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Edging Closer - By Daymond Duck -
These stories recently caught my attention:
First, on Oct. 9, 2019, a new bill, called the Safe Drivers Act, was filed in the U.S. Senate to put everything about a person's driving record in one file that law enforcement officials all over the U.S. can instantly retrieve.
Every driver's information will be in the same file regardless of where they live, what state their driver's license was issued in, what they did, where they did it, etc.
John the Revelator wrote about the surveillance society almost 2,000 years ago, and students of Bible prophecy know that this is headed toward identifying and tracking everyone (Rev. 13:16-17).
Second, on Oct. 11, 2019, it was reported that the UN is facing a massive budget deficit, and UN leaders want more money from the U.S. and other nations.
According to the report, Pres. Trump told the UN to find the money elsewhere.
The UN wants to transform itself into a world government by 2030.
The Bible teaches that the coming world government will be a Satanic world government. We should be thankful that Pres. Trump didn't send the money.
Third, when Jesus said the gospel will go all over the world and then the end will come (Matt. 24:14), He was referring to the fact that the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Rev. 7), Two Witnesses (Rev. 11), and an angel (Rev. 14:6) will preach the gospel to the whole world before His Second Coming, not the Rapture.
Anyway, in Feb. 2019, Wycliffe Associates said they expect to translate the Bible into all remaining languages on earth by 2025.
This month, Wycliffe Associates said they have given more than 6,000 Tablets to Bible translators in 67 nations, that they currently have 1,200 Bible translation projects underway, that they are accelerating Bible translation projects in more than 100 nations, and that they are ready to begin 450 new projects in some of the world's most remote areas.
This is a big deal, and it is important to remember that Wycliffe is just one of many groups that are translating the Bible.
Fourth, Pres. Trump's peace proposal has been delayed many times, and it is now being delayed because of the stalemated Israeli elections.
Prophecy writer, Sean Osborne, has an interesting take on this that most will agree with.
Sean believes the delay means that God is expressing His will on the peace treaty and a new government for Israel, and neither will happen until God is ready.
Fifth, in early Oct. 2019, it was reported that Israel and several Gulf states (Arab states) are negotiating a non-aggression pact that will end the conflict between Israel and those nations.
A non-aggression pact (if kept) would keep the Arabs that agree to it out of the Battle of Gog and Magog, and it could be a big step toward a peace treaty.
Sixth, on Oct. 3, 2019, about 100,000 people gathered at the Temple Mount Wailing Wall in Jerusalem for a time of fasting, prayer, repentance, commitment to live by the Scriptures, singing and rejoicing over God's forgiveness of sins.
There appears to be a movement of the Holy Spirit in Israel.
Seventh, on Oct. 11, 2019, the Pentagon announced that it is sending 3,000 more troops, two more squadrons of fighter jets and more anti-missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia to counter Iranian (and Iranian-supported) troops.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the deployment of these troops.
At some point, someone is going to be forced to deal with Iran.
Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck
Is Putin the New King of the Middle East? - By Patrick J. Buchanan - https://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/patrick-j-buchanan/putin-new-king-middle-east
"Russia Assumes Mantle of Supreme Power Broker in the Middle East," proclaimed Britain's Telegraph.
The article began: "Russia's status as the undisputed power-broker in the Middle East was cemented as Vladimir Putin continued a triumphant tour of capitals traditionally allied to the US."
"Donald Trump Has Handed Putin the Middle East on a Plate" was the title of a Telegraph column. "Putin Seizes on Trump's Syria Retreat to Cement Middle East Role," said the Financial Times.
The U.S. press parroted the British: Putin is now the new master of the Mideast. And woe is us.
Before concluding that Trump's pullout of the last 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria is America's Dunkirk, some reflection is needed.
Yes, Putin has played his hand skillfully. Diplomatically, as the Brits say, the Russian president is "punching above his weight."
He gets on with everyone. He is welcomed in Iran by the Ayatollah, meets regularly with Bibi Netanyahu, is a cherished ally of Syria's Bashar Assad, and this week was being hosted by the King of Saudi Arabia and the royal rulers of the UAE. October 2019 has been a triumphal month.
Yet, consider what Putin has inherited and what his capabilities are for playing power broker of the Middle East.
He has a single naval base on the Med, Tartus, in Syria, which dates to the 1970s, and a new air base, Khmeimim, also in Syria.
The U.S. has seven NATO allies on the Med - Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Albania, Greece and Turkey, and two on the Black Sea, Romania and Bulgaria. We have U.S. forces and bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Djibouti. Russia has no such panoply of bases in the Middle East or Persian Gulf.
We have the world's largest economy. Russia's economy is smaller than Italy's, and not a tenth the size of ours.
And now that we are out of Syria's civil war and the Kurds have cut their deal with Damascus, consider what we have just dumped into Vladimir Putin's lap. He is now the man in the middle between Turkey and Syria.
He must bring together dictators who detest each other. There is first President Erdogan, who is demanding a 20-mile deep strip of Syrian borderland to keep the Syrian Kurds from uniting with the Turkish Kurds of the PKK. Erdogan wants the corridor to extend 280 miles, from Manbij, east of the Euphrates, all across Syria, to Iraq.
Then there is Bashar Assad, victorious in his horrific eight-year civil war, who is unlikely to cede 5,000 square miles of Syrian territory to a permanent occupation by Turkish troops.
Reconciling these seemingly irreconcilable Syrian and Turkish demands is now Putin's problem. If he can work this out, he ought to get the Nobel Prize.
"Putin is the New King of Syria," ran the op-ed headline in Thursday's Wall Street Journal.
The Syria of which Putin is now supposedly king contains Hezbollah, al-Qaida, ISIS, Iranians, Kurds, Turks on its northern border and Israelis on its Golan Heights. Five hundred thousand Syrians are dead from the civil war. Half the pre-war population has been uprooted, and millions are in exile in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Europe.
If Putin wants to be king of this, and it is OK with Assad, how does that imperil the United States of America, 6,000 miles away?
Wednesday, two-thirds of the House Republicans joined Nancy Pelosi's Democrats to denounce Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and dissolve our alliance with the Kurds. And Republican rage over the sudden abandonment of the Kurds is understandable.
But how long does the GOP believe we should keep troops in Syria and control the northeastern quadrant of that country? If the Syrian army sought to push us out, under what authority would we wage war against a Syrian army inside Syria?
And if the Turks are determined to secure their border, should we wage war on that NATO ally to stop them? Would U.S. planes fly out of Turkey's Incirlik air base to attack Turkish soldiers fighting in Syria?
If Congress believes we have interests in Syria so vital we should be willing to go to war for them - against Syria, Turkey, Russia or Iran - why does Congress not declare those interests and authorize war to secure them?
Our foreign policy elites have used Trump's decision to bash him and parade their Churchillian credentials. But those same elites appear to lack the confidence to rally the nation to vote for a war to defend what they contend are vital American interests and defining American values.
If Putin is king of Syria, it is because he was willing to pay the price in blood and treasure to keep his Russia's toehold on the Med and save his ally Bashar Assad, who would have gone under without him.
Who dares, wins. Now let's see how Putin likes his prize.
The American Political Party of LUCIFER, Alinsky and the Frankfurt School - David Pepe -
Dear friends, the more I study and watch the rapid rise of the American Left here in America in the last 20 years, it is clearer to me more than EVER that they are indeed the political party of Saul Alinsky's Master! These are sold out FULLY to demonic lawlessness and are at war with their RIGHTEOUS ETERNAL Creator from top to bottom (Rom. 1:18-32)! No wonder Satan has such a hold on this nation today! He has more EXPONENTIAL power than ever via, the EXPONENTIAL technological advances of our day and his demonic minions in all facets of media (TV, Internet, print news, Hollywood, music industry, etc...)! Lawless and base men and women superabound today in America, who are rich demonic gardens for the growing and feeding of America in the demonic ideology of "Do as thou wilt"! As we look at the present Democratic 2020 presidential platform, we are seeing the demonic chickens coming home to roost and the world stage literally moments away from the Four Horsemen's ride and the revealing of the man of lawlessness (i.e. the Anti Christ) Rev. 6-16.; for once America finally gives themselves over to such full-blown demonic thinking, what will stop the global flood of tribulation from deluging the world (Rev. 6-19)!
This deluge in America and in the world will not stop until Almighty God, the Son's, glorious return to reclaim His world and establish His 1000 Kingdom (Dan. 2:42-43; 7:13-14, Matt. 6:8-15, 2 Thess. 2:1-12, Rev. 1:5-7, 19:11-21)! Thank Almighty God for His grace and mercy on this land and our current president who is just His human vessel holding back the EXPONENTIAL lawless global flood in a world ready to welcome the Anti Christ!
My friends, just objectively look at how the Democratic Party of FDR, JFK, our grandparents, and great grandparents has been radically transformed into a HYPER-LAWLESS Demonic Marxist Machine! My grandmother who was conservative and a solid FDR, JFK Dem, would be turning in her grave if she saw the Democratic party of today! She would NEVER recognize it! The Red-Dem political platform of today is the hyper promotion and works of Lucifer (i.e. Satan, the Devil, the Dragon, the Serpent of old (Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezek. 28:12-19, John 8:4, 2 Cor. 11:13-15, Eph. 2:1-2, 1 Peter 5:8, 1 John 5:19); Saul Alinsky and the Frankfurt School (Psalm 14, John 8:44, Rom. 1:18-32, Jude 1:8-13); and the works of the flesh of unbridled men (Psalm 14, Rom. 1:18-32; 3:10-20, Gal. 5:19-21, Jude 1:8-13)! My friends, as the Left keeps racing to the far, far Left; following their Master's lead (John 8:44); notice how the moderate Republican Party is following their trail and conforming daily to an Alinsky lite. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary, Obama and many on the Left have made no small qualms about being the disciples of Saul Alinsky and applying his tactics in their ever-growing quest for promoting Lucifer's agenda, godless Marxism, power, and control over the American people and the world! Is it no wonder that a 666 global state is just around the corner, where they will willingly worship and give their power and authority to Lucifer; Alnisky's master (John 8:44).
Rules for Radicals is a book by Saul Alinsky which is dedicated to the original radical, Lucifer - also known as Satan, the Devil, The Old Serpent, and The Dragon (Rev. 12:2; 20:2). All other dinky despots have their roots in this arch-villain. In this book is found the following:
"Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins - or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom." - Lucifer.
Today Lucifer is ram-rodding, bulldozing, redefining and tilling the worldly ground for the future Grand Reception of his Ultimate Agenda presided over by his Ultimate Minion, the Anti-Christ. This is all gearing towards placing this one who is evil incarnate over a Godless and Secular World Government. At that time he will totally control all the world's media and vigorously push his godless agenda to the point of total world destruction.
Shama! Listen to what Almighty God's Word states about this time:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12).
The Bible states further: "And they worshipped the dragon ( Lucifer) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:4-8).
While we see Lucifer's (Satan's) grip squeezing tighter and tighter, and his godless agenda being established right before our very eyes, there is still great hope as we place our trust in Almighty God and His never-changing Word (Luke 11:2; 2 Thess. 2:8; Daniel 7:13, 14; Rev. 19:11-16)! The Bible is the believer's book to be followers of our Savior and to bring glory to His Name in a dark and dying world! May we live out its ETERNAL promises and wondrous truths for God's glory and honor!
Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? If not, place your trust in Him today! You will NEVER be the same!
For us who personally know the Savior, remember this wonderful ETERNAL truth!
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he (The Lord Jesus Christ) that is in you, than he (Lucifer) that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
Israel Watch: Trump, Israel, and the Kurds - Jim Fletcher -
Well, President Trump is being roasted in the media for his drawdown of troops in Syria, which has created a pathway for Turkey to assert itself. He is also being roasted by some allies, including pro Israel folks.
But I do believe in the view that says Trump is wily and often moves quite a bit ahead of his opponents.
First, let's look at the hand-wringing over the Kurds. They are an ancient people often maligned and persecuted by their neighbors. Iraq and Turkey in particular have damaged the Kurds for many years.
It is also true that Christians in the region are being persecuted; this goes hand-in-hand with the apparent escape of some ISIS terrorists. Many Never Trumpers in the Evangelical world are, I think, using this Christian persecution issue to take yet another jab at Trump. Am I saying they are that craven and calculating?
Yes, I am.
However, Christians have been persecuted in the region since antiquity, and until very, very, very recently, nary a peep from Trump critics on this issue. Southern Baptist Convention [political] operatives like Russell Moore typically use issues like this to bash the President and his supporters. I'm all for supporting Christians in the region, but let's put together a comprehensive and workable plan to do so. Let's not use them as a political football, feigning compassion. Some of the most calculating, heartless people on the planet live in the evangelical leadership community.
When Ataturk in Turkey persecuted the Kurds, some of the latter created a Marxist entity, the PKK, to combat all that. Thus, they evolved into a terror organization themselves. Trump is not wrong at all to point out that these internecine battles are chronic and ages-long. How much longer are we to police far-flung places with our blood and treasure?
(The Iraqi area known as "Kurdistan" has adopted sharia law, which makes it an enemy of all decent people everywhere. I'm simply pointing out that the poor, maligned Kurds who are being "abandoned" by Trump, have some other elements to their makeup worth noting.)
Now, how is this affecting Israel and her ability to defend herself? The hysteria now says that the introduction of Turkey into the region further erodes Israel's defensive capabilities.
When Israeli prime ministers say publicly sometimes that they can deal with any military reality in the region-and hint that they are light years ahead of their enemies-I believe them.
And there is another factor, a very important one. By saying "See Ya," Trump has left a real mess in the lap of...Putin. He now has another bad actor in the region to deal with. He faces the choice of jumping through hoops to prevent Iran from taking over the country, or a Russian defeat. So all of a sudden, far from being a cold abandonment of a key ally, Trump's announcement is a bravo strategic move.
And frankly, I like Trump's pro-America thinking here, as he stated this week:
"'Lindsay Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years, with thousands of soldiers fighting other people's wars,' Trump said. 'I want to get out of the Middle East. I am not going to lose potentially thousands and tens of thousands of American soldiers fighting a war between Turkey and Syria.'"
Further, Iran has shifted from a proxy war to more direct military conflict in the region. Personally, I don't want American troops fighting a war against Iran in the Middle East. After Trump pulled out of the disastrous Obama-led "nuclear deal" in 2018, Iran adopted what it called a policy of "strategic patience" and since May of this year has been moving more toward direct military confrontation. Trump this week fairly scolded the Arab states, telling them to finance and fight their own wars. You can bet that Iran has Saudi Arabia in its crosshairs more than it has Israel in the same spot.
A statement from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center is very interesting:
"Despite the significant change in Iran's modus operandi, in our assessment, Iran does not strive for an all-out confrontation with the United States or Israel, preferring instead to pursue a policy of brinkmanship, constantly testing the 'rules of the game.'"
So then, let's look more at long-term solutions regarding Iran, with an American-Israeli-led strike on the mullah's nuclear facilities. Stop worrying so much about the Syrian civil war, which, as we noted, has now mired Russia in a long-term muck.
You'll notice I have not discussed this week the claims that Turkey's entrance into Syria starts the clock ticking on Gog-Magog. I've given my views on this subject before this past year, but suffice to say I continue to believe we cannot be dogmatic about the timing of this coming end-times battle. I believe it will happen, of course, but I don't set dates or say, "Yes, it has started."
In the meantime, let's celebrate the fact that fewer American soldiers are dying in far-off wars. Let's also celebrate even more that our God's promises are sure and He has promised that Israel will never disappear again.
Meditate on that fact this week!
Daily Jot: The battlefield of light vs darkness - Bill Wilson -
The headlines everywhere are alarming. The narrative continues to focus on brutal visceral between Americans, economic disruption, government disruption, political disruption, social disruption. Disruption on all levels, according to the news media. There is no rest from disruption. It is so, because the media and the disrupters make it so. So there they are making their noise, accusing others of what they are doing, judging people from the content of their own hearts, spewing forth hate, derision, suspicion and darkness. What is it to us? Why do we have to allow them to occupy the battlefield of our minds? Does their darkness overcome the light of Christ and the Holy Spirit in each of us? I stand to say "NO."
In John 8:12, Christ said, "I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." In Matthew 5:14-16, Christ affirms this transfer of light, saying, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Philippians 2:14-15 says, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world."
Proverbs 4:14-18 says, "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day." Psalm 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." There is a pattern here that there is a path we all travel, but we do not have to travel in darkness because Christ is the light for the just. He transfers it to his disciples that they might also be the light of the world.
As you interact with friends and family, you do not have to take part in the darkness around us. You can be that light to others, that joy in the midst of sorrow. Everyone seems to be at everyone else. Peace is but a fleeting moment like an insincere greeting. Remember, though, that as the light of the world, you are also an ambassador of Christ, an emissary of the kingdom of God. We don't have to enter into the darkness because it already has been defeated by the King of Kings. Renew your mind. Have a perspective of light. As is written in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." So let your light shine.
Daily Devotion: Live Your Message - by Greg Laurie -
You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.-Matthew 5:13
I believe in delivering sermons, but some things are preached and some things are lived. After you share your message, there comes a point when you need to start living it.
How? Good works. Do good things. Be the person who is known for kindness, cheerfulness, and concern for others. Be the person others can depend on. Be the person who will go the extra mile. Be the person who is known for hard work.
Someone might even say, "I don't believe all the stuff they believe, but they're trustworthy and honest and good." Start there. Be the good person, the godly person.
Then wait for those moments that will come your way as a result. I maintain communication with people who are almost coming to Christ as well as those who are far from Christ. I try to encourage them, but I also try not to go too fast or too hard. And when I see them making a move toward Christ, I make a move to help them get there.
We need to pray for wisdom. We also need to be godly, loving, and fun people to be with-not judgmental, not hypercritical. Yes, there's a time to draw the line when we don't agree with things. But there's also a time to just be that salty person.
Jesus said in Matthew 5, "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? . . . In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father" (verses 13, 16 NLT).
As you're being salty by not always preaching your message but living it, it will begin to stimulate thirst in other people.
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