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The Massive Battle Called Armageddon - Joseph Chambers - www.pawcreek.org
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The Battle of Armageddon is the final action and the awesome result of the Marriage Supper. When the Lord Jesus Christ takes His Bride and the Bride crowns the Bridegroom King of Kings, the celebration must begin. The King Himself prepares the honeymoon with a Great White Horse to ride. He bears His name and wears all the glory bestowed upon Him. One part of His attire must reveal His worldwide and supernatural authority. Before leaving for the triumphant ride He dipped His vesture in the Divine Blood on Heaven's altar. That Divine Blood is as alive as when He ascended on Resurrection morning to offer it as the sacrifice on the altar within the Heavenly Holy of Holies. For Christ to visit this sacred place before leaving to reign a thousand years on earth is spectacular.
The Bride also must prepare for this celebration. This company of saints includes martyrs that died gruesome deaths, saints that sacrificed everything for their Master, literally the greatest of the greats. The fathers of the faith are there: Enoch, Elijah, and Elias, multiple prophets of old, the patriarchs, apostles, and saints of all ages. Apostle Paul sets humbly upon a white stallion with painless marks of his suffering. If Jesus bears his marks in a glorified body, we well bear our marks in the same way. Everyone is attired in spotless white celebration attire. White horse, beautiful and mighty stallions are ready for one and all. The call rings out and the descent to earth begins.
Christ the Bridegroom and His Bride, a company of the grandest and most awesome, move quickly out of the Pearly Gates and stream across the pathless sky. Down, down they descend until the earth comes in to view. They see the massive army of the Antichrist long before they are seen themselves. They hear the blasphemy and battle cries that rise from the millions of trained warriors. They see Jerusalem and immediately know the fear of the Jews gathered and preparing every possible defense available. No one can doubt there is no human victory possible. Jerusalem will soon be devastated to oblivion.
Never the less, an answer is descending from above. At this point, the Antichrist kingdom is in ruins. Babylon, the capitol, is burning with fire and the headquarters of the One World Religion has been destroyed. The Antichrist is seething with hatred, and his false trinity is using the last ounce of their powers to gather an army for a last-ditch stand. The chosen location is Megiddo in Northern Israel, and Jerusalem is bracing for an all-out war. The Jews that have not been killed will have retaken Jerusalem and are preparing for the greatest battle of their existence. The army of the Antichrist is massive and Israel knows they will either be victorious or the ancient city will be no more. The massacre of the smaller cities in Northern Israel has already cost many Israeli lives. The whole area stretching into Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan is an incredible war camp and nobody gives Israel an ounce of hope. It's hundreds-to-one in favor of this army of beasts.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Elders, the raptured saints, the saints redeemed during the tribulation years, Jewish believers of the one hundred forty-four thousand and their converts, the host of angels, cherubim - those living creatures, the great God and His Son - the Lamb, and the seven Spirits or the fullness of God's Holy Spirit have all participated in the wedding in the sky.
Satan's trinity is well connected to the spirit realm and they know what is happening in the heavens. This dark threesome is in continuous troubling conversation with their generals and commanders. The army is massive, but they are a very disturbed multitude. They can be united only by occultic deceptions and constant debates made horrendous by the many language barriers. Hatred for every living Jew and any semblance of Biblical Christianity is the one power and idea that deters total revolt. They are one in purpose only because the condition of the present Antichrist kingdom is chaos and there is nothing else to dream about but war on Jerusalem. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the word of god. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." Revelation 19:11-14
The Lamb has received His Bride and the earth must become their redeemed possession. The army in Heaven includes all His saints: every redeemed soul, the elders of chapter four, the Tribulation Saints of chapter seven, the one hundred and forty-four thousand of His Jewish kin and their converts of chapters fourteen and fifteen, and the two witnesses of chapter eleven. The Antichrist army is as prepared as the Antichrist crowd can obtain. The Lamb must lay aside the appearance of death and take up the office of the "Word of God." The "Word of God" rides a white stallion and His army rides white horses with Him.
This is the Battle of Armageddon. Every title that has prepared Christ for this great moment rides with Him on His white stallion. He is "Faithful and True." It is righteousness alone that He comes to establish. The judgments of this descent of Christ are to establish the purity of the Father on this earth. Almost all wars have been the result of the anger, vindictiveness, and lust of mankind; but this is a holy war to cleanse the earth of the last vestige of carnal men and their carnal pursuits. The armies of the Antichrist were slain on the battlefield of Armageddon; but their politicians, their supportive trainees, and those that handle the logistics of shipping the war machinery must be dealt with in the countries of the world. This army that rides with the Son of God will be fully prepared to take possession of the earth for great victory on the white stallion.
His appearance is the rendering of all He will represent as King of Kings over all God's created world. We saw Him as a Lamb slain during the entire seven years of tribulation, but now the new appearance must match the new challenge. He is coming to perfect a world, transforming it from human government to divine government. The omniscient, all-knowing, all wisdom, revelation of the eternal Son of God is breathtaking. He is wearing the crown of all crowns - the final crown of all kingdoms - because He alone will rule the world in righteousness. He has a name that is His final name, the total of all His names, because He is the Son of man, perfected and the Son of God accepted by the entire universe.
While His glory is that expression of total triumph over all the results of sin and redemption, He will still bear the remembrance of sin. His vesture, a small part of His matchless robe, is dipped in blood. Eternity, though high and exalted above all the pains of sin and rebellion, will forever remember His sacrifice. Coupled with the vesture dipped in blood is His name, the "Word of God." One God-man, Jesus Christ, is the eternal manifestation of the Father's spoken word as well as the fullness of His sacrifice.
His army is fully ready and armed with His authority. This is the first time in Revelation that His saints are called His army. They became His elders when they were raptured. They are His Bride at this moment of descent to the earth, but will not be called such until after the Millennium. They must serve as His army, then as His kings and priests, and then they will enter the nuptial city to celebrate eternity and begin their reign as His chosen Bride, basking in His glorious city and His glorious presence forever. "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty god. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:15-16
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
This expression of the Word of God as a sword proceeding from His lips is Heaven's best rendering of the infallible Bible. All judgment - every act of divine reckoning - must proceed from the Word. The Holy Bible contains the exact words of the Son of God, Who is the word incarnate. You cannot separate the Word of God in its written form from the Word of God in person. When this world gets this manifestation of the Lamb of God made up of the Word of God - descending and revealing - the entire universe will bend, bow, and surrender to His mastery. This Word becomes a rod as it proceeds from His mouth and the rule and reign of this earth yields tenderly into His hands. The Word is both fury towards sin, but also a shepherd's rod towards a yielding populace of the earth's redeemed. The Word has entered the winepress and flows out of the winepress as righteousness to rule the world. The Word is fury to the wicked, but joy to the righteous.
The vesture dipped in blood is inscribed with words of His majesty. The strength of a man is in His thigh and the Son of God is the ultimate Son of Man. Both His vesture and His thigh are inscribed with the words, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." Every glory that has been manifest of the Son of God comes to be revealed as He descends to finish the Antichrist kingdom and to establish God's kingdom on earth. There can be no failure or mistakes. Every name of authority is now perfected in one great person as God ordained. The Son of God is returning to earth, this time to conquer.
"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great god; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Revelation 19:17-21
It's all over but the clean-up. The first act after He descends is for an angel to call for the fowls of the air to gather to devour the flesh of this slaughtered army of deceived and angry worshippers of Satan. The angel calls the fowls to "the supper of the great God." God is so very patient, but when the axe falls, it will be final. Even during these seven years of the Great Tribulation, men have had invitation after invitation to repent. Nobody will go to hell but those that deserve to go to hell. The mercy of God will guarantee this fact.
I marvel at an army so blatant that they can look up at the heavens that are filled with saints led by the Eternal Son and still propose to fight. They saw Him and His great redeemed host and sent out the call, "Fight, fight Him." Surely, He will laugh at their ignorance before He speaks the final words. To consider such a scene is almost like Heaven itself. Satan must be respected for His audacity. The history of the war on God reads like a novel. If it could be called fiction, those that know God and His Word could easily understand it. But, Satan is real and his war against God is real, but it will end at the prophesied moment when Satan passes his last God's appointed privilege. The Father has always been in control. He is sovereign.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
The Beast of the Antichrist is taken captive with his stooge of a false prophet and a false organization of religions. The greatest insanity is that of an imitation Christian coalition of Bible-carrying church folks. The worst of their translations still has enough truth to condemn their darkness. This whole Antichrist crowd is seen in this closing moment as worshippers, but worshippers of a masquerade with Satan's incomplete mastery. The two beasts go straight to the Lake of Fire while his horde of deceived followers are killed. They will wait for the resurrection of damnation and the White Throne Judgment.
The victory is complete. The earth is now ready to be blessed with the Millennial Kingdom. Sin and sorrow, pain and death, will give vent to the blessings of the Creator. Christ and His kings and priests will rule the natural people that have survived. The earth is going to explode in its creative wonders without the curse to impede its beauty. The Millennial Kingdom will be grand.
Radio Station Announces Arrival of Messiah in Jerusalem - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/74094/breaking-news-flash-messiah-arrived-not-really/#vEBE6v7z1Kp6TJZ7.97
"Rejoice greatly O daughter of Tzion shout O daughter of Yerushalayim; behold thy king cometh unto thee he is triumphant and victorious lowly and riding upon an ass even upon a colt the foal of an ass." Zechariah 9:9 (The Israel Bible™)
On Saturday night, a broadcast radio station from Jerusalem interrupted its regular programming for a special newsflash: the Messiah had arrived.
The announcement took place from the Western Wall of Jerusalem, where thousands were gathered to mark the ending of the somber day of Tisha B'Av, a holiday of mourning which commemorates the destruction of both Jewish Temples.
The bad news: unfortunately, the recording was a clever studio creation, and not an actual news report.
However, the breathless reporting, accompanied by the sounds of the crowd and realistic dipping up and down of sound quality, made for a report so lifelike that some people were really convinced, Radio Kol Chai, the station behind the broadcast, later told Breaking Israel News.
At the scene of the Western Wall on Saturday night, Tzvi Tessler, a Radio Kol Chai correspondent, reported on the Hebrew station that the arrival of the Messiah "seems like it is about to happen at any moment." The roar of the crowd was audible in the background.
"Everyone here is excited for the arrival of the Messiah at the gates of Jerusalem," said Tessler.
"It is still unclear whether he will be riding on a donkey or descend on a cloud from heaven," the on-site report continued, addressing an ancient debate on the method of the Messiah's arrival. "The emotion is at a peak and we are especially high.
"All types of representatives from many different nations are waiting here as an honor guard, and they are here, bringing about the prophetic vision."
And many peoples shall go and say: 'Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Hashem, to the house of the God of Yaakov; Yerushalayim. Isaiah 2:3
"I don't know if you can still hear me, I can barely hear myself, but it is happening right now," Tessler continued excitedly. "The procession is approaching and the singing of the crowd is deafening. Here it is, exactly 1,946 years after the destruction of the Second Temple, the end of the bitter exile, and the Messiah is arriving in Jerusalem."
The reporter even recited part of a blessing invoked upon special occasions, called the shechiyanu, which is listed by the rabbis as one that should be recited upon witnessing the arrival of the Messiah: "Blessed art thou, Eternal our God, who has kept us alive and sustained us to arrive at this moment."
A voice was then heard crying out over a loudspeaker to the crowd, reciting the full blessing. The crowd answered with a deafening, "Amen!"
The loudspeaker again crackled, blasting out the recitation, "Blessed are you, God, King of the world, Master of secrets," another of the blessings said upon seeing the Messiah. The crowd answered again with a resounding, "Amen."
"There are no words to describe this," Tessler reported. "What can you say? We've waited for this moment for so long!"
Kol Chai's radio drama was based on a 1938 American radio report which caused a real-life reaction with a terrifying report of an alien invasion from outer space. The program, based on Orson Welles' science-fiction novel, War of the Worlds, was crafted to be as authentic as possible and succeeded in fooling thousands of listeners, creating a nationwide panic.
The CEO of Kol Chai, Avi Rozen, told Breaking Israel News that their radio drama had also had an effect.
"A lot of people heard the broadcast, and most of them understood that is was a scripted drama," said Rozen. "But despite our efforts to make it clear that this was a dramatization, some people, called the station and asked if they should run to the Old City of Jerusalem to greet the Messiah."
Rozen noted that the station's intention was spiritual and not satirical, with an aim of giving people a taste of what the real event might be like and to strengthen belief in the Messiah.
"For the most part, the program exceeded our expectations in this respect," Rozen said. "The majority of the responses were incredibly positive, many saying how it reinforces their belief that the Messiah can really arrive at any moment."
Radio Kol Chai brought to life a prophecy in Zechariah which predicts that in the Messianic era, the ninth day of Av will be transformed from the saddest day of the year into one of joy and celebration.
Thus saith Hashem of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Yehudah joy and gladness and cheerful seasons; therefore love ye truth and peace. Zechariah 8:19
For those who missed the announcement, not to worry. There will probably be another broadcast someday - hopefully very soon.
After bombers, Russian S-400s for Iranian base - http://www.debka.com/article/25611/After-bombers-Russian-S-400s-for-Iranian-base
Russian giant Antonov An-124 air freighters are ready to take off Wednesday, Aug. 17, carrying an array of advanced S-400 and S-300 air defense missiles bound for the new Russian air base just completed at Noji, 50 km from the western Iranian town of Hamedan (Biblical Shushan).
This is reported exclusively by DEBKA file from its military and intelligence sources.
Moscow is getting set to explain to concerned Americans and Israelis that the sophisticated missile systems will not be put in Iranian hands but serve exclusively for defending he new Russian air base just established in Noji to house heavy bombers for air strikes against Islamist terrorists in Syria.
This is the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution that Iran has allowed a foreign military to set up a base on its soil.
Widely reported by the Western media Tuesday were the first sorties of Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers from the new Iranian air base for what the Russian Defense Ministry designated "concentrated airstrikes" against Islamic State and Islamist Nusra Front ammunition depots and command-and-control centers in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ez-Zour and Idlib.
Less play was made by the media of the failure of Western intelligence to detect the new Russian air base that was under construction to complement their Khmeimim facility in western Syria. Our exclusive sources add that Moscow plans to fly over Spetznaz Forces to defend the new base.
Construction work on the Noji air base began in the second week of July. Joint Russian-Iranian engineering teams extended the existing landing strips to accommodate the heavy Tupolev 22M3 bombers and Sukhoi-34 escort fighters. They also set up maintenance workshops and living quarters for the Russian air and ground crews.
debkafile also reveals that the military and aviation accord reached between Moscow and Tehran covers the following clauses:
Given the tightening strategic cooperation between Russia and Tehran, one last step remains for Vladimir Putin to take as the final touch to the Russian-Turkish-Iranian alliance - and that is a visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to Tehran for concluding a military pact between Turkey and Iran.
Russian Military Forces Staging Near Ukraine - Bill Gertz - http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-military-forces-staging-near-ukraine/
The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas in Russia where large numbers of military forces appear to be preparing for incursions into Ukraine, according to U.S. defense officials.
As many as 40,000 Russian troops, including tanks, armored vehicles, and air force units, are now arrayed along Ukraine's eastern border with Russia.
Additionally, large numbers of Russian military forces will conduct exercises in the coming days that Pentagon officials say could be used as cover for an attack on Ukraine.
"Russian units will likely practice reinforcing the [Crimean] peninsula through such activities as amphibious landings and air defense exercises, and this may involve the change out of equipment and long convoys of military vehicles," one defense official said.
The military exercises are an ominous sign. Similar large-scale Russian exercises were conducted near Ukraine a month before Moscow carried out the covert military operation to take over the strategic Black Sea peninsula in March 2014.
Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for the U.S. European Command, told the Washington Free Beacon that the upcoming Russian exercises are being closely monitored.
"We are extremely concerned about the increased tensions near the administrative boundary between Crimea and the rest of Ukraine," Hernandez said. "We urge both sides to avoid provocative steps or rhetoric that could escalate the situation."
Russian forces do not appear to be building up inside the occupied Crimean Peninsula along the border with Ukraine, he said.
However, over the past several months large numbers of Russian troops and tanks have been moving into eight bases stretching from Yelnya, near Smolensk and northeast of Ukraine, southward through Rostov-a city located very close to eastern Ukraine.
Defense officials said it is not clear whether the massing of forces is saber rattling by Moscow designed to coerce Ukraine into accepting the takeover of Crimea or preparations for further conflict. "Regardless of the reason, the warning time for Russian action has been greatly reduced" by the staging of forces near Ukraine, a second defense official said.
Russian military forces were identified by the officials at eight locations near the Ukrainian border: Yelnya, Klintsy, Valuyki, Boguchar, Millerovo, Persianovskiy, and bases called Rostov-1 and Rostov-2.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Russia is continuing aggression and threats against the rest of Ukraine after invading Crimea.
"This is unacceptable and will only serve to further instability in the region," Pompeo said. "Unfortunately, President Obama is once again 'leading from behind' and is doing nearly nothing to buttress the Ukrainian people. Mr. Putin must respect the sovereignty of other nations. This is a non-negotiable lesson most countries learned long ago."
Wire service reports and online blogs have revealed satellite photos of the Russian military buildup at the eight locations.
Reuters reported in June on the deployment of troops to Klintsy, and the website InformNapalm reported July 30 that armored units of the 28th Motorized Rifle Brigade were moved to a base near Valuyki, and at Rostov.
A Russian military training camp reportedly was set up at Persianovskiy, located about 28 miles north of Rostov, according to a report by the online news outlet Bellingcat. Troops and aircraft at Millerovo also have been identified in satellite photos since 2015.
Reuters reported in September that a Russian military base was being set up near Boguchar, and the blog Russian Military Analysis reported that a motorized rifle brigade was deployed last year to Yelnya.
Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon official, said the troop movements are worrying signs that Moscow may be preparing for war with Ukraine.
"There is lot of press in the last week about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine including massing of troops," said Schneider, now with the National Institute for Public Policy.
Russia has denied reports that Moscow is considering breaking diplomatic relations with Ukraine. Ukraine's government has ordered troops mobilized and placed on alert.
Russia last week accused Ukraine of conducting covert sabotage operations against infrastructure inside Crimea, charges the Kiev government denied. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russian forces in Crimea would be fortified as a result of the attempted sabotage. Putin is expected to visit Crimea later this week, Reuters reported from Moscow.
Schneider said another troubling sign of possible Russian military action was the recent firing of Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, a former official of the KGB and FSB intelligence services. "Ivanov's firing could be related to Putin's desire not to have a powerful KGB/FSB general running the Kremlin when he is going to do something risky," he said.
Phillip Karber, a former U.S. arms control official who has traveled extensively in Ukraine war zones, identified several new military units at the eight locations, including up to two brigades of the newly established Russian First Guards Tank Army at Yelnya and Klintsy in the north, elements of the 20th Army located to the south of those units, and forces from the 49th Army deployed further south near Rostov.
"The fact that a full scale Russian invasion is still a plausible scenario after 30 months of conflict is an abject repudiation of an American policy of 'leading from behind' and West European fetish for trying to find 'off-ramps' that Putin hasn't the slightest interest in taking," said Karber, now head of the Potomac Foundation.
Karber believes Russian military action against Ukraine could take place and that Moscow's trumped-up claims of a recent Ukrainian "terrorist" attack in Crimea could be used as a pretext.
Russia appears to be shoring up forces in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, he said. The upcoming military exercises will likely be conducted from areas that could facilitate an attack, using Russian forces deployed in Moldova's Transnistria region and marine units on ships in the Black Sea, Karber said.
"For the next month the terrain is perfect for armor moving cross-country and the skies are clear for air," Karber said. "The 24th of August is Ukraine's Independence Day, which is when the Russians attacked in 2014. A successful campaign, with U.S. and NATO doing nothing but verbiage, re-establishes Russia as a major European Power that has to be dealt with and increases Putin's popularity at home."
Karber said a full-scale Russian military offensive likely would aim to seize key military-industrial areas such as the tank plant at Kharkiv, the missile factory at Dnepropetrovsk, the shipyard at Mykolyev, and the port of Odessa.
Russian forces also could drive into Ukraine from the northeast to the outskirts of Kiev and place the capital within artillery range in a bid to force a change of government.
"Loss of that much population, around 14 million people, and territory would effectively end Ukraine as a viable state," Karber said, adding that the action would involve full-scale war, large numbers of refugees, and heavy casualties. It could also trigger anti-Russian guerrilla warfare.
Still, Russia does not appear to have all the forces in place for a major military operation, he said.
"The more aggressive and ambitious the attack, the further and longer it will isolate Russia from Western Europe, and it would gravely embarrass Putin's favorite American presidential candidate and make his pro-Russian statements look naive and foolish at best, or worse, an apologist for the aggressor," Karber said, referring to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Nearing Midnight: Despotism by Design: Autocratic Governments - Todd Strandberg - http://raptureready.com/rap16.html
The high point of freedom in the world was 1991. That was the year a coalition of 34 nations led by the United States showed Iraq that bad things can happen when you try to annex your neighbor.
In 1991, we also learned that Communism doesn't work. Once the Soviet Union was dissolved on December 26, America was declared the winner. Most of the Soviet Union's former client states turned to Uncle Sam and Western Europe for guidance.
The last 25 years have seen a relentless decline in freedom. The biggest cause of the slide has been Islamic terrorism. Every time a Muslim decides to commit mass murder, the government reacts by taking away our rights.
It was because of the shoe bombing that we now have to take our shoes off at the airport. It was because of 9/11 that I had to pass through a dozen metal detectors when I traveled up to New York City.
The most troubling reason why we are losing our liberties is the simple lack of outrage. When the Supreme Court said it had jurisdiction over gay marriage, the moral majority had no reaction. When the President Barak Hussein Obama declared all he needs is pen to write new laws, there was no groundswell to remind him that Congress is the only legislative branch.
We don't even recognize when other countries make a sham out of liberty. Vladimir Putin has the title "President of Russia," but it has nothing to do with free elections. Putin's regime has gone from a mild form of authoritarianism to an outright dictatorship.
Last month Putin signed a so-called anti-terrorism bill into law that infringes on the rights of missionaries and evangelists. Among other things, the measure bans evangelism outside of churches, bans missionary activities in residential neighborhoods and requires Christians to obtain authorization in order to share their faith with others-even on the Internet. As a result of these new laws, churches could face over $15,000 in fines if they are caught in violation.
Before last month's coup in Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan was already well on his way to turning the nation into a mirror of Iran. Since the failure, Erdogan has acted quickly to set up a dictatorship. He has fired or dismissed 70,000 people from the education system, and closed more than 130 media outlets. Western leaders have chosen to just look the other way.
The nation of South Africa has been long praised as an example of success because it managed to throw off the shackles of the apartheid system. Lately, South Africa has been looking more like a banana republic.
The African National Congress party has used the general term of "national interest" to restrict the freedom of the press. A recent poll revealed that 83 percent of South Africans believe that corruption has been increasing and 79 percent believe that the government is doing a poor job of combating it.
I was surprised to learn that freedom in South Korea is in decline. President Park Geun-hye has been using national security laws to clamp down on the press and political rivals. The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) has been actively censoring Web content that is deemed threatening to national security. In its last reported year, there was a 27 percent increase in the number of Web pages that were blocked or deleted by the KCSC.
A wave of oppression has even swept over Europe. You would think with all the Islamic terrorism that they have endured would cause nationalism to dominate political discussions. But here hasn't been much talk about the escalating terrorism because it's been stamped out by calling it "hate speech."
People who open forums to simply express their views about immigration policy our being arrested and threatened with jail time. In Sweden, you are not allowed to post news reports that link Muslims to the rise in rape crimes. People in Germany have had their homes raided just because they started a Facebook page that had a negative view of Angela Merkel's Muslim immigration policy.
I think the only logical explanation for why despotism is breaking out everywhere like a bad rash is because of our closeness to the Tribulation. The spirit of Antichrist is busy setting the stage for the man who will briefly have the whole world bowing at his feet. The one positive thing about this inrush of iniquity is I believe that the Church is the restrainer that must be taken out of the way before the Beast can be revealed.
"... this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (I John 4:3).
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:7).
My Review of "Rapture Ready...Or Not?"
Over the last 35 years, I have literally read hundreds of books on Bible Prophecy and End Time signs. I especially enjoy books on the Rapture, and I have read almost every Rapture-related book published. In all those years, devouring thousands of pages, and millions of words, I have not read a better book on the Rapture than, Rapture Ready...Or Not?
Terry James might be physically blind, but he is spiritually sharp and well discerning beyond most authors. In "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" Terry has nailed the pre-trib Rapture, and removed any doubt what so ever about the Church going through the Tribulation. With great insight and Godly discernment, Terry explains with simple, yet profound words, why and how that he has come to believe the ways he does about the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the End Times scenario. I think after reading "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" you too will believe as Terry does, and be Ready for the Rapture like never before! - Randy Thomas - Publisher / Editor - Prophecy Update
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ISIS Has a New Focus: Killing Christians and Bombing Churches Wherever They Can Find Them - By Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/isis-has-a-new-focus-killing-christians-and-bombing-churches-wherever-they-can-find-them
If you are a Christian, ISIS wants to kill you. Our politicians keep telling us that our battle with ISIS is not a "religious war", but to ISIS it most certainly is. As you will see below, ISIS has a new focus. They are very clear about the fact that they intend to kill as many "citizens of the cross" as they possibly can, and they plan to bomb churches wherever they can find them. In a previous article, I explained how an entire church in the U.S. ended up on an ISIS kill list, and we just saw in France that they are willing to strike anywhere and at any time. Religious targets now appear to be a top priority for ISIS, and that means that every church and every Christian in the western world needs to start thinking differently about security.
Let's start by taking a look at what is happening in Africa. Boko Haram's brutality has made headlines all over the planet, and the infamous terror organization has pledged complete loyalty to ISIS at this point. In the past, Boko Haram has hit both Christian and Muslim targets, but now the new leader of Boko Haram is promising to following ISIS guidelines and to focus primarily on bombing churches and killing Christians...
Earlier this month, a man named Abu Musab al-Barnawi announced that he had taken over the infamous Boko Haram organization. And his first message as Boko Haram's leader was as clear as it was concise-on his watch, the group's main focus will be killing Christians.
According to an interview published this month by the self-proclaimed Islamic State group (ISIS), al-Barnawi threatened to bomb churches and kill Christians, but will no longer attack places used by Muslims.
During the interview, Abu Musab al-Barnawi went on to say that his organization will be "booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach, and killing all of those who we find from the citizens of the cross."
There are millions upon millions of Christians in Nigeria and in other African nations where Boko Haram is active. Let us hope and pray that Boko Haram is not able to carry out the types of attacks that they are now promising.
And of course it isn't just in Africa that Christians need to be concerned. The latest issue of the official ISIS magazine called "Dabiq" is urging Muslims in the western world to copy the recent church attack in France...
On the day he was announced as Boko Haram's new leader, ISIS used the latest issue of Dabiq to paint Christianity as a "false" religion and Christians as "cross worshippers." It encouraged Muslims to attack churches in a ways similar to the atrocity in France last month, where two men entered a Catholic church in small town Normandy, slit the throat of an 86-year-old priest, and gravely wounded a nun.
We need to understand that ISIS is not necessarily looking to hit political or military targets.
They are openly telling us that religious targets are now a priority, and they could literally strike anywhere in the entire country.
Thousands of American Christians have already been put on ISIS kill lists, and ISIS has already instructed their operatives to kill those that they can. The following comes from an excellent article by Bethany Blankley...
According to a report recently made public, early this year, ISIS specifically identified 15,000 Christian Americans for death and instructed jihadists already in America to begin widespread murder.
The Kill List report comes in the wake of ISIS already publicly warning American and British Christians that "they were next." British police last week publicly warned its 5.4 million Christians to be on alert and in some areas increased security.
And there have already been some very close calls. In fact, if the authorities had not intervened in time earlier this year, a church up in Michigan could have been the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history...
In February, Khial Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., was arrested after he told an undercover FBI agent he was preparing to "shoot up" a major church near his home on behalf of ISIS. A month earlier, the Rev. Roger Spradlin of Valley Baptist Church - one of the biggest congregations in Bakersfield, Calif. - told attendees that they had received a threat written in Arabic.
Today, churches all over America are hiring armed security guards and are holding self-defense classes. When I was a child, I never would have imagined in my wildest dreams that someone would come in and start shooting during a church service, but times have changed. To an Islamic terrorist, a church is a target that will bring you a lot of glory, and here in the western world we need to understand that.
And of course it isn't just Islamic terror that we have to contend with these days. Everywhere you look, traces of the Christian faith are being removed from public life and those that want to freely exercise their faith are being suppressed...
"There are children being prohibited from writing Merry Christmas to the soldiers, senior citizens being banned from praying over their meals in the Senior Center, the VA banning the mention of God in military funerals, numerous attempts to have veterans memorials torn down if they have any religious symbols, such as a cross, and I could go on and on," said Liberty Institute Founder Kelly Shackleford.
As I was writing this article, my Internet suddenly went out. One moment it was working, and then the next moment it was not.
In the same way, we need to realize that a single moment can change everything. Even moments before the attacks, nobody suspected that anyone would strike the Pulse nightclub in Orlando or a sleepy little church in the French countryside.
But those attacks did happen, and without a doubt there will be even more horrific Islamic terror attacks here in the United States in the months and years to come.
We need to be vigilant, and we need to be on guard, because times have changed and there really are people out there that intend to kill us if they can.
Daily Jot: Import Jihad, export Jobs - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
Did you know that the US "president" has taken in more Syrian "refugees" than all of the European Union? According to the Washington Examiner, the EU has taken in some 6,000 Syrian "refugees," outpaced by America's 8,000. If elected, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has vowed to continue the intake by up to four-fold. This is tantamount to an Islamic invasion of the US because the government has admitted there is not real way to vet against terrorists. All the while, Associate Press reports that 2.4 million jobs were outsourced overseas-just in 2015-and 3.2 million to China alone since 2001. The government's foreign policy appears to be simple: Import Jihad, export jobs.
Both the current "president" and the presidential wannabe, Clinton, have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist group. During Arab Spring, which included US military use in Libya and the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead, the Administration and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said the Muslim Brotherhood was a foreign policy partner. Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries with ties to terrorism also have provided Clinton tens of millions of dollars in funding through contributions to the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. There is no indication that Islamic colonization of America will come to a halt or slow down if Clinton is elected president.
At the same time, sending jobs overseas cost some $30 billion in wages in just 2015, put record numbers of people on welfare (which also costs taxpayers billions), and has contributed to over 14.2 million Americans dropping out the workforce since the current "president" took office. In 2013, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated there were 8 million illegal aliens in the workforce-that's just the illegals. "Refugees," also cost Americans in either jobs or tax-assisted government aid. A true refugee is forced to cross national boundaries and cannot return home safely. Muslims in Syria are not true refugees, however, Christians in Syria and Iraq are refugees-but this Administration does not allow them into the US.
The Muslim Brotherhood plan for America is colonization through a comprehensive "civilization Jihad" aimed at destroying America's "miserable house" from within (from the Muslim Brotherhood Strategic Goal for North America, May, 1991). The Democratic "president" and presidential wannabe both are assisting the Muslim Brotherhood's goals through their policies and platform. At the same time, they are contributing to an unsustainable economy through policies that export jobs overseas. Jeremiah 51:14 says of Babylon, which has similar characteristics to modern America: "I will fill thee with men as with locusts and they shall raise up a battle cry against thee." It's what happens when leadership abandons the precepts of the one true God and imports Jihad while exporting jobs. We need to repent and change leaders.
Daily Devotion: "God, Where Were You?" - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
Now Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." -John 11:21-22
"Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." Loosely paraphrased, Martha was saying, "Lord, You blew it."
Jesus loved her brother, Lazarus. But when Martha and Mary sent word to Him that Lazarus was sick, He waited. In fact, He waited a long time. He waited so long that Lazarus wasn't just sick, he was dead. And he had been dead for four days. Martha wasn't happy about it.
Have you ever felt that way? Something happened, and you said, "God, where were You?" Where were You when this marriage dissolved? . . . Where were You when my parents divorced? . . . Where were You when my child went astray? . . . Where were You when my loved one died?
But notice that Jesus did not reprove Martha for what she said. He could have. In some ways, it seems like He should have. But I think the reason He didn't was because it isn't sinful to tell God how you feel. That is all Martha was doing. She was just being honest with God.
Even our Lord, when He hung on the cross and was bearing the sins of the world, cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46). That could sound accusatory, but Jesus was simply describing the reality of the situation. He was crying out to God.
When something difficult happens, we can withdraw from God and from others. We can get mad at God and at God's people. But we need God, and we need His people.
Just talk to God. Tell Him how you're really feeling. If you're hurting, tell Him you're hurting. If you're in pain, tell Him you're in pain. If you're happy, tell Him you're happy. Be honest with God.
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