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December 4, 2012

During a recent conversation with my pastor, we
were discussing the meaning of ‘militancy’ … how it applied to our
nation … the nations of the world … how the Church fits into this
picture … and how we as individuals and as collective societies view
it.  … Needless to say, this discussion took us to many points
of thought …. and as I’ve contemplated this conversation over these
past few days, I’ve come to realize that in this word …’militancy’
… lies the answer to the success or failure of our churches today.
Most people, when they hear the word ‘militant’,’
think immediately of war … or aggressive situations, be it political,
personal., etc. … I, myself, was a victim of this thinking for most
of my life. … but alas, I believe I’ve come to the understanding of
what it truly should mean … and yes! … I’m still a complete ‘militant’
… but now, in a much different way. …..

Let me explain … First, let’s go to the ‘American
College Dictionary’ and look up the meaning of the word ‘militant’ …
it says, 1) combative; aggressive: 2) engaged in warfare; warring: 3)
one engaged in warfare or strife; a militant person; serving as a soldier
……. 

Now let’s go away from the ‘worldly’ view of this
definition and apply it to the Kingdom of God ……..
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we live
in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons
of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
… And one more … Ephesians 6:12-13 states, “For our struggle
is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13) Therefore put on the full
armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to
stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” 

Now I want to use a Biblical example of the kind
of warfare (militancy) that is being revealed to us in these passages
…. In the town of Gadara, there was a mass of tombs … and dwelling
amongst them was a man who was possessed by some 2000 unclean spirits.
Can any of us even begin to imagine the torment this demon-possesed
man endured?! … Scripture says he wailed and cried all through the
night , ripping his clothes and cutting himself with stones. … This
poor soul lived as a wild beast, and there seemed to be no one who could
help him. … Plainly, satan had taken ‘ownership’ of this tormented
man.

In chapter 5 of the Book of Mark, we see where Jesus
had just finished teaching in another town and was now heading to Gadara,
where this demon-possessed man lived … and unlike many other places,
there was no waiting crowd … there would be no mass healings … and
no teachings of parables. .. Simply, Christ’s mission was to reach this
one person … the demoniac who lived amongst the tombs.

In this Gospel, we see an amazing scene take place
… Mark 5:2-7 says this … “When Jesus got out of the boat, a
man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him.  3) This
man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, even with
a chain. 4) For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore
the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet.  No one was strong
enough to subdue him. 5) Night and day among the tombs and in the hills
he would cry out and cut himself with stones. 6) When he saw Jesus from
a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of Him.  7) He
shouted at the top of his  voice, ‘What do you want with me, Jesus,
Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!”

Why did the demoniac say this?  It is because
evil spirits are tormented when they encounter Christ. They know for
a fact that they will be chained and bound for eternity. … Then Jesus
responded directly to the demons saying, “… come out of this
man, you evil spirit.” (vs. 8) … and the 2000 unclean spirits,
who called themselves ‘legion’, responded immediately, left the demoniac
and entered into a herd of pigs, which ran down the mountainside and
jumped into the sea and drowned. (vs. 9, 11-13) ….  and then
what happened? … This poor, tormented man, who just a few moments
earlier was crazed by evil spirits, now sat calmly at Jesus’ feet ..
in his right mind!

Certainly this was an incredible miracle Jesus had
demonstrated, but also it is a clear message to all of us that our Lord’s
authority has power over all and every kind of darkness, no matter how
strong …. and I believe there is even a bigger message here … one
that is for our church today.  … In the Book of Revelation, the
Word clearly speaks of a ‘flood of evil’ that will come upon the earth
in the last days … the final days when the devil knows his time is
short …

There is no question in my mind that these are the
days we are now living in!  …  People from all walks 
of life are questioning what is going on all around us … and it’s
no wonder. … All are “running to and fro …” (Daniel 12:4)
…. Any semblance of morality is on its last legs ….. we have surpassed
the tragic example of “Sodom and Gomorrah”

So what is going on?  Simply, it is the ‘power
of hell’ at work.  … Satan and his hordes are doing all they
can to put as many as possible into darkness. ….. As the Church of
Jesus Christ, we need to be fully aware that we are witnessing satan’s
full-scale attack against God’s people.  …… Multitudes of souls
today live in ‘tombs of self-destruction’, being harassed and tormented
by evil spirits …. Millions upon millions of hearts are crying out
in torment just as you are reading these words …. and according to
Scripture, it is only going to get worse with each passing hour.

But when all seems hopeless …. when lawlessness
seems unstoppable …. when there seems to be no place left to turn
… this is when many will begin to finally turn their faces to Jesus
…. the One and only One who can rescue them from their torment. ……………….. 

And how will this all take place?  Simply,
it is time for His Church to get out of its ‘lukewarm, pleasure seeking,
seeker-friendly’ state, and become militant … by getting back to the
ministry described in Luke 9:1-2 where Jesus gave his disciples authority
over satan’s hordes …. “When Jesus had called the Twelve together,
he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure
diseases, 2) and he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to
heal the sick.” 

I see nowhere in Scripture where this authority
or power over evil has been rescinded. … The time has come for Christ’s
‘authentic’ church to rise up and get back to the ministry of “Healing
the sick and casting out demons.”

If you are one who is caught up in the ‘old ways’
of complacency…. of just ‘going through the motions … then I strongly
urge you to become spiritually ‘militant’ and start making a difference
in the short time we have left. …. Cries of despair are coming from
all parts of this world, and it’s time for the true Church to answer
these cries …. It is time to call on the power of the Holy Spirit!

Finally, know this … there are two worlds out
there … one of good and one of evil … and in these last days, the
warfare that has been waged for centuries will now only increase. …
In the true sense of the word, there is a ‘war of the worlds’ going
on … and it is evident when we look around us that the current church
of today is losing the battle … Why? … because we try and fight
it with worldly methods … ways that seem to be ‘acceptable’ to our
culture.  … But the results are disastrous! …. So then, Romans
12:2 says it very clearly … “Do not conform any longer to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Remember this, Jesus did not condemn the man at
Gadara. He did not ask the man how he became so bound.  …there
was no rebuke, not even a question. … Instead, Jesus worked a wonderful
miracle of deliverance for the tormented man. … He showed the world
how God has authority over every power of darkness. …. He then passed
it on to those of us who ‘hear His calling’ …. Simply, it is time

Until next time,

Red
November 23

*Drudge Report – Black Friday Rampage

   -‘Gang fight’ at Black Friday sale
   -Man punched in face pulls gun on line-cutting
shopper …
   -Shots fired outside Walmart …
   -Shoppers smash through door at Urban
Outfitters …
   -Customers run over in parking lot
   -Woman busted after throwing merchandise
   -Thousands storm Victoria’s Secret
   -Insane battle over phones …
   -Mayhem at Nebraska mall where 9 murdered
in 2007 …
   -Shoplifter tries to mace security
guard …
   -Men steal boy’s shopping bag outside
Bed, Bath & Beyond …
   -Heckler calls them zombies …
‘   -Tis the season, ‘fa-la-la’
 
……. I had to report this article … It simply
is a snapshot of just how sad our society has become ..

*NBC News – “Earthquake shakes New Jersey”

*Bloomberg – “EU budget summit fails in echo
of debt-crisis stalemate”

….. This was to be expected … more ‘changes’
are needed for the prophetic picture to come into better focus …

November 24

*Rapture Ready – “Russia sends warships to
Gaza coast”

…… The King of the North flexing its muscles
…… but this will NOT be the prophesied Ezekiel War … not quite
yet ….

*Associated Press – “New York City storm victim’s
homes looted over Thanksgiving”

……… Is there no honor? ……….

November 25

*Toronto Sun – “SARS-like virus plagues Middle
East”

*World Net Daily – “Ugandan president repents
of personal, national sins”

Comment from article:  “We confess idolatry,
witchcraft, political hypocrisy, Dishonesty, Intrigue”

…… What a great thing this is!  … For
a national leader to do this is extraordinary! …. Too bad our leaders
aren’t as open & dedicated … it is the ONE & ONLY thing that
can save this nation …

*The Jerusalem Post – “Satellites show Iran
moving quickly to re-arm Hamas”

….. Here is ‘Persia’ not wanting to give Israel
a moment of rest & peace ……

*Pravda – “Obama re-elected by an illiterate
society”

…. Do the Russians know something we don’t? …
Duh …. ah … ummm  … I’m just not sure how to answer this
….

*The Daily – “Churches offering Concealed-Carry
Weapons Training to attract members”

…. Sounds pretty ‘normal’ for today’s church in
America … do anything to fill the pews & collection plates, even
if it isn’t Scriptural … (See this week’s commentary – “Say What?!”)
…..

November 26

*Xinhua – “Moderately strong earthquake and
tremor strikes western China”

*Voice of America – “Middle East turmoil ping-pongs
from country to country: Egypt in chaos”

*Physics – “World’s rivers running on empty,
study finds”

Comment from article:  “The reasons stated
were ‘water extraction’ & ‘drought’ “

*BBC – “UK plagued by flooding from days of
torrential rain”

*Examiner – “Earthquake recorded in San Diego
County – 2nd earthquake reported in Hawaii”

*ABC News – “Ehud Barak says he’s quitting
Israeli politics”

…….. There goes the only moderate voice in Netanyahu’s
government ….

*The Washington Times – “Kahlili:  Iran
thrilled over Obama re-election”

Comment from article:  “This simply means
‘smooth sailing’ ahead for nuclear ambitions.”

*Drudge Report – The Land of the Free

   -Woman detained for riding Manatee
   -Man jailed four days for recording
cops …
   -Company fires 150 employees for not
getting flu shot …
   -Palm scanners in schools, hospitals

November 27

*The Guardian Express – “A 5.2 magnitude earthquake
has just hit Sakhalin, Russia … 3.0 quake in Searles Valley, California”

*CNS News – “Black Friday:  U.S. Treasury
borrowed $211.69 per household on day after Thanksgiving:  $24,
327, 048.38 total”

*Yahoo.News – “Bankrupt San Bernardino to halt
payments to retirement plans, bondholders”

…… One of the 1st dominoes ……

*Drudge Report – “Black Friday gun sales hit
record high”

…. Again, see this week’s commentary ……..

*Fox News – “Painting depicts Obama as crucified
Christ”

….. The height of apostasy!!! … It can’t get
much worse than this ………… 

*World Net Daily – “Regulations force Amish
sect to flee state”

Comment from article:  “We have to follow
laws whether we think they’re fair or not.” … This is true, and
can be supported by the Holy Scriptures … unless they are contrary
to the laws of God and would force someone into sinful ways ……….

*NBC News – “National Security Risk: 
Far-right leader pushes Hungary to draw up list of Jews”

… Anti-semitism is getting worse & worse in
the EU ….

November 28

*CBS News – “Iran:  Nuclear enrichment
advances with intensity”

Comment from article:  “This is in direct
defiance of western demands and is likely to increase tensions.”
…… Remember the Mahdi? … These leaders could care less how the
west feels …

*Arutz-Sheva – “Pakistan claims it test-fired
nuclear capable ballistic missile”

….. Isn’t this great news?!  …  Another
unstable ‘nut-case’ regime with the capability of shooting nuclear warheads
wherever they choose …..

*Arutz-Sheva – “Muslims claim Netanyahu plans
to build ‘false’ Holy Temple”

…. Could this mean that the rebuilding of the
temple in Jerusalem yet to be fulfilled before Christ’s return is upon
us?! .. Amen!!!

*Washington Post – “Strong earthquake shakes
eastern Indonesia”

November 29

*The Extinction Protocol – Volcano Activity

   -Emergency Management Office observes
intense volcanic activity on Pagan (Marianas) …
   -Kamchatka’s Plosky Tolbachik volcano
erupts for 1st time in 36 years …
   -Indonesia’s Mount Lokon volcano erupts,
spewing ash 3.5 Km high …
   -Temps continue to simmer under New
Zealand volcano …
   -Residents on alert, as Santiaguito
volcano blows its top in Guatemala …
   -Upswing in earthquakes in the Long
Valley caldera region of California …

*Fox News – “Kansas town forced to remove cross
from town seal”

Comment from article:  “The group, ‘Freedom
From Religion Foundation’, complained that the symbol violates the establishment
clause of the U.S. constitution.  The group said the cross indicated
government endorsement of Christianity.”

*The Times of Israel – “Abbas goes to UN with
the world behind him – General Assembly votes 138-9, with 41 abstentions,
in favor of Palestinian state”

*The Jerusalem Post – “PM Netanyahu of Israel
says UN can’t force Israel to compromise on security”

*Fox News – “Fiscal War of Words:  Dems
not ‘serious’ vs. GOP ‘irresponsible’ … Cliff at this time looks like
reality”

*World Net Daily – “Communist Party USA celebrates
Obama win”

… I’m ‘shocked’! …. but not really ……………

As usual of late, another very interesting week
in the world of Bible prophecy … Doesn’t the article concerning our
behavior on Black Friday make you sick?  … It is simply amazing
how far, and now how fast, our country is falling into ‘the pits of
hell’ concerning our overall values … and what about the college that
displayed Obama as the ‘crucified Christ? … or the forced Cross removal
from that small town in Kansas? …. I’m simply telling you that unless
America turns its face back to Christ … and soon .. great Divine retribution
is coming to this land …..

Also this week we continue to see the constant ‘evolution’
of the EU as to its final Biblical form, which will be none other than
the revived Roman Empire, spoken of in the Book of Daniel. … And Israel?
… Never a dull moment! … What stuck out for me this week was the
announced resignation of Ehud Barak, the only true ‘moderate’ in Israel’s
upper power echelon. … With the near certainty of PM Netanyahu’s re-election,
and the growing popularity of the conservative factions, there is NO
DOUBT Israel will be more militarily aggressive in the near future.
… I don’t think I would want to be in Iran’s shoes if in fact this
all takes place … The ‘playing around’ will be over!  ……….
And what about the rebuilding of the Holy Temple? … This is the one
prophecy that is still not fulfilled concerning the return of our Savior
Jesus Christ.  There has been so much speculation from Bible ‘scholars’
concerning this subject … Maybe this the moment we’ve been waiting
for! ….

And finally, how about a national leader of Uganda
repenting of his, and his nation’s sins before the entire population?!
… Man, do I respect this guy! … If only this would happen in many
other nations, including our own … Sounds unrealistic, but hey, if
it happened once …………….

This week we passed the 10,000 ‘hit’ mark on our
site and I am so grateful to all who visit! … I am humbled by this
and would request that you all pray for me as to ONLY write what is
the absolute truth of God. …….. and the way we have grown? … by
each of you passing our site along to all your contacts. … I pray
you will continue to do this … Our only desire is to get the Word
of God into as many places as we can, because we feel time is extremely
short! ……..  May God richly bless you as we move ever closer
to His triumphant return ….

Until next time,

Red
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