AMERICA, LAND OF PREPOSTEROUS REGULATIONS AND EXTRAVAGANT SPENDING

September 29, 2014

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Liberal politicians wake up each morning with another scheme to blow money and pander to some special interest group. Most recently Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed legislation that would make it even easier for government workers to have their student loan debt forgiven. You remember Blumenthal; he is the Senator who lied about serving in Vietnam. That’s okay; he’s a Democrat doing what Democrats do.

In Arkansas the public school employees were horrified when the fruits of their labors came true and had unintended consequences. The strongest supporters of President Obama and his Obamacare socialist takeover of healthcare saw their own health insurance rates rise significantly. Never mind that everybody else was facing higher insurance rates, higher deductibles and higher co-pays, the $300,000 a year superintendents, their vice superintendents and assistant superintendents along with the rest of the government employees had to be helped. Democratic Governor Mike Beebe called a special session of the Arkansas Legislature and diverted over $40 million to help the government workers defray the increased costs of their insurance.

Do you think liberals spend money wisely? Your tax money is spent so NASA can reach out to Muslims. Homeland Security has been very effective in allowed tens of millions of illegal aliens into America so what’s next? Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

“Increasingly, we’ve moved not only from a security focus [but also] to a resiliency focus,” said Caitlin Durkovich, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at Homeland Security, an agency better known for its ineffective fight to curb terrorist threats. Durkovich spoke on a panel at the Rising Seas Summit, a three-day conference organized by the U.S.-based Association of Climate Change Officers to discuss tools and ideas on building resiliency, particularly against rising sea levels. All these liberals jetting around fighting global warming is working, for the last two decades global temperatures have been decreasing. 

I could fill the encyclopedia about wasteful liberal spending but I also want to highlight major problems our indomitable tax and spenders are not interested in solving.

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There are over 250 million daily crossings on 63,207 bridges in need of structural repair. The liberals only get interested in these bridges after they fail and people are killed. On average, about 10% of the bridges in any given state are deficient. In deep blue states where tax money is spent on government workers’ pensions and dental insurance, the picture is worse. In Pennsylvania about 20% of the bridges are deficient.

Liberals love to employ our military but they hate to fund our military. I hope you already know that the United States Armed Forces has borne the bulk of spending cuts along with our Veterans.

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Our Border Security is a bad joke exploited by EVERY TERRORIST GROUP on the planet. They are here in large numbers and any prudent person would have to conclude that they are very well armed. On my recent cruise to Alaska my passport was checked no fewer than 20 times. Yet, millions of illegal aliens have waltzed across our borders and countless more arrive through our undefended coastlines. A few years ago the Commandant of the Coast Guard told me personally that even if the USCG tripled in size it could not secure our 92,000 miles of coastline. There is only one nation that has thrown its doors open to anybody and everybody, the United States of America.

Even with all of the massive economic problems that the United States is facing, if the government would just get off our backs most of us would do okay. In America today, it is rapidly getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to start or to operate a small business. The federal government, the state governments and local governments are cramming thousands upon thousands of new ridiculous regulations down our throats each year. It would take a full team of lawyers just to even try to stay informed about all of these new regulations.

Small business in the United States is literally being suffocated by red tape. We like to think that we live in “the land of the free”, but the truth is that our lives and our businesses are actually tightly constrained by millions of rules and regulations. Today there is a “license” for just about every business activity. In fact, in some areas of the country today you need a “degree” and multiple “licenses” before you can even submit an application for permission to start certain businesses. And if you want to actually hire some people for your business, the paperwork nightmare gets precipitously worse. It is a wonder that anyone in America is still willing to start a business from scratch and hire employees. The CEO of a company with approximately 10,000 employees once told me the government punishes him for hiring new employees. The truth is that the business environment in the United States is now so incredibly toxic that millions of Americans have simply given up and don’t even try to work within the system anymore.

Today, the U.S. government has an “alphabet agency” for just about everything. The nanny state feels like it has to watch, track and tightly control virtually everything that we do. The Federal Register is the main source of regulations for U.S. government agencies. In 1936, the number of pages in the Federal Register was about 2,600. Today, the Federal Register is over 80,000 pages long. By contrast, the World Book Encyclopedia has 13,800 pages. That is just one example of how bad things have become.

In Hong Kong an entrepreneur can start a business within minutes with one sheet of paper. My barber told me he would have to fill out a 7 page application with an engineering stamp simply to put a sign in his window.

I’m guessing you probable have an idea how bad things have become but will be still be shocked by some examples:

The state of Texas now requires every new computer repair technician to obtain a private investigator’s license. In order to receive a private investigator’s license, an individual must either have a degree in criminal justice or must complete a three year apprenticeship with a licensed private investigator. If you are a computer repair technician who violates this law, or if you are a regular citizen who has a computer repaired by someone not in compliance with the law, you can be fined up to $4,000 and you can be put in jail for a year.

The city of Philadelphia now requires all bloggers to purchase a $300 business privilege license. The city even went after one poor woman who had earned only $11 from her blog over the past two years. William Penn is rolling over in his grave.

The state of Louisiana says that monks must be fully licensed as funeral directors and actually convert their monasteries into licensed funeral homes before they will be allowed to sell their handmade wooden caskets.

In the state of Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch. In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children. The state does not care whether the children have teeth or not.

If you attempt to give a tour of our nation’s capital without a license, you could be put in prison for 90 days. Yikes, I remember when my Congressman gave me a tour 50 years ago.

Federal agents recently conducted a raid at 5 A.M. in the morning. No, they were not rounding up illegal aliens from Somalia, Yemen, Iran, Syria or Libya; they raided an Amish farm because they were selling “unauthorized” raw milk. I know, you probably think they should be fighting real crime like organized gangs, the mob, illegal drugs, murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and grand theft?

In Lake Elmo, Minnesota farmers can be fined $1,000 and put in jail for 90 days for selling pumpkins or Christmas trees that are grown outside city limits.

A U.S. District Court judge slapped a $500 fine on Massachusetts fisherman Robert J. Eldridge for untangling a giant whale from his nets and setting it free. So what was his crime? Well, according to the court, Eldridge was supposed to call state authorities and wait for them to do it. I’d say he got off easy, in Massachusetts I would expect them to lock him up and throw away the key!

IRS regulations will require U.S. businesses to file millions more 1099s each year. In fact, it is estimated that the average small business will now have to file 200 additional 1099s every single year. Talk about a nightmare of red tape! But don’t try to avoid this rule – it is being reported that the IRS has hired approximately 2,000 new auditors to audit as many of these 1099s as possible. Business is booming at IRS as they also have much more power and responsibility for Obamacare. Polls show that only about 20% of Americans believe the IRS is doing a good job.

The Federal Railroad Administration insists that all trains must be painted with an “F” at the front, so you can tell which end is which. Of course, a fifth grader could tell the administration and save all that paint.

I think we are all familiar with government’s heavy handed crackdown on children’s lemonade stands, but red tape in America is a major reason all business is suffering. Regulations, Unions and Taxes are reasons General Motors cannot survive even with the taxpayer bailout. Today, 70% of GM cars sold in the U.S. are manufactured outside the U.S.

Consider the Dodd-Frank law of 2010. Its aim was noble: to prevent another financial crisis. Its strategy was sensible to improve transparency, stop banks from taking excessive risks, prevent abusive financial practices and end “too big to fail” by authorizing regulators to seize any big, tottering financial firm and wind it down. But Dodd-Frank is far too complex, and becoming more so. At 848 pages, it is 23 times longer than Glass-Steagall, the reform that followed the Wall Street crash of 1929. Worse, every other page demands that regulators fill in further detail. Some of these clarifications are hundreds of pages long. Just one bit, the “Volcker rule”, which aims to curb risky proprietary trading by banks, includes 383 questions that break down into 1,420 sub questions.

Hardly anyone has actually read Dodd-Frank, besides the Chinese government and a few lawyers. Those who have struggled to make sense of it, not least because so much detail has yet to be filled in: of the 400 rules it mandates, only 93 have been finalized. So the result is that financial firms in America must prepare to comply with a law that is partly unintelligible and partly unknowable.

Who are the big losers after the new government regulations of the banking industry were implemented? Consumers like you and me! Instead of being paid interest on deposits in checking accounts, we are now charged fees; fees for this and fees for that. The bankers are not driving Chevrolet Sparks and living in one bedroom apartments. They still have their Country Club memberships and have easy access to politicians.

Dodd-Frank is part of a wider trend. Government keeps adding stacks of rules, few of which are ever rescinded. Government writes rules to thwart terrorists, which makes flying in America an ordeal and prompts legions of brainy migrants to move to Canada instead. Government writes rules to expand the welfare state. Obamacare does nothing to reduce the system’s staggering and increasing complexity. Every hour spent treating a patient in America creates at least 30 minutes of paperwork, and often a whole hour. The number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis.

Government even has a solution for the pesky problem of going out of business. Look around your city and you will likely see an incredible number of vacant business buildings and factories. The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin makes it incredibly difficult to go out of business. In order to close down a business, Milwaukee requires you to purchase an expensive license, you must submit a huge pile of paperwork to the city regarding the inventory you wish to sell off, and you must pay a fee based on the length of your “going out of business sale” plus a two dollar charge for every $1,000 worth of inventory that you are attempting to sell off. You see, Milwaukee makes money from your misery! And you thought starting a business was difficult!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is projecting that the food service industry will have to spend an additional 14 million hours every single year just to comply with new federal regulations that mandate that all vending machine operators and chain restaurants must label all products that they sell with a calorie count in a location visible to the consumer.

I think we all know that California has gone off the deep end with ridiculous regulations. For example, dance schools are required to have a police permit, used bookstore owners and those who sell to them must be fingerprinted and books must be held for 30 days before they can be sold, a cyber cafe must provide 20 square feet of floor area per computer. I wonder how much the bureaucrat earns who measures cyber cafes. These are among the examples cited in a new report on the hassles of owning a business in L.A. It’s hardly news that the rules and regulations are way more cumbersome than other cities, but the Institute of Justice, a public law firm, provides a number of examples on just how crazy the system has become.

• Los Angeles imposes draconian restrictions on home-based business and bans many–including dog sitting, sewing garments and cutting hair–outright.

• Would-be restaurateurs in Los Angeles must endure months, if not years, of hardship and spend tens of thousands of dollars navigating the city’s labyrinthine permitting process–a fact that has given rise to a cottage industry of “permit expediters.”

• Tree trimmers, wallpaper hangers, fence builders and numerous other trades must obtain a state-issued “specialty contractor” license, obtainable only after several years experience, a state-administered test and a background check.

• Startup clothing designers on the Los Angeles fashion scene must pass a state-administered examination and pay a hefty sum to obtain a “garment manufacturer’s” license. Yes, only the state knows how gowns should be designed!

• eBay-type drop-off stores are required to fingerprint customers, report daily to the government and hold merchandise for 30 days before offering it for sale.

The mayor’s office had been touting a plan to streamline the permit process, but after two frustrating years the plug was pulled. There was just too much resistance from city department heads and too much complexity in overhauling the system.

America is meant to be the home of the free. Unlike Europeans, whose lives have long been constrained by meddling governments, Americans are supposed to be free to choose, for better or for worse. Yet for some time America has been straying from this ideal.

Two forces make American laws too complex; one is hubris. Many lawmakers seem to believe that they can lay down rules to govern every eventuality. Examples range from the merely annoying such as a proposed code for child care centers in Colorado that specifies how many crayons each box must contain, to the delusional conceit of Dodd-Frank that you can anticipate and ban every nasty trick financiers will dream up in the future. Far from preventing abuses, complexity creates loopholes that the shrewd can abuse with impunity.

The other force that makes American laws complex is lobbying. The government’s drive to micromanage so many activities creates a huge incentive for special interest groups to push for special favors. When a bill is hundreds of pages long, it is not hard for congressmen to slip in clauses that benefit their chums and campaign donors. Obamacare includes tons of favors for the pushy. Congress’ last, failed attempt to regulate greenhouse gases was even worse. To top it off, every organization from auto dealers to veterans trots up to Washington calling for increased funding for this and that. Our debt and unfunded requirements already amounts to over a million dollars per taxpayer.

Complexity costs money. Sarbanes-Oxley, a law aimed at preventing Enron-style frauds, has made it so difficult to list shares on an American stock exchange that firms look elsewhere or stay private. America’s share of initial public offerings fell from 67% when Sarbox passed to 16% now, despite some benign tweaks to the law. A study for the Small Business Administration, a government body, found that regulations in general add $10,585 in costs per employee. It’s a wonder the jobless rate isn’t even higher than it is. I’m talking about real unemployment rates, not bogus government figures.

Can we have a little simplicity? America needs a smarter approach to regulation. First, all important rules should be subjected to cost-benefit analysis by an independent watchdog. The results should be made public before the rule is enacted. All big regulations should also come with sunset clauses, so that they expire after four years unless Congress explicitly re-authorizes them.

It is not asking too much for rules to be much simpler. When regulators try to write an all-purpose instruction manual, the truly important dos and don’ts are lost in an ocean of verbiage. Far better to lay down broad goals and prescribe only what is strictly necessary to achieve them. Legislators should pass simple rules, and leave regulators to enforce them.

Extreme power must be wrenched away from unelected bureaucrats. Simplified regulations must be approved by elected officials who are accountable to the voters while bureaucrats must be subject to dismissal just like the rest of us. The fewer bureaucrats and liberal politicians we have lurking about, the better America works.

If you have examples of outlandish regulations in your state or community, please share them in the comments.

WHO WILL SAVE HEALTHCARE?

September 25, 2014

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Many Americans have been devastated by Obamacare with $6,000 deductibles and $150 copay. Millions of people with insurance still have to rely on Free Clinics or home remedies. Guess what, you have barely seen the tip of the iceberg! After the election you should be prepared to witness the total destruction of Healthcare as we once knew it. Already we are seeing escalated hospital closures across America. Obamacare economics, politics and demographics have triggered an epidemic of hospital closures around the country and the trend is likely to continue. Hospitals were one of the big support groups for Obamacare and they are still going out of business. How much more do you have to give?

Many problems with healthcare can be fixed BUT NOT BY TURNING HEALTHCARE OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE IRS. Many of the hospitals listed below were closed because of lawsuits. Ambulance chasing lawyers don’t just chase ambulances, they get elected to Legislatures and enact laws that help ambulance chasers get rich at the expense of the citizens. Just the cost of practicing defensive medicine to avoid malpractice lawsuits is enough to destroy our healthcare system. Insurance companies are a gigantic problem. They will tell you their profit margins are very low but the fact is they pay bean counters more than doctors, operate out of palatial buildings and throw money around like it grows on trees. State CEO’s of Blue Cross are paid millions of dollars. The only reason we have state CEO’s is because health insurance cannot be sold across state lines. Do you think that benefits you? Individuals should also be able to have healthcare savings plans. Oh yes, government over-regulation hits hospitals like it does all businesses. After high school graduation it takes a specialist surgeon 15 years before he or she is qualified to earn a paycheck. By that time many are hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Doctors don’t intentionally harm patients as a rule and those who do deserve prison. Instead, our system drags good Doctors through the courts after they use their best judgment to heal patients and even after they perform unnecessary tests to satisfy the courts. Already, millions of Americans travel overseas for healthcare and some companies even pay for it. State of the art healthcare is offered abroad at a fraction of U.S. costs because of reasons I have mentioned.

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Here are some acute-care hospitals that closed their doors within the last two years: Florala Memorial Hospital, Lee Regional Medical Center, Corcoran District Hospital, Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier, Cozby-Germany Hospital, Charlton Memorial Hospital, Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Sacred Heart Hospital, W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center, Lakeside Health System, Earl K. Long Medical Center, Los Angeles-based Pacific Health Corp. closed all four of its hospitals in California — Anaheim General Hospital, Bellflower Medical Center, Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center and Newport Specialty Hospital, Stewart-Webster Hospital, Renaissance Hospital, Calhoun Memorial Hospital, North Adams Regional Hospital, Lower Oconee Community Hospital, Natchez Regional Medical Center, Long Beach Medical Center, Good Shepherd Medical Center Linden, Gilbert Hospital and Casa Grande Regional. This list just goes through March.

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Obamacare was passed with 100% of the Democrats in Congress and without a single vote from any Republican. Republicans were not even allowed to read the Affordable Care Act but, as it turns out, even Democrats had to pass the bill before they could read it. Is this any way to run a Healthcare System? If you like your Doctor and still have your Doctor, that might not be the case after the election. Obamacare rules have been illegally waved by the President until after the election. Things will only get worse as time goes by. The minority of hard working citizens are bearing burdens that are breaking their backs while lazy people do only one thing besides collect food stamps and welfare, they vote for Democrats. If anybody saves healthcare, it will not be a Democrat.

DISCOURAGEMENT AND SUCCESS IN THE MISSIONARY FIELDS

August 26, 2014

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Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa-to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Erickson’s, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much tenderness and devotion and sacrifice, they felt led by the Lord to set out from the main mission station and take the gospel to a remote area.

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This was a huge step of faith. At the village of N’dolera near Lemera, they were rebuffed by the chief, who would not let them enter his town for fear of alienating the local gods. The two couples opted to go half a mile up the slope and build their own mud huts.

 
They prayed for a spiritual breakthrough, but there was none. The only contact with the villagers was a young boy, who was allowed to sell them chickens and eggs twice a week. Svea Flood-a tiny woman only four feet, eight inches tall-decided that if this was the only African she could talk to, she would try to lead the boy to Jesus. And in fact, she succeeded. But there were no other encouragements. Meanwhile, malaria continued to strike one member of the little band after another. In time the Erickson’s decided they had had enough suffering and left to return to the central mission station. David and Svea Flood remained near N’dolera to go on alone. Then, of all things, Svea found herself pregnant in the middle of the primitive wilderness. When the time came for her to give birth, the village chief softened enough to allow a midwife to help her. A little girl was born, whom they named Aina. The delivery, however, was exhausting, and Svea Flood was already weak from bouts of malaria. The birth process was a heavy blow to her stamina. She lasted only another seventeen days.

Inside David Flood, something snapped in that moment. He dug a crude grave, buried his twenty-seven-year-old wife, and then took his children back down the mountain to the mission station. Giving his newborn daughter to the Erickson’s, he snarled, “I’m going back to Sweden. I’ve lost my wife, and I obviously can’t take care of this baby. God has ruined my life.” With that, he headed for the port, rejecting not only his calling, but God himself. Within eight months both the Erickson’s were stricken with a mysterious malady and died within days of each other. The baby was then turned over to some American missionaries, who adjusted her Swedish name to “Aggie” and eventually brought her back to the United States at age three.

This family loved the little girl and was afraid that if they tried to return to Africa, some legal obstacle might separate her from them. So they decided to stay in their home country and switch from missionary work to pastoral ministry. And that is how Aggie grew up in South Dakota. As a young woman, she attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. There she met and married a young man named Dewey Hurst.

Years passed. The Hurst’s enjoyed a fruitful Ministry. Aggie gave birth first to a daughter, then a son. In time her husband became president of a Christian college in the Seattle area, and Aggie was intrigued to find so much Scandinavian heritage there. One day a Swedish religious magazine appeared in her mailbox. She had no idea who had sent it, and of course she couldn’t read the words. But as she turned the pages, all of a sudden a photo stopped her cold. There in a primitive setting was a grave with a white cross-and on the cross were the words SVEA FLOOD. Aggie jumped in her car and went straight for a college faculty member who, she knew, could translate the article. “What does this say?” she demanded. The instructor summarized the story: It was about missionaries who had come to N’dolera long ago … the birth of a white baby … the death of the young mother … the one little African boy who had been led to Christ … and how, after the whites had all left, the boy had grown up and finally persuaded the chief to let him build a school in the village. The article said that gradually he won all his students to Christ… the children led their parents to Christ… even the chief had become a Christian. Today there were six hundred Christian believers in that one village…. All because of the sacrifice of David and Svea Flood. For the Hursts’ twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, the college presented them with the gift of a vacation to Sweden.

There Aggie sought to find her real father. An old man now, David Flood had remarried, fathered four more children, and generally dissipated his life with alcohol. He had recently suffered a stroke. Still bitter, he had one rule in his family: “Never mention the name of God- because God took everything from me. After an emotional reunion with her half brothers and half sister, Aggie brought up the subject of seeing her father. The others hesitated. “You can talk to him,” they replied, “even though he’s very ill now. But you need to know that whenever he hears the name of God, he flies into a rage. Aggie was not to be deterred. She walked into the squalid apartment, with liquor bottles everywhere, and approached the seventy-three-year-old man lying in a rumpled bed. “Papa~” she said tentatively. He turned and began to cry. “Aina,” he said. “I never meant to give you away.” “It’s all right, Papa,” she replied, taking him gently in her arms. “God took care of me.” The man instantly stiffened. The tears stopped. “God forgot all of us. Our lives have been like this because of Him.” He turned his face back to the wall. Aggie stroked his face and then continued,

undaunted. “Papa, I’ve got a little story to tell you, and it’s a true one. You didn’t go to Africa in vain. Mama didn’t die in vain. The little boy you won to the Lord grew up to win that whole village to Jesus Christ. The one seed you planted just kept growing and growing. Today there are six hundred African people serving the Lord because you were faithful to the call of God in your life. … Papa, Jesus loves you. He has never hated you.” The old man turned back to look into his daughter’s eyes. His body relaxed. He began to talk. And by the end of the afternoon, he had come back to the God he had resented for so many decades. Over the next few days, father and daughter enjoyed warm moments together. Aggie and her husband soon had to return to America-and within a few weeks, David Flood had gone into eternity.

A few years later, the Hurst’s were attending a high-level evangelism conference in London, England, when a report was given from the former Belgian Congo now named Zaire. The superintendent of the national church, Ruhigita Ndagora, representing some 110,000 baptized believers, spoke eloquently of the gospel’s spread in his nation. Aggie could not help going to ask Pastor Ndagora afterward if he had ever heard of David and Svea Flood. “Yes, madam,” the man replied in French, his words then being translated into English. “It was Svea Flood who led me to Jesus Christ. I was the boy who brought food to your parents before you were born. In fact, to this day your mother’s grave and her memory are honored by all of us.” He embraced her in a long, sobbing hug. Then he continued, “You must come to Africa to see, because your mother is the most famous person in our history.”

Pastor Ndagora had made a huge difference in the Congo. After rising to the important post as Legal Representative of the 8th CEPZA (Pentecostal Community of Zaire), eventually he was instrumental in the establishment of a hospital in Lemera officially named the Hospital Lemera. The Administrator of the hospital was Miss Ingegerd Rooth who first worked as a nurse and then returned to Sweden to finish her medical training and finally returned to work as physician in charge of the hospital. She was highly respected and loved by all who passed near her. She really had a lot of friends at the hospital and in the entire community. The first black physicians among many others include Runyambo, Musafiri and Ndombe.

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The Swedish Free Mission signed a contract with the Congolese government to ensure that each clinic would be responsible for Swedish Nursing Training.

At the request of Reverend Ruhigita Ndagora, the Swedish International Agency Development granted the money to build more rooms and a hydro electric dam. This dam provided electricity and water for Lemera Hospital and residents of Lemera.

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In time, Aggie Hurst and her husband traveled to Lemera and were welcomed by cheering throngs of villagers. She even met the man who had been hired by her father many years before to carry her back down the mountain in a hammock-cradle. The most dramatic moment, of course, was when Reverend Pastor Ruhigita Ndagora escorted Aggie to see her mother’s white cross for herself. She knelt in the soil to pray and give thanks. Later that day, in the church, the pastor read from John 12:24: “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” He then followed with Psalm 126:5: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”

WHERE SOLOMON’S TEMPLE WAS NOT

August 19, 2014

Below is the Temple Mount as viewed from the Mount of Olives, note the graves in the foreground. 

 

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Abraham was directed by God to take his son Isaac, to the land of Moriah, and there to offer him for a burnt offering upon a mountain which God would show him. This land is mentioned only here, and there is little to guide us in trying to identify it. Much later the name of Moriah is affixed to the mount on which Solomon’s Temple was built, possibly associating it with the sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham journeyed from the land of the Philistines, and on the 3rd day he saw the place afar off. This naturally suggests some prominent mountain farther North than Jerusalem. The description could hardly apply to Jerusalem in any case, as it could not be seen “afar off” by one approaching either from the South or the West.

The mountains associated with Jerusalem today are Mount Ophen, Mount Zion and Mount Moriah. I believe Mount Ophen is actually part of Mount Moriah which rises to 2,549 feet. The Temple Mount sets at 2,428 feet. I believe the entire City of David was built on the lowest part of Mount Moriah. Mount Zion stands at 2,533 feet and to the east of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley lies the Mount of Olives rising 2,739 feet. Most translations say the Temple was built “on” Mount Moriah. The King James Version says “in” Mount Moriah. Mount or “har” in Hebrew can mean mountain, hill or hill country.

Jesus ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. Even before Solomon the Mount of Olives was used as a Jewish burial place. There are more than 150,000 graves there today. When King David wrote about the Shadow of the Valley of Death he was writing about the Kidron Valley. Below is a photo of the Kidron Valley looking south with the Temple mount on the right and the Mount of Olives on the left. The tomb in the valley with the pointed top is the tomb of Absalom, David’s third son.

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It was Mount Zion where the Tabernacle rested and David in times of stress would look up from the City of David and see the place where the Ark rested. Seeing the Tabernacle would give David the peace to compose and sing inspiring psalms of faith. “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy Tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.” Psalm 61:2-4

A hundred and fifty years ago, Mount Zion was believed to be the location of the City of David. Even 100 years ago it was still debated. I think there is no argument today that the City of David was located to the south of the Temple Mount. There are various claims that David’s Palace has been found but this is disputed. When Jesus spoke of the Temple and said that not one stone would be left upon another, He gave an accurate description. So complete was the destruction of the Temple and the City of David that not one piece of evidence was found to prove that David ever existed until The Tel Dan Tablet was discovered in Northern Israel in 1994. It is pictured below and mentions “The House of David.”

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The Roman Fort built by King Herod around 19 BC but not completely finished until long after his death was named for Mark Anthony, Herod’s friend and Cleopatra’s boyfriend. Fort Antonia was described by Josephus as being like a city with large areas for troop parades. A legion of troops and support personnel totaling 10,000 personnel were housed there. Like all major fortresses, Josephus describes Fort Antonia as being built over a “rock” the highest point of the area. We are to believe that this mighty fortress occupied a tiny space on the Temple Mount next to the Jewish Temple?  I believe the image below fairly accurately depicts the Antonio Fort.

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Over a thousand years after Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, Solomon built the Temple on the spot that had been the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. A threshing floor was a hard surface where sheaves where placed and then tread by oxen and cattle to loosen the edible part of cereal grain from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. Then winnowing forks were used to throw the mixture into the air so the wind could blow away the chaff, leaving only the good grain on the floor.

Both the Old and New Testaments refer to the threshing floor as a symbol of judgment. Hosea prophesied that because Israel had repeatedly turned from God to false idols, His judgment upon them would scatter them to the winds as the chaff from the threshing floor. “Therefore they will be like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears, like chaff swirling from a threshing floor, like smoke escaping through a window” (Hosea 9:2). As you know, Israel ceased to exist in 586 BC even though there were Jews living in the land later under Greek and Roman rule. It was 2,534 years later when the Jews reclaimed the Promised Land in 1948.

King Solomon built the Temple on the site of the threshing floor of Ornan which was in the City of David. The Temple Mount was never in the City of David. Josephus also tells us that the Antonia Fortress was built on a rock 25 meters above the Temple Mount floor platform. In simple terms, that means the fort floor was 82 feet higher than the Temple floor. That’s eight stories higher. The height of the Western Wall is 19 meters or 62 feet. That would put the floor of the Temple 20 feet lower than the bottom of the Western Wall once referred to as the Wailing Wall. It makes sense to me that Ornan would pick a low spot for his threshing floor. The workers would not have to carry wheat up the hill and the oxen would not have to climb the equivalent of eight stories to trample the wheat. An additional clue that the Temple was lower than the Fort is the fact that the Commander of Antonia came down to the Temple when Paul caused turmoil there.

American archaeologist and author, the late Professor Dr. Ernest L. Martin, conducted archaeology work in East Jerusalem before writing his book “The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot,” published in 1999 Dr. Martin claimed that Muslim sacred places, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of Rock are not built on top of the Temple Mount ruins. Several other historians in the past have reached similar conclusions that the 45-acre landmass known as Haram al-Sharif to the Muslim world since 638 AD – is in fact a Roman fortress built by King Herod. Furthermore, the Jewish holy Wailing Wall (the Western Wall) had never been part of the first or second Temples. In the early 1970s, Professor Benjamin Mazar, former President of Hebrew University, confirmed that Haram al-Sharif was indeed a Roman fortress.

According to Dr. Martin, the Hebrew Temples were built south of the fort over Gihon Spring. Martin also explained how Haram al-Sharif was comparable in size and water supply to other Roman fortresses built to guard Roman occupied cities.  I like the aerial photo below.  Just above the center of the bottom of the photo the lower part of Mount Moriah begins.  This area along the Kidron Valley was the City of David reaching almost to the Temple Mount.  You can judge that much of this part of the Mount is about 80 feet or eight stories below the floor of the Temple Mount.  The topography has surely changed some since David’s time 3,000 years ago.

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Josephus in his book ‘The War of Jews’ quoted Jewish rebel commander at Masada in 73 AD saying: “Where is this city that was believed to have God himself inhabiting therein? It is now demolished to the very foundations, and hath nothing left but that monument of it preserved; I mean the camp of those that hath destroyed it, which still dwells upon its ruins”.

Professor George Wesley Buchanan, a United Methodist minister, wrote a research article entitled Misunderstanding about Temple Mount, published by the Washington Report (August 2011). “In biblical times the Haram was not a sacred place. Instead it was the place that Orthodox Jews considered defiled and the most despised place in the world. Within these walls were found no remnants of any of the earlier Temples but rather an image of Mars, the Roman god of war,” wrote Buchanan.

“After two violent wars with Rome, the City of David was so completely destroyed that it could not be recognized as a city. The Roman emperor Hadrian decreed that it would be used as an area where the Upper City could dump trash and garbage. It continued in that condition for hundreds of years,” wrote Buchanan. The Muslim Arab army, which took control of Jerusalem in 638, observed the City of David being used as a city garbage dump.

I am pleased that serious scholars are researching facts rather than perpetuating old wives’ tales. For all of my life people have believed that the Mosque would have to be destroyed before the Hebrew Temple could be rebuilt. What does it say when Christians and Jews don’t even know where the Holy Temple was? If Josephus was correct, I would look for the site 25 meters or 82 feet below the so-called Temple Mount. Perhaps even lower depending on the height of the foundation. Josephus was meticulous in his research and writing.

Most Christians and Jews also don’t know where Abraham came from. I am absolutely positive It was not the Ur halfway between Baghdâd and the Persian Gulf, but that is a story for another time.

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

August 10, 2014

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While Moses was in the wilderness near Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia, God commanded him to build the Ark. The Apostle Paul spent three years in the same area after his conversion on the Road to Damascus. It was Constantine’s mother, Queen Helena who mistakenly placed Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Paul wrote in Galatians, “For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.” Paul wrote almost 25% of the New Testament and was clearly the most traveled and hardest working apostle. While Paul did not make a big issue about how he became so knowledgeable, it is clear to me that he was taught directly by God, perhaps on the Holy Mountain. He did not get his understanding from teachings by Jewish Scholars although he was an expert in all the ways of the Jews.

This is also the area where Moses fled to from Egypt and married the daughter of the Priest of Median and where he saw the burning bush where God first spoke to him.

The Ark was constructed of acacia wood and plated with pure gold, inside and out. On the bottom, four gold rings were attached, through which two acacia wood poles plated in gold were placed so the family of Kehath, of the tribe of Levi, could safely carry the Ark. The Ark was approximately 45 inches long by 27 inches in height and width. Two pure gold sculpted Cherubs faced one another on the top of the Ark. The top or lid of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat from whence God communicated with His people. It was the seat of mercy much like a county Courthouse is the County Seat or seat of power as opposed to a place to sit down. The Tablets of the Ten Commandments which were broken by Moses and then restored by God were placed in the Ark by Moses himself.

Acacia trees would have been one of the few types of trees growing in the wilderness. There are several species of acacia growing in Arabia today. In addition, acacia wood is dense and extremely strong, making it a great option for any type of enduring wooden construction. It is resistant to decay because the tree deposits many waste substances in the heartwood which serve as preservatives and render the wood unpalatable to insects and making the wood dense and difficult to be penetrated by water and other decay agents.

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This is a table made of acacia wood. Perhaps it will last at least a thousand years as the Ark did from its creation until the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians.

The Ark was built by Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur, who constructed the entire Tabernacle – the portable Temple used in the desert and during the conquest of the land of Israel. The Tabernacle was the resting place for the Ark, and also contained other vessels that were used in the physical worship of God. The Ark was used in the desert and in Israel proper for a number of spiritual and pragmatic purposes. Practically, God used the Ark as an indicator of when he wanted the nation to travel, and when to stop. In the traveling formation in the desert, the Ark was carried 2000 cubits ahead of the nation.  Below is a representation of the Tabernacle with an acacia tree in front.

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Spiritually, the Ark was the manifestation of God’s physical presence on earth. When God spoke with Moses in the desert, he did so from between the two Cherubs. Once the Ark was moved into the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple, it was accessible only once a year, and then, only by one person. On Yom Kippur, the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies to ask forgiveness for himself and for all the nation of Israel.

The holiness of the Ark made it dangerous to those who came in contact with it. When Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, brought a foreign flame to offer a sacrifice in the Tabernacle, they were devoured by a fire that emanated “from the Lord.” During the saga of the capture of the Ark by the Philistines, numerous people, including some who merely looked at the Ark, were killed by its power. Similarly, the Priests who served in the Tabernacle and Temple were told that viewing the Ark at an improper time would result in immediate death.

The Ark accompanied the Jews throughout their time in the desert, traveling with them and accompanying them to their wars with Emor and Midian. When the Jews crossed into the land of Canaan, the waters of the Jordan River miraculously split as the bearers of the Ark arrived. Throughout their conquest of the land, the Jews were accompanied by the Ark. The most dramatic demonstration of its power comes when the Jews breached the walls of Jericho merely by circling them, blowing horns and carrying the Ark.

After the conquest was completed, the Ark, and the entire Tabernacle, were set up in Shiloh . There they remained until the battles of the Jews with the Philistines during the Priesthood of Eli. The Jews, after suffering a defeat at the Philistines’ hands, took the Ark from Shiloh to Even-Ezer in hopes of winning the next battle. But the Jews were routed, and the Ark was captured by the Philistines. Back in Shiloh, Eli, the High Priest, immediately died upon hearing the news.

The Philistines took the Ark back to Ashdod, their capital city in the south of Canaan, where they placed it in the temple of their god Dagon. The next day, however, they found the idol fallen on its face. After replacing the statue, they found it the next day decapitated, with only its trunk remaining, and soon afterward, the entire city of Ashdod was struck with a plague. The Philistines moved the Ark to the city of Gath, and from there to Ekron, but whatever city the Ark was in, the inhabitants were struck with plague. After seven months, the Philistines decided to send the Ark back to the Israelites, and accompanied it with expensive gifts.

King Solomon built the Holy Temple and summoned the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families to Jerusalem. to bring up the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Zion, the City of David. And all the Israelites came together to the king at the time of the festival in the seventh month.

When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark, and they brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The Levitical priests carried them up; and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.

The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and covered the ark and its carrying poles. These poles were so long that their ends, extending from the ark, could be seen from in front of the inner sanctuary, but not from outside the Holy Place; and they are still there today. There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.

The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:

“He is good;
his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

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The Ark remained in the Temple until its destruction at the hand of the Babylonian empire, led by King Nebuchadnezzar. The stories are endless about where the Ark was taken or hidden before or after the Temple was destroyed. It is unlikely that the Babylonians took it, as they did the other vessels of the Temple, because the detailed lists of what they took make no mention of the Ark. According to some sources, Josiah, one of the final kings to reign in the First Temple period, learned of the impending invasion of the Babylonians and hid the Ark. Perhaps in a hole dug under the wood storehouse on the Temple Mount. Another account says that Solomon foresaw the eventual destruction of the Temple, and set aside a cave near the Dead Sea, in which Josiah eventually hid the Ark.

One of the most fascinating possibilities is advanced by Ethiopian Christians who claim that they have the Ark today. In Axum, Ethiopia, it is widely believed that the Ark is currently being held in the Church of Saint Mary of Zion, guarded by a monk known as the “Keeper of the Ark,” who claims to have it in his possession. According to the Axum Christian community, they acquired the Ark during the reign of Solomon, when his son Menelik, whose mother was the Queen of Sheba, stole the Ark after a visit to Jerusalem. While in the not-so-distant past the “Ark” has been brought out for Christian holidays, its keeper has not done so for several years due to the tumultuous political situation in the country. The claim has thus been impossible to verify, for no one but the monk is allowed inside.

Another claim is that of archaeologist Leen Ritmeyer, who conducted research on the Temple Mount and inside the Dome of the Rock. He claims to have found the spot on the Mount where the Holy of Holies was located during the First Temple period. In the precise center of that spot is a section of bedrock cut out in dimensions that may match those of the Ark. Since I do not believe the Temple was built on the so-called Temple Mount, I discount this story. I will explain why the Temple Mount is not the Temple Mount in a later posting and will also tell you where the Temple was built and why even the foundation of the Temple was completely destroyed.

I promised I would tell you everything you need to know about the Ark of the Covenant. The information comes from the Great Prophet Jeremiah who saw the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. He also witnessed the death of Josiah, the last devout King of Israel. Jeremiah loved King Josiah dearly and knew what his death meant. Soon afterward, the people reverted to idolatry. Jeremiah strove hard to stem the tide of spiritual depravity which was threatening to undermine their high moral standards. One of the prophet’s famous sayings is the one in which he points out that wisdom, might, and riches, are nothing compared to the happiness that man achieves through real knowledge and understanding of the ways of God: “Thus saith the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might; let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord Who exercises mercy, justice, and righteousness on the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

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Jeremiah prophesied about the Babylonian threat and warned the Jews of the terrible devastation they would incur if they did not stop worshiping idols and mistreating each other. But his gloomy prophecies, recorded in the Book of Jeremiah, went largely unheeded by the Jews, who mocked and persecuted him. Some eighteen years before the destruction of the Temple, Jeremiah was imprisoned by King Jehoiakim for his persistent prophecies foretelling the fall of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah summoned his devoted disciple, Baruch ben Neriah, and dictated to him a heart-rending and graphic warning of the coming doom; the prophecy Baruch wrote down for Jeremiah and read in the Temple is contained in the Book of Lamentations in the Holy Bible. The Temple was destroyed in 586 BC.

Here is what Jeremiah wrote about the Ark and his prophecy for the Ark and the future of Israel as recorded in The Book of Jeremiah Chapter 3:

“Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.

“I myself said,

“‘How gladly would I treat you like my children
and give you a pleasant land,
the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.’
I thought you would call me ‘Father’
and not turn away from following me.
But like a woman unfaithful to her husband,
so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me,”
declares the Lord.
A cry is heard on the barren heights,
the weeping and pleading of the people of Israel,
because they have perverted their ways
and have forgotten the Lord their God.
“Return, faithless people;
I will cure you of backsliding.”
“Yes, we will come to you,
for you are the Lord our God.
Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills
and mountains is a deception;
surely in the Lord our God
is the salvation of Israel.
From our youth shameful gods have consumed
the fruits of our ancestors’ labor—
their flocks and herds,
their sons and daughters.
Let us lie down in our shame,
and let our disgrace cover us.
We have sinned against the Lord our God,
both we and our ancestors;
from our youth till this day
we have not obeyed the Lord our God.”

The Ark was the Throne of God; as it set in the Tabernacle on Mount Zion it gave King David peace as he could look up to it from the City of David. Jeremiah said The Ark would be forgotten as Jerusalem becomes The Throne of God and the Seat of His Government. Jerusalem will not be trampled down by gentiles forever. One glorious day Jerusalem will once again become that shining city on the Mountains of Moriah.

CARTER LETS CAT OUT OF THE BAG

August 6, 2014

UPDATE:  Carter recently published a call for the international community to recognize Hamas as a legitimate political actor in the Middle East, cheering the terrorists and angering Israel’s supporters.

Now, according to a report from Breitbart, retired Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says that Carter’s piece could be interpreted as “recruitment” for Hamas, which is an officially designated Foreign Terrorist Organization under U.S. law. If that is the case and Carter is found to have provided “material support” to Hamas, he could be found guilty of a felony.

 

IS JIMMY CARTER REPRESENTATIVE OF MAINSTREAM DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE THINKING?

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The depth of Carter’s anti-Israel prejudice was already on display eight-years ago when he insisted that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank “perpetrates even worse instances of apartness, or apartheid, than we witnessed even in South Africa.” You probably never heard of his book, “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid.” I just checked Amazon and it’s ranked 652,787th.

I will not guarantee but I’m pretty sure Jimmy Carter can read. He has written and spoke in support of Hamas, so surely he has read the Hamas Charter issued on August 18, 1988. The Charter identified Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who “fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors.” The charter states that “our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious” and calls for the creation of an Islamic state in Palestine in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.

If you have been reading my various posts in the past you know that several members of the Muslim Brotherhood occupy high ranking positions in the Obama Administration including highly sensitive positions. You will also remember Obama’s eagerness to give F-16’s and Abrams Tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood. I will briefly include some of the Hamas Charter:

The Preamble to the Charter states: ″Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.″

Article 8 The Hamas document reiterates the Muslim Brotherhood’s slogan of “Allah is its goal, the Prophet is the model, the Qur’an its constitution, jihad its path, and death for the sake of Allah its most sublime belief.”

Article 13 There is no negotiated settlement possible. Jihad is the only answer.

Article 14 The liberation of Palestine is the personal duty of every Palestinian.

Article 20 Calls for action “by the people as a single body” against “a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and woman, between children and old people.”

Jimmy Carter’s assertions would probably be quickly dismissed as lunacy even by the Democrat controlled news agencies if it were not for the fact that Carter is a former President of the United States.

To make Carter’s views seem even more radical, the Israeli military just captured a Hamas Manual on Urban Warfare called, “Introduction to City War.” The manual extols the benefit that can be gained by civilian deaths and openly acknowledges that Israel will do everything it can to avoid them. The Cover shows images of militants wielding rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. It further brags about the propaganda value of the deaths of innocent women and children. The destruction of civilian homes is especially good for Hamas as it increases the hatred of the citizens toward Israel and increases their support for Hamas.

The manual, which came from the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, also explained how heavily populated urban areas — called “pockets of resistance” — make operations for the IDF difficult because Israeli soldiers try very hard not to harm civilians.

Any legitimate observer knows that Hamas exploits civilians as human shields but steadfastly refuses to report about it. Hamas has even used UN facilities to store rockets and missiles. Meanwhile, the UN has formally condemned Israel scores of times and almost every nation is lined up against the tiny country.

Israel is known throughout Islam as “Little Satan” and the United States is called “Big Satan.” Israel has support from the American People and would like to have support from the U.S. government but they don’t need it. Israel has support from God and will be saved in the end. God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. You have been warned.

What Happened to Harvard’s Christian Roots?

August 1, 2014

WHERE DID BIG GOVERNMENT LIBERALISM COME FROM?

Has Harvard abandoned its Christian roots like many other universities?

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Harvard was founded by Puritans as a Seminary for training clergy for the new commonwealth, a “church in the wilderness.” Harvard was formed in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was initially called “New College” or “the college at New Towne”. In 1638 the school received a printing press—the only press in North America.

In 1639, the college was renamed Harvard College after clergyman John Harvard, a University of Cambridge alumnus who had willed the new school £779 pounds sterling and his library of some 400 books.

Henry Dunster, the college’s first president, was a Baptist who abandoned Puritanism in favor of the Baptist faith in 1654. Dunster’s conflict with the colony’s magistrates began when he failed to have his infant son baptized, believing, as a newly converted Baptist, that only adults should be baptized. Efforts to restore Dunster to Puritan orthodoxy failed, and his apostasy proved untenable to colony leaders who had entrusted him, in his job as Harvard’s president, to uphold the colony’s religious mission. Thus, he represented a threat to the stability of society. Dunster exiled himself in 1654 and moved to nearby Plymouth Colony, where he died in 1658.

In 1692, the leading Puritan divine Increase Mather became president of Harvard. One of his acts was replacing pagan classics with books by Christian authors in ethics classes, and maintaining a high standard of discipline. The Harvard “Lawes” of 1642 and the “Harvard College Laws of 1700″ testify to its original high level of discipline. Students were required to observe rules of pious decorum inconceivable in the 19th century, and ultimately to prove their fitness for the bachelor’s degree by showing that they could ‘read the original of the Old and New Testament into the Latin tongue, and resolve them logically.’

By the 1690s, liberal, anti-Calvinist influences began to infiltrate the governing body of the college. And by 1701, Harvard’s liberal tendencies had become so pronounced that a new orthodox college was founded at New Haven, Connecticut, which became Yale University. All the founders of Yale were Harvard graduates in the Connecticut Valley or on Long Island Sound.

On October 28, 1707, John Leverett became President of Harvard. This was the first time that a layman and a liberal was elected President. Although Leverett instituted no changes in the curriculum, his liberal policies began to be reflected in student behavior. He wrote in his own diary in 1717 that the Faculty was having trouble with “profane swearing,” “riotous Actions” and “bringing Cards into the College.” Many college clubs were founded by students, which encouraged questionable behavior.

By 1800, the liberal seed, first sown by Leverett, became the full-blown fruit of Unitarianism, which rejected the Trinity, rejected the divinity of Christ, and rejected all the tenets of Calvinism. The final battle that ended the ongoing war between the orthodox and Unitarians took place in 1805 when Reverend Henry Ware, a Unitarian minister, was elected Hollis Professor of Divinity. Thus the theological department of New England’s oldest university went Unitarian and became open enemies of Calvinism, setting Harvard on a secular course that would become increasingly non-Christian.

The distaste that Harvard liberals today show toward Christian fundamentalism is a continuation of their war against Trinitarian orthodoxy. It should be noted that Secular Humanism is a direct outgrowth of Harvard’s Unitarian philosophy.

Unitarianism is not a revealed religion. It is a social movement based on the notion that man is basically good and morally perfectible, and that all that is needed to achieve this moral utopia is a good secular education. And that is why the Unitarians became the major force in the public school movement.

It should also be noted that Unitarian liberalism is at the core of American political liberalism, for the chief practice of Unitarians was and still is social political activism based on the belief that government could solve all of our problems. And that’s the liberal political philosophy that prevails today.

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This year Harvard was scheduled to host an anti-Christian Satanic Black Mass on campus but after widespread condemnation from religious and educational leaders, it was cancelled.

No Mas Huddled Masses

July 31, 2014

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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning
to live the good life at the expense
of hard working Americans and
barely surviving Veterans.

 

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Over the years the US Government has lavished Guatemala with billions and billions of US Taxpayer’s dollars. Like Chicago, crime is out of control in Guatemala City, the capital. What has the government done with those billions? Helped their 15 million people? Cracked down on crime? Provided education and healthcare for their children? I don’t think so!!! They are shipping their children with health problems to the good old United States and the open arms of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Jeb Bush, John Boehner and the Chamber of Commerce.

Hospitals, School Districts, and law enforcement agencies are already struggling with our own population and the 20 million are so illegal aliens already here.  The Obama Regime is secretly placing these kids in states without even informing the Governors.  They are not going to Detroit but for the most part, Obama is choosing Red States.  Each illegal, many sporting their gang tattoos, require interpreters that our schools can’t afford.

Meanwhile in Guatemala, developers are building a private city on the outskirts of Guatemala City as a safe haven from the crime-ridden capital.

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Paseo Cayala is a 34-acre development of apartments, shops, nightclubs, boutiques and restaurants contained inside white walls at the edge of the city. Developers hope to eventually expand the project into a new private city spread across hundreds of acres. Access is by car through a single gate leading to an underground garage, from which visitors emerge through covered escalators onto streets patrolled by armed guards.

Why should the Guatemala upper class deal with their own pesky problems outside their white walls when Uncle Sugar Barack and good old Dingy Harry are so willing to put the United States deeper and deeper in debt to deal with them?

I, for one, appreciate the Mexican workers who come to the United States legally with Work Visas each year.  I appreciated the millions of hard working Hispanics who have become citizens and contribute to our society.  I love Mexican food!  BUT America is teetering on the fiscal cliff and cannot take in the billions of poor people from all over the World.  Our government will not even take care of our Veterans that our government committed to war in hot, dangerous faraway countries.

Our billions of dollars in Foreign Aid is not trickling down to the poor people.  It goes toward building tunnels into Israel by Hamas, buying jet fighters for the Muslim Brotherhood and building lavish palaces for dictators.  It is time for bleeding heart liberals to reach into their own pockets and stop destroying MY COUNTRY!

Do you have an opinion? After the Democrats and RINOs are through with America, who will take care of our children?

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF SERGEANT BERGDAHL

July 30, 2014

UPDATE:  Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, Deputy Commanding General, I Corps Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has been appointed to carry out what is known as an AR 15-6 investigation and compile a report on the disappearance of Sergeant Bergdahl. The report will be sent up the chain of command, and it could lead to administrative or nonjudicial punishments, or court-martial or maybe the report will fade away like Fast & Furious or Benghazi.  Superior officers could also conclude that no punishments are warranted.  I ask you to consider the kid gloves Bergdahl is being handled with compared to the rapidity Navy Seals were subjected to Court Martial and scores of Patriotic Generals, Admirals, Captains and Colonels were summarily fired!  General Dahl pictured below.

 

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I haven’t had much to say about Bowie Bergdahl, his parents or the President doting over all of them. However, after reading a CNN article that made my head swim and my stomach churn, I decided to do what all the government investigators in the world cannot, or will not do, sort out the facts for you, my friends.

 

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I will begin by presenting a little background about the Bergdahl family. The Bergdahl’s reside in Hailey, Idaho, a town of about 8,000 where Demi Moore moved to raise her children. Hailey was also the birthplace of Ezra Pound, an expatriate American poet and critic who helped discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway. Hailey is County Seat of Blaine County, a deep blue county in the midst of a sea of red counties in the red state of Idaho. The town planed a welcome home extravaganza for Bowe and yellow ribbons adorn signs and trees along the main drag.

Bowe was home schooled by his mother. The family attended Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian, an Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He received a GED certificate through the College of Southern Idaho in his early 20s. As an adult, he studied and practiced fencing and martial arts before switching to ballet classes. He never owned a car; he rode his bicycle everywhere. He spent time in a Buddhist monastery between 2007 and 2008. It was reported by the Taliban in 2012 that Bowe Bergdahl had converted to Islam and was teaching its jihadists how to make bombs.

I think we can all agree that Bowe is a complicated and somewhat confused young man who is searching for his place in the universe? So what happened in Afghanistan? Did a Taliban raiding party capture young Bowe and drag him kicking and screaming into the dark Afghan night? Clearly he was not captured but left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items and abandoned his post during wartime taking only some water, a compass and a knife. Shortly after deserting, some afghan kids saw an American walking north asking for directions to the Taliban. Soon after, voice intercepts confirmed that he found the Taliban. That is when his unit realized, “the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban.”

Soon after, Bergdahl’s fellow American soldiers were placed under a gag order that threatened them with legal action if they spoke about Bergdahl’s desertion. I hope you have been keeping up with the scores of Generals and Admirals Obama has fired recently in his purge and Bergdahlization of the Military.

Bowe found his beloved Taliban, now what? I don’t trust anything the Obama Regime or the Taliban says but here is what the Taliban reported that is corroborated by released US secret documents dated August 23, 2012, “conditions for Bergdahl have greatly relaxed since the time of the escape [from the US Miltary]. Bergdahl has converted to Islam and now describes himself as a mujahid [a military force of Muslim guerilla warriors engaged in a jihad]. Bergdahl enjoys a modicum of freedom, and engages in target practice with the local mujahedeen, firing AK47s. Bergdahl is even allowed to carry a loaded gun on occasion. Bergdahl plays soccer with his guards and bounds around the pitch like a mad man. He appears to be well and happy, and has a noticeable habit of laughing frequently and saying ‘Salaam’ repeatedly.”

Did I mention that just before Bowe deserted he exchanged emails with his dad? Bowe wrote: “I am sorry for everything here. These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid… In the U.S. Army you are cut down for being honest … but if you are a conceited brown-nosing sh– bag you will be allowed to do whatever you want, and you will be handed your higher rank … I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of US soldier is just the lie of fools. I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting.”

His father responded: “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!”

Just last month the Pentagon announced it is reviewing claims that U.S. soldiers were killed in the course of the years-long search for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, Oh goody, Obama’s Army will get to the bottom of all this!

With Bowe happily cavorting with his Taliban buddies, things did start to happen. Fighting increased, IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. IEDs started going off directly under the U.S. Army trucks where they would do the most damage. They were getting perfect hits every time. Their ambushes were very calculated, very methodical. While soldiers were out looking for Bowe, friendly camps and positions were attacked. The whole region was impacted. Bergdahl knew where the trucks would be going and when. He knew about movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things that the enemy could exploit. The soldiers were incredibly worried that Bowe was passing this information on to his captors in order to help them place their bombs most effectively.

While Bowe was target practicing with AK47’s and dining with the Taliban, the United States Army promoted him to Sergeant or “handed him his rank.” National Security Advisor Susan Rice said that Bergdahl “served with honor and distinction.”

I guess as time wore on and the Taliban didn’t see fit to make Bergdahl Head of the Supreme Council even with his ballet dancing experience, a plan was hatched to let him go back to the America he hated so much. The Taliban demanded the release of these specific commanders in exchange for Bowe. Here is the Taliban Dream Team President Obama poured out on the world:

Abdul Haq Wasiq, served as the Taliban deputy minister of intelligence. He reportedly used his office to support Al Qaeda “and to assist Taliban personnel elude capture.” He also reportedly arranged for Al Qaeda personnel to train Taliban intelligence staff.

Mullah Norullah Noori, a senior Taliban military commander, described as a military mastermind who engaged in hostilities against U.S. and Coalition forces in Zabul Province and has close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Omar and other senior Taliban officials. Noori, who was named as the Taliban governor for the Balkh and Lagman provinces, is wanted by the United Nations for war crimes including the murder and torture of thousands of Shiite Muslims.

Mullah Mohammad Fazi, former Taliban Deputy Defense Minister and senior commander who served as chief of staff of the Taliban Army and as a commander of its 22nd Division. He’s also wanted by the United Nations on war crimes for the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan.

Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, is the former governor of the Herat province and had close ties with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. He represented the Taliban during meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against US and coalition forces.

Mohammad Nabi Omari, held multiple leadership roles in various terror-related groups. He worked border security for the Taliban – a position that gave him “access to senior Taliban commander and leader of the Haqqani Network, Jalaluddin Haqqani, During the early 1990s, he ping-ponged between Taliban-related positions and others, including a stint as a used car salesman.

While Bowe was with his chosen buddies, his father grew a long beard and learned to speak Pashto. I doubt than any of his customers would recognize the former UPS delivery man, An unbelievable moment in American history occurred in the White House Rose Garden when President Barack Obama smiled very perceptibly as Robert Bergdahl uttered the famous Islamic war cry of victory for Allah, “bismillah-al-rahman-al-rahim.” According to Barack Obama, “The most beautiful sound in the world is the Islamic call to prayer.” At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte where the Democrats loudly booed God, an ancillary event featured two hours of “Jumah” or Friday prayers. The Democrats expected thousands to attend but were disappointed when less than 50 showed up.

If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you may not be a liberal America hating Democrat? Bowe Bergdahl is what passes for an American Hero in the Obama Democratic Regime. In my book, Bergdahl deserted his post in combat, collaborated with the enemy and deserves a Court Martial and probably execution. The President and his minions who negotiated with terrorists should be ostracized by every patriotic American and every news organization. Obama made EVERY American a target everywhere in the world.

To investigate, much less to try Bowe Bergdahl, despite the fact that evidence of his misconduct continues to mount, would require an honest president, a robust opposition party, and a media determined to uncover the truth. Strike one, strike two, strike three.

I am not aware of ANY communications between Bowe Bergdahl and his parents since his release and return to duty in San Antonio. I don’t know if a State Dinner is in the future or the Medal of Honor? Perhaps Bowe Bergdahl will receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Do you remember that Navy Seals were arrested and remanded for Court Martial for what was probably a self inflicted cut on the lip of a terrorist they had captured? Are you sick of this yet?

NEW WORLD ORDER (pt 2)

July 29, 2014

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This blog will probe the deep dark underbelly of America. A dark side many of you never dreamed existed. If it frightens you, remember that God is still in control and these things must come to pass as it is written in Holy Scriptures.

Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton amazingly look up to the very same role model. Isn’t it amazing that both Democrat Presidential contenders in 2008 would be so closely attuned?

Their role model was a Luciferian who dedicated his book to Lucifer. In an interview, this role model was asked if he believed in an afterlife. His response, “Sometimes it seems to me that the question people should ask is not ‘Is there life after death?’ but ‘Is there life after birth?’ I don’t know whether there’s anything after this or not. I haven’t seen the evidence one way or the other and I don’t think anybody else has either. But I do know that man’s obsession with the question comes out of his stubborn refusal to face up to his own mortality. Let’s say that if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell. Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I’ve been with the have-nots. Over here, if you’re a have-not, you’re short of dough. If you’re a have-not in hell, you’re short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I’ll start organizing the have-nots over there.”

Their role model who preferred Hell over Heaven was radical Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s ideas have been used by the Left in inner cities and college campuses. Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis at Wellesley College was on Alinsky. So influential is Alinsky that Time magazine once wrote that “American democracy is being altered by Alinsky’s ideas.” Even conservative author William F. Buckley said Alinsky was “very close to being an organizational genius.” Alinsky biographer Sanford Horwitt claims that not only did Obama follow Alinsky’s teachings as a Chicago-based community organizer; Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was also influenced by those teachings.

Is it possible that Alinsky was an admirer of Lucifer and Alinsky’s disciples are not? Lucifer, the rebel angel so full of pride that he thought himself to be “as God” — who Jesus said “fell as lightning” and so became Satan.

Secret organizations are often intertwined including the Luciferians, Illuminati, Builderbergers, Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

David Rockefeller at the Trilateral Commission in June of 1991 stated: “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”

Each year, about 130 guests converge on a different location to participate in the Bilderberg Group’s annual meeting. Numerous attendees of the Bilderberg Conference are known to also be members of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations and other such secret groups expanding the web of elite to a global network of politicians, bankers, and directors of corporations. Over eighteen national leaders have attended Bilderberg meetings. The European Union, NATO, United Nations, and World Trade Organization all have representatives present and many corporations have representatives in attendance including BP, Heinz, PepsiCo, Shell Oil, Walgreen’s and Barclays Bank. Editors from The New York Times and Washington Post rub elbows with royalty including the King of Spain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Even the Chairman of the Federal Reserve and past presidents can be seen in the crowd. For a long time it was rumors and crazy talk of people having secret meetings, but no longer. The list of past attendees is the crème de la crème of international politics, industry, media, energy and royalty. With important members of the media attending the meeting, isn’t it strange that nothing is EVER reported in the media about the Bilderberg group.

Over the course of human history, secrecy has been used to gain prominence in order to build up the machinations of power. Is that power earned or given? Where does this modern day power lie, with presidents, billionaires, celebrities and royalty; with intellectuals, entertainers, media titans or businessmen? Some people claim that the unfolding of world events is not merely the aggregate of random individual actions, but a specific predetermined plan, enacted by a small group of unelected power brokers, acting behind closed doors and answerable to no one.

Of all the secret societies accused of manipulating the media and controlling world events to form a New World Order, claims against the Bilderbergers are ones to be taken seriously. Could that be the reality? Well, the Bilderberg Group , a shadowy secret society born in the ashes of World War II denies any connection with that conspiracy and according to them, their meetings are just nice annual get togethers with no policies made, no votes taken and only great food and a little chit chat.

At one time its membership was a fiercely guarded secret along with its mission, but now that the Bilderberg meetings have been exposed and made public they acknowledge only a benevolent gathering. There is evidence that it’s been involved in choosing international leaders, manipulating the global economy and pressing for a unified world government. I certainly appears to me that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is onboard as they prepare to give Barack Obama a second Peace Prize.

In his book, “Conspirators’ Hierarchy – The Committee of 300,” Dr. John Coleman delves into these secret societies and many others. The full text of Dr. Coleman’s book can be found on the internet at no cost or can purchased at Amazon. Here is a quote from the book, “the old American way of life, our true and trusted republican form of government based upon our Constitution, was going to be crushed by the New World Order. America as we knew it was going to have to go, or be crushed to pieces.”

The destruction of America will not cause these evil, demonic people to blink their eyes. The establishment of a One World Government or New World Order with one currency and one leader is their dream. They have no respect now for our flag, the pledge of allegiance, the National Anthem, our military, our Founding Fathers, our Constitution, our religions or any of our freedoms.

I am not going to write a novel here, I simply want you to do your research and share what you learn. Be skeptical about everybody and everything. Most of all, be ready for anything and have an escape plan.

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Several years ago I walked the streets of Ephesus where the Apostles Paul and John walked. I want to share some of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

As I understand Scripture, I believe we are about to experience a terrible war that precedes Armageddon. During that war, Damascus will likely be totally destroyed and many people will be killed. When things get so bad and when Israel inflicts so much damage on invading countries, there will be a Peace Treaty. After the Treaty is signed, there will be three and a half years of peace. During the following three and a half years things will get very ugly.

When Jesus preached on Earth, He quoted Daniel. Daniel was even revered by King Nebuchadnezzar after Daniel was able to reveal the meaning of his dream that laid out the succession of world powers. When Nebuchadnezzar was tricked into sentencing Daniel to the lion’s den by Demonic soothsayers, God protected Daniel and restored him to prominence. I think we can trust Daniel, don’t you?

The leader of the New World Order will be the world leader referred to in Scripture as the Beast, the Antichrist and the “man of lawlessness.” He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time [3 ½ years] (Daniel 7:25).

He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. (Daniel 8:24-25).

With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him (Daniel 11:32).

The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of [God’s] wrath is completed, (Daniel 11:36)

The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city [Jerusalem] and the sanctuary [Temple]. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed (Daniel 9:26b).

In order for the Antichrist to put an end to the practice of sacrifice and offering, the temple will first need to be rebuilt. There is no Jewish temple nor is there practiced animal sacrifice and offering in Jerusalem. Since 70 AD when the Roman general Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple the Jewish people have had no temple. Therefore, since there is no place for the Jewish sacrifice and offering today, the temple will need to be rebuilt before this prophecy can be fulfilled.

I believe that items required for Temple Worship are in place. Years ago I read about a Texan who was breeding a red heifer and was almost producing heifers without a single blemish. He shipped breeding stock to Israel. The way Israelis tracked down Nazis, you can bet they have been tracking down the Ark of the Covenant. I know Priests have been prepared to resume Temple worship. So here is how I see it, on the day the treaty is signed, Israel will begin rebuilding he Temple and construction won’t take long.

The “abomination that causes desolation” is the name given to the event that takes place when the Antichrist sets himself up to be God in the temple of God. Paul also described what happens during the abomination that causes desolation in his second letter to the Thessalonians.

Recalling what Jesus told us in the Olivet Discourse, we know that immediately after the abomination that causes desolation there will be a time of persecution, which Jesus called the Great Tribulation. We also know from Daniel’s prophecy and numerous others in Scripture that the duration between the abomination that causes desolation and the end of the Great Tribulation will be “a time, times and half a time” or 3 ½ years.

There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered. (Daniel 12:1).

As recorded in Luke 21, Jesus’ Disciples asked about His return: 7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” 8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. 12 “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 All men will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By standing firm you will gain life. 20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

You have heard Daniel and Jesus, what can I say? God bless and protect you.


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