Friday, October 31, 2008

Not so Hallow Halloween
Why my family doesn't participate in all

Relevant scripture on the issue of Halloween:
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 ("Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.")
James 1:27 ("keep oneself from being polluted by the world")
3 John 1:11 ("do not imitate what is evil")
Romans 12:9 ("abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.")
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft)
Ephesians 5:11-12 ("Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness" / "live as children of light")
1 Timothy 4:1 (don't "follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons")
1 Corinthians 10:21
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 ("what fellowship can light have with darkness?")
Philippians 4:8 (think about pure, lovely, noble things)
1 Corinthians 11:1 ("follow the example of Christ")
1 Corinthians 10:31 ("whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God")
James 4:7-8 (submit yourselves to God / resist the devil / purify your hearts)
Ezekiel 44:23 ("…teach my people… to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.")
Proverbs 22:6 ("train a child in the way he should go")
Matthew 18:6 ("if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin…")
Hosea 4:6 ("My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.")
John 3:19-20 (people love darkness instead of light)
Romans 13:12 ("put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.")
Ephesians 6:11-18 ("take your stand against the devil's schemes.")
1 John 5:19
2 Chronicles 7:14

Testimony of a former witch:

As a child of four, I contacted the first of many spirit guides (read: demons) while playing with a Kindergarten classmates' ouija board at a chaperoned Halloween party. This spiritual assault ignited an intrigue with the supernatural that culminated in my lifestyle as a practicing witch: divination, necromancy, channeling, astrology, psychic ability, and spell working. It wasn't until I was twenty that I met the real Jesus Christ, and was released from the trap that Satan had set for this young prisoner of war sixteen years earlier.

There are too many casualties on Halloween and far too few troops fighting the enemy. Instead of partying on Halloween, teach your children how to fight. Keep them aware that the fight isn't against witches, non-Christians, Christians who feel differently than we about Halloween, or institutions that promote Halloween, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

Halloween encourages experimentation in and increases insensitivity to what God wants us to have nothing to do with. Why expose your kids to that?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Iran testing ways to recover weapons -grade uranium from spent nuclear fuel
In a Kol Israel radio interview this week, Martin Indyk, former US ambassador to Israel and member of Barack Obama’s Middle East team, disclosed that US intelligence now reckons Iran will have between one and three nuclear bombs by the end of 2009.

Marching toward the unavoidable war (Revelation 16:13-16)

Barak slams Russian ties to Iran

Barak lashed out against Russia, India and China for continuing to do business with Tehran at a time when most of the West is seeking to further tighten the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

"So long as Russia, China and India do not join the nations imposing sanctions on Iran, it will have allies to do business with," said Barak.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Praise God Almighty we could be closer to Gog U Magog than most think!

Iranian source: "Quake" Saturday was nuclear bomb test

Flashback: Biden - "Mark my words: Obama will be tested in the first 6 months"
"Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking," Biden said.

"Remember I said it standing here. if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he's gonna have to make some really tough -- I don't know what the decision's gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it's gonna happen," Biden continued.

Ezekiel 38:
“This is what the Sovereign Lord asks: Are you the one I was talking about long ago, when I announced through Israel’s prophets that in the future I would bring you against my people? 18 But this is what the Sovereign Lord says: When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over! 19 In my jealousy and blazing anger, I promise a mighty shaking in the land of Israel on that day. 20 All living things—the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth. 21 I will summon the sword against you on all the hills of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord. Your men will turn their swords against each other. 22 I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur! 23 In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:
21 “In this way, I will demonstrate my glory to the nations. Everyone will see the punishment I have inflicted on them and the power of my fist when I strike. 22 And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Gulf Times - Warning on Jewish temple plan
King Mohamed VI of Morocco urged Israel yesterday not to press ahead with plans to build a Jewish temple in the Muslim area of East Jerusalem.

Netanyahu: Palestinians should not dream about Jerusalem

Israeli military accuses Syria of arming Hezb'allah
A senior Israeli military official yesterday accused Syria of arming Hezbollah in violation of a UN Security Council resolution which ended the 2006 war between Israel and the Lebanese militia.

Iraq denounces US raid on Syria

Iranian official calls for an attack on the UK

Iran opens naval base at Straight of Hormuz
25-30% of the world's oil flows through the Straight of Hormuz

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Based on what I know about Islam, and if the following article's allegations are true, the US (and consequently the world) is in a whole heap of trouble!

Barack Obama's Anti-Israel Alliances

Obama +7.7

List of Islamic Terror Attacks For the Past 2 Months

I don't hate Muslims - I pray for the salvation of their souls and that God would remove their spiritual blindness before it is too late.

Matthew 7:

15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

Forget about your declining 401(K)

Make sure you're comfortable with your answer because the consequences last forever.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Greenspan: 'I made a mistake'

By year end, 1/3 of all homes for sale in the US will be foreclosures
Nearly 12 million of the 52 million Americans with a mortgage — that's 23 percent of them — owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, according to Moody's

Some people got incredibly rich prior to this mortgage crisis, encouraging others to live way beyond their means.

Proverbs 23:
4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
5 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears,
for it will sprout wings
and fly away like an eagle.

1 Timothy:
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction...

Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Economic Recession - what to expect in the next 3 years

Why anyone would want to be President of the United States at this point in history is beyond comprehension. The government is no longer trusted. Our country is undergoing a paradigm shift. No one is sure what type of country we will be when this crisis subsides. It appears that we are headed towards a socialist state with less personal liberty and control of our lives. Government will attempt to take Americans further under her ever expanding wing. Founding Father, John Adams was not optimistic when he wrote these words in 1814:

“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

US intelligence indicates Iran will be able to build first nuclear bomb by February 2009
Top Iranian officials recommend preemptive strike on Israel

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Warning: Rob Bell of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, is a false teacher

When the Holy Spirit burns the Word into our hearts

1 Peter 1:

13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.”

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Russian navy back in the Med
Are happy days here again – for the Russian navy? The Russian Federation is redeploying a part of the Black Sea Fleet to its Cold War hunting grounds in the Mediterranean. Returning to bases and anchorages in Syria and Libya is a top priority for the Russian admirals.

Report: Bush offers quick Golan withdrawl
I didn't know Bush invaded the Golan and it was his to give? For a Christian, this Pres' is pretty ignorant encouraging a "two-state" solution.

Wanted: a new financial order
It was during their stroll, and over lunch afterward, that these two often-feuding leaders arrived at another conclusion: Nothing would be truly fixed, they believed, until there was a new world financial system in place, a new economic watchdog supervising the world's economies.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Change we can believe in, or not
An author takes a look at Obama's promised "change"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

From the UK Sunday Times: Warning signs of an Israeli strike on Iran
Some key decision makers in Israel fear that unless they attack Iranian nuclear enrichment facilities in the next few months, while George W Bush is still president, there will not be another period when they can rely on the United States as being anywhere near as supportive in the aftermath of a unilateral attack.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

James 4:
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

Massive dirty bomb attack thwarted?

Large-scale Iranian Air force exercise simulates attack on Israel
Tehran has timed this large-scale drill for just three weeks before the US presidential election on Nov. 4, in response to speculation rife in the West that Israel may use the window between the US election and the swearing-in of the new president in January for an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations.

Intelligence report: Pakistan on the edge
A growing al Qaida -backed insurgency, combined with the Pakistani army's reluctance to launch an all-out crackdown, political infighting and energy and food shortages are plunging America's key ally in the war on terror deeper into turmoil and violence, says a soon-to-be completed U.S. intelligence assessment.

Dow plunges 733 on new disheartening economic data

Monday, October 13, 2008

Medvedev, Putin

Russia conducts ballistic missile tests

Independent military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said the exercises reflected Russia's determination to prepare for major military conflict.

"This was a dry run for a war with the United States," Felgenhauer said of the missile launches, part of major military manoeuvres billed "Stability 2008" involving all military branches.

Russia's Global War Games
...the Stability 2008 exercises seem to be mostly publicity stunts to boost anti-Western propaganda at home and send a clear message to Washington.

Thanks to Legal Sodium for this one...

Nuclear aid by Russian to Iranians suspected
...When the Iranian envoy at the briefing called the charges “groundless” and protested that the tests were for conventional arms, Mr. Heinonen replied that the experiments were “not consistent with any application other than the development of a nuclear weapon,” two participants said. He called the shape and timing involved in the firing systems and detonators “key components of nuclear weapons.”

Could Iran, Hizbullah And The Israeli Arab Sector Be In Cohorts, Israeli Security Forces On High Alert

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Obama or McCain, Iran stance won't change
Dialogue may sound good in theory, but the diplomacy taught in Western academies and that taught in Iranian seminaries bear no resemblance to each other. While diplomats in the US, Europe, and Australia seek compromise, Iranian diplomats learn taqiyya, religiously-sanctioned lying...

Only the most naive Democrat or isolationist Republican can ignore Iranian statements promising not only the acquisition of nuclear weapons but their use. On December 14, 2001, for example, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, perhaps Iran's second most powerful man and one often labelled a pragmatist by Western journalists, suggested that it may not be far-fetched to envision use of nuclear weapons against Israel.

Amid chants of "death to Israel", he declared: "The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything ... It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality."

Yes, but God has completely other plans. Only He could have predicted 2,500 years ago that the world is going to war over a re-gathered Israel in the time of the end.

The Islamic beast is calling all 'infidels' to war.

Revelation 16:
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River, and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west without hindrance. 13 And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty.

15 “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

You know we're in a financial crisis when...

The National Debt clock runs out of digits
Can you spare an extra $86,017?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Military in motion on the Syrian border
Washington, Jerusalem and Beirut are bracing for the possibility that Damascus will seize the moment of the total shutdown in Israel for 25 hours from Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to Thursday night, Oct. 9, for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and launch its military forces against northern Lebanon or the Golan.

S&P, Dow Stock Indexes Post Worst Annual Decline Since 1937

AIG Exec's $440,000 junket AFTER the taxpayer bailout

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Ahmadinejad quotes Psalm 83:4
4 "Come," they say, "let us wipe out Israel as a nation.We will destroy the very memory of its existence."5 This was their unanimous decision.They signed a treaty as allies against you-6 these Edomites and Ishmaelites,Moabites and Hagrites,7 Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites,and people from Philistia and Tyre.8 Assyria has joined them, too,and is allied with the descendants of Lot.

Yet another spark that could ignite it all

Major powers warn against any Syrian move into Lebanon
Bombings, border deployment have raised suspicions

US will intervene militarily if Syria invades Lebanon
...but Russia would also intervene "to any outside interference" (in their words)

Isaiah 10:
27 In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people.
He will break the yoke of slavery
and lift it from their shoulders.

28 Look, the Assyrians are now at Aiath.
They are passing through Migron
and are storing their equipment at Micmash.
29 They are crossing the pass
and are camping at Geba.
Fear strikes the town of Ramah.
All the people of Gibeah, the hometown of Saul,
are running for their lives.
30 Scream in terror,
you people of Gallim!
Shout out a warning to Laishah.
Oh, poor Anathoth!
31 There go the people of Madmenah, all fleeing.
The citizens of Gebim are trying to hide.
32 The enemy stops at Nob for the rest of that day.
He shakes his fist at beautiful Mount Zion, the mountain of Jerusalem.

33 But look! The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
will chop down the mighty tree of Assyria with great power!
He will cut down the proud.
That lofty tree will be brought down.
34 He will cut down the forest trees with an ax.
Lebanon will fall to the Mighty One.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Another day, another military build up reported

DEBKAfile: Russia docking nuclear missile cruiser at Syrian port...on the 35th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war.

Israel is distracted by a leadership vacuum; the US is paralyzed by the election and pending financial disaster - hmm, I can't think of a better time for Russia and allies to instigate a war against Israel. I'd call it Ezekiel 38 (or perhaps a prelude to Ezekiel 38), which incidentally orthodox Jews call "the last war".

Daniel's prophesy points to 1967, add a generation is 2007. The parable of the wedding feast illustrates that the groom is slightly delayed, so ya I definitely say we should be ready and watching for what happens.

The apple of God's eye (re-gathered Israel) is under duress. Watch for something supernatural (divine) to happen soon, while 98% of the world sleeps.

Russian warships plan Mediterranean show of strength en route to Caribbean
Russian navy ships to visit Libya and Syria
Syria is amassing its troops

Syria restarted its nuclear program'
Israeli sources to London paper: Damascus adopted Iranian model and is building in multiple sites.