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Freaky Friday: Fantasy Or Fact?

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Ok, so today I thought I'd unveil a new feature here on Look Up Fellowship that I call "Freaky Friday: Fantasy Or Fact?" that will appear every week on - - you guessed it - - Friday.

I've concluded that the more surreal and "out there" our reality becomes, the harder it is to talk about such things (what I see as being prophetically significant) seriously especially in a Christian forum like this. Gosh, any quick look at the Comments portion of each article will prove this sometimes!

Of course, I'm very grateful because a majority of you wouldn't be here regularly if you didn't seem to think that we were on to something, and that God - - as prophesied - - is no longer "shutting up the words" or "sealing the book" since this is now "the time of the end" (Daniel 12:4). So, that being said, these "F4 (FFFF)" columns will be more for those people who just happen to stumble upon this site.

The theories and ideas expressed in this category will most likely reflect the very real thoughts and questions I have about a particular subject (those that immediately stir my soul and set off bells and whistles within), but to avoid the "you're-just-another-crazy-crackpot-tin-foil-hat-wearing-Christian-doomsday-wacko" label, I figured that by writing about such things under the banner of "Freaky Friday: Fantasy Or Fact?" it would give me greater leeway in exploring such ideas, and prevent people from simply writing me off from the start.

In addition, I want to officially invite you to forward me your ideas, observations, and theories as well since this is where they would be explored (some of you have already done that - - thank you).


F4: MARK OF THE BEAST SYSTEM IMMINENT?


Without further adieu, I give you our first installment in this new section: "Freaky Friday: Was A Recent Headline A Signal To Implement The Mark Of The Beast System?" The headline?
"Ancient Lefties: The History Of Obama's Handedness" as found on Yahoo! yesterday. I'll explain in a moment. Trust me, this will be fun.


A brief aside. I must give credit where credit is due. Keeping in mind that it's a secular forum (but that in no way diminishes the credibility of his amazing work; I just wanted to note that fact for those of you who might visit his site), Christopher Knowles of The Secret Sun was the one who first identified the strange and almost supernatural tone to the various headlines that appear on Yahoo's Main Page, which he called "Yahooccultism." Here's
where it all began and here's the link to more examples for you. I know, it sounds absurd! It's a good thing we're discussing this within the context of this new "Freaky Friday" series, but hear me out on this one. Whatever it is, there's no denying Knowles' observation that, "What I see is a process where this kind of information and conditioning will simply become more and more a part of the media white noise until it becomes fait accompli. And then everyone will act like they all knew it all along." Precisely!

Perhaps this next section will help to clarify my thinking. First, we need to consider how any form of advertising and marketing works on its intended audience psychologically. Simply put, words convey meaning and emotions whether we are conscious of them or not. Images do the same thing. If there was nothing to this field of study then politicians would never give speeches, Hollywood wouldn't exist, companies wouldn't spend millions of dollars each year (
or each minute!) to promote their products/services, and Hitler would never have employed the use of so much Nazi propaganda through symbolism.

Now that we've laid the foundation we need to recall the other piece of this puzzle. Recently, we documented the existence of so-called "secret societies" and highlighted the fact that many powerful politicians (let alone corporate executives from some of the most well-known companies in the world) share a common bond through membership in these exclusive groups. We've also presented evidence to prove that throughout their existence these organizations and its participating members of ruling class elites seem to demonstrate a singular hunger - - world domination and control over everyone and everything. Clearly, this has to be how their mere existence factors into the entire end times scenario as prophesied in the Holy Bible. How else do you explain the current obsession with creating a New World Order (i.e. prophesied one-world government) that the future Antichrist will use in his rise to power? Again, Satan and his army are not going to simply show up one day waving a flag and shouting through a megaphone, "Hey everyone! The Antichrist and his one-world everything is finally here! Now, we're going to destroy you all!" It's just not going to work that way.

Now, let's remember that the key to all of this is to first understand that occult symbolism is their language, and it functions as a power tool of socialization and recognition. These people believe that such symbolism holds the key to unlocking spiritual forces of power for them to wield here on Earth, and heir language (the way they communicate with each throughout the world) is through the use of RITUALS, SYMBOLS, and NUMBERS, which is done in honor and worship of the ancient gods and goddesses they worship. Once you
understand that language you can almost recognize each time they are "communicating" with one another.

The key is to look at all the major news headlines and key information within the story itself as pieces of a big puzzle. The way it usually works for me is that I'll begin to see different pieces of the same whole emerge from many different and unlikely sources - - strangely at roughly the same time too - - and once I recognize the way in which they all might be related to one another I somehow "connect" them together to form a more complete whole of the same thread. Does that make any sense whatsoever?

Look, I know how this all sounds, but since this is "Freaky Friday: Fact Or Fiction?" I'm hoping you'll indulge me for the remainder of this piece. Maybe this is a good time to encourage you to read
Sue Bradley's latest work because she does a much better job explaining things than I ever could. I think she nails it when she wrote about this nation (although she could've just as easily have been writing to the entire world), "Many continue to mull the enigmatic and ill-defined circumstances which have beset this once prospering republic, yet any explanation lacking the inclusion of spiritual examination is premised upon the inaccurate."

Why is that? Why is a "supernatural" and/or "spiritual" explanation of anything off limits these days? I propose that what makes these elites of the secret societies so powerful is the fact that they believe in and acknowledge the very real spiritual forces at work in our daily lives. Albeit dark forces, but still. Did you know that another common bond between these groups is their motto of sorts, which is that their plans are "Hidden In Plain Sight" because that would certainly give credence to this "theory" would it not? Franklin Roosevelt, abundantly aware of esoteric symbolism even cautioned us way back when: "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

Ok, let's circle back around so I can try to tie this all together. Assuming all the above is true, there was something strange about not only the appearance of this article (I mean, with all that's going on in this world today who really cares if the President and past Presidents were right-handed or left-handed!?!), but some of the things written within it. Specifically, the initial focus on the piece, one word, and one phrase that kept coming up, and I couldn't determine why I had personally reacted to it in the way that I had.

"Left-handed tools chipped 500,000 years ago"
"Six (or about 11 percent) were chipped using the left hand."


Seems innocent enough. So the words "chipped" were used. So what? I know, I know, but I don't know why, but their inclusion in this "news story" seemed very odd to me and I'll tell you why. I mean, why even use that angle in this discussion? My immediate and overwhelming thought was, "Oh my! Is this the 'go signal' between the elites announcing that the 'mark' is coming as an answer to our economic problems?" My very next thought was, "Man, you sure need some sleep! You've been 'on watch' for too long lately and it's starting to affect you!"

Could these powerful elites be practicing "Yahooccultism" to communicate with each other on a daily basis? Anything's possible. Is it likely though, even with their "Hidden In Plain View" taunts? Well, before you dismiss the concept entirely just ask yourself what's more prevalent and "in-your-face" than the Yahoo! Home Page. I think film and television fits that description quite nicely, and we all know how far back the government's use of and involvement with Hollywood goes to advance their own agenda. Is it really so far-fetched then to think that the same could be said about the Internet? Plus, does anyone else find it ironic that within the context of this debate the picture they use of Obama with the article is him waving with his right hand (nothing prophetic about that in relation to a conversation about the Mark is there?) as opposed to his left hand? I mean, we're talking about him being left-handed are we not?

Even skeptics have to wonder though (at least a little) because I should remind you that it was Vice President Joe Biden (then Senator Biden) who gave another "mark my words" moment to us. In this particular case, it was during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Former Senator and now Vice President Joe Biden stated that RFID Chip Implants (an invention that fits the prophesied "Mark of the Beast" technology/system perfectly; not inherently evil, but the way someone like the Antichrist would use it to control mass population would make it definitely so) will be ruled on, and that he was concerned how a Chief Justice John Roberts would rule on such a proposal. What was that!?! Yes, he actually said it! Here's the video:



Well, there you have it. Not only will we be getting a "mark my words" generated crisis that will help a superman savior figure like the Antichrist to step in and "save us," (Maitreya anyone?) but we can also expect a "mark my words" landmark decision by the Supreme Court to determine the legality of implanting chips into humans and of using brain scans to determine which American citizens are deemed hostile and a threat - - both tools that this Antichrist figure will undoubtedly use to subject us to his authoritarian control!

What else? Ah yes, I also had to laugh because here we have yet another story about "The One" where the author attempts to connect him to being a messiah figure as evidenced by the statement, "The laundry list of lefties goes on through history, with records telling us that a number of famous ancient figures probably favored their southpaw as well, from Alexander the Great to Charlemagne, Holy Roman emperor." A "Related Article" was even included at the end of the story titled "Can Obama Save The Planet?"


COULD THE CHOICE OF "FACTS" BE A SLEIGHT OF HAND?


Again, assuming the proposed theory is true, then we need to consider the writer's choice of facts that were included in this piece as being carefully hand-picked to convey a very specific message to a very specific audience.

How else do you explain the inclusion of the Kenyan roots of left-handed people except in that it would give them reason to use the "signal/code words" like chip and chipped. Honestly, it is bizarre to me why they chose that fact out of all the others having to do with the existence, evolution, and mystique surrounding left-handedness. I would know because I'm left handed myself! In fact, I have a book called "Lefties: The Origins & Consequences Of Being Left-Handed" by Jack Fincher and there are very easily many more interesting things within this 200 page book that make the Kenyan facts seem inappropriate and ridiculous.


For instance, since this is a Christian website let's quickly look at a few facts about left-handedness from a religious perspective. After all, the Bible (and with it the full weight of both orthodox Judaism and Christianity) overwhelmingly favors one hand at the expense of the other. Predictably, things that are "good" in the Bible are said to be "righteous" while those that are "bad" are said to be "left out." Both the Old Testament and the New Testament refer repeatedly to the grace and power residing in, on, or at "the right hand of God" and His only begotten Son. For His part, in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ cryptically counsels His followers in doing charity to "let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth" (Matthew 6:3). The most ominous of this right/left dichotomy has to be Matthew 25:32-41 expressed by Jesus and having to do with the Last Judgment.

According to Jane Dillenberger, an authority on Biblical art at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley, the overweening right-handedness of its symbolism is as near to an absolute as anything in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Ambidextrous actually means "right-handed on both sides." It also means "hypocritical" or "deceptive" - - which, come to think of it, is a pretty accurate description of this whole sorry affair! Bottom line, left, in a word, is almost universally bad.

Here's my point...This was a "news story" about politicians who are left-handed. Forget about trying to figure out why this was even classified as being important enough today that people would want to read about it with everything else going on, but instead ask yourself this: In a political article about left-handedness wouldn't it have been much more appropriate to include the fact that the early Greeks, who in a presumably weak moment gave their word for left, aristera, to the aristocrats ("those best qualified to govern")? I'm just saying. Food for thought.


CONCLUSIONS: FACT OR FICTION?


In closing, I'm reminded of a few things.

"An Occult Hierarchy rules the world, and directs the course of human events. The movement is led by powerful men who reject Christianity, embrace the 'dark side,' and are dedicated to the formation of a world government and a world religion. Millions of people seeking 'a new spirituality' follow them. They control the government, the media, the tax-exempt foundations, many corporations, and both political parties." Stanley Monteith, MD

"The objectives of the occult masters and the very real forces they serve is overlooked by average citizens, and yet, according to sacred texts, a collaboration exists between such unregenerate social architects and fallen angels. If the electorate becomes bewitched of this truth, humans in league with demons can increase their control of the machine of municipal government through sophisticated networks of both visible and invisible principalities. This happens subconsciously or intentionally among those vulnerable to the sinister dark plan. This is a picture of a world system average people never comprehend. If most of humanity could see through the veil into the invisible world that inhabits this planet, they would find a world alive with good against evil. It is a place where the prize is the souls of men, and where legions war for control of its cities and people. The end game for the darkest of these powers - - together with their human counterparts - - is to stand in the place of God." Tom Horn

"There is a profusion of information, mis-information, dis-information but mostly mis-direction. There is a roster of participants, many unwitting, some with purpose, behind whom there is also an ancient legion of prodigiously adept and supernaturally equipped players." Sue Bradley

Surely, this theory of mine could be nothing at all. Then again, it could be everything. If we were somehow "listening in" on a message sent to the "enlightened" or "illuminated" ones of elite society then considering that this might have to do with the Mark of the Beast makes sense. Satan wants to mimic, mock, and destroy anything that's of or from God. We've just seen the favor of the right over the left in Christianity and the Bible so perhaps that's why the Antichrist will force people to take his Mark of the Beast on their right hand one day - - to mock God.

Ultimately, it bears watching given what we've looked at together today in this first installment of "Freaky Friday: Fact Or Fiction?" I hope you enjoyed this trip down the rabbit hole with me!

May God grant you wisdom and discernment to spot the lies and recognize the fact from the fiction. Be mindful of the numerous rituals, symbols, and numbers. No, not in pursuit of studying the occult, but a cursory knowledge that will help you to spot whenever these events occur in the real world that contain special significance.

We need to constantly be on guard and defend ourselves and our loved ones from the evil and deception that has seeped into our world because it's only going to get worse.

God bless! Maranatha!

***UPDATE 1/31/09: Australia Fesses Up - Humans Will Be Implanted With Microchips***

***UPDATE 2/5/09: Yahooccultism Exhibit A? : Check out this excellent example of what I was trying to get at with this piece. It's uncanny how it seems to connect or echo what we all subconsciously expect will be likely to occur during these end times, no?***

RECOMMENDED VIEWING/READING:
An Ancient Hope - Part One ("Something Is Stirring")
A Warning From Hosea
Rituals, Symbols, And Numbers
VIDEO: Biden Warns Roberts About Chip Implants In People

Spiritual Invasion Has Begun

Posted by JRed

Forget about spiritual warfare. It's an outright spiritual invasion we need to worry about.

It seems like with each passing day we get another report of a brutal murder, unbridled mayhem, or just plain weirdness occurring in our world. Proof that the end times spiritual invasion has begun.

Ben Fairhall recently wrote, "What manner of diabolism is abroad in the world, when a man dressed as Santa Claus kills nine members of the same family in a town named Covina - - for the vineyard, the sacred bloodline of Scythia, Egypt and the Holy Land? And less than a month later, when a woman and two babies are killed by a resident of Sint-Niklaas, in a town whose flag is an explicit depiction of that same Scarlet Thread, the Sang Real? (Click
here.) Welcome to life at the End of the World. Where the star is always the same; and only the faces and the scenery change."

So true, and so sad. Even so, does anyone else feel as if the boundaries between the spiritual and the physical are deteriorating as a rapid rate? I mean, how else do you explain the sudden surge in bizarre violence taking place in the world just this past week alone?

First,
another gruesome tragedy at Virginia Tech where a student was decapitated. Second, a despicable crime in Belgium. What isn't being reported in the Western media, however, is how this killer was influenced by Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in the latest Batman film, and that it occurred on the 1-year anniversary of his death. Third, the story about a 24 year old man in Portland, Oregon indiscriminately shooting 9 people (the majority being High School exchange students) at an "under 21" nightclub known as "The Zone" on Saturday night. Next, we read about that horrific murder/suicide case involving a family in Los Angeles, CA. Then, I learned about the 22 killed in the continuing anarchy in Mexico. Today, I find this.


Students at a Mississippi high school said a fellow student spoke in tongues and made grave predictions for her classmates for three days. Some of those predictions included when students would die.

Pelahatchie High School students called reporters from TV station WAPT, convinced that an evil spirit had taken over Lashundra Clanton. "It was disturbing to a lot of students," Pelahatchie sophomore Rob Sparks said.

This week, Sparks said one of his classmates came to school in tears. She was speaking in a deep voice, he said, and sometimes spoke in tongues. Sparks said Clanton told students about little-known facts in their past and made predictions on how some of them would die. Sparks and his classmates said they think an evil spirit possessed the girl. They were so convinced that Sparks and his friends brought Bibles to school and had a devotional.

"Some believe, some don't." Clanton said. "They say it was the devil, but the devil only tells lies. Everything I said was the truth." Clanton said she admits she spoke in tongues and made predictions for her classmates, but she said it was God speaking through her, not the devil. "I didn't cuss anyone out," Clanton said. "If it was a demon, I would have tore that school up. I would have thrown desks and everything. I didn't say no cuss words at all."

Regardless of the truth in this circumstance, I think we can all agree that the lines between the seen and the unseen are becoming blurry as the fade away into nonexistence.

Interesting happenings these days indeed. In fact, it seems to resonate with
what we just looked at concerning Russ Dizdar's work on what he calls "The Black Awakening" that is in our near future.

That being said, while these isolated events depict that a spiritual invasion is already underway they are nothing compared to the horror and destruction that this world will see!

Now is the time to cling to the Lord and Savior for protection.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Unequal Contenders In The Spiritual War
Spiritual Warfare
The Black Awakening

"Mark My Words..." Revisited

Posted by JRed

Obviously, both January 21st and January 22nd came and went without any catastrophe. Praise the Lord for His mercy, lovingkindess, and unparalleled patience despite our nation's sins so that more are given a chance to be saved by Him!

That original column generated a ton of interest and got a lot of us talking and sharing theories given everyone's own independent research on the subject. That being said, I think it's only appropriate to follow-up with a companion piece that attempts to refine our focus and analysis a bit.

Three key observations I have made since have astounded me:


1. God's fingerprints on the heavens (or what we would call space) is there for a reason. Remember, it was Satan who created a counterfeit of God's creation and man's resulting knowledge of Astronomy when he created Astrology (a perversion and an occult practice). It was God who had set the stars and planets in the heavens as a testament - - a storyboard if you will - - of His handiwork. In addition, it seems apparent that on Earth, things here often are mirrored by what's in the heavens. For instance, most scholars would agree that the measurements of the Earthly temple reflects things that are in the Heavenly temple. Just take another look at the Book of Job (the oldest book in the entire Bible, which provides us with some commentary on this subject let alone some great astronomical truths).


2. Perhaps January 21st/22nd was an important date, but not in the way we thought it would be. The one thing that's been bothering me since publishing that article was something I uncovered courtesy of the British press only a couple of days later. Even though I didn't find it until later, a questionable "photo gallery" appeared during the time period in question. It was Part 2 of a "fictional" slideshow about what would happen if nuclear devices were set off in major cities. What are the odds of that? I mean, curious timing, no? The culprits? Terrorists - - "Christian doomsday cultists" actually (because we all know there's a ton of those in the world today who present a serious threat to mankind) who "joined forces with extremists and Islamists." Seriously. I couldn't possibly make this stuff up! Now, consider all of that within the context of end times prophecy. Eerie isn't it?

Check out the original 2-part slideshow (Part 3 hasn't been released yet, but when it is I'll reference it for sure): Operation Blackjack (PART 1) AND Blackjack (PART 2). It seems that Part 2 (again, released during this particular window of 1/21 and 1/22) provided the first mention of the ultimate fate (destiny?) of the U.S. after London was hit by a terrorist nuclear attack. Notice anything odd about that name? Hmmm, isn't Blackjack a card game where you win by scoring 21? On second thought, it's almost like a "checkmate" in chess because if you score 21 you automatically win, and beat the house every time. That's oddly symbolic especially in light of the "mark my words" pronouncements given for January 21st and January 22nd. Again, what are the odds!?! Pun intended. They're definitely a bit more "in-your-face" about it all these days (there are no more secrets!), which leads me to believe they're confident in what's about to happen.

However, something that caught my eye is that these attacks are given with the date June 22, 2009. Why is that interesting? Well, going back to Biden's comments he did say it would happen within 6 months. He didn't clarify at the time if he meant 6 months from the date he was speaking such words in October or 6 months from the time Obama takes office. Powell was the one that said the crisis "that we don't even know about yet" would first present itself on either January 21st or January 22nd. So, one wonders...Maybe both men were referring to two different parts of the same event. Could Biden have meant that within 6 months of Obama taking office this "generated crisis" would occur? Because if so that would put things squarely in the month of June or precisely the time frame given with this "fictional" account. Could Powell have meant that on January 21st or January 22nd is when we would finally learn how this "generated crisis" would manifest itself? Because if so this "photo gallery" would fit. After all, Biden did say that he couldn't pinpoint where this "generated crisis" would come from yet, but could certainly "give you four or five scenarios..." Remember that part of his speech? Maybe this is why he said those things. Perhaps the plans hadn't been finalized and approved yet, but this slideshow was confirmation of what had been decided upon by the elite puppet-masters.

As mentioned, despite calls, questions, and complaints to the UK Telegraph as to the purpose and origins of a bizarre, offensive, and crudely put together “photo gallery” depicting a nuclear attack on London, the newspaper is featuring
part two of “Blackjack” on its website, which portrays 6 major cities being nuked before a fascist “Union of North America” is implemented. The first installment of the gallery featured on a section of the Telegraph website dedicated to art, culture, film and music, but seemingly held no artistic credence whatsoever, comprising merely of a series of crude pictures designed to instill fear into the viewer. The series of images is also replete with occult symbols with which those who have researched the Illuminati will be familiar. In the second part of the series, at 8:03am on June 22nd, 6 cities (New York City, Washington D.C., Toronto, Mexico City, Portland, and Los Angeles) all suffer a nuclear attack as mushroom clouds are depicted rising over the skyscrapers. The crumbling remains of the cities are shown one week later. The final few images show a revised U.S. flag with 5 stars in the middle, with black fighter jets roaring overhead as well as a “Department of Homeland Security Emergency Transmission” that tells people to “Stay at home and await further instructions.” The logo on the bottom right of the mock screenshot is of a Nazi-style eagle below the words “UNION OF NORTH AMERICA.” At the bottom of the logo are the words “Norvus Ordo Seclorum” or alternatively “Norvus Ordo Emporium” (the resolution isn’t high enough to make out the last word). Norvus Ordo Seclorum translates as “New Order of the Ages” or more traditionally, “New World Order.” The last image shows a British police officer with the Nazi-style eagle on his helmet and the “Union of North America” flag on his uniform. Presumably the message being sent is that a series of nuclear terror attacks will bring in a fascist style world government that will be headed by a union of America, Canada, Mexico, and Britain. Watch the full gallery of part two via the YouTube below and reach your own conclusions.




The entire project left me with many questions. What on earth is the purpose of this “photo gallery”, who is the author, and why is it being featured on a major UK newspaper website with no explanation whatsoever? Without proper clarification, this amounts to nothing more than bizarre fear mongering and propaganda. It is also downright offensive to people who live in the 7 cities being depicted as targets for the nuclear attacks. According to readers who contacted and questioned the Telegraph as to the origin and meaning of the picture gallery, the response was belligerent and hostile. Others who called the Telegraph received the same aggressive, interrogative overreaction when they asked about the gallery, but the questions need to keep being asked. This so-called “gallery” has no artistic merit whatsoever, so what is it doing in the “arts and culture” section of a major British newspaper? Part 2 cannot even be considered to have a plot, it just shows a series of major cities being nuked and then amateurish photo-shopped images of Nazi-style symbols on flags and police uniforms. Is someone’s sick fantasy being afforded exposure on a major UK newspaper website or are we being prepared for something? Is the UK's Telegraph being used to telegraph their plans? The rude and hostile response to people who have attempted to get clarification from the Telegraph only deepens the mystery. Contact [email protected] and politely ask for clarification on who the author of the gallery is, why it is being run when it obviously has no artistic merit, and if the Telegraph has considered the offense it is causing to people who live in the cities being depicted as victims of nuke attacks.

Surprisingly,
David Flynn's extensive research indicates that late June 2009 or early July 2009 is going to be extremely significant prophetically. In fact, that is when he believes that the ministry of the counterfeit Christ - - the rule of the Antichrist - - will actually begin! His findings are independently verifiable too, and they're based on Newton's Unified Field Theory! What are the odds of all of this!?! See the next paragraph for more on Flynn's work and amazing discoveries, which will put this all in greater context.

3. Further research uncovered some truly remarkable prophetic findings!!!
I was listening to a radio interview that David Flynn (author of
"Temple At The Center Of Time," which claims to have broken Newton's Unified Field Theory) gave back in August 2008 when he begin discussing the possible location of the Ark of the Covenant. As students of eschatology, we know that the Ark will play a significant role in the fulfillment of end times prophecy. The finding of an ancient ark would be the catalyst that motivates the Jews to rebuild the Temple. That's where this discovery began. 2 Maccabees and 2 Chronicles shares an amazing connection. You can go to Jerusalem, go to the Temple Mount, and if you look through the Eastern Gate the site of Mount Nebo itself is perfectly East to the Eastern Gate.


Here's where it gets interesting! Mount Nebo exists and is supposedly the place where Moses went up, and then had disappeared from the Israelites. In the New Testament Book of Jude we're told that his body was recovered, but the Old Testament says that he went up to Mount Nebo to see his inheritance, but he wasn't allowed to go into Palestine. Soon after, he died and supposedly this is where the angels buried him. Jeremiah was also motivated to place the Ark of the Covenant someplace in that area. That was the mountain where this all occurred. Nebo is actually from a root word in Hebrew that means "prophet" itself. Interestingly enough, it's connected to the god Mercury who I also learned was the pagan god of prophecy, and responsible for conveying messages from gods to men! But it gets deeper! It is from the name of the god Nebo that the name of King Nebuchadnezzar was derived.
Nebuchadnezzar (the king of Babylon when it destroyed Jerusalem) his name actually means "praise of Mercury" or basically "Nebo the god of Mercury in Babylon" or "Protected by Nebo" so there's this strange connection as well! Nebuchadnezzar symbolizes "logical mind wedded with desire" the typical ruler of earthy kings. Typically, we of today are "kings" like Nebuchadnezzar - - we have our great logic and science and have been blessed with seeming power and possession of the world's things.

So, again, there's this strange connection between pagan idolatry (those things honored and worshipped by the ruling class elites who a vast majority are a part of the numerous so-called "secret societies" all currently pushing for a New World Order or one-world government) of a god that conveys information, and from the name for the very prophets of God in that one place - - that mountain - - that happens to be the sacred cubit in relationship to the Temple Mount and exactly at the same latitude as the Temple Mount! What could God be trying to tell us with all of this? Is the "discovery" of the Ark of the Covenant and the resulting rebuilding of the Temple imminent?


Our God never ceases to amaze me! I mean, it's just incredible to me the layers upon layers of information that He is giving us these days, and all because He wants us to know clearly the times we are living in so that we can alert others before it's too late.

So, what do you think about all of this? What have you found? What has God impressed upon your heart regarding this subject matter?

One final note. Upon reading this intro yesterday at WashingtonPost.com, Joe Biden's much-examined prediction of a crisis "right around January 21st or 22nd" popped into recall:

"President Obama's top advisers are in the final stages of debating several perilous options to right the financial system, all of which are likely to prove unpopular and in some cases carry a significant risk of failure, according to sources in contact with the officials. The rapid deterioration of the economy has accentuated these hard choices. But each proposal is fraught with the risk of undermining the banking system, leaving Obama officials wrestling with how to strike the proper mix of emergency programs funded from the balance of the government's initial rescue program and any additional money requested from Congress."

Only a little stretching changes the meaning from "right after inauguration" to "a feature of the first 100 days." Maybe the important suggestion is that something that might merit comparison with 9/11 is definitely to be expected before too long (43 was tested, will 44 slip through untested?).

Whatever the process may be that conveys these bread crumbs of info and assembles them in our reckoning, are we getting hints of a forthcoming "White House decision" expected to be received by a largely disapproving public?

I believe we are.

***UPDATE 2/4/09: Former Vice President Dick Cheney: Obama Policies Mean "High Probability" That Terrorists Will Attempt Catastrophic Nuclear Or Biological Attack : Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.***

***UPDATE 2/5/09: Operation Blackjack Part 3 Published : I'm absolutely speechless.***

RECOMMENDED READING:
"Mark My Words..."
God Is In Control

The Greatest Discovery Of Our Time?
The Tablet Of Nabu: Another Confirmation Of The Bible
Who Was Nebuchadnezzar?

Isaiah 17 And The Damascus Prophecy

Posted by JRed

Does Isaiah 17 say that Israel will one day nuke Damascus, Syria?

Isaiah 17:1 - -
"The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap"

Personally, I think what the Bible tells us in Isaiah 17 about Damascus' disappearance is one of the easiest prophecies to understand and figure out its place on God's prophetic timeline.

Damascus is famous for being the world's oldest city. Therefore, it is obvious we have an unfulfilled prophecy here. Another thing is immediately obvious as well: this prophecy is telling us that Damascus will be nuked, as I believe that nuclear weapons are the only way in modern times that a city would become "a ruinous heap" and cease "from being a city."

But when? Well, a few verses later we get a better idea of the time, and I'm afraid we may be quickly approaching the appointed time.

Isaiah 17:12-14 - -
"Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us."



Another Arab assault on Israel to wipe her from memory and steal her land (compare this with Psalm 83, which we've looked at quite a bit in recent weeks especially in relation to Bill Salus' explosive book "Isralestine," because it actually describes this same war on Israel by the only people in the world that want to "cut her off from being a nation that no one remember the name of Israel anymore").

The Isaiah 17/Psalm 83 War involves all the nations around Israel going at her. The current conflict between the Israelis and Hamas is only a skirmish in the grand scheme of things, and I do not see a reason any other countries would dare to get involved yet. I believe they are all biding their time until they can neutralize the nuclear trump card that Israel holds. Iran is working on that. Once Iran has Shehab-3 missiles with nuclear payloads, then I will be concerned about them using them soon, before they can be taken away or destroyed.

Unfortunately, two news reports from the past couple of days tell us we're getting dangerously close to fulfilling this prophecy. First, during "Operation Cast Lead,"
Israel warned Syria that it would bomb sites and facilities in Damascus if Hizbullah fired rockets on Israeli towns and communities in the North, Egyptian paper Al Ahram reported Tuesday so there's your direct reference to the Damascus prophecy. Yet, what about the other piece of this puzzle? You know, the part about this Arab coalition wanting to neutralize the nuclear threat? Well, it seems we got an update on that front as well since it was reported that Iran will have a nuclear weapon this year!

As of January 29, 2009, Damascus is still around, but the clock is ticking.

RECOMMENDED READING:
The Burden Of Damascus
Prophecies Of The Nations...Syria

Origin Of The Antichrist

Posted by JRed

About a month ago Dr. David Reagan put out a "book review." Actually, many people considered it to be a personal attack on some brothers in Christ instead.

The Prophezine had a good summary of events on their website today that I wanted to share in the interest of being fair and balanced:


After David Reagan’s Jan / Feb issue of Lamplighter was published, we provided space for the authors to refute what David said. Joel Richardson as well as Walid Shoebat responded. Emails were sent to the other authors. If you missed thier responses, you can read them here.

READ NOW -
Joel Richardson's Responce >>>
READ NOW - Walid Shoebat's Responce>>>

This past weekend, I heard from Phillip Goodman, author of “The Assyrian Connection” asking me if I would include his response to David Reagan. Like I have mentioned in the past, we at Prophezine try to be “neutral ground” where authors can come and present their views. We support the Watchmen on the Wall and promote many great ministries out there.

Rodrigo Silva who runs “The Beast from the East” website has also been involved with this discussion and the promotion of the “Eastern Leg” ideal. I have included his very well documented argument in support of the Eastern Leg of the Roman Empire in this special issue also.

All four of these men have gone above and beyond in showing factual, historical proof as well as very strong scriptural evidence in support of this ideal. They all have strongly and gracefully refuted Dr. Reagan’s allegations as well as what is appearing to be very poor research on Dr. Reagan's part.

Folks we can believe what we may, but when fact and historical documentation is presented, it is only right that we as watchmen on the wall honestly weigh this evidence. Not weigh it with some preconceived ideas, notions or teachings of man which in fact may be in error.

We must apply proper biblical hermeneutics, maintaining context and author intent. I fear that there are those out there that refuse to look at the evidence in a honest light, but instead based upon what they have been taught, use that as the filter instead the Word of God, the Historical fact and proper interpretation.

We must strive for the truth, continually putting the theories into the fire and burn away the incorrect findings. If we are not willing to truly examine the evidence, then all we become are just a bunch of “YES” men to teachers. The four authors have presented strong enough evidence that being a watchman on the wall, it is my duty to examine it.

I am reminded of the following…

2 Timothy 3:1-7 (KJV) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3:13 (KJV) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

If we are not willing to examine evidence that is presented properly, we run the risk in falling into what Paul warned young Timothy about. The blood of innocent is upon the hands of the watchmen, we must be diligent in our duties and ensure that what we are warning about is correct.
Daniel tells us that God told him to seal up the book till the end times where many will run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:4). Folks, we are in fact living in the last days. I feel that God has been revealing the knowledge that was once sealed up.

The problem is, if we are not willing to justly and honestly examine evidence presented, then we will fall prey to the itching ears and deceitful teachers that Paul warned us about. Me, I take my job seriously and I work hard to search the scriptures daily to see if what is being said is true.
I challenge you to do the same.


Well stated. Perhaps I need to go back and take a closer look at a post that referenced Reagan's "review" in "Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?"

Is Maitreya The Antichrist?

Posted by JRed

I'm beginning to wonder if this Maitreya really is the Antichrist. At the very least, he's definitely laying the groundwork for the real Antichrist to rise to power one day. For all we know, if he's not the prophesied "Man of Sin" he may turn out to be the False Prophet instead.

The following headline appeared on January 22, 2009:
Bright Star Heralds The Emergence Of Maitreya The World Teacher.

I completely missed it! Thanks to an Anonymous visitor who brought this to my attention yesterday in our Comments section I can know alert the rest of you to a serious development.

First, if you're not familiar with who Maitreya is or what the group of people who have been working tirelessly for the past 30 years to introduce him to the world at precisely the right time believe then
I must strongly urge you to take the time to read this column from back in December about this individual, his people, and the serious prophetic implications of their efforts.



Remarkably, this latest Press Release even includes language that would give any Christian student of eschatology cause for concern given its overt references to how Maitreya's appearance will be likened to that of Jesus Christ!

I kid you not! Those promoting this Antichrist figure are becoming so bold that they claim that:

"In the very near future, people everywhere will have the opportunity to witness an extraordinary and significant sign, the like of which has been manifested only once before, at the birth of Jesus. Then, according to Christian teaching, a star appeared in the heavens and led three wise men from the East to the birthplace of Jesus. Soon, once again, a star-like luminary of brilliant power will be seen around the world. What does this mean? How is it possible? The answer lies in the fact that this mysterious event is a sign, and heralds the beginning of Maitreya's open mission. Soon after the sign appears in our skies, Maitreya will give His first media interview on American television."

It doesn't end there though. I visited Share International's website (this is the organization that has worked to pave the way for Maitreya these past 30 years or so; it's almost like his own personal Public Relations Firm) to see if they had anything else to say about all of this. Indeed they did.

This is from a Q&A section that accompanies this recent announcement:

Q: Much, perhaps too much, is expected of the new American President. Do you think the world is being too optimistic? Barak Obama is expected to solve the major current world crises: the economic crisis, the environment, unemployment, collapsing industries, growing homelessness, rising poverty, conflict in the Middle-East and terrorism. Surely such a task would take a superman to get to grips with?

A: Absolutely true. Luckily, we do have a superman who really can show us the way to solve these problems - - His name is Maitreya. The rest is up to us. We have to make the right decisions in the light of Maitreya’s ideas. Obama could be a decisive voice for a ‘new’ America - - co-operative and willing to listen to others - - in the world.

Friends, this is MAJOR NEWS because it's like I've said before, I find it VERY HARD TO BELIEVE that these guys would spend so much time, so much effort effort, and so much money over the past 30 years preparing for a non-event that would render everyone involved a complete laughingstock.

Getting people to take them seriously after a fabulous faux pas like that might be a little tough to pull off don't you think? I mean, their ENTIRE MOVEMENT depends on this "emergence" and "Day of Declaration" being a complete success does it not? Food for thought that we may be a lot closer to the fulfilment of end times prophecy than we think.

So, stay strong, stay in the Lord, and stay skeptical about Creme's Maitreya (whoever he turns out to be), and what is sure to be his well-received "solution" to our global economic problems (if not a solution to everything that plagues us today - - war, famine, disease, environment, economy, energy, etc.).

Sure enough, right on cue, his supporters come right out and tell us exactly what to expect:

"On that open, public occasion, still unannounced as Maitreya, the World Teacher will present His views on the economic and financial chaos which now grips the world. He will explain its origins and final outcome, and present, to some extent, His recipe for amelioration of the present heavy burden on the poor of the world. Thus He will prepare the way for a more detailed and specific announcement of His ideas."

God help us.

***UPDATE 1/31/09: The Luciferian Star : If you thought our look at Mercury was something, wait until you see what Mark Mallett's study of Venus turns up! Plus, he ties it all back to this story about Maitreya. He also notes that Albert Pike, who wrote "Morals and Dogma," the ritualistic book for the Freemasons, often referred to how the Mason’s and/or Illuminati brotherhood planned their "events" around the orbit of Venus! These are the organizations which are recognized as co-ordinating (as best as humanly possible) a New World Order. Is it coincidence, then, that as world leaders across the globe are calling for a New World Order in the midst of economic chaos, that Venus is getting extraordinarily brighter? Unbelievable!!! NOTE: I don't share the same belief in and/or emphasize the figure of Mary like he does in his writings.***

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Is Maitreya The Man Of Sin?
Maitreya The Betrayer
The New Age Religion: Brought To Us By The "Ascended Masters"
The "Ascended Masters" Are The Fallen Angels
AUDIO: Creme's 1998 Interview With Art Bell
Maitreya Rising?

God Is In Control

Posted by JRed

I feel I should clarify a few things especially after the theme of the last few entires, which in no uncertain terms comes right out to declare that an ancient conspiracy has existed since the beginning of time, promulgated by a select group of individuals in positions of influence and power who are all part of some network of so-called "secret societies" that work to establish a one-world government.

Let's remember that despite these facts, God is ultimately guiding and controlling events. These men and women think they are in control of what is happening, and some even think Satan (the god they openly worship through rituals and symbols here on Earth) is in control. No, God is in control. He is working out a purpose, and Satan is subject to Him and can only do what He allows him to do.

With that in mind, I came across a timely commentary from The Berean on this very subject. Perhaps this will help me to clarify my position.

Let's start by looking at Hebrews 11:3, which reads: "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."

We need to understand three words here. The first is "worlds," which is the Greek aion meaning "ages," "periods of time," or "dispensations." The author is not referring at all to the created world - - the Earth. He means periods of time.

The second word is "framed," which gives the impression of a person building something, but that is not the author's intent. The same word appears in Hebrews 10:5, "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared." This translation points to a different connotation.

The third word is "word." Normally, a Bible student would probably immediately think of logos as being the Greek for "word," but such is not the case here. It is instead the Greek word rhema, which means "the revealed word."

A good paraphrase of verse 3, then, would be: "By faith we understand that the ages were prepared by the revealed word of God." This verse is telling us that there is an UNSEEN HAND somewhere that is guiding the course of the periods through which mankind has lived! In other words, God is working out a purpose! People with faith look to the purpose He is working out and what He has revealed, and they see His hand guiding the destiny of nations as well as individuals.

This is an interesting, encouraging, faith-building concept because God is never far from the thoughts of a faithful person. Such a person, because he has had the mystery of God revealed to him - - the purpose He is working out - - begins to see God in everything that is happening because God is his companion. He has a relationship with Him. Because of his fellowship with God, he tries to see everything through God's eyes, as it were.

When God calls, one of the miracles He works in us by His Spirit gives us insight into His movements in the history of man. The Christian begins to see God in his environment, the Earth - - and discovers that it is all under God's control.

We can see where God says, "I raise up kings. I put down kings." Sometimes these are "the basest of men," but because we are beginning to think like God, we understand why He does such things. In Romans 13:1-2, we find out that all governments are ordained of God. He at least permits them to govern, and sometimes He directly installs them.

God is guiding and controlling events. Men think they are in control of what is happening, and some even think Satan is in control. No, God is in control. He is working out a purpose, and Satan is subject to Him and can only do what He allows him to do.

The psalmist says that God is not in all of the ungodly man's thoughts (Psalm 10:4). Andre Matisse, a French philosopher and writer, once said, "The universe is indifferent. Who created it? Why are we here on this puny mud heap, spinning in an infinite space? I have not the slightest idea, and I am quite convinced that no one has the least idea."

This is the way man looks at things, but Christians had better not look at them like this because they will not operate by faith. If we are operating by faith, we can begin to see events and circumstances in their fuller scope, as well as how they fit and how important they are to the purpose God is working out.

That purpose is that all should come to know Him. We can only know Him by first recognizing our dire need for forgiveness for our sins, and then by acknowledging that the only way to gain that forgiveness is to place our faith in Jesus Christ, whose grace, mercy, and shed blood gives us the salvation we seek.

This is the meaning of life.

FEMA Camps A Reality

Posted by JRed

For those of you who remain skeptical about the "government conspiracy" meme here this week I would like to present you with the following two headlines I just came across that were published yesterday:

Congress Seeks To Authorize & Legalize FEMA Camp Facilities

H.R. 645: To Direct The Secretary Of Homeland Security To Establish National Emergency Centers On Military Installations (Check out the Bill that was introduced in Congress last week. This is a direct link to a government website that proves that the Bill referenced in the above article was actually introduced as claimed.)

So, in just two stories (by the way, did any of you see this as a "major" story presented on any of the major networks' broadcasts yesterday? me neither) we have the federal government finally admitting publicly that these FEMA camps do exist.



This is an incredibly disturbing piece of legislation considering that the-powers-that-be have already set in motion an agenda to setup a nationwide Martial Law apparatus through U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Homeland Security.

Apparently, the fusion centers, militarized police, surveillance cameras and a domestic military command is not enough. Even though we already know that detention facilities are already in place, they now want to legalize the construction of FEMA camps on military installations using the ever popular excuse that the facilities are for the purposes of a national emergency.

With the phony debt based economy getting worse and worse by the day, the possibility of civil unrest is becoming a greater threat to the establishment. One need only look at Iceland, Greece, and other European nations for what might happen in the United States next. With this in mind, it appears as if these so called national emergency centers will be used in a national emergency, but only if the national emergency requires large groups of people to be rounded up and detained.

If that isn’t the case, than why have these national emergency facilities built in military installations? One aspect of this legislation that's particularly disturbing is that it states that the facilities will be used to meet other appropriate needs as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. This could mean anything! If the Secretary of Homeland Security thinks it's appropriate to kill large groups of people like the Nazis did in World War II Germany then it looks as if this Bill would give them the authority to use these facilities for that purpose.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Secretive FEMA Camp Drill Running In Iowa
Rule By Fear Or Rule By Law
FEMA: Trains To Take You To The Camps

More From Steve Quayle

Posted by JRed

Man, Steve Quayle is on fire these days! Better yet, the guy is a living encyclopedia of historical and biblical knowledge and I absolutely love listening to him speak especially when he gets rolling.

Here he revisits the subject of the
Nephilim/Giants from the Old Testament and their relevance to what is prophesied to return to this planet in the very near future.

This time he's talking with Bill
Deagle of The Bill Deagle Show during a broadcast from just last week on January 21, 2009.

Please pay very close attention to what he says beginning at the 4:20 mark of Part 1 of this 11-part series because I sincerely think he may be on to something here. It's not the focus of the rest of the conversation, but what he hints at does make you wonder if there's something much more sinister than we ever imagined going on right now.

I won't go into all the details just yet, but suffice it to say that he connects the prophesied return of these
Nephilim/Giants (progeny of the Fallen Angels and "daughters of men") to the genetic terrorism being conducted on unsuspecting citizens of the world courtesy of Monsanto.

For those who might not be too familiar with Monsanto, they are the corporate giant that the devil is using to alter our genetic makup by introducing "Frankenfoods" into the food chain. These are foods that the FDA has just ruled DO NOT need any special labeling to alert consumers!


STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 1 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 2 OF 11
(show resumes at 5:40 mark)



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 3 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 4 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 5 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 6 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 7 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 8 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 9 OF 11



STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 10 OF 11
(show resumes at the 4:15 mark)




STEVE QUAYLE ON THE BILL DEAGLE SHOW: 01/21/09 - PART 11 OF 11



I'll leave you with something the host of this show said in Part 3 just before a commercial break, "If you don't face reality you're going to be a victim of it..." He also said that "the nature of the universe is far more bizarre than most people want to believe!" I agree wholeheartedly with both statements!

I think that accurately captures the spirit of most of the things I've tried to report on here in recent months.

Sure, these aren't the types of things you'll hear on Sundays in the pews of your local church, and I'm willing to bet that for many people this may be the first time such a "crazy" concept has put out there for serious debate. I mean, I call myself a Christian and I believe these sorts of things? That's odd, right?

Wrong! Believe me, I had similar reactions when I was first confronted with such things. I can't quite explain it, but you just know when you know, you know? That is to say that I won't just write something for the sake of posting it. I'm in the business of alerting people to the truth about biblical prophecy before it's too late, not entertaining them.

I'm writing with two different kinds of people in mind. First, those who are new to prophecy and have many questions about what's going on in the world today and how it relates to what prophecy tells us. Second, those Christians who are like I was - - students of prophecy, but kept in the dark about some things that should be of grave concern to all of us in these last days.

I hope I have been responsible in that sense. I hope that you will prayerfully consider what is written here.

Steve Quayle

Posted by JRed

I'll never forget the first time I stumbled upon Steve Quayle's website about 7 years ago. It was just after 9/11, and in my search for answers about what was going on in the world around me my search somehow brought me there.

Looking back, I know that it was an act of God because this man's devotion to Jesus Christ along with his unwavering faith in the face of constant ridicule was a model of inspiration to me at precisely the time I needed to see that. I was just beginning my own relationship with the Lord and was subjected to attacks and ridicule myself from both family and friends.

Plus, it was during this same time that he was a regular featured guest on
WBEN 930 AM's The Tom Bauerle Show. In a strange twist of fate, WBEN was the local talk radio station I worked for, and it was my first full-time job. So, naturally, I listened every time he was on because I needed to know the product I was selling inside and out.

Over the years, I've come to rely on Steve to provide me with the news and information that I wouldn't normally find anywhere else. I often laughed at how often I would tell a family member or friend about something I read on his website (
or heard on his radio show), they would roll their eyes, shake their head, shrug their shoulders, and tell me I'm nuts only to recant a few days or weeks later when the same information finally came out in the mainstream news.

The irony is that lately I've been trying to warn people - - other Christians - - about the realities the Bible tells us we will soon face, and yet they don't want to hear it, they think I'm full of crap, and in the process are ignoring a part of the Bible they're uncomfortable with while standing behind all the parts they're ok with. How does that work? That's not right. Jesus Christ Himself even said that it will be a time like as in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-38). A few weeks ago, we even looked at what times were like in those days he spoke of to try and get a better idea of what we should expect. I think it's safe to say that none of us liked what we found.

Does anyone else feel like the dam is about to break? With all the things going on around the world today that have serious prophetic implications (India-Pakistan relations; Israel-Hamas fighting; Iran's nuclear ambitions; Somali pirates; Russia-Europe oil dispute; Obama's presidency; financial crisis; calls for a one-world government; etc.) is it any wonder that Mr. Quayle has been talking to anyone who will listen about the prophesied return of the Nephilim (giants who were the offspring of the Fallen Angels who mated with human women)? Does it not make sense that all of these things will happen at almost the same time (or, at the very least, one after the other)?

I mean, after all, Jesus said that the times directly preceding His return would be like labor pains. What do we know about labor pains? They increase not only in frequency, but in intensity the closer you get to the actual birth. In other words, it will be a time like no other on the face of this planet! Events will happen at such a quickening pace and at lighting speed - - overwhelmingly chaotic and stressful events - - that will shake us to our very core! They will get worse and worse and worse until God's plans (these forms of His judgement) have been fulfilled to the letter.

We also know that "men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken" (Luke 21:26) is a given, and that "unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved" (Matthew 24:22). So, what might cause this very scenario to unfold besides what we typically assume will be nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare? Surely, those things are frightening, but are they really the "the powers of heaven" that "will be shaken" as well as those things that would cause "men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world" because we've always lived with those threat, and it's hardly anything new.

If you're like me then you've questioned that concept also. I think the more likely scenario is what Steve Quayle and others like him are trying to warn us about, and at this point (in this urgent and desperate times) I personally don't care who thinks I'm "crazy" for believing it.

Regardless of what you think of Steve Quayle (or even me for that matter), I humbly ask you to please indulge me, and listen to these 10-minute audio clips from an interview that Steve Quayle recently gave to
Coast to Coast AM's George Noory in early December.

C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt1


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt2


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt3


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt4


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt5


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt6


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt7


C2Coast - Steve Quayle: GIANTS 12-3-08 Pt8


What do you think about all of this? Do you think there's any truth to what Steve Quayle is saying? Do you even believe that the Nephilim are scheduled to return to our world in these end times before Jesus Christ returns? Do you think I'm a complete "nut-job" for seriously looking at this here? Did you even listen to the above sound bytes and make it this far through this post? LOL

For whatever reason, with each passing day I've been feeling my cares with this world (my daily burdens having to do with my family, career, finances, etc.) becoming lighter and lighter when logic tells me I should be more concerned about them even as a Christian. This overwhelming sense of peace seems to be accompanied by a general feeling of
"Hey, don't worry so much about this because soon it really won't matter at all since there will be more important things to worry about!"

Now, where in the world is that coming from!?! I can only conclude that it's the Holy Spirit speaking to me. I look at the world around me and after studying prophecy for many years it just feels as if things have accelerated within the blink of an eye over these past few months that I've told people that I would be completely shocked if my generation came and went without seeing Jesus' Second Coming. I'll be 30 in mid-June.

What about you? Have you had similar feelings? What do you think about all of this? If you're still not sure I encourage you to grab your Bible and read Genesis 6.

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The Great Deception

Rituals, Symbols, And Numbers

Posted by JRed

We've spent some time trying to establish for those of you who are new to the subject that the various so-called "secret societies" of the world (i.e. Illuminati; Freemasons; Skull & Bones; etc.) are anything but secretive. More importantly, that they're all functioning organizations rather than the paranoid delusions of a select few (i.e. the "conspiracy nuts").

In fact, these days it seems as though it's a sign of distinction and even honor to be associated with any group that promotes the concept of a New World Order, which is simply another way of saying one-world government (as prophesied for the end times in God's Holy Bible). Heck, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Bilderberg Group are two examples of public groups that fit this very definition.

The CFR's own organizational logo evens recalls the prophetic symbolism of Revelation 6:2 ("And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer"). Just a coincidence?


The common thread regardless of the group in question is the fact that they are all made up of the ruling class. These global elites are men and women in positions of great economic, corporate, political, and/or military power and that's precisely they way it was always intended to be.

Sue Bradley recently wrote, "An Occult Hierarchy rules the world, and directs the course of human events. The movement is led by powerful men who reject Christianity, embrace the “dark side,” and are dedicated to the formation of a world government and a world religion. Millions of people seeking “a new spirituality” follow them. They control the government, the media, the tax-exempt foundations, many corporations, and both political parties."

Would it surprise you to learn that the cabinets of all recent Presidents have been fully stocked with members of the CFR, Fed bankers, and various globalization think tanks? In fact, Obama is also expected to appoint three major NWO players as envoys to world “hot spots.”

So, does that mean that the forces behind the NWO, Freemasonry, and the New Age are demonic? Bradley gives us the answer, "The objectives of the occult masters and the very real forces they serve is overlooked by average citizens, and yet, according to sacred texts, a collaboration exists between such unregenerate social architects and fallen angels. If the electorate becomes bewitched of this truth, humans in league with demons can increase their control of the machine of municipal government through sophisticated networks of both visible and invisible principalities. This happens subconsciously or intentionally among those vulnerable to the sinister dark plan."

Invariably, the questions that always come up from people who are considering all of this with an open mind for the very first time is (1) can there really be a global conspiracy of men pulling the strings behind the scenes of the world? and (2) if so, how is that even possible if God is in complete control? Both are EXCELLENT questions and ones I've asked myself just a few weeks ago.

I would recommend you spend some time reading yesterday's column "A Warning From Hosea" because it should help to lay the foundation for today's study as well as address any common misconceptions.

Obviously, NOTHING happens here on Earth unless God ordains it. His will is perfect, and while "A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). So, what it comes down to is this - - there are two distinct sides to the very real spiritual war that is going on around us on a daily basis.

Good and evil. We worship the true God Yahweh and His only Son Jesus Christ (the good God), and those who are in positions of great power and who practice the occult worship Satan (their evil god). Whether they believe their god is "evil" or not is immaterial. What matters is that we know the truth, and we also know what God's Word tells us about these end times.

We need to realize that there's a second-by-second war being fought on the battlefields for our mind, heart, and soul. That's what this is ultimately all about.


Still not convinced? There are a lot of claims on the Internet that President Barack H. Obama is a 32nd degree Prince Hall Mason. One of the sources is actually a posting on BarackObama.com.
Plus, just last week a story appeared courtesy of The Washington Times discussing Obama’s inauguration and the Masonic rituals that live on in Washington, D.C

The key to all of this is to first understand that occult symbolism is their language, and it functions as a power tool of socialization and recognition. Plus, they believe that such symbolism holds the key to unlocking spiritual forces of power for them to wield here on Earth.

Their vehicle is Astrology (Satan's counterfeit of God-given Astronomy and the truths he embedded in His creation for us to understand), and heir language is all about RITUALS, SYMBOLS, and NUMBERS, which is done in honor and worship of ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. Once you understand that language you can predict where it will go from here - - a universal, "we are one," prophesied one-world government in the form of a New World Order.

Personally, I think we should consider that there are ancient and historical archetypes - - shared by multiple cultures and civilizations - - and we should ask ourselves how such things could have come into existence without provocation. They couldn't have! Furthermore, we need to then ask ourselves if it's perhaps our own modern day prejudices that have allowed us to "forget" the truths of our ancient past.

Thus, what if these privileged elites of the global ruling class who are said to be "illuminated" with knowledge of the truth are the ones who have not allowed themselves to forget the truths of our ancient past? What if they know exactly what's coming upon this planet spiritually, and they believe that by attempting to orchestrate rituals in conjunction with sacred symbols and numbers they are somehow not only unleashing a supernatural power, but also setting themselves up to be in a privileged position when "the gods" return again?

Again, I'm always amazed by those sincere Christians (and sincere students of prophecy) who laugh off the mere suggestion of our government - - any government for that matter - - being involved in such conspiracies. Isn't that precisely what we're told will happen in the last days?

Satan and his army are not going to simply show up one day waving a flag and shouting through a megaphone, "Hey everyone! The Antichrist and his one-world everything is finally here! Now, we're going to destroy you all!" It's just not going to work that way.

Remember that occult symbolism is their language, and it functions as a power tool of socialization and recognition. Hopefully, by now, we've all come to understand that their language is all about RITUALS, SYMBOLS, and NUMBERS in honor and worship of ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, and once you understand that language you can predict where it will go from here - - a universal, "we are one," prophesied one-world government in the form of a New World Order.

With that in mind, we need to be mindful of the possibility that some in these positions of power - - sometimes those we trust - - may be serving a different god than you and I. If that's the case, then why is it so hard to believe that a conspiracy is possible? After all, perhaps the Lord would allow them to succeed in their nefarious plans every once in awhile just because it advances His agenda for the world in these last days.


Precisely my point. May God grant you wisdom and discernment to spot the lies and recognize the fact from the fiction.

Be mindful of the numerous rituals, symbols, and numbers. No, not in pursuit of studying the occult, but a cursory knowledge that will help you to spot whenever these events occur in the real world that contain special significance.

We need to constantly be on guard and defend ourselves and our loved ones from the evil and deception that has seeped into our world because it's only going to get worse.

RECOMMENDED READING:
An Ancient Hope - Part 1
Masonic Rituals Live On Today
New World Order: Globalists Move On From Corpse Of America

A Warning From Hosea

Posted by JRed

Hosea 4:6 - - "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge"

Earlier today, I referenced an author by the name of
Russ Dizdar and a new book he has coming out. I thought I would also take a moment to provide a little background info on this man and what he talks about often during his ministry's podcasts.

If you would've asked me just a few short years ago if I believed in "secret societies" and "government conspiracies" I would've laughed loudly in your face. It all just didn't make much sense to me, and to give man credit for all the things (both "good" and "bad") that occurred in this world seemed to rob God of all the glory that is due to Him. That didn't seem right to me. The problem was that I wasn't looking at the issue the right way.

Years have passed since then, and as I've grown in my faith I've also obtained more insight and knowledge about the existing political machine, which is necessary for the coming one-world government to be used by the Antichrist during his rise to power, and how God might allow such things to happen to fulfill a greater good. Needless to say, I'm not laughing anymore.

We know the source of most, if not all our woes, is Satan and the demonic realm. We also know that he's the "Father of Lies" who deals exclusively with deception. What I'm beginning to suspect is that all the so-called "secret societies" (which is a misnomer because they're all an established, known fact;
just look at our Founding Fathers as well as the art and architecture found not only in Washington D.C., but on the dollar bill itself), and all of those who have been given much power in this world, serve a different master than you and I, as they have sworn an allegiance to another rather than the one, true, living God we know personally as Yahweh.


We also know that Satan cannot do anything to us in this world without God's sovereign permission. Thus, despite their nefarious plans, I guess in a sense these groups and individuals do serve a vital purpose in helping to fulfill God's ultimate plan for humanity.

I've never been one to give much thought to "conspiracy theories" or to those who claim our government is out to get us. Sure, it's all very entertaining stuff, but I always thought you'd have to be off your rocker to believe such garbage.

Besides, I know several respectable, brave men and women who work (or have worked) for the government and military who love this country more than I do (and that's saying a lot!), and they'd never be a part of any movement to inflict harm on the very people they've sworn to serve and protect.

At the same time, the more I study end times prophecy and specifically consider the role of national and international politics in the grand scheme of things, the more it becomes quite clear that there's at least a faction (or two or three) of the federal government and military that does, in fact, desire to cause chaos and inflict harm.

Why? Again, because they serve a different master and have their own agenda and end game in mind. This is what I believe to be at the root of any perceived and/or real conspiracy that might exist in the world today.

The truly sad part, is that we have allowed ourselves to become so numb to the truth that we accept anything that's presented to us as "fact" as the undeniable truth without ever using our God-given power of reason to assess the information for ourselves in order to verify it. We've documented how mass media is used to control a population. This includes not only the mainstream media news outlets (biased beyond belief), but also Hollywood which is increasingly succumbing to the influence of the federal government, which, in turn, is using Hollywood to serve its own interests
as evidenced by this report from USA Today from back in 2005.

Connecting the dots through roughly 5,000 years of revisionist human history, which spans from the time of the pharaohs, all the way up to
the present day dynasties that are involved in creating their "New World Order" (a cover phrase for the prophesied one-world government), it becomes quite clear who they serve (or believe they are serving) since all of it points to a quest to perfect the enslavement of mankind - - God's ultimate and most cherished creation.

From pirates, to terrorists, to bankers, to the ruling elite globalists who think they run the world, its finances, and the media (and cover both sides of nearly every conflict or war) the world may make a little more sense after watching and listening to this series of videos and interviews I stumbled upon the other day. It's an encyclopedia of historical information that no student of eschatology can afford to be without especially now that the cries for "global governance" is growing.

The Complete Idiot's Guide To The New World Order (NWO)
(NOTE: Interesting to listen to both Eisenhower and Kennedy acknowledge the existence of, and speak publicly about such secret societies and their agenda in the very beginning of this video)



Secret Societies / A Dark, Elite Brotherhood - Russ Dizdar (AUDIO)
If there are 4-5 million cases of satanic ritual abuse where the unsaved soul has been split, programmed, demonized, and trained; if there are another 5 million intact Satanic "chosen ones" walking the planet then all of that leaves us with some serious questions: Where did they come from? Who created them? For what reasons?

Dark Spirits And The Military - Russ Dizdar (AUDIO)
There is a vast infiltration of U.S. military by the Satanic agenda. The "ideas" for new weapons, mind control, super soldiers, and a shadow occult military complex are used to usher the world into chaos, and then the New World Order (NWO) or one-world government. Can you do anything about it? Yes!

So, what do you think? Does any of this make sense? Do you agree with the assertions and conclusions? What are your thoughts on all of this?

This may be only one attempt to explain what's going on in the world today as well as what's about to unfold in the very near future, but it is all based in the unshakable Word of God. If you want the full truth or to get the answers for yourself just go to your nearest bookstore and buy a copy of the Holy Bible because all the answers to life's biggest questions (including those that explain what in the world is happening all around us these days) can be found in that incredible book.


In closing, Ben Fairhall captures the general sentiment here when he wrote a powerful commentary recently that stated the following:

"Most of the time, I find, the media does a very workmanlike job of disguising its real agenda; it tries hard - - and usually succeeds - - in keeping its thorough disgust for its audience, for the higher faculties of humanity, safely beneath the radar. It succeeds in very large part because people still consume it, growing hour-by-hour steadily more stupid, more divorced from a recognition of its thorough insanity. This means that the threshold of the subliminal, the line dividing the seen from the unseen, rises just as steadily as its audience's capacity for independent thought sinks into the marsh. Fifty years of television has demonstrated beyond any doubt that John Logie Baird's idiot box is an evil of far greater refinement than any indulgence sanctioned by Hitler, Stalin...even Ehud Olmert or Ariel Sharon. A plague of the mind far more corrosive than any apocalyptic gee-gee saddled up by Freud or Alfred Kinsey; a real soul-eater that can only be stopped one sledgehammer at a time. But at least they try to disguise it, not having attained the pinnacles of arrogance exhibited by their masters, the Synagogue of Satan...whose pact with the Lord of the Flies demands they disguise nothing."

Wow! How's that for a stinging rebuke of the diet of lies we're being fed on a regular basis? Fortunately, Fairhall doesn't end there. He continues with:


"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. And we can't, Mr. Hoover spoke the truth. Even I can't, a conspiraloon, whose shelves sag under the combined weight of the neuroses of every mendacious mystic, shambolic shaman and goggle-eyed, paunch-bellied theorist this side of Sedona. Such is the invisibility of its cunning, I still struggle (sometimes) to conceive of that box, that sliver of screen, that tube of mutilation, as anything other than a friend. A back-slapping, co-dependent kind of friend, the type who'll stand you a beer and overlook the fact that it's still your round. (It's always your round.) A doe-eyed, silver-tongued friend for all seasons, who always manages to say just the right thing; dazzling, but still not too conspicuous. Such is the insidiousness with which it injects its false memory, to attack television is almost as verboten as attacking Mother herself, the primary caregiver. A hideous carbuncle on the face of an old friend. Courage, an unshakable belief in reality and a genuine imaginative leap is required - - most the time - - to perceive, to actually know, that hardwired into every slinky coil of CRT is a genetic plan to shut you down; whose creed is spiritual death; a seamless simulacrum of fake smiles, fake tits, fake news. Fake people. It's all lies; you know this to be true, but the disconnect of doublethink, the dissonance of doubting the Hyper-Real has pushed a splinter in your mind, and through this trauma the transmission still penetrates. You doubt yourself now, when you should be doubting Them."

Pretty astute, huh? Personally, I found his sermon to be timely, appropriate, and drenched with some hard-hitting truths. Still, there's more from him!


"Until, that is, something happens to lance the chimerical matrix, something capable of breaking the trance. And then they make it easy for you, breaking cover like so many demented Wizards of Oz, pulling levers and belching smoke; a misery of doctors converging on the scene to staunch the flow, repair the wound, to ferry you back to safety. At moments like that, reality - - the conspiracy - - hovers into sight so openly they do what they always do when epiphanies threaten, when the unvetted sighs too deeply in its sleep. They invent a disease...The Problem is You...The Empire Never Ended and the Truman Syndrome is their answer to the (expletive) Stockholm syndrome you've actually escaped."

So, there it is.

The majority of Americans have been so dumbed down by the media, the schools, and the government that they’ve lost the ability to see past the charade of lies and propaganda, which passes for "news," and have completely failed to understand that our entire world is in a desperate battle for resources, of all kinds, which only a Total Global War is going to decide who wins and who losses.

Even worse for most of them is that they lack any kind of preparation, even at the most basic level, and have no idea at all that they are going to be starving, jobless, homeless, and probably herded into the many giant concentration camps that have been built over the past 10 years. As pathetic as it is to think about, most Americans today think that lowering their food costs mean ordering from the dollar menu at some fast food restaurant and planning for survival means buying extra cans of vegetables.

As each day goes by, I truly feel sorry for most of them, but I'm also angry at their sheer stupidity and arrogance. In the end I know this, by our efforts and those of others like us, the one thing none of them will ever be able to say is “I wasn’t warned.”

Once again, the truly sad part, is that we have allowed ourselves to become so numb to the truth that we accept anything that's presented to us as "fact" as the "undeniable truth" without ever using our God-given power of reason to assess the information for ourselves in order to verify it. It's gotten so bad that even when you come up with real, hard evidence and present it to skeptics so that they can see it and hold it in their own hands for themselves they still don't want to believe any of it! Deception truly rules the day in these end times! We the sheeple.


Hopefully, you took some time to watch at least some of the videos and/or listen to some of those audio clips included above because they generate many logical and thought-provoking questions that have never been answered. The fact that we are left with these very questions in and of themselves is proof positive that something much more sinister than we'd like to believe has been going on (is going on) right under our noses, and that we are content with being lied to on a regular basis.

So, what can we do with this new knowledge? Well, we can start by testing everything that is presented to us as "truth" for ourselves. We need to stop being lazy, and start getting serious. Jesus Christ Himself warned us about this time. He said that deception would rule the day, and that if we're not careful we'd allow ourselves to be seduced by these deceiving spirits. God also warned us that, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).

Please understand that I'm not saying that everyone who works for the government or the military let alone every corporate CEO is evil and out to get you. However, I'm always amazed by those sincere Christians (and sincere students of prophecy) who laugh off the mere suggestion of our government being involved in such acts.

Satan and his army are not going to simply show up one day waving a flag and shouting through a megaphone, "Hey everyone! The Antichrist and his one-world everything is finally here! Now, we're going to destroy you all!" It's just not going to work that way.

Occult symbolism is their language, and it functions as a power tool of socialization and recognition. Hopefully, by now, we've all come to understand that their language is all about RITUALS, SYMBOLS, and NUMBERS, and once you understand that language you can predict where it will go from here - - a universal, "we are one," prophesied one-world government in the form of a New World Order.

With that in mind, we need to be mindful of the possibility that some in these positions of power - - sometimes those we trust - - may be serving a different god than you and I. If that's the case, then is it so hard to believe that any of this is possible?

Precisely my point. May God grant you wisdom and discernment to spot the lies and to recognize the fact from the fiction. Don't be destroyed for a lack of knowledge. Listen to a warning from Hosea.

RECOMMENDED READING:
Freemasonry And The Dream Of A "New Man"
Chorus Call For New World Order
The Most Powerful Occult Capitol In World History!
A Very Real New World Order

Oil Discovery In Israel Sets Stage For War

Posted by JRed

Well, we knew this was coming. I'm just amazed that it happened so fast!

Last week, we looked at an often ignored end times prophecy concerning the discovery of oil in Israel that would not only make her one of the wealthiest nations in the Middle East, but the entire world! Most importantly, we considered how that discovery would ultimately lead to war (the prophesied Psalm 83 War and/or Gog-Magog War).

Today, we learn that an oil discovery in Israel sets the stage for war. We learn that the discovery of a HUGE natural gas field, offshore Israel (90 kilometers west of Haifa), was made. Actually, the news broke on January 17, 2009, but I held off on reporting about it here given the "Mark My Words..." commentary.
On January 17, 2009, Noble Energy announced a natural gas discovery on its Tamar prospect, offshore Israel. The Tamar #1 well, located in 5,500 feet of water, was drilled to 16,000 feet and testing identified more than 460 feet of net pay in three high-quality reservoirs.

Noble Energy's Chairman said, "...we are extremely excited by the results. This is one of the most significant prospects that we have ever tested and appears to be the largest discovery in the company's history."

On January 18, 2009, Reuters noted the find as: 3 trillion cubic feet (88 billion cubic meters) of gas. (Since Reuters released their note, the amount has been revised upwards to between 4 and 5 trillion cubic feet of gas.)

Israel's Minister of Infrastructure said, "We are witnessing a historic moment in Israel's energy market...we are talking about the biggest find in Israel's history." Analysts estimated the natural gas was worth about $26 billion and will be sold starting in 2013. At present, Israel is receiving natural gas from Egypt under a 20-year deal made in 2005 and the Yam Tethys consortium's offshore Israel field.

The Chairman of the Delek Group, an Israeli company that owns 15% of the well said, "Who should we thank? The Creator of the World! We searched for gas at a depth of 5,000 meters, but thanks should go 'above'."

Zion Oil is also delighted. This discovery is very good for Israel and they believe it validates their belief that significant oil and gas reserves can be found in Israel. They believe that the market will be able to absorb any new gas finds and, as a result of this discovery, any natural gas that Zion may discover and produce could be worth more than estimated before this discovery.

When Zion's Founder and Chairman, John Brown, heard this news, he remarked, "As it says in Esther Chapter 4, Verse 14, 'Who knows whether it was just for such a time as this that'... Zion is about to drill its next well..."

Psalm 51:18 - "In your good pleasure, make Zion prosper..."

Do you realize what this discovery means!?! Simply put, there are no other pieces that need to be in place for the prophesied Gog-Magog War (and Psalm 83 War) to take place because we know have the "carrot" (oil) that will draw Russia and her allies to attack Israel!

Just stop and think about it for a moment. We've already seen an on-going dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the delivery of oil to all of Europe, which shows no signs of really going away any time soon. Plus, we also know that more wars have been fought over the world's natural resources (i.e oil) than for any other reason. More importantly, we know what the Bible has to say about what will actually happen.

How amazing is our God!?! To watch these prophecies unfold upon the world stage and to read about them daily in the international and national news headlines just takes my breath away some times!

Friends, 2009 is shaping up to be spiritually historical one. It's only a matter of time before the dam breaks, and the flood of fulfilled end times prophecy is one our doorsteps.

Rest assured, there's a new urgency for me to finish reading the Spillman's "Breaking The Treasure Code: The Hunt For Israel's Oil" written by father and son team James R. Spillman and Steven M. Spillman. Of course, I'll share my analysis and review with you all once I've finished it.

Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDED READING:
Israel And Oil

The Black Awakening

Posted by JRed

Not to be confused with Sue Bradley's wildly popular series of articles referenced here a couple of months ago (although the subject matter is the same), "The Black Awakening" I'm referring to today is a new book that was just published and written by Russ Dzidar.

I think I'm going to buy this book right away using some of my Christmas gift cards so that I can read it and report back on it here for all of you. Something tells me it will turn out to be quite prescient.

In the meantime, here's a promotional video I found about the book:



Pretty disturbing stuff, eh? Aren't you glad we can take comfort, rest in, and rely upon our Lord and Savior should events occur exactly as the video depicts?

I know I am (and all because I know the I AM)! Yahweh is my strong tower, my refuge. Is He yours as well?

The Honeymoon Is Over

Posted by JRed

I think we're going to begin to see the phrase "the bully pulpit" redefined as it relates to American domestic politics courtesy of President Barack Obama - - very soon!

We're less than a week into President Barack Obama's term in office, and already it appears as though the press is becoming concerned about his treatment of them. And so, the honeymoon is over.

President Obama paid a surprise visit to members of the White House press corps on Thursday evening when he walked through their working area of the West Wing, but when he was confronted with a question by one of the journalists he quickly became agitated.

According to reports, when Politico's Jonathan Martin asked the President about his nominee for Deputy Defense Secretary, William Lynn, Obama refused to answer, saying he was not there to take questions.

"I came down here to visit. I didn't come down here-this is what happens. I can't end up visiting you guys and shaking hands if I am going to grilled every time I come down here."

Here's the video (irritation occurs at about the 3:20 mark):




On January 22nd, the Associated Press posted an
interesting little tidbit of news about how Team Obama is treating the press. Apparently, the Obama White House is trying to force news agencies to use Obama's own, special, ostensibly "official" photographer's photos taken at Obama press conferences instead of allowing news agencies to have their own photogs present to record the event. As a result of this attempt by Obama to control his image, the AP and Reuters are a bit miffed that Obama is trying to control the press with such an iron-fisted move like this.

All I have to ask is: NOW they get worried that Obama is not too dedicated to freedom of the press? After Obama is fairly elected, NOW the Old Media is beginning to question "The One" on his treatment of them?

As mentioned, this seems to be a growing trend. Surprisingly, I find myself in the awkward position of defending a liberal-leaning, biased mainstream media. I mean, after all, what does it tell us when our new President - - just a few short days in office - - is already restricting the public's only access to him, his administration, and news on their policies and actions?

A disturbing precedent indeed although one that's hardly a surprise to me. More evidence that deception rules the day in these end times.

But it doesn't end there! On Capitol Hill Friday, Mr. Obama chastised Republicans and even attacked radio star Rush Limbaugh.

President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.


That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans today. While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.

"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."

The response was to the objection by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) to the president's proposal to increase benefits for low-income workers who don't owe federal income taxes.

Sources said Obama wasn't gloating (yeah right!), and that he was just explaining that he aims to get his way on the stimulus package and all other legislation, noting his unrivaled one-party control of both congressional chambers.

Republicans, along with Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate, met with Obama to hammer out details on a stimulus package that has reached $825 billion.

"We are experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis that has to be dealt with and dealt with rapidly," Obama said during the meeting. Republicans say that is too big a burden for a nation already crippled by debt and that it doesn't do enough to stimulate the economy by cutting taxes.

"You know, I'm concerned about the size of the package. And I'm concerned about some of the spending that's in there, [about] ... how you can spend hundreds of millions on contraceptives," House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) later said. "How does that stimulate the economy?"

Good question, and one I'm sure President Obama would choose to ignore. Welcome to the New Age America! Yes, the honeymoon is over.

God help us all.

RECOMMENDED READING:
AP Worried Obama Rules Media With Iron Fist

Week In Review

Posted by JRed

A look back at the news stories/commentaries from this past week that have serious prophetic implications...

"Mark My Words..." (UPDATE 2/5)

Posted by JRed

NOTE: This could very well be the most important commentary and analysis that I've written to date since launching this blog. At least, that's the way the burden of this news, and the genesis of this line of thinking feels to me since I began writing this 4 days ago (overall, it took my 15 hours to research and write so I hope you'll forgive the length, but I wanted to be comprehensive and decisive). Yes, I've said this before on two other separate occasions within the past 5 months with sincerity, but that doesn't mean this is any less important. Instead, I believe that just proves that we are living in some urgent, uncertain, and seriously prophetic times. Forgive me for mixing metaphors, but my goal will be to try and paint a picture for you by using all of the various puzzle pieces I see before us today. In putting them together I'll try to write this as if our world was about to drastically change within the next few days as I believe it could. Of course, God is always in complete control, and nothing on this planet happens without His permission, but if we use all the information He's given us (continues to give us) in tandem with what we've been seeing and hearing from the governments and nations around the world, I believe it leads us to one extremely plausible scenario. That being said, while I have other columns already written and scheduled to publish throughout the week I'm going to postpone them until further notice. I want to write this as if it could be the last and definitive piece for the Look Up Fellowship community. As always, prayerfully consider everything here, and please pass it on to as many people as you can. May God continue to bestow His grace and mercy upon us all, let alone His hand of protection despite our nation's blatant sins before Him.


PUZZLE PIECE #1 - AN ADMISSION OF FOREKNOWLEDGE



"Mark my words..."


Never before have three simple, innocuous words carried so much meaning on the eve of a new political administration here in the United States of America.

Of course, I'm referring to newly elected Vice President Joe Biden's penchant for using this short phrase in public in such a way that he does nothing except evoke suspicion from others that he knows more about the future of this nation than he's telling us.

Before you write me off as "just-another-Christian-conspiracy-nut" I urge you to consider the evidence - - oral testimony - - given in public forums by the man in question.

First, it should also be noted that it seems as though everyone's expecting something significant to occur on Inauguration Day if not just a day or two afterwards. The "what" remains to be seen, but the "why" (as we have been told so often over the past few months it seems) is because the world (specifically America's enemies) will want to "test" newly elected President Barack Obama.

What you haven't heard? Heck, even the newly elected Vice President kicked things off back in October with this little gem that - - not surprisingly - - got
very little attention
from the mainstream media in the run-up to the Presidential Election (could you imagine if "neo-con hawk" John McCain had made these statements? the press would've began a feeding frenzy charging him with "fear-mongering," saying he was "irresponsible" to keep such knowledge of a crisis from the American people if it can save lives, and the story never would've went away!):



That's bizarre, but the full transcript of Biden's comments is much more revealing, and much more ominous:



Do you think Biden is finished? No, no, no, my friends, he has just started:

"There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, 'Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don't know about that decision.' Because if you think the decision is sound when they're made, which I believe you will when they're made, they're not likely to be as popular as they are sound. Because if they're popular, they're probably not sound."

In fact, he spoke for just over a quarter of an hour to what he thought was a private fundraiser before he noticed the media presence in the back of the small ballroom. At that point, he then concluded with:
"I probably shouldn't have said all this because it dawned on me that the press is here..."


Nice. That's very reassuring.
Either Biden is severely crazy or he knows something that we don't.
Scary either way. Soon afterwards, some pundits weighed in with their thoughts:







Remarkably, just 2 days before Biden's revealing speech, several powerful generals and admirals from some of the most powerful nations on Earth met somewhere in the local Adirondack/Saranac Lake area after flying into the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, NY.

Among the passengers of a large Boeing 757 airplane with "United States of America" printed on its fuselage were top members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and their counterparts from France, Germany, and another country, possibly Great Britain, according to Barry DeFuria, a town of Harrietstown Councilman and Airport Committee member who was there when the plane landed. A top military delegation from Italy flew in on a separate Falcon airplane, DeFuria said.

Town Supervisor Larry Miller, also on the Airport Committee, was also there and confirmed which nations' officials were on which planes, but he said he did not know what kind of officials they were or where they were going from the airport. He said he and DeFuria had to get security clearances to be present and that soldiers were guarding the 757 around the clock at the airport.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff is the leadership council of the U.S. military, comprised of the top general or admiral of each branch of the armed services. Its current chairman is Admiral Michael Mullen. Now, I ask you why an unprecedented meeting like this took place and just 2 days prior to Biden's remarks.

Furthermore, within just 72 hours of Joe Biden's warning, 5 other World Political Leaders echoed similar sentiments! Australia, England, France and 2 more well-known individuals from the U.S. - - Colin Powell (on the same day) and Madeleine Albright.
We even had the Pentagon chime in as reported here with a handy little diagram to make it crystal clear for us.

Even John McCain raised the specter of nuclear war when he warned that the next president “won’t have time to get used to the office” (Staff Writers, “McCain raises specter of nuclear war,” Moon Township, Pennsylvania AFP, Oct 22, 2008).

Is this confirmation that "those-in-the-know" have been given advance knowledge of this coming "generated crisis" so that they can prepare ahead of time!?! It sure seems like it! Albright, like Biden and Powell, is an insider minion, so she may know something is up. It is rather suspect that all these voices are saying basically the same thing: Obama will be “tested." Unfortunately, we are but one “terrorist event” away from implementing a police state system (i.e. Martial Law) being used to identify, track, trace, and round-up the opposition. If we are to believe Joe Biden, Colin Powell, and Madeleine Albright, this event may happen as soon as the end of January 2009.

Who would be the targeted threat? North Korea? Iran? Pakistan? Russia? China? For all we know it might come from a place we never expected. I think we might have our answer since breaking news indicates that the
South Korean army is on high alert after North Korea's military threat.

The article states:
"Pyongyang said it was adopting 'an all-out confrontational posture' and warned of a 'strong military retaliatory step.' South Korea immediately put its forces on alert. The latest harsh rhetoric from the isolated regime appeared aimed at heightening tensions on the divided peninsula and could be a test for Barack Obama days before he is sworn in as the new U.S. president."
Interesting choice of words, no?

Still, they represent only one potential scapegoat that could be used. Just in case you're still skeptical about all of this, and somehow hold to the ridiculous belief that perhaps a man's own spoken words captured on tape were taken out of context please continue reading since the following information seems to also suggest that Biden is privy to much more than he's letting on.


PUZZLE PIECE #2 - A NEW WORD ORDER NEEDS A NEW GOVERNMENT AND LAWS



The idea of a "New World Order" (a.k.a. the prophesied one-world government) is by no means new. The idea has existed for over a thousand years, and the plan to bring it about has been in place and advancing all that time. This is where those so-called "secret societies" come into the picture. It's funny that many still refer to them as such when their existence is a known and well-documented fact not to mention that all the world's most powerful political leaders and business executives admit to their existence when asked of their own personal involvement and membership in these exclusive societies for the elite.

So, here's what you need to know. In this era, the necessary accomplishments are being made and the pace is greatly accelerating to help them finally achieve their dream of a one-world government complete with a one-world economy, military, and religion.
Henry Kissinger's comments over the past week in regards to Obama's chance to make history certainly confirm this. Still, why would these individuals be so interested in establishing a New World Order? Simply put, because there's a clear spiritual element to all of this.

In order to understand the confusing events that occur now, it is necessary to study the history of this grand scheme. Bottom line, it can be summed up by stating that in their insatiable lust for power, wealth, and control they are ultimately serving another master. Their god is the enemy of our God and His people (you and me) - - Satan. They also show an affinity for honoring and worshipping the gods of Ancient Egypt whether that's exhibited in their architecture, their style of communication, the types of "rituals" they take part in, and the importance they give to dates that were significant to that culture and time period.
In essence, it's an allegiance to the occult in every manner conceivable.


Thus, they seek to orchestrate world events in such a way that the symbolic nature of such events not only mimics a ritual of sorts to their god (necessary in their twisted belief system), but that they are the types of events that they believe will help to usher in their grand plans for complete world domination, which, in turn, will help to establish the necessary conditions that need to be in place before their god - - Satan - - can return and manifest himself as ruler of this planet and its people.

Getting back to present day issues, oddly enough, in sync with these pronouncements of impending doom we also began to hear a chorus made up of politicians
and scholars from around the world who were sure that the collapse of the United States itself was imminent. This is another very important piece to this possible in light of Biden's warnings.

However, these just weren't platitudes, but instead were
very specific scenarios for how it might occur. We documented them all
here, here, and here. One major development just within the last few weeks involves that whole issue regarding a U.S. Constitutional Convention.

As for this Constitutional Convention and its purpose, we've already looked at
the push for a North American Union (NAU), the existence of a Constitution For The Newstates of America and how its proponents simply need a good reason to implement it, the state of crisis in Mexico, and recent developments that could make a Con-Con a reality. We also saw some well-known and respected Christians like Steve Quayle speaking to the world about how his sources were telling him that Martial Law here in the U.S. was more than just a paranoid delusion, and that the next 90 days were absolutely dire.

If you're the type of person who still believes that this is all just pure nonsense then perhaps you will have a change of heart when you realize that there's already a movement within our own federal government (actual Bills have already been proposed in Congress this past week!) that, if passed, would put us on a fast track to the very scenarios mentioned above.

Now, ask yourself again what Obama meant by stating we have "negative liberties," and that the Constitution is "flawed" because that's what this is all about, and it's another significant piece to this puzzle.

Plus, it's especially timely given a story being reported today that despite the fact that Obama hasn't even served a single day in office as the official President there are some in Congress who are hoping to make it possible for the Democrat to not only seek a second term in office, but a third and fourth as well! The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary is considering
a Bill that would repeal the Constitution's 22nd Amendment prohibiting a President from being elected to more than two terms in office.

Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., earlier this month introduced the Bill,
H. J. Res. 5, which, according to the Bill's language, proposes "an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President."

What was it that Thomas Jefferson warned us about? Ah yes! In 1807, he warned all future generations that Presidents not bound by term limits could use their popularity and power to become kings.


Biden claims they will have to make some "tough decisions" due to an international crisis. I wonder if those "tough decisions" will be similar to the "tough decisions" Bush made after 9/11 like passing the Patriot Act, spying on Americans without warrants, and engaging in an endless war.
Perhaps it will involve something as "unpopular" but "sound" like this idea proposed in Congress this past week. I can see how this could be "justified" in response to this "generated crisis."

Even Obama stated in his Chicago speech on Election Night (shortly after his victory) that he will have "challenges," which will force him to make unfavorable decisions. I think it might be time that Americans wake up and realize that Biden is a Trilateral Co-Founder and associate of Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, and Zbigniew Brzezinski (all Council on Foreign Relations members too! the CFR's stated goal is to eliminate America's nationalistic fervor in an effort to promote a more regional type of government similar to the European Union).

Still not convinced? Let's also consider
yet another
"mark my words" moment from Biden. This time it was during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Former Senator and now Vice President Joe Biden stated that RFID Chip Implants (prophesied "mark of the beast" technology; not inherently evil, but they way someone like the Antichrist would use it to control mass population would make it definitely so) will be ruled on, and that he was concerned how a Chief Justice John Roberts would rule on such a proposal. What was that!?! Yes, he actually said it! Here's the video:



With so many unbelievable "mark my words" moments, Vice President Joe Biden sounds more like the globalist puppet-master who has already planned his next move than a guy new to the job of leading this nation no matter what the world might throw his way, which is typically thought to be the unknown.

Worse, both "mark my words" moments (one that could conceivably bring about a one-world government, and another that could conceivably bring about the mark of the beast system) have to do with events that would clearly signal to the world (and especially Christians who study prophecy) that we're knee deep in the Tribulation.

Whether a select few know about a genuine crisis event or not, it still doesn't change the fact that all the chaos, all the fear, anxiety, and trepidation that the world is experiencing seems so palpable these days. I commented last week that it's almost as if we're all just waiting for that other shoe to drop, almost as if this sense of impending doom is inevitable.

Of course, we Christians know that it is inevitable, and that the worst is yet to come, and that's the point to all of this! It reminds me of this video, which depicts the environment we currently find ourselves in. The good news is that there's a blessed hope for you and me!



For those of you still on the fence, there's still time to make the right decision. Don't wait until a crisis occurs before you secure your place in eternity after you die.

You can say whatever you want, but it still doesn't prevent the inevitable. These things were foretold thousands of years ago. These men and women who think they're in control here on earth are only deceiving themselves for it is God who is allowing their nefarious plans to prosper in order to help fulfull His ultimate plan for mankind. These things will happen and Jesus Christ will return again. Your words can't make the truth any less true. It's all coming just as prophesied. It's just a matter of when. Unfortunately, I have reason to believe that it's all coming a lot sooner than we think it is.


PUZZLE PIECE #3 - EERIE OBSERVATIONS PART 1: THE HUDSON MIRACLE


In regards to "when" the major end times prophecies will be fulfilled I've been saying for quite some time now that I would be absolutely shocked if my generation (I'll be 30 in mid-June) did not see the literal fulfillment of the Tribulation itself. In fact, the way things are going, I'd be amazed if 2010 rolled around without at least one or two significant changes to this world to indicate that those prophesied last days were either imminent if not already underway.

Hopefully, the first two "puzzle piece" sections provided you with enough evidence to realize that the threat is real, and that we're living on borrowed time here. We may be in the dark about the exact fate of our nation, but we're not in the dark when it comes to knowing the truth about how the final years of mankind's rule on this planet will unfold.

So, let me see if I have this straight. Currently, we see the following:

* Technology exists for a dictator to use to implement full control over a global population
* A global economic crisis is destroying markets everywhere
* Tensions between India and Pakistan are very high
* A growing, worldwide energy crisis is upon us
* Russia is at odds with Europe over the delivery of oil
* Russian naval warships are docked at strategic locations around the world
* South Korean army is on high alert after North Korea's military threat
* A new President is about to be inaugurated
* A warning was given that he will be "tested" immediately after taking office
* Continued terrorist threats, which now involve WMD attacks that are said to be "likely"
* Political movements to legalize immorality on an even wider scale than it exists today
* Israel fighting Hamas; The world outraged with Israel
* Iran reiterating "Death to Israel! Death to America!"
* Political leaders around the world calling for a New Word Order (one-world government, economy, and religious systems)


Did is miss anything? Is that enough to convince you that these are the last days? Just in case it's not, I've also noticed some
very peculiar things that also seem to suggest we're about to enter a period of time the likes of which we've never experienced before.

Have you given any thought to the deep semiotics of Flight 1549, which is otherwise known as "The Hudson Miracle" by the press?


This image is certainly laden with semiotic power. The USAir plane submerged in the Hudson, while Ellis Island and
the Masonic Statue of Liberty loom in the gloom. This photo very much captures the mood of the country right now. The whole event seems to capture our present situation as well, which is why that I'm heartened that everyone on board survived.

New York Governor David Paterson, who replaced the scandalous Eliot Spitzer, called it "The Miracle on the Hudson." Not coincidentally,
Paterson is a Freemason of the Prince Hall Order. And so the story begins.

The plane took off from LaGuardia (named for
the 33rd Degree Freemason and former mayor of NYC) and was redirected to Teterboro, but landed in the Hudson. The flight left LGA at 3:11 PM (3x11=33). Teterboro Airport, like a surprising number of airports I've looked at in my research, is located on a Route 17. The official birth year of Freemasonry is 1717.

3:11 PM is 15:11 in military time. 15+1+1=17.

Amazingly, 1549 BC is also seen by some scholars as
the final year of the 17th Dynasty of Egypt. The first Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, Ahmose I, is credited with driving the Hyksos from Egpyt. It's believed that Flight 1549 was brought down by geese caught in the turbines. Geese were considered messengers of Heaven and January 15 was the "Feast of Entering Heaven" in Ancient Egypt. Keep this in mind because this could be very telling (and a sleight of hand) if what safety investigators confirm what they're saying today. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said that preliminary indications from investigators' playback of the departure controller's radar screen "did not show any targets" that might be birds. Oh really? That's fascinating.

US Airways was founded by the DuPont family, and Scottish Rite Headquarters is three blocks away from DuPont Circle. The plane landed in the Hudson just near the USS Intrepid, a decomissioned naval vessel featured in the Masonic recruitment film National Treasure. In fact, the main character Ben Gates even dives right into where the plane landed in that film!

The Hudson River is named for Henry Hudson, an explorer funded by the British East India Company, which later was
deeply involved with Freemasonry in England.

Flight 1549 was headed to Charlotte, where the "secret lies" at the beginning of
National Treasure! Does anyone want to lay odds that the hero of the day, pilot Chesley Sullenberger, is
himself a Freemason? One thing is for certain, Sully served in the Air Force at the world-famous Nellis AFB.

What are the odds of such connections occuring by pure chance? Is this just a case of "finding-connections-where-none-exist" from someone with too much time on his hands or, is there something bigger going on here that we still don't quite understand how to explain? Well, hold on to your hats and buckle your safety belts because it's about to get even more surreal!


PUZZLE PIECE #4 - EERIE OBSERVATIONS PART 2: MERCURY RISING



When I first began studying the Bible, I soon realized that God had much to say about "signs in the heavens" and how He would use them to communicate with the world through nature. The study of full moons, new moons, and equinoxes reminded me of things I had learned to avoid like Astrology, solstices, birth month signs, and horoscopes.

These things are Satan's counterfeits and corrupt interpretations of truth. They are part of Astrology - - not Astronomy - - which is a
very important
field of study to all Christians. God intends that we should study and understand the movements in the sky according to what He specifies, but to avoid getting interested in the counterfeits.

From there I learned that the modern Gregorian Calendar used by most of the world is an invention of the Roman Catholic Church. The Gregorian Calendar, with religious holidays designed and enforced by the Catholic Church, is a counterfeit of
God's Sacred Calendar. A return to all truth is also a return to understanding and observing God's Sacred Calendar.


There have been many different calendars used by different peoples and societies in the course of history. It is interesting to note that the further back you go in history the closer other calendars match the principles you will learn about God's Sacred Calendar. When you consider this you will realize that it must be this way. The original calendar was God's Sacred Calendar. There was no other calendar for thousands of years.

The Bible is the absolute foundation for determining the design and purpose of the Calendar. The Bible is absolutely clear on the principles of the Calendar. The Bible is not scientifically clear on how to determine the details of the Calendar.

The first point that must be clearly established is that God's Sacred Calendar is based on the movements of the sun and the moon. We need to consider carefully the record of the fourth day of creation found in
Genesis 1:14-19.

Notice that the sun as the greater light rules the day or sets the rules for the day while the moon as the lesser light rules in the night and sets the rules at night. Next, focus on verse 14 with a close examination of the Strong's Dictionary definition of two important Hebrew words.
The Hebrew word H226 translated "sign" indicates that the sun and moon are the signals for events on the Calendar.
It is important to note that signls occur before the events they signal.

The word translated seasons is the Hebrew word H4150 "moed" which has a very special meaning. It is a very valuable study of the Bible to look up the many uses of this word and the various ways it is translated.
I believe the best translation in all cases picking from those given in Strong's Dictionary is "appointed time."
A definition I would suggest is more like "designated times" or even "holy times."

The sun and moon are the signals for all the appointed times of God. Astronomical data is used to determine the Calendar. The importance of Astronomy for this purpose must be emphasized.

So, to reiterate, we are to avoid Astrology, which includes things like solstices, birth month signs, and horoscopes. These things are Satan's counterfeits and corrupt interpretations of truth. Yet, God intends that we should study and understand Astronomy, which is the movements in the sky according to what He specifies, but to avoid getting interested in the counterfeits.

Now that we have the proper foundation let's continue with our study of some significant astronomical events coming up that have some eerie connections to this entire discussion - -
the planet Mercury is in retrograde
.


The planets are swinging around at all times, and throughout human history their movements affect us, but only in the sense that they often portend the future only because there are those in positions of power and influence (those in the "secret societies" who try to orchestrate world events to coincide with what they believe are powerful astrological - - not astronomical - - signs from their god).

All planets go retrograde, which means a planet appears to be moving backwards through the zodiac. According to modern science, this traditional concept arises in the illusory planetary motion created by the orbital rotation of the earth with relation to other planets in our solar system. Planets are never
actually
retrograde or stationary, they just seem that way due to this cosmic shadow-play. When a planet is retrograde, the Earth is closer to that planet.

In 2009, Mercury is in retrograde from…

January 11th to February 1st
May 8th to May 30th
September 8th to September 29th
December 27th to January 15th (2010)


I'm told it's a unique year because typically Mercury only goes retrograde 3 times a year, but this year will do so 4 times.

Knowing that those pushing for a NWO believe in all the mumbo-jumbo associated with Astrology, I thought I would take a look at what they believe happens whenever Mercury goes retrograde. My findings left me speechless given our topic here today!

Apparently, even though all planets go retrograde, Mercury’s journey seems to impact people much more than any other. Why is that? Astrologists say it’s because Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth, and travel, so when it goes retrograde (which means that it looks like it’s going backwards in the sky) all those things go backwards. They start to get ugly and tangle up. That's why the word
mercurial
is commonly used to refer to something or someone erratic, volatile or unstable.

What else happens when Mercury goes retrograde? Astrologists say all sorts of things. It’s like everyone you know has suddenly gone mad. You might find yourself getting into bizarre arguments about nothing at all, being unable to finish sentences or barely even able to form a coherent thought. Your computer and other electronic equipment is more likely to go on the fritz. You could experience travel delays, too. They also say we don’t tend to get all the information we need at this time, so it can be hard to make big decisions, and it’s not always the best time to sign a contract, either.

Astrologists and those who follow this occult practice tell us that it's a period of time that relates to contracts, pacts, treaties and agreements and these are the elements that will be revised as Mercury brings the issues of humanity back into the environment of adequate documentation. This Mercury retrograde will see many areas contain this type of revision process, from government, to company bailouts, to international alliances, and United Nations political goals. Many of these revisions will be precipitated by the requirements of the checks and balances through the Saturn/Uranus opposition as these two planets still provide powerful aspects that are at the helm of the necessary changes slated for this year.

Are you kidding me!?! Doesn't that sound a lot like the "hope and change" mantra we've been sold from Obama and his administration? It would also fit quite nicely within the context of having the change laws, rewrite treaties, and reorganize political states, which is so common following a "generated crisis" like a world war is it not? Unbelievable how it all seems to fit together! Is anyone else seeing this like I am?

I also found that Mercury is considered
an androgynous god, and appears in many cultures as the archetype of the "trickster." The trickster effect is particularly potent during retrogrades. Anyone else remember this story from just a few short weeks ago? Plus, you may have seen this widely circulated photo from a street fair in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, CA.


Obama seems to have become popular, not only in leftwing politics, but also in Santeria, the Spanish-language version of voodoo. Obama is depicted here as St. Martin de Porres, who is used to represent the trickster
orisha
Ellegua (also spelled Eleggua) also known as Legba and Eshu. What could possibly be more appropriate! Just like Obama, Ellegua is, to the say the least, an agent of Change too!

There's more! Mercury also rules a lot of industries like Publishing, Writing, Editing, Advertising, Sales, Public Relations and anything to do with the Transportation Industry,
like airlines (isn't that extremely odd given the recent Hudson crash!?!)
, trains, cabs, and post office.

What are the odds of a coincidence like that in addition to the others we just highlighted!?! Furthermore, what are the chances of having a Freemason connection to all of this - - Mercury being in retrograde since January 11th (a time period they would be very interested in due to the symbolism that they believe helps them unlock spiritual powers), the Hudson plane crash occurring on January 15th during this planetary cycle with Masonic connections of its own, and all of this happening just a few days prior to history being made along with an ominous "guarantee" from prominent world leaders!?!


It doesn't end there though. Next, I decided to take a look at who Mercury was to see if I could find any more clues to this mystery. Sure enough, I found what I was looking for! Mercury was named by the Romans after the
fleet-footed messenger of the gods
because it seemed to move more quickly than any other planet. That's strange because a few paragraphs back we saw how geese (the birds responsible for downing the plane in the Hudson) were considered the messengers of Heaven too!!!

Mercury was also originally known as the god of commerce and trade, and the patron god of merchants. His worship was first established on the Aventine Hill in 495 BC. The festival was held in May 15, along with his mother Maia. The month of May was named after his mother. Mercury was later identified with the Greek god Hermes the guide of souls. Mercury inherited Hermes' attributes as the messenger god,
as well as god of flocks (there's that geese-Hudson plane crash connection again!!!) and thieves, and the Underworld guide of the dead (that's ironic too given the spiritual element here!!!).



On the Roman calendar, Wednesday was a sacred day for Mercury, and it was called
dies Mercurii (Mercury's Day) in Latin. In French, it's called Mercredi. It was later changed to Wednesday (Wodan's Day), after Mercury's Germanic counterpart, Wodan. Why is that of interest to us? Hmmm, when is Biden-Powell's "guaranteed" and "generated crisis" to take place? Either on January 21st or January 22nd. Wednesday is January 21st!!!
Again, what are the odds of all of this happening by pure chance alone? If if those in power truly are serving Satan then it makes sense that they would know this, believe it, and try to use it to their advantage in the real world.

Simply mind-blowing isn't it? Capping it all off, the universe gives us this timely headline from just the other day as if to nudge us to open our eyes and wak up before it's too late:
Piven Urges Americans To Check Mercury Levels.

Other interesting facts about Mercury include: In India Mercury was called Buddha; For the Egyptian, Mercury was called "Thoth," the great measurer - - a divinity associated with knowledge, and the inventor of speech, writing, and arithmetic; For the northern ancestors, Mercury was named "Odin," the supreme god often referred to as the god of wisdom, magic, and war, and the inventor of runes, his name means "inspired one," and Odin was worshiped throughout northern Europe (including Britain), wherever the Vikings and other Nordic peoples settled.

I'm sure that if you made it with me this far some of you may be thinking I've finally lost it. So be it. I just needed to report on what I've been seeing, and how I perceive it all to fit together prophetically.

You know, there remains a few small Mercury in retrograde factoids that I failed to mention. Perhaps I should bring them up now because it might make you change your mind if you think this is all pure nonsense, and it might just seal the deal for you.
Get this: In the world-at-large, Mercury was in retrograde motion when atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, and on the day Princess Diana died!!! There are actually many other historical markers that happened during a Mercury Retrograde phase, but these seemed most relevant to our debate.

Surely, that gave you cause for concern, but all of this seems too mystical and "occultish" to take too seriously, right? Well, that's sort of the point. Our earthly enemies believe in our spiritual enemy Satan, and honoring such things as Astrologyy - - not Astronomy - - is how they honor him in this world. Even so, if you're looking for perhaps a definite spiritual connection to this entire argument (one that doesn't include astrology, mysticism, and the occult) then sit back and feast your eyes on this final section.


PUZZLE PIECE #5 - EERIE OBSERVATIONS PART 3: THE SPIRITUAL LINK



Let's revisit the subject of Astronomy to set the stage for this last piece of the prophetic puzzle. Once again, we all know that our intimate understanding of planetary movements and signs as well as prophecy go hand-in-hand. So, let's look to the sky!

We've just documented Mercury being in retrograde, but here's something else I stumbled upon that triggered something deep within my soul. Besides Mercury being in retrograde there's another major event that will occur in space.

According to the Navy's Astronomical Forecast for January 21st, there will be a red star in the sky called
Antares
that is often confused with Mars.


Never mind that this could be
what Maitreya's people predicted a few weeks back (wouldn't that just fit this whole analysis perfectly!), but what's fascinating is that the name "Antares" has a definite spiritual link that will absolutely blow your mind.

Alpha (α) Scorpio, Antares, is a red binary star, fiery red and emerald green, near the center of the constellation Scorpio, and was sometimes called "the Heart of the Scorpion." Antares, the well-nigh universal title for this splendid star, is transcribed from the second-century Greek astronomer Ptolemy's (Greek) Antares in the Syntaxis, and generally thought to be from {p.365} anti Ares, "similar to," or the "rival of," Mars, in reference to its color, or because the astrologers considered the Scorpion the House of that planet and that god its guardian. Thus, it naturally followed the character of its constellation - - perhaps originated it - - and was always associated with eminence and activity in mankind.

As Antares is very volatile and Mars-like, it is associated with rashness, stubbornness, destructiveness, and violence. It has been said that Antares demands we "take a stand" for our truth against the established conditions of our personal lives, and against the established order or authority directing our lives when those conditions and that authority are no longer in our best interest nor supporting or evolutionary freedom.
Wow! How's that for a surreal connection to what we just presented about Mercury in retrograde!?!


Normally, the best time to view Antares is on or around May 31st of each year, when the star is at "opposition" to the Sun. At this time, Antares rises at dusk and sets at dawn, and is in view all night. Obviously, it's unique then that we'll be able to see it this week.

You know what else is unique?
The fact that many of the old Egyptian temples are oriented so that the light of Antares plays a role in the ceremonies performed there (the very same culture and religion that is worshipped by the elite secret societies!).
Many ancient Greek temples were oriented towards the rising or setting of Antares at the vernal equinox: the Heraeum at Argos, the erechtheums at Athens and Corinth, and early temples to Apollo at Delphi and to Zeus at Aegina.

Likened to the influence of Mars and Jupiter, it is believed that Antares offers extremes of success, good fortune, danger and malevolence. It clearly indicates the potential for great power, but where this is simply "power of will" without integrity or wisdom, it carries the threat of ruination. Astrologists warn that it can indicate a rash, head-strong person who is destructive to himself by his own obstinacy. The direction of the luminaries to this star usually indicates great honour and advancement, but always there is a warning not to fall victim to its ruthless energies.

It discerns many honors, if the native be careful, and be not deceived by soldiers. It is said to have many times produced a burning fever, or some violent act, and prejudice the right eye. This is due to the fact that in classical Astrology, Antares is the star of war and weaponry, and with expounded meaning, encourages us to challenge the established opposing politics with a tenacious willingness to fight and even destroy. Antares can also be associated with teachers and political leaders who are of a more non-conforming nature that tend to challenge that which is established belief, doctrine, or policy. Very interesting indeed.

As
Tsing Lung, one of the four great divisions of Chinese astrology, its brilliance was the equivalent of Mars. It was also known as Who Sing, protector against fire, and then as Ta Who, announcer of the principles of government
to the other stars (there's that common thread again!)

In ancient China, however, the constellation Scorpius was not seen as a scorpion, it was the major portion of the large and regal figure of the
Azure Dragon or Dragon of the East while Antares itself was titled the Fire Star. On some oriental charts the region of Antares - - and the bright stars nearby - - is labeled Ming T'ang, the Hall of Light or the Emperor's Council Hall
.

The Roman, Arabic and French name for this star means the
Heart of the Scorpion. In Babylonia, Antares was called Urbat, Lord of the Seed, Creator of Prosperity, the King and god of lightning, the Day-Heaven-bird.
The Egyptians worshipped it as the goddess Selkit, heralding the sunrise in her temples at the autumn equinox, and as a symbol of Isis in pyramid ceremonials (more on that Egyptian worship by secret societies connection!).

The Royal Stars of Persia are so named because roughly 5,000 years ago, during the fabled pyramid age of Egypt, these luminaries held tremendous influence. Endowed with almost archangelic power, these legendary stars of antiquity are Aldebaron, Regulus, Antares and Fomalhaut, and in the epoch of 5,000 years ago they were considered to be guardians of the four corners of heaven and watchers of the directions, forming a heavenly cross near the ecliptic.

Ready for this? Some writers claim that it is the "lance star" referred to in the Biblical book of Job! Let me repeat that for impact:
SOME SCHOLARS CLAIM THAT ANTARES IS THE "LANCE STAR" REFERRED TO IN THE BIBLICAL BOOK OF JOB!


In addition,
ANTARES IS A FALLEN ANGEL
listed in some translations of the Book of Enoch!!! Whoa, wait a minute! This is PRECISELY the topic we've been covering extensively here for the last few weeks!

It is one of the 4 key stars in the heavens, also called "Archangel Stars" too!
Michael (Aldebaran)is the Watcher of the East. Gabriel (Fomalhaut) is the Watcher of the South. Raphael (Regulus) is the Watcher of the North. Oriel (Antares) is the Watcher of the West. This is where the idea of the "Watchers" comes from also provided to us in the Book of Enoch (a book that Jesus Himself even quoted!).

The angel associations come from Eric Morse,
The Living Stars, p.35. Allen's explanation of these four stars on page
256 of Star Names. These 4 stars have also been characterized as Horses, reflected both in the famed Four Horsemen of Apocalypse (Revelations 6) and Chariot Horses in the Book of Zechariah. (Dr Eric Morse, The Living Stars, p.56).


Putting a nice little bow on this present from the heavens, we also find that in 1971, NASA chose to name the Apollo 14 lunar module after the star. Why is that significant? Because it was
just this past July 2008 when an Apollo 14 Astronaut claimed aliens have made contact, but it has been covered up for 60 years!

Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, was also the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14. He said he was aware of many UFO visits to Earth during his career with NASA, but each one was covered up. Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview that sources at the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little people who look strange to us." He said supposedly real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a small frame, large eyes and head. Chillingly, he claimed our technology is "not nearly as sophisticated" as theirs, and "had they been hostile," he warned, "we would be been gone by now." Mitchell went on to say, "This is really starting to open up. I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organisations are moving in that direction."

So, the plot thickens especially in light of
our recent look at the spiritual element involved in the entire so-called "Alien/UFO" phenomenon.


CONCLUSION - "GIRD YOUR LOINS..."


It's ironic that Biden's advice to "gird your loins" about the coming crisis is applicable to us even if nothing happens on January 21st or January 22nd. We know what God's Word has to say about what's coming, and it's apparent that the literal fulfillment of these ancient prophecies is right around the corner.

Still, what do we make of all of this? You have to admit that these are quite the coincidences. I can see one or two connections appearing by chance, but not as many as we've found today.

Are the Royal Stars of Persia, ancient guardians of the four corners of Heaven, and otherwise known to Christians as the apocalyptic Four Horsemen, about to make a comeback on the world stage? Perhaps.

Over the weekend, as I poured over evidence during my extesive research in preparing to write this piece, I was consciously looking for anything that would confirm Biden's belief that this "generated crisis" was still in play.

On Saturday, January 17, 2009, I came across this article titled
"Obama Rides The Rails To DC, Packing Nation's Hope," and found it loaded with some questionable statements from both Obama and Biden especially within the context of my argument here today.

OBAMA:
"The president-in-waiting drew on a grand heritage of American giants as he appealed 'not to our easy instincts but to our better angels,' an echo of Lincoln's first inaugural address. He took note of the enormous challenges that lie ahead and promised to act with 'fierce urgency'"

BIDEN:
"Vice President-elect Joe Biden joined the journey en route, from his home in Delaware, and spoke for many when he said he was excited and ready for Tuesday. Then, sobered by the challenges of governing, Biden added, 'I think it's Wednesday we need to be ready.'"

Naturally, of course. I wouldn't expect anything else after everything we looked at today.

As previously stated, you can say whatever you want, but it still does not prevent the inevitable. Your words can't make the truth any less true.

It's all coming just as prophesied whether something happens on January 21st/22nd or not.

It's just a matter of when.

Mark my words.

***UPDATE 1/21/2009: WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama Takes Oath Again After Inauguration Mistake : Wait, what did we just learn about Mercury Retrograde? Oh, that's right! It's usually viewed as a "do-over" by astrologists! Well, isn't this bit of news tonight VERY INTERESTING then!?! Again, what are the odds!?!***

***UPDATE 1/22/2009: Al-Qaeda Cell Killed By Black Death "Was Developing Biological Weapons" : The group of 40 terrorists were reported to have been killed by the plague at a training camp in Algeria earlier this month. It was initially believed that they could have caught the disease through fleas on rats attracted by poor living conditions in their forest hideout. But there are now claims the cell was developing the disease as a weapon to use against western cities. Experts said that the group was developing chemical and biological weapons. Dr. Igor Khrupinov, a biological weapons expert at Georgia University, told The Sun: "Al-Qaeda is known to experiment with biological weapons. And this group has direct communication with other cells around the world. Contagious diseases, like ebola and anthrax, occur in northern Africa. It makes sense that people are trying to use them against Western governments." Dr. Khrupinov, who was once a weapons adviser to the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev (NOTE: another proponent of the NWO!), added: "Instead of using bombs, people with infectious diseases could be walking through cities." Boy, that last line makes one wonder if Europe is now doing their part to set the stage for us. ***

***UPDATE 1/22/2009:
If the global elite really are bent on establishing a New World Order (a.k.a. prophesied one-world government) as people like Henry Kissinger reveal that they are, then they are becoming a little too cocky and/or over-confident because they're not even trying to hide it anymore! Check out this coup de gras I found on the SAME PAGE as the above bio-chemical terrorism story! It's a "fictional" slideshow about what would happen if a nuclear device were set off in a major city. Seriously. I couldn't possibly make this stuff up! Check out this 2-part slideshow: Operation Blackjack (PART 1) AND Blackjack (PART 2). Notice anything odd about that name? Hmmm, isn't blackjack a card game where you win by scoring 21? That's odd in light of the "mark my words" pronouncements given for January 21st and January 22nd. Again, what are the odds!?! Pun intended. They're definitely a bit more "in-your-face" about it all these days (there are no more secrets!), which leads me to believe they're confident in what's about to happen. Yet, at the same time, I noticed that Part 2 - - the part of this series that reveals which cities in North America (yes, there are a total of 6 "fictional" targets!) - - was just released. That got me thinking that perhaps January 21st/22nd wasn't the actual timeframe for the attacks themselves, but perhaps these were the days when those in power were going to reveal to the world those cities they have picked to sacrifice in order to help advance their agenda. It seems entirely plausible especially when you watch Part 2 (and the preview they give you for Part 3) because they actually include a Canadian and Mexican city getting destroyed (along with 4 American cities). This "North American tragedy" seems to promote the idea of a borderless, regional government because Part 3 will exame the "fictional" establishment of the "Union of North America." I kid you not! That's EXACTLY how it's presented! Check it out for yourself. Man, it sure seems like they're telegraphing it for us these days doesn't it? Maybe that's precisely the point. After all, this slideshow suddenly appeared in Britain's The Telegraph newspaper.***

***UPDATE 1/23/2009: "Partial War" Looming Between China, India? : A border dispute could become the spark that launches China and India into a military conflict, with Chinese strategists resurrecting the concept of a "partial war" to recover what they call "Southern Tibet," the region India calls "Arunachal Pradesh."***

***UPDATE 1/23/2009: Al-Qaeda #3 Calls For Attacks On US & Britain : Al-Qaeda's third-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi has demanded Islamist militants to avenge Israel's deadly offensive in the Gaza Strip, by launching attacks against western countries including Britain and the United States. "The truth is that the shedding of our blood throughout the world will not end as long as the US and the West are in charge," al-Libi said in a video posted on Thursday to jihadist websites. The statements come just two days after Obama was sworn into office. So much for hope and change we can believe in, huh?***

***UPDATE 1/25/2009:
Keep an eye on this story "Iranian Arms Ship Intercepted By U.S." about a warship that has a sealed secret holds especially now that there's word of a "secret compartment" where apparently rockets are being sealed "behind layers of steel." I've actually been watching this story develop closely for the past week in light of this commentary (from the time they learned about the ship, to the time they began searching for it, to the time they captured it). Pure speculation, but any chance a nuclear weapon could be enclosed in that secret compartment? Interesting that U.S. and Egyptian navies haven't searched those areas in order to avoid increasing tensions. Stay tuned...***

***UPDATE 2/4/09:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney: Obama Policies Mean "High Probability" That Terrorists Will Attempt Catastrophic Nuclear Or Biological Attack : Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.***

***UPDATE 2/5/09: Operation Blackjack Part 3 Published : I'm absolutely speechless.***


RECOMMENDED READING:
Biden's International Crisis
Biden's International Crisis (UPDATE)

More On Biden's International Crisis
Powell References International Crisis?
Is Mexico About To Collapse?
Martial Law: Plausible Scenario Or Paranoid Delusion?
Shattered Union, Shattered Universe
What Does The Book Of Amos Tell Us About Our Nation Today?
The Push For A North American Union (NAU)
Constitution For The Newstates Of America
South Korean Army On Alert After North Korea's Military Threat
Understanding God's Sacred Calendar

Inauguration And Hajj

Posted by JRed

This is an interesting clip from CNN that indeed will fuel the speculations surrounding Obama's Muslim ties, but there's more to it than just that.

CNN's Zain Verjee looks at the similarities between Inauguration Day in Washington D.C., and the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Just when you think you have heard everything from the liberal media, they best their own record for ludicrous reporting. Here is a CNN report that actually compares the upcoming Presidential Inauguration to the Muslim hajj pilgrimage to Mecca! I kid you not!

The report never mentions Obama by name, but we did not see any comparisons between President Bush's Inauguration and the hajj to Mecca. For the mainstream media, who take such pride in helping to get Barack Obama elected with their incredibly biased reporting, perhaps the Inauguration of Barack Obama is a religious event, as they put their faith in the Messianic Obama they helped to create.

Inauguration Day 2009

Posted by JRed

Tomorrow is obviously an historic day for our nation as well as an historic day for many Americans on a personal and emotional level.

Even so, our goal here at Look Up Fellowship is to report the facts found in the news headlines of the day and connect them to what Bible prophecy has to say about the end times.

With that in mind, I'd be irresponsible if I didn't at least call attention to the things I've seen over the past few weeks leading up to tomorrow that give me cause for concern that perhaps this is merely foreshadowing of worse things to come for our nation.

First, thoughts on Rick Warren's involvement in the Inauguration courtesy of the
Slice Of Laodicea blog:

"Do we seriously think God is impressed with
these civil prayers offered up at the Inauguration? Is he hearing the prayers of an audience comprised of every belief under the sun, including atheists? Will God be moved if Rick Warren mouths the name of Jesus while asking for the blessing on America’s radical, pro-death President? What a farce this is. America resembles old Rome with its Pantheon (temple to all the gods). Rick Warren will intone a prayer asking God to bless the mess, and evangelicals will act as though it was a wonderful thing. God isn’t about bless America where the blood of 50 million infants soaks the soil, and a President with blood on his hands is being sworn in. To do so would go against everything in His character as revealed in the Bible. God is judging America, and the spiritual confusion sown by Rick Warren is part of that."

Proverbs 28:4 - - "They that forsake the law praise the wicked; But such as keep the law contend with them."

Somber, convicting, but accurate indeed. Precisely what we need to hear on this day especially those "Christians" who voted for Obama given all of his publicly stated positions (and voting record), which is in direct opposition to a Christian worldview.


Second, is there trouble in paradise? The Obama presidency isn't officially underway for another few hours, but questions about the administration's moral fiber certainly are, which certainly doesn't do much to generate optimism that this is the "hope and change" that many signed up for back in November.

President-Elect Barack Obama has been buffeted by a string of embarrassing jolts within the space of two weeks. What say the "Yes We Can!" Christians now?

After a brief interlude as the Secretary of Commerce nominee, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) withdrew his name after questions arose about business deals with the state of New Mexico. Richardson's embarrassing exit only expands the cloud over the Obama administration, which faced its first serious test after Governor Rod Blagojevich's seat-selling scandal in Illinois.

Obama and Senate Democrats were ultimately outmaneuvered by that disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Roland Burris, the man he chose to fill Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Soon after, and on a less consequential matter (but telling nonetheless), Obama also stumbled when he failed to notify incoming Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that he was about to name fellow Californian Leon Panetta (who had been President Bill Clinton's Budget Director and Chief of Staff after a long congressional career), to the job of CIA Director. Although popular and experienced as an administrator, Panetta lacked an intelligence background (is this really what we need during a time of war when their are many terrorists out there who want nothing else except to see us destroyed?), and the surprise selection put Feinstein in a difficult position.

Now, the disclosure that his choice for Treasury Secretary, New York Federal Reserve chief Timothy Geithner, failed to pay $34,000 in taxes and employed a housekeeper without proper immigration papers was another jarring distraction, and raises fresh questions about his team's judgment, vetting procedures, and political sensitivities.

The White House transition has given Americans some pause over the next President's vetting process for key leaders. Again, another reason why those of us who didn't vote for the man are probably feeling better than those who did.

Last but not least, we also have him belittling the Bible by giving an unrepentant "gay bishop" a prayer platform at tomorrow's ceremonies. That's odd. I thought he's a Christian?

Keep in mind, this all happened BEFORE Barack Obama has even served a single day in office as President. I think we already know what the state of the Union is before he even gives his first State of the Union Address.

Maranatha - - Lord come quickly!!!

RECOMMENDED READING:
Interesting Similarities Between Grant And Obama: Foreshadowing?

Notable Quotables

Posted by JRed

Some quotes I recently came across that were made by past U.S. Presidents, and that have stuck with me since...


"No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the Bible."
President Theodore Roosevelt

"That Book [the Bible], Sir, is the Rock upon which our republic rests."
President Andrew Jackson

"The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next."
President Abraham Lincoln


I'll be curious to see how our new President attempts to emulate past Presidents during his speech to the nation and the world.

Will he even acknowledge our God Yahweh and His one and only Son Jesus Christ?

We'll see soon enough.

Walk The Walk

Posted by JRed

1 John 2:6 - - "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked."

What a clear command that verse gives, huh? Christians are to do as Jesus did. The implication in the larger context is that those who claim to be "Christian" must live morally, as He did. We are to follow His example and to have the same ethic as He did - - especially as it echoes what He says in
John 8:28-29, which strongly implies that His behavior was drawn directly from God the Father.

The emphasis in
I John 2:6 is on the way that one lives. To some, Christianity is little more than an intellectual exercise. Some of these people may study frequently and spend long hours doing it. Somehow, though, it never translates into the practical aspects of living; it is purely intellectual. They do a lot of research, but their lives never really change.

There are others whose relationship with God is largely based on feelings. Because feelings are transient - - they come and they go, they change - - these people's lives are constantly up and down and highly irregular. They blow hot and cold. John stresses that a Christian must follow the same pattern of life as Jesus lived, and He did not fly from pillar to post based on his emotions!

There is another aspect of this, too: Jesus was baptized, but He never sinned. He says to
John the Baptist that the reason that He did it is to fulfill all righteousness, that is, to fulfill all right doing. We are baptized because we have sinned and because God commands it of us. He wants us to make a public statement of our commitment and the giving of our life, the sacrifice of it, to be raised in the likeness of Christ's resurrection.

Christ did not fit any of those parameters. The fact that He did it makes a point: He was baptized to do what was going to be required of us, those who would follow Him. Therefore, He did it as an example. He never offered an animal sacrifice. Why? It would not be required of us. Even so, it would have not have been technically wrong for Him to do so, even as Paul went through one of the Old Covenant rituals in the book of Acts.

Jesus Christ kept the
Sabbath and the holy days, and those whom He personally trained also did. That is a powerful lesson. We cannot go wrong following His example, regardless of whether a specific law is stated.

This is all something I thought about that impacted me today thanks to The Berean daily devotional email I received.

REVIEW: Sex, Lies, And The Media: What Your Kids Know And Aren't Telling You

Posted by JRed

I'm recommending this book to anyone who's a parent in today's sex saturated society.

Vicki Caruana said it best when she wrote that this is, "A 'no apologies' and 'in-your-face' Christian response to the in-your-face affront of the secular media in the lives of our children."

"Sex, Lies, And The Media: What Your Kids Know And Aren't Telling You" by mother and daughter team Eva Marie Everson and Jessica Everson give us more than just your run-of-the-mill attack on the media, which often includes a scathing attack on TV and Hollywood. Where they succeed is by placing the focus squarely on the individual.


Don't get me wrong, they paint a vivid picture - - using a ton of research and statistical facts to make their case - - that clearly shows a society that is more than willing to try and create a culture of sexualized automatons. Their goal is to show us just how badly things have become, and then they give us the tools we need to reverse the trends - - God and a first-hand perspective for both parents and their children.

More importantly, they don't shy away from the fact that the real responsibility lies with the individual. For instance, they provide the reader with tips that can help parents be parents, and tips that can help young adults make the right decisions.

Parents will find this book an essential resource in helping their children develop healthy, godly attitudes toward sexuality in an age when sex is a marketing tool for everything from clothing to toothpaste.

Gleaning from interviews with various youth culture authorities, movie reviewers, youth pastors from across the nation, and teens themselves, the authors have created an informative book to educate and help parents as they guide their children through today's maze of sexual confusion.

The book is peppered with statistics, teen language and context, and facts about the media's promotion of sexual freedom that destroys the sanctity that makes marital sex a special gift from God.

What's also great about their approach is that they never suggest putting your kids in a protective bubble to shelter them from the world. Quite the contrary! In fact, they simply want to educate parents and their children about the reality of life, and equip them with the ability to not only recognize the lies, but to overcome the temptations that will bombard them daily.

Once again, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about protecting their children from the clutches of sin.

Is Mexico About To Collapse?

Posted by JRed

This was an interesting news headline and story I saw the other day on The Drudge Report to say the least:

U.S. Military Report Warns "Sudden Collapse" Of Mexico Is Possible...

Never mind the implications of how this would fit the current push to establish a "new world order" (one-world government) or even play into the need for a new Constitutional Convention should such a scenario come about.

What fascinated me the most was the fact that Sorcha Faal had an eerily similar story ("US Military Begins Preparing For Invasion By Millions Of Starving Mexicans") that was published over the weekend on January 9, 2009 - - a full 5 days before this national headline appeared anywhere else.




Why is that significant? Well, mainly because most people (including myself) take anything that is written on that website with a grain of salt. The stories are often so outlandish that they challenge the boundaries of our common sense, but what usually makes them so entertaining is the fact that they contain just enough truth to make it all seem plausible.

Today's news is unique because this story that Drudge linked to echoes almost word-for-word the same types of things that Faal was presenting as "fact" almost a week before the mainstream news caught wind of it all.

Here are some of the concerns raised by both articles:

1. A massive assault on U.S. borders by millions of Mexicans.

2. The influx of criminal gangs and drug cartels into the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security has developed contingency plans to deploy the U.S. military to protect American citizens in the event Mexico's drug war spills across the border. Amy Kudwa, spokeswoman for DHS, confirmed that the agency has developed formal contingency plans to involve the U.S. military through U.S. Northern Command, or USNORTHCOM, to address the threat.

3. Imposition of a security belt 40-80km into Mexico to secure the U.S. Southern Border against illegal immigration, terrorist infiltration, or the drug trade.

4. Estimates showing that by August 2009, Mexico, Central and South America will be completely dependent upon the international community to feed its citizens as its crops will be decimated by the effects of a Global warming driven weather event called La Nina.

Obviously, this has been a developing news story for much longer than it has been reported by our mainstream news outlets. That being said, why have we been left in the dark all this time?

Should we be concerned? What is true and what is misinformation (if anything)? Too early to tell either way, but this certainly bears watching especially given its prophetic implications.

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Globalists "Salivating" Over Collapse Of U.S.
U.S. Troops Prepared To Fight Drug Lords

BALDWIN: Virginia Takes Con Con Stage

Posted by JRed

Here we go again!

We addressed this issue pretty extensively a few weeks back, and postulated about its potential significance and impact should it ultimately happen. Today, Chuck Baldwin is back with an update on the situation for us.

Here's his latest column:


"As I noted in this column a few weeks ago, proponents of assembling a new Constitutional Convention are a scant two states away from achieving that monstrous reality.

At that time, the state of Ohio was in the crosshairs. Fortunately, enough people from that good state inundated their state representatives with objections, and the matter was tabled (for how long, no one knows). Now it appears that the Commonwealth of Virginia is going to be the next battleground state.

In all likelihood, the Virginia legislature will be the next state government to take up the Con Con issue. It is imperative, therefore, that the citizens of Virginia begin contacting their various representatives, demanding that they not authorize the call for a new Constitutional Convention.

As I noted in my previous column on this subject, 'If called, a modern Constitutional Convention could declare the U.S. Constitution to be null and void, and could completely rewrite the document. For example, former U.S.Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger once declared, 'There is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda.'

Since 32 states have already approved the new Con Con, only 2 more states are required for the enactment of this debacle.

For clarification, Virginia already passed a Con Con resolution, but in 2004 rescinded that resolution. Therefore, the debate this year will be whetherto reverse the bill to rescind. Simply put, the state legislature in Virginia may again take up the matter of issuing their call for a Constitutional Convention very soon, and citizens in that good state need to rally against it now!

To give readers a simple tally, the following states have never voted to ratify a new Constitutional Convention: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

These states voted for a new Constitutional Convention but later rescinded their resolutions: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.

If you do not see your state listed above, it means your state indeed voted to call for a new Constitutional Convention and has not rescinded its vote. I strongly suggest that citizens of these states demand that their legislatures rescind their previous votes calling for a new Con Con. Start now!

Of course, the problem is, it is not clear whether the court will allow states to rescind their votes after having passed a Con Con resolution. Article. V. of the U.S. Constitution is vague on the subject, and there is no case law precedent on the matter. As far as I'm concerned, however, the Tenth Amendment settles the issue, and states should be regarded as fully qualified under the Constitution to determine their own fate in the matter. Since there is nothing in the Constitution prohibiting rescission, states are duly authorized to rescind their votes, as they please. But I don't expect the powers that be in Washington, D.C., to see it that way. Does anyone remember that little skirmish known as the Civil War? This, in essence, was the same view of the Confederate States: they voted to rescind their decisions to join the Union. The tyrant, Abraham Lincoln, determined that states have no such sovereignty (thus nullifying the Tenth Amendment, among several others) and sent the entire federal army to force the southern states back into the union. If history is any teacher, therefore, no state will be allowed to rescind their votes, and we are only two states away from a new Constitutional Convention being assembled.

There is no question in my mind that, should a new Constitutional Convention be called, it would be the end of the United States of America as we know it, and our current Constitution and Bill of Rights would be forever altered beyond recognition. The globalists who currently control Washington, D.C., and Wall Street are, no doubt, salivating over the opportunity to officially dismantle America's independence and national sovereignty, and establish a globalist North American Union--in much the same way that globalists created the European Union. A new Constitutional Convention is exactly the tool they need to cement their sinister scheme into law.

I urge readers to contact their state representatives regarding this critical matter."


I find it incredibly surreal that here we are in 2009 discussing the very real possibility of a Constitutional Convention not to mention considering what that might mean for this nation we know today as the United States of America.

We've all seen with our own eyes in recent months to aggressive push of those in positions of great power politically attempting to establish a "new world order" and indicating that a President Obama is the driving force they've been waiting for to make that dream a reality.

So, is it any wonder then that talk of a Con-Con is becoming more common these days? As Baldwin states, it's the perfect tool for the globalists to use to help usher in their plans.

How can any logical, coherent individual look at these things and still deny that we're not living in the prophesied last days, or that there's absolutely nothing true about God, Jesus, and Christianity?

RECOMMENDED READING:
Constitution For The Newstates Of America
Globalists "Salivating" Over Collapse Of U.S.

S-21: The First Prevention Act

Posted by JRed

Last week, on the first day of the 111th Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sent a very clear message about what pro-lifers can expect from the next two years by introducing S. 21, "The Prevention First Act" that would direct hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to the abortion industry, a business that already receives over $286 million each year from federal taxpayers.

It should come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood, the largest supporter of unrestricted abortion, praised the bill. And why not? The abortion merchant will likely be the largest beneficiary of Reid's abortion bailout. Among other things, the legislation would use taxpayer funds to mislead people about the potential of the "morning after pill" (known as "Plan B") to act as an abortifacient. It also encourages the use of Plan B for victims of sexual assault yet has no reporting requirement in place for young girls who may have been victims of abuse and/or rape.

When you get right down to it, the bill does nothing to support parental involvement - - let alone consent - - for dispensing the morning after pill and other "contraception" to minors. In addition to funding Plan B, the measure would also: subsidize birth control for college and low-income women; expand Title X, the main federal family planning program that requires abortion referrals; expand Planned Parenthood targeting of low-income women through Medicaid; target teens' with "comprehensive" sex education; and spread emergency contraception.

Man, these next 4 years should be a blast! On second thought, the Republicans didn't do much to change things during the last 8 years so I guess they really are two sides of the same coin in the last days or age of the apostasy.

Maranatha - - Lord come quickly!

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Planned Parenthood Applauds Introduction of Prevention First Act In U.S. Senate

Here's Proof Of The Spiritual Link

Posted by JRed

This is a timely article I just read after the one posted a few moments ago involving those mysterious "columns of light" in Latvia.

The headline itself is loaded:
"Is MUFON Suppressing Evidence Of 'Alien Abductions' Stopped In The Name Of Jesus?" Wow!

I referenced the connection between the so-called "Alien/UFO" phenomenon and the coming Great Deception. If you've been a regular visitor to this site than you already know that I wholeheartedly believe that what the world thinks are "little green men" or representatives of "an advanced civilization from another planet" are actually demons bent on deceiving and destroying us, and they're not here to help us or to save us like so many New Agers would have you believe.

Well, if
this latest report from Stephen Yulish PhD is true, I think we just found clear cut proof that there's a definite spiritual element to all of this! That certainly puts the past commentaries on this subject in a whole new light for you skeptics out there doesn't it?

So, to reiterate just so that there's no confusion, what I want us to consider is the possibility that what the secular world perceives as being "Aliens/UFOs" are actually demons manifesting themselves in our world and preparing us all for the coming Great Deception, and rise of the Antichrist.

There's enough evidence in historical and archaeological records let alone Biblical proof to support such a concept. All that's missing is whether or not we're willing to take the blinders off and admit the truth to ourselves.

RECOMMENDED READING:
They Don't "Come In Peace"
The Great Deception

UPDATE: Is Maitreya The Man Of Sin?

Posted by JRed

Let's recall what I wrote back on December 19, 2008 in the post titled "Is Maitreya The Man Of Sin?" because there have been some stunning developments that could be related to all of this:

"I find it VERY HARD TO BELIEVE that these guys would spend so much time, so much effort effort, and so much money over the past 30 years preparing for a non-event that would render everyone involved a complete laughingstock. Getting people to take them seriously after a fabulous faux pas like that might be a little tough to pull off don't you think? I mean, their ENTIRE MOVEMENT depends on this 'emergence' and 'Day of Declaration' being a complete success does it not? Food for thought that we may be a lot closer to the fulfilment of end times prophecy than we think."

Of course, if you remember that column you'll remember that I was referring to Benjamin Creme's recent Press Release in a major publication that announced to the world that Maitreya would finally make himself known to the world, but only after he is preceded by a heavenly sign in the skies. The time frame for this prediction to occur? From just before Christmas until roughly the end of January. In other words, right now!

Fast forward to today, January 15, 2009, and almost a full month later. Below are some pictures of some mysterious "columns of light" that suddenly appeared in the skies over the town of Sigulda in Latvia completely "baffling" scientists. Apparently, they appeared "at the end of last month," but are just being reported today.


The lights generated excitement throughout Europe, and especially online with some proclaiming that "the aliens are coming!" (interesting choice of words given how we speculate that "Aliens/UFOs" may play a role in the coming Great Deception). Experts agreed there may be a more prosaic explanation - - ice crystals in the air.

The air above the town was notably cold and filled with suspended ice crystals. It is believed that the columns were formed by those reflecting light from the bright streetlamps and other lights on the ground - - beaming it back downwards again. In fact, skies all over Europe have been filled with such natural phenomena during the cold snap of recent weeks.

So, while this may be nothing it still resonates as how easy it would be for Maitreya and his people to seize upon something like this, point to it as the "fulfillment of their own prophecy," and use it to try and deceive many.

Personally, I'm not entirely convinced that this is "nothing" especially after the latest and on-going controversy (also in Europe) regarding an unidentified flying object that hit a wind turbine.

Something's just not right in the world, and it feels almost as if the gates have been opened to the flood of demonic influence that is infecting the world and its people more and more these days.

We are being prepped for deception of the worst kind my friends so stay alert, and stay grounded in your faith.

***UPDATE 1/22/2009: Bright Star Heralds The Emergence Of Maitreya The World Teacher : Thanks to an Anonymous visitor for bringing this to my attention yesterday in our Comments section. Friends, this is MAJOR news because it's like I've said before, I find it VERY HARD TO BELIEVE that these guys would spend so much time, so much effort effort, and so much money over the past 30 years preparing for a non-event that would render everyone involved a complete laughingstock. Getting people to take them seriously after a fabulous faux pas like that might be a little tough to pull off don't you think? I mean, their ENTIRE MOVEMENT depends on this "emergence" and "Day of Declaration" being a complete success does it not? Food for thought that we may be a lot closer to the fulfilment of end times prophecy than we think. So, stay strong, stay in the Lord, and stay skeptical about Creme's Maitreya (whoever he turns out to be), and what is sure to be his well-received "solution" to our global economic problems. Oh yeah, those promoting this Antichrist figure are even becoming bold in their claim that "In the very near future, people everywhere will have the opportunity to witness an extraordinary and significant sign, the like of which has been manifested only once before, at the birth of Jesus. Then, according to Christian teaching, a star appeared in the heavens and led three wise men from the East to the birthplace of Jesus. Soon, once again, a star-like luminary of brilliant power will be seen around the world. What does this mean? How is it possible? The answer lies in the fact that this mysterious event is a sign, and heralds the beginning of Maitreya's open mission. Soon after the sign appears in our skies, Maitreya will give His first media interview on American television." God help us.***

RECOMMENDED READING:
Is Maitreya The Man Of Sin?
Scientists Baffled Beam Me Up?

Why Study Prophecy?

Posted by JRed

One more reference to another column I came across on the Lamb & Lion Ministries website.

This time the topic is one that many people often ask - - Why study prophecy? Many wonder what the point of it all is let alone why people like me seem to get all excited whenever something bad happens.

For now, I'll leave the inaccurate description alone (saying I get "excited" over death and destruction), and instead focus on the question itself.

Here's what Nathan Jones had to say in his piece designed to answer this important question.


Keeping The Main Thing...
By Nathan Jones


A bunch of good buddies got together one Sunday afternoon to catch the football game on Al's new 52' widescreen. They all sat on the comfy couch and chairs, chips and drinks in hand, expectant of some good plays. The gang was united in their love of the big game and rejoiced in their fan fellowship. As usual, some guys rooted for one team, some for another, and a few didn't care for either team, but liked anything football.

Naturally, some good natured ribbing and teasing about the rival team's abilities started. And then suddenly, Tom turned to Frank and loudly accused, "If you don't believe my team is the best, then you are going to hell!"

After a moment of stunned silence, the room erupted into chaos. Fred agreed with Tom. Bobby stated his belief that his team was essential to loving football. Sal decried the green and white uniform combination, declaring more white than green was essential for good game playing. The room divided into three camps, all staring each other down with hostility. The wives hastily exited to go shopping. The dog was kicked. Root beer was left undrunk. Before the half-time show, these men stormed out never to talk again. Only Best Buy benefited with two more widescreens being purchased.

Say What?

While the football argument may have seemed rather ludicrous, the word "football" only has to be replaced with "Bible prophecy" and the story becomes a reality. Students of Bible prophecy have always been united in their love of Jesus Christ as Savior and in exploring the mysteries of God's unfolding plan for the ages. They get together for conferences and meetings, email and study together — all for the love of God.

And yet, there are a few that feel that their team — their end-time point of view — is infallible, and even worse, necessary for salvation. In the middle of any good natured discussion a voice or two will rise and break up fellowship with their Christian brethren over issues as menial as what the Antichrist likes for breakfast (we all know he has a penchant for pork).

The Whys

Why as Christian brothers and sisters do we get so worked up about events clouded by the mists of future times? Why do we tie our core doctrines up with secondary doctrines that have nothing to do with what's essential to God?

Well, firstly, and we're all guilty of it, our point of view is tied to our egos. Maybe a student has made a name for himself based on a particular theory, yet finds it doesn't stand up to biblical scrutiny. Or, maybe the passion of the discussion made them step too far from the realm of the probably into declaring fact the realm of the imaginary. Either way, they do not wish to lose face.

Secondly, we all wish for events to turn out a certain way. I find many of our Post-Trib brothers want to be martyred. Our Pre-Trib sisters wish to get off this rock and get to heaven. Our Post-Mil friends want to conquer the world for Christ. We each come at Bible interpretation with a preconceived view of how God would like it to turn out, and many times leave God and the Bible out of our interpretation altogether.

Thirdly, there are false prophets lurking in our midst. No, not people who believe that Jesus is the one and only Savior and King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We do indeed have true false prophets like Jesus warned us about in Matthew 24 sowing seeds of dissension and slinging accusations against true believers, hoping to create confusion and division. They should indeed be rooted out for the world to know their lies are not true and to protect those who would be led astray. But, if it's only a person's Bible prophecy that is askew and not their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, then we're trying to bullseye with a shotgun, obliterating the target.

Fourthly, the pressure's on! The deeper the world gets into prophetic end-time signs and the worse the "birth pains" get, the more the world is looking to Bible prophecy students for answers. The urgency increases to share the Gospel with as many people as possible as quickly as possible. The questions keep coming, and we need to provide the answers to the world's inquiries. In the end, we answer everything but their real question — "How can Jesus save me?"

And finally, a divided house will not stand. Satan knows this, and cranks up the itching on believers so that we spend more time bickering over the non-essentials than in uniting to share the Gospel in the time God has given us. Non-believers always point to the disunity within the Church as an argument that it is not of God, a tactic Satan has used to his utmost advantage, and to our shame.

...The Main Thing

And so, I make a plea to all lovers of Bible prophecy — keep the main thing the main thing! We love Jesus Christ. We want to see people become saved. We all feel the urgent need to get the Word out, for that is what the true gift of Bible prophecy is all about. But, for the sake of those who depend on us to open up the world of the Bible to them, let's keep our egos in check, our doctrine true to the Bible, and our focus never veering from the end to all Bible prophecy — Jesus saves and reigns!


An amazing 27% of the Bible is prophecy and 20% of the books of the Bible are prophetic. The existence of Jesus Christ is an historical fact so why would we ignore the prophecies of His Second Coming if it is mentioned almost twice as much as His first?

Revelation 19:10 says, "The essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus." Prophecy is all about Christ. We are told to “watch and pray” for the Lord’s return. By keeping our eyes on the “signs of the times” we keep our fire burning for Him.

Plus, Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So, He wants to us know the signs today, for they instill in us hope for the future, and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.

Lastly, when we begin to see things that were prophesied thousands of years ago occurring in our day with such amazing accuracy given all the specific details it turns the law of probability on its head! More importantly, it renews our faith and convinces us that we can trust God and trust His Word because He is in complete control no matter how out-of-control the world and our lives may seem sometimes.

This is why we should study prophecy. This is why we might seem "excited" when these things happen. It all proves that our God is who He says He is, and that we can trust Him completely for all things.

Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?

Posted by JRed

Boy, that Dr. David R. Reagan of Lamb & Lion Ministries is truly a man with spiritual discernment!

I'm constantly amazed by the things he writes about when it comes to prophecy because each new commentary seems to shine even more light on our overall understanding of these times we are living in as well as those prophecies in the Bible that describe them for us.

Case in point, after receiving his recent newsletter via email I decided to head on over to his website since I haven't been there in quite some time. I was thrilled to discover that he has just completed a series of articles examining the possible identity of the Antichrist.

Could the Antichrist possibly be a Muslim? This is a new idea that seems to be catching fire today due to the awakening of Islam and the revival of its territorial goal of conquering the world for Allah. Plus, the prophecies involving the saints being beheaded during the Tribulation (how those who do not swear allegiance to the Antichrist will be dealt with) is especially telling since beheading (an ancient form of murder, and one more common to the Middle East) didn't reemerge into the Western world's public consciousness until just a few years ago when the "War on Terror" began.

Plus, the traditional viewpoint has always been that the Antichrist will be of a European of Roman descent. This view is based on a statement in
Daniel 9:26, which says that the Antichrist, referred to as "the prince who is to come," will be from "the people who destroy the Temple." Those people proved to be the Romans who destroyed the Temple in 70 AD.

So, what's the real story? Setting the debate regarding the whole "we'll-know-who-the-Antichrist-is-when-he-signs-a-peace-treaty" question aside for a moment, during the course of this particularly powerful series, Reagan kindly tries to set us straight by reminding us of what those prophecies regarding the coming Antichrist actually say, and in the process that can only lead us to one conclusion - - that the Antichrist will not be a Muslim.


Please spend some time reviewing his work for yourself.

Will The Antichrist Be A Muslim?
Antichrist A Muslim? The Assyrian Connection
Antichrist A Muslim? Unveiling The Man Of Sin
Antichrist A Muslim? Antichrist: Islams Awaited Messiah
Antichrist A Muslim? Gods War On Terror

I should reiterate that there's a growing body of researchers who are openly questioning whether or not the identity of both the Antichrist and his False Prophet could somehow be much more than what we anticipate.

In other words, some people wonder whether or not their identity and origin could be tied to the prophesied return of the Nephilim that we've look at extensively here. Reagan doesn't even consider the possibility (I'm sure because this line of thinking about Nephilim/Giants playing an end times role is still considered "taboo" to many Christians), but that doesn't mean the idea doesn't have any merit.

Those who think it does will often point to two specific sections of Scripture. For example, Revelation 13:1 pictures him as a "beast" arising "out of the sea." In addition, the Antichrist's right-hand man and spiritual leader the False Prophet is pictured in Revelation 13:11 as rising up "out of the land" (or the "earth," in some translations).

Obviously, both statements are extremely significant depending on your opinion of some of the things Steve Quayle has been saying recently about Nephilim/Giants being loosed from the abyss.

In fairness, however, I should also mention that this may be nothing but a bizarre coincidence. I mean, after all, the sea is used in Scripture to symbolize the Gentile nations (Daniel 7:3 and Luke 21:25), and the reference to the land could be just an indication that the False Prophet will be a Jew who will rise out of the Promised Land of Israel.

Time will tell what the real truth is, but it's not about who's "right" and who's "wrong" here. What's important is that we have received the forgiveness and saving grace that is offered to us for free. As events unfold here on Earth that's the most important goal for all of us.

RECOMMENDED READING:
The Antichrist's Checkmate? (PART 1)
The Antichrist's Checkmate? (PART 2)
What Are The Nephilim?

How Close Are We Really?

Posted by JRed

When it comes to the fulfillment of end times prophecy how close are we really?

I just received an email newsletter from Dr. David R. Reagan and his Lamb & Lion Ministries that might help answer that question. So, it's definitely worth sharing with you.

When you stop and take time to simply consider all that's happening in the world right now that has serious prophetic implications you can only conclude that those who still wish to dismiss the Bible and its prophecies are in denial and being ignorant of the plain truth that's right in front of them.

It's absolutely amazing to me how fortunate we are to be living in such an exciting time as this! Interestingly enough, that's the confusing part for the lost, unsaved world. They see the chaos and see nothing but fear and hopelessness. We see the chaos and see nothing but peace and hope. Why? Because it is all going according to God's plan, and with that knowledge comes the trust that those of us who are saved can rest easy knowing we're in His hands as he remains in complete control.


Maranatha!
By Dr. David R. Reagan

The beginning of a new year always generates within me a renewed sense of anticipation regarding the Lord's return. Accordingly, I am hoping that 2009 will prove to be the year of the Rapture of the Church. So, instead of greeting you with the traditional, "Happy New Year," I will say, "Maranatha!" (see
1 Corinthians 16:22).

Four Key Prophecies

There certainly is not one prophecy that has to be fulfilled for the Lord to come for His Church. But prophecies are being fulfilled that point to the beginning of the Tribulation and the Second Coming, so we can be assured that the Rapture is an event that could occur any moment.

Particularly significant are the four key prophecies concerning the Jewish people in the end times, all of which are being fulfilled before our very eyes.

The first is the worldwide regathering of the Jews (
Isaiah 11:11-12) which began in the 1890's and continues to this day.

Second is a natural consequence of the regathering — and that is the re-establishment of the nation of Israel (
Isaiah 66:7-8) which occurred on May 14, 1948.

Third is the re-occupation of the city of Jerusalem (
Zechariah 8:8 and Luke 21:24) which happened on June 7, 1967 as a result of the Six Day War.

The fourth is all the nations of the world coming together against Israel over the control of Jerusalem and the nation's heartland of Judea and Samaria (
Zechariah 12:2-3). That is occurring now.

Gaza Conflict

Many are wondering if the current conflict in Gaza might lead to the Russian-led invasion of Israel that is prophesied in
Ezekiel 38 & 39. That is not possible because one of the conditions for that invasion is that the Jewish people must be living in peace in cities without walls (Ezekiel 38:8 & 11). That certainly is not the case at the moment. Most of the Jews of Israel are living behind a giant wall that runs the length of the country's heartland, separating them from the Palestinians. And tens of thousands of Jews in southern Israel have been living in bomb shelters to protect themselves from daily rocket attacks out of Gaza.

Psalm 83 War

Bill Salus, a Bible prophecy scholar in California, has proposed that the peaceful situation pictured for the Israelis in Ezekiel 38 might be the result of a victorious war against their Arab neighbors as pictured in
Psalm 83 (see Salus' book, Isralestine).

Such a war could also solve a mystery concerning the Russian invasion — namely, the fact that the Russian coalition of Muslim states that is portrayed in Ezekiel 38 and 39 does not include any of the Arab states that currently exist adjacent to Israel.

Could it be that Israel will first fight the Psalm 83 war against its Arab neighbors? Then, after subduing them and experiencing true peace, the Russians would launch the Ezekiel 38 war which will result in the supernatural annihilation of their forces, including all the armies of their Muslim allies.

The Psalm 83 war would neutralize the inner ring of Muslim states. The Ezekiel 38 war would result in the destruction of the outer ring of Muslim nations.

These wars could occur before the Tribulation begins, and the Rapture could occur any time — before them, during them, or after them.

Syrian Concern

The nation to watch is Syria. They are one of Israel's prime enemies. They have sophisticated missiles, and they only have to shoot them 150 miles to hit key targets like Haifa and Tel Aviv. If they should launch a missile barrage, Israel's only hope would be the use of tactical nuclear weapons. It is prophesied that Syria's capital of Damascus will cease to exist in the end times (
Isaiah 17:1-14 and Jeremiah 49:23-27). That could well prove to be one of the consequences of the Psalm 83 war.

We are living in exciting and momentous times when we can watch the consummation of historical events that are prophesied to lead up to the Lord's return. Put on your seat belt and pray!


I hope you have taken this message to heart. I cannot stress enough how quickly time is running out. Don't think you can wait until the bitter end before making a decision for Jesus Christ.

If you haven't recognized your need for forgiveness - - your need for a Savior - - what are you waiting for? We're all sinners, and the only thing that can possibly save us from eternal death is the saving grace of believing in God's only Son, Jesus Christ, and his sacrifice on our behalf on the cross.

Meditate On This

Posted by JRed

This commentary was originally published a little less than a year ago on February 24, 2008 by Raiders News Network (RNN), but it is still applicable to today.

In fact, it's even more relevant today than ever before! I felt it was a good time to introduce it here given the two commentaries I published earlier today.

On a side note, I like how the Lord has been reminding me of these things given my recent struggles about certain things I cannot explain.


Meditate On This: A Christian Response To New Age Spirituality
By Jeffrey K. Radt
Published February 24, 2008

So this is what happens when the flock is left unguarded?

It hasn’t happened overnight, but slowly and surely this nation has succumbed to the perils of false religions gaining a foothold in mainstream society.

Due to their widespread acceptance, I’d venture to guess that many of us are oblivious to what’s been happening right under our noses.

I for one have had enough! This is especially true now that I’ve learned about some "well-meaning" types who have preyed on the emotions of a family member following the death of her husband.

If we Christians can’t stand for truth even if it runs the risk of public ridicule and humiliation then should we really call ourselves Christians?

So much for following the command to be "watchmen" or the "salt and light of the earth." Give the devil and inch and he’ll become your ruler.

There seems to be a growing trend these days involving unbiblical practices such as mysticism and eastern practices being introduced into local churches under the guise of Christian self-awareness and spiritual healing.

Worse is the fact that many so-called Christians are beginning to fall for these blasphemous and dangerous teachings with open arms and in record numbers.

These spiritual growth programs have grown in popularity because they give so freely what so many people seek from their religion and faith in the 21st century - - a feel good, seeker sensitive message and experience.

I hate to ruin the party, but there is absolutely nothing "Christian" about these teachings. Take yoga for instance. News With Views columnist Marsha West pulls no punches when she boldly asks, "Are Christians who practice yoga going against the Bible?"

She continues by stating, "Many won't like the answer, but here it is anyway: The Bible says, ‘Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds but rather expose them.’ Exposing evil keeps Christians from being ‘polluted by the world.’ And yes, yoga is evil."

Yoga is being marketed to churches with the assurance of creating stress reduction, developing self-confidence, and improving concentration. It is also marketed to business and industry, athletes, senior citizens, students, teens and adolescents.

Because of our fast paced lifestyle, who wouldn't want to reduce stress? This is precisely why yoga classes have become so popular. Now here's the main reason Christians should avoid yoga.

Christian apologists John Ankerberg and John Weldon maintain that, "The basic premise of yoga theory is the fundamental unity of all existence: God, man, and all of creation are ultimately one divine reality."

Many proponents teach that practicing yoga can help draw the individual closer to God, improve spirituality, create self-awareness and, blasphemy of all blasphemies, help devotees find divinity within oneself.

I hope by now there are warning bells going off in your head.

Occult and Cult Expert, Caryl Matrisciana, gives the reason God forbids His people to partake in pagan practices. She says, "While the word 'Yoga' isn't mentioned in the Bible, the idea of 'yoking' oneself to pagan gods and concepts is forbidden as is adulating self's desire above God's will."

Surely, many Christians will argue that they only do the stretching and relaxation exercises. And since they don't embrace all that "divinity within" stuff Hindu's believe in, what's all the fuss about?

They simply cannot wrap their minds around the idea that yoga cannot be separated from its Hindu roots. Let’s look at that again. Yoga has Hindu roots, not Christian roots.

To be fair, I shouldn’t pick on just yoga. I mean, after all, there are so many other examples of spiritual deception; of philosophies and teachings that are vying for our limited attention.

Maybe you’ve read the news about Oprah’s plans for her XM Satellite Radio Show this year. In case you missed it, here’s what you have to look forward to.

As reported by RNN, "Oprah & Friends" began offering a year-long course on the New Age teachings of "A Course in Miracles." A lesson a day throughout the year will completely cover the 365 lessons from the "A Course in Miracles Workbook."

For example, Lesson #29 asks you to go through your day affirming that "God is in everything I see." Lesson #61 tells each person to repeat the affirmation "I am the light of the world." Lesson #70 teaches the student to say and believe "My salvation comes from me."

Are those warning bells and whistles going off again? I pray to God that they are.

For those of us who can’t stomach Oprah, don’t worry because Satan’s henchmen the New Agers have thought of us too. Waiting rooms across the country are turning into "meditating" rooms as part of the "Don’t Wait—Meditate" campaign of the Meditation Challenge.

"The goal of the Meditation Challenge is to help 100,000 people develop the habit of meditation," says author/speaker/meditation facilitator Lisa Hepner of Peaceful Earth, LLC.

Because what is a life lived without experiencing a true connection to self and the world around us, right? We need to unleash our inner self and realize that we are god. Give me a break!

Last, but not least, we have Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) or, what I refer to as the deception that’s trying to make a stronghold in my family.

Unlike yoga and Oprah, this is probably one of the few new "enlightened" movements you haven’t heard of - - yet.

As stated on The International Center for Reiki Training’s website:

"Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

"The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

"A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being."

Where do I begin?

Let’s start with its origins. Reiki is a "Japanese technique" probably with connections to Buddhism if I had to guess. Even if I’m wrong in that assumption, that still certainly rules it out as a Christian practice.

The main goal of Reiki is to promote and foster physical healing by teaching a person how to interact with "an unseen life force energy." Definitely no mention of a "life force energy" in the Bible. The website goes on to explain:

"While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

"While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures."

Maybe I’m missing something, but how do Reiki proponents reconcile the fact that even though they are clear that they do not want to be thought of as a "religion" their process "comes from God."

Wait, I understand completely. This is pure genius and perfect for the times we live in! If a New World Order and One-World Political, Religious, Financial system is the goal of Satan in these end-times, what better way to bring people of multiple faiths together in peace and harmony then under the banner of universality or under the belief that "Reiki is a system of natural healing that can bring you closer to God - - no matter who your God is - - because it comes from God."

Practitioners are not asked to change any religious or spiritual beliefs they may have. They are free to continue believing anything they choose and are encouraged to make their own decisions concerning the nature of their religious practices.

I was going to continue with my analysis until I came upon this next line:

"During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Dr. Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki."

It’s time to draw a line and stand for truth.

As with all things that are evil and not from the God of the Bible, there will always be a shred of truth - - just enough - - mixed with deception to make a person think that what they are allowing into their lives is beneficial.

It does not matter if a person who promotes this teaching says they are a Christian and that they believe in Jesus. These are the same people who, in the next breath, will tell you that "there’s so much more to life and this existence that we just don’t understand."

Sure, they might make some pseudo-Christian claims, but whenever anyone says these types of things what they are really saying is that the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures aren't enough, but they have access to the REAL, secret, and true knowledge.

Any sensible Christian realizes right away that this is dead wrong. It is core to our entire faith (and spiritual experience) that there are no "secrets" that are not accessible to the simplest child of God by the Holy Spirit.

These people may claim or seem to possess the ability of healing and will often speak about that, but the healing is not associated with the Holy Spirit, that I can tell, but is rather due to the power which they have through their own efforts as a Reiki Master.

This is spiritual deception in its most vile form. Have you noticed that at the root of each of these examples is their reliance on meditation?

This should always be a buzz word for all Christians to stop in their tracks and reassess what they’re getting themselves into.

Thanks again to Marsha West’s piece for touching upon this critical element that instantly nullifies the credibility of any presumed Christian theology.

"What harm is there in achieving a higher state of consciousness through meditation?" queries Douglas Groothuis in his article "Dangerous Meditations."

His answer should give those who practice yoga cause for concern:

"Eastern mystics claim that divine realities are utterly beyond words, thought, and personality. In order to find 'enlightenment,' one must extinguish one's critical capacities -- something the Bible never calls us to do (Rom. 12:1-2). In fact, suspending our critical capacities through meditation opens the soul to deception and even to spiritual bondage.

"The biblical worldview is completely at odds with the pantheistic concepts driving Eastern meditation. We are not one with an impersonal absolute being that is called 'God.' Rather, we are estranged from the true personal God because of our 'true moral guilt,' as Francis Schaeffer says.

"No amount of chanting, breathing, visualizing, or physical contortions will melt away the sin that separates us from the Lord of the cosmos—however 'peaceful' these practices may feel. Moreover, Paul warns that 'Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light' (2 Cor. 11:14). 'Pleasant' experiences may be portals to peril. Even yoga teachers warn that yoga may open one up to spiritual and physical maladies."[8]

Mantra meditation is unbiblical.

Christians who engage in mysticism (i.e. any form of meditation) can open themselves up to demonic oppression. On the other hand, unbelievers can be, and some actually are, demon possessed.

Don’t believe me? That’s fine because it’s not my opinion. I’m just telling you what God has to say as given to us through Scripture in the Holy Bible.

According to the Bible's teaching on spirits, the "contact" and "dialogue" is with none other than demons. So what's being touted here is occultic channeling/mediumistic practices that are forbidden by God! (Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 20:6, Deuteronomy 18:10-11, 1 Chronicles 10:13, Jeremiah 27:9-10, Acts 16:16-24, and Revelation 22:15).

If you’re a self-professing Christian, once you choose to involve yourself in mysticism, where are the boundaries?

It's wonderful to "feel" closer to God, especially if you're going through a rough time of it. However, engaging in meditation is just plain wrong!

As I've pointed out, God opposes any involvement in mysticism - - He even calls it evil. And by the way, Christians should be very weary of trusting their "feelings" and "experiences." Can you really trust your emotions?

Christians are called to obedience. Meaning, they must keep God's commandments whether they like it or not. The reward in keeping His commandments is that you can know that you know Him.

"Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams" (1 Sam 15:22).

I challenge anyone to research this subject and reach your own conclusions if you don’t believe my analysis here, but the Bible is very clear.

Sadly, many have taken the time to do so and yet when the research is documented and presented in such a way so that their church can clearly see why the practices they are implementing are dangerous and unbiblical those objections fall on deaf ears.

In many cases, these same individuals are warned about having a "bad attitude" and they are encouraged to look the other way. This story is all too common. Why does it continue to happen?

Most evangelical churches have elders and these elders are responsible for the Lord’s flock. People who have witnessed their churches being infiltrated by unbiblical teachings and practices have revealed a serious problem in our evangelical movement: elders who do not think that what is being taught and practiced in their church is important enough to judge biblically.

This is eternally serious. In many cases, these elders consider their primary job to be - - support the senior pastor and his reputation at all costs. Their secondary job - - watch over the financial well being of the church as a corporation. Their tertiary job - - make sure no one rocks the boat.

Thus, in these elders’ interpretation of their job description, the problem in the church becomes those concerned members who care about the integrity of the gospel message.

It’s no wonder our nation is in the kind of shape it’s in if the collective hearts and minds of our congregations are left unprotected against these new belief systems.

Why are these deceptive practices becoming more and more popular by the day? I think the best reason might be that they all seem to offer new answers to the spiritual questions that the spiritually hungry masses have.

We’re all spiritual beings with the same innate desires. One of the most common is our desire to understand the meaning of life or the "Why am I here?" answer.

The aforementioned philosophies represent a practical, rational, logical, and truthful approach to spirituality (or so many would believe). Perhaps the answer is much simpler than that.

One thing’s for sure, none of them contain any form of condemnation, but offer love and acceptance to all without any talk of "sin," "repentance," and possibility of "eternal damnation."

Most importantly, they seem to have all the answers! They offer what seems like a practical approach to cultivating a relationship with divinity. They offer a systematic approach and an abstract approach to meet the varying temperaments of the spirituality hungry.

Perhaps the reason why so many Christians are being led to the spiritual slaughter is because they have all grown tired of a book filled with what they see as only judgment, inflexibility, and condemnation as they believe it is no longer fulfilling the needs of the masses or even the leaders of their church.

Besides, when churches offer these new methodologies as "seminars" and "classes" it allows the "Christian" to secretly practice such things as New Age Spirituality without having to renounce their Christian tradition.

The fact of the matter is that the Bible is the literal, inerrant Word of God. Either you believe that to be an undisputed fact or you cannot call yourself a Christian. There’s just no getting around it.

You cannot pick-and-choose the parts of the Bible you wish to be true and ignore the ones that you don’t like because they make you feel uncomfortable or convict you of some sin in your life. It’s either all true or it’s all false, but you have to decide for yourself.

Thus, only the most progressives and liberal Christians will disagree with this piece and bend it and twist it and shape it into their postmodern worldview.

Pray that the Holy Spirit reveals the truth to them before it’s too late. If you have to, do your part to bend-over-backwards to make them see the light.


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Meditate On This: A Christian Response To New Age Spirituality

The Shack

Posted by JRed

It always pains me to no end whenever I learn about a family member or friend who is genuinely interested in seeking God, and yet they are led astray by the very people who are supposed to be their spiritual shepards.

Don't misunderstand me, I can understand how easily something like that can happen - -
believe me I do! But when it's the Church itself and its so-called leaders who promote things that are blatantly and clearly blasphemous if not downright heretical that's where I have to draw the line.

It's also precisely the point where I want to reach out and try to grab them by the hand, sit them down, and make sure they truly understand what it is they are allowing to enter their heart and mind - - spiritual deception of the worst kind.

Recently, we looked at the existence of spiritual deception and spiritual warfare that is running rampant throughout so-called Christian circles today, and specifically how Satan knows his time here is short so he's attempting to deceive as many well-meaning Christians as he possibly can.

Let's face it, the greatest deceptions are those that contain some element of truth; just enough to make them sound good and believable. It only takes a very small amount of poison sprinkled over a perfectly good meal to kill a man. A full 99.9% of the meal might be fine, but that .1% cyanide sprinkled over the the food will kill you dead. Satan knows this, but sometimes we seem to forget it. Spiritual poison works just as deadly as worldly poison, the results are the same - - death.


Today's commentary will be on none other than the "Christian" bestseller called "The Shack" by William P. Young. First, it was
Rick Warren's immensely popular "The Purpose Driven Life" that signaled the road we were on, and now this book takes things even further. By doing so, it leaves many Christians open to being deceived. Likewise, how many people who are truly searching for answers (and are considering Jesus Christ as the only real answer) will be led astray by this work?

This is why it's imperative for us to take a closer look at what this book teaches before we enthusiastically sign-up to be a part of that Christian Book Club that our church is sponsoring this month to read and discuss this bestseller.


A MESSAGE THAT TICKLES THE EARS!


The overriding message of this book (and others like it) is that God's Word needs to be softened in order to reach the lost and unsaved.

Unregenerate "believers" who love the ways of the world will want a church that fits that world. To make them feel at home - - and to satisfy curious seekers - - the church must now re-invent itself say these proponents of the "seeker-sensitive" movement.

Since no one can really understand God's truth unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to their hearts (
1 Corinthians 2:9-16), they believe that God's Word must be simplified so that everyone - - Christian or not - - can relate to it. That's pure nonsense!

It's not surprising then that Young and Warren quote passages from
"The Message" (a paraphrased "version" of the Bible by Eugene Peterson) over excessively rather than the more common Holy Bible itself in any of its respected translations/versions. Why do they do this? Because many of those simplified passages alter both the words and the meaning of the Scriptures, but they fit the points that both authors are trying to make so it's beneficial to them.

What is Peterson's Message? What does Eugene Peterson himself say? In his introduction to "The Message," he tells us that "This version of the New Testament in a contemporary idiom keeps the language of the Message and fresh and understandable in the same language in which we do our shopping, talk with our friends, worry about world affairs, and teach our children their table manners...."

This sounds like a good idea on the surface, but what if essential Biblical concepts are not part of our everyday conversation? Should we then rewrite God's holy Scriptures to fit today's more shallow and worldly communications? Remember, we are dealing with God's holy unchangeable Word - - not an ordinary book. God owns His message, we don't. Only His own, well-guarded words can be presented as absolute truth. Yet, readers who trust these authors let alone their current church leaders who are promoting these works view this book as an authentic translation of the Bible rather than as Peterson's personal, politically correct interpretation.

Throughout both Old and New Testaments, God forbids us to distort His Word. Additions and deletions are strictly forbidden in Scriptures like Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, Galatians 1:8-9 and Revelation 22:19. Acts 17:11 exhorts us to learn from the Bereans who "examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true."

It doesn't take a Greek scholar to recognize the appalling distortions of God's holy Word. Any Bible student willing to compare Peterson's Message with a Greek/English Interlinear Lexicon and take time to look up key words in a credible New Testament Bible dictionary will discover alarming deletions, distortions and additions to the original text. If Peterson is right, then all our other Bibles - the KJV, NASV, NIV, Greek-English interlinear Bibles - - are false.

Food for thought, but don't take my word for it. See side-by-side comparisons for yourself by clicking the "Recommended Reading" links below and make your own conclusions.


THE DANGERS OF PROMOTING "THE SHACK" AS "CHRISTIAN" ANYTHING


Matthew 24:4-5 - -
"Jesus...said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.'"

Proponents of "The Shack" (or even its companion piece hawked by Oprah titled "A Course In Miracles") should be forewarned that they're being deceived by a counterfeit "Jesus" - - it's that simple.

"A Course in Miracles" is obviously occult (a dictation from a channeled spirit guide), while the more subtle message of Young's "The Shack" (a fictional testimony full of tear-jerking dialogue) has been widely accepted in postmodern churches.

Countless pastors and church leaders are delighting in its message. By ignoring (or redefining) sin and guilt, they embrace an inclusive but counterfeit "Christianity" that draws crowds, but distorts the Bible. Discounting Satan as well, they weaken God's warnings about deception. No wonder His armor for today's spiritual war became an early victim of this spreading assault on Truth.

No room for the historical Jesus? Must we re-imagine God to make Him fit the rising universal church? That seems to be the aim of "The Shack's" female "God." Here she is speaking to the main character, Mackenzie (Mack for short):

"For me to appear to you as a woman and suggest that you call me Papa is simply to mix metaphors, to help you keep from falling so easily back into your religious conditioning."
[1,p.93]

"Religious conditioning?" Is that how Mr. Young views Biblical Christianity? It's easy to be persuaded by his clever arguments too. "The Shack" is written as a personal testimony that draws readers into virtual dialogues with a playful, culturally relevant "God." In contrast to the dry, occult lessons in "ACIM," "The Shack" leads readers into vicarious experiences in a world of revelations and sensations.

The only sin-like issue here is independence - - a refusal to accept universal oneness with "God" and man. Unhindered by Biblical guidelines, "The Shack" offers no standard for right or wrong, so there's no real need for Biblical repentance. It fits right into the popular vision of a unifying, non-judgmental church.

Jesus criticized the Pharisees who "searched the Scriptures," but refused to "come" to Him. Today's postmodern seekers are just as foolish. They ignore unwanted Scriptures, and then flock to the culturally attuned "Jesus" of their imaginations.

In "The Shack," readers meet a permissive "God" that "submits" to their human ways. They look through the veil between life and death, see the joy beyond, and communicate with loved ones - - subtle examples of "
calling up the dead," which the Bible bans (Deuteronomy 18:11). Mack also "sees" the colorful "auras" that show spiritual maturity among the dead-but-alive. He even practices astral travel - - what "The Shack" calls "flying" -- a word popularized by Maharishi Yogi long ago.

"Such a powerful ability, the imagination!" said "The Shack's" fictional "Jesus." That power alone makes you so like us."
[1,p.140]

Here the boundaries of the church are broadened to include almost everyone. The only exception seems to be "independent" folk who refuse to "come" to this universal "God." This isn't Christianity - - and this false "Jesus" would agree. When Mack asks him what it "means to be a Christian," he answers:

“'Who said anything about being a Christian? I’m not a Christian.' The idea struck Mack as odd and unexpected and he couldn’t keep himself from grinning. 'No, I suppose you aren’t.'"
[1,p.182]
Of course, he's not! The word "Christian" refers to Christ's followers - - not to Jesus - - and it has always clashed with trendy cultures. Even when "the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch" (Acts 11:26), that word was a derogatory label used by enemies of the Church, but that didn't keep faithful Christians from joyfully claiming that name and sharing His Word!

The book also has the audacity to re-imagine the Trinity. From the opening page, Mack is immersed in spiritual re-education, for each comment contradicts his previous understanding of God. For example, this new "Jesus" never returned to Heaven. Was there no real resurrection? Not according to the female "God":

“Although by nature he is fully God, Jesus is fully human and lives as such. While never losing the innate ability to fly [which he demonstrates in the book], he chooses moment-by-moment to remain grounded. That is why his name is Immanuel, God with us...."
[1,p.99-100]

But the Bible tells us that Jesus did return to His Heaven after His crucifixion. Besides, neither God our Father nor the Holy Spirit made themselves finite or visible to man. "No one has seen God at any time," said the true Jesus. (John 1:18) Yet, here we see all three in human form - - on earth!
[1,p.98-99]

Denying sin, guilt, and God's authority is next on the agenda for this author. Unlike the true God, this false Trinity exercises no authority over man. That should please today's postmodern church leaders! They seem to shun words such as "sovereignty" and "authority." After all, a reigning God who sets the moral standard for all time could cause division. He could impede their main purpose: inclusive relationships and "authentic community."

No wonder Mack is confused when he asks, "Why would the God of the universe want to be submitted to me?" The answer? "Because we want you to join us in our circle of relationships," answers "Jesus."
[1,p.145]

In this new story, sin no longer separates unholy people from our holy God. It fits right into postmodern churches that ignore Biblical commands such as "Do not be conformed to the world" and "Abhor evil" (Romans 12:2,9). Chipping away at the reality of sin, guilt and God's just judgments, this transformational process undermines any real understanding of our need for discernment, repentance, or the cross. Even God's amazing grace becomes meaningless!

Notice how The Shack's false "God" mocks our true God by minimizing His sovereignty and judgments:

"I'm not a bully, not some self-centered demanding little deity insisting on my own way. I am good, and I desire only what is best for you. You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation...."
[1,p.126]

"You don't need me at all to create your list of good and evil. But you do need me if you have any desire to stop such an insane lust for independence...Mackenzie, evil is a word we use to describe the absence of Good, just as we use the word darkness to describe the absence of Light...Evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good; they do not have any actual existence."
[1,p.136]


That's a lie! Though the wonders of God's love and promises are vastly beyond our comprehension, He has told us His standard for good and evil - - and He will punish those who minimize sin (and thus the need for the cross) or reject His ways and warnings. :

Jeremiah 5:4 - - "They are foolish; for they do not know the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God...."

Psalm 50:21 - -
"You thought I was altogether like you, but I will rebuke you..."

Romans 1:18,22 - -
"...the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.... Professing to be wise, they became fools..."

Jeremiah 6:19 - -
"Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people - - the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words...."


WELCOME TO THE PROPHESIED APOSTASY


"There is a new world emerging...." writes Tamara Hartzell, author of
"In the Name of Purpose." "This new world stands against the truth, against the Lord Jesus Christ, and against God. Its rise is coming about in the power and authority and deception of the god of this world (angel of light), who will easily lure the spiritually-prepared masses into worshipping him and his Coming One."

If you know someone who has been deceived by any of this please pray for them right away. Pray that their eyes are opened, that they received discernment, and that they're freed from this spiritual deception. If you feel up to it you might even want to take them out for coffee and have a heart-to-heart over the subject.

Just be prepared for the possibility that few Christians will notice their error, and that many will most likely resist.

(FULL DISCLOSURE: I have not personally read either of these books, but instead have relied on my own research and hard work to collect the facts, and have presented the evidence for you here as you've just seen it.)

RECOMMENDED READING:
What Kind Of Message Is "The Message"?
The Twisted "Truths" Of "The Shack" And "A Course In Miracles"
Spirit-Led Or Purpose-Driven?

"Shack" Opens Doors, But Critics Call Book "Scripturally Incorrect"

Contemplative Prayer And Centering Prayer

Posted by JRed

There's been a lot in the news throughout religious circles lately about Apprising Ministries and the issue on what's called "Contemplative/Centering Prayer," and its popularity these days.

It seems appropriate that we're looking at this now after reporting on "The Shack," and the heresies contained in that "Christian" bestseller.

Once again, this is nothing but the prophesied apostasy - - in plain sight - - being fulfilled in these end times since this spiritual deception is leading many astray.

Here's why.

Is Contemplative Prayer and Centering Prayer even Biblical? Where are these practices rooted?
Apprising Ministries highlights the origins...

"One day, about 1700 years ago, two young Christian monks living in the Egyptian desert visited an abba, an elder. They asked him what prayer really means. Abba Isaac then gave them one of the clearest and most powerful explanations of prayer in the whole Christian tradition. He said there are many forms of prayer but that all of them point to the same source and goal: the 'Prayer of Fire.' He meant the living prayer of Jesus present in the human heart through the Holy Spirit."


Is this how
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray? See "What is Christian meditation?" for the Biblical definition of what it means to "meditate" from a purely Christian perspective so that you aren't deceived.

Simply put, contrary to popular belief, Christian meditation has nothing to do with any practices that have Eastern mysticism as their foundation or model. Such practices include lectio divina, transcendental meditation, and many forms of what is called contemplative prayer. These have at their core a dangerous premise that we can “hear God’s voice,” not through His Word, but through extra-biblical revelation.

This is precisely why I needed to change my position on the issue of Synchronicity. You can read about that process here.

If you're still skeptical and/or feel that there's nothing wrong with any of this just visit Christian Research Network and
review over 200 articles regarding the infiltration of mysticism in today's contemporary Church. Then, go to your church and test what is being taught not just from the pulpit, but in the youth groups as well.

This is why it's absolutely critical for us Christians to understand the nature of spiritual warfare so that we can get the protection we need from God so that we will not be deceived. Many well-meaning Christians (I almost became one of them had I continued on any longer with the intense study of Synchronicity and such) have allowed themselves to succumb to these seducing spirits that tickle their ears with just enough truth to continue to blind us to the ultimate Truth. In other words, Satan is using our passion for Him (our passion to know Him more intimately and to seek the truth) against us.

How can we not be smack dab in the middle of the prophesied apostasy or "falling away" from the faith that was talked about?

Now, combine this with everything else that's going on in the world today that has serious prophetic implications, and only one conclusion can be reached - - we are living in the last days and our time here is short!

Week In Review

Posted by JRed

Martial Law: Plausibe Scenario Or Paranoid Delusion?

Posted by JRed

Is the prospect of Martial Law a plausible scenario or a paranoid delusion?

Conspiracy theorists have always claimed they have "inside knowledge" that the federal government was preparing for Martial Law in this country citing several political sources as well as various "Presidential Directives" and "Executive Orders" that are a matter of public record, and they've even referenced what they claim are going to be "prison camps" (or "safe zones") in our very near future.

Whatever your stance is on such claims, I've always taken them with a grain of salt - - as do most people I'm sure - - even despite what I know is going to transpire based on what Bible prophecy tells us. However, there's a growing body of evidence that seems to suggest that this is our nation's inevitable future, and that we might want to rethink our position on the subject for a moment.

First, let's recall that it was
back in late September when this topic first came up here. A few weeks later, one presidential candidate joined the chorus to sound the alarm. Then, in a bizarre episode, Vice-President-elect Joe Biden spoke of a "mark my words" manufactured "international crisis" in which a President Barack Obama "will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions." Colin Powell even chimed in on the subject a few days later. Soon after, Richard Haass the President of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) added his input too. Then, of course, we got perhaps a preview of things to come (could this be what they want to prevent by instituting Martial Law on the streets of America?) Following that case study, we received news that more troops would be phased in to the current levels already serving as a sort of police force on American soil. Last, but certainly not least, we have been inundated since with story after story about the decline and ultimate demise of the United States of America.

So what gives? And why are we revisiting this topic today? Well, I recently came across a 3-part discussion between Steve Quayle and Alex Jones simply titled "The End Game Is Here!!!" which was conducted just the other day. Personally, I don't care too much for Alex Jones, but Steve Quayle I have a lot of respect for and always perk up whenever he has something to say. Check out this discussion for yourself.

Steve Quayle On The Alex Jones Show - The End Game Is Here (Part 1)


Steve Quayle On The Alex Jones Show - The End Game Is Here (Part 2)


Steve Quayle On The Alex Jones Show - The End Game Is Here (Part 3)


So there it is in no uncertain terms - - Martial Law will become a reality for all American citizens at some point within the next 90 days.

Do you believe them? Don't think Martial Law could ever happen here? Think again. Here's
a quick summary of all the instances - - 7 in total (5 within the last 100 years; 1 only 3 years ago!) - - of Martial Law being enforced within the borders of the continental United States.

The important thing to remember about this is that it wouldn't take much for the government to declare Martial Law. We always seem to think of it in the context of World War III breaking out or something of that magnitude when the reality is much more frightening. A nuclear attack is what our minds always think of as what would precipitate the implementation of Martial Law on a national scale, but actually any "national emergency" - - any occurrence, including a natural disaster (think about the recent rumblings from Yellowstone?), military attack, technological emergency (yep, this was in the news just the other day too!), or other emergency, that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States.

Thus, there is not only a precedent in this country for this to occur, but also a legal document in place that would allow for it to happen again, and in response to any number of scenarios aside from solely a nuclear attack on the homeland. So, the only question that remains is whether or not Martial Law is right around the corner or simply a tool that will remain in our government's toolbox to be used if and when it is deemed absolutely necessary.

One can only guess at this point what will happen if anything. However, it's not too hard to envision a scenario involving Martial Law that could unfold should the economy get even worse and suddenly collapse altogether. It goes without saying that a devastating terrorist attack (one that dwarfs 9/11 as a means of "testing" Obama) could also create the necessary conditions needed to implement Martial Law.

Let's pray we never have to experience our own military serving as a police force on busy streets throughout this country.

Keep your eyes and ears open and do your own investigative reporting if you don't want to take my word for it (Google makes that quite easy these days). Examine the evidence for yourself and use your God-given brain to make your own conclusions. At the very least, you have just been given a recipe for success during a time when spiritual deception rules the day.

Most importantly, put your trust and protection in the Lord, and not in any government or military to save you. When and if a crisis occurs you'll be forced to fend for yourself anyway, and the greatest source of protection is to place your faith in the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Stay alert. Keep looking up.

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Finding Comfort Where Others Find Fear
Baldwin: Where Will It Lead?
More On Biden's International Crisis
Coups, Genocide, And Terrorism
A Preview Of Things To Come? (Is This What They Want To Prevent?)
What Is Going On Here!?!
The World Without U.S.
Stage Being Set For Martial Law

Israel And Oil

Posted by JRed

Today I thought I'd quickly touch upon something we've never really looked at in depth here. It concerns Israel and the prophesied discovery of oil that will make her one of the richest nations in the world in the end times.

According to several Bible scholars and some prominent oil experts, Israel is sitting on a mother-lode of petroleum. Far more remarkable, the Bible actually tells us of a vast oil reserve, to be discovered in Israel in the last days!

Interestingly enough, a company by the name of Zion Oil & Gas Inc. is already well on their way to making this prophesied discovery. Even more amazing is the fact that the company's founders created the organization in direct response to these ancient prophecies!

Here's Part 1 of a promotional video about the company and their efforts:



Pretty amazing stuff as these are certainly some exciting times!

I'm also going to start reading a book by one Look Up Fellowship reader titled "Breaking The Treasure Code: The Hunt For Israel's Oil" written by father and son team James R. Spillman and Steven M. Spillman. Of course, I'll share my analysis and review with you all once I've finished it.

In the meantime, we should probably start to closely examine what is said about Israel and the discovery of oil in the last days (if you haven't already) because I believe we're quickly entering a time that will fulfill this ancient prophecy.

For instance, consider the battles raging in the Middle East between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In response to Israel's defensive maneuvers, there was talk of using oil as a weapon. That never materialized, but also consider what's going on between Russia and Europe. Clearly, oil will become a prized possession (even more so than it already is) in the very near future.

In addition, the global economic crisis has actually accelerated things and helped Zion Oil & Gas. Here's an email I received from them on December 23, 2008 that I found rather telling:

"Dear Zion Shareholder and/or Friend of Zion...

I really did not expect to write to you again in 2008, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention and may also interest you.

The December 20th article noted that:

Oil prices hit a more than 4½-year low this week, falling 77% in the past five months.

and that:

On Friday, crude oil for January delivery fell $2.35, or 6.5%, to $33.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

A 1921 advert in the trade journal 'Printers' Ink' (promoting the use of images in adverts on the sides of streetcars) carried the title: "One Look is Worth A Thousand Words". With that in mind, the following graph from the Wall Street Journal (almost...) says it all.


What the graph does not tell you, is that the drop in the price of oil is:

(a) a blessing for everyone at this time of year, as lower gas prices give everyone welcome relief from the price spikes earlier this year, and

(b) very good for Zion's drilling plans, as we will have cost savings of $500,000 to $700,000 as a result of lower shipping and transport costs and lower fuel costs during drilling.

We are very happy to 'suffer' a low oil price during our drilling operations. Of course, at a later stage... well let's save that for another day.

Psalm 51:18 - - 'In your good pleasure, make Zion prosper...'

Shalom from Israel and Happy Holidays!

Richard Rinberg
CEO of Zion Oil & Gas Inc"

Something tells me we're going to be hearing a lot more from them really soon. It's just mind-boggling to me to watch the world and events to fall into place in such a way as to make the literal fulfillment of last days prophecies (written thousands of years ago!) a reality!

What an awesome God who sits on His throne and has everything in control!

***UPDATE 1/17/2009: News of the discovery of a HUGE natural gas field, offshore Israel (90 kilometers west of Haifa), was released!!!***

RECOMMENDED VIEWING:
Zion Oil and Gas, Inc. - The Joseph Project Part 1
Zion Oil and Gas, Inc. - The Joseph Project Part 2
ABC Nightline Report on Zion Oil

Hate Crimes Bill Introduced Into Congress

Posted by JRed

The federal Hate Crimes Bill was reintroduced Wednesday by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee. It is now titled The David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, H.R. 256, and is a condensed version of the longer Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592 (which failed to gain final approval from Congress last year).

Jackson-Lee also submitted a new companion bill, The David Ray Richardson Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, H.R. 262. This bill will permit federal involvement in states to "prevent" hate crimes and assist hate crimes victims.

Both bills will authorize unprecedented intervention in states' rights. H.R. 256 is the most dangerous because it will transform America into a national hate crimes bureaucracy, and end free speech, as has happened already in Canada with similar laws on the books.

In case you still have lingering doubts and are wondering why all the fuss then please watch these two short videos on the subject.

Hate Crimes Laws Will Destroy The Church And Christianity


Speechless...Silencing The Christians
(NOTE: To view full episodes go to
www.inspiration.net/speechless)


According to
one political insider, the Christian and conservative complaint that hate laws end free speech is so widespread in Congress that he fears the federal Hate Bill might not pass! That's the good news.

However, anticipating that contingency, he said, the milder H.R. 262 was created to empower the federal government to enter state hate law jurisdiction in a less threatening way - - now described as "education" and assistance of victims. Of course, even this softer Hate Bill could support expanded legislation and legal precedents to ultimately fulfill the original Hate Bill's objectives. For this reason, it also must be defeated.

How can lovers of free speech hold back the Hate Bill monster? We must repeat the strategy that killed the Hate Bill in the last Congress and helped defeat at least 5 other pieces of anti-Christian, anti-liberty legislation.

We must prepare to again call all 40 members of the House Judiciary Committee. In the next several weeks, some 20 new members will be added to the committee and their names will be posted at
www.truthtellers.org so please make a note of that.

Meanwhile, you can begin calling your members of Congress toll-free at 1-877-651-6437 or toll 1-202-225-3121. Also, be sure to call as many other members of
Congress, and especially members of the Senate, and protest this new Hate Bill.

Call each with the familiar message now resounding through Congress: "Please do not vote for any hate crimes legislation. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and many European countries!"

Rev. Ted Pike of National Prayer Network sums it up best: "Also, remember that, above all human strategy, God Almighty is on our side. If we turn to Him in faith and contrition, He will deliver America again from the hate bill, as He has done for the past 10 years. Repeatedly, the cause of freedom seemed hopeless. We were overwhelmingly outnumbered. Yet, at the last moment, God repeatedly brought hate bill forces into confusion and defeated it. It is a small thing for Him to save free speech. But it's going to take real effort to pass on to our children a free America. With God's help, we can do it one more time - - or as many times as we unite faith with action."

Amen!

RECOMMENDED READING:
EMERGENCY ALERT - Hate Bill Introduced Into 111th Congress

Tim Tebow And John 3:16

Posted by JRed

I'm sorry I forgot to mention this earlier today.

"John 3:16" has appeared in various forms at nationally televised sporting events over the years (usually, someone holds that up on a large sign in the end zone during football games when teams are attempting a kick), but after University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow inscribed it on his eye black for last night's BCS National Championship Game,
the biblical reference became the most popular search item on Google.

Google Trends this morning had "John 3:16" ahead of searches for actress Mary Lynn Rajskub and the Windows 7 Beta download. Searches for the Bible verse
reached a peak during last night's game.

In previous games, Tebow, an outspoken evangelical Christian who was born to missionary parents in the Philippines, sported on his eye black Philippians 4:13,
notes Christianity Today. The verse says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

The well-known verse John 3:16 is commonly presented as a summation of the Gospel:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."


Yet, it was what one writer wrote that had me thinking today.

William Lobdell, author of "Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - and Found Unexpected Peace," had a mixed reaction, but he concluded, "I have to wonder if his coaches or NCAA officials would allow him to have 'There Is' 'No God' written on his eye black below his right and left eyes. I imagine that these personal slogans will soon be banned," he wrote.

And that's where I started thinking. You know, he's probably right. We're sitting on the precipice of a period in time when anything Christian will not only be banned, but those who promote Christianity and the Gospel instead of bowing down to the Antichrist will be punished by death.

It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when. The only question that remains is how long until this becomes our reality?

My Life As A Christian...

Posted by JRed

Typically, I haven't spent too much time asking us to look at and consider our spiritual health (our relationship with the Lord) outside of those things that naturally extend from a study of prophecy. Let's do things a little differently on this Friday.

I also haven't been to a friend's blog in awhile (Jubilee On Earth), and yet this morning when I decided it was time to drop by and say hello I was greeted with an entry that seemed tailor made for me with where I find myself spiritually this morning.

God's grace never ceases to amaze me! He's always right on time, and He's always providing me with exactly the kinds of things I need! Today, it was the exact message that I needed to hear!

Maria
writes about a recent sermon given by one of her favorite Pastors titled, "Who is Driving?" which talks about how one can still be saved and be a true Christian, yet, struggle in life because he/she didn't hand over the wheel to Jesus and let him drive/take control. Specifically, it's about our daily lives being lived out either "in the Spirit" or "in the flesh." Kinda reminds me of that Carrie Underwood song.

I must HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you take a moment to read
her post titled "In The Flesh..." because it just might be what you need to hear today. It definitely was for me.

So, to make a long story short, why was this message especially relevant to me now? Well, like Maria, I seemed to be having one of those months where the sins of the flesh had taken over. It was a drastic change, but little by little I let myself get seduced by the cares of this world. Give the devil and inch and he'll definitely become your ruler! It was aggravating and humbling at the same time if that makes any sense at all.

After reading her heartfelt commentary (and considering my own place in this world today), I came away with one conclusion. We seem to be entering a period of time where Satan and his forces know that their time is short - - very short. That being said, it makes sense that they would try to inflict as much damage as possible upon Christians in one final attempt to cause some casualties.

I feel that this is only the beginning, and that these spiritual attacks are only going to increase in frequency as well as intensity. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to recognize that we are still engaged in spiritual warfare, and although we have the weapons needed to defeat the enemy (and although the battle is already won for us) we still need to actively keep our guard up at all times.

We need to remember that while the study of prophecy is very important (because, in essence, by studying prophecy we're studying all the things that give us insight into the return of Jesus Christ) our most important goal (I would argue that it's the meaning of life itself) is to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, seek and develop a meaningful relationship with our Lord by recognizing our sinful nature (our need for forgiveness and salvation), and accepting the free gift of salvation that is offered to us by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.

It takes discipline and effort to remain in the Holy Spirit. Many give up easily, walking away from Christ and turning to sin. My life as a Christian means that I will stumble and fall from time to time, but it doesn't mean I have to stay on the ground defeated. I will get back up on my feet again with His help!

May God bless you as you read her column and apply its wisdom to your life. May God bless people like her for taking the time to share her God-given wisdom with the world.

I'm Still Watching For The Rapture

Posted by JRed

Even though 2008 came and went without the Rapture occurring like I was sure it was going to at least once or twice, I'm still watching for the Rapture as the calendar turns to 2009.

The
Grow And Know blog said it best recently when Brother Mark wrote:

"I have seen many predictions of when the Rapture and Tribulation will occur in just the last year of 2008. I do not see that it is wrong to WATCH for the Lord’s return for us. I do believe, from what I have seen, that we probably will not guess the exact day, but...WE WILL NOT BE SURPRISED if we are WATCHING. He will come as a thief in the night only to those who are not watching. I, for one, will keep watching and passing on the TRUE GOSPEL in contrast to the much published false gospels out there everywhere."

I think Brother Mark is absolutely right. We should continue to watch for His return in 2009, and not lose hope or excitement simply because things didn't go as we thought they would in 2008.

I wholeheartedly believe that every time a highly anticipated date comes and goes without anything happening it only serves to give us a better understanding of things (helps to refine our knowledge of the coming Rapture), and ultimately brings us that much closer to that very moment in time.

But when is He coming? Just the question - - "When?" - - causes some Christians to cringe, protest, or even scoff! They quickly point out that Jesus said, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man" (Matthew 24:36 KJV). Some believers even go so far as to criticize other believers who are seeking God’s clues, either from the Scriptures or by personal revelation.

One note on that last point. Isn't it interesting that it was apparently by personal revelation - - not solely Scripture - - that many people knew the exact day of Elijah's rapture (2 Kings 2)!?! Are there types in the Old Testament? Do God’s principles repeat themselves today? Perhaps that's a question to examine another day.

Brother Mark also referenced
an article by Jim Bramlett titled "Can We Know?" that I highly recommend that you read. Here's a small taste of what Bramlett has to say about this subject:

"It is mind-boggling to think that our generation alone is uniquely standing on the precipice of time and where no generation has ever stood. We are living in the days spoken of by the ancient prophets.

These prophets spoke of the Israelites being gathered back into their own land, in passages such as Ezekiel 37:21, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.' This began in 1948. The 'dry bones' of Ezekiel 37 have come alive.

As also prophesied, we are seeing the world turn against Israel. 'On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations' (Zechariah 12:3). The catalyst for this is oil, or petro-dollars, causing the world to sell out tiny, democratic Israel to despotic Muslim nations for purposes of greed.

These signs are historically unprecedented. Only this generation has seen them. But there are many other biblical signs, such as: increased violence worldwide (as in the days of Noah), increased apostasy, increased cults and false religions and false prophets, increased natural disasters such as frequency of earthquakes, and more.

For these and many other reasons, is it any wonder that millions believe the return of Christ is so near? Polls show that even non-believers think the world is at such a point. This is the most exciting time in all history to be alive!"

Amen! Keep looking up!

National Bankruptcy Day?

Posted by JRed

As if the horrible economy wasn’t enough, if you sell products targeted for children ages 12 and under, be prepared to THROW AWAY these items, as you will no longer be able to sell them unless you comply to this new law.

It's perhaps one of the biggest stories of 2008 that you haven't heard of although it could become one of the biggest stories of 2009 in just a few short weeks from now.

In 5 weeks, a new government regulation is scheduled to take effect that has thousands of retailers, thrift stores, and small businesses worried they will be forced to permanently close their doors - - and destroy their merchandise.

In fact, it has some nervous business owners to openly question whether or not February 10, 2009 will become "National Bankruptcy Day."

Thanks to
the Bible Prophecy In The News blog for alerting us all to this story. Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (or HR 4040), a retroactive rule mandating that all items sold for use by children under 12 must be tested by an independent party for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable.

All untested items, regardless of lead content, are to be declared “banned hazardous products.” The (Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has already determined the law applies to every children’s item on shelves, not just to items made beginning February 10th.

The regulations could force thousands of businesses - - especially smaller ones that cannot afford the cost of lead testing - - to throw away truckloads of children’s clothing, books, toys, furniture and other children’s items, and even force them to close their doors.

On the surface it sounds like a good solution, but a closer look reveals otherwise.


Other than apparel the law includes diapers, blankets (housewares), books, videos, computer and electronic products, strollers, cribs, car seats, and anything humans come in contact with in their environment. Many objections are not higher standards for product safety or even the costs involved per se. The problem that people have with this is that Congress wrote the law and forced the CPSC to implement it before the regulations were written. These regulations are not written by people who are familiar with manufacturing and thus, impose unnecessary burdens.

For large, multinational toy manufacturers, all of these changes are fairly easy to comply with, as they sell thousands of their toys and will have very little incremental cost to pay for any additional testing needed, to include updating their products to include batch labels. No sweat for them, really.

For the little guys, the small scale toymakers out there, who weren’t the ones with toxic, dangerous toys to begin with, these costs they will incur in order to include this new mandatory testing and special labeling, to the tune of up to $4,000 per toy, will likely drive them out of business. Small mom and pop businesses will likely have to close their doors and shops, as they will not be able to comply. Your favorite children’s products sold by hard-working moms and dads on popular websites like Etsy and Hyena Cart will not survive. And ironically, they weren’t even the ones to cause this to begin with!

Worse, American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007! Yet, it's the American companies who will suffer the brunt of this new law.

Products made domestically are not immune, they’re in the same boat. The end result is there will be a whole lot less product on store shelves. Since there won’t be much to pick from and costs are higher, consumers can expect to pay much higher prices. Prices will be rock bottom on February 9th, but overnight, prices will dramatically increase. The anticipated losses go into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

This is not an exaggeration. According to 2002 U.S. Census Data (the last year for which data is available) just considering small U.S. clothing manufacturers, their contribution to the economy is over $900 million dollars annually. Small manufacturers with fewer than 20 employees comprise 68% of total apparel manufacturing in the U.S.. This of course does not include the untold numbers of stores that will go out of business too.

But it's much more sinister and far-reaching than that. Because of ill-wording in the CPSIA, toy makers aren’t be the only ones impacted by this, there are thousands of U.S. businesses who offer children’s clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for children - - the entire children’s industry - - is affected by this as well, being forced to comply as well!

Let’s not forget this also includes the thrift industry, places like Goodwill and The Salvation Army. These places will have to clear their racks, and throw away perfectly good merchandise, just because they can’t comply to what the drastic CPSIA asks.

Oh, and if you plan to sell and make a little money from these "banned" items, be forewarned, local yard sale groups and places like Ebay and Craigslist will no longer allow sale of those items either.

Sickened? Enraged? You're not alone. Again, this is why the law is expected to have such a devastating impact. So much so that it is now unofficially known as “National Bankruptcy Day.” For additional insight into this matter as well as commentary from various industry insiders please click here to read Kathleen Fasanella's column published at the Fashion-Incubator blog.

We would be wise to watch this closely especially in the depressed economic climate we already find ourselves in. Could you imagine the impact and hit to our national economy should thousands of thriving businesses all have to close at the same time due to this law? It could very well be the closest we'd come to a knockout punch on the U.S. economy.

According to the CPSC, they conducted a survey to gauge the law's effect on retailers, and they have implied that it would be negligible. Of course. I wouldn't expect them to say otherwise. Would you?

Once again, here's another case of a law being crafted, approved, and shoved down the American public's throat without much debate or input from those industry experts who would have something valuable to say and contribute to such a process.

In the end, it amounts to nothing more than economic/financial terrorism (perpetrated by those who we trust to protect us from such things) at a time when we should be trying to safeguard all our interests.

What can we do? Well, you can start by calling your Congressman. You can write a letter to the Editor of any papers you read, on or offline. You can post about this on your own blog, post comments on blogs you read, and talk it up in forums you belong to.

The problem we have is that this is a very popular law with consumers and legislators. Because it is so complex, they don’t know what it really means or what its effects will be. In the upper echelons, most of the high level organizations like the AAFA, The Toy Association, and the electronics industry are lobbying against it. Their problem is that they are not the grassroots. That’s you.

The vast majority of Americans think this is a "great law," striking back at unethically made low cost imports and thus, legislators are leery of what high level representatives say. That’s why it’s up to you to talk to other consumers like you. We need for consumers to know that this law will put many of us rather than importers out of business at a time when the economy can least absorb it. They need to know that come February, many of the products they expect to find in stores won’t be there.

Let's pray that Kathleen Fasanella's closing statement, "This law represents the last nail in the coffin of U.S. manufacturers..." is a dire warning and not our nation's inescapable future.

***UPDATE 1/9/2009: Toxin Testing Eased For Thrift Shops - - This is fantastic news for Thrift Stores everywhere! This ruling came down yesterday by Congress so Consignment and Thrift Shops can all breathe a little easier today. It's certainly a good start so let's keep up the pressure.***

RECOMMENDED READING:
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Of 2008
Preparing Your Business For The CPSIA Of 2008
Fashion-Incubator Blog: National Bankruptcy Day

Let's Verify Before The World Deifies

Posted by JRed

At this point, and after everything that has transpired over the past few months, I'd be shocked if anything else ever comes of this push to get Barack Obama to address concerns regarding his constitutional eligibility to hold the office of President of the United States of America.

Even so, I'd be remiss if after all the time spent here examining the issue I failed to report on
the latest news surrounding the story that simply won't go away. Today, there are several important news stories worth mentioning.

First, an
unscientific poll being conducted by America Online reveals more and more people are having second thoughts about Barack Obama's eligibility to occupy the Oval Office. AOL as well as the Internet as a whole is hardly a bastion of right-wingers so that's why I found this to be quite revealing about the pulse of the nation, but mainly the feelings of even those who voted for the guy.

Those who raised questions about his vague history before the election largely drew scorn from the mainstream media, which cited an online image from Obama's campaign that purportedly proved his U.S. citizenship with a Hawaiian "Certification of Live Birth."

But the latest results from this America Online poll reveal that nationwide
only 41 percent of the participants now believe there is no issue to be investigated.

53% nationwide, and majorities in 45 states individually, say "yes" when asked if there is "any merit" to the controversy surrounding his citizenship. Even in Obama's own state, Illinois, the opinion is split 47-47 percent on the issue.

Devvy Kidd hits the nail on the head when she recently wrote, "Looks like O'Reilly's flogging of the 'tin foil' kook aid drinkers isn't selling so well out there. Not that the big O would dream of giving any credible coverage to the issue; he's fair and balanced didn't ya know?" in reference to Bill O'Reilly and the time he's given to this story.



But it's what she wrote later in that same column that got all the attention. I had never heard of this until now, but before Obama even became "President-elect," there was a drive to impeach him while he was an unlawfully seated U.S. Senator! That certainly adds a bit more intrigue to all of this does it not? You can read the particulars and petition here. Some very interesting stuff. One has to wonder just what might be percolating behind the walls at the Federal Department of Justice.

Look Up Fellowship has reported on nearly 20 lawsuits that have been filed in various courts around the nation, including several that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. They all in various ways allege Obama does not meet the "natural born citizen" clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which reads, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."

Some of the legal challenges have alleged Obama was not born in Hawaii, as he insists, but in Kenya. Obama's American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time. Other challenges also have focused on Obama's citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. Such cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.

Several details of Obama's past have added twists to the question of his eligibility and citizenship, including his family's move to Indonesia when he was a child, his travel to Pakistan in the '80s when such travel was forbidden to American citizens and conflicting reports from Obama's family about his place of birth.

Plus, a new case challenging Barack Obama's natural-born citizenship and, therefore, constitutional eligibility to serve as president has the potential to clear a hurdle that caused several other similar cases' dismissal: the issue of "standing."

In the case brought by Pennsylvania Democrat Philip Berg, for example,
a federal judge ruled against the lawsuit in deciding Berg lacked the "standing" to sue, arguing that the election of Obama wouldn't cause the plaintiff specific, personal injury.

In Washington state's Broe v. Reed case, however, plaintiff's attorney Stephen Pidgeon says a unique state statute grants everyday citizens the required standing.


"These lawsuits have pointed their fingers at the various secretaries of state and said, 'You handle the elections, it's your job [to verify Obama's eligibility],'" Stephen Pidgeon told WND, "and the secretaries of state have said, 'No, it's not our job. You the voter have to prove he was ineligible.' But when the voters try to do it, the courts tell them they have no standing. So it presents a catch-22. "Here, we have standing by means of statute," Pidgeon continued. "This particular statute provides for any registered voter to challenge the election of a candidate if the candidate at the time of the election was ineligible to hold office."

Further, Pidgeon explained, "In Washington we also have a constitutional clause in Article 1 that says the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of land, so it's very much a state issue that the secretary of state has a duty to enforce the U.S. Constitution. "He doesn't think he does; we think he does. That's really the issue before the court," Pidgeon said.

The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear Broe v. Reed on today (January 8th), but the entire case may be delayed intentionally, as the plaintiffs wait to see if the court will rule first on a requested subpoena of Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii.

Unlike other states where lawsuits challenging Obama's natural-born citizen status were required to move through lower courts, Washington law grants the case "original jurisdiction" at the state Supreme Court, which means the plaintiff can present new evidence, including - - if the court will indeed subpoena it - - Obama's birth records.

"We have opportunity to present facts before the Supreme Court, where you wouldn't have that normally," Pidgeon told WorldNetDaily (WND). "With original jurisdiction, we have the opportunity to present factual argument, and so what we have said to the court is, 'At no time did Senator Obama produce a single piece of evidence upon which the secretary of state could rely to establish that he was a natural born citizen, or that he was even an American citizen, or that he was running under his legal name.' Those are the three facets of our lawsuit."

Pidgeon also told WND that the case's primary hurdle now is the natural predisposition judges have toward complying with the democratic will of the people. They rarely "upset the apple cart," Pidgeon said, by overturning the results of an election.

Still, Pidgeon believes pursuing Broe v. Reed is necessary.

"I expect the truth of Senator Obama's birth is going to come out," Pidgeon told WND. "It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but the truth of his birth is going to come out, and when that true fact comes out that he was born in Kenya, we will have an unprecedented constitutional crisis in this nation.

"The question is," Pidgeon figures, "will the Washington Supreme Court stand for the rule of law or are they going to stand for an overthrow of the constitutional republic by the will of the electorate?"

No matter what you believe, and no matter which side of the political aisle you find yourself on today the fact of the matter is that all of this controversy would go away if Obama would just produce a birth certificate. He is fueling this by refusing to do so, and by fighting the issue in court. That refusal alone should make people suspicious.

Let's verify before the world deifies. Seriously. Because it's only a matter of time before
suggestions like this become louder and louder from other world leaders. And if by some chance you still think people like me are crazy to be expressing continued concern until this issue is resolved then you should know that Henry Kissinger just said that Obama is primed to create "New World Order" so we can all sleep peacefully tonight.

So, for the first time in recent memory, the architects of this New Word Order (one-world government) are so close to seeing their dreams becoem a reality that they can taste it! I guess we shouldn't expect a few brave souls who decide they want to stand up and do what's right let alone an outdated document like the Constitution stand in their way.

Thus, aside from an act of God who could force the issue to fulfill His prophetic purposes I think we're looking at business as usual in Washington D.C. We'll see soon enough.

***UPDATE 1/12/2009: Latest Eligibility Challenge Rejected ***

***UPDATE 1/23/2009: President's Meeting With Judges Questioned : Lawyer challenging eligibility raises issue of secret conference. A lawyer working on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges the eligibility of President Obama is raising concerns over a meeting between the defendant in the case and the judges who are expected to review it. Many citizens arE concerned about the 8 out of 9 Justices meeting privately with Mr. Obama while the cases are pending. No reporters were allowed. No attorneys were invited on behalf of the plaintiffs. This causes many of us citizens to question the rules of judicial ethics and causes us to question the impartiality on behalf of the Justices. In fact, quite a number of people have raised their questions with their U.S. representatives over the issues.***

RECOMMENDED READING:
Eligibility Case Finds "Standing"?
Supreme Court To Take Up Eligibility Question - - Again
Impeach Obama?

Blagojevich Silenced? Financial Extortion?

Posted by JRed

I'm definitely remaining in a political frame of mind today because there's just so much to talk about and comment on. Hopefully, you can bear with me for just a day here. Just to reiterate, in case you're wondering if Look Up Fellowship has transformed into an exclusively Political Blog don't worry, we're still the same old Bible Prophecy ministry you've come to love.

It's just that with all the corruption that exists in the government today, and with the media's complicit behavior presenting the "news" in such a biased fashion, it all points to one conclusion and one conclusion only for me - - that deception rules the day!

So, clearly, we're seeing the fulfillment of end times prophecy as spiritual deception becomes more and more common in these final hours of human history just as Jesus Christ Himself said it would.

I realize that political corruption is nothing new. It's as old as the Bible itself. However, the preponderance of deception - - of not getting the entire story - - when it comes to EVERYTHING these days is a whole other kind of corruption in and of itself, and that's why I want to call attention to some of what I'm seeing.

We haven't spent much time commenting on the Blagojevich scandal other than to state that it's simply business-as-usual in Chicago in the form of "pay-to-play" politics, and that it gives Obama another questionable association ("birds of a feather...").

Well, feast your eyes and ears on this video. Keep in mind that Blagojevich gave this press conference just 2 days before the FBI took him down (before he was indicted, not arrested) for his illegal actions. Pay close attention to what he's talking about and what he's saying he wants to do.




Did you catch all of that? Was Blagojevich silenced? If so, by who? I'm beginning to wonder if there's much more going on here than we've been told because the timing and particulars of all of this is quite questionable. Then again, perhaps I've just watched too many movies, and am looking for a conspiracy where there isn't one.

Either way, there are many unanswered threads to this drama.
Blagojevich may have been acting reckless here (and there's no question he's a criminal who acted illegally by trying to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder), but Obama's also being evasive on this issue, and the whole thing stinks of "gotcha" politics.

I mean, let's not forget that back
in August the news broke that during the years that Senator Joe Biden (Vice-President-elect) was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted 5 years with one of the largest companies pushing for the changes. The financial services industry began seeking relief from Congress in the mid-1990s from an increase in bankruptcies that was cutting into its profits. Its initial support came from Republican lawmakers, who repeatedly introduced bills to make it more difficult for consumers to erase their debts. During that time, executives at MBNA, which was bought in 2006 by Bank of America, began donating heavily to both major political parties and many national politicians, including Mr. Biden.

We also know that
the former CEO of Bank of America publicly endorsed Barack Obama for President. Yet, back in 2007, then Senator Obama (along with Senator Dick Durbin) sent a letter to the CEO and President of Bank of America Corporation, Kenneth D. Lewis, expressing their disappointment with the company's decision to layoff 2,500 LaSalle Bank employees over the next two years. The Illinois Senators asked BOA to reconsider the number of layoffs and their timing. The lawmakers also urged BOA to help displaced employees find new jobs and to provide severance packages.

Obviously, a connection between Bank of America and these politicians has existed for years. To what extent though?



Was Blagojevich silenced? But by who? Trying to sort things out is a complicated process although there are many leads that suggest this web of lies, deceit, and corruption entangles Blagojevich, Obama, Biden and BOA together with one another. I'm just not sure how yet! How can we sort through all the BS?

Simply put, all things being considered, I think this is a classic example of a set-up and shut-up of Blagojevich? The likely culprits could very well be a faction of the government and/or the Federal Reserve. If that's true, why?

I think the more likely scenario is the one that was presented just 2 weeks ago by Workers World. I absolutely hate linking to an organization that believes in Communism (founded in 1959 with roots here in Buffalo, NY), and one that supports affirmative action and that has consistently defended the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground, but if I'm being objective I must say that I find a lot of truth in their analysis of this issue especially when you realize that Obama did what no President has done since the Roosevelt administration - - he came out unequivocally in favor of the workers and publicly stated that their demands should be met.

The fact that the future president of the United States utters a word in support of struggling workers during an oncoming depression is inflammatory in the extreme, as far as the bosses are concerned. It gives ammunition and encouragement to the rank and file and any militant leaders in every union to open up a struggle to save their jobs and to block concessions, does it not?

What do you think? Again, please understand that I'm not suddenly falling in love with Obama or defending Blagojevich or saying he's a victim in all of this because he's certainly not. People like him need to be punished and held accountable for breaking the law.

At the same time, I do think there may be much more going on here than we've been led to believe. For instance, when is the last time you saw a Governor (and to an extent a President) take a high profile stand for a small business and working people against a multinational bank? Plus, the timing of events raises some eyebrows as well.

Now, go back and take one more look at that press conference Blagojevich gave just days before his indictment. Odd indeed. Bank of America never gives anything to anybody. Without the struggle, they would never have given a nickel to anyone. BOA is throwing people out of their homes, denying credit, and laying off 30,000 to 35,000 of its own workers. So, let’s not forget what this attack on Blagojevich could've have been about. It could have an attempt to silence him, to defuse the struggle of the workers, and take it out of the limelight. It could have also been a warning to Obama to stay out of it.

On the flip side,
another likely scenario is this one. Because we have sat quietly while the government has invested itself with the terrifying power to decide which companies will continue existing and which will not, we now have the chance to see what our politicians are doing with this power. And Obama is involved - -surprised? Not really (read article at Investor's Business Daily).


The Bank of America was the victim of a concerted shakedown that may soon be replicated around the country. Even President-elect Obama supported this new example of Chicago blackmail. This case may trigger a new campaign of financial extortion across America.

Think about that for a moment in relation to the facts of this case. One of the casualties of the faltering housing market is Chicago's Republic Windows & Doors (the company at the center of this entire story), whose line of credit was cut off by Bank of America. Amy Zimmerman, Republic's VP of Sales and Marketing, admitted, "Banks are in the business to make money, and at some point they have to make a business decision, and that's what this is." In the first week of December, Republic laid off its workers and closed its doors. The company was supposed to give two months' notice, with continued pay and benefits. They didn't. So, the employees launched a sit-in.

Getting laid off before Christmas isn't any fun, but no one was obviously to blame for Republic's failure, and these days Republic employees aren't alone in their economic distress. Bank of America was a handy scapegoat. Since the institution received tax dollars, Republic's employees argued that BOA had an obligation to bailout Republic.

Said Leah Fried, an organizer with the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, "It's shameful that a bank that got $25 billion in bailout money turns around and shuts down a factory by cutting off their credit." The sit-in provided an irresistible photo op. Governor Rod Blagojevich showed up before his indictment, as did the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., "Senate Candidate No. 5" in the Blagojevich case.

As previously mentioned, Obama said of the workers, "I think they're absolutely right," adding that "these companies need to follow through on those commitments." Blagojevich announced that Illinois would withhold its business from the bank. Fifteen Chicago aldermen proposed an ordinance cutting off business with the bank and limiting any zoning changes for its properties. Cook County Commissioner Michael Quigley promised to introduce similar legislation.

Hmmm...Perhaps this entire debacle is an indication of what Obama and his administration want to do to this country - - turn it into a Socialist, welfare, nanny-state that's fully dependent upon the government handout (a system where the government tells the banks who it must lend to).

Doug Bandow wrote, "If the federal bailout required Bank of America to 'lend' money to an insolvent company ready to close its doors, we are descending to banana republic status."

Furthermore, superstrategist Andy Busch of BMO Capital Markets nails it, "This is the path the United States is heading towards as the recession takes its toll and government reaches further and further into the private sector to stabilize the economy. Initially, the moves are welcomed as workers are looked after, jobs are created, and big business vilified. However, the government forcing banks to make loans to companies that can't make the payments perpetuates the weak credit problem and keeps the cycle going. This cycle deploys capital to non-productive uses and keeps it from flowing to solid companies that can create new jobs. It's Schumpeter's creative destruction at its best with job churn high, but job growth high as well. This will now be challenged as aggressive, short term action is taken without regard to the corrosive long term problems it creates."

Was this part of "the plan" all along as our leaders drag us by the hair towards a New World Order (one-world government)? Is everything going according to the script? On second thought, BOA's logo sure does look a lot like Obama's campaign logo. A tip of that hat?

Of course, I'm being facetious. Yes, it's all going according to the plan wonderfully! That's His plan for humanity I mean as God's prophecies will begin to be fulfilled at break-neck speed.

Whatever the real truth may be it's definitely a public relations extravaganza, and as we've seen numerous times in the past, that's always a sure sign that someone's trying to distract the world from what's really important.

Bottom line, spiritual deception continues to rule the day in these last days.

***UPDATE 1/9/2009: Illinois House Impeaches Governor Rod Blagojevich - - The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly Friday to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich, an unprecedented action that sets up a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out for allegedly trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Impeachment required just 60 votes. The final result was 114-1.***

RECOMMENDED READING:
Obama-Blago Scandal Timeline
Arrest Of Illinois Guv: Were Real Targets Obama And UAW?
Bank Victims Blame Obama Fundraiser
June 2008: Top Talent Scout For Obama Tied To Subprime Lender
Financial Extortionists Take Heart From BofA's Surrender In Chicago

The Scary Message Of Republic Windows & Doors

A Double Standard

Posted by JRed

Since today is the day that Congress will tally the votes from the Electors to ensure a Barack Obama presidency (the Supreme Court is still scheduled to meet for a third time to discuss his constitutional eligibility) I find myself in a political frame of mind.

That being said, I was reminded about another political controversy from last year around this same time. It is more evidence of the spiritual deception that exists within the nation's news media outlets across this country. The only difference is that the one I'm referring to wasn't based in facts, but was instead generated by the media to counter the unexpected popularity and growin interest in one Mike Huckabee during the primary season.

Just a year ago, he was in the midst of preparing for a surprising win in the Iowa caucuses. You may recall that a simple Christmas greeting that his campaign placed instead of a typical political ad became one of the more controversial ads of the entire 2008 campaign. It featured Huckabee simply giving a Christmas greeting while seated in front of a Christmas tree. Someone decided that there was a “dangerous” subliminal message in the background in the form of what is now the infamous “floating cross.” Here's the video of this "shocking" ad.




I even
wrote an editorial about this bizarre treatment of a politician and his Christmas message to America, and still feel exactly the same way today about it all as I did back then.

Sure, it was early in the campaign season at the time, but clearly, the secular mainstream media felt threatened by the prospect of a third Republican administration, and so they did what they could to "warn" the public.

Ironically, the same mainstream media that gave Mike Huckabee a political back eye due to their perception of his blatant use of symbolism in the context of a political ad gave Barack Obama a political coronation due to their support of his own blatant use of symbolism (verbal and visual) throughout his campaign.

Quite a double standard that exists, huh?

RECOMMENDED READING:
I'll Take The Floating Cross Over The Flip-Flopping Candidates Any Day

Who Needs The Fairness Doctrine?

Posted by JRed

Who needs to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine when you can just decide on a whim to eliminate any opposition by suppressing any competing viewpoints to the one that is cherished and promoted?

Hey, it almost worked for NBC's Today Show when they decided to cancel an appearance by Ann Coulter because a network insider felt, "We are just not going to have her on any more, it's over."

In the latest example of deception dominating our society we get this story about Ann Coulter being banned, and then re-invited to NBC's Today Show to promote her new book (but only after cries of protest - - not from the supposedly "objective" media, but by conservative, right-wing bloggers like Matt Drudge).

One network insider claims it was the book's theme - - a brutal examination of liberal bias in the new era - - that got executives to dis-invite the controversialist. "We are just not interested in anyone so highly critical of President-elect Obama, right now," a Today insider revealed. "It's such a downer. It's just not the time, and it's not what our audience wants, either." Others inside the peacock network strongly deny the book's theme is at issue.


Yeah, sure. Nothing to see here. Move along. Give me a break! Ironic, that the media executives that made this decision only reinforced the message she is trying to get across with her new book. Better yet, they've just unintentionally helped her sell even more books I'm sure so maybe those who are still in the dark about bias in the media will begin to see the light.

In any event, here's the video from her appearance this morning with Matt Lauer in which she really took him to task.



RECOMMENDED READING:
First Amendment = Pornography
Censorship Sets Sail
Journalism 101
First Amendment The First To Go?

Whew! Have We Just Hit Another Gear?

Posted by JRed

Whew! Have we just hit another gear in the ability to discern when events are lining up in the world in such a way to fulfill end times prophecy in the very near future? I wonder if it feels that way all of a sudden to any of you because that's certainly the vibe I'm getting today!

Case in point, this is my fourth post today (and January 7, 2009 is only a little over a mere 1 hour old!). Before signing off to get some much needed rest please take a look at the following headlines that just caught my eyes:



Does anyone else see anything significant? Care to offer any theories as to how they all might be interconnected in God's Master Plan for us especially in light of many of the similar themes that have been discussed here lately?

Please chime in with your thoughts on all of this. For instance, I'm I the only one intrigued by this due to the obvious prophetic implications of such news items or, am I just way too tired and in need of going out on a date with my pillow ASAP?

The World Without U.S.

Posted by JRed

Ok, I've just about had it with the constant barrage these last few weeks concerning the demise of this nation!

Perhaps it was just my natural response as a red-blooded American, a patriot who loves this country for the best it has to offer, and for all it's done in the world throughout its brief history. While I'm in this world and not of it, I still feel a sense of duty when it comes to defending my home against those who would seek to destroy it. I know where my real home is, but I can't help but feel a sense of pride when I think back on this nation's heritage.

Look, I can see that the writing's on the wall, and that we're very fortunate that God hasn't already given us what we deserve after tossing Him out of our public lives while embracing sin like abortion and homosexuality amongst many, many others.

The truth of the matter is that we are long overdue for His righteous judgment to befall us. I'm afraid we better start preparing ourselves for what's beginning to seem inevitable with each passing day.

It all started back in late August with a post I wrote centered on the Book of Amos and its relationship to us today. Yet, it was the follow-up commentary that was much more compelling.

Over the next several weeks, it seemed that only a few days would go by before we'd get another news story from the press discussing the decline of America as if they were almost looking forward to it. In addition, for some reason I began to write piece after piece that focused on similar themes as if I were trying to sound an alarm of some sort. The "Shattered Union, Shattered Universe" article (and the shocking companion piece!) as well as the popular "Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie" series come to mind.

In any event, I just found out about a new documentary that seeks to debate the implications and consequences of U.S. military involvement in the world today. Simply put, the filmmakers ask, "What would happen if one day the United States were to stop its military intervention around the globe?" I have some ideas about that myself, but let me give you a complete description from this documentary's promotional website:

"From an isolationist nation at the end of World War One, the U.S. today has bases in over ninety countries. No other nation has been able to project military power as the U.S. does today. But is such an involvement sustainable? Despite its might, the U.S. is shrinking in terms of population and economic power in relation to the rest of the world. So, what would happen should the United States leave the international scene, and become again a 'normal nation,' a republic, and not an empire? To find an answer to this question, director and producer Mitch Anderson embarked on an investigative trip on four continents. 'The World Without U.S.' is an in-depth investigation of how U.S. foreign policy affects the lives of millions of people around the world. Future scenarios in the absence of the U.S. intervention are well debated and substantiated by experts and ordinary citizens whose lives have been affected by the American presence in different regions."

I won't spend too much time on this because it's EXACTLY what you'd expect from the anti-American crowd. Still, watching the film's trailer I got another sense of impending doom, and that last line is chilling to say the least!

I guess what I'm getting at here (especially after today's earlier posts) is that it appears as though things are about to drastically change for us Americans as in our way of life is about to be turned upside down by the hand of God in response to our unrepentant attitude towards our blatant sins.

These stories aren't merely flukes anymore. In fact, they're becoming more and more common these days. That being the case, our time left here on this planet must also be short so please continue to spread the word!

Most importantly, keep looking up!

RECOMMENDED READING:
What Does The Book Of Amos Tell Us About Our Nation Today?
The Oak Tree And The Acorn Prophecy
America R.I.P.
Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie Series
Shattered Union, Shattered Universe

Constitution For The Newstates Of America

Posted by JRed

Earlier today, we looking at the shocking reality that this country ceased being a Republic legally decades ago. In fact, the United States officially died back in 1972 - - long before I was claiming it was on life support - - when President Richard Nixon signed Executive Order 11647 that divided the nation up into 10 administrative regions.

We also learned that soon after the nation had been redrawn and redistributed a new constitution was written at the same time, and it was called the Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America.

The Ford Foundation funded an outfit called the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions to write a new constitution for our nation. After 40 drafts, a staff of 100+ people, and at a cost of $2.5 million dollars a year, a decade later (1974) the Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America was finished. Mind you - - a 10 year, $25 million project! Llet us therefore assume that the funding foundation(s) were VERY SERIOUS about this investment. Two years later in 1976, Mr. Nelson Rockefeller, who at that time was the president of the Senate, introduced HCR 28, which called for an unlimited Constitutional Convention - - the perfect tool whereby to dissolve our current constitution and implant the handily written new constitution - - and all without congressional oversight or public knowledge.

Didn’t go well for Nelson in 1976, but guess what? A new Constitutional Convention is right around our corners again - - with 32 states requesting the Con-Con, and with only 34 required for it’s convening - - and with most American states now totally, conveniently, bankrupt. Look at it this way: the Feds cannot possibly bailout 50 states because they’ve already given all our money away, right? And we can’t pay taxes anyway because we have no jobs. Gosh, what can the Feds possibly do to rectify this horrible situation?

Dialectically speaking, they’ve had their answer of choice in the wings for decades. It’s called dissolving state, county, and local powers for centralized power. Gosh, it’s the United Nations mandate for one-world government, and regionalization of the United States - - as commanded in the 1960’s, and prophesied thousands of years ago.

But what exactly do we know about this Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America? I don't think you want to know the answer to that question.

The principle author of this document was Rexford Guy Tugwell (Assistant Secretary of Agriculture under President Franklin Roosevelt), who directed a team of close to 100 socialist educators who contributed to the project. Tugwell claimed that our Constitution was too cumbersome and needed to be changed. He believed that it was possible to get this new "Constitution" adopted, and said:

"...it could happen that the present system of government would prove so obstructive and would fail so abysmally to meet the needs of a continental people and a great power that general recognition of the crisis would occur. There might then be a redrafting of the basic law, and, if so, then it might be that this model we have worked out over a number of years might be taken into account."

Hmmm, sounds like any politician in Washington D.C. today talking about the current financial crisis, doesn't it?

My eyebrows didn't raise, however, until I read this new Constitution itself. The immediate thing that stood out to me is that each Article is broken into two distinct parts - - "Rights" and "Responsibilities" for us citizens.

But that's nothing compared to some of the thing outlined in this constitution! It not only calls for the states to be divided into ten federal regions (called Republics), which would be "subservient departments of the national government," but says that the President would serve one 9-year term with two Vice-Presidents.

In addition, a hundred Senators would be appointed by the President for lifetime terms, not elected; and there would be 400 members in the House of Representatives. Each of the 100 Congressional Districts would elect three Representatives for three-year terms; another 100 would be elected by the entire country to serve 9-year terms, and only they could become Committee Chairmen.

If that's not enough to get your blood boiling, then consider that this proposed Constitution contains no guarantees of the freedoms that we now have under the Bill of Rights. For example, here are some chilling Articles from this new document:

Article I, Part A, Section 1: "Freedom of expression shall not be abridged except in a declared emergency." In an emergency, the government would have the power to curtail communication, movement, and the right to assemble.

Article 1, Part A, Section 8: "The practice of religion shall be privileged; but no religion shall be imposed by some on others, and none shall have public support."

Article I, Part B, Section 8: "The bearing of arms or the possession of lethal weapons shall be confined to police, members of the armed forces, and those licensed under the law." Private citizens would not be allowed to own firearms.

Article VI, Part B, Section 9, Subsection 8: "To assist in the maintenance of world order... to vest jurisdiction in international legislative, judicial and administrative agencies."


Two years later, these same people gave us "The Declaration of Interdependence," a document which endorsed a one-world government. The announcement was made at a meeting held at Philadelphia's Independence Hall, which was sponsored by the World Affairs Council (and had stemmed from a five point program they had announced in September, 1975).

The meeting was funded with a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Bicentennial Committee. The document, written by Council of Foreign Relations (now, where have we seen that group come up in discussion recently?) member Henry Steele Comsmager began with this sentence:

"Two centuries ago our forefathers brought forth a new nation; now we must join with others to bring forth a new world order."

Friends, this is all fact not fiction, and a matter of public record. Do your own research if you don't want to take my word for it. Sadly, it's looking more and more like we're on the cusp of some intense changes to our current way of life. Now is the time to strengthen your faith, and to prepare for the spiritual warfare that could be thrust upon us at any time.

As Nancy Levant astutely stated in her column that first alerted me to all of this, "The current economic 'crisis' is the tool, the highly planned and patient tool, to set up the global governing bureaucracy for real and for certain with the second convening of the Constitutional Convention in the wings. The big wigs tried it before in 1976, and they are trying again, but this time having manufactured national bankruptcy as public fear-based appeasement."

She's absolutely right. Now more than ever, we need to open our eyes and pray for spiritual discernment because deception truly rules the day.

More importantly, it's crystal clear that the prophesied rise of the 10 Kings (whether they are of America origin or not is immaterial), the one-world government, and the Antichrist are close - - very close! What will you do with this information now that you have it?

Luke 21:28 - - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near."

Keep looking up indeed!

RECOMMENDED READING:
Proposed Constitution For The Newstates Of America

America's 10 Kings

Posted by JRed

Yesterday, we looked at the 10 Kings of the coming new world order (one-world government) that Daniel and the Book of Revelation refers to in the prophecies for the end times.

One of the biggest mysteries of end times prophecy is the identity of these 10 Kings who will rise to power as part of the Antichrist's one-world government. We speculated as to their identities as well as the manner in which they might conceivably rise to power on the world stage.

Another end times mystery is America's role in the last days scenario. Where is she? Is America not mentioned because most of the country will be taken away in the Rapture? Who is she? Is this nation and her President at the time the prophesied revived Roman empire and the Antichrist?

While there is much debate and evidence on both sides of the issue (I personally don't believe America is the revived Roman Empire in prophecy although I definitely could be wrong, and there is a strong case to support that), I was quite amazed today when I learned about something for the first time that not only made my skin crawl, but also made me think of these 10 Kings that I just wrote about yesterday.


THE U.S. PRESIDENT'S PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD


Look, I love this country as much as anyone else does. Still, let's be honest and admit from the start that we've unfortunately grown accustomed to Presidential Executive Orders being used to covertly subvert this nation, it's Constitution, and the will of its people.

In fact, we've seen this truth in action over these past 8 years. Yet, nothing could've prepared me for the history lesson I received unexpectedly today.


Did you know that in 1964 the
Ford Foundation funded an outfit called the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions to write a new constitution for our nation? Did you know that on March 27, 1969, President Richard Nixon divided the country into 10 regions via the Government Reorganization Act?

Did you know that soon after it was
Nixon’s Executive Order 11647 that divided the nation into 10 administrative regions on February 14, 1972 (Federal Register February 12, 1972, Vol. 37, No. 30), which also established the Federal Regional Council for the newly designed 10 regions? Me neither!

This monumentally dangerous Executive Order went virtually uncommented in the press at the time. Carrying all the authority and power of a law passed by Congress, it was every bit as revolutionary as Mr. Nixon's trip to Red China. Without so much as consulting Congress, President Nixon by Executive Order divided the United States into ten federal regions to be run by "Federal Regional Councils." Excused as a new means to develop "closer working relationships between major Federal grant-making agencies and State and local government," the Federal Regional Councils represented a major step toward the era of Big Brother predicted by George Orwell. President George Washington had warned us to be weary of anyone who tried to divide our country into regions, but his warning obviously went unheeded.

Just think about it logically for a moment. Every grant received by local government entities comes with mandates attached. Nearly every governmental entity today has a Grant Writer on its staff. The Executive Order even stated: "There is hereby established a Federal Regional Council for each of the ten standard Federal Regions. Each Council shall be composed of the directors of the regional offices of the Department of Labor, of Health, Education, and Welfare, and Housing and Urban Development, the Secretarial Representative of the Department of Transportation, and the directors of the regional offices of the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. The President shall designate one member of each such Council as Chairman of that Council and such Chairman SHALL SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PRESIDENT (emphasis added). Representatives of the Office of Management and Budget may participate in any deliberations of each Council..."


This Executive Order had been "telegraphed" on March 27, 1969, in a policy statement by Professor Daniel P. Moynihan, then a top Presidential advisor. Professor Moynihan, who was a former chairman of the Fabian Socialists' Americans for Democratic Action, told newsmen at a press conference the creation of Federal Regional Councils "has been something Presidents have been trying to put into effect for almost twenty years now," and Daniel Moynihan's assistant added, "No President has ever been willing to bite the bullet. Now we have done so."

Today, the United States preaches "democracy," but practices socialism and too many history professors worshipped at the shrine of St. Franklin (FDR) who gave the country an alternative to communism with his socialist "New Deal" which subverts our U.S. Republic. The proposed policies of the incoming Obama administration will only seek to revisit a similar agenda.

This division of our country into federal regions was so radical a step that neither (Democrats) John Kennedy nor Lyndon Johnson had dared make the move. It took Richard Nixon (a Republican) to so hypnotize the American public that our very form of government could be changed without eliciting so much as a yawn. Times haven't changed despite the fact that the calendar has just turned to 2009 or some 40 years later.

Now, why did former President Richard Nixon redefine the United States? Would you believe he did so because
the United Nations passed a resolution that the United States must reorganize into 10 regions? Believe it because it's all true!


I'M AFRAID THERE'S MORE! ARE YOU SITTING DOWN FOR THIS?


It's funny how these columns seem to write themselves some times. I mean, I recently saw a preview for
the new Frost/Nixon film that will hit theaters in a few weeks, and decided to do a little research on both men mainly because I wasn't alive at the time when that story unfolded.

Since I look at EVERYTHING I encounter through the lens of the Bible and Bible prophecy it's uncanny how some facts and figures will literally jump out at me. Often times, they are the kind that seem to have an interesting connection not only to major prophetic themes, but also to many of the topics we've been looking at here lately.

Take, for instance, all the time we've spent in recent weeks contemplating the untimely demise of the United States of America, the possibility of a Constitutional Convention, and the very real threat of a North American Union - - necessary for the eventual rise of the prophesied 10 Kings as well as a one-world government system.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I came across
an article by Nancy Levant that seemed to package all three scenarios into the most neatly wrapped Christmas present you've seen this past week. I can't explain it, but I just sense that there's a significance to all of this.

Can you name your Regional Directors? Who are these Councils, and where are their office buildings? Actually, you don’t know because they were not “elected,” nor are they mentioned on your nightly news. Your Regional Councilmen are “appointees.” Can you tell me who appointed them to regional power? Bet you can’t. And the reorganizing of our former nation, achieved more than 25 years ago, and of which you know nothing, certainly suggests that “government” as we knew it changed a long time ago. With all this information now in hands, ask yourselves what would happen in the event of a really big, national “crisis” the kind that we're constantly being told is right around the corner in 2009? What powers do your states hold, or for that matter, your counties or local governments hold - - especially since they are all bankrupt and have Regional Managers?

Ready for this? Now that you know your nation has been redrawn and redistributed, remember when earlier in this article I told you that a new constitution was written at the same time the country was divided into 10 regions? Ever heard of the Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America?

Here's an excerpt from Nancy Levant's article I just referenced (hold on to your hats!):

"In 1964, the Ford Foundation funded an outfit called the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions to write a new constitution for our nation. After 40 drafts, a staff of 100+ people, and at a cost of $2.5 million dollars a year, a decade later (1974) the Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America was finished. Mind you - - a 10 year, $25,000,000.00 project. Let us therefore assume that the funding foundation(s) were very serious about this investment. And two years later in 1976, Mr. Nelson Rockefeller, who at that time was the president of the Senate, introduced HCR 28, which called for an unlimited Constitutional Convention - - the perfect tool whereby to dissolve our current constitution and implant the handily written new constitution - - and all without congressional oversight or public knowledge.

Didn’t go well for Nelson in 1976, but guess what? A new Constitutional Convention is right around our corners again - - with 32 states requesting the Con-Con, and with only 34 required for it’s convening - - and with most American states now totally, conveniently, bankrupt. Look at it this way: the Feds cannot possibly bail out 50 states because they’ve already given all our money away, right? And we can’t pay taxes anyway because we have no jobs. Gosh, what can the Feds possibly do to rectify this horrible situation?

Dialectically speaking, they’ve had their answer of choice in the wings for decades. It’s called dissolving state, county, and local powers for centralized power. Gosh, it’s the United Nations mandate for one world government and regionalization of the United States - - as commanded in the 1960’s."


What can we look forward to? Because we have strayed from Constitutional government and are now under Regional Administrative government (with the United Nations at the head), the caboose is starting to bang up against the engine. The economy isn't producing the revenues required to support all these socialists programs that have been implemented since 1973 (or those new ones that Obama would like to implement from day one despite the economy).

Unlike those on the Potomac who simply borrow more money for their programs from the Federal Reserve, who simply print money out of hot air - - with no gold backing - - state legislators must balance their budgets so they find themselves on the horns of a dilemma, and then they start making cuts.

And
the fact that an incredible 41 states are currently experiencing a "budget crisis" that will continue despite any assistance from the federal government makes the likelihood of a Con-Con all the more real. A recent study by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed that 41 states are facing severe budget shortfalls for 2009.

But economics aside, is there really any more lingering doubt that the prophesied rise of the 10 Kings and the one-world government is right around the corner? If there is, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you're in serious denial.

Luke 21:28 - - "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near."

Keep looking up!

RECOMMENDED READING:
Bankrupted States = Con-Con & Newstate Constitution
Richard Nixon: Letter About The Formation Of Federal Regional Councils
2002: Beware Of The Metrocrats
10 Kings

The Chronophage Revisited

Posted by JRed

Back in early November we looked at a peculiar timepiece in Cambridge called the Chronophage, and commented on it's eerie connection to prophecy (specifically those things mentioned in the Book of Revelation).

Take a moment to feast your eyes on this strange invention before continuing with today's follow-up.
To say that this invention is bizarre is a vast understatement. To say that it eerily (and blatantly?) uses prophetic themes and terminology (as you'll recognize from the get-go) is completely accurate.

I mean, seriously, what is the purpose of creating a machine like this let alone one that uses such strange imagery not to mention one that gives it's viewer a strong sense of impending doom? What's the point?

Surely, such brilliant minds and educated people could be spending their precious time on more important things and pressing issues of the day, no? And the price tag attached to this thing! What's up with that too!?!

So, here we are 2 months later, and it would seem as though the more chances that people have had to see this thing in action for themselves (and the more time they've had to consider it all from a Christian and prophetic perspective) the more they feel the need to sound the alarm.

Since initially discovering this bizarre invention myself I've recently come across
this write up on it just before the start of the New Year, and I've also found a couple of videos that are informative.

Here's a video from the clock's creator:



Now, here's where things start to get very interesting for us, and precisely the point that I began looking at this unusual creation again with closer scrutiny.

A film has been posted to YouTube that's gaining in popularity claiming the clock is a UFO, which heralds the end of the world. In the film, a man explains why he thinks the clock announces the coming of events detailed in the Book of Revelation. He says this "Chronophage" creature, which sits on top of the device, is actually a locust (or a fallen angel), and draws attention to an apparent similarity between the clock and a drawing of a UFO found in a Renaissance edition of the works of the Roman historian Julio Obsequens.

A little background on this historian is in order first. Julius Obsequens was a Roman writer who is believed to have lived in the middle of the fourth century AD. The only work associated with his name is the Liber de prodigiis (Book of Prodigies), completely extracted from an epitome, or abridgment, written by Livy; De prodigiis was constructed as an account of the wonders and portents that occurred in Rome between 249 BC-12 BC.

The work was first printed by the Venetian humanist, Aldus Manutius, in 1508, after a manuscript belonging to Jodocus of Verona (now lost). Of great importance was the edition by the Basle Humanist Conrad Lycosthenes (1552), trying to reconstruct lost parts and illustrating the text with wood-cuts. Later editions were printed by F. Oudendorp (Leyde, 1720) and O. Jahn (1853, with the periochae of Livy).

Ready for this (especially given everything that's appeared on this site lately)? A curious, if not important, aspect of Obsequens' work are the references made to unidentified flying objects (UFOs)!

I'm not saying that I believe with this gentleman's analysis completely, but there may be some truth in what he has to say, and the fact that it's coming from a Christian prompted me to at least want to share it with all of you to allow you to make your own conclusions. In any event, here's the video I referenced:



Again, not quite sure if I can believe all his assumptions and connections, but he does make an interesting and quite compelling case indeed. Did you catch how he uses a clip from another video where Dr. Taylor reads the time as "11 o'clock, precisely," which this man interprets as meaning we are in the "last hour" or the "eleventh hour" commonly used to depict imminent doom? Quite observant.

Then, after watching Dr. Taylor inviting people to see the clock being unveiled to the "unsuspecting citizens of Cambridge," the film's creator says, "That would suggest to me that most of the people in Cambridge don't actually know what this clock is. It's something that's been released on the unsuspecting public, and it is in fact a depiction of what is to come, that the Book of Revelation, chapter nine, is about to begin."

Surely, the language, choice of words, and imagery all seem to play together here to send a specific message. I mean, you have to wonder if he's on to something even if he's only partly right.

Wow! Interesting to say the least. I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw this, felt disturbed, and immediately thought of those same locusts from the Book of Revelation.

But what does it all mean? Truthfully, I still believe that many people have absolutely no clue about
what's really coming upon this planet; the reality of which would simply boggle their minds and "cause men's hearts failing them for fear" (Luke 21:26).

Is this another warning that God is sending to us through secular means in an effort to get the attention of the unsaved? Perhaps. Either way, I also found it odd that this story appeared in the major news headlines today as well:
Insects As Weapons Of War.

Keep looking up!

RECOMMENDED READING:
The Chronophage
End Of 2008. . .Or Perhaps The World
Fallen Angels And The Great Deception (Parts 1-4)

10 Kings

Posted by JRed

One of the biggest mysteries of end times prophecy is the identity of what Revelation 17 refers to as the 10 Kings who will rise to power in the end times as part of the Antichrist's one-world government.

Who exactly are these 10 Kings? How do they rise to power? What do we know about them? What does the Bible tell us about the part of the world that each one will rule? What will be their primary function? How do they ultimately give power to the Antichrist?

The key to understanding it all lies in a closer examination of both the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation as well as what recent history has already told us.


THE COMING NEW WORLD ORDER: A ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT INDEED


The idea that there is a behind-the-scenes attempt to set up a one-world government is not the creation of a lunatic fringe.
Malachi Martin was a close confidant of Pope John Paul II with access to intelligence data of the highest level. He held private audiences with the Pope. It would be difficult for anyone to be better informed on the trends in international politics than he was. In the introduction to his epic book "The Keys of This Blood" he wrote the following words,

"Willing or not, ready or not, we are all involved in an all out, no-holds-barred, three way global competition. Most of us are not the competitors, however. We are the stakes. For the competition is about who will establish the first one-world government that has ever existed in the society of nations...As to time factor involved, those of us who are under seventy will see at least the basic structures of the new world government installed."

Martin identifies one group of the contenders for world rulership as “Transnationalist.” The Transnationalists are heads of vast corporations and business interests who “operate from two principle bases of power. The first is the power base of finance, industry and technology." Martin states that these world financiers “all give speeches about the end to the nation system of our passing civilization.”

Is there proof of Martin’s assertion? Absolutely yes! We've documented such movements
here in recent weeks, but any Google search for "one world government" and/or "new world order" will bring up millions of pages worth of evidence to support his claims.

These days, Washington is a place where there is the sense that the world is up for grabs, that the early 21st century is a time when a new world order is emerging. Few believe they know how it will look definitively, say, 3 years from now. American academics and think-tank experts have taken to talking of the United States as the new Rome, a dominant empire with unprecedented power and global reach.
Others like me see this nation in serious decline.

What's fascinating to me is that at this precise moment in time (with everything else that's going on in the world that has major prophetic significance) we are about to begin a presidential administration made up of men and women who are even more fiercely pro-globalization than the previous administration was.

Dan Smoot, a former member of the FBI staff in Washington D.C.,
conducted an investigation of the aims of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He concluded that, “The ultimate aim of the Council on Foreign Relations [is] to create a one-world socialist system and make the United States an official part of it.”

Interesting then to learn that Vice President-Elect Joe Biden is a member of the CFR. Plus, former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, Bill Clinton's roommate at Oxford,
wrote this in Time magazine, July 20, 1992: "All countries are basically social arrangements...No matter how permanent and even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary...Within the next hundred years...nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority."

Now, add all of this to our recent studies on the creation of a North American Union (NAU) amongst other "one-world" initiatives, and things become quite clear - - we are quickly moving towards the prophesied Tribulation of the end times. There's simply no other explanation.

The Bible teaches that in the final moments of earth’s history the entire planet will be under the control of a one-world government. Ultimately, an autocratic world ruler code named “the beast” will dominate world affairs. Through his agencies he will determine who is to live and who is to die. This despot will not bring peace. He will be the agent of chaos, destruction, and despair.

The one called the beast will bring about a unity of all humanity by means of terror. We are told, that he will “cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” His one concession to those who obey him will be the right of access to sufficient food, not to banish hunger, but only to maintain life. Food will be rationed for some, for others it will be totally denied. A situation will exist in which “no one should be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, the name or the number of the beast."

During the reign of the beast there will be what Daniel described as “a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.” It is not too dramatic to say that at a time not far from now the world that we know today will be transformed into a house of horrors. Still, despite the signs and evidence hardly anybody believes it will happen.

The Bible teaches that the beast will lead the world to worship the serpent deity who has given his power to the beast. Who is the serpent? He is identified in Revelation 12:9 as “the serpent of old who is called the Devil and Satan.” In the last days, the entire world will be forced to worship Satan who will appear as a majestic being with the appearance of “an angel of light.”

The Bible does not say it exactly but there is a strong hint Satan will deceive the world by impersonating Christ in every way possible. In the days of Elijah Israel was tricked into confusing Baal for Yahweh and it took the miracle of fire from heaven to manifest the difference. In the last days, the world will be tricked into confusing Satan for Christ and Satan will use the same miracle to confirm error. “And he performed great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven.”

The Bible identifies different characters that will be involved in the drama that will soon shake the world. Revelation 13 speaks of the serpent deity (Satan) and the beast. Revelation 16:13 links together the serpent deity, the beast and the “false prophet.” In Revelation 17:12 ten more identities are added to the list. Scripture speaks of “ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour.” In a parallelism in Revelation 18:3 the “kings of the earth” are equated with “the merchants of the earth.”

According to Bible prophecy the ruling elite of the one-world government will be made up of the beast, the false prophet, and ten kings (the merchants of the earth) who govern the world under the supervision of the beast. The purpose of this study is to show that the “merchants of the earth” are on the verge of fulfilling their prophetic role of reigning as the kings of the earth.


HOW MIGHT WE SEE IT ALL COME TOGETHER?


Victor Christensen has written and published a thoroughly researched and excellent piece titled
"The New World Order and The Ten Kings of Revelation 17" on this entire subject that definitely needs to be read. I'll also link to it at the end of this article as well.

What's absolutely incredible to me (not to mention mind boggling and frustrating) is how he clearly documents the STATED AND PUBLICIZED PLANS of various individuals and international organizations for creating this prophesied one-world government under the auspices of a "new world order," and yet, people still refuse to acknowledge that we're living in the end times! I pray I'm wrong (and for God to open their eyes), but their denial will be there downfall.

For instance, did you know that the forces that are intent on creating a one-world government want to divide the world into ten interdependent and mutually interacting regions? Oh yes! One of the agencies promoting a one-world government is the
Club of Rome (COR), which is a collection of the mega rich and intellectual elite that established a think tank in Rome in April 1969. The Rockefeller family is part of this group.

To all appearances, the architect of the Club of Rome was Aurelio Peccei, an Italian industrialist with connections to the FIAT and Olivetti Corporations. On September 17, 1973 the COR issued a report authored by Mihajlo Mesaroviv and Eudard Pestel that expressed a vision for the world. In the COR report the world is divided into ten political/economic regions, which are actually called “kingdoms.” Friends, it doesn't become any more clearer than that!

In his summary of the report by Mesaroviv and Pestel Peccei stated,
"Their world model, based on new developments of the multilevel hierarchical systems theory, divides the world into ten interdependent and mutually interacting regions of political, economic or environmental coherence..."




Revelation 17 teaches that in the closing moments of world history “ten kings” identified as “the merchants of the earth” will for “one hour,” or “a little while,” set up a one-world government. This one-world government will abolish all nation states and political boundaries and will “divide the world into ten interdependent and mutually interacting regions.” After they have set up this government the prophecy says, “they [will] give their power and authority to the beast.”

The groundwork needed to bring the prophecy of the ten kings in Revelation 17 to a complete fulfilment has already taken place. Every day the world is never more than twenty four hours away from the fulfilment of the prophecy concerning the ten kings of Revelation 17. Recent events involving Israel, Hamas, India, and Pakistan should be enough to support that. Plus, those who propose to set up a one-world government already have total control over the world's economy. They have already divided the world into 10 economic zones to suit their purposes. They are one crisis of their own making away from putting their plan into effect.

How close are we to seeing this prophecy fulfilled given the current global economic crisis? A lot closer than you might even think! In his 1995 article
Human Rights And The New World Order Richard Moore writes,

"The NWO's ideological and economic agendas are globalized laissez-faire capitalism, hiding under the rhetoric of 'free trade' and 'increased competitiveness.' Not to be confused with free enterprise, entrepreneurial capitalism, or classical free market economics, laissez-faire turns over control of domestic and international economies to an elite clique of multinational corporations. Free trade and fair competition are the last thing this clique wants - predatory monopoly capitalism (such as was prevalent with the 19th century Robber Barons: Rockefeller, Carnegie, Krupp, et al) - is their preferred mode of operating. The so-called 'free trade' treaties are not about trade, but about opening up the world's economies, resources, and labor pools to unregulated exploitation by the multinationals. The NWO's political agenda is the erosion of national sovereignty and democracy, with power being transferred by various treaties (such as GATT, NAFTA, and Maastricht) to various commissions and organizations. These entities exhibit few or no democratic characteristics, but are designed to represent the interests of the NWO corporate elite."

Sounds like a carbon copy of the economic policies and "solutions" that are being espoused from governements throughout the world today, does it not?

So, to recap, we know that the Earth will be divided into 10 kingdoms. Then 10 Kings will rule over these 10 regions. These Kings, who rule over these kingdoms, will then sell out their own sovereignty to a one-world system.

Revelation 17:12-13 - - "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no power as yet but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast."

A system of government will be established, according to the Bible, which will ascend out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 17:8), and make war with the saints and to overcome them (Revelation 13:7). The Beast will cause every man on Earth to be numbered in order to buy and sell (Revelation 13:16-17). The Beast will be a wonder to see and watch (Revelation 13:3). The entire world will worship the Dragon (Satan) who gives power to the Beast (Revelation 13:4 and Revelation 20:2).

The system is being rapidly set up before our eyes and is using its economic, political, and spiritual power to bring it to pass. The Dragon gives this system its power and authority (Revelation 13:2). Because the Dragon is such a deceiver, we should expect the system to be brought into being with great subtlety and deceit. We have not been able to fully ascertain what the Dragon has been doing because we have been distracted. This Beast will be most formidable. It will literally tread the Earth down with its power and make life hell for the saints.

Personally, it does seem as though we're just one major crisis away for seeing the full implementation of this nefarious plan. Specifically, the U.S. needs to be replaced by a North American Union type of government body in order for there to be another region to add to the mix that will make up the prophesied 10 kingdoms. I'm afraid I don't see any other way for this to happen unless America ceases being a sovereign nation.

Regardless of how it all plays out, make no mistake, the world needs to see the 10 Kings first before the Antichrist can rise to power. Thus. it will be the formation of a 10 nation confederacy ruled by 10 individuals (the 10 Kings with their 10 kingdoms) that will give the Antichrist all of his political, military, and financial infrastructure.

Hopefully, today's column served as a good reference point for all of us. At the same time, I can't help but think that this may just be a starting point for us, and that much like weeks past this seemingly innocuous topic will lead to a much broader, and much more important study and focus upon our understanding of the 10 Kings and their relationship to the Antichrist's coming one-word government.

I hope you will continue to join me to take part in the journey of discovery as we sort out any confusion together. God is not confused, but we are. God knows what He is about, BUT WE DON'T KNOW FULLY WHAT GOD IS ABOUT. We know ONE THING though. At the time of the end, IT WILL BE MADE CLEAR!

There is no question we are at the time of the end. There is also no question that wrong interpretations are going to be shown for what they are.

RECOMMENDED READING:
The New World Order And The Ten Kings Of Revelation 17

CFR: Building A North American Community
The 10 Kings Study
The People Of The Apocalypse: The Ten Kings

Miracle Baby

Posted by JRed

Here’s a story I just came across that I thought might give some people some much needed encouragement. It's proof that miracles do happen.

A mother who was twice advised to have an abortion by doctors has gone on to have a “perfectly” healthy son!

Gaynor Purdy was warned her first child could have a fatal chromosome defect and a life threatening heart condition, but she rejected two suggestions to terminate the pregnancy and she and her husband Lee are celebrating life with their "perfect" ten-month-old son.

Mrs. Purdy, 28, a Quality Control Inspector, said: "We refused to give up on him, and decided throughout the pregnancy that as long as he was fighting, we would continue fighting with him."


The couple were delighted when they discovered they had conceived shortly before their first wedding anniversary. Four months into the pregnancy doctors told them that part of their unborn child's heart was narrow and underdeveloped and would mean open heart surgery if the baby was born. They were warned the condition could worsen and around Christmas last year, an immediate termination should be considered.

Further tests conducted a few days later on New Year's Eve suggested the baby could also have Edwards Syndrome - - the presence of an 18th chromosome - - with a life expectancy of only up to four months if birth is survived. Consultants again recommended the couple consider aborting the baby, fearing he would little to no quality of life once he was born.

For the second time, Mrs. Purdy and her husband, a 29 year old Forklift Driver, declined the suggestion.

Kai was born six weeks premature on March 5th at Scunthorpe General Hospital weighing just 2lb 6oz and immediately admitted to intensive care, but was discharged within six weeks. One side of his heart was slightly bigger than the other which may need an operation to correct in the future, but regular tests have been showing the condition is constantly improving.

The chromosome disorder, which affects growth, is also being closely monitored and he is due to undergo some corrective cosmetic surgery in the New Year. Mrs. Purdy added: "Doctors told us he was a little miracle baby. They said his heart must have been mending itself.

"Last year we were still on a knife edge thinking things would go wrong. But now he's out of the woods we are delighted that 2009 will be Kai's year."

A spokesman from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust said they cannot comment on individual cases, but he added: "Where abnormalities are spotted in the scans, our multi-disciplinary team will always offer prospective families the full facts and options as presented at the time. The team will then try to accommodate the prospective parents' wishes in the interests of mother and baby. We wish the family well."

What an amazing story! Again, more proof that God still performs miracles each and every day. At the same time, regardless of any little baby's health when he or she is born, the fact that a child is born - - that a new life arrives - - is a miracle in and of itself.

Three Heavens?

Posted by JRed

Earlier today, we looked at the book "Spiritual Warfare: The Invisible Invasion" by Thomas R. Horn, and discussed why it's critical for us to understand the nature of the enemy and environment we deal with constantly. Now, I got to thinking about something else Horn touched upon in his book.
Did you know that the Bible speaks of three distinct heavens? Yes, it's true! In Nehemiah 9:6 the prophet spoke of more than one heaven since he saw the heavens and the "heaven of heavens."

These were not peripheral heavens as taught in Mormonism, but heavenly divisions as Paul referred to in 2 Corinthians 12:2 saying, "I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one [was] caught up to the third heaven."

Wow! What was that Paul? What did you say again? Something about a "third heaven" was it!?! Before we continue he's a chart I found that might help you visualize things better. It's a chart by a man named Clarence Larkin, and it was first published over 75 years ago! Unfortunately, it was the best one I could find. Even so, his work has passed into the public domain and has aided Bible study for decades. Larkin's charts are well thought out and Scriptually sound. Some of the more detailed ones are books in themselves. They reveal Larkin's vast knowledge of the Scriptures and phenomenal grasp of prophecy. Practically all of the prophecy teachers today got their basic prophecy knowledge directly or indirectly from Larkin. Larkin's works are definitive, works that will endure until Christ's return. No other book since their publishing over 75 years ago has much improved on them.


Remarkably, I'm willing to bet that most Christians are like me - - left in the dark thanks to the modern-day Church about such important spiritual truths that have a direct impact on our spiritual lives especially in these times we're living in.

It's amazing to me how by leaving out simple teachings about this reality can have such an enormous impact on the world let alone Christianity itself. Here's why. I propose that it's because we've lost our understanding of this truth (the truth about three heavens) that we now find ourselves slipping into the moral decay that is becoming all too common in our communities and daily lives. Then again, even so, everything is going according to God's will for He knew this time would come.

In other words, it's not surprising that the Church has failed to properly teach us about the existence of three distinct heavenly realms in this modern era, and how we might "interact" with them regularly through fervent prayer to evoke significant change because to do so would contradict what it means to be in the last days where spiritual deception due to spiritual warfare runs rampant.

What I mean to say is that I believe that if we had a better understanding of this simple fact (the literal existence of three distinct heavens) then we would have a much better understanding of spiritual warfare (perhaps we would even take the subject more seriously), and fight the good fight day-in-and-day out rather than allowing ourselves to become apathetic to it all.

One of the most well-known phrases of the Bible is from the Book of Ephesians.

Ephesians 6:12 - - "Because we have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly places;"

While we all seem to wholeheartedly believe in this truth about our common enemy, isn't it strange how the extent of our knowledge of spiritual warfare ends with this identification of the enemy?

Sure, after identifying this evil source we might also recall putting on our "battle armor" as we're instructed to. Yet, what if we took the time to also identify not only the location of these spiritual battles, but also the process by which these wars are fought on a second-by-second basis? Wouldn't our concept of such things directly influence (strengthen) our faith and prayer life? I believe it would!

Satan was called "Beelzeboul" or "lord of height" by the Jews. Some Bible expositors believe when Paul referred to a third heaven, he was speaking from his scholarly upbringing as a Pharisee concerning three heavens which included a domain of air (the kosmos), or height, controlled by Satan.

In pharisaical thought, the first heaven was simply the place where the birds fly, anything removed from an not attached to the surface of the earth. On the other end of the spectrum, and of a different substance was the third heaven - - the dwelling place of God.

This was the place from which angelic spheres spread outward. Between the first heaven where the birds fly and the third heaven "where dwells the throne room of God" was a war zone called the "second heaven." This was the kosmos - - the Hebrew equivalent of the Persian Arhiman-abad - - the place where Satan abides as the price of the power of the "air" (aer, the lower air, circumambient), a sort of gasket heaven, the domain of Satan encompassing the surface of the earth.

From here kosmokrators (a world-ruler, an epithet of Satan) could overshadow cities, intrude upon, and attempt to influence the affairs and governments of men. It was also believed that the kosmos not only influenced earth's governments and puppeted human counterparts, but that Satan's minions sought to close the heavens above the city so that God's blessings could not flow into it.

Later, it was believed that when saints bent their knees in prayer, they had to pray through walls of opposition contained within this gasket heaven. The level of spiritual opposition to the saints' prayers depended on how far the city had fallen under Satan's control.

This continues today. When our prayers leave our lips they go upward through the devil's domain to the throne of God. If Satan considers the prayers significant, he rises up to oppose them, both going to and coming from the throne of God. Therefore, the second heaven is considered a war zone for our prayer life and the residence of the power of the air.

From the air above our cities, evil powers seek to influence church direction, social philosophy, and legislation. The effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous are the battering rams that can push through all demonic opposition en route to and from the throne of God. This was illustrated in Daniel 10, where the prophet prayed for 21 days until the angel broke through and delivered God's answer.

The persistence of our prayers, when they are prayed "according to His will," creates activity within the second and third heavens. In turn, the heavenly responses affect every level of spiritual and physical society. In cities where prayer is active, the heavens can be opened so that the healing power of God flows in freely.

Daniel prayed until he pushed a hole through the walls of demonic opposition and the heavens opened with spiritual revelations. Elijah continued in prayer until the heavens opened and the rains fell. The disciples continued until their prayers penetrated the heavens and the glory of Pentecost came rushing down from the throne of God. Jacob prayed and the heavens opened. Angels ascended and descended. Elisha prayed and his servant beheld the heavens opened and the host of heaven standing upon the mountains to help them.

Clearly, repentant Christians across the globe, in places both big and small, must pray until the heavens open, and the skies are cleansed of demonic rule. Thus, the blessings and restorative power of God will flow freely into our communities.

More importantly, as the world prepares for the trials and tribulations that are about to descend upon us all, we must pray until the heavens open (all three!), and the skies are cleansed of demonic rule so that the PROTECTION of God can flow freely into our communities and families.

Yes, there are three distinct heavens according to the Holy Bible. Just because you've never been taught that in Sunday School or in the pews doesn't mean they don't exist. God's Word is true and it can be trusted. The question is whether or not you want to believe it all or simply pick and choose the parts that you're comfortable with while discarding the rest.

Christians (especially those of us living in these end times) must be wary of these truths and take the battle to the enemy using the spiritual weapons and armor that the Lord gave us.

RECOMMENDED READING:
The "Third Heaven"
The Firmament, Third Heaven, And Structure Of Things Biblical
Are There Different Levels Of Heaven?

REVIEW: Spiritual Warfare - The Invisible Invasion

Posted by JRed

In case you missed it, I've added a new Category - - Book Reviews. I just thought I would share my analysis of those books I've read recently (are currently reading) that may be of interest to others in the Look Up Fellowship community.

Today, it is my pleasure to provide you with the first Book Review published here! It's of a book called "Spiritual Warfare: The Invisible Invasion" by Thomas R. Horn who is also the CEO of
Raiders News Network (RNN).


We all know Ephesians 6:12 that reads, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." However, I'm willing to bet that most people are like me, and that beyond a mere acknowledgement of that truth we rarely give spiritual warfare much thought or consider how it is being conducted on a second-by-second basis in our daily lives.

This book certainly opened my eyes! I've had it sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time now, and just never took the time to read it. About 2-3 weeks ago, I begin to hear it calling my name so I picked it up and started reading. If it weren't for the holidays and end of the year rush I probably would've finished it in half the time it took me to read it from start to finish because it's that compelling.

In this book, Thomas Horn considers our cultural plight from a spiritual perspective. Some questions that he addresses include:

Can modern nations be besieged by ancient demonic powers?

Is there a cause-and-effect relationship between our cultural disintegration and the unseen activity of demons?


In attempting to answer these and many other important questions, Horn also presents biblical solutions to the evil plaguing our society today. He gives the reader the spiritual weapons they need to reclaim their communities.

Personally, it was chilling to read about Horn's own experiences with spiritual warfare as well as the forces and tactics employed by Satan on a regular basis to destroy individuals and communities.

I was also intrigued to learn that this book was published back in 1998, and yet it's even more relevant today than it was back then (already over a decade ago!).

My copy of this book has underlined sections and notes in the margins on just about every page since that's how involved I became in the subject matter. So, that being said, it's difficult for me to pick out only a few sections to include here.

Instead, I'll simply promise to return to and refer to this great work in the future. I'll also leave you with this excerpt that Horn included in his book to sum things up for you.

In "The Rebirth of America," John Price notes, "Repentant Christians in prayer will be able to do more for America than all the government programs rolled into one." I found that to be quite appropriate for us today.

In the end, Horn reminds us that revival is the inrush of the Spirit into the body that threatens to become a corpse. That's what America needs.

Do yourself a favor and pick-up a copy of this book as it's well worth the time and investment.

One World Religion

Posted by JRed

The concept of a one world religion is in the news again.

Yona Metzger, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, talks to Spiegel Online about the Abraham as the father of all three monotheistic religions - - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - - and explains how that connection could be a starting point for a dialogue of peace between them.

In fact, he even goes so far as to reveal that "my dream is to create a United Religious Nations."
You can read the interview in its entirety here.

No, there's no way we're even close to the prophesied end times described for us in many places throughout the Bible or those times that even Jesus talked about. Not a chance!

A one world religion let alone a one world anything is light years away. I mean, it's not like anyone else is even talking about these things so
maybe the Pope is right after all!

Lord Have Mercy And Forgive Me...

Posted by JRed

I write to you with a heavy heart and a heavy burden because I'm conflicted. I cannot determine if this is the Holy Spirit legitimately convicting me of the existence of sin in my life or, if this is merely Satan up to his usual tricks trying to throw me off a bit although I'm leaning towards the former.

Either way, I feel it's important that I issue a public statement asking my brothers and sisters in Christ to provide me with their input, to pray for me to find discernment, and to forgive me, which I believe may be necessary. I ask for your forgiveness because I fear that in my pursuit of truth (and in wanting to get to know my Lord and Savior more intimately) I may have inadvertently allowed myself to become seduced by ideas and concepts that a Christian has no business associating himself with.

More importantly, I pray that God will have mercy on me and forgive me if I have in fact sinned by not only practicing such things that may be forbidden, but by writing about them publicly and potentially endangering the spiritual health of others in the process.

Bottom line, while I'm still not 100% sure, I'm beginning to fear that our common enemy used my enthusiasm and desire to be the best watchman I could be to deceive me into thinking I was "on to something" revolutionary; something that would add an additional layer of insight to our understanding of end times prophecy, and these times we are living in.

So, today, I want to focus on two such ideas and concepts that I'm now beginning to think I should've just stayed away from to begin with. Again, while I didn't realize it at the time, I'm worried that I was actively practicing things that God strictly prohibits.


IS IT A SIN TO STUDY SUCH THINGS?


I'll start with the big one. Simply put, Synchronicity is no longer going to be the subject of any posts here (at least not unless I can prove to myself that it is something that is "good" and "ok" to even concern myself with).

As tempting as it is to believe that precognitive events in art are all planted by CIA spooks,
men in black, and secret societies for arcane or ritual purposes, I've always thought the truth was far stranger - - and much more compelling for us Christians!

For quite some time, I've demonstrated how the supercharged language of sacred symbolism takes on a life of its own and uses us as its vessels - - not the other way around. This language is coherent, consistent, and predictive (in a sense and to an extent).

The focus isn't so much on predicting the future per se, but instead is more on the symbols themselves, which sort of guide you along in a hard-to-explain manner. They seem to allow you to see the patterns inherent in past events and also to give you a sort of framework for the present.

Again, precisely why Carl Jung called Synchronicity the "Hand of God" the more he studied it. Synchronicity is the mystical idea that there are no accidents, or that every event is an interaction between God and the soul. No matter how arbitrary it may seem to be, each event actually contains spiritual meaning, and wisdom largely consists in unwinding this hidden meaning behind the surface of events.

While Christians don't necessarily believe in "coincidence" I think I may be able to describe this phenomenon best when I say that there is coincidence, there is meaningful coincidence, and then there is symbolically supercharged meaningful coincidence. That's where Synchronicity comes in.

Second, let's not forget the importance of understanding Symbolism in all of this either.

As proposed in a previous post, and in an effort to try to explain my perspective on why understanding Symbolism is important (especially to those who study prophecy), we concluded that Symbolism is an integral part of prophecy. It is used throughout the Bible, but definitely a key component to prophecy. What would the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation (amongst others) be without the use of symbols? Thus, it behooves us to try to understand the role that Symbolism has played throughout the course of history as well as the vital role it continues to play today. The Secret Sun blog had something to say about it here and also here.

Surely, there are some people out there who will say that any serious study of Symbolism in relation to the Bible and its prophecies is one big load of crap. Not only that, they think it may rightly be considered "heresy" and definitely "forbidden" since they feel it really is deceptive and keeps us from what is really important.

While that's obviously an important question to consider and ask ourselves (let alone take to the Lord in prayer), another important question we should be asking ourselves is whether or not this is EXACTLY what Satan wants us to believe to keep us from searching for God and developing a deeper relationship with Him through a search for the truth.

Yes, Christianity is a "revealed religion," it’s not an esoteric religion. The Bible speaks for itself and the Spirit leads us to understanding of it. For these reasons alone, these people suggest that to study things like Synchronicity and Symbolism, to give them an important role in all of this, is to pervert the Bible, and to add to it when we know that that is expressly forbidden as well. Again, I get what they're saying, and we should consider that possibility. At the same time, why did God put so many symbols in His Holy Bible especially pertaining to the end times if it was "heresy" and unimportant?

We're the ONLY creatures on the planet that use symbols in reference to something else. We use symbols for absolutely EVERYTHING the mind can conceive of! Is it any wonder then that God in His infinite wisdom decided to wrap His prophecies for the end times in a similar language?

However, I believe He always intended for us to reach the same conclusions, but on our own accord, by our own efforts, and through our own thirst for the knowledge of the truth (obtained only through aggressively seeking Him and studying His Word), instead of solely relying on others to interpret things for us and doing the work we were meant to do all along.


STILL, IT WAS THE WORD OF GOD THAT GOT (AND HAS) MY ATTENTION!


All this being said, I'm now backtracking a bit and reevaluating my position on the subject. While I still believe that we need to try and understand Synchronicity and Symbolism (if only because it may be a precursor of things to come; how the False Prophet and Antichrist will use unexplained phenomena to deceive the world) I'm still not quite sure to what extent or, to what level of importance, we are to give them in the field of eschatology. This is due, in large part, to what I recently read that has me second-guessing whether or not this is the road I want to travel here.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 - "Now if you enter into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to act according to the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you one who cleanses his son or his daughter by fire, one who practices divination, one who acts as a diviner, one who practices ornithomancy, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, a ventriloquist and one who observes signs and one who inquires of the dead. For anyone who does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God, for it is because of these abominations that the Lord your God will destroy them utterly from before you. You shall be perfect before the Lord your God. For these nations that you are about ti dispossess, these will hear omens and divinations, but as for you, the Lord your God has not granted you to do so."


I did a little research and found that Ornithomancy is mentioned several times in the Septuagint version of the Bible (the oldest and most accurate version of the Old Testament), where it is expressly forbidden.

It was an Ancient Greek practice of reading omens from the actions of birds, equivalent to the Augury employed by the ancient Romans. Although it was mainly the flights and songs of birds that were studied, any action could have been interpreted to either foretell the future or relate a message from the gods. These omens were considered with the utmost seriousness by Greeks and Romans alike.

This form of Divination became a branch of Roman national religion, which had its own priesthood and practice. One notable example occurs in the Odyssey, when thrice an eagle appears, flying to the right, with a dead dove in its talons; this augury was interpreted as the coming of Odysseus, and the death of his wife's suitors.

Also known as Oionoscopy it was very popular in ancient Greece. Alternate methods of Oionoscopia read omens from the sound and the colorful appearance of birds.

In ancient Rome, Augurs or priests performed their Divination in elaborate ceremonies, called Auguries, by reading Auspices or omens. To determine the will of the gods, they utilized such forms of Divination as Haruspication, Ornithomancy, and the interpretation of dreams and visions.

These Augurs, members of a college that existed in Rome from the founding of the city until late in the 4th century AD, exercised enormous power. No Roman would embark upon a major undertaking unless the Augurs decided the Auspices were favorable.


STUDYING SYNCHRONICITY & SYMBOLISM SEEMS THE LEAST OF MY PROBLEMS!


The forms of inductive Divination best known today include Astrology; Crystallomancy, or Crystal Gazing; Bibliomancy, the interpretation of secret messages from books, especially from the Bible; Numerology, the study of numbers; and the reading of palms, tea leaves, and cards. One of these particularly caught my eye and gave me that sinking feeling in my stomach.

Bibliomancy is a form of Divination that seeks to know the future by randomly selecting a passage from a book, frequently a sacred text. Because of the root "biblio," the word is often wrongly attributed to the Holy Bible, rather than to any holy book.

Among Christians, the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are most commonly used; Jews consult the Old Testament. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs do bibliomancy with their own sacred texts for a variety of reasons, including deciding a newborn's name, to choose a day for travel, and to settle disputes.

Bibliomancy comes from Greek biblio (book) + mancy (divination). A closely related word is Stichomancy, which involves selecting a passage at random from any book. The ancient Romans did Stichomancy with Virgil's Aeneid, and the practice continued until the Middle Ages in Europe. The Greeks swore by their Homer.

How imaginative, curious, and personal Bibliomancy/Stichomancy can be is seen in the example of Wilkie Collins's novel The Moonstone where one of the characters considers Robinson Crusoe to be the perfect guide to life.

Yes, I'm guilty as charged! I can't tell you the number of times I would practice Bibliomacy by picking up my Bible, and selecting a random passage (often to start my day). Just as the definition suggests, for some strange reason (and even now I'm not quite sure why I even did this in the first place) I would think to myself - - before reading the random passage I just selected - - that it was going to be highly personal as well as a specific and important message that God wanted me to have for that day and that day only.

Until today, I had never even known that there was a word for this practice let alone that it was a form of Divination, which we know is strictly forbidden by God! The idea that I could've been disobeying God's clear commands all this time while also encouraging others here to research and study other possibly forbidden practices like the study of Synchronicity and Symbolism pains me to no end. I want to please my God! I want to bring glory and honor to Him at all times - - not shame! Is this what I've allowed to happen!?!

It's the suffix "mancy" that opens up a Pandora's box. Men and women have always wanted to know the future, to be foretold of the vagaries of nature. For that very reason, we believe in superstitions and in supernatural powers. The skill or act of telling what will happen in the future or discovering something that is unknown or secret by magical methods gives a person - - who is believed to have the ability - - a special status. The oldest profession in any culture or society could have been that of a soothsayer. There are over two hundred words with the suffix - - mancy. Mantic (relating to divination, prophetic) shares the same etymology.

Arithmancy, also known as numerology, is divination by numbers. Harry Potter fans will recognize it as one of the subjects taught at Hogwarts School where the boy studies the art of wizardry.

Divination, is the practice of attempting to acquire hidden knowledge, and insight into events past, present, and future through the direct or indirect contact of human intelligence with the supernatural. The practice was closely allied with religion among pagan, Hebrew, and early Christian peoples. We know what the Bible has to say about that of course.


CAUSE FOR CONCERN OR SATAN JUST TRYING TO CAUSE DOUBT?


So, here I am, wondering if my studies on Synchronicity and Symbolism have gone too far, and whether or not I have sinned by considering such phenomenon in relation to Bible prophecy for these end times. Furthermore, I had no idea that I was practicing what is known as Bibliomancy all these years. I hate to say it, but I fear that may be the case.

Plus, these have at their core a dangerous premise that we can “hear God’s voice,” not through His Word, but through extra-biblical revelation. Churches are currently filled with people who think they are hearing a “word from the Lord,” often contradicting one another and causing endless wrangling and divisions within the Body of Christ. That has been me to an extent these past few weeks, and what I fear I may have done inadvertently.

God's Word is to be our authoritative source of wisdom because it is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (
2 Timothy 3:16-17). If the Bible is sufficient to thoroughly equip us for every good work, how could we think we need to seek a mystical experience in addition to it?

At the same time, the only thing that has kept me from writing off both completely is the fact that I know that the things that are most important for Satan to distort are the things that are true; the things that have the most impact and power. The Gospel is obviously number one, and then also the idea of Jesus Christ coming back again. Everything is fair game to him including these sorts of things.

As Christians, I recognize that we MUST look at what the enemy is doing because the end times has a component to it that focuses on Christianity very precisely, and that's this idea that there's going to be this great lie, a great delusion coming - - the Great Deception - - and if you're not well versed in what's going on and especially in knowing the Word itself (knowing it inside and out and understanding that if someone throws something at you that no matter what it is it will NEVER negate the facts of the Bible) you're going to find yourself in serious trouble.

That's why if you leave out things like Astronomy (that's in the Bible), Numerics/Numerology (that's in the Bible), the Nephilim/Giants (that's in the Bible), and Symbolism (that's in the Bible too!) you're disarming yourself and leaving yourself vulnerable during the coming Great Deception because ALL OF THESE THINGS have been stolen and usurped by Satan to use against us.

We have to know that this stuff is there or else the lie will work. That's why I'm so concerned about all of this lately. I get that, but I don't want to cross any line. I don't want to disobey God.

It only takes a very small amount of poison sprinkled over a perfectly good meal to kill a man. A full 99.9% of the meal might be fine, but that .1% cyanide sprinkled over the the food will kill you dead. Satan knows this, but sometimes we seem to forget this. Spiritual poison works just as deadly as worldly poison, the results are the same - - death.

That's why I will continue to test EVERYTHING in prayer, but 2009 will start with me tossing the study of Synchronicity in relation to Christianity (specifically eschatology) overboard.

Lord have mercy and forgive me if I have sinned in this regard.

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Theory Of Divination

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2009 Predictions

Posted by JRed

Sorry, but despite the alluring title of this post, I do not personally have any personal predictions for 2009 because I'm not some modern-day prophet. No, I'm just a skinny, red-haired, lefty with glasses here in Buffalo, NY who's watching and wondering.

On second thought, I will say that if we're all still here when 2010 rolls around then I will be VERY surprised! I just don't see how this world can continue on its current path without many of the unfulfilled prophecies (i.e. Rapture; Psalm 83 War; Gog-Magog War; Rise of the Antichrist; Tribulation; etc.) coming to fruition.

Instead, I simply want to share an excellent news video series that has been produced by Rapture Alert, which takes all of today's news headlines and connects them to specific end times prophecies from the Bible.

The result? Well, when you look at the big picture like this, and recall all of the things that have happened in 2008 (and are still happening today) then it becomes quite obvious where we are on God's prophetic timeline.

More importantly, if you watch this series of 2 minute video clips and you still come away skeptical then you'll have no one but yourself to blame when that Day of the Lord comes, and you're left behind wondering what just happened.

Don't make the mistake of ignoring Him any longer. It's not an accident that Michael Mickey created these videos. It's not "dumb luck" that I stumbled upon them, and decided to post them all together in one place here for quick reference. It's not a "random occurrence" that you are here reading this, and are ready to watch these videos for yourself.

You're EXACTLY where God wants you to be. Maybe this isn't intended for you personally because you see the signs, and you already know we're close to His return. Then maybe he's bringing you here and making you aware of this because you know someone in your life who remains on the fence; someone who can benefit from watching this for themselves.

Either way, let's start this New Year off on the right foot and open our eyes to the truth before it's too late!

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Be sure to drop Michael a quick "Thank You" note for taking the time to produce these powerful, cut-to-the-chase messages for the world.

Now, be sure to share them with all the skeptics you know as well as with those Christians who don't want to take the time to consider prophecy in their daily lives.

Trust me, they'll thank you for it later.

A New Year, A New Beginning

Posted by JRed

Today is the day! It's a new year, and your chance at a new beginning. Forget the past. Everything that happened up until this point is simply prologue.

If you're reading this and you're not a Christian you need to know that you can find salvation today, and begin a spiritual journey with the one true God that is beyond your wildest dreams!

Proverbs 27:1 - -
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth."

Dr. Piers Steel is a Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics Professor at Canada's University of Calgary. In his research on procrastination he found that people are more likely to procrastinate if they don't feel the task is urgent, if it isn't appealing, or if it appears daunting. Those may be the reasons many people put off making progress in their spiritual life.

The Bible has a single verse that speaks to the issue of procrastination:

Hebrews 9:27 - - "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment."

First, we are not guaranteed a long life. Second, when we die we face the judgment seat of Christ where our spiritual life will be examined (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). And third, we have a misconception about what brings joy in life. We have mistaken religion for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

To assume that we have plenty of time to "get serious" about spiritual things is to presume upon the future. To assume we won't enjoy spiritual growth is an insult to God.

If you have been procrastinating about engaging in spiritual growth, don't assume that you know the future. Redeem the time today while you are able (Ephesians 5:16).

The purpose of our study of prophecy being fulfilled in the world's news headlines is twofold. First, it is to demonstrate that there is a living God who still sits on His throne, and who is in complete control. Second, it is to try to show you that our time here is short (much shorter than we think), and that the time to act (to make a life-saving and life-changing decision for Jesus Christ) is now!

Look at today as not just a New Year, but also a new beginning that will change the rest of your life!