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The Crisis Blame Game - By Ronda Lane -
"Never let a crisis go to waste" is the tactic by globalists who desire to take away more and more freedoms and erode the Constitution in the US. This same evil cabal wants to take down national sovereignty in all nations to wipe out any civilian freedoms remaining. The "never let a crisis go to waste" tactic is actually from the 1971 Saul Alinsky book, "Rules for Radicals" . It's the one and same book in which an epitaph to Lucifer is included under the "Personal Acknowledgments" section, giving honor to Lucifer, who Alinsky notes is "the first radical known to man."
Alinsky continues on in his open worship of the devil by stating that Lucifer "did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom." Sickening! Open luciferian worship.
This same book was Hillary Clinton's college thesis; so too did Barack Hussein Obama give reverence to Alinsky's book on numerous occasions, as Obama was a "community organizer" in the same radical style as Alinsky before becoming a politician. No matter your political affiliation, you need to be aware of the tactics they use and the plan in store.
The book full of luciferian, evil agendas is reluctantly sourced at the bottom of this article . One must know the enemies tactics, and they've made no attempt to hide them. This is a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:12), and they have overtly chosen the side of Lucifer-the losing side.
The far left have adopted the globalist vision of culling the masses, bringing populations under control under one global government. One particular political party used to tolerate this far-leftist extremism as a fringe group, yet years back the left claimed not to be involved with the far left. However, the far leftists have taken control of the entire party now-not just here in the US, but in other nations as well.
The globalist cabal is well-funded financially. Destruction of all things Christian is their most fervent desire, as to be expected in a spiritual war. They used to pretend to be in favor of free speech for all (including Christians); but, as their numbers have grown, they no longer feel the need to hide their true agenda-squashing both the free speech of Christians as well as eradicating the world of Christians altogether.
We all witnessed how quickly the leftist-controlled media hopped on board the "gun control" issue after a school shooting. But when the recent Texas bombings began near Austin, I couldn't imagine how the controlled MSM (MainStream Media) was going to spin this. Since we no longer have a free media, and they no longer devote much (if any) time on actual, factual news unless they can spin it for a specific globalist cause, I was surprised to see them reporting on it. I knew they had to have an angle (otherwise all truth is censored nowadays).
So what is the angle? What did the leftist media accomplish? They sure couldn't use it for bomb confiscation, as bombs are already unlawful. They couldn't stage mass protests of easily herded young folks in opposition, as they do any time a gun is used in a crime. So again, what's for them to gain by reporting it?
Then the mass bomber was both caught and killed. The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. Yet again, I couldn't find the angle immediately (and I knew there had to be one). Why would MSM continue to cover this nonstop? After sifting through numerous reports about this event, I finally found the answer in a FOX news article as well as in other articles. There isn't just one agenda they are using this tragedy for, but multiple agendas.
Mark Conditt (24-year-old serial bomber) was found by the help of .... (drumroll).... Google! Surveillance cameras and cell phone triangulation also helped. Why is this so important a fact to know about? The authorities used the Google search history of Mr. Conditt to find relevant details of his actions and thoughts prior to, and during, his bomb spree. Well, that sounds handy, doesn't it? Not so fast.
In the FOX article , we read where a Google representative stated the following: "Google accepts subpoenas for search data and reviews the request to make sure it satisfies legal requirements and Google's policies." Another interesting tidbit of information was supplied by the Google representative (who is unnamed in the article): "Google can also look to narrow the request if it believes it is overly broad."
How very interesting... so Google (a non-government and unregulated monopoly) can now deem for themselves if a request is "overly broad" or if they even want to supply the information to law enforcement agencies? And I wonder if they would have supplied such information if the alleged perp was (for instance) an illegal alien? Or a far-leftist radical? One can only guess, but my guess (going by past incidents) is NO; Google wouldn't have supplied the requested information if it didn't align with Google's globalist-cabal agenda.
Then there was also the use of cell phone triangulation. (Funny we never hear about these things when it's a known illegal alien committing crimes, isn't it? How coincidental!) With the use of 4G technology they can now track a phone to within 4 to 5 feet of the subject. Imagine how handy this will be for the antichrist global government once the mark of the beast is rolled out fully in the last half of the tribulation, as described in Revelation chapter 13). And this is 4G technology; the globalist cabal wants 5G technology implemented around the globe as soon as possible.
Time doesn't permit going into detail of the evils of 5G. Maybe we will revisit that subject in a later article (God willing and should the Lord tarry).
But this wicked agenda to track and control society isn't enough for the globalist cabal. They have a multi-pronged strategy to use this crisis to the full extent of maximum damage they can possibly squeeze out of it. Never let a crisis go to waste... get the maximum damage possible out of it, as does the globalist MSM, using the Alinsky tactics.
Who is Mark Conditt, the serial bomber? The Daily Mail (UK) alleges that he was a "homeschooled Christian." The article goes on to bash both Christians and homeschooling as well . But it doesn't stop there... the article claims that Conditt was targeting "people of color" (yet doesn't note that white victims were chosen as well). In this glaring lack of journalism, the Daily Mail claims Conditt "made all the bombs himself." Huh? What a lack of journalistic integrity! Supposedly, now the Daily Mail is their own source for this information? They didn't cite a name from which this allegation sprang forth.
No sourcing in faux journalism today is a huge problem because they no longer quote a person by name, but can merely claim something as a fact without showing any evidence. It's possible that Conditt did indeed "make all the bombs himself," but they don't note that as a possibility; instead they erroneously tout it as fact before a full investigation has been completed-shoddy journalism meant to obfuscate, muddy the waters, and never quote actual sources or facts.
They also claimed the boy was both Christian and homeschooled, yet they don't source that information either. Apparently faux journalism no longer needs to source information. Apparently, they can claim whatever they want to without any factual evidence to back it up. Back in my day, we had a name for that: "Tabloid trash." You could find this garbage in the supermarkets with cover stories such as "Elvis seen" (years after his death). No sourcing, just opinion erroneously presented as "factual."
So we see the multi-pronged strategy on full display. First: to paint both Christians and homeschooled children in a negative light. Second: to cause panic in society, so much so that the civilian population would be willing to give up freedoms and rights for the false hope of "peace and safety."
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape" (1 Thes. 5:3).
Sadly, a large portion of the population still erroneously believes that the mainstream media is an actual journalist venue wherein truth is upheld, standards of journalism are upheld, and 'journalists' are held to these high standards. Sadly, some still truly believe this to be the case. In fact, some elderly folks I know very well are still taken in by MSM, one of which regularly watches PBS News hour and claims they are unbiased!
I asked this elderly man if he realized that the 'news' segment begins with the major donors listed... ALL of which are either far-leftist or globalist organizations (The Rockefeller foundation, for example). "Yes," he sheepishly admits; he realizes that. I then ask, "Don't you think it's a good possibility that those large donors' ideology will bleed over into the journalism?" His response: "Maybe so, but I don't see it."
And it's sad that many people truly do NOT see it. He (like many in the 80+ age-range generation) remembers when both sides of a story were presented. Now it's a pretense. But sadly, some folks still buy it. It doesn't work that way anymore.
For many of us who read often, keep abreast of current events, and understand where the globalist desires are headed (Revelation 13, for example), we can readily see the agenda on just about any 'news' venue today. But sadly, many are still in the dark to these tactics. I've heard the phrase "ignorance is bliss" quoted before. Maybe it's true. Maybe that's the only way some folks can cope with what's going on in these perilous last days-shut their eyes, put their heads in the sand, and hope for the best.
Sometimes I wish that I could still be so blind. Why? Because with discernment comes responsibility. Those who readily see the antichrist agenda afoot have a responsibility to warn others of the end goal of today's globalists. Such is the case here, even with this Texas bomber. The agenda is clear... the globalists want to track every man, woman, and child's movement - every thought, every action, location, and deed. They will use "peace and safety" as the reason to do this.
But we Bible believers know exactly where this is headed: complete control over masses... control over all peoples of the world under a one-world government. This insidious plan of the devil has been in the making for a long time now.
The US was the last beacon of freedom, of Christian rights, of constitutional rights as well. But we see them being chipped away and eroded day by day. In fact, the far-leftist globalists are going full boar into attack mode on every part of the Constitution with which they can use to cull the masses and take complete control over the civilian population. Both the First and Second Amendments are under full attack from the far-left globalists.
Years ago we were called "conspiracy theorists" for even bringing up the terms "new world order" or "globalist." Back then they tried to hide the agenda, meet in secret, and hash out their plans and goals under the radar. Today? They no longer even bother to try to hide the agenda. Why? Because the indoctrination of globalism has permeated our public schools and colleges so pervasively that the younger generations are sold out to globalism.
Just like Hitler's brown-shirt youth program, many of these young folks blindly follow along.
Of course they also want to attack homeschooling, because they want to mandate public school indoctrination for all children. They especially want to paint Christians as the "bad guys." How can some fellow believers not recognize this?
This nation is divided, yet some believe we can just unite and right all the wrongs. Appeasing those who hate Christianity never works; it only leads to more loss of rights and freedoms.
They claimed they only wanted "tolerance" for the Darwinistic theories presented to school-age children - an "alternative theory" they wanted presented alongside creationism. Now? They've booted out ALL scriptural accounts of biblical creation by God in public schools. The appeasing and tolerance given to the evil ones was not returned. Nor should we have expected it to be. Luciferian radicals have no honor, and they no longer try to hide their wicked agenda at all. They won't tolerate Christians.
I'm an old dog, the kind that it's hard to teach new tricks to. I've always wanted to know the "who, what, when, where, and how" in journalism. I've watched the supposed free press deteriorate rapidly over the decades. Many of us were warning loud and often of how when a free press is bought out and controlled by just a handful of people (no matter their political affiliation) it's a bad thing.
One can go too far to the right just as one can go too far to the left. There are extremists on both ends.
Extremism always leads to loss of freedoms and the desire for more and more control by those who desire complete control over the masses. But what's worse? Those of us who espouse a conservative viewpoint are now labeled as "extremist." They throw us into the bucket with KKK members (when we aren't racists ourselves), and call us "Nazi's" (when the far leftists are using actual Nazi tactics).
When young, easily manipulated Antifa members see conservatives, they think they are doing a good thing to beat, spit on, mace, pepper spray, rob, torment, or even kill conservatives. Why? Because they've been indoctrinated into erroneously believing that Christians are "pro-KKK" or "Nazi's."
When one tries to have a rational conversation with these misguided folks, they don't want to hear it. They don't want to hear the factual, historic truth of the KKK, how the Democrats actually funded and supported the KKK - how Robert Byrd (the longest "serving" Senator in US history) was both a Democrat and a KKK member in elite standing. They don't want to hear about the "Klan Bake" at the 1924 Democratic National Convention, how they held hands openly with KKK members and marched .
You can't even discuss with them how Hitler and the Nazi party rose to power by first taking away the guns from citizens, and then massacring millions of Jews, blacks, physically and developmentally handicapped, elderly, gays, and others. They don't want to hear truth. In fact, they no longer can even recognize truth when they hear it (Romans 1:18-32 and 2 Tim. 3:1-5 explain why in detail).
When communication has broken down so far that one side refuses to even hear the other side, it's an irreconcilable fault line. A gulf too big to bridge. A sore too putrid to heal. Isaiah 1:4-6 comes to mind.
The unsaved world has become so corrupt that they openly rebel against God; they avidly reject Christ with a vehemence and violence so fierce that they seek to destroy believers and obliterate God's word from society altogether. To them we are the 'bad guys;' to them God's word is to be disregarded and squashed, kept from their ears. In this upside-down world of these perilous last days truth is actually offensive to them.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20).
Yet we cannot be silenced or bullied into submitting to the antichrist's agenda. As we see this soon- coming global government forming, we must take comfort in knowing the lateness of the hour. God will not be mocked (Gal. 6:7). His wrath is soon coming upon this world in ways that even Hollywood with all its special effects cannot portray.
Revelation (chapters 6-18) gives an overview of the tribulation that is soon to come upon this earth. God's wrath will not be withheld forever; in fact, we are given many clues in scripture as to when it will commence.
As we see these things converge and coalesce, we need to keep in mind that we grace/church-age believers won't be here for any part of God's wrath on this evil, God-hating and Christ-rejecting world. Jesus has promised to deliver us (church/grace-age believers) from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10, Rom. 5:9, 1 Thes. 5:9). His word even tells us how He will deliver us (1 Cor. 15:49-53, 1 Thes. 4:16-18) - the rapture!
I'll be the first to admit that witnessing these events leading up to the tribulation are troublesome to watch. It grieves our hearts, mostly because so many are rejecting salvation. Their only hope is Christ; yet they hate Him, His word, and those who believe on Him. Yet we must continue on giving the gospel to the lost as well as comforting fellow believers with His word and promises to us.
Let's not lose sight of how near we are to meeting the Lord. I know it's very easy to get weighed down with the cares of this world. The 'news' today is evil; the agendas are wicked and can be traced down to the wicked one who is itching for his short 3.5-year reign on Earth (the last half of the seven-year tribulation).
Yes, we do need to keep abreast of what's going on. Those with discernment need to warn others of what's to come. Whether they hear it or not is on their own heads. We are required to warn nonetheless. Don't get hung up on one person who refuses to hear; move on to the next, and keep going. Even if no one seems to be listening, we know that God's word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Share the gospel until the very last moment!
And while we do so, let's keep in mind what promises we soon have in store for us believers:
When the rapture occurs we will immediately be taken up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes. 4:16-17). Those of us alive in human form at the time will meet those who (in Christ) have passed on before us as ALL of our bodies are immediately transformed.
We are told even more about this sudden change and resurrection of the dead in Christ in 1 Cor. 15:49-53. There we see that our vile, corruptible bodies of flesh will be changed into heavenly bodies (v.49)! Our mortal bodies will be exchanged for immortal ones (v.53). Even those bodies of our loved ones who have passed on in Christ prior to us will first be resurrected (v.52 and 1 Thes. 4:14-16).
We are told to "comfort one another with these words." Let's continue to do so regularly as we see the day approaching. We have even more comfort regarding glorified bodies:
I John 3:2 tells us that we will see Jesus as He is because we will be like Him! It's impossible to fully imagine what that means; yet cling to this truth. Just knowing we will see Jesus is wonderful enough a thought... but to know we will be like Him as well? Even more wonderful. Phil. 3:20-21 tells us that He (Jesus) will change our vile (fleshy corruptible) bodies into bodies fashioned like His own glorified body!
As if those things weren't enough comfort, there is more! In Eph. 2:6 we are told we are seated in heavenly places.
In 2 Cor. 5:1, we are told of a house "not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."
In Phil. 3:20-21 we are told our "conversation is in heaven." Our Lord Jesus Christ is taking us there to be with Him! We see this also in 1 Thes.4:17, "so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Again we see this in John 14:2-3 where we are told that Jesus is preparing a place for us in His Father's house. The KJV calls this place "mansions." Jesus then said He would receive us unto Himself that "where I am, there ye may be also."
This is something the post-trib camp cannot defend. They would claim a yo-yo event at the end of the tribulation where Jesus takes believers up and then brings them right back down for the millennial kingdom. Yet we know that Jesus has promised to take us UP, first to the clouds in the air to transform our bodies, and then to His Father's house in heaven. We know we will be there for at least seven years during which those on Earth will be going through the tribulation.
During that time we will also attend the BEMA judgment, the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10, 1 Cor. 3:10-15). This believers-only judgment is not about salvation, as we have already believed on Christ for salvation. We are eternally secure in Christ. This is about rewards and/or loss of rewards for the things we've done for Christ since we were saved, or otherwise worded: after salvation - how we've served Him.
If we've shared the gospel with the lost and built on the firm foundation in Christ, we will be rewarded (as though "gold, silver, and precious stones"). If we've done our service for selfish reason, human accolades, or other wrongful intents, those things will be considered "wood, hay, and stubble." The rewards will be far more wonderful than we can imagine (Rom. 8:17-18, 1 Cor. 13:12).
Many crowns are promised throughout New Testament scripture. One crown in particular is the "crown of righteousness" which He will give each of us who love His appearing!
Right now we are groaning inside. His Spirit groans with our own as we await the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:22-23). We are eagerly awaiting His appearance, and desire to be taken up with Him to receive our glorified, incorruptible bodies like His own. The rewards to come are more wonderful than we can imagine-not even worthy to compare with anything in this life. Let's comfort one another with these things.
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13).
Israel Braces for Palestinian Violence As 70 Year Anniversary Approaches - By Yaakov Lappin -
The past few weeks have seen a spike in deadly, unorganized Palestinian terrorist attacks, and Israeli security forces are now preparing for a further rise in tensions in the coming weeks.
The attackers appear to be acting on their own, fitting into one of two broad categories of terrorism. The first category involves organized attempted bombing and shooting attacks on Israeli targets, which are planned out and activated by major armed terror entities, such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Most of these plots are broken up in time by Israel's ongoing intelligence and counter-terrorism operations. The second kind--lone-wolf attacks--are more difficult to prevent, but here, too, security forces have been using new technological tools to close the gap. Israel has become increasingly successful in preempting such incidents.
A security source told JNS that since the beginning of 2018, no fewer than 200 lone attackers were identified and stopped before they could strike. The Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency is behind these efforts.
The security source revealed that in 2017, as many as 1,300 lone attackers were identified and stopped before they could strike.
These numbers give a sense of the scope of the threat, but they also indicate the advances made by security forces in their ability to utilize technology to track down lone attackers in time.
Now, however, tensions are rising.
According to security assessments in Israel, this time of year--ahead of Passover, Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day), the Palestinian Nakba (defined as "catastrophe," a day of mourning over the events of 1948)--tends to be related to a rise in violence.
Apprehension will likely grow even more ahead of the intention by the Trump administration to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, which could spur Palestinian unrest and attacks, according to the security assessments.
It is precisely such events that can inject new motivation for lone attackers.
"A prominent characteristic in the terrorism of lone attackers has been their personal [problematic] backgrounds and motivation, and they take a spontaneous decision without prior planning," the security source said. "In many cases, these are copy-cat attackers, influenced by an atmosphere, and they have not been sent by organized elements," the source added.
According to the Shin Bet's data, February saw an increase in attacks--149 incidents, of which 121 were fire-bombings--compared to 118 in January. In February, nine Israelis were injured and one killed. To date, three Israelis have been killed in unorganized terror incidents this month.
According to a report released recently by the Tel Aviv-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, lone-wolf attacks are becoming more deadly.
The reason is "primarily a result of an increase in the operational capabilities of the lone-wolf terrorists," said the report. Those who have carried out the attacks have sometimes "abandoned the element of spontaneity that characterized the wave of popular terrorism in its first year . The age of some of the terrorists carrying out lethal attacks seems to be higher than in the past."
Unlike in the past, the center noted, lone attackers have begun surveillancing routine activities of Israeli security forces on the ground--searching for weak spots before launching vehicle and stabbing attacks.
In addition, some have been able to flee the scene of the attack and hide from Israeli security forces for a number of weeks, which is a relatively new development.
Col. (ret.) Dr. Reuven Erlich, a former Intelligence Corps analyst for the Israel Defense Forces and the head of the Amit center, told JNS that the increased lethality of the attacks is "not coincidental." He noted that eight attacks have occurred since the start of the year, half of them deadly.
"We think they are less spontaneous. These are less spur-of-the moment decisions to attack soldiers. More thought has gone into it," he said. "We're also seeing that they're managing to hide out for longer. In at least two cases, it took weeks before security forces were able to capture them. There is a process here, it seems, of the lone attackers becoming more professional."
Asked if the large Palestinian armed organizations are playing a role in this trend, Erlich answered in the affirmative, pointing to their incitement, their depiction of the attackers as heroes and incessant calls to conduct more attacks, even if the terror groups did not directly activate or order the attacks.
In addition, he said, the Palestinian Authority "pays the terrorists money."
Said Erlich: "The [armed] organizations and the Palestinian Authority create the atmosphere for these attacks."
Nearing Midnight: The Downfall of California - Todd Strandberg - http://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
The State of California is the most populous and richest state in the union. It is a leader in the entertainment industry, defense, internet technology, and agriculture. California is such an ideal paradise, it has inspired songs like "California Dreaming" and "California Girls." California has some of the best weather on the planet, which is largely the reason why 40 million people decided to live there.
The Dream that was California has slowly turned into a nightmare. Despite all its riches, the state is now ranked dead last in the quality of life. At 20 percent, California has the worst poverty rate of any state. Its schools are listed near the bottom of most cooperative lists.
California has some of the highest taxes in the nation and yet many cities are facing bankruptcy. The city of Santa Cruz is being swamped by skyrocketing increases in health and retirement costs. These costs have gone from 28 percent of general fund salary in 2004 to 43 percent of salary in 2015, to an anticipated 58 percent of salary in 2020.
The liberals have run the California State Legislature for 22 years. They've used this monopoly to hand out goodies to their political cronies. California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is the largest pension fund in the nation. Poor planning and poor investments have left the fund with only about 60 percent of the money it says is needed to cover pension obligations. CalPERS lost about $100 billion during the Great Recession a decade ago and has not fully recovered. Another downturn in the stock market would spell disaster for the CalPERS.
Another thing that spoiled California is all the rules. The California Legislature is one of only a few state bodies that works a full year. They are so busy passing new laws, they need the extra time. I was listening to a resident talk about his effort to build a new home on some property he owned. First, he had to pay $10,000 to tear down the existing house; he had to put fencing around all trees that were in the construction zone; he then had to apply for a permit to cut down one of 700 trees; and once he finished the house, his tax rate went up by a huge amount.
The left has done the most damage to California by allowing criminals to take over. In 2017, San Francisco experienced 31,322 thefts from vehicles alone - that is 85 thefts from vehicles per day - while an arrest was made in only 2 percent of reported break-ins. Most of the break-ins are attributed to organized gangs and are often committed by those with prior felony convictions. There is so much human waste and spent drug needles in the city, tourists are provided maps to avoid these areas.
The homeless population of San Francisco has become a huge problem. In a 47-square-mile city, we have around 7,500 homeless people, meaning there are approximately 160 homeless people per square mile. Large enclaves of tents have been set up by homeless people with little to no push-back from local authorities. All throughout San Francisco there are tent cities right next to $4,000-per-month apartments.
One would think that things have gotten so bad in California that reform would follow. So far, the reaction has been to move further to the left. Governor Jerry Brown is being forced to step down by term limits. The Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom, tops the polls in replacing Brown. Newsom comes from the Bay Area, which guarantees that he'll be focused on a culturally liberal agenda. He has already cursed the head of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement over the agency's efforts to control the inflow of illegal immigrants.
Dianne Feinstein found out she wasn't radical enough for the new political mindset when she failed to earn the endorsement of the California Democratic Party at its convention. When someone like Dianne Feinstein is being viewed as too moderate, the fundaments of our liberty are at great risk.
With all one-party-rule systems, the need for more power becomes the primary fixation. The Democrats don't mind if California turns into Venezuela, just as long as they get to stay in power.
I'm sure most Californian's still love their cities. There can be no denial that the luster of the Golden State has greatly faded. Tony Bennett sang whimsically about leaving his heart in San Francisco. If Mr. Bennett recorded that song today, he might choose some other city. Since the whole world is rapidly following California into chaos, my heart is in a place where liberal ideology cannot reach.
"For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name" (Hebrews 13:14-15).
New Israeli Initiative May Reconnect Over 100 Million 'Hidden Jews' With Israel - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz -
"He took him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He added, "So shall your offspring be." Genesis 15:5 (The Israel Bible™)
In a historic first, the Israeli government is moving forward with a plan to reconnect with tens of millions of people that apparently have Jewish ancestry. Such a project may not only drastically change the demographics of Israel but also bring about a prophecy in Obadiah suggesting that these people will fill up the Negev region in southern Israel, paving the way for the Messiah.
A committee appointed by Israel's Diaspora Affairs ministry submitted a report on Sunday that said there are approximately 60 million people around the world with an unrecognized affinity to Judaism or Israel. The committee found that among them are communities that could be brought to Israel and converted to Judaism. The committee's recommendations call for reaching out to these communities and introducing them to content related to Israel and Judaism.
"It is absolutely groundbreaking and will be a game changer for Israel," Ashley Perry (Perez) told Breaking Israel News. "This is the first time the Israeli government is looking beyond the established Jewish world and towards those who are descended from Jewish communities that were forcibly converted or otherwise converted."
Perry is President of Reconnectar, an organization that enables every person with Jewish ancestry to reconnect in any way they see fit. He heads the governmental caucus for the descendants of Jews of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities and was consulted by the new government committee as they prepared their report.
"Zionism was the most important social movement of the 20th century as the ingathering of the exiled Jews, but its next stage is to reach out to the descendants of the Jews who were forcibly converted," Perry added.
Most of these people are descendants of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) referred to as "anousim (forced)" who were forcibly converted during the Spanish Inquisition.
"Almost every Jew today has an ancestor who was forcibly converted," Perry noted. "The vast majority of the Jews lived in Spain and Portugal during the era of the Inquisitions, but even for those who didn't, almost every country in the world at one point forcibly converted the Jews."
"These people originally numbered in the hundreds of thousands," he continued. "Their ancestors now number in the tens of millions if not more."
Perry said that there are well over 100 million descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities. Of those, 14 million in some way self-identify in some way with Judaism. From the surveys and research his organization has performed, Perry believes that there may be over one million of these people who are interested in making aliyah (immigration to Israel, literally 'rising up'. If this is accurate, this conforms to a prophecy written in the Book of Obadiah.
And that exiled force of Israelites [shall possess] what belongs to the Phoenicians as far as Zarephath, while the Jerusalemite exile community of Sepharad (Spain) shall possess the towns of the Negev. Obadiah 1:19
This prophecy was echoed by Rabbi Isaac ben Judah Abarbanel, a Portuguese Bible commentator and financier who personally experienced the Spanish Inquisition when he was expelled from Spain in 1492. In his book Maayanei Ha'Yeshua (the wellsprings of redemption), a commentary on the Book of Daniel, Rabbi Abrabarbanel stated that the Inquisition was the onset of hevlei ha' mashiach (birth pangs of messiah). He wrote that when these Jews returned to Israel, it would be a sign that the Messiah's arrival was imminent.
Perry emphasized that Reconnectar is not an organization focused on conversion as Jewish identity is one of peoplehood and not religion.
"We do not impose ourselves on how people choose to reconnect," Perry said. "Judaism is returning to its natural status as a national identity. It was never a religion or faith. In the Bible and onward, Jews were referred to as a people."
Many of the people who discover their ancestral roots elect not to rejoin their ancestral Jewish community. Yaffa Batya Da Costa, a descendant of forcibly converted Jews who founded Ezra L'Anousim (help to the forcibly converted), as an organization to provide education and aid for those "anousim" who do actually want to return to the Jewish people and begin practicing Judaism.
"Until recently, the only way for a descendant of Anousim to become Jewish was to do a full conversion. Now, Jews who provide evidences that their maternal ancestors were Jewish do not have to convert," Da Costa told Breaking Israel News. "There is a process of return for the bnei anousim that allows them to rejoin the Jewish people and is not a conversion."
Da Costa felt a personal objection to converting "anousim." She underwent giyur l'chumra, a ceremony that is strictly symbolic, also called return.
"It is a symbolic or ceremonial conversion," Da Costa said. "It is not, strictly speaking, the conversion of a Gentile. There is no change in the person's status because the Rabbinic court has already accepted them as Jewish, based on the evidences they brought of their maternal Jewish ancestry. The person does not recite the blessing of a convert."
"The Spanish forcibly converted my ancestors," Da Costa said. "It is doubly wrong to force me to convert again."
As the government becomes aware of the scale of this worldwide phenomenon of people discovering their ancestral Jewish roots, more organizations and methods are being developed to connect with people who have Jewish ancestry. The new project will not just affect Israel and the Jews. Perry noted that other countries will be affected by this new attachment to Israel experienced by their citizens. He noted that a significant percentage of Latino Americans are descended from anousim. Latinos are the fastest growing minority and fastest growing political class in America.
Perry said that this effort must come from the Jewish community and Israel.
"From their side of the ledger, many of these people are already seeking this connection with Israel," Perry said. "From our side of the ledger, we are only now waking up and reaching out."
Daily Jot: The false security of social networks - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
Facebook is under federal investigation for its involvement in providing information on its users to Cambridge Analytics, a firm hired by the Trump Presidential campaign. Cambridge used the information to target specific voters with information about the campaign. The brouhaha, however, didn't start there. In 2012, Facebook allowed the previous "president's" campaign to have this private information and use it to target voters. The campaign's director of media analytics Carol Davidson tweeted that Facebook expressed surprise that the campaign was "able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn't stop us once they realized what we were doing...because they were on our side."
Cambridge Analytics actually purchased the data, according to CNBC, from "Global Science Research, which obtained the data through an app and a psychological test taken by the users." This purchase does not violate campaign finance laws (laws that the Democrats pushed for) that disallow contributions by corporations either monetarily or in-kind. The ex "president's" campaign and Facebook, however, may well have violated campaign laws by their collaboration in data mining (spying) for political use. The overall debate, however, is about whether a private person owns his/her private information on a social network and what are the boundaries of the use of that information by outsiders.
Daily Devotion: Surrender at Gethsemane - By Greg Laurie -
Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch." -Mark 14:34
Have you ever felt lonely? Have you ever felt as though your friends and family had abandoned you? Have you ever felt like you were misunderstood? Have you ever had a hard time understanding or submitting to the will of God for your life?
If so, then you have an idea of what the Lord Jesus went through as He agonized at Gethsemane.
Hebrews tells us, "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most" (4:15-16 NLT).
The Bible tells us that Jesus was "a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief" (Isaiah 53:3 NLT). But the sorrow He experienced in Gethsemane on the night before His Crucifixion seemed to be the culmination of all the sorrow He had ever known and would accelerate to a climax the following day. The ultimate triumph that was to take place at Calvary was first accomplished beneath the gnarled old olive trees of Gethsemane.
It is interesting that the very word Gethsemane means "olive press." Olives were pressed there to make oil, and truly, Jesus was being pressed from all sides that He might bring life to us. I don't think we can even begin to fathom what He was going through.
But look at what it accomplished. It brought about your salvation and mine. Because of what Jesus went through at Gethsemane and ultimately at the cross, we can call upon His name. Though it was an unfathomably painful, horrific transition, it was necessary for the ultimate goal of what was accomplished.
Maybe you are at a crisis point in your life right now-a personal Gethsemane, if you will. You have your will; you know what you want. Yet you can sense that God's will is different.
Would you let the Lord choose for you? Would you be willing to say, "Lord, I am submitting my will to Yours. Not my will, but Yours be done"? You will not regret making that decision.
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