Sunday, September 30, 2012

Police stop prayers outside White House

Police stop prayers outside White House
Dozens of people have already been arrested over the weekend for kneeling and praying in front of the White House.
ActsFive29, a group of like-minded, pro-life defenders launched the D.C. prayer rally knowing their members could indeed be arrested, but asserting it’s worth it, because, “The future of religious freedom in America is at risk.”
The group claims Acts 5:29 – “But Peter and the Apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’” – as their basis for protesting the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate requiring employer-provided health insurance cover birth control measures.
“Obamacare will force institutions, churches and individuals to purchase abortion-inducing drugs and pay for sterilization and abortion in direct opposition to their beliefs, conscience and historic teachings of the Church,” says the group. “With the recent Supreme Court ruling affirming Obamacare, the future of religious freedom in America is at risk and in grave danger of being entirely wiped out.”
On Saturday afternoon, 22 members of the group knelt on the sidewalk in prayer and were arrested by Capitol Police, with the prayer rally (and possible arrests) planned to continue through Oct. 2.
The group says that the only basis for their arrest is that the sidewalk in front of the White House is a “restricted zone” for free speech.
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life told WND, “We have stood up for life and religious freedom in hundreds of cities. Today we do so at the president’s house. I am delighted to be here.”
The group says that the president is “dictating to Christians how they should live their faith” and that they are taking a stand, while risking arrest for doing so.
Bryan Kemper, director of youth outreach at Priests for Life, told WND that he was arrested on Saturday afternoon for kneeling on the sidewalk near the White House while holding a sign that said, “Stand Up for Religious Freedom.”
“I am here today as a father of seven children who is willing to lose my freedom to protect my children’s future freedom,” he told WND. “I was arrested yesterday when I knelt and prayed holding a sign for religious freedom, and I will kneel and pray again today, risking arrest again.”
He told WND that this issue is vital for all American’s to understand.
“We must take this stand now, or we will have no freedom to do so tomorrow,” he said. “I will obey God rather than man.”
He finished, “The HHS mandate violates God’s law and forces us to sin, and I will not comply.”
Brandi Swindell, National Director of Generation Life, a pro-life group dedicated to mobilizing activists, students, artists, musicians and young professionals to end abortion and spread the message of sexual integrity, told WND that she had a “divine appointment” in Washington today.
“Three of us chose to attend church at St. John’s this morning,” Swindell said, “and at the last minute found out that Kathleen Sebelius, the architect of the HHS Mandate was holding an adult forum between services.”
Swindell told WND that she got the secretary’s attention, and in front of a packed auditorium asked her, “Why are you forcing the American people to pay for abortion-inducing drugs that harm women? It’s a severe violation of religious freedom.”
The secretary ignored the question and left the stage.
Video of the exchange, and the critical reaction of other church attendees, can be seen below:
Swindell told WND that just four years ago she was arrested and deported from communist China for standing up for religious freedom there.
“I stood in Tiananmen Square holding a banner that said, ‘Jesus Christ is King’ and was arrested,” Swindell said. “I never imagined that just four years later I’d be standing in front of the White House risking the very same thing.”
She told WND that she intended to hold the same banner declaring “Jesus Christ is King” in front of the White House Sunday afternoon, and fully expected to be arrested for it.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, says of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, being held across the street from the White House, “For the faith community, we can never be silent or indifferent when it comes to matters of justice, human rights and religious freedom.”
He continued, “As people of principle and faith, we must purpose in our hearts that we will never comply with an unjust or immoral government mandate [that] would require us to violate our conscience, the teachings of the Scriptures and the historic teachings of the church.”
“We want to make it clear to President Obama and all public officials,” he concluded, “that we would rather spend time in jail than to be forced into complying with a mandate that crushes religious freedom.”

Thousands Gather at Rally to Reclaim America for God

Thousands Gather at Rally to Reclaim America for God

September 30, 2012|11:08 am
"I don't care what the ACLU says or any atheist says, this nation belongs to Jesus, and we're here today to reclaim His sovereignty," The Associated Press quoted Christian broadcaster Robertson as telling the gathering on Saturday at Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and Christian Broadcasting Network, said the November election was important, but abstained from mentioning any party or candidate at the rally, which organizers said was nonpartisan.
"We are praying that God would touch America. We're not Democrats and Republicans. We're Christians," John Blanchard, the executive pastor of Rock Church International in Virginia and national coordinator for the event, was quoted as saying.
Robertson's speech was continually disrupted by pro-life protestor Rives Grogan, pastor of New Beginnings Christian Church in Los Angeles, Calif., who was holding up a plaque with several photos, reported. "Obama is sin. Support Mitt Romney," he shouted from the crowd. Robertson had to tell Grogan to "shut your mouth," saying "this is not political." He also told Grogan that he was disrespecting the prayer.
Family Research Council president Perkins urged the crowd to also pray for President Barack Obama. "We pray that his eyes will be open to the truth," said Perkins, who is on a nationwide "Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote" bus tour.
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Other speakers at the rally, which started at 9 a.m. and went on until 5 p.m., spoke againstabortion, same sex marriage and other issues. The rally also featured Christian rock music.
Nyree Reed, a participant from Willingboro, N.J., wept as she listened to speeches about the sex trade in Asia. "I feel we really failed God because we haven't been following the rules and the system that he set out for us," she was quoted as saying. "I'm not even thinking about the election right now. People need to be saved. People need to be helped."
The prayer event, held where the Declaration of Independence was signed, was organized by One Nation under God, a coalition of ministries that organized a similar series of events in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s and 1990s. The first, "Washington for Jesus," was attended by 500,000.
Earlier this month, the ministry coalition behind the event distributed food and offered medical care throughout Philadelphia as part of their outreach.
The event is a gathering of Christians representing all races, parties and denominations to pray for the healing of our nation and its people 40 days before America casts its vote for President, the organizers said while announcing the rally in February. "America's soul is sick, but I believe America still has a chance; I believe in resurrection, and I believe prayer changes things-and that is what we intend to do," said Bishop Anne Gimenez, pastor of Rock Church International in Virginia Beach, Va., and chairman of America for Jesus 2012. "It's not about who will be in the White House nor our current financial crisis, it's about America needing the presence of God."
Organizers plan another prayer rally on Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C., two weeks before Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in the election.

Assemblies of God Opposes Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Stance

Assemblies of God Opposes Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Stance
By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter
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The Assemblies of God USA, a fellowship with more than 3 million members, sent out a statement on Thursday addressing the president's recent remarks endorsing gay marriage. "The Bible clearly teaches that marriage should be a life-long commitment between one man and one woman," said Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies.
"Although it has become popular to quote Scripture grossly out of context to serve a personal or political agenda, it still doesn't change what God's Word clearly states."
During the 2008 presidential election, then candidate Senator Barack Obama did not endorse same-sex marriage. Throughout his presidency, as pressure from gay rights groups continued, Obama spoke of his position on the issue as "evolving," which resulted in criticism from both the right and the left over his ambivalence.
On Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage being legal, which added increased pressure on the president to make an announcement of support. Obama's statement of support came on Wednesday.
"[Michelle and I are] both practicing Christians … when we think about our faith the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf but it's also the Golden Rule – treat others the way you'd want to be treated," said Obama after affirming to ABC News that "same-sex couples should be able to get married."
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According to the Assemblies of God's official position, "the growing cultural acceptance of homosexual identity and behavior, male and female, is symptomatic of a broader spiritual disorder that threatens the family, the government, and the church."
"Homosexual activities of every kind are contrary to the moral commandments God has given us."
Other church leaders and denominations have made statements both in support and opposition to Obama's remarks on the divisive social issue.
Joel Hunter, often considered Obama's spiritual adviser, told The Christian Post in an earlier interview that he was disappointed in the president's reasoning.
"The Golden Rule is in the Bible but it cannot be used to contradict God's marriage pattern reaffirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:4-5," said Hunter.
"Though I disagree with the president's interpretation of Scripture in this crucial issue, I will not abandon our friendship … I will just keep telling him what I believe the Bible says and leave the rest to God."
The Rt. Rev. Larry R. Benfield, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas, released a statement supporting Obama's remarks.
"I agree with the president's position. Contrary to the North Carolina decision, civil marriage of same-gender couples will one day be seen as good for society," said Benfield. "I look forward to the day when such marriages occur in this state so that we can live with one another in a spirit of equality and justice."
Obama's remarks came the day after voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly supported an amendment to the state constitution that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman and banned any other type of domestic legal union.

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The Sorry State Department » the Jerusalem Connection Blog -

The Sorry State Department » the Jerusalem Connection Blog -

The Sorry State Department
It should come as no surprise that the State Department has much to answer for in the abysmal manner in which it so disastrously allowed the horrific murder of the American Ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans by Muslims in Benghazi, Libya to occur.
And who must bear full responsibility for not adequately protecting the hapless ambassador and his staff in Benghazi? Well, it has to be none other than Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, and appeaser to all and every tyrant and international thug in the world.
Her craven apologies to the ever hate filled and murderous Muslim world by blaming an amateurish video, purportedly the excuse for mass Islamic violence and killings, has been enough to make Neville Chamberlain look decidedly heroic and resolute. But then she takes her queue from her boss, the Appeaser and Apologist in Chief: Barack Hussein Obama.
We now know that the slaughter, using RPGs and incendiary devices, was a premeditated and well planned operation by Al Qaeda. Even the Libyan president has said so, yet Hillary Clinton and President Obama continue to falsely attribute the Arab bloodlust to the video.
And the Secretary of State, a week before the atrocity took place, stated that the security measures in place at the Benghazi mission were “robust.”
The State Department has traditionally been a happy home for Arabists who have given the worst Arab regimes a pass and have always favored anti-Israel sentiments going back decades in contrast to most administrations, which have supported the Jewish State; that is until President Obama assumed office.
It would be instructive to remember a previous brutal murder of another American ambassador almost 40 years earlier, which the State Department also failed to prevent and covered up.
Remember during Bill Clinton’s presidency how he had brought Israel’s Prime Minister Rabin together with the arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat in what became the infamous White House handshake. This has been a disastrous legacy for Clinton and a curse for the entire region.
It eventually led to Arafat’s baleful insertion by foolish Israeli leftwing leaders into the ancestral and biblical Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria (known by its 19 year old Jordanian name, the West Bank) and the creation of an entity known as the Palestinian Authority.
From his Ramallah compound, north of Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, Arafat proceeded to weave his web of hatred, violence and terror. But he had already committed a terrible crime against America, which was swept under the proverbial diplomatic table, and not admitted to by the State Department for seven administrations.
On March 1st, 1973, eight Muslim Arabs stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum, Sudan and took the U.S Deputy Chief of Staff, George Curtis Moore, hostage along with the American ambassador, Cleo Noel and Guy Eid, the charge d’affaires at the Belgian embassy.
The Arab gang were Palestinians acting under the name Black September, a front group for Arafat’s PLO. They immediately issued demands, including the release of Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestinian Arab who murdered Robert Kennedy. To his credit, President Nixon rejected the PLO’s demands.
It is now known that it was Yasser Arafat himself who subsequently ordered the murder of George Curtis Moore, Cleo Noel and Guy Eid. The Black September thugs took their hostages to a room and fired their Kalashnikov automatic rifles into the diplomats in a frenzy of bullets.
Arafat then ordered his terrorists to surrender to the Sudanese authorities with the words:
“Your mission has ended. Explain your just cause to international opinion. We are with you on the same road.”
Later, Arafat stood at the United Nations podium with a gun at his side, accompanied to New York by Ali Hassan Salameh, the planner of the terror attack.
Writing in the Breitbart webpage of September 21st, 2012, Larry O’Connor stated that the Obama Administration and the Clinton State Department were warned about the attacks on the Benghazi mission and they should have seen it coming.
“When the armed terrorists stormed the mission in Benghazi, Ambassador Stevens was left virtually undefended and abandoned by this President on a day when all Americans are instinctively on their guard and prepared for a reprise of the horrific events from 2001.
“The unspeakable horror that awaited Stevens and the three other Americans who relied on Obama and Clinton to protect them is now a matter of history, but the Obama White House continues to attempt to re-write that history with distractions and obfuscation.”
Similarly, the State Department forty years ago had received intercepted messages of an impending attack upon our diplomats in Khartoum and did nothing. They then employed for years the same obfuscations to hide what Yasser Arafat did in ordering the slaughter of our diplomats.
The State Department has indeed much to answer for.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer with articles and essays published in,, Outpost, The Jewish Press, American Thinker, Renew America, Israel News Daily, Family Security Matters, Jewish Voice & Opinion, Page One Daily, The Jerusalem Connection, Israel National News, Buffalo Gap News and many other publications. He is also the author of the trilogy,Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish State.

The Ignorant Fishermen Blog: What is TRUTH in a World FULL of DARKNESS?

The Ignorant Fishermen Blog: What is TRUTH in a World FULL of DARKNESS?


What is TRUTH in a World FULL of DARKNESS?

This fallen world adheres to many different Babelologies (Gen. 11, Rev. 17:2), but out of the thousands of human religions or “spiritual philosophies” which have dominated our world since the Tower of Babel, these "religions" are placed into just two godless categories; relativism and fundamentalism.

To adhere to spiritual relativism means (morally or spiritually) that there are NO absolute TRUTHS and all delusions are equal and relative.

Spiritual relativism is the most damnable of all human philosophies for it eliminates any redemption in RIGHTEOUSNESS for the transgressions of the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS absolutes of Almighty God. To adhere to spiritual relativism means (morally or spiritually) that there are NO absolute TRUTHS and all man made delusions are equal and relative(Prov. 14:12, John 18:37-38). Examples: Coexist, liberal and someconservative theologies of Catholicism and Protestantism, Buddhism

Fallen Fundamentalism is the most radical of the fallen spiritual ideologies of fallen man. These have sold themselves out to a godless delusional REALITY with absolutely no RIGHTEOUS deliverance or atonement for their sinful estate(Prov. 14:12, Rom. 10:2-4, Jude 1:10-13). They are sold out to the promotion, adherence and conversion of peoples to their man made fundamental laws of dead works, which provide absolutely zero of the required RIGHTEOUSNESS demanded by Almighty God (Matt. 15:8-9, 23:15, Rom. 10:2-4, Eph. 2:8-9). Examples: Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Catholicism fundamentalism, Atheistic Communism, Mormonism, 666 (future).

ONLY Almighty God provides ABSOLUTE ETERNAL TRUTH, REALITY and RIGHTEOUSNESS to all who desire it!

ONLY Almighty God provides ABSOLUTE ETERNAL TRUTH, REALITY and RIGHTEOUSNESS to all who desire it (Matt. 5:6, Rom. 10:4, 2 Cor. 5:21)! It is His ETERNAL passion to do so (John 3:16-17)! To show you how committed He is for TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS and your sinful soul He held absolutely nothing back and sent His ONLY begotten Son to be our Savior and Light in this dark and doomed world (John 1:17, 3:16-17, 114:6, 14:16-17, 16:7-11, 17:3,17, Rom. 8:28-39, Eph. 2:1-12).

My friend, do you want RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and REALITY or do you want a delusion, damnation and torment FOREVER? Almighty God leaves the choice up to you. Your freewill will decide your ETERNAL DESTINY. Today we need REALITY to see through the darkness of Satan’s spin and manifold lies (John 8:44,17:17). Almighty God provides ABSOLUTE TRUTH and the REALITY that accompanies us as we navigate our way through this fallen world and to get us safely into Almighty God’s ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS HEAVEN (Rev. 21, 22:1-5).

My friend, do you want RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE and REALITY or do you want a delusion, damnation and torment FOREVER? Almighty God leaves the choice up to you.

Maybe of late you have been pondering, what is TRUTH and what are the answers to the crisis of this fallen crazy world? My dear friend Almighty God has the remedies and solutions that we so desperately need and they are all found in the lovely Person of His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17).

My dear friend, Almighty God calls out to you today in Spirit and in TRUTH. Will you hear His voice or will you walk away from REALITY and LIGHT back into DEATH, DELUSION and DARKNESS. Almighty God leaves the choice to you. What will you choose, LIFE (John 17:3) or DEATH (Rev. 20:11-15)? My dear friend, choose CHRIST; for in doing so you will choose ETERNAL LIFE and JOY FOREVER (1 Cor. 2:9). Absolutely no delusional “spiritual philosophy” of fallen man will EVER give you that!

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Following Judah's Lion: Beware...Beware...Beware

Following Judah's Lion: Beware...Beware...Beware

Saturday, September 29, 2012



Matt.7: 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Lk.12: 13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Lk.20: 45 Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples,
46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

Beware of false prophets; beware of covetousness; beware of the scribes. Perhaps the word of warning to the western church today should be “Beware”. There are all kinds of ravenous wolves and all kinds of temptations and all kinds of deceptions that swirl around us. We can no longer rely on the voice of ordained men to guide and protect us. The shepherds have become blind guides and their voice is little more than wind. But the Spirit warns us to beware.

We live in a day where the faith itself has been altered and changed in order to appeal to the fallen flesh of man. There is little appetite for prayer and fasting. The Word of God is treated like cotton candy. The gathering of saints is for activity and fellowship and not for a sacred convocation to worship the Risen Christ. The entire ecclesiastical construct is a cultural phenomenon and an affront to Almighty God. Nothing is sacred, nothing is holy, nothing is free from the dictates of the culture and the country.

It is important to beware of what is not of Christ, but it is equally important to allow the Holy Spirit to make our hearts a more holy place. Little is said about holiness and many times holiness is defined as not doing certain things. If you do not smoke or drink or go to the theatre you are holy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Holiness is not just a force or an adherence to some set of do’s and don’ts. Holiness is walking in a person. God does not just exhibit holiness, God is holy. His essence, His person, His everlasting presence is holy.

Man knows almost nothing about holiness so he sets about to invent some caricature and calls it holiness. But God has given us an inward place with our bodies that we call our hearts. It is a place where God can dwell by faith in Jesus Christ. In a mystery the Holy Spirit dwells inside of every true believer. Who can know the length and depth of such a mystery? Who can plumb the depths of that power? And how can we walk and live with such little recognition of that Spirit of Holiness within us? This is an amazing truth which should confound the wise and break us into little children who joyfully serve the Most High God!

When was the last time you searched your own heart and invited the precious Holy Spirit to do a complete inventory of all that remains inside your heart? I realize that may be a painful enterprise but there is also a great amount of glory as well. How many pew dwellers live as if there is no God and embrace all kinds of things that are not only foreign to Christ, but they are against everything the Spirit desires to do in us?

So many treat the Christian faith as some sort of Lord of the Rings fairy tale. While they give lip service to Scriptural truth their lives are pulled by the insatiable desires of this life. And the love of this world becomes the driving force behind most of how they think and live. And the local church at which they are members presents no spiritual challenges. They love the pastor and his family and their church provides them with all that they deem necessary to meet the needs of their family. Very little is spoken about meeting the commandments of God and serving Christ through sacrifice and self denial. Most churches advertise themselves as a place where you can get what you want and not a place which will challenge and exhort believers to live and die for Jesus.

challenge all of us to break up the fallow ground within our hearts and cultivate that place as a sacred place of worship and service. We must resurrect a spirit of prayer which will seem almost fanatical in these days of ambivalence and carelessness. Somewhere along the line the church has lost any semblance of the spirit of prayer and intercession. Unless we return to that altar all our efforts will be of the flesh. If you desire church growth and excitement and crowds then you must be content and even pleased with the American church. But if you desire Christ alone and all other things residual and to His glory then the Spirit will guide you into all truth.

The Lamb of God has triumphed over sin and death and has provided the eternal victory for all who will believe. This is no game and it is not an alternative to the culture. This has eternity riding upon its wings. Awake, awake all you who are asleep! The Creator is ready to return in clouds of glory and in flaming vengeance which will shake the entire planet. Hyperbole? Sensationalism? Overly dramatic? Oh please do not allow your flesh and the deceiver to blind you to the truth. There is coming an event which will strike fear in every heart and will divide all humanity into two distinct and separate flocks.

One flock will be assigned to the evil shepherd who has never cared about the sheep, or should we say the goats. But the other flock will be led into the presence of that Great Shepherd forever. Has the word “forever” lost its sparkle to those who cling to the scraps of the temporal? Or has the church lost not only an eternal perspective, but does she even believe in forever anymore? What a colossal tragedy that a question like that can even be asked.

So what do we do? We must beware of the allurements of this world, and we must look deep into our hearts and lengthen the cords and deepen the stakes of the place where the Spirit resides and seeks to control and guide. God has created the entire universe, and He owns it all. But He seeks those who diligently seek Him and to those He saves His reward. And just what is that reward? Houses and cars? Money and power? Success and influence? Never, a thousand times never!! His reward for those who seek Him is HIM! What on earth can compare with the glory of the Risen Christ and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah??!!

The church has traded a deeper revelation for Him for a deeper revelation of the things of this world. Professing believers have allowed their hearts to be imprisoned by the temporal and in so doing they have surrendered the unspeakable glory of His majesty and the glory of His presence. I do not speak like some intangible mystic who seeks altered mental states, but I do speak about the reality of His endless glory shared to earthlings who have set their hearts upon Him fully and without compromise.

Beware of false teachers. Beware of covetousness. Beware of the modern Pharisees. Beware of settling for a copycat faith that rejects the true. Beware of being content with where you are. Beware of loving anything about this world. Beware of giving your allegiance to anything but the Lord Jesus. Beware of abandoning the prayer closet. Beware of removing the ancient landmarks. Beware of listening to the voices of the flesh. Beware of allowing evil spirits to gain access to your thoughts. Beware of being lethargic in your journey to seek His face. Beware of desiring things. Beware of treating God’s Word as part of a perfunctory daily devotion. Beware of following systems and not Jesus. Beware of having a divided heart.

Beware of taking you eyes off of Jesus even for a moment.

Are Bible’s ‘end times’ in today’s headlines?

Are Bible’s ‘end times’ in today’s headlines?
It doesn’t take long for those with an interest in Bible prophecy to begin drawing comparisons to the study of what the Bible calls the “end times” to today’s news headlines.
To them the book of Matthew, Chapter 24, reads like the front page of the New York Times.
Jesus’ disciples asked him in Matthew 24 for a sign of the “end of the world.” He answered their question with a series of events to watch for, and so began the job of those who would watch for these things to take place.
One such person is Jan Markell, who runs Minnesota’s Olive Tree Ministries. Markell, a Messianic Jewish believer, is an accomplished author and speaker, and hosts a radio program syndicated on 551 Christian radio stations, called “Understanding the Times Radio.”
Several years ago, she also began hosting an annual conference called “Understanding the Times,” which she holds in a large, suburban Minneapolis church, to larger and larger crowds every year.
“When I look at the headlines, I see America imploding, the Middle East on fire and I see the church in a state of apostasy,” the founder of Olive Tree Ministries told WND.
Those subjects will be the focus of the upcoming “Understanding the Times 2012 Conference,” to be held in the suburbs of Minneapolis on Oct. 5 and 6.
The ministry brings in speakers to give context to end-times eschatology, or the study of the end times, from a Biblical perspective, and this year the conference promises to bring in large crowds of people eager to understand what is happening in the world, and specifically in America.
“We try to look at the issues in the church, geopolitical issues, everything from a biblical perspective,” Markell told WND. “Everywhere people are looking for stability. The Bible says God is the stability of our times.
“Our effort is to get people to focus on the stability of God in times that are completely unstable.”
This year the conference may draw an even larger crowd, as one of the main speakers is Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger.”
“The Harbinger” rose to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, and hasn’t retreated since it was published in January. Right on its heels came the video, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,which quickly became the No. 1 faith film in the country.
Cahn, pastor of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says America is uncannily re-enacting ancient Israel’s behavior prior to its judgment and eventual fall. He found a sympathetic ear for his message in WND founder Joseph Farah, who produced “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” as a followup to “The Harbinger.”
“If you believe in the Bible as the word of God, there’s no question in my mind you will be touched and moved by this presentation,” Farah says about “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.”
“This teaching has literally changed my life – given me new purpose and commitment and passion.”
Likewise, Markell told WND that Cahn has “tapped into something that urgently is needed by the people.”
She said while there are factions in America today laughing at the idea of repentance – a main thrust of “the Harbinger” – that’s exactly the message in the Bible.
Both the book and the movie show the uncanny parallels between events prior to the dispersion of Israel and events taking place in the U.S. today. In fact, the events continue to unfold even after the release of the book and movie.
“In addition to sharing the message of ‘The Harbinger’ at the ‘Understanding the Times Conference,’ I will share a number of things that have recently happened in America. The signs are still happening,” Cahn told WND.
The events Cahn speaks of have all taken place since Sept. 11, 2001, and they all connect to Isaiah 9:10.
“The ancient vow begins with these words: ‘The bricks have fallen, but we will rebuild with hewn stone,’” explains Cahn. “The vow declares Israel’s defiance of God, in the face of a devastating strike on the land. The hewn stone, which begins the rebuilding, symbolizes the nation’s intention to come back stronger than before.
“The book then reveals the parallel to proclamations by Barack Obama in his first State of the Union message, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle the day after 9/11 to a joint session of Congress and former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards on the third anniversary of 9/11.”
Cahn told WND that since the Harbinger was released, “What’s in it is still coming to pass.
“People are stunned when they see these things in the news,” he said.
When asked what the final outcome of the Isaiah prophecy meant for Israel, and now in the view of many who see the parallels to modern America, Cahn told WND, “God’s judgment.”
“The end of the progression in the Biblical template is national judgment, and the fact that the signs are continuing, mean that America has not turned back to God,” he said.
Cahn also wants people to know that “judgment is ultimately about hope.”
“If there were no hope, there would be no reason for God to give us signs. There would be no point in warning us, if we weren’t able to seek forgiveness,” he said.
Despite those naysayers who doubt his vision and perception, Cahn says the message is this, “II Chronicles 7:14 says, ‘If My people, which are called by my name, shall 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 will heal their land.’ These principles also apply to America.”
Markell tells WND that the naysayers in question “cry out about it being too late for America.”
“They say that America is not in the Bible, so we are going away – it’s too late.”
But regardless of what a few people think, the focus of the “Understanding the Times” conference is just that, a place for people to gain a perspective from the Bible on current events.
Markell tells WND that the emphasis of the conference will be on “America – Present and Future, and where does America fit in to end times Biblical prophecy.”
Besides Cahn, Mark Hitchcock will speak about what is currently happening in the Middle East, in a session called, “Middle East on Fire.” Hitchcock has authored over 20 books about the end times, and is a leading Christian voice on the Mayan 2012 prophecy.
Well-known correspondent Bill Koenig, who writes a weekly 14-page news report called “Koenig’s Eye View from the White House” that focuses on world news that is biblically relevant and White House news from a Christian perspective, will speak about the “Consequences of God’s Judgment on America.”
Another well-known author and speaker, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, from Moody Church in Chicago will speak about “When a Nation Forgets about God.”
The conference is free to attendees, and Markell tells WND that people from all over the world usually come.

Following Judah's Lion: Governments - Are They Ordained of God?

Following Judah's Lion: Governments - Are They Ordained of God?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Governments - Are They Ordained of God?


Rom.13: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Let us at the outset present what is the semi-orthodox interpretation of these verses. The overarching theme is obey your government because God has put in place. I realize that is an over implication, but it still is what is generally taught from these verses. But I would like to address certain inconsistencies as well as certain hypocrisies that arise from that interpretation.

If you believe God has ordained every particular government then you must believe God set up Hitler, Stalin, and Mao to name just a few. And if you actually believe that then you are at least consistent with your view of government even if that seems grossly inconsistent with what we know of the heart of God. There is no wiggle room if you suggest God directly ordains all particular governments throughout history. And for all you Republican-esque believers, that means that God has ordained the Obama administration including his infanticide policies.

Again, if that is what you believe than so be it. But if that is your view, then how can you moan about it? How can you say that God ordained the Obama administration and then complain and murmur about it? That either means you really do not believe it or you are a hypocrite. To me that view is preposterous. How can God ordain Hitler and then command us to obey him? And does God suggest that Hitler was a “minister of God to thee for good”? Come on, let us get real here. It is disingenuous with Scripture to take a few verses and make them lord over the preponderance of New Testament teaching.

Even in the Book of Acts believers disobeyed the dictates of the government and went to prison because of it. The Foxes Book of Martyrs is full of believers who were put to death because they refused to obey the government. And if they were not supposed to do so, then that book is about evil doers. The entire notion is unreasonable and at odds with what we know about following Jesus. You cannot follow Jesus and follow fallen, earthly governments as well. We are to be law abiding people who humbly go about living the gospel of light within the culture of darkness.

But read again those verses from Romans chapter 13 and in them you will find no admonition or even suggestion that we as believer participate in government. It seems reasonable to interpret them as God having ordained the concept of human government, but not that He ordains each and every single government. How can we stand for righteousness and believe God ordains unrighteousness? No, human government is ordained by God but of course as in all things man has manipulated it and changed it in order to achieve his fallen goals. God ordained marriage but do we believe God ordained each and every single particular marriage? And do we believe God approves of what has become of marriage?

Luke was a physician but do we believe God has ordained physicians to abort the unborn? Just because God has ordained offices and principles does not mean that man has not taken them and made them his unholy tools and at odds with the divine plan. God ordained and made man with hands but that does not mean He ordained us to use them to commit violence. You see, God ordained human government but man has taken that and made it an affront to God’s holiness and plan. But when possible we are to live quiet lives of humility and grace. And when the government commands us to do that which is against God, we must be willing to humbly refuse. And when the government restricts us from serving God, we must humbly disobey. All things in humility.

But nowhere does God say He desires His people to get involved with the earthly governments of man. It is a noble idea to place believers in government in order to influence it towards God’s desires, but however noble it is not according to the New Testament. When we get invloved with the fallen systems of this world they invariably change us. In fact God seems to specialize in shining His light the brightest through His people when they are persecuted for His sake. Many times the most oppressive regimes have produced the most vibrant expressions of Christlikeness in believers. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. Some of Paul’s epistles were written in prison.

But fast forward to today and here in America. Much of the evangelical community believes it is their duty to participate in this fallen American system. They huff and puff about all kinds of things, money being a mainstay. And every two or four years the church gets all worked up and involved about the politics and their candidates. And when pressed they refer to Romans chapter 13. But that is an inconsistent interpretation, and the American political landscape allows both sides to suggest that there candidates need to be elected. How can believers suggest God elected the present government but only because He couldn’t find enough evangelical votes? The entire concept is illogical and more importantly unbiblical.

II Tim.2: 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

The third verse not only exhorts us to sacrifice, but defines us as His soldier exclusively. No one can fight for two countries and wear two uniforms. And if we are His soldiers, we wear a different armor and we fight with the weapons of the Spirit and not of the flesh.

But look at verse four. There we find an exhortation to not get entangled with the affairs of this world. Well we know that we are supposed to work and support our families, so what are these “affairs” about which Paul speaks? These are the world’s systems which are trusted by man to effect change. These are not prayer closets, these are not fastings, these are not the gospel witnesses. These are politics and war. And Paul tells us that these do not please Him who has enlisted us in His spiritual army. The governments of man are not the battlefields of God’s army of light. We do battle with the gifts and callings of the Spirit. And our allegiance is to Christ and Christ alone.

Be not deceived, anything earthly that demands our allegiance is antichrist. And it is a great mystery as to how and where the western church has pledged its allegiance to an earthly government while attempting to suggest it still pledges its allegiance to Christ. No man can serve two masters. No man. Can you imagine an earthly soldier storming the beaches of Normandy. And when he reaches France he begins to frequent the French bars and clubs and theatres while the battle still rages. And in a startling display of duplicity, he enlists in the German Wehrmacht because he feels like he can effect change in that wicked army. He would be considered a traitor!

The problem with American believers is that they fail to see the utter duplicity in their enlistment in earthly affairs and specifically this earthly government and the cesspool of politics. And many, if not most, view this nation as beginning as godly and having strayed off course. And that is in fact patently false. Even Israel in 1948 was not a godly nation. So here are millions of professing believers who have been told not to get entangled with the affairs of this world and yet they attempt to wear the armor of light along with the uniform of Americanism. And in effect, they are spiritually AWOL. They have put on the enemy’s uniform and have abandoned Christ. Yes, it is that significant and that diabolical.

And all this stems from two distinct falsehoods. One is the misinterpretation of Romans chapter 13, and the other is the fanciful view of America and its origin. And impacted by those two deceptions, the church which should only live in America has become the American church. America has impacted the church and the church has had precious little impact on America. And the visible church still insists that through political leverage, voter registration, education, Supreme Court appointments, and a massive influx of evangelical participation the tide can be turned. It is a fool’s errand.

Let us return to Christ with our whole hearts, and being clothed with humility, let us live and share the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ.
That, brothers and sisters, is the only answer for each and every soul regardless of which nation they happen to inhabit.

Tony Blair has found his global Church to work for new World Order « News that matters

Tony Blair has found his global Church to work for new World Order « News that matters

Tony Blair has found his global Church to work for new World Order

«Do what you want, but do not merry a Catholic». Thats was the advice Tony Blair got from his grand mother. And that was exactly what he did.
Tony Blair at the launch of his new plattform on 30th of May 2008 in New York
Tony Blair at the launch of his new plattform on 30th of May 2008 in New York
In last Tuesday Vatican magazine L’Osservatore Romano, Tony Blair spoke about his new faith. The former Prime Minister of United Kingdom explains how he was fascinated with the universality of the Church of Rome, as a global institution.
«When you are a Catholic you can go for mass all over the World. I have celebrated mass in Kigali, Peking and Singapore», explains Blair.
Wherever a Catholic might be, He is in communion with others, and that is fantastic. The Universal Church is an important model of a global institution, says the present peace envoy in the Middle East. Blair is sure that the Church has a central role in the changes in society, and that religion must has a place in the public debate.
Faith has to take the central stage, and Blair looks up on religions as important. But the past PM do not fell that confrontation will cease to exist. To the opposite, Blair feels that the Church and the politicians will end up on different side of the table. But Blair feels that this is besides the point. He wants faith to take its rightful place in public life, not to be silenced.
The pope and Blair partners in the work for a new World Order.
The pope and Blair partners in the work for a new World Order.
Blair also express his support for Pope Benedikt XVI´s teaching about«God`s central place in society, politics and economics». The Roman Catholic Church does promote a new economic World order, built on justice and fairness.
«We need to read this manifest of the Pope over, and over again, proclaims Blair».
Tony Blair did merry a Catholic, and they also chose to baptize their children in the Roman Catholic Church.
«My journey of faith took 25 years. As time passed by, emotionally, intellectually and rationally, the Catholic home became natural for me. When i left the post as Prime Minister, I finally started to do something I had been longing for» explains Blair.
Source: The Vatican magazine: L’Osservatore Romano.
As translated in the Swedish Christian daily:
My comment:
It is worth mentioning a couple of important details of the conversion of Tony Blair from the Anglican faith to the Catholic faith.
Tony Blair do never speak about sin, the Bible, repentance, and that He has finally found the truth about a Jew called Jesus of Nazareth.
Tony Blair is attracted to a Universal and global organization called a«Church».
Tony Blair has found a new «Church», from where He can work for a new World Order.
Tony Blair is a man hungry for Worldly power. People who has walked as antichrists, have always been serving the Prince of this World. Lets pray that Tony Blair in time will find out who he is serving. Blair need to repent or perish.
Read more about how Rome and Islam works together to create a new World Order: Click here
First published: 23rd of September 2009.
Written by Ivar

The Ignorant Fishermen Blog: The Feast of Tabernacles - The Establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven!

The Ignorant Fishermen Blog: The Feast of Tabernacles - The Establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven!


The Feast of Tabernacles - The Establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven!

The Feast of Tabernacles prophetic fulfillment is the Kingdom Age under the reign of the Messiah of Israel (Isa. 2: 1-5, 11:1-10; Micah 4:1-4; Zech. 8:21-23; 14:9, 16-21 etc...).
This establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven will commence after an EXPONENTIALLY HORRIFIC  seven-year worldwide tribulation climaxing with the Battle of Armageddon, ( i.e., at the return of Messiah to earth)(Matt 24; Rev. 19:11-21).

First, there will be a great global, spiritual apostasy and lawlessness (godlessness) in which global war, genocide, and pestilence shall super-exceedingly abound (Rev. 6; 9:17-19). There will be great and awesome signs in the heavens (Joel 2:30-31; Amos 8:9; Matt. 24:29; Luke 21:25; Rev. 6:12-14). There will be global natural disasters - earthquakes, tidal waves, fire, and asteroid bombardments that will follow (Rev. 6:12; 8:1-12; 16:17-18). These events will intensify as this seven-year period proceeds. There shall be fearful, supernatural judgments such as never before seen from Almighty God on humanity due to its super-abounding lawlessness and anti-Christ rebellion (Psalm 2, 110, Isaiah 24; Dan. 12:1; Joel 2:2; Matt. 24:21-22).

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2a).

Despite all these devastating global wars, mass genocide, mass pestilences, supernatural calamities and natural disasters, the world will not pay attention and humble themselves before God (Rev. 16:9, 11, 21). All of these calamitous events shall be the catalyst for the rise of a global opposition and tyrannical, fascist oppression from Lucifer, his Anti-Christ and his 10 Regional Nations upon the remaining inhabitants of the world during the last 3 ½ years of this 7-year Tribulation Period (Rev. 13; 17:13-17). There shall also be demonic tyranny; oppression and possession on a global scale that would make the movie, The Exorcist, seem like Barney the dinosaur singing “I love you” in comparison (Rev. 9:1-12; 9:14-15; 18:2).

In the end, this seven-year fallout from the global devastation of global war, supernatural judgments, natural disasters, human carnage, and demonic and human oppression will make the world an absolute wasteland. At the conclusion of the Tribulation Period, nothing will remain signifying resemblance to the world just past. All cities, technology and human achievements - even topographical land features and remnants of civilization - will be absolutely laid waste (Isa. 24:6, 19-20; Rev. 16:16-21). As the Genesis deluge obliterated the former, "pre-flood" Adamic world(Gen. 6-8; 2 Peter 3:5-7), so also will God-ordained supernatural and natural judgments and disasters do to this present one. As man sows more and more “godless seed” by violating God’s natural and spiritual laws, he will inevitably reap the godless consequences. This full-blown depravity and insanity will lead to a final showdown at the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:11-16). What is most amazing is that by this time any are left alive to march against Almighty God at the end of the Great Tribulation. Filled with rebellious hatred and led by Satan, the remaining dregs of humanity that have somehow survived these seven years will gather themselves together in absolute defiance to battle against Almighty God and His Christ (Psalm 2; Rev. 16:9-11). Read what is written in the Holy Scriptures regarding the conclusion of the Great Tribulation period:

"Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left, the earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again" (Isaiah 24:6, 19-20).

"And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And EVERY island fled away(VANISHED), and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great" (Rev. 16:16-21).

"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved (delivered): but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened"(Matt 24:22).

It will be at this time that the Heavens will open and the rejected Savior of the World, the Lamb of God, the King of Kings will gloriously RETURN forth from Heaven’s glory to destroy this godless, global rebellion. The earth will then be purged of Lucifer, all demonic activity and unregenerate (godless) men (Isa 66:15; Matt. 13:30, 41-42, 48-50; 25:31-43; Dan. 12; Rev. 20:1-3). Only those who have repented and placed their full trust in Almighty God and His Savior will enter into Christ’s Kingdom. The Messiah of Israel will then establish His 1000-year kingdom reign from Jerusalem in the land of Israel (Ezek 43:7; Rev. 20:4). At last, the peace of Jerusalem will thus be finally fulfilled and the reproach of Israel finally removed (Micah 4:6-7). The nation of Israel - God’s chosen people - will again rise to be the chief nation of the world, just as Almighty God has said (Isa. 11:2; 61: 2-11; Micah 4:2, 8; Zech. 14:16-20).

Christ’s Reign of Heaven on Earth

.During this 1000-year period, the Lord Jesus (Christ/ Messiah) rules and reigns as the Righteous Despot over the nations of the world with an iron rod of righteousness. His reign will take place from Jerusalem and Israel will be His chief nation of blessing to all nations that are left (Isa. 11:1-10; Micah 4:1-4; Zech. 8:21-23; 14:9, 16-21). The Messiah will wield an iron rod of RIGHTEOUSNESS and Rule the nations with justice and righteous judgment (Isa. 9:6-7; Rev. 19:15). Under Messiah's reign will be pure joy as Almighty God’s curse on the earth shall be removed, and the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God will be fully implemented and enjoyed. Righteousness shall reign and abundant peace, life, blessing, prosperity and joy will exponentially increase and dominate this period until... the end (Isa. 11:1-10; 61:11, Rev. 20:7-15). There will be no more war and Jew and gentle will abide in peace under Messiah's reign (Isa. 2:4; Micah 4:3). As a result, all of man’s godless ideologies and delusional, alternative realities of "make-believe" will NEVER again exalt themselves outwardly against the reality and absolutes of Almighty God (Isaiah 11:9; 65: 16; Hab. 2:14; Zech. 14:9; Dan. 2:44; 7:14, 27). Any such rebellion will be swiftly judged and order will prevail. The Millennial Kingdom Age will be a time of knowing Almighty God and His Christ in a very personal and visual way. This 1000-year period will consist of: 1) the restoration and fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel, 2) illumination of and reflection on the Lamb’s saving work by the entire world, and 3) preparation for the ETERNAL state of the New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 21:1). The most amazing aspect of the Millennial Kingdom is its conclusion. At the end of this Messianic, utopian age, multitudes of the offspring of those saved (regenerated) individuals who survived the Tribulation period and who first populated the kingdom will rebel as the sand of the sea (Rev. 20:7-8)! Even in a perfect state and with perfect conditions of the millennium age, the unregenerate heart of man will still rebel and seek to overthrow Almighty God (Gen 8:21; Jer. 17:9; Rev. 20:9). This final rebellion will be the pinnacle of the insanity of mankind. 

Under Messiah's reign will be pure joy as Almighty God’s curse on the earth shall be removed, and the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God will be fully implemented and enjoyed. Righteousness shall reign and abundant peace, life, blessing, prosperity and joy will exponentially increase and dominate this period.

As this final godless rebellion and war is crushed, time will have finally expired and come to and end (Rev. 20:11). Man will enter into the timelessness and perfect estate of ETERNITY FOREVERMORE. Their ETERNAL abode and destiny will be based on their free will decision to choose either God’s holy Heaven or His holy ETERNAL prison called the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:12-15).

What is Your Choice?

The day in which we are living is fluctuating (changing) at a “breakneck” speed. Multitudes are being deluged in and overwhelmed by this “world of information” which has developed EXPONENTIALLY. In these dark days may it be your sincere desire to place your sole trust in the One who is ETERNALLY trustworthy and unmovable. Do not be deceived in thinking that the 2012 elections will save us and our country in this most trying and crucial time in our history. Only in the Messiah  is our hope. May you find your hope in Him alone.

The Kingdom of Heaven and the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles is truly at hand, and nothing is going to stop that. May you place your trust in the LORD Jesus Christ (Psalm 110:1) and be ready, so that Day of His wrath will not overtake you as a thief (1 Thess. 5:2-4).

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, Repent! for the Kingdom of Heaven is truly at hand!