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Rage Against the Machine - by Pete Garcia -
If you think the political left is unhinged now, just wait until a minute after the Rapture of the Church happens; all hell will really break loose.
It is getting harder and harder to watch the news these days without feeling some overwhelming sense of hopelessness. It's like watching a train wreck happen in slow motion. It is the decline of western civilization who's solely bent on suiciding itself. If that were not enough, we watch in horror as the next generation race headlong into embracing the very ideologies that made the 20th-century the bloodiest on record. It's as if this new generation has a collective case of geopolitical amnesia. We are now being introduced to terms like; white-privilege, homophobic, Islamophobic, intersectionality, woke, safe-spaces, micro-aggression's, identity politics, gender dysphoria, and climate change as if they carry the significant weight of forethought. In reality, it is just political correctness (aka cultural Marxism) run amok. Orwellian doublespeak, which infers objective sincerity, but in reality, masks thought and speech control to drive a socialist agenda. Not only that, this new version of political correctness on steroids feeds a false narrative of widespread injustice.
Granted, there have been injustices across the decades, but nobody alive today for example, is responsible for the slavery issue of the 19th-century. In fact, there is no one alive today who was a slave under the pre-Civil War America. No one alive today, was responsible for removal of Native American's from their lands. There are no Native American's alive today who had to march on the Trail of Tears. Certainly, those issues have had impacts down through the years, specifically with the Native Americans, but trying to hold people accountable today, for things that happened 150-years ago, is ludicrous.
What happened historically has already happened. We cannot go back in time and change that. However, trying to re-write history to reassign blame or reintroduce grievances well past their statute of limitations is lunacy. If there are no statutes of limitations, then every people-group alive today, can blame someone else for some injustice someone in the past did to their peoples going back millennia. Where do you stop? What are the reasonable expectations? What is the aim? At a certain point, recreating victim groups just becomes criminal opportunism.
Furthermore, this perceived sense of victim-hood fuels rabid tribalism and anger. It (cultural Marxism) effectively taps into the emotional argument, rather than the logical one, because it seeks to condition its supporters into reacting, and not thinking. It is designed to divide societies into groups. The black against the white. The rich against the poor. The gay against the straight. It ultimately just creates a continuous undercurrent of anger. Not just any anger though, but a seething anger that broods and plots. This anger is then directed against the machine (the machine being whatever system you feel is oppressing you).
To the political right, the machine represents the oligarchies and systems that bureaucratically enslave the masses, especially when the left is in power. To the political left, the machine represents traditional law and order, and conservatism, who they believe keeps the rich, rich, and the poor, poor. To the great, unwashed apolitical middle, the machine represents the inevitable crush of the status quo. These perceptions have always produced an undercurrent of anger in our society, which at times, bubbles to the surface. It is usually triggered by some injustice (perceived or real), and then gloriously misdirected against the wrong people. The brute force of the machine (usually the government), beats these uprisings down. But when it does not or cannot, the results are manifested in some form of revolution or coup d'état. However it ends up, the anger is always there. It is always seething just under the surface, always waiting for the opportune time to erupt into lawlessness and bloodshed.
Like a bloodstained crime-scene, this lawlessness and anger has the fingerprints of Satan all over it. Even the notorious neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky, of whom is linked both to Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, dedicates his leftist manual, Rules for Radicals, to the first radical, Lucifer.
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. (Alinsky, Rules for Radicals)
Alinsky realized that violent attempts to overthrow the establishment would not work in the west as it had in the east. He needed a more subtle tactic. Thus, he promoted the dialectic method (thesis, antithesis, and synthesis), gradualism (and normalcy bias), and infiltration. Now where do you suppose he learned that?
Satan is not a myth or legend, or some psychological projection of our alter ego; he is a real being and he is detailed in length in the Holy Bible. Throughout history, Satan has used various methods to attack God's agenda. In the Garden, he used subtle lies. Against the Israelites, he used their enemies to attack them. Against the early church, he used the iron-fist of persecution to try to crush them. The most evident example of this was with the crucifixion of Christ. Satan is nothing, if not predictable. It is as if God knew Satan would do this ahead of time and used it for His advantage.
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1st Corinthians 2:7-8
From the first-century through the fourth, Christianity would undergo a series of intense persecutions, beginning with Emperor Nero and ending with Emperor Diocletian (Rev. 2:8-11). Satan's attempts to stamp out Christianity through brutalism only caused it to spread faster. The Roman arenas where Christians were fed to wild animals, or the pathways in which Christians served as human torches, to the crucifixions, beheadings, stoning's, and all other manners gruesome deaths, all ultimately served the cause of Christ. Therefore, the satanic forces had to regroup and come up with a different tactic to stop the spread of Christianity.
If he could not crush the Church, then he would do to the Church what he did so effectively to the Israelites in the past (Numbers 31:16), and corrupt it. Thus far, he has been doing a glorious job at corrupting religious Christianity. [Please note that I am purposely making a distinction between religious Christianity and biblical Christianity (of which he cannot touch).] In the Seven Letters to Seven Churches, Christ points out the corruption that is infiltrating His congregations.
The born-again, Holy Spirit-sealed Christian understands that the machine represents a world given over and wholly controlled by Satan. The Christian understands that we are currently ambassadors in a foreign land whose leader is hostile to our King and us. Yet, the Christian can be hopeful because we understand that the things of this world are temporary, and that it will not always be this way.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1st John 2:17
Think about what we see going on in the world today. There are multiple layers of complexified agendas all being orchestrated simultaneously. Some of these agendas are God's, and some are Satan's trying to counteract God's plans. However, none of these counteractions is a surprise to God. He will in fact, use them for His glory. Let us unpack a few.
God Throws a Wrench
The stunning election of President Trump significantly sets back the globalist agenda the leftists had been carefully constructing for the better part of a century. All those efforts culminated in the election of one Barak Obama. After which, the United States as a Constitutional Republic, was supposed to receive the coup de grâce (mercy kill) with the election of one Hillary Clinton, but Trump ruined that. Let me rephrase, God slowed down their globalist ambitions (remember Babel?) by using Trump to do His will (Romans 13:1) extending a little more time for those who would come to salvation (2 Peter 3:9).
Satanic Peace Plan
However, even President Trump is not immune to Satan's attempts to corrupt and influence him. Satan still hates Israel, and is desperately trying to destroy her. If you hadn't noticed, the grand peace plan Trump has been promising to roll out, seemingly keeps stalling for one reason or another (ex. Mahmoud Abbas's political posturing at the U.N., the Khashoggi killing, divine providence, etc.). I am beginning to think that if this plan ever does see the light of day (which still seems set to divide the land); it will not be carried out by Trump, but by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Regardless, Trump is giving Jared the leeway to do it, and has by extension, loaned Jared his own street-cred with the Israelis, to do so. He might even appoint Jared as Ambassador Nikki Haley's replacement, which means that this plan has the potential to gain their trust. It is my opinion that this is the plan (or some variation of it) that will be the covenant that is confirmed in Daniel 9:27.
Because Pres. Trump ruined (or at least postponed) the globalist utopia they had been planning on creating, Satan has stirred up this supernatural, irrational, and insane hatred against him. Satan is using the press, academia, world leaders, the democrats, and just about every useful idiot he can find to come against Trump to pressure him. He is even using the deranged Trump supporters (there are a few) to act antithetically to what the uprising that Trump created stands for. This hatred has tapped into the minority's (speaking of numbers, not ethnicities) anger that has been seething unchecked since November 8th, 2016. In a way, this hostility has been increasing, not lessening, despite the recovery of the economy, the reduction of crime, and the favorable standing of the US in the world again.
To me, this hatred against Trump and conservatives is reminiscent of the rise of Adolph Hitler and the National Socialist Party (NAZIs). The NAZIs used their version of cultural Marxism to use the Jews as their societal scapegoat. The leftists and democrats of today are using that same tactic against Christians (and by extension, Conservatives) to be their societal scapegoat. Moreover, they are desperately looking for their own version of Kristallnacht. What they lack at present is a leader like Adolph to lead them into that long night.
The Post-Rapture World
One minute after the Rapture, when the leftists realize that all of the true, born-again Christians are gone, they will become unhinged and unchained. They will move quickly to create anarchy and chaos wherever their found by using mob violence, looting, and unadulterated ferocity to steal, kill, and right the wrongs they have had bottled up all this time. It will take a leader who has the full backing of the ultimate lobbyist, Satan himself, to quell this and organize it into something he can use to destroy Israel.
The Rise of the Beast
This satanically backed leader will blame all of the aforementioned issues on those evil Christians (effectively creating his own societal scapegoat). There will not be any left to protest this or prove him wrong regardless. Like the NAZIs swastika, he will use some symbol as a brand that stands for the opposite of Christ that is somehow linked to his name. He will market that as a symbol of loyalty to his new form of rising, globalist, government.
Gog and Magog
Juxtaposed to the rising Beast government is Gog and company (Ezekiel 38-39), who will use this opportunity of global chaos to unleash their own fury and anger against Israel by unleashing the hordes from every direction. Since the US will be busy ripping itself apart (after the Rapture) and no longer able to project her military power abroad, the Saudis (Sheba and Dedan) and the Europeans will not dare do anything other than utter a protest.
To Satan, the machine represents the divine order, headed by God the Father, actioned by the Son, and preserved by the Holy Spirit. The machine represents the holy angelic order, which stands ready to carry out the orders of God. The machine represents the blood-bought Church, the bride, who acts as lights in this darkened world. The machine finally represents the nation of Israel, who serves as a reminder, that God keeps His promise. Now you know why the world is in such an awful shape it is currently in. Satan's rage is being restrained at present, but will be unleashed once we depart this fallen realm (2nd Thess. 2:3-7). The world is dark, violent, and bent on destruction, because the being currently running it, is destined to spend an eternity in the lake of fire. He is thrashing about; trying anything, he can to prevent his ultimate destiny. It is the last act of a desperate thing, when cornered, is at its most dangerous.
But beloved, remember one thing, the blood of the Lamb redeems you thus making you untouchable. If Satan had to get God's approval to do anything to Job, just imagine what he has to go through to get to you. That does not mean you will not have trials and tribulations in this life, because you will. Nevertheless, God will only allow that which brings Him glory, by allowing you to demonstrate Christ in you, to the world.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Even So, Maranatha!
Hezbollah & Israel Step Up Preparations For Coming Conflict - By Yaakov Lappin -
The arms race underway between Israel and Iranian-backed Hezbollah has seen both sides study one another and build up their military power to unprecedented levels.
The Shi'ite armed force, which dominates Lebanon and which has played a key role in the victory of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, continues to view Israel as its prime enemy. With the assistance of its Iranian patron, it is building an arsenal of rockets and missiles that is larger than most NATO armies.
Israel has spent years building up new military capabilities, including ground offensive abilities that are state-of-the-art, in addition to world-leading intelligence and unrivalled air power.
Throughout this time, Israel has also sought to prevent the outbreak of a third Lebanon war for as long as possible. Hezbollah, for its own reasons, seems to share that goal; still, that has not stopped it from ambitiously preparing for future conflict.
Recent developments have indicated that Israel may not be willing to contain the current situation indefinitely, and watch Iran and Hezbollah boost their threat to Israeli cities. It appears as if the Israeli defense establishment has been using international media to send warnings to Hezbollah and Iran regarding their force build-up in Lebanon.
A Fox News report in recent days quoted "Western sources" as saying that Iran has stepped up deliveries of satellite navigation kits to Hezbollah's rockets, which would enable them to become guided missiles.
The report provided a detailed account of how an Iranian Fars Air Qeshm aircraft flew from Tehran to Damascus, and then to Beirut, reportedly dropping off the dangerous missile-guidance cargo.
Days later, on Oct. 22, a senior military officer from the Israel Defense Forces' Northern Command exposed a new Hezbollah forward position on the Lebanese-Israeli border, which was disguised as a structure used by environmental protection activists.
"This is a breach of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701," the officer said, in reference to a resolution that bans armed forces other than the official Lebanese Armed Forces from deploying in southern Lebanon.
The new intelligence-gathering post is part of "Hezbollah's tactical military activities in south Lebanon that are being conducted in the last few years," the officer stated.
"What we've seen ... is Hezbollah using the civilian front and working in civilian uniforms in south Lebanon to order to act in the region with impunity," he added. "We see them gathering intelligence on IDF activity, watching Israeli communities close to the Blue Line, which is the border between Israel and Lebanon, preparing for attacks against the IDF, and against Israeli civilians in the Galilee," the officer said.
"We've seen in the last few years that Hezbollah started to build these observation posts under the cover of a supposed environmental association, called 'Green Without Borders,' " he added. "This NGO is not really concerned with planting trees. It is a front used by Hezbollah to continue its military build-up in south Lebanon."
The latest Hezbollah position was built facing the Israeli kibbutz of Misgav Am, which the Hezbollah operatives photographed, while also conducting surveillance on IDF activity. Such activities by trained Hezbollah operatives are part of the organization's preparations of attacks on Israel, according to the officer.
Israel expects such posts to be dismantled, he added. "We urge UNIFIL [the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon] to live up to their mandate and to work against Hezbollah's build-up in south Lebanon," the officer said.
Hezbollah preparing 'for the day it receives the order'
Professor Uzi Rabi, director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, told JNS on Thursday that "as time goes by, the threat grows, due to the simple reason that technology is improving."
"At the same time," he added, "this is a threat that Israel can still contain through its means. But there is no doubt that there is a trend here that is concerning in the medium and long term."
Dr. Eitan Shamir, former head of the National Security Doctrine Department in Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs, assessed that neither Israel nor Hezbollah have a desire to enter into a war, which would cause severe damage to both sides that would be "on the verge of being intolerable."
Shamir, an expert on insurgencies and combat doctrine, and a researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said that Hezbollah's role "as an Iranian arm is to be ready for the day it receives the order and has therefore not gone to war."
Hezbollah is still involved in the Syrian front and faces domestic Lebanese constraints, said Shamir. "Israel is always interested in distancing, as far as possible, the time of the next war," he added.
While it is difficult to know with certainty whether Israel is close to reaching a point when it feels that it has no choice but to launch a preventative attack, it does not appear to have reached such a junction, argued Shamir. "However, the aim of the latest exposures is to issue an alert, saying that we may well reach this point--and that it is not at all theoretical," he stated.
Shamir defined this red line as a certain enemy capability that, once reached, "will push Israel into the corner. I don't believe we are there, but we are moving in that direction."
U.S. Sovereignty May Be At Stake - By Daymond Duck -
The world's march toward the total fulfilment of Bible prophecy continues on a daily basis.
First, a reader sent me a link to a short six-minute New American Video that is well worth viewing:
I can't predict the future, but I believe if Mrs. Clinton had won the last election, there is a good possibility that the U.S. would no longer be a sovereign nation.
I am truly thankful that Pres. Trump has strongly opposed the globalist agenda that Mrs. Clinton clearly supported.
But according to what I have read and according to the New American Video cited above, Pres. Trump's USMCA (U.S-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT) NAFTA replacement document "requires" the U.S. to pursue the UN Sustainable Development Goals (World Government by 2030) and it "subordinates" the U.S. to other UN global agreements.
If the U.S. Senate approves this agreement, the demise of U.S. sovereignty and the rise of the satanic world government will be on the horizon.
Second, the Democrat Party in Texas recently sent filled-out ballots to noncitizens, urging them to vote as citizens in the upcoming midterm elections.
The Democrats want illegal aliens treated as citizens of the world instead of citizens of nations (global citizenship, not national citizenship).
This is world government and just a small fact in why I believe what I said above about Mrs. Clinton surrendering the sovereignty of the U.S.
Ask yourself, "Why are Democrats colluding with foreigners (illegal aliens) to rig the upcoming election if they think Trump's so-called Russian collusion is wrong?"
Know that this could be a close election, and illegal aliens could decide who holds the seats of power.
Third, as I am writing this article, a caravan of mostly well-dressed, seemingly well-fed (a few may be poor) and occasionally violent Central American immigrants is headed to the U.S. with plans to force their way in.
One commentator on TV said it costs about $7,000 (food, water, shelter, bus tickets, train tickets, etc.) for one person to spend several weeks on the road from Central America to the U.S. (a total cost of $35 million for 5,000 people, and some commentators say the caravan could have 20,000 people by the time it arrives).
Poor, hungry, jobless people in Central America don't have $7,000 (many people in the U.S. don't have $7,000 to spend on several weeks of travel).
Those who have $7,000 in Central America are rich, not poor.
Some commentators say George Soros (a billionaire who donates millions to Democrats) and the UN are paying the bill.
When Mexico arrested some of the immigrants for violence, the UN intervened.
I saw a video that showed people wearing UN helmets in front of the immigrants.
Fourth, concerning the kind of people that may be in the caravan, know that Judicial Watch released a U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services report in July of 2018 that said immigrants "processed during the Obama administration included admitted murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, prostitutes, and human traffickers."
The vast majority of the people in the current caravan are probably honest people, but it is a proven fact that past groups contained dangerous people.
After they are released in the U.S., our government will lose track of them.
Mexican officials established locations to collect information on the immigrants, but many immigrants ignored those places and kept on walking.
Others waded water to get around them so that no information was collected.
Fifth, concerning immigration, the UN and world government: in 2016, Democrat Pres. Barack Obama initiated a UN meeting on immigration that eventually drafted a Global Compact on Migration.
In July 2018, the UN voted to approve a draft copy of Pres. Obama's Global Compact, but Pres. Trump and the Prime Min. of Hungry opposed it.
This Global Compact for Migration is scheduled to be signed in December 2018.
When this UN Global Compact is signed, it will be legal for immigrants (including dangerous criminals, ISIS, Taliban, MS-13, child-traffickers, etc.) to cross any border they want to cross because immigration will be "a global human right."
Understand that, in the month of October alone, the U.S. border patrol has already seized tons of drugs from so-called immigrants crossing the U.S. border.
Sixth, some reports say these immigrants will qualify for free education, free healthcare, food stamps, a monthly check, etc., at a time when the cost of natural disasters and America's national debt has exploded.
Due to chain migration, 5,000 people could soon turn into 100,000 people.
If this caravan gets through, more caravans will follow.
The U.S. cannot support all of these people without increasing its national debt, cutting the benefits of current citizens and things like that.
The cost of printing more money will eventually show up as higher prices at your grocery store.
Seventh, at an Oct. 12, 2018 hearing, a federal judge said that he is "dumbfounded" and "shocked" by the way the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI covered up for Mrs. Clinton in the Benghazi and Clinton e-mail server scandals.
This federal judge accused some of Mrs. Clinton's people of "lying" and presenting "falsified documents" to the Court on these matters.
Does this country want to erase our borders and go back to that?
Prophecy Plus Ministries wants to focus on prophecy not politics, but politics (world government, lying, our economy, etc.) is overlapping with prophecy.
The control of Congress, the ultimate sovereignty of the U.S., and the safety of U.S. citizens (our children, grandchildren, elderly, etc.) could be on the table.
Should the U.S. control America's border or should George Soros and the UN wannabe world government take over and control America's border?
Whose vote should decide U.S. elections: the vote of illegal aliens or the vote of U.S. citizens?
Pray for our troops who may be ordered to use force to stop this caravan at the border.
God knows that I am praying that He has the last word, and He also knows that I privately hope that this backfires at the ballot box on the politicians that are most responsible for trying to surrender the sovereignty of the U.S.
Walls, nations and borders are the creation of God (Gen. 11; Rev. 21).
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Daymond & Rachel Duck
The bottomless pit of evil behind Mohammed Bin Salman - Paul Roland -
From blackmailing princes to murdering journalists: how Saudi Arabia's spy network has expanded under Mohammed bin Salman
Raf Sanchez. The Telegraph. October 22, 2018
Inside the Georgian mansion in Mayfair that houses Saudi Arabia's embassy in London, two offices of Saudi intelligence operatives are busy at work. The first office belongs to the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia's foreign intelligence agency. Its staff are engaged in the "normal" work of spies, meeting with MI6 to discuss Britain and Saudi Arabia's shared fight against al-Qaeda or to swap secrets on Iran.
The second office has a darker purpose. There the staff of the Mabahith, Saudi Arabia's secret police, are tracking people of interest inside the UK. Its operatives are watching obvious targets like Saudi dissidents who have gone into exile in Britain, or London-based Islamists whose ideology is seen as a threat to Saudi Arabia's absolute monarchy.
But they are also keeping tabs on Arab businessmen and the decadent lives of Gulf royals living the UK. The Mabahith's spies are especially interested in compromising material they can use as blackmail to further Riyadh's interests. "These guys gather the dirt and they hold it until directed," said a former Saudi embassy employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They want to know who is sleeping with who, who is drinking and doing drugs, who is spending money they don't have."
The set-up in the London embassy is replicated at Saudi diplomatic posts around the world, forming a vast web of spies watching the kingdom's enemies and surveilling its own people.
While this apparatus has existed for years, it has become more aggressive and more violent under Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, who controls the Saudi security services.
His ambition to silence critics abroad and stomp out political rivals at home has depended on a new ferocity in the intelligence agencies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is just the most extreme example.
"For many decades Saudi Arabia had a system in which the king sought to develop a policy consensus within the royal family, the clerical establishment, and the entrepreneur elite," said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now heads the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute. "That has changed profoundly in the last few years. Instead of a consensual system they have moved to a very autocratic system, which relies much more on the intelligence services hounding out dissent at home and abroad."
Mr Khashoggi was no stranger to the craft of the secret police or how its methods changed over time. In the mid-2000s he worked at the Saudi embassy in London as an advisor to the ambassador, Prince Turki bin Faisal. The prince was Saudi Arabia's spy chief before moving to the UK. One of Mr Khashoggi's embassy colleagues was Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer stationed in London. Mr Mutreb is now under arrest in Saudi Arabia as part of the 15-man squad accused of Mr Khashoggi's murder.
In his Washington Post column, Mr Khashoggi noted the aggression of Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed who was sacked over the weekend amid the fallout out of the killing. The prince's aide made no secret of his hatred for dissidents and once asked his 1.35 million Twitter followers to give him names for a blacklist.
Mr Khashoggi pointed to the tweet as an example of how unrestrained Saudi repression had become in the last two years. "Writers like me, whose criticism is offered respectfully, seem to be considered more dangerous than the more strident Saudi opposition based in London." Saudi Arabia's spies have always focused on the UK, which has given safe harbour to many Saudi dissidents as well as Islamists and anti-monarchists from across the Middle East. One of their targets has been Sa'ad al-Faqih, the leader of Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, a UK-based Saudi opposition group that campaigns to replace with the royal family with an Islamic government.
Dr Faqih was attacked at his home in Willesden Green, northwest London, in June 2003 by two men who he said claimed to be plumbers. They tried to spray chemicals in his face and then attacked him with a spanner but he was able to fight them off. He believes the two white men were British gangsters hired by Saudi Arabia to kidnap him, a claim that the kingdom has always denied.
Dr Faqih has not faced any more physical attacks since 2003. But he has felt a heightened threat since Crown Prince Mohammed began to gather power three years ago and he started taking new security precautions. "We feel extra danger because we know that this boy is reckless and impulsive," he said.
Saudi dissidents were rattled by an incident in August this year on the pavement outside Harrods in central London. Ghanem al-Masarir, a popular Saudi political satirist who often mocks Crown Prince Mohammed, was confronted and attacked by two Saudi men. "They were shouting about the king and Mohammed bin Salman and they said: 'how dare you insult al-Saud?'" Mr Dosari said. He is convinced that the men were put up to the attack by Saudi intelligence.
"I don't think they were trying to kill me or kidnap me but they wanted to insult me and to send a message that I was not safe where I was," he said. Video footage of the attack was widely shared by pro-Saudi Twitter accounts under a hashtag celebrating the attack. The Saudi embassy in London did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Saudi Arabia insists that Mr Khashoggi's death was the result of "a rogue operation" which was not ordered by the government.
Before the killing in Istanbul made global headlines, the starkest example of the Saudi intelligence's new aggression was an apparent campaign to kidnap rebel princes in Europe and bring them back to Saudi Arabia.
According to the BBC, three princes who had fallen out with the royal family have been captured since 2015. One, Prince Sultan bin Turki, a grandson of King Abdulaziz, accepted a flight on a Saudi government private jet from Paris to Cairo in January 2016. The prince went to sleep on the flight and when he awoke he realized the jet was in fact heading Saudi Arabia. He was dragged off the plane by Saudi agents and is believed to be under house arrest to this day.
Saudi dissidents joke darkly that Mr Khashoggi's death probably means they are safer now than they have been in years because Riyadh will be unwilling to risk another international scandal. But none believe the danger has fully passed. Over the weekend, King Salman ordered his ministers to prepare reforms of the Saudi intelligence services to prevent another incident like Mr Khashoggi's death. No one should expect sweeping changes: the head of the reform committee is none other Crown Prince Mohammed himself.
Daily Jot: Three ways to deal with this hate-filled environment - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is a horrible event that should never happen in America. The Daily Jot and Living Spring Church express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims' families. Our prayers are with you and this very divided nation. But despite the tragedy, those filled with hate only increased their vitriolic rhetoric against President Trump and conservative members of society, blaming them for the type of anti-Semitism that lures people to kill for race, religion or politics. They continue to ruthlessly promote political gain over empathy for humanity. Their words are how to discern who really cares about what they say they care about. The blame continues no matter the circumstances.
The finger-pointers come from one side of the political aisle. They don't even express the decency of reverence for the victims and their families. They just relentlessly attack. Take for instance, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank telling MSNBC that Trump was giving license to unbalanced people like the perpetrators of mail bombs being sent to political figures and the synagogue shooting. Billionaire Democratic Party donor Tom Steyer told CNN that Trump created the atmosphere of "routine, systematic lawlessness." GQ Magazine's Julia Ioffe told CNN Trump has been trafficking in "anti-Semitic tropes" since he took office. She said his actions were like dog whistles to those who would commit violence. Last week, Democratic Party Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Trump condones the violence.
In reality, CNN, the NY Times, MSNBC and other networks are giving platforms to people suggesting assassination of the president, blowing up the White House, and other acts or visions of violence. There have been over 610 incidents of violence against Trump supporters perpetrated by the left since January 2016 as documented by John Nolte of Breitbart News. A Republican congressman was shot. Democratic leaders have labeled those who disagree with them as racists, bigots, deplorables, dregs, Nazis and more. They have encouraged confrontation at restaurants, gas stations, and homes. They refuse to denounce violence committed by Antifa and others. There is a right and a wrong here. There is no moral equivalence to what these people have suggested and the rhetoric of Trump's tweets, although he needs to tone it down.
While Ioffe is wrong about Trump being anti-Semitic, she is right that vitriolic rhetoric is like a dog whistle to the crazies. We the People must demand that it stop. This is not America. It is rebellion and coup-making. It is way out of hand. First, we can intercede by repenting for our country and pray the Lord brings peace to our land. Next, we can invoke the Golden Rule whenever we speak to others--As Christ said in Luke 6:31,"And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise." We need to bring the rhetoric down and hold one another accountable to civility. The third thing we can do is vote. Those politicians who blame others for what they themselves are doing must be sent a clear message that it is unacceptable and divisive behavior. If Christians vote in unity, that message will be clearly sent.
Daily Devotion: A Marriage That Stands the Test of Time - By Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. -Psalm 18:30
Cars have what we often call idiot lights. You need to pay attention to those. If one goes off telling you that you need oil, make sure you get some oil. It might tell you that you need service. Another light might tell you that you're running on empty.
I think there are some marriages today that are running on empty. Husbands and wives aren't taking advantage of all the resources and power that God has given to them to have a blessed, happy, successful, and lasting marriage. A successful marriage doesn't happen by accident. It happens because two people have put a lot of effort into it.
Sometimes we think marriage has a life all its own. Oh, they have a marriage made in Heaven, don't they? Look at them! A couple determines whether their marriage is made in Heaven. They determine whether their marriage is strong or weak. They determine whether their marriage is successful or failing.
Our culture is, in many ways, hostile to marriage. In many ways, the family is under attack, and for good reason: the family is the foundation of our nation.
If you want your marriage to stand the test of time, then do what God says in His Word. It's hard to believe, but my wife and I are closing in on forty-five years of marriage. We're so thankful for the foundation we've been able to build our marriage on. I can tell you truthfully that I love my wife more today than I did when I married her, and I loved her a lot on that day. We've grown in our love for each other.
I believe that every couple can have a blessed marriage. But a strong and happy marriage is a result of obedience to God and His Word.
FROM THE HEART
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