Monday, August 31, 2009

Go away for a weekend and look what happens...

Iranian Nuclear Threat Targets U.S., Israel

Was Russia's 'Arctic Sea' carrying missiles destined for Iran? - TIME magazine
Did Israel intercept a Russian missile shipment en route to Iran? Sounding more like Ezekiel 38 all the time.

There are also questions surrounding the Arctic Sea's rescue. On orders from the Kremlin, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov sent a completely disproportionate force, including destroyers and submarines, to look for the vessel. It took five days for them to find it, the Defense Ministry said, even though the Foreign Ministry later announced that it was fully aware of the Arctic Sea's coordinates the entire time.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

There will be no excuse on the last day

  • The Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) was written between 200 to 150 B.C. That is, the Septuagint was completed between 150 to 200 years before Christ.
  • Within it are written over three hundred prophesies about the Messiah's coming.
  • The statistical probability, or chance, that just forty-eight of the prophesies would be fulfilled in one man is:
1 in 10157 (one followed by 157 zeros)
  • Jesus Christ fulfilled them all.

Source: A Ready Defense, by Josh McDowell

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Barack Obama on brink of deal for Middle East peace talks

'We won't return to 1967 lines - that's for sure'
"Seemingly drawing a line in the sand, Meridor said, 'The Old City with the Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall will never be part of an Arab state; all the major Israeli parties share this conviction. There could be a compromise on land in Judea and Samaria. But all Israeli governments have agreed on having a united Jerusalem."

1 Thessalonians 5:
1 Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

A Christian on the run in Egypt
Gohary's life has been threatened, his dogs have been killed, and it's been suggested that he's insane or possessed by spirits. He is a man this Muslim nation cannot fathom: a convert to Christianity.

Recognize the enemy. Pray for them. Time is short.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Here's some light leisure reading - Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

Report from Washington so you know it's understated...

Swine Flu May Cause 90,000 U.S. Deaths, Report Says

"According to what the advisory report describes as a “plausible scenario,” 30 percent to 50 percent of the country’s population will be infected in the fall and winter. As many as 300,000 patients may be treated in hospital intensive care units, filling 50 percent to 100 percent of the available beds, and 30,000 to 90,000 people may die"

Facts are unimportant in Jerusalem
Yet another example of media bias against Israel

Israel won't accept limitations on its sovereignty in Jerusalem
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in London on Monday for two days of meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US Mideast mediator George Mitchell, making clear that he will not allow anyone to question Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem.

Zephaniah 3:

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 For the Lord will remove his hand of judgment
and will disperse the armies of your enemy.
And the Lord himself, the King of Israel,
will live among you!
At last your troubles will be over,
and you will never again fear disaster.
16 On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be,
“Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!
17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

18 “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals;
you will be disgraced no more.
19 And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you.
I will save the weak and helpless ones;
I will bring together
those who were chased away.
I will give glory and fame to my former exiles,
wherever they have been mocked and shamed.
20 On that day I will gather you together
and bring you home again.
I will give you a good name, a name of distinction,
among all the nations of the earth,
as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes.
I, the Lord, have spoken!”

God has got a plan. Why do so few choose to believe it?

Isaiah 29:

15 What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their evil deeds in the dark!
“The Lord can’t see us,” they say.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on!”
16 How foolish can you be?
He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay!...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

No victories in the territory of the LBL...

Afghan conflict 'serious' and 'deteriorating'-Mullen
The situation in Afghanistan is "serious and deteriorating," Washington's top military officer said on Sunday.

Note to Obama: They're not with us!

Gaddafi plans party with Abdelbaset al-Megrahi as his trophy
Gaddafi himself went on Libyan television to praise "my friend" Brown and the British government for its part in securing Megrahi's freedom.

The convicted killer of 270 people, including 179 Americans is set free and treated like a hero in Gadaffi's, muslim Libya.

Is it coincidental that 5 months before the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, the American Navy's guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air passenger Flight 655, killing 290?

On board Iran Air Flight 655 were 270 pilgrims en route to Mecca. Ayatollah Khomeini vowed the skies would ‘rain blood’ in revenge and offered a $10 million reward to anyone who ‘obtained justice’ for Iran.

How will they secure this country? Or is Babylon going the way of Isaiah 13?

Iraqi security forces collaborated with bombers: FM
"Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Saturday alleged there had been collaboration between Iraqi security forces and the insurgents whose massive truck bombings killed 95 people three days ago."

Friday, August 21, 2009

Just thinking out load

Six blasts leave 95 dead, 536 wounded, huge destruction across Baghdad
Several large truck bombs blew up across Baghdad and around its heavily fortified Green Zone, Wednesday, Aug. 19, hitting the Iraqi foreign and finance ministries, followed by a mortar barrage. Buildings were destroyed and windows shattered at the Iraqi parliament and the diplomatic complex inside the Green Zone in the bloodiest terror attack in Iraq this year.

Isaiah 13:

4 Listen, a noise on the mountains,
like that of a great multitude!
Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms,
like nations massing together!
The LORD Almighty is mustering
an army for war.

5 They come from faraway lands (US and allies?),
from the ends of the heavens—
the LORD and the weapons of his wrath—
to destroy the whole country (mainly today's Iraq?)

6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;
it will come like destruction from the Almighty....

19 Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,
the glory of the Babylonians' pride,
will be overthrown by God
like Sodom and Gomorrah.

20 She (Babylon) will never be inhabited
or lived in through all generations (because of nuclear fallout?);
no Arab will pitch his tent there,
no shepherd will rest his flocks there.

If Iran launches a nuclear weapon at US troops in Iraq, I'd say Isaiah 13 was being fulfilled.

Iran's Supreme leader urges Muslims to mobilize against US and Israel to prepare for Messiah's arrival
Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Muslims in neighboring countries this week to intensify preparations for the coming of the Islamic Messiah known as the Mahdi or the “Twelfth Imam.” He specifically urged Muslims to mobilize forces to defeat the United States and Israel.

WHO predicts 'explosion' of swine flu cases
"The global spread of swine flu will endanger more lives as it speeds up in coming months and governments must boost preparations for a swift response to a coming 'explosion' of cases, the World Health Organization said Friday."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Investing in the gospel of getting rich
Even in an economic downturn, preachers in the “prosperity gospel” movement are drawing sizable, adoring audiences. Their message — that if you have sufficient faith in God and the Bible and donate generously, God will multiply your offerings a hundredfold — is reassuring to many in hard times.

Matthew 5: 3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

2 Timothy 4:
2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

Matthew 19:

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

Luke 6:

24 “What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
for you have your only happiness now.
25 What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
for a time of awful hunger awaits you.

Ephesian 4:

11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What do you expect from a Director General named 'Mohamed'?
The world is facing Armageddon in the Middle East, and we're depending on the IAEA?

Sources: UN watchdog hiding evidence on Iran nuclear program
The world's nuclear weapons watchdog is hiding data on Iran's drive to obtain nuclear arms, senior Western diplomats and Israeli officials told Haaretz.

ANALYSIS / Israel, U.S. lost faith in IAEA long ago

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wow, is this ever appropriate for today...

2 Corinthians 11:

3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

Where I live, Christians are afraid to make a stand for Christ, and defend what the Bible says. They don't want to 'rock the boat', they quickly quote: "judge not lest you be judged" (Matthew 7:1), and consequently they let sin go unaddressed within the church walls. This approach just 'kills' the effectiveness of the church because soon it looks just like the outside world.

Phillipians 6:
1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

2 Timothy 3:
1 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

1 Corinthians 5:
9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

Beware the Rupert (ODB)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Air Force Chief Hints at Possible Attack on Iran

Herschkowitz: 'Some of Obama's policies are borderline anti-Semitic'
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will reject US President Barack Obama's request for a freeze on natural growth in Judea and Samaria, Habayit Hayehudi head Daniel Herschkowitz said Sunday, based on conversations with Netanyahu.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Warning: Contains graphic reality, not suitable for Obama'niacs

Swine flue vaccination - British Government links it to possible increased Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.

Christians Hail New Stem Cell Free Swine Flu Vaccine
Other companies such as Sanofi Pasteur and Medimmune are using aborted fetal cell line PER C6 as their cell culture. Concerned families who may not have otherwise used the swine flu vaccine will now have a moral choice.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

1 John 2:
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

In times of economic struggle or natural disaster, it is easier to examine one's priorities. We live in a time where both economic and natural disaster surround us. Could this be God's way of telling us to get our priorities in order before it is too late? The world, including Hollywood, seem to be abuzz with end-times thinking ( I was just watching the movie "Knowing", with Nicolas Cage, last night). There are many discussion groups and fellow Christians online, all talking about how we are possibly the last generation on earth, or how Obama is likely the last US Administration before Christ's coming. We don't know, of course, if we are in fact the last generation, but the signs of the end of this age are definitely evident. Israel is back in the Holy Land and is flourishing - the fig tree is greening.

In the unique time we live in, we need to remember that even though we may be experiencing difficult circumstances, all these things will pale in comparison to the glory of Christ's coming. Think about your difficulties, whatever they are, from this perspective. When Christ comes back - the race is over, this age is over forever , and will only be a distant memory.

Hebrews 10:
25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Friday, August 14, 2009

But is 'Islam' at war with us?

I don't agree with him entirely, but at least he's digging under the right tree -
Beheadings: Old terror alive again in 21st century

Joel Richardson believes it is a foreshadowing of what is described in Revelation 20:4:

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.
Pray for this girl. She's fighting the beast of Islam and their 'honour killings'/perverted religion

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari, vol. 9, bk. 84, no. 57). This is a universal principle in Islamic law. The Islamic scholar and ex-Muslim Ibn Warraq explains that all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach this: “Under Muslim law, the male apostate must be put to death, as long as he is an adult, and in full possession of his faculties….According to Hanafis and Shia, a woman is imprisoned until she repents and adopts Islam once more, but according to the influential Ibn Hanbal, and the Malikis and Shafiites, she is also put to death.”

More at Atlas Shrugs...

DEBKAfile - Assad slams the door on Obama and on talks with Israel
"Syrian president Bashar Assad like the leopard has not changed his spots. After Washington opened the door wide to reconciliation, lavishing goodwill gestures and a procession of emissaries over several months, Assad has abruptly slammed it shut."

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Iran Calls for Ban on Striking Nuclear Facilities
"but it's not because we're worried about Israel"

Study Finds Big Storms on a 1,000-Year Rise
"The North Atlantic Ocean has spawned more hurricanes and tropical storms over the last decade than it has for 1,000 years, according to a new study."

"There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves...
- Luke 21:25

Despite Obama's Stance, 70% of Americans See Israel as Ally
Despite President Barack Obama’s overtures to the Arab world and his perceived coldness to the Jewish state, a full 70 percent of Americans say Israel is a U.S. ally in a new poll by Rasmussen Reports.

Israel Is Wary of Calm Days That May End in Turmoil - NYTimes
Israel is flourishing this summer, and one might imagine its people and leaders to be breathing a sigh of relief after nearly a decade of violence and unease. That, however, is far from the case. On every front, Israel is worried that it is living a false calm that could explode at any moment. Its airwaves and public discourse are filled with menace and concern.

While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:3

Gas Field Near Haifa Exceeds Expectations -- Again!
The capacity of natural gas fields at the Tamar I drilling site off the coast of Haifa have exceeded the most optimistic expectations.- for a second time.

Joel 3:
"In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem...

United Nations: Secretary General Congratulates Ahmadinejad on Victory

The Associated Press: Swine flu cases climb among US soldiers in Iraq
The number of American troops in Iraq diagnosed with swine flu has climbed to 67, making U.S. soldiers the largest group in the country to come down with the potentially deadly virus, Iraqi health officials said Wednesday.

Israeli paper says strike on Iran could delay bomb
A strike on Iran is a game changer, and a world shaker

Under a photograph of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting the previous day in the cockpit of an F-15I long-range fighter-bomber, mass-selling Maariv quoted the official as saying Israel could carry out such a strike without U.S. approval but time was running out for it to be effective.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The religion of (many tiny) pieces is at it again - 40 "Youths" in Paris suburb attack officers
Notice how this reporter and his editors go to great lengths to call the perpetrators:

"40 rioters in a Paris suburb" and
"angry suburban youth" and
"young Arab and black men of immigrant backgrounds"

For Pete's sake!! Just call them what they really are. Using a current, favorite phrase of Obama - 'stop the disinformation!' These are Muslim Jihadis itching to someday overthrow Paris, France, Europe, and eventually the world.

These reporters won't recognize the enemy until the Islamic swords start cutting their throats. Political correctness is killing us.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Muslim Jihadis have attacked Pakistan's nuclear sites three times
Pakistan's nuclear facilities have already been attacked at least thrice by its home-grown extremists and terrorists in little reported incidents over the last two years, even as the world remains divided over the safety and security of the nuclear weapons in the troubled country, according to western analysts.

Big quake hits off India's Andamans, no tsunami
A major quake of magnitude 7.6 struck in the Indian Ocean off India's Andaman Islands early on Tuesday, but a tsunami alert for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh was later canceled.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Just another average day in the Holy Land
May as well get this (final?) war started and over with.

Hezbollah No. 2 says group ready for war with Israel
Hezbollah's deputy secretary general, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said his organization is ready for any outbreak in hostilities that may erupt along the border with Israel.

"...and so the resistance will continue until the liberation of our lands."

Fatah assembly: No talks until Israel returns all of Jerusalem
The sixth Fatah General Assembly decreed on Saturday that the return of both east and west Jerusalem to Palestinian control was a "red line" which was nonnegotiable, and would need to be fulfilled before any peace talks with Israel could renew, Israel Radio reported.

Israel and Hezb'allah rattle sabres
In a thinly veiled warning to the militant Shiite group Hezbollah, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reiterated on Thursday the Israeli position that all of Lebanon would pay dearly for any attack launched from its territory.

Israeli prime minister convenes urgent security forum Friday

Genesis 15:
18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates..."

Isaiah 59:

20 "The Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,"
declares the LORD...

Isaiah 60:
21 Then will all your people be righteous
and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
the work of my hands,
for the display of my splendor.

Obviously, it's utterly futile to fight the hand that made us, but many will die trying.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Report: Israel planned to strike Iran during riots

Kuwaiti paper quotes 'US diplomat in Jerusalem' as saying Israel asked Obama administration for green light to attack Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities during country's post-election riots. US reportedly ignored request, causing Israel to back down.

Life's Purpose

Mark 8:34-38

34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

US wants year long Israeli settlement freeze
The United States wants Israel to commit to a one-year freeze on settlement activity, arguing that this would facilitate Arab concessions in the peace process.

"Arab concessions"? That's an oxymoron.

Republicans troubled by Obama's policies regarding Israel

Cantor and others supported Israel's handling of the eviction of two Arab families from a house in east Jerusalem earlier this week, a move criticized by the European Union and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"I don't think we, in America, would want another country telling us how to implement and execute our laws," Cantor said.

Obama urged to focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions, not settlements

Send in Bill C. - Tehran prepares to declare three detained Americans "Israeli spies"
Iran hostage crisis II?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

AP sources: Russian subs patrolling off East Coast (...of the U.S.)
Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling in international waters off the East Coast for several days, in activity reminiscent of the Cold War, defense officials said Tuesday.

Bolton: Obama administration rewarding NKorea for bad behavior
Bolton also scoffed the White House's contention that Bill Clinton's visit is "solely a private mission" when he said "this is a former president who is married to the secretary of state. There's nothing private about this."

Hezbollah stockpiles 40000 rockets near Israel border
Hussam, a 33-year-old veteran fighter who joined Hezbollah in 1987 as a scout, said: “War will definitely come..."

Antidepressant use doubles in the US
Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday.
About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Religious (Supreme) Leader Khamenei resting on AK-47 during 'Friday prayers'

Iran ready to build N-bomb - waiting for Ayatollah's order
Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.

Pentagon to speed giant "bunker buster" production amid Iranian, North Korean nuclear concerns

Israel evicts 50 Palestinians from East Jerusalem Homes
The forcible eviction drew quick criticism from Palestinians, the United Nations and the United States.

Israel seeks clarification from Britain over Jerusalem
Israel said on Sunday it has asked Britain to clarify statements by a diplomat who reportedly said his country was financing Palestinian property projects in Jerusalem.

Zechariah 1:
14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, "Proclaim this word: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, 15 but I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they added to the calamity.'

16 "Therefore, this is what the LORD says: 'I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,' declares the LORD Almighty.

17 "Proclaim further: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.' "