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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

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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
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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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China Aid
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Gay Christian Movement Watch
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17 Sept

Job Part XXIX

Note: I have been going through the book of Job for the past couple of months. Once a week I spend a good period of time going verse by verse through a book in the Bible, so far I have stuck to the Old Testament. I have done most of the prophets, hit Ruth and Nehemiah. Job will probably take the rest of the year and a couple of months next year. I just started chapter 14.

I wrote the following a couple of weeks ago and I hope it provides encouragement to those who serve the Lord and have been through or are going through trails - MSW

Scene: Job has been back and forth with some miserable comforters who have all but accused him of great sin when he had committed none. In fact, the Lord was exceptionally pleased with Job's life. It was only because the devil accused him of only serving God because he was rich, that he had to go through a terrible trial losing his health, his kids and his wealth. The devil accused Job and said that once trouble came into his life, Job would curse God (Job 1:11; 2:5). Job maintained his integrity all through the trial, even in the face of false accusations from his friends that he had some secret sin that caused his trouble. Job here is responding to Zophar's harsh words at Job. Job is frustrated, confused and a little angry at what has happened to him through no fault of his own.



Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your
bodies to bodies of clay. Hold your peace, let me alone,
that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth,
and put my life in mine hand?
(Job 13:12-14)

Verse 13 has presented a translation and interpretation problem for a long time. I won't get into the debate, but will pass this on.
Your remembrances are like unto ashes - There has been a considerable variety in the interpretation of this verse. The meaning in our common version is certainly not very clear. The Vulgate renders it, Memoria vestra comparabitur cineri. The Septuagint, Ἀποβήσεται δὲ ὑμῶν τὸ γαυρίαμα Ἶσα σποδᾷ  Apobēsetai de humōn to gauriama isa spodō - “your boasting shall pass away like ashes.” Dr. Good renders it, “Dust are your stored-up sayings.” Noyes, “Your maxims are words of dust.” The word rendered “remembrances” זכרון  zı̂krôn means properly “remembrance, memory,” Jos_4:7; Eze_12:14; then a “memento,” or “record;” then a “memorable saying, a maxim.” This is probably the meaning here; and the reference is to the apothegms or proverbs which they had so profusely uttered, and which they regarded as so profound and worthy of attention, but which Job was disposed to regard as most common-place, and to treat with contempt. - Barnes
Job was just telling them that what they had to say; words that they thought were such wise words were of little real value and were like Job's situation, who was treated with contempt for having to sit among the ashes, so were their sayings.

He was tired of hearing the simplistic utterances of his so-called comforters and asks to be left alone. This probably does not denote a physical removal from Job, but rather he just wants them to be silent and to stop bothering him with their 'nursery rhyme' wisdom.

Job then continues on saying that he is going to have his say, come what will (vs 13b). Given the passages that follows, one gets the impression he is kind of like giving his 'final words' just before he is executed as we have seen in so many movies. He is going to say what he has to say before the sentence is read even if it makes things worse for him. In verse 14 we have the phrase take my flesh in my teeth and this is not an easy expression to understand. The major commentaries I use spend a lot of time with obscure arguments to try and explain it. But I think Gill sums it up with simplicity and keeps the phrase in context.
Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth,.... Or bite my lips, to keep in my words, and refrain from speaking? I will not do it: - Gill
The last part of verse 14 'and put my life in my hand' is also rather obscure, but one gets the sense that Job has to speak for his continued silence would kill him. Matthew Henry has a slightly different take on verse 14

He was ready, not only to rend his clothes, but even to tear his flesh, through the greatness of his affliction, and saw himself at the brink of death, and his life in his hand, yet his friends could not charge him with any enormous crime, nor could he himself discover any; no marvel then that he was in such confusion. - Matt. Henry

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite
shall not come before him.

(Job 13:15-16)


Job 13:15 should be the verse that any suffering saint should remember during any trial. Weather it be in jail for preaching, on a sickbed, standing in a divorce court with a broken heart as you husband runs off with some homewrecker, being falsely accused by evil men or whatever. The attitude of Job here is one that is remarkable in that despite all that has happened to him and how the devil was doing his utmost to provoke Job to sin against God, Job did not do it, even if God kills him, Job was going to keep his faith in God. This was exactly the test that God allowed to come onto Job from Satan.

How many of you have that kind of faith? I mean really?

When trials come your way, I advise you all to keep Job in mind and realize that God has a purpose for what he is doing. It may not always be clear, but he does have a purpose. How did Peter put it?


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

Job had shown he was passing his trial of faith which is also a trial of trust. Yes, trust, we must entrust our souls to God and his word and this is one reason for many of our trials. That we place out trust fully in God and God alone. Brothers if you are willing to do that no matter what and I do mean that -  no matter what, you will pass any test the Lord sends your way, painful and sorrowful those trials may be. Keep faith with God and he will keep faith with you.

The following verse reiterates the idea that God is Job's salvation. Adam Clarke sums up the idea best.

He also shall be my salvation - He will save me, because I trust in him.

A hypocrite - A wicked man shall never be able to stand before him. I am conscious of this, and were I, as you suppose, a secret sinner, I should not dare to make this appeal. - Clarke
Hear diligently my speech,
and my declaration with your ears.
Behold now, I have ordered my cause;
I know that I shall be justified.
 Who is he that will plead with me? for now,
if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
Only do not two things unto me: then will I not
hide myself from thee. Withdraw thine hand
 far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
 Then call thou, and I will answer:
or let me speak, and answer thou me.
How many are mine iniquities and sins?
make me to know my transgression
 and my sin.

(Job 13:17-23)



Job here begins a prayer to God and seeks an audience with the Lord. Job has prepared his case (ordered my cause) and he is confident of an acquittal. Job then asks his accusers to step forward (who shall plead with me). The 'give up the ghost' part of the passage has caused some confusion with translators, with varying interpretations of its meaning. I think the Pulpit Commentary sums it up the best.

"Who is he that will plead with me?" i.e. against me, contradicting and disproving what I now so fearlessly assert, viz. my personal integrity. If there is any, let him stand forth and establish his indictment. If be succeed in tarnishing my fair name, "I shall be silent, I shall give up the ghost," feeling that, honour gone, life itself can have no further charm for me. - Pulpit Commentary
 The entire section in the Pulpit Commentary is worthy of a  read by all. He lines this up with many instances in the NT where men of God stood before magistrates for preaching the gospel and then reminds us of the words of Paul who said.

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth?
 It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God, who also
maketh intercession for us.
(Rom 8:33-34)


In the New Testament, we are already innocent until proven innocent in God's court because Christ has already paid the price for out sins!! Amen. The devil may accuse and try us, but we will always stand acquitted as long as we remain in Christ.

Only do not two things unto me:
then will I not hide myself from thee.
Withdraw thine hand far from me:
 and let not thy dread make me afraid.
Then call thou, and I will answer:
or let me speak, and answer thou me.
How many are mine iniquities and sins?
make me to know my transgression and my sin.
Wherefore hidest thou thy face,
and holdest me for thine enemy?
Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro?
and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
For thou writest bitter things against me,
and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks,
and lookest narrowly unto all my paths;
thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth,
as a garment that is moth eaten.
(Job 13:20-28)

Job here continues his prayer and complaint before the Lord. He asks the Lord to withdraw his hand from him and cease terrifying him. These were Job's requests. These seem to be made so that he could better prepare his case before God and do so without the distraction of his deep sufferings. Once that happens Job will be happy to answer or speak to God about these matters.

Job then directly asks, how have I sinned, when, where show me the evidence. The rest of the passage is all pretty self explanatory. Job here does not claim sinless perfection, he admits that he committed sins in his youth for which he incorrectly assumes God is now punishing him for. He asks why God is pursuing him, as we would put it today, like the Cops chase a serial killer, what have I done? is his question.

What Job has done here is to take his case to God and put his full and unreserved faith in the Almighty. God knows what is best even if we can't see it and what was best for Job was to silence the devils accusations against him and also, if I may extrapolate, ensure that the all the host of heaven knew that Job's love for God was not just because he was blessed exceedingly, but because he truly trusted in his God. This was never explained to Job, but this trial worked in his interest and that of God.

We don't know why we suffer, not always. I can say this, there is a reason for it. God put me through the ringer before because I had some really crappy relationships and was determined that I separate myself from such people. God was most gracious to me and even warned me before hand what he was going to do. I have been through a few trials in my life and some of the things I have learned are these.

Don't get too attached to anything here on earth. Not your job, possessions, family, friends or career. Keep a careful emotional detachment from them as though you may have to walk away from them one day at a moments notice. (Job lost all)

Yet never cease to give thanks to God for what he has given you. Bless God for blessing you and keep a thankful, humble and faithful (loyal) spirit towards the God that we serve.

Never kick a man when he is down, not even your enemies. Don't take cheap shots at them, the Lord may see it and become sore displeased with you and you may have just put your name at the top of the 'trial request' list; people who just can't wait to have the Lord deal with them as he dealt with Job.

Take your walk even in days of trial, one day at a time. Don't get ahead of God and don't anticipate what tomorrow may bring. We don't know, only God does. God forbid, but some of you may be hit by a natural disaster and lose all, or may find a rich Uncle left you a small fortune, or you may find a great Job in South America or lose the one you have now. Brothers we just don't know, but whatever happens we should take whatever God allows into our lives as being for the best, even if it does not seem so to our finite understanding.

Most importantly, when going through a trial, don't charge God foolishly, don't get mad at God. Examine your own life and make any corrections that need to be made, but don't blame God, he is on your side.

And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who
 are the called according to his purpose.
(Rom 8:28)




13 Sept

AQ Linked Rebels Hit Syrian Christian Town

09/11/2018 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 7-8, 2018, several missiles were reportedly fired by al-Qaeda-linked rebels toward the predominately Christian town of Mhardeh, Syria. Reports indicate that the missiles carried cluster bombs, killing at least 10 civilians and seriously wounding at least 20 others.

The densely populated town of Mhardeh is controlled by the Syrian government, which has retaliated by attacking nearby towns as part of the build-up to the offensive against Idlib Province. The province is the last remaining stronghold controlled by the opposition. - Story Continues At the ICC Site.

Iran's Church: Torture And Radical Persecution

Opendoors looks at a Modern day book of Acts.

Egyptian Christians Report Rising Persecution

Government Complicit in Increasing Anti-Christian Violence

09/12/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has documented a sharp escalation of attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt within the last two weeks. During these incidents, the violence grew as a result of an absence or delayed presence of security forces. All of the affected churches were seeking official recognition, which sparked the wave of violence. Furthermore, in an attempt by authorities to avoid equally enforcing the law, the affected communities reported an increase in pressure to participate in reconciliation sessions with their attackers.

In Sultan village, three Muslims were arrested on August 24 after trying to burn the church. This is the fifth attack against the village’s Christians since July. The escalation began after Christians began praying in an adjacent church building constructed more than two years ago. A Muslim who participated in the mob attack told ICC, “What makes us angry is that when they were building the building where they are praying now, we asked the priest, ‘Is this a church?’ The priest said, ‘No… the owner is building for his kids.’ Now it is as if we have been foolish… we are writing a complaint and we don’t want this priest here in the village.”

It is believed that the situation in Sultan has contributed to the rise of violence against Christians elsewhere in Egypt... -  Story continues at International Christian Concern

11 Sept

Afghan Watch

Note: The bulk of this was written on 16 Aug (for insiders) with a few newer news items at the top of the links below. I do apologize for removing the posts on Venezuela and Idlib. I may repost an updated version of each later. I pulled them down because of this. While all news sources say this will only effect the big firms, nothing in the proposals I have seen actually states that clearly in the law. It's not time to panic, but if this goes through a major change will take place on the internet. Until they get this sorted out, links to Europe here will be near to non-existent here. There were some in the removed pieces and now they are gone.


Here is the EUs official FAQ on the law. It does not seem to give very accurate answers to the underlying questions. This page does. The good news is that it seems to contravene existing laws and international conventions, so even if it passes, it probably won't pass muster legally.

But many see the new changes as being wholly cosmetic with no real changes from the ones that were tabled in July.

So on that note be ready, if this passes you will see some pretty big changes on all of your major internet platforms and yes, here too. I will simply not link to EU sources and once it sinks in what they are proposing, you are going to find a whole lot more sites doing the exact same thing, despite the 'it won't effect linking' warm fuzzies we are now hearing from the EU. The sad part is that they tried something similar once and the traffic to effected news sites plummeted like never before.

You have to wonder why stupid bills like this keep getting resurrected. Even if it passes you think the traffic to EU news sites will rise? That they will really make some money? No way. Anything related to Europe's news agencies will be avoided like the plague by a great many sites, blogs and tech platforms.

Honestly, I understand the frustration Europe fells on this, I do. But the solutions they propose are the very reasons Europe cannot create a Google or a Facebook, or a Twitter. EU bureaucrats would regulate them out of business before they formed their start up.

This country (the US) allows people to innovate and tries not to hobble start ups from becoming start ups with reams of regulatory nonsense that protects digital dinosaurs who cannot change with the times. Europe does not see it that way and that is why they are jealous of the revenue US tech giants have. Now because they can't create their own major Social Media platforms, they want to cut down those who have been successful.

Well that's why those two stories are gone and will probably be re-worked later and reposted.

Now on to Afghanistan...


Hue
Huge Casualties In North Afghanistan Suffered by Allied Forces
Taliban Wins Key District HQ
Learn Ground Truth in Afghanistan
Pompeo, Mathis Arrive In Afghanistan
How the US Misleads Americans On Afghanistan
Taliban Overrun Another Afghan Base

Taliban Withdraw Protection From Red Cross
Ghazni: 'A Savage Fight'
Taliban Hit Afghan Intelligence Facility
Afghan IS Branch Claims Deadly Attack On Shi'ites
Afghanistan: Trump's Failed Narcostate
Interesting observations in the piece by Kathy Kelly and how she conducted interviews years ago and the situation today.
She Went To School To Learn, But Left In Bloodsoaked Clothes
The human toll on these mindless attacks is very significant.
"Arguably complicating assessments that the situation in Afghanistan is a stalemate or improving, the extent of territory controlled or contested by the Taliban has steadily grown in recent years by most measures (see Figure 2). In its July 30, 2018, report, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that the share of districts under government control or influence is 56%, with 14% under insurgent control or influence, and the remaining 30% contested; those figures are unchanged from the past two SIGAR quarterly reports.



While the Taliban retain the ability to conduct high profile urban attacks (including a string of such assaults in early 2018), they also demonstrate considerable tactical capabilities. Due to the high levels of casualties inflicted by the Taliban, the Trump Administration has reportedly urged Afghan forces to pull out of some isolated outposts and rural areas in a strategy that resembles approaches taken by prior administrations. The May 2016 killing of then-Taliban head Mullah Mansour by a U.S. strike demonstrated Taliban vulnerabilities to U.S. intelligence and combat capabilities, although it did not have a measurable effect on Taliban effectiveness; it is unclear to what extent current leader Haibatullah Akhundzada exercises effective control over the group and how he is viewed within its ranks. Overall, the amount of U.S. munitions used in Afghanistan has increased, with 4,361 weapons released in 2017 (up from 1,337 in 2016), the highest annual figure since 2011.

A significant share of U.S. operations are aimed at the local IS affiliate, known as Islamic State- Khorasan Province (ISKP, also known as IS-K). This group appears to be a growing factor in U.S. and Afghan strategic planning, although there is debate over the degree of threat the group poses. ISKP and Taliban forces have sometimes fought over control of territory or because of political or other differences. However, some sources claim that the two groups have also conducted joint operations, an indication of the increasingly fluid and complex militant landscape, particularly in the north. In April 2018, a U.S. airstrike killed the ISKP leader (himself a former Taliban commander) in northern Jowzjan province, which NATO described as “the main conduit for external support and foreign fighters from Central Asian states into Afghanistan.” American officials are reportedly tracking attempts by IS fighters to enter Afghanistan and use Afghan territory as a base from which to plan and conduct international operations. ISKP has also claimed responsibility for a number of large-scale attacks, including multiple bombings targeting Afghanistan’s Shiite minority." - CRS Report On Afghanistan (3 Aug 2018)
The DOD also did a report to Congress in June on the situation in Afghanistan. It talks about the strategy of the Afghan government and the US strategy as well, which can be summarized as....

U.S. STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN

The logical framework for success in Afghanistan is based on the R4+S concept—Reinforce, Realign, Regionalize, Reconcile, and Sustain. The overarching goal is a sustainable political outcome in Afghanistan that preserves U.S. vital interests, including preventing terrorist groups from using Afghan territory to direct or support external attacks against the U.S. homeland, U.S. citizens, and our allies and partners overseas.  - Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan

My read? The US has no strategy to win mainly because this war is not winnable. This was told to leaders 17 years ago when we went in there guns ablazing looking for payback and revenge on a people who had nothing to do with the attacks on the twin towers. Now were stuck in a quagmire and can't get out.

But there are forces within our government who see remaining in Afghanistan forever as being in America's best interest as it gives the US a military jumping off point to harass the newly forming security alliance of nations in the region, namely SCO. So our leaders will, 10 years from now, give us new plans for winning a war that will fail because they know they cannot win this war except by tough negotiations and power sharing and that any agreement reached is likely to quickly fall apart with mutual recriminations of a breach of faith.

I hate to sound so pessimistic, but I just don't see a way out but do understand why some want to stay there... forever.

Forgive me but I prefer heavy doses of realism to an overdose of unrealistic optimism.

Our military leaders, probably under considerable political pressure to do so, have provided that undue level of optimism.  


8 Sept


Yes, Some VPNs Are Ones You Want To Avoid

This one stole users data and spied on them. The story is interesting and Facebook enters into the picture. Some VPN's  not honest and appear to be operating under dishonest if not fraudulent pretenses. Who to be suspicious of? Check here.

A good VPN is a good idea particularly in these times. If you can afford one, I say get one otherwise -  be assured you are being monitored by people you don't know and whose agenda you can't determine.

Did you ever think about this or how your web surfing habits could one day could keep you from getting a good job?

Should you get a VPN?

Occult Watch

Want to find a quick way to clinical insanity? Delve into the occult.

The world has got some very strange and very people living in it. The more this millennium rolls on the more we see freakish behavior by people. Here is a story about a knife wielding suspect who wrote satanic symbols on the victims walls. Netflix is running a new series that is a dark prequel to the Sabrina the teenage witch show. They are also making a series called 'American Jesus' based on a 12 year old boy who thinks he is Jesus reincarnated.

In India a 14 year old girl had 9 needles removed from her throat in some bizarre occult ritual. Another act of crazy in India? The bodies of five members of a family were found locked in wardrobe, suitcase and the fridge. They are not sure what happened and while the story makes no mention of the occult, the aspect of some kind of madness is clearly indicated.  Did you know that Tarot cards were making a comeback? Yes, they are. The occult is the new cool with many young people.

In Arkansas, satanists erected a statute to Baphomet right in front of the State Capitol Building. Yes, as Hal Lindsey's timeless book was titled, 'Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth' could not have been more right.  The world says they don't believe in God, but many are sure believing in Satan. These are strange and wicked times and more and more our world is filled with strange and wicked people. Why are these things happening? One key reason is that the Church more and more has forsaken the basics of the Gospel and turned themselves into social and or political clubs. The spiritual power that makes the Church so unique has been replaced with a business plan and a talking paper provided by political action committee.

These days there is enormous confusion and uncertainty. People are looking for answers and the Church just cannot or will not provide them. Many turn to nihilism, others to pleasures still others to the occult and the devil. Things like erecting such a statute of some idol with a pentagram right in front of a state capitol. These things will only bring a curse upon a nation that has enjoyed a high status in our world and such extreme abundance and  blessings from God. The things going on in America and even in our world, they are the big middle finger in God's face. Be assured of this, God has indeed taken notice particularly in a nation like ours that has enjoyed so much of the Lord bounty.

People don't know God. No, they don't  and they think they can just keep on mocking and blaspheming him and that he is either asleep or does not care. The simple fact is and it is a fact is that when Ancient Israel did the exact same things, set up idols and evil temples and began to rebel against God and sacrificed their children, he did not lower the boom right away. He waited and waited. He gave the people plenty of time to repent. Why? Because when God moves against such evil, the bodies will pile up in the street unburied, the cities will be burned and those left? They will wish they had died because of what awaits them.


They that be slain with the sword are better
than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away,
 stricken through for want of the fruits of the field.
The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children:
 they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured
out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion,
and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants
of the world, would not have believed
that the adversary and the enemy should
 have entered into the
gates of Jerusalem.
(Lam 4:9-12)

God did not do this arbitrarily. He did not surprise them. He warned and warned and waited and waited -  he told the people exactly what he was going to do and why and then he told them out to avoid it.
They didn't listen.

The pride of people today is real -  no less real than the pride of the people of Israel in those days. They had the pride in the presence of the Temple. Today Christians have pride in the presence of the Church. They think God will not lower the boom because we have some people who go to a building they call a Church. Here is what the prophet of those days said about that.

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
 Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim
 there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD,
all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship
the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
 Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause

you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words,
saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD,
 The temple of the LORD, are these. For if ye throughly
amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute
 judgment between a man and his neighbour;
If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk
after other gods to your hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell
in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever
and ever. Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely,
and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom
ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house,
which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered
to do all these abominations?
(Jer 7:1-10)

The pride of this nation is real and today the American people revel not in God's goodness, but more and more in their own wickedness, unbelief, apostasy, pleasures and yes abominations. Shall God not recompense a nation such as this? When Israel sinned against God he sent them prophets over many years to warn them of their sins and what he was going to do. The Lord was patient and waited. But one day he stopped waiting and acted.

He then let loose his fury. Here is how the prophet lays out some of what he saw after the Lord dealt with the beloved city of God, Jerusalem.


How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a
cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto
the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his
footstool in the day of his anger! The Lord hath swallowed
up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied:
he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the
daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground:
he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.
He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel:
he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy,
and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which
devoureth round about. He hath bent his bow like an enemy:
he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that
were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion:
he poured out his fury like fire. The Lord was as an enemy:
he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her
palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased
 in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
(Lam 2:1-5)

We Americans think we are so great, we have all these wonder weapons that are used on children and the poorest of the poor. We sell them and even help others use them. Yes, we sacrifice children to the war gods of the Pentagon who have found a way to turn the blood of children into DoD dollars. Even today, there is a new atrocity in Yemen where many children were killed in a US supported Saudi Airstrike. This was no mistake, this airstrike was on a refugee camp. They knew exactly who they were hitting. What is this? Nothing more than a variation on a theme child sacrifice. Killing children. America is right there beside the killers arming them, giving them all manner of support, including joining in the Strikes.  America is very good at killing, the government keeps statistics on it. Here is where people miss the boat.

You see, the devil is not interested in the methodology of his goals, only that they are reached and his goal is to kill the kids and blame as many others as possible in the process. He knows that God is not going to sit still for the abominations for long. The key here is that God is merciful and will allow mankind to change course, repent and stop doing evil. This is where the role of the prophet and today, the more courageous variety of pastors comes in. Some are telling it like it is on the abortion issue. But most fall silent on the war crimes issue. They don't want to deal with that form of it. In short, killing dark skinned kids in Yemen is OK, killing kids here in the womb in the US is not. I hate to put it so bluntly, but that is the moral compass they are operating from, as though God cares less about kids with dark skin than others and the victims are any less dead.

God hates child killing. Killing the innocent is something that will guarantee you place on God's 'wrath and fury' list - if a person, people or system does not repent of it.

But these are all things that occultists have pushed for. From Mdme. Blavlatsy, and Margret Sanger - killing kids and following after the dark gods of the occult. The devil used these women (and others) to start a massive movement in America... toward the satanic 'left hand path'. That is where she has been heading ever since. But let me tell you something that many folks don't want to deal with. Satanism, and occultism will often lead a person to the kinds of crimes listed above. It can and does drive people insane. Look at Charles Manson. These days people do their best to  downplay the occult connections of him, but check this out, in his own words.  No, occultism is the road to the devil and the devil has no love for any son of man. Dabble in that stuff and you are very likely going to lose your mind and then your soul.

But amateurs who dabble in Tarot cards, Astrology and Wicca, they don't realize that those things are just the lure, the 'dangling carrot' to draw people deeper into the things of satan.

Our Lord warned the Church at Thyatira about the 'depths of Satan' (Rev 2:24). Smyrna dwelt where Satan's seat was (Rev 2:13a) and where he dwelled (Rev 2:13b). We Christians here in America more and more need to be ready to deal with what those Churches had to deal with because more and more, our nation is becoming a place where Satan's Seat is. We have decked ourselves out in white robes seeming to be so good and righteous, but behind the cloth are all manner of corruption, violence, bloodshed deceits and perversions. We are just considerably more adept at draping our evil in a cloak of good.

Mind you, I don't like having to say these things. I take NO PLEASURE in saying them, but this is what not just our nation, where the whole world is heading.  No one marks it because there is no respect nor fear of God. Just the lust for 'more'. More money, a bigger this, a more luxurious that. Everyone is pushing to get more or to get someone else to do what they want - this is what America's political system has degenerated to. It is all about -  320 million little 'think they are gods' trying to tell everyone else what to read, who to see, what to buy, what to eat, how much of this you can use and whom you should like and who you should hate. Rather than listening to the admonitions of the Lord they listen to just about any pied piper with a Cable News show or large Facebook following to tell them the new political, economic or spiritual fad.

This is one reason why our nation is stuck on stupid, our Churches are dying and impotent and the world is in a state of rising tensions. No one listens to God anymore or takes his counsel. They have their myriad of secular counselors, consultants, advisors and analysts whose advice must never refer to God or call the nation to repentance. Can't do that... nope... you could lose your access to the White House, the Senate, or other government agency if you did. But preach the gospel of Margret Sanger, and doors open for you in government. Strange things have been going on in Government since the end of WWII. Very strange (read that link with the greatest of care). But this one I think most of you will find of great interest. This one too.

My point here is not to denigrate the dead. I don't do that here, but to show you that for many long years, the occult and occultists have had a lot of influence within our secretive federal agencies. Their presence and influence is not a 'conspiracy theory' but an established fact that not even the those who are dead can deny... they often simply did not deny those ties! Our government has been under assault for a long, long time and you know what? The evil is only now beginning to be so rank it's nearly impossible to miss.

Then there is the connection of the occult with sex. Yes, sex is a big thing in the occult as it was during the days of Ancient Israel. They had their sex orgies under their pagan gods as well and deeply angered the Lord. Henry Mankow has a great piece here on the occult sex connection, it's not long and hits the main points. You want to know why our society is sex obsessed, porn is making billions of dollars and pop stars make their living showing as much skin and talking filthy to their audiences? The devil, that's why.

Yes, there is a plan to destroy the moral fiber of America and yes, the devil is behind it and no, there really are not that many real, true and blood bought saints who know how to pray, wage spiritual warfare and do... DO as God commands. Lots of nominal Christians, very few true disciples. Lot's of religious loudmouths, very few whose life shines forth the light of the gospel. This is one reason why the occult is rising. The Church is not holy and often is engaged in some of the worse kinds of sins. Look at what is happening in the Catholic Church today.

Brothers, I write these things to you today because our nation and our world is falling right into the devil's grasp. People are going to run with reckless abandon when they are told to worship the image of the beast and take mark. There will be little revulsion.. especially if people know they can't buy or sell without that mark and not taking it will get you killed. Advertise as the new cool, hip or Android App and they are likely to crash the internet with people trying to get it.

This generation is probably going to be the antichrist generation and the doorway many will take to get there will be through the occult. 

Let the wise reader beware and stay as far away from it as they can.


Psalm 134

Today, we are going not going to comment too much on this wonderful and brief Psalm. Its simplicity is self explanatory.

A Song of degrees.
Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD,
which by night stand in the house of the LORD.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.
The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.
(Psa 134:1-3)


Verse one is a simple call to all those who serve the Lord to bless him. The backdrop appears to be mostly those who serve in some capacity in the Temple. It is a call to bless the Lord, even in their tasks at night. Yes, there was a night shift at the Temple

In the second Temple the matter was arranged thus. After midnight the chief over the gate-keepers took the keys of the inner Temple and went with some of the priests through the little wicket of the Fire Gate (שׁער בית המוקד). In the inner court this patrol divided into two companies, each with a burning torch; one company turned west, the other east, and so they compassed the court to see whether everything was in readiness for the service of the dawning day. At the bakers' chamber, in which the Mincha of the high priest was baked (לשׁכת עשׂי הביתין), they met with the cry: All is well.

In the meanwhile the rest of the priests also arose, bathed, and put on their garments. Then they went into the stone chamber (one half of which was the place of session of the Sanhedrim), where, under the superintendence of the chief over the drawing of the lots and of a judge, around whom stood all the priests in their robes of office, the functions of the priests in the service of the coming day were assigned to them by lot (Luk_1:9)
- K&D


The men who clean the temple, stand watch at the gates, who prepare the holy things for the Priests, everyone had a job and they should do it joyfully, blessing the Lord who keeps them all. Adam Clarke has a slightly different take on the word behold in verse one. I am not sure I agree with him, but it is an interesting view.
Behold, bless ye the Lord - I believe הנה  hinneh should be taken here in the sense of take heed! Be upon your guard; you serve a jealous God; provoke him not. - Adam Clarke
I think Clarke's emphasis perhaps may be wrong, but not altogether without merit. We do serve a jealous God and too often those who serve him don't always do so with the proper attitude. At times, a warning even about things that should strike joy into our hearts is not a bad thing. We must appreciate and be thankful to our God and never take his grace and kindness to us for granted.

Lifting up ones hands in the Sanctuary could mean either in prayer or in praise. In this instance, it was for praise.

I would add this comment. Too often when we come to God, we pester him with our desires and wants. We want God to bless us but we forget that God wants to be blessed by us as well and there are three ways to do that.

Obedience to his word.

Being genuinely thankful for all he has done and will do, believing in faith in his promises

Praising and glorifying his name.

Moreover I would say that our praise of God should be incessant - always giving thanks to God when we get up in the morning, we wash our clothes, clean our homes or drive down to market. Thankfulness and praise should be an ever present mindset with us.

The last verse seems to be by way of address. We are not just referring to a God that was made by man or an idol. We are not talking about a figment of a collective imagination, but of the true and living God who made heaven and earth. There is only one and there can be no confusion about whom the Psalmist is referring to, the God of Israel who will bless his people out of Zion.

4 Sept

Psalm 133


A Song of degrees of David.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity!
(Psa 133:1)


This brief Psalm is very uplifting and gives us a positive view of fellowship. The first verse almost reads like someone who has come into a congregation to view the brethren living together in unity. The Psalmist see's this as a very good thing and very pleasant. The word for pleasant can also be translated delightful. The Brown Driver Briggs' dictionary gives us this translation for the word.

H5273
נעים
nâ‛ı̂ym
BDB Definition:
1) pleasant, delightful, sweet, lovely, agreeable
1a) delightful
1b) lovely, beautiful (physical)
2) singing, sweetly sounding, musical
Part of Speech: adjective
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H5276
Same Word by TWOT Number: 1384b, 1385a

This was something that made David very happy, to see men dwelling in unity and peace. This was probably so because David had seen so much war and killing that peace to him resonated far more to him than to those who took it for granted. The word here for unity are actually two words.

The two words follow from Strongs

H1571
gam
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and: - again, alike, also, (so much) as (soon), both (so) . . . and, but, either . . . or, even, for all, (in) likewise (manner), moreover, nay . . . neither, one, then (-refore), though, what, with, yea.

and

H3162
yachad
From H3161; properly a unit, that is, (adverbially) unitedly: - alike, at all (once), both, likewise, only, (al-) together, withal.


As this is a Psalm of ascent and was sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, this joyful contemplation was surely edifying to those who were going to Jerusalem either to worship or to take part in one of the festivals. This was a time when all Israel could come together as one and honor the God of their fathers. It was a joyful time and one that clearly was one that David enjoyed, even though in his time, the Temple was not built.
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard,
even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
(Psa 133:2)

What I see here is the mention of something that is a bit of a luxury. Something that is not common and is very special. This fellowship is compared to what can be described as 'holy oil', something precious. Again, the Cambridge Bible remarks that this looks to be the kind of oil that the High Priests used and as marked in the text, was used by Aaron when consecrated to his office.

Such anointing was common at Jewish festivals for these were joyous occasions. What David is doing here appears to be showing how precious and also how holy such fellowship was. The fact that the oil ran down Aaron's beard is meant to describe large amounts of oil, not just a dab or two one gets in today's anointing, but pouring a whole bottle over a person soaking everything a person wore. It was an abundant joy he is describing. The idea seems to be that the whole person was being anointed and also by analogy, being filled with joy. "Thus love in a Christian community is so abundant - so overflowing - that it spreads over all the spiritual body, the church; the same sweet and holy influence, represented by the oil of anointing, pervades all, and combines all in one", says Albert Barnes.
 

As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:
for there the LORD commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore.
(Psa 133:3)

As for this passage and its reference to dew, I cannot do better than Mathew Henry and his comment on it.

It is profitable as well as pleasing; it is as the dew; it brings abundance of blessings along with it, as numerous as the drops of dew. It cools the scorching heat of men's passions, as the evening dews cool the air and refresh the earth. It contributes very much to our fruitfulness in every thing that is good; it moistens the heart, and makes it tender and fit to receive the good seed of the word; as, on the contrary, malice and bitterness unfit us to receive it, 1Pe_2:1. It is as the dew of Hermon, a common hill (for brotherly love is the beauty and benefit of civil societies), and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion, a holy hill, for it contributes greatly to the fruitfulness of sacred societies. Both Hermon and Zion will wither without this dew. It is said of the dew that it tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men, Mic_5:7. Nor should our love to our brethren stay for theirs to us (that is publican's love), but should go before it - that is divine love. - Matt. Henry

It is here that the Lord commands his blessing, that is upon Mount Zion and by extension, his people who live there. This unity, this brotherly love appears to be an essential part of this blessing from God that he has commanded. Moreover a look towards the whole idea of eternal life, which was not well established in Ancient Jewish theology is here spoken of in the very last stanza.

This is a very uplifting Psalm. Would it not be nice if there were more unity in Christianity? That we can come to a better understanding of God and his doctrines and leave aside petty place seeking and power games?

In the Mini-Series Elizabeth R, starring Glenda Jackson (done back in the '70's), there is a scene in it where she says, "There is but one Jesus Christ, all else is a dispute over titles", referring to the endless squabbling between wings of the clergy both between Catholics and Protestants and also within the Church of England.

Ambitious and petty men rise to power, they get it and fight hard not to lose it. In so doing they forget the Lord who saved them. This has been the real problem of Western Christianity from the Days of Constantine to Justinian; from Luther's time to today. Men have forgotten the gospel of Jesus Christ  and hitch their hope in religion and man made institutions and rising within the 'corporation' that here in the US, is often nothing more than a subtle extension of the state.

May God one day separate the place seekers, ambitious men and money grubbers from those who honor God and obey as well as love Christ Jesus in spirit and in truth and in the unity of the true faith set down by Christ and his holy Apostles.

Amen.

 

31 Aug

Egypt: Attacks Continue On Coptic Christians

World Watch Monitor has the latest on the plight of Christians in Egypt.

Fulani Militants Burn Pastor and Family Alive

Attacks on Nigerian Villages Leave Seven Dead and Many Displaced

08/30/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Fulani militants raided several villages in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria on August 28. As a result, seven people were killed, including three children and a pastor. These individuals were Rev. Adamu Gyang Wurim (pastor of COCIN LCC Shonong), his wife and three children, Mr. Pam Dusu, and Aaron Yakubu.

The villages attacked included Werre, Abonong, Ziyat, Bek, Nafan, Sagast, Rawuru, and Rambuh in the Ropp, Foron, and Fan Districts.

In confirming the incident, Barrister Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, a local lawyer, visited the scenes of the incidents and interviewed Mr. Gyang Adamu, one of the three surviving children of the pastor. He said, "I'm a 300 level civil engineering student at University of Jos. I was in school when the incident happened. I got to know about the attack when I saw a post on Facebook that Abonong village, [my home], was under attack. Immediately, I placed several calls trying to get in touch with my family members, but none rang through. When I called a friend to find out about the situation, the report I received was very devastating; I couldn't believe that all my family members have been engulfed in the pogrom. On reaching home,  I saw my daddy and younger ones burnt beyond recognition. The sight of the gory incident broke me down." He continued, "The three of us left don't know what to do, especially now that we are still students who have nothing to hold on [to].”

Mr. Gwom Pam Dusu, a financial secretary of the Roman Catholic Church of Ziyat village, shared, "We were going out for surveillance, having received local security information about an impending attack planned by Fulani herdsmen with their hired mercenary. We heard heavy gunfire all over Ziyat and other neighboring villages.” When asked whether the security information gathered was forwarded to security agents, Mr. Gwom responded affirmatively, saying, “Security personnel stationed at Bek of Foron District didn't do anything to avert the terror attacks.”

The attack lasted for over four hours before security personnel arrived on scene. This was well after the attackers had razed much of the villages of Abonong and Ziyat, and looted valuables such as mattresses, food, electronics, and domestic animals. Three churches were targeted during these attacks.

Nathan Johnson, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, said, “This continued fight in an area known to have many attacks is astounding. The fact that the government allows the continued destruction and killing of its villages and citizens shows a lack of care or ability. If this continues, there will have to be international intervention or else Nigeria may devolve into a major civil war.”

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27 Aug

Psalm 132 Conclusion


I will abundantly bless her provision:
I will satisfy her poor with bread.

(Psa 132:15)

The last time we left off of this Psalm, David said that the Lord had chosen Zion and wanted it for his dwelling place. Let us recall that this Psalm was written with regards to bringing the Ark to Jerusalem. God would surely bless Jerusalem. The phrase 'abundantly bless her provision' captures the idea.
The idea is that God was going to do it and not change his mind and that all manner of blessings were implied. God would not forget the poor and they would not go hungry. This is also the blessing of the seed of the righteous.


I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor his seed begging bread.
(Psa 37:25)


God does not forget the poor man and that this blessing of Solomon includes the poor shows God's concern for them as well.

I will also clothe her priests with salvation:
and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
(Psa 132:16)


This verse shows another aspect of the blessings of God on Zion/Jerusalem. Salvation shall clothe her priests and the saints will shout. The world for Saints is this one.


H2623
From H2616; properly kind, that is, (religiously) pious (a saint): - godly (man), good, holy (one), merciful, saint, [un-] godly.

This promise hearkens at least allegorically to the 144,000 in the book of Revelation. Where these special saints stood with the Lord on Mount Zion and sang a new song (Rev 14:1ff).

There will I make the horn of David to bud:
I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies
will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
(Psa 132:17-18)

The word her for horn is this one.

H7161
From H7160; a horn (as projecting); by implication a flask, cornet;
by resemblance an elephant’s tooth (that is, ivory),
a corner (of the altar), a peak (of a mountain),
a ray (of light); figuratively power: -  X hill, horn.


These lamps are not, I do not think totally unrelated to the candlesticks in the book of Revelation (the letters to the seven Churches). This lamp appears to be for God's anointed and the lamp is there to light our way or as David said in a Psalm, They word is a lamp unto my feet (Psa. 119:105). God makes a promise to the house of David here who was to be followed by the Messiah. He also expands this promise to David's enemies. They shall wear shame, but his saints shall wear a crown. Again we see the same themes in the New Testament as the heritage of believers.

This Psalm again, was probably written on the occasion of the Ark being installed into the newly built Temple by Solomon. It recalls the difficulties of David's life and his constancy towards God. Solomon as we know built the Temple because the Lord did not want David doing it. He had shed too much blood and God did not want the temple so associated.

But the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars:
thou shalt not build an house unto my name,
because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.
Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest;
and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about:
for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace
and quietness unto Israel in his days.
(1Ch 22:8-9)

The Lord kept his promise to David and Solomon did build a house.

Let is know that God keeps his promises and will indeed build us a house.

 
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so,
I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also.
(Joh 14:2-3)

God has given us a sure promise of a better dwelling place than that which is made with hands.

Let us stand with Christ Jesus and trust him to keep his word.

Amen.

24 Aug

UN Urged To Intervene In Nigeria

The calls come from an EU group who wants to protect the nations Christians.

Persecution, war and poverty: the hard life of Catholics in Myanmar

Asia week looks at life for Catholics in the nation that used to call itself Burma.

Nigerian Pastor Killed by Gunmen Who Stormed Church, Kidnapped His Wife

Burma: Christians Forced To Enter Land Mine Riddled Areas

A look at the ongoing persecution of Christians in Myanmar. This story describes many of the ways Christians are mistreated including being used to clear landmines.

Assyrians Rebuilding After Forgiving ISIS

AINA gives is some background and some pictures. The story is from CBN.

Judge Orders Return of Confiscated Church Property in Sudan

Church Leaders Hopeful for Change Following Small Victory

08/23/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Khartoum-based court has ordered the authorities to immediately surrender church property belonging to the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC). Authorities confiscated the property on February 11, 2018 when the church was demolished.

“The presiding judge today ruled that we should receive back our furniture, Bibles, sound system, stationery, and other items although the demolition case is still pending determination,” said Reverend Yahiya Abdurrahman Nalu. “We see this as a great step towards justice which has remained elusive for a long time, and we hope they will deliver our items soon and in good shape.”

The church was demolished in February when government agents claimed that it was built on public land. “Our appeal is about why the government brought down the church building that was put up in 1989 on a piece of land sold to us by a local person. Other buildings lying in the same stretch as our church were spared during the demolishing because they belong to Muslims. It is this partial application of the rule of law that agitates us,” Reverend Yahiya expressed.

Many churches in Sudan have been demolished since 2014 when the government issued an order banning the construction of new churches and the removal of churches allegedly built on public land. “Our prayer is that the judge will impress upon the government to allow us back to our church plot and compensate us for the damages caused and time lost. If they bring back the church items, where shall we keep them?” added Reverend Yahiya.

Abraham*, the lawyer representing the church, confirmed to ICC that he will go to court again if the items are not delivered within a week. He said, “The government might be playing tricks to soothe and flatter us in order to make us loosen our grip in the cases. We are not going to look the other way and I will go to court if the church doesn't get the items by Thursday next week.”

The Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) is facing three other ongoing lawsuits that include 25 church members accused of disobeying government orders to take over leadership of the church, two pastors evicted from their homes, and an appeal against the Ministry of Guidance and Endowment from seizing a Christian school belonging to the church.

Nathan Johnson, ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, said, “We are rejoicing over the ruling in this case, but remain wary. We will wait until we hear that this church has received its property until we believe that the Sudanese government will uphold its own rulings in favor of this Christian community. The authorities must also further these rulings by returning the land that they have stolen and ensure that the churches are able to rebuild. We will continue to pray and work on behalf of those in Sudan who are forced from their churches and property due to their faith. We hope to one day see true freedom in Sudan.”
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22 Aug

The Last Man Standing

...enduring to the end.

I am always amazed at the direct simplicity of the commandments and exhortations of Christ and how impossible it is to misunderstand what it is he is saying. I am even more amazed at how the modern Church, false prophets and wicked workmen who have been misdirecting the sheep have been able to do just that -  take the simple and direct statements of our Lord and Savior as well as those of his apostles and turn what they said on its head.

Today we are going to talk about enduring to the end. Pushing on towards the mark which is Jesus Christ despite and in the face of the cacophony of foolishness, demonic doctrines and other sundry evils that creep into the Churches and consciences of today's nominal Christians. Let's look at a passage recorded for us by Mark.


Now the brother shall betray the brother to death,
 and the father the son; and children shall rise up
against their parents, and shall cause them to be
put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for
my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.

(Mar 13:12-13)

Hard Times, Worse Coming

For many believers in the East this is what is in store. For we in the west it the saying could be changed to 'good times, worse coming'. We have had it easy here in the west. But what Christ is describing is something that happened right after his resurrection in Judea and also in Rome, but also  has been happening to true believers in Christ for centuries, often at the hands of other nominal Christians. They think they are doing God a service by killing his people.

They shall put you out of the synagogues:
yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth
you will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because
they have not known the Father, nor me.
(Joh 16:2-3)



But Christ also told of us this as well. That there would come a time when people would really think they are serving God by killing his people. People get offended at the Gospel, they get mad when they hear God's truth; they rebel and get mad, they attack and denigrate. I know, I have seen this spirit over and over again and in almost every instance, particularly with family and friends, God was warning me of the spiritual danger such people pose and to withdraw myself from them...in most instances, for good.

In short, when the going gets tough, they will betray me. When God gives you insight into the character of others like that know that God may be warning you about someone and where they are heading spiritually. This level of betrayal, where brother delivers brother, not just to jail or an interrogation center, but to death... DEATH... Christ is describing some terrible times and some terrible people. But he is also warning us that this kind of thing is what we must endure... to the end. Persecution, this is one of the promises he made to us, if you follow Christ you are going to suffer persecution. Bear with me here  brothers and sisters as I know many of you don't like when I repeat myself but this is an important concept so permit me to repeat myself. If you follow Christ... FULLY you are going to suffer persecution, often from those closest and dearest to you.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers
shall wax worse and worse, deceiving,
and being deceived.
(2Ti 3:12-13)

Do you want to serve the Lord? I mean do you really want to serve the Lord? Then get ready to lose all -  your job, your family, your friends, your social position. Get ready because you may lose one, some or even all of these things if you really come to Christ. People in the Islamic world have had family members cast them out of the home, turn them over to Islamic authorities (for apostasy a crime that can carry the death penalty) or even kill them right there in the home. So cease to look at Christ's admonitions as being merely some theoretical possibility. It is a real one and one look at the way our society is heading and we can be sure that such things will one day come here as well.

What Christ warned us about in that passage from Mark (above) is that it's not enough just to suffer persecution, even from those who were once close to us, but that we must endure it to the end. We cannot and absolutely must not turn back. Once you do that you have given the devil exactly what he wants because that is his goal, to get us to apostatize and renounce the one thing all this persecution is designed to destroy... our faith in Christ.

I beseech all of you to keep that in mind always - the devils main target, the bullseye he is always targeting is your faith in Christ. Also remember that the devil is very persistent. He never stops and never gives up. If he fails today, he will try again tomorrow.

What is our job? It is very simple, it is to be that last man standing when the smoke clears in this Spiritual battlefield, to endure to the end. And yes, that is exactly what it is - we are in life and death spiritual battle. Death meaning eternal death, not just physical death. The stakes are enormous and eternal.

What gets me brother and sisters is that many so called believers want me to spend all day talking about the NWO and the mark of the beast and other 'scarey' topics of Bible prophecy. But one key aspects of prophecy is right now  being fulfilled and I post stories regularly on it. It's called Persecution, it's called the extermination of the saints, its called the gathering of the Martyrs for Jesus. I post stories showing this fulfilment and I get a ho-hum from believers, they want to be frightened by the antichrist and the 10 horns, while their brothers in Christ (the REAL brothers of Jesus) are being taken out and shot, imprisoned and beaded for their witness. Few mark it. Why does Mark not talk about the antichrist? I have, many times. Bible Prophecy is about very much more than the anti-Christ system and if you read your Bibles and many of the pages here on this site, you would know that. Brothers, we Christians need to stop looking for an 'escape hatch' to get out of the system GOD HAS PUT US IN in these troubled times and find out how we can be of use to him while he tarries today, now.

Immer Vorwarts, Niemals Zuruck

(always forward, never back)

We cannot be as Lot's wife and look longingly back at Sodom, nor as Saul, who had a powerful anointing from God but decided to do things his way instead of the Lord's. We cannot be like Solomon who received all manner of blessings from the Lord but lost his soul to a harem of pretty faces or like Judas who sold his Lord out for 30 pieces of silver.

No, we must endure to the end and remain faithful to our Lord... in all things. In our money, in our jobs, in our relationships, in our daily comings and goings, in family matters. God's service demands faithfulness in all we do and have been given. For was it not our Lord who said and warned us of the being faithful in what we have and then gave us all a stern warning about money and stewardship?


He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful
also in much: and he that is unjust in the least
is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not
 been faithful in the unrighteous mammon,
who will commit to your trust the true riches?
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is
 another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
 No servant can serve two masters: for either
he will hate the one, and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God
 and mammon.
(Luk 16:10-13)

We must be faithful with all that God has given us. This too is one of the key traits of those who will be left standing in Christ when the smoke clears in the great spiritual battles that lie ahead. Let us keep this important concept of faithfulness foremost in our minds brothers in these times. Why? I will answer your question with a question. Who is it that rides with Christ when he returns? How are they described? When describing Mystery Babylon and the beast that is inextricably linked with her, this is what the spirit bears witness to.

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

In order to ride with Christ at his coming, you must fulfill three key prerequisites. This too is a key part of Bible Prophecy to be called, chosen and faithful.

You have to have been called by him. A calling does not mean automatic salvation, it means that God has called you out so that you may serve him. It is a specific 'call' or request if you will, and it is directed at specific individuals. Did not Christ differentiate this in his own words about the calling? Here is what he said.

For many are called,
but few are chosen.
(Mat 22:14)


So the calling is insufficient in and of itself for salvation and to ride with Christ as one of his saints. No, there is more involved. You also have to have been chosen by him. These things have been debated about by scholar for centuries as it the issue revolves around God's sovereignty and the idea of free will. I will not get into it here, the doctrines of Calvanism are interesting, but they miss the point. Free will and God's sovereignty do not come into conflict here as some allege. (you can scour the web and look up Calvanism Vs. Arminianism). But the question has plagued scholars for some time and  bears mentioning. The key here is that there are the Called and the Chosen.  If we go and look at the parable that Christ was using when he made this statement, it was about a Wedding feast for his son and the people who were invited did not come. They all made their excuses but did not want to be bothered. Some even went so far as to beat up those who called them to the feast!! We find that the king was quite upset about it and destroyed those who so treated his servants. He then went into out to find others who would come. The Parable was an interesting one and was probably told by Christ on numerous occasions in different settings. A variation on the theme can be found in Luke, Chapter 14:12ff. The king eventually goes and gets others to come to his feast. The parable is almost certainly meant, at least in part, to describe Israel in Christ's time and how they rejected him (and the future Marriage Supper of the Lamb - another part of Bible Prophecy) and even took to beating and killing his prophets. So he judged Israel and went to the Gentiles and invited them.

God calls many but that does not make them chosen and being chosen does not mean that they are always faithful. Faithfulness comes when we continue in the word of God and remain steadfast to our callings and what he has entrusted to us. One must fulfil all three traits to ride with Christ on that great day.

The last man standing gets to ride with the King of Kings and will be rewarded copiously by the Lord for whom we are willing to lay down our lives.

So I ask all of you here today, are you going to be faithful to the Lord? Are you going to be standing when the smoke clears, are you going to be one of the called, chosen and faithful? Are you going to ride with Christ when he comes again? If you are not, all the study on the mark of  the beast, anti-Christ, ten kings and false prophet will not profit you one little bit. This too is part of Bible prophecy.

I think many if not all of you insiders (a small group of very dedicated believers  here at Watson's Web) get it and will get in (praise the Lord!!). You know the cost, you know the times, you understand what the Lord expects of you. The key for us all now is to endure, keep on moving forward, don't stop, don't look back. Paul gives us these most relevant thoughts in his epistle to the Philippians. Here is what he said. It is both an exhortation and a warning at any spiritual smugness we might possess.

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection
of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were
 already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may
 apprehend that for which also I am apprehended
 of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have
 apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
 things which are behind, and reaching forth unto
 those things which are before, I press toward the
mark for the prize of the high calling of God in
Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect,
 be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded,
God shall reveal even this unto you.
(Php 3:11-15)


FYI the word apprehended here means attained or possess (G2638). Paul, who was an Apostle did not count himself as already 'made it' into the kingdom. No, he kept on pushing as though he still had a long way to go. This is the mindset we need to keep. Knowing that none of us deserves to obtain the resurrection of the dead, but that such a goal will only be reached by those who fulfil the three key traits listed - called, chosen and faithful.

Let us all stand firm and be ready for the enemies 'gunfire' and be like Clint Eastwood in those great spaghetti westerns and be the last man standing!!!

20 Aug


Psalm 132 - (Part III)


Today we will continue our look at the Psalms of degrees with the next section of Psalm 132.

For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it;
Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
(Psa 132:10-11)


The Psalmist continues his prayer to the Lord in asking that God not turn away from his chosen one. Just like we should not presume that God hears every prayer that is uttered by fallen man, we should not assume that God cannot turn his face away from those who once served him. Mind you, God will not do this arbitrarily but it can and does happen.

Here the prayer is that God does not turn his face away, specifically from David and particularly the promise made to him. As we read succeeding books in the scriptures, we see how far Israel fell and that God eventually did turn away from his people and allowed them to go into captivity, though not without countless warnings, pleadings and threatenings. When this happened, God made one of those promises one hopes they never hear from him. He promised that when they cried out to him in their distress, he would not hear them. Solomon clearly knew the Lord well enough to not take God's promises for good, for granted.

Here Solomon reminds the Lord of his love for his servant David and request for his sake that he turn not away his promises to him and by extension his anointed. This probably means not just Solomon, but the line of Kings that would follow.

turn not away the face of thine anointed; not David; rather Solomon, as the Targum expresses it; so Jarchi: but any of the Lord's anointed, every Christian, or believer in Christ, is an anointed one; and has received the unction from the Holy One, the oil of true grace. And the request is, that God would not turn such away from him, and cause them to depart from his throne of grace, ashamed and disappointed; but hear and answer their petitions, for his Son's sake. In 2Ch_6:42; it is added, "remember the mercies of David thy servant"; the kind and good things promised to him, and perform them. - Gill
God's promises are almost always conditional - he will bless you IF you continue in his word, He will save our souls IF we keep our faith in Jesus to the end.

Yet this promise to David was of a special variety. He also promised he would not turn a way from his promise. Yet the next verse (12) does impose some of those conditionalities. Clearly, God knew how rotten the lot of Kings would arise in the future would be, which is one reason why he was very disappointed when the people clamored for a king in the first place (1Sam 8:7). Those kings led Israel into great sin, error and trouble. It was a classic case of, 'be careful what you wish for'.

The promise was that God was going to set a decedent of David (the fruit of they body) on the throne and God did just that.

If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony
that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit
upon thy throne for evermore.
(Psa 132:12)

So we see here that once again, God's promise is set upon the usual conditionalities of keeping his covenant. These kinds of conditionalities are what I think really messes up the modern Church and causes so many new Christians to fall away. They hear of God's unconditional love and all the wonderful promises of a future of prosperity and happiness they forget that all of God's promises are conditional upon our acceptance of Christ not just as Savior, but also as Lord. Lord being not a decorative title but one of authority. We cannot just say 'Lord' and expect to be saved, we have to live like he is Lord and just like in the passage above, walk in his commandments.

I want to stress this is not some scriptural overreach on my part. Did you now know that we are also to become Kings and Priests to the most high God?

  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(Rev 1:6)

 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
 and we shall reign on the earth.
(Rev 5:10)

Did you now know that Christ was a descendant of David and that we shall rule and reign with him as an extension of this very same promise? This exhortation in a key spiritual sense is also for each and every believer in Christ Jesus.

For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell;
for I have desired it.
(Psa 132:13-14)

Again we see another promise to David. That God chose Zion. This is why I am not ashamed to say I am a Zionist. God has chosen Zion for himself and his people. Despite all the sin and evil that Israel did, Zion is still his chosen place. He has reserved it for himself and his people will one day come and worship in there. This is where the 144,000 will sing a new song (Rev 14:1).

God makes it plain that this is the place of his rest, not just in this present evil age, but forever. So Zion belongs to God and it is the place where his people come to worship, praise and honor him.

We shall continue this interesting Psalm in the near future, God willing!


Brother Mark
17 Aug

Persecution Magazine July, 2018

This issue focuses on 'Emperor Xi' and China, but as usual has a host of other stories from around the world.


These excerpts are from a report by the International Christian Concern

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Xi's War On His Own People Continues...

China's Church: Counting Down The Day of Closure
Chinese Lanlord Rents To Uyghurs, Arrested On Terror Charge
Human Rights Lawyer Disbarred
VOA Reporters Detained, Released By Chinese Authorities
Chinese Graffiti Activist Disappears
Scholar Disappears In W. China Crackdown
Xi 'Colonizes' Universities
Police Swoop on Activists As China's Leaders Gather at Beidaihe Resort
Xi Faces Backlash
Calls For An Investigation Into Xi's China 'House Of Horrors'

Two Million Muslims In Chinese Secret Camps, Says UN

Xi is turning the nation into one large prison camp for those who are not communist. But the good news is he is in trouble; just enough where we should keep an eye on him. Those who have risen as high and as fast as he has, often come down with the same velocity.

Xi has stepped on a lot of toes and made a lot of enemies. When you do that, the people you rely on to do your bidding often do so out of fear and only do as much as needed while they secretly plot your downfall.
16 Aug


Know Your Enemy Part VI: Confusion

Note: This is part of a running series I am doing for insiders and is part six in that series. While the whole series will remain for those with passwords. This is because my work has been  too often badly abused by the enemies of the gospel and others who hate me and my work with a perfect hatred, but for other reasons as well. Yet, I have decided to post this section for the edification of those who have been victims to one of the devil's most important tools in our times. Other sections in this series  include a look at demons, fallen angels (they are not the same), demonic strongholds in our time, etc.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,
as in all churches of the saints.
(I Corinthians 14:33 [KJV])

Today we are going to talk about one of the key tools of the devil and in light of the kinds of things happening today, I hope this piece finds particular relevancy.

Today, when nations go to war, they like to engage in various types of psychological operations before they go in with the heavy war-fighting. These operations are done with specific purposes in mind; to create doubt in the minds of the soldiers of the opposing camp, to have them question the commitment of their leaders or nation to them and the cause (think of Tokyo Rose), to deceive military leaders as to where an attack will occur and to sow confusion. Confusion and doubt are key goals of any information warrior against the enemy.

In our world today, people are confused. Very confused. I got an email from a reader the other day and he noted that a confused people is an angry people as he was attempting to contextualize what is happening in Black America. I think he hit the nail on the head, but not just for Black America but for much of the world. Why? Because it is suffering from information overload. Never before in history has so much information been available to so many. We have millions of websites, Facebook pages, web blogs, email lists and message-boards along with the old traditional media of newspapers and TV/Cable news. We are saturated with information, disinformation, slant, spin, news, fake news, real news, lies, specious narratives, half truths, propaganda and all manner of information passed on to us all  being passed off as 'the truth'.


We have left wingers and right wingers; Christians and Muslims';Gays and Straights; Blacks and Whites all fighting to form public opinion, shift the debate, get political or economic power and other goals often not always clear to the informational consumer. This has led to informational overload as well as for many, a sense of confusion. They are constantly bombarded with various items and spin  and often, they just don't know how to process it all and for those lacking in skills sets that often come from years of hard analysis, academia or having worked in media (particularly at the editorial level) they may on one level understand the word 'agenda', but they lack the sophistication to identify them properly, even when such agendas are staring them in the face. Often they think they do, but often they don't because a good information warrior knows how to hide is agenda or give the reader the impression his agenda is 'this', when in reality it is really 'that'. 

This is why fake news has been so effective and false narratives are so prevalent. It works because people lack the basic skills to contextualize such information; the ability to coldly analyze its effect on them (and others) and are often taken in or aback by the item that almost always is designed to elicit and emotional reaction (anger, fear, outrage, revulsion, etc) and thus negating higher intelligent criticism of what is being said.

But what we Christians must to is several. First, we must know and understand that confusion is not of God, but is a key tool of the devil. He knows how to sow it, having so many centuries of practice. Second we have to remember that when dealing with many of the false stories and fake narratives of our time, particularly competing narratives, the devil is often the author and purveyor of many sides of the debate. This is how confusion and dissension are sowed. Look at it like this. The devil is far less concerned about what people believe, which narrative holds sway and which side gets a temporary leg up, he is interested in the hate, the anger, the confusion and on a secular level, the destabilization that results from the confusion. The devil loves strife, he loves arguments and rising emotional tensions and is the willing provider of the fuel... the gasoline to keep the fires of rage burning ever higher. This is his MO and he is good at it. Look at America today.

This is how we Christians need to look at the informational battlefield we are in today. It's why I long decided to take the better posts private and share them with wiser readers and those dedicated to Christ. I was tired of having my work abused and misused by satan's agents (working inside our deep state) and abuse it they did consistently and maliciously. Look at what is happening today, we have censorship running rampant in our nation today. The agenda today seems to be more about doing things that are outrageous that demand a 'reaction' to them, thus further destabilizing the nation.

Those people and sites with large followings are going to be targeted. Mark what I say here  - one way or another they are going to shut down try and shut down and harass and otherwise destroy sites various powers don't like and want silenced. They will find a way, an administrative way, a legal way, a financial way. But censorship is only part of our problem though it is more and more 'in our faces' in our daily news beat. Here the censorship appears more as a tool to create outrage than any real effective method of undermining the voices of others. In fact, it may have even backfired in that respect. What is important? The in your face gangsterism way these things are done SPECIFICALLY to produce anger, division and further drive a wedge on the American political scene.

I use these American examples because this is where the best modern examples for this kind of thing exists. It is happening right now and America's enemies, both working from within our nation, outside it; inside our largest corporations, tech conglomerates and our own government (including  networks within our LE and intelligence agencies) are assisting. Their goal is to follow the will of their masters and their masters want America deeply divided, unstable, politically and governmentally inert and politically paralyzed so that she has no coherent policy can long be maintained without their (foreign powers) ability to effectively neutralize it using their own internal networks to bring about the desired policy/societal change.

Confusion. Yes, but this is how these things are done on a secular level. On a spiritual level the devil's MO has not changed. He still uses division and confusion to accomplish his ends and again, he has been most adept at it.

 For where envying and strife is,
 there is confusion and every evil work.

 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
 then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality,
 and without hypocrisy.


(James 3:16-17 [KJV])

One of the biggest problems I have seen with the so called American Church is it is deeply divided along racial and economic lines. There are rich White Churches and poor Black ones, Liberal Black Churches and Conservative White ones, Latino Churches and Asian Churches, Messianic Jewish Congregations as well as others. While it is true that some of these divisions are based much on locational factors, it is also true that many of the divisions are not. They are often based on a worldly and temporal factors that have nothing to do with the Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ.

In fact, I will go you one further, what many of these divisions actually reveal is that Christ is not the Lord of these congregations, but that they are marching to the world's order, rather than Christ's. For the most part, they have not submitted themselves to the Lordship of Christ. They may use his name, and quote some Bible passages, but that does not make them his. The devil too can cite scripture, chapter and verse. (note the  Temptation of Christ Matt Chapter 4).

I am not saying that these Churches are demonic per se. What I am saying is that when they reject the Lordship of Jesus, they fall under the power of the prince of this world. There is no middle ground and this is something much of the Church still has not internalized. Either one is part of the Kingdom of God or he is not. If he has been born into that kingdom, then Christ is his Lord and the will of his Lord he will do. He will be fundamentally different than the world around him because he has a different Lord over him. The White Christian will love his Black brother in Christ and vice versa, the rich Christian will bless and assist his poor brothers in Christ and love him and not put on airs of superiority over him. He will be humble and see him as a brother, not as lower than himself. But as the Church takes its cues from the world (and by extension, the prince of this world) it opens itself for the divisions that the devil has set up for his people (or rather victims). Thus, the Church taking its cues from the devil will act like the devil wants them to act, with divisions, hostility and anger towards others who name the name of Jesus Christ based upon the cues his agents have placed into the broader culture. Like we see today in modern American Christendom.

Brothers, it is any wonder unbelievers look at the modern American Church with mockery and dismay? I am a blood bought and spirit filled Christian but I understand the revulsion many feel for the Church. They often are not any kind of example of purity, righteousness, holiness, humility, love and hope; but of anger, hatred, racism, materialism and often just plain foolishness. By taking our cues from the world rather than the word of God, we open up ourselves to the ever shifting standards of the the children of this world and catch the spirit of this age, which has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

And be not conformed to this world:
 but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God.
(Romans 12:2 [KJV])

 Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
 in honour preferring one another;
(Romans 12:9-10 [KJV])


I have been to many Churches in my past and few have I ever noted were like the above passage from Romans, but when the devil takes over a Church the first thing he wants to  do is to negate the commandments of Christ and subvert the Church into the image of this world and its system and its false gods.

So in the Churches, with the new believers particularly, there is confusion. Why? Because in far too many instances, the whole counsel of God is neither taught nor lived. The idea of discipleship, sacrifice and turning ones back permanently on this world are not part and parcel of the modern American congregational makeup. The confusion comes in when people think they can be both in the world and in the kingdom; that the cues  - social, religious, economic and otherwise that make up the world system can be carried over into the Kingdom. In most instances, they simply cannot be. They key here to understand is that as long as the Church follows the cues of the world and the prince thereof, the more she looks and acts like the world and the children thereof, rather than the Children of God. Thus, there is confusion, strife and every wicked work going on in the world. Should we be surprised that such Churches have the same things going on, unrebuked by Church leaders?

We brothers are of a different kingdom and if we don't show it in our lives and our Churches, then we deceive our own selves about our ultimate salvation and many so called Christians do that and will continue to do that.

 
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
 Many will say to me in that day, Lord,
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?
 And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me,
 ye that work iniquity.
(Matthew 7:21-23 [KJV])


Many say 'Jesus is Lord' but only those who do the will of God (live like he is their Lord) are truly his. The rest are either fakers or self-deceived. The sad part is is that in many a pulpit across America and the world such men hold sway over their congregations.

Sow confusion and divisions? Yes, the devil is good at it. Yes, the devil targets both nations and the Church. How do we avoid this trap of the devil? By knowing God's word and more importantly doing what the Lord commands within it.

In times like these the best defense is a good offense and the best offense we have is to know the word, study it, do it and when we lack understanding do as James told us.

 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith,
nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like
a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
 For let not that man think that he shall receive
any thing of the Lord.A double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.
(James 1:5-8 [KJV])


This is how best to avoid confusion, get before the Lord and ask! Brothers God is not a miser when it comes to passing out wisdom. He will give it to you if you ask in humility and faith. But the final passage above I think is key to why God does not answer so many prayers for faith and wisdom today is that many people are double-minded. The word here means inconstant and one who is wavering and has opinions and is a vacillating person. We have all known people like that in our time. God is not going to answer such a person. Such people as James describes, are unstable in all their ways. Everything he does is suspect and you know what... they can't be trusted. This may be why the Lord will not entrust them with wisdom. I can say when I see weak and vacillating people I don't trust them either, they are likely to turn on you. Say one thing today, promise you this and go back on their word tomorrow. Their words are like those written on the surface of a lake, gone before the first letter is finished being written.


The best way to fight confusion in our times is to know your Bibles, know the times and the lateness of the hour. Know that the devil is a deceiver and will deceive many, even a lot of well meaning Christians who never took their faith with the seriousness that God demands. Christ warned us that even the 'very elect' would be deceived, if it were possible. But for God's choice people, it isn't. I did not say nominal Christians, I (and the scriptures) say God's 'very elect' (Matt 24:24).

Take up the armor of God, know your place in God's kingdom and know that confusion has been taken to an art form by the devil and his imps. We who know our God can get the wisdom we need to keep ourselves from being fooled by satanic devices, satanic organizations posing as something good, noble and just but whose only goal is to give power and legitimacy to the prince of this world.

Let the wise man and woman among you take heed.

Brother Mark

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13 Aug 2018
15 Aug

Why Are  So Many Young American Christian Women Disappearing?

The Daily Sheeple looks at the phenomenon.

Source: Trump May Be Planning Iran Strike

The source is Australian according to this paper (ABC.net). Is Trump planning such a strike? Almost certainly. When Pompeo goes on and cries his crocodile tears for the Iranian people you can be sure all the mechanisms of state will be used to justify such an action. Will it solve anything? Did our overthrow of Saddam solve anything? We spent money -  tons of it and now have a government in Iraq that has turned towards Iran. If we go in there and pull Operation 'Dipstick Resolve' 2018, I suspect that even if they did overthrow the government, the nation will never be governable except by someone who is hard line Islamic, or will shift Iran even more firmly into the arc of China and Russia. Iranians may want a better life and more western style wealth and gadgets, but the rank and file Iranians have not forgotten that it was Western Skulduggery that made Iran into the mess that it is today. They don't like the Iranian regime much, but that does not mean they are going to come crawling to the ones who overthrow the government of the 1950's and this one as well anymore than we Americans would run into the arms of a nation who bombed us and overthrew our government.
Related: Cabinet Level Meeting On Iran Convened
Why now? It's hard to say, but with Mid Terms coming up and money is always needed. Perhaps Mid East money men (and nations)  have made some demands on this administration if the money is to continue to flow. Israel wants Iran bombed back to the stone age and they will pull out all the stops to get it done. So do the Saudi's. They want use their 1000 ton gorilla-puppet to make it happen and that really is how many nations see us. Put your money in the till and tell us where to drop the bombs and we will rain down death on whomever the money directs. Do Americans want to internalize that? Nope, they think the real issues are about gay marriage and legalized pot, not who runs our government.


But these options may now be being discussed because Iran does have the power to disrupt the oil trade out of the Straits of Hormuz, something she has indeed threatened. The US Navy says they can unblock it quickly. Probably. But not without taking a few knocks first.

What is probably happening is that the ground work is being laid to take out Iran's nuclear facilities in case she starts it up again, or the political environment changes. I suspect Trump is under pressure from both Israel and the Saudi's (read 'our partners in the region') to take out the regime in Tehran; or at least its nuclear capabilities. These policy makers refuse to realize that what may follow after it may be even worse than what we have now. But no one would dare let common sense get in the way of a good, myopic temper tantrum.

Trump is just arrogant and myopic enough to do this. He seems to have a blind rage at Iran that defies reason. Mind you, I cannot and will not defend Iran's government or actions, but given what has been happening all throughout the middle east and still is even within the countries of our so called 'partners', Iran's crimes cannot be considered 'off the scale'. Their main sin is that they won't come crawling to the US and they have this deep and visceral hatred for the State of Israel.

Let us pray that wiser heads prevail and that things can be resolved peacefully, and not in the heat of a Presidential twitter storm or because fake intel was presented to the President that he believed (like a new nuke program that in reality does not exist... except in the fake intel he is presented with). With Bolton as the National Security advisor I am just a little bit more than just concerned about this.

I don't think the kinds of military solutions that will come out of DC, Tel Aviv or Riyadh, will defuse the situation. They will make the crisis worse and make the security of America's partners even more precarious. It's hard for me not to envision some kind of 'Samsom option' that Tehran may have ready.

BTW, Mathis has rejected the report as pure fiction.

***

I think it important that I add this about our President. I know many of you want me to launch into a diatribe at the President for this or that policy. There is a lot about him I just don't like... at all. But other things I think he has the right idea even if he goes about it in bombastic way. I think one key plus I see for this President is that he has made all the right enemies. The people who hate him and want to take him down, they tell me that the President is on the right track, despite the constant barrage of negative press he has had to endure. To me, this makes Trump one of the important and interesting Presidents we have ever had. He has got 'a pair' and has not been shy and hitting the real criminals who have screwed this nation up and our position in the world... and hit them where it hurts.

I see Muellers attempt to 'get him' as the last gasp effort of those interests to keep their power in tact so that arms can one again flow to terrorists, more Nazi's can be armed, more Al Qaeda fruit loops can roam around oil rich African states (like Libya) using our own security apparatus to make these things happen Why would they do that? In order to undermine our own position in the world.  You read that correctly.

Many of the real issues that divide the elite are not the ones that inflame Joe Six-pac and Mary Methhead. Many of those issues just provide the emotional anger needed to keep the right candidates in power.

This does not mean to say Trump has the answers, I don't think so. His stance on poverty, the CPFB, Net Neutrality, the environment, Yemen and a host of other issues shows he has a narrow vision of what makes America great. It's a vision that seeks to continue to ignore problems that are long standing and need to be addressed. He seems uninterested and unconcerned about large parts of America that are not White or filthy rich. This may be too harsh an indictment of him, but it what I come away with looking at his policies and those who surround him.

But I am not going to join the chorus of those who hate him just because Hillary lost and he is a Republican or because some bobble head on MSNBC or CNN goes on their rants against him.

But the President needs to realize the nation is deeply divided and his policies are only widening that gulf. This in and of itself will make him an abysmal failure as a President if he does not come to terms with these divisions. He must learn to deal constructively with his enemies and his enemies need to get real and deal constructively with him. Both sides need to get out of the baby crib, man up and deal in realities, and not slogans vomited forth from the TV.

(Note: This was posted a couple of weeks ago)
13 Aug

"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.  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.



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:
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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.
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.

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. 


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