An Open Letter To
Black Lives Matter:
Open Letter To Senator Mikulski And The Senate
Select Committee On Intelligence
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.
17 Oct 2019
whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my
of him shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he shall come in his own glory,
and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
set the LORD always before me: because he is
at my right hand,
I shall not be moved.
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Well, I don't want to
write on this today, but feel led to do
so. This post may wind up in some form on
the front page (MSW)
Where is this going? Will they vote
articles of impeachment? I don't know. I
cannot answer that. What I will do is make
a few observations from my own non-partisan
perspective. It's true, I am not a
Democrat and I am not a Republican and am
emotionally detached enough from both
parties to give a perspective that those
with significant emotional, political,
financial and psychological investment in
one or the other party are incapable of
making. I hope my views are helpful.
First of all, impeachment is as much a
legal process as a political one. We must
not ever forget either aspect of it. If
the House were full of Republicans, there
probably would be no inquiry. But since it
is filled with Democrats, there is one.
Many on the left have been looking for
dirt on Trump - impeachable dirt on the
President for some time - really since he
came into office and before. The real
issue is less about pure partisanship I
think as it is about the terrible
disappointment that many Democrats and
their wealthy donors felt when Mrs.
Clinton did not win the election in 2016.
Even before President Trump took office,
operatives with loud voices and lots of
money were working very hard to find a way
to overturn the results of the election.
Ultimately, this is how I see the current
obsession with removing the President. It
has far less to do about any crime the
President may or may not have committed,
but to undo the results of the last
election and ensure that whomever the DNC
puts up as their nominee has a fairly
clear road into office in 2020. Trump
should not be underestimated by those on
the left. They did that once before and
came away bitterly disappointed... with an
emphasis on the word bitter...
But this lingering bitterness and these
attempts to undo and overturn the election
are doing the country tremendous harm. The
actions of those on the left are in my
view very damaging to the long term
political stability of the country.
Understand, I am not saying that the House
does not have a right and duty to
investigate wrongdoing by a sitting
President. It has both. But I personally
think this particular inquiry is, based
upon the few facts that have leaked out
into the media, including a transcript of
the President's conversation with a
foreign leader is not very sound in its
basis for its initiation. While the
prevailing narrative in the media is one
of 'righteous indignation' of one
whistle-blower at the behavior of the
President, the actual conversation itself
does not appear to veer even peripherally,
into the criminal, at least not to my
It can be and has been characterized by
the Presidents enemies as a crude attempt
by the President to enlist Ukrainian help
to find dirt on the former Vice
President's son, and by extension, the
former Vice President himself. But such is
only one, dark and probably politically
motivated interpretation of things. A far
more reasonable one goes more like this.
The President has held up aid money from
Ukraine. One of the biggest concerns that
the US has with doling out aid to Ukraine
has been the systemic corruption that has
racked the nation both before and after
the Revolution/coup and before and during
the Trump administration. It is not a
little issue. It is one of the biggest
sticking points in relations between the
two nations right now.
Should the President just hand out
hundreds of millions of US dollars to a
country like this? Should not some degree
of due diligence be made about where some
of the previous aid money has gone?
Should we hand over a few hundred million
dollars to Ukraine only to find out it all
went to some rich Oligarch to build a new
wing in his mansion, or purchased
planeload of heavy weapons to some of the
heavy militarized fascist groups in
Ukraine who openly praise Nazi-ism? Or
have the money laundered so that plane
loads of dope can be purchased? Or even
laundered back into the US and its
political system? Should the President not
at least ask that these things be looked
into? Should he be prevented from doing
this just because an investigation may
involve his political rivals?
Just because he is a Republican, does that
prevent him from doing his job when it
comes to looking into Democrats? Granted,
politics probably did enter into the
President's inquiry with the Ukrainian
President, but when all of that money at
issue, questions should be asked... even
about Democrats who have lamented long and
loud about the Presidents alleged
corruption. What about them?
Now that he is doing his job regarding
both foreign aid and possible political
corruption what happens? He gets an
impeachment inquiry. Why? Because of the
perception that he is playing politics.
Well, as shocking as it may sound,
politics is what DC is all about. When
Bill Clinton was impeached, I think the
Congress was right in their inquiry. but
frankly his behavior while most
disappointing on many levels did not veer
into textbook criminality. Yes, he was
wrong, but no, he did not really break the
law. Sex between two consenting adults is
legal in America, even for the President.
So to me, the politics are real, but lets
get to the law. Did the President break
the law by asking Ukraine to look into
Biden's son? I just don't see it. Yes,
somewhere deep in federal regulations you
may be able to contort something and try
and make it apply. But I just don't see
anything overtly criminal in what he did.
But the bigger issue I see in this whole
affair is that it is just continues to
cement America's path on the road to
internal political destabilization,
something many of America's enemies have
worked long and hard to bring about. By
Leftwingers listening to the rants on news
networks and blogs with gossip, rumor,
innuendo and fake news... lots of fake
news, they become enraged at the real and
purported misdeeds of the President and
then call their Congressmen to 'demand'
that they impeach the President.
Rightwingers are just as guilty as many
knee jerk support every move the President
makes. There is just too much
hyper-partisanship. What does this
hyper-partisanship do? It cripples the
thinking processes of adults and turns
them into unwitting propagandists, willing
to speak and spread anything - truth or
lie, that will bring about a desired
political end. In this instance for the
left, the impeachment and removal and the
undoing of the 2016 election results.
Many are just not interested in the facts,
they never accepted the election results
of 2016 and never will. This is what makes
the current environment so dangerous for
us all, for when the people cease to
respect elections, leaders cease to be
chosen by them. That is when
genuine political instability sets in.
Once before we had a very divisive
election in America and the election of
that President was one of the key reasons
why America went into a literal Civil War.
That President's name was Lincoln. They
talked about his backwoods vulgarity and
his crude ways, not unlike they do with
this President. This was the opinion and
mindset of many from the South. Mind you,
I am not comparing the two as both being
'Great Presidents', but rather only to
point out that crudeness does not
necessarily make for a bad President and
let's face it, President Trump can at
times be rather crude.
What I don't want to do or become is some
great defender of the President,
politically speaking. He has done more
than a few things that have really upset
me. Such as his overturning of Net
Neutrality and the way it was done. The
way the CPFB has ceased to have the kind
of relevance that the last President
wanted it to have, having been born in a
mortgage crisis that put many an American
out of their homes via some very
questionable legal moves taken by large
corporations. That agency was set up to
protect you and me. The last President did
not get enough credit for the creation of
Then there are the things I have liked
that he has dealt with, if not necessarily
the way he went about it. The border is
one issue I see that way. I think it is
long overdue someone dealt with that long
standing crisis. It is an organized crime
crisis, a drug crisis, a humanitarian
crisis and political crisis all rolled up
into one. It is great that something is
being done, not so great the way he has
handled it, even if just the PR of the
program. As stated before, I love
immigrants, they are what this country is
all about. If you are not a Native
American you are an immigrant or the son
of an immigrant. We cannot turn our backs
on them. But we should not let those who
commit crimes to get into the country and
'jump the fence' ahead those who use the
legal system and go by the rules to obtain
residency and citizenship. No one ever
likes to talk about those who apply
legally and go through the administrative
and legal hurdles for citizenship. Too
often, the political tears are only shed
as they can be used to strike out at the
President, as with illegal immigration.
My view is that we need to know who is
coming in here and what their plans are.
With the problems we have with gangs,
drugs and stories of some of these gangs
and their infiltration of local police
departments, why should the President not
be concerned about what is going on at the
border? Unlike the others up there in DC,
he has not been derelict in that most
important duty. But yes, in a PR sense and
the perception that has been created about
moves along the border. One gets the
impression that gas chambers and
incinerators are being used on immigrants,
if you listen to some. The saddest part
is, some simple minded people actually
believe such things or are willing to
spread such rumors for a political end.
Finally the President has moved America in
a very different foreign policy course.
Peace talks instead of troop deployments
has characterized his moves in this arena.
Such policies makes any President,
regardless of political party some very
powerful enemies. Remember JFK.
What Goes Around...
It does indeed come around again at you. I
speak here not so much about impeachment
of a Democrat or Republican. No, there is
a bigger picture here that needs to be
seen. America for many years was really
into destabilization, regime change and
other covert means of changing governments
or just bringing in chaos to those
governments it did not like. There is a
long, long history that can be found on
the web (though that is getting harder to
do). The words 'regime change' have often
been used by American political
What the US has done to others is slowly
happening to the US. The winds of
political destabilization are blowing over
our system and I see no way it will end,
except in tragedy. Mature leaders and wise
men are few and demagogues are plentiful
in 21st century America. Men who can see
past the partisanship and their immediate
political future and see where any path
that they may take could take the nation
seem to have been eviscerated from our
political system. Such men and women are
not electable. People now want a leader
who will 'go after' the other party, the
Christians, the Gays, the Muslims, the
Conservatives, the Liberals and use
government as a tool for a manufactured
enmity that cannot possibly lead to any
kind of political utopia, but rather to
the fires of political violence - these
are more and more the leaders Americans
seem to want into office.
The political gun powder of political
destabilization is already being poured
into the keg, it only takes the adept
lighting of the fuse at the proper moment,
probably by political forces within our
own government but who are under
the influence of foreign powers
to ignite it at the proper time. And the
great American political experiment that
most of us take very much for
granted, will come to an end - a free
people who can freely elect a government
and live in peace one with another despite
many religions, racial and cultural
differences - E Pluribus Unum
All sides need to step back and
re-evaluate the current political crisis.
The election is just a year away. If the
nation really wants a new President, it
can have one. If it does not, they can
re-elect Donald Trump. What I see more and
more and what troubles me is that some
just don't want to deal with another
election with Donald Trump running, so
they want to fix that situation to make
sure he doesn't and can't.
Impeachment at this time over this issue
to me is not a wise move. Not with the ill
social winds blowing in the nation. We
need leaders on both sides who can calm
the restless, angry and misinformed
natives, not inflame them.
Brother as the scriptures say, a house
divided against itself cannot stand and
unless more Americans come out of their
political and ideological bunkers, neither
Soiled, Defiled And Rejected
This piece is meant soley
for genuine Christians who love the Lord Jesus
Christ and have turned their faces fully and
completely to the task of striving to enter
into the strait gate, and not merely seeking
to (see Luke
Today, we are going to leave the
news, chaos and madness of the present age
behind and talk for a while about some spiritual
As I write on news daily, it becomes apparent to
me that our nation, this nation is not
salvageable. Sure many think it can be saved and
turned around. I don't want to argue with them
or discourage them from any work that God
(rather than they themselves) may have called
them to. Rather I want to deal with a couple of
issues specifically regarding our times.
The key problem that we believers will face in
these times is one of spiritual defilement and
having our garments soiled. Just before God
lowers the boom on Mystery Babylon, he warns his
people to come out of her. He says get out lest
you share in her plagues.
I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
There is a clear separation that God demands
from his people in Babylon. Some believe it is a
physical separation, others a spiritual one - my
own view is that it is largely both, but the
second is by far the more important. I say it is
more important because a person who is steeped
in sin and evil but leaves Babylon physically is
still on his way into God's wrath. But a person
who has kept themselves pure, even in the midst
of great wickedness, if God does tell them to
get up and move out, there will be no
hesitation in so doing, in fact, such a
person probably has already sought the Lord
about it long before the command went forth. But
like all things, timing is everything with God.
Come out of her, my people, that ye
partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues.
For her sins have reached unto
and God hath remembered her
(Rev 18:4-5 [KJVA])
The issue of spiritual defilement is an
important one. It is one that we must always
keep in mind. What can defile us? What can make
us unacceptable to God?
whoremongers, for them that
defile themselves with mankind, for
for liars, for perjured
and if there be any other thing
that is contrary to sound doctrine;
(I Timothy 1:10 [KJVA])
any man defile the temple of God,
him shall God destroy; for the temple
of God is holy, which temple ye are.
(I Corinthians 3:17 [KJVA])
he said, That which cometh out of the man,
that defileth the man. For from
out of the heart of men, proceed evil
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
lasciviousness, an evil eye,
blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
All these evil things come from
and defile the man.
(Mark 7:20-23 [KJVA])
We are to be unspotted by this world and its
wickedness (see James
I say these thing with a specific idea in mind.
Far too many of us spend far too much time
trying to save America or the world system for
that matter, or trying to fight the social war
going on out there. I know many of you with kids
want people like me to be more vocal and try and
get people roused up to fight many of the trends
on our society. The things happening in our
government or schools and with our children. I
feel for those of you who want me to do that.
But I do not feel led to help lead crusades to end
this or put a stop to that in our
society. My first love is for God, Jesus
Christ and his kingdom, not this present system.
Some of you want me to support one candidate who
will drop bombs on children so that they can
stop teaching transgenderism in school, or want
me to go ballistic against one party who has a
good abortion stance so that that same party can
start new wars and create a new wave of
refugees, cripples and deaths.
Those of you who are willing to turn a blind eye
to one abomination in order to stop another, you
too are guilty of defiling your garments. Evil
is evil and the devil is a master at getting
people to support it. That is why this country
is on a downward spiral today - the ethical,
moral and spiritual trade-offs people make.
Christians are by no means any
kind of exception. You see, while many are out
there fighting the social battle (cultural war),
they have forgotten the spiritual battle. They
are fighting legal battles in the natural and
forgetting the source of our power as
Christians, that being God and the source of
many of the issues that our world faces, the
devil and his host of fallen angels. Going on
and on about about the evils transpiring in
society, that is not my job. Yes, at times, that
is exactly what God wants me to do. But other
times... most of the times, it simply is not.
I know many of you have kids and are concerned
about things or are working jobs where you are
treated like dirt because you are a Christian. I
am not unsympathetic. I am however only somewhat
concerned about it. Why is that? Why am I not
enraged and outraged?
Because this is a sinful world and it is full of
sinners and if you did not know, this let me
break it down to you - sinners have a tendency
to sin. That is what they do. Should I be
shocked when a dog barks, a cock crows or a
sinner sins? Brothers, these things are about as
shocking to me as turning another page on the
calendar at sunrise. It's expected.
Please understand, I am not complacent
about sin and evil, not in the least, but when I
fight these evils, I don't do as the world does
and try and start a media/internet campaign of
signatures and letter writing, I don't try and
go on some billionaire owned TV station who will
probably only contort what I say when all is
said and done.
No, I go the Lord in prayer and when necessary,
enjoin others to do the same when I think it
meet. This is where our power comes from. It
comes from the spiritual world and the spiritual
battle going on behind the scenes of which we
are only vaguely aware. This is where so
many Christians miss the point. This is a
spiritual battle that will only be won with
spiritual weapons. The devil is real good at
getting us to misdirect our energies into
temporal battles. He does this for a reason. He
is genuinely afraid (terrified may be a
better word) of the effectual prayer of a
righteous man (Jam 5:16).
He knows that when old man Jones or grandma
Smith gets on their knee's and starts praying,
the Kingdom of hell starts to shake and shudder
under the weight of their supplications.
But my concern is that in the desire many
Christians have to save America using temporal
tools, they become defiled. You who hate
abortion and vote accordingly, do you support
murder and vote accordingly at the same time?
You who are deeply worried about trends in
sodomy, do you support bribery and corruption by
default? You see, we must be careful who or how
we lend our support and time. We may honestly
think we are doing good, but in reality we may
be doing a lot of harm when we don't fight these
battles the way God wants us to fight them.
Can a person so deceived by the devil to support
say, the razing of Christian villages and the
enslavement of Christian women get into the
Kingdom? No, such a person has been deceived and
is in serious danger of being defiled. We are to
have nothing to do with the works of
darkness. NOTHING. We cannot point a
finger of accusation at those who support sexual
licentiousness, when our own deeds point to
support of a trail of innocent blood. God will
hold both groups to full account.
Then there is the issue of America as a whole.
What is God's opinion of her? Is he in love with
America. I rather think not. I think he has
honored her and blessed her because she was such
a blessing to others and was so very useful in
spreading the Gospel message around the world.
But as we have more and more forgotten and even
reviled the God of heaven, so God has also noted
I say these things not because I take
any pleasure in seeing this nation fall or wish
her harm, but to lay out to you where the trends
we are already seeing in America will lead her.
In conclusion, let us all be sober and watchful.
Know the times and understand the spiritual lay
of the land. This is a battle and those who
don't know that will be shocked when an enemy
'shell' winds up blowing up in their vicinity.
and they are laying in a foxhole riddled with
Let us be good servants of the Lord, keep our
eyes open, obey the voice of our God and do
those things he commands us. Let the issue of
spiritual defilement always be on our minds when
we go out into the world. Let us be holy, pure,
humble, merciful, full of love, but also
watchful, careful and not so quick to open our
God is not going to let the defiled into his
kingdom any more than we would let portions of a
toxic waste dump into our living rooms. It
messes up everything. That is what a defiled
person does, he messes up everything. Such
people are not going to heaven. If you
want a scripture verse on that, here it is.
there shall in no wise enter
into it any thing that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh abomination,
or maketh a lie: but they
which are written in the Lamb's book of
(Rev 21:27 [KJVA])
May God bless you who love our Lord
of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub,
the son of Azrikam, the son of
Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;
And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the
chief of the Levites,
had the oversight of the outward
business of the house of God.
And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son
of Zabdi, the son of Asaph,
was the principal to begin the
thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah
the second among his brethren, and Abda
the son of Shammua,
the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
All the Levites in the holy
city were two hundred fourscore and
four. Moreover the porters,
Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren
that kept the gates,
were an hundred seventy and two.
This passage takes up with who
actually dwelt in Jerusalem. As stated before,
many came there by casting lots. They did not
particularly want to come, but did as they were
bid. Shemaiah's lineage can be traced back to
Merari, one of the sons of Levi (1Chr 9:14). Also
mentioned are the chief of the Levites as
I think it clear that Nehemiah was going to do
his best to once again make Jerusalem and the
Temple the center of Jewish life. That could not
be done with the city basically uninhabited and
Jozebad, this name in the past was associated
with the Porters (2Chr
31:13) Gill says this about Shabbethai
This passages seem to indicate that those
families who had duties before the Exile had
similar ones after. The following verses
follow along this theme, with the sons of Asaph
in charge of the thanksgiving prayer. Those of
you who know your Psalms know that many of them
were written by Asaph. So again, we see a
pattern of blood-line genealogy related to
specific temple duties. I don't want to make too
much of it, but still it is rather interesting
to note. Finally we have the watchers of the
gate, the nightwatchmen if you will. These too
are mentioned and given honor.
the oversight of the
outward business of the house of God:
who had the care of the repairs of the
temple, and of getting in the wood for the
altar, as Jarchi, and collecting the third
part of the shekel, to purchase things with
for the use of the temple. - Gill
Keep in mind that these are not complete
genealogies and constitute a kind of census that
took place. I do not think they were 100%
accurate, but were meant to give an account of
how many were dwelling there and who they were
and their prominence. I behooves us to keep some
things in mind when dealing with the numbers of
people who were there.
The situation here was while not tumultuous, was
clearly primitive when it came to basic
necessities. Perhaps some who were told to go
up, went and decided to go back when they saw
the work ahead. Family members who may have
arrived but departed soon thereafter. There are
many reasons why this could be so, so too much
stock should not be taken of them other than we
get a real good idea as to how few people
actually moved into the city at first and that
some had to be induced to do so.
Second - keep this in mind about them. When
there are two separate genealogies (again,
Chronicles gives us another one taken around the
same time) we must keep in mind that it is
possible that they were taken at two different
times by two different people and what is
recorded for us are merely extracts of those
public records. They may have had
different methodologies for counting. One may
have been conducted in the winter, the other in
the fall. Moreover, one group of census takers
may have decided to count those who were of
'foreign' extraction and were peripherally
attached to a household, where as the other
census taker would not count such a person.
Frankly, I think the discrepancy is a pretty
strong testament to the honesty of both the text
and the fact that no scribe later tried to do a
'creative reconciliation' to force the lists
match. Even in the 21st century with the advent
of computer technology, we don't have a 100%
the residue of Israel, of the priests, and
were in all the cities of Judah, every
one in his inheritance.
This passage is self explanatory. The
rest of Israel lived in the rest of Israel.
the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel:
As I talked about in the last update on
Nehemiah, the Nethinim's were temple servants
but were probably those of foreign
(non-Israelite) extraction. They are given their
own place to live and may not have much with the
holy bloodline of the sons of Abraham. This may
have been by clear design by Ezra and others who
mentioned matters along these lines before. But
still, they seem to have been given a place of
honor near the temple and not out in the 'slums'
as one could suppose.
and Ziha and Gispa were over the
overseer also of the Levites
Here we see that there was another overseer of
the Levite's, this one was Uzzi. Why two groups
of overseers? Because each probably had
different sets of priests to oversee who had
different responsibilities. One may have taken
care of the menial tasks, another the singing
and still others teaching and preaching. This
group appears to be a bit different in that the
King had a specific commanded regarding them.
at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani,
the son of Hashabiah, the son of
the son of Micha. Of the
sons of Asaph,
the singers were over the business of the
house of God. For it was the king's
commandment concerning them,
that a certain portion should be for the
due for every day. And Pethahiah
the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of
the son of Judah, was at the
hand in all matters concerning the people.
So who was the king? Some say David (by ancient
command), but this is not likely. King Xerxes
certainly the one referred to here. Verse 24
confirms this and mentions two sons of Judah who
were at the kings hand in these matters.
Pethahiah - this person's actual role is not
clear, other than as stated here. He was clearly
some kind of official in the kings service and
probably was the real political power with
regards to imperial (Persian) matters effecting
Jerusalem. This presents an interesting problem.
Up until now, it seemed clear that Nehemiah was
the effective governor of the area. Now we have
a new person who is at the Kings right hand. But
this passage does not actually say he was
governor, nor does it clearly state that he was
even in Jerusalem. He probably resided in Susa
with the King and was kind of an administrator
and adjutant to the king regarding Jewish
affairs. Perhaps Nehemiah reported to him
directly. We do not know. What we do know that
as a result of this person, the command
regarding the temple priests was issued.
I find it interesting that the King used an
Israelite and not a native Babylonian to do this
job. Keep in mind that Xerxes also had a Jewish
wife. Was her (Esther's) influence the reason
for this? Perhaps, after all, she was Queen.
So the king wanted to make sure that the Jewish
people had singers and that they were paid for
their music and that those who kept the temple
were paid for it. This is rather remarkable. A
'heathen' King wanting to make sure Jewish
worship was conducted and that those who did it
were not doing in for charity.
Clearly someone wanted Jewish life to remain
Jewish and the Jewish God to remain at the
center of their lives.
This may have been for two reasons. Smart Kings
like to rule over happy subjects. When you start
telling people who to worship, restricting their
heritage and culture, you get a focus for
resistance. Ruling over an huge empire, Xerxes
knew this. Why make trouble when you don't need
to? Happy subjects make loyal subjects. Let them
worship their God.
There has been a lot of
news of late on the Climate. Mostly the
prevailing narrative being carried by the
mainline media that is being pushed by
climate alarmists. We have all heard that
side of the story, that if we don't take
drastic action we're all going to burn up
and die. But while that is the loudest and
most well funded side of the debate, it
isn't the only side and its not
necessarily based on the best and
'neutral' science. By neutral I mean
science that is based on science without
undue political and financial influence on
those conducing the studies. Here is one
that I think may be of interest. It's
linked in this update from Earth
Changes news group.
But being a skeptic on the whole man-made
Global Warming narrative being pushed does
not make you 'evil' as some would suggest.
It just means you have moved beyond panic
stricken headlines into what has become a
forbidden art and ability in our world
today - cold, hard analysis better known
as thinking. Not reciting what one read on
the internet or from cable TV, but
thinking for yourself based on information
from multiple sources from a variety of
Can you put aside your prejudices, what
you think you already know and question
those beliefs based on the evidence you
may not have heard? Not many can do that.
It takes a significant degree of humility
and courage to do that. These are
two traits that are sorely lacking in 21st
century Homo Sapiens. Thinking might make
you come to the right conclusions - a non
politically correct solution. It's why
thinking today is a lost art and people
are so easily swayed by emotions, fake
news, propaganda and foolishness.
You all may find this
pdf of interest. I am a skeptic on
man made climate change. I think there
probably has been some effect on overall
temperatures, but not enough... not near
enough to justify the extreme panic so
many are pushing into the media. Whatever
changes we have seen lately are probably
due to long standing cycles (such as
solar) that scientists don't fully
understand the cause of, or don't want
generally known lest the panic narrative
be exposed for a ruse.
Look, this whole climate agenda is having
real effect on economics. The latest
speech by the child celebrity climate
activist came with a legal complaint that
certain nations reduce their carbon
I think you may find this of great
Sadly this climate panic looks like one
giant PR stunt all based on shaky science,
but could be a real economic boon to
nations who don't have to get saddled with
carbon penalties and what may soon follow
if they don't comply - sanctions. Now of
course you have these 'Climate Strikes'
happening. This looks very much to me like
a coordinated campaign (climate protests,
climate strikes) and there are not many
people or entities who have the money,
power and influence to coordinate such
things including a speech at the UN as we
There is money and power behind this
agenda. They seem though to be in almost a
panic. Like they don't have a lot of time
to push their agenda so they are going
full throttle. Why the panic? Why the
push? I don't know but more and more
scientists seem to have found their
'manhood' and are
speaking out and countervailing this
well coordinated and financed global
propaganda campaign. We just don't
know - really know -
about long term Climate Change to jump to
the conclusions that many are paying a lot
of money to make sure we come to. But
there are strikes, protests and much more
going on right now globally. So this is
not some isolated event. They shut
Well, I wanted to spend just a bit of time
on this subject today, since panic has
stricken the hearts and minds of so many
well meaning people who really do care
about the world we live in. I fully
confess, I am one of those. I do
care very much about the environment and
the earth we all must live on. I am not a
Climate Change denier. Climate change
happens, always has and always will. My
point is fundamentally different one. What
is causing it... really? How about the
Sun? Geothermal activity? I don't know. I
am not a scientist, but I do know a
propaganda campaign when I see one and
that is what I see as being waged today.
In closing, I think any genuine Christian
will be deeply concerned for the earth an
all the creatures on it. God created these
things and he cares about his creation.
Did you now that those who destroy the
earth will fall under heavy judgement in
the last days and that destroying the
earth is one major reason that God's wrath
falls on mankind?
the nations were angry, and thy wrath is
and the time of the
dead, that they should be judged,
and that thou
shouldest give reward
unto thy servants the
and to the saints,
and them that fear thy name,
small and great; and
destroy the earth.
(Rev of John
are to be good stewards of the earth, not
its assassins. But we should not allow
ourselves to be deceived by others into
fixing problems that don't really exist so
that real ones continue to grow right
under our noses.
To conclude, my view is the Climate
Hysteria is being used to to assist in the
process of globalization. The Trump
administration has put the brakes on
Economic Globalization and as President,
the forces of Globalization have great
difficulty in forcing him to stop. But
here is an issue that the President has
less power and influence. Note that this
has gained considerable traction at the UN
and globally with the Thunberg's speech?
The UN, the world's nascent, wannabe
global governance authority? Who did
Thunberg file her legal complaint with?
The UN. Who is she charging? - nation
states. Yes, my view is that this is
about Globalization and who controls
nations. The people who elect governments
or the United Nations? Who drives their
policy? A 16 year old kid or the
electorate? I say these things not to
question the sincerity of the beliefs of
Young Ms. Thunberg, but to question how
her and millions of others had those beliefs
shaped in the first place.
I think these questions are ones that we
should always keep in mind as this
propaganda campaign rolls on and we are
all spoon fed news reports telling us that
the world will catch fire if we don't hand
more power over to global institutions.
I write this for every true believer
in Jesus Christ, who has come to
know him in a real and personal way and who
genuinely seeks to please God and to do his
will. It is meant for no one else but such
as those who know him and honor the Lord and
savior Christ Jesus.
shall not any man be able to stand
before thee all the days of thy life:
as I was with Moses, so I will be with
I will not fail thee, nor forsake
Be strong and of a good courage:
for unto this people shalt thou divide
for an inheritance the land, which I
their fathers to give them. Only
be thou strong
and very courageous, that
thou mayest observe
to do according to all the law, which
my servant commanded thee: turn not
it to the right hand or to the left,
that thou mayest prosper
whithersoever thou goest.
(Joshua 1:5-7 [KJVA])
watch many of the things going on in the world,
we must not become depressed. I know many of you
are concerned about the drama in DC and the
impeachment moves, the President, the
ultra-liberals, the whole direction the nation
is heading. It is times like these that we
need... really need to step back and keep one
thing firmly in mind. What is that you may ask?
for the true Christian, this world is not our
home. There is a class of people that the
scriptures tell us that the world is not worthy.
In the great panorama of faith we find in
Hebrews Chapter 11 we find this passage...
And others had
trial of cruel mockings and scourgings,
of bonds and imprisonment:
stoned, they were sawn asunder,
were slain with the sword:
about in sheepskins
being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
(Of whom the world
was not worthy:)
in deserts, and in mountains,
and in dens
and caves of the earth.
And these all,
having obtained a good
faith, received not the promise:
God having provided
some better thing for us,
they without us should not be made perfect.
(Hebrews 11:36-40 [KJVA])
Brothers, I often look at
the things going on in this world and am
thankful that my God has called me out of it. We
must diligently seek our place in Christ's
kingdom and hold that place with our dear lives,
literally. For the devil will do all in his
power to distract us and keep us from a
marvelous inheritance in Christ, even to the
point of killing us, as he already is in so many
places in the world today.
While I do spend much time on the
news events of the day, I never lose sight of
whose property I am. I belong to and am a
bondservant of God and his son Jesus Christ. I
have been purchased with a price (1Cor 6:20). The price
was paid to take me out of this wicked system
and into the kingdom of God. This is one reason
why I cannot get all worked up about about what
is going on in DC or in many parts of the world.
Yes, I do care about those who are suffering and
being badly mistreated, but the political drama
- I am concerned, but at the same time, I am
not. I often look at what is going on in DC like
I see two wolves fighting over a piece of meat.
Growling and tearing at each other like wild
beasts. Does it really matter which beast gets
the meat (worldly political power)? In the
overall scheme of things - spiritually speaking,
it doesn't, at least not much.
No, rather I look to press on in
Christ, keep my self standing on the firm
foundation of Jesus and to not be like Lot's
wife and start looking back.
So as I write on things like the
trouble in the Bond markets, Repo operations,
inverted yield curves, impeachment inquiries,
deep state machinations and other things (these
things are written on daily for insiders), keep
in mind that these things are important insofar
as we must understand the times and the lay of
the land. We must not be ignorant of the
times brothers nor of the things going on
in our world. Christ told us to watch and that
is exactly what he meant. So I will do so, but
never lose sight of the author and finisher of
our faith, even Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
So let NONE OF US BE DEPRESSED but
rather give thanks for the things we have, be
encouraged and press on in Christ Jesus!!!
Yes, Press on! Remember what the Lord told
Joshua, be strong and of good courage!! Despite
all the trouble that we have to face, God will
be with us all if we have faith in him and obey
him. Joshua, after receiving the above promise
had to fight many a battle, some of them long
and very hard fought. He did not promise
him a life of ease and comfort, only that God
would be with him as he did as God commanded.
Yet, we should find rest for our souls in
Christ, even in the midst of trials and
things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
(John 16:33 [KJVA])
Did Christ not say that we are going
to have tribulation? Yes, but even in the midst
of it, we should be of good cheer!
So brothers, this AM rather than do news I
wanted to give each and everyone of you a strong
word of encouragement. No matter what you are
doing, what jobs you have, what issues you are
dealing with on the job, at home or elsewhere,
God knows and he is with you. Take your cares to
him in prayer.
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand
that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him;
for he careth for you.
(I Peter 5:6-7 [KJVA])
Blessings to you all in Christ Jesus.
...sent me an email this AM and
asked me this. I thought I would pass this
along to all of you It was about Revelation
3:15ff and the subject of Laodicea's
Great to hear from you!!
I think the idea that is being conveyed was
that they were kind of in the middle. They
weren't cold and indifferent to spiritual
things, but they weren't on fire either. The
Church at Laodicea was 'lukewarm'. They
weren't necessarily evil, but they weren't on
fire for God either. They probably had little
'fire' or zeal for the things of God. Yes,
they were part of the Church and part of the
body, but kind of had a kind of careless
attitude about their faith and life in Christ.
is just that to me, it is borderline
spiritual indifference while claiming to
be Christ's. If we note that God was
looking for a return of love and affection
on other Churches (see Rev 2:4). I think if we look at
the passage along those lines, it becomes
clearer. The problem with Laodicea was
that she was rich and had need of nothing.
It made her somewhat cold and indifferent
spiritually speaking. When folks get rich,
the cares of this life tend to choke out
the word (Luke 8:14).
This was the danger that the Church from
Laodicea was in. They were rich and had need
I think the key here is that being 'in the
middle' and spiritually 'on the fence' in
Christ is a very dangerous place to be. I note
that the Christ threatens to spew them out of
his mouth. They are going to make him vomit.
But I think the connotation is much more
serious because you know what? If they are
being thrown up out of Christ, they are no
longer part of the Body of Christ. We are part
of that body and Christ was about to reject
them as being something wholly unpalatable and
he still loves them and is about to rebuke
them (Rev 3:19). This love that he has
shown us, God wants returned and this is
done is by obeying is commandments (John 14:21).
So in answer to your question, I think both
answers you gave are correct in so far as we
need to not be indifferent to others or what
is going on around us and measure all
things according to the Gospel and the
Holy Spirit that dwells within all of us who
are of Christ.
But ultimately this is about their (and our)
attitude to the Gospel and the things of God.
Are we on on fire, cold or lukewarm?
Lukewarmness not being that 'safe place in the
middle' but a very dangerous place spiritually
speaking. They were as a Church, in danger of
being cast off by the Lord.
I think this passage is so pertinent today to
the spirit of so many Churches in the West.
The real things of God, they ignore or are
indifferent to. They have created their own
'gospel' that sounds good and is full of a
kind of theology, but it cannot save souls.
There is lots of money, the parishioners are
wealthy (by the world's standards), and lots
of activity, but their spirituality is highly
questionable. Are these so called believers of
the variety that says 'Lord' but have not
really made him so and will one day be cast
out by him?
every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful
And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.
(Matthew 7:21-23 [KJVA])
There are a lot of folks out there making a
lot of noise about being saved, but are
they... in the eyes of Christ?
I think one major issue is that the
'salvation' gospel being preached is not one
that fully presents the potential believer
with what is excepted of them when they are
saved. The forsaking all and doing as God
commands is not clearly outlined for them.
They don't understand that it means what it
says. Second, I think the whole idea of easy
faith - that 'mental belief' leads to
salvation, is not sound. The whole
idea of faith - saving faith is not
laid out. Yes, we are saved by faith and faith
alone! But faith requires actions
based upon it. In Hebrews Chapter 11, the
Apostle tells us what faith is - it is much
more than just mental belief. It's not works
that save us, but works and action are
evidence of saving faith. How did James
believest that there is one God; thou
the devils also
believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man,
that faith without works is dead?
(James 2:20 [KJVA])
For as the body without the spirit is
so faith without works is dead also.
(James 2:26 [KJVA])
Did not our Lord tell us that we are judged by
our works, and not our faith (Rev 20:12). Indeed in
the very same passage that is cited about
Laodicea, what did our Lord say, 'I know thy works...
James lays out what faith is as well and what
God expects of his people. This is one major
problem I see in today's 'easy believe-ism'
gospel. Faith is taught as a mental phenomenon
and not one that translates into concrete
I think this is one, but only one reason why
the Church is often lukewarm. I think the key
is that we have to let go of the protections
we come to expect in this world, the good
jobs, careers, social position and future
material rewards and lean on, trust and depend
on God. This is done through obedience, not
fully understanding the why's and wherefores
of God's commandments, but putting our trust
fully in God. This was very hard for the
Laodiceans because they were rich and had need
of nothing. Abraham had to leave the familiar
and the safe, and trust fully in God. This is
not so easy. In fact, this kind of faith is
rare and rather difficult. Abraham, the father
of faith and friend of God, he had to get up,
leave his homeland and travel to a place that
God would show him. He had no idea where he
was going. That was faith! Could you do that?
I mean really? Brothers that is a hard thing
But a person who has forsaken all to follow
God and do his will... he isn't going to go
back and is not upset when the bridges back to
the old life get burned. He hopes they never
get rebuilt again. He is going forward,
onwards and will not be like Lot's wife and
start looking back.
Love and faith - saving faith. These are two
important things God is looking for in us. If
we have both, we need never worry about
I hope this helps!
at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children
and of the children of Benjamin. Of
the children of Judah;
Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of
Zechariah, the son of Amariah,
the son of Shephatiah, the son of
of the children of Perez; And
Maaseiah the son of Baruch,
the son of Col–hozeh, the son of Hazaiah,
the son of Adaiah, the son of
the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.
All the sons of Perez that dwelt
at Jerusalem were four hundred
threescore and eight valiant men.
(Nehemiah 11:4-6 [KJV])
Here, Nehemiah continues on and gives
us a genealogy of those who lived within the
confines of Jerusalem. We find many notable
names, One is Athaiah, who can trace his lineage
all the way but to Uzziah, who was one of the
good kings but got proud in his old age and
started to sin. He then tried to usurp the role
of the Priests and burned incense. See 2Chron
The problem that Nehemiah faced must be
understood here. There just were not that many
people in the city and not many who seemed to
want pull up stakes and move there and do the
work of rebuilding the city. The passages above
deal with the house of Judah. The sons of Perez
were also of the house of Judah (1Chr 2:3). We also note
the decedents of Baruch, one of the names in the
Bible that perhaps people don't give enough
'respect' to. He was a man who was clearly of
some note in his times, probably of noble blood
who probably had a high position in Israel at
the time, but nevertheless threw in his lot with
the Prophet of the Lord, Jeremiah whom no one
really liked. He forsook temporal position and
threw his lot in with God, who rewards his
servants with eternal rewards.
these are the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the
son of Meshullam,
Then we have the other house that was left to
David when the Kingdom broke up, Benjamin. This
was the only tribe that remained loyal to the
House of David. The other ten tribes as you know
made up the northern Kingdom. Of the house of
Benjamin we find that they were both overseer
and second overseer of the city, that would be
like 'Mayor and Vice-Mayor' today. Why Benjamin
and not Judah have these positions is not clear
to me. But it may have just been prudent
politics. If they had put someone from Judah in
there, the accusations that they were setting up
a new monarchy and thus threatening the Emperor
would have been given dangerous weight. But that
is just my own personal 'aside' on this.
Nehemiah was far too prudent a politician to
give his enemies that kind of political
the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah,
the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah,
the son of Ithiel, the son of
Jesaiah. And after him Gabbai, Sallai,
nine hundred twenty and eight. And
Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer:
and Judah the son of Senuah was
second over the city.
the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib,
Now comes the Priestly tribe, of whom three well
known houses are mentioned. It is noteworthy
that the title given to Seraiah is 'the ruler of
the House of God'. This title implies that he
may have been acting as High Priest at the time.
This is the view of the Geneva Bible, but other
commentators only mention the possibility that
this was so rather than the fact. Two
other titles of note here 'Mighty men of Valor'
and 'Great men' are used. These are terms
usually associated with warriors, soldiers,
particularly Might Men of Valor.
Jachin. Seraiah the son of Hilkiah,
the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok,
the son of Meraioth, the son of
was the ruler of the house of God.
And their brethren that did the
work of the
house were eight hundred twenty and two:
and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the
son of Pelaliah,
the son of Amzi, the son of
the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiah,
And his brethren, chief of the
two hundred forty and two:
and Amashai the son of Azareel, the
son of Ahasai,
the son of Meshillemoth,
the son of Immer, And their
mighty men of valour, an hundred
twenty and eight: and their
was Zabdiel, the son of
one of the great men.
(Nehemiah 11:10-14 [KJV])
So these priests were probably also warriors or
so the passage implies. Given the situation at
the time, men who bore arms and knew how to
fight may have been necessary.
Let me add one thing about Biblical genealogies.
They are often not complete. Why? This is often
debated by many scholars. Some may have been
added to or amended later, others may have been
altered during copying (which was an arduous
process before the printing press and digital
media). Often names are transliterated
differently from book to book in different time
periods by different people who knew the names
of the families with different transliterations
and pronunciations than were at the time of
I don't like to spend too much time on them,
other than to understand the basics of the what
is going on and remember those whom the Lord
honored to such a degree that their names are
recorded in Scripture.
avoid foolish questions,
and genealogies, and contentions,
and strivings about the law;
for they are unprofitable and vain.
(Titus 3:9 [KJV])
Donald Trump: Peacemaker?
One of the things that has really
struck me about the President is that while he
does appear very much to want to arm America
better and spend a lot of money on our Defense
Establishment, he has been very reticent to use
armed force to attempt to solve the geopolitical
problems that confront him and the country. This
is quite a departure from the norm of American
Presidents of either party. In the past
Presidents were very quick to fire off missiles,
launch an airstrike or use secret raids and
covert ops to attempt to correct behavior that
the US policy establishment felt needed to be
corrected. While today, sanctions seem more and
more the weapon of choice for 'solving' these
problems, unilateral military force seems less
and less an option that this President is going
to employ to 'change behavior'.
Even in the early days of his Presidency when an
all too convenient reason materialized to hit
Syria with force, the President was reticent to
do so. He was being egged on by all the usual
suspects of the foreign policy establishment to
retaliate against Syria for a Chemical
attack of a highly questionable
nature. He finally launched the attack
with 59 cruise missiles, many of which went
astray. I long suspected that this whole
incident was a 'set up' to get the President to
take stronger measures to remove the Assad
regime, something that many NeoConservatives on
both sides of the political aisle have long
wanted but were not able to do. Donald Trump,
who ran on a platform of wanting to reel in
Americas foreign wars was caught in an all too
convenient trap. Not strike and look weak or
strike and appear to have broken his promises.
He chose to strike, but without getting into
details, some of the elements who pushed for
this and other 'cowboy' foreign polices of
America have ceased to be players in DC. This
has given the President the opportunity to
pursue a somewhat different line of foreign
policy that is not so quick to 'bomb first and
ask questions never', but realizes that there
are significant problems and drawbacks that
accompany the use of unilateral military.
Additionally, such actions may turn out to be
counter productive on many levels.
First of all, it is counter productive because
increasingly, American military hardware, once
the very best, isn't any longer. It's good, mind
you, but it is ageing and often not as effective
as it could be against opponents systems. The
Tomahawk strike in Syria being a perfect
example. The inability of US made Air Defense
systems to effectively protect against the
recent drone/missile strike in Saudi Arabia
being another. The use of force like this can
expose major weaknesses in the hardware that
America possesses and embolden others who see
the growing ineffectiveness of these weapons.
Despite the enormous amounts of money being
spent on the next generation of weapons, they
too are likely to be just as ineffective. The
reasons are many, but two big ones are that
military contractors are running the procurement
process. Their aim it seems to this author, is
less about effectiveness in war than it is about
profit. The second and it is related is the revolving
door between senior Generals and military
contractors. These high ranking officers can
often get top jobs at these contractors after
their years of service and by steering contracts
to future employers as they are on the down side
of their military careers.
The consequences of not fixing a system that is
this broken is that in 15 years we have weapons
systems that do not meet the real needs the
nation faces, but can face threats that only
exist in the minds of contractors who have
difficulty seeing past the profits in the next
cost overrun. Now I say this not to blast or
denigrate many of our military leaders, many of
whom who see these and other problems and do
what they can to fix these problems or at least
mitigate the damage these things can do. This is
not a slam at the military or many
of its leaders, but at a system that is broken
and has lots of money that can be spread around
DC to make sure it stays broken.
Reform at the Pentagon? That is not going to be
possible. Those who have tried don't last long
over there. Accounting? Real responsible
accounting? It's not something that the Pentagon
has been able to do. We don't know where a great
deal of the money sent over there goes. It has
been a longstanding problem and one that no one
seems willing to tackle with real 'gusto'. The
good news is that last year there was an Audit
of the DOD. The first ever. It
What the audit did not uncover or find
(at least in publicly available versions) is
widespread fraud. But since many of the DOD's
programs are highly classified and auditors may
or may not have been cleared, briefed or may
even have been given false and/or misleading
information by those who operate in
exceptionally highly classified portions of the
National Security State, what this audit
actually told us or Congress may not nearly be
as clear or as definitive as we or even Congress
has been led to believe. I say this by way of a
relevant digression. America's use of unilateral
force will be constrained in the future if
America continues to keep a broken procurement
system in place to build and create the weapons
of the future. Contractors are interested in
money and when you have those in the DOD who are
supposed to be determining what the nation needs
and who gets to build it working for the very
contractors who are making billions off the
taxpayer, a major conflict of interests results
and the result of that is things like a Trillion
dollar flying Turkey that can't fly
straight. This in my view is a direct result of
a tragicomically broken defense procurement
In one respect this is all very bad news for US
military power. But the bright side of it is
that now and probably for the foreseeable future
the US will be forced to rely on other tools to
implement its foreign policy. Donald Trump's
moves throughout the world may be an
acknowledgement of these trends.
The President has started and maintained serious
negotiations with the regime in North Korea. He
has pushed ahead at least until recently,
negotiations with the Taliban, even inviting
some of its leaders to a then secret meeting at
Camp David. He has tried to meet with Putin,
though the pushback from the
Neoconservatives/Russophobes on both sides of
the aisle have not allowed for substantive
talks. He has offered to negotiate with the arch
enemy/bogeyman of all Neoconservativism, Iran.
My read on this President is that it is not just
the reasons cited above that have given rise to
his reticence to use unilateral military force,
but perhaps a genuine dislike for the
unnecessary loss of life. Many of the
President's political enemies particularly on
the political left, have long supported
Presidents who blew up things with reckless
abandon, killing thousands and making millions,
literally millions into homeless refugees. They
cite how 'evil' President Trump is for
protecting America's borders and the 'horrors'
of having people detained for illegal
entry into the country, but refuse to be equally
outraged at the actions of the last President
and yes, this one in Yemen.
Syria? That was on Obama's watch, when our own
military-intelligence complex was dropping arms
to terrorists. It was the Obama administration,
with Joe Biden sitting in the National Security
Council (by law the VP sits on it) that was
involved in the insanity that gripped Ukraine
when the democratically elected government was
toppled and replaced by a Pro-US government with
very troubling ties to far right fascists. Then
there are the reported economic
ties to the VP. That all happened during
the Obama administration.
To me the question is not so much who tried to
get who to investigate whom as the prevailing
narrative is being spread in the media, but how
did the whole Ukrainian policy got started in
the first place, why and who stood to make a
mint if it came off right? That is the question
no one is bothering to answer. Even today,
the civil war continues. While Trump may be
getting the 'evil President' moniker, my
perspective is that, it is often being placed on
him by those whose hands are stained in innocent
blood and are itching to get their hands on the
armaments of state to stain them some more.
Understand, I am not trying to ascribe guilt to
anyone in the recent political flare up, but
only to put it in perspective and ask some
No, the President is correct to make every
reasonable attempt at settling differences
peacefully but when the only thing others
understand is action, then as he is doing now
with China, sanctions, tariffs and trade
strangulation is a far better course than
bombings, missile strikes and special op raids.
I can only express pleasant surprise that the
President has risen above the usual lust for
violence that has typified the usual 'swamp'
foreign policy that has long characterized
America's foray's into the world. President
Trump is far from perfect, but one thing I
suspect is that this President has an honest
revulsion for war and the innocent blood that
always gets shed when some America 'Hawk'
politician wants to make a point to show how
'powerful' they can be. When those devils begin
to croak, some poor innocents die in some
forgotten part of the world and America is none
the stronger after the bodies are buried.
But I think God is slowly beginning to clip
America's wings. That she, who ruled the nations
from the air and could bomb at will anyone, at
anytime without anyone being able to stop her...
those days are passing. America has to face very
serious internal problems that she refuses to
face as long as the foreign policy bunglers
continue to call for wars, strikes, raids and
other military actions that the nation can ill
afford, either fiscally nor in the realm of
diplomacy and international stature.
The nation has to begin to do something
different. It needs to do some soul searching.
It needs to decide what kind of America will we
be in just a few short years when the cash
register runs dry for things like Social
Security, Medicare, while she continues to sink
money into more trillion dollar flying Turkey's
and hundred billion dollar 'stealth ships' that
are also plagued
What are the fundamental issues facing the
country? I think the President is facing one of
them and that is America must end its obsession
with war and unilateral strikes. It is getting
the country nowhere fast but deeper into debt.
Second America needs to get real and stop
telling itself fanciful lies that somehow
Americans debts can pay for themselves. These
fairy tales are fit children and the mentally
deficient but they are not reality. Reality is
that America has to get real about the deep and
growing fiscal issues it faces. This is not so
much directed at politicians but at the
voters, many of whom seem to actually
believe these fiscal fairy tales. The tragedy is
that they vote accordingly.
The way I see it, we as a nation are putting
ourselves in a position where peace and
diplomacy will be the only option on the table
because the nation will be too broke to fight a
sustained conflict with the lackluster array of
weapons systems she is currently constructing.
God? I think he has long seen what harm this
nation has done to so very many people and
rather than lower the boom on America, he may be
getting ready to clip her wings and perhaps the
nation will begin a rigid self-examination of
its actions and begin to change directions and
depart from the use of violence to retaliate
against others for actions that often have their
beginnings in polices that were hatched out of
the US. Or where situations have been created by
the Americans (in secret) to force a President
to take firm action against a State that he
would not have taken if a 'set up' had not
occurred by elements inside and outside
of the US government.
Two things we can all be assured of no matter
how many MSM talking heads, politicians and
liars for dollars tell us. Those two things are
1. Time Passes
This is as much true in the fiscal sense as
it is in the Spiritual sense.
2. Bills eventually come due.
But these two principles remain in force.
us all pause and consider this.
Be not deceived; God is not
a man soweth,
that shall he also
If we as a nation wish to
reap peace, we need to be sowing it.
Puberty Blockers For Kids As Young
The rise of Transgenderism has powerful
proponents. Russia Today as well as
other UK outlets are talking about new
recommendation on allowing these drugs at an
early age. Kids
are now on the frontline of a major
culture war, not just in the US, but throughout
the western world.
Not Even Jezebel Did This, so says the story out
of The Stream. They talk about killing babies
with still beating hearts. The Washington
Examiner talks about the hideous medical
experiments going on with fetal tissue right
here in the USA.
Then there are the other killings in America.
CBS has a
piece on murder. The Nation a piece on Suicide.
We are a deeply troubled nation. Particularly on
the spiritual front. I could go on and and on
recount many of the horrors going on inside the
nation, the shootings, gruesome murders,
mentally unstable behavior by Americans strung
out on various narcotics. But not today....
Brothers, I am
often struck by the fact that God took so long
in warning Israel of her sins and waited for her
to repent. She did not. The same with Babylon,
which God used to spoil the sinful nation of
Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil
that should come upon Babylon,
even all these words that are written
And Jeremiah said to Seraiah,
When thou comest to Babylon, and
and shalt read all these words;
Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou
spoken against this place, to cut it
that none shall remain in it, neither
beast, but that it shall be desolate
And it shall be, when thou hast made
end of reading this book, that thou
bind a stone to it, and cast it into
the midst of Euphrates:
And thou shalt say, Thus shall
and shall not rise from the
I will bring upon her: and they shall
Thus far are the words of
(Jeremiah 51:60-64 [KJVA])
Those old prophets warned for many
long years, decades often. What did the people
say? They usually mocked.
And the word of the
LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, what is that proverb that
in the land of Israel, saying,
The days are prolonged, and every
Tell them therefore, Thus saith the
I will make this proverb to cease,
and they shall no more use it as a
proverb in Israel;
but say unto them, The days are at
and the effect of every vision.
(Ezekiel 12:21-23 [KJVA])
After many long years and many prophecies that
people ceased to listen to. What happened to
Now in the fifth month,
in the tenth day of the month,
which was the nineteenth year of
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon,
came Nebuzar–adan, captain of the
which served the king of Babylon, into
And burned the house of the
and the king's house; and all
the houses of Jerusalem,
and all the houses of the great
men, burned he with fire:
And all the army of the
that were with the captain of the
brake down all the walls of
Jerusalem round about.
Then Nebuzar–adan the captain of the
guard carried away captive
of the poor of the people, and the
of the people that remained in
and those that fell away, that fell to
the king of Babylon, and the rest of
But Nebuzar–adan the captain of the
guard left certain of the poor of the
land for vinedressers and for
(Jeremiah 52 12-16)
And the captain of the
Seraiah the chief priest, and
the second priest, and
the three keepers of the door:
He took also out of the city an eunuch,
which had the charge of the men of war;
and seven men of them that were near
king's person, which were found in the
and the principal scribe of the host,
who mustered the people of the land;
and threescore men of the people of the
that were found in the midst of the
So Nebuzar–adan the captain of the
guard took them,
and brought them to the king of Babylon
And the king of
Babylon smote them,
and put them to death in
Riblah in the land of Hamath.
Thus Judah was carried away captive out
of his own land.
This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar
carried away captive: in the seventh
three thousand Jews and three and
In the eighteenth year of
he carried away captive from Jerusalem
eight hundred thirty and two
In the three and twentieth year of
Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzar–adan the captain
of the guard
carried away captive of the Jews
seven hundred forty and five persons:
all the persons were four thousand and
(Jeremiah 52:12-30 [KJVA])
One lesson here was that God judged both
Israel and Babylon. He used Babylon as a tool
to judge Israel for its great wickedness, but
he did not forget about the sins of Babylon
either. The fall of that empire is described
in the book of Daniel.
Brothers, God warns and warns. He is not
unmerciful. But what you can be certain of is
that God is not playing games with evil and
wickedness. He is going to punish. If he did
not, he would be guilty of the accusations
that the lost and godless always say, that God
is unjust. No, he is perfectly just, the
problem is that men love evil and his mercy
and forbearance is often mistaken for
acceptance of our wicked ways.
God is just but he is also merciful.
A truly penitent soul, will be heard by God.
His forbearance is designed just for this
purpose, to give us space to repent, not an
excuse to add to our wickedness. But
those who use it as such an excuse will find
that they have fallen for a trap of their own
Let us look around America and see what this
evil is doing to America. But more importantly,
that we never, ever partake in any of it and
thus become defiled.
Nehemiah Part XL
the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem:
the rest of the people also cast lots,
to bring one of ten to dwell in
the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in
And the people blessed all the men,
that willingly offered themselves to dwell
Chapter 11 begins with the word 'and'.
However it does not appear to bear any strong
connection with the previous passages.
Here is what the Cambridge bible says about it.
1. And] The
copula has no connexion with the preceding
chapter, and probably marks the
compilatory character of the passage. - Cambridge
While this may be one of those minor details
that only scholars wrangle about, the casting of
lots may not have taken place during the same
time and ceremonies of the last chapter. But may
have taken place at a later time and
circumstance. But the passage is not clear.
The passage above shows that the people cast
lots as to who would live in Jerusalem. One
would think that people should hardly have to be
induced in such a manner to live in the capital
city, but there it is. Why was this so? I think
the answer can be found in chapter 7.
the city was large and great: but the
people were few therein,
and the houses were not builded.
With that passage we understand why
there may have been some reticence to move to
Jerusalem. It was, in our modern vernacular, a
'ghost town'. There was no place to live. Those
who went there would have to live in tents or
makeshift dwellings until something more
permanent could be built.
Moreover, moving is a troublesome business.
Probably more so back in those days some 2500
years ago. Ask anyone who has done it a few
times in our day and age! Not only that, but
many had their livelihoods where they were
located. Moving to a new city that was not built
up yet and with a sparse population of people
who were in similar economic circumstances was
going to be hard. The casting of lots to decide
things was nothing new. It was also done for the
Priests in the previous chapter (10:34).
After having built the walls under such hostile
circumstances, Nehemiah knew it was unwise to
let the let the city remain sparsely populated
and had to find a way to get people into the
city. Who knows what mischief his enemies would
conjure up? While some commentators think
that the people went up willingly, I think the
fact that lots had to be cast shows the
opposite. Some probably did not really want to
go or had economic reasons wanting to stay where
they were. The Geneva commentary basically
points this out. If there was a great desire to
live there, lots would not have had to be cast
in the first place. So who was it who was
subject to the cast lots? K &D gives us this
bit of commentary.
of the people” does not mean the assembled
people with the exception of the rulers,
but the people with the exception of the
few who dwelt at Jerusalem. These cast
lots to bring (לְהָבִיא) one of ten to
dwell in Jerusalem. The predicate, the
holy city, occurs here and Neh 11:18 for
the first time.
So the decision was made, out of ten - nine
would dwell outside the city in other parts of
Judea and one would dwell in Jerusalem. Verse
two says that the people blessed the people who
willingly offered to go.
Jerusalem is so called, on the ground
of the prophecies, Joe 3:17 and Isa 48:2,
because the sanctuary of God, the temple,
was there. בֶּעָרִים means, in the other
cities of Judah and Benjamin.
הַמִּתְנַדְּבִים, those who showed
themselves willing to dwell in Jerusalem,
is taken by most expositors in contrast to
those who were bound to do this in
consequence of the decision of the lot;
and it is then further supposed that some
first went to Jerusalem of their free
choice, and that the lot was
then cast with respect to the rest.
There are not, however, sufficient grounds
for this conclusion, nor yet for the
assumption that the decision of the lot
was regarded as a constraint. The
disposal of the lot was accepted as a
divine decision, with which all had,
whether willingly or unwillingly, to
comply. All who willingly acquiesced
in this decision might be designated
as מִתְנַדְּבִים; [to impel; hence to
volunteer (as a soldier), to present
spontaneously: - offer freely, be (give,
make, offer self) willing (-ly) ].and
these departed to Jerusalem accompanied by
the blessings of the people. Individuals
are not so much meant, as chiefly fathers
of families, who went with their wives and
children. - K & D
these are the chief of the province that
dwelt in Jerusalem:
Now we come to one of those to me somewhat less
interesting passages of scripture, the listings
of peoples, families and tribes that only
scholars like to study and debate about. But
this time, we will spend a bit of time on them
rather than just skipping over this section.
but in the cities of Judah dwelt
every one in his possession in their
cities, to wit,
Israel, the priests, and the Levites,
and the Nethinims, and the children of
Here Nehemiah talks about the princes or chief
(heads) of the province that actually dwelt in
Jerusalem. Two things must be remembered here.
The word province must be understood to be a
province of Persia under Xerxes. Keep in mind
that Judea, politically speaking, was a rather
unimportant 'sideshow' of the greater Persian
empire. I say this so that there is no
misunderstanding that Israel was still under
foreign domination and Nehemiah was acting under
Verse three I find a bit confusing. But the
sense here appears to be to list out those who
are leaders/chiefs/heads in Jerusalem and
contrast out the fact that the rest lived in his
own land/home. This 'every one' includes
Israel - which is the whole
nation as it existed before the Kingdom
The class of the Nethinim is an interesting one.
The word is first used 1Chronicles. But some
commentators equate their functions with those
first assigned to the Gibeonite's in the book of
Joshua (Chapter 9). Who they were exactly is a
matter of debate. But the best view seems to be
that they were converted/naturalized foreigners
(non-Israelite's) who did manual and menial
labor in the Temple.
The Levites - The priestly tribe.
The Nethinims - These were Temple
The Children Of Solomon's Servants -
Another class of servants
The Children of Solomon's Servants - This is
another semi-unknown and interesting group.
These appear to be like the Nethinim,
descendants of foreign nations who either
converted and/or were conquered. These may have
been the progeny of the Canaanites who were used
by Solomon for the Building of the Temple. Both
The Davis Bible Dictionary and the Cambridge
Bible agree on this. These may have continued to
be bondservants (slaves) in the Kingdom for this
is what they were in the days of Solomon (1Kings
9:20), but we cannot be sure.
We will continue Nehemiah next week, God
persecution goes on and on. But brothers
know this - if our religion were an empty
one, no one would pay it any mind. But the
gospel is real. The devil knows this and
that is why in so many places there is
such a spate of violent persecution of
God's people. You can find some
persecution against some faiths in a few
places here and there, but with
Christianity, it is hated just about
everywhere, even increasingly here in the
Christ said 'love your brother' and the
world says 'kill the Christians'.
Why is this? I think the book of
Revelation gives us a major part of the
the dragon was wroth with the woman,
and went to make war
with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the
commandments of God,
the testimony of Jesus Christ.
So let us not be downhearted.
This is evidence of both the importance of
our faith and the lateness of the hour.
Let us not slumber, be be awake
Vaccine Efficacy: Hard
There is plenty of
investigations that the establishment has
kept secret that demonstrates that there are
some problems with vaccines. But once you
start quoting those things and linking to
them, they do what they can to silence you.
There are billions of dollars in a hoped
for revenue stream to consider in all
of those jabs (which cost money per do$e).
The HHS? Well, are the
officials there looking out for the kids or
their own personal financial interests? You
don't have to cite some obscure blogger to
want to scratch your head while in a
quandary trying to figure that one out. The
Government itself looked into some of these
issues and what they found was troubling
Do you get the
impression that this is a racket? One where
insiders get their pet vaccine approved with
or without rigorous testing so they can
retire on a mountain of gold?
But anyone who
questions the use of vaccines immediately
gets silenced/censored and has all manner of
negative names thrown at them. Those who
call the effectiveness of them cite 'hard
science' often don't really know what they
are talking about. To me it looks like
'science' that only exits in the reports of
those with serious financial conflicts of
Some of these firms,
who have been silencing those who question
vaccines? One can only ask if they are
working together to keep these big drug
companies rolling in the dough.
From my perspective, this is one and only
one key aspect of the whole American problem
the nation faces, the real corruption in the
US exists in the places that are supposed to
be the covert 'check' on it in our political
system. The secret agencies and government
working groups whose job it is to protect
the nation, secretly are not about to do it
if it effects someones bottom line. Again,
there is a great deal of money at stake.
Now let me make this
clear. Given the kinds of things happening
in our world and the rise of new kinds of
bio-warfare that has and is already taking
place, prudent measures do need to be put in
place to forestall a serious pandemic that
could kill millions in just a few weeks,
should America's foes develop such a
doomsday weapon and believe me, they are
working on it. A cursory internet search
using terms like 'doomsday bio-weapon' will
yield all kinds of results, many from highly
respected publications. So the governments
concern about anti-vaxxers is not an
abstract one. Such people could be
unwittingly be used by a foreign adversary
to stir up large number of people from
taking a vaccine that protects against a
bioweapon and kills many.
Those who deployed
such a weapon would be the prime suspect in
such a campaign. But the other threat that I
don't think our policy makers can see, or
rather are being paid not to see
(think conflict of interests) is that many
of the vaccines themselves may be part of a
long term biological attack on America.
It's one of those things where you never
want to kill people outright a day or so
after they take a jab. No, you want to give
them some progressive disease that develops
over time, or a binary toxin that is only
effective when the second half of the toxin
is introduced by another method weeks,
months or even years later. This would make
detection very difficult and would assist in
helping to evade accountability (a key
aspect of any covert plan). Given the
financial interests who have considerable
sway in our nation who would want to hide
such a plan (if it did exist) and the ties
they have to our 'deep state' and by
extension key parts America's 'narrative
control' agencies and corporations? The
concern is no idle one. Many of those
interests appear to be under significant
influence of foreign powers.
This is why the
censorship crowd is out in force and why it
is gaining such traction. Gun control,
Vaccines and other issues? This is all done
because there is a war going on and most
Americans have no clue as to the real battle
lines. They are stuck on the bi-partisan
shadow boxing TV show also known as American
politics. They still have not figured out
that next to nothing is going to change no
matter who wins in 2020. That is because
entrenched interest run this country and
most Americans lack the sophistication to see
past partisan and foolish
narratives and mindsets.
Do your best, I ask all of you to see past
the partisan emotionalism, the inflammatory
statements of all sides; the slanted
stories in the major press and don't let
propagandists play on your fears and
emotions. Get the facts, think
and use that organ that so many people in
the US seem intent on destroying with
Habakkuk Part IX
What profiteth the
that the maker thereof hath graven
the molten image, and a
teacher of lies,
that the maker of his work trusteth
to make dumb idols? Woe unto him
that saith to the wood,
Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it
Behold, it is laid over with gold
and there is no breath at all in the
midst of it.
But the LORD is in his holy temple:
let all the earth keep silence
Nevertheless the people
Here the prophet, who was
speaking of Lebanon in the previous passages
and the violence connected with the place,
shifts from speaking of violence to
idolatry. This seems to be a general
observation and prophetic word rather than
one just directed at Lebanon, as Israel was
steeped in it at the time as well. He asks
rhetorically what possible profit or good
can a graven image have; an image that the
maker himself has created? The question
again is rhetorical because such an action
borders on madness. Yet people in the
ancient world were smitten with all manner
of graven images and worshiped them as gods.
Israel copied them, just like they copied
the nations around them when they demanded a
refused to obey the voice of Samuel;
and they said, Nay; but we will have a
king over us;
That we also may be like all the
and that our king may judge us,
and go out before us,
and fight our battles.
(I Sam 8:19-20 [KJVA])
The people wanted to copy
the ways of others. It was little different
with idols. Everyone else was doing it why
should not they? This is the mentality of a
great many of God's people, then and now.
Idols have no profit - they cannot save,
they cannot hear and they do nothing but
gather dust and take up space while the man
adores it. All the while the idol has all
the intelligence and sensitivity of a piece
of stone. How can a person - a thinking
person put its trust in such a thing?
Idolatry was a constant problem in Israel as
the major and minor prophets spoke often
about it. (Isa 44:9.
Jer 2:8-11 and many more passages).
Even today it is a problem and one day it is
going to be a major global problem for in
the last days, it is the mark and image of
the beast that will command worship. The
image of the last days will indeed be
decidedly different for somehow they will be
able to put life into an image/idol (see
G1504 - see Rev 13:15).
In verse 19 the
prophet goes from simply observing how
foolish the worship of idols are to the fate
of those that do it, he pronounces a woe
The person who puts his faith in such things
and says it is going to teach or awaken;
this is the kind of person the prophet
warns. The Preachers
Homelitical makes some important
points that I am going to pass on. It says
that idolatry is
1 - a system of lies.
it is as the last stanza of verse 19 makes
clear... it's not even alive!!
2 - a system of impotence
3 - a system of vanity
The section ends
with a deep reverence for God, who see's
these things and knows what the sons of men
are up to. Unlike these works of stone and
wood, God dwells on high in his Holy temple.
The prophet then exhorts silence before him.
the prophet begins a prayer to God. Verse
one is a bit of a problem as the word
Shigionoth is just a bit but not totally
obscure. The word is this one in Strongs.
prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon
O LORD, I have
heard thy speech,
and was afraid:
O LORD, revive thy work
midst of the years,
in the midst of
the years make known;
shig-gaw-yone' or shiggayonah
from 7686; properly, aberration, i.e.
(technically) a dithyramb or rambling
poem:--Shiggaion, Shigionoth. see HEBREW
Most commentators see this
as a kind of rambling prayer or speech by
the prophet set down to music. The Cambridge
Bible notes that it is a kind of wild
ecstatic poem and may really mean to the
music of 'Shigionoth'. It was probably a
kind of poem and music that was not as
orderly and predicable as many were used to.
I hate to draw parallels with some of the
vulgarities of our times, but perhaps we
could look at it as a kind of 'rap' music of
those days as he set down his prayer perhaps
to music. Granted, this may be a very rough
way to look at the way this was set down. It
was probably not your typical 'church music'
poem or song. However Adam Clarke thinks
that verse one was added later.
This may be off point, but some of you may
find this of interest.
I suspect that
the title here given is of a posterior date
to the prophecy. It appears to interrupt the
connection between this and the termination
of the preceding verse. See them together: -
In verse two the prophets deep reverence for God
is shown. When the Lord spoke he was afraid. I
know the feeling! The prophet then asks God to
revive his work. That his word, long promised,
be fulfilled. Barnes enlightens us on this
passage as he notes that at times his word seems
unfulfilled as time passes. But in reality, his
word is all laid up in store. The prophet here
seems to be asking God to 'get a move on' and to
remember his words and works and revive them.
Darby thinks that Habakkuk is looking for a
revival and hearkens back to the olden days,
perhaps during the exodus. Most importantly he
asks God that though he may be angry with his
people, that he remembers mercy.
2:20 : “But the Lord is in his holy
The prophet may here
refer to the speech which God had
communicated to him, (Hab 1:1-11, 2:4-20),
and the terror with which he was struck,
because of the judgments denounced against
Jerusalem. - Adam Clarke
Be silent before him, all the
Hab 3:1 : O Lord, I have heard thy
I have feared, O Lord, thy work.
As the years approach thou hast
As the years approach thou makest
In wrath thou rememberest mercy.”
We will continue our look at Habakkuk soon as
God gives grace!
(Grain.org) We were concerned
that corporate supermarkets were expanding
faster in Asia than anywhere else in the
world. Although traditional markets and street
vendors are still very visible and important
to the region's food supply, the entry and
aggressive expansion of multinational food
corporations, beverage companies and
supermarket chains over the past decade has
had major impacts on Asia's farmers, food
workers, traders, and consumers.
This expansion is facilitated by a growing
number of free trade and investment
agreements, which allows these companies
to develop their global procurement systems.
The opening of 100% foreign direct
investment in retail coupled with lower
tariffs for agriculture products in many
Asian countries and tax loopholes allow
retail chains to undercut local production
with foods sourced from the cheapest or most
heavily subsidised areas.
This puts pressure on local producers and
increases monoculture production in specific
areas, like the banana and pineapple
plantations in the Philippines, the oil palm
plantations in Indonesia, the coffee and tea
plantations in Vietnam or the industrial
seafood and poultry operations in Thailand. -
Story Continues At Grain.org
Staying on the subject of food (and famine) FEWS
has released their latest on the situation in
can find the report here at FEWS
In Yemen, the food aid blame
game continues, this time with the
Houthi's being blamed for destroying 'expired'
food aid. The UN has warned of cuts if new aid
is not forthcoming. It has already been forced
to cease some programs in Yemen. You can read
more about the shortfall at
We Americans... many of us just don't know what
it is like to be without food. I mean really and
truly to be without food.
Why Cumbereth It The Ground?
spake also this parable;
A certain man had a fig tree planted in his
and he came and sought fruit thereon, and
Then said he unto the dresser of his
Behold, these three years I come seeking
fruit on this fig tree,
and find none: cut it down; why
cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it
alone this year also,
till I shall dig about it, and dung
it: And if it bear fruit,
well: and if not, then after that thou
shalt cut it down.
And he was teaching in one of the
synagogues on the sabbath.
You know one of the key
things that God is looking for from his
people? It's fruit. The fig tree,
representative of the people of Israel here
and God being the owner of the vineyard is
looking for some fruit. This is such an
important passage, not just for the Jews
back then but also for the Church today.
First of all let's take a
look at a couple of things. The conclusion
that the owner had of his field was not a
hasty one. It was one born of years of
patience and the evidence of this own eyes.
He waited and watched in anticipation that
his investment and work would yield some
The owner is completely
practical. This is not an esoteric debate,
he wants to know why the tree is taking up
precious ground if it has no value to him.
These parables can be so telling. Let's take
a look at what the Biblical Illustrator has
to say about this.
SITUATION OF THE TREE, the place where it
stands. It is in God’s vineyard, and our
Lord tells us how it came there. The
vineyard was not its natural situation. It
did not spring up there, nor was it brought
there by accident. God Himself had it
planted there. An emblem, brethren, of our
situation at this hour, and of the way in
which we came into it. - The Biblical
let's take a deeper look, the fig tree was
planted in the vineyard. This is not a
natural place for it. A vineyard is for
growing grapes, not figs. Remember how
Abraham came out of Ur and settled in
Canaan? God was looking for fruit among his
people that he had brought both into Canaan
and later from out of the nations they were
driven (exile). Remember how we the Church
are a wild olive branch (Rom 11:17)?
The commentary goes on to
eloquently describe that God watches. He
watches over his people for fruit. He has
made an investment in us in time and effort.
He wants us to bear fruit. He had these
expectations with Israel. What was the
result? He kept looking for fruit, kept
seeking some kind of sign that his
investment would pay off and usually found
none. What did he do to Israel? I will tell
you, he cast them off the land. This is the
end of the unprofitable servant (Matt 25:30) or in
this case, the unfruitful tree. They are
ultimately cast off. The Lord is sore
displeased when he finds no fruit on the
'trees' he has planted. As one commentator
put it, consistent unfruitfulness before God
becomes a serious spiritual offense/crime.
This parable shows God's patience with his
people. He waited and waited for some fruit,
but then he became annoyed and somewhat
perturbed by the lack of fruit. He was angry
enough about the whole situation where
cutting it down was the first solution he
Yet the dresser made
intercession for the tree and proposed an
alternative. Let him take just a bit more
care for it and see if that will work. The
person or office here is clearly interpreted
to be the intercessor. Someone who stands
between both the tree and the owner and has
day-to-day contact with both. This is a type
of high priest or even Christ himself who
mediates between God and man.
Fast Forward to the 21st
While this parable was clearly written as a
parable about Israel, it bears direct
application to the Church as well. Have you
taken a real good look at American and
Western Christendom? A real hard spiritual
look at it? I know I have. I know many of
you mature 'old-time gospel' believers have
as well. The Church is in crisis and I am
certainly not the only one who see's it.
Pope's who try and make light of adultery,
pastors who 'marry' homosexuals, every
manner of sexual sin running rampant in the
congregation and most importantly with
little or no rebuke from the pastor or
elders; politics rather than Bible being
preached from the pulpits. The American yes,
even western Church is in a pitiable state.
Instead of the fruits of the spirit we have
the stench of division, perversions, hate,
greed, apostasy and more and more an
overarching desire to be like the world,
rather than be as God commanded us to be...
in his order.
of this coupled with trends as the rest of
society - a seeming increasing divorcement
from reality and diminishing mental
stability. As 'crazy' takes over the West,
it is also infecting what calls itself the
me be straight and no nonsense about it. If
the Church is in crisis and cannot keep
people in the congregations it is because in
so very many of them, there is no salvation
in them. Just a form of religion, a
'philosophy' or a social club but no genuine
born from above in a supernatural fashion in
abiding in Christ Jesus.
in me, and I in you.
As the branch cannot bear fruit of
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abide in me. I am the vine,
ye are the branches: He that
abideth in me,
and I in him, the same
bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast
forth as a branch,
and is withered; and men gather them,
and cast them into the fire, and
they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall
be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified,
that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples.
Here we see the same
spiritual principle but this time not in
a parable, but in a direct command of
Christ to his disciples.
For many of these pastors, religion is a
'get rich quick scheme', a way to get a
McMansion, a Lexus and a pretty wife and
good health insurance by being a
'motivational speaker'; one that uses a
smörgåsbord version of the bible - only
preach the things they like and they
think the congregation wants to hear.
Now brothers I say this not
about all Churches. There are many who
are doing their best to really
do right by God. They are neither
perfect and can and do make mistakes.
This is not some broad criticism of all
pastors and Churches. It is more about
trends in modern Christendom and a new
kind of 'religion' that seems to be
rising up in America that can no more
save a soul than can an incantation from
a wizard. They have form of godliness
but deny the power thereof. I am often
reminded of a passage from the letters
to the Seven Churches of Asia where our
Lord says this to the Church at Sardis.
unto the angel of the church in Sardis
These things saith he that hath the
seven Spirits of God,
and the seven stars; I know thy works,
that thou hast a name that thou
livest, and art dead.
Be watchful, and strengthen the things
that are ready to die: for I have not
found thy works perfect
No brothers, as I head out to the major
Christian internet sites and read the
pieces in them, I am often appalled by
what is passing itself off as
When we should be a stunningly different
kind of people from the world - a
genuine counter culture, I see the
Church as being more and more like the
world God has told us to come out of. We
cannot love this world - the greed,
lust, idolatry (ie, in the form of
pop-idol adoration, and materialism),
hate, murder thefts; the materialism and
the desire to be like everyone else.
Brothers loving this world is utterly
not the world, neither the things that are
in the world.
If any man love the world, the love
of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the
lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride
is not of the Father, but is of the
And the world passeth away, and the
but he that doeth the will of God
abideth for ever.
One way you can see if
someone is truly saved or at least one
key aspect of that person is that they
are very different from everyone
else. They are not like the world around
them. How so you might ask?
for that blessed hope,
and the glorious appearing of the
God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all
and purify unto himself a peculiar
zealous of good works.
ye are a chosen generation, a royal
an holy nation, a peculiar people;
that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you
out of darkness into his marvellous light:
We are to be different
because we are special. We are to bear fruit
in the Lord's vineyard. What kind of fruit?
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
temperance: against such there is no law.
(For the fruit
of the Spirit
all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Not because I
desire a gift:
but I desire
fruit that may abound to your account.
Which is come
unto you, as it is in all the world;
bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in
since the day
ye heard of it,
the grace of God in truth:
chastening for the present seemeth to be
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth
the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto
therefore let us offer the sacrifice of
praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of
giving thanks to his name.
And the fruit
is sown in
peace of them that make peace.
coming of the Lord. Behold,
waiteth for the precious
fruit of the
earth, and hath long patience for it,
receive the early and latter rain.
spots in your feasts of charity,
feast with you, feeding themselves without
are without water, carried about of winds;
fruit withereth, without fruit,
plucked up by the roots;
Above are just a few passages
in our bibles on fruit. Let us all take
counsel also from chapters two and three in
the book of revelation on how the Lord looked
upon parts of the early Church.
I think it meet that we consider these times and
ask ourselves this most important question when
looking at major parts of Modern Christendom.
Have we come to a point where God has asked the
vine dresser where is the fruit and says...
'Cut it down... why cumbereth it the ground?'
May God bless and keep all who put their full
faith and hope in Christ Jesus.
Finally there is real
effort to reform Social Security and fix a
gaping shortfall in its budget. Gaping
because without serious changes to the
system, it's going to go broke before too
long. That is not my opinion, it is the
opinion of the funds Trustee's. Let us
keep this in mind, the fund will be broke
in just a few years unless there is
reform. That year is 2035 by current
estimates, but could move up a year or two
depending on how many people start
receipts and expenditures are accounted
for through two federal trust funds: the
Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance
(OASI) Trust Fund and the Federal
Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund.
Under their intermediate assumptions and
under current law, the Social Security
trustees project that the DI trust fund
will become depleted in 2052 and the
OASI trust fund will become depleted in
2034. Although the two funds are legally
separate, they are often considered in
combination. The trustees project that
the combined Social Security trust funds
will become depleted in 2035. At that
point, the combined trust funds would
become insolvent, because incoming tax
revenue would be sufficient to pay only
about 80% of scheduled benefits.
This is what will happen, you would be
legally entitled to benefits the government
will be legally prevented from paying.
If a trust fund became depleted and
current receipts were insufficient to
cover current expenditures, there
would be a conflict between two
federal laws. Under the Social
Security Act, beneficiaries would
still be legally entitled to their
full scheduled benefits. However, the
Antideficiency Act prohibits
government spending in excess of
available funds, so the Social
Security Administration (SSA) would not
have legal authority to pay full Social
Security benefits on time. - Social
Security: What Would Happen If the
Trust Funds Ran Out? - CRS
There are many reasons why the system is
crumbling. One and only one is that people are
living longer than they once did (RL44846).
This has caused many to look at increasing the
In response to rising life
expectancy, some commonly discussed Social
Security reform proposals involve increasing
the retirement age. Yet these proposals
would affect low earners disproportionately
(i.e., reductions in their lifetime Social
Security benefits would be considerably
larger than for high earners). Congress may
be interested in policy proposals that
mitigate the uneven effects of increasing
the retirement age and protect the interests
of lower- earning, shorter-lived workers.
This is one reason why the fund is having
trouble, Grandma's gonna live to be a hundred!!
For those of you who want a primer on the
Benefit Claiming age, one can be found
Just how far off they have been in the past in
predicting when the fund would go 'broke' can be
seen in the chart in the appendix
of this report. So this is not some
esoteric debate, Congress needs to get off its
duff and stop looking for microscopic specs of
dirt in the Mueller report and start crunching
numbers and come up with some legislation to
fix the problem.
The good news is that some in the House have
indeed come up with a plan. John Larson has come
up with a piece of legislation called The
Social Security 2100 Act.
It would boost benefits for retirees (old and
new) and protect against inflation and helps
keep poorer workers from falling into poverty.
The downside? It imposes new taxes on current
wage earners. It particularly hits people who
are very wealthy and makes them pay more. Here
is how Mr. Larson put it on his site.
Have millionaires and
billionaires pay the same rate as everyone
– Presently, payroll taxes are not
collected on wages over $132,900. This
legislation would apply the payroll tax to
wages above $400,000. This provision
would only affect the top 0.4% of wage
earners. [Sec. 201, 202]
50 cents per week to keep the system
– Gradually phase in an increase in the
contribution rate beginning in 2020 so that by
2043, workers and employers would pay 7.4%
instead of 6.2% today. For the average worker
this would mean paying an additional 50 cents
per week every year to keep the system
solvent. [Sec. 203] - John
Well, you can all read more about the proposal
and the number of co-sponsors on numerous sites
across the web. Some great sites have some
interesting views on it. You may want to peruse
the web using the keywords The Social
Security 2100 Act. You will find a
lot of material.
It remains to be seen how the President
reacts to this. He hates taxes and tax increases
and this may meet with some resistance. But it
could be a major political issue for him. He is
struggling politically and needs to be seen as a
problem solver rather than a problem maker as
many of his opponents and even some of his
former supporters see him.
This bill as far as I can see is a very good
place to start. We would not need even this kind
of measures if Congress dealt with this just a
few years ago. The longer they wait to fix
things, the more painful the solutions will be.
In Somaliland a
Woman was beaten and then divorced for
having Bible. Morning Star News
“There and then he took our two
daughters away from me and divorced me,” she
told Morning Star News. “He gave me a stern
warning that I should not come close to the
children, and that if I do, he will take the
Bible to the Islamic court and I will be
killed by stoning for becoming an apostate.”
Somalia’s constitution establishes
Islam as the state religion and prohibits the
propagation of any other religion, according
to the U.S. State Department. It also requires
that laws comply with sharia (Islamic law)
principles, with no exceptions in application
for non-Muslims." - Story Continues At MorningStar
Turkey the ICC talks about the nation's
disappearing Christian leadership.
It is a story of a lack of leaders and the
deportation of foreign pastors by the
Institute has a great story on the
Extinction of Christians in the Middle East,
a problem that seems to be of little real
interest to a world more interested in wealth
accumulation, interest rates, gay sex and hot
button political issues than right and wrong.
Faithwire asks where
is the media coverage on the horrible
events in Nigeria. In Mexico, a Pastor was shot
dead in his Pulpit, according to the
Christian Post. While they are not sure of the
motive, Christians have been under attack in
this part of Mexico.
... then there are stories
What did our Lord tell us?
things have I spoken unto you,
Let none of the things we see in this wicked
world shock us brothers, we are going to be
hated by all men for his names sake, but
he that endures to the end, the same shall be
that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues:
yea, the time cometh, that
whosoever killeth you
will think that he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you,
because they have not known the Father,
How many were saved in Noah's day? Eight Souls.
Habakkuk Part VIII
Behold, is it not of the
LORD of hosts
people shall labour in the very fire,
and the people
shall weary themselves
This passage appears to
refer to many of the great works that
emperors and tyrants made. People worked and
sweated to build those huge monuments to
mankind's arrogance. Powerful men, overseers
and slaves built them, but the Lord calls
their work 'very vanity'; something empty
and having no purpose. The reference to fire
however, may mean that it is by fire that
their work is destined (Barnes). Probably as
a judgment on the bloody city (Gill). I
think of the modern day skyscrapers and
massive towers and even artificial islands
that men often build as a monument to
himself as a kind of modern day equivalent.
Though back in the days of Habakkuk, a very
harsh form of slavery was present.
The Preachers Homiletical makes this point
in one of this chapter headings - that the
city was being built with the wrong
materials (blood) and was established in
iniquity and would be dealt with by God. .
the earth shall be filled with the
In contrast to the cities of blood and
monuments to men, the prophet here contrasts
that with a word that the whole earth shall
one day be filled with the knowledge of the
Lord. Which is based, not bloodshed and gain
or on the backs of slaves, but on holiness,
righteousness, justice and peace. A total
contrast from the afore mentioned city. This
passage I think is referring to the final
return of the Messiah in Glory.
knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea.
unto him that giveth his neighbour drink,
thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken
thou mayest look on their nakedness!
filled with shame for glory: drink thou
and let thy
foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S
shall be turned unto thee, and shameful
be on thy glory.
Here the drunkards are lambasted. Not
just for getting drunk, but getting their
neighbors drunk as well, just so they can look
upon their nakedness. Mathew Henry makes the
observation that this was the sin of Belshazzar,
who was drunken at a party. A party where he
drank before a thousand people (Dan 5:1). The
passage may also be allegorical - where a king
who is drunken with power and lust for goods
brings both his victim, his ally and himself to
the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee,
This passage is not clear as to what is meant by
violence of Lebanon, weather it be the actual
violence of the people or the violence done to
them by a conquering army. Also, what exactly is
referred to as beasts is debated by many
commentaries. I won't get into it here, but
rather concentrate on the reasons for this
judgment on the people. It was because of men's
blood and because of violence in both the land
and in the city and all that dwell there in.
and the spoil of beasts, which
made them afraid,
because of men's blood, and for the
violence of the land,
of the city, and of all that dwell
God hates violence. The cities of those days
were clearly marked out for a significant amount
of it and this is what the prophet is speaking
about. Let us remember his earlier complaints to
LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt
Yes, violence is something that will surely win
the ire of the Lord.
even cry out unto thee of
violence, and thou
wilt not save!
We will continue our look at Habakkuk as time
and God permits!!
Forum18 - Officials harassing
founders of religious communities, possibly
trying to block applications to exist. In May
2019 police began harassing Oskemen's New Life
Church founders as it sought re-registration.
Officers visited several late at night,
threatening one woman in her late 70s. Aktau's
Hare Krishna community has faced similar
harassment. - Story Continues at Forum18
Gabbard Takes 2
Weeks Off From Prez Campaign
Why? To report for active duty in a
military exercise overseas. The Hill reports.
She is very much a pro-peace candidate but she
understands that freedom is not free.
I too love peace for in my view there are only
two kinds of Americans who love war - the
mentally unstable and those who have never
been in one and just don't have a clue what a
war really means.
Not the Hollywood version of war, sitting in a
comfortable chair with a mouthful of popcorn
watching the pyrotechnics on a silver screen,
but the 'I lost a leg, my kids and have to
live in this refugee camp with barely enough
to eat because of war' version of war.
It's why I listen to people like Gabbard (who
is a veteran) and not to other
politico's who never came close to military
service or war but sure love to do their best
to drive us into them, time and time again.
Christian Churches See Little Need To
Repent Of Racist Past
Christian Post reports in the link above.
Missing from the piece is how many
Churches in the past were part and parcel
of the racist problem, particularly in the
South. If you did not know, the old KKK
required its members to be white, male but
also required them to be 'christian'. What
did these so called Christians do? They
went out and persecuted, lynched and
killed Black folks and Jews.
No, some kind of real understanding and
repentance of what went on back then needs
to be dealt with because of the rising
tide of hate and violent White Supremacy
that is sweeping the land. In the minds of
many who know not the history, both
Christianity and White Nationalism are
being linked in their minds.
Yes, the American Church needs to really
come to terms on this and a whole range of
issues in its past.
Plains Report On Persecution
The report from Persecution.org looks at
events, including the resurgence of ISIS
In other persecution news, in Burma
(Myanmar) christian villagers were
six months of captivity. As tensions
heat up in Kashmir, Christians are
concerned that the political dynamics will
bring in persecution, so reports one EU
Christian news site.
In Algeria, authorities closed a Church during
services. In China, Xi's anti-Christ
agenda is picking up steam, he has removed
all Christian references to Children's
classics, there are many stories recently
posted on the web outlining just what
Chian is up to on this. Where is Xi taking
China? The cult of personality coupled
with labor camps, mass censorship and
surveillance and rising militarism. His
policies, like the aforementioned despots
have the stench of death about them. Who
else in the past had policies like that?
I say these things not to denigrate China,
its people or even its government
officials, many of whom are not wild about
many of these new policies, but to outline
that major fundamental shift now going on
in China under this dangerous new leader.
Yet, let us all pray for President Xi as
we are enjoined to do in scripture, that
he relents on these policies and shifts
things in a way more acceptable to both
Christians and the Chinese people.
In India, Modi may move to prevent
any and all Religious Conversions in
a new bill. While I don't spend much time
outlining Muslim Persecution, this is one
story that should cause us all concern.
Reports are that Ethnic Uighurs being sent
from Turkey to China via Tajikistan -
perhaps after being drugged. Will this be
in the future for many Christians as well?
In the US, a 41 year old Chaldean Catholic
died in Iraq after having been deported by
the US to that country, where his safety
was clearly in serious question. His name
was Jimmy Al-Daoud. Reports are that after
his deportation, he was homeless.
In Nepal, it is still a crime to convert
man found out.
On a much more positive note, Christianity
in Iran is reportedly exploding. People
are coming to Christ, according
to this Canadian site.
Lots of things happening to the world's
Christians. Let us always remember our
brothers and sisters in Christ in our
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