(DAILY) Prophecy Watch: January 10 2014 FRIDAY Shevat 9, 5774 -Last Generation Network News- (VidDevoChurch)




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Former prime minister Ariel Sharon's continued to be in "grave" condition Friday morning as his health remained mostly unchanged since the hospital treating him announced on Thursday of a dramatic deterioration in the 85-year-old's medical status.
The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer said the comatose former premier was facing his "final hours".
The hospital downgraded Sharon’s status to very critical on Thursday. Hospital officials said he was in immediate danger of death and that others in his condition would not have lasted as long as he has.
EU and US leaders urged Netanyahu to halt plan for fear of harming peace process; tender includes 801 new homes in West Bank settlements and 600 in east Jerusalem.
The Ministry of Housing and Construction announced Friday that it had approved tenders for 1,400 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem
According to Ministry spokesman Arik Ben Shimon, 801 units were approved for West Bank settlements, including 227 in Efrat, 169 in Elkana and 40 in Ariel.
In addition, Karnei Shomron would see an additional 86 units, Alfei Menashe 78, Adam 75, Beiter Illit 24, and Emanuel 102.
Contract will defy Western sanctions agreed upon in Geneva preliminary deal, Moscow 500,000 bpd purchase of crude would lift Tehran's oil exports by 50%, provide major flip to struggling economy
Iran and Russia are negotiating an oil-for-goods swap that would let Iran lift oil exports substantially, in defiance of the Western sanctions that helped force Tehran in November to agree a preliminary deal to end its nuclear program.
Three Russian and Iranian sources close to the negotiations said final details were in discussion for a barter deal that would see Moscow buy up to 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil in exchange for Russian equipment and goods.
From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites.
Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history.
The focus of al Qaeda's leaders has always been regime change in the Arab world in order to install Taliban-style regimes. Al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri acknowledged as much in his 2001 autobiography, "Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet," when he explained that the most important strategic goal of al Qaeda was to seize control of a state, or part of a state, somewhere in the Muslim world, explaining that, "without achieving this goal our actions will mean nothing."
Featured News 

Netanyahu rejects inclusion
of Jerusalem in Kerry's
framework deal

‘Kerry threatens to cut PA aid
if no peace deal signed’

Israeli planes reportedly
overfly Lebanon

Likud MK pushes measures to
legally differentiate Christian
and Muslim Arabs

Landau: Israel has blurred
all of its red lines

Islamic Jihad: Israel's 'recent
escalation' in Gaza is attempt to
sabotage Palestinian reconciliation

Officials: Kerry Way Out
of His League in Talks

Papal visit to include
‘political dimension’

Biblical Archaeology's Top
Ten Discoveries of 2013

Latest News 

Turkey: Assad and Jihadists
Are 'Partners'

Republicans call for removal of Obama supporter leading IRS targeting probe 

Top 50 List of Christian

Indian visa row diplomat Devyani
Khobragade leaves US

Children's Tamiflu in short supply
as flu season ramps up

Over 75 Percent of Big Carnivores
Facing Extinction

US 'concern' over Afghan
prisoner releases

Senate effort to extend federal
unemployment benefits collapses

The Bitcoin-Mining Arms
Race Heats Up

Majority of Congress members
now millionaires

At Least 30 Christians Killed
in Attack on Christian Village
in Central Nigeria

Christie fires aide in NJ bridge
scandal; prosecutor launches probe

Teen dies stopping suicide
bomber at school in Pakistan

Belief in the devil dropping
fast, poll finds

Human Trafficking a Concern
Ahead of NJ Super Bowl

Water supply freezes in Ohio,
threatening tens of thousands

Survey: Reported Christian
"martyr" deaths doubled in 2013

India orders shutdown of bar,
pool at U.S. Embassy

Venezuelan beauty queen slain;
daughter survives shooting

Bill Nye, Ken Ham Creationism
Debate Tickets Sell Out in Minutes;
Streaming Info Released

Over 50,000 Books Burned in Christian Library in Lebanon Over Blasphemy Claim; US Leader Says 'Violent Hysteria' Spreading in Muslim World 

White House News 

Obama to visit North
Carolina next week

Obama Seeks Balance in
Plan for Spy Programs

Obama Announces 'Promise
Zones' in 5 Poor Areas

Obama edges closer to decisions
on intelligence reforms

Feds pick Obama supporter to lead probe of IRS tea party targeting 

House GOP group rejects Obama's call for comprehensive immigration reform

Obama didn't believe his
war strategy: Robert Gates

Mark Obama, Barack's
Jewish Brother

Obama resubmits more
than 80 nominees

Israel News 
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep. - Psalms 121:4 (KJV) 

Temple Mount report ignites concern over Israel’s preservation of holy site 

2013 ‘record year’ for tourism,
government says

Interior minister vows government
will stand firm on migrant policy

Volley of mortars launched
from Gaza at IDF patrol

Tamar Natural Gas Field Worth $52 Billion to Israeli Economy – Ernst & Young 

Israel’s Defense Minister Calls
Settlers’ Attacks on Palestinians
‘Outright Terror’

Peace Now: Demolish Esh Kodesh 

Despite winter storms, Dead Sea
water level continues to fall

Iranian MP: Yes, we need nukes,
‘to put Israel in its place’

German op-ed: Israel cannot
be a Jewish state

'Nuclear Bomb Necessary
to Put Down Israel'

Dispute over the oldest
inscription found in Jerusalem

Provocative Commentary 

Liberman’s skilled, cynical ‘Triangle’ maneuver - Haviv Rettig Gur 

Obama, Kerry surrender Syria and
the Middle East to Iran -
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser

How to fight academic bigotry -
Charles Krauthammer

Why Gates and Obama didn't see
eye to eye - David Rothkopf

The truth hurts: Why we need to hear from Gates on Obama's missteps - Richard Grenell 

An unworried NSA sneers at
Congress - Andrew P. Napolitano

A ‘Frank’ look at American
anti-Semitism - David Benkof

Iranian Media Rages About ‘Zionist New World Order’ - Elder of Ziyon 

Al-Qaeda surge tests Obama’s Middle East policy - Julie Pace and Lara Jakes 

Ariel Sharon’s bold Zionist
pragmatism saved Israel –
twice - Gil Troy

Unilateral Palestinian statehood — real threat or ‘big bluff’? - Raphael Ahren 

Celebrating Christmas Can Be Dangerous for Christians In Egypt - Jerry Newcombe 

From Guantanamo to the
battlefield - JD Gordon

Incitement, or something more
profound? - Elhanan Miller

Kerry's Peace Plan Will Destroy Israel Piece by Piece - Ronn Torossian 

Lies, lies and more presidential
lies - Robert Knight

Kerry and the Sharon
legacy - Ruthie Blum

"Shadows of Shoah" delivers Truth with Dignity! - Olivier Melnick 

We've seen this horror movie
before - Boaz Bismuth

Jews for Jihad - Pamela Geller 

Just like his predecessors, Kerry
finds trouble crossing the Jordan -
Avi Issacharoff

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January 10: Shut Doors -
Streams in the Desert

January 10: The Opened
Sight - Oswald Chambers

January 10: The God Who
Rescues - Charles Stanley

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Daily Light 'Morning and Evening'
Devotional - Jonathan Bagster

Charles Stanley's Audio Messages 

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Peace deal is best Israel will get, says Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman, the hawkish Israeli foreign minister widely regarded as a major obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, has urged his country to accept the deal currently being brokered by Washington as the best offer it will ever receive. In a change of direction likely to shock the jaded Middle Eastern diplomatic scene, Mr Lieberman said that John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, deserved praise and thanks for his efforts to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together.  
“Kerry Is Just Not in Touch with Reality”
Despite all that’s going on the Middle East – the Iranian nuclear buildup, the violence in Iraq, the shaking of Erdo─čan’s rule in Turkey, civil war in Syria, Egypt and Yemen in melt-down mode, Libya unraveling, Tunisia in political crisis – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has one main thing on his mind, and that’s a Palestinian-Israeli accord. Unbelievably, he is paying a twelfth visit to the region on Jan. 13 to pursue this goal.  
Pentagon on watch for disruptive technology worldwide
Concerned about the potential military consequences of a surge of high tech innovation in China and other nations, the Pentagon is creating a program to track and analyze emerging technology research and patents, military records and interviews show. China has long been considered a threat to U.S. manufacturing because of its low wages and huge population, but now the nation is seeing a boom in innovation as well. Patents for new technologies in China have taken off, and a graph showing the rise in new patents looks like a “hockey stick,” said Patrick Thomas, a principal and director of analytics for 1790 Analytics.  
RBS Pays $600 Million for Manpulating Interest Rates … But Big Banks Are Manipulating EVERY Market to the Tune of Trillions of Dollars
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc was ordered to pay $50 million by a federal judge in Connecticut over claims that it rigged the London interbank offered rate. RBS Securities Japan Ltd. in April pleaded guilty to wire fraudas part of a settlement of more than $600 million with U.S and U.K. regulators over Libor manipulation, according to court filings. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in New Haventoday sentenced the Tokyo-based unit of RBS, Britain’s biggest publicly owned lender, to pay the agreed-upon fine, according to a Justice Department Justice Department. Global investigations into banks’ attempts to manipulate the benchmarks for profit have led to fines and settlements for lenders including RBS, Barclays Plc, UBS AG and Rabobank Groep.  
Israel approves 1,400 new housing units over Green Line
The Ministry of Housing and Construction announced Friday that it had approved tenders for 1,400 new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.  
Earthquake hits Iran's Kish Island for third time
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale jolted the Iran's Kish Island, Southern Iran today morning, IRNA News Agency reported on Jan. 10. The tremor occurred at 11:42 local time and its epicenter was located in an area 53.91 degrees longitude and 26.96 degrees latitude and at a depth of 10 kilometres underground, according to the report of seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute.  
Shaking across SWFL could be due to 5.1 earthquake in Cuba
A shallow, 5.1 earthquake in Cuba is suspected to be the cause of shaking reported across Southwest Florida this afternoon. The National Earthquake Center said any aftershocks that occur will likely be in the 2.0 to 3.0 range, and that we should not feel them in Southwest Florida.  
'Hand of God' spotted by NASA space telescope
Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God." The cosmic "hand of God" photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo.  
No 'polar votex' here: Record heat grips Australia killing thousands of animals
While the US is stricken by freezing cold, Australia is suffering a record heat with temperatures approaching 50C (122F) in some parts of the country and leaving thousands of animals dead.  
Giant sunspot AR1944 has not unleashed a significant flare in more than 48 hours. The growing quiet could be the calm between storms. AR1944 has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for X-class flares.  
Congress introduces Obama fast-track authority on global trade pacts like TPP
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R) and top Senate Finance Committee members Max Baucus (D) and Orrin Hatch (R) on Thursday unveiled the Trade Priorities Act of 2014 that would require a simple up-or-down vote on major trade deals without the opportunity to offer amendments to pertinent bills.  
Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East
From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites. Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history.  
Scientists lift the lid on supervolcanoes
Super volcanoes can erupt without an external trigger such as an earthquake, and may be more likely than previously believed, say scientists. According to a study published in Nature Geo-science, the difference between super volcanoes like Yellowstone and Lake Taupo and conventional volcanoes is how they erupt.  
Disease resistance to antibiotics at tipping point, expert warns
The director of the Wellcome Trust has warned that resistance of disease to antibiotics has reached a tipping point at which it could creep into the UK almost without notice. Prof Jeremy Farrar said the effects would be gradual and would be seen not just in resistant new infections but in everyday medical practice and the treatment of everything from diabetes to minor wounds at risk of turning septic.  
Cold, wet weather may help spread deadly pig virus: USDA
Frigid temperatures across a large swath of the United States this week followed by warmer conditions could aid the spread of a fatal pig disease now in 22 states, affecting hundreds of thousands of pigs, a swine veterinarian said on Thursday. "The virus likes cold, wet and cloudy days," said Rodney Baker, a swine veterinarian at Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa, the top pork producing state in the United States.  
US: China new sea rules 'provocative'
The US has described new Chinese rules on fishing access to disputed areas of the South China Sea as "provocative and potentially dangerous". Regulations approved by Hainan province requiring foreign fishing vessels to ask for permission to enter its waters took effect on 1 January. China claims a U-shaped swathe of the South China Sea, which it puts under the authority of Hainan province.  
South Sudan army urges civilians to leave Bentiu
The army in South Sudan has told all civilians to leave the city of Bentiu, saying it is about to recapture the oil hub from rebel forces. Military spokesman Philip Aguer told the BBC government forces were on the edge of the city, with only a bridge separating them from the centre.  
Islamic Jihad: Israel's 'recent escalation' in Gaza is attempt to sabotage Palestinian reconciliation
Israel's "recent escalation" in the Gaza Strip aims to sabotage Palestinian reconciliation efforts, Islamic Jihad leader Ahmad Mudallal told Ma'an on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, Palestinian terrorists fired mortar shells at IDF soldiers on the border between Israel southern Gaza. In response, the Israel Air Force struck the cell that fired into Israel.  


In this article, I hope to briefly explain why after more than 20 years of study, I remain captivated by the pre-trib rapture doctrine.

My Fascination With The Pre-Trib Rapture

Ever since the early 80s, I've maintained a deep fascination with the pre-trib rapture. I don't recall when I first heard of the rapture, but I do know I instantly realized that this event would someday demand the world's attention.Modern-day society has witnessed some rather distressing events over the past century. We've seen the assassination of world leaders, national and international wars, and disasters of every sort. All of these events have left deep scars on the psyche of humanity. However, I think these events will pale in comparison to the panic that will be caused by the pre-trib Rapture.
The rapture will someday give a new meaning to the word "shock." For the U.S., the attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terrorist attacks currently rank as the most startling events in our nation's history. When the rapture takes place, I am convinced it will be 100 times more shocking than Pearl Harbor and September 11 combined.
In the past, no single event has managed to touch each individual on a personal level. For example, very few people in 1941 had even heard about Pearl Harbor, let alone knew someone involved in the incident. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon fall into the same category. Everyone saw the calamity on television, but it's unlikely that more than 1% of the US population knew any of the victims who worked in the Twin Towers or the Pentagon, or who were aboard the commercial airliners hijacked by the terrorists.
On the other hand, after the Rapture takes place, everyone left behind will know someone who was mysteriously taken away. It could be a neighbor, a distant cousin, or a person's entire immediate family.
Some prophetic commentators have tried to predict that there will only be a few halfhearted questions like, "Where did everybody go?" Simple logic dictates that the people who find themselves left behind will be absolutely terrified by what has taken place.
I can only guess at the level of interest the press, government, and public will pay to the rapture, but I'm sure it will be immense. As a result of the catching away of the Bride, I believe many individuals will turn to Christ and become numbered with the tribulation saints.

It's So Near

If it looked like the pre-tribulation rapture was going to transpire 100 years from now, there probably wouldn't be a pressing need for me to quickly assemble a website devoted to the subject. However, I believe we are getting very near to the end of what is called the Church Age, so I have been rushing to put together a comprehensive site on Bible prophecy.
Because the rapture is an event that will take priority over all other aspects of our life, it is very important for us to be mindful of its nearness. Death is the only other comparison one could use to describe the type of impact the rapture implies.
The rapture has always been an imminent event, but we now have the luxury of being able to look at history and realize there were a number of key end time prophesies that required several years to evolve into where we see them today. Before May 15, 1948, we only had hope that Israel would once again become a nation. It wasn't until the late 1990s that China gained the ability to field a 200-million-man army. Jan 1, 2002 stands as the date the Revived Roman Empire reestablished the practice of having a common currency.
I keep a close watch on dozens of prophecy-related categories and in the last few years I've noticed an exponential increase in the rate of prophetic progression. In many cases, I can clearly see we have already arrived at the point of fulfillment--no waiting or further development is really required. The final implementation of those end time factors is the only thing lacking.

The Great Transformation

When describing the rapture, most prophetic writers like to focus on the negative consequences of the event. Yes, if the driver of a car were to suddenly vanish, the vehicle would spin out of control. The tribulation is said to be a time of unparalleled distress, so I doubt a few traffic accidents will amount to any lasting significance.
As believers, we will have more important things with which to concern ourselves. Our main focus should be on the heavenly realm. Once we get to glory, we will be confronted with a world of absolute splendor.
Jesus said each believer will receive his own heavenly mansion. If we each have a spacious estate waiting for us, I see no reason for a Christian to strive to build an earthly mansion. I find it rather odd that so many well-known preachers spend large sums of money on ritzy housing and fancy cars. If they had a true understanding of eternal value, you would think they would buy modestly so that they could reinvest their financial gains into the spreading of the Gospel.
"But as it is written, 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him'" (1 Cor 2:9).
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2).

Losing Everything; I Mean Everything

I once took a tour of the United States Air Force's Strategic Command Post at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The center is charged with tracking the movements of anything that could deploy nuclear weapons: missiles, aircraft, or ships. It's the first layer of command that would order a nuclear counterattack. The command center would obviously be the prime target of any potential enemy.
While I was in the control room, I asked the sergeant giving us the tour, "What would you folks do if you knew a missile was headed in your direction?" His reply was, "I guess we'd open the snack bar up to all takers." I was struck by how true it would be in that situation in which money would have no value. A standard 10-megaton nuclear device exploding over the base would leave nothing but a giant hole in the ground.
For Christians, the rapture will bring devastation similar to that wrought by a nuclear war. When the trumpet sounds, all followers of Christ will instantly lose all of their worldly belongings. As a believer, you might have $20 million in the bank, a fancy home, a yacht, or your own prosperous business, but come the rapture, you can wave all that stuff goodbye as you soar skyward.
The Christian community holds wealth that is easily valued in the $1 to $2 trillion-dollar range. Knowing the total funding for global evangelization efforts amounts to a few hundred million dollars each year, our priorities are certainly in need of reevaluation.
I can testify that I have personally put my own money where my mouth is. During the most recent one-year period, I estimate I've spent $4,000 on this Rapture Ready site. Because I know the money I allocate to the site is being deposited in my eternal bank account, I view the funds as going to a blind trust fund.
I don't expect to be around to see Social Security, so it doesn't trouble me whether or not predictions of its distant future insolvency turn out to be true. Whenever oil prices zoom up, many people worry that we're going to either run out of gasoline or that it will become prohibitively expensive. At the end of each episode, however, the supply and the price always manage to return to more reasonable levels.
Because we don't know exactly when Jesus is coming for the Church, I believe it is wise to make long-term plans. The key, I believe, is not to allow ourselves to be distracted by trivial issues. We should concern ourselves mostly with today, and let tomorrow take care of itself.
When the catching up takes place, I expect to be flooded with a number of regrets over things I should have accomplished. It's the realization that our good deeds are the only possessions we will take with us that motivates me to keep pressing ahead.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Mat 6:19-20).

The Benefits Of Being Rapture Ready

One of the most obvious benefits of being ready for the rapture is not having to suffer through the tribulation. Here are four passages that indicate that believers will not be left to suffer the outpouring of God's wrath:
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" (Luke 21:36).
"And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come" (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth " (Revelation 3:10).
If you're included in the rapture, you will be taken to heaven--the place that is a synonym for happiness. The Bible tells us that in heaven there are no health problems, moral failures, economic hardships, or marital difficulties.
The most important benefit of being included in the rapture is the chance to finally meet the Lord of Lords face to face. It's hard to envision what that experience will be like, but seeing one';s Creator certainly has to be the ultimate fulfillment of a person's existence.
"Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" (2 Tim 4:8).
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (1 John 3:2-3).

Mockers And Detractors

Whenever an unbeliever sends me an email message that attacks or mocks the pre-trib rapture, I always think of the irony they are imposing upon themselves. Someday, the rapture will take place, and these folks will be dumbfounded.
Even when I get some rather nasty letters that condemn me to the fires of hell or that label me as a raving lunatic, it doesn't bother me because I know it would be punishment enough for anyone to miss the rapture. I see no need to take the attacks personally. I think after the event, these folks will be blaming me for not trying hard enough to convince them of their folly.
Once the big event takes place, there will be no more arguments over the rapture's validity. I try to set people up to be reachable after the Church is taken home to glory. Because I believe most of my detractors are still searching for truth, I don't return fire by saying things like, "Say hello to the Antichrist for me" or, "Save me one of those 100 lb. hailstones in your freezer. When I get back, I'd love to see what one looks like."
End time scoffers are actually doing me a valuable favor. The Bible says doubters will be one of the signs of the last days. Their strong opposition is what helps drive my fascination with the rapture.
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (2 Pet 3:3-4).

Get Ready, Jesus Is Coming

You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. In the Book of Luke, Jesus used a weather analogy to highlight how people failed to use simple logic to recognize the time in which they were living.
The folks who lived in the early part of the first century failed to realize that they were about to witness the revelation of the Messiah. Their error resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Today, people are making an even bigger mistake by not comprehending that this is the generation that will see the fulfillment of the end times.
I've always found it interesting how the salvation issue, both before and after the rapture, is so well balanced. Before the rapture, people need to use faith to overcome the lack of physical evidence for that event. After the rapture, there will be plenty of physical evidence of the event, but then a person will need faith to overcome the trials of the tribulation.
"And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?" (Luke 12:54-56).
"Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:34-35).
If you would like to know more about what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or if you want to know for sure that you belong to Him, you can go to my page, How one becomes a follower of Jesus.

Date setters keep trying and they also keep failing

by Todd Strandberg

One logical question all Christians should ask themselves is: "When is Jesus Christ going to return?" When I read my Bible, I run across words like, "For ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh" (Mat 25:13). I also read, "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Mat 24:42). I understand that to mean, "You're not going to know until I come for you."
Other people throughout history have read the same words of Jesus and have come up with different interpretations of what He intended. They've somehow managed to get around all restrictions against precise date setting. On a number of occasions, by doing so, they created pure havoc. The following is a list of some past failed attempts at date settings and some dates yet to come.
53 AD
Even before all the books of the Bible were written, there was talk that Christ's return had already taken place. The Thessalonians panicked on Paul when they heard a rumor that the day of the Lord was at hand, and they had missed the rapture.

A Roman priest living in the second century predicted Christ would return in 500 AD, based on the dimensions of Noah's ark.
This year goes down as one of the most heightened periods of hysteria over the return of Christ. All members of society seemed affected by the prediction that Jesus was coming back at the start of the new millennium. None of the events required by the Bible were transpiring at that time; the magic of the number 1000 was the sole reason for the expectation. During concluding months of 999 AD, everyone was on his best behavior; worldly goods were sold and given to the poor; swarms of pilgrims headed east to meet the Lord at Jerusalem; buildings went unrepaired; crops were left unplanted; and criminals were set free from jails. When the year 999 AD turned into 1000 AD, nothing happened.

This year was cited as the beginning of the millennium because it marked 1,000 years since Christ's crucifixion.

The "Letter of Toledo" warned everyone to hide in the caves and mountains. The world was reportedly to be destroyed with only a few spared.

The Taborites of Czechoslovakia predicted every city would be annihilated by fire. Only five mountain strongholds would be saved.

Muntzer, a leader of German peasants, announced that the return of Christ was near. After Muntzer and his men destroyed the high and mighty, the Lord would supposedly return. This belief led to an uneven battle against government troops. He was strategically outnumbered. Muntzer claimed to have had a vision from God in which the Lord promised that He would catch the cannonballs of the enemy in the sleeves of His cloak. The prediction within the vision turned out to be false when Muntzer and his followers were mowed down by cannon fire.

A repeat of the Muntzer affair occurred a few years later. This time, Jan Matthys took over the city of Munster. The city was to be the only one spared from destruction. The inhabitants of Munster, chased out by Matthys and his men, regrouped and lay siege to the city. Within a year, everyone in the city was dead.

The Fifth Monarchy Men looked for Jesus to establish a theocracy. They took up arms and tried to seize England by force. The movement died when the British monarchy was restored in 1660.

For the citizens of London, 1666 was not a banner year. A bubonic plague outbreak killed 100,000 and the Great Fire of London struck the same year. The world seemed at an end to most Londoners. The fact that the year ended with the Beast's number--666--didn't help matters.

Mary Bateman, who specialized in fortune telling, had a magic chicken that laid eggs with end-time messages on them. One message said that Christ was coming. The uproar she created ended when an unannounced visitor caught her forcing an egg into the hen's oviduct. Mary later was hanged for poisoning a wealthy client. History does not record whether the offended chicken attended the hanging.

Spiritualist Joanna Southcott made the startling claim that she, by virgin birth, would produce the second Jesus Christ. Her abdomen began to swell and so did the crowds of people around her. The time for the birth came and passed; she died soon after. An autopsy revealed she had experienced a false pregnancy.

John Wesley wrote that "the time, times and half a time" of Revelation 12:14 were 1058-1836, "when Christ should come" (A. M. Morris, The Prophecies Unveiled, p. 361).

William Miller was the founder of an end-times movement that was so prominent it received its own name, Millerism. From his studies of the Bible, Miller determined that the second coming would happen sometime between 1843-1844. A spectacular meteor shower in 1833 gave the movement a good push forward. The buildup of anticipation continued until March 21, 1844, when Miller's one-year timetable ran out. Some followers set another date--Oct 22, 1844. This too failed, collapsing the movement. One follower described the days after the failed predictions: "The world made merry over the old Prophet's predicament. The taunts and jeers of the 'scoffers' were well-nigh unbearable."

Rev. Thomas Parker, a Massachusetts minister, looked for the millennium to start about 1859.

Someone called Mother Shipton had, 400 years earlier, claimed that the world would end in 1881. A controversy hangs over the Shipton writings as to whether or not publishers doctored the text. If the date was wrong, should it matter anyway?

The revisit of Halley's comet was, for many, an indication of the Lord's second coming. The earth actually passed through the gaseous tail of the comet. One enterprising man sold comet pills to people for protection against the effects of the toxic gases.

Charles Russell, after being exposed to the teachings of William Miller, founded his own organization that evolved into the Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1914, Russell predicted the return of Jesus Christ.

In 1918, new math didn't help the Witnesses from striking out again.

The Witnesses had no better luck in 1925. They already possessed the title of "Most Wrong Predictions." They would expand upon it in the years to come.

Once again, Jehovah's Witnesses beleived that Armageddon was due. Before the end of 1941, the end of all things was predicted.

When the city of Jerusalem was reclaimed by the Jews in 1967, prophecy watchers declared that the "Time of the Gentiles" had come to an end.

The True Light Church of Christ made its claim to fame by incorrectly forecasting the return of Jesus. A number of church members had quit their livelihoods ahead of the promised advent.

A comet that turned out to be a visual disappointment nonetheless compelled one preacher to announce that it would be a sign of the Lord's return.

The Jehovah's Witnesses were back at it in 1975. The failure of the forecast did not affect the growth of the movement. The Watchtower magazine, a major Witness periodical, has over 13 million subscribers.

We all remember the killer bee scare of the late 1970's. One prophecy prognosticator linked the bees to Revelation 9:3-12. After 20 years of progression, the bees are still in Texas. I'm beginning to think of them as the killer snails.

One author boldly declared that the rapture would occur before December 31, 1981, based on Christian prophecy, astronomy, and a dash of ecological fatalism. He pegged the date to Jesus' promised return to earth a generation after Israel's rebirth. He also made references to the "Jupiter Effect," a planetary alignment occurring every 179 years that supposedly could lead to earthquakes and nuclear plant meltdowns.

It was all going to end in 1982, when the planets lined up and created magnetic forces that would bring Armageddon to the earth.

A group called the Tara Centers placed full-page advertisements in many major newspapers for the weekend of April 24-25, 1982, announcing: "The Christ is Now Here!" They predicted that He was to make himself known "within the next two months." After the date passed, they said that the delay was only because the "consciousness of the human race was not quite right..." Boy, all these years and we're still not ready.
The Jehovah's Witnesses made sure, in 1984, that no one else would be able to top their record of most wrong doomsday predictions. The Witnesses' record currently holds at nine. The years are: 1874, 1878, 1881, 1910, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, and 1984. Lately, the JWs are claiming they're out of the prediction business, but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. They'll be back.

The Harmonic Convergence was planned for August 16-17, 1987, and several New Age events were also to occur at that time. The second coming of the serpent god of peace and the Hopi dance awakening were two examples.

The book, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988, came out only a few months before the event was to take place. What little time the book had, it used effectively. By the time the predicted dates, September 11-13, rolled around, whole churches were caught up in the excitement the book generated. I personally had friends who were measuring themselves for wings. In the dorm where we lived, my friends were also openly confronting all of the unsaved. It became my job to defuse situations. In one case, an accosted sinner was contemplating dispensary action against my now-distant friends. Finally, the days of destiny dawned and then set. No Jesus. The environment was not the same as Miller's 1844 failure. To my surprise, the taunting by the unsaved was very brief. I took it that people have very little understanding of the Bible, so they had nothing to taunt my friends with. I made one other interesting observation. Although the time for the rapture had been predicted to fall within a three-day window, September 11-13, my friends gave up hope on the morning of the 12th. I pointed out that they still had two days left, but they had been spooked, nonetheless

After the passing of the deadline in 88 Reasons, the author, Edgar Whisenant, came out with a new book called 89 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1989. This book sold only a fraction of the number of copies his prior release had sold.

A group in Australia predicted Jesus would return through the Sydney Harbor at 9 a.m., March 31, 1991.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan proclaimed the Gulf War would be "the War of Armageddon ... the final War."

Menachem Schneerson, a Russian-born rabbi, called for the Messiah to come by September 9, 1991, the start of the Jewish New Year.

A Korean group called Mission for the Coming Days had the Korea Church an uproar in the fall of 1992. They foresaw October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture. Numerology was the basis for the date. Several camera shots that left ghostly images on pictures were thought to be a supernatural confirmation of the date.

If the year 2000 is the end of the 6,000-year cycle, then the rapture must take place in 1993, because you would need seven years of the tribulation. This was the thinking of a number of prophecy writers.

In the book, 1994: The Year of Destiny , F. M. Riley foretold of God's plan to rapture His people. The name of his ministry is "The Last Call," and he operates out of Missouri.

Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles caused quite a stir when he announced he had received a vision from God that warned of apocalyptic event on June 9, 1994. Hinkle, quoting God, said, "On Thursday June the 9th, I will rip the evil out of this world." At the time, I knew Hinkle's vision didn't match up with Scripture. From a proper reading of Bible prophecy, the only thing that God could possibly rip from the earth would be the Christian Church, and I don't think God would refer to the Church as "evil." Some people tried to interpret Hinkle's unscriptural vision to mean that God would the rip evil out of our hearts when He raptured us. Well, the date came and went with no heart surgery or rapture.
Harold Camping, in his book Are You Ready?, predicted the Lord would return in September 1994. The book was full of numerology that added up to 1994 as the date of Christ's return.

After promising they would not make anymore end time predictions, the Jehovah's Witnesses fell off the wagon and proclaimed 1994 as the conclusion of an 80-year generation; the year 1914 was the starting point.

This year had a special month, according to one author who foresaw September as the time for our Lord's return. The Church Age will last 2,000 years from the time of Christ's birth in 4 BC.

California psychic Sheldon Nidle predicted the end would come with the convergence of 16 million space ships and a host of angels upon the earth on December 17, 1996. Nidle explained the passing of the date by claiming the angels placed us in a holographic projection to preserve us and give us a second chance.

In regard to 1997, I received several e-mail messages that pointed to this as the year when Jesus would return for His church. Two of the more widely known time frames were Monte Judah's prediction that the tribulation would begin in February/March and another prediction based on numerology and the Psalms that targeted May 14 as the date of the rapture.

When Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed their peace pact on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, some saw the events as the beginning of tribulation. With the signing of the peace agreement, Daniel's 1,260-day countdown was underway. By adding 1,260 days to September 1993, you arrive at February 24, 1997.
Stan Johnson of the Prophecy Club saw a "90 percent" chance that the tribulation would start September 12, 1997. He based his conclusion on several end-time signs: that would be Jesus' 2,000th birthday and it would also be the Day of Atonement, although it wouldn't be what is currently the Jewish Day of Atonement. Further supporting evidence came from Romanian pastor Dumitru Duduman. In several heavenly visions, Dumitru claimed to have seen the Book of Life. In one of his earlier visions, there were several pages yet to be completed. In his last vision, he noticed the Book of Life only had one page left. Doing some rough calculating, Johnson and friends figured the latest time frame for the completion of the book would have to be September 1997.
Numerology: Because 666 times three equals 1998, some people point to this year as being prophetically significant. Someone called me long distance just so he could pass on to me this earth-shattering news.
A Taiwanese cult operating out of Garland, Texas predicted Christ would return on March 31 of 1998. The group's leader, Heng-ming Chen, announced God would return and then invite the cult members aboard a UFO.The group abandoned their prediction when a precursor event failed to take place. The cult's leader had said that God would appear on every channel 18 of every TV in the world. Maybe God realized at the last minute, the Playboy Network was channel 18 on several cable systems, and He didn't want to have Christians watching a porn channel.
On April 30, 1998, Israel was to turn 50 and many believed this birthday would mark the beginning of the tribulation. The reasoning behind this date has to do with God's age requirement for the priesthood, which is between 30-50.
1998 Marilyn Agee, in her book, The End of the Age, had her sights set on May 31, 1998. This date was to conclude the 6,000-year cycle from the time of Adam. Agee looked for the rapture to take place on Pentecost, which is also known as "the Feast of Weeks." Another indicator of this date was the fact that the Holy Spirit did not descend upon the apostles until 50 days after Christ's resurrection. Israel was born in 1948; add the 50 days as years and you come up withAfter her May 31 rapture date failed, Agee, unable to face up to her error, continued her date setting by using various Scripture references to point to June 7, 14, 21 and about 10 other dates.
Well, you can't call Marilyn Agee a quitter. After bombing out badly several time in 1998, Marilyn set a new date for the rapture: May 21 or 22 of this year.
TV newscaster-turned-psychic Charles Criswell King had said in 1968 that the world as we know it would cease to exist on August 18, 1999.

Philip Berg, a rabbi at the Kabbalah Learning Center in New York, proclaimed that the end might arrive on September 11, 1999, when "a ball of fire will descend . . . destroying almost all of mankind, all vegetation, all forms of life."
Numerology: If you divide 2,000 by 3, you will get the devil's number: 666.66666666666667.
The names of the people and organizations that called for the return of Christ at the turn of the century is too long to be listed here. I would say that if there were a day on which Christ could not return, it must have been January 1, 2000. To come at an unknown time means to come at an unknown time. I think January 2, 2000 would have been a more likely day for Him to call His Church home--right after the big let down.

On May 5, 2000, all of the planets were supposed to have been in alignment. This was said to cause the earth to suffer earthquakes, volcanic eruption, and various other nasty stuff. A similar alignment occurred in 1982 and nothing happened. People failed to realize that the other nine planets only exert a very tiny gravitational pull on the earth. If you were to add up the gravitational force from the rest of the planets, the total would only amount to a fraction of the tug the moon has on the earth.
According to Michael Rood, the end times have a prophetically complicated connection to Israel's spring barley harvest. The Day of the Lord began on May 5, 2000. Rood's fall feast calendar called for the Russian Gog-Magog invasion of Israel to take place at sundown on October 28, 2000.
Dr. Dale Sumbureru looked for March 22, 1997 to be "the date when all the dramatic events leading through the tribulation to the return of Christ should begin" The actual date of Christ's return could be somewhere between July 2000 and March 2001. Dr. Sumbureru is more general about the timing of Christ's second coming than most writers. He states, "The day the Lord returns is currently unknown because He said [Jesus] these days are cut short and it is not yet clear by how much and in what manner they are cut short. If the above assumptions are not correct, my margin of error would be in weeks, or perhaps months."
Priests from Cuba's Afro-Caribbean Yoruba religion predicted a dramatic year of tragedy and crisis for the world in 2002, ranging from coups and war to disease and flooding.
This date for Jesus' return is based upon psalmology, numerology, the biblical 360 days per year, Jewish holidays, and "biblical astronomy." To figure out this date, you'll need a calculator, a slide rule, and plenty of scratch paper.

For the past several decades, Jack Van Impe has hinted at nearly every year as being the time for the rapture. Normally, he has only gone out one or two years from the current calendar year. However, Jack's latest projection for the rapture goes out several years. His new math uses 51 years as the length of a generation. If you add 51 years to 1967, the year Israel recaptured Jerusalem, you get 2018. Once you subtract the seven-year tribulation period, you arrive at 2011.

Harold Camping prediction that May 21, 2011 would be the date of the rapture. After this prediction proved inaccurate, he claimed that a non-visible "spiritual judgement" had taken place, and that the physical rapture would occur on October 21, 2011. Thenew rapture prediction also proved inaccurate.
New Age writers cite Mayan and Aztec calendars that predict the end of the age on December 21, 2012.
Sir Isaac Newton, Britain's greatest scientist, spent 50 years and wrote 4,500 pages trying to predict when the end of the world was coming. The most definitive date he set for the apocalypse, which he scribbled on a scrap of paper, was 2060.
An untold number of people have tried to predict the Lord's return by using elaborate timetables. Most date setters do not realize that mankind has not kept an unwavering record of time. Anyone wanting to chart, for example, 100 BC to 2000 AD, would have to contend with the fact that 46 BC was 445 days long, there was no year 0 BC, and in 1582 we switched from Julian to Gregorian years. Because most prognosticators are not aware of all of these errors, their math is immediately off by several years.
I believe we will never know the exact day of Christ's return for His Church. It is God's nature to act independently from man's thinking. If He returned on a date that someone had figured out, that person would deprive God of His triumph. When it comes to His glory, God doesn't share the spotlight with anyone.
The return of Jesus Christ for His Church will easily be the most important event in history. The glory of heaven contrasted with our lives on earth is like comparing the job of running a hot dog stand with the job of serving as President of the United States.
Finally, when it comes to knowing the general time frame of Christ's return for His Church, the Word of God is more generous. Jesus forewarned us of a number of events that will take place. When we see the predicted events coming together, we can conclude that time is short. Most of the prophecies will take place during the tribulation. Any forewarning of their arrival would make the rapture all the more likely, because it will occur at the start of the seven-year tribulation period.


Jan 6, 2013 

Trouble Brewing in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 60 miles west of the border between Morocco and Western Sahara. There are 7 main islands in the chain with tall volcanoes and steep canyons. The Canary Islands have long been a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year. Geological properties that make the Canary Islands popular with tourists also make them some of the most dangerous islands on the planet.

Because these islands are made out of brittle basaltic lava and subject to collapse, they have the potential to generate very large landslides. Geologists have found evidence of at least 14 large landslides, which have occurred on the banks of the Canary Islands. Two of the islands are particularly prone to this type of event.

El Hierro is the smallest and most volcanically active island of the Canary Islands.

It is where the most recent landslide occurred—the El Golfo. It involved the collapse of the northern flank of the island. The landslide formed the El Golfo valley and created a debris avalanche with a volume of 111 cubic miles. La Palma doesn’t see as many earthquakes as El Hierro, but it has a feature that warrants watching. Following a volcanic eruption in 1949 nearly half of the island’s southern flank, moved westward by several feet. It now has a crack that runs 2.5 miles in the volcanic basalt. This sword of Damocles is waiting for the next seismic event to send it crashing into the sea. Energy released by such a large-volume landslide would create a mega-tsunami. Within minutes the coast of Africa would be hit by a deluge of water over 330 feet high.

The city of Casablanca, Morocco would be wiped off the map, and almost the entire population of Western Sahara would be swallowed up by the Atlantic Ocean. and Portugal would see wave heights reaching 120 feet. After four hours it would reach Britain sending water up the Thames River and flooding London with 20 feet of water. The low lying countries of the Netherlands and Belgium would see vast tracks of land swallowed up by the seismic waves. The tsunami would lose much of its energy as it crossed the Atlantic ocean, but it would still generate a tsunami 80 feet high as it hit the U.S. coast. Only the tallest and sturdiest buildings in cities like New York, Washington and Boston would offer protection from the surge of water.

To give you an idea of the power that the people on the American coast would have to deal with, during a previous mega-tsunami, boulders the size of houses were ripped from the shore and carried several hundred feet inland. South America would also be devastated. The northern shore of Brazil sticks out directly facing the Canary Islands, and it would experience wave heights of 140 feet. There is no historic disaster to compare to a Canary Island tsunami.

The most deadly tsunami was the one that struck the coast of Indonesia in 2004, killing 240,000 people. A repeat of El Golfo would be 30 times bigger, resulting in a death toll of tens of millions. Any one sounding the alarm bell over the chance of a mega tsunami needs to contend with the fact these events take place over large time scales—but recent events make the warning necessary. In the past few weeks, there have been a string of earthquakes around the island of El Hierro. On December 27th, El Hierro saw its largest earthquake ever—a 5.4 magnitude trembler that struck off the coast at a depth of about ten miles. In the week that followed, over 500 earthquakes rattled the island. There has been little coverage of the earthquake activity by the mainstream media.

I’m sure it’s because the consequences are so horrible that ignorance is bliss. For someone living in Florida, which has an elevation of 14 feet above sea level, there is not much a southern resident of that state could do if they knew an 80 foot wall of water was headed their way at 500 mph. There is a positive side to the fact the world faces mega tsunamis and other disasters of equal intensity. Jesus said He would come back to save his church from what will be the darkest hour for mankind.

The tremors in El Hierro may be one more warning sign to: Get Ready. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:8-11, 25-28). --Todd 

Global Warming Guffaws
In thinking on former Vice President Al Gore’s travels in his carbon footprint-spreading private jet while he preaches the globalist gospel that has at its center "global warming," it is impossible not to enjoy a good guffaw at his and the climate-change Charlies as the temperatures invariably fall, as does freezing precipitation wherever and whenever they hold their meetings.

I’m sorry to invoke schadenfreude here, but when one writes on topics as serious as ours usually are in these commentaries, one must take one’s laughs when one can--especially when they are handed to one on a silver platter…well…a white platter, perhaps is more to the point. Such a time of enjoyment over the misfortune of a group of Mr. Gore’s fellow ideological travelers presented itself in recent days. A shipload of "researchers" has made its way into the summertime of the Antarctic. Strangely, mainstream news sources as of this writing have not explained the purpose or mission of these mateys as they neared their destination.

I suppose it is cynical to hazard a guess as to why the mainstream media hasn’t reported the purpose of the mission, but the reason for the laxity of forthcoming journalistic honesty becomes obvious as the global warming hunters became landlocked–well—ice-locked, to be exact. It seems that, like Mr. Gore, his ideological kinsmen–and kinswomen—don’t have a lot of luck in finding the elusive global warming they seek. Could it be a curse cast by Mother Earth for their attempting to become too familiar with her intimate weather cycle doings? Mr. Gore certainly seems to have stirred some sort of irate behavior by the goddess he and his fellow environmental elitists so doggedly revere. Or, could it just be that global warming is a phony-baloney pursuit to extract from the rest of us confiscatory carbon emissions taxes to fund the one-world order they seek to build and rule over? Hmmm...ya think?

At any rate, the following excerpted story is a hoot, in my estimation. You might have heard about it a number of times, but it is simply too delicious to not repeat here. Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice. If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient bit of hilarity. As an example here is an Associated Press story that avoids mentioning the real mission of the scientists aboard the icebound Russian ship:

The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, but had to retreat after the ice became too thick, said expedition spokesman Alvin Stone. The Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been on a research expedition to Antarctica, got stuck Tuesday after a blizzard's whipping winds pushed the sea ice around the ship, freezing it in place. The ship wasn't in danger of sinking, and there are weeks' worth of supplies for the 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board, but the vessel cannot move… The scientific team on board the research ship — which left New Zealand on Nov. 28 — had been recreating Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's century-old voyage to Antarctica when it became trapped…

Um, there is a bit more to the expedition than merely following in the footsteps of a century-old voyage. But what that mission really is, AP won't say. If AP is vague about the mission's purpose, Reuters provides even less information… The expedition is being led by Chris Turney, “climate scientist”, who has “set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” The purpose of the expedition is “to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.” It seems they found out what the “environmental changes taking place in the south are.” ("MSM Glosses Over Irony of Global Warming Scientists Trapped in Antarctic Ice," NewsBusters, 12/30/13)

Ah, so now we see the mainstream media's reluctance to flat out state why the scientists are in the Antarctic. Anything to avoid an inconvenient (but accurate) headline like this:


They are reported to have plenty of heat, food, and lots of snow from which to make water, and the ship isn't in any danger of being squashed, apparently. Plus, a Russian icebreaker, which is also stuck as of this writing, and yet another icebreaker are on the way to free the global warming research vessel from the fifteen-foot-thick ice pack. In an update on Friday, January 3, I see the global warmists have been rescued by several carbon emission-gushing helicopters and icebreakers (yet another of one which also got stuck in the growing ice). The global warming "scientists" seem happily on their way to less hostile environs. So no harm done with the schadenfreude. -- Terry


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  • Iran blatantly defies five key Geneva Pact commitments - heads for nuclear arsenal - http://www.debka.com/article/23581/Iran-blatantly-defies-five-key-Geneva-Pact-commitments---heads-for-nuclear-arsenal

    Iran's utilization of advanced IR-2m centrifuges for enriching uranium, in violation of the interim Geneva accord, was presented by the US and the five powers Wednesday, Jan. 8, as the main difficulty in its implementation. This claim allowed the follow-up meeting to take place in Geneva on Thursday, Jan. 9. debkafile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this was a lame excuse to account for the real situation, which is that Iran has not even started implementing any part of the Geneva accord it signed last November 24. The follow-up talks this week are not expected to break out of this impasse, any more than the first round did on Dec. 19-20.

    This is because the obstacles are far from technical; they arise from Iranian domestic politics.  Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has fenced in President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif with hard-line objectors to the tactics employed till now by the Iranian team, led by Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi. In future, negotiators will be required to refer all the conclusions reached with the powers to the policy-making levels in Tehran for approval and abide by their guidelines.

    Using a "senior Western diplomatic source" to paint the centrifuge issue as the main obstacle to progress allowed the three figures running the show - US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman, EU Foreign Policy Coordinator Catherine Ashton, and her deputy Helga Schmidt - to keep the negotiations alive while disregarding the full scale and blatancy of Iran's misconduct.

    debkafile's sources reveal that the new state of the art centrifuges are not only already in place at the enrichment plants of Fordo and Natanz, but Tehran has brazenly informed the negotiating powers that even more advanced centrifuges have been developed and will soon be installed for test-runs.

    The Iranians maintain that they are covered in this action by the Geneva clause acknowledging their right to pursue "nuclear research and development."

    Tehran is therefore treating this signal advance in uranium enrichment capacity as a done deal, even though it belies President Barack Obama's words on November 25, which hailed Iran's consent to halting the production and installation of advanced centrifuges as a major breakthrough won at the Geneva event.

    So that there would be no misunderstandings about the use of the new centrifuges, Iranian Majlis member Mohammed Nabavian took the podium on Friday January 3 to explain:  "We had a few sessions on the nuclear issue at the Majlis with Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Deputy Foreign Minister, Abbas Araqchi, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, and one session in which President Hassan Rouhani personally participated..."

    After listing the five sections of the Geneva nuclear pact, Nabavian assumed the voice of Washington to declare in the name of the United States: " 'Never before have we succeeded in ensuring Israel's security as we did today by means of the agreement... If a certain country has 270 kg of enriched uranium at a level of 20% and 10 tons [of enriched uranium] at a level of 5%, and 20,000 centrifuges, it will be in a breakout position and could manufacture a nuclear bomb on the uranium track within two weeks.' "
    After this "US quote," the Iranian lawmaker commented: "We don't aspire to obtain a nuclear bomb, but it is necessary so that we can put Israel in its place..."

    The main point of Nabavian's narrative wasn't just confirmation that Iran possesses the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb at extremely short notice, but its continued development of ever-faster centrifuges that will dramatically change these figures within a short time and produce a complete arsenal aimed at a single target: Israel

    This is not what President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry or Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to hear or bring to general knowledge. The Iranians have no such inhibitions and are making no bones about flouting at least five separate clauses of the nuclear pact they signed in Geneva - plus one:

    1.  There has been no suspension or slowdown of 20-percent uranium enrichment.

    2.  Uranium enrichment to 3.5- and 5-percent purity continues apace in disregard of the ceiling agreed in Geneva.

    3. Advanced IR-2m centrifuges continue to roll off the assembly lines. Making a slight bow to the pact, they are being installed at Fordo and Natanz in individual units, not cascades. The Geneva pact bans their installation in any shape or form.

    4. Iran has not stopped preparations for moving up to 60-percent enrichment and is being urged by many voices at home to go up to 80 percent. Iran's pretext is that this level is necessary to fuel the reactors of the nuclear vessels it is building.

    5. There has been no pause in the high-speed construction of the heavy water-plutonium plant at Arak.

    6. Neither is there any slowdown at the research and development centers for nuclear weapons. Since the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program was left unmentioned in the Geneva accord, Tehran is at liberty to continue this pursuit free of international inspection while denying it is taking place.

    What's worse than an Iranian bomb? An Iranian almost-bomb - Gary C. Gambill - http://balfourpost.com/whats-worse-than-an-iranian-bomb-an-iranian-almost-bomb/

    For all of their sharp disagreements over the particulars of foreign policy, everyone in Washington seems to agree on one thing - that the overarching objective of American policy toward Iran should be, as President Barack Obama frequently intones, to "prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon."

    They've got it wrong. The primary objective of American policy must be a sweeping degradation of Iran's nuclear industrial infrastructure, preferably by diplomatic means, even if the resolute pursuit of this goal provokes Iran into rashly attempting the construction of a bomb - indeed, especially if it does so.

    Bear in mind that Iran hasn't been rushing to build a bomb. Rather, it has been working steadily to increase its breakout capacity - the ability to successfully produce a nuclear weapon on short notice, if it made a mad dash to do so. According to the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has accumulated 7,154 kg of under-5% low-enriched uranium (LEU) and 196 kg of near-20% medium enriched uranium (MEU), altogether enough to build six or seven bombs if enriched further to weapons grade (i.e., about 90%). With over 18,000 centrifuges installed at the Natanz and Fordow facilities, Iran's breakout time is currently four to six weeks - which is to say, that is how long it would take to produce a sufficient quantity of weapons grade uranium (WGU) for its first bomb, according to an October 24 report by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), plus whatever extra time is needed to construct a serviceable explosive device.

    Iran's paramount goal is to inch as close as possible to the finish line without triggering a military response, then reach a permanent settlement with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) that preserves as much of its breakout capacity as possible in exchange for an end to sanctions that have hobbled its economy.

    Achieving an internationally-legitimized nuclear threshold status has immense strategic advantages for the Islamic Republic, above and beyond the ability to rapidly weaponize at a few months' notice: Fear of provoking Tehran to cross this final threshold likely will discourage the international community from slapping on future sanctions for sponsoring terrorism, bloody proxy interventions in the region (including Syria), human rights violations, and Iran's various other rogue-state activities. And Iranian threshold status is just as bad as a bomb in instigating a regional nuclear arms race.

    Phase one of this strategy had largely run its course by the time Iran began secretly negotiating with Obama administration officials in 2013, and Iran's enrichment efforts had slowed considerably. Moving substantially closer to the nuclear goal line (e.g., by accumulating sufficient MEU to build a bomb without having to enrich LEU all the way up to weapons grade) would have resulted in even more damaging sanctions and risked provoking a war. The Iranians now are ready to stop pushing the envelope because they already are in the position they want.

    The Joint Plan of Action (JPA) - the name of the November, 2013 accord that would temporarily freeze Iran's nuclear program - effectively rewards Iran for doing something that was already in its interests. Slightly reducing enriched uranium stockpiles and accepting modestly expanded inspections to verify its "voluntary measures" (as Iranian obligations are described in the text) enable Tehran to park its nuclear progress, eliminate the perceived threat of an imminent breakout, and thereby immunize itself from the threat of Israeli attack while negotiation of a final status agreement drags on, all while enjoying limited sanctions relief and an upfront P5+1 promise to allow a "mutually defined enrichment program."

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's frequent admonitions that, absent the JPA, Iran would "rush towards a nuclear weapon" are absurd. Iran won't seriously consider a breakout unless or until its leaders are prepared to absorb Israeli, and possibly American, air strikes and live with a far more debilitating sanctions regime - or until one or both of these threats fade away. Thankfully, we're not there yet.

    But if a firm and unyielding international commitment to reduce Iran's breakout capacity happens to increase the possibility of a breakout attempt in the short-term, so be it. We should all be so lucky if Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is foolhardy enough to launch a breakout prematurely and unite the world against his regime. Even if he manages to squeeze a weapon's worth of fissile material out of what's left of Iran's smoldering enrichment facilities, I like the international community's chances of ensuring that it is destroyed or relinquished once the ayatollahs have shown their true colors.

    But five years from now, if the JPA forms the basis of a permanent accord, all bets are off. The nightmare scenario isn't that the Iranians rush to weaponize; it is that they are allowed to perch on or near the precipice of doing so until a day when the sanctions are lifted and Western desire for Iranian co-operation in Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories is at a premium.

    So enough talk about preventing Iran from building a bomb, a phrase that too easily conjures to mind hypothetical scenarios in which Tehran accepts an enrichment freeze and omniscient inspections regime, while keeping most of its present nuclear infrastructure intact. Averting the construction of a nuke, at the expense of doing little to roll back the threat of a nuclear Iran, virtually guarantees that the mullahs will eventually cross the finish line in force.

    As world leaders work for peace in the Middle East the current peace agreements are unraveling - Jimmy DeYoung -www.prophecytoday.com

    World leaders in America, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East are working to bring about a peace in the Middle East even as three peace agreements between Israel and their neighbors are actually unraveling and may not be in effect for very long.

    The Camp David Accords, a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, is almost a thing of the past with the present situation in Egypt as is the case with the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan with most Jordanians wanting to dissolve that treaty.

    The Oslo Accords, a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, has never been normalized and is not a working agreement because the radical Islamists among the Palestinians have no regard for the treaty and in fact are calling for an armed struggle to eliminate the Jewish state.

    Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

    With three different peace agreements between Israel and her neighbors in place the Middle East peace process is in bad shape but it will be rescued according to Bible prophecy.

    In 1979, Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords, the first peace treaty that Israel ever signed with an enemy state. The Palestinians and the Israelis also came to an agreement on peace in 1993 with the Oslo Accords. In October of 1994, the late King Hussein of Jordan and the late Yitzhak Rabin prime minister of Israel, both signed a peace treaty between the two nations. What is common with all of these peace agreements is that they never have been normalized. Even the peace envoy for the Quartet, which is the US, EU, UN, and Russia, Tony Blair has not been successful in bringing about peace. However, I must remind you that Bible prophecy does call for a world leader to come on the scene who will be successful in putting a peace treaty in place that he will make work.

    Daniel 9:27 says that the Antichrist will confirm a treaty between Israel and her neighbors. I did not say he will sign a treaty, but instead confirm, strengthen, make stronger, make the treaty work. In order for this to happen, there must be a peace treaty or three peace treaties on the table not working. The Antichrist will confirm them.

    There are three peace treaties on the table not working, waiting for the Antichrist, a world leader, to appear.

    Old Testament Salvation - By Daymond Duck -http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd102.html

    I was recently asked a question that went something like this: "The Old Testament saints didn't know about Jesus Christ. Why do people say they will be raised from the dead and go to heaven?"

    A big part of the problem is the statement that the Old Testament saints didn't know about Jesus Christ. I don't think they knew His name, but many people knew some of His titles, many people knew about Him and some (the saints who trusted in the coming Messiah and not the ritual of the Law) knew Him.

    Before they were put out of the Garden of Eden, God revealed the Virgin Birth (Seed of Woman) to Adam and Eve (Gentiles). Before the Flood and before the beginning of Israel, God revealed the Second Coming to Enoch and he was raptured (Jude 1:14; Hebrews 11:5). Before the Flood and before the beginning of Israel, Noah was a man of faith that God talked to and warned of things to come (Hebrews 11:7). In fact, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8) and he became an heir of the righteousness which is by faith (Hebrews 11:7).

    Noah's faith along with that of Enoch, Abraham and Sarah are mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11. The writer said, "These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Hebrews 11:13). They heard the promises of God, understood that those promises had a future fulfillment, were persuaded that they were real, embraced them, confessed them and died in faith.

    Sarah conceived Isaac because she believed God is faithful and keeps His promises. Abraham was known for building altars and God appeared unto him many times (Genesis 12:7). Abraham offered up Isaac because he believed in the Resurrection of the dead (Hebrews 11:19).

    Moses (a Jew) esteemed "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:25-26). Did you notice that Moses wasn't afraid of Pharaoh because he valued the reproach of  Christ? He endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

    As time passed, the list of prophecies grew and God revealed more to the Jews about their coming Messiah. The sacrifices and Feasts pointed to His death, burial, resurrection, second Coming, etc. (Leviticus 23). In the second Psalm, David asked why rulers take counsel against the Lord and his anointed (a word translated Messiah in Hebrew and Christ in the Greek). This and other prophecies (1 Chronicles 17:12-13; Jeremiah 23:5 for example) caused the Jews to start speaking of the coming "Moshiach ben David" (Messiah son of David). Daniel even prophesied the exact day of the triumphal entry of  Messiah the Prince and that  Messiah would be cut off or crucified, but not for Himself (Daniel 9:25-26).

    David talked about His crucifixion (Psalm 22) and Isaiah talked about His suffering and death as a lamb to the slaughter for our sins hundreds of years before it happened (Isaiah 53). Simeon was waiting for the consolation of Israel, a term that referred to the coming of Messiah (Luke 2:25). "And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ (Luke 2:26). In fact, many Jews were expecting the coming of Christ and thought John the Baptist might be Him (Luke 3:15).

    The Old Testament saints were people of faith who looked forward to the coming of Messiah just as the New Testament saints are people of faith who look back on the first coming of Messiah. Those mentioned in Hebrews 11 proved their faith by the way they lived. They developed a desire for a heavenly country and God is not  ashamed to be called their God. He has even prepared a place for them (Hebrews 11:16). When Jesus was transfigured Moses and Elijah were with Him (Matthew 17:1-8). When He was raised from the dead many Old Testament  saints (yes, the Holy Spirit called them saints; also see Isaiah 45:4 for elect) were raised with Him (Matthew 27:52-53).

    These saints believed in a coming ruler that Micah said would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah (Micah 5:2). When the wise men asked Herod about the birth of the King of the Jews, he called in the religious leaders and demanded to know where Christ was to be born (Matthew 2:1-7). Many Jews were just looking for a political leader, but at least some believed the King of the Jews was also the Christ (some knew about Him and some knew Him).

    Anyway, the Old Testament saints didn't have to know Jesus' name to believe in the Messiah, know that he would die for their sins, be under grace, die in faith, be heirs of God's righteousness, be raised from the dead, go to heaven, etc. God even told Daniel that some would be raised to everlasting life (Daniel 12:1-2).

    FYI: God Has Spoken (And We Know It) by Daymond Duck is available, (linked to my publisher @ http://www.raptureready.com/terry/book17.html ). Books and a Kindle version are available at amazon.com. A Nook version is available at bn.com. Check out what it says about Syria, Russia, Iran, Egypt, natural disasters, the Two-State Solution, etc.
    Prophecy Plus Ministries
     Daymond & Rachel Duck

    Yellen is Confirmed as New Fed Chair - Chuck Missler - www.khouse.org

    On Monday, the United States Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the first female chair of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed).

    The Fed is an independent agency - which means it can make decisions on its own, without needing approval from any other branch of government. However, it is subject to questions from Congress over its actions. The Federal Reserve chairman regularly testifies to both the Senate and the House.

    The Fed is unique among government organizations in that while the chairman is picked by the U.S. President and confirmed by the Senate, it is not a Federal (government) institution. Also, while Congress can ask questions of Fed members, the meetings are closed and "outsiders" (i.e. congressmen) are kept out.

    The 56-26 vote for President Obama's choice was largely along party lines where Republicans tried to use the vote as a referendum on the Federal Reserve and its policies.

    Yellen was among the first Obama nominees considered under Senate rules adopted in November that deny a single senator the right to demand a 60-vote threshold on candidates.

    Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only committee Democrat voting in opposition in the committee.

    "Dr. Yellen is a very intelligent and capable nominee, but her views and beliefs to continue quantitative easing, despite a failure to see any real gains, greatly troubles me," Manchin said in a statement, referring to Fed bond purchases.

    Manchin shifted to support Yellen in today's full Senate confirmation vote, saying "in light of recent news that the Fed will begin to taper" its bond purchases, "I now feel comfortable" supporting the new chairman.

    "Tapering" is definitely needed right now. The Fed has been quite loose when it comes to printing money, with money pumped into the economy by the Fed as proportion of the total money supply increasing from 5% of the total before the 2008 crisis, to 19% today.

    "With the bipartisan confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, the American people will have a fierce champion who understands that the ultimate goal of economic and financial policymaking is to improve the lives, jobs and standard of living of American workers and their families," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

    Yellen will succeed outgoing Chairman Ben Bernanke when his term expires Jan. 31 and coming up with a viable communication strategy is likely to be at the top of her priority list.

    "Americans should feel reassured that we will have her at the helm of the Fed as our nation continues to recover from the Great Recession," Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., said in a statement.

    This remains to be seen.

    As a Fed official, Ms. Yellen, 67, has been a proponent of the Fed's extraordinary measures to revive the economy (inflate the currency), even though interest rates are already close to zero.

    With gross domestic product growth above 4 percent and the stock market roaring along-save for last Thursday's year-opening sell-off-the new central bank chief could have a harder time justifying the Fed's crisis-era monetary policy.

    During the confirmation process, senators from both sides of the aisle criticized the Fed for not doing enough to aid the economy and help middle-class Americans, and for trying to do too much, thus distorting the markets and risking new bubbles.

    "I fear that they are already in way too deep," said Senator Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, on the Senate floor, before the confirmation vote. Mr. Grassley questioned how the Fed would pull back on its recent campaign of large-scale asset purchases "without spooking investors," and whether that might stoke inflation.

    House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling urged Yellen "to adopt a more transparent and rules-based monetary policy that aims for price stability and long-term growth."

    "Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has held interest rates near zero and quadrupled its balance sheet to $3.9 trillion," the Texas Republican said. "It has, in many ways, served as an enabler to the Obama administration's failed economic policy through an unprecedented campaign of monetary stimulus with three massive rounds of bond buying."

    The financial community believes that Yellen is facing a tough year when she takes over.

    Since the start of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street have been best of friends. The central bank has supplied nearly $4 trillion of liquidity, which has been put to use in boosting stock prices.

    That cozy relationship threatens to unravel if the Fed follows through with its intention of beginning to reduce the pace of its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases.

    Reducing (or tapering) the amount of purchases by the Fed will probably result in the selling of financial instruments. If selling gets out of hand - and there's good reason to believe it could, considering the market's rapid rise during the current bull run - the Fed may halt the tapering program and begin to "untaper" to keep pumping the economy.

    The only problem with this is with interest rates at near zero, the market has nowhere to go to boost the economy; it is doing all the boosting it can.

    The prolonged period of low interest rates has made the Fed the enabler of the federal government's fiscal deficits. Low interest rates have kept down the government's borrowing costs, at least compared to what they would have been under "normal" interest rates of 3-4 percent.

    Congress and the president have been spared a fiscal crisis, and thus repeatedly punted on fiscal reform. They are likely to continue doing so until rising interest rates precipitate a crisis. How long that can be postponed remains an open question.

    The current conditions lead many in the financial community to believe that a crash is inevitable - and soon to come. 

    Cataclysmic prophetic storm on the horizon - Bill Wilson -www.dailyjot.com

    The rapid decline of America as an international leader and from within economically, politically and spiritually is debated as to whether it is God's judgment or the consequences of going against God's laws. Whatever you believe, you may be witnessing the development of one of the biggest prophetic storms we have ever faced as a people. Zechariah 2:7,8 speaks of Jerusalem, "Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwells with the daughter of Babylon. For thus says the Lord of Hosts; after the glory has he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that touches you touches the apple of his eye." There are prophetic consequences to the US for its treatment of Israel and they are roiling swiftly to a head.

    Some of the signs of this prophetic storm for America are readily visible. The occupant of the Oval Office has spent his time as president building up the enemy of God and of Israel--Islam. It is akin to a pre-reformation of the Ottoman Empire, an Islamic state that ruled the Middle East, Northern Africa and Eastern Europe for 623 years. From the Islamic takeovers in the so-called Arab Spring to dealing with al Qaeda and its offshoots in Syria to the handing over of Afghanistan and Iraq to Sharia Law constitutions to negotiating with Iran to the disruption in Jordan, Egypt and other countries, this Administration has exponentially escalated the advance of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood via its foreign policy.

    Domestically, there are signs of the prophetic storm on the horizon. A record 47 million Americans are on welfare, up 13 million since 2008. A record 50 million Americans live below the poverty line. Those who have given up looking for a job are estimated by some economists as high as 60% of the available workforce. The Centers for Disease Control says that for the second year in a row, the fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low and that 2012 marked the fifth straight consecutive year that over 40% of American babies were born to unmarried women. At taxpayers' expense the Fed has spent over $4 trillion to prop up Wall Street, creating a false floor in the economy.

    I have only touched on a few things here, but Americans are about to pay the price for electing immoral and covetous leadership that goes against the laws of God in nearly every aspect of governing. Moreover, recent polls indicate nearly 75% of Americans distrust the government. Disapproval of the president is 53%. Disapproval of Democrat and Republican representatives is 80% and 87%, respectively. At the same time, gun sales in 2013 reached record highs. All these signs point to the consequences of government not enforcing just laws and people not obeying the laws of God. As Christ said in Matthew 24:12, "And because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."

    It may not happen today, or tomorrow, or even this year, but when this prophetic storm reaches a crescendo, people will want answers. It will be your time as a Christian to shine the light of Christ upon this dark situation. May you speak boldly as you ought to speak.  

    From Ordinary to Extraordinary - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org

    The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
    -2 Chronicles 16:9

    Before he became the great evangelist, D. L. Moody had a conversation that deeply impacted him and would direct the course of his life from that point on. Someone said to Moody, "You know, the world has yet to see what God can do with and through the man who is totally committed to Him." Those words went deep into Moody's heart, and he prayed, Lord, I want to be that man. He sure came close.

    The book of Acts is a story of ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things because they allowed God to have His way in their lives. In the same way, God wants to use you to turn your world upside down for Christ. It starts with your saying, "Lord, I want to make a difference. I don't want this world to turn me around. I want to turn it around. Use me."

    The world has yet to see what God can do with and through the man or woman who is totally committed to Him. Will God find such people today? I wonder if you would say, like Moody, "I want to be that person." If you will, then your life can make a difference. It will be exciting in the days ahead to see what God will do through and with you. But He wants you to be available to Him.

    One of these days, your life will come to an end. What will you say about your life? What will others say? How great it would be to say, like Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful" (2 Timothy 4:7, NLT).


    Walking and Talking - Ron Graham - www.straitandnarrowministry.com

    "That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous... But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it." Proverbs 2:20, 22. There is an attitude of denial among the brethren. It is denial of God's word being inerrant. God's word is never to be taken lightly or to be considered as irrelevant. God's word never changes no matter how much society may think it has advanced. Even the minutest detail in God's word has not changed because God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  His word is proclaimed to be profitable, for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.  Why then is His word ignored and denied by so many Christians today? It's bad enough to hear this denial from atheists, but worst yet it is heard from those who claim kinship with Him. Christians should know better.

    How can you defend your faith when you don't believe God's word? When confronted by those who hate God and who disparage His word do you stand your ground and intelligently defend your God? Or perhaps you're one of those who lose their temper and turn to insults as they go off half cocked. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." 2 Timothy 2:15-16. You must study God's word to understand God's word. Thus, your faith will be strengthened.

    Studying God's word is very important, but applying that knowledge to everyday life is vital. Do you talk the talk but trip and fall when walking the walk? Walking the walk means we know and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We are determined that God's will is reflected in our daily lives. We grow in our relationship to Christ as we study His word. The more diligent our study habit, the closer is our walk with our Lord. The closer our walk with the Lord, the easier it becomes to maintain the pace. 

    Walking the walk of a born again believer should be in line with the talk. In other words, you can say that you are a Christian all you want, but unless you live accordingly you aren't walking with Christ. Sadly, many of today's professing Christians just use words and not actions. What do I mean? Well, if you study your Bible and profess to your friends and family that you are a Christian but find yourself walking in the way of the world you are not walking a Christian walk. Do you gossip? That's not walking the walk, nor is it showing Christ to others. Do you treat others poorly? "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Matthew 22:37-39. If you had studied your Bible and applied it to your life you would be treating others better. You would be walking the walk.

    As we draw closer to the Rapture it will become ever more difficult to put Christ first. Unless you study God's word and apply it to your life you will be sucked into representing the World instead of Jesus. We are never to compromise our faith simply because life seems to be getting difficult. Yet it seems that compromise is the flavor of the day. Relaxation, comfort, and complacency have become the norm. Instead of watching yet another re-run of a TV show, turn it off. That show will only promote the world. Your time will be better spent in the study of God's word so that you can defend your faith with words of wisdom.

    Our entertainment options are, for the most part, worldly. Just like cheerleaders create excitement for a football team, so magazines, music, movies, etc. become cheerleaders for the world and create a false impression that perverted lifestyles are acceptable. The teen idols and superstars of today need our prayers. They sing of hate and all things abhorred by God. Even Christians listen and watch these ungodly forms of entertainment and worldly ways become acceptable to them. What does God's word say?  The Apostle John tells us "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17. When you study this verse and apply it to your life you may lose a friend or two, but you will gain so much more.

    Satan has always tried to pervert God's word. In the Garden of Eden he had a chat with Eve. God had told Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God said if he ate the fruit of that particular tree he would die. That seems very clear and easy to understand. Yet Eve was unable to defend God's word against Satan. He planted doubt in her mind and she ended up compromising God's word. Guess what...God was right. He's always right. Since that day death is very real to each of us. Some questions that come to my mind are why was Eve walking so close to temptation and why did she even engage conversation with Satan. Why did she believe his lies instead of God's truth?

    Satan did not stop in the Garden of Eden. No, he is still trying to corrupt God's word and as we get closer to the end of days his lies are getting more blatant. As a Christian can you defend the fact that God created everything in six literal days? Or have you bought into Satan's lie of evolution? Not only do we read God's description in Genesis chapter one, but God wrote it in stone with His own finger when He gave Moses the Law. God wrote "It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God." Exodus 31:17-18. That's undisputable evidence, yet Satan has been chipping away at God's truth and even Christians are being deceived. Study God's word so you can defend your faith. Why would God have declared each day of creation good if sin and corruption were already there? If the world is right and death had been around for millions of years, why would God have had to have a plan for redemption?

    Another issue that every Christian needs to be clear on is the issue of homosexuality. This isn't a small thing to God. "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." Leviticus 20:13. God sounds serious to me. Why is it that so many Christians are unable to take a stand against it? The wages of sin is death but Christ's blood covers all sin and homosexuality is a sin that can be forgiven. Study His word and apply it to your life. Don't compromise. Walk the walk.

    There are many other topics that God's word is clear on but Satan and his lies can muddle the mind of a person who has not studied. The Trinity, Christ's deity, the Rapture, baptism, the events surrounding the Flood, abortion, do all roads lead to Heaven... the list is endless. It seems as if secular man, prompted by Satan, questions God's word and instead of studying and standing firm Christians willingly compromise God's truth. The result of that compromise is clearly seen today. Pastors teach heresy from the pulpit; Christians behave in an ungodly manner (except on Sunday mornings) because they don't really know what God's word says. If an atheist brings God's truth into question, why do we even listen to them? Christians need to stop listening to Satanic lies and dig into God's truth. Then they need to apply that truth to their life.

    What I'm getting at is the fact that until our Lord takes us Home, Christians need to be very strong in the faith. Instead of compromising God's word we need to understand what God says and then defend our faith. Persecution is on the horizon, and many Christians around the world are facing torture and death for their belief in Christ. If you're a true follower of Jesus Christ, which means you put Jesus first in your life and there is nothing more important than Jesus Himself, then you need to act like it. Study God's word and let it be your guide. You will never regret it. 

    When people are God-fearing and stand together against evil, right has more than a good chance of prevailing. If those who claim to be Christians don't hold God's word to be true, then we have betrayed our Lord and we have stumbled in our walk. Studying His word and making it a part of us will keep us strong and enable us to be a firm witness to others.

    The upside is this. The workers of iniquity, the followers of their father the devil, will not prevail against the children of the King of kings. "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." 1 John 2:28. Our confidence is in the Lord and His abilities. We who stand firm with our Lord (walk the walk) will have nothing to be ashamed about when Jesus appears to take us home.

    For those professing Christians who talk the talk but who have no intention of walking the walk, the world loves you - you have made this world your home. Compromising your faith has become commonplace for you and many others. Enjoy your home - while you can.

    God bless you all,

    Ron Graham
    Previous commentaries archived at http://www.raptureready.com/featured/graham/graham.html

    All original scripture is "theopneustos" God breathed.

    This commentary was started by Ron Graham before his death on March 14, 2013, and finished by his wife, Nathele Graham

    2014, the Eve of Destruction: Economic Collapse, or Rebirth of the American Dream? - By Paul McGuire -http://www.newswithviews.com/McGuire/paul198.htm

    2014 is the single most important year in America's history because if we make the wrong decisions it can lead to a 1930s style economic crisis and authoritarianism from the right or left to manage the chaos. The right decisions will move us toward a Great Awakening and the rebirth of the American Dream. Beliefs have consequences and America's rapid decline is not the result of the actions of one particular political party or leader, but rather a widespread belief in statism...the virtual worship of government. America, and along with it the entire world, is in a death spiral that results from a faulty worldview which has infected the elite and entire masses of people with an ideological virus that produces a collective brain death. That faulty worldview can be summed up in one phrase: "The State is God," attributed to Trotsky. But what many people do not understand is that the State is simply a front for a secretive elite.

    The mass media in America focuses in on how many times the f-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. But that misses the main point of the movie, which brutally depicts the immorality and lawlessness in the Wall Street culture and the danger that represents to the economic well-being of our nation and world. Like the State, Wall Street is simply a front for a hidden economic elite. The middle class in America have not had a real pay increase since 1965, primarily because the actual value or buying power of the dollar is significantly less than it was in 1965. In the early 1960s, when I was going to P.S. 69 in Queens, New York, I used to walk across the street from the elementary school, which looked like a prison by the way, and go the pizza place and get two slices of pizza and a coke for a quarter. Today, that same purchase could easily cost me $8.00!

    In 1965, a person without a college education could make $2.30 an hour in some jobs, which is the equivalent of $17 dollars an hour today. Today, the minimum wage is nine dollars an hour and it is next to impossible to find those high paying non-skilled jobs because they have all been outsourced to places like China, whose economy is booming. Who outsourced all those jobs? President Obama and the Democrats? As I recall, it was "God and country" Republicans and politicians like the "champion of conservatism" Newt Gingrich who championed GATT, NAFTA, the WTO, and other means of outsourcing American jobs all around the world. Who was really behind GATT,NAFTA and the WTO? The same secretive elite...an elite that our Founding Fathers like Jefferson, Washington and Hamilton wrote extensively about.

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is also a front for the elite, is announcing ahead of time that the Western world will require defaults, a savings tax, and higher inflation as means to economic recovery because debt levels have reached a 200-year high. Do you really think that these debt levels reached a 200-year high by accident? Do you really think that the international bankers who controlled the central banks of Europe for centuries, and the Federal Reserve, simply forgot to balance their books for two centuries?

    The six major corporations which control the entire global media don't want us to know about God's prophetic Word regarding the future, which foretells a coming one world economic system, one world government, and one world religion in the last days. The Book of Revelation predicted a global economic system along with the "Mark of the Beast," which uncannily resembles a cashless society requiring a microchip implant placed inside every human being who chooses to accept it. If we simply compare this Biblical prediction with current economic and technological data, we see that the global economic system is on the verge of flipping from the U.S. dollar as the de facto world currency to a new international currency that will eventually be cashless and use some kind of chip. The world's leading economic publications have been calling loudly for a "New International Economic Order" for about two decades now.

    In order to prepare the way for a smooth transition into a "New International Economic Order" people must first be conditioned to perceive it as the only way their lifestyles, pensions, retirement, savings, and healthcare can be preserved. Yet ultimately, the means for the Draconian seizure of pensions, retirement, and savings by governments with too much debt will be this mass global conversion into a one world economic system.

    Let's go back to the beginning of Mankind somewhere in the geographic vicinity of modern Iraq and the Middle East where the Garden of Eden existed. For the moment, let us suspend the argument on whether or not there was a literal Garden of Eden with a literal Adam and Eve and look at it from primarily an economic perspective. In the Biblical text in the Book of Genesis there is an account of an original man and woman, whose names are Adam and Eve, and they enjoyed economic prosperity in an environmental and social Paradise. These original human beings were in some kind of close relationship to what the Bible calls the Personal Living God of the Universe, and this God empowered them to be rulers over Planet Earth. That rulership included the executive management of all of the Earth's resources such as food, water, weather, and the environment. On a genetic level, they were created physically and spiritually in the image of God and were infused with a life force that was so powerful that death and disease did not exist in them. This had a tangible economic benefit because there were no health care or aging costs.

    Adam and Eve were always young, healthy, and productive. In addition, due to the complete social and political freedom they had, reproducing and having children was an economic blessing. The Malthusian idea that society's problems stem from overpopulation was not a viable concept for them because the idea of scarcity was non-existent. In addition, the living energy that poured through their beings was so intense that they lived in a far higher state of consciousness than contemporary man does and in all probability the reason that they were not "naked" before what was is termed the "Fall" was that their DNA energized the biophotons inside of them and they were clothed with light. They had no need for external energy sources like oil.

    Now you may believe that the Genesis account is mythological or allegorical; I happen to believe that there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that it is literal, but for the moment this important debate can suspended and picked up at a later time. What is suggested in the Genesis account is the existence of perfect human beings who are rulers of the Planet, living in a constant state of economic and spiritual growth. Adam and Eve were given a primary directive by their Creator and that was to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over their world. The other primary directive was that they were to obey God's Word, which was expressed in a single commandment, which was not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which would allow the death force into their world.

    It is important to notice that in this original world there was no death, disease, psychological problems, and economic shortages, and political struggles, shortages of any kind, crime, or war. In addition, God said to them through His Word that they were to be fruitful and multiply. This meant not only biological reproduction, but continual creative, economic, artistic, cultural, and scientific advances. The only thing they could do to jeopardize that incredible prosperity would be to disobey His Word regarding the eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which they did when they were tempted to listen to another voice, which was the voice of Lucifer, who had inhabited the physical form of a Reptilian being. The result of their action was the entrance of the death force into their once perfect world, bringing death, disease, shortages, poverty, political struggles, war, and conflict.

    From that point forward the history of the human race is essentially the account of Mankind taking one of two paths as individuals, tribes, and nations. One path is based on obeying and living in the truth of God's Word and the other path is based on living according to manmade philosophies and belief systems. In both cases ideas have significant consequences. God chose the children of Israel, according to His will and not due to any inherent virtue of theirs, to be a testimony to His law or Word. Historically, God has used the descendants of Abraham as a form of living theatre to show what happens to a nation that obeys the law of God and what happens to a nation that disobeys the law of God. In Deuteronomy Chapter 28, there is an extensive outline of the specific blessings and curses that result from obedience or disobedience to the Word of God. These blessings and curses are very specific and deal with economics, war, immigration, agriculture, weather conditions, health, disease, political freedom, etc. A historical examination of the history of the Jews shows a cycle of thousands of years of blessing, captivity, and death based on their relationship to the law of God. It is a model for other nations to see.

    When America was founded by the Pilgrims and Puritans who had escaped religious persecution in Europe, these early settlers decided to enter a similar relationship with the Personal Living God of the Universe. In short, the Pilgrims and Puritans clearly understood that it was God and not government that was the ultimate source of their well-being. It was from that set of ideas that a unique form of American government was birthed which included such radical ideas as "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" in the Declaration of Independence and the idea that a Creator, not government, gave Man these inalienable rights. In addition, the Bill of Rights included "Freedom of Religion," "Freedom of Speech," "Freedom of the Press," etc., and it all came from this idea which originated from a Biblical worldview.

    In contrast, the French Revolution, a humanistic revolution inspired by the forces of the Illuminati, ended in chaos, dictatorship, poverty, and mass murder. The French Revolution, as with all humanist revolutions, such as the Communist Revolutions, started with the premise that there is no God and that Man or the State is God.

    Many of the governments of Europe were ruled by the elite in the form of both royalty and secret occult societies like the Illuminati which believe that is the State which grants men and women certain freedoms and it is the State which produces an economy. These ideas go back to ancient Babylon where Nimrod and his wife Semiramis had the divine right to rule as kings, because they were "gods." The entire idea of the divine right of kings to rule over their subjects flowed from the belief that kings and queens were god-men and women and were genetically superior. When the children of Israel rebelled against the Word of God, they were sent into slavery to serve the god-king Pharaoh as economic slaves. They did not get to keep the fruits of their labor, nor were they given freedom. The principle is very clear: whenever the Word of God is rejected, from the Garden of Eden on to the present, slavery is the result.

    Before the beginning of America there were two different plans for the nation based on two different ideas. First, there was the secret occult plan for America conceived by Sir Francis Bacon and then followed through by the Illuminati, who worked in partnership with the Central Banks of Europe, which later became the Federal Reserve System in America. The Bible clearly states "that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty." In 1913-1914 when the international bankers passed the Federal Reserve Act, this allowed the Illuminati banking families like Rothschilds to take over the monetary system and control America.
     Christian leaders who should have been filled with the Spirit of the Lord and having their intellectual capacities enhanced by renewing their minds with the Word of God were in a religious stupor and had fallen asleep like the unfaithful Watchman that they were. While they slept America went into captivity through an economic system designed to make people slaves because of the Biblical principle that the "debtor is slave to the lender." The global monetary system obviously did not exist in Eden, and even charging interest was forbidden in the Bible.

    The Jews were forbidden by God to charge interest to other Jews; it was called usury. However, the surrounding pagan nations did allow for the creation of a money system where the charging of interest was allowed. As early as 5000 B.C. the Mesopotamians, Hittites, Phoenicians, and Egyptians charged interest, but it was fixed by the state. Jews were allowed to charge interest to non-Jews in order to sell and trade in their economic system. But the Jews were not allowed to exploit or take advantage of non-Jews in their business dealings, especially the poor. Their business dealings with those outside Israel were expected to be fair and just. Tragically, despite the warnings of the prophets, the Jews began to ignore this aspect of the law and over time many Jews as well as Christians abused the charging of interest to poor people, amassed great fortunes, and made people their slaves or serfs through debt.

    Charging of excessive interest in an effort to exploit or enslave people was condemned by the Vedic texts of India and by Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and in China and many other nations. The modern international banking system is now essentially built on a system of lies and is a means of stealing the assets of innocent people and transferring the wealth of the middle class and others into the hands of powerful international bankers. Many recessions, inflation, interest rate changes, and things like the Great Depression were essentially schemes to transfer massive amounts of wealth, inheritances, and property into the hands of the international bankers.

    In the Old Testament God established the economic principle of the Year of Jubilee which occurs after seven sets of seven complete years are finished. This proclamation of a fiftieth "liberty" year occurs on one of God's annual feast days known as the Day of Atonement. Because God owns everything, He set up a special, regularly occurring time period where His will is that a man's possessions are returned to him. The purpose of this was to insure that men and women would be released from their debt and not have to lose their property and become slaves.

    The takeover of our monetary system was accompanied by the occult symbol of the Illuminati pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar, which is a bold declaration that the Pharaoh god-king system has been re-established and that the common man (middle class) was now a slave. This economic system began in ancient Babylon and that is why in Revelation Chapter 17 and 18, we see the return of what is called "Mystery Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots." When this global economic system is fully put in place, no person will be able to participate in the economic system or buy or sell, without the Mark of the Beast which will be a microchip implant either on the forehead or the right hand. This is the mark of a slave! There will be no free men or women in the New World Order; all men will become slaves. I explain this in greater detail in my book A Prophecy of the Future of America.

    A number of years ago, I interviewed an author named Dave Hunt who suggested that in the days preceding the return of the Lord, there would be some degree of prosperity. Hunt quoted Matthew 24:37-39:

    "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matt 24:37-39)

    This brings us to our final question. Since all things are possible with God and God is the Source of all things, the ability of God to protect and prosper any people is not contingent on any manmade economic laws or conditions. It is not that we disregard those laws, but they do not limit what is ultimately possible. Going back to Genesis, reading the blessings and curses in Deuteronomy 28, and reviewing the Covenant the Pilgrims and Puritans made with God regarding America, the essential truth to be grasped is that God has the power to bless or curse any nation economically. The key to whether or not that nation experiences the blessings of God or the curse and judgment of God has to do with its obedience or rejection of the principles in the Word of God.

    The Pilgrims and Puritans as well as ancient Israel understood that economic collapse and other conditions were signs that they had violated God's Word. Therefore whenever they specifically repented of that sin and changed their ways, God often poured out a blessing and not a curse. This is the historical record going all the way back to Eden. There are many who say that our time period is different and that we are in the last days, and there is nothing we can do except to watch our nation collapse into economic chaos and authoritarianism because this is what the Bible predicts. In short, this is a theology of fatalism based on partial truth and an incomplete understanding of scripture.

    It is true that God has written in His Word a specific end times' scenario which cannot be changed by any act of human will. For example, people are not going to pray and stop the Antichrist from coming. Nor are they going to fast and stop the Tribulation Period or Armageddon. However, within the context of God's end time prophetic program revealed in His Word, there are nations, places and times where God has not given us specific information. As such, we can only act on the general principles. For example, the Bible commands us that we are to pray for all those who are in authority above us, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.

    Clearly, God is indicating that effective prayer can release a blessing upon a people and prevent the full domination of evil, even if that prevention is temporal. God commands us to repent, fast and pray for our nation and its leaders in America as He would to believers in any other nation. Our responsibility is to obey God and not to try to be God. God is sovereign and He may choose not to answer our prayers and things may get worse. But we are commanded to "pray always."

    Another factor in repentance and prayer is that the repentance and prayer must be genuine. Repentance means the specific acknowledgement, confession, and turning away from specific sins that can block the power of God from being released upon a nation. I would suggest to you that one of the reasons we have not seen God move powerfully in our nation is because our repentance is false. Beginning with the Garden of Eden, God clearly shows us what the root problem always is. That root problem or sin is the rejection of God's Word and replacing it with humanistic philosophies and occult beliefs, which are all in effect a counterfeit of the Truth or a counterfeit Gospel.

    The reality is that the vast majority of Evangelical Christian pulpits in America, and many average Christians, have rejected the authority of the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Instead they have embraced humanistic philosophies, humanistic psychological motivational theories, and occult beliefs. This is the root sin and this is why we have not seen the power of God released upon our nation. It is only when we deal with the root sin, which is the rejection of and disobedience to God's Word, and truly repent of this, that God will honor our repentance.

    So now we stand on the eve of destruction. There are two paths before us. One is the path towards destruction which will come about by continuing to reject God's Word. The other is the path to deliverance and freedom which will come from acknowledging the root sin and turning from it. There is no other way.


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