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

pdfIran Nukes And Regional Staility


The Harvest


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

pdfPaths Of Righteousness - For His Name's Sake

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

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

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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Eyes On Russia: Watson's Economic And Political Report



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


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

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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

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


 - What I See...

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


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day,

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


      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly

      disguised.


 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 

   

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

 - 3 Short Commentaries

   

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

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 

   

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

 -  The Curse 

   

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

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 

   

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

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 

   

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

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

   

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

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

   

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

 -  The Holiday Season 

   

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

 -  There Is A Generation... 

   

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

  The Way Back 

   

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

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

   

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

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 

   

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

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

   

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

 - Culling The World's Population 

   

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

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 

   

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

 -  Judge Not! 

   

...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 

   

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

  From Another World 

   

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

 


-  From The North 

   

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


Other Resources
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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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Links I Like
From all over the Christian spectrum!
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Last Days Of The Age
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The Endtime Pilgrim
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The First Trumpet
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The Last Trumpet
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Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

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

Babylon Today


Mark's Audio Page

Selected Audio

Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

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

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

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

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

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

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

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
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“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air
– however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
 ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand,
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8-9 Apr


Egypt Hit With Deadly Church Attacks, ISIS Claims Responsibility


Note: It should not surprise any of us that ISIS would launch attacks on such a high holy day as Palm Sunday. This is holy week and as such the devil's ministers will be busy doing the devil's work. - to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10:10).


Let all who know our God understand the lateness of the hour....

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(Middle East Concern) Christians in Egypt request our prayers after two churches in Northern Egypt suffered bomb attacks during Palm Sunday services on 9th April.

The first bomb exploded inside Mar Girgis (St. George's) Coptic Orthodox church in Tanta, in Gharbiya governorate in the Nile Delta region. The bishopric has issued a list of 26 names of people who died in the attack. According to the Ministry of Health, 71 people were injured.

In March a bomb was found at the same church, but on that occasion the device was successfully defused.

Later during the morning of 9th April, a suicide bomber was intercepted and detonated his device outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria. According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, six people were killed in this attack and 33 were injured. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadrous II was presiding over the Palm Sunday celebrations in the cathedral, but he is reported to be unharmed.

Christians in Egypt ask us to pray:
a. for God's comfort for those who lost loved ones and for full recovery of the injured
b. for comfort and encouragement for the wider Christian community and for God's protection over his church in Egypt and over other targets of these kinds of attacks
c. that the perpetrators of these violent attacks and the instigators behind them will be found and brought to justice


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URL for this prayer request: meconcern.org/2017/04/09/egypt-bomb-attacks-on-two-churches/


Note -  I have been going through the book of Nehemiah, a book I had not studied for many many years. I have already gone through all the minor prophets and now am about 75% done with this most fascinating book in the Old Testament. I have taken quite some time with it. While writing I got the strongest urge to post this small section on the public page. This section takes up after all the people are assembled and are rededicating their lives and nation back to the Lord after 70 years of exile, trouble and suffering. This section deals with one of the area's where Israel went wrong that led them into such a state.

I will only post this section of Nehemiah. I still am posting Micah here on the Public page which was done back in 2015.

Nehemiah Part XXXIX

And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes:
 and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God,
 to the chambers, into the treasure house. For the children of Israel and the children of
Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers,
 where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters,
and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.
(Neh 10:38-39)

We pick up here as the passage continues on with the duties of the Priesthood, this after the obligations of the people to support their religious worship were outlined. Today, we don't do that, not to the degree as we should. Now one of the things I have respected about Islam is that they put money into their region and religious system as well as religious education. The rich men of Islam put millions of dollars into their religion. The ordinary Muslim does the same thing. But in this nation, with Christians too often Churches go under because the people don't give and support the Church and the minister who serves them. They have other priorities, a newer car when the one they have is only two years old, an expensive vacation, the third, $15k kitchen remodeling over the last 10 years. These are more important to far too many of the average American Christian than their religion and the Christ they claim to adore. Many of those will be among those who say "Lord, Lord...." (Luk 7:21ff)  or will be as the unwise steward (Matt 25:14). Each group were cast into the outer darkness.

The Temple was the center of their lives in Israel. Christ Jesus should be the center of ours. If he really is, it will show in how we treat those who minister for the Lord. The evangelist, the preacher, the teacher, the prophet and the layperson who does charity work for the Kingdom.

In the Old testament the principle of the tithe (10%) was fully in force. Verse 38 appears to show that the Levites had to give of their own tithes unto the work of God. So according to some, the Levites were not exempt from tithing. But the passage has caused many to comment a bit differently. K&D commentary gives us some of that debate here.

These offerings of first-fruits were to be brought into the chambers of the house of God, where they were to be kept in store, and distributed to the priests for their support. “And the tithes of our ground (will we bring) to the Levites; and they, the Levites, receive the tithes in all our country towns. (Neh_10:39) And a priest, a son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites take tithes; and the Levites shall bring the tithe of the tithes to the house of our God, into the chambers of the treasury.” The parenthetical sentences in these verses, הַֽמְעַשְׂרִים הַֽלְוִיִּם וְהֵם and הַֽלְוִיִּם בַּעְשֵׂר, have been variously understood. עָשַׂר in the Piel and Hiphil meaning elsewhere to pay tithe, comp. Deu_14:22; Deu_26:12; Gen_28:22, many expositors adhere to this meaning in these passages also, and translate Neh_10:38 : for they, the Levites, must give again the tenth (to the priests); and Neh_10:39 : when the Levites give the tenth; while the lxx, Vulgate, Syriac, Rashi, Aben Ezra, Clericus, Bertheau, and others, take עִשֵּׂר and הֶעֱשִׂיר in these sentences as signifying to collect tithe.

We prefer the latter view, as giving a more suitable sense. For the remark that the Levites must give back the tenth (Neh_10:38) does not present so appropriate a motive for the demand that the tithes should be paid, as that the tithes are due to the Levites. Still less does the addition, in our agricultural towns, suit the sentence: the Levites must give back the tithe to the priests. Again, the fact that it is not said till Neh_10:39 that the Levites have to give the tenth of the tenth to the priests, speaks still more against this view. A priest is to be present when the Levites take the tenth, so that the share of the priests may not be lessened. On “the tenth of the tenth,” comp. Num_18:26. Hezekiah had provided store-chambers in the temple, in which to deposit the tithes, 2Ch_31:11. - K & D Commentary

The passage as we see was not clear among scholars of the time of the writing of that commentary (both authors died in the late 1800's). The debate is an interesting one that probably has little real spiritual application, except for perhaps those who minister the gospel today.

But you now what? I find it of note here that Christ when he was here made it plain that his people had a duty both to Caesar and to God. Even Christ paid taxes but that did not absolve us of our godly obligations, which in Christ's time, was a tithe of all. I am often asked about my views on tithing. Many pastors demand it and say it is scriptural, making plain that the tithes should go to their Church. I cannot help but note a small but of self interest in that view. The fact is, the word tithe is not mentioned in relation to the Christian Church as a direct commandment. However, the clear implication is that a similar source of income for Christ's ministers is to come from the congregation.
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple?
and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach
the gospel should live of the gospel
(I Cor  9:13-14 [KJV])

God's gracious gift of salvation and his love for us should elicit in us that giving and generous spirit to the Lord's ministers, wherever they work. In the mission fields of Africa, to the refugee camps of Syria, to the Homeless shelters of Chicago, to the small country Church in Colorado. The passage above in Nehemiah (vs. 38) may imply for Christian ministers that they are not exempt from giving offerings, even though they earn their living from the gospel.

This may all seem like a bit of a digression, but I assure you it is not. Keep in mind the whole setting of the passage here in Nehemiah. They were coming back to the Lord and did not want to go astray again. These were all issues that the Priests knew had to be accomplished if they were to be acceptable to the Lord God, YHWH. In short, their obligations, or rather lack thereof to their religious duties to the priests and the Temple were part of the reason they fell away. Then they started showing respect to the gods of the nations around them and took after their ways and abominations.

As with most great sins, they get started with just a little thing, they stopped giving as much as they should to the the Lord. In our own lives this is how backsliding starts; little things. We don't give to ministers, we stop going to the Church's or fellowships that God has ordained we go to. Mind you many if not most of America's Churches are not teaching the whole counsel of God and many have gone after the ways of Sodom, Masonry and other forms of apostasy. Under no circumstances should we give to that. But for those of you fortunate enough to have found a pastor, preacher or teacher who is not ashamed of the whole word of God and teaches and gives good Godly counsel and teachings, honor him by giving him a decent, comfortable, but not opulent living.

If you want to know what happens when people stop giving to the Church, take a look at Europe. Note that Muslims give to their religion, many Christians simply won't. Often it is not because of a lack of means, they just are not going to do it... other priorities. But after a while, if they really belong to Christ, he will send them leanness, financial and otherwise to remind them. A person with a high paying job may suddenly lose it. A good retirement check may suddenly stop as is happening all over the nation right now. A sudden illness that drains the bank account. God knows how to get a message to his wayward sheep who forget who the source of all their blessings is. Sometimes that reminder can be rather uncomfortable. The key is this - for Israel and to us - we must give to the kingdom and do so with a generous spirit. But my own personal word of advise to you all is this -  today, there is a lot of fraud and deception out there - pray earnestly first - there are no perfect ministers and ministries. but there are those who are doing their very best to serve the Lord honorably and to fulfill the task of their specific calling - give to those whom the Lord so directs and may God bless each of you with a seven-fold blessing who does this faithfully month after month.

This chapter ends with with a powerful word - We will not forsake the House of our God. This was one of the great stumbling blocks of the past. Forsaking the worship of God. The Temple was really to be the center of life in Israel. Before King David, remember, they had no King. The center of life in Israel was to be God. But the people in their lust to be like the nations around them did not want that any longer and wanted to be like the heathen around them. God, in his anger and disappointment gave them exactly what they wanted. What did they get? Exactly what they asked for. They became just like the the nations around them, so full of sin and iniquity that God threw them off the land that they had so thoroughly polluted (Eze 36:18).

Selah.. let us pause and consider

We will continue this study in Nehemiah next week, God willing!

Brother Mark

Syria War Option:


The war drums are beating again and even now, the DOD is briefing Trump on how best to attack Syria. Even Tillerson is now on board with the unusual unison to go to war. that only comes when the political wheels have  been greased to fall in lockstep behind false intelligence.... just like we did back in 2003 with results so disastrous, we are still there 15 years later, clearing up Bush II mess.

But some intelligence sources (sourced from the web... sorry no link will be provided - they may be forced to go away if I gave it) have stated that the evidence is not as rock solid as we are being led to believe that that it may have been an artillery shell that hit a building that housed the poison gas. Others say that the US had a drone operating in the area that gave rock solid proof of Assad's complicity. It is not clear if that drone was armed or not or if it returned to base with all of its missiles in tact.

We just don't know and simply put, no one is talking. But the Washington war/propaganda machine is working in overdrive. Consider this. Last week, Tillerson seeks to change policy on Syria after 8 years of inane. bloody bumbling, we finally talk about a political settlement. Then out of the blue, that political settlement is torpedoed by a purported gas attack that the US has quickly blamed on Syria. This is the same kind of thing that happened with the US torpedoed that Cease fire in Syria when the US 'accidentally bombed' a Syrian military base... DURING A  CEASEFIRE!


I want to show you how Washington works. This is a purely FICTIONAL (as in did NOT happen) telephone conversation, but may help you better contextualize just what is gong on in DC.

Senator X: Mr. President, I will not accept an Assad regime in Syira, forget it. I will use all my power to stop that from happening. First I will deep six the Gorsuch nomination, I have three other Senators who will follow me to make sure it fails, second, I am going to turn up the volume on the Russia scandal that some will be calling to have you removed from office... and they won't be all Democrats either. I will (expletive deleted) your administration so hard you will think you are two dollar whore servicing a returning crew who had been at sea for a year. You'll be a lame duck before your first year in office is over... I will make it my primary mission.

Trump; I can't just switch policies like that on Syria, it looks weak politically -  no way I am going to do that (redacted)  you're off your rocker. Give me some kind of political out and maybe we can talk.

Senator X. Once I give you that out Mr. President, you had better go in and take Assad out.

Trump: What kind of out are we talking about? Is it something that I can take to the American people?

Senator X: Don't ask, just know that an out will be provided to you. When it comes ASK NO QUESTIONS. Make damn sure no one around you asks questions.... and don't fumble around for weeks for someone to figure this all out...

Trump: OK but, but Gorsuch get's his seat before the first plane leaves the tarmac.

Senator X: That's fine but one other thing. Get rid of Bannon. I don't care how you do it. I have talked to my buddy McMasters and he is not cut out for that council. He supports Assad and that makes him a liability. Do that first before anything else goes forward. He must be gone from the NSC before I give you the out... he may blab and (expletive deleted) the whole thing up.

Trump: .....silence.... OK you (expletive deleted). I'll do it... and I will remember what a (expletive deleted) you really are (unintelligible)....
.. dial tone
Again this is FICTIONAL conversation. It did NOT happen.

Is this what happened? Exactly? No. But I think something along those lines is exactly where the fault lines are and if nothing, else shows you the way horse trading is really done in DC. Mind you, other than a few obscure sites who carry interesting info and perspective, no one has given me the inside scoop. But this link may help. - do listen to that link. This will be much clearer as to why I am saying what I am saying.

Yes, I think they will go in and wreck havoc on Syria. But remember, the Russians are there as well, conducting airstrikes on a daily basis. This could get real ugly, real quick.

The good news is that Trump may be coming back to sanity and may just do limited airstrikes rather than a full
assault.

But I mean... don't you think it odd that there is such a rush to do this without any kind of UN action, public support or debate?


I want to stress this to all of you. I have never been a fan of the Assad regime. But I don't live in Syria. Syrians live in Syria and they have the right to choose their leader. While it is true that some atrocities have taken place and Assad's forces are responsible for some of them, it is also true that the terrorists and those who support and arm them have also committed atrocities. A war like this is a savage business. To call out one side and not the other is not moral outrage, its cynical opportunism. So don't think for a moment I am in love with Assad. I am not. I am not in love with Putin either, but unlike Trump's new best friend the Saudi's who won't even allow a Church to be built in their nation, each are democratically elected and reflect the desires of the majority of their respective populace.

I am not in favor of the US imposing a regime on Syria or a deMOCKracy that has two hand-picked US supported/backed/blackmailed puppets running in largely in fake elections who will later hand over the nations energy resources to Exxon-Mobile when the bodies are buried and new violent groups are seeded into the nation to overthrow that one.

So know where I am coming from. I think it sets a bad, really bad precedent if the US feels it can go in and attack democratic governments at will. It shows us to be the enemy, rather than the friend of freedom loving people.

Eritrea: Christian Women Die Following Hunger Strike

The women were apparently detained at a military camp, conducted a hunger strike to protest abuses and then died.

In other persecution news, Christians who flee persecution in Vietnam fear being repatriated.

In Iran, Christians pine in jail under a justice system that works against them. Things are not good in Iran, but frankly at least in Iran, they let Christians have Churches. In Saudi Arabia, it is not allowed.

I say this not to minimize the suffering of Iranian Christians, but so that Christians are not deceived by some who want to amplify a 'hate' against Iran while even worse deeds are committed by the Saudi's.  Remember, they are best friends with the US and President Trump. I want to make sure none of you are fooled by the narrative game that is so well played by US information and disinformation networks - cry about a sore thumb over here and be silent about an axe murder over there -  all of it, not in support of Christians, but of US foreign policy.

Caveat Lector.

5 Apr

Church Elder Fatally Stabbed In Sudan

(Middle East Concern) Christians in Sudan request prayer against ongoing attempts to seize church property, which led to the fatal stabbing of a church elder on 3rd April.

Against the wishes of the church denomination, the government has imposed an illegal committee on the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. Since 2013 this committee has been selling church properties to businessmen aligned with the government.

One of the properties involved is the Evangelical School in Omdurman. On 3rd April Christians had been at the school... Continues here.


Chemical Attack In Syria

The US is blaming the Syrian gov't. Don't rush to judgment. The timing of this attack is very suspicious. First off, the US foreign policy apparatus is running in full idiot mode. The good news is that Tillerson introduced the first bit of sanity in our Syria policy in the past 8 years when he said that the US is no longer going to make overthrowing Assad the top priority of our policy in the region. Needless to say, John McCain went bonkers when he heard that. McCain clearly does not want to have democracy in Syria. He wants to impose a government on them of his own making - kind of like a dictator that has McCain's personal stamp of approval.  As he has been the primary mover in creating the policy of ousting him and arming those terrorists who are trying to oust Assad, McCain is going to do all in his power to thwart moves to bring any fix to Syria unless he personally approves of the new dictator that is to take over the nation, regardless of the will of the Syrian people, or the elected President of the US.

This chemical attack will be a convenient excuse for McCain (perhaps a bit too convenient) to use as a sounding board as to why Assad needs to go and keep the hate going between Russia (who supports Assad) and the US so he can get his massive defense budget increases.

So the real question is, did Assad do it or did the rebels, who have committed similar attacks in the past do it, at the behest of someone else?

Readers would be wise to think twice before believing anything coming out of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Not without a non-western news source as a 'fact checker'.  From all I have seen with much of it's reporting, it merely creates and helps sustain US based narratives to bolster ongoing and future US policy moves. It's conclusions are duly parroted by US based 'narrative control' information dissemination networks posing as news organizations.

This does not mean that some of the ground forces under Assad could not have used Chemicals. It's possible. But given the political environment, and the slow moves towards a settlement that could keep Assad in power and the slow moves of the US towards that end, I think it highly unlikely he did it. It would set years of work backwards.

But chemical use is hardly new in Syria, despite this well timed and highly coordinated 'outrage' we see in the Media. Don't believe me? Go to your favorite search engine and type in "ISIS" and "Chemical attack" and yes many of the rebels that the US has been arming have deep ties to ISIS. Both had the same goal -  oust the Shia based Assad democracy and replace it with a Sunni based terrorist group. Not unlike the situation today in Libya.

Meanwhile the terrorists whom the US has given much support to in the past have created a new alliance.

These are the same rebels who just a few moths ago, polluted the water supply in Damascus and nary a US source carried the story. There was no outrage, no calls for investigation.

But this attack was very savage, there can be no excuse for it for any side to have done such an abominable thing. The agent was a suspected Nerve Agent and if you don't know about nerve agents, they are really nasty. They interfere with the body's central nervous system and the chemical process that causes nerves to function. It us truly a horrible way to die. When I was in the military,, I spent several months working in Disaster Preparedness and preparing our unit for the possibility of NBC attacks (Nuclear Biological Chemical) in wartime was part of what I did for a several months.

This early PM I listened to the Syrian government statement on this (on CSPAN radio). The spokeswoman was adamant that they did not do it and noted the quick 'chorus' of international voices who were accusing them. They noted Turkey as being one nation who was against any political solution to the Syrian Crisis. It was a very interesting speech and one that is nearly impossible to find in the American 'Free Press'.


But let's all turn down the anger and this manufactured hate and outrage and find out who was really responsible, not whom the MSM and the deep state's major media organizations has blamed, without much real evidence. Remember, no investigations have yet taken place into this so blame at this point in time is all speculation.

Don't bite in this rotten apple until someone truly independent and is not being paid, influenced by or funded by the US to investigates who was really responsible. Keep this in mind, the deep state is very adept at deceiving even Presidents with intelligence reports that are poisoned with false information and sources that they know are not credible. When there is a policy they want implemented bad enough and there are those who want Assad gone just that bad, kid yourself not, they will try.

I know many people just have a hard time with this. I know, I understand most people don't really understand just how messed up our 'deep state' apparatus is, and McCain is a pivotal part of it. For years they were able to get away with literal murder, assassinations, burn down an old folks home or hospital and set it up just so that it looked like the Russians did it, etc. Too often we have blamed the victims because the US had just about every major news organization in the nation who would parrot their lies and false narratives and people were naive enough to believe them.

But that thankfully is changing thanks to the internet and some hard working people out here who know the deal and have some guts.  More and more people are starting to smell the stink of treason that is emanating from our major intelligence agencies and from certain people who hold elected office.

So be careful with the Chemical narrative coming out of the US lie factory. So many chemical attacks have taken place by so many, that this outrage is nothing more than theater, not even fit for a really bad Broadway play.

So many of you ask... OK brother Mark, what's your agenda? I wave the flag 3 times a day and pray at the altar of Cable News and what you are saying does not line up with what they are telling me. What is your REAL agenda here on Syria?


What would I like to see? I admit, I am totally and completely unreasonable. I want to see the Syrian people choose their leader, not John McCain. Such a system is known as democracy and despite the loud protestations to the contrary, Assad is indeed democratically elected


I think readers should keep in mind that within hours of the violent coup that overthrew Ukraine's democratically elected Government a few years ago, John McCain was right there to welcome in the new openly and avowed racist government after that bloody and very violent coup - scope around the web, you will find the pictures. So his record speaks for itself. He has no respect for democratic principals. Me and him are 180 degree's apart on these issues.

I want to see peace in the region and the US and Russia to begin to work together to solve the real problems in the world rather than this manufactured hate and outrage at Russia concocted by some unstable minds among the NeoCons and the Democratic Party.

I want to see the US, Russia and China get together and solve some of the worlds real pressing problems, like North Korea, the tension in the China Sea, chronic poverty and drought in parts of Africa, Terrorism. mass human migration, as well as drug and human trafficking.

To me, it's sad that no one up there with only a couple of exceptions are thinking along these lines. Everyone is looking to smear the Russians for crimes real and imagined, mostly imagined, stir up hate and war and keep the armaments manufacturers in their Bentley's and Ferrari's while Joe Six Pac opens up his 3rd delinquency notice on his home mortgage because he lost his job 6 months ago and could not find another one.

No one up there seems to give a darn about the average American. McCain wants to play the geriatric kingmaker and widow-maker, Pelosi wants to fire up the troops to undermine the President... Washington is broken and while many Americans thought that they could put Trump in their to fix things, he looks more and more to have transformed himself into just another creature of the swamp.

No, too many Christians and others have gone to their graves as a direct result of US policy of arming, supporting and directing these Sunni based terror groups because they wanted to oust Assad, who for decades was pretty good to Christians in his nation. I would like to see the dark forces within our government who have armed these terror groups and committed numerous atrocities in secret held to account for their bloodshed and murders. I hope and pray that peace and prosperity come to all of the Middle East, Sunni, Shi'ite, and Christian.

Because these are my views I have been made Public enemy number one by a few powerful men over there within the DOD and the CIA who cannot get a good nights sleep unless they can put some innocent soul in their grave, set someone's house on fire or bomb out someones hospital, Church or Mosque.

I thank God that such as those call me an enemy, for that is how I truly know I am doing the right thing by speaking out and not being shy about it. I have not nor will I be be cowered by threats or intimidation as they tried  so very hard to do before.

My view is this - when the devil considers you his friend, you (should) know you have got a problem, when he calls you his enemy, you are on the right track. Who is the devil but a murderer, a liar and a thief?

May my God protect every voice out here on the Internet who has the courage to speak out for the downtrodden, the defenseless and victims of these atrocities and who seeks peace and justice in a world more and more marked by brutal savagery, bolstered by lies and disinformation that is too often rewarded with a certified check.

Yes, may the Lord Jesus and his mighty angels watch over and protect all who show such courage in looking out for those whom the rich and powerful want to see forgotten and who truly seeks peace and he truth - the WHOLE truth - in our very troubled world.


  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

(Matthew 5:7-12 [KJV])
Amen!




4  April


Micah Chapter 6

The Lawsuit

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

(Mic 6:1-2)

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


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

(Mic 6:3-5)

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

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


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

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

(Mic 6:5-6)

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

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

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

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

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

(Ecc 5:1)

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

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

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

(Mic 6:9-12)

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

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

(Mic 6:13-16)
God is going to strike Israel because of these evils.


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

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

1 April

Prosecutor Offers Acquittal in Exchange for Conversion to Islam

03/30/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian ConcernInternational Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a deputy district prosecutor in Pakistan is blackmailing 42 Christian prisoners who have been imprisoned since 2015, promising to free them if they convert to Islam. These Christians have been imprisoned since 2015 when two suicide bombers attacked several churches in Youhanabad, killing and injuring dozens of Christians.
 
Little was done to catch those responsible and shortly after the attack, two Muslim men were found lynched. The government alleged that these 42 Christians were involved and arrested them. While some of the imprisoned may be guilty, the investigation has been poorly conducted and innocent men are suffering in jail.

Initially, the deputy prosecutor denied that he made such an offer; however, he recanted when he found out that the accused possessed a video recording of the deal. He now asserts that he was only offering the imprisoned men a choice. Unfortunately, such an offer is not new. In addition to the most recent blackmail attempt, reports suggest that the prosecutor's office tried blackmailing the Christians the same way six months ago, but they refused.
 
ICC began interviewing and investigating the attack and lynching after learning about the incident. Since 2015, ICC has worked with four innocent prisoners' families to provide food, small businesses, and medical assistance since the families' breadwinners have been imprisoned.

This situation represents the discrimination and injustice Christians in Pakistan face because of their faith. Rather than following the rule of law, the Pakistani government is trying to further its religious agenda. All prisoners and cases should be investigated in an impartial manner that seeks justice, regardless of the religious identity of those involved in the case. Unfortunately, such impartiality is unlikely to occur.

William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "To threaten Christian prisoners with continued imprisonment if they do not convert to Islam is a blatant violation of religious freedom and justice. Regardless of the religious identity of the prisoners, investigations should be fair and impartial. Pakistan continues to demonstrate intolerance and persecution of Christians through this latest offer."
For interviews with William Stark, Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press at persecution.org
31 Mach

No, Russia Did Not Successfully Hack The DNC, The Real Culprit Was...

Much of the hacking going on blamed on everyone else? Now some of the real deal is coming out.  The real criminals (hacking is a serious crime) have now been revealed for what they are.

Someone is doing all they can to start a war between Russia and the US. The deep state has launched a massive media campaign to demonize Russia to goad this nation into a war that we cannot win without the use of Nuclear Weapons. You and I will not be around to celebrate any 'victory' these forces think they can win.

There is treason in the air.  America could not possibly benefit from such a war, but some one else would. I have done a couple of longer pieces on Russia of late, but that analysis will have to be kept for insiders.

This hysteria over Russia is just that - powerful forces in the deep state have an agenda and fully realize and have prepared for the possible use of Nuclear Weapons.


No, I am not guessing.

Trump's Foreign Policy: Blood, Smoke, Fire... and Eavesdropping

Generals warn of more civilians casualties to come
Centcom Chief Says US Vital Interest At Stake In Assisting In Yemen's Destruction
Bahrain: Human Rights Take Back Seat To Arms Sales For Tillerson
Obama's Rule Change Allowed Political Hacking On Trump
SecAF Chief Pick Has Stock in 16 Defense Companies
Trump's Broken Promises On 'Dragging America Into War'
Trump Authorizes More Aggressive Air Strikes In Somalia
Libertarians, Trump And War: Abandonment Of Campaign Promises
Trump's FCC Blocks ISPs from Giving Low-Income Families Web Access
Trump, Congress complain about surveillance, yet may enable spying by Internet companies

Donald Trump on multiple fronts is turning out to be a big disappointment. His promises on the campaign trail are nothing like what he has done. But many months ago, I said he may turn out to be a 'White Obama' promising us the moon and instead doing everything the DC insiders want while we, the people get more empty promises that will soon be broken.

So far, I am totally unimpressed in his ability and perhaps the real willingness to take on 'the Swamp' and all the crooked contractors who have been robbing our nation blind. Instead, all the usual suspects are getting their pockets lined and Americans are fighting foreigners and robots for jobs.

The polls show it, the increasing disaffection for his policy priorities.

So does our budgetary trajectory, of which his budget proposal (and a $54 Billion DOD increase) has not helped.

Americans did not vote for him to funnel more billions into the sinkhole of the DOD. Americans did not vote for him so that our fighter planes can go and bomb a building full of women and children. Trump's Generals are planning to kill even more.

The killing of the poor and forgotten don't seem to move him much. Let's take a look at another recent atrocity that no one will pay for, paving the way for even more gruesomeness against the poor and people of color.

Apache Helicopter Guns Down Yemeni Refugee Ship

42 were killed. These were people who had UNHCR clearance and were gunned down.

Meanwhile the Saudi's continue bombing food in a nation that is literally starving.

The nationality of the copter who murdered these refugee's is carefully obscured in News reporting.

It was probably either US or Saudi.

At least 31 Somali refugees are dead after the boat they were traveling in from Yemen to Sudan was attacked by what might have been a U.S.-made Apache helicopter.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed "dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals."

A local coastguard officer told Reuters that "the refugees, carrying official [United Nations Refugee Agency] documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait."

If the reports are true, Yemen Peace Project director of policy and advocacy Kate Kizer noted online, the Apache helicopter "likely was U.S. sold, #Saudi manned (last sale last fall)." - Common Dreams

I note this attack took place just a day or so after Trump met with the Saudi crown Prince.

Did he give the go ahead to let the Saudi's commit these kinds of atrocities and that he would not raise any criticisms if they did?

I heard no criticisms.

After all, he has escalated US raids since taking office.

More here.

Since assuming power he has conducted a disastrous raid into Yemen and by all appearances appears to now be prepared to allow the Saudi's to take the gloves off and target refugee's and anyone else the Saudi's don't like - the darker the skin the more likely they are to be killed. Black Somali's and Yemeni's appear to be now in the cross-hairs. That war while having strong religious/sectarian overtones is in reality a war of the haves against the have-nots, with the rich Gulf sheikdoms and the Saudi's ganging up on one of the very poorest nations on earth, not just of the region, Yemen.  A real bloody class/economic and race war is now being waged right now, but is not being framed that way in the global press. The poor dark skinned Muslims against the lighter skinned wealthy rich Islamic sheikdoms.  The war is going very badly and has made the AQ militants the Saudi's want to oust more powerful.
The American people did not elect Trump to start more wars. If they wanted that, they would have drafted the totally unelectable John McCain. But instead we get McCain's Foreign Policy and military policy.

The F-35 Continues To Stumble

The project On Government Oversight does a long report on the F-35 and its many issues. Many of them look to be really serious. For a long time I have said this plane was a turkey. It costs too much money and was specifically designed to be un-killable. Those who did the legal, legislative and international work to get players on board knew what they were doing. They were making plane that would cost a bundle and that when the real price tag was know, they could not kill the project. Now we have this budgetary sinkhole that is taking critical dollars from other defense needs.They set it up so that anyone who tried would have a gaggle of Congressmen and Senators who would line up behind it, even if it couldn't shoot the broad side of a barn at ten paces.
What kind of poison lurks in the soul of a person who thinks killing woman and children and refugee's like this is a good thing and refuses to apologize for it and promises more?

Then we have Trump's assault on the privacy of Americans. He was not in office for two months and he was moving to gut privacy protections of the Americans he says he cares so much about. Now here is a guy who is weeping and whining about Obama spying on him and sets out to spy on all of us!


I think the GOP need to get into reality or they will soon lose both the House and the Senate. The reality is this. Trump is in the White House because of the kinds of economic and social alienation of millions that took place under Bush and Obama -  in working America, particularly working White America. They don't want their privacy raped, they don't want to spend more money on wars, they don't want to pay more for less health coverage just so fatcats can get richer and they don't want to see the President spend all his time firing off twitter messages. This administration and the GOP are careening towards a disaster of their own making... and Trump is only part of the problem. 

What I see for our nation is not good. When people no longer think they can change things with their votes and elections are superfluous they will take one of two tracts. One is to separate (a break up of the US) and the other is a violent revolution. I want to see neither but I can read and hear the frustration on both sides of the political aisle. The real cause as I see it is less about GOP Vs. Democrats, but the swamp -  the power elite the corrupt American Oligarchs (yes America's oligarchs can be worse than the Russian ones) against the ordinary Joe. Those powerful men and networks have been exceptionally adept at dividing us up in order to enrich themselves at the government trough. The moves already underway in many parts of the nation to break it up or worse may be in their infancy, but will only grow in size and momentum until men like Trump, Pelosi, Ryan, McConnell, and yes powerful has-been's like Obama and Clinton decide it's time to really look at what is happening to a great many Americans and stop playing stupid gutter politics. It's killing America.

Look -  you want to see some real correlation between  Trump and the deep despair that is out there in America? Well, this interesting pdf I think will help.
Here I examine the relationship between county-level rates of mortality from drugs, alcohol and suicide (2006-2014) and voting patterns in the 2016 Presidential election. I focus on three regions where the drug epidemic has received considerable attention: the Industrial Midwest, Appalachia, and New England6. Because much of the narrative surrounding Trump’s election success has emphasized the role of economic distress and working-class voters... - Deaths of Despair and Support for Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election
This study as well is quite revealing at what is going on in many parts of the nation.

Brothers, White working America's shift to the GOP where the Democrats had long held an iron grip was in many ways, a sign of desperation.

Below is the final section of a piece I did on Trump at 60 days I wrote on the 20th of this month.
***

Spiritually Speaking


Do I see Trump as being able to halt the moral slide in America? I will be honest with you. No. While I see that he is very much concerned with some of the key issues that are important to religious conservatives (Abortion/transgender issues), it is not clear to me that this is nothing more than pandering to a key GOP constituency. I note that the GOP recently opened up one of this own retreat meetings with prayer and that if one looks around the web, one can find pictures of Trump and Pence praying.

It is good to see that God is an important part of this administration. The last one seemed to go out of its way to show the deepest of contempt for the God of Christians. In this there is a marked change. As an aside, you can find some interesting pictures of Trump and his protection here. The last picture shows Trump and Pence (apparently) praying.

My view is perhaps a bit cynical, but I want to see  if this man is really concerned with the poor man of all colors everywhere. As leader of the free world, he must show respect for life and his obsession with war and his cozying up the Saudi's and his support for the multiple atrocities they have committed in Yemen deeply concerns me. That attack on the Somali refugee boat is to me very troubling, especially if somehow in secret the Saudi's and Trump have cut a deal to turn a blind eye to even worse Saudi war crimes.

Trumps moves to cut our foreign aid budget will be a devastating blow to millions who depend on US aid for food. Where is the money for the poor going to go? Into the military for which as we all know, he requested $54 billion more.


But I think we Americans tend to put too much faith in our Presidents. They are powerful, but much of their power really derives from their control over the 'deep state' apparatus and it's ability to involve itself legally and illegally inside America's domestic political, economic and social scene. A President is pretty much forbidden to use his office to evangelize, though Barak Obama probably crossed those legal lines with his incessant praise of Islam, but was never called to the carpet for it. Why?

Mostly because liberal groups who keep watch on such things and wage lawfare when they see abuses usually have a very strong almost satanic anti-Christian slant to them and any other religion except Christianity may be praised without their legal molestation. More here  here  here and here.

But I look around the nation and I say to myself. Where is the thirst for righteousness and truth? People more and more are less interested in what is right as they are in what fills their bank account. It's money and economics that drive so many people to the polls. Moreover people don't want to deal with truths. No. What they want is a narrative any narrative; true or not that bolsters their own economic, social or political standing. This is the real reason why Cable News does so well and our nation is so Balkanized. Truth does not sell because people for the most part hate it. Black's don't want to hear how they have messed up their own communities and elevate ignorance and self destruction (lots of very harsh profanity in that link so be warned and please don't be angry at me for linking to it. I link to it because Mr. Rock with raw totally non-PC and at times a bit offensive humor lays it out in a way that only humor will allow in our hyper PC nation. I have been Black for 58 years and Mr. Rock is not far behind, A Black man who has lived among American black folks - immigrant Africans excluded - understands what Chris is saying, even if he he may put on a theatrical 'outrage' at his comments - MSW) while they point the finger at the White man for many of their self-inflicted troubles. Then you have many non-working white blue collar Americans who don't want to hear that many of them really are a lazy, shiftless whining bunch, especially many of the younger ones. Look am I the only one saying it? Nope, a key GOP intellectual is saying it and saying working class white folks need to be 'replaced'.

Everyone is looking for a way to escape reality. Illegal immigrants don't want to hear that they are by definition - federal criminals and the rich don't want to hear that their polices are primarily responsible for what more and more is looking to be a political break up of the US coming in the next 20 years. Everyone sits in their own cesspool and complains out how much crap covers the other guy. None of these things are politically correct to say, but that is part and parcel of the problem - problems unidentified are problems uncorrected. Hard truths are to be ignored and attacked; comfortable lies are to be given place and elevated as modern dogma. 'Politically correct' is one of America's major problems, it's why things don't get fixed and it's why I don't and won't play the politically correct game. Political correctness is a blindfold we put on when we don't want to see the cliff we are quickly running towards.

Then there is the perversions and licentiousness. How many of you are aware of the Marine Corp scandal?  I have not covered it here, as I know many of you are aware. In short, Marines were caught posting nude photo's of social media.

It's the pervert factor and its a very real part of 21st century America. America has become little more than a modern Sodom. The Marine Corp... one would think that these Marines would know better than to undermine the uniform they wear in such a base manner. Yet they have done just that. These are the men and women who are supposed to be defending us.

You know, I have told readers here many times that the top brass inside our military are deeply concerned about the new crop of soldiers and even officers that our nation is producing.  The barrel they have to choose from in the civilian pool is stacked full of rotten apples. No, they cannot say that publicly but they know it secretly. The deep social problems including race and drug related ones make their way into the military. Gangs, drugs, weapons thefts  - brothers, our military really has been rotting from within. Now the DOD had been very, very careful to keep these things out of the press because first, they do not bode well for the Nation's ability to 'rattle the saber' of potential military action when your solders are too busy to follow orders because the guys are all 'having fun' in the base shower bay. There have been many unreported incidents of gay lovers quarrels, lovers spats  assaults and the likes since Obama essentially sodomized our military. It may not be a major problem but it is a problem and one that PC and the laws on the books will not allow anyone to put out there in reports to the public.

This whole gay thing was a major sea change of moral foundations for the US Military. Military Chaplains who held to Biblical views were threatened.

Is there a curse on our military? Let me ask this question first - when is the last time we won any kind of war? Wherever our military goes we make things worse. I don't under any circumstances want to denigrate our military members and undermine morale whose hard work and sacrifices should be respected by Americans (respect for all military members). But this must be said - God will not bless sin and evil and these sins are not only practiced, but are protected by the highest courts and offices in the land. So the real question is, do I think is America about to be or is being cursed by God?

I think the answer to that one is  - not quite yet, though I think God is sending trouble into our military and economy because these are the twin powers of American pride and yes, arrogance. I think this is rebuke and his rebuke if left uncorrected does indeed lead to a curse.


The National Debt (St. Louis Fed)

But brothers, these are all signs of the times. None of these things surprise us who know our God. America is not likely to repent, she will go from one abomination to another, first it's homosexuality that is legal. One day it will be pedophilia, later it will be rape as an acceptable way to gratify oneself sexually.


The downward slope to Sodom is a pretty steep and once one gets momentum in that direction, it is pretty hard, if not impossible to stop.


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

(2Ti 3:1-5)
How much does this passage reflect our nation today and the western world in general? Selfish? Brothers I don't think there is a better word to describe many of my countrymen. Liars, accusers, angry hot-headed arrogant lovers of pleasure and often times just plain old haters of God. More and more people are turning to out-and-out devil worship and other forms of witchcraft and paganism. They want none of God's simple morality, they want to get high, screw, lie, cheat their brother and abominate their way to personal nirvana.

Naturally we know that there are still many people here in the nation who do know God and are doing their best to do right, even in these frightful and difficult times. But that does not describe most Americans who flock to see the latest installment of witchcraft movies. Satan sells, God does not and this is why the nation and its people are sinking into Sodom's cesspool and Gomorrah's garbage heap.

They don't want God to reign over them nor do they want to be guided by his morality, not when sleeping with your neighbors wife is so much fun.

These are indeed the last days and I don't see Mr. Trump as being any kind of savior of America. I see him as the other side of the devils coins that run and have ruined America. This is not said to denigrate him personally as I think he really cares about this country. No, but he has and must surround himself with those who have little regard for the nation and the God of the Bible and whose only desire is to make tons of money on a gravy train that the GOP usually rides when they get the White House. The Swamp will give him no other choice.

Finally the links this administration has to far right groups and thinking to me is quite troubling. Mr. Bannon as well as Mr Gorka? These ties are real, despite Trump's publicly distancing himself from the alt-right movement. These are deeply troubling ties and ties that one day I will talk about at length, but not today.

Suffice it to say that Trump's words sound good and to a large degree I think he is sincere, but that he I think is really powerless to do much of what he has promised. Presidents are little more than a fulcrum of other people's power than power itself. It takes a while for an outsider to grasp that, but the system is set up to limit and constrain severely  what a President whom the system does not like and tries to take the nation too far in a direction that does not serve the interests of the 'swamp'.

I ask all Christians who wish to obey God and do what he asks to pray for President Trump. You have a solemn and divinely appointed duty to do so, weather you like him his policies or not. If you honor God, honor him by doing as he commanded.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,
and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority;
that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge
of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all,
to be testified in due time.
(1Ti 2:1-6)





Brother Mark





30 March

The ACA (Obamacare): Congressional Options

Obamacare, its repeal and or it's changes will not be easy, this is an enormously complex piece of legislation. Any significant changes will have significant, long term effect on our budget and the budgets of millions of Americans. I have not spent much time on this, not even for insiders for one main reason. Nothing either party can or will ever propose will fix anything. In the current rather poisonous political environment they are only capable of shifting costs from one group onto another, further exacerbating the kinds of political and economic divisiveness that has and will never do anything but further undermine the nation's political, social cohesion and in this case, its medical health.

My view on the ACA is simple and one I have said for years, even when Obamacare was first being debated. Until our leaders get serious about the cost of care - not the cost of insurance, not the cost of co-payments, not the cost of medicare payments, but the actual costs of care, medicine, equipment, etc, moves in Congress to reform, repeal and otherwise tinker with Obamacare are nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Our nation is in fiscal trouble and few of my countrymen really get this. I only need to look how they vote to know this is true. 


I think that if Trump and his GOP cohorts are really serious about real change, I say consider this.

Bring back the general practitioner doctor. A guy who can open up his own doctors office to take care of minor to moderate health problems for ordinary people. Cap his malpractice liability and let him write off his MP premiums on his taxes. Make it easier and less cumbersome financially and legally to open up a small private practice. Let him use generics, heck, let him incorporate as a 501(c)3. Get some economic competition out there to bring down costs. If you don't. Those premiums really are going to blow up in the face of millions of Americans. Partisan spin aside, ask anyone who pays premiums if they have gone up or down. Neither side has plan to fix this, not really. Just shifting the costs.

If you really want to fix Obamacare, you need to try to use the market to do it with and get rid of these massive billion dollar health corporations that are raking in massive profits. Where do those profits come from? Much of it from Federal subsidies, programs and regulations that make hard for others to compete.

No one wants to do this because a billion dollar lobbying effort will be waged against anyone who tries. Why do you think Obama would not allow the wider use of generics. Because he is against generics and lower prices? No! Because he knew if he pushed for their wider use the Pharmaceutical industry would have buried Obamacare before it hit the House floor.


One of those problems is the cost of entitlements (like Medicare).

But everyone who is charged with overseeing key programs and agencies in our government has been sounding the alarm for a long time. We are in trouble. The result? Things keep getting worse.

In a month, if the GOP, the President and the 'freedom caucus' don't get their act together, the government is going to shut down. The Treasury has been acting under emergency measures since about the 15th. That means on or about the 27th, we do that the shutdown thing all over again as we move towards the real possibility of default.

I am not saying that is going to happen, but that it could and even if it doesn't, why have we not solved these problems so we don't have to face this again. I will tell you. No one wants to control costs and spending. They are tough, really tough choices. But I will say this, if we can get rid of the billions in improper payments in both Medicare, social security (lots of fraud and politically connected rackets) and more importantly the in the DOD, it would be a big step in the right direction.

How can you not account for 2.8 Trillion dollars?


Source: DOD




Source Images: GAO

CRS Report on ACA starts here...

Congress is deeply divided over implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health reform law enacted in March 2010 during the 111th Congress. Since the ACA’s enactment, lawmakers opposed to specific provisions in the ACA or the entire law have repeatedly debated its implementation and considered bills to repeal, defund, delay, or otherwise amend the law.

During the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congresses, the Republican-led House passed numerous ACA- related bills, including legislation that would repeal the entire law. There was much less debate in the Senate, which remained under Democratic control during the 112th and 113th Congresses. Most of the House-passed ACA legislation was not considered in the Senate during that period. With Republicans in control of both chambers in the 114th Congress, opponents of the ACA sought new opportunities to pass legislation that would change the law.

The House-passed legislation included stand-alone bills as well as provisions in broader, often unrelated measures that would have (1) repealed the ACA in its entirety and, in some cases, replaced it with new law; (2) repealed, or by amendment restricted or otherwise limited, specific provisions in the ACA; (3) eliminated appropriations provided by the ACA and rescinded all unobligated funds; (4) replaced the ACA’s mandatory appropriations with authorizations of (discretionary) appropriations, and rescinded all unobligated funds; or (5) blocked or otherwise delayed implementation of specific ACA provisions.

Republican leaders used a special legislative process known as budget reconciliation in an effort to repeal parts of the ACA. On October 23, 2015, the House passed a reconciliation bill that would have repealed several provisions of the ACA. The House-passed bill (H.R. 3762) was taken up by the Senate, which substituted its own more extensive set of ACA repeal provisions. The Senate approved H.R. 3762, as amended, on December 3, 2015. The House subsequently approved the Senate-passed bill. President Obama vetoed H.R. 3762 on January 8, 2016. The House failed to override the veto.

A few bills to amend specific elements of the ACA that attracted sufficiently broad and bipartisan support were approved by both the House and the Senate and signed into law. During the 111th Congress, a number of clarifications and technical adjustments to the ACA were enacted. During the 112th, 113th, and 114th Congresses, several more substantive ACA amendments became law. For example, Congress repealed Title VIII of the ACA—the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act—which would have established a voluntary, long-term care insurance program to pay for community-based services and supports for individuals with functional limitations. Lawmakers also repealed a tax-filing provision (IRS Form 1099) that had been included in the ACA, and, in two separate legislative actions, reduced the annual appropriations to the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund over the period FY2013-FY2024 by a total of $9.75 billion.

In addition to considering ACA repeal or amendment in authorizing legislation, lawmakers used the annual appropriations process in an effort to eliminate funding for the ACA’s implementation and address other concerns they have with the law. A companion report, CRS Report R44100, Use of the Annual Appropriations Process to Block Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (FY2011-FY2017), summarizes the ACA-related language added to annual appropriations. - Congressional Research Service.


29 Mar

Persecution Watch

Egypt: Mob Threatens Christians Homes
200+ Christian Herdsmen Killed In Nigeria So Far This Year
Three More Churches Closed In Indonesia

Pilgrimage And Prayer Comes To UK
Pakistan: UN Holds Session Called 'Christians In Pakistan Under Threat'
Florida: Christian Suspended For  Challenging Muslim Teachers Claim Christ Was Not Crucified
Now Might Christians In America Be Persecuted?

28 Mar


Observations From A Swedish Cop And More From Readers

(This was posted on the 3rd of this month for insiders) I love to hear from readers here and when they have some really good info, I will post it but only with your permission.

I got a great one today from a long time reader in Sweden. He works for the Police at the HQ in Stockholm. With his kind permission, he passed this on to me this AM. I post it to help better inform all of you as to what is really  going on there as opposed to what media moguls want us to believe is going on. I have removed any personal details and am going to give you his letter pretty much unedited. Remember, this is a cop who works day to day dealing with police matters in Sweden.

I should add this. This is no hawk-right militant person or cop. He has a heart for others, does not believe in racial or religious discrimination, but at the same time, is concerned about what all of this immigration is going to his country.

Hear this -  right from a cop in Stockholm!

(Begin letter)

I am sorry I haven't written to you in a while and that I don't have sent anything for you to publish on your excellent site. I have been tired from all these (pseudo)debates about crime, rape, immigration, islam, alt-right, Russia, Trump, Sweden Democrats, statistics, etc, but haven't really been able to get away from everything as I work at the very headquarter of the Police, and as all newspaper and TV shows talks about these thing all the times. But I am especially tired when friends at church, neighbours, people at Facebook (I have an account since many years with almost no info about myself), people on the bus, etc talked about all this and everyone seem to be brainwashed and stupid and totally clueless. And with a lack of knowledge in history. And it is more important WHO says something than what is actually said. And facts and data points seem to be totally uninteresting. It is like people don't really expect to get the Truth, and they don't want it either they just want to be on the right side in the confrontation. And they don't want to be worried about things they CAN DO something about, rather they want to be upset about things everyone else is upset about so they don't have to explain why they don't go with the flow.


Okay, one example then...if you want to publish anything in this letter you have my permission!


I am tired when even my own government doing things like this. On their website the publish this (an excerpt with my underlining from http://www.government.se/articles/2017/02/facts-about-migration-and-crime-in-sweden/):

Claim: "In Sweden there are a number of 'no-go zones' where criminality and gangs have taken over and where the emergency services do not dare to go."

Facts: No. In a report published in February 2016, the Swedish Police Authority identified 53 residential areas around the country that have become increasingly marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity. These places have been incorrectly labeled 'no-go zones'. What is true, however, is that in several of these areas the police have experienced difficulties fulfilling their duties; but it is not the case that the police do not go to them or that Swedish law does not apply there.


So the Government say that there are no "no-go zones" where emergency services do not dare to go. Ok let's check with the emergency services, what does the PRESIDENT of The Swedish Ambulance Union say? This is 6 minutes worth listening to (with English subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta5a02MzWjE

So the Ambulance staff say one thing, their Government deny much of their claims. And they publish embarrassing stuff in WaPo denying things. And even former State Minister (Prime Minister) Carl Bildt published an article that had factual errors in it (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/02/24/the-truth-about-refugees-in-sweden/?utm_term=.cf70679b0d17).


BUT NEXT WEEK, guess what? I am going to the rape capital of Europe/the World. Probably not the world, but British The Independent writes about a report from European Agency for Fundamental Rights: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sweden-and-denmark-have-highest-number-of-sexual-assaults-in-europe-a6800901.html


Yes I am going to infamous Malmö! http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/nigel-farage/nigel-farage-malmo-sweden-rape-capital-of-europe/

Tuesday through Thursday I will work there, with no filter or censorship, I will see it as it happens, you know 911-style. Last time I was there in November last year stuff happened and it was interesting to see what DIDN'T end up in the news. Like the open presence of guns at a muslim funeral. At a Islamic Center that claims(!) they are pacifists... Or the romani (gypsy) gang robbing several older people (90 yr and older) in broad daylight and getting away with it because the cops down south have to make other prioritization, the Police even have to prioritize WHAT murder to investigate. Yes you read that right! 

https://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sydsvenskan.se%2F2016-12-10%2Ftre-poliser-istallet-for-trettio-utreder-senaste-mordet-i-malmo

https://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dn.se%2Fnyheter%2Fsverige%2Fpolisen-i-malmo-redo-att-forhandla-med-gangen%2F&edit-text=

And because so many (my guesstimate is a four digit number) people go to war zones and back hand grenades are more common here than in other countries in Europe:

https://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsverigesradio.se%2Fsida%2Fartikel.aspx%3Fprogramid%3D83%26artikel%3D6198938&edit-text=

So we see if I survive...well if there is trouble I won't be out in the street but I'll get to talk off the record and see all original reports, and listening to real live 911-calls from people. It is 112 over here btw!

(End Letter)

Yes, we will have to see. It's is always most interesting what they DO NOT put up on the internet and in our news.

Another reader who often sends me interesting links sent me this one from Prophecy News Watch. It deals with Robots coming for our jobs.

New Worries Over Our Automated Future As Robots Predicted To Take Over Many Jobs

This is an issue that I know I have touched on and others are now beating to death, but yes - this is a trend for the future. How do you deal with this? One answer for the millions upon millions who will lose jobs in the decades ahead is guaranteed income as they are trying in Switzerland, or as Bill Gates offered, to tax robots who take jobs. What will the robot invasion really do? Make the rich richer and make the great divide between have's and have-nots even wider.

Another reader who lives in Kenya sent me this link a couple of weeks ago. It is quite interesting on Trump's Africa policy. The piece starts off asking questions about US Arms sales to Kenya but goes on to discuss other issues with military budgets, financing and missions globally. It also looks briefly at the EU's Africa mission.

I think one of the things I like about this piece is a very careful distinction that is made about the difference between hard core terrorists and victims of state failure. That is the key facet of the problem of terrorism that I see as being so key as being a 'make or break distinction' if the problem is going to ever be solved. Victims of state failure as well as deeply marginalized people - this is where the problem lies and the hard core terrorists are able to exploit resentment in marginalized communities to get adherents/warriors/terrorists. For those of you who don't understand this it's because your belly is full and you have a roof over your head. In many places, people don't have these things and the state has no intention of helping people get them. So they realize that one way or another the future is to die in silence or fight. This may be a bit of an oversimplification, but desperate people with no hope are just the kinds of people who walk into crowded malls or Mosques' with a suicide vest on.
27  Mar



Micah: Chapter 5



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Since then the Jews had been scattered among the nations and turned into a 'hissing an astonishment, a byword' for two prophetic days (2000 years), let the reader understand (Hos 6:2, Deu 28:37). Today, the Jews have been and are returning to Israel. But that influx has been hampered by many factors, not least of which is the racism and hate practiced by many European Jews on those who Jews who have dark skin. But as I have outlined before, the real hereditary and genetic origin of many, if not most European Jews has been brought into question by modern geneticists. Now I do not put too much stock in these kinds of politically loaded 'studies' especially today in light of the worlds growing and organized antisemitism. Such a study only works to give cannon fodder to the enemies of Israel and the Jews who reside in Israel. But the hatred that is engendered by many European Jews against non-White Jews in Israel is no little thing or laughing matter. Do you remember those beheadings of Ethiopians in Libya in April (2015)? Did you know that some of those who were beheaded were expelled from Israel and they were all Christians.

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
(Rev 6:10-11)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
(Mic 5:6-8)

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

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

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

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

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
(Psa 2:11-12)

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

Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
(Mic 5:9-15)

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

H842

אשׁירה אשׁרה

'ăshêrâh 'ăshêyrâh

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

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


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

H6456

פּסיל

pesîyl

pes-eel'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 Mar

Wherever organized crime goes, extortion rackets are sure to follow. This story out of World Watch Monitor shows us what is going on in Mexico.


Thousands Of Christians Flee To Malaysia To Escape Burma's Persecution
In Burma, Buddhist Nationalists are widely blamed, along with the military of persecuting and executing Christians. The move towards hyper-nationalism that expresses itself with violence is all too common today. This is true particularly in the Islamic world, but also less so in India (Hindu) and here in Myanmar (Burma).

You can also read how the Burmese Military blocks aid to regions populated with Christians

China and Burma have improved relations of late.

Sudan's Gov't Orders Church Leaders To Be Silent On Persecution
Islamic government persecutes Christians and then wants no one to talk about it. Do non-Muslims have a right to be as the catchy new phrase 'Islamophobic' pejoratively describes? No, phobia is an 'unreasonable fear.' There is nothing unreasonable about not wanting your church demolished, not wanting your home burned down, your crops destroyed or your your head lopped off for not being a Muslim.

Mind you, most the vast majority of Muslims don't want those kinds of things from others, but just about wherever the region of Mohammad goes, these things happen to greater and lesser degrees.

Intolerance, often violently expressed is the watchword. But powerful monied Muslims? They get mad at anyone who is intolerant of them while in places like Saudi Arabia - it's illegal to even build a Church!


Mind you I don't can't and will never hate or mistreat anyone, including Muslims, but that does not mean that deep concerns about the spread of Islam is not of genuine concern to me.

It is.


How's that iPhone Working Out For You?
The link about is from ZeroHedge. Why is all this so important? Because Assange claims (he has yet to lie to any of us) that the CIA lost control of its cyberweapons. He does not elaborate how exactly, but it may have been (probably was) from an insider threat (a traitor or network of them in the agency's midst).

What does that mean? It means that cyber-criminals and foreign governments now have those tools. Ever had a cybercriminal enter your phone, steal your passwords, empty your bank accounts, lock you out of your accounts?

Keep using that Smartphone, it's an experience you will never forget.


I know I have tried to warn friends family and readers about the dangers and vulnerabilities. But they just don't get it. They think getting hacked like this only happens to other people.

I stopped telling them that making love in front of your SmartTV is an invitation to have your 'fun' stolen and posted on XXX.com. that carrying on conversations near one is foolish, that not all people in the intelligence community have your best interest at heart. Some are working for the enemy and use their power against Americans. Or that if you are a Christian, keeping that phone with you may not be such a good idea if you live in a country that persecutes Christians, and America is moving rapidly in that direction. Now finally the real classified deal is coming out.

    
 
Committee Calls for the Release of South Korean Pastors Detained in China
(International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a South Korean committee formed to address the detainment of two South Korean pastors in China issued a statement yesterday. The statement by The Pastors Seong-do Ohn & Byeong-gi Lee Release Committee calls on the South Korean government to do more to advocate for the release of the pastors. A source in South Korea told ICC that the committee is "working full time to release them." - Continues here.
Atheists Sue Texas Judge For Opening Court With Prayer
This foundation who sued is the FRFF. You may find interesting who in the past backed their lawsuits against almost exclusively Christians. The two have worked together before.

For years I told you there was a connection between atheists and satanists and that some atheists are satanists who will never admit it in public. But they give many clues and satanic signs in pubic to let other satanists know who they are. Go look around the web. That hand sign that has the pinky and forefinger extended - that does not mean 'I love you' as some who are trying to misdirect (deceive) you are claiming. If you do not believe me, go and look carefully at this picture, noting the hand-sign. Lavey (the bald dude with the black cape - that is Anton Lavey. author of the satanic bible. More here.

Brothers, you have no idea the powerful people who are into satanism or are blackmailed into the service of these satanic cults.

Satanists take their religion most seriously. Most Christians don't.

The good news is that an appeals court found Prayers at a school board meeting constitutional.

For many years now Watson's Web has show that there is a much deeper spiritual battle being waged, far away from the narratives of the GOP's religious right. The reality is that his is a multi-pronged spiritual attack on the nation from many different angles that only a few really understand and even fewer have the courage to expose. It's hitting our economy, our money, our military, our neighborhoods but only a few wise Godly souls understand what is driving it and why. 

There are many deceivers gone into the world brothers and they sound good, wear $1000 suits and pray in public when the cameras are rolling. But the truth? The truth is something that almost no one wants to hear, particularly most nominal Christians. Brothers DECEIT IS EVERYWHERE and deceivers get such a wide audience for one basic reason... Americans and American Christians are...


Truth Averse


Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 
(John 17:17, KJV)

Today or at least this AM, we are taking a break from the news and looking at the issue of truth.

The passage above from John, I think is most telling in its simplicity. This was always a mark of John's gospel and his letters. In their simple style and humble phrasing  they are still some of the most poignant and hard hitting truth's of the gospel.  In the above passage, Christ defines what Truth is. God's word that is the truth. The reality, existence and power of God. That is truth. What God expects of his and what he has revealed about himself in his word, that is truth. The above passage is part of a long prayer that Christ made for his disciples before the cross. Christ knew his hour had come and that he had to get his disciples ready for their work when he was gone. But in order to be of use to God, one must be sanctified, consecrated or set apart for his work. The Greek for sanctify is this one.

The key here in this passage is two fold. Truth - real truth is a key part of holiness. To know, understand and live the truth of God. What is that Truth? It is personified in the person and work of Jesus Christ.


Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
(John 14:6, KJV)

God revealed key portions of his truth to Abraham, Moses and the prophets. But God's whole revelation to mankind had its culmination in the work of Christ. God made his words and his truth in many places in the New Testament in a very simple, easily accessible form so that people of all walks of life could understand the simplicity of the Gospel -  that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that we who believe on him may not perish but have life everlasting.

But the truth is a hard thing. It is singular. There is only one truth. There are many lies and this is where the devil gets his power. It comes from the power of confusion and doubt. A person who does not like a particular truth is a prime candidate for deceit. When disinformants and spin-meisters come on the tube, their job is invariably to spin events in such a ways as to keep a person from the Truth and in a mental corral, where they can be controlled and manipulated.

They have a hundred different 'spins' and an army of alternative 'fact' makers who help them create and sustain various narratives that are designed specifically to lead you away from the truth about any given situation. On a spiritual level, it's the same thing. There are hundreds of different religions, sects and denominations. There are even more philosophies and pseudo spiritual views that are held my many who dwell here on earth.

Satan loves religion. It's his best known and most important subject and field of endeavor.  I know this because I know how who some of the people are whose job it is to mis and disinform Christians using their jobs in the Intelligence Community. They spread lies and disinformation and they did that to me, frittering away 20+ years of friendship on the alter of false narratives, Islamic narratives, lies and later a set up.


I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth,
but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 
(1 John 2:21, KJV)


Because today, there is so much effort and money being spent to spread lies, disinformation and false narratives, I want to take a little time today to talk about this phenomenon and why so many of the devils minions are working so very hard to move people away from the Truth... any truth. In short, it is so that lies can be enthroned and the father of lies can one day reign.

His whole M.O. will be to lie, mock the truth and blaspheme him who is the ultimate truth and sits on the throne of heaven. When we come to the final 42 month system, we see the false prophet (clearly some kind of religious figure) whose job it is to Blaspheme God or if we put it another way, show supreme contempt for the source of all truth, God.

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies;
and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name,
and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:
and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues,
and nations.
(Rev 13:5-7)


So we see that this whole idea of falsehoods, blasphemy and the false (lying) prophet in the last days has its linkages. But in order for that wicked man to be revealed and that system to be put in place, the world must be prepared to accept the big lie. How do you do that?

With a Thousand little lies!

When people believe and act on lies... this is the devils main purpose. To lead people away from the truth any truth. Truth is his enemy always has been so the ammunition in his arsenal comprise of things like falsehoods, mockery of the truth, misdirection, important omissions of key information to lend credence to a false narrative etc. These are tools that are used to move people away from the truth. Once that happens, a carefully prepared lie can then be put forward that can be bolstered by the foundation of misdirections, mockery and false facts that he has and is so adeptly preparing for the world to accept at the proper time.  I think the idea and principle of this is set down with striking clarity by the Angel who gave the vision to the Prophet Daniel.


And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great,
toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.  And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 
Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the
daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. 
And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression,
 and it cast down the truth to the ground;
and it practised, and prospered.

(Daniel 8:9-12 [KJVA])

We are not going to try and identify this little horn here. No rather we are going to look at a part of how it operates. First of all we note it's arrogance. It stamps on a host of stars to the ground. Stars are symbolic of both Angels and saints. He takes away the daily sacrifice (forbids the worship of the true God), he magnifies or glorifies himself. The word for magnify in this passage is this one.


H1431
גָּדַל
gâdal
gaw-dal'
A primitive root; properly to twist (compare H1434), that is, to be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride): - advance, boast, bring up, exceed, excellent, be (-come, do, give, make, wax), great (-er, come to . . estate, + things), grow (up), increase, lift up, magnify (-ifical), be much set by, nourish (up), pass, promote, proudly [spoken], tower.
Total KJV occurrences: 115

The major take away here is that
1. It attacks and casts down the Host of God
2. It is arrogant and glorifies itself and temporarily prospers in so doing.
3. It is truth averse and seeks to destroy it.
4. It seeks to destroy the true worship of God.
In this system that is coming, the truth is the enemy. The truth of God even the truth about our times. Why? Because any real truth leads one to new truths. Truth in this respect is like a path, a way. Once you find the Truth, more truths are opened up to you and the more open you are to it, the more of it you find.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
(John 14:16)


Consequently, the powers that be who are under the inspiration of the evil one work overtime to undermine truth wherever it is found.

Many secularists even now are decrying the lack of truth in our Media. Look at Dr. Roberts and what he has to say. ConsortiumNews has a piece today along similar lines.  Even those who know not God but still have a conscience and don't like being had and manipulated understand a key part of the battle that the world is in right now. It is a battle that the devil is winning and one that will bring him a temporary victory when he can gain control of much of the world for that brief period of time, via deceit.

The powers of deceit? Brothers we can see them now in our news reporting and readers here do not need me to point out these things today. When the Apostle Paul laid out how the man of sin would come onto the scene the concepts of lies and deceit  are clearly and methodically spelled out.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming
is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2Th 2:8-12)

So here we see a very similar theme. Something very wicked gets revealed and is able to garner considerable power here on earth. It uses lies (lying wonders) to accomplish its ends. It is incredibly deceptive and is targeting whom? Those who are Truth Averse or as Paul put it, 'received not the love of the truth'.

Think about some of the evil things that have come out recently. The CIA being able to create a false trail evidence of cyber-attacks to blame someone else. The whole purpose? To lie and blame someone else for the evil that they do. Wickedness in the form of a government agency as well as deceit.

“We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete
When Everything the American Public Believes Is False.”
- William Casey, CIA director
(quote has been hotly attempted to be debunked
but some those who were in the room at the time make it plain, Casey said it.)



Just so you know, The deep state does run many of the Internet's Debunking sites, mostly to debunk things they don't want out in the general population, like the quote above.

Narrative Control? Again, we see the same kinds of things out here daily in our media. The whole idea is to avert ones eyes to the truth and focus on a narrative that gives someone else money and power.

This ultimately is the power of the devil. He builds his kingdom lie upon lie, deceit upon deceit until the mass of humanity is ready to accept the him and the one he chooses to lead mankind into God's holy judgment.

In these dark times and the darker ones that are coming, it is going to be exceptionally difficult to find the truth and even harder for truth tellers to be able to do it. It is already pretty hard.  Look at the crap they tried to pull on me! But my God protected me from their satanic/racist and Islamic stratagems. But as the days pass it will be even more difficult. The last days are marked by considerable spiritual darkness. A man cannot see in the dark and this is one reason why the devil gets so much power. It's easy to mislead a person into a chasm if he is blindfolded and bumping around in deep dark cave. But if there is light and his eyes are open, deceiving him into falling into such a crevasse is much more difficult.

This is why we as Christians need light - a real light in these times. We must see where we are going and the only way to do that in dark times is with God's word.

NUN.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.
(Psa 119:105)


Do you want to know which way to go? Where to walk and how best to get where God wants you to go? Go to the word. God will guide those who earnestly seek his guidance and his ways. How did Christ put it?

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
 but shall have the light of life.
(Joh 8:12)

Brothers and sisters. The times are getting darker and if we are seeing more and more stories even from main stream sources of a 'post truth' news media, it is because that really is what is happening. Truth no longer sells newsprint or ads. Lies, falsehoods, hate, emotion, fear, anger and sex... we mustn't forget sex... these are what the people want. It does not matter if what is said is even half true. Does it elicit a fiery emotional reaction? Does it lend support to a narrative? This is what we see in our reporting these days.

In a post truth age, we need Gods word even more. That and access to good information and perspective. Without it we will not know what is going on nor fully understand the times we are in as our Lord told us to do.

We will be looking to the east when what the Lord wants us to see is in the west.

May God grant all who read this wisdom, light, peace and understanding in these most deceptive times.

In Christ,

Brother Mark

 


21 Mar


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Micah Chapter 4


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


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

(Mic 4:1-2)


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

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

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

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. (Mic 4:3-5)

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

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

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


When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Mat 25:31-46)

Here we see that Christ has

  1. Returned in glory

  2. He is with his Angles

  3. He is judging the nations

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

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


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

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

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

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

(Isa 65:20)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (Mic 4:6-7)

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


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

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

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

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

H7161

קרן

qeren

keh'-ren

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


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


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


H1758

דּישׁ / דּושׁ / דּוּשׁ

doosh, dosh, deesh

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

Total KJV Occurrences: 15

thresh, 3

Isa_41:15, Mic_4:13, Hab_3:12

threshing, 3

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

threshed, 2

Isa_28:27, Amo_1:3

trodden, 2

Isa_25:10 (2)

break, 1

Job_39:15

grass, 1

Jer_14:5

tear, 1

Jdg_8:7

tread, 1

Hos_10:11

treadeth, 1

Deu_25:4


Isaiah also uses the same metaphor in relation to Israel.


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

(Isa 41:15-16)


Here is how Albert Barnes sums up this passage.


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


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


This chapter was not easy to write about because so much about the millennium has not been revealed to us in scripture. It is my hope that this brief look at Micah Chapter 4 will cause you to pause and think about it in ways that you have not before. There will be real kingdom here with a real king (Christ) who will judge the nations with righteousness, but also with real people in it, full of faults, problems and issues. Let us remember that the Church was translated at the last trump. We who are to reign in those days will have our work cut out for us, though without the most annoying aspect we have now, that being he interference of the devil.
18 Mar


Escape From Hell: North Korea's Prison Camps

As we have been focusing on North Korea and their prison camp system, I thought it meet post this section from October's Persecution.org newsletter.








Source: International Christian Concern whose monthly newsletter is worth receiving.
 Full pdf that is better readable here.



16 Mar

God's Protection

Today, we are going to take a break from the news (and there is an awful lot of it) to talk about getting God's protection in the months and years ahead. Our God, as opposed to the god of this world, but rather Our God has told those who love and obey him that this world will undergo great tribulation. A horrible period of trial, travails,  disasters, suffering and yes, death. While many scholars like to give the time frame as a specific time period - 42 months, 7 years, etc. the truth is this tribulation is likely to simply grow upon the world as it continues to reach peak population, peak resource usage, peak wickedness and peak folly. Then yes, the greatest part of that tribulation will probably last that final 42 month's that the beast and false prophet are allowed to reign upon the earth. In short this paper will try and look at how to obtain God's protection in the times ahead. I write this to keep you in faith not fear. Too many bloggers and internet Christians are feeding on a diet of constant fear-mongering and fear. We must focus on God and what he can and will do for us if we obey his voice.

I think that the first thing that needs to be stated is that if anyone thinks God's protection means that trouble, tribulation or even persecution will not touch us, then that person has another 'think' coming to them. There will be no way around some of these things. Being here will make us at least partially vulnerable to the trials and tribulations of the world around us. So before we begin, what do I mean about  God's protection?

I mean God's ability to keep us and our souls unto the day of Salvation without putting upon us more than we are able to bear. That God, in his wisdom and love will keep us, strengthen us, guide us into the kingdom of heaven and  from the wiles, traps and works of the devil so that they will not prevent us from entering into the kingdom with great shouts of joy and thanksgiving; something that the hordes of hell are working overtime in preventing.

This is the key, it's not in avoiding trouble and suffering. These things are a given for all the sons of men and tribulation (troubles, ordeals) are part of what Christ promised his sheep. There is no way around it if you belong to Christ.

But some are destined to different trials than others and thankfully, God knows just what we can bear.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
(Rev 3:7-10)

This was one of the highly favored and un-rebuked Churches within the seven that existed in Asia during the time of John. Christ noted their works and that they had kept to Christ's word. In other words, they were obedient to him. They did as he commanded.  It was for this reason the Lord made the promise that he would keep them from the hour of temptation, trial.

This is a very important promise and one of the key conditionalities that grant us a high level of divine protection. I must warn you, that it is not a guarantee of a trouble free life or one without persecution. If we notice in the same seven Churches section in Revelation, we get another sense for those who are praised by our Lord and were obedient to him. Yet their fate before going to glory was quite different.

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
(Rev 2:8-11)


Here the faithfulness of the Lord's people would not protect them from serious tribulation. Even though they were faithful and obedient, yet and still they had to undergo a serious trial. They had to go into prison and suffer for ten days. The implication here was that their imprisonment would precede their execution/death. The commandment was that they should be faithful even to death and then they would be blessed with the crown of life.

The key here I think is in the very last section of this letter to Smyrna and one that most Christians take for granted. That our salvation is less to do with our comfort, pleasures, careers, marriages down here on earth but making certain that we do not wind up being hurt by the second death. This is and was the entire basic purpose of our salvation, to be saved from that horrible fate that shall befall all of the unredeemed and fallen sons of men. Christ came to save us from that fate and those who obey his word will not be hurt by it. Recognizing what God has promised us and what he has NOT promised us will help us to avoid a lot of confusion and unbelief in the face of fiery trials.

I think a look at what one of the old testament saints and one who was greatly beloved of God had to go through is a perfect example. With Daniel, it was both both his faith in God and as the passage shows almost certainly a great deal of political jealousy by his fellow administrators that got him into serious trouble. This is a rather long passage but I will post it all in the hopes you read it and get a feel for what was going on in the Royal court which like all centers of power is full of intrigue, maneuverings and backstabbings.

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
(Dan 6:1-15)

The long and short of this is that the King was reorganizing the kingdom's administration in a very significant way. Because Daniel had shown himself to be exceptionally wise and as the passage says, had an 'excellent spirit' in him. Daniel had arisen to one of the top positions. The passage seems to indicate that Daniel was really the first man in the kingdom, after Darius.

Daniel was doing a great job, an excellent one and they could not find anything against this man of God. Yet his enemies went into their secret chambers and plotted to take Daniel down. They were going to use Daniel's devotion and his worship of God against him.

Now keep in mind the not so subtle implications of the accusations brought against Daniel who was favored by the king more than these malcontents. So they hatched a plot. They hatched one that they knew would ensnare Daniel who was devoted to his God. What happened to Daniel here was not happenstance, it was a concerted effort to destroy him by conspirators who were jealous of him. Moreover, Daniel understood the plot and made a point as soon as the decree was signed, to go into his chambers and pray like he always had. They did not like this 'foreigner' with so much influence with the King.

The king was trapped. He unwisely signed this law he did not realize was designed to take down his right hand man and after he signed it, he realized when all of Daniel's enemies stood before the King pointing the finger at Daniel, that they had undermined the King's prerogatives and brought division and contention into his court. The king however was clearly on Daniel's side and while he was forced to comply with this evil law he was tricked into signing, he wished Daniel well even while he was forced to place him in the lion's den.

The King then prayed and fasted for Daniel.

God's love for his servant as well as the King's prayers served him well. The lions suddenly became allergic to Daniel and did not molest him. Well, we all know the rest of the story - Daniel's enemies had to lie in the very same pit that they had dug for Daniel and did not live long enough to learn a lesson from their mistake.

The lesson here is this. Daniel had done everything right and was greatly respected. But his high place earned him the hatred of the "jealous Nellie's" in the court. As a result of their plot they got Daniel into the lions den but it availed them noting in the long run. God protected Daniel and had someone else who was looking out for him, namely the King. Daniel was tried but was strongly protected by this God during the trial.

I don't think I need to recount the ordeal that Shadrach Meshach and Abednego endured. They too refused to give up the worship of their God and as a result were placed into a fiery furnace. Yet their God did something amazing... they were protected right within the fire! Here once again, the trial and persecution that was endured was a direct result of their worship of God. In both this instance and with Daniel's ordeal in the lion's den, the worship of God was the key issue. God's true servants will not bow down before idols and they will always continue to worship God. Let's take a look at this passage in Daniel chapter Three.



Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
(Dan 3:14-30)




This passage, is a type for we Christians who shall be alive when the Mark of the Beast occurs. There is

The worship of an image.

The threat of death of one does not worship the image

The number Six Six and Six are encoded in the whole ceremony of idolic worship.

Let's take a quick look at the Image and it's dimensions.


Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits,
and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

(Dan 3:1)


The image was 60 cubits in height and was 6 cubits wide. Then we have six instruments mentioned (three times within the passage - 666  - see Dan 3:5, 3:7, 3:15) to be sounded at the time of worship.

This is a clear type of what is coming for all of us who are alive when the 42 month antichrist system comes into power. Note that not a single one of God's servants was harmed, no matter how hot the king made the furnace. Those who were stoking it got burned, but not the servants of the Lord. They went into the fire, but were not harmed. Did not our Lord promise something very similar in the last days before his coming?

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
In your patience possess ye your souls.
(Luk 21:17-19)



We are not to fear those who kill the body and this was the lesson that Daniel and the three Hebrew administrators learned. They feared God above all. Above the fires, the lions, the plotting court, even the king. They feared the Lord and in so doing and keeping true faith with God, they were saved through (not from) their ordeals.

The key I think here for all of us to remember is this.  God is sovereign. He has destined some of us to die in prison (Smyrna) others to live out our lives in quiet service, others to stand before Kings and rulers to bear witness, still others to be martyred. There is no set rulebook for avoiding trials and tribulations. The key is to ensure that we are in God's will. Being in God's will does not mean a perfect set of circumstances.

Think on Daniel for a moment. Were his circumstances perfect? Hardly! He was brought a slave to the a foreign court and while most Biblical scholars don't like to bring this up, Daniel may very well have been a eunuch as that was common practice in those days for slaves who worked around royalty. Like Nehemiah we have no record of his wife or children, only their lifelong service to the Babylonian King. Each prayed earnestly for the restoration of their people to their homeland. No, Daniel was not in what he saw as an ideal situation. But Daniel was in God's will and was in a place that God could use him. The same with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The same with Christ, Paul, Peter and the rest.

God knows all and knows the end from the beginning. He knows where we are and we must know what he expects from us and then do it. That is how we get God's protection for whatever circumstances we are facing.


I write this today for those of you who may be in situations that you never thought you would be facing, betrayed by your friends, countrymen family and stuck out in some kind of exile that you must now face.

FEAR NOT! God is with you and has a job for you to do. I offer this Godly advice to you.

Stop with the pity party, stop weeping and whining. Get up, stand up like a man and do whatever it is God commands you to do. The key for you... all of you is that faith not fear; obedience not excuses are the path to life and God's divine guidance protection.

May God grant all who read this the wisdom, faith and fortitude to go wheresoever the Holy Spirit leads you and do so in holiness, righteousness and faith!

Brother Mark


14 Mar


Daily Treasury Balance (in billions)
12/30/16    399190
01/24/17    406507
02/01/17    339229
02/15/17    274178
03/01/17    148385
03/09/17    34015

Data Source: US Treasury

Those numbers up above and visualized in the graph is how much money (cash) the Treasury has on hand to pay its day to day operating expenses for the whole US government.  Note: Graph only contains samples in chart above.


Focus On Africa And Migration


FYI: This was posted for insiders last month. Last month we have talked about the campaign to retake Mosul, Donald Trump, Vault 7 a whole slew of Persecution stories, extended pieces on the deep state the CIA - I am in chapter 9 of the book of Nehemiah. We also talk about Trump and Towergate, a look at how and who is behind ISIS cells in Europe; a great view of the immigration crisis from a Swedish Cop; a look at some issues that are of importance in Latin America; an extended look at our deficits and a look at an agency that is not well understood, the FCC and the money driving policy...also a lot of spiritual pieces and one I may post here on the public site on how to obtain God's protection in these last days.

Been exceptionally busy!!

Map source: Wikipedia



Today we are going to focus on stories on Africa and then on immigrants. Posts here today will have some, but not much commentary

Africa's Plan For Cities Of The Future
This is a look at some of the effects of Climate Change and how some on the continent are looking to the future to deal with it. I do hate to keep harping on it,  but that document from the NIC on global trends... pay attention. Climate Change (whatever the cause) and mass human migration are trends that seem unavoidable for the future.

Kenya Inmates Get To Register To Vote
Even those with life sentences will now get a chance to vote. In other news for Kenya's prisoners, they will also be taken to a private hospital for illnesses.

South Africa: Attacks Increase Against Immigrant Business Owners
Many shops and homes were looted in recent spree's that target migrant business owners who are accused of spreading crime. This problem is particular to South Africa as it has a strong economy and has long been a place that migrants flowed into.
Nigerians Live In Fear Of Attacks
This is a piggyback to the story above. This one focuses a little more on the diplomatic problems these attacks are creating.

Immigrants Riot In Sweden
The WaPo (playing up to the Soros/Bezo's narratives)  tries to play this down saying 'it does not happen to often' when the reality is quite different.

I hope to talk to my Swish LE friend soon and perhaps get some background in what is going on in Sweden.
UAE To Open Base In Somaliland
This is significant on a number of fronts. First, the Gulf States are more and more involved militarily all through Africa. As noted in a post last week, they are heavily involved in the conflict in Libya. They have deployed Mirage fighters into Eritrea to help bolster its military mission in Yemen.

This base will be near a sea port (not some deserted place as is mis-identified in Wikipedia) and has important strategic implications. You can read more about the port here. So far, this port appears to be key for livestock exporting. Something the rich nations are doing more and more from poorer ones. Buying food or grabbing land. More here. Not all are happy about it.

I think the key here to remember is that Natural Gas is being found in parts of Africa and one day, this port may one day be a hub for export. More here on Africa, Oil and Gas.

Some of the fractures politically and socially on this move are explained in this most insightful piece.

I want to digress just a moment with this piece and note where Israel's interests more and more are lying, with the Islamic world. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc. Evangelicals don't want to hear this, but the Israeli's knew the effect that the policy of arming ISIS and other terrorists would have on Christians in Syria and Iraq. Any concerns they may have had did not deter them from carrying it out and at least at the beginning, they too were very much part of creating, arming and sustaining ISIS, though every indication shows that they changed that policy shortly thereafter. Why? That is the big fat elephant in the room no one in the MSM will discuss.

People ask me if I think the Antichrist can possibly come out of Israel. To which I answer... who is the 'little horn' that waxes great in the end times (Dan 7:8, 8:9)? Also keep in mind that the great evil man described in the book of Daniel forsakes the god of his fathers (Dan 11:37).

Evangelicals in their lust to force fit prophecy or rather, their own particular prophetic world view miss the fact that Israel is not saved, rejected their Messiah and are being led by men who know not God, many who really hate him. I say this not by way of divine revelation or word, but to merely state that the things going on in Israel today make it far more in keeping with John's description of it in Revelation (11:18) than anything that is being preached in a thousand pulpits across America. Before any of you think I have gone off the deep end, I want you to consider most carefully that our Lord told us that the last days deception would be so effective, that it would just about take down the most very elect! Where is the world looking for antichrist? Where are Christians NOT looking for antichrist? I sometimes think Christ may have been dropping us subtle hints in his words (John 5:23).

Pause and consider.

Let the wise man and woman beware. We who know our history know better than to go in the direction of Anti-Semitism and I refuse to give credence/space or any legitimacy to the rantings of so many both on the left and right against the Jewish people.

God still loves the Israel but demands (not requests) she repent and come to her Messiah. Until then, they are just as lost as the guys in Syria and Iraq that they and the gulf sheikdoms decided to arm, train and direct.

Food Crisis In Africa: History Repeating?
This piece by CARE looks at the food crisis in the same area that the UAE is building a port (story above) to export food!. The key here is about a long running drought. But note within the story that the poor are forced to sell their livestock (which often is their livelihood) to make ends meet. Now who do you think could be buying it up see the port link in the story above.
The Humanitarian Fallout From Camroon's Struggle

(ICG) The Far North now hosts 87,000 of Cameroon’s over 360,000 refugees, 191,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and 36,000 Cameroonian returnees. Overall, including local Cameroonians, an estimated 1.6 million people in the Far North now need urgent humanitarian assistance, more than half of 2.9 million people who share the same plight throughout the country.

The government, preoccupied with its military campaign against Boko Haram, has done little to support affected civilians. International agencies and NGOs have taken welcome steps to meet the needs of refugees, and to a lesser extent IDPs, even if these efforts have been underfunded and sometimes insufficiently coordinated. Earlier and much better-funded attention to the wider problems of displacement will make that response more effective, more sustainable and better able to prevent conflict recurring. (ICG)

Africa Pivots To China Under Trump
The Chinese see opportunity with Trumps new priorities that appear to leave out Africa.

Famine, South Sudan And Collective Failure
Yes, the world's newest nation is facing a real famine.
The Risks Of Somalia's Moment Of Hope
A new leader and a new hope.

Migration Maps

These maps are licensed under Creative Commons and as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, these maps tell quite a story in and of themselves. Links to pdf's all follow the maps. Courtesy and credit to MissingMigrants.









This is a major issue. More maps can be found here.

Let others rant and rave about President Trump's actions. Either they don't know the scope of the problem that is here and will grow by leaps and bounds in years ahead or are on the side of the Human Traffickers and slave traders (yes, we have them here in the US and holding elected office) and those who want to destroy the entire concept of the nation state and in the ensuing chaos, have the whole world clammoring for a 'global solution' to global institutions who will bring in their form of 'order' out of chaos.

I think the key here for those few on the political left who are still capable of rational thought is this. This new executive order by the President targets illegal immigration, not immigration. It targets criminals, not those who go through the legal process of coming to America and gaining residency or citizenship. To those on the left, get a grip on reality and turn the idiot box off, those guys on TV don't know anything and want to make sure you don't know anything either. Keeping you dumb and 'manipulatable' gives them the power they use to your detriment and their benefit.

America has shown considerable forbearance towards those who come her legally and illegally. But the world is changing and many dangerous people and groups now are targeting the west in general and America in particular. It's time to get serious about making sure American citizens are protected from the angry backlash of hate and envy that much of the world has towards those who 'have'.


Bodies Of 74 Migrants Wash Ashore In Libya

DHS Lauches Plan To Crack Down On Illegal Immigration
An interesting story. Did you know that just before this order was issued, everyone over at DHS was locked out of his or her computer? Some think it was a cyber attack. Perhaps, more likely it was POTUS clamping down on leaks from low-level malcontents.
Migrants Forced To Fight Own battles Against Deportation
The LatAm Trib. looks at the ordeals many migrants face during the process of deportation.
Canada Being Inundated With Flood Of Refugee's From US
 And they won't be shipping them back either...

13 Mar

We Haven’t Paid for TV in Years: Our Real-Life Experience Cutting Cable

The Simple Dollar explains how some real people cut the cord, how they did it and save thousands of dollars and still get TV programming legally.

Micah Chapter 3


And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel;
Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil;
who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them;
and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot,
and as flesh within the caldron.
(Mic 3:1-3)

Here the Lord, via his anointed prophet excoriates the princes (leaders) of Israel. As chides them – they are supposed to know and execute judgment (justice). Yet they are those who hate the good and love the evil. Let us take a look at the two key words here. Prince and Judgment.
Princes - H7101
קצין
qâtsîyn
kaw-tseen'
From H7096 in the sense of determining; a magistrate (as deciding) or other leader: - captain, guide, prince, ruler. Compare H6278.


Judgement - H4941
משׁפּט
mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.


The Lord is telling them, they know or are supposed to know of justice, but instead they love the evil and hate the good. This is the kind of leadership that Israel had in Micah's time. Here the Lord begins by describing their crimes in a prophetic prose as to just how severe God see's their evils. The Prophet here uses a kind of imagery here that reminds one of a wild beast, an animal (that has taken human form) who eats God's people up. He is describing a cruel group of leaders whose wickedness knows no bounds. He is literally describing a nation whose leaders are nothing more than butchers of God's people. “...and chop them in pieces, as for the pot”. The leaders had descended to a very low level of barbarity and cruelty and these were the men who were supposed to be dispensing justice to the people. Here I think Gill really hits the nail on the head about this passage.
(they) did with them as cooks do, who not only cut flesh off the bones, and into slices, but break the bones themselves, to get out the marrow, and chop them small, that they may have all the virtue that is in them, to make their soup and broth the richer; by which is signified, that these wicked and avaricious rulers took every method to squeeze the people, and get all their wealth and riches into their hands, that they might have in a more riotous and luxurious manner. - John Gill's Expository of the Entire Bible.

In short, the leaders of the nation were squeezing the people dry. They took everything, the goods and their livelihoods. God and sent his prophet to warn the leaders that he saw it and was sore displeased at what he saw. The prophet was sent to tell these evil men just what was in store for them.
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.(Mic 3:4-7)

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

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

Psst, you want a good prophecy about the future? Invite me over to dinner tonight, and I will tell you good things about your future!” This type of false prophet is chided here and for good reason. They were misleading the people. They were 'liars for dollars', like so many false prophets and pastors in the west today. They will never say the kinds of things that God's people need to hear. They will only tell folks what he thinks they WANT to hear. That is the mark of a false prophet. He rarely challenges you about sin, repentance, getting close to God, obedience to his commandments. He has another agenda. For these prophets of Micah's time, it is for a reward. Nothing has really changed. As long as the rulers and people supplied these prophetic liars with food, clothing and bread, they would go on prophesying peace and prosperity.
Brothers, this is why I personally do not belong to what I call America's Churchianty. This is because the pastors are on the government payroll. They have dual loyalty and have incorporated themselves into the government of this world. There are some excellent and informed pages in the net that are written by Christians and pastors who were once part of that system. This link may help some of you with a little background. Here is how this piece concludes.
The whole conclusion of showing this information is to inform the world and reveal the truth about the 501c3. We have been heavily decieved by the 501 c3 corporations masquerading as churches out there. I say dump your tax- free privilege, trust the Most High God, preach against transgressions unashamedly and do not hold back (proclaim the evils of baby-slaughtering, sodomy, Bush, politics, Socialism, corruption in gov’t, etc.)

"I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn’t owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they’ve always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control"   - Nestor, IRS Senior Revenue Officer (ret) - 501(c)3 Exposed (please – I do not subscribe to all of the teachings on this or ANY site – I just pass this link/page on because it is very well done. - MSW)
More here. This too is good and this as well is most excellent on the subject. Say what you want to brothers, your pastors in America, with only a few courageous and notable exceptions are merely spokesmen for Babylon. The Whore has got their tongue and this is why they cannot decry the crimes, speak against the murders, unjust wars and other evils. If they do, they get a phone call or are threatened as I have been with the mess the CIA and DOD put me through as they tried  their best to shut me up and set me up.

This is the real world we live in brothers. The sins of the religious establishment then has only been codified into law now. God has not changed. He is still on the throne and brothers, his standards have not and will not change. He was sore displeased with the false prophets on Micah's time and he is just as if not more displeased with the false prophets and pastors of our time and if you really want to know why a guy like me is about the only one telling you of Nazi's in Ukraine, US support for the Christian executioners in Iraq and Syria and why Libya now is run by Al-Qaeda linked militants, installed by the US government– it's because your pastors are gagged; they couldn't tell you even if they knew and most are too busy serving the devil to care about such things. It's why the deep state hated me with such a deep hatred. 
This is ultimately what Micah is decrying in this passage – system of false religiosity that gives 'good words' for money. The day would come when these false prophets would no longer have a vision from God. The day would go dark for them. God was going to silence their lies with darkness.

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

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

H4941
משׁפּט
mishpâṭ
mish-pawt'
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style: - + adversary, ceremony, charge, X crime, custom, desert, determination, discretion, disposing, due, fashion, form, to be judged, judgment, just (-ice, -ly), (manner of) law (-ful), manner, measure, (due) order, ordinance, right, sentence, usest, X worthy, + wrong.

H1369
גּבוּרה
gebûrâh
gheb-oo-raw'
Feminine passive participle from the same as H1368; force (literally or figuratively); by implication valor, victory: - force, mastery, might, mighty (act, power), power, strength.


This was the spirit that the prophet was operating under and his message was coming from the most high. Micah was not going to compromise the message for reward and he had the courage and might to speak the unvarnished truth.
Then he gives this new message to the heads (leaders) of Israel and gives a most uncomplimentary description of them. He says they abhor (hate) judgment, justice and pervert all equity. These were the basic characteristics of the leaders of Israel in those days. The word translated abhor means to loath and to detest it. These men really hated justice and this is why the Lord became so angry. But the passage actually is more explicit in that it says that they perverted ALL equity.
What Micah is describing is a system of injustice that reveled in its perversity, in the way that it blessed the guilty and condemned the just. This is probably what verse 10 is referring to – they built up Zion with Blood, probably referring to judicial murders and other sundry violent crime that enthroned the injustice and gave power to inequity. JFB commentary puts it like this
build up Zion with blood--build on it stately mansions with wealth obtained by the condemnation and murder of the innocent (Jer_22:13; Eze_22:27; Hab_2:12).

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

Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong;
that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows
; and it is cieled with cedar, and painted with vermilion. Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar?
did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me?
 aith the LORD. But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness,
and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
(Jer 22:13-17)

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

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


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

     (Mic 3:12)


The Lord here through is prophet is making plain the fallacy of this viewpoint. Simply put he is saying that the destruction you think cannot befall you has already been ordained. They thought wrong and were about to learn a lesson in spirituality the hard way. This passage is interesting in that Jeremiah quoted from it when they were thinking about killing him.
    Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying,
    The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.
     Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God;
    and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. As for me, behold,
     I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. But know ye for certain,
    that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves,
     and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath sent me
    unto you to speak all these words in your ears. Then said the princes and all the people
    unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to
    us in the name of the LORD our God. Then rose up certain of the elders of the land,
    and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,
    Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah,
    and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
    Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps,
    and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
    Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death?
     did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the LORD
    repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? T
    hus might we procure great evil against our souls.
     (Jer 26:12-19)

The Lord was slow to anger and waited and waited but finally one day, he stopped waiting and fulfilled his word against an evil and reprobate nation.





11 Mar


80 Chinese Christians Arrested For Worship In 'Illegal' House Church

Xi is not letting up.

Vietnam: Police Suspected In Robbery, Beatings Of Two Priests

Everywhere you turn, Christians are under the gun.

Axe Attacker Woulds Five In German Train Station

No comment, The UK's daily mail has their story here. DW here.

Canada: Slow Moves To Create Blasphemy Laws

Islamic money and power are buying politicians all over the west.

California's Two-Tiered Jails

Inmates who are not comfortable enough in their jail cells if they have the money. can bribe pay their way into a better facility. Here is how the Marshall Project put it.
For $100 a night, he was permitted by the court to avoid county jail entirely. He did his time in the small jail in the nearby city of Seal Beach, with amenities that included flat-screen TVs, a computer room and new beds. He served six months, at a cost of $18,250, according to jail records.

Markin learned about Wurtzel’s upgraded jail stay only recently, from a reporter. “I feel like, ‘Why did I go through this?’” she said.

In what is commonly called “pay-to-stay” or “private jail,” a constellation of small city jails — at least 26 of them in Los Angeles and Orange counties — open their doors to defendants who can afford the option. - The Marshall Project
Well, this is the future of America and why her crime problems will never be solved. As long as there are various economic incentives to incarcerate people or arrest them the powers that be will make sure more people are incarcerated and even create new laws if only to keep those in the 'prison industry' employed.

It's hard for me to have a lot of respect for our legal system when it comes to this kind of legalized corruption.

But this is just the kind of thing that keeps poor folks and those of color looking Law Enforcement as a kind of tool of the powerful against the weak and poor rather than as a system of Justice.

Perceptions are important. CATO just did a very interesting report on these perceptions. The results found in this report are rather striking - below.


 Nearly three-fourths (73%) of African Americans and 54% of Hispanics believe the police are “too quick to use deadly force,” compared to 35% of white Americans. Instead, 65% of white Americans believe police resort to lethal force “only when necessary” (see Figure 1). When it comes to police tactics overall, black Americans (56%) are more likely to think they are “too harsh” compared to white (26%) and Hispanic (33%) Americans. Majorities of whites (67%) and Hispanics (58%) believe police generally use the right amount of force for each situation.

    Only 17% of African Americans believe the criminal justice system treats all Americans equally, and only 31% are highly confident their local police department treats all racial groups impartially. Whites are 32 points more likely than blacks to believe the justice system treats every- one equally (49%), and a solid majority (64%) are confident that their local police are impartial. Hispanics fall in between with 27% who think the justice system is impartial, and 42% who be- lieve their local police treat everyone the same. Among all Americans, only 42% think all are treated equally by the justice system, but 56% are highly confident their local police department treats everyone equally.



    ARE POLICE EFFECTIVE?

African Americans (41%) and Hispanics (41%) are twice as likely as white Americans (29%) to say they are “extremely” or “very” worried about crime. Furthermore black Americans (41%) are more than twice as likely as whites (17%) or Hispanics (15%) to say they know someone who was murdered. Despite more salient fears over safety, only 44% of African Americans are highly confident their local police department responds quickly to a call for help. White Americans are 15 points more confident (59%) than African Americans that their local police would come quickly if needed. In a similar pattern, white Americans are about 20 points more likely than black Americans to give their local police high marks for protecting them from crime (60% vs. 38%) and enforcing the law (64% vs. 44%). Hispanics fall in between with about half who give their police high marks for en- forcing the law, protecting them from crime, and responding promptly.
   


This report can be found here at CATO's website in a pdf calledDeep Racial Divide in Perceptions of Police and Reported Experiences, No Group Is Anti-Cop
(Report licensed under Creative Commons)



The Democrats, Russia And Trump

The big shift in policy and part of the story that goes counter narrative.

7 Mar

Counter Narrative

For most people, what I post here is not what is expected. I don't led support to anyone's pet narrative's. Liberals get mad because I don't repeat their specious narratives and conservatives get mad when I blow their foolishness out of the water.

I don't like narratives. I like facts. I like reason. I despise thoroughly the pundits who come on TV to spout their left or right claptrap for the American populace which more and more is showing signs of observable, mental de-evolution.

I get American Christians writing me upset because I don't get on board with the (covert) Masonic narratives that are often part and parcel of American Christendom. White Christians get mad because I believe in respecting those from all races, Democrats get mad because I don't spit the proper amount of hate at the GOP.

If I am different it is because I have not let my mind be poisoned with narrow-minded thinking, stupidity and hate. I listen, learn and as much as is possible, I try and get the facts, not the spin. The only thing a person who loves spin ultimately gets is dizzy and that describes the mentality of too many Americans.

I know I often sound condescending of my countrymen, but frankly, I cannot help but be honest. America is dying because people have forgotten what it really means to be an American. Christians have forgotten what it really means to be a Christian. Why? They watch too much Cable TV and are indeed brainwashed from it. Remember this, a person who has been effectively brainwashed does not know it and will refuse to acknowledge it and even get angry at the suggestion. When those three characteristics infect a person's mind, the situation is probably terminal.

I often do longer pieces here (behind the password wall) to give intelligence/intelligent background to issues.... things that perhaps our elite would rather not be known to the general population. It's one reason I have had so many troubles. Truth and honesty; intelligence and good information are enemy number one to much of our elite and they work hard to keep those things out of the hands of their respective populations. It's why I don't spend a great deal of time linking to the major US news sites. They are controlled and for the most part, are truth-averse. They are narrative creators and sustainers, money and company ownership determine which narrative gets created and sustained using their vast information dissemination networks and which ones are to be dismissed.

I know many people get mad at me because I have spoken so forcefully on the American Christians addiction to Cable and the boatload of money they sink into it. I will not apologize -  you can do better with the resources God has given you and if you my own PERSONAL opinion, I think before long, if he has not already done so, God will begin to blow on the increase (money/jobs) of many a Christian until they come to terms with the money they are sinking into Disney, NBC, News Corp, TimeWarner, etc.


Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Consider your ways.

Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough;
ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm;
and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts;
Consider your ways.

(Hag 1:5-7)



There are other much, much cheaper ways to get TV programming. I had Roku for a long time and that worked for me with a seven  dollar a month subscription to NetFlix. Now I don't have that anymore, but at least I was not paying all that money into the coffers of Militant Homosexuality and Abortion on demand. It was a trickle of money, rather than a flood. Money that is most effectively used to often to plain old brainwash you. But also to make sure people never know they are being brainwashed because just about everyone around them is brainwashed too.

You see, I know this - God has made it plain to me that I am to be like a voice in the wilderness, a hawk flying in the sky and seeing all that can be seen and to be INDEPENDENT of the political/economic/religious structures that have infected America like the Bubonic plague. Look at our elections and what they have descended to. It's reflection of a society that is devolving to the level of the ungovernable. The nation that was once populated with Homo Sapiens is now being replaced with Homo Retardicus.


Rational thought is now called Conspiracy Theory, and lies are now called 'Cable News' meanwhile our debts hit $20 Trillion in less than 10 days and we have to borrow more money or the doors of the government close.

Crazy? No, of course not- this is 21st century sanity! Borrow money you cannot pay back; spend money you don't have and lie to the people about how bad things are. Why? So you can borrow some more!

That today constitutes American 'sanity'. A sanity the American populace have voted for for the past 40 years from Reagan, to Bush, To Clinton To Obama. It did not matter, this new form of 'sanity' was going to win regardless of the partisan label. We would start new wars, borrow more money, hand out new no-bid contracts to key political donors... all with borrowed money regardless of how Joe Sixpac voted.

Why does this form of 'sanity' always win? Cable News and the adept political brainwashing that takes place in America. I am not going to post charts on this today, if you don't know just how bad the debt situation is, why is that? Why don't you know that in less than 10 days we hit the debt limit and the nation will soon face a serious crisis if it is not raised. Why don't you know how much it costs the nation just in interest payments every month to sustain that debt? Why don't you know these things? Why do so many of you get mad at those who run it down to you, falling back on some tired old narrative you got off cable that somehow debts repay themselves and you really can borrow yourself to prosperity? The only way a people can be that dumb is via brainwashing. Talk to a Democrat and like a reflex or mp3 recording -  you get a fountain of hate at the GOP - blaming them. Talk to a Republican, and you get a fountain of hate at the Democrats. No one see's or wants to see their own complicity because of their own stupefied mental condition (brainwashed).

No, I am not here to kiss your backside and make you feel good while you shoot up your morning fix of designer heroin, pour another glass of bourbon,  flip the TV over to the porn channel or lie yourself into homeless shelter. Simply put, a reality check is coming. A person or people can only live so long in a world of illusion and delusion before the real world comes crashing down on them. TV is an image, it's an illusion. What you see on TV is not real and that often includes Cable News. Most people still don't get that.

I will continue to be an independent voice, that pain in the backside for the elite, that truth teller, that narrative buster, that lie exposer that will continue to vex the victims of propaganda from the left and right. Perhaps, for those of you who have to have a label, you can label me, Christ's Whistleblower - no not a guy who exposes classified stuff, but does expose the lies and devilry that is being concocted often right before our eyes IF you can get the TV out of the way of your visual range....

...it too often, is blocking your view of what is going on.

Unlike so many people out there from the left who are venting at Trump and his lack of political experience, I refuse to do that. I feel his anger and know that he knows things now that he cannot talk about... and he is pissed. He knows things only guys like Ryan, McConnell and Roberts know. He is slowly getting the big picture. He did not have it before but he is getting it now. But Trump is not doing himself any favors by venting on Twitter. He is holding himself up to derision  - that and his office. Just remember this - he is a political novice. He has never held elected office before. He will probably have to make a few more big mistakes, get a few more political bruises before he sits down and talks sense with the only guy up there I think has a lot of sense and knows how to play this game, Mike Pence.

You don't fight the media on their terms  - you go after them on yours. Ever think about breaking up the big six media conglomerates? It would take time and some adroit political maneuverings, but you and you alone have the power. You can ensure that media organizations stick to facts and while differing narratives are indeed an important, even essential part of our democratic system, outright lies, slander and the deliberate undermining of our democratic processes are not acceptable and will not be tolerated... at least on on Federally regulated airwaves. You could ensure that more independent voices are heard rather than silenced by the big six by breaking them up into the 'small 600'.

We all have a right to free speech... we all do not have a right to say it on Cable news.

For those of you who know our Lord, I can only say this to you. This is a dangerous time. The seeming calm we have now in the west is the calm before a storm. Powerful forces are gathering against Christians in America and they are aligning themselves quietly to move America into the arms of those who hate Christians and even the very form of Government we now all take for granted. They have money, power, access and organization and while a few Christians may see this from a 'religious right' narrative, brought to you and paid for the GOP, even fewer really understand this from a spiritual perspective and yes, even the financial perspective, because I will tell you this - nothing gets done in DC without a check being written.


Gulf States Sovereign Wealth Funds


Source: Various from around the web.

It is indeed amazing the things one can do and the politicians one can buy and subvert when one has a few hundred billion dollars at ones disposal. With that money, you can get powerful Senators to side with Islamic terrorists against their own citizens who are victims of that terrorism. More here.
Who benefits from this?

Let this be a food for thought piece. I may not like Trump much, but I know who is working overtime to destroy him and they are no ones friends but their own. They hate him because their ultimate goal will never be stated publicly.

May God grant those who know our Lord the wisdom and understanding needed in these times.

In Christ.

Brother Mark

***


This is something I wrote yesterday and post here on the public site for all for a change.

North Korea Fires Multiple Missiles

This is part of a pattern of Missile tests conducted by the North Korean regime. They recently also fired a missile that appears to have been mobile, a subject I covered when it was launched. What does this mean?

It means that more and more North Korea's policy of building the military is moving forward. Why these tests now? This one appears to have been a Scud, though reporting is vague on just what was launched and even where it actually struck, though western sources are claiming that it hit within the Japanese Economic Exclusion Zone. Here are a couple of maps that may help.


The range of this missile according to news reporting is about 1000km.

The concern naturally is far less the about the NK government striking the US  with this missile but striking at her neighbors who are very concerned about the government in Pyongyang and its propensity for dangerous, destabilizing and at times, rather crazy actions.


What this really means is hard to answer as I do not have an inside view into North Korea and frankly I think the whole situation is not as 'well lit' as western intelligence officials would like. There are a lot of serious issues North Korea faces these days. One of those is food, though reports of their more recent situation conclude that things are slowly improving with the new leaders policies.


 The other is the despotic and Stalinist form of government that exists. North Korea's Gulag system is like none other in the world. Brothers, rather than give you a long lightly description of just what that system entails, A great pdf report can be found here that gives a really good background along with some satellite photo's.


To Americans who have warm clothes and eat regularly and can afford to put high octane fuel in their SUV, these things almost always fall into the 'ho-hum lets turn the channel to HBO category'. But there are still a few active minds here in this nation and elsewhere who have not become calloused towards others and/or too inebriated or intoxicated to care. This paper is directed at that dwindling number of my countrymen. In that report on the Human Rights situation in North Korea (above) you can read how men and women where stripped naked and humiliated in front of their children, how women were subjected to vaginal searches and were forced to drink detergent. You will read about how women were given skin treatment drugs that when injected into women's wombs induced labor. That is not the half of it, they left the babies in a bucked to die.

No, brothers and sisters it is one thing to know there are Concentration camps in North Korea, quite another to understand just what is meant by 'concentration camp'.

This is one truly evil government. Totalitarian, violent and is being led by a man who appears to be a decedent of a bloodline that produces mentally unstable offspring. I do not say that lightly or in jest. Personality profiles of this leader and his father show a deeply disturbed mentality and one that may very well be congenital. I personally think this is one factor in dealing with North Korea that is often missed. The leadership there is often not operating within the confines of normal human behavior. North Korea's new leader having come to power when his father died in 2011 and has ruled with exceptional brutality, conducting regular purges of senior officials. Reports are that about half of the 200 top officials in North Korea, Kim has removed about half of them. Including his minister of Defense (Hyon Yong-chol) who was reported executed.

These provocative missile tests aside, what does all of this mean? What should the US do? What will the future hold? I will touch on these issues but give readers here a heads up. I am not nor have I ever been any kind of an expert on North Korea. It was never a subject that was assigned to me nor frankly did it ever pique my interest. Only as the regime became more of a regional threat have I taken the time to spend time on it.

First off - what do these missile tests mean? They are viewed as a major security threat to regional players. All are within striking distance of North Korea's missiles and see them as a threat. That does not just include Japan And South Korea who are US allies, but also China and Russia who have clear strategic differences on other issues with the US. Yes, it's true. The Russians are none too pleased about these tests. What these tests really mean is at least a little, a matter of speculation, even within intelligence circles unless a source or first hand accounts of top leadership meetings can be had. But the following are meant as a kind of  baseline.


Lockheed's THAAD Interceptor (US Army)
North Korea wants to be a true regional power. She wants respect and she believes the way to get that respect is not by adhering to international norms of behavior, but by raw military force. She wants official recognition as Nuclear Power. She believes that if she is determined enough and strong enough she can have her way on key regional issues. She knows that she is a pariah nation and as such she feels that she needs to show the world that it will be no cakewalk should military force be used against her. Some have opined that these tests are designed to test, evade or are otherwise a reaction to the planned/hoped for American deployment of the THAAD system.


Today, North Korea claims to have the capability to strike US bases in the pacific and even in the Continental US. They have even threatened a pre-emptive strike against us. This has naturally raised serious concerns in the US. Naturally allies in closer proximity to Pyongyang are in greater danger. Regional allies of the US have discussed a regional BMD system that is interoperable.  But South Korea has not jumped at the chance to buy and deploy this new system. The government of Park Geun-hye has shown what has been characterized as 'Strategic Ambiguity' in relation to THAAD, a key component of such a system. The reason? China does not like the idea as their missiles systems would 'inadvertently' become a target of his US based defense system. China, being the major player in the Asia-Pacific region is not a nation South Korea wants to openly antagonize.

Source: Heritage Foundation South Korea Needs THAAD Missile Defense (red shows radar, not missile reach)
I post these up just to show you the military thinking going on behind this threat. The key to remember is that Missiles do pose a very important threat to South Korea and Japan. They also at least to some degree, need to be countered when in the hands of a regime like Kim's. But the bigger question that may not be asked by think tanks in the pay of Defense contractors is this. Is an arms race in Asia the only way to deal with North Korea?

The answer is pretty ambiguous. The US has tried other soft power ways of dealing with the North, including sanctions, seizing missile exports and even negotiations. These seem to have at least some effect on the North's behavior but has not given it the incentive to make a clear break with its destabilizing activities. The issue of North Korea has vexed American officials to about the same degree as the Palestinian issue. The problems here are not just military and security in nature but also Human Rights.


The last several years under President Obama was marked by a policy of 'Strategic Patience' and seeking the North to return to the six party talks. This has not happened even though the last administration has slapped unilateral sanctions on the North (EO 13551, 13570, 13687). But these have not deterred the North from conducing its missile tests and critics have claimed that his policy has only emboldened the North.

Previously the US could rely somewhat on China to reign in the North's government, but their influence as waned as they have slowly begun to cut aid. The economic ties between the two are however, very strong and about 70% of North Korea's trade is with China. What may not be generally known is that the US has provided considerable amount of food aid in the past to the North Korean Government.



Source: CRS

What Can A President Do?

There is not much Trump can do. He can

  1. Continue the policy of Strategic Patience
  2. Attempt to put even more international pressure on Pyongyang
  3. Work with Moscow and Beijing to reign in Pyongyang to get the North back to the negotiating table
  4. Attempt a regime change.
  5. Wait for the regime to collapse.
  6. Start a preemptive war to undermine or remove the Kim regime.
  7. Push Korean Unification as a possible solution
  8. Get the UN more deeply involved.
Each of these options have their own set of problems and risks. So far option one has yielded nothing but more missile tests with increasing capabilities. Option two may help, but in the long run it is not likely to yield the results that the US and other regional players want. Option three is merely an extension of two, and has basically the same problems.

Option four I think is being actively considered, but the cure may turn out to be worse than the disease. There is no guarantee that what follows will be any better than what is in power now. There is every reason to believe that during the period of turmoil that will ensue, there will be a humanitarian nightmare and refugee crisis like never before. No one wants to see that or deal with it, not with other major refugee crisis enveloping the globe. Given the kinds of people who are surrounding this new President, I think the chances for some kind of regime change effort have increased significantly as has the probability for a regional disaster that will be felt for decades to come.

The following option (5) is merely an extension of the regime change solution - a humanitarian disaster would ensue with millions of refugee's in the region..

A preemptive war would probably solve the North Korean problem permanently, but it would require two things that are not within the realm of political realities. One, it would require a large number of ground troops to invade the North or deter a Northern retaliatory invasion of the South. An attack that would probably quickly overwhelm the South. Nuclear weapons in such an event would probably have to be employed. Such a war is hardly inconceivable. As such a real hot war initiated by either side in my view is a key and very important area of American strategic concern.





Source: DOD Report To Congress

The last two options are diplomatic in nature and unless the North shows a real desire to negotiate, any talks would only be used as a delaying tactic while they continue to make new and better missiles and nuclear arms.

Other policy options that appear to be fairly well vetted can be found here which includes one rather interesting option being a total withdrawal from the Peninsula, robbing the North of its ability to manipulate the situation and moreover depriving them of their target audience. Such a tactic if employed could have the the world view the North as raving lunatics not worthy of any serious consideration. For those of you looking for more institutional type thinking, the CFR has an interesting paper/speech here.

My view is that this is none of the above are good options. All have serious drawbacks.

 
If I were sitting in the White House right now and my top guys came in and gave me the kinds of options that we have seen so far, here is probably what I would do. I would get a couple of top people with extensive diplomatic experience to gather a team of influential policy makers from all concerned players -  Japan, China, South Korea, The US, Russia and the EU to work on an actionable plan that can be carefully coordinated by all powers to reign in, undermine or otherwise thwart the Kim regime. This will require a regional effort and one with allies who are determined to deal with the problem without the usual diplomatic cross maneuverings and backstabbings.

 In perhaps a few months, some kind of workable plan with all the major contingencies could be set in motion. The key here was touched on something I read today that should always be kept in mind and that is the situation is very fluid and any plans that are made today may very well be made obsolete in a couple of months as day to day events overtake us.


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For all of you my Christian brethren who love the Lord and those whom are his, I ask you to slide on over to the Voice of The Martyers website and get their monthly newsletter. This months is about North Korea. That newsletter is copyright so I cannot re-post any of it here, but I do encourage you sign up for it and to understand this whole North Korea issue, not just from an American and strategic perspective, but also from a spiritual and Christian one.

Many, many Christians are being beaten, tortured, starved and otherwise maltreated inside the North Korean Gulag system

Please pray accordingly!

Brother Mark

4 Mar


Disney Airs First Ever Same Sex Kiss In Cartoon

Back in the early 90's long before 'gay' was all the rage, I can remember reading about gay activists making it plain that they were after our children. I was in Germany at the time and frankly I cannot remember which group it was. But that comment has stayed with me these long years as I watch America continue it's long, slow slouch towards Gomorrah.

Satanism Going Mainstream

The above is from the LA Weekly. The rise of devil worship is a very very real phenomenon. I hope you all really get a handle on that one because I see more of it very much more of it as the day approaches. How deep will it be? Does not our Bible tell us of it in the last days?

And the rest of mankind, who were not killed with these plagues,
repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons,
and the idols of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of stone, and of wood;
which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk: and they repented not of their murders,
nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Rev 9:20-21)

The rise of evil? This is the future and we Christians must prepare our hearts for it. There is a lot of evil out there and a lot of people who are into it. But know this...

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world.
(1 John 4:4)


Let those of us who know Jesus Christ, beware and know the hour in which we live!

Well, if there is good news out there, the Baby murder/Child sacrifice business is in fear for its financial life with Trump in power.

Why Do They Hate Russia So?

She is Christian and proud of it! Russians are proud of their heritage and their religion and this has those who drop arms to Islamic terrorists worldwide in a rage!

This is a fascinating topic that is part of the alt-right debate. While I do not subscribe to much of their philosophy, there is much that makes far more sense that the foolishness we have seen in the west thus far.
One day, after the debt debate fiasco, we will spend some time on Alt-right and what it means and who is behind it.

Moreover, it is the western-Christian cultural tradition that is enemy number one in elite Western circles.

China's Crackdown On House Churches Continues

(ICC/China Aid) China continues its merciless crackdown of house churches that are not registered with the state church. Shouwang Church is now forced to meet in small groups around the area rather than in one location because of government persecution. The pastor, Jin Tianming, is under house arrest and government officials are leading a renovation on the church without the congregation’s permission. China continues its attempt to silence groups outside of its communist ideology and has increased its persecution of Christianity. 


Will Pope Francis Sell Out China's Christians?

What kind of deal has he cut? This Chinese Prelate asks pointed questions about this Pope who was forced on the Church by non-Christians. NewsMax has a similar Story here.

I say this to those in China who are depending on the Vatican for help. Did it ever occur to you that the dark forces sent this Pope to sow confusion and move the Church closer to the world, its morality as well as Islam and away from the purity and simplicity of the faith of Jesus Christ?

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
(2Cor 11:13)

More here and here from a decidedly Catholic perspective.

Maybe... just maybe his real spiritual job will be complete when he splits the Church and holds it up to derision and puts it into legal limbo for years on end.

Sending false shepherds to sow confusion is one of the most successful tactics the devil has.

But in fairness, the Pope has a tough job. China will continue to persecute and imprison Christians if she does not get what she wants. What should Francis do?

I don't think giving the godless a say in top Church leaders is a compromise he should make.


Sinai Christians Flee ISIS Terror

Hundreds have fled fearing more Daesh inspired killings.

Chinese Pastor Jailed For Not Accepting Surveillance State

This is part of the State Run Church system known as the Three Self Patriotic Movement. Once you join, you submit to the state's edicts. He joined and would not allow this kind of snooping.

1 Mar

Micah

Chapter 2
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. (Mic 2:1-3, KJV)

The next chapter of Micah shifts gears somewhat and moves from his word against idolatry and starts off by naming other social evils that were taking place in Israel in those days. There were a group of wealthy noblemen who were making plans to steal the land of the poor man.  In those days, a man's land was not only his home, but also for most, his source of income and his heritage.

The prophet here elicits an image of a greedy robber baron plotting the theft of the poor man's land at the very first light of the morning and as soon as he gets up, gets busy implementing their wicked plans. They took away the poor man's home and land by violence an oppression. This all stems from the root cause of covetousness. We have seen the same things today, but today these things are a global phenomenon. I often visit sites and occasionally post stories on this. You can find some interesting papers on this here. You can read a little more here.

This AM I got a really good email from a long time reader I am going to digress here for just a moment so you get a sense as to what is going on in our world. We were talking about China and the soft takeover of our nation that has been underway and is unknown to most Americans please forgive the digression but I think it pertinent
This reality that has revealed itself to me is a scary possibility. I spoke with an African man recently about this matter, and he confirmed to me that the Chinese had purchased vast tracts of land in Africa, nearly as large as nations in some cases. He claimed that while they did pay the locals, they did not hesitate to compel them into their employment. The conditions were deplorable, and the pay was just as close as it could be without being outright slavery/forced labor with no pay.

I, however, anticipate that the situation here will be different/far worse. I feel that the US will literally see a situation astonishing similar to that imposed by Germany during WWII. I have said in the past, that this would not be a racial deal, as the German's had back then. Now I can see where I am going to recant on that. Emphatically, the situation WILL be racial, with the Chinese being then where the Germans were during WWII. I worked last year in China, and you are right, then don't like black folk...or Christians, and they only like us white folk to the point that we will allow ourselves to be used by them, then they will only throw us to the curb, then do away with us as well, but only after they milk all that they can from us first..
. - Name Withheld


The bottom line is that large corporations from the west, China and elsewhere are moving into places that produce food and are finding legal ways to throw the poor man off of his land so the corporations or nations with large populations and who lack adequate food production (like China and India) can come in and produce food. The poor man, (often Africans) are pushed off with no recompense or recourse. This brothers, is a Global evil and no wealthy nation or people's are less guilty than the others. Even the African nations, who should be looking out for their people are in on it, often taking bribes from rich nations in order to facilitate title transfers. Sometimes these new global farms use prison (slave) labor. The point here is that this phenomenon of the rich man stealing from the poor – particularly his home and wealth is something that God really hates. This is why this writer has spoken so vehemently about the way the Big Banks were stealing the homes of poor people here in the US, using fraudulent paperwork, forgery and adjustable rage mortgages. Those homes did not fall into the Banks hands by accident, someone 'devised iniquity and worked evil in their beds' and when they went to the office that morning, they put their wicked plans into motion.


But the Lord uttered his voice and let them know that he too was capable of devising evil. He pronounced a horrendous judgment on those who did this thing. There would be recompense and what God was planning for them was not something they could shake off.  It was a yoke that they were not going to get out of. As they stretched their neck in arrogance and haughtiness, so now would an unbreakable yoke of  be placed on their necks that would bow it low that they could not escape, for the Lord had spoken it. The Lord via his prophet then pronounces that when these things happen it would be an evil time -  time of humiliation and distress, not pride and arrogance,  two sins which God was clearly going to break.
In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
(Mic 2:4-5)

The Prophet tells the people that they will  take up a doleful lamentation. The repetition of the world lament seems to indicated a long and monotonous cry of sorry and regret. Then the lament itself begins - here it is how the ESV translates this brief lamentation.
We are utterly ruined;
 he changes the portion of my people;
 how he removes it from me!
 To an apostate he allots our fields.”

The last section of verse 4 does not appear to be part of the lamentation but may be directed at either a contemporary false prophet or to the haughty rich in general. It seems to indicate that they shall have no posterity to inherit any land in the future. It appears to be a reference to the dividing up the land by lot which was common since the days of the Patriarch. It was their covetousness, theft and violence that got their portion removed from the 'Congregation of Jehovah'.

This passage should be a stern warning to we Christians as well, to not let covetousness, greed and dovish evil plans become part of our lives, not if we want to be joint inheritors with Christ. If we let this happen we too will be cast out of the congregation of the Lord!!

Then Micah warns the people about how they treat God's messengers.


Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.
(Mic 2:6)

Here, the wicked man whom the Lord's prophet was pronouncing these words, told the Lord's messenger to be silent and prophecy not. The idea seems to be the people were complaining, 'How dare you say such horrible things to us, we are God's chosen!. If all you have to say is 'negativity', then shut up'. This was a grievous error the people made. The second part of the verse indicates that the people think that by forbidding the prophet from speaking, they would be able to escape the judgments he pronounced on them.  The people did not want their sins exposed nor the unwelcome truths told to them. They wanted smooth words dripping with wine and whiskey (strong drink).

O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war. The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
(Mic 2:7-9)

Here the Lord chides his people – They took the name of Israel (Jacob) but they had none of his righteousness. He asks them, 'has the Lord love and compassion really contracted (narrowed)'? Of course not, he makes it plain that God's word is good to those who do good.  Mathew Henry has a slightly different approach to the passage dealing with the idea of straitened.
"Is the Lord's Spirit straitened? In silencing the Lord's prophets you do what you can to silence his Spirit too; but do you think you can do it? Can you make the Spirit of God your prisoner and your servant? Will you prescribe to him what he shall say, and forbid him to say what is displeasing to you? If you silence the prophets, yet cannot the Spirit of the Lord find out other ways to reach your consciences? Can your unbelief frustrate the divine counsels?" (2.) What a scandal it was to their profession as Jews: "You are named the house of Jacob, and this is your honour; but are these his doings? Are these the doings of your father Jacob? Do you herein tread in his steps? No; if you were indeed his children you would do his works; but now you seek to kill and silence a man that tells you the truth, in God's name; this did not Abraham (John 8:39; John 8:40); this did not Jacob." Or, "Are these God's doings? Are these the doings that will please him? Are these the doings of his people? No, you know they are not, however some may be so strangely blinded and bigoted as to kill God's ministers and think that therein they do him service," John xvi. 2. (3.) Let them consider how unreasonable and absurd the thing was in itself: Do not my words do good to those that walk uprightly? Yes; certainly they do; it is an appeal to the experiences of the generation of the upright: "Call now if there be any of them that will answer you, and to which of the saints will you turn?

I have always read his (Mathew Henry's) commentaries even from the days of my youth. His work is far less historical and technical but always is quite spiritually relevant.

If the Prophets words were speaking of doom, it was because their deeds were evil. In short the Lord was saying, 'lay off my prophets and lay off me and my word, YOU are the problem, change your ways and the Lord's word will be good towards you'. I can't deal with you as my people when your men rise up and steal the clothes off a man walking home, or rob a mother and her children of their home'.

They took away the substance of the ordinary man and in so doing they committed not just robbery, but sacrilege. Here is how Albert Barnes lays out part of this verse.
Instead of the holy home of parental care, the children grew up in want and neglect, away from all the ordinances of God, it may be, in a strange land. “For ever.” They never repented, never made restitution; but so they incurred the special woe of those who ill-used the unprotected, the widow, and the fatherless. The words “forever” anticipate the punishment. The punishment is according to the sin. They never ceased their oppression. They, with the generation who should come after them, should be deprived of God’s “glory,” and cast out of His land forever. - Albert Barnes

While the sense here is that the there were those among the people who were bandits and highway robbers, it also is likely that the robbery comes by other means, like usury and debt slavery when they took away a man's clothes for debts.


Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
(Mic 2:10-11)

Here the Lord basically instructs them to prepare to depart the land and go into captivity. It is a place where there shall be no rest. This new land of slavery will destroy you in a most unpleasant way. In that Israel had polluted the land with their iniquities and sin so shall they be cast out of it into a land that is polluted (spiritually). The new land would be and end to them 'even with a sore destruction'. Then the Lord contrasts the words of a true prophet with those of a false one who prophesies of wine and strong drink – I call the false ones the 'Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll' prophets. What the passage seems to be saying is that if you have a prophet who says, 'the wine will be a great vintage this year, or 'try the '2001 Scotch Whiskey, the Lord made it' such a liar would be a prophet to this people. They spoke of earthly pleasures and good times, not righteousness and truth.  They prophesied smooth things and deceits. They tickled ears and comforted, rather than rebuked seared and abominated consciences.


I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them. (Mic 2:12-13, KJV)

There appears to be some confusion about this passage. Some think this may be the words of a false prophet (continuing the theme from verse 11) promising prosperity to Israel in their drunken bashes. I do not see this at all. This passage to me is clearly one of the future restoration of Israel. The fact that the word remnant is used shows that most have gone by the spiritual wayside. This clearly was not the message of the false prophets who had no need of a remnant, since partying down and sipping whiskey was the way to 'salvation' for them.

Rather, God is showing us here that he will not make a full end of Israel and that one day he will regather them like sheep, not a few. This passage probably has a dual fulfillment, both a look at the eventual return from exile and more importantly the ultimate salvation of Israel at the end of this age (Romans 11:26). Borzah was a famous pasture for sheep in those days. The last verse in this chapter is probably a picture of the Messiah who breaks all the obstacles preventing Israel's restoration. The idea seems to be that just as the Lord went before them when they left Egypt (Exo 13:21), so shall he go before them in their eventual restoration.

All true prophets give a promise to those who repent and come to the Messiah, Old and New Testament. Micah is not exception. This sudden break from the oracles of woe to one of promise is common throughout prophetic literature. God, even in his anger does not forget that he wants to bless, forgive and restore.


27 Feb

Law, Order and Disorder

It's been a while since I covered issues in the American criminal justice system so today, we will look at a couple of issues. I think the first rather interesting story is the Supreme Courts case of Buck Vs. Davis, where Texas was getting ready to execute a mentally disabled man who was Black. The key here is that the court ruled that the defendant had ineffective counsel and ordered a new sentencing hearing. The key here is that his defense attorney (not the prosecution) argued that that he would be more dangerous because he was Black.

Surprisingly, Chief Justice Roberts came out in favor of Buck.

"When a jury hears expert testimony that expressly makes a defendant’s race directly pertinent on the question of life or death, the impact of that evidence cannot be measured simply by how much air time it received at trial or how many pages it occupies in the record...

...“The law punishes people for what they do, not who they are,” - SCOTUS-CJ Roberts
This is a rather striking statement and one that could have repercussions on the new kinds of racial profiling now going on with software that is picking out people based solely on race for longer sentences. You can read the whole decision here. This is a big win for civil liberties and may help beat back the slow, creeping Klanification of the US legal system. The sad part is that Justice Thomas ruled against this man. The blog, Above The Law has their take on this here it is really good. The author's opinion of Justice Thomas is about right.

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Well, as you all know there is a heroin epidemic in America. Today, the Marshall Project looks at Trump's wall and if it will keep the big 'H' out of the US.

Today we struggle with a national epidemic of opioid and opiate addiction, first to narcotic painkillers overprescribed by doctors and now to heroin. As I’ve toured America talking about our opiate scourge, I’ve encountered many people who believe a wall will stop heroin from coming north.

Walls, in fact, have been shown to stop people. Illegal crossing has all but ceased in Tijuana because of two walls, including one that starts in the Pacific Ocean and runs for more than 14 miles before hitting a mountain. But walls have not stopped drugs, especially heroin. It is the easiest drug to traffic in small batches across a border because it is so easily condensed — and easy to cut later. The rancher from Sinaloa told me he put a little more than a pound and a half of heroin in those shoes, clearing as much as $12,000 in a single trip to the States. You could never fit enough cocaine, meth or marijuana into a shoe to make it worth the risk. “They’re too voluminous,” he told me.

Larger Mexican drug operations, of course, ship bigger quantities hidden in trucks, particularly for long-distance hauls to the East Coast. The United States cannot check every one of the millions of trucks that cross north every year.

But many ordinary people traffic small amounts of heroin “a la hormiga” — ant-like. They need the money — for things as mundane as cows or tractors, to finish a house, or simply to spend like kings for a while. A lot of heroin trafficking happens a kilo or two at a time. Other ranchers told me they used hollow hammers, toothpaste tubes, the thick of a woman’s hair, backpacks or the carburetor of a truck. No wall stops that kind of trafficking. It probably won’t stop trafficking in fentanyl, either, the synthetic opioid vastly more potent than heroin. - The Marshall Project

This is a major epidemic and as I mentioned before, I see another or perhaps a group of geopolitical players using Heroin in an asymmetrical attack on the US. How deep this new Mexican President's ties are to the cartels is a matter of some significant research. They appear to be pretty close. How effective will Trump's wall be in fixing this? I think it will have an effect and make it more difficult but hardly impossible to bring the stuff in. The problem even it it works? When supply lessens, prices rise and when prices rise beyond the means of a poor junkie, crime will be the likely route people will take to obtain the cash to get their fix. Heroin Junkies when hooked... they are really hooked.
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This President and his AG appear to be the kinds of people who are going to go the full gamut on fighting crime. Here is how the folks over at 'Stop The Drug War' put it.

In a sharp break with the Obama administration, which distanced itself from harsh anti-drug rhetoric and emphasized treatment for drug users over punishment, President Trump last week reverted to tough drug war oratory and backed it up with a series of executive orders he said were "designed to restore safety in America"
We're going to stop the drugs from pouring in," Trump told law enforcement professionals of the Major Cities Chiefs Association last Wednesday. "We're going to stop those drugs from poisoning our youth, from poisoning our people. We're going to be ruthless in that fight. We have no choice. And we're going to take that fight to the drug cartels and work to liberate our communities from their terrible grip of violence."

Trump also lambasted the Obama administration for one of its signature achievements in criminal justice reform, opening the prison doors for more than 1,700 drug war prisoners who had already served sentences longer than they would have under current, revised sentencing guidelines. Obama freed "record numbers of drug traffickers, many of them kingpins," Trump complained.

And in a sign of a return to the dark days of drug war over-sentencing, he called for harsher mandatory minimum prison sentences for "the most serious" drug offenders, as well as aggressive prosecutions of drug traffickers and cracking down on "shipping loopholes" he claimed allowed drugs to be sent to the US from other countries. - Stop The Drug War

Great rhetoric and it gets people elected but the realities are far, far more difficult to deal with. There are many lessons learned from the past and repeating the old mistakes will only make matters worse. This Heroin crisis though, is one that is effecting White Americans as much if not more than Black ones. Stories from all over the nation show how far reaching this scourge is. Here is a story of how Parents were charged after their 8 year old OD'd on Heroin. Here is another on shipping the stuff in the mail, they are finding it in storage units and the old are supplementing their income with it. No, dear readers, this is not just an epidemic that hits skid row, the ghetto and the barrio. This is going everywhere.

InsightCrime has a good story here that talks about the 'China White' that has hit the streets.

"They call it china white, but it doesn't come from China," Pentis explained. The drug came from Mexico and was supplied by the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the principal providers of narcotics to both the Mexican Mafia and MS13.

Pentis explained that the quality of the drug reached 98 percent purity, and the overall value was calculated to be in excess of $5 million. The white heroin was packed into 28 foil-wrapped bricks approximately 20 centimeters long and 10 centimeters high that had been discovered inside the trunk of a vehicle.

According to Pentis, Ventura County has been the center of operations for the criminal network responsible for the white heroin. It receives the drug shipments coming from Mexico, which are later shipped to other US states such as Texas, Mississippi or New York. -



One of the tactics that has been used in the past to target drugs is Civil Asset Forfeiture, something I have never liked, but am not opposed to on the most limited and extreme of circumstances. My problem with it is that for the most part, it hits little people and those often who are innocent of anything other than having a successful business. Here are some recent events on the subject.

Asset Forfeiture

Federal Bill Would Use Seized Cartel Assets to Build Border Wall. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has filed House Resolution 1067, which would order the Justice Department to issue a report on Mexican drug trafficking organization profits and how the DOJ could "increase assets seized by such cartels" to build President Trump's promised border wall. He's even got a name for the bill that creates a nifty acronym: the "Build Up Illegal Line Defense With Assets Lawfully Lifted (BUILD WALL) Act of 2017.

Arizona Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Advances. A bill that would require prosecutors to set a higher evidentiary standard -- from "preponderance of the evidence" to "clear and convincing evidence" -- is advancing in the House. House Bill 2477 cleared the Federalism, Property Rights & Public Policy by a 9-0 vote last Tuesday, and passed the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee by the same margin last Wednesday.

North Dakota Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Advances. A bill that would end civil forfeiture in most cases has passed the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 1170 now heads for a House floor vote. - Stop The Drug War

For the most part these things are good. Again, I have seen too many horror stories about this program that made it impossible (or nearly so) to get ones property back and prove innocence. Another major issue with it was that it was crooked. A lot of the seized property went 'missing'.

That does not mean I am totally against it in more extreme cases. With major operators perhaps there can be a case for temporary forfeiture for say, up to a year pending charges and a trial. If there is no charge or trial the property should be returned. The key I think is to have a case, real evidence and too often the only evidence they had was a guy who ran a burrito stand that did most of its business in cash - immediately raising suspicious eyebrows at the local police station wondering how a guy with a hole in the wall joint could afford a Lexus. That, too often is the non-thinking going on in too many minds of LE officials. There was no punishment for cops robbing the guy blind  - so that is exactly what they did.

I am worried about where President Trump will take the nation in the realm of Criminal Justice. We needed sentencing reform and a intelligence look at other things like Pot legalization and asset forfeiture. But these things seem out of bounds for this New President who appears to want to turn back the clock.

Please pray that God will teach Trump to temper judgment with mercy and that a nightstick, prisons and a SWAT team are not the only solutions to crime.
23 Feb

German Archeologist Kidnapped In Nigeria

(World Watch Monitor) Two German archaeologists have been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in southern Kaduna, highlighting the growing insecurity in the northern Nigerian state.

The kidnapping of the two men, who have been working in the region for 10 years, took place in Kagarko*, 80km (50 miles) from Kafanchan, where more than 800 people have been killed since 2011.

Nigeria’s Middle Belt, which includes Kaduna, Nasarawa, Taraba, Benue and other states, is the scene of frequent attacks on Christian farmers (often called indigenes) by mainly Muslim Hausa-Fulani nomadic herdsmen... Continues here. 


China Deports 32 S. Korean Missionaries

The above link is to the Christian Post. This move should not be surprising, given the moves that Xi has made since coming to power. He is dead set against Christianity and any other social, religious, political and just about any group that is not under the firm and direct control of the Communist party. It's why it is not just Christians that are suffering, but Lawyers, Human Rights activists, Muslims and the Falun Gong.

Being an ardent student and admirer or Mao, Xi see's China's future as being dominated by the doctrines of Mao.

If you really want to understand where Xi is taking China and why he is doing what he is doing, Mao is the place to start.

While policy wonks these days are doing their level best to downplay this (trying to make a name for themselves), the best place to understand Xi is to learn about Mao and his vision of communist utopia.

The picture will become far less murkier.

I consider him a more pragmatic and imperialistic version of Mao.

Facebook The New Thought Police

Facebook... all of those social networking sites. - for the most part, I repeat myself.... they are not your friends. They have gotten into bed with the Surveillance  state, Militant Homosexuals, the Chinese Communists, Money men from the Islamic world who have quiet contracts with these firms to give them data. they do their level best to hide these contracts from the Web, but they are real and some of these firms do hand data over to the world's more repressive regimes.

Few really understand just what is going on with those sites. I don't use them.

But you can't tell Christians in this country anything. They just don't listen. They decry all of this but sink in their first fruits right into Hollywood and the Cable company every month ($100-200/mo). Money that goes to PAC's and politicians that fight Christians at every turn.

If you are in Christian ministry, 'Christians' will always have an excuse why they can't support you, but if you put images of gay sex or a Pope who is abominable on your show,, Christians open up their wallets.... no matter the price of the bill.

That is just one reason why Christians are losing this battle for the heart and soul of America.

Could you imagine the US army building its tanks and then handing it over to the Nazi's during WWII... arming their enemies?

That is exactly what Christians are doing today, totally ADDICTED to Cable and Hollywood's potpourri of anti-Christian programming. Like a junkie, they will pay any price to get their fix.

You keep arming the devil and sooner or later, he is going to turn those arms right back on you.

ISIS Horror: Mother Suspended by Cables, Raped Daily in Front of Her Children

ICC Note: More atrocious stories are emerging from liberated parts of Iraq. A Sunni Muslim recently recalled the torture she endured at the hands of Islamic State militants in captivity. Much like the reports we have heard of the treatment of Yazidi and Christian women, this mother was hung by cables and repeatedly raped by her captors in front of her children. The aftermath has been severe on the woman and her children.

22 Feb

Christians in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Murdered by Masked Men in Series of Attacks

Killings Follow a Declaration by ISIS to Eliminate Christians in Egypt

02/22/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that this morning, February 22, 2017, the bodies of two Coptic Christian men were found behind a school in El-Arish, Egypt. Saad Hakim Hanna, 65 years old, was shot in the head, while his son, Medhat, 45 years old, seems to have been burned alive.
 
This brutal attack comes only days after an Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula promised to eliminate the Christian minority, claiming that Egyptian Christians were the extremist group's "favorite prey."

According to Fr. Youssef Sobhy, a priest at the Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox Church in El-Arish, three masked men attacked Saad and Medhat at their home at 10:00 p.m. last night. "The men knocked at the door of the home of the Christians and Medhat opened the door," Fr. Sobhy told ICC. "The men shot his old father, Saad Hanna, in the head and then they burnt the home."

Unfortunately, this is not the first attack of its kind in El-Arish.

On January 30, a Coptic Christian trader named Wael Youssed Meland was shot and killed by masked men in his grocery shop in El-Arish. The assailants then helped themselves to soda and chips in front of Meland's wife and son.

On February 12, a Coptic veterinarian named Bahgat William Zkhar was shot in his car just south of El-Arish, Egypt. One day later, another Copt, Adel Shawky, was shot in the head by masked men in the same district.

On February 16, a Coptic teacher named Gamal Tawfiq Gares was also shot by masked men in El-Arish.
 
"Two masked men approached us and asked my husband if he was Gamal," Namea Gamil, Gares' widow, told ICC. "My husband answered yes; one of them got out a gun from his clothes and shot my husband in the head."
 
It seems that all of the victims were targeted by their assailants because of their religious identity. There is now a growing sense of panic among Christians in El-Arish that ISIS is following through on their promise to kill Egyptian Christians.
 
"Many [have] left and fled while those who find it difficult to leave have sent their children away to relative[s] out[side] of Arish," one Christian resident of El-Arish told ICC. "My family and I want to leave, but we cannot do that because our livelihoods are here, our homes are here, and we have nowhere else to go."
 
William Stark, ICC's Regional Manager, said, "We are deeply concerned for the developing situation in Egypt, especially in and around El-Arish. Christians cannot continue to live under such paralyzing conditions. The authorities must do more to protect vulnerable populations, particularly Christians, as they are being specifically targeted by militants. ICC calls on the al-Sisi administration to follow through on their promises to defend the Christian population of Egypt."

For interviews with William Stark, Regional Manager, please contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator: press@persecution.org

 

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21 Feb


Micah

Chapter 1

Micah is not one of those prophets that is well known. He was identifies himself as a Morshthite. Where this place is exactly is a matter of some debate but most seem to believe that he was from the town of Moresheth, which was located in Judah, the Southern Kingdom. He prophesied during the same time as Isaiah, and did his work during the reign of the wicked King Ahaz (who sacrificed his son to an idol – 2King 16:2ff). His message was directed at a sinful people who were given fully over to idolatry; that being the worship of false gods, idols and though they did not know it, demons.

The religious worship was not in keeping with the true God who brought them out of Egypt and gave them the land that they were now defiling. It was in short, a defective and abominable religio-social system that overtook the kingdom. As a result of Israel's sin's the whole nation was subverted spiritually. This is when God sent in his prophet.

When God sends in a prophet like this, it is not a good sign. It is usually a very bad one. The job of a prophet? Who would want it? It is a tough job. His job is to tell folks what they don't want to hear and have been working pretty hard to ignore. His job is to warn and cajole, sometimes insult and threaten. Not in hatred, but to get people to sit up and take notice of God whom they had deeply offended. When the prophet is sent, God is beyond just 'hurt feelings', he is determined to act.

I find it interesting that an earlier Micah (KJV Michaiah) was derided by a wicked king because he did not prophecy 'smooth things and deceits'. Because of this, the King of Israel (Ahab) hated him and said as much.

And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. (1Ki 22:8)

Like I said, when a true prophet shows up, it is because he has a message the Lord has been trying to get through to people that they do not want to hear. I use this prophet and passage to show some similarities between Micah and this earlier Michaiah. Both had to contend with false prophets and those who comforted rather than rebuked the people in their sins.

A true prophet rarely has warm and positive words. If God sent him, it it is usually seen as 'just' a negative message. But if you listen carefully, it really isn't negative at all, if the people are willing to repent and do right, God usually speaks of blessings that will follow. But it is because of the sins the prophet is sent. Micah is concerned about many forms of wickedness that had overtaken Jewish Social life and the task of relaying God's message and outlining Israel's sins of those days fell to Micah.

Micah was a keen observer. He looked at not just the spiritual condition of Israel, but also was keenly aware of the regional-political environment of his time and see's many of the sins of Israel in a light that we today can understand, living in America. This will be made plain as we move though the book. But like his fellow prophetic compatriots, his basic concerns are about false religion, the lack of justice, corruption the exploitation of the poor man by those who had wealth and power.

Micah's message was for Ancient Israel but is also for us today. His words and warnings, like those of all the minor prophets echo down the centuries.

The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place. (Mic 1:1-4)

Here Micah is expounding a vision of  two things. The Lord bearing witness against his own people and his judgment against them. Prophets in those days were often called seer's for they often had visions of God that were not seen by others. Here the 'seer' has a vision of God's glory and holy wrath as he comes out of his place to deal with the wayward and sinful nation.  This prophecy is not just directed at Israel, it is directed at the whole earth, all nations and peoples. While it is true that the audience for this word was the Ancient Jews, the sense here is something more far reaching and apocalyptic. This was in short, a vision of a future catastrophe for the people to whom it is directed.

So the Lord was going to come down from his holy Temple. The word here is

H1964

היכל

hêykâl

hay-kawl'

Probably from H3201 (in the sense of capacity); a large public building, such as a palace or temple: - palace, temple.



The sense here is not the Temple in Jerusalem, but rather his temple in heaven. From this verse we get a sense of God''s majesty and his power. God himself will come down and bear witness against the kingdoms and people's of the earth. God can easily do these things but in the instance here, God seems to want to let the world know he is doing it and thus the imagery is not of foreign nations coming in and pillaging Israel as we see in other prophets, but of the Lord himself coming down and dealing with them. Some however seem to think that what God is really saying is that he wants all nations to bear witness and see what he is doing to Israel. My own view is that this passage while directed at ancient Israel, is a forward looking vision of the ultimate Judgment of God through his son Jesus Christ, for whom this kind of imagery is used. We see many of these same themes, not just in prophetic literature where fire is prominent, but all through the Old and New Testaments (see Deut 4:24, Psa, 68:2, Psa 97:5, Isa 66:15,, 2Thess 1:8, 2 Peter 3:7-10)


So, I see this passage as being directed at ancient Israel, but the finality/totality of this judgment did not fall upon them, for the Lord did not come down in the manner hereof spoken. That literal fulfillment will come when Christ returns to recompense the entire earth for their evil.

For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem? Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof. And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.  (Mic 1:5-7)


Here is what John Gill says about this passage. I think it very simple and yet profound.



All this evil, all these calamities and judgments, signified by the above metaphorical phrases, these did not come by chance, nor without, reason; but were or would be inflicted, according to the righteous judgment of God, upon the people of Israel and Judah, for their manifold sins and transgressions, especially their idolatry: - Gill



The evil that got the Lord so angry was Idolatry, the worship of false Gods. The reference to Samaria was the same thing we saw in Nahum, the worship and institution of that Golden Calf there. This made the Lord very, very angry and he was going to deal with this people with great harshness. God was not playing and Micah was sent to make it plain to the people. The places mentioned were known for Idolatrous worship and other sundry wickedness'. Samaria was 'Idolatry HQ' and God was going to smash that place all to bits and burn it with fire. The last part of the above passage is particularly interesting. It shows that the kingdom was almost certainly prosperous in the worldly sense and all of her ill gotten wealth was one of God's objects of wrath and that like a whore, whose wealth is also ill gotten, she would lose her blessings in the material realm, perhaps by being sold off as slaves to other idolaters.


Like today, in our modern world, particularly in the west, (but this materialistic contagion is spreading), various forms of idolatry (including the worship of wealth itself) seemed like the best course for them – it was the 'best' way they, they reasoned in their spiritually dulled minds, So they took it. The reference to a harlot may also be indicative of the kinds of things going on in the religious life of Israel in those days. In the ancient world, it was common to see whores in the temples of the ancient gods plying their trade for money. But the sense may be more far reaching in that it was trade and the social-religious interaction with lost and idol worshiping nations that Micah is speaking about. In short, Israel was looking for 'economic growth' and she did not care how she got it including laying down and spreading her spiritual legs for a couple of shekels. Brothers, let me tell you, things have not changed all that much.

Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls. For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem. Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust. Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing. For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem. O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee. (Mic 1:8-16)


Here the prophet is so upset and troubled by this vision that he was going to cry and make noises like Dragons and Owls. As obtuse and poetic this passage may actually seem,  there may  have been such creatures as they were noted apparently in the conquest of Alexander and told about in the works of Aelianus who was a Greek historian and Rhetorician and who was also an early naturalist, recording various animals of his time (2nd Century BC). But clearly Micah's comparisons are figurative in nature and are meant to elicit an image in the hearers mind just how loud a howl the prophet was to wail. Ever hear a howling dog late and night and are unable to sleep because if it? Yeah, like that.


Micah was even going to go about naked. This was not unusual for pre-exilic prophets. Think Isaiah. But Micah seems not to do this so much on divine orders, but out of genuine shock and horror at what God had planned for Israel. Then the prophet goes and 'visits' (prophetically) the various cities in the region with his message. The sense here is that these cities, (like Gath which was a key city of the Philistines) God had a message. In the other cities his morning takes different forms. He was commanded to not weep in Gath, don't make those hideous noises there – they were Israel's enemies and would rejoice at the news and God did not want that.

Versus 11 and 12 are probably better translated with the CEV.


Depart naked and ashamed, you people of Shaphir. The town of Bethezel mourns because no one from Zaanan went out to help. Everyone in Maroth hoped for the best, but the LORD sent disaster down on Jerusalem. (Mic 1:11-12)

These are all apparently cities in ancient Israel and Maroth may have been a city that was named after Naomi (see Ruth 1:20) who wanted he named changed to Mara (bitterness) but the actual location is not known today. Shaphir's name meant beauty and was located in the hills of Judah. Zaanan was a noted sheep pasture the name has the connotation of 'coming forth'. In these names the prophet uses a play on words to make his point.

O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. (Mic 1:13-14)

Lachish was a strong and fortified city whose defenses were strengthened by Rehoboam. It is here that the beginnings of Israel's sins are found. Why is this so? Well lets us go and look at Rehoboam (1King 12:3ff) and we find that it was his sin, arrogance and cold hardheartedness that was the cause of Israel being split between two kingdoms. This is probably a reference to that act by Rehoboam, since it was he who made it into this fortified city. It is also, according to Gill, probably one of the first to go over to the idolatry of Jeroboam and the worship of calf's. But here the passage tells them to gather the horses that run swift. Note that no mention of taking up a sword or instruments of war with the beasts so that passage may be one of fleeing, running away from the trouble that was coming rather than defending the city.

Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee. (Mic 1:14-16)



Here the northern kingdom is trying to get the Judah to come and help them in the hour of their need. The 'Gath' at the end of the name is probably indicative of the city having once fallen to the Philistines. This was probably the same town the Micah was from. The city of Achzib was to be a 'lie' to Israel. Again we see the play on words

H392
אכזיב

'akzîyb

ak-zeeb'

From H391; deceitful (in the sense of a winter torrent which fails in summer); Akzib, the name of two places in Palestine: - Achzib.

But these will all be in vain, gifts will only purchase lies and no matter what they did, the enemy would come in and inherit the glory of Israel. These last few passages in the first chapter of Micah, frankly are a bit obscure and there is much debate about the exact meaning. But here is what Barnes says about Adullam. It is noteworthy insofar as I think we get a better sense as to what these places meant to the Israelite's to whom this message was directed.

He (that is, the heir, the enemy) shall come unto Adullam, the glory of Israel - . that is, he who shall dispossess Mareshah, shall come quite unto Adullam, where, as in a place of safety, the glory of Israel, all in which she gloried, should be laid up. Adullum was a very ancient city, being mentioned in the history of the patriarch Judah Gen_38:1, Gen_38:12, Gen_38:20, a royal city Jos_12:15. It too lay in the Shephelah Jos_15:35; it was said to be 10 (Eusebius) or 12 (Jerome) miles East of Eleutheropolis; but for this, there seems to be scarcely place in the Shephelah. It was one of the 15 cities fortified by Rehoboam 2Ch_11:7; one of the 16 towns, in which (with their dependent villages) Judah settled after the captivity Neh_11:30. It contained the whole army of Judas Maccabaeus (1 Macc. 12:38).

Like Lachish, it had probably the double advantages of the neighborhood of the hills and of the plain, seated perhaps at the roots of the hills, since near it doubtless was the large cave of Adullam named from it. The line of caves, fit for human habitation, which extended from Eleutheropolis to Petra , began westward of it. : “The valley which runs up from Eleutheropolis Eastward, is full of large caves; some would hold thousands of men. They are very extensive, and some of them had evidently been inhabited.” : “The outer chamber of one cavern was 270 feet long by 126 wide; and behind this were recesses and galleries, probably leading to other chambers which we could not explore. The massive roof was supported by misshaped pieces of the native limestone left for that purpose, and at some places was domed quite through to the surface, admitting both light and air by the roof.” The name of Adullam suggested the memory of that cave, the refuge of the Patriarch David, the first of their line of kings, in extreme isolation and peril of his life. There, the refuge now of the remaining glory of Israel, its wealth, its trust, its boast - the foe should come. And so there only remained one common dirge for all.

The last verse above is merely an expression that the prophets grief was to be most severe and shaving the head was often a way of expressing such grief.

An Black Hero From Yesteryear


Many unsung hero's of Black America's civil rights struggle are not well remembered. Here is one that is worthy of note.




Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist,[1] Georgist,[2] and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Wells lost her parents and a sibling in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic at a young age. She went to work and, with her grandmother, kept the rest of the family intact. She moved with some of her siblings to Memphis, Tennessee, finding pay better for teachers.

Later as an activist, Wells documented lynching in the United States in the 1890s, showing that it was often used in the South as a way to control or punish Black people who competed with whites, rather than being based on criminal acts by black people, as was usually claimed by whites.[3] She was active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations. Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician and traveled internationally on lecture tours.[4]...

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On May 4, 1884, a train conductor with the Memphis and Charleston Railroad ordered Wells to give up her seat in the first-class ladies car and move to the smoking car, which was already crowded with other passengers. The year before, the Supreme Court had ruled against the federal Civil Rights Act of 1875 (which had banned racial discrimination in public accommodations). This verdict supported railroad companies that chose to racially segregate their passengers.

Wells refused to give up her seat. The conductor and two men dragged Wells out of the car. When she returned to Memphis, she hired an African-American attorney to sue the railroad. Wells gained publicity in Memphis when she wrote a newspaper article for The Living Way, a black church weekly, about her treatment on the train. When her lawyer was paid off by the railroad,[12] she hired a white attorney. She won her case on December 24, 1884, when the local circuit court granted her a $500 award.

The railroad company appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court, which reversed the lower court's ruling in 1887. It concluded, "We think it is evident that the purpose of the defendant in error was to harass with a view to this suit, and that her persistence was not in good faith to obtain a comfortable seat for the short ride."[13][14] Wells was ordered to pay court costs. Wells' reaction to the higher court's decision expressed her strong convictions on civil rights and religious faith, as she responded: "I felt so disappointed because I had hoped such great things from my suit for my people...O God, is there no...justice in this land for us?"[15]

While teaching elementary school, Wells was offered an editorial position for the Evening Star in Washington, DC. She also wrote weekly articles for The Living Way weekly newspaper under the pen name "Iola," gaining a reputation for writing about the race issue. In 1889, she became co-owner and editor of Free Speech and Headlight, an anti-segregation newspaper that was started by the Reverend Taylor Nightingale and was based at the Beale Street Baptist Church in Memphis. It published articles about racial injustice.[16] In 1891, Wells was dismissed from her teaching post by the Memphis Board of Education due to her articles that criticized conditions in the colored schools of the region. Wells was devastated but undaunted, and concentrated her energy on writing articles for the The Living Way and the Free Speech and Headlight.[17]

In 1889 Thomas Moss, a friend of Wells, opened the Peoples Grocery in the "Curve," a black neighborhood just outside the Memphis city limits. It did well and competed with a white-owned grocery store across the street. While Wells was out of town in Natchez, Mississippi, a white mob invaded her friends' store. During the altercation, three white men were shot and injured. Moss and two other black men, named McDowell and Stewart, were arrested and jailed pending trial. A large white lynch mob stormed the jail and killed the three men.

After the lynching of her friends, Wells wrote in Free Speech and Headlight, urging blacks to leave Memphis altogether:

There is, therefore, only one thing left to do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white persons.[18]

Wells emphasized the public spectacle of the lynching. More than 6,000 black people did leave Memphis; others organized boycotts of white-owned businesses. After being threatened with violence, she bought a pistol. She later wrote, "They had made me an exile and threatened my life for hinting at the truth."[19]

Investigative journalism

The murder of her friends drove Wells to research and document lynchings and their causes. She began investigative journalism by looking at the charges given for the murders, which officially started her anti-lynching campaign. She spoke on the issue at various black women's clubs, and raised more than $500 to investigate lynchings and publish her results. Wells found that black people were lynched for such social control reasons as failing to pay debts, not appearing to give way to whites, competing with whites economically, and being drunk in public. She found little basis for the frequent claim that black men were lynched because they had sexually abused or attacked white women. This alibi seemed to have partly accounted for white America's collective acceptance or silence on lynching, as well as its acceptance by many in the educated African-American community. Before her friends were lynched and she conducted research, Wells had concluded that "although lynching was…contrary to law and order…it was the terrible crime of rape [that] led to the lynching; [and] that perhaps…the mob was justified in taking his [the rapist's] life".[20]

She published her findings in a pamphlet entitled "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases."[21] She followed this with an editorial that suggested that, unlike the myth that white women were sexually at risk of attacks by black men, most liaisons between black men and white women were consensual. After the editorial was published, Wells left Memphis for a short trip to New England, to cover another story for the newspaper. Her editorial enraged white men in Memphis. Their responses in two leading white newspapers, The Daily Commercial and The Evening Scimitar, were brimming with hatred; "the fact that a black scoundrel is allowed to live and utter such loathsome…calumnies is a volume of evidence as to the wonderful patience of southern whites. But we have had enough of it".[22] On May 27, 1892, while she was away in Philadelphia, a white mob destroyed the offices of the Free Speech and Headlight.

Numerous other studies have supported Wells' findings of lynching as a form of community control[23] and analyzed variables that affect lynching. Beck and Tolnay's influential 1990 study found that economics played a major role, with the rate of lynchings higher when marginal whites were under threat because of uncertain economic conditions. They concluded the following... This article appears in total at Wkipedia




17 Feb

Prophecy And Technology -  Part II


And then in the very next vision in Revelation, we see a very different set of unworldly looking creatures. This horde however is going to do much more than just torment, the next horde will be there to kill and kill one third of mankind. This happens just following the fifth angel sounding his trumpet. Here is the passage.


Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet,
Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour,
and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:
and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision,
and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth,
and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions;
 and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke,
and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails
 were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues
yet repented not of the works of their hands,
 that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold,
and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:
which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,
nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
(Rev 9:14-21)



This passage shows us many things. The most important is the spiritual observation in the last verse, that men utterly refused to repent of their evil deeds. But let’s take a good look at what is going to kill off so very much of mankind. These are not creatures that anyone living has seen. Again, we see spiritual forces who are used to prepare their way for destruction. This time there are four angels and they are set apart for this one specific purpose at this one specific time. Many have tried to opine that both of these angels who bring on these disasters in Revelation chapter nine are Holy angels – ones who did not rebel with the devil. No, these angels were bound and it does not seem at all likely that God has to bind up his loyal angels. However there is a class of them who are bound up in chains as mentioned earlier.



And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting
chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
(Jud 1:6)




So it is fallen angels who are bound and these in my view are just four of them. They appear to be very powerful angels and may even be a class of arch angels of which some or many joined in the rebellion against the Most High God. My view is that both of these groups of angels are probably part of this fallen host, who will be allowed to be set free for just this particular moment in history. What these creatures are again I can only speculate, but I find it of interest that in both the 5th and 6th trumpets, we see these traits


The creatures have features like more than one type of animal

The creatures attack

The creatures have defenses (breastplate/armor)

The race of the sons of men are the target of both attacks


I think one other observation that should be made about the fifth and sixth trumpet is this. The fifth trumpet represents a non-lethal attack from the air (locusts). The sixth trumpet represents a lethal attack on mankind from the ground. We must also keep in mind again that John had no vocabulary for the description of things like tanks, Apache helicopters, hellfire missiles and military drones. Moreover, I think we are only just beginning to see out here in public some of the strange and new weapons that nations all around the world are working on and will one day deploy. The does not even take into consideration the kinds of things that have not even hit the drawing board yet. 


So is John’s vision one of a futuristic army that is ultimately controlled by satanic forces, but done so with God’s permission? I think it quite possible. Keep in mind that it is the beast of revelation that will be given great authority over the world and the kings of the earth. It takes no major leap in analysis to say that the evil spirits who control the beast system will also control their military's and their high tech drone armies. 


The truth is, I don’t think we have begun to fathom just how transformative to our world all of these new technological developments will be, both drones as well as genetically modified lifeforms.


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This is what they are already proposing for humans. We have no idea what they have already done with animals, insects and other organisms at the classified level.

Machines Smarter Than Humans


Soon this will be the case. Machines that not only perform specific tasks and calculations better than humans, but are more creative, intelligent and even intuitive that their human counterparts.

Artificial Intelligence: Silicon Valley's Next Frontier


No, we are not there yet, but the key facets of human intelligence have already been identified and are being actively considered for incorporation in to future artificial intelligence (AI) machines, devices and robots. The first place to start will probably be in our mobile technology phones, tablets and automobiles. I say again, I don’t think most people really understand just how much this is going to transform society.



If they move forward with this, and it certainly looks like they will, it will remake our whole society in ways that we can only vaguely now comprehend. We will go into a store and not have to check out – the money will be withdrawn from our accounts as soon as we walk out of the store, We will get into our cars, say where we want to go, and our cars will take us there, we will come home and the lights will come on, the temperature will be just right, the TV will flip on at just the right time for our favorite shows – no human interaction. A domestic robot will fix our meals for us and clean our homes. But how much self-control will we give to these robots, most of whom will either be centrally controlled or at least ‘fail-safed’ to allow for ‘big brother’ to do whatever dirt he feels he has the right to do to us ‘biologicals’.



Do we see artificial life/intelligence in the Bible? Yes, I think we do. I think the whole idea of artificial life is clearly mentioned in the book of Revelation. Where you might ask? In one of the most important prophetic pieces within the book of the Apostle John’s vision. That being the creation and global worship of an image by satanic powers who will take control of the world’s governments for 42 months.

And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,
and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast,
 whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders,
so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles
which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that
dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast,
which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak,
and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

(Rev 13:12-17)

All of these things we see in revelation – they looked like miracles to John, though he recognized that they were satanic miracles whose specific intention was to deceive the race of men. Deceive them into the worship of the devil and his image. The fire coming down from heaven? Not so far-fetch today, with satellite technology and the coming of highly destructive lasers and particle beams. This could indeed cause fire to come down from heaven if placed on an aircraft or satellite. Such a thing may not seem like much of a miracle, but could be used as point of blasphemy and mockery of God if coupled with the great swelling words that the passage indicates saying that he (the man of sin) is God and that he can do the same miracles God can (think Elijah and the prophets of Baal - (1 Kings 18:21ff) . Keep in mind what our God says about this system and what it will ultimately do and what is purpose is.



And they worshipped the dragon
which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him
a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.

(Rev 13:4-9)



So we see that the whole mission of this beast is twofold – it is to blaspheme God and get mankind to worship this satanic system (it is powered by the dragon) and finally to overcome the saints of God. In this we see the ultimate purpose of the system. Also if you keep our eyes on the ball so to speak, we can better understand just where the devil will be taking the world. It helps us to better predict events by understanding just what the goal is.

This is one of the final acts in the rebellion against God. Satan is doing his level best to deceive mankind to join that rebellion.

But take a look at the passage from verse 12-17, we see that this image is given life. The world for life in the greek is this one.


πνεῦμα
pneuma
pnyoo'-mah
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a spirit, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: - ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.

The definition of 'life' can vary depending on whom you ask. But some kind of ability to interact intelligently and autonomously with the environment and some kind of self awareness I think would safely be categorized as life.


Drones, Artificial intelligence even time travel. These things seemed like science fiction a few years ago but not any more.


I see much of what Bible prophecy is about when it comes to Revelation is this – they are the last acts of rebellion of man against his creator and creation. The enemies of God use this strong desire to rebel against God and man's desire to be free to sin and do evil as ' leverage' and uses man to accomplish the devils goals, not knowing that is what they are ultimately doing. What does the devil want? He wants to be God, blaspheme him and his throne and after he has co-opted man, he wants to destroy mankind utterly. His M.O. has always been to steal (God’s worship) kill (mankind) and destroy that which God has made.


God will on some level give the devil and mankind what they want – they want sin and evil, he will give it to them along with the consequences. Mankind’s dabbling with all of this high technology without the wisdom to use it is like giving a loaded revolver to a three year old – it’s a disaster waiting to happen...

... and mankind today is a disaster in motion.


13 Feb


An Open Letter To President Trump

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water:
 he turneth it whithersoever he will.

(Pro 21:1)


First of all congratulations on your victory in the 2016 Presidential election, which many, with good cause have called an upset. Thank you for taking on the onerous responsibility for the nation, it's people and its security and for your willingness to step into the political ring, take all of the public exposure, humiliation, and cheap shots in order to get to the highest office of the land. I appreciate that you were rich, had all life has to offer and yet chose to at 70 years of age, to do something you deeply felt needed to be done. Get America past the typical politics of the past 3 decades that have put our nation into such a mess that most Americans are either unaware of how bad it is, or make in a great many cases, go out of their way to make sure they are unaware of it. It took someone like you to become a focus to millions of disaffected Americans across the nation who have lost jobs, or lost good paying jobs to now work two low paying jobs, if they can find them and still make less money after many lost homes in the foreclosure crisis of 2008. Yes, today that crisis has faded from the headlines. But it did not fade from the minds of voters last November.

They remembered.

Those on the political left who have benefited from the last several years of public policy and those in those major metropolitan areas who still are doing well, they do not understand just how hard it has been for many ordinary Americans in the Midwest, South and even in many corridors of the North East. These Americans were forgotten about and if we had had four more years of the Democrats in control, they would have continued to be forgotten about and marginalized. Your election was the 'silent revolt' of Americans who don't have time to go out into the streets and protest, or fly to DC and march to grab headlines in a media who would probably not cover such a march by those kinds of Americans anyway as they are not gay and they are not Democrats.

You have shown the establishment even those in your own party that American citizens still can raise up using the tools the founders of this nation gave them to make a change. That tool is the vote. You won this election fair and square, there was no coup, no massive vote fraud, no one murdered your opponent who was ahead in the polls. You won, don't let a well paid-for and organized rabble in the streets try and take that away from you. You paid the price, you are now President and like Obama, whose policies I did not like much, he made the sacrifices, paid the price and for no other reason than the fact that the people chose him to lead us for 8 years, both he and you deserved at least that respect. It is very sad that many in America refuse to give you that respect. But that is a reflection of the blotches on their character, not upon you.

However, Mr. President, your first few weeks in Office have not been stellar. While you have moved quickly to make significant changes in policy during your first few days, a person who is watching it all with a high degree of objectivity gets the impression that not all of your decisions were vetted by your staff and other competent people. I get the impression and I may be wrong, that your immigration order was not vetted by the DOJ, was not properly reviewed even by your nominee for the DOJ, Sen. Sessions. In short, my impression is this -  your team was not ready for the fight that anyone could see was coming over that E.O. and in your rush to move quickly you made some critical errors.

From what little I know about your business and your personality you are a doer, a deal maker and a mover and a shaker. You are a risk taker. Those are all admirable qualities in a business man. You can't make money unless you take risks in business. Those qualities made you rich. I also get the impression that you are a fighter, a guy who will never back down from a good fight. If someone takes a swing and you, you will swing back... just a little harder. Again, these traits helped you connect up with millions of Americans who were tired of pretty faces and pompous promises that delivered dung heaps instead of the foretold mountains as expounded on various campaign trails. You made many promises, but all appear to be ones you fully intend on keeping, unlike the last occupant of the White House, who was not even inaugurated before he began breaking them.

You are also smart enough to know that those who have embarked on this reckless course of globalization which has taken so much from so many hard working Americans have their agents among the population who can be easily be stirred up to action and protest against many of the policies they once claimed to be so very much against. They are being used to continue the very same mad dash of globalization that keeps so many of these young people living out of their mothers basement because they cannot find suitable employment. These elements can be duly ignored as well as the highly coordinated publicity stunts their actions characterize. They are in short, the 'temper tantrum' of your enemies who want to see the disastrous trends now in place continue to their enormous profit and empowerment.

You would be wise, Mr. President to turn off cable news, and the mendacious mouths that utter their fake news and let your press secretary and your political advisors deal with the excruciating noise that vomits forth from TV news. I read a story that claimed to be sourced from those inside your administration about their concern about your addiction to cable news. I think the key is for you is to let your people handle the press. Don't be dragged down into the gutter with them. Your use of twitter to fireback at things going on on cable, for the most part is counter productive. Yes, twitter is a great tool to bypass the media, but raw unfiltered responses to the daily controversies, I do not think serves you well.

Your press Secretary makes good money, let him earn it and handle those things.


Tone

I think one thing  that needs to be said is this. The tone of your administration so far has been a little but too combative. There is a time for combat and a time for conciliation. As much as possible, try and use your position to bring some healing to a land that is dangerously divided along economic, regional, social, racial and religious lines. I am deeply concerned for the country and for trends I see that could literally cause America to split, not unlike the attempt that was made back in 1861.

Just the tone and 'feel' of your administration will have long lasting effects on the nation. One thing that Obama did do, was try at times to be the conciliating voice and talk about the pro's and con's of key things facing the nation. We need a positive, forward looking President. I know you care deeply for the nation, but we need the kind of President who can make us see outside of ourselves and understand that we are part of a great nation and it is up to us all to decide if we wish to destroy it on the altar of hatred, division and selfishness or understand that we must all work to make the nation a better place for all of us. We must all cease to look at the government as tool to attack, undermine and otherwise bring harm to our (media created) political enemies. Those who hate America are using the media to divide and rule and bring in great distrust and even hatred for our nation, government, traditions and democratic processes.
Divide and rule is the oldest trick in the book and one of the most successful.

As much as you can, use your national level pulpit for positive messages and forward looking proposals.  Things that people care about. Leave the more controversial things for your underlings, let them catch the heat. That is what they are paid for. You be the President, let them be your flack vest.

Another thing Mr. President, this nation was built and founded on Christianity, but always has been a very tolerant nation to other faiths. This is been the hallmark of America even before we won our independence. While the last administration did little to honor our Christian heritage, choosing rather to elevate Islam to a far greater standing than the relatively small population of Muslims represents, you have an opportunity to ensure that Christians are respected and their faith is no longer put down in the media and denigrated by the powerful.

The last administration went out of its way to stick its middle finger in the eyes of millions of humble Christians across America and the world, with its obsession with homosexuality, silence when Christians communities were being literally exterminated overseas and compelling Christian business owners here to pay for things that in God's eyes were and are abominable. The contempt for Christians by the last administration, I think was just one of the straws that broke the back of Democratic control of the White House. There were just enough people from around the nation who were sick of these trends. In short, they want their country back. No, not to denigrate or mistreat Gays or Muslims, but to make sure we do not turn the nation into Sodom and Gomorrah or into a political satellite of the Islamic State. There was deep concern in many quarters over the direction the last occupant of the White House was taking the nation. No, you would never know that listening to CNN or MSNBC. There were no mass protests, no political stunts, no great upsurge in tweaked and mendacious national polling data. No, this was a quiet revolution of the ballot box, and I do think it was a true quiet revolution. A revolution against the elitists who had taken advantage of the trust that was placed in them to care for the nation above all else but who wound up leaving large parts of America to sleep on the sidewalk outside a homeless shelter because all the beds inside were  all full.

Those who got scammed in the mortgage crisis, those who lost jobs, those who lost loved ones in wars they did not understand, those who are paying considerably more for health care and getting considerably less, they were your supporters. Thus, your election was a revolt against all of those things. You job will be difficult, but it will be to focus in on these issues and not let the crooks, thieves and yes, even traitors hoodwink you into some war overseas that will not do anything but cost us a fortune, populate America's cemeteries with her fallen soldiers and make a certain group of elitists very rich. Focus in on the right things and once you can provide jobs and prosperity to places that were 'on the fence' about you, in 2016, they will be in your corner in 2020.

However one thing that I have noted that has troubled me. It is the make up of your cabinet. They are all exceptionally wealthy people who do not have the connection with working people that you seemed to have had on the campaign trail. You have too many rich, white elitists in key positions. I am not saying that being rich like that is an impediment to being a good cabinet secretary. No, often it is a big plus. Rather, I am saying that the tone; the impression one gets from your picks is that if you are not rich, white and connected, your voice will not be heard. Moreover, you have too many Goldman bankers close to you and they are now getting ready to gut the reforms that were put in place after the crisis of 2008. Well, before you sign off on their self-serving regulatory shredding, ask yourself this question and do it soon.

Where are you going to get the money for a trillion dollar bailout when they get rid of those hard fought regs and the SHTF once again? Where are you going to get it? Before you answer, go stand next to the abyss of debts our nation already has... don't get too lose to that gaping hole of debts.... you might fall in and never be heard from again.

I respect your aversion to regulations. Being of a very libertarian bent myself, I get that fully. I also get that when you have these massive banks that operate like cartels and have far too much power on the Hill, they are not just a danger to themselves, but can literally destroy the entire US financial system with one major derivatives wipe out. Granted, I am aware of the ISDA and the new procedures they have in place. Do they plan on gutting those too?

Look twice before you leap. It took only eight years after President Clinton got rid of the depression era regulations for the crisis of 2008 to be upon us. Where will you be in 8 years? Perhaps facing the very crisis your friends at Goldman set you up for when they come waltzing into your office wanting a massive bailout and warning you that in just a few days, every ATM in the nation will be shut down as the interbank payments system shuts down because every single major bank in the US are all now bankrupt... like what happened in 2008.

Where in the (expletive deleted) are you going to get the money to bail them out?

Are you determined to gut those regulations? Then this will be essential if you don't want your mistake to blow up in your face. Before one single line of those regulations are gut, make sure that each systemically important bank has a living will that is approved, will realistically work in order to wind down a bankrupt financial institution. Why? Read the sentence in red once again.

Don't let those guys play you for a sucker like they did Bill Clinton.

It will be Mr. and Mrs. America who will pay the price in pain.

The Enemy Within

Your biggest challenge, however will not be played on in front of the camera's and you will not be able to tweet about. It will be dealing with various networks that now exist within our government. Networks who are either under the influence of or are directly controlled by foreign nations. Yes, I am talking about spies and traitors. However, the most successful traitor knows how to betray, can get caught betraying and because they know the laws very well, cannot be criminally prosecuted. Think about things like putting vast troves of sensitive and highly classified data onto unsecured servers... accidentally (on purpose) or passing SCI to Arab nations or using America's vast counter intelligence apparatus to go after veterans, bloggers, and Christians and letting Islamic terrorists go to discotheques to shoot up the place. Deliberately, carefully and legally misallocating those resources. I need not tell you Mr. President, that it may very well have been a leak to Al Qaeda from within our own highly classified and compartmentalized special operations system that caused the Yemen raid to be so badly botched. Many stories confirm that the terrorists were warned our people were coming and were waiting for them.

My view is that the last President, the last two Secretaries of State and the last CIA director ALL appear to have been soft on Islamist/Terrorist subversion within our own national security apparatus. But it is not just Islamists who should trouble us. While the MSM was hyperventilating about Russia, Ukraine was busy doing their own dirt to our elections. Foreign agents and those who run errands for other nations, while claiming loyalty to America who are in reality nothing more than traitors in our midst and know how to work the system to keep themselves in sensitive positions so they can continue their small and large acts of betrayal - this is going to be a major problem for you. The sooner you get that and address it,, the sooner you can have some real success overseas.

This is going to be a major task if any of your foreign policies are to work - building, sustaining and properly directing counter intelligence capabilities to target malevolent forces who operate within our government and particularly our national security apparatus. This will be met with resistance from some quarters.... mark it.

Yet having said that, the tendency of Republicans is to over classify everything and keep transparency of our intelligence system to the barest of minimums. That, I think will be a mistake. For the most part, unless dealing with sources, methods, specifications of military hardware/capabilities and operational information, I think the tendency towards openness will put enough sunlight on our National Security system to make it sharper, more responsive to the needs of the nation, less corrupt and on the whole, more effective. I applaud the last President for his somewhat belated efforts to bring transparency into government. I think it was and is incredibly important that this continues. Carefully, yes... but let it continue. Without that transparency and those from within who worked hard and took considerable risks to  bring it about, we nor even Congress would not be aware of the some of the deep problems that exist within the community and of the need for reforms. I mean reforms that get us the intelligence we need, protects the rights of our citizens and puts those checks and balances in place to make sure that those who have been placed in positions of trust remain trustworthy.

Finally. Mr. President, it is my hope that you reach out to Americans of all walks of life. Even those who did not and will never vote for you. There is a lot of bitterness out there against you and I am saddened that many Americans are so filled with hatred towards you, they feel they have to make a statement against you and the high office you hold.

I think it sad that some of the Super Bowl winners will boycott a meet with you. I see that as part and parcel of the pattern of self-inflected marginalization that so many Americans wish to continue. Rather than engage, they boycott; rather than listen, they shout cuss words, rather than showing you the respect they want from you, they show you a consistent pattern of contempt, blowing up the smallest little slight, real or imagined (mostly) into a major issue. Too many Americans behave like 'special needs' children because they lack the emotional capacity to deal with change that they perceive may not be in their interest or a defeat in a fair contest.

You must take the high road, you are the President now. They can behave like special needs kids, you cannot. Show yourself to be a cut above the gutter politics that infect America and show them that success in America comes from hard work, a strong sense of fair play for all, taking risks and most importantly giving honor and respect to God, a concept too many Americans want to banish from America utterly.

Don't be ashamed of your faith, don't let others shame you for it and remember that if you keep your course stayed on Christ, he will never steer you wrong.

You have many people praying for you, and may God bless you as you do your best to bring this nation back to the basics of faith and Christ that made America into the envy of the world, keep her a strong, open, tolerant and free society that the world will continue to envy.


Brother Mark



9 Feb

Prophecy and technology



Today we are going to briefly look at some trends in technology and how they relate to Bible prophecy. No, we are not going to spend much time on the internet and privacy, but on other very important trends that are now coming to pass right before our eyes. These are some truly ‘epoch’ level changes coming and these new technologies are going to fundamentally alter life on earth and how man interacts with the world around him - his wages, war, how he pays his bills, works and travels. Major changes are just now starting to occur.


I can imagine many priests in the middle ages thought the Apostle John’s vision of the apocalypse too fantastic to believe in a literal sense. As I read the much older interpretations of scripture, I see how many of them tended to over-spiritualize so many of the things in there. They had no conception of the kinds of technological advances man would have achieved in the final hour.


Today, the things in Revelation may still seem strange and way out to some readers, but as we see the things now being invented and developed and some of the things now transpiring on earth on the environmental front, those prophecies no longer seem far fetched to anyone who reads the news. Mass die-off’s of the world’s oceans? Brothers, it’s right there in your Bibles (Rev 8:9, 16:3). I do not mean to say that we have seen the fulfillment of these things, only that they are by no means far fetched… not anymore.


One reader of mine who sends me interesting links from time to time had this question that will be the starting point for this paper.

 I was browsing over the internet a few days ago, and I came across articles describing the latest computer technology. In Japan they are creating robots that look almost completely human like. One very soon will even be able to interact intelligently with these robots:  no kidding here, this really is shocking. I even read of computerized algorithm being  created that will be allowed to decide guilt and innocence..., before the crime is even committed!  According to what I read, courts are actually condemning people on the basis of these computerized conclusions. Sounds too much like a return of inquisition. These same computerized thinking programs are determining medicine for the sick, and a whole myriad of other decisions that potentially affect a persons life in very dramatic ways. I even saw where a robot was performing surgical operations !

   My point is this...a thought leaped into my head...maybe it was from the good Lord, or maybe it was just from within me. I see a powerful potential for Satan to possess this computerized technology. My feeling is that he will, and it will come about here very soon. The link above somewhat confirms this feeling inside of me. I read in the bible where the false profit will build a statue of the beast, and this statue will come to life and say that all those who refuse to worship it must die...The sound of this passage appears far too much like the human appearing robot being constructed by the Japanese to me. - Name Withheld

Yes the trends in technology are real and are moving very rapidly. Yes, real androids who can interact with people and who look like us is not so very far off at all. I read a story where sex-bots were on the way.


But these somewhat anecdotal aspects of the coming android/robot revolution, in my view pale in comparison to some of the much darker implications.

Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems



Today there is a revolution now taking place. It’s in the field of military robotics. The word’s powers, the Americans, Chinese and yes, most definitely the Russians are now in a race to build fully autonomous robots and weapons systems. But these efforts in military and other forms of robotics do not just mean the world’s military’s. Private companies are also involved in this kind of development, including Silicon Valley.


In short, what we are seeing both in the military and private sphere is what some have termed the normalization of military robotics. These things are coming and to a large degree are already here. We have seen pictures of fully autonomous vehicles operating on the battlefield. The Russians as well, as we learn from their own news sources are working on their own ‘skynet’ of fully autonomous weapons systems capable of making its own decisions without any human interaction.


I don’t think I need to tell any reader here of the enormous implications of this and why this is one area that we as Christians should indeed be watching most carefully. I could give you all a slew of links on this subject and today I won’t. But I will pass on a couple.

Background - Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems UNOG

Killer Robot Series - HRW


There is a considerable amount of activity on this. Here is a group that is dedicated to the peaceful use of robots. There are many voices now sounding the alarm about this most serious development in mankind's technological ability. More and more man is showing that his knowledge is far outstripping his wisdom. Key questions needed to be answered long before the development of these weapons transpired. But that has not happened.



But when we look at this issue what do we see prophetically? I am always amazed at the prophecies of Revelation insofar as this – in the last days, we see a massive army of strange and evil creatures that shall torment mankind. Brothers, we hear much about the beast, Antichrist, the mark, but we don’t hear much about some of the other things that our God gave us for a witness as to what shall transpire in the last days. Here is the witness.


And the fifth angel sounded,
and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth:
and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit,
 as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of
the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power,
 the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them
that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing,
 neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them,
but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment

was
as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it;
and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them
.
And the shapes of the locusts
were like unto horses prepared unto battle;
and on their heads
were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were
as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth
were as
the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were
breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings
was as the sound of
chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions,
 and there were stings in their tails: and their power
was to hurt men five months.
 And they had a king over them,
which is the angel of the bottomless pit,
whose name in the Hebrew tongue
is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue
hath
his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold,
there come two woes more hereafter.

(Rev 9:1-12)



This vision of a futuristic attack on the human race had to seem like some kind of impossible event to many who read it back in the days of old. In fact, so many of the visions in John’s revelation were so ‘far out’ that many did not want to include the book in the Bible.


That’s not so true anymore. So what was it that John saw? I wish I could tell you for sure, but I cannot. But I can look at many of the developments in our world on the technological front and give you some Biblically based ‘wise speculation’ on it.



As I read the passage cited above, I cannot help but get these basic impressions.

1 – That these locusts are very real. They exist in the material world. They are not some spiritual phenomenon that gives rise to something else within the material world.



2 – While they are material in existence, they are spiritually controlled. That controlling spirit is Appolyon, or Abaddon.


This is a tremendously important prophecy in that it shows that powerful spirits will be given great power over mankind -  not to their benefit, but to mankind's harm. But that even though they have this power, it appears to be limited to only what God allows. Note that in this particular assault, they cannot and do not kill anyone. They just torment and the torture is so bad that men will seek death and won’t be able to die. Who are these angels who control this insect like horde? They are only mentioned here in scripture.


G3

Ἀβαδδών

Abaddōn

ab-ad-dohn'

Of Hebrew origin [H11]; a destroying angel: - Abaddon.

Total KJV occurrences: 1



G623

Ἀπολλύων

Apolluōn

ap-ol-loo'-ohn

Active participle of G622; a destroyer (that is, Satan): - Apollyon.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

But the other aspect of this vision is in the first part of the passage, it started with a star that fell from heaven. Clearly this is some kind of very powerful fallen angel. But he is given temporary authority over the bottomless pit. This is the place where the fallen host of angels dwells. Keep in mind that stars are symbolic of angels, both fallen and otherwise (Rev 1:20, Dan 8:10) falling from heaven is a key aspect of Lucifer (Isah 14:12).


We need to keep in mind that it is Jesus that holds the actual keys to hell and death. So this appears to be a temporary transfer of limited power to the devil and his host for a specific purpose. The bottomless pit appears to be a place that is reserved for certain classes of the fallen angels, who are consigned there for eternity (Jud 1:6). It is in essence, a place of damnation or perhaps more correctly, the holding cell for those that await it. 


So what are these creatures? Let’s take a look.


First off they are some kind of locusts, but none that any of us have ever seen. The come up out of this bottomless pit and the smoke from it is so great it blocks out the sun. This all may seem a bit too primitive of a geological view of the earth, but anyone who has seen what comes out of a volcano and the heat and the lava (that looks like a lake of fire) and the smoke, can understand that that this looks to be something similar but on a much, very much larger scale. Even today with volcanic eruptions, the volcanic ash can be so great as to divert air travel for s significant periods of time.

Why Volcanic Ash Is So Terrible for Airplanes

So what this prophecy envisions appears to be something along the lines of some kind of earth event that has the smoke effect of a large volcano or caldera. I admit, this is mostly speculation, but it is one that fits what we know about the earth. Some have wondered if it is possible that beings exist in torment in the deep recesses of the earth. I say, yes, but that place appears to be a place where spiritual beings exist (I cannot say live) and are in torment, rather than those of us in a physical body.

So what I see here is a major spiritual event (the fifth trumpet) that will translate itself into an event here in the material realm - a great fallen angel will be given great authority and will open up this great bottomless pit. The good news is that most of what is down there will not come out, but the bad news is that somethings will and that is those locusts I think, represent.


We don’t know how many of these things are let loose the scriptures do not tell us, but I think it safe to say there will be many of them as this is how locusts usually travel – millions of them in a giant swarm. This is clearly the impression that John leaves with us in this vision.


The picture that John gives us is something that no horror movie producer could ever fathom. They had faces like men, but were armored and decked out for battle, not unlike the warriors of Roman Times, which John lived. They had breastplates (armor) and were clearly designed specifically for battle. We must also keep in mind that the king that reigned over them was named (in the ancient languages) ‘destruction’ these warrior like characteristics seem only logical.

So what are we looking at, if we were to put them in to modern terms and terminology? This is how I tend to look at the book of revelation – look at the terrible judgments God brings on man and to a lesser degree he brings on himself by virtue of his wickedness. John was using 1st century terms to describe 21st century phenomenon. So when he saw these things he saw that they were not anything he saw before. I see this as being some kind of organized spiritually directed military assault using these creatures not to kill man, but as the scriptures say, to torment them or as the term is used today use ‘non-lethal force’ against the race of the sons of men, those who have not been sealed by God. So what are these things. I would put it into four possibilities.


1. They are drones – some kind of miniaturized drone technology that somehow this powerful fallen angel is able to get control of and are possibly thus possessed/remotely piloted by a certain class of fallen angels.


2. They are some kind of genetically modified or artificially created life-form that has been programmed (at the DNA level) to accomplish this task in the last days.


3. They are cybernetic, containing both machine and biological traits.


4. They are some kind of spiritual beings that literally come out of the earth and has nothing to do with mankind creative technological capability.


Given the leaps and bounds of mankind's technological capacity in both the fields of remotely controlled military hardware (drones) and DNA manipulation coupled with mankind's fascination with spiritual darkness, false religion, witchcraft and all manner of devilry, what we are seeing here I think may be as much a judgment of God as it is a natural outgrowth of man’s fondness for evil.


Yes, I do think it very possible that the locusts of Revelation chapter nine are some kind of drone or artificial life-form that is centrally controlled, not unlike ‘