Events in the world of eschatology raced in 2013. Here is just a short list of how God's end-time prophetic scenario moved ahead throughout the year:
➡︎ America's complete betrayal of Israel. As Rep. Louie Gohmert says, "It was intentional and they had been putting pressure on Israel not to defend themselves. I'm told by people in Israel that you wouldn't believe the pressure that this administration has brought to bear on Israel not to defend herself." The current U.S. administration are cheering for Israel's annihilation. No, that's not too strong of a comment.
➡︎ The predicted "perilous times" of II Timothy 3 have escalated. David Horowitz's FrontPageMag asked in a headline on September 12, "What If Islamists Took Control of the White House?" On September 12, 2001, that was inconceivable. Today it is a reality.
➡︎ We have seen the rise of lawlessness starting with the highest leaders in the land. Laws are broken with the stroke of a pen. The U.S. Constitution is ignored by American leaders acting in a totalitarian manner. Such leadership lawlessness inevitably leads to the lawlessness of the people under them. Charles Krauthammer writes an insightful article about the "breathtaking lawlessness" of our times here. Matthew 24:12 refers to the rise of lawlessness in the last days.
➡︎ It was open season on Jews and Christians in 2013. Neither were safe. And the facts and truths of these stories were hidden by almost all media outlets except the Internet and Christian radio. The media will report perceived offenses to Muslims but not to Jews or Christians worldwide. In many countries, there is but a pile of ashes where once stood a church. This article calls the global war on Christians the "unreported catastrophe of our times.”
➡︎ God’s Word is now called “hate material” & talking about God’s laws is called “hate speech.” So-called hate crime laws are now in place to promote wickedness and silence God’s children, even God Himself if that were possible.
➡︎ The Cult of Leftism has many tenets, and it demands full compliance with all of them, but nothing in its creed compares to the sanctity of their two great sacraments: child murder and sodomy. You must not question these, but tolerance alone will not be good enough. You must celebrate them, too. You must worship at their altar. You must sing hallelujah at the mention of their names. You must fight for a society where infanticide and gay sex are awarded a protected and privileged position. When a man decides to kill babies for a living, you must call him a ‘health care provider’ and a ‘healer.’ When a man decides to announce to the world that he enjoys sex with other men, you must call him a ‘hero’ and a ‘pioneer.’ You must quite literally give him awards for his courage.
➡︎ Christians in the military were banned from sharing their faith (later rescinded). Such outfits as The American Family Association were called a "hate group." The IRS asked Christian groups applying for non-profit status what the content of their prayers was. Such marginalization is predicted for the last days.
➡︎ If we are to look for signs in nature then we cannot dismiss the significance of one of the deadliest storms ever -- Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines late in the year. It will take years for the region to recover. There was "perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves with hearts fainting for fear . . . " (Luke 21:25-27).
➡︎ Many are asking if Gog is rising? Vladmir Putin has made a resurgence in world influence thanks to the decline of America and her current weak leadership. Putin is viewed by some as a savior in the Middle East for holding off an invasion of Syria. Putin smells blood in the water and is in the process of seizing global leadership away from President Obama. Ezekiel 38-39 refer to Gog of the land of Magog, a national force that will invade Israel in the latter years. Magog is the land to the uttermost north of Israel.
➡︎ The Antichrist system is now in place. We learned in 2013 that spying is big business, even on American citizens. You are never alone! There is always somebody snooping over your shoulder! There is more info on you than you could imagine. Thus, the Antichrist system is being installed today. It will be ready to go when he arrives and he is crowned as a temporary king.
➡︎ Hating God became a passionate sport. Atheist churches are springing up around the world complete with sermons, songs, and offerings. They proclaim the "mock of ages," not the "rock of ages." God as the source of absolute truth and moral authority has to go! They have a "form of godliness" but deny its power (II Timothy 3). Their motto is, "I believe in life before death."
➡︎ Cash isn't dead yet but it is on life support. Even plastic could go by the wayside. The path is being made easy for an Antichrist system of global economic opportunity. It appears that Israel will be the world's first cashless society.
➡︎ The further decline in man's character as men and women in high places, who should be setting a high standard as to morals and behavior, displayed abysmal character traits. The highest leaders of our land are proud liars, cheaters, and workers of iniquity. And they never even blush about their seared consciences.This is foretold in many places but most obviously in II Timothy 3.
➡︎ The longing for a "man with a plan," a "Mr.Fix-It," grew more intense this year. Even actor Mel Gibson said,"Someone must rise from the ashes and save us." He was referring to government instability and dysfunction. He does not know that the man waiting in the wings known as the Antichrist, will talk a good game but will set the world on its final deadly course.
➡︎ The great end-time apostasy marches on. While not all churches are dysfunctional, one study concludes nearly 150,000 America churches are nearly terminal. That's almost 40% of U.S. churches. Frustration and conflict lead to a revolving door of pastors and apathy reigns within many. Folks will flock to false teachers and to seeker-sensitive churches where the true gospel is never preached.
Muslim Terrorists Declare “Sexual Jihad” Raping and Killing Christians
HOMOSEXUALS DESTROY ISRAELI MESSIANIC BUSINESS
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The following is excerpted from “Homosexuals Destroy Israeli Messianic Business,” Israel Today, June 27, 2014: “The Jerusalem District Court has ordered Moshav Yad Hashmonah, a community of Messianic Jews and Evangelical Christians, to pay compensation to two lesbians after it refused to host a same-sex wedding reception. ‘We knew we were breaking the law. Somebody needed to do it.’ says Ayelet Ronen, general secretary for the village. Judge Moshe Yoad Cohen upheld a lower court ruling that the Moshav violated a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the trial, representatives of the Moshav quoted from both Old and New Testaments. ‘We do not hate homosexuals or lesbians. We love them. We simply told the court that it is God’s word in the Bible that calls homosexuality an abomination,’ Ronen told Israel Today. She continues: ‘As a faith-based community we need to be able to refuse events that blatantly oppose our religious beliefs.’ ... The lesbians’ lawyer accused members of Yad Hashmonah of ‘homophobia,’ pointing to an announcement published by the Moshav that ‘no homosexual or lesbian organization will be allowed to rent space for functions on our premises.’ That announcement came in response to a flood of requests for same-sex celebrations on the Moshav from gays and lesbians hoping to pass more court decisions requiring the Messianic community to pay out huge compensations. As a result, the Moshav was forced to shutter their events-hosting business, resulting in huge financial losses. ... In his ruling, the judge upheld the earlier verdict of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, ordering Yad Hashmonah to pay the two lesbians damages of 60,000 shekels ($17,000) plus another 30,000 shekels for attorneys’ fees for both the original suit and the appeal.”
Air Force Throws Out Bibles but Forces Observance of Ramadan
The Air Force has decided to force our airmen serving in Bahrain to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In case you think I must be making it up, read it for yourselves at Stars and Stripes, the official military news website.
U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.
For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility — including service members, civilian personnel, contractors and family members — the month may require changing some daily routines.
Navy officials are requiring U.S. personnel to dress more conservatively off-base during Ramadan. Although not a requirement by Bahraini authorities, the Navy is demanding that men wear long-sleeved shirts and women wear sleeved blouses that cover their elbows. Also, men must wear long trousers, and women should wear pants or skirts that cover the knees.
Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month. Ali Hassan briefed about 150 personnel Tuesday about Islam, the lunar calendar and customs and traditions during Ramadan.
Hassan encouraged personnel to experience Iftar in a Ramadan tent, many of which are set up at various locations around Bahrain during the holy month and welcome non-Muslims.
“Make it a point to visit these tents while you’re here. You don’t know if you’ll ever come back to Bahrain in the future,” Hassan said during the brief.
For the last few years the Air Force has been cracking down on the rights of its Christians servicemen and women (see examples here, here and here), so this embrace of Islam is downright disturbing. The Air Force has repeatedly claimed that it is not persecuting Christian servicemen but only enforcing the imaginary “separation of church and state.” This latest acceptance of Islam seems to throw all of those rebuttals into question.
Just a couple of months ago the Air Force decided that they wouldn’t allow one of America’s most cherished Christian organizations, the Gideons, to distribute Bible’s to welcoming service people anymore.
For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits.
“They kicked us out,” Gideon’s volunteer Michael Fredenburg told me in a telephone interview from his home in Montgomery, Ala. “They told us, ‘get your Bibles out.’”
So it’s not okay for the Gideons to give Bible’s to our airmen, it’s not okay for a soldier to write a verse on his white board which is for private and public correspondence, and it’s not okay for Christian servicemen to believe gay marriage is wrong… but it is totally acceptable for the military to force our servicemen and women to learn about Ramadan, to adjust their lifestyle for Ramadan, and to encourage our servicemen and women to TAKE PART in RAMADAN?
This makes absolutely no sense.
Read more at http://eaglerising.com/7071/air-force-throws-bibles-forces-observance-ramadan/#boGT6WuWI9gfK3Vq.99
GODLY REBEL: School Tells Christian Not To Mention God At Graduation, Watch What He Does
Obama To Force Militant Homosexual Agenda On The Entire World Janna Brock June 16, 2014
President Barack Obama's foreign policy revolves around pushing Islam in all parts of the world, to the ruination of the United States and Israel, but also one of depraved debauchery. Obama is a sodomite. One so vile that he is now pushing as foreign policy a militant homosexual agenda, one that will be forced upon other countries.
But now this militant homosexual agenda is being thrust down the worlds' collective throat as a "human rights agenda." Last week, in an abhorrent display, the homosexual "rainbow flag" flew right below the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. How far is this abominable administration willing to go? As far as they have to. They're crazed, and in the same pathological way that Obama seeks to undermine America in the Middle East, at home, and prop up Islam, he does so through the militant homosexual agenda. He's the lighter fluid to the flames, causing them to blow up everywhere, all by design.
This new objective by the Democrat-controlled Senate takes immorality to a new level. The militant homosexual agenda is now a weapon for foreign policy, and as reported on Senator Ed Markey's website (D-MA):
As the nation celebrates National LBGT Pride Month, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, today introduced legislation that would affirm LGBT human rights are a foreign policy priority for the United States government. Specifically, The International Human Rights Defense Act (S. 2472) would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority and devise a global strategy to achieve those goals establish a position in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor responsible for coordinating that effort.
Obama's State Department, the same group that has no problem releasing high level Taliban officials back into Afghanistan, arming Al-Qaeda, and negotiating with Hamas, is now the world's first homosexual police force. How appropriate that Obama's evil minions would lead the worldwide effort to police other nations on "LGBT discrimination." Why would Obama want to close Guantanamo Bay, when it could be used as a prison for those in the world who wish to defy his homosexual police force? Surely America's Muslim Brotherhood homosexual loving President would force this agenda on Muslims, who so openly display their displeasure toward homsosexuals with hangings and floggings. Doubtful. No, imprisonment would only be reserved for Christians.
“For the United States to hold true to our commitment to defending the human rights of all people around the world, we must stand with the LGBT community in their struggle for recognition and equality everywhere,” said Senator Markey. “The International Human Rights Defense Act will foster a coordinated effort across the federal government and relevant agencies so we can meet the enormous challenge before us and work to ensure equality for all people around the globe.”
While the Obama Administration seeks to police the world on all things "gay," next comes the crackdown at home. And it will be with deadly force. President Obama WILL use an executive order to pass the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which will protect homosexuals from Christian influences. Christians will be punished and prosecuted for NOT hiring homosexuals, regardless of circumstance. This is religious persecution, and it will be executed as per Obama's pen and phone. All the while, America, a once bright beacon from Christendom, horrifically becomes a beacon for sin and death across the world via the Obama Administration. God help us.
Christianity is under assault in the halls of our nation’s Universities and colleges.
Liberal academia cannot stomach being forced to interact with people who seriously believe and practice the basic tenets of Scripture – so they’ve turned on them and attempted to run them out of their hallowed halls. All over the nation conservative Christian groups are coming under fire from liberal University leaders and student councils.
The latest example comes from Bowdoin College.
After this summer, the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship will no longer be recognized by the college. Already, the college has disabled the electronic key cards of the group’s longtime volunteer advisers.
In a collision between religious freedom and antidiscrimination policies, the student group, and its advisers, have refused to agree to the college’s demand that any student, regardless of his or her religious beliefs, should be able to run for election as a leader of any group, including the Christian association.
Similar conflicts are playing out on a handful of campuses around the country, driven by the universities’ desire to rid their campuses of bias, particularly against gay men and lesbians, but also, in the eyes of evangelicals, fueled by a discomfort in academia with conservative forms of Christianity. The universities have been emboldened to regulate religious groups by a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that found it was constitutional for a public law school in California to deny recognition to a Christian student group that excluded gays.
We can all understand the desire for a college to demand justice and equality from their students. But what these schools are doing is forcing conservative Christians to conform to their standard of moral principle. Forcing clubs to accept leaders whose beliefs and practices run contrary to the explicit beliefs of the club makes no sense. Consider this, the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship were to agree to the University’s demands and a dozen non-believers were to join the club and then elect an non-believer to lead them… the entire purpose of the club would now be moot.
It simply makes no sense.
It is one thing to force equality in social and academic aspects of college life, but to force a religious group to act contrary to their religious beliefs? It’s beyond unjust, it’s bigoted.
However, the left has commandeered use of the word bigot so we are not allowed to use it against them. The media and the left have perpetrated a lie that only conservatives can ever be bigoted, but nothing is further from the truth. Liberalism, and academia in particular, are today rife with the most bigoted people you can find in our nation… and they’re blind to it. To them, their bigotry is justified as an acceptable means to their end…
For us, it simply means that we should be preparing to become second class citizens. We’ve said it time and again – we are losing the culture war and if we don’t fix things soon there won’t be any way to stop this train.
Obama Is An Islamic Terrorist Agent, Who Is Openly Providing Muslims With Weapons To Kill Christians
Recently local police paid a visit to Attleborough Baptist Church because 20 year old Robert Gladwin believed that the church sign was hate speech. So obviously, instead of contacting the church directly and asking to speak to the person who put the sign up… He called the cops.
What did the sign say that forced Mr. Gladwin to call the police?
“If you think there is no God, you’d better be right.” Below the phrase were some flames. Obviously the posted message intended to convey the idea that non-Christians were destined for hell. A clear Biblical teaching.
Somehow, Mr. Gladwin decided that the posting of this Biblical teaching was hate speech and must be dealt with by the law post-haste.
A spokesperson for the police said: “Norfolk Constabulary received a report regarding a poster outside a church in Attleborough which was deemed offensive by the complainant.
“National guidance required us to investigate the circumstances and the matter has been recorded as a hate incident.
‘Comfortable Christianity... —Is Over!’
Issue Date: May/June 2014
“The days of comfortable Christianity in the United States are over!” So states Princeton University Professor, Robert P. George in an interview with the Southern Baptist Ethics and Public Policy Center. He likens the situation to Christ’s command to “take up your cross and follow me.” In many parts of the world that cross can literally mean physical death. The number of martyrs for Christ, world wide, has doubled in the last four years.
But Professor George is speaking primarily of changing conditions in America. Like the rich young ruler who “went away sorrowful,” many “…will not be willing to place at risk reputation, social standing, professional opportunities, and the like, in order to bear witness and remain faithful to Christ.” Many Christians are already reeling under the accusations of “bigots,” and “homophobes.” One recent case that got wide attention in the Christian media was of Brendan Eich, co-founder and recently installed CEO of Mozilla, the producer of the popular Firefox web browser. Within a week of his election to CEO, news broke that he had contributed $1,000 to the California Marriage Proposition 8 campaign to protect marriage as between one man and one woman.
Accusations of “discrimination” were lodged against him and a boycott declared against Mozilla. Eich and the Mozilla corporate board soon “agreed” that it would be best if he stepped down. Professor George sees Christians being increasingly “discriminated” against in “... employment, licensing, accreditation of institutions, and government contracting. This is going to be rough sailing,” he predicts.
The tide is clearly turning against Bible believers. Recent court cases have begun to go against Christians in business who object to providing services such as wedding cakes and photography to same-sex weddings, and bed-and-breakfasts who refuse to allow same-sex couples to rent bedrooms. Other “Christian” businesses that have tried to hold to some kind of biblical standard have backed away from the fight.
In the broad scope of history, few have been privileged to live a “comfortable” Christianity. Right out of the box, Bible believers were attacked by the Jews and the Romans. They hid in rocks and caves while pagan “Christianity” flourished for over a thousand years, then came the Inquisition! For freedom’s sake, the pilgrims fled persecution in Europe and most of them died before a solid beachhead was planted in the New World.
Finally “comfortable,” we ignored the infiltration of godless humanism, so-called “scientific” evolution, legalized sin, sexual liberation, and lately, militant Islam. We declared government policy making (politics) too dirty for our concern and now will face anti-biblical laws and godless judges who ignore the First Amendment and push us further from public view.
Witnessing and soul winning are finding rising resistance. Christians in the Air Force Academy dared write scripture on their personal white board outside their dorm room and got slapped down for it. Christian ministries are listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a think tank advising on government policy.
Jesus’ name is increasingly unwelcome in the official prayers of military and prison chaplains. Only prayers to a generic god who offends no one is preferred. This highlights another threat to soul winners: ecumenism, or the drive for Christian “unity.” Lost are the distinctions of who is a denomination and thus it is off limits for witnessing to cults such as Roman Catholicism and “mainline churches” that have abandoned basic biblical doctrines.
Professor George is probably right: the time is upon us when serving Christ will require counting the cost. If revival is still possible, wide saturation with no-nonsense gospel tracts will go a long way toward bringing it on.