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What Is A Pastor's Principal Responsibility; How Does Joel Osteen Measure Up?

I receive many emails attacking me for my article on Joel Osteen about whether or not he is a true prophet of God. A biblical prophet is someone called of God to speak the Word of God in two ways - to forth-tell and to fore-tell, that is, to speak the Word of God that applies to present issues and also to preach and teach the prophetic Scriptures concerning future things (Note: that does not mean giving extra-biblical prophecies - those not supported by the written Word). 

I don't watch Mr. Osteen because I don't care to hear a motivational talk, which is nothing more than a prepared memorized speech. Anyone with basic intelligence and a gift for speaking can do that, but getting a Word for God and delivering it in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit is a vast difference. When I attend Church, I want my pastor to open the Word of God and teach the "meat" not the milk.  Shallow milk-toast sermons or speeches are for the immature, but meat, the deep things of the Word are for the spiritually mature. The writer of Hebrews sharply rebuked the Jewish Christians he was addressing for their shallowness - they didn't know much about the Word, but were still majoring on elementary things:

Hebrews 5:11-14 NKJV

11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The opposite of unskilled is to be skilled in the Word of righteousness, that is, know the depths of the Scriptures via much study and prayer. In fact, we are ALL commanded to know how to rightly handle the Word of Truth:

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

15  Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

A pastor should be highly skilled in the Word of God, that is, know the doctrines of the Bible and then teach them systematically to the saints so they can grow in the Word and knowledge of God and that does no mean to be men-pleasers - teach what they want to hear, but to present the whole counsel of God even those things that are convicting and hard to swallow.

Paul told a young pastor, Timothy, to preach the Word in season and out of season, when it was convenient and when it was difficult. Notice he said, preach the Word not give motivational speeches. 

2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NASB)

preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
4  and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
5  But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

This one passage describes Mr. Osteen's approach to pastoral ministry - to give those who attend his Church a positive motivational talk not what they need to hear. His method of speaking (not preaching for he does none of that) is "topical" which is to find a topic then go to the Scriptures to find a text to support it. This kind of ministry is not only difficult, but guarantees the Church will be full of baby Christians that know little about the Word unless they are personally committed to their own study. 

The pastor should come before his people every Sunday or whenever they have worship and TEACH FROM THE BIBLE, that is, open to a text, read it, and then massage it thoroughly comparing Scripture with Scripture and explaining the meaning of the Greek and Hebrew texts from which the English Bible is translated.

My wife and I decided to listen to Mr. Osteen's speech last Sunday so we turned on the TV channel he is on and watched his program.  He always says the same thing every Sunday, which is, "I like to start with something funny" - I wonder if his congregation gets tired of hearing that?  By now everyone knows he is going to tell a joke before he starts his speech whether or not it has any connection to his speech.

His topic was "Unfinished Grace" and it had some good points, but was it the meat of the Word? Did his congregation leave knowing how to rightly handle the Word of truth and to walk in the power and discipline of the Holy Spirit? Did they learn anything about the division of body, soul, and spirit which is essential for growing into a spiritually mature Christian? Did a lost person hear the gospel and know they are sinners in dire need of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus? 

Osteen, while he holds up a Bible and has the congregation repeat a same-old, same-old mantra about being a Bible believer, he never opens the Bible to preach from it. He lays it on the pulpit beside his written speech. Then he delivers his ear-tickling motivational speech to a large audience soaking up HIS WORDS! 

There are 622,771 words in the Old Testament and 184,590 words in the New Testament for a total of 807,361 words. That is almost a million words, yet Osteen's message was primarily "his own words" even though he quoted a few Scriptures and spoke briefly about them. There are also 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7958 verses in the New Testament for a total of 31,103 verses plus 137 unnumbered verses in the Old Testament.  In addition, there are 1189 chapters in the Bible - 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament. Finally there are 66 books on the English Bible - 39 in the Old and 27 in the New.  You would think with that much Bible material, Mr. Osteen could find a biblical text to preach from. 

God has given us this marvelous book, the Bible, that contains a plethora of information no one has mastered including the most eminent scholars. How very shameful to ignore it and for a pastor, how irresponsible.  My advice to Mr. Osteen is to discard his motivational speeches, which is more "his" carefully selected words ABOUT SOME BIBLE TOPIC that will not offend anyone, particularly homosexuals and other religions and God forbid if the word SIN is ever mentioned, take the Word of God in his hand and thoroughly teach the TEXTS OF SOLA SCRIPTURA!  Be a God-called preacher of the whole counsel of God and not a popular motivational speaker for one day we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give an account of all that we have said and done and the Bible is very clear that the shepherds (pastors) shall be even more accountable to the Chief Shepherd - the Lord Jesus Christ.

So how does Joel Osteen stack-up against the principal responsibility for all God-called pastors?  I will let you decide that for he is to be held accountable according to the Scriptures not according to how popular he is with the world and the religious people.

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Texas Presbyterian Hospital Now A Ghost Town

The once thriving Dallas hospital where the first U.S. case of Ebola occurred is fast becoming a ghost town. The ER wait time was 52 minutes, now there is no wait time. Patients are leaving and new patients are cancelling their hospital stays. Doctors with offices in the building report their business is down as much as 62%.  This hospital happens to be where I had my first two heart ablation surgeries, not by choice but where my surgeon performed this type procedure.

My experience with the lab staff that assisted the surgeries was high praise for professionalism and patient concern. However, that was not the case with the floor staff when I was taken to my room after the surgery. Most of the nurses were foreigners of either Indian (India) or Asian descent and several that could not speak good English so there was a communication problem.  On one occasion, my wife caught them trying to give me a pill that had I taken it might have caused serious consequences to my health and recovery. On another occasion, they attempted to give me some supplements that could have interfered with the surgery and the medication I was taking. Fortunately, I able to go home the day following the surgery so I was only there for one night and part of the next day.

The American medical profession has been inundated with foreign doctors and nurses that don't seem to have the same quality of expertise as American born medical professionals. In fact, the physician who performed my first two heart ablation surgeries was Asian, which were unsuccessful. My third ablation surgery was performed by the top electro-physiologist in Dallas, Texas who happens to be a White American-born and trained physician. The surgery was successful and I have been in normal rhythm going on two years. What was the difference - the level of expertise and the grace of God. In fact, I was told the reason the first two surgeries were unsuccessful is they were not done thorough enough. If you have an A-Fib condition as I did and need surgery, make sure your surgeon is highly skilled in heart ablation surgery. Do some research to find out how many procedures he or she has performed and what the success rate is.

On another note, the previous article about Mr. Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States, allegedly admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas before being moved to the same hospital system in Dallas may have validity in regard to the investors in Texas Presbyterian Hospitals, covering up the Plano situation over concern the Dallas hospital may end-up filing bankruptcy due to the Ebola scare.  This article seems to give credence to that. I can tell you my two visits to Texas Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas was crawling with activity and it was difficult to find a parking place. Now the hospital is a ghost town. 

With this recent Ebola scare, we can see how a national epidemic could practically grind the nation to a halt if the public is afraid to move about or if the federal government forces any time of national quarantine such as martial law.

Obama is courting with disaster by allowing non-American Ebola victims to come to our country for treatment. Congress should step in stop any such action or executive order for it places Americans at great risk.

Not much of what Obama does makes any sense anyway.

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Why Is the Obama Administration Allowing Massive Numbers of People From the Ebola Region To Enter the U.S.?

"CDC Director Tom Frieden has admitted that from 100 to 150 people from the Ebola region are entering the U.S. each day". That is pure insanity and totally irresponsible".

When are the gullible brain-dead Democrats going to wake-up and realize Barack Hussein Obama has no interest in protecting the American people in violation of his oath of office?  Confusion, perversion, insanity, etc. are all signs of a society given over to demonic oppression and invasion. The inability to do what is right is evidence the American government is being controlled by the Prince of Darkness, Satan, and taken captive to do his will. 

Unless AMERICA REPENTS AND TURNS BACK TO THE LORD GOD things are not going to get any better. My wife who is the CFO for a major Dallas restaurant told me that three clients cancelled events at their restaurants for fear of the Ebola virus. That is a hit to their bottom-line and just one example of how this wicked disease could cripple our society. Remember a pestilence is anything that disrupts the normal order of society.

Billy Graham, Jonathan Cahn and several more are warning of God's judgment upon America, but few if any are listening. Everything is business as usual. It may become so bad that the only solution and hope is to cry out to God - the real God, the Father in heaven and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, not this false god - Allah and his book of lies - the Qur'an. There is only one true God - the Lord Jesus Christ who revealed to us our heavenly Father because Jesus said, if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father for the Father and I are ONE. 

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CDC and Texas Officials/Healthcare Workers Cover-Up Vital Information

A independent writer for Western Journalism is reporting that Thomas Duncan first was admitted to Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Texas not Dallas and was there for two days before being transported to the Dallas facility.  Read the full article.

This means that hospital workers at the Plano facility were also exposed to the Ebola virus plus other people who may have come in contact with Mr. Duncan in the Plano area. The article implies the hospital staff in Plano were threatened with termination if they revealed that Mr. Duncan was treated first at Plano before being moved to Dallas. The reason given is that financial investors in Texas Presbyterian - Dallas, were concerned the hospital may file bankruptcy so in order to protect their interest in the Plano hospital tried to cover-up the truth. 

Purportedly, the source for the leak is a hospital administrator at the Plano facility with 39 years experience. If this turns out to be true, then the CDC, the Texas Presbyterian Hospital System and the Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins, cannot be trusted.

The article also contends Texas Officials and Healthcare workers claim an Ebola outbreak is imminent and certain. 

Presently, I am a little suspicious about the validity of the article, I mean, why hasn't this HA come forward and revealed the coverup since the Ebola virus is deadly and the public needs to be kept informed and told the truth. He could be granted immunity from prosecution if what he claims is the truth. In all the reporting about Mr. Duncan nothing was even hinted that he was ever in Plano or went to the hospital there. 

You would also think by now that someone would have leaked it to the media.  It may turn out to be nothing but smoking mirrors.

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What Is Behind The Ebola Outbreak in the United States?

Ebola has reached epidemic proportions in three West African nations - Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone with 5000 deaths reported and the forecasts are dire with the possibility of a million cases by 2015.  In addition to the West African nations, Ebola has been transmitted to Nigeria, Spain, the United States, and Senegal (Dakar).

President Obama assured the American people it was very unlikely Ebola would come to the United States and has had to eat his words. Given our open society it was a given that it would eventually end up here, but it happened quicker than expected.  In addition, the CDC, the Center For Disease Control that is monitoring the Ebola outbreak in the United States has made some glaring miscues that has contributed to contamination by two nurses that took care of Mr. Duncan at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. It is unbelievable that the CDC allowed the second nurse to board a Frontier Airlines jet and fly from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas, Texas when she alerted CDC that she had a fever. She has now tested positive for Ebola and the CDC is trying to locate the 132 passengers on board that flight.

The Ebola situation came closer to home yesterday when my first cousin informed me that two students where her grandchildren attend school in Belton, Texas, were on that fight. We heard this morning on a local Dallas radio station that the CDC has shut down the school and were in the process or decontaminating the facility.  We are certainly in prayer for all of the children, teachers and administration that no one will be affected by this terrible disease.

Now I want to address something that most would never consider and probably find it ludicrous to their world mind-set. The Lord God warned the nation of Israel that if they failed to obey His laws and statutes and turned away from Him extraordinary sicknesses and diseases would come upon them:

Deuteronomy 28:15,21-22,27,35,45-47,58-61 (English Translation of the Greek Septuagint Bible)

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe all his commandments, as many as I charge thee this day, then all these curses shall come on thee, and overtake thee...

21 The Lord cause the pestilence to cleave to thee, until he shall have consumed thee off the land into which thou goest to inherit it. 22 The Lord smite thee with distress, and fever, and cold, and inflammation, and blighting, and paleness, and they shall pursue thee until they have destroyed thee.

27 The Lord smite thee with the botch of Egypt in the seat, and with a malignant scab, and itch, so that thou canst not be healed.

35 The Lord smite thee with an evil sore, on the knees and the legs, so that thou shalt not be able to be healed from the sole of thy foot to the crown of thy head.

45 And all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and shall overtake thee, until he shall have consumed thee, and until he shall have destroyed thee; because thou didst not hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commands, and his ordinances which he has commanded thee. 46 And these things shall be signs in thee, and wonders among thy seed for ever; 47 because thou didst not serve the Lord thy God with gladness and a good heart, because of the abundance of all things.

58 If thou wilt not hearken to do all the words of this law, which have been written in this book, to fear this glorious and wonderful name, the Lord thy God; 59 then the Lord shall magnify thy plagues, and the plagues of thy seed, great and wonderful plagues, and evil and abiding diseases. 60 And he shall bring upon thee all the evil pain of Egypt, of which thou wast afraid, and they shall cleave to thee. 61 And the Lord shall bring upon thee every sickness, and every plague that is not written, and every one that is written in the book of this law, until he shall have destroyed thee.

Deuteronomy 28 is both a blessing and curse chapter - blessing if Israel obeyed the Lord and kept His commandments and curses if they did not. The passage describing the curses is several times longer than that for the blessing as a warning to Israel not to stray from the Lord and serve other gods, which are not really gods but the inventions of man's mind.  An idol is an idol without breath or life in whatever form and with no power or means to give life. Idolatry is a serious matter to God as well as what His word defines as an abomination. Sin is bad enough, but an abomination carries a greater weight of penalty and judgment.

As I was listening to the reports about Ebola beginning to spread in Dallas, Texas (admittedly it involves only one county at the moment, but there is no guarantee it will not spread into other cities and states and as the CIDRAP article warned, the Ebola virus may be airborne), I remembered that Jonathan Cahn had pointed out that the Ebola virus landed in the United States on the very day, September 25, 2014 the Shemitah year began (Shemitah years occurs every 7 years and means "release" - the land was to lie fallow for the entire year - no cultivation or crops planted). September 25, 2014 happens to be the first day of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, (Civilian and Babylonian Calendar), Tishri 1.  The month of Tishri is the 7th month on the Sacred Calendar. By living under the Civilian Babylonian Calendar, the Jews are in defiance of the law of God (See Exodus 12 where God changed the Hebrew new year to be the month, Abib - March-April). By living under the Babylonian calendar, the Jews are acknowledging they are tied to the Mystery Babylon System, which they adopted during the Babylonian captivity. It was during that captivity that the Pharisees created the Babylonian Talmud and the mystical Kabbalah, which has replaced the original Hebrew Scriptures, particularly the Torah. Christ Jesus severely condemned the Pharisees' Talmud and Kabbalah as the ruination of the Word of God (Matt. 7:13).

The Gentile world has done the same thing as well as many religious and Christian Churches. There are about as many denominations and doctrines as there are leaves on the trees and numerous Bible translations of every kind. The Bible has come to be whatever a particular religion or denomination says it is not what the original intent was when God gave it to man by the Holy Spirit.

Well, back to what I believe God showed me yesterday about Ebola. Shemitah has the promise of blessing if the people repent and turn back to God, but if not, it also means certain judgment, which Jonathan Cahn has been trying to warn America with his book, The Harbinger, and his Shemitah teachings.  Think about it, as the recent Supreme Court's decision not to hear same-sex marriage cases before it, upheld the lower courts ruling to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage, resulting in a sudden surge of states adopting same-sex marriage (30 and possibly 39), Ebola suddenly appeared in our nation and while it is presently contained in one county of one state, could easily spread to many states.  It is my opinion that Ebola is a warning from God that Deuteronomy 28 as listed above, particularly Verse 61 is still in effect for the nations - "And the Lord shall bring upon thee every sickness and every plague that is not written...until He shall have destroyed thee".

As same-sex marriage is getting ready to expand and spread to every state in the nation, making the United States a Sodomite kingdom, the Lord God may at the same time, allow the spreading of the dreaded Ebola virus to as many states. The message of Deuteronomy 28 is that dreaded diseases and plagues follow nations that once knew the Lord and respected His laws and commandments, but turned away from Him and became decadent and lawless. Militant homosexuality like we are witnessing in Houston, Texas is an abomination to God and will bring swift and certain judgment.  God created the human race - male and female and told them to reproduce and replenish the earth. He also created marriage for one man and one woman, which Jesus affirmed in His earthly ministry (See Matthew 19:4-6).  Therefore, homosexuality and same-sex marriage is a gross and deliberate defiance of God's creative act and will by turning His creative design upside down. That is precisely the definition of perversion - turning truth on its head and calling evil good.  

Let me say again, I believe God has allowed Satan (See I Kings 22:19-23), and in fact instructed him, to inflict America will the Ebola plague because of our love for perversion and failure to repent at the judgments He has already brought upon the nation.  Instead of being ashamed for out sins and rebellion, we only grow worse day by day.  God is merciful and wants America to repent, but if we do not, make no mistake about it, He will send even more severe judgment. I believe Ebola may be that judgment. If same-sex marriages are adopted by the States as well as militant homosexuals forcing Christian pastors to submit their sermons to local pro-gay city governments in order to tell them what they can and cannot preach in their Churches, God WILL, NOT MIGHT, SEND JUDGMENT UPON AMERICA SUCH AS AN EBOLA OUTBREAK THAT COULD COMPLETELY DISRUPT SOCIETY AND USHER IN MARTIAL LAW.  If that happens, the last of our freedoms are history. The Lord is not going to allow America to remain free and prosperous if we continue to flaunt our sins in his face - MARK MY WORD! 

God is testing America with Ebola and it may be the last test before the hammer falls!

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Lesbian Houston Mayor Demands Pastors Surrender Sermons

"The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court".

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

"ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”

“Political and social commentary is not a crime,” Holcomb said. “It is protected by the First Amendment.”

Read the full article

BWV Comment

This action by the Lesbian mayor of Houston, Texas, is nothing less than militant in-your-face homosexuality - the kind Jesus said would be characteristic of the end generation (The days of Lot). This unregenerate mayor is violating the Constitution and even though it does not have the so-called Separation Clause, the pastors should use it against her for the Anti-Christian, Anti-God, left-wing liberals use it against Christians every chance they get.

I once pastored a Church near Houston, Texas and the Johnson Space Center and if I were a pastor today, I would tell Mayor Parker what she could do with her subpoena - nicely of course (well maybe not) and that she was not getting my messages. I did not write out my messages (a sermon is a religious exercise while a message is a Word from God), but spoke from my study and outline notes. Sometimes I would not use any notes, just speak from what was in my spirit and mind. You are a lot freer that way to speak in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit and let Him take the message where He wants to go with it. Now I am not implying that I preached by the seat of my pants for I studied many hours for one message. It is up to the minister to get a Word from God and then study the biblical passages that relate to the subject. I was more of a teaching pastor and taught book studies verse by verse. Therefore, I would educate Ms. Parker that I had nothing to give her since I do not write out my messages, but even if I did she would not get them and then I would join the pastors in a class-action lawsuit against Ms. Parker and the Houston City Council.

I have shared this before, but in 1982 I told the Church I pastored near Houston as I was teaching the book of Daniel verse-by-verse, there would come a day in the United States when pastors would be fined and go to jail for speaking the truth. That day has arrived.  

If this lost Mayor and the City Council of Houston are successful in this lawsuit, which I highly doubt, watch the Lord God bring His judgment against the city. There is already enough wickedness there to bring God's wrath on Houston, Texas, but when you mess with God's prophets, you are messing with God - the great I AM that I AM and the sovereign creator and ruler of this universe.  Men and women that don't know the Lord don't realize how very puny and insignificant they are in His sight. They are nothing but a speckle of dust and a vapor that is here one minute and gone the next. One word from the Lord's mouth would crush them to pieces so small as never to be found. In the beginning, God said, let there be light and it was so.  If He said to these arrogant worldlings - Be Gone! they would be nothing in a nanosecond!  There is coming a day when the Lord will roar from heaven and the whole earth and everyone on it will shake at the sound of His voice. The God they mocked, scorned, ridiculed and denied as existing will appear and the unbelievers will realize what fools they were and cringe at their fate - eternal torment in the Lake of Fire. 

Oh, Come Lord Jesus, Come!  

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CIDRAP Says Ebola May Be An Airborne Disease

The highly respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota just advised the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles,” including exhaled breath".

BWV Comment

The Old King James Bible (the one very few people use anymore) includes the word, "pestilence" in Matthew 24:7 in describing a period known as the beginning of sorrows. The Greek meaning of pestilence is anything that disrupts the social order such as Ebola, but can mean several other things  - a financial crisis, terrorism, wicked weather, etc.  The Old KJV of the Bible is based on the Textus Receptus manuscript, which means The Received Text. 

The modern translations - NASB, RSV, NKJV, NIV, ESV, etc. omit the word pestilence because modern biblical research contends in the majority of other New Testament manuscripts the word is missing. As for me personally, I will stick with the Received Text - that the word was included in Matthew's account of the Lord's Olivet Discourse. It is not difficult to see that our world has been and is impacted by several pestilences with the potential for wide-spread death and destruction.

The plagues of the Four Horseman of Revelation 6 will kill over a billion people by today's world population statistics. Christ said false prophets, wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes are the BEGINNING of sorrows, meaning things will get much worse once the aforementioned occur simultaneously. NEWS FLASH - They are occurring at the same time right now in our world so we are living in the beginning of sorrows. This prophetic phenomenon will generate into the tribulation period.   

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Shemitah's First Two Weeks Bring Ominous Signs

"Blood moons, plummeting stock markets and a growing Ebola pandemic dominated the headlines this past week".

"If that’s not enough cause for concern, there’s an army of Islamic terrorists bearing down on the Iraqi capital of Baghdad".

"None of this should come as a surprise to those who have read “The Mystery of the Shemitah” by Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi and Bible teacher from New Jersey who also authored the best-selling Christian book “The Harbinger” in 2012".

"Without a doubt, the Shemitah year, which kicked off on Sept. 25, has begun with a blast of bad news".

BWV Comment

In the article, "Cahn explains that the seven-year cycles can manifest as blessings as long as a nation follows the will of God. But for those that started out under God only to later stray, the Shemitah can bring a series of ever harsher judgments, usually striking in the financial realm and spilling over into the political and military arenas".

See my article, Rhema Concerning America March 1994 in which I predicted based on a rhema word from two passages, Jeremiah 46 and Hosea 10, that God was going to judge the United States in three stages - financial, military and bread basket, which is identical to what Cahn is predicting from the Shemitah year except that he makes no mention of judgment upon our breadbasket.  This was over 10 years before I knew anything about Jonathan Cahn or his book on the Shemitah.  This just proves the Holy Spirit is speaking to His prophets about judgment - both the popular well-known prophets and those unknown ones.

In addition, in the article, Cahn speaks about the month Elul - the last month on the Hebrew Civil Calendar and the 6th month on the Hebrew Sacred Calendar, that is that the Shemitah's begin and end on the last day of Elul or Elul 29.  See my article on the 120-Year Generational Chart and scroll down to the end of the article and notice that I predict the tribulation period will begin and end in the month Elul.  Here is what I said about Elul:

Importance of the year 1897 and the 6th Sacred month - Elul

First Zionist Congress-August 29, 1897; Sacred Month Elul 1 - 6th Sacred Month

Rosh Chodesh -First or head of months

Elul means “return to Hashem – repentance”

Message of Elul – "to began and end something"

Note : If Rosh Chodesh falls on a Sabbath (7th day), then there is a 2-Day celebration and the following month is a 30-day month (Hebrew months alter between 29 and 30 day months). Elul is the preparation for the Month of Tishri (7th Sacred Month) and the last 3 High Feast Days of Israel – Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles. It is my opinion that the 7-Year Tribulation will begin and end in the Month of Elul (Last month on the Civil Calendar) in preparation for the Lord coming on the Day of the Lord to fulfill all three feasts and tabernacle (Be back on earth during the Feast of Tabernacles). This agrees with Matthew 24: 29-31 and Daniel 12:11- the 1290 days or an extra 30 days (1260) after the tribulation has ended. The 1335 days mentioned in Daniel 12:12 (45 more extra days) will be needed to judge the Sheep and Goat nations and set up the Lord’s throne in Jerusalem-this is the official time when the kingdom reign begins. This why no one can know the exact day of the Day of the Lord and the setting up of His kingdom for it all happens AFTER the tribulation is over. It is useless and lawless to try to figure out the exact day of the Lord’s return. Most date-setters have been the Pre-Trib people trying To figure out a date for the Rapture. That is utter nonsense!

Notice that I wrote the article on the 120-Year Generation and the accompanying Chart on December 28, 2001 - again several years before Jonathan Cahn appeared on the scene. Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. In no way am I trying to diminish Jonathan Cahn's ministry or his prophecies. In fact, I support and agree with him about the coming judgment upon America if we do not repent. What I am trying to point out is that I knew the Holy Spirit spoke to me back in 1994 and 2001 about certain judgment coming to the United States if we do not get our house in order and He has raised up a man with more insight concerning the Shemitah year and the judgment I was shown.

When I first received the revelation from Jeremiah and Hosea about God judging America in 3 stages, I wrote about it in my newsletters and sent it to some pastors. No one took me seriously then and very few do today, but I have not ceased from warning about the coming judgment upon America for the past 20 years - 1994-2014. 

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Response To Comments, Joel Osteen Article

I seldom respond to emails regarding my article about Joel Osteen (See at http://www.thebiblicalworldview.org/is-joel-osteen-a-false-prophet/) because they usually are not willing to admit the many facts about Osteen's extra-biblical ministry when it comes to taking a bold stand for the truth of the gospel and the Word of God. As Dr. Ben Carson recently said, the "facts" are what they are and denying them does not change them.  


In addition, I am certainly not the lone ranger when it comes to criticizing Osteen's "men pleasing make-me-feel-good" statements about sin, etc. His own words define him as Jesus said, "We will know them by their fruits" (in the context of that statement, He was referring to the things that come out of our mouth - our words). Osteen has made numerous statements that he does not deal with sin and that makes him in opposition to Sola Scriptura, particularly as it applies to the lost world for it is written in John 16:7-11 that it is the primary work of the Holy Spirit to convict the world (sinners) of sin, righteousness and judgment. Let's break this verse down in its several parts to understand the interpretation:

John 16:7-11 (KJV)

7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;
10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.


First, He is to reprove the world of SIN.  The Greek word for reprove is ἐλέγχω (el-eng'-kho) and means to convict, convince, rebuke, and admonish.  How does he do that - by the presentation of the gospel from the mouth of a true minister of God and/or genuine believers? The Holy Spirit doesn't convict anyone without the gospel message (See Romans 10:14-17). Ministers of God are commissioned to preach the gospel message that all are sinners by birth and choice and will die in their sins and go to hell unless they repent in this lifetime and believe the gospel which is that Jesus died (was crucified), was buried and in the grave three days and nights and rose bodily from the grave the third day and has ascended back to heaven where He is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven making intercession for all the saints.

The Greek word for sin is ἁμαρτία (hamartia) from harmartano (singular), which is describing the "sin nature" not necessarily SINS in the plural sense. Sinners (ἁμαρτωλός, ον - hamartolos ) commit sins - harmartia. Paul makes it abundantly clear in his great letter to the Romans that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and that we inherited a sin nature from Adam at birth - Romans 5:12 (Yes, all babies are born with a sin nature, but if they die before reaching the age of accountability to know right from wrong, they are protected by the shed blood of Jesus just as the Old Testament saints [believers] were until the deliverer [Yeshua-Jesus] came to provide the acceptable sacrifice as the Lamb of God). I've had Jewish Rabbi's and Jews attack me for that statement - that we inherited a sin nature from Adam and they try to use the "baby thing" to disprove it.

So the Holy Spirit's ministry to the lost world is to first convict them they are sinners (ἁμαρτωλός, ον - hamartolos) by birth and choice, not make them feel good about themselves or that they are okay the way they are as Osteen teaches. He does not make the sinner-hood of man known to the thousands that attend his Church and to the millions that watch him on TV as well as when he appears as a guest to such liberal unbelievers as Oprah Winfrey (she is New Age); Ellen Degeneres (a lesbian); Larry King (a lost Jew - Osteen was on his program several times) and several others. One of the first questions they all asked him was, "Do you believe homosexuality is a sin and do non-Christians go to hell?"  See my article referenced above for his exact answers to those questions - they are pathetic and lacking in straight-forward honesty about the Bible's position on sin and hell. Osteen does not want to rock the boat and lose his popularity with the world and the religious people that follow him.  By the way, believers commit sin also after being saved and need to confess those sins in order to abide in constant unbroken fellowship with the Lord.

One person recently emailed me in opposition to my article about Osteen and said that "he did not make her feel at all like a sinner, but made her feel good on the inside". She just defined Osteen to a "T" and proves by her very own words that she prefers to have her ears tickled by a popular but dubious minister than to be convicted by the bold preaching and teaching of the gospel message and the discipline of the Holy Spirit to bring believers into total obedience to the Word of God. Genuine salvation and genuine Christianity are not to make us feel good, but to submit to the discipline of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in subduing our soul life and the body of sin in order to become spiritual people. That takes a lifetime of obedience to the Holy Spirit as He leads us to obey the Word of God:

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (KJV)

1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Until a believer understands and has spiritual knowledge backed by experience of the dividing of soul and spirit, they are not spiritual in their walk with the Lord. Most believers think the Christian life is all about struggling with the body of sin, but it is more about subduing the soul life (the self life). If a believer is still struggling with the sins of the body long years after being saved they are CARNAL and not SPIRITUAL. They are in essence spiritual immature babies.

Well, we need to finish our study of John 16:8.  The second aspect of the Holy Spirit's ministry is to reprove the world of righteousness.  Again the world reprove means to convict and rebuke. The answer to this second work is found in Romans 3:9-10:

Romans 3:9-10 (KJV)

9  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Most people, especially in today's world, do not understand the difference between righteousness and goodness. There is none that is good enough to enter the Kingdom of God in heaven or on this earth - None, notta, not a single person no matter their pedigree. God demands that we must be righteous in order to attain eternal life and enter into the glory of that experience. Righteous is what God is and sin is the opposite of His being. All human beings are born in sin and lack the righteousness of God. Righteousness is given to human beings upon the basis of faith and faith only not religious works, but by acceptance of the finished work of Yeshua Jesus on the cross - the shedding of His blood and resurrection from the dead. The Holy Spirit's presence in our redeemed reborn human spirit is the evidence that God has imputed His righteous (See 2 Cor. 5:21) to our account (lives), that is, forgiven us of our SIN DEBT for without the Holy Spirit no one will see the Lord.  Therefore, the second work of the Holy Spirit is to convict all people that they lack the righteousness of God.  For there is only one who is righteous in His being and that is the Elohim God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You can feel good about yourself and end-up dying and going to a devil's hell - GOODNESS IS NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS!  That is the ministry of the Holy Spirit - not to make us feel good about ourselves, but to convince us that we are in fact NO GOOD SINNERS!   By the way, after we are saved, the only "good works" are those the Holy Spirit works in us. If they are not done under His control they are still carnal sinful works.

Last, the Holy Spirit's ministry is to reprove the world (sinners) that the devil, the prince of this world, has been judged and his power to enslave the human race in unforgiven sin leading to death and hell is now broken by the death of the Lord (shedding of His blood upon the cross) and resurrection.  When Christ died and came out of the grave on the third day, He proved the devil no longer has the power of death over those who place their faith and trust in Him, otherwise, He could not have been raised from the dead.  Death cannot hold a truly righteous person in its power. That is why there is coming a day when the saints shall be raised from the dead and receive their glorified new bodies. While the devil is the prince and power of this world system (unbelievers) and works night and day to blind the lost world to the truth of the gospel in order to send them to hell and the Lake of Fire, he has no such power over the saints who have put their absolute faith and trust in Yeshua-Jesus.

Now, in view of all this and it is factual biblical truth, please tell me and show me where Joel Osteen preaches and teaches this kind of a doctrine, that is, the kind that convicts lost sinners and sinning Christians of their inherent sin nature and the need for confession and repentance of sin in order to be forgiven. And please tell me or show me where Osteen makes it clear that all people regardless of ethnic or religious background or lack of it including homosexuals, Jews, Muslims, Hindu's, Buddhist's, etc. without repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus will die in their sins and go to a devil's hell. The truth is, no one can because he does not MAKE THE GOSPEL MESSAGE CLEAR - that all have sinned and come short of the glory and God and none are righteous no not a one.

I was also amused by this person's email that attempted to make Osteen out to have some benevolent ministry.  Few things with Osteen are benevolent as he charges a fee for about everything he does and lives a life of luxury - something the New Testament apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastors never experienced. In fact, they lived with the commonest of means and suffered greatly in a rich Roman world for their bold stand for biblical truth.  Osteen and his wife live in a mansion, drive expensive cars and wear the finest of clothes.  All of his seminars, speaking tours, and crusades are not FREE!  He recently preached at Yankee stadium and all who attended had to pay a fee to hear him speak. In contrast, Billy Graham, in 60 years of ministry held numerous crusades in many stadiums around the world and never charged a fee. His ministry was based entirely on love offerings.  Attend one of Osteen's services at his church and notice how many times the offering plate is passed. Billy Graham still lives in the same modest home he purchased many years ago in North Carolina and has not become a multimillionaire as has Osteen and his wife. The majority of the love offerings given to the Billy Graham ministries goes to preach the gospel to the world, not to live in material luxury. 

Listen to sermons Billy Graham preached throughout his ministry and particularly when he was younger and compare them to Osteen's motivational speeches. The comparison is daylight and dark as Billy Graham made the gospel message CLEAR - that all people are sinners and need to repent and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Billy Graham also took a bold stand against social sins such as abortion and homosexuality. However when he became older, he watered down his message somewhat and I do not applaud him for that. In addition, find some videos or texts of Billy Graham's several guests appearances on the TV shows and he always without fail spoke bold truth when asked the tough questions on abortion, homosexuality, marriage, etc. His son, Franklin Graham is even bolder that his father.  Franklin Graham never misses an opportunity to share the gospel when he is invited as a guest on TV.  Have you noticed Franklin is seldom invited to appear on the liberal networks, but Osteen is for they know he will say what they want to hear - that they are okay the way they believe and live! 

Anybody who cannot see through Osteen, that he is not a true New Testament Minister of the gospel, is unwilling to admit the truth and prefer to have him tickle their ears with his non-confrontational speeches. If the blind lead the blind, they both shall fall into the ditch.

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FBI Chief Comey Says Americans Should Not Trust Government Power

"Americans should be "deeply skeptical" of government power, says FBI Director James Comey, adding that law enforcement should be able to access someone's telephone only with a court order",

"I believe that Americans should be deeply skeptical of government power," Comey told CBS News' Scott Pelley in an interview for "60 Minutes" that will air on Sunday. "You cannot trust people in power".

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The article is kind of a mixed bag in that on the one-hand he warns of government power he says the framers were concerned about, but then criticizes Apple for making a smart device that prevents government spying.  It is true that government is out of control at the local, state and federal level.  Numerous are the cases of local, state and federal law enforcement authorities overstepping their bounds in citizen arrests resulting in death and serious injury in which the punishment did not fit the crime.

There is no wonder the people particularly minorities distrust the cops. However, that does not mean all cops are bad and should not be branded as such with a wide sweeping brush.

The political correct nonsense has created an attitude that defies logic and common sense and contributes to the unrest, distrust and what used to be a society of reasonable people. When logic, common sense and reason go out the window, they are replaced with lunacy, hatred, anger and a society that cannot tell right from wrong.

For example a "Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.

“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools.

“Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises.

The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.”

“Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says.

The instructions were part of a list called “12 steps on the way to gender inclusiveness” developed by Gender Spectrum, an organization that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”

This is nothing less than the homosexual lobby attempting to create a genderless world over and against the Biblical Worldview. What does the Lord God, creator of heaven and earth say about such nonsense:

Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)

26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Sola Scriptura is the final authority on anything and particularly this ludicrous action to create a sexless world when the evidence and witness of the human race is that God created a world of male and females and intended it to be that way.  Denying the obvious as this idiocy of the Lincoln school district is trying to impose on our children just shows how very sick society has become in the United States. The majority of parents in their right mind know their children are identified by their gender as sons and daughters not penguins. Where is all of this going? Does that mean when a child is born, the parents must name them "skate board" or "milk juice."  Can you imagine the grandparents coming to see their grandchild and they ask, what did you name him or her?  Well, we decided to call "it" pumpkin!  Anyone who seriously gives in to that absurdity needs to be committed to a mental institution. In fact, I would say start with the school board of Lincoln, Nebraska. 

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Mike Huckabee: GOP No Place For Me If They Do Not Fight Same-Sex Marriage


"Two days after threatening to leave the Republican Party and run for the White House in 2016 as an independent because the GOP has "abdicated" on same-sex marriage, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Newsmax that the GOP would be walking away from him and other voters if it doesn't stand strong on social issues".

"I don’t think the GOP is going to walk away from the entire body of values voters — but if so, then there would likely be no place for me as a voter or candidate," he told Newsmax by email Thursday. "I wouldn’t be leaving them; they’d be leaving us."

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Hats off to Mike Huckabee if he means what he said. This is what all Christians must do if we are going to stop perversion being crammed down our throats 24/7. The Constitution does not give anyone liberal or conservative superior rights, but that is basically what homosexuals are demanding in most social issues. They want Christians to shut-up and let them do whatever they desire regardless if Christians have the right of free speech protected by the Constitution. 

In Matthew 24:12, in speaking of future events (He gave this discourse in about 30 A.D. shortly before His death upon the cross), Jesus said "because iniquity will abound, the love of many would grow cold".  The Greek word for iniquity is anomos - without law or lawless. Was He referring to law in general of something else?  A couple of other Greek words in the passage help us understand His comments. The Greek word for love is agape which means the highest form of love or the God kind of love. The Greek word for many is in the plural tense indicating a large number.  The phrase grow cold is psycho in Greek and has to do with the mind of the soul (the soul has three functions - mind, will, and emotions), but here the meaning is to the mental state or mental attitude.

Taking all together, Jesus was saying that in the last generation the mind-set of a majority of people would have little respect or belief in the moral laws of God and would not love Him. Jesus further said that if we love Him, we would keep His commandments. We are at that stage now in the world and the United States in particular where many are rising up in hatred for the truth of the Word of God (God's moral laws), the Lord Himself and for Christians - those who will not compromise with the world. What I hope Mike Huckabee was saying and I believe he was, is that if the GOP does not take a stand for biblical righteousness in opposition to a perverted union of men with men and women with women, then they left him and he will seek to associate with people who honor the Word of God and biblical morality. I stand with Mike Huckabee in that regard and hope you will too.

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The Challenge: Pornography Pandemic

Did you know that the United States leads the world in porn production and exportation?  We used to lead the world in evangelism, now we promote filth. When I was a pastor many of the men I counseled were hooked on porn. It is like a claw in the brain and can do great damage to the soul (mind, emotions and will) as well as the spirit. These were not lost men, but Christians including deacons.  Women are just as likely to watch porn as men. It is a large part of what has destroyed the moral image of America to the world. For all the evil that Islam promotes, it takes a strong stand against porn as well as public nudity. America is guilty of both as our women show a lot of flesh even in our Churches.

Psalm 101:3 (NASB)

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.

Interesting the Hebrew word for fall away is "sut"(soot), which means to practice idolatry. Addition to porn is a form of idolatry an evil God says He hates. 

The following article needs to read and supported by all Christians:

"Pornography is everywhere. It’s an evil with far-reaching affects that damage many layers of society. But no one is hurt more by the overwhelming presence of pornography in our society than children".

"According to a study by the London School of Economics, nine out of ten children who go online (by the way, many of them just doing their homework) will view pornography. Even when kids are acting responsibly and innocently, adults in the pornography business are so fixated on creating new porn addicts that they have made it virtually impossible for children to escape their grasp. Think about it—90 percent of all kids on the Internet will be subjected to the sexual images and values of perverted pornographers".

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Let The Wedding Bells Begin For Gay Marriage!

"LAS VEGAS (AP) — The marriage licenses are already gender neutral. Chapel photographers have been practicing shooting two brides wearing white gowns. And an ordained Elvis will be waiting at the end of the aisle.

Las Vegas, the land of wedding chapels, is ready for gay weddings".

"On Tuesday, Nevada and Idaho joined the growing number of states where same-sex marriage is legal when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the gay marriage bans in both states".

"The Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas is expected to issue licenses for same-sex couples starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Idaho will start Wednesday morning".

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In Genesis 32, we are given the history of the Hebrew people whom God delivered from Egyptian bondage via the prophet Moses (a man whom God spoke face-to-face, that is, Moses heard his voice, but did not see Him visibly). When they reached Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments over a 40 day period during which time Moses drank no water or ate any food). Since he was gone for a long time, the people demanded of Aaron (Moses' brother and the first High Priest of Israel) that he make them a idol to worship and he did. They gave him their gold and silver and he fashioned it into a golden calf. The Bible says the people began to eat and drink and then rose up to play (had drunken orgies).  The Lord told Moses to get down to his people quickly for they had corrupted themselves.

When Moses and Joshua returned to the camp and saw all the revelry, he became angry and threw the tablets of stone at the people, then chastised Aaron for letting the people get out of control. God wanted to destroy the people, but Moses interceded for them and they were spared temporary (they eventually died off and were not allowed to enter the promise land, that is, the adults above 21 years of age). The people complained that Moses had been gone so long they didn't know who he was any longer and lust entered their hearts.

I think this is one of the problems today with the worldlings - the Lord Jesus has been gone from earth for almost 2000 years and the direct acts of God are not seen as in the days of the Old Testament. They no longer believe in a God who resides in heaven for the time being - they have not heard his voice nor seen his appearance. The older generations of Christians and even non-Christians that believed in the God of heaven and lived by that faith are passing away into history. The present generation like the Hebrews are restless and if they can't see a god with their eyes and hear his voice with their ears they tend to reject Him, the message of His Word and the Church in general. As a result, they become corrupt and wicked and do whatever is pleasing in their eyes such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage.  Have you noticed that when wickedness gets out of control affecting the people of God, it gets His attention.

What is at stake with the unfortunate ruling by the Supreme Court in regard to same-sex marriage is that it will adversely affect the spiritual well-being of the Churches and nation. Mark my word that it will not be long before the LBGT community will demand the right to worship in heterosexual Churches as well as the right to be married by a heterosexual pastor. When that happens, the Churches and pastors will be faced with fines and imprisonment if they are non-compliant. They will also bring their children with them to the Christian Churches causing confusion for the children of heterosexual Christian parents. I said these very words to a local Baptist Church whose pastor stood in the pulpit one Sunday morning and made it clear that homosexuals and children of that wicked union would be welcome in his Church.  I told him he was opening the Church up for Satanic deception and demonic invasion.   The Body of Christ is the habitation of the Holy Spirit who is as much God as the Father and Son. Therefore, to allow carnal demonized flesh into the fellowship of the saints is an abomination.

There may be revelry and dancing in the streets by the LBGT community for now, but the day is coming when their merriment will turn to mourning and anguish of spirit and soul when they learn their fate - judgment and the second death in the Lake of Fire!  

The Scripture says, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8 - KJV)

The God of heaven and earth has not changed His mind about homosexuality - it is an abomination! 

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The Liberal 9th Circuit Rules Against Ban On Gay Marriage -  No Surprise there

"That much became clear on Monday, when the court declined to hear appeals of decisions that overturned bans on gay marriage in five states. Taking into account all of the states in the three circuits that produced those cases, the court's decision not to intervene raised the number of states that recognize gay marriage from 19 to 30".

"On Tuesday, a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit added five more states to that category, and a pending decision from the 6th Circuit could increase the total to 39. Almost overnight, gay marriage has spread to most of the country".

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It came as no surprise the very liberal left-wing 9th Circuit Court would follow suit and rule against the ban on gay marriage. As the article says, "almost overnight, gay marriage has spread to most of the country. The United States of America is marching toward Sodom and Gomorrah and we know what happened to them. The Lord God rained fire and brimstone out of heaven upon those wicked cities and two more - Admah and Zeboim and wiped them off the face of the earth. Will the judgment of God fall upon America as it did Sodom and Gomorrah? Yes, I believe it will, maybe not in the same manner for in the biblical situation there were 4 cities. Today, we are talking about a whole nation. Therefore, I believe the judgment of God will strike the nation at both its head and knees and bring it down and I also believe there will be no doubt as to the origin and source of the judgment, that is, from heaven.

While the wicked Babylonian king, Belshazzar, was having a feast and making merry even drinking wine from the temple artifacts taken from the Jewish temple in Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, a mysterious image of a human hand appeared in the room where feast took place and began to write on the wall. The passage in Daniel 5 says Belshazzar's face turned pale, his hip joints went slack and his knees knocked together.  In other words, he was frightened out of his wits - probably needed a change of underpants.  Belshazzar immediately called for his magicians and diviners, but they could not understand the meaning of the words written on the wall. Then the queen remembered that Daniel could interpret dreams, so they called for him to give the interpretation.

The first thing Daniel did was to reject the king's gifts and then to remind him of what happened to king Nebuchadnezzar when his heart was lifted up with pride, God took away his kingdom and glory as well as struck him with a mental disease for 7 years. When that time elapsed, Nebuchadnezzar repented and God restored his mind and kingdom, but not in the previous glory. Then Daniel told Belteshazzar (he was not Nebuchadnezzar's son, but the son of Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon) that in spite of knowing this, he did not humble his heart before God, but became even more arrogant and prideful. Daniel then interpreted the writing on the wall:

Mene, Mene, meaning God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it.

Tekel, meaning God has weighed you on the scales and found you deficient

Peres, meaning God has divided your kingdom and given it to the Medes and Persians

That very same night, Belshazzar was slain and Darius the Mede took the kingdom.

Is there a message in this for the United States? Yes, just like the wicked king, Belshazzar, Obama and all government branches and officials have become lifted up with human pride against the righteous truth of God's moral laws and are turning them aside in spite of God's warning that homosexuality is an abomination to Him. They also mock and ridicule the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah as nothing, but a fairy tale in total disregard for archeological evidence that proves Sodom and Gomorrah existed in the area of the Dead Sea and samples taken from the rock and soil (now under the Dead Sea) prove a cataclysmic event destroyed the two ancient cities. The little book of Jude says this about Sodom and Gomorrah:

7 Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them (Admah and Zeboim), since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality (homosexuality) and went after strange flesh (people of the same sex), are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. 

The Genesis record (18:20-22) says that the wickedness of the homosexual cities got the attention of the Lord God so much so that He personally came down to view the situation and said their sin was exceedingly great. Therefore, he sent two angels to destroy the cities, but first they had to get Lot, the nephew of Abraham, out of the city, which they did. As it began to dawn toward the new day, fire and brimstone rained out of heaven and destroyed the wicked cities.

When God judges the United States for its love affair with perversion, will He destroy individual cities as He did Sodom and Gomorrah or will He destroy a state or states or will it be a destruction affecting the whole nation simultaneously?  Will He do something supernatural like the handwriting on the wall? I do not know, that is up to God how He judges. Whatever He does will be righteous and just.    In the case of Belshazzar, the judgment was certain and no reprieve offered.

Obama and his attorney general have been aggressively promoting homosexuality ever since they came into office, more so than any president and AG before them. The Supreme Court made a left-turn decision in 2003 to prepare the United States for acceptance and legalization of same-sex marriage resulting in today's decision to force same-sex marriage upon all 50 states.  The Congress has also been complicit in promoting same-sex marriage. Therefore, all branches of the government are guilty before God of rejecting his moral and righteous laws.  Even Russia has condemned us of our homosexual tolerance.

Will God strike the head of the nation by destroying the seat of government? Remember Flight 93 was headed toward Washington, but crashed in a field in Pennsylvania thanks to the brave efforts of the passengers to overpower the terrorists.  The Lord spared the Capitol that day on 9-11-2001, but will He do so again? 

It is interesting in that many think the United States is Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17 and 18.  Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, was slain and his kingdom given to the Medes and Persians. The Medes and Persians today are the Muslims of Central Asia and Iran.  The Bible says the Medes will destroy Babylon (modern Iraq - See Jeremiah 51:11) making it uninhabitable by humans (See Jeremiah 50:13). Is ISIS part of the modern day Medes?  Will Iraq end up being destroyed by nuclear weapons in order to get rid of ISIS making the land toxic to humans?  Will the United States be attacked and given to other enemy nations?  These are all possible scenarios, but only the Lord God knows the future for America. It is also interesting that Jeremiah 50:39-40 compares the destruction of Babylon to Sodom and Gomorrah. No such destruction of Babylon and the land took place when the Medes conquered it in 539 B.C. and none to the present time. Therefore, we know this destruction is yet future.

If the United States is Mystery Babylon, then she is going to be judged in the coming tribulation, which I believe could begin at any moment.  

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Supreme Court In Refusing To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases Just Cemented the Judgment of God Upon America!

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear the same-sex marriage cases meaning the lower courts rulings overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage opens the door for the destruction of traditional marriage in all 50 states. In fact, the article says same-sex marriage will soon reach 39 states or 78% of all states and eventually will become law in all 50 states.

Bill Gothard, of the former Basic Youth Conflicts era, predicted in a 1976 seminar in Dallas, TX that when any nation condones and legalizes homosexuality, the judgment of Almighty God is not maybe, but certain. I predicted and wrote an article on this back in 2003 when SCOTUS struck down the Texas Sodomy Law that it would eventually spread to all 50 states, that is, recognition and the legalization of perversion. I also said their 2003 decision was a fulfillment of Luke 17:28 where the word "planted" in the Greek language means to instill a doctrine in the earth. That is exactly what SCOTUS has done today and in 2003.  

What does this all mean biblically and prophetically? It means we will soon be a 78% Sodomite nation and in a short time 100% modern Sodom and Gomorrah!  I have written several articles about the certainty of God's judgment on the United States when America is a majority Sodomite nation. We are there folks!

These are not happy times for America but a very sad commentary on what happens to a nation when it forgets God or cast Him aside! 

Prepare for judgment for it is coming!!!  How do we do that - on our knees in prayer and our face in the Word!

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This is such an important article, I decided to post it in its entirety instead of referencing the link. Hope you will take the time to read it as well as to understand what is taking place in the Western world involving multi-culturalism. It is fulfilling Daniel 2:41-45. What is important to note is that the Bible promises the Lord shall return in the time when the 4th world power (Rome and the extension of empirical Rome - the nations that came out of her - The EU and the colonial powers - the United States, etc.) is weakened by multi-culturalism. France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States are weaker not stronger because of non-assimilation of third world countries, particularly the Hispanic and Muslim ethnic groups. As I have written many times, a trip to Costco is like attending a United Nations general assembly - everyone speaking a language other than English. 


Report: 62 Million People in US Now Speak Language Other Than English at Home


By Matthew Boyle

An all-time high of nearly 62 million U.S. residents – or about one in five people – now speak a language other than English while at home, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found.

The study, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, found 44 percent of those who don’t speak English primarily at home—a total of about 27.2 million—were born in the United States.

CIS’s research director Steven Camarota, the co-author of the report, said that this means the U.S.’s current immigration system is failing to properly assimilate people from foreign countries, and those assimilation problems are carrying over into future generations. Camarota said that can be attributed to all-time high levels of legal immigration with over a million people a year admitted into the U.S. legally, and a new “tolerance” in Washington for the continued surge of illegal immigration.

“It is important to understand that the enormous growth in foreign language use reflects past policy decisions,” Camarota said. “Allowing in over one million new legal immigrants a year and to a lesser extent tolerating illegal immigration has important implications for preserving a common language. For too long we have given little consideration to whether continuing this level of immigration, mostly legal, hinder the assimilation of immigrants and their children.”

The report found there were seven foreign languages other than English that more than a million people speak predominantly inside their homes, Spanish being the most prominent at 38.4 million. Chinese is second with 3 million people in America speaking it as the primary language inside their homes; national Philippines language Tagalog is third, with 1.6 million; Vietnamese fourth, with 1.4 million; French, fifth with 1.3 million; and Korean and Arabic are tied for sixth with 1.1 million each.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than a million people are allowed into the U.S. legally every year—and most of them come from non-English speaking regions in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. A recent previous report from CIS found that a record nearly 2.5 million immigrants from “Predominantly Muslim Countries” reside inside the U.S. now, and there has also been marked growth from places like Asia, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

These immigration policies have huge impact on the American people. Another recent report from CIS found that all job growth from 2000 through 2013 went to immigrants both legal and illegal—and that native-born Americans saw no net increase in employment statistics.

“Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal),” Camarota and Karen Zeigler wrote for CIS then. “This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population. Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.”

During that timeframe in which Americans suffered economically, but immigrants prospered, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said on the U.S. Senate floor that the federal government handed out 30 million immigrant visas and foreign work permits to people from overseas.

Harvard labor economist George Borjas has argued that increased immigration rates in the latter part of the 20th century reduced wages and employment opportunities for lower-skilled  American workers by more than 7 percent, and U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow argues that high rates of low-skilled immigration have drastically hurt—and will continue to hurt, if they’re increased more—blacks across the country.

On the high-skilled labor side of immigration, despite pleas from CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook or Microsoft’s Bill Gates or Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Howard University’s Ron Hira and other experts like University of California-Davis’ Norm Matloff, Rutgers’ Hal Salzman, Georgia State’s Paula Stephan, and Harvard Law’s Michael Teitelbaum argued in a USA Today op-ed this past summer that the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) guest workers flowing into the U.S. are hurting job opportunities and wages for Americans seeking those jobs.

“As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages,” they wrote for USA Today.

The economic impacts are not the only way this surge of immigration hurts Americans. A group of national security leaders each independently said in interviews with Breitbart News that the cultural affects of such immigration policies lead to an increased risk in the United States of terrorism.

“What we need to do is make sure everyone coming into the United States understands who we are and that we are founded on Judeo-Christian values, that there is one rule of law and that’s what’s on the books and it’s not Sharia and we need to make sure we don’t engage in the same kind of mistakes in Europe where they did not engage in assimilation,” former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview with Breitbart News.

“[Europe] did not engage in assimilation so you ended up with pockets of decay in the Netherlands,” Hoekstra added. “I’m a native born Dutch guy, so I’m disappointed to see it happen. But where you did not have the assimilation then you have these pockets now where people are saying ‘We want Sharia law here,’ and you end up saying ‘No, no, no, no. That’s not how it works in the Netherlands. That’s not how it works in America.’ We have our sets of values and some things, and you know what, if you find our values and our laws somehow stifling and you can’t believe you can operate within them, then maybe America is not the best place for you to go. There have to be clear expectations for the kinds of behavior for the people who we allow to come into the United States. It’s a privilege; it is not a right.”

Former CIA director James Woolsey, who ran the agency during President Bill Clinton’s first two years, concurred and added that the federal government must stop treating the consequences of radical Islam—which has begun surging into the United States in a manner similar to what Europe is facing now—as “workplace violence.”

“We can’t be effective pretending that a phenomenon doesn’t exist,” Woolsey said in an interview with Breitbart News. “Calling Major [Nidal] Hassan’s murdering of his 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, which you mentioned, when he had business cards saying he was a Jihadi and he was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he murdered them, to have an incident like that and then write as the U.S. government did in its report a characterization of what happened that said nothing at all about Islam or Muslims or Jihad or anything else is just ridiculous. Ray Bradbury’s great book Fahrenheit 451 is a portrait of what a society can be like if it turns into totally rigid political correctness and we are in danger of tilting in that direction.”

All of that is why, according to iconic conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, immigration is much different in today’s environment than it was in previous waves of immigration.

“I do think what makes immigration different today is that immigrants came in the past who embodied the spirit of 1776-a spirit to build this country,” D’Souza said in an interview with Breitbart News. “Now we’re getting some immigrants who far from wanting to pull the bandwagon, just want to sit in the bandwagon-and that’s a big change-not to mention people who actually want to do harm to the country. Look if our government can monitor our every phone call and our every email and our every motion, you can be very sure they have the technology to spot every single person coming across the border. The problem is they don’t want to.”

Polling data from The Polling Company’s Kellyanne Conway in July found that the American people are by and large opposed to the immigration plans offered by President Barack Obama and most plans put forward by Congress. The poll showed that 74 percent of likely voters nationwide believe that the president should not go through with any type of executive action on immigration on his own, while just 21 percent supported such executive action. While 52 percent of self-identified liberals did support Obama going it alone, 75 percent of middle-of-the-road voters oppose him doing so and 90 percent of conservatives oppose it. Among party registrants, 56 percent of Democratic likely voters oppose Obama going it alone, as do 81 percent of independents and 93 percent of Republicans.

Similarly, Conway’s poll asked half of the respondents if they think new jobs should go to U.S.-born workers and legal immigrants already in the country, or to illegal immigrants first—and 89 percent thought American workers and legal immigrants already here should get first priority on jobs, with just 1 percent thinking jobs should go to illegal immigrants and 9 percent didn’t know or refused to answer. Her poll asked the other half of respondents the same question with regards to whether employment should go to U.S.-born workers and legal immigrants already here, or future legal immigrants and got a very similar result: 77 percent believe that people in the U.S. already, legal immigrants and native-born citizens, should have priority for employment and just 4 percent said future legal immigrants should get employment priority, while 19 percent didn’t know or refused to answer.

Source: Breitbart News

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Movie - The Left Behind Theology


Coming October 3 to a movie near you - Left Behind starring Nicholas Cage. This is a reboot of the previous movie, Left Behind, the Movie. It is based upon the fiction novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins about a pretribulation rapture in which Christians are taken out of the world (do not taste death) before a horrible 7-Year tribulation period in which those left behind experience. The thing to note is that the books written by LaHaye and Jenkins are fictional not FACTUAL and so is the movie by the same name - Left Behind.

Both LaHaye and Jenkins have become wealthy from their series of books on Left Behind. A close examination of their writings reveal heretical statements such as anyone taking the Mark of the Beast can be forgiven and saved. What does the Bible say about that situation?

Revelation 14:9-12 (KJV)

9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

This is a good time to read my book, The Day of the Lord, the Key to Understanding End-Time Prophey, A Critical Examinaton of Pretribulationsim. In the book I expose the fallacy of pretribulationism.

You can order a discounted copy from my website for $15.00 - a $14.00 savings off the retail price of $29.99 .   Send us an email with your name and address and we will forward you a copy of the book. Upon receipt please forward a check in the amount of $15.00 to Dr. Allen M. Barber, DBA as The Biblical Worldview.

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The Antichrist And the Muslim Mahdi (Part I)
By Michael Youssef


"Many people—religious and non-religious—are asking questions about a word they hear the media use when referring to ISIS and other Islamist jihadists. That word is apocalyptic, which is used when specifically referring to the fatalism of Islamists".

"People wonder, why do so many Muslims (both Sunni and Shiite) operate with such an “apocalyptic,” end-of-world mindset?"

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Those who read my website, know that I differ with Joel Richardson and those who predict the Antichrist and False Prophet will be Islamic. I believe there is strong biblical evidence both will be Jewish. Satan is the arch deceiver and has hidden the end-time truth about the AC and FP within international Gentile Freemasonry, specifically Kabbalism and the Anti-Semitism movement as well as Islam, which has gained world attention by the current crisis (actually began with the rise of Islam in 610 A.D. by its prophet, Muhammad and his writings - the Qur'an, which was completed in 622 A.D. (Some say Muhammad wrote the Hadith and the Sunna, but the historical record denies that; in fact, according to Muhammad himself, he was forbidden to utter anything not in the Qur'an). The year 622 A.D. marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.

Christ Yeshua-Jesus predicted as recorded in the Matthew's gospel, Chapter 24, that after Him would come many false prophets and false messiah's and that there would be wars and rumors up to the very end. In the beginning years of Islam, it split off into two groups, the Sunni's and the Shiite's, which have been at war with each other evidenced by the current war with ISIS whereby they are killing large numbers of Shiites (ISIS fighters are Sunni; Saddam Hussein was a Sunni). The real enemy of both Sunni's and Shiites are who they define as the infidels, particularly the Western nations and more specifically Christians and Jews.

Based on this and much more that I don't have time to share here, it is my position that the Harlot of Revelation 17 will be the amalgamation of all world religions - Islam, Judaism and Apostate Christianity led by the Vatican (Pope). The previous Pope Benedict made a religious alliance with the Rabbinate in Israel that Yeshua-Yeshua was not the Messiah the Jews were looking for as well as the Old Covenant is still in effect as the means of salvation for the Jews. That is apostasy spelled with a capital "A". The False Prophet is not the same as the Harlot.  The False Prophet has two horns upon his head (a horn in Scripture means power and authority).  Here is what the Bible says about the False Prophet:

Revelation 13:11-18 (NKJV)

11  Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.
12  And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13  He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
14  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
15  He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
16  He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
17  and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Notice, the False Prophet (the passage does not refer to him as the False Prophet but the Second Beast - the Greek meaning of the second beast is another of the same kind) has ONE PRIMARY MISSION - TO PROMOTE THE FIRST BEAST OR THE ANTICHRIST.  The Harlot is polytheism or the worship of many gods. The Harlot and the False Prophet are going to be at odds with one another for the False Prophet will promote the worship of one god - the Satanic Antichrist, which involves sorcery and witchcraft. While Islam is monotheistic so is Christianity and Judaism.  Apostate Christianity is not genuine Christianity, but a false form of it. The Pope's have through the years, and especially Pope John Paul II, embraced many religions, that is, their gods are the same as the Christian god as long as they are sincere in their worship/belief. That happens to be heresy, but it was also the position of Pope Benedict and based on comments of the current Pope, his position also.

While the orthodox Jews deny the existence of Yeshua-Jesus or if he was in fact a historical Jew, he was a false prophet and is today residing in the fires of hell, Islam teaches that Yeshua-Jesus was a real person and a prophet of God, but not God in human flesh. They believe Jesus will return with the 12th Imam (Madhi) and be subordinate to him in establishing a world-wide Caliphate. The radical brand of Islam believes the 12th Madhi will return during a period of great upheaval and turmoil and in order to expedite his coming, they also believe it is their mission or duty to wage war against the infidels, thus guaranteeing his soon arrival.  This is the underlying reason for the sudden appearance of ISIS in the Middle East - to promote the appearance of the 12th Imam (Madhi).  It would be strange bedfellows for a Muslim False Prophet to promote a Jewish Antichrist or a Muslim Antichrist to join forces with a Jewish False Prophet. Since Revelation 13 says both beasts will be of the same kind - same religious and political ideology, it be illogical for them to be of different religions, even though both Islam and Judaism are false religions.  

A Muslim Antichrist and Muslim False Prophet or a Jewish Antichrist and Jewish False Prophet will better fit the context of Revelation 13. However, Yeshua-Jesus said something that gives us a clue into the religious nature of the Antichrist when He told the Jewish Pharisees that He came in His Father's name and they rejected Him, but one would come in his own name and they would accept him. 

John 5:43 (NKJV)

43  I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.

Moses, who was a prophet and a Messiah figure told the Israelites before his death that God would raise-up from among them (the Hebrews - Jews) one like Him whom the people would listen to (Joshua did not fit that bill). Was Yeshua-Jesus making reference to a non-Jew in the John passage?  The context points to a Jew not to a Muslim. Was Moses referring to an Arab or Muslim?  Certainly not for Islam did not come into existence until 622 A.D. Anyway, the Jews are not going to accept a Muslim end-time prophet or Messiah. The book of Malachi predicts that the Jews are looking for and expecting for Elijah to arrive on the scene before the Messiah:

Malachi 4:4-6 (NKJV)

4  "Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
6  And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."

Yeshua-Jesus told the disciples that John the Baptist fulfilled the Malachi prophecy, but the orthodox Jews did not believe Jesus was the promised Messiah, therefore, they rejected John as the Elijah-type whose sole mission was to promote Yeshua-Jesus. In blind ignorance, the modern day Rabbinate teach the second coming appearance of Elijah (He was taken into heaven alive and did not see death) and the first coming appearance of the Messiah. For what purpose; to promote the establishment of a world-wide Jewish kingdom to subordinate the Gentile nations.  What are the Muslims looking for; the 12th Imam in order to establish a world-wide Islamic Caliphate and to enforce Sharia law upon the world. Both happen to be wrong. Messiah Yeshua-Jesus will return to setup His throne and millennial Kingdom where He (not either a Jewish or Muslim kingdom) will rule the nations with a rod or iron.  His Bride, the Judah Church (the overcomers) will rule alongside Him):

Revelation 3:14-22 (NKJV)

14  "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
15  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
16  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
17  Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--
18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
21  To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' "

Notice who is ruling and reigning with the Lord, not the Jews, not the Muslims, not the residue of the Gentiles or even the whole Church, but the overcomers. They alone will reign with the Lord - Yeshua-Jesus.

Satan is confusing the world with false religion and as the Holy Spirit told us in the Book of Daniel, only the wise will understand the end-time scenario:

Daniel 12:5-13 (NKJV)

5  Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank.
6  And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?"
7  Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.
8  Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?"
9  And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10  Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.
11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12  Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.
13  But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days."

Who are the wise? The Bible has the answer:

Deuteronomy 4:5-6 (NASB)

5  "See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it.
6  "So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'

Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV)

24  "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
25  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
27  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

Wisdom comes from one source - the whole counsel of God - the BIBLE!  There is a worldly wisdom but it is not godly wisdom:

1 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

20  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1 Corinthians 3:18-19 (NKJV)

18  Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness";
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What It Means To Be Spiritual

The modern day believer for the most part has a misconception about what it means to be spiritual or to be filled by the Holy Spirit. Many think,  particularly the Charismatic and prosperity teachers and seekers, that being spiritual is seeking happiness that comes by having an abundance of material things, being in good health, having a successful career, etc., etc. While those things are not wrong in themselves, being spiritual from the the Bible and God's point of view is quite different.

Watchman Nee in his book, The Spiritual Man, has a chapter devoted to prayer and spiritual warfare that defines what it means to be spiritual. I recommend both the book and the chapter.  Here is an excerpt from page 66, Volume II, Part IV, Chapter 4:

"The Christian must be delivered from every misconception with respect to spiritual life. He often surmises, before he enters into the spiritual sphere, that if only he could be as spiritual as his brother how happy he would be! He visualizes the spiritual odyssey as a most happy affair; and so he contemplates spending his days in perfect joy. Little does he or she know that the OPPOSITE IS THE TRUTH".

"The spiritual path does not yield any enjoyment to the person himself; it is instead a life of daily fighting. To remove warfare from a spiritual life is to render it unspiritual. Life in the spirit is a suffering way, filled with watching and laboring, burdened by weariness and trial, punctuated by heartbreak and conflict. It is a life utterly outpoured entirely for the kingdom of God and lived in complete disregard for one's personal happiness. When a Christian is carnal he lives towards himself and for his own "spiritual" enjoyment. Of little value is he in God's hand.  Only as he dies to sin and to his personal life (soul life - emphasis mine) shall he be able to be used by God".

"A spiritual life is one of spiritual usefulness because it is lived to mount assault upon assault against God's spiritual enemy (Satan - emphasis mine). We ought to be zealous for God, relentlessly attacking that enemy and never allowing this most useful spirit of ours to sink into passivity" (passivity is a state of mind whereby the believer in Christ waits for God or the Holy Spirit to act for him rather than to ACT WITH HIM. The Holy Spirit will never act for us or fight the battle with the enemy apart from our active participation; it is Satan and demon spirits that want to act FOR US, which involves demonic invasion and possession - emphasis mine). 

From this astute writing by Watchman Nee one would have to agree that the modern "positive thinking" and prosperity preachers like Joel Osteen don't have a clue to what is means to be spiritual nor do the thousands that follow his motivation speeches.

Compare the Joel Osteen type of ministry to that of the Apostle Paul:

2 Corinthians 11:22-28 (NKJV)

22  Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23  Are they ministers of Christ?--I speak as a fool--I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
24  From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
25  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26  in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27  in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness--
28  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

I sincerely doubt that the Apostle Paul would be a member of Joel Osteen's Church or ascribe to his brand of spirituality. On the contrary, Paul would rebuke him to his face as he did the Apostle Peter for hypocrisy among the Jews.  Paul didn't have much to be happy about in the soul realm, but he had the joy of the Spirit that came by much suffering via spiritual warfare in defeating the devil.  

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Biblical Shemitah Year Begins September 25, 2014


Notice in the article that Jonathan Cahn writes about the Hebrew Sacred Month Elul and the specific day of Elul 29 and then look at my 120-Year Generation Chart (See Prophecy Section) in which I predict the tribulation period may begin in the month of Elul.  He seems to support that. Notice also that I wrote my original article on December 28, 2001 or 10 years before Jonathan Cahn's book, The Harbinger, was published. Not tooting my own horn, but proof that God is telling his prophet's what is coming about in this end-time world. I am not saying I am a prophet, but that one of my New Testament "office" gifts is "prophet".  (See Ephesians 4:11; Acts 13:1). 

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Articles On WWIII, Gog And Magog, Armageddon

You might know as I was planning to launch the new series on the subject titles, a wrinkle would develop. There was a problem with my host provider  servers (2nd time in one month) that prevented my ability to login to my website and post articles. I understand some readers could not access my site also.  My site appears to be working this morning so I will post the first article today; also will post an article involving a dialogue with a lost Jew who took issue with an article I wrote about Yeshua-Jesus fulfilling Deuteronomy 18:15:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (NLT)

15  Moses continued, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
16  For this is what you yourselves requested of the LORD your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, ‘Don’t let us hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.’
17  “Then the LORD said to me, ‘What they have said is right.
18  I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him.
19  I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf.
20  But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’

In my article, I said this was a prophecy in which Yeshua Jesus fulfilled. He took the usual Rabbinical position that the passage was speaking of Joshua, not Yeshua-Jesus. From that he went into a diatribe on a number of issues in denial of Yeshua-Jesus, the New Covenant, etc. I do not usually respond to Jews that are closed-minded to the truth, but decided to in this case.

While Joshua was a great leader of Israel, he was no Moses (remember when Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate, Lloyd Bentson, told Republican VP candidate, Dan Quail, in the debates, "You are no Jack Kennedy"). The Lord God said he spoke face-to-face with Moses and no other prophet (Moses actually never saw the face of the Lord, but did have several one-on-one conversations with the Lord; Moses asked to see the Lord, but as the Lord told him no human could see His face and live, so he allowed Moses to see his backside as he passed by him having hidden Moses behind the cleft of the rock). Moses fasted 40 days and 40 nights without food or water not once but twice. He preformed great and awesome miracles by the Spirit of God before Pharaoh and the Israelites. Deuteronomy 34:10 says, "And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face". That verse is very clear that Joshua did not fulfill Deuteronomy 18:15, but the lost Jewish man denied that.

Are you aware that when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and told them THEIR TRADITIONS ruined the Word of God and made it of no effect to the hearers, He was making reference to their Babylonian Talmud as well as Kabbalism?  Well, He was.

The reason I am going to post our dialogue (his name will remain confidential) is to show you why modern orthodox Jews do not read the same Bible as we do, but instead substitute the Babylonian Talmud as their so-called Bible.  In the dialogue he admits the Talmud is his main point of theological reference. It took personally witnessing to many Jews before I learned they were not reading and studying the same Tanakh (Old Testament) I was. The Talmud is a rabbinical (Pharisees, for they are the original Rabbinate) commentary on the Tanakh and reflects their traditions rather than pure Sola Scriptura.  Incidentally, he claims to have been a Christian for 30 years, but saw the light of Judaism and walked away from Christianity, which he calls a cult. You will be surprised and amazed how he denies and twists the Scriptures in many areas.  According to the Book of Hebrews 10:26-31, he is an apostate and I told him so. Anyway, I will try to post the first article on the dialogue today along with the first article on WWIII, etc. 

Please understand that my website ministry is not my primary and only vocation and I have to write and post articles as I have time. My primary vocation is professional recruiting, that is I recruit and staff high-level candidates in the manufacturing, engineering and energy industries. My intent and hope was when I came online in 2007 with BWV ministries it would develop into a full-time ministry, but the donations never allowed that to take place, so I devote what time I can to it.

Blessings in Yeshua-Jesus
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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.

BWV Comment

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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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.