The Oracle of Damascus, Isaiah 17 - BY Pastor Mike Taylor - https://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2022/06/the-oracle-of-damascus-isaiah-17.html
1“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.
4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.
7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 17:1-7)
Those who watch prophecy while it is being fulfilled before our very eyes, have contemplated and even wondered about when this scripture will be fulfilled. Note that in all of history, Damascus has been inhabited perpetually for the last 5000 years and is the oldest city in the Ancient world that has not been destroyed, or abandoned. So this prophecy is for the future and could be in the near future. Why do I say that?
This prophecy has only been partially fulfilled in the past, when the Assyrians defeated the Armeans in 732 BC and overran this city. Damascus has been conquered many times, and this is just one of them. The Israelites did in 1000 BC and as mentioned the Assyrians in 732 BC. Then in 606 BC she was conquered by the Babylonians, the Persians in 530 BC, the Greeks in 330 BC, the Nabeteans in 85 BC, the Romans in 63 BC, the Byzantines in 634 AD, the Marmadukes in 1250 AD and finally the Ottoman Empire in 1516 AD. So as you see, she was conquered numerous times, but the city herself has survived and continues to thrive with a population close to 2 million souls within her borders. As you read the verses above, many wonder what the City of Aroer was located. Since the city today is much too far to be in relation to Damascus, some speculate that there was another city close by her. Some feel the translation in this passage should have been the “cities thereof shall be forsaken” as the Aroer is east of the Jordan River, but if that is true, then the passage could be speaking of the area inhabited by Hezbollah today, in a straight line from Damascus to Beirut. The verses above speak of the defeat of Damascus and later the area of Samaria. Samaria was ultimately destroyed, but Damascus remains even today.
That's ancient history in an abbreviated fashion, but what about today of the city in Syria known as Damascus? What can be the reason for her eventual demise and the city not be inhabited again? Note that in this age the only thing that could make any city uninhabitable is either nuclear or chemical warfare that causes the area to be too dangerous for anyone to be in the same area.
Note my comment about the straight line that is occupied by Hezbollah right now in a straight line between Damascus and Beirut. Hezbollah has boasted by their “spokesman” Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of this avowed terrorist entity that they have enough missiles to reach every part of Israel, even their nuclear plant and their largest cities. The last war, Hezbollah had many missiles that were used, but waned in the final days of this last war found between them and Israel, but this time, Hezbollah has smuggled in right under the noses of the ineffectual U.N. Peace keeping army which turned a blind eye to their buildup of a huge stockpile of advanced rockets from no other than Iran. It is believed that Lebanon through Hezbollah has been armed with some 120,000 surface-to-surface rockets and missiles, its firepower eclipses that of most states in the world. Dozens of its projectiles are long-range, and accurate. Hezbollah possesses hundreds of drones that it uses in combat against Syrian Sunni rebels.
In the 20th century, Syrian military formations were parked in Lebanon, projecting Damascus’s power on its weaker neighbor. Today, the situation is reversed, and it is Lebanese Hezbollah formations that are shaping events next-door in Syria – a sign of Hezbollah’s new role as a regional Shi’ite power. She has always been a terrorist organization, but she has elevated herself to a regional army.
“Seventy percent of Hezbollah’s billion-dollar annual budget comes from Iran, and it uses this money to build command-and-control and rocket-launch sites all over villages and towns in southern Lebanon. But Hezbollah has also invested in military infrastructure in northern Lebanon, spreading out its firepower across the country.
Hezbollah today is focused on acquiring accurate, guided projectiles, and seeks to import as many of these as it can, from both Iranian and Syrian weapons factories.
According to international media reports, Israel is engaged in covert actions to stop this weapons trafficking.” (Jerusalem Post, Hezbollah more powerful but stretched to the limit)
Hezbollah is gearing up for their next confrontation with the IDF and they are trying to tip the scales in their favor. In this next war, we can gather that there will still be a pending destruction against Damascus, by God, though it is not clear whether He will use Israel OR other nations OR His own supernatural manner to carry this out (well, for that matter, any combination thereof). It is also clear that it will be an evening strike and by dawn, Damascus will be a ruinous heap. This next war will completely destroy all the surrounding areas that have come against Israel. Is the Oracle of Damascus fulfilled within the prophesied coming Psalm 83 war, where all the surrounding Arab neighbors will again, once more, think to come and drive Israel into the sea?
1. “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. “ (Psalm 83:1-8)
Right now, where are the sorties by the IDF taking aim at destroying advanced weapons bound for Hezbollah with the planes and bombs? Yes, the ongoing attempt to keep these weapons out of the enemies hands have been aimed at Syria.
What we do know is that we need an intact Syria for Psalm 83 to be fulfilled, which Damascus is the lifeline of Syria and the surrounding countryside. Destroy Damascus and the area crumbles and the nations of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq or Lebanon come in to pick up the pieces for their own safety concerns.
ISRAEL MAKES BIG LAND EXPANSION
At the end of this war, Damascus is no more, the surrounding area will have been soundly defeated by God Himself, or using the IDF to gather land that has been promises to them since Abraham. From the Great River in Egypt, which must be the Nile, to the River Euphrates, north into Syria, and south in Saudi Arabia. Israel will become the wealthiest Middle Eastern country of all time. She will have oil, natural gas, and untold natural resources that will drive the Arab nations into a schizophrenic fit.
BUT WHY DAMASCUS?
But why was only Damascus completely destroyed? Isaiah prophesied the destruction and abandonment of Damascus, Syria over 2,700 years ago. Yet the city continues today, despite so many Middle East wars and predictions that "this year" it will finally come to pass. So what's missing that has been holding this prophecy back? Israel’s strike on Iran? Or perhaps the overlooked prophecy we spoke about in the Psalms about a future Arab war alliance targeted at wiping out Israel.
Short answer to why Damascus is destroyed is IRAN.
If you are into Bible prophecy, you probably have heard about the continued controversial nuclear program of Iran—and Israel's plan to strike Iran over it.
In 2002, it was revealed that Iran had secretly been enriching uranium with thousands of centrifuges. Enriched uranium is the key component of a nuclear bomb. Nobody wants an apocalyptic religious state like Iran to have nukes. Even worse, Iran resumed enrichment once President Ahmadinejad took office in 2005 and he refused to stop it, despite severe sanctions against Iran. Even after the extreme Ahmadinejad left office in 2013, the concerns over Iran's nuclear program have only increased.
It's no mystery who is most endangered by the prospect of Iran possessing nuclear weapons. Israel has threatened to make a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear sites if sanctions continue to fail. This is no empty threat as Israel has bombed the nuclear sites of hostile nations in the past. Back in 1981, Israel bombed Iraq's nuclear reactor, receiving worldwide condemnation for it at the time. Then in 2007, Israel sent planes to bomb an alleged North Korean made nuclear reactor in Syria.
But for Damascus to be a ruinous heap is not what has happened in the past..Cities have been abandoned for many reason, but the buildings were left intact. I think of one city in Ukraine where the Chernobyl nuclear plant melted down. The whole city is now a ghost town with buildings intact, but the population is unable to live in the city for the radioactive poisoning that would result for any human being within that city. Same can be said for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but they were different in that the bombs were detonated high above the cities and created low fall-out that would have developed with a ground explosion, so the Japanese rebuilt these cities, as they were not contaminated.
Damascus' predicted fate is distinct from either of these cities or perhaps any other. Its buildings and streets will not just be deserted, but they will be left as a “heap of ruins.” I am not aware of a case in modern times of that happening to a city. There are cities that have been wiped out by tsunamis or even volcanic explosions, but they have been rebuilt and not left as heaps of ruins. The real estate still has value to former inhabitants and with a concerted effort they can achieve reconstruction of the city soon enough. I'm believing that the reason why she is a ruinous heap is Israel nukes her?
WHY WOULD ISRAEL NUKE DAMASCUS?
It is a well known fact, but never talked about in Israel's government, that she possesses a large arsenal of nuclear weapons. Israel has also been a frequent target herself from the like of Syria, and helping Damascus by proxy to do the same.
Importantly, Israel also has the will to use these weapons. Because Israel's enemies are so numerous and able to overrun the tiny nation so easily, Israel has adopted a nuclear policy called “The Samson Option.” The name comes from the famously strong judge of Israel who took his own life by knocking out the support pillars of the temple he was in to avenge himself on his enemies around him. According to this policy, Israel would nuke the cities of her enemies if she was overrun or about to be defeated. Hitting the leadership of Syria at Damascus would be part of this retaliatory attack. What would be the cause of this retaliatory attack? Only one thing comes to mind. A large onslaught of missiles that come from within Lebanon or within Syria. Israel would be faced with this “Samson option”...as she will have to use the “big guns” to wipe out her adversaries. Her war cry has always been “NEVER AGAIN” will she stand idly by and let her people be destroyed.
Israel takes a hard hit from this war in her northern part of the nation, as the verses above attest to...
4 “ And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.” (Isaiah 17: 4-6)
In this prophesied event, northern and central Israel are named as taking damage and casualties, although comparatively less than Damascus (Damascus loses the kingdom, but Israel only the fortress). War is never completely one-sided. If Israel is prompted to attack Damascus, they will certainly suffer casualties in the process. Going further in the prophecy we can see that, as has usually been the case, Syria will not be acting alone against Israel:
12 “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!
13 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.
14 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.” (Isaiah 17:12-14)
To make a better understanding, I believe this interpretation spells it out for us, better than the poetic KJV:
Isaiah 17:12-14 (HCSB) 12 “Ah! The roar of many peoples—they roar like the roaring of the seas. The raging of the nations—they rage like the raging of mighty waters. 14 In the evening—sudden terror! Before morning—it is gone! This is the fate of those who plunder us [Judah] and the lot of those who ravage us.”
God Almighty deals with these Arab nations in His own way.
A multitude of nations attack “us” or the nation that Isaiah addressed in his prophecies: the southern kingdom of Judah (as opposed to the northern nation of Israel). The Jewish people make up the modern State of Israel (which is why they almost called it the State of Judah). Therefore the description fits yet another Middle East war where Israel is attacked by her mainly Arab and Islamic neighbors such as Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and probably also Iran (who is not Arab). Yet, like before, Israel will be victorious—and probably even quicker than in the Six Day War of 1967. Notice in verse 14 that it takes only from one evening until the next morning to achieve decisive victory.
It sounds like Israel is faced with no other option, but the Samson Option and she brings out her nuclear weapons and Damascus is taken away from being a city, as she has been the lifeline for the continued attempts to destroy Israel.
It will mean the complete annihilation of her enemy armies and not to mention 10's of millions of civilian casualties. No wonder that Isaiah says that the situation shifts overnight from a terror for Israel and the tragedy for her enemies.
THIS WAR SETS UP THE COMING EZEKIEL WAR!
Israel will finally feel safe in her own country, as she has defeated all surrounding enemies. She has defeated the Palestinians, the terror group of Hamas, Hezbollah, and all nations that border hers in a decisive victory that may be shorter than the 6 day war of 1967 when she uses this Sampson option. Note that in Ezekiel 38 when they talk about the countries of modern day Arab nations, none of the inner ring of Arab nations are mentioned? Only ones you will find will be the major suppliers that got the other nations destroyed by Israel and by God. Israel is now safe (for a little while)...she will become gloriously wealthy and the larger Arab nations, and the Persian nation of Iran who all are Muslim, will not let this stand. With large sums of arms, cash and weapons from Gog and Magog, which many believe is Russia, she will think an evil thought.
8 “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10 Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:8-12)
This is just too much for the Arab nation, and the Communist nation of Russia to stand and not take what is not theirs. What are they wanting, both Russian and their confederation? The answer would be oil and gas. Israel will be the biggest oil and natural gas producer on the planet, save maybe the USA. She will think an evil thought to take what she desires and wants...the riches of Israel. Almighty God brings judgment, severe judgment on these nations that come against His people and His land.
18 “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.
19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 38:18-23)
Do you see how this war of Psalm 83, although possibly a short war, sets up an even greater war that will judge the nations who come against Israel? Those who have been pulled down to Israel as a fish with hook in it's jaw, will be near totally destroyed. 5/6 of this army will be destroyed, and the plagues that destroyed them will follow them back to their home countries and more will die.
THE REVEALING OF THE ANTI-CHRIST
These wars were all covered to come to the crux of this message. With so many people slain, the God of Israel sanctified in the eyes of the world, and the world knows that Israel did not do this by themselves, it's an old Muslim trick to capitulate to the enemy until you are stronger in the future. So a man will come to confirm a covenant with Israel to bring peace to the world. Am I saying the man is Muslim? He could very well be. He will be the secular half of the One World Government and the One World Religion, and will come to confirm this covenant that has already been in place, but never enforced or ratified. He will proclaim a 7 year treaty. Could this be Trump's deal of the century, that is already known to be dead on arrival, as the Palestinians don't want peace, as they want all Jews dead or driven into the Mediterranean Sea.
27 “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
So the Anti-Christ has just revealed himself, and from the time of Psalm 83 until Ezekiel 38-39, could be just a few years...we don't know, as the Bible is not specific. But if things are ratcheting up in the Middle East where we could see war after war come to pass and the total destruction of Damascus, the end of Psalm 83 war, into Ezekiel's war where Israel is victorious through the intervention of Divine fury and wrath from Almighty God, the time of the Tribulation could be that close. Why is that important?
6 “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-10)
The power that holds back unabated evil in this world is God's Holy Spirit and if He is pulled back to Pre-Pentecostal manifestations, those He indwells will be removed as well. Noting that Jesus made a promise to never leave us or forsake us, and since Jesus cannot lie, we will not be left comfortless or alone, but removed from this planet.
The Oracle of Damascus and the Psalm 83 War, gets the ball rolling to the coming Tribulation and it could be very soon that this war will break out. We are told that we will NOT see this man, the Anti-Christ, as he will be revealed after the church is removed. If the AC is to be revealed in the next few years, the church can be removed anytime between now and then.
My spiritual sense tells me that we don't have much time to gather the harvest of souls for the coming of the Lord, and not making any predictions, but it could be even this fall, or the next, or the next. We don't know for sure. We just watch and wait and believe what Paul wrote:
15 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
(1st Thessalonians 4:15-18)
Make no mistake about it, the Middle East is shaping up for a catastrophic war coming, the world is about to implode, and the Anti-Christ is about to reveal himself. The signs are all around us, and the signs of the coming of our Lord grow louder and louder with each passing day.
Please as you read this, examine yourself and see if you be found in the faith. Don't make the mistake of discounting these words. Scoffers will have their sneers wiped off their faces when all of this comes to pass. Don't be one of them, as the time for repentance and being with Jesus for all eternity draws closer.
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (Peter 1:10)
“ 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.
17, God sent not His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through HIM, might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ” (John 3:16-18)(my emphasis in caps)
8 "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)
I beseech each of you, not to scoff, but to open your eyes to what God says will happen, and not too long into the future..as we could wake up one morning and all this has come to pass. So come Lord Jesus.
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying you make yourself ready for the coming of the Lord, He is right at the door ready to burst forth. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a friendly listening ear, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , God bless you all
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The Intentional Agenda - By Steve Schmutzer - https://www.raptureready.com/2022/06/05/the-intentional-agenda-by-steve-schmutzer/
So let me get this straight…
Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old boy, lived with his grandmother. He liked to cross-dress and wear eyeliner, at least enough to take selfies and post them on social media.
Somewhere along the line, this kid – this newbie to adulthood – acquired sufficient resources to purchase two brand new Daniel Defense AR15 rifles, plus 375 rounds of 5.56 ammo, optics, and some tactical body plates. He pulled all that off without a driver’s license. That’s roughly $5,000.00 right there – a heckova’ dent in his fast-food income as a Wendy’s worker.
The multiple signs of dysfunction in his life were very clear. He was well-known as someone who had found pleasure in cutting his own face, who’d shot BB guns at random people, and had egged cars. He’d told his co-workers that he was going to buy the weapons that he did, and he’d often lashed out violently against his family, his friends, and strangers. He had photos taken of himself fighting with others in a local park.
He had posted his violent intentions on social media. He’d stated three times on Facebook that he was going to ‘shoot an elementary school.’
And he did.
When Ramos walked into Robb Elementary School on May 24 with his guns, the school resource officers confronted him, but they did not fire any shots or stop his advance. Instead, they allowed him to enter a classroom armed as he was, and to barricade himself in. In the hour or so that Ramos was in the school, frantic parents implored the police that were outside the building to do something about the shooter inside.
And the police did nothing.
In fact, it’s much worse than that. The police not only didn’t do anything, but they told the parents they needed to stand down too. Some brave parents didn’t accept the instruction. They got past impotent law enforcement, jumped the school’s fences, entered the building, and rescued their own children anyway.
The entire calamity is a lengthy list of failures and dysfunctions – for Salvador Ramos, AND for the people and systems around him. The warning signs were many, and the system’s botches were just as profound. The result is 19 kids and two adults died. Seventeen others were wounded.
“But – but… uh, we need more gun control,” the left snivels. “We HAVE TO repeal the 2nd Amendment!” their leadership is shrieking.
Never waste a crisis. That’s the liberal playbook. It’s predictable, purposeful, and pathetic.
Capitalize on peoples’ raw emotions. Take advantage of their lack of sound judgment. That’s the left’s modus operandi.
Not only does the left completely miss the mark of what happened in Uvalde, Texas – and why things came down the way they did – but here’s the truth: they don’t WANT to know! The facts of the situation don’t fit the left’s preferred narrative as conveniently as fiction does.
Schools are gun-free zones, and they have been for a long time. Ramos knew the odds were in his favor in a place like that. The teachers weren’t “packing” anything, and the school officers weren’t stopping anyone. To top it all off, his friends and co-workers weren’t talking, the background checks weren’t filtering, his family wasn’t intervening, intelligence wasn’t discovering, and mental health wasn’t reacting.
“It’s the guns’ fault!” Yeah, right – – whatever.
Excuse me while I barf.
What’s prodigiously apparent at this point is liberals will say and do WHATEVER needs to be said and done to advance their chaos-fueled socialist agenda.
The libs have made it very clear already that they want to abort babies up to – and after – birth! But in the wake of this Texas crisis, they holler about the tragedy of these 19 kids dying. They’re right – it IS tragic! But the left has zero credibility to speak of it.
Let’s just cut to the chase here. The left wants to take away guns because they don’t want a society that is armed and capable of resisting their tyrannical agenda. All over the world, where citizens have been disarmed, ruthless tyranny follows. The left desperately wants that to happen here in America.
If the liberals REALLY cared about keeping our kids safe, they’d encourage the teachers to conceal-carry. They’d promote armed law enforcement at schools rather than trying to defund the police. They’d support kids having the asset of armed security the same way their own leaders do.
They’d discontinue the “gun-free” zone thing for schools altogether – – and they’d backtrack on their pro-abortion stance.
That’s what they’d do if they REALLY cared about keeping kids safe. But they really don’t.
For libs, the kids are just tools – – a means to an end, a way to reinforce whatever message the left most wants to advance. Here was what Barack Hussein Obama, the original Divider-in-Chief, tweeted after Salvador Ramos did his despicable deed:
“As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.”
George Floyd has absolutely nothing to do with the tragedy in Uvalde. Nada. Not a thing. Obama is gaslighting the rank-and-file radicals on the left to get upset and to take to the streets.
Don’t let a crisis go to waste – remember? Do and say whatever is opportunistic to serve the ‘almighty agenda.’
What is that agenda? The left’s agenda is one-world rule. To achieve this, they must make America a whimpering participant on the globalist stage. They cannot permit this nation to be strong – or ‘great.’ Any leader who wishes to put America on a sensible course must be viciously attacked.
From their viewpoint, America must be weakened. Therefore, all efforts must be expended to push America into being at war with itself. The flames of civil unrest must be fanned; blame racism for everything bad that happens.
Dissolve the nation’s borders. Stop building the wall. The country must be permitted to be overrun with illegal immigrants who will stress the system and introduce crime, disease, unprecedented drug use, and threats of terror. Blame everyone but yourself for the obvious problems that have been created.
Don’t forget the economy. Wreck it! Plentiful energy resources must be shut off. Gas prices must hit record heights. Policies to encourage record inflation must be hammered through the halls of DC.
Food shortages must be strategically planned. That includes limiting the supply of baby formula. Unfounded fears and unscientific notions about ‘pandemics’ must be stoked. American weakness must be projected on the world stage – that encourages rogue nations to act out and create further global chaos.
And perhaps – above all – attack those who see the light. Especially those MAGA folks. Don’t let them gain any political power. They clearly have the answers to the problems, so cheat any way you have to in order to keep them from office. Ridicule and censor those who point out what you’ve obviously done.
Say instead that it’s the MAGA folks that are the REAL problem. It’s the parents in the MAGA crowd we need to be concerned about – the ones who stand against depraved school curriculums, who don’t want boys in the girls’ bathroom, and who don’t want their 3rd-grade kids to be told they are transgenders.
Yeah – it’s those kinds of salt-of-the-earth law-abiding folks who are the REAL terrorists. Right?
I’m not going to exercise my fingers anymore stating the patently obvious. Anyone with two ounces of common sense knows the right is not the problem. It’s the left that is depraved, murderous, upside down, demented, foolish, illogical, comedic, incompetent, dysfunctional, deceptive, and shameful.
In short – – the left is evil. They get their marching orders from the Prince of Darkness. We need to call it like it is.
Jesus warned in Matthew 24:4-8 that His followers needed to be wary of mounting deception as human history winds down. Furthermore, they needed to be alert for rising international conflicts and a surge in racial and civil discord.
Famines and pandemics were events Jesus cautioned about too. In our times, we can see His warning includes those threats to public health and the food system which are strategically planned.
Make no mistake – the left is leaning heavily into a Marxist template. It’s what defines many of them. The rest of their ranks who will not speak out against their fellow-blues are basically complicit with these depravities too.
Jesus told us to keep our eyes open, to properly discern the times, and to understand what’s happening and why. He said this because we can and we should. In fact, we must.
It’s clear – as we do these things – that the left of today is the prototype population of those who will follow the antichrist and support his one-world tyrannical agenda. They embrace evil, and it shows.
No question about it.
Murder and Its Source – Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/2022/06/07/murder-and-its-source/
While we memorialize June 6 each year as D-Day, we think about all the honored dead killed in action as they invaded the beaches at Normandy and at other places. Adolf Hitler had been the cause of starting World War II with the invasion of Poland, and Japan had brought America into the conflict by attacking at Pearl Harbor. Thus was brought about the killing of millions throughout those horrific years of death and destruction.
The murder of as many as 6 million Jews in the genocide of the Holocaust added to the numbers of the many millions who gave their lives to stop the evil that threatened to kill, destroy, or enslave the entire world.
Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini, and all those responsible for bringing about all the death and destruction are dead and gone. But the source of all death and destruction is alive and well at this very moment.
All we have to do to realize that the evil of murder and destruction continues is to consider the May 24 mass murders in Uvalde, Texas. It was the latest of a never-ending series of such shootings throughout America’s recent history. Nineteen young children and a teacher were shot and killed in their elementary school by an 18-year-old man who was thought to have mental issues exacerbated by bullying and hours spent dwelling on Internet maliciousness.
The result of Salvador Ramos’ descent into becoming the murderous shooter is chronicled here, in part:
The gunman who slaughtered 19 kids and two teachers at a Texas elementary school reportedly exhibited increasingly bizarre behavior leading up to the rampage – including cutting up his face with knives just “for fun,” friends said.
Gunman Salvador Ramos’ friend Santos Valdez Jr., 18, said the two had been close, playing video games and basketball regularly, until his friend’s behavior began to “deteriorate,” the Washington Post reported…
Valdez said he last interacted with Ramos just two hours before the attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Valdez also described how Ramos used to drive around with another pal and shoot people at random with a BB gun – and also egged people’s cars.
He said Ramos last year posted on social media images of automatic rifles that “he would have on his wish list” – and a few days ago, he posted photos of two rifles he referred to as “my gun pics,” the paper reported…
Friends and relatives also said Ramos had been bullied throughout middle school for a speech impediment – a stutter and lisp, according to the Washington Post…
Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother before heading over to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with two assault rifles around 11:32 a.m. local time Tuesday, according to officials. (“Details emerge on Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos’ behavior before massacre,” by Yaron Steinbuch, NY Post, May 27, 2022)
No sooner had the story of the shooting broke than political entities making up the “get-rid-of-the-2nd-Amendment of the Constitution” began their rants. “Guns must be more strictly controlled because they kill children,” went the enraged rhetoric–same as always.
Members of the party of the anti-gun sort, like President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, immediately started proclaiming on camera that the murders of the children were attributable to guns, and to save future children’s lives, there must be more legislation and regulations against guns. They ranted that it was unconscionable that these children were murdered by guns, and said the “gun lobby” was responsible.
Their hypocrisy is what is unconscionable. These two politicians, so quick to go before the cameras to declare the tragedy of nineteen children murdered by guns, champion the same satanic ideology that say it is okay–even preferable—to murder more than 2,700 children each day in their mothers’ wombs. The “abortion lobby” is perfectly fine in their infanticide. It’s okay to murder children by abortion, but a travesty that nineteen children are murdered by guns.
The devil is alive and well and is the source of murder and destruction. According to His Word, God’s way of thinking puts this upside-down ideology espoused by the blustering politicians in the same category as that of mankind’s worst enemy.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he spiked a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44)
Will electing Republicans in November save America and Western civilization from the brink of collapse? – Leo Hohmann - https://leohohmann.com/2022/06/08/will-electing-republicans-in-november-save-america-and-western-civilization-from-the-brink-of-collapse/
‘Come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’ Revelation 18:4
We hear a lot of talk about how the key to “taking back our country” lies in voting and more aggressive political activism, and that we stand on the precipice of defeating the evil if we can just get enough folks to vote the right way.
While I agree voting makes up a vital part of our civic responsibility, the political process alone will never pull Western civilization back from the brink of collapse. It’s too late for that and I will attempt to explain why.
Look no further than the previous administration, when the folks with R’s next to their names had full control of both the Congress and the White House for two years and the White House for four years. The wall was never completed. Two of the three appointments made to the U.S. Supreme Court were moderates, not conservatives, and Operation Warp Speed brought us a set of toxic “vaccines” which every major employer tried to force into the arms of their employees.
The FBI and DOJ were still run by life-long members of the deep state, the Departments of Education, Energy, Labor, Commerce, HHS, CDC, DHS, EPA, IRS, Federal Reserve Bank, and ATF all remained fully intact and even grew in many cases.
Trump told us he would never mandate the poison death shots and that sounded good. By saying this, however, Trump showed a fundamental lack of understanding of the way tyranny works in the 21st century. It’s not just the elected politicians or even unelected bureaucrats who can pressure us to do things against our will and violate our bodily autonomy. No, it’s the corporate bullies who sign our paychecks and who censor our speech on the Internet who control the world. Unless you’re willing to take them on, and few Republicans are, then you are missing a massive piece of the puzzle and not protecting the people from tyranny at all.
We saw how when Trump actually got something right, like pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accords, it didn’t really matter because the blue states and Democrat-run cities, along with the corporations, said they would follow the global climate agenda anyway. They have their ESG scores to worry about, you know.
We saw how cities across America looked to Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, George Soros and the World Economic Forum as their leaders, not Trump or the White House or his Republican Congress.
Schwab’s worldwide network is built on the forging of what he calls public-private partnerships, or PPPs. This is a cleverly evil system, because even when the reins of government get temporarily placed in the hands of a conservative majority like they did in 2016 in the U.S., little progress toward restoring the Constitutional Republic is made because all of the corporations, universities, academia and media are working in concert to destabilize, disorient and distort everything in such a way that the elected Republicans never control the narrative getting to the people. This leads to all kinds of divisions and certain Republicans wilt under the pressure, backing away from what they know is the right thing to do. At best we end up with a few executive orders that can easily be overturned as soon as the political winds shift back to the Democrats.
We saw how even the top military brass didn’t respect Trump.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went so far as to call up his counterpart in Communist China and tell him that if Trump ever tried to do something detrimental to China he, Milley, would pick up the phone and give China a “heads up” so they could prepare for whatever move Trump was about to make. In normal times such action would result in an immediate charge of treason. These aren’t normal times.
We also saw how the various federal agencies, stacked with Obama appointees, conspired to refuse to implement any Trump policies they didn’t like. The senior executive officers in these agencies stalled, lied, cheated, and deceived their way through the four-year term of Trump.
QUESTION: If Trump didn’t have full control over the U.S. military and if he did not have full control over the federal bureaucracy, was he actually a real president in possession of all of the constitutional authority invested in that office? I am not sure of the answer to that question but it’s definitely worth pondering because it could apply to the next Republican president, whoever he is, just the same as it did to Trump.
So our problem is this: When we do take back “power” as many in the GOP are predicting will happen in November, what will we do with it?
Will we still be left with Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell in charge of the House and Senate? Would that be the same Kevin McCarthy who rejoiced when Trump was banned from Twitter and privately wished that Twitter and Facebook would ban more conservative voices? Or the same Kevin McCarthy who Trump just endorsed for another term in Congress?
Then, what if Trump gets back in the White House in 2024? Will he suddenly have the cooperation needed from Congress to build the wall? Will he suddenly see the light on the killer vaccines and the corporate usurpation of political power? Will he suddenly have the gumption to fire the traitors like General Milley and FBI Director Christopher Wray, their entire staffs and everyone who carried out their orders?
I’m going to be brutally honest: Our side still thinks in terms of elections, Congress and the presidency.
The other side, having allied itself with a global cabal that has taken over all of the major institutions in the nations, including every major corporation in the private sector, has moved beyond elections. They have spent the last 60 years getting their people entrenched in key positions of power, to the point where they have built up strongholds for Satan within the nations. They have their minions entrenched at the city, state and county levels as well as at the national and global levels.
One of the speakers at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos last month said that 90 percent of the world’s large corporations are on board with the demonic WEF agenda known as ESGs — a social scoring system of Environmental, Social and Government standards established by global elites like Blackrock CEO Larry Fink, who also sits on the board of the WEF.
These big corporations have agreed to apply pressure on the smaller companies they do business with to adopt the same set of godless principles, which include the net-zero carbon agenda, the transgenderization of our children, gun control, digital money, global digital citizenship, forced vaccines, transhumanism, the whole nine yards. That means if you don’t submit to this agenda as a small or medium-sized company, then these larger companies won’t do business with you.
What president can stop this? What Congress could stop this? Do you really think Kevin McCarthy is up to the task of taking on this kind of raw power? Please.
So when “our people” get elected to Congress, the White House and even the state legislatures, we all jump up and down on election night in a victory dance. We all sit back and relax. But these poor hapless souls we just elected are left to deal with the permanently entrenched administrative state and its corporate partners.
Because this evil is global and not just national, I believe we are looking at the early stages of the beast system described in Revelation 13: “Who is like the Beast and who can make war against it?”
This beast’s tendrils are found everywhere. Not only in the government but in the K-12 schools, in the colleges, in the media, in the workplace, and, sadly, in 90 percent of the churches.
So what is the answer? If we can’t vote our way back to a constitutional republic, then what is the answer?
The Bible provides the answer.
In Matthew chapters 24 and 25, Jesus speaks to those of us alive in today’s world.
He warned in the 24th chapter that the end-times beast system would be marked by two very important characteristics – deception and a brutal persecution of believers. In the 25th chapter he provided instructions on how we should live in these times, keeping oil in our lamps and not letting our lights go out, staying vigilant, watching and waiting.
Then in Revelation we get more instruction, telling us to “endure till the end.”
Enduring means resisting the evil coming at us from all directions.
Whether this is the end-times beast we are about to encounter or whether it’s just another pretender that will come and go, either way we know we cannot, must not submit to it.
We still must resist it for one simple reason. It’s evil.
I could go on, but you get my point. These are real-life decisions that we face every day that determine the direction our lives will take and therefore the direction of our nation and our world. We’ve ceded too much power and control to the wrong people.
There’s no time left for making wrong decisions. The globalist predator class represented by those in attendance at Davos has revealed its real agenda, which involves mass depopulation and a system of total surveillance over all human activity. They have entered their final stage of implementing the Great Reset (aka New World Order), and we can no longer afford to be ignorantly supporting their systemically evil institutions. Former allegiances that we exalted as little gods, including our university alma maters, the military, our favorite entertainment providers, must all be dropped and we must gird up our loins and recommit our lives to the one true God.
What good does it do us if we take over Congress, the White House and every state legislature in the land but we still support the entrenched beast system by obeying its godless dictates and sending it our hard-earned money?
The beast will only be defeated by God Almighty. When it’s time for it to rise, God will let it rise. In the meantime, we must listen to His voice. Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
His voice is the only voice we are beholden to.
The voice I’m hearing right now is whispering from Revelation 18:4: “Come out of her my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”
Daily Jot: The Great Reset Part 3 Communism Reimagined – Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The Great Reset is not possible without the strong partnership between government and corporations allowing government to circumvent Constitutional and legal accountability through corporations doing the governments’ bidding. This was clearly evident during the COVID pandemic. Corporations enforced lockdowns and mandates, and corporate media promoted the government propaganda narrative that COVID vaccines were safe and effective, CDC protocols were the only science, all dissent was misinformation, and dissenters should be ostracized and shunned. The US government could not legally oppress or censor dissent, force experimental vaccinations or lockdowns, but companies could.
This takes the form of a fascist or communist dictatorship, but has plausible deniability because corporations—both for-profit and nonprofit—are the primary enforcers–Think hospitals and health organizations under government-mandated and financially-incentivized protocols as well as high tech, pharmaceuticals, and media corporations. It goes deeper. Here is just one such powerful example: Blackrock, Inc. a WEF partner, the world’s largest asset manager. In a 2021 letter to CEOs, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink tied climate change to the type of control experienced during COVID. He wrote, “I believe that the pandemic has presented such an existential crisis – such a stark reminder of our fragility – that it has driven us to confront the global threat of climate change more forcefully and to consider how, like the pandemic, it will alter our lives.”
Carbon Intelligence, a supporter of net zero emissions, underscored Fink’s power in the corporate world, stating, “He confirms that BlackRock is doubling down on climate risk as an indicator for investor decision making. Last year, the firm voted against 69 companies and against 64 directors for climate-related reasons, while putting 191 companies “on watch.” Fink’s letter to CEO’s confirmed the company’s intent to hold all corporations accountable asking them to disclose a long-term sustainability plan for net zero and stated, “We strongly support moving to a single global standard,” emphasizing the need for public-private partnerships to achieve the standard. In addition, he asked for disclosures on diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, emphasizing race and ethnic issues. The message was essentially get woke or get out of business.
Fink’s letter echoes what WEF’s Schwab writes in his book “COVID-19: The Great Reset,” “…every country from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed.” Chief Academic Officer for American Scholars Michael Rectenwald observes: “The Great Reset’s corporate stakeholder model overlaps with its governance and geopolitical model: states and favored corporations are combined in public-private partnerships and together have control of governance…As such, corporations become what I have called “governmentalities”—otherwise private organizations wielded as state apparatuses, with no obligation to answer to pesky voters.” This is how these usurpers have already reset the world at your expense. Christ said in Matthew 24:4, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” In Part 4, the Daily Jot will discuss the hierarchy of issues the Great Reset has designed to eliminate your freedoms.
Daily Devotion: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Our Lives - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts —Ephesians 5:18-19
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is God. He is a member of the Trinity and has a will and a distinct personality. The Holy Spirit also has a purpose and specific work that He wants to do in our lives.
Before we became Christians, the Holy Spirit convicted us of our sin and drew us to Christ. And once we believed in Christ, the Holy Spirit sealed us. Now the Holy Spirit leads us, empowers us, and fill us each day.
In fact, Ephesians 5 says, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts” (verses 18–19 NLT).
The Holy Spirit’s filling has nothing to do with our emotions, by the way. Sadly, I think some people have taken the work of the Spirit and made it appear very strange. They’re wild–eyed as they speak strangely about how the Holy Spirit has filled them. That, however, has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit.
When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, it simply means the Spirit controls us. When we ask God to fill us with His Spirit, we are asking Him to control our lives. In fact, the word the apostle Paul used in Ephesians 5:18 to describe the filling of the Holy Spirit also means “to permeate.”
In other words, the Holy Spirit wants to be part of every aspect of our lives, including our marriages or our singleness. He wants to permeate our careers and our ministries. He wants to be a part of everything.
So let the Holy Spirit permeate every area of your life. Let the Holy Spirit fill you and control you. It isn’t about trying harder; it’s about realizing there is power available to help us live the Christian life.
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