The Fulfillment of Ezekiel 38?

October 3, 2015

James F. Gauss, author of

Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

We the People: Birth of a Nation

And a dozen other books.

Surely the Lord God does nothing,

unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Amos 3:7

Is it possible that we are witnessing the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel in Ezekiel 38?  In Ezekiel 38, God tells the prophet Ezekiel of a coming war in which overwhelming forces of evil from the north will come against Israel at a time when she is living in peace and the Jews from all nations have returned to Israel.  Are the precursors to that great event now starting to take shape in the Middle East?  Has President Obama unknowingly or purposely set the stage for the fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 38?

In case you have not been paying attention, there are some interesting developments in the Middle East that have taken place over the last 2-3 years.  Before looking at this prophecy, let me catch you up on current events in the Middle East and elsewhere in case you have missed them.

ISIS.  First, let’s look at the rapid development of ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).  First, President Obama and his administration prefer to refer to this Islamic terrorist group as ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).  That in itself is interesting and significant since only a true Muslim would understand the significance of such a reference.  The “Levant” refers to the Middle Eastern area that includes Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.  Other countries that are sometimes included in the Levant are Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey.  ISIS or ISIL has made it clear that they are establishing a new caliphate (Islamic area of control) to include the Levant.  They are well on their way to doing so.

Obama insists that there is a 60+ country coalition that is fighting against ISIS, yet ISIS has grown stronger and taken over more territory in the Middle East and Northern Africa and spread its tentacles of terror into Europe and America. While the roots of ISIS have been in Syria for over a decade, the group did not rise to some prominence until after President Obama withdrew  all military combat units out of Iraq at the end of 2011.  However, ISIS was not unknown to U.S. military intelligence who strongly advised Obama that the group could quickly become an Islamic terrorist threat and advised the President to take military action against them.  Obama did not listen to his military advisors and refused to take any action.

It has recently been disclosed by over 50 military intelligence personnel that the Obama administration, prior to the 2012 presidential election, modified their intelligence reports that warned of the threat of ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups in the Middle East, so that it looked like the threat of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East had been defeated.

In April, 2013 ISIS burst onto the scene taking territories in Syria and northwest Iraq.  Obama’s military advisors once again recommended that he wipe out this fledgling terrorist group.  Obama refused to take their advice and did nothing.  Two years later (April, 2015), ISIS had grown to 31,000 fighters (some on the ground estimate up to 200,000) and are in at least 8 Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Map of the Middle East

Map of the Middle East

Despite receiving multiple warnings from his military advisors for over two and a half years, Obama did not authorize airstrikes against ISIS until August, 2014.  Along with a handful of coalition allies only about 5-10 sorties (bombing runs) per day have been carried out, thus making the bombing effort largely ineffective in destroying ISIS.  Instead, ISIS has become more brutal in its attacks on women, children, Christians, peaceful Muslims and anyone else they deem to be infidels or those that refuse to follow their brand of barbaric Islam.

Because Obama withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq and much of Afghanistan against all military advice, ISIS not only mushroomed into a formidable military, but has been recruiting thousands of fighters and ISIS supporters from nations outside the Middle East.  In addition, ISIS has been successful in getting their terrorist agents into almost every European nation and into all 50 U.S. states. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has recently confirmed that it has active investigations into ISIS cells in all 50 states.

To make the situation even worse, Obama has decided to import 255,000 virtually unvetted Middle Eastern Muslim refugees over the next 3 years—70,000 in 2015; 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017.   The FBI has already declared that it will be impossible to determine who among these 255,000 “refugees” are terrorists that are seeking to do America harm.  In the last year alone the Obama administration and his (not the people’s) DHS (Department of Homeland Security) deliberately permitted 1519 known Muslims or Muslim sympathizers who had a history of supporting Islamic terrorists abroad to enter the United States.  Why?—because these poor terrorists committed their acts of support “under duress” according to the DHS.  It is interesting that known Islamic terrorist sympathizers and supporters are given a pass because they were believed to have committed their acts under duress, but in American schools there is a “zero tolerance” policy for a second grader who accidently brought a pair of scissors to school.  After all, he might slice and dice the teacher and his classmates.

Iran.  It has long been known by intelligent sources that Iran has been the main sponsor and perpetrator of Islamic terrorism in the world and the chief supplier of military equipment and ordnance that killed and maimed the majority of American GIs in Iraq. As soon as Obama pulled U.S. forces out of Iraq, Iran quickly filled the void.

To reward this seasonal purveyor of Islamic terror who regularly vows to annihilate Israel and chants “death to America” like it’s some nursery rhyme, Obama, along with the demented leaders of Germany, France, Russia and China, decided it was in the world’s best interest to strike a deal with Iran that will assure their continued “secret” development of nuclear weapons.  Although the “deal” has never been fully disclosed to the American public or Congress, those parts which have been leaked have been called an atrocity and complete surrender to the world’s most evil power.  Virtually every U.S. military leader has referred to the deal as a disaster of gigantic proportions that will greatly diminish Israel’s survival and possibly that of the United States and Europe.

No sooner was the ink dry on the deal, Iran insisted on other demands that would further strengthen the deal for Iran, while weakening it for the free world.  After the deal was completed a representative of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) went to Iran to collect samples from Iran’s notorious Parchin military nuclear site to be analyzed for Iran’s compliance with the deal.  The IAEA was not able to secure its own samples for analysis, but instead was given samples taken by Iranian personnel.  Representatives of the IAEA proclaimed their site visit was a success.  Really!

Such a disastrous agreement that greatly risks the safety and security of Israel, America and the entire world was led largely by Islamic-addled minds of the Obama administration.  If allowed to persist, it will undoubtedly result in a nuclear arms race in the Middle East or force Israel to carry out a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to preserve its existence.

Russia.  Fresh from his uncontested incursion into Ukraine (where no European country or the U.S. lifted a hand in joint defense), President Vladimir Putin decided to venture into Syria under the guise of helping brutal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad fight against ISIS.  Again, this was made possible due to Obama’s refusal to effectively engage this Islamic terrorist group, now formidable army.  Putin is all too happy to fill the void left by Obama and establish a strong presence in the Middle East.  Putin has very effectively done so by making quick alliances with Syria, Iraq and Iran.  On September 30, about two weeks after Putin moved military personnel, equipment, planes, tanks, etc. into northwest Syria, Russia carried out its first airstrikes—not against ISIS (U.S. military intelligence surmised), but against Syrian rebels that are fighting against the corrupt al-Assad regime.  On the very same day, Putin strongly advised the U.S. to get its military planes out of Syrian air space and stop their sorties against ISIS.

No great surprise to this writer, but the day after Russia’s first airstrikes, Iran sent thousands of foot soldiers into Syria to join up with the Islamic terrorist group, Hezbollah.  To any intelligent observer, this could get out-of-hand very quickly.

Muslim migration to Europe.  A direct result of Obama’s failed foreign and military strategy in the Middle East, the collapse of the Iraqi government and military and the general chaos created throughout the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of people (Muslims, Christians and other religious and ethnic groups) have been brutally raped, beaten, dismembered, barbarically murdered or driven from their homes by ISIS and associated Muslim terrorists who just happen to follow the “true” teachings of the Qur’an and their false prophet, Mohammad.  Those natives that remain, mostly Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Africa and elsewhere, along with thousands of Mid-Eastern Christians are desperately fleeing to southern Europe.  This mass migration, unprecedented in modern history, is fearfully expected to reach 35 million.  If so, it will destroy the social, political, economic and religious fabric of Europe.

Europe as a whole is ill equipped to handle this mass migration of mostly hostile immigrants.  Although they are fleeing Islamic terror the majority still cling to their rigid Islamic beliefs of Islamic law and Islamic domination.  At the end of 2013, Europe was already home to 43.5 million Muslims or 6% of the European population.  It has been suggested by Muslim culture observers and researchers, that when the Muslim population approaches 5% of the native population, chaos ensues, disrupting the normal fabric of life for those whose homeland has been “invaded” by Muslims.  Historically, as well as currently, the majority of Muslims are aggressive, demanding and belligerent when it comes to asserting their way of life.  For more than a decade many countries in Europe have been confronting the Islamic belligerency and even Islamic jihad with little success.  Imagine if 35 million more Muslims flood European culture.  Europe will never be the same.

Among the current migration to Europe are an estimated 70% young men, not families or women and children.  This is of great concern, especially when a survey of those arriving disclosed that over 14% supported ISIS’ objectives.  Therefore, it is deemed possible by European authorities that this Muslim migration may include thousands of ISIS or other Islamic terrorists.

Jewish migration to Israel.  Depending on what survey or data one chooses to observe there is or is not a rise in anti-Semitism in European countries.  While anti-Jew sentiment persists in Europe, in many countries it is unchanged, but in others it is growing.  For instance, in a 2013 poll by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, it was discovered that in France, 70% of Jews surveyed said they felt threatened and 35% said they had experienced anti-Semitism.  This could explain why, in the past year or two, over 20,000 Jews fled France for life in Israel.

By May of this year, the migration of Jews to Israel was up 40% over the previous year.  In February, 2015, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told European Jews to return to Israel.  A year ago, at a Rosh Hashana celebration in the United States, Vice President Joe Biden told a Jewish group that Israel was the only safe place for American Jews.  Hundreds of American Jews appear to be taking his advice and moving to Israel.

Since 1948 when the Jewish state of Israel was re-established and through 2013, 140,488 Jews migrated to Israel from Canada and the USA.  In 2014, 3,700 Jews left Canada and the United States for Israel, the most since 1983.  In 2014, Israel saw a 32% increase in new settlers coming from all over the world.

There is a good reason for American Jews to consider such a move.  In the good ole USA, during the 2014-2015 college year saw a reported 520 anti-Jewish events on America’s university campuses, an increase of 38% over the previous school year.  While Christians and political conservatives are often banned from America’s campuses, Muslim and anti-Jew speakers are ushered in.  In addition, there is a growing anti-Israel sentiment among some evangelical Christian churches in the U.S.

The nation of Israel.  In early 2014, it was estimated that the world Jewish population was 14.2 million.  At the beginning of 2015, Israel’s population was at 8.4 million, of which 6.3 million or 75% are Jews.  The majority of the remainder, 20.7% are Arabs.  This means that Israel is currently home to over 44% of the world’s Jews living in an area half the size of Switzerland.  Of course this tiny nation is not surrounded by allies, but rather by those who would love to see it obliterated.  Among its Middle East neighbors there are an estimated 317 million Muslims.  If the Muslim nation of Pakistan is included with another 167 million Muslims, that means Israel is outnumbered 58:1.  Perhaps this explains why Israel has the 4th most powerful military in the world, right behind the United States, Russia and China.

The actors in Ezekiel 38.  To understand what is prophesied to transpire in Ezekiel 38, we must first identify the participants.

Gog (vs. 2).  It seems that most biblical scholars concur that Gog refers to a future leader of Russia or the leader of a combined military force that comes against Israel and God.

Magog (vs. 2).  Magog is considered to be the nation of Russia.

Rosh, Meshech & Tubal (vss. 2, 3).  These three countries or regions are believed to be Russia’s satellite countries.  Before the collapse of the Soviet Union in December, 1991, the Russian empire included 14 Socialist Republics.  Together with Russia, they made up what was called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or the Soviet Union.

Persia (vs. 5).  Persia is the old world and biblical name for Iran.

Ethiopía or Cush (vs. 5).  Different versions of the Bible refer to this North African region as Ethiopia or Cush.  Some biblical scholars believe that this may or may not refer to today’s Ethiopia but may possibly be Northern Sudan, which is occupied by radical Muslims.

Put (vs. 5).  Put is Libya in Northern Africa and is 97% Muslim.

Gomer (vs. 6).  Gomer is believed to be present-day Germany and Eastern Europe.

Beth-togarmah (vs. 6).  The common consensus is that this region is current-day Turkey.

Sheba & Dedan (vs. 13).  Most likely refers to the Arabian Peninsula countries.

Tarshish (vs. 13).  There is some uncertainty about this region, but most scholars believe that it is likely Spain.

The Ezekiel 38 Prophesy, Verse by Verse.  Now that we know the current events unfolding in the Middle East and the countries or regions referred to in Ezekiel 38, let’s examine each verse to see how it fits current and possibly future events in the Middle East and Israel.

NOTE:  The events prophesied in Ezekiel 38 may occur before or after the “rapture”.  Biblical scholars differ in their opinion.  However, the battle depicted here is not the battle of Armageddon that occurs after the Great Tribulation.  In any case scenario, we must be ready.

Verse (A paraphrased interpretation):

  1. The word of God comes to Ezekiel. So, we know that what follows is from the mouth of God Almighty through the prophet Ezekiel.

02-03. God makes it clear that the prophecy is against Magog, Rosh, Meshech & Tubal, that is against Russia and her satellite countries. Currently, Russia’s former satellite countries are independent nations.  They are  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia (now Belarus), Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgiziya (now Kyrgyzstan), Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia (now Moldova), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  Russia’s current president, Vladimir Putin, appears to have every intention of re-establishing the Russian empire.  In the early spring of 2014, Russian troops invaded the Crimea region of the Ukraine.  Europe, the United States and the rest of the world, although protesting meekly, did nothing.  Emboldened by this lack of confrontation, Putin’s forces continue to occupy the Crimea and are threatening the rest of Ukraine.  To be noted, Russia still has military bases in 8 of its former 14 satellite regions.

  1. God will motivate Russia and its satellites to gather their armies. According to Global Firepower (, the 2015 military manpower strength of Russia was 766,055 active duty soldiers and another 2,485,000 in reserve, for a total of 3,251,055 troops. However, if we add in the fourteen former satellite countries, the overall potential manpower strength of active plus reserves would be 6,353,462 soldiers.  Israel currently has an estimated 790,000 active and reserve military personnel.
  2. Persia (Iran and possibly Iraq), along with Ethiopia (or Northern Sudan or Republic of Sudan) and Turkey will join Russia. The one thing that Iran, Iraq, Republic of Sudan and Turkey have in common is that they are almost entirely radical Muslim countries that would like to see Israel annihilated. These four countries would add another nearly four million soldiers to Russia’s coalition army.
  3. Germany, Eastern Europe and Turkey will also join Russia against Israel. Why Germany, you might ask? Anti-Semitism is growing in Germany once again. So much so that it led the Israeli ambassador to Germany to proclaim last year that it was like 1938 all over again under the Nazis.  A large part of this growing anti-Semitism in Germany as well as in other European countries can be traced to the growing Muslim populations in those countries.  It is not farfetched to see that as Germany’s Muslim population grows that just as during the Hitler era, Germans may once again blame Israel and the Jews for their plight.
  4. Be prepared . . . prepare yourself . . . be on guard . . . In this verse it is almost like God takes a deep breath and says, get ready for what is coming. I’m warning you in advance.
  5. In the last days God will summon Russia and her allies to come against Israel who is living in peace and where Jews from all over the world have returned. Jews from all over the world have been moving to Israel for decades, but there seems to be a greater urgency for the worldwide Jewish population to do so today. As mentioned previously, Israel is now home to over 44% of the world’s population and that number is growing every month and every year. As anti-Semitism grows in the world, more and more Jews will seek the relative safety of Israel.  It has been said by biblical scholars, that when the Jews start leaving the United States for Israel, it’s time to pay attention.
  6. This combined army will be overwhelming. Just taking the total armies referred to in verses 4 and 5, Israel would be outnumbered by 13:1.
  7. God will put an evil plan into the minds of the leaders of this massive army. Why would God do such a thing? The last verse of this chapter states, so that the God of the Jews, the God of all creation will be magnified and sanctified and so that the whole world will know that He is the Lord God Almighty.
  8. They will attack what they believe is a defenseless Israel. Remember Israel’s Six Day War in June, 1967? Israel remembers it as the Miracle of the Six Day War.  That is because Israel had 275,000 troops at the time while its attackers (Egypt, Syria, Iraq & Jordan) had 456,000.  The Muslim alliance believed they had a sure victory and would push the Israelis into the Mediterranean Sea.  Israel’s rabbi leaders were so concerned about the potential for horrendous casualties that they designated every public park as a potential cemetery.  In 6 days of one-sided fighting the Israeli forces totally overcame the enemy forces with minimal casualties (776 lost), compared to an estimated 18,000 lost by their aggressors.  Israel tripled the size of their nation with re-captured land of their ancestors, including the capital city of Jerusalem.

God’s providence was apparent throughout the brief war.  Although Israel was out-flanked on all three land borders to the north, west and south and greatly outnumbered and outgunned, within hours her air force had obliterated the Egyptian air force before it got one plane off the ground.  As Arab ground forces were routinely dispatched by superior Israeli forces, Egyptian soldiers ran out of their shoes as they hastily retreated across the Sinai desert.  With God’s intervention, Israel quickly secured their destiny despite Russia pouring in $2 billion in military aid in support of the Arab effort to destroy Israel.

  1. The enemy army intent was to plunder Israel. As in the Six Day War of 1967, the intent of this massive army will be to plunder and destroy Israel.
  2. The Arabian nations will be supportive of the Russian allied army. In addition to Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, the Arab League nations include all the nations of the Arabian Peninsula, the nations of the North African tier and surprisingly the war torn nation of Somalia. While most of these nations are currently at peace with Israel, it would not take much for them to align themselves with Russia and its allies should a sure victory over Israel look imminent.
  3. Again, this will happen when Israel is living in peace in the Last Days. Although Israel has faced many challenges and attacks in its brief 67-year rebirth, for the Jew it is the only place on earth where the Jewish people can truly feel free from Jew hatred, discrimination and persecution.
  4. Russia will summon a massive army from the north to invade Israel. Looking at the map of the Middle East, Syria is essentially north of Israel, as is the majority of Eastern Europe, including Turkey. Even Russia could be considered to be north of Israel since the western part of the gigantic nation is directly north of Israel.
  5. This will happen in the Last Days so that everyone will know Almighty God. God’s purpose is always to point the nations to Him so that they will know that He is the One and Only true God. It is not Allah, Hindi or any other god created by man.
  6. This was prophesied long ago. This prophecy of Ezekiel 38 is believed to have occurred around 587 B.C. or about 2600 years ago. It is believed that it has not ever been fulfilled.
  7. On the day Russia and her forces attack Israel, God’s fury will come against them. Just like Israel’s experiences in ancient times when God fought for her; just like the more recent 1967 victory; God will once again defend His people and demonstrate His anger toward those that hate Israel.
  8. God’s power will be so evident that there will be a great earthquake in Israel. Enough said. In Jewish history an earthquake often accompanied God’s presence.
  9. On that day there will be a great shaking throughout the whole earth. Once again, God’s purpose is so that the entire earth—all nations and peoples—will take notice and know that there is no other god but Jehovah God of the Jews.
  10. There will be great confusion and fighting among the enemies of Israel. Often, in biblical history, one of God’s tactics against Israel’s attackers is to cause great confusion among them so that they attack each other (see the story of Gideon in Judges 7 as an example).
  11. There will be disease and natural disasters that will come upon the enemy. As in the days of Moses when God sent plagues, etc. upon the Egyptians, so it will be so during this battle.
  12. God will be magnified, sanctified and everyone throughout the world will know that the God of the Jews is the Lord God Almighty. This battle and its results will demonstrate to the world that God is alive and the defender of Israel. Once again, despite overwhelming odds in favor of Israel’s enemies, God will bring her the undisputed victory.

Chap. 39:1-4. God will utterly destroy the forces of Russia and her allies.  God’s victory is total.

Recap.  So, could we be witnessing the development of the beginning of this prophecy?  A lot has to transpire.  It may take years, or it could happen very quickly.  Especially if the rest of the world sits back and does nothing to intervene.

First.  Jews have been returning to Israel by the thousands for several decades.  However, the Jewish migration to Israel increased by 32% last year and is continuing to escalate.  Israel is now home to at least 44% of the world’s Jewish population.

Second.  President Obama has left a huge void in the Middle East in which Israel’s enemies are all too willing to fill.

Third.  President Obama, along with his prime negotiator, John Kerry, and the negotiators from Germany, France, Russia and China have assured Iran that they are free to pursue their nuclear weapon ambitions, thus greatly emboldening Iran and its desire to destroy Israel and usher in the End Times (that is, their version of it).

Fourth.  Russia, under Vladimir Putin’s leadership appear to have every intention on reestablishing their dominance over their former satellite countries as well as in the Middle East.

Fifth.  Putin has seen that America and Europe’s resolve to oppose him is weak and empty threats.  It appears he is free to do as he pleases.

Sixth.  The great migration of Muslims to Europe will dramatically alter Europe’s socio-economic, religious and political fabric, making it impossible for Jew to stay in Europe.

Seventh.  The military alliance between Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq spoken of in this prophecy has already occurred.

Eighth.  The armies of the north are starting to gather.  Virtually all support for Israel is being withdrawn.   Over the last several years the UN has issued more resolutions condemning Israel than all the other 192 member nations combined.  Most of the condemning resolutions were initiated by Arab nations.  In contrast, the UN has only issued eight resolutions against Iran since 2006, the leading sponsor of global terrorism.

NOTE.  If you have not seen Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful speech before the U.N. on October 1, you can watch it here.  Also note that, not only did the Iran delegation not attend, President Obama called out America’s ambassador so that she was not present for the speech.

35 Ways to Destroy America’s Military & Defenses (from within)

September 24, 2015

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, nor a chronological listing. It is just a list that came to me. You may have your own additions. Feel free to let me know of any I missed.

It should be clear to any intelligent observer by now that President Obama has a clear objective (among many) of minimizing or even destroying America’s once great military. Here is a list of contributing factors.

    • Defund the Military & Discourage Enlistments. On March 1, 2013, “sequestration” or automatic and somewhat arbitrary federal budget cuts of $1.2 trillion over ten years were implemented as approved by Congress and President Obama. Unfortunately, the U.S. military absorbed nearly half of those cuts or about $50 billion/year. In 2014 the U.S. military turned down 71-80% of those seeking to enlist. Chuck Hagel who was the Secretary of Defense at the time stated that the goal was to reduce U.S. forces from 522,000 to 490,000 by this fall. Over the next three years, or by 2018, the military will be forced to cut its strength by another 70,000.  Virtually all active and retired military leaders agree that such reductions will be devastating for America’s military and defense.
    • Allow Sexual Perverts to Serve. I may take some heat for this one, but I’m sorry, God did create man and woman; male and female; not for the purpose of perverted sex within each gender, but for the purpose of committed procreating unity and child rearing. To allow known homosexuals to serve in the military puts an undue stress on those who do not condone such perversions.  To perhaps drive home his point, Obama recently nominated for the first time in the military an openly gay man to serve as Secretary of the Army.
    • Push for Allowing Women in Combat. Nothing against women, but the clear reality is that women are less physically and emotionally fit for bloody combat. The Marines have recently stated that the best combat units in terms of performance are those without women. I would not want to depend on the average woman (who might go 130-140 lbs.; be 5’5” or so) to drag my wounded body (with another 40-50 pounds of gear) a hundred yards under heavy fire to an area of safety or to slit the throat of my attacker if that was the only option to save my life. Yes, there are some women capable of that, but no woman should be put in such a position in either account. It is bad enough that men have to endure such hardships, tragedy and war memories. Women are nurturers and caretakers by God’s design; not murderers or ones that should have to experience the horrors of combat and war—especially in Islamic countries that have little respect for women.
    • Allow Muslims to Serve. In April, 2008 there were 3409 Muslims serving in the U.S. military. While that number has increased, no definitive estimate could be found. But Obama’s intent is clear. He would love to have more Muslims serve in the U.S. military. While most are undoubtedly patriotic Americans, the danger still exists that a Muslim could turn on his fellow soldiers for the “cause of Allah”. Remember, when former President George Bush sent the U.S. military to Kuwait in preparation for the invasion of Iraq, among the first U.S. combat casualties were those killed by a U.S. Muslim soldier. Of course, there is the case of the Muslim officer serving in the U.S. military at Fort Hood, Texas, where U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, Nidal Malik Hassan, murdered 13 and wounded 30 others on the base, thus making it the worst attack in history on a U.S. military post. Despite the obvious Islamic terrorist attack, to this day, the official conclusion of the Obama Whitehouse and the U.S. Military Department, was that the attack was nothing more than “workplace violence”.
    • Refuse to Clearly Identify Our Enemy & Respect Their Capability. It is now well established that President Obama and his administration refuse to identify America’s number one enemy as Muslim terrorists and by extension, the religion of Islam. Yes, the religion which teaches and advocates for Islamic domination at the expense of every other human being in the world. If you are unwilling to identify your enemy, their beliefs and strategy, you cannot begin to fight and defeat them. Obama has no intention of defeating Islamic terrorists. After all, they adhere to the religion he adores as the “religion of peace”.
    • Ignore or Modify Military Intelligence Reports to Deceive America. It was recently reported via several news outlets that in July more than 50 U.S. intelligence spies/analysts associated with U.S. Central Command filed a complaint with the Pentagon Inspector General stating that their intelligence reports on ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups are being altered by higher officials to make it look like ISIS is weaker than they really are and that the U.S. is winning, thus endangering the lives of U.S. military, our allies and Americans everywhere.
    • Glorify the Enemy. Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, as well as Obama and his ilk have declared and even praised Islamic terrorists as “freedom fighters” fighting for justice or other such noble causes. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Remember Obama’s infamous “apology” tour to Muslim countries right after he was elected? Where he declared among other things that America was not a Christian nation and that it was one of the world’s largest Muslim nations and that it was Muslims that contributed to the founding and building of America.
    • Allow Our Enemies to Freely Patrol our Sea & Air Space. China & Russia are continually probing our shores and air space, thus our defenses and our willingness to confront them has convinced them that we have no will to fight or protect ourselves. China is freely controlling the South China Sea and creating islands in the sea for air bases and presumably military bases without so much as a whimper from Obama or Secretary of State, John Kerry. Now that Russia and Vladimir Putin know that Obama is a military wimp and did nothing after Putin invaded the Ukraine, Putin has decided to make Russia’s military presence known in volatile Syria.  And, since Obama has been uncovered as a push-over, the Chinese have decided to build a $40 billion shipping canal across Nicaragua that will out-perform the Panama Canal. This could potentially be a military nightmare for America’s national defense.
    • Flood America with Muslim Immigrants. In the next three years (2015, 2016 and 2017), Obama plans to bring into America another 255,000 Muslim immigrants from Syria. This group will likely include Muslim terrorists since the FBI has said that vetting this Muslim group or any other for Islamic terrorists is virtually impossible. Such immigration of our potential enemies is and has been a collaborative effort of the UN, the Obama administration and select Christian and Jewish organizations that are paid to help resettle Muslim “refugees” in America. These immigrants receive a refugee resettlement allowance, food stamps, subsidized housing (which often takes priority over the need of American citizens), free medical care and assorted other benefits, all paid for with your tax dollar. If you want to know the future of America, look no further than Europe. In most European countries there has been a sort of ethnic cleansing. Countries are being overrun and over-populated by Muslims. Many countries such as France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, England and others have lost control of their own destiny as Muslims are overwhelming their established social, religious, political and economic fabric. Traditional Europe, experts say, will no longer exist by 2050 as Muslims gain control through violence and a birth rate that is four times that of ethnic Europeans.The current overpowering wave of millions of mostly Syrian Muslims into Europe has ethnic European people on edge as they fear it could lead to the immigration of 35 million Muslims to Europe. The responsibility for this great migration can be laid at the feet of President Obama who refused to fully engage the ISIS terrorist group.  According to Congressman Brian Babin (TX), of the 500,000 refugees Obama brought into the U.S. in the last five years, less than 5% were Christians.  For a greater understanding of this plot to submerse America in a wave of Muslim immigrants, watch this short and very informative video by Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch (
  • Open Our Borders Wide & Hinder the Border Patrol from Apprehending Illegal Immigrants, Criminals & Terrorists. No one in the Whitehouse previously has been so blatant as President Obama and his minions in weakening America’s defense against illegal immigration. Since Obama has been in office, 2.5 million illegal immigrants have entered the United States. During Obama’s administration it is estimated that he has released 347,000 criminal illegal immigrants within the U.S. In 2013 alone, Obama’s DHS (Department of Homeland Security) released an estimated 104,000 criminal illegal immigrants. There are now so many illegal immigrants in the U.S. that 10% of all births in the USA are to illegal immigrants.  In the government’s FY2013 disclosure it was reported that 91.4% of Middle Eastern immigrants that came to the U.S. during 2008-2013 period received food stamps; 73.1% received free medical assistance and 68.3% received cash welfare payments ( National Research Council has reported that illegal immigrants in the U.S. cost the American taxpayer $346 billion annually.There is no question, that with Obama’s “open border” policy and his deliberate importation of more and more Muslim immigrants, there has been a significant rise in Islamic terrorism in the U.S., as well as FBI and law enforcement apprehensions associated with Islamic terrorists or their sympathizers. The FBI has disclosed that it now has active ISIS terrorist group investigations in all 50 states.
  • Turn Victory into Defeat. Tuck tail and run like a cowering dog seems to be Obama’s strategy when it comes to America’s enemies. Before Obama took office U.S. military forces had basically defeated Islamic terrorists in Iraq and the Middle East. America’s military leaders strongly advised Obama to leave at least 30,000 troops in Iraq to assure stability. At the time, ISIS was non-existent. Obama ignored the prudent advice and withdrew most of the troops by the end of 2011. Shortly thereafter the Islamic terrorist group, now known as ISIS or ISIL, emerged and has grown exponentially ever since and is single-handedly responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere and the mass migration of millions of terrified civilians (and likely thousands of ISIS terrorists portraying themselves as such). According to a recent survey of fleeing Muslims, one in seven sympathizes with ISIS. Thanks to Obama’s foreign and military policies, Europe will never be the same, nor likely America and the rest of the world. As I write this (Sept. 16) certain European countries are being overwhelmed with Syrian and other immigrants who are storming their borders while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” or Allah is great.
  • Prevent Chaplains from Ministering Effectively. Our soldiers serving abroad, especially in Muslim countries are deprived of Bibles, Christian ministry & prayer in the name of Christ. The typical excuse for such outrageous rules is that such religious adherence would be an offense to Muslims or to non-believers within the military. Our Christian soldiers and Christian chaplains are repeatedly harassed or punished for praying in the name of Jesus or for even quoting scriptures or leaving a Bible in plain sight. The most radical of atheistic groups that strongly oppose any semblance of the Christian faith in the military is the Military Religious Freedom Foundation headed by Michael Weinstein who apparently has an open door to the Whitehouse.
  • Disarm U.S.-based Military Installations. It has been a rule since the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 that soldiers on U.S. home bases are not permitted to carry firearms. The Chattanooga, TN massacre and the Fort Hood, TX mass shooting, both by Muslims, has raised the question of why are our soldiers at home not allowed to defend themselves.
  • Build Mosques on U.S. Military Bases.  Since 9/11 the number of mosques in the U.S. has mushroomed by 75% to well over 2,000. It has been determined by U.S. intelligence that 80% of these mosques preach jihad, the Islamic war against infidels. Mosques are also being built on U.S. military bases. While many American leaders seem to take this with a grain of salt, it is a significant development that does not bode well for America or its military. U.S. and military leaders do not understand (except for the present occupant in the Whitehouse), that when Muslims establish a mosque in a community or on a military base, to them that symbolizes a conquering of that territory for Allah.
  • Wage Politically Correct Wars & Engagements. Our military cannot defeat an enemy if the Obama administration or any other administration refuses to correctly identify that enemy, initiates a haphazard offensive that tie the hands of the military to carry common sense and militarily proven tactics to engage and defeat that enemy. A politically correct war is a recipe for greater U.S. military casualties, a strengthening of the enemy and certain defeat now and in the future.
  • Promote Islamic Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Military as “Workplace” Violence. Everyone knows that Obama and his compadres cannot stand to call out America’s enemies for who they are: Islamic terrorists.   It has already been mentioned about the Fort Hood massacre by a Muslim soldier that Obama and his minions were quick to proclaim “workplace violence”. Then a year ago there was the case of an American converted to Islam who brutally beheaded a woman at work and thus once again declared workplace violence. There are many other cases involving Muslim perpetrators that are pushed into the shadows of political correctness to avoid the true Islamic assault on America.
  • Endanger U.S. Soldier Safety & Lives With Ridiculous “Rules of Engagement”. Retired Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, who commanded the Green Berets during his military career, has stated that military morale is at an all-time low under the current administration.   “They make it virtually impossible for them to succeed,” Boykin commented recently, “and, in many cases, even to protect themselves and the people they are responsible for.”  Instead of our military forces being allowed to do what they were trained to do, they are being hampered by ridiculous rules of engagement that put their lives at danger.  In some cases our soldiers are being prosecuted by the administration via the FBI even though a military investigation found no wrong doing.  In a number of such cases soldiers have been stripped of rank or summarily discharged without proof of wrong doing.
  • Provide Inadequate Resources for Military Training & Military Conflicts. In 2013, the recently retired U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, stated in October of the year that the U.S. Army only had two brigades (approx. 6,000-10,000 total troops) that he considered combat ready. U.S. military budget cuts under Obama have also greatly affected the combat readiness of the U.S. Air Force. Due to lack of funds, the Air force has had to reduce flying time for pilots in training and reduce aircraft maintenance. As result the Air Force is losing some of its most experienced pilots who cannot get enough air time.
  • Fire Top Military Leaders & Reduce Re-enlistment. Since being elected President Obama has fired over 200 leading military commanders and given “pink slips” to over 500 officers. At the same time Obama is pushing for illegal immigrants to enlist in the U.S. military under an amendment added to Obama’s National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA.
  • Recruit & Make it Easier for New Immigrants to Enlist. In 2008, the U.S. military implemented MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) to recruit non-citizens into the U.S. military as an alternative route to U.S. citizenship. The program promises legal immigrants “naturalized citizen” status at the end of the ten week combat training program. So, while the military (which is now completely controlled by Obama) discourages enlistment and re-enlistment for true red-blooded American citizens, it is flinging the door wide open for non-citizen immigrants.
  • Carry out Weak, Ineffective Offensives Against ISIS & Islamic Terrorists. In his much publicized “war” against ISIS Obama ordered a tepid response of only half dozen or so air strikes per day. Military brass has said that this is totally ineffective. To be effective, 200-300 or as many as 500 sorties/day need to be carried out. However, Obama’s objective has never been to defeat Islamic terrorists, but rather just to give the ignorant American public the illusion that he is at war with them and defeating them.
  • Release Islamic Terrorists from GITMO. It took years to hunt down some of the world’s most notorious Islamic terrorists, imprison them at GITMO and extract life-saving information from them. From day one of taking office in the Whitehouse it has been Obama’s stated objective to close GITMO, even it meant releasing every Islamic terrorist within.
  • Coddle & Reward Deserters & Traitors. Remember Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl anyone? At least six soldiers were killed searching for him when he went AWOL and linked up with the enemy, the Taliban. Although Bergdahl is undergoing a trial now, most early observers of the evidence have declared him to be guilty of desertion and possibly treason. Obama hailed him as a hero and made no apologies for exchanging him for 5 known Muslim terrorists held at GITMO. Obama had the audacity to compare his actions with those of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt at the end of war. Once again the President has trouble with his history facts. First, Washington had deserters shot; Lincoln and Roosevelt were not alive at the end of “their” wars and were not involved in prisoner swaps.Then there is the case of Obama’s military spending $500 million of American taxpayer money to train 5 (yes, five) Syrian rebels and then have them defect or disappear.
  • Disclose Military Secrets & the Secrets of Our Allies. Remember Seal Team Six, the ones responsible for finding and killing Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011? Just two days later, on may 3, V.P. Joe Biden, against strict advice not to, disclosed that it was Seal Team 6 that was responsible for bin Laden’s death. Three months later, on August 6, a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 U.S. military, including 15 Seal Team 6, were shot down by the Taliban. All on board were lost. In March of this year the Obama administration deliberately released a 386-page “top-secret” document that disclosed Israel’s military nuclear secrets.   The excuse that it was in keeping with the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) does not hold any water since Obama has freely ignored such requests for FOIA documents when it comes to him or his administration.
  • Oppose Israel & Betray Our Allies. It is no secret that Obama has distain for Israel and their Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama is clearly the most anti-Israel president America has had since Israel’s re-establishment in 1948. Ever since taking office Obama has pushing for and supporting the “two state” solution, that is a Palestinian state at the expense of Israel’s sovereignty and security.
  • Support & Finance U.S. Enemies. How much foreign aid has the U.S. sent to Islamic countries? Here’s a disturbing fact that should get your blood to percolate.   In 2012, the UN counted 193 member nations. In that year the generous U.S. government provided foreign aid of some sort to 184 or 96% of those countries. Total taxpayer tab: $48.4 billion. That’s bad enough, but to make it worse, the U.S. essentially borrows the money from China in order to dole out this aid. In 2011, 60% of all U.S. foreign aid went to Muslim countries and 33% or $11.6 billion of the total went to Middle East Arab nations. NOTE: This does not include the hundreds of billions spent on fighting the war against terror in the Middle East.
  • Make Alliances with U.S. Enemies. Obama has consistently sought alliances with America’s enemies while weakening alliances with America’s long term allies. In the Middle East, the U.S. military left behind millions of dollars in valuable military equipment, ordinance and technology for Islamic terrorists in such hostile areas as Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. Isn’t it nice that ISIS and other Islamic terrorists get to enjoy modernized military equipment courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer?
  • Allow Islamic Terrorists to Target Our Military & Their Families. Recently ISIS “tweeted” out the names, addresses and photos of U.S. military personnel and their families in the U.S. How this information was obtained and why it was permitted to be online should be an indictment of the lack of security for our armed services men and women by the Obama administration.
  • Deny, Delay or Refuse Proper Care for U.S. Veterans. A recent independent year-long study of the Veteran’s Administration health care for veterans has concluded that despite an annual funding of $60 billion per year, the VA is a bureaucratic nightmare for providing health care to our veterans. An estimated 307,000+ veterans died waiting for care; another 600,000+ are still waiting for care.
  • Bow & Apologize to U.S. Enemies. One of the most obscene gestures by an American president was when Obama, soon after being elected, went on his notorious “apology” tour to the Middle East, bowing to Arab leaders and stating that America was not a Christian nation, but in fact was one of the largest Muslim nations in the world. While Obama is always quick to criticize Christianity or mock America’s Christian roots, he is quick to praise Islam.
  • Deny Proper Medical Care for Veterans at Risk of Suicide. It was recently reported in an IG (Inspector General’s) report released nationally in early September that over 300,000 U.S. veterans have died in the last few years waiting for medical care and another 600,000+ are still waiting for medical care. The IG discovered that VA staff was encouraged to process the simpler cases to earn bonuses and show progress. In thousands of cases the IG found that medical applications for help were stamped completed when the veteran was never seen or treated. This is a travesty.  On a single night in January, 2014, the National Alliance to End Homelessness counted 49,933 homeless veterans. According to Veterans Inc. an estimated 529,000 to 840,000 U.S. military veterans are homeless during any given year and that on any given night there are an average of 300,000 homeless veterans. This is another travesty of justice and compassion for those who served our country.  Yet another national shame is that the suicide rate among our nation’s active duty men and women is over double that of civilian suicides (30 vs. 14/100,000 population). Nearly 300 active duty military commit suicide each year.
  • Reward Genocide. One has to be deaf, blind and dumb not to understand that ISIS and other Muslim terrorist groups are out to wipe Christianity and Judaism from the Middle East (and eventually the world). Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been brutally murdered, tortured, raped, enslaved or forced to flee their homes because of Muslim persecution. Although Obama has done much to help Muslims he feels are persecuted, he has done absolutely nothing to help Middle Eastern Christians.
  • Suppress the Military Vote & Make it Difficult for Active Military to Vote. Prior to the 2012 presidential election it was widely reported by many news agencies that the Obama administration was intentionally trying to suppress or prevent military personnel from voting. Although it sent $2 billion to Egypt it could not find the money to support the opening up of convenient voting stations for military men and women, and it deliberately sent out absentee voting ballots after it was too late for those voting to return them.
  • Blame the Christians & Patriots for the Rise of Islamic Terrorists. Blame the Christian Crusades of over a thousand years ago. Blame conservatives, veterans, patriots, Republicans, the Tea Party, the neighbor’s dog Spike, anyone and anything but Obama’s traitorous ineptness or diabolical plot against America. The total disaster in the Middle East can clearly and totally be laid at the feet of Obama and his supporters (from those that voted for him to all his political hacks that support him). Without God’s intervention, America will never be the same.
  • Promote & Sign the Iran Agreement to Strengthen Iran’s Terrorist Position. Despite only 21% of Americans supporting the undisclosed “deal” (nobody knows what’s in it or the “secret side deals”) with Iran and the overwhelming majority of Congressional members against it, the Obama/Kerry cabal is determined to push it through. Now that the deal is done, Iran has announced that they have “discovered” a big reserve of uranium in their country and will begin mining it soon. This will enable them to pursue their nuclear weapon plans without relying on outside sources of uranium. If Obama succeeds with Congressional approval of the Iran deal, it will undoubtedly be looked back upon as the worst foreign relations deal in the history of the United States of America and will jeopardize the safety and lives of many Americans, including our military.  Pope Francis has come out in support of the Iranian nuke deal, while at the same time encouraging Israel to give up its nuclear weapons.

Dateline, September 23, 2015. Now that all parties have agreed to this deal, Iran demands more concessions. The end result? Who, in their right mind, would want to enlist and serve in the U.S. military under these circumstances? The truth is that enlistments are down considerably.

Related Posts.

The Fundamental Changing of America

Is It Time?

August 26, 2015

By the author of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

[A fair warning.  This is long.  Sorry, but I just do not know how to cut short God’s word and His warning for the United States.  And let me make it clear, I do not desire America’s demise, but rather pray for her and the church in America to recognize her and its evil ways and repent and return to God and His ways.]

[Please note that this blog was started two weeks before the U.S. stock market started its meltdown on August 21.]

Is it time?  Is it time for God to judge America?  If not, why not?  There is a prevailing opinion (and it is only that) in America and among some Christian circles that God will not and cannot judge America because of her Christian heritage or the Christian faithful that live therein.  However, such a viewpoint contradicts biblical history and evidence, as well as modern and current history and events.

According to the Bible, the Jews were and continue to be God’s chosen people.  Yet, throughout the Old Testament and throughout history, the Jews have been continually persecuted and afflicted.  In the biblical accounts, God repeatedly chastised, judged and punished the people of Israel for disobeying His commandments; for rebelling against Him; for their sinfulness and perversions and for worshipping foreign gods.  When it comes to Christians, there is a 2000-plus year history of persecution, torture and death at the hands of non-Christians, which has intensified in the last three decades, largely at the hands of Jew-hating, Christian-hating Muslims.

In both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible it is made clear by God that He will not and cannot abide in the presence of unrepentant sin. America’s descent into wanton depravity and sinfulness parallels that of rebellious Israel in the Old Testament.  God repeatedly warned Israel about her rebellion against Him and turning to idols and godless behavior, but time and again they rejected God and His warnings through the prophets.

For decades now, America has been following the path of Old Testament Israel, with its rebellion against God and acceleration of perversions and godlessness reaching fever pitch.  Each time Israel fell away from God, God allowed judgment to fall upon Israel in the form of death and destruction by her enemies.  America’s enemies are lining up in queue (China, Russia, North Korea, ISIS et al), waiting for their opportunity to take on the ever weakening U.S.

America’s covenant with God.  Regardless of the repeated attempt by left-wing progressives (otherwise known as anti-American socialists) to revise America’s history, the undisputed fact still remains that those pilgrims from Europe that first landed on the East Coast of America over 400 years ago, planted the cross of Jesus Christ and made a covenant with Almighty God to found a just society of religious, political and social freedom.  That covenant—to establish a nation on biblical principles and to acknowledge Almighty God in all things—was repeated in word and affirmation by America’s founding fathers through numerous documents and declarations, including the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Although not everything went according to God’s plan, those dedicated to God and His holy word put into place the greatest constitution and rule of law the world has ever known.  Patterned after biblical principles and law it set in place the mechanism for righting wrongs and securing individual freedoms like never before.

America and its leaders, including many in the Christian church, have broken that covenant with God, thus allowing America to plummet into the immoral, godless abyss of hell.  Each time Israel violated the covenant it had made with God, the people paid a heavy price, including the innocent and those that were considered the righteous before God.

America’s abominations.  America has not been content with bathing in her own abominations but has become the world leader in exporting her perversions of abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, pornography, sexual immorality, destruction of the family and a host of other aberrations of biblical morality.

Pornographic web sites originating in the United States represent 60% of all the pornographic web pages viewed each day around the world.  Americans are so obsessed with pornography and elicit sex that even men and women of God have gotten snagged by the temptations.  It has led to such perverted web sites as Ashley Madison where over 39 million site users seek extra-marital affairs, including, it has now been discovered (due the site being hacked), members of the Whitehouse staff, members of the U.S. Congress and other government employees and high profile public figures.

One of the most recent egregious perversions was the 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to approve homosexual marriage as the law of the land, thus overturning thousands of years of man-woman unions practiced by thousands of cultures since the beginning of time, and most importantly, spitting in God’s face and His design and law for marital union between one man and one woman.  To celebrate the court’s decision, America’s pseudo-Christian leader had the Whitehouse—“the people’s house”—lit up in gay pride rainbow colors, thus effectively jabbing the collective thumb of rebellion in God’s eye.

During the time of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the Jews also jabbed their thumb in God’s eye repeatedly. Furthermore He said to me [Ezekiel], “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations” (Ezekiel 8:6).

There seems to be no end and no limit to the level of sickening perversions that some Americans will seek.  Recently, in Times Square, New York, bare-breasted women paraded around in bikini briefs to earn money from men eager to have their pictures taken with them.  It is notable that none of them were arrested for such debauchery, nor did most pedestrians that were interviewed see anything wrong with it.

As God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel over 25 centuries ago, Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.  America has entered that perverted pit of no return.  Like Israel of old, she will not get out of the pit on her own, unless she wholeheartedly repents and turns to God.

The wickedness of the Jews and their pagan neighbors in the Old Testament is being played out once again in America.  God referred to the debauchery and sinfulness of Israel as harlotry 44 times in the Old Testament (NKJV).  It was detestable to God then; an abomination.  God’s laws and His righteousness have not changed.  If such sin was detestable to God then and an abomination, it certainly is today as well.  Will America receive the same judgment of God that Israel did?  Sadly, not only has America prostituted itself to the unbridled wickedness of the pagan world, but many churches and their followers who proclaim the name of Christ have done the same.

Slaughter of the innocents.  In my book, Revelation 18 and the fate of America, I wrote that abortion was akin to the child sacrifice that God abhorred in the Old Testament among the Jews and their pagan neighbors (p. 119).  Since 1973, America has been guilty of murdering (yes, murdering) over 58 million little children and has been the instigator for over 1.345 billion abortions worldwide.  How can God forgive such a heinous crime against His human creation?  No society in the history of the world has carried out such repeated acts of callousness and barbarity.  Should America not pay a heavy price for such wanton sinfulness and rejection of the life that God created in each instance?

God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah about Israel’s sacrificing of their own children, had this to say: Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (Jeremiah 19:4).  In the following verses God continues on how Israel will pay a heavy price for turning away from Him and committing such heinous acts of child sacrifice.

Through the prophet Ezekiel, around the same time period, God once again spoke this warning to Israel: You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries (Ezekiel 22:4).

The horrific undercover videos recently released that clearly demonstrate the barbarity of abortion and those who perform them without a shred of remorse or conscience demonstrates how debased our American society has become.  If you are a God-fearing Christian who professes Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior and yet you still support the Pro Choice agenda, Planned Parenthood and the anti-life, anti-God practice of abortion, or support those that do, you need to fall to your knees in heart-felt repentance and beg God’s forgiveness right now.  Nothing is more abhorrent to God than the taking of innocent life.  You can argue and rationalize all day long or until the proverbial cows come home about when life starts, but the truth is that life starts when God says it does, and that is at the very moment of conception.

Judgment starts with the House of the Lord.  In the Old Testament of the Bible there are numerous stories of how the Jews turned away from God and followed after the sinful, godless practices of their pagan neighbors.  Very often this turning from God was started by the very ones who were charged by God to keep the Jews on the narrow spiritual path of ordinances and statutes for godly living.  The spiritual leaders of the Jewish community, the priests, often became corrupted and strayed from their spiritual disciplines and led the people down the path of evil and debauchery.

The same appears to true today as more and more Christian leaders and Christian churches are prostituting themselves to the ways of the world and embracing government and societal dictates that clearly go against God’s laws and biblical teaching.

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; the Apostle Peter wrote, and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17).

God holds the people of God responsible first because they are supposed to know better; to be able to judge right from wrong; light from darkness; truth from a lie and righteousness from sinfulness.  Moreover, He holds His spiritual leaders, the shepherds of His flock, accountable for the direction of His church under their watch.  Both Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34 prophesy dire warnings to spiritual leaders who take advantage of their flocks or lead them astray.

God’s warning to Israel’s spiritual leaders through Ezekiel bodes well for America’s spiritual leaders today. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them (Ezekiel 22:26).

I have said it many times and I will say it again: America has slid so far into sinfulness that she is beyond human intervention.  No minister, no politician, no one can save her from God’s pending judgment.  There is only one thing that can save America from destruction, however and whenever it comes, and that is for the Church of Jesus Christ to repent and call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness for allowing America to sink so far with the church hardly blinking an eye of protest or shouting a word of warning.

The often quoted verse from 2 Chronicles 7:14 makes God’s intent clear: 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 sin and heal their land. For America to avert God’s judgment, God’s people must first humble themselves before God and beg His forgiveness.  “For what?” you say.  First of all, for all the sins we have committed, either in fact or omission, as individuals or as the Body of Christ, which has allowed America to slide to where she is now.  For us as individuals and the Church as a body not speaking up in boldness and taking a firm stand against evil, unrighteousness and wanton godlessness that has swept our land into an ever deepening pit of hell.  Repenting for remaining silent (ourselves, our parents or our grandparents) while atheists won victory to remove prayer and the Bible out of our schools; remove the ten commandments and other biblical symbols from our town squares, military sites, etc.; allowing the horrendous act of abortion to become legal and take the lives of 58 million prospective citizens and God’s children; allowing the courts to re-define marriage; ignoring the unfettered attack on Christianity in America by the government, courts and society in general.  The list is very long, but if you are serious about taking up the cause of repentance, I trust God will show you what is needed.

The risk of abandoning Israel.  America cannot live on the pro-Israel accomplishments of the WWII generation that rescued the Jews and established the Jewish state of Israel.  America and some evangelical Christians are now abandoning Israel like never before and it will come with the steep price of God’s judgment against America.

America’s attitude toward Israel has drastically shifted under the current president and administration.  In a speech at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, DC on May 22, 2015, President Obama had the audacity to proclaim that, “I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.” Like so many of his larcenous statements, not only was this one a farce and outright lie, but it was the furthest thing from the truth.  Obama is by far the most anti-Jew, anti-Israel president that America has ever had the misfortune of electing—twice.  He has repeatedly acted against Israel’s best interests; made public her military secrets (which should be an act of treason); sent billions of dollars to aid Israel’s enemies; actively supports the terrorist regime of Hamas in Gaza; criticizes Israel at every opportunity; supports and works for the “two state solution” (Israel and Palestine) which will greatly undermine Israel’s safety and existence.  If that’s not enough to verify his anti-Israel stance, he and his anti-Jew cohorts have “brokered” a deal with Iran—which every person with a speck of intelligence and wisdom, says is horrendous and a risk to the entire world—that just may assure that there will never be peace in the Middle East or the world.

President Obama addressing the Adas Israel congregation on May 22, 2015 wearing the Jewish yarmulke skull cap.

President Obama addressing the Adas Israel congregation on May 22, 2015 wearing the Jewish yarmulke skull cap.

Perhaps it should be no surprise that while Obama claims to be pro-Israel that his actions repeatedly demonstrate otherwise.  After all, he was born into a Muslim family; educated during his formative years in a Muslim school in Indonesia; admires Islam as a “religion of peace”; seems more comfortable among Muslims than Christians and surrounds himself with Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Jew advisors.  Notwithstanding, according to Obama, Muslims are the way they are because of the Christian crusades.

Such anti-Israel actions are not limited to America’s leader.  On May 16, Pope Francis reached out to the Palestinian terrorist leader, President Mahmud Abbas, calling him an “angel of peace”.  No real surprise since the pope and Catholic doctrine assert that Muslims and Catholics worship the same god and that Muslims are looked upon with favor by God.  Such a position is a strong slap in the face to the One and Only True God of the Bible, Jehovah God and His only begotten Son in Jesus Christ, whom the Muslims reject as the Son of God.

The only position or stance on Israel that counts is God’s position, and His position is that those who curse Israel or come against her are coming against Him. I will bless those who bless you [Israel], and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:3).

Separating the sheep and the goats.  A great sifting is occurring in the church in America.  Not everyone who calls Jesus “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:21-23) will inherit the kingdom of God.  The church in America has done a good job of preaching that one needs to call upon Jesus as the Savior of one’s life, but have poorly communicated that it is equally important to accept and follow Him as the Lord of one’s life.  Christians are called to follow Jesus as both Lord and Savior.  One without the other is ineffectual Christianity.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus talked about His return and His judgment of all nations.  The sheep, those that truly followed Him as Lord and Savior, will be set on His right hand to receive eternal life with Him; the goats, those that rejected Him and refused to do His will, will be gathered on His left to receive everlasting punishment.

The Apostle James wrote, Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:21-22). Followers of Jesus Christ are called to be doers of the Word of God, not just to sit in the pews and say, “Amen!” on Sundays and then go forth to act and live like they never heard the Word of God at all.

Jesus and His apostles warned that in the Last Days many false prophets (teachers) would arise in an attempt to deceive His followers. Unfortunately, in America, many false teachers have emerged, teaching a false, diluted or polluted gospel that has been leading people astray from God’s truth and righteousness. They [false teachers] promise freedom, Peter wrote, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.  It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life (2 Peter 2:19-21; NLT). Despite centuries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached in the United States, the Christian church has gotten weaker and its light grown dimmer as the world around it embraces ever greater depravity and unrepentant sin.

During the time of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel and before the Jews were taken captive to Babylon, God revealed to Ezekiel that He was sending an angel to put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it [Jerusalem] (Ezekiel 9:4).  When destruction was to come upon Jerusalem and all Israel, those that mourned over her (the righteous) were not to be touched.  However, when God’s judgment came, God said it was to “begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple (Ezekiel 9:6).  Once again, God’s judgment starts with those in His house and especially those who are shepherds over His people.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

Peace, peace.  The false prophet of peace in America has found a home in the heart and mind of America’s president.  Speaking before the United Nations on September 23, 2014, President Obama declared to the world that it was lot safer since he took office.  “As a result of this [international security] work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”  Once again America’s deceiver-in-chief pontificating ridiculous words that all too many people actually believe.

When the Jewish leaders and their prophets proclaimed a similar assurance to the people, God spoke through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, saying, They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14). Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace . . . (Ezekiel 13:10).  In addition, those who were rebelling against God, ridiculing Ezekiel for prophesying “doom and gloom”. Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off’ (Ezekiel 12:27). However, the rebellious soon found out that their destruction was not far off, but imminent.

Neither false prophets nor false leaders stand in the gap for their country.  God made this clear through the prophet Ezekiel. Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!  O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.  You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.  They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.  Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken” (Ezekiel 13:3-7). If this were to be paraphrased and put into context for America and the world today, it would go something like this: Woe to you foolish leaders who follow after your own narcissistic spirit and have knowledge of nothing! America, your leaders are like foxes in the hen house. They have not done anything to protect you or lead you in the right direction in preparation for the judgment of God. Their words and plans are worthless, providing false guidance. But the Lord God has not sent them or spoken to them. Yet they think their evil doings will prosper. They speak with deception and their plans are futile. I, the Lord God have not spoken to them.

Americans can rest assured on one thing: The majority of America’s political leaders, especially those in the Whitehouse, do not seek God for His wisdom. “How can you say that?” you might challenge. “Well”, I will counter, “just look at the results.” If our leaders were seeking God, America would not in the immoral cesspool she is in, nor financially and spiritually bankrupt.

And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed” (Isaiah 6:9-10).

America has no excuse.  America and Americans have no excuse for their godless, anti-Christ actions.  The Word of God has, perhaps, been preached and more widely available in America for over 400 years and since its founding than any other country on earth.

However, as it was mentioned earlier, God cannot abide in the presence of unrepentant sin. Something has to give and it will not be God.

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11).

The Apostle Paul warned the followers of Christ almost 2,000 years ago that, The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).  It would seem that America has, indeed, arrived at that point.

The Key to America’s Redemption.  God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, said: If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.  And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom,  but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would (Jeremiah 18:7-10; NLT).  Will America and the church in America be stubborn like Israel and refuse to repent or will she and the church acknowledge their wicked ways; repent and once again turn to Almighty God, the healer and reconciler of all things?  Time is running out and, as yet, there are few signs that either the church or America are ready to give in and repent.

In the midst of Israel’s rebellion against God, God spoke through Ezekiel and said, So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one (Ezekiel 22:30).  Although there are a few Christian leaders, such as Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Franklin Graham and others who have been blowing the trumpet of warning, both to the church and America, the church in America, for the most part, has been unmoved in a call to repentance and revival.  Instead, more and more churches and their leaders appear to be embracing the sinfulness of the world in which they live and minister.

God stands ready, willing and able to redeem that which is lost, but He will not act unless invited to do so. Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; the prophet Isaiah wrote, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity (Isaiah 59:1-4). America and the church in America are running out of opportunities to reverse the current sinful slide. There will come a point (and it may already be upon us) when God can no longer tolerate the pervasive evil in the land and withhold His judgment—whether at His hand or at the hand of others that He allows to bring judgment.

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.

2 Peter 3:9

Related blogs:

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1

A Depraved Mind

The Fundamental Changing of America

America’s Only Hope

Has God Forsaken America?

Can America be Saved?

How Evil Works and Prevails

God’s Judgment in One Hour (excerpted from Revelation 18, Chapter 13)

August 24, 2015

Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. . . .

. . . standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

Revelation 18:8, 10

In Revelation 18 it is stated that Babylon’s judgment will come swiftly—“in one hour”—and is mentioned twice in verses 8, 10 and 17.  But is that possible in this day and age?  The simple, direct answer is, yes, but first let us take a look at America’s financial foundation and the financial stability of the world before reaching any conclusions. 

United States of America’s National Debt.  On October 18, 2013 America’s National Debt was rapidly advancing past $17 trillion or 107 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  To gain a perspective on the significance of America’s debt one should look at the history of America’s indebtedness as well as compare the current national debt to that of some other countries.

At the end of 1929 America had just suffered a major financial collapse.  The national debt was a mere (by today’s standards) $17 billion or 16 percent of GDP.  By the end of 1933 and with advent of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” Great Depression recovery plan, the United States was $23 billion in debt or 40 percent of GDP.  At the end of 1941 and just after the country entered into World War II against both Germany (and the Axis powers) and Japan, the national debt stood at a manageable $49 billion or 39 percent of GDP.

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Shelton Gilliam, June 19, 1808

When World War II ended in 1945 at a cost of $296 billion for the United States, by the end of 1946 America’s national debt had soared to $269 billion and a historical high of 121 percent of GDP.  During the post-war recovery the debt remained relatively stable from 1946 to 1960, ranging from $252 billion in 1946 to $286 billion in 1960.  During the same period the debt to GDP ratio steadily declined from 121 percent to 54 percent.  During the decades of the 1960s and 1970s the debt grew steadily, but the GDP growth rate exceeded the debt growth rate so that the debt to GDP ratio dropped further to a post-World War II low of 31 percent by the end of 1981 but just before the recession of 1982 hit.

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816

Just before the start of Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term, the national debt had risen to just under one trillion dollars—$908 billion or 33 percent of GDP by the end of 1980.  During the Reagan presidency of two terms the national debt more than doubled to $2.6 trillion or 51 percent of GDP by the end of 1988.

During the two presidential terms of William Clinton the debt grew modestly from $4.4 trillion to $5.674 trillion while the debt to GDP ratio fell from 66 percent to 57 percent.  From 2001 to the end of 2008 (the George W. Bush presidential years) the debt climbed significantly to a little over $10 trillion or 70 percent of GDP.  Although this increase in indebtedness was dramatic, America was about to become shell-shocked.

With the election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 as the country’s president, America would witness the reality of a big-spending government behemoth like never before.  By July 4, 2013, less than six months into his second presidential term, President Obama has overseen the growth of the country’s debt to $16.9 trillion or 107 percent of GDP.  By the end of his second term (if the taxpayers allow him to get there), the national debt could well exceed $20 trillion.  If so, he will have accumulated more debt than all 43 presidents before him and the United States will be on the verge of financial ruin (if not before then).

Everett Dirksen, the former Republican who represented the state of Illinois in the U.S. Senate from 1951 until his death in 1969, when reflecting on the national debt in 1965 (which was $317 billion), told this humorous story, which he labeled “cat in the well”:

One time in the House of Representatives (a colleague) told me a story about a proposition that a teacher put to a boy. He said, ‘Johnny, a cat fell in a well 100 feet deep. Suppose that cat climbed up 1 foot and then fell back 2 feet. How long would it take the cat to get out of the well?’

Johnny worked assiduously with his slate and slate pencil for quite a while, and then when the teacher came down and said, ‘How are you getting along?’

Johnny said, ‘Teacher, if you give me another slate and a couple of slate pencils, I am pretty sure that in the next 30 minutes I can land that cat in hell.’

If some people get any cheer out of a $328 billion debt ceiling, I do not find much to cheer about concerning it. (Congressional Record, June 16, 1965, p. 13884).

In the world of American politics and financial mismanagement, the way to deal with the ever skyrocketing debt is not to restrain spending but just to raise the level of the amount one is allowed to spend.  A similar philosophy followed by the American taxpayer would soon land them in prison.

Debt to GDP Ratios Around the World.  The one most commonly used measure of a country’s economic health is the Public Debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio or percent of public debt a country owes compared to their GDP.  Public Debt is the amount of money the federal government owes itself and other creditors.

With America’s debt to GDP ratio at 107 percent and rising daily, how does the country measure up to other developed countries, as well as third world or undeveloped countries? Global Finance reported on the Public Debt to GDP projections for 2014 for OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.  The OECD includes just about every developed and developing country in the world.  The debt to GDP for all OECD countries is projected to be 113 percent.

The worst country by far is Japan at 246 percent.  Japan is followed by the European Union countries of Greece (200%), Portugal (135%), Italy (131%), Ireland (128%), United Kingdom (114%), France (110%) and Spain (105%).  All of these Euro countries are in significant financial trouble and turmoil.  The United States is projected to be at 114 percent debt to GDP, the same as the UK.

Other European Union countries, such as, Switzerland (39%), Germany (85%), Sweden (47%), Norway (43%), Finland (54%), Denmark (48%) and the Netherlands (72%) are looking much better.

By comparison, how do some of our non-European allies and adversaries look financially?  Of the United States’ clear allies, Canada appears to be in the worst shape but still healthier than the U.S.  Canada’s projected 2014 debt to GDP is 86 percent.  Australia, a long term U.S. ally, on the other hand, is far healthier with only a 28 percent debt to GDP.  However, two of America’s long term antagonists and adversaries are also very healthy financially.  China has a 2014 projected meager debt to GDP of only 17.3 percent and its neighbor to the north, Russia, at merely 10.8 percent.  Ironically, the United States has not been near that level of debt to GDP since the financial crash of 1929 when debt to GDP was at 16 percent.

Clearly, the majority of America’s long-standing allies in Europe are battling tremendous financial pressure, while its two largest and most bellicose decades-long enemies are financially strong and in a much better position to threaten the United States at every level of diplomacy or future military confrontation. . . .

The Derivative Financial Volcano.   Men around the globe in general and Americans in particular, in their greedy quest for wealth and more wealth, have been led and known to do some very foolish things.  It was greed that led, in part, to the “Crash of ‘29” and the ensuing “Great Depression”.  It was greed that led to the real estate and banking collapse in 2008.  The only question is not if another financial collapse will come, but how soon?

In the Bible there is a stark warning to all those who make money their god.  In his first letter to his disciple, Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9; author’s emphasis). Paul knew human nature and that the temptation to be rich was more than most men could deny. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” Paul continued, “for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (verse 10; author’s emphasis).

It is not money that destroys men’s lives—we all need a form of money to live—it is the love of money that draws men to do all kinds of evil.  “But you, O man of God,” Paul warned, “flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

Because of modern man’s lust for money and more and more of it, there is one foolish financial move over the decades that could come back to haunt him and financially destroy the big and small fortunes of millions of people and the hopes and dreams of current and future generations for years to come.

So, what exactly is a derivative?  They were at the center of the 2008 real estate and banking collapse. A derivative is a type of options contract—a gamble that some underlying investment will go up or down in the future. Derivatives are largely “imaginary” investments with little or no intrinsic value.  In essence, rather than a true tangible investment, they represent more of a “crap-shoot”—a horrific gamble by men driven by an insatiable appetite for wealth and more of it.  The future impact, when the derivative market unravels, will be catastrophic and unfathomable.

Steve Denning, in an article for Forbes, in an explanation for the financial collapse of 2008, wrote “the warning signs were everywhere: too much borrowing, foolish investments, greedy banks, regulators asleep at the wheel, politicians eager to promote home-ownership for those who couldn’t afford it, and distinguished analysts openly predicting this could only end badly.

The worldwide derivative estimate: $600 trillion to $1.5 quadrillion (that is $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeroes). At the upper estimate, the financial risk is 20 times the entire global GDP, which was estimated to be around $75 trillion in 2012.

“. . . The root cause wasn’t just the reckless lending and the excessive risk taking,” Denning explained. “The problem at the core was a lack of transparency” [among financial institutions].

The worldwide exposure to derivatives is anyone’s guess.  Estimates range from $600 trillion to $1.5 quadrillion (that is $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeroes).  At the upper estimate, the financial risk is 20 times the entire global GDP, which was estimated to be around $75 trillion in 2012.  No one really knows what the world financial markets exposure is to these worthless financial “investments”.

The Current Problem:  Many financial analysts and financial writers like Denning are warning that the next financial crisis, which they see as imminent, will make the burst of the financial bubble of 2008 look like a blip on the financial radar screen.

Denning points out that one financial institution alone, JPMorgan, at the end of the third quarter of 2012, had a “notional” (that is, “imaginary” or “speculative”) exposure to derivatives of $72 trillion or about five times the world economy at that time.  According to the United States Controller of the Currency office, at the end of 2012, American banks held an astounding $223 trillion in “notional” derivatives with only four of the nation’s largest banks holding 93 percent of the total.

The Flash Crash and Electronic Meltdown—In One Hour.  So, is it possible, in this day and age, for America’s financial system and that of the world to collapse in one hour?  Absolutely!  Not only in one hour, but perhaps in a matter of seconds. With absolutely everything tied together by computer systems, electricity and electronics it would not take much to create havoc with a nation’s or the world’s financial system and life in general.

On July 29, 2013 a panel of experts convened in Washington, DC to consider the level of the threat on the U.S. infrastructure via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, whether naturally occurring or via terrorists or a nation-state.  The panel included R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence under President Bill Clinton; former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; Ambassador Henry Cooper, former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization under President George H. W. Bush and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission.

They assessed America’s vulnerability to a natural or enemy attack by means of an electromagnetic pulse coming from the sun or a nuclear device.  They concluded that the U.S. is extremely susceptible to EMP disruptions whether natural or from a lone terrorist or a rogue government.

On a smaller, local scale, many people have had the experience of a temporary interruption in electrical power or use of electronic devices due to a powerful thunder (electrical) storm.  On a grander scale, such interruptions can be caused by the electromagnetic pulses sent from the sun as a result of solar flares or solar storms.  Such natural EMP events can be regional or wide spread; can be minor inconveniences or devastating.

Mr. Woolsey pointed out that an EMP event originating from the sun struck the electrical grid in Quebec, Canada on March 13, 1989.  The solar geomagnetic storm resulted in the blackout of eastern Canada and billions of dollars in economic losses.  Within two minutes the entire Quebec power grid was shut down and millions thrown into darkness and winter cold.  Schools, businesses and transportation hubs were closed.  The impact affected some northeastern U.S. power grids as well.  The energy released during the event was estimated to be like thousands of nuclear bombs exploding.  The geomagnetic storm that it created resulted in spectacular “northern lights” being seen as far south as Florida and Cuba.  Over 200 power grids from coast to coast in the United States experienced disruptions.   Even some satellites were affected, tumbling out of control for several hours.

Although such solar geomagnetic events are relatively rare, Mr. Woolsey warned . . .

For more on America’s financial crisis, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2 of 2

July 20, 2015

And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?          

2 Corinthians 6:15

Do Judeo-Christian Faiths Have Any Common Ground With Islam? There is not, nor can there ever be any “common ground” between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faiths.

NOTE: For Christian leaders and Christians to accept common ground or a common word with Muslims,

  • they must accept that Muhammad was a prophet of God Almighty;
  • that Jesus was not part of God’s plan for mankind;
  • that there is no salvation through Jesus Christ;
  • that Allah is just another name for the One and Only True God of the Bible;
  • that God, through Muhammad reversed His plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ;
  • that Jesus is not Lord and Savior or the Son of God (surah 3:64);
  • that God’s love is conditional (because Allah’s love is);
  • believe the lie that Muslims are commanded to “love their neighbors” (it does not exist in the Qur’an or teachings of Muhammad);
  • that Jesus was not crucified or raised from the dead in the resurrection.

Jesus said that in the End Times “. . . false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the church of the Thessalonians, wrote, “and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Many leaders in the Christian church as well as in Christian colleges, universities and seminaries are being deceived by the evil one. In their desire to see harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims, they are casting aside foundational principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus called His followers to love all people, He did not call them to cast aside wisdom, understanding and discernment of the devil’s tactics, nor to make an alliance with evil.

Paul also wrote to his protégé, Timothy, warning him about deceiving spirits in the End Times. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Unfortunately, too many Christian leaders, in an effort to be more in line with the world and to be politically correct, are abandoning the teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith and are succumbing to deceiving spirits and the doctrines of demons.

In an attempt to bring peace between Muslims and the Judeo-Christian world, there is a desperate move to acquiesce to the satanic faith of Islam. This will not bear forth good fruit, but only more deception and weakening of the Christian faith.

“Do not be deceived,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

The Apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church. In my book on the Roman Catholic Church, I wrote the following discourse on the RCC’s position on Islam.

On November 29, 2014, in a gesture of what the Vatican described as “interreligious dialogue”, Pope Francis entered the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (known as the “Blue Mosque”) in Istanbul, Turkey and solemnly bowed his head in silent prayer with Ankara’s Grand Mufti (Muslim expert of Islamic law), Mehmet Görmez, and two imams (Muslim religious leaders). In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI visited the same mosque and offered a similar prayer. While the Vatican and the Holy Sees (popes) may have seen these ventures into the Blue Mosque as an innocuous interfaith gesture, it was and is viewed differently by the Muslim community and Jehovah God of the Christians and Jews. Among Muslims, especially Islamic leadership, this was seen as a great victory and legitimizing of their cause, which is world domination by Islam.

After the Pope’s silent prayer it was reported that the Grand Mufti read verses from the Qur’an that touted Allah as being a god of love and peace. However, nothing could be further from the truth (read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast). The Pope remarked that God must be adored as well as worshipped. On that, the Grand Mufti and the Pope agreed, which would imply that both the Pope and Mufti believe they worship the same god. The Vatican described it as a “beautiful moment of dialogue”.

The Roman Catholic Church has a distorted and non-biblical understanding of Islam as disclosed by this proclamation: But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind (from the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, on November 21, 1964).

Muslims do not and cannot trace their faith to Abraham, but Arabs rightfully do through their ancestry from Ishmael according to the Bible. In the Bible (Genesis 16 & 17), Abraham’s son, Ishmael, born of the slave girl, Hagar, was banned from the Promised Land and had no inheritance with Abraham. In fact, God never acknowledged Ishmael as Abraham’s son, but only Isaac.

Muslims do not worship the God of Jews and Christians (again, read Islam & Christianity). Their god, Allah, is a false, pagan god of antiquity who is the antithesis of Jehovah God of the Jews and Christians. It is interesting that in the preceding declaration the Vatican and the Pope believe that the plan of salvation includes among the first, the Muslims and not the Jews, to whom Jesus was the promised Messiah. Muslims are not taught, nor do they believe that they worship a “merciful” god, but to them (and as written in the Qur’an), their god, Allah, is a god of vengeance, not mercy. Muslims worship a creator, not The Creator, God Almighty.

From Vatican II’s “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, #3”, the Roman Catholic Church clearly states: The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

“If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods,” Jehovah God warned the Israelites, “then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good” (Joshua 24:20; NKJV). To acknowledge the god of Islam as the One and Only true God that the Jews and Christians worship is an apostasy—a falling away from God—of the highest order.

Jesus said, “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33; NKJV). By aligning themselves with the pagan faith of Islam and acknowledging that their god, Allah, is the same as God Almighty, the Roman Catholic Church is denying Jesus Christ, who made it clear that “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Christianity and Christians can have no bond with Islam or its god. Their god and the teachings of Mohammad deny and reverse all that Jesus stood for and taught. Once again, the Apostle Paul warned the followers of Jesus Christ:

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  And what accord has Christ with Belial [Satan]? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; NKJV).

[From, “Why I Left the Catholic Church”, pp. 55-59.]

Blasphemimg the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31-32).

The Apostle Mark recorded Jesus’ words more succinctly. “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28-29).

Why is blaspheming the Holy Spirit more important than speaking against Jesus Christ? Because Jesus said that the role of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is to teach you all things, to bring to your remembrance all things that Jesus taught (John 14:26) and that “when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:13-14). Jesus made it clear that the Holy Spirit has the authority from God the Father to be the author of all truth and that truth is spoken by the Holy Spirit direct from God Almighty. To reject or ignore that truth is blasphemy and the unforgiveable sin that Jesus spoke of. For Christians and Christian leaders to state or imply that Allah is God or that Christian, Jews and Muslims worship the same god is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit of God.

The Apostle John wrote, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27).

The author of the letter to the Hebrews warned: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:4-6); “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

Be sure to read Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1 here.

For more information and insight, read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast by this author.

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1 of 2

July 20, 2015

And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

2 Corinthians 6:15

Prominent leaders in America, from President Obama, to former President George W. Bush to the late Pope John Paul II and the current Pope Francis, as well as numerous well-known Christian leaders in America and around the world, all profess that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship and pray to the same god.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Is Abraham the Father of Islam?  Islam is not an Abrahamic faith.  Despite the numerous proclamations by Muslim scholars and imams and even those in academia, including professors of Christian colleges, universities and seminaries, Abraham is not the “father of Islam”, nor can Islam rightly lay a claim to such.  First, let us look at the biblical and historical facts.  Most sources estimate that Abraham (nee Abram) was born around 2166 B.C.  Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was born around 570 or 571 A.D. or about 2,700 years after Abraham.

Although the Arabic nations of the Middle East can rightfully claim Abraham as their ancestral father, Muslims cannot.  According to the Bible and other historical records, Ishmael, the illegitimate son of Abram and the pagan slave woman, Hagar, was driven by Abram into the wilderness.  Ishmael became the father of twelve Arabian princes (nations) whom God said that He would “multiply … exceedingly” (Genesis 17:20). Ishmael and Hagar were driven into the Wilderness of Paran to dwell (Genesis 21:20-21). This wilderness covers the eastern Sinai and the southern and southeastern borders of present-day Israel.

Ishmael’s sons initially inhabited an area from Egypt and the Sinai Desert, the Arabian peninsula to Assyria (which includes present-day Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and the lesser Arab kingdoms).  So, the Arabian kingdoms were established about 2,700 years before Muhammad, the purveyor of Islam was even born.  Therefore, despite their incessant claims to legitimize their faith, Muslims have no ancestral claim to Abraham as do the Jews and Christians through the Hebrew Messiah, Jesus Christ.

In addition, in another fallacious attempt to validate their religion, Muslims claim that Islam is the “original” religion of everyone in the Bible, from Adam to Moses to Jesus Christ and the Apostles—all were really Muslims.  This claim persists, despite the fact that, Islam was not “birthed” until almost 600 years after Christ’s death and resurrection.

Is Allah, the God of Jews & Christians?  The demonic anti-Christ, anti-Jew god of Islam is not the same as the God of the Jews and Christians.  For a Christian or Jew to profess otherwise is an apostasy and abomination to the One and Only True God of the universe.  Allah, as portrayed by Muhammad and in the Qur’an is a demonic revelation from the pits of hell.  Even Muhammad first believed that his “revelations” were from demons.

For anyone who is a student of the Bible, and especially those that have a “personal” relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (and therefore an intimate relationship with God the Father), it is abundantly clear that the God of the Bible is not the god portrayed in the Qur’an or by his prophet, Muhammad.  The God of the Bible has humanity-favoring characteristics that Allah does not.  The God of the Bible has a loving, merciful plan of redemption for all mankind.  The god of the Qur’an does not.  Every characteristic of Allah in the Qur’an and that espoused by Muhammad is the converse of God Almighty of the Bible.  The Qur’an and Muhammad repeatedly portray Allah as a vengeful, unloving, unmerciful god who has no plan to redeem mankind from its sins.

While the God of the Bible does punish the Jews for their rebellion against Him; their unfaithfulness and turning to pagan gods, He is always ready to forgive and receive them back once they repent and return to Him.  By contrast, Allah is unforgiving and only wants to destroy all those that refuse to acknowledge him—especially the Jews and the Christians.

For the persistent reader and student of the Bible, it is clear that Jehovah God had a covenant plan of redemption and salvation for His people, the Jews, and for all those who chose Him through the redemptive work on the cross by His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Allah reverses all that, claiming that no such covenant or plan of redemption existed and that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a man who by Qur’anic implication was of lesser importance than Muhammad, the vendor of evil and mayhem.

Both the biblical and historical records define the ministry of Jesus as one of compassion, love and peaceful redemption.  Jesus never led any rebellions; never conducted any raids upon the people; never assaulted or killed anyone; never robbed anyone or took their possessions; never advocated revenge upon His enemies or those who disagreed with Him or refused to follow Him.  Muhammad, on the other hand, was the dead opposite of Jesus.  Muhammad was violent, oppressive; a murderer and rapist; a man of hate and vengeance. Everything that Muhammad was or represented, Jesus was not.

Now, if Allah is the same god as the God of the Jews and Christians (the God of the Bible), why would he send Muhammad and a message that completely reversed everything He stood for in thousands of years of biblical and historical truth?  The answer is simple: Jehovah God, the One and Only True God, would not and did not.  The Bible says that the true God cannot lie and cannot go back on His word, but fulfills what He promises (Number 23:19) and His promise throughout the Bible was the coming of the redemptive love of His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus Christ.  There are no prophecies about the coming of Muhammad, the false prophet.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?  Islam’s teachings and 14 centuries of practice are the antithesis of peace and peacemakers.  In spite of the incessant proclamations by Muslims and Muslim leaders and ignorant Christians and media talking heads, Islam is not and never has been a religion that fomented or propagated the concept or reality of peace.  Unlike Christians, Muslims have never had a “prophet of peace” or a leader for peace.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).  By stark contrast, Muhammad reportedly said: “I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but Allah is worshipped.”  This is quoted by virtually every Muslim jihadist in their justification for their murderous purges against the “infidels” of the world.

[From Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast] . . . Twenty centuries of secular and religious history attest to Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace.” No other deity or human being has or can claim that title. Around 740 B.C., the Old Testament prophet Isaiah heralded the coming of the Jewish Messiah with this revelation from God:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV).

“Surely,” the prophet Isaiah testified, “he [the promised Messiah] took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Certainly, this type of sacrifice for others is not something that Muhammad could lay claim to as Allah’s last and most important prophet. Muhammad never took upon himself anyone’s sicknesses or sins. He never suffered torture or extreme punishment and pain for the sake of his follower’s inner peace and spiritual freedom.

. . . Not only is the Judeo-Christian God known as the God of Peace, but He sent His Son to be the example of His peace on earth. Christ established a new covenant built upon the old promises of God, restoring God’s peace to mankind through His shed blood on the cross. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, put it this way:

For he himself is our peace, who was made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out

of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16).

It was Almighty God’s intention from the beginning to bring His Son into the world to abolish the old covenant that brought enmity between God and His creation. Through Jesus’ sacrifice and shedding of blood on the cross, God installed a new covenant of reconciliation and peace. Allah, on the other hand, according to his revelations to Muhammad, used Muhammad to bring about discord and blood shed—not the sacrificial blood of Muhammad, his chosen prophet—but the shed blood of all those deemed to be the enemies of Allah.

. . . According to the Qur’an, adherents to Islam are to fight against all who stand in the way of the spread of Islam and to fight against anyone who refused to enter into the Islamic faith.

And fight with them [the unbelievers] until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do (surah 8:39).  Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast, pp. 93-95.

A Common Word Response.  On October 13, 2007, an initial group of 138 Muslim scholars, Muslim religious leaders and Muslim organization leaders from around the world penned an open letter (A Common Word between Us and You) to leaders of Christianity worldwide.  It was a veiled attempt to establish that there is common ground among Muslims, Christians and Jews, including the worship of the one and same god.  The fact that some of the signatories represented known U.S.-based terror sponsoring groups is not comforting.

The gist and appeal of the lengthy letter is that we all (Muslims, Christians and Jews) have the same heritage, worship the same god and desire peace in the world.  “The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians”, the Muslim letter begins.  “The basis for this peace and understanding already exists,” it continues. “It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.”

The letter proffers that Allah is a god of love and that he wants nothing more than justice and freedom of religion for all.  But then the authors offer up this conundrum: “The central creed of Islam consists of the two testimonies of faith or Shahadahs [Muslim prayer of faith], which state that: There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God. These Two Testimonies are the sine qua non [indispensible condition] of Islam. He or she who testifies to them is a Muslim; he or she who denies them is not a Muslim.”  That is the bottom line that supersedes all the Muslim rhetoric:  If you are not a Muslim, you are an infidel that is worthy of persecution and death.  Forget all the proclamations that Islam offers freedom of religion or that it is a religion of peace.  Those and many more claims are the deceptive lies of Satan.

You can read more of A Common Word between Us and You here.

The “Christian” Response.  On November 18, 2007, a full page ad was published in the New York Times, with the heading: Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.  It was authored by scholars at the Yale (University) Center for Faith & Culture and was initially signed by 300 Christian leaders from around the world.  The letter agreed with the Muslim letter premise of having a common goal with Muslims of loving God and loving one’s neighbor and implied that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  Many well-known Christian leaders (pastors, priests, Christian college, university and seminary leaders and heads of Christian organizations and denominations signed on to the letter, thus agreeing with its content.

The letter started out by affirming Islam as an Abrahamic faith and then stated, “we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One [Allah] and of the Muslim community around the world” for the Christian crusades against the Muslims. The crusades were the response of from Pope Urban II and the kings of Europe to recover southern Europe from decades of insurgency by murderous Muslims from Africa and the Middle East and recover the Holy Land from Islamic domination.  That the signatories would plead for Allah’s forgiveness is a travesty of the Christian faith.

Throughout the letter it is stressed or implied that God and Allah are one and the same.  The signatories accept the Muslim premise and lie that Muslims are commanded to love their neighbor just like Christians.  However, there is no such command in Islam.  While Muslims are called to love each other (but fail to do so), there is no such requirement in the Qur’an to love non-Muslims.

You can read the entire letter of Christian response here , as well as see the initial 300 signatories.

Continued: Be sure to read Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2 here.

For a more complete study on Islam, read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 4 (final)

July 13, 2015

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Abortion―Child Sacrifice. The human race, regrettably, has had a long history (since Cain killed his brother Abel) of having, at times, a strong disregard for human life—especially for those judged to be less valuable or less than human.  When the first colonists arrived in the “New World” that was to be dubbed “America” they had a vision for a new life of peace and freedom.  However, it did not take long for some among them, including clergy, to ascertain that the resident peoples were unlike them and therefore “savages” and proclaimed them to be somehow less than human and therefore worthy of the superior invaders wrath and adverse sentence, including murder.

Right behind the oppression of the Native American came that of those of dark skin color, the Africans who were imported against their will and also treated like savages and sub-humans, even by members of the Christian church.  Many were tortured or murdered for no other reason than they were the wrong skin color and considered to be less than human.

Fast forward to the second half of the 20th century in America and another large group of human beings were adjudged to be non-human just because, although they were fully alive, they were still in their mother’s womb and therefore determined to not be an independent human being.  The prejudice against them had nothing to do with skin color, race, ethnicity, heritage, economic status or any other human factor other than that they were determined to be unwanted; an inconvenience; a mistake.  The innocent blood of these victims was shed simply because they were conceived by one or more uncaring, unloving people who considered the miracle within the womb as just a lump of tissue.

U.S. Abortion Statistics:

  • Since 1973 an estimated 56+ million babies have succumbed to the horrors of abortion.
  • About 1.2 million abortions are performed annually.
  • Approximately 3,300 abortions are performed daily in the U.S.


Abortion is a form of child sacrifice, and as such, is detestable to the Living God.  Child sacrifice is a type of witchcraft and idol worship which God cannot and will not tolerate.  America started the worldwide acceptance of abortion with the acceptance of the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion.  America is the world leader in this heinous crime against life and since 1973 an estimated 56-plus million American babies have prematurely lost their lives (as of this writing).  Worldwide, thanks to this initiative introduced by the United States, over 1.3 billion babies throughout the world have been aborted since 1980 and over 26 million in the first eight months of 2013.

The Word of God clearly states that “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5; author’s emphasis).

Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?  And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. 

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

King David, in Psalm 139 acknowledged to God that “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16; author’s emphasis).  According to the biblical incite of David, God considers His creation within the mother’s womb to be fully human from the moment of conception.  A baby in the womb is no less human than anyone walking around outside the womb.  In fact, in Jeremiah 1:5, God tells Jeremiah that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you . . .” God also spoke similar words to the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1, 5).

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America in the Declaration of Independence wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life . . .”  Note that the Declaration uses certain undeniably clear words: self-evident; created; endowed; unalienableSelf-evident means that what was to follow was so obvious that anyone with any intelligence could understand it.  When the Founders declared that all men are created equal they understood that this equality started at creation in the womb, not after birth.  Otherwise they would have said that all men were born equal.  And, they understood that it was God, not man; not government that endowed mankind with certain unalienable (non-transferrable; not to be terminated or sold) rights; among the first of those was life.

. . . the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis for all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and ware, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Noah Webster, 1843, A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary, and Moral Subjects

In the Old Testament God forbid the Israelites to sacrifice their children to Molech (or Moloch), the god of the neighboring Ammonites.  The Ammonites routinely sacrificed their children to Molech in an attempt to ward off evil.  However, God condemned the practice and told the Israelites that “. . . you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:21).   But Israel rejected God’s warning.  King Solomon, despite the faithfulness of his father David, worshipped the gods of the heathens around him and even built a temple on the Mount of Olives for Molech and the god of the Moabites, Chemosh (1 Kings 11:5-8).  Almost 250 years after the end of Solomon’s reign, Manasseh became king of Judah after his righteous father, Hezekiah, had eliminated pagan worship and child sacrifice.  Manasseh turned his back on God and again led the Jews into child sacrifice, even offering up his own son to the pagan god (2 Kings 21:6).  Thus, the descent of the Jews continued as they did what was an abomination in the eyes of their God and their end was assured.  God promised when He laid down His law, that those who sacrificed their children to alien gods would be cut off from Him.  Not only those who practiced such a heinous act, but also those who accepted it (Leviticus 20:1-5).

In an attempt to stem the flow of U.S. taxpayer monies to fund abortions outside the United States, Republican President Ronald Reagan announced in August, 1984 that any foreign NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that received funding through USAID (United States Agency for International Development) must not use non-USAID funds to perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning.  This policy stayed in effect until two days after Democratic President William Clinton took office on January 20, 1993.  One of Clinton’s first objectives was to rescind the policy, thus once again opening the door to U.S. taxpayer funded abortions abroad.  As soon as Republican President George W. Bush took office in January, 2001, he re-instated the policy.

Mexico City Policy

                In August, 1984 Republican President Ronald Reagan directed that USAID (United States Agency for International Development) withhold U.S. taxpayer funds to NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that use non-USAID funds for the practice of abortion and other related activities.  Since the policy was announced at the United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City, it became known as the “Mexico City Policy”.

In restoring the policy, President Bush stated, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.”

Then, just like the wicked Manasseh that took Judah down the path to destruction, the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, only three days after his first term inauguration on January 20, 2009, rescinded the Mexico City Policy.  In a White House Memorandum of January 23, 2009, President Obama instructed that the three previous Memorandums by President Bush be revoked and parroting the words that President Clinton spoke on January 22, 1993, said that, “These excessively broad conditions on grants and assistance awards are unwarranted.  Moreover, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations.”

On August 13, 2013 the total number of abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade were estimated to be 56,514,430.  Since 1980, over 1.3 billion abortions have occurred worldwide.

Source: U.S. Abortion,

Obama not only supports the evils of abortion, but he supports the barbaric practice of killing of those who are already born but unwanted, otherwise known as “partial-birth” abortion, the gruesome act of partially delivering a near or full term baby and then killing it.  Obama has been an outspoken advocate of this murderous procedure since going on record in support of it in 2003.  So in favor of abortion at any stage of infant development that he hired the most radical abortion supporter he could find as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor.  Together they turned around and actively supported Planned Parenthood, making sure it was funded with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money—$542 million in 2011 alone.  Thus, once again America was led down the slippery slope of ignoring God’s directive as well as the intent of the Founders of this once great nation.

The loss of innocent life at the hands of another is always tragic, but with abortion there is also collateral impact of immeasurable magnitude.  There is the great emotional trauma—realized or not—for the one having the abortion.  There is also an ancillary impact on those associated with the one having the abortion; and the untold impact on the soul of America—psychologically, morally, economically, and most importantly, spiritually.

Who knows what the impact is to America in the loss of 56-plus million future contributors to American society as inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, taxpayers, etc. has had on the American psyche and development.

If the mother of an unborn child can freely chose to terminate the life of a human being, why would anyone expect that surviving children would themselves have any respect for human life or grow up to be adults who do?

More U.S. Abortion Facts (2009):

  • In 2009, 85% of abortions were performed on unmarried women.
  • Only 1% of women having an abortion were rape survivors.
  • New York City has the highest abortion incidence: 713/1,000 live births.
  • 75% of women having an abortion said that having a baby would interfere with their lifestyle.   Source:

The moral conscience and compass of American society and all future generations has been permanently seared with the blood of the innocents.  Once again man has set himself up as a god as he ignores the dictates of the One and only true God.  Man is no longer accountable to moral absolutes or the precepts of the Bible.  He is now God and only he has the wisdom of the ages and knows what is best for him and society.

God detests the spilling of innocent blood, especially that of children. He severely chastised the Jews for succumbing to the evil practice of sacrificing the lives of their children. “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons,” the Psalmist wrote in reflecting on Israel’s past, “and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds” (Psalm 106:37-39).

To preserve the government we must also preserve morals.  Morality rest on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall.  When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper. 

Daniel Webster’ Oration delivered at Fryeburg, Maine, July 4, 1802

Those who have abortions, and especially those that call themselves Christian, seem to forget that the life within them first belongs to God.  He created it; He ordained it.  No human has the right to take that life away.  God told the Jews through the prophet Ezekiel that the very children that they were sacrificing were first born to Him and that they were slaying His children (Ezekiel 16:20-21).  Because of this shedding of innocent blood God promised the Jews that, “I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy” (Ezekiel 16:36-38).

NOTE:  For more on America’s moral decay, including Evolution, the Great Deception, Sexual Perversion, The Complicity of the Voter & Church and more, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Related Posts:

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 3

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 2

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 1

A Depraved Mind

The Fundamental Changing of America

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 3

July 7, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Prayer Out of the Schools.  The United States Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren issued three crushing decisions on prayer in public schools.  The first was in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale) and two in 1963 (Murray v. Curlett and Abington Township School District v. Schempp). The decision to ban prayer and Bible reading from public schools was made as a result of the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the First Amendment and the “wall of separation between church and state” dogma.

In the 1962 Engel v. Vitale case the issue centered on a prayer drafted by the New York State Board of Regents.  It simply read: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.”  Although it was not a biblical prayer or denominational prayer, the parents of ten students took offense and sued the Hyde Park, New York school district claiming the prayer violated the U.S. Constitution.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

The Board of Regents believed that such a non-descript, non-denominational prayer would get the students off to a good daily start and encourage good moral character, promote spiritual guidance and help overcome juvenile delinquency.  Since students were not required to participate and participation in the prayer was completely optional, the educators felt they were on solid constitutional ground.

The case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3, 1962.  Nearly three months later the Court rendered a majority 6-1 decision on June 25.  Associate Justice Hugo Black rendered the opinion for the Court.

In part, Justice Black wrote for the majority: “This daily procedure was adopted on the recommendation of the State Board of Regents . . . they recommended and published as a part of their ‘Statement on Moral and Spiritual Training in the Schools,’ saying: ‘We believe that this Statement will be subscribed to by all men and women of good will, and we call upon all of them to aid in giving life to our program.’

“. . . We think that by using its public school system to encourage recitation of the Regents’ prayer, the State of New York has adopted a practice wholly inconsistent with the Establishment Clause. . . .”

Without citing any references, Justice Black then went on to enlist Thomas Jefferson to support his contention and conclusions about the “religious nature of prayer”.

Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 54:2

In the paragraph containing the Court’s decision, Black wrote: “The petitioners contend among other things that the state laws requiring or permitting use of the Regents’ prayer must be struck down as a violation of the Establishment Clause because that prayer was composed by governmental officials as a part of a governmental program to further religious beliefs. For this reason, petitioners argue, the State’s use of the Regents’ prayer in its public school system breaches the constitutional wall of separation between Church and State. We agree with that contention since we think that the constitutional prohibition against laws respecting an establishment of religion

must at least mean that in this country it is no part of the business of government to compose official prayers for any group of the American people to recite as a part of a religious program carried on by government.”

Associate Justice Potter Stewart was the lone dissenting vote.  Justices Felix Frankfurter and Byron White took no part in the decision.

In part, Justice Stewart summarized the case as he saw it.  “A local school board in New York has provided that those pupils who wish to do so may join in a brief prayer at the beginning of each school day, acknowledging their dependence upon God and asking His blessing upon them and upon their parents, their teachers, and their country. The Court today decides that in permitting this brief nondenominational prayer the school board has violated the Constitution of the United States.  I think this decision is wrong.”

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart (1915-1985)

Justice Stewart was appointed to the Court on October 14, 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and confirmed by the U.S. Senate the following May in a 70-17 vote.  All dissenters were Democrats.  Stewart was a centrist Republican who believed that the Warren Court misinterpreted the First Amendment “Establishment Clause” and exceeded the intentions of the Framers of the Constitution.

“The Court does not hold, nor could it,” Stewart wrote, “that New York has interfered with the free exercise of anybody’s religion. For the state courts have made clear that those who object to reciting the prayer must be entirely free of any compulsion to do so, including any ‘embarrassments and pressures.’. . .  the Court says that in permitting school children to say this simple prayer, the New York authorities have established ‘an official religion.’

“With all respect,” he continued, “I think the Court has misapplied a great constitutional principle. I cannot see how an ‘official religion’ is established by letting those who want to say a prayer say it. On the contrary, I think that to deny the wish of these school children to join in reciting this prayer is to deny them the opportunity of sharing in the spiritual heritage of our Nation. . . .”

Religion is necessary to correct the effects of learning.  Without religion I believe learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind . . .

Dr. Benjamin Rush, Letter to John Armstrong on March 19, 1783

Justice Stewart went on to point out the inconsistencies of the nation’s religious observances.  “At the opening of each day’s Session of this Court we stand, while one of our officials invokes the protection of God.  Since the days of John Marshall our Crier has said, ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court.’  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives open their daily Sessions with prayer.  Each of our Presidents, from George Washington to John F. Kennedy [then in office], has upon assuming his Office asked the protection and help of God. . . .

“In 1954 Congress added a phrase to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag so that it now contains the words ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’  In 1952 Congress enacted legislation calling upon the President each year to proclaim a National Day of Prayer.  Since 1865 the words ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ have been impressed on our coins.”

Stewart wrote that he could list countless other examples but that his position could be summed by the fact that, “It was . . . this Court just ten years ago in a single sentence: ‘We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being’” [see Zorach v. Clauson].

“I do not believe that this Court,” Stewart concluded, “or the Congress, or the President has by the actions and practices I have mentioned established an ‘official religion’ in violation of the Constitution. And I do not believe the State of New York has done so in this case.”

Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974)

Warren was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1953 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Warren, although a Republican, was philosophically a centrist to liberal in his judicial renderings.  He served on the Court until 1969.

A year later, on the same day, the same Court (with Arthur J. Goldberg, a Democrat replacing Frankfurter) decided two other contentious cases that were argued before the Court at the same time concerning school prayer— Murray v. Curlett and Abington Township School District v. Schempp.

In the Murray v. Curlett case, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, a radical militant atheist, who was despised and hated by many Christians and fellow atheists, brought suit against the Baltimore, Maryland school board.  Like the previous complaint in New York, O’Hair sued because she claimed that her son William’s school violated the First Amendment by having students recite the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13).  She also came against the school board’s approval of the daily reading from the Bible.

14th Amendment

Section 1 [of 5]. . . . No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Passed by Congress on June 13, 1866

Before reaching the Supreme Court, a local Maryland judge, J. Gilbert Pendergast, dismissed O’Hair’s petition, saying, “It is abundantly clear that petitioners’ real objective is to drive every concept of religion out of the public school system.”  The Maryland Court of Appeals had a similar viewpoint and concluded that, “Neither the First nor the Fourteenth Amendment was intended to stifle all rapport between religion and government.”

In the Abington Township School District [of Pennsylvania] v. Schempp the complaint was similar—that the voluntary student participation in morning prayer and listening to a teacher recitation of ten verses of the Bible was unconstitutional.

In its majority 8-1 decision in both cases, with Justice Stewart once again being the lone dissenter, the Court once again cited its position as in Engel v. Vitale but with many more pages of nebulous Founder legal positions and case law.  The bottom line was that, again Thomas Jefferson’s non-binding, non-Constitutional statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” was held up as the justification for their affirmative decision for the plaintiffs.  When attorney for the petitioners, Leonard Kerpelman, used Jefferson’s statement in his presentation and implied it was in the Constitution, Justice Stewart quickly interrupted and asked him where it occurred.  A silence fell over the Court as Kerpelman was stumped for an answer.

In writing his dissent, Justice Stewart stated, in part:

I think the records in the two cases before us are so fundamentally deficient as to make impossible an informed or responsible determination of the constitutional issues presented. Specifically, I cannot agree that on these records we can say that the Establishment Clause has necessarily been violated. But I think there exist serious questions under both that provision and the Free Exercise Clause – insofar as each is imbedded in the Fourteenth Amendment – which require the remand of these cases for the taking of additional evidence.

The First Amendment declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” It is, I think, a fallacious oversimplification to regard these two provisions as establishing a single constitutional standard of “separation of church and state,” which can be mechanically applied in every case to delineate the required boundaries between government and religion. We err in the first place if we do not recognize, as a matter of history and as a matter of the imperatives of our free society, that religion and government must necessarily interact in countless ways. Secondly, the fact is that while in many contexts the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause fully complement each other, there are areas in which a doctrinaire reading of the Establishment Clause leads to irreconcilable conflict with the Free Exercise Clause.

Religion is the only solid basis of good morals: therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.

Gouverneur Morris, Signer, U.S. Constitution

Interestingly and sadly, not one Christian group, church or organization chose to file a brief in either case on behalf of prayer or Bible reading in the public schools.  However, it is important to note that these joint decisions by the Supreme Court, DID NOT, as widely believed, remove prayer or Bible reading from the public schools.  The Court only concluded that “government-sponsored” prayer and Bible reading were a violation of the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment.  Students in public schools are still free to pray or read the Bible on their own or to conduct or participate in prayer or Bible study groups.

In essence, what the Warren Supreme Court decided to do was to deliberately misinterpret and re-write the First Amendment.  They changed the intent of the “Establishment Clause” of the Founders and replaced it with at statement out-of-context made by Jefferson in a letter.  North Carolina’s senator at the time, Sam Ervin (1896-1985), quipped, “I should like to ask whether we would be far wrong in saying that in this decision the Supreme Court has held that God is unconstitutional and for that reason the public school must be segregated against Him?”

Perhaps ironically, O’Hair’s son, William J. Murray, became a Christian and a Baptist minister and is chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and author of My Life Without God.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 2

July 3, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Separation of Church and State.  After the dual victories against the Nazis of Germany in Europe and in the Pacific against the Imperialist Japanese, the people of America were euphoric.  Despite tremendous losses of life and great national hardship, Americans believed that nothing was beyond them; that there was great redemption ahead.  Wartime industry re-tooled for domestic production and a house building boom ensued as returning soldiers sought to return to civilian life.

America was definitely on the upswing—emotionally, economically and spiritually.  Then the big lie was foisted on the citizenry of the United States that destroyed the Judeo-Christian foundation of the country. Prior to the big lie America had frequently had challenges to its Constitution, its interpretation and espoused way of life for the citizens of America.  But nothing destroyed the biblical foundation and fabric of faith more than the big lie of the “Wall of Separation of Church and State.”

. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

Although there had been previous attempts to weaken the role of the Christian church in the lives of Americans, the door was opened wide to usher in a full assault on February 10, 1947 (less than two years after the end of WWII).    On that date the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision in the case of Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing (New Jersey) made what would become a “landmark” decision relative to the issue of the “Separation of Church and State”.  The case originated when a New Jersey taxpayer, Arch Everson, sued the Board of Education of Ewing Township because he claimed that their reimbursement of the costs of bus transportation to parents of students going to religious schools was a violation of the “Establishment” clause of the First Amendment.

Amendment I.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,

or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .

U.S. Constitution

Representing the majority decision, Justice Black reviewed the essence of the case.  “A New Jersey statute authorizes its local school districts to make rules and contracts for the transportation of children to and from schools. . . . this statute, authorized reimbursement to parents of money expended by them for the bus transportation of their children on regular busses operated by the public transportation system. Part of this money was for the payment of transportation of some children in the community to Catholic parochial schools.”

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1886-1971)

Justice Black was a lawyer and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama who was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1937.

“The appellant,” Black continued, “in his capacity as a district taxpayer, filed suit in a state court challenging the right of the Board to reimburse parents of parochial school students. He contended that the statute and the resolution passed pursuant to it violated both the State and the Federal Constitutions. . . .”

Justice Black pointed out that “The New Jersey statute is challenged as a ‘law respecting an establishment of religion.’

The First Amendment, as made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth, commands that a state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . Whether this New Jersey law is one respecting an ‘establishment of religion’ requires an understanding of the meaning of that language, particularly with respect to the imposition of taxes.”

In an effort to explain the majority decision Justice Black wrote several paragraphs that reviewed the religious history of the early settlers and his understanding of the intent of the Founders in authoring the First Amendment.

The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect “a wall of separation between church and State.”

Justice Hugo Black, February 10, 1947, Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing

“A large proportion of the early settlers of this country came here from Europe to escape the bondage of laws which compelled them to support and attend government-favored churches,” Black wrote.

“. . . The imposition of taxes”, Justice Black penned, “to pay ministers’ salaries and to build and maintain churches and church property aroused their indignation. It was these feelings which found expression in the First Amendment.”  In the same paragraph Black referred to the colonists of Virginia and their role in understanding the importance of religious freedom.  Presumably referring to The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786, Black wrote that “The people there, as elsewhere, reached the conviction that individual religious liberty could be achieved best under a government which was stripped of all power to tax, to support, or otherwise to assist any or all religions, or to interfere with the beliefs of any religious individual or group.”

Referring to earlier Supreme Court history in relation to the First Amendment, Justice Black continued.  “This Court has previously recognized that the provisions of the First Amendment, in the drafting and adoption of which Madison and Jefferson played such leading roles, had the same objective and were intended to provide the same protection against governmental intrusion on religious liberty as the Virginia statute.”

Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist (1924-2005)

Justice Rehnquist was a conservative Republican attorney who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in January, 1972.  In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become Chief Justice.

Although Justice Black and the justices that joined in the majority decision got it right by deciding that neither Ewing Township nor the State of New Jersey violated the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, Justice Black

concluded the decision with this sentence: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable.”  The five justices determined that the laws of New Jersey had not breached this “wall” between church and state.  However, by referring to Jefferson’s statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” in his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Association, the justices forever opened a Pandora ’s Box for judicial misinterpretation and misapplication of Jefferson’s intention.

Thirty-eight years later in another landmark case before the Supreme Court, Wallace v. Jafree, 1985, the Court, using the same “wall of separation” reasoning, in a 6-3 majority decision struck down the Alabama public school’s minute of silence for personal meditation or prayer.  Dissenting Associate Justice, William Rehnquist, wrote for the minority opinion, “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine on a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history. . . . The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly forty years. . . . There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the Framers [of the Constitution] intended to build a wall of separation. . . . The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or the intent of the Framers.”

If the Founding Fathers meant to insert a separation of church and state clause in the Constitution, why did they not?  To the contrary, in the midst of debating the ideals of the Constitution, they passed the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787 that included this maxim: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Wall of Separation: Jefferson’s Intention or Judicial Fabrication, p. 53

(For a more complete review and understanding of the issue of the “wall of separation between church and state” read We the People: Birth of a Nation by this author.)

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 1

July 1, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

As America’s wealth and power grew, so did its worldwide influence.  However, what it gained in influence it relinquished to pride, moral collapse and perversion.  The once great nation that was founded on Christ-centered ideals and life style slipped ever so slowly at first (like the proverbial frog in a slowly heated pot), then swiftly into hedonism and godlessness.

Not long after the end of World War II church attendance peaked at around 60-62 percent and hovered around there until the end of the 20th century.  From there those that attended church regularly plummeted to low estimates in 2004 of under 20 percent.   While Gallup and other pollsters claim that about 40 percent of Americans attend church, other researchers say that if you look at the attendance of the same people, perhaps less than 18 percent attend church regularly.  A poll listed by (date unknown) lists 44 percent of Americans claim to attend church weekly.

“All nations would say, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’”

Deuteronomy 29:24

The prophet Jeremiah, before the collapse and captivity of Judah, continued to speak God’s words of warning and Judah’s pending judgment.  “‘Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,’ says the Lord.  ‘Look high and low; search throughout the city!  If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the city.  But even when they are under oath, saying, As surely as the Lord lives, they are still telling lies!’” (Jeremiah 2:1-2, NLT).  There was a time, how long ago is debatable, when to serve one’s country in Washington was a great honor and required a person of great integrity and honesty.  Today, such a servant-leader is hard to find much less recognize.  Lying under oath, even at the highest positions of leadership, are no longer given a second thought.  For decades, the American people have been widely deceived and lied to on everything from the country’s military involvement abroad, the economy and national debt, government clandestine activities at home and overseas and a host of other potentially devastating issues.

Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.

Samuel Adams (1722–1803), Father of the American Revolution

God spoke through Jeremiah and told the people of Israel and Judah that their leaders “have dealt very treacherously with Me” (Jeremiah 5:11).  The Jewish leaders were repeatedly deceiving the people about God and His role in their lives.  “They have lied about the Lord, and said, ‘It is not He.  Neither will evil come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.  And the prophets become wind, for the word is not in them.  Thus shall it be done to them’” (Jeremiah 5:12-13).

For decades, America’s leaders, including some in the church, have lied about the importance of God in the affairs and lives of Americans.  Rather than teach, guide and be an example of God’s grace and righteousness among us, they led the citizenry down an errant path away from God, deceiving them with words of comfort and false expectations; repeating not only the sinful behavior of the past but capitalizing on it and enhancing it.  Furthermore, they told the public not to listen to the “naysayers”, those who spoke God’s words of truth and tried to guide the people back onto the right path.

Because of the Jews refusal to listen to His prophets, God told them that . . . “I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel . . . It is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say” (Jeremiah 5:15).  What America’s fate will be, only God knows for sure.  However, for those who

are paying attention to world affairs, one cannot deny that there are at least two powerful forces or nations lining up to overtake America: China and the “nation” of Islam (see Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast by the author).

“’Nevertheless in those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will not make a complete end of you.  And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours’” (Jeremiah 5:18-19; author’s emphasis).  The words of God through Jeremiah, of course, came true for the Jews of Judah, as they were overrun and taken captive by the Babylonians.  As America’s debt and indebtedness to others (including its enemies) mushrooms and its economy and military are decimated, will it fall victim to those who desire its demise?

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.

Samuel Adams

Letter to John Trumbull, Letter of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, Volume 11, October 1778.

One of the biggest problems for the Jews of Jeremiah’s time and during the age of the prophets was that they turned a deaf ear to God and what He was telling them through His prophets.  “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear?  Indeed their ear is uncircumcised [not purified], and they cannot give heed.  Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it” (Jeremiah 6:10; author’s emphasis).  While there are still millions of God-fearing people in America, the majority of Americans and their leaders have turned from God and what He expects of them.  Not only have they turned their backs on Him but they disdain and reject everything about Him and His commandments. “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?” God asked rhetorically of the Jews.  “No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15a).  Like the Jews, the majority of Americans no longer blush at sin.  Man is no longer sinful; he is just seeking self-fulfillment and pleasure on all levels.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the new Christians in Rome, told them God is against all sinfulness and that mankind has no excuse for not knowing God because the truth of His existence was all around them in His creation.  “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them [or, “God is known to them instinctively”].  For ever since the world was created,” Paul declared, “people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (Romans 1:19-20, NLT).

If people cannot believe in God when His majesty is on display all around them every day, then Paul stated that their hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21) and that, “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22; author’s emphasis).

Perhaps the biggest reason for America’s downfall is that its leaders became prideful and arrogant, believing themselves to be wise, but were in reality nothing but fools who did not consult God on anything.  The words spoken by the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews long ago bear much truth for the leaders, past and present of the United States today.

Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. . . . Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. . . . “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. (Jeremiah 7:24, 26, 28; author’s emphasis).


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 368 other followers