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The Biggest Conspiracy of All - By Gene Lawley -
You have heard commentators in recent years make a statement beginning like this: "I'm not a 'conspiracy theorist,' but...," and then state an opinion on an issue being discussed. Why do they, as do others in such discussions, scurry to disclaim any connection with an idea that could even exist? And in the same vein, why would a radio talk show host respond to a caller on this issue with, "Get off my radio program, you 'conspiracy theory nut?"
Well, here we go. I am a conspiracy realist. For any conspiracy to exist there must be a conspirator, or conspirators. This article will establish and make known the biggest conspirator of all and the biggest conspiracy of all time and eternity. We will discover his purpose and his agenda, as well as how it is working out today.
The alternate theory is that it is not possible for there to be a widespread conspiracy because it would require secrecy among too many people. Thus that supposition is bought into and produces a denial that does not allow any honest consideration of the facts. Deception is the prime quality of any conspiracy, the absolute necessary characteristic for its existence.
Before time was created by God, the spiritual warfare between God and Lucifer (or Satan, or that great red dragon so identified in Revelation 12), and deception was introduced by that adversary, the conspiracy began. The beginning of that episode and its ultimate end, from eternity to the end of time, is detailed in Isaiah 14:12-15:
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit."
He said that "in his heart," you will notice-the place where secrets are born and kept. A further detailed account of his aspirations and the related conspiracy is told in Ezekiel 28:12b-19, as Lucifer is personified in the King of Tyre:
"You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
"You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
"By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned.
"Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
"Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you.
"You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading. Therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you.
"All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever."'"
You can be sure his proper destiny is firmly set in place. Meanwhile, he is strangely allowed to accuse the saints and make war with them-we who believe. Peter warns us of him in 1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
One of the very current deceptions that has confused many believers is the theory that he, the devil, was cast into the bottomless pit when Jesus was crucified. And along with that, they claim that Jesus is controlling things on earth from His throne in heaven in this time of Satan's lockup. Let's dispel that false doctrine with facts and Scripture.
First, Jesus died on the cross, according to our calendar, about 33 A.D. and Peter wrote that verse quoted above about 63 A.D. Does the Scripture lie? Certainly not, so the inventors of that doctrine are being used to forward Satan's deception.
Likewise, in regard to the claimed era we are living in and that Jesus is maintaining His theocracy in the millennium from His throne in heaven, look at the facts: The wolf is not lying down with the lamb, the lion is not eating straw with the ox, no child plays beside a vile serpent's den untouched, nor is a person 100 years old still as a child. These are descriptions of conditions on earth during that 1000-year period described in Revelation 20 and Isaiah 65. As someone has said, "Denial is not a river in Egypt."
False doctrines are tools of the deceiver, Satan, and it is strange that inventors of such will take one thing from the Bible and turn it into a false doctrine, even though a balanced study of the whole counsel of God on the subject would correct it. It starts with a preconceived idea of what the person thinks, and he finds only those Scriptures that support his new theory. He is a tool of Satan, for sure.
When someone says, "God told me in a dream last night that...," listen for the Scripture that the Lord told him to follow. Paul wrote that the deceiver can appear as an angel of light, and we know of that invention in these days:
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works" (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Let's lift up an edge of the carpet that covers this conspiracy and see how it is playing out in the "flesh and blood" of our mortal and physical life:
When John saw a beast with seven heads, so reported in Revelation 13:1, he went on to reveal that the dragon he had written of in the prior chapter 12 was the empowerment of the kingdoms that beast represented. These were kingdoms that had ruled the world in their own times. It is not surprising, then, that Satan could offer to Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would just bow down and worship him, Satan, at the time of the temptation (Matthew 4:4, ff).
Now let's begin to be specific. In 1820 or so, Nathan Rothschild is said to have stated, "Give me control of a nation's money supply and I will not care what its laws are." (Other sources credit the quote to his father, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, but it was said to be the 'maxim'- principles/rules of conduct - of the House of Rothschild.) Defying him was President Andrew Jackson and later, Abraham Lincoln.
In 1910 high level bankers, businessmen and government officials gathered at Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia for a week of "duck hunting," so they claimed. Out of that meeting came the beginning of what resulted in the Federal Reserve Banking System, which became the law of the land in 1913, and Nathan Rothschild had his money supply control, though he had not lived to see it. (Do you see any hints of conspiracy here yet?)
Also, in 1913 we were given the Graduated Income Tax, which became the 16th amendment to the Constitution, right out of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto. And also, the next year, 1914, World War I was begun after much struggle to get it going. All of these things answer the question: "What good is a controlling banking system if you do not hold any debt power to collect interest; and you need a war to create the debt and a way of taxing the people to pay that interest on which there was no risk taken, for no assets were committed by the bankers.
Remember what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12, "For we war not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places."
At one time during those years in the late 1800's and early 1900's, three men who were relatives of the extended Rothschild regime each held the official position controlling the finances of the United States, Britain and Germany. In order to keep this secret, behind-the-scenes system hidden and intact, one must have an organization of complicit members who also have controlling influence in the banking, business, industry and governmental circles. Thus, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) was organized in the 1920's as a supposed "think tank" of international leaders in those fields.
A few years ago Dick Cheney, former Congressman from Wyoming, Secretary of Defense, then Vice President under George W. Bush, served a term as chairman of that group, and later commented that he did not tell the voters of Wyoming of that position when he was running for reelection. Somehow that smells of conspiracy that has deeper roots than just what appears on the surface.
When John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960 he was the darling of the liberals, and they proclaimed the era as "the return of Camelot" with its royal hub-bub. But somewhere Kennedy found in himself the moral integrity to see through the fervor and see the dirty deceit that was working in the background.
He defied them with a major tax cut and issued Treasury-based silver certificate currency not through the Federal Reserve System. (You may recall the five dollar bills, and others, labeled "silver certificate," but they are no more. Now, they say "Federal Reserve Note," the others having been called in shortly after JFK's death.)
In a speech eleven days before his assassination, he spoke of a behind-the-scenes controlling power that he was going to expose before the public. Do you, then, wonder at the Warren Commission report's conclusion that his death was a one-man job? Anyone who really wants to check it out can find that a wealth of research has been done to pinpoint the actual perpetrators of that blurred exercise in our nation's history.
It is remarkable how efficiently the Kennedy political threat was eliminated-first, JFK, then Robert's assassination during the 1968 campaign, then Ted did his own elimination, and then John, Jr.'s mysterious plane accident. He had published a magazine that he had strangely named "George." Hidden secrets abound.
It brings to mind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and his issuance of Treasury-based "greenback dollars" to finance the Union's civil war effort instead of borrowing from the banking cartel.
The CFR organization mentioned above became the feeder group for the late David Rockefeller's Tri-Lateral Commission, with fewer members but higher-level personnel in the intrigue of international affairs. He made Jimmy Carter its first chairman. Out of that collection of "thinkers" come even higher-level people who meet in early June each year as the "Bilderbergers." The public and the press have no access, except complicit major media leaders, and the premises are heavily guarded. (A conspiracy must be kept secret.)
In 2008, along came a man named Barack Obama, whom Henry Kissinger proclaimed had been "primed to lead us into a New World Order." He became president and spent eight years claiming he was a Christian, but never once said any endearing word for Jesus Christ. His favoritism for Islam is very evident throughout his two terms in office.
In international affairs it is clear that America has dominated the world since at least the beginning of the 20th century, so it is understandable that any New World Order cannot be accomplished as long as the USA has its national sovereignty intact. That fact gives substance to the surprising statement made by President Obama at the April 30, 2016, Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Near the beginning of his remarks he said, "You all look great; the end of the Republic has never looked better!" His purpose to destroy the nation's sovereignty was looking better than ever...he thought. Hillary Clinton was sure to win the election...he thought. But then came Trump, an outsider who knew that faction inside and out. He threatened to "drain the swamp," and in winning the election, he struck terror in the hearts of those conspirators.
In Luke 17:26-37 Jesus predicted that the Son of Man would return for His born-again believers when the economy is booming and people are busy with business and social activities as normal life. Then suddenly, as a thief in the night, He will call His body of believers out, and sudden destruction will fall upon the world.
Is this the time of the end of days, the time when His opposition throughout the ages will embrace their futility and reap their own judgment?
But believers are "looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ...which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast and which enters into that which is behind the veil" (Titus 2:13 and Hebrews 6:19).
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Did the World Just Avoid Two False Flag Attempts Designed to Start World War III? - Dave Hodges -
The Trump phenomenon is picking up steam, not just in America, but internationally. Worldwide people are rejecting the globalists. The reason for this phenomenon is because freedom and the subsequent development of an internal locus of control is an innate trait.
In a stunning example of this rejection of globalism is exemplified by North and South Korea. Here are two nations, with a common heritage, on the verge of nuclear war with each other, and they have for the time being, rejected the globalist move towards World War III. The two Koreas are going to march together in the Olympics. The two Koreas are going to form on joint olympic hockey team. This is significant beyond belief. In the chaos leading up to WW III, the people and the leadership of the two countries are telling the globalists where to go and what to do when they get they get there. This announcement is a stunning rebuke of globalist goals. It further demonstrates that war is an unnatural act. The Hopis' have a saying that no tree is so foolish to have branches so stupid to attack themselves. We are the only species on the planet that engages in this insane behavior we call war. The desire for war, especially a war that could wipe out the bulk of humanity is so insane that both North Korea and South Korea have rejected the move. I have one caveat for the wonderful Korean people, beware of false flags at the Olympics because one does not say "no" to the globalists with impunity.
Mounting a Defense Against Humanity's Right to Self-Determination
In many ways, Trump's election was a kind of Magna Carta and a Declaration of Independence all in one fell swoop and now the globalists are trying to find ways to fight back and their efforts are falling on deaf ears. Here in Arizona, Senator Jeff Flake(y), has announced that he is not running for re-election. Why? Because Flake cannot defeat any number of challengers to his seat (eg Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Congresswoman Sinema). Why is Flake so unpopular in Arizona? The answer is painfully obvious, he opposes Trump's nationalist agenda of making "America Great Again".
Flake is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He opposes the recovery of the middle class, the wiping out of the free-trade agreements. He is a closet globalist who has gone as far as he can in his political career because the people of Arizona have tagged him a globalist who really hates America. He is politically washed up and now he is exhibiting the two year old tendencies of a temper tantrum in which Flake(y) stated that President Trump's treatment of the fake news media reminds him of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. As shocking and disrespectful as these comments were, nobody was paying attention. Flake delivered his comments in an empty chamber of the US Senate. Only two Democrats attended.
There can be no question that Flake is trying to draw favor from the globalists as he lives out his final days as Arizona's junior senator. However, he and his message are rejected and like so many globalists are finding, they and their message of hate and division are being rebuked by humanity, not just by Americans. The populism of Trump is triumphing in America. However, there is not cause for celebration because the globalists are redoubling their efforts against Trump ultimately against humanity.
The Globalist State of the Union Message
Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller has brought the extremist globalist war against the common man out in the open when he stated that Trump is an avowed "nationalist" who must be stopped at all costs.
CNBC one of the waterboys for the New World Order, stated that Shiller says the world's leaders find it "troublesome" that Trump's nationalism" was thwarting the rising tide of a globalist takeover.
I find it incredible that Schiller put globalism on display for all to see. CNBC quoted Shiller as bemoaning the fact that ."Trump is a revolution unfortunately, who's reaffirming nationalism..."
Shiller stated that Trump's "nationalist" victories will be short-lived because the Democrats will recapture Congress in the mid-term elections and Trump's "America First" agenda will be effectively derailed. I am absolutely stunned how open the globalist are now becoming. They are not even hiding their agenda as they have for so many decades. Terms like "conspiracy theorist" no longer carry the punch that they once did.
Shiller said Trump's nationalist agenda is crazy. Apple just announced that they are investing $350 Billion in American plants. This is on the heels of Cadillac making the same kind of announcement as have dozens of "globalist corporations" who are defecting to Trump because they can make more money under the new tax plan than they can under the marxist-socialist policies of the wannabe elite.
Conclusions Drawn From Recent Events
Shiller issued a threat to all men and women of common means. He stated that upcoming economic forum in Davos will find ways to stunt "the international growth of populism and nationalism that has surged as a result of Brexit and Trump".
I believe that privately, assassination and a coup against the American government will be considered in the side-bar meetings that will take place. I am publicly advising the President to not attend the Davos conference as I believe his life is in extreme danger at this conference.
Shiller refers to the Trump phenomenon as a virus that has to be controlled and destroyed. Shiller and a rising number of globalists are openly referring to populism as a threat that must be destroyed by any and all means possible as the planet marches toward globalism. Shiller and the rest of the globalists have openly declared war on humanity. There is no limit to what these people will not do.
From the discussions I have had since the Hawaiian so-called fake missile alert, I have concluded that there was a indeed a missile fired at Hawaii in which it is my personal opinion that this was an attempt to provoke the American people into wanting WW III against North Korea. I believe that this missile was brought down and then the coverup started. I have learned that the mechanism of warning of an impending attack is a 5 step process and the excuse that a wrong button was pushed in shift change is ridiculous. The readers may recall that the next day the same thing happened in Japan in which it was revealed that their system mimics the American system and is also a 5 step process before an alert is issued. I believe that what we will find as these two events are unveiled is that two missiles were fired in order to achieve the same end. I believe that this was a false flag attack attempting to frame North Korea for starting World War III. It is also my opinion that this attempted attack was in response to the announcement that the two Koreas are attempting to align along sports, namely, the Olympics. The globalists are desperate to not let this war of planetary unification commence against North Korea. I think it is clear that the world just avoided two attempted false flag events designed to produce World War III. Details are already leaking out and it will not be long until we have more proof to support my hypothesis. There is no question that the events in Hawaii were fabricated.
We live in perilous times and the fate of every person on this planet could turn in a moment. Please heed the advice of so many take precautions by beomcing indiviudally prepared. As in all recent disasters, the government has proven that they cannot effectively respond to any large-scale crisis, much less a nuclear war or a series of false flag events.
The people are finally speaking as one against the insane globalists, the globalists will respond by exterminating humanity if need be. At the end of the day, you can only rely on your family, your level of preparation and your faith in God.
Daniel 11 Prophecy: Amazing Proof of God -
"In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision" (Daniel 10:1)
A message was revealed to Daniel, during the the third year of Cyrus (535/534 B.C.), just a few years before Daniel's death. Through Nebuchadnezzar's dreams (Daniel 2:1) and through Daniel's vision of four beasts (Daniel 7), God had already revealed that there would be four world-ruling empires followed by the Kingdom of God. In Daniel chapter 11, God reveals to Daniel some amazing details about major world powers, in order! (Daniel was written in the sixth century B.C., these prophecies predict from the 5th century B.C., up until 400 years after the prophecy). Let's see the prophecies...
The prophecy of Daniel 11 begins with the prediction that "three more kings will arise in Persia" Three more kings did arise in history: Cyrus, Cambyses, and Hystaspes. Followed by a fourth who would "stir up all against the realm of Greece" (Daniel 11:2). The fourth, was the Persian king, Xerxes, who reigned 485-464 B.C. who invaded Greece!
Daniel 11:3-4 then speaks of the appearance of "a mighty king," whose kingdom would "be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven." The next phase in world empires was the rise of Alexander the Great, who was indeed a mighty king. And just as verse 4 states, Alexander's kingdom was divided into four sections: Greece, Asia Minor, Syria, and Egypt!
Daniel 11:5 goes on to say, "And the king of the south shall be strong" and one of his princes will "be strong above him". The king of the South was Ptolemy I (Soter), son of Lagus. Egypt was the southernmost point of the Persian, Greek and Roman Empires. The prince under Ptolemy I who would become stronger than Ptolemy I was Seleucus Nicator of the Selucid Empire! He became king of Syria, the most powerful of Alexander's successors.
Daniel 11:6 says that in the end of years they shall join themselves together; "king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement." The "daughter" was Berenice, daughter of Ptolemy II (285-246BC). The "agreement" was a proposed peace treaty that called for Antiochus II to marry Berenice! But Daniel then says, in regards to the agreement, "but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up" Antiochus already had a wife, who did not take kindly to being divorced, and therefore she managed to have both Berenice and her infant son, whom she had borne to Antiochus, assassinated. The prophecy was fulfilled concerning Berenice, that she would be 'given up'.
"But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail" (Daniel 11:7). Ptolemy III (Euergetes) organized a great expeditionary force against Syria, in order to avenge his sister's death. This war raged from 246 to 241.
Daniel 11:8 says he "shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold" Ptolemy III recovered the idols of Egypt taken by Cambyses in 524 B.C.
Daniel 11:9 says, "So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land." Although he did not enter Egypt itself, Seleucus II regained control of northern Syria and Phoenicia.
Daniel 11:13-16 document the eventual wresting of the Holy Land from Egyptian control by Antiochus the Great. (Space precludes further discussion of this prophecy)
Daniel 11:17 tells us he will make an alliance with the king of the South,"he will give him a daughter in marriage in order to overthrow the kingdom, but his plans will not succeed or help him" Hoping to gain advantage over Egypt, Antiochus the Great gave his daughter, Cleopatra, in marriage to Ptolemy V in 195 B.C. But Antiochus' daughter sided with her husband and no advantage was gained.
"Then he will turn his attention to the coastlands and will take many of them, but a commander will put an end to his insolence and will turn his insolence back on him." (Daniel 11:18) Antiochus turned his attention to Asia Minor and Greece (the 'coastlands'), but then the Roman consul Lucius Scipio Asciaticus (the 'commander') came and defeated Antiochus in Asia Minor in 190 BC.
Daniel 11:19 says that, after this, "he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own country but will stumble and fall, to be seen no more." Antiochus died in 187 BC while attempting to plunder a temple in the province of Elymais fulfilling the prophecy that he will 'Stumble and fall'.
Daniel 11:20 says, "His successor will send out a tax collector to maintain the royal splendor. In a few years, however, he will be destroyed, yet not in anger or in battle." The brief 12-year reign of Antiochus III's eldest son, Seleucus IV, was marked by heavy taxes throughout Palestine. Seleucus was soon poisoned to death by his minister, Heliodorus.
Daniel 11:21-34 document the tyrannical oppression of the Jewish people by Antiochus Epiphanes. (Space precludes further discussion of this prophecy)
Daniel 11, up to verse 35, was clearly and at times amazingly precisely fulfilled in the four hundred years leading up to the birth of Jesus!
Besides Genesis, no other book of the OT has been subjected to as much scrutiny as the Book of Daniel. Obviously, for its detailed and accurate prophecies contained within. The above was just chapter 11. Daniel also predicts the precise year of Christ's appearance and the beginning of his ministry in A.D. 27, Daniel 8 foretells of Alexander the Great, Daniel 2 and 7 predicts the four great world-ruling kingdoms, as well as the revived Roman Empire (which you can read about here), and many more, that I'll cover in future articles. Skeptics have suggested that the book of Daniel was written several hundred years later, during the 160s B.C., after these events had already transpired. But foretelling the future is not difficult for God. The following are three evidences that disprove skeptics' claims:
The Aramaic and Hebrew in the book of Daniel, is from somewhere between roughly 350 and 600 BC, according to experts.
The book of Daniel is included in the Greek Septuagint translation (which we know was made by about 180 BC, and probably earlier) as well as the discovery of fragments of Daniel in the Dead Sea Scrolls - that possibly date from the second century B.C., however, these are only a copy, thus placing the book earlier.
Josephus, a reputable historian, actually recorded that Alexander the Great read about himself in the book of Daniel.1 For a further critic of the book of Daniel, read The Book of Daniel Defended.
The above evidences, without a doubt, strongly confirm an early date for Daniel before the 5th century BC.
1 Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 11, chap. 8, sec. 5, William Whiston translation, 1981↩
Watchman Warning: The Press and the President - By Hal Lindsey - https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-1-19-2018/
On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona made a much-hyped speech on the floor of the US Senate. He told the media what he would say, long before he actually said it. The speech's rollout was orchestrated for maximum public impact. But, as these things go, the press showed far more interest in the hype than in the speech itself.
Days before he took to the Senate floor, Flake told the news media that he would defend them against Donald Trump's attacks. He even announced, well before the speech, that he would compare Trump to Soviet dictator and mass murderer, Joseph Stalin. Remember that Stalin was directly responsible for the murders of 40 million people - even more than Adolf Hitler.
Flake focused his outrage on the President's statement calling the mainstream media, "the enemy of the people."
"It is a testament to the condition of our democracy," Flake said, "that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people,' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader."
Does Senator Flake really think President Trump plans on "annihilating" individuals with his criticism of the press? Who would that be? Certainly not the press.
In the quote above, Flake did something even more bizarre. He held up Nikita Khrushchev as a model. How did Khrushchev treat dissident members of the press? He didn't call them "enemies of the state." Instead, he sent them to concentration camps. He executed them. Does anyone other than Jeff Flake think Khrushchev should be held up as a model when it comes to how a President should treat the press?
Flake called the free press "the guardian of democracy." To some extent, I agree. And because I agree, it is a sobering statement. To see what I mean, just look at the sorry state of the free press.
Senator Flake said of America, "From our very beginnings, our freedom has been predicated on truth." Again, the scary thing is that he's right. In a government "of the people" and "by the people," it is essential that people hear an accurate account of the news. Instead, we get biased opinion, and exaggeration. It's all about getting Internet clicks, and pushing a political agenda. Too often, these goals require members of the press to circumvent truth. I'm not talking about opinion journalism. There's an important role for that. But we also need the straight reporter who simply gives the facts. These days, such journalists are in short supply.
At one point in the speech, Senator Flake began to confuse the "news media" with "truth." He spoke of "the damage done by the sustained attack on the truth." That conflation of terms shows a misunderstanding of truth. He said, "No president will ever have dominion over objective reality." Of course not. Neither does the New York Times.
Perhaps the most laughably ironic line in the speech was this one. "No politician will ever get to tell us what the truth is and is not." Here he stands, a politician on the floor of the Senate, telling us his version of what the truth is and is not - while saying that, "No politician will ever get to tell us what the truth is and is not."
Politicians do get to tell us what they think is true. They do it incessantly. They complain when they don't like what the media says about them, or their policies. They try to set us straight when other politicians say things they don't like - just as Mr. Flake did in his speech.
Lately several people in the media have quoted Thomas Jefferson saying, "The only security of all is in a free press." But he later said, "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."
Historian Joseph Ellis said of Jefferson, "In his second term, in response to serious criticism from the New England newspapers... he instructed the state attorney generals in New England to prosecute the newspaper editors for sedition."
President Trump criticizes the media. Yes, he once called them the "enemy of the people." But lies really do hurt people. They are the enemy of democracy. And the media lie. They do it in many ways, and they do it on a regular basis.
More effectively than anyone in memory, Donald Trump fights back.
I assume Senator Flake does not really believe "the press" and "truth" are synonymous. He obviously sees the important, irreplaceable role of a free press in a free society. His speech implied that he believes in transparency.
Anyone who believes that the press is fallible, yet important, should be happy when the press receives blistering criticism for its lies, and biases. Commentators keep saying that President Trump is unpatriotic for attacking the press. But when the press lies, isn't it highly patriotic to attack those lies?
I don't agree with everything President Trump says on this issue. But there is nothing more American than criticizing the press. If you don't agree, just ask Washington, Jefferson, or Lincoln.
Jesus said, "The truth shall make you free." In this case, here's the truth. Many in the news media are willing to lie for their own economic and political purposes.
News from Hal Lindsey Media Ministries - Hal Lindsey -
This week, I will present Part Two of "2017: The Prophetic Year in Review." I will continue my discussion of the prophetic implications of some of the events and developments we witnessed in 2017.
Some call it fake news. Jesus called it deception. When His disciples asked about the signs of the last days, Jesus began by giving His followers this warning: "Take heed that no one deceives you." (Matthew 24:4)
We live in an age of deception -- fake news, false advertising, viral lies, and clickbait. The mainstream media perpetrate falsehoods regularly, as do various alternative media.
But one of the major sources of 21st century deception can be found in an unlikely place: our schools. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education urges all public schools to teach Islam.
It's really just thinly veiled propaganda, though they would certainly not use that word. The DoE says schools should teach Islam "to create an anti-bias learning environment."
Many regularly teach the religious doctrine that God and Allah are the same. Forget the "separation of church and state" arguments for the moment. This one teaching alone is a form of gross -- and deadly -- deception. And the deception is being inculcated in our malleable children. By order of the state!
In 2017, truth became even more subservient to political correctness. Isaiah 5:20 says, in part, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil...." Those words perfectly describe the pervasive spirit of deception that seems to have settled upon our world.
Another sign of the end times is an increase in the persecution of those who name the name of Jesus Christ.
Christianity Today reported, "For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high." Fox News said, "Nearly one in 12 Christians across the globe lives in an area where there is high-level persecution against members of the religion."
A Yemeni man called "Sam" told CBN News, "Life for Christians in Yemen is very hard. For that matter, across the Middle East, there's not a country where Christians are not suffering for their faith. This is our reality."
But 2017 also found the persecution of Christians arise in unexpected places. Canada enacted Bill 89, which gives the state the power to take a child away from his or her parents if they do not agree that their child is transgender.
Jack Fonseca of Campaign Life Coalition warned, "...we've entered an era of totalitarian power by the state, such as never witnessed in Canada's history ... Bill 89 is a grave threat to Christians and all people of faith."
Even in America, it is becoming dangerous to be a Christian. Especially one who is willing to take a stand for Judeo-Christian values. in 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. His story is a reminder that following Christ may soon harm a believer's ability to hold a job or run his own business in a western nation.
Over the last few decades, some Bible scholars have postulated that the "mark of the beast" might be a computer chip inserted under a person's skin. The chip would serve as an identifier and repository of vast amounts of information about the individual.
From critical medical information to credit and banking information, the chip would guarantee security and convenience. It would also make possible an amazing Bible prophecy concerning the Antichrist's partner, the False Prophet.
Revelation 13:16-17 foretells, "He causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark."
In July of 2017, a company in Wisconsin implanted tiny computer chips into the hands of about 50 employee volunteers. These chips only allow them to open doors and buy snacks from vending machines without money. In other words, to make things more convenient for the busy employees. It sounds harmless enough, but portends more ominous possibilities in the future.
Last year, The New York Times called certain toys "the cybersecurity nightmares of 2017." The paper was referring to the fact that more and more toys contain cameras and microphones that connect to the internet -- and constantly gather data.
Today, toys spy on us. Cell phones spy on us. Televisions, cars, and even refrigerators spy on us.
In 2017, TSA began using facial scans at some airports. In October, the liberal Slate magazine reported on legislation pending before Congress. It said, "...an alarming section of the bill would give... a green light to begin using biometrics to identify people in airports nationwide... right now there's only one technology fit for a biometric surveillance system: automated, real-time face scans."
On another front, digital currencies -- cryptocurrencies -- came into their own in 2017. Bitcoin's value rose to unbelievable levels. But from a prophetic point-of-view, I'm more interested in government-issued digital currency.
These cryptocurrencies foreshadow a future world currency that can be completely controlled by the Antichrist.
Another development that hints at a "mark of the beast" economic system is happening in China. They are actively building the largest DNA database in the world. For the "mark of the beast" to work, it will need to be made secure using DNA and other biometric identifiers. The Chinese government has also found a way to control the internet within their borders. In 2017, they achieved the ability to erase data and images mid-transmission! In the future, these techniques could go global. That would be a tremendous aid to the Antichrist by allowing his government to absolutely control all communications between people.
2017 also saw a marked rise in another hallmark of the last days. 2 Timothy 3 says, "In the last days... men will be... brutal."
As I noted last week, radical Islamic terrorists continued to brutalize the world with hundreds of terror attacks. But in October, here in America, Stephen Paddock killed 58 and wounded 546 when he shot up a Las Vegas music festival. The next month, Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and killed 26 and wounded 20.
In 2017, many people considered it entertaining to present fantasies of President Trump's assassination. Even his beheading. It was a year in which human beings became increasingly -- and overtly -- brutal.
2017 saw dramatic earthquakes, catastrophic hurricanes, a thousand-year flood, and one of the most destructive fire seasons in history. Jesus compared end times events to a woman going through labor pains. Paul wrote, "The whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now." (Romans 8:22)
That means the whole planet is in travail. In 2017, we saw it.
Maybe the greatest earthquake of 2017 was the earthquake in American politics. In last year's Prophetic Year in Review I said, "Compared to what Donald Trump is facing, Richard Nixon had it easy!" Boy, I sure got that one right!
Why are people so upset with President Trump? Sure, he rubs some people the wrong way. He says unexpected and, sometimes, inappropriate things. He speaks -- or tweets -- when maybe he should stay silent.
But when you look beyond his bluster and just look at his actions and record, he's mostly a moderate, right-of-center politician. Not at all out of the mainstream.
I think the real reason so many people are obsessed with destroying President Trump can be found in his resistance to the New World Order.
In 2017, he refused to recertify the Iran nuclear deal. He formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. He's renegotiating NAFTA. He put an end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He demanded that NATO members pay their own way. He called the United Nations to account and cut some of its funding. He got tough with the Palestinian Authority. He put the Muslim nations on notice that it's their responsibility to confront and curb Islamic terrorism. And more.
In other words, he stood up to and fought the globalist elites who were on the brink of cementing their supra-national control of the entire world. And, believe it or not, by doing that and by seeking to return autonomy and sovereignty to the United States -- and bring Judeo-Christian values back to the public square -- President Trump may have complicated the build-up to the Antichrist's one-world government.
And doing that guarantees him some terribly powerful enemies. Including Satan himself.
That's why, as we enter 2018, it is so critical that all believers follow Paul's admonition: "I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
I would go a step further. I urge you to pray earnestly and daily specifically for our President and Vice President. Pray that God will encourage them, give them wisdom and determination, and protect them as they stand in the gap for the America we know and love.
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Daily Jot: Deep state against Trump and YOU - Bill Wilson -
There is a four-page memo making its rounds in Congress allegedly showing how the previous "president's" administration, specifically the Department of Justice and the FBI, used the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to spy on Americans and to try to bring down the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Members of the House Intelligence Committee are describing the contents of the document "alarming" and liken it to Soviet-era KGB tactics. The Committee voted to make the memo public. The Daily Jot began reporting on FISA in 2013 after the ACLU filed suit that the previous administration was using FISA to spy on American citizens, but the spy saga gets far worse.
In March 2017, President Trump accused the ex-"president" of wire-tapping his campaign, setting off a barrage of sanctimonious denials from Democrats and the ex "president." The ex-"president's" spokesman Kevin Lewis said, "A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] "president" nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false." Lewis lied. The White House had routinely ordered surveillance on US citizens, and used information to concoct a story to influence the elections.
The previous White House used the FISA court to back door "authority" to collect information folks like you and me. The UK Guardian reported in March 2017 that the broad scope of the court's orders and nature of the procedures established in FISA documents it obtained appeared "to clash" with assurances from the ex-"president" and senior intelligence officials that the National Security Agency could not access your telephone and email information without warrants. Now it is revealed that the previous Administration weaved a web of deceit to undermine an opposing party's presidential candidacy. The court established to fight terrorism likely was used in a failed attempt to hold control of the White House.
The FISA court audited this spying and in June issued a 99 page opinion written by judge Rosemary Collyer, who stated that Fourth Amendment rights of privacy were violated by the ex "president's" administration as early as October 2011 and continued through 2016. This information collected on US citizens was shared with the FBI, CIA and National Counterterrorism Center in violation of regulations. Now we are finding that these abuses continued and interfered with the 2016 Presidential election. Proverbs 26:26 says, "[He] Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shown before the whole congregation." This wickedness is beginning to be revealed. Unfortunately, Congress voted to renew FISA. Hopefully, the deep state will no longer abuse what was established to protect Americans.
Daily Devotion: The Problem with Complaining - By Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. -Philippians 2:14-15
A man who decided to join a monastery and become a monk had to take a vow of silence. But at the end of each year, he was allowed to appear before the abbot and say two words. After being silent for an entire year, he finally was allowed to speak.
So he said, "Bed's hard."
Another year went by, and he appeared before the abbot again.
"What would you like to say?" the abbot asked him.
"Food's cold," the man answered.
Another year went by, and the man again appeared before the abbot. As before, the abbot asked him, "What do you want to say?"
"I quit," he told him.
"It is no wonder!" the abbot replied. "All you have done is complain since you got here!"
The Bible tells us, "Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people" (Philippians 2:14-15).
Complaining and bickering hinder us in following Jesus. There are times when we have to confront one another, and it is never pleasant. But if you enjoy confrontation, then something is wrong. Some people just want to fight. They are always upset with someone or something. The problem with people like this is they can't keep it to themselves. They are always stirring up others. That is not the way to live as a Christian.
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13 that "Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." We can choose to believe the best of others. Of course, we can't see another person's heart. But what a difference it would make if we started blessing others instead of blasting them.
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