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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

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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

      disguised.


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 - 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.


 -  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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Links I Like
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Orthodox Today
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The Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in Iraq)
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The Barnabas Fund
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China Aid
(A look at events inside China, from a Christian Perspective)
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Gay Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog talking about the growing sin of Homosexuality inside the Church)
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Independent Catholic News
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Jihad Watch
(Not Christian, but gets into important trends in the Islamic world)
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Compass Direct
(Persecution news)

Babylon Today


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"Be Cursed Forever": Extremist Persecution of Christians, January 2018

A look at how Nigeria's security forces act against Christians, Afghanistan, events in Egypt and around the world by the Gatestone Institute.

The Church is under heavy attack by the forces of satan, whatever names he uses to call himself today (liberalism, satanisn, radical islamism, Maoist communism, etc). Let us remember always that serving in these times for many, if not most of us will mean very serious persecution and even death...

... even as the spirit and scriptures have born witness to both to the persecution and our reward.


And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them,
and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them
 that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for
 the word of God,and which had not worshipped the
 beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark
upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they
 lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

(Revelation of John 20:4 [KJV])

Let us not fear not be dismayed  but rather let us pray for our brothers, many of whom are going through hell for their testimony of Jesus Christ.

How Ugly Can Things Get? Greenspan Tells Us

The long and short of Greenspan's message is this, what is happening in Venezuela can come here and market conditions are ripe for it. Yes, the global economy is in trouble. No, I don't think a crash is right around the corner. Rather I think the entire system is so discombobulated that yes, they can keep it hobbling along for while longer, but deep down inside, those who are in the know are now all quietly saying the system is slowly coming apart. We have heard this from many market guru's and even key institutional figures.

The Guardian did a great piece on the coming fall of the neo-liberal economic model that has driven the western economic elite for the past few decades. More here on neo-liberalism. In short, the article discusses how this model is not really working and that long before we saw the protests and public anger in the streets and the rise of men like Trump, the power players knew there were deep problems with their economic model. That growth, that is real growth has been anemic, fiscal imbalances unmanageable, debts gargantuan and popular discontent is growing.

The IMF has a very interesting piece on this subject as well that readers may find of great interest, it's called Neoliberalsim Oversold?. It's pretty good but if you take the time to read it, keep in mind that this is an institutional piece and they often have their own terminology that obscures what is meant. When they talk of liberalization, what they often mean is to take key industries and enterprises in one nation and sell them off to global corporations. This on the surface sounds good when you are a global corporation or work for one. But if you live in a nation where they have come in and done this, it's not such a good thing. Let's just take a quick look at Canadian firms, South American resources and Neoliberalism.

Latin America and the Caribbean's vast resources give the region great geopolitical importance, attracting foreign interest for centuries.[1] From the colonial race of European empires, to the multinationals of today's neoliberal capitalist world, this region continues to draw interest.[1] Canada's involvement in Latin America increased dramatically since 1989 with several landmark negotiations and agreements.[2] By 2009, the Canadian larger-company mineral exploration market in this region was valued at US$1.7 billion.[3] Currently, Latin America and the Caribbean are dominated by Canadian companies falling from a 49% to 32% held control over the larger-company mineral exploration market after the global recession of 2008.[3] The Canadian share of the market is roughly US$59 million more than the amount domestic companies planned to spend in this region.[3] Both Mexico and Chile have the most intense focus of Canadian mining companies; however, their interest and involvement in other Latin American countries is prevalent.[3] - Wikipedia


Many of these stories have been in the news and been written about by Human Rights Organizations for quite some time. This is just one small, but recognizable piece of the Neo-liberal model of wealth expropriation from resource rich parts of the globe. This form of liberalization too often has meant that resources and key sectors of the economy were 'liberated' from the people into the hands of the global corporations.

But the IMF paper does not delve into these issues. It's purview is more along the lines of international economics, interest rates, capital flows and the likes so understandably, this is what this paper is about. But what is rather interesting is that in this paper they note that the more a nation opens up their economy to these foreign capital flows, the chance of economic crisis increases.

The mounting evidence on the high cost-to-benefit ratio of capital account openness, particularly with respect to shorterm flows, led the IMF’s former First Deputy Managing Director, Stanley Fischer, now the vice chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, to exclaim recently: “What useful purpose is served by short-term international capital flows?”  Among policymakers today, there is increased acceptance of controls to limit short-term debt flows that are viewed as likely to lead to—or compound—a financial crisis. - IMF (Neoliberalism Oversold?)

In other words, the IMF sees what has been staring everyone in the face for some time. That is that their model of economic transformation is highly disruptive to financial markets.

One rather interesting admission made in this paper is that one of the goals of Neoliberalism is to curb the size of the State using privatization and this is indeed what we have seen for some time in the west. This sounds good on paper and indeed, I think in many instances it could work, but the way these things are being implemented are not only destructive, they are often rather haphazard, deferring to those with considerable economic power with little thought to the long term effects of populations and consumers. Moreover, this kind of cowboy privatization has led not just to wealth inequality in nations where poverty was already a problem, but also to corruption as these  wealthy men and corporations come in and bribe local officials for the right do buy up land and resources that belongs to others.


I have long held libertarian leanings in my own political views, but such leanings never meant deregulation in order to facilitate the kinds of market consolidation and cartelization of critical market sectors across the globe and often removing the poor man off of his land so the rich can essentially steal it from them, which has what neoliberalism has meant to many in African and Latin America. Think tanks may signify otherwise but the big boys generally fund them and benefit from those policies.

What this IMF paper and other indications from the elite signify is simply this. There are those in power who are questioning the validity of this economic model and are seriously looking at what went wrong.

I am not going to answer that question as I think there are many reasons for it. The key I think to understand is that these decisions to thrust this model on the world was never a topic of discussion except by those who were wealthy and powerful.

How does this play out?

I think that is the real question readers her would like answered and I will do so in broad strokes.

First there are many possibilities.

I think what we should understand is that no one really knows what is going to happen with the Global Economy. Those with an inside track on things often have a better view of the real internal problems the system is facing, but even they don't know how this plays out. There are many variables and too much room for errors in judgment that could bring about significant and negative unintended consequences.

One of the biggest problems that I see in being able to ascertain where we are going is the lack of good and ultimately believable economic data. This is a topic touched in in the Guardian piece linked to above. In America, employment data has been fudged beyond any reflection of true economic conditions. In China no one of importance believes China's numbers. When it comes to key liabilities on derivatives with specific institutions, the data is nebulous and reserved for those on the inside. In short, the data that is available to most investors isn't reliable. It has often been optimistically spun and massaged in order to build or maintain confidence in systems that are having various troubles that powerful men would rather not have exposed. This has been one of the fundamental problems with this model. It was a model that maintained itself for the past decade or so with rosy statistics and optimistic forecasts that had little basis in reality. So it is not easy to say how this will play out exactly. A person with a crystal ball or a deck of tarot cards will probably have about as much luck predicting things as any Phd or room full of economists.

Possibility 1

The Global economy hobbles along for another three to five years, with a continuing parade of crisis hitting the financial system, from Japan, to Germany to Britain, to China to the US. That major crisis even a failed major bank (like DB) will be able to be managed by the elite to keep the global financial system from a complete meltdown. What would it such a meltdown look like? First some of the worlds major banks who were exposed to the one that failed would soon be in serious trouble. One or two may go under. The system is too intertwined and interdependent for any large major financial institution to be unaffected.

The good news is that leaders on both sides of the Atlantic have been working pretty hard to make sure that the bigger problems in this realm in the US have been identified and when they can, they are being corrected. The bad news is the many key reforms of the system have been actively and successfully resisted by the Major banking houses, not least of which was the 'push out' rule. Even the FDIC chair was aghast at this move. Why? It implies a Federal bailout when the banks get into trouble, with money that is supposed be insuring the deposits of ordinary Americans. Know this, despite whatever assurances they give you before a financial crisis, those systemically essential banks will be the first ones in line at the FDIC window, leaving you and me out in the cold. Keep in mind that the FDIC was never meant to bail out big banks, it was to protect small savers in the event of a failed bank.

In short, this is probably the most likely scenario as before there can be a fundamental change in any direction there has to be a consensus as to what to fix and how. I see no such consensus, only a slow recognition that things cannot go on the way they are going. So I think the 'hobble along' approach to the crisis is the most likely, at least until a consensus is reached in power circles.

Possibility 2


This is not a possibility that some will want to discuss, but I think it an important one. That being that key players in the financial system begin to deliberately orchestrate a crisis that they feel they can benefit enormously from. Lets just give a rough sketch how this would be done. Let's say CrisisBank from the nation of Moravia is in a financially powerful position, being one of the largest banks in the world and having enormous political pull in all of the world's capitals. CrisisBank see's several banks in Candanavia that are hanging by a thread and she wants to get control of those banks or see them go under. She begins a plan to destabilize those banks by careful plot to dump bonds, undermine confidence in the key sectors where it has assets. Let's say it's mining and a large part of its portfolio is in mining, gold and silver. She attacks the price of Gold and silver and stirs up strikes and trouble in key ares where mining is being conducted. In a couple of months her shares fall, confidence is shaken and then the bank moves in to phase II of their plan.

This is how the world works, I am sorry to say and if such a bank thought it could get away with it and make a financial killing in so doing, that is what they will do.

Another deliberately instigated type of  financial crisis that could come to pass is one that is designed to transform the global financial system. One that is specifically designed to bring about a specific result in the system. It could be to throw off certain kinds of government oversight and regulation, or to do away with cash, or to shift the balance of power from one part of the world to another. As I told my readers before long ago and linked to a very interesting pdf that was actually contracted out of the US intelligence community, this was the basic reason for the crisis of 2008. Nation States play the economic warfare game but others can too if they have power and the political cover to pull it off. There are many ways and interests working to wage different kinds of war for different kinds of reasons using well known and established institutions to carry out their plans.


Possibility 3

That a major crisis arrives that no one saw and did not prepare for. This kind of crisis may or may not strike from the financial system but it would deeply effect it. What if we had a major disaster in California like a 9.0 quake that caused hundreds of billions in damage and wiped out major American insurance firms.  What if a major war broke out in Europe and we saw the same kinds of damage, but from man made causes? These firms are also systemically important to the US financial system. Often, it's the crisis that strike out of the blue and one can not really prepare for that cause the most trouble. This is the 'bolt from the blue' possibility

(Note -  this piece was written over two years ago but is even more relevant today than it was when I set it down back in 2016. It is posted today in light of the ongoing Trade and soon to be Currency Wars being waged the world over and the fact that the Global Economic order has never actually recovered from the crisis of 2008, despite all the fine economic numbers that are now part of our daily newsbeat. Let no one baffle you with baloney about America's economy or Europe's banking system until this nation can get a hold of this

A House Divided Against Itself

America cannot survive in its current state. This is the theme of today post. It will be more of a stream of consciousness one rather than one with lots of links. I think its time to ask some pointed questions about the nation and make some observations.

There is a deep divide in the nation. It is one that is deeply troubling. The divide mostly is a political and partisan one, but many of the issues go much deeper than that. I saw yesterday where the Former FBI director says that anyone voting GOP is a un-American, a politically incendiary remark that borders on calling all Republicans traitors. Why is this? Why would a senior Federal official make such an incendiary and false remark? What is his agenda? Who is he working for? Who has the goods on him? Why is he trying to divide and destabilize the nation?

We all have a pretty good idea. The deep state was rooting for Hillary, at least large parts of it. Trump was not supposed to win, but win he did and now they are seeking to destroy his Presidency. This is just one part of our divide. The political one.

But we have also seen the gay lobby attack Christians, and Hollywood mock the followers of Jesus - We have seen crazies on anti-depressants go into public places and shoot up the place, killing many. We have seen our Federal Bureaucracies show open contempt for our elected leaders and law enforcement officials commit serious crimes that no one wants to prosecute. We have seen liars come on TV and slander others, sex scandals, gag orders, wars, rampant antisemitism carefully re-labeled as anti-Zionsim; We have seen all manner of foolishness, from people being assaulted in Restaurants for wearing MAGA caps, to members of the Presidents Cabinet being thrown out of Restaurants. This is what is happening to America. We are a nation deeply divided.

One problem, perhaps not the largest one but one problem is competing visions for America's future that those with deep pockets have and want to force onto the nation... and I do want to use that word... FORCE. They have their vision of what they want America to look like and they pour money into the system to make that vision come true. There is the homosexual/ Transvestite/ Cross Dressing lobby. They pour money into the system to Make America Sodomize Again (MASA). Then you have the Islamic wing. Oh, yes, we have a Muslim wing and for the time being, the Muslim wing and the MASA wing (deep state and money-men) were working together to stop the forces who backed Trump. I don't want to denigrate others here nor say they don't have a right to believe and do as they wish in this country. This is still a free country. No rather I want to show you where others want to take America. When we talk about these forces we are talking about the people in the US political system that matter, those who control the money, the media, key people inside our Deep State (LE and Intelligence). I am not talking about the rent-a-rabble that can be cobbled together whenever these men clap their hands for a protest or a march.  Nor am I talking about the vast Social Media echo chamber which is amplified by those who have been trained like a monkey to repeat the phrases their masters tell them to. They swing from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram like an ape does from a tree, spouting their half truths, lies, fake news and slanders and other foolishness to keep their traffic numbers high.


No I am  talking about those who can set up, imprison and even kill those they don't like without any accountability. These are the ones who matter politically in this nation. The Islamic wing, their vision is for an Islamic America, some would even like to see Sharia law here. If not instituted nationally, then local enclaves where Islamic law prevails, nullifying our own Constitutional protections. Don't laugh. The Supreme Court has already created 'Constitution Free' Zones in America. It sounds worse than it is, but what the courts have done is limit constitutional protections without amending the Constitution for certain Americans who have committed no crime. Get the wrong people on the court, and don't laugh, Sharia could come to places in America. This is why appointments to the court are so important. You don't know what they are going to rule and why and what it is going to mean to you and me.

You see, there are forces out there who realize that as we move through the 21st century, the old America, the old patriotic red, white and blue America (in their view) needs to be replaced with something more to their liking. But this is only part of our problem.

Then there is the foreign interests who are destroying our political system. They give copiously to candidates to further their interests. Israel? They want foreign aid to continue to them, so they work our system. There is probably no foreign power who knows our system better, though the Chinese have done remarkably well too. Yet note that there is no China-phobia going on right now. They stole all manner of military secrets and much, much more and yet there is no outrage? How does that happen? The Russians get crucified for some minor election interference and China walks away with some of our most prized military secrets and we hardly hear a peep.

This is what money does. Nations know how to work the system and get their agents into the DOJ, the FBI, the courts, Congress and the Senate and yes, we have people like this (we used to call them spies) working right now in our government at all levels, running interference for foreign nations, rich men and transnational entities. We used to call such people traitors. We now call them director of this Federal Agency or Assistant director of that one.  This is what we are seeing now with the current spat between members of Congress and the FBI and DOJ. Someone has been running interference for a nest of real spies and refused to prosecute those crimes. They looked the other way.

This is not unusual, these things have been going on for some time, the issue now is does the nation want to get to the root of its treason networks, or go back to sleep and elect yet another traitor into the White House who will sell out the nation? Yes, we have had Traitor Presidents. Well loved and highly praised Traitor Presidents... and I am not talking about Donald Trump.

But why is the nation and its people so divided? Certainly we have have a major cultural divide in this nation, but that does not explain all of it does it? No, it does not and one of the major problems we have here is our Media. Again, I want to make sure we understand what is meant here. I am not so much talking about bloggers and small news site operators, they have some impact, but the real impact comes from Cable news and our Major Newspapers and wireservices. They still control much of the 'narrative' in our nation. An important distinction here is this and I hope you get this as it will help you better digest news in the future.

There is news and there is the narrative. A prearranged narrative is one that the powers that be (those with a lot of money usually working in conjunction with the CIA and other 'deep state' agencies) creates an overall narrative that future news stories will be designed to support. This is how the national agenda is set. This is how the 'Trump is a Russian Spy' narrative got started. Those with deep pockets got together with certain CIA people to create the narrative. Now we see news stories and carefully controlled fake news (unverifiable 'leaks') that 'prove' Trump is a stooge for Putin. Another fake narrative? That Maidan was a people powered movement in Ukraine. It wasn't, it was a US sponsored violent coup that put Neo-Nazi's in power. Another false narrative? Well, I could go on and on, but I won't. Once the false narrative has been created, it is imperative that the lie gets repeated as much as possible, not just in the Media, but also in those academic papers that are dependent on the 'deep state' or 'deep pockets' who have a vested interest in spreading the disinformation. Make no mistake, that is exactly what this is  - disinformation in order to give support to a policy that leaders know the nation would never support if they knew the whole truth of it. So they resort to half truths and lies. It's what keeps a lot of deep staters in their Maserati's and McMansions.

This is not said to say that we don't have a foreign influence problem in our media and social networking, we do. But the real problem comes when we ask who sets the national agenda to begin with? How does it get set and whose interests does it serve? America's, the wealthy, a transnational corporation or foreign interests?

So what we often have in this nation, in our media is the purveyors of the deep state narrative versus those who speak or at least are seeking the truth. The real problem comes in when our deep state people are working for say, the Chinese, Russians, Drug cartels and others who hate this country but who have been able to weasel their way into the nations power circles and create their own fake narratives. Like when Ukrainian intelligence infiltrates American intelligence agencies to get them to support an Anti-Russian crusade. No one is asking how much Ukrainian intelligence has penetrated the US, but they have been the primary beneficiary of the current 'hate' between the US and Russia, keeping in mind that Ukrainian and Russian intelligence officials all went to the same schools during the days of the Soviet Union. Who was the main cheerleader for Ukraine here in the US? I will let you figure that one out.

I am not saying McCain was spying for Ukraine. I am saying that if anyone else had done what he was doing, they would have lost their clearances (McCain has to have them to sit on his committees) and may have even been jailed. Yet here he was instigating all manner of madness. Again we have a senior US political leader doing his level best for a foreign government with strong and incontrovertible ties to Nazi's and other violent extremists and everyone sits silent while he does.

One problem is that clearly our counter-intelligence system is broken or ineffective against those with considerable political power. It just does not work. Not when someone like the sitting Secretary of State can put all of those classified emails on an unsecured server and not be punished for it, you know you have a problem - some of that stuff according to reports was very highly classified. This is why our secrets head out the door at regular intervals. Sure the low level spy is a problem, but the real problem is that we have had Cabinet level officials pass on the nations top secrets to foreign powers. I know, I have talked to our some of these counter intel guys and the political impediments to dealing with this level of treason are nearly insurmountable. There is only one way to deal with that level of treason and corruption and that final solution is one that has not been recently employed since one [redacted]. It's not the preferred solution, but when the crimes become great enough, it can be employed.

I want to give you all a better understanding of some of the real issues going on behind the scenes. This narrative that Trump is a traitor is really foolish. Even if they show some kind of collusion, which so far they have not been able to do, it would almost certainly pale in comparison with what other Presidents have done. Moreover, it behooves us all to remember this.

Trade and trade relations with other nations is a key factor in their relations with the US. This is one reason you can be sure that Trump has not been 'turned' by the usual suspects. His trade war is the main thing these nations fight to prevent. Notice how much grief that he is getting for launching it. I don't mean to imply that all elected officials who have turned against Trump on this issue and those in the media and business world have done so because they are in bed with the nations foes. No, rather to say that those who have been 'turned' or are under undue influence from foreign powers will indeed scream bloody murder and fight those policies as they negatively impact their secret benefactors.

One of the major tradecrafts of spies is to learn out to avoid accountability for what they do. They know how to plant a fake trail of evidence, turn investigators to stop investigating, go in and destroy evidence, threaten or even kill witnesses. What we are dealing with in many instances is nothing more than Organized Crime taken to a much higher level than the Tony Soprano style mobster. These men are trained and know how to kill up a whole city and get away with it, they are just that good. But others are watching what we do. They know the abominations we have committed.

Brothers, I say these things to give you perspective, but I have this to say as well.

I don't think American is salvageable. Moreover as I watch  this country slowly descend into this political insane asylum, I look around me and at my countrymen and what I see deeply concerns me. Men who burn for one another and women whose behavior and language would shame a caged animal. Foul mouthed people who have all the manners of a herd of buffalo... honestly I am often aghast at the behavior of so many people. I sometimes listen to the call in time over at CSPAN and I am often shocked at the level of ignorance and hate I hear from callers. I go out to the store and often people just plain rude, they can't even say hello, or are intentionally rude in the grocery store. I have just noticed over the years a marked decline in basic civility by Americans. No not all, not most,  but more and more it just seems to be becoming the norm of behavior.

The nation itself? We have lost our way. We are a nation that used to honor God and even those who did not believe often would show at least some respect for those that did. But today, as I read the comments section on so many blogs, I see outright blasphemy and mockery and hatred of God and other Christians. There is this growing and deep antipathy for God as the spirits of Sodom, Gomorrah, Hitler, Pharmukia (Biblical Sorcery/ Drug Use/ Witchcraft) and Pedophilia make their arrival here into the American political scene, Jesus Christ is no longer  respected, but reviled and even mocked. These new satanic gods demand it and that is what the devils adherents are now engaging in.

America's cultural and more importantly spiritual center has moved and moved decidedly towards the left hand path, a phrase used by satanists to describe those who follow after the prince of darkness. This has been satan's plan  - to 'evangelize' America for his demonic purposes and it is working. The deterioration spiritually speaking, has been slow, but it is picking up pace.

Yet what those who follow after satan don't know is all they are doing is getting 'set up' by the devil who knows that once the nation goes too  far, God will move in and judge the nation. What these followers of the devil have yet to fathom is that the devil has nothing but the deepest contempt for his followers and only uses them for his purposes and mocks them when the Lord destroys them. The devil has not one whit of love for any son of Adam and certainly not those of us who have been given the power to become Sons Of God, that being those born of the Spirit of God. Those who willingly serve the devil are today's joke to him and once they stop being funny, he gets rid of them.

I hold out no hope that America will get its act together. None, we may be given space of time to continue on for awhile according to God's grace and purposes,  but the truth is, the rot is too deep and most of America has no intention of repenting. They are too hooked on their sins, their illicit sex, their drugs, their witchcraft, partying their careers and material possessions. God gets in the way of those things, so they mock him and those whom God has sent to warn them.

No, brothers, I do pray for our leaders and for the brethren within the nation, but this much I can tell you, those who love this nation too much may be in for a rude surprise from the Lord one day. I give you solemn warning, let Christ be your first love and let everything else take a distant second and relatively unimportant place in your heart. God is pretty upset about what we have been up to in secret and one day the Lord will peer under the skirts of the Great Harlot.

What will he find? It will be very much like it was with Ancient Jerusalem, who was also once beloved of God as I know America once was, for we once honored and respected the Lord and his son, Jesus Christ.


 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls
of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search,
but upon all these. Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent,
surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold,
I will plead with thee, because thou sayest,
I have not sinned.
(Jeremiah 2:34-35 [KJV])

What will the Lord do after he sees our secret wickedness?


 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee?
for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee:
shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me?
For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered,
and thy heels made bare.
(Jeremiah 13:21-22 [KJV])



 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me,
 saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me,
 and trusted in falsehood. Therefore will I discover
thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.
 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings,
the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations
on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem!
wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?
(Jeremiah 13:25-27 [KJV])

So the Lord did  the same thing with Nineveh, he also peered under the bloody cities skirts. What did he find and what did the prophet say?


Because of the multitude of the whoredoms
of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts,
 hat selleth nations through her whoredoms,
and families through her witchcrafts. Behold,
I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts;
and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face,
and I will shew the nations thy nakedness,
and the kingdoms thy shame.
 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee,
and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.
And it shall come to pass, that all they that look
 upon thee shall flee from thee, and say,
Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her?
whence shall I seek comforters for thee?
(Nahum 3:4-7 [KJV])

Notice what she calls Nineveh, a well favored (good looking) whore. The spirit is the same one we find in the last days of Babylon, Mystery Babylon. We see the well favored harlot, witchcraft's (see Rev 18:23 and the word G5331), whoredoms (Rev 17:1-2 the word for fornication is the same one we get Porn from (G4203) and the people within her fleeing. The pattern is the same. The devil's MO is always predictable because it is always successful. Why should he change? He knows how to get people to commit spiritual suicide. America is no different. We are committing spiritual suicide and few Christians even mark it, even those so called prophets out there being listened to, they don't make any call to holiness or repentance or reverence for God. No one calls out America for her sins and abominations. No we get a lot of 'Vote GOP' or 'Vote Democrat' nonsense, or at least that is the narrative their 'prophecies' are designed to support.

Oh brothers, be careful out there, the deep state is very good at installing false prophets into the Christian narrative circles for their own DEMONIC purposes. Be warned. I know, I have dealt with these dark workmen in the past and know what they are all about. They are wicked to the bone but can seem so nice and right and good until the mask comes off and suddenly you find Adolf Hitler is standing right in front of you.


So brothers I did want to toss this out there to you all but without a lot of links and pdf's. Just a kind of open train of thought for you all, just to give you a little perspective as all of this madness rolls on about Trump, Russia our deep state and the serious criminal acts that others have and are still committing in what any person would reasonably call treason.

I do not know what the future holds. I have not asked the Lord about it and am not as concerned about it as I once was. The nation has made its choice and I have made mine. I know where it is going and where I am going. The gulf between both will only get wider and wider as the years wear on.

I hope this helps all of you brothers and sisters in Christ get a little perspective on these issues and helps you not get carried away by false narratives and news stories designed to inflame rather than inform.

There is another world out there that is hidden from ordinary Americans because National Security laws prevent much of it from being revealed to you. By law people can't say too much about these things. I do what I can to say what I can without running afoul of those laws and getting myself into trouble.

I have done what I can to shed a little light to give you a bit of perspective. De-emotionalize your news intake. Those who constantly harp on your anger and want to press your outrage button are almost certainly propagandists, hoping to leverage your ignorance to support their policies. Take a neutral approach to your informational intake, ask pointed questions, ones no one dares ask... and listen to the other side... I mean really listen. Listen to understand not just to rebut.


Grace and peace to you all in Christ Jesus!!

Brother Mark

8 Aug




Fiscal Irresponsibility


   Source: US Treasury
Does this need much comment... really? This is what it costs our government just to service its debt. This is real money that has to really get paid. There is nothing notional or theoretical about it. We are on track for about half a trillion dollars in interest expense payments this year. This is money that gets paid before anything else because if we stop paying our creditors, they stop lending us money and once that happens America's doors close for good because without our exorbitant borrowing, we cannot live the way we do.

One of the big problems I think there is on this is that people hear so much about the debt so much it becomes a non-issue. They ignore it because the government is still open and they can still buy things with their dollars. But we cannot continue on with our current trajectory. The crisis of 2008 should have been a wake up all, yet for many the crisis did not happen - even now our deep state boys have been doing all they can to downplay and minimize just what happened so people will continue to bop along like fiscal dum-dums, not realizing the keg of dynamite they are sitting on.  People don't think that when these debts explode it will mean poverty for most Americans.

Before too many years, all tax receipts will be going to just debt service. Trump's tax cuts have accelerated the process.

I won't belabor this. I have talked about this a long, long time. People won't listen until it's too late to do anything about it and most of America looks like this... and the Gov't can still claim full employment. But in times like what will come, working won't have anywhere near the meaning it does now.

Money has a way of making the fiscally irresponsible pay a steep 'tuition' in its school of 'the balance sheet' in the form of real, tangible 'feelable' economic pain.

Some are already starting to feel it while the economy is supposedly doing so well.

Brothers... I see this keg of dynamite under our nation and cannot help but see that God is preparing something for this nation and her sins. Very great sins across the land. Yes, the spirit of Sodom is firmly entrenched in many of our State Legislatures. Thefts and fraud of people's homes, dropping bombs on the very poorest of the world's people. The innocent people now siting in jail because they are poor. Folks our crimes are there for anyone to see. Those with money who committed the crime of the century got immunity from prosecution.

Our system is rotten to the core and the people for the most part, love to have it so. Talk to them about the innocent men and women in jail and their eyes glaze over. They have their booze, dope, TV, porn and sex partners with many... they just don't care.

God is not asleep on the throne but he is waiting to see just what he is going to do with us... Black and White, rich or poor.

Where will you stand when the Lord utters his words of judgment on this nation?

As a saint, holy separate and true to Christ, or as a sinner and abomination and one who has partaken of the crimes of this nation?

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.
(Revelation of John 18:4 [KJV])
I am not advocating any kind of legislative or political solution. What we need is a spiritual solution and one that can only come by repenting of our sins and coming to the Cross of Christ. I say this to both the Church and to those who make no Christian profession. Both for the most part have gone astray and need to come correct. Why?

Because God is not asleep on his holy throne.

US Debt: Foreigners Get Cold Feet On Holding US Debt

The CFR gives us a look at trends in Treasury Holdings. It is rather insightful, particularly when one considers how prominent the CFR's members are. The long and short of it is that foreigners, whom the US is still rather dependent on to keep our government open, are getting cold feet in financing our profligacy spending. There has been a clear reticence as well as a shift in such holdings.

This is the elephant in the room folks, our debts are not some abstract concept in an alternate universe, as some so-called economists would have us think, but a real threat to our entire economy and our government. The President is doing nothing, fiscally to fix it. 

ZH has a piece here that is also interesting that deals with the Russians liquidating all of their holdings.

US Debt Sales To Soar
More here.
Tax Collections Sink

Gov't 'Adjusts' GDP Calculations
A real important move as all Government projections are based on this number which looks more and more looks like a fiction novel written by someone who has been smoking too much recreational cannabis.

It's a great way to hide this.

More here.

6 Aug

Ruth Part XVIII

Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
And Obed begat Jesse,
and Jesse begat David.
(Rth 4:18-22)


The closing of the book of Ruth contains this important appendix, the Genealogy of David and the bloodline from Judah that led to him. Judah was to rule and this was part of blessing and Prophecy that Jacob pronounced on his sons.
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come;
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
(Gen 49:10)

The mention of Pharez establishes David Judaic credentials (Numbers 26:20). Scholars agree however that the entire genealogy is not included here, just key personages within the chain of decent. K&D says this about the passage.

It is also worthy of notice that the whole chain from Perez to David consists of ten links, five of which (from Perez to Nahshon) belong to the 430 years of the sojourn in Egypt, and five (from Salmon to David) to the 476 years between the exodus from Egypt and the death of David. This symmetrical division is apparently as intentional as the limitation of the whole genealogy to ten members, for the purpose of stamping upon it through the number ten as the seal of completeness the character of a perfect, concluded, and symmetrical whole. - K & D
One of the reasons the author, probably Samuel wrote the book was to establish David's credentials to all. This genealogy along with the simple, yet moving story of Ruth serves the purpose.

Conclusion

Ruth is one of those books that gives us a look at the lives of everyday people back in the days of the Judges. It shows us that even in those times, when the people so often sinned and did so greatly, there was always a Godly remnant who honored God and did as he commanded. I think of the word's the Lord spoke to his prophet when Elijah said he was the only worshiper of the Lord left (1Ki 19:14). The Lord let him know that there were yet 7000 who had not bowed down before the pagan gods.

Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel,
all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal,
and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
(1Ki 19:18)


No, God had people left and he had numbered them. The same can be said of the times of the Judges, there were still some who honored the Lord and obeyed his voice. Boaz was one and Ruth strove in her heart to be another, though she was of Moabite decent. Ruth's main testament from where I sit was that she had complete faith in the God that Naomi followed and earnestly desired to follow him. She clearly saw something very different about Naomi from the other Moabite Women. I often think that the two often spoke of God and Ruth was probably asked about the God of Israel and what the Israelites believed. This goes to show that we do not know who is watching us and observing how we live. We must be humble and bear witness not just with our lips, but with our lives. Living a simple, humble and quiet life full of faith, love, charity and honorable behavior will make a man remarkably different than the people of these times. The Sermon Bible makes this observation that I think is very pertinent.

Thus the story of Ruth is a fragment in a missionary report. It tells of the conversion of a Gentile and illustrates the wisest way of winning souls. God saves the world by love, and we cannot succeed by departing from His method and ignoring His Spirit. Naomi is a typical home missionary, and Ruth is the pattern and prophecy of the success that crowns wise and loving labour. - Sermon Bible
People are watching.

But in Ruth I see a shadow of Abraham. Ruth left all; family, homeland, people and religion to follow after Naomi. How many of us would leave all - jobs, income, homes, family and all to go to a place of such uncertainty. Abraham did it. So did Ruth.

I do not want to toot my horn here, but I did the same thing over two decades ago. There was a time when I left all at the Lord's bidding and did not have a job, a home or even know what would happen to me. But the Lord have given me a vision and from that day I have done all I can to follow the Lord and do his will and not wickedly depart from my God. The Lord promised me that I would have my own home one day as it was something I had prayed about, though I had no job at the time. I did not know how he would do it, but he did in a miraculous fashion. Did you know that I put down less than $500 on my current home back in 1998! It's true. The Lord kept pushing me to buy and I was a little afraid to take on all that debt. But I obeyed. He has done so very much more for it. But that was God, not me. I trusted him obeyed him though I got a rash of you know what from former friends and yes even some family who sneered and mocked at me behind my back while they smiled up in my face. They did not understand that I was marching to the orders of the Lord. The real God, not the 'make up your own Jesus' that makes up the object of worship in far too many so-called Churches.

Many years ago in my very early 20's God showed me a vision of myself older and I knew I would be writing and it would be important, though perhaps not well known. He even showed me with very little hair (I had a huge afro back in the days he gave me that vision!) in the vision. I can remember every step of the way, even when I was walking in a way that was not right (at all), he would still nudge me and even speak to me at times and once very harshly rebuked me (back in the early 1990's).

But it would never have happened if I did not trust the Lord and obey his voice every step of the way. My exhortation to all of you is this - do as the Lord bids and don't argue with him! But know this brethren, Serving the Lord is no bed of roses. Nor was it for Ruth. She was reduced to near beggary, yet she maintained her faith in God. God rewarded her faith. He will reward yours as well. Faith I must remind you here is not just mental belief. It is mental belief followed by concrete action based on that belief (see James 2:26).

Is there something God has told you to do and you have not done? I give you fair warning, often what God commands us to do flies in the face of reason. But frankly brothers, that is a main part of the point. To put your faith in God and not in the things we can see. That is faith. How did the writer of Hebrews put it?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders
obtained a good report.

(Heb 11:1-2)
Faith is what both Abraham and Ruth demonstrated with their DEEDS. I want to stress that word DEEDS and WORKS. They did not just say 'I believe God' and then sit down grab the remote control and finish watching Game of Thrones. They did what God required. They got up and left their known surroundings and comforts to a place that they did not know. Abraham did not even know where he was going. Ruth had no idea how she would be received in Israel or what awaited here there.

If you want to please God, faith is required. You must have faith, it is impossible to please him without it.


 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
 by the which he condemned the world, and became heir
of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham,
when he was called to go out into a place which he should
after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
notm
 knowing whither he went
.
(Heb 11:6-8)

Do you want to take after Ruth? You must be have faith in God and know that he will reward those who put their trust in him -  FULLY. Do you want to be marked as one of the valiant men and women of God on the day the Lord hands our rewards to his people? You can start by not putting your trust in men. Put your faith in the Lord.

Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall
tread down our enemies.
(Psa 60:11-12)

also found in 108:12-13

Blessings to all of you in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen.

1 Aug

Updates will return next week, God willing!


27 July

Ruth Part XVII

So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went
in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.
(Rth 4:13)


We left off last time and Boaz and fixed up all the legal impediments to marriage and the congregation of people who had was there and heard about this blessed Boaz and wished him the very best. For whatever reason, Ruth's Moabite background did not seem to matter but since she previously was married to an Israelite, this fact probably did not matter much. She had fully chosen to come to the God of Israel and for that fact alone, she had probably gained considerable respect among the people. She was also known as a virtuous woman had won her considerable praise from the other Israelite.

So after all the legal wrangling was over, the two got married.

What is amazing about this is the speed by which it all transpired. Boaz did not wait around for a sign from the Lord, he did not wrestle within himself, he went down convened a court, got rid of the legal impediment and then got married to Ruth. The blessings that the congregation had pronounced on Boaz and Ruth were also quickly fulfilled as the above verse notes. The Lord gave her the fruit of her womb in a son. Let us note here that the author of the book clearly marks this birth has being a blessing from the Lord.

Ruth we should remember left all. She left her family, her kinsfolk and her country to follow after the God that Naomi served. She suffered hardship, privation and probably considerable personal embarrassment, being poor. But she stuck it out and did not turn back from Naomi or her God. She could have easily looked at her impoverished circumstances and decide one day to go back to Moab. She didn't.

Ruth was rewarded with not just a husband, but with one who was respected and appears to have been well off. Naomi could easily have gotten discouraged when they were poor and had to glean for a meal. She did not. She kept the faith and was rewarded for it. Matthew Henry says this - "He that forsakes all for Christ shall find more than all with him; it shall be recompensed a hundred-fold in this present time."


And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD,
which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman,
that his name may be famous in Israel.
(Rth 4:14)


Note here how the women blessed Naomi. There does not appear to be any jealousy because Ruth snagged a rich husband...being a foreign woman. There appears to be no hidden animosity. Ruth was clearly beloved and respected in the community. This scene apparently took place during the birth of the child (vs 16). Naomi could now rejoice because she had a male issue in the form of a grandchild and would not go to her grave without offspring. This is what the women were saying. God did not forget her. They also blessed her in that this son would one day be famous. What wonderful blessings these people bestowed upon her. Yes, these women of Bethlehem blessed the Lord for the birth of this child.

  And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life,
and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law,
which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons,
hath born him.
(Rth 4:15)

Grandchildren can be a real joy to someone who is getting older. They can kind of make you feel young again, watching them play, grow learn and interact with others. The joy of her kids was taken away from Naomi as they all died fairly young. She was deeply saddened by this loss as we saw in earlier passages and she noted that God had dealt with her harshly and his "hand had gone out against" her (Ruth 1:13). Now the very same hand of the Lord had turned and blessed her with a grandchild.

They also thank the Lord for Ruth who has shown great love and constancy towards her mother in law. What God has done with this son was better than having seven when considered the kindness that Ruth had shown her. God blessed Naomi through Ruth. The phrase here 'better to the than sevens sons' is very interesting and has an interesting likeness to a passage in 1 Samuel. It goes like this.

They that were full have hired out themselves for bread;
and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven;
and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. The LORD killeth,
and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low,
and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among
princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the
pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the
world upon them.
(1Sa 2:5-8)



This was part of Hannah's prayer of thanks giving to the Lord after the birth of Samuel. Remember that she was barren before her prayer to the Lord (1Sam 1:2). She marks how God can lift up the low and cast down the mighty. It is the Lord who gives and the Lord who takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord!! Ruth was a very poor immigrant who was reduced to near beggary. Yet she kept faith with God and look how he blessed her!!

And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom,
and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours
gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi;
and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse,
the father of David.
(Rth 4:16-17)


The appears to have been a major fuss about Ruth and this child. It may have been customary for someone of Boaz' rank to have those dependent on him and who work for him show this kind of concern for what may have been the Lord of the manor. The passage says the women gave him his name rather than Naomi or Ruth. The name is Obed. Here is what the K&D commentary says about the naming of the child.

This name was given to the boy (the context suggests this) evidently with reference to what he was to become to his grandmother. Obed, therefore, does not mean “servant of Jehovah” (Targum), but “the serving one,” as one who lived entirely for his grandmother, and would take care of her, and rejoice her heat (O. v. Gerlach, after Josephus, Ant. v. 9, 4). The last words of Rth_4:17, “he is the father of Jesse, the father of David,” show the object which the author kept in view in writing down these events, or composing the book itself. This conjecture is raised into a certainty by the genealogy which follows, and with which the book closes. - K&D
We will continue on with the last genealogy section in the final section with closing comments next time, the good Lord willing!!!


25 July

The Herd

Blessings to all who love and obey our Lord, Jesus Christ. I think I should remind you all that the herd is never a place for a real Christian. The herd does not think, it just runs in the same direction as everyone else because it lacks the intelligence to do anything different.

As American society more and more resembles various herds roaming about in circles destroying the long held traditions and morality of the nation, let us remember that we have nothing in common with the world.

The herd one day will think up the brilliant idea and run over a cliff. Why? Because everyone else is doing it. We need to step out of the way of the herd mentality so that we don't get trampled underfoot and we don't get swept away with them and wind up going over the cliff with them.

Keep your souls and remember the admonition of the Psalmist.

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.
(Psa 1:1-2)

Keep your own counsel, speak truth, be humble, honorable, faithful and full of love and faith. These traits alone will cause you to stand out like a sore thumb in a world that more and more seems to be going mad with violence, drugs, perversions and hate.

Brothers the herd is like a madman. You cannot reason with a man who has lost his mind. They pay shrinks a lot of money to try to do that and that and they are only moderately successful as many patients relapse into their former state of mental instability. You can no more reason with a herd than you can with a madman.

So let us all keep our heads, our souls and do what good we can to a world that is filled with troubles, sorrow and pain. Help those we can, pray for the brethren, give to those in need and to our brothers who do the work of God and recognize dangerous people for who they are and do our best to avoid them and the herds they run with.

Keep your delight in God and your eyes upon him and let the crowd go where it will.

24  July

It Was Like War Against The Church

Raymond Ibrahim does another great update on persecution of Christians in Islamic nations. This issue looks back a few months and shows us the depth of anti-Christianity that exist in the world today. The story above is from the Gatestone Institute.

Marvel not, brothers and sisters. I do not wish to depress you, but things slide downhill from here. Many things are happening both in the temporal real and the spiritual realm, so be prepared. Our Lord warned us and so did the Apostles. Those people and groups who are being used against the Lord's people usually have no idea who they are being used by or why. So let us not hate our enemies. For the most part, they are in ignorance and are being manipulated by our true spiritual foe. Take heed, the devil is a master deceiver. He has been at it for many millennia.


And the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
 (Rev 12:17 [KJVA])


Life Is Hell For Egypt's Christians

Yes, it is very hard to be a woman in Egypt, particularly if you are a Christian. What this piece above (Breitbart via AINA) does not go into is how many of these women are abducted by Islamists and are forced into marriage.
(World Watch Monitor) At least seven Coptic Christian women and girls disappeared in Egypt last month, in what is becoming a recurring phenomenon.
In each case, the family of the woman says she was abducted by a Muslim who wished to convert her to Islam and marry her.

All of the disappearances have been reported to the police. However, their families allege that they have often been met with inaction or indifference. Some have even claimed that members of the police force were involved in the disappearances.

Below, World Watch Monitor outlines the details of each case, as far as they are known.

Christine

On 7 April, Christine Lamie, 26, disappeared after being threatened on Facebook by someone she didn’t know.

Lamie, a mother-of-two from Qalyubia Governorate in north-eastern Egypt, had gone to work at the Civil Status Authority in Banha but never returned, according to her husband, Bahaa Girgis.

“A few days before that, Christine received a threatening message on Facebook from someone she didn’t know, saying ‘I will not leave you, Christine, I will take you even on the last day of my life’,” Girgis told World Watch Monitor. “She told me about this and was very afraid. She blocked this person on Facebook.”

When she did not return home, nor answer her phone, her husband started calling relatives and friends, but none knew where she was. The next day, Easter Day in the Coptic Orthodox Church to which the couple belong, Girgis reported his wife’s disappearance to the police. - This story with other examples continues at World Watch Monitor
There are reports of payment for these kidnappings

The Persecution Of Christians In Africa And The Middle East

The Epoch Times looks at the issue with a focus on how Islamic extremists in these parts of the world treat Christians.

Victims of Religious Persecution Tell Their Stories In DC

The above link is from The Signal. But the US government will also be here hosting the conference which is today.

Secretary Pompeo will host the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event will focus on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change. The Ministerial will convene a broad range of stakeholders, including foreign ministers, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all...

...We have invited more than 175 civil society representatives and more than 100 religious leaders representing every corner of the world to participate. The program will include breakout sessions on the intersections between religious freedom and women’s rights; religious freedom and countering violent extremism; religious freedom and economic prosperity; confronting legal challenges to religious freedom; advocating for equal rights for all; preserving cultural heritage; and providing support and care to victims of religious violence or persecution. The Secretary will host an evening reception with foreign government delegations and authorities, religious community participants, U.S. government officials, and Members of Congress...

...We have invited authorities from over 80 countries that have a demonstrated record for advancing religious freedom and are committed to promoting Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or that recently have taken meaningful steps to begin to do so. We also have invited representatives from international organizations to participate. Survivors or close relatives of those who suffered persecution due to their religious beliefs will share their stories. We ask delegations to announce at the Ministerial new actions to protect and promote freedom of religion or belief. - US State Department.
Click below to view the livestream of Day 1:
Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSibCtobezepu_o-bukbglA

Iran: Church Leader Arrested

23 July, 2018 (MEConcern) - Friends of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani request prayer following his violent arrest on 22 July. About ten Iranian police officers were involved, using unnecessary force on Yousef and his son, despite their offering no resistance.

On 6 July, 2017, Yousef Nadarkhani, along with fellow converts, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, were each sentenced to ten-years imprisonment for propagating house churches and promoting "Zionist Christianity." Following a court appeal in December 2017, a decision upholding the sentences was delivered to their lawyer in May.

Yousef has reportedly been taken to Evin Prison in Tehran. The manner of his arrest is probably an attempt to intimidate the Christian community.

Yousef has been subjected to a series of arrests and imprisonments in recent years. He was first detained in December 2006. Following another arrest in 2009 he was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2010 but was acquitted in September 2012. He and the other three men belong to the so-called "Church of Iran", a denomination with an unconventional understanding of the Trinity.
Please pray that:
a. The Lord will comfort and strengthen Yousef and his family, especially the son who was injured during the arrest
b. The Lord will give wisdom to Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie to know how to respond and prepare for possible arrest
c. The Iranian authorities will treat converts and other religious minorities with respect and that they and their families will not be wrongly and aggressively handled
d. Those officials responsible for the persecution of Christians will be convicted of the injustice and repent and find new life in Christ

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Sudanese Government Strips Christian Community of Freedom to Worship

Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) Appeals 2016 Seizure of Church
07/23/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that frustrations continued to mount last week as a result of the ongoing lawsuit against the Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) in the capital city of Khartoum. The church has been prosecuted by three agents of the Islamic government of Sudan, Yougob Hammada Elnour, Angelo Ziaka and Elramara Kori, who are a part of the government’s committee that was established to oversee church activities in Sudan.

The leader of the Sudan Church of Christ, Reverend Ayoub Italian Tutu, Pastor Kuwa Shamal, and six other executive members attended the court hearing session with the hope of winning the appeal. They are trying to prevent the government from handing over ownership of their church to a state-sanctioned committee filed in 2016.

Kuwa Shamal, the head of the SCOC outreach department, told ICC, “Today, we, the Sudan Church of Christ executive committee, attended a court hearing of a case that began in 2016 when the government, that in the past demolished some of our churches, coerced us to surrender the leadership of our church to a government’s select committee.”

He continued, “We have been in and out of the courtroom over the past one year and it is tiresome, draining, and time-consuming. We are accused of derailing [the] government’s role of overseeing Christian churches in Sudan, disturbance of public peace, and erection of churches on government plots.”

The crackdown on the Christian faith in Sudan intensified in 2011 after South Sudan seceded. During that time, President Omar al-Bashir pledged to make Sudan a purely Islamic state by ridding it of Christianity. Christians make up approximately 20% of the Sudanese population, forming a religious minority group that has been persecuted at the hands of the Sharia-guided government.

Reverend Ayoub Italian Tutu, lamenting the state of Christianity in Sudan, said, “It is sad seeing the heinous conduct of the government that outrightly favors Islam over Christianity simply because we are a minority group. I am more disappointed to see a foundation of a mosque being erected on the piece of land where one of our church buildings stood before it was demolished. Justice has been denied and we feel hopeless. We do not see ourselves receiving the land back.”

While speaking with ICC, the lawyer representing the Sudan Church of Christ, Demas James, said, “Nothing much happened today at the hearing. We submitted more appeal files and the presiding judge scheduled another hearing on July 30.”

Nathan Johnson, ICCs Regional Manager for Africa, said, “It is terrible to see the Sudanese government continue to persecute its own people. They have worked tirelessly to end Christianity, both in their capital and broadly in Sudan. Without increased international pressure, they will continue to commit these heinous human rights violations.”

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22 July

Ruth XVI

And this formerly was done in Israel for redemption, and for changing,
to lift up every matter. A man would draw off his sandal and gave to his neighbor.
And this was the attestation in Israel.
(Rth 4:7)

We left off last time when Naomi's nearest of kin could not redeem her according to the Law. This in essence made the way clear for Boaz who clearly had an interest in marrying her daughter in law, Ruth, who was part of the bargain.

The above passage is explanatory for what will happen in verse eight of an old custom that appears to have even gone out of general use even in the time of Ruth. I freely admit such a custom escapes anything I am aware of, so I will pass on to you some interesting commentary from two sources, K&D as well as Gill. These comments are quite interesting so don't skip over them!

This declaration he confirmed by what was a usual custom at that time in renouncing a right. This early custom is described in Rth_4:7, and there its application to the case before us is mentioned afterwards. “Now this was (took place) formerly in Israel in redeeming and exchanging, to confirm every transaction: A man took off his shoe and gave it to another, and this was a testimony in Israel.” From the expression “formerly,” and also from the description given of the custom in question, it follows that it had gone out of use at the time when our book was composed. The custom itself, which existed among the Indians and the ancient Germans, arose from the fact that fixed property was taken possession of by treading upon the soil, and hence taking off the shoe and handing it to another was a symbol of the transfer of a possession or right of ownership (see the remarks on Deu_25:9 and my Bibl. Archäol. ii. p. 66). The Piel קַיֵּם is rarely met with in Hebrew; in the present instance it was probably taken from the old legal phraseology. The only other places in which it occurs are Eze_13:6; Psa_119:28, Psa_119:106, and the book of Esther, where it is used more frequently as a Chaldaism. - K&D Commentary
Gill says this.
Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming,.... It is a custom, and not a law, that seems here referred to, when an estate was bought and sold; not the law in Lev_25:25, though that respects the redemption of an estate by a near kinsman, yet no such manner was enjoined as here practised afterwards, made mention of; nor the law in Deu_25:5 which does not concern the redemption of estates, nor a kinsman's marrying the widow of a deceased kinsman, but a brother's marrying the widow of a deceased brother, and the rites and ceremonies there enjoined upon refusal are different from those here used; though Josephus (i) is express for it, that the law is here referred to; but this is not only concerning purchase of estates, but "concerning changing" also one field for another as Aben Ezra interprets it: "for to confirm all things"; the following custom was observed for the confirmation of any bargain whatever, whether by sale or barter, and where there was no marriage in the case:

a man plucked off his shoe and gave it to his neighbour; signifying thereby, that he yielded his right to him in the thing sold or bartered; the Targum says, he plucked off the glove of his right hand, which perhaps was then in use, when the Targumist wrote, and answered the same purpose; and, according to Jarchi, it was a linen cloth, vail, or handkerchief, that was used, and delivered by the one to the other; and of this way of buying writes Elias (k); at this day, says he, we purchase by a linen cloth or handkerchief called "sudar", which is a garment; and this two witnesses take, and explain before them the words of their agreement, and each of the witnesses stretches out the skirt of the garment, and those that take upon them to confirm every matter, touch the skirt of their garments; and this is called purchasing by "sudar", or the linen cloth:

and this was a testimony in Israel; a witness to, or a confirmation of the bargain made; but who gave the shoe, whether the kinsman or Boaz, is not certain from the text; and about which the Jewish writers are divided, as Jarchi observes.  - Gill

So now we have an understanding of this ancient custom. It is also interesting to note that in the Arab world the drawing off of a sandal in such a manner was a sign of the renunciation of an oath of fealty to his king (Cambridge Bible).

And the near kinsman said to Boaz, Buy for yourself,
and drew off his sandal.
(Rth 4:8)


So in essence what he is doing here is renouncing his claim with this gesture.

And Boaz said to the elders, and all the people,
You are witnesses today that I have bought all that
belonged to Elimelech, and all that was to Chilion
and Mahlon, from the hand of Naomi.
(Rth 4:9)


Once this renunciation was compete, Boaz makes this clear statement in the presence of all the witnesses in the assembly. This was done to make sure that one one could come back later and say otherwise. Such a declaration had to be public and in the presence of witnesses. This made it legally binding. Boaz had just purchased all that belonged to Elimelech and his sons. In effect, this was a done deal.

And also Ruth of Moab, the wife of Mahlon, I have bought for myself
for a wife, to raise up the name of him who died over his inheritance.
And the name of him who died shall not be cut off from among his brothers,
and from the gate of his place.
You are witnesses today.
(Rth 4:10)


Boaz makes it plain in the assembly as well that he and Ruth were going to get hitched, with all legal formality. In this formal declaration, Boaz also explains the reason for this law, so that the name of the one who passed on should not be cut off.

The word for cut off is this one in the Hebrew.
H3772
כָּרַת
kârath
kaw-rath'
A primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication to destroy or consume; specifically to covenant (that is, make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces): - be chewed, be con- [feder-] ate, covenant, cut (down, off), destroy, fail, feller, be freed, hew (down), make a league ([covenant]), X lose, perish, X utterly, X want.
Total KJV occurrences: 287

But let's get real here, while Boaz was dotting the legal 'I's and crossing the ceremonial 'T's, he had to be one of the happiest men in Israel. The days work and proceedings could not have gone better for him. All of the legal problems and impediments were completely removed and now the marriage could be planned for. Boaz was rewarded for his most honorable behavior.

And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said,
We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come
into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build
the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah,
and be famous in Bethlehem: And let thy house be like the house of Pharez,
whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD
shall give thee of this young woman.
(Rth 4:11-12)


So the people bore witness to these proceedings and more importantly the result. The people here were apparently very pleased with this match and made it plain by pronouncing blessings upon it. These are some powerful blessings, the blessings of Jacob and Leah, as well as Tamar and Judah. They also bless their union with many children. Back in those days, this was a major, major blessing and such a person was seen as having obtained the favor of the Lord.

The last part of verse 11 bears comment. This section does seem somewhat peculiar 'and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem' , but we must never forget that this was in the time of the Judges, long before there were Kings in Israel, of whom the first would come from this union.  The Pulpit Commentary transliterates the meaning like this,  “Make to thyself a well-established name through thy marriage with Ruth, by a host of worthy sons who shall make thy name renowned.”

We will continue on our study in Ruth next week, God willing!!



18 July

State-Sanctioned Church in Shandong Province Demolished

Catholic Church Torn Down by More Than 70 People

07/18/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 17, more than 70 police officers and workers forcibly demolished Liangwang Catholic Church in China’s Shandong province. Liangwang Catholic Church is a state-sanctioned church and had been registered since 2006.

Three church caretakers, Gao Rongli, Zhang Siling and Li Xiangmei, who were inside the church, had their cellphones confiscated and destroyed, before they were driven out of the building. The church was then razed in 15 minutes by bulldozers and pickaxes.... Story continues here.

NATO Summit


(Note: When the well-financed and  manufactured furor over Trumps Putin meet is done with and the National Retard Broadcasting System (aka cable news and much of our Federal political leadership) ceases with their political spin and half truths, we will talk a bit about it and some issues that are not being talked about. I will try and deal with some facts and perspective that might confuse the dull and ignorant and those brainwashed by the NRBS.

I will do my best and attempt top calm readers and get them to cogitate, rather use my digital pen to inflame and agitate and hate our President, which today appears to be the primary goal of the NRBS. Their rants are more in keeping with what foreign powers (like Russia, China, Iran) would want to see happen in the US, a relentless merciless and often fact-free attack upon our President and our democratic system of government.

Such an attempt is known as destabilization.

In the meantime, I wrote this in the middle of the NATO summit and it may help throw some light on why the NRBS has gone into overdrive.

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Don't kid yourself. It was JFK's peace overtures of Peace to Russia that created a political environment in the US that some sought to use to justify and use as an impetus to his assassination. Yes, the deep state existed back in JFK's time and yes, they were the ones who killed him.

The current President is in trouble for the same reason JFK got his brains blown out. Not because he is a Russian stooge as his detractors loudly proclaim (it was not Trump who put thousands of highly classified emails on an unsecured server - illegally - that found their way to a foreign power,  but his opponent). No, but because he is undercutting the justification for the the world's largest cash cow. The Trillions the US spends on Defense War. His peace efforts are totally in keeping with his campaign promises and threatens the profits of the 'deep state'.

Peace or a relaxation of tensions with Russia goes against powerful forces in our government who make their money from creating fake threats and exaggerating real ones to justify massive defense budgets.


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This so far has been an animated meeting and one that has many interesting undertones. Trump blasted Europe for its dependence on Russian energy and Merkel shot back. There are a lot of issues on the agenda. In this exchange it is clear that the President is making his pitch that Europe should  buy its Natural gas from the US, rather than Russia. It is no secret that Big oil and Donald Trump are on the same page. This is 'the deep politic' of these statements. This is something that the US really would love to see and make Europe dependent on the US, rather than Russia. But as stated here before, they will never go for that.

America is sanction happy and once they get that kind of leverage over Europe, they won't be able to do a thing without US approval or major sanctions will ensue and leave Europe in the dark... literally.  Russia has shown itself to be a rock solid energy partner and they don't hyperventilate and threaten sanctions just because the Chancellor doesn't dance to the tune called by others.  This is one of the fundamental disconnects and why our policies over the years are starting to reap a bitter fruit. We will lose Western Europe in the long run. Northern Europe will probably stay firmly in the US orbit until the US gets 'sanction fever' on them over something that makes little to no sense, once someone with deep pockets (foreign or domestic) 'buys' a new foreign policy directive out of DC.

But NATO itself? I think it is obsolete and it is time for new security structures. They key here to grasp that is not allowed to be spread about in the MSM or academia (much) is this. NATO was really defunct when the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union fell. Since then, NATO and the whole US Military Industrial Complex (MID) was in a panic for a mission and justification for the  billions of defense dollars spent. The evil empire that justified it was gone, why spend hundreds of billions fighting a dead Soviet state? This was and has been a key issue in US military circles but also in NATO because NATO's key military mission was to defend Europe against Soviet Communism. Since then they have  been desperately in search of a mission and a reason to keep a military foothold in Europe.

So what was their solution? It was simple and it was indeed implemented. It was to restart the cold war. Once that was done, NATO would indeed have a mission, just like before. This was one key reason for the US sponsored coup in Ukraine and the US propaganda campaign targeting Russia, with a daily drumbeat of constantly negative and hostile stories about the Russians. The result? A new Military buildup, new military exercises and a new Budgetary justification for billions of more dollars to be pumped into the Pentagon. Again, I try and school each of you -  if you want to understand a problem always look to the money, the economic interests, they will drive the debate.

NATO is obsolete but leaders are trying to reanimate the corpse for reasons that have little to do with European Security. Things were going quite well until the US decided it wanted out of the ABM treaty and proposed new missile defense systems in Eastern Europe. Things have gone downhill from there, but that was the desired result. To destroy relations between the US and Moscow so that many would  get rich in the ensuing new cold war.
NATO is planning its largest military build-up in eastern Europe since the Cold War
So naturally with Trump in the White House, the military is getting the money it wants. Trump has spoken much about warming relations with Moscow, but has been and will be fought by elements with a vested economic interest in keeping tensions high.

My view is that NATO should have been more forward thinking than backwards thinking. Backwards thinking being a deliberate move back to the past in restarting a war that it had already won, the cold war.

No, what NATO leaders should have done was something different. They should have gone and done some reading on the trends in our world and where new threats are likely to arise and prepare its forces for that. Our world is changing and re-fighting the cold 'war of 1952' to justify budgets is myopic and just plain dumb.

The 21st century is fraught with many new threats that are identified clearly in much National Security literature, open and secret. Yet they don't seem keen on making a force ready for those threats, but seek new and better weapons to use on the Russians in a war that no one would survive if it were ever fought. Even now our leaders talk about a limited Nuclear war as though they seek to win one. The idea of a first strike by the US on Russia is not far fetched. Not any more. More here out of the UK.

My view is that NATO should have and still should concentrate more on the new threats that face the Nation State. Before it was just armies and tanks, fighter planes and warships. Today the threats are different, but no less potent. One thing NATO has done in a positive light is to step up cyberops. This is important. But today the idea of Financial and Economic warfare are also real. Another threat that should be addressed by NATO is the simple to understand problem of population. Demographics and the serious problems that this is going to present to the world as we move towards mid century. We are already seeing masses of human waves migrating to parts of the world where there is economic opportunity as well as for other reasons. What happens in the future when something like this happens.

Jan7th 2029, New Jimba Africa (Future News Service) Today, the new government now located in the newly renamed capital of New Jimba has seized critical mining facilities belonging to several key Western and Chinese mining concerns. These firms mine critical and key rare earth metals as well as other lucrative minerals. The military forces have been heavily armed by the New Alliance of Nations who have backed the rebel leader Mobo M'kumbe who has promised prosperity to his people after what he described ad decades of western colonial exploitation.

Mobo has been able to gain the support of the Military and has managed to acquire new anti-aircraft systems from New Alliance nations that are capable of detecting stealth aircraft. So far, no western nation has dared encroach upon their airspace. Meanwhile the mass exodus from the African nation has slowed to a trickle as more Jimbans see a brighter future economically for its nation.  (Future News Service) - News that has not happened yet, but could...

In 2029 how would the west respond to this? How should they? What about a massive refugee crisis that requires protection against terrorist and criminal gangs that threaten mass slaughter if demands are not met? This is the kind of world we are heading into, like it or not. Is the developed world prepared or will they continue a pointless game of one ups-manship with Russia to see who has the biggest missiles, the fastest planes and the stupidest generals.

This is where NATO should have put is emphasis then they could work with, rather than against the Russians when such an eventuality transpires.

Moreover proactive solutions could be conceptualized to keep these economic issues from developing into the crisis that are likely to occur if the current state of lethargy and short sighted solutions continue to rule the day with policy makers.

I am a strong proponent of peace because I am a servant of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ and I am not ashamed of it. I believe in a strong defense, but defense means just that... DEFENSE not warmaking and threat creation and dropping the most expensive bombs we can find on those least likely to resist to fill the coffers of the war industry.

I ask all Christians who belong to Christ to do as your Bible bids you and pray for our President and our leaders...

... of both parties. 


Mandela Foundation Asked To Block Obama's Visit

CAGE Africa is strongly opposed to the visit hosted by the Mandela Foundation. Al Jazeera carries the story above. You can read the open letter here.

They feel that Obama's legacy as CINC of the world's largest military and his record of military adventures in Africa and the droning of Africans is not in keeping with anything Nelson Mandela stood for.

The AJ article linked above is pretty good.

Many folks never understood why I was never a big fan of the former President. I got a rash of negativity from a great many folks because I did not support Obama just because he was Black and hailed from the Democratic party. I must be clear, for many  Black Americans, their support amounted to little more than that. He had the right skin color and came from the right party and said the right words and they flocked to his banner.

I am not being overly critical of Obama. That is one tough job and those who think it isn't are frankly, without a clue. The President does not rule America. He manages its Federal agencies and to some degree, sets our foreign policy. I say to some degree because he has a lot of power in and influence over that policy but he does not dictate it. Our foreign, military and National security polices are set by a host of individuals and agencies, some you have heard of, others you may not have. For too many Leftist Americans, Black ones in particular, they saw the skin color and saw that he came out of the right political box  (DNC) and as a result, they refused to keep a close eye on what he was actually doing. Whenever some one pointed things out, they went into partisan reactionary mode and as one Black commentator laid it out years ago, 'they ran in front of the bus for him'. But they did not see what he and his policies and the lack thereof was really doing to Black America and to Africa.

I don't like blasting the former President because he had some serious hurdles and problems as President particularly because he was Black. Many top people in Government showed him incredible disrespect.  But he knew how to work the populace and was most adept and delivering a very little to nothing and telling his constituents that what he delivered was a gold mine and having them praise him for it. That was his gift and he was exceptionally good it.

I think Black Americans need to be much more objective in their analysis of the former President as well as this one and be far less wrapped up in phony notions of 'Blackness' when they take a cold, hard look at either. 'Black' does not mean a collective reflex manufactured on left wing Cable News show owned by rich old White men, at least it shouldn't. We need to look at things like granting immunity to the banks who committed crimes when they stole homes across America - it was devastating on Black America. I could go on and on but I won't. The President did not deliver. No, I am not saying he totally ignored Black America, he didn't. I am saying that when push came to shove, the needs and problems of Blacks and lower income Americans were of little real importance to his overall political machinations which always had raising money near the very top of his agenda. If you are gay and have deep pockets, the DNC will indeed deliver on their promises. If you are Black and have empty ones, you may be better off with the 'accidental' benevolence of the RNC than the empty promises of the DNC,

Simply put, those on the political left, particularly minorities need to step back and ask themselves what the Democrats have done for them and what they will do for them while their leaders shout all manner of hateful rhetoric at the sitting President, who has done more for Black America by accident, that the Democrats promised to do on the campaign trail.

I know many readers don't like it when I talk about these issues so forcefully. But I think they are important. One look at what is happening in many-a-Black community and has been for some time forbids me from speaking about it with too much gentleness. 

I want to see these problems like this in the US and those outlines by CAGE Africa fixed and I don't care which party or what color skin the person has who has a workable solution to them. I am not interested in petty party politics and racial divisions or parroting the ignorance that permeates our political and social discourse... Black or White. . I am interested in solving problems. When it comes to fixing problems that effect so many people of all races, I am apolitical and totally color blind. I am a member of the 'Let's Fix It' political party.

For this, I get lambasted and even attacked by many, even within our own Government.

FYI -  Obama did speak at the meeting and as usual delivered a rousing speech that was 180 degrees at odds with what he actually did (not said) as President. Google up his speech and you will find it.
16 July

Serve The Lord!!


(Note: This was written a week ago.)

There is so much news today and God willing we will look at some things this afternoon. But this A.M. God wants me to offer this exhortation to all of you.

None of this is new to any of you here. Rather it is by way of exhortation in these times when so many brethren are falling by the wayside and strange, crazy and demonic doctrines permeate much of the western Church. I exhort you all to stay the course of salvation in Jesus Christ. To not turn aside to the left hand nor to the right, but to stand in the midst of the spiritual battle, even while those brethren on your left and and right have fallen to the onslaught of the enemy. We must remain steadfast.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,
choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
 but as for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD.
(Jos 24:15)


This was one of Joshua's Prophecies. Yes, this was indeed a prophetic pronouncement (see Josh 24:2 - "Thus Saith the Lord...") Joshua was giving a strong prophetic word of  both remembrance of the things the Lord had done so that they should remain true to the Lord and serve him.

Joshua had won many a battle for the people. He was a true man of God and a warrior for God. But he as also a prophet and one whom the Lord specifically chose to accomplish a set and divine purpose. But the long and short of it was Joshua was telling them to stay true to the Lord.

How is it that God can do so much for us and we forget his power and protection and then begin to serve other gods? No, we don't have Molech and Baal today. But today we have other Gods. Materialism, Wicca, Money and even outright devil worship. Satan knows how to seduce us away from the Gospel and he is good at it. We forget the things that God has done and begin to serve other gods and anger the Lord.


Here in the west, secular-materialism are the main seduction we face and many believers fall prey to it. But other gods are here as well. There is the worship of ones race. We have White nationalists claiming to be Christian and Black folks who put their skin color over and above the word of God. It was pretty obvious to a man or woman of discernment particularly under Obama's Presidency. Right, wrong, sin and God's views on sexuality and child sacrifice (abortion) took a backseat to undue adoration of the President's skin-melanin content ratio.  Even Obama's unwillingness to help the millions of Christians who were and are under severe persecution did not matter to so many American Black Christians. Obama was Black and everything else took a backseat to that. They were willing to see millions of babies slaughtered, homosexuality run rampant and Christians burned out of their homes and even slaughtered while the President for years never lifted up his voice in their defense.  These things did not matter. What mattered was that the President was Black.

Today the issue is White Nationalism and those who have swarmed around Trump who ascribe to this hateful and demonic ideology.


I shudder to think what God has in store for those who worship at the alter of the 'race gods', be they Black or White when they forsake the clear commandments of scripture to offer 'sacrifice' to these demonic deceptions. The sacrifice being the cessation of being holy and our obedience to God's commandments to appease the 'race gods'.

Deceptions take on many forms today and seducers are all over America and fill her pulpits. There is the homosexual seduction, the riches seduction, the selective obedience to scripture seduction to name just a few. These are the ones that are taking many down apostasy road. It's like a signpost that leads us to one place when the sign said another. A driver who has no sense of direction can be sidetracked to a place where thieves and robbers wait to do mischief.

We must not go after those false signposts (false prophets) and go down apostasy road. We must be full of discernment and keep a close eye on those who run our Churches and our denominations. Many of them have been hoodwinked by Masons or those who 'capture' powerful Christian ministers for what I will call 'The House Of Judas' -  that being the US or other intelligence agencies who have their operatives who do dirty work for these dark and secretive agencies.

Stubborn Persistence

The only way we can maintain our walk with Jesus in our times and more importantly in the days that are coming upon us is to develop a mindset of stubborn persistence. A complete and total abandonment to our number one purpose, that being to serve Jesus Christ in spirit and in truth. To get into the Kingdom and to walk with Jesus in White (Rev 3:4) and not soil our garments with the things of this world.  This is the mindset that will mean victory in these times; to maintain our walk with God, to not deny his name and to not love our lives to death.

The world and the devil will use many a trick, as many as they can to get us to move off the path of Jesus Christ. Some of the deceptions and other works of darkness will be highly effective against a great many. We must stand therefore and stand with Christ. Stand and fight the good fight of faith. The Apostle Paul runs it down to us just how to fight and whom are enemy is.


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might. Put on the
whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
 but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of
the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation
 and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
 Praying always with all prayer and supplication
in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all
perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly, to make
known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an
 ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly,
as I ought to speak.
(Eph 6:10-20)


We must fight this good fight and when we do so, we can stand in the evil day and that day will one day surely come.

So my exhortation to all of you is a simple one. Don't give up, don't turn back, and don't fall away. Set your face firmly and resolutely towards Jesus Christ and obey his voice. Keep your foot on the path to life and do not turn to the left hand nor the right but go straight forward with faith and determination.

Help your brother if he begins to falter, lift him up and strengthen him when his heart begins to faint, but never go down the path of error, lukewarmness or spiritual slumber with them. Assist your brother but do not jeopardize your own soul in so doing.

This also bears comment. People are influenced by crowds and what others are doing. We all naturally resist being left on the 'outside' in human social structures. This is natural. But we Christians are often going to be on the outside of not just the world's social cliques, but also of those of mainstream Christianity. We are going to more and more appear to be 'freaks' in a world that will be awash in drugs, hate, devil worship, murder and all manor of vice and foolishness which will be considered the new normal. We are to be something special and rise above the behavior of the crowd and become something highly prized by God. To do that we have to be something completely different from the fallen and sinful world around us.

I exhort you all in the name of Jesus Christ to stand firm in Christ in these times, do not follow after the crowd, but rather after Jesus.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should
shew forth the praises of him who hath called
you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

(1Pe 2:9)

The word for peculiar does not mean strange in the sense we use today, but rather it means highly treasured. We are something very special. Kind of like a diamond in the rough, or a brick of gold in the manure heap. God looks at us in a very different way than the world does. We may be despised by the world, but not by God. A world that worships the gods of gold and silver, American Express and Bitcoin will not understand us. Yet we are deeply beloved by God. We who have forsaken these gods of modern Egypt and have decided, as Joshua did to serve the Lord will indeed enter into the promised land.

How did Joshua do it? He had many a battle on his hands. It was war. Now as Paul said, we battle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers. This is our battlefield and it is one fraught with many dangers. But in order for us to get into the kingdom, we like Joshua must also fight many a battle. No one is rolling into the kingdom with any kinds of rewards without some kind of fruit and battle scars. We are in enemy territory and the enemy will seek us out to destroy us utterly. But God even through his son Jesus Christ sends us his spirit and his holy angels to protect us. So we need not fear. The world? These things are not within the bounds of their comprehension, save as is gracious and God gives them light.


Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world,
and the world heareth them. We are of God:
he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not
of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth,
 and the spirit of error.
(1Jn 4:4-6)



As long as we continue to walk in the light of Jesus Christ, we shall have victory over the devil for as the verse says, greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.

Brothers, let us all keep on with our walk and place our face firmly toward life eternal and forsake the temptations and enticements of this world.


Brother Mark


12 July

Migrant Watch

DHS: Migrants Are Leaving Their Children with Trump’s Agencies
An interesting report from those who deal in the issue daily, as opposed to those who don't. This is something you do need to read and get a better understanding of the economic and other dynamics of the issue and not just let the MSM provoke you to weep-a-thousand-tears over something most folks don't fully understand... except that anything Trump does has to be opposed. 

How can we get past the political baloney and media hyperventilation we see in our press on this issue? Listen to those who have to deal with the issue every single day, like those in the link above, or those in the link below.

Mexico: Dangerous For Central American Migrants
We hear so much about our problems here in the US, but Mexico's problems are worse. MSF gives us a good look at the problem. Those doctors are on the ground and help those in need, so these are the kinds of folks who can give you the story first hand and without political filters.

Read this and get a look at how hard the journey from Central America to the US is. The New Mexican President has a job on his hands and even now is preparing a clampdown on Mexico's southern border.

Trump Returns To Catch And Release

Northern California Jail Ends Immigration Contract
Authorities succumb to protests over Trump's policies. 

Local Residents Claim New Laws Will Worsen Immigrant Problem
Proposed bill would make illegal entry a first degree felony. 

Immigrant Engineer Shares Her View On A 'Broken System'
There are many sad stories out there. This one deals with the H1B system. I would only add this - that as we look at the immigration system and the problems we are having - those who are using various methods to fix it and those who are doing their best to exacerbate those problems always I say again,  look at where the money is, who is making money as well as Labor issues - like the issues with H1B system where large corporations hire foreigners. Why they do it? Sometimes it is because of pay and benefit issues, some because there is a shortage of the kinds of people companies want to hire for some jobs (like when only Blacks are available and they would rather hire an Indian or Asian for less pay than a Black at full pay). More here.

Just keep this in mind when dealing with this issue. Many people in America with very deep pockets and access to power have a strong economic incentive to let a flood of migrants into America. From farming, to Tech to Groundskeeping, money will shape the debate, not facts, common good or even common sense. If we can get a handle on that fact when we read news reports and particularly those so called 'myth dispelling' and 'debunking sites' we will be far less likely to fall for the narrative de-jure written by a propagandist who cries about how evil Trump's policies are only so that he can use some 15 year old immigrant as a sex worker without all that immigration and legal red tape.
 
A New Immigration Crisis: This Time It May Come From Haiti
A government attempt to raise fuel prices has sparked protests, some violent. The above link from Daily Beast lays it out. Below see the State Dept. Travel advisory.

Do not travel to Haiti due to civil unrest and crime.

There is currently widespread civil unrest and violent demonstrations in Haiti. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable. On July 9, 2018, the U.S. government authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families. Right now, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. The Department will review this guidance as soon as the current security situation is resolved.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents or emergencies.

Even under normal circumstances, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in some areas of Haiti. U.S. Embassy personnel must receive permission from the Embassy security officer to travel to some areas of Port-au-Prince. Embassy employees are discouraged, and in some instances prohibited, from walking in city neighborhoods, including Pétion Ville. After dark, Embassy personnel are prohibited from visiting establishments without secure, on-site parking. Travel outside of Port-au-Prince is prohibited after dark. Embassy employees are under a curfew from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. The use of public banks and ATMs by Embassy employees is prohibited at all times. Embassy personnel are prohibited from using any kind of public transportation throughout the country. - US State Dept.


11 July

Love

Love. I don't see it as much as an emotion as it I do a verb. A word that describes action. Doing something. Love is not a feeling to me. It's what you do. A person may feel pity and love all day long for a homeless person, but what have they done for them? A person may say they love their friend in need, but what have they done for them? A man may say he loves his brother but what has he done to demonstrate it?

Let us remember that we will all be judged by our works, not our feelings (Rev 20:12-13). It's what you do that counts. When Christ asked Peter if he loved him, he wanted a concrete demonstration of that love (John 21:15ff). He wanted him to feed his sheep. We may be saved by grace, but we will be judged by our works.

Do you love? God one day is going to ask you that question. Perhaps not in those exact words, but in what our actions have proved. Do you love kids? Many suffer. Do you love persecuted Christians? Many suffer. Can you show love to those who have no way of repaying you?

Let's let love be what we do, not what we say or feel.

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down
his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need,
 and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how
dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children,
let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth.

(1Jn 3:16-18)

We have all heard it said that talk is cheap. In no other issue is this more true than with the issue of love.

Ethiopia-Eritrea Say War Is Over

Very Positive steps being taken including opening up of embassies.  Reuters reports in the above link. What will this mean for Christians? The ICC says this:

ICC is concerned, however, that these benefits will not reach the long persecuted Christians of Eritrea. For years, Eritrea has been known to religious freedom advocates as the “North Korea of Africa.” This title is well deserved. Due to their strong central and socialistic government, Eritrea represses all religious freedom in the country. In 2002, they enacted laws that allowed for only four legal religions: Roman Catholic, Eritrean Orthodox, Lutheran, and Sunni Islam. However, these four religions come with significant stipulations.

To join any of these religions, one must make four pledges: 1) Their loyalty is to the government, not the Church, family, or God, 2) They will never be “born again,” 3) They will not carry a Bible outside of their home or Church, and 4) They will turn in any evangelists or missionaries that they encounter. These pledges have forced many Christians to worship in underground churches or flee the country.

Furthermore, the government still holds many Christians in captivity. The rightful patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Antonios, has been under house arrest since 2007 when the government arrested him for defying governmental control over the church. Thousands of others are still being held in some of the worst conditions in the world. Their prisons are often metal shipping containers placed in the middle of the desert. They pack as many as eight people into these tiny containers, which have no electricity or plumbing. The metal walls of the cells increase the temperature fluctuations of the desert from extremely hot to freezing cold. These religious freedom issues have yet to be addressed and leave serious concerns. - Persecution.org

10 July

Yizhuang Campus of Beijing’s Largest House Church Forcibly Barricaded

07/10/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 5, Yizhuang campus of Zion Church, the largest house church in Beijing, has been blockaded by a group of “thugs” employed by the local authorities. The group prevented church members from entering the third floor where the campus is located and hurled insults and threats at the Christians, calling their faith a cult. 

In a prayer request to fellow Christians shared via WeChat (a popular Chinese messaging app) on July 8, Yizhuang campus worshippers detailed the ongoing oppression from the government against their church.

Six individuals guarded the entrance to the church and prevented church members from attempting to unlock the government-imposed padlocks. They also prevented... continues here.
9 July


Ruth Part XV


And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out
of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our
brother Elimelech's:
(Rth 4:3)


We left off last time and Boaz had quickly convened a court hearing for the case of Naomi's rights under the Law. There was a parcel of land that was in her name and she was willing to sell it. How she came by this land is that it was part of the family inheritance and now that her husband was dead, she was now in control of it, as the verse clearly implies. Because she was poor and needed money, she was forced to sell it. Here Boaz proposes that another relative buys the land in order to keep it in the family according to custom. Remember in an earlier section (Part XIII), there was a specific order that had to be followed regarding the redemption of the land. The system was originally intended so that the land apportioned to various tribes and families remained with them. This is one reason for the  Jubilee year as we find on the book of the Law (Lev 25:8-17). Thus, the law of the Kinsman-Redeemer came into being as 50 years is a long time to wait to get your land back. But we must keep in mind that this person who redeemed the land had to keep it in trust for the entire clan. This is not like today, where inheritors are often trying to screw over family members to fill their own personal fortunes. These were different times with a different set of principles where family and tribe were of great importance.


And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the
 inhabitants, and before the elders of my people.
If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it,
then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee;
 and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
(Rth 4:4)


This verse is simply Boaz making the parcel of land available to the Goel (Kinsman Redeemer). He may have done this thing publicly so that no one could come back later and say he did not offer it to them. Such underhandedness may not have been common in those days, but in our times you need to get an affidavit, preferably signed in blood to prove such things when a lot of money or land is involved! What is going on here in using our terminology today is vaguely similar to the first right of refusal. Boaz basically is saying. It is your right to buy the land, if you want to do so, then do so. If not then I follow after you in the line to redeem it. But this passage also reveals something in Boaz's character. Here is how Matthew Henry sums it up.
This he gives the kinsman legal notice of (Rth_4:4), that he might have the refusal of it. Whoever had it must pay for it, and Boaz might have said, “My money is as good as my kinsman's; if I have a mind to it, why may not I buy it privately, since I had the first proffer of it, and say nothing to my kinsman?” No, Boaz, though fond enough of the purchase, would not do so mean a thing as to take a bargain over another man's head that was nearer a-kin to it; and we are taught by his example to be not only just and honest, but fair and honourable, in all our dealings, and to do nothing which we are unwilling should see the light, but be above-board. - Matthew Henry
Now this is how any genuine Christian will behave. He will not be underhanded, deceitful or take advantage of people but always conduct things above board and with a sense of honor. I make it a point to always deal with folks like that. Not just because I am in ministry but because it is just part of my make up. I hate dishonesty and deceit and won't deal with folks who show a pattern of it. I shun them and will never do business with them. My failings often come from the fact that I expect others to have at least some semblance of honor and am too often bitterly disappointed.

Boaz was a cut above the kinds of people we find today and probably in his day as well.

The kinsman initially says that he will redeem the land. Then Boaz adds the special 'addendum' to the purchase.

Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi,
 thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead,
 to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
(Rth 4:5)

Well, here we see how the situation was turned to Boaz' favor. What Boaz basically was saying was that because Ruth's husband was the eldest, the estate could not be settled upon anyone without the permission of Naomi who was the mother of the deceased and her conditionality was that if it was sold, the wife of the deceased husband must marry Ruth according no so much to the law, but by custom (to be explained later)  Here is how Adam Clarke puts it.

Thou must buy it also of Ruth - More properly, Thou wilt also acquire Ruth. Thou canst not get the land without taking the wife of the deceased and then the children which thou mayest have shall be reputed the children of Mahlon, thy deceased kinsman. - Clarke
The translation of the passage many have challenged and they believe it should be rendered instead of thou must buy it also of Ruth, it should read 'Ruth also thou must buy'. You can read extended Comments on this here.

And the near kinsman said, I am not able to redeem for myself,
that I not mar my own inheritance. You redeem for yourself
my right of redemption, for I am not able to redeem.

(Rth 4:6)


This is a strange statement, or at least on the surface. He just suddenly changed his mind for reasons that on the surface to people of our times, does not make sense. But the in reality it isn't so strange. What he is saying is that if he takes Ruth for a wife and they have a son, then the Goel would basically be disinherited or have his inheritance diluted. Some commentators think he was married, others are not so sure. I don't know and the passage here does not tell us. He may have been single or been married or even been a widower. We don't even know the kinsman's name.  But the K&D commentary gives us I think the best explanation for his reticence when this additional conditionality was put forth.
“I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance.” The redemption would cost money, since the yearly produce of the field would have to be paid for up to the year of jubilee. Now, if he acquired the field by redemption as his own permanent property, he would have increased by so much his own possessions in land. But if he should marry Ruth, the field so redeemed would belong to the son whom he would beget through her, and he would therefore have parted with the money that he had paid for the redemption merely for the son of Ruth, so that he would have withdrawn a certain amount of capital from his own possession, and to that extent have detracted from its worth. “Redeem thou for thyself my redemption,” i.e., the field which I have the first right to redeem. K&D
Thus, the way was made clear for Boaz.

We will continue on with our look at the book of Ruth next week, the good Lord willing!!!

6 July


Christian Converts Attacked In Greek Refugee Camp
07/05/18 International Christian Concern (Washington, DC) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on June 27, 2018, a group of Iraqi Muslims living in the Koutsochero Refugee Camp in Greece attacked a group of Iranian Christians who were holding a Bible study. These Christians are all converts and are active in sharing their faith.

According to 222 Ministries, seven Iranians had “crossed from Turkey to Greece in the area of Thessaloniki and ended up in a refugee camp about 150 km south in Larissa. While they were there, they met as a small group together in one of the Conex containers they were housed in, gathering a few others.”

“Somehow, they came to the attention of the other camp residents… a mob formed on Sunday night as they were holding a Bible Study meeting. The mob attacked them, threatening them with knives and beating the men, resulting in hospitalization for two of them. The two women and two young children were also threatened with knives. Petrol was poured into their Conex. They were called ‘kaffirs’ and told to leave the camp.  One of the men had a previous heart condition and the attack caused him to pass out.  An ambulance was called but the mob tried to prevent its entry into the camp. The Greek police present did nothing, being massively outnumbered by the mob of 30-40 people,” continued the account from 222 Ministries.

Pastor Apostolos Theodorakos of the Free Evangelical Church in Larissa says, “Before I even woke up for my work, (a lady) called me and told me she was in the University Hospital because she and her husband were assaulted by a group of Muslims. I ran into the hospital and I found this beloved soul with her child, terrified, with jabs.” He continues, “a group of 30-40 people had come… accusing them of being Christians and going to church. In fact, one took a liquid inside the container and someone tried to (ignite a) fire.”

All of the victims of the attack have since fled to a safe house. A police complaint has been filed and a lawsuit opened against the attackers.

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Whenever a Muslim converts to Christianity, he does so at great risk. Muslim background believers are often shunned by their families and violently targeted by their peers, who regard them as apostates. Often they must flee their homes and begin life from scratch. It is no coincidence that these believers in Koutsochero were singled out by a mob and attacked. While we are thankful that no one was seriously injured, it is alarming that this mob was allowed to continue their violence without police intervention. Those who perpetrated this violence must be held accountable according to due process of law.”

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God is Love Graffiti Spreads In Iran

Let us pray for Iran. Many Muslims are hungry spiritually. This, in a nation that is repressive and struggling with significant economic issues.


Averting War In Northern Somalia

   Base map Courtesy and Copyright Openstreemap.

(ICG) A longstanding military standoff between Somaliland and Puntland over the disputed Sool (yellow) and Sanaag  (blue) regions is in grave danger of escalating. Both sides are reportedly massing large numbers of troops close to Tukaraq, a strategically located town that has become a front line in the battle for control. The tempo of artillery and mortar shelling around the town appears to have increased since 22 June 2018. Leaders on both sides have stepped up inflammatory rhetoric. Efforts to mediate have petered out.

Both Somaliland and Puntland have enjoyed relative peace and stability for nearly three decades as war plagued the rest of the country. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 though no country formally recognises it as such. Puntland is a semi-autonomous federal state of Somalia, with its capital in Garowe. A confrontation between them would have disastrous consequences for much of northern Somalia but also risks contributing to instability across the country. It also could play into the hands of the Al-Shabaab insurgency or even the Islamic State (ISIS) branch in Puntland. -  Crisis Group (copyright policy)


3 July

Prophetic TidBit

Before we get to the news today... and there is a lot going on, I want to pass on something that I think will be of interest to all prophecy students and those who await our Lord's return. It is my hope that this short piece will edify all of you.

As we live in these most interesting times, it behooves us to remember who the prince of this world is and who has and will have considerable power in the future and how that power will be exercised in the last days. The witness of scripture helps us to understand these things.

In Revelation chapter 12 we see a vision. It is of two entities one is a Godly woman and the other is not. One gives birth to the Messiah and the other is that of a dragon with ten horns and seven heads. I urge you to understand that this vision was in heaven, not on earth.


And there appeared a great wonder in heaven;
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,
and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being
with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and
behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns,
and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the
third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
 and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready
to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God,
and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness,
 where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there
a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
(Rev 12:1-6)


I am not going to do a verse by verse today but rather am going to look at this passage along with some in chapter 13 to make an important point. The woman clearly is a type of Israel/Apostles/Church. But we are not going to concentrate on that today. Rather we are going to look at the second wonder, that being the great red dragon. Notice what he has on. He has seven heads and ten horns. This is a hideous image but it is significant. The Dragon also known as satan has ten horns and seven heads. He had these when he was in heaven.

Now I tend to look upon this as the image of the key satanic stronghold. Not just one of many lesser demonic strongholds, but of our 'arch enemy'. God here, I think was giving John this vision to help his (and our) finite and human mind understand the spiritual strength and power of satan in the heavens.

Then something happens.

There was a war in heaven and when the smoke clears, Satan is cast down to earth. Not only Satan, but those angels who rebelled with him come down here as well. Yet, there appears to be two 'casting downs' from the passage. One is in Rev 12:4 and the other is in 12:7. In 12:4 the dragon uses his tail to throw one third of the stars to the ground, whereas in 12:7, it was a war the dragon fights with Michael that casts all of them, including the dragon to earth.

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.

(Rev 12:7-11)

This passage has some interesting parallels with Daniel 8:10. The key here I think is that this revelation is meant to show us

1 - the power of Satan in the heavens.
2 - the coming of Satan down here to earth - directly, not figuratively
3 - the cause of Satan's fall to earth
4 - to help us understand the spiritual nature of our warfare
5 - to show us how to overcome Satan when he arrives.
We are going to skip over the rest of chapter12 and move over to chapter 13 and notice something of great interest.

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a
 beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and
 ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon
his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which
 I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the
 feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:
and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat,
and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it
were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was
 healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power
unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying,
Who is like unto the beast? who is able to
make war with him?

(Rev 13:1-4)

Notice what happens after and only after Satan is cast down to earth. A beast rises out of the sea and its description is a near exact replica of the very devil/dragon who was cast out of heaven via war. It has seven heads and ten horns. But note the subtle difference or rather addition. It has the names of blasphemy on its heads. It draws its power from the dragon and this is where this beast gets its authority.

The key here is that there is a spiritual entity in heaven that opposes God (The Dragon/Satan) who is cast down to earth and upon his descent, builds up a governmental system her on earth that is

Blasphemous
Powerful
Causes the world to both wonder and worship it
The point I want to make here is that this beast only arrives after there is a war in heaven and the devil is cast down to earth and a great persecution begins (Rev 12:13ff). This system only lasts 42 months so we have not seen it yet, but events in our world do seem to indicate that 'satanic preparations' are being made for its institution.

Let me be plain and clear  - when the devil gets this power it will a very difficult time for all who serve the Lord. Why? Because the devil's whole M.O. is to steal, kill and destroy, coupled with a considerable amount of deceit. His target will be those who serve God. In case you were wondering, that would be me and you (!).

This post is less one of deep spiritual insight than one of exhortation. Let us all keep our eyes on events in these end times (watching) and remember how it is we shall overcome the wiles of the devil in these and in particular those coming days.


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.
 - Rev 12:11

If you know Christ (and more importantly have been born into the Kingdom of God and are known of him) you are in this battle weather you know it or not. One of the first things that any competent warrior or general does before he engages in battle is to know his enemy.

Let us all be wise in these times and know ours.

Do you serve the Lord? I mean really serve him. I am not talking about fake Christianity which is destroying the western Church and the make-up-your-own-Jesus who affirms rather than rebukes your sins and crimes. But serve him in spirit and in truth, according to the word of God in our Bibles? Then this promise is for you and every one who does - young and old, rich and poor, black or white.


No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment
thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
 and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
(Isa 54:17)

Note: I have been doing a 'Know Your Enemy' series for insiders that deals with the strong meat of spiritual warfare and is reserved for mature believers. Moreover, too often the enemy and those controlled by that great red dragon have stolen much material here (I will call them 'deep state' demons)  and twisted up my work to give aid to those who are pure evil and then tried to associate me with such wickedness in their quest to destroy me and this ministry.

This is indeed one key reason most of my material, the best stuff remains and will ever remain for a select few.


A New Weapon Of Modern Warfare


Note: This was written a couple of weeks ago and given a couple of minor edits this AM... - MSW


I watch with dismay as the Democrats get themselves all worked up into a lather over Trump separating kids from their parents at the border.... as though he thought the idea up all by himself. He didn't. Obama did the same things, but it was kept quiet. And yes, I do think the President was correct when he said that much of this outrage at this curious point in time is a distraction. One designed to keep the hearings on how the Deep State's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email servers was rigged from the get-go off... that those hearings off the Cable News major news beat.

But what most people don't know because no one will contextualize it for them is something I know this site has talked about a few times in the past. It behooves us to do a very brief rehash of this.

New Times, New Weapons

Today, nation states and powerful men are using new kinds of weapons against countries and their political and economic enemies. They have many tools and they are things not one person in 100 would never recognize as being weapons deliberately directed at us. They are very good and using those weapons and with those weapons they are good at creating sharp divisions within the target nation to destabilize and otherwise undermine it or to use against political forces within that nation they have a dislike for. Yes, this really is a new form of warfare. In fact our security officials  began to see an emerging pattern for this way back in the late 1990's.





    QDR-1997 (DOD)

Yes, that was written 21 years ago. What has  been happening in our world is part of that wholly foreseen chain of events. The Drug Trade, geopolitical enemies and traitors in the midst of these nations who assist the nations enemies to facilitate these blatantly criminal acts - this is one of our bigger problems. Foreign nations who are able to interfere in our elections and steal our secrets. They can also use human migration as a weapon, creating media events of masses of people wanting to crash the border just so they can get a film crew on the scene to watch border agents shoot and use force to stop them. This has happened in Israel, it happened here in the US recently. I don't need to tell you of the serious crisis this has created in Europe today. With regards to the European crisis, we even had a head of state brag in public about using refugee's as a weapon against Germany. This brothers is not a new phenomenon as that 2011 NYT piece lays out a few incidents of the past. They can create or exacerbate a crisis a humanitarian crisis in one nation in order to compel migration to another. Do these things sound morally repugnant to you? They should, but one of your biggest enemies to understanding our world is to impute your morality the the actions of others who have little to no morality other than to get power or make a profit.

But today the problem has taken on a whole new dimension because clearly today, powerful forces, elitists and others have other reasons for wanting to

Extract political and or economic concessions from nations with the threat of mass migration

Destabilize nations that do not go along with the political and economic programs.


Import a workforce that will work for little pay and even fewer benefits

Solve the western world's significant demographic problems

Further illicit enterprises for which many elitists have a significant financial interest (like drug dealing, human trafficking and laundering the proceeds thereof).

Reshaping the cultural and political landscape to make it more amendable to their interests.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather instructive. It is mean to stimulate one to thinking outside of the box that far too many people are stuck in when they become addicted to partisan propaganda and half truths that permeate cable news reporting. It's why I utterly refuse to let my mind nor my views get flushed down the toilet of partisan Cable News narratives. Too many people have let what gets left in that toilet become what they use for a brain. They need to get out of that intellectual toilet and listen to saner, wiser and more studied voices; both academic, institutional as well as those who are not tied in with such venerated bodies who can give a fresh and intelligent look at key issues. I mean, who ever heard of something like this kind of partisan hatred! Something very, very troubling is happening to the minds of Americans.


So many people... they get so whipped up into partisan anger that they just don't know how to think straight anymore. If it does not feed into or energize that partisan hate and that manufactured anger, they are not willing to even listen. Voices of common sense get shouted down by a retard with a digital megaphone. I am not going down that road and refuse to pretend a respect for such voices that I do not, nor have any intention of respecting.

Listen... Intelligent and well read people can and often do differ in opinion. The problem is the lack of intelligent and well informed people in the political debate today. Too many people only respond to 'the toilet' and that is why the debate today resembles one. The people have been brainwashed... with toilet water... and they don't even know it.


You must forgive my mild diatribe, but this nation will not survive without a much higher degree of intelligence and civility.

What follows here is free of partisanship it is neither pro nor anti-Trump. Pro nor anti-Obama. It does not praise nor vilify the GOP or the DNC except perhaps to do a little to both equally. The immigration debate here today is manufactured. Trump is not doing anything significantly different than Obama. But that little tidbit of information is not going to feed into the partisan hate, so it is left out of the debate. Why? So that partisan anger and hate can be duly fed by that retard with a digital megaphone.

Mass migration is an issue that cannot be ignored. Back in 2010, a book and later a paper was done by a Post Graduate Student at Monterrey. It's a fascinating read and one that was both insightful and prescient. It deals with the issue and blows away the complacent and conventional thinking of the past. It's called Weapons of Mass Migration, Forced Displacements as an Instrument of Coercion.

Another great piece on this can be found here at the US army site.

Simply put it makes it clear that this is a problem and one that for too long was ignored. But keep this in mind. This is an unconventional weapon. A weapon that people do not generally recognize as being a weapon. This is all part of a new kind of warfare that our world has been engaged in for some time. It's a subject I have talked about before on many occasions.

This weaponized aspect of this problem is being deliberately downplayed by powerful forces in our media whose manufactured false narratives that are often designed to assist the illegal flows. We see that here in the US with all the Trump bashing. Obama did the exact same things and Trump gets blamed for it. Yet the migration, by and large continues and the more Trump fights this weapon, the louder the howls of protest are from Cable Media.

Target America


Mind you we need to step back for just a moment and not let ourselves get carried away because people are abusing those in genuine need. Many of the refugees are indeed fleeing places where there are serious problems. Gangs, high murder rates, illegal expropriation of ones goods and even families (kidnapping). People flee those things to come to America and have a better life. I for one am not going to demonize those in genuine need.  I think that there is a lot that America can do, if she really wants to. I know this nation can. I have always been a very strong proponent of America being a benevolent and positive force in the world.

First and foremost we have a legal immigration system. Yes this fact may be a shock to many people and this little fact gets lost in the debate of the competing megaphones in our news beat. But we have one and it's pretty good. There is a process in place whereby people can legally emigrate here to America. Why is this not being used? It's simple and I hope you pick up on this.

The legal immigration system establishes criteria and quotas. It gives the elected body of Americans control (a key word in this debate) over who we let in, how many and what we expect of such people when they enter the country. The proponents of illegal immigration don't want that. That is the last thing they want. Why? Because many of those who are coming in are criminals, gang members, drug 'mules' and those who will be used in illegal labor. As a consequence of this, the whole idea of managed and legal immigration is anathema to their side of the debate. They want a mass herd of people to swarm in and within that swarm they can hide their people who are known to have set up everything from drug networks, human trafficking and sex trafficking networks to even armed terror cells. The swarms must continue for this form of warfare to be effective. Moreover those swarms help them to accomplish some of the goals mentioned above. For the mass migration weapon to be effective, the aspect of national control must be neutralized. This is one key reason the legal immigration system is left out the debate. We as a nation could easily raise the quota for people fleeing here and put them through the immigration system and let those who want to settle here permanently or temporarily be granted access but through an organized system of immigration. This makes us both humane and keeps a lid on the criminal element from entering in.

Target Europe.


But the problems in Europe pale in comparison to the problems we have here in the US. They have a chancellor who has literally destabilized Europe with an open door policy that has given rise to powerful forces now who not only want to end this policy but are actively seeking exit from Europe. We have seen riots and mass rapes (yes, lots of them, despite the false stories and careful deflection of the issue). We have had so many murders that in some cities the cops have to choose which ones to investigate. I know, I have a cop reader here who lives in the EU and he is extremely frustrated over the whole affair. He's got to respond to these calls. 

The press? They lie about the severity because the owners who run these papers or their advertisers have their own agenda. So since on one has listened and taken any real action, the result has been a political upheaval in many parts of Europe. In Spain we saw the Catalonia debacle, in Italy we have a new Populist government that promises a halt to these policies, in Germany a new force has come onto the scene, the AfD (Alternative für Deutchland). We all know about the Brexit. More will surely follow if Merkel is allowed to continue her policies. In France, Le Pen's right wing party did not go badly at all.

Why is this happening in Europe? It's hard to get a handle on the reasons at least all of them. One of them is something that you have not heard about. Merkel has an extreme guilt complex about the crimes of WWII. I will not get into the reasons why she has it, but she does. She honestly feels she is doing right with this policy of open doors. Again, there are aspects to the Chancellor I will not post but I will tell you that much because it is a very important aspect of this human wave.

But other reasons exist as well. As mentioned a few days ago, one is simple demographics. The EU elite have pushed and allowed this because they see this as a way to boost economic growth. They also see it as a way to push leftist and socialist policies and reduce the much hated (by EU Utopists) trends in nationalism. As more migrants flow into these nations, the natural animosity between the right and uncontrolled immigrants will drive the migrants to left leaning parties in elections. Trump was not wrong when he said that Democrats see future voters in the wave of migrants. The same dynamic works elsewhere and Europe has a growing number of right wing and far right parties whose ranks have been swollen as result of Merkel's policies. The political nitro and glycerin have been put into the bottle. It just needs to be shaken for a political explosion to occur.

Additionally, there is the need for Europe to not appear to cold hearted. This is because Africa, where many of these migrants are coming from, is seen by many in the elite as a very important factor in the world economy as we move towards mid-century This is a time where a growing global population exists with increasingly constrained global resources. Europe must keep itself on good terms with African leaders if she wants into major trade deals and investment opportunities in the future.

Then there are the visionaries. There are good visionaries and bad ones. Hitler was a visionary and so was MLK. One was evil and the other was good. Our global elite have their visionaries among them. MLK's are not prevalent among such  people. Many of these elitists are, to put it bluntly, control freaks. They must control as much as possible. They go to great lengths to control everything from money systems, to political debate; the price of auto's to who you are allowed to link to on the internet. Hitler was a control freak and while it is an overstatement to say that Europe's elite are like Hitler, they are more like him than a man like MLK, regardless of the face they wear for their public. Their vision was and is to gain as much power for themselves as necessary to bring in their vision. Their vision is for a united Europe and later united world under one dominion where nation-states have little real power...naturally under the leadership of that global elite. This was always what they were looking for and they got it, or at least they thought so in Europe.

The European experiment is in crisis now, a serious one and it has been seriously exacerbated by Merkel's insistence on an open door policy of migrants. This is making a great many Europeans want to head for the exits of the European experiment. On some levels you cannot blame them and this comes to the other major issue that is destroying Europe. That factor is this - the fact that the people were not consulted on mass migration. This deliberate oversight showed a great many Europeans that they did not matter. Their opinion and desires carried no weight or value with Europe's elite. It's a crisis of democracy. The men who live in Brussels and Berlin's ivory towers were going to do what they wanted without any real respect or regard  for the will of the people. The result? Millions of Europeans are seeking to get out of the EU and are electing leaders who plan on changing the EU to be more responsive their wishes or getting their nations out of the EU all together. Keep this in mind - this is exactly a primary goal of destabilization. It would be like California breaking off of the US thus weakening the US economically and geopolitcally, America, I should not have to remind you, being the foe of more than a  few geopolitical players. Have we seen any moves to get California out of the US? I will let you figure that one out for yourself.

Well, I wanted to weigh in on this debate and interject the more important issues in this debate. All the partisan non-sense being bantered about the web... is just that, well-financed political non-sense. Neither party is really serious about dealing with immigration in a positive and humane way that keeps the nation secure and allows those who really need to flee their respective nations and others who want to move here in the nation in a controlled and responsible fashion. They are interested in using the issue to whip up the Opiod and anti-depressant afflicted masses into a mind-befuddled  frenzy so they go out and vote for one part or the other in the mid-terms. They all intentionally forget these larger for more pressing issues when the Cable News channel camera flashes the red sign that says, 'on the air'.

For my Christian brethren, I have this to say. God has always demanded his people show kindness to the stranger. While we can get into a theological debate about if masses of migrants fall into that category I would ask you all to consider this. Many of us know that America is heading in the wrong direction. Many folks I have talked to have quietly looked around to find a place to go if they are forced to leave the US because of chaos, a collapse or a new dictatorial form of government comes into view.  I ask you, how would you like to be treated in your new country once you made the move?

It behooves us to remember to treat others as we would wish to be treated... in all things.

Egypt: Reconciling Churches To Non-Existence

Middle East Forum looks at events on Egypt that are, for the most part, not being reported to us. What they describe in the above link is clearly a template that Muslim mobs are using to harass Christians. It's a diabolically ingenious pattern that clearly shows the Police are in on it, as they are in some places in India

29 Jun

300 Christians Slaughtered In Fulani Rampage

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen with machetes and firearms slaughtered more than 200 people in 10 predominantly Christian communities near Jos, Nigeria on Saturday, Sunday and last week in what a cattlemen’s spokesman admitted was likely retaliation for stealing cows.

Police in Jos said only 86 people had been killed in the predominantly Christian areas, but area residents and morgue sources informed Morning Star News of many more corpses. Dogo Nvou of Nghar, Gashish District in the Barkin Ladi area, said Fulanis killed more than 70 people in his village alone.

“My uncle, his wife and many relations [were] killed,” he said in a text message. “Over 70 people in my village have been killed. It is only the Lord that can comfort us all.”

The weekend (June 23-24) attacks took place in the predominantly Christian villages of Xland, Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls, Kakuruk, Rakok, Kok, and Razat, sources said. The villages are in the two districts of Gashish and Ropp in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA). - Morning Star News

Brothers, as hard as it may seem we need to pray not just for the victims and the bereaved, but also for the persecutors. Some of them may very well one day come to the Lord...

... if we pray for them.

Ruth Part XIV



Naomi asked her what had happened, and Ruth told her everything.
She also said, "Boaz gave me this grain, because he didn't want me to come
back without something for you."
(Rth 3:16-17)

After the previous encounter on the threshing room floor and being given some grain by Boaz, Ruth returned to her mother and told he what had transpired. Naturally Naomi was most interested as it was she who made the suggestion that Ruth go and told her what to do when she got there. Ruth made it plain that Boaz was generous and some of the grain was for Naomi. This was done clearly out of respect for her position as a kind of  'stand in' head of the family and probably because he realized there was a real need.

So far so good, Naomi must have figured. They met, she parted with a gift and Boaz clearly understood his obligation to her under the Mosaic law. The issue right now appears to be the nearer relative and if he was interested in taking Ruth to wife or in redeeming her.

Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how
the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest,
until he have finished the thing this day.
(Rth 3:18)


Naomi's words here are a strong encouragement to Ruth. Those words let her know that Boaz was going to take care of this matter and would not rest until he it was completed. Until then, she should be patient.



She basically is telling her to wait until this matter is settled. We would probably say 'chill out', we don't know how this is going to shake out. Whereas she said 'we don't know how the matter will fall'. Same sense. Wait and see was the attitude that Naomi exhorted for her daughter in law.

This is the attitude we should take in many of our affairs. There is a time to do and act and a time to wait and see. Ruth did her part on the action front, now she had to wait to see how the matter turned out. Waiting sometimes can be hard and at times the Lord uses it to test our faith. He did it with Abraham did he not? Look how long he had to wait on God to answer. But he waited and God respected and honored his faith.

Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and,
behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto
whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here.
And he turned aside, and sat down.
(Rth 4:1)


Chapter four begins by dealing with how Boaz moved to keep his word. First he holds court. The fact that he could go to the village gate and call men together shows he was a person of some influence in the city. Matthew Henry seems to think me may have been the town father (like our mayor). He was certainly one of the town elders.

Boaz did not waste any time to get this matter settled. Mr. Henry asks some pointed questions that I think he answers most wisely. He wanted to know why Boaz was moving so fast with this match. Here is what Matthew Henry has to say.

But why was Boaz so hasty, why so fond of the match? Ruth was not rich, but lived upon alms; not honourable, but a poor stranger. She was never said to be beautiful; if ever she had been so, we may suppose that weeping, and travelling, and gleaning, had withered her lilies and roses. But that which made Boaz in love with her, and solicitous to expedite the affair, was that all her neighbors agreed she was a virtuous woman. This set her price with him far above rubies (Pro 31:10); and therefore he thinks, if by marrying her he might do her a real kindness, he should also do himself a very great kindness. He will therefore bring it to a conclusion immediately. It was not court-day, but he got ten men of the elders of the city to meet him in the town-hall over the gate, where public business used to be transacted, Rth 4:2. - Matthew Henry

What Boaz was doing by holding this court was invoking the right of kinsman redeemer or the right of 'Goel'. You can read more about it here and here.

When you find that person who is virtuous you have found a gold mine, no doubt about it. Boaz had found such a person and by the looks at his haste to settle the matter, he was not going to let her slip away!! While the passage does not specifically state it, it looks like the two fell in love.

The reason this was being held at the city gate is because this is where most judicial matters were usually settled in those days. Boaz chose the proper place for the matter.

Some commentators mark the haste in Boaz as perhaps not being particularly positive. Yet others are not so condescending. The Biblical Illustrator says this.

I. This is how business should be attended to.
1. Speedily.
2. Expeditiously.
3. Righteously.

II. this is how difficult affairs should be settled, delicate claims adjusted, fair rights allowed and satisfied.
1. Openly and publicly.
2. By the advice of wise men.
3. Calmly and deliberately.
4. With care and exactitude.

III. this is the way the affairs of the destitute and needy especially should be attended to. (W. Baxendale.)
And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said,
Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
(Rth 4:2)

Boaz found ten men who could hear the case. Why the number ten is not clear, but it was probably the number custom demanded for a decision to have legal effect. Today, the assembly of 10 Jewish adults is called a Minyan. This piece by the Jewish Encyclopedia may be of help. These kinds of court proceedings, according to the Cambridge Bible, could hear both criminal cases and those regarding family law.

The key difference here is that no lawyers were present, no weeks to prepare the case, no long arguments before judge of a Jury. None of that! Things moved quickly, expeditiously and inexpensively (no lawyers fees!).



28 Jun


Fulani Militants Destroy Nigeria’s Jiri Village

Daily Attacks in the Region Result in Severe Humanitarian Crisis

06/28/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants attacked Jiri village, a small farming community of approximately 350 people, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. During the attack, they destroyed the farms and homes of local farmers. Additionally, reports indicate that the militants broke into several churches and destroyed pews, instruments, and other church property.


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Monday Chiku, a local community leader, was one of those who witnessed the attack. He reported to ICC, “I was at home at about 1:20 p.m. They came suddenly, shooting from a distance then moved close to our homes… We fled into the bush. They went on to set the houses on fire, killed our domestic animals, goats, chickens, pigs, and took some away. They destroyed our farming implements. We fled and left an old man, about 85 years old.  They took him away and we do not know whether he is dead or alive. They looted churches, damaged and burnt some items. We have three churches in the village – Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Catholic, and Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN).”

Fulani militants have attacked this region many times prior to this incident. The attackers were able to flee after destroying the village as they have every time before. This is because the Nigerian government and military have proven themselves incapable of protecting even those who are attacked time and time again. Chiku continued, “When soldiers came to confront the militia, they couldn’t contain them and retreated because of the herdsmen’s superior fire power.”

Dauda Ishaya, another eyewitness, said, “The next day we went to rescue the old man we left in the village, but we were chased away by the attackers. We are now IDPs in Miango, wherever any of us found shelter. The number of family houses burnt are about 47. The churches in Jiri are Catholic, ECWA, and COCIN. They broke into the churches and damaged items, some they gathered and set fire on them… The attackers approached from the direction of Badurun, a village in Chawai chiefdom. There are Fulanis that live around there.”

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, stated, “It is sad to see yet another attack on a Christian farming village. It is long past time that the Nigerian government steps up to protect all of its citizens equally. They must stop favoring those who are committing these atrocities and hold them accountable for their despicable actions.”

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SCOTUS Quietly Overturns Japanese Internment Ruling.

With this ruling on the so called 'Muslim Ban', SCOTUS outlines why they felt the President had a perfect right to do it and we talked a bit about that yesterday's posting. The above link is from the SF Chronicle.

But one thing that was not widely spread about news organizations was that SCOTUS overturned one of the most odious rulings ever to come out of American jurisprudence, since the Dred Scott ruling. That was the Korematsu Vs. The United States ruling which allowed US citizens to be interned in camps based upon their national origin and race.

Image Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)
To the right you can see an assembly line at a race track in California for Japanese Americans. This was indeed a dark chapter in American history. I think what is sadder is that many of the nation's populace and newsprint were largely supportive of the move. It was a rather tragic affair. I can remember watching the movie 'Come See The Paradise' many years ago on this subject. It was quite good. It was a love story that took place amid this historical backdrop.

Below you can see the locations of those camps right here in America (map public domain).




Section of SCOUTS Ruling On The Travel Ban
While many liberals will decry the ruling of the court over Trump's ban, this is the bright spot within the ruling. It basically overturns the old ruling that allowed the internment to happen as it was based on race and national origin and denied the rights to those who were already citizens. Many Japanese Americans were just as, if not a little more loyal to the nation than many White Americans were.

This ruling is important on a number of fronts. It stops the government from ever doing such a thing again, solely on the basis of race (and by extension, religion). Given what has happened to our rights since 9-11, this is a very good thing. But still -  on the basis of National Security, a President still has considerable leeway. The Courts don't like to interfere with this most important responsibility of a President.

I think a couple of other things bear mentioning. Often when there are rulings that deal with National Security, the Supreme Court often has access to classified documents and assessments that are not available to the public. These may include ongoing court cases and programs now ongoing that are secret. They may include threat assessments with ongoing issues that are not public. I am not saying that this happened in this case, only that it if were, it would not be unusual. SCOTUS, particularly the Chief Justice when things fall within his purview is very well informed.

This is why we should not allow ourselves to be manipulated by partisan banter and narratives that are designed to inflame rather than inform us.

We should never let ourselves be the victims of demagogues of any political variety.

I never thought a Muslim ban was constitutional or a Buddhist ban or a Catholic Ban. It goes against everything this country has stood and fought for. No rather, I look at the nations who are not being subjected to higher security measures and why one would want to do that.
Chad
Iran
North Korea
Somalia
Syria
Venezuela
Yemen
Iran has indeed been using terror for years (with other nations) as an instrument of state policy. It is hostile to the US. Chad? You can read a little about that here. Somalia? Well, Al Shabab is very active there. Syria and Yemen? Need I explain? Venezeula? Well there is a lot of mess going on down there, but how much a threat people there pose to the US is an open question. I suspect that it was put on there mostly to make sure that at least one non-Muslim majority nation was placed on the list.

So while those on the left, desperate to find a wedge and 'hate-focus' issue to continue their diatribes against the President, the reality is that there is a threat as some of these nations have weak internal controls and thus people who would potentially travel or resettle here need to be put under 'extreme vetting' as the President put it. But this should not as the President's campaign rhetoric clearly implied, be based solely on religion.

My view is that the ban is good and should continue, but that those, particularly those whose life are in serious jeopardy in the places where they live should be looked at with an eye on two key factors - security and mercy.

We should not forget one in order to accommodate the other and this is the balance that is lost in the hyper-partisan 'debate' (if you can call it that) today. 

Neo Nazi's Slowly Gain Support In Sweden

An interesting read and trend in Sweden, which has been behind the curve on their moves to more right wing and extremist parties. I told readers here all this was coming many years ago, long before any of this mass migration stuff started happening. Many did not believe me and laughed.
Light blue Parities in Parliament
Dark Blue - In government
Black - Appoint prime minister
(Image source: Wikipedia/Tobias101)


Well it is now happening and it is rather disconcerting. I am quite concerned about what is happening in Europe and why. Merkel is one of the key reasons. I read today that almost half of Germans want her to resign.

The rise of these far right parties as well as other populist parties like those in Italy only shows us that elitists can only push things so far in their direction. In the long run, if the people cannot be sold on their policies, their will be a backlash and it is not always a pleasant one.

It is my hope that the backlash that is coming can be mitigated with common-sense policies that benefit Europeans rather than policies that cater to racism, hate and political vengeance.


27 Jun

Algeria: Another Church Reopens

(ME Concern) Algerian Christians rejoice in the re-opening of a church in El Ayaida (35km east of Oran) which had been closed in January 2018. However, there is still need for prayer in the face of continued government pressure, with several churches remaining closed.

The church was reopened on Wednesday 20 June. As with two other recently reopened churches in this governorate, the order allowing the re-opening does not confer official registration under the 2006 ordinance governing non-Muslim worship (which requires churches to obtain permission to operate). All three churches are members of the Protestant Church of Algeria (l'Église Protestante d'Algérie).

In May, two churches in the governorates of Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia were closed and have yet to be permitted to reopen.

Algerian Christians appreciate your prayer support. They request continued prayer that:

a. Christians in Algeria will know the Lord's peace, wisdom and guidance in the face of ongoing pressures
b. church leaders will have discernment in all dealings with the authorities
c. recently closed churches would soon be permitted to reopen, and that no further action will be taken against those churches still under investigation
d. the authorities will stop their campaign to close churches and limit Christians' freedom to worship
e. those responsible for the closure orders would know the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness and new life offered by Jesus

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Nigeria's Christian Population Is Drastically Declining

The attacks are taking an enormous toll. The above link is from Persectution.org. Below is a related piece by Morning Star News.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen have killed at least 54 Christians this year in the northeastern state of Adamawa, Nigeria, according to area sources.

In a state where predominantly Christian Bachama tribesmen have formed militias in response to violence by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and heavily-armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen, Christians were slaughtered in the Numan, Demsa, Lamurde and Girei areas, the sources  said.

At least 15 Christians were killed in the Numan area on May 2 when Fulani herdsmen attacked Bang, Nyanga, Bonki and Nzomosu villages, area resident Harold Wilson told Morning Star News by text message.

“About 400 armed Fulani herdsmen carried out the attacks,” he reported.

Arnold Jibla, chairman of the Numan Local Government Area (LGA), confirmed the attack in a phone interview with Morning Star News.

In the Demsa LGA, herdsmen attacked Gwamba village on Feb. 27, killing 20 Christians and wounding 23 others, said resident Omayan Tambaya Dilli.

“The attack occurred about 8 a.m. and lasted three hours,” Dilli said. “The Fulani herdsmen drove into Gwamba in four trucks and many motorbikes to carry out the attack.”

In apparent retaliation for attacks by ethnic Bachama militia on Fulani families, among the 20 Christians killed by the armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen was the Rev. Haruna Enoch, area residents said. The killings reportedly came in retaliation for an unspecified attack on Fulani families by young men from the predominantly Christian Bachama tribe who have formed militias in response to violence by Boko Haram and heavily-armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen... continues at Morning Star News

26 Jun

Trump Plans To Up Ante In US-China Trade Spat

These new plans will forbid certain Chinese companies from owning important US tech companies. The above link is from ArsTechica.

China's J20 Stealth Figher
Credit: Alert5/Wikipedia

Well, the President's response may be spun in a partisan fashion by many, but the simple fact is, China has stolen a massive amount of US tech. Ever seen their Stealth Jet fighter (left)? That was build primarily on stolen US tech. More here. Many of the stories on this are out in cyberspace in government reports and news stories, others are classified. But there are some reports worth checking out.

I post this because I know the President is going to get a rash of mess from his political enemies who will try and spell out Trump's moves as that of a crazy President who is out of control on Trade.

On this issue, The President clearly knows the threat  - cyberthefts and other criminal behavior by China and others have caused the US.

Testimony of Larry Wortzel On Cyber Espionage

How China’s Economic Aggression Threatens the Technologies and Intellectual Property of the United States and the World

The Theft Of American Intellectual Property: A Reassessment Of The Challenge

Chinese intelligence Services And Espionage Threats To The US

Operation Shady Rat

These things are particularly important as we move towards a 5G world, one where much more of America and her infrastructure will be run on these high speed wireless networks.

Here is a link to some hearings on this from last March.

I don't want to belabor these issues. But I will leave you with these thoughts for which I sadly do not have the answer to.

With the advent of 5G and the emerging consensus that Chinese manufactures may not be allowed to sell devices in the US that are 5G capable what is that going to mean... practically?

This is what the Huwei and ZTE row was all about. A report on Huwei has long been on Watson's Web. It can be found here. It behooves us to wonder who will be making these devices and if US firms will have the ability to acquire the needed parts and key minerals to make those parts for a massive expansion and replacement of our wireless networks. Will there be adequate supply of critical minerals and parts? China has a strong presence in the rare earth metals globally.

Rare Earth Elements And Their Uses

Why The US Buys All Its Rare Earths From China

China's Monopoly On Rare Earths Elements Tightens

Mind you the news is not all bad on this front as this story shows us.


25 Jun


Africa Watch

Kenya 'Poison Sugar' Scandal Yields Arrests

Congo: Corrupt Officials Designation By US State Dept.
The officials have not been named.

How bad are things in the Congo? Lets see what the State dept. has to say about it.
The most significant human rights issues included torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees by security services; disappearances; harsh detention conditions; arbitrary arrests and the holding of political prisoners; lack of due judicial process; infringement of citizens’ privacy rights; abuses in internal conflict including killings of civilians, sexual violence, and restriction of relief supplies; restrictions on freedoms of assembly and association; abuses related to the harsh treatment of undocumented immigrants; restrictions on the ability of citizens to change their government peacefully; restrictions on the activities of opposition political groups; corruption on the part of officials and lack of transparency; violence against women, including rape; domestic violence, child abuse and early marriage with little government action to enforce accountability against perpetrators; and trafficking in persons. - US State Dept
While we have no idea who was on the list or why,  but given the strategic importance of the Congo with two highly critical minerals, stories like this may or may not have much to do with these new sanctions. This may indeed be about corruption or may merely be about having to pay Africans more for the stuff taken out of the ground. Also keep in mind that the other mineral of great importance missing from the Bloomberg piece is Coltan found in the Congo. One can get a feel for some of the issues in this piece that deals with the Dodd-Frank law on Conflict Minerals.

How important is this mineral?
Tantalum from coltan is used to manufacture batteries for electric cars, and in tantalum capacitors it is used in electronic products. Coltan mining has helped to finance serious conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for example the Ituri conflict and the Second Congo War.- Wikipedia
Another place Coltan is extracted? A place where conflict has torn the place apart, Rwanda.
In 2016 Rwanda accounted for 50% of global tantalum production. In 2016, Rwanda announced that AB Minerals Corporation would open a coltan separation plant in Rwanda by mid-2017, the first to operate on the African continent. Uganda and Rwanda both exported coltan in the early 2000s after they invaded the DRC, but the coltan came from mines in the DRC, according to the final report of the UN Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo. - Wikipedia
Got a cellphone? Read this...
Those of you interested in this issue will find this piece insightful.

I don't want to say putting these people on this list had anything to do with conflict minerals because I simply do not know. But Trump has strong aversion to the conflict mineral law that would inhibit trade and the abuses that go with trade on this issue. So frankly what Trump views as 'corruption' here is a mystery.

But knowing who he sanctioned would probably tell us what we want to know.

I am not going to accuse the President of acting in bad faith. I don't know why he made the list secret. There may be a very good reason for the secrecy. Still, given the events in the Congo and the value of some of the minerals there, I would be remiss if I did not mention it.


Congo: Bemba To Return
A returning opposition leader who had is war crimes convictions quashed last month.

The crimes for which he was convicted (and overturned on appeal) were war crimes and sexual violence. The ICC ordered his release last week.

Is the someone backing this leader to one day take control of the Congo and was this the reason for the charges  being reversed?

Who knows.
In Sudan, the UN has been blocked from access to certain areas in Darfur, according to new sources. The situation may indeed be off the headlines, but in the South a crisis remains. The news is not all bad, rival leaders are now meeting in a deal brokered by Ethiopia. In the North, now that sanctions are lifted, the Chinese and Arab nations are moving in to take advantage of it. In other good news, the EU has announced a 68m Euro humanitarian aid package for Sudan, both North and South.

Congo Ebola Outtbreak 'Largely Contained, Says WHO

Christian Youths Face Death For Killings In Nigerian State
Some Muslims are outraged and want them executed, but forget about the long trend of violence against Christians and the deaths that have engendered this violent and yes totally uncalled for and un-Christian reaction by these youths.

Another Nigerian state Governor has called on Buhari to deal with his security organizations and blames them for the deteriorating situation in the country.


Brothers and sisters, we must never resort to the acts these people are accused of. The Lord has made it plain, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord (Rom 12:19)
Lake Chad Basin: Complex Emergency




This crisis is mostly about the war against the Jihadists, Boko Haram and the mass displacements it has caused. Also keep in mind that the lake has lost most of its water and as it has shrunk, so has the livelihood of millions.

The above graphics can be found here and here, both from USAID.


US Has Conducted 550 Drone Strikes In Libya Since 2011


Drought, Desertification and Somalia
The World Bank looks at these issues in this interesting piece and how some of the world's programs have helped real people via a short real life story
Uganda Sends Food To Flood Afflicted Parts Of Somalia

Tanzania Sites Go Dark As Gov't Brings In 'Blogger Tax'
I hate to say it, but I think this is going to be the wave of the future. The Power elite, wherever they exist, are going to find creative ways of shutting down all unofficial news and information sharing sites. This is what we are seeing in Europe with the link tax, in the US with the end of Net Neutrality and trust me, they will find new and better ways, not of out and out criminalizing bloggers, but of frustrating them with taxes, red tape and various forms of other perfectly legal harassment to keep them from having any impact on the societies in which they and we all live. Why are so many alternative sites  losing traffic, both left and right wing? This is why I do think the link tax will go forward in Europe and eventually, sites will be blocked at the ISP level right here in the USA (the end of net neutrality no longer criminalizes such actions). The powers that be will find a way... look at what just happened in California, if you did not know. Powerful forces have made a decision, to change the internet to make it serve their interests, rather than those of ordinary citizens. This does not mean that they will succeed. It does mean that we all need to be vigilant and remember that rights we don't defend won't be with us very long.

One of those forces is China. China has been trying to wrest control of the overall internet from the west. This piece from the Atlantic lays it out. Pay attention to that piece where it says 'compliance with surveillance standards' , cyberspace is a powerful new battlefield and powerful forces seek to gain control of it. They are serious, determined and will stop at nothing. Nothing. So keep that in mind as the months and years pass and more and more of your favorite sites go by the wayside (and they will) as increased regulations, taxes, hassle and just the lack of revenue just drives them off the internet. It won't be an accident. It will be the 'successful' result of a long range plan put into place by people who have long hated the internet and its freedom and the power it gives to ordinary people.

22 Jun

Ruth Part XIII



We left off last time Ruth had snuck in and slept next to Boaz as was apparently an ancient custom of those days as request for protection. Boaz then discovered this woman at his feet and decided to do as the custom required (vs11).

And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman:
howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.
(Rth 3:12)

Boaz clearly understood what Ruth as asking, marriage. But Boaz who was willing to do this  points out that there was another even closer relative who should be given the first opportunity to fulfill the obligation. So he clearly understood the law and custom. Who this person is not clear but he was probably the brother of her husband's father or Boaz uncle (See Gill).

Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning,
that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well;
 let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do
the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part
of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth:
lie down until the morning.
(Rth 3:13)

While Boaz told Ruth he would do as she and custom required, his promise to her was conditional and if this other kinsman would not do his part, then he would fulfill the obligation. He seals his promise with an oath. While such oaths are forbidden to Christians, they were common in those days and not specifically forbidden.

Boaz did this probably both to sooth her mind so that she knew two things. One she would not be left abandoned and two, he was not trying to wriggle out of his obligation - if the other did not fulfill the obligation, he would. Then he tells her to lie down until morning. The following day's hard work was probably not lost on Boaz. Here is one old time Christian's take on this.
“Boaz, instead of touching her as a wanton,
blesseth her as a father,
encourageth her as a friend,
promiseth her as a kinsman,
rewards her as a patron,
and sends her away laden with hopes and gifts,
no less chaste,
more happy, than she came.
O admirable temperance,
worthy the progenitor of him
in whose lips and heart there was no guile!”
- Bishop Hall (as quoted from Mathew Henry)

This really sums up the situation - character. How many Americans today really have this kind of character? I look around at those around me, family and former friends and I don't see Boaz, I see something much more base -  selfish, godless and yes with some even treacherous. Brothers and sisters, Bless God if you have a mate family member or a friend who really loves and honors God and has this kind of character. Such men and women are like finding a diamond inside a pile of dung.

This may sound harsh, but the scriptures warn us all of what kind of people will be more and more prevalent as the day approaches.



This know also, that in the last days
perilous times shall come. For men shall
be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
 proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers,
 false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the
power thereof:
from such turn away.

(2Ti 3:1-5)



What is Paul describing? I would call it 'the scumbag generation'. What is the apostolic command? FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.

So if we don't see many men like Boaz about, we know why. The hour is very late.


And she lay at his feet until the morning:
and she rose up before one could know another.
And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.
(Rth 3:14)

So Ruth slept until before dawn, when it was dark and no one could see anything. Clearly this was intentional as Boaz comments make it plain that he was concerned about anyone finding out they had slept under the same roof. Nothing happened, but if others saw Ruth making her way out of the threshing tent at dawn knowing Boaz was there, tongues would wag and an accusation could be leveled at both, ruining their reputation.

We don't know who Boaz was addressing in the last sentence of the verse. It does not seem likely that it was Ruth, she had already departed. But the next verse (15) seems to indicate that she had not or the writer was relaying part of their conversation that had taken place before she left.  The passage makes two possibilities. One, it was something they agreed upon before hand and the writer interjects this here. Or two, it was a prayer uttered by Boaz that the meet remain secret lest the gossips and false accusers get hold of it. The passage does not prevent both from being the case. The word used for 'He said' has a wide connotation and  could even mean consider.

So while the word generally means to say, it could also mean to think or to consider.
Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee,
and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures
of barley, and laid it on her:
and she went into the city.
(Rth 3:15)

Here Ruth receives even more kindness from Boaz and he gives her some more barley, six measures to take back to the city. The Cambridge Bible reckons this to be about half and Ephah of the grain, believing the 'measure' to be about an omer.  Though Barnes thinks it was more, about two Ephah's. But this does not seem possible, it would have been too much for one woman to carry in just a piece of cloth.

The Cambridge Bible seems to think this was a kind of pre-engagement present meant for Ruth's mother in law, Naomi.
The gift is intended for Naomi, who would have to consent to the marriage, as standing in the relation of parent to Ruth. Mr S. A. Cook points out a parallel in a Babylonian tablet (KB. iv. P. 187, xi. lines 1–6), where the widowed mother is approached by the intending bridegroom; [The Laws of Moses and the Code of H̬ammurabi, p. 75 n.] - The Cambridge Bible
But again, we see something about Boaz. He was generous. He gave. He had to know of Ruth and Naomi's circumstances and consequently gave them what they needed.

Now what she carried it in was not the kind of vail we see in many parts of the world today, a thin garment worn over the face. No, this was kind of loose cloak that was worn on the outside of the ordinary clothing of the day.

 “As the cloaks worn by the ancients were so full, that one part was thrown upon the shoulder, and another gathered up under the arm, Ruth, by holding a certain part, could receive into her bosom the corn which Boaz gave her” (Schröder, De vestit. mul. p. 264) - K&D

God willing, we will continue on with Ruth and see how Naomi reacts to all of this good news.

20 Jun

God is Good!!

In our world we need to keep ourselves encouraged. We need to stand with God and always remember his goodness. During my private devotional this weekend I read this passage out of Isaiah.

 For thou hast been a strength to the poor,
a strength to the needy in his distress,
a refuge from the storm,
a shadow from the heat,
when the blast of the terrible ones
 is as a storm against the wall. 

Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers,
as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud:
 the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
 And in this mountain shall the LORD
of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things,
 a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow,
of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy
in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people,
and the vail that is spread over all nations. 
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will
wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of
his people shall he take away from off all the earth:
for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us:
 this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad
and rejoice in his salvation.
(Isaiah 25:4-9 [KJVA])

Here the prophet extols the Lord and his goodness to his people. God is indeed good. I often think that we Christians get a little too glum and down, particularly when we forget that at the end of the book, we win!!

God is going to change everything when he sends his Messiah the second time to appear in glory to bring judgment and then peace to the earth. He will not be a terror to the redeemed nor to those whom he has loved. God is going to look out for us brothers, we have his word on it.

Yet there are times when we must endure hardship but God will move against our enemies at the proper time. In verse five above, we see that God will bring down the terrible nations. The word for terrible (H6184) means powerful, oppressor or tyrannical. It means someone with great power and in this case, one who uses it in an evil fashion.The enemies of God's people will be brought low. God's people shall feast, a feast of the most choice morsels of food and wine, the very best!

The passage in verse seven probably refers to the blindness of the knowledge of God that now permeates our world. The veil will be removed and the knowledge of God will be revealed. Death will be a thing of the past God will conquer it fully and completely for those who are granted eternal life. This promise does not include those who must face eternal (the second) death (Rev 2:11, 20:6, 20:14, 21:8). Sorrow will be a thing of the past. God will fill our hearts and lives with joy and work. Work? Yes, we will still be in his service but the toil of work; the sweat, the trouble that goes with it will be gone. Work will be something we truly enjoy doing for the Adamic Cuse will be gone (Gen 3:19). So yes, service to God will be a pure joy and work will be something we look forward to. It will be a very different age.

Those who rebuke and persecute God's people? He is going to take them away. Those who wait upon the Lord will see this great day of Salvation when everything changes and for the very much better!!

These are all things that have been revealed to us in the New Testament as well. Paul and John as well, in Revelation tells of of these things in greater detail.

Brothers, we will be saved and God knows what he is doing. He does not want to lose any souls and thus we must wait for others to come to Christ. Many people here alive today will one day be saved and I think God is going to do many a miracle in the Islamic world and many Muslims will one day come to Christ. So let's pray that they too can enter into the joy of our Lord!!

Brothers, I write this today only to give you all encouragement. These are hard times for some of us and we must know what God has in store for those who love him and wait upon him.

For those of you who are a bit discouraged or downcast...

 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see
the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD. 
(Psalms 27:13-14 [KJVA])

Blessings to you all in Christ.

19 Jun

Psalm 132 (Part II)


Until I find out a place for the LORD,
an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
(Psa 132:5)

We left off last time and saw that the Psalmist, probably Solomon was not going to give rest to his eyes until he had done something to move  forward the building of the Temple of the Lord. This passage just finishes the thought. No rest until this most important work is accomplished. The Lord would have his temple; his dwelling place built. We probably here should remark that this new habitation is almost certainly at least in part, referring to the Ark of the Covenant.

Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah:
we found it in the fields of the wood.
(Psa 132:6)

Here we see a rather abrupt transition in the theme. The meaning of this passage is not 100% clear. Scholars are not in agreement as to its meaning. The placename here is near Bethel and it is where Rachel died (BDB Dictionary). It is also mentioned in the book we just finished, Ruth (4:11). It is actually another name for Bethlehem. Why this city is mentioned here to me is not clear, but I think that Adam Clark's view on this may be as close as we can come.
Lo, we have heard of it at Ephratah - This may be considered as a continuation of David’s vow, as if he had said: As I had determined to build a temple for the ark, and heard that it was at Ephratah, I went and found it in the fields of Jaar, יער; - not the wood, but Kirjath Jaar or Jearim, where the ark was then lodged; - and having found it, he entered the tabernacle, Psa_132:7; and then, adoring that God whose presence was in it, he invited him to arise and come to the place which he had prepared for him. - Clarke
Again there are some problems here textually. Mostly because the Ark was never known to be there.  This probably means the 'we' refers to David and those with him. The fields of wood are best understood as a forest, which is how some translators render it. This seems to make the most sense and it is also key that we remember that these were songs that were sung and some poetic license is often used. The Cambridge Bible makes this comment that is worthy of note.
But what is meant by we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it in the fields of the forest? (1) Elsewhere Ephrathah is a name for Bethlehem (Gen_35:16; Gen_35:19; Gen_48:7; Rth_4:11: cp. Mic_5:2; 1Sa_17:12). But the Ark never had any connexion with Bethlehem. To refer we to David, and to explain, ‘I heard of it while I was still in my home in Bethlehem,’ is forced, and leaves the transition from the sing. in Psa_132:3-5 to the plural unexplained. (2) It has been thought that Ephrathah may mean Ephraim, as Ephrathite means Ephraimite (1Sa_1:1), and that the reference is to the sojourn of the Ark at Shiloh. ‘We heard that the Ark was in Shiloh in the days of old, but when we sought it, it was no longer there, but in an obscure refuge in the fields of the forest.’ - Cambridge Bible

I did not want to digress here, but I also did not want to brush over this minor controversy either. These days many folks like to skip over things like this. I don't. Sometimes some real gems can be found if we dig a bit and get to the deeper meanings of passages.

we will enter into His tabernacles;
we will worship at His footstool.
(Psa 132:7)

This passage shows us the purpose of all the work. To enter into God's house of worship and give honor and thanks to God. Here we see what many commentators see as a prophetic similitude of Christ. I don't think that this view is over-spiritualizing the meaning of the passage. Gill gives us this Messianic extrapolation.
We will go into his tabernacles,.... The tabernacles of him that was heard of at Ephratah; born in Bethlehem, and found in the ministry of the word among the Gentiles: enter into his churches, raised and formed there, which are the tabernacles or dwelling places of Christ; where he has his residence, takes his walks, and dwells; and which are very lovely, amiable, and pleasant, and so desirable by believers to go into; because of the presence of God in them, the provisions there made for them, the company there enjoyed; the work there done, prayer, praise, preaching, and hearing the word, and administration of all ordinances. Some render it as a mutual exhortation, "let us go into his tabernacles" (w); see Isa_2:2; - Gill
Arise, O Jehovah, into Your rest;
You, and the ark of Your strength.
Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and let Your saints shout for joy.

(Psa 132:8-9)
As we all know, the Ark used to travel about and went from place to place. Here, the idea seems to be to convey that the Ark now will have a permanent place to rest. These words, by the way were used by Solomon at the dedication of the Temple.
Now, My God, I beseech You, let Your eyes be open and
Your ears attentive to the prayer of this place; and now,
O Jehovah God, rise to Your rest; You, and the ark of
Your strength; O Jehovah God, Your priests are clothed
with salvation, and Your saints rejoice in goodness.
O Jehovah God,
do not turn away the face of Your anointed; remember the good deeds
of Your servant David.

(2Ch 6:40-42)

In many ways the resting place of the ark into a temple was a sign of the end of the wanderings of Israel and of the Ark. Now each had a permanent place to rest. We should remember that during the times of the Judges, just before the monarchy was established, Israel sinned often and the Lord delivered them into the hands of their foes.

This was a day to be joyful to the Lord and give thanks to him for what he had done for them. But as in the days of the Judges, we all know that even the great king Solomon, who uttered the long prayer in 2 Chronicles chapter 6, forsook the Lord and went after strange women and gods and angered the Lord.

The privilege of worshiping in a true house of the Lord is something we should never take for granted. We should consider how hard it is for many believers around the world to serve God and honor him. How many Churches these days are being stolen by authorities and handed over to others? How many have seen their houses of worship burned down by hate filled mobs? Moreover, even in this country finding a true house of God is no easy task. It can be very hard, what -  given the kinds of strange teachings that now appear in many Churches.

If you have found a good solid, Biblically based Church and assembly of believers, give thanks to God, you have found something of true and very great value.

Yemen Sitrep

As many of you know, the Saudi's are about to take the major port that brings in food aid to the people of Yemen. Other than this fact and a few tactical changes on the ground, the situation has not much changed, but if the Saudi's take the port and start to inhibit aid, it could spell a disaster. The UN has its most recent sitrep here. A US Think Tank sit rep can be found here.

On important point that needs to be made here. The prevailing narrative is that the Houthi's are being controlled and directed by Iran. That simply is not true. Yes, Iran some influence in Yemen, but it is very minimal. But neoconservative think tanks have taken this half truth and constructed an alternate reality to help them sell another war (and defense dollars) and to aid the Saudi's in their quest for regional dominance. Yemen is part of their plan to increase their influence. They tried that in Syria and failed. They may have some limited success in Yemen, but it is not likely to last long. The war is helping to bankrupt a nation already in fiscal trouble.

Again, note this was written back in January.

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Map Source: Wikipedia       

I realize many of you don't appreciate me spending so much time on these international issues, The want me just to stick with the Bible. But these issues are very important. Perhaps not to America's drunken Superbowl fanatics, but to they do matter to those who live in and near these countries and to other Americans who have not lost their souls to lust, drugs, drink and other vices that their lives revolve around.

I saw a picture last week (I cannot remember where) of a bunch of Yemeni kids sitting around a can full of trash and eating it. I could not help but be moved, noting that all the kids consuming garbage were Black. I think this is one aspect of this war that is lost on people. The light skinned (and very rich) Arabs are killing off the dark skinned ones in an economic war that has decidedly, racial, religious and tribal undertones. Mind you I don't want to say this war is about race, because for the most part it isn't. Yet and still it is those Yemeni's of African decent as well as immigrants who are bearing the brunt of the evil of this war.

The situation for people in this part of the world is bleak, so bleak that people leave their own country to come to Yemen. Why? In search of a better life. In Yemen?! Read the link and see why.

But the bloodshed and craziness continues. The Saudi Led Coalition, which is conducting military operations with American intelligence and logistical support, has killed a lot of people. Recently they are responsible for the deaths of 68 children. Additionally, US Drone attacks killed seven, leading to protests. Trump has increased the attacks since coming to power. In Yemen, if the drones and Saudi's don't kill you, starvation or cholera will.


How bad is the medical situation? For those lucky enough to have a functioning Hospital (the Saudi's attacked many of them), here is what you will find.

But I don't want to paint the picture any darker than it already is. At least some vessels carrying food and other commercial products have been allowed to dock and unload in the nation. The blockade has indeed been partially lifted.

According to the World Food Program 45 ships have been allowed to dock and have discharged their cargo, including two humanitarian vessels and 25 commercial food vessels.

Those looking for the latest data can find an excellent map here. Mind you, some of the events cannot be wholly verified so note the disclaimer at the top of the event feed.

Another map that shows the basic control of  terrain can be found below.

Images below source: Wikipedia




Why is this war happening? There are many reasons, but it boils down to this. The Saudi's, Americans and certain gulf sheikdoms don't want the Houthi's to gain the upper hand in Yemen. They see them as  being backed by Iran (which is a matter of some considerable debate) and a threat to their political and energy interests.

Those wanting some excellent background, even if it is written from only one side (Saudi-US-Gulf States) of the story can read this piece. It appears to be more fair-minded than most of the junk coming out of US news agencies and think tanks these days. I was frankly surprised to see and read such candor as to what could really solve problems there and from this site

Hopefully the author and editor can keep themselves healthy after having written a piece so insightful and honest and detrimental to those with a vested financial interest in keep this war going.


What is going on now and why Yemen is once again in the news is that fragile alliances that were once convenient are now fracturing. The pro-secessionist Southern Transitional Council surrounded the Presidential palace (which is where the officially recognized government is) and forced the PM to flee. For those of you wanting a little history, Yemen not so long ago was divided into two countries, North and South.

So this move has in essence broken the alliance between the Pro-Hadi Government and the Southern 'rebels' (whatever that word means these days). These two forces in the past had this very uneasy alliance that countered the Houthi's in the North. That alliance appears to be dead.
Related: Southern Transitional Council ‘takes control’ of Aden
So for the Saudi's and the Gulf states, this is not such good news and this turn of events, according to many, means that a rift is now forming in the Gulf alliance. These events are not looked upon with glee in US circles. This piece by Critical Threats (a US think tank with ties to the Koch brothers) lays out what they see as the 'threat'. I point out when reading pieces from think tanks like this, they often like to muddle the issue by using broad terms to describe complex movements, like labeling all who are attacked by the Saudi's as ISIS or Al Qaeda or refusing to acknowledge the allies own considerable support to some of these very same groups.

My point is not to throw dirt on the analysis brought forward by these entities, but to say that some of it is lacking in objectivity and often comes to us with 'an agenda'.

So what is next?

Brothers, that is anyone's guess. I do not see the Saudi Crown Prince (Mohammed bin Salman - MbS) , who is also the Saudi Defense minister or Donald Trump as having the strategic foresight, intellectual or even political flexibility to change tactics. Each seems irrationally wedded to the failed policies of bomb, drone, kill and maim as ways to achieve their strategic goals in Yemen, So far these policies have failed and failed miserably.

They will continue to fail. Clearly there is enough revulsion in the South for what the US and Saudi Recognized government was doing and allowing to happen to get that government removed. Sure... such a statement is an oversimplification and that US think tanks will try and spin things to their interests. But my view is a little more down to earth. You can only bomb, drone and kill people for so long and they will turn on you. No one has any kind of real plan to bring positive change to Yemen, just a plan to deliver more explosions, pillars of smoke and corpses in their quest for power. Now the South wants independence. Will they get it? I think yes and no. They will probably declare independence one day, but such a government will never be recognized by the US, nor the Saudi's nor the Gulf States. The result will be the Islamic Republic of Chaos, formerly known as the Nation State of Yemen.

Regrettably, the present disaster that MbS, America's and the Gulf states policies have engendered was wholly predictable; as predicable as expecting a splash after one throws a boulder into a body of water. But no one would listen to reason. The Saudi's had an armory of arms they wanted to test out on people who had no political clout and would garner little international sympathy. So out came the fighter planes, Apache Helicopters, drones and Cluster bombs. MbS has bloodied his military and gave it some valuable and much needed battle experience, which I have long suspected was one of the underlying goals of this operation. This is not to say that his fears, or rather paranoia over an Iranian takeover of Yemen was not the driving force behind this disastrous military operation, it was. But when such operations happen there almost always many more than one singular reason these things happen and many of the deeper reasons will never be stated publicly.

The situation in Yemen will only improve when there is a significant change in tactics by the so called allies. But fear, the lust for military conquest coupled with geopolitical myopia will prevent that from happening until there is new leadership in the west and in the Gulf and that may take a long, long time
14 Jun

Psalm 132

We will continue out look at the songs of degree's today with the longest one. Most of these Psalms are very short and as you know were sung by Pilgrims. Their brevity was also conducive to a short period of Godly meditation. This one is different in that it is much longer. Consequently, we will break it up over a few separate sections.

Psalm 132 starts out with David's desire to build a Temple and moves on from there.

Let us remember that this is a Poem, albeit of Hebrew variety. Poetically, it is has four stanzas each with ten lines (not versus). Keep in mind that Jewish Poetry did not rhyme. Its beauty comes from both meter and thematic contrasts or parallelisms.


A Song of Ascents.
O Jehovah, remember David with all his afflictions;
 how he swore to Jehovah; he vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
(Psa 132:1-2)

Here the Psalmist talks of David and all of his afflictions. They were many. Before David was King he went through many a trial and tribulation. David could easily have given up his hope, rationalized away Samuel's anointing him King and went back to Dad's house and returned to tending sheep. He did not. He kept on going. But sometime during David's life, perhaps during these times of affliction David made a vow. The vow was that David would build the Lord a Temple. This oath is not recorded for us in scripture. But the reasons for him not building it are. They are recorded for us in a couple of places, (1King 5:3, 8:19). This was not so much a fault of David as most of his wars were fought for the Lord. Rather, God here wanted to be known as a God of peace, not war and David's significant military reputation would only mar that.

We should also remember that at this time the Ark of the Covenant was not in a temple and had no permanent resting place and went about from place to place. It was even stolen by Israel's enemies before. With a temple, it would have a permanent place to rest.

The Psalmist may have been relying on oral tradition to tell us of this vow or perhaps more likely, there were other records in which it was recorded that have not survived.  Such books that have not survived are the ones like Book of the Acts of Solomon (1King 11:41) the Book of Nathan The Prophet (1Chron 29:29), the book of Gad the seer (1Chron 29:29), The Prophecy of Ahijah, the Vision of Iddo (2Chron 9:29). These are books that we don't know anything about other than they appear to have been widely known at the time of Samuel, David and Solomon and are referred to as reference material for acts that were not recorded in those books that we do have. This is probably where the Psalmist got his information from, though he may indeed have received from inspiration of the Holy Spirit. My own guess is that this may have been found in the book of Nathan the Prophet as it was he who was sent to David and told him not to build the Temple but that his son would (2Sam 7:4), but that is just my own theory.

Today, we are strongly dissuaded from issuing oaths. Christ warned us of it and told us to let our yes mean yes and our no mean no (Mat 5:37). But back in those days, an oath was sacred. It was even more so than the few times officials take oaths or office or military officers take their oaths. Many do not take it seriously. It is more ceremonial that a real declaration of loyalty or honor. It was not so back then. There was nothing more sacred uttered than an oath.

If I will go into the tent of my house, if I go up on the couch of my bed,
if I give sleep to my eyes, slumber to my eyelids,
(Psa 132:3-4)

First things first. Here Solomon, whom many see as the author is not going to bed at night or fall asleep until he takes care of this solemn business as his father David and sworn this thing to the Lord. This is the mark of a dedicated person, one who knows what things to put first and take care of the Lord's business.
Some of those who care most for Christ’s cause and spend on it unceasing energy are the most occupied of business men. Where there is a will there is a way; let only the passion for doing good be present and the time and the means will not be wanting. David was not allowed to carry out his pious intention; but, at great trouble and expense, he collected the materials of which Solomon subsequently made use. Thus one soweth and another reapeth. The good cause descends from generation to generation; and the godly are linked to one another by the sacred task which fills the ages. Biblical Illustrator
What we put first in our lives, what we spend our time and effort on. This is the mark of a Godly man, not just his words, which may or may not be true, but what is he doing - his works, this is how we as Christians will be Judged (Rev 22:12).


We will continue with this interesting Psalm as God permits!
12 Jun

Ruth Part XII


And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother
 in law bade her.
(Rth 3:5-6)

As we left off last time, we saw that Naomi and Ruth were working out a plan to get Ruth and Boaz close to one another. We discussed the then probable custom of the time would obligate Boaz to put Ruth and by extension Naomi under Boaz's protection. The idea of marriage between Ruth and Boaz while not specifically mentioned could not have been far from the mind of either woman. The above versus show is that Ruth would take Naomi's advice and lay down beside Boaz in the advised manner. Ruth being a foreigner was probably not aware of many of the customs of Judah. Let us remember that all this happened in pre-Davidic/monarchical times. The long and short of it is that she was going to do as she was bid.

And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry,
he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly,
and uncovered his feet, and laid her down. And it came to pass at midnight,
 that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
(Rth 3:7-8)


So Naomi's plan was working well (!). Boaz had a couple of glasses of wine, was 'merry' after having eaten and drank and went to sleep on the floor near a heap of corn.

So let's not be prudish. People in biblical times knew how to enjoy themselves and here is one such occasion. But Boaz was shocked when during his slumber a woman had snuck in and laid down at his feet which she had uncovered.

Again, it is interesting to note that the master of the house was doing this, sleeping in what was probably an open tent. Here is how Adam Clarke puts this interesting theme.
Went to lie down - As the threshing-floors of the Eastern nations are in general in the open air, it is very likely that the owner or some confidential person continued in the fields till the grain was secured, having a tent in the place where the corn was threshed and winnowed. Boaz seems to have acted thus. - Clarke
This was probably the custom to make sure that a trusted person was always present to make sure that none of that which was harvested 'disappeared'. Others think the reason he slept there was because it was late and he was tired and there was as good a place as any to sleep and he had to come back in the morning anyway (Gill).


And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid,
and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid:
spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid;
for thou art a near kinsman.
(Rth 3:8-9)

The scene here is pretty clear, he wakes up to find a woman at his feet and was understandably surprised. Upon asking who she was she answered and tells him. Now this whole spreading the skirt thing becomes a little clearer, this is not an offer of sex, but a custom for kinsfolk in certain circumstances. Again, Gill gives us the correct sense.

spread therefore thy skirt over thy handmaid; which seems to account for the reason of her uncovering his feet, or turning up the skirt of his garment that was upon them; not through wantonness and immodesty, but to direct him, when opportunity offered, to spread it over her as a token of his taking her in marriage, and of her being under his care and protection, and of her subjection to him; so the Targum,"let thy name be called upon me to take me for a wife,''Whether the custom now used with the Jews at marriage, for a man to cast the skirt of his "talith", or outward garment, over the head of his spouse, and cover it, was in use so early, is questionable; and yet something like it seems to have been done, as this phrase intimates, and to which there is an allusion in Eze_16:8.

Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.
(Eze 16:8)

So this appears to be part of a custom in Israel even in later days. Naomi seems to have been keenly aware of it and this is why she advised her Daughter in Law to do so. The fact that they were kin of also of importance as we discussed before.

And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter:
for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than
at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men,
whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to
thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know
 that thou art a virtuous woman.
(Rth 3:10-11)


This is a very telling passage. Boaz had been kind of watching her and knew her reputation. She was not a woman who was making passes at all the young men, rich or poor. She was known as a virtuous woman and had earned Boaz' respect. He tells her not to be afraid and that he will do as she requests. This would not be a shameful relationship because Ruth had gained an excellent reputation.

Sometimes we tend to pass over passages like this, but finding a virtuous women, then and more so now, is a very hard thing. People these days particularly (both men and women) lack virtue of any measure, sexual, moral, financial or even social. The moral degeneracy of this generation is in my view quite sickening. The sad part is with all the sexual perversions, the venereal diseases, adultery, divorce, broken homes... and the other kinds of irresponsibility, hardly anyone marks this kind of bad behavior as being all that unusual. Boaz had found something that was priced far, far beyond rubies. What is that? A virtuous woman.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price
is far above rubies. The heart of her husband
doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have
no need of spoil. She will do him good and not
evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool,
and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth
her food from afar. She riseth also while it is
yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens. She considereth
a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands
she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins
with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth
her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the
distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
 She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her
clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known
 in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of
the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it;
and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she
shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her
mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the
law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of
 her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband
 also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have
done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman
that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her
of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
(Pro 31:10-31)


Yes, Boaz had found a treasure in this woman of Moab and God marked her genuine seeking of the Lord, her constancy to Naomi and her willingness to brave hardships. She was not just virtuous, but she was also a woman of faith having braved much with Naomi just to be where she was.

Men (and women), I say this -  always look to the character of the person you want to marry for character will last much longer than a shapely figure or a pretty face. If I can rephrase it, the 'ugly' (cruelty to the less fortunate, selfishness, foolish financial decisions) that lies beneath will no longer be hidden under that superficial beauty as the years pass!

We will continue our look at Ruth next week, God willing!


10 Jun

America: Death By Suicide


Source: CDC
This is all part of a spiritual crisis that besets this country. The nihilism and pleasure seeking, the selfishness and partying. This is ultimately where much of it leads. I read today where a famous chef took his own life. A few days ago, a fashion designer. Both  reportedly killed themselves, though today in our political environment, we must be careful - not all suicides are self-inflicted... if you know what I mean.

Still the problem all over the nation is a real one and only shows you that with all things we have in this country, compared to other nations, our way of life just does not bring happiness, not when we find so many people with money seeking counseling and taking drugs for depression.

God is the beginning of wisdom and the path to true fulfillment. But as America ejects God from our culture or makes up his or her own gods to justify their own respective evils and pleasures we find ourselves in crisis.

Men today don't want God's wisdom and this had led to a plethora of problems, socially and spiritually for the nation.

What happens to a nation and a people who reject God and his wisdom? What does such an aversion demonstrate and ultimately show? That we are a culture that loves violence and death. Look at our movies and the astronomical sums of money we spend on making war on others.

What is the solution? God, the real one, not the made-up god one you find on so many Churches. But the God who made all things and whose words, guidance and admonitions can be found in your Bibles. Find him, and we as a nation will find life rather than death.


For whoso findeth me findeth life,
and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against
me wrongeth his own soul:
all they that hate me

love death.
(Pro 8:35-36)
8 Jun

Prayer Requests

Blessings to all of you here in the name of Jesus Christ! May he bless and keep all of you in these times and may your health be good, your minds whole and free of cares, your finances good and your work fulfilling. Again blessings to all of you!!

Today, I just want to do prayer requests look at a few news stories I think are of great importance and ask that you all pray about them, sincerely.

The first is North Korea. We know there is a summit coming and that it could be a pivotal moment in the history in the Korean peninsula in particular and for East Asia in general.

While Trump's emphasis is on Nuclear weapons and getting NK to shed them permanently, the other key issue that really strikes a cord with me, is NK's human rights problems.

NK has a sprawling concentration camp system. More here. A good pdf study of the issue can be found here. Another good one can be found here. A more recent report can be found here.  Camps appear to come in two different varieties. Political Crimes Camps and Re-education Camps

The internment camps for people accused of political offences or denounced as politically unreliable are run by the State Security Department. Political prisoners were historically subject to the family responsibility principle, where immediate family members of a convicted political criminal were also regarded as political criminals and interned. However, since 1994 there has been a near-abandonment of this family responsibility principle....

...The reeducation camps for criminals are run by the Ministry of People's Security. There is a fluent passage between common crimes and political crimes, as people who get on the bad side of influential partisans are often denounced on false accusations. They are then forced into false confessions with brutal torture in detention centers (Lee Soon-ok for example had to kneel down whilst being showered with water at icy temperatures with other prisoners, of whom six did not survive) and are then condemned in a brief show trial to a long-term prison sentence.

In North Korea, political crimes are greatly varied, from border crossing to any disturbance of the political order, and they are rigorously punished. Due to the dire prison conditions with hunger and torture, a large percentage of prisoners do not survive their sentence terms.

The reeducation camps are large prison building complexes surrounded by high walls. The situation of prisoners is quite similar to that in the political prison camps. They have to perform slave labour in prison factories and in case they do not meet the work quotas, they are tortured and (at least in Kaechon camp) confined for many days in special prison cells, which are too small for them to stand up or lie full-length in.[15] - Wikipedia
Keep in mind that this is state sponsored slavery as this paper points out.

This is the worst place in the world to be a political prisoner or a Christian.

I ask all of you to take some time out and pray for this summit that the President and Kim can find a path forward to both get rid of Kim's nukes and end North Korea's horrible camp system and the whole idea of political crimes. I think that if we really take the time to seek the Lord on this, we will see some results. Things may not go as far as we would like at first, but some rock solid moves in the right direction is what we can hope to achieve in the short term. Let's pray for this summit, for the President and for Mr. Kim who has to worry about hardliners in his own nation.

Another issue that I think needs prayer is the corruption in many parts of the country. I posted a story the other day about Louisiana. Many states, state governments, attorney offices, legislatures, police departments reek of corruption, where the innocent man is herded into jails and prisons for crimes they never committed. But the system finds ways of extracting money from the poorest of the poor, while legislators line their pockets with crooked contracts. The good news is that the FBI, with all its glaring faults, has indeed been busy looking into this issue.

It's a deep problem in many parts of the country. I ask that all of you keep in mind that God hates injustice and that he truly dislikes those who mistreat the poor, who are often the easiest target of corrupt officials. Please pray that the nation can rid itself of corruption in its legislatures and in its law enforcement.

Another issue I think needs prayer is Yemen. It's not being talked about much but there is still a lot of human suffering, hunger and disease in a war torn nation with a cacophony of fighting factions who have brought considerable misery to this one of the poorest nations on earth.

Another issue? The growing potential for conflict between Iran and Israel and what such a war could mean for the region. I ask that you all sincerely pray about this issue and seek God's face about the origins and roots of the conflict. I ask all of you in prayer not to overly demonize Iran. God loves Persians too, very much and wants to see them saved. So pray that war mongers on both sides, the Israeli's who are seeking more warfare and tensions, the religious right in America who are using the issue to put forwards false religious narratives; the Pasdaran (the Iranian security service), who has a lock grip on the nation, the Basij militia who is present throughout the region - all of these factions have contributed to greater and lesser degrees to the growing tensions. Pray that some kind of peace or non-aggression arrangement can be worked out. The Russians have been working on this very hard of late. Let's pray that something workable and verifiable can come of this. Let's let Christians be a force for peace and not let false prophets and 'liars for dollars' manipulate us into seeking war in order to 'fulfill prophecy'. God does not need our help in doing so, and when we try we just get in his way.

Let's all pray for Persecuted Christians all over the world. Let's focus on those in Nigeria and the activities in the Middle Belt where Christians are really going through hell with many killings, lootings and burnings. Let's also pray for Christians in China who are facing an increasing intolerant Communist government being radically altered by Xi. But other places where our prayers can be directed are India, Iran, Nepal, Kenya and Somalia as well as the creeping social intolerance being seen right here in the west towards we who follow the risen (rather than the plastic/fake) Christ.


Finally, I ask that you all continue to pray for this humble ministry. I read a little post yesterday where PCR that kind of sums up some of the problems that we bloggers face. His problems are a little more significant, but still it is an insightful tale and I hope that you check it out (No, I often don't agree with PCR, but respect his right to believe as he chooses). Bloggers - real ones are an underappreciated lot. The bloggers that hit key issues-  the ones who (weather you agree with them or not) work hard and often it is a pretty thankless job. Lots of folks say they support you but support the garbage that comes on Cable even more. They would rather drop 20 bucks a month on a porn site than give to a legitimate news organization, which today is the role many bloggers fill in this day of 'fake news', Cable News foolishness and 'mockingbird' journalism.


In any event, may God keep all of you who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in these most difficult and challenging times!

Pray brothers... Pray!



The LORD hath heard my supplication;
the LORD will receive my prayer.
 (Psa 6:9)

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil,
A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer,
O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
  (Psa 55:1)

Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice;
with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
(Psa 142:1)

These all continued with one accord in prayer
and supplication, with the women,
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
(Act 1:14)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication
 for all saints;
(Eph 6:18)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving
 let your requests be made known unto God.
 (Php 4:6)

6 Jun
American Sex Slave Scandal
DOJ Moves To Seize NXIVM ‘Library’, Allison Mack’s NY Home
Branding Was Mack's Decision, Says Report - Global News

There are all manner of stories out there that some were on call for sex and that doctors were engaged in raping members. You have to take some of these stories with a grain of salt, but the good news is that someone is finally looking into it. Obama would not do it. Why not? Where do you think many of these  current and upcoming sex/human trafficking charges will lead? I know and so does Obama and I strongly suspect, so does this new President.

Yes, people connected with those crime families will use their agents in the media to claim that its all 'conspiracy theory' and that these things don't happen. That Politicians don't do drug deals or take money from them or run interference for sex trafficking rings for large amounts of campaign cash or other 'favors'.

Well, understand this. This is one reason why the DC Establishment was so full of hate against Trump. He can't be controlled by the crooks who have been running this nation into the ground. Sanctuary cities? Who do you think is using them? Human traffickers and drug dealers. C'mon folks, this is not hard to figure. Do Democrats want to hear that? Nope and the cartels who run those networks know how to whip up the gullible masses into a furor over this issue to defend their crime networks. Useful idiots can indeed be most useful.

Look... I am not anti-immigrant, I love immigrants. But I don't like crooks and I don't like crooks who hide behind immigrants to further their criminal enterprises.

Call it what you want, a criminal network, fifth column use your own fancy phrase, the reality is this - whatever his motivations, Donald Trump is not having any more of this and this has got many in the political elite very worried. That National Security policy change he made very late last year targets many very important/protected felony crime rackets - what you did not hear about it? It's right there on the White House Website clear as day so the the MSM can make sure they ignore it while they continue their rants against the President. 

When something like that is labeled a key National Security threat, all the machinery of state is turned to make sure that threat is neutralized. So look for more of these things to come out in the months and years ahead.

Sex trafficking and child trafficking being protected by huge politically connected crime machines.... Yes, it is a long term and very deep problem. I know, I have talked to Federal investigators who have had investigated these things and were threatened when they did, their kids there threatened as well. The names of these criminal brokers... some of them are household names. They are a very, very sick lot.

Know this as well, those 'deep state' debunking sites will lie and say 'debunked' when they carry these stories but they are part of your problem. Those who run those sites are either doing so in a cubicle at a Deep State federal agency (under the guise of fighting 'fake news') or if not, they get told what to debunk and what not to or they may find themselves laying in a ditch with a new hole in their head to help 'clear their minds' of such 'conspiracy theories'.

Know this as well, our Federal agencies have a real problem with the truth.

Go and do some searches and stay far, far away from the deep state's debunking sites which will almost always be the first results you find at 'deep state' controlled search engines. Those debunking sites are for the most part, disinformation sites. Notice how some of those debunking sites always gets top rating/listing when searching for deep state crimes and its always 'debunked' by them? Take a hint.

Dig for yourself, use names of officials that are not so easy for the deep state to censor or downgrade. Use alternative search engines, stay away from those that have been revealed to have been cooperating with spying on us. They are not there to help you, but to control you. They view you as a enemy to be controlled, not a friend or fellow citizen to assist.

So keep your eyes on this and similar stories to come out in the future. I think many more investigations may be happening right now that will one day hit the headlines when they are ready for charges.
Veterans Claim To Have Found Sex Dungeon For Children In Arizona
Police are now on the scene. What kind of world are we living in? What kind of wickedness lurks in the hearts of these Americans? I wish I could say that these things are aberrations. But I just don't think so, not when we see so many other bizarre sex crimes taking place all over the nation and world from all walks of life.
 
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man
was great in the earth, and that every imagination
 of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
both man, and beast, and the creeping thing,
 and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that
I have made them. But Noah found grace
in the eyes of the LORD.
(Genesis 6:5-8 [KJVA])

 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be
also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat,
they drank, they married wives, they were given
in marriage, until the day that Noe entered
into the ark, and the flood came,
and destroyed them all.
(Luke 17:26-27 [KJVA])

God sends his people in to warn the human race of its wickedness and the people almost never listen.

 And then one day, the Lord will say something just like this, "Enough!' I am sick of looking at your wickedness. If evil is what you want, then evil is what you shall have!"

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:
 (Matthew 25:41 [KJVA])
When the Lord's servants speak be they an old man, a young prophet, a holy spirit anointed pastor or a lay person who knows his God -  all of the sons of Adam would be wise to pay attention. Why?

Because, more than your life is at stake.

For those of you who don't like me to post stories like this and think this is all 'conspiracy theory', let me ask you this.

Would you want Christians to speak out about this if this were your child being trafficked, molested and even killed by these networks? Don't you think God cares and cares deeply for these children? Or will your cheap politicized religious narratives not allow you to show concern for the children and the defenseless?

Chew on that one a while brothers and sisters.


Weinstein Indicted On Sex Crime Charges

Christians Imprisoned in Evin Tortured for Their Faith

06/01/18 International Christian Concern (Washington D.C.) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that effective May 30, 2018 the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Evin Prison because of its reputation of grievous human rights violations.
According to the Treasury Department’s statement, “Prisoners held at Evin Prison are subject to brutal tactics inflicted by prison authorities, including sexual assaults, physical assaults, and electric shock…  senior regime officials regularly downplay the torture and abuse that occurs in Evin Prison, the abuse of prisoners, including political prisoners, continues once sham inspections into the prison conditions end.”
While the exact number of Christians imprisoned in Iran is unknown, ICC has documented at least 10 converts serving their sentences in Evin Prison. In these cases, the average prison sentence length is nine years. At least three Christians are currently released from Evin on bail, a sum which is often an insurmountable financial burden for the families.
“Christians held in Evin are subjected to physical and verbal abuse by not only the authorities but also by some other Muslim inmates. They are denied access to Bibles, phone calls and family visits. Evin Prison is run by the intelligence who behave in complete impunity. It is one of the worst places of detention in Iran, especially for those who converted from Islam,” said Mena of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
Matias Perttula, ICC’s Advocacy Director, said, “It is essential that the United States continue to take a strong leadership role in pressuring governments like that of Iran to safeguard all essential human rights for their citizens, including religious freedom. Iran must be called to account for the wanton brutality taking place in Evin Prison as well as its wider restrictions on religious freedom.”
Dr. Mike Ansari of Heart4Iran, an Iranian Christian partnership platform, told ICC“Most of the arrested individuals are coerced to divulge information about their house-church activities and those of their friends, under threat of criminal prosecution or arrest of family members… Therefore, the case of every arrested Iranian believer is of utmost importance and should be monitored.”
A former prisoner in Evin shared with World Watch Monitor, “If a prisoner’s case got attention, they stopped torturing or raping them because they knew the world was watching. We heard of many cases of prisoners who had no voice outside, and many things happened to them.”
Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “Iran’s Islamic regime views Christianity as a threat to national security. It is no coincidence, then, that so many Christians are imprisoned in the country’s harshest jail. The punitive posture of the regime has led to the conversion of many Iranians, which has only intensified the targeting of Christians for harassment and persecution. The physical and mental torture experienced by Christians in Evin Prison will affect them long after their sentences are over. Their plight cannot be ignored.”
For interviews with Claire Evans, Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press@persecution.org  


You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you reference International Christian Concern (ICC) and include our web address, www.persecution.org.


India: Wife Hides Pastor Husband From Hindu Extremists

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – In an attack on a church service in northern India that left a 55-year-old man unconscious, the wife of a pastor hid her husband after Hindu extremists said they would kill him, sources said.

Women and children were not spared in the attack by 25 masked extremists armed with wooden sticks last month on the Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Baburia Khera, Uttar Pradesh state, after which police treated church members as criminals.

“They were looking for the pastor, saying, ‘We will kill him today,’” pastor Kamlesh Kumar’s wife, identified only as Shashikala, told Morning Star News... - Continues at Morning Star News

4 Jun

Love

Today, I want to make a little brief comment to all of you.

Love. I don't see it as much as an emotion as it I do a verb. A word that describes action. Doing something. Love is not a feeling to me. It's what you do. A person may feel pity and love all day long for a homeless person, but what have they done for them? A person may say they love their friend in need, but what have they done for them? A man may say he loves his brother but what has he done to demonstrate it?

Let us remember that we will all be judged by our works, not our feelings. It's what you do that counts. When Christ asked Peter if he loved him, he wanted a concrete demonstration of that love (John 21:15ff). He wanted him to feed his sheep.

Do you love? God, one day is going to ask you that question. Perhaps not in those exact words, but in what our actions have proved. Do you love kids? Many suffer. Do you love persecuted Christians? Many suffer. Can you show love to those who have no way of repaying you?

Let's let love be what we do, not what we say or feel.

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down
his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need,
 and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how
dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children,
let us not love in word, neither in tongue;
but in deed and in truth.

(1Jn 3:16-18)



1 Jun

Ruth Part XI

We left off last time and Naomi was explaining to her Mother in law just what had transpired on her first day of gleaning and described to her the 'system' she had worked out so that she would not come to mischief.
Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter,
shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
(Rth 3:1)


Notice the deep affection and kindness she wanted to show Ruth. Let us keep in mind that these were both very poor, basically homeless widows who were one step above begging for their meals. Let us also remember that Ruth as a foreigner and was almost certainly looked down upon by many in Israel. Naomi seeks Ruth's well being and her good fortune. This is such a test of real friendship. A true friend truly wishes you well, your happiness and prosperity. As I look back on old former friends, I recall the times when 'friends' were not nearly so solicitous of my well being or denigrated me personally behind my back and started to try and put me down in front of others.


    A friend cannot be known in prosperity:
    and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
    (Sirach 12:8 [KJVA])


I have had family members do this to me, though they don't know that I know the things they did to me and said of me behind my back. This is how you can tell if your friend is real or is merely a fair weather acquaintance, or worse, a smiling Judas who will kiss you just before he sells you out. Does he really care about you and your well being? In the case of Naomi, she did very much.

 
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother
(Proverbs 18:24 [KJVA])



Yes there is and Ruth and found one in Naomi and vice versa. This passage, some expositors seem to think is the first suggestion that Naomi now seeks a husband for Ruth and Boaz may the the one (Clarke, Gill).



And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast?
Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.
(Rth 3:2)
The Winnower By Millet
(Public Domain In US
More copyright info here)

Well, here the female plotting begins! Yes, women do tend to so this alot, but here it was indeed for ultimately a Godly purpose. God was in this. Naomi starts to plan to make sure that Ruth has a better future than gleaning with the poor and suggests that Boaz would be winnowing. This would provide a good way for the two to meet and talk with one another.

Winnowing is merely the ancient way of separating the wheat from the chaff. It is an ancient method that is still used in some cultures today. Because the wind is used it was often done in the higher part of the field. At first it may seem strange to have the Lord of the manor or the owner of the land do such menial work. But according to ancient records, this is not so. In Roman times, the great men of their times oversaw this winnowing. Pliny (p) reports, that Sextus Pomponius, father of the praetor and prince of the hither Spain, presided over the winnowing of his reapers; so Gideon, another judge Israel, was found threshing wheat, Jdg_6:11. [Gill]


Naomi knowing the customs of the day understood that this was a good time for them to meet. She them begins to tell her daughter in law what she needed to do.

Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee,
and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man,
until he shall have done eating and drinking.
(Rth 3:3)

So here she basically tells her to get dressed up and head on down to where Boaz was working, eating and drinking. The Jewish Targum suggests that she put off her widows weeds and cease her period of morning for her ex husband. The thought here is obviously to make herself carefully known to be 'available' to Boaz. However, she was not to make herself known to Boaz until the work was done as the meal was set down. Here, most commentators are plain that the whole purpose of this prearranged meet was an eye towards marriage. Some have gone so far as to suggest that Ruth would press a marriage with Boaz by virtue of the law, which allows even demands such an arrangement (Deut 25:25), though Ruth's foreign birth could easily be an impediment.

And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark
the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet,
and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
(Rth 3:4)

This is the first bit of questionable advice that Naomi gave her daughter in law, or so it seems. Most expositors do not think this advice was wise and others make it plain that were Boaz not a man of integrity, Ruth might have wound up an unwed mother. But I am not so hard on Naomi. We do not know for certain the customs of those days, at least not fully. The Biblical illustrator says that in the east what was suggested by Naomi was not unheard of. The comments are quite enlightening and I think better explains what is going on.

It is a fact that, both in those times and up to this hour in the East, servants have been accustomed to lay themselves in this manner at the feet of their master. One modern traveller mentions that his Arab servants were quite in the practice of doing so with him; and, in cold evenings, of claiming the privilege, which had descended from immemorial usage, of drawing over themselves the skirts of the long mat or cloak in which his person was enveloped.

Moreover, it is an interesting fact bearing on the present subject, that a very prominent part of the marriage ceremony among the Orientals was for the bridegroom to throw the skirt of his robe over his bride. The act of Ruth here described was, therefore, a significant action, in which she claimed the protection of Boaz and the honorable acknowledgment of her as his wife. - Biblical Illustrator

The same commentary also remarks on the extraordinary character of Boaz. He was not interested in a 'one night stand' on the winnowing floor and it is certainly not being suggested in the passage that Ruth was offering it. But in our times, when such a scene is described, it is hard not to judge those of Ruth's time by the morality or rather, immorality of ours.

Boaz would then explain what was to be done next after Ruth did as she was bid by Naomi.

We will continue our study in Ruth next week, God willing!

31 May


Italy's Banks Under Scrutiny During Political Squabble

Banks are looking at the potential for risk. Bloomberg carries the story

US Will Continue To Confront China On High Seas

US Defense Sec. makes this bold pronouncement as the tension heats up on the China sea. The US is conducing freedom of navigation in parts of the sea that China has unilaterally laid claim to. The link above is from the South China Morning Post.

Israel Brings In Gaza Naval Blockade

This piece is from a Palestinian perspective.

Why would Israel Blockade them? Mostly to halt arms shipments from Iran. The Real news covers it in the link above.

Iran and Israel Are Racing Toward Confrontation in Syria

(USIP) Iran’s primary objective is to increase influence in the Levant. In Syria, it wants to deepen its military and economic presence. Exploiting Syria’s chaotic civil war, it has sought to establish a strategic land corridor connecting Tehran to the Mediterranean. In Lebanon, it seeks to protect Hezbollah, a Shia ally and local proxy. And to deter and counter Israel, it wants to establish a forward presence on the ground.

Iran is also interested in shaping post-war Syria. By bolstering the Assad regime, it prevented—for now—the emergence of an unfriendly government dominated by Sunnis in Damascus. It has also contributed to the Syrian regime’s “demographic re-engineering,” which has prevented the return of Sunnis to their homes through population swaps that relocate Shia to formerly Sunni-dominant areas. It is now positioning itself to play a leading role in reconstruction, especially on telecommunications, hydrocarbons, power and other infrastructure.

Why is Israel striking Hezbollah and Iran in Syria and not Lebanon?

In an odd reversal from the past, Syria has become the favored battleground for Israel to confront Hezbollah and, by extension, Iran. For decades before the Syrian civil war, Lebanon had been the proxy battlefield for regional powers—including Israel, the Gulf states and Iran—to challenge each other. At the time, the border between Israel and Syria was the quietest; the status quo was anchored by arsenals that ensured mutual deterrence. The chaos unleashed by Syria’s civil war changed that dynamic. - USIP

Russia Watch

Putin To Abide To Two Consecutive Term Limits
Soccer Stars Discuss Potential For Racist abuse In Russia
Such things happen, but not just in Russia. Italy has the same problem.

So does Germany.
Russia Accused Of MH17 Crash, Just In Time For FIFA World Cup
Someone is working overtime to undermine Russia's reputation and is using Western Media and governmental bodies to carry out their smear campaign. I will be the first to say that Russia has got a lot of issues. It does. But as the west points its finger at  Russia, what about the other three fingers that are pointing right back at themselves?

I have yet to hear about a Russian cop shooting unarmed Black men down on cold blood.

Too often, American and western outrage is nothing more than the outrage of hypocrites. The story linked above is out of Iran, who knows first hand just how western smear campaigns work.
Gasoline Prices Rise After Elections
The rise is significant but the government explains that while prices are high, the government needs to fill its coffers and will let market forces have their way.

But the people are not happy. This story, unusually critical, is from Pravda.
Russia Shores Up Defenses In Kaliningrad, Crimea, West Protests
Given NATO's constant barrage of propaganda and its hate and fear campaign, along with numerous military exercises and military posturing along Russia's border loudly proclaimed to be aimed at Russia, these are only prudent moves and what Russia does best - defense.

To those who call Russia's actions 'neo-imperilalist' need to step back and ask how the West's actions are helping those tendencies along with the constant barrage of unfriendly and even hostile acts against Russia.

Only fool would not take prudent measures to defend itself.

Russia can be described as many things, but foolish is not one of them.

Israel's Defense Chief Flies To Russia, Deal Speculated
Deal in relation to Syria and Hezbollah.
Jail For Man Who Helped Russians Hack Yahoo
He made a lot of money hacking others and bought a many of the finest cars.
Russian FM To Visit NK Tomorrow
In anticipation of Kim-Trump meet. Newsweek has more.
Chaos In The Oil Patch

Russia Just Won Big In EU Gas War
This is part of the backstory to much of the tension and problems we see in Europe, Russia and the US. It's about who will be Europe's energy supplier. This deal between the EU and Russia is a win for Russia and is a major setback for the US to get an 'in' into EU gas markets.

But the real deal is what no one wants to say. The Europeans do not want to be dependent on the Americans for energy. They see how often we drop sanctions on nations who don't do exactly what America says, when she says it and do it with a smile - Europe has no intention of 'bending over and taking it' from the Americans.
More here.
The EU has no intentions of being tied to such an unreasonable and overbearing energy supplier. The Russians on the other hand, though all the tension, trouble, fake US narratives and global hate campaign directed at Russia has steadily supplied the EU with energy at a reasonable price. Now I ask you... who would you want to do business with if you were in Brussels?

The problem? The real problem. America is incapable of changing her behavior. These are the only thing she knows and lacks the capacity to self-analyze and change.

Russia Probe To Effect November Elections, But How Much?
We will have to see. I think the democrats may have a little more to fear that the GOP as many people see this as not being a real investigation and want it ended soon.

Russia Approves Law Countering US Sanctions
These countermeasures could hurt some US corporations.

Sanctions Busting? Chinese Ship Spotted Trading With NK

Very interesting from a site called the Big Think.

Chinese Officials Interrupt Seminary and Arrest Pastors

The story is from Christian News

Reboot Your Router Please...

Krebs on Security tells us why we all need to. 


Dear Readers

I am not one of these touchy feely, soft spoken wimpy pastors. writers, bloggers or religious snake-oil salesmen.  I am a straight talking man. I don't like to spend a lot of time trying to assuage people's feelings or 21st century sensibilities based on simple minded notions of political correctness.

Many folks just don't like that and get offended when hard truths, directly spoken gets tossed in your face. They are outraged when someone does not speak in holy homilies and high sounding religiously acceptable 'christian jargon', but are not outraged when Christians are being burned out of their homes, hacked to death by terrorists and turned into refugees. Children are being sold off into slavery and young women are kidnapped to marry someone they despise.

There is too much death, destruction; too much hate and evil, too many saints and innocent people being killed and butchered, beaten and impoverish to use flowery language to describe the things going on in our world. Are your feelings too easily hurt or your moral outrage button hit because someone did not use the right religious phrase to describe an abomination, a wrong or an evil? I have two words for you. Grow up.


Men and women who live in nice, safe and warm houses with flowery lawns and new cars in the garage mostly.... they don't understand just how hard it is for so many believers. They never really read the New Testament as well as parts of the Old and some of the things the translators 'softened' because they were pretty rough verbally.... right there in your Bible you claim to believe in. 

So if you want to listen to a person who uses only the most holy sounding words and soft flowery language as they flutter their eyelids while they preach a sermon, there are many places you can get that.

I must warn you that Watson's Web is NOT one of those places and never will be.

I am not trying to win your praise to show how holy I am just to make you feel good or take your money. Those kinds of crooks are dime a dozen and are all over the net and on Cable TV.

So take this in this the spirit it is given. I use rough metaphors to describe rough things in our world. I won't describe a turd by calling it 'a common human byproduct'; or a rape by calling it 'love making in an unconventional form'.

It would  be wholly dishonest. 'Politically correct' and 'religiously correct',  yes -  but totally dishonest. Too many religious charlatans are out there and are more than willing to kiss your spiritual backside to get into your wallet and say holy things they think you will approve of but don't deal in the realities of these most difficult times for Christians, the poor and the defenseless.

Telling it like it is is part of what I do and those who don't want to hear it 'like it is' usually have a hard time facing unpleasant realities. They would prefer a comfortable delusion than a hard truth. If you are looking for such delusions, watch cable news.

I don't think I have many readers here like that.

In any event...

Blessings to all of you who love Jesus Christ and who name the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and in Truth!!


30 May

How A Legislator Who Defied 'Big Energy' Got Ousted

The down and dirty on how they did it and why. The Center For Public Integrity has the story.

Where Are You Going To Spend Your Tax Cuts?

... most likely at the pump. The story is from the Fiscal Times.

The Carmel Alert: News From Israel

Most of you are very interested in what is going on in Israel. This newsletter gives a Messianic Jewish perspective on recent events.

Billy Graham's Will Asks Family To Defend Gospel At All Costs

I can only say that from all I have seen, he really did fight the good fight of faith right up to and even after he passed over the River Jordan. The Christian Examiner carries the story above.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

RT looks at the event from a decidedly pro-Russian perspective. Even the US Ambassador is attending.

China/Asia Watch

Brothers lets keep our eyes on what is going on in the land of the rising sun, where the Kings of the East shall rise.

Some readers don't appreciate why I spend time on these issues but know this. Understanding the basic trends in this part of the world is part of our end time task...

...watching.
Commerce Sec To Go To China - KSL

Prospects For US-China Trade Deal Ease Tensions - Seeking Alpha

China's Water Stress On The Rise - CPI Analysis
We take water for granted. China cannot. This paper looks at why water is such an issue in China and what she has done about it.
China Urges US-NK To Show Good Will - DW
We should all keep in mind that this level of foreign policy engagement for China is relatively new and she is feeling her way. She is now an 'almost equal' to the US on the world stage and realizes that this comes with a considerable amount of responsibility.

China Tries To Erase Taiwan's Identity - NYT

Congress Shows Concern Over Taiwan As Burkino Faso Breaks Ties With Island - Focus Taiwan
China is being blamed for the diplomatic severance.
China's Military is Set To Become World Class Force - CPI Analysis

China Raises Retail Fuel Prices - China.org

Ag Industry Feels Woes In US-China Trade Spat - VOA
This trade row is very hard on this part of the US economy.
Internet Freedom In China, Issues For Congress - CRS
By the end of 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had the world’s largest number of internet users, estimated at over 750 million people. At the same time, the country has one of the most sophisticated and aggressive internet censorship and control regimes in the world. PRC officials have argued that internet controls are necessary for social stability, and intended to protect and strengthen Chinese culture. However, in its 2017 Annual Report, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF) called China the “world’s biggest prison for journalists” and warned that the country “continues to improve its arsenal of measures for persecuting journalists and bloggers.” China ranks 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, surpassed only by Turkmenistan, Eritrea, and North Korea in the lack of press freedom. At the end of 2017, RSF asserted that China was holding 52 journalists and bloggers in prison.

The PRC government employs a variety of methods to control online content and expression, including website blocking and keyword filtering; regulating and monitoring internet service providers; censoring social media; and arresting “cyber dissidents” and bloggers who broach sensitive social or political issues. The government also monitors the popular mobile app WeChat. WeChat began as a secure messaging app, similar to WhatsApp, but it is now used for much more than just messaging and calling, such as mobile payments, and all the data shared through the app is also shared with the Chinese government. While WeChat users have recently begun to question how their WeChat data is being shared with the Chinese government, there is little indication that any new protections will be offered in the future. - CRS
China Threatens To Send Stealth Fighters To Invade Taiwan Airspace
These fighters reportedly can overfly Taiwan at will. It is not clear if the Taiwanese have anything to detect, let alone deter them.

Right now the fighters they have are
F-16's - 115
F-5's   - 23
F-CK-1  102
Mirage - 46
All quite antiquated.

No, war is not in the offing, but rattling their saber's is what the Chinese like to do from time to time. They are in deadly earnest to unite the two China's under Beijing's leadership.
Taiwan's Submarine Mess Deepens - Asia Times
They have a problem with aging subs and a neighbor who does not want them to buy any more. More here on the upgrades.
Saudi's, China Confer On Oil Markets - Arab News

NK Is Committed To It's Nuclear Program - DOD
North Korea’s primary strategic goal is perpetual Kim family rule via the simultaneous development of its economy and nuclear weapons program – a two-pronged policy known as byungjin. Pyongyang portrays nuclear weapons as its most effective way to deter the threat from the United States. However, regime propaganda began emphasizing “final victory” over the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) in 2017, suggesting Kim Jong Un has larger ambitions, including use of nuclear weapons to deter interference if it attempts to reunify the Korean Peninsula. Internally, the regime seeks to maintain control over a populace that is decreasingly reliant on it, and Kim Jong Un has embraced coercive measures such as purges and public executions to quell dissent. Regionally, the North has been willing to accept a decline in relations, including with its main benefactor China, to further its nuclear program.

North Korea conducted more than 20 missile launches in 2016 alone with a similar number in 2017. 2017 also saw North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) flight tests in July and intermediate-range missile (IRBM) tests over Japan in August and September. In addition to ICBMs, North Korea is developing and testing longer-range solid-propellant missile systems, submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), and short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) as countermeasures against U.S. and allied missile defenses. North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test in September 2017 after two in 2016, and continues to invest in its nuclear infrastructure. - DOD Annual Report To Congress
New 'Three Self' Church Dedicated In China - China Christian Daily
This is essentially the state approved Church of China.

China Is Cracking Down On Christians - The Liberty Web

29 May

Note: This week I will post just a few more stories and links from behind the password wall.

Tech/AI Watch

UK Military Fears Robots Learn War From Video Games
DOD Looking For Tech To Find Fake Videos And AI Tricks
MS Has AI Bot That Calls You Up
Preventing An AI Apocalypse
Get Ready For AI Ads... From Your Fridge
BMW Car Software Riddled With Flaws
Apple is allowing EU-based users to delete, correct or download their data
IBM To Add French Jobs To Meet AI Demand
London Hospital Replaces Doctors With Robots
How AI Permeates Our Lives
Machines Perform Atomic Scale Manufacturing
EU Rules Stressing Human Oversight Of AI May Hamper Development
China: You Can Run, But Not Hide From AI
Samsung Expands AI Centers To UK, Canada, Russia

KW's Pro Trump Rant Moves Black Opinion Towards, Rather Than Against Trump

It just goes to show you... it takes guts to  bring in change.

I can hardly be called a pro-Trump Black man. But while I do not like many of the things he has done, I do like a lot of what he has done. North Korea? That is one - things look to be moving in a very positive direction.  Trying to bring peace with Russia - he has not given up, but is limited by the deep state as to what he can do. His moves in the economy? I don't like his methodology and I think in the long run it will backfire, but the economy is doing better and looks like it will continue to for some time... even if the prosperity is mostly borrowed. His moves to ratchet up the governments human trafficking investigations and look more deeply into political and financial corruption? These are all good things. For Black folks? Unemployment in Black America, while still high is much improved under Trump.

Poll: Approval Of Trump Rises In Black America

You know, I re-watched an old movie I really liked called 'The Fountainhead'. It was one of those BW movies that was quite good. Based on a book from Ayn Rand, it starred Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal and Raymond Massey. It was good to watch at this point in time because the  principle theme was  'Rugged Individualism' and those who build and create verses those who steal and destroy. These world views come in conflict as the film progresses. The climax to me was Coopers speech during the  trial.

I only say this because now, with Trump in the White House we have such a person running the nation  -  a rugged individualist who did it 'his way' and was not going to be bullied or discouraged in his quest for success.

From a secular perspective, if this country is to become great again we need to bolster creativity and a sense of self worth and self determination to get things done and not rely so much on the government and others. Young people need to learn to stand on their own feet and succeed or fail based on their own hard work and natural abilities and not get discouraged when they fail, but pick themselves up, brush themselves off and try and try again. We must not get discouraged or down cast because we make some enemies along the way. I have heard it said that a man who never made an enemy, never made anything. Did Christ not make many an enemy?

Brothers, making enemies is the price we pay for doing anything of any worth.

This is what made this nation so successful in just about every field of endeavor - that and the blessing of God who honored us because we as a nation, honored him... or at least used to.

We need more of that in this nation and less of Big Brother Socialism and the Nanny State, which to me has made too many wimps, whiners and weaklings out of otherwise healthy and intelligent young people.

Trump is doing something the Democrats have not done with all the years in power Black folks helped them attain.

He is giving them jobs,, something desperately needed in many a Black community in America.


I have never liked Mr. Trump much but always respected is go get 'em attitude and his willingness to work hard and his deep love for this country.


Norway Seizes Child From Mother

Yes, these things while not overly common are indeed happening more and more. Here in the US we have Child Protective Services. One of the unknown problems here with CPS is that it has at times been used in Human/Child Trafficking. It has been a big problem but one that was powerfully politically protected.

This does not appear to be related to that, but is part of an overall trend in the western world.

How many of you remember the book 'It takes a Village' written by then First Lady Clinton? I remember it and when it came out. I bring this up because it relates directly to the question at hand and I think the underlying issue that the reader (who sent me the above link) needs to get a better handle on, though I do think for the most part, he gets it.

Please understand, I never read the book and am not going to blast it, but there is something about it that needs to be understood by all and that is there are two mindsets, two world views on how the next generation of adults should be raised, trained, educated and yes, propagandized.

The 'old school' view is that this is the responsibility of the family; the Mom, Dad and perhaps grandparents. The 'new school' view is that raising kids is a shared responsibility, one that the community and government has just an important role to play in it.

Here is how Wikipedia sums up key points in Clinton's book.

The book emphasizes the shared responsibility that society has for successfully raising children, by looking at a number of angles as indicated in the chapter titles noted above. Clinton describes herself in the book as a Moderate, which is evidenced by a combination of advocating for government-driven social reforms while also espousing conservative values.

Clinton notes in the book many institutions responsible in some way for raising children, including: direct family, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, employers, politicians, nonprofits, faith communities, businesses, and international governmental groups.

Some of the goals and institutions that Clinton advocates for in the book include: the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, Community Policing, the Brady Bill, Amber Alerts, immunizations, State Children's Health Insurance Program, financial regulation, expanded Child Tax Credits, Minimum Wage increases, Universal health care, personal responsibility, uniforms in schools, Goals 2000 academic framework, music warning labels, sexual abstinence, Plan B contraception, family planning, and marriage. - Wikipedia
This is fundamentally different than the old school way of thinking.

Did you know that back in Roman times, the Patriarch of the family had full rights over his kids? That he could even kill his child if they did some foul and evil did or brought disgrace on the family. Now mind you, these rights were rarely exercised and later were limited by Roman Law.

As a Christian, I firmly believe that the father and mother should raise their child and unless there is an immediate physical threat to the child, they should continue to raise them until adulthood. I don't think state run agencies or institutions are equipped for what children really, need no matter how well meaning.

But I have seem some households where I never thought kids should be raised and parents I never thought should be raising kids.

Should a doped-out dad raise kids? Should a drug dealer or gangster raise children? Should a woman who makes her living 'on her back' when her kids are home raise kids? Should a man or woman given to fits of violent rage raise kids? There are some horror stories out there brothers.

I would say no, but that is me. The kids interest needs to come first. But how do we determine when a parent has crossed the line and who determines that?

Well I leave those questions to wiser minds. However I will say that I often see many of these parental agencies as an attack on normally healthy families who may be Christian and are presenting a world view that administrators and legislators would rather not have taught to kids. So they find an administrative or legal way to remove them from their parents. This is what I think much of the homeschooling debate is about.

Well, I have never raised kids and I am not in a position to make an experienced comment beyond to say to the reader who sent this to me..

I feel you brother, I really do knowing as I do that you have your own kids and issues in your own school district.

I don't think the answer is going to be found in petitions or even in the political realm. The social and spiritual slide in the west is too far for a come back.

But that does not mean we should give up raising our kids right and finding like minded parents who can band together and find new and creative ways of maintaining their rights over their kids.

Russian Bear Strikes Jehovah's Witnesses

This is an interesting trend and one to watch.

No, I don't subscribe to the doctrines of the JW's. But the real question is who is next? The Russian Supreme Court calls them extremists and that is akin to terrorist.

Remember that the Orthodox Church is the official one in Russia and has always had a close relationship to the State, even in Tsarist and Communist times. Later, many in the clergy were KGB agents.

Well, just keep that in mind as stories of persecution come out of Russia.

I have always believed that everyone should be allowed to worship his or her God in peace. Dominionism of any variety is a danger to all, weather it is Christian, Islamic, Orthodox or Jewish. Dominion is a tool with which others use religion in order to institute their own temporal plans.

For those of you interested in stories about Persecution in this part of the world, Forum18 has those stories here.

I would beseech the Russian leader, Mr. Putin to ease up on these raids and only use them when there is clear evidence of terrorist activities or violent/criminal intent against others.

Why Are You Using Those 'Always On' Microphone Internet Devices?

I honestly wonder what people are thinking when they hook up with these devices and never bother to read the ToS.

Well read this and find out why that a very stupid thing to do.

Let me refer you to something from the distant past that 'went away' (officially) but never went away in reality to help you better understand why this is happening and is not a 'comedy of errors'.

And no, the TIA was not a 'conspiracy theory', though many in officialdom tried to make out that those who talked about it were 'conspiracy theorists'.

 Here is a CRS report on it done 15 years ago.

All they planned back then is coming to pass now.

The CRS is an official part of the Congressional structure - they do the official research for members of both houses of Congress.

25 May

Ruth Part X



And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in
 law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth,
and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
(Ruth 2:18 [KJVA]
)

We left off last time and Naomi had finished working in the field and had gathered about an ephah of Barley from her work. The passage above tells us of her journey back home to her mother in law as she shows her what she had gleaned. She also gave her mother the food she had reserved for her as well. A passage like this may not seem to say much, but it does confirm one important thing. They were both quite poor and probably very hungry. Ruth fed her mother in law and accepted this blessing from the hand of God.

What I find of great interest in this passage was that even in dire circumstances and hard times, Ruth, who was a Moabite, was still seeking the God of Israel. She was not going give up seeking after God. Sure, she could have listened to the 'name and claim it' priests of her time and believed the she must be in sin because she was poor. Or she could have given into despair or bitterness. But she did not. She continued on in her faith, stuck by her promise to her mother in law to stay with her and kept faith with both her and the Lord.

And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day?
and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take
knowledge of thee. And she shewed her mother in law with
whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name
with whom
I wrought to day is Boaz.
(Ruth 2:19 [KJVA])


When asked of her mother in law where she had gleaned, Ruth tells he where at Boaz's farm. Clearly from this passage, we see that Ruth had no idea who Boaz was and that she was related to them both. So this whole situation is not some scheme thought up by these women to gain favor with Boaz. In fact, Naomi may have been embarrassed and ashamed of her circumstances and because of that, did not seek help from him.
And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD,
 who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead.
And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us,
one of our next kinsmen.
(Ruth 2:20 [KJVA])

Naomi has not forgotten her God and blesses the Lord for this turn of events. She acknowledges this kindness to the 'living and the dead'. This is a rather interesting statement and could be looked upon in many ways, perhaps even an unconscious prophetic utterance of the future Resurrection. But a more likely explanation comes from, K & D Commentary.

 “The living,” etc., forms a second object: as regards (with regard to) the living and the dead, in which Naomi thought of herself and Ruth, and of her husband and sons, to whom God still showed himself gracious, even after their death, through His care for their widows.  - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary
The Lord does not forget his people. Sometimes it may seem like it, but he does not forget. Those who wait and trust in him and do his will will have the Lord's guiding and protecting hand upon them. Be they a pair of widow's coming from Moab, a christian Missionary, preaching in Asia, a single mother making a job change across country, an unemployed adult waiting for decent work - if you are obeying the Lord and doing his will - God will be with you.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times God has looked out for me, even when I never thought he was or knew he was doing it. Some of you have your own issues and are facing difficulty - God has not forgotten you. He wants you to turn your face towards him and trust him. This does not necessarily mean sitting around waiting for God to act, particularly when he has told you to do something. It means, that at times, waiting on God means just that... waiting. The man or woman who waits in faith and obedience will indeed receive good from the hand of the Lord.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not
be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 
(Isaiah 40:31 [KJVA])

Yes, brothers and sisters, we must wait upon our God. He often has set things in motion that we are not totally or even remotely unaware of. Things that will only materialize for us if we wait upon and are faithful to our God.

Also in the above passage,  Naomi finally informs Ruth that Boaz is kin, something she clearly did not know.

See how God works things out! Ruth and Naomi did not have a 'pity party' - they worked and trusted in the Lord.

And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also,
Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have
ended all my harvest.
(Rth 2:21)


Ruth goes on to explain the favor the Boaz showed her. The word for 'young men' according to Adam Clarke should be 'servants' - both male and female.

In short, Boaz was asking her to remain with his team until harvest time was over. Given the generous system of 'accidental' crop leavings that she could pick up (Ruth 2:16), this was indeed a major blessing for them both. Now Ruth had work and they both would have food until the harvest time was ended.

And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good,
my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet
thee not in any other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of
Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest;
and dwelt with her mother in law.
(Rth 2:22-23)

Naomi was very pleased and gave her daughter in law some sage advice - stay with the 'Family' - stick with kin. They were to meet at Boaz's field. Why is that? The Cambridge Bible says that she may have come to mischief if she gleaned in the field of some less pious man.  But it also possible that she asks her to stay with Boaz because if she went to another field, he may look upon this as a slight of his kindness (Gill).

Ruth was not disobedient. Naomi was from Judah and knew the customs, Ruth was just learning and respected her Mother in Law's sage advice and did as she was bid. For the rest of the season, she kept with the Maidens of Boaz and stayed with Naomi. She went to work in the day time and came back home at night. But changes are afoot as we shall see in the following chapters of Ruth!

We will continue with this study... God willing!

Brother Mark



23 May

Catholic Watch: The Battle For Ireland

Spirit Daily looks at trends in Ireland and the Abortion debate there.

Gunmen Attack Church In Chechenya

It is not clear who is responsible for the death of one churchgoer and two policemen.

Christians in Nepal Suspect Hindu Extremists in Sudden Attacks on Churches

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Christians in Nepal are alarmed after this month’s sudden series of arson and bomb attacks on four church buildings, and church leaders suspect authorities are lax in investigating.

(Photo: Kanchanpur Emmanuel Church building
in midwest hilly region of Nepal was
set ablaze on May 11)

At the same time, six Christians were arrested for evangelizing while suspected Hindu extremists launched attacks on three church buildings and bombed another. The attacks caused extensive property damage but no casualties.

The Hebron Church building in the eastern hilly region was set on fire on May 9, Emmanuel Church’s building in western Nepal’s Doti District was burned on May 10, and the Kanchanpur Emmanuel Church building in the midwest hilly region was set ablaze on May 11. Before midnight on May 12, the Mahima Church building in Dhangadhi, in western Nepal, was bombed. - Image and Text Courtesy Morning Star News


Army Chaplain In Hot Water Over Same Sex Marriage

This is not the same military I was in!! The story is being covered from many different political viewpoints.

Assyrian Christian Lands Forcibly Seized in Northern Iraq

Map Courtesty Wikimedia Foundation
By Zerolex (dedicated to Public Domain)

05/17/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that two Kurdish Muslim brothers built an illegal home on the land of an Assyrian Christian in northern Iraq’s Brefka village. According to the Assyrian Aid Society, one of the brothers, Omar Karem, is the head of the Peshmerga Forces in the region. The land-grabbing case took place on April 20, 2018 and was reported in writing to the local authorities on May 2, 2018. There has since been no change on the ground.

The letter to the local authorities was written by a local leader and two villagers. The letter reads, “This action is a violation of the villagers’ rights and human rights. It is an infringement on our lands by these transgressors and this is disrespectful to the law. Thus, we ask you to consider our claim for the purpose of removing the excess [illegal homes] on our village lands. Also we ask for a site detection and to establish the village border and remove all the abuses.”

The illegal seizure of Christian lands in this region has been ongoing since 1991, according to the Assyrian Aid Society (AAS). They estimate that approximately 180 acres of Assyrian-Christian land has been seized by their Muslim neighbors. “Land has been taken in different places in the village, especially near the river Khabour and near the school. In 2005, Mr. Barzani sent [a delegation] to visit the village. They promised to return the land back to Assyrians in one year, but nothing has happened until this moment,” said the Assyrian Aid Society.

Instead, the following year, the Muslim tribal leaders took more land and asked for $600,000 to prevent the land grab, according to AAS. Kurdish Muslims also forcibly prevented Christians from bringing water from the Khabour river to their apple orchards. Most Christians in the village completely lost their agriculture in 2015, when unknown militants burned their farmland, depriving the community of thousands of dollars of income.

Ashur Sargon, President of Assyrian Aid Society—Iraq, said, “[This] land grab is a sample case showing how Assyrian Christians are indigenous peoples of Iraq… There [are] around 58 cases for land grabs recorded in the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). Most of them still their owners are suffering without any real reaction or solutions from the KRG… Now it is the last chance to stop land grabbing actions for these cases.”

Claire Evans, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “The forced seizure of Assyrian Christian lands in northern Iraq is an all too common occurrence that has been taking place for decades. They are targeted by Kurdish Muslims because they are a vulnerable minority group that owns fertile farmland. Often, the authorities are either negligent in righting this wrong or complicit in its execution. The failure of neighbors and authorities to protect the rights of minorities has broken community trust and furthered the decline of Christianity in Iraq. Unless tangible steps are taken to protect the rights of Christians, many will simply leave.”

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21 May

How the FBI and CIA Restarted the Cold War to Protect Themselves

This story (above) is from Townhall.com. I think gets right down to what really happened and why things are so messed up with Russia. It was all part of the need for a false narrative a supporting mechanism to provide the fodder  for the craziness we are now seeing.

I do not mean to suggest that there were not some members of Trump's team who had too close of ties to Russia. But no administration could withstand the kind of scrutiny Trump has undergone, along with the atmosphere of political maliciousness undertaken by political hacks in the House, Senate and the Media.

What?... do you think Obama could have withstood this kind of scrutiny, much of it mostly political malice? With him inexplicably (and utter silence about the reasons for it) renouncing his law license and a whole host of things we never fully heard about including ties of those around him (and sources of funds) to Iran? He sure ran interference for them. I am not talking about the usual political banter on Fox and MSNBC but a special prosecutor... like what Trump is dealing with with subpoena power and the power to bring charges.

The key I think for liberals who think it's OK to go after Trump and not Obama to remember is this...

Who sits in the White House now? If this is not corrected and people are not dealt with with long prison sentences, why should Trump not do the same things... or worse in 2020 to the Democrats? Let me ask that one again.

Why not?

If these are the new rules for the game, why not create a fake dossier on Democrats, send in spies and then try and set them up with warrants based on manufactured evidence and surveillance based on perjured testimony. They could then seize the party's funds based on non-existent ties to 'terrorism' and place officials in indefinite detention for 'treason' based on the fake evidence and manufactured dossiers. That is the direction we are heading if we don't get control of these deep state criminals. Do you really want to go there? I don't want to see this nation go down that road but weather you wish to accept it or not, the Obama administration opened up Pandora's box when it used paid spies and warrants based on fake intel and fake dossiers financed by the democrats to go after a Republican Presidential candidate.

This is not a partisan slam. I have equally low regards for both parties and nothing but disdain for the political spinmeisters who lie to their adherents with lopsided narratives, blatant omissions in reporting and partisan arguments that only make sense to someone who has lost the power of higher cognitive thought. This situation is  pretty serious and our leaders need to fix this from top to bottom or who knows who these deep state people will set up, destroy or find a candidate to cover up serious crimes for and hide their ties to the nations enemies.

Don't think for one second that some of our top people in the 'deep state' have not been turned by foreign nations.

Trump needs to clean out the deep state or we will all be in deep you-know-what.

More here.

This is no little scandal and it was just this kind of political meddling that got Nixon ousted.

So throw that hyper-partisanship out the window. The issues are much deeper than desire of those on the left to just 'get Trump'.

More here.

The worst part of this is that foreign nations and long term allies have lost faith in our Global leadership. Look at how Europe has moved at breakneck speed to detach herself from America's policy on Iran. Much more is set to follow.

From someone who has watched, studied and written on geopolitics for nearly 30 years let me say this - this rift looks to be a permanent one. The world is learning to distrust America - her leaders and her motives. Fits of foolishness in the past from America were often endured by our allies as we usually came back from our fits of madness.

I don't think our allies expect us to 'come back' this time.



17 May


Ruth Part IX


 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread,
 and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers:
and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed,
and left.  And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men,
saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:
 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them,
that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
(Ruth 2:14-16 [KJVA])

We left off last time when Ruth had been verbally comforted by Boaz who had discovered that Ruth was a kinswoman to him. here we see that he invites her to eat dinner with the reapers, a work class higher than the gleaners, who frankly were little more than official 'beggars'. I say this not to denigrate Ruth or Naomi's condition, only to point out where she stood in the social order. Here she was told to go and sit with the reapers and eat. Let's keep in mind that the reapers had an official connection with the Lord of the manor and may have been employed by him and their food was probably part of their recompense. Such was almost certainly not so with the gleaners, who roamed from farm to farm gathering that which the reapers left behind. This was a pretty big favor that Boaz had granted Ruth. She could eat and be satisfied.

This may not seem like much to us, but think about having to work hard in the hot sun all day long with little or nothing to eat. What her economic circumstances were could not have been good and it is not all together impossible that there was not much to eat back at home with Naomi, she may very well have come to work hungry.

Additionally Boaz, true to his promise, tells the young men to not molest or reproach her. Ruth's Moabite ancestry was probably already making the rounds in gossip circles and Boaz was not going to allow it. He knew that Ruth was trying to follow after the God of Israel and he was going to make sure that his kinsman did not make fun of her and her ancestry - she was kin to him.

Then he commands them to let her glean among the sheaves and also tells the men who harvest to let some of what they gather 'accidentally' fall to the ground so that she can pick it up. There were two specific commands and the first time they were told to 'reproach her not'. But the second time, he tells them not to rebuke her for gleaning in such a fashion. Boaz was not going to countenance this woman being made fun of. Given the customs of those times, Boaz was indeed showing considerable kindness and favor to Ruth.


So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned:
and it was about an ephah of barley.
(Ruth 2:17 [KJVA])


This passage deals with the custom of the time. Apparently it was customary to carry bundles on top of ones head and carry it home, not unlike how we see still see in some agricultural lands in Africa today. This she did not do, but threshed it first to make it lighter to carry. An Ephah was about a Bushel. This was a a good days work.


Let us note that this was menial work. We do not now exactly the economic circumstances of Ruth when she was married to Naomi's son, but they were certainly better than where she was at now. The point here is that she humbled herself and did the menial yet hard work that was set before her. Moreover she did not stop in the middle of the day because she was tired, she worked until evening. The Biblical Illustrator has this most interesting aside to the labor of Ruth in the field.
Men measure the worth of work by its conspicuousness. The real worth of work lies in meeting the necessity for its existence, and the motive which inspires it. Two lives depend upon her toil—then her work has worth; she loves the woman for whom she toils—then her work has dignity. Her love consecrates lowest means for highest ends. No results of labour are too insignificant for care. She “beat out that she had gleaned.”(S. B. Rees.) - Biblical Illustrator

As the scriptures say, 'he that will not work, let him not eat'. Ruth showed a willingness to toil for her bread and was able to eat accordingly. This is the simple morality and yes, economic reality of ours or any time. If you wish to eat and have a place to sleep you must roll up your sleeves and work!

For family men, single mom's, young people today, work is not only necessary for sustenance, it also builds character in all of us. Taking a sense of ownership in doing whatever it is we call work gives us all a sense of value.

Weather it is a loan officer who is trying to help a young couple get a loan for their first home, or a police officer who see's a young person he could arrest but would rather give him a stern warning, knowing that he does not want to put the kid on a juvenile offender list -  we can do a lot of good in the work that we do. A lawyer can help a client who may be poor, a garbage collector may see some nice furniture thrown out and knows a poor family who is looking for those bar-stools or that kitchen table, etc. Like Boaz, we can do a lot of good, if we seize the opportunity to do so.

Work is good and God will always favor those who are industrious over those who are lazy.

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