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We Need Another Black Robed Regiment - By Pastor Mike Taylor -
" I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." (2nd Timothy 4:1-5)
In the opening passage, Paul warned Timothy to preach the word of God, not turning to right or to the left from what God's Word said. But to use it to rebuke, exhort and teach sound doctrine. He also warned what we are experiencing today, in that the mainstream religions, from Roman Catholic (which always has strayed) to now infecting Protestant churches with fables of men. Those who sit in the pew on any given Sunday morning want a "new modern" religion that will make them feel good, entertain them, and not face what they really need, and that is repentance from their sins and turn to Jesus Christ as Personal Savior and the only remedy for their God forsaken immorality, and sinful lives.
We as born again Christians, lament how the church of this modern era has grown cold and preaches a watered down version of salvation through faith, applying God's mercy and grace to the broken and contrite heart that sees their lost condition and realizes that without God and the Lord Jesus Christ, they are doomed for a devil's hell. But the Laodicean Age of the church has come to pass, just as Jesus warned us in Revelation 3:
"14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" (Revelation 3:14-17)
I spoke of this very thing in a past sermon and this is but a follow up of that message when I spoke of how this age has become nothing but lukewarm, water down Christianity and anything else pagan. You can read that message here to augment this one:
FRAUDS IN THE PULPITS
You need not look any further than your local TV evangelist found on TBN, or the mega churches that have thousands of members in huge facilities of brick and mortar to the tune of Creflo Dollar, or Joel Olsteen, or T.D. Jakes that preach another Gospel. I watched Joel Olsteen one Sunday morning and the man didn't even have a Bible in his hands, He never quoted scripture, but gave a pep talk about this being the "best years of your life" AND as he spoke, passed around the plate for tithes and offerings....when you understand the modern religions today, they are about money, about personal ambition of this being your best life, and forgetting we must be getting our houses in order for the next life, as this life will pass away shortly. You may have riches in this life, but to be your focus and neglect the next one, will leave you wanting at the judgment of God.
What I see, my reader, is this nation....and the world...needs the old time religion that most of us were brought up in. God fearing, hell and damnation, fire and brimstone, and Jesus is the only Way to heaven kind of sermons that makes the sinner tremble with Holy Spirit conviction that they can't stay in their seats, but shake holding onto the back of the pew, sweating profusely from conviction of their sins and their understanding that they are LOST, DOOMED, unless they let go of that pew and come down to the altar to repent in "sackcloth and ashes" so to speak.
People, we are in the time of the end of this age, and the world is going to hell all around us. Our job and the job of the sold out man of God is to preach the unadulterated truth and not what "itching ears" want to hear. We need men that made this country what was from the founding of this nation. We need another "Black Robed Regiment" that will pound the pulpit and say what must be said from God's Word to convict the lost souls who are under their charge!!
THE NATIONAL BLACK ROBE REGIMENT
When I speak of "Black Robe Regiment" what does that mean and who were they?
"The Black Robed Regiment was the name that the British placed on the courageous and patriotic American clergy during the Founding Era (a backhanded reference to the black robes they wore).  Significantly, the British blamed the Black Robed Regiment for American Independence,  and rightfully so, for modern historians have documented that:
There is not a right asserted in the Declaration of Independence which had not been discussed by the New England clergy before 1763. 
It is strange to today's generation to think that the rights listed in the Declaration of Independence were nothing more than a listing of sermon topics that had been preached from the pulpit in the two decades leading up to the American Revolution, but such was the case." (from the National Black Robe Regiment)
These men were fearless. They were not politically correct under British rule. They spoke the truth that gave the revolutionaries the vision, the strength and the guts to go out and win out freedom from tyranny.
"But it was not just the British who saw the American pulpit as largely responsible for American independence and government, our own leaders agreed. For example, John Adams rejoiced that "the pulpits have thundered"] and specifically identified several ministers as being among the "characters the most conspicuous, the most ardent, and influential" in the "awakening and a revival of American principles and feelings" that led to American independence."
But as Paul admonished Timothy in the above opening verses:
" But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. " (2nd Timothy 4:5)
As Paul wrote to Timothy, I admonish YOU to pound the pulpit and let the words thunder from your lips of the coming judgment of God and the salvation from wrath of our Lord Jesus Christ, that was purchased by His own blood on Calvary's cross.
That is the minister of God's duty, his call for the spreading of the Gospel. Will the world hate you because you speak the truth? Inside the church it may not be so evident even though you might offend the rebellious member, but outside, each of us will experience the world's revulsion of God's Truth and Satan hates for anyone to speak the truth found in your Bible.
18 "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also." (John 15:18-23)
SPIRITUAL WARFARE ON AMERICAN SOIL
Folks, we are living in a spiritual war not unlike the Revolutionary war. We are being taken for fools by the men who are in power today, be they in Washington DC or foreign governments across the Big Pond. I was thankful that the people of America rose up and would not elect a satanic inspired liberal in this last election, but voted their conscience and vote for the principles that made this country great...WE envisioned "Make America Great Again"....but we will have to keep watch and see if this man we elected follows through with all he promised. God put him in office, and no amount of liberal hand wringing, or underhanded tricks will thwart God's Will. May he follow God and have the wisdom of Solomon that is God inspired. But don't stop there, rise up and claim this country for God, each minister and each Christian.
Our Spiritual war goes even further than what our founding fathers brought to this country and the Black Robes Regiment pounded this truth home.
"As a body of men, the clergy were pre-eminent in their attachment to liberty. The pulpits of the land rang with the notes of freedom.  The American Quarterly Register [MAGAZINE], 1833
If Christian ministers had not preached and prayed, there might have been no revolution as yet - or had it broken out, it might have been crushed.  Bibliotheca Sacra [BRITISH PERIODICAL], 1856
The ministers of the Revolution were, like their Puritan predecessors, bold and fearless in the cause of their country. No class of men contributed more to carry forward the Revolution and to achieve our independence than did the ministers. . . . [B]y their prayers, patriotic sermons, and services [they] rendered the highest assistance to the civil government, the army, and the country.  B. F. Morris, HISTORIAN, 1864". (National Black Robed Regiment)
AN AMERICAN REVIVAL DREAM
What would happen if we had fearless, sold out men of God who preached the unvarnished truth of Jesus being the only way back to the Father? What if these same men preached against the immorality, the sinfulness of this present age and would not back down from anyone, be they the IRS, or any government agency and it spread from coast to coast? My estimation, you would see a revival that would rival anything we have ever seen in American history, even from the Revolutionary War's men speaking truth to power in their pulpits in the churches of that era.
I am speaking of what ifs, folks, as the tide may be too hard to turn back, but I can dream and pray it comes to pass. . Our God Jehovah, YHWH, the Living God told us what would happen if this was even possible in this end of days.
14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place."( 2nd Chronicles 7:14-15)
Who is to say that this could not be possible. Yes, I know that the American countryside has become a cesspool in the major cities and like a cancer, it is spreading...But if what I am saying was even possible, and the American public rose up, and the pastors of this nation got fearless and demanded change in the spiritual realm of this country, you would see a change to gather the last straws of wheat that God will usher into His Kingdom. Note the parable of the seed sower.
25 "But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matthew 13:25-30)
God could use YOU to spread His message and gather that last straw and seed of the final wheat into the kingdom of God. Pastors of this nation, are you listening?
9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" (2nd Peter 3:9-12)
Is God holding off sending His Son for the church of the Living God because He desires to save even that last soul who will come to Him? If the ministers of this nation would take a look at their calling, and put God first in everything they say from the Pulpit, we would see a move of God that would rival the "Black Robed Regiment" as God would use pastors of today, even as He used these men of our historical past to bring that last soul into the ark of safety which is Jesus Christ our Lord.
My plea to every ordained minister, and those who are following Jesus footsteps is to become fearless. To approach anyone, and everyone you may think needs to hear God's Word. Do not preach to their itching ears, but to their heart and minds. Tell them the truth of coming judgment, the wrath of God and this world being burned up in the coming Tribulation and salvation from Jesus Christ, as the only way to enter God's Kingdom. .
WE may not have much time, either you or me. WE must be about our Father's business and spread the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God, but also warn that the time of Tribulation is fast approaching, and those tares that Jesus spoke of will be gathered and thrown into the fire. Note the passage that spoke of what happens to those who are the "tares" or weeds that grow among God's wheat, which are His chosen body and His bride..
30 "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. "( Matthew 13:30)
What does the Lord mean "bind them in bundles to burn them"?
11 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."( Revelation 20:11-15)
This is the ultimate fate of those who are considered "weeds or tares" that are gathered to the Great White Throne judgment of God. They either heard the Word of God and refused it, or have taken the mark of the coming Beast power.
I may not be wearing a black robe right now, but I call on every man and woman who professes Jesus Christ to share that story with your family, your friends, even your enemies in a spirit of Godly love. How much time we have to the work of God may be drawing to a close very soon.
Those that are found without Jesus Christ, when He breaks through the clouds and cries "come up hither" will experience what they could have avoided by believing on the Name of Jesus Christ and giving over their life as Lord and Master to Him. I speak of a literal Hell on earth that will wipe this planet nearly totally clean of all human life that Jesus said would be the greatest trial that humanity has ever experienced.
21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened"( Matthew 24:21-22)
That is why we need a "black robe regiment" because the tribulation and the great tribulation is going to be so horrific, that no words can explain the reality of this awful time, when God's wrath and the satanic ambition of the Anti-Christ to destroy all who believe in Jesus during those last 7 years of man's rule upon the earth. I calculate 80% or more of those living among the nations being destroyed in 7 short years...think of it...8 billion people x 80% or 6.4 billion people destroyed in the worst possible ways. Think of the carnage...think of he smell and wild animals roaming to eat dead carcasses. Can it be any more gruesome to think on such a thing?
CLARION CALL TO ACTION
Will you take the challenge? Will you heed the call? Will you preach only God's Word to those in your church and those who you are charged to leading spiritually? Or will you continue to "tickle their itching ears" ...You will either be rewarded for doing God's will and preaching the Truth, or be found condemned for being a spiritual fraud that was in religion for his own gain. Be not one of those who will give an account either in the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ and lose your reward for service, or be found as a tare of the ministry and stand before the Great White Throne judgment to give account of your perverting the Truth of God Word and cast into a lake of fire burning with fire and brimstone. Are you afraid of offending someone with God's Truth?
Note what God our Lord Jesus Christ said of the parable of the seed sower when we speak the truth in the coming tribulation and can even be applied now:
18 " Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended." (Matthew 13:18-21)
But let us cast the seed of the Truth of God's Word found in no other but Jesus Christ our Lord. We are responsible to no other but to ourselves and God. If we neglect our calling and do not spread the seed of Truth, then brother, you will be found judged of not speaking truth. Put on those righteous robes of the "Black Robed Regiment" and thunder the Word of God to the salvation of men's souls.
16 "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 For God sent not his Son into the world 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)
and again, believe and confess to God:
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." (Roman 10:8-11)
This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying you take the challenge and spread the REAL Good News of the Coming Kingdom of God. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear, email me at email@example.com , God bless you all,
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
IDF Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza After Terror Rocket Fired Into Israel
- Aaron Klein -
Israel on Monday night carried out retaliatory strikes against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after a projectile was launched into the Jewish state earlier in the day.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sent the following statement to news agencies, including Breitbart News:
In response to projectile fire that hit near the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council earlier today, Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircrafts targeted two military infrastructures that belong to the Hamas terror organization. These were in the northern and southern areas of the Gaza Strip.
The IDF said that the rocket from Gaza landed in an open area and no injuries were reported.
After the rocket was launched, an Islamic State-affiliated group, Ahfad al-Sahaba, claimed credit for the terror rocket attack.
Israel routinely holds Gaza's Hamas rulers responsible for any rocket fire from the coastal enclave.
While the IAF operated in Gaza today, the Israeli military has been intently focused on Israel's northern border with Syria after repeated spillover mortar and bullet rounds from the Syrian civil war landed in Israel's Golan Heights in recent days.
On Monday, the IDF announced that stray bullet fire hit a United Nations peacekeeping position in the Golan.
On Sunday, for the second straight day, the IAF struck Syrian military targets after spillover fire landed in Israel.
On Saturday night, the IAF carried out three retaliatory strikes targeting Syrian Army positions inside Syria from which ten mortars were reportedly fired into the Jewish state earlier that day.
The IDF believes much of the fire originated with fighting across the border in Syria, particularly in Quneitra, the small village near the Golan Heights' border with southern Syria that falls within a zone formerly demilitarized by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Israeli strikes "once again made our policy clear: We are not willing to accept any spillover or leakage of fire from any front. We will respond with force to any fire on our territory."
The IDF has instructed Israeli civilians to stay away from the border area near Quneitra.
US may preempt an Assad chemical strike in Syria -
Signs were gathering in Washington and the Middle East Tuesday, June 26 that the Trump administration was preparing a substantial military operation against the Syrian army and Bashar Assad's allies, such as the foreign pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Hezbollah. Some US military sources suggested that an American preemptive strike was in store in the coming hours to prevent Assad's army from again resorting to chemical warfare against his people.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday night that the US "has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children." He said the activities were similar to preparations taken before an April 2017 attack that killed dozens of men, women and children, and warned that if "Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."
On April 4, the Syrians launched a chemical weapons attack, which killed 87 people, including 30 children, following which the Trump administration fired scores of Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian air base.
The US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley then further stoked the tensions by declaring on Twitter that any chemical weapons attack by Bashar-Assad's Syrian government "will be blamed on Assad but also on Russia and Iran who support him killing his own people."
Haley's tweet ended with the cliffhanger: "Stay tuned for more tomorrow."
debkafile's military sources add: An American attack on Syria, whether preemptive or punitive, may be launched from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the eastern Mediterranean.
It was from the decks of this vessel that US Navy fighter jets took off on June 18 to down a Syrian SU-22 fighter bomber over eastern Syrian. A repetition of a US carrier-based attack on Syria would challenge the warning Moscow issued to Washington on June 24 after the Syrian warplane was shot down:
"From now on, in areas where Russian aviation performs combat missions in the skies of Syria, any airborne objects found west of the Euphrates River, including aircraft and unmanned vehicles belonging to the international coalition, tracked by means of Russian land and air anti-aircraft defense, will be considered air targets."
That warning was intended to mark a red line against US flights crossing through central and western Syria. Posted at Latakia, on Syrian's Mediterranean coast in the west are advanced Russian anti-air S-400 and S-300 missiles.
Israeli Army Prepares for Hezbollah Attack Ahead of Work on Lebanon Border Wall -
Hezbollah may launch an attack against Israel before or during the construction of a new border fence next month, the former director of the Counter Terrorism Bureau at the Prime Minister's Office said on Monday.
Ex-counter terror chief and former deputy commander of the IDF's Galil Division Brig.-Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel told reporters that if Hezbollah chooses to strike before the construction of the barrier is completed, it could set off a third Lebanon war.
On Sunday, Hebrew media reported that the IDF is preparing for the Lebanon-based terror group to exploit the fact that large numbers of soldiers will be along the border next month.
The border aims to curb the threat of ground attacks from Hezbollah into Israel's border communities. The improved fence will stretch between Rosh Hanikra on the northern Mediterranean coast and the kibbutz of Misgav Am near Kiryat Shemona, as well as between Rosh Hanikra and Hanita northeast of the northern city of Nahariya.
According to Haaretz, IDF's Northern Command believes that Hezbollah may claim that Israel is in violation of the 2000 United Nations-approved border as a pretext to launch an attack.
On Friday, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned that "hundreds of thousands of fighters" would assist Syria and Lebanon in a war with Israel.
"The Israeli enemy should know that if it launches an attack on Syria or Lebanon, it's unknown whether the fighting will stay just between Lebanon and Israel, or Syria and Israel," Nasrallah said, adding that a future conflict would be "very costly for Israel."
"I'm not saying countries would intervene directly - but it would open the door for hundreds of thousands of fighters from all around the Arab and Islamic world to participate in this fight - from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan," he said.
A day prior, Israel charged Hezbollah with violating United Nations Security Council resolutions by constructing a string of military observation points under the guise of installations belonging to an environmental NGO.
"Hezbollah is using an environmental organization as a cover for activities along the border with Israel," Israel's military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Hertzl Halevi said at the Herzliya Conference.
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot told the same conference on Wednesday that Hezbollah remains Israel's primary nemesis. He added that the terror group is "arming itself with more lethal and accurate weapons to harm the Israeli home front."
Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the UN Security Council that Hezbollah was engaged in a "dangerous provocation" and urged the council to demand that Lebanon dismantle the observation posts in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1701, passed at the end of the Second Lebanon War in August 2006.
UNIFIL, the body's 15,000-strong interim force in southern Lebanon, denied the claims, reporting that it "has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of Resolution 1701."
Israel has claimed that UNIFIL has failed its mandate of ensuring "the immediate cessation" of attacks by Hezbollah and maintaining quiet along the border.
All Aboard the Temple Mount Express: Massive Government Infrastructure Underway to Bring Millions of Worshipers to Temple - By Joshua Wander -
"Thou shalt also be a crown of beauty in the hand of Hashem, and a royal diadem in the open hand of thy God." Isaiah 62:3 (The Israel Bible™)
For the first time in approximately 2,000 years, since the time of the Second Temple, plans are being formed by the Israeli government to build an effective infrastructure for Jews to make their obligatory pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.
God commands in the Bible that all Jews make their way to the Temple three times a year.
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before Hashem thy God in the place which He shall choose; on the feast of unleavened bread, and on the Shavuot, and on the Sukkot; and they shall not appear before Hashem empty. Deuteronomy 16:16
The Third Temple will require a functional infrastructure that could facilitate the transportation of millions of Jews to Jerusalem during and after these festivals. Israel's Minister of Transportation, Yisroel Katz, has publicly stated that facilitating this was his intention when planning the line of the fast train currently under construction between the airport in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
In a meeting with Temple Movement representatives in February, the minister explained, "As a Kohen (Jew of the priestly caste) I have a special connection to the holy site. In front of my eyes I constantly see the words 'Prepare the way, prepare the way...'"
Katz is planning on extending the line of the fast train to transport people from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem directly to the Western Wall. The final stop will be the "Kotel/Har Habayit Stop" (Western Wall/Temple Mount Stop).
Yaakov Hayman, Chairman of the Friends of the the Temple Organization, noted that the Ministry of Transportation's involvement was a necessary first step.
"We expect millions of Jews coming to the Temple Mount even before the Temple is built, so transportation is a potential bottleneck," Hayman explained to Breaking Israel News. "We need to open up more entrances to the Temple Mount, since there is currently only one entrance available to the Jews."
In a similar vein, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has recently announced plans to build a cable car system that will be capable of transporting thousands of people per hour to the area of the Western Wall and Temple Mount. The Israeli government ministers just recently approved this plan during a cabinet meeting held inside the Western Wall Tunnels.
The stated purpose of all of these plans is to modernize the capital city, making it easier for both residents and tourists to navigate its increasing traffic. But it is abundantly clear that all of these upgrades will soon be used for the purpose of allowing millions of Jews from around the globe to quickly and easily visit the Temple and to fulfill their Biblical obligation.
"We need to establish express service bus transportation to the Temple Mount from all parts of the country," Hayman said. "The Temple Mount Express bus lines will have special blue and white bus stops enabling Jews to regularly travel directly to the Temple Mount, pray and return home."
Since the Modern State of Israel was created in 1948, and even to a greater extent, since the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, building has been non-stop in the capital city. Nonetheless, all this progress is only the first step.
Many new hotels will need to be built and upgraded. Roads will need to be widened and extended. Utilities will need to be improved and upgraded. And new methods of transportation will need to be implemented.
"What we are seeing is to prepare the way for Jews to go up to the Temple Mount," Hayman said. "When the Temple is built, the changes will be even greater."
One of the principles of the final redemption is that it will come about through a series of processes that will seem to most to be no more than natural evolution. For those that have a better understanding and knowledge of these processes it is clear that in order to accommodate the masses that will need to come to Jerusalem three times a year, a massive upgrade to the current Jerusalem infrastructures is required.
Nearing Midnight: The Trump Testimony - Terry James -
First I must preface this week's commentary. Those who have read my articles and books over many years-I prayerfully hope-know that I am not one who speculates wildly on what God's Word has to say on any matter. The Lord knows that my overwhelming desire is to say no more and no less than what He wants me to say in any given instance.
Likewise, discernment is among the most important things that must be possessed by as well as employed by any writer who endeavors to put forth what the Holy Spirit urges him or her to write. More specifically, it is imperative that truth from the mind of God be at the center of each and every biblical examination and analysis exploring the issues and events of our times. My prayer is that I never violate this rubric.
With that said, I want to consider a most unusual matter involving the all but totally unexpected rise to presidential power of Donald J. Trump. I say "all but totally unexpected" because there were hundreds of thousands of us-if not millions-who knew the 2016 presidential election could well go in the direction opposite of what the politicos and pundits were saying. We knew that 2 Chronicles 7:14 was still in effect. The Lord could, if it was within His holy will, turn America in a different direction in answer to His people's prayers.
Those prayers were answered in a spectacular way. In that regard, now is time to continue praying that the Lord will restrain the evil that is attempting at every level of culture, society, and government to undo that election.
The effort of the combined, globalist cabal to bring down the Trump presidency should be obvious even to the casual observer, it seems to me.
It is equally obvious that Mr. Trump is not president of the United States because he is a godly man. But that he is God's man for this critical hour cannot, in my estimation, be denied. He is in that position, the most powerful in the world, because the God of Heaven put him there. He is in office for some divine purpose. I believe we are about to be witness to that purpose over the coming weeks, months, and perhaps years.
Now to get to the factor that caused me to ask that you remember my fidelity to handling God's Word with great care over my years of writing commentaries and books. This isn't meant to simply convince you of how faithful Terry James is. It is to remind you that I'm not one with a history of kooky dissection of our times by using God's Word to create sensationalism in any form-i.e., the things I'm about to consider here will take the reader's sense of credulity perhaps to its limits. Please bear with me, nonetheless.
It was July of 2016. Someone with whom I'm an occasional email correspondent sent me a link to a website. It was a link to a cybercast program of True News.
I rarely ever listen to programs, unless they are recommended by trusted friends and associates. This is partly because my time to do so is limited, and, admittedly, I have listened to some that are speculative beyond the pale.
I listened to this particular program. It was, at that time in July, almost four months until the presidential election of November 8, 2016. The program host and cohost were interviewing a retired fireman named Mark Taylor. Mr. Taylor went through a most fascinating story of a "vision" he said the Lord had given him. He said he could think of no other word to call it than a "vision."
Taylor laid out his "vision" that gave details of how Donald Trump would become president. The details included the fact that the very foundations of hell would come against him. This force include the mainstream news media, entertainment media, and the entire globalist cabal, as I recall.
I filed that cybercast program, thinking I would be checking back to see how wrong this "visionary" had been. I subconsciously hoped he was right, but could not, of course, bring myself to believe in such sensationalism.
Here is a brief excerpt of what I wrote to my emailer-friend upon receiving the link to Mr. Taylor's "vision":
I'm sorry, but I just can't put credence in these kinds of predictions based upon dreams.
Sorry if that disappoints you, and if it seems hypocritical based upon my own reports of the visit to the periphery of Heaven when my heart stopped those three times on good Friday of 2011.
I'm for Trump over Hillary. There's no way this nation can survive such a government as she would bring upon us, with Obama having already set in motion our spiral downward. So, I certainly want him to win the election. (Although, I'm, sadly, very skeptical that the nation will turn around regardless of who becomes president.)
Here is the link my friend sent at the time:
Regardless of my note of reply, Mark Taylor's story of his "vision" stuck deeply in my mind.
In telling the story, he gave proof that he had been given this "vision" years before-in the year 2011-before Donald Trump ever announced as candidate for president. His is such a vivid and detailed picture of just how things turned out and continue to unfold that I had to contact him. He proved to be a man I now call friend and brother in Christ. He has a book coming out soon detailing the scope of the vision he believes he has been given. Here is the link to that book. It's title is The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who SawTomorrow...
You can get more information about Mark Taylor and the book at the following.
As those who follow our "Nearing Midnight" commentaries each week know, we have dwelt on the ongoing details of the political season and things that have unfolded since.
There are, I believe, deep, spiritual intrigues taking place with each day that passes. It is a certainty in my view that Donald Trump's election and the tremendous resistance to his being put into office is testimony to the reality that we are in prophetic times very near the end of the Age of Grace.
Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. (Daniel 2:20-22)
Watchman Warning: Why Teach The Second Coming?
- By Hal Lindsey - http://www.hallindsey.com/ww-6-23-2017/
Through the years I've heard a lot of excuses from pastors and teachers who don't want to address the Second Coming of Christ. Many of them say it's just too difficult to understand. Recently, I heard about a layman who was upset with God over the whole matter. He asked, "Why can't it be simple?"
Some of the greatest minds in history have taken on the subject of Christ's return, and found it overwhelming. Sir Isaac Newton, one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, spent more time studying the book of Daniel than he did pondering the laws of gravity.
So, yes, it can be complicated. The deeper you dig, the more treasure you will find. That's the way it is with all of God's revelation to humanity. The great themes of the Bible are simple enough for a small child to understand, and complex enough to keep the finest theologians working for centuries to mine their mysteries.
But isn't that good? Don't you want the things of God to be challenging, exciting, and fulfilling - to the mentally challenged, as well as to the most brilliant among us? Proverbs 25:2 says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter." (NASB)
The Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, was famous as a deep thinker and a brilliant scholar. On his one trip to America, a student asked him if it would be possible to summarize his life's study into a single sentence. He answered in the words of a children's song. "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."
Barth wrote many books and gave countless lectures. He is an example of the fact that the finest scholars find no end to the beauties and intricacies of God's message to humanity. But that message can also be summarized in the lyrics to a child's song. A mentally disabled person can grasp the key to it all - "Jesus loves me... the Bible tells me so."
Can the study of end-times prophecy be summarized as succinctly? Yes, it can. We can find that summation in the words of Jesus from John 14:3 - "I will come again."
Anyone can understand that. And what a glorious thing to know! None of the Bible makes sense without it. The Old Testament told of a coming Messiah. He would suffer and die for our sins (Isaiah 53). And He would rule and reign over the entire earth. We saw the first part come true at His first coming. But to fulfill it all, He must come again.
Jesus must return because a multitude of prophecies from the Old and New Testaments still await fulfillment. He must come again because justice demands it. And He must return because our world is spiraling out of control, and humanity cannot survive without His direct intervention.
Jesus made His Second Coming a central part of His message. He repeated it again and again. In Matthew 24:3, the disciples asked Him, "When will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" Jesus then spent the rest of that chapter and all the next one talking about His Second Coming.
In Mark 13:26, Jesus said, "They will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory." In Luke 21:27, He said, "They will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
Jesus said to "watch" for His return. In Matthew 24:42, He said, "Be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming."
That means we need to know the signs of His coming. We need to study, and see how scripture lays out God's end-times program. We need to know the promises He has made - including His promises to Abraham. We know He will keep His word. He will fulfill every bit of it. And that means, He will come again! All we can say is, Praise the LORD.
Daily Jot: The tide turns - Bill Wilson -www.dailyjot.com
Remember the vitriol over President Donald Trump "banning" Muslims from entry into the US? The Supreme Court has ruled that the President is well within the law to scrutinize and ban entry of persons with no legitimate connection (by family, academic, or job related) because "the balance tips in favor of the Government's compelling need to provide for the Nation's security. The Court appeared to be street smart as well spelling out that "a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from the exclusion." The Court will reconsider the ban in October.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for the unanimous decision. He said, "Today's compromise will burden executive officials with the task of deciding-on peril of contempt- whether individuals from the six affected nations who wish to enter the United States have a sufficient connection to a person or entity in this country...The compromise also will invite a flood of litigation until this case is finally resolved on the merits, as parties and courts struggle to determine what exactly constitutes a "bona fide relationship," who precisely has a "credible claim" to that relationship, and whether the claimed relationship was formed "simply to avoid §2(c)" of Executive Order No. 13780, ante, at 11, 12."
Thomas also cautioned that the lawsuits emanating from the SCOTUS decision will go back to the courts whose decisions were overturned, "And litigation of the factual and legal issues that are likely to arise will presumably be directed to the two District Courts whose initial orders in these cases this Court has now- unanimously-found sufficiently questionable to be stayed as to the vast majority of the people potentially affected." In other words, the leftists judges on the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts will further muddy the legal waters by entertaining the litigation that attempts to define a "bona fide relationship" that would allow entry to the country from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen.
The rising tide of immigration and refugees coming from terrorist sponsoring nations has been cut in half since President Trump took office. The interest of national security overrides the lunacy of the left whose insistence that people who are not citizens of the US have the right to come here even if they threaten our personal safety, and the reasonable vetting of immigrants and refugees is a violation of their rights. As the Lord said in Leviticus 24:22, "You shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country." If the stranger comes illegally or intends to not abide by our laws, that stranger should not be allowed to come to or remain in our nation. The Supreme Court has for a brief time turned the tide from those who wish to overthrow the US using violence and crisis.
Daily Devotion: Facing the Music - By Greg Laurie -
"Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth." -Luke 21:34-35
In 1990, the singing duo Milli Vanilli won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. They were very successful until it was revealed that they didn't sing on their own album and lip synced a live performance. It was a scandal in the music industry, and their Grammy was taken away. Milli Vanilli had to face the music.
Jesus told a story known as the parable of the wheat and the tares in which a farmer planted a crop of wheat. But during the night his enemy came along and sowed tares, or weeds, among the wheat. The tare was also known as the darnel seed, which looks almost exactly like wheat in the beginning stages of growth. But after a while, it becomes apparent it is a weed that actually uproots the wheat.
The farmer said to his workers, "Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn" (Matthew 13:30).
Jesus told this story to illustrate that the church also will have people who infiltrate our ranks, satanic plants who undermine the Word of God. We don't know who is who, necessarily. They breathe the same air. They sing the same songs. They read the same Bible.
But here is what we need to think about: It is not our job to weed out those people. We don't see a person's heart. Our concern should not be who the hypocrites are; our concern should be whether we are hypocrites ourselves. Our job is not to weed out the others. Our job is to make sure we are the real thing, because there is coming a day when we all will have to face the music.
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