Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 29, 2014

“Alas!  For that day is great, so that none is like
it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of
it.” (Jeremiah 30:7) …

… and then there’s this …. “Do
not keep silent, O God!  Do not hold Your
peace, and do not be still, O God!  2)
For Your enemies make a tumult;  and
those who hate You have lifted up their head. 
3) They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted
together against your sheltered ones.  4)
They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation.”
(Psalm 83:1-4)
So, who are these people that want to cut
off the nation of Israel? … None other than the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s
first-born son. … To review briefly, we see in Genesis that even though
Ishmael would be blessed with uncounted descendants (today’s Arabs), he was not
to be the promised heir. .. That honor was bestowed upon Isaac and his
descendants (the Jews) … Ishmael’s 
descendants, like the Israelites (Abraham’s grandchildren through
Sarah), were divided into 12 tribes (Genesis 25:16). .. Out of respect for
Abraham, God made a great nation of these people  (Genesis 21:12-13).   … 
The Old Testament eventually used the term ‘Ishmaelite’ in a broader
sense, referring to all the Arabian merchants (Isaiah 13:20;  Ezekiel 27:20,21). …  Any wild and warlike peoples of the desert could
claim to be descendants of Ishmael (Genesis 16:12). .. And finally, Muhammad
claimed Ishmael as his ancestor, as do most all Arabs.  
So now, fast-forwarding to today, who are
these peoples and tribes mentioned in Psalm 83 who are trying to ‘cut off’ the
nation of Israel? … In verses 5-8 of Psalm 83, they are listed as to exactly
who they are. .. In today’s world, these people occupy the nations of Jordan,
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian refugees and Hamas of the Gaza
Strip, and Iraq. ….
Of course, we know also that most all of
Ishmael’s descendants have accepted Allah as their god and Muhammad as their
prophet (their imitation of Jesus, if you will), and are now called Muslims. ..
They have since spread out across the world and have taken their hatred of the
Jews with them wherever they’ve settled. …. Sadly, through the modern
‘multi-cultural’ movement, this hatred has spread into other segments of
today’s societies. … Look at Europe right now, for example. … Anti-Semetic
demonstrations are taking place in the majority of the countries that make up the
EU. … It was bad enough before Israel’s Gaza campaign, but since has ramped
up to near-riot conditions in many places such as Germany, Austria , the UK,
France, Hungary, Greece, not to mention the Middle East as well as many
locations in Africa. …. There’s even signs in several American cities of
increasing Jewish hatred.
What is also alarming is the fact that
many of these same European nations just mentioned are also electing extreme
far-right candidates to represent them in the European Parliament …. even
nazis! … If you’ve studied history at all, you can see that it is very
reminiscent of the 1930s Europe, when these extreme parties started winning
significant shares of the vote. … Then it was spurred mostly by poor economic
conditions, which evolved into a far worse scenario. … The conditions in
today’s world are very similar to then, but with a few added attractions such
as an actual Jewish nation trying to resist a long history of hatred from these
same ‘sons of Ishmael.’  
So, will Israel survive. … The answer
is a resounding YES! … Go back to the opening verse (Jeremiah 30:7) where it
says that “but he shall be saved out of it.” …. That’s pretty clear
scriptural proof to me that God will ‘see them through all of this.’   … In fact, let’s look at this complete
passage from Jeremiah … 30:4-7 … to see what it says … ” Now these
are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.  5) ‘For thus says the Lord;  We have heard a voice trembling, of fear, and
not of peace.  6) Ask now, and see,
whether a man is ever in labor with child? 
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in
labor, and all faces turned pale?  7)
Alas!  For that day is great, so that
none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved
out of it.” 
So how does it end? .. Let’s look at
Zechariah 12:2-3  which says,  “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of
drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah
and Jerusalem.  3) And it shall happen in
that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;  all who would heave it away will surely be
cut in pieces, though all nations of the Earth are gathered against it.”
…. In short, the world’s nations will ultimately be against this tiny nation
of Jews, with the sons of Ishmael coming against her only to face defeat. …
One verse that is very sobering as to how they will be defeated is in Zechariah
14, verse 12, which says,  “And this
shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought
against Jerusalem:  ‘Their flesh shall
dissolve while they stand on their feet, 
their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall
dissolve in their mouths.”  ….. I
don’t know about you, but that sure rings a bit of nuclear war!
Again, we know that Israel will survive
these marauding ‘sons of Ishmael, and will ultimately sign a peace treaty with
the coming world ruler, the soon-to-arrive anti-christ. … This will take
place about the same time as Jesus takes His true Church home with Him in the
Rapture. …. 
What we are witnessing over there, and
around the world right now is simply the fulfillment of God’s Holy Word. …
The one thing we need to do is pray first for the Jewish people, but also those
sons of Ishmael. … They, too, are part of the ones Jesus died for. … 2
Peter 3:9 says this … “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as
some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance.” …. What an amazing God
that He has patience for all of us wretches who inhabit this crazy world!
Pray for Israel … Pray for Palestine
… shine the light whenever and wherever you can while there is still time …
He is coming soon to fix all the stuff we have so badly broken. … Hallelujah!
……. Know that I am praying for each of you constantly so that you may stay
strong in these increasingly difficult days … and when all seems lost, just
remember that our Savior is coming soon to rescue you from it all! …
Hallelujah!
Until next time,
Red

 
July 19

*Los
Angeles Times – “Ebola death toll tops 600, spreads to 4 more counties in
Liberia — WHO losing fight to contain outbreak”

*Reuters –
” ‘Convert, Pay Tax, or Die’ .. Islamic State warns Christians”

   -Ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from
Iraq’s Mosul …
…. Such
a ‘loving’ god they serve! ..
*Drudge
Report – “Anti-Israel protests rock Paris – Thousands rally in
London”

   -Obama warns Netanyahu over mounting
civilian casualties

   -Hamas fighters slip through tunnel – 2
Israeli soldiers killed …

*Chicago
Tribune – “22 shot in Chicago over 12 hours, including girl, 11, killed at
sleepover”

…. Think
of it this way … When we saw a headline like this, say 10 years ago, it was
major front-page news …. Now it’s just ‘another day’ in this rapidly
disintegrating society …..
*Los
Angeles Times – “Update:  80% of
California is now in ‘Extreme Drought,’ new data shows”

   -Water wars hit Los Angeles …

   -People stealing water any way they can …

   -Fear spreading …

July 20

*BBC –
Iran nuclear talks deadline extended until November”
…..
Ridiculous! .. What an absolute waste of time … All of last week’s talks
weren’t focused on Iran’s nukes, but how long this next extension will be! …
This just gives ‘Persia’ more time to finish up the bomb they’ve sworn to drop
on Israel. … Just another display of complete incompetence concerning our
State Department, specifically John Kerry and his illustrious leader ….
*BBC –
“Monster storm hits southern China leaving death and destruction – biggest
storm in at least the last 4 decades”

*Reuters –
“Turkish PM Erdogan says Israel ‘surpasses Hitler in barbarism’ “
… Wasn’t
it just a short time ago that Turkey basically supported israel? … Another
nation pulls away as Israel’s overall isolation increases by the day. …
another prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes …..

*Drudge
Report – “Bloody Sunday:  Death Toll
Mounts”

   -70 Palestinians & 13 Israeli soldiers
killed …

   -Hamas claims capture of Israeli soldier …

   -UN schedules emergency session …

   -Thousands flee major battle in Gaza …

   -Hot mic: 
John Kerry mocks Israel by saying ‘A hell of a pinpoint operation’ …

  

*Drudge
Report – Virus Alarm Sounded

   -Fatal mosquito virus found in Massachusetts

   -West Nile reaches Tulsa …

   -Chikungunya fear in Palm Beach …

   -Warnings in Maryland …

   -Kentucky on watch …

*USA Today
– “Cracks in Economic Foundation”

   -OECD fears middle class civil unrest coming

   -Claim: 
Economic ‘improvement’ comes from government payouts …

   -Economist Marc Faber sounding warning bells

   -BRICS shake up global economic architecture

*Joel
Rosenberg – Gaza War Update

   -PM Netanyahu calls the nation of Israel to
prayer and fasting during the Gaza war …

   -Hamas defies humanitarian truce it asked
for …

   -Growing signs of a much longer, more
intense IDF operation in Gaza …

*World Net
Daily – “Stunning:  CBS airs
violently anti-Christian song”

…. This
one reaches new levels of out-and-out blasphemy. .. The lyrics declared this
… “I wish the Virgin would’ve had an abortion.” …….. I would
hate to be these people on the soon-coming Judgement Day … Come Lord Jesus!
….
July 21

*Lalate
News – “Powerful 6.9 magnitude quake strikes off the coast of Fiji”

*The Post
– “Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Japan’s northeast coast”

*Money
News – Billionaire warns:  Yellen
collapse ‘will be unlike no other’ “

Comment
from article:  “Another horrific
stock market crash is coming, and the next bust will be ‘unlike any other’ we
have ever seen, according to Jeremy Grantham, co-founder and Chief Investment
Strategist of GMO, with assets of $117 Billion.”

…. He
goes on to say that new Fed chief Janet Yellen is ‘ignorant’ and will all but
kill the economy. … He’s not alone in this thinking … Hedge fund manager
with a spotless prediction record, Mark Spitznagel, thinks pretty much the same
way, as does Warren Buffett … Any ‘idiot’ (like me) knows that it’s not ‘if’
the market crashes, but ‘when’ ……
*Drudge
Report – Gaza War Update

   -Update: 
7 more IDF soldiers killed …

   -‘Resistance’ will defeat Israel:  Hezbollah chief …

   -Arab rifts may complicate search for truce
  
…… And
Anti-Semitism mounts ….

   -French Minister slams ‘anti-Semetic’
protests in Paris …

   -Tense atmosphere …

   -Online forums overflow with hate …

   -Hundreds denounce Israel at Embassy in
Cyprus …

   -Anti-Jewish leaflets found on cars in
Chicago …
*World Net
Daily – New MTV Motto:  ‘Incest is
Hot!’  – Forthcoming teen show features
‘Sibling Perversion’ “
…. The
world keeps finding ways to ‘top itself’ in reaching new normal ‘lows’ …..
July 22

*The Daily
Caller – “John Kerry not wanted in Middle East”
… This
was stated by former Ambassador Michael Oren – He attributes this to all of
Kerry’s failed peace attempts as well as the current administration’s poor
relationship with both Israel and the Palestinians …..
*Christian
News – “IRS settles with atheists, agrees to crack down on churches for
‘electioneering’ “
….
Basically, it comes down to this … most American churches are involved in the
Fed’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt program. .. This ruling says that if they, the church,
backs any political agenda, they will lose this tax-exempt status. …. In
other words, by ‘getting in bed with the government’ on any level allows them
to dictate what we can, or cannot say or teach! … Why on earth do we even
allow this to happen? .. All this does is allow the ‘rulers’ to get their
secular claws into our ‘spiritual flesh’ .. and especially since these same
rulers have totally removed God from their way of life! ….. 

*CNS News – “Price of beef & bacon
reach all-time high”
*The Telegraph – “China’s terrifying debt
ratio poised to breeze past U.S. levels”

… All
the while I thought America had the ‘corner’ on this debt thing … their debt
ratio just surpassed 250% of GDP! … They, too, will come tumbling down! …. 

*The Hill
– “CDC Director warns of ‘post-antibiotic era’ “
…. says
there’s lots of diseases emerging that current known medicines have absolutely
no effect on ….. scary!!
July 23

*Fox News
– Purged by ISIS, Iraq’s Christians appeal to world for help”

   -1800 year-old church in Mosul torched …

*Newsmax –
“Ben Stein:  ‘Jew hatred’ exists in
America’s media”

…. No
duh! .. and what happens to nations that go against God’s chosen? … the
‘Judgement Clock’ is ticking …
*BBC –
U.S. halts all airline flights into Israel”

   -Hamas calls it a ‘great victory’ …

…. Many
say this is a ‘boycott’ of israel by America over the Gaza ‘invasion’ … Why?
.. Do we see any airline suspensions in Iraq? .. Afghanistan? .. Ukraine? ..
Syria? …… Makes one wonder …..
*Daily
news – “Chikungunya continues to spread across the U.S.”

   -MERS virus may now be ‘airborne’ …

July 24

*Business
Week – “Earthquakes are rising in Oklahoma:  2300+ tremors reported since January”
*Western
Morning News – “Earthquakes increasing in the UK:  Highest in decades”
…. and
the scientists are baffled! …
*Reuters –
“Iran’s Supreme Leader calls for the end of ‘murderous’ Israeli
regime” 
….
Sadly, world opinion puts him in the majority …. just think about that for a
minute! ….
*CNBC –
“Deadly ‘Superbug’ is spreading in U.S./ hospitals”
….. It’s
an ‘antibiotic-resistant bacterium and nothing known to medicine phases it ….
*The
Guardian – “Japanese monkeys’ abnormal blood linked to Fukushima
disaster”
……
Just wait – humans are next! ..
*Fox News
– “Report:  Russia firing artillery
into Ukraine in escalation of conflict, Pentagon says”
….
Ukraine .. Afghanistan .. Iraq .. Syria .. Israel .. Nigeria .. Sudan .. the
list of ‘wars & rumors of wars’ grows by the day ……

July 25

*Christian
News – ” ‘We will not tolerate your religion!’ – School fires scientist
for questioning evolution”
Comment
from article:  “A legal defense
organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University,
alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering evidence that
contradicted evolutionary theory.”

…. It’s
sad when they won’t even consider ‘another’ possibility ….
*KTOO –
“6.0 earthquake hits southeast Alaska – No Tsunami expected”

*ABC News
– River in China mysteriously turns ‘Blood Red’ overnight”

……
This sounds so ‘Biblical’ …….
*Drudge
Report – Gaza War Update

   -Hamas morale collapsing …

   -Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest over
violence …

   -Officials call for ‘Day of Rage’ in West
Bank …

   -Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans …

   -Israeli Cabinet rejects Kerry ceasefire
proposal …

   -Ambassador blasts CNN for biased reporting
         
————————————————————————————————————————————

Another
week passes, and again we see prophecy unfolding at an ever-increasing pace!
… It’s simply amazing to watch! … I feel sorry for all those who are
clueless as to why all this is happening … But then again, that too, is
prophecy ….

As I said,
much is happening, but two issues really stand out for me this week. … The
first is the increase of nations experiencing turmoil … increasing economic
hardship .. wars and rumors of wars … the constant destruction of all moral
balance ……. Simply, we are seeing the unraveling of the existing global
order right before our eyes! …. and what will be the finale to all of this?
… the soon-coming ‘New World Order’ 
… and who will step into the limelight and put it all together? …
The ‘Beast out of the sea’ described in Revelation 13 – the Anti-Christ! …..

And guess
who else is ‘showing their true colors?’ …. None other than the Anti-Christ’s
‘partner in crime’ .. the World Church and its leader, the Pope! ….. Just
look at what he pulled off this week … he goes to the Holy Land and first
meets with the palestinian leaders .. those sworn to Israel’s destruction ..
and calls them ‘brothers!’ …. He then meets with Israel’s leaders and reports
mostly say that the reception there was a lot less cordial. … Finally, he
asks leaders of both the Jews and the Arabs (Muslims in this case) to come to
the Vatican to pray with him in the next few weeks. … Again I ask, which god
will he decide to pray to? … Oh, that’s right, I forgot … He thinks that we
all serve the same god! …. Anyway, The ‘Harlot’ described in Revelation 17 is
none other than who this Pope represents …. Rome and the Vatican will be the
partner of the coming world ruler, and this week’s events just makes it clearer
to those who ‘watch’ …..

OK .. I
know I’m going ‘off the deep end’ once again, but hey, this stuff is amazing!
.. and it’s just more proof that our Lord’s return is imminent! … Hallelujah!

I’m outta
here for another week, Lord willing,  but
know that I am fervently praying for each and every one of you. …. If you are
anything like me, it gets really hard sometimes .. and that’s because the enemy
of our great God is ‘turning up the heat’ at each and every opportunity he
gets. … For those of us who do our best to serve the Lord, that’s who he
focuses on the most. … But, Hallelujah, our Lord is stronger and will
ultimately be victorious! …. I can’t wait for that day! ….. Stay strong and
keep witnessing to anyone and everyone when the opportunity arises. … Time is
short and there is work to be done …….

Until next
time,

Red
   

 

July 22, 2014
To restate my summation of this week’s
headlines, there never seems to be a dull moment in this old world anymore …
are we seeing the quickening of the prophesied ‘Birth Pains’ or what?! … In
just these past 7 days, we’ve seen Israel go to war, radical Muslims wreaking
havoc in many places in Africa as well as Iraq and Syria, a passenger plane
being shot out of the sky, famine and drought reaching epic proportions,
continued acceleration of the world’s declining moral standards, possible
Pandemics surfacing …. and more & more ……
OK Red, we get it! … Things are looking
grim out there! ….. But here’s the interesting thing about this …. when
looking at what today’s churches see coming, there seems to be two major
positions … they are:
1) God is using all these crises to bring
about a Great Revival which will usher in the ‘Golden Age’ and the return of
Christ …. or
2) He is soon coming to take His church
home (Rapture) and so begin the Tribulation countdown ……
After much study and prayer, there is no
doubt in my mind that we are headed for the second option. … Like most, I
would love to see a great revival break out across the world. .. I have many
Christian brothers and sisters that truly believe the Lord is going to pour out
a ‘latter rain’ revival … still others believe the church is going to ‘take
over the world’ for Christ (Dominion Theology) …. In fact, there was a time I
was close to falling into this line of thinking …. but then, as should always
be the case no matter what the situation, I turned to the Holy Scriptures to
settle this issue in my mind. …. Please bear with me for a brief overview …..
We know for a fact that there have been
countless revivals throughout the church age (the Day of Pentecost to now). ..
Here is a list of eight that stand out as having the greatest impact:
*The Pre-Reformation Revival — 1300-1500
(Lollards, Wycliffe, Hus, Savonarola)
*The Reformation — 1517-1560 (Zwingli,
Luther, Calvin)
*The First Great Awakening — 1740-1745
(Harris, Wesley, Whitefield, Edwards, Brainerd)
*The Second Great Awakening — 1798-1832
(Finney, Nettleton, Beecher, Matteson)  
*The Layman’s Revival — 1857-1861
(Palmer, Lanphier, Moody)
*The Great Welsh Revival of 1904
(Roberts, Howells)
*The Asuza Street Revival of 1906
(Seymour, Bartleman)
*The Jesus Movement (1967-1973)
Are there more coming? …The obvious
thing to me that makes Revival’ hard to grasp going forward in this church age
is the Word of God’s repeated mention of spiritual darkness as the hallmark of
the last days. .. Several prophetic scriptures describe these last days as a
time of great apostasy. .. Here are just three examples:
*2 Thessalonians 2:3 says,  “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any
way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of
lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.”
*Matthew 24:24 says,  “For false christs and false prophets
will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect —
if that were possible.”
*Revelation 3:10 says,  “Since you have kept my command to
endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to
come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”
OK .. here’s another obstacle that
refutes the ‘revival’ thing … according to the 7-Church teachings of
Revelation, chapters 2 & 3, we are living in the last church age .. the
‘Laodicean Age.’ … Dr. David Reagan recently gave a good outline of the
seventh church as to how it relates in the prophetic view of church history:
“The last of the churches mentioned,
the one that represents the church of the end times, is the church at
Laodicea.  It is pictured as a church
that is neither hot or cold, but rather is lukewarm, or tepid (Revelation
3:15-16).  In short, it is a church that
is apathetic.  Jesus also pictures it as
a worldly church enamored with its wealth (verse 17).  The Lord is so dissatisfied with this church
that He declares,  ‘Because you are
lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth’ (verse
16). “
But I believe the greatest obstacle
against revival is man’s growing acceptance of sin – his immunity to
repentance. ..  It is even rampant in our
churches today! … Look back for a moment at the aforementioned historic
revivals and see how they diminish in number and scale over the years. .. A key
problem is that revival today means ‘getting something from God.’ .. People who
flocked to the so-called revivals at the Toronto Airport Vineyard Christian
Fellowship and Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola were mostly looking for
an emotional high or a physical blessing. .. A decade later, it’s hard to argue
with the simple fact that these events have been marked as questionable
practices, and have had nearly zero impact on today’s society. ….
In revivals of the past, saints were
given their marching orders to reach the lost for Christ. .. John Wesley, the
founder of the Methodist Church, was very direct about how to win souls:  “You have nothing to do but to save
souls.  Therefore, spend and be spent in
His work.  Observe:  It is not your business to preach so many times,
and to take care of this or that society; 
but to save as many souls as you can; 
to bring them to repentance, and with all your power to build them up in
holiness without which they cannot see the Lord.”
To sum up, the world WILL see revival!
… In fact, the Bible predicts a future revival that will dwarf all others.
… Once millions of people realize they have missed the Rapture and the
conclusion of the church age, they will find the true faith. (Revelation,
chapter 7). … The terrible and trying conditions of the Tribulation will
cause many to quickly reach a level of dedication where they will be willing to
sacrifice their lives for the Gospel. 
So yes, I believe that conditions will
become more difficult and rebellion against God will abound with every passing
moment as we approach the close of the Church Age … and the coming revival
will be seen only after the Church, Christ’s bride, is taken up to heaven to be
with Him (the Rapture). … But while we are still here and waiting for this glorious
moment, we must do everything we can RIGHT NOW to tell as many as we can about
the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! … Look to your loved
ones .. your friends and neighbors .. anyone who is either not saved or are
sitting in a ‘dead’ church taking their salvation for granted … those that
are ‘lukewarm’  … tell them to ‘wake
up’ to the truth that is theirs for the taking … Hallelujah!
Difficult times are upon us, and each
passing day proves this out. .. But because we know this, we can rest in what
Jesus said in luke 21:28 .. “When these things begin to take place, stand
up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” …
Hallelujah!
Until next time,
Red
      
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