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America in Crisis

September 28, 2014

At the beginning of America’s Revolutionary War with England, a new Englishman immigrant to the American colonies, Thomas Paine, began to write a series of 16 articles on The American Crisis.  Prior to arriving in Philadelphia on November 30, 1774, Paine had never visited the New World called America.  However, he quickly became a staunch ally of the colonists in their quest for independence from the British crown.

In his first article, published on December 23, 1776, he started with the now famous line: These are the times that try men’s souls. He followed that with, The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

The fledgling country of America was in deep trouble.  Suffering under the oppressive and tyrannical rule of England, the majority of colonists felt they had no choice but to fight against King George III and his military might for their freedom.  While their heart and spirit was resolute, the young, developing nation faced daunting, if not impossible issues.  Leadership in the country was not completely unified and was still evolving and maturing.  The military was practically non-existent, made up of a rag-tag bunch of farmers and merchants and was seriously out-gunned and unprepared to go up against the superior forces of the British regulars and Hessian (German) mercenaries.  America’s military leadership was unproven and Congress had to “settle” on young George Washington who had never won a military campaign.  America had no navy to go up against the best navy in the world at the time.  The financial condition of the country was poor, with little or no central financial resources to finance the huge and costly undertaking.  By all observations and assessments, America was doomed to failure in this often ill-advised venture called “independence”.

Once again, America stands emerged in a crisis, a crisis like no other and no less to its survival than that of the American Revolution.  Only this time America is dealing with a multitude of crises from within as well as from outside.  At the heart of America’s crises is inept and unwilling leadership, both in politics and the church—past and present.

Some say that what America needs is another “revolution” to restore its fundamental foundations and greatness.  Even Thomas Jefferson believed that, The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure (Thomas Jefferson’s letter to William Stephens Smith on November 13, 1787).  Whether a true revolution will be needed in America, time will tell, but time is getting short.

The United States of America has been on the slippery slope of decay for many decades.  However, the acceleration of the decline has intensified over the last six years—yes, during the Obama administration.

Morally.  America is morally bankrupt.  Her moral decay started long ago but has accelerated at warp speed under a president who strongly opposes “traditional” marriage and has become a forceful advocate for perverted sexual unions.  America is now the largest exporter of online pornography in the world, dispensing 60 percent or 428 million pages of perversion, with 66 percent coming from one state, California.  In the latest survey, 48 percent of America’s “first-born” children are born outside of a marriage union.  Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade abortion legislation in 1973, America has willfully killed over 56 million potential citizens and exported this heinous crime worldwide.  For more information, see these two links, here and here.

Financially.  America’s national debt is unsustainable and approaching $18 trillion with around $125 trillion in “unfunded” liabilities.  Obama and his Federal Reserve method of dealing with this has been to pack on another nearly $10 trillion during his six years in office with trillions more to come before he leaves office and tens of trillions more after he is long gone. Under Obama, America’s “debt to government revenue” has soared to 656%, the highest in the world.  Compare that to near bankrupt Greece which had a debt to government revenue of 351%, while the average for all 27 Eurozone countries was 40%.  See this link here for more information.

Economically.  Instead of trying to cut the deficit, Obama authorized the Fed to print money at the rate of $85 billion/month.  Obama’s economic policies have been and will continue to be proven to be disastrous.   While the stock market has mushroomed due to all the easy money printed by the Fed, middle-class families are falling behind financially and the ranks of the poor and those on the government dole have skyrocketed.   America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth from 2008-2012 was one of the lowest in the Western Hemisphere.  Full time, family supporting jobs have evaporated with millions of new college graduates working at low wage jobs or not working at all in their chosen field of study.  For more information, see this link here.

Militarily.   Since taking office in early 2009, President Obama has been intent on deconstructing the U.S. military, downsizing and weakening it at a time when America’s traditional and surging new adversaries are growing and strengthening.  During his tenure, America has been overtly threatened by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and an ever-growing array of Islamic terrorist groups and armies.  Yet, he has the audacity to proclaim that under his administration the world has never been safer.  Over two hundred high ranking military leaders have been fired by Obama and another 500 or more career officers have received “pink slips”.  Under his “command” the military has not only been severely weakened but has become demoralized and seriously unprepared for major battle.  For more information, see this link here.

Politically.   Unfortunately, at a time when America needs a strong leader of unprecedented character, it has a two-term self-absorbed, narcissistic leader who cannot and will not lead—but will never turn down an opportunity to golf, vacation or fund raise at the expense of the taxpayer.  Obama is a leader who refuses to listen to his military advisors or any other advisors unless they agree with his destructive, socialistic and tyrannical policies.  He is one who has been the most divisive and constitutionally defying leaders the country has ever had; flaunting and abusing the rule of law anywhere he is allowed.  He refuses to secure America’s borders and has freely invited illegals into the country along with assorted criminals, drug lords and terrorists.  His democratic cohorts and assorted “czars” have wrecked havoc with America’s judicial system and laws, creating one unresolved scandal after another—anyone of which would have led to the impeachment of previous presidents.  See this link here for more information.

Spiritually. (chap 19 link)  The Judeo-Christian faith has been under relentless attack in America for many decades, partly because the church in America has grown weak, worldly and complacent.  Because of the addiction to “tax exempt” status, the majority of churches and their leaders would rather preach the gospel of compliance than the Gospel of God’s truth and righteousness.  Under the current administration the attacks on free speech and religious freedom have accelerated at a time when atheists and an assortment of “rights” groups have successfully denied the Judeo-Christian community of faith their God-given rights.  For more information, see this link here. 

America’s people who believe in God have one choice and one choice only when it comes to redeeming their lives, their family and their nation—they must turn from their wicked ways, repent and return to God.  Non-believers will scoff at this, convinced that they have the answers to America’s problems, but will only take the country further into the abyss.   “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

America stands at the proverbial fork in the road and once again she must chose whether to follow the heathen, Baal or God.  But “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,” warned John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 17, 1775, “can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (From Revelation 18 and the fate of America, p. 354).

Prayer for Revolution

For more information and understanding of where America has been, is currently and where it is headed, read Revelation 18 and the fate of AmericaYou might also want to read Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast and We the People: Birth of a Nation.

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Remnants of a Christian Foundation

September 23, 2014

And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.

Revelation 18:24

Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions—The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew the whole world, that a Freeman contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.

George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776

Where are the noble patriotic George Washingtons when America needs them most?  Where are the true patriots; the God fearing men and women of righteousness that must lead America back to her foundational truths?

It should be clear to most that America is beyond human intervention; human solutions; human redemption.  There is no person or persons that have the collective wisdom, insight or ability to rectify the mammoth problems the nation’s leaders and its people have created.  America has slid too far down that slippery slope toward the abyss.  The nation’s leaders, and in collusion with a sometimes unwitting voting or non-voting populace, has created a political, moral and economic environment that is humanly impossible to recover from without God’s almighty intervention.  The nation’s only hope of recovery and survival is repentance and turning back to God.  Of course those who do not believe in God but only in their almighty, but fallible power will not turn to Him.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon those who know the One and only true God of the Christians and Jews to call upon His mercy.

In the first six chapters of 2 Chronicles it tells the story of how King Solomon, David’s son built the Temple of the Lord and the Ark of the Covenant was put in the temple.  Solomon was so excited that he sacrificed 22,000 bulls and 120,000 sheep before the Lord (2 Chronicles 7:5).  That night God appeared to Solomon and told him, “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14; author’s emphasis).

There are a couple of key things to consider here.  First, God said that these things: no rain (environmental disaster); locusts (those who would destroy the land) and pestilence (uncontrolled epidemics), would be among My people NOT on (or taking place with) My people.  The second thing is that God is not expecting those who do not know Him, or who reject Him, to ask for His help in time of need.  But He not only expects those who do know Him—called by His name—to call upon Him, but He is eagerly awaiting their cry.

If America is to turn from her wicked ways and return to God it will have to be those who know Him, the Christians and Jews, who are dedicated and faithful and will humble themselves before their God on behalf of the nation.  They must fervently pray and seek God’s face and repent of their own wicked ways before God will hear their plea on behalf of their nation. Then God will hear their prayer, forgive their sin and heal their land. Notice whose land God said He will heal.  The Jews, even though they were living in the land promised to them by God, were still living among pagans, atheists, scoffers, antagonists and total non-believers.  God did not say He would heal the land of these people, but that He would heal the land of His people, those who believed in Him and Him only.

Assault on Christianity. For many decades now, Christians in America and their faith have been under a relentless attack—ridiculed, demeaned, harassed and persecuted—because of their faith.  Because of a growing atheistic “political correctness” doctrine and “diversity” awareness, it has been open season on Christians in an effort to demoralize them and weaken their resolve to stand for Christ.

It started with earnest with the bogus “separation of church and state” doctrine (see Chapter 5).  Under this erroneous interpretation of an isolated letter by Thomas Jefferson and flagrantly applying it to the Bill of Rights, the government and courts have carried on an all-out war against the country’s Christians and Christian heritage.

The list of egregious attacks will fill several volumes alone, but suffice it to list a few that occurred just in the year 2011.  One of the biggest antagonists and perpetrators supporting such attacks is the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF).  According FFRF’s website they are a non-profit organization that “works to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism, and to promote the constitutional principle of separation between church and state. The Foundation is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics and skeptics) . . .”

As an example of their handiwork, they supported the complaints of some unknown residents of Pittman, New Jersey who complained about a Knights of Columbus banner in town that proclaimed, “Keep Christ in Christmas.”  FFRF, as in most of their claims, said the banner violated the U.S. Constitution.  The mayor of Pittman, Michael Batten was quoted as saying, “I think it’s a sad state of affairs that our country, we kowtow to the minority and not the majority of people who like that sort of thing to stay.”

For the city of Santa Monica, California, a life-size painting of the Nativity had been a 58-year tradition until some atheists got up in arms about it and complained.  Once again, the FFRF came to the rescue.  An attorney for FFRF told the local paper that a 58-year tradition was no excuse for violating the doctrine of separation of church and state.

In Lincoln, Nebraska, the Lincoln Southeast High School was forced to remove a sign in front of the school that flashed the words “Remember the Reason for the Season.”  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed that the message was decidedly Christian and therefore must be removed.

On the lawn of the Loudoun County courthouse in Leesburg, Virginia, the local atheists have put up displays during the Christmas season mocking the Nativity scene and the Christmas tradition.  Loudoun County supervisor-elect, Kenneth Reid, who is Jewish, believes the atheists are trying to force their beliefs upon the town.  Therein lays the duplicity and inequality of the law. While atheists and non-Christians claim that Christians are “forcing” their views or faith on others, atheists and non-Christians are, in effect, forcing their worldview on Christians and others who do not believe as they do.  Although they are free to do so, apparently Christians no longer are allowed such freedom.

“The atheist groups over the past two years have used it as an opportunity to try to ban everything. It’s no longer sufficient to be an atheist, they have to go out there and proactively try to deny and make sure other people don’t believe in God” Reid noted.

At an elementary school in Stockton, California, just before Christmas, 2011, teachers were prohibited from displaying Christmas trees, Santas or poinsettias because of their connotation of the Christian holiday.

In a Tuscumbia, Alabama primary school, unnamed lawyers for an anonymous party requested that the school remove the carol Silent Night from the annual Christmas program because it referenced Jesus.  Outraged parents were assured by the school’s attorney that the program would remain as planned.

In Batavia, New York, the school district proclaimed that “Christmas and Hanukkah will no longer be celebrated in classrooms.”  In addition, teachers were advised not to write or say “Merry Christmas” to their students.

Christian and Jewish members of Congress are also being assaulted with political correctness.  In 2011, members of the House of Representatives were advised that they could no longer wish their constituents “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” in any mailings paid for with tax dollars.  Several House members of both parties were not impressed, and one, Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA), decided to make a video highlighting his authority for such well-wishing.  In the video, Rep. Rigell, while pointing to his framed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution behind him, stated “I find myself coming to this conclusion: It’s good and proper and right and constitutional for me to look into the camera and say to all of our friends and family across the second district and across the great Commonwealth of Virginia and the country, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and wonderful and sincere holiday greetings from all of us in our office to each of you.’”

Even Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse in North Carolina, is under attack.  Before Christmas, 2011, a part-time tutor in the McDowell County Schools system in Marion, North Carolina complained that the shoe boxes the children were helping to pack contained a small slip of paper with the message: “I love Jesus because _________” and that it violated the children’s First Amendment rights.  No students or parents had issued a complaint, but because a non-Christian part-time tutor complained, the Superintendent, Ira Trollinger, quickly sent out an apologetic message to all parents.

In 2011 Operation Christmas Child was anticipating reaching over 8 million children in 100 countries with shoe boxes full of daily necessities.  About 60,000 churches and 60,000 community groups were expected to participate throughout the United States.

Trollinger noted that, “We may have teachers and tutors that are agnostic, and that is certainly up to them. And we don’t mean to offend anyone. We want to give kids the opportunity to share and to feel good about what they are doing for other people who may need it more than they do.”  Once again, Christians are bending over backwards to appease a minority of non-believers.

In Elwood City, Pennsylvania a 50-year tradition of displaying a Nativity scene at Christmas was ended because the city was afraid of a lawsuit from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  In Silver Springs, Maryland a group of Christmas carolers were made to leave the U.S. Post Office and told they were not allowed to sing Christmas carols on government property.

In the fall of 2013, at Camp Shelby in Mississippi several dozen active and reserve duty troops of the U.S. Army were told during a training class that the American Family Association, a highly regarded Christian ministry since 1977, was a domestic hate group.  The organization was lumped together with such historic hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan, the Neo Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam.

Your love of liberty—your respect for the laws—your habits of industry—and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.  George Washington, Letter to the Residents of Boston, October 27, 1789

One soldier who supports the AFA was concerned.  “I donate to AFA as often as I can,” he said. “Am I going to be punished? I listen to American Family Radio all day. If they hear it on my radio, will I be faced with a Uniformed Code of Military Justice charge?”

Hiram Sasser who represents the Liberty Institute, an organization that has been defending religious liberty since 1972, commented on the situation.  “Why must the Army under this administration continue to attack Americans of faith and smear them?”

Todd Starnes, a conservative commentator and frequent contributor to Fox News, wrote in reference to the incident, that “it appears the Obama administration is separating the military from the American people—and planting seeds of doubt about Christians and some of our nation’s most prominent Christian ministries.”

All across the country, Christian groups and organizations, in particular, are being singled out and sued, harassed or pressured into going against their faith or to stop practicing their faith in some manner. . . . [For more information, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America].

Updates

October 13: Houston Mayor Demands Pastors’ Sermons

October 15: City of Houston Demands Pastors Turn Over Sermons

October 17: Fury unleashed over city’s assault on pastors

October 20: Government forcing Christian ministers to perform gay marriages

October 26: Persecution of Christians in America

The World Mourns (Chapter 18 Excerpt)

September 23, 2014

The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore.  For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.

Revelation 18:22-23

In an all-out effort to save their financial hides, is there anything that America and Americans would not sell to the Chinese or others around the world? Apparently not.  It appears that the Chinese, for one, are not completely happy with just buying up America’s assets—land, businesses, infrastructure, energy resources, shipping ports and anything else they can get their hands on (see chapter 7)—but they also want America’s bodies; especially American child-bearing women.

In an article in Today Money on September 23, 2013, it was reported that Chinese millionaires in China (and there are millions of them) are contracting with Chinese and American surrogate agencies to find young American women who are willing to carry Chinese babies to full term in the U.S., thus having their babies being born as American citizens.  Of course, U.S. fertility clinics and surrogate agencies are only too happy to comply and have set up web sites in Mandarin Chinese to attract the wealthy Chinese.  For the native Chinese family such a method of bearing their young accomplishes two primary purposes:  They can avoid the restrictive “one child” policy of their homeland and they open the door to future U.S. residency through their U.S. citizen babies.

It is not surprising that the number of Chinese visitors to the U.S. has nearly doubled from 2010 to 2012, from one million to 1.8 million.  The number of pregnant Chinese women coming to America to give birth to their children has also risen dramatically.

Such a method of bearing children is not cheap.  While American women who act as surrogates can make $22,000 to $30,000, the overall cost for the Chinese family can run upwards to $300,000.  However, despite the hefty fee, it looks like more and more Chinese can afford the bill.

Municipality and County Financial Meltdowns.  Communities and counties across America are in deep financial trouble.  Some are on financial watch lists; others have had to slash budgets and city personnel; others have had their credit rating reduced; while others are seeking bankruptcy relief from the courts.

Of course, the biggest of these to grab headlines recently is Detroit.  Detroit has been in a world of hurt for a long time as the once strong auto center has seen the automobile industry wane and workers flee the city over the last couple of decades.  Since 1980, Detroit has had a population flight, from 1.2 million residents to 701,475 in 2012, a 41.5 percent decline.  At the time of filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, Detroit owed about $18 billion, of which $12.1 billion (including pension obligations of $3.5 billion) was “unsecured debt.”  So far, the city is the largest municipal entity to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history.   As of July, 2013 the city still had an unemployment rate of 18.8 percent.

However, Jefferson County, Alabama (pop. 658,466), which includes the city of Birmingham, was the second largest at $4 billion when it filed on November 9, 2011.  Before Detroit’s filing, Stockton, California was the largest U.S. city (pop. 298,000) to file for bankruptcy on June 28, 2012.  In an effort to stay solvent, Stockton had cut $90 million from its budget over the last few years, especially in the police force.  As a result crime has skyrocketed in the community.

Right behind Stockton is San Bernardino, California (pop. 212,639) with a $45.8 million budget shortfall.  There are numerous other California cities that are in deep financial trouble.  Among them are Mammoth Lakes, which is being sued by a contractor for a $43 million “breach-of-contract” judgment.  Then there is Santa Ana (nearing bankruptcy) and Costa Mesa which is slashing payrolls to stay afloat.

In addition, there are four major cities in California that are battling financial difficulties: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego.  Los Angeles, California’s largest city at 3.8 million people is facing a $238 million budget deficit and huge unfunded pension liabilities.  San Diego, the second largest city, is also facing a huge pension problem and a fiscal year 2014 budget gap of $38 million.  Long Beach has an $18.5 million budget issue, while Oakland needs to borrow $211 million to cover pension obligations.

Although many California cities are in big trouble, the fiscal problem for municipalities extends far beyond that state.  In the Midwest, Chicago is by far the biggest potential headache.  With a FY2013 budget gap of $298 million, the city has been forced to lay off 500 workers and close some police stations.  Another Michigan city, Flint, is facing a FY2014 shortfall of $19.1 million.  In Cincinnati, Ohio, they were looking at FY2014 gap of $35 million and were forced to raise property taxes.

In the East, two large Pennsylvania cities are facing major financial problems and have filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  In Harrisburg, the state capital, they were weighed under by a $400+ million debt.  In Scranton they were only $16.8 million in the hole but were forced to cut 400 public employees back to $7.25 per hour (minimum wage). In Camden, New Jersey, another crime-ridden, declining city where unemployment still hovers at 17 percent, in FY2011 they were dealing with a $26.5 million gap and were forced to fire their entire police force and contract out their law enforcement needs.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

There are a host of other cities and counties and other governmental entities that are facing severe financial problems and the list keeps growing.  With the economy as a whole still in limbo, the financial picture is not getting any better for most of them.

The problem, wrote David Kupelian, Managing Editor of WorldNetDaily,  is that “America’s most vexing and intractable problems: rampant crime, pervasive political corruption and government debt, sky-high taxes, crushing bureaucratic regulations, the embrace of a socialist-welfare mindset and attacks on capitalism, a rapidly growing “dependent class” that relies on government handouts, widespread human degradation and, especially, the abandonment of traditional Judeo-Christian values that has led to today’s devastating social, moral and financial corruption. Most of these issues have a common denominator: They are primarily problems of big cities.” 

Preppers Prep.  Perhaps for the first time since the Civil War a growing number of Americans are fearful and distrustful of their president and congressional leaders.  Their fear and mistrust is not without good reason.  Thousands, perhaps millions of Americans are preparing for a potential economic and/or political Armageddon.

President Obama, of course, does not give them any reason not to.  In a speech at Ohio State University, May 5, 2013, Obama told a captivated student audience, “Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”

Reject the voices that are pointing to the tyrannical leadership in Washington?  America’s Founding Fathers would be horrified and would likely suggest that any leader that tells the American people to ignore the warnings of tyranny, is, himself a tyrant.

Americans have good reason to be concerned about the abuses of their government and to be in fear of their own safety and freedom.  Although it has been headed this direction for some time, under the despotic, Marxist leadership of Obama, the freedoms that American’s cherish are rapidly washing away.

Americans have good reason to be suspicious of their government; not trusting that the folks doing their bidding in Washington really have their back and best interests in mind.  In March, 2013, it became widely known through certain media that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had authorized the purchase of 1.6 billion (yes, billion) rounds of ammunition, including hollow-point bullets that are forbidden by international law during military conflicts.  Putting that in some perspective, during the height of the last intense Iraq war it has been estimated that the U.S. military used 6 million rounds per month or 72 million in a year.  That means DHS would have a 20+ year supply of ammo.  For what?  Keep in mind that this purchase was authorized after the much publicized sequester cut-backs that went into effect on January 1, 2013 and at a time when military commanders were complaining that their training facilities were so short of ammo that they could not properly train combat soldiers.

If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants. William Penn (1644-1718)

However, a spokesperson for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia noted that all DHS training centers use a combined total of about 15 million rounds per year.  With 1.6 billion bullets that would give DHS 107 years of supply.  Hmmmm!

However, that is not all that DHS has been up to lately.  Around the same time it became known that DHS had ordered the purchase and retrofit of 2,717 Mine Resistant Protected MaxxPro MRAP armored vehicles.  DHS personnel deny the purchase, but the vehicles have been showing up at police and sheriff departments around the country and attentive U.S. citizens have been posting videos and photos of the vehicles in their area online.  These heavily armored vehicles were especially useful in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to protect the military against dreaded IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks.  Not only can they withstand IEDs and mine blasts but also 50-caliber shell hits to their bullet-proof glass.  Hmmmm!   Oh, and let us not forget that right after the sequester started the DHS ordered $50 million in new uniforms.   Hmmmm!  The DHS also ordered 7,000 personal assault rifles, the kind that Obama wants to outlaw for U.S. citizens.  Hmmmm!

John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, President and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a not-for-profit civil liberties and human rights organization, in a WND Radio interview on July 22, 2013 said, “What the Department of Homeland Security became under [Secretary] Janet Napolitano is this monstrous surveillance and very intimidating group.” He further noted that under her leadership, returning U.S. military . . . [For more information, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America].

Who Was Like Her (Chapter 17 Excerpt)

September 23, 2014

. . . and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’ Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!

Revelation 18:18-21

On May 23, 1785, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his friend and London merchant, George Whatley, on the nature of the members of Congress who represent the people of the newly formed government of the United States.

They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable preeminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections.

Old Ben was hopeful, but over two centuries hence; human nature has overtaken American politics.   No longer are the majority that are elected to Congress appear to be serving the people that elected them, but rather serving their own interests and whatever will get them re-elected.  They no longer seem to be conducting the “people’s business” but rather their own business.  And as far as having “no profitable appointments, but a mere payment of daily wages”, it seems that almost everyone in Congress is there for self-enrichment. Franklin envisioned or assumed that those who were elected to Congress would be statesmen and patriots, there for only one thing, to serve their fellow countrymen and not to enrich themselves with “enormous salaries or pensions”.

If once the people become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions. Thomas Jefferson letter to Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787

The concept of a “limited government” as envisioned by the Founding Fathers and addressed in the U.S.  Constitution (particularly in the 10th Amendment and in Articles I, II and III), has been transformed and exploded into an unlimited government, without restraints, that controls every aspect of the life of the citizen.  There are so many criminal and tax laws on the books that not even the Library of Congress (the federal government depository) can say how many there are that affect life in America.  In 2012 alone, an estimated 40,000 new state laws went into effect across the country.  America was once a bastion of freedom, equality, military might and economic independence, but has declined into an “also-ran” among the world’s nations.

Samuel Adams had it right when he wrote a letter to James Warren, President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress on November 4, 1775.  “No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”  The American populous has been so “dumped-down” over the last several decades about their constitutional heritage that virtually no one less than 40 years of age can tell you what the Bill of Rights says or what privileges it offers American citizens.  The more ignorant the population becomes the more susceptible it becomes to tyranny and oppression from within.

The constitution, too, which was the result of our deliberation, is unquestionably the wisest ever yet presented to men.  Thomas Jefferson, letter to David Humphreys, March 18, 1789

Perilous Times and Perilous Men.  Indeed, Americans are living in perilous times among perilous leaders that many people feel are taking the country down a detrimental path of no return.  “But know this,” the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

America, some feel, has been in decline—spiritually, economically, morally and militarily—for quite some time.  The country has needed strong, patriotic, constitutional leadership for decades and when it appeared that things could get no worse, the people saw fit to elect and re-elect one of the most incompetent, self-aggrandizing and deceptive leaders in the country’s history.

It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.  Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia Query 19, 1781

As the spirituality and morals of a nation deteriorate, the people tend to elect the leaders they deserve.  Those who are devoid of God-fearing morals, elect the same.  The vast majority of Americans either do not have a clue as to what is happening in America or are complicit members of this advance guard of radical socialism.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.  Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, May 27, 1788

If Americans had been listening closely to Senator Barack Obama’s Berlin, Germany speech on July 24, 2008, perhaps they would have heard beyond their euphoric expectations of the first U.S. president of color and discovered a truly frightening man and his socialistic ideologies.  They would have recognized that Obama’s true dream and goal was not for a better, stronger America, but a weaker, globalized United States of America that would fit more into his anti-colonialist theology.

At the time of his worldwide campaign tour in 2008, many globalists abroad were cheering him on, not because he was black, but because of his socialistic, globalist, One World government philosophy.  The world saw Obama as a man who believes that America must be weakened and subdued and that he was the person willing to subvert America’s greatness and sovereignty to the United Nations and the rest of the world.

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

In Obama’s A World that Stands as One speech on July 24, 2008 in Berlin, Germany, he stated that, “The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand.”  On the surface this sounds good, but when one understands Obama’s mindset, it really means that he is against American sovereignty; against American “exceptionalism”.  He sees America as just a domineering, colonial power that must be put in its place.  With that perspective in mind, digest some of his words that day.

  • “This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”
  • “This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East.”
  • “People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time.”
  • “People of Berlin – and people of the world – the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I come before you to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.”

Barack Hussein Obama, as presidential candidate in Berlin or as President in the Whitehouse has no interest or intent on restoring America’s greatness on any level. He is out to see that America is humbled and consigned to the ash heap of all great civilizations.  However, he is not alone.  Many of his predecessors laid fertile ground upon which he could easily build.

The Purging of the U.S. Military.  To accomplish his goal of a weaker America, Obama has been stealthily decimating the U.S. Military.  With the complicit liberal mainstream media standing idly by and succeeding in keeping the public ignorant of the subversiveness of their president, Obama has been systematically dismantling the finest military force in the world.  In just his first term in office he has modified the military’s “Rules of Engagement” to the extent that it has put more U.S. soldiers at risk and elevated the U.S. military casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The 12-year war in Afghanistan, alone, has resulted in 2,290 U.S. military deaths and 19,464 wounded (source: Dept. of Defense, November 6, 2013).  Of those casualties, 630, or 27 percent, were killed during George W. Bush’s tenure as President and the remaining 73 percent under Obama’s presidency.  Of the 19,464 soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, 85 percent have occurred during Obama’s five years in office.  Military leaders in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan have constantly complained that their hands are being tied in an effort to carry out an effective military campaign in both countries.

Obama has further weakened the military by authorizing women to serve in combat positions; rescinding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, thus allowing homosexuals to freely practice their lifestyle while serving in the military.  He has down played the fight against Islamic terrorism, trying to placate the Muslims of the world and create a politically correct military view of Islam that waters down the true threat to America.  In reality, Obama has created a U.S. military after his own beliefs that coddles, sanctifies and promotes his ideals and his voting constituency—the minorities, women, homosexuals and Muslim service personnel.

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. George Washington, First Annual Address to Congress, January 8, 1790

Perhaps as a result of changing military policies (or maybe not related at all), suicide among America’s military personnel is escalating.  In 2012, 524 U.S. servicemen and women committed suicide, the highest number on record.  Of these, 352 were active duty members; 172 inactive.  The suicide rate among military veterans is rising rapidly and greatly exceeds that of the general population.  The Veterans Administration estimates that 18 veterans per day commit suicide on average, or 1 in 5 U.S. suicides.  “To be honest, we don’t know how many veterans are dying by suicide,” commented Jan Kemp, who heads the Veteran Administration’s suicide prevention program.  In any case, it is a sad commentary on the state of America’s military.  After surviving the horrors of combat, some of America’s finest die at their own hands.

However, the most despicable act of America’s Commander-in-Chief is his outright war against America’s military leaders.  Since he took office early in 2009, Obama has purged all four branches of the U.S. military of 197 (last count) prime military leaders, many in key positions of military defense.  Why?  Because, in the majority of cases, they disagreed with him.

Such a rampant elimination of military leaders by an American Commander-in-Chief is unprecedented in all of American military history.  It has become so bad, that along with Obama’s military funding cuts, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno revealed in late October, 2013, that the U.S. Army only had two brigades that he would consider combat ready.  That is a total of 6,000 to 10,000 troops.  Gen. Odierno noted that, due to the sequester budget cuts, the . . . [For more information, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Double Payback for Her Sins (excerpt of Chapter 11)

September 13, 2014

Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.

Revelation 18:6

Notwithstanding over two centuries of American worldwide generosity and freedom fighting, it seems that the majority of the world has come to despise the United States of America.  Even though America has become the melting pot of worldwide culture and ethnic groups and the desired destination of millions from everywhere on the globe, there has been an ever-growing hatred toward America—not so much for Americans themselves, but their government and governmental representatives.

She weeps bitterly in the night, her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.  Lamentations 1:2

While America has brought much economic and spiritual good to the world she has also transmitted much arrogance, pain and sorrow.  Although to the outside observer it seemed that America’s wealth was unlimited as she dispersed billions of dollars abroad over the last century while indulging in ever greater riches, now she stands alone as her factories and infrastructure are in shambles, her economy weakened and her financial debt insurmountable.  No one is rushing to America’s aid.  In fact, many around the world, either openly or secretly, are hoping for America’s demise.

Abetting the Enemy. America is one of the few nations of the world that is famous for aiding its enemies, whether vanquished or not.  After World War II the United States flooded Germany and Japan with billions of dollars in aid and loans to re-build their economies and infrastructure.  From 1946 through 1952 the United States provided Germany with $29.3 billion in assistance (2005 constant dollars), of which 60 percent was economic grants and 30 percent economic loans.  During the same period, Japan received $15.2 billion, of which only 23 percent were loans.

There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard (George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796).

However, such generosity by the United States toward its former enemies pales by comparison to U.S. aid to the more recent foes, Iraq and Afghanistan.   During the ten year period of 2002-2011 the economies and militaries of Iraq and Afghanistan received $64.37 billion and $60 billion, respectively, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers.  Those figures do not include the hundreds of billions spent on the U.S. military intervention there, nor the millions of dollars the U.S. presence there brought to the local economy, nor all the U.S. military equipment donated to their militaries because our military deemed it to be excess.  The aid given to these two countries, in each case, was double that which Israel received from the U.S. during the same period.

In the case of Afghanistan, the U.S. aid of $12.9 billion they received in 2011 represented two-thirds of the country’s income for that year.   What the taxpayers of the U.S. have received in return, as of October 8, 2013, for America’s presence in the two countries has been U.S. military casualties of 58,330 (6,765 deaths and 51,565 wounded); plus another 253,330 men and women that have suffered traumatic brain injury and, of course, trillions of dollars (current and future) added to the country’s already mind-numbing federal debt.

However, the real cost to American families and the American taxpayer is far greater than just in the military theatre of operations.  Hundreds of millions will continue to be spent each year for disability benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation and therapy for the veterans of these conflicts.  Thousands of families are irreparably damaged; dreams shattered and lives put on hold.  The real cost to America’s economy and social well-being is incalculable.

With this full-flung intervention into Islamic culture and centuries-old sectarian conflicts, American politicians still operate under the delusion that democracy can be brought to the world of Islam.  Democracy and personal freedom are alien to the Islamic culture and mindset (see Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast).  Islam, by teaching and practice, is a sworn enemy of Israel and the United States and all non-Muslims in general.  Yet, American leaders persist in thinking that the beast of Islam can be soothed with money and democratic principles.

In a 2011 opinion poll, Pew Research discovered that the view of America was “overwhelming negative in predominately Muslim countries.”  In Egypt, for example, where Egyptians have received $71.6 billion in U.S. aid from 1948-2011 (second only to Israel during the same period), 79 percent of Egyptians still despise the U.S.  Only 21 percent of Egyptians even care about an “anti-terrorism” campaign, while 64 percent have no confidence in U.S. President Obama.  Similar statistics emerged from other Muslim countries throughout the Middle East.

Even though the average Egyptian hates the U.S. and despite the political and economic chaos and rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the U.S. still plans on providing the oppressive regime with 1200 M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and 20 F-16 fighter jets in 2013.  For Egypt, U.S. aid provides for 80 percent of the country’s military purchases.

Since the mid-1990s over $4 billion in U.S. aid has flooded the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip).  Since 2008, the PT has received an average of $500 million per year in U.S. taxpayer subsidies.  However, despite such lavish support, 80 percent of Palestinians do not like the U.S. and 84 percent have no confidence in Obama.  Since Obama took office in 2009, the Middle East Muslim’s favorable view of the U.S. has dropped 4-12 percentage points in countries like Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.

As Detroit and other American cities and counties file for bankruptcy and slide into decay, the U.S. government dispenses nearly $50 billion per year abroad to shore up the economies of 180-plus countries.

To add insult to injury, so to speak, many of the countries that receive the largest portion of U.S. aid are also holders of U.S. debt in the form of trillions of dollars in U.S. Treasury notes.  In essence, the U.S. grants foreign aid to countries that may or may not need it and then borrows money from those countries.  With such clever business dealings, as a business, the United States would be in bankruptcy court.  If it were not for the power of the printing press to print more and more funny money, the United States would, indeed, be bankrupt.

Islamic Invasion of America.  The amount of information that documents the infiltration of radical Muslims into America and into American politics, education and law, is overwhelming and beyond the scope of this book.  Although such infiltration has been underway for five decades or more it has become more pronounced and aggressive under the Obama administration.

The liberal mainstream media and politicians routinely deny or downplay the presence of Islamic militants and Muslim terrorist groups inside the U.S.  But the truth is that they are well entrenched and have found a welcoming collaborator at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and an Islam in America watchdog, made a Freedom of Information request of the U.S. Department of Justice early in 2011.  A year later she received over 14,000 documents showing just how cozy the radical Muslim Brotherhood groups are with the DOJ.   “One thing is clear,” Geller noted, “the Muslim Brotherhood has fully infiltrated command and control at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.”

The documents clearly show that despite members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) being named as unindicted co-conspirators in a scheme to fund the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, the two groups and other radical Islamic groups are welcomed guests at the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s “Monthly Outreach Meeting” and the Whitehouse as well.

However, this type of regular access is just the tip of the iceberg since Obama has taken up residence in the Whitehouse.  The numbers of Muslims, particularly those associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, in the Obama Cabinet has expanded rapidly and provide Muslims of uncertain determination access to sensitive security sectors and information.

The House and Senate intelligence committees, using federal court documents, have discovered that almost every well-established Muslim organization in America is a front group for the Brotherhood.  Members of these organizations have gained favor with the Obama Administration and have ready access to the departments of Homeland Security and Justice.  According to Obama’s own Department of Justice, at least 61 members or units of the Muslim Brotherhood are operating openly within the United States.   They are heavily funded by wealthy Saudi Arabia nationals and other wealthy Middle East Muslim citizens.

Despite this revelation and clear threat to American security and sovereignty, President Obama has surrounded himself with Muslim sympathizers and radical Islamists.

According to a translation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (http://www.investigativeproject.org), the Egyptian magazine, Rose El-Youssef, released the names of six known Muslim Brotherhood operatives that serve deep within the Obama Administration.  The magazine claims that this has transitioned the United States “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The six named in the article include: Arif Alikhan, the assistant secretary of the Department Homeland Security (DHS) for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the DHS Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and member of the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group; and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

In addition, those working close with Obama or his staff, include such radical Islamists as, Huma Abedin,  Deputy Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Azizah Al-Hibri, member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Kareem Shora, DHS Advisory Council;  Nawar Shora, Senior Advisor to the Civil Rights and Liberties Office of the Transportation Security Administration and Dalia Mogahed, Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Also, there are numerous known Muslim Brotherhood members or sympathizers who have been or are supporters of Obama and have easy access to the president and influence his policies toward Muslims and Israel.

Such pandering, aiding and abetting of the enemy by America’s own leadership will surely bring future disaster upon America if it is not overcome by sensible, patriotic citizens.  America has not only become a breeding ground for those who desire to bring it harm, but has found a welcome sign on the front door of the Whitehouse.

Not only has the theology and indoctrination of America’s enemies found its way into American politics and politicians, but it has found fertile ground in American education.  In 2008, the American Textbook Council (ATC) discovered that ten of the most widely used history textbooks used in junior and senior high schools in America blatantly promoted Islam and concealed the terroristic threat within Islam.  They included such popular history textbooks as: Medieval and Early Modern Times by Jackson J. Spielvogal; World History: Medieval and Early Modern Times by Douglas Carnine, et al; History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond by Bert Bower and Jim Lobdell and World History: The Modern World by Elizabeth Gaynor Ellis and Anthony Esler.

Among the findings of the ATC: . . .

For more, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

Also read the blog, Deceived or Deceiver.

Deceived or Deceiver?

September 12, 2014

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic and No religion condones the killing of innocents . . .

President Barack Hussein Obama

September 10, 2014 address to the nation

Now, let’s make one thing perfectly clear, Mr. President, you are absolutely and unequivocally wrong on both accounts.  ISIL or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (referring to the area of the Egyptian Sinai, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and a section of Turkey) or ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is purely Islamic, following the dictates of the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an.  You, Mr. President prefer to use ISIL, thus giving the terrorists greater recognition of their goals and accomplishments.  Whether you or other talking heads and spinmeisters want to admit it or not, ISIL and other Muslim terrorist groups are the true Muslims following the word of their god, Allah and his historic mouthpiece, Muhammad, to the letter.  All other Muslims are nothing more than apostates in their eyes and worthy of only one thing: Death.

You can only be one of two things, Mr. President.  You are either deceived in your beliefs about Islamic terrorists and the religion of Islam or you are among the Islamic deceivers.  If the former you are in “good” company, President George W. Bush proclaimed Islam to be a “religion of peace”.  He was either greatly deceived or was just mimicking the lying pontifications of Muslim Imams and scholars worldwide.  However, the majority of the members of the U.S. Congress and some leaders of the Christian faith in the West have also been systematically deceived and hold the false notion that somehow this ignoble religion of “peace” has been “high-jacked” by a bunch of crazy radicals.  Let me say this as succinct as I can:  Islam IS NOT; never has been and never will be a religion of peace.  That may be “politically incorrect” and ire a lot of people, particularly the Muslim faithful, but it is the unabashed truth.

If you are among the latter, that is a deceiver on the truth about Islam, then you are merely numbered among the thousands of Imams and other Muslim con artists who have been deceiving non-Muslims for centuries about the true nature and goals of Islam.  Perhaps your Muslim heritage and upbringing have blinded you to the reality and true history of Islam.

As far as your statement that “no religion condones the killing of innocents,” all I can say is, “Please, Mr. President, some of us are not deaf, blind and dumb.  We have eyes that see; ears that hear and minds that reason and understand what we see and hear.”  The fact is, Islam is the ONLY major religion that not only condones the blatant murder of innocents (men, women and children), but it is a religion that advocates it and demands it if one is to be a true Muslim.

Perhaps I should share with you some excerpts from my highly endorsed book, Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast, to enlighten you and others on the true nature of Islam.  For starters, you might remember the notorious Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the “blind sheikh” in the U.S.  Before he tried to blow up the World Trade Center in New York in 1993, he was a revered teacher of “Quranic Interpretation” at Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

. . . in 1980, the blind sheikh, Omar Abdel Rahman, was lecturing 500 students on “Quranic Interpretation.” In opposition to teachings on peace, love and forgiveness, the sheikh told the students that, “there is a whole surah [chapter 8] called the ‘Spoils of War.’ There is no surah called ‘Peace.’ Jihad and killing are the head of Islam. If you take them out, you cut off the head of Islam(p. 93).

Unfortunately, he is right in his assessment of the Qur’an’s mostly silence on the subject of peace. While the Bible has much to say about and teach about peace at all levels of human existence, the Qur’an offers little guidance to the wayward, sinful man (p. 93).

How would you compare the Bible and the Qur’an, Mr. President, on the subject of peace?

Jesus taught his followers to demonstrate peace to the world; even toward ones’ enemies. “Blessed are the peacemakers,” He preached in the Sermon on the Mount, “for they will be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9).” By comparison, Muhammad taught his followers to carry out a “holy war” or jihad against anyone who refused to accept Islam or have faith in 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) (pp. 94-95).

True Muslims that follow the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad neither desire peace nor understand the concept of peace.

Muhammad’s revealed message from Allah brought about extreme conflict and bloodshed between families and among neighbors, both near and far. Jesus, throughout His ministry, continually shared with His disciples and those who would hear Him, about God’s love and reconciliation and the coming of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell within those who chose to follow Him. “I have told you these things,” Jesus told His disciples shortly before His arrest, “so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).” Note that Jesus did not command His followers to go forth and conquer the world for His sake. But, rather, He had already conquered the world in the spiritual realm through His coming and future sacrifice on the cross for all mankind. Allah, by contrast, revealed to Muhammad, that he and those who chose Islam were to go forth and violently subdue the world through bloody conquest (p. 95).

The concept of a god of love is alien to the Qur’an and the Muslim world.  Allah is portrayed by Muhammad and the Qur’an as a god of hate and vengeance.  He is an unforgiving god who will not tolerate disbelief in him.

The central theme of the Bible is that God is love and He loves those whom He created. Christianity can lay claim to one of the greatest and most reassuring verses of scripture of all the world religions in: “For God so loved the world,” Jesus taught His disciples, “that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17, NKJV).” Imagine! God, the Almighty, the Ruler of the Universe, loved His creation so much, that ‘He decided that the greatest gift He could ever give mankind was to send into the world a human being who was without sin and embodied the complete thought and presence of God; endowed with God’s own Spirit, for the eternal and loving purpose of redeeming mankind from its sin which separated it from God and God’s love. What an earth-shaking concept that exists in no other religion but Christianity – a concept, which on the surface of man’s intellect, seems so preposterous that it could only be true. Man could never have conceived of such an act by any god. Man can only conceive that he must work his way into his god’s good graces through fulfilling laws or doing good works which will somehow make him worthy of his god’s love and acceptance.

“God loves you! . . . Yet in the Qur’an, no such statement is to be found (1).”

John 3:16-17 is such a striking contrast to the message that Muhammad brought to the world. Muhammad, according to the Qur’an was Allah’s mouthpiece to condemn the world for not believing in him in the first place. Muhammad was the messenger, procurer and consummator of Allah’s hate and wars upon the unbelieving Arabian world (as well as the rest of the world today). Muhammad did not come into the world as Allah’s messenger of love and salvation. He came forth as Allah’s apostle to persecute those who would not accept the tenets of Islamic faith as laid down by Muhammad.

A thorough search of the Qur’an will not unearth this biblical thesis of God’s unmitigated love. In fact, the Qur’anic theme is quite to the contrary. Allah, according to the Qur’an and its messenger, Muhammad, not only hates sin, but he hates the transgressor and all those who do not believe in him (pp. 158-159).

. . . “Christians & Jewish martyrs say; ‘I will die for what I believe.’ A Muslim martyr says; ‘you will die for what I believe (1).’” The underlying principle and foundation of Christianity is love: God’s love for His human creation; Jesus’ expression of God’s love by His sacrifice on the cross for all mankind and His commandment to all His followers to love everyone – fellow believers, non-believers and even enemies. Muslims, however, are taught and called by the teachings of the Qur’an and Islam’s revered prophet, Muhammad, to hate all those who oppose Islam – not only to hate, but to kill and annihilate all infidels and secure the world for Allah.

This latter religious dogma and mindset is difficult for the Western mind, and particularly those bathed in the teachings of Christ, to comprehend and absorb. However, it is this dramatic and fundamental difference that is essential for the non-Muslim world to grasp if it is to come to grips with and neutralize this rapidly expanding ideology that threatens the free world and all that it cherishes (pp. 245-246).

Mr. President, you and many others like you, have not grasped this concept and true understanding of Islam.

Or, have you?  You appear to be more familiar with the Qur’an than the Bible.  You have proclaimed that the Islamic call to prayer is the most beautiful sound.  You have submitted to Muslim leaders around the world, apologizing for the United States.  For what?  For American’s love of peace and freedom?  You have repeatedly supported Muslim Brotherhood factions in the U.S. and abroad and even placed several of these radicals in high positions in your administration.  While you seem to fervently support Muslim Brotherhood groups around the world, you turn a blind eye to the plight of persecuted Christians and Jews who are dying by the millions at the hands of Islamists.

So, Mr. President, are you among the deceived when it comes to understanding Islam (the faith that you were schooled in as a youth), or are you a deceiver of the ignorant of the true goals and objectives of the followers of Islam?

Also read, Double Payback for Her Sins.

How Evil Works & Prevails

September 5, 2014

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797), an Irish born American, who was a staunch supporter of the American colonies’ revolution against Britain’s King George III, is credited with the above quote.  As a statesman, author, orator and political theorist he is also remembered as the founder of Anglo-American conservatism.

Burke clearly understood how evil arises and prevails among a body of people.  Today, in America, and around the world, it seems that the majority of people are ignorant, duped or just do not care about the evil in their midst.

The Judeo-Christian Bible is the standard of absolute truth for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and worldwide.  It clearly defines right from wrong; good from evil.  However, in today’s world, absolute truth is quickly falling along the wayside, even among those that claim to adhere to the biblical view of good and evil.

There are, of course, many books, sermons and teachings by renowned Bible teachers and authors.  However, there are three little known publications that offer tremendous insight into the subject of evil and how it creeps into the arena of mankind and gains a strong foothold.

The first is a short book (123 pp.) by former British evangelist and Baptist pastor, T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971), called Strong In The Day Of Battle.  It is a powerful book on spiritual warfare and how to identify and overcome evil in ones midst.  As far as I know it is only available through Emmanuel Church, 12,000 East 14th Street, Tulsa, OK 74128-5016 or by calling (918) 838-1385.  It is made available free as arte other T. Austin-Sparks books.

The second is an equally powerful and insightful book, The Omega Prophecy, by Pastor David Anderson.  Written in 1998, it is available on Amazon.com.  This book never quite caught on but it should be a best seller and read by everyone concerned about world events today.  It is quite prophetic in foreseeing the rise of evil and terrorism as it exists today.

The third is, Mighty Prevailing Prayer, by Wesley L. Duewel.  Published in 1990, it has been edited and re-released in 2013.  The entire 44 chapter book is an essential study on the importance of prevailing prayer.  Chapters 34-44 describe the strategies of Satan and the importance of spiritual warfare to defeat him.

It is the Bible and the insight of these three authors that I rely on to present the Tactics and Strategies of the Devil and the ones he uses to promote and establish evil among mankind.

Tactics/Strategies of the Devil (The Evil One)

Anti-Christian; Anti-Jew.  Evil hates and despises Christians and Jews and would do anything to diminish their influence and wipe them off the face of the earth.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist (2 John 1:7).

Tyrannical & Intimidating.  (blog link) Evil is bellicose, confrontational, demanding and insisting on getting its way, no matter what the cost to others.  It is dictatorial, exercising totalitarian principles.

Cunning & Deceptive.   Evil is cunning, crafty and always plotting to cause disruption and chaos in the lives of others.  The more unsettled it can make society, the more Evil rejoices.    Evil diverts attention from its evil plans and deceives people into believing that a lie is the truth.  It repeatedly tries to convince others that bad is good and good is bad.

Treasonous.  Evil denies culpability while scheming to undermine the safety and security of others.  Evil puts others in harm’s way, turning a blind eye to obvious threats to personal safety.  It subverts what is best for others in the interest of a personal agenda, thus denying any allegiance or loyalty to others; it is treasonous.  God hates treason and those that commit treason, especially in violation of His word and His covenant agreement upon which the United States was founded (see Ezekiel 17:19-20).

Destroyer.  Evil is a destroyer.  It seeks to destroy what is good; what is ordained by God.  It seeks to destroy the family unit; tear it apart and cause mayhem.  It seeks to destroy innocent life and life that is still in the womb.

The lion has come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place to make your land desolate. Your cities will be laid waste, without inhabitant (Jeremiah 4:7).

Lies & Damnable Lies.  Evil pontificates and proliferates such outright lies as, “The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been,” when the intelligent and wary observer can easily see and conclude that the world is going “to hell in a hand basket”.   Evil perpetrates the perception that all is well when it knows full well that hardship and destruction are on its way.

Jesus, in speaking to the Pharisees, said: You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44).

Divide & Conquer.  Evil seeks to divide and conquer; to pit one person against another; one group against another.  By creating disunity and sowing discord, evil scatters, demoralizes and weakens the opposition.

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand (Matthew 12:25). 

Creator of Crises.  Evil seeks to cause turmoil and enjoys creating constant conflict. It is all too ready to jump into the fray of a confrontation and take sides before it knows the facts and thus perverts justice and the rule of law.

Author of Confusion.  Evil is the author of confusion.  The more turmoil and disruption it can cause, the better in its plan to weaken society and the individual.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Where God is not allowed to exist or His influence greatly reduced, there is no peace, only confusion and mis-guidance.  Without God, sin runs rampant and society collapses.

Lawless.  Evil does not feel constrained by law.  Evil is lawless.  Evil is above the law.  The law is for others; for fools, but not for Evil. 

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.  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 2:7-12).

Enslavement.   Evil seeks to enslave the populace; to take away freedoms and self-determination and self-will; to gain control over the masses by making them dependent upon sources and means that evil deems best.

Falsely Accuses & Antagonistic.   Evil accuses others of wrong-doing, but constantly and consistently makes excuses for itself.  Evil blames everything and everyone else for what goes wrong in and around its life and experience.

Obfuscates the Truth.   Evil sees no absolute truth, only shades of gray or what can be manipulated into false truth for evil to obtain its objective and get its way.  Evil constantly calls evil good & good, evil.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight!

 Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!

Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.  (Isaiah 5:20-24)

Narcissistic & Prideful.  Evil focuses on itself; is prideful and arrogant.  Evil takes credit for the good, but denies responsibility for anything bad or displeasing.  Prideful Evil cannot and will not admit to any culpability or take any responsibility for anything that goes wrong or is wrong under its watch.

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there (James 3:16).

Usurpation.  Evil is a usurper of all that is good; all that has been established for the benefit of the whole.   It seizes power by force that rightfully belongs to the people.  This power grab is illegal and without the agreement of the majority and in violation of established law.

Masquerades as an Angel of Light.   Evil disguises itself as an Angel of Light; a deliverer from ones woes and wants.  It promises to satisfy everyone’s  needs, wants and desires; usually at the expense of others.  And no wonder!  For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). 

But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,  who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;  but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 2:5-10).

This, of course, is not a complete list of the characteristics of Evil, but it gives you an idea of how Evil slips into the life of an individual or society.

If the Lord be God, follow Him!  But if Baal [false god], then follow him!

1 Kings 18:21