Gen. Ray Odierno, now the top commander in Iraq, have already begun to try to pressure Obama to change his withdrawal policy.
A network of senior military officers is also reported to be preparing to support Petraeus and Odierno by mobilizing public opinion against Obama’s decision.
Petraeus was visibly unhappy when he left the Oval Office, according to one of the sources. A White House staffer present at the meeting was quoted by the source as saying, “Petraeus made the mistake of thinking he was still dealing with George Bush instead of with Barack Obama.”
Petraeus, Gates and Odierno had hoped to sell Obama on a plan that they formulated in the final months of the Bush administration that aimed at getting around a key provision of the U.S.-Iraqi withdrawal agreement signed envisioned re-categorizing large numbers of combat troops as support troops. That subterfuge was by the United States last November while ostensibly allowing Obama to deliver on his campaign promise.
Gates and Mullen had discussed the relabeling scheme with Obama as part of the Petraeus-Odierno plan for withdrawal they had presented to him in mid-December, according to a Dec. 18 New York Times story.
Syria has beent he main haven for ISIS and Bush had nothing to DO with Syria. And it was OBAMA who pulled all our troops that would have secured Iraq from Islamic State, just as it was OBAMA who foolishly uttered his “red line warning” in the Syria that is Islamic State’s prime haven and then backed down and did NOTHING – which emboldened both our Russian and our terrorist enemies to keep fighting because America was led by a weak, dishonest fool whose sole “strategy” was to govern according to Isaiah 28:15.
Obama is actually doubling DOWN on his foolish and wicked stupidity. So yesterday he announces that he is going to let five more senior terrorists go free from Gitmo so he can replenish the ranks of the terrorist leadership. But don’t worry: “we have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.”
Now, I’ve been railing against Obama. But let me say this: if politics ever WAS the answer for us, it is certainly not the answer any longer. The world has spun wildly out of human control. What if we elected Republicans? Does anybody think Islamic State would stop fighting us? Does anybody think the spirit of terrorism that now virtually defines the Middle East and Islam would stop? When will one billion Muslims quit? At this point, they are either going to fight us because we are refusing to fight them and they are emboldened or they are going to fight us because we are fighting them and they are retaliating.
In broad strokes, al-Qaeda acts like an underground political movement, with worldly goals in sight at all times—the expulsion of non-Muslims from the Arabian peninsula, the abolishment of the state of Israel, the end of support for dictatorships in Muslim lands. The Islamic State has its share of worldly concerns (including, in the places it controls, collecting garbage and keeping the water running), but the End of Days is a leitmotif of its propaganda. Bin Laden rarely mentioned the apocalypse, and when he did, he seemed to presume that he would be long dead when the glorious moment of divine comeuppance finally arrived. “Bin Laden and Zawahiri are from elite Sunni families who look down on this kind of speculation and think it’s something the masses engage in,” says Will McCants of the Brookings Institution, who is writing a book about the Islamic State’s apocalyptic thought.
During the last years of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the Islamic State’s immediate founding fathers, by contrast, saw signs of the end times everywhere. They were anticipating, within a year, the arrival of the Mahdi—a messianic figure destined to lead the Muslims to victory before the end of the world. McCants says a prominent Islamist in Iraq approached bin Laden in 2008 to warn him that the group was being led by millenarians who were “talking all the time about the Mahdi and making strategic decisions” based on when they thought the Mahdi was going to arrive. “Al-Qaeda had to write to [these leaders] to say ‘Cut it out.’ ” [Atlantic, What ISIS Really Wants”]
I had already written an article describing that last-days mindset and one side gearing up for an ultimate take-all-or-die war while we have nothing to fight for and literally a determination not to fight at all even as they slaughter us.
And now it is al Qaeda that has been “cut out” – finished off largely by the stunning successes of Islamic State rather than by us – and Islamic State reigns supreme. And which terrorist do you like better? Bush’s elitist al Qaeda or Obama’s vicious Islamic State end-of-days blood-drenchers??? Seriously, al Qaeda was like the “good old days” of FRIENDLY terrorism compared to the horror we are witnessing now.
This is a war of civilizations and worldviews and ONE is going to win and the other is going to be utterly destroyed. One combatant cannot even acknowledge that the other combatant is MUSLIM and that ISLAM provides the ideological power and the recruiting field for the vicious murderers who have already repeatedly murdered the other combatant while screaming “Allah Akbar!” It boils down to this: the conservatives are people who would rather go down and fighting; the liberals are people who prefer to die helplessly on their knees pleading like victims because they’ve enshrined VICTIMHOOD as their most cherished members (having whined at us that blacks are victims of whites, gays are victims of straights, women are victims of men, the poor are victims of the rich, and students are victims of whatever).
At least unless and until the Antichrist comes to power. That is just around the horizon now. I can hear the hoofbeats of the horsemen riding like hell to lead us to the Apocalypse.
In VERY recent articles I’ve documented how Obama has literally set up the prophesied War of Gog and Magog by allowing – even ENCOURAGING – the two powers that the Bible said would lead that war to come to Syria right above Israel where they will eventually attack for the very first time in all of history. You tell me when both Russia and Iran have ever both been here before, either by Russia or Scythia or Iran or Persia or any other name. I’ve recorded how Israel has been and feels abandoned by the United States as we set up a “deal” with Iran for purely political posturing that absolutely GUARANTEES that Iran will be able to first develop the ballistic missiles they need to make a nuclear bomb useful and then develop a nuclear weapon without having to fear military attack or economic sanctions. Obama literally gave Iran the ability to monitor it’s own nuclear program!!!
“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.” Barack Obama has set up the fulfillment of that prophecy. Every single nation has taken it’s side against Israel. And Obama has joined those nations. Israel is now bereft and WILL make a covenant with the Antichrist in fulfillment of Daniel 9:27.
So what is the point I want you to comprehend as we consider the affairs of the world today in light of what the Bible described the world climate in the last days?
1st we should radically trust God. Because the God of Creation and History Who can unveil for us the affairs of the world and then bring those affairs to pass 2,000 years later, 2,600 years later, and beyond – is obviously worthy of radical trust. A parent might be able to so order the life of one child, just for the sake of argument, but that parent clearly can’t order the whole world. But amazingly, we tend to believe God is sovereign over history, but somehow NOT sovereign over our own individual lives. There’s this warped way of thinking when it comes to God: we believe He can direct the whole universe, but He somehow can’t direct our own lives. NO! If He can run the world, He can run my life. How could God order the history of the whole world but be incapable of ordering your life? We need to radically consider the sovereign God over all history and radically trust Him as sovereign over our own lives.
2nd is a radical comprehension that we are now living in a time when God has prophetically told us that things aren’t going to go well for us in these last days. The mystery of lawlessness is upon us (2nd Thess 2:7-12). He prophetically told us about the characteristic of deception that we see in this age of media brainwashing and propaganda (vv. 9-11). God told us what the final, terminal generation would look like as we are seeing to our growing horror today (2 Tim 3:1-7). God told us about the ascendance of utterly godless “intellectuals” who would be “always learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth” (v. 7). The mystery of lawlessness, the ascendance of evil, as the righteous look around in stunned horror unable to do anything to stop it or even slow it down. The antichrist is coming; we’re seeing it unfold exactly as God told us it would happen. We’ve got gay marriage in blatant defiance of Romans chapter one. We’ve got the Obama regime forcing public schools to allow incredibly sexually-troubled boys to be allowed with their penises full-access into girl’s locker rooms. It’s an amazing thing to see as Christian wedding photographers and bakers and county clerks are put in jail or financially ruined by lawsuits. And we should be aware that a time of growing persecution is at hand culminating in Revelation 13:10. And just understand in a way we never have before that the world isn’t fair. But also understand that ultimately understand that God will ultimately restore the balance of every scale, right every wrong, that God is a God of justice. Ultimately the righteous will be vindicated and the wicked will be punished.
3rd is a radical commitment to Christ. When you realize that the last days are at hand, the universe is winding down, and very soon we’re going to be in the presence of Christ before His Bema Seat (2 Cor 5:10), that should inspire us to a renewed commitment to Him. At this point, no human can save us, whether it be a he or a she or a Republican or a Democrat. Christ alone is Sovereign Master over our lives. He alone is our King. We live in a time when the steadfast FOOS who say, “There is no God” are striving with every fiber of their beings to make human Government God. But Christ is the Rock of Daniel 2(v. 34) who will smash every human government. He alone is the One who is returning as King of kings and Lord of lords to ultimately rule over our lives.