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An Open Letter To Black Lives Matter:
How to avoid being ensnared in the ongoing Federal operation 'Ni&&er Catcher' and 'Black Snare', run out of the US intelligence community and certain sections of Law Enforcement. These operations do exist, though naturally not with those pejorative titles. They are not legal, nor are they officially recognized but key people in high positions run these operations that specifically target Black Americans and certain White Americans who seek justice, truth and use their rights to bring these things back to our once great nation. The impetus comes from the US Intelligence community - LE does the footwork. This is what they did to so many civil rights leaders back in the 60's and 70's. They have honed their skills for the technology of the 21st century.

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility


The Harvest


An Open Letter To Senator Mikulski And The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

pdfIn Times Like These
pdfEconomic Crisis Report: Models Of Destruction
Where is our economy heading and why can't the US and global economy find its footing nearly six years after the of economic crisis of 2008? These are some of the questions we will attempt to ask ourselves in this report. The problems in the developed world today stem from deep troubles in

pdfWill America Go To War With China?
This is a look at the possibility of this happening and some of the drivers that could tip these nations into war.  Those key drivers may not be what many analysts think.
pdfEconomic Crisis Report III: Between Two Shutdowns
Government shutdowns? Inflation? Deflation? QE? Joblessness? Obamacare?

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report



pdfPolitical And Economic Review #2
This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation.


pdfPolitical and Economic Review
The first in a new series of secular articles. One way to support this site is to get a copy of these inexpensive reports (click link aboue). Another is to hit the donate button.

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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

NSA Spying:
The Future, Black Madness and the Prophetic imperative.

How God Measures Us
He does it very differently that the world does.

Trends In Africa
A quick look at some troubling trends in Africa

Brothel Politics, The Church and First Things
Recent trends in the nation, including Obamacare are indicative of something much deeper that is wrong with America

While I Was Away...
A word about my month long hiatus

Shutdown Note:
A look at how the criminally insane 'pay' their bills.


Times And Seasons (09-13)
 Faith and patriotism in the last days... and what kind of fruit is  Christ going to find on your tree?

7 Churches Of  Revelation
Light for seeing, ears for hearing. Most commentaries on these chapters miss this most important point.


The Devil, Catholics And Internet Protestants
Catholic bashing is a foundational stone of so much of todays internet Christians faith. Is this really a pastime God approves of, especially when the Catholics are doing their best to reform?

Unwise Faith
- It is most unwise to place your faith in the wrong things.
 
Obadiah: Divine Geopolitics
- Is the Lord concerned about geopolitics?

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

End Time Personal Notes
- Just some notes to true believers as to things to watch for on a personal level and consider in these times.


 - What I See...

A quick look (15 pages) at some trends I see and don't see. Trends in the economy, trends in 'people control' and spiritual matters


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

we who know Christ can see our nation is on a collision course with God. On a number of fronts the nation has just decided to set its face against the God who blessed us and move its spiritual foundations towards the spiritual foes of both God and man.


      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly

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 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 

   

This issue of my new series of paid reports deals with the ongoing global economic crisis. Its about 40 pages and deals with a wide range of issues that face the western world. This touches on America's decline, Obama's new Treasury pick, the ongoing debt crisis, the Fed and Treasuries debt monetization operations, currency wars, scenario's for major troubles in China, Europe's ongoing crisis and ...

 - 3 Short Commentaries

   

Entitled Not Afraid, Tough Decisions and Job's Sufferings. God will take care of his people. Just make sure brothers when its our time to pass over our own spiritual 'river Jordan', that we make our deaths count for something, that being Christ. If we are to die as Christians for the gospel and the word of our testimony (Rev 19:10, 12:17, 12:11), let us rejoice because we have a long and honorable heritage of those who went before us.

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 

   

I think we as Christians need to keep in mind and prepare our souls for what is really coming. Mr. Leal has done a good job of laying out that a time of great sorrow will sweep America.

 -  The Curse 

   

When a nation decides to put the stamp of approval on those things God hates, it invites a curse. And be certain of this, without some real soul searching repentance, a curse is what is going to hit us. America has enjoyed prosperity like no other nation on earth. Military power like no other nation on earth. Good will and diplomatic strength like no other nation on earth. Why? We as a nation respected ...

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 

   

I think it should be noted that while some people will say they find something 'highly offensive' when they do not really mean it, I want to make clear that I really do mean it, it is personally highly offensive to compare Dr. King and President Obama. If a person wants to worship Obama and idolize him, that is their business, not mine. But before anyone attempts to cast dispersions on Dr. King by ...

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 

   

This crisis in Mali... first off, this is not just 'another war'. This is a very serious and potent threat to African continental security.

  Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #2 

   

This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation and new claims that America will one day surpass the Saudi's in Oil production and become energy independent. The question is an extremely important one and could really alter the whole geopolitical landscape... if true. Are these claims real and credible? Are there any problems with them? This ...

 - Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #1 

   

This is going to be bad news for many of my readers, but a small portion of my secular writings are going to have to go pay. I have done a pretty good job with this update (if I do say so myself!) dealing with issues that I know many care about. Namely Iran and what a war or 'regime change' is likely to bring about, the EU crisis and how the ongoing economic crisis could deeply effect the US. Keep ...

 -  The Holiday Season 

   

Christmas has been a matter of some controversy for a number of reasons. First off, one of the few things we can be certain of about Christmas is that Christ was not born on December 25th, or anywhere near it. When was Christ Born? We do not know, though some scholars have said that it was more likely an event that occurred in the Fall, though the evidence for this is rather scant. What we do know ...

 -  There Is A Generation... 

   

What does it mean to live in our times, having been touched by God's spirit and understanding what God requires of us? It means that we are going to have a hard time fitting in with the current generation. This is the way it should be, since we are of a very different heritage. The scriptures talk about times like ours and what kinds of people will inhabit the earth just before Christ returns. We ...

  The Way Back 

   

For many of my readers, the way back to God is the road you are on. Many of you have fallen away and for whatever reason, personal tragedy, hard times or just a dissatisfaction with worldly 'satanic' living that did not make you nearly as happy as you thought it would. I find it interesting that so many people here in America have just about everything and yet are totally miserable. I am struck by ...

 - What's Expected Of Son's And Heir's 

   

What should we as Christians should be doing in these times? As these days grow darker and increasingly rejects Christ and genuine Christianity, we who wish to get into the kingdom must know what God wants us to do. What does God expect of us, we who are determined no matter what comes, to get into God's kingdom and avoid his holy wrath, which I bear witness, is coming to this world and will usher ...

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 

   

Today, it is extremely important that we know what is happening in our world, particularly from a prophetic standpoint. Why? The return of Christ is our blessed hope. God spoke clearly and insistently that we are to be watching and ready for our Lords return. Yet as I speak to Christians, I just don't see any level of spiritual discernment in their lives or minds Mind you there are always some exceptions ...

 - We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Broadcast To Bring You... 

   

But when it comes to the times and seasons and understanding them, Christians I know as well are floundering. They are often confused and unsure about what to believe. They listen to their pastors, read the news, but more and more are seriously questioning both. This is a good thing at least as a first step, but often leads to confusion, depression and can lead to apostasy. Why? Because such Christians ...

 - Culling The World's Population 

   

Yes, there is a plan afoot to reduce the human population. Most of the plan is hidden in plain sight.

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 

   

Fifty-three pages that looks at several issues facing our world today. From the economic crisis to food and eugenics to Syria as well a look at what a Mitt Romney Presidency may look like.

 -  Judge Not! 

   

...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 

   

Has the devil fooled you into thinking you can be saved and not obey the Lord?

  From Another World 

   

Christians, real ones that is, must conduct themselves as though they are from another world. A real Christian, is not of this world but of the Kingdom of God and his Christ.

 


-  From The North 

   

A prophetic look at the Arctic. The Arctic you ask? Yes the Actic and how it may relate to Babylon's fall.


Other Resources
(most are in PDF format)


Select Congressional Committee Investigating Illegal Practices In The Abortion Industry

Congressional Report On STOPPING TERROR FINANCE:
SECURING THE U.S. FINANCIAL SECTOR

LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP AND FRIGATE
Congress Faced with Critical Acquisition Decisions


Defense Business Board Outlines Savings Of $125 Bln Annually


Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030
- NIC

US Vulnerabilities To Money Laundering, Drugs And Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History
- US Senate

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

State Department Report On Religious Persecution (Constitutional Review for OIC) - 2012

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain


2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

Official US Military Report On Nazi Germany's IG Farben- DOD

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report

(audit)

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

The Debt Limit ∓mp; Gov't Operations - CRS

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

Secret Law And the Threat To Democracy - Senate Judiciary Comm.

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA


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Spirit Daily

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Orthodox Today
(A look at today from an Orthodox Perspective)
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The Assyrian News Agency
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China Aid
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Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

Vote Rigging In 2004 (A 2 Hour Look) -
Part 1And Part 2

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

Mike Ruppert/TUC Radio: Across The Rubicon
Part 1And Part 2

What Is Wrong With The American Mind: Corporate Media Consolidation
Part 1And Part 2

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

Earth changes, HAARP, Non-Lethal Weapons
Part 1 And Part 2

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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20 Oct

Russia In The Spotlight: Links Of Interest

The shift in the middle east slowly away from America will have enormous geopolitical and prophetic ramifications in the years ahead. Note that Watson's Web will never be used as a disinformation platform for ANYONE, but will always listen to and give space to different and intelligent viewpoints that may or may not necessarily be looked upon favorably by the US.



Russia, North Korea And China: Moscow's Game Plan
There are three main actors in the Korean nuclear crisis: Pyongyang, Washington and Beijing. However, Moscow may be seeking a more prominent role in the game. In pursuing its North Korea diplomacy, Russia has displayed increasingly close collaboration with China. Russian and Chinese aversion to Kim Jong Un and his nukes is eclipsed by their shared animosity to US hegemony. Ultimately, the North Korean nuclear menace is a symptom of the dysfunctional state of the current international order, in which its premier players are not capable of working together. - ISN/CSS

Why Would Saudi King Visit Russia

Last week Moscow was visited by Saudi ruler Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud accompanied by an entourage of a hundred people carried out in order to hold meetings with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Several rounds of negotiations were held with the Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, the Minister of Energy along with the head of the sovereign foundation of the Kingdom who is in charge of Riyadh’s overseas investments. From the beginning it was clear as to why the Saudi king would decide to come to Moscow for the first time since 1926. Only two matters are of any importance to Riyadh today: Iran and its policies in the region and collective oil pricing. Everything else is treated as secondary concerns by Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis do fear Tehran, since they believe that Shia influence is growing across the region, as the Islamic Republic of Iran implements a plan to create a Shia arc that would unite Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia that is home to a Shia minority. Riyadh is truly concerned about the close bilateral relations that exist between Russia and Iran, especially in the field of military cooperation. For over a decade Riyadh has been trying to persuade Moscow to cut all military ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran in exchange for massive purchases of arms that were allegedly to be made by Saudi Arabia in Russia. When Moscow supported anti-Iranian sanctions within the UN framework in 2010 and refused to fulfill its obligation to deliver S-300 anti-air systems to the armed forces of Iran, Saudi Arabia failed to fulfill its own obligations. Predictably, there’s been no other investments from Saudi Arabia in other areas of the Russian economy. - Image and text credit New Eastern Outlook/Peter Lvov (copyright info located on bottom of this link)

New Silk Road - EIR

EIR lays out the positives of the Chinese led economic initiatives which Russia will play an important role.

Russia-US Relations And The Future Of Syria
In light of the Saudi Kings visit to Russia last week, this piece written in August is especially relevant.

Putin’s Syrian Gambit: Sharper Elbows, Bigger Footprint, Stickier Wicket
Russia has profited from a hard core of Alawite and Christian support for Asad inside Syria. At the same time, U.S. reluctance to become militarily involved in Syria facilitated the move of Russian forces into the country. Russia also benefited from the disunity among the diverse opposition to Asad and their external patrons. While Saudi Arabia and Turkey were both early proponents of ousting Asad, Saudi Arabia is now more focused on defeating Houthi rebels in Yemen, and Turkey on fighting Kurdish separatist forces in northern Syria. In return for help from Putin in resolving its Kurdish problem, Turkey in 2016 helped Putin resolve Russia’s Aleppo problem.

As President Donald Trump considers and implements a way forward on working with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and toward peace in Syria, events of the past several years underscore several fundamental constraints under which Putin will be operating and some challenges that have been overstated.  - National Defense University (DOD)

Zapad-17: Lessons Learned

(Jamestown Foundation) It bears noting that the combat experience Russia gained over the past decade from its military operations in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria directly affects the evolution of the military-political leadership’s vision on forms and methods of modern war. This is why the focus of Russian strategic exercises in recent years have changed accordingly. Zapad 2009, for instance, in a carry-over from Soviet tradition, emphasized the “repulsion of NATO aggression” (Rossiyskaya Gazeta, September 17, 2009), even though nobody in modern Europe was planning to attack Russia. But eight years later, the Zapad 2017 exercise scenario was significantly different: a fictitious non-aligned country, “Veishnoriya,” located in northwest Belarus, supported by “Vesbariya” (drawn in the official exercise map over western Lithuania and central Latvia) and “Lubeniya” (composed of the Suwałki corridor and the northeastern part of Poland), attacks Belarus; the Russian military then comes to its ally’s support and carries out massive and deep air, naval and land strikes across “Veishnoriya’s” entire territory (Deutsche Welle—Russian service, September 8).

It is not difficult to deduce from this fictitious exercise scenario that the Russian military was practicing waging a conventional war against the North Atlantic Alliance that NATO had purportedly started. In this regard, the Kremlin’s key lessons related to the practical testing of Russia’s vision of modern warfare—featuring combined symmetrical and asymmetrical operations, conventional and nuclear forces, as well as hidden and overt threats/operations. For Moscow, mastering these elements of how wars are fought today is a prerequisite for preserving Russian control or dominance over zones of the world it considers as falling within its “vital interests” (and these are not limited to Russia’s so-called “near abroad”) in addition to blocking further NATO enlargement.

During this year’s Zapad drills, Russian troops trained for deep combined air-ground and joint naval operations as well as achieving air and sea superiority. Russian units also tested advanced “command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” (C4ISR) systems, particularly at the operational level. The exercise featured the newest radio-communication equipment, electronic warfare tactics, and the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) into reconnaissance and target-acquisition systems. Participating units also tested long-range precision-guided munitions as well as the combat sustainability of Russia’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) “bubble” (see EDM, September 20; The Wall Street Journal, September 19). - Jamestown Foundation/Eurasia Daily Monitor by Ihor Kabanenko



18 Oct

Iran Nukes

In light of the fact that President Trump is backing away from the Iran deal. I thought I would repost this piece that has some of the background issues not discussed in MSM news sources. This was written some time ago. But one one reads it the whole aspect of energy/oil/gas comes much more in focus.

Trump And NAFTA

(FYI: This was posted for insiders last month)

This is not a story that has been much in the headlines, but it is an important one. Trump has talked loud and often about NAFTA and free Trade but did dial back his rhetoric soon after assuming office this after getting some pressure from GOP leaders. The issues with such negotiations are always rather complex and as we all know, the strictest secrecy is applied to them while they are being negotiated. Their Secrecy that is far better respected than a thousand classified markings at the NSA or the CIA. They do keep those things secret and the leaks regarding these trade deals we have seen in the past, were shall we say 'semi-officially' blessed.

So we are not likely to hear much about what exactly they are negotiating about, but two things are certain to be at the center of the agenda. The first is auto's and the second is agriculture. President Trump's Commerce Secretary has singled out the Auto Industry as being a key item on the new round of NAFTA negotiations.

However, some have stated that this key issue may be put off until later. This new round is being set off (sort of) because the fast track authority  That particular trade authority runs out next year and who knows what mood Congress swill be in in an election year. So what are the issues. Well, I will be a little lazy today and rather than give you a long text based narrative, I will give you some excellent graphics that will help lay out to you what is at stake and what is not at stake. These charts all come from the Congressional Research Service and the Fed.

Before we begin, let us keep in mind that NAFTA's whole purpose was to integrate the North American Continent and was designed to take the economies of the three nations and meld them into one. This would in turn put in place the momentum to integrate the political systems as well. This was one day to be followed by a new currency. Remember the Amero and all the talk about that? That name was what was given to a future currency unit that the three nations would have used. I know there is a whole slew of conspiracy literature on this, but there is more than a a little scholarly literature on this as well. But even in the halls of Congress these things were discussed. Here is an old CRS report that may show you what I mean.

Common Market or Economic Union

 Deeper integration of the North American economic space would imply some form of common market or economic union. A common market area would add free movement of labor and capital; thus, immigration and investment regulations would need to be harmonized or mutually recognized. In addition to a common tariff policy and free trade in goods and services, a common market would imply free movement of capital and labor. At this point, harmonization of certain investment and immigration issues would need to be agreed upon. A type of economic union approaching that of the European Union would also require harmonized or mutually recognized standards and regulations and perhaps some supranational institutions. Although the United States and Canada share many developed country level standards, this form of integration would still need to be meticulously worked out. For example, would the United States adopt the metric system to fulfill its obligations to harmonize standards? Could the two nations adopt common forestry prices and management policies and thereby help resolve the softwood lumber dispute? Would either nation allow supranational entities to overrule laws passed by Congress or Parliament? These questions illustrate the extent to which North American economic integration would affect the governance of the United States, Canada, and possibly Mexico.

Monetary Union

Another discussion recurrent in many Canadian policy circles is that of monetary union with the United States. This potential goal has been discussed in many forms. The Canadian dollar could be linked in value to the U.S. dollar; Canada could adopt the U.S. dollar; or a new North American currency (called the Amero by one proponent) could replace the U.S. and Canadian dollars, and perhaps the Mexican peso. Generally, talk of monetary union north of the border is strongest during times of relative weakness of the loonie vis-a-vis the U.S. dollar. The recent strength of the loonie has diminished such discussion, although the idea still has some proponents.

Those who support monetary union argue that it would force Canada to make the necessary structural adjustments that would make it more competitive with the United States. In other words, dollarization or a currency union would remove the ability to cushion adverse economic conditions through depreciation of the currency. By tying the loonie to the U.S. dollar or by adopting the dollar outright, Canada would be making the unmistakable commitment to converge with U.S. macroeconomic policy. Then Canada would be able to reap the benefits of U.S. policy, which traditionally have been lower inflation, lower interest rates, and higher levels of growth than Canada has experienced. In addition, the savings in trade transaction costs would be significant for the volume of trade the two nations conduct.   - United States-Canada Trade and Economic Relationship: Prospects and Challenges

Well things have changed significantly since then. The runaway globalization train has slown down to a veritable crawl and was in serious peril of derailing altogether. But there appears to be some momentum now in place to not undo all the previous hard work done before.






As noted above, one key issues is auto parts. This issue is not easily soundbite-able, so I will lift a bit out of the CRS report that shows you some of the issues that are at stake.

Under Mexico’s Border Investment Program, maquiladoras operated under the following special rules:

  • lower trade and foreign investment restrictions than other sectors in Mexico;
  • access to duty-free imports of intermediate materials with the condition that a percentage of the final production was exported;
  • duty-free import of manufacturing equipment with the condition that it would be exported if the company ceased to operate under the program; and
  • exemption from Mexican laws requiring majority Mexican ownership and from prohibitions on foreign ownership of real estate near borders and coastlines.
Maquiladora operations increased rapidly during the 1970s and 1980s. As Mexican labor costs were very low compared with those in the United States, U.S.-based automotive manufacturers initially used maquiladoras to make labor-intensive products such as wire harnesses, assemblies of wires that carry electricity to lights, dashboard indicators, and other components. Over time, manufacturers began producing more sophisticated components, such as brakes and suspensions, in maquiladoras. Maquiladora production of auto parts was intended to supply auto assembly plants in the United States and Canada, and it was not integrated with domestic assembly of automobiles in Mexico. At the time, companies such as General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and Volkswagen, which were assembling vehicles in Mexico, were subject to trade and investment restrictions under a series of Mexican auto decrees that also required a minimum proportion of Mexican content. (See box below on Mexico’s Auto Decrees.) Automobiles produced in Mexico were generally not exported to the United States and Canada and in some cases did not meet U.S. or Canadian safety and emissions standards. Imports of new vehicles from the United States and Canada into Mexico were not allowed prior to 1989.


After NAFTA took effect, Mexico merged the maquiladora operations and Mexican domestic assembly-for-export plants into one program called Maquiladora Manufacturing Industry and Export Services (IMMEX). NAFTA regulations continued to allow maquiladoras to import products duty-free into Mexico, regardless of the country of origin of the products. This phase also allowed maquiladora operations to increase sales to the Mexican domestic market. However, in 2001, rules of origin established in NAFTA replaced the previous special tariff provisions that applied only to maquiladora operations, so that any products that qualified as North American origin could be imported duty-free into Mexico for any purpose. At the same time, some inputs imported by maquiladoras from non-NAFTA countries became subject to Mexican tariffs, raising costs for maquiladoras that imported from countries such as Japan or China. NAFTA Provisions and the Auto Sector The market-opening provisions of NAFTA gradually eliminated all tariffs and most nontariff barriers on goods produced and traded within North America over a period of 15 years starting in 1994. Most of the market-opening measures of NAFTA resulted in the removal of tariffs and quotas applied by Mexico on imports from the United States and Canada. Mexican tariffs were substantially higher than those of the United States at the time NAFTA was negotiated. Moreover, many Mexican products entered the United States duty-free under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences. Prior to NAFTA, the United States assessed the following tariffs on imports from Mexico:
  • 2.5% on automobiles,
  • 25% on light-duty trucks, and
  • a trade-weighted average of 3.1% for automotive parts.

In comparison, Mexico’s more restrictive tariffs on U.S. and Canadian automotive products were 20% on automobiles and light trucks and 10%-20% on auto parts.

NAFTA helped lock in Mexico’s automotive-industry reforms by phasing out the restrictive auto decrees. It also included the gradual removal of many nontariff barriers to trade, provided for uniform country-of-origin provisions, enhanced protection of intellectual property rights, required less restrictive procurement practices by the Mexican government, and eliminated performance requirements on investors from other NAFTA countries. -
NAFTA and Motor Vehicle Trade

This CRS report is especially informative because it gets down to many of the details that are rather boring but do drive the trade and manufacturing agenda. 

Related: In Mexico, $2-per-hour workers make $40,000 SUVs

But while we Americans like to talk about how NAFTA has effect the US and our jobs market, we have forgotten how the agreement has effected Mexico and it has done so in a profound way, both good and bad.

Many of us remember the Zapatista's (EZLN). These were a group of rebels in Mexico who drew their ranks from the poorest and most neglected parts of Mexico, particularly the most southern part of Mexico. The Zapatista's came out against NAFTA from the beginning who viewed NAFTA as a new form of colonization of their nation. NAFTA has done a lot for Mexico economically but not in all areas and for all people. Many areas have seen little real benefit. In fact, there have been protests in Mexico to abandon the agreement. There have been winners and losers and those who have lost are making their voices heard. Moreover Mexico has not so quietly threatened to begin dealing more with Latin America and also with America's geopolitical competitors as a result of trade and other tensions.

In Canada, right now there is an automobile strike transpiring at GM. That Bloomberg story is an interesting one and shows you some of the travails going on in Canada with regards to jobs.

One thing we must keep in mind is that those who were closely watching NAFTA's introduction and implementation back in the 90's and early 2000's saw one thing about it - that it was a clear move against organized labor and laws that were set up to protect workers. Those who wrote on this made it plain that the trends in Globalization were designed to make sure that when labor costs got too high, it was no longer very difficult for corporations to move to a place where labor was cheaper and benefits were non-existent, leaving a hole in the ground where there were once jobs before. NATFA was set up to protect big business from the ability of laborers to organize successfully for better wages, benefits, etc.

Sometimes nations put incentives in place to get companies to move to their nation. Consequently, those with high paying jobs with good benefits, particularly manufacturing jobs, lost out.

Yet having said that, it is probably unfair to blame NAFTA for all of the turmoil with the loss of manufacturing jobs, not at this stage of the game. Automation as well is playing a key role in the destruction of manufacturing Jobs in the US.



Graph are hotlinked.

Conclusion

These are complex issues. Much of the debate these days about jobs is being overtaken by the issue of robotics. Many if not most of those jobs just are not going to come back. But the deeper issues for us Christians are the trends described above that talk of regional political integration and currency union. We are not there yet, not by a long shot as this current administration's combativeness will preclude that kind of deeper political and economic union.

Nevertheless this will have prophetic significance for us. Why?

The globalizers may have taken a major beating in the past few years, particularly with the advent of the crisis of 2008, the Islamic refugee crisis and various moves around the world of movements to break free of larger supranational political and economic unions (Brexit, the attempt at Grexit, now moves in Catalonia, Calexit, etc) are still running at full force. The recent setback in the German elections for Merkel with the Parliamentary seating of the AfD party (Alternative for Deutchland) shows a growing dissatisfaction for the way many issues have been handled with the globalizers.

But under no circumstances do I think the trends in globalization will end. One thing about the global elite is this - they are determined. They never give up. But they will, I think take a different tact in the future. There will be significant resistance to a currency union as discussed back in the '90's. So I do not see an Amero in the near, medium or even long term future. The troubles with the Euro are not lost on the elite, not least of which is the deep political, near revolutionary resentment many have on the way the system has worked them over.

Rather, what is more likely is that somehow a global currency will come into being outside of the purview of national governments or even national Central Banks. This is where I think Cryptocurrencies will eventually make their mark. A digital Currency that is very difficult, if not impossible to counterfeit, cannot be printed up at will by national governments but can be quietly regulated by a supranational entity.

This is what I think the future may hold for us. The rage today over crypto-currencies looks to me to be much more than a passing fancy. More governments are seriously exploring them as well as the BIS (the world's coordinating body for Central Banks). They key for the globalizers is to get control of the global method of trade (currency) for then they have a key lever of economic and later political control of the world economy.

Given leaps and bounds in biometrics and man's deep exploration of DNA, it seems quite possible that one day they will have a cryptocurrency that will be based on an  encryption algorithm  that is  based on each individual's DNA.

And then we may see....


And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom.
Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:
for it is the number of a man; and his number is
Six hundred threescore and six.
(Rev 13:16-18)

17  Oct

Fulani Militants Raid Village, Kill 28 Women and Children

Villagers Hiding in School, Found by Militants and Slaughtered

10/17/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants raided Nkedoron community in Plateau State, Nigeria. During this raid, the militants attacked and killed at least 28 people, mostly Christians, including many women and children. This struggle between Fulani militants and Christian farmers has been an ongoing and bloody struggle for years. As the Fulani continue to migrate south, militants clash with more Christian villages. This year alone, there have been more than 30 attacks on these Christian villages, leaving more than 250 killed and hundreds of homes burned down.

Rev. Andrew Okebe, the Zonal Coordinator of Christian Association of Nigeria, Miango District, told ICC, "The soldiers had told the women and children to go and hide in the primary (elementary) school class at night while the men in the village constituted a vigilante group and join[ed] the soldiers in patrolling the area. Sadly, the militia descended and the soldiers fled, leaving the defenseless villagers to be massacred by the terrorists."

According to Rev. Okebe, these persistent attacks have left villagers feeling like the security operatives assigned to their communities are not committed to protecting and securing their lives from the aggressors whom they believe to be Islamic jihadists who want occupy their land. This attack followed only a few weeks after a Fulani militia invaded Ancha, a neighboring village to Nkedoron, where 20 members of a Baptist church were murdered in cold blood.

The most disturbing part of this attack is that there were members of the military stationed in the village. These soldiers are a part of Operation Safe Haven, which is the government's attempt to confront the Fulani militant violence in the Middle Belt. Even though these soldiers were on the scene before the attack, they did nothing to prevent this terrible atrocity. It has left many questioning the dedication of these men to protecting the communities they are charged with protecting.

ICC's Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, stated, "We pray for those who are suffering the pain of loss. This unbelievable act of violence is becoming all too common for Christian villages in Nigeria's Middle Belt region. The government of Nigeria must not only condemn the violence, but take the necessary steps to ensure that the perpetrators are punished and unable to commit these acts again. Until then, Christian villagers in the Middle Belt will be left to wonder if their community will be next."
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Blogging Can Be Deadly

The lady behind the Panama Papers loses her life to a car bomb.

12 Oct


Godly Separation

In our times, out is it that we should be living? We Christians who truly know our Lord via experiential knowledge of him by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we must understand that Holiness, true Holiness demands separation from evil. This is not a request, but a demand our Lord makes upon us. We as Christians must not be partakers in evil deeds or be too close to evil people. Those individuals whose wickedness is clear for all to see, we must not let their sinful acts rub off on us. There is a healthy degree of separation that is a requirement for us to be blessed of the Lord.

I believe David, who wrote the first Psalm for us summed up very well what is expected of us saints in a beautiful poetic fashion.
 Blessed is the man
that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
 nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
  But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
(Psalms 1:1-2)

The three basic positions mankind takes while he lives. David makes it clear that we are not to have part in the deeds of the ungodly, the sinful or the scornful which is probably a great way to describe today's militant atheists and secularists or the haters of God (satanists). We are not to take their counsel (advice) nor are we to stand in the way of sinners Lets take a look at three key words in the passage.

We are not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. The word translated counsel is this one.


H3045
יָדַע
yâda‛
yaw-dah'
A primitive root; to know (properly to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively instruction, designation, punishment, etc.): - acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, [un-] awares, can [-not], certainly, for a certainty, comprehend, consider, X could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be [ig-] norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to, let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have [knowledge], (be, make, make to be, make self) known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, X prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have [understanding], X will be, wist, wit, wot.
Total KJV occurrences: 946


This is a rather complex word that has many different connotations, but the translator did use the correct word here. But as we can see it also means many other things. I see this verse as being one that would preclude a Christian from becoming a Freemason. A person must take oaths and partake of their doctrines and accept other Freemasons, as brothers. Those who become Freemasons actually are taking counsel with and from the ungodly. I say this because for the Freemasons, they have their own God which they call the 'great (or grand) architect of the universe' which allows for any and all religions into its body. They have their own 'understanding' and their own set of doctrines which a person is slowly initiated into higher levels if they get the 'blessing' of the higher Masons. One rises faster the more money and or business connections one has that helps enrich their brother Masons. Then one gets to know the higher 'counsels' of this secretive group.

Additionally we Christians can be influenced by others who want to give their ungodly and often satanic advice. Often those who give such advice have no idea that they are working under the power of the devil. They will tell you what they think you should do, who you should see, where you should go, how you should do this or that. I know I have had that problem many times in the past when those who have turned on the Lord and have gone aside to wickedness start to tell me how I should run my site and how I need to be more this or less that and generally tell me in a subtle way, "come with us, don't follow that Jesus stuff anymore, help us bless Nazi's, help me steal this $5000 air conditioner, link over to this new age site, etc". This is the kind of counsel ungodly people will eventually give to you, given enough time. To take their ungodly counsel is the first step off of the path of life. This is why the Psalmist tells us not to walk in their counsels. Perhaps we should take a quick look at the world walk as well.

H1980
הָלַךְ
hâlak
haw-lak'
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively): - (all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart, + be eased, enter, exercise (self), + follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down), + greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march, X more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along), + send, speedily, spread, still, surely, + tale-bearer, + travel (-ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, [way-] faring man, X be weak, whirl.
Total KJV occurrences: 1545

The idea the Psalmist seems to have wanted to covey was to have familiarity with, to go down the same path and to 'hang out' with or to be at ease with those who know not God. One mistake I will never make again is to be at ease and share any confidence with a person who has not shown a consistent love of Christ and his ways. I strongly exhort you all to do the same. Be careful of friendships with godless people particularly in these troubled times. At work of course we must all have some kind of professional associations and even some social interaction is expected or required. Nevertheless, keep in mind who you belong to and what he expects of you and know that when the spirit of Judas appears, it always comes in the form of a friend or family member. Take great care who you walk with and whom you take counsel from.

The next stanza warns about who to stand with or rather, who not to stand with. We are not to stand with sinners. The word for stand is this one.

H5975
עָמַד
‛âmad
aw-mad'
A primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literally and figuratively, intransitively and transitively): - abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, leave, make, ordain, be [over], place, (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, + serve, set (forth, over, -tle, up), (make to, make to be at a, with-) stand (by, fast, firm, still, up), (be at a) stay (up), tarry.
Total KJV occurrences: 521

Brown Driver Briggs Dictionary gives us this definition.
H5975
עמד
‛âmad
BDB Definition:
1) to stand, remain, endure, take one’s stand
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to stand, take one’s stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, take a stand, present oneself, attend upon, be or become servant of
1a2) to stand still, stop (moving or doing), cease
1a3) to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast
1a4) to make a stand, hold one’s ground
1a5) to stand upright, remain standing, stand up, rise, be erect, be upright
1a6) to arise, appear, come on the scene, stand forth, appear, rise up or against
1a7) to stand with, take one’s stand, be appointed, grow flat, grow insipid
1b) (Hiphil)
1b1) to station, set
1b2) to cause to stand firm, maintain
1b3) to cause to stand up, cause to set up, erect
1b4) to present (one) before (king)
1b5) to appoint, ordain, establish
1c) (Hophal) to be presented, be caused to stand, be stood before
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
Same Word by TWOT Number: 1637
The connotation is broad but I find the idea of 'making a stand' with those who know not God as being an important but hardly the only connotation. When the wicked make their stand, we must not be with them. This is I think an important one for we Christians today in our heavily politicized environment. We need to hold fast to that which is good and to stand fast with God, not the godless.

The next stanza uses the sitting metaphor. The word sitteth is this one in the Hebrew.


H3427
יָשַׁב
yâshab
yaw-shab'
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry: -  (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing), ease self, endure, establish, X fail, habitation, haunt, (make to) inhabit (-ant), make to keep [house], lurking, X marry (-ing), (bring again to) place, remain, return, seat, set (-tle), (down-) sit (-down, still, -ting down, -ting [place] -uate), take, tarry.
Total KJV occurrences: 1081

Here the connotation has a slightly more permanent effect than one of walking or standing. Sitting means to remain, to and as noted above, it could mean settling down in a home or marriage. Such associations are forbidden unto us especially with the scornful. 

Here lets take a look at what he BDB dictionary says about the word scornful.
H3887
לוּץ
lûts
BDB Definition:
1) to scorn, make mouths at, talk arrogantly
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to boast
1a2) to scorn
1b) (Hiphil)
1b1) to mock, deride
1b2) to interpret (language)
1b2a) interpreter (participle)
1b2b) ambassador (figuratively)
1c) (Hithpalpel) to be inflated, scoff, act as a scorner, show oneself a mocker
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root
Same Word by TWOT Number: 1113
Have you ever been around an arrogant prick who loves to mock and cast dispersions on you? A guy or gal who never has anything good to say about anything? Or one who has the deepest contempt for your faith in God and takes every opportunity to say something negative about you and your God? The scriptural admonition almost seems moot, but is stated nevertheless. Don't live with, sit with, dwell with marry or otherwise get to close to such. In not sitting with such so you will be blessed by the most high. You know, when I get rid of bad relationships I feel like a giant load is taken off of my shoulders. Like a dark cloud has been removed from around me or a painful boil or wound has been suddenly healed. The best bet for all of us is to not let that dark cloud get next to us in the first place.

The sum of this little spiritual aside can be found in the New Testament in the book of 2nd Corinthians.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath
he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath
the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.

(2Co 6:14-18)

May God grant you all wisdom in your relationships and may he guide your footsteps more gently than he was forced to deal with me on this issue! Take the Lord's advice and watch who you Stand, Walk and Sit with and receive the blessing of the Lord for so doing!

But what also must be made plain is that we must not give into Pharisee-ism and take on a spiritual arrogance that makes us think we are better than others. This was the downfall of the religious establishment in Christ's time.  No, better a quiet humility, full of love and grace  - this should be the cornerstone of our character.

Grace and peace to you all in Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark

11 Oct


Humanitarian Watch

Probably better called the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse Watch...

Ethiopian Famine Watch
A surge in food insecurity – now affecting 8.5 million people, up from 5.6 million in January – and staggering malnutrition rates in drought-affected areas are in large part a consequence of insufficient livelihoods response, which remains just 43% funded. - FAO

South Sudan Operational Overview
A look at what is being done in South Sudan, rather than just how bad the situation is.

This report does look at the dire circumstances of the region.

Source: Famine Early Warning System (FEWS)

Fearsome Epidemic Hits Madagascar
This is pretty bad and some are comparing it to the West African Ebola outbreak not so long ago. This is the Pneumonic plague and kills much faster than the bubonic type. Public facilities are closed. Another link on this can be found here.

Sudan: Cancer Increase In River Nile State
Here a toxin is suspected as there are other widespread anomalies in the area; crops not growing, miscarriages, etc.

India: Unknown Disease Effects Crops
Nothing they have used to stop the spread has thus far worked.

Famine In Yemen
A link to the FAO's Yemen page with the latest resources.

Yemeni's  Cholera Outbreak About To Break Record
Stars and Stripes looks at the deadly outbreak of the disease during this long and violent struggle.

8 Oct

Ruth Part IV


(Right now, I am going through the book of Ruth for insiders. Here is one section done a couple of weeks ago of one of the more wonderful passages in the OT.) - MSW


And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee:
 for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:
thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me,
and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. When she saw that
she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

(Rth 1:16-18)

As we left off last time, Ruth and her two daughters-in-law were getting ready to part, probably forever as Naomi was preparing to make her way back to Judah. One of them was going to go back to her people of Moab (Oprah) but the other, Ruth, as we read in the above passage, was steadfast in her determination to go to Judah with Naomi. There was obviously the deepest regard for Naomi and her ways that both women held for her, but with Ruth it was clearly deeper. Ruth deeply honored her mother-in-law and was determined to stay with her, come what may. Here is how Adam Clarke sums up what I think is one of the most beautiful and wonderful passages in scripture.
And Ruth said - A more perfect surrender was never made of friendly feelings to a friend: I will not leave thee - I will follow thee: I will lodge where thou lodgest - take the same fare with which thou meetest; thy people shall be my people - I most cheerfully abandon my own country, and determine to end my days in thine. I will also henceforth have no god but thy God, and be joined with thee in worship, as I am in affection and consanguinity. I will cleave unto thee even unto death; die where thou diest; and be buried, if possible, in the same grave. This was a most extraordinary attachment, and evidently without any secular motive.
This powerful attachment was in reality one of both love and honor for Naomi, but also one of faith. She obviously saw something very different in her mother-in-law than what she was used to in other Moabite women. I say this attachment was particularly powerful because she had to know of the dangers that awaited her, a childless widow of Moabite persuasion going into Judah. The journey as well would not be easy, not for two unattached women traveling alone. Yet and still despite all of this she was willing to go wherever Naomi went. This in many ways is a quite prophetic passage of scripture it shows a person who was willing to give up all to follow after a person of  God to a place she could not be sure of... demonstrated something important - faith. Not the sit around and wait for a miracle belief, but a get moving, roll up your sleeves kind of faith.

This was the kind of faith Abraham had when he pulled up stakes from Ur and went to a land that was only described as a place the Lord would show him. This was faith. I would also add that this idea of following someone like this so unconditionally is so thoroughly is reminiscent of the way the 144,000 follow after Christ.



And they sung as it were a new song before the throne,
and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn
that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand,
which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which
were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.
These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the
firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth
was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
(Rev 14:3-5)

These special men who are the first fruits of God follow the Christ wherever he goes. Just like Ruth did with Naomi. When we are born into the kingdom and place Christ as our Lord - Lord by the way, not being some meaningless title - we in essence do the same. We agree to be commanded by him and go wherever he sends us, even if we don't really want to do it. I never wanted to come back to America from Germany and were it not for the command of my God to return, I would never have come back here - no joke. But when I rededicated by life back to the Lord I knew it was a major test to see if I would obey him and do the things that he commanded or go after my own ways and in essence rebel. I was faithful to God and did as I was commanded. I could easily have remained where I was. But I knew what God wanted me to do. God was testing my faithfulness and my obedience. He will do the same with all of his true children one way or another as time passes. When I decided to return to Christ over three decades ago, I made up my mind that wherever he sent me, I would go and whatever he wanted me to do, that would I do. NO MATTER WHAT.

The kind of steadfast faithfulness we see in Ruth is exceptionally rare. Husbands and wives rarely have this kind of dedication to one another in our divorce ridden, selfish and throw-away society. Too many will continue to love you only if they.... [name your 'love' conditionality here]. There was no such conditionality with Ruth and there should be none with us and our Lord. He may very well require our lives of us one day and warned us all before hand to count the cost.

But this passage to me only goes to show that like the wise man said, there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
(Pro 18:24)


Blessed is the man who finds such a friend. Doubly blessed is a person who can find a mate who has the dedication and faith of a Ruth to brave all hardship in order to remain faithful to his or her mate. Have you found such a mate or friend or fellow traveler in Christ? You may count yourself doubly blessed.

The last part of the passage says that she was steadfastly minded to go with her. The word for steadfastly minded is a very interesting one as it demonstrates a little more than just determination. Here is the Strong's word.

אָמַץ
'âmats
aw-mats'
A primitive root; to be alert, physically (on foot) or mentally (in courage): - confirm, be courageous (of good courage, stedfastly minded, strong, stronger), establish, fortify, harden, increase, prevail, strengthen (self), make strong (obstinate, speed).
Total KJV occurrences: 41

This is the same word that the Lord used with Joshua when he told him to be strong and of good courage (Josh 1:6,9,18). Ruth was going to be strong and courageous and deal with the travails and troubles that would come as they came, with faith.

One thing my mother always passed on to me was this - God always honors faith. Real faith. Put your trust in the almighty. Trust God always and fully in obedience and faith and he will never fail or forsake you.  I will quote here from the Biblical illustrator.

Decision a safeguard
If a man is seen to be decided in his stand for Christ, antagonists will give over assailing him. There is nothing in the use of which men are more discriminating than entreaty, argument, or influence. So long as the object of their solicitude is wavering, they will bring all their batteries to bear upon him, for there is still the hope that he will yield. But when he comes openly and determinedly out for Christ, they will waste no more ammunition on him. They leave him thenceforth alone, and attack some one else. Thus decision, while it may require an effort to make it, is, after it is made, a safeguard against assault, So long as a vessel has no flag at her mast-head, the sea-robber may think it safe to attack her; but let her hoist the flag of this nation, and that will make the assailant pause. In like manner, the hoisting over us of the banner of the Cross, being a symbol of decision, is also an assurance of protection. (W.M. Taylor, D. D.) - Biblical Illustrator

We will continue this work in Ruth next week, God willing as we see how things go when she returns to Judah.

US, Nigerian Troops Ambushed, Killed

Map Source: KDE Marble (Public Domain)

(ICG) According to U.S. and Nigerien security sources, on 4 October 2017 a mixed patrol of U.S. and Nigerien special forces was ambushed near Tongo Tongo, a village located in the Tillabery region (about 120km north of the capital, Niamey), a few kilometres from the border with Mali. The precise death toll is still uncertain but at least five Nigerien and three U.S. soldiers were killed. Several others are wounded or missing, and Nigerien sources say the patrol’s vehicles were looted or destroyed.

The patrol may have been attacked by jihadists operating in the region, but there was no early claim of responsibility and what happened may only become clear over time. U.S. troops are supporting Nigerien armed forces fighting jihadists in at least two locations in the country, Aguelal and Diffa. The U.S. also is present elsewhere in Niger (and the region): it is establishing a drone and airbase near Agadez (northern Niger) and its forces are present at Niamey airport where they share space with French and Nigerien forces.

This is not the first attack against security forces in the area. Indeed, Nigerien forces have suffered repeated attacks there since early 2017, including against the special counter-terrorism unit whose men are trained by the U.S. But this is the first attack to have claimed the lives of U.S. soldiers.


Who Was Responsible?


In July 2017, alone, local representatives of the Fulani community – one of the largest ethnic group in West Africa comprised mostly of herders – claimed that militias of rival ethnic groups, the Tuareg and Doosaak (a nomadic group close to and often confused with the Tuaregs but with a distinct language) killed some 46 civilians, purportedly as part of counter-terrorism operations. Conversely, Tuareg representatives repeatedly accuse local Fulanis of murdering members of their communities with jihadist support.

In reality, jihadist violence often intertwines with local intercommunal tensions related to competition over natural resources and trafficking, making it difficult to distinguish the real nature and motives of many incidents.- International Crisis Group

Comment: It remains to  be seen who is really responsible, but I find it interesting that this piece brings out the links between the Fulani and Islamic militants. Keep in mind that the Fulani have been harassing and even killing Christians.

Another Green Beret's death has been announced in this incident making the total US killed to four.


6 Oct

Sudan: Trump Set To Permanently Lift Sanctions

The Sudan Tribune covers the story and the official reasons why.

FYI, Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to the UN on the state of human rights in Sudan, it can be found here. Numerous violent attacks have been perpetrated by the Sudanese regime in Darfur and elsewhere that have made few news headlines here in the US.  The HRW, piece covers some of the key points.

The Persecution Project also has some stories on it as they focus on this issue for the region. This article, written last July, talks about the crisis there from the perspective of a Sudanese Pastor.

China Detains Two Christians And Young Child For Missionary Work

They were preaching the gospel in public squares, sang and danced and were arrested.

172 Montagnard's To Be Deported

They sought asylum in Cambodia but according to officials are not eligible for refugee status. They have been on the receiving end of considerable persecution in the past. It is unclear how they will be treated when repatriated.

16 Year Old Coptic Girl Rescued After Islamists Kidnapped Her

(World Watch Monitor) A 16-year-old Coptic Christian girl kidnapped on 28 June to be “converted to Islam, then married off or sold”, was released and returned to her family on 30 September after police found her and arrested her kidnappers in a city just outside Cairo.

Marilyn was recovered from a city named 10th of Ramadan, but she is from a village several hundred kilometres south, in the governorate of Minya...

One of many

Her kidnapping was part of a series of disappearances in which Coptic girls were targeted by Islamist networks, who kidnap and force them to convert to Islam and then either marry them off or sell them for large amounts of money, as World Watch Monitor reported last month.

According to ‘G’, a former kidnapper who said he actively targeted Coptic girls before he left Islam, the group he was part of “rented apartments in different areas of Egypt to hide kidnapped Coptic girls. There, they put them under pressure and threaten them to convert to Islam. And once they reach the legal age, a specially arranged Islamic representative comes in to make the conversion official, issue a certificate and accordingly they change their ID”.

‘G’ said one of the strategies they used to gain the girls’ trust was for the kidnapper, a Muslim man, to tell the Christian girl he loved her and wanted to convert to Christianity for her...

Story Source: World Watch Monitor


3 Oct


Micah Chapter 7


Note: This was posted a year or so ago, but as I have started the Micah series here, I will re-post this again to finish it up in sequence. - MSW 3 Oct 2017

Filthy, Rotten People - Then and Now


Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits,
as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat:
my soul desired the firstripe fruit. The good man is perished
out of the earth: and there is none upright among men:
they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh,
and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man,
he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

(Mic 7:1-3)


How many Christians really know what time it is? It is a hard time.


Those were hard times, the spiritual condition of the nation was not just some kind of prophetic mumblings, it was seen and felt in the everyday living of those who walked with God. The Judges were taking bribes in Micah's time. It was no aberration, this was the way thing were done back them and this much I know, that Gay marriage ruling we had a few days ago was worked out long ago. The political wheels were greased, the right case was heard by the court and now you have all of this Sodomy. Obamacare? The same thing. One Justice took a bribe to make sure it passed and ensure any challenge to it was duly put down.


The US Supreme Court is probably the most corrupt court in the world. Bribery rules in the American legal system, just like it did in Ancient Israel. The people of the day worked earnestly, very hard to do evil. They were evil times. Times very much like today in so many parts of the world. The West in the past used to not be quite as corrupt as she has become in the past 20 years or so, but it has gone off the rails these days. Even a former Senator has railed against the corruption in Washington Brothers, it is far worse that anyone on the web can tell you. Micah is relaying the same spiritual rot that he sees in his times. Then he goes on to tell Godly folks how they should operate in those days. Brothers, last days America is 70% there already and rapidly moving in the wrong direction. In many ways, the American nation is worse, but its worse crimes and bloody abominations are hidden behind the wall of government classifications.

Look at the kinds of news we have seen, police shooting people down unarmed people in cold blood, lying in wait for the Black man to gun him down. The good men were very few and far between, Micah was living in a generation of vipers. We also in America more and more are living among a generation of vipers. Many of them in uniform. 

The prophet is just relaying to his hearers what it is like to live in times when sin rules and what God's people should and should not be doing. The first thing is to not be a trusting soul who opens his mind and heart to even his closest companions. Micah goes on to observe and then exhort,

The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper
than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh;
now shall be their perplexity. Trust ye not in a friend,
put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of
thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom
. For the son
dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against
her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law;
 a man's enemies are the men of his own house.

(Mic 7:4-6)

Men were thoroughly treacherous. Even those who were righteous in the eyes of other wicked men were worthless. This passage is very reminiscent of the times that Christ warned about in the last days. Here is what our Lord had to say about them. Look carefully at the passage for in it are many clues and I think give light to the times that are coming for us.

But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils,
and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall
be brought before governors and kings for my sake,
for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when
they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall
speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what
ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father
which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the
brother to death, and the father the child: and the children
shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death
.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

(Mat 10:17-22)

Christ is not telling us to be some happy-go-lucky, all trusting half-wit in dangerous times. He is warning us of future treachery in the world's most treasured and trusted personal relationships. He says BEWARE OF MEN. Micah's warning indeed was for those of his time, but they can be safely applied in a more general sense to our times as well. I know this much - Over the past few years I have just noticed a different spirit in Americans. People I know, they just seem to have no love for right anymore, they are far more interested in their political, financial and sexual agenda's. Morality has become obsolete to so many people, or their morality is 180 degrees opposite to God's... the God who raised up and blessed this nation above all others. The God of all things the nation has now forsaken. Now granted I have a somewhat limited scope of people I see regularly, but do you know what I rarely see on the face of Americans in their day to day living? I'll tell you. A smile. Its a rare thing these days. People just don't smile, they don't take kindness kindly (except those of lower economic estate, they often appreciate simple kindness). Brothers our nation has just entered the outer rim of the devil spiritual no-mans land. Micah is giving us a strong and important exhortation if we are to be victorious in such a time and place. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. I used to keep this saying in my heart for years and these days I have pulled it out and keep in in the front of my mind these days. “Trust is the occupation of fools, and its wages are disappointment” Yes, it is overboard in its generalization but still, in times like these when someone asks me to trust them, especially (sadly) other Christians, I just have to keep that saying in mind, go into my closet and get that steel plate to put under the back of my T-shirt(!).


I want to relay this to you as an aside – I think it important. Before I started this last chapter of Micah, I bowed my head and the Lord just said to me - those relationships had to go, it was needful for the times we are in. Then he told me to tell all of you just what he told me. They were both bad news and a danger to me personally and this humble ministry in particular. But I have to tell you that long before it happened the Lord warned me that it was going to happen and told me why. I was stubborn, not rebellions, just stubborn... I did not believe that these people would do me wrong.

They did though I don't think out of any maliciousness, just souls that are lost, thinking they are God's work and doing the devils. One I know and the other I think just stopped believing in the God of the Bible, that Christ is really the only and true way into the Kingdom. One just apostatized, the other I think has gone down a path of spiritual compromise in the devil's agency, never to return, deceiving and being deceived.

But I am not putting the whole fault on them. The problem was not all their fault. What I did that was wrong was that I trusted both to begin with, and did not heed the Spirit of God when it was no more whispering but as much as God's Holy Spirit can, was shouting in my soul... Danger!!! This guy is poison! Judas alert! Not in those exact words, but the effect on my spirit man was the same. The problem is I don't think these kinds of Christians and so many nominal Christians really know God. One of these men (who claimed Christ) told me one of the last times we spoke that 'We All Worship the same God'. I told him that what ever God the nut jobs in ISIS is worshiping, I am not, nor do I think their victims would claim such demon spirits as deities. He could not say anything, and I am almost certain he indirectly aided their rise to satanic power, even if peripherally, knowing what he was doing. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”, so saith the scripture and when he said that to me and tried to argue it, I knew that I had to start listening to what the Spirit of God had been saying to me or trouble was on the Horizon.

Trusting these men; that was my failing. Truly a failing in these treacherous times that I think Micah in the first part of this chapter lays out for his time. He is pointing out just what is wrong with the people of his time and that anyone who puts their trust in such people is behaving most foolishly.

Brothers and sisters, I know that it is hard to let go of some relationships, it is hard to break with a well worn and comfortable routine. What Micah in the first verse is telling his hearers is that he lives in place where the people are rotten... rotten to the core. It is like Micah is looking for some good wholesome fellowship, an honest, good companion and cannot find it. The number of good people are few and far between. He is looking for someone to trust, and cannot find it. It's like he is looking for a rose and can only find poison ivy. He's looking for water and can only find vinegar; he's looking for a friend, and can only find the Old Testament version of Judas.


Yet having said that brothers we do need to understand that being an overly suspicious person can lead to bitterness and a terrible Christian witness and even make you into the kind of people the scriptures tell us to be wary of. If I had to sum it up, I would say that intelligent and consistent caution should be exercised in all of your relationships from here on. BEWARE OF MEN – means exactly what it says. Don't try and reinterpret it to no effect and don't turn your back on or put too much faith in folks who have not shown a consistent, long and deeply Christian walk.


This fake western GOP-esque or liberal left-wing Christianity does not count as a Christian walk. I am talking about people who have walked the walk, made deep scarifies for the kingdom and are fully and completely Christ's...even to the death! If you do trust people too much in these times you are likely to be betrayed and at the worst possible moment.


Yes, this is a hard saying. It goes contrary to the 'happy happy' gospel that is preached in western Churches - pray up a Cadillac and roll into the kingdom in a Rolls Royce. Let the wiser souls (most of your here) in the Lord digest what Micah and Christ are telling us in dangerous times.... and apply them.


Micah makes reference to the day of thy watchmen and of the visitation. Micah is telling the people that all the prophecies that were told about those days were going to come to pass. Big trouble would be on the horizon, even as God revealed to his prophets. God was going to move and all those who mocked God's watchmen and holy prophets would regret it and wish they had listened. People rarely do and that is why so many souls are lost. God sends his watchmen and prophets and no one listens. He warns them and they mock and laugh and go right on sinning, often worse than before... often in defiance and mockery.


Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the
 God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Rejoice not against me,
O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness,
the LORD shall be a light unto me. I will bear the indignation of
the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause,
and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light,
and I shall behold his righteousness.

(Mic 7:7-9)


Micah then tells how he will behave in times like these. He is not going to be like the lost souls, he is going to look to the Lord and he is going to wait for the God of his salvation. This is the mind we have to have in these times. Brothers, the world is going to turn against us. We must not put our trust in men, not mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sisters or brothers. We must put our trust fully and completely in the Lord. Brother, we have no better friend that Christ.


Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you
(Joh 15:14)


And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God,
and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:
and he was called the Friend of God.
 (James 2:23)

Try and understand what I am saying to you. Each of you who know Christ are very, very precious in his eyes. He loves you deeply and sincerely. Much too much to let a snake in the grass mess up your walk with him. The snakes in the grass are going to multiply like rabbits in the years ahead. When God and the Holy Spirit senses danger, listen to what God has to say. Don't do like I did and wait until it was almost too late. Listen and heed, rather than ignore and bleed!

Micah's utters his deep unyielding faith in God that he would hear him in the day of trouble. Micah would look to the God of his salvation in faith! What is interesting is that Micah's prayer makes no request for immunity from the troubles of life or from Divine Chastisement. No, his faith knows that these things do come but he looks to God for his help and salvation. Every prophet and minister has to endure trails and tribulations to complete their ministry. Micah and all the prophets knew that. At times their work seems vain and utterly hopeless. Even the Apostles of the NT had the same problem. Look at Paul's life. Look at the book of Hebrews, where the saints were thinking about forsaking the gospel. Paul could have gotten discouraged during all those years in jail. But you know what he did? He wrote most of the NT while in prison! There is a saying I have always liked and it says that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Don't mope about with a 'poor pitiful me' attitude. Sometimes hard things come into our lives, often to redirect us. Take your redirection humbly. God knows what he is doing. It may not seem like it in the natural realm but as time passes, if you are faithful to him, he will show you how important your redirection was. Faith is the key, faith and obedience.

There is no easy road into the kingdom brothers and sisters and if you are having a hard time of it and have maintained your faith and have not walked away, be assured, you are not alone and that your experiences are par for the course! Don't let your circumstances depress you brothers, God knows what you are going through and what is to come!

The prophet then gives an exhortation to Israel's enemies, that they should not rejoice over her fall when it comes to pass. This is because while her punishment is severe, it is only temporary. God will still be a light to his people, even in their darkest hour. God was still with them, even though he had to severely chastise them. The prophet uses his prose in the first person and describes the sins of the people which he probably is also identifying at least partially with himself. Prophets are not perfect and the problem with so many of the devils accusers is that when one slips and falls, all of the satanic accusations from hell and demonic pointing fingers are there to point out the Man of God's human failings. Here is how John Gill's Commentary puts this passage, I think it fitting for us in these times, I will cut and paste it here.

...the Chaldeans or Edomites, or both, who rejoiced at the destruction of Jerusalem, and the calamities the people of the Jews were brought into at it; see Psa_137:7; spiritually, Satan the great enemy of mankind, and especially of the church and people of God, to whom it is a pleasure to draw them into any sin or snare, and to do them any hurt and mischief; and also the Inert of the world, who hate and persecute the saints; and watch for their haltings, and rejoice at their falls into sin, and at any calamity and affliction that may attend them, though there is no just reason for it; since this will not always be the case of the saints, they will be in a better situation, and in more comfortable circumstances; and it will be the turn of their enemies to be afflicted, punished, and tormented: - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible


Brothers, how I know what Mr. Gill is talking about. How many people in power want to set me up and tried and almost succeeded. The only thing I can say to each of you is this. God knows our failings. I know mine and so does God. If God has to chastise you, as he almost did with me then sit quietly and put your trust him God, he knows your affliction and knows how long it will last, he will not let your enemies rejoice over you forever. He's got something very 'special' prepared for the enemies of his people.


When God is finished with chastisement, he will indeed bring you out of the darkness and back into the light of his love and salvation, often with a blessing. I always remember the trials of Job. Job at the end of his horrendous trail (how many people could survive that one brothers!) was greatly blessed. How did God bless Job?


And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed
for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much
as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren,
 and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his
acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house:
and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil
that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him
a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. So the LORD
blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning:
 for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels,
and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the
name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second,
Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the
land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job:
and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons,
and his sons' sons, even four generations. So Job died,
being old and full of days.

(Job 42:10-17)


Yes, the Lord will afflict and allow affliction to come into our lives. But he is always constant to those who are constant with him and often bless his people at the end of that affliction, if they are faithful to him throughout it. What gives us this constancy? Faith brothers, faith!


Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall
cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God?
mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down
 as the mire of the streets. In the day that thy walls are to be built,
in that day shall the decree be far removed.

(Mic 7:10-11)


Then there are the God mockers. Yes, there were many of them in Micah's day. They dwelt in the lands where Israel's enemies dwelt.


The 'she' referred to is probably Ancient Babylon. She was at the height of her power and arrogance. They rejoiced over Israel's fall and mocked their faith in Jehovah. Have we not heard this kind of mockery in our society today? I can remember some one making a comment about California's Gay Marriage Amendment. I cannot remember who it was but his comment went like, 'well, the ground has not opened up because of this!' This mocking spirit is very much with us today. It is of the devil. It is most prevalent in major empires who enjoy prosperity and pleasures and consistently use violence to get the goods that they want, not at all unlike end times Babylon (America). We have heard the God mockers and can see them in a great many websites and postings. This is no longer the fringe of American society, but more and more it is becoming mainstream. This is why Gay Marriage is now the law of the land and satanic monuments and temples are being erected. There is increasingly outright scorn and mockery for God in our Nation.


Mockers will always mock when things are at their worst for us Christians. The demon spirits enter into them (yes, they do) and begin to mock and rail and spit their hate at the God in heaven who has pronounced his eternal judgment on these fallen beings; eternally consigning these spirits into everlasting darkness. This is why they hate the Lord so much and seek to destroy man as well. Even Christ had to deal with these demonic utterances when on the Cross (Matt 27:43). We are not immune to it brothers, let them mock. God is giving mankind a full and complete opportunity to show whose side it is on, God's or the devils. So when they mock remember this, God see's it and shall forever remember it.

And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men
that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die,
neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an
 abhorring unto all flesh.

(Isa 66:24
)

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
(Mar 9:44)


Micah then makes clear that just as the chastisement of Israel was foretold and came to pass, so shall the destruction of this arrogant Babylon come to pass. Brothers, as the scriptures say, God is not mocked.


Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.

(Gal 6:7)


The devil may drive men to mock God, but the devils know that God is, and are very, very afraid of him.


Thou believest that there is one God;
thou doest well:
 the devils also believe,
and tremble.
(Jam 2:19)


Yes, if the devil is getting people to believe there is no God, it is only consistent with the devil and his character; to lie, misdirect, be evasive and be false. His main goal, to get you to act based upon a lie.


In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the
decree be far removed. In that day also he shall come even
to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from
the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from
mountain to mountain. Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate
because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

(Mic 7:11-13)


This prophecy is clearly for Israel when God brings them back from where they were captive. The day that the Walls are rebuilt is almost certainly a reference to Nehemiah (Neh 2:17). The decree that is to be removed is probably the unrighteous decree's of Babylon when she falls.

However some think the passage is too broad and all encompassing to refer just to that time and see perhaps some kind of end time fulfillment. The people (probably Israelites, but it is not 100% clear from the passage) come from


Assyria

The fortified cities

From the fortress even to the river

From sea to sea

From mountain to mountain


Yet Barnes says this and I think it most enlightening.


The destruction, captivity, restoration, were parts of one and the same decree of God, of which the restoration was the last accomplished in time. The restoration was not the removal, but the complete fulfillment, of the decree. He means then probably, that the decree of the enemy, whereby he held her captive, was to remove and be far off, not by any agency of her’s . The people were to stream to her of themselves. One by one, shall all thy banished, captive, scattered, children be brought quite home unto thee from all parts of the earth, whither they have been driven, “from Assyria, and from strong-land”. - Albert Barnes


This is what leads others (and myself) to think this passage has a dual meaning, both to encourage the Jews of Micah's and later Nehemiah's time, but also for a larger more grand fulfillment just before the time of Christ's return. But verse 13 reminds them that there is going to be time of desolation for the land because of the sins of the people. Ultimately the prophet is reminding the people that Babylon and Edom are footnotes and asterisks in Israel's fate. They are merely the tools that God used to chastise Israel for her wickedness and as a result of those sins, the land would remain desolate for an appointed time. This is why the following verse changes track from one of hope back to one of severe chastisement.


Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage,
which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel:
let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt
will I shew unto him marvellous things. The nations shall see
and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their
hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

(Mic 7:14-16)


The day of this deliverance (from Micah's time) is a ways off. Micah is telling them basically, 'don't rejoice yet, you have not paid the piper for your evils and pay him you shall'. Micah's prayer/utterance goes on to remind the hearer how God took Israel of old out of Egypt and how Israel was to dwell alone (separate – in the world but of it) . The reference to Bashan and Gilead is also a reference to Israel in its early days and where she dwelt.

When these things happen, all of the people come flowing into the holy land, God restores his people and they dwell in a land of plenty, The nations (gentiles/lost peoples) will see it and be shocked and confounded. They would be put to shame. When God moves in his powerful ways, no man can stop it. Those who worked against God, mocked him and spat at God's people shall be ashamed. Nothing or no one can hinder God's purposes.

Yea, since the day was I am he; and there is none that can
deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who can hinder it?
Thus saith Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring down
all of them as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships
of their rejoicing.
(Isa 43:13-14)

No one can deliver out of God's hands and his purposes shall be established.


They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move
out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be
afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

(Mic 7:17)


The reference to the snake is probably meant both as a reference to their humiliation and their spiritless pedigree. The passage is an interesting one and another one that makes this author believe that these passages are referring to the end times. Note that reference to the holes, where creeping things dwell. Could this be an oblique reference to the end times when...


And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men,
and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every
bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us,
and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne,
and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his
wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

(Rev 6:15-17)


These kings and rich men of the last days are sore afraid of the God of heaven and his Messiah. Why? Because of their evil deed and the way that they treated God's holy people (Jew and saved gentile– all Israel (Rom 11:25-26). These passages need little comment. The living God shall surely return and give full and complete recompense to the evil men who have mistreated, imprisoned and even killed God's Holy people.



Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity,
 and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage?
 he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth
 in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us;
 he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their
sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob,
and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our
fathers from the days of old.

 (Mic 7:18-20)


The final doxology of Micah is one of uplifting promise of God's forgiveness, constancy towards his people and his love for them. God delights in mercy. God is indeed going to return good things to his people. Their sins will indeed be forgiven and their iniquities forgiven and forgotten.


God is always true to his word. He made many promises about the redemption of mankind, from Adam, to Noah, to Abraham to Moses – God was indeed going to send in a messiah who would purge the iniquity from God's people. The people of God have this most wonderful promise, that if we are faithful to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our iniquities.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
 and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we
have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(1Jo 1:9-10)


The major themes of the Old Testament prophets can be clearly found in those of the New.

Micah is another one of this Old Testament Jewels. In our world where men more and more mock God and turn on his people, we who know God can take comfort that many men of God in the past faced similar situations, were able to minister and do God's work even in evil times. Micah preached to a nation steeped in idolatry during the days of that wicked King Ahaz, who was instrumental in leading his nation away from God. Here is what Eaton's dictionary says about Ahaz.


He gave himself up to a life of wickedness and idolatry. Notwithstanding the remonstrances and warnings of Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah, he appealed for help against Rezin, king of Damascus, and Pekah, king of Israel, who threatened Jerusalem, to Tiglath-pileser, the king of Assyria, to the great injury of his kingdom and his own humiliating subjection to the Assyrians (2Ki_16:7, 2Ki_16:9; 2Ki_15:29). He also introduced among his people many heathen and idolatrous customs (Isa_8:19; Isa_38:8; 2Ki_23:12).


Let those of us who can see the growing rank apostasy of our nation (America) and the kinds of leaders we now have in positions power pause and consider this. It is nothing new. This has happened before. If we have nation-wide acceptance of homosexuality and adultery it is because we have leaders who have forsaken God and gone aside to follow after other religions, mainly Freemasonry and increasingly, Islam and even devil worship. So let those of us who know our God be wise as serpents, the days are evil and are going to get much more so as the crescendo of sin reaches its climax before the return of our Savior and Messiah Jesus Christ.


Even so, Come Lord Jesus!!


1 Oct

BEA Releases GDP By Metropolitan Area For 2016
This pdf report is what it says, it lays out how much GDP is produced in various cities across the nation. A map below gives us one look at the trends, but the folks at Howmuch.net have a better one. The BEA one is found below.


The more visually descriptive chart at the Cost Information Web site HowMuch is below (copyright info here)

I think charts like this better describe at least part of the so called 'culture war' the nation is now undergoing. The places where Trump won are represented by the lower GDP number and where Hillary won, the higher, with some notable exceptions (Florida and Texas), the higher GDP areas. A clickable 2016 Election map can be found along the right hand column of this page.


Western Persecution Watch

The September Issue of Persecution Magazine has a special section looking at issues here in the west.

You can find the whole pdf of this done by International Christian Concern here (35MB) in pdf.



The State Of STD's In America (PDF)




This is a report done by the CDC and can be found here or here. I will not make any spiritual commentary on this, I don't really think it is needed.

The incidents of STD's in married couples who are faithful to each other is near to non-existent.

What these stats show quite simply is that in our nation the incidents of adultery and fornication is very, very high. The report is quite informative as it breaks it down by race, metropolitan are and sexual preference.


I am Not Ashamed:  A Barnabas Fund Devotional

(Barnabas Aid) The I Am Not Ashamed daily devotional resource has been specially designed for SCAW. It includes daily readings and prayers based on the theme for the week, “I Am Not Ashamed”. For each of the eight days you will find a reading, a comment and a suggested prayer.  Download I Am Not Ashamed devotional booklet PDF

For praying Christians like me, this booklet may be of great use.


28 Sept


Palestine: Concern Over Coptic Christians

(ME Concern) Palestinian Christians request renewed prayer for nuns of the Coptic Orthodox church and convent in Bethlehem involved in legal action over a property dispute. The family that has  misappropriated convent property continues its aggressive stance, and has filed a complaint against one of the nuns, falsely accusing her of physical assault.

In the 1980's an elderly blind Palestinian woman was given a room on the church property adjacent to the convent, but in 1998 her family moved in and took over more of the property by breaking into the convent. The church filed a complaint but a judge dropped the case in 2015 due to "lack of evidence". The case was referred to a higher court.

On 30th April 2017 the nuns called the police after a physical assault by Rania, the granddaughter of the original occupant (the blind Palestinian lady). A policeman arrived and asked the nuns and two witnesses to make a statement at the police station. As they were on the way by car to the police station, two men cut in front of them and started hitting the nuns' car with a metal bar and car jack. The assailants were unaware of the presence of the policeman inside the car, who made himself known and stopped the attack. The nuns and those accompanying them continued to the police station and filed a complaint. A court hearing was set for 11th July, but was re-scheduled for 10th October.

On 11th September, Rania filed a complaint against Sister Maria (the nun who had been assaulted) accusing her of physical assault. The Civil Court in Bethlehem has set a date for 31st October for a hearing. Sister Maria believes that this is another attempt by the family to persuade the nuns to withdraw their complaint of 30th April.

It is known that the family which is illegally occupying parts of the convent has influential connections with the Palestinian Authorities and it is believed that the justice process is being hindered as a consequence.

Please pray:
a. for protection, courage and God's peace for the nuns
b. that justice will be done, and that there will be no "cover-up"
c. that the property disputes will be resolved in favour of the church
d. for wisdom and strength for church leaders and state officials to stand firm and not bow to pressure that would compromise justice
e. that the perpetrators of the assaults will repent of what they have done

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Crown of Life

Today, we are going to talk about what we as Christians strive for but also what it will cost many of us to obtain it.

  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty,
(but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which
say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have
tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death,
and I will give thee a crown of life.
(Revelation of John 2:9-10)


The Crown of life was a promise made to the Church at Smyrna. This was one of the seven Churches of Asia which the Apostle John addressed the book of Revelation. Smyrna was one of the blessed Churches in that in Christ's message was no word of rebuke. He praised the Church at Smyrna and acknowledged that he recognized their poverty and understood it but that their true state contradicted the outward appearance of that poverty. Christ told them they were rich towards God (see Luke 12:21).

Christ is well aware of the suffering and tribulations of his people. In fact, he says so in verse nine. For those of us who are struggling on many fronts, know that God knows our troubles. He is fully aware of them as he was with the Church at Smyrna.

I think we need to understand something here. Today, especially in America and particularly during hard times, like the depression, being poor was a shame and in some places even was even a crime (vagrancy). In a nation dominated by riches, wealth, gadgets, toys and unbridled materialism, being poor is looked down upon. I always find it telling that in many conversations today especially when it comes to those who are of an age to date, the issue of income always comes up. Like a price tag on a piece of merchandise in a store, the potential love interest's 'economic value' must be ascertained before things can move forward.

People flock in similar economic circles and as a person who I do business with once opined to me as we both reflected on getting older, we see potential mates with very different eyes that we did when we were younger.... like how much that very pretty woman is going to cost us... the idea he wanted to convey was the prettier, the more expensive, as in all honesty you just don't see  many 'drop dead gorgeous' women with poor guys; nor rich men with homely mates or love interests. My point here is to get all to understand that our society is money obsessed and because we live here in the US, many of us are also money obsessed but are not aware of it or just how our actions reflect that ungodly obsession.

As I read the prayer request that one reader here had last week, I am reminded that he may be feeling low, but that even in this, God is in it. It may not seem like it at the time, but he is with him through all of this. One reason why being stretched financially can be good for us is that it teaches us to be totally reliant on God. This was a hard habit for me to break as my whole life I have always had a very strong independent streak. I don't like crowds or following them, I don't like to be dependent on anyone and have a very strong, 'make my own way' kind of mind set. Like my mother, I am very much a trailblazer and one who is pretty unconcerned with the opinion's of others.

But some of that had to go as God wanted and still wants me to be dependent on him.... for all things. A person who has a rich husband or a well paying job or was born into wealth learns to be dependent on his source of living and not God. Hence, we as Christians must always look to God for our guidance and 'supply line'. You can always tell who really trusts God and who is just making religious noises by how he earns and more importantly spends his money (stewardship).

The Church in Smyrna obviously did not have much of wealth, but yet Christ told them there were rich. Even so, the troubles of poverty was not the end of their woe's. Christ foretells to them that some will be cast into prison for 10 days and that they had to be faithful even unto death. The long and short of it was that Christ was aware of their troubles, but that more were on the way. They two keys were this - the Lord was well pleased with them, but that further trials were ahead. Here is how Barnes sums up this.
That ye may be tried. That the reality of your faith may be subjected to a test to show whether it is genuine. The design in the case is that of the Saviour, though Satan is allowed to do it. It was common in the early periods of the church to suffer religion to be subjected to trial amidst persecutions, in order to show that it was of heavenly origin, and to demonstrate its value in view of the world. This is, indeed, one of the designs of trial at all times, but this seemed eminently desirable when a new system of religion was about to be given to mankind. Compare Barnes on "1Pe 1:6-7". - Barnes
This to me is one of the fundamental virtue's of Christianity. Christians are willing to suffer severe persecution to keep their faith, yes even death. But in our world non-Christian religions are passing laws to force people to stay in the state religion (Islam, Hinduism, etc - via increasingly common anti-conversion laws and Apostasy laws) and put penalties on those who leave the faith. This speaks volumes as to the power of the gospel. Other religions sometimes have to force their worshipers at near gunpoint or with a sword, even an economic one (loss of job, position for 'apostasy') to keep them 'faithful'. But with Christians we know that as soon as we come to the cross, we are going to suffer or it and those with genuine faith endure will to the end. To me, there is little real spiritual power in forcing someone to bow down in a religious organization at the threat of prison, a beating, or even death.

It should also be noted that Smyrna was the place where one of the early Church's martyrs was killed. His name was Polycarp.whose execution seems by way of a prophetic fulfillment of the words the above passage. Many more would go his way in those days for Christians were truly hated and feared in Ancient Rome.

But more and more in our times, in many places Christians are facing many of the same travails. This site has covered these issues with great regularity. Some may think perhaps a bit too much, but I don't think so. We Christians need to be fully cognizant of the trials of our brethren elsewhere and the severe persecution that Christians endure and the deep hatred satan's ministers (witting and unwitting) have for us. We in the west are insulated from most of that. It is my hope that Christians here never get complacent about this issue; either for brethren, or ourselves when the time comes for us to face these kinds of tribulations.

The passage above denotes a specific period of trial, 10 days. What the number 10 represents is not clear, some feel it is to denote just a few days. Others see them as 10 separate persecutions under the Roman Emperors
the "first" was under Nero, in the year 64 or 66;
the "second" was under Domitian, about the year 93;
the "third" was under Trojan, in the year 104;
the "fourth" was under Hadrian, in the year 125;
the "fifth" was under Marcus Antoninus, in the year 151;
the "sixth" was under Septimius Severus, in the year 197;
the "seventh" was under Maximinus, in the years 235, 236, 237;
the "eighth" was under Decius, in the year 250;
the "ninth" was under Valerianus, in the year 257;
and the "tenth" was under Dioclesian, in the year 303.
 - John Gill

I tend to think the number has two connotations, both brevity and one that is 'set' (fixed period of suffering) by God - that he is in this and will only allow it to go on for so long. The number 10 may be a way of denoting a divine appointment and appointment with a trial of faith. But here there is suffering denoted "fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer". The reason? God has a promise to the overcomer and that promise is the Crown of life. The word for Crown is this one.

G4735
στέφανος
stephanos
stef'-an-os
From an apparently primary “stepho” (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, G1238), literally or figuratively: - crown.
Total KJV occurrences: 18

This is may just a figurative term for the rewards of all righteous men and women who endure to the end and are saved, but I think a literal crown is one that at least some of us shall posses once we overcome (see Rev 4:10) The crown of life is also mentioned in James.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried,
he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised
to them that love him.
(Jas 1:12)



What is noted about this crown in both passages is that they are given to those who endure temptation or trial.

It is probably very similar or the same to the Crown of Glory, the Crown of Righteousness, and even the promise to sit on a throne (See 1Pet 5:4, 2Tim 4:8 and Rev 3:21). The connotation is of a great reward not just of eternal life but one of honor and heavenly favor granted by our God. The sense particularly in Rev 3:21 is one of the full weight of authority that goes with a crown and not just some garland of honor as the Greek word above could have meant. It is also possible that these are all various degree's of reward in the form of a crown.

One key here to remember is that these trials come from the devil and this fact is made plain in the passage. This is a common theme and Job is probably our best Old Testament example as he too was tried by the devil and came through it even more blessed than before. The key here I think is to remember who is behind these things, who is bringing  trouble into our lives, but also who allows it and why. God is trying our faith.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be,
 ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith,
 being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
 might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
(1Pe 1:6-7)

The crown of life goes to all of us who endure temptation and tribulation, particularly when we are called on to deny our faith or turn away from God at the threat of some severe punishment. When we stand fast and take what the devil throws at us and keep our faith - the crown of life is our reward. We must be overcomers to receive the rewards.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory
that overcometh the world, even our faith.
(1Jn 5:4)

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that
 Jesus is the Son of God?
(1Jn 5:5)

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
 To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
(Rev 2:7)

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
(Rev 2:11)

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give
him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written,
which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
(Rev 2:17)

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will
 I give power over the nations:
(Rev 2:26)

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,
but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
(Rev 3:5)

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,
and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem,
which cometh down out of heaven from my God:
and I will write upon him my new name.
(Rev 3:12)

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
(Rev 3:21)

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God,
and he shall be my son.
(Rev 21:7)

27 Sept

News Scan

NAFTA Salvo: Trump Levies Massive Tariff Of Canada Aircraft

WTO Salvo: Trump Moves Against Trade Body Adjudication Process
This move by Trump has gone largely unnoticed but could have great ramifications for global trade.
The Hookers With PhD's: Venezuela's Crisis Sending Skilled Women To Work 'On their Backs'
As one woman in the piece states, she would never have thought she would have fallen into this if you asked her four years ago. Now these women are really struggling just to feed their kids and are forced into prostitution.

When crisis hits, it hits hard and fast. None of us knows what a day may bring. Those living high now may find that life changes and does so in a sudden and inexplicable fashion. Let those of us who know our God and walk with him remember those in need today for in so doing, the Lord will remember us in our hour of need.
DHS: No, The Russians Did Not Hack Wisconsin Elections
A conflicting press released that appears to tell at least part of the truth but keeps enough doubt to keep the anti-Russian hysteria going in America so critical to Democratic electoral hopes (they think) in 2018. But I think it is folly to have this hope. I really do. Look at what just happened in Alabama. The establishment GOP candidates need to take note of it. This 'Russia is evil' narrative is not playing except to political hacks and Hollywood actors. In the real political world, the silent majority of Americans who don't have a voice on cable news and the MSM are making their voice heard at the ballot box. First it was Trump and now this.

There is a very rich vein of political discontent in very large swaths of American society and more and more Republicans see their party machine (establishment) as being part of that problem. The key here for both Trump and Moore is that each connect up with large parts of the nation. While it is easy to just say that these men are 'racist' and those who vote for them are (as we heard during the Presidential election) the fact is that is not what is getting these men elected, even if they are racist and I never thought Trump was despite the theatrics we see from black leaders in the DNC. That simple minded Russia narrative will play well to some liberals, but not to a great many of those who head to the polls.

Those who support candidates like this often just don't like the way the country is going, have not for a long time and refuse to be hoodwinked by the same tired faces with the same old empty promises. Love them or hate them, these kind of candidates are going to be a trend for the future until the political establishment in DC (both parties) reach out to the ordinary voter, rather their key donors and find out what they need and deliver.

There is a
big disconnect out there between DC and the average blue collar American. It's time to fix it before it widens further. Look at it from their perspective for a moment, those of you on the left. They can't pass an Obamacare repeal bill, but they can secretly get rid of consumer protection. They can pass stuff that screws over the little guy all right with little to no trouble. For many, Obamacare did not help them, it hurt them with higher premiums, less coverage and less choice.

From my perspective, the GOP establishment is lost in a maze of corporate payoffs, semi-legal bribery that
enriches the rich and have forgotten the people who elected them. They need to reconnect up with the average working man or woman or worse things are in store for the party and the nation.
Afghanistan: RPG's Hit Airport After Mattis Arrival
About 40 hit a couple of hours after he landed. The Defense Secretary was in no immediate danger.
Taxpayers May Have To Pick Up Tab For Dakota Pipeline
This is the tab for policing services during the protests.
China Steps Up Anti-Terror Efforts in Xinjiang
The above is from the Times of Islamabad which always has interesting stories from that part of the world. The Jamestown foundation also talks quite a bit about this issue in their latest issue of China Brief. Here is a brief Snippet.

Within two months of assuming power in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in August 2011, Chen Quanguo rolled out his first and perhaps most effective security innovation, the so-called convenience police stations (便民警务站), street-corner bulwarks for community-based policing. In October 2011, the TAR advertised 2,500 police positions, with 458 of them designated for Lhasa’s new convenience police stations (Xueyu jiaoyu, October 21, 2011). By August 2012, Lhasa had established 161 of these concrete structures with a distance of no more than 500 meters between stations (Ministry of Public Security, August 12, 2012).

This dense network of surveillance is at the heart of what Party officials call “grid-style social management” (社会网格化管理), a practice that segments urban communities into geometric zones so that security staff can systematically observe all activities with the aid of new technologies (ChinaChange, August 8, 2013; China Brief, August 17). The system relies on big data analytics, connecting a network of CCTV cameras with police databases to achieve enhanced, even automated surveillance. Grid management was first trialed in Beijing in 2004 (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, October 28, 2013). Chen’s implementation of the convenience police station network in China’s West is probably the most sophisticated implementation yet. - Jamestown Foundation/China Brief by, Adrian Zenz, James Leibold
Xi's policies when one examines them fully are rather frightening not just for his part of China but for all of it. The Communist idea of an all powerful state based on militant atheism is very real in Xi's China even ex-officials are effected.

For those of you who really want to understand Xi, you must go back and understand Mao, Xi's role model. More here.
Saudi's Threaten Nations Over Yemen Human Rights Inquiry
The Saudi's are threatening nations who want to look into the human rights abuses there. There have been multiple reports of serious and gruesome violations. Bombing of hospitals, Mosques, killing of many civilians including children. These things happen regularly but are not generally reported on Cable news in  the US. These violations of rights and international law include the systematic use of torture on Yemeni's. Human Rights Watch has their report on this here.

Better Than Anti-Depressants: Magnesium
A way to save money for those who are prone to depression. Very cheap and you can find it over the counter for pennies a day.
The Opioid Epidemic Is Changing What It Means to Protect and Serve
This epidemic is changing policing and the way they interact in communities. This is an interesting piece and I hope you get a chance to read it. This crisis is real enough and is hitting all parts of the nation, Black, White, Old, Young, Urban and Rural.  As stated in this piece, most people who live around an addict don't know they have a problem until the coroner shows up to remove the body.
Hurricane Maria: Puerto Ricans Still Waiting On Aid
Almost the whole population is still without power, water is scarce and so are other essentials. But the there has  been a response to the crisis as the US military has been sent in to help out FEMA.

Micah Chapter 6


The Lawsuit

Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains,
 and let the hills hear thy voice. Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD'S controversy,
and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath
a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

(Mic 6:1-2)

This chapter of Micah starts off with a command to the prophet. He tells Micah to go before the mountains and hills and speak to them. Weather or not this was meant figuratively or literally we cannot know for sure, but probably this was meant as an actual command. Prophets were often commanded to do some most unusual things. Barnes commentary seems to indicate that Micah did not really want to do this thing but did as he was bid. This is not in the verse per se, but such an imputation can be understood. Micah had to make God's case before God's creation as to the sins and waywardness of his people. The mountains and hills were to be as a kind of jury for God's controversy, the very creation was to testify against his people. For as the prophet testifies in verse two, "The Lord has a controversy with his people".


O my people, what have I done to thee, or in what have I molested thee?
answer thou me. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt,
and delivered thee out of the house of slaves: and I sent before
thy face Moses, and Aaron, and Mary. O my people, remember,
I pray thee, what Balach, the king of Moab, purposed:
and what Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him, from Setim to Galgal,
 that thou mightest know the justice of the Lord.
(Mic 6:3-5)

God lays out his complaint and asks the question? What did I do to you? How have I mistreated you? What Crime did I commit against you that you have gone aside? God commands them to testify against him, if they can! Consider that there is a special relationship here. God calls them 'my people'. They are his by act of his covenant with them and then begins to recount how they were called out of Egypt when in slavery and were led by both Moses and Aaron. God is laying out to them the very special relationship he has with his people, which carries with it very heavy obligations as  well most excellent benefits. When we as Christians are born into God's kingdom, we too become part of God's family but are part of an even better heritage. We become brothers with Christ Jesus.

For it became him, for whom are all things, and through
whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory,
to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
For both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are
 all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, In the midst of
the congregation will I sing thy praise. And again,
I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold,
I and the children whom God hath given me. 
(Heb 2:10-13, ASV)

The moment we are born again into God's kingdom, we become part of that heritage. - provided we truly have been born again from above, which I think is far, far less common that is generally believed.  In this respect, these passages are of great importance to Christians and modern Christianity, who too in large parts of the world, particularly the west, have gone aside just like those referenced in the above passages in Micah. Do you not think that God now has a serious controversy with many Churches in the west for their strange doctrines, allowing unrebuked and open sin in the congregation as well as many other sundry evils? What would the Churches do if a Micah came in and started speaking against these evils? They would cast him out and call him a narrow minded bigot, a hatemonger and lacking the proper love (of sin)!!

O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal;
that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD,
and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him
with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

(Mic 6:5-6)

God here is not chiding his people so much as he is pleading with them. 'Do you remember how Balak tried to get Balaam to curse Israel and rather sent a blessing to them instead?' This is the sense of the verse (see Numbers 22ff). This is an interesting passage, here is how K&D summarizes it. This is rather long, but I think instructive for those unfamiliar with the story.

The rapid defeat of the two mighty kings of the Amorites filled the Moabites with such alarm at the irresistible might of Israel, that Balak their king, with the princes of Midian, sought to bring the powers of heathen magic to bear against the nation of God; and to this end he sent messengers with presents to Balaam, the celebrated soothsayer, in Mesopotamia, who had the reputation of being able both to bless and curse with great success, to entreat him to come, and so to weaken the Israelites with his magical curses, that he might be able to smite them, and drive them out of his land (Num_22:1-7). At first Balaam declined this invitation, in consequence of divine instructions (Num_22:8-14); but when a second and still more imposing embassy of Moabite princes appeared before him, God gave him permission to go with them, but on this condition, that he should do nothing but what Jehovah should tell him (Num_22:15-21). When on the way, he was warned again by the miraculous opposition of the angel of the Lord, to say nothing but what God should say to him (Num_22:22-35). When Balak, therefore, came to meet him, on his arrival at the border of his kingdom, to give him a grand reception, Balaam explained to him, that he could only speak the word which Jehovah would put into his mouth (Num_22:36-40), and then proclaimed, in four different utterances, what God inspired him to declare. First of all, as he stood upon the height of Bamoth-baal, from which he could see the end of the Israelitish camp, he declared that it was impossible for him to curse this matchless, numerous, and righteous people, because they had not been cursed by their God (Num 22:41-23:10). He then went to the head of Pisgah, where he could see all Israel, and announced that Jehovah would bless this people, because He saw no unrighteousness in them, and that He would dwell among them as their King, making known His word to them, and endowing them with activity and lion-like power (Num_23:11-24). And lastly, upon the top of Peor, where he could see Israel encamped according to its tribes, he predicted, in two more utterances, the spread and powerful development of Israel in its inheritance, under the blessing of God (Num 23:25-24:9), the rise of a star out of Jacob in the far distant future, and the appearance of a ruler in Israel, who would break to pieces all its foes (Num_24:10-24); and upon this Balak sent him away (Num_24:25). - K&D Commentary

The name Balak is also quite interesting, it means to lay waste (H1111) or make desolate. In short, the kings in those days wanted to destroy Israel because they had had such excellent military success against the regions kingdoms. So the King went and tried to get this soothsayer to curse Israel. God intervened as he always did to protect and increase his people. The point here is that they repay him with spiritual treachery. The people cannot deny God's goodness and protective hand this is the purpose of this spiritual history lesson.

Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself
before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with
thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of
my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee,
 O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Mic 6:6-8)
God is  telling his people he is not interested in a big religious show, some big new national religious convention with the sacrifice of the unrepentant. Such things not only do not please God, they offend him greatly.

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God,
and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools:
 for they consider not that they do evil.
(Ecc 5:1)

God is not interested in these theatrics. Spiritual showmanship is of no interest to him. This is what got the Pharisee's in such trouble. They put on a great outward religious show but as our Lord said, they were whited sepulcher's and full of dead men's bones. They were a spiritual horror story of the Boris Karloff variety, not Godly men. Like so many false ministers, televangelists and other sundry false workmen today. In verse eight, he has told them exactly what the Lord commands of them.

- To do justly (love justice)
- Love mercy (to have pity, do good works, be kind)
- Walk humbly with God (obey his words, honor him in all things and never get your head swelled up about anything!). God hates pride but gives grace to the humble (1Pet 5:5)
These words need no further commentary.

The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall
see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure
with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants
thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

(Mic 6:9-12)

Here I think a more contemporary translation may  be more in order.

I am the LORD, and it makes sense to respect my power
to punish. So listen to my message for the city of Jerusalem:
You store up stolen treasures and use dishonest scales.
But I, the LORD, will punish you for cheating with weights
and with measures. You rich people are violent, and everyone tells lies.
(Mic 6:9-12)

The prophets message was directed to the Mountains and Hills to bear witness and act as a jury for the Lord's compliant, but ultimately this message was for the city. From Amos to Zechariah, we see how the Lord looks upon those with Riches and refuses to do right once they get them to the poor man. There is a kind of 'religion' that goes with the acquisition of wealth. It is the same spirit that ran from Ancient Babylon to the banks and insurance companies of Wall Street. False balances (today, our fiat money system), cheating and violence; they all go hand in hand. This is the spirit of Mammon - theft, murder and lies - they all go hand in hand into the kingdom of hell. Money and wealth over all is their 'faith' and their 'scriptures' take the form of a balance sheet.  Those who follow after it, receive the satanic blessings from the god of this world who has the power to give, even the kingdoms of this earth to whom he chooses (Matt 4:8-10). Did you ever wonder why so many rich and powerful people these days are into satanism, atheism and eastern religions? This is why. They fell down and worshiped at the devils feet, if not literally then by their deeds. Lies, violence, cheating and the accumulation of wealth - this is the spirit Micah is speaking against and it is the same spirit that infects America and the western world.

Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee
desolate because of thy sins. Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied;
and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee;
and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that
which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt sow,
but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives,
but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine,
but shalt not drink wine. For the statutes of Omri are kept,
 and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk
in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation,
 and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall
bear the reproach of my people.

(Mic 6:13-16)
God is going to strike Israel because of these evils.
  • They shall become ill, sick in God's punishment
  • God will leave them desolate (accomplished by by king of Assyria)
    in making thee desolate because of thy sins; went on, not only to make them sick, and bring them into a declining state, but into utter desolation; as by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, who carried Israel captive; and by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who led Judah captive, because of their sins of idolatry, injustice, and oppression, with others that abounded among them. (Gill)
  • They will eat and still be hungry, not satisfied who remain after this desolation.
  • Their goods that they stored up, they would lose.
  • They would work, but others would eat the fruit of their labors.
God gives yet another reasons these disasters would befall his people. The people were keeping the 'Statutes of Omri'. He was the founder of the house of Ahab and was a very wicked king. Probably the wickedest who had reigned up till that time. Omri, was Ahab's father. God is telling his people that they are following after the wickedness of idolatrous leaders and for that he would smite them sure just as he described.

In this God seems to be evening up the score. In that they took that which was not theirs, they would work and have other take what they earned. The shoe would go on the other foot. That is why I exhort all of you. DO NOT TAKE THAT WHICH DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. God hates theft - even if it is a mechanic overcharging for his work or stealing money out of a purse. God hates theft. If it does not belong to you, don't take it!! Do that in honor to God and respect to your fellow man and may God protect all of your wealth and belongings in the coming economic crisis!!


25 Sept

Mob Violence Terrorizes Small Christian Village in Egypt


Facebook Post Published and Deleted Four Months Ago Sparks Violence Against Christians

09/25/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 14, a Muslim mob in the village of Tawa in Minya attacked the local Coptic Christian community. Homes, businesses, and cars were destroyed and three Copts suffered minor injuries. These attacks were in retaliation against a Facebook post which was widely shared among Christians. The author, a 22-year-old Christian resident of Tawa named Bassem, had written the post in May following the deadly attack by Islamic extremists against a caravan of Coptic Christians traveling to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor.
 
Bassem wrote on May 27: "Are we (Copts) Egyptians not from Egypt? No matter that you try to hurt us, one day all your ways will fail. Do you think that I cry? Never! I don't cry because I trust in Jesus very much, I prostrate to him and he loves me. He never leaves me one day. When you demolish the homes of his children, you attack himself. I ask Jesus to touch your heart and change you. Our Lord knows and see what is happening to us. Continue and increase your terrorism, but I'm not afraid because it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God."
 
At the end of the post, Bassem shared photos of Salafi Sheikhs whom he believed bore responsibility for inciting extremist violence against Christians. Bassem deleted the post the next day, on May 28, but not before it had spread across social media. It wasn't until four months later that a Muslim villager in Tawa saw the post on the Facebook page of Bassem's friend, Mena. The post then spread among some of the Muslim villagers, who considered the post an insult to Islam. 
 
Essam, a Christian resident in Tawa and an eyewitness to the mob's violence, told ICC, "Many Muslims gathered and the mob began to attack Christian homes and shops. They were pelting stones at the homes while shouting, 'Allah Akbar.' They hurled bricks and stones at Mar Girgis (St. George) Coptic Orthodox Church despite the presence of some security guards who had been assigned to guard the church, but the guards couldn't confront the huge number of the mob. The police then arrived in the village, controlled the situation, and arrested Muslim villagers. The security forces have now deployed across the streets of the village." 
 
On September 15, the governor of Mina and the security director toured the village while accompanied by a number of parliamentarians as well as Islamic and Christian clerics. The same day, the prosecution detained 19 Muslims pending an investigation into the violence. The prosecution also ordered the arrest of Bassem and Mena, charging them with insulting Islamic figures and inciting sectarian strife. Both Christian men have fled the village.
 
Claire Evans, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "Egypt's Coptic Christian community has greatly suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists. In Tawa, Christian men, women, and children were once again terrorized by those who have no desire for peace. This violence is unacceptable. We are relieved to learn that Bassem and Mena were not injured by the mob, but alarmed about the prosecution's decision to charge them although they were clearly targets of the mob's violence. We pray for their safety and that of their fellow villagers. The authorities need to be more intentional in protecting the lives and property of Egypt's Christians."

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Zapad-17 Wraps Up

Zapad 2017 and the Initial Period of War

Russian Tank at ArmyGames-2016
Image Source and Copyright Vitaly Kuzmin
(Jamestown Foundation/Eurasia Daily Monitor - by Roger McDermott) Western media and analytical commentary on Zapad 2017 has focused on the numbers of Russian military personnel participating in the joint Belarus-Russia strategic exercise, speculating about whether Moscow was using the event as cover to launch a real attack against neighboring states, or promoting the notion that Moscow will leave some of the deployed forces in Belarus after its conclusion. However, there has been little attention to how the early phase of the exercise reveals key features in Russian military thinking. Compared with Zapad 2013, the exercise featured wider participation by Russian security agencies, but differed little in substance. In short, the scenarios and execution of Zapad 2017 are quite consistent with the central themes of past Zapad exercises. And this year’s Zapad war game has concluded peacefully (Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, September 15).
 
Zapad 2017 commenced on September 14, and its two active phases brought the exercise to its conclusion on September 20. Other than some media interest in an accidental helicopter strike on civilian vehicles situated close to observers, none of the Western hype appears to have been justified. Predictably, Zapad 2017 passed without Moscow initiating a military assault upon its neighbors. The exercise was certainly impressive in terms of its geographical coverage, logistics, and the sheer scale of activity among Russian forces; this extended well beyond the Western Military District (MD) to cover activities and tactical rehearsals of combat or related operations in all the other MDs. A number of parallel exercises were no doubt built into the exercise in order to offer the General Staff greater insight into Russia’s defense capabilities. While, the Russian Ground Forces and special forces units played a central role in the exercise, Zapad encapsulated the various branches and arms of service, providing opportunity to test a variety of improvements and lessons drawn from Russia’s recent experience of conflict. This involved six training ranges in Belarus and three ranges in Russia, with much of the activity centered on Luga (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, September 19).
 
Despite the claims by Russia’s defense ministry that Zapad 2017 focused on a scenario featuring terrorist incursions into Belarus, much of the Russian military media identified that in the first active, defense-linked phase, the rehearsal involved countering a conventional force. It has long been known that the Zapad series of exercises rehearses the defense of the Belarus-Russia Union State against an intervention by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Zapad 2017, according to the reporting of the first phase, was no different. Russian military theorists and senior General Staff officers have studied the evolution of military interventions by the United States as well as NATO and concluded that high value is placed on the initial period of war; at that point, Western forces use mainly air power to attempt to shape the battlespace. This conclusion—which also plays into the long-standing Soviet/Russian fear of a surprise attack, drawing on the events of June 1941, with reference to the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999—drives the investment into and military planning based on air-defense and conventional precision-strike systems. Beyond the observations that Zapad 2017 was a rehearsal for large-scale war, there are deeper lessons to be identified: from how Russian forces conducted the early stages of Zapad 2017, to how some of those themes carried through the entire exercise (Mil.by, accessed September 20).
 
Reported use of strategic down to tactical air defense, combined with the employment of additional assets, in the very early stage of Zapad 2017 confirms that the Russian military rehearsed a conventional response to a massive aerial attack. During the first phase, joint military forces worked on raising combat readiness among the deployed force groupings, moving troops, deploying command-and-control assets, as well as organizing interactions among these forces and affording force protection. Reportedly, aviation and air-defense units from the 6th Army Air Force and Air Defense in the Western MD conducted various tactical episodes aimed at repelling “massive air strikes” by a conventional opponent. Pilots also worked on striking ground targets and providing escorts for bombers. Operational-tactical and other tactical missiles were used during this process. The Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno Kosmicheskikh Sil—VKS) conducted sorties mainly using Su-27, Su-35, Su-30SM and MiG-31 fighters to destroy enemy aircraft, while Su-34 bombers struck infrastructure, columns of armored vehicles, and enemy command-and-control nodes; an Su-24MR jet was used for reconnaissance to transmit the coordinates of ground targets (Krasnaya Zvezda, September 17).
 
Anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) methods were quickly put into place to construct a multilayer air-defense bubble, similar to the Russian A2/AD assets used in Syria. Russian air-defense systems were forward deployed from their bases in the Western MD, including S-300s, S-400s and Pantsir-S1s. The simulation that ensued targeted enemy cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and aircraft (TASS, September 16). In Kaliningrad, TASS reported similar activity among Russian naval assets. Corvettes in the Baltic Fleet were used to strike aerial, naval and coastal targets, implying an A2/AD mission. In this case, the air attack was simulated by Su-24 attack aircraft alongside Ka-27 anti-submarine-warfare helicopters (TASS, September 17).
 
In this phase of the exercise, a number of other Russian A2/AD components featured in addition to identifiable air-defense systems. Notable among these was the Iskander-M, a dual-capable (nuclear/conventional) tactical ballistic missile. Successful Iskander strikes were reported at training ranges, including a 480-kilometer strike against a target at a training range in Kazakhstan from units in the Central MD, as well as a variety of cruise missiles fired from air, land and sea. The Missile and Artillery Troops (Raketnyye Voyska i Artilleriya—RV&A), a Branch of Arms in the Ground Forces, serving as the primary means of destroying enemy forces by conventional and nuclear fires, were in action throughout Zapad 2017, rather than solely at the end. The RV&A also used the older Tochka-U system, which is in the process of being fully replaced by the Iskander-M (TASS, RBC, September 18). Traditionally, the Iskander’s appearance in Russian exercises is assumed to indicate the rehearsal for a tactical nuclear weapons strike. In Zapad 2017, the Iskander was mainly conventional in its support of A2/AD. Moreover, the Russian missile forces appear to have rehearsed the use of the cruise missile that can be mounted on the Iskander platform, greatly extending the system’s strike range well beyond 500 km (Livejournal, September 20).
 
The emphasis on A2/AD during Zapad 2017 and the use of Russia’s conventional precision-strike systems throughout the exercise suggest more than simply preparation for larger-scale war. It seems rooted in rehearsing conflict-escalation dominance and deploying forces and assets during a crisis to ensure the avoidance of a regional conflict intensifying to a global war.
 
--By Roger McDermott. From The Jamestown Foundation. (copyright policy here)
 
21-22 Sept

Law And Disorder News

Non Violent Convictions And Collateral Consequences

(GAO) Collateral consequences are the penalties and disadvantages that can be imposed upon an individual with a criminal conviction, in addition to those directly associated with a sentence (such as a fine, prison, or community service). GAO’s review of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC) found that, in federal laws and regulations, there are 641 collateral consequences that can be triggered by nonviolent drug convictions (NVDC). For example, individuals with NVDC may be ineligible for certain professional licenses and federal housing assistance. The NICCC data that GAO reviewed indicate that these 641 collateral consequences can limit many aspects of an individual’s life, such as employment, business licenses, education, and government benefits. In addition, GAO also found that the NICCC identified that 497 (78 percent) of the 641 collateral consequences can potentially last a lifetime.

Colorado Outlaws Jailing The Mentally Ill
"Across the country, and especially in rural areas, people in the middle of a mental health crisis are locked in a cell when a hospital bed or transportation to a hospital isn’t immediately available. The patients are transported from the ER like inmates, handcuffed in the back of police vehicles. Laws in five states — New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming — explicitly say that correctional facilities may be used for what is called a “mental health hold.” Even in states without such laws, the practice happens regularly." - Marshall Project
The Double Limbo Of America's Soldier Dreamers

One Arkansas County Takes On Private Probation Company
This is an interesting story of Judges who are trying to fix a broken system being sued by contractors who make their money off of poor folks.
Most Americans probably thought debtors’ prisons had gone the way of hanging, but in truth they never really went away, in large part because of the economics of criminal justice — as we saw with predatory policing and courts in Ferguson, Missouri — and the rise of private probation companies. In over one thousand counties across the country, underfunded and overworked public officials have been willing to farm out their parole and probation work to private firms. A few years ago Human Rights Watch reported on the phenomenon, calling it a self-perpetuating “offender-funded” system marked by little public oversight or corporate accountability. - Marshall Project
This Weeks Crooked Cop Stories
A Louisiana cop gets nailed for having sex and peddling dope on the job, a sticky-fingered Pennsylvania cop gets nailed for stealing drug money, a South Carolina cop gets nailed--nine years after the fact--for lying on a drug search warrant, and more. - Drug War Chronicle/Stop The Drug War
The Intersection Of Race, Bail and Guilty Pleas
This is a conference with Congressman that will take place later today (2pm EST)

Texas Re-thinks Use of Incentivized Witnesses In Light Of Innocence Project Case
This is the story of a jailhouse informant who said he did not get any incentive for his testimony about an alleged confession and in fact did get an incentive in the form of a reduced sentence -  and then sought to get more 'non-incentives' for testifying against others. The victim spent 19 years in jail based on this rancid testimony. Story is at the Innocence Project

Delaware Struggles As 'Gun Plague" Afflicts Youth

This is a topic I talk about a lot gun violence in Black communities. AP (above link) talks about the issue. I get a rash of mess from folks for being so bold and un-PC about it. But PC and ignoring the problem all these years has only made the problem worse.

I do not want to make the problem worse. Thus, my head will never get buried in the sands of politically correct dogma.... a dogma that is literally killing a whole generation of Black Americans.

Shame on Black leadership and other Black Americans who would rather see this continue than swallow their political pride and sit down with GOP leadership and come up with rational, workable solutions to this. Such leaders are correctly labeled a 'mis-leadership class'. Because the only place they have led so many young Black Americans is to the mortuary. 

But there are some bright spots.

Lets hope my generation of Black Americans can figure out that burying our head in the sand is the same as burying your first, second and third born son.

News Flash! Not all or even most in the GOP are racist. But many are afraid to address this issue, even positively lest they be shouted down by the Black wind-up dolls who are rented by the hour by the Democrats who will call anyone not a Democrat a 'racist' for even bringing the issue up.

Lets get past these petty political labels and knee jerk responses and get to down to earth solutions!


Satan Clubs Dying, Good News Clubs Growing

An interesting story on how Athiests/Satanists were working to counter SCOTUS decision on Good news clubs afterschool at the elementary level.
As the Satan Clubs are closing down, about 4,500 Good News Clubs are starting up this new school year all over the USA. Over 180,000 children will be enrolled in a high energy club that includes Bible stories,... - ChrsitianNewsWire
There are still many people out there who are hungry for more than what the world and the devil have to offer.

The news is not all bad!

Who Is Blocking The CPFB's Arbitration Rule?

Check this out, its pretty important especially in light of the Equifax hack. Pay attention - your legal rights to sue your bank for screwing you over are at stake!!

It's Congress who is quietly trying to keep the little people out of the courts when the big boys rake us over the coals.

Look, the CPFB in my view was Obama's True Success Story Americans from all walks of life and both parties have shown that this agency is highly regarded. They have helped many Americans who ordinarily would have fallen victim to legal loopholes, shady actions and outright illegal act ivies by the Nation's major financial players. Those who don't understand why the agency is important should know that it's there for all. Anyone can file a complaint if they feel they are being cheated, had or defrauded. Before you needed a gaggle of lawyers who may or may not know what they are doing. With the CPFB, they have the power to look into issues, correct them and fine those who break the law. The only people who would oppose such an agency are those who are determined to break the law.

Who is out there right now working in our favor over the Equifax scandal? I will tell you the CPFB. They are also great just for giving consumers helpful information on how to protect themselves. Like here. Who was it who dealt with Wells Fargo and all of those fake accounts they created which looks exactly like fraud to my non-legal mind. Without them these things would be going on and no one would be able to do anything about it.

This is an agency that was truly set up for the 'little guy'.

I know many of my readers don't understand why I was so hard on Obama especially the race obsessed part of Black America. It was because I was not blinded by his skin color. I did what all Americans should do, judge a politician by his actions and his results. I absolutely refused to judge him based on his skin color - which is just another word for being a racist. I am not nor will I ever be a racist. So those of you who never understood that about what I said about Obama during his tenure can understand why I did not cut him much slack on key issues he reneged on.

But when he did right, I was the first to say so and the CPFB was indeed the right thing to do especially in light of the down right criminality the banks had been engaging in during the crisis of 2007-2008. Trying to foreclose on homes already paid for, handing out 'ghetto loans' to the Brothers and Latino's, systemic forgery. The crimes are too numerous to mention. Even in spite of all of that and how Americans were victimized, many in Congress want to go back to that kind of criminality and not give Americans the right to hold the crooks accountable when they break the law. This is what trying to destroy the CPFB's Arbitration rule is all about. This about giving the big boys the ability to make money using crime and making it impossible for you and me to prosecute the criminals.

Shame on the congressmen who wish to screw their countrymen over for a campaign donation. The CPFB's rule only allowed you and me our day in court...

...nothing more, nothing less.



19 Sept

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Iraq and Syria Relief and Justice Bill

H.R. 390 Takes Another Key Step Forward Toward Assisting Christians in Dire Need

09/19/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act. This bipartisan bill allocates funds to directly assist persecuted religious groups in Iraq and Syria that are victims of ISIS's genocide, while also providing resources for holding the perpetrators of these crimes accountable in a future tribunal.

The bill was amended to include S. 905, the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, which seeks to provide justice for victims of these crimes.  The amended bill will now go back to the House to be considered.

Approval from the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee is a critical step in the legislative process. In June, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the legislation, and the administration has been vocal in supporting attempts to provide relief to the refugees from this region.

In total, according to House findings, the number of Christian and Yezidi refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria have numbered in the hundreds of thousands, with more leaving each week. Author and human rights advocate Ewelina Ochab asserted that between 50 and 75 families continue to flee Iraq on a weekly basis. She estimates that more than 250,000 Iraqi Christians currently live outside of Iraq, having fled their homeland to escape religious persecution. Relief provided by H.R. 390 will give assistance to those who are most in need, allowing for more religious minorities to remain in their homeland.

Nate Lance, ICC's Advocacy Manager, stated, "I am encouraged to see this bill move forward as it provides urgent and vital support for people who have been through so much. This is a strong step toward providing the relief that they desperately need to remain in Iraq and Syria.  This carries numerous positive ramifications for the future stability of a more religiously diverse Iraq and Syria.  I remain optimistic that H.R. 390 will urgently be ushered through the remaining legislative hurdles so that those who have suffered under ISIS can receive the aid that they need and deserve."

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Iranian Christians Re-Arrested

(ME Concern) Iranian Christians request renewed prayer for Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei, believers who have faced a series of pressures over the past five years, following their re-arrest in July 2017.

Eskandar was arrested on 6th July 2017 at his home in Lar where several hundred New Testaments were discovered and confiscated. He is being held at Quran Branch of Adel-Aabad prison, Shiraz. Soroush was also arrested in July. He was initially held at the intelligence offices before being transferred to Adel-Aabad prison.

Both Eskander and Soroush have been verbally charged with "acting against national security". Soroush faces an additional charge of "forgery" for issuing letters as the pastor of the Church of Shiraz for students seeking exemption from Islamic studies classes. They are to attend court hearings soon to face these new charges.

In October 2012, Eskander and Soroush were arrested along with five other members of the self-styled 'Church of Iran' denomination in a raid on a prayer meeting in Shiraz. Both were released on bail in March 2013 and were formally convicted on 16th July 2013. Eskander received a one-year sentence and Soroush two and half years. Following unsuccessful appeals in March 2014 they waited several months before being summoned to serve the sentences. Both were released before serving the sentences in full - Soroush in November 2015 and Eskander in December 2015.

Iranian Christians request prayer:

a. that Eskandar and Soroush will be released from prison soon
b. that the judge will reject the charges against Eskandar and Soroush, and that they will both be acquitted
c. that Eskandar and Soroush will be strengthened and encouraged by God's presence
d. that those responsible for the persecution of Christians in Iran will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him


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18 Sept

As It Was, So Shall It Be: Back To The Future

May God grant all who read this post wisdom and understanding.

It is my truest intention that no one stumbles on this post. In fact, I write this post so that in the future, men and women like yourselves will not stumble and will not fall in the days ahead. This post is a bit speculative, but I think very important. So take this post in that light.

I believe that the kinds of technological changes that we are all now on the cusp of, will cause a lot of Christians to stumble, seriously. They will not understand the kinds of far reaching scientific breakthroughs that mankind even now is making.  They will wonder why they were not warned about the things they are seeing. Why did not the prophets warn them? Why not the pastors? How is it that so many Christian leaders are at a a loss to explain the strange things that are coming upon the earth?, many will say in their hearts.

I listened to CSPAN on Friday and Newt Gingrich was talking to young conservatives. It was a really good talk, and Newt is one of the very few GOP leaders, I really enjoy listening to. I just get the sense he cares about America and all Americans including those of African descent. His arguments are always well considered and on point.

During the talk he talked briefly about some of the new advances coming down the line and not 50 years from now. You can watch the talk here or if you would rather read it, his text starts at 3:49 in the box below the video frame.

The kinds of changes he mentions as well as the changes he did not will take many a Christian by surprise. Perhaps a shock. Despite the positive spin we hear about new gene manipulating techniques, the simple fact is the power is or will soon be in the hands of mankind to one day create a race of supermen. Men who will be considerably smarter, stronger, more resistant to disease than the current version of Homo Sapiens. We have talked about how DARPA is actively working on creating an army of Cybernetic soldiers. They are not shy about it and one thing you can be sure of in dealing in this realm. There is what they tell us, which is about 10% of the story, and then there is what they don't tell us which is about 80% of the story and then there is the  other 10% they don't tell us, nor the Congress. You can scan the web and find out many of the things DARPA is currently working on, to both meld humans with machines and to enhance a soldiers natural ability. Did you know that DARPA is trying to add another chromosome to humans? They are spending billions on building a new race of soldiers and police This is not longer a conspiracy theory, those working on these things are not even shy about it. They tell us pretty much up front that this is what they are working on.

Many changes are ahead. These are the kinds of changes that will mean serious alterations in the lives of all of us; both for good and ill. A race of humans with IQ's that average about 150, who have been genetically engineered to have no empathy for others. This is where much of the money is going. To build and create such killing machines, either human or cybernetic.

But these things go beyond just the military. Today, life extension science is here. As in the talk by Mr Gingrich, he notes the kinds of breakthroughs now taking place. Liver failure? They will grow you a new one. Alzehimers? They will get some stem cells into your brain and fix you right up. Already they are able to do amazing things... if you have the money. The fountain of youth? A man made version is already coming to market in piecemeal to those with the right connection and a liquid bank account or can afford the insurance that will cover such procedures.

Then there is space travel. Yes, it's coming. No doubt about it. I look to see a Mars mission in a few years and perhaps a small colony there in in the early 2030's. What will spur it on faster? If they find mineral wealth of great value and they can find a way to get it down here to earth and make money, there will be a lot of people with a lot of money and power that will push to make it happen. I bring these things up to show you that our world is changing and doing so rapidly. The changes I think will get even faster and more overwhelming as time passes. It will be difficult for us all to digest it all.

But I think we all need to step back and look at what is happening in light of prophecy. Not only that but also in light of what scant records existed about times that once were. Did not Christ tell us, warn us, and give us all a heads up? He did and as usual his statements were both somewhat cryptic (parables) as they were simple to understand.

  ¶But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only.   But as the days of Noe were, so shall also
the coming of the Son of man be.   For as in the days that were before
the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
 until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came,
and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,
and the other left. 
(Matthew 24:36-41 [KJV])

Christ tells us here that no one knows the hour of his coming. He made this plain in many passages. The Father only has fixed the time of the Messiah's return. But what the Spirit does here is drop us some hints. Some signs, some things to look for that will give us an indication of how close things are.  We have heard the sayings of Jesus on this, in the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24, Luke 21, Mark, 13). Christ gives us one major tipoff to the fact that we are in the last days, it will be like in the Days of Noah.

Now we must understand something here. There is a short narrative about the days of Noah in the scriptures. It is not very long. Additionally we know that Noah may have been over 100 years building the ark but there is a lot of argument about that. There was a long time span and many events that the scriptures do not cover. But that the scriptures do not cover it does not mean that a lot didn't happen.

But there are other records that have survived. There is the Genesis Apocryphon, the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jasher as well as the Book of Jubilee's and others. They all have considerable amplification of events of those days. While it would be very dangerous to consider this books scripture, I think it is equally erroneous to toss them all out as being useless, simply because they amplify the historical narrative in the Bible and give honor to the God of Abraham Issac an Jacob, as each of these books does.

I look upon them as history written by holy men who saw God's hand in all things, rather than the infallible world of God. They are not 100% accurate and some of them have not been handed down, or survived in their original form. But what they do is give us a lot of context that we do not get in the book of Genesis about life in the days of before the flood and in the days of the Patriarchs. To you readers out there who may have a little doubt in your mind as to the value of these books, consider how many times the Chronicler's in Kings and Chronicles refereed to books written by holy men and prophets that have not survived.

1Ki 11:41; 1Ki 14:29; 1Ki 15:7; 1Ki 15:23; 1Ki 15:31; 1Ki 16:5; 1Ki 16:14; 1Ki 16:20; 1Ki 16:27; 1Ki 22:39; 1Ki 22:45; 2Ki 1:18; 2Ki 8:23; 2Ki 10:34; 2Ki 12:19; 2Ki 13:8; 2Ki 13:12; 2Ki 14:15; 2Ki 14:18; 2Ki 14:28; 2Ki 15:6; 2Ki 15:21; 2Ki 15:36; 2Ki 16:19; 2Ki 20:20; 2Ki 21:17; 2Ki 21:25; 2Ki 23:28; 2Ki 24:5; 2Ch 9:29; 2Ch 12:15; 2Ch 25:26; Est 10:2; Joh 21:25.

Let's take a look at what the Book of Jubilee's has to say. The book was well known to early Christian authorities. For those wanting a little background in the history of the book, while I hesitate to link to a non-Christian site, Wikipedia's entry is worthy of a quick 'once over'. What is interesting is that there does appear to have once been a 'book of Noah' and it is referenced in many of these works, though the book itself has not survived.

In fact, the book of Enoch was thought to have been lost for many centuries until a copy was 'found' in Ethiopia.


Here is a part of the introduction to the book of Jubilee's as found in Dr. Charles Translation

In those days, strange things were happening. Evil things were happening and the Lord was very very angry. He was so angry that he was going to rid himself of mankind.  Here is part of the book of Jubilee's on this.

And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God  saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were
beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants.  And lawlessness increased on the earth and all flesh corrupted its way,  alike men and cattle and beasts and birds and everything that walketh on the earth-all of them corrupted their ways and their orders, and they began to devour  each other, and lawlessness increased on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of all men (was) thus evil continually.  And God looked upon the earth, and behold it was corrupt, and all flesh had corrupted its orders, and all that were upon the earth  had wrought all manner of evil before His eyes.

And He said: "I shall destroy man and all flesh upon the face of the earth which I have created."  But Noah found grace before the eyes of the Lord.  And against the angels whom He had sent upon the earth, He was exceedingly wroth, and He gave commandment to root them out of all their dominion, and He bade us to bind them in the depths of the earth, and behold they are bound in the midst of them, and are (kept) separate. And against their sons went forth a command from before His face that they should be smitten with the sword, and be removed from under heaven. And He said "Thy spirit will not always abide on man; for they also are flesh and their days shall be one hundred and twenty years."  And He sent His sword into their midst that each should slay his neighbour, and they began to slay each other till they all fell by the sword and were destroyed from the earth. And their fathers were witnesses (of their destruction), and after this they were bound in the depths of the earth for ever, until the day of the great condemnation  when judgment is executed on all those who have corrupted their ways and their works before the Lord. And He †destroyed† all from their places, and there †was† not left one of them whom He judged not according to all their wickedness. -
The Book of Jubilee's (RH Charles Translation- 1917)

I have received some questions and gentle rebuke from others for quoting from Enoch. But the simple fact is, there are more witnesses to strange goings on in those days than just the book of Enoch, whose book, by the way was quoted in scripture by Jude. The rebellion against God by the Angels (known as 'Watchers' in Pseudepigraphal works) is not disputable. That something transpired that was so repugnant to God that he destroyed the ancient world is again indisputable, that the term 'Son's of God' (Benay Elohim) in the OT always refers to some kind of non-human beings is also, pretty much beyond dispute.

Finally and most importantly that at the proper time, Satan and his host will one day be cast out of heaven and arrive right here - 

Timeframe: 21st century.
Location: Third Rock from the Sun.

Let us see what saith the scriptures about this.

 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon;
and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their
place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:
he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength,
 and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of
our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;
and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice,
ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth
 and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath,
 because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  And when the dragon saw
that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
 - Revelation of John 12:7-13 [KJV]

Again, if we accept the basic narratives in this other books we see that indeed as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man.

I suspect, just a suspicion mind you, but I do suspect that somehow, someway, some of our scientific minds and leaders are indeed in contact with fallen angels and they may be the ones who are helping humanity with all of this new explosion of knowledge we now see. What would be the goal? I do not know for sure and this is pure speculation but I suspect they want mankind to build them bodies so that these fallen spirits can possess them. I admit I have little real evidence to support this, but I think that when the devils angels fell the first time, the Lord prevented them from engaging in the kinds of activities they did before. Perhaps before they could, at will take human form. Perhaps then they could have male organs and had sex. While many do not think that is possible, citing Christ's words that we shall be like the angels who are not given into marriage, that passage does not specifically say that they could not engage in sex (outside of marriage  - as an act of rebellion), nor does it say that it has always been that way. Christ merely states that in his time and after, marriage is not possible by angels and those who are destined to be like them.

Back in the days of Noah, someone unusual was having sex and my reading and study of the passage in Genesis is pretty clear, they were not human. Indeed the other passage where the phrase Benay Elohim (Sons of God) appears, has them in the presence of God at the creation and assembling themselves in another instance (Job 1:6; 38:7), and not a few of them (note the word all) . So 'scholars' can twist and turn; fidget and deflect but the simple fact is, the phrase Benay Elohim simply does not refer to the sons of men, they refer to the Sons of God as the name so clearly implies.


It may seem like I am digressing but I assure you, I am not. It believe that understanding as much as we can about the Days of Noah will do us a world of good to help understand what is happening in our world today, why it is happening and where this will all lead.

I have spent some time here on the subject of autonomous weapons systems. These are basically remote control weapons that can kill a lot of people. Then we have these cyborgs that DARPA seems to want to alter mankind so that they can kill with little to no moral compunction. What is going on here? I do not know for sure. On a secular level I think the governments of the earth are afraid. Here in the US the elite are afraid that in the midst of a crisis, they may not be able to depend on ordinary humans (human military and police) to do their duty and repress great masses of people in times of crisis. They will need a new kind of army to accomplish that task. One they can flick a switch and the little module in the brain of the 'super soldier' will go and kill anything that moves until that switch is turned to the off position.

Moreover, I saw just the other day, that now our military is hiring 'space cadets' who will be watching the earth for threats that come from Space, mostly debris and other material, or perhaps an invasion from space, like perhaps the Second Coming of Christ.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them:
 for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called,
 and chosen, and faithful.
(Revelation of John 17:14 [KJV17)



In Russia, they are using these new weapons to make up for a serious manpower shortage due to Russia's recent demographics problems. These weapons are designed to do one thing - kill. Is there any indication of mass killings taking place back in the days of Noah. Again, the Biblical evidence for this can only be done by extrapolation (every thought of the intention was only evil continually - Gen 6). But in these other books, for which there is more than one witness, we find yes, there was just that going on. There was enormous bloodshed, there was forbidden knowledge passed on by these fallen beings to the children of men, there was great sin and evil. I will not repost the passages here, but rather link to one of them (Chapter 9-10).

So according to these books, there was considerable violence done and all manner of sinning going on and there was some kind of knowledge, some kind of understanding that was forbidden to man that these beings imparted to mankind the result of which meant violence and the way of all flesh was corrupted. Across these books you will see remarkable consistency.

Then there is the Genesis Apocryphon, a book worthy of some attention.

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Now I know many of you may get upset for me bringing up these non-cannonical books. Or rather non-cannoical in the Western Church, the Ethiopic Church recognizes some of these books. I do not recognize them as infallible scripture, but I do think that much of the history of the Patriarchs and the times before the flood are indeed contained in these books, even if imperfectly.

Again, God is my witness I hesitated to write this today because I know many have trouble when I discuss these books which are outside of our accepted cannon. It is not my intention to cause anyone to stumble or get a 'check' in their spirit about these books. Were the hour not so late, and so many strange, amazing and evil things happening in our world and the technological advances so rapid and life changing, I would not dare approach this subject. But most of you are mature Christians and understand that there is at time for everything.

Indeed I find it rather interesting that many of these books have come to light only in these times as mankind knowledge and travel and increased significantly (Dan 12:4) and even greater breakthroughs are upon us all.

No, I write this so that as these things come to pass, you do not stumble and in the hopes that you remember the words of Jesus Christ who told us that in the days that describe his return, they would be like those of Noah.

I think we should look at these books and if nothing else keep the things in them in the backs of our minds so that we better understand the kinds of things the ancients saw as having transpired in those days. If we really take Christ at his word, we would be most unwise to ignore what the history of the Jewish Ancients wrote down for us and has been preserved for us in writing.

So I ask all of you to take what I have said here is food for thought piece, an important food for thought piece and remember that God reveals his truths to those who love him, and to those who take the time to listen to him and even then, only at the proper time.

I think these times, these very last days is the proper time to consider what history of those times relates to us all.

This post is prayerfully submitted to you all and I ask all to prayerfully consider it.


In Christ,

Brother Mark

15 Sept

John Bolton's Plan To Foment Civil War In Iran

Yes, its true and hardly surprising. I mean, look what America and her allies did in Syria -  doing the exact same thing. As the scriptures say, the devil comes not but for to kill, steal and destroy.
 
This nation - we are in a heap of trouble for the evil we have done and the utterly and satanically inspired un-repentedness of that wickedness. Is not stirring up evil between brother and brother one of the seven abominations?

 ¶ These six things doth the LORD hate:
yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 

A proud look,
a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood, 
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
feet that be swift in running to mischief,
 A false witness that speaketh lies,
and he that soweth discord among brethren. 
(Proverbs 6:16-19)
This looks to be pretty much number three and seven. But which has this nation not done with wicked, reckless abandon? Does not the Sprit call end times Babylon the mother of abominations (Rev 17:5)?

Understand, I am not exonerating Iran and her problems, which are many. Just the way this nation has solved or rather tried to solve these problems in the past, with mountains of corpses of innocent people being the the real victims of our policies.

Bolton's memo is about how to get out of the Iran Nuclear deal. Now think about this. We have Kim in North Korea  firing off missiles and now passing key Nuclear technology milestones and now this deep state operative is looking for a way to get out of a deal that keeps Iran from developing the same technology and pulling a 'North Korea' on the Middle East.

To me, this is just plain loopy. Is the State department getting enough ventilation? Are its managers effected by some new form of brain atrophy? One has to wonder when suggestions like this are made given what we have wrought in Iraq and Syria.

Sure, the deep state guys are concerned about the economic aspect of the deal that lets others trade with Iran. They see that as being a big plus for Iran and allows them to garner new paths to power - 21st century power.

But these are trade offs. No one can always get everything they want in this world. Diplomacy is just that; its about these kinds of trade offs. I was never a big fan of President Obama, but that deal was the right thing to do. As long as it was air tight and made sure that Iran was not developing that technology, the trade off was a slow reintegration into the community of nations. Is that really so horrible?

Right now the world needs to step back and determine if it wants to take the road to insanity that American policy makers want to take it, or find a path that has at least some semblance of sanity. Violence seems to be America's answer to just about everything and it is what is wrong with world today.

'Old and crazy' need to retire and get out of the halls of power and let new voices with a better more positive vision take the reigns of power and if the American's can't do it at the ballot box, the world needs to find new leadership.

The number of powerful policy makers with diagnosed brain disorders is higher than most Americans know (not just one). They do a pretty good job of keeping that information secret. And doctors who say that those disorders really do effect their higher cognitive abilities may come home one day to find a guy with a silencer waiting for him in his driveway and his death ruled a 'suicide'.

Look, I am just giving it to you straight. They can get to anyone - coroners, doctors, lab tech's you name it and put them somewhere that they can't make any diagnosis.... ever again.

But I want to make this plain. I am not denigrating those with medical problems. That is not the point at all. Let them get treatment. My point is this. I would not denigrate or mock a man who drives a school bus who lost his eyesight. But having lost it, he should not be driving a bus. Same thing with our foreign policy. Those with serious brain disorders should not be in positions of such influence and power, there is too much at stake.

America's policy makers seem determined to start a war. Russia right now is one place where US authorities are moving to provoke the Russians by any means necessary. The recent diplomatic row is a perfect example of this kind of diseased foreign policy.

Searches of diplomatic compounds? This is an in your face provocation by America's leaders. There will be a response.


Well I told my readers that there will be a miscalculation. Probably a deliberate one pushed by American leaders  in order that there will be war.

Many readers don't understand this. They may think I am misreading this. No, I am not. You see, for many of our policy makers they see the twilight of empire. They see that other powers now are moving to make their presence felt on the global stage. These policy makers have no intention of getting on their favorite steed and fading into the sunset. No, these cowboys are going to the OK corral to shoot it out. They are very afraid of losing that power as it would mean many things. Like America would be subject to new laws and new standards of behavior, that are not written by and enforced (selectively) by themselves as the world has been run since the end of WWII. Look, War Crimes Tribunal against US officials? Other international acts (like Terrorism) conducted by our leaders secretly?  They do not want to be held accountable for these things as could happen if Russia and China gain control of global institutions. Sanctions? So far we have been in the drivers seat with that tool, but as the dollar will wane in demand because of new trade deals and international settlement methods, America could easily be targeted by a whole host of nations who have a serious bone to pick with her. 

But if one steps back and looks at this spiritually one gets a better sense for what is going on. Back in the olden days when Israel sinned greatly, God just raised up her enemies to deal with her. He gave them power over them to conquer and even slay them when they went into rebellion, were warned and refused to repent. Those whom the Lord used were not necessarily morally superior, just useful to deal with, usually most harshly, those who have turned on him, as our nation for the most part has done. The warnings go out, the troubles grow, our power wanes and our finances have a strange resemblance to an abyss

God is not pleased with the blood we have shed and know this - he is keeping account of it. Every single soul that goes to its grave because of our actions has been noted by the living God. Yes, you can find fake pastors and false prophets who tell you that God does not care about Yemeni children or Iraqi mothers or Syrian men who have been butchered to death because of destabilization efforts that Mr. Bolton now proposes for Iran. But those who give cover to the murder of the innocent become co-conspirators of their wicked deeds. False prophets have always abounded and gave evil counsel to kings to go to war when the Lord was not with them.

We as Americans need to get away from the lust for the blood of others and destroying whole nations and get back to being a beacon of light on a hill to the world rather than torch that sets fire to cities and whole nations. We need to respect life and allow others to be different - respect the needs and desires of others to go their own way but do our best, our very best to support democratic principles and see that leaders really do represent and look out for the citizens that they are charged with governing. America's way is not always the best and may not work in other places with unique demographic and economic problems. But all nations need to respect the needs, desires and aspirations of their respective peoples after having been chosen by those people.  Such a system is called democracy. We need to get busy fixing our own political system, our own social problems and our own abysmal spiritual condition - all of which have their own very significant problems and stop trying to mess up everyone else's country simply because we lack the courage to face our own problems.

The seed of violence will only bring a crop of death and that seed has a strange but consistent tendency to behave like a boomerang....

.... and hit those who have sown the crop.


Persecution Watch


Israel: Messianic Jews Request Prayer
(ME Concern)  Messianic believers in Israel request prayer for the town of Arad following recent opposition to the Messianic congregation.

At the end of August, a Messianic congregation, Hasdey Yeshua, was meeting in a warehouse facility in Arad, south Israel, when a group of 20-30 ultra-Orthodox Jews belonging to the Gur Hassidim gathered to protest the meeting by cursing and hurling religious slogans. An exaggerated and provocative version of events was then reported by Israeli news portal Arutz 7 on 31st August.

Later, a journalist from Israel Today contacted the congregation and published a corrected version of events, emphasizing that the Messianic Jews were praying for the protesters.*

More recently, the Gur Hassidim have been trying to spread their influence in Arad in an aggressive manner, putting up signs and posters attacking the mayor and the secular community with regards to eating and dressing customs.

A leader of Hasdey Yeshua requests prayer: "Please pray for the peace of our city and for the protection of our Mayor. Please also pray for our Messianic community here in Arad in this time of spiritual darkness that we might shine brightly with the love of Yeshua to both the secular and the ultra-orthodox."

Please pray that:
a. The Lord will protect the mayor and the Messianic community in Arad
b.    Wise counsel will prevail and that peace will be restored to Arad and that those who are trying to provoke aggression will be stopped and repent of their actions
c. This will become an opportunity for the Messianic Jews to become more widely accepted by the community in Arad and have a positive influence on both religious and secular sections of society

* see www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/32319/Default.aspx <http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/32319/Default.aspx>

Originally posted at ME Concern.

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Comment - this is one of those stories that run 'counter narrative' of solidarity between Christians and Jews. The truth is, it is very difficult for some Christians in Israel. No, it is hardly a disaster as the original 'fake news' story seemed to indicate. Nevertheless, many stories from Jewish believers in Christ tell us of real problems, particularly for those who are not White European Jews. The problems in Israel with regards to Christians compared to many other Middle Eastern nations are more in the form of a minor nuisance than anything else. But problems have and do exist.

This should not surprise we Christians as it was in Israel where our Lord was crucified. Mind you, the last thing I will do here is to stir up animosity between Israel and Christians or be used to stir up hatred towards the Jewish people or the State of Israel. Nevertheless, too many Christians forget that Israel has firmly rejected Christ and his message and have become so pro-Israel that they forget who their first love is to be.

For those wanting a more balanced if a bit sanitized version of religious persecution in Israel, the State Departments most recent report on it can be found here or here.
This Week's Martyr's
Here is a site I have not linked to in many years and it is quite good. In fact, I had quite forgotten about it. They have weekly reports on Christians Martyred. The latest report can be found here.
"Christians have been killed in the Central African Republic, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  An elderly priest in China who as a young seminarian spent 12 years in forced labor has died of natural causes, and other clergy were not allowed to attend his funeral. Christians in India publicly condemned the latest political assassination of an anti-Hindu nationalist writer.  Other Christians in the Central African Republic have fled across the border to the Congo to escape religious violence." - Today's Martyr's
This report is very good in that it highlights not just the killings but also the other more subtle forms of persecution now transpiring, like trying to besmirch the reputation of Church leaders on trumped up charges, etc.

As the Lord leads, I will link to this site more often and apologize to all of you here for forgetting about this excellent resource in the past.

Fulani Militants Kill 20 Christians In Unprovoked Attack
(09/11/2017 Washington D.C. - International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 7, 2017, the Christian village of Ancha in Plateau State in north-central Nigeria was invaded by Fulani militants at midnight. Twenty Christians were killed in this gruesome, carefully coordinated attack. Nineteen of the murdered victims were members of Salama Baptist Church; one was a member of the Methodist Church. One entire family was killed in the attack. They were the last surviving members of their direct line. Five other Christians suffered various injuries and are now in the hospital for treatment.

"My heart is terribly heavy. I haven't been able to sleep. I was called [on the phone] at about 12:00 midnight when the Fulani militia came into the village," mourned Rev. Nanchwat Laven, the pastor of Salama Baptist Church. When ICC asked why the Fulani attacked, Rev. Nanchwat didn't know. "We didn't have a quarrel. Some of the herdsmen [would] come into [the] village and relax among the villagers, sometimes way into late evening, when the local vigilante would advise them to go home. Of course we have had issues from time to time with the herdsmen letting their cattle graze into our farms and destroy our crops. It would appear the Fulanis [launched this] attack because they had...some provocative attitude [about] their cattle graz[ing] on our farms."

These type of attacks are not new. Between October 2016 and September 2017, Fulani militants have attacked more than 20 Christian villages, killed more than 200 Christians, destroyed hundreds of homes, many churches, and properties. The damages associated with the destruction have cost more than $100,000.

Speaking on a local television news channel after the attack, the Plateau State Police Commissioner confirmed that the attack was perpetrated by Fulani militants, but that no arrests had been made yet. He reported that the Fulani militants were said to be on a reprisal mission following the killing of a Fulani boy. However, the Fulani boy in question was killed in the village of Hukkie, approximately 15 kilometers away from Ancha. Also, the Fulani boy was caught up in a clash between the local farmers of Hukkie and some herdsmen who let their cattle graze into their farms and destroyed crops. When the aggrieved farmers confronted the herdsmen, the herdsmen started up a fight. There is no connection between the village the Fulani boy was killed in and Ancha village, except that the inhabitants are of the same tribe and faith.

ICC's Regional Manager, Nathan Johnson, said, "The Nigerian government needs to hold the Fulani militants accountable for their actions. Allowing them to commit these atrocities with impunity is putting many Nigerian lives at risk and shows that they do not truly value all of their citizens. We hope that the government can take effective action to demilitarize and stabilize the Fulani militants and stop the senseless killing of so many Christian farmers." - International Christian Concern
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Persecution In America
The issue of persecution in America is a real one. But it is being conducted as much out of public view and prevailing narratives in the newsbeat. Yet its presence is here and can be felt by many of us who serve on the so called front lines in the spiritual and yes, cultural war now raging in the nation. Many of the forces who work against Christians do not show their real face... the face of a coward and the face of rabid animal who tries to gain our trust by pretending to be something that they aren't (wolf in sheep's clothing).

Today, our enemies are real. They operate in key 501(c)3 organizations who use all the instruments of lawfare to attack us. Trying to keep prayer out of public places, placing as many restrictions on religious liberty as possible and even working to foment hatred against Christians to create as negative opinion about us as possible in the minds of those who are susceptible to the brainwashing techniques used with considerable skill in our media.

They spend millions of dollars to create violent incidents in the nation in order to get the nation to turn on us. These things happen. There was one attack here in the nation where many were killed. The whole incident was at least in part a set up. The person who committed the attack was being watched, prodded and guided by members of the American 'deep state' so that the attack would take place and target a specific group of people. They wanted that group targeted because they had a whole narrative they were going to put into the media once Christians began to speak up in away that they hoped they would (and thankfully didn't). Then these 'intelligence professionals' (read traitors) had their agents in the media who would whip up a hue and cry against Christians like we would never have seen before. Thankfully only one Christian minister (who I suspect was being controlled by these very same 'intelligence professionals') took the bait but was shouted down by others, both Christians and non-Christians alike.

My point is a very important one. Christians in America are being targeted, watched, monitored, their habits carefully logged and categorized; profiles are being created and points of weakness are being ascertained and discovered. How do I know? One CIA officer many years ago warned me that they were doing it and to me. I was viewed as a particular threat because of the very high level readership I have (leaders from all over the word).

Pastors and Christian leaders - I give you solemn warning. YOU (you may safely insert your name here) are being monitored and watched. Your email is being read, your sermons picked apart, your social networking sites profiles raided and your web browsing history being collected, your personal location hour by hour. day by day analyzed... weather it is legal for them to do this or not. That data is then being carefully passed on to elements in the deep state who want to destroy you and the Christian message. There are plenty of loopholes in existing laws and 'terms of service' at many a site that lets 'deep state actors' do this legally and get away with it, or even get promoted when they can take down a pastor, a blogger or genuine Christian who does not play their game.

These elements realize the political danger in energizing the mass of nominal Christians into political action, so they use tried and true intelligence methods to do their work covertly where they think no one will see or notice and even if they do, blame cannot be easily attached to them. Avoiding accountability, this is another tool of intelligence professionals.


Source: ICC 2016 Hall of Shame Report

These things are more and more making the news but the deeper methodologies are not known except by those who have had intelligence experience and have the courage to let others know the danger. You can count the number of people like that in this nation on one hand. Now perhaps you better understand why I was being so hotly pursued by a cabal of 'insider threats' who operate inside the US intelligence community.

My point has never been to undermine the security of the nation but to make sure that America's citizens are protected from criminal elements who operate with impunity within the system. This is a very deep problem and one I cannot elaborate on as much as I would like to.

What I can say is that the news is not all bad. The Oversight Committee is actively looking and problems with those who hold security clearances (a key component of being part of the IC). They have been looking at the entire security process since the Snowden revelations when it was discovered that many of those who had high clearances did not have real background checks conducted. The contractors tasked with conducting them filled in the forms, but did not conduct interviews or do the requisite checks. Here is some of the language in the most recent Intelligence appropriations bill that was just released a few days ago that deals with 'insider threats'.

Section 603. Process for security clearances

    Section 603 incorporates several provisions relating to the
security clearance process. Section 603 requires the following
reviews: of the alignment among the Standard Form 86 background
investigation questionnaire, the Federal Investigative
Standards, and the adjudicative guidelines contained in
Security Executive Agent Directive 4 (``National Security
Adjudicative Guidelines''), as well as their collective utility
in anticipating future insider threats; of certain methods to
improve the background investigation process; and of the
utility of the timelines for processing security clearances, as
contained in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention
Act of 2004.

    Section 603 also directs the DNI, as the government's
Security Executive Agent, to establish a policy on the issuance
of interim security clearances; establish a policy for
consistent treatment in the security clearance process between
government and contractor personnel; issue a strategy and
implementation plan for conducting periodic reinvestigations
based on risk, not a specified time interval; issue a policy
for the government's use of automated records checks conducted
for prior employment purposes; and establish a policy and issue
an implementation plan for sharing information between and
among government agencies and industry related to security
clearances, consistent with privacy concerns.

Section 604. Reports on the vulnerabilities equities policy and process
        of the Federal Government

    Section 604 requires the head of each IC element to submit
within 90 days of enactment to the congressional intelligence
committees a report detailing the process and criteria the head
of each IC element uses for determining to submit a
vulnerability for review under the Federal Government's
vulnerabilities equities policy and process. Section 604
further requires the report to contain information about
vulnerability disclosures to vendors, how many vulnerabilities
have been patched, and when a patch or mitigation has been made
publicly available.
- INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018
The issue is viewed with the utmost seriousness by our leaders. Many year ago, the DNI was tasked with creating a task force to deal solely with the issue of Insider Threats.

FYI the whole Wikileaks scandal is indeed wrapped up in the insider threat issue as someone inside our government has illegally provided this data to these organizations. As a journalist and citizen I am glad some of the vulnerabilities were released, but as a former intelligence professional, it concerns me deeply that these things are happening. There is a hole as big as the ocean floor in our security system that has allowed a pattern of very damaging leaks to transpire.

These threats are real and many 'insider threats' are exceptionally well versed in the law and can commit great acts of betrayal in ways that are not legally prosecutable and this is one of the bigger un-named threats our nation faces right now. They know how to work gray areas of the law to betray the nation.

My point here in this piece is to smarten Christian leaders up, to get them to be more serious about the responsibility they bear their flock and the Lord and to not let themselves get snared in traps that they have no idea even exist from people whom they trusted to protect them, whose secret job it is to betray them. To get pastors to think twice about some of the places they visit when they think no one is looking, the sites they go to and the people they deal with. The wrong digital or personal associations in the hands of the right person will get you put on a watch list that allows for more intense and even invasive surveillance even when no crime has been committed or even any criminal intent exists. In short, your enemies are looking for an excuse to get you and if you give it to them, they will. 

Your two biggest enemies right now (in the secular) are militant atheists (often satanists in disguise) and well moneyed militant Islamic interests. But the militant Homosexual lobby as well, at least in the past has had Christians in their crosshairs. Each has interests who operate inside the American deep state (the real unelected government in the US). More here. The risk here is this - many within our intelligence and Law enforcement are operating independent of our political system and legal frameworks. They know how to do it and many are very, very good at it. The good news is that may be very, very slowly changing. Keep your eye on key scandals in the media that are not being covered much. One of the biggest and most corrupt political machines that has betrayed this nation time and again may be getting ready to take a hit. It has done incredible harm to the nations security probably at least as much as Wikileaks.

Stay tuned...

Take it from one of the few who really understand these things, been through a lot of crap from these people and has the guts to warn you when others so called 'Christians' who know and would rather watch you fall prey to your enemies and sit silent while it happens.

I reject that kind of cowardice as being not of God, but of the devil. Faith means courage, not cowardice. It was not cowardice that got Joshua to lead the people into the promised land, but courage. It was not fear that put David on the throne, but faith and courage. It was not cowardice that made Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Daniel prophets, it was faith and courage. I may never reach the stature of those mighty men of God, but I will do my best to follow in their footsteps. I will warn and speak out rather than cower in fear.

Mind you, those of you who have clearances and have a contractual agreement and legal responsibility to protect the nations secrets are honor bound to continue to do so. Still there is a lot you can do without revealing classified data or breaking the law. I exhort you to do so if other insiders are breaking the law to get at Christians or even your fellow citizens illegally, then you should use the law to expose them, even if that means a professional cost.  Stay within the law but protect your fellow Christians who are also citizens of this once great republic. Being labeled a legally protected Whistle-blower may not be the best career move, but what is more important, doing what is right, or getting promoted?

Take care dear brothers. The devil - when he comes at us here in the US, he is not going to come at us with horns and hoofs and from a direction where we can see him. He will use extreme subtlety and get Christians from an angle where they least expect it and are totally unprepared for it.

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In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I have warned you. What you do from here on, I will be guiltless of any responsibility for your fate if you ignore this warning. If you think this is some kind of joke, you really should think again.
Related: Undeniable: A Survey Of Hostility To Religion In America

Murder Of Christian Student Discussed In Pakistan Assembly
Recently, a Christian school boy was beaten to death by his Muslim classmates in Pakistan due to his religious identity. The news of this event has sent a shock wave across Pakistan with many demanding justice for the slain Christian student. Today, the murder and circumstances leading up to it were discussed in Pakistan's National Assembly with many leaders from different parties denouncing the violence. Hopefully this will be a watershed moment for Pakistan in which the country finally takes on the issue of hate material being taught in its public schools. - ICC


11 Sept


Micah: Chapter 5



 This chapter has many Messianic prophecies in it, both of Christ in his first and second advent. This is a very important piece of scripture and prophecy.

Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
(Mic 5:1-5)

The first part of verse one has led many a commentator to wonder who it refers to. More than a few think the daughter of troops refers to the Chaldean army (Gill, Clarke. Wesley, etc). Frankly I think they could not be more wrong. This host is the same one that was referred to in the last versus of Micah.

Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
(Mic 4:13)

The problem here is that one must always remember that the chapter breaks did not appear in the original manuscripts. The chapter and verses came many years later to help us better refer to passages. So the inference here is that Judah is the refereed to as the ”daughter of troops”. Yet the phrase here is more akin to bands of men, partisans or irregular militia than it is a genuine disciplined military force. The connotation is that of armed brigands and roving bands of robbers who use the cover of war to steal.

This indeed could very well be referring to the condition of Israel during the time of Christ's first advent (Matt 21:13). The 'he' again is referring to the Israelites, who when Christ came in his first advent was smitten by the leaders and priests as well as the Roman authorities who ruled Israel just before his crucifixion. Christ was beaten and scourged before they crucified him. In verse two we begin to get hints that the passage in verse one is not referring to a contemporary of Micah. The reference to Bethlehem lets us know that this is really about the Messiah and that his origins were not human but eternal; 'from everlasting'.

Yet and still, though God did send the Messiah to them, he still was going to 'give them up' (vs. 3). This is indeed what happened. Christ was indeed born in Jerusalem, but it did not bring the Jews the kind of salvation that they hoped for. Rather, the Lord gave them up to all manner of troubles and enemies and finally expelled them from their land when the Romans came and destroyed the temple.

Since then the Jews had been scattered among the nations and turned into a 'hissing an astonishment, a byword' for two prophetic days (2000 years), let the reader understand (Hos 6:2, Deu 28:37). Today, the Jews have been and are returning to Israel. But that influx has been hampered by many factors, not least of which is the racism and hate practiced by many European Jews on those who Jews who have dark skin. But as I have outlined before, the real hereditary and genetic origin of many if not most European Jews has been brought into question by modern geneticists. Now I do not put too much stock in these kinds of politically loaded 'studies' especially today in light of the worlds growing and organized antisemitism. Such a study only works to give cannon fodder to the enemies of Israel and the Jews who reside in Israel. But the hatred that is engendered by many Jews against non-White Jews in Israel is no little thing or laughing matter. Do you remember those beheadings of Ethiopians in Libya in April? Did you know that some of those who were beheaded were expelled from Israel and they were all Christians.

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long,
O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood
 on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given
unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should
rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren,
 that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

(Rev 6:10-11)

Yes, Israel has been regathered, but modern Israel has still rejected the Messiah and still often persecutes those who preach the gospel. In short, the devil is still very much in the mix in modern Israel.

This passage is followed by a brief preview of the Millennial reign of Christ, when Israel, Jerusalem and the Messiah will rule the earth in strength and majesty and the people of God shall also be great.

Verse five talks about the Assyrian and it is this passage that led me to spend considerable time on the subject of the Assyrian back in 2009. If you have not read it, I respectfully ask that you do for I will not rehash the wheel here. The person of the Assyrian is of great importance to the end times prophetic drama. Today, it is in modern Assyria (Northern Iraq and Syria) and even the Assyrian people, most of whom are Christians that are undergoing the horrible scourge of ISIS and have seen many of their numbers slaughtered, beheaded and enslaved.

I think it quite possible that the passage here in Micah and the personage of the Assyrian are referring to what we Christians call the Antichrist.

Who the seven shepherds and eight principled men are is not clear and there has been a lot of speculation. I think the most important thing about that passage that we can ascertain at this point in time is what JFB said about that verse.

seven shepherds, and eight--"Seven" expresses perfection; "seven and eight" is an idiom for a full and sufficient number (Job_5:19; Pro_6:16; Ecc_11:2).

principal men--literally, "anointed (humble) men" (Psa_62:9), such as the apostles were. Their anointing, or consecration and qualification to office, was by the Holy Spirit [CALVIN] (1Jo_2:20, 1Jo_2:27). "Princes" also were anointed, and they are mentioned as under Messiah (Isa_32:1). English Version therefore gives the probable sense.

The sense of shepherds in those days, the wicked and good ones were touched upon in the link about the Assyrian.

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall
he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land,
 and when he treadeth within our borders. And the remnant of
Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD,
as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth
for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the
Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of
the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who,
if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces,
and none can deliver.

(Mic 5:6-8)

This verse appears to tell us just how and who will deliver Israel from the Assyrian. The passage appears to read that at the time of the Messiah, these 7 shepherds and 8 principled men -  'we' probably redeemed or penitent Israel, will raise up these men to deal with the Assyrian. It is not 100% clear from this passage that Christ has actually returned, but I suspect that he has in this verse. Then the passage goes on to describe the fact that the remnant of Jacob is going to be very large number and in the midst of many people. This is the number of redeemed who have been converted and penitent before their Messiah. The prophets imagery about the dew is not clear to this author as to exactly what is meant. Gill says this.

as a dew from the Lord; both with respect to themselves, being like to dew for the generation of it, which is from above, from heaven, and of God, as their regeneration is; and which secretly and silently falls as the grace of God in regeneration does; and for the number of the drops of it, which are not to be reckoned; and so numerous are the people of God, at least they will be in the latter day,

that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men; which seems to be connected with the dew, though it agrees with both dew and rain, which stay not for men's desires or deserts, but descend according to the will of God: and as this regards the people of God, either with respect to themselves; it shows that as they are, as the dew, or as showers and clouds full of rain, either of grace or doctrine compared thereunto; they are not of themselves so, or of men, but of God; and that their dependence is not upon the creature, but upon the Lord for support and supply: - John Gill's Exposition Of The Entire Bible.

I think in the spiritual sense Gill gets it right. We who know our God do not follow the ways of this world. Our life and 'supply line' comes from the Almighty as we obey the Son, Christ Jesus. Our ways are very different from the ways of this world and lost men. We are led by the Spirit of God. What does the Bible say about dew? They are symbolic of knowledge (Pro 3:30), blessing (Gen 27:39), God's doctrine (Deut 32:2) and youth (Psa 110:3). We Christians and this remnant that God will redeem in those days are a breed apart from this wicked world. We have a different father and a very different spiritual heritage. We will never wholly fit into this world's system. We do not tarry for the sons of men nor the satanic political order of the day. We are under a different authority and put our trust of the Son of God.

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath
 is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

(Psa 2:11-12)

Verse seven and eight talks about this remnant as being 'among the gentiles' and in the midst of many nations. While this passage was written to the Israelites I wonder if this is not a reference to the Gentiles who have been grafted into Israel. This is the doctrine that Paul taught in the book of Romans (Rom 11:13ff). Is this verse referring to All of Israel, both Jew and Gentile will be saved. In those days the redeemed (The remnant of Jacob) will be very strong and will have great power. This clearly is a messianic reference, but one that portends the power of rulership that will come over God's anointed in those days. Clearly Christ's return endows his people with powers to overcome their enemies.

Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries,
and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to
pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses
out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no
more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy
standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no
 more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves
out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen,
such as they have not heard.

(Mic 5:9-15)

God continues to tell of a time when God will use his people to destroy their enemies, specifically, the Assyrian, whom the passage clearly references. This new revived, penitent and holy Israel is a terrible foe to the nations who persecuted her and rebelled against the Lord and they will forced to bow and submit before this new Kingdom. But this know – that this new people, this redeemed of the Lord will not brook the wickedness that was once 'normal' among the heathen and Gentiles. The witchcrafts, idolatry and other false worship is going to be a key target of military destruction in those days. The groves as well (which were places of false worship). The word here for groves is an interesting one.

H842

אשׁירה אשׁרה

'ăshêrâh 'ăshêyrâh

ash-ay-raw', ash-ay-raw'

From H833; happy; asherah (or Astarte) a Phoenician goddess; also an image of the same: - grove. Compare H6253.


Astarte was a Cannanite Godess who was known for fertility. She was, to use a modern phrase, the “Sex Goddess” of her time. She is also known as the Queen of Heaven. The word for her is generally translated grove which had to do with how she was worshiped, but appears to have a deeper meaning – perhaps it was also the trunk of a tree with no branches – this was often the symbol of the Goddess (Illustrated Davis Dictionary of The Bible pg 59). She was intimately associated with the worship of Baal. Also the verse makes plain that the graven images will be cut off. The word here is

H6456

פּסיל

pesîyl

pes-eel'

From H6458; an idol: - carved (graven) image, quarry.

Is this an oblique reference to the image of the Beast whom all men will have to worship in order to buy and sell in the final 42 months of the antichrist's kingdom? It could be, for while I think that the final 42 month system will be of Islamic foundation, I also see many aspects of other false religious worship being interwoven in order to make it more attractive and deceptive to others who are not Muslims, but time will tell. Sorcery, magic and modern day occultism will also be forbidden and violently overthrown.

The totality of God's vengeance against that wicked generation is clear, the cities of the heathen will be destroyed, the chariots and horses (probably a reference to the instruments of war) are going to be cut off in the day of the Lord's Vengeance.

This passage reminds me of Psalm 110 and I think both are describing the same basic time and event.

<A Psalm of David.> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.
(Psa 110:1-7)

Conclusion: In this chapter we get yet another look at the first and second advent of Christ from an Old Testament perspective. We see that God will redeem his people and that once this happens, everything on earth will change with it including new rulers, a new kingdom and the destruction of those things that God hates.

Let us pause, consider and ensure that we are counted among the redeemed!



10 Sept

Irma Coverage At ZH

Accuweather: Irma Hits Florida Keys (Story live blog)

NHC 10Sept 8:00 AM Advisory
At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Irma was located
near latitude 24.5 North, longitude 81.5 West. Irma is moving toward
the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and an increase in
forward speed is expected later today, with that motion continuing
through Monday.  On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should move
over the Lower Florida Keys shortly, and then move near or over the
west coast of the Florida Peninsula later today through tonight.
Irma should then move inland over northern Florida and southwestern
Georgia Monday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher
gusts.  Irma is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale.  While weakening is forecast, Irma is expected
to remain a powerful hurricane while it moves through the Florida
Keys and near the west coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 220
miles (350 km).  A wind gust to 89 mph (143 km/h) was recently
measured at the Key West National Weather Service Forecast Office.
Sustained winds of 46 mph (74 km/h) with a gust to 72 mph (117 km/h)
was recently reported at Tamiami Airport in West Kendall, Florida.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 929 mb (27.43 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
STORM SURGE:  The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the
tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by
rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water is
expected to reach the following HEIGHTS ABOVE GROUND if the peak
surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Cape Sable to Captiva...10 to 15 ft
Captiva to Ana Maria Island...6 to 10 ft
Card Sound Bridge through Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys...
5 to 10 ft
Ana Maria Island to Clearwater Beach, including Tampa Bay...
5 to 8 ft
North Miami Beach to Card Sound Bridge, including Biscayne Bay...
3 to 5 ft
South Santee River to Fernandina Beach...4 to 6 ft
Clearwater Beach to Ochlockonee River...4 to 6 ft
Fernandina Beach to Jupiter Inlet...2 to 4 ft
North of North Miami Beach to Jupiter Inlet...1 to 2 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of
onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and
destructive waves.  Surge-related flooding depends on the relative
timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over
short distances.  For information specific to your area, please see
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office.

The combination of a life-threatening storm surge and large breaking
waves will raise water levels ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS by the
following amounts within the hurricane warning area near and to the
north of the center of Irma.  Near the coast, the surge will be
accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Northern coast of Cuba in the warning area...5 to 10 ft

WIND:  Hurricane conditions are expected to continue within the
hurricane warning area along the north coast of Cuba through
this morning.  Hurricane conditions are spreading across portions of
the Florida Keys and southern Florida.  Winds affecting the upper
floors of high-rise buildings will be significantly stronger than
those near ground level.  Tropical storm and hurricane conditions
are expected to spread northward across the remainder of the warning
areas through Monday.  Tropical storm conditions are possible in the
watch area in the Northwestern Bahamas today.

RAINFALL:  Irma is expected to produce the following rain
accumulations through Wednesday:

Western Cuba...Additional 3 to 6 inches, isolated 10 inches.
Western Bahamas...Additional 2 to 4 inches, isolated 6 inches.
The Florida Keys...15 to 20 inches, isolated 25 inches.
The southern Florida peninsula...10 to 15 inches, isolated 20
inches.
The remainder of the Florida peninsula and southeast Georgia...8 to
12 inches, isolated 16 inches.
The rest of Georgia, eastern Florida Panhandle, southern and western
South Carolina, and western North Carolina...3 to 6 inches, isolated
10 inches.
Eastern Alabama and southern Tennessee...2 to 5 inches.

In all areas this rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods
and, in some areas, mudslides.

TORNADOES:  Tornadoes are possible through tonight, mainly across
southern, central, and eastern portions of the Florida Peninsula.

THE EYE: Do not venture outside when the calm eye of the hurricane
passes over, as dangerous winds will return very quickly when the
eye moves away.

SURF:  Swells generated by Irma are affecting the southeast coast of
the United States.  These swells are likely to cause life-
threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult
products from your local weather office.


NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 1100 AM EDT.

Yes, Google Is Listening

You don't want to miss this article. It shows you how google secretly turns on your microphone, listens and then uploads the file onto google's servers.

Yes, they really do.

How can you protect yourself from this one (of many) 'accidental' spying incidences on Google platforms? The article tells you how.

If you can all look at Google first as an intelligence agency and second as a company whose main purpose is to make cool gadgets that you can't live without so you they can monitor all you say and do, you would be much better off. Why? No one except those wtih top clearances knows exactly where Google's data goes and who it is shared with.

It is against the law for you to know.

That's not something they make real clear in their terms of service.



7  Sept

Irma Watch

Devastation In The Caribbean
Florida Nervously Tracks Storm
Irma Breaks Records
Miami Issues Mandatory Evacuation Orders
National Hurricane Center's Irma Page (may be slow to load)

GDAS Lists Places, Times Of Places Effected By Irma

Irma Leaves Major Devastation On Some Islands
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Google Gets Academic Fired For 'Google Criticism'

Eric Schmidt (Bilderberg) and his Google are, in my mind, everything that is wrong with corporate America. Disagree with the corporate moguls and they come after you. They are now doing the same thing to the President. The WaPo... look that is Jeff Bezos' tabloid and he appears to be making stuff up must to make the President look bad.

The Bilderbergs are indeed one of the corporate offspring of the Nazi's and I have talked a great deal about that one.

It should be noted that Google has had a serious issues in its hiring practices. But it is not just Google. More here. If you were a Nazi you would not hire those you found to be 'subhuman' as the Nazi's found Blacks, Jews and others. I say again, the Bilderbergs were a Nazi offshoot after the Third Reich. They had a written plan to reconstitute themselves after the war and in many respects did just that. So for the most part, you can forget about the dimwits in the street with swastikas and confederate flags - they are a carefully contrived distraction from the real danger. The more they act up, the more people will demand 'controls' on free thought and the press and free expression. Guess who will be there to make that happen?

You got it. More here.

The Real dangerous folks are fabulously wealthy, are politically protected and know just about everything about you.

...and are not wild about hiring people of color. Of note? The Bilderbergs are almost exclusively made up of White Folks. I have only heard of one Black attending their meetings. If he was invited to speak or just serve coffee and sweep the floor is not known to this author. The proceedings of their meets are secret.

Keep in mind that the real Nazi's hated free speech and free thought.

In this they share much in common with the Neo-Nazi's in the street - No Blacks allowed.

This is no 'conspiracy theory' they no longer hide the fact they exist and while its not easy, you can usually find a list of attendee's. And the security at these events is better than the President gets.

So don't let liars and coincidence theorists tell you that powerful men like this don't meet and don't have an agenda. They do and when one discovers more about their history you can better understand why the world is so screwed up and why its only going to get worse.

Look or many of you who want to better understand what is going on with these big tech companies and their love for immigrants (and the H1B visa debate), the following read is very important and give you many of the dynamics  not talked about in the White and especially the so called Black press.

You see, these companies - and its not just tech -  say there is a shortage of workers when they want to import thousands of immigrants, but the dearth of workers narrative is simply not true. There is no shortage IF they count Black potential workers. But many companies, especially those in technology or who cater to rich White clientele, have no intention of hiring anyone Black no matter how qualified they are. If the are hired, it will be in the stock room or as an after-hours janitor... where they can't be seen.  The piece goes on to show how these companies do have labor available to them, they just don't want to 'darken' their break rooms with employees of African descent.

...newspapers like the Wall Street Journal regularly recount how businesses are desperate for employees, many of whom in the past (legally) traveled from overseas. Significantly, such stories totally side-step thousands of young, usually inner-city, African Americans who remain unemployed. - UNZ Review/Robert Weissberg

Mind you, this piece is not politically correct, but asks questions in a semi-tongue in cheek fashion that no one dares ask in our PC obsessed society.

How did we get to this point? Eight years of Obama did not help, it hurt significantly as he had to kiss up to these very same tech giants to get elected and in return, they continued on with their unwritten 'Blacks need not apply' hiring practices while he carefully turned a blind eye.  Many months later and vast portions of Black America still cannot detach their lips from the former President's backside while gunfire rings out every night in Black neighborhoods of Chicago and Baltimore.

This is less a slam at the President that it is at the Uncle Tom Black leaders who let him get away with this for eight years and did and said nothing.

Do I sound angry? Yes, I am a bit because I see the effect of this policy in Chicago and Baltimore where young Blacks are literally killing each other off while these so called Black leaders get fat off the leavings from the massa's table. Why are things so bad in these communities? One reason is there are no jobs for them. Companies would rather spend millions lobbying Congress for new Immigration quota's than hire a Young Black American. The kids see it and you know what? They realize the nation does not care about them, so they do what kids are doing in other countries that have similar problems, they band together, often in violent groups and do what they feel they have to.

This is one reason I don't deal with the big tech giants. I have no Gmail account (active) no Facebook,  none of those things. I have seen their hiring practices and the dearth of Blacks they hire. I will not fund what I perceive to be racists or give them my money. Money is power and the sooner Black folks realize that, the sooner we can take the first baby step to solving some of our problems. But too many are still stuck in the cradle, being rocked to sleep by the DNC who will only wake them long enough to run down the polls on election day.


I thank my God I have not been infected with some of the really dumb things far too may Black Americans do and believe. Mind you, I care deeply about what is happening, particularly with younger Black Americans who grow up in urban areas. My view is that many of my generation of Black's who raised kids failed and did so miserably. So I refuse to lay all the blame on what is happening on these young people. There are many dynamics in play that time and space don't allow for. Suffice it to say, I have been able to get past the anger, identity politics, fake Uncle Tom 'leaders', half-witted blogs and retarded Facebook pages who have all had a hand in really doing a number on Black America. I have leaned the value of thinking outside of the box and not getting too emotionally attached to people whom far too many, have no intention of learning, changing and developing a healthy sense of self-criticism that can lead us out of the crap far too many of us have to live in.

Black America's continued burying its head in the collective sand and pointing the finger of blame on the White man has not and will not solve these problems. Unrealistic and racially inflammatory 'solutions' are not going to fix anything either. It requires some courage to step outside the typical Democratic party's thinking, that by the way saw the problem grow, under America's first African American President who was, (shock!) a Democrat. With a Mayor of Chicago who was his Chief of Staff, who is also a Democrat. They haven't fixed a thing, except help the undertaker pay for his home, car and put their kids through college while getting rich burying young Black men.

My view is that this is the perfect time for the GOP to distance itself from the racists who are too visible in their party and begin an outreach to Black Americans who want these problems fixed and are now asking serious questions about the seriousness of the Democrats commitment to their communities. You see, I have always felt that a more conservative solution to the ills in these communities is what is needed. What do I mean? Jobs, a plan to help create start-up to start businesses, a real sense of entrepreneurship, etc. While I don't want to give into ugly stereotypes, the whole idea of the Democrats solution to many of the ills in our communities have been various types of Social Welfare. I am for those programs, but only as a stopgap, not as a permanent solution. The kinds of dependency these programs engender is far too much like the Master and Slave relationship as far as I am concerned to be comfortable with. A sense of self-worth and real empowerment come from making your own money, working hard, investing, saving and building, not waiting in line for some kind of hand out.

This is one of the things I have supported Trump on, bring jobs back to the US. I would want to see more of them in places like Baltimore and Chicago and shame on Black Americans who blasted the President for having enough courage to try and at least address a problem the last President was too cowardly to address or fix... eight years of political cowardice on this issue.

Some Black Americans were angry with the President for bringing up the murders in Chicago during his early days in office. Rather than try and work with him, he got a litany of hatred from some quarters. Why is that? Has Black America's political hatred of the GOP gone so far that they would rather see a whole generation of Young Black Men kill each other off, than give a White Republican a chance to fix something a Black Democrat refused to? Is that where Black America's mind is at? If so, one can get a better sense as to why we remain fixed at the bottom of just about every rung in American Society. Where I am different than most of Black America is this - I don't care if the Democrats fix this or the Republicans; the Greens or the Libertarians - those labels don't mean nearly as much as the lives of these people who are being lost in the violence in our communities. And weather you wish to accept this or not, this is a fundamental problem in Black thinking patterns - fixing the problem appears less important that the narrative, the party or other social/political/racial considerations and narratives.

These tech giants... they are far far more dangerous that most people think or want to know...

...and that is why they will win.


6 Sept

Psalm 124

 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; 
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
(Psalms 124:1-2 [KJVA])

This Psalm is widely believed to have been written by David. It may have been written by him during the time he beat the Philistines or when Saul was trying to kill him. Yet the spirit of this Psalm is as much about the then current travails of the Psalmist as it is about all of the enemies of Israel and of God's people, whoever those enemies may be and in whatever age they exist.

The Psalmist starts off acknowledging God and that he is on their side. God is always on the side of his people. It may not always seem that way as events, times and tribulations come our way, we often ask God why. We usually don't get an answer to that question. But in many instances, I think God is basically allowing the evil to do their evil against his people so that when it comes time to judge them, they will have no excuse. God is not just testing us, he is testing our enemies and letting them load hot coals of fire over their own head with their evil deeds. When they stand before the great white throne judgment (let the reader understand - Rev 20:11-15) , they will have no excuse, but will face the full and unmitigated fury of the Almighty. This is one reason why our Lord tells us not to take vengeance, but to let the Lord handle it.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:
for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
- Romans 12:19


We must not take revenge. Rather we must strive always to be on the Lord's side in all things and when we are on his side, he will be on ours. Verse one starts by saying that if the Lord had not been on Israel's side, without finishing the thought. Then in verse two he repeats the idea in order to give it emphasis. The emphasis is simple, without God's help when men rose up against his people they would have been swallowed up.

This idea is found throughout the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament. Lets take a look at Jacob in the book of Genesis. Laban tried to defraud Jacob.

Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac,
had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty.
God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked
thee yesternight. And Laban answered and said unto Jacob,
These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children,
and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou seest is mine: and what can
I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be
 for a witness between me and thee. And Jacob took a stone,
and set it up for a pillar. And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones;
and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. And Laban said,
This heap is a witness between me and thee this day.
Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; And Mizpah; for he said,
The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take other wives beside
my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.
(Gen 31:42-50)


Jacob left Laban's service, but he did so on the express command of God (Gen 31:3). God was with him and he did as he was bid, but often when we try and obey God, the devil, using his human interlocutors (witting and unwitting) will stand in our way. When Israel fled Egypt, Pharaoh stood in the way; when David was anointed King, Saul stood in the way, When Joshua was told to take the promised land, many nations stood in his way. Before we enter into the promised land, satan will stand in our way. We still must go forward and obey the commandments of the Lord. When trouble arises, we must not forget that God is on our side. When trouble arises, when our foes move against us at work, in the courts, in our families or on the battlefield we must be steadfast in our faith and know that if God is for us, who can be against us! God's love for those who honor and obey him is boundless.

 What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?
  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth.  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died,
yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from
the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
 as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:31-39 [KJVA])

Yes, nothing can stand between us and the love of our God. In verse two of Psalm 124, we see that men had risen against Israel. There were many times in the past this happened. But in this occasion, God did not allow Israel to be beaten or overtaken. God stood with Israel.

Then they had swallowed us up quick,
when their wrath was kindled against us:
(Psalms 124:3 [KJVA])

This is the 'then' part of the if-then question. If God had not been with them, then they would have been swallowed up quick. David knew who his ultimate savior was. He made it plain in the book of Samuel.

And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear:
for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
(I Samuel 17:47 [KJVA])


God was with David and he protected him from the Philistine who who had come against Israel. I think on Gideon and Joshua. Who waged war for the Lord and his cause (not the causes of this world). They all knew whom they could depend on for victory. When men rise up against the Lord, his people and his anointed, be assured that God will move in a powerful way against his enemies. The anger of man is nothing, when they get angry with us, particularly for doing God's will, we must not fear nor be dismayed. Know that God is with us in the midst of these trials.

Then the waters had overwhelmed us,
the stream had gone over our soul:
Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
(Psalms 124:4-5 [KJVA])

Using Hebrew poetic similitude, the Psalmist describes what would have happened to them if God had not been with them. Once again the basic idea is expressed twice, as in the first two verses. The reason for the repetition escapes me, but it may have given form to the poetry or part of the meter of the song when sung or added for emphasis on the basic idea.

The waters have always been symbolic of many people. This is true for the old as well as the new Testament.

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth,
are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
 (Revelation of John 17:15 [KJVA])

So we see here that what the Psalmist was saying by way of poetic and prophetic symbology was that there was a mass of people who had organized themselves to do Israel in.

Here John Gill's commentary, I think is important.
Then the waters had overwhelmed us,.... People, comparable to waters for their multitude, Strength, force, and impetuosity; which bear down all before them, and against which there is no standing; which, like the waters of the flood, overflow and destroy all they pass over. These are the floods of ungodly men, which are very destructive and terrible; see Rev_17:15; together with all those reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions, which come along with them; which the presence of God only can bear up his people under, and carry them through, Son_8:7;

the stream had gone over our soul; and so deprived them of life; the whole force of the enemy; which, like a stream, flows in with great strength and rapidity, when a breach is made and spreads itself... - Gill

Gill I think captures the meaning of the passage clearly.

Blessed be the LORD,
who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

(Psa 124:6)


Here the idea is simple. The Psalmist humbly blesses the Lord for his salvation. The idea of teeth has the clear connotation that they were going to devour Israel.

Brothers, I can tell you I blessed the Lord and still do from protecting me from those elements in the deep state who spend a couple of years and tens of thousands of Federal dollars trying to set me up. I have intimated many of the things they did to me and tried to do. One thing I have not talked about was just how deep a 'threat' some dark forces inside our government viewed me. The issue of actually having me killed was actually discussed, though not seriously. I think they much rather would have tried to destroy my reputation and arrest me as some kind of child molester or pervert, a fraudster, hacker etc and thus destroy my reputation (and work). They did the 'full nelson' against me and what I can say is this. Were it not for the God I served and me crying out to him, I would either be sitting in jail or laying in a coffin. But interestingly many of those who were behind this whole thing now have a range of new problems some legal, some health, others I suspect existential. It was the Lord who looked out for me and this humble ministry. I did not take revenge and did not try and 'get back' at those who were hounding me half to death. Most who were involved did not know the whole story, they were given a lie about me and came after me like the lie was true.

He who puts his trust in God and his son Jesus Christ will find potent and powerful protection in times of trouble. I have always done my best to honor God in all things and this ultimately was the reason satan moved in the hearts of these men in power to try (whose names you know) and destroy me and this site. But to these devils, they really think that those who drop arms to terrorists and arm Nazi's and gun down innocent people in the street are doing 'gods' work'. They are, the god of this world who is also known as the devil, who has masterfully deceived these men into his infernal service.

I fully 'get' where this Psalmist is coming from.

The Lord had other plans for me and blessed be his name both now and forever more!

I felt like Titus did in the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus as Rome, whom he had served honorably and with distinction turned on him and his family because of the personal revenge the emperors wife wanted to take on him.

Here is what he said in the play upon banishment of one of his sons.

O happy man! they have befriended thee.
Why, foolish Lucius, dost thou not perceive
That Rome is but a wilderness of tigers?
Tigers must prey, and Rome affords no prey
But me and mine: how happy art thou, then,
From these devourers to be banished!

- Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus)


Titus was at his wits end and even (as with Job) as he was yet speaking, lo, another major sorrow was to befall him and he had many. Me? I am most pleased to be 'banished' from any form of intelligence or military service. They wrecked my reputation by going back to all my old colleagues, commanders friends and questioning them,  investigating me making it look like I was some traitor when I all I did was try and help my country when asked by someone working for the CIA.

That is the very last time I will ever do that.

I too served this nation and in time of war, and this was the payment I got back for it, to be investigated, hounded, have my bedroom windows smashed so they could put a repair person into my house who was working with the government, break into my home go through my personal papers, my computers put surveillance equipment around my home, hound and harass me at my gym, local restaurants, around my home... all with no warrant or probable cause, other than the set up they had arranged. 

But my God was looking our for me and I say again, blessed be the name of the Lord!


Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers:
the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
(Psa 124:7-8)

Though they had set a trap for God's people, they escaped out of it. Just like that of a bird. Again, let me get Gill's take on this, it's good.

Satan, and wicked men under his influence, are like fowlers who lay snares for them, to draw them into sin, into immorality and error, in order to bring them to ruin and destruction; hence we read of the snare of the devil and of wicked men, 1Ti_3:7, 2Ti_2:26; and who form plans and lay schemes to oppress and destroy them; but through the wisdom given them to discern these devices and stratagems, and through the power of divine grace, accompanying them, they escape what was intended for their hurt, and particularly in the following manner:

the snare is broken, and we are escaped; measures concerted by wicked men are broken, their schemes are confounded, their devices are disappointed, so that they cannot perform their enterprise; and by this means the saints escape the evils designed against them, the afflictions of the world, and the temptations of Satan. - Gill


Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
(Psa 124:8)

Where is your help? Is it coming from your six figure a year job? From your husband who has mafia ties? Is it from your lawyers, your sugar daddy, the gun you keep in your dresser drawer? These things are nothing compared to the power of the living God, who watches over his people better than an ADT alarm system, a couple of bodyguards and an electric fence around your home. Alarm systems can be disabled, bodyguards bought off, and that electric fence and suddenly lose its power.

Not so with the Lord, who keeps a watchful eye on those who love him and do his will.

Are you going through trouble put in motion by evil men?  Be you a Janitor, a bus driver, an executive or a President, lean on God, do his will and when you do that you will find as you shift your priorities, that your enemies, will more and more become his enemies.

Serve the Lord honorably, faithfully and he will be with you.

Blessings to all of you as well as God's holy protection to all of you here at Watson's Web!

In Christ.

Brother Mark

3 Sep

Micah Chapter 4

FYI- we continue Micah a piece written for insiders many moons ago.

The next Chapter of Micah begins with talking about the last days.


But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

(Mic 4:1-2)


This is a very interesting passage. While reading various commentaries on the first four versus of Micah, I was struck by the level of disagreement as to when this word was/is to be fulfilled. Some see it has being fulfilled at Christ's first advent, others later, still others allegorize it to correlate with the Church age. These expositors see the Apostles and the gospel message as being envisioned in this passage. While I do not see this view as being particularly wrong, I see it as wholly inadequate. Clearly the passage is talking about the inflow of the Gentiles into God's eternal kingdom (and into Israel proper). Yes, I do see this as being partially fulfilled by the Church age. We see this idea in the great commission Christ gave to his Apostles (Mark 16:15). John Gill for example says this about the whole of Chapter four.

This chapter contains some gracious promises concerning the glory and happiness of the church of Christ in the last days; as of its stability, exaltation, and increase, and of the spread of the Gospel from it, Mic_4:1; and of the peace and security of it, and constant profession and exercise of religion in it, Mic_4:3; and of the deliverance of it from affliction and distress, and the ample and everlasting kingdom of Christ in it, Mic_4:6; and then follow some prophecies more particularly respecting the Jews; as that, though they should be in distress, and be carried captive into Babylon, they should be delivered from thence, Mic_4:9; and, though many people should be gathered against them, yet should not be able to prevail over them, but their attempts would issue in their own destruction, Mic_4:11. - Gill

Yet as this chapter moves onwards I see this chapter a little differently. I think that there appears to be more here and a clearly in my view it contains a look towards the millennial reign of Christ, not just the Church age. I think both are envisioned here. Today, we do not see this kind of inflow of God fearing people in Jerusalem from all over. In a spiritual sense, yes the teachings of the God of Israel are and have been sought from the four corners of the earth. So clearly in that sense this passage is applicable, for the word of Christ Jesus was indeed uttered from Israel and Jerusalem and has been sent forward globally. As with most prophetic utterances from the Old Testament, the Church age was not seen or understood by the prophets, They only saw the glorious reign of the Messiah here on earth from Zion.

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:
nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war
 any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree;
 and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts
hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god,
and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
 for ever and ever.

(Mic 4:3-5)

In truth here, what Micah is expounding here is a key aspect the Mystery of God. But because the Church age itself was hidden from him, he see's the glorious reign of the Messiah and the Church age in one sweeping vision/word. Clearly large parts of this passage have not nor can be fulfilled without the physical return of the Messiah. No reasonable person can say that our world has beaten its swords into plowshares or their spears into pruning hooks, those who say otherwise need to pick up a newspaper or go and watch the news for about 20 minutes! In this Church age, which some expositors try and make this passage fit, nation's are indeed rising up against other nations, just like our Lord said they would just before his return.

The sense I get from these passages is that we are talking about the Millennial Reign when Christ is in Jerusalem and those men who are deemed worthy to live in those times (who were not part of Church age proper) will be seeking God's face and his ways, they will want to know more about the God of Israel.

This deserves a bit of digression because I think there are some misconceptions about what the millennial reign will be like. First and foremost, the kingdom's of this world will belong to Christ Jesus. He will reign in Jerusalem. The devil who is the great deceiver and trouble maker will be bound in Chains for a thousand years in the Abyss (bottomless pit) while the Messiah brings in his age of peace and prosperity upon the whole earth. But because the world will have just suffered tremendous war and conflict, I see that many people will be confused and traumatized. From the outset Christ's reign will begin with Judgment. Christ is going to judge the nations and rebuke those from afar. Did he not tell us of this when his Apostles asked him about his return? Here is what Christ said.


When the Son of man shall come in his glory,
and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the
 throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered
all nations: and he shall separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divideth his
sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right han
d, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto
them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
 I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me:
I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw
we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked,
and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison,
and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and
ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed
me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee
an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison,
 and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying,
 Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least
 of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:
but the righteous into life eternal.

(Mat 25:31-46)

Here we see that Christ has

  1. Returned in glory

  2. He is with his Angles

  3. He is judging the nations

  4. His judgment is based upon the WORKS done to those who were his brothers.

  5. There appears to be a clear distinction between three groups of people, The Sheep, The Goats and Christ's Brethren.


The passage tells us that there is Kingdom prepared for such as these since the foundation of the world. Since the beginning God had a plan and when Christ returns and casts out the devils agents and servants, a new reign of peace, love, joy and prosperity will be brought upon the entire world all to the Glory of God. In short, this passage I think is far more relevant in foretelling of the Millennial Reign rather than just the Church age. Yes, even verse five which some expositors would have a problem with saying is the case.

The passage in verse five says that every people will walk in the name of his god but that Israel will walk in the name of their God, even the Lord. While it is probably true that what the prophet here is doing is drawing comparisons between the God of Israel and the god's of the heathen, I find it most curious that such a word is given here. What does this mean?

I will give you my own view. While Christ will indeed reign in Jerusalem and peace and prosperity will be the word of the day, there will still be some minor pockets of 'resistance'; some out of ignorance, others out of sin and yet others out of rebellion. Isaiah looks at this new age of Christ and makes some interesting observations, here is one.

There shall be no more thence an infant of days,
nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child
shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old
shall be accursed.

(Isa 65:20)

There will be death in the Millennial Kingdom. Not for the redeemed Church, but for those who are subjects (not the rulers and priests for that is the heritage of the redeemed Church) in those days and for those who are born during the Millennium. Things will be great, wonderful in fact, but not perfect. As long as man is around there will be some problems. What do I mean? Well, lets take a look at what Zechariah has to say about this time.

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
 (Zec 14:16-19)

Worship in Jerusalem before the Messiah is expected during the feast of tabernacles. But clearly there will be some who will not or will not want to do it. God then is letting them know that he will punish them for this. Could it be that there will be many places where residual idolatry still exists? That is not a question I can competently answer, but I will say that verse 5 of Micah seems to indicate that even during the Millennial Reign, some men will forget the past tribulations and seek out the worship of other gods. Also I think we need to keep this in mind as well. That towards the end of the Millennial Reign, the devil will be let out of his prison and will be allowed to go to and fro throughout the earth and up and down in it (Job 1:7ff) to deceive the Kingdoms once again.

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
(Rev 20:7-10)


It is only at the end of the thousand years that the battle of God and Magog transpires, such armies being lead spiritually by the prince of darkness. I also find it of great importance that the Devil is not consigned to the lake of fire at first but is placed in the Abyss, or Bottomless pit. This is a place where key and powerful spirits in the kingdom of darkness are locked up (See Rev 9:1). Satan, will one day go there for a thousand years. Clearly there will be many who will resist the Messiah's reign even in the Millennium and this is why the Lord allows the devil a short time to 'come out and play'. He is going to test those souls to see if they love him or seek to serve evil instead. Judging by the passage above in Revelation, the numbers of rebels will number as the sands of the sea.

My point with this digression is to make this point, the Millennial Reign will be a glorious peaceful and wondrous time for those who inhabit the earth. Yet and still I think there will still be minor pockets of sin and rebellion and others who will look 'longingly' back to Egypt and Sodom, even in an age of universal peace. Those tendencies will be exploited by the devil when he is loosed from his prison.

I will grant you, I may be reading too much into this one verse, however, I cannot ignore it either and other expositors explanations were, in my view, wholly unsatisfactory.


In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth,
 and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth,
even for ever.

(Mic 4:6-7)

Here the Lord is adding even more promises to his people. Clearly we are talking about the same time period as in the first 5 versus. Those who were afflicted and driven out, mistreated and mocked will be turned into a remnant and will blessed by the most high. This passage was probably particularly relevant to Israel in those days who would one day return to the land after exile feeling spiritually damaged, mentally exhausted and economically distressed. Here the Lord was making a precious promise to them even in the midst of foretold tribulations.


And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
(Mic 4:8-10)

Jerome claimed that this Tower of the Flock (Town of Ader) was about a mile from Bethlehem. This is the place where Jacob's wife, Rachel died, being in severe labor (Gen 35:16ff). The metaphor of being in labor is probably one that the God wanted to evoke in the minds of the hearers. God was indeed going to deliver Israel to Babylon and there she would suffer as a woman in labor. She would leave the Holy City and live in the fields. Big trouble was coming to Israel who had sinned so greatly against the Lord. But God was still going to redeem her from her enemies. The reference to the 'First Dominion' appears to be a reference to the reign of the Messiah in Jerusalem, though the passage does not prevent it merely referencing the restoration of Jewish government after the exile.

Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
(Mic 4:11-13)

This passage I see as being indicative of the last days Battle of Armageddon, where God gathers the nations on the mountains of Israel so that he may destroy them (Rev 16:16). Note that there are many armies gathered against Israel and here God tells Israel to arise and he is going to give them great military power. The word for 'Horn' is an interesting one.

H7161

קרן

qeren

keh'-ren

From H7160; a horn (as projecting); by implication a flask, cornet; by resemblance an elephant’s tooth (that is, ivory), a corner (of the altar), a peak (of a mountain), a ray (of light); figuratively power: - X hill, horn.


The nations do not understand what the Lord is up to, they are clueless as to God's plan. They do not know that God himself is gathering them together for the purpose of threshing them in battle. They looked upon Israel as a choice virgin whom they were going to defile and found a roaring lion who was going to destroy them and take their wealth and give it unto the Lord.


I see this passage as being one of Israel's ultimate victory in the last days. Israel will 'beat in pieces' many nations. The image of threshing here I think bears just a little comment. The word is used quite a bit in relation to God's judgment. Here are all the occurrences.


H1758

דּישׁ / דּושׁ / דּוּשׁ

dûsh / dôsh / dîysh



doosh, dosh, deesh

A primitive root; to trample or thresh: - break, tear, thresh, tread out (down), at grass [Jer. H50 : H11, by mistake for H1877].



Total KJV Occurrences: 15

thresh, 3

Isa_41:15, Mic_4:13, Hab_3:12

threshing, 3

2Ki_13:7, 1Ch_21:20, Isa_28:28

threshed, 2

Isa_28:27, Amo_1:3

trodden, 2

Isa_25:10 (2)

break, 1

Job_39:15

grass, 1

Jer_14:5

tear, 1

Jdg_8:7

tread, 1

Hos_10:11

treadeth, 1

Deu_25:4


Isaiah also uses the same metaphor in relation to Israel.


Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.

(Isa 41:15-16)


Here is how Albert Barnes sums up this passage.


The prophet joins another image, with this and represents Judah as being by God endued with strength, first as with a “horn of iron” 1Ki_22:11 to cast the enemy to the ground, and then with “hoofs of brass,” wherewith to trample them to dust, as the stubble and chaff. “And I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord,” that is, to Myself; the Lord gathered them into the floor by His Providence; the Lord gave His people strength to subdue them; and now, in His own Person, He says, I will complete My own work.


The very image of the “threshing” implies that this is no mere destruction. While the stubble is “beaten” or bruised to small pieces, and the chaff is far more than the wheat, and is carried out of the floor, there yet remains the seed-corn. So in the great judgments of God, while most is refuse, there yet remains over, what is severed from the lost heap and wholly “consecrated” to Him. - Albert Barnes



31 Aug

Harvey CRS Reports

Congressional Considerations Related to Hurricane Harvey, CRS Insight, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and Army Corps: Background for Flood Response and Recovery, CRS Insight, August 29, 2017

Oil and Chemical Spills: Federal Emergency Response Framework, August 29, 2017

DHS Appropriations FY2017: Departmental Management and Operations, August 24, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2018, August 22, 2017

Comparing DHS Component Funding, FY2018: In Brief, August 21, 2017

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations: FY2017, August 10, 2017

Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), July 25, 2017

Federal Disaster Assistance Response and Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries, July 18, 2017

Private Flood Insurance in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), CRS Insight, June 2, 2017

Federal Disaster Assistance: The National Flood Insurance Program and Other Federal Disaster Assistance Programs Available to Individuals and Households After a Flood, April 6, 2017

Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles, March 29, 2017

Dam Safety: Federal Programs and Authorities, CRS In Focus, February 23, 2017

FEMA Disaster Housing: The Individuals and Households Program–Implementation and Potential Issues for Congress, September 2, 2016

Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies, May 19, 2015

Deployable Federal Assets Supporting Domestic Disaster Response Operations: Summary and Considerations for Congress, May 13, 2015

FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer, November 12, 2014

FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund: Overview and Selected Issues, May 7, 2014

FEMA Disaster Cost-Shares: Evolution and Analysis, April 4, 2013

FY2013 Supplemental Funding for Disaster Relief, February 19, 2013

Federal Involvement in Flood Response and Flood Infrastructure Repair: Storm Sandy Recovery, October 31, 2012

Courtesy Congress and the Federation of American Scientists

30 Aug

US Military Fights Rebels Armed By CIA

Yes, it true and look for more of this in the future as many of these rebels will probably soon take up where ISIS left off after now having been abandoned by Brennan's CIA. Antiwar's brief piece shows us what is happening and what is surely coming in the future.

This is exactly the kind of scenario I knew would one day happen and is the result of not poor policy making, but policy makers who have been subverted by other nations will try and use our country and its military like a whore-monger uses a condom.

Those men and women who serve in our military deserve better than to have to face CIA arms made available by the very same people who now send them to war.

The nest of traitors who reside in the top policy making quarters in government are working pretty hard to get back into the drivers seat in formulating our policies. Trump, love him or hate him, has indeed begun a real campaign to clean up those terrorists in Iraq and Syria and stopped arming the rebels and by extension, ISIS...

...and believe it or not this is one (but only one) of the key reasons some of those in power hate him with a perfect hatred. What you have not been told is that the lines between ISIS and those rebels is in many cases more a fiction than a reality. Individuals (terrorists) would move between groups and often take their American provided weapons with them.

Look the way, the best way to understand the drama in DC is this. Trump is seen by many as a loudmouthed, braggart that has little real political savvy. But he is fighting the criminalized interests who brought the world all of this craziness. The Arming of terrorists, the assisting of Nazi's and overthrowing democratically elected governments. The entities who pay the bills of these powerful Senators and former administration officials want their 'agents' back in the drivers seat so that they can continue to get what they want and don't have to go out and buy a new 'condom' to accomplish their evil deeds. Many of those Americans military and covert personnel who were serving on the ground have been utterly disgusted with what we were doing and took a big risk in telling the world about it. Why? Because for the most part, we were being lied to.

Americans turned the TV on and watched NetFlix instead.

This is why those Senators have stacked the deck against Trump with a lopsided investigation into Russia and won't look into the other things even worse things that went on in the election that were committed by person  who wants to continue the policy of crazy. Party in this instance does not matter. Trump is not going along with the program that some want and that is why so many in his party are looking to trump up (pun intended) charges to get him removed.

It has never occurred to those in the Media that so called Russian interference in our elections may not have been the problem. No one is asking why it is that the policy of "Russia Hate' is exactly what Ukrainian Intelligence would want to see. Ukrainian intel officials and the Russians ones are both very good, they both went to the same schools in the days of the Soviet Union.  Find how which Senators have been leading the charge to arm Nazi's in Ukraine and to kill Russians as though they were some kind of Ukrainian-run remote controlled wind-up dolls. Find out who has been spearheading this mad dash to a war with Russia that will lead to massive causalities and probably NOT a US military victory, but would weaken Russia enough so as not to pose such a risk to Ukraine.

Who was using Ukrainian Software companies to clean up their servers with all that classified data on it?

No one wants to see the obvious in this current 'hate Trump' hysteria being whipped up by those interests who want to see the "Let's arm terrorists" wing of the deep state back in the drivers seat. Those interests are personified in the Candidacy of Hillary Clinton and future Joe Biden.

Our nation has spilled an ocean of innocent blood. Be assured that God will indeed hold America to account. Not just the leaders, but the people as well who approved of these things (took the time to go to the ballot box and choose these people to lead them). They too will be brought to account. 


  And he said, What hast thou done?
the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. 
And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened
her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand
(Genesis 4:11-12)

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints,
and of all that were slain upon the earth. 
(Revelation of John 18:24)

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of
the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
(Revelation of John 17:6)

But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness,
and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression,
and for violence, to do it.

(Jeremiah 22:17)

Brothers, this I know. God see's the evil we have done, including he secret evil our deep state actors can successfully hide from us. God sees it and will repay. People think that when the hammer falls on us that we can pray away God's judgment. No, that is usually not the case. Let's take a look at how the Lord dealt before.

 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 
Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously,
then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of
 the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man
and beast from it:  Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it,
they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. 
(Ezekiel 14:12-14)


Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live,
saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter;
they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
(Ezeliel 14:20)

When Babylon falls, what does he tell his people to do. Get out - if you don't you will be judged with them.

 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,
Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and
the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
 that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 
(Revelation of John 18:2-5)

There is a reason why end times Babylon is called a whore.  What is that reason?

A Whore sells herself for money.

It pains me to say these things. It really does. But the American I once knew is gone and she will not return. I see an ever descending spiral of moral degradation, ignorance, hate and violence now taking the place of the once beloved republic. We think we are in the right because we wave a flag, but God sees things very, very differently.

He hears to cries of innocent blood we shed from Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Syria, Libya, Yemen and a host of other places you don't even hear about.

Sin will take you farther than you want to go,
keep you longer than you want to stay,
and cost you more than you want to pay. - Unknown

We have heard about the national debt with regards to our finances.

But there is another debt that this nations will one day be forced to pay.

The repayment for our sins.

How can you avoid this and get a get out of debt free card?

Repent - seek peace, seek justice and obey the Lord and walk humbly with him.

And to you Churchgoers who think you have won God's approval - consider this.

 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
 and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways,
as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God:
they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 
¶ Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not?
wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?
Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 
Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness:
 ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul?
 is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth
and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?
 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness,
 to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free,
and that ye break every yoke?  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 
(Isaiah 58:1-7)

To the so-called Church in America that is deeply divided along racial and economic lines, whose loves and hates mirror the world and not Lord - be sure that your sins will find you out!!!

Brothers, God's controversy we will all discover, is as much with the Church as it is with the lost.



28 Aug

Don't Like The Law? Get Around It, NSA Style!

FYI: This was written a couple of months ago...

The above link by ZDNet is about NSA's traffic shaping. This is not a new story but one that is important in that it appears that this is a new way the Intelligence Community is doing an end run around the laws that Congress has passed and is now debating (Section 702).

In short if they want to listen to The Presidents, Nancy Peloisi's, Hillary's or Paul Ryan's Personal communications and it is not legal for them to (no warrant, no probably cause) they just re-route the traffic overseas and then it gets mixed in with traffic that is legal for them to collect and then they get to listen... 'accidentally on purpose'.

Look, these guys who everyone thinks are protecting the nation? Well. for the most part they are. But the problem is you have spies, traitors and political leaders who are in the pay of criminals, political hacks and others who are using this data against our political system and the people that system is supposed to represent. I don't like Lindsey Graham much but he at least appears to get this.

Lindsey Graham frustrated intelligence officials won't tell him if he was 'unmasked'

Senators Demand To Know About 'Unmasking'

Most people don't really understand just how dangerous this is to a democratic system. They will allow political hacks to spin the issue into a gender issue a partisan issue, a race issue. No dear readers, this is a political stability issue. Once a political hack or more importantly a foreign power gets hold of that data, any Congressmen, Senators White House Official can be blackmailed and otherwise influenced to do things against the best interest of the nation.

How does this work?

NSA, Market and The Chancellors Phone
NSA And The Greek Crisis

A Case in point:  Check the above links. Now a certain EU nation is slave to the banks.

How does the system become enslaved to these large global corporate interests and not the people who elect them?

Well, let's take a look at something.

The Domestic Security Alliance Council

Who are they? I doubt one American in a thousand even heard of them before. Have you? Be honest.

I don't think so.

The DSAC are public officials and private corporations who have direct access to just about anything classified they believe they need access to. Always keep this in mind when dealing with federal agencies. They will always do whatever the law allows or does not specifically prevent or even if specifically prevented/disallowed by law, when they know that will never be enforced, will do anyway. Always.

Once the the NSA knows it can get around the laws, they will get around them. They don't care about our rights. Now I am not talking so much about the low level civil servant, but the political hacks who are put into positions of authority by wealthy and powerful interests for the specific reason to service those interests. Businesses want intelligence and they want to control and remove people who get in their way. They want to destroy popular dissent and make certain that nothing gets in the way of their profits and their further consolidation of power. Laws only matter when the real possibility of jail comes into the picture, beyond that, laws are simply ignored. If you can internalize these things, nothing in DC will ever surprise you again. Why is Hillary running around free after having done what she has been doing for decades? Simple, laws are nothing more than a nuisance to her, only a fool or 'the little people' (that would be you and me) follows the law in the lexicon of Washington. So who are these people and what do they do?

The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) is an American governmental/corporate alliance created at the request of corporations "for an FBI-led organization that would bridge the information divide between America’s private and public sectors" [1] in December 2005. The program facilitates information sharing and cooperation between the FBI and over 200 of the largest American companies, which altogether account for over one third of the gross domestic product of the United States. In December 2012, released documents showed that the DSAC and counter-terrorism programs conducted surveillance of non-violent Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2011. - Wikipedia (PDF)

You read that correctly. Do you really want to know why your protests get broken up and your leaders get put in jail for protests? I will tell you why. In many respects, our domestic intelligence services are no longer there to protect us, they are being used against us to protect the interests of Global (not American) but GLOBAL corporations.

Mass False Arrests OK With SCOTUS

This was what they did to Occupy Wall Street and now with this whole unmasking scandal which looks to be how they are using these 'intelligence gathering' systems to control influence and even blackmail political candidates and officeholders. This is the real threat this so called 'unmasking' scandal poses.

Well, the documents, as you stated, show that the FBI and American intelligence agencies were monitoring and reporting on Occupy Wall Street before the first tent even went up in Zuccotti Park. The documents that we have been able to obtain show the FBI communicating with the New York Stock Exchange in August of 2011 about the upcoming Occupy demonstrations, about plans for the protests. It shows them meeting with or communicating with private businesses. And throughout the materials, there is repeated evidence of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, American intelligence agencies really working as a private intelligence arm for corporations, for Wall Street, for the banks, for the very entities that people were rising up to protest against. - Democracy Now!

What kind of power are we talking about with this little known group?

Two-thirds of the leadership of the DSAC is cross-affiliated with the secretive, radical business group that calls itself the Business Roundtable (BR). And the BR has very, very serious political and economic clout. It isn’t possible to find more influential toes to step on. Yet the BR is very little known, and with good reason: almost nothing is ever said about it in either the corporate or democratic press, even apart from its DSAC connection. Even search engines suppress information about the group. Nearly the only place the Business Roundtable.

This is hardly surprising. The members of the Business Roundtable, comprised of corporate CEOs, don't want to be known. They are the individuals most responsible for the destruction of US unions. They are the individuals most responsible for the offshore outsourcing of millions of US jobs. They are the individuals most responsible for ever-more inflated CEO salaries. And they now seek the highly unpopular privatization of Social Security and destruction of Medicare. In short, they are the individuals most responsible for waging intensive economic warfare on the average American. To say the very least, a great many BR initiatives are intensely disliked by millions of Americans. Greater public awareness of the BR could therefore translate directly into greater public antagonism toward it, and also to a greatly increased understanding of the agenda and the extensive influence of the group ever does receive significant mention is the Wall Street Journal, which invariably valorizes the group.

 - Who (Specifically) is Behind the NSA Mass Surveillance Program?

Perhaps now you can get a better understanding of why political candidates were being unmasked. Some very powerful people did not want Trump elected this was bipartisan and corporate opposition to him (think globalization and trade). They were pulling out all the stops to make sure he wasn't. Mind you, I don't think Trump has the temperament for the job and have said so a few times in the past.

BRT Members

But the key issue is that these people are, have been and will continue to use their power to do an end run around our Democratic process. Moreover many of these powerful interests are no longer serving America, but rather have been busy in other countries (like China) and have very divided loyalties. This is why they went after OWS and why BLM will never be allowed to have the success they think they can get. They don't know how this system works. How do I know? A few years ago, when one of their leaders were asked about the Congressional Black Caucus, he didn't even know who they were!! Now this was years ago and I am sure that their political knowledge has increased at least a little. But still most Americans, honestly, they don't know and won't listen to those insiders or former insiders who are trying to tell them what is really going on. Hint - Donald Trump's tweets are NOT what is really going on.

Big Brother America: The Civil Protest Spy Files

But my point is a simple one. There is a reason why you can scour the web and find almost nothing on the Business Roundtable. Know this - those with money and power and will do what it takes to get references to them removed from the web when they feel it necessary. For those of you want visualizations of interlocking directories of corporations. You can find some great charts here.

Americans know there is a problem but many are not fully cognizant of just where the power 'pressure points' are. That is not so much their fault as it is the fault of the mainstream media who works pretty hard to hide and obfuscate these things for their respective board members who interlock with groups like the Business Roundtable.

Related: Journalist Faces 70 Years In Jail Over Inauguration Protests
Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy

Moreover, most Americans are too easily sidetracked when the partisan, gender, race, and sexual orientation spin gets inserted into the debate and their emotion button his pushed. Once that happens, rational thought get shut down for a collective scream based upon any narrative that they can push forward into the media.

Simply put these questions are far deeper than just a renewal of Section 702. They go to the very heart of our system of government and why it has become so dysfunctional, the rich keep getting richer and the poor cannot find decent work. It's because of the undue, often criminalized influence those with power exercise over the wheels of state to the detriment of its citizens.

This whole traffic shaping issue. This is just the deep state flipping Congress and the Senate the bird while they continue to do those things the spirit of law expressly forbids them to do. I cannot stress enough just how contemptuous of the law many within the intelligence community are. Many (not all) absolutely loath the Congress and the democratic processes that put them into office and only obey the law when there is a clear, threat of legal consequences for not doing so (like prison time). If no such threat exists and they are only forced to 'twist and turn' during uncomfortable intelligence oversight hearings, then they will and have continue to show that contempt

What I don't want to do is to paint the BRT or other business organizations as all being 'evil'. No rather I want here to point out the very real potential for abuse that appears not only to have transpired in the past, but new abuses appear to be going on right now, all to the benefit of an unelected elite rather than the people.

Trump's election did not please many people but he did represent the interests of a lot of people who lost jobs or took a serious hit in pay during the years following the crisis of 2008. He preached a gospel that those interests don't want to hear - Bring jobs back to America, trade tariffs, curtailing work visa's for foreigners, getting rid of tax incentives to offshore jobs.  Powerful interests did NOT want to hear that.

They could not stop his election, but they are fully determined to remove him now that he is President.

Many of you say, brother Mark, I don't understand why you post this, this has nothing to do with the gospel. On a direct level they are correct. It doesn't. But look around the world at how governments are jailing and persecuting Christians. The way this system is set up, Congress would be the last to know if the deep state were assassinating Pastors, prophets evangelists right here in the US. They know how to work the laws to escape accountability. They pulled some pretty filthy deeds with me, these deep state 'operatives' (a better word may be 'traitors'), so I know from personal experience that this is no idle threat as do a few others who have had run ins with these creatures.

My point is this - our government is less and less being run by elected officials, but more and more by insiders corporate moguls and others whose name you are not allowed to know and whatever you may think of Trump, those interests have him in their crosshairs and want him gone. Lefties may rejoice when that happens, but it will no victory for the people. Why do I say that? Because when the winds shift and the democrats give their heart and soul to elect a candidate into office to make real changes, those exact same interests will move to make sure they never happen and the only thing that goes forward are wars, more debt, more major contracts to the rich corporations, more defense contracts, more police state tools, more ways to keep ordinary folks out of the courts to sue major corporations (like mandatory arbitration) and more things that make them rich and powerful and take what wealth (like jobs) and power the people have away from them. That is the establishments agenda - that and use the power of the US military to carry out the policies dictated by other nations.

Some of these deep state interests are deeply anti-Christian and satanic.

So next time you 501(c)3 'Christians' roll your eyes and see stories like this on Watson's Web, you won't when one day they bash in your door and take you away for a crime you never even thought of committing simply because you are a christian.

You will kick yourself in the head a hundred times and say...

Why did I not listen when the Lord's watchmen were trying to warn me?



23 Aug

Sudan: Two Pastors Evicted

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In further efforts to help a Muslim businessman take over church property, police in Omdurman, Sudan evicted two church leaders and their families from their houses, sources said.

Police on Tuesday (Aug. 15) raided the two houses belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), one near the Omdurman Evangelical Church and the other attached to Omdurman Evangelical School, both close to each other in the city across the Nile River from Khartoum. They evicted the families of the Rev. Yahia Abdelrahim Nalu, SPEC moderator, and the Rev. Sidiq Abdalla, a SPEC pastor who has two children, ages 8 and 10.

The action was the latest show of force in a government-aided bid to help Muslim businessman Hisham Hamad Al-Neel take over the church property for investment, sources said. Police told the pastors they were carrying out a court order. - MorningStar News

China: Christian Human Rights Lawyer To Stand Trial

According to the article from China Aid, he is charged with Subversion of State Power. His crime was to aid Christians with his law degree.

China Angered By American Criticism Of Its Persecution

The above link is from the South China Morning Post, but other major news sites are carrying it as well. Daily Mail, RT and Arab News are just some.

So what did the State Department say that got China all in a huff? Forgive me if I take quite a bit from the report.

The People’s Republic of China’s constitution states citizens have freedom of religious belief but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” The government continued to exercise control over religion and restrict the activities and personal freedom of religious adherents when these were perceived to threaten state or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) interests, according to nongovernmental organization (NGO) and international media reports. Only religious groups belonging to one of the five state-sanctioned “patriotic religious associations” (Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, Catholic, and Protestant) were permitted to register with the government and officially permitted to hold worship services.

There continued to be reports that the government physically abused, detained, arrested, tortured, sentenced to prison, or harassed adherents of both registered and unregistered religious groups for activities related to their religious beliefs and practices, including members of unregistered Christian churches (also known as “house churches”). Falun Gong reported dozens of its members died in detention. A pastor of an unregistered church and his wife were reportedly buried alive while protesting the demolition of their church; the wife died while the pastor was able to escape. There were also reports of the disappearance of a Catholic priest, and the death of a rights activist for Hui Muslim minorities and others that the government said was suicide.

The government cited concerns over the “three evils” of “ethnic separatism, religious extremism, and violent terrorism” as grounds to enact and enforce restrictions on religious practices of Uighur Muslims. The government sought the forcible repatriation of Uighur Muslims from foreign countries, many of whom sought asylum in those countries on the grounds of religious persecution.

According to media and NGO reports, three Tibetans, one monk and two laypersons, self-immolated during the year and three nuns committed suicide in protest of restrictive government policies, including those restricting religious freedom. Authorities often justified official interference with Tibetan Buddhist monasteries by associating them with separatism and pro-independence activities.

In July Sichuan provincial officials demolished over 2,000 residences and expelled 2,000 or more monks and nuns from Larung Gar, the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute, located in Ganzi (Kardze), Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

Authorities in Zhejiang Province continued their destruction of Christian structures as part of a campaign against “illegal structures” that began in 2014, according to NGO and press reports. Over 2,000 structures, including 600 crosses, had been destroyed or demolished by the end of the year. Many Zhejiang pastors and congregants openly resisted the campaign, resulting in the detention, prosecution, or conviction of several church leaders and activists.

During the year, the government released for public comment draft regulations that would govern the activities of religious groups. Religious leaders and groups reported that the proposed regulations would increase restrictions on their ability to practice their religions, including a new requirement for religious groups to seek approval to travel abroad and a prohibition on “accepting domination by external forces.” Christian churches stated as a result of the proposed regulations, the government increased monitoring, causing many churches to cease their normal activities.

There were reports that improved relations between the Vatican and the government created a better operating environment for Vatican-backed Catholic bishops and priests, although disputes remained and the authorities reportedly blocked a bishop approved by the Vatican from becoming the Bishop of Wenzhou.

Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists reported severe societal discrimination in employment, housing, and business opportunities. In Xinjiang, tension between Uighur Muslims and Han Chinese continued.

The President, the Secretary of State, the Ambassador, and other embassy and consulates general representatives repeatedly and publicly expressed concerns about abuses of religious freedom in China, including the need for tolerance, especially for oppressed religious groups. The President stressed the need for the government to protect the religious freedom of all its citizens. U.S. officials consistently urged the government to adhere to internationally recognized rights of religious freedom and urged the release of those imprisoned for their religious beliefs. Embassy officials met with members from diverse religious communities and protested the imprisonment of individuals on charges related to religious freedom.- State Department

You can also go to the Departments site and get reports on all nations here.

What China is doing with its statment is engaging it information war. China is actively engaged in this right now.

Case in point. The Cambridge University Press has issue a periodical called The China Quarterly. It's an academic journal that looks at key issues in China. You can read the University's statement here on its recent censorship move to accommodate China and its later retraction of that move. The excellent site Sinocism has a host of articles on this here.

US, UK Fail To Support Iraqi Christians

None of the money set aside for rebuilding is for Christian communities in Northern Iraq, according to a memo signed by UK authorities.

Orthodox Leader Calls On Moscow, Rome To Support Persecuted Church

This an article about an interview that anticipates the Secretary Of State for the Vatican's visit to Russia.

Report: Christianity Growing Among Iranian Youth

"The massive rise of Christianity, particularly among youth in Iran has been observed, indeed, even Islamic leader admitted that more and more young people are choosing to follow Christianity. According to News, which reports on the persecution and state of Christianity in Iran, the “exponential rate” of Christian growth has been a factor for the last couple of decades." - Christians In Pakistan

Christianity Grows In North Korea, Despite Persecution

A look at how the faith prospers in the most repressive nation on earth.

Militants Kill Four Men in Eastern Kenya for Their Christian Faith

08/21/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on August 17, 2017, al-Shabaab militants perpetrated another attack in Kenya's Lamu County where four Christian men were killed. The attack came just over one month after an attack in nearby Jima village where seven Christian men were killed.

Late in the night on August 17, al-Shabaab militants entered Maleli village of Witu and killed the four men; three were hacked to death with machetes and one was burned inside his home. The four men who were killed are Stephen Hizano Ponda, Charo Karisa Ngoa, Naphtali Katana Kadenge, and Joseph Gasena Ngoa. The midnight raid also comes barely a week after Kenya entered into general elections, during which al-Shabaab promised to create chaos.

Pastor Henry Divayo of Witu African Inland Church (AIC), where hundreds of Jima families are taking refuge, said, "One of the men killed this morning in Maleli, Naphtali Katana Kadenge, was a son to a family staying in this camp and he was a student at Lamu high school. During the vacation, he decided to go back to Maleli village to fend off wild animals that feed on farm crops. He was advised to be cautious, but when al-Shabaab stormed their house, he was found and killed."

Father Cyprian Taah of Witu Catholic Church told ICC, "One of our catechists, Stephen Nyati, lost his son in the attack and we are saddened as a church community and we strongly condemn the act. His son had gone back to the fields to check the progress of the farm when the militants pulled him out of the house and slaughtered him." He continued, "We are asking the global community to remember us in prayer and if possible send us material help because the people in the camps need food, shelter, water, medicine, sanitary pads and soap."

The President of Kenya asked the families to remain calm in the displacement camps as measures are being taken to rid the area of the terrorists. He ensured the villagers that they will return to their villages and resume their normal lives as soon as possible, but this recent attack means that Lamu is still not safe.

One of the chiefs in Witu, Chief Macharia, stated, "[There] is desperation in the camps that is making a few people return to the villages even after the government ordered all the people to remain in the camps. The Boni Forest operation to kill al-Shabaab is ongoing and several of them have been killed. This operation will go on until all the militants disturbing the peace of Lamu residents are neutralized. We continue to urge the people to stay inside the camps until new orders to return to their homes [are] given by the higher authority."

ICC's Regional Manager, Nathan Johnson, said, "The Kenyan government must provide safety and stability to all of its people. They must end al-Shabaab's reign of terror that has been thriving on the border with Somalia. We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen such violence toward Christians. We hope that Kenya's government can take effective action to rid Kenya of these terrorist attacks."

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Micah Chapter 3


And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes
of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin
 from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also
 eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them;
and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces,
as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

(Mic 3:1-3)



Here the Lord, via his anointed prophet excoriates the princes (leaders) of Israel. As chides them – they are supposed to know and execute judgment (justice). Yet they are those who hate the good and love the evil. Let us take a look at the two key words here. Prince and Judgment.

Princes - H7101
קצין
qâtsîyn
kaw-tseen'

From H7096 in the sense of determining; a magistrate (as deciding) or other leader: - captain, guide, prince, ruler. Compare H6278.




Judgment- H4941
משׁפּט
mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'

From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.


The Lord is telling them, they know or are supposed to know of justice, but instead they love the evil and hate the good. This is the kind of leadership that Israel had in Micah's time. Here the Lord begins by describing their crimes in a prophetic prose as to just how severe God see's their evils. The Prophet here uses a kind of imagery here that reminds one of a wild beast, an animal (that has taken human form) who eats God's people up. He is describing a cruel group of leaders whose wickedness knows no bounds. He is literally describing a nation whose leaders are nothing more than butchers of God's people. “...and chop them in pieces, as for the pot”. The leaders had descended to a very low level of barbarity and cruelty and these were the men who were supposed to be dispensing justice to the people. Here I think Gill really hits the nail on the head about this passage.

(they) did with them as cooks do, who not only cut flesh off the bones, and into slices, but break the bones themselves, to get out the marrow, and chop them small, that they may have all the virtue that is in them, to make their soup and broth the richer; by which is signified, that these wicked and avaricious rulers took every method to squeeze the people, and get all their wealth and riches into their hands, that they might have in a more riotous and luxurious manner. - John Gill's Expository of the Entire Bible.

In short, the leaders of the nation were squeezing the people dry. They took everything, the goods and their livelihoods. God and sent his prophet to warn the leaders that he saw it and was sore displeased at what he saw. The prophet was sent to tell these evil men just what was in store for them.

Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them:
 he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they
 have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the
LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err,
 that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth
not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision;
and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day
shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed,
and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips;
for there is no answer of God.
(Mic 3:4-7)

The Lord warns them of this fact – the time would come when they would cry out to the Lord and he would not hear them and he would recompense them for their evil deeds. This is followed by Micah warnings against the false prophets and false seer's and false diviners of his time. They caused the people to err. They were deceivers. They would tell the people what they wanted to hear for money. They would cry peace when someone gave them a good meal, money or some other gift. Here is how the K & D commentary puts this passage.

concerning the false prophets. Micah describes them as people who predict peace and prosperity for a morsel of bread, and thereby lead the people astray, setting before them prosperity and salvation, instead of preaching repentance to them, by charging them with their sins. Thus they became accomplices of the wicked rulers, with whom they are therefore classed in Mic_3:11... - Keil And Delitzsch Commentary

Psst, you want a good prophecy about the future? Invite me over to dinner tonight, and I will tell you good things about your future!” This type of false prophet is chided here and for good reason. They were misleading the people. They were 'liars for dollars', like so many false prophets and pastors in the west today. They will never say the kinds of things that God's people need to hear. They will only tell folks what he thinks they WANT to hear. That is the mark of a false prophet. He rarely challenges you about sin, repentance, getting close to God, obedience to his commandments. He has another agenda. For these prophets of Micah's time, it is for a reward. Nothing has really changed. As long as the rulers and people supplied these prophetic liars with food, clothing and bread, they would go on prophesying peace and prosperity.

Brothers, this is why I personally do not belong to what I call America's Churchianty. This is because many of the pastors are on the government payroll. They have dual loyalty and have incorporated themselves into the government of this world. There are some excellent and informed pages in the net that are written by Christians and pastors who were once part of that system. This link may help some of you with a little background. Here is how this piece concludes.

The whole conclusion of showing this information is to inform the world and reveal the truth about the 501c3. We have been heavily deceived by the 501 c3 corporations masquerading as churches out there. I say dump your tax- free privilege, trust the Most High God, preach against transgressions unashamedly and do not hold back (proclaim the evils of baby-slaughtering, sodomy, Bush, politics, Socialism, corruption in gov’t, etc.)

"I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control"   - Nestor, IRS Senior Revenue Officer (ret) - 501(c)3 Exposed (please – I do not subscribe to all of the teachings on this or ANY site – I just pass this link/page on because it is very well done. - MSW)

More here. This too is good and this as well is most excellent on the subject. Say what you want to brothers, your pastors in America, with only a few courageous and notable exceptions are merely spokesmen for Babylon. The Whore has got their tongue and this is why they cannot decry the crimes, speak against the murders, unjust wars and other evils. If they do, they get a phone call or are threatened. This is the real world we live in brothers. The sins of the religious establishment that occurred back then have only been codified into law today. God has not changed. He is still on the throne and brothers, his standards have not and will not change.

He was sore displeased with the false prophets on Micah's time and he is just as if not more displeased with the false prophets and pastors of our time and if you really want to know why a guy like me is about the only one telling you of Nazi's in Ukraine, US support for the Christian executioners in Iraq and Syria and why Libya now is run by Al-Qaeda linked militants, installed by the US government– it's because your pastors are gagged; they couldn't tell you even if they knew and far too many are too busy serving the devil filling their bank accounts to care about such things.

This is ultimately what Micah is decrying in this passage – system of false religiosity that gives 'good words' for money. The day would come when these false prophets would no longer have a vision from God. The day would go dark for them. God was going to silence their lies with darkness.

But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD,
and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob
his transgression, and to Israel his sin. Hear this, I pray you
, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the
house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests
thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money:
yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is
not the LORD among us?
none evil can come upon us.
(Mic 3:8-11)

Micah then contrasts his ministry with those who lie in the name of the Lord for their bread. Micah is not full of the bread of lies, but with the spirit of the Lord and he is indeed going to expose the transgressions of Israel. Micah was full of the power and Spirit of the Lord whose spirit represents judgment and might. He was not going to tickle the ears of God's people and leave them in their sins without due warning, he was going to declare Israel's sins for that was what he was called to do. Again, Micah is contrasting his work with those who prophecy for money and gave out good words for reward.

The two words – Judgment and Might are these in the Hebrew dictionary

H4941
משׁפּט

mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'

From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.

H1369
גּבוּרה
gebûrâh
gheb-oo-raw'

Feminine passive participle from the same as H1368; force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory: - force, mastery, might, mighty (act, power), power, strength.

This was the spirit that the prophet was operating under and his message was coming from the most high. Micah was not going to compromise the message for reward and he had the courage and might to speak the unvarnished truth.

Brothers, there are not many men - in fact very, very few who really have that kind of courage today. there are many out there claiming to speak for God, but many of them are only speaking a word they have been paid to give or a word they think will win them influence and perhaps a paid invitation to a Church or Christian convention.

Then he gives this new message to the heads (leaders) of Israel and gives a most uncomplimentary description of them. He says they abhor (hate) judgment, justice and pervert all equity. These were the basic characteristics of the leaders of Israel in those days. The word translated abhor means to loath and to detest it. These men really hated justice and this is why the Lord became so angry. But the passage actually is more explicit in that it says that they perverted ALL equity.

What Micah is describing is a system of injustice that reveled in its perversity, in the way that it blessed the guilty and condemned the just. This is probably what verse 10 is referring to – they built up Zion with Blood, probably referring to judicial murders and other sundry violent crime that enthroned the injustice and gave power to inequity. JFB commentary puts it like this

build up Zion with blood--build on it stately mansions with wealth obtained by the condemnation and murder of the innocent (Jer_22:13; Eze_22:27; Hab_2:12).

This is a very close parallel to the above mentioned verse found in Jeremiah. Let me quote from it here for it is most instructive.


Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness,
and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's
service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers,
and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar,
and painted with vermilion. Shalt thou reign, because thou
closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink,
and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him:
was not this to know me? saith the LORD. But thine eyes and thine heart
 are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood,
and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

(Jer 22:13-17)



These are the crimes that Jeremiah and Micah spoke against. Micah came before Jeremiah in the times of their ministries. What is really amazing is that after they do all of this evil they have the gall to say is not the Lord among us? They had the temerity to claim to lean on God while they robbed and murdered the just man in their perverted courts!

Brothers, this is the kind of blindness that falls on a nation when they become reprobate. They think that God approves of their evil because of their race or nationality. With Israel, they thought God was with them because they were Israel and were Jews. Yet these are the same kinds of sins we see in our own nation. Somehow, we Americans think that we can get away with mass murder, wrecking whole nations and throwing the poor man out of his home and then say 'God bless America' and think all will be well. This is the mentality I think that Micah is speaking against. It is the 'God understands' our wickedness and evils and will not punish us, mentality... all to prevalent in the USA. “None evil shall come upon us” We are Americans! Micah's words are for any nation who develops this mentality.


Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house
as the high places of the forest.
(Mic 3:12)

The Lord here through is prophet is making plain the fallacy of this viewpoint. Simply put he is saying that the destruction you think cannot befall you has already been ordained. They thought wrong and were about to learn a lesson in spirituality the hard way. This passage is interesting in that Jeremiah quoted from it when they were thinking about killing him.

Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people,
 saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and
against this city all the words that ye have heard.
Therefore now amend your ways and your doings,
and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD
will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth
good and meet unto you. But know ye for certain,
that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent
blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the
inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath
sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests
and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die:
 for he hath spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake
to all the assembly of the people, saying, Micah the Morast