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The Unredeemable Man - Pete Garcia -
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible then walks through the rest of the creation process rather briefly according to Genesis 1-2. The pinnacle of God's work was man, for he was created in His image. We are not told how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden before their fall, but let us assume for the sake of argument that is a brief period. I understand "brief" can be a rather relative or subjective term, so let's just say that it is more than a day and less than 100 years.
When God made Adam on the sixth day, He encoded into him all the genetic information the human race would ever need. Every race, every variation of mankind comes from the genetic combination that came from both Adam and Eve. But after their creation and before their fall, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and take dominion over the earth (vs. 1:27-28). This would enable all that genetic material to be dispersed amongst their descendants who would then move out beyond the garden to the rest of the planet. If this sounds ridiculous, let us first consider just how much information the average human body can hold. From both Sciencemag.org and http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6328/950 shows that:
Your DNA and your brain are the two primary storage entities in your body. Each has its own storage capacity, but combined they can do wonders! A single gram of DNA can store around 215 petabytes of data (215 million gigabytes). To put it in simple terms, DNA could store all of the world's data in one room! If we extracted the entire DNA from your cells, we would end up with a mass of 250 grams. This means, your whole DNA can store around 53,750,000,000 Gigabytes of data.
On the other hand, your brain can store approximately one petabyte of data (1,000,000 gigabytes). Unlike DNA, the brain's capacity to store information is more limited, that's because old data must be erased to make space for new one. As for DNA, it can keep on expanding and replicating to store more and more information.
Combining the storage capacity of both your DNA and your brain, the total would be 53,751,000,000 Gigabytes. The most powerful supercomputer right now is the Chinese Sunway TaihuLight, which can store up to 20 petabytes of data (20,000,000 gigabytes). That's only 0.04% of your body's storage capacity! This means your body has a storage capacity that is equivalent to 2500 Sunway TaihuLight supercomputers.
Before Adam and Eve fell, they had full access to the spiritual realm. Adam interacted personally and physically with God in the Garden (Gen. 3:8). But when they sinned and lost their status as both innocent and immortal, their fall would have both spiritual and physical ramifications for all succeeding generations. Although the sin would become a spiritual pandemic, the infection is more than just spiritual, the repercussions always manifest themselves into the physical, emotional, and intellectual realms. Not only this, but now sin and death was introduced into the whole world. Unfortunately, all the genetic data Adam carried would now be passed down to subsequent generations corrupted.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned-Romans 5:12
Man was created (or hardwired) to worship because we were designed to be spiritual beings. We were built with eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). God also created man to be fruitful and multiply and to have dominion over the earth. But if corrupted man is not worshipping who he was designed to worship (God), then how does man satiate that innermost desire to connect with his Creator? Historically speaking, we can absolutely know man is hardwired to worship as we can simply look back through history and see that every civilization has come and gone has worshipped something or someone. Just as our God of the Bible is a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), so too is man created as a triune being since we are created in God's image. According to the Bible (1 Thess. 5:23, Hebrews 4:12), man's nature is divided into three parts: Body, soul, and spirit. Clarence Larkin has a great diagram of this that essentially breaks down what makes up every person.
Two of the three aspects of man's being has been corrupted. The spirit, has to be regenerated in order for man to be reconciled to His Creator. While Scripture tells us that while the spirit can be redeemed, it also tells us that we will continue to live in these fallen bodies until the day of our redemption (Phil. 3:21-22). All men except one have the same genetic makeup of our forefathers going back thousands of generations. As time passed, mans inherited errors in the genetic makeup began to become compounded, manifesting themselves in the form of increased genetic flaws which would require man to discover a cure.
And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all....Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:26-30
While we don't know specifically when the Lord will return, we know without a doubt that we are living in the days of Noah and Lot. As the time draws near to our Lord's return, mankind has once again returned to many of those same problems which caused God to destroy the earth the first time with water. Not only did man forget God and commit great violence, but there was an explosion of forbidden knowledge pertaining to the human body. We know fallen angels co-mingled with human women, and out of these unions, brought forth human/angel hybrids called the Nephilim.
The angelic host were eyewitnesses to creation (Job 38:6-7) and they knew how our genetics could be manipulated. Satan, the serpent, had been told by God that someone from the race of man (Gen. 3:15) would ultimately destroy him, so he sought to further corrupt mankind beyond just being sinners (who could be redeemed). We know according to Scripture that at some point before the Flood, fallen angels began to mingle with human women. In Noah's day, this resulted in producing beings that were neither fully human nor fully angelic. They were the Nephilim, and although they physically perished in the Flood, their unredeemed spirits would haunt the earth until the end.
In Noah's day, the world demonstrated four key indicators that it was ripe for judgment:
In the 20th century, the world saw two of the greatest Wars (WWI and WWII) ever conducted by man. Also in the 20th, the world would also experience the greatest corruption of truth (theory of evolution, global warming, spiritualism, sexual freedom, etc.), knowledge (big bang theory, genetic modification, artificial intelligence, etc.), freedom (socialism, communism, Islamic theocracies, etc.) and every other facet facing mankind's existence.
What had been missing was man's ability to play God by altering his own genetic makeup. Man's quest for godhood had laid dormant for some 4,500 years until the 1950's when scientists discovered DNA. Since then, it has been an all-out race by all nations to master gene editing, altering inception, interspecies hybridization, etc. So it shouldn't be a stretch to see today match quite easily with Noah's, further validating why man's history of dominion on this earth is about to come to an abrupt end.
But just as the giants reappeared after the time of the flood (Canaan, Goliath, et. al.), so too would the spirits of the Nephilim. These would appear henceforth as "demons" or "evil spirits," who are always seeking another body to inhabit or possess. While it is not necessary to know the origin of demons, it is interesting that they know what is coming and what their fate is (Luke 8:30-32) and when (Matt: 8:28-30). They do not want to go where their fallen angelic fathers are (the abyss in chains) awaiting judgment (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). Not all demons are the disembodied spirit of the Nephilim, as there are also varying ranks of falling angels according to the Apostle Paul (Eph. 6:12). Given that, mankind's recent access to forbidden knowledge is not accidental, as we know that the 'god of this age' and his demonic hosts can provide this access when allowed. They don't care about us finding cures for cancer or birth defects. All they care about, is getting mankind to the stage where he can create the technology that lays the foundation for the "mark."
Given man's natural disposition to worship, he (Satan) will combine that technological breakthrough to buy and sell with man's rebellious nature and provide a man for the world to worship. He (the Antichrist) will force those who remain behind after the Rapture to either be killed or submit and become unredeemable.
"If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name." Revelation 14:9-11
Watchman Warning: Military Terrorism Complex - By Hal Lindsey - http://www.hallindsey.com/ww-8-4-2017/
Not long ago in this space, I talked about one of the most under-reported facts of the Middle East - that the Lebanese terror group known as Hezbollah has a larger stockpile of missiles than all NATO countries (except the U.S.) combined. The terror group is reported to have approximately 150,000 missiles in the field, ready to go.
Hezbollah is the most powerful non-state military actor in the world. They have 20,000 active duty troops and another 25,000 reservists. They are known to have a vast number of deep and sophisticated tunnel and bunker complexes across southern Lebanon, and entering Israel under its northern border.
Where does a terrorist group get the weapons and money to build such an immense military machine? It primarily comes from their fellow Shiite Muslims in Iran.
In June, we learned that Hezbollah's military capabilities have taken a dramatic turn. ISIS differentiated itself from other terror groups by taking territory from existing nations, and attempting to build a caliphate on it. But Hezbollah has done them one better. They are building their own industrial infrastructure capable of producing precision weapons, primarily missiles.
Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Chief, Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi, said, "We are seeing Hezbollah building a domestic military industry on Lebanese soil based on Iranian know-how. Hezbollah is producing weapons systems and transporting them to southern Lebanon.... Over the past year, Iran is working to establish infrastructure for the independent production of precision weapons in Lebanon and Yemen."
In 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war. It ended with the Lebanese cabinet, Hezbollah's strongman leader, and the Israeli Knesset agreeing to the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Among other things, that resolution provided for "the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon.... There will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese State."
That should have been the end of an armed Hezbollah. But instead, they have had an explosion of military capability in the intervening years. In other words, Hezbollah's promise isn't worth the paper it's written on, and the UN remains a toothless tiger.
The resolution also required Hezbollah to stay north of the Litani River. It runs about 18 miles north of and roughly parallel to Lebanon's border with Israel. Most of their force remains north of the river, but they are building observation towers next to the border.
You might wonder how UN peacekeepers could overlook something so obvious. Before I tell you how Hezbollah gets away with it, go ahead and swallow any liquid you may be drinking - because this could definitely provoke choking. Hezbollah is able to work along the border because they made up their own environmental organization - "Green Without Borders." They say they plan to plant a million trees. Oh, and they just happen to want to plant those trees in South Lebanon - near the border with Israel.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released photographs and video showing "Green Without Borders" building large observation towers along the border. The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) issued a statement supposedly contradicting the IDF. It says its members have "not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701."
But Israel did not accuse Hezbollah of sending "armed persons" south of the Litani. They accused them of building observation towers. UNIFIL did not deny the basic accusation, nor did they explain why a group whose primary purpose is to plant trees, needs observation towers directly on the border.
UNIFIL was formed in 2006, not only to keep Hezbollah north of the Litani River, but to oversee Hezbollah's disarmament. During the intervening years, Hezbollah's military power has grown into something far greater than that of most nations. After a failure of such proportions, how does UNIFIL have any credibility left?
With ISIS, the world saw the danger, and nations have been cooperating to rein it in. But with Hezbollah, the nations of the world are turning a blind eye, despite the obvious and massive violations of UN resolutions.
Only Israel seems concerned about Hezbollah. And it should be. Look at a map of the region. With Damascus and other key Syrian assets in the hands of Iran and Russia, Iran has a direct pipeline to Hezbollah in Lebanon. And with Iran's growing oil wealth, they can give Hezbollah all the assets it needs. In the early 1980s, Iran created Hezbollah. Now, the terror group has become an extension of Iran's power in the region.
Hezbollah caused massive difficulties for Israel in 2006. At that time, they had 15,000 rockets. Now they have ten times that number. Plus, the 150,000 missiles they presently have are both more sophisticated and more destructive than the 15,000 from eleven years ago. The old ones didn't have nearly the payload of the new ones, nor did they have the precision guidance systems of the new ones.
These weapons are not defensive, but offensive in nature. Hezbollah and Iran have made their intentions clear. They mean to destroy Israel from the face of the earth.
God promises to preserve Israel during and after the current regathering, but the nation will experience terrible days. With Hezbollah and so many other armies poised to strike their small nation, you can see why Israel will one day agree to a peace treaty with Antichrist. He will promise what they will crave most - peace and safety. And then he will deliver a reign of destruction.
In the end, however, all God's promises to Israel will be kept. At the end of the book, they turn to the true Messiah. They win... as do all those who put their trust in Jesus.
US troops fight with Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon -
Israeli diplomats have filed a quiet demarche with Washington over the participation of US special forces in a joint operation with the Syrian, Hezbollah and Lebanese armies to clear the Lebanese-Syrian border region of Al Qaeda's Syrian arm the rebel Nusra Front, which is fighting with ISIS elements. This is reported by debkafile. The operation against the rebel group fighting under the command of Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani, has been divided into three parts.
The third part soon to be launched is designed to take this "coalition" up to the Israeli border.
The first part consisted of a Hezbollah assault on Nusra forces holding the Arsal region on both sides of the border at its northern tip. Hezbollah was claimed to have fought the enemy singlehanded. But like all the statements from Washington and Moscow about events in Syria, this one too needed a closer look at the "facts." It so transpired that Hezbollah was backed up by Syrian artillery, while the Lebanese army had the role of cutting off the rebels' escape routes from the battle ground.
The rebel fighters seeing they were hemmed in on all sides surrendered and agreed to pull out. Over the weekend, therefore, 7,000 rebel fighters, most of them belonging to Nusra and their families, were evacuated from the border region to the northern Syrian province of Idlib on the Turkish border.
It also turned out that the trilateral Arsal operation had a US dimension. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri visited Washington last week and held talks with President Donald Trump at the White House. Straight after that meeting, the US President had harsh words for Hezbollah, which he called a threat to world peace. But in his closed-doors interview with Hariri, Trump was persuaded that the Lebanese army could not defend its borders without help and had no option but to work with Hezbollah and the Syrian army.
Hariri also convinced the US president to declare the Nusra Front and all its branches a terrorist organization to be fought in the same way as the Islamic State.
At that point, Israel put forward no argument, although this first instance of a joint operation between Bashar Assad's forces, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and the Lebanese army, was red-flagged in Jerusalem as a green card for Hezbollah's extended reach beyond the Lebanese border.
Neither did Israel, whose prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is beset with his own troubles at home, demur when the Americans declared the Nusra network the target of America's war on terror, even though this distanced the Trump administration from Jerusalem's position.
Israel contends that the rebel groups holding the Syrian border districts opposite the Golan are indigenous defenders of their villages in the Quneitra and Hermon regions. While a small number may also have ties to Nusra, they are insignificant. This acceptance has gained Israel a narrow security strip, which acts as a buffer against the incursion of the hostile Syrian army, Hezbollah and Iranian forces up to its northern border.
Washington turned a blind eye to Israeli tolerance of the Nusra presence under its auspices - until Hariri's intervention turned the White House around. The outcome of this turnaround was soon apparent.
On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon announced: "Our special forces are providing training and support to the Lebanese Armed Forces." To clarify what he meant by "support," he added: "That not only concentrates on operation type missions, but also tactical and strategic type missions. We also have a presence with Lebanese Special Forces in all aspects of training and special operations."
The Pentagon spokesman would hardly have made this momentous disclosure without high-level authority - at least by Defense Secretary James Mattis, if not the president in person.
His words were quickly translated into action.
Sunday, Aug. 6, the second part of the joint Syrian, Hezbollah, Lebanese operation was underway against Nusra -ISIS forces holding positions in the Lebanese towns of Ras Baalbek and al-Fakiya in the northern Beqaa Valley. This time, Lebanese Special Forces went into active combat, along with US Special Forces - a new development of the highest strategic impact - not just for Israel, but in the wider Middle East context. US special forces troops are for the first time taking part in a joint military operation with Hezbollah and the Lebanese government.
It may be argued that the US military is working directly only with the Lebanese government army. However, the operational plans must have been drawn up together with the Syrian high command in Damascus and Hezbollah's chiefs in Beirut - and, given the latter's role as Tehran's proxy, Iranian officers were no doubt part of this round-able planning conference.
Unfolding on the Syrian-Lebanese border region, therefore, is much more than a cleansing operation against an Al Qaeda affiliate; It is the start of a new military alignment, which is ready fight in the third part of the operation, which will focus on the Syrian-Jordanian and Syrian-Israeli borders.
This combination is the outcome of the US-Russian deal to cooperated in Syria, which debkafile uncovered from the first. Both powers are determined to impose their agreed ceasefire zones right up to the Golan border, whatever it takes - whether Israel likes it or not.
Iran and Russia to enhance military ties after new US sanctions - Shoshana Kranish -
While the sanctions are meant to punish the two countries, they appear to be pushing them together.
In light of new US sanctions on Iran and Russia, the two countries have vowed to enhance their already-deep military cooperation, according to state-run media of both countries.
In July, American lawmakers passed a bill placing sanctions on Russia for the country's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, while also extending those placed on the country for its 2016 invasion and annexation of Crimea. In response, Russia announced its expulsion of more than 700 US embassy employees.
Sanctions on Iran are meant to punish the country for its continued testing and development of ballistic missiles. Iran has lashed out at the US, saying the sanctions are an affront to the landmark nuclear deal reached two years ago, which the Iranians say they are abiding by.
Sanctions were also extended to North Korea, which continues to launch ballistic missiles that experts have said may now be capable to reaching the United States.
Iran and Russia have a history of military cooperation, stemming from their respective isolation from Western countries. Iran has purchased several billion dollars worth of military equipment, and last year Russia began construction on new nuclear plants in Iran. In addition to regularly holding joint military exercises in their respective countries, Iran and Russia are fighting together with the Assad regime in Syria.
According to Russia Today, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin held talks with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan. The officials reportedly discussed new supplies of Russian arms to Iran.
They agreed upon the implementation of deals boosting military and technological cooperation, according to Iran's Fars news agency.
While in Tehran, Rogozin attended the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who just began his second term as the country's leader. He is also is set to meet with Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology to discuss technology sharing between the two countries.
Signs of the Approaching Day - By Daymond Duck - http://www.raptureready.com/2017/08/06/signs-of-the-approaching-day/
In my opinion, those that are predicting the Rapture will take place on Sept. 23, 2017 are making a mistake. I am not saying the Rapture won't take place on Sept. 23, 2017 because it might, and it would be okay with me if it did.
Anyway, Jesus will come back, it is guaranteed, be ready all the time, know that date-setting causes people to scoff when predictions fail, know that date-setting has ruined ministries and more. Be careful. You can cause harm and ruin your ministry.
Although I don't think it is possible to know the day or the hour, I do think that it is possible to see the day approaching (Heb. 10:25) and I fully agree with all those who think they see it. Here are some reasons:
First, fornication (sexual immorality) will be a major sin during the Tribulation Period and people will refuse to repent (Rev. 9:21).
On July 26, 2017, Pres. Trump tweeted that the U.S. won't accept or allow transgender people in the U.S. military. Then, Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared before the press for the White House briefing and the reporters were so obsessed with the idea that a great wrong had been done that Mrs. Sanders finally threatened to end the session if they didn't ask about something else. Many in the mainstream media are clearly in favor of fornication and few see a need for repentance.
Second, false accusers are a sign of the last days (II Tim. 3:1-3).
There are millions of honest people in the world, but I am beginning to wonder if there are any honest political pundits. If they support the politicians that have a "D" after their name it is almost a given that they are going to slander and lie about those that have an "R" after their name and vice versa.
Third, the Antichrist will rise to power in a revived EU (Dan. 9:26-27).
The Washington Post recently published an article by shamed ex-Trilateral Commission member Fareed Zakaria, a CNN Host, Time Editor-at-Large and Washington Post Columnist.
Mr. Zakaria wrote about "the bizarre candidacy of Donald Trump" and the fact that he is causing anti-Americanism in the world. Mr. Zakaria cited a Pew Research Center Survey that found that Trump's presidency is causing people to think that the U.S. is becoming irrelevant and the world can do without it. He reported that the world respects the leaders of China, Russia and Germany more than it respects Pres. Trump.
For years, prophecy teachers have said the U.S. will become irrelevant at the end of the age. One of the main reasons they say this is because they believe the world will be governed by a satanic dictator from the EU not the president of the U.S.
The animosity toward Pres. Trump is preparing the way for the U.S. to decline, the EU to be empowered and the Antichrist to rise. The world will cry out for a leader and God will let Satan give it one.
Fourth, required support for the government is a sign (Rev. 13:16-18)
Obamacare is failing. Pres. Trump said he is ready to let it fail. Some say it was deliberately designed to fail. Many say it should be replaced with a single-payer system.
The single-payer is the U.S. government and the system is called "National Health Insurance" or "Medicare for All." Under this system everyone will be entitled to government provided healthcare because it will be a national right. Of course, the government will increase taxes to pay for it so there will really be millions of payers.
This sounds good to some. But it won't be so good when the Antichrist says everyone will support the government by taking the "mark" or they won't be allowed to buy and sell, be eligible for healthcare, etc. multitudes will die (beheaded).
Fifth, putting RFID chips in people may be a sign (Rev. 13:16-18).
In late July 2017, a Wisconsin company called Three Square Market announced that it will be the first U.S. company to pay for its employees to be voluntarily chipped. More than 50 employees signed up. They will probably be chipped by the time this article gets posted. It will soon be the cool thing to do.
Sixth, the Arabs will make a tumult, take crafty counsel, consult together and confederate against Israel (Psa. 83). Jerusalem will be a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone for the nations around her (Zech. 12:2-3).
Some prophecy teachers don't believe in a Psalm 83 war. Each person will have to decide for themselves.
But no one can deny that on July 14, 2017, three Israeli Arabs shot and killed two Israeli policemen at the Temple Mount. Israeli police or soldiers killed the Arabs. Then, Israel installed metal detectors and violence erupted near the Temple Mount. Arab Foreign ministers called an urgent meeting and consulted together on a plan to take sovereignty over the Temple Mount and East Jerusalem.
Seventh, false teaching or false doctrine is a sign (I Tim. 4:1; II Tim. 4:3-4).
On July 24, 2017, World Net Daily reported that an executive agency in England's Foreign and Commonwealth Office wants the Bible reinterpreted, seminaries to teach queer theology (feminism and inclusiveness), and Sunday schools to teach LGBTI beliefs. They also want pastors and teachers to have human rights training so they can understand the issues.
Instead of changing government to conform with Bible teaching and doctrine, this agency wants the church to rewrite the Bible and change its teaching and doctrine to conform to what the government accepts and believes.
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News from Hal Lindsey Media Ministries - Hal Lindsey -
A few months ago, "experts" predicted the North Koreans were four years away from building an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of striking the U.S. mainland.
On July 4, North Korea tested an ICBM that could reach Alaska or Hawaii, but not the mainland USA.
There was some concern among the national security experts, but not alarm. After all, it was only Alaska and Hawaii. And maybe Seattle and Portland. And still three or four years to go before the mainland was truly at risk.
24 days later, the North Koreans tested another ICBM. The concern has now become discomfort, perhaps approaching alarm.
Because this time, the North Korean test missile traveled 2,300 miles into space before returning to earth some 600 miles from its launch point. For those who know how to extrapolate range projections from this type of information, the concern is palpable.
The experts now say that the new test indicates a range of about 6,500 miles for a future North Korean ICBM -- one that would presumably be carrying a nuclear warhead.
That easily puts Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago within Kim Jung-un's reach.
And at this rate of progress, the next test might prove that Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. are within his range, too.
Now, that truly is a cause for alarm.
But, unfortunately, it's not America's greatest threat. Neither is the debt crisis, the drug epidemic, the rising cost of healthcare, man-made climate change, Islamic terrorism, or transgender bathrooms. America's greatest threat isn't even the Beltway Swamp we know as Washington.
The extreme dysfunction in our nation's capital is merely a symptom of the real problem.
The most dangerous threat facing our nation is us! We, the people.
You see, government "of the people" means it's a reflection of those people.
America is suffering from a disease of the heart. It causes, among other things, severe division and unreasoning anger.
The United States of America is more divided now than at any time since the Civil War. And like the days leading up to that horrible time, the threat of violence never seems far away.
I'm sure you recall the recent shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and three others at a Republican team practice for a charity baseball game. Now, prominent voices on the Left are calling for an escalation of the "expression of our outrage" against any government official who supports President Trump or his agenda.
I'm sure, too, that you recall the many protests and riots that accompanied President Trump's inauguration. And the entertainment celebrities who have made disgusting, murderous comments, threats, and suggestions about the President.
Now, Politico has gone on record calling Portland, Oregon, "...America's most politically violent city...." Portland is being torn apart by the violence of Leftist groups who are vowing to protect Portland from violence. Yes, you read that correctly.
"Antifa" is shorthand for 'anti-fascist.' But, trust me, it's a cynical misnomer. In Portland, antifa groups are threatening violence against anyone whom they deem "fascist." Mostly, that includes any conservative group or organization.
Here's an example of Rose City Antifa's determination to protect Portland. By threatening violence against the organizers, participants, and spectators, it recently forced the cancellation of a traditional parade called "The 82nd Avenue Parade of Roses." (Sounds ominous, doesn't it?)
The reason for the "anti-fascists'" concern? The parade's organizers had approved the inclusion of a floral float sponsored by Republicans.
Don't bother upping the prescription for your reading glasses. You read it right. A floral float sponsored by Republicans forced Rose City Antifa to threaten violence to protect Portland's hapless residents from horrible violence! Horrible horticultural violence, I suppose. Maybe horrible floral violence? Who knows!
Folks, I'm not making this stuff up! It's not just ironic, it's moronic!
Those who deceivingly claim their purpose is to stop "fascism" are actually the fascists!
While those on the Left are ratcheting up the talk of impeachment (even hinting at assassination) of a duly-elected President, some voices on the Right are warning that they fear another actual civil war may loom on the horizon.
That's how splintered America is right now.
I believe this extreme, inexplicable rage is placing America in real peril.
Currently, the United States is the world's only Superpower. That's why it is alarming that Bible prophecy makes no mention of the United States as a significant player in the end-times scenario.
That means that between now and the beginning of the Tribulation, America must be crippled so thoroughly that it can play no part. I pray that that weakening comes as a result of the Rapture removing so many Americans from this earth, but right now, the USA is doing a very effective job of destroying itself even before the Rapture.
I believe America's most dangerous problem is its crumbling moral foundation. On this week's program, I will discuss with you what I believe "spiritual renewal" in America would look like.
I will also show you how Jesus was a man like no other before Him.
Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com . Check your local listings.
Daily Jot: God, country, family, football - Bill Wilson -
Some of you are going to roll your eyes and say, "There he goes again." Many of you know I used to coach football. In addition to my responsibility to The Daily Jot, I also consult with the NFL because what we did in developing character and leadership translated to a bigger stage. The Frederick County Christian Eagles home-school football team used the sport of football to teach Christian character and leadership. We found that football was a microcosm of life, helping young men learn tenacity, teamwork, resilience, work ethic and more-how to be Godly men, real men that accomplish real things in their lives. The Pro Football Hall of Fame just inducted seven new members who exemplified the value of football in life.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones painted a story of the relationship of football and family. Jones said, "How did we get here. We got here by playing football. Learning there are no excuses for failing...It's the place where you can make the block on the line. Nobody else knows about it. But the next day when you hit the film, your teammates do. And you can look in the mirror and you can feel as good as if you made six touchdowns the day before. That's football...when I think about the life lessons, I just cannot t think about other than how bad every day felt when you went out for two-a-days, and you ask about every reason in the world not to be there, but you just keep on keeping on...That's football. Inspiration. Dreams. We got here with the love of football and the love of family."
Former Charger Running Back LaDanian Tomlinson said, "I firmly believe that God chose me to help bring two races together under one last name: Tomlinson. I'm of mixed race, and I represent America. My story is America's story. All our ancestors, unless we're American Indian, came from another country, another culture. Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions and creeds living, playing, competing side by side. America is the land of opportunity. Let's not slam the door on those who look or sound different from us. Rather, let's open it wide for those who believe in themselves. I'm being inducted into the Hall of Fame because my athletic ability created an opportunity for me to excel in the sport I love."
Tomlinson continued, "When we open the door for others to compete, we fulfill the promise of one [nation] under God, with liberty and justice for all. On America's team, let's not choose to be against one another. Let's choose to be for one another. My great-great-great grandfather had no choice. We have one. I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow." Irrespective of your political leanings, Tomlinson's words certainly can resonate from a Christian worldview. As Galatians 3:28 says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus." That's the ultimate team. For many, football inspires them to become the ultimate teammates.
Daily Devotion: Made Perfect in Weakness - By Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
"That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death." -Philippians 3:10
Nick Vujicic was raised in a loving Christian home. But he was born without limbs, and the kids at school were very cruel to him. At times Nick despaired even of life. But then he discovered that God could use him for His glory, and now he travels around the world sharing his story. Nick's life shows us how God can work through human weakness and suffering.
Part of knowing the Lord is in the fellowship of His suffering. The apostle Paul suffered. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 12 about an experience in which he was caught up to Heaven and saw things that he couldn't describe. But he went on to say, "And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness'" (verses 7-9).
God can work mightily through disability-sometimes even more effectively than through someone who has no disability. If you've faced calamity, if you've had a loved one die unexpectedly, if you struggle with a physical infirmity or challenge and can still rejoice and praise God, then that, my friend, is a powerful witness. And in some ways, it can be more powerful than the witness of someone who has no infirmity at all.
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