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Upcoming Series On Wars And Rumors of Wars

Some months ago I announced that I was going to write a series of articles on Gog, Magog and WWIII and that was my sincere intent. However, I kept receiving a check in my spirit that either I did not have the right understanding of the subject, which is always possible or that there was something coming that would affect the prophetic timetable. This series would include the wars predicted in Daniel 9:26-27, Ezekiel 38 and 39, Palms 83, Isaiah 17 and the wars in the Book of Revelation, so you can see this was a lofty endeavor.

Given the United States "casus belli" as well as other hot spots around the globe that could propel the nations into WWIII, I thought it prudent that I begin the series and see where it takes us. Please pray for me that the Holy Spirit will give me the wisdom and understanding to tackle this serious and most important project.

The first article will be posted tomorrow.  If you have not done so, please read my articles on Iraq and Gog and Magog on the Home Page - scroll down to the end.

Blessing in Yeshua Jesus

Dr. Allen M. Barber

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Christian Emergency league Calls for Pastors And Christians To Stand-up And Stand Fast

"On September 11th, 1933, a group of 61 German pastors gathered to form The Pfarrernotbund – The Pastor’s Emergency League. Outraged by Nazi incursion into Church affairs and disappointed by the silent pulpits of their peers, men like Martin Niemoller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer forged this covenant so that the light of the Christian gospel in Germany would neither be stamped out by Jack-boots nor trimmed by black robes".

"Is America entering into a post-Christian era? Are we repeating the tragedy of pre-war Germany? As an American Air Force General once said, “History may not repeat itself but it sure as Hell paraphrases.”

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Those stubborn truthful facts that Senator John McCain talked about to Jay Carney are coming true in regard to Christianity. Christianity is losing its place in American society! We have allowed the secularists, academicians, liberals, and Christ-haters to root out our Christian heritage and look at the evidence of what we have become - an immoral society plagued with increasing violence, oppression and wickedness to include the erosion of personal freedom and liberty. 

Our freedoms come from God Almighty not the politicians and not the government. The Constitution says that we are endowed by OUR CREATOR with certain inalienable rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  It is unfortunate that the founding fathers did not specify who that God was - THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!  Many of the them were high-level Freemasons that only pretended to worship the Lord and they were not going recognize the Christian God as the only true god, which He is.  Christianity and the nation is paying for that error today.

I know what some are thinking, but isn't that what makes America special in that we recognize the right of other religions in our society?  If there is only one true God, the Lord Jesus, then what are we doing by recognizing false religions and false gods?  We are consenting to sending them to the infernal regions.  How do you like having that on your conscience?

1 John 5:19-21 (NKJV)

19  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
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This article is posted in the Church and Israel Section, but it needs to be understood today given our world situation. 

Further Insights on the Church and Israel:

Sometimes dialogue shared with the readers of my website is beneficial for all, so I am posting this dialogue with another reader and a dear brother in Christ regarding this controversial and confusing subject.  

[Yes, we need bold prophets warning America and the Church that God's wrath is going to be poured out on this ungodly nation unless we repent AS A NATION!  We have gone to far beyond the point of no return without judgment.  The nation is becoming more Sodomite every day with more states legalizing same sex unions (I will never call it marriage for it is not marriage rather it is fleshly lust in total disregard for the truth of the Word of God and I have Scripture to back me up on that).  I think that is why the Spirit of God would not let me walk away from the website.  

I looked at the link you gave me and immediately recognized several of the speakers - theologians having one thing in common - traditional dispensationalists.  A careful read of the New Testament does not promote such a doctrine, but instead promotes the Church as the centerpiece of God's divine plan for the ages. Paul called the Church a mystery in that the Jews never realized they would need to become one entity or one body with the Gentiles, which is the Lord's Church. Jesus said He would build HIS CHURCH not the kingdom of Israel.  Not one apostle preached the coming kingdom of Israel or the restored monarchy, but they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church.  Paul gave his discourse in Romans 9-11 to prove that God is sovereign in dealing with nations and people. He was sovereign in rejecting faithless Israel and Judah, but spared the remnant of Judah.  He is also sovereign in choosing the believing Gentiles to be grafted into the Olive Tree (Jesus) along with believing Jews.  He also warned both Jews and Gentiles that if they remained in unbelief they would be cut out of the tree.  Traditional dispensationalists really butcher the text of Romans 11, but they have to in order to preserve Israel as the chosen people.  God certainly choose the Hebrews to bring His Word to the world as well as the Messiah, Lord and savior of the world and in that sense they were chosen. However, the testimony does not stop there. Christ made it very clear just as He rejected ancient Israel for perpetual disobedience (stubborn stiff-necked people), He also pronounced a curse upon the spiritual barren nation in Matthew 23 and said it would never bear any spiritual fruit and it has not.

God has allowed the Fig Tree (See Jeremiah 24 - two kinds of Fig Trees) to appear again in the last days in order to fulfill prophecy in regard to Jacob - Joseph and Esau - Edom as both are merged into the modern day Israeli nation. He is going to allow the Antichrist and the Beast System to expose and purge out the rebellious unrepentant rebels from Judah once and for all.  The remnant will be delivered from the jaws of the Antichrist at Christ's Second Coming, that is, the survivors of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord. The wrath of God (the bowls) will be directed to the Antichrist and his kingdom worldwide - those having the Mark of the Beast. It is not going to be directed at the nations or people that resisted the Antichrist and many will. He will not have a walk in the park.  As I explain in the Day of the Lord book, the phrase, "And all Israel shall be saved" (Romans 11:26) is from the Greek root word "sos" and the primary word - "zoe" which means to be made whole. However, the root "sos" means to deliver as to protect not necessarily to save (salvation). The Lord will first deliver the remnant from Antichrist then will appear to them as Messiah. It is then they repent and mourn not only for themselves, but for their stubborn hard-hearted forefathers that refused to believe the truth.  They will finally realize their nation put Jesus to death. However it was the sovereign will of God for them to do so. The Lord used their hard-hearts to accomplish the crucifixion of Jesus as well as to fulfill prophecy for the Passover Lamb - he had to be put to death by the Priesthood.

The Lord will give this believing remnant their own piece of real estate inside the kingdom to fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant for perpetuity, but they are not part of the Bride of Christ - the Church that receives spiritual flesh in the First Resurrection.  All flesh will one day have to become spiritual in order to exist in the eternal state.  This is why Paul said we shall all appear before the Lord, but each "man" in his own order.  I don't think many understand what Jesus meant when He said that although John the Baptist was the greatest of all the prophets, yet those that inherit spiritual flesh in the coming Kingdom shall be greater than John. The Lord was telling those Jews their quest to have the physical earthly kingdom restored cannot hold a candle to the spiritual Messianic Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Why? Because resurrected and raptured glorified spiritual flesh is superior to nonspiritual flesh even though many in the kingdom will be just that  - saved but dwelling in an nonspiritual body of flesh much like we are today.  Resurrected and glorified spiritual flesh is eternal and void of any sin nature, which means that mankind has returned to what God intended for Adam - that Adam would have eternal uncreated life like God.  Adam blew that when he took part in the deception and ate the forbidden fruit. In essence, the whole purpose of what God has been doing for 6000 years plus is to bring man back into the Garden Of Eden. That will finally be accomplished on the 8th Day or the eternal age when we all live in the New Jerusalem.

All of those Old Testament prophecies about Israel's future glory must be understood in the New Covenant doctrine of Christology.  All prophecy is fulfilled and consummated in Christ Jesus not in an earthly Israeli kingdom.

When you think about it, If God actually blinded all the Jews during the 2000 years of the Church Age, then those who died outside of Christ went to a devil's hell without a choice. On the other hand, if God is going to resurrect these dead unbelieving Jews and save them, then His Word is a confusing hodge-podge of preference, yet He says he has no favorites. He favors those who accept His Lamb - the Lord Jesus and makes them into "one body" and a "One New Man."  

All this attention to Israel as the Chosen People makes the Church a lessor entity and refocuses the message of the gospel away from Jesus and His Church. Again, He said, I WILL BUILD "MY CHURCH" AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT STAND AGAINST IT.  He did not say, I will build again the monarchy of the House of Israel and make her the glory of all the nations. When the Old Testament prophets said that God will raise up again the tabernacle of David, that was figurative and predictive of the Lord's succession to the throne of David.  Jesus told the Pharisees that they would destroy the temple, but He would raise it back up after three days.  He was speaking of His Body -  the spiritual temple of God for all must come to Him and through Him to become a spiritual temple connected to Him via union of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus also told the woman at the well that all who would worship God must do so in Spirit and Truth not in a physical earthly temple.

The subject is not that confusing when we allow the whole context of Scripture to speak for itself and not clouded over by pseudo-theologians that prefer to protect their own dogmas.

Dr. Allen M. Barber  

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Will The Tribulation Begin A Year From Now?

"Where has the world headed since the first blood moon on Passover of 2014? Our world has now gone past the tipping point, and events are now accelerating out of anyone’s control. Just as ISIS has gone from the JV team to the A team, along with events spreading from Russia to Ukraine and planes being shot out of the sky, we see everything developing exponentially".

Read the full article.

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In my article on the 120-Year End-Time Generation, I predicted that it could end in 2017-2018 because I saw the first budding of the fruitless fig tree in 1897 with the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland (ref. Matthew 24). Beginning in March-April 2015 and going to September-October 2018 is 3 1/2 years on the Sacred Calendar (See Exodus 12 where God changed the calendar to the first month (Abib) - March-April whereas before it was in September-October (Tishri).  The world was on the civil or Noah calendar until Exodus 12.  The Romans changed the calendars many times so the secular world operates on Babylonian-Roman confusion time with January being the first month. There are many calendars in this world, but only one that God operates on and that is the Sacred Calendar because He has tied the prophetic years to coincide with His Seven Feasts - Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles (See link -http://www.brandonweb.com/sermons/sermonpages/leviticus2.htm). 

Note: the Old Testament prophets only dealt with the time, times and half-a-time or 3 1/2 years, which most prophetic scholars agree is the Great Tribulation or the last period of Satan's rule of planet earth before Yeshua-Jesus returns on the posttrib Day of the Lord.  What about Daniel's prophecy predicting a 7-year period of tribulation that many believe begins with the Antichrist confirming a covenant with the "many" - probably the Jews and Arabs and then in the middle of that 7-year period breaks the covenant and begins to persecute the Jews and Christians?  As far as I know no such covenant has been confirmed unless we have missed something. 

A man that that calls himself Jacob sent me a very detailed prediction in which he has figured out the precise time (month, day and year) for the beginning of the tribulation, the mid-point, the end of the tribulation, the day of the Lord, the rapture of the Church and the kingdom reign. I must admit his study of the Scriptures, the Zodiac and the Pyramid of Giza is impressive and his calculations supported by much research including convincing mathematical data is amazing. Is he right? Well, we will soon know for he predicts October 5, 2017 as the first day of Tribulation. He goes into a lot of proof for that date.  If he is correct, then we have about 3 years and 17 days before the final seven years begins. There is no use in giving all the dates he has predicted as mentioned previously because if his October 5, 2017 date is incorrect so will all his predictions.

He also believes the posttrib day of the Lord is one-year long making the second coming in 2025.  That would make the 120-Year end-time generation beginning in 1905, yet in all my research I cannot find anything biblically significant as it affects the Fig Tree - Israel occurring in 1905.  There was an edict signed by the Czar of Russia on March 3, 1905 giving the Jews some relief including cancellation of debts, but I don't think that is a significant event in Bible Prophecy.

Those who put a lot of attention on the Blood Red Moons leave out as having no prophetic importance the Sun becoming as a sackcloth of ashes or blotting out and thereby covering the earth with an eerie blackness.  The Blood Red Moons and the Sun completely darkened are always used together by the Old Testament prophets and the Lord Jesus Himself, never separately.

Joel 2:30-31 (KJV)

30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.  

Matthew 24:28-36 (KJV)

28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Notice that Yeshua-Jesus quotes from Joel in the Matthew passage and also notice that He mentions the Black sun and the Blood Red Moon in conjunction with the budding and maturation of the Fig Tree, that is, as occurring in close proximity to the two celestial wonders. The secular fruitless Fig Tree (Israel) shall appear again in the last days and will be a sign that generation will not end until the Son of Man - Yeshua-Jesus returns. In the interim, the tribulation period and the Day of the Lord occur. The Black Sun and the Blood Red Moon take place on the posttrib Day of the Lord and will be the signs in the heavens announcing the final wrath of God in the seven bowls of wrath and the Lord's descent back to earth and the setting up of His kingdom.  

In any case, we are nearing the very end of this generation in which you and I live.

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Occult Power Numbers To Watch

Why did the 19 Arab terrorists plan and attack America on 9-11-2001 and why did they zero in on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon?

Certain numbers are important to the occult. What is the occult?  Definition:   supernatural, mystical, magical beliefs, practices or phenomena; a secret society to study alchemy and the occult- the supernatural, the paranormal, supernaturalism, magic, black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, wizardry, the black arts, occultism, diabolism, devil worship, devilry, voodoo, hoodoo, white magic, witchery, mysticism, rare theurgy;  of involving or relating to the supernatural, mystical or magical powers or phenomena.

Imbedded in the occult is an infatuation with numbers such as the base numbers 9, 11, 13, 18, 19, 22, 29, 33, 300, 666, 770, 880, etc. or multiples of the numbers. JFK was assassinated in the 11th month (November) on the 22nd day - notice the date is the occult base or power numbers. September 11, 2001 or 9-11 is also involved with the occult base numbers. The occult, particularly the religious element, believe when they do things on one or more of the power numbers dates, they have mystical powers backing them and the chances of success are much greater than if done on a non power number date. Apparently there is something to their belief given the obvious success of both 9-11-2001 and 11-22-1963. 

A double power number is even more powerful to the occultists such as 11-11 or 13-13 or numbers having a sum of the power numbers. For example 29 (2+9=11).  Hurricane Katrina occurred on August 29, 2005 - an occult power number date. The number 13 is one of the most powerful occult numbers of all the mystical numbers. Is it a coincidence that the rise of the two beasts in the Book of Revelation are recorded in Chapter 13 and the second beast with the "Mark" and the number 666 appears in 13:18 (6+6+6=18).  The number 666 is associated with the Satanic Trinity - Satan - the occult father; the Antichrist - the occult son and the False Prophet - the occult spirit. Satan is behind all the mysticism, sorcery and witchcraft involved with the occult.  Islam is an occult religion for Muhammad himself admitted he received his visions to write the Qur'an from the angel Gabriel with help from demons, that is what he told one of his wives. (For a background into Muhammad's life and the origins of Islam, read Robert Spencer's book, The Truth About Muhammad, Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion).  The Lord Jesus told us that Satan was a murderer from the beginning. Therefore, it is no surprise that a religion (Islam) founded by a false mystical prophet, Muhammad, condones the murder, slaughter and beheading of innocent people they (the Islamists) consider infidels.

There is an interesting Hebrew meaning in Daniel 11:23 for the word - "league":

23 And after the league (NASB says alliance) made with him (some believe this is reference to the Antichrist), he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people. 

The Hebrew meaning of 'league" is to join by means of a spell, witchcraft or sorcery.  The rise of the biblical Antichrist will be by witchcraft, sorcery and occult mysticism - almost seems Joel Richardson may be right about the Islamic Antichrist and I am not saying he is right for the Jewish Kabbalah is also a product of occult mysticism so I hold to my position that the Antichrist will be Jewish.  No doubt the Antichrist and False Prophet will use Islam to slaughter those who oppose the rule of the New World Order.

Now getting back to the power of numbers and why the 9-11 terrorists choose that date to attack America by destroying the twin towers. The twin towers were shaped in the form of the number 11 - a power number. Osama Ben Laden knew the source of America's military strength was our wealth (finances). The twin towers represented America's financial power so he knocked those down as if to say, I will destroy America's financial empire and with it its military superpower.  That is also why the terrorists struck the Pentagon. While it may have been symbolic, it rallied the terrorists around the globe that the American Goliath could be conquered by a band of terrorists committed to its destruction. For many months the 19 Arab terrorists planned and plotted the 9-11 attack. Each time they looked at a picture of the World Trade Centers they saw the occult power number "11" and they believed the gods would be with them if they attacked us on a number 11 day. 11-9 was, as they wrote it, chosen as the infamous time to attack America and bring her to her knees. The truth is we have not recovered financially from 9-11 and are limping along with a broken economy led by a Muslim favoring president.

Will America have another 9-11?  I believe we will if we do not admit our sins and repent individually and corporately. Some dates the terrorists might strike us could be 9-13-2014, 9-29-2014, 11-11-2014, 11-13-2014, 11-22-2014 and 11-29-2014. The power numbers 11 and 13 when used together or in multiples and variations are considered extraordinary by the occultists.  This is the 13th year since 9-11-2001.  Did you know that President Bill Clinton was mesmerized by the number 13 and signed many bills on a number 13 date. Was and is he a little mystic?  While we hear the saying, "unlucky 13", Clinton felt the number was associated with his success.  Well, so do the terrorists and that is why it would not surprise me if we are struck a blow greater than 9-11-2001 during this 13th year from that date. We have 3 1/2 months left before the 13th year passes into history. 

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ISIL Is Not An Islamic State - Really!

"In his prime-time speech to the nation on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Obama vowed to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes and 475 U.S. boots on the ground – but he also made a particular point of declaring that the Islamic State terrorists “are not Islamic.


“Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic,” Obama said, speaking from the state floor of the White House residence. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”

"He added, “And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al-Qaida’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

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Saying that ISIS or ISIL (the "L" stays for the Levant and consist of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, and part of Southern Turkey) is not Islamic is like saying Russia is not Communist. Obama showed his Muslim heart once again in making that statement and remember what he once said: "If the whole world turns against Muslims, he will stand on the side of Islam."  He cannot bring himself to call a spade a spade and having studied the Qur'an in Indonesia as a young Muslim boy, he knows full well that the Qur'an does teach Jihad and the killing of innocent people, even beheading and cutting off their hands if they oppose Islam.  Muhammad taught either convert the infidels or kill them.  There are a number of Sura's (verses of the Qur'an) that teach killing infidels is a holy and righteous thing.

From a military position, his speech was weak and lacked the strong resolve to annihilate ISIS. Like Colonel Peter's said tonight on Fox News - the only way to treat ISIS is to plow them under the ground and wipe them off the face of the earth (not an exact quote but the spirit of what he said and I totally agree with him as a former combat Marine in Vietnam). War is not pretty, in fact it is ugly and dark, but necessary in certain times as history attests. Even the God of the Bible authorized war - total war in which none of the enemy is left standing in order to purge the earth of evil. Jesus taught that before you go to war, make sure you can win it or make peace with your enemy if that is possible.

Luke 14:31-32 (NKJV)

31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32  Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.

The United States has not won a decisive war since WWII because we don't go to war to win.  Korea was a stalemate and Vietnam was nothing but a political fiasco and a Generals war to put more ribbons on their chest.  We did not fight all out in Iraq or Afghanistan. Again Colonel Peters was right, "What good is a superpower if we don't use our SUPER POWER to win wars. 

The Russians successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from one of its submarines today and has recently been testing NORAD to see how vulnerable we are to an attack. The head of the Chinese military has made it very clear he is convinced China can defeat America in a war.  I once shared on this website how I have been collecting articles since the year 2000 about the Chinese and Russian military expansion as well as the joint resolution reached by them in the summer of 2003 for the purpose of defeating the United States.  They both know we are the weakest militarily since WWII as Obama has drastically cut back the military in terms of ground troops, aircraft, ships and missiles.  It is my opinion we may very well experience an all out attack by a combined Russian - Chinese force in the very near future, that is before the election of 2016 for they know there is the chance the United States could elect a strong pro-military president who will rebuild our military as Ronald Reagan did. There is no better time to attack the United States than the present.

I am reminded of how God allowed the Assyrians and Babylonians to invade and conquer the land of Israel when both the Northern and Southern kingdoms thought that was impossible.  Apparently our military brass and the government as well as most Americans still think we are the world's only superpower, but we are about to be tested by a vastly superior army of Russians and Chinese in terms of numbers and their military equipment is first class.  Muslim terrorism has sucked the lifeblood out of our financial and military fortresses (something I was shown in 1994 and predicted would happen from Hosea 10:10-15) making it easier for the Russians and Chinese to defeat us in war.  All they would have to do is start a world war on two or three fronts and by the Pentagon's own admission, we could not fight a war on two fronts simultaneously today.  Obama foolishly thinks the Russians and Chinese would never attack us. He thinks modern warfare will be against non-nation terrorists like Al Qaeda and ISIS.  I have some bad news for him - the Russians and Chinese already have war plans drawn up to defeat us.  If you don't believe China is preparing for war with us, go to this site and read the articles about their military modernization - http://www.china-defense-mashup.com/category/chinese-armed-forces.  Putin has also been modernizing Russia's military for the past 10 years.  Make no mistake, neither of them fear us militarily and that is not good.  Ronald Reagan believed a strong military was the greatest deterrence to war and he was correct. Like Jesus said, can an army of 10,000 defeat an army of 20,000?  If one is not stronger than his enemy all he can hope for is terms of peace or may I add - surrender. 

Those brave men who stormed the beaches at Normandy on D-Day knew we were the strongest military in the world and that they had the backing of all of the American people. What a vast difference from that day in June 1944 to today including morally and spiritually. As Isaiah says, "Sin is a reproach to any people but righteousness exalts a nation".  Very few even consider that the United States is weak financially, economically and militarily because we are morally and spiritually bankrupt. 
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The Correlation Between the National Debt, Price of Gas and Value of Gold

This article shows the interesting correlation between the Federal Debt program of the Federal Reserve, the price of gasoline and the value of gold.  If it turns out to be true, we will paying $9.00/gallon for gasoline in 2018 and the value of gold will reach $3800 an ounce. This is predicated on the national debt being $28T.  There will come a day when the dollar cannot survive any longer in the real financial markets as its value will be worthless due to too much fiat debt. 

When I was a credit and financial manager/director for business-to-business credit, anytime a debtor company's debt to equity ratio was more than 1.5, credit extensions and/or loans were withdrawn. The caution was that a company could not pay its debt obligations when total debt was more than 1.5 times equity (net worth).  The same scenario is in process for the financial health of the U.S. dollar. The more the national debt climbs, the less value the dollar has as the world's reserve currency. At 28T dollars, countries and companies will cease to do business using U.S. dollars as the medium of exchange.  At that point, the United States will be more than technically bankrupt, it will be officially insolvent. The irony is that the entity that caused the collapse of the dollar (the Fed) will call in the debt the U.S. owes them, but of course the U.S. will be unable to do that.  At that moment in time, the Feds or international bankers will own one of the largest economies in the world, second only to China.  The New World Order will officially have begun!  

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Franklin Graham: World Turmoil Signs of the End Time

"The slaughter, persecution, and denigration of Christians in the Middle East and around the globe has a chilling resemblance to Gospel warnings of "signs of the end of the age," the Rev. Franklin Graham says".

"In a post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, the evangelist — the association's president and CEO — notes "it seems the world is coming apart at the seams."

"There appears to be no end to the bad news."

"But Robert Mulholland, retired professor of New Testament of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky, was skeptical, saying events in Syria are not connected to prophecies of the "end times."

"In this case, Isaiah was predicting the demise of Damascus at the hands of Assyria in the eighth century" B.C., Mulholland said. "If one wanted to try to make the case for Isaiah 17 predicting the end times, then Iran [the present day successor to Assyria] would be responsible for Damascus' demise and not its primary ally."

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Mr. Mulholland is incorrect in his assumption of Isaiah 17 not having to do with the end time. First, Damascus did not cease being a city in the 8th century B.C. from the Assyrian invasion. Second, the often used phrase, "in that day" (notice the number of times it is used in the passage) in most cases refers to the end times and specifically to the post tribulation day of the Lord. Third, There has not been a devastation in the land of Israel such as is described in Isaiah 17 where only a few people are left. Even after the Babylonian and Roman sacking of Jerusalem in 606 B.C. and 70 A.D. respectively, there were thousands of Jews left in the land of Israel. Fourth, Verses 12 and 13 imply an outcry of a coalition of nations such as the United Nations, when Israel wipes out Damascus as seems to be the situation. 

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The Bible And The Future of Gaza

Joel Richardson

"As the focus of the world is now fixed on the Gaza Strip, students of the Bible would do well to stop to consider what the ancient Hebrew prophets had to say about the future of this little piece of land. Let’s consider a few passages. First, according to the Scriptures, the return of Jesus and the subsequent judgment will largely revolve around what the prophet Isaiah referred to as, “the legal cause,” or “the controversy of Zion”:

For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion. (Isaiah 34:8)

"No doubt, today the “controversy of Zion” rages throughout the nations, as the state of Israel seeks to crush the Gaza-governing Hamas, a group with the stated goal of exterminating the Jewish people and setting up their capital in Jerusalem. Read the full article.

Richardson, who is a traditional dispensationalist, sees God's controversy of Zion as having to do with God judging the descendents of Esau for their perpetual hatred of the Jews (Israel). However, I suggest you read my article on Replacement Theology and the Controversy of Zion in the Section titled, The Church and Israel Contrasted, for a non-traditional and I believe a more biblical and historical understanding of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

Richardson also mentions the Valley of Jehoshaphat when God will execute his (Richardson's) understanding of the Controversy of Zion - see an excellent article on the two valley's of decision at http://focusonjerusalem.com/thevalleyofdecision.htm

The following article by Dr. Jones, The Land War, provides excellent commentary on what is actually transpiring in the land of Israel involving the wars between the Jews, Arabs and Palestinians:


Chapter 13: The Land War
Judaism and the Traditions (Precepts) of Men
Classic Judaism’s Teaching About Zionism
Basic Doctrine of the Gush Emunim
Ariel Sharon
Legalized Theft of Land is Covetousness
 
CHAPTER 13: The Land War

Zionism, by definition, is a movement that envisions the entire Middle East under Jewish ownership. Many Zionists teach that it is their duty to “redeem the land,” and by this they mean the land must come under Jewish ownership. The land is redeemed when it is taken from non-Jews, who are said to have “satanic souls,” and transferred—one way or another—into Jewish hands.

Judaism and the Traditions (Precepts) of Men

The underlying problem is that, regardless of their religious claims, these people do not believe either Moses or the prophets. Of course, we write from our Christian perspective. We do not expect adherents of Judaism to agree with Jesus or His followers who wrote the New Testament. Jesus said in John 5:45-47,

45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?

Jesus said that the Jews did not believe Moses, and that this was the reason they would not believe Jesus and accept Him as the Messiah. They believed only the traditions of men, which Jesus severely condemned (Matt. 15:1-8). Jesus concluded in verses 7-9,

7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 9 But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.

These precepts, or traditions, were written down from about 50 B.C. to about 500 A.D. in a body of Jewish literature called the “Talmud.” There are actually two Talmuds: the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud, each developed in its own area. This is the sacred literature of Judaism. It is NOT the Bible, not even the Old Testament. In Professor Graetz’ book, History of the Jews, Vol. 2, page 634, we read that . . .

“. . . the Babylonian Talmud rather than the Jerusalem Talmud became the fundamental possession of the Jewish race, its life breath, its very soul.”

Dr. Israel Shahak writes on page 5 of his very scholarly book, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel,

“Jewish fundamentalists believe that the Bible itself is not authoritative unless interpreted correctly by talmudic literature.”

Dr. Shahak was an Israeli citizen in Jerusalem for over 40 years until his death on July 2, 2001. He was a professor emeritus of Organic Chemistry at Hebrew University as well as a human rights activist. Dr. Shahak further writes on page 25,

“The teachings of the biblical prophets, the books of Job and Ecclesiastes and numerous other parts of the Bible are studied neither in the heders [elementary schools] nor the yeshivot [talmudic schools of higher learning] and are therefore unknown to the Haredim [fundamentalists].”

Dr. Shahak is telling us that the religious rabbis do not normally study the Bible itself. They study the traditions of men, which is what men SAY the Bible teaches. The Talmud is often diametrically opposed to the teaching of the prophets themselves.

The Talmudic teachings seldom reflected the real teachings of the Bible. It is often assumed among Christian circles that Jews only need to add Jesus to their Judaism in order to get the perfect religion. This is not true. The Talmud plus Jesus does not equal Christianity.

Jesus, prior to His birth in Bethlehem, was the Lawgiver, the God of the Old Testament. Jesus came to manifest to the world the true meaning of the Scriptures, including the Law. He did this by example and by teaching. His teaching contradicted the chauvinistic teaching of the religious leaders of the day. For this reason, instead of repenting of their false teaching and rebellion against God, they crucified Him.

Classic Judaism’s Teaching About Zionism

After the fall of Judea and the cessation of the temple rituals in the first century, the rabbis could not help but understand that God had done this to them because of their sin. However, they never believed that they sinned in crucifying the Messiah. Yet the famous Talmudic passage in Tractate Ketubot, page 111, laid the foundation of Jewish thought on the Messiah and the Holy Land. Dr. Shahak writes about this on page 18 of his book,

“. . . God is said to have imposed three oaths on the Jews. Two of these oaths that clearly contradict Zionist tenets are: 1) Jews should not rebel against non-Jews, and 2) as a group should not massively emigrate to Palestine before the coming of the Messiah. (The third oath, not discussed here, enjoins the Jews not to pray too strongly for the coming of the Messiah, so as not to bring him before his appointed time) . . . During the past 1,500 years, the great majority of traditional Judaism’s most important rabbis interpreted the three oaths and the continued existence of the Jews in exile as religious obligations intended to expiate the Jewish sins that caused God to exile them.”

Yet there was one dissenting rabbi named Moshe Nachmanides, who died in the year 1270. Speaking of this rabbi, Dr. Shahak says (p. 19) that he . . .

“. . . opined that Jews should not only emigrate to but should also conquer the land of Israel. Other important rabbis of that time and for many centuries thereafter ignored or strongly disagreed with the view of Nachmanides.”

“In the 1970’s, seven centuries after his death, Nachmanides became the patron saint of the NRP {National Religious Party in the Jewish State] and the Gush Emunim settlers.”

The Gush Emunim (“Block of Faithful”) is the primary settlement movement in the Jewish State that is messianic in its ideology. That is, while they reject Jesus as the Messiah, they are messianic in that they are looking for another messiah that is more to their liking—such as Barabbas, Bar Kokba, or the Eliezar ben Jair, the leader of the Assassins (Sicarii) at Masada.

The Chief Rabbi of Palestine from 1920-1935 was Avracham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook (1865-1935). He was the primary rabbi who developed the most extreme form of Zionism. In 1935 his son, rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook succeeded him at his death as head of the NRP until his own death in 1981 at the age of 91.

In 1977 the NRP formed a “holy alliance” with the newly-formed coalition of extreme Zionist parties founded by Ariel Sharon with the help of Menachem Begin. It is called the Likud Party. This was when the Gush Emunim began to exert a huge influence on Israeli policies, particularly in regard to the settlement movement in the occupied territories.

Basic Doctrine of the Gush Emunim

Rabbi Kook was primarily influenced by the ideas of Rabbi Yitzhak Luria, who was the founder of the most influential school of Cabbala or "Kabbalah" (Jewish mysticism) in the 16th century. Luria’s book, The Gates of Holiness, taught that all non-Jews have satanic souls. According to Rabbi Hayim Vital, who was Luria’s chief interpreter,

“Souls of non-Jews come entirely from the female part of the satanic sphere. For this reason souls of non-Jews are called evil, not good, and are created without [divine] knowledge.” [quoted from Shahak’s Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, p. 58]

This same teaching was echoed by Rabbi Schneerson, who was the head of the Lubovitcher Hassidic movement and lived in New York until his recent death. On page 59, 60 Dr. Shahak quotes from Schneerson’s book of recorded messages entitled, Gatherings of Conversations:

“. . . the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world . . . An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness.”

This teaching is not new in the circles of Judaism. The Talmudic writing called Midrasch Talpioth says,

“Jehovah created the non-Jew in human form so that the Jew would not have to be served by beasts. The non-Jew is consequently an animal in human form, and condemned to serve the Jew day and night.”

Since it seems to be insulting to a Jew to equate Zionism with racism, we will not do so. We leave this for the reader to discern. But the basic doctrine of the Gush Emunim is that other people’s land belongs to Jews alone. They get this teaching, not from the Bible, but from the Talmud, where we read in Schulchan Aruch,

“All property of other nations belongs to the Jewish nation, which consequently is entitled to seize upon it without any scruples. An Orthodox Jew is not bound to observe principles of morality towards people of other tribes. He may act contrary to morality, if profitable to himself or to Jews in general.”

This Talmudic teaching is their “tradition” of what the Old Testament teaches. As a Christian, I disagree with that tradition, even as I disagree with the Christian tradition that the Jews are to be admired for their Zionistic zeal. In my view, the Bible calls this theft. Later, on page 61 of Dr. Shahak’s Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, he mentions:

“Ariel Sharon was the Rebbe’s favorite Israeli senior politician. Sharon in turn praised the Rebbe publicly and delivered a moving speech about him in the Knesset after the Rebbe’s death.

This sheds much light on the personal ideology of Ariel Sharon in his treatment of non-Jews. It explains why the Arabs hate him above all Israelis.

Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon’s own autobiography, Warrior, tells us much about him, although he omits many things and lies about that which he is forced to admit. He was just 20 years of age in 1948, so he was too young to join the terrorist organizations of Begin and Shamir during the 1940’s. But he then joined the military and soon rose to higher ranks.

On October 14, 1953, Ariel Sharon, commander of “101 Unit,” was just 25 years of age when he dynamited 56 houses of Kibbiya (or Qibya) one night, killing 67 civilians who were trapped inside and not allowed to leave. Sharon tells the background of this raid in his own words, writing on pages 85 and 86 of Warrior,

“At times the successes were mixed with tragedy and sometimes controversy, as happened at the village of Kibbiya in mid-October. The raid on Kibbiya was mounted in response to a particularly horrendous incident at the town of Yehud, where terrorists murdered a young mother named Susan Kanias and her two infants, one and three years old, while they were asleep. The police investigation indicated that the killers had infiltrated from the direction of Kibbiya, a Palestinian village near the border . . . .

“The paratroop officer and I were informed that General Headquarters had decided to carry out a retaliatory operation against Kibbiya . . . .

“This would be the first major Israeli reaction to Arab terrorism. . . .”

On page 88, Sharon continues the story:

“The orders were clear. Kibbiya was to be a lesson. I was to inflict as many casualties as I could on the Arab home guard and on whatever Jordanian army reinforcements showed up. I was also to blow up every major building in the town. A political decision had been made at the highest level.”

In Sharon’s book he excuses himself, claiming he did not know there were people in the houses. He says on pages 89, 90,

“According to the radio, sixty-nine people had been killed, mostly civilians and many of them women and children. I couldn’t believe my ears. As I went back over each step of the operation, I began to understand what must have happened. For years Israeli reprisal raids had never succeeded in doing more than blowing up a few outlying buildings, if that. Expecting the same, some Arab families must have stayed in their houses rather than running away. In those big stone houses where three generations of a family might live together, some could easily have hidden in the cellars and back rooms, keeping quiet when the paratroopers went in to check and yell out a warning. The result was this tragedy that had happened.”

Sharon tries hard to make people think this was just a “tragedy,” over which he had no control. And yet he says specifically that his orders were to inflict as many casualties as possible. Where did he expect those casualties to come from, if not from civilians? It was, after all, a “reprisal raid” for an attack on a civilian Jewish woman and her two children, killed by an Arab “terrorist” who had no right to oppose Zionist immigration and conquest of his own land.

The incident forced David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, to make a public apology for Sharon’s actions. However, Sharon makes it clear that he was only acting under orders—Ben Gurion’s orders! Frankly, I believe he tells the truth here. In fact, Sharon’s willingness to murder Arabs is why he rose in the ranks of the military. Sharon writes a very revealing paragraph on page 250 of his book, Warrior,

“Years before, not too long after I had taken over the paratroopers, Dayan had once said to me, ‘Do you know why you’re the one who does all the operations? Because you never ask for written orders. Everyone else wants explicit clarifications. But you never need it in writing. You just do it.’ Now it was almost twenty years later and absolutely nothing had changed. Anyone other than Dayan would have carefully formulated an order describing what should be done and defining the parameters of the intended action. But from him there was only a signal, the nod of a head. That meant, as it always had, ‘Do what you want. If you succeed, fine. If it backfires, don’t start looking to me for support’.”

So we see the typical way in which Israeli politics was conducted in the years that the Labor Party was in power. They supported terrorism, but did not want to be held liable for their terrorism. So they hired Sharon as their “hit man” to do the dirty work for them. He was happy to do it without written orders, so this would always maintain the fiction that the political leaders were not responsible. It is called “plausible deniability.”

Sharon’s account of his own innocence is contradicted by Alexander Cockburn’s Feb. 6, 2001 article for Upstream, entitled “Ariel Sharon—the People’s Choice?” where we read,

“Sharon’s order was to penetrate Qibya, blow up houses and inflict heavy casualties on its inhabitants. His success in carrying out the order surpassed all expectations. . . Sharon and his men claimed that they believed that all the inhabitants had run away, and that they had no idea that anyone was hiding inside the houses.

“The UN observer who inspected the scene reached a different conclusion. ‘One story was repeated time after time: the bullet splintered door, the body sprawled across the threshold, indicating that the inhabitants had been forced by heavy fire to stay inside until their homes were blown up over them.’

“The U.S. Department of State issued a statement on 18 October 1953, expressing its ‘deepest sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives’ in the Qibya attack as well as the conviction that those responsible ‘should be brought to account and that effective measures should be taken to prevent such incidents in the future’.”

Sharon, of course, was never brought to trial, nor was he held accountable in any way. Ultimately, he was elected Prime Minister. Such murders continued unabated, all justified as retaliatory strikes against “Arab terrorism.” Sharon himself has never wanted peace and has actively worked against any peace arrangement, believing that the only solution is to drive all Arabs off the land. This has been the consistent policy of the Gush Emunim’s settlement movement, backed by Sharon.

Legalized Theft of Land is Covetousness

Zionism started out as a movement to allow Jews to purchase land in Palestine and live peaceably with their neighbors who may not want to sell their family inheritance. But as time progressed, Zionism became degraded into sheer covetousness. To covet another man’s land is sin. In fact, covetousness is the most insidious form of idolatry (Col. 3:5). There is nothing wrong with desiring someone else’s land, if one abides by the basic laws of humanity. If you want land, then buy it. If you steal it or obtain it by fraud, then it is covetousness and idolatry. Zionists may object to this, but nothing will change this simple fact.

Their main thrust has been to confiscate land and establish Jewish settlements in Gaza and the West Bank territory, while at the same time making laws extremely confining and oppressive in order to “encourage” Arabs to leave the country. These Zionists would like nothing better than to have peace—so long as the Arabs move out of the Jewish state and give their land to the “rightful owners.” They have no plans to rule the Arab population with justice and equity. How can you rule them with justice after you have stolen their lands and harshly repressed all who attempt to regain them? True peace is possible only when there is either justice or abject slavery of the victims of injustice.

The settlement movement itself has become the primary successor of the terrorist movements in the 1940’s. The settlement of Elon Moreh was built in 1979 upon land expropriated from the Arab town of Rujeb. The Israeli military stole the land on the grounds of “national security,” the catch-all phrase that seems to justify all theft. But it was later proven in court that the settlement was actually detrimental to national security, because in case of war, it would tie up troops there to protect the settlers. The high court on October 22, 1979 decided that Elon Moreh had to be dismantled.

Six months later, however, the extremists, led by Ariel Sharon and others, prevailed upon the Israeli Cabinet to expropriate all land that had been previously owned by Jordan, as well as all land that was not officially registered or under cultivation. No longer did the settlement movement have to justify their land theft on the grounds of “national security.”

Of course, much of the Arab land had been in their families for generations, extending far back into the days of the Ottoman Empire. Many of them did not have their land officially registered. Thus, April 1980 began the great Arab Land Grab, which is still the single most explosive issue today. It is a policy of legalized theft, and, having no effective legal recourse, those who object violently only give the Israelis more excuses to confiscate more land.

Out of the Elon Moreh case in 1979 the Peace Now movement was formed to counter the extremists in the settlement movement. To their credit, a huge groundswell of Israelis joined their ranks until violent Arab reaction of their own turned many Israelis against Peace Now. Many Israelis recognize that the Palestinians are being abused, but when Arab militants fight Jewish terrorism with terrorism of their own, they lose the propaganda war and expend the moral high ground on the morbid satisfaction of seeing Jewish blood spilt. Not being students of the Scriptures, they do not see that their tactics are of the old Jerusalem, rather than the New Jerusalem. Both sides are convinced that violence and terrorism is the way to resolve the issue. Neither side looks to Jesus Christ for the answer. And so, more and more blood will be shed until the people are satiated with their bloody religious principles.

By now, with all the violence on both sides, most Americans have long forgotten the original sin that started the conflict. The entire issue has been simplified to a few basic tenets, such as the Zionist claim of “the right to exist.” It is not a question of existence—as if the alternative to Zionism is Jewish “nonexistence” (i.e., genocide). It is not even a question of the existence of a state in which Jews may live. The question is whether or not Jews have the right to dispossess the Palestinian population by force and take all the land for themselves.

Shall Jews be given full citizenship, while all others—if allowed to remain at all—should be second-class citizens with fewer rights? Are Jews justified in treating Palestinians as Canaanites, making them “hewers of wood and drawers of water” (Joshua 9:27)? If so, does this also include the thousands of Palestinian Christians?
 
Consider the case of the village of Birim, a town that has been dead for over fifty years. Israel Shamir [http://www.hoffman-info.com/palestine41.html] wrote about this Christian village in his article, “Exposing the Big Lie About Muslims and Christians”:

“It was not ruined by war. Its Christian inhabitants were expelled from their houses well after the 1948 war. They were told to leave for a week or two for ‘security’ reasons. They had no option but to believe the Israeli officers and move out. Their village was dynamited, their church surrounded by barbed wire. They went to Israeli court, they went to the government, commissions were appointed and petitions signed. Nothing helped. Ever since, for 50 years, they have lived in the nearby villages and on Sundays they continue to visit their church. Their lands were seized by their Jewish neighbors, but they still bring their dead to be buried in the church graveyard, under the sign of the cross.”

It is refreshing to hear from Israelis who are concerned with the basic principles of justice for all people, instead of the narrow nationalistic view that whatever benefits Zionists is always good.

The same situation as in Birim still exists with the now-deserted Christian villages of Kafr Baram and Ikrit. In 1948, when the Israeli army asked them to evacuate for about two weeks, they left eighteen men to guard their property and sought shelter in a nearby village. In 1953 the Land Acquisition Act gave the “uninhabited” land to the government. The army blew up the houses as the villagers watched from a nearby “hill of tears,” and the trucks hauled away the ruins. Such has been common practice. Force the inhabitants to move away for a short time, then do not let them return, then finally confiscate “uninhabited” land.

Question: Did the biblical God approve of this? Will Zionist Christians also justify these land thefts in the name of Jesus Christ? Are Christians, too, mere second-class citizens in the eyes of God? Is the Kingdom of God divided into Jewish rulers and Christian hewers of wood and drawers of water? Was “the middle wall of partition” (Eph. 2:14) rebuilt in 1948? If so, who rebuilt it? Certainly not Jesus Christ. But the Church has conspired to help the Zionists rebuild it.

Lilienthal tells of another law that the Israeli government passed in order to “legally” expropriate Arab land. He writes on pages 116-118 of The Zionist Connection II,

“Under the Cultivation of Wastelands ordinance, the government was authorized to take over land not cultivated. Since the declaration of a security zone results in the area not being cultivated, it could then be taken over by the government and given to Jewish settlers, who were permitted to enter and cultivate it. By these and similar means, as early as 1965 some 3,125,000 acres . . . more than 60 percent of the land of Arab Israelis who had never left Israel, had been confiscated.

“Not only did the Palestinians lose their land, they also lost their right to work on the land . . . The minister of Agriculture under Regulation 125 has been permitted to expropriate ‘fallow’ lands. First, the owner is told he cannot work the land, after a certain period of time the area becomes fallow and the Agricultural Minister can then expropriate it. A former Minister of Defense said regarding this regulation: ‘The 125th Paragraph on which the military government bases itself in great measure is a direct continuation of the struggle for Jewish settlement and immigration’.”

It was the Zionists who thus took the land from the Palestinians—not the other way around. The Arabs did not drive the Jews out of Palestine. The Arabs did not settle the land until the seventh century A.D. It was the Romans who dispersed the Jews—or rather, it was God who sent His armies to do the job (Matt. 22:7). The Arab population is not at fault and should not be forced to give land to Jews who may covet it for themselves.

Modern Zionism is based upon the assumption that God gave Palestine to the Jews, and that this means the Arabs are living on land that is not theirs. Zionists justify all acts of violence, oppression, and unjust laws against the Arab population by this basic assumption. All Arabs living on land claimed by Israel are treated as if they had stolen land from the Jews. Anyone who disagrees with their claims or their immoral sense of justice is “biased.” (or Anti-Semitic - emphasis mine)

Well, let me make a point perfectly clear, in case the reader has not already discovered this: I am totally biased against violent Zionism that, in the name of God, perpetrates injustice upon the Arabs and upon peace-loving Zionists. I am biased by the divine law. I am biased by the prophets of the Bible. I am biased by Jesus and the writings of His disciples. Nothing in this old Jerusalem method reflects the Golden Rule in any shape or form. Nor did Jesus at any time advocate that the Judeans in His day uproot or declare war upon the Samaritans, who had occupied a large portion of the land for seven centuries. Not once did Jesus advocate violence against the Romans. I cannot comment extensively upon the moral principles of Judaism and its various branches, but there is no excuse for Christians to support this violence and theft.

If Christians must support this on the grounds that the Jews are God’s chosen people and are privileged to sin with immunity, then what will they say when the Jews lay claim to both Syria and Jordan, as well as Egyptian territory all the way to Nile River? Will they treat the Syrians and Jordanians in the same way they now treat the Palestinians?

Where will it end? When will the bloodshed and injustice cease? Ultimately, these extreme Zionists will demand to rule over the entire world, on the grounds that the God of Israel is to be the God of the whole earth (Is. 54:5). I do not doubt that the Kingdom of God will include the whole earth at some point in time. In fact, I look forward to that day myself. The problem is in the method of achieving that goal. Will it be done by the power of the sword or by the power of the Spirit? Will covetous men rule the world by fear, or will the overcomers rule in love?
Posted by Permission - Dr. Stephen Jones, God's Kingdom Ministries

Barber Comment

As you can ascertain from the article by Dr. Jones, there is a different view of the current crisis between Israel and Gaza (Palestinians) from that of Joel Richardson who takes the traditional dispensational pretribulational position - that the land of Israel belongs to the Jews by virtue of the Abahamic Covenant and the Controversy of Zion is the judgment of God upon the Arabs for their perpetual hatred of the Jews. 

Will The Real New Testament Church Come Forward

In the 1950's there was a game show on TV (black and white in those days) and I forget the name, but the contestants (usually three) would try to fool a panel of four people (two men and two women) into who the real person was - one of the three was the real person.  Each of the panelists would wear a blindfold where they could not see, but only hear the contestants. The anchor person of the show would moderate the game and would start off by giving some background of the real person then invite the three contestants to come and in and be seated while the panelists had on their blindfolds. Each panelists would get two attempts to guess who the real person was by asking questions. Their success ratio was about 50-50. 

For the past three years Deb and I have been visiting Churches in our area in an effort to unite with them in worship and fellowship. We have visited several Baptist, Bible, and Non-Denominational Churches and had decided to unite with a medium to large size Bible Church. However, we discovered when we attended the New Members Enrollment Class, they were hyper-Calvinists. We are not so our membership was rejected. First time in over 40 years of ministry I have been told I could not be a member of a so-called Christian Church. 

For those who do not know what a hyper-Calvinist doctrine is, it is that God is sovereign in all matters including salvation and it is He who chooses those He elects to receive salvation while others are not included and have no choice in determining their eternal state. If they are not of the elect, their destiny is hell and the Lake of Fire. In other words they have no free will to either accept or reject God's offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. That is a total heretical doctrine and cannot be supported by the whole context of Scripture. Is God sovereign?  Certainly, but His elective grace is in the locality of salvation, namely that He chooses those to salvation in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His offer of salvation extends to all mankind if they will obey the gospel and accept the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior. That is the meaning of the Scripture that says "Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him (Jesus)". You can see that God's election is centered in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. This is the way God has elected to save those who will believe. It is what Jesus called the "narrow road" and few be that find it.  God's message is "whosoever will may come and be saved", but you have to do it His way - the cross and resurrection of Jesus. If someone does not want to accept that truth and the way, then they will not be chosen to salvation. It is that simple.

We were not upset the Bible Church rejected our membership for we could not worship there anyway.

Continuing our efforts to find a New Testament Church that is true in worship and practice to New Testament doctrine, we visited another Church this past Sunday. It is a non-denominational congregation whose pastor is a former Baptist Minister. When we arrived for the 11:00 service, we noticed very few and I mean very few people were carrying Bibles as they entered the sanctuary. That usually means the pastor is not a Bible teacher or the emphasis is more on so-called praise and worship (emotional electronic rock sounding music) and less on sound biblical preaching and teaching.

When we sat down we observed people coming in dressed in shorts both men and women (some of the young girls had on tight short-shorts) and bringing coffee and snacks in the sanctuary. 4.5 out of 5 people had no Bible. The rock band on stage was warming up to start the praise and worship service. There was no choir (a Church choir is becoming a rarity in the Churches these days and the sacred hymns have been replaced by rock lyrics, which I can never remember).  Deb leaned over and said she had bad vibes about the service. I agreed. 

The rock band started their music and of course everyone had to stand while they sang the same lyrics over and over - a commonality of Charismatic non-denominational so-called Churches. I detest this kind of music for it does nothing but excite the soul not the spirit. We decided we had seen enough and left. This has happened to us several times in the past three years since we moved to our presence residence in North Texas. As we were walking out I remarked to Deb, "where is the true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ?"  We drove to a restaurant and had lunch.

The point I am making is the modern Church has determined the traditional Church that focused on Bible preaching and teaching as the principal and most important part of Sunday worship coupled with an excellent Music Director, choir, orchestra and the singing of the sacred hymns is no longer in sync and outdated. Christians used to gather for worship with Bible in hand eager to hear a message from the man of God as well as congregation singing accompanied by a pianist or organist and they dressed modestly and appropriately. 

What started this or what brought about the change?  That is not hard to answer. It began with Christian youth attending secular rock concerts where they sway and swoon with the soulical rock beat. Christian adults got caught-up in this rock culture also and no longer wanted to hear and sing the old sacred hymns or even the moving music specials by a talented choir.  They wanted to be moved by the rock beat that stimulated their fleshly souls not their born-again spirits.  The pastors and elders realized that to attract the soulish youth they had to have an order of service that appealed to their appetite for rock music. Thus was born the so-called "praise and worship" emphasis. Instead of mature godly men and women leading the music program, immature youth became the "worship leaders" and set the tone for the worship service. Not long afterward, Churches starting having two services - one for the older senior adults called the traditional service and a contemporary service for the rock-swinging youth that craved rock bands.  A so-called Christian Rock concert is not much different than a secular Rock concert in terms of the music. The beat is the same - ROCK!  Who is the winner in this situation? Satan is for he has divided the Church between the Youth and the adults. You end up with two Churches not one unified body.  Now I realize many adults now prefer the praise and worship rock churches over the traditional Word-focused congregations. However, we now have a large number or Christian babies that are shallow in the Word of God.  The Church is supposed to be a "Bible College" so to speak, that is, where they are fed the meat of the Word and can grow in knowledge and wisdom and rightly divide the Word of truth.

So as the title of this article asks, Where is the real New Testament Church where the saints hunger and thirst for the Word of God rather than to be swooned and swayed by loud rock music that does absolutely nothing for the spirit? Where is the Church that understands the House of God is the habitation of the Holy Spirit and dresses decently and modestly in honor of His presence?  We cannot seem to find one in our area.  Most of the pulpits are nothing but shallow sermonnetts or motivational speeches that offer the saints baby pablum instead of strong meat.  The Churches need revival and to get back to the fundamentals of the faith - strong preaching and teaching and music that honors the Holy Spirit and moves the spirit not the soul.  

Is Prophecy Being Fulfilled Now In Iraq And Iran?

If you are a student of Bible prophecy, then I want you to get your Bible out and open it to Daniel chapter 8. Now, if you consult nearly any commentary on the Book of Daniel, you’ll find they nearly all interpret this prophecy as fulfilled in history. The prophecy begins with a ram butting to the west, to the north and to the south, which most believe refers to the historical conquests of the Medo-Persian Empire:

[B]ehold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last. I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased and magnified himself. (vv. 3-4)...Read the full article.

Comment:

While I do not agree with Joel Richardson's Muslim Antichrist theory, I do agree with him that Daniel 8 is not about some ancient historical kingdom such as Medo-Persia and Greece. See my article in the Prophecy Section - Some Observations About Daniel 8.

Daniel 8 is about the time of the end, which is the last seven years before the Lord returns on the posttrib Day of the Lord. More specifically, the time of the end refers to the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord - the last 3 1/2 years plus 1 - but the Day of the Lord is not a normal earth day. It is something of a time warp. 

The events in Iraq and Iran are a harbinger of what is to come to fulfill Daniel 8.  

What Does the Bible Say About the Fate of Iraq (Ancient Persia)?

When President George Bush (43) decided to go war with Iraq, I wrote him a lengthy letter warning him about getting involved in Iraq because the Old Testament prophets tell us who and how Iraq is going to be destroyed and it is not going to be the United States that does it.  

The Coming Destruction Of Iraq (ancient Babylon)
March 17, 2003
Dr. Allen Barber

Notice I wrote the following article the day Bush decided to go to war with Iraq.

I call your attention to Isaiah 13:17-22:

“17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.  18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.    19 And Babylon [Iraq], the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.    20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.   21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.   22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.”

“This prophecy has never been fulfilled in past history for Iraq (Babylon) has continued as a nation since the tower of Babel even though they were conquered by other nations.  This prophecy of Isaiah says a time when come when God will rouse the Medes (Modern day Turkey, Iran, and the Kurds; also Central Asia and/or the states of the former Soviet Union) to wipe out Babylon (Iraq) to the extent that it will never be inhabited again.  The destruction is compared to Sodom and Gomorrah.”  The United States has the capacity to wipe Iraq off the face of the earth, but God says that task belongs to the Medes, not the U.S.”

“According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the ancient Medes and Elamites merged into Persia (Modern Iran) and became part of that kingdom.”  We know that Russia is assisting with Iran’s nuclear program and that both Russia and Iran are involved in a future war against Israel.” 

“Another passage in Isaiah 21:1-10, mentions the Median (Iranian/Turkey/Central Asia Coalition) destruction of Iraq: 

“1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.  2 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.  3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. 4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me. 5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.  6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.  7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:  8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:    9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.   10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.”

“The double reference to the fall of physical Babylon could mean the first time the Medes and Persians conquered Babylon in the 6th Century B.C. and the future fall of Babylon in the end time (The period in which we live today) by the modern kingdom of the Medes. 

While Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesied the destruction of physical Babylon, Revelation speaks of the destruction of the Mystery form of political and religious Babylon:

“1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.   4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.   6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.   7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.  8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.   9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,   10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come”  (Rev. 18:1-10).

“Notice in Revelation it refers to the city of Babylon and not the nation indicating something else is implied.  In my opinion, I believe Revelation is speaking of the New World Order that consists of the same religious and political spirit of ancient Babylon that Satan ruled over and spread the worship of the Sun-god deity throughout the world.  The mystery form indicates that the power behind it will remain hidden until the time comes for the unveiling of the Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet at the mid-point of the tribulation period.”   I do not believe the present situation involving the U.S. – Iraqi War is the fulfillment of Revelation 18 because that takes place at the end of the tribulation period.”

Jeremiah supports the prophecy of Isaiah in calling for the destruction of Babylon (Iraq) by the Medes:

“27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars.  28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.  29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant” (Jer. 51:27-29).

“Notice the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz are mentioned in the alliance with the Medes. Ararat is the modern nation of Turkey and Minni and Ashchenaz are Armenian nations of Central Asia and part of eastern Turkey and northern Iraq – the Kurds.”

“47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.  48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the LORD.   49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth” (Jer. 51:47-49). 

Although it is not clear, the spoilers from the north could imply that Russia is involved with the future destruction of Babylon. 

From these Scriptures, it is clear that God will destroy modern Iraq (Ancient Babylon) with a coalition led by the Medes not the U.S.”  If I were going on pure logic, I would not pick Iran, Turkey, and the kingdoms of Central Asia to destroy Iraq, but the Bible is clear that God will use the Medes to totally wipe out Babylon from being a nation. 

Again, no one that I am reading is predicting this, but I will stay with the Word of God.   The only person that I have heard comment on this is Dr. Jimmy DeYoung.  Most are predicting that the U.S. will destroy the armies of Iraq within a matter of weeks.  That may happen, but I have problems with that scenario for the following reasons:

(1)    If the U.S. conquers Iraq and installs a democracy causing Iraq to no longer be a threat to Israel and the other Middle Eastern nations, that would seem to circumvent the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah for a future destruction.  However, world conditions could change that.  
(2)    The timing does not appear to be right for Iraq to be destroyed.
(3)    The U.S. is not God’s choice to destroy Iraq.” 

If America goes to war with Iraq and invades the whole nation, many innocent Iraqis are going to be killed – it will be unavoidable.  If the military plan backfires, many American soldiers are going to die, maybe record numbers.   This may be the military setback I have been predicting since March 1994 because our nation is guilty of much iniquity – turning our back on the grace, mercy and favor of the Lord. In addition trusting in our superpower status instead of trusting in the Lord’s protection.

Saddam is not going to give up or go into exile, and he will fight a much different war than he did in Gulf War I.  Then there is the unknown, the unforeseen and the unexpected in any war plans.  As a Marine in Vietnam, we planned our operations to the “nth” degree and we were always well prepared to execute it, but sometimes things did not go as we planned and the enemy surprised us.  Before we regrouped, we had sustained heavy casualties.

I pray this is not the situation with Iraq, but the thing that concerns me is the silence of China and the threat by the U.S. to unilaterally destroy the credibility of the United Nations – something the New World Order cannot tolerate.   This situation has all the markings of something ugly before the dust settles.  This may be the “attention getter” from the Lord God that either America repents or is destroyed. 

May God help us to fall on our faces and repent of our national and personal sins before our sins destroy us.  This is the time for the saints to pray and fast for REPENTANCE not only for our nation, but also for the Church.

I was listening to Fox News while writing this and Shawn Hannity says this is a righteous war, meaning that we are the righteous nation and Iraq is the evil nation.  I wonder how God sees it from His eyes.

Post Iraqi War Comment

While the United States did defeat the Iraqi army and captured Saddam Hussein later to be hung by the Shiites, we did not destroy the country thus we did not fulfill the prophecies mentioned in the above passages.  Now that the off-shoot of Al Qaeda, the ISIS insurgency, has conquered 1/3 of Irag and moving toward Baghdad combined with the insertion of Iran's Revolutionary Army with Obama's blessings, the biblical scenario of the Medes destroying Iraq (Babylon) seems to be fitting into place. However, the final destruction of Iraq will not occur until the Great Tribulation. This situation in Iraq could be a warning from God that the long predicted tribulation  period is about to commence.

We shall to wait and see.

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I wrote the following a few months back and will renew the series soon. 

Gog and Magog, Daniel and Revelation

As I announced a couple of weeks ago, I am going to write commentary on Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39, Revelation 20), Daniel 2, 7-8, 9-12, and Revelation - selected chapters that deal with the Seal, Trumpet and Bowl Judgments. I do not have a set outline to write from, but will follow the Holy Spirit's lead gleaned from over 40 years of study and research of these passages. It should be interesting so hope it will be a blessing to those who participate in the study of these prophetic teachings.

I have just completed reading Sir Isaac Newton's little known work on Daniel and Revelation, Clarence Larkin's (a Pretrib scholar) book on Revelation and Thomas Horn's book, Zenith 2016.  Sir Isaac Newton's book was disappointing as it is obvious he was an historicist meaning he believed most if not all the books of Daniel and Revelation have been fulfilled in history past. Writing like the intellectual and scientist he was, some of his commentary was difficult to follow and actually made no sense. However, he published the book in 1733 and therefore, did not have the advantage we do today of much prophecy either fulfilled or the visible stages set for their fulfillment. Clarence Larkin's book (when I was a Pretrib believer I promoted his commentary as the truth about end-time prophecy) was written in 1919 and like Newton did not have the insight of present world conditions. However, even though Larkin was a pretribber, he presents some interesting thoughts about the Antichrist, False Prophet and the Harlot Religious system.  He believed as I do that the Antichrist and False Prophet are "real" human personages not governments or systems.  Tom Horn's book, is an expose about the return of the Nephilim (offspring of the fallen angels that mingled with the DNA of the women of Noah's day) and the mystical Mayan calendar that ended in 2012 plus many other calendars and writings of both secular and religious personages that believed in the 2012 date for ending and restarting world history with an apocalyptic event. He cites many sources for a 3 1/2 year period culminating in 2016 (2012-2016). In addition, he devotes much space to the Great Seal of the United States being tied to the occult, specifically Freemasonry. In other words he believes the Satanic New World Order headed by the Antichrist will emerge from the United States for the founding fathers as he portrays them, setup the Capitol buildings in Washington, D.C. to reflect the cult signature, even to invite Lucifer's (Satan's blessings). As a result, the United States has been under demonic influence since its inception.  Whether or not he is right, one that is certain and that is, demons are clearly alive and active in the government of the United States.

The first articles on Gog and Magog will be posted soon so hope you enjoy the study.  In preparation for the series, notice in Revelation 20:7 where it says when the thousand years have expired, "Satan shall be loosed out of his prison and shall go out to deceive the nations, which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is the sand of the sea."

This is after the 1000-year reign of Christ Jesus on the earth and after the days of the tribulation and immediately before the Eternal Age (8th Age). As difficult as it seems, the nations that comprise Gog and Magog at that time, will form and exist to oppose the Lord Jesus during His Kingdom reign.  Gog and Magog in this passage represent the nations scattered throughout the earth that reject the Lord's reign over them and adhere to Satan's lies and deception one last time before the Lord rains down fire upon them and wipes them off the face of the earth and cast Satan into the Lake of Fire where the Antichrist and False Prophet have been for 1000 years. This is the last time Satan will ever be heard of in the history of heaven and earth. 

Revelation 20 cast great insight into Ezekiel 38 and 39 into identifying Gog and and Magog. Some things are certain, Gog is not the chief prince of Russia and Magog is not the nation of Russia. Gog is also not the Antichrist or Satan however Satan may have a part to play in both. Even though I have read countless books on Gog and Magog, I will endeavor to identify as the Holy Spirit provides the insight, who and what is this mysterious biblical personage and kingdom.