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Given Over - Pete Garcia -
As of late, there has been a growing and disturbing trend not only across America, but also around the world known as Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Allegedly, TDS results in the inability to cope with the reality that Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. However, here is the truly puzzling part of it all...the MAGA situation. Why do so many revolt against the idea that Trump wants to Make America Great Again? Presumably, if we became great again, it would mean more jobs, better living conditions, more money flowing through the economy and into the pockets of Americans. We could have better security, less terrorism, and lower crime rates across the country. Not only that, but a strong America, equals a stable world. How are any of these things terrible or offensive? Why are any of these things reprehensible to of all people...Americans?
I think the answer is that while TDS may be a new phenomenon, it is however, only a symptom to an even greater problem known as last days madness. Not to be confused with Gary DeMar's preteristic book called by the same name, of which he attributes last days madness, NOT to the current world condition, but to those who are enthusiastic about our Lord's return.
No, this madness is more than elections, but an overarching issue, the loosening of the restraint of evil around the world. In other words, the closer we get to the end, the more unhinged the world becomes. TDS then is only one sign (out of many) forecasting the true nature of the increasingly deranged times we find ourselves. On the plus side, this madness is not only symptomatic of the lateness of our day and age, but is also indicative of the nearness to our Lord's return.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2nd Timothy 3:1-5
This concept of lessening restraint is backed up from numerous different perspectives from Holy Scripture. First, Jesus stated that things would progressively deteriorate politically, morally, religiously, and in the natural world the closer we got to the end. He even likened the progression to birth pangs in a pregnancy (Matt. 24:3-22). The Apostle Peter spoke of the last days being filled with skeptics and mockers questioning if the Lord would ever return (2nd Peter 3:1-3). Jesus half-brother Jude spoke of the apostasy and falling away and likened it to previous times in history, where sexual perversion would become normalized and false teachers would wreak great damage by creeping in unawares and leading many astray. The Apostle John spoke of a spirit of antichrist (even present in his day), which would become intolerably worse until THE antichrist arrives.
The Apostle Paul writes that the coming man of lawlessness/son of perdition (aka...The Antichrist) would not be revealed, UNTIL the departure (apostasia) occurs. While many simply attributed this to believers apostatizing from the faith, no one can say with any specificity, when and which apostasy this passage points too. This means that believers have to either watch for some vague, indeterminable sign (Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, New Ageism, cults, or take your pick) or that this sign (the apostasia) will be clearly identifiable to the world by the Church's physical departure at the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Subsequently, our departure then ushers in the final new world order along with its apostate religion, which ensnares most of the inhabitants of the earth.
Of the two views, which sounds more likely? Since Paul is laying out the order of events, it is more reasonable (and understandable) that Paul uses the term apostasia to not only describe a physical event that marks our physical departure, but also the world's religious departure at the same time.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:15-18
A recent discussion on Facebook with a non-believing friend of mine resulted in me sharing the gospel with him, along with the eternal ramifications should he continue to reject Christ's free offer of salvation. To him, this sounded absolutely absurd. And to his credit, religious and political views aside, he is a good family man, a hard worker, and is an expert at his particular craft. Yet, the Gospel is foolishness to him. This brought me back to the realization that the unregenerate man cannot accept the things of God at face value (1st Cor. 1:18).
Now with a global population of 7.8B people, you could multiply my friend by hundreds of millions (if not billions), of unregenerate people, and see that this is becoming the prevalent attitude of people all across the planet. So if Colossians 1:15-18 is true (it is), then it makes sense that Christ can influence by any measure, how things are held together. Romans 8:22 states that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now, and it does so because creation was subjected to futility and corruption at Adam's fall. The further and faster the world continues to distance itself from the truth, it is in the same measure, being given over by God to not being able to ever come to the knowledge of the truth (Romans 1:18-32).
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32
This debased mindset, is part and parcel why the world is the way it is today. Since 1948, Satan realizes his time of running things is winding down, and thus is ramping up his campaigns of corruption and perversity across every spectrum. Where we are seeing the friction today, more so than at any time in the past seventy years, is that the status-quo of moral and societal degradation being challenged by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. And God is currently using these two leaders to throw a monkey-wrench into Satan's new world order campaign. Don't get me wrong, that final government is coming and there isn't anything we or government can do to stop that, but it will be on God's timetable, not Satan's.
But where does that leave us in the here and now? The great gray middle where folks used to ride the fence and sit out the issues, is quickly shrinking. The differences between light and dark are becoming starker, and it is uncomfortably forcing people to choose sides. For the liberal church, who has no issue acquiescing to a deteriorating culture, this exposure is finally showing where their true loyalties lie. For those who hold fast to God's word, it is marginalizing us into silence and tribulation (Rev. 3:10). This will continue until this generation reaches its appointed fullness, and then God will remove His own and return His full gaze back upon His covenant nation of Israel (Luke 21:24, Rom. 11:25-26).
In 1999, Gary DeMar (partial preterist/skeptic) wrote a book entitled Last Days Madness. Essentially, this book was simply another, in a long line of others, trying to cash in on attacking the futurist and dispensational positions. Preterism, like atheism, offers nothing and takes everything. What does Preterism (either partial or full) offer? To say that everything (or almost everything) prophetic has already been completed in the first century, is to ignore the prophetic nature of God and the Bible (Isaiah 46:9-10). Not only that, but it ignores the issues at present and sets the believer up with a false premise for what is to come. As for DeMar, former president of American Vision, and when you read their website's vision statement, it states...
An America that recognizes the sovereignty of God over all of life, where Christians apply a Biblical worldview to every facet of society. This future America will be again a "city on a hill" drawing all nations to the Lord Jesus Christ and teaching them to subdue the earth for the advancement of His Kingdom. (Link)
I am not sure when that was originally written, but American Vision as an organization, has been around since 1978. Given the way the world is today in 2018 (and the trajectory it has been on for decades), I am curious how that vision (and eschatological positions) has been working out for them. Clearly, Christian revivalism has not swept across America's fruited plains.
Futurists do not haphazardly broadcast doom and gloom because it sells more books. We warn against what is coming, because that is what the Bible says. In Matthew 24:21-22, Jesus states that great tribulation is coming, and it will be the worst period of time ever. It will be worse than the days of World War II, worse than the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70AD, and worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. It will even be worse than the days of Noah, in which God flooded the earth and only eight souls survived. Historically speaking, these two passages alone refute everything for which preterism stands for.
For most of the western world, the days and weeks immediately following the Rapture will be a period filled with societal, governmental, and geopolitical chaos as well as unadulterated peril and bewilderment by those left behind. It will be the revelation that all those crazy bible-thumpers were actually right after all. And that the Day of the Lord had finally arrived. Since Satan also doesn't know when the Rapture will occur, he will have to deal with the fallout from the unmitigated crisis the event itself presents, which is why Trump's presidency represents a significant setback he had working under the previous US presidencies.
Nevertheless, the delusion will finally set in because the "experts" will come forth trying to explain away what happened. These "experts" will attribute our disappearances to anything and everything except Christ. This probably explains why we are seeing a ramp-up in the strange and paranormal activities in the skies above us. From UFOs, strange trumpet and groaning sounds in the sky, to the increasingly bizarre activities in space, it seems Satan (the prince of the power of the air) is busy building his pretexts for post-rapture explanations. And the same people (such as my friend) who will not receive the truth today, will most definitely not receive it after the Rapture.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2nd Thess. 2:9-12
Jewish Activists, Politicians and Rabbis Reveal the Greatest Step Jews and Christians Can Take to Usher in Geula (Redemption)- By Eliana Rudee -
"I will bring them to My sacred mount And let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices Shall be welcome on My mizbayach; For My House shall be called A house of prayer for all peoples." Isaiah 56:7 (The Israel Bible™)
In the Bible, the Temple Mount is considered a place of prayer for all nations and is commonly understood to be a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. In Isaiah 56, it is written that, "foreigners Who attach themselves to Hashem" will be brought to his sacred mount to rejoice in his house of prayer:
"I will bring them to My sacred mount And let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices Shall be welcome on My mizbayach; For My House shall be called A house of prayer for all peoples" (Isaiah 56:7).
However, warn Jewish activists, politicians and rabbis, this Biblical aspiration is not being fulfilled today as prayer on the Temple Mount is restricted for those who are not Muslim.
"The status quo presently and officially is that Jews and Christians are not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount," Member of Knesset Rabbi Yehuda Glick told Breaking Israel News.
Jews and Christians may visit the Mount at certain times, but are forbidden from praying, singing or making any religious displays or protests.
According to Glick, because Jerusalem is currently experiencing a time of relative calm, rarely do police interfere with quiet prayer "unless the Waqf claims it's offending them," whereas previously the Jordanian Waqf (an Islamic religious endowment) was very strict. The Waqf would follow each visitor's every move and Jewish groups would be accompanied by policemen who watched the visitors' lips to ensure they were not praying, Glick explained.
In 1967, despite thousands of years of yearning for Jewish sovereignty over Judaism's holiest sites, Moshe Dayan, then Israeli defense minister, relinquished control of the Temple Mount to the Waqf.
According to Rabbi Pinchas Winston, specialist on the End of Days and geula (redemption), God controls history based on "where the Jewish people are holding," and said that "1967 could have been a time of geula" if not for Dayan's actions.
"When we got back Jerusalem and the Kotel, that was a geula event in a time when even secular Jews were talking about moshiach (messiah)," said Winston. "It was divine providence just like Israel's independence in 1948: a step in the direction of redemption that would have likely triggered a series of events that triggered the geula and building of third Temple."
However, Winston maintained, we didn't take it seriously enough, and God put the Temple Mount "on hold."
Glick called the 1967 Temple Mount relinquishment a naïve move, in which Israel incorrectly believed that relinquishing control of a site holy to Muslims as well as Jews and Christians would create a lasting peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors.
Joshua Wander, an independent public relations consultant in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, similarly called this event "one of the greatest tragedies in Jewish history," equal to the sin of the golden calf.
Still, many Jews today do not recognize the centrality of the land of Israel to the Jewish people in the same way that people do not recognize centrality of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount as the holiest place on earth.
"Wherever the most holiness is, you also have the most impurity," Wander explained - an impurity which has caused many errors and misconceptions also promulgated by some Israeli legal, religious and governmental authorities.
While the Temple Mount is managed by the Waqf, the Israeli government sets entry limits because of political constraints and security. When entering the Temple Mount, there is also a warning sign by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel that announces, "According to Torah Law, entering the Temple Mount area is strictly forbidden due to the holiness of the site."
But according to Wander, this sign is out of date. After 1967 when Israel reunited Jerusalem and received access to the Temple Mount, Jews began flocking there, unaware of the conditions upon which one is allowed to go up according to Jewish law.
Today, because of vast archaeological and historical research, there is more understanding about where one may go or must avoid according Jewish purity laws.
Now, it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's obligation to open the site for Jewish prayer, as per Israeli law, maintained Wander.
"Israeli basic law provides for freedom of worship and anybody has the right to pray freely in this country," he said, calling Jewish restriction from prayer at their holiest site in their own country "absurd, clear discrimination and completely unacceptable."
Similarly, said Glick, prayer should be allowed for all, as the Temple Mount is a house of prayer for all nations and prayer there should never be considered offensive.
He suggested a system of sharing holy sites, similar to the system of sharing at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
"The dream is that it should be a center for peace and tolerance and not hate," he said.
Wander said that aspirations should go even farther: The Jews should start building the Third Temple on the Temple Mount.
"It is the goal of the Jewish nation to come back to the land and resurrect what we once had as a nation, including rebuilding the temple," he said.
Historically, the Temple has acted as a lightning rod to God and a physical home in this world for Jews and non-Jews to spread blessings throughout the world, such as during Sukkot, when it was common for non-Jews to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and bring sacrifices from the four corners of the earth.
"Although there are different laws about service and sacrifice, the Temple is equally important for Jews and non-Jews," Wander said.
Ahead of the Jewish high holidays this year, "we are on the way to building the Temple by praying for it three times a day for the last 2,000 years, reclaiming Jerusalem in 1967 and learning all the appropriate laws regarding the Temple Mount since then," he added, also citing reenactments of Temple services and sacrifices to bring awareness to the centrality of the Temple.
While years in exile has decreased awareness of the centrality of the land of Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple for many Jews, "it is a divine movement and anyone who tries to stand in its way will not be successful," said Wander.
According to Wander, the political environment is ripe for it as well, as "Trump has given us a window of opportunity" of which he hopes the government will take advantage.
Winston expressed similar sentiments and said that over Israel's 70-year history, "the odds have been against us numbers wise" and "the fact that we can thrive while surrounded by enemies, even economically, is a miracle."
Winston urged "righteous gentiles" to continue investing in the State of Israel both spiritually and financially. Without a Temple, he explained, non-Jews cannot send sacrifices as they did in the past, but by taking part in bringing geula, they have an opportunity to bring back Temple times.
Toward this end, Winston explained, "Jews need to show God that we want it by going up to the Temple Mount, maintaining an anticipatory attitude and developing the will for redemption, as we did in Egypt."
"We are living miracles as prophecies unfolding before our eyes," Wander said. "It won't be much longer before we achieve our goals."
Broken Record - By Daymond Duck -
In 1877, Thomas Edison invented a phonograph that played recordings on tinfoil cylinders. Technology advanced, the tinfoil cylinders became obsolete, and the vinyl record was invented in 1940.
The vinyl record was a flat rotating disc with a continuous groove.
A phonograph needle was supposed to stay in the groove and read and play recorded music (or whatever) as the vinyl record rotated.
It was common for vinyl records to get scratched so that the needle couldn't continue along the intended groove.
When the needle couldn't get out of the scratched groove, the same words would be repeated over and over again.
This was the beginning of the phrase "It sounds like a broken record."
My articles sometimes sound like a broken record, but rest assured that Bible prophecy is advancing as intended by God at an incredible pace.
First, an article about an Aug. 5, 2018, sermon by Rev. Hank Kunneman caught my attention (One Voice Ministries; https://www.ovm.org/; https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/rev-kunneman-trump-friend-church-and-israel-news-media-are-anti-christ).
According to the article, Rev. Kunneman called Pres. Trump a "friend of the Church and a friend of Israel," and he called the news media "anti-Christ" and "anti-God."
In essence, Rev. Kunneman said there is a war going on between this pro-Church, pro-Israel President and the ungodly, anti-Christ news media.
He said Pres. Trump wants to restore America's values, but ungodly people are using the media to say men being with men, women being with women, and taking prayer out of the schools is right.
Rev. Kunneman reminded his listeners that America came very close to having a President that supported the views of the ungodly media (abortion, gay issues, etc.).
I will add that America came very close to having a candidate that would have nominated judges that would have legalized restrictions on Christianity (she said they would have to change some of their values), supported world government, world religion, wealth redistribution, etc.
Rev. Kunneman pointed out that people need to decide between what the Bible says is truth and what the ungodly news media says is truth; and, if people decide against the Bible, there is something wrong with them.
Second, on Aug. 5, 2018, it was reported that Jared Kushner sent out an e-mail in January saying the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is corrupt, inefficient and doesn't help peace.
Mr. Kushner's opinion of the UNRWA sounds like the coming world government of the Antichrist: corrupt, inefficient and doesn't help peace.
In fact, another article four days later referenced a report by a "highly-respected" former UN employee that said an estimated 3,300 pedophiles are currently working for the UN, and staff members at the UN could have raped up to 60,000 children.
He added, "We are looking at a problem on the scale of the Catholic Church, if not bigger."
How does a Church that is very involved in pedophilia and child rape fit into Bible prophecy (It will play a big role in MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH)?
The U.S. is the largest contributor to the UN budget, and every U.S. voter needs to seriously consider what the candidates for office support.
Third, this week, a friend sent an article to me that was dated June 7, 2018.
According to the article, researchers at a Japanese University have presented a paper at a large prestigious international conference that suggests the building of divine robots called Theomorphic Robots.
These scientists are working on two prototypes of robots that can talk and be used as tools for contacting the divine.
These robots will be programed to pray with users, quote Scripture and recall things about the user's life.
The researchers want institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church to approve of the construction and use of these robots.
They say these robots won't be treated like they are God, but they will be treated like they are messengers of God, servants of God and carrying out God's will.
Three things struck my mind on this:
One, the False Prophet will build an image of the Antichrist that will talk, and people will worship it (Rev. 13:14-15).
Two, the Antichrist will be worshipped as God and sit in the Temple and say he is God (II Thess. 2:3-4).
Three, Satan is trying to replace God, and robots praying for people instead of believers praying for them.
Fourth, Pres. Trump has announced his intention to impose economic sanctions on Russia in response to Russia using nerve gas to attack a former spy in Britain.
On Aug. 10, 2018, Russia's Prime Min. Dmitri Medvedev said this could be called "a declaration of economic war . . . and it would be necessary, it would be needed to react to this war economically, politically, or, if needed, by other means. And our American friends need to understand this."
I ask, "Does Russia's attack on Israel to take a spoil and a prey, to take Israel's silver and gold, cattle and goods in the latter days and latter years (Ezek. 38:8, 13, 16) fall into the category of economic, political or other means?"
I know I sound like a broken record, but I believe the latter days and latter years have arrived.
Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck
Watchman Warning: Education Nightmare - By Hal Lindsey -
With school restarting across America, this seems like a good time to reexamine the fruit of our current educational efforts. Here are a few examples;
On Sunday August 12th, young people marched through the streets of Washington, DC. They said they were there to fight "hate." As they marched, they chanted, "No border, no wall, no USA at all!"
I mentioned last week the newest member of the New York Times editorial board. Her words are those of an out-and-out racist - openly judging people based on the color of their skin. It's apparently okay with the New York Times because she focuses her racial hate on white people. She has also advocated the killing of all men.
"Antifa" is supposed to be short for "anti-fascist." Members of the antifa movement use violence to silence those they disagree with. They use physical intimidation to impose their views and values on others. In other words, the "anti-fascists" are themselves fascist. Their thinking is so skewed that they can't seem to grasp this obvious fact.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed socialist, recently won the democratic nomination to represent New York's 14th congressional district in Congress. She sends fact-checkers into a frenzy with her many bizarre, almost laughable, theories and claims. Yet she has an economics degree from Boston University, where she graduated fourth in her class. That education probably cost about $75,000 a year. And she turned out to be a socialist.
History is full of repressive, socialist regimes directing the lives of millions of miserable people. But you don't have to look deep in the past to see what socialism does to a country. Just look at Venezuela today. A few years ago, that nation was on top of the world. They have amazing natural resources, including a vast oil supply. But former President Hugo Chávez proudly led his nation in a "socialist revolution."
Today, Venezuela is falling apart. This week, we learned about hospitals without running water. In fact, much of the nation is without running water. This formerly wealthy country is now full of malnourished people. The International Monetary Fund just predicted that inflation in Venezuela will soon hit 1,000,000%. Let me spell that out so it can really sink in. They are headed for an inflation rate of one million percent! With that, a lifetime of savings can be wiped out in days. But money doesn't buy much anyway when store shelves are empty. A mass exodus from the country has left it bereft of teachers, doctors, engineers, and oil workers.
It seems obvious that the United States would not want to make the same mistakes. But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this rising political star, wants the socialist model for America.
These things are shocking. But they shouldn't be. They are the result of an education system run amok. Ocasio-Cortez advocates the socialism that her professors taught her. Antifa believes that it's okay to use fascist intimidation tactics in the battle against "hate" groups because their schools taught them relativistic notions of right and wrong.
There are amazing teachers out there doing their best to stem this tide of destruction. Also, many local school boards are doing everything they can think of to protect our young people.
But an elite few inside a small number of universities write the textbooks, design the curricula, and set standards for accreditation throughout America's schools. These elites don't like America very much. And their feelings toward Christianity - especially Bible-based Christianity - are even worse.
Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil." That "woe" firmly applies to this generation of Americans. Calling evil good and good evil is a cornerstone of education in the twenty-first century.
The best way to learn a language is to immerse oneself in a culture that speaks that language. It's also true of moral languages. The moral language spoken by our culture has a name, though most people don't realize it. It's called Humanism. It is the exaltation of humanity and the rejection of God.
Humanism is taught on television shows for toddlers, in Broadway musicals, in books and textbooks, in pulpits, in popular songs, on the news, in film dramas and film comedies. It is the moral language of our culture. It is the context within which our children see the world. This is not a baptism by sprinkling. This is full immersion.
In his book, God's Prophetic Voices to America, Dr. David Reagan goes to 2 Timothy 3 to show what this ultimately means. That chapter begins by saying, "In the last days perilous times will come." Then it tells the characteristics of last days humanity that fill these times with peril. Dr. Reagan points out that those characteristics include three things that people will love above all else in the last days - self, money, and pleasure.
He writes, "The love of self is Humanism. The love of money is Materialism. The love of pleasure is Hedonism. These three go hand-in-hand. Whenever Humanism is your religion, your god will be money and your life-style will be given over to the pursuit of pleasure."
Dr. Reagan goes on to say, "There is a fourth element in this equation. The inevitable product of the love of self, money, and pleasure is Nihilism. That is a fancy philosophical word for despair. And that is exactly where our nation is today."
What is the answer to this seemingly overwhelming tide? Jesus Christ. Those of us who claim Him need to turn to Him with all that we have. We need to do the things we've been taught from the beginning. Study God's word. Pray. Witness. Fellowship with one another. Engage the world in His love.
As the new school year begins, pray especially for the young. May our youth learn to receive the Lord Jesus as the One who died for our total forgiveness. May He guide you into eternity.
Daily Jot: Beating a dead horse or the drum of truth - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
Not to beat a dead horse, but when it comes to freedom of speech and religion, you should be equipped to counter those who are uninformed or lack education surrounding the facts. The cry-baby "journalists" of the mainstream last week came together and demonstrated without a doubt they were against President Trump. Oh, they tried to disguise it as standing up for freedom of the press, but the moment was used to portray the president as a tyrant, when he has never advocated for curbing the press-just for accountability to the truth. We know that since he was elected, 90% of the stories about him have been negative compared with only 20% negative on the previous president. But here is the rest of the story.
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post on August 14 tweeted, "A majority of Republicans (51%) now regards the media as the enemy of the American people." He was citing an unnamed poll. But in keeping with the media's political intolerance, ideological bigotry, and propagandizing of facts, it is what he didn't tweet that was the real story. Blake failed to mention that only 5%--that's five percent-of Democrats polled believed the news media was the enemy of the people. Stop and think about this. Why is this so? It is so because the media promotes the Democratic Party agenda with great zeal. The media is so unbalanced in its reporting that 95% of Democrats believe the media is on their side.
It's not that stories about the Democratic Party and liberals, progressives, communists in government and industry don't exist replete with corruption, conspiracy, and skullduggery, The news media just refuses to write about it. Instead, they cover those who oppose their views. And they write about not only what they believe is bad, they also devise ways to make fake news to accentuate the negative-just as they did with these editorials last week claiming Trump wanted to shut down freedom of the press. It just didn't meet the straight-face test. At the same time, the most progressive, liberal president in history, the immediate past president, only received 20% negative stories from the same press.
It should be obvious to anyone that this gaggle of so-called journalists are so biased and politically intolerant that they have convinced themselves that those who disagree with them are the enemies of the people. And they treat them as such. Let's hold accountability on this issue because when these journalists attack the truth, they attack you. Yet, as we have seen, they fear that people will harm them because the president calls them enemies. Cowards all. They want accountability to their own whims. Not to beat a dead horse with repeated Jots about lying journalists, but rather let us all beat the drum of truth. As the Lord said in Zechariah 8:16, "Speak you every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates." Just because journalists won't report the truth, doesn't mean we can't speak it.
Daily Devotion: Abba, Father - By Greg Laurie -
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." -Romans 8:15
My grandkids call me "Papa." The other day one of my grandchildren said, "Uppy, Papa!" which means, "Pick me up!" How can you say no to that? It's a term of affection. Other people can't call me "Papa" because that term is based on my relationship with my grandchildren.
Jesus said, "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9 NKJV). The Bible tells us, "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father'" (Romans 8:15 NKJV). The word Abba is more or less the Hebrew equivalent of "Papa" or "Daddy." Don't think of your heavenly Father as distant or disinterested. Rather, think of Him as a warm, loving Father.
Perhaps the most vivid illustration of what our heavenly Father is like is found in a story Jesus told in what is called the parable of the prodigal son. Usually, this story's emphasis is on the son, but we could just as easily call it the parable of the loving father. It's the story of a father who had two sons. One son went astray, wrecked his life, wasted his inheritance, came to his senses, and returned home. While he was still a great way off, his father saw him, ran to him, and threw his arms around him and kissed him. Then he restored him to full sonship.
Our Father in Heaven is like a father who misses his son or daughter. He longs for communication with us. And He will welcome you with open arms if you'll come to Him.
We have a heavenly Father who will always be there. We have a Father who listens. We have a Father who loves. We have a Father in Heaven.
FROM THE HEART
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"Folks, it's all beginning to unravel. America is in more danger of falling than at any time in its history. But I believe Bible prophecy predicts this very decline. From this point on, we believers have to get serious. We are going to face discouragement, disillusionment and, most certainly, persecution in the time between now and the Rapture. But don't be discouraged or disillusioned. The coming turmoil will provide us unrivaled opportunities to share the good news of the Gospel. So be ready to share your faith and your hope with those who need Christ. We still have time to reap a great harvest of souls for God's kingdom!" - Hal Lindsey
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