Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 30, 2012

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the West Coast …..
Hurricane ‘Sandy’ hammering the East Coast as I write this commentary
…. Coincidence, or is God finally done with our sinful ways ….

Ezekiel 7:3 says,  “The end is now upon
you and I will unleash my anger against you.  I will judge you
according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices.”
…. Doesn’t get much clearer than that!   

Several ‘pillars’ of the Christian community believe
that these catastrophic events happening all around us is no accident
… or coincidence … but that it is the judgement of God …… First,
Joel Rosenberg says that …. “We live at a very dangerous moment
in American history.  It is a time when the Lord God Almighty is
trying to get our attention and call us to repent of our sins and turn
back to faith in Jesus Christ and back to reading and obeying the Bible. 
At the moment, we are far from God and far off track as a nation. 
Massive debt … skyrocketing murder & violent crime … more than
53 million abortions … the stain of pornography …  The list
of our sins is getting longer and longer each year. … Yet the country
has not yet woken up and realized that turning our collective backs
on God is a recipe for judgement and disaster.”

Mega-church Pastor John MacArthur says this …..
“Materialism, drunkard pleasure seeking, arrogant conceit, defiant
sinfulness, moral perversion, and corrupt leadership …. do you not
see this in America?” He continues by saying,  “I look
at America … people say what is wrong with this country. …. They
have rejected the Word, the law of the Lord, the Holy One Himself.”

Having been a prophecy student for some 35+ years,
I couldn’t agree more with these gentlemen’s take on what’s happening. 
Seeing the increase in wars, famine, pestilences & fearful events
… the “birth pains” spoken of in Matthew 24:7-8 & Luke
21:11 … It’s obvious to at least those of us who know the Word of
God. … But sadly, the masses just don’t get it!

Matthew 24:37-39 says,  “As it was in
the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 
38) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 
39) and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came
and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of
the Son of Man.”  ……………………….  and sadly,
all these ‘signs’ we are seeing simply represent the coming ‘flood’
that is about to inundate this sorry planet.

…and again, for those of us who study these things
… who read the Scripture which were given to us by our Great God …
it is no surprise to see this all taking place.  The Bible tells
of the Godlessness that would take place in these last days. … 2 Timothy
3:1-4 says it about as plainly as it can get … “But mark this: 
There will be terrible times in the last days.  2)  People
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,
disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3) without love, unforgiving,
slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 
4) treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
of God ….” ……….. Sound familiar?  Need I emphasize
that our nation, and the entire world, is wallowing in despair today?
… As Pastor MacArthur said previously, we live in a society plagued
by abortion, homosexuality, domestic violence, child molestation, blasphemy,
pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, and on and on ………………

The bottom line is this … Our nation is faced
with massive economic and social problems unparalleled in its history
….. and the reason is staring us in the face! … When we reject God
and REFUSE to believe and follow His Word, we are then left to our own
devices …  which eventually always fail, for “There is a
way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
(Proverbs 14:12) …..

At the most basic level, our problems are not really
economic, social or political …. THEY ARE SPIRITUAL! … Simply, America
has forsaken God … we have rejected His rule both as individuals and
as a nation. 

I truly believe, with all that is taking place …
even as I write this piece …  that God is reminding us that America’s
destiny is not in the hands of our corrupt system and its leaders …
but in His hands ..

2 Chronicles 7:14 shows us what we must do for there
to be ANY chance of our surviving as a people and nation ……….
“If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves
and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I
will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

It’s that simple ….. but will we do it? …. is
there still time? ……   I think we will know within a very
short moment  …………

Luke 21:28 says it all ….. “When these things
begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption
is drawing near.”

Until next time,

Red

PS – and this is the kinds of stuff we are talking
about on Tuesday evenings here in Newberg.  If you are interested,
let Mary or I know and we will ‘fill you in’ on the details …………
October 19

*The New York Times – “Putin’s New ‘Fortress
Russia'”

The King of the North is rising again … and just
in time to fill its prophetic role …. I remember back to 1991 when
the USSR crumbled …. and how we ‘prophecy watchmen’ were verbally
assaulted because this prophecy was ‘no longer possible’ ….. and I
must admit, I was a bit confused by it all …. but soon put my trust
in the Almighty … and here we are! ……….. What now, skeptics!!!

*The JC.com – “Twitter deluged with French
anti-semitism”

Comment from article:  “Anti-semitism
violence has grown in France by 45% just in the first 8 months of 2012.”
…. A sad commentary … and such ‘short’ memories ……………

*The San Francisco Chronicle – “Small earthquake
rattles western Nebraska”

*The Times of Israel – “Moderate quake shakes
Egypt, felt in Israel”

*The Financial Post – “Spain banks’ worst-case
scenario turning real”

*Huffington Post – “More believe in space aliens
than in God according to UK. survey”

……. A good set-up for a ‘secular’ response
to The Rapture of the Church.  … Hollywierd has been priming
us for a very long time with all their crazy science-fiction tales …
guess it’s starting to ‘stick’ ………..

*Yahoo.News – “Clashes erupt in Greek anti-austerity
protests”

……. More civil unrest is coming … and quite
frankly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more already …..

*World Net Daily – “Mask off:  Canadians
now warning Americans”

Comment from article:  “The Bible is being
called ‘hate literature’.  … Clearly, the Church is in the crosshairs. 
… There will be growing pressure for the Church to comply or be shut
down.” … Archbishop Terrance Prendergast, Canada. ……

October 20

*Egypt Independent – “Shallow 5.0 quake strikes
sea floor of eastern Mediterranean Sea”

*Yahoo.News – “Three bank failures bring U.S.
2012 total to 46”

*World Net Daily – “Dick Morris predicts Obama-Iran
‘October Surprise’ “

…….. you know, this is possible …. Leave it
to an American ‘ego’ to speed up the ‘prophetic process’ … but seriously,
if Obama feels like he’s going to lose the election, out of pure desperation
he would have to try something! … What ‘good’ politician wouldn’t,
facing the same dilemma …..

*NBC News – “Nurses, cleaners, librarians: 
UK austerity marchers challenge government cuts”

…… They’re starting to pour into the streets
……

October 21

*The Extinction Protocol – “Northern Ireland
shaken by moderate earthquakes & tremors (4.8 & 5.7)”

*The West – “6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes
near Vanuatu Island”

*The Wall Street Journal – “Wary Swiss banks
shun Yanks”

…… Not such good news since they hold so much
of the world currencies … Just another quick glimpse of America’s
coming economic earthquake ……

*Fox News – “Moderate 5.3 quake shakes central
California”

*Fox News – “Death toll rises to 23 in Fungal
Meningitis outbreak:  Total affected now 284″*  

*Kansas City Star – “Church cites Scripture
… Bars ‘gay’ musician”

Comment from article:  “Minister says
keyboard player ‘switched from struggling with his sin to embracing
it’ “
….. kudos to this pastor … he is Scripturally
supported in his decision … Our churches need more leaders like this
one …..

October 22

*One News – “Swarm of quakes hit Tolaga Bay
(New Zealand)”

*Fox News – “LSU erased Christian football
fans’ crosses from photo”

Heaven forbid we should show any outward obedience
… or even a connection to our faith …. What makes it so crazy, and
obviously biased, is that if it would have been ANY OTHER religious
symbol, it would most likely been left untouched …….. how sad ..
and ‘dangerous’ for our nation.

*World Net Daily – “Billy Graham backs Mitt
Romney with ad in Ohio paper”

……… I still can’t believe it!!! …. Deception
reigns BIG in these last days, just as the Bible said it would ……

October 23

*Reuters – “Mild earthquakes create panic in
United Arab Emirates”

*UPI – “Earthquake strikes near New Caledonia”

*The Weather Space.com – “Sunspot groups pose
threat for Earth-directed flares over the next 10 days”

*Mail Online – “The Armageddon Virus: 
Why experts fear a disease that leaps from animals to humans could devastate
mankind in the next five years”

………… With the way things have been evolving
as of late. ……… Could this be the starting of the “next pandemic”
experts have been anticipating for some time now?

*Campus Reform.org – “UNC drops term ‘Freshman’
in favor of ‘gender inclusive’ language”

……  What a ridiculous deal! ….. I’ve
been saying for a long time that the majority of our college campuses
are divisive hotbeds for the liberal agenda … even before it was popular
to do so …. but then, I’m just some ‘old nutcase’ spewing his poison!
…………

October 24

*Inside Costa Rica – “Strong 6.5 magnitude
earthquake strikes Costa Rica”

*The Daily Sun – “Strongest-ever earthquake
hits Quang Nam, Vietnam”

*Space Weather – “Sun unleashes X-class flare
from volatile spot”

……. it will NOT be a ‘direct hit’ ……….

*Haaretz – “Heading toward an irreparable rift
between US Jews & mainline Protestants”

Comment from article:  “Relations between
jews and mainline protestants in the U.S. hit a 45-year low after 15
protestant leaders sent a letter to congress urging that aid to Israel
be reconsidered.” …….. I’m telling you, as we see our nation’s
continued turning away from the jewish state, the quicker God’s wrath
will fall upon us. … I do know that the ‘world’ thinks statements
like this are ‘looney-tunes’ … but we who know …. know! …. We
must pray for the ‘blind’ ……….

*BBC News

   -Eurozone business activity hits fresh
low …
   -Schauble of Germany warns ‘worst is
yet to come’ …
   -Rioting in Spain over more budget
cuts …

*The Jerusalem Post – “Gazans fire 80 rockets
at Israel in 24 hours”

*Joel Rosenberg – “New reports show violent
crime & national debt soaring”

……………. When people get hungry, civility
disappears ……………

October 25

*The Globe and Mail – Israel

   -Sudan blames Israel for strike on
munitions plant … promise retaliation …
   -Conflict fears as Gaza clashes intensify

*The Washington Free Beacon – “UN Human Rights
Council calls for boycott of U.S. companies”

Comment from article:  “UN’s ‘War on Israel’
puts America’s economy in crosshairs.” ……. Here we go again!This
totally inept world organization (UN) is going against a nation (Israel)
that actually treats its Arab citizens with equal respect … while
turning their biased, anti-semetic faces away from the likes of North
Korea, Iran, Sudan ……………………… Why do we continue to
put up with these idiots!!! …

*World Net Daily – “Evangelical landslide for
Romney?”

Comment from article:  “Billy Graham: 
I’ll do all I can to help you … and you can quote me on that.”
….. According to the latest poll, Romney’s going to get about 75%
of the ‘white’ evangelical vote. …. American politics amaze me! ….
No matter the choice … and this year, there isn’t one … the country’s
Christian community still MUST participate … even when both options
are saturated with deception. … If you must vote, at least find a
candidate that has solid Christian values & beliefs! ….. Oh wait,
there isn’t one that I know of ….

Another week …. and another one full of stories
showing us clearly that we are on the threshold of our Savior’s soon
return. …. America …. the one world super-power … continues it’s
slide into moral & economic oblivion ……… Israel’s ever-increasing
vulnerability to hostility & anti-semitism …. The European Union’s
constant shifting & reshaping soon to emerge as Daniel foretold
….. The King of the North now re-establishing itself as a player and
building relations with nations specifically mentioned in Ezekiel’s
prophecies …. worldwide pestilences on an ever-increasing pace …
famine affecting food prices & availability globally …. wars &
rumors of wars …. signs in the sun, moon and stars …. ….. ……
and yet people seem to ignore all of this, just as the Bible said they
would …. Matthew 24:37-39 speaks of people being in the same frame
of mind as in the days of Noah … eating & drinking, marrying ….
and totally oblivious to what is about to take place …………. Daniel
12:4 says that we will be “running to and fro …. to increased
knowledge” …. earthly, that is ………. It is really sad to
me … but then God said it would be this way ….  I just feel
committed to tell & warn as many as I can before it is too late. 
…. I truly hope this is all of your goal as well.

Thanks so much for all of your readership, participation
& support. … The word is spreading, which simply means that more
people will have the opportunity to hear about the saving Grace of Jesus
Christ. … Please continue to forward this to all your friends …
This is how we continue to grow …

Until next time,

Red

PS – We just finished our 3rd night of End-Time
teaching, and I’m happy to say that we will be continuing on until God
says stop! ….. We had 25 people in our last meeting and the interest
and enthusiasm was terrific!
Questions are being asked and participation is at
a high level …….. and it’s NEVER too late to join in .. It’s every
Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM at Chehalem Valley Baptist Church here in
Newberg … and it’s not all Baptists! … Last Tuesday evening we had
4 different Churches represented …. So come if you can.

October 23, 2012

Well. I’ve certainly stirred up quite a few folks
out there, and it all centers on the issue of voting in the upcoming
election ….. We’ve seen several comments on the site as well as many
other private e-mails, phone calls, personal conversations, and the
like … and I promised most all that I would address it in this week’s
commentary … so here goes ……..

I’ve been really praying for a way to express my
opinion in a way that would make sense to most all, regardless of their
political or religious affiliation … and finally this morning, it
came to me. … And what a coincidence! … It was while I was reading
Scripture.

In 1st Peter 1:1, it says, “… To God’s elect,
strangers in the world ……”   During the time of Peter’s
writing, we know that Christians were under terrible persecution …
to the point of being martyred for their faith. … and because of those
conditions, political activism in any form just didn’t happen. … In
fact, their entire focus was presenting the soul-saving Gospel of Jesus
Christ to as many lost souls as possible … at any cost.

Now let’s fast-forward to America … and a bit
of history. … When the United States first came into existence….
and up until some 40-50 years ago, being a Christian was openly accepted,
and in fact, was mostly welcomed in all walks of our society, including
politics.  … But then,   starting in the 1960’s, it
all began to change … and slowly but surely, with each passing day,
our Christian way of life began disappearing …. to the point that
now, ‘Separation of Church and State’ is the accepted way of life. 
In fact, to mix the two is met with hostility….. and with each passing
day, its even evolving into hatred. 

So now with this ‘separation’ mentality in place,
the only thing left for the ‘practicing’ Christian … if one chooses
to be politically motivated … is to compromise in many areas just
to be involved … and that includes running for a position, or just
supporting someone who runs for office.

Now let me share some personal experiences to support
this statement as it relates to compromise … or ‘working together’
for the common good. … Several times in my working years, I was involved
in the corporate world … and at a high enough level to have ‘rubbed
elbows’ with very powerful people … both in business and politics.
… Without implicating any one specifically, I will tell you that “compromise”
was … and is … THE way of life. … And again, not mentioning any
one person by name, I can tell you I was shocked … and very disappointed
at some of the things I saw take place in that world … and by certain
people I had previously held in high esteem. …It seemed that most
would “sell their souls” for the good of ………… who? 

So now, where does this leave us Christians …
those of us who try our best to follow the true teachings of the Holy
Scriptures? … Once again, we find ourselves as “strangers in
the world.” … Maybe it’s not as bad as it was in Peter’s day
… at least not yet … but we are being pushed further and further
out of the system that’s now running our society. 

So now we come to the opening question of this commentary
… voting/participating in this system.   …. I know, from
talking with many of you, that you essentially agree with what I’m saying,
but the “old ways” are very difficult to forsake. … Most
all of us have grown up participating one way or another in the political
process … myself included … but the more corrupt the system becomes
.. and the more I study the teachings of The Bible, I know that I personally
cannot continue to be involved … I can no longer ‘look the other way’
when it comes to compromising the basic tenants of my faith. 

When looking at my choices this election day …
one a member of a cult … and the other … a Muslim, or at best, an
apostate Christian … I just can’t go there..

Several have said to me … “but wouldn’t Romney
be the ‘lesser of two evils?’ … My response was simply … “either
way, it’s still evil.”

Again I will say …. I have great sadness for those
who still struggle with these difficult decisions concerning the world
we live in. … I can say that … finally … after much study and
prayer … that I am now able to ‘separate’ myself from these things. 
… I know that it labels me a “separatist” … and most will
not agree with me … and that’s OK ….

To each of you who are still working through this
dilemma, know that I’m not trying to tell you whether to vote or not
… that’s certainly not my place.  … It’s just that several
have asked ….

Come November 6th, vote your conscience … or not
… At least you still have that choice … for a bit longer anyway

Until next time,

Red
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