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The End of All Things (Part Two) - Pete Garcia - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8476
Our adversary, Satan, has used a number of different tactics to try and thwart the spread of the Gospel as his primary modus operandi.
First, he influenced the Jews and the Romans to kill the Christ, not knowing that he was doing exactly what God knew he would do, and planned for, for the redemption of not just the Jews, but all mankind.
Secondly, Satan attempted to crush the fledgling church through intense periods of persecution, but that only caused it to grow even faster. Then, because persecution failed, he attempted to (and has been most successful in) the corrupting of the Church through false teachings. But now, at the end of our age, he again, is running out of time, so the corruption is being married up with the persecution because he knows his time is short.
The two things he hates most, is our salvation by grace through faith (because of Christ's victory at the cross over death and hell), and the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church, because that means (and he knows this) he has only around seven years left. I say around, because I don't know when exactly the Tribulation (or the Day of the Lord) will start, as the Rapture does not trigger the 70th week, but the peace treaty does. (Daniel 9:27)
How do I know Satan hates the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the prophetic nature of the Bible in general? Just look at what is attacked the most. Just look at what is ridiculed and mocked, and belittled the most (both by the world and professing Christendom), and you'll see what Satan hates.
This world is still under management by Satan (Luke 4:5-6; Eph. 2:2; 1 John 5:19), and he will do whatever he can, to distract, divide, and destroy the faith of the Church today. In military terms (JP 3-13.4), Satan is using both the 'feint' and the 'ruse' as tactics to deceive the church:
Ruses. A ruse is a cunning trick designed to deceive the adversary to obtain friendly advantage. It is characterized by deliberately exposing false or confusing information for collection and interpretation by the adversary (this would be the Church).
Feints. A feint is an offensive action involving contact with the adversary conducted for the purpose of deceiving the adversary as to the location and/or time of the actual main offensive action (this would be the rapture of the Church).
The Church will be raptured into the air, which happens to be Satan's domain (Eph. 2:2) and will undergo the Bema Judgment (1 Cor. 3:9-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-11) along with those who had gone before us into death. When we are raptured, we step out of time and into the eternal state, at which judgment comes to the house of God first (1 Peter 4:17). We were judged for our sins at the cross with Christ, (Col. 2:13-15) and then ourselves undergo the Bema judgment for rewards at the Rapture, after which, depending on our own faithfulness and positions in God's administration, will administrate through Christ's judgment, the world and demonic hosts at the end of the 70th week of Daniel. (Daniel 7:9-27; Matt. 19:28, 25:31-46; 1 Cor. 6:3)
Just like at the end of the 1st century B.C., God will again, break into human history when the time is right, and collect up those who make up the body of Christ, by our baptism and sealing into the body of Christ, by the Holy Spirit. Not only will He transform our lowly estates from mortal, to immortal, but He will bring with Him those who have already died so that we may all receive our glorification, because as Christ (who is the firstfruits) came into His resurrection body, so too will we. (Phil. 3:21-22; 1 John 3:1-3)
Some refuse to accept this truth, because they can only understand it in a matter of 'what's fair'. They argue, "why should only we get to escape what is coming?" "Why not any other generation?" "What makes us better that we should not have to suffer for our faith?"
It's not a matter of fairness, it's a matter of God's eternal purpose. I could ask, why did Christ have to come back in the year 4BC? Why did only that generation get to walk and talk with Jesus from Nazareth? God chose that time for a specific reason, and whether it's because there was the Pax Romana, by which would facilitate the quick spread of the Gospel, or because the Roman's themselves (as the ruling empire) would also have some future role to play, I don't know. I only know that's the way it happened.
Likewise, God will again break into human history in an equally grand fashion, to retrieve those who have been added into the 'firstfruits' (ie...we make up the body of Christ), because of the order, in which God has deemed the stages of redemption. (1 Corinthians 15)
We are at the end of the ages. I say 'ages', as opposed to 'the age', because there have been a lot of 'ages'. We (in the Church age) have existed from Pentecost until today, and like all the other ages before us, had a beginning and at an unspecified time, will also have an end. Think of Pentecost as the beginning of that sliding scale, and we now (21stcentury believers) are at the other end of that sliding scale. Take a step back, and take in the mental picture and you can see the world around us ramping up exponentially. You can see how it's only been within the last 100 years that we've had the technological breakthroughs, and the escalations of: war, disease, natural disasters, global governance, economic disparity, and a thousand other signs which point to a climactic conclusion, just over the horizon. On that sliding scale, we are mere micron from reaching the end of all things.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-7 NKJV
The Iranians are at the borders - By Avi Issacharoff -
With its ascendancy in Syria, the Islamic Republic is seeking to consolidate its position against Israel and the US
Eleven years have gone by since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, which began with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. It ended 34 days later with a trumpet blast from Hezbollah, which had lost approximately 700 of its troops.
But those losses were a small thing in light of the deaths of 164 Israelis, which constituted part of "the God-given victory" - at least according to the enormous billboards that were placed throughout Lebanon to establish the narrative that many people there, and throughout the Middle East, believed.
Those were the glory days of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who portrayed himself as having faced down the strongest army in the region, striking the State of Israel. Nasrallah was the most admired Arab leader at the time, both within Lebanon and outside, and among Sunnis and Shi'ites alike.
He remains one of the most prominent leaders in the Middle East, but his status among the various Arab countries has declined drastically. Many people, including in Lebanon (except for his Shi'ite supporters), see Nasrallah as a puppet of Iran, rushing to obey the orders of his masters in Tehran. The Arab television networks that were so quick to embrace him following his "victory" over the Israelis, now excoriate him and accuse him and his associates of nothing less than crimes against humanity.
Nasrallah is the main reason for Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian civil war. While there are quite a few benefits to this, there are disadvantages as well.
After the Islamic State terror group's defeat in Iraq and the American military's admission that it is operating in Raqqa, IS's capital in Syria, Nasrallah has become a critically important part of the victors' camp, and as such, he gets a share of the spoils.
Although Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Assad's army have retaken large parts of Syria (with help from the Russians), the former is in no hurry to bring its troops back to Lebanon. This has broad significance. Hezbollah's transitory military positions throughout Syria have become temporary, and the temporary outposts are in the process of becoming permanent, with soldiers' barracks, prefabricated structures, and everything that indicates an established position or a transition to a permanent presence on the ground.
Nasrallah and his organization are turning Syria into Hezbollah's backyard as part of Iran's campaign to create a Shi'ite crescent between Tehran and the Mediterranean Sea. For Israel, this means that Hezbollah, together with Iran, will be able to set up a local Shi'ite army in Syria or on the Syrian Golan Heights - an army that will operate against Israeli targets without making Lebanon pay the price.
Even as decision-makers in Israel proclaim a policy that "Lebanon will pay" for any escalation by Hezbollah, the organization itself could try to draw the fire away from Lebanon and use Syria as the preparation ground for its terror attacks, allowing Hezbollah to have it both ways. The advantages do not end there, though: Hezbollah will have access to, and acquire ownership of, advanced weapons and intelligence formerly in the possession of the Syrian army. It will gain technological equipment, weapons that "violate the balance of power," and pretty much everything else.
Still, belonging to the winning camp carries with it a heavy, and even a very heavy, price. This has to do not only with the loss of public popularity, but also with the fact that its public, the Shi'ites, must pay so dearly in blood for the saving of Assad. The number of fallen Hezbollah troops is estimated at 1,800 to 2,000. A Syrian journalist published photographs this week of two Lebanese teenagers, about 15 years old, who were killed in battle in Syria as they fought in Hezbollah's ranks. Approximately 6,000 Hezbollah troops have been wounded.
In other words, Hezbollah's fighting force has been severely compromised. An army that has lost approximately one-third of its combat troops and must provide financial assistance to its wounded and the families of its fallen naturally loses enormous sums of money in addition to support. It will take Hezbollah years to recover from the injuries it suffered in the battles in Syria, and at the moment it is likely not all that eager for an escalation with Israel.
The battle for regional hegemony
An escalation with Israel is not a matter of the highest priority for Hezbollah. For now, its leaders view the struggle of the Shi'ite-Russian axis against the Sunnis in the Middle East and mainly against the United States and its allies as the critical fight.
Hezbollah realizes that it is just one more militia working in the Iranians' service in the real war over the division of areas of influence belonging to what is left of Syria. The battle, or race, is against the Americans, not against Israel; this may be the reason why Hezbollah has established itself in Syria.
Two completely separate fronts have been operating in the Syrian sector for approximately two years now. One belongs to the Syrian army in the western part of the country, together with its allies from Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. The focus there was on the "ordinary" Syrian opposition - in other words, from the al-Qaeda linked Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) to more moderate groups.
The second front is in the eastern part of the country under the leadership of the US and its allies against IS. The Assad regime's deployment in the western part of Syria and along the route connecting Damascus and Homs with the coastline freed up resources and energy to deal with the takeover by the US' allies of territories in the eastern portion. The Americans, for their part, are helping various Arab tribes in the southeast who are organized in the Free Syrian Army near the Deir ez-Zor region, and the Kurds and other Arab troops organized under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The latter groups, who are the ones leading the battle in Raqqa together with the US special forces there, have succeeded in encircling IS's capital. But the Americans already know what the catch is: By fighting against Islamic State, they are enabling the axis of Russia, Assad, Iran, and Hezbollah to gain strength, establish their control, and even have the leisure to fight the US and the moderate Syrian opposition for territory that IS will be giving up in the future.
The American military effort, for all practical purposes, is paving the way for the Iranians to take control over the area with close Russian assistance. This is why the Iranians are trying to move Shi'ite militias into this area of Syria - the southeastern portion - to prepare for a possible confrontation with the Free Syrian Army.
Iran is already treating Syria like its 15th province (the 14th being Bahrain). It keeps about 15,000 Shi'ite troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan there. Approximately 8,000 combat soldiers of Hezbollah and several hundred military advisors from the Revolutionary Guards are also deployed in Syria.
Iran recently received Assad's consent, in principle, to its request to build a seaport of its own on the coast, like the seaport that the Russians maintain there. The port is to be Iranian in every way, with no possibility for the Syrians to operate.
The Iranians are currently invested in real-estate projects in Syria as well as in the phosphates industry and communications networks, and are expected to make a great deal of money from Syria's reconstruction.
They have also been running Shi'ite militias close to the border with Jordan and Israel, on the Syrian Golan Heights, and in the Daraa district, though not on a massive scale. This is not because they wanted it this way, but mainly because the current focus, as stated, is on competing with the Americans rather than with Israel. Paradoxically, the cease-fire that went into effect last week on the Syrian Golan Heights and in Daraa and As-Suwayda will help the Shi'ite axis far more than its opponents.
A New "Arab Spring" in the Persian Gulf? - By Dr. Edy Cohen - https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/arab-spring-persian-gulf/
The winds of war blowing between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Iranian subversion, are destabilizing the Persian Gulf principalities. To make matters worse, the economic situation, which has worsened in recent years because of ill-advised decisions, is stoking fears of popular uprisings and widespread disturbances. These internal crises could lead to a new "Arab Spring" in which some of the Gulf monarchies might fall. The main winner would be Tehran, for which the current crisis, along with the boycott imposed on Qatar, has opened a path to a takeover of Bahrain - and Iran has already, in effect, taken over Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, and Sana'a.
The Saudi economy has seen an unprecedented deterioration in recent years. The continued decline of oil prices in world markets, the massive assistance to Egypt since the July 2013 takeover by Abdel Fattah Sisi, the cost of funding the coalition fighting the Houthis and their Iranian patrons in Yemen, and of course the considerable aid extended to the Syrian rebels have wreaked havoc on Riyadh's public treasury and the ruling monarchy's personal wealth.
As a result, Riyadh has had to slash 900 riyals (about $300) from military and civil servant salaries as part of a major cutback in the public sector, including the abolition of salary increments and bonuses. Recently, the authorities have also had to hike taxes on cigarettes and energy drinks to the tune of 100% of the cost of the product, after having imposed new taxes in June. One sign of the crisis reflecting its severity is a new toll that will go into effect in April 2018 on roads in the Riyadh area and on crossings into neighboring Arab states.
Aside from affecting its own residents, Saudi Arabia's economic situation also stands to affect other Gulf countries and particularly Bahrain, which is suffering its own deep crisis as Tehran arms and funds Shiite organizations aimed at destabilizing it.
The Iranians have been exploiting Riyadh's and Bahrain's difficulties to the hilt. Not long ago, the Saudis thwarted an attack near the holy sites of Mecca. The Iranian subversion could escalate to the point of seeking to destabilize the kingdom (as it is doing in Bahrain) by activating armed militias within its territory.
Shiite Iran is also helping Qatar, which, according to the (Saudi) plan, should by now have been begging for the lifting of the boycott. Tehran is thereby driving a wedge between the Arab Gulf principalities and bolstering its own status as the region's hegemonic power. It has been sending Qatar tons of food and raw materials daily by sea, and these goods have flooded the emirate's markets and shopping centers.
There is, however, no free lunch. Tehran is now regarded as having rescued Qatar, and the principality will have to reward it for this. Iranian aid has already weakened the Sunni political-military coalition that was supposed to contend with Tehran's expansionary ambitions. For example, Qatar has pulled out of the anti-Houthi coalition in Yemen.
The state of affairs in the Persian Gulf is extremely delicate. The fall of one principality would probably lead to the fall of others. The Gulf is undergoing one of the most difficult economic crises in its history, one that could destabilize some of the monarchies. Angry demonstrations and riots against rising prices, new taxes, and mounting unemployment, similar to those that occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria in 2010 and 2011 - the ultimate nightmare of any Arab leader - are entirely plausible.
Moreover, the Qatar crisis is not over. The principality has strongly rebuffed the twelve Saudi conditions for lifting the blockade and normalizing relations with the foursome (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain). Those conditions include downgrading Qatar's diplomatic ties with Tehran; ensuring that forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps leave the emirate; shutting Turkish military bases in Qatar; severing Doha's ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and ISIS while ceasing to fund them; handing over terrorists residing in Qatar to the foursome; closing the Al Jazeera network; and paying compensation.
The failure of the attempt to isolate Qatar and subjugate it to the foursome's demands has stirred fears of a Saudi military intervention there. Iran, however, has scored many points with the Arabs thanks to its support for the emirate. This is part of a long-term strategic game in which Iran first seeks to win Arab states' sympathy and then arms and activates subversive groups in the Gulf.
Tehran is striving to curtail American and Saudi influence in the Gulf, take over the Islamic world in general, and seize the Gulf's natural resources and holy places via its erstwhile proxies, the Yemeni Houthis positioned along the Saudi border.
If Tehran's plan succeeds, the Persian Gulf will be effectively divided between it and Russia, a highly undesirable development for Israel. The Gulf crisis is wholly unrelated to Israel, but Jerusalem must closely monitor what is happening there.
The current situation is ostensibly good for the US. Tensions create the perfect setting for exporting weapons and military equipment, as President Trump promised he would do during his Riyadh visit. Yet instead of seeking profits, however substantial, Washington would be better off working to enhance stability in the region, lest it plunge into a new "Arab Spring."
Israel and Hezbollah: The Battle Before the Battle - By Jonathan Spyer -
During the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Israeli military actions were limited by the broader diplomatic situation. The expulsion of Syria from Lebanon had taken place a year earlier. The government of then prime minister Fuad Siniora in Beirut was considered one of the few successes of the US democracy promotion project in the region. As a result, pressure was placed on Israel to restrict its operations to targets directly related to Hezbollah activity alone.
Ten years is a long time. Today, the view in Israel is that the distinction between Hezbollah and the institutions and authorities of the Lebanese state has disappeared.
But while the government of Lebanon is no longer a particular protégé of the US and the west, the position taken in western capitals regarding the Lebanese state and, notably, its armed forces remains markedly different to that taken in Jerusalem. The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) continues to be a major beneficiary of US aid. This gap in perceptions reflects different primary security concerns. For Israel, altering this perception in the west before the next conflict with Hezbollah is a primary strategic task.
So, what are the facts of the case?
One of the basic expectations of a functioning state is that it exercises a monopoly of the use of violence within its borders. From this point of view, the Lebanese state ceased to function some time ago. As the 2006 war and subsequent events graphically demonstrated, Hezbollah and its patrons could operate an independent foreign and military policy without seeking the permission of the official authorities in Beirut.
What has happened in the intervening decade, however, is that Hezbollah and its allies, rather than simply ignoring the wishes of the state, have progressively absorbed its institutions.
The events of May/June 2008 in Beirut finally demonstrated the impotence of 'official' Lebanon in opposing the will of Hezbollah and its allies.
Then, on the official political level, Hezbollah and its allies prevented the appointment of a Lebanese president for two years, before ensuring the ascendance of their own allied candidate, General Michel Aoun in October 2016. For good measure, the March 8 bloc of which Hezbollah is a part ensured for itself 8 portfolios in the 17 persons Lebanese Cabinet. Of these, two are directly in the hands of Hezbollah.
So at the level of political leadership, it is no longer possible to identify where the Lebanese state begins and Hezbollah ends. And the organization has long enjoyed a de facto, physical dominance, both within Lebanon and in terms of its actions across and beyond its borders (against Israel, in its intervention in the Syrian civil war, and in its involvement with other pro-Iranian militia groups in Iraq and Yemen).
What if the issue of security cooperation between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces?
No serious observer of Lebanon disputes that open cooperation between the two forces has increased over the last half decade. The background to this is the threat of Salafi jihadi terrorism from Syrian Salafi groups engaged in the Syrian civil war. A series of bombings in Shia south Beirut and in border communities triggered the joint effort by Hezbollah and the LAF.
Of course, the bombings were taking place as retaliation by Syrian Salafis for Hezbollah's own involvement in the war in Syria on the regime side. The LAF and Hezbollah cooperated on the level of intelligence cooperation, and scored a number of successes in locating and apprehending Salafi cells on Lebanese soil.
As a result of the increasingly overt cooperation between the LAF and Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia ended its military assistance to the LAF, canceling a $3 billion pledge in February 2016. The cancellation was a tacit admission of defeat by the Saudis, an acknowledgment that their project of exerting influence and power in Lebanon through their clients had failed.
The US, however, has continued its relationship with the LAF, which was the recipient of $200 million in assistance from Washington last year. Last December, the US dismissed Israeli assertions that M113 armored vehicles displayed by Hezbollah in a triumphant parade in the town of Qasayr in Syria came from LAF stocks. The LAF, according to a statement by John Kirby, the State Department Spokesman, has an 'exemplary record' in complying with US end-use guidelines and restrictions.
A statement by Lebanese President Michel Aoun in February appeared to confirm the situation of cooperation between the forces. Aoun told the Egyptian CBC channel that Hezbollah's arms 'do not contradict the state...and are an essential part of defending Lebanon. As long as the Lebanese army lacks sufficient power to face Israel, we feel the need for 'Hezbollah's arsenal, because it complements the army's role.'
The difference of opinion between the US and Israel in this regard is of growing importance because of the emergent evidence of hitherto unreported Hezbollah activities. In particular, there is deep disquiet in Israel regarding revelations of an Iranian-supported, homegrown Hezbollah arms industry. This, combined with what may be the beginnings of a slow winding down of the Syrian war raises the possibility of renewed tensions with Hezbollah.
This does not mean that war is imminent. But from an Israeli point of view, the gap in understanding and perception between Washington and Jerusalem on the LAF, and by definition on the current nature of the Lebanese state, is a matter requiring urgent attention. It is currently one of the missing pieces in the diplomatic structure which alone can make possible the kind of war that Israel will be wanting to fight next time round, should Hezbollah attack or provocation come.
This is intended to be a war on a quite different scale and dimension to 2006.
The intention will be to dismiss any distinction between Hezbollah and the Lebanese state, and to wage a state to state war against Lebanon, on the basis that the distinction has become a fiction. This will involve an all-out use of military force that will be intended to force a relatively quick decision.
For this to be conceivable, a diplomatic battle has to first be won. This is the battle to convince the west, or at least the US, that an Iranian proxy militia has today effectively swallowed the Lebanese state, making war against the former by its very nature involve war against the latter. This battle before the battle has not yet been won. It is part of a larger Israeli hope to focus the US and the west on Iran and Shia political Islam, in place of the current western focus on the Sunni variety. Only thus will Israel be able to establish the strategic depth in the diplomatic arena that will enable, if necessary, its plans in the event of war with Hizballah to be carried out.
Domestic Terrorism - By Daymond Duck -
On July 7, 2016, Black Lives Matter protestors marched in Dallas, Texas chanting:
1) "What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!"
2) "Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon!"
3) "Hands up, don't shoot!" That night Micah Johnson shot 12 police officers and 5 died.
On July 9, 2016, DeRay McKesson was arrested at demonstrations in Baton Rouge, LA. He was released the next day.
On July 13, 2016, President Obama met for about three hours with DeRay McKesson and others at the White House.
On July 17, 2016, 3 police officers were killed and one (a black officer) was wounded in Baton Rouge, LA.
During Preident Obama's candidacy, George Soros gave 5 million dollars to the Democratic National Committee.
You can find more on the points I am citing above in two archived articles which I wrote in 2016 at: www.raptureready.com.
Look under "Featured End Time Writers" and click on "Daymond Duck." Look for "More on Black Lives Matter" and "Black Lives Matter Exposed."
On July 3, 2017, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security in New Jersey has officially listed the anti-Trump militant group called Antifa (short for anti-fascists) as a Domestic Terrorist Organization because of its record of rioting, destroying property and injuring people, especially Trump supporters.
And guess where this group gets much of its funding?
The answer is charities that receive large contributions from George Soros (something the fake news rarely reports).
On July 5, 2017, New York City a black police officer, Miosotis Familia, a 12-year veteran and mother of three, was assassinated while sitting in her patrol car; 135 police officers were killed in 2016. Mrs. Familia was the 67th in 2017.
Meanwhile, New York City's embarrassing Democratic Mayor, Bill De Blasio, a famous outspoken critic of police officers, was drawing heavy criticism for jetting off to Germany to join a group of rioting fascists that were demonstrating against the G-20 and President Trump.
Yes, before his black police officer Miosotis Familia was buried this globalist seemingly anti-police Mayor who has committed his city to the Paris Climate Change Agreement was polluting the atmosphere with tons of burned jet fuel gases.
He could have attended the funeral of Mrs. Familia, comforted her motherless children or participated in the swearing in ceremony of new police officers in his city, but he chose to spend time praising people who were rioting, destroying property and injuring police in Germany.
Incidentally, Mayor De Blasio was endorsed by George Soros who has given millions of dollars to women's groups to protest the policies of President Trump. That's right! Some of those women were protesting because they were paid to do it.
On July 7, 2017, the black police officer that was shot in Baton Rouge, LA in 2016 filed a lawsuit against DeRay McKesson and 4 other Black Lives Matter activists claiming that the group incited violence in Baton Rouge that led to his injury.
The lawsuit claims that 11 police officers have been killed and 9 have been wounded by Black Lives Matters protestors, activists and supporters.
Pay attention. This group has been supported by George Soros, former President Obama, the Democratic Party and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Now, it seems appropriate to ask that since the Department of Homeland Security has identified some of the domestic terrorists in America, what will they do about it?
Why aren't George Soros and some of these protestors in trouble with the law? Mr. Soros has a global reputation for using his foundations to fund protestors that destroy property and injure people. He has done it for years and politicians have let him get away with it because of his large campaign contributions.
If the black police officer wins his lawsuit against Black Lives Matter, will the remnants of the failing Democratic Party sever its ties with this group that chants that it wants dead cops?
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Watchman Warning: The Resistance - By Hal Lindsey -
In today's political climate, at almost any public venue in America, a speaker can instantly divide the audience into distinct camps with just two words ... Donald Trump.
That name can be incendiary in churches, families, businesses, schools, and whole communities. The President's detractors see him as destructive to all that makes America great. Meanwhile, his proponents think he's going to "make America great again." A recent report on viewer ratings for cable news, showed Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow dominating. Hannity defends and promotes Trump with all his might day after day. Maddow attacks as hard as she can.
We are a divided nation.
But certain facts seem unassailable. First, Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Second, there is only one United States. Third, we only have one President at a time. Fourth, a weakened head of state weakens a nation. Fifth, a weakened United States makes the whole world a more dangerous place.
A true representative republic will have vigorous political debate. But recent rancor has gone far beyond politics. Early in the Trump presidency, comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, "Wake up & join the resistance. Once the military is w(ith) us fascists get overthrown. Mad king and his handlers go bye bye."
A few days later, Entertainment Weekly ran this headline; "Sarah Silverman walks back call for coup against Trump." It's hard to imagine. A popular entertainer had to "walk back" her call for a coup d'état in the United States of America. But, as far as I can see, she's as popular now as ever.
Even though Silverman walked back the most extreme part of her statement, "the resistance" that she mentioned has become a real thing. In May, Hillary Clinton said, "I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance."
I don't like the term "the resistance" because it evokes images of guerrilla warfare, such as with the French Resistance to the Nazis in World War II. But military terminology has so permeated political rhetoric that it has become a waste of time to complain about it.
In general, I agree that politicians, and most other citizens, should lawfully resist policies they see as hurtful or unfair. We hope for politicians who will off positive solutions, but there's also a place for resisting the other side.
Notice that I said, "most other citizens" should lawfully resist. There are at least two professions that must leave political advocacy, and resistance, to the privacy of the voting booth - active military personnel, and journalists. I'm not talking about editorial writers, columnists, or commentators. It's their job to give their opinions. I'm talking about beat reporters whose job it is to give the facts, as opposed to making their personal opinions sound like facts. A high percentage of Washington beat reporters now see themselves as part of "the resistance."
Hannity and Maddow are not reporters. They make no claim to impartiality. They host opinion shows that reflect their own views. That's okay. When you read these columns, or watch me on television, you know that I am giving commentary. But Maddow also serves as anchor of MSNBC convention and election coverage. Once upon a time, no network would even think of having a commentator anchor coverage of a straight news event.
There is not even a pretense that Rachel Maddow is an unbiased observer. Before the Republican convention, she compared Donald Trump to Hitler, and worried that America might be taking a turn like that of Nazi Germany. That's an extreme point of view. Yet, she anchored election coverage for MSNBC. Let her give her opinions, but as a commentator, not a straight reporter.
Over at CNN, things have become strange indeed. They act as if they see themselves in a life-or-death struggle to bring down the President. They believe the Trump campaign treasonously colluded with Moscow during the election. With that as their context, even seemingly insignificant meetings take on an aura of great importance. It's possible that some of the conjecture now being passed off as news, could turn out to be true. I don't know, and that's the point - neither do they.
This year, the White House Correspondents' Association spent a long portion of their high-profile annual dinner, honoring famous Watergate reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. In popular culture, they are seen as the men who brought down Richard Nixon. They happened to be honored at the first correspondents' dinner of the Trump presidency. That's not a coincidence. That's a message to Donald Trump.
Shortly after Trump became president, Woodward and Bernstein's old paper, the Washington Post, added a new line to their masthead - "Democracy Dies in Darkness." It seems to be a response to the President's criticism of the media. But the truth is, democracy does need light.
Our constitution divides government into three branches in order to have internal checks and balances on power. The First Amendment guarantees a free press. That's supposed to provide an external check on power.
But it works only when the press shines an unbiased light on government activities. Unbiased means, don't join "the resistance." Report the news, then trust the public to make up their own minds. If the media were to begin trusting the people with the straight news, the people might begin to trust the media.
Daily Jot: Public Schools and you - Bill Wilson -
Many Americans are asking the question about how they can make a difference and stop the anti-American trend that is engulfing our nation. One place is the local school. Most everyone who owns property pays a significant amount of taxes to support the public-school system. And in days of old--not so long ago, really--each community had a large thumb-print on just how the local school was operated, what was taught and the type of teachers who were hired. Nowadays, with both parents usually working to make ends meet, they have little time or energy to participate in one of the most important areas of their children's lives--where their children spend the vast amount of their time--the public school.
There probably has been no other influence so life changing to this nation as that of the public school system. And if you are truly interested in changing the direction of this country, acting locally at the school is where you personally can have an impact. You pay, perhaps, thousands of dollars a year to support it and you can have a voice in what happens there. For example, if parents would have stood firm and massed a strong voice against it, the Bisbee, Arizona School Board would have had a difficult time in 2008 voting to include condoms in the "prom bags" that were given to every student who attended the annual dance.
Or how about the Islamic public charter school in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota? This school, supported by public tax dollars, was an Islamic colonization school. It taught Arabic as a second language. It set aside an hour each day for Islamic prayers. It served only Halal approved food. It practiced Islamic washing rituals and required students to remove shoes in certain rooms. And after hours the TIZA school taught the Koran, and busses did not arrive and children are not dismissed until after the Koran is taught. It didn't fly the American flag--the Imam schoolmaster said he doesn't know how to operate the flag pole. Due to public outcry, the Minnesota Education Department shut down the school in July 2011. Citizens can make a difference, but not without being armed with the facts, and a legal fight.
Not one penny of our tax dollars should ever support such efforts. But the National Education Association has brainwashed parents by having programs that support the schools and make parents think they are doing the right thing by participating in all their little do-gooder projects. In reality, these very same people are teaching our kids to be sexually immoral, to be anti-American, to be multi-cultural, and that every religion is fine except Judaism and Christianity. Public schools are a big issue in the current decline and future direction of America. Ephesians 6:13 instructs us to "take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand." Have you done all? Are you standing?
Daily Devotion: Make a Choice - By Greg Laurie -
"And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word." -1 Kings 18:21
When I chose to follow Christ, I decided it was all or nothing. I wasn't raised in the church; I pretty much did what I wanted for the first 17 years of my life. I was a very worldly person and had no Christian worldview or moral upbringing.
As a result, when I heard the message of the gospel and saw who Jesus Christ was, I wanted to go for it. I didn't want to try to live in both worlds. I'd had enough of the world and knew how empty it was. I knew the promises it made never would be fulfilled. I lost interest in it. I fully committed to following Christ.
That was the day my eternal destiny literally changed. It was the day I passed from darkness to light and found new purpose and meaning. But something else happened that day. A battle began. It's been said that conversion has made our hearts a battlefield. This is a battle that goes back a long way. It's essentially a battle between good and evil, right and wrong, righteousness and unrighteousness. It's a battle between God and Satan.
Like it or not, you are in this battle, and you must choose which side you want to be on. As Elijah said to the people on Mount Carmel, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him" (1 Kings 18:21).
I see so many Christians who try to live in two worlds. They want enough Christianity to get them to Heaven, but they still want to live like hell, for all practical purposes. It's the most miserable existence of all.
If you're going to be a Christian, be a sold-out one. Be a committed one. Decide today how you're going to live.
FROM THE HEART
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